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NBA live bubble breakdown: Spurs' 22-year playoff run ends; scenarios for Blazers, Grizzlies and Suns
So much was at stake Thursday when four teams chased the two spots for the play-in game in the Western Conference. 8 seed if Blazers win or Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs loseNo. 9 seed if Blazers lose and loss by any two of Grizzlies, Suns or SpursEliminated if Blazers lose and wins by any two of Grizzlies, Suns or SpursMemphis will be:No. 9 seed if Grizzlies win and Blazers win or Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs all loseEliminated if Grizzlies lose and wins by either Suns or SpursPhoenix will be:No. 9 seed if Suns win and Blazers or Grizzlies loseEliminated if Suns lose
Indians' Zach Plesac criticizes media, maintains he was being safe despite breaking COVID-19 protocols
Cleveland Indians pitcher Zach Plesac took to social media Thursday to "get out the truth" about the incident last week that landed him and teammate Mike Clevinger on MLB's Restricted List. "Truthfully, I'm disgusted with the way the media has handled this whole situation surrounding our team," Plesac said on the video he recorded while driving a car. "The media's portraying me and my best friend and teammate to be malicious with our actions when we were really ... practicing safe practices," Plesac said. The Indians told Plesac to quarantine and sent him home via a car service so he would not be on the team plane. MORE:Terry Francona's son rips Zach Plesac for posting anti-media rantPlesac and Clevinger apologized in statements released by the team, but that hasn't stopped the criticism – from the media or his teammates.
‘Tired of f–king losing’: Jordan Jenkins hopeful Jets can end cycle
That means Jenkins has experienced a lot of losing, something the linebacker said he is sick of on Thursday. Me being back here, and I’m four, going on five years and I’m tired of f–king losing. No one likes losing,” Jenkins said. “It just goes to show you that we do have the ability to put a winning season together. Obviously, that’s the goal every year to come in and have a winning season and to move on.
Mets’ depth now their saving grace in NL East race: Sherman
Through one third of this season, the Mets are just 9-11, but it would be so much worse if their B-squad was not getting As. Depth, of all things, is why they still have a shot in the NL East. It is counterintuitive to think depth was going to matter as much as ever in a season 100-plus games shorter than normal. This being 2020 and the Mets, he slammed into the Northwell Health ad on the left-center-field wall and crumbled. Rojas now will likely have to navigate around not having McNeil for a few days.
Giants plan to use versatile Jabrill Peppers everywhere they can
There is also, in a sense, little Peppers needs to say as he hunkers down for his second year with the Giants. It was enough for the Giants to pick up Peppers’ fifth-year option, which will pay him $6.8 million in 2021. “I think, first and foremost, I will play wherever the team needs me to play,’’ Peppers said. And though he got hurt on his only kickoff return last season, Peppers is expected to be a factor in the return game. Judge thus far likes Peppers’ energy — “You hear him before you see him … you know when he’s in the room’’ — and soon enough, the plan for Jabrill Peppers will be revealed.
NCAA pulls plug on all Division I fall championships except for top-tier football
The decision includes all fall sports apart from the top-tier Football Bowl Subdivision, which the NCAA does not govern. There will be no fall championships for men’s and women’s cross-country, field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball, men’s water polo and the Football Championship Subdivision. Meanwhile, the College Football Playoff plans to move forward with its national championship, even though four of the 10 FBS conferences have canceled their fall seasons. With the NCAA’s decision to cancel championships, athletes at those schools would not be able to compete for a national title this fall. ADADFor a fall championship to be held in the winter or spring, at least half of eligible schools would need to participate in a postponed season.
Washington NFL Minority Owners Reportedly Pressuring Dan Snyder to Sell Team
Alex Brandon/Associated PressWashington Football Team minority owners are pressuring majority owner Daniel Snyder to sell the team, according to Andrew Beaton and Cara Lombardo of the Wall Street Journal. Per Beaton and Lombardo, the news comes "amid a growing fight" inside the team. Clarke, Mark Maske and Les Carpenter of the Washington Post reported in July that minority owners were looking to sell their stakes in the team. The Washington Football Team has three minority owners: Black Diamond Capital CEO Robert Rothman, NVR Inc. chairman Dwight Schar and Frederick W. Smith, the chairman, president and CEO of FedEx. They combine to own 40 percent of the team, with the other 60 percent controlled by Snyder, his mother and sister.
