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New York transit officials planning massive makeover for Penn Station
Associated PressNEW YORK – A transformed Penn Station would replace windowless concourses and dingy, cramped corridors with light-filled spaces and easier access to an improved streetscape, under plans revealed Wednesday by Democratic New York Gov. The station, underneath Madison Square Garden, is the nation’s busiest and operates – at full capacity during normal times – with roughly 600,000 passengers passing through daily on regional rail lines, Amtrak and the New York subway system. The two alternatives revealed Wednesday are the culmination of a yearlong process involving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, architectural firm FXCollaborative and engineering firm WSP. Wednesday’s announcement didn’t put a price tag on the project, but it is expected to cost billions and require federal funding. The plans didn’t mention the proposed expansion of Penn Station to the south to add new train tracks, another multibillion-dollar endeavor considered crucial to expanding capacity once a new rail tunnel is built between New York and New Jersey.
Kansas governor vetoes transgender athletes ban, saying bill 'sends a devastating message'
Laura Kelly vetoed legislation Thursday that would have banned transgender athletes from competing in girls' and women's sports, calling the bill "a devastating message" to families and a threat to the state's economic standing. The legislation arrived at Kelly's desk after a tense debate in the Kansas Legislature. Critics have pointed to Kansas State High School Activities Association data suggesting relatively few transgender individuals have attempted to compete in girls' sports in Kansas. The ACLU of Kansas has already vowed a similar lawsuit if lawmakers were to implement the ban in Kansas. Doug Burgum rejected that state's bill Wednesday, following in the footsteps of South Dakota Gov.
USA TODAY Launches 32nd Ad Meter Competition
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY, part of Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI), has launched the 32nd Ad Meter program, the dominant gauge for public opinion around Super Bowl advertisements. This year’s competition is presented by Kia, a previous Ad Meter winner in 2017 and sponsor of the 30th Anniversary of Ad Meter competitions in 2018. Each participant must rate every advertisement that airs during the Super Bowl for their participation to be counted. All commercials that are ranked in USA TODAY’s 32nd Ad Meter will also be curated into a proprietary USA TODAY Ad Meter Playlist on AdBlitz, a YouTube exclusive. “USA TODAY’s Ad Meter continues to play a pivotal role in gauging the public’s opinion about the top Super Bowl advertisements, as voted on by consumers,” said Chris Pirrone, General Manager, USA TODAY Sports Media Group.
When will everyone be vaccinated for COVID-19? Here's how the vaccine rollout is going
Here are some reasons why:A one-dose vaccine: The FDA authorized the Johnson & Johnson vaccine on Feb. 27. Unlike the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine requires only one dose and can be stored at the temperature of a normal refrigerator for up to three months. The pause may briefly slow the pace of vaccine administration, but the U.S. is still on track to meet Biden's goals. Increased supply: Pfizer and Moderna are delivering 100 million doses a month earlier than expected, in May instead of June. At the current pace of vaccine administration, it will take a couple more months to reach that range.
Golfweek To Stream College Golf Live 2020 Spring Series
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMCoverage of elite level college golf returns to Golfweek.com this month with the launch of College Golf Live’s 2020 Spring Series. Final round coverage kicks off live on February 19 with The Prestige by Charles Schwab, making its return to the world famous PGA WEST resort in La Quinta, California. PGA Champion, 3-time NCAA Champion, and veteran golf commentator Steve Elkington will call the action alongside ESPN and Skratch personality Ben Lyons, with analyst Will Haskett delivering onsite coverage. Last year’s champion was current PGA Tour member Viktor Hovland, and past participants include Jon Rahm, Xander Schauffele, Anthony Kim, and Gary Woodland. On March 10, the Series will visit Oregon’s dramatic coastline at world famous golf destination Bandon Dunes, host of the 2020 U.S.
New Podcast Examines Women’s Role in the World of Sports
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY Sports launched a new podcast series, "Changing the Game," focused on how women have revolutionized sports and the ripple effects it has had on society. Brought to you by Artistry Studio exclusively from Amway, the new series is hosted by USA TODAY's award-winning sports journalist Nancy Armour who interviews icons, Olympians, and trailblazers in eight interviews. Each one-on-one conversation focuses on the female’s life and career, sharing interesting insights into how women have fought to shape the world of sports, and what they feel still needs to be done. When there is a fundamental change in sports, like Jackie Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball, it makes it tangible in every other facet of life,” said USA TODAY Sports columnist Nancy Armour. By what they’ve done and what they’ve said and who they are, they are changing society’s perception of women.
USA TODAY High School Awards To Stream Online
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMThe annual USA TODAY High School Sports Awards series, the largest high school athlete recognition program in the U.S., will be hosting its community events online this year with star-studded award shows that will broadcast on Thursday, June 18th. The USA TODAY High School Sports Awards shows, which were originally planned throughout April, May and June, in 59 cities and towns across 28 states will now be streamed online, enabling each community to maintain their annual tradition of honoring student athletes for their hard work and dedication over the past academic year. This year, professional and Olympic athletes have joined the program set to honor over 28,000 student athletes and will be presenting awards during the broadcast for each sport. “This year’s celebration is very different from the previous events but is one student athletes will never forget. The broadcast shows premiere at 6 PM local times on June 18th.
Rocket Mortgage Wins Top Spot in Ad Meter
This marks the first time Rocket Mortgage has finished first in Ad Meter. Voting took place on the Ad Meter platform at admeter.usatoday.com starting on Wednesday, Feb. 3, and remained open until Monday, Feb. 8 at 1 a.m. The top five ads, as rated by the 2021 Ad Meter panelists, are:1. Rocket Mortgage, “Certain Is Better – Tracy Morgan, Dave Bautista & Liza Koshy,” 7.382. Visit admeter.usatoday.com to see the full 2021 Ad Meter results and to view previous Ad Meter winners and ratings.
USA TODAY and Adweek Join to Host The Big Game Summit
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMUSA TODAY and Adweek will be co-hosting a virtual event, The Big Game Summit, that will feature industry thought leaders for a conversation on this year’s Super Bowl ads, the creativity, and the trends ahead of the game. USA TODAY’s annual Ad Meter program has provided insights around consumer sentiment towards the commercials since 1989. In a release, Adweek’s Chief Content Officer Lisa Granatstein shared, “Together, the editors of Adweek and USA TODAY will be quite a force to reckon with in terms of Super Bowl ad ratings and analysis. Gannett | USA TODAY NETWORK’s Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer Mayur Gupta added “Each year, there’s always a thrill surrounding the creativity of the Super Bowl commercials, which is why USA TODAY’s Ad Meter has been a long-standing program to measure consumer sentiment. We’re excited to partner with Adweek to bring the creative community together and discuss the brands and talent that engage us every year.”To register and join us for The Big Game Summit, click here.
USA TODAY Sports Media Group Launches Playable Brackets and AR Hoops Experience
StaffUSA TODAY NETWORK PRESSROOMToday, USA TODAY Sports Media Group, which reaches more than 53 million sports fans each month, is launching its annual Brackets competition, which for the first time will include playable brackets for both the men's and women's tournament and includes an augmented reality experience. The Brackets competition is presented by Snapper, a leading commercial and industrial turf care equipment provider and part of the Briggs & Stratton family of brands. Registrations for the brackets begins today, March 8th, at brackets.usatoday.com. USA TODAY's Emerging Tech team created their first web-based augmented reality web experience for this year's competition, "Couchketball Hoops challenge." To join the competition, fans can create a bracket at brackets.usatoday.com.
Opinion: A college football Super League would be very lucrative ... for the very few
Because of the nature of the two sports, the parallels between college football and soccer aren’t identical. The Super League teams still intend to play their domestic league schedules, and in European soccer, clubs can compete for multiple championships or trophies within a season. So in a weird way, a College Football Super League of 30 or so teams might actually make the sport more competitive. If anything, the lack of competitive equity has been a huge part of the financial model that has sustained college football for decades. Much like in Europe currently, the backlash to any kind of College Football Super League would be severe.
Brewers starter Corbin Burnes sets MLB record for most strikeouts without a walk to start a season
Corbin Burnes continued to do things no other pitcher has done Tuesday night. Burnes became the first starting pitcher in modern history (since 1893) to record as many as 40 strikeouts without issuing a walk to begin a season. Since allowing his lone run of the season on a home run by Minnesota’s Byron Buxton in his first start, Burnes has pitched 18 scoreless innings. When Burnes struck out all three batters he faced in the bottom of the third inning, he made baseball history. "You know, I've heard it from everyone in the clubhouse, so it's kind of hard to escape it right now.
Oakland Athletics extend winning streak to 11 games with wild extra-inning victory over Minnesota Twins
It just smells like you’re going to win,” Laureano said Wednesday after the Oakland Athletics extended their winning streak to 11 with a 10th-inning rally fueled by two errors for a 13-12 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Laureano hit a one-hopper to Arraez for what again should have been the final out. Arraez, who had moved to third from second base for the 10th, sailed his throw over first baseman Willians Astudillo as the tying and winning runs scored. “I wish we could be talking about game-saving plays,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. The Twins' .320 winning percentage is their second-lowest to any team during that span (they are .304 against the New York Yankees).
Another Round 1 NFL draft trade? Dolphins GM Chris Grier will ‘look at our options'
Chris Grier and the Miami Dolphins weren’t about to stay at No. Speaking to reporters at his annual pre-draft news conference Wednesday, Grier laid out how the Dolphins consummated their back-to-back trades out of their original No. MORE:10 boom-or-bust prospects in 2021 NFL draftNFL MOCK DRAFT:What might happen in first round if Cowboys, Broncos trade up? Wednesday was the first time Grier addressed reporters since the release of linebacker Kyle Van Noy after one season in Miami. Grier cited the “jumps” made by Van Ginkel and tight end Mike Gesicki following their rookie seasons.
All-America tight end Charlie Kolar leading Iowa State after coin flip decision to return for 2021
Faced with one of the most consequential decisions of his life, Charlie Kolar flipped a coin. Not so much to render a verdict, though, as to give him some insight into his own thinking about the prospect of staying for a fifth season with the Iowa State football team or leaving for the NFL. “My parents taught me this technique — when you can’t make a decision, flip a coin and you say you’re going to make a decision based on the coin flip,” the All-America tight end said. “The way you feel afterward gives you a pretty good idea of what you actually feel (about a decision).”So, Kolar flipped a coin after the 2020 season. “He’s light years ahead of where he was going into last season and we’re only in April right now,” Iowa State tight ends coach Taylor Mouser said.
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner blasts NHL over COVID-19 vaccine protocols
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner blasted the NHL over its handling of its COVID-19 vaccination policy, saying the league went back on promises made about easing restrictions and calling it "totally unacceptable." The NHL pushed back on Lehner's characterization of the matter. Those leagues have all teams currently playing in the U.S., where everyone 16 and older can get a vaccine. And now we are, we are vaccinated and we’re still going to be trapped in a prison." Lehner said, however, that when he spoke to members of the NHL and the NHL Players' Association on Tuesday, he was told that restrictions would not be changing.
Brett Favre says it's 'hard to believe' Derek Chauvin meant to kill George Floyd
One day after Derek Chauvin was found guilty on all counts in the murder of George Floyd, Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre said he did not think the former Minneapolis police officer meant to kill Floyd. "I find it hard to believe, and I'm not defending Derek Chauvin in any way, I find it hard to believe, first of all, that he intentionally meant to kill George Floyd," Favre said. Second-degree manslaughter is culpable negligence where a person creates an unreasonable risk and consciously takes the chance of causing death or great bodily harm to someone else. Numerous athletes, coaches and sports leagues voiced support of Chauvin's conviction Tuesday evening, including the NFL, which said, "Today's outcome in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis does not undo the loss of life. Mr. George Floyd should be here with us today,"Our hearts remain with the Floyd Family, and we understand the pain, anger and frustration does not go away even when justice is delivered."
Wizards rookie Deni Avdija leaves court in wheelchair with right ankle injury
APWASHINGTON — Wizards rookie Deni Avdija suffered a serious-looking injury to his right ankle and was taken from the court in a wheelchair during Washington’s 118-114 victory over Golden State on Wednesday night. Avdija landed awkwardly after missing a layup late in the second quarter. Wizards employees carefully helped Avdija into the wheelchair, and he was taken off the court while rubbing his head with a towel. Washington selected the 20-year-old Avdija out of his native Israel with the ninth pick in last year’s draft. Coach Scott Brooks said he wasn’t sure whether Avdija would be able to return this season.
Magic Johnson on taking COVID-19 vaccine, Lakers’ players comfort level and attending games
The two also talked about Johnson recently taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and how that could do more than just protect himself from the virus. Lakers controlling governor Jeanie Buss and Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell posted recently on their respective social media accounts that they received the COVID-19 vaccine. So when Johnson talked last week with Buss, Pelinka and Linda Rambis (the Lakers’ executive director of community relations & special projects), he learned some encouraging news about the players’ comfort level with the COVID-19 vaccine. But it’s all about getting the information.”The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have not required players to take the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s not just impact on the players of today, but also in the Black community,” Johnson said.
Steph Curry finally goes cold as Bradley Beal rallies Wizards past Warriors
Curry, who came in having overtaken Beal for the NBA scoring lead, had 18 points on 7-of-25 shooting, including 2-of-14 on 3s. It was something that hadn’t been done before, and it was going to end at some point," Curry said. Beal scored 29 points as the glamorous matchup with Curry mostly fizzled until Washington rallied from 11 points down in the fourth quarter. The Wizards did not provide any detail on the injury after the game, but Brooks would not rule out Avdija returning this season. UP NEXT: The Warriors play nine of their final 13 games at home, starting Friday night against Denver.
George Floyd's brother express gratitude to Las Vegas Raiders for their support
Philonise Floyd, the brother of George Floyd, responded Wednesday to the backlash the Las Vegas Raiders received after tweeting, “I can breathe 4-20-21,” in response to the guilty verdicts of former Minneapolis police office Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd. "On behalf of our family, I would like to extend our deepest gratitude to the Las Vegas Raiders organization and its leadership for their support of our family and for our nation's ongoing pursuit of justice and equality for all," Floyd said in a statement shared by the law firm representing George Floyd's family. When Chauvin's trial came to an end Tuesday evening, an outpouring of condolences to the family of George Floyd began. Raiders Owner Mark Davis took responsibility for the wording choice, saying that it was inspired by Philonise Floyd's reaction to Chauvin's guilty verdicts. "Today, we are able to breathe again," Philonise Floyd said Tuesday.
2021 NFL draft: Seven-round order for all 259 picks; updated for 49ers-Dolphins-Eagles trade
Los Angeles Chargers14. Los Angeles Chargers48. Los Angeles Rams58. Los Angeles Chargers242. Los Angeles Rams253.
Buccaneers QB Tom Brady rips 'dumb' rule change that relaxes NFL jersey number options
At least one prominent NFL player really dislikes the NFL's rule change on jersey numbers. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, in his Instagram story posted Thursday, criticized the rule that eases restrictions on approved jersey numbers for positions that was passed Wednesday. That caption was superimposed on a table that showed the acceptable ranges of jersey numbers with the adopted rule. Quarterbacks, punters and kickers are now eligible to wear Nos. Just have colored jerseys...why not wear the same number?...DUMB" below before tagging the NFL and NFL Players Association's verified accounts.
2021 NFL mock draft: What might happen in first round if Cowboys, Broncos trade up?
Given that, let's give it some credence – for now – and bake it into this latest first-round projection of the 2021 draft:1. Jacksonville Jaguars – Trevor Lawrence, QB, Clemson: Legitimate case to be made this is the least-suspenseful selection in NFL draft history. 2 overall selection in NFL draft history now that the Jets have dispatched QB Sam Darnold to Carolina just three years after tabbing him No. Denver Broncos [PROJECTED TRADE from Philadelphia Eagles via Miami Dolphins] – Mac Jones, QB, Alabama: If new GM George Paton wants to get into the quarterback arena, he probably can't afford to stick and pick at No. Smith, last year's record-setting Heisman Trophy winner, could thrive in an offense given opponents can hardly afford to double cover him given the running threat posed by Hurts.
Rangers flipping Chris Kreider, Alexis Lafreniere in line shakeup
Maybe it is about demoting Chris Kreider, maybe it is about elevating Alexis Lafreniere, maybe it is about shaking up a lineup that has been a model of stability for weeks, other than for a tweak or two. But the Rangers broke up both the Kreider-Mika Zibanejad-Pavel Buchnevich first line and the Lafreniere-Filip Chytil-Kaapo Kakko Kid Line for Thursday’s Garden match against the Flyers by flipping left wings. The KZB Line had been intact for 19 straight games, beginning with the March 17, 9-0 immolation of the Flyers in which Zibanejad recorded three goals and six points. The first-overall pick, who has eight goals and 14 points for the season, has scored three goals in the last nine contests. That’s the combined Boston points gained and New York points lost that will end Rangers’ hopes.
Deshaun Watson, accusers claim one another are destroying evidence
Six women walked into a courtroom Thursday accompanied by the legal team that has filed civil suit against Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson for sexual misconduct on the behalf of 22 plaintiffs. Watson was accused of backtracking to unsend Instagram messages to his accusers and some of the plaintiffs were accused of making alterations, multiple reports indicated. Six Deshaun Watson accusers appeared in court on Thursday. “There was nothing of substance done,” Hardin said before denying that Watson has destroyed evidence. I’ve never, ever experienced where six weeks after a lawsuit we still don’t know who all of [the accusers] are.
The feds’ foolish J&J vax pause is already undermining the war on COVID
A little more than a week ago, federal officials called for a pause in the use of Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine. Just before the pause, 52 percent of respondents thought the J&J vaccine was safe, according to an Economist/YouGov poll on vaccine-safety perceptions. After the pause, confidence in the J&J vaccine’s safety plummeted to 37 percent, and worries that it is unsafe rose to 39 percent. In the wake of the J&J vaccine pause, no one should be surprised to see the percentage rise in the April survey, as yet unreleased. The J&J vaccine only needs regular refrigeration and a single shot, making it much easier to use for these hard-to-reach populations.
Expectation-defying Knicks are a gift to New York fans
It is hard to imagine a time when we needed this more, frankly, this flabbergasting, dumbfounding, out-of-the-(orange-and)-blue surprise of a Knicks season. They share the Knicks’ colors, after all, and when they beat the Panthers, Capitals and Flyers in the NHL’s bubble, playoffs they reminded a faction of New York of the possibilities of hope. Immanuel Quickley and the Knicks are giving New York sports fans a reason to smile. It’s funny, too: By the time this basketball season ends, there is every chance the Knicks might be the No. The Knicks have a long way to go to match that gospel of implausibility.
Sparrows Point land in Baltimore County may become public park
Tradepoint Atlantic is donating the land at 1900 Wharf Road for Sparrows Point Park to the county. Story continues below advertisement“The county supported us through redevelopment,” said Aaron Tomarchio, senior vice president of corporate affairs at Tradepoint Atlantic. Outside, Sparrows Point Park would have a full-size LED-lit synthetic turf athletic field, a 10,000-square-foot playground and a fishing pier and kayak launch on Jones Creek. Olszewski’s administration revised an infrastructure agreement between the county and Tradepoint Atlantic to include the donation of land for public recreational use. Peter Haid, environmental director at Tradepoint Atlantic, said he’s heard from yacht club members who say “the clarity in Jones Creek has changed remarkably now.”
NCAA tweaks college football OT format to shorten games
The NCAA playing rules oversight panel on Thursday approved a proposal made last month by the playing rules committee to tweak the overtime format. National coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said in March overtime games add an average of 16.4 plays to a contest. The new rule will have teams run alternating 2-point plays in the third overtime instead of starting another drive at the opponent’s 25-yard line. The playing rules panel also approved recommendations to permanently extend the sideline team area to the 20-yard lines from the 25-yard lines. The playing rules panel also said in 2021 officials will be told to emphasize rules against players taunting an opponent, flagrant uniform violations, and coaches coming onto the field to argue officiating decisions.
Unlock the cage: Fight promotion returns after year break
Pettis instead became the latest former MMA champion to sign with Professional Fighters League, which competes in a seasonlong format that includes playoffs and championship fights. "I’m in the sport to be a champion and I have the opportunity to be a champion by the end of the year. It’s also a restart for PFL after the league went on hiautus in 2020 because of the pandemic. It largely stayed out of the MMA spotlight while UFC and Bellator pressed on, running cards in bubbles or overseas without fans. The promotion was known as the World Series of Fighting from 2012 to 2017, when it was bought and rebranded.
Tom Brady rips apart NFL's new uniform number rule: 'Going to make for a lot of bad football'
The NFL announced on Wednesday that it will relax its jersey number rule by allowing a wider range of numbers at each position. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMSome players appear to love the rule change, but one notable player does not. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady ripped the new rule on his Instagram story on Thursday. Going to make for a lot of bad football," Brady wrote. 12 for all of his career, won’t be affected by the rule change, but he says that it will make a difference in assigning blockers pre-snap, which will ultimately lead to "bad football."
Evans denied Baddoo, Pirates beat Tigers 4-2 with 2-run 8th
Pittsburgh Pirates' Colin Morand connects for a run scoring single during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Detroit. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)Pittsburgh Pirates' Colin Morand connects for a run scoring single during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Detroit. “Maybe the play of the game,” Pittsburgh manager Derek Shelton said. Adam Frazier had three hits for the Pirates, including a one-out single off José Cisnero (0-1) in the eighth. Richard Rodríguez pitched a perfect ninth for his third save, sending the Tigers to their sixth loss in seven games.
Peralta’s 7 RBIs help D-Backs overcome 6 HRs, top Reds 14-11
Carson Kelly followed Peralta with a two-run homer as the Diamondbacks opened a 14-8 lead. I’m real proud of the guys.”The Reds lost their fourth straight, finishing a 2-4 homestand. All of the Reds’ home run came from among the top four spots in the batting order. He hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, had three singles and finished a double short of the cycle. Reds starter Jeff Hoffman allowed two runs — one earned — and four hits in five innings with four strikeouts and a walk.
Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash
Barcelona president Joan Laporta maintained his support for the Super League on Thursday April 22, 2021, despite the quick exit of 10 of the 12 founding clubs in the breakaway competition. Barcelona president Joan Laporta maintained his support for the Super League on Thursday April 22, 2021, despite the quick exit of 10 of the 12 founding clubs in the breakaway competition. Both Juventus and AC Milan also left open the possibility of joining a Super League at a later date. “If they say that the Super League will save soccer, they are lying or they are mistaken,” Tebas said. Barcelona played its first match since the Super League announcement on Thursday against Getafe, winning 5-2 with a pair of goals by Messi.
Montana transgender bill advances, other measures vetoed
The governors of North Dakota and Kansas vetoed similar measures this week. The governors of North Dakota and Kansas vetoed similar measures this week. (AP) — The Montana Legislature voted Thursday to advance a bill that would ban transgender athletes from participating in school and university sports according to the gender with which they identify. The governors of North Dakota and Kansas vetoed similar measures this week. Doug Burgum vetoed similar legislation Wednesday, saying that fairness in girls’ sports is not in danger.
Rams’ proposal to change double-pass rule approved by NFL owners
The pass to Evans went for an 8-yard gain, and because the Rams declined the penalty for an illegal forward pass, the 8-yard completion stood. NFL owners voted to pass the Rams’ proposal to add a loss of down for a second forward pass behind the line of scrimmage. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Now with this rule change, it would’ve put the Bucs in fourth-and-15 if the Rams accepted the penalty. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Why one QB authority ranks Kellen Mond ahead of Justin Fields and Trey Lance
Why one QB authority ranks Mond ahead of Fields and Lance originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonMany Washington fans are resorting to whatever rituals they have in their repertoire as they continue to hope that Justin Fields or Trey Lance will somehow fall into the Burgundy and Gold's range in the 2021 NFL Draft. "I am a big believer in Kellen Mond," Simms told the BMitch & Finlay show in a Wednesday interview on 106.7 The Fan. "Those are easy fixes as compared to some of the issues that I look at with Justin Fields and Trey Lance." "I just look at Kellen Mond and I go, 'His film is every bit as good or better than [2019 6th overall pick] Daniel Jones,'" Simms said. "It's not even close between [2020 26th overall pick Jordan Love] and Kellen Mond."
EXPLAINER: Why is Chauvin unlikely to face maximum sentence?
Even though he was found guilty of three counts, under Minnesota statutes he'll only be sentenced on the most serious one — second-degree murder. Likewise, if Chauvin's second-degree murder count is ultimately dismissed, he would be brought back to court for resentencing on the top remaining charge. If Judge Peter Cahill were to sentence Chauvin to anything above that, he risks having his decision reversed on appeal. If he decides aggravating factors exist, he has to keep them in proportion to the crime. Both sides are writing legal briefs on aggravating factors, which Cahill will review before determining whether they exist.
Kim Moon-hwan could make his MLS debut for injury-depleted LAFC vs. Seattle
LAFC is the first team in MLS history to start a season with back-to-back Golden Boot winners on its roster. And that number is unlikely to change Saturday afternoon when LAFC faces the Seattle Sounders at Banc of California Stadium. Defender Kim Moon-hwan, who also missed the opener with Austin because of a knee injury, could see limited time Saturday in what would be his MLS debut. But we’ve got to have others ready when the moments come.”Despite the fact LAFC is beginning just its fourth season in MLS, the team already has some significant history with Seattle. LAFC played — and won — its first-ever game in Seattle 1-0, then beat the Sounders by the same score in the first game at Banc of California Stadium.
Pictures: USC Song Girls through the years
The USC Song Girls stir up school spirit during a rally in the heart of campus on Oct. 9, 2013, as the football team prepared to take on the Arizona Wildcats in their first game under the Trojans’ interim coach Ed Orgeron. (Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)
2021 NFL Draft: The top tight end prospects to know
He placed 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting, making him the first tight end to finish in the top 10 in 43 years. The top tight ends available in the NFL draft, with name, college, height, weight, 40 time, and projected round. Like former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, though, Freiermuth boasts great size and isn’t afraid to fight for a tough catch. Hunter Long, Boston College, 6-5, 254, 4.71, 3-4Long is a complete tight end, able to block and contribute in the passing game. Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame, 6-3, 241, 4.65, 3-4Tremble developed as a physical, blocking tight end who also got some reps in a fullback role.
Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy holds fast on successful forward lines
Coach Bruce Cassidy returned with the same 12 forwards who suited up here for Tuesday night’s 2-0 blanking of the Sabres, and only swapped in Steve Kampfer on defense. BUFFALO — The Bruins returned to action here Thursday night, working with the equity that a five-game winning streak affords: very little in the way of roster moves. Advertisement“It was an optional,” explained Cassidy, who took a rare day off ice himself on Wednesday, leaving his four assistant coaches in charge of the workout. If not Rask, Cassidy could opt to start Jaro Halak, the veteran backup, who last played on April 3, prior to beginning an extended stay on the NHL’s “unavailable” list linked to covid protocols. It’s quite possible he won’t play again in the regular season and might also be a postseason scratch.
Fields, Jones or Lance? Who knows which quarterback will 49ers take at No. 3?
Now, with the NFL Draft just a week away, it’s North Dakota State’s Trey Lance. Nonetheless, one anonymous NFL quarterback coach told The Athletic’s Bruce Feldman that Jones is “the most advanced” quarterback in this year’s class. I’m just telling you — if it’s not Mac Jones, it’s Trey Lance.”The conflicting 49ers draft reports certainly haven’t helped the oddsmakers do their jobs. A week after installing Fields as the -125 favorite over Jones (+120) and Lance (+350), DraftKings Sportsbook reversed course and listed Jones as the new favorite this week. Jones at -110 now leads Fields (+110) and Lance (+400).
Remembering 1950 crash
Sixty-one years after a plane crashed into her home on Minnehaha Pkwy, Diane Doughty Madsen recalls her experience that night in the spring of 1950. Sixty-one years after a plane crashed into her home on Minnehaha Pkwy, Diane Doughty Madsen recalls her experience that night in the spring of 1950.
SF Giants call up top relief prospect, place Donovan Solano on 10-day injured list
The Giants will be without one of their best hitters for at least the next 10 days. The club announced Thursday that second baseman Donovan Solano will be placed on the 10-day injured list after straining his right calf while running the bases in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Manager Gabe Kapler said Solano’s injury weakens the Giants’ bench because he’s often the best available hitter when he’s not starting games. Solano has often finished games he didn’t start at second base as he’ll enter as a pinch-hitter and stay in the game as a defensive replacement. With Solano out, the Giants anticipate Tommy La Stella, Wilmer Flores and Mauricio Dubón will handle the playing time at second base.
Usman vs. Masvidal 2 odds & UFC 261 fight card
SportsbookWire StaffSportsbook WireSaturday's UFC 261 card is headlined by the welterweight title bout between Kamaru Usman and Jorge Masvidal. Below, we look at BetMGM's odds for the full UFC 261 Usman - Masvidal 2 fight card. UFC 261 odds: Main cardAll odds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Special UFC 261 betting promotion:Bet $1 on Kamaru Usman to win and WIN $100 (in free bets) if Usman defeats Jorge Masvidal during UFC 261. UFC 261 odds: PrelimsAlex Oliveira (+130) vs. Randy Brown (-150)Brown (12-4) is being given the edge over Oliveira (22-9-1, 2 NC) in a welterweight bout.
Steve Keim: Arizona Cardinals will be 'aggressive' during next week's unusual NFL draft
Typically, the NFL draft is a crapshoot in and of itself. The 2021 NFL draft, which begins next Thursday night, could be as risky as shooting dice over the phone. “You've got incomplete medical information on these guys, and nothing scares a general manager more than not having the medical to the point where you're scrambling.”More:Arizona Cardinals' NFL draft odds: Cornerback in first round of 2021 NFL draft? More:7-round NFL mock draft: Arizona Cardinals take quarterbackTo a lesser extent, it could also involve a consideration of trading up to draft a cornerback to ultimately replace eight-time Pro Bowl selection Patrick Peterson. “There’s no doubt that the number of players certainly affects this draft,” Keim said.
Arizona Diamondbacks' Torey Lovullo says he’s sticking with slumping Nick Ahmed
Even after hitting for Nick Ahmed twice in as many days, manager Torey Lovullo indicated that his struggling shortstop is not at risk of losing starts given the way his season has started. Just as he was on Wednesday night, Ahmed again was removed for a pinch-hitter late in the game. Still, Lovullo did not sound like he was ready to consider alternatives to Ahmed, even as his longtime shortstop sorts out his issues at the plate. Lovullo said the ball hit Crichton “square” on the palm of his hand. “I don’t have any information right now, but I do know that I made the decision to remove him from the game,” Lovullo said.
Arizona Diamondbacks sweep Cincinnati Reds behind David Peralta's huge game
Arizona hung on in the bottom half to complete a three-game sweep that extended its winning streak to four. All of the Reds’ home run came from among the top four spots in the batting order. He hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning, had three singles and finished a double short of the cycle. Lucas Sims (0-1) struck out pinch-hitter Asdrùbal Cabrera to strand the potential go-ahead run on second base in the ninth. Reds: RHP Sonny Gray (0-0) takes the mound Friday at St. Louis.
Mark Cuban compares relationship between Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis to that of Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry
The Mavericks plan for Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis to be the star duo to lead the franchise’s next generation of championship contention. In a segment during the K&C Masterpiece Thursday on 105.3 The Fan [KRLD-FM], Cuban discussed Doncic and Porzingis’ relationship and their apparently restrained dynamic when playing together. Instead, he compared the roots of Doncic’s and Porzingis’ friendship to that of Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry. “If you remember, when we first got Jet, Dirk was not a fan,” Cuban said. “It took forever before Dirk and Jet did anything off the court together, a long time,” Cuban said on The Fan.
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Game changer: Texas Senate passes bill allowing college athletes to get compensation
AUSTIN -- The Texas Senate passed a game-changer of a bill Thursday that would allow college athletes to benefit financially from their name, image and likeness (NIL) for the first time ever starting Sept. 1. The NCAA, college athletics’ governing body, has long prevented college athletes from earning compensation for their NIL all while cashing in on the multi-billion dollar industry for decades along with its member institutions, coaches and conferences alike. Now, Texas is striving to keep up with states including Florida, California and most recently Alabama that have already passed NIL bills. Additionally, it would prevent institutions from directly paying college athletes, but also prohibit athletes from entering contracts that conflict with any partners of the university. “(I am) Thrilled to hear Sen. Creighton’s bill passed the Senate with wide bi-partisan support,” Krause told The News.
Hawks to be without Trae Young vs. Heat, Clint Capela questionable
“It’s just, unfortunately for us, we’ve just had a number of injuries throughout this season, and going down the stretch with 12, 13 games remaining, we need bodies,” Hawks coach Nate McMillan said. “We’re really limited with the bodies that we have. I think these guys are giving us all that they have. You’re playing a very tight schedule where games are every other day. But a lot of other teams are having to deal with this.
NCAA tweaks college football OT format to shorten games
The NCAA playing rules oversight panel on Thursday approved a proposal made last month by the playing rules committee to tweak the overtime format. National coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said in March overtime games add an average of 16.4 plays to a contest. The new rule will have teams run alternating 2-point plays in the third overtime instead of starting another drive at the opponent's 25-yard line. The playing rules panel also approved recommendations to permanently extend the sideline team area to the 20-yard lines from the 25-yard lines. The playing rules panel also said in 2021 officials will be told to emphasize rules against players taunting an opponent, flagrant uniform violations, and coaches coming onto the field to argue officiating decisions.
Yankees' offense a bigger problem than Gleyber Torres not hustling
CLEVELAND – Focusing on Gleyber Torres not running out a check-swing chopper to the mound with the way the Yankees’ offense is performing is like focusing on the deck chair arrangement on the Titanic after it hit an iceberg. "I didn’t see the ball really well and I feel like I started running late. But I feel like I can put a little more effort in running to first base." Subscribe to Newsday’s sports newsletter Receive stories, photos and videos about your favorite New York teams plus national sports news and events. The Yankees are also last in the AL in batting average (.205) and OPS (.630).
Source: Vikings RB Dalvin Cook looking into switching back to No. 4 he wore in high school, college
Vikings running back Dalvin Cook is looking into switching his jersey No. 4 he once wore at Miami Central High School and at Florida State, a source said Thursday. A new NFL rule, which passed Wednesday, allows for more players, including running backs, to now wear single-digit numbers. Two notable Vikings players wrote on Twitter that they won’t go back to wearing a single-digit number after they had done so in college. 3 he wore at Mississippi State, wrote Thursday that he will stick with No.
Why Anthony Brown maintains lead in Oregon Ducks QB competition entering second spring scrimmage
EUGENE — Anthony Brown opened spring practice ahead of Oregon’s three freshmen quarterbacks and entering the second spring scrimmage he remains there. The freshmen continue to split time with the second-team offense with Brown working with the starters. “They’re still getting their even reps and I think their performances merit that,” Cristobal said. “He’s a guy who’s extremely intelligent and has a lot of ability as a thrower and as a runner. That whole offense, we respect (Brown) enough knowing that he’s going to lead us in the right direction.
Life in the NBA bubble captured in a time-capsule book -- Bubbleball
Ben Golliver of the Washington Post joined me on Thursday for an in-depth discussion about the NBA — and a book he’s written about the most unusual season in league history. Golliver’s new book — Bubbleball — focuses on life inside the NBA’s successful bubble last season. He talked about the food, the stringent security protocols and seeing players and NBA as he’s never seen them before. His book is a fun and fascinating read. Listen to the full interview with Golliver here:
Oregon Ducks defense forces multiple turnovers in 10th spring practice, a major point of emphasis this offseason
EUGENE — Oregon’s defense has emphasized turnovers during spring practice and on Thursday they materialized. “Hats off to the defense — they brought it today,” Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said after the team’s tenth spring practice. Creating more turnovers is among the major agenda items for new defensive coordinator Tim DeRuyter, and not only because it always is on defense. Today was a day where it really, really popped. Today they were extremely active in terms of communication, getting around the football and getting multiple hats to the ball.
Lucas Sims' wife, Dani, reaches out to 'nacho man' who fell pursuing Suárez home run ball
The man who consoled a young Cincinnati Reds fan at Great American Ball Park after losing his nachos and failing to come up with Eugenio Suárez's sixth-inning home run ball Thursday afternoon was embraced by many Twitter users who watched the video, and one of them - the wife of Reds relief pitcher Lucas Sims - offered him a ball for his valiant though likely painful effort. From Dani Sims via Twitter (retweeted by the Reds' official account):From @Cut4:Several media outlets poked fun at the so-called "nacho man" in sharing the video. But with any luck, something better than the Reds' 14-11 loss in 10 innings will come from the man's pursuit of the ball and attempt to make the young fan's day. LOVE SPORTS? [ Subscribe now for unlimited access to Cincinnati.com ]
Olympic athletes promised legal support if they protest
Graham DunbarAssociated PressGeneva — Athletes who make political or social justice protests at the Tokyo Olympics were promised legal support Thursday by a global union and an activist group in Germany. The Olympic body’s legal commission should clarify what kind of punishment before this year's games, which open on July 23. The IOC’s athletes’ commission cited support to uphold Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter from more than two-thirds of about 3,500 replies from consulting athlete groups. In a statement, another athlete group, Global Athlete, encouraged athletes to “not allow outdated ‘sports rules’ to supersede your basic human rights.” It said the survey's methods were flawed. And the USOPC's athletes' group also put out a statement saying it was disappointed to see no “meaningful or impactful change to” Rule 50.
Misplays and missed opportunities lead to Tigers' downfall in series finale
But the Tigers didn’t do much to create their own misfortune, squandering another strong, seven-inning performance from starter Jose Urena, a much-needed productive day from center fielder JaCoby Jones and good chance to win a home series. And it looked like he was going to put the Tigers ahead with a single in the bottom of the seventh. He should have scored easily on Jones’ single to center, but he got a bad read on the ball and pulled in to third. Jose Cisnero sandwiched a Frazier single around two outs and Hinch went to lefty Gregory Soto to face the Nos. More: Works in progress: First full season a 'learning process' for Tigers' Mize, Skubal“It’s baseball,” Hinch said.
Video: Aaliyaha Tucker, friend of Ma'Khia Bryant speaks out about her personality
Video: Aaliyaha Tucker, friend of Ma'Khia Bryant speaks out about her personalityVideo: Aaliyaha Tucker, friend of Ma'Khia Bryant speaks out about her personality. Bryant was killed Tuesday by a Columbus Police Officer
Jamie Vardy ends his goal drought as Leicester cruise past dismal West Brom
Jamie Vardy ended his two-month goal drought as Leicester tightened their grip on a Champions League spot by breezing past West Brom. Leicester survived and took charge with two quick strikes as Vardy ended his long wait for a goal after 23 minutes. It came seconds after Pereira’s corner hit the top of Leicester‘s bar but there was no way back for West Brom. Vardy, though, almost embarrassed Phillips with 19 minutes left when the winger left Evans’ clearance to roll out. The ball stayed in and Vardy tried to catch out Johnstone from 40 yards but his strike trickled wide.
Sweeping English football review to study ownership, role of fans
The widely condemned Super League proposals involving Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham were the catalyst for the launch of the review. "Football begins and ends with fans and we have seen that passionately displayed this week," said sports minister Nigel Huddleston. The review will study the way the game is run overseas and will examine whether the existing owners and directors tests are fit for purpose. It will look at whether oversight of foreign ownership of clubs is sufficient to protect the interests of the game. Crouch said: "Football means so much to so many people in this country and my review will be firmly focused on the fans.
WNBA's Jones joins NBA Blazers to guide basketball strategy
Asjha Jones, making a jump shot against France at the 2012 London Olympics, is leaving the Women's NBA Washington Mystics coaching staff to become director of basketball strategy for the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers, the Mystics announced ThursdayAdvertising Read moreWashington (AFP)Asjha Jones, an Olympic and Women's NBA champion player, will join the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers as director of basketball strategy, the Washington Mystics announced Thursday. Jones, who has been an assistant coach for the Mystics, helped the Minnesota Lynx capture the 2015 WNBA crown after taking a gold medal with the American team at the 2012 London Olympics. Jones worked with the Mystics as a player development assistant coach in 2018 and 2019 before becoming a full-time assistant in December 2019. "Asjha has been an important part of our success the past several years," Mystics coach and general manager Mike Thibault said. She will be a tremendous asset to the Trail Blazers organization."
Chinese fraudster Zhou Zhengyi takes job as adviser to cosmetics firm
Zhou Zhengyi was sentenced in 2007 to 16 years in prison for bribery and embezzlement but released early last year.
Can Formula 1 Star Lewis Hamilton Send a Message to the Saudi Government?
Hamilton describes his concern for human rights as being global, and has expressed concern about human rights violations taking place in countries that Formula 1 travels to. His willingness to speak out comes at an opportune time, as 2021 is the first year that Formula 1 will go to Saudi Arabia. By blockading Yemen's main port of Hodeidah, Saudi Arabia is intentionally starving an entire population. Shortly after Saudi Arabia allowed women to drive, they rounded up the very women who had campaigned for the change. Human rights advocates and F1 fans are glad Lewis Hamilton is part of the Black Lives Matter Movement.
What we know about Bubba Wallace's upcoming documentary series on Netflix
Bubba Wallace is coming to Netflix. The streaming platform announced Thursday that it’s working on a documentary series about Wallace and his first season with 23XI Racing, the brand-new NASCAR Cup Series team co-owned by Michael Jordan and fellow driver Denny Hamlin. Netflix didn’t offer too many details about the new series, and the title and when it’s expected to be released weren’t included. Erik Parker — who directed the 2017 TV documentary L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later — is the executive producer and director of Netflix’s latest racing series.
NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel announces changes to overtime in football games
The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel on Thursday announced changes that will go into effect for the 2021 football season, the most significant of which will expedite the overtime process. The so-called two-point shootout, in which teams alternate running two-point plays until a winner is determined, will now begin in the third overtime session instead of the fifth. The first two overtime periods will continue to consist of drives starting at the opponent’s 25-yard line, but now a two-point try must be attempted after a touchdown in the second overtime. “This rules change is being made to limit the number of plays from scrimmage and bring the game to a quicker conclusion,” the NCAA release stated. This area was extended from the 25 to the 15 last season to facilitate social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Plaintiff attorney Tony Buzbee in pursuit of Deshaun Watson's phones
The attorney for the 22 women suing Deshaun Watson once again said the NFL quarterback has “unsent” or deleted messages on Instagram and is pursuing two of Watson’s phones in an effort to recover them. The attorney, Tony Buzbee, made the accusation after Watson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, said Thursday during a court appearance that Buzbee’s clients also had deleted or altered messages on social media. “Once we get those phones, whether you deleted something or not, Deshaun Watson, we’re going to know everything you’ve ever written and ever said and ever sent,” Buzbee said during a court conference Thursday in Houston that was livestreamed. Hardin then issued a statement in response:“Deshaun regularly deletes past Instagram messages. The women did not initially contact the police and instead went to Buzbee, who filed suit on their behalf seeking compensatory damages.
Plenty of pedigree among top 10 cornerbacks in NFL Draft
The Post’s Ryan Dunleavy gives his top 10 cornerbacks in this year’s NFL draft, based on evaluations and conversations with people around the league:1. Dad had 51 NFL interceptions. NFL Draft cornerback prospects Jaycee Horn, Patrick Surtain II, Asante Samuel Jr. all have dads who played in the NFL. Eric Stokes, Georgia, 6-1, 194 poundsDid he really run a 4.25-second time in the 40-yard dash? Tyson Campbell, Georgia, 6-1, 193 poundsDay One starter in the SEC who flashed 4.3-speed in the 40-yard dash.
Viola Davis’ trainer spills secrets of her post-‘Ma Rainey’ weight loss
From voluptuous vaudeville virtuoso to chiseled woman warrior: Viola Davis has astonishing range as an actress. “There isn’t anything she can’t do,” Davis’ personal trainer, Gabriela Mclain, told The Post. “Right after ‘Ma Rainey’ we went right back to training,” Mclain said. Rounding out their workout week, Mclain employs 15 to 30 pound resistance bands that assist Davis in firming up her legs and glutes. Mclain, who also trains Davis’ husband, Julius Tennon, said that the actress and mom to 10-year-old daughter Genesis, always brings her A-game to the workout mat.
The Nationals didn’t seek this pain, but they might be growing from it
Baseball is the game where, every day, you take responsibility for everything that has befallen others yet is not your fault. But because the Nats got clobbered from Day 1, they bring into focus a kinship between them and us. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementHow can you play your hardest, win on a come-from-behind walk-off hit on Opening Day but still start 1-5? AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementNo one in their right mind wants to build character through pain. That’s who we are.”To the Nats, for the past decade, that has always been the focus: Concentrate on playing the game right, every game, every pitch, and never complain.
Knicks win 8th in row, top Hawks 137-127 OT as Randle soars
Julius Randle had 40 points and 10 rebounds to lead New York to a 137-127 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, the Knicks' NBA-best eighth straight win. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM"We’ve been challenged throughout the season and sometimes they haven’t gone our way," Randle said. "But right now, we’re finding ways to close games and win games." Knicks: Randle, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, is the first Knicks player to earn that distinction since February 2017 (Kristaps Porzingis). HOW SWEEP IT ISThe Knicks won all three meetings against the Hawks this season.
Evans denied Baddoo, Pirates beat Tigers 4-2 with 2-run 8th
Phillip Evans kept Akil Baddoo's drive to left field in the park in the seventh inning to help Pittsburgh escape a jam, and the Pirates scored twice in the eighth to beat the Detroit Tigers 4-2 on Thursday. Colin Moran and Erik González hit RBI singles with two outs in the eighth. Adam Frazier had three hits for the Pirates, including a one-out single off José Cisnero (0-1) in the eighth. Richard Rodríguez pitched a perfect ninth for his third save, sending the Tigers to their sixth loss in seven games. Bryan Reynolds hit an RBI single in the first, and González drove in the second run with a single of his own.
Major League Soccer's Austin FC aims to score economic boost for city
Austin’s first-ever professional sports team kicked off its debut to major league soccer last weekend. Although Austin FC may have fell in a loss to Los Angeles FC, things are looking up for the new football club and the local community. HERE'S WHAT YOU CAN GET FOR $1.5M IN AUSTIN, TEXASAustin FC play at the Q2 Stadium for the team’s first home game in June. He continued: "Austin is [an] incredibly vibrant community, and it's a community that had already adopted the sport of soccer, but the marriage between Major League Soccer and Austin [is] the perfect fit." McConaughey joins bold-named colleagues Will Ferrell and Drew Carey in becoming owners of Major League Soccer teams.
Former NFL player Geno Hayes, 33, in hospice care with liver disease: report
Former NFL linebacker Geno Hayes is in hospice care at his parents’ home in Georgia after battling liver disease for two years, according to multiple reports. Family friends told the Tallahassee Democrat in an article published late Wednesday that the former FSU standout has entered hospice care for liver complications. He's fighting for his life," Hayes' high school football coach Frankie Carroll told the outlet. "But when we dug in deeper, it became just chronic liver disease, because I don't drink like that. "I went into a depression for literally three months ... supreme depression," Hayes told ESPN.
LeBron James says NBA is 'better off when the Knicks are winning'
Behind 40 points and 10 rebounds from Julius Randle, the New York Knicks rolled to a 137-127 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. It was New York’s NBA-best eighth straight win, and it even garnered praise from Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James, who tweeted out that "the league is simply better off when the Knicks are winning." CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMJames’ tweet encouraged users to tweet at him about joining the Knicks. "DOES THIS MEAN LEBRON IS HEADING NY?????" LEBRON JAMES' SPONSORS, LAKERS, NBA SILENT IN WAKE OF CONTROVERSIAL TWEET TARGETING OHIO COPYes, there is now hype around James heading to the Knicks, but his contract with the Lakers doesn’t expire until 2023, and he’ll be closer to 40 years old and definitely past his prime.
Paratrooper from New York dies during training at Fort Bragg
A 21-year-old paratrooper from New York died this week during training, officials announced Wednesday. She was conducting a static-line jump from a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter at Sicily Drop Zone on Fort Bragg, North Carolina when the accident happened. Jenks -- a three-time volunteer -- enlisted in the Army in October 2018 and was assigned to Fort Bragg in June 2019 after finishing advanced individual training at Fort Sill, and airborne training at Fort Benning. She had previously received the Army Achievement Medal, Army Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Army Service Ribbon and the Army Parachutist Badge. Lt. Col. Mike Burns told Fox News on Thursday that the Army will also posthumously award Jenks the Meritorious Service Medal.
NCAA tweaks college football OT format to shorten games
The NCAA playing rules oversight panel on Thursday approved a proposal made last month by the playing rules committee to tweak the overtime format. National coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said in March overtime games add an average of 16.4 plays to a contest. The new rule will have teams run alternating 2-point plays in the third overtime instead of starting another drive at the opponent’s 25-yard line. ADVERTISEMENTThe playing rules panel also approved recommendations to permanently extend the sideline team area to the 20-yard lines from the 25-yard lines. The playing rules panel also said in 2021 officials will be told to emphasize rules against players taunting an opponent, flagrant uniform violations, and coaches coming onto the field to argue officiating decisions.
Guard Montez Mathis transfers to St. John’s from Rutgers
NEW YORK (AP) — Guard Montez Mathis has transferred to St. John’s after three seasons at Rutgers. St. John’s coach Mike Anderson announced the move on Thursday of the Baltimore native who played in 90 games and made 67 starts for the Scarlet Knights. Mathis averaged 8.3 points and helped Rutgers advance to the NCAA Tournament Round of 32 in its first appearance since 1991. That’s invaluable when you’re establishing a winning culture.”As a sophomore, Mathis started 31 games, averaging 7.4 points and 3.5 rebounds. St. John’s posted a 16-11 record this past season.
Unlock the cage: Fight promotion returns after year break
The Professional Fighters League, the only MMA organization with a season format, returns after a year away for a card in Atlantic City. The Professional Fighters League, the only MMA organization with a season format, returns after a year away for a card in Atlantic City. Kayla Harrison and Claressa Shields are among the stars expected to have breakout seasons this year and former UFC champion Anthony Pettis makes his PFL debut on Friday night. Two-time Olympic boxing gold medalist Claressa Shields makes her MMA debut June 10. It was very more strategic.”Shields’ anticipated debut fight is not part of the promotion’s seasonlong competition format.
Typo in betting line on Browns-Chiefs game costs BetMGM $10K
A typographical error in a betting line on a Cleveland Browns-Kansas City Chiefs game in January led to a $10,500 windfall for nine eagle-eyed bettors. Five customers of BetMGM pounced on it, as did four on Borgata Online before the odds were corrected. That same day, the company decided to let the bets stand and to pay them off; BetMGM confirmed Thursday it had paid the bettors. FanDuel initially sought to void the bets, but then changed course and agreed to pay them, according to state documents. ADVERTISEMENTNew Jersey regulators also ordered FanDuel last August to honor 11 soccer bets that were based on erroneous betting lines.
EXPLAINER: Why is Chauvin unlikely to face maximum sentence?
If Judge Peter Cahill were to sentence Chauvin to anything above that, he risks having his decision reversed on appeal. Osler said when deciding on an upward departure, Cahill has to look at what distinguishes this case from a case without aggravating factors. If he decides aggravating factors exist, he has to keep them in proportion to the crime. No matter what sentence Chauvin gets, in Minnesota it’s presumed that a defendant with good behavior will serve two-thirds of the penalty in prison and the rest on supervised release or parole. Both sides are writing legal briefs on aggravating factors, which Cahill will review before determining whether they exist.
Gold-medal project: Judo seeks solutions in police training
USA Judo officials spearheaded the training session to try to give officers techniques that could help them avoid using deadly force when they encounter potential suspects. USA Judo officials spearheaded the training session to try to give officers techniques that could help them avoid using deadly force when they encounter potential suspects. “This hits a societal issue,” USA Judo CEO Keith Bryant said. USA Judo was among the 70% of U.S. national governing bodies that asked the government for loans under the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program during COVID-19. Over the course of the pandemic, most of the 400 clubs that USA Judo sanctions across the country were forced to close or severely curtail operations.
Athlete groups, unions pledge legal support for athletes that protest at Tokyo Olympics
Multiple activist groups and athlete unions have pledged legal support for any athlete that opts to make a political or social justice statement at the upcoming Olympics in Tokyo — something the International Olympic Committee banned on Wednesday. The IOC executive board “unanimously approved” the recommendation for a continued ban on protests and demonstrations at the Olympics, including during both medal ceremonies and competitions. China had the most athletes surveyed by the IOC at 14%, and the United States came in at second with 7%. Ireland’s Caradh O’Donovan, a karate athlete who helped launch the group Global Athlete, made a similar pledge to Schwab on Thursday and encouraged athletes to speak out. The Tokyo Olympics, which were initially delayed last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, are set to start on July 23.
NCAA volleyball semis: Kentucky-Washington, Texas-Wisconsin
1 Wisconsin (18-0), which lost to Stanford in the national championship match in 2019, plays No. Kentucky is in the NCAA tournament for the 16th straight time and lost in the regional semifinals in its last three appearances. “I don't think we've played our best volleyball in this tournament yet,” setter Ella May Powell said. “Throughout the season we saw glimpses of what we can be.”The Badgers are in their second straight national semifinal and fourth overall. “Wisconsin is extremely disciplined, and they've got more firepower and they're balanced like we are at every position,” Elliott said.
U.S. Olympic athletes rip IOC for maintaining protest ban: 'hypocrites,' 'full of s---'
She and other North American athletes and athlete advocates felt all along that the process was empty and for-show. On Twitter, she called the IOC "full of s***," and "hypocrites who continue to silence athletes for capital gain." The IOC has said it will clarify what punishments athletes could face if they do protest. But the key portion of the IOC survey simply asked athletes about the appropriateness of Olympians "demonstrat[ing] or express[ing] their individual views on political issues and other topics." The USOPC has said it will wait for more specifics from the IOC before providing guidance to athletes on potential punishment.
NBA, WNBA players react to guilty verdict in Derek Chauvin trial
The GuardianMore states are beginning to protect black Americans from discrimination based on their hair type. With issues such as criminal justice reform dominating political discourse, issues like hair discrimination may seem quaint to some, but it actually represents the next frontier in the quest for racial and economic justice. Like many black women, I began being subjected to painful products and procedures to straighten my hair as a child. Though Delaware brings the number of states with hair protection laws to nine, dozens of others have similar legislation pending. In one of her official portraits she can be seen wearing braids and in another, her natural hair.
The 2021 NFL Draft: The top tight end prospects to know
He placed 10th in the Heisman Trophy voting, making him the first tight end to finish in the top 10 in 43 years. The top tight ends available in the NFL draft, with name, college, height, weight, 40 tim, and projected round. Like former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, though, Freiermuth boasts great size and isn’t afraid to fight for a tough catch. Hunter Long, Boston College, 6-5, 254, 4.71, 3-4Long is a complete tight end, able to both block and contribute in the passing game. Tommy Tremble, Notre Dame, 6-3, 241, 4.65, 3-4Tremble developed as a physical, blocking tight end that also got some reps in a fullback role.
Four games in 47 hours and three different uniforms, with infinite feel-good vibes at Fenway Park
The Red Sox wore three different uniforms and played four games in less than 47 hours to start their longest home stand of the year last weekend. With fan capacity less than 5,000 due to COVID restrictions, it was definitely feel-good vibe. I roamed the ballpark capturing images while the Red Sox played the White Sox. “This is the best day ever,” says Lisa Valatka as she watched Sox pitcher Austin Brice have an impromptu catch with a group of kids before the game.
Pat Freiermuth, a Newburyport native, could be the second tight end taken in NFL draft
Penn State’s Pat Freiermuth, a Newburyport native and Brooks School graduate, as well as Boston College’s Hunter Long, an Exeter, N.H., native and Deerfield Academy graduate, are two of the leading options at their position. There will be a strong sense of Massachusetts pride when two of the top tight end prospects are selected in next week’s NFL draft. Following Penn State’s pro day March 25, he estimated he was 2-3 weeks away from being fully cleared. As a senior, Freiermuth turned in 26 receptions, 613 yards, and 7 touchdowns en route to a NEPSAC Class C Championship. “That’s kind of who I rep.”Before transferring to the Brooks School after his sophomore year of high school, Freiermuth attended Pentucket Regional, another place he remembers fondly.
Red Sox’ Triston Casas, Jarren Duran to play for Team USA in Olympic qualifier
Red Sox prospects Triston Casas and Jarren Duran are slated to play for Team USA in the Olympic qualifying event scheduled for next month in Florida. Team USA, managed by Mike Scioscia, is the top-ranked team in the WBSC Baseball Americas Qualifier May 31 through June 5 at ballparks in the Palm Beaches and St. Lucie County. Canada, Cuba, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela are also in the tournament.
'Tuca' Ferretti y Tigres se juegan mucho ante Monterrey
También les llevó al subcampeonato de la Copa Libertadores en 2015 y este año fue segundo en el Mundial de Clubes, perdiendo ante el Bayern Múnich en la final. Los rumores han ido en aumento en las últimas semanas en las que Tigres ha dado tumbos en el torneo. El Guadalajara ha levantado cabeza esta semana con triunfos ante Tijuana y Monterrey para sumar 19 puntos con los que se coloca en la novena posición. “Al final el que cometa menos errores y haga mejor las cosas es el que va a ganar”. El encuentro es el viernes por la noche en el estadio Cuauhtémoc, de Puebla.
Arizona Cardinals' NFL draft odds: Cornerback in first round of 2021 NFL draft?
Odds for the 2021 NFL draft are out and the Arizona Cardinals are favored to go with a defensive player in the first round on April 29. BetMGM recently released odds puts the Cardinals at +125 to take a cornerback. Arizona Cardinals NFL draft coverage:Who could Cardinals target in first round? Patrick Surtain II out of Alabama is another option, but most mock drafts have him going well before the Cardinals pick at No. Arizona Cardinals uniforms:
Irving softball player wins spot on Mexico’s Junior National Team
Irving’s Nimitz High School junior Ximena Zamarron has earned a spot on Mexico’s Junior National Softball Team. Zamarron, who plays shortstop, traveled to Anaheim, California, to try out in February and April before learning she made the elite team. “I’m really proud that I did it,” Zamarron said in an article published by the school district. “It means the most to me knowing that I get to represent my great grandparents, grandparents and my Mexican heritage.”Zamarron’s family is from from Luis Potosi, according to the district. She transitioned to softball when she was 8 and now plays year-round — on a select team in the summer and fall and on her school’s team February through May.
Pair of military veterans to help announce two Dallas Cowboys draft picks
10 overall pick and a Day 3 selection will be made with the help of some U.S. military veterans serving as NFL Draft-a-thon special community guests, the league announced Thursday. Draft-a-Thon will raise funds on behalf of four national nonprofit organizations that are supporting underserved communities: CDC Foundation, The Education Trust, Food Insecurity and Mental Health America. Burdine struggled with mental health issues, which worsened after returning from a tour in Iraq. She turned her life around after attending Dallas County Veterans Treatment Court which is led by Judge Dominique Collins. Burdine is now a licensed social worker who works in hospice and provides mental health counseling for people struggling with depression and anxiety.
Cowboys free agency tracker: RFA defensive tackle Antwaun Woods re-signs
— Ty Nsekhe, OT: The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with former Buffalo offensive tackle Ty Nsekhe, according to a source. — Carlos Watkins, DT: The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year contract with former Houston defensive tackle Carlos Watkins, the team announced. — Brent Urban, DT: The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year contract with former Chicago defensive tackle Brent Urban, his wife, Kate, revealed on Twitter. — Keanu Neal, S: The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year, $5 million deal with former Atlanta safety Keanu Neal, according to sources. — Bryan Anger, P: The Cowboys have agreed to a one-year contract with former Houston Texans punter Bryan Anger, the team announced.
Broncos general manager George Paton said goal remains to add quarterback competition
During his pre-draft news conference Thursday, Broncos general manager George Paton reiterated he would still like to add quarterback competition. Drew Lock remains the in-house starter after the Broncos declined to make any moves in the veteran free-agent or trade markets. Does Paton think Lock can be the guy in Week 1 the Broncos can win with? Paton attended the first Pro Day workouts for Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance and offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur was at their second throwing sessions. Of Lance and Fields, Paton said: “They’re different.
Roquan Smith wins Bears’ Ed Block Courage Award
Inside linebacker Roquan Smith, who was named second-team all-pro last season, was named the Bears’ Ed Block Courage Award winner on Thursday. The award is named after former Baltimore Colts trainer Ed Block, who was a foster parent and advisor. Money from the Bears’ award goes to Ed McCaskey Scholarship Fund, which donates to children at Maryville Academy in Des Plaines. Ed McCaskey, the former Bears vice president, was a Maryville supporter. Smith — the former first-round pick from Georgia who is entering his fourth NFL season — will be honored alongside other teams’ winners at a virtual event at 6 p.m. Saturday
Vinnie Hinostroza has become the Blackhawks’ natural chemistry creator
The rest of the Blackhawks were searching for solutions during the second intermission Wednesday when Vinnie Hinostroza turned to Brandon Hagel, trying to pump him up. “He was saying...if we get out there, let’s be Bash Brothers,” Hagel said after the game, unable to hold back a grin. Hinostroza, meanwhile, set up Hagel for the overtime goal with a slick zone entry. And since returning to his hometown, Hinostroza has created instant, tangible chemistry with every fellow Hawks wing he has played with. First it was with Dominik Kubalik, who gave Hinostroza his first two points of the season by depositing goals off his passes Apr.
Here’s why Mattias Janmark has fit in so well with Golden Knights
Mattias Janmark has been given a lot of responsibility in his first five games with the Golden Knights, and his teammates are impressed with the way he has responded. Golden Knights center Mattias Janmark (26) is cheered on by teammates after scoring his first goal during the third period of an NHL game at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Las Vegas. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoGolden Knights' Mattias Janmark (26) and San Jose Sharks' Kevin Labanc (62) fight for puck during the third period of an NHL hockey game at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Monday, April 19, 2021. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesThe Golden Knights haven’t been easing Mattias Janmark into their lineup. It usually isn’t.”The Knights hope they can see even more of Janmark’s game as he gets more adjusted.
Mike Mayock excited about potential of 2 second-year players
Raiders general manager Mike Mayock says the maturation of Henry Ruggs and Damon Arnette is one key to the team’s improvement in 2021. Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) stretches during a practice session at the Intermountain Healthcare Performance Center on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Henderson. The rookie seasons of wide receiver Henry Ruggs and cornerback Damon Arnette were a mixture of momentary flashes, injuries, setbacks and an obvious need to get bigger, stronger and better. “I’m excited about both of them,” Mayock said on a Zoom call with reporters. And we think he will.”Of Arnette, who missed a big chunk of time after wrist surgery, Mayock said; “We need consistency and effort.
Zaon Collins’ lawyers fault driver killed in fatal crash, ‘arbitrary’ marijuana law
Lawyers for the Las Vegas basketball standout have asked a judge to throw out his DUI and reckless driving charges in connection with a crash that killed a man. Collins is charged with DUI resulting in death and reckless driving in a fatal wreck on Dec. 30, 2021. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeFormer Bishop Gorman High School basketball standout Zaon Collins, second from left, talks with his attorney David Chesnoff, outside of Chesnoff's office, Thursday, April 22, 2021, as his parents, Latoya Coleman, right, and Marvin Collins, left, look on. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeLawyers for Las Vegas basketball standout Zaon Collins have asked a judge to throw out DUI and reckless driving charges against him in connection with a fatal wreck. An officer reported that Collins’ eyes appeared to be bloodshot and watery at the time of the crash.
Chris Weidman on the Uriah Hall rematch and the old Serra-Longo/Tiger Schulmann rivalry
Nearly 11 years since Long Island's Chris Weidman and Queens' Uriah Hall first fought each other on the local scene, they rematch each other at UFC 261 in Florida on Saturday. Weidman talks about that and the rivalry that once existed between his Serra-Longo team and Hall's Tiger Schulmann team. Credit: Newsday
Oregon State football depth chart, mid-spring practice edition
CORVALLIS -- With eight of Oregon State’s 15 spring football practices complete through Thursday, it’s time to take a look the depth chart midway through drills. This is not the depth we anticipate for the Beavers’ season opener at Purdue on Sept. 4. Position First team Second team Quarterback Ben Gulbranson6-3, 216, Fr. Tre’Shaun Harrison6-1, 189, Jr. Receiver Champ Flemings5-5, 144, R-Jr. Trevon Bradford6-0, 185, R-Sr. Receiver Silas Bolden5-8, 150, Fr. Defensive end Isaac Hodgins6-0, 274, Jr. Jeromy Reichner6-1, 256, R-Sr. Outside linebacker Andrzej Hughes-Murray6-2, 244, R-Sr. Cory Stover6-6, 240, R-Fr.
Could NFL draft’s depth at offensive line sway Vikings to take a defensive end in first round?
In the previous seven drafts with Mike Zimmer as head coach, the Vikings have taken four offensive players and four defensive players in the first round. “There’s probably a little more depth on the offensive line than on the defensive line if you’re looking for those real difference makers in the draft,” Davis said. But while he doesn’t eliminate the possibility that the Vikings could go with a defensive end at No. “He looks more like Danielle Hunter to me,” said Davis, referring to the Vikings’ two-time Pro Bowl defensive end. 14),” Chavous said.
Are the Bengals bluffing? Will they pick Oregon Duck star Penei Sewell at No. 5?
Beat reporter Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer joined me on Thursday for an in-depth discussion about the Bengals interest in Oregon Ducks’ star Penei Sewell in the NFL Draft. Dragon said the Bengals have a shaky offensive line. Would the Bengals really pass on the Outland Trophy winner and pick a wide receiver? The Bengals need a receiver, sure. But are they bluffing about Chase and trying to entice a team picking below them in the draft to move up?
For Oregon State baseball — with 34 lineups in 35 games — the only lineup consistency is inconsistency
In 35 games this season, the Beavers have used 34 lineups as Canham has mixed and matched combinations at every spot in the order. The only consistency with Canham’s lineup has been inconsistency. Canham has changed lineups for all of these reasons — and more — over the first 35 games of the season. It was the first time this season Canham’s lineup has featured the same one-through-five hitters in three consecutive games. “In an ideal situation, the guys can create the lineup,” Canham said.
Chris LePore, Wes Miller's assistant at UNCG, follows Bearcats' head coach to Cincinnati
Chris LePore, who has worked under Wes Miller for the past seven seasons at UNC Greensboro, tweeted Thursday that he's following the new Cincinnati Bearcats head coach and joining UC's coaching staff - again as an assistant under Miller. He became the Spartans' director of basketball operations in Sept. 2016, and was promoted to assistant coach in July 2017. UNCG made two NCAA Tournament appearances and two NIT appearances in the five seasons since LePore became director of basketball ops. UC parted ways with John Brannen - the Bearcats' head coach the past two seasons - earlier this month, hiring Miller to replace him. Miller agreed late last week to a six-year, $7.875 million deal to be UC's head coach.
Kentucky high school diving: St. Henry senior wins Kentucky state championship
Northern Kentucky continues to dominate boys diving in Kentucky. St. Henry senior Aidan Stigall won the Kentucky High School Athletic Association one-meter boys diving championship Thursday in Versailles. He is the second St. Henry diver to win the boys title, following Mitchell Kellerman in 2006. The boys meet begins at 11 a.m. and the girls at 5 p.m. Northern Kentucky swimmers will compete at Union College in Barbourville. No spectators will be permitted at the state meet, and competitors are split up into three sites with the times being compiled after the event.
FC Cincinnati notebook: Jaap Stam talks European Super League, possible midfield additions
The dominant story in global soccer this year "basically came out of the blue for everybody," as FC Cincinnati head coach Jaap Stam described on Thursday the prior weekend's breaking news of the proposed European Super League. During his playing days, Stam suited up for Manchester United FC and later at AC Milan – two of the 12 clubs that launched the venture. Speaking during his pre-match news conference ahead of Saturday's FC Cincinnati trip to play New York City FC, Stam remarked on the European Super League concept. "For many, many years it’s been spoke about – a super league, a different league. Stam on the midfield play against Nashville SCAfter FC Cincinnati's back-line defenders seemed primed for scrutiny early in the 2021 Major League Soccer season, it's the midfield positions for FC Cincinnati that are now facing questions from outside the organization.
Bullpen troubles loom large as Cincinnati Reds swept at home by Arizona Diamondbacks
The Reds, on a four-game losing streak, were swept in their three-game series against the Arizona Diamondbacks. It was the first time the D-Backs swept a series at Great American Ball Park since Aug. 2015. The Reds had a one-run lead in the eighth inning Tuesday before they lost 5-4 in the suspended game. The Reds had just one hit after a leadoff homer by Jesse Winker until their offense exploded in the sixth inning. In the seventh inning, after the Reds’ bullpen gave up four runs on five walks and two hits, the offense picked up their pitchers.
NCAA tweaks college football OT format to shorten games
The NCAA playing rules oversight panel on Thursday approved a proposal made last month by the playing rules committee to tweak the overtime format. National coordinator of officials Steve Shaw said in March overtime games add an average of 16.4 plays to a contest. The new rule will have teams run alternating 2-point plays in the third overtime instead of starting another drive at the opponent’s 25-yard line. The playing rules panel also approved recommendations to permanently extend the sideline team area to the 20-yard lines from the 25-yard lines. The playing rules panel also said in 2021 officials will be told to emphasize rules against players taunting an opponent, flagrant uniform violations, and coaches coming onto the field to argue officiating decisions.
EPL looks to deploy moves to stop future Super League threat
They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations within the Premier League. Varying degrees of public apologies have come from Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham, although not Chelsea, since quitting the 12-team Super League project on Tuesday night in the face of a growing public backlash. The big clubs previously threatened a Super League in 2016 and leveraged that to secure four automatic Champions League qualification places for England, Spain, Italy and Germany each year. Agnelli served as head of the European Club Association until Sunday night, when he resigned in connection to the Super League plans being announced. When their true intentions emerged, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters rallied the other 14 Premier League clubs, the Football Association and British government to repel the Big Six who had spent years throwing its weight around the English game.