Russian power lifter fractures both knees while attempting to squat nearly 900 pounds
(CNN) A Russian power lifter broke both his knees while trying to lift nearly 900 pounds. Alexander Sedykh was seriously injured while competing in the 2020 World Raw Powerlifting Federation (WPRF) Championships held in Dolgoprudny, which is in the Moscow region of Russia, the Russian state-run news agency RIA Novosti reported. In a video posted by WRPF on Facebook , Sedykh could be seen attempting to squat the barbell -- weighing about 882 pounds -- and he collapses under the weight, falling onto his knees in visible pain. Sedykh underwent emergency surgery that lasted six hours, RIA Novosti said. "The doctor said that they assembled my knee well, and the quads were sewn with a double stitch," Sedykh was quoted as saying.
Students at Mercy High School find a unique way to welcome incoming freshmen
(WOWT) -Students at Mercy High School in Omaha found a way to put a new, safe spin on an annual tradition. At the start of each school year, sophomores, juniors, and seniors help welcome in the freshmen at Mercy High School. “When I was a freshman, I was actually really scared and so when I came in the beginning, it made me feel really welcome so, I think it’s really important that they get that,” says Anou Akot, senior. Incoming freshmen say the kick-off to the school year is needed after months of wondering if they would even make it to the classroom this Fall. Even though the start of the year will look different than any other year, students say they are ready to be back.
Regional motor teens not slowing down during pandemic
He and his dad went into the front yard to learn the controls and when Mowery hit the throttle..."I ran him over," he said. Mowery went on to place second out of 12 in his first race. During the rally, Mowery placed 8th and 4th in the Pro Am, and took 1st place in the 250 cc Am. "You don't need to stretch, but since you're bending down a lot on one leg, it gets tired after a while," Mowery said. * I understand and agree that registration on or use of this site constitutes agreement to its user agreement and privacy policy.
Dodger Stadium To Serve As Polling Place Come November
Dodger Stadium, the home stadium of the Los Angeles Dodgers, has agreed the venue can serve as a polling place for the upcoming election. The move follows at least three NBA teams volunteering their arenas as voting sites in November. NBA superstar LeBron James and his voting rights initiative More Than a Vote collaborated with the Dodgers to make the new polling place a reality. The group congratulated the Dodgers on Thursday for becoming the first Major League Baseball team to make its stadium available as a voting location.
‘Let Russ Cook?’ Seahawks QB Wilson would be fine with that
Not surprisingly, Wilson would be just fine if the Seahawks wanted to go that route. “We’ve won a lot of games in the fourth quarter and done some fun things in the fourth quarter, end of games,” Wilson said Thursday. That’s kind of my mentality, always.”ADVERTISEMENTEntering his ninth season, Wilson is still talking as though he has 10 or more years left in his career. He has 227 career touchdown passes, and 77 of them have come in the fourth quarter and overtime. That’s all we care about, going out there and finding ways to win,” Wilson said.
Suns top Mavs to keep playoff hopes alive, go 8-0 in bubble
Devin Booker scored 27 points and Phoenix past the Dallas Mavericks 128-102 on Thursday to keep its playoff hopes alive and finish as the only unbeaten team in the seeding games. Dario Saric scored 16 points and Cameron Payne and Cameron Johnson each added 15 for the Suns. Booker scored 23 points on 9-for-13 shooting before the break. SUNS DNAThe Suns averaged 122 points in the eight games. Suns: Either season over or will be in a play-in game against Memphis on Saturday.
Chris Sale rehabbing the best he can for Red Sox
With an arm repaired by Tommy John surgery and a pandemic locking him out of the Red Sox spring training facility, Boston left-hander Chris Sale is managing his rehab the best he can. The team has moved some weights into an outdoor batting cage, which Sale also uses as a locker room. Recovery typically takes at least 12 months, which will keep Sale out for all of 2020 and likely eat into the 2021 season. In fact, he hasn’t even been allowed inside the team’s spring training facility. But Sale said being away from the team has allowed him to focus on his rehab.