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Blue Jackets facing David Savard while struggling to preserve culture he helped build
Going into a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Thursday, the Blue Jackets hadn’t won since former captain Nick Foligno and David Savard were on the roster. In short order, a huge chunk of the Blue Jackets’ heart and soul had been removed. Adding further sting were three former Blue Jackets in the Panthers’ lineup, including Anthony Duclair (three assists). That decision did not go unnoticed by Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella, who viewed it as evidence of a drop in respect for his team. It was Domi’s first experience as a healthy scratch in his six-year NHL career.
JaCoby Jones' big plays not enough, Tigers drop series to Pirates
Detroit — During the nightcap of a very chilly doubleheader on Wednesday, manager AJ Hinch sidled over to JaCoby Jones. With a game-tying home run and a spectacular running, crashing catch, Jones had a lot more fun on Thursday. There was another move later in the game that backfired on Hinch and the Pirates left Comerica Park with a series win, beating the Tigers 4-2. BOX SCORE: Pirates 4, Tigers 2It was a 2-2 game in the top of the eighth. More: Works in progress: First full season a 'learning process' for Tigers' Mize, SkubalThat after Jones put the Tigers in a position to take the lead.
OU women's basketball: Michael Neal, Chantel Osahor added to Sooners' staff
NORMAN — New OU women's basketball Jennie Baranczyk bridged the Sooners' past with her own in making her first assistant coaching hires. Michael Neal, a former OU standout was named to Baranczyk's staff Thursday after seven seasons as the head coach at Norman High. Neal's state title team this season was loaded with Division I talent, including Sooners signee Kelbie Washington. Branczyk also hired Chantel Osahor, who has spent the last two seasons as an assistant at Arkansas. Osahor also spent time as an assistant at Washington, her alma mater, before joining Mike Neighbors' Razorback staff after Neighbors went from Washington to Fayetteville.
Olympic athletes promised legal support if they protest
“Nor has our commitment to elevating athlete expression and the voices of marginalized populations everywhere in support of racial and social justice,” CEO Sarah Hirshland said. And the USOPC's athletes' group also put out a statement saying it was disappointed to see no “meaningful or impactful change to” Rule 50. “Until the IOC changes its approach of feeding the myth of the neutrality of sport or protecting the status quo, the voices of marginalized athletes will continue to be silenced,” the athletes' group leadership said in a statement. Both Schwab and Herber said minorities would be protected from discrimination if the IOC recognized the human rights of athletes to express themselves. The IOC erred by trying to regulate the place where a protest might take place instead of the statement's content, Schwab said, adding athletes’ freedom of expression in Olympic venues “should be respected, protected and indeed promoted.”Athletes breaching Rule 50 can be sanctioned by three bodies: the IOC, their sport's governing body, and their national Olympic committee (NOC).
EXPLAINER: Why is Chauvin unlikely to face maximum sentence?
Even though he was found guilty of three counts, under Minnesota statutes he’ll only be sentenced on the most serious one — second-degree murder. Likewise, if Chauvin’s second-degree murder count is ultimately dismissed, he would be brought back to court for resentencing on the top remaining charge. If Judge Peter Cahill were to sentence Chauvin to anything above that, he risks having his decision reversed on appeal. No matter what sentence Chauvin gets, in Minnesota it’s presumed that a defendant with good behavior will serve two-thirds of the penalty in prison and the rest on supervised release or parole. Both sides are writing legal briefs on aggravating factors, which Cahill will review before determining whether they exist.
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After the Super League fiasco: five reforms that could save the game | David Conn
The Football Supporters’ Association, whose recommendations have often been indulged but not implemented, is now a central participant in the fan-led review. When a sport becomes so grossly unequal, dominated on and off the field by billionaire-owned corporations, it is betraying its heritage, as the fans’ outcry against the Super League has shown. The football corporations now dominating the Premier League, wholly owned by investors, are an outcome of this deregulation. The Premier League resisted introducing such a test for years, arguing it could be illegal, until the Football League finally introduced some rules in June 2004 and the Premier League followed in August of that year. ‘Suffer consequences’: Uefa to discuss punishments for Super League rebels Read moreThe current rule, which bars people who are insolvent or have unspent convictions, is a bare minimum safeguard.
Jamie Vardy and Kelechi Iheanacho fire impressive Leicester past West Brom
With panache and no mercy Leicester hardened their top-four credentials and plunged West Brom deeper into the bottom three. This was a powerful way to discredit suggestions that Brendan Rodgers’ team could fade again as the season reaches its finale. West Brom are nine points below 17th-placed Burnley with six matches remaining and an awful goal difference, which Leicester enjoyed making worse. Iheanacho should have scored again before half-time but spooned a shot way over from 10 yards. West Brom needed to respond quickly but could barely get the ball, let alone pass it with Leicester’s pizzazz.
Jack Nowell interview: 'These silly red cards and long bans have to stop'
Not many current players have been as vociferous and impassioned about the state of modern rugby as Jack Nowell. In fairness, the England and Exeter wing has had plenty of time to ponder his views on rugby's status as a collision sport. Since the 2019 World Cup final, Exeter have played 51 matches and Nowell has played in just 15 of them, with his last start coming in the Chiefs’ Premiership final victory over Wasps last October. "I feel that a lot of the stuff at the minute comes from ex-players or people not involved in the game," Nowell says. "I tweeted about the Jack Yeandle (Exeter hooker) incident - you're talking centimetres sometimes.
Angry Arsenal fans tell Josh Kroenke Super League plot was 'cowardly' and 'a disgrace'
Arsenal director Josh Kroenke was told by furious fans that the club’s involvement in the botched Super League was a “disgrace” and “cowardly” as the American owners continue to face mounting pressure from supporters. Kroenke appeared at a fans’ forum on Thursday to admit that the club had “got it wrong” by agreeing to join the proposed Super League, which crumbled within days. Akhil Vyas, of the Arsenal Supporters’ Trust, told Kroenke he was “ashamed” of the club’s decision to join the Super League. Because clearly you are not in touch with fans.”At the start of the call, Kroenke told supporters: “The first question we asked ourselves was: what is worse, a Super League or a Super League without Arsenal? We decided a Super League without Arsenal was the worst of both those answers.
Boris Johnson met with Manchester United chief Ed Woodward days before European Super League launch
Boris Johnson met with Ed Woodward, executive vice-chairman of Manchester United, in Downing Street days before the launch of the ill-fated European Super League, The Independent can reveal. Sources at Manchester United said that Mr Woodward’s talks with Mr Rosenfield were “around Covid restrictions and the return of fans to stadiums”. Following the meeting, Mr Woodward was introduced to the prime minister, Manchester United sources confirmed. A Downing Street spokesperson refused to comment on the breakfast meeting, but a senior source insisted there was “definitely no discussion of the Super League”. The source said Mr Johnson was not in the meeting between Mr Rosenfield and Mr Woodward, but said they could not rule out that they may have met each other elsewhere in the building.
Super League: Barcelona feared ‘historical error’ of missing out and insist ‘structural reforms’ are needed
Barcelona have broken their silence to explain their participation in the European Super League, with the Catalan club saying they always retained their right to get approval from their members before fully signing up for the project. The six Premier League clubs involved quickly backtracked and left the breakaway competition within 48 hours, with Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid following suit. The statement from the club said Barcelona agree with “most major European clubs” that there remains “a need for structural reforms to guarantee the financial sustainability and feasibility of world football”. After the explanations of their initial involvement, taken “as a matter of immediate urgency” by the new board, the statement also discussed plans for returning to the discussion. Rather than abandoning the competition entirely, Barcelona say the focus must be on greater discourse with supporters to understand their disdain and anger toward the Super League, while also pointing out that a Spanish court has granted legal protection to the project.
'Hypocrites' claim as podium protests banned at Tokyo, Beijing Olympics after poll
More than two-thirds of 3,547 athletes polled said it is "not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views" on the victory podium, field of play or at official ceremonies, the International Olympic Committee said. "Citing 70% of athletes polled supported this. Taking the 70% claim at face value, I wonder what percent of those polled have been marginalized and targeted for hate." American hammer thrower Gwen Berry, who staged a raised-fist protest on the podium at the 2019 Pan-American Games in Peru, was even more damning. "The IOC are hypocrites who continue to silence athletes for capital gain," tweeted Berry.
Leicester crush West Brom to boost top four chances
Advertising Read moreLeicester (United Kingdom) (AFP)Leicester blitzed West Brom 3-0 on Thursday to strengthen their grip on a Premier League top-four place and snuff out the Baggies' revival. First-half goals from Jamie Vardy, Jonny Evans and Kelechi Iheanacho gave West Brom a mountain to climb and Leicester kept a firm grip on the match after the break. Iheanacho continued his fine form, making it 3-0 when he collected Vardy's pass and fired past Sam Johnstone. Leicester maintained their grip on the game in the second half but lacked their earlier sharpness in attacking areas. West Brom were a sporadic threat as the game wore on but never seriously threatened a comeback as Leicester celebrated a vital three points.
Atlético beats Huesca to return to the top in Spanish league
APMADRID (AP) — Ángel Correa and Yannick Carrasco scored a goal in each half as Atlético Madrid defeated Huesca 2-0 Thursday to regain sole possession of the Spanish league lead. The home victory left Atlético three points in front of second-place Real Madrid, which had provisionally taken the lead on Wednesday by winning 3-0 at Cádiz. Fourth-place Barcelona can move back past Sevilla if it defeats Getafe at home later Thursday. Atlético was coming off a 5-0 rout of last-place Eibar after two consecutive setbacks had allowed Madrid and Barcelona to move closer to the top. It was the second consecutive loss for Huesca, which stayed just inside the relegation zone.
Atalanta draws 1-1 at Roma to remain 3rd in Serie A
APROME (AP) — Ten-man Atalanta wasted a chance to move into second place in Serie A with a 1-1 draw at Europa League semifinalist Roma on Thursday. Former Atalanta midfielder Bryan Cristante equalized with a long-range shot midway through the second half — shortly after Atalanta fullback Robin Gosens picked up his second yellow card. Third-place Atalanta remained one point behind second-place AC Milan and moved level on points with fourth-place Juventus, which it beat last weekend. Roma also finished with 10 men when Roger Ibañez picked up his second yellow in the final seconds of stoppage time. “Atalanta represent the antithesis to the Super League,” Atalanta general manager Umberto Marino said.
Ex-NFLer Geno Hayes in hospice care with liver complications
Former NFL linebacker Geno Hayes is under hospice care for liver complications and “fighting for his life,” his high school football coach told USA TODAY. Hayes, 33, played for the Buccaneers, Bears and Jaguars during a seven-year NFL career that ended after the 2014 season. He’s fighting for his life,” high school coach Frankie Carroll said after visiting Hayes at his mother’s home in Valdosta, Ga. last Sunday. Geno’s a fun-loving guy.”Hayes finished his NFL career with 401 tackles, 10 sacks, six forced fumbles, six interceptions and two defensive touchdowns. Geno Hayes playing for the Jaguars in 2013 Getty Images“And he’d get people on the ground when he got there,” former Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrew told the website.
Meet the man in a bear suit walking from Los Angeles to San Francisco
He has got a giant padded head, perfectly round red cheeks and a bobbletail and he is walking from Los Angeles to San Francisco. The journey Larios began on April 12 has morphed into something bigger, drawing fans from all over. Upon reaching San Francisco, he said he plans to hold an online vote to determine where to donate the money. Jesse Larios, 33, from Los Angeles, wears a bear suit while walking along Hollister Road in Gilroy, California April 21, 2021. Larios, who began his journey April 12, isn’t sure what inspired him in the first place.
Yankees’ Aaron Hicks calls Derek Chauvin guilty verdict a ‘no-brainer’
CLEVELAND — Aaron Hicks called the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin case a “no-brainer.”Hicks, who sat out a game on April 12 following the news that Daunte Wright had been killed by police in a Minneapolis suburb the day before, was encouraged by the fact that Chauvin, a former police officer, was found guilty on all three charges — second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter — and faces up to 40 years behind bars on the top charge for killing George Floyd in Minneapolis last summer. “I think it was a no-brainer,” Hicks said Thursday before the Yankees faced the Indians at Progressive Field. “I think we have a long way to go, but I think it’s a good start.”Yankees outfielder Aaron Hicks called the Derek Chauvin guilty verdict a “no-brainer.” Getty ImagesHicks told Aaron Boone earlier this month he was struggling emotionally following the death of Wright, a 20-year-old unarmed black man, during a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, Minn. — about 10 miles from where Floyd died.
Astros vs. Angels prediction, line: Runs will be at a premium
The Houston Astros have had a tough go of it offensively, but have their ace on the mound Thursday as they look to get back on track against the Los Angeles Angels. The Astros are averaging 3.2 runs per game at home this season, which is the second-fewest in the league to only the Rangers but may not need many runs to support Christian Javier. The Angels will send out Alex Cobb, who also has had good command, with two walks and one home run allowed in 11 ²/? innings across two starts this season. With the Angels bullpen allowing the second-fewest home runs per nine innings and the Astros struggling to plate runs to start with and having an elevation change coming from Colorado on top of it, should be scarce in Houston on Thursday. The play: Angels vs Astros, Under 9 runs.
Tom Brady is completely flipping out over NFL’s ‘dumb’ jersey number rule
Tom Brady isn’t a fan of the NFL’s revised rule that allows players to change their jersey number based on position. 12 jersey number won’t change — due to the exemption of quarterbacks, punters, kickers and offensive linemen — he’s clearly concerned about players having difficulty identifying positions. Just have colored jerseys…why not wear the same number?…DUMB.”Tom Brady went off on Instagram about the NFL’s new jersey number rules. @tombrady/InstagramQuarterbacks, punters and kickers are still required to wear numbers 1 to 19 and offensive linemen would still get to choose from numbers from 50 to 79. The NFL’s approval of its revised jersey number rule comes just weeks after owners voted to extend the regular season to 17 games.
The Boston Red Sox are off to a surprising start in the AL East
This was not supposed to be the year Red Sox fans fell in love again. The Red Sox are not the only team exceeding expectations with a strong start. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementBut the Red Sox, not exactly used to sneaking up on people, are sneaking up on almost everyone. He and 26-year-old slugger Franchy Cordero, both acquired in deals for former Red Sox outfielders, could be important parts of that Boston lineup for a long time. Bobby Dalbec may join them; the Red Sox hope the 25-year-old first baseman can emerge as a reliable offensive producer for years to come.
Trouble in the Bronx: It's Only April, but Time to Start Worrying About Yankees
Kathy Willens/Associated PressNew York Yankees great Yogi Berra famously liked to say, "It's getting late early out there." It feels like it's getting late early for the Yankees right now, who are off to their worst start in 30 years. Maybe the upstate New York native is conditioned for pitching in the cold, or maybe the Yankees fell flat. And then you're a little late. That kind of juggling is needed to keep it from getting too late too early in the Bronx.
Video: Cowboys Legend Tony Romo Eagles on 1st Hole of Veritex Bank Championship
The Dallas Cowboys legend carded an eagle with this chip shot on his first hole at the Veritex Bank Championship on Thursday:Romo received a sponsor's exemption to play in this weekend's event on the Korn Ferry Tour. This marks his first appearance in a professional tournament since the Price Cutter Charity Championship in July. "It's been three or four years now for me going out and attacking each day," Romo told reporters leading up to the Veritex Bank Championship. "I'm starting to see all the hard work starting to pay off." While he still had 17 holes to play, his great start is an indication that the hard work he put in could make him a quality player in professional events.
EPL looks to deploy moves to stop future Super League threat
Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium is seen after the collapse of English involvement in the proposed European Super League, Manchester, England, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jon Super)Manchester United's Old Trafford Stadium is seen after the collapse of English involvement in the proposed European Super League, Manchester, England, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations within the Premier League. The big clubs previously threatened a Super League in 2016 and leveraged that to secure four automatic Champions League qualification places for England, Spain, Italy and Germany each year. Agnelli served as head of the European Club Association until Sunday night, when he resigned in connection to the Super League plans being announced.
Philly developer has big plans for Atlantic City’s Showboat
It will add at least $29 million to the amount he plans for the Showboat, which ceased to operate as a casino in 2014. “We’re going to be the first true year-round family resort in Atlantic City,” Blatstein said. Tuesday afternoon, a state agency, the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority, approved indoor and outdoor entertainment plans for the Showboat. They are separate from the $100 million water park at the site which the agency approved for a tax incentive plan last December. Blatstein said he hopes to break ground on the water park by the end of May.
Blank hopes to hire new UW Madison athletic director by June
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank said Thursday that she hopes to hire Athletic Director Barry Alvarez’s successor by the end of June. Blank said during a virtual luncheon hosted by WisPolitics.com and the Milwaukee Press Club on Thursday that she expects to hire a “very strong person” by the time Alvarez leaves. She said she expects his successor to lead Wisconsin athletics for the next 10 to 15 years. Wisconsin teams won 16 national titles while Alvarez was athletic director. Five of those came in women’s lightweight rowing, a sport whose championships aren’t sanctioned by the NCAA.
Kansas governor vetoes ban for transgender school athletes
The Democratic governor calls a Republican proposal to ban transgender athletes from girls' and women's school sports "regressive." The Democratic governor calls a Republican proposal to ban transgender athletes from girls' and women's school sports "regressive." Laura Kelly on Thursday vetoed a Republican measure that would have made Kansas the latest state with a GOP-controlled legislature to ban transgender athletes from girls’ and women’s school sports. Idaho enacted such a ban last year, and Republican governors in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee have signed measures this year. Sen. Roger Marshall, a Kansas Republican, has been vocal in supporting legislation in Congress.
CONCACAF avoids Northeast, West Coast for Gold Cup
MIAMI (AP) — CONCACAF is avoiding the large population areas of the Northeast and West Coast for the Gold Cup, a championship many top players are likely to skip. ADVERTISEMENTU.S. coach Gregg Berhalter has said he will allow his Europe-based players to skip the tournament and take vacation ahead of the European club seasons and the start of World Cup qualifying on Sept. 2. The United States is in Gold Cup Group B with Canada, Martinique and the winner of qualifying among Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda and Barbados. Costa Rica, Jamaica and Suriname are in Group C, with the winner of qualifying among Guatemala, Guyana, Guadeloupe and Bahamas. Honduras, Panama, Grenada and invited guest Qatar, next year’s World Cup host, are in Group D.Qualifying is scheduled for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 2-6,___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Steph Curry is in a battle to make the playoffs and the fans are the beneficiaries
If basketball wasn’t a sport, this John Mayer solo over Eric Clapton’s “Promises” could be Stephen Curry right now, dancing on the canvas laid out by his predecessors, pushing an old form to new limits. Curry is on a similar tear right now, averaging 38.7 points and shooting 47% on 14.3 3-point attempts in the month of April. Stephen Curry is averaging 38.7 points and shooting 47% on 14.3 3-point attempts in the month of April. On Wednesday, the final game of the road trip, the Wizards trapped Curry all game. The game has never demanded more from Curry, and we are the beneficiaries.
Tom Brady says the new rule about NFL jersey numbers is 'DUMB' in fiery Instagram post
On Instagram, Tom Brady called the new rule "DUMB." The NFL will debut a few new rules in the coming season, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady is not a fan. This week, the NFL announced that the league would loosen restrictions on the numbers players can wear. Brady wrote. "DUMB," Brady wrote in a follow-up post.
Minutes into a 911 call a Florida driver realizes what smashed through her windshield
AccuWeatherWintry weather made a brutal return to a large swath of the United States this week, bringingsome cases of record cold and snow. "Near whiteout snow conditions will likely be a contributing factor in the investigations," the Washington County, Wisconsin, Sherrif's Office said in a Facebook post. As the weather system spread eastward, it brought record cold for the date to many locations across the nation's midsection. Not far away in Rochester, another snow record fell. And AccuWeather forecasters warn that the uncomfortably cold temperatures are set to linger a little while longer across a wide stretch of the nation.
Looking for Oscar pool help? Here’s what the smart money says
By now, you probably have strong feelings about who’s going to win in the Oscar categories for acting, as well as for best picture and director, if you follow such things. But isn’t it always the short films and the crafts categories such as sound that sink you in the Oscar pool? For amusement purposes only, an actual betting analyst is here to tell you what the “smart money” is on for those tricky categories. He explains the “American standard way is if you see a minus by a name, you have to put in that much money to win $100. So you’d have to put in $670 to win $100 on ‘Nomadland’ — not a whole lot of value there.
Brand-new Polar Park is ready to go, but will it be a good deal for Worcester?
In assuming over half the construction cost of the $159-million-plus ballpark, the City of Worcester was also placing a bet on itself. “We’re still going strong here in the city, but this has brought us to a new level.”Baseball will be played at Polar Park beginning May 11. As lessees of Polar Park for the next 30 years, the WooSox will reap nearly all of the revenue from tickets, concessions, advertising, broadcasting rights, and merchandise. Both the city and the team pegged the total construction and design costs at approximately $118 million. The more development you have around, the more jobs it brings here and people working at the ballpark,” said Petty.
Alex Cora shares the story of the time he almost had to pitch for the Red Sox
To preserve their bullpen arms at the end of a long series, the White Sox employed not one, but two position players as pitchers to close out the game. The Red Sox’ Patriots’ Day drubbing of the Chicago White Sox wasn’t terribly suspenseful, but it did show fans something they don’t see every day. But Red Sox manager Alex Cora told the “Ordway, Merloni, and Fauria” show on WEEI he wasn’t upset the shorthanded White Sox used the last-resort move so early in the game. “And they did that.”The Red Sox skipper and former infielder shared his own humorous story of how former Sox manager Terry Francona almost sent Cora into a game to pitch when he played for Boston in 2008. “I’m like, ‘Of course!’”The Red Sox manager went on to say that he was a “decent” pitcher in high school, pitching through his junior year, and threw a fastball that topped out around 85 miles per hour.
49ers 7-round mock draft: Big school prospects build San Francisco’s depth
For me, this is the best week of the season — teams are locking in their draft boards and information is flying. So here’s my opinion, since the 49ers aren’t leaking anything to anyone: Fields is closer to being the No. Round 2, Pick 43Pat Freiermuth, TE, Penn State» The Niners’ biggest need going into this draft might be tight end. Round 5, Pick 155Dylan Moses, LB, Alabama Related Articles NFL Draft: Has 49ers’ defensive front lost its ‘edge’ or can they find support for Bosa, Ford? And he’s not going to jump out of the gym, but he’ll jump much higher than the cornerback.
Realignment created a huge imbalance in 6A track and field — and some state-worthy qualifiers are paying the price
It’s flipped in the middle distance and distance races — the 800, 1,600 and 3,200 — where 6A Region I has a 16-6 edge over Region II. Hebron (3:16.82) is the only qualifier for the 6A Region I meet that has run faster than 3:22. The top times for a 6A Region II runner this season are 5:02.56 in the 1,600 and 10:55.63 in the 3,200. No school currently in 6A Region I has ever won a girls track team state championship in the top classification. Here is a look at the insane amount of talent on the girls side in newly aligned 6A Region II, with national rankings from MileSplit.com.
Casey Thompson, Hudson Card discuss adversity, Longhorns QB battle ahead of spring game
Casey Thompson and Hudson Card are no strangers to adversity. For Thompson, that was waiting behind former quarterback Sam Ehlinger for three years for his chance to be the starting quarterback. But head coach Steve Sarkisian is far from making a final decision on who will become Texas’ next starting quarterback. “I think in life you go through adversity, and I think I went through some adversity the first few years here on campus,” Thompson said. But both Thompson and Card are remaining hopeful that everything will fall into place.
Witnesses: Semi driver ran a steady red, causing crash that hospitalized 4 in Greeley
Witnesses of a Wednesday morning crash that sent four to the hospital said the driver of a semi ran a red light, causing the crash. Police determined 74-year-old Ronald Clark was driving a semi truck loaded with gravel on eastbound U.S. 34. Several witnesses have reported he ran a steady red light at 35th Avenue while at a speed of about 50 mph, striking several cars in the intersection, according to police. The semi remained out of control, crossing into the westbound lanes, where it struck several more vehicles stopped for the red light. The highway was closed for three hours for clean-up, and the semi was removed a bit later.
Super League among sporting ventures that went wrong
During a warm-up match for the series, Stanford was pictured sitting among the wives and girlfriends of England’s players, with one perched on his knee. The whole episode proved to be an embarrassment for English cricket, especially since a five-year deal lasted one series. XFLIn 2001, a new American football league went for style over substance in trying to appeal to young, male viewers. He partnered with NBC to create the XFL, an eight-team spring league that debuted just days after the NFL’s Super Bowl. ALLIANCE OF AMERICAN FOOTBALLThis was another shot at a spring football league, in 2019, but it didn’t complete its season.
Jared Bednar to surpass Bob Hartley as Avalanche’s longest-tenured head coach Thursday at St. Louis
Jared Bednar will coach his 360th NHL game with the Avalanche on Thursday night at St. Louis to break the club record he shares with Bob Hartley, who led the Avs to the 2001 Stanley Cup. “Hopefully, I can coach another 360-some games for the Avalanche,” Bednar said after the morning skate at Enterprise Center. “I try to live in the moment and coach in the moment,” Bednar said before the Avs’ first game in more than a week. The Avs’ seventh head coach, Tony Granato, coached two-plus seasons in two stints between 2003-09. Five full days off and just one practice and one AM skate but #Avs coach Jared Bednar said the boys ready to tonight at #stlblues pic.twitter.com/s4DpDKKoGc — Mike Chambers (@MikeChambers) April 22, 2021Footnote.
EPL looks to deploy moves to stop future Super League threat
LONDON — Having rapidly mobilized to thwart rebel clubs from joining a breakaway European competition, the Premier League is taking steps to prevent the so-called “Big Six” from attempting something similar in the future. They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations within the Premier League. The big clubs previously threatened a Super League in 2016 and leveraged that to secure four automatic Champions League qualification places for England, Spain, Italy and Germany each year. Agnelli served as head of the European Club Association until Sunday night, when he resigned in connection to the Super League plans being announced. When their true intentions emerged, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters rallied the other 14 Premier League clubs, the Football Association and British government to repel the Big Six who had spent years throwing its weight around the English game.
Green 19 podcast: How the draft might play out for the Packers and GM Brian Gutekunst
The NFL draft is near, and co-hosts Olivia Reiner and Tom Silverstein break down some scenarios on how the board might fall for GM Brian Gutekunst and look at some players he might be interested in. Download the mp3 file here, listen to the stream here or below, or subscribe to it in the iTunes store or on Stitcher.
Regulators OK Circa sportsbook to operate at Henderson casino
The Nevada Gaming Commission gave Circa CEO Derek Stevens’ betting company the green light Thursday to operate the sportsbook at Henderson’s The Pass casino. Football fans take in the action at the Circa Sportsbook as NFL games play across the 78-million-pixel screen at Circa in downtown Las Vegas on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020. (Chase Stevens/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @csstevensphotoCirca Sports has an opening date for its second satellite sportsbook. The Nevada Gaming Commission gave Circa CEO Derek Stevens’ betting company the green light Thursday to operate the sportsbook at Henderson’s The Pass casino. Circa Sports operates books at Stevens’ three casinos, the eponymous Circa resort, the D Las Vegas and Golden Gate.
‘He’s been a winner’: Dolphins hope Tua Tagovailoa’s offseason, 2021 NFL draft picks propel rebuild
“So, as we build around and what we’re doing, yeah, you’re always looking at what your quarterback does best. But you’re also looking at weighing that versus the best player that is available for your team.”
Chicago Bears name Roquan Smith their Ed Block Courage Award winner
Bears teammates voted for the fourth-year inside linebacker to receive the award, which is given annually to one player on each NFL team who best displays professionalism, strength and dedication and is a community role model.
Yoán Moncada is struggling at the plate but hasn’t let it affect his defense at third base for the Chicago White Sox: ‘He’s got Gold Glove talent’
“Work hard every day, try to do my best, try to progress and keep a solid defense,” Moncada said. “Because you know that’s one part we can really control. You have to do the best you can. Separate your offense from your defense because sometimes, like right now, I’m not getting good results from my offense, but I can’t let that affect my defense.”
EPL looks to deploy moves to stop future Super League threat
They spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss private deliberations within the Premier League. Varying degrees of public apologies have come from Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham, although not Chelsea, since quitting the 12-team Super League project on Tuesday night in the face of a growing public backlash. The big clubs previously threatened a Super League in 2016 and leveraged that to secure four automatic Champions League qualification places for England, Spain, Italy and Germany each year. Agnelli served as head of the European Club Association until Sunday night, when he resigned in connection to the Super League plans being announced. When their true intentions emerged, Premier League chief executive Richard Masters rallied the other 14 Premier League clubs, the Football Association and British government to repel the Big Six who had spent years throwing its weight around the English game.
CONCACAF avoids Northeast, West Coast for Gold Cup
MIAMI - (AP) -- CONCACAF is avoiding the large population areas of the Northeast and West Coast for the Gold Cup, a championship many top players are likely to skip. U.S. coach Gregg Berhalter has said he will allow his Europe-based players to skip the tournament and take vacation ahead of the European club seasons and the start of World Cup qualifying on Sept. 2. The United States is in Gold Cup Group B with Canada, Martinique and the winner of qualifying among Haiti, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda and Barbados. Costa Rica, Jamaica and Suriname are in Group C, with the winner of qualifying among Guatemala, Guyana, Guadeloupe and Bahamas. Honduras, Panama, Grenada and invited guest Qatar, next year's World Cup host, are in Group D.Qualifying is scheduled for Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from July 2-6,___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
John Shipley: Rocco Baldelli’s ingenuous compassion wearing thin with frustrated Twins fans
The Twins had three games postponed by positive COVID-19 tests and went 0-4 against the Angels and A’s. “It’s been a hell of a trip, in not a good way,” Baldelli said in the immediate aftermath. Returning from a three-day layoff with a doubleheader Tuesday against the A’s, the Twins lost 7-0 and 1-0. Twins fans are not happy — with the offense, the bullpen or the manager, whose conspicuous moves Wednesday at RingCentral Stadium came back on him like a boomerang. “We’re finding ways,” Baldelli said in perhaps his most Rocco Baldelli statement of all, “to not win games.”Lose, Rocco!
UFC 261: Randy Brown, Alex Oliveira discuss their welterweight match
Randy Brown and Alex Oliveira discuss their welterweight match in the prelims of UFC 261 on Saturday at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Florida Credit: UFC
West Linn police scandal follows former city manager to California, where he lost job offer
West Linn’s police scandal has followed a former top West Linn official to California, where he lost a job offer this week over community concerns about his work in Oregon and his abrupt departure from another job in California. The city of South Pasadena this week rescinded an offer to Christopher A. Jordan to become its city manager, according to a South Pasadena news release. The report was delivered to West Linn City Hall in 2008, three years after Jordan had hired Timeus without a background check. Before he worked in West Linn, he had worked as an assistant or interim city manager in Oregon City and Lake Oswego. He had previously left West Linn in 2015, collecting $141,662 in severance.
Starting to sound like a broken record: Lake Oswego freshman sprinter does it again
Lake Oswego freshman sprinter Mia Brahe-Pedersen is having a track and field season for the ages, and we’re only two weeks into a six-week season. After breaking the state freshman records in the 100 and 200 meters last week, Brahe-Pedersen smashed the Class 6A record in the 100 on Wednesday in Canby, running 11.67. “Her race did have a slight tailwind, so everyone in that race ran a fast time,” Lake Oswego coach Vince Kinney said of Brahe-Pedersen’s 11.67. She also outran the state freshman record she set last week in the 200 (24.55), going 24.09 on Wednesday. Johnson Bailes also holds the state record in the 200 at 22.95 seconds.
Help wanted: Dan Hurley’s search for new UConn men’s basketball assistant underway
That last part as some significance. School sources say Hurley is looking to expand UConn’s recruiting base beyond the East Coast, where the staff has focused almost entirely the past three seasons. With UConn now in the Big East, and the large numbers of players in the transfer portal, the net cast for talent needs to be wider.
Cincinnati Reds send ball signed by Joey Votto, good vibes to fan Brad Franzen
"A souvenir, courtesy of the Baltimore Orioles. And Brad Franzen, who is undergoing that fight, said the Orioles are his second favorite organization for life. But he's a Reds fan. Reds got word of that, and a signed Joey Votto ball is on its way. Franzen responded by expressing gratitude, adding that he's a Reds fan but that the Orioles now rank No.
State hoops: Antoine Davis passes up NBA 'dream,' will stay four years at Detroit Mercy
He did it again, and came to the same conclusion again: Davis announced Thursday he will return for his senior season at Detroit Mercy, putting on hold is lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. "Playing in the National Basketball Association (NBA) has always a dream of mine," Davis wrote on Twitter in a four-paragraph post. Detroit Mercy hasn't made the NCAA Tournament since 2012, and hasn't won the regular-season Horizon League title since 1999. Detroit Mercy has lost swingman Chris Brandon and guard Dwayne Rose Jr. to the transfer portal. The Spartans, this offseason, have lost guard Janai Crooms and forward Kendall Bostic to the transfer portal.
Wings' Jeff Blashill on Tyler Bertuzzi's 'lost year'
Wings' Jeff Blashill on Tyler Bertuzzi's 'lost year'Ted Kulfan talks to coach Jeff Blashill, who said forward Tyler Bertuzzi has been ruled out for the remainder of the season.
Tony Barbee, Kentucky assistant, former Auburn head coach, to be CMU's next men's hoops coach
Central Michigan men's basketball has found its next head coach. Tony Barbee, assistant coach at Kentucky and formerly head coach at Auburn and UTEP, has reached a deal to take over the program, according to a source with direct knowledge of the agreement but who isn't authorized to speak publicly. The school has scheduled a virtual press conference for Friday afternoon, with Central Michigan to make the hiring official Friday morning. Barbee landed his first head-coaching job at UTEP, and spent four seasons there, making the NCAA Tournament in 2010. At Central Michigan, Barbee takes over a program that was 7-16 this past season, a year decimated at the end by injuries and COVID-19 contact-tracing issues.
Tigers' Casey Mize aims 'to limit' K.C.'s speed in Friday's opener
Tigers' Casey Mize aims 'to limit' K.C. 's speed in Friday's openerCasey Mize will start Friday against the Royals, who rank second in the AL with 14 stolen bases, two less than the front-running A's.
Daunte Wright's mother: 'My son should be burying me'
“We come today as the air fresheners for Minnesota,” Sharpton said, vowing that changes in federal law were coming. “We’re trying to get the stench of police brutality out of the atmosphere. “We come to Minnesota as air fresheners because your air is to odorous for us to breathe," he said." A misdemeanor, a misdemeanor.”“It’s too often the traffic stops end up as deadly sentences, a death sentence. We’re going to have to make sure that Daunte Jr. know that we stood up for Daunte, his father.”
Helium, Hidden Stash run final prep race ahead of the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Helium, Hidden Stash run final prep race ahead of the 2021 Kentucky DerbyWatch Helium and Hidden Stash run their final prep race in the Tampa Bay Derby ahead of the 2021 Kentucky Derby.
Rock Your World, Medina Spirit, Dream Shake run final prep race ahead of the Kentucky Derby
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Hot Rod Charlie, Midnight Bourbon, Mandaloun, O Besos run final prep race ahead of Derby
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Bourbonic, Dynamic One run final prep race ahead of the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Bourbonic, Dynamic One run final prep race ahead of the 2021 Kentucky DerbyWatch Bourbonic and Dynamic One run their final prep race in the Wood Memorial XXX ahead of the 2021 Kentucky Derby.
Toby Roland-Jones and Tim Murtagh showcase skill to bowl Surrey out for 154
Five years ago, Toby Roland-Jones and Tim Murtagh shared 97 wickets as Middlesex won the County Championship for the lone time since 1993, a moment sealed with Roland-Jones’s hat-trick in front of a packed Lord’s. At a sun-kissed, but deceptively cold, Lord’s, both showcased the best of themselves to bowl Surrey out for 154 in the London derby. For all the exceptionalism of first-class cricket in England in April the accuracy and skill of Roland-Jones and Murtagh is such that it can translates to all climes. First, he elicited Surrey skipper Rory Burns to edge a delivery to second slip, which was brilliantly snaffled by Sam Robson. Murtagh had promptly snared two of Surrey’s vaunted top five, who all have Test experience.
How PSG and Nasser Al-Khelaifi emerged as the big winners from Super League crisis
In a week when so many of Europe’s biggest clubs and most influential owners have done so much damage Nasser Al-Khelaifi has quietly emerged as the most powerful man in club football. The softly-spoken Qatari is the chairman and chief executive of Paris-Saint Germain, a relatively new superpower, but he is also deeply respectful of the traditions of football. In fact the alliance of Al-Khelaifi and Rummenigge became a key one in heading off the now aborted European Super League with PSG hugely impressed the backlash in England once it was announced. PSG and Bayern met in the final of the Champions League last season and did so again in the quarter-finals in this campaign in what turned out to be an epic tie. With an image of Neymar consoling David Alaba the headline read: “Nous sommes Les Champions” (We are the Champions)”.
'Derisory' player compensation offer heightens row between Lions and Premiership
The Lions’ offer of compensation for the call-up of Premiership stars has been labelled as "derisory" with the parties still at loggerheads just two weeks before Warren Gatland announces his squad. One leading Premiership source told Telegraph Sport the compensation offer was as low as £40,000 per player for the entire tour, although that figure is disputed. There is already considerable ill-feeling among Premiership clubs that the Lions decided to stage a warm-up game against Japan at Murrayfield on the same date as the Premiership final. The Lions offer is around the same amount Premiership clubs received per player when Scotland played their rearranged Six Nations game against France outside the designated international window. The compensation offer to Premiership Rugby is the same as that will be received by PRO14 clubs and the players themselves.
Barcelona cling to Super League wreckage as 'dirty dozen' fear punishment
Advertising Read moreParis (AFP)Barcelona joined Real Madrid in clinging desperately to the wreckage of their doomed Super League project on Thursday as the breakaway tournament's 12 founders faced mounting calls for reprisals. Super League chief Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, had was adamant late Wednesday the rebel competition was merely "on standby". Bayern Munich came out strongly opposed to the Super League. "The Super League is dead. Arteta believes the rapid and passionate response fans of Premier League clubs played a key role in convincing the owners to back down in their Super League plans.
Atletico brush aside Huesca to reclaim La Liga top spot
Advertising Read moreMadrid (AFP)Atletico Madrid made it back-to-back wins on Thursday for the first time since January by beating Huesca 2-0 to reclaim their place at the top of La Liga. Angel Correa and Yannick Carrasco secured a morale-boosting victory at the Wanda Metropolitano after a controversial few days for Atletico. Atletico are the only Spanish team to have officially withdrawn from the European Super League, with their title rivals Real Madrid and Barcelona both still part of the breakaway project that launched on Sunday. A sterner test of form awaits on Sunday, when Atletico play away at Athletic Bilbao. For now, they restore their three-point lead over Real Madrid, who beat Cadiz on Wednesday, with eight points the advantage over Barcelona, who have two games in hand.
Cristante rocket rescues a point for Roma against Atalanta
Advertising Read moreMilan (AFP)Bryan Cristante rifled in a long-distance equaliser to rescue a point for Roma in a 1-1 home draw with Atalanta on Thursday, as both teams finished with 10 men. But the Bergamo side played the final 20 minutes a man down after Robin Gosens was sent off for a second yellow card. Pau Lopez proved decisive in the Roma goal denying Duvan Zapata and Josip Ilicic with Luis Muriel missing a chance to score a second before Gosen's sending off. Roma smelled blood, piling forward with Lorenzo Pellegrini sending through for Edin Dzeko but Pierluigi Gollini was solid in the Atalanta goal. Roma also finished the game a man down with Roger Ibanez sent off deep into injury time.
NFL star Brady warns numbers move will make 'bad football'
NFL owners announced several minor rule tweaks Wednesday, including allowing greater variety in terms of what numbers players at particular positions could wear on their jerseys. The number restrictions helped make it easier for coaches and players like Brady to determine formations and schemes of opponents. "Good luck trying to block the right people now," Brady wrote with an image of the new numbering scheme. "Going to make for a lot of bad football." Quarterbacks, kickers and punters would wear numbers 1-19 while offensive linemen would wear 50-79 and defensive linemen would wear 50-79 or 90-99.
Ibrahimovic signs new AC Milan deal to take him past 40th birthday
Advertising Read moreMilan (AFP)Zlatan Ibrahimovic has extended his contract with AC Milan until 2022 which will take him past his 40th birthday, the Serie A club announced Thursday. The Sweden striker, who turns 40 in October, has been credited with turning Milan into title contenders again since his return to the club in January last year. "AC Milan is the club for which Zlatan has played the most in Italy," the club said in a statement. He missed the club's midweek defeat to Sassuolo which leaves second-placed Milan 10 points behind city rivals Inter. Milan are targeting a return to the Champions League for the first time since the 20113-2014 season.
Freeman seeking more disruption from Notre Dame defense
“We want to be aggressive in what we do,” said 35-year-old Marcus Freeman, who left Cincinnati and replaces now-Vanderbilt head coach Clark Lea running the Fighting Irish defense. Coach Lea is a great coach, but he asked us to know a lot of rules and be detail-oriented. He said he hopes the spring-time disruption he sees will translate into the fall when Notre Dame opens its season Sept. 5 at Florida State. “We’re throwing a lot at our offense,” Tagovailoa-Amosa said of the multiple-front defense that Freeman intends to employ. In 2020, Cincinnati finished eighth in scoring defense (16.8 points per game), 13th in total defense (324.6 yards per game), 13th in rushing defense (111.1 yards per game) and third in pass-efficiency defense.
Oklahoma State adds Creighton's Rencher as assistant coach
APSTILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma State coach Mike Boynton added former Creighton assistant Terrence Rencher to his staff Thursday. “Coach Rencher has proven himself as an excellent teacher and developer, as well as a strong evaluator and recruiter,” Boynton said. "‘Plantation’ has a dark and hurtful history in my community and cannot be overlooked.”At Oklahoma State, Rencher will work for a Black head coach who led Oklahoma State to the second round of the NCAA Tournament this season. “I’m extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to join Coach Boynton’s staff,” Rencher said. “The way coach Boynton is moving the program forward, as well as his core values, align perfectly with my perspective.
Buccaneers QB Tom Brady rips 'dumb' rule change that relaxes NFL jersey number options
At least one prominent NFL player really dislikes the NFL's rule change on jersey numbers. Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady, in his Instagram story posted Thursday, criticized the rule that eases restrictions on approved jersey numbers for positions that was passed Wednesday. That caption was superimposed on a table that showed the acceptable ranges of jersey numbers with the adopted rule. Just have colored jerseys...why not wear the same number?...DUMB" below before tagging the NFL and NFL Players Association's verified accounts. Brady's comment about blocking refers to traditional jersey numbers that made it easier for quarterbacks and coaches to identify the formations and personnel packages of opponents.
Zac Jones to make Rangers debut amid major hype
Let’s just say the hype the last time a defenseman joined the Rangers lineup straight out of UMass for a late-season game didn’t quite match the buildup preceding Zac Jones’ NHL debut that will occur Thursday night at the Garden against the Flyers. Fact is, there was no hype when Thomas Pock was inserted into the Blueshirts’ lineup on March 23, 2004 in a Garden match against the Penguins. Defenseman Zac Jones will make his Rangers debut Thursday night against the Flyers. Jones will open the match paired with Libor Hajek, reinstated after two games in street clothes. see also What pushed Zac Jones to join Rangers If there was any lingering doubt, Saturday erased it.
Listen to Episode 46 of ‘Pinstripe Pod’: Yankees Don’t Have a True Leader feat. Ian O’Connor
Yankees manager Aaron Boone Charles Wenzelberg/NY PostThe Knicks are good again and it may have taken the Yankees being bad for it to happen. What can Aaron Boone do differently? Pinstripe Pod Opening Segment with Chris, Jeff & Jake:NO FIGHT/NO LEADER: Does this Yankees team have a true leader? Does this Yankees team have a true leader? GLEYBER TORRES: Aaron Boone got upset at Torres’ lack of effort.
LeBron James glad to see Knicks’ renaissance: NBA is ‘better off’
Even LeBron James is happy for the Knicks. Some social media users went as far as sharing photos of a photoshopped James in a Knicks uniform. The Knicks’ nail-biting win on Wednesday solidified their longest winning streak since 2014, when Carmelo Anthony was the face of the franchise. LeBron James playing against the Knicks at the Garden on Jan. 22, 2020. Him to the whole staff, night in and night out, everyday working hard, just pushing and pushing.
Dave Gettleman wants immediate impact from Giants’ first-round pick
11 overall pick in next week’s 2021 NFL Draft and they need to get a player who must make an immediate impact, like right now, in the 2021 season, as a rookie. So says Dave Gettleman, the Giants’ general manager. “The Cliff Note answer is yes.”Does this give us any insight as to who Gettleman will take? “It’s really hard to take a guy that at 11 that you’re betting on the potential,” Gettleman said. Jaylen Waddle; Patrick Surtain Getty ImagesAs a Boston native and a fan of the Celtics, Gettleman pointed to Robert Williams, a first-round draft pick (No.
Mark Sanchez has one fear with Zach Wilson on the Jets
Memo to Zach Wilson: You will be playing quarterback for the Jets, not point guard for the Harlem Globetrotters. That message comes from Mark Sanchez, who has worn the cleats that Wilson soon will inherit. Mark Sanchez, Zach Wilson Getty Images (2)“My only fear with him was, a little too riverboat gambler when you don’t have to be,” Sanchez said. “In addition to the speed of the game and all that kind of stuff, he’s coming from the Mountain West, he’s going to have a lot to learn,” Sanchez said. “He’s going to be in a very different media market.
Knicks’ late-night shooting sessions have changed everything
When asked if the evening sessions have sparked the Knicks’ 3-point shooting improvement, Barrett said, “Of course. It’s a testament to our work.”The 3-point shooting of Barrett, Randle and Quickley has been startling. During last season’s disappointing rookie campaign, Barrett’s 3-point shooting was alarming for a shooting guard — 32 percent. The Knicks finished 27th out of 30 teams in 3-point shooting in 2019-20 at 33.7 percent. The coaches never reference the Knicks’ 3-point shooting – the unsung factor in turning the NBA on its ear and wiping out seven years of being a laughingstock.
Lawmaker allegedly told cops arresting him is ‘bad’ because he controls budget
A Michigan state lawmaker being busted for driving drunk — in a car with “ELECTED” vanity plates — told cops that arresting him would not “be good,” since he controls the department’s budget, a police report shows. “If you hit me, it’s going to be very bad for you,” Jones, 26, told the troopers as they tried to handcuff him, according to the report. He later pulled off onto a shoulder and rolled into a ditch, according to the Michigan State Police report. Rep. Jewell Jones was named to Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2019. A probable cause conference for Jones, who remains free on bond, is set for Tuesday, the Free Press reported.
Will Harris details ‘weird’ hand inflammation that has kept him off the mound
So the Nationals sent Harris to a doctor in West Palm Beach, Fla., who diagnosed him with a blood clot in his right arm. He began the season on the injured list with right hand inflammation. It’s just the hand stuff is very strange,” Harris said in a phone interview Wednesday. But otherwise, I’m pitching and I’m preparing myself to come back, with or without a puffy hand. That’s why I came here,” said Harris, again stressing that he’ll push through the swelling if it comes to that.
Frost advisories and freeze warnings have been issued area-wide as a frigid night looms for the D.C. area
Temperatures in D.C. are likely to drop into the mid- or upper 30s downtown, with lower 30s west. Story continues below advertisementWhat sets nights like tonight apart is that, since it’s mid-April and we’ve gone several weeks without a freeze, the growing season has already started. What the start of growing season meansNights this chilly are usually only observed once or twice each April. AdvertisementHis office uses the average date of an area’s last spring freeze as a proxy for when the growing season starts. How temperatures above freezing can still be problematicFreeze warnings are usually issued when a hard freeze is expected — with temperatures of 32 or below.
OJ Simpson hits LeBron James for Ohio cop tweet, slams media for portraying 'edited versions' of story
Simpson took to social media Thursday to address the controversy surrounding NBA star LeBron James for his tweet targeting an Ohio police officer and slam the media for showing "edited versions" of the shooting that resulted in the death of 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant. "You can’t fight every battle. "I’m a little upset with most of the media because they showed us edited versions of what took place with the girl with the knife," he said. "LeBron, keep fighting the fight -- I think we all got to be a little more patient," he said. I just think you’ve got to redirect some of those funds to better training and maybe dealing with more psychological training."
Opinion | What the Irish Could Teach Navalny About Hunger Strikes
Ten years later, republican prisoners went on hunger strike with a series of five demands. Once more the attention of the world was drawn to Ireland by a hunger strike. Once more the hunger strike, its consequent deaths and London’s intransigence acted as a recruiting sergeant for the IRA. The IRA and its supporters had learned their lessons from MacSwiney’s hunger strike 60 years earlier and applied them with apparent success, but can the same lessons can be learned in Russia from Navalny’s hunger strike? We don’t care.”The truth is that Navalny’s death could severely damage opposition movements in Russia.
Antonio Brown reaches settlement with former trainer who accused him of sexual assault
Antonio Brown and a former trainer who accused him of sexually assaulting her have settled a legal dispute, according to a joint statement from the woman's attorney and a representative for the free agent receiver. Gymnast Britney Taylor sued Brown in 2019, alleging he sexually assaulted her three times while she worked as his personal trainer. Recently, they were involved in aggressive litigation," he said in a joint statement with a representative for Brown, Alana Burstyn. Taylor's suit alleged that after Brown sexually assaulted Taylor twice in 2017, she stopped working for him until he contacted her in 2018 to apologize. Brown caught a touchdown in the Bucs’ 31-9 win over the Kansas City Chiefs in this year's Super Bowl.
When Republicans target trans girls, cisgender girls suffer too
Despite their failure to name specific instances of problems with trans girls playing girls sports, Republicans insist their rash of bills are meant to ensure “fairness.”Generally, the assumption is true, at least at the highest levels of sports. The Olympic rules were modified again in 2016, allowing trans women who hadn’t had surgery to compete as women as long as their testosterone levels were low enough. Similarly, Florida Republicans couldn’t name any existing trans athletes, despite the Florida state high school athletics association allowing their participation in their transitioned genders since 2013. A similar ban on trans girls in girls sports was passed last year by the Idaho Legislature. It was later temporarily blocked by a federal court for being discriminatory against both trans girls and cisgender girls.
UW leaders reiterate no mandatory vaccinations
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The leaders of the University of Wisconsin System’s two largest institutions reiterated Thursday that students, faculty and staff will not face mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations to return to campus this fall. UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank and UW-Milwaukee Chancellor Mark Mone said during a virtual luncheon that it’s crucial students return to in-person courses this fall. Blank said UW-Madison expects losses to total $320 million by the end of June; Mone said UW-Milwaukee expects nearly $90 million in losses by then. Mone said UW-Milwaukee won’t make vaccinations mandatory, adding that as much as 75% of system employees and about 20% of students have already been vaccinated. Blank said vaccinates won’t be mandatory at UW-Madison, although employees and students have been vaccinated won’t have to take regular tests for COVID-19 infection.
North Dakota House overrides transgender sports bill veto
Doug Burgum his first veto setback of the session Thursday, overriding his rejection of a bill restricting transgender girls from participating in public elementary and secondary school sports. The legislation now goes to the Senate, which will hold its own override vote later in the afternoon. The bill last week got a strong 69-25 vote in the House but a narrower 27-20 vote in the Senate. “To date, there has not been a single recorded incident of a transgender girl attempting to play on a North Dakota girls’ team,” Burgum wrote in his veto message Wednesday. Burgum said the state “has a level playing field and fairness in girls’ sports.” The bill, he said, purports that fairness in school sports is in immediate danger.
California cop charged in shooting, but after second death
Last month, the same deputy shot and killed a Black man. Sheriff’s department video shows Hall stopping his patrol car, getting out and running toward the sedan driven by Arboleda. Hall opened fire and kept shooting as Arboleda’s car passed by, striking him nine times. After Hall shoots Wilson, which can be clearly seen in the video, another person says, “Oh, my God. “And he did start advancing toward Officer Hall in the middle of a major intersection.
Sports media venture Overtime raises $80 million from Jeff Bezos, Drake and NBA stars
Overtime Sports Inc., which targets younger fans on digital and social platforms, has raised $80 million in funding to pursue plans including the launch of its own high-school basketball league, the company said. The sports media and entertainment venture also hopes to tap the broader interest in nonfungible tokens and sports betting. Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, the rapper Drake and Reddit Inc. co-founder Alexis Ohanian are among the investors of the Series C round, which was led by Sapphire Sport and Black Capital. Morgan Stanley Counterpoint Global, Pelion Capital, Blackstone Strategic Partners and more than 25 current and former N.B.A. stars, including Devin Booker and Pau Gasol, also contributed.
If trend holds, rookie QBs from 2021 NFL draft class won't have much time to prove themselves
Patrick Mahomes threw 35, all in a meaningless Week 17 game. The play-now trend was the same in 2019 — Kyler Murray, Daniel Jones, Dwayne Haskins and Drew Lock all started at least five games. Patrick Mahomes got time to watch and learn from Alex Smith in his rookie year in Kansas City. The New York Jets traded Darnold despite solid play so they could try again with Wilson, the expected second-overall. A quarterback is expected to be taken with the first three picks: Lawrence, then Wilson, and then either Jones or Fields.
Tom Brady is not a fan of a new NFL rule
The NFL announced several rule and league policy changes on Wednesday, including one which would expand the allowed numbers that certain player positions can use for their jerseys. As the oldest quarterback in the NFL, it might not be a surprise that Tom Brady isn’t always a fan of league rule changes. Brady, as he shared on his Instagram story on Thursday, is apparently not in favor of the switch. Advertisement“Good luck trying to block the right people now,” Brady wrote. Specifically, the concern is that player positions with more general numbering could create confusion in blocking schemes, and might lead to more free rushers on quarterbacks.
These Red Sox remind us of another Sox team, but not the one you might think
I think there’s a more fitting comparison, though, a little deeper down the franchise’s season-by-season baseball-reference.com page. These Sox remind me more and more of the 1995 Red Sox. The 2013 Red Sox are the easy and understandable comparison for this season’s surprising (to most) edition. No one should go so far right now as to suggest the October outcome will be the same, but the vibe of the ’13 and ’21 Red Sox is similar. Tough break for the Red Sox that they don’t get to play the Yankees until June 4.
Don Sweeney’s deadline moves could hardly have worked out better for Bruins
In the first five games after acquiring Taylor Hall, Curtis Lazar, and Mike Reilly, the Bruins outlasted Buffalo in a shootout, swept a pair from the Islanders, crushed the Capitals, and beat the Sabres again. But whatever the explanations are, the results are definitive: The Bruins came out of the NHL’s trade deadline cooking with gas. Obviously, you’re trying to put the pieces to the puzzle together.”So far, so good, with the obvious star being Hall. “I’ve been the focal point on a lot of teams in my career,” Hall said during his introductory Zoom call. Two goals and an assist for Hall; three goals and two assists for Krejci; and two goals and three assists for Smith.
COVID drove away BART and Caltrain riders. Will unnecessary ‘deep cleaning’ bring them back?
BART spends over $500,000 each month on its COVID cleaning regimen, though changes are in the works following the CDC’s update. pic.twitter.com/6RwYB3SKYW — SFBART (@SFBART) May 27, 2020Like many businesses and members of the public, transit agencies stepped up their cleaning efforts in March of 2020. Epidemiologists now say the level of risk on public transportation mainly depends on whether riders are wearing their masks and how crowded vehicles are. Other activities people have eagerly resumed during the pandemic, like exercising or dining indoors, are believed to be much riskier than public transportation. Still, perceptions are proving hard to change — almost two-thirds of respondents in a Bay Area Council poll released Tuesday said they believed coronavirus had made public transportation unsafe.
Bay Area TV Sports: What to watch over the weekend
NOTE: Due to COVID-19 cancellations or postponements, listed game times and dates may change. GOLFPGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans 10 a.m. GOLFPGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans noon CBSLPGA Tour: LA Open 3 p.m. GOLFPGA Tour: Zurich Classic of New Orleans 10 a.m. 6 a.m. NBCSNFA-WSL: Chelsea vs. Man.
NFL uniform rankings: Are Arizona Cardinals uniforms really the worst in the NFL?
The talk intensified earlier this week when one NFL writer ranked the team's look last in the NFL. More Cardinals uniforms:Do the Cardinals really have the worst uniforms in the NFL? Touchdown Wire's Barry Werner had the Cardinals' uniforms ranked No. Cards Wire's Jess Root thought the last ranking for the Cardinals' uniforms was "a bit harsh." Arizona Cardinals NFL draft coverage:Some Cardinals fans think that the uniforms aren't that bad …… Others just want the Cardinals to winMore Cardinals coverage:
Bulls have momentum crushed in Cleveland
Oh, those turnovers. The Bulls had eight in the first quarter, 12 by the half and 20 for the game. If there was any momentum derived from their back-to-back wins, it was wiped out in the first quarter. With the Raptors, Wizards and Pacers winning Wednesday, the Bulls (24-34) slipped from 10th in the East and the last play-in spot down to No. The Bulls now have nine consecutive games against likely Eastern Conference playoff teams, starting Thursday against the Hornets.
Milwaukee's three-year journey from expansion to title still the gold standard in pro sports
The Baltimore Ravens were technically an NFL expansion team in 1996 and thus reached a Super Bowl title in five years with the victory after the 2000 season, though that's misleading. Then there are a host of technicalities and other tidbits worth noting:One could argue the first league championships are won by "expansion" teams. The NFL's expansion teams haven't enjoyed anywhere near the success of other leagues. Of the six expansion teams added since the AFL-NFL merger, Tampa Bay was the fastest to win a Super Bowl, needing 27 years. But that's not an "expansion" team.
Brewers reinstate catcher Jacob Nottingham from the injured list and designate him for assignment
The Milwaukee Brewers reinstated catcher Jacob Nottingham from the 10-day injured list Thursday and designated him for assignment, moving him off their 40-man roster. Nottingham, 26, was placed on the injured list at the end of spring training while recovering from offseason surgery on his left thumb. He was out of minor-league options, meaning the Brewers could not send him down without exposing him to waivers first. If Nottingham is not claimed off waivers by another club or traded, the Brewers can release him or assign him outright to the minors. He collected two hits in 16 at-bats (.125) with one home run and two RBI in nine games.
Tickets for Brewers games from May 11-27 at American Family Field will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday
The Milwaukee Brewers announced Thursday that single-game tickets for home games at American Family Field to be played from May 11-27 will go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday. Tickets are available at brewers.com, (800) 933-7890 and the American Family Field box office. “We continue to see a great excitement from our fans to be back in the American Family Field stands, tailgate and enjoy the entire ballpark atmosphere,” Brewers president of business operations Rick Schlesinger said. We encourage fans to act quickly and secure their seats for these May games.”RELATED:What fans can expect for Brewers games at American Family Field, including COVID-19 safety precautions, cashless checkout, tailgatingThe Brewers specifically have held tickets for individual ticket buyers for all games, giving everyone an opportunity to purchase seats despite seating capacity being limited. Single-game ticket sales for Memorial Day, May 31, and for games in June will be announced at a later date.
Eddie Olczyk leaning toward Known Agenda in Kentucky Derby — but hold all tickets
On Tuesday, Mike Battaglia will set the Kentucky Derby morning line for the 48th consecutive year. “If the Derby was tomorrow, I would be in the direction of Known Agenda,” said Olczyk, who will be on the NBC broadcast from Churchill Downs and recently extended his partnership with the betting and handicapping platform 1/ST BET. “He won the Florida Derby and seems to be coming into his own since he put blinkers on. “[Essential Quality] won the Breeders’ Cup last year, has been perfect so far. “The [1/ST BET] app is another resource to put in certain information,” Olczyk said.
New York Giants NFL Draft history
New York Giants NFL Draft history Print Share Share Tweet EmailTake a look back at every NFL draft pick by the New York Giants, with the ability to sort by year, round, college and position. This database also presents the head coach and general manager at the time each draft pick was selected. (Note: Andy Robustelli was the director of football operations, and owner Wellington Mara built the teams before that. George Young was the first Giants GM.) player year Select... 0000 1936 1937 1938 1939 1940 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 1946 1947 1948 1949 1950 1951 1952 1953 1954 1955 1956 1957 1958 1959 1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 2020 round Select... 1 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 2 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 3 30 4 5 6 7 8 9 Bonus Supplemental position Select... Back Center Cornerback Defensive back Defensive end Defensive tackle End End/kicker Fullback Guard Halfback Kick returner Kicker Linebacker Nose tackle Offensive end Offensive tackle Punter Quarterback Running back Safety Tackle Tailback Tight end Wide receiver Wing back college Select... Abilene Christian Air Force Alabama Alabama-Birmingham Alcorn State Amherst Appalachian State Arizona Arizona State Arkansas Arkansas State Army Auburn Austin Austin Peay Bakersfield JC Baldwin-Wallace Ball State Baylor Benedictine Bishop Boise State Boston College Boston University Bowling Green Bradley Brown Buffalo BYU Cal Poly-SLO Cal State-Fullerton Cal State-Northridge California California Lutheran California-Santa Barbara Canisius Carnegie-Mellon Case Western Reserve Catawba Centenary Central Michigan Central Oklahoma Central State Cincinnati Clemson Colby Colgate Colorado Colorado College Colorado State Columbia Connecticut Cornell Creighton Dartmouth
Is this the year Giants GM Dave Gettleman trades back in the NFL Draft?
Not everything said or written about him in the media makes Dave Gettleman chuckle. In eight previous drafts as a general manager, including his time with the Panthers, Gettleman has never traded back. Asked about the possibility of it finally happening this year, Jeremiah said: "I think we’ll see a right turn in a NASCAR race before we see Dave Gettleman trade back. "’We have a trade, we have a trade.’ Then so-and-so selects, and it’s, ‘No trade, Dave. Assistant general manager Kevin Abrams said earlier this week that it could be "a little bit of a challenge" to meet the salary cap in 2022.
ESPN's Mike Greenberg to host NFL Draft ... and keep Jets fandom separate
3 overall, would have yielded a bounty of draft picks. Greenberg, who grew up in Manhattan, is not the first Jets fan to host the draft for ESPN. The network essentially invented NFL Draft coverage in 1980. Greenberg credited ESPN (including Wingo), the NFL Network and the NFL for doing a "brilliant job" under the circumstances. As a talk show host, Greenberg usually only needs to study up on the top 20 or so players in the draft.
Will these Timberwolves ever defend well enough to win?
You can’t win much of anything in the NBA if you cannot defend a lick. And the Timberwolves, as currently constructed, cannot defend a lick. The trio has played a total of 88 minutes together in that time, with a defensive rating of 136. For reference, the worst team defensive rating in the NBA right now is Sacramento’s 117.9. Minnesota was in prime position to win consecutive games for the first time since winning its first two contests of the season.
Dane Mizutani: Wild rookie Kirill Kaprizov has all but locked up Calder Trophy
Wild rookie Kirill Kaprizov has been running away with the Calder Trophy pretty much since the season started. He scored the game-winner in overtime of his NHL debut and has been hands down the best rookie in the league ever since. As impressive as he has been to this point, Dallas Stars rookie Jason Robertson was starting to insert himself into the Calder Trophy conversation. “It’s undeniable that he’s taken this team and moved it to the next level with his play,” Wild center Nico Sturm said. He’s the best player on the Wild and the best rookie in the league.
Loons still forming development plans for local teens Patrick Weah, Fred Emmings
Minnesota United homegrown player Patrick Weah had a learning-on-the job moment during a scrimmage at Allianz Field on Tuesday. The Loons believe the sort of apprenticeship Weah and fellow homegrown signee, goalkeeper Fred Emmings, are receiving in first-team training sessions are helping prepare the 17-year-olds on how to be MLS players one day. This is where the Loons have missed the mark at times during their first four years in MLS. “We don’t want him to be gone too long.”Going into their fifth MLS season, the Loons still don’t have their own reserve team. “I always look to: Are guys progressing?”Finlay said he has to remind himself often that Weah is just 17.
Former Oregon men’s basketball forward Chandler Lawson transferring to Memphis
EUGENE — Former Oregon forward Chandler Lawson and his brother, Johnathan, who was previously committed to UO, are both headed to Memphis. Their father, Keelon Lawson, announced his sons were committing to to the Tigers Thursday morning on radio in Memphis. Chandler Lawson, who averaged 4.4 points and 3.0 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game this season and started eight of 28 games, entered the transfer portal earlier this month. The 6-foot-8, 205-pound third-year sophomore has three years of eligibility remaining. Johnathan Lawson was released from his letter of intent following Chandler’s entering the transfer portal.
Ticket holders for Olympic trials in Eugene getting refunds because of coronavirus regulations
The organizing committee for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Team Trials from June 18 to 27 at Hayward Field has determined that the tickets held by existing customers cannot be fulfilled. All customers with tickets will receive a refund, and a revised ticketing program with an updated seat inventory that is compliant with new regulations amid the COVID-19 pandemic will be announced in May. “We are confident that some number of spectators will be able to attend the event if regulations allow,” TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly said in a news release. “Unfortunately, we now know that we won’t be able to both comply with important public health regulations and fulfill the tickets that already have been sold.”The state of Oregon recently changed its regulations to allow spectators at sporting events, but those regulations specify limitations on stadium capacity based on the county’s risk level. The organizing committee will contact customers who have already bought tickets with details of the refund policies and procedures.
Cincinnati Reds notes: Tejay Antone's one weakness this season; Gutierrez's suspension ending
Tejay Antone, by every statistical metric, is having a dominant start to the season out of the Cincinnati Reds’ bullpen. Antone has permitted four hits, one run and four walks in 10 2/3 innings (0.84 ERA). In his six relief appearances, the leadoff batter against Antone has reached base five times (four walks, one single). It says something about Antone’s dominance in the first three weeks of the season that he’s been able to pitch around leadoff walks. “As soon as the hitter gets into the box, it kind of allows me to finally fine-tune everything,” Antone said.
Indiana state champion wrestler from East Central signs with Ohio State University
East Central High School wrestling standout Bryer Hall has committed to Ohio State University. Hall is the school’s first Indiana High School Athletic Association state wrestling champion. He will join an Ohio State team that finished 9th at the NCAA Championships in March. East Central senior Kyra Hall signed with the University of Indianapolis to join their swimming program. She stated in a release from East Central.
Ohio high school football: OHSAA playoffs will expand to 16 qualifying teams per region
“Last fall we received overwhelmingly positive feedback when we allowed every team to enter the football playoffs due to the shortened season because of COVID-19,” said Doug Ute, OHSAA executive director. The expansion will increase the number of football playoff qualifiers from 224 to 448. In May 2020, the OHSAA announced that the football playoffs would expand to 12 teams per region in 2021 and the top four seeds in each region would have a first-round bye. Assuming teams don't opt-out in 2021, one DI Region 4 team would not make the playoffs. Reactions from coachesEvan Dreyer, Anderson - "I think the 16 teams in the region is awesome for high school football.
Fath family makes $1 million pledge toward Purcell Marian stadium sports complex
EAST WALNUT HILLS - Purcell Marian High School is one step closer to its field of dreams thanks to a $1 million pledge from Harry and Linda Fath. Harry Fath, a real estate entrepreneur, and his wife, Linda, are making an impact in Cincinnati with their recent pledge to Purcell Marian High School in support of an upcoming field complex. More CISE students matriculate to Purcell Marian than any other Catholic high school. Fath said in a press release that the primary purpose of his gift is to energize others to support Purcell Marian and the field complex fund. The 1988 graduate of Purcell Marian is the CEO of Cavalier Distributing, named after the Purcell Marian mascot.
Works in progress: First full season a 'learning process' for Tigers' Mize, Skubal
This season, their first full season in the big leagues, is about development, about acclimating to the highest professional level . As Hinch and general manager Al Avila have said, though, the ultimate goal for the 2021 season is for Mize and Skubal to get established as big-league pitchers. That’s a learning process for him.”On Wednesday, Skubal threw 35 four-seamers, 18 sliders and nine splitters. ?Mize, Tigers: The home run ball got him in Oakland in his last start. On the whole, though, it’s been an encouraging start to the season for Mize.
Heritage Hall's Trey Alexander decommits from Auburn, reopens recruitment
Heritage Hall senior Trey Alexander announced Thursday he was de-committing from Auburn and reopening his recruitment. Alexander initially committed to Auburn in November and signed with the Tigers a week later. He picked Auburn over offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Grambling State, Kansas, Oklahoma and Ole Miss, which comprised his final seven schools. As a senior, he helped Heritage Hall advance to the Class 4A state championship game. During his career, the Chargers went on one of the best stretches in school history, winning one state title and collecting two runner-up finishes.
Oklahoma State basketball: Cowboys hire Creighton assistant Terrence Rencher as assistant
The Cowboys hired former Texas star Terrence Rencher as an assistant coach on Thursday, filling the void left by Cannen Cunningham earlier this month. Rencher spent the past two seasons as an assistant at Creighton, including last season’s run to the Sweet 16. But he is mostly known for his standout success as a prep star in New York and college star with the Longhorns, where he remains the program’s all-time leading scorer. “I’m extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to join coach (Mike) Boynton’s staff here at Oklahoma State,” Rencher said in a release. “Coach Rencher has proven himself as an excellent teacher and developer, as well as a strong evaluator and recruiter,” Boynton said in a release.