NBA announces 1st-round playoff schedule complete with day games
With matchups all but set, the NBA released its playoff schedule Thursday afternoon. There will be day games. With 16 teams playing across three arenas inside the bubble, the NBA will pack games in all day during the first round of the playoffs, with games starting as early as 1 p.m. A more detailed look of the first round of the NBA playoffs by series. The Clippers and Mavericks will conclude the opening day of NBA playoffs.
Federal lawmakers take NCAA's broken system into their own hands
The NCAA, which purportedly exists to protect the interests of college athletes, may be in for a fight to keep up that facade. We have an opportunity to do now what should have been done decades ago — to step in and provide true justice and opportunity for college athletes across the country. Our college athletes bill of rights establishes a new framework for fairness, equity, and safety in college athletics, and holds colleges accountable to these standards.”Where does the NCAA stand now? Booker’s proposed bill is backed by nine Democratic senators, including California’s Kamala Harris, the vice presidential nominee, New York’s Kirsten Gillibrand and Vermont’s Bernie Sanders. The proposed bill of rights includes comprehensive health care coverage for sport-related injuries, financial support for medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses, and coverage for ailments incurred during athletics or from COVID-19.
Dodgers starting lineup vs. San Diego Padres: Corey Seager returns from injury
Corey Seager was back in the Dodgers’ lineup Thursday, making a quicker-than-expected recovery from back discomfort that had held him out of the team’s five previous games. But to get him in that DH role today I think is a good start … The body is moving well. The two will hit sixth and seventh, respectively, in Thursday’s lineup. And tomorrow, very unlikely he’ll play.”AdvertisementLeft-hander Julio Urías (1-0) will make his fourth start of the season for the Dodgers. Dodgers’ starting lineup for Thursday’s game:
Dodger Stadium will serve as polling center for general election
Dodger Stadium will host a voting site for November’s election, the team announced Thursday, partnering with LeBron James’ More Than a Vote coalition to become the first MLB team to make its stadium available as a polling place. “I may still be new to L.A. but didn’t take long for me to learn how special the relationship is between the Dodgers and Lakers. “I’m really proud we were able to help the Dodgers become the first MLB stadium to open for voting. This summer, the venue has already hosted the county’s largest COVID-19 testing site as well as food distributions and virtual high school graduations. Operational details for the election were not immediately released.
Mass beatings, detentions in Belarus as president clings to power
Dozens of journalists were among the thousands detained; those who were released reported fierce beatings and horrific conditions in overcrowded detention centers. MINSK, Belarus — Accounts of violent beatings of protesters and mass detentions mounted in Belarus on Thursday as the country’s embattled president, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, deployed brute force to cling to power. But protests against Lukashenko continued in Minsk, the capital, and across the country on Thursday. Every day, they pass their list to the prison authorities, who mark whether those named are being held there. Some people have not been able to find their relatives for days, said Yelena Radaman, 35, one of the volunteers.
David Benavidez wants to beat Alexis Angulo, face Canelo Alvarez
This is how David Benavidez, the WBC World Super Middleweight Champion, says he's coming back after almost a year without a fight. Benavidez is a strong champion, but my style will be too much for him and I will have my hand raised on fight night." There will be no excuses for CaneloOne of Benavidez's dreams is to face Mexican champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez, but he is aware that making that fight now is almost impossible. "If I keep winning and knocking out my opponents, Canelo is not going to have excuses to face me," Benavidez said. David Benavidez (22-0, 19 KO’s) vs. Roamer Alexis Angulo (26-1, 22 KO’s)
Tyler Adams scores winning goal for RB Lepizig in Champions League quarterfinal vs. Atlético Madrid
The result ended yet another title run for Atlético, which was seen as a big favorite to reach the semifinals but again will endure a disappointing elimination. Diego Simeone's team knocked out defending champion Liverpool in the last 16 and was looking to return to the last four for the first time since 2017, a year after it lost its second final in three seasons.