Belarus leader in Moscow for talks on closer ties
Speaking at the start of the meeting, Lukashenko said Russia and Belarus must “draw the lines that no one should cross and respond to those who fail to understand the need to behave more calmly." “We have made some serious progress on programs of our union,” Lukashenko said at the start of his talks with Putin. Lukashenko has repeatedly resisted what he described as Moscow's attempts to subdue Belarus. “Our teams are continuing work to develop the legislation for the union state,” Putin said. The authoritarian Belarusian leader, who has been in power since 1994, has vowed not to abandon Belarus' post-Soviet independence and resisted Moscow's push for opening a military base in Belarus.
World's busiest airport in 2020 was in China, not Atlanta
Seven of the world's top 10 busiest airports in 2020 were in China while the former world's busiest airport, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in the United States, fell to No. Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport in China was the world's busiest airport in 2020, rising to the No. Guangzhou saw 43.8 million passengers in 2020, down 40% from 2019. Atlanta had 42.9 million passengers last year, a precipitous 61% drop from 2019. Atlanta's fall from the top slot is expected to be temporary, according to Patrick Lucas, ACI World's vice president for economics.
Known Agenda, Soup and Sandwich run final prep race ahead of the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Known Agenda, Soup and Sandwich run final prep race ahead of the 2021 Kentucky DerbyWatch Known Agenda and Soup and Sandwich run their final prep race in the Florida Derby ahead of the 2021 Kentucky Derby.
Super Stock, Caddo River, Get Her Number, Hozier horse run final prep race ahead Derby
Super Stock, Caddo River, Get Her Number, Hozier horse run final prep race ahead DerbyWatch Super Stock, Caddo River, Get Her Number and Hozier run their final prep race in the Arkansas Derby ahead of the 2021 Kentucky Derby.
Essential Quality, Highly Motivated, Hidden Stash run final prep race ahead 2021 Derby
Essential Quality, Highly Motivated, Hidden Stash run final prep race ahead 2021 DerbyWatch Essential Quality, Highly Motivated and Hidden Stash run their final prep race in the Blue Grass Stakes ahead of the 2021 Kentucky Derby.
Like the King, Sainthood run final prep race ahead of the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Like the King, Sainthood run final prep race ahead of the 2021 Kentucky DerbyWatch Like the King and Sainthood run their final prep race in the Jeff Ruby Steaks ahead of the 2021 Kentucky Derby.
O.J. Simpson Gives LeBron Advice on Talking About Knives and Murder – OutKick
LeBron James has exposed himself as such a dishonest and untrustworthy moron that even O.J. Thursday, O.J. gave LeBron advice on talking about people getting stabbed and murdered. Thus, it appears the league is fine with LeBron trying to endanger a cop for saving a woman’s life. And it wasn’t LeBron.
Beth Tweddle excited by potential of British Gymnastics' newest sister act - the Gadirovas
For the past couple of Olympic cycles, British women’s gymnastics has been dominated by Becky and Ellie Downie. This week’s European Championships have delivered a first senior opportunity for Jessica Gadirova. (Her sister Jennifer was absent, resting a minor injury in preparation for next month’s Olympic trials.) The Gadirovas are already attracting plenty of excited comment because of the way they combine a dancer’s elegance with ambitious, explosive tumbling. I am really excited to see how both the sisters progress through on the senior stage."
Leicester vs West Brom, Premier League: live score and latest updates
But enough of that, what does Sam Allardyce think of the Super League? WRONG“What we’ve seen from the fans, the public, and the remaining 14 clubs in the Premier League, and all those who support football, have come out against it, it’s shocked everyone, particularly in this country. Instead they’ve gone behind people’s backs to find a solution for them and only them and not for football in general. “We have the best league in the world and raises the most money, that six of our clubs have chosen to desert that format. It’s not my responsibility, you can’t ask me how it can be done but the stakeholders must have a bigger influence - the fans’ trusts, the PFA, the LMA, the FA, the EFL, and the Premier League.
Olly Stone burnishes his England credentials with four-wicket haul against Essex
It is one of the mysteries of England’s last Test series in India that Stone was selected for only one game. Yet Stuart Broad played two Tests, without taking a wicket, to Stone’s single Test, his second in all, following his debut against Ireland. In this third-round game, under a flawless Birmingham sky, and on a pitch almost as unblemished, Stone took four wickets against the county champions Essex. In that he swings the new ball, Stone offers a different package to Mark Wood, who specialises more in the old one, but they are similar in having express speed. Stone’s most spectacular wicket came when he bounced out Paul Walter, Essex’s very tall left-hander.
Pliskova fights back to set up clash with Barty in Stuttgart
"I like spending time on this court," joked Pliskova, the 2018 Stuttgart champion, after needing just under two and a half hours to claim victory. Thursday's result was almost identical to Pliskova's win over Ostapenko in the 2018 quarter-finals in Stuttgart when the Czech went on to capture the title. Former French Open champion Ostapenko hurled her racquet in anger in the second set, while Pliskova broke one of hers as she regained control of the match. Pliskova, ranked ninth in the world, plays top seed Barty of Australia in the last eight Friday. Barty, who won a pre-Australian Open tournament in Melbourne and the Miami Open earlier this month, breezed into the quarter-finals Wednesday by overpowering Laura Siegemund following a first-round bye.
Canadian bowler on his $100,000 win and why bowling should be in the Olympics
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Super Bowl champ Bucs aim to bolster depth in NFL draft
TAMPA BAY BUCCANNERS (15-5)LAST SEASON: Talk about peaking at the right time. Everything fell into place down the stretch for Tom Brady and an all-star roster assembled around the seven-time Super Bowl winner. It culminated with Tampa Bay becoming the first franchise to hoist the Lombardi Trophy in a Super Bowl played in its home stadium. THEY DON’T NEED: TE, WR, S, LB. That affords them the luxury of adding prospects counted on to bolster depth and contribute on special teams next season.
Painter hires Terry Johnson as new Boilermakers assistant
(AP) — Purdue coach Matt Painter filled the second void on his coaching staff Thursday by hiring Terry Johnson from Ohio State. Painter did not say whether Johnson would take over Lutz's role in running the Purdue offense. “Terry comes to Purdue with a wealth of experience at successful basketball programs,” Painter said. Johnson worked at Butler from 2007-2017 under three different coaches — Brad Stevens, Brandon Miller and Holtmann — before taking the Buckeyes job. “Being from Anderson, Indiana, I have known coach Painter for a long time and have been watching the program for a long time," Johnson said.
Coach Kovac's "finishers" pushing Monaco's title challenge
Although Monaco is in third place, Kovac's side is playing better soccer than leader Lille, Paris Saint-Germain or Lyon, the other close title rivals. Monaco has beaten Paris Saint-Germain twice and lost only once in 22 games overall ahead of Sunday's trip to Angers. Lille, which visits Lyon on Sunday night, leads PSG by one point, Monaco by two and Lyon by three. Rather than sulk, as other established star players might, Ben Yedder has responded to the challenge with a flurry of goals in recent games. Ben Yedder has 17 league goals and Volland, who has excellent movement for a center forward, has 15.
NBA Roundtable: Play-in games will add suspense and intrigue at end of grueling season
The postseason chase is heating up, and the play-in tournament promises to add a new wrinkle of excitement to the final weeks. Those caveats aside, the play-in tournament is a great idea. But in normal seasons, the play-in tournament will and should stay. But me personally, I thought the play-in tournament was more short-term convenience than long-term solution. Call me a traditionalist while I appreciate how much fun this will be as well as the pros of the play-in tournament.
Red-hot Oakland Athletics on 11-game win streak: Here's why MLB team has been so good
The Oakland Athletics have lived an entire season in less than a month. They were pelted in their first go-round – or two, or three – in the rotation but stabilized and even dominated since then. 1 starter Chris Bassitt has been consistent thus far, leaving open the question of which sample truly represents how good the A's rotation may be. More than a third of their win streak came at the expense of the Central doormat Detroit Tigers, with two more coming against NL weakling Arizona. Their next 20 games will come against the AL East, 14 of those against the potent Rays, Blue Jays and Red Sox.
Mom wins gold just weeks before due date
Mom wins gold just weeks before due dateAt eight months pregnant, Aminat Idrees wins gold in a taekwondo event at Nigeria's National Sports Festival.
Alex Smith says Washington Football Team coaching staff was 'patronizing' during comeback
When Alex Smith returned to the Washington Football Team for training camp last year, the coaching staff put him through tasks such as carrying extra weight and pushing sleds. ” Smith told SI. “It pissed me off.”Dr. Robin West, the former WFT orthopedic doctor, told SI that coaches would ask, "Are you sure you're clearing him?" “I got very little support,” West told Sports Illustrated. Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera, in a statement to SI through a team spokesperson, said he "was scared to death about putting (Alex) back out there."
Bodycam footage shows California deputy shoot knife-wielding man
A California sheriff’s deputy fatally shot a knife-wielding man who told him to “kill me” as he approached with the weapon, video released this week shows. The footage shows Hall telling Wilson to “come here” as he walked in the middle of an intersection and allegedly threw rocks at passing cars on March 11. “He did threaten Officer Hall. And he did start advancing toward Officer Hall in the middle of a major intersection. Contra Costa SheriffLivingston, meanwhile, said at a Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday that he planned to return Hall to non-patrol duty, the newspaper reported.
Injury woes have Nets tumbling down NBA power rankings
They posted a -4.8 net rating and gave up 1.154 points per possession to their three opponents. Utah Jazz (3)Week recap: 2-1 SU/1-2 ATSUtah’s lone loss came with a short-handed roster against the Lakers over the weekend. The 76ers scored two great wins over the Nets and Clippers, but they posted a slightly negative net rating despite the success (-0.7). Still, they allowed just 1.058 points per possession to their opponents and came out with a +6.5 net rating. Denver led the league in offensive efficiency (125.8) and net rating (+15.5).
Knicks fans went wild outside MSG after eighth straight win
The players got a standing ovation from the crowd as the final seconds ticked off the clock in Wednesday night’s 137-127 win over the Hawks and the fans’ celebration didn’t end there. Following the win, which moved the Knicks up to the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference, fans flocked into Penn Plaza to continue the excitement. In viral videos shared to social media, fans can be seen jumping up and down, celebrating the eight-game winning streak. Randle and Reggie Bullock both made six 3-pointers, while Immanuel Quickley knocked down four 3s from deep in the hard-fought win.
The bloody details of Rockets guard Sterling Brown’s strip club assault: ‘Could have died’
Houston Rockets guard Sterling Brown entered the wrong van after leaving a strip club and was beaten in a bloody scene that left those close to him fearing for his life, according to The Athletic. Teammates reportedly stepped in to break up the fight as they left the club. “If he hadn’t been as physically strong and tough, he might not have made it out of the situation (Sunday) night,” one source said. Rockets guard Sterling Brown NBAE via Getty ImagesThe fallout is complex. Houston Rockets player Sterling Brown was assaulted as he left The Booby Trap strip club (pictured) early Monday, April 19, 2021.
Wizards announcer Dave Johnson spoke to a Maryland journalism class live on air during halftime
“You guys are part of history,” Johnson told longtime sports television executive Joe Yasharoff’s TV production class, via Zoom and live on air, at halftime of the Wizards’ 118-114 win. “ … Everyone else listening tonight gets a half-credit in Joe’s class.”Johnson, a D.C. broadcasting legend in his 24th season calling Wizards games, has spoken to Yasharoff’s students before. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisement“Why not?” Johnson said after the Wizards won their sixth straight game. Charles Nyonga, one of Yasharoff’s students, asked Johnson a question on air about fans finally being allowed back in the arena. Before interacting with Johnson, Yasharoff’s class heard from WJLA’s Scott Abraham and WDVM’s Alex Flum, a former Maryland student, who were both at Capital One Arena.
Real Madrid president is astounded by Super League backlash: ‘It was like we killed someone’
(Manchester United also had signed on to the Super League, leaving his answer below a bit open to interpretation.) “We are all still together, thinking of ways of making this happen.”According to the Real Madrid president, the 12 Super League teams signed “a binding agreement” to start the Super League and that “you cannot get out of the contract like this.” But when asked what the penalties would be for leaving the Super League, the BBC said Pérez had no answer. The Super League idea was met with strenuous opposition from fans and threats of legal action from UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, which said any teams and players that took part in the Super League would be banned from all other competitions. UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin also called the Super League teams “snakes.” None of that sat well with Pérez, who said he was “sad and disappointed” at the backlash. But we were trying to work out how to save football.”Earlier this week, before the Super League’s collapse, Pérez defended the idea and took shots at the UEFA Champions League, which the Super League would have superseded.
FCS draft prospects generally opted not to play this spring
Do they stick with their schools for the spring season or use that time to get ready for the draft? North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance said playing a spring season wasn’t feasible because of the way the schedule was designed. "Here at North Dakota State, we play for national championships. They helped North Dakota State win an FCS title in 2019, the Bison's eighth championship in nine seasons. Radunz noted that even if he had played a spring season and avoided injury, the move could have caused long-term drawbacks.
New York man catches, then releases, possible record-breaking bass
A New York man may have caught a record-breaking fish. Unfortunately, due to current season regulations, he had to release the bass back into the water before it could be officially scored. John Firstium caught a giant largemouth bass while fishing with his son and some friends last weekend in Albany County, New York Upstate reports. VIRGINIA MAN BREAKS FALLFISH RECORD, CONTINUING FISHING'S BIG YEARUnfortunately, as it is currently catch and release season for bass in the Empire State, Firstium was forced to release it back into the water. According to the outlet, the current record in New York for largemouth bass (freshwater) was set in 1986 for a fish that measured 25.5-inches long and weighed 11.4 pounds.
NFL exploring changes to scouting combine, AP source
The NFL is exploring changes to the annual NFL scouting combine to improve the professional and medical experience for draft prospects, a person familiar with those discussions told The Associated Press on Wednesday. About 150 draft prospects did in-person medical evaluations in Indianapolis earlier this month. New Eagles coach Nick Sirianni had a playful way to test the competitiveness of draft prospects. He played rock, paper, scissors virtually with a couple guys and one of his assistant coaches played Jeopardy with them. "At the combine, you’re limited to how many times you can talk to them, how long you can talk to them for," he said.
Report: Floyd Mayweather Targeting Logan Paul Fight for Sunday June 6 in Miami
Eugene Hoshiko/Associated PressThe delayed exhibition bout between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Logan Paul could reportedly take place as soon as June in Miami. The Athletic's Mike Coppinger reported the fight is "tentatively planned" for June 5. Per TMZ Sports, Mayweather is "zeroing in" on June 6 for his return to the boxing ring against Paul. Mayweather originally announced in December that he agreed to an exhibition with Paul. TMZ reported that Mayweather's camp is "really pushing" for Sunday, June 6, since that date "works better" to accommodate a large crowd at the venues under consideration.
Baby Trying To Eat A Phillies Home Run Is 'Absolute Cutie.' Team Agrees.
A three-run home run hit by the Phillies’ Mickey Moniak became a potential snack for a baby on Wednesday in Philadelphia. The tot didn’t know it was Moniak’s first big-league home run and wouldn’t care anyway. “How cute was that kid who got Moniak’s HR ball on a scale of 5 billion to eleventy billion?” one fan asked on Twitter. “Confirmed: Moniak home run baby is an absolute cutie,” the fan wrote. I could watch that baby try to eat Mickey moniak’s home run ball all day — Aljawnon Moncrief (@Kevin_Seamus) April 21, 2021A baby is chewing on the first home run ball hit by McKenzie Matthew Moniak .... where’s the event staff?
Dave Wallace to be Mike Scioscia’s Olympic pitching coach
CARY, N.C. (AP) — Dave Wallace will be Mike Scioscia’s pitching coach when the U.S. manager tries to qualify his team for the Olympic baseball tournament. Jerry Weinstein will be bench coach, Ernie Young hitting and first base coach, Darren Fenster third base coach and Roly de Armas bullpen coach, USA Baseball said Thursday. Wallace served as pitching coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers (1995-97), New York Mets (1999-2000), Boston Red Sox (2003-06), Houston Astros (2007) and Baltimore Orioles (2014-16) and spent 2017-19 as a pitching consultant for the Atlanta Braves. Young was a member of the U.S. Olympic baseball team that won the gold medal at Sydney, Australia in 2000. The top team from the super round joins Japan, Israel, Mexico and South Korea at the Olympic baseball tournament, to be played from July 28 to Aug. 7 in Fukushima and Yokohama, Japan.
Bills could use pass-rushing boost entering NFL draft
Allen set numerous team single-season passing and scoring records, while Diggs became and All-Pro and Buffalo’s first receiver to lead the NFL in catches (127) and yards receiving (1,535), both franchise bests. Only flaw was a bend-but-don’t break defense twice struggling in losses to the Chiefs. Re-signed LB Matt Milano, OLs Jon Feliciano and Daryl Winters, WR Isaiah McKenzie, CB Levi Wallace, and RB Taiwan Jones. ADVERTISEMENTTHEY NEED: DE, CB, TE, S.THEY DON’T NEED: QB, WR, OT. Glaring needs are upgrading pass rush and fill starting CB spot opposite Tre’Davious White.
Free agency sets up Giants, Judge for NFL draft at No. 11
NEW YORK GIANTS (6-10)LAST SEASON: Despite an 0-5 start and the loss of Saquon Barkley to a knee injury in the second game, Joe Judge’s first season as an NFL coach ended with hope. The Giants had a chance to win the NFC East on the final weekend before Washington prevailed in the final game of the regular season. FREE AGENCY: Re-signed DL Leonard Williams after giving him franchise tag, as well as LB Devante Downs, DT Austin Johnson, LS Casey Kreiter, WR C.J. Released G Kevin Zeitler, WR Golden Tate, LB David Mayo, WR Cody Core. OUTLOOK: GM Dave Gettleman filled a lot of holes for 2021 in free agency by handing out one-year contracts.
QB pick at No. 2 will kick off busy draft for Jets
NEW YORK JETS (2-14)LAST SEASON: The Jets started a franchise-worst 0-13 before beating the Los Angeles Rams in Week 15, all but sealing Adam Gase’s fate after just two years as coach. Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was fired after an ill-timed play call cost the Jets a potential first victory against Las Vegas in Week 13. Lost WR Breshad Perriman, QB Joe Flacco, S Matthias Farley, OLs Josh Andrews and Pat Elflein and LBs Tarell Basham, Jordan Jenkins and Frankie Luvu. ADVERTISEMENTTHEY NEED: QB, CB, OL, WR, RB, Edge. THEY DON’T NEED: DL, P.POSSIBLE FIRST PICK: BYU QB Zach Wilson; Ohio State QB Justin Fields.
Dave Gettleman says he’s tried to trade back but refuses to get fleeced
Dave Gettleman has been a General Manager for eight drafts across two teams, the Panthers and Giants. When that got brought up during his Thursday pre-draft press conference, Gettleman noted it’s not because he’s never wanted to. I’ve tried to trade back,” Gettleman said, via ESPN’s Jordan Raanan, also calling the notion he won’t trade back an urban myth. If it happens, it will also be the first time the Giants have traded back with a first-round pick since 2006. Dave Gettleman says he’s tried to trade back but refuses to get fleeced originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Tom Brady isn't a fan of the NFL's new number rule: 'Going to make for a lot of bad football'
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady believes one NFL rule change is going to "make for a lot of bad football." Brady took the new number rule to task on Instagram on Thursday, saying the rule would cause problems for offensive linemen. Tom Brady isn't a fan of the NFL's new number rule. Is the new number rule change really a big deal? As long as Brady is still performing like Brady, he and the Bucs' offense won't have issues with the new number rule.
NFL draft betting: Even with ridiculously short odds, BetMGM has taken many bets on Trevor Lawrence going No. 1
Well, maybe except that BetMGM prop on who will go first in the NFL draft. Betting on the NFL draft is unlike most other markets. And yet ..."The book has taken significant action on Trevor Lawrence to be the first overall pick,” BetMGM sports trader Darren Darby said. Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence is a huge favorite to go with the first pick. The NFL draft can get wild.
Texas to create separate band in which members won't have to play controversial 'Eyes of Texas'
Texas band members who don't want to play the "Eyes of Texas" school song will soon have the option to be part of a separate band. The school announced Wednesday that it would be creating a second school band as controversy still swirls surrounding the school song. That second band won't be required to play the school song while members of the original band will have to play the song if they want to be a part of it. Texas band members can choose a band that doesn't require them to play the "Eyes of Texas" school song. Band members did not play the song at the final two home games of the 2020 football season.
The police officer who killed 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant is a military-trained expert marksman
Reardon is a military-trained expert marksman, The Daily Beast reported. The Columbus, Ohio, police officer who fatally shot a Black teenage girl on Tuesday was a military-trained expert marksman, The Daily Beast reported. Nicholas Reardon was identified Wednesday as the officer who shot Ma'Khia Bryant, 16, after responding to a call about a fight. In one January 23, 2017, tweet, the Bishop Watterson High School wrestling team said Reardon had become an "expert marksman" on the M4A1. Becoming an expert marksman on the M4A1 means Reardon would have scored high during a target-practice evaluation.
Regal-Beloit Looks Promising: How to Play It
RBC is trading above the rising 50-day moving average line and the line has been tested successfully several times over the past three months. The slower-to-react 200-day moving average line has displayed a positive slope all year. The Moving Average Convergence Divergence (MACD) oscillator is poised to cross to the upside for a fresh outright buy signal. Prices have been in a longer-term advance above the rising 40-week moving average line. In this weekly Point and Figure chart of RBC, below, we can see a possible upside price objective of $211.
Game 20: Mariners at Red Sox lineups and notes
The Red Sox will be throwing Nick Pivetta, whose last outing was an inefficient 3? innings in Saturday’s loss to the White Sox. On the mound will be righthander Justin Dunn, who has never faced the Red Sox in his 16 career starts (all with Seattle). LineupsMARINERS (11-7): TBAPitching: RHP Justin Dunn (1-0, 3.72 ERA)RED SOX (12-7): TBAPitching: RHP Nick Pivetta (2-0, 3.68 ERA)Time: 7:10 p.m.TV, radio: NESN, WEEI-FM 93.7AdvertisementMariners vs. Pivetta: Ty France 1-1, Tom Murphy 1-2Red Sox vs. Dunn: Has not faced any Boston batters. He’s now tied for the major league lead in doubles with eight (with Luis Robert of the White Sox). ... Xander Bogaerts is batting .453 over the Red Sox’ last 14 games and is tied with teammate Martinez for the second-most hits in MLB with 25.
Kurtenbach: The biggest lesson the Warriors learned on their road trip
The run was enough that he boosted himself back into the MVP conversation and the Warriors into contention for a “real” playoff spot. After weeks — no, a season — of a binary relationship between Curry’s play and the Warriors looking respectable, Wednesday looks like an anomaly. And that’s the best thing the Warriors can take away from this recent 3-2 road trip. Pace-and-space is the new gospel, and whichever handful of Warriors are healthy on any given night are a zealous congregation. I don’t think that’s good enough to compete for a title.
5 things Quakes fans need to know if they go to Saturday’s home opener
The Quakes have instituted a number of new COVID-compliant protocols this season as they welcome fans back to their stadium. Fans will be asked to park in the following lots: Parking Structure 1, Parking Structure 2 and the Audi lot. Social distancing: Fans will be assigned seats in pods between one and six seats, with a six-foot distance between pods. Related Articles Earthquakes season starts with loss in HoustonCount them out? Sanitation and safety: Hand sanitizers will be installed throughout PayPal Park and the restrooms will be frequently cleaned by a sanitation team.
Pac-12 basketball: History of diversity gives way to a lineup of all white coaches
Not since Cal promoted Wyking Jones in the spring of 2017 has a Black coach been appointed atop a program. As recently as the the 2016 season, one-third of the Pac-12 coaches were Black. Currently, the conference has four Black head coaches: Stanford’s David Shaw, ASU’s Herm Edwards, Colorado’s Karl Dorrell and Washington’s Jimmy Lake. The combination of institutional willingness to hire Black coaches and the history of their success doesn’t suggest foundational reasons for the current lack of diversity on the basketball side. Most head coaches are white.
Mavs guard Luka Doncic signs exclusive memorabilia deal with Panini America
The sponsorship opportunities continue to roll in for Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic. Panini America, the world’s largest licensed sports and entertainment collectibles company and the exclusive trading card manufacturer of the NBA announced on Thursday it has signed Doncic to an exclusive agreement for autographs and memorabilia. As part of the partnership, Doncic’s autographed memorabilia will be made available exclusively via Panini Authentic, Panini America’s memorabilia division. The Mavs guard also joined the growing collection of pro athletes claiming an ownership stake in BioSteel, a sports nutrition company, as part of a multi-year endorsement deal last month. Find more Mavericks coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
The ultimate guide to 50 former Texas high school football players in the 2021 NFL draft pool
The pipeline from Texas high school football to the NFL is about to get even stronger. QuarterbackPlayer High School College Exp. draft round Kene Nwangwu Frisco Heritage Iowa State 6th-7th Rakeem Boyd Stratford Arkansas Priority free agentWide receiverPlayer High school College Exp. draft round Kylen Granson Austin Westlake SMU 7th Quintin Morris Richmond George Ranch Bowling Green 7thOffensive tacklePlayer High School College Exp. draft round Ryan McCollum Klein Oak Texas A&M Priority free agentDefensive endPlayer High school College Exp.
Baseball/softball roundup: Denton Braswell defeats No. 1 Prosper on a walk-off hit; Guyer standout strikes out 17
Three walks helped set the stage for Jones’ winning hit as Braswell handed Prosper its first district loss. Braswell reversed its fortunes in close games after losing one-run contests to McKinney Boyd, Denton Guyer and McKinney earlier in district play. Tyler Dubak, Frisco Heritage: He doubled twice and had three RBIs in Heritage’s 8-4 win over Frisco Reedy, ranked No. Will Glatch, Frisco Liberty: The senior dominated with his arm Tuesday, striking out 10 and pitching six scoreless innings in a 3-1 win over Frisco Heritage. SOFTBALLRiley Lunsford, Frisco Heritage: She went 2 for 3 with a home run and four RBIs in an 8-4 win over Frisco Wakeland.
Watch: Tony Romo eagles his first hole at Veritex Bank Championship in Arlington
The former Dallas Cowboys quarterback and current CBS commentator began his opening round of the Korn Ferry Tour’s Veritex Bank Championship in Arlington with a chip-in eagle on the course’s tenth hole. Tony Romo teed off at 9:15 a.m. and opened his first round at the @VBChampionship with an eagle. Texas Rangers Golf Club was voted the best new golf course in Texas by Dallas Morning News panel members in its 2020 Texas Golf section. Romo teed off at 9:15 a.m. in Thursday’s first round and will do so at 2:15 p.m. for Friday’s second round. +++Find more Golf coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash
BARCELONA, Spain — The ill-fated Super League has enraged fans and troubled authorities while making allies of a pair of soccer’s fiercest nemeses. Both Juventus and AC Milan also left open the possibility of joining a Super League at a later date. “If they say that the Super League will save soccer, they are lying or they are mistaken,” Tebas said. Otherwise, protests against the Super League have been subdued in Spain compared to England. Barcelona will play its first match since the Super League announcement on Thursday against Getafe.
Broncos Film Room: North Carolina running back Michael Carter could be intriguing Day 3 option
One of the best parts of North Carolina games in recent seasons has been watching running back Michael Carter get handed the football and counting the missed tackles. Carter got a hand-off and took four steps to the right before cutting upfield and making the Fighting Irish look silly. The linebacker who got taken for a ride and needed help from a teammate to tackle Carter? Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, who is expected to be a first-round pick in Thursday’s NFL draft. After running for more than 1,600 yards in 2018 and ’19, he was less productive as a senior (914 yards).
Letters: Gratitude for T.J. Ward (4/22/21)
Gratitude for T.J. WardRe: “Former Broncos Pro Bowler and Super Bowl 50 champion T.J. Ward announces retirement,” online sports storyOn Wednesday, T.J. Ward announced his retirement from the NFL. Ward’s announcement served as the official conclusion to his eight-year career, which included two Pro Bowl selections and a Super Bowl 50 victory for Ward and his fellow Broncos. T.J. Ward played an integral role in Denver’s infamous “No Fly Zone.” This legendary secondary, constructed as a result of the combined greatness of Gary Kubiak and Wade Phillips, consisted of Chris Harris Jr., Bradley Roby, Darian Stewart, Aqib Talib, and T.J. Ward. I would like to thank T.J. Ward for everything he did as a member of the Denver Broncos. It seems the government could do a little work, redirecting the law or his efforts instead of filing injunctions against him.
1968: The Birth of the Milwaukee Bucks
1968: The Birth of the Milwaukee BucksMembers of the 1968 Bucks team Wayne Embry and Jon McGlocklin and Milwaukee historian John Gurda reflect on the year the Bucks joined the NBA.
Daunte Wright to be eulogized at Minneapolis funeral
Friends and family members wept as they stood before Wright’s open casket, which was blanketed with red roses. The city’s police chief said it appeared from body camera video that the officer who shot Wright used her pistol when she meant to use her Taser. Wright’s killing came amid increasing tension during the weekslong trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who killed Floyd last May. Minneapolis residents who peacefully celebrated Tuesday’s guilty verdicts had barely one full day before attention turned to burying Wright. This is round two, and we must win this round.”Members of Wright’s family and civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents Floyd’s family, are also expected to speak at the service.
White Sox voice Jason Benetti enjoys going deep on ESPN’s Statcast games
I switched over to check it out and never went back to the regular broadcast – and it had nothing to do with Alex Rodriguez being there. “The coolest thing based on the research that ESPN has is exactly what you just said: People have a tendency to stay longer than the average broadcast,” Benetti said. He’ll be joined by his regular Statcast mates, analyst Eduardo Perez, MLB.com Statcast Insider Mike Petriello and producer Andy Jacobson. “When we had our first Statcast game, I said, ‘It is OK for me to tell stories, right?’ ” he said. “There’s a storied history in baseball of two play-by-play announcers doing a game,” Benetti said.
NFL Draft position preview: Will Bears grab an OLB a year early?
Part 10 of a 10-part series previewing the NFL Draft and analyzing the Bears’ needsFew teams throw more money at outside linebackers than the Bears. They employ the highest-paid edge rusher ever, Khalil Mack. So why in the world would the Bears consider picking an edge rusher in the first two days of the draft? Pace has built his roster to make a college edge rusher redundant. Using a first-round pick on an edge rusher who wouldn’t be guaranteed to start, though, is a luxury he can’t afford.
Loyola’s Cameron Krutwig declares for NBA Draft
Loyola senior center Cameron Krutwig will leave the Ramblers and enter the NBA Draft. Krutwig quickly became one of the most-familiar faces on the Loyola team that went to the NCAA Final Four in 2018 and the Sweet 16 this season. Drew Valentine became the Ramblers’ new head coach after Porter Moser left to take the job at Oklahoma. “I feel like I’ve left my imprint on this place and left it better than I found it,” Krutwig said in his announcement video. He finishes his time at Loyola with a 13.7 point career scoring average and 7.1 rebound average.
Zaon Collins’ lawyers blame victim in fatal crash, want charges dropped
Lawyers for Las Vegas basketball standout Zaon Collins have asked a judge to throw out his DUI and reckless driving charges in connection with a crash that killed a man. Collins is charged with DUI resulting in death and reckless driving in a fatal wreck on Dec. 30, 2021. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeFormer Bishop Gorman High School basketball standout Zaon Collins, second from left, talks with his attorney David Chesnoff, outside of Chesnoff's office, Thursday, April 22, 2021, as his parents, Latoya Coleman, right, and Marvin Collins, left, look on. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeLawyers for Las Vegas basketball standout Zaon Collins have asked a judge to throw out DUI and reckless driving charges against him in connection with a fatal wreck. An officer reported that Collins’ eyes appeared to be bloodshot and watery at the time of the crash.
Heat playoff push arrives at crucial crossroads in Atlanta
“Our leaders understood and everybody understood how important this road trip is, and they wanted to set the tone for us,” Spoelstra said, with the Heat one game behind the Hawks for the No. 5 seed, with the head-to-head tiebreaker in the three-game season series in the balance. “This road trip is a big challenge for us.”
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Day of rest for Knicks? Nah, they'd rather keep working
"Blackout day is an order from Thibs," Knicks rookie Immanuel Quickley said. We’ve got an early game coming up so he declared that nobody is supposed to come in. And with that explanation you might have the best reason for the Knicks rising to their surprising place in the Eastern Conference standings. As a team the Knicks are sixth in the NBA in three-point percentage, shooting 38.4%. "We've put a lot of time into the shooting," Thibodeau said.
UFC 261: Chris Weidman getting out of his comfort zone ahead of fight vs. Uriah Hall
Weidman found a home at Gym-O, where he said there’s a mix of up-and-coming guys with that "young hunger" and veterans. The event, which airs prelims on ESPN and streams the main card on ESPN+ pay-per-view, is the first UFC event to feature an arena full of fans since March 14, 2020. "I'm sure it's going to be going nuts, first event back, and it’s over a year," said Weidman, 36. "I'm excited for this, I really am. Weidman and Hall were scheduled to fight each other last February, but a bout with COVID-19 forced Weidman to withdraw from that event.
UFC 261: Uriah Hall wants to fight Israel Adesanya, but knows he has to play the game to get there
Winning inside the octagon is part of it, sure, but Hall knows there’s a little more to it. Silva defended his belt 10 times before he was knocked out by Weidman at UFC 162 on July 6, 2013. Weidman defended his title three times until he was stopped by Luke Rockhold at UFC 194 on Dec. 12, 2015. Would a win over Weidman put Hall in the title fight conversation? It is likely Hall would need to win one more fight, at least, before facing Adesanya.
Daunte Wright funeral: Family, friends mourn man killed by police officer in Minnesota
“We should not think that, because we won one battle with Chauvin, the war is over,” Sharpton said, “or that if we do not get justice for this case, that we will undo what we were able to do with George Floyd. This is round two, and we must win this round.”
Game times Oregon softball’s weekend series against Stanford adjusted
EUGENE — The schedule for Oregon softball’s weekend series against Stanford has been adjusted due to potential weather concerns. 6 Ducks will play a doubleheader against the Cardinal on Friday starting at 2 p.m. then again on Saturday (1 p.m.) and Sunday (10:30 a.m.). All four games will still be be live streamed via Pac-12.com.
Prep sports: Athletes no longer need to wear masks during outdoor competition
Prep sport athletes competing in outdoor competition, as is the case for most spring sports, are no longer required to wear masks during competition. The Minnesota Department of Health amended its requirements Thursday to state face coverings only need to be worn “when sports participants are not actively practicing or playing and cannot maintain physical distancing,” such as when softball and baseball players are in a dugout. The MDH still “strongly” recommends participants wear face coverings at all times or are tested weekly for COVID-19, though that’s no longer required. The Minnesota State High School League’s Board of Directors asked for this type of mask leniency for outdoor sports at last week’s board meeting.
Oregon State’s Warith Alatishe enters early into the 2021 NBA Draft, but junior forward expected to return
Oregon State forward Warith Alatishe plans to submit his name as an early entry for the 2021 NBA Draft, but he is expected to return to school and play for the Beavers next season. Alatishe, a junior who transferred to OSU after spending two years at Nicholls State, averaged 9.5 points and 8.6 rebounds a game. Oregon State coach Wayne Tinkle, speaking Wednesday during an interview on the school’s Facebook broadcast “Chew On This,” said Alatishe was going through the early entry process to get feedback on his skills and NBA standing. Alatishe had nine double-doubles, with season highs of 22 points against UCLA and 16 rebounds against Oregon. He was named the Pac-12 tournament’s most outstanding player after averaging 14 points and 10 rebounds a game.
UConn women’s basketball’s Nika Mühl stands out with her toughness and stubborness, and Geno Auriemma wouldn’t want it any other way
Not too long after, a more confident and disciplined Mühl, whose defensive intensity changed the complexity of the Huskies, earned a starting spot and was a crucial part of UConn’s 63-59 overtime win over then-No. 1 South Carolina on Feb. 8. Auriemma once lauded her for playing “Connecticut-basketball hard,” one of the best compliments he can give a player. When she went down with an ankle injury in the first round of the NCAA Tournament, Auriemma and the Huskies felt her absence on the court. The times she was on the bench, she was just as engaged in the game, if not more, than those playing, Auriemma said.
Almont barber vies for $2,500 on virtual 'Kelly and Ryan' dancing competition
Sherri Rodgers of Almont is trying to dance her way to $2,500. Rodgers is one of six finalists vying to win the grand prize of a virtual dance competition, Dance Party Trivia, on ABC's "LIVE with Kelly and Ryan." Voting, which can only be done on the show's Facebook page, runs until 6 p.m. Friday. "The funniest part is that I didn’t know they put me on" until after she watched a recorded episode, said Rodgers who owns Sherri's Barber. To vote, go to the "LIVE with Kelly and Ryan" Facebook page and simply click "like" under Rodgers' video.
Watch: Lions' T.J. Hockenson teams up with George Kittle for grappling, grilling
The Detroit NewsEntering his third NFL season, the Detroit Lions' T.J. Hockenson hasn't reached the level of George Kittle as one of the league's top tight ends. Leading him in is Hockenson as (we're assuming) the San Francisco 49ers star's manager. Hockenson sets up his fellow Iowa product, tossing a bag from the competition for Kittle to smash with a chair. In four seasons in the NFL, Kittle has established himself as one of of the top two or three tight ends in the game, owning a pair of 1,000-yard receiving seasons and Pro Bowl berths. 8 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, earned his first Pro Bowl berth last season, finishing with 67 catches for 723 yards and six touchdowns.
Rally to save MSU swim program to be held before spring football game
The fight to keep the Michigan State swimming and diving program alive continues. Ishbia targeted that money mostly for football, some for basketball, and some for an overall fund for Michigan State athletics. The Michigan State swimmers and divers are hoping to get the university to follow the path of fellow Big Ten member Iowa. Facing similar litigation as Michigan State, Iowa opted to reinstate women’s swimming. However, it did not reinstate men’s swimming, men’s tennis or men’s gymnastics.
OHSAA doubles the size of the football playoffs, to 16 teams per region
High school football playoffs in Ohio just doubled in size. The OHSAA announced Thursday that effective this fall, 16 teams per region will qualify for the postseason, as opposed to the eight teams per region that had previously qualified. The move comes after a season in which 12 teams per region made the playoffs due to a shortened season because of the coronavirus pandemic. “Last fall we received overwhelmingly positive feedback when we allowed every team to enter the football playoffs due to the shortened season because of COVID-19,” Doug Ute, the OHSAA's executive director, said in a statement. The football regular season commences on August 20 and the first round of the playoffs will now begin Oct. 29.bjohnson@dispatch.com@baileyajohnson_
Tramel's ScissorTales: Lincoln Riley loading his OU football staff with Sooners alumni
Cale Gundy was the lone OU football alumnus on Bob Stoops’ 2015 staff. Cale Gundy, of course, was on the staff when all four of his OU colleagues played for the Sooners. More:Tramel's ScissorTales: Jerry Pettibone's OU football tales on Jack Mildren & Barry Switzer“Advantages, you just understand what the program entails, you realize how passionate the fans are,” Thibodeaux said. As I just pointed out, OU football is going to play Western Carolina in September. 47: OU football 1953-57.
Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — The ill-fated Super League has enraged fans and troubled authorities while making allies of a pair of soccer's fiercest nemeses. “It is absolutely necessary,” Laporta said on Catalan public television in his first public comments on the project. A day later, Spanish club Atlético Madrid and the three Italian teams in the project — Juventus, AC Milan and Inter Milan — also opted out. Despite being left nearly alone, Pérez — the competition’s supposed first chairman — said late Wednesday that the idea was not dead, but rather on standby. Both Juventus and AC Milan also left open the possibility of joining a Super League at a later date.
Baseball executive departs before team's first game
City officials say they have “every confidence we will receive full payment once the audit is complete,” but say they plan to expand the audit. Nelson told the Madison City Council in January that the club lost $17.8 million in 2020 and had expected to pay Madison $1.4 to $1.5 million. Nelson said the club used the stadium for 175 other events, generating $1.79 million. The executive has also voiced displeasure over the delay in opening an exit ramp from Interstate 565 into the development that hosts Toyota Field. The ramp is supposed to open before the team's first home game on May 11.
Olympic athletes promised legal support if they protest
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Offensive tackle, linebacker among Washington's draft needs
LAST SEASON: Washington took advantage of a weak NFC East to win the division in coach Ron Rivera's first season after a 1-5 start. Dwayne Haskins was benched as starting quarterback after four games and later released, with Alex Smith eventually taking over and leading the team to the playoffs. It took Smith winning at Philadelphia on a strained right calf to get Washington in, and the injury prevented the NFL Comeback Player of the Year from playing in the wild-card round loss to eventual Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay.
Baseball executive departs before team's first game
Trash Pandas Vice President Lindsey Knupp said that the club is working with the city and auditors to determine any amount due for 2020. Nelson told the Madison City Council in January that the club lost $17.8 million in 2020 and had expected to pay Madison $1.4 to $1.5 million. Nelson said the club used the stadium for 175 other events, generating $1.79 million. The executive has also voiced displeasure over the delay in opening an exit ramp from Interstate 565 into the development that hosts Toyota Field. The ramp is supposed to open before the team's first home game on May 11.
Here's how to watch the 2021 Kentucky Oaks post position draw show
The post position draw for the $1.25 million Longines Kentucky Oaks is at 11 a.m. on April 26 in the Aristides Lounge at Churchill Downs. Here's what to know about the draw and how to watch:How to livestream the drawThere won't be live television coverage of the Oaks draw. We'll show Churchill Downs' live stream at courier-journal.com or watch on the Kentucky Derby Facebook page. You may like:Get to know the jockeys in the running of the 2021 Kentucky DerbyWho are the likely starters? How to watch the Kentucky OaksThe Kentucky Oaks will be televised on April 30 on NBCSN from 3-6 p.m. Find your local NBC channel at nbcsports.com/tv-listings.
Indiana's Grace Berger, former Sacred Heart star, named finalist for USA AmeriCup team
Jeremy PriceBloomington Herald-TimesIndiana guard Grace Berger was named as one of 13 finalists for the 2021 USA Basketball Women’s AmeriCup Team on Wednesday night. At the end of the day of we feel really good about the group that we’ve put together to be the finalists. “I want to talk about the 20 players out here that absolutely competed every single day,” Staley said. Throughout those eight sessions, you have good sessions and bad sessions. The committee selected 20 players who were great throughout trials.
Here's how to watch the 2021 Kentucky Derby post position draw show
20 post positions? Those questions and many more will be answered at 11 a.m. Tuesday during the post-position draw for the Kentucky Derby. Once a pill is pulled, the corresponding number is matched to a horse’s name that has been drawn to determine its post position for the May 1 Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. Kentucky Derby 2021: A horse-by-horse look at the Kentucky Derby fieldThe Derby field is limited to 20 starters, but as many as four horses can enter the field as also-eligibles. Here's what to know about the draw and how to watch:How to livestream the drawThe draw will be livestreamed at courier-journal.com, on Churchill Downs’ Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels, or watch on the Kentucky Derby Facebook page.
2021 Kentucky Oaks horses: Get to know 14 of the race's top contenders
On Friday, April 30, 14 fillies will run in the 147th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs. The race, which covers 1-1/8-miles and has a $1.25 million purse, is the premier Grade 1 race for 3-year-old fillies. Here are 14 of the top contenders, in order of points total:Search ResultsColor: Dark BayBirthplace: KentuckySire: FlatterDam: Co ColaOwner: Klaravich StablesTrainer: Chad C. BrownRecord: 3-0-0 in three career startsRoad to the Kentucky Oaks points (ranking): 150 (first)Last race: Won the Grade 3 Gazelle Stakes on April 3 at AqueductCareer earnings: $275,000You may like:As Lasix ban reaches Kentucky Derby, debate over anti-bleeding medication continuesTravel ColumnColor: GrayBirthplace: KentuckySire: FrostedDam: SwingitOwner: OXO Equine LLCTrainer: Brad H. CoxRecord: 3-1-1 in five startsRoad to the Kentucky Oaks points (ranking): 132 (second)Last race: Won the Grade 2 Twinspires.com Fair Grounds Oaks on March 20 at Fair GroundsCareer earnings: $462,040Crazy BeautifulColor: GrayBirthplace: KentuckySire: Liam’s MapDam: Indian BurnOwner: Phoenix Thoroughbred IIITrainer: Kenny McPeekRecord: 3-3-0 in seven startsRoad to the Kentucky Oaks points (ranking): 128 (third)Last race: Won Grade 2 Gulfstream Park Oaks on March 27 at Gulfstream ParkCareer earnings: $366,165Kentucky Derby 2021:Meet the horses who will be running in the 147th Run for the RosesPauline’s PearlColor: GrayBirthplace: KentuckySire: TapitDam: Hot Dixie ChickOwner: Stonestreet Stables LLCTrainer: Steve AsmussenRecord: 2-1-1 in five startsRoad to the Kentucky Oaks points (ranking): 120 (fourth)Last race: Won Grade 3 Fantasy Stakes on April 3 at Oaklawn ParkCareer earnings: $420,000MalathaatColor: BayBirthplace: KentuckySire: CurlinDam: Dreaming of JuliaOwner: Shadwell StablesTrainer: Todd PletcherRecord: 4-0-0 in four startsRoad to the Kentucky Oaks points (ranking): 110 (fifth)Last race: Won Grade 1 Central Bank Ashland Stakes on April 3 at KeenelandCareer earnings: $377,500ClairiereColor: BayBirthplace:
New Orleans Pelicans at Orlando Magic odds, picks and prediction
Cameron DaSilvaSportsbook WireThe New Orleans Pelicans (25-33) will look to snap their four-game losing skid Thursday night when they visit the Orlando Magic (18-40), who have lost three straight themselves. Pelicans at Magic: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Pelicans at Magic: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionPelicans 117, Magic 111With New Orleans struggling lately, I wouldn't feel comfortable at all betting the money line of -400. The Pelicans are giving the Magic 9 points, which is tied for the most points New Orleans has been favored by in its last 10 games. Additional NBA sports coverage:HoopsHype | Celtics Wire | LeBron Wire | Lonzo Wire | Nets Wire | Rockets Wire | Sixers Wire | Thunder Wire | Warriors Wire | Rookie Wire | List WireGannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services.
Super League: what happens now? Plus a trip to Orient – Football Weekly Extra
Rate, review, share on Apple Podcasts, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud, Acast and Stitcher, and join the conversation on Facebook, Twitter and email. The pod look at the ongoing reaction to the European Super League’s collapse – for now. We ask what sanctions the six Premier League teams might face, and whether anything will really change. Ryan Mason returns the good times to Spurs fans as they beat Southampton, while 10-man Aston Villa lose to 10-man Manchester City. Finally: what happened when Max attended Leyton Orient v Cambridge United, courtesy of one kind listener?
Florentino Pérez: the emperor who wanted more but lost for once
And the front page of Marca, rarely critical of Madrid’s president, ran: “Super ridicule: the project led by Florentino Pérez fails in 48 hours”. Andrea Agnelli (left), Florentino Pérez (right) and what Marca made of the Super League fiasco. A super league, a huge global concern, and this was how it was presented to the world? “It wasn’t hard to persuade [the Barcelona president] Joan Laporta,” Pérez said publicly, his great rivals depicted as his dependents. David Beckham (left) signs his contract with the Real Madrid president, Florentino Pérez, in July 2003.
Premier League to rewrite rules to expel future rebels after Super League plot
The Premier League is set to ban future breakaway plots by inserting a new clause in its rulebook warning all clubs they face automatic and permanent expulsion. A review of governance sparked even before the emergence of Project Big Picture last year was considering tougher measures to stabilise the competition. The European Super League fiasco has now cemented the determination of chief executive Richard Masters to push through the amends. A source close to talks said the plan will "kill off the threat of a breakaway forever", however the clause could be controversial given the league's formation was thanks to a breakaway in 1992. Sources close to the league confirmed the changes on another tumultuous day of fallout from the collapse of the plot that would have seen Liverpool, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea and the two Manchester clubs form their own closed-shop European competition.
Queen's racehorse trainer threatens to shut his gallops to the public
People have threatened Mr Charlton with violence as a result of his warning that he would shut off access to the gallops unless the situation improves. "This isn't public land, although I have had people square up to me about it if I ask them to move away from us. Locals walking on the gallops and using the area for outdoor activities know they should only visit after midday when the morning training sessions have finished. Or a piece of litter flies up in front of these horses, they are highly-strung thoroughbreds." He added that young colts will sometimes chase dogs and can be aggressive, and this can occur even if the dogs are comfortable around horses.
FA to step up security for Carabao Cup final as fan Super League protests escalate
The Football Association are set to review security for this weekend’s Carabao Cup final after European Super League protests escalated on Thursday with Manchester United fans storming the club’s training ground. According to FA sources, they are aware that the showpiece has the potential for more protests and security for the event will reflect this. As a test event for fans to return, the 21,000 at the national stadium will be the biggest English crowd since the Covid-19 pandemic closed football’s doors. “We are committed to the safety and security of all attendees and staff members at Wembley Stadium and continually evolve our processes in partnership with its stakeholders,” said an FA spokesperson. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer met with angry fans yesterday when they got into the club’s Carrington HQ, barricading the car entrance and training-ground reception before making their way to the first-team pitches.
Jurgen Klinsmann says ‘anything is possible’ amid Tottenham manager links
Former Tottenham striker Jurgen Klinsmann did not rule out his interest in becoming the club’s new permanent manager following the sacking of Jose Mourinho this week. The World Cup winner has managerial experience with the German national team, Bayern Munich, the USA and most recently Hertha Berlin. “I never thought I would coach Germany at a World Cup. “From where they are in the Premier League you can still justify certain things because they are two points away from the Champions League now. “They really need to get into the Champions League.
Rangers and Celtic in the Premier League ‘difficult’ after Super League collapse, says former Hoops defender
Rangers and Celtic’s chances of landing a Premier League invitation have been hampered rather than helped by the “selfish” actions of England’s big six, insists former Hoops defender Alan Stubbs. According to Thursday’s report, the big six remain committed to reforming the Premier League - and believe welcoming Glasgow’s big two south could breath fresh life into England’s top flight. “To see Celtic and Rangers in amongst the Premier League would be fantastic,” said the 49-year-old. “I mean, how do we actually get Celtic and Rangers into the Premier League? It would certainly add to the Premier League.
When is McGregor vs Poirier 3? Date, start time and odds for UFC rematch
Here’s everything you need to know about McGregor vs Poirier III:When is it? UFC 264 will take place at a full-capacity T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card should then start at 3am BST on Sunday, with McGregor vs Poirier likely beginning at around 5am. UFC 264 is expected to air live on BT Sport in the UK and ESPN+ in the US. The early odds have the main event between McGregor and Poirier as a pick ’em:McGregor 10/11; Poirier 10/11.
World Snooker Championship: ‘No will’ to pursue rule change over controversial Mark Williams break-off
Snooker’s world governing body has denied it has plans to ban Mark Williams’ controversial break-off shot despite consultations with top players and its own Rules Committee. The statement read: “The issue of the ‘defensive break-off’ was raised by a small number of players to the WPBSA Players Board earlier this year. “As a representative body of the current tour players, WPBSA Players sought opinion from the playing membership on this issue. The WPBSA Rules Committee was also being consulted at this time. Williams has vowed to continue with the shot in his second-round match against John Higgins, which starts on Friday.
Super League clubs unlikely to face heavy financial penalties
Clubs that abandoned the European Super League are unlikely to face heavy financial penalties, as there is "no appetite for any legal battles" within the body. While sources within the Super League state the "project is now dead", there is still a will to revive something similar in the future, ensuring the need to keep good relations. The clubs ultimately have no desire to "squeeze the life out of each other" after what has been a bruising week. Chelsea were the first to announce they were preparing paperwork to leave the Super League on Tuesday evening, a development quickly followed by Manchester City's announcement that they had withdrawn. It is understand that, even by early Tuesday evening, there was still total denial at the Super League’s Madrid base that the project was falling apart.
Ex-Virginia Tech soccer player sues coach for 'retaliation' after she didn't kneel in racism protest
Kiersten Hening, a former non-scholarship player for the Hokies, filed a federal lawsuit against Virginia Tech coach Chugger Adair, saying he targeted her because he 'dislikes Hening's political views.' The program's all-time leader in wins, Adair is being represented by school attorneys, the Virginia Tech spokesman confirmed. Chugger Adair pictures coaching the Virginia Tech women's soccer teamShe claims her status within the team began to suffer in 2020. 'At the next opportunity — halftime of the Virginia game — Coach Adair berated Hening for her stance,' the lawsuit continues. Following the Virginia game, Hening lost her starting role, prompting her to quit the team entirely.
Ex-British Cycling doctor Freeman launches appeal over doping ruling
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Former Team Sky and British Cycling doctor Richard Freeman has launched an appeal after being found guilty of ordering banned testosterone for doping purposes. Freeman, who was simultaneously employed by British Cycling and Team Sky -- now Ineos Grenadiers -- between 2009 and 2015, resigned from British Cycling in 2017 because of ill-health. He had already left Team Sky. Freeman admitted 18 of 22 charges against him but denied the central charge regarding the purpose of the Testogel order. Freeman is also facing two UK Anti-Doping charges regarding the ordering of the testosterone.
Nadal downs battling Nishikori to reach Barcelona quarter-finals
The world number three triumphed 6-0, 2-6, 6-2 over 2014 and 2015 champion Nishikori and next face Britain's Cameron Norrie, a fellow left-hander, for a place in the semi-finals. Nadal, who suffered a surprise quarter-final exit at the Monte Carlo Masters last week, had also required three sets to beat Belarusian qualifier Ilya Ivashka, ranked at 111, in his Barcelona opener on Wednesday. World number 58 Norrie progressed when Belgian eighth seed David Goffin retired with an injury in the second set. Nadal defeated Norrie in their only previous meeting in straight sets in the Australian Open third round in February. Second seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, the champion in Monte Carlo, eased into the last-eight with a 7-5, 6-3 victory Australian 14th seed Alex de Minaur.
UEFA weighs Super League revenge and changing Euro host cities
Sticking the boot in: fans and some UEFA officials want the Super League clubs punishedAdvertising Read moreLausanne (AFP)UEFA meets on Friday with revenge on some members' minds following the attempted Super League breakaway, while the fate of some Euro host cities is also on the agenda. Danish executive committee member Jesper Moeller on Monday suggested throwing Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid out of this year's Champions League semi-finals. "There is relatively little chance that next week's matches will not be played," UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin told Slovenian television Pop TV. The two men are now the leading club representatives in decisions on the commercial management of the Champions League, which was radically reshaped on Monday. UEFA's executive committee approved a new format for the Champions League which had been proposed before news of the uprising broke.
Alberta road rage targets cyclists
Two cyclists riding west of Edmonton were the target of a road rage incident, as caught on cell phone video. According to CTV News, Jill Jordan was cycling with a friend when a pickup truck began to harass them. “He was yelling obscenities, no big deal, we’re kind of used to that being on the road,” said Jordan. “Holy crap, this guy’s actually ready to drive right at us, like is he going to physically push us off the road?” Jordan thought to herself. According to Aaron Schooler of the Alberta Cycling Coalition,“I’d definitely call this an incident of malicious intent.”“It’s not cyclists versus the cars, it’s like you’re – you all just want to utilize the road,” said Schooler.
Keyontae Johnson will not enter NBA draft, 'steadily making progress' after collapse
Graham HallUF basketball writerFlorida forward Keyontae Johnson will not enter the NBA draft as he attempts a return to the basketball court, Johnson announced Wednesday on his Twitter account. “Thank you for the prayers and concern that you all have shown to me during these trying few months,” Johnson’s post began. “I am progressing & steadily making progress daily in my health. “I plan to keep working to prepare for the upcoming season,” he said. 67 overall prospect by ESPN, in June, leaving the program with two additional scholarships if Johnson is not cleared to return.
Champions League streaker Kinsey Wolanski wasn’t ready for what came next
American influencer Kinsey Wolanski has opened up on how streaking during the 2019 Champions League final boosted her career. It wasn’t just fans who failed to keep their eyes off her, as Tottenham midfielder Harry Winks was caught staring at the blonde beauty. Speaking in an interview with Names Magazine, Wolanski commented on how her streak affected her career. And Wolanski has remarked how she has had the chance to connect with people all over the world following her antics. “I definitely wasn’t prepared for what was to follow that game,” Wolanski said.
Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash
Barcelona president Joan Laporta maintained his support for the Super League on Thursday despite the quick exit of 10 of the 12 founding clubs in the breakaway competition. Both Juventus and AC Milan left open the possibility of joining a Super League at a later date in their statements on Wednesday. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWhile Laporta spoke in Barcelona, the other Spanish league clubs not involved in the Super League project met via videoconference with league president Javier Tebas to form a common front against the new competition. "I think that Barcelona has bigger problems than taking on the rest of the clubs in Spain and Europe to defend a Super League that is already dead," Tebas said. "If they say that the Super League will save soccer, they are lying or they are mistaken," Tebas said.
Olympic athletes promised legal support if they protest
Athletes who make political or social justice protests at the Tokyo Olympics were promised legal support Thursday by a global union and an activist group in Germany. The Olympic body’s legal commission should clarify what kind of punishment before this year's games, which open on July 23. The IOC’s athletes’ commission cited support to uphold Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter from more than two-thirds of about 3,500 replies from consulting athlete groups. The independent group representing German athletes pledged legal backing for its national team. There are three levels of disciplinary action for athletes breaching Rule 50: from the IOC, their sport's governing body, and their national Olympic committee.
European Super League: Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says plans are not 'dead' despite withdrawals
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists the European Super League is not "dead" despite the competition collapsing just 48 hours after it was announced. On Sunday, 12 clubs - the Premier League's 'Big Six', plus Real Madrid, Atletico Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus, Inter Milan and AC Milan - confirmed they were planning to start the new midweek European competition. However, the plans began to crumble on Tuesday, when Chelsea and Manchester City withdrew following a furious backlash from supporters, the Premier League and UEFA. The Super League still exists." Sky Sports News reported on Tuesday morning that the Super League could collapse amid uncertainty among some of the six Premier League members over whether to continue with the plans.
Kiersten Hening Sues Va. Tech Soccer HC; Says She Was Punished for Not Kneeling
Armando Franca/Associated PressKiersten Hening, a former Virginia Tech soccer player, filed a lawsuit against Hokies head coach Charles Adair last month. Per court documents obtained by TMZ Sports, Hening claims in the lawsuit that she was punished for refusing to kneel with the rest of the Virginia Tech women's soccer team prior to a game on Sept. 12, 2020. After playing all 90 minutes against Virginia, Hening played a total of 34 minutes in the next two games combined. Davis noted that Hening's lawsuit seeks to have Adair undergo first amendment training and have her reinstated on the Hokies soccer team. Hening started 37 of 41 games for the Hokies in 2018 and 2019 combined.
Sabrina Ionescu Confirms Story Her Dad Told Uber Passenger 'She Is the Best'
John Locher/Associated PressNew York Liberty star Sabrina Ionescu confirmed a story about her dad hyping her as basketball's next big thing before her standout college career at the University of Oregon. Ionescu was a slam-dunk choice for the Liberty with last year's No. 1 pick, but she only made three appearances during her rookie campaign before suffering a season-ending ankle injury. Expectations for the Liberty are rising rapidly with the return of their star point guard, combined with the additions of Natasha Howard, Sami Whitcomb and Betnijah Laney. Ionescu told Pelton she's excited for what the team can achieve in her first full season:"I don't think there's really a ceiling for what we can accomplish.
The Best-Kept Secrets of the 2021 NFL Draft
0 of 9Rusty Costanza/Associated PressThe NFL draft is exactly one week away, and teams' preparation for the crucial event is nearing completion. The first round, which is set for Thursday, is going to see most of the familiar names come off the board. In a year when some prospects didn't get to play at all, there's a good possibility that some quality NFL players are slipping through the cracks. Every year, there are players who get picked late on Day 2 or Day 3 and go on to make a bigger-than-expected impact. Here's a look at the best-kept secrets of the 2021 NFL draft.
Brother of George Floyd writes new column on Chauvin verdict
The Morning Joe panel discusses a new column on the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial by the brother of the late George Floyd, Philonise Floyd.
Red Bulls sign Polish forward Klimala to 4-year contract
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — The New York Red Bulls have signed Polish forward Patryk Klimala to a four-year contract with an option for a fifth season. Klimala signed with Celtic in January 2020. Klimala also played for Poland’s Under-21 Youth National team in 2020 and had two goals and one assist in 278 minutes played over four matches. Klimala began his professional career at Jagiellonia Bialystok, a first-division Poland squad, during the 2016-17 season. He was loaned to Wigry Suwalki, a third-division Polish team, in the 2017-18 season and returned to Jagiellonia Bialystok for the next two seasons.
Sex abuse charges expand to 2nd New Hampshire youth center
FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo is the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester, N.H. Four more arrests have been made in connection with a broad criminal investigation into physical and sexual abuse allegations at New Hampshire's youth detention center. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)FILE - In this Jan. 28, 2020, file photo is the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester, N.H. Four more arrests have been made in connection with a broad criminal investigation into physical and sexual abuse allegations at New Hampshire's youth detention center. The state has made 11 arrests this month in connection with a broad investigation into physical and sexual abuse allegations at the Youth Development Center in Manchester, now called the Sununu Youth Services Center. Brand, 56, of Concord, is charged with two counts of sexual assault involving a boy in 2007. Middleton, 52, of Belmont, is accused of engaging in a pattern of sexual assault involving a boy between 1999 and 2001.
Baseball executive departs before team’s first game
MADISON, Ala. (AP) — The leader of a north Alabama minor league baseball team announced Wednesday that he is leaving, less than two weeks before the team’s first game and while the team may still owe money to its stadium landlord. The Trash Pandas paid the city of Madison about $750,000 as part of its lease in 2020. Trash Pandas Vice President Lindsey Knupp said that the club is working with the city and auditors to determine any amount due for 2020. Nelson told the Madison City Council in January that the club lost $17.8 million in 2020 and had expected to pay Madison $1.4 to $1.5 million. The ramp is supposed to open before the team’s first home game on May 11.
Say Hey, kid! Willie Mays wins lifetime achievement award
People wait by the statue of baseball great Willie Mays for the gates at Oracle Park to open before the start of an opening day baseball game between the San Francisco Giants and the Colorado Rockies, Friday, April 9, 2021, in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)NEW YORK (AP) — Willie Mays has won the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Baseball Digest. “But to be honored with this Lifetime Achievement Award, that’s a great honor, especially with all the other great names (considered). It’s a sports award, it’s a baseball award, but it’s much more. He moved with the Giants from New York to San Francisco, then finished up with two seasons back in the Big Apple playing for the Mets.
USGA adds final qualifying site to South Carolina
FAR HILLS, N.J. (AP) — The USGA will have a final qualifying site in South Carolina to account for a new tournament that replaces the RBC Canadian Open. The addition of Long Cove Club on Hilton Head Island brings the total number of final qualifying sites to 10 in the United States, along with a site in Japan and Canada. Final qualifying is June 7, with the exception of qualifiers in Texas and Japan, which will be May 24. ADVERTISEMENTThe USGA typically schedules a couple of qualifiers around PGA Tour events. The new one in South Carolina will be on the Monday leading into the Palmetto Championship at Congaree.
NBA star LeBron James posts and then deletes tweet about the police officer who killed Ma’Khia Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James posted and later deleted a tweet on Wednesday about a police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl in Columbus, Ohio. In the since-deleted tweet, James wrote “YOU’RE NEXT” with an hourglass emoji and #ACCOUNTABILITY at the end above a picture of Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon, who shot Bryant while responding to a 911 call. James’s tweet was not well-received by some on Twitter TWTR, -2.23% and later led the NBA star to delete it. The officer was responding to a 911 call saying a person was being physically threatened. The officer fired four shots, and a man immediately yells at the officer, “You didn’t have to shoot her!
NBA star LeBron James posts and then deletes tweet about the police officer who killed Ma’Khia Bryant
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James posted and later deleted a tweet on Wednesday about a police officer involved in the fatal shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant, a 16-year-old Black girl in Columbus, Ohio. In the since-deleted tweet, James wrote “YOU’RE NEXT” with an hourglass emoji and #ACCOUNTABILITY at the end above a picture of Columbus police officer Nicholas Reardon, who shot Bryant while responding to a 911 call. James’s tweet was not well-received by some on Twitter TWTR, -2.26% and later led the NBA star to delete it. The officer was responding to a 911 call saying a person was being physically threatened. The officer fired four shots, and a man immediately yells at the officer, “You didn’t have to shoot her!
Sterling Brown's teammates reportedly feared for his life after strip club attack: 'He could have died'
Reported details have emerged painting a bloody scene outside a Miami strip club that left Houston Rockets guard Sterling Brown hospitalized early Monday. Report: Brown left beaten, bloodied by multiple attackers at strip clubAccording to the report, Brown and some of his Rockets teammates made a trip to the Booby Trap around midnight on Monday. Sterling Brown was reportedly beaten and bloodied outside a Miami strip club. Staying strong, staying positive, staying all of those things during these times is what's necessary. The reported outing to the strip club violates the NBA's COVID-19 protocols prohibiting players from attending bars and clubs.
Former NFL LB Geno Hayes, 33, reportedly 'fighting for life' in hospice care
Former NFL linebacker Geno Hayes is reportedly in hospice care and fighting for his life following liver complications. Hayes, 33, is currently is at his mother’s home in Valdosta, Ga., his high school coach Frankie Carroll told the Tallahassee Democrat. He’s fighting for his life,” Carroll said. Geno’s a fun-loving guy.”Former Jaguars linebacker Geno Hayes, only 33 years old, is reportedly fighting for his life in hospice care. Hayes spent seven years in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Chicago Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars.
Antonio Brown’s sexual misconduct settlement showcases long road ahead for a defiant Deshaun Watson
And finally, the bottom line that some NFL teams really wanted to know:How long will this hang over Brown’s career? Story continuesThe willingness to fight at the onset of civil litigation is the posture that will ultimately set the table for Watson’s future. First, there is the lingering cloud of the civil litigation that hangs overhead and it'll likely continue to produce constant headlines. All of that will have an impact on how NFL teams and endorsers view him financially. During that time, Goodell could suspend Watson, as he did with Brown, for a period of games inside of the dragging civil litigation.
Biden's remarks on protests slammed by widow of retired police captain killed during riot
In video of the arrest, Chauvin is seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, even after Floyd lost consciousness. The football legend waded into the heated discourse around Floyd’s death just one week after saying he wanted politics out of sports. On Wednesday, Favre defended his comments about politics and sports after receiving backlash, saying: “I just gave my opinion. “Today’s outcome in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis does not undo the loss of life,” the statement read. George Floyd should be here with us today.
Dashcam footage captures deadly pileup in whiteout conditions
Wintry weather made a brutal return to a large swath of the United States this week, bringingsome cases of record cold and snow. In Wisconsin, heavy snow and near whiteout conditions caused a deadly highway pileup Wednesday that was caught on a dashcam camera. "Near whiteout snow conditions will likely be a contributing factor in the investigations," the Washington County, Wisconsin, Sherrif's Office said in a Facebook post. As the weather system spread eastward, it brought record cold for the date to many locations across the nation's midsection. And AccuWeather forecasters warn that the uncomfortably cold temperatures are set to linger a little while longer across a wide stretch of the nation.
Teen viciously beaten because he identified suspect in Fort Worth holdup, mother says
A rap video released just after the assault featured one of the suspects talking about the April 4 attack, said Cathy McOmber of Fort Worth, mother of the teen. Fort Worth police have investigated the case for more than two weeks. “The case has been submitted to the DA for consultation,” said Fort Worth Officer Daniel Segura, a department spokesman, in a Wednesday email to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. McOmber’s son identified one of the juveniles to Fort Worth police. The mother said it took more than four hours before Fort Worth police responded to the scene.
Dodgers Dugout: Offense has hit an untimely slump
Hi, and welcome to another edition of Dodgers Dugout. The San Diego Padres are in town for a four-game series that starts tonight, and the Dodgers have decided this is an opportune time to be in a team-wide batting slump. Get our Dodgers Dugout newsletter for insights, news and much more. Last Saturday, the Dodgers went three for 30 in a 2-0 victory over San Diego. When he is ready, he will spend some time in Arizona getting some at-bats before joining the Dodgers.
Former Mass. commissioner of the deaf sues Baker, charging he was fired to give governor ‘political cover’
Steven Florio, the former commissioner of the Mass State’s Commission for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. But Florio didn’t actually write those statements, he claims in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday against Governor Charlie Baker and others in his administration. The “misleadingly contrite” messages were “drafted, edited and approved” by his superiors and helped fuel a series of events that ended in his wrongful termination months later as the state’s chief advocate for the deaf, the lawsuit states. The Baker administration also encouraged and solicited staff at the commission to make “fabricated” complaints against him, according to Florio’s 26-page complaint. The Baker administration put him on leave in July after the meetings with commission staff when he disclosed and apologized for his ties to the fraternity.
Daunte Wright to be eulogized at Minneapolis funeral
Friends and family members wept as they stood before Wright’s open casket, which was blanketed with red roses. The city’s police chief said it appeared from body camera video that the officer who shot Wright used her pistol when she meant to use her Taser. Wright’s killing came amid increasing tension during the weekslong trial of Derek Chauvin, the white former police officer who killed Floyd last May. AdvertisementMinneapolis residents who peacefully celebrated Tuesday’s guilty verdicts had barely one full day before attention turned to burying Wright. This is round two, and we must win this round.”Members of Wright’s family and civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who represents Floyd’s family, are also expected to speak at the service.