Rangers place Edinson Volquez on 45-day IL with oblique strain
The latest injury for a Rangers bullpen, devastated by issues this season, might be a career-ender. Edinson Volquez, the 37-year-old starter-turned-reliever who nearly retired after last season, was diagnosed with an oblique strain on Thursday and placed on the 45-day IL. He left the game after recording the final out of the fifth inning in the Rangers’ 4-2 win over Seattle. The biggest concern the Rangers had about Volquez’s transition to a relief role was how he might handle back-to-back outings. Volquez was originally signed by the Rangers’ from the Dominican Republic in 2001 and made his major league debut with the team in 2005.
NBA playoffs schedule: Denver Nuggets to face Utah Jazz in first round
The NBA has released its playoff schedule for first round games. By virtue of Wednesday’s loss, the No. 3 Denver Nuggets locked themselves into a first-round series vs. the No. Game 1 is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 17 at 11:30 a.m.All games will be played inside the Florida bubble through the remainder of the NBA playoffs. Full schedule below:Game 1: Monday, 17th 11:30 a.m. MT (ESPN)Game 2: Wednesday, 19th, 2 p.m. (TNT)Game 3: Friday, 21st, 2 p.m. (TNT)Game 4: Sunday, 23, 7 p.m. (TNT)Game 5: Tuesday, 25th (TBD)Game 6: Thursday, 27th (TBD) (ESPN)Game 7: Saturday, 29th, (TBD) (TNT)
Grizzles 119, Bucks 106: Final seeding game is a dud for Giannis-less Milwaukee as focus turns to playoffs
It was a game that meant everything to the Grizzlies, with the victory locking them into the Western Conference's play-in game and allowing them to continue their season. For the Bucks, which were playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo (league suspension) and three other veterans, the outcome wouldn't have had an impact either way. For the season, Middleton -- a likely all-NBA player -- finished with easily the best stats of his eight-year career. Lopez continued his restart resurgence Thursday, collecting a team-high 19 points and nine rebounds in the loss. The Bucks didn't mail it in, but they were certainly aware that their goals didn't hinge on the day's outcome.
A reason to remember each Milwaukee Bucks regular-season game in 2019-20
Here’s a reason to remember each regular-season Bucks game this year:Oct. 24: Bucks 117, Rockets 111. Jan. 31: Nuggets 127, Bucks 115: The one where Thanasis started and Giannis set him up for a big dunk. The one where Zion made some plays, but the Bucks scored 42 in the third quarter. Bucks star and girlfriend Mariah Riddlesprigger welcome Liam Charles AntetokounmpoFeb. 12: Pacers 118, Bucks 111. Aug. 13: Grizzlies 119, Bucks 106:The one that was a dud.
Damarious Randall forming quick bonds in Raiders secondary
Ross Cameron)It didn’t take long for Damarious Randall to start bonding with his fellow projected starter at safety upon signing a free-agent deal with the Raiders in April. “We actually became very, very close friends,” Randall said after practice Thursday at the team facility in Henderson. They are expected to hold down the back line of the defense to start the season, with Abram at strong safety and Randall at free safety. Raiders general manager Mike Mayock had Randall ranked as the No. The Raiders practice again Friday and are expected to take Saturday off.
Heat’s playoff schedule is out, and it’s not what you are used to
In a statement, Heat President Eric Woolworth said, “In the wake of this summer of unrest amid vivid examples of social injustice and racial inequality, we recognized an opportunity to use the platform of the NBA Playoffs to continue, and extend, the conversation. When our team hits the bright lights and the big stage that is the NBA playoffs, it’ll play with two purposes: the main thing and the right thing. We are united in our quest to achieve both goals.”
Suns top Mavs to keep playoff hopes alive, go 8-0 in bubble
Devin Booker scored 27 points and Phoenix past the Dallas Mavericks 128-102 on Thursday to keep its playoff hopes alive and finish as the only unbeaten team in the seeding games. Dario Saric scored 16 points and Cameron Payne and Cameron Johnson each added 15 for the Suns. “My thoughts are on that, but also, I'm just really grateful for the effort and the growth of this team," Suns coach Monty Williams said. SUNS DNAThe Suns averaged 122 points in the eight games. Suns: Either season over or will be in a play-in game against Memphis on Saturday.