Why Donovan Solano’s injury turns SF Giants’ biggest strength into a concern
Kapler pointed out that Solano’s injury will create an opportunity for another Giants player to step up, but it’s not immediately clear how the club will divide up the at-bats that Solano would have taken. Giants executives Farhan Zaidi and Scott Harris have several decisions to weigh in determining who to promote to the active roster to take Solano’s place on Thursday. The front office could replace Solano with another infielder, Thairo Estrada, who was recently acquired off waivers from the New York Yankees. No bench in the majors has been more active than Kapler’s this season as the Giants have already clubbed five pinch-hit home runs, which lead the big leagues. With Solano out, the Giants’ bench will be weakened as fans will likely see one or two fewer platoons in the starting lineup and hitters with lesser track records available late in games.
Prep roundup: Los Gatos’ bats heat up in baseball rout of Palo Alto
Just as it did against Valley Christian, Los Gatos got off to a sizzling start against Palo Alto — five runs in the first inning, three more in the second. Shane Doty, who just joined the baseball team after helping Los Gatos go undefeated in football, and Aidan Lazovsky each drove in four runs for the Wildcats. Aidan Berger had a hit and drove in three runs and Hayden Jung-Goldberg had two hits for Palo Alto, which lost at Valley Christian 3-1 on Saturday. In their three wins, the Wildcats have scored 41 runs — 13-3 over Valley Christian, 11-7 over Los Altos and the eruption Wednesday. 2 Valley Christian overpowers No.
Kelly Oubre’s bench role serves as the Warriors’ test run for next season
Oubre, meanwhile, would provide a much-needed scoring punch for a bench unit that so often this season gave up leads. In the two games since Oubre’s return, the Warriors have outscored their opponent by 14 points in Oubre’s 59 minutes. Kerr appears committed to riding out the rest of the season with Oubre coming off the bench. Oubre will be an unrestricted free agent this summer and re-signing him could be difficult considering that Klay Thompson is expected to return to his starting role next season. Therefore, this experiment serves as a test run of sorts for Oubre and his willingness to embrace a bench role.
Broncos Position Outlook: All eyes on general manager George Paton’s plan at quarterback
The three players behind him were released (Washington’s Dwayne Haskins) or traded (Philadelphia’s Carson Wentz and the Jets’ Sam Darnold). …A straw-grasp for Lock supporters is he threw seven touchdowns and only two interceptions over the final four games (1-3 record). Under contract: Lock, Rypien and Driskel. Outlook: Are the Broncos barreling toward a fifth different Week 1 starting quarterback in as many years? The Broncos have a quarterback plan, but haven’t made a single move … yet.
NFL Draft Preview: Quarterback-needy teams lining up in top 10
Quarterbacks have never been taken with the opening four picks of the draft, so the focus is on Atlanta at No. Justin Fields, 6-3, 227, Ohio State: Fields started his career at Georgia (no starts) and went 20-2 as the Buckeyes’ two-year starter with 63 touchdowns and nine interceptions. At A&M, Fisher inherited Mond in 2018 and in three years, Mond had 63 touchdowns and 21 interceptions. Davis Mills, 6-4, 217, Stanford: Mills’ four years at Stanford — redshirt, one game, eight games and five games. Mills started only 11 games for the Cardinal, but completed 65.5% of his passes.
Austin Rivers explains rejuvenated mindset, anticipated Nuggets’ role with 10-day contract
Austin Rivers spent 23 days as an NBA free agent before returning to the court in his Nuggets debut. “There were times this past month I didn’t know where my life was headed,” Rivers said. “When you’re going through something that wasn’t intended for yourself, you start to ask the question first: ‘Why me?’ And you start pointing the finger other ways. The uncertain status of reserve point guard Monte Morris (hamstring injury) only heightens the need for Rivers to adapt quickly. “I’m just trying to learn as much as I can and ask as many questions as I can,” Rivers said.
Former Bears linebacker Geno Hayes under hospice care
Geno Hayes, 33, who played three seasons at Florida State and seven in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Bears and Jacksonville Jaguars, is under hospice care for liver complications. He’s fighting for his life,” said Hayes’ former high school coach Frankie Carroll, who visited Hayes at his mother’s home in Valdosta, Georgiam, last Sunday. “He had a motor, a knack for locating the ball.”Hayes signed with Florida State in 2005 out of Madison County, Florida. Hayes played in 101 career NFL games with 70 starts spread between the Bucs (2008-11), Bears (2012) and Jags (2013-14). Billy Ray Reddick, a former teammate at Madison County High School and one of Hayes’ closest friends, has remained in contact with Hayes and other high school teammates through a group text chat.
Zaon Collins’ lawyers seek dismissal of charges in fatal crash
Lawyers for Las Vegas basketball standout Zaon Collins have asked a judge to throw out his DUI and reckless driving charges in connection with a crash that killed a man. Collins is charged with DUI resulting in death and reckless driving in a fatal wreck on Dec. 30, 2021. Collins is charged with DUI resulting in death and reckless driving in a fatal wreck on Dec. 30, 2021. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @bizutesfayeLawyers for Las Vegas basketball standout Zaon Collins have asked a judge to throw out DUI and reckless driving charges against him in connection with a fatal wreck. Last month, a Clark County grand jury declined to indict Collins on the DUI charge, while approving one count of reckless driving.
PokerGO unveils worldwide tour, big events in Las Vegas
The subscription video service PokerGO will use a ranking system with $100,000 to the winner. (PokerGO)The subscription video service PokerGO will launch a tour this year with a player ranking system and 150 tournaments across the globe, including several big buy-in events in Las Vegas. The PokerGO Tour will begin with the U.S. Other events scheduled for the PokerGO studio in Las Vegas include:— PokerGO Cup (July 1-10) with eight events, including a $100,000 buy-in No-limit Hold’em Main Event. The PokerGO Tour will use a ranking system that awards points for each in-the-money finish on the tour.
Is sports betting coming to Florida? Speculation mounting this could be the year
The lobbyist, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to comment on the record, told the Sun Sentinel that while Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Seminole Tribe of Florida have reached an agreement on sports betting, more work will be needed before it is ready for a vote.
Cameron Krutwig will forgo his final season of eligibility with Loyola to pursue a professional basketball career
“After a great four years here, a great career here, I feel it’s in my best interest and the right move is to go professional and move on and try to pursue my dreams to play professional basketball whether that’s in the NBA or overseas in Europe,” he said. “I think the time is right for me to go out and venture out and kind of start my life.”
Three games, three mercy-rule wins for defending state champ Jesuit: Week 1 baseball recap
Through three Week 1 games, Jesuit outscored its opponents 42-2. --David DouglasFrom coach Matthew Kramer:Senior Jorge Meza was our only player to record hits in all three of our games on opening week. --GrantBrothers Kaden and Kellen Segel hit a homer each in Grant’s first two games (wins over West Linn and Roosevelt). Senior Casey Henderson threw six innings in Thursday’s win against Newberg, giving up no earned runs and striking out six. --TualatinFrom coach Jake Austin:Junior Griffin Biggs went 5 for 11 with four RBIs and three runs scored in Week 1.
Amir Garrett after blown save, Cincinnati Reds loss: 'These last two games were on me'
Amir Garrett after blown save, Cincinnati Reds loss: 'These last two games were on me'Amir Garrett has allowed nine hits and nine runs in five innings this season (16.00 ERA). "Nothing is clicking right now," Garrett said.
Ohio State assistant coach Terry Johnson taking job at Purdue
Ohio State assistant basketball coach Terry Johnson is headed to Purdue to join Matt Painter's staff, The Dispatch has confirmed. After two seasons in Columbus, Mike Schrage accepted the head coaching job at Elon, where he has gone 23-30 during the last two seasons. Pedon was a finalist for the Cincinnati head coaching job this offseason. At Purdue, Johnson joins Matt Painter's staff after he lost two assistants to head coaching jobs this offseason. Johnson's base salary at Ohio State was $325,000 per year.
Red Wings rule Tyler Bertuzzi, Frans Nielsen out for season; Dylan Larkin day to day
Detroit — Injuries have hit, and are hitting, the Red Wings as they head into the final days of the season. Coach Jeff Blashill announced after Thursday's morning skate the team has ruled out forwards Tyler Bertuzzi (upper body) and Frans Nielsen (lower body) for the remainder of the season. Forward Robby Fabbri (upper body) will also miss his 10th consecutive game Thursday, but he has been skating and is considered to day to day. For subscribers:Zadina's more complete game has Wings optimistic about his futureForward Bobby Ryan (upper body) was lost for the season in late March. But it put the exclamation point on a disappointing, almost lost season as Bertuzzi only played nine games, with five goals and two assists.
OU football: Andrew Raym looking to break through as an OL starter for Sooners
NORMAN — Early in spring practice, OU football coach Lincoln Riley went through the list of players getting work at center as the Sooners work to find a replacement for Creed Humphrey. “I’ve worked myself into a center spot now and I’m taking those reps with the first team,” Raym said. I love being out there commanding the offense.”Humphrey’s departure leaves a significant hole to fill for Bill Bedenbaugh’s group and finding that replacement has been at the top of the Sooners’ offensive priority list through the spring. … If you got a good rep, he’s going to tell you what to do to make it great. And if you got a bad rep, he’s going to tell you how to make it great as well.
Arizona man pleads guilty in Nevada truck-bicyclists crash
LAS VEGAS (AP) — An Arizona man has pleaded guilty in a Dec. 10 crash that killed five bicyclists on a southern Nevada highway in December. Two other bicyclists and the driver of the support vehicle were injured. Court documents indicate that a plea deal with prosecutors reduced the number of charges that Barson faced, fox5vegas/KVVU-TV reported. He had faced 14 counts, including separate counts of DUI and reckless driving for each of the five bicyclists killed. He pleaded guilty to two counts of DUI resulting in death.
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Finalists announced for Dudley award: Liberty, Virginia Tech and VMI stars get the nod
This year's Dudley Award will either mark a new chapter for the award, or a return to form. The three finalists for the award are Liberty quarterback Malik Willis, Virginia Tech running back Khalil Herbert and VMI quarterback Reece Udinski. Liberty and VMI have never produced a Dudley winner. Virginia Tech, which had a near-lock on winning the award in the early 2000s, hasn't produced a Dudley winner since 2011, when running back David Wilson took home the prize. The Lanier Award, given to the state's best small-college player, will also be given out.
New York Yankees at Cleveland Indians odds, picks and prediction
Skip SnowSportsbook WireThe New York Yankees (6-11) and Cleveland Indians (8-8) meet Thursday at 6:10 p.m. Let's analyze BetMGM Sportsbook's lines around the Yankees vs. Indians odds with MLB picks and predictions. Yankees at Indians odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line: Yankees -105 (bet $105 to win $100) | Indians -115 (bet $115 to win $100)Yankees -105 (bet $105 to win $100) | Indians -115 (bet $115 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS: Yankees -1.5 (+155) | Indians +1.5 (-190)Yankees -1.5 (+155) | Indians +1.5 (-190) Over/Under: 8 (O: -110 | U: -110)PredictionIndians 5, Yankees 4The Yankees limp into this series with a 3-9 record over their last 12 games. FIGURE A SLIGHT LEAN ON CLEVELAND (-115).
Carl Fearns: 'I could have stayed in France and taken it easy - but I wanted to prove myself back home'
I had too much to drink, fell over, landed in the middle of the fire and ended up getting thrown in an ambulance. I thought they would rip my contract up there and then when I was in the ambulance." The 31-year-old had played for England through the age grades and featured in squads for Stuart Lancaster in 2012. I could probably have stayed in France, finished my career there, maybe not had to work as hard. There is a bit of showing what I’m about but it’s really about getting the best from myself in a really good environment.
Prince William made personal intervention to help sink European Super League plans
The Duke of Cambridge took it upon himself to help torpedo the European Super League, having struck up a rapport with the current head of the Football Association. Both Uefa and the Premier League privately expressed gratitude to Prince William for his surprise intervention prior to the breakaway's implosion on Tuesday night. A source close to William has since told Telegraph Sport how the FA's honorary president made a "personal decision" to express his dismay at the rebellion. There was no input from aides or politicians prior to William tweeting on Monday that "now, more than ever, we must protect the entire football community". However, The Telegraph understands there has been recent contact between William and Mark Bullingham, the FA's chief executive.
Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe transfers ‘impossible’ without Super League, Florentino Perez claims
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has claimed it would be “impossible” for any club to sign Erling Haaland and Kylian Mbappe this summer without the Super League. “In general, there will not be big transfers this summer,” Perez told El Larguero. “It’s impossible to make signings like Mbappe and Haaland, in general, not just for Real Madrid, without the Super League. “If we don’t sign Mbappe this summer, I don’t think any fan will shoot himself in the head. Real Madrid have strongly been linked to the pair, although Perez has also claimed that the club have lost almost double that due to financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic.
Super League a necessity but members will have the final word, says Barcelona chief Joan Laporta
Barcelona’s president says that the European Super League proposals remain on the table as a viable option, but that the club members will ultimately choose whether or not to enter the newly formed competition. However, Real Madrid and Barcelona - the two Champions League clubs thought to be most in need of a financial boost - remain, at present, committed to their original course of action. It’s a necessity, but the final word will come from the members. “It should be an attractive competition, based on sporting merits. The investments are very important because salaries are very high and all of this has to be taken into account as well as the sporting merits.”
Boris Johnson's 'legislative bomb' to stop the Super League included forcing games to free-to-air TV
Ministers drew up radical plans to slash the cash the European Super League could earn from broadcast rights in Britain by forcing the ill-conceived project to be shown free-to-air, Sportsmail can reveal. EUROPE REACTION Fans across Europe objected to the European Super League and are now calling for long-lasting reform. they tackled the Super League. 'You couldn't ask for a better springboard for reform,' reflected one source in the aftermath of the Super League debacle. When plans for the European Super League landed, his patience had reportedly run out.
LaLiga boss Javier Tebas slams 'dead' Super League but WON'T punish Real Madrid and Barcelona
The president of the Spanish League, Javier Tebas, said the European Super League was only about greed and that curbs on spending, not the quest for more income, was what was needed. LaLiga boss Javier Tebas says the 'dead' European Super League was only about greedThe chief said he won't punish Barcelona or Real Madrid for joining the breakaway competition‘I criticize PSG because it’s a state club, both Manchester City and PSG. I will go on defending that position.’Tebas also slammed the cloak and dagger nature of Sunday’s failed football coup and said the plans for a Super League were riddled with inaccuracies. ‘This is a Super League of PowerPoints. The Super League would be a bi-national tournament.
Barcelona president Joan Laporta 'leaked Super League plans at a business lunch with Javier Tebas'
Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed plans for the European Super League to LaLiga boss Javier Tebas at a celebratory lunch last Thursday, according to reports. Barcelona president Joan Laporta revealed the Super League plans to LaLiga boss Javier TebasThe report details that other teams were being asked for a decision by the weekend, prompting panic amongst Europe. Then, on Sunday, the proposals for the European Super League were revealed to the world, with 12 clubs signed up to the breakaway league. 'Agnelli was saying it is bulls*** that the Super League is forming. 'The Super League, as it is, is dead.
Indy 500 set to host 135,000 fans in the largest sporting event since the pandemic began
The Indianapolis 500 is set to be the largest sporting event in the world since the start of the pandemic with 135,000 spectators permitted to attend 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' next month. In this May 26, 2019, file photo, Simon Pagenaud, of France, leads the field through the first turn on the start of the Indianapolis 500 IndyCar auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis. The Indianapolis 500 will be the largest sporting event since the start of the pandemic with 135,000 spectators permitted to attend 'The Greatest Spectacle in Racing' next month. 'Roger Penske and everyone associated with Penske Entertainment and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been incredible partners with us throughout the pandemic,' said Indiana Gov. 'It is high time for fans to return to the greatest motor speedway in the world with this safety plan in place.'
Soccer: Ibrahimovic set to renew with Milan - English
(ANSA) - MILAN, APR 22 - Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to renew his contract with AC Milan this evening, extending it for another season until June 30, 2022, sources close to the deal said Thursday. The Sweden great, 39, will get around seven million euros including bonuses, they said. Despite a couple of injury absences Ibra has scored 15 goals this season, putting him 10 behind leader Cristiano Ronaldo in the goalscorers' standings. Seven-time European champs Milan are second in Serie A, 10 points behind leaders Inter Milan. The former Ajax, Juventus, Inter, Man Utd, Barcelona and PSG player helped Milan to their 18th and latest scudetto in 2011, during his first spell at the club from 2010 to 2012.
European Super League a 'necessity'
Team work: Barcelona coach Ronald Koeman celebrates with club president Joan Laporta at the end of last week's Copa del ReyAdvertising Read moreMadrid (AFP)Barcelona president Joan Laporta described the European Super League as a "necessity" on Thursday but said the final decision would be given to the club's members. Barca, Real Madrid and Juventus are the only clubs yet to withdraw officially from the breakaway competition, which lasted just 48 hours before the project imploded. But Laporta said Barca's members would have to approve the idea in a vote. "We understand it is a necessity but on the other hand, the members will have the last word," Laporta told Catalunya Radio. Atletico Madrid announced they had pulled out of the European Super League on Wednesday.
Alberta RCMP stop impaired driver with only 3 tires
A driver in Alberta was pulled over after they were found driving with only three tires on their vehicle. The driver was pulled over and given a field sobriety test. According to Alberta RCMP, the driver was spotted in the wee hours of the night on March 28th near Cochrane. The driver was pulled over, and was found to have their front left tire completely missing. The driver of the vehicle could have caused a serious accident that would have ended in injury or possibly death.
Former Florida State, NFL linebacker Geno Hayes, 33, under hospice care
He’s fighting for his life,” said Haye's former high school coach Frankie Carroll, who visited Hayes at his mother’s home in Valdosta, Georgia last Sunday. “And he’d get people on the ground when he got there,” former Florida State defensive coordinator Mickey Andrew said. Hayes signed with Florida State in 2005 out of Madison County, Florida, where he started as an undersized defensive lineman before he moved to linebacker and became an All-American. Hayes finished his junior season at Florida State second on the team in total tackles with 94 and was first in tackles for loss with 17.5. Billy Ray Reddick, a former teammate at Madison County High School and one of Hayes’ closest friends, has remained in contact with Hayes and other high school teammates through a group text chat.
Tigers vs. Pirates prediction: Jose Urena finally will get win for Detroit
Two struggling pitchers look to get healthy facing two struggling lineups as this struggling fortune-teller tries to pick up another W. The Pirates face the Tigers on getaway day. Matchup pits Pittsburgh’s Mitch Keller (1-2, ERA 8.74) against Detroit’s Jose Urena (0-3, ERA 5.52). Keller has been very generous, allowing 11 runs on 16 hits over 11 ¹/? innings, while issuing eight free passes. Urena hasn’t won a game since 2019 (and I thought I was struggling), but showed signs of breaking through in his last start. Took a hard-luck loss at Oakland, limiting the A’s to two runs over seven innings.
Joel Embiid was this close to one of the greatest shots in NBA history
Sixers star Joel Embiid was an in-and-out, full-court buzzer-beater away from forcing overtime in a 116-113 loss to the Suns on Wednesday night. The 7-foot center came so close to launching a near-perfect bank shot — before the ball circled around the rim, dipped into the hoop and popped out. Simmons, who’s been battling a non-COVID illness, missed his second straight game on Wednesday night, while Harris missed his third straight due to right knee soreness. Joel Embiid just missed a game-tying shot against the Suns on April 21, 2021 APThe Sixers were also without guard Seth Curry, who was out with a left hip flexor. While Embiid continues to make an MVP case for himself, the Sixers remain at the top of the Eastern Conference at 39-19.
Man fills bowling ball with father’s ashes — then bowls perfect game
Following the death of his father John Hinkle Sr., son John Jr., a two-time NCAA bowling champion, laced-up to play one of the luckiest games of his life on April 12. “I was talking to my brother and told him, ‘I’m shooting a 300 with this ball,’ ” Hinkle, a Peoria Public Schools counselor, told WMBD-TV. “And Joe said, ‘Do it!’ ”John Hinkle Jr., an NCAA champion bowler, had the thumb hole of his bowling ball filled with his father’s ashes, as his two-handed technique requires only two fingers. Father John Hinkle Sr. had introduced his sons John Jr. and Joe to bowling. During his lifetime, father John Hinkle Sr. had never bowled a perfect game — until now, said son John Jr. (above).
Over 100 protesters demonstrate against police shooting of Ma’Khia Bryant
More than 100 protesters gathered in Columbus, Ohio, to demonstrate against the fatal police shooting of 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant, who charged at two people with a knife before she was shot. Earlier in the day, more than 500 Ohio State University students held a sit-in outside of the Ohio Union, where activists called for the abolition of the police. Ohio State students gather on High Street to protest the police shooting that killed Ma’Khia Bryant and call on the university to cut its ties with the Columbus Police Department. Ohio State University students gather outside the Ohio Statehouse to protest the police shooting that killed Ma'Khia Bryant. Barbara J. Perenic/The Columbus Dispatch via AP Protesters holding signs demonstrating against the police shooting.
Brett Favre says it’s ‘hard to believe’ Derek Chauvin meant to kill George Floyd
After urging athletes to stay out of politics, NFL Hall of Famer Brett Favre weighed in on the guilty verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial — saying he didn’t believe the former Minneapolis cop meant to kill George Floyd. “I find it hard to believe, and I’m not defending Derek Chauvin in any way, I find it hard to believe, first of all, that he intentionally meant to kill George Floyd,” he said Wednesday on his “Bolling with Favre” podcast. He came under fire for comments last year when he insisted there was “no right answer” to kneeling during the national anthem, USA Today reported. Derek Chauvin faces a maximum of 40 years in prison following his conviction. It seems like the more people try, the more damage is done,” Favre said.
MLB pitchers shouldn’t have to hit
The average National League pitcher, meanwhile, batted .131 with a .329 OPS in 2019. Madison Bumgarner, considered a pitcher who rakes, has a .177 career batting average. Stephen Strasburg is one of seven active pitchers with at least 10 doubles yet his career batting average is .154 with a .204 slugging rate. NL pitchers, as a whole, are batting .134 since 2006, the first year MLB instituted its leaguewide drug testing policy, with a high of .146 in 2007. This year, their .111 combined average is 129 points lower than the league average.
A start-up basketball league, hoping to compete with the NCAA, announces TV deal
The PCL’s deal with Next Level does not pay the league any rights fees; the network and the league will split ad and subscription revenues. It has the rights to Russian league hockey and European basketball and has carriage deals with cable operators like Verizon Fios and some streaming services. To pay those players a minimum of $50,000 plus $50,000 for a year’s tuition, the league would need to raise nearly $10 million. The potential threat from the PCL and other competitors could put more pressure on the NCAA to evolve. But Volante said no matter what the NCAA allows, the PCL will be far more permissive, from endorsement deals to NFTs to group licensing.
Twitter slammed for lukewarm description of Lebron James' threatening tweet toward Columbus cop
But in its "trending" section, Twitter referred to James "referencing" the officer in the shooting. "Lakers forward Lebron James says he deleted a Tweet referencing a Columbus police officer who fatally shot 16-year-old Ma'Khia Bryant because it was 'being used to create more hate," the description read. LEBRON JAMES ACCUSED OF INCITING VIOLENCE WITH 'YOU'RE NEXT' TWEET TARGETING COLUMBUS POLICE OFFICERSports journalist Clay Travis and others rejected the lukewarm description of James' tweet to his nearly 50 million followers, given it could place the officer and his family in danger. Other concerned users wondered why Twitter hadn't banned or suspended James for posting the threatening warning. Outlets like The Daily Beast had to edit their initial reporting that suggested Bryant was unarmed when police shot her.
Olympic athletes promised legal support if they protest
Athletes who make political or social justice protest at the Tokyo Olympics were promised legal support Thursday April 22, 2021, by a global union and an activist group in Germany. Athletes who make political or social justice protest at the Tokyo Olympics were promised legal support Thursday April 22, 2021, by a global union and an activist group in Germany. (AP Photo/File)GENEVA (AP) — Athletes who make political or social justice protests at the Tokyo Olympics were promised legal support Thursday by a global union and an activist group in Germany. The Olympic body’s legal commission should clarify what kind of punishment before this year’s games, which open on July 23. Coe gave his annual award last December to Smith, Carlos and the other sprinter on the 200-meter podium in Mexico City, Peter Norman of Australia.
Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash
Barcelona president Joan Laporta maintained his support for the Super League on Thursday April 22, 2021, despite the quick exit of 10 of the 12 founding clubs in the breakaway competition. Barcelona president Joan Laporta maintained his support for the Super League on Thursday April 22, 2021, despite the quick exit of 10 of the 12 founding clubs in the breakaway competition. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Barcelona president Joan Laporta maintained his support for the Super League on Thursday despite the quick exit of 10 of the 12 founding clubs in the breakaway competition. Both Juventus and AC Milan left open the possibility of joining a Super League at a later date in their statements on Wednesday. “If they say that the Super League will save soccer, they are lying or they are mistaken,” Tebas said.
Daunte Wright to be eulogized at Minneapolis funeral
Al Sharpton, right, speaks over the casket of Daunte Wright, alongside attorneys Antonio Romanucci, center, and Ben Crump, center left, and the Rev. The 20-year-old Wright was killed by former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop. Al Sharpton, right, speaks over the casket of Daunte Wright, alongside attorneys Antonio Romanucci, center, and Ben Crump, center left, and the Rev. The 20-year-old Wright was killed by former Brooklyn Center police Officer Kim Potter during a traffic stop. Minneapolis residents who peacefully celebrated Tuesday’s guilty verdicts had barely one full day before attention turned to burying Wright.
Pressley Harvin III: the TD throwing, 260lb punter who may be the star of the draft
But in addition to those three, here’s another name you’d be wise to track – Pressley Harvin III, maybe the most interesting prospect in the draft. But instead of booming the ball skyward, he skips forward and throws a high-arching pass down the right sideline to a streaking Yellow Jackets receiver. “That’s one of the remarkable things that I can do instead of the ball just hitting my foot,” Pressley told reporters at his pro day. And there’s no better time than now to make a case for Harvin, the rare punter who is also Black. “Punters are people, too,” Harvin told reporters.
Ex-Virginia Tech soccer player claims in lawsuit that coach 'berated' her for refusing to kneel before game
Former Virginia Tech soccer player Kiersten Hening has filed a lawsuit against the team’s coach because she claims she was "berated" and benched by her coach for refusing to take a knee before a game. Hening claims in the 11-page lawsuit against Virginia Tech and coach Charles Adair that Adair was upset at her for not kneeling before a game against Virginia on Sept. 12. Hening did not play in the team's next game five days later and then quit the team eight days after the Virginia game. In the suit, Hening says she “supports social justice and believes that black lives matter, she does not support BLM the organization. Adair has been the team's coach since 2010 and was an associate head coach for five seasons before he was promoted to head coach.
UCLA’s Final Four run reminiscent of the team that sparked John Wooden’s dynasty
“We were kind of the Cinderella team.”Like the most recent vintage Bruins, Cunningham’s team entered the NCAA tournament with one of the worst records of any participant. They were still expected to lose their NCAA tournament opener against Utah State. That sent UCLA to the Final Four for the first time under Wooden, then in his 14th season with the Bruins. UCLA coach John Wooden and his players celebrate after defeating Duke to win the 1964 NCAA basketball championship, in Kansas City, Mo. For one thing, Cunningham pointed out how much harder it is to reach a Final Four these days than the two victories required when he was playing in the NCAA tournament.
Watch: ‘I just have to be grateful to even play.’ Inside Brockton football’s COVID-altered season
“I was afraid that I wouldn’t be able to play football my senior year, my last year of high school,” the wide receiver said. On a more personal level, the pandemic has ripped away many tiny joys and touchstones of adolescence — like high school football. For Reid and his teammates, some of that joy was restored when state officials planned a football season for late winter and spring. “Being a senior, I had to realize that I just have to be grateful to even play with all that’s going on,” Reid explained. The senior had been counting on a fall season to help him find the right fit at the college level.
Garnett to play in final All-Star game
Future NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett announced on Wednesday that his 15th All-Star appearance will be his last. The Celtics forward will start for the Eastern Conference in Sunday's matchup. Future NBA Hall of Famer Kevin Garnett announced on Wednesday that his 15th All-Star appearance will be his last. The Celtics forward will start for the Eastern Conference in Sunday's matchup.
7-round NFL mock draft: Arizona Cardinals take Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger in NFL draft
A recent 7-round NFL mock draft has the team adding another former Longhorns QB in the 2021 NFL draft. More:NFL mock draft: Arizona Cardinals trade into Top 10 of 2021 NFL draft for wide receiverWith other pressing needs and only six current picks in the 2021 NFL draft, Wilson's pick is an interesting one. Britt with their final NFL draft selection, their second pick in the seventh round, at No. More:Arizona Cardinals uniform concepts, mockups, redesigns: How to fix NFL's worst uniformsMore 7-round NFL mock draft picks for Arizona Cardinals:Sporting News:16. Britt, LB, AuburnMore:NFL GM rankings: Arizona Cardinals' Steve Keim among worst general managers in NFL draftMore:McManaman's 2021 NFL Mock Draft 2.0: Four quarterbacks at the top, Cards still nab CB
College basketball transfer rankings: ASU lands 3 Top 50 players from NCAA transfer portal
The Arizona State basketball team is earning some praise for its additions from the college basketball transfer portal for the 2021-22 season. Cobb wrote: "Bramah averaged 21 points and 10.3 rebounds in 12 games in 12 games this season as a 6-7 wing. Cobb wrote: "After leading Boston College in scoring this season, Heath is headed to Arizona State. Borzello wrote: "Jackson earned Mid-American Conference Player of the Year honors after establishing himself as one of the best mid-major guards in the country. He wrote: "Heath has been a consistent scorer for two seasons with the Eagles, averaging 14.5 points and shooting 35.0% from 3-point range.
Cherry Creek’s Parker Wolfe named Gatorade national boys cross country runner of the year after overcoming lingering effects of COVID-19
It’s a new step in his cross country preparation resulting from a summer COVID-19 diagnosis. “I had enlarged arteries from COVID,” Wolfe said. On Thursday, Gatorade named Wolfe as its national boys cross country runner of the year — the first winner from Colorado since the award’s inception (2007-08). I feel I’m getting better every day. I noticed from last fall to now, I feel much better, even since my national race.
Smith: Spring hearings another virtual success
It's also hard to find any process that was more prepared for COVID-19 than the spring hearings. The gatherings, formally called the Department of Natural Resources Spring Hearings and Wisconsin Conservation Congress County Meetings, are held annually to collect public input on conservation and environmental issues. This year's questionnaire was open for public input from April 12-15. The ballot this year featured 28 proposed DNR rules changes (23 fisheries and five wildlife) and 27 WCC advisory questions. Among WCC advisory questions, voters liked (6,585 to 2,765) the idea of implementing Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies best management practices for chronic wasting disease.
Shea Theodore makes late push for Norris Trophy consideration
Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore picked up two assists in Wednesday’s victory over the San Jose Sharks and is quietly making a late push for the Norris Trophy. Vegas Golden Knights defenseman Shea Theodore (27) vies for the puck with San Jose Sharks right wing Timo Meier (28) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, April 21, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)This is an unusual year for the Norris Trophy, with a handful of candidates and none that has separated from the pack. Battle with BurnsPacioretty did a somersault after being on the receiving end of a shove from behind by Sharks defenseman Brent Burns in the first period. Tuch and San Jose forward Evander Kane wrestled one another, and Knights defenseman Nic Hague tangled with Timo Meier.
Olympic athletes promised legal support if they protest
GENEVA - (AP) -- Athletes who make political or social justice protests at the Tokyo Olympics were promised legal support Thursday by a global union and an activist group in Germany. The Olympic body's legal commission should clarify what kind of punishment before this year's games, which open on July 23. The IOC's athletes' commission cited support to uphold Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter from more than two-thirds of about 3,500 replies from consulting athlete groups. The independent group representing German athletes pledged legal backing for its national team. It pledged in December not to take action against athletes protesting at their Olympic trials for Tokyo.
Alyssa Accordino of MacArthur: Soccer star and kicker for the football team
Alyssa Accordino has long been a standout for the MacArthur High School girls soccer team, a starter since she was a freshman. Now a senior, she added a second role: starting placekicker for the Generals’ football team. "I knew that she is one of the more physical players on the soccer team, so I thought she might be up to it. She will enter a five-year physician assistant program and plans to play on the Division III Monarchs’ women’s soccer team. Coincidentally, the King’s College football team already has recruited a place kicker – who is also a woman.
Barcelona maintains support of Super League despite backlash
BARCELONA, Spain - (AP) -- Barcelona president Joan Laporta maintained his support for the Super League on Thursday despite the quick exit of 10 of the 12 founding clubs in the breakaway competition. Both Juventus and AC Milan left open the possibility of joining a Super League at a later date in their statements on Wednesday. While Laporta spoke in Barcelona, the other Spanish league clubs not involved in the Super League project met via videoconference with league president Javier Tebas to form a common front against the new competition. “I think that Barcelona has bigger problems than taking on the rest of the clubs in Spain and Europe to defend a Super League that is already dead,” Tebas said. “If they say that the Super League will save soccer, they are lying or they are mistaken,” Tebas said.
Meet Alyssa Accordino, MacArthur's first female football player
MacArthur senior Alyssa Accordino is a soccer defensive midfield and the Levittown school's first female football player. The kicker met with Newsday's Julia Elbaba on Tuesday, April 6. Credit: Newsday / Reece T. Williams; File footage; Photo Credit: Alyssa Accordino, Getty Images North America, AP Photo/Wade Payne; George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP
Hoffman, Reds try to salvage final game of series against Diamondbacks today
Bobby Nightengale Cincinnati Enquirer USA TODAY NETWORKUP NEXTREDS VS. ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKSMore:'It's embarrassing': Amir Garrett vows he will improve after blown save in Cincinnati Reds lossGame 3 of a 3-game seriesWhen: 12:35 p.m. ThursdayMore:Lucas Sims: 'There were a lot of safety issues' as the Reds lost to the DiamondbacksWhere: Great American Ball ParkTV/Radio: Bally Sports Ohio/MLB Network/WLW-AM (700)The Skinny: The Reds will complete their season series against the Diamondbacks. Jeff Hoffman gave up six hits and three runs across 4 1/3? innings in a start vs. the D-Backs on April 10. In two home starts, Hoffman is 2-0 with two runs allowed in 11 innings. More:David Bell remains confident in lefty Amir Garrett after rocky start to seasonTaylor Widener yielded seven hits and three earned runs against the Reds on April 9, but he’s pitched 12 scoreless innings in his other two starts. Pitching matchupsReds: Jeff HoffmanThrows: RightRecord: 2-1ERA: 2.93D’backs: Taylor WidenerThrows: RightRecord: 1-0ERA: 1.59More:Reds notes: Tyler Mahle makes adjustments after tipping pitches in his last start
Doc's Morning Line: Being a closer is overrated, but it's in Amir Garrett's head now
A closer as often as not enters a game to begin the 9th, as often as not with more than a 1-run lead. A good closer is a manager’s biggest security blanket. Part of what makes good managers good is their ability to play informed hunches. Mike Ditka went fifth to the Chicago Bears in 1961 and Riley Odoms went fifth to the Denver Broncos in 1972. Mike Ditka went fifth to the Chicago Bears in 1961 and Riley Odoms went fifth to the Denver Broncos in 1972.
See which three major champs are among the first Rocket Mortgage Classic commitments
The first commitments are in for the third annual Rocket Mortgage Classic. Come July 4 week, 156 golfers will tee it up in the PGA Tour tournament. DeChambeau joins Fowler as a Rocket Mortgage pitchman. He's super-popular among fans, though, and has served as the unofficial host for the first two Rocket Mortgage Classics. Tickets aren't yet on sale for the Rocket Mortgage Classic, as tournament officials continue working with state and city leaders on capacity restrictions amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
APD IDs man shot, killed by police last week
Copyright © 2021 Albuquerque JournalAlbuquerque police have identified the man an officer shot and killed Friday night on the West Side as 51-year-old Juan James Cordova. In a preliminary statement posted on Twitter early Saturday morning, Police Chief Harold Medina said officers had been dispatched to the 10400 block of Coyote Canyon NW, in Ventana Ranch, for a domestic dispute. Cordova is the third person APD has shot this year, and the second person to be killed. A woman who was at the house where Cordova was shot declined to talk with the Journal on Wednesday. Neighbors described hearing officers calling for Cordova to give himself up for about an hour before they heard the gunshot.
Miami Marlins at San Francisco Giants odds, picks and prediction
Skip SnowSportsbook WireThe Miami Marlins (8-9) and San Francisco Giants (11-7) open a four-game weekend set at Oracle Park with a 9:45 p.m. Let's analyze BetMGM Sportsbook's lines around the Marlins vs. Giants odds with MLB picks and predictions. Marlins at Giants odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line: Marlins +125 (bet $100 to win $125) | Giants -150 (bet $150 to win $100)Marlins +125 (bet $100 to win $125) | Giants -150 (bet $150 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS: Marlins +1.5 (-150) | Giants -1.5 (+125)Marlins +1.5 (-150) | Giants -1.5 (+125) Over/Under: 8.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)PredictionMarlins 5, Giants 4The Marlins and Giants meet for a second straight weekend. BACK THE MARLINS (+125).
Colorado Avalanche at St. Louis Blues odds, picks and prediction
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Colorado Avalanche (30-9-4) play the first part of a three-game set against the St. Louis Blues (19-18-6) Thursday with an 8 p.m. Avalanche at Blues: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Avalanche -150 (bet $150 to win $100) | Blues +125 (bet $100 to win $125): Avalanche -150 (bet $150 to win $100) | Blues +125 (bet $100 to win $125) Against the spread/ATS : Avalanche -1.5 (+165) | Blues +1.5 (-200): Avalanche -1.5 (+165) | Blues +1.5 (-200) Over/Under : 6 (O: -105 | U: -115)Avalanche at Blues: Projected starting goaliesDevan Dubnyk (4-9-2, 3.17 GAA, .899 SV%, 1 SO) vs. Jordan Binnington (12-13-5, 2.71 GAA, .908 SV%)Dubnyk made his Avalanche debut April 14 in St. Louis and stopped 31 of the 34 shots he faced for a win. Bet $1 on either team's money line, WIN $100 (in free bets) if either team scores a goal in the game. Avalanche at Blues: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionBlues 4, Avalanche 3The BLUES (+125) are a value play at home, as the Avalanche will not be whole, and Vezina Trophy candidate Grubauer is on the shelf.
‘Suffer consequences’: Uefa to discuss punishments for Super League rebels
Uefa is considering imposing sanctions on the 12 clubs involved in the failed attempt to establish a breakaway European Super League. Its president, Aleksander Ceferin, has warned they will “suffer the consequences” of “their mistake”. So now we expect everyone to realise their mistake and suffer the appropriate consequences. Whether that could extend to potential bans from next season’s Champions League as some have demanded remains to be seen. “They know exactly that they made a mistake, they called me and I respect that,” he said.
Teenage Fanclub’s Norman Blake: ‘My first band was the Spanking Newts’
McCormack’s was a Glasgow institution: when the Beatles played the Apollo, when it was known as the Green’s Playhouse, the amps came from McCormack’s. I knew this guy called John Martin, who went on to become known as “Joogs”, the tambourine player in Primal Scream. I bumped into him the day the Specials played at the Apollo just before More Specials came out. It was a dark, gloomy shop where the guys – always guys – working there were more curmudgeonly and would sneer at you if they didn’t think what you were buying was up to scratch. I bought Blue Boy by Orange Juice there, with the sleeve that was hand-coloured by the band.
A British Super League would be fun — for the one season it would take Celtic and Rangers to be relegated
Rumours had spread that, in the wake of the Super League idea, there was to be a new football competition introduced in its stead: a British League. Rangers and Celtic were to be invited to join an expanded Premier League. Compared to the broadcasting behemoth down south, Celtic and Rangers accrue similar revenue returns to those at the top of the English Championship. Indeed by the end of the season, both clubs find themselves in the expanded Premier League relegation zone. With Swansea and Cardiff still there, the competition immediately rebrands itself as the Great Britain Super League.
Sport Letters: Did the 'Big Six' clubs really lose over Super League fiasco? No!
Not only have these clubs betrayed football's ruling bodies, their fellow Premier League clubs and and their fans, but ironically, they then reneged on the agreement they had only just entered into with the ESL itself! But did the big clubs really lose? Chris Forth, Harrow, LondonI hope to see a Super League in the futureAs a Chelsea supporter for over 50 years I hope that some sort of European Super League does take form some time in the future. Tuesday's Chelsea v Brighton match highlighted how awful some Premier League games are. The Premier League has become stale and boring and it is no wonder Florentino Perez, the Real Madrid president, is worried that not enough young people are watching the game.
Oscars 2021 odds: Latest betting tips on who to bet for
It may have come two months late, but this year’s Oscar night is finally around the corner. Last year’s Oscars culminated with surprise wins for Bong Joon Ho’s Parasite, which took home Best Picture, Best Director and Best Screenplay, beating 1917 and JoJo Rabbit to the top spot. The results are still up in the air, though if you believe the bookmakers, several categories already have sure favourites. The recent Bafta wins for Nomadland, for example, mean many are favouring Chloe Zhou’s life-on-the-fringes drama as the likely choice for Best Picture. Or you can click here for a rundown of where to watch this year’s Oscar contenders in the UK.
Eddie Hearn confirms Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight is ‘as done as it can be’
Eddie Hearn insists a fight between Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury is now “as done as it can be” and that it is “100 per cent happening”. But with both parties in agreement that the fight will take place in late July or possibly early August, with Saudi Arabia the frontrunner, Hearn is bullish about an announcement soon. Hearn says that the fight is leaning towards 24 July as the “rough date”, although the following two weekends in August could be the eventual dates for the fight. Hearn said earlier this week: “I know Rob takes his position very seriously. “I know AJ and Rob have been talking accordingly so I am sure they will work it out.
When is Anthony Joshua vs Tyson Fury fight and where will it take place?
Anthony Joshua and Tyson Fury are set to finally fight this year after what seems like a lifetime of circling each other in boxing’s heavyweight division. We still don’t know but Eddie Hearn expects the fight to take place after Euro 2020, which finishes on 11 July. He has hinted at 24 July, should the fight take place at Wembley Stadium in London. “We can’t do any more than we’re doing - no one’s been at fault, we’ve done everything we can and we’re in a really good place,” Hearn said. Anthony Joshua: 11/8Draw: 22/1Tyson Fury: 4/7Joshua points or decision: 11/2Fury points of decision: 15/8Joshua KO/TKO: 5/2Fury KO/TKO: 9/4All odds via Betfair
Tyson Fury tips Billy Joe Saunders to shock Canelo Alvarez
Tyson Fury has tipped Billy Joe Saunders to cause a big upset and defeat Canelo Alvarez to unify the world middleweight titles. The Briton faces the Mexican on 8 May looking to add the pound-for-pound superstar’s WBC and WBA titles to his own WBO belt. Saunders is a big underdog for the bout at AT&T Stadium, the home of the Dallas Cowboys, but the world heavyweight champion believes his friend is primed to pull off a shock. Fury said: “Billy Joe Saunders is 100 per cent mentally in the right place, he knows what he has to do and he will do it, he will rise up to the top and claim greatness. Domination with the help of God.”Fury, meanwhile, is edging closer to finalising a deal to fight Anthony Joshua to crown an undisputed heavyweight champion.
Tottenham: Jose Mourinho 'held FOUR-HOUR talks with players after he was sacked on Monday'
Jose Mourinho stayed at Tottenham's training ground for four hours after he was sacked on Monday as he told some 'home truths' to the squad, according to reports. Jose Mourinho held four-hour talks with the Tottenham first-team squad after he was sackedThe Portuguese was dismissed after 17 months in charge - he failed to win a trophy at SpursThe report details that Mourinho offered to leave immediately or pack up his office, after being sacked following two-hour talks with the board about his position. The 58-year-old was changed and ready to take training before he learned of the decision that would cost him his job. They responded to the new man in charge well on Wednesday as they came from behind to beat Southampton in the Premier League. Spurs have their chance to win a trophy for the first time in 13 years when they take on Manchester City in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday at Wembley.
Video: Gas truck starts rolling as driver tries to stop it in Brazil
Video: Driver chases runaway truck packed with gas canisters and stops it inches before it goes over cliff in heart-stopping footageGas truck starts rolling as driver tries to stop it in Brazil. The driver narrowly missed being hit, and then pressed between the truck door and the wall to help guide the truck into going in another direction.
Tokyo Olympic torch relay suffers its first Covid case as cop guiding traffic tests positive
A police officer helping with Japan's Olympic Torch relay has become the first participant in the event to be diagnosed with COVID-19, organisers said on Thursday. A man in his 30s tested positive for the virus after working on the relay in Kagawa prefecture on Japan's southern island of Shikoku, Tokyo 2020 said in a statement. It is the first positive test connected to the relay since it began March 25 from northeastern Fukushima prefecture. Separately, two runners, a TV personality and a former Olympian, dropped out of a relay event due to be held in the western prefecture of Tottori next month, public broadcaster NHK reported. The torch relay involves 10,000 runners crisscrossing Japan for four month, ending at the arrival at the National Stadium on July 23 to kick off the scheduled opening ceremony.
Tokyo Olympics: Taking the knee for Black Lives Matter will be BANNED
Taking a knee during the Tokyo Olympics or lifting a fist in support of racial equality will be punished as the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday maintained its ban on athletes' protests inside stadiums, at ceremonies and on podiums. Against the backdrop of the Black Lives Matter movement protesting racial injustice, calls have increased in recent months for a change to that rule that would allow athletes to protest. That is how I still feel today,' Coventry, a former Olympic swimming champion for Zimbabwe, said in a online presentation of the Rule 50 consultation results. Coventry said some 70 per cent of those athletes did not want protests on podiums, ceremonies and fields of play. The Tokyo Olympics, delayed by a year due to the pandemic, kick off on July 23.
World Rally Championship changes gear for Croatia debut
Kalle Rovanpera took to the tramac in Croatia on Thursday as the youngest ever leader of the World Rally ChampionshipAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)In another stop-start season with several diversions already to the calendar, the World Rally Championship (WRC) drives into new territory on Friday with the debut of the Croatia Rally. The Croatia Rally offers a different challenge on roads the WRC website describes as "a tantalising mix of asphalt." It is the first rally 100 per cent on tarmac since the German Rally in August 2019. After Croatia, the WRC will accelerate into the gravel section with four events scheduled by July 18, starting with the Portuguese Rally on May 20-23. "On gravel, the first and second in the championship are likely to be eliminated from the battle by starting first."
New York transit officials planning massive makeover for Penn Station
Associated PressNEW YORK — A transformed Penn Station would replace windowless concourses and dingy, cramped corridors with light-filled spaces and easier access to an improved streetscape, under plans revealed Wednesday by Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the area’s major transit agencies. The two alternatives revealed Wednesday are the culmination of a yearlong process involving the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Amtrak, New Jersey Transit, architectural firm FXCollaborative and engineering firm WSP. Wednesday’s announcement didn’t put a price tag on the project, but it is expected to cost billions and require federal funding. The plans didn’t mention the proposed expansion of Penn Station to the south to add new train tracks, another multibillion-dollar endeavor considered crucial to expanding capacity once a new rail tunnel is built between New York and New Jersey.
Strange season for Kyle Lowry and Raptors includes nine-month road trip
Technically, the Toronto Raptors have played 29 home games. In an unusual NBA season, the Raptors had the most unusual season – 1,335 miles from home, or 2,150 kilometers for those keeping tabs in Canada. Asked to sum up Toronto’s season, veteran guard Kyle Lowry said, “It’s not possible to be honest with you. We miss Toronto. The season is winding down – just a month left – and Toronto’s season in Tampa is nearing the end.
How the Super League Fell Apart
This was precisely what some of those involved with the project had feared. “This is not the time to do it,” an executive involved in the project warned. Manchester City’s owner, Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed al-Nahyan, a member of the royal family of Abu Dhabi, doesn’t speak to reporters at all. He had protected the rebels’ secret for weeks, shading the truth — or worse — in talks with friends and allies. On Monday morning, though, he would have to sit on the dais with the rest of the UEFA board as it voted to approve changes to a Champions League that would be under mortal threat from the Super League.
Listen to Episode 53 of ‘Up In The Blue Seats’: Are the Rangers Finished? feat. Brad Park
To talk about the loss to the Islanders on Tuesday and where the Rangers stand, we bring you a new episode of the “Up In The Blue Seats” podcast with Ron Duguay and Mollie Walker, featuring a weekly chat with Larry Brooks and special guest Brad Park. Up In The Blue Seats Podcast with Ron & Mollie:BLOWOUT LOSS TO ISLANDERS: Rangers looked defeated. Brad Park Interview :Former Rangers defenseman, Hockey Hall of FamerBOBBY ORR: What was it like playing with the legend? PLAYING WITH/COACHING RON: What was the experience playing alongside Ron Duguay then coaching him like? Catch up on all episodes of “Up In The Blue Seats,” a New York Rangers podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts.
Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman getting results with ‘split change’
Aroldis Chapman’s new pitch is called a “split change.”But there’s nothing new or changed about the results he is getting: a lot of empty swings. “It’s a pitch that I always liked using,” Chapman said of the split change through an interpreter before the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to the Braves Wednesday at the Stadium. “It goes to how comfortable I feel using the split,” Chapman said. “Who I looked up to growing up was Jose Contreras,” Chapman said of his fellow Cuban, who pitched for the Yankees in 2003-04. If I could have any split, it would be his.”There’s no reason to trade in his own right now.
The moment Jorge Masvidal’s UFC world changed: ‘How about if I just murdered those guys?’
He’s come up short of championships in the three most noteworthy fight promotions since the fall of Pride in 2007. “That led to me creating a new formula,” Masvidal told The Post over the phone recently regarding his narrow defeats. Kamaru Usman takes down Jorge Masvidal in their UFC welterweight championship fight during the UFC 251 event at Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 12, 2020 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. But, I’m a competitor.”The 36-year-old Masvidal, who turned pro at 18, has been a professional fighter for half his life. After all, the champion took another fight in the interim, stopping former training partner Gilbert Burns via third-round TKO in February.
Ex-Padre on wrong side of Tom Seaver history is glad Jacob deGrom fell short
As Jacob deGrom racked up strikeout after strikeout, Ferrara admitted, he rooted for a Colorado hitter to at least hit a weak grounder or something. Anything but another K that would tie or break the major-league record of 10 in a row established by the great Tom Seaver 51 years ago Thursday. The anniversary of this gem marks the first time we celebrate it since Seaver passed away last August at age 75. Al Ferrara (r.) of the Padres strikes out against Tom Seaver on April 22, 1970, marking Seaver’s 19th strikeout of the game and his record-setting 10th consecutive strikeout. Nancy Seaver kisses Tom Seaver after the Mets pitcher’s 19-strikeout game on April 22, 1970.
Connor Bedard, 15, already touted as hockey's next superstar
Move over Connor McDavid, there’s another star hockey player named Connor on the way. At just 15 years old, Connor Bedard is considered one of the top prospects eligible for the 2023 NHL Draft after a head-turning 2020-21 season in the Western Hockey League. Bedard became the first WHL player ever to be granted exceptional status to play major-junior hockey at 15. He joined the likes of McDavid, Tavares and Aaron Ekblad as just the seventh player in Canadian Hockey League history to receive the distinction. Connor Bedard playing for the Regina Pats YouTube“That’s hard to say because I didn’t know too much going into the league,” Bedard told the Regina Leader Post when asked if he was surprised by his early success.
Maryland football should benefit after its young players had to grow up fast last season
I trusted in him.”Hyppolite signed with the Terps as one of the best players in the 2020 class. He believed in the program as Locksley navigated his first year in charge and only picked up one conference win through the 2019 season. Now they’re back for another season, and Saturday’s spring game will serve as a modest indicator of their growth. Of the 38 offensive and defensive players who started a game last season, 30 are still part of the team in 2021. But he suffered a knee injury during the spring FCS season, and it’s unclear whether he can recover in time for the fall.
Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith talks rookie expectations, size concerns and more ahead of 2021 NFL Draft
"Continue being the person that I am and just work hard and everything is going to fall where it’s supposed to." TOP QUARTERBACK PROSPECT TOLD NFL TEAMS HE’S MANAGING EPILEPSYThe 22-year-old wide receiver became the first receiver to win the Heisman Trophy since Desmond Howard did it in 1991 and just the fourth overall. Smith told Fox News he plans to attend the draft with a few of his family members but he revealed little regarding which teams he’s had conversations with. But Smith brushed that sentiment right off, telling Fox News: "Size don’t really matter." CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWhen asked about what teams he could possibly get drafted by, Smith kept it simple.
Venus Williams: Major tournaments can succeed this summer
In an exclusive interview, Venus Williams discusses how it's possible for major tournaments like the Olympics to proceed this summer with CNN's Richard Quest.
Tigers beat Pirates 5-2 to gain doubleheader split
Tyler Anderson pitched five strong innings to help Pittsburgh beat the Detroit Tigers 3-2 Wednesday in a doubleheader opener. Detroit rallied for a 5-2 win in the second game behind Jonathan Schoop's go-ahead home run in a three-run fifth inning, leaving the Pirates at 8-10 following a 1-6 start. "Not too bad in the dugouts.”Spencer Turnbull (1-0) allowed one run and two hits in five innings to win the second game, his season debut after recovering from COVID-19. INF Rodolfo Castro made his big league debut for the Pirates in the second game, going 0-3 with a strikeout. They also named OF Derek Hill as the 27th man for the second game.
Drew Brees 'only really felt good in one game' during Saints' 2020 season
Drew Brees' retirement from the NFL was a big happening, but it wasn't necessarily a surprise. Brees spoke about his final season on Wednesday from TPC Louisiana ahead of the Pro-Am charity golf tournament, and discussed how he felt for most of the season. Because it's like, 'Well I know I can't make that throw, I can't make that throw, I can't make that throw. Retired Saints QB Drew Brees only felt fully healthy for one game of the 2020 season. "Every decision I've made over the last 20 years is, what puts me in the best position to succeed as an NFL quarterback," Brees said via the team website.
Detroit Tigers split doubleheader with Pittsburgh Pirates: Game thread replay
Radio: 97.1 FM in Detroit (Tigers radio affiliates). Here's why ]Game 1 result: Tigers lose, 3-2THE CALL UP: Tigers call up Zack Short; designate Renato Nunez for assignmentGame 2 starting pitchers: Tigers RHP Spencer Turnbull (season debut) vs. Pirates RHP Miguel Yajure (season debut). • Box scoreGame notes: Tigers' first game with the Pirates scheduled for Tuesday was canceled because of weather. [ The Free Press has started a new digital subscription model. This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Detroit Tigers split doubleheader with Pittsburgh Pirates: Game replay
Successful debuts for Detroit Tigers' Zack Short, Spencer Turnbull in doubleheader split
The last two years haven't been easy for Detroit Tigers infielder Zack Short. The last month hasn't been simple for right-hander Spencer Turnbull, either. The Tigers made the 25-year-old a priority upon acquiring him from the Chicago Cubs at last season's trade deadline. In the first inning, Turnbull stumbled after quickly getting two outs. This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Successful debuts for Tigers' Zack Short, Spencer Turnbull in DH split
NFL draft betting: Is elite tight end prospect Kyle Pitts locked in as a top-five pick?
But there has always been a cap on how high a tight end can go in the draft. Kyle Pitts is a rare prospectAt BetMGM, the over/under for Pitts' draft position is set at 5.5. Kyle Pitts could be a rare top-five pick at tight end. Yahoo Sports' NFL draft expert Eric Edholm will join us before the draft to share his thoughts on the props from BetMGM:Edholm: "I'm going under. The odds on which team will draft Pitts present a small group of favorites:(BetMGM screen shot)If Pitts somehow slides past the Dolphins at No.
2021 NFL draft: 3 potential trade-down partners for the Carolina Panthers in round one
The Carolina Panthers have been as aggressive as any team in the NFL the last couple of months, signing players to fill their immediate needs and trading for a new starting quarterback. However, his bad luck with health and injuries hasn't improved since he left Carolina and he'll turn 32 next month. It would make sense of the Pats to try to draft a new potential franchise QB this year. 19Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsFormer Carolina head coach Ron Rivera's new team is in a very interesting position heading into 2021. If Matt Nagy and Ryan Pace don't produce a winning record in 2021 they're both in danger of being fired.
Former PGA Tour golfer Billy Mayfair reveals autism diagnosis
The GuardianThe Georgia Tech prospect will intrigue NFL fans with his ability to throw dimes as well as his talent as a punter Georgia Tech punter Pressley Harvin III, left, participates in his school’s Pro Day. But in addition to those three, here’s another name you’d be wise to track – Pressley Harvin III, maybe the most interesting prospect in the draft. Georgia Tech are at home against Miami and down a score late in the first quarter. Sure, it was just one of three Georgia Tech victories that year. “Punters are people, too,” Harvin told reporters.
Heisman Trophy winner DeVonta Smith announces partnership with Dick's Sporting Goods' new VRST clothing line
"The clothing -- on the field, off the field, whether it’s a business meeting or me just sitting at home being comfortable -- I felt comfortable in it no matter what it was … It’s going to be a major, major thing for years to come," he said. "We are thrilled to have DeVonta on the VRST team and look forward to watching him thrive on and off the football field." His size, at 6-foot-1, 175 pounds, has reportedly been cause for concern for some teams, but Smith brushes that sentiment right off. "In the game of football, size don’t really matter," he said with confidence. I know what I’m doing, I know what I’m best at.
For Chaminade’s Jack Stonehouse, the art of punting runs deep in the family
In the Stonehouse family, when it’s Thanksgiving, the men usually break away and the conversation turns to punting. One indication of how different things are in the Stonehouse family is the reaction when Jack has a bloody nose. “I used to practice with a helmet so I didn’t get a bloody nose,” John said. John Stonehouse went on to marry Sue Skenderian, who was a member of the UCLA women’s soccer team. Advertisement“I used to be able to beat him but not anymore,” John Stonehouse said.
Column: Former Dodger Yu Darvish has come a long way from World Series meltdown
AdvertisementDarvish has dealt with the fallout from the 2017 World Series with unusual grace. AdvertisementFearing cultural differences might have given some Padres fans the impression that he was conceding the division title to his former team, Darvish wanted to clarify that wasn’t the case. “I’ve said this a number of times since I joined the Padres, but there are many things we can learn from the Dodgers,” Darvish said. Over the last several years, how many times have they gone to the World Series, how many times have they gone to the playoffs, how many times have they won the division? Darvish sees another similarity between these Padres and the Dodgers team for which he played in 2017.
NFL’s instant replay officials have new powers, but owners weren’t interested in other major rules changes
But they did allow for one significant change to the officiating process that will make head coaches happy. The NFL owners don’t have much appetite for major changes to the playing rules for the 2021 season. But the new rule should lead to fewer challenge opportunities for coaches and less controversy for the officials. Last year, Brady caught a pass that was batted back to him and threw it again for a short completion. Advertisement? The NFL also eliminated overtime in preseason and will now enforce all penalties that occur on extra points.
‘I just have to be grateful to even play.’ Inside Brockton football’s COVID-altered season
ShareNo Friday night lights. No push for postseason glory. When students lose football, they lose those touchstones of adolescence that are synonymous with high school. athletes got a reprieve when the state allowed a spring season, and while it wasn't the same, it was better than not playing at all. ( Shelby Lum/Globe Staff )
Bradley Beal finally wins a scoring battle with Stephen Curry
“I’m not trying to focus on going out and winning that,” Beal told reporters when asked about a possible scoring title. So, while all eyes were on the Curry vs. Beal scoring battle Wednesday night in Washington, D.C., the two stars were eyeing something more pressing — a path back to the postseason. Curry hasn’t been in a playoff game in two years and it’s been three years since Beal and the Wizards were a playoff team. Beal outscored Curry 29-18, the first time he’s scored more points than Curry in the 14 times they’ve faced each other. Cassius Winston kept me in the game,” Beal told reporters.
Former Santa Cruz County teacher to stand trial on four felony counts of inappropriately touching a minor
SANTA CRUZ — A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge held a former San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District teacher Wednesday to answer on four felony counts of inappropriately touching a minor in a 2019 case. Judge Hector Ramon said sufficient probable cause existed to bring a criminal case against Michael Henderson to a jury trial. Most recently, allegations of sexual misconduct, physical assault and other inappropriate behaviors were levied against social studies teacher Eric Kahl. Hearn now serves as assistant superintendent of instruction with San Lorenzo Valley Unified School District. Victims of sexual assault – and other forms of abuse – can get support from Monarch Services of Santa Cruz County at www.monarchscc.org.
Raiders’ NFL Draft preview: Cornerback has been a problem for the last 10 years
To get a better look at the Raiders’ roster and their NFL Draft needs, we’re taking a daily look at position groups. Today’s offering: CornerbackWHO’S HEREStarters: Trayvon Mullen, Damon Arnette, Amik Robertson (slot). 2021 OUTLOOKIt’s been so long since the Raiders sent a cornerback to the Pro Bowl Nnamdi Asomugha has successfully transitioned from shutting down wide receivers to an accomplished career as an actor and director. Given that the Raiders haven’t had much of a pass rush for most of the last decade, being a Raiders cornerback is a tough job. The Raiders have drafted a dozen corners in the last 10 years, Mullen and Arnette included along with Robertson and Johnson.
Pac-12 stock report: Washington loses ZTF, Utah finds a quarterback, WSU keeps Chun, UCLA hopes for the best with Juzang and more
Continuity atop any athletic department matters a great deal, but especially now, with all the COVID and non-COVID challenges facing Pac-12. Washington State is by no means at the bottom of the Pac-12 competitively, but it’s clearly No. Other might know him only as the reserve tailback who unleashed several impressive runs in the Pac-12 championship game. Falling: UCLA basketballFresh off his transcendent performance in the NCAA tournament, UCLA wing Johnny Juzang has declared for the NBA Draft. *** Send suggestions, comments and tips (confidentiality guaranteed) to pac12hotline@bayareanewsgroup.com or call 408-920-5716*** Follow me on Twitter: @WilnerHotline*** Pac-12 Hotline is not endorsed or sponsored by the Pac-12 Conference, and the views expressed herein do not necessarily reflect the views of the Conference.
Jerry Jones says pairing TE Kyle Pitts with Dak Prescott would gives Cowboys ‘visions of sugar plums’
While pretty much every expert seems to agree drafting Florida tight end Kyle Pitts with the No. for the Dallas Cowboys ... that hasn’t stopped any one from talking about it. The Cowboys added some fuel to the fantastical fire Wednesday by releasing a two-and-a-half-minute recording of their virtual meeting with Pitts. So that’s someone who’s good at — he has great fundamentals and great speed, so you got to work to beat him.”You can watch the virtual meeting below:. pic.twitter.com/OPCsMTlMV7 — Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) April 21, 2021Find more Cowboys coverage from The Dallas Morning News here.
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Caesars completes acquisition of William Hill
Caesars Entertainment Inc. on Thursday announced that it had completed its acquisition of William Hill for approximately $4 billion. Caesars Palace hotel and casino is seen on the Las Vegas Strip, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020, in Las Vegas. (Las Vegas Review-Journal, file)Caesars Entertainment Inc. on Thursday announced that it had completed its acquisition of William Hill for approximately $4 billion. “We are thrilled to complete the acquisition of William Hill, combining two of the premier operations in the sports betting and iGaming industries under one roof,” Tom Reeg, CEO of Caesars Entertainment, said in a press release. “We look forward to announcing future sports partnerships that will drive long-term growth.”The combined companies currently have sports betting operations in 18 jurisdictions in the United States, including 13 which offer mobile sports betting, according to the release.
Dolphins Q&A: Could Dolphins select a defensive player with No. 6 pick?
There will likely be a run on edge/pass rushers/outside linebackers in the second half of the first round, and that could impact the Dolphins’ pick at No. I actually anticipate that run forcing Miami’s hand, leading them to pick an edge player in the first. But it’s doubtful Grier will select one with the sixth pick unless coach Brian Flores is enamored with one (could be Tryon, who is the perfect fit for Miami’s hybrid defense).
Defending state champ Sheldon off to a dominant start: Week 1 softball recap
After not getting a chance to defend its 2019 state title in 2020, Sheldon brings a young squad to the long-awaited 2021 season. Read on for a list of softball stars whom Class 6A coaches highlighted in Week 1. Junior Lena Zahniser had two hits in the first game, then hit a homer, double and drove in three runs in the second. In two games (nine innings total due to run rules), opponents have two hits and have struck out 21 times. The last two games we struggled to swing the bats with only three hits in two games.
Oregon State newcomers Deshaun Fenwick, coach A.J. Steward looking to enhance Beavers’ reputation as a running back attraction
As Arizona’s running backs coach last season, Steward had familiarity with the Beavers. “These guys are playing hard, their running schemes are sound and the running backs had good discipline in the running game. So I became a fan even just watching them on film.”Like Fenwick, Steward said choosing Oregon State was “a no-brainer for a running backs coach. This is like a running backs coach’s heaven, this style of offense.”Steward said through seven spring practices, the program’s culture is clear. Fenwick admits Oregon State wasn’t atop his list of transfer targets the minute he decided to move on.
Bass column: Watch Bengals draft or join wife in delivery room? One fan was on the clock.
Behold the most memorable NFL Draft Day for one Cincinnati Bengals fan. And maybe of any Bengals fan. There are no drafts in sports like the NFL Draft, and there is no day in the NFL offseason like Day 1 of the NFL Draft. If you are a Bengals fan, you have obsessed about this since quarterback Joe Burrow’s season-ending knee injury. !”Which is why many a Bengals fan has projected offensive tackle Peneii Sewell as the perfect choice for the team’s No.
Jac Collinsworth joins NBC Sports' Kentucky Derby coverage as reporter at Churchill Downs
Jac Collinsworth, a Ft. Thomas native, former Highlands High School football player and son of NBC Sunday Night Football analyst and former Cincinnati Bengals great Cris Collinsworth, will be part of NBC Sports’ 2021 Kentucky Derby coverage as a reporter live at Churchill Downs Sat., May 1 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on NBC. Truthfully, I could spend all day, any day, at a race track, but there's only one Kentucky Derby." JC: "My favorite memories growing up are in the infield and parking lots of Churchill Downs. More from NBC Sports' release about Collinsworth's Kentucky Derby role:Kentucky native Jac Collinsworth will join NBC Sports’ 2021 Kentucky Derby coverage as a reporter next Saturday, May 1 at 2:30 p.m. Collinsworth, who has attended the Kentucky Derby many times as a spectator, will be part of NBC’s Saturday, May 1 Kentucky Derby broadcast at 2:30 p.m.
Potential Patriots defensive tackle prospects: Alabama’s Christian Barmore could pad depth now, star later
The Patriots have 10 picks this year, starting at 15th overall, the first domino to fall in a crucial draft. Day 1-2Christian Barmore, AlabamaHt/Wt: 6-4, 310Projected round: 1stScouting report: Barmore screams Patriot. He can line up as a nose tackle, a defensive tackle, or slide to the edge as a 5-technique defensive end. ESPN draft analyst Todd McShay provided this on Barmore: “He’s not gonna be an elite pass-rusher, but he’s disruptive. He finished the 2020 season with seven sacks and was a unanimous All-American and Big 10 Defensive Player of the Year.
'He was guilty.' Extra juror in favor of Chauvin conviction
Chauvin, 45, was by far the most senior officer at the scene. Prosecutors said he pinned Floyd to the pavement outside Cup Foods, where Floyd had been accused of passing a counterfeit $20 bill, for 9 minutes, 29 seconds. “I felt like he was the leader, and the other officers were following his lead," Christensen said. "I kind of felt like he wasn’t taking the warnings seriously obviously, kind of like, ‘I know what I’m doing.’”Christensen described her impressions of Chauvin. "So we locked eyes quite a few times and I was pretty uncomfortable.”
2021 NFL draft: Trevor Lawrence leads the top quarterbacks
Trevor Lawrence is the likely top pick, but who are the other top quarterbacks in the 2021 NFL Draft?
2021 NFL draft: Trevor Lawrence leads the top quarterbacks
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Kentucky Derby 2021: Everything you need to know about the 147th Run for the Roses
Here's everything you want to know about the 2021 Kentucky Derby. The 2021 Kentucky Derby post time is set for 6:50 p.m. on May 1. NBC will televise coverage of the Kentucky Derby and undercard racing on May 1 from 2:30-7:30 p.m. More:From the infield to celebrities, here are 5 things we'll miss at the 2021 Kentucky DerbyWhat will Kentucky Derby attendance look like in 2021? More:2021 Kentucky Derby betting odds: contenders, horses, jockeys, trainersHow big is the purse of the Kentucky Derby?
On your mark, get set, go! Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon gets an early start
Louisville Courier JournalOn Thursday morning, dozens of runners set out to complete the 2021 Kentucky Derby Festival miniMarathon. Start times will be staggered from 6:30-11:30 a.m. each day, with finishers expected to be completed in the early afternoon hours. Officials have been working since late 2020 on revamping the annual race, a staple of the Kentucky Derby Festival. It avoids mass gatherings at the start and finish of a race and spaces out runners on the course." This year is the 48th annual miniMarathon and 20th annual Marathon.
Dallas Stars at Detroit Red Wings odds, picks and prediction
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Dallas Stars (19-14-12) play the first road game of a two-game set with the Detroit Red Wings (16-25-7) Thursday with a 7:30 p.m. Stars at Red Wings: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Special Red Wings Betting Promotion: Place any $1 bet on the Red Wings, GET $100 (in free bets). Stars at Red Wings: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionRed Wings 3, Stars 2The RED WINGS (+160) are a solid value on home ice as moderate underdogs. The RED WINGS +1.5 (-175) are quite a bit costly here, but they're a solid play if you're not feeling them straight up.