FC Cincinnati GM Gerard Nijkamp on personnel movement: 'We must not do things in a rush'
"I hear the last couple of days that some media is saying 'hey, there's a lot of room in the roster of FC Cincinnati.' The club's hands are tied when it comes to roster spots with just one vacancy and its allocation of international roster spots spoken for as of Thursday. In the Round of 16, FC Cincinnati then took eventual tournament champion Portland Timbers to penalty kicks after a 1-1 draw. No non-FC Cincinnati players were mentioned by name during Thursday's conference call. FC Cincinnati resumes in-market regular-season play on Aug. 21 at the University of Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium against Eastern Conference rival D.C. United.
'Never-say-never mode': MSU AD Beekman warns of possible cuts to athletics due to pandemic
“I think we have to be in a ‘never-say-never mode,’” Beekman said. “If we have the ability to play sports that generate revenue, we absolutely will,” Beekman said. “I'm very hopeful that we'll play football in the spring that we'll play basketball. In mid-July, Beekman announced a series of salary cuts that members of the athletic department would be taking beginning Sept. 1 and lasting 12 months. “Back in the spring, I commented that if we didn't play football this fall, it would be an existential moment for college athletics,” Beekman said.
NCAA Division I fall championships postponed
As conference after conference in Division I postponed fall sports, the NCAA has made the inevitable decision that there will be no fall championships in the organization’s top tier in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. "We cannot, at this point, have fall NCAA championships," said NCAA President Mark Emmert in a video interview posted Thursday evening, adding it is hoped championships can be moved to the 2021 calendar year. "Sadly, tragically, that's going to be the case this fall," Emmert said. Fall championships in Divisions II and III had already been put on hold. Other sports affected are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, women’s field hockey and women’s volleyball.
Tatis Jr. brings talent, swagger as Padres hope to contend
SAN DIEGO (AP) — “El Niño” is bringing a welcome wallop to San Diego. Soon, it could be to all of baseball. Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. continues to shine as one of baseball’s bright young stars, building on his electrifying first season when he finished third in the NL Rookie of the Year voting despite playing in only 84 games due to injuries. This summer he’s stronger, smoother on defense and is throwing down some serious dance moves in celebrating big moments, showing exuberance in a game that often is way too serious.
'Let Russ Cook?' Seahawks QB Wilson would be fine with that
'Let Russ Cook?' Seahawks QB Wilson would be fine with thatRENTON, Wash. (AP) — The phrase has become popular among Seattle Seahawks fans on social media, almost to the point of becoming a rallying cry: “Let Russ Cook.”It’s in reference to letting Russell Wilson have more control and more opportunity to run the Seahawks offense the way he wants from the start, instead of waiting for the fourth quarter to take over as he’s done so many times during his career. Not surprisingly, Wilson would be just fine if the Seahawks wanted to go that route. “We’ve won a lot of games in the fourth quarter and done some fun things in the fourth quarter, end of games,” Wilson said Thursday. “But let’s treat every quarter like the fourth.
Chris Sale rehabbing the best he can for Red Sox
With an arm repaired by Tommy John surgery and a pandemic locking him out of the Red Sox spring training facility, Boston left-hander Chris Sale is managing his rehab the best he can. The team has moved some weights into an outdoor batting cage, which Sale also uses as a locker room. Some electric fans help cool him off from the Fort Myers, Florida, heat. And when he wants to shower after a workout, there’s a hose. It’s different,” Sale said in a video conference call with reporters on Thursday.
Grizzlies advance to play-in; Suns finish 8-0 in restart
Dillon Brooks added 31 points as Memphis posted its second wire-to-wire win of the season and wrapped up a spot in the play-in tournament that will determine the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The Grizzies (34-39) are tied for eighth place in the Western Conference with Portland and Phoenix. Portland will either improve to 35-39 or drop to 34-40 after it plays Brooklyn on Thursday night. The play-in round matches the No. 8 team two straight times to advance to face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round.
Suns top Mavs to keep playoff hopes alive, go 8-0 in bubble
Suns top Mavs to keep playoff hopes alive, go 8-0 in bubbleLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have done all they can. Devin Booker scored 27 points and Phoenix past the Dallas Mavericks 128-102 on Thursday to keep its playoff hopes alive and finish as the only unbeaten team in the seeding games. Dario Saric scored 16 points and Cameron Payne and Cameron Johnson each added 15 for the Suns. They will qualify for the play-in series that starts Saturday if Portland loses to Brooklyn later Thursday. If Portland wins, Phoenix's season is over.
'I'm pretty weird': Thunder rookie Darius Bazley switched shooting hands as a kid, and it's paying off
When Darius Bazley crossed over between his legs, Bam Adebayo was already backpedaling to defend a drive. Bazley stepped back and swished a 3-pointer just before the shot clock expired. Adebayo, who might be a fixture on future All-Defense teams, tried his best to contest the shot from the top of the arc, but Bazley had all the space he needed. The step-back three is a weapon Bazley didn’t have, or at least didn’t show, before the season was suspended. But through seven games in the bubble, the 20-year-old Thunder rookie is shooting 17-of-36 (47%) from 3-point range.
Sibling rivalry: Serena beats Venus to take 31st meeting
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — There was zero interaction between the two, not even a furtive glance, when Venus Williams walked past Serena Williams in the Top Seed Open's warmup area Thursday before their 31st matchup as pros. Zero fanfare because, well, there are zero fans at the first tennis tournament in the U.S. since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. When the match began, though, everything seemed normal: hard hitting, big serving. Serena came back and won the last four games to beat her older sister, Venus, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a second-round match — 22½ years after the first between the two. Folks could be seen laying on the ground to peek through the opening at the bottom of the fence at the back of the court.
OU football: Fans split going to games even with reduced capacity
NORMAN — Greg Immel has been sitting in the same spot for OU football games for 45 years — back row in the north end zone. “Some people would say they’re not the best, but I wouldn’t trade my seats for anything,” he said. “I can stand up, lean against the wall.”But Immel, who has been to all but three Sooners home games since 1975 and road games when he can pull off the trip, won’t be at Gaylord Family — Oklahoma Memorial Stadium this season. Wednesday, OU announced it planned on allowing fans at 25 percent of capacity and gave ticket holders the option to opt in to attend games this season — if capacity allows — or push back their purchase to next season.
David Pastrnak out for Game Bruins’ Game 2
In his noontime Zoom conference with reporters, Bruins’ coach Bruce Cassidy said that he had a couple of players getting treatment and wasn’t sure if every player would be available for Thursday’s Game 2. David Pastrnak was termed “unfit to participate” in Game 2 against the Carolina Hurricanes. Pastrnak had a strong performance in Game 1, scoring a goal and then assisting on Patrice Bergeron’s double overtime game-winner. Pastrnak also blocked four shots in the 3-2 victory. How much information will be available after the game remains to be seen.
Thunder-Rockets playoff schedule released
The Thunder will begin its playoff run Tuesday night against the Rockets. The NBA released the full playoff schedule Thursday. Oklahoma City and Houston, paired in the four/five matchup in the West, will tip-off Game 1 at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on TNT. Half of the playoff series will begin Monday. With Chris Paul (left hand sprain), Luguentz Dort (right knee sprain) and Russell Westbrook (right quadriceps strain) all dealing with injuries, both teams will have an extra day to rest.
Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid: Julian Nagelsmann points to attacking intent as reason for progress in Champions League
Julian Nagelsmann masterminded a Champions League quarter-final victory for RB Leipzig against Atletico Madrid and said his side’s approach fully vindicated the win. We’re still [in the Champions League] from last season so the progress is very fast, faster than usual. They had good results, good decisions in the [club’s] history. “Against Mbappe we have to be fast in the defensive line but [Dayot] Upamecano was that today. “There will be times you can’t defend against them, there a lot of stars in this team.