Detroit Pistons at San Antonio Spurs odds, picks and prediction
The Spurs lost by 20 Wednesday night at home to the Miami Heat. Pistons at Spurs: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Pistons +260 (bet $100 to win $260) | Spurs -350 (bet $350 to win $100): Pistons +260 (bet $100 to win $260) | Spurs -350 (bet $350 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Pistons +7.5 (-110) | Spurs -7.5 (-110): Pistons +7.5 (-110) | Spurs -7.5 (-110) Over/Under : 216.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)Pistons at Spurs: Key injuriesPistonsSG Rodney McGruder (elbow) questionable(elbow) questionable PG Dennis Smith Jr. (knee) questionableSpursPF Trey Lyles (ankle) outSpecial NBA Betting Promotion! Take the PISTONS +7.5 (-110). Additional NBA sports coverage:HoopsHype | Celtics Wire | LeBron Wire | Lonzo Wire | Nets Wire | Rockets Wire | Sixers Wire | Thunder Wire | Warriors Wire | Rookie Wire | List WireGannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services.
Philadelphia Flyers at New York Rangers odds, picks and prediction
Esten McLarenSportsbook WireThe Philadelphia Flyers (20-18-7) and New York Rangers (23-17-6) begin a Thursday-Friday back-to-back with a 7 p.m. Flyers at Rangers: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Flyers +140 (bet $100 to win $140) | Rangers -165 (bet $165 to win $100): Flyers +140 (bet $100 to win $140) | Rangers -165 (bet $165 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Flyers +1.5 (-165) | Rangers -1.5 (+140): Flyers +1.5 (-165) | Rangers -1.5 (+140) Over/Under : 6.5 (O: -105 | U: -115)Flyers at Rangers: Projected starting goaliesBrian Elliott (11-6-2, .892 SV%, 2.93 GAA) vs. Igor Shesterkin (13-10-3, .920 SV%, 2.43 GAA)Elliott was charged with the overtime loss to the Islanders despite stopping 27 of 28 shots. Flyers at Rangers: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionRangers 4, Flyers 2The Flyers took the most recent head-to-head meeting by a narrow 2-1 margin but that was on the heels of back-to-back losses to the RANGERS (-165) by an aggregate score of 17-3. Back the RANGERS -1.5 (+140) to win by at least 2 goals.
Mikel Arteta reveals Kroenkes have apologised to him over Super League
Mikel Arteta says Arsenal’s owners have apologised to him for the disruption caused by the botched Super League plan, and accepts the club may have to face consequences for their role in an attempt to alter football’s status quo for good. “Obviously they have the maximum responsibility of running the football club and this is what they said. They apologised for disturbing the team, not having the capacity or ability to communicate in a different way earlier and explain the reasons why. Arteta accepted trust needs to be rebuilt but expressed hope that the anger could ultimately be harnessed positively. “[The fans have] sent probably the strongest message that has ever been sent in the football world,” he said.
Win a gold medal from your front room? IOC launches Olympic Virtual Series
The prospect of an Olympic gold medal being won from someone’s living room or garden shed moved a step closer on Thursday after the IOC announced it was moving into esports and virtual sports. The inaugural Olympic virtual series, which starts next month, will involve five sports - baseball, cycling, rowing, sailing and motor sport - as part of a plan to grow new audiences for the International Olympic Committee. It encourages sports participation and promotes the Olympic values, with a special focus on youth.”The IOC confirmed that five international federations and gaming publishers would be part of the Olympic Virtual Series. David Lappartient, chair of the IOC’s esports and gaming liaison group and president of the UCI, also welcomed the establishment of the new series. “A number of international federations have well established virtual sports initiatives; and thanks to the cooperation between the IOC, the IFs and the publishers, the Olympic virtual series is an exciting step forward for the virtual sports world and the Olympic Movement”.
England captain Sarah Hunter benched for Six Nations final against France
England head coach Simon Middleton has played down concerns that Sarah Hunter’s captaincy is under threat after choosing Poppy Cleall as England’s starting No 8 in his side’s Six Nations final against France on Saturday. “Sarah understands the situation in terms of what we’re going to need in this game and where she fits in terms of returning to play after such a long absence,” said Middleton. She’s never asked or never expected to be selected because she’s captain. “That allows you to play with a bit more tempo, because one’s organising while the others getting in a position to distribute. “The three B’s in the back three, without trying to put a pun in, are definitely buzzing,” added Middleton.
What a relief taking the knee will be banned at the Olympics
Even when Russia provoked international uproar through state-sponsored doping, president Thomas Bach could not bring himself to utter a word of censure. What, athletes could be forgiven for asking, is the point of taking on a sports organisation of such incorrigible stubbornness? There will be satisfaction inside the IOC that Tokyo can be assured of hosting a protest-free Olympics, far from the madding crowd – or perhaps any crowd at all, come to that. Over the past year, sports protests have proliferated to the point of futility, blunting any appetite for more. Tokyo 2021 might be the time, if only for two weeks, to dial down the rage and celebrate sport for its own sake.
Jesse Lingard opens up on battling mental health during lockdown
Jesse Lingard has detailed how he struggled during lockdown with his mental health while also coming to terms with his mother’s depression. Lingard has admitted to drifting at times while at Manchester United with his mum Kirsty’s condition affecting his impact on the pitch. But despite his excellent form as the Hammers battle for a place in the Champions League, Lingard remembers the difficulty in juggling off-the-field problems with his career. But the fight in me always brings me back to life,” said Lingard in an interview for the first series of Presenting on YouTube. I was thinking about other things, and obviously bottling it all up trying to play football, you’re tense, you’re stressed and you can’t do it.
UFC 261 could see Jorge Masvidal’s enigma evaporate for good
What followed was an unfortunately belated epiphany, but one crucial to Masvidal’s pugilistic rebirth: stop leaving your career in the hands of the judges. In press conferences before and after the fight, Masvidal had sported Tony Montana-esque suits. The fifth was caught, but Masvidal persisted, and the sixth saw Usman take him down . Another comprehensive defeat by the champion, this time with no “built-in excuse”, could see Masvidal’s enigma evaporate for good. That said, if one is to occur, there could be no better backdrop than a full-capacity arena in Masvidal’s home state.
West Ham join race for £30m Max Aarons
West Ham United are interested in signing Max Aarons this summer and the full-back has been told he can leave Norwich City. Championship leaders Norwich - who made an instant return to the Premier League on Saturday - are likely to demand at least £30million. Aarons was told last summer he would be allowed to leave Carrow Road this year and the Canaries are expected to keep to their word. Norwich wanted to keep him to boost their chances of promotion after finishing bottom of the Premier League last year. Barcelona tried to sign Aarons last year, while Roma were interested in January and Bayern Munich have also been keen.
Mikel Arteta reveals personal apology from Arsenal owners over Super League plot
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta revealed he received a personal apology from the club’s owners as he saw supporters send the “strongest message” in the history of football to bring to an end plans for a breakaway European Super League. The Gunners were one of six Premier League clubs to announce on Sunday night that they had signed an agreement to form a new competition with other elite teams from across Europe. And then everything was completely out of control and the world reacted in a really unified manner. Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke was named vice-chairman of the Super League (Getty Images for Hollywood Park )“I think this has given big lessons and it shows the importance of football in the world,” said Arteta. During this pandemic, for a year, we have been trying to sustain this industry with no fans in the stadium.
Sir Alex Ferguson ‘cried tears of joy’ at Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualification
Sir Alex Ferguson broke down in tears of joy after watching Scotland clinch a berth at the European Championship finals and is “optimistic” about the chances for Steve Clarke’s side. Sir Alex, marking 50 days to go until the tournament, told Glasgow’s Euro 2020 team: “When Serbia scored in the last minute I thought ‘oh Christ Almighty, extra-time, no chance’. “The thing that impresses me about Steve is that he is unflappable,” the former Aberdeen and Manchester United manager said. “I look at the midfield players and I think they are as good as anyone, players playing in England. And (Kieran) Tierney has been fantastic at Arsenal, absolutely fantastic, (Andy) Robertson the last two years at Liverpool has been unbelievable.
‘Is it a joke?’: Carlo Ancelotti reveals first reaction to Super League proposal
Carlo Ancelotti has revealed he thought the now abandoned plans for a European Super League were a joke when he first heard about them. Everton manager Ancelotti believes the plans were “wrong” and is pleased they didn’t come to fruition. We heard about the Super League in the past few months but I was sure it was not going to happen. “They wanted to build a competition without sporting merit. This is not acceptable because in our culture, we were brought up to have sporting merit.
Euro 2020: Uefa to snub Super League club stadiums when deciding contingency plans
Stadiums belonging to Super League clubs are set to be shunned when UEFA considers contingency options for staging Euro 2020 this summer, the PA news agency understands. UEFA’s executive committee is set to make a final decision on hosting for the finals at a meeting on Friday morning. The Spanish federation seems intent on moving the Bilbao matches to Seville, but what happens to Dublin’s matches is less clear-cut. Nine of the original 12 cities have given minimum capacity guarantees to UEFA over the games they are hosting. Hampden Park in Glasgow is due to host four matches, again at 25 per cent capacity.
Indianapolis 500 to host 135,000 fans in largest sporting attendance since pandemic began
The Indianapolis 500 is set to host 135,000 spectators when it takes place next month, which will give the race the largest sporting attendance in the world since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Organisers have confirmed the race will go ahead at 40 per cent capacity at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which can seat more than 250,000 fans. Spectators will be required to wear masks and adhere to social distancing while traditional standing enclosures around the circuit will remain closed. The record for the largest attendance since the start of the pandemic was set last month when 57,000 fans attended the T20 cricket international between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Indianapolis recently allowed 8,000 fans to attend the final of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament at Lucas Oil Stadium.
European Super League: Chelsea and Tottenham slammed by their fans for not apologising
Both clubs initially agreed to join the controversial breakaway league on SundayChelsea and Tottenham supporters have hit out at their respective clubs for not apologising following the European Super League fiasco. It's understood Chelsea are considering their next steps, almost two days after they withdrew from the European Super League. Tottenham fans remain furious about the conduct of owner Joe Lewis, chairman Daniel Levy and the club's board during the European Super League shambles and are demanding change. Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has refused to back down in his defence of the disastrous European Super League and insists that anyone who thinks the project is dead is 'completely wrong'. While UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has revealed the full extent of the Super League deceit.
Pliskova fights back to set up clash with Barty in Stuttgart
Pliskova, the sixth seed, recovered from losing the first set in a tie break by firing down 21 aces, 10 of which came in the last set alone, for a 6-7 (7/9), 6-4, 6-3 second-round win. "I like spending time on this court," joked Pliskova, the 2018 Stuttgart champion, after needing just under two and a half hours to claim victory. Former French Open champion Ostapenko hurled her racquet in anger in the second set, while Pliskova broke one of hers as she regained control of the match. Pliskova, ranked ninth in the world, plays top seed Barty of Australia in the last eight Friday. Barty, who won a pre-Australian Open tournament in Melbourne and the Miami Open earlier this month, breezed into the quarter-finals Wednesday by overpowering Laura Siegemund following a first-round bye.
Decades in the Making, the European Super League Lasted 48 Hours
Within 48 hours, some of the Super League clubs’ leaders seemed to recognize a boundary on their appetites. The Super League, its officials admitted on Tuesday night, was done. In its short existence, the Super League managed to look both ruthlessly calculated and slapdash. “I am delighted to welcome City back to the European football family,” Ceferin said shortly after Manchester City announced that it was withdrawing from the Super League. On Wednesday, complaints about European soccer’s ruling hierarchy, Super League or not, continued.
To Ratchet Up Retention, the Financial Times Restructures Its Consumer Revenue Team
After a windfall year of subscriber acquisitions, the Financial Times has found itself in the enviable position of needing to solve a problem most publishers would love to have: Retention.
2 Defunct Retailers Are Plotting Comebacks—Here’s Why One Is More Likely to Survive
2 Defunct Retailers Are Plotting Comebacks—Here’s Why One Is More Likely to SurviveCentury 21 and Lord & Taylor have big plans for 2021
Heineken Responded Perfectly to the Implosion of the European Super League
In America, the XFL is the most iconic example of a football league that couldn’t go the distance, lasting only five games in 2020 before collapsing into bankruptcy—two decades after barely making it through one season in its original 2001 incarnation.
In and out: Joel Embiid was inches from forcing OT after a full-court heave rimmed out
Joel Embiid came *this close* to hitting the most incredible game-tying shot Wednesday when his full-court, one-handed, desperation heave banked off the glass and went halfway down before rimming out. While Embiid and the Sixers were left stunned, Paul and the Suns were breathing a huge sigh of relief. "I don't know what to say about that shot," Suns coach Monty Williams said. They have 13 games left in the regular season to hold on to a top-six spot and avoid the new play-in tournament. I feel great, especially with the rest of these games left."
Offensive line remains a need for Washington, which has several options in the first round
AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementAnd then there’s left tackle. “ … We know he has the ability to play left side, right side, guard or tackle. In three seasons, he started 35 games at left tackle in the Hokies’ zone scheme. “I think he’s got the size, I think he can play left tackle if that’s what they’re looking for. “You have nothing to compare their growth to.”That projection could be even more difficult along the offensive line.
Electric cars are faring well in crash tests and in real world accidents, here's why
The latest electric models from Volvo and Ford have received high marks from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), which said electric cars as a group are performing well in its tests. The Volvo XC40 Recharge received the best Top Safety Pick+ designation, while the Ford Mustang Mach-E was rated a Top Safety Pick due to underperforming headlights on some trim levels. The IIHS also recently gave the Audi e-tron, Audi e-tron Sportback and Tesla Model 3 the Top Safety Pick+ designation. "We can now say with confidence that making the U.S. fleet more environmentally friendly doesn’t require any compromises in terms of safety," IIHS President David Harkey said. The IIHS said the improved passenger safety can likely be attributed, in part, to the heavier weight of the electric vehicles which works in their favor in multi-car crashes.
Jeff Bezos, Drake and others invest $80 million in sports media company Overtime
The Raptors Global Ambassador Drake cheers on the team as the Toronto Raptors beat the Philadelphia 76ers 101-96 at the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto. Richard Lautens | Toronto Star | Getty ImagesSports media company Overtime has secured an $80 million fundraising round with investors including Jeff Bezos' investment firm, global entertainer Drake, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and several National Basketball Association players. Overtime is a media company that distributes original sports content on social media outlets, including Snapchat, YouTube and Facebook. Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos Alex Wong | Getty ImagesBezos Expeditions, the personal investment firm of the Amazon CEO, is one of the companies tied to this funding round. Global investment firm Blackstone, Morgan Stanley and many NBA stars, including Devin Booker, Trae Young and Klay Thompson, joined the investment round.
Jake Paul Rages Over Pete Davidson's Dissing Of Him In Fight Broadcast
YouTube star Jake Paul couldn’t take the verbal beating he got from comedian Pete Davidson in the broadcast of his boxing match against Ben Askren. Paul, who won the bout with a technical knockout in the first round, fought back at Davidson on the “Impaulsive” podcast this week. CALL OUT: Pete Davidson called out by Jake Paul and his family. Jake says it was his idea to have Pete host the event. Here are some of Davidson’s greatest hits of the night:Pete Davidson reporting from the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren stream has me WEAK ?? pic.twitter.com/fXtxw1zO19 — KlaytnPX (@KingKlaytn) April 18, 2021Pete Davidson & Ben Askren Bonding Over How Much Jake Paul’s A Terrible Person!
Colts placed sixth in NFL uniform rankings by USA TODAY
The Indianapolis Colts have made subtle changes to their game uniforms over the years but the iconic design remains a staple in the NFL even as the 2021 season approaches. In ranking NFL uniforms, USA TODAY was bullish on the Colts, placing them sixth in the entire league. Indianapolis Colts (6): From Unitas to Manning to Luck to Wentz, these outfits mark a wonderful through line of NFL history. While many have been calling for the blue face masks to come back into style, the Colts look good every time they take the field. The Colts will continue to look sleek in their uniforms while making subtle changes to keep up with the times.
The Sports Report: Short-handed Clippers defeat Grizzlies
Newsletter Go beyond the scoreboard Get the latest on L.A.'s teams in the daily Sports Report newsletter. The Clippers gave up a season-high 39 points in the first quarter, and Memphis made nine of its 18 first-half three-pointers. That wasn’t counting the expected absences of Kawhi Leonard (right foot), Patrick Beverley (left hand) and Serge Ibaka (back). It feels good.”The Lakers went 14-16 without Davis, and played without LeBron James and Davis for the last 16 games. USC finished with an 11-12 overall record last season, led by sophomore Endyia Rogers, who was named to the All-Pac-12 team.
As Chargers coach Brandon Staley examines defensive line, Jerry Tillery stands out
As the Chargers prepare for the NFL draft, The Times will examine their roster. He has spent two seasons trying to confirm his status as a first-round draft pick, Jerry Tillery offering the Chargers both hope and frustration. But Tillery last season was called for eight penalties, including three 15-yarders. In new head coach Brandon Staley, the former Notre Dame standout has a fan — one who’s already convinced. Free agents: The Chargers did not re-sign edge rusher Melvin Ingram and allowed defensive end Isaac Rochell to depart.
Contrarians Foresee an Even Brighter Gold Market
Nevertheless, because gold market timers remain closer to the too-bearish end of the sentiment spectrum than to the too-bullish end, contrarians continue to give gold and gold mining shares the benefit of the doubt. No wonder contrarians have not been surprised by gold’s and gold shares’ rally in recent weeks. I also reported in early March that contrarian analysis historically has the greatest explanatory power for gold and gold shares over a three-month horizon. Read: Barrick Gold on Track to Reach 2021 Production TargetsThe one thing that would invalidate this expectation would be if the gold timers became too bullish. Currently the HGNSI stands at 25.0%, which means that the gold timers on average are keeping 75.0% of their gold trading portfolios out of the market.
Beyond starters, Rams are very thin on the defensive line ahead of the NFL draft
As the Rams prepare for the NFL draft, The Times will examine their roster. Any line that boasts a three-time NFL defensive player of the year is going to be formidable. Before last season, the Rams signed veteran A’Shawn Robinson, ostensibly to replace Brockers, who signed a free-agent deal with the Baltimore Ravens that ultimately went awry. 1 draft pick for the fifth year in a row, the Rams will be mining the draft for linemen in lower rounds. AdvertisementUnder contract for 2021: Donald ($14.4 million), Robinson ($5.3 million), Joseph-Day ($2.2 million), Gaines ($1 million), Eric Banks ($780,000), Marquise Copeland ($660,000), Michael Hoecht ($660,000) and Jonah Williams ($660,000).
NFL Draft: Has 49ers’ defensive front lost its ‘edge’ or can they find support for Bosa, Ford?
For a better look at the 49ers’ roster and their NFL Draft needs, we’re taking a daily look at position groups. Backups: Samson Ebukam, Dee Ford, Zach Kerr, Kevin Givens, Kentavius Street, Jordan Willis, Darrion Daniels, Alex Barrett, Daeshon Hall, Josiah Coatney. Again, the 49ers don’t just need depth, they need starter-caliber backups in light of their injury curse from recent seasons. This draft isn’t loaded with top-notch edge rushers so, quality options still could be available at No. The 49ers’ ideal defensive linemen are either versatile (see: Armstead) or lightning quick off the edge (see: Ford).
For Sharks’ Korenar, some signs of inexperience, and promise
At the moment, there doesn’t appear to be any reason for the Sharks to stray away from that idea. Wednesday against an explosive Vegas Golden Knights team, Korenar stopped 35 of the 39 shots he faced in a Sharks’ 5-2 loss at T-Mobile Arena. “It’s a good team over there, one of the better offensive teams in the league, and he made some big saves early to keep us in the game,” Sharks coach Bob Boughner said of Korenar, 23. Wednesday’s loss marked the eighth time in nine games the Sharks have scored two goals or less. Not so fastWhat the Sharks, Golden Knights said about Marleau’s historic nightOn Patrick Marleau’s special night, Sharks lose to Golden Knights in shootoutBoth goalies figure to be parts of the Sharks’ organization for a while, but will either they be ready for that role next season if it’s given to them?
NFL experts on 49ers’ draft dilemma: ‘Mac Jones is really Garoppolo, you know’
“Maybe Mac Jones is most ready to start right now in a conventional offense, and he did that in Alabama. “Mac Jones is really Garoppolo, you know. “With Mac Jones, he brings the processing we’ve already seen at a high level. “When you look at what they have with Jimmy G, you already have a Mac Jones style of QB. “Mac Jones, he’s a surgeon.
Broncos 2021 NFL mock draft tracker 9.0: What the national experts predict Denver will do
9 overall pick (Florida TE Kyle Pitts) and 2021 second-round pick (No. Fields would be served well by the structure and scheme of Denver’s offense.” See the full mock draft. But not all teams have these QBs ordered alike.” See the full mock draft. Now they draft Mayfield to give them two bookend tackles, having locked up Garett Bolles late last year.” See the full mock draft. See the full mock draft.
Denver street racing: Police using helicopters, lane closures to address “boom” in illegal racing
“It’s on rural stretches of roadway, and it’s in the middle of downtown Denver,” White said. Last weekend, Denver police received a call from a local business complaining of 200 cars in their parking lot, Lt. Eranda Piyasena said. Denver police started staging officers at locations they know racing groups are planning to meet, Piyasena said. A group of law enforcement agencies are meeting weekly to discuss intelligence and tactics for dealing with the racers, Thomas said. Some posts state that they are working with law enforcement and that they will kick people out for breaking the rules.
Blackhawks’ defensemen keep avoiding long-term absences despite injuries
Jeremy Colliton has been frequently put in tough spots lately when the Blackhawks have lost defensemen to mid-game injuries. Calvin de Haan left in the second period Apr. And Wyatt Kalynuk left in the first period Monday against the Predators with his own hip injury. The good news is the injuries at least keep turning out to be minor. “I don’t think anyone has missed a significant amount of time this season on the back end,” de Haan said Wednesday.
Los Angeles Lakers at Dallas Mavericks odds, picks and prediction
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Los Angeles Lakers (35-23) make the first stop on a four-game road trip against the Dallas Mavericks (31-26) Thursday at American Airlines Center. Lakers at Mavericks: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Lakers +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Mavericks -135 (bet $135 to win $100): Lakers +110 (bet $100 to win $110) | Mavericks -135 (bet $135 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Lakers +2 (-110) | Mavericks -2 (-110): Lakers +2 (-110) | Mavericks -2 (-110) Over/Under : 216.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)Lakers at Mavericks: Key injuriesLakersPF Anthony Davis (calf) probable(calf) probable PF Markieff Morris (ankle) probable(ankle) probable PG Dennis Schroder (foot) probable(foot) probable C Marc Gasol (finger) questionable(finger) questionable SF LeBron James (ankle) outMavericksPF Maxi Kleber (back) questionableSpecial NBA Betting Promotion! Lakers at Mavericks: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionLakers 117, Mavericks 109The LAKERS (+110) will get a shot in the arm with the return of Davis, as they get one of their biggest stars back. Additional NBA sports coverage:HoopsHype | Celtics Wire | LeBron Wire | Lonzo Wire | Nets Wire | Rockets Wire | Sixers Wire | Thunder Wire | Warriors Wire | Rookie Wire | List WireGannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services.
San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers odds, picks and prediction
Johnny ParlaySportsbook WireThe San Diego Padres (10-10) visit the Los Angeles Dodgers (14-4) Thursday for the start of a four-game series. Let's analyze BetMGM Sportsbook's lines around the Padres vs. Dodgers odds with MLB picks and predictions. To begin this series, Padres LHP Ryan Weathers is projected to make his second career start. Padres at Dodgers odds, lines, picks and predictionMLB odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Money line : Padres +150 (bet $100 to win $150) | Dodgers -185 (bet $185 to win $100): Padres +150 (bet $100 to win $150) | Dodgers -185 (bet $185 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : Padres +1.5 (-135) | Dodgers -1.5 (+110): Padres +1.5 (-135) | Dodgers -1.5 (+110) Over/Under : 7.5 (O: -120 | U: +100)PredictionDodgers 4, Padres 2PASS.
Half of Wisconsin residents 16 and over have at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose
And happy Earth Day, Wisconsin. Good news in the state's fight against COVID-19More than half — or about 51% — of Wisconsin residents 16 and over are at least partially vaccinated. The MoneyJETBLUE: JetBlue Airways will begin service next year at Milwaukee Mitchell International Airport, airline and airport officials said Wednesday. ZOO: The Milwaukee County Zoo just welcomed three new gorillas from the Columbus Zoo. First pitch Friday at 1:20 p.m.Today in Wisconsin HistoryFounded by Wisconsin Sen. Gaylord Nelson, the first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970.
Andre Odom used to scout players for the Chicago Bears. Now he represents them as an agent — including some of this year’s top NFL draft prospects.
You’re going to have those rainy days. You’re going to have those painful days when things don’t go well. So who’s going to be with you? Who’s going to help educate you? Who’s going to truly be fully invested in your future, not just your success contractually, but individually, emotionally, mentally, things of that nature.
‘Trust the baseball gods’: Ian Happ isn’t producing consistently at the plate, but the Chicago Cubs leadoff hitter’s expected numbers show his luck should turn soon
“So you make sure that you have that right approach, and it’s not the 60-game season now where you try to take advantage and understand you’re not going to get to see some of these teams,” Happ said. “It’s 162 (games); you’re playing the long game. And that’s all part of the learning experience for me of the first time 162 playing every day and what goes into that.
Is the Chicago Bears’ quarterback of the future in this year’s NFL draft class? Here are 8 options.
Why the Bears will draft him: Mond is among the most experienced of the second-tier quarterbacks, with 44 starts at Texas A&M. He leaves the program as the career record holder in several categories, including passing yards (9,661), touchdown passes (71) and total offensive yards (11,269). Orlovsky was impressed with Mond’s development year over year and believes the coaching and responsibility he was given under Jimbo Fisher will serve him well. They like all of the work, all of the things leading up to it. And you have to, because that’s what eliminates the pressure, knowing that I’m prepared to do what I’ve got to do.”
'Addicted to it': Why Edmond North’s Jordan Wilson is next in Oklahoma State golf pipeline
EDMOND — It wasn’t until Jordan Wilson moved to Edmond that he started taking golf seriously. He won the Class 6A individual state championship in 2019 as a sophomore and proceeded to win the Oklahoma Golf Association men’s state amateur tournament that summer. That’s also when he committed to Oklahoma State, becoming the latest Husky golfer to continue the pipeline to Stillwater. With less than a month until the state tournament, Wilson is looking forward to the stretch run. “I’m playing well, and my game is not far from where I’m going to be peaking around state,” Wilson said.
Philadelphia 76ers at Milwaukee Bucks odds, picks and prediction
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Philadelphia 76ers (39-19) hit the road to battle the Milwaukee Bucks (35-22) Thursday for the first of a two-game set at Fiserv Forum. 76ers at Bucks: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : 76ers +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Bucks -250 (bet $250 to win $100): 76ers +200 (bet $100 to win $200) | Bucks -250 (bet $250 to win $100) Against the spread/ATS : 76ers +6 (-110) | Bucks -6 (-110): 76ers +6 (-110) | Bucks -6 (-110) Over/Under : 226.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)76ers at Bucks: Key injuries76ersSG Seth Curry (hip) probable(hip) probable SF Tobias Harris (knee) probable(knee) probable SG Ben Simmons (illness) probableBucksSF Giannis Antetokounmpo (leg) questionableSpecial NBA Betting Promotion! 76ers at Bucks: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionBucks 121, 76ers 118The Bucks (-250) will cost you two and a half times your potential return, and that's just too expensive over the long term to bet that way. Additional NBA sports coverage:HoopsHype | Celtics Wire | LeBron Wire | Lonzo Wire | Nets Wire | Rockets Wire | Sixers Wire | Thunder Wire | Warriors Wire | Rookie Wire | List WireGannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services.
Phoenix Suns at Boston Celtics odds, picks and prediction
Suns at Celtics: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Money line : Suns -250 (bet $250 to win $100) | Celtics +195 (bet $100 to win $195): Suns -250 (bet $250 to win $100) | Celtics +195 (bet $100 to win $195) Against the spread/ATS : Suns -6 (-110) | Celtics +6 (-110): Suns -6 (-110) | Celtics +6 (-110) Over/Under : 219.5 (O: -110 | U: -110)Suns at Celtics: Key injuriesSunsSF Jae Crowder (ankle) questionable(ankle) questionable SF Abdel Nader (knee) outCelticsSF Jayson Tatum (ankle) questionable(ankle) questionable PG Kemba Walker (illness) questionable(illness) questionable SG Jaylen Brown (shoulder) doubtful(shoulder) doubtful SG Evan Fournier (health and safety protocols) out(health and safety protocols) out C Robert Williams III (knee) outSpecial NBA Betting Promotion! Suns at Celtics: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionCeltics 113, Suns 109The CELTICS (+195) at home, and with a chance to double up? However, the Suns (-250) are playing their third game in four games and that will level the playing field…err, hardwood…somewhat. Additional NBA sports coverage:HoopsHype | Celtics Wire | LeBron Wire | Lonzo Wire | Nets Wire | Rockets Wire | Sixers Wire | Thunder Wire | Warriors Wire | Rookie Wire | List WireGannett may earn revenue from audience referrals to betting services.
Oklahoma State football: Is Spencer Sanders solving the Cowboy offense this spring?
STILLWATER — Coach Mike Gundy cracked a couple jokes after debuting his Rubik’s Cube analogy for the quarterback’s role in the Oklahoma State offense. “The Rubik’s Cube — you can’t just do one side. You have to do all of them at once if you’re gonna do the Rubik’s Cube,” Gundy said. This spring, Sanders is operating the offense at a level he hasn’t before. “Completions, accuracy and operating the offense,” Sanders said of his most important focal points this spring.
Uefa’s Ceferin says Super League sides will ‘suffer consequences’ – live!
11:22Mikel Arteta says the Kroenkes apologised to him about their botched attempt to take Arsenal into a Super League. “Obviously they have the maximum responsibility of running the football club and this is what they said,” he explained in his press conference this morning. “They apologised for disturbing the team, not having the capacity or ability to communicate in a different way earlier and explain the reasons why. The way they’ve done it, I have to accept it completely.”It did not necessarily sound like an apology for the idea itself. He said a “big tsunami” killed the league, referring to the strength of reaction to it.
Florentino Pérez blames one breakaway English club for Super League’s collapse
The breakaway Super League collapsed due to the ferocity of opposition and because one of the English clubs, understood to be Manchester City, was not fully committed, according to Florentino Pérez. Speaking in an interview with the late-night radio show El Larguero, Pérez admitted he was “sad and disappointed”. “There was one of the English clubs who didn’t seem so interested and that spread to the rest,” Pérez said. They tried, but said: ‘Look, we’re not going to do this.’ ”Asked why the English clubs pulled out: “Because they saw the atmosphere. ‘There were 40 of them and if you like I’ll tell you who brought them there,’ Florentino Pérez said.
Anti-Glazer protesters enter Manchester United training ground
The Manchester United manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjær, spoke to a group of fans who took their protests against the Glazers to the training ground on Thursday. But anger understandably remains and a group of around 20 fans protested against the owners at the club’s Carrington training base on Thursday. United said in a statement: “At approximately 9am this morning a group gained access to the club training ground. In another image, protesters are shown holding a banner reading “we decide when you play” outside the entrance to the main training ground building. Solskjær is due to speak publicly on the Super League for the first time at his next press conference on Friday.
Pressley Harvin III: the TD throwing, 260lb punter who may be the star of the draft
But in addition to those three, here’s another name you’d be wise to track – Pressley Harvin III, maybe the most interesting prospect in the draft. But instead of booming the ball skyward, he skips forward and throws a high-arching pass down the right sideline to a streaking Yellow Jackets receiver. “That’s one of the remarkable things that I can do instead of the ball just hitting my foot,” Pressley told reporters at his pro day. And there’s no better time than now to make a case for Harvin, the rare punter who is also Black. “Punters are people, too,” Harvin told reporters.
Chauvin verdict a blow to ex-police trio awaiting trial over George Floyd death
Tou Thao, J Alexander Kueng and Thomas Lane face charges of aiding and abetting the murder and manslaughter of Floyd nearly a year ago. The three, who were fired from the Minneapolis police department the day after Floyd’s death, are scheduled to go on trial in August. Thao is seen on video keeping bystanders at bay as they plead with Chauvin to get his knee off of Floyd’s neck. But the prosecution has said Thao was an important facilitator by protecting Chauvin as he committed murder. According to the indictment, when a bystander stepped off the curb and was “imploring Chauvin to get off of Mr Floyd, (Thao) put his hands on the citizen to keep him back”.
Euro 2021 host cities: Wembley hopes boosted but Dublin in danger of being dropped
It had been scheduled to host Spain’s matches in Group E group against Poland, Sweden and Slovakia. Baku, AzerbaijanWhat the local authorities have said: The Azeri authorities have not made public the proposal disclosed to Uefa. Bilbao, SpainWhat the local authorities have said: The city hall of Bilbao has been dropped as a host city by Uefa. Current nationwide restrictions: Local curfew restrictions are in force from 10pm-6am in the Basque region. Sturgeon announced that travel restrictions will be in place for "some time" even after the tier system returns.
The untold story of James Gibson: 'My uncle saved Manchester United - he'd have hated a Super League'
Who is the most important figure in the 143-year history of Manchester United? Perhaps no Glazers either, no tumultuous succession to Ferguson, no global noodle partners and no record commercial income. Only a few well-established clubs are now powerful enough to be capable of winning titles in different eras and United are among them. By the time professional football was suspended for the Second World War, United had two league titles to their name from three decades earlier, in 1908 and 1911. In a time when the FA Cup meant just as much, United had won it once, by 1903; Bury FC had two.
Chelsea and Real Madrid's Champions League semi-final may NOT go ahead, says UEFA chief Ceferin
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has revealed there is a 'small possibility' that next week's Champions League semi-final between Real Madrid and Chelsea may not go ahead as punishment for their role in the European Super League. Three of the 12 - Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid - are still in the Champions League while Arsenal and Manchester United are competing in the Europa League semi-finals. When asked about Real Madrid president Florentino Perez's outburst on Wednesday night, in which he said he would never want a UEFA president like Ceferin, the Slovenian replied: 'Well, that's more incentive for me to stay. Perez has refused to back down in his defence of the disastrous Super League project and insists anyone who thinks the project is dead is 'completely wrong'. There were only 40 Chelsea fans, and I could tell who brought them... just like here someone gave Cadiz jerseys (against Super League).'
Mikel Arteta hails fans for sending 'the strongest message EVER in football'
Mikel Arteta says supporters have sent out the strongest message football has ever seen this week, leading to the collapse of the controversial European Super League. And Arteta believes the way the ESL plans unravelled highlighted the enormous power of supporters. ‘During this pandemic, for a year, we have been trying to sustain this industry with no fans in the stadium. ‘But, when the fans have to come out and talk, they’ve done it really loud and clear, and they sent probably the strongest message that has ever been sent in the football world. And Arteta confirmed apologies to him and his players came direct from the top of the club.
Gary Neville mocks Ed Woodward resignation as Manchester United executive vice-chairman
Gary Neville has poked fun at claims Ed Woodward resigned from his post at Manchester United because he could not support their plans to be involved in the European Super League. Gary Lineker also had his say on the situation, adding: 'I understand (know) that Ed Woodward resigned on Monday because he believes in the football pyramid.' I understand (know) that Ed Woodward resigned on Monday because he believes in the football pyramid. https://t.co/uLL1amW8kA — Gary Lineker ? (@GaryLineker) April 22, 2021United's statement read: 'Manchester United will not be participating in the European Super League. Rio Ferdinand also demanded answers from Woodward and United's American owners, the Glazers, as to why they initially signed up for the Super League.
Floyd Mayweather 'could return to the ring and fight Logan Paul in an exhibition match on June 5
Floyd Mayweather and Logan Paul are set to go head-to-head on June 5 in their rearranged exhibition bout. The money-spinning exhibition match was due to be held on February 20, but was postponed due to what Paul describes as 'complications' with Mayweather. The undercard for that fight would also see Evander Holyfield return to the ring to take on Kevin McBride in an exhibition fight. Paul has previously stated that the fight will see him go six three-minute rounds against the sport’s best pound-for-pound fighter. However, official terms of the rearranged bout have not been released.
Gibbes to move to Clermont leaving O'Gara in charge at La Rochelle
Ronan O'Gara (left) is already looking to the future with La Rochelle while Jono Gibbes (right) has his eyes on a move to ClermontAdvertising Read moreClermont-Ferrand (France) (AFP)Clermont announced the appointment Thursday of former All Black Jono Gibbes as the Top 14 club's replacement for departing head coach Franck Azema, with former Ireland fly-half Ronan O'Gara stepping into Gibbes' role at La Rochelle. Gibbes will leave his job at La Rochelle at the end of the season to take over from Azema, who is stepping down in order to take up the same role at Montpellier. He has been with Clermont for 11 seasons, first as assistant to Vern Cotter and then, since 2014, as head coach. Gibbes, 44, will return to Clermont in July on a three-year deal, the club said. La Rochelle are currently second in the Top 14, tied on points with leaders Toulouse, and meet Leinster in the semi-finals of the European Champions Cup on May 2.
Arteta reveals personal apology from Arsenal owners over Super League plot
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Mikel Arteta received a personal apology from Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke after his role in the failed Super League plot as the Gunners boss saluted supporters for sending the "strongest message" football has ever seen. Arteta's side were one of six Premier League teams to sign up to the breakaway tournament on Sunday. But just 48 hours later the Super League collapsed as Arsenal and the rest of the English clubs pulled out. Arteta believes the rapid and passionate response fans of Premier League clubs played a key role in convincing the Premier League owners to back down. "This has given big lessons and it shows the importance of football in the world," Arteta said.
Super League fiasco leaves 'dirty dozen' facing punishment
Super League chief Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, had insisted Wednesday the rebel competition was merely "on standby" despite nine teams pulling out. The mass pull-out left the Super League with just Barcelona and Perez's Real Madrid, along with Italian champions Juventus -- who admitted the lucrative project could not now go ahead. Bayern Munich came out strongly opposed to the Super League. "It's already had consequences one way or another, with the shame they have to live with now," Nilsson told football website Fotbollskanalen. "The Super League is dead.
Protests and demonstrations banned at 2020 Tokyo Olympics as Rule 50 upheld
(CNN) The ban preventing athletes from protesting or demonstrating at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been upheld by the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In a statement released on Wednesday, the IOC said it had come to the decision to continue with the Rule 50 ban after a 10-month consultation process with over 3,500 athletes, who represent 185 different National Olympic Committees and all 41 Olympic Sports. According to the survey: "A clear majority of athletes said that it is not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views on the field of play (70% of respondents), at official ceremonies (70% of respondents) or on the podium (67% of respondents)." IOC President Thomas Bach, opens the Executive board meeting in April at the Olympic House. "The goal of this wide outreach was to engage with athletes and hear their thoughts on existing and new opportunities to express their views at the Olympic Games as well as outside Games time," Kirsty Coventry, chair of the IOC Athletes' Commision, said.
The Audacity and Greed of the Super League
We’ve largely become inured to the valorization of greed, and yet the announcement, on Sunday, of the creation of a European Super League still managed to shock. In contrast, the Super League would be “the rich stealing what the people created.” (Notably, P.S.G., a very rich club, refused to commit to the Super League. German clubs function according to a community-ownership structure, which likely explains why Bayern Munich, the reigning Champions League winner, and Borussia Dortmund allegedly spurned overtures from the Super League.) UEFA and FIFA, the governing bodies that oversee the Champions League and the World Cup, respectively, threatened to bar Super League participants from their competitions. United’s American owners, who also own the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, were at the center of the Super League proposal.
An N.C.A.A. Press Release on Gender Disparity
The disparity between the Division I men’s and women’s basketball championships was highlighted in a document provided to multiple media outlets by the NCAA. It has been brought to my attention that there is a history of gender inequality, and we’re very concerned by this. It is urgent that this group—composed of former male athletes, male educators, and male executives—get to the bottom of the women’s problems. Let’s address the first issue: the disparity between the men’s and women’s weight rooms. Of course, the press picks and chooses what it wants to disclose, so I’m happy to report that we sent plenty of other equipment.
LeBron James, Naomi Osaka and More Athletes React to Derek Chauvin's Conviction: 'Accountability'
Minneapolis jurors found Chauvin, 45, guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and manslaughter. Listen below to the episode of our daily podcast PEOPLE Every Day for more on Derek Chauvin's conviction. George Floyd and Derek Chauvin George Floyd, at left, and Derek Chauvin | Credit: SplashESPN Films’ latest documentary '144' takes viewers inside the WNBA’s unprecedented 2020 season. In addition, the NBA, WNBA, MLB, NFL, NHL, MLS and more sports organizations all released statements addressing the guilty verdict. Lebron James, Naomi Osaka, Megan Rapinoe Lebron James, Naomi Osaka, Megan Rapinoe | Credit: Atiba Jefferson/NBAE via Getty; Julian Finney/Getty; Gareth Cattermole - FIFA/FIFA via GettyOutside of the sports world, President Joe Biden addressed the guilty verdict, saying it was "a giant step towards justice in America," but adding it is still "not enough."
Prince William Is Weighing in: All About the Drama Surrounding European Football's New Super League
The move also threatens UEFA's new "Swiss model" format, which was part of the reason for the Super League's inception. Here are five important things to know about the sudden rise and fall of the European Super League:1. The Premier League also noted that their "Big Six" clubs cannot enter new competitions without Premier League approval. The Super League was "suspended" on Tuesday after most of the founding clubs withdrewSix of the 12 founding clubs released statements Tuesday that they were withdrawing from the European Super League. European Super League After Fans Protest Fans gather to protest the introduction of the European Super League on April 20, 2021 in LondonFlorentino has said football clubs would be "dead" without the new league's intervention.
Beloved Hockey Coach Is Killed in Bar Fight After Allegedly Confronting Man About Boorish Behavior
Mike Ryan, 48, was the father of two teenage girlsBeloved Hockey Coach Is Killed in Bar Fight After Allegedly Confronting Man About Boorish BehaviorPolice say that an argument inside a Minnesota bar Saturday night led to a physical altercation in which a revered girls hockey coach was killed. According to the statement, Ryan's alleged assailant, 43-year-old Ryan John Whisler, "left the scene" after the coach's fatal fall. Ryan, the complaint alleges, "was agitated with Whisler, but he didn't say anything to Whisler at the time." The paper reports that police reviewed surveillance video captured outside the bar that allegedly shows Whisler grabbing Ryan's shirt before striking him, knocking his face covering off. Whisler then punched Ryan's "head with a large, sweeping motion," the complaint alleges.
Aaron Rodgers' Guest Hosting Gig on Jeopardy! Led to 14 Percent Ratings Spike for the Game Show: Report
The Green Bay Packers quarterback recently finished a two-week guest hosting gig on the game show, following beloved host Alex Trebek's death in NovemberAaron Rodgers recently scored another win, this time off the field. The Green Bay Packers quarterback, 37, brought a 14 percent ratings boost to Jeopardy! during his recent two-week guest hosting gig, according to TVNewsCheck and The Wrap. Aaron Rodgers hosting Jeopardy Credit: Jeopardy Productions Inc.Rodgers has expressed his interest in taking over as the full-time host of Jeopardy!, even if it means shedding his beard. I worked 187 this year in Green Bay.
The Challenge: Double Agents Winners on Finishing That Grueling Final Together: 'Nobody Wanted Us'
Meanwhile, after such a grueling season, Amber, 33, proved she is a force to be reckoned with in future seasons. CT & Amber B The Challenge Credit: MTVBelow, the newly crowned winners take PEOPLE through some of their journey — and what comes next. CT: I'm not afraid. Leroy Garrett The Challenge: Double Agents Credit: MTVWere you surprised by Leroy's announcement that this was his last season? And I'm sure she's not going to let me forget it when we do another challenge together, and that's fine.
‘Dedicated’ Army Paratrooper Dies During Parachute Jump Training: ‘She Will Be Missed’
“SPC Jenks was a dedicated Paratrooper, gifted forward observer, loyal friend, and talented artist who consistently made a tremendous impact on all around her,” Lt. Col. Christopher Walsh said‘Dedicated’ Army Paratrooper Dies During Parachute Jump Training: ‘She Will Be Missed’Army paratrooper Spc. The native of Gansevoort, New York was a fire support specialist assigned to the 1st Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The 1-319 Airborne Field Artillery Regiment also released a statement, writing that Jenks was "a proud Paratrooper and loyal friend. Lt. Col. Christopher Walsh said, "SPC Jenks was a dedicated Paratrooper, gifted forward observer, loyal friend, and talented artist who consistently made a tremendous impact on all around her. "SPC Jenks will forever be a part of our Loyalty family."
15 Mother’s Day Gifts to Suit Every Budget
We all know that choosing the right gift for Mother’s Day can be a tough task, and we’ve all conducted the same Google search year after year: “Best Mother’s Day gifts.” Maybe that’s even how you found this article. The issue is that some of those gift guides feature presents we either can’t afford or are too far below our budget! For 2021, we’ve rounded up 15 gifts for the mom in your life. Maybe she loves beauty products and flowers, maybe she’s pet-obsessed or maybe she’s looking forward to hosting some fun parties as the world gets back to normal. Our picks range from under $50 to over $600, so let’s get to them!
The Challenge’s CT Reveals Biggest Difference Between Him, Fessy
Chris “CT” Tamburello and partner Amber Borzotra came in first place on The Challenge finale, securing the $90,000 prize money. “Ever since I took some time off and came back with the dad bod, no one wanted me. I’ve always been underestimated,” CT 40, told Us Weekly exclusively following his win. During a night out, Fessy, 29, told CT that he’s “a used-to” and claimed he was “better” and “faster” than the longtime player. I like to work smarter not harder,” CT told Us.
LeVar Burton 'overjoyed' at chance to host 'Jeopardy!'
LeVar Burton 'overjoyed' at chance to host 'Jeopardy!' Added: 22.04.2021 9:17 | 15 views | 0 commentsSource: www.prweb.comMore than 200,000 people had signed a petition calling for him to be the new “Jeopardy!” host. More in www.nbcnews.com »
Elisabeth Moss Teases The Handmaid's Tale's "Promises" Are Finally Fulfilled in "Huge" Season 4
Elisabeth Moss Teases The Handmaid's Tale's "Promises" Are Finally Fulfilled in "Huge" Season 4Added: 22.04.2021 9:23 | 13 views | 0 commentsElisabeth Moss is hinting that plenty of satisfying moments are on the horizon for fans of The Handmaid's Tale. The 38-year-old Emmy winner appeared on The Tonight Show on Wednesday,... Elisabeth Moss is hinting that plenty of satisfying moments are on the horizon for fans of The Handmaid's Tale. The 38-year-old Emmy winner appeared on The Tonight Show on Wednesday,... More in www.eonline.com » Tags: SPA
The shameful rise and triumphant fall of soccer's ridiculous Super League
The shameful rise and triumphant fall of soccer's ridiculous Super LeagueAdded: 22.04.2021 10:18 | 18 views | 0 commentsThe Super League’s elitism, instantly subject to ridicule, probably meant it never had a chance.
NIO: 'Tesla killer' wants better US-China cooperation
NIO: 'Tesla killer' wants better US-China cooperationAdded: 22.04.2021 2:18 | 27 views | 0 commentsSource: www.ibtimes.comElectric carmaker NIO is at the forefront of China's effort to dominate the electric vehicle market. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Sir James Dyson: From barrows to billions
Added: 22.04.2021 11:18 | 7 views | 0 commentsOne of the most high-profile businessmen in favour of Brexit, Sir James Dyson's biggest idea started with cardboard and sticky tape.
Russia 'Better Prepared' Than NATO for Large-Scale War, Swedish Military Report Concludes
Added: 12.03.2021 7:04 | 16 views | 0 commentsDespite NATO's elevated military spending and its positioning of troops further eastward and closer to Russia, Russia still has the edge in the event of a major conflict, the Swedish Defence Research Agency concluded after running simulations.
Fears grow for 53 crewmen on missing Indonesian submarine: 'Vessel may never be found'
Fears grow for 53 crewmen on missing Indonesian submarine: 'Vessel may never be found'Added: 21.04.2021 22:56 | 23 views | 0 commentsA SUBMARINE which vanished with 53 crewmen on board may never found, a naval expert has warned.
Foreign aid: Why does the UK give aid to China?
Added: 22.04.2021 9:38 | 12 views | 0 commentsTHE BRITISH government has slashed its aid budget for China by 95 percent, a move praised by some and criticised by others. So why does the UK give aid to China in the first place?
Is it the end of the line for landline phones?
Is it the end of the line for landline phones? Added: 22.04.2021 7:17 | 20 views | 0 commentsSource: www.supercars.netFour million homes have dropped their fixed line phones since 2000 a trend which may see a post-pandemic boost. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
57 of the best TV shows to watch on Netflix
57 of the best TV shows to watch on NetflixAdded: 22.04.2021 4:18 | 7 views | 0 commentsLooking for a great show to watch? Here are some of the best Netflix has to offer.
The 41 best games on Nintendo Switch
Added: 22.04.2021 2:44 | 27 views | 0 commentsThe Switch has one of the best catalogues in gaming, here are our favourites.
2021 Volvo XC40 Recharge crowned a Top Safety Pick Plus
Added: 22.04.2021 5:01 | 23 views | 0 commentsAre you really surprised a Volvo aced the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's rigorous testing? C'mon, you shouldn't be.
2021 Lexus ES 250 review: Super cruiser
Added: 22.04.2021 10:00 | 6 views | 0 commentsThis luxury sedan doesn't have a sporty bone in its body, making it ideal for long highway drives.
Tropical storm could form off the East Coast this weekend before hurricane season even begins
Tropical storm could form off the East Coast this weekend before hurricane season even beginsAdded: 13.05.2020 19:52 | 18 views | 0 commentsThe Atlantic hurricane season's first tropical storm could develop near Florida and the Bahamas this weekend, continuing a trend toward more preseason storms in the Atlantic in recent years.
'Very unusual': Arctic air set to hit Eastern US with record-low temperatures for May
'Very unusual': Arctic air set to hit Eastern US with record-low temperatures for MayAdded: 06.05.2020 18:59 | 13 views | 0 commentsThe blast of cold air set to hit the Eastern U.S. this week could bring record-low temperatures and snowfall and frost in some Northeast states.
'Catastrophic' flooding underway as dam failures in Michigan force thousands to evacuate
Added: 20.05.2020 16:45 | 16 views | 0 commentsThe collapse of the Edenville Dam and Sanford Dam in Michigan released floodwaters that have inundated houses and businesses on the Tittabawassee River.
How our populist moment explains the Super League's rapid implosion
Added: 21.04.2021 16:00 | 24 views | 0 commentsTwo days after 12 of the biggest clubs in European soccer announced their plans to form a new league -- unironically called the Super League -- the entire plan collapsed amid widespread dissatisfaction from fans, players and managers, evidence of a massive miscalculation by a handful of extremely wealthy owners and the continued power of populism across the globe.
Heat wave scorches parts of U.S. and India; Siberia experiences record high temperatures
Added: 29.05.2020 18:09 | 17 views | 0 commentsThe heatwave in Siberia raises major concerns over devastating wildfires breaking out this summer as climate change accelerates permafrost melt in much of the Arctic region.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists Super League isn't canceled, only on 'standby'
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists Super League isn't canceled, only on 'standby'Added: 22.04.2021 12:18 | 4 views | 0 commentsDespite a ferocious backlash and widespread condemnation, Real Madrid President Florentino Perez says the so-called Super League isn't canceled, only on "standby."
Protests and demonstrations banned at 2020 Tokyo Olympics as Rule 50 upheld
Protests and demonstrations banned at 2020 Tokyo Olympics as Rule 50 upheldAdded: 22.04.2021 12:18 | 7 views | 0 commentsThe ban preventing athletes from protesting or demonstrating at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics has been upheld by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
How the European Super League united football against the game's wealthy owners
How the European Super League united football against the game's wealthy ownersAdded: 22.04.2021 7:59 | 19 views | 0 commentsAs crowds gathered outside Chelsea's Stamford Bridge stadium, there was a moment -- almost like the flick of a switch -- when angry jeers turned to whooping cheers.
European Super League crumbles after majority of teams announce withdrawal
European Super League crumbles after majority of teams announce withdrawalAdded: 21.04.2021 17:01 | 36 views | 0 commentsOne by one, they began to fall.
Loss of Greenland Ice Sheet Reached a Record Last Year
Added: 20.08.2020 16:01 | 14 views | 0 commentsThe ice loss in 2019 was more than twice the annual average since 2003, scientists said.
Everything you need to know about Verzuz, including Method Man vs. Redman 'How High' special
Everything you need to know about Verzuz, including Method Man vs. Redman 'How High' specialAdded: 21.04.2021 15:28 | 13 views | 0 commentsWebcast series Verzuz was born out of quarantine in early 2020. Here's everything to know, plus recaps of the biggest battles and performances.
Oklahoma alleged cockfighting ring busted, 34 roosters seized: report
Added: 22.04.2021 10:41 | 9 views | 0 commentsAn alleged cockfighting ring in rural Oklahoma was recently busted, according to reports.
La Liga Highlights: Karim Benzema scores twice as Real Madrid go top of La Liga with win at Cadiz
La Liga Highlights: Karim Benzema scores twice as Real Madrid go top of La Liga with win at CadizAdded: 22.04.2021 11:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsTwo goals from Karim Benzema help Real Madrid win 3-0 at Cadiz and leapfrog Atletico Madrid to move into first place in La Liga.
Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer addresses fan protest against Glazer ownership
Added: 22.04.2021 11:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer speaks to fans who had entered the club's training ground at Carrington to protest against the Glazer family's ownership.
Women's Six Nations final, England v France: Poppy Cleall to start in place of Sarah Hunter
Women's Six Nations final, England v France: Poppy Cleall to start in place of Sarah HunterAdded: 22.04.2021 11:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsPoppy Cleall will start at number eight for England's Women's Six Nations final against France on Saturday, pushing captain Sarah Hunter to the bench.
European Super League: Project is 'on standby', says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez
European Super League: Project is 'on standby', says Real Madrid president Florentino PerezAdded: 22.04.2021 8:37 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe European Super League is on "standby" despite nine of the 12 founding teams withdrawing, says Real Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Aberdeen 1-1 Celtic: Stephen Glass 'proud' despite late Leigh Griffiths equaliser
Added: 22.04.2021 8:16 | 14 views | 0 commentsStephen Glass was "proud" of his players despite Leigh Griffiths' stoppage-time goal extending Celtic's unbeaten run against Aberdeen at Pittodrie to 11 games.
The Long Arm of the Law Reaches Into Your Cellphone
The Long Arm of the Law Reaches Into Your CellphoneAdded: 21.04.2021 19:47 | 14 views | 0 commentsEven if you've done nothing wrong, the government may be tricking your cellphone into divulging your movements, while seeing who you've texted and called.
Big Dog's Backyard Ultra: The toughest, weirdest race you've never heard of
Big Dog's Backyard Ultra: The toughest, weirdest race you've never heard ofAdded: 22.04.2021 7:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: nextluxury.comThe format might be simple - winning this race is anything but. Big Dog's Backyard Ultra is an unusually punishing challenge. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Missing Indonesian submarine has 72 hours of oxygen left, navy says
Missing Indonesian submarine has 72 hours of oxygen left, navy saysAdded: 22.04.2021 9:08 | 10 views | 0 commentsSource: www.slideshare.netIndonesia is racing against time to rescue the 53 crew of a missing submarine before the oxygen runs out. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
European Super League Q&A: Why it failed
European Super League Q&A: Why it failed - and will clubs try again? Added: 22.04.2021 8:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsBBC Sport looks at what the rise and demise of the European Super League within 48 extraordinary hours means for football.
Ronda Rousey pregnant: WWE star expecting first child
Former UFC star and WWE wrestler Ronda Rousey announced she is four months pregnant with her first child. In a YouTube video announcement, she said she and her husband Travis Browne are expecting their first child. Rousey, 34, said she's been pregnant since January and added "there's definitely much more to the story that we'll be telling later." Rousey is a former bantamweight champion in the UFC and most recently she was a WWE wrestler. Rousey also expressed her hesitation to return to the WWE because of the fanbase in April 2020 during an interview with "Wild Ride!
Mailbag: Daniil Medvedev rises to ATP No. 2 ranking
If any one player were going to enter this gated community, why not Medvedev? He’s reached multiple major finals. After Wawrinka and Thiem, statistically, I would contend that he’s the next best player over the past decade. As we saw last fall with the allegations leveled against Zverev, the ATP suffers for not having a credible domestic violence policy. Four additional players will join the main draw via wild card entry, to be announced at a later date.
PTPA ATP players' group, labor controversy: What it means for tennis
Yet most of your questions and chatter revolved around the ATP labor issues. The ATP and WTA were both founded as 50/50 partnerships between players (labor/talent) and tournaments (management). They tell the parents about the opportunities for college scholarships and the fact that nine of the 10 highest-paid female athletes are tennis players. The most marginal NFL or NBA player makes more than all but the very best tennis players. For simplicity though, I just doubled the old ranking points from 2001-2008 and added them to 2009-2021 (including 2021 AO).
Miami Open Day Three Recap: Top Seed Ashleigh Barty Survives
Top-seeded Ashleigh Barty needed three sets to survive and advance past Kristína Ku?ová on Thursday at the Miami Open.
Miami Open Day Seven Recap: Sebastian Korda Advances
Sebastian Korda defeated Aslan Karatsev in straight sets Monday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Miami Open.
Miami Open Day Two Recap: Sloane Stephens Advances to Second Round
Miami Open Day Two Recap: Sloane Stephens Advances to Second RoundSloane Stephens advanced to the second round of the Miami Open Wednesday, defeating Océane Dodin in three sets.
Miami Open Day One Recap: Zarina Diyas Eliminates Venus Williams
Venus Williams exited the Miami Open on the first day of the tournament at the hands of Zarina Diyas. Meanwhile, Shelby Rogers also advanced, earning her 10th win of the year.
Tennis Channel Video: 2021 Miami Open Preview
With Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem all sitting out this event, it leads to big opportunities for some up-and-comers to make a splash at the 2021 Miami Open. On the woman's side, defending champion Ash Barty will be joined by 18 of the top 20 ranked players in the world as she aims to make it two in a row.
French Open Postponed One Week as COVID-19 Cases Surge
Susan Mullane-USA TODAY SportsPARIS (AP) — For the second year in a row, the traditional French Open schedule is being disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. The clay-court Grand Slam tennis tournament said Thursday it will push back the start of this season’s event by one week because of surging virus cases in France. “All four Grand Slam tournaments are united in their view on the importance of a meaningful build-up to every Grand Slam ... Wimbledon was canceled last year because of the pandemic, the first time since World War II that the oldest Grand Slam tennis tournament wasn’t played. The move to delay this year’s French Open came as hospitals in the country approach saturation from virus cases.
Miami Open Day 12 Recap: Ashleigh Barty Defends Her Title
Ashleigh Barty won the Miami Open Saturday for the second consecutive year, defeating Bianca Andreescu after the Canadian was forced to retire due to an injury.
Mailbag: What We Learned from the 2021 Miami Open
• On the most recent pod, Jamie and I talk Miami Open and ATP Tour hijinks. You’ve probably gone over this before, however I’m curious as to the early start times for the men’s and women’s finals at the Miami Open. But tennis players make far less of gross revenues than do golfers—also independent contractors on a tour run as an umbrella non-profit. They keep appointing former tennis players and tournament directors when they should have a few businessmen on board. The tournaments need the players and the players need the tournaments, but in no way is Larry Ellison a partner of the players in a business sense.
Miami Open Day Nine Recap: Maria Sakkari Upsets Naomi Osaka
Maria Sakkari advanced to the semifinals of the Miami Open by upsetting second-seeded Naomi Osaka Wednesday.
Naomi Osaka loses to Maria Sakkari, ends 23-match winning streak
As Naomi Osaka’s 23-match winning streak neared an end Wednesday, she paused before serving to crane her neck and study the sky, as if seeking intervention from above. 23-seeded Maria Sakkari, who upset Osaka 6-0, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Miami Open. Osaka won her fourth Grand Slam title at the Australian Open in February, but in five Miami appearances she has never advanced beyond the quarterfinals. Good job.”Osaka made just 41% of her first serves and paid a price, because Sakkari aggressively attacked the second set. Sakkari also served well and would repeatedly extend rallies until Osaka made an error.
Mailbag: Breaking Down the ITF's New Gender Equality Research
We had a few questions about the ITF’s “research project examining sports gender equality across the media and social media, commissioned as part of its ITF’s Advantage All gender equality strategy.” It was discussed here: 'Level the Playing Field' Global Forum. Conversely, the conversation around women’s tennis is less intense and relatively more focused on life off court, from health and age to family. When you read: “There were 11x more mentions of skin colour in women's tennis,” that seems jarring, even appalling, at first; and then you realize that it is perhaps utterly reasonable on further examination. (I would submit that if race weren’t mentioned exponentially more with respect to women’s tennis, it would suggest a much bigger problem.) With that as context, is it at all revelatory that: “G.O.A.T was mentioned 50% more in men's tennis content than women's”?
If the Dallas Stars Make the Playoffs, Other Teams Should be Nervous
The Stars have overcome non-stop adversity to pull from 12 points out of a playoff spot to one point out. Welcome to the Dallas Stars rollercoaster. Every grim prophecy for Dallas' season was playing out as predicted. Per 60 minutes at 5-on-5, Dallas allows the second-fewest shots on goal, the second-fewest scoring chances, the second-fewest high-danger chances and owns the second lowest expected goals against per 60 minutes. Putting the pieces of the puzzle together: The Dallas Stars have overcome injuries and illness to rally in the Central because their next generation of young players is contributing so dramatically.
Courage Hockey Show: Episode 4 - The Growing Sport of Blind Hockey
This week on the Courage Hockey Show, Mark DeMontis and Rob Simpson chat with longtime sports media personality John Shannon and feature the fastest growing parasport on ice, blind hockey. Welcome to the Courage Hockey Show, where we embody the spirit of #HockeyIsForEveryone! Mark and Rob then take us into a feature about the fastest growing parasport on ice, blind hockey. For more information on blind hockey, visit canadianblindhockey.com! The Courage Hockey Show is presented by The Hockey News and Sports Illustrated and brought to you by ParaSport TV.
John Henry: Liverpool owner apologizes for Super League in video
LONDON (AP) — After the aborted attempt to form a European Super League, Liverpool owner John Henry attempted to regain the trust of fans with an apology video on Wednesday. Even players and coaching staff at the Premier League champions were left in the dark before the announcement on Sunday of the Super League. United, City and Chelsea only gave brief statements announcing they were deserting the Super League with no details. The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust said for once fans weren’t ignored after they mobilized in opposition and managed to kill off the Super League. More Super League Coverage:
Fans Go After Schalke Players After Relegation From Bundesliga
GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany — Schalke has condemned the fans who police said pelted players with eggs hours after the team was relegated from the Bundesliga. “During this encounter, so far unidentified individual people from the crowd crossed lines which FC Schalke 04 considers non-negotiable,” the club said. Schalke added that it understood the anger but “the club will never accept the physical welfare of its players and staff being endangered. Relegation follows a dramatic decline for Schalke, which played in the Champions League knockout stages two seasons before. The club is in deep financial trouble and has won only two Bundesliga games all season.
Women of the World, Stay Home
The optics of the World Women’s Championship in Halifax being pulled the day before teams were due to arrive for the event were terrible. In fact, one longtime respected chronicler of women’s hockey referred to them in a Hockey Canada media conference as “crap.” And Hockey Canada president Tom Renney did not dispute that characterization. And the men’s World Championship is still on the rails, scheduled for Latvia in just over a month. Would this government have shut down the men’s World Championship under the same circumstances? “We have every intention of making sure we follow through with a Women’s World Championship here in Canada at a point in the near future,” Renney said.
LeBron James's Liverpool visit from 2011 (VIDEO)
Jürgen Klopp was all smiles after his Liverpool side defeated Arsenal 3-1 in the Premier League. The Liverpool boss praised his side's display plus the first goal of Diogo Jota's Liverpool career. ...read more
Matt Dumba On Derek Chauvin Verdicts: 'That's Awesome'
Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba paused when he was asked whether the three guilty verdicts delivered in the Derek Chauvin trial could be considered a win. It was difficult for Matt Dumba to be jubilant because, the verdicts aside, he knows the task at hand remains huge. There’s constantly something going on in our city and there’s a level of trust (between police and the Black community) that has been broken. Last fall, he was all set to launch the Matt Dumba Hockey Without Limits Camp for 150 kids to try hockey for the first time. For it to be all said and done and for the verdict to go the way it did, that’s awesome.”
Wrestling news: Hiroshi Tanahashi elevates NJPW open-weight title
The Week in Wrestling: Hiroshi Tanahashi’s goals for the NEVER open-weight title, Rich Swann on the significance of having Mauro Ranallo call his upcoming match and more. The title developed its own identity over time, offering extremely physical matches that stood out from the world title picture. Tanahashi meets Jay White at Wrestling Dontaku on May 3, a high-profile encounter placing the open-weight championship in the main event. That’s how to elevate this championship.”The longtime standard-bearer for New Japan, Tanahashi now seeks to add a new chapter to his legacy. Rich Swann on Mauro Ranallo: “I hope I can hear his voice during the match”Rich Swann meets Kenny Omega in a title vs. title match this Sunday on pay-per-view.
Men's College Basketball Season in Review: ACC
The 2020–21 men’s college basketball season is in the books, but it’s not too late to look back on the year that was. Duke rode the Matthew Hurt wave as far as it could carry it until a positive COVID-19 test ultimately derailed the train in the ACC tournament. Best player: Moses Wright, Georgia TechWright led the Yellow Jackets to their first men’s ACC tournament title in 28 years, averaging 17.4 points, eight rebounds, 2.3 assists, 1.6 blocks and 1.5 steals a game. Young led the Hokies to two Quad 1 wins and ended up winning ACC Coach of the Year. More College Basketball Coverage:• SI's Way-Too-Early Men's Top 25 for 2021–22• The Many Disparities Between Men's & Women's College Hoops• Holmgren Commit Marks a Gonzaga Inflection Point
Mailbag: Players in shadow of all-time greats; Djokovic father comments on Federer
Here’s Djokovic, just today, on Dominic Thiem: "He is a star, a great person, a Grand Slam champion. Most of the players are experiencing mental and motivational issues because of the bubbles and playing behind closed doors. We know of all the great players from California, starting with Pete Sampras and the Williams sisters. We know the great players from Florida (the Williams sisters again, Chris Evert, Jim Courier, Capriati—all the players that train at Nick Bollettieri’s.) Johan Kriek was a great player who never reached No.
Why ESPN provided full coverage of Derek Chauvin verdict
When the news broke late Tuesday afternoon that former Minnesota police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in the death of George Floyd, ESPN made a surprising decision. The network shelved its regular sports programming and went with full SportsCenter coverage of the verdict from about 5 p.m. Sports Illustrated reached out to ESPN to ask about the network’s decision to cover the event in such a big way. The latest SI Media Podcast features an interview with gambling guru Todd Fuhrman. Be sure to catch up on past editions of Traina Thoughts and check out the Sports Illustrated Media Podcast hosted by Jimmy Traina on Apple, Spotify or Stitcher.
Super League: Juventus, Inter, Milan, Atletico Madrid withdraw
MADRID (AP) — While trying to at least keep the idea of the Super League alive, more of the founding members of the controversial breakaway competition abandoned the project on Wednesday. The moves by Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan and Atlético Madrid came a day after the six Premier League clubs involved in the new competition made it unviable by dropping out, leaving Spanish powerhouses Real Madrid and Barcelona as the only teams still officially in it. The Spanish league planned to continue its campaign against the Super League with various actions and messages during matches on Wednesday and Thursday. Widespread protests by fans in England played a big part in the decision by the Premier League clubs to leave the new competition. More Super League Coverage:
Super League's collapse: A timeline of the hilarity and irony
It just turns out that the Super League didn't even need to play a game in order to accomplish its goal. Years in the making, a European super league, extravagantly named the Super League, would be made up of 20 teams that included 15 founding members who could never face relegation or fail to qualify. "We have created the Super League to save football," Perez said on El Chiringuito de Jugones. The calm before the storm settled in on Tuesday afternoon as pressure on the proposed Super League continued to mount. In the end, the Super League was effectively suspended as Champions League sponsor Heineken reminded us all of the only possible explanation for such an ill-advised idea.
Ranking the Best Dunks of the Season So Far
What is the best dunk of the 2021 NBA season? For the majority of players and coaches, the 2020–21 NBA season has been as unexciting as any. In a normal season, players could rely on fan excitement after big plays or chants during the game to boost their energy. From Zion Williamson to Miles Bridges, the NBA has got a very strong crop of young high flyers right now. Sports Illustrated ranks the top eight dunks of the NBA season so far.
College football camps to see changes in attempt to reduce concussions
Michael C. Johnson/USA TODAY SportsChange is coming to college football, and this time, the modifications are on the field. Results from an American Football Coaches Association survey this spring showed that many coaches already adhere to such camp practices, says Todd Berry, the AFCA executive director. It could.”One thing that may never return to college football practices: the archaic head-knocking, one-on-one collision drills. The prohibition on these drills would be year round, barring the exercises completely from college football. More College Football Coverage:
Inside US Soccer, Stewart's response to Olympic qualifying failure
But there’s a counterpoint: by now, shouldn’t U.S. Soccer and MLS have produced more than 20 U-23 players who can beat Honduras? The Olympic elimination touched a nerve, perhaps unearthing some American soccer PTSD left over from the 2017 disaster in Couva. But this failure is different from that one, and from the two prior Olympic disappointments, in one crucial way. U.S. Soccer has overhauled its technical structure since Couva and has hired soccer people to make soccer decisions, for better or worse. There were a couple opportunities—two players we could’ve brought in inside the FIFA window [at the end of the Olympic qualifying tournament].