Video: Moscow powerlifter suffers horror knee fractures during squat
Video: Russian powerlifter fractures both his knees in horrifying failed attempt to squat 400kg and must now learn to walk againThis shows the horror moment a weightlifter in Moscow suffers a fracture of his knees during a 400kg squat. Alexander Sedykh, who was taking part in the World Raw Powerlifting Federation European Championships, now...
Varner, Hoge and Sloan share PGA Wyndham lead with 62s
Advertising Read moreWashington (AFP)Harold Varner fired eight birdies in shooting an eight-under par 62 that put him in a three-way tie for the first-round lead Thursday at the Wyndham Championship in Greensboro, North Carolina. Varner matched his career-low round on the US PGA Tour and shared the lead with fellow American Tom Hoge and Canadian Roger Sloan. The first round was set to resume Friday morning, with round two still slated to start on schedule. He doesn't have the benefit of hometown fans this week with the PGA Tour still playing without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic. "It's a golf course you can make a lot of birdies," Simpson said.
Unbeaten Benavidez defends super middleweight crown
Advertising Read moreNew York (AFP)Undefeated American David Benavidez defends his World Boxing Council super middleweight world title for the third time on Saturday against Colombia's Alexis Angulo. "I'm very eager to get back in the ring and give the fans a great fight," Benavidez said. In 2017, Benavidez became the youngest champion in super middleweight history at age 20 by beating Ronald Gavril in a split decision for the vacant crown, then kept it by winning a unanimous decision over the Romanian in a 2018 rematch. He has three wins since suffering his lone loss in his only prior world title fight, losing a unanimous decision to unbeaten Mexican Gilberto Ramirez in 2018 for the World Boxing Organization crown. Benavidez is wary of his veteran rival but still confident he can find a way to knock him out.
Fans boo, chant 'USA' when Nashville SC, FC Dallas players kneel during national anthem
FC Dallas became the first Major League Soccer club to allow fans during the coronavirus pandemic, and they were heard from before Wednesday's game with Nashville SC. Dallas right back Reggie Cannon lifted his right fist in the air as he knelt. Cannon is one of many Black players in MLS who represent the Black Players For Change, which was founded on Juneteenth and works to improve inclusion and experiences of Black players, coaches and staff in MLS. FC Dallas released a statement Thursday, saying: "FC Dallas supports our players and fans in their right to express themselves in a peaceful manner. "I want to see the support the league has given us from our fans," Cannon said.
NCAA Division I fall championships postponed
As conference after conference in Division I postponed fall sports, the NCAA has made the inevitable decision that there will be no fall championships in the organization’s top tier in 2020 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We cannot, at this point, have fall NCAA championships,” said NCAA President Mark Emmert in a video interview posted Thursday evening, adding it is hoped championships can be moved to the 2021 calendar year. "Sadly, tragically, that's going to be the case this fall," Emmert said. Fall championships in Divisions II and III had already been put on hold. He says first that priority must be given to the fall and winter sports that lost their championships this past year.
Islanders prepared to handle any Capitals backlash for Anders Lee hit
The Capitals are surely still thinking about Islanders captain Anders Lee and his hit on Nicklas Backstrom that knocked the Capitals star center out of the rest of Game 1, and officially out of Game 2 as well. Less than three minutes into the Islanders’ eventual 4-2 win in Game 1 Wednesday, Lee laid a hard hit on Backstrom, whose head was turned at impact, while skating over the blue line and into the Islanders’ zone. The hit knocked Backstrom onto his side and prompted John Carlson to go after Lee, who received an interference penalty for it. Islanders coach Barry Trotz was understanding of the Capitals’ reaction to Lee’s hit, but claimed that because Lee was coming laterally over the blue line, he was bound to hit traffic. We’re well equipped to play if they want to play physical, we’ll play physical, that’s not a problem.
Hostage situations and rappelling out of helicopters: How police recruitment ads glamorize the role
LIVE NationalHostage situations and rappelling out of helicopters: How police recruitment ads glamorize the role
'Cheerleading is for football' — Cramer on the worst ways to invest
'Cheerleading is for football' — Cramer on the worst ways to invest"There's a huge difference between blind speculation and informed speculation," the "Mad Money" host said.