USWNT Will Take Trip Down Memory Road in Olympics Group
An inevitable encounter with Sweden and two past U.S. coaches stand in the way of the knockout stage in Japan. The U.S. and Sweden have met in six World Cups and two previous Olympics. The Netherlands, conversely, wouldn't have to play another group winner until the gold medal game, should it handle its business. “One thing we know New Zealand brings every time we play them is tremendous heart," Andonovski said. ET and the group closer vs. Australia on July 27 commencing at 4 a.m.
New York online sports betting allowed after budget becomes law
Andrew Cuomo has signed budget legislation for the 2022 fiscal year that includes a plan to allow online sports betting in the state. The new budget, to which Cuomo and legislators agreed earlier this month, makes New York the latest state to legalize mobile sports betting. New York is the latest state to progress towards online sports betting after the Supreme Court's 2018 decision to repeal the nationwide sports betting ban. Although New York opened physical casinos in 2019, it's just now entering the online sports betting world. Taddeo: 2021 NFL Draft Bets: First Non-Quarterback to be DraftedLarking: MLB Bets for Wednesday, April 21: Braves Win vs. Yankees
What Matsuyama's Masters Victory Means for Golf in Japan
On Twitter in Japan, Matsuyama became a trending phenomenon, his name dominating the 20 top-ranked hashtags. Matsuyama's victory dominated the news in Japan, drawing millions of eyeballs. Yasuhiko Abe, Matsuyama’s former coach from Tohoku Fukushi University, held up special editions of newspapers at a press conference in northeastern Japan on the day of his former pupil’s Masters win. He recalled how, as a five-year-old, he had been inspired by Tiger Woods’s dominant Masters win in 1997. It would make me happy if kids who watched me aspire to be like me, the way I wanted to be like Tiger.”Kenji Hall is an American journalist based in TokyoMore Masters Coverage:• Woods Congratulates Hideki Matsuyama on Masters Victory• Matsuyama's Methodical Masters Approach Was an Apt Path to Victory• Best Moments from the 2021 Masters
How PGA member Jasmin Cunningham is making Black golfers more visible
There’s no other girls that look like me,’” Cunningham told Monica McNutt in an interview for PGA of America and GoodSport. Now, golf is Cunningham’s life, and she works to make Black golfers more visible both on and off the course. Cunningham, who is the eighth Black woman to earn a PGA membership, works as an account representative at Titleist, and is a member of the company's internal Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging Council. Powell’s strength and resilience inspires Cunningham, who said the legend reminds her that she needs to keep pushing for the Black women who are coming up behind her. Cunningham has worked her way up in two spaces where deals are often made–on the golf course, and in the boardroom.
Billy Mayfair Reveals Autism Spectrum Disorder Diagnosis
Billy Mayfair pauses. At 14, Mayfair was on the cover of Boys’ Life magazine next to a headline reading, HARD-HITTING JUNIOR GOLF CHAMP. The results confirmed what his wife, Tami, had long suspected, and what Billy had long denied: Mayfair has autism spectrum disorder. Mayfair’s autism spectrum disorder, also known as ASD, resembles Asperger’s syndrome: He functions at a high level but also faces some challenges. For example, he has asked officials to approach him only about slow play before a tee shot, not while he is walking down the fairway.
Oakland A's win streak up to 11 games after wild finish vs Twins
Somebody call Brad Pitt and Chris Pratt, because the Oakland A's simply cannot lose. in 10 innings, to run their win streak to 11 games in what was perhaps the wildest game of the young season. The Twins took a 12–10 lead in the top half of the inning thanks to a massive two-run homer by Byron Buxton. After Stephen Piscotty flied out to center field to lead off the inning, the ball never even left the infield—that is, until Arraez's errant throw on the game's final play. The offense has done a complete turnaround, while the pitching staff—despite today's 12-run shelling—has delivered as well, throwing four shutouts in the past six games.
Padres' Dinelson Lamet exits game with right forearm tightness
Padres righthander Dinelson Lamet left his season debut Wednesday against the Brewers with right forearm tightness, the team announced following his departure. Lamet, 28, was making his season debut after spending the offseason recovering from a strained UCL in his right elbow. Lamet threw two innings and allowed one hit, no runs and one walk with four strikeouts on 29 pitches. He averaged 96.1 miles per hour on his fastball and topped out at 97.5 mph after averaging 97.0 mph last season. Lamet starred as a rookie in 2017, going 7-8 in 21 starts with a 4.57 ERA and 139 strikeouts in 114 1/3 innings.
Tom Brady knee surgery: Bucs QB expects to be ready for minicamp
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady is recovering from offseason knee surgery and expects to be ready for June minicamp with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. None of that is fun, but looking forward to getting back to real training and stuff, which is hopefully here pretty soon. Brady signed with Tampa Bay in free agency in March 2020 after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. Arians has said the quarterback’s recovery is progressing well and there’s a chance Brady could be ready to participate in minicamp if the Bucs have one. “I try to teach the younger players it doesn’t matter going in and doing pullups, doing cross-fit games and scaling walls.
Jay Bruce retirement: MLB must ban the shift
Jay Bruce retired Sunday after a 14-year career. Jay Bruce hits in front of catcher Brian McCann in the fourth inning of a game in 2019. Both left-handed hitters, Bruce and McCann saw their careers turn for the worse because of defensive shifts. Let’s imagine a Jay Bruce who didn’t have to deal with all of those shifts and compare those imaginary numbers to his actual career:Avg./OBP/SLG Best Comp Avg./OBP/SLG Real Jay Bruce .244/.314/.467 Dan Uggla .241/.336/.447 Unshifted Jay Bruce .254/.322/.480 Andre Dawson .279/.323/.482Maybe Bruce just declined quickly, the way some players do. That’s fewer than left-handed hitters such as Tino Martinez (53.6%), Rafael Palmeiro (53.5%), Robin Ventura (50.9%), Fred McGriff (50.5%) and Garrett Anderson (49.7%).
Verducci: Mike Trout Is Currently Playing at His Career Peak
Mike Trout has been on fire for the Angels since Opening Day. Trout has been at the top of his game while becoming a dominant pull-side hitter. Sports Illustrated senior writer Tom Verducci calls him "the best player in baseball" and if you aren't watching his explosive start to the season at the plate, you're missing out. In today's SI Insider, Verducci shares the numbers behind Mike Trout's impressive start to the 2021 season.
MLB Bets for Wednesday, April 21: Braves Win as Road 'Dogs vs. Yankees
The Padres won the 2019 season series 4–3, and they outscored the Brewers 14–8 during a three-game sweep in San Diego. ETAtlanta Braves at New York YankeesNew York hosts Atlanta for the second match of a two-game interleague series. The Yankees scored two runs in the eighth inning to secure a 3–1 win against the Braves last night. These teams split the season series 2-2 last year. Pick: Atlanta Braves (+114) moneylineBetting Odds via FanDuel Sportsbook – Game Time 6:35 p.m.
Antonio Brown reaches settlement in lawsuit involving former trainer
Buccaneers wide receiver Antonio Brown and his former trainer, Britney Taylor, have agreed to a settlement in a civil lawsuit accusing Brown of sexual assault, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network. "As a rape victim of Antonio Brown, deciding to speak out has been an incredibly difficult decision. The Patriots released Brown in September 2019 after allegations of sexual assault came to light. Brown denied the allegations in Taylor's lawsuit. More Antonio Brown News:
NFL draft 2021: Nick Sirianni plays rock-paper-scissors with prospects
Matt Kryger/IndyStarEagles head coach Nick Sirianni is gearing up for his first draft with Philadelphia, and he's been deploying some unusual tactics during the team's pre-draft interviews. Sirianni said Wednesday he likes to play rock-paper-scissors with various draft prospects during their Zoom interviews, noting the game is a tool to gauge a player's competitiveness. After back-to-back draft misses, a friendly game of rock-paper-scissors could be a valuable tool. If the Eagles struggle again in 2021, maybe Sirianni will pivot to Connect 4 or Tic-Tac-Toe before next year's draft. • Mock Draft 3.0: 49ers Pick Justin Fields; Tackles Go No.
2021 NFL Draft: Breaking Down the Top Running Back Prospects
Najee Harris, AlabamaKirby Lee/USA TODAY SportsThe success of Derrick Henry in the NFL can only increase the potential draft value of Harris. He compensated for this shortfall by upping his value in the passing game (48/588/2). A third-down back with breakaway speed and value in the passing game will be a target on draft day from many NFL teams. He finished with a minimal role in the passing game (48/486/3). His value in the passing game isn’t high enough to command a third-down role in the NFL.
Ryan Fitzpatrick regrets postinjury text to Alex Smith
In Wednesday’s Hot Clicks: what Ryan Fitzpatrick told Alex Smith after his gruesome leg injury, the collapse of the Super League and more. But the text he sent ended up being “one of my biggest regrets to date.”“The single worst tweet—or, not tweet, I’ve never tweeted—the single worst text I ever sent, I sent it to Alex,” Fitzpatrick said. In light of that, Fitzpatrick said he was inspired by seeing Smith complete his comeback and play last season. ... Soccer fans rejoiced after the Super League began to unravel. ... What would a college football Super League look like?
2021 NFL Draft Bets: Which Team Will Draft Trey Lance?
Various intriguing storylines are developing around the 2021 NFL Draft, leading to sportsbooks increasing their market offerings on player proposition betting markets. In Sports Illustrated's latest mock draft, Jenny Vrentas predicts the first three draft picks of the 2021 NFL Draft will be quarterbacks. I believe a different market bettors should target at BetMGM sportsbook: “Which team will draft Trey Lance”? However, the betting odds have now flipped, with Ohio State's Justin Fields (-125) being the favorite to be tabbed by the 49ers. SI PRO Recommendation: Trey Lance - Denver Broncos (+300)MORE NFL DRAFT
Anthony Davis injury news: Lakers star to return against Mavericks
Lakers power forward Anthony Davis says he will return from an achilles injury and a calf strain on Thursday against the Mavericks. Davis has missed the last 30 games and hasn't appeared in a game since Feb. 15. The Lakers big-man returned from tendonosis in his right Achilles tendon when he re-aggravated the injury against the Nuggets in Febraury. Davis has missed 35 games this season, but he is averaging 22.5 points and 8.4 rebounds in his 23 appearances. The Lakers will travel to Dallas to face the Mavericks on Thursday night.
2021 NFL Draft: Would the 49ers really take Mac Jones with the third pick?
Would be the biggest reach/most arrogant pick in NFL history … please give me hope that it isn’t. “I don’t think there’s any way in hell they’re taking Mac Jones,” said one exec. “But it really flourished when it had a big athlete with a big arm like John Elway running it. It feels like they could do anything in the draft and draft at almost every position. More NFL Draft Coverage:* Breer: 20 Things to Know About the Draft* Rosenberg: The Unrivaled Arrival of Trevor Lawrence* Vrentas: MMQB Mock Draft 3.0; 49ers Pick Justin Fields* Prewitt: What Happens to the Prospects Who Opted Out?
George Floyd's brother comments on Raiders' 'I Can Breathe' tweet
Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter on Tuesday for his role in the death of George Floyd. Chauvin placed his knee on Floyd's neck for nearly nine minutes and refused to take the pressure off despite Floyd calling out "I can't breathe" numerous times. The Raiders tweeted "I CAN BREATHE 4-20-21" shortly after Chauvin's conviction on Tuesday. Davis noted the post was paraphrasing a quote from Philonise Floyd, who said after Chauvin's conviction "today, we are able to breathe again." Floyd's death in May sparked protests throughout the nation in the fight against racial injustice and police brutality.
NFL draft: Justin Fields informs teams of childhood epilepsy diagnosis
Former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields has informed teams that he is managing epilepsy, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelisserro. Fields, according to the report, takes medication for the diagnosis. According to the Epilepsy Foundation, epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the United States, affecting 3.4 million people. Fields is projected to be among the first quarterbacks selected in the 2021 NFL draft. The 2021 NFL draft will begin on April 29.
Stephen Curry: 'I Got to Be' MVP
During an appearance on the "Rex Chapman Show," Warriors point guard Stephen Curry was asked if he should be named the MVP this year. The MVP award is typically earned by one of the best players in the NBA who's also on one of the best teams in the league. Although Curry is undoubtedly one of the best players in the world, his team may not even make the playoffs. The two-time MVP is currently leading the league in scoring at 31.4 points per game while averaging a league-best 5.2 three-pointers per game. If Curry, 34, were to win his third MVP award, he'd be the eighth player in NBA history to do so.
Trae Young injury: Hawks star suffers sprained left ankle vs. Knicks
One month ahead of the start of the postseason, though, their team has taken a significant hit. Star guard Trae Young left Wednesday's game against the Knicks after landing awkwardly on his left leg while attempting a shot. The play occurred late in the third quarter, with Young immediately reaching for his left ankle and remaining on the ground in pain. After Young's exit, the Hawks announced he suffered a sprained left ankle and would not return. Young left the game with 20 points, 14 assists and four steals in 30 minutes, notching his 25th double-double of the season.
Sterling Brown: Details emerge about Rockets guard's assault
The Athletic reports that Rockets guard Sterling Brown "could have died" when he was assaulted in Miami on Sunday night. “If he hadn’t been as physically strong and tough, he might not have made it out of the situation (Sunday) night,” sources told The Athletic. News surfaced on Monday that Brown was jumped outside of a club in Miami on Sunday night and hit in the head with a bottle. However, according to a report from The Athletic that includes details of the night, the altercation was much more serious than the Rockets initially let on. Brown is averaging 8.2 points per game and 4.4 rebounds in his 51 games for Houston this season.
Nets' James Harden May Be Out Until Postseason
Nets' James Harden May Be Out Until PostseasonNets star guard James Harden experienced a "setback" in his hamstring rehabilitation earlier this week and is out indefinitely, according to a team statement. Harden experienced the setback on Monday during an "on-court rehab session," the statement continued, and underwent an MRI on Tuesday. Coach Steve Nash said Harden "didn't fall or stumble or anything out of the ordinary. I don’t know.”Harden has missed nine of the Nets' last 10 games due to a strained right hamstring. While Harden rehabs his hamstring injury, fellow Nets star Kevin Durant is rehabbing a thigh contusion that he sustained in Miami on Sunday.
Deni Avdija: Wizards rookie suffers season-ending leg injury
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards rookie Deni Avdija suffered a serious-looking injury to his lower right leg and was taken from the court in a wheelchair on Wednesday night. The injury is a season-ending hairline fracture in his right ankle, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski. He lay on the floor for several minutes and teammate Jordan Bell came off the bench to cover his lower leg with a jersey. Wizards employees carefully helped Avdija into the wheelchair and he was taken off the court while rubbing his head with a towel. Washington selected the 20-year-old Avdija out of his native Israel with the ninth pick in last year’s draft.
John Collins Is Taking It All in Stride
The Hawks weren’t willing to deal Collins at the trade deadline and that could be mutually beneficial for years to come. Late last month, on the day of the trade deadline, John Collins woke up in a Bay Area hotel room with sunlight on his face. None of this overwhelmed Collins, but the deadline did aggravate natural strains felt before the season even began. Collins had conversations with Atlanta’s front office before free agency began and had a sense of who they might target. But overall the Hawks’ defense when Collins plays center plummets to the bottom five, according to Cleaning the Glass.
Survivor: Joe Dowdle chipped a tooth on the way to Tribal Council
Survivor Quarantine Questionnaire: Joe Dowdle chipped a tooth on the way to Tribal CouncilSurvivor Streaming OptionsWith season 41 of Survivor delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, EW is reaching back into the reality show's past. The first, it turns out, happened to Joe Dowdle off-camera during a van ride to Tribal Council. Survivor Joe Dowdle on 'Survivor Tocantins' | Credit: 29239347ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: First off, give the update as to what you've been up to since appearing on Survivor. Who's one player from another Survivor season you wish you could have played with or against and why? To keep track of our daily Survivor Quarantine Questionnaires and get all the latest updates, check out EW's Survivor hub, and follow Dalton on Twitter.Watch Survivor on Netflix, Prime Video, Hulu, and more optionsStreaming OptionsRelated content:
The Challenge: Double Agents winners break down that dominating final run
The Challenge Streaming OptionsWarning: This article contains spoilers about Wednesday's season finale of The Challenge: Double Agents. Below, the winners to break down their dominant final run, what this win means for their respective futures in the franchise, and of course, their thoughts on Fessy Shafaat's temper tantrum and disqualification. I think it was the best run I've ever had in the final. Especially with this Challenge, I can honestly say this is the most intense Challenge I've ever been on, and then winning it, that's insane. The Challenge Credit: MTVWhat did you learn from this season and this final you're going to apply next season?
Devils Sign VR Deal as Cognitive Training Takes Off in Pandemic
The New Jersey Devils and virtual reality training company Sense Arena have signed a deal that will bring the team’s new official cognitive training tool to both Devils pros and youth hockey players. Sense Arena offers evaluation and training modules designed to improve both skaters’ and goalies’ decision-making abilities and reaction times without having to step onto the ice. Users wearing a VR headset are put onto the virtual ice, where they can react to simulated plays and attempt to stop realistic shots. Sense Arena, which launched its first tool for PC-powered VR headsets in 2019, reached new consumers last year after releasing its goalie tool for the standalone Oculus Quest. Tetiva said Sense Arena is thinking about when to expand into other sports as well.
NBA big men back in MVP hunt, including Nikola Jokic, Joel Embiid
Nonetheless, a big man hasn’t won MVP since Tim Duncan in 2003 and a true center hasn’t won the award since O’Neal in 2000. In order to win an NBA championship, all teams needed an elite big man. "I remember making the comments, ‘There are no point guards in the NBA.’ Think how outlandish that comment is now," Rivers said. “I have the luxury,” Malone said, “of coaching the best big man in the NBA in Nikola Jokic.”Malone will get an argument from Rivers on that point. The big man of yesteryear can plant his size 17s on the low block and go to work from there.
Opinion: Mac Jones might be a top-three NFL draft pick, but Alabama QB leaves key questions for teams
Can Mac Jones parlay one-full season of starting experience and a national title into a top-five selection in the upcoming NFL draft? NFL teams must determine if they have enough evidence to justify making a massive investment in Jones. One scout speculated that had he not played for Alabama, Jones would have received a second-round grade in most people’s eyes. But NFL talent evaluators aren’t easily swayed by popular opinion. But several NFL talent evaluators said although Brady lacks blazing speed, he possesses quick-twitch movements and a keen feel for maneuvering in the pocket.
Olympic bodies launch competitive series in virtual sports
FILE - In this March 19, 2021, file photo, people take pictures of the Olympic rings installed by... FILE - In this March 19, 2021, file photo, people take pictures of the Olympic rings installed by...LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — A competitive virtual sports event was launched Thursday by the International Olympic Committee. The Olympic Virtual Series will include five sports — baseball, cycling, auto racing, rowing and sailing — and runs from May 13 to June 23. ?(The series) will mobilize virtual sport, esports and gaming enthusiasts all around the world in order to reach new Olympic audiences,” the IOC said in a statement. ADVERTISEMENTThe Olympic body is hoping to reach more young people with a strategy for virtual sports and gaming and said the series “allows participants around the world to compete from home or their training facilities.”___AP Olympics: https://apnews.com/hub/olympic-games and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Former Dallas Cowboys DE Aldon Smith surrenders in Louisiana, booked on battery charge
Former Dallas Cowboys defensive end Aldon Smith, who signed a one-year deal with the Seattle Seahawks last week, was booked on a count of second-degree battery after he surrendered to St. Bernard Parish Sheriff’s Office investigators Tuesday evening. Smith turned himself in at the St. Bernard Parish Prison about 7 p.m., the sheriff’s office said. Smith was wanted in connection with an incident of battery inside the French Press Coffee House in Chalmette, La., on April 17. According to ESPN, St. Bernard Parish District Attorney Perry Nicosia said Smith allegedly choked a victim unconscious during a confrontation. After missing four seasons due to an indefinite NFL suspension, Smith had a solid year with the Cowboys in 2020.
Report: Aldon Smith booked on second-degree battery charge in New Orleans
This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. Report: Aldon Smith booked on second-degree battery charge in New Orleans originally appeared on NBC Sports NorthwestUnfortunately, it would seem as though Aldon Smith has run into some more off-the-field issues. Now, Smith is reportedly being booked on second-degree battery charges, per Mike Perlstein of WWL-TV New Orleans. Now, it's worth wondering if they'll keep the veteran pass rusher after his latest brush with the law. So, we'll keep an eye on the Seahawks and see what their plans are for their troubled pass rusher.
Get to know the trainers who will have horses running in the 2021 Kentucky Derby
Here is what you need to know about the 2021 Kentucky Derby trainers:More: Which Kentucky Derby horse contenders are in the field and on the bubble? Steve AsmussenKentucky Derby horses: Super Stock, Midnight BourbonAsmussen holds the record for most Kentucky Derby starters without a victory (21). Peter MillerKentucky Derby horse: Get Her NumberBoth of Miller’s previous Kentucky Derby starts, Comma to the Top (2011) and Gray Magician (2019), finished 19th. Wesley WardKentucky Derby horse: Like the KingOne of three trainers with their first Kentucky Derby start this year, Ward has four Breeders’ Cup wins on his resume. This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Kentucky Derby 2021: These trainers could have horses in the field
Arkansas racing officials vote not to suspend Bob Baffert
Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert on Tuesday successfully appealed his 15-day suspension to the Arkansas Racing Commission, allowing the six-time Kentucky Derby winner to resume preparations to run Medina Spirit in next weekend's Derby. “There’s abundant evidence that the horses were exposed to lidocaine,” Michael Post, one of the commissioners, said before deliberations began. I want to thank them.”Baffert's attorney, Craig Robertson, told the AP that a larger issue in racing involves threshold levels in drug testing. Baffert called the two-day hearing “very educational.”Story continues“I didn't realize how easily you can get contaminated,” he told the AP. “I really don’t feel we did anything wrong,” Baffert told the commission.
US ambassador to Belarus meets exiled opposition leader
KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — New United States ambassador to Belarus Julie Fisher met with the country's exiled opposition leader, Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, in neighboring Lithuania’s capital on Wednesday. Julie Fisher, who in December was appointed the first U.S. ambassador to Belarus since 2008, met with Tsikhanouskaya on the eve of Lukashenko's talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. More than 34,000 people have been arrested, many of them beaten, and most prominent opposition figures have fled Belarus or been jailed. “I want to see Belarus independent, free and building friendly and mutually beneficial relations with all countries, first and foremost with our neighbors, but with other ones, too,” Tsikhanouskaya said. Earlier this week, the U.S. re-imposed sanctions on nine state-owned companies in Belarus, a move expected to deliver a crippling blow to the country's declining economy.
Bridge: April 22, 2021
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Miami Dolphins’ NFL draft options: Defensive tackles
McNeill has the frame (6-2, 315) and lower-body power that will convince 3-4 teams that he can be a nose tackle in the NFL. He’s a good athlete, and tests well, so plenty of teams will think he can become an unmovable pillar of granite in a year or two, when he learns the intricacies about how to play nose tackle.
Dolphins need to draft a talented edge rusher, but which one of their top picks should they use to land him?
It’s just up to the Dolphins to decide whether one of these standouts are worth the No. 18 pick in the first round, the No. 36 pick in the second round, or a later pick.
ASK IRA: Should Heat be able to acknowledge that some games just mean more?
A: If ever there was a season, or a time, when the NBA should allow for the transparency of player rest, this is the season, and this is the time. Andre offered plenty in service to the Heat in the back-to-back home victories over the Nets and Rockets. And the same for the game on May 1 in Charlotte and the two games in Boston the week after that. It’s reality. And teams should be allowed to just come out and say it.
'No opportunity' to de-escalate: Use-of-force experts say Columbus officer obeyed training
"An officer is justified in using deadly force if his life or the life of someone else is at risk," Scanlon said Wednesday. Use-of-force:Police training cited as defense in many use-of-force cases, but experts say it's outdated. Scanlon said the body-camera footage "is a textbook scenario that an officer would see in a film during a 'shoot/don't shoot' training exercise. That's exactly the kind of film you'd see in training rooms where you have to react to a deadly situation." There was some confusion Wednesday about whether Columbus City Council President Shannon Hardin was suggesting that the officer had options other than deadly force.
Today in sports history: April 22
In 2014, Albert Pujols becomes the first major leaguer to hit his 499th and 500th homers in the same game. See more sports moments from this date:
How the fight for natural black hair became a civil rights issue
With issues such as criminal justice reform dominating political discourse, issues like hair discrimination may seem quaint to some, but it actually represents the next frontier in the quest for racial and economic justice. So activists and legislators are increasingly working to educate political leaders and the public on why the issue matters. Like many black women, I began being subjected to painful products and procedures to straighten my hair as a child. So she sponsored the Crown Act in Maryland, which stands for Create a Respectful and Open Workplace for Natural Hair. In one of her official portraits she can be seen wearing braids and in another, her natural hair.
Billy and Mako Vunipola's mother a surprise inclusion on Rugby World Cup 2023 Players' Committee
Reverend Iesinga Vunipola, the mother of England internationals Billy and Mako, has been appointed to an inaugural Players' Committee to "respect and recognise mothers of all rugby players" ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2023 in France. Regarding Revd Vunipola's inclusion as the only non-playing member of the Players' Committee, the former Australia lock said: "One of the important considerations in rugby is the mothers of all players. We wanted this committee to be representative of what makes rugby special - and what makes rugby special are the mothers and the fathers but, in this case, we want to particularly respect and recognise the mothers of all rugby players - professional and amateur. "Rugby union is a wonderful international game but more than 99 per cent of our game is amateur. "We have chosen five critical missions for the committee," Eales added.
Wembley to get more Euro 2021 games as Uefa rewards key role FA played in getting ESL called off
Wembley is set to be given extra Euro 2020 games amid delight at Uefa over the Football Association's pivotal role in breaking up the European Super League, Telegraph Sport can reveal. England's national stadium already has the most games for the tournament, and is not expected to take on all the extra games. Senior figures in European football also confirmed there was "huge goodwill towards England" having forced the collapse of the competition. It had been scheduled to host Spain’s matches in Group E group against Poland, Sweden and Slovakia. Hampden Park will also have up to 25 per cent of the venue's capacity (around 13,000 fans) available to fans for its four games.
Real Madrid vs Chelsea: Champions League semi-final might not go ahead, Uefa’s Aleksander Ceferin hints
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin has said there is a “small possibility” Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid will not go ahead next week, as European football’s governing body decides whether to punish the clubs involved in the failed Super League breakaway. Chelsea and Real Madrid were two of the 12 clubs to sign up to the Super League, which collapsed on Tuesday after Chelsea withdrew from the competition due to fierce public backlash, and are set to play each other in the semi-final first leg on Tuesday 27 April. The Uefa president said this season’s Champions League and Europa League were set to go ahead due to television contracts, however, but admitted there is a chance Chelsea and Real Madrid’s semi-final does not go ahead as planned. But, things could be a little different in the future.”Ceferin, who labelled those at the heart of the Super League plans “liars and snakes” in an extraordinary press conference on Monday, but later welcomed the decision from the Premier League clubs to withdraw. “I said yesterday that it is admirable to admit a mistake and these clubs made a big mistake,” he said.
Manchester United fans enter training ground during anti-Glazer protest amid Super League fallout
Manchester United fans entered the club’s training ground on Thursday morning in protest against the Glazer family and their involvement in the proposed Super League. A Manchester United statement read: “At approximately 9am this morning a group gained access to the club training ground. The American family have owned the club since 2005 and were understood to be a key driver in the plans for a European Super League. United fans protested against the Glazer ownership (@RedIssue Twitter)On Wednesday, co-owner Joel Glazer wrote a letter to supporters apologising for the Super League scandal and promised to “rebuild trust” with the club’s fanbase. Solskjaer is due to speak publicly on the Super League for the first time at his next press conference on Friday.
Women’s Six Nations: Emily Scarratt captains team for decider against France as Simon Middleton names XV
Emily Scarratt (C; Loughborough Lightning, 94 caps)12. Abby Dow (Wasps FC Ladies, 16 caps)10. Harriet Millar-Mills (Wasps FC Ladies, 60 caps)20. Claudia MacDonald (Wasps FC Ladies, 14 caps)22. Ellie Kildunne (Wasps FC Ladies, 13 caps)NPR: Maud Muir (Wasps FC Ladies, 0 caps)
Florentino Perez makes strange claim there were only ‘40 Chelsea fans’ protesting outside Stamford Bridge
Florentino Perez has made a strange claim that there were just 40 Chelsea fans protesting against the European Super League outside Stamford Bridge on Tuesday night. Amid the uproar surrounding the breakaway competition, with the Blues confirmed as one of the founding members before their eventual withdrawal on Tuesday evening, hundreds of fans gathered outside the team’s stadium. “Chelsea fans? They were 40 people outside Stamford Bridge... and if you want, I will tell you who took them there,” Perez told El Larguero. “Who took Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge are the same people who put those anti-#SuperLeague shirts on Cadiz tonight…”Perez also likened the ESL to tennis, and Rafael Nadal’s matches against Roger Federer.
AI unlocks ancient Dead Sea Scrolls mystery
The Isaiah Scroll is one of some 950 different texts discovered in the 1940s and 50s. It is unique among the scrolls in that its 54 columns are divided into halves, written in an almost uniform style.
Indy 500 to allow 135,000 fans for 2021 edition of race
The Indianapolis 500 will allow up to 135,000 spectators for the race on May 30, the largest crowd for a sporting event in the U.S. since the COVID-19 pandemic began, officials announced Wednesday. “Our fans mean everything to us and we can’t wait to welcome them ‘Back Home Again’ for this year’s Indy 500,” he added, playing off the song “Back Home Again in Indiana,” which is played annually at the race. Takuma Sato will be trying to defend his 2020 Indy 500 title and capture his third trophy in five seasons at “The Brickyard,” though no one has won back-to-back Indy 500s since Brazil’s Helio Castroneves in 2001 and 2002. Face masks will be required for fans and temperature checks will be required for entry. Frequent cleaning and sanitation processes will be in place for the race with hand sanitizer and washing stations available throughout the track.
Injured Ramu Tokashiki not ready to give up on hopes of competing at Tokyo Olympics
Despite suffering a severe knee injury, Ramu Tokashiki has not yet abandoned her hopes of competing at the Summer Olympics. Tokashiki is undisputedly Japan’s best player, but tore her right ACL in December. “The Tokyo Olympics won’t be the final Olympics I have a chance to play in. “I actually had time to think about different things after the season was over and had more time to be both up and down mentally. But I’m trying to not give up (on the Olympics) too easily.”
Jaguars planning to keep No. 1 pick in NFL draft
Try as teams might, the Jacksonville Jaguars are not planning to part with the No. 1 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. “Again that decision is made organizationally and our ownership is involved with that as well.”Meyer claimed Wednesday in the joint video conference the Jaguars haven’t finalized plans for the top pick. “You’re always looking for the stars to align when you’re looking at prospects — whether that be from a physical, mental, character … whatever the case may be. And that’s what you’re looking for.”
The antitrust case against Europe’s breakaway soccer league
But plans for a new European Super League, comprising 20 supposedly leading clubs, look actively anti-competitive, with business practices designed to reduce competition. Any way you look at it, the European Super League reduces competition. Five of the new league’s teams — Arsenal, Manchester United, Manchester City, Liverpool and AC Milan — are at least partly owned by U.S. investors. Soccer teams, however, are businesses rather than individual athletes, so the legal implications of the Super League are likely to be different. So there may be more political will in Britain to pursue a case against the Super League than elsewhere in Europe.
Tottenham star Gareth Bale appears to aim dig at Jose Mourinho after Southampton win
Gareth Bale appeared to make a dig at recently sacked Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho after the Welshman scored in Spurs' 2-1 win over Southampton on Wednesday. Tottenham owner Daniel Levy relieved Mourinho of his Spurs duties on Monday morning after 17 months at the club and one win from their previous six matches in all competitions. Gareth Bale made a dig at Jose Mourinho after scoring in Spurs' 2-1 win at SouthamptonMourinho (left) was sacked as Spurs manager on Monday morning after some poor resultsWhen asked how Spurs should improve after the Mourinho era, Bale told Sky Sports: 'Maybe just to be on the front foot a bit more. Mourinho was slammed during his Spurs tenure for his defensive style of play in north London, especially during the big games against similar-reputation opposition. The Welsh international winger was full of praise for Mason due to his half-time team talk, on the day the former Spurs midfielder became the youngest Premier League manager aged 29.
European Super League: Aleksandar Ceferin attacks Andrea Agnelli, Ed Woodward and Florentino Perez
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has continued his war path against those who masterminded the doomed European Super League, including Andrea Agnelli, Ed Woodward and Florentino Perez. In an interview with Slovenian publication 24ur.com, Ceferin branded Agnelli, Woodward and Perez as 'liars' as he revealed the full extent of the Super League deceit. 'Agnelli was saying it is bulls*** that the Super League is forming. On Friday afternoon, with the Super League still a secret, law firm Clifford Chance applied for a trademark for 'The Super League' and their new logo in Germany. On Saturday afternoon, with murmurs becoming louder regarding the Super League, Ceferin wanted to speak to someone he trusted in Agnelli, who said there was nothing to worry about.
Bundesliga clubs to go into 'quarantine camps' for last two match days
Advertising Read moreBerlin (AFP)The 36 clubs in Germany's top two leagues will go into compulsory "quarantine training camps" for the last two match days of the Bundesliga season, the German Football League (DFL) announced Thursday, to ensure the fixture schedule is completed on time. Clubs in the first and second Bundesliga will go into camp from May 12 until the final weekend of the season on May 23. The league has ordered clubs to fully isolate their squads for the last 10 days of the season to make sure it can be finished on time ahead of Euro 2020, which runs from June 11-July 11. "The 'quarantine training camps' serve to additionally secure... match operations - especially taking into account the deadline pressure due to the UEFA EURO following the season," said the DFL in a statement. The DFL has reacted after Bundesliga strugglers Hertha Berlin were ordered into a two-week quarantine last Thursday after several squad members tested positive for the coronavirus.
IOC announces inaugural slate of Olympic-licensed esports events
It appears the IOC is intent on doing just that, but it will start with something of a toe-dip into the virtual waters. Story continues below advertisement“The Olympic Virtual Series is a new, unique Olympic digital experience that aims to grow direct engagement with new audiences in the field of virtual sports,” IOC President Thomas Bach said in a statement. Advertisement“The OVS is an exciting step forward for the virtual sports world and the Olympic Movement,” IOC official David Lappartient said in a statement. The IOC suggested in its announcement that it might be looking to establish its recognized international federations as esports governing bodies. Other sports federations that have expressed an interest in future OVS installments, per the IOC, include FIFA, as well as bodies that oversee basketball, tennis and taekwondo.
Premier League tells Big Six execs to leave committees: Sky Sports
Metal figures of football players are seen in front of the words "European Super League" in this illustration taken April 20, 2021. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/IllustrationThe Premier League has told executives from the clubs involved in the breakaway European Super League to step down from key committees or risk being "forcibly removed", British media reported. Premier League Chief Excutive Richard Masters had approached executives from Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, Liverpool and Manchester City on Wednesday asking them to relinquish their positions on working groups, Sky Sports said. It follows Tuesday's meeting of the 14 Premier League clubs not involved in the Super League who "unanimously and vigorously" rejected the plans for the competition. Manchester United executive vice chairman Ed Woodward and Liverpool chairman Tom Werner are part of the Club Broadcast Advisory Group.
Curry finally goes cold, Beal rallies Wizards past Warriors
Curry, who came in having overtaken Beal for the NBA scoring lead, had 18 points on 7-of-25 shooting, including 2 of 14 on 3s. It was something that hadn't been done before, and it was going to end at some point,'' Curry said. Beal scored 29 points as the glamorous matchup with Curry mostly fizzled until Washington rallied from 11 points down in the fourth quarter. Fighting for a Western Conference playoff spot, the Warriors went 3-2 on their trip, also losing a close game at Boston despite 47 points from Curry. The Wizards did not provide any detail on the injury after the game, but Brooks would not rule out Avdija returning this season.
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator vs. 2021 Honda Ridgeline: 2 midsize pickups compared
The 2021 Jeep Gladiator offers Jeep capabilities with a pickup bed while the 2021 Honda HMC, +0.54% Ridgeline includes a strong legacy of reliability. 2021 Jeep Gladiator Base Price: $35,040What we like: A true off-road vehicle; convertible roof; a pickup truck with near class-leading towing capacity. Overview: The 2021 Jeep Gladiator offers the functionality of a pickup truck with the look and toughness of a Jeep Wrangler. What’s new for 2021: The 2021 Ridgeline is new from the windshield pillars forward. For all its capability, our choice is the 2021 Jeep Gladiator.
After limiting Stephen Curry, Russell Westbrook says respect his defense
After limiting Curry, Westbrook says respect his defense originally appeared on NBC Sports WashingtonWednesday night's game between the Wizards and Warriors was billed as a battle between the NBA's two top scorers, Bradley Beal and Stephen Curry, as they duke it out for the scoring title late in the season. He was assigned to guard Curry, who came into the game averaging 40.0 points in his previous 11 games while shooting 49.7% from three. Westbrook was active all night guarding Curry, particularly beyond the 3-point line. Westbrook said he took pride in guarding Curry, who like him is a former MVP and destined to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer someday. It was a big-time win and Westbrook played an important role in getting it.
Cory Joseph bounces back from bronchitis with 24 points: 'It's the NBA. I'll be fine'
Cory Joseph bounces back from bronchitis with 24 points: 'It's the NBA. I'll be fine'Pistons guard Cory Joseph had 24 points, five rebounds and five assists in Wednesday's 127-117 loss against the Mavericks.
Blue Jackets continue to struggle in second periods throughout losing streak
It doesn't take a math expert to see that there's something dramatically wrong happening in the second period. The three goals the Florida Panthers scored in the second period Tuesday broke the game open from a close, one-goal game to a 5-1 blowout. ... (We need to) keep it a little more simple, get pucks deep and not feed them free transition, free goals, free chances. Perhaps there is something unique about the second period, be it the long change or something else. Or perhaps it's a coincidence, a single period microcosm of broader issues, that the second period has been the most problematic for the Jackets in recent weeks.
Rob Oller | What's in a name? A ton of money for most well-known of PGA Tour players
Woods moved the needle so much that TV money skyrocketed, and his peers benefited by becoming millionaires just for making cuts. “Imagine all the things that could be done with $40 million,” a former tour player told me. Money could be used for those kinds of players, as well.”Instead, the tour is conducting a rich-get-richer scheme that is part popularity contest, part beauty pageant. No wonder some lesser-known tour players are grousing about the reward format, arguing that once a player becomes a household name he really has to screw up to lose it. That’s just one potential unintended consequence of rewarding fame, a TV golf broadcaster texted.
New Jersey Devils at Pittsburgh Penguins odds, picks and prediction
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe New Jersey Devils (14-25-6) play the middle game of a three-game set at the Pittsburgh Penguins (29-14-3) Thursday with a 7 p.m. Devils at Penguins: Odds, spread and linesOdds via BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports' betting odds for a full list. Devils at Penguins: Odds, lines, predictions and picksPredictionPenguins 4, Devils 3There are two ways this can go. The Penguins (-300) can come out angry, embarrassed and thrash the Devils (+240), or they will lose outright. The DEVILS +1.5 (-105) are a decent play here, as they fought back for the cover Tuesday.
A coin flip and spin the bottle. How this couple found love in the Kentucky Derby infield
The year was 1983 and the first Saturday in May was setting up to be a sunny and hot Kentucky Derby Day. Going to the Kentucky Derby as a family was a long-standing tradition for the Turpens. You may like:Will it rain on Kentucky Derby Day? But how could he make sure he could spend the rest of that Kentucky Derby Day with her? KENTUCKY DERBY STORIESRead more stories like Gretchyn and Tommy Furlong's at the Kentucky Derby Musem's "Best Kentucky Derby Story Contest" at derbymuseum.org.
Motivated by WNBA draft day slide, Dana Evans ready for Dallas Wings training camp
So it shouldn’t come as a shock that the morning after being drafted by the Dallas Wings in the 2021 WNBA Draft, that’s where she was. Evans, Louisville’s latest WNBA pick, went through a workout that Friday morning and then spoke to local media about her next step. 13 overall by the Dallas Wings in the WNBA DraftThe next step for Evans is making the roster. The Wings have 18 players listed on their training camp roster, but Evans said she believes she can make the roster. 5 overall pick Chelsea Dungee and last year’s scoring leader Arike Ogunbowale, among others.
New Champions League format: How will the reforms work and will Super League rebels rejoin?
The collapse of the Super League has seen the Champions League restored as club football’s premier cup competition. Is its revamped format, ratified this week, simply a Super League by the back door and what happens now with those rebel clubs who tried to breakaway? How will the revamped Champions League work? Instead of playing three group opponents home and away across six match-days, teams will play 10 different opponents of varying strengths. The new format is due to begin in 2024-25.
Manchester United fans block entrance to Carrington training ground in Glazers protest
Manchester United fans started a protest at the club’s Carrington training ground following the club’s attempt to join the European Super League this week. United owner Joel Glazer issued a grovelling apology to supporters after the breakaway plot collapsed but there has been widespread anger in the fanbase at trying to take the club into the rebel competition where they would be exempt from relegation. Online United fanzine “Red Issue” posted pictures of fans outside the car and reception entrances of the club’s Aon Training Complex and tweeted: "United fans protesting against the Glazers have blocked both entrances to Carrington.”Fans were pictured on the first-team training pitch, raising doubts whether United's squad would start their session today as planned but in a statement, United said manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer spoke to the group and they eventually left the site.
Euro 2020: Stephanie Frappart to become first female referee to officiate at a men’s European Championships
Stephanie Frappart has made history after becoming the first female referee to be selected to officiate at a men’s European Championships. Frappart has been named as a fourth official for the upcoming Euro 2020 tournament, which is due to start on June 11. The French referee became the first woman to take charge of a men’s World Cup qualifier last month, and previously made history by refereeing the 2019 Super Cup final between Liverpool and Chelsea. The 37-year-old also refereed the 2019 Women’s World Cup final between the United States and the Netherlands. Argentina’s Fernando Rapallini will become the first South American official to referee at a European Championships after being selected as part of a Uefa-CONMEBOL exchange programme that will see a Spanish referee take charge of games at the 2021 Copa America.
Floyd Mayweather vs Logan Paul: When is the fight, what weight will it be at and what channel is it on?
Floyd ‘Money’ Mayweather will finally battle YouTube star Logan Paul in an exhibition bout this summer. Since bringing up a half-century of wins with a 50-0 record as a professional, Mayweather has pursued lucrative exhibitions to pad his finances, with the New Year’s Eve exhibition in Japan back in 2018 his last outing. Paul has age on his side, at just 25 years, 18 years Mayweather’s junior, as well as weight and size, but that is where it stops. So a proposed 30-pound gap has been suggested, with limits of 160 lbs for Mayweather and 190 lbs for Paul. But yeah, I’m still going to beat the s*** out of Floyd Mayweather.
Liverpool fans are not as stupid as John Henry thinks
Did he not recall the insurrection at Anfield when Fenway Sports Group (FSG) tried to charge £77 for tickets five years ago? Or the outburst of anger last summer when the club tried to take advantage of the furlough scheme? You would have to be neuralyzed to think Liverpool fans would respond to this week’s proposed changes with anything other than anger. They thought they would become founder members of the Super League but instead they were inducted into the Stupid Club. “It’s important that the Liverpool football family remains intact,” Henry said, suddenly claiming kinship with ‘legacy fans.’ It is laughable nonsense.
Miguel Delaney AMA: Chief Football Writer answers your Super League questions
Football has been rocked by the shock launch and dramatic collapse of the European Super League. A dozen of European football’s biggest clubs including the likes of Liverpool, Manchester United and Arsenal committed to forming their own brand-new, midweek tournament that they hoped would rival Uefa’s Champions League. Chief Football Writer Miguel Delaney will be on hand to answer all of those questions and more from 5pm on Thursday. Simply register to submit your question in the comments below, and join us live on this page at 5pm as Miguel tackles as many as he can. Your comments won’t appear live on the site until he’s able to answer them.
Super League withdrawals the ‘right thing to do’, says Manchester City’s Fernandinho
Manchester City captain Fernandinho believes football has emerged victorious following the collapse of the breakaway European Super League. A fierce backlash from fans, footballing authorities, other clubs and government put paid to the Super League and Fernandinho admitted plenty of players were relieved. On Monday this Super League comes out, we were a little bit surprised. “I think everyone who loves football didn’t support this Super League, including players at our club. “For sure, we are happy because at the end football wins.”The matter may not be over for City and fellow Premier League sides Manchester United, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, however.
Harry Kane injury: Tottenham striker could play in Carabao Cup final, Ryan Mason reveals
Tottenham Hotspur interim head coach Ryan Mason is hopeful Harry Kane will be fit for the Carabao Cup final on Sunday. Kane missed Wednesday’s 2-1 win against Southampton with an ankle injury suffered against Everton on Friday and is in a race to make the Wembley showpiece against Manchester City. Mason says Kane will be doing all he can to be fit for the final. “With Harry it is just about taking it each day as it comes,” Mason said. “When you go into a big game like Sunday is it is always ideal to go into it with a win.
LA Lakers rocked by mysterious catfish attack that duped podcaster and thousands of listeners
On Monday, The Lakers Point Point Podcast’s host Josh Toussaint tweeted that Flores had gone missing and called on members of the Lakers fan community to help find her. He wrote: “She may or may not be wearing a wig” since she was going through leukemia treatment. Toussaint’s [now deleted] tweet went viral the notice of actor Oshea Jackson Jr, and NBA star Markieff Morris. The NBA fanbase tracked down a user named ChumZilla, a follower that Flores habitually connected with, in 2009. “It’s a big catfish account I went along with 11 years ago to see how far it would go and to expose them.
Olympic Games: IOC upholds ban on taking a knee and athletes’ protests at Tokyo
Taking a knee during the Tokyo Olympics or lifting a fist in support of racial equality will be punished as the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday maintained its ban on athletes’ protests inside stadiums, at ceremonies and on podiums. The IOC’s Rule 50 forbids any kind of “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” in venues and any other Olympic area and the Games body concluded the rule should be maintained following an athlete consultation. The IOC’s Athletes’ Commission chief Kirsty Coventry, who led a review of the rule, said the majority of athletes consulted were against any protests within the fields of play or the podiums. That is how I still feel today,” Coventry, a former Olympic swimming champion for Zimbabwe, said in a online presentation of the Rule 50 consultation results. Coventry said some 70 per cent of those athletes did not want protests on podiums, ceremonies and fields of play.
IOC says athletes who protest during Tokyo Games will be punished
The IOC’s Rule 50 forbids any kind of “demonstration or political, religious or racial propaganda” in venues and any other Olympic area and the games’ governing body concluded the rule should be maintained following consultation with athletes. Some international federation chiefs, including World Athletics’ President Sebastian Coe, have said athletes should have the right to make gestures of political protest during the games. That is how I still feel today,” Coventry, a former Olympic swimming champion for Zimbabwe, said in a online presentation of the Rule 50 consultation results. The IOC’s recommendations are the result of a consultation process that started in June 2020 and involved over 3,500 athletes. Coventry said around 70% of those athletes did not want protests on podiums, ceremonies and fields of play.
Kazuma Okamoto homers to help Giants tame roaring Tigers
Kazuma Okamoto hit a pair of solo home runs to help lift the Yomiuri Giants to a 3-2 come-from-behind win over the Central League-leading Hanshin Tigers, whose winning streak was snapped at eight games on Wednesday. Trailing 2-0 in the second, Okamoto, last year’s CL home run leader, opened the second inning against side-armer Koyo Aoyagi (2-1) with his second home run of the season. The Giants took the lead on a Naoki Yoshikawa single after Okamoto led off the sixth with an infield single. Dragons 7, BayStars 1At Yokohama Stadium, Akiyoshi Katsuno (2-1) allowed a run over seven innings for Chunichi in a win over last-place DeNA. Buffaloes 4, Lions 2At Osaka’s Kyocera Dome, Orix’s Yuma Mune’s two-run home run broke a 2-2 tie in the seventh inning.
David Beckham observes his team Inter Miami during practice before having a kickabout himself
His team in which he co-owns recently lost their match against his former club LA Galaxy on Sunday. So it's little wonder David Beckham was seen keeping a close eye on proceedings during Inter Miami's MLS soccer practice in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on Wednesday. The football legend, 45, was seen watching from the sidelines before having a kickabout himself ahead of the team's upcoming match against Philadelphia. The son of David and Victoria Beckham was seen looking away from the camera as he displayed the large rounded bruised spots dotted around his upper back. Treatment: While another black and white snap saw the marks on Brooklyn sitting amongst his extensive tattoo collection as he posed in front of a mirror in his bathroom
Manchester United fans BLOCK entrances to club's training ground in protest against the Glazers
Manchester United fans blocked entrances to the club's Carrington training ground this morning to protest against the club's billionaire American owners, and only left when the manager, his coaches and a senior player emerged to speak to them. Shortly after 9am today, photos emerged on Red Issue's Twitter feed of fans protesting at both entrances, inside the training ground and by the first-team pitch. A statement from Manchester United said: 'At approximately 9am this morning a group gained access to the club training ground. 'You made very clear your opposition to the European Super League, and we have listened. Before his exit from the club, Glazer tried to persuade Woodward from resigning but was unsuccessful in his attempts, according to The Times .
Teacher suspended after taking a photo with her foot on the neck of a black pupil, 10
A Texas school has suspended a teacher after she staged a photo placing her foot on the neck of a black ten-year-old boy in the wake of Derek Chauvin's guilty verdict. A Texas school has suspended a teacher after she staged a photo placing her foot on the neck of a black ten-year-old boy in the wake of Derek Chauvin's guilty verdictThe mother saw the funny side but the boy's father and other family members did not. The mother said she had known the teacher for years and they had a close relationship and the boy was not injured at all. 'The picture then began to bother me a little bit, showed it and my family got really upset about it.' The mother added that she does not believe the teacher is racist or deserves to lose her job over the 'joke'.
Soccer: Inter stretch lead despite being held - English
(ANSA) - ROME, APR 22 - Inter stretched their lead at the top of the table to 10 points and edged closer to winning the Serie A title despite being held 1-1 at Spezia on Wednesday. Antonio Conte's side have 76 points with six games to go, while second-placed AC Milan have 66 after being beaten 2-1 at the San Siro by Sassuolo. Juventus, the third Italian team involved in the forlorn bid to form a European Super League, was the only one to win, coming from behind to beat Parma 3-1 in Turin. Juve are third with 65 points although Atalanta can jump back over the reigning champions and leapfrog Milan too if they win at seventh-placed AS Roma later on Thursday.
Footballers ignite 'cancel culture' row in Hungary
Advertising Read moreBudapest (AFP)When a German football club sacked a Hungarian coach for anti-immigration comments, outraged officials in Budapest rushed to defend his right to free speech against "liberal opinion-terror". "Hungary has become a toxic country," Toth told the Austrian magazine Falter, adding that she has received death threats and dog excrement in her postbox. The latest free speech row was ignited February in the world of football, Orban's favourite sport, by RB Leipzig and Hungary goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi, 27, who expressed support for gay rights in a Facebook post. - 'Cancel culture' -Fallout from Gulacsi's Facebook message is also believed to have led to dismissals in Hungary itself. Unlike at Hertha "nobody in Hungary would ever transparently say someone is out because of a political opinion," Marosi told AFP.
Mason hopeful Kane will be fit for League Cup final
Ryan Mason hopes Harry Kane will be fit for Tottenham Hotspur in Sunday's League Cup final against treble-chasing Manchester CityAdvertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Interim manager Ryan Mason hopes Tottenham Hotspur's talismanic striker Harry Kane will have recovered in time from an ankle injury to face Manchester City in Sunday's League Cup final. Mason, at 29 the youngest ever Premier League manager, has been put in charge until the end of the season and stands one win away from being the unlikeliest of men to end Tottenham's trophy drought. Juande Ramos was the last Spurs manager to deliver silverware in the 2008 League Cup. Mason's chances of emulating the Spaniard would improve considerably if Kane is fit to lead the line. "With Harry it is just about taking it each day as it comes," said Mason after the victory over Southampton.
Cooper: N.C. Is On Track to Having a Normal Summer
Roy Cooper said he anticipates lifting all mandatory social distancing, capacity, and mass gathering restrictions by June 1 if vaccination rates hold. "If we work together to get everyone vaccinated and keep metrics in a good place, we can brig back summer to North Carolina," Cooper said. Our COVID-19 trends remain relatively stable although we have seen slight increases over the past couple weeks. Currently, new COVID-19 numbers remain low, but the percent of positive tests rate has inched up over health officials' goal of five percent in recent weeks. There will also be measures in place to protect children who have not yet been vaccinated, in summer camps and summer schools, for instance.
Fan-Owned Clubs Can Help Democratize Football
Apparently discontented with their exorbitant revenues and grossly outsized influence, on Sunday twelve of Europe’s biggest football clubs tweeted out their plans to form a breakaway European Super League (ESL). Yet, what those pining for Germany’s fan-owned footy often miss is that having the right club ownership structures doesn’t automatically create a progressive sporting paradise. This has helped create an understanding of football culture as rooted in democratic participation, often in direct antagonism to Germany’s biggest clubs and league. Unfortunately, there’s all too much evidence that fan ownership doesn’t automatically transform a soccer club into a bastion of anti-capitalism. Dietmar Hopp, billionaire founder of software firm SAP and another disdained figure in German football, owns 96 percent of Hoffenheim.
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Olympian Mechelle Lewis Freeman Is Paving the Way For the Next Generation of Track Girls
"[When] I was working there, they were managing athletes," Mechelle told POPSUGAR. "I want to showcase the influence and impact of women in the sport," Mechelle told POPSUGAR. "I want to showcase the influence and impact of women in the sport," Mechelle told POPSUGAR. Brands including Lululemon and JackRabbit have already signed on, and as social media makes it easier to spread awareness of now-dubbed "track girls," she thinks even more sponsors are on the way. There with the next generation of track stars is a place Mechelle likes to be, but caring for her own resident track kids is the ultimate goal.
Made For Love Has Set Up a Second Season, but Will It Actually Happen?
At the moment, we don't know whether the show will be renewed for a second season, but the odds seem like they're probably pretty good. By the end of season one, there are a lot of loose ends left dangling for the characters of Made For Love. "It's the only place they don't know the inner workings of. They don't know what's in there, they don't know how it works or how to get out. For now, all these questions are unanswered, but we hopefully will have a chance to find out what happens next if and when Made For Love gets a second season!
MTV's 'The Challenge' is America's finest sport
Because I'm here to argue that MTV's The Challenge is America's finest sport. The season finale of the current season dubbed The Challenge: Double Agents airs Wednesday on MTV at 8 p.m. OK, so with the basics understood, here's a quick 6-point list as to why The Challenge is America's finest sport. So this is kind of like the subtext point, but pro sports is inching ever closer to reality TV. Do you like Bravo reality TV or, hell, the shit-talking of NBA Twitter?
Skipper Babar Azam climbs to 2nd spot in ICC T20I rankings
Pakistani cricket team captain and the world’s top batsman in the ODI rankings, Babar Azam has now climbed to the second spot in the ICC T20I rankings. As per the latest update, Azam has moved to the second spot in the ICC T20I rankings with 844 points, overtaking Australia’s white ball captain Aaron Finch. Babar moved up the list after his stellar performance against South Africa in the T20I series. This is also the second time within this month that Babar has progressed within the ICC rankings. Azam now sits on top of ICC's ODI batsman rankings with 865 points and Kohli is number 2 with 857 points.
MTV's 'The Challenge' Is America's Finest Sport
Because I'm here to argue that MTV's The Challenge is America's finest sport. The season finale of the current season dubbed The Challenge: Double Agents airs Wednesday on MTV at 8 p.m. OK, so with the basics understood, here's a quick 6-point list as to why The Challenge is America's finest sport. So this is kind of like the subtext point, but pro sports is inching ever closer to reality TV. Do you like Bravo reality TV or, hell, the shit-talking of NBA Twitter?
Winners of the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards
The top entries in the 2021 Sony World Photography Awards have been announced, and the organizers were once more kind enough to share some of the winning and shortlisted photos from the Professional, Open, Student, and Youth competitions with us, gathered here. Captions below have been provided by the photographers.
Demi Lovato Posed With A Bong On Instagram After Explaining Her Decision To Be "California Sober" Following Her Overdose
After revealing that she's "done with the stuff that's going to kill me," the singer said: "Telling myself that I can never have a drink or smoke marijuana, I feel like that's setting myself up for failure because I am such a black-and-white thinker." She went on: "I had it drilled into my head for so many years that one drink was equivalent to a crack pipe."
Indiana's Red Flag Law Was Designed To Prevent Mass Shootings Like The FedEx Facility Rampage. Prosecutors Never Tried To Use It.
In Indiana, like more than a dozen states across the US, police could take action under a so-called red flag law. “It’s a law designed to prevent tragedies like the one that happened Thursday,” Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, told BuzzFeed News. “This case does illustrate some of the shortcomings that exist with this red flag law,” Mears said at a press conference Monday. In particular, Indiana’s red flag law does not give police or prosecutors enough tools to use someone’s mental health history to make their case in court, Mears said. Under the Indiana law, police can take the guns of someone who appears to be an “imminent risk” to themselves or another person.
Meet Your New Favorite Circle Season 2 Contestant
Joining Mitchell Eason as one of the two new players in The Circle Season 2 is Khat Bell. Khat’s Job Takes Her All Over The WorldIn her Circle intro package, Khat said that she’s been playing professional volleyball for five years. Khat’s Instagram Shows Her DedicationMany of Khat’s Instagram posts show her playing volleyball, and it’s clear how passionate she is about the sport. “Playing volleyball has really opened up so many doors for me. From coaches, trainers, and of course all of my teammates.”When she’s not playing volleyball, Khat is enjoying life with her megawatt smile.
Domingo German gets second shot to stick in Yankees’ rotation
Domingo German is back for another shot at sticking in the Yankees’ rotation. Jordan Montgomery and Gerrit Cole each will get an extra day of rest before following German in Cleveland. Domingo German Getty ImagesComing back from his 81-game suspension for violating MLB’s domestic abuse policy, German had impressed during spring training to win the fifth starting spot out of camp. But he wasn’t able to carry that success over into the regular season, giving up seven runs in seven innings. The Yankees optioned German to the alternate site after his last start because they didn’t need a fifth starter for their next stretch of games and instead opted for an additional bullpen arm in Albert Abreus.
Civale expected to start for the Indians against the Yankees
Civale expected to start for the Indians against the YankeesNew York Yankees (6-11, fifth in the AL East) vs. Cleveland Indians (8-8, third in the AL Central)Cleveland; Thursday, 6:10 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Yankees: Domingo German (0-2, 0.00 ERA) Indians: Aaron Civale (3-0, 2.18 ERA, .73 WHIP, 16 strikeouts)BOTTOM LINE: Aaron Judge and the Yankees will take on the Indians Thursday. New York ranks last in the American League in hitting with a .203 batting average. TOP PERFORMERS: Ramirez leads the Indians with four home runs and is batting .217. LAST 10 GAMES: Indians: 5-5, .206 batting average, 3.86 ERA, outscored by two runsADVERTISEMENTYankees: 3-7, .168 batting average, 3.99 ERA, outscored by 15 runsINJURIES: Indians: Cam Hill: (right wrist). Yankees: Luis Severino: (elbow), Clarke Schmidt: (right elbow), Zack Britton: (elbow), Luke Voit: (knee), Miguel Andujar: (wrist).
Williams expected to start for the Cubs against the Mets
Williams expected to start for the Cubs against the MetsNew York Mets (7-6, first in the NL East) vs. Chicago Cubs (8-9, third in the NL Central)Chicago; Thursday, 7:40 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Mets: Joey Lucchesi (0-1, 5.40 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 6 strikeouts) Cubs: Trevor Williams (2-1, 5.02 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 13 strikeouts)FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Cubs +115, Mets -133; over/under is evenBOTTOM LINE: Chicago and New York will meet on Thursday. The Chicago offense has compiled a .201 batting average as a team this season, last in the MLB. ADVERTISEMENTTOP PERFORMERS: Kris Bryant leads the Cubs with nine extra base hits and is batting .268. LAST 10 GAMES: Cubs: 4-6, .228 batting average, 5.97 ERA, outscored by 10 runsMets: 6-4, .243 batting average, 3.26 ERA, outscored by 10 runsINJURIES: Cubs: Rowan Wick: (oblique), Jonathan Holder: (shoulder). Mets: Noah Syndergaard: (elbow), Drew Smith: (shoulder), Seth Lugo: (elbow), Carlos Carrasco: (hamstring), Dellin Betances: (right shoulder), Jose Martinez: (knee).
Knapp's 9th-inning single leads Phillies past Giants 6-5
Everybody's getting fired up about it.”Andrew Knapp hit the winning single in the ninth inning, Harper hit a tying solo homer in the seventh and Philadelphia beat the San Francisco Giants 6-5 on Wednesday. Harper walked off Wandy Peralta (2-1) to open the ninth, and Brad Miller’s fourth hit of the game put two runners on. Mickey Moniak hit his first career home run for the Phillies five years after they made him the No. Story continuesCounting Moniak, Phillies center fielders were 4 for 54 with no extra-base hits this season. Eflin was in the clubhouse in the ninth, “ready to go ballistic” when the Phillies scored the winning run.
Taking a knee likely to be outlawed at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics
Taking a knee is set to be outlawed at the Tokyo Olympics after the International Olympic Committee approved a recommendation from its own Athletes' Commission to curtail the right to protest on the field of play. Two thirds of respondents to a survey relating to a potential change of the IOC's Rule 50, which bans demonstrations of "political, religious or racial propaganda" on Olympic sites, said they did not feel such protests were appropriate. Athletes' Commission chair Kirsty Coventry said: "A very clear majority of athletes said that it's not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views on the field of play, at the official ceremonies, or on the podium, and so our recommendation is to preserve (those places) from any kind of protests and demonstrations or acts perceived as such." A total of 3,547 athletes representing 185 countries and 41 sports responded to the survey, as part of a 10-month consultation process initiated by the widespread social and racial justice movements in the United States.
How Super League’s collapse could see game enriched in brave new world
The sensational events of Tuesday night did not just kill ‘The Super League’. It is the leverage - “the bargaining chip” - that has forced every single change that has benefitted the big clubs. It was all done through incremental changes, until now, when the big clubs inexplicably went so large in such a haphazardly amateurish manner. All they have ended up doing is illustrating that there is no market for their super league. But then this new world is a far remove from the threat of a super league over the last 30 years.
Mets’ Francisco Lindor busts out of slump with homer, 3-hit game
CHICAGO — Francisco Lindor’s bat was conspicuous in its presence on a night just about everything else cratered for the Mets. The firsts in a Mets uniform for the All-Star shortstop included a home run and three-hit game in his team’s 16-4 loss to the Cubs on Wednesday. “All it takes is one swing to feel like I’m in a good spot,” Lindor said. “I kind of look at treating [Lindor] like I would a David Ortiz,” said Davis, who worked with the Red Sox slugger in 2015-16. Since then, four other games were postponed or suspended for the Mets, who have already played two doubleheaders.
Syracuse coach Hillsman has 11 players enter transfer portal
The women’s basketball coach at Syracuse said he didn’t quite know what to say when one of his young sons asked him if he was in the transfer portal. It was a valid question for a kid — dad has had 11 players enter the NCAA transfer portal since the pandemic-plagued season ended. Hillsman, who has a record of 319-169 in 15 seasons at Syracuse, says that validates his program. Hillsman said he was ready to welcome as many as 21 players next season. The transfer portal has allowed people to make decisions to move on, and there are a wide variety of reasons why people have chosen to move on.
Tokyo Olympics torch relay has first positive COVID-19 case
TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympics organizers said Thursday that a policeman tested positive for COVID-19 a day after his assignment last week at the Olympic torch relay. It is the first positive test connected to the relay since it began March 25 from northeastern Fukushima prefecture. They said the officer developed symptoms and tested positive the next day. ADVERTISEMENTThe organizers said all participants and officials are taking the best precautions and that the case will not affect the subsequent legs of the torch events. For precautions, legs last week were run in a city park in Osaka and taken off the public streets.
LEADING OFF: Padres-Dodgers back at it, Astros struggling
He’ll face the Indians and righty Aaron Civale (3-0, 2.18) in the opener of a four-game series at Cleveland. ADVERTISEMENTSTRUGGLING ’STROSAlex Cobb (1-0, 4.63 ERA) makes his third start for his new team when the Los Angeles Angels begin a four-game series at Houston. “We’re 3 1/2 games back, 17 games into a season that’s 162 games long. Cristian Javier (1-0, 2.08) gets the ball for the Astros in a matchup of AL West teams. David Bote drove in four runs as the Cubs won their second straight after losing six of eight.
FCS draft prospects generally opted not to play this spring
“Ultimately, it just comes down to athletes taking care of their bodies,” North Dakota State offensive tackle Dillon Radunz said. Do they stick with their schools for the spring season or use that time to get ready for the draft? North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance said playing a spring season wasn’t feasible because of the way the schedule was designed. They helped North Dakota State win an FCS title in 2019, the Bison’s eighth championship in nine seasons. Radunz noted that even if he had played a spring season and avoided injury, the move could have caused long-term drawbacks.
The Rush: DeVonta Smith’s size, the NFL’s save the date, and Eagles Nick Sirianni plays childish games
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE to see today’s piping-hot, fresh-outta-the-oven episode of THE RUSH with Liz Loza! We’ll let you know everything you didn’t know you needed to know about sports. Other stuff too. It’s Thursday April 22nd, 2021! Here’s what Jared is cookin’ up:DeVonta Smith’s weight is making headlinesThe NFL announces that it will be announcing its 2021 schedule on May 12thEagles head coach Nick Sirianni plays rock-paper-scissors with draft prospects to test competitivenessIowa State’s Charlie Kolar flips a coin to decide his future
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Skidding Pelicans aim to salvage playoff chances vs. MagicThe Associated PressThe Orlando Magic's hopes of reaching an Eastern Conference play-in game have vanished. The New Orleans Pelicans' play-in hopes in the Western Conference are fading ahead of their visit to Orlando on Thursday. The Pelicans (25-33) have lost four games in a row and face an uphill climb in the last 14 games to try to reach a play-in game.
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FCS draft prospects generally opted not to play this spring
“Ultimately, it just comes down to athletes taking care of their bodies,” North Dakota State offensive tackle Dillon Radunz said. Do they stick with their schools for the spring season or use that time to get ready for the draft? North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance said playing a spring season wasn't feasible because of the way the schedule was designed. They helped North Dakota State win an FCS title in 2019, the Bison's eighth championship in nine seasons. Radunz noted that even if he had played a spring season and avoided injury, the move could have caused long-term drawbacks.
Tokyo Olympics torch relay has first positive COVID-19 case
TOKYO - (AP) -- Tokyo Olympics organizers said Thursday that a policeman tested positive for COVID-19 a day after his assignment last week at the Olympic torch relay. It is the first positive test connected to the relay since it began March 25 from northeastern Fukushima prefecture. They said the officer developed symptoms and tested positive the next day. The organizers said all participants and officials are taking the best precautions and that the case will not affect the subsequent legs of the torch events. For precautions, legs last week were run in a city park in Osaka and taken off the public streets.
Meet the drummer who ran the London Marathon on her period - without a tampon
But the fact that we can push past that and be in control of that was so inspiring to me. I'm in such a position of privilege to even choose to run in the way that best suits me and make this choice for my body. But I loved running, squash and tennis and I was the captain of the volleyball team and enjoyed that leadership role. I live in LA and in November, when the New York City Marathon opened itself up to being virtual, I ran it remotely by the beach. I'm in Memphis recording my new album, and running is a cool way to explore the city.
The Big Six once again show it is better to view the sporting apology as a piece of performance art
I heard you,” Henry solemnly intoned as if he had no way of knowing that he was opening the gates cleared marked hell. An American billionaire venture capitalist apologising for acting like an American billionaire venture capitalist is like a lion apologising for ambushing those gazelles. Instead, it is better to view the sporting apology as a piece of performance art. Or the seething resentment of Lance Armstrong, clearly convinced that he is still the real victim of his industrial-scale doping. And no one did this better than Eric Cantona when he was up before the Football Association for his kung-fu kick at Selhurst Park.
Can Sam Allardyce pull of the Premier League's greatest escape?
The West Bromwich Albion coaching staff call it “Big Sam Mode”: the time when Sam Allardyce means business and takes full control in the days leading up to a match. With seven Premier League games remaining, West Brom are firmly in that territory as Allardyce bids to pull off what will be the greatest ‘great escape’ of his long managerial career. While it may still be too late, “Big Sam Mode” has taken hold and he is presenting a compelling case to remain as manager next season regardless of the division the club finds itself in. There has also been a significant improvement defensively, with only four goals conceded in the last seven matches. West Brom face Leicester on Thursday night nine points adrift of safety, but now there is hope.
Taking a knee likely to be outlawed at the Tokyo 2021 Olympics
Taking a knee is set to be outlawed at the Tokyo Olympics after the International Olympic Committee approved a recommendation from its own Athletes' Commission to curtail the right to protest on the field of play. Two thirds of respondents to a survey relating to a potential change of the IOC's Rule 50, which bans demonstrations of "political, religious or racial propaganda" on Olympic sites, said they did not feel such protests were appropriate. Coventry said the recommendation - which Bach confirmed had been "unanimously approved" - would now be passed to the IOC's legal affairs commission in order to consider the range of potential sanctions against those who fail to adhere to the rule. Coventry added: "We are asking the legal affairs commission to come up with a proportionate range of different sanctions, so that everyone knows going into a Games what they can and can't do. It's up to (them) to give the Athletes' Commission guidance on proportionality."
European Super League: What next for the 10 men at the centre of the breakaway fiasco?
Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin, who is also the godfather of Agnelli’s daughter, now includes him among the “snakes” and claims that he had been denying any Super League plan as recently as Saturday. He had sent an email to club staff outlining the rationale behind the Super League. ChelseaBruce BuckThe focus for furious Chelsea fans is Bruce Buck, the club’s long-standing chairman under owner Roman Abramovich. Buck spoke with fans on Monday and, according to the Chelsea Supporters’ Trust, “extensively defended” the decision. Venkatesham will address angry Arsenal supporters on Thursday evening.
European Super League latest news: Defiant Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insists project 'on standby'
However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez, the Super League chairman, struck a defiant tone, saying the project was not dead and he was still talking with AC Milan and remaining clubs Barcelona, Juventus and Real. Agnelli said he still believed in the merits of the Super League despite the overwhelming criticism and had no regrets about how the breakaway had been conducted. "This is the right result for football fans, clubs, and communities across the country. Two sources told Reuters the clubs that withdrew from the Super League could face break-up fees for backing out. However, we fully accept that the Super League was not the right way to go about it," Glazer wrote.
Super League debacle may have a silver lining if wings of 'Big Six' are clipped
Parish’s prescription was simple, to strip the most powerful clubs of influence at Uefa and to deny them the protected past-performance spots that they stood to gain under the latest Champions League reforms. It is difficult, in all honesty, to envisage the Glazers or the rulers of Abu Dhabi entertaining any such notion. Equally, talk of points deductions is misplaced, since these would serve only to penalise the fans, who have been insulted quite enough by this ESL debacle. The exemptions and privileges that they have tried to negotiate at Uefa must be revoked. If it happens, we might one day reflect that this week of convulsions did not turn out so badly after all.
Florentino Perez compares European Super League to Federer vs Nadal
Florentino Perez has compared the European Super League to Roger Federer vs Rafael Nadal and insists he is open to ideas to change the breakaway competition in order to make it work. “This is a pyramid, and the money runs down, there would be money for everyone,” Perez told El Larguero. “If Nadal plays Federer, everyone watches, if Nadal plays the number 80 in the world, nobody watches. Today there are many distractions for kids, we need to get them to watch football, with competitive games, so TV pays. We agreed last night to wait and to try and explain better, and we are open to other ideas.
Leicester vs West Brom live stream: How to watch Premier League fixture online and on TV tonight
Leicester City will be hoping to carry on their FA Cup success into the Premier League when they host West Bromwich Albion on Thursday. Leicester will also be heading into their first FA Cup final in over 50 years after beating Southampton 1-0 in Sunday’s semi-final, thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s strike. However, Brendan Rodgers’ side have faced setbacks with losses against Manchester City and West Ham in their bid to seal a top-four berth. One positive omen is that Sam Allardyce’s side are unbeaten against Leicester in their last eight league away games. Marc Albrighton may replace Pereira if he is unable to play, while Iheanacho is likely to start following his FA Cup semi-final matchwinner.
Super League clubs still win if Uefa’s new-look Champions League isn’t stopped
If the season was stopped and Uefa’s Champions League reforms were implemented now, it would quickly become apparent why they are almost as unpalatable as the European Super League itself. Lyon get in because the fifth ranked league, France, will get an extra Champions League spot. The warped mindset of Super League clubs was revealed in the Premier League’s emergency meeting this week. No wonder they were the last ones standing when the Super League collapsed. It remains an oddity that the ‘Champions League’ admits only 11 league champions automatically, meaning clubs like Ajax and Celtic have won their domestic titles in recent times and still had to qualify.
Is Leicester vs West Brom on TV tonight? Kick-off time, channel and how to watch Premier League fixture
Leicester City will hope to push themselves a big step closer to a top-four finish in the Premier League by beating West Brom on Thursday night. At the other end of the table, West Brom have given themselves a fighting chance against the drop, but they still need a near-perfect run-in. BT Sport subscribers will be able to watch the match online via the website or BT app. PredictionLeicester will be under pressure to break their losing streak, while West Brom will need to continue their winning ways if they are to move out of the relegation zone. Leicester 2-2 West BromOddsLeicester – 4/7Draw – 29/10West Bromwich Albion – 5/1
Super League fiasco leaves 'dirty dozen' facing punishment
Advertising Read moreParis (AFP)Football's most powerful clubs faced mounting calls for reprisals over the European Super League fiasco on Thursday, as the rebel competition's boss insisted it was merely "on standby" despite nine teams pulling out. Super League chief Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, complained about the "aggression" prompted by the breakaway league, which folded just 48 hours after its unveiling following blanket opposition from fans and officials. "The Super League is dead. Perez, insisting work was continuing to salvage the Super League, blamed an unnamed English club for sowing seeds of doubt, and accused UEFA of being overly dramatic. "There was someone in the English group, who didn't have much interest in the Super League," he said.
Super League fiasco leaves 'dirty dozen' facing punishment
Manchester City (playing in white) were one of the 12 clubs involvedFootball's most powerful clubs faced mounting calls for reprisals over the European Super League fiasco on Thursday, as the rebel competition's boss insisted it was merely "on standby" despite nine teams pulling out. Perez, insisting work was continuing to salvage the Super League, blamed an unnamed English club for sowing seeds of doubt, and accused UEFA of being overly dramatic.
Cartoon: Justice for Adam
Another questionable shooting of a minority youth, this time in Chicago, and this time it’s 13 year old Adam Toledo.
Knicks won’t say how COVID-19 stricken Alec Burks is feeling
Knicks head coach Thom Thibodeau wouldn’t say how Alec Burks (COVID-19) is feeling. see also How Derrick Rose has transformed Knicks from upstarts to winners As point guard Derrick Rose dribbled out the clock while... If Burks complies with the CDC’s 10-day quarantine for the asymptomatic, he won’t be back until either Monday versus the Suns or Wednesday against the Bulls. “Alec is in safety and health protocol with the league,’’ Thibodeau said when asked how he’s feeling. Woodson left his Knicks assistant coach job to take the post in late March.
A’s outslug Twins to capture 11th consecutive victory
It just smells like you’re going to win,” Laureano said Wednesday after the Oakland Athletics extended their winning streak to 11 with a 10th-inning rally fueled by two errors for a 13-12 victory over the Minnesota Twins. Luis Arraez threw away Laureano’s grounder for Minnesota’s second error the 10th inning as two runs scored. Ramon Laureano (center) is mobbed by teammates after the Twins made an error on Laureano’s grounder that led to the game-winning two runs in the A’s 13-12, 10-inning victory over the Twins. Arraez, who had moved to third from second base for the 10th, sailed his throw over first baseman Willians Astudillo as the tying and winning runs scored. No other team had lost its first six games and have an 11-game winning streak later that season, STATS said.
Gleyber Torres hits rock bottom as lack of effort comes under scrutiny
If it’s challenging to elect a poster boy for this horrid Yankees April, so widespread is the malfunction, Gleyber Torres sure has put up quite a case. Asked if his lack of effort resulted from frustration, Torres said, “For sure.”Frustration dominates every corner of this Yankees season, and it has proven to be an absolutely dreadful start of the season for the 24-year-old Torres, who owns a .186/.294/.220 slash line. “Horrific situational hitting,” one scout from another club observed of Torres, on the condition of anonymity. According to MLB Savant, Torres’ chase contact actually had decreased to 16.3 percent from last year’s 20.1 percent through Tuesday’s action. “I do think he’s pretty resilient,” Boone said of Torres, who then proceeded to earn himself a scolding from his skipper.
IOC Announces Athletes Will Face Punishment for Protesting at Tokyo Olympics
Koji Sasahara/Associated PressThe International Olympic Committee announced that athletes who protest at the Tokyo Summer Olympics will be subject to punishment. Per the Associated Press, the IOC claimed it sent out a survey soliciting opinions from more than 3,500 athletes regarding demonstrations at the Games. It's unclear what punishments athletes would face at this time. Per Kirsty Coventry, a representative for athletes on the IOC board, a "proportionate" range of punishments would be enacted. The Olympics, which were delayed one year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, are scheduled to begin with the opening ceremony on July 23.
Joel Embiid comes stunningly close to making full-court buzzer beater
Here at Yahoo Sports, we are typically in the business of writing about buzzer-beaters that go in. Joel Embiid delivered one of the greatest "almost" shots in recent memory on Wednesday, coming a breath away from forcing overtime for the Philadelphia 76ers. As the clock wound down against the Phoenix Suns, Embiid rebounded a Chris Paul free throw, turned and heaved a full-court prayer with his team down 116-113. This content is not available due to your privacy preferences. You can see just how close Embiid came to stunning the Suns in this replay:This content is not available due to your privacy preferences.
Report: Floyd Mayweather-Logan Paul boxing match moved to June 5
Floyd Mayweather Jr.'s exhibition bout against Logan Paul has a new date. Online platform Fanmio was initially slated to host the bout, but it will now reportedly be televised via Showtime pay-per-view. The CEO of Mayweather Promotions disputed a report that the fight is being used as leverage with Showtime parent company ViacomCBS, however. Under the reported terms of the agreement, Mayweather can't weigh in more than 160 pounds, while Paul will have to come in under 190 pounds. Mayweather-Paul competing with Teofimo LopezBarring another postponement, the Mayweather-Paul fight will be competing head-to-head with a highly anticipated actual boxing match.
Athletics win 11th straight game on bases-loaded, extra-innings error
The Oakland Athletics have their 11th straight win, but saying they "won" the game might be a smidge inaccurate. With the bases loaded, two outs and down 12-11, A's outfielder Ramon Laureano hit a hard grounder to Twins third baseman Luis Arraez. What should have been a groundout to end the game turned into an error to end the game, as Arraez air-mailed his throw to first base. The end result was the A's improving to 12-7 and continuing their out-of-nowhere win streak. Two weeks ago, the A's were 0-6 and looking lost after the offseason exits of Marcus Semien and Liam Hendriks.
Clippers shake off slow start to beat Grizzlies
Jaren Jackson Jr., the Grizzlies’ sensational 6-foot-11 big man, was back in the lineup for the first time since a knee injury ended his second season in August. The Clippers gave up a season-high 39 points in the first quarter, and Memphis made nine of its 18 first-half three-pointers. Four minutes into the second quarter, their rotation got even thinner when backup center DeMarcus Cousins was hit in the mouth by Jaren Jackson Jr.’s left elbow and suffered a lacerated lip. And yet anywhere the Grizzlies (29-28) looked in the second half, there were ominous signs for the visitors who once led by 18. Like Cousins, who returned late in the third quarter, the Clippers (42-19) had not gone away.
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, on the level of frustration with the team
Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, on the level of frustration with the teamArizona Coyotes coach Rick Tocchet, on the level of frustration within the team.
Wednesday’s best high school baseball, softball performances
Check out the top performances from Wednesday’s high school baseball and softball action and look forward to Thursday’s schedule. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoWednesday’s bestWednesday’s top high school baseball and softball performances and scores and Thursday’s scheduled games:BaseballAric Anderson, Palo Verde: The senior was 1-for-3 with a walk-off three-run homer and two runs scored in a 7-6 win over Spring Valley. Chandler Schurley, Bonanza: The junior was 3-for-4 with a home run, four RBIs and three runs scored in a 12-6 win over Tech. Alyssa Lybert, Palo Verde: The senior was 3-for-4 with two doubles and two runs scored in an 8-4 win over Desert Oasis. Alayna Richardson, Rancho: The sophomore was 4-for-4 with a double, a triple and two runs scored in a 14-3 win over Liberty.
Timberwolves lose late lead in loss to Sacramento
You can probably mark it now that the Timberwolves will not again win consecutive games this season. The Kings have been one of, if not the, worst team in the NBA of late. In the playoffs that might not be the case, but in the regular season, I think it holds true a lot,” Timberwolves coach Chris Finch said. The door was open for Sacramento to steal the game, and it did late. Lore met again with Timberwolves president of basketball operations Gersson Rosas, as well as Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé.
Jokic scores 25, Denver beats Portland for 4th straight win
PORTLAND, Ore. - (AP) -- Nikola Jokic scored 25 points and made three key free throws down the stretch to give the Denver Nuggets a 106-105 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday night. Michael Porter Jr. added 17 points, all in the opening quarter, and the Nuggets won their fourth straight. Damian Lillard scored 22 points for Portland, which has struggled against Western Conference teams that sit higher in the standings. Murray, who was averaging 21.2 points a game this season, was injured on April 12 in a game at Golden State. Trail Blazers: With a 3-pointer in the first quarter, Lillard moved past Jason Kidd into 10th place on the NBA's all-time 3s list.
Hield's late 3 lifts Kings past Timberwolves 128-125
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - (AP) -- Buddy Hield scored 29 points, including a 3-pointer with 8.8 seconds remaining, lifting the Sacramento Kings to a 128-125 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. “It was good to see him shooting and making his shot tonight,” Kings coach Luke Walton said. That's the type of shooter he is and that's what we want him doing.”De'Aaron Fox had 30 points, seven assists and five rebounds for the Kings. The Timberwolves haven't won consecutive games since beating the Pistons and Jazz in back-to-back games to open the season. Hield found his rhythm in the second game and shot 11 of 16 overall.
Anderson scores 2, Canadiens hold on to beat Oilers 4-3
EDMONTON, Alberta - (AP) -- Josh Anderson had two goals and the Montreal Canadiens withstood a late push by Edmonton, beating the Oilers 4-3 Wednesday night to split a two-game series. Jake Allen made 22 saves as the Canadiens picked up just their third win in nine games. The Oilers, who beat Montreal 4-1 on Monday and had won eight straight at home, missed a chance to pass the Winnipeg Jets for second in the standings. The Oilers' power play went to work later in the period, but continued to struggle against the Canadiens, who had killed 22 of 24 penalties against Edmonton coming into Wednesday. NOTES: Edmonton and Montreal will meet May 10 and 12 at the Bell Centre to wrap up their regular-season series.
Makenna Reid pitches a no-hitter, strikes out 17 in Tigard’s 2-0 win over rival Tualatin
A rivalry game was going on Wednesday evening at Tualatin High School, but junior Tigard pitcher Makenna Reid’s form was unrivaled. She came one walk away from pitching a perfect game, striking out 17 as she improved on some already dominant numbers this short spring season in a 2-0 win over Tualatin. Tigard’s runs Wednesday came on a Karen Spadafora RBI single in the first and a solo home run from Kali Kisor in the fifth. “It was good to just be on the field to have a rivalry game this year,” Kostel said. Camille Schmitz also pitched a solid game for Tualatin (3-2), striking out 12 and giving up five hits.
Portland Trail Blazers fail to close out the Denver Nuggets, fall 106-105: Game rewind
Portland Trail Blazers guard Norman Powell missed a baseline floater over Nikola Jokic as time expired, resulting in a 106-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night at the Moda Center. The Blazers got the score to 99-99, and then with 3:50 remaining Nurkic scored on a put-back to give Portland a 101-99 lead. With 1:15 on the clock, Jokic went under Nurkic for a layup that missed, but Nurkic was called for a foul. The challenge proved unsuccessful, and Jokic went to the free-throw line and made only the second shot to give the Nuggets a 104-103 lead. NEXT UP (Blazers schedule)The Blazers host Memphis (29-28) Friday and Sunday before starting a six-game trip Tuesday at Indiana (27-31).
Meet snooker's first 'gorgeous bachelor girl' of the baize
At first glance Rita Holmes’s story belongs to a lost world. Also gone is the Midland Billiards Club in Leyton, east London, owned by her father and the place where she learnt to play. Myriad other clubs and billiards halls that rode and sustained its boom as a participation sport, rather than a TV spectacle, from the 1920s through to the 1960s have also been torn down. Holmes was fortunate to be born into the trade and no member could stop her father from letting her play. When she gave up the sport she carried on her work in Chingford, north-east London, teaching dance and developing West End talent.
Spain, Portugal and Greece make plans to throw open borders to vaccinated Britons within weeks
Spain, Portugal and Greece will throw open their borders to vaccinated Britons within weeks, reports say. The UK travel industry has reportedly been told Covid passports are expected to be brought in from next month. But MPs warn the planned restart of international travel on May 17 is in jeopardy because of the Government's 'vague and costly' plans. Meanwhile Britain on Wednesday fell out of the 20 worst-hit countries for excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic. Britain on Wednesday fell out of the 20 worst-hit countries for excess deaths during the coronavirus pandemic, figures show.
Julius Randle, Knicks pull away from Hawks for NBA-best eighth consecutive win
Associated PressNEW YORK — Julius Randle had 40 points and 11 rebounds to lead New York to a 137-127 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, the Knicks’ NBA-best eighth straight win. Young left the game soon after and the Knicks took advantage, moving into fourth place in the Eastern Conference with the victory. Knicks — Randle, the reigning Eastern Conference Player of the Week, is the first Knicks player to earn that distinction since February 2017 (Kristaps Porzingis). LOOKING FOR A PLAYOFF PAYOFF: Neither the Knicks nor the Hawks have reached the playoffs for quite a while. HOW SWEEP IT IS: The Knicks won all three meetings against the Hawks this season.
Wizards, NBA season are starting to get good
The game, which the Wizards won 118-114, didn’t deliver as clean a performance as you would have hoped. LeBron James may be the biggest star in the NBA, and his long injury recovery has dampened the season. AdvertisementBefore the game, Wizards Coach Scott Brooks said of Curry, “He’s a genius on the court.” Through the years, Brooks has learned all too well that there is really no defense Curry hasn’t seen. The Wizards didn’t necessarily fool him in this one, but they challenged him with an attention to detail that other teams haven’t managed, especially of late. The Wizards reopened the doors and invited in the hottest player in the NBA, only to douse him with water.
Corey Kluber was least of Yankees’ problems
There was a time when this performance would have registered as a disappointing start by Corey Kluber. And it’s telling of the state of the Yankees that this performance is what encouragement looks like. Kluber threw four scoreless frames before losing track of the plate, but he really was the least of the Yankees’ worries Wednesday night in a 4-1 loss to the Braves. “With the expectations we all have for ourselves, it’s obviously hard to get past that fifth inning,” Kluber said. Corey Kluber Charles Wenzelberg“I didn’t set an expectation for myself because there were a lot of unknowns that I had coming into it,” Kluber said.
Vegas clinches playoff berth with 5-2 win over San Jose
1 of 9 Vegas Golden Knights' Mattias Janmark, left, celebrates after Jonathan Marchessault, right, score...1 of 9 Vegas Golden Knights' Mattias Janmark, left, celebrates after Jonathan Marchessault, right, score...LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Wednesday night for their eighth straight win. Vegas, which leads the NHL with 33 wins and 68 points, became the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff berth. The Golden Knights improved to 15-1-3 all-time against the Sharks in regular-season meetings — including a perfect 7-0-0 this season. Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl scored for San Jose, which is now mired in a 0-6-1 slide. The Sharks took a 2-1 lead just past midway through the second period before the Golden Knights scored four unanswered goals.
Báez hits slam, Cubs get boost from Mets errors in 16-4 romp
CHICAGO (AP) — Javier Báez hit a grand slam and the Chicago Cubs took advantage of a season-high four errors by the New York Mets in a 16-4 romp on a chilly Wednesday night at Wrigley Field. Báez, who struck out four times Tuesday, scored three runs in this one and hit his sixth career slam off reliever Trevor Hildenberger in the sixth inning. David Bote drove in four runs as the Cubs won their second straight after losing six of eight. The Mets committed three errors to match their highest total in an inning since April 16, 2019, at Philadelphia. Anthony Rizzo drove in the first run with a single, and things unraveled for the Mets from there.
Saints draft profiles: LB Zaven Collins, Tulsa
While the New Orleans Saints don’t often deviate from their draft approach in targeting the best prospects available, the team needs to address top roster needs in the 2021 NFL draft. This series has focused on top prospects at cornerback, but there are playmakers at linebacker New Orleans could target at No. One prospect in particular, who had one of his first substantive virtual interviews with the Saints, stands out: Tulsa’s Zaven Collins. Story continuesWith the departures of Kwon Alexander and Alex Anzalone, Collins offers a strong compliment next to Davis; his versatility and untapped potential are a great fit in Dennis Allen’s defense. RelatedSaints improve but neglect their top need in Mel Kiper's two-round mock draft Saints draft profiles: CB Caleb Farley, Virginia Tech Saints draft profiles: CB Greg Newsome II, NorthwesternList
Popular Browns draft projection Zaven Collins bulks up to DE weight
Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins has been one of the most popular projections for the Cleveland Browns’ first selection in the 2021 NFL draft. Much of that speculative projection was based on Collins’ outstanding athleticism for his size as a versatile off-ball linebacker. At that weight, playing as an off-ball linebacker is almost completely off the table, at least in a full-time role. Collins is now the dimensions of a full-time EDGE, bigger than many of the defensive end prospects in the class. 26 overall, but Collins isn’t playing linebacker at that weight.
Already big Tulsa LB prospect Zaven Collins even bigger before draft
Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins is one of the more intriguing prospects of the 2021 NFL draft because of his size and movement skills to play linebacker. At 6-4 and 259 pounds, where he measured and weighed in at his pro day, he is huge. According to SI.com’s Albert Breer, when Collins went to Indianapolis for medical for draft medical exams, he weighed in at 270 pounds, 11 pounds heavier than his pro day. Mostly projected as a linebacker to play in space, he is now more the size of an edge defender. However, it would be another case where the Cardinals draft someone and project him to be a player at a position he did not play in college.
Jury's swift verdict for Chauvin in Floyd death: Guilty
On Wednesday, Philonise Floyd described his thoughts while watching Chauvin being handcuffed. The now-fired white officer was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter. Gavin Newsom, a white man, who said on Twitter that Floyd “would still be alive if he looked like me. In the wake of Floyd’s death, demonstrations and scattered violence broke out in Minneapolis, around the country and beyond. Frazier, who shot the crucial video, said Chauvin gave the bystanders a “cold” and “heartless” stare.
Josef Korenar plays well, but Sharks suffer seventh straight loss
In his second NHL start, Korenar stopped 26 of 29 shots through two periods, giving his team a chance to beat the Golden Knights for the first time this season. Instead, Marc-Andre Fleury made 18 saves through two periods, as the Sharks fell to 0-5-2 against the Golden Knights this season. Marleau played in his 1,768th career NHL game Monday in what became a 3-2 shootout loss to the Golden Knights. Sharks coach Bob Boughner felt this was a good opportunity to get Korenar his second NHL start. Related Articles Sharks’ Patrick Marleau reaches (another) rare milestone tonight vs. Golden KnightsDid breaking Howe’s record make Marleau a Hall of Famer?
Arizona Diamondbacks rally in Cincinnati, beat Reds in extra innings
Arizona RepublicJosh VanMeter arched his back, straightened his stance and uncoiled his swing, launching a drive deep into the Cincinnati night. “Up there right now, this is probably our biggest win of the year,” Diamondbacks right fielder Kole Calhoun said. This is definitely a good one.”The Diamondbacks did not play especially well; it could be argued they didn’t really deserve to win. “To do it against a former team in their city -- a city I’ve spent quite a bit of time in, it felt really, really good,” VanMeter said. Those guys have come up in some really big spots and had some really good at-bats for us and they’ve helped us win a few ballgames here.
Coyotes drop another one to Wild; playoff chances take hit
But after a frustrating 4-1 loss to the Minnesota Wild Wednesday — one that saw the Coyotes register a season high 40 shots on goal to the Wild's 23 and take an early lead — the Coyotes' postseason chances took a big hit. With nine games left in the regular season, the Coyotes are 20-22-5 and one point ahead of the St. Louis Blues. Foligno got ahead of Alex Goligiski on a rush and zipped a shot between Coyotes goalie Darcy Kuemper's legs, then tumbled headlong into the boards. The Coyotes have a power play goal in four of their last five games. The Coyotes had 31 shots on goal to 16 for the Wild after two periods.
Nuggets survive wild finish vs. Blazers, extend winning streak to four
The Nuggets survived another frenetic finish, this time hanging on 106-105, as the Blazers’ Norm Powell missed a layup at the buzzer. The Nuggets owe no apologies after winning their fourth game in a row and improving to 38-20 on the season. When the Nuggets’ offense gets cold, it’s almost always out of an overreliance on 3-pointers. Barton led the Nuggets with 11 points in the quarter, weathering an ugly stretch that saw the Nuggets turn it over six times. Despite a slow start from Denver’s second unit, the Nuggets maintained pace with Portland’s potent offense thanks to their 3-point shooting.
Grand Canyon gains revenge against Arizona State with clutch pitching, hitting
But with Grand Canyon not having a weekend series, Ohl was called on to help close things out. Grand Canyon (23-15-1) bounced back from a 13-10 loss to ASU on Tuesday night at Phoenix Municipal Staium, and improved to 2-1 against the two in-state Pac-12 schools. Last week, they beat Arizona on a walk-off, 10th-inning home run by Channy Ortiz. "It's just made for the state of Arizona for all of us to play a round robin. This was the first time in more than a decade that ASU and GCU played each other in baseball.
Cubs offense explodes for 16 runs in blowout victory over Mets
But during the Cubs’ 3-1 victory on Tuesday, the offense found a way to put runs on the board without relying solely on the long ball and continued that recipe for success in Wednesday’s 16-4 victory against the Mets. The hit parade didn’t stop in the fourth as the Cubs scored three more runs in the fifth inning to extend the lead. “Keeping it simple is the key for a big team win,” shortstop Javy Baez said. I’m a big team player. Wednesday’s victory gave the Cubs their first series win since the team’s opening series against the Pirates.
Golden Knights clinch playoff berth with win over Sharks
Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and two assists, and the Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday to clinch their fourth consecutive playoff berth. Golden Knights right wing Mark Stone (61) readies to score past San Jose Sharks goaltender Josef Korenar (32) during the second period of an NHL game at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesGolden Knights defenseman Alex Pietrangelo (7) complains to the official during the first period of an NHL game at T-Mobile Arena versus the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesGolden Knights goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury (29) enters the ice to battle the San Jose Sharks for the first period of an NHL game at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 in Las Vegas. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Left_Eye_ImagesLeft wing Jonathan Marchessault had two goals and two assists, and the Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 at T-Mobile Arena on Wednesday to clinch their fourth consecutive playoff berth.
Vegas clinches playoff berth with 5-2 win over San Jose
LAS VEGAS - (AP) -- Jonathan Marchessault scored twice and the Vegas Golden Knights defeated the San Jose Sharks 5-2 on Wednesday night for their eighth straight win. Vegas, which leads the NHL with 33 wins and 68 points, became the first team in the NHL to clinch a playoff berth. Timo Meier and Tomas Hertl scored for San Jose, which is now mired in a 0-6-1 slide. The Sharks took a 2-1 lead just past midway through the second period before the Golden Knights scored four unanswered goals. Tuch blasted home the go-ahead goal with 50 seconds left in the second, giving Vegas its first lead of the game.
Chicago Cubs wallop the New York Mets 16-4 thanks to 13 hits and 4 Mets errors
The Chicago Cubs walloped the Mets 16-4 behind a seven-run fourth inning in which they sent 10 batters to the plate — and with the help of four errors by the Mets. The 16 runs were the Cubs’ most since Sept. 15, 2019, against the Pittsburgh Pirates, and they secured their first series win since the season-opening series against the Pirates.
Kiprizov sets rookie goal mark, Wild beat Coyotes 4-1
GLENDALE, Ariz. - (AP) -- Kirill Kripizov scored a dazzling goal to break Minnesota's rookie record, Cam Talbot stopped 39 shots and the Wild stretched their winning streak to five games with a 4-1 win over the Arizona Coyotes on Wednesday night. The Wild withstood a big initial flurry by Arizona and an early goal by Christian Dvorak in a tight-checking game. The Coyotes swarmed the Wild early in Wednesday's game, firing 11 of the first 12 shots. “I wasn't happy with the goal -- you never want to let in a goal that goes in off you,” Talbot said. The Wild won seven of eight games against Arizona, outscoring the Coyotes 32-12.
Clippers recover after poor start, beat Grizzlies 117-105
LOS ANGELES - (AP) -- Luke Kennard scored a season-high 28 points and the short-handed Los Angeles Clippers rallied from an 18-point, first-quarter deficit to beat the Memphis Grizzlies 117-105 on Wednesday night. Kennard scored 10 points, including six in a row, and Mann dunked off a pass from Yogi Ferrell to send them into the fourth leading 87-82. The Grizzlies got to 90-89 early in the fourth, but the Clippers pulled away down the stretch. Kennard hit his sixth 3-pointer, tying his career high. Clippers: Visit Houston on Friday in opener of three-game trip.
Báez hits slam, Cubs get boost from Mets errors in 16-4 romp
Báez, who struck out four times Tuesday, scored three runs in this one and hit his sixth career slam off reliever Trevor Hildenberger in the sixth inning. The flashy shortstop became the first player to go 0 for 4 with four strikeouts in one game and then hit a grand slam in the next since Gorman Thomas for Milwaukee in the first two games of the 1978 season, according to STATS.
Knicks beat Hawks in OT, extending winning streak at NBA-best 8 games
Only one player from each team has seen action in all of his team’s games this season. Huerter has played in all 59 for the Hawks, starting 44. Barrett has played and started in all 60 games for the Knicks. Randle and Solomon Hill have only missed one game each this season.
Mets let errors get to them in blowout loss to Cubs
They allowed 13 hits, walked eight batters and made four errors, including three during Chicago’s seven-run fourth inning. "We’re going to lose at least 50 games," Francisco Lindor said of the Mets, who are 7-6 and lead the NL East. Rojas doubled down on the Mets’ commitment to Davis as the starting third baseman. "There’s just a lot of bad things happening in that inning," Rojas said. "I felt the same physically (in the fourth inning)," Peterson said.
Aaron Boone plans to talk to Gleyber Torres about his not hustling in Yankees' loss to Atlanta
Aaron Boone said he would talk to Gleyber Torres about the Yankees shortstop not hustling on a check-swing grounder in front of the plate in the seventh inning of the Yankees’ 4-1 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday night. Torres, who used the "checked swing defense" in a postgame Zoom interview, said he had not yet spoken with Boone. It was the second time a Yankees player did not run hard to first base on Wednesday. "[I] feel like he's going to be a really good pitcher for us," Boone said. y.Hicks, Frazier back in lineupAfter benching them for one game, Boone put Aaron Hicks and Clint Frazier back in Wednesday’s lineup against Atlanta righthander Ian Anderson.
Cam Talbot stays sharp in net to help Wild steal win over Coyotes
It’s a good thing Wild goaltender Cam Talbot was sharp early in Wednesday’s game against the Arizona Coyotes. They looked completely disinterested for the opening 10 minutes, and the Coyotes took advantage with a flurry of offensive chances. Luckily for the Wild, Talbot stood on his head long enough to calm things down, and eventually his teammates caught up en route to a 4-1 win. Kevin Fiala, Marcus Foligno, Kirill Kaprizov and Nico Sturm scored goals, and Talbot finished with 39 saves to help steal the win. In the end, the Wild finished with a 7-1-0 record against the Coyotes this season and are a whopping 16 points ahead of them in the standings.
Tommy Wagner, Mike Maldonado help Commack to semifinal win over Brentwood
And, with Commack trailing Brentwood by a goal at halftime, Wagner wasn’t concerned. Wagner finished a free kick sent in by Mike Maldonado from about 15 yards out to tie the score at 1 less than seven minutes into the second half. Less than two minutes later, Maldonado scored the go-ahead goal as host Commack defeated No. Maldonado said he knew if he put the ball near the net, Wagner would finish it for the team’s first goal. We knew we were going to play Newfield in the county [final], too, they’ve been talking to us about it.
Portland Thorns clinch NWSL Challenge Cup final spot, beat rival OL Reign via gorgeous Lindsey Horan free kick
The NWSL regular season hasn’t even started yet, and already the Portland Thorns have clinched their spot in a tournament final. The Thorns won the West division of NWSL Challenge Cup with a 2-0 win Wednesday over OL Reign at Providence Park, securing their place in the tournament’s final. Both were sent off in an explosive Challenge Cup opener that included four red cards and resulted in a fine for Meghan Klingenberg, who rebuked the refereeing in that game. During the pandemic last year, the Challenge Cup was created as a way to bring the NWSL back without staging a full regular season. Up next, the Thorns finish their run through the West of the Challenge Cup when they head to Houston to play the Dash on May 2.
Blue Jays shake up lineup, beat Red Sox at Fenway
After the start was delayed 31 minutes by rain, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit an RBI single in the first inning and the Blue Jays scored three more runs in the second against Garrett Richards (0-2).
Doncic goes off for 30; Pistons run out of gas in 127-117 loss to Mavericks
In their last game against the Dallas Mavericks, the Pistons didn’t have an answer for Luka Doncic, who had 41 points and a triple-double. Doncic didn’t quite have a triple-double, but he proved tough to defend, leading the Mavericks to a 127-117 victory over the Pistons on Wednesday night at American Airlines Arena. The Pistons lost the first game of their two-game Texas road trip, with a back-to-back at San Antonio on Thursday. He had his third foul in the second quarter and his fourth before he broke a sweat in the second half. “Doncic is one of the best guards with his one-on-one play creating shots and he makes tough shots.
Boston Herald girls basketball All-Scholastics and league All-Stars
A two-time league co-MVP, Callahan earned league All-Star honors in each of her four seasons. Callahan led her team in points, assists, steals and blocks all four years, ending her career with 734 points, 492 rebounds, 268 steals, 283 assists and 195 blocks. The 6-foot forward is a three-time Middlesex League All-Star and finishes her career with 54 career double-doubles. A two-time Catholic Central League All-Star, D’Itria is a member of the National Honor Society. The three-time Patriot League All-Star averaged 14.8 points this season on the way to collecting the Patriot League MVP award.
D-backs beat Reds twice in snowy Cincinnati
CINCINNATI — Josh VanMeter hit a tying three-run homer in the ninth inning against his former team, and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cincinnati Reds 8-5 in 10 innings for their second win on Wednesday. In the conclusion of Tuesday’s night’s suspended game, Arizona held on for a 5-4 victory. Stefan Crichton pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his second save. VanMeter broke into the majors with Cincinnati in 2019 and was traded to Arizona on Aug. 31. Cincinnati wasted a terrific performance by Tyler Mahle, who struck out nine in 6 2/3 innings.
Thursday morning UK news briefing: Today's top headlines from The Telegraph
Welcome to your early-morning news briefing from The Telegraph - a round-up of the top stories we are covering on Thursday. To receive twice-daily briefings by email, sign up to our Front Page newsletter for free. Johnny Mercer: Boris Johnson's 'cowards' have 'betrayed' Northern Ireland veteransJohnny Mercer, the sacked Defence Minister, has accused Boris Johnson of surrounding himself with “cowards” and “desperately weak” advisers who had “betrayed” veterans of the Northern Ireland conflict. In an exclusive interview with The Telegraph, Mr Mercer launched an excoriating attack on Mr Johnson’s administration, claiming his experience during two years as Veterans’ Minister had been “horrific”. Stay up-to-date with breaking news and the latest politics from The Telegraph throughout the day.
Oklahoma lawmakers confronted by more than two dozen protesters
More than two dozen angry protesters swarmed the Oklahoma House of Representatives chamber during a session on Wednesday to demonstrate against several bills that target demonstrators and trans girls. The House and Senate were forced to lock their chambers as the protesters entered the Capitol's House gallery on the fifth floor while lawmakers were in session. One of the bills the group showed up to demonstrate against was a Republican-backed anti-protest bill that shields motorists who strike protesters with their cars when caught in a 'riot'. Oklahoma is one of more than a dozen states where lawmakers are proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for trans minors this year. Opponents of the Oklahoma bill have expressed concern that its passage could lead to the NCAA moving its College Softball World Series, which is held each year in Oklahoma City and is expected to generate more than $20million in revenue for the city.
Podium protests banned at Tokyo, Beijing Olympics after poll
More than two-thirds of 3,547 athletes polled said it is "not appropriate to demonstrate or express their views" on the victory podium, field of play or at official ceremonies, the International Olympic Committee said. "The majority of participating athletes did not think it is appropriate for athletes to express individual views during the opening ceremony, on the podium nor on the field of play," an IOC statement said. "The respondents were most likely to believe it appropriate for athletes to demonstrate or express their individual views in the media, in press conferences and in the mixed zones." The decision to bar demonstrations could meet opposition given the widespread "take a knee" and raised-fist protests in several sports in support of the Black Lives Matters movement. The US Olympic and Paralympic Committee has already promised not to sanction American athletes for "respectful" demonstrations in support of racial and social justice at the Tokyo Games.
Tokyo Olympics organisers report first torch relay virus case
Organisers insist the Olympic torch relay can be held safely under strict antivirus guidelinesAdvertising Read moreTokyo (AFP)Tokyo Olympics organisers reported the first infection from the nationwide torch relay on Thursday, as the pandemic continues to play havoc with the massive event. They pledged to work with medical authorities to "take the precautions needed to put on a safe and secure torch relay". The Asahi daily reported that Kyoto may suggest holding the relay inside the city's Nijo Castle -- a UNESCO world heritage site. Okinawa in southern Japan and Matsuyama city in the west of the country have also scrapped the public torch relay over rising Covid-19 cases. Organisers insist the relay, which involves around 10,000 runners passing through all 47 prefectures, can be held safely under strict antivirus guidelines.
Steph Curry finally goes cold as Bradley Beal rallies Wizards past Warriors
Beal scored 29 points as the glamorous matchup with Curry mostly fizzled until Washington’s late rally. He pounded his chest after scoring on a drive with 2:44 left and drawing a sixth foul on Draymond Green. Beal converted the three-point play to bring Washington within one, and he found Davis Bertans for a 3-pointer that put the Wizards ahead for good with two minutes remaining. The Wizards lost rookie Deni Avdija to a scary-looking lower right leg injury late in the first half. UP NEXT: The Warriors play nine of their final 13 games at home, starting Friday night against Denver.
Wizards welcome back fans, fend off Warriors on eventful night at Capital One Arena
“That was one of the wildest games I’ve coached,” the Wizards’ Scott Brooks said. That opened the lane up for hard drives from Westbrook, Beal and even Bertans, the three-point specialist who helped close the game from short range, for once. The trio had all but three of the Wizards’ 32 points in the fourth quarter. After a topsy-turvy night of energy, joy and loss, Brooks had one message for his streaking team: Focus on the next game. “I know we’ve won six in a row, but that has nothing to do with our next game,” Brooks said.
Streaking Knicks clip Hawks to move into fourth in East
With their 3-point shooting frenzy, the Knicks survived the physical battle, which forced Hawks superstar Trae Young to miss the fourth quarter and OT. He scored two big baskets in the final 1:18 of the fourth quarter, but the Knicks couldn’t finish off Atlanta. In the final minute of the third quarter, Young drove the lane and Pelle contested his shot, getting entangled and landing on Young’s foot. Noel returned in the fourth quarter to a big hand from the Garden crowd and had a big block late in the fourth and OT. It was a fireworks frenzy in the first half, leaving the Knicks trailing the Hawks 69-67 as Young punished them.
Mets hammered by Cubs in 16-4 disaster
Officially the Mets committed only four errors, but that didn’t include other obvious miscues that unofficially fit the category in a 16-4 beatdown by the Cubs at Wrigley Field. David Bote laces a two-run single during the Mets’ 16-4 blowout loss to the Cubs. Matt Duffy followed with a bases-loaded walk to tie the game before David Bote blooped a two-run single. Eric Sogard delivered an RBI single and scored on Ian Happ’s grounder off Lindor’s glove and subsequent throwing error. Before the inning was finished, the Cubs added another run on Bote’s RBI fielder’s choice that buried the Mets in a 10-4 hole.
Paul, Booker lead Suns past undermanned 76ers, 116-113
Chris Paul scored 28 points, Devin Booker had 19 and Mikal Bridges 18 to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 116-113 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The Sixers again played without starters Ben Simmons (unspecified illness) and Tobias Harris (right knee). Embiid has missed 18 games this season with injuries that include a bone bruise on his right knee that cost him 11 games after the All-Star break, back tightness and right knee pain. So I guess in that way we’re coming a long way, but we still have a long way to go." Suns: Count Rivers among the fans of Suns coach, and former 76ers assistant, Monty Williams.
Raptors ride strong 3rd quarter to 114-103 win over Nets
Pascal Siakam had 27 points and nine rebounds, OG Anunoby scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors seized control in the third quarter in a 114-103 victory over the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night, extending their winning streak to four games. Kyrie Irving had 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Nets, and Bruce Brown added 21 points and 14 rebounds. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMToronto made 13 of 24 shots (54%) and outscored the Nets 36-23 in the third quarter. Raptors: The Raptors used a different starting lineup for an eighth straight game. Raptors: Play at New York on Saturday afternoon.
Jessica Korda shoots 7-under 64 to take LA Open lead
Jessica Korda tees off at the first hole during the first round of the LPGA's Hugel-Air Premia LA...Jessica Korda tees off at the first hole during the first round of the LPGA's Hugel-Air Premia LA...LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jessica Korda birdied three of the final four holes for a 7-under 64 and a one-stroke lead Wednesday after the first round of the HUGEL Air Premia LA Open. Korda had eight birdies and a bogey at Wilshire Country Club. Nelly Korda was two strokes back at 66 with Dana Finkelstein, Su Oh, Carlota Ciganda and Austin Ernst. ADVERTISEMENTLydia Ko opened with a 78, four days after winning the Lotte Championship in Hawaii at 28-under 260. Patty Tavatanakit had a 75 in her first event since winning the ANA Inspiration for her first major and first LPGA Tour victory.
Knicks beat Hawks 122-119, win streak at NBA-best 8 games
NEW YORK (AP) — Julius Randle had 40 points and 10 rebounds to lead New York to a 137-127 overtime victory over the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night, the Knicks’ NBA-best eighth straight win. Lou Williams added 11 points for the Hawks, who had won nine of their last 11 games. The Hawks had won five consecutive road games against Eastern Conference opponents. LOOKING FOR A PLAYOFF PAYOFFNeither the Knicks nor the Hawks have reached the playoffs for quite a while. HOW SWEEP IT ISThe Knicks won all three meetings against the Hawks this season.
Curry finally goes cold, Beal rallies Wizards past Warriors
Curry, who came in having overtaken Beal for the NBA scoring lead, had 18 points on 7-of-25 shooting, including 2 of 14 on 3s. It was something that hadn’t been done before, and it was going to end at some point,” Curry said. Jordan Poole added 22 points and hit back-to-back 3-pointers midway through the fourth quarter that put the Warriors up by 11. Fighting for a Western Conference playoff spot, the Warriors went 3-2 on their trip, also losing a close game at Boston despite 47 points from Curry. The Wizards did not provide any detail on the injury after the game, but Brooks would not rule out Avdija returning this season.
Roundup: Freshman Brynne Nally leads Pacifica to softball upset of No. 1 Los Alamitos
1-ranked Los Alamitos its first defeat in high school softball. Freshman Brynne Nally limited the Griffins’ powerful hitting attack to three hits while striking out six as Garden Grove Pacifica defeated Los Alamitos 3-2 on Wednesday. Los Alamitos is now 10-1. Pacifica softball beat Los Alamitos today 3-2! AdvertisementHarvard-Westlake 7, Loyola 0: Freshman Thomas Bridges threw six shutout innings and Jacob Galloway had two hits and two RBIs.
Girls basketball: Top-ranked Mitty, playing its first game in 407 days, fades late in loss to St. Mary’s-Stockton
SAN JOSE — The last time the Archbishop Mitty girls basketball team took the court, the Monarchs were hoisting a Northern California Open Division championship trophy. “We’re better than that, but we need to tip our caps to St. Mary’s Stockton,” longtime Mitty coach Sue Phillips said. “We haven’t played a high school game in 14 months. Mitty players wore masks even while playing, covering their mouths. St. Mary’s players did not cover their mouths or noses.
Red Sox fall behind early, lose to Blue Jays
Garrett Richards allowed four runs in the first two innings Wednesday night, and the Red Sox could never fully recover, dropping a 6-3 decision to the Blue Jays at Fenway Park. But Richards couldn’t find a feel for his fastball, and he paid for it in a three-run second inning. Richards left a four-seamer over the plate that Marcus Semien slapped to left field for a leadoff single. Richards then got the ground ball he wanted out of Biggio, but the Sox couldn’t complete the double play. Richards was out after 4? innings, allowing four runs on four hits with six walks and two strikeouts.
Greater Lawrence football weathers early deficit, goes the distance in season finale against Whittier
Hardly anything about the Fall II season has been normal for the Greater Lawrence football program. “For it to end the way it did was just the whipped cream on top of an odd season,” Greater Lawrence coach Tony Sarkis said. But Greater Lawrence (3-2) answered with a 64-yard sprint to the end zone from senior Tiago Fernandes and classmate Gustavo Regalado added the game-tying conversion. Sarkis lauded the game plan from defensive coordinator Chris Fusco, which limited a “methodical” Whittier offense to 8 points. Girls’ soccerApponequet 4, Greater New Bedford 2 — The Lakers (6-1) had four scorers, including junior Devin Sylvia netting her eighth of the season, in the South Coast win.
ASU basketball standout Kimani Lawrence to return for another season
The Arizona State men's basketball team will have a distinctively different look to it with 10 newcomers next season. But there will be a familiar face too as senior forward Kimani Lawrence has decided to return for a repeat senior season. The NCAA granted the seniors the opportunity to return due to the unusual season which resulted from the coronavirus pandemic. Lawrence averaged 8.1 points and five rebounds in 23 games, 15 of which he started. Lawrence will be the most veteran player on the squad, heading into his fifth year and with 53 career starts.
Led by Luka Doncic’s near triple-double, Mavericks get much-needed win over Pistons
If so, it’s a safe bet they were in response to yet another Mavericks first-quarter deficit, their foil in a recent playoff-hampering losing skid. But as the Mavericks settled in the second quarter of 127-117 home win over the Detroit Pistons, fans throughout the Metroplex likely calmed down, too. Despite 11 points from Doncic, the Mavericks trailed by as many as eight points and entered the second quarter down, 36-33. Grant’s foul trouble after he drew his third late in the second quarter and his fourth 30 seconds after halftime also helped stymie the Piston’s upset push. Kleber suffered a lower back contusion after taking a charge against Tyler Cook early in the second quarter.
Cubs’ left-handed relievers finding early success in Cubs bullpen
It wasn’t always certain what the Cubs would get from their left-handed options in the bullpen during spring training, but the lefties in the bullpen have started to show what they can do. There were few left-handed bullpen options for David Ross last season before the team acquired Andrew Chafin at the trade deadline. The four relievers have a combined 3.26 ERA in 19 1/3 innings this season. He looks like he’s in a really good place. “Justin Steele, Brad Wieck, we’ve got some really good lefties.
Bishop Gorman strikes early, often in baseball win over Coronado
Tyler Whitaker was 3-for-4 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored as Bishop Gorman pounded 18 hits and defeated Coronado in five innings Wednesday. Bishop Gorman's Anthony Marnell (4) celebrates a walk-off hit with his team in the fifth inning of a baseball game against Coronado at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoBishop Gorman's Gunnar Myro (8) runs home for a run against Coronado in the fifth inning of the baseball game at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoCoronado's Mason McCormack (28) moves away from a pitch against Bishop Gorman in the fifth inning of the baseball game at Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, Wednesday, April 21, 2021. (Erik Verduzco / Las Vegas Review-Journal) @Erik_VerduzcoBishop Gorman baseball coach Gino DiMaria said his team relaxed after taking an 8-0 lead over Cimarron-Memorial in its opener.
Katie Johnson scores Red Stars’ first goal of season, but team settles for draw
Ahead of the Red Stars’ match on Wednesday evening against Kansas City, coach Rory Dames spoke about the difference it would make having his entire roster available, and it did. The Red Stars created more attacking opportunities than in either of their first two matches and found the back of the net, but had to settle for a 1-1 draw against visiting Kansas City. Defensively the Red Stars’ backline looked strong. It’s the Challenge Cup, a learning lesson and it won’t happen again going forward.”The Red Stars answered in the 81st minute with the equalizer from Katie Johnson. It was the Red Stars’ first goal of the season.
Blackhawks stun Predators with stirring rally, lending credibility to playoff hopes
The Blackhawks will need a miraculous three-week comeback to make the playoffs. It has been years since the Hawks won a regular-season game of this significance, much less in this fashion. “If you want to be a playoff team, you have to win some games like that. Entering Wednesday, the Hawks had scored three or more goals on the Predators just two times in 22 games since the start of the 2017 playoffs. Whether it’s backchecking or finishing a check or getting the puck out of the zone, everyone here wants to win.
Bulls have momentum crushed in Cleveland by playing the turnover game
Oh those turnovers. Eight in the first quarter alone, 12 by the half in which Cleveland scored 16 points off of, and 20 for the game. Sexton finished the game with 30 points and seven assists, while Garland had 25 points and four assists. 9 Indiana, a game behind the Wizards, and a half game behind the Raptors. The Bulls now have nine straight games against Eastern Conference playoff teams, starting Thursday against Charlotte.
Winderman’s view: Heat 107, Spurs 87
-- Spoelstra, pregame, on Tuesday’s verdict in Minneapolis, “I think everybody had a heavy heart and some form of anxiety and anticipation of what the verdict could be yesterday. We did talk about in our team meeting this morning. And you have mixed emotions about it. On the one hand, you feel great that’s there been accountability, and a step in the right direction in terms of equal justice. But you’re still very saddened that it took the loss of life for it to get to this point.”
Super League isn’t dead, just on ‘standby,’ Real Madrid president says. ‘It would be a shame not to get it done.’
“We accepted the invitation to participate in the Super League project with the genuine intention to deliver the best possible European competition for football fans around the world and in the best interest of the club and our own fans,” the club said. “Change is not always easy, but evolution is necessary for progress, and the structures of European football have evolved and changed over the decades.”
Adebayo, Butler lead Heat by Spurs for third straight win
SAN ANTONIO - (AP) -- Bam Adebayo scored 23 points while Jimmy Butler had 18 points and 11 assists to help the Miami Heat beat the San Antonio Spurs 107-87 on Wednesday night for their third straight victory. Derrick White added 13 points, Dejounte Murray had 11 and no other player scored in double figures for the Spurs, who have lost five straight at home. Butler, Adebayo, and Herro were all listed as questionable with leg injuries but contributed early for the Heat with Adebayo setting the tone offensively and defensively. San Antonio had won two straight but was unable to continue the explosive offense it demonstrated on the road. The Spurs shot 10 for 35 on 3-pointers and failed to score 100 points for the first time since losing to Denver 106-96 on April 7, a span of seven games.
Clarkson scores 22 points, NBA-leading Jazz beat Rockets
HOUSTON - (AP) -- Jordan Clarkson scored 22 points, Joe Ingles had 21 and the NBA-leading Utah Jazz beat the Houston Rockets 112-89 on Wednesday night. Clarkson and Ingles are both contenders for the NBA's Sixth Man of the Year Award. While Clarkson provided his usual high-energy spark off the bench, Ingles got the start on Wednesday night. It doesn't affect me or my thought going into a game, and I'd feel pretty confident saying the same for (Clarkson). You can be up 20 and win the game by four points, and even though you still won, it feels like a different game.
AP source: NFL exploring changes to scouting combine
The NFL is exploring changes to the annual NFL scouting combine to improve the professional and medical experience for draft prospects, a person familiar with those discussions told The Associated Press on Wednesday. About 150 draft prospects did in-person medical evaluations in Indianapolis earlier this month. The league is seeking input from players who attended the combine previously and rookies who went through this year's version. “At the combine, you're limited to how many times you can talk to them, how long you can talk to them for,” he said. You're going to do the same thing on pro day.”___More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Doncic, Mavs beat Pistons 127-117 to stop 4-game home skid
DALLAS - (AP) -- Luka Doncic had 30 points and 10 rebounds, Kristaps Porzingis added 19 points and seven boards and the Dallas Mavericks beat the Detroit Pistons 127-117 on Wednesday night to stop a four-game home losing streak. The Pistons' deficit was 16 points by the time Grant finally got back in the flow of the game early in the fourth quarter. UP NEXTPistons: The second night of a back-to-back is in San Antonio on Thursday, the middle game of a three-game road trip. The Pistons have lost nine of their past 10 games at the Spurs. Mavericks: The first of consecutive home games against the Lakers is also the second night of a back-to-back Thursday.
Knicks tough out overtime win over Hawks for eighth consecutive victory
With a seven-game winning streak, facing an Atlanta Hawks team holding the fourth-seed in the Eastern Conference a half-game ahead of the Knicks, the Knicks had the chance to make a statement. The Knicks survived this battle, the body count and the score, as they took a 137-127 overtime win, their eighth straight victory. But the Hawks fought back, trying the score before Randle gave the Knicks the lead again with a short jumper with 1:14 left. Randle got the ball in his hands but missed a tough turnaround jumper as time expired to send the game to overtime. Losing Young for a Hawks team already without Danilo Gallinari, DeAndre Hunder and Cam Reddish was a severe blow.
Yankees' offense stays cold, manages just five hits in loss to Atlanta
Corey Kluber threw four shutout innings on Wednesday night before tiring and getting charged with two runs in the fifth. But the way the Yankees are hitting, Kluber could have pitched great all night and it might not have mattered a bit. In 4 2/3 innings, Kluber was charged with two runs and two hits with four walks and two strikeouts. Kluber threw 91 pitches, the most since he threw 98 for Cleveland on April 26, 2019. In 10 1/3 innings, Kluber had surrendered 16 hits, including three home runs, and walked seven.
Kluber faulters in fifth as Yankees fall to Braves
Giancarlo Stanton had a 117.3 mph lineout but went hitless, dropping to 3 for his last 34. Gleyber Torres had a hit but is just 4 for his last 32 with one RBI this season. Aaron Hicks is in a 1-for-17 rut, although he walked twice. Clint Frazier blooped a ninth-inning single to break a 1-for-27 slide, picking up his first RBI of the season in his 45th plate appearance.
Darius Bazley matches career-high 26 points set earlier this week for Thunder vs. Pacers
Former Princeton High School standout Darius Bazley matched his career-high scoring effort - set earlier this week - with another 26 points in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 122-116 loss Wednesday night to the Indiana Pacers, adding nine rebounds, two assists and a steal. Social media reactions:On Monday, Bazley scored 26 points and added seven rebounds and three assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder's 119-107 loss to the Washington Wizards. Bazley, 20, entered Wednesday averaging 12.7 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this season - his second for the Thunder. He and former Moeller High School standout Jaxson Hayes - drafted No. 8 overall out of Texas and now playing for the New Orleans Pelicans - became the first two former Greater Cincinnati high school players selected in the first round of the same draft.
Amir Garrett blows save after 3-run lead, Cincinnati Reds lose third consecutive game
Cincinnati Reds manager David Bell tried to show his faith in struggling closer Amir Garrett by bringing him out of the bullpen with a three-run lead in the ninth inning. The Reds have lost four of their five games against the Diamondbacks this season. The Diamondbacks scored five runs in the 10th inning. More runs scored on a wild pitch, a hit batsman and a two-run single by Wyatt Mathisen. The Reds were hoping Garrett could preserve the shutout and iron out his command issues, but it turned into the team’s third consecutive loss.
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Though the award-winning University of Arizona marching band has resumed practices, it won't be in the stadium when the Wildcats start their football season on Nov. 6. This will be the first time since 1922 that the Pride has not performed at UA football games.
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull on retiring 13 of last 14 in nightcap: 'I was rolling'
Tigers' Spencer Turnbull on retiring 13 of last 14 in nightcap: 'I was rolling'Tigers starter Spencer Turnbull allowed two hits and struck out six in five innings to earn a split of the doubleheader against the Pirates.
Wednesday's local scoreboard
Also receiving votes: Grove City 3, Westerville South 2, Dublin Jerome and Upper Arlington 1. Also: Lakewood 26, Buckeye Valley 15, Bloom-Carroll 5, Jonathan Alder 4, Highland 2. Boys lacrosseJonathan Alder 13, Licking Valley 9Boys volleyballThomas Worthington def. Pickerington North 25-10, 25-16, 25-14COLLEGESField hockeyBig Ten quarterfinalOhio State 4, Penn State 3, OTOSU (6-8) — Goals: Trzaska, Maloney, Charley, Hourihane. Men’s lacrosseOtterbein 19, Marietta 4Capital 17, Heidelberg 4Women’s lacrosseOtterbein 12, Marietta 8Wooster 16, Ohio Wesleyan 4HonorsEmily Londot and Mac Podraza (Ohio State): All-America women’s volleyballBee Kuehn and Kat Walton (Capital): OAC women’s lacrosseCharlie Webb (Denison) and Levi Kilian (Ohio Wesleyan): NCAC men’s trackZoe Price (Ohio Wesleyan) and Sarah Radziewicz (Denison): NCAC women’s trackSophia Alexander (Denison): NCAC women’s golf
Oklahoma school funding boost earns unanimous House support
A bill that would do away with a polarizing charter school settlement and offer new revenue to public schools passed unanimously in the Oklahoma House. The Redbud School Funding Act, or Senate Bill 229, advanced past the House floor on Wednesday. Although charter schools would earn revenue formerly unavailable to them, it would come at great expense to traditional school districts. Oklahoma school districts earn an average of $330 per student from local tax sources for their building fund, which supports school facilities. Tulsa Public Schools and Oklahoma City Public Schools likely would be the hardest-hit districts if the charter school settlement stands.
Red Sox lose to Blue Jays as the Garrett Richards experiment still isn’t working
That the Jays somehow managed just four runs off Richards is a minor miracle in itself. When runners were on base, Richards looked unsettled. Then he stood there motionless, looking straight at the catcher while Semien took off and stole second base easily. All four runs allowed by Richards were scored in the first or second inning. With the speedy Semien at third base, Verdugo had no shot to get him at home, but fired up a bullet anyways.
Curry finally goes cold, Beal rallies Wizards past Warriors
But he wasn't consistent enough to hold off Beal and Westbrook late. The Wizards lost rookie Deni Avdija to a scary-looking lower right leg injury late in the first half. Half the seats in the lower bowl remained covered by blue plastic and masked fans were sprinkled throughout all levels. The game hosts and dancers entertained fans virtually, and the national anthem was prerecorded. Beal took a microphone at half court to thank the fans before tipoff.
State of excellence: Lobo, Aggie women win golf league titles
It is UNM’s first title since 2014 and the ninth conference championship in program history, which is the most in the MWC. “It’s hard to put into words how amazing it is to win the conference championship with this team, with our coaches. It means the world to all of us.”New Mexico State, meanwhile, overcame a two-stroke deficit to win its 10th Western Athletic Conference title by seven strokes at Boulder Creek Golf Club in Boulder City, Nevada. The Aggies have now won six of the last seven WAC Championships, and their 10 WAC titles are the most in the league. The Lobos and Aggies will learn their NCAA Regional destination during the NCAA Selection Show next Wednesday on the Golf Channel.
Pitino: ‘I want to listen and learn’ on racial issues
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........Richard Pitino doesn’t pretend to know the answers. And now as the head coach of a UNM Lobos roster comprised primarily of young Black men, he has the same opinion. Let them have a voice, explain and teach us, and help us learn how to make change. “I don’t know if (Tuesday) – if you can celebrate because you lost a life in George Floyd,” Pitino said Wednesday. The Twin Cities need it badly – to be able to somewhat heal together.
Carlsbad’s Rogers wins for Miami, lowers ERA to 1.64
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........MIAMI – The Baltimore Orioles were eager to swing, and Trevor Rogers was happy to let them. Rogers needed only seven pitches in the first inning and eight in the sixth. He had really good stuff today, and we knew that coming in.”Rogers threw 82 pitches to become the first Miami starter to go seven innings. He has both of the rotation’s victories after posting a 6.11 ERA in seven starts in 2020. The last nine Orioles went down in order.
Former New Mexico State hoops coach Trakh retires from USC
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........LOS ANGELES — Mark Trakh is retiring as Southern California women’s basketball coach after four years at the helm in his second stint with the school. Trakh, who also coached at New Mexico State from 2011-17, turns 66 next month. His overall record of 155-114 is second in program history behind Linda Sharp. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................Trakh had a 65-50 record in his second stint with USC. In 26 years as a college head coach, including 11 seasons (1994-2004) at Pepperdine and six (2012-17) at New Mexico State, he posted a 458-317 mark (.591).
Shohei Ohtani hits 100th pro home run during Angels' loss to Rangers
Two-way star Shohei Ohtani recorded the 100th home run of his combined pro career in Japan and the United States on Wednesday, a day after throwing four scoreless innings in his second pitching start of the Los Angeles Angels’ season. Ohtani batted second as the designated hitter and hit a solo shot off Texas starter Mike Foltynewicz in the third inning to put the home team ahead 2-0 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. He played five seasons for the Hokkaido Nippon Ham Fighters in Japan before joining the Angels on a minor-league contract in 2018, with his transfer regulated by MLB’s collective-bargaining agreement. His third-inning solo shot was his 52nd homer with the Angels and fifth of the season. The Angels led 3-1 after seven innings, but Mike Mayers (1-1) gave up a go-ahead, three-run homer to Adolis Garcia in the top of the eighth that turned the Angels’ two-run lead into a one-run deficit.
IOC President Thomas Bach says plan for new state of emergency in Tokyo doesn't affect Olympics
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on Wednesday expressed support for the Japanese government’s plan to impose a fresh coronavirus state of emergency in Tokyo, but said the decision is unrelated to the approaching games. Speaking at a news conference after a meeting of the IOC executive board, Bach said the decision is a proactive response appropriate for the Golden Week holiday period, which falls just three months before the Olympic opening ceremony. The IOC and the Japanese organizing committee have been working to stage the Tokyo Olympics this summer — following a one-year postponement — by prioritizing the safety of athletes and others involved. Asked whether he thinks holding the Olympics without spectators is an option amid the pandemic, Bach said the IOC will continue to consult with the Tokyo organizing committee regarding the issue. Last month, the IOC and other organizing bodies of the Tokyo Games agreed to hold the Olympics and Paralympics without overseas spectators.
Bodycam shows police warning Saints' Marshon Lattimore about gun being so close to groin
Cleveland cops were thoroughly concerned that New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore would shoot his member off after they discovered he had a gun awfully close to his groin during a police stop last month. Police bodycam footage shows the moment when officers surrounded the vehicle Lattimore and three others were riding in after allegedly stopping the car because the driver had committed multiple traffic violations in Cleveland on March 26. Video shows the officers commenting on how strong the odor of marijuana is inside the vehicle before one asks Lattimore if he has a gun. 'Jesus f*****g Christ, you play for the Saints,' one officer remarks before later telling the player: 'You got a lot of stuff going for you.' New Orleans Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore was arrested late on March 26 in his native Cleveland for allegedly being in possession of a stolen handgun.
Oklahoma lawmakers confronted by more than two dozen protesters
More than two dozen angry protesters swarmed the Oklahoma House of Representatives chamber during a session on Wednesday to demonstrate against several bills that target demonstrators and trans girls. The House and Senate were forced to lock their chambers as the protesters entered the Capitol's House gallery on the fifth floor while lawmakers were in session. One of the bills the group showed up to demonstrate against was a Republican-backed anti-protest bill that shields motorists who strike protesters with their cars when caught in a 'riot'. Oklahoma is one of more than a dozen states where lawmakers are proposing restrictions on athletics or gender-confirming health care for trans minors this year. Opponents of the Oklahoma bill have expressed concern that its passage could lead to the NCAA moving its College Softball World Series, which is held each year in Oklahoma City and is expected to generate more than $20million in revenue for the city.
Suns escape with win after Embiid's Hail Mary toss rattles in and out
Mikal Bridges had 18, Cameron Johnson contributed 15 points and DeAndre Ayton tallied 10 for the Suns. Danny Green scored 18 points, Tyrese Maxey added 14, Furkan Korkmaz put up 12 and George Hill had 11. On the very next possession, Embiid launched his one-handed Hail Mary as time expired. Elsewhere, Pascal Siakam scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds as the Toronto Raptors defeated the Brooklyn Nets 114-103 for their fourth straight win. Kyrie Irving had 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the short-handed Nets.
Magic Johnson on taking COVID-19 vaccine, Lakers’ players comfort level & attending games
The two also talked about Johnson recently taking the COVID-19 vaccine, and how that could do more than just protect himself from the virus. Lakers controlling governor Jeanie Buss and Lakers forward Montrezl Harrell posted recently on their respective social media accounts that they received the COVID-19 vaccine. So when Johnson talked last week with Buss, Pelinka and Linda Rambis (the Lakers’ executive director of community relations & special projects), he learned some encouraging news about the players’ comfort level with the COVID-19 vaccine. But it’s all about getting the information.”The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association have not required players to take the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s not just impact on the players of today, but also in the Black community,” Johnson said.
Houston Rockets' Sterling Brown recovering in Houston after assault in Miami
The Associated PressHOUSTON (AP) — Rockets guard/forward Sterling Brown is back in Houston recovering from injuries sustained when he was assaulted outside a strip club in Miami early Monday morning. The incident report says that there were no witnesses at the scene and the club personnel said they did not see what happened. The Rockets released a statement about the incident on Monday that said that Brown was the victim of an assault. Silas said he could not comment on why Porter was on the health and safety protocols list. But he did say that he talks to his team often about the league’s health and safety protocols and the importance of following them.
One team will get Zaven Collins gift at 2021 NFL Draft
Maybe it will be the valedictorian of his senior class, and who cares if the class was only 47 strong? Maybe that gift will be linebacker Zaven Collins. “I’m good at getting after someone’s [butt] from about five yards back — that’s where I’m lethal, I think,” Collins said. “I’m not like a rage person, I don’t really go crazy out there on the field and turn into a different person,” Collins says. Zaven Collins: Too good to be true.
Yankees’ offense sputters again in ugly loss to Braves
The Yankees snapped their five-game losing streak Tuesday, but a night later, their brutal early season offensive funk remained alive and well. Without the bases-loaded wild pitch the Braves gifted to them Tuesday to mask their struggles, the Yankees’ offense continued to sputter in a 4-1 loss to Atlanta on Wednesday night at a frigid Yankee Stadium. It was another lifeless loss for the Yankees (6-11), who mustered just five hits (all singles). But even a perfect outing wouldn’t have been enough to save the Yankees on this night. A dejected Gary Sanchez walks to the dugout after striking out during the Yankees’ 4-0 loss to the Braves.
Rangers not letting loss to Islanders deter playoff push
Their loss to the Islanders, coupled with the Bruins’ victory over the Sabres, extended the Rangers’ deficit for the final playoff spot to six points with just 10 games remaining. But as one-sided as the 6-1 loss to the rival Islanders was, it didn’t diminish this young team’s confidence. “Same mindset as we had even before we lost that game: We’re still in [the mix] to get a playoff spot,” defenseman Adam Fox said Wednesday following practice. And four of their remaining contests are against the Flyers and Sabres, two teams out of contention in the East Division. Adam Fox NHLI via Getty ImagesGoaltender Igor Shesterkin will start in net Thursday against the Flyers, Rangers coach David Quinn said.
NFL eliminates preseason OTs, defeats Eagles proposal
NFL owners on Wednesday approved eliminating overtime in preseason games and expanded selection of jersey numbers for receivers, running backs and defensive backs. We have the technology, really good technology now. Falcons president Rich McKay APTroy Vincent, a former player who oversees league football operations, senses value in something close to the Eagles’ suggestion. Increasing available numbers was a matter of necessity, Vincent and McKay explained. With 16 practice players, some of whom can be active on game day, plus retired numbers, teams found themselves in need of more options.
Short-handed Nets no match for Raptors
The tail end of a back-to-back, marked the Nets’ 11th straight defeat on the road against the Raptors, dating to their last victory on Feb. 4, 2015. Pascal Siakam had 27 points and OG Anunoby scored 25 for the Raptors who have won four straight, and 24 of 26 against the Nets. OG Anunoby dunks between Blake Griffin (2) and Kyrie Irving during the Nets’ 114-103 loss to the Raptors. That’s when the Raptors went off on an extended 31-10 third-quarter run, capped by an 8-0 stretch, as the Nets lost contact. The Nets went static and immobile on both ends of the court, while the Raptors shot 12-for-17 in that seven minute barrage, including 7-for-9 from behind the arc.
George Floyd’s brother thanks Raiders for tweet that angered thousands
George Floyd’s younger brother Philonise thanked and defended the Las Vegas Raiders after an online pitchfork mob ridiculed the NFL team for an awkward tweet intended to celebrate Tuesday’s conviction of Derek Chauvin for Floyd’s murder last May. !” with a face palm emoji — and celebrities were among the tens of thousands of Twitter users who found the tweet offensive. LeBron James; Philonise Floyd; Mark Davis AP (2), Getty“It was taken negatively by 99 percent of the people,” Davis said. The 39-year-old Philonise Floyd, however, was not among them. For the first time in almost a year, our family has taken a breath.
Yankees’ Gio Urshela exits game after earning promotion
The Yankees’ new cleanup hitter lasted seven innings Wednesday night. Gio Urshela, who earned the promotion by being one of the few productive Yankees in an otherwise struggling lineup, exited Wednesday’s game against the Braves with lower back tightness, the team announced. Gio Urshela was hurt during tonight’s Yankees game. At the time of his removal, Urshela was 1-for-3 with an infield single. The night before, he had doubled and homered in the Yankees’ 3-1 win.
Narvaez, Peterson homer, Brewers win 4-2 to sweep Padres
Omar Narvaez hit a two-run homer and Jace Peterson added a solo shot for the Milwaukee Brewers, who beat the San Diego Padres 4-2 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. ROSTER MOVEThe Padres optioned left-hander Nick Ramirez to the alternate training site when they activated Lamet before his start. LHP Brett Anderson (2-1, 2.65 ERA) is scheduled to start for the Brewers vs. RHP Kyle Hendricks (0-2, 6.92). The Padres start a four-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. Ryan Weathers (1-0, 0.93 ERA) is schedule to start for the Padres against RHP Walker Buehler (1-0, 2.00 ERA).
A's extend winning streak to 11, helped by 2 errors in 10th
The Oakland Athletics extended their winning streak to 11, rallying from a two-run deficit to beat the Twins 13-12 Wednesday when Luis Arraez threw away Ramón Laureano's grounder for Minnesota's second error of the 10th inning. Laureano hit a one-hopper to Arraez for what again should have been the final out. Arraez, who had moved to third from second base to third for the 10th, sailed his throw over first baseman Willians Astudillo as the tying and winning runs scored. Donaldson had four hits, including a home run, and hit hitting .556 (10 for 28) since coming off the injured list. Matt Olson homered twice and had three RBIs for the A’s, who allowed more runs than they had in seven previous games combined.
Top quarterback prospect told NFL teams he's managing epilepsy
According to the NFL Network, Fields has confirmed during the pre-draft process that he is managing epilepsy, which is a neurological disorder that can cause seizures. Ohio State head football coach Ryan Day took his thoughts to Twitter to address the situation. The fact that he never missed a game at Ohio State speaks volumes about how he takes care of himself," Day wrote. Fields, along with Trevor Lawrence, Zach Wilson, Trey Lance, and Mac Jones, are considered to be the best quarterbacks in the class. 15, can trade up to take the former Ohio State product.
Raptors ride strong 3rd quarter to 114-103 win over Nets
Kyrie Irving had 28 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists for the Nets, and Bruce Brown added 21 points and 14 rebounds. Toronto made 13 of 24 shots (54%) and outscored the Nets 36-23 in the third quarter. Irving and Brown helped the Nets cut the gap to five with 3:01 left, but they got no closer. Raptors: The Raptors used a different starting lineup for an eighth straight game. Raptors: Play at New York on Saturday afternoon.
Anderson, Braves slip by slumping Yanks with 4 hits, win 4-1
NEW YORK (AP) — Ian Anderson took a shutout into the seventh inning, Austin Riley homered and the Atlanta Braves scraped by with just four hits to beat punchless New York Yankees 4-1 Wednesday night. New York loaded the bases against Anderson with two outs in the seventh, but reliever A.J. He was charged with two runs, two hits and four walks over 4 2/3 innings, throwing 91 pitches. Frazier made a diving catch to rob Adrianza of a hit then tried to double Riley off at first, and his throw hit Riley in the lips. Yankees: New York expects to have 85% of its players, coaches and staff with Tier 1 access fully vaccinated soon.
Paul, Booker lead Suns past undermanned 76ers, 116-113
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Chris Paul scored 28 points, Devin Booker had 19 and Mikal Bridges 18 to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 116-113 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The Sixers again played without starters Ben Simmons (unspecified illness) and Tobias Harris (right knee). Embiid even left in the third when he appeared to slam his left knee on the court and sat behind the basket with a towel around his leg. Embiid has missed 18 games this season with injuries that include a bone bruise on his right knee that cost him 11 games after the All-Star break, back tightness and right knee pain. Suns: Count Rivers among the fans of Suns coach, and former 76ers assistant, Monty Williams.
Antonio Brown settles assault lawsuit with former trainer
NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown has settled a civil lawsuit by former trainer Britney Taylor, who accused Brown of sexually assaulting her. Taylor filed the lawsuit in 2019, and lawyers for her and Brown released statements Wednesday revealing the agreement. Brown countersued Taylor, claiming defamation. Brown also was accused of sending threatening text messages by a woman who said he also made sexual advances toward her. Now 32, Brown has played parts of 11 seasons in the NFL.
North Dakota Gov. Burgum vetoes transgender sports measure
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum vetoed legislation Wednesday restricting transgender students from participating in public elementary and secondary school sports. “To date there has not been a single recorded incident of a transgender girl attempting to play on a North Dakota girls’ team,” Burgum wrote. The measure calls for an an optional interim study of the impact the bill would have on student athletic events. Critics say the measure discriminates against transgender student athletes.
AP source: NFL exploring changes to scouting combine
The NFL is exploring changes to the annual NFL scouting combine to improve the professional and medical experience for draft prospects, a person familiar with those discussions told The Associated Press on Wednesday. About 150 draft prospects did in-person medical evaluations in Indianapolis earlier this month. The league is seeking input from players who attended the combine previously and rookies who went through this year’s version. “At the combine, you’re limited to how many times you can talk to them, how long you can talk to them for,” he said. You’re going to do the same thing on pro day.”___More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
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The Dodgers won two of three last weekend in San Diego. Germán struggled in outings against Toronto and Tampa Bay before being sent down, surrendering seven runs and four homers over seven innings. He’ll face the Indians and righty Aaron Civale (3-0, 2.18) in the opener of a four-game series at Cleveland. ___Alex Cobb (1-0, 4.63 ERA) makes his third start for his new team Thursday when the Los Angeles Angels open a four-game series at the slumping Houston Astros, who have lost nine of their last 10 games. Houston also was 7-10 last year before winning eight in a row.
Report: OF Yasiel Puig to revive his career in Mexico
Without any options in the major leagues, outfielder Yasiel Puig will try to revive his career in Mexican League with Veracruz, ESPN reported Tuesday. Puig, 30, burst onto the scene in 2013 with the Los Angeles Dodgers and has been a productive major leaguer but also has been a polarizing figure over a seven-year career. Puig last played in the major leagues in 2019, hitting 24 home runs with 84 RBIs with both the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians. An All-Star in 2014, Puig is a .277 career hitter with a .348 on-base percentage for the Dodgers, Reds and Indians. He has also played in 58 postseason games, all with the Dodgers, batting .280 with five home runs and 23 RBIs.
NFL passes rule designed to give kicking team a better chance on onside kicks
Although the NFL did not vote on the much-discussed “fourth-and-15 alternative” to the onside kick, it did pass a new rule that will make onside kicks easier for the kicking team to recover. Previously, NFL teams always put either 10 or 11 players in the setup zone when they were expecting the opposing team to onside kick. With only nine players in the setup zone, fewer players on the receiving team will be in a position to recover the onside kick, and the kicking team will have a better chance to get to the ball. Since the NFL changed the kickoff rules to prohibit a running start by the kicking team, onside kicks have become much less successful. NFL passes rule designed to give kicking team a better chance on onside kicks originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Wizards rookie Deni Avdija reportedly suffers broken ankle on gruesome fall
Deni Avdija reportedly suffered a season-ending ankle fracture. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)Washington Wizards rookie forward Deni Avdija suffered a gruesome ankle injury on Wednesday and required a wheelchair to leave the court. The team publicly diagnosed Avdija with an ankle injury before ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski reported that X-rays revealed a season-ending hairline fracture ankle fracture. Avdija cut to the basket for a layup attempt before falling to the ground and clutching his right leg after he landed. Replay from the baseline shows Avdija's right leg bend to the outside while his right foot is pinned below his body.
Big rig boxes in alleged DUI driver, leading to fatal pileup on I-5 in California
Around 1 a.m., a big rig driver spotted a red sedan swerving across both lanes of traffic south of Howard Road, said CHP Officer Tom Olsen. The big rig driver “felt the motorist’s driving behavior was so extreme they felt obligated to stop it,” Olsen said. “The big rig driver actually boxed in the DUI driver ... (He) used his trailer in a manner to stop the DUI driver from proceeding.”There is no indication he called 911 to report the DUI driver, Olsen said. The driver of a third big rig, Elpidio Ramirez Tovar, 41, from Five Points in Fresno County, failed to stop. He rear ended the big rig in front of him, which was pushed into the big rig in front of it, the CHP said.
Derek Chauvin wrote his attorney's phone number on his hand before being found guilty because he was preparing for the worst, his lawyer told TMZ
Writing was seen on Derek Chauvin's hand after his guilty verdict. Before the verdict was read, he wrote his lawyer's phone number on his hand, his attorney told TMZ. Derek Chauvin wrote his lawyer's phone number on his hand before being convicted of murder and manslaughter in the killing of George Floyd, as a preparation for going to jail, his attorney told TMZ. Images of Chauvin being walked out of the courtroom in handcuffs show writing on his left hand in black ink. Chauvin was found guilty of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd's death on Tuesday and is expected to be sentenced in eight weeks.
Brett Favre: It’s ‘Hard to Believe’ Derek Chauvin Intentionally Killed George Floyd
Pro Football Hall of Famer Brett Favre on Wednesday said he finds it “hard to believe” that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin intended to kill George Floyd during Floyd’s arrest last year. “I find it hard to believe, and I’m not defending Derek Chauvin in any way, I find it hard to believe, first of all, that he intentionally meant to kill George Floyd,” Favre said on his podcast Bolling with Favre. In video of the arrest, Chauvin is seen kneeling on Floyd’s neck for more than nine minutes, even after Floyd lost consciousness. “Today’s outcome in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis does not undo the loss of life,” the statement read. George Floyd should be here with us today.
Curry, Warriors cool off in loss to Wizards
Stephen Curry’s historic scoring streak came to end at Capitol One Arena, and the Warriors couldn’t quite make up the difference in a 118-114 loss to the host Washington Wizards. But the ball rolled off the rim and the Wizards closed out the game for their sixth straight victory. Curry triggered the run with a reverse layup and a 3-pointer — his first after seven misses to start the game. But with Curry resting, Oubre and Poole helped the Warriors storm back. The Warriors never did take the lead, and the Wizards took a 60-58 lead into halftime.
Scottsdale man arrested after crash that killed 3 including Queen Creek athlete, his mom
A man from Scottsdale was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of causing a fatal crash on Friday on State Route 87 at milepost 259, northwest of Payson, that killed his passenger as well as a Queen Creek football player and his mother. Duncan drove a white Ford F-150 pickup truck, sideswiped a red pickup truck and a white SUV, and crashedwithanother white Ford F-150 pickup truck on State Route 87 on Friday, according to the statement. Another victim, the passenger of the other white pickup truck that Duncan crashed with, is Aden Morris, a freshman quarterback who transferred from San Tan Valley Combs to Queen Creek at the start of spring semester. His mother, 38-year-old Latissia "Tish" Morris of San Tan Valley, also died, according to DPS. About 200 people gathered Tuesday evening outside Queen Creek High School for a candlelight vigil in honor of Aden and his mother.
On heels of Chauvin conviction for George Floyd’s death, Contra Costa DA files manslaughter charges against sheriff’s deputy
MARTINEZ — The day after a jury convicted a former Minneapolis police officer of murdering George Floyd, Contra Costa County’s district attorney announced she is charging a sheriff’s deputy with involuntary manslaughter for fatally shooting a Danville man in 2018. Chauvin was found guilty Tuesday of two counts of murder in the death of George Floyd. But after the decisive and quick set of verdicts delivered by the jury in the high-profile Dereck Chauvin case this week, some are wondering whether a case like Hall’s will be as clear-cut. That (Chauvin) case is not reflective of cases that go on on a day-in, day-out basis in police-community conflicts and police-African American conflicts,” Burris explained. Hall repeatedly shouts “Drop the knife!” before shooting Wilson.
Suns survive Embiid heave in three-point win over Sixers
Booker finished with 19 points as the Suns (42-16) continue to have the NBA's top road record at 19-7. Phoenix survived a stern 38-point, 17-rebound effort from Joel Embiid, who nearly hit a one-handed heave from 67 feet out after Chris Paul missed the second free throw with 0.8 seconds left that would've forced overtime. The Suns escaped Milwaukee with an one-point overtime win Monday as Booker was fouled on a deep jumper as time expired. Two days later, Paul, an 93.1% free throw shooter, missed the second of two free throw, Embiid rebounded the ball and nearly threw it in from 67 feet according to the stat sheet. Then Paul, who finished with a team-high 28 points, was fouled by rookie Tyrese Maxey with 0.8 seconds left.
He looks and plays like one, but is it too early to wonder if Rangers’ Adolis Garcia might be a superstar?
Is it too early to ask: Have the Rangers found a buried treasure in bat-flipping, homer-stealing, chest-thumping Adolis Garcia? “In the dugout in spring training, I turned to [bench coach Don Wakamatsu] one day and said ‘He looks like a superstar. He’s just different.”On Wednesday, Garcia, barefooted, began the day by putting on an informal juggling clinic for his teammates in the outfield. MLB’s worst road team in 2020, the Rangers have won consecutive road series with him in the lineup. He’s going to have to make adjustments to the league as things go, but he’s super smart and he’s super focused.
Beasts of the East: Which of Cowboys’ division rivals has had the most productive offseason?
The 2011 Eagles offseason became a cautionary tale, as it predated 8-8 and 4-12 records that culminated in their coaching staff’s firing. With that acknowledgement, here is a recap of the free agency activity that surrounded the Cowboys in the NFC East. Re-signings: G Brandon Scherff, K Dustin Hopkins, RB Lamar Miller, CB Danny Johnson, OT David Sharpe and LB Jared Norris. Key additions: CB William Jackson, WR Curtis Samuel, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Adam Humphries, CB Darryl Roberts and C Tyler Larsen. Summary: No NFC East winner has repeated as division champion since Philadelphia won four straight titles from 2001 to 2004.
Queen of the diamond: Tatyana Beltran just wanted to play baseball. She’s doing that and a whole lot more for Adamson
She just wanted to play baseball. Adamson High School senior Tatyana Beltran (2), smiles while joking with teammates on the bench during a baseball game versus Spruce High School, on Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at Spruce High School in Dallas. Beltran, 18, has been playing baseball since the age of 9; some of her current teammates grew-up with her playing baseball. Beltran, 18, has been playing baseball since the age of 9; some of her current teammates grew-up with her playing baseball. Beltran, 18, has been playing baseball since the age of 9; some of her current teammates grew-up with her playing baseball.
Nuggets’ plan for G Austin Rivers: “We’re going to throw him out there”
The Nuggets didn’t bring in free agent guard Austin Rivers just to “hang out,” according to coach Michael Malone. A day after the Nuggets signed Rivers to a 10-day contract, Malone insisted the former Knicks guard was going to play. “His role is to come in and help this team in any way that he can,” Malone said. In the wake of Jamal Murray’s season-ending ACL tear and Monte Morris’ recent hamstring strain, the addition of Rivers offers the Nuggets a bigger guard with ample experience. The Nuggets play six games over the duration of Rivers’ 10-day contract.
NFL Draft preview: Levi Onwuzurike, Christian Barmore headline top defensive line prospects
Teams looking for elite, NFL-ready defensive linemen in this year’s draft will find those prospects in short supply. Levi Onwuzurike, DT, 6-2, 290, Washington: The Huskies star opted out of the 2020 season but did participate in the Senior Bowl, where a strong showing boosted his draft stock. Equipped with a quick first step and explosive athleticism, Onwuzurike is a disruptor who will be solid against the run in the NFL. Christian Barmore, DT, 6-5, 310, Alabama: Barmore epitomizes old-school, smashmouth football as someone who can toss blockers around at the line of scrimmage — when he’s motivated. The injury will no doubt hurt his draft stock, but once healthy, he has the potential to grow into an NFL regular.
Mavs’ Rick Carlisle will keep pushing for police reform, justice after ‘phenomenal’ Derek Chauvin verdict
Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle has pointed to George Floyd’s murder last May as the spark for his increasing involvement in police reform and racial justice initiatives, in the Dallas area and nationally. “Obviously, it’s phenomenal news,” Carlisle said Wednesday before Mavericks-Pistons, talking to reporters for the first time since the verdict. Former Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce started a group text message thread between the members of the association’s Coaches for Racial Justice committee. Several other Mavericks and Wings players shared news articles and social media posts about Floyd’s murder. We still have a lot of work to do, a lot of reform to do in our police system.
Kiszla: Colorado wrestler Adeline Gray defers dream of motherhood to chase Olympic gold
“I’m trying to have abs instead of a baby bump,” said Gray, who deferred her desire to become a mother to wrestle at the Summer Games in Japan. During her 30 years, Gray has blazed a trail on the wrestling mat, long regarded as a place where only males went out to play. She has won five world championships along the way, while showing how beautiful the strength of a 167-pound woman can be. “I went through highs and lows where I thought: ‘Maybe this is the right year to stop,'” Gray said. “My husband and I have a great relationship, but we had some rocky moments in the last year,” Gray said.
Rockies’ Yonathan Daza blasts first homer, makes bid as center field starter
The first home run of Yonathan Daza’s major-league career took flight through the cold and snow Wednesday afternoon in the Rockies’ 6-3 win over Houston. “It’s all incredible,” said Daza, who played a game in the snow for the first time. He also received accolades from manager Bud Black, who continues to start Daza in center field. “I’ve been impressed with — we saw it a little bit in spring training — the quality of the at-bat, not expanding the zone, being a little bit more selective,” Black said. In the Rockies’ 6-2 victory over the Astros on Tuesday night, catcher Dom Nuñez blasted a seventh-inning home run off the Astros’ Ryne Stanek.
Chicago Bulls fall 121-105 to the Cleveland Cavaliers after producing a lifeless performance and dropping out of their play-in spot
They scored 12 points in the first quarter, a season low for any period. At halftime, they nearly had as many turnovers (12) as field goals (15). No Bulls player reached double figures until there were about four minutes remaining in the third quarter. The Bulls never led, trailed by as many as 33 points and gave Cleveland 23 points off their 20 turnovers.
Brandon Hagel’s overtime game-winner completes the Chicago Blackhawks’ rally for a 5-4 win over the Nashville Predators
Down 4-1 to the Nashville Predators, the Chicago Blackhawks staged a frenetic three-goal rally midway through the third period Wednesday at the United Center and won 5-4 in overtime — their first victory in seven games this season against their Central Division nemesis.
Paul, Booker lead Suns past undermanned 76ers, 116-113
PHILADELPHIA - (AP) -- Chris Paul scored 28 points, Devin Booker had 19 and Mikal Bridges 18 to lead the Phoenix Suns to a 116-113 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers on Wednesday night. The Sixers again played without starters Ben Simmons (unspecified illness) and Tobias Harris (right knee). Embiid even left in the third when he appeared to slam his left knee on the court and sat behind the basket with a towel around his leg. Embiid has missed 18 games this season with injuries that include a bone bruise on his right knee that cost him 11 games after the All-Star break, back tightness and right knee pain. Suns: Count Rivers among the fans of Suns coach, and former 76ers assistant, Monty Williams.
Antonio Brown settles assault lawsuit with former trainer
NFL wide receiver Antonio Brown has settled a civil lawsuit by former trainer Britney Taylor, who accused Brown of sexually assaulting her. Taylor filed the lawsuit in 2019, and lawyers for her and Brown released statements Wednesday revealing the agreement. Brown countersued Taylor, claiming defamation. Brown also was accused of sending threatening text messages by a woman who said he also made sexual advances toward her. Now 32, Brown has played parts of 11 seasons in the NFL.
Collin Sexton scores 30 points, Cavs beat Bulls 121-105
CLEVELAND - (AP) -- Collin Sexton scored 30 points and Darius Garland added 25 as the Cleveland Cavaliers never trailed in a 121-105 win over the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, snapping a five-game home losing streak. Cleveland coach J.B. Bickerstaff was not at the game for personal reasons, but is expected to return to the bench Friday. Lauri Markkanen scored 14 of his 16 points in the second half and Thaddeus Young had 14 points and eight rebounds for Chicago. Chicago pulled within 112-97 on a Denzel Valentine layup with 5:33 remaining, but Cleveland scored the next five points to end the threat. Coby White had 14 points and six assists, and Tomas Satoransky scored 13 points off the bench for Chicago.
Hagel scores in OT as Blackhawks beat Predators 5-4
CHICAGO - (AP) -- Brandon Hagel scored 3:00 into overtime, and the Chicago Blackhawks rallied to beat the Nashville Predators 5-4 on Wednesday night. Hagel also had two assists as Chicago beat Nashville for the first time in seven games this season. But Hagel closed it out for Chicago when he beat Juuse Saros for his seventh of the season. Mikael Granlund had a goal and an assist for the Predators, who face the Blackhawks again on Friday night. Chicago scored three times in 2:51 to erase Nashville's lead in the third.
Raptors ride strong 3rd quarter to win over Nets
“James, he’ll be back when he’s back. That may not be until the playoffs. I don’t know,” Nash said. “We have no control over that other than working as hard as we can to support him and getting back to full health to play again. We’re prepared for whenever that may be.”
How are Minnesotans faring this NBA season? Updates on Gary Trent Jr., Tyus Jones, Freddie Gillespie and more
He’s averaging 18 points and four rebounds in his 12 games with Toronto, shooting 39 percent from 3-point range. Zeke Nnaji: Hopkins grad has played 36 games — including one start — in his rookie season with the Nuggets. Freddie Gillespie: The East Ridge grad, who started his college career at Carleton, is on his second consecutive 10-day contract in his rookie season with the Toronto Raptors. Tyrell Terry: The DeLaSalle grad has played 11 games at guard for Dallas in his rookie season. Amir Coffey: Hopkins grad is averaging 2.8 points and a rebound for the Clippers in his second NBA season.
Curry finally goes cold, Beal rallies Wizards past Warriors
Beal scored 29 points as the glamorous matchup with Curry mostly fizzled until Washington's late rally. He pounded his chest after scoring on a drive with 2:44 left and drawing a sixth foul on Draymond Green. Beal converted the three-point play to bring Washington within one, and he found Davis Bertans for a 3-pointer that put the Wizards ahead for good with 2 minutes remaining. The Wizards lost rookie Deni Avdija to a scary-looking lower right leg injury late in the first half. Wizards: F Rui Hachimura sat for the second consecutive game with a sore left knee.
Pacers' small ball comes up big in 122-116 win over Thunder
INDIANAPOLIS - (AP) -- With seven men out, the Indiana Pacers came up big by playing small ball Wednesday night, running away from the reeling Oklahoma City Thunder 122-116. Darius Bazley matched his career high with 26 points and Svi Mykhailiuk had 20 points to lead the Thunder. Oklahoma City has lost 12 in a row overall, seven straight on the road and is still seeking its first victory in April. But Oklahoma City fought back in the second half. Oklahoma City got one more chance after Brogdon threw the ball away and Theo Maledon's 3-pointer with 24.5 seconds left made got the Thunder within 118-116.
Oregon’s Sedona Prince among finalists for USA Basketball women’s AmeriCup team
EUGENE — Oregon’s Sedona Prince is among 13 finalists for the 2021 USA Basketball women’s AmeriCup team. Prince and 12 other players were selected as finalists from a 20-player pool following four days of trials. The finalists will return for training camp on June 1 and the final 12-player team will be named before the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup from June 11-19 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. USA national team head coach Dawn Staley of South Carolina is serving as head coach AmeriCup team and is assisted by Arizona’s Adia Barnes and Jennifer Rizzotti, president of the Connecticut Sun and chair of the USA Basketball women’s junior national team committee. Throughout those eight sessions, you have good sessions and bad sessions.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Denver Nuggets: Live updates, time, TV channel, how to watch free live stream online
With the return of Nurkic and Damian Lillard, the Blazers will have their entire starting five for the first time in several games. TRAIL BLAZERS VS. DENVER NUGGETSWhat: Trail Blazers (32-25) vs. Nuggets (37-20), 7 p.m. Wednesday. Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ 620 AM)How to watch live stream online: You can watch this game live with your cable provider login, or you can watch the game live for FREE with FuboTV (free trial). If you already have a cable package, you can watch the game live on NBC Sports NW with your cable provider login information. NEXT UP (Blazers schedule)The Blazers host Memphis (29-27) Friday and Sunday before starting a six-game trip Tuesday at Indiana (26-31).
Hue Jackson discusses new job as Tennessee State Tigers' offensive coordinator
Former Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator and assistant coach Hue Jackson is Tennessee State Tigers head coach Eddie George's new offensive coordinator, and he spoke Wednesday with The NR Hour Sports Show about his new job. Tennessee State announced George as its new head coach last week. He returned to Cincinnati as an assistant when the Oakland Raiders fired him after one season (2011) as their head coach. He was a Bengals assistant and offensive coordinator before the Browns brought him in as their head coach in 2016. Jackson said in Aug. 2019 that he became depressed after struggling to a 3-36-1 record as Cleveland's head coach and wasn't sure what would have happened had Lewis not reached out to him.
UM's Naz Hillmon a finalist for 2021 USA Basketball Women's AmeriCup Team
The Detroit NewsMichigan junior Naz Hillmon is among 13 finalists for the 2021 USA Basketball Women’s AmeriCup Team after four days of trials that featured 20 players. will return for training camp that begins June 1. The 12-member roster will be named prior to the team’s departure for the 2021 FIBA AmeriCup June 11-19 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The top four finishing teams at the AmeriCup will advance to compete in one of four 2022 FIBA World Cup Qualifying Tournaments. Hillmon, the Big Ten’s Player of the Year, helped lead Michigan to its first NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 last month.
During arrest, lawmaker threatened to call Whitmer, told troopers he ran their budget, police report says
He also said: "It's not going to be good for you, I run y'all budget, bro," according to a trooper on the scene. Eventually, Jones was taken to the ground, and a stun gun was used twice and then pepper spray as officers attempted to get him into handcuffs, the report said. When he refused to provide an ID, troopers said they attempted to restrain him and brought him to the ground. When Jones refused to comply with commands to put on handcuffs a stun gun was used twice and then he was pepper sprayed in the eye. A loaded Glock was found in the cupholder of Jones' vehicle, according to the report.
North Dakota Gov. Burgum vetoes transgender sports measure
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Republican North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum vetoed legislation Wednesday restricting transgender students from participating in public elementary and secondary school sports. Burgum said in his veto message that the state “has a level playing field and fairness in girls’ sports.” The bill, he said, purports that this long fairness is in immediate danger. “To date there has not been a single recorded incident of a transgender girl attempting to play on a North Dakota girls’ team,” Burgum wrote. The American Civil Liberties Union called legislation unconstitutional and would open the state up to costly litigation.
Thunder vs. Pacers: Five takeaways from OKC's loss at Indiana
The Pacers inbounded the ball, and the Thunder trapped Malcolm Brogdon and forced an errant pass. Just like that, the Thunder cut the Pacers’ lead to two points with 25 seconds left. Brown’s hustle play capped an 11-0 Thunder run in the third quarter, and it showed the Thunder’s size advantage inside. Brown had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds. Deck signed with the Thunder on April 12, but he is still working through the visa process after playing professionally in Spain.
Oklahoma high school track: Mustang’s Gabe Simonsen breaks 2-mile state record
EDMOND — Mustang senior distance runner Gabe Simonsen made state history Wednesday. Competing at Edmond Memorial’s track meet, the Oklahoma State signee finished the 2-mile race in 8:56.06, breaking the state record by nearly four seconds. Simonsen, who was named this month the Gatorade Oklahoma Boys Cross Country Runner of the Year for the second straight season, had that number on his mind heading into the season. He was the state’s best at 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) during the cross country season, and his transition to the shorter events in track has been seamless. But this year, I’ve developed more and I’ve been able to keep my speed, and I’m probably even better at track right now than I ever have been in cross country.”
OU softball: Patty Gasso says Sooners' trip to Georgia 'was necessary, 100%'
OklahomanBixby star Braylin Presley commits to Cowboys, joins brotherOklahoma State will have two members of the Presley family. Bixby superstar Braylin Presley announced Wednesday evening his commitment to the Cowboys and to join his older brother, Brennan, on the team. He could play running back. OU softball routs Georgia after win streak snapped at 40 gamesTop-ranked Oklahoma beat No. In the nightcap, the Sooners scored five runs in the first inning en route to their 26th run-rule victory of the season.
Super League backer says breakaway competition is on standby
Pérez said no one was really leaving, though. “They haven't left,” the Madrid president said. “Each president was prepared to speak, but then the next day we got killed,” Pérez said. The English clubs initially involved in the project were Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and Tottenham. While some Premier League clubs apologized to their fans while pulling back on Tuesday, the teams which dropped out on Wednesday admitted defeat but tried to show they still believe in the project.
April 21 recap: Tucson news you may have missed today
Tommy Lloyd is the 57th head coach at Arizona during the school’s modern era of sports, including those on staff when the Wildcats joined the Pac-10 in 1978, and those when women’s sports were absorbed by the Pac-10 in 1986.
Dog breaks loose to win relay race in US high school track event – video
A pet dog escaped its owners to join the home stretch of a 4x200 metre relay race at a high school athletics meet in Utah. The dog, Holly, can been seen running on to the track to chase Logan high school's Gracie Laney down the home straight. Holly clocked the final 100m in about 10.5 seconds, which is 1 second behind Usain Bolt’s world record, track and field website MileSplit reported. The crowd roared as the dog overtook Laney just before the finishing line, almost tripping her over. Race officials still awarded Logan a win for the heat with a time of 1 minute 59.27 seconds.
North Dakota governor vetoes transgender sports ban
North Dakota Gov. Doug Burgum (R) vetoed a transgender sports ban on Wednesday saying that the state already has sufficient rules for sports leagues regarding transgender people. "North Dakota has fairness in girls' and boys' sports in large part because of the caring and thoughtful leadership of the North Dakota High School Activities Association (NDHSAA) Board and its members," Burgum said. "We have every confidence they will continue to ensure a level playing field for the more than 27,000 students who participate in North Dakota high school sports." "To date there has not been a single recorded incident of a transgender girl attempting to play on a North Dakota girls' team.
Crew Of 'Ever Given' Could Be Stuck On The Big Boat For Years
The Panama-flagged MV ‘Ever Given’ container ship is tugged in Egypt’s Suez Canal after it was fully dislodged from the banks, near Suez city, on March 29, 2021. Until there is an agreement in place, the crew is stuck there, and they could be for years. AdvertisementApparently, it isn’t unusual for crew members to get trapped on ships caught in the middle of international shipping disputes. The crew is reportedly in good spirits, but apprehensive according to representatives from the National Union of Seafarers of India, the trade union representing the Ever Given’s crew. Hopefully, the crew of the Ever Given can get some justice, and a flight home, soon.
European Super League crumbles after majority of teams announce withdrawal
However, we fully accept that the Super League was not the right way to go about it." 'Sporting merits must prevail'On first appearance, Tuesday's night of chaos appeared to be the death of the European Super League. The Athletic and ESPN reported the Super League statement is defiant that the "status quo of European football needs to change." But Juventus chairman Andrea Agnelli, believed to be another key driver behind the Super League, said on Wednesday that the new competition was no longer viable without the six Premier League teams. Meanwhile, Inter Milan said it was "no longer part of the Super League project."
Video footage shows events of officer-involved shooting at Knoxville high school
After releasing the video Allen announced that the officer who shot Thompson had reasonable doubt to believe that he was in danger.
A's extend winning streak to 11, helped by 2 errors in 10th
APOAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics extended their winning streak to 11, rallying from a two-run deficit to beat the Twins 13-12 Wednesday when Luis Arraez threw away Ramón Laureano's grounder for Minnesota's second error of the 10th inning. Laureano hit a one-hopper to Arraez for what again should have been the final out. Arraez, who had moved to third from second base to third for the 10th, sailed his throw over first baseman Willians Astudillo as the tying and winning runs scored. Matt Olson homered twice and had three RBIs for the A’s, who allowed more runs than they had in seven previous games combined. I haven't got the point of sitting down with the front office to see what we do.”UP NEXTTwins' LHP J.A.
Oakland Athletics extend winning streak to 11 games with wild extra-inning victory over Minnesota Twins
Laureano hit a one-hopper to Arraez for what again should have been the final out. Arraez, who had moved to third from second base to third for the 10th, sailed his throw over first baseman Willians Astudillo as the tying and winning runs scored. Minnesota was swept in the three-game series, the first time the Twins were swept this season. Matt Olson homered twice and had three RBIs for the A’s, who allowed more runs than they had in seven previous games combined. I haven’t got the point of sitting down with the front office to see what we do.”UP NEXTTwins’ LHP J.A.
Wizards rookie Deni Avdija leaves court in wheelchair with right leg injury
Associated PressWASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards rookie Deni Avdija suffered a serious-looking injury to his lower right leg and was taken from the court in a wheelchair Wednesday night. Avdija landed awkwardly after missing a layup late in the second quarter against Golden State. He lay on the floor for several minutes and teammate Jordan Bell came off the bench to cover his lower leg with a jersey. Wizards employees carefully helped Avdija into the wheelchair and he was taken off the court while rubbing his head with a towel. Washington selected the 20-year-old Avdija out of his native Israel with the ninth pick in last year's draft.
Mets coach Chili Davis hasn’t forgotten about Cubs firing: ‘No trust’
CHICAGO — Chili Davis’ return to Wrigley Field this week may have left him reminiscing about the bad old days. Now in his third season as Mets hitting coach, Davis held the same job title with the Cubs in 2018. The 61-year-old Davis said he has found it easier to deliver his message with the Mets. “I just think there is a trust factor here and I enjoy it because I left a place there was no trust factor with me and the hitters,” Davis said before the Mets faced the Cubs on Wednesday. Mets coach Chili Davis Anthony J Causi“They are in a revamping stage right now, but I am sure they are still trying to win.
Rangers rookie Zac Jones could fill in for injured Jacob Trouba
Jacob Trouba’s expected absence from Rangers practice Wednesday prompted the natural question: Can prized rookie Zac Jones fill his spot on the blue line? Trouba suffered what the Rangers are terming an upper-body injury during Tuesday’s ugly loss to the Islanders following a hit by Matt Martin, and is being listed day-to-day. He’s worked very hard.”Without Trouba, the Rangers were defenseless for most of Tuesday’s 6-1 beatdown, their most lopsided defeat of the season. The transition hasn’t been as difficult as it might seem, he said, since the Rangers are such a young team. “So it’s been pretty easy for me coming in and talking to the guys.”Jones has talked about the differences he has noticed in the NHL game: How much faster and crisper the passing is.
These Knicks have chance to be more than a playoff squad
If you are not a credible contender for a championship, the fan base won’t like you. These Knicks have a chance to be remembered in New York forever, and they need to handle that chance like they would the most precious gemstone. see also How Derrick Rose has transformed Knicks from upstarts to winners As point guard Derrick Rose dribbled out the clock while... It doesn’t hurt that these Knicks are coached by a tri-state local, Thibodeau, who long saw this as his dream job. Those Knicks were so unlikable that the bar for earning the fans’ affection was set at an artificially low level.
Chili Davis: Francisco Lindor will be ‘great hitter’ again
CHICAGO — Francisco Lindor’s slow start has left Mets officials searching for answers. “I kind of look at treating [Lindor] like I would a David Ortiz,” said Mets hitting coach Chili Davis, who worked with the Red Sox slugger from 2015-17. “Lindor has had so much success in his past and he’s so young he’s been a great hitter, he’s still a great hitter. You want him to feel it out and find it.”Francisco Lindor APIn search of clues, Davis recently spent two hours watching video of Lindor with Cleveland, that dated to 2017. Davis has also spoken to Indians assistant hitting coach Victor Rodriguez and was told what kind of pregame drills helped Lindor the most during his slumps in Cleveland.
Nets’ Steve Nash: Kevin Durant could return this weekend
The Nets had to play without Kevin Durant Wednesday against the Raptors, but they hope they won’t have to be without him much longer, anticipating the star could be back by the weekend. But coach Steve Nash offered hope Durant could return during the upcoming two-game homestand, either Friday against the Celtics or Sunday versus the Suns. Kevin Durant NBAE via Getty ImagesAfter Durant missed 23 straight games with a hamstring injury, his playing time increased in each of four straight appearances — from 18:56 in his April 7 return up to 30:17 last Friday. This is a discussion to have with Kevin and performance and make sure we’re all on the same page,” Nash said. That’s something we’ll have to monitor and make a decision on.”The Nets were without Durant, James Harden, Spencer Dinwiddie, Chris Chiozza, Tyler Johnson and Nic Claxton.
Bradley Beal vs. Stephen Curry, by the numbers
Curry, who has been scorching hot, overtook Beal in the scoring race with a 49-point game Monday. Curry averaged 30.2 points in those games, including a pair of 51-point outbursts, while Beal averaged 16.5 points, with a high of 25. With Curry out with a hand injury, Beal averaged 38.5 points in two games against Golden State last season. 110Playoff games Curry has started en route to winning three NBA titles, compared to 40 for Beal, who has yet to advance past the Eastern Conference semifinals. Beal averaged a career-best 30.5 points last season, finishing runner-up in the scoring race to Harden.
Torri Huske is one of the world’s top swimmers. Now, if she could only find an Olympic-size pool.
AdvertisementStory continues below advertisement“I feel like when you train short course and then you race long course, it’s a little bit harder because there’s more swimming long course,” said Huske, an 18-year-old senior at Yorktown High. The best local option has been the St. James in Springfield, which offers Huske a 50-meter pool once per week when it doesn’t host a meet. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementBut other than that, Jim Huske has contacted every pool in the area and has been mostly shut out. And that came after minimal long-course training in previous weeks. One of Huske’s few peers is Claire Curzan, who trains in Cary, where Triangle Aquatic Center has converted its pool to long course.
Scherzer's 9 K's, Avila RBI double lift Nats past Cards 1-0
Martínez allowed four hits in six innings in his longest outing since going seven on July 7, 2018. For the second game in a row, Nationals righty Tanner Rainey entered in relief in the seventh to protect a 1-0 lead. The 2020 NL batting champion said Wednesday he feels sore whenever he throws a ball, but not when he swings. ... RHP Stephen Strasburg (10-day IL, right shoulder inflammation) threw from 75 feet Tuesday. Nationals: Head to New York for a three-game set at the Mets that begins Friday with RHP Erick Fedde (1-1, 5.56 ERA) pitching.
Diamondbacks hold off Reds 5-4 to finish suspended game
Stefan Crichton pitched a scoreless ninth inning for his second save, helping the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Cincinnati Reds 5-4 on Wednesday in the finish of a suspended game. Tuesday’s night’s game was halted because of heavy rain, and soon snow, after Reds reliever Lucas Sims walked in a run to give the Diamondbacks a 5-4 lead in the eighth. Andrew Young, who had entered as a defensive replacement in the seventh, led off the eighth with a tying homer to center field against Reds reliever Tejay Antone. UP NEXTThe Reds planned to send right-hander Tyler Mahle (1-1) to the mound to face Diamondbacks right-hander Merrill Kelly (1-2) in the nightcap. Kelly earned a win despite allowing six runs in six innings against the Nationals on Thursday.
Eagles' Jalen Hurts not named starting QB, head coach says 'biggest thing is competition'
New head coach Nick Sirianni isn’t ready to give the job to Hurts just yet. "We've been working with these guys for two days and my biggest thing is competition." "[Competition] is my second core value. It's this team's second core value. Competition is a huge thing, and we're going to have competition at every position."
García's 3-run homer in 8th sends Rangers past Angels 7-4
Adolis García hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a late two-run deficit for a 7-4 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday. Lowe added his fifth homer of the season off Mayers, who had allowed just one run in his other eight appearances this season. John King (2-0) got Trout to ground out with the bases loaded to end the seventh before the Angels' bullpen misadventures began. Trout hit his sixth homer this season in the first inning, clobbering a first-pitch sinker with his new aggression at the plate. Angels: Alex Cobb (1-0, 4.63 ERA) makes his third start for his new team Thursday when Los Angeles opens a four-game series at slumping Houston.
Officer shooting deaths show need to reevaluate U.S. policing systems, says former police captain
Create a network where bad officers, if they're put in this network, they can't continue to go on from police department to police department," said Johnson. Authorities released body cam footage Tuesday, the same day as the shooting, that appeared to show an officer in Columbus shoot and kill Bryant, who was armed with a knife. In the video, Bryant is fighting with another girl, then appears to lunge with the knife in hand, and that's when the officer intervenes and shoots. Johnson told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" that officers have to make a split-second decision in the heat of the moment. The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation is conducting an investigation into the shooting death of Ma'Khia Bryant.
A’s extend winning streak to 11, helped by 2 errors in 10th
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics extended their winning streak to 11, rallying from a two-run deficit to beat the Twins 13-12 Wednesday when Luis Arraez threw away Ramón Laureano’s grounder for Minnesota’s second error of the 10th inning. Laureano hit a one-hopper to Arraez for what again should have been the final out. Arraez, who had moved to third from second base to third for the 10th, sailed his throw over first baseman Willians Astudillo as the tying and winning runs scored. Matt Olson homered twice and had three RBIs for the A’s, who allowed more runs than they had in seven previous games combined. I haven’t got the point of sitting down with the front office to see what we do.”UP NEXTADVERTISEMENTTwins’ LHP J.A.
Wizards rookie Avdija wheeled off court with leg injury
Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija, bottom, reacts after he was injured during the first half...Washington Wizards forward Deni Avdija, bottom, reacts after he was injured during the first half...WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards rookie Deni Avdija suffered a serious-looking injury to his lower right leg and was taken from the court in a wheelchair on Wednesday night. Avdija landed awkwardly after missing a layup late in the second quarter against Golden State. He lay on the floor for several minutes and teammate Jordan Bell came off the bench to cover his lower leg with a jersey. Wizards employees carefully helped Avdija into the wheelchair and he was taken off the court while rubbing his head with a towel. Washington selected the 20-year-old Avdija out of his native Israel with the ninth pick in last year’s draft.
EXPLAINER: Training limits officer’s choice for deadly force
He and a police training expert said officers undergo specific training when faced with deadly force situations that can limit their options when making split-second decisions. Columbus policy allows officers to use deadly force, such as a gun, when faced with someone with a weapon or employing another form of deadly force. ___WHY DIDN’T THE OFFICER SHOOT AT MA’KIAH’S LEG TO STOP HER INSTEAD OF FIRING DIRECTLY AT HER CHEST? ___WHY DID THE OFFICER SHOOT MA’KIAH FOUR TIMES INSTEAD OF JUST ONCE? Almost six years ago, an Ohio public safety board developed a standard whereby officers must limit their use of deadly force to defending themselves or others from serious injury or death.
Golden Knights' Robin Lehner blasts NHL's vaccine policy: 'A lie to our face'
Vegas Golden Knights goaltender Robin Lehner is absolutely livid over the NHL's handling of COVID-19 protocols for vaccinated teams and players, saying they were blatantly mislead by the league. Story continuesRobin Lehner said NHL players were promised that restrictive COVID protocols would be eased after they got vaccinated. In a multi-post Twitter thread following his lengthy presser, Lehner clarified his comments and reiterated that his stance is simply advocating for all those dealing with mental health issues. Main point is that we need to start take the mental health important as well In this situation. My bad to say it’s like prison and I apologize but with mental health issues that is developing in the world it develops problems mentally.
Olympic officials uphold ban against athletes protesting on field or medal stand
Olympic athletes will not be allowed to take a knee, raise a fist or otherwise protest on fields of play or medal podiums, the International Olympic Committee said Wednesday, in an announcement upholding its current ban on political demonstrations. “The IOC AC is very concerned about the risk of politicisation of the athletes and the risk that athletes may be put under external pressure,” the organization said in a statement. “The goal of this wide outreach was to engage with athletes and hear their thoughts on existing and new opportunities to express their views at the Olympic Games as well as outside Games time,” Kirsty Coventry, a former Olympic gold-medal-winning swimmer and current chair of the IOC Athletes Commission, said in a statement. In December, the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said it would not punish athletes who peacefully protest social-justice issues at the Olympic Games. The Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which were postponed by the pandemic last year, are scheduled to begin July 23.
Caris LeVert with a 2-pointer vs the San Antonio Spurs
ReutersTanner Pearson scored the tiebreaking and game-clinching goals less than four minutes apart in the third period Tuesday night as the host Vancouver Canucks dumped the Toronto Maple Leafs 6-3. Pearson put Vancouver (18-18-3, 39 points) ahead 4-3 at 9:48 with a man-advantage tally. Pearson doubled the lead at 13:36 when he swiped the puck from Alexander Kerfoot and beat goalie David Rittich from a sharp angle in the left faceoff circle, recording his eighth goal of the season.
George Floyd's brother Philonise backs Raiders owner Mark Davis after tweet fallout: 'Let's take this breath together'
A day after a Las Vegas Raiders tweet stirred up a social media firestorm, George Floyd's brother Philonise is standing in support of team owner Mark Davis. Like Floyd, Garner pleaded "I can't breathe" as Pantaleo maintained the chokehold. Philonise Floyd thanked Mark Davis for the Raiders' support and called for unity in the fight for social and racial justice. He said that he strictly intended the message to be an ode to Floyd's brother Philonise Floyd, who said in a news conference Tuesday: "Today we are able to breathe again." Let’s take this breath together in honor of my big brother who couldn’t.
Multiple Angels homer, but let Rangers take game with late rally
Adolis Garcia hit a go-ahead, three-run homer in the eighth inning, and the Texas Rangers rallied from a late two-run deficit for a 7-4 victory over the L.A. Angels on Wednesday. The 28-year-old Cuban designated hitter has five extra-base hits in the last eight games, including the first three homers of his major league career — all of them go-ahead hits. AdvertisementLowe added his fifth homer of the season off Mayers, who had allowed just one run in his other eight appearances this season. John King (2-0) got Trout to ground out with the bases loaded to end the seventh before the Angels’ bullpen misadventures began. Trout hit his sixth homer this season in the first inning, clobbering a first-pitch sinker with his new aggression at the plate.
Astros, Maldonado strike deal for 2022 season
The deal announced Wednesday includes a $5 million salary for 2022 and a $4 million team option for 2023 with a $500,000 buyout. Catcher Martín Maldonado and the Houston Astros have agreed to a $5.5 million, one-year contract for 2022. Maldonado is making $3.5 million in 2021, the second season of a $7 million, two-year contract. The Astros credit him for helping 15 rookie pitchers last season, including 10 who made their major league debuts. AdvertisementTom Robson diesFormer major league player and coach Tom Robson has died.
Red Sox manager Alex Cora offers thoughts after Derek Chauvin guilty verdict
In the wake of Derek Chauvin being found guilty Tuesday of the murder of George Floyd , Red Sox manager Alex Cora offered his thoughts on the significance of athletes using their platforms to raise awareness about issues of social justice. “There’s something about us that people can see us as you just have to entertain people, just stay in your area, right?” Cora said. And I think that’s a positive.”AdvertisementWhile the Red Sox weren’t among the teams who issued a statement regarding the verdict, Cora said he knows the weight his words can carry. “Right now, I’m the only guy talking to the media about this right now, from the Red Sox organization. “We know that’s something that might happen.”Scoring changesA pair of official scoring changes were made to the Red Sox’ win over the White Sox on Monday.
How the Red Sox pitching staff has improved so much from last season
Improvement seemed inevitable, even unavoidable, for a Red Sox pitching staff that ranked among the worst in baseball in 2020. Surprisingly, it turns out that Red Sox pitchers have done a poor job on first pitches. However, Sox pitchers have done a great job of getting back into counts and putting away hitters regardless of whether throw a first-pitch ball or strike. The Sox threw 7.8 percent of their pitches in those three counts in 2020, the third-highest rate in baseball. And when they haven’t struck out opponents, Red Sox pitchers have allowed far less hard contact.
Stephen Curry’s good deeds never cease to amaze coach Steve Kerr
Coach Steve Kerr had praise for his star player, Stephen Curry, before Wednesday’s game in Washington and not specifically because of his streak of 11 straight games of scoring 30 points or more. After the game Monday, Curry met with Morris, presented him with his game-worn jersey and a bag of memorabilia for him to share with kids. I see him doing stuff like this all the time, some of it is publicized, some of it is not,” Kerr said of Curry’s gesture. He sees these stories and he understands the power that he holds and he wants to use that power for good. And he saw an opportunity to try to connect people out there — a state trooper and an ordinary citizen.
A’s win streak reaches 11 as Minnesota throws it away in the 10th inning
OAKLAND — The A’s were a pitch away on two occasions from the end of a 10-game win streak only to see the Minnesota Twins throw it away in the bottom of the 10th inning. Minnesota had taken the lead in the top of the 10th on a two-run home run by Byron Buxton against Lou Trivino. A’s pitchers had given up 21 runs in the previous 10 games during the win streak. Colome (2-1) took the loss, with the A’s scoring a run on an infield error in the 10th but leaving the bases loaded. Two-run home runs by Olson and Brown in the bottom of the third inning put the A’s up 7-4.
For Celtics, Derek Chauvin verdict brings out hope and trepidation
The Celtics had an off day Tuesday and the organization and players, like the rest of the world, were paying close attention to the verdict in the Derek Chauvin trial in Minneapolis. Jayson Tatum knows he will one day have to talk to his son about dealing with the police. Celtics coach Brad Stevens said Wednesday he was pleased with the verdict but it’s just the beginning of the work to improve racial equality. Advertisement“I think it’s something that we’ve talked about for a long time,” he said following Celtics practice in Brighton. AdvertisementFinally, forward Evan Fournier was at the Celtics practice but remains in the league’s COVID-19 protocol.
U.S. Curtis Cup captain Sarah Ingram, Meghan Stasi win LNGA tournaments in Anthem
Ingram is well known to them as the U.S. Curtis Cup captain for this fall's matches in Wales (postponed from June 2020). A three-time U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur champion herself, Ingram is something of an inspiration to the next generation. Until last year's Tennessee Senior Women's Amateur, Ingram hadn't won a golf tournament since 1994, the year of her last Women's Mid-Amateur title. “They’re all really good about that.”Before Ingram ever won the title, texts were coming in from her Curtis Cup hopefuls. Dawn Woodard, who Stasi will partner with in next week's U.S. Women's Amateur Four-Ball, and Amanda Jacobs were runners-up at 11 over.
Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet, on his team's depth being tested
Coyotes head coach Rick Tocchet, on his team's depth being testedCoyotes head coach Rick Tocchet, on his team's depth being tested after Conor Garland's injury
Area baseball stat leaders (April 21): See who has the best stats in D-FW
Below are cumulative season stats, as provided by Dallas-area coaches, as of April 21. Don’t see your school’s stats? If you do not see your school’s stats, coaches can email them to stats@dallasnews.com by noon each Wednesday for inclusion in our weekly leaders. Softball leaders for this week can be seen here. Nolan Bushko, Northwest Eaton 32 Amir Mason, Garland Lakeview Centennial 32 Cade McGarrh, Frisco Liberty 29 Ri’Shon Pearl, South Grand Prairie 29 Jordan Lawlar, Jesuit 27 Daniel Calabrese, Colleyville Covenant Christian 26 Blake Young, Frisco Liberty 24 Joseph Perez, Bryan Adams 23 Connor Chavez, Jesuit 22 Christian Fernandez, South Grand Prairie 21 Warren Rudman, Colleyville Covenant Christian 20 Lawson Towne, Frisco Liberty 20 Ryan Berman, Hillcrest 20 Hayden Sobecki, Grapevine Faith Christian 19 Mason Shimkus, Grapevine 19 Dawson Calabrese, Colleyville Covenant Christian 19 Jayson Jones, Denton Braswell 19 Tim Reynolds, Allen 19 Alex Luna, Sunnyvale 19 Brent Boruff, Frisco Liberty 18 Tyson Neighbors, Royse City 18 Nick Mesquita, Allen 17 Caleb Bergman, Plano East 17 Mason Garcia, Arlington Grace Prep 17 Nick Gray, North Forney 16 Hudson White, Trophy Club Byron Nelson 16 Brandon Pierre, Mansfield Summit 16 Jake Krause, Grapevine Faith Christian 16 Max Miller, Fort Worth Country Day 15 Jaxon Holder, Aubrey 15VictoriesPlayer, School No.
Arizona Coyotes' Conor Garland out vs. Minnesota, possibly longer, after injury in practice
The Arizona Coyotes will be without forward Conor Garland for Wednesday night's game against Minnesota because of a lower-body injury that occurred in practice on Tuesday. Garland, the Coyotes' assists leader with 22 this season, was seen doubled over in pain and holding onto the boards along the ice for support midway through team practice on Tuesday. Garland was to meet with team doctors before Wednesday's game to determine the length of time he will miss. Garland, who has 10 goals and started the day tied for the second-most points on the team with 32. Tenacity on the ice, emotional on the bench," Tocchet said, asked what the team will miss without Garland.
The Texas Rangers own the best starting rotation in the American League. No, seriously.
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Now, here’s something you don’t hear every day, or, for that matter, really ever: The Texas Rangers own the best starting rotation in the American League. When the day was over, the Rangers’ rotation’s ERA was 3.24, best in the AL. “I throw hard, but when it’s over the middle of the plate with velocity, it’s going to leave pretty hard, too. It was the eighth start this year in which the Rangers starter has not issued a walk. The Rangers’ rotation is allowing the lowest walks-per-nine-innings rate in the AL at 1.89.
CU Buffs receiver Brenden Rice dedicated to growing his game
Despite playing among a group loaded with talent, Rice scored on three of the nine times he touched the ball. “Being under the wing of KD Nixon and people like Maurice Bell, Vontae Shenault, the confidence factor is everything in the wide receiver game,” Rice said. In fact, every time Rice made a big play last season, it was on ESPN – in part because he’s Jerry’s son. I just want to build every single day, day in and day out. He’s committed to growing his game at CU and enjoying his time in Boulder.
Closing time for Bulls coach Billy Donovan will remain ever-changing
Ideally, Billy Donovan would love a closing five to end ballgames with. “The Boston game [on Monday] we closed with [Daniel] Theis. “We don’t necessarily have a closing group because there’s guys on our team that provide different things,’’ Donovan said. “Lauri can really, really stretch the floor, Daniel gives us some physicality, a presence at the basket, rebounding. Cavs NoteCleveland head coach J.B. Bickerstaff missed the game with the Bulls, dealing with personal reasons, according to the team.
Burke’s lawyers try to hang up prosecution’s case with challenges to phone recordings
But there he was Wednesday, back in our face, a reminder that he hasn’t gone anywhere despite a federal corruption case now pending more than two years with no trial in sight. That’s his right, of course, having been duly reelected by the voters of his Southwest Side ward, which makes it no less galling. They argue federal investigators had no evidence of Burke attempting to commit a crime, just because he was talking with Ald. Burke’s lawyers say investigators should have stopped listening when the subject switched to the Burger King. Prosecutors say, in very precise legal language, that’s just Burke’s tough luck.
Jonathan Toews trending toward returning to Blackhawks next season, per report
Jonathan Toews is “very likely done” for the remainder of the Blackhawks’ 2021 season, Darren Dreger reported Wednesday on NBC Sports Network. But Toews is trending toward returning next season, Dreger said during the first intermission of the nationally televised Hawks-Predators game. “The good news is that his health is getting better,” said Dreger, long one of the NHL’s most prominent insiders. “As long as he stays headed in the right direction, he should be healthy and ready to return to the Blackhawks next season. Hawks general manager Stan Bowman told the Sun-Times earlier this month he had no update on Toews’ health but was still including him in future roster planning.
Will the Chicago Blackhawks have fans in attendance for the final home games of their playoff push? ‘We’d all welcome that.’
“We certainly would welcome the support and the atmosphere in this building,” Colliton said. “It’s one of the best in the league, if not the best, as far as you get that little tingle in your neck when you’re playing in front of that many people and the noise that comes with it.
Jericho continues to be class of Nassau boys badminton with fourth straight championship
Jericho won its fourth straight Nassau County team boys badminton championship on Wednesday at Howard B. Mattlin Middle School. "I look back to the matches we lost to Great Neck South this year and the games were so close. He won his match, 21-18, 21-19, over Great Neck South’s Justin Choi. Great Neck South’s Ryan Wu gave the Rebels a singles point in his victory over Jericho’s Wesley Wang at first singles 21-12, 21-12. At third doubles, Jericho’s Stephen Liang and Rishab Bhatia defeated Great Neck South’s Edmund Lee and Christopher Gee 22-24, 21-15, 21-19.
LilyKlimuszk's goal gives Manhasset Nassau B field hockey title
The Manhasset field hockey program had gone nearly a decade since last experiencing the sweet thrill of hoisting a county championship plaque. Fifteen minutes later, Manhasset, which fell to 1-0 to Garden City in last season’s Class B final, found itself celebrating its first county title in nine years. "After losing on this field last season," Sproul said, "this is a really good feeling to win on it this year." The Trojans remained undefeated at 16-0 and won their eighth consecutive county title, including their first in Class A since 2005. "Not going to states this year really made us more determined to win counties and go back to the Long Island championship."
Taylor Giugliano scores, Miller Place holds off Bayport-Blue Point for Suffolk Class B field hockey crown
With the way the season started for the Miller Place field hockey team it was only fitting that Wednesday’s Suffolk B final ended like it did. It’s the second championship in three years for Miller Place and the sixth in the last nine. "I actually thought this was going to be the first season in Miller Place history we weren’t going to make the playoffs. Subscribe to Newsday's high school sports newsletter Newsday's weekly newsletter takes you on the field and inside the high school sports scene across Long Island. Miller Place (12-3) moves on to play Manhasset in the Long Island championship Saturday at Berner Middle School in Massapequa at 10 a.m. Bayport-Blue Point finishes 10-6.
Grant Samara's strong start key to victory in Suffolk Class C/D race, boosting Port Jefferson
Samara won on the 2.5-mile course in 13 minutes, 6.07 seconds. "It’s always very difficult to hold on to that pace," Samara said. Port Jefferson won the Class C team championship with 18 points. Northport won the team title with 30 points. Pierson won the team championship with 26 points.
Extra-inning heartbreak for Twins
After falling to score a run in 14 innings on Tuesday, the Twins exploded for 10 runs on 17 hits in nine innings Wednesday at Oakland. The Twins have lost four straight and eight of their past nine games. Buxton went 3 for 6 with two runs scored and two RBIs and saved the Twins’ 10-9 lead in the sixth inning with a diving stab of Matt Olson’s line drive to left-center with a runner on second . Josh Donaldson added a home run and two runs scored as the Twins finally got their offense back on track, but the pitching wasn’t good, starting with starter Kenta Maeada, who struggled in his fourth start. The right-hander gave up six runs on six hits — three of them home runs — in four innings.
Bullish: The return of Spencer Turnbull helps Tigers snap 5-game skid
He threw 21 of them, only three were put in play with an average exit velocity of 68.7 mph. He struck out Pirates lead-off hitter Adam Frazier on three pitches – a 94-mph fastball, 77-mph curve and 84-mph slider -- ending a five-pitch fifth inning. Jonathan Schoop, who hadn’t had an extra-base hit all season, opened the fifth inning by pole-axing a change-up 403 feet into the left-field seats. Willi Castro, who had two hits in the nightcap, singled home Baddoo to cap the three-run fifth inning. Harold Castro slapped in the fifth run in the sixth inning with a two-strike single to center.
Wizards rookie Avdija wheeled off court with leg injury
WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington Wizards rookie Deni Avdija suffered a serious-looking injury to his lower right leg and was taken from the court in a wheelchair Wednesday night. Avdija landed awkwardly after missing a layup late in the second quarter against Golden State. He lay on the floor for several minutes and teammate Jordan Bell came off the bench to cover his lower leg with a jersey. Wizards employees carefully helped Avdija into the wheelchair and he was taken off the court while rubbing his head with a towel. Washington selected the 20-year-old Avdija out of his native Israel with the ninth pick in last year's draft.
Richmond woman, 68, dies after Interstate 64 crash near Short Pump
State police are investigating an Interstate 64 crash near Short Pump that fatally injured a Richmond woman. The crash occurred Tuesday evening near I-64's 179 mile marker, just west of Gaskins Road, in western Henrico County. The bus ran off the road to the right, and the Silverado then struck a tractor-trailer in the center lane and overturned, state police said. The driver of the Silverado, whom police identified only as a 51-year-old man, and the driver of the bus, a 53-year-old Richmond woman, were taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Anyone with pictures or video of the crash is encouraged to send an email with them to questions@vsp.virginia.gov.
Report: Orlando Antigua likely to return to Kentucky basketball staff
LEXINGTON - John Calipari is reportedly turning to a familiar face to shakeup his Kentucky basketball coaching staff after an embarrassing 9-16 season. Former UK assistant coach Orlando Antigua, who has served as an assistant coach at Illinois since 2017, is likely to return to Calipari's staff, according to a report from Stadium.com reporter Jeff Goodman. Kentucky basketball roster:What Olivier Sarr's departure means for 2021-22 seasonAntigua left Kentucky in 2014 when he was hired as head coach at South Florida. He was just 23-55 as a head coach before being fired 13 games into the 2016-17 season. Calipari moved him from assistant coach to "associate to the head coach" prior to the 2020-21 season.
Premier League clubs 'want Rangers and Celtic to join new British Super League'
Celtic and Rangers are wanted to join a British Super League amid the fall-out of the European Super League debacle, according to the Sun. The 'Big Six' were forced to ditch their lucrative plan for a new midweek European competition following a public outcry this week. However, the clubs remain committed to a reform of the Premier League following the publication in October of the Project Big Picture plans drafted by Liverpool and Manchester United. One of the most ambitious proposals is for the two Glasgow giants to join the Premier League. And unlike the European Super League controversy which was widely condemned, it is likely the move would be backed by FIFA, UEFA and the UK Government.
German and English FA form alliance to block Euro 2020 squad increase
The FA are working with their German counterparts to block proposals for larger squads at this summer's Euros. Southgate believes 23 players is more than enough for a tournament at which teams will play a maximum of seven matches. Southgate's feelings are borne out by England's recent tournament history, which shows that a number of players remain unused even when the squad is 23. The FA's position is shared by the German DFB and they have both made representations to UEFA, who will come to a decision next month. Holland boss Frank de Boer believes the increase in numbers will be help manage injuriesSouthgate has fitness concerns over Henderson, Jack Grealish and Declan Rice, but considers 23 players adequate cover.
Warburton calls on clubs to drop 'harsh' demand for extra money to release players for Lions tour
Lions legend Sam Warburton believes Premiership clubs should not hold the touring side to ransom over player release, especially in this cash-strapped Covid era. Wanting more money for access, as the camp falls outside the international window when they have to release players for Test duty, the clubs are still negotiating with the Lions. Sam Warburton says the Lions should not held to ransom over player release for tourAnd two-time Lions skipper Warburton reckons that stance is unfair on players. ‘Players don’t want to speak out, it’s hard for them to. Sam Warburton was speaking as Canterbury launched the British and Irish Lions Test Jersey.
Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing strikes record-breaking nine-figure deal with DAZN
Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing have struck a landmark, nine-figure deal with streaming service DAZN in a major shake-up of British boxing’s TV market. Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing has a new nine-figure deal with broadcast service DAZNThe streaming service will link up with Matchroom Boxing in a record-breaking five-year dealAs reported by The Athletic, neither Joshua nor Whyte are included in this initial agreement and their futures will have to negotiated separately. DAZN first teamed up with Matchroom’s US arm in 2018 and their partnership will soon extend to these shores. The camps of the two British boxing icons are still locked in negotiations surrounding the heavyweight clash that would bring all five belts together. The DAZN pact does not include fights involving Anthony Joshua (left) and Dillian Whyte (right)
Jamie Redknapp insists that John Stones deserved his red card against Aston Villa
Jamie Redknapp believes that John Stones was deserving of his red card against Aston Villa on Wednesday night after his 'nasty' challenge on Jacob Ramsey. Jamie Redknapp insists that Man City defender John Stones was deserving of his red cardThe 26-year-old committed a late challenge on Aston Villa youngster Jacob RamseyThe referee was advised to review a late tackle by Stones on Villa youngster Ramsey, with the Englishman making contact just below the knee after mistiming a challenge. Upon consultation with the pitchside monitor, Bankes overturned his initial yellow card to brandish a red card in Stones' direction, to the fury of Guardiola and the visitors. But Redknapp insisted that the red card was justified, viewing the challenge as 'out of control' and 'reckless'. It is a nasty tackle and there is not a lot to be said there, it is a red card.'
Bilbao stripped of Euro 2020 hosting duties after being unable to guarantee fans inside stadium
UEFA has dropped Bilbao as a host city for Euro 2020 this summer, according to a statement published by the regional authorities on Wednesday. The president of the Spanish football federation (RFEF) Luis Rubiales has previously indicated Seville's La Cartuja stadium would be a possible replacement. 'Euro 2020 will not be played in Bilbao. But we are not going to allow them to play games with Bilbao and the Basque institutions,' it read. Nine of the proposed 12 host cities for Euro 2020 have committed to allowing crowds of 25 percent of capacity in for the tournament.
Backlash! Premier League STRIP Big Six of key positions on their committees
The Premier League backlash against the Big Six rebels began on Wednesday with representatives of the clubs kicked out of key positions within the league. In the first punishments, the Big Six will be stripped of their positions on key committees and working groups, with Premier League chief executive Richard Masters asking their representatives to step down on Wednesday. Manchester City chief executive Ferran Soriano and Arsenal's Vinai Venkatesham have been taken off the Club Strategic Advisory Group which has been tasked with a strategic review. The Premier League are also seeking the removal of Liverpool's Tom Werner and Manchester United chief Ed Woodward from the Broadcast Advisory Group. The Chelsea Supporters' Trust said the positions of Buck and chief executive Guy Laurence were 'untenable' and a banner outside Anfield hit out at Liverpool's owners, saying: 'Our club, our history… enough is enough!
Super League project 'on stand-by', says Real Madrid chief Perez
Advertising Read moreMadrid (AFP)Real Madrid president Florentino Perez insisted Wednesday that the European Super League was not doomed, but merely "on stand-by". We have been working on this for three years and fighting against the financial situation in Spanish football," said Perez. Perez admitted the project would have to change and suggested four teams could instead qualify from each country. He also claimed one of the English teams sowed seeds of doubt in the others. "There was someone in the English group, who didn't have much interest in the Super League," said Perez.
Super League crumbles as contrite clubs battle to hold off sanctions
Perez shrugged off the withdrawals of the six English clubs as well as Inter and AC Milan, and Atletico Madrid. - Cash injection -The Super League promised guaranteed entry for its founding clubs and billions of dollars in payments. Shares in Juventus plunged by more than 13 percent on Wednesday following a slump in the value of Manchester United stocks on Tuesday. Adding to the drama on Tuesday, Manchester United announced that executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward would step down from his role at the end of 2021. Several players at the English clubs had voiced opposition to the Super League, and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola commented: "It's not a sport when success is already guaranteed."
Son Heung-min's career-high 15th goal results in Tottenham's 2-1 victory over Southampton
SPORTSIn this AFP photo, Tottenham Hotspur's South Korean striker Son Heung-min scores from the penalty spot during the English Premier League football match between Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Wednesday. (AFP-Yonhap)Tottenham Hotspur's striker Son Heung-min has scored his career-high 15th goal in a Premier League seasonIn a Premier League match against Southampton at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London on Wednesday (local time), the South Korean star netted a goal from the penalty spot in added time to give his team a 2-1 victory.It is Son's 15th goal of the 2020-2021 Premier League season, breaking his previous personal best total of 14 set in the 2016-2017 season.Son placed fourth in the league's top scorer list, following teammate Harry Kane with 21 goals, Liverpool's Mohamed Salah with 19 and Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes with 16.He now has 20 goals so far in all competitions, including the Premier League and European continental tournaments, this season.He needs one more goal to tie his European single-season career high of 21 goals set in the 2016-2017 season.Thanks to Son's last-minute goal, Tottenham pulled off a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Southampton, which took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute.It took 30 minutes for Tottenham to tie the match. In the 60th minute, Gareth Bale curled a shot into the top left corner when Lucas Moura's shot was blocked by a defender.In the 74th minute, Son made the team's second goal, but it was later disallowed after a VAR review, citing that Moura was in an offside position.In the 90th minute, Tottenham was awarded a free kick after Southampton's Moussa Djenepo slid into Sergio Reguilon on the edge of the penalty box. And Son did not make a mistake in scoring from the penalty spot and completing the 2-1 victory.Wednesday's win gave Hotspur's interim head coach Ryan Mason a victory in his first match in charge after replacing former Jose Mourinho on Monday.The club has 15
Son Heung-min's career-high 15th goal results in Tottenham's 2-1 victory over Southampton
It is Son's 15th goal of the 2020-2021 Premier League season, breaking his previous personal best total of 14 set in the 2016-2017 season. He now has 20 goals so far in all competitions, including the Premier League and European continental tournaments, this season. He needs one more goal to tie his European single-season career high of 21 goals set in the 2016-2017 season. Thanks to Son's last-minute goal, Tottenham pulled off a come-from-behind 2-1 win over Southampton, which took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute. And Son did not make a mistake in scoring from the penalty spot and completing the 2-1 victory.
Contra Costa County DA Charges Officer for Deadly 2018 Shooting
Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton announced charges Wednesday against sheriff's Deputy Andrew Hall for fatally shooting an unarmed man during a slow-speed police chase in November 2018. In the 2018 shooting, Hall shot Newark resident Laudemer Arboleda, 33, nine times as Arboleda attempted to drive his vehicle between two police vehicles. After Hall shot him, officers found Arboleda unresponsive in his vehicle. A subsequent internal investigation by the sheriff's office did not find Hall at fault, allowing him to return to active duty. Becton said her office is still investigating the Wilson shooting and Wednesday's announcement of charges against Hall was based solely on the 2018 shooting of Arboleda.
García's 3-run homer in 8th sends Rangers past Angels 7-4</