Report: LeBron James, Dodgers Making Dodger Stadium 2020 Election Polling Place
Ashley Landis/Associated PressMore Than a Vote, a group led by Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James, is working with the Los Angeles Dodgers to make Dodger Stadium an official polling place ahead of the November elections, according to ESPN's Jeff Passan. Those who are registered to vote in Los Angeles County will have the ability to park for free at the stadium and vote during a five-day window prior to election day on Nov. 3. The New York Times' Jonathan Martin reported in June that James had formed More Than a Vote along with stars including Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young and Phoenix Mercury guard Skylar Diggins-Smith. Bill Barrow of the Associated Press reported in July one way to achieve those aims was converting large sports venues into polling centers. The Milwaukee Bucks, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks have all pledged to convert their arenas into election locations, while the Detroit Pistons permitted officials to utilize their practice facility.
Israel, United Arab Emirates reach historic deal
News AgencyIsrael, United Arab Emirates reach historic dealPosted[NFA] Israel and the United Arab Emirates reached a historic peace deal that will lead to a full normalization of diplomatic relations between the two Middle Eastern nations in an agreement the Trump administration helped broker. Lisa Bernhard produced this report.
Top prospects still absent, but Tigers are competitive
Detroit Tigers' JaCoby Jones celebrates his two-run inside-the-park home run in the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox in Detroit, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)DETROIT (AP) — Ron Gardenhire’s Detroit Tigers sensed an opportunity this season — and these last few weeks have shown why. They’ve been competitive even without promoting any of their top pitching prospects. Those pitching prospects gave Detroit hope after the Tigers dropped 114 games last year. With every mediocre performance by a starter, however, the speculation about those pitching prospects will seem more and more relevant.
Bryant held out of Cubs’ lineup versus Brewers
CHICAGO (AP) — Slugger Kris Bryant was held out of the surging Chicago Cubs’ starting lineup against Milwaukee on Thursday night because of a sore left wrist and ring finger. Manager David Ross didn’t disclose if Bryant would be available off the bench, but said he made the move out of “an abundance of caution.”Bryant was injured trying to make a diving catch in left field Wednesday in the fifth inning of the Cubs 7-2 win at Cleveland. He remained in the game and hit a home run in the sixth inning before being pulled in the eighth. “We’re trying to be extra cautious,” Ross said. We just want to make sure he’s good to go.”ADVERTISEMENTKyle Schwarber was listed to start in left field and David Bote at third base Thursday for the Cubs, who entered leading the majors at 12-3.
Tatis Jr. brings talent, swagger as Padres hope to contend
San Diego Padres Fernando Tatis Jr. celebrates as he crosses home plate after hitting a home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning of a baseball game Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Derrick Tuskan)SAN DIEGO (AP) — “El Niño” is bringing a welcome wallop to San Diego. ADVERTISEMENTIf he can stay healthy, Tatis is a big reason the long-downtrodden Padres believe they’re built to compete in this pandemic-shortened season. ADVERTISEMENTThere are times when the 6-foor-3 Tatis Jr. makes things look easy. “He’s getting stronger, he’s lifting, he’s running, he’s moving well.”And then there’s Tatis’ swagger, which has endeared him to long-suffering Padres fans as well as his teammates.
A flame, a look, one of the Olympics’ most powerful moments
A flame, a look, one of the Olympics’ most powerful momentsFILE - In this July 19, 1996, file photo, American swimmer Janet Evans passes the Olympic flame to Muhammad Ali during the 1996 Summer Olympic Games Opening Ceremony in Atlanta. Here are some of the highlights of the 1996 Atlanta Games, where Muhammad Ali provided the greatest moment before the competition even began. ___Less than 24 hours before the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics, at a secretive midnight practice run, Janet Evans finally got the word. As the last host city to rely mainly on private funding, Atlanta faced griping that its commercial backers made the event look more like a tacky county fair than the Summer Olympics. But the home of the Masters came under fire for its exclusionary membership policies and the idea was dropped; it wasn’t until 2016 that golf returned to the Summer Games.
Louisiana has closed recreational red snapper season
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Louisiana has closed its red snapper season for recreational anglers. And, though fishing license sales have gone way up during the coronavirus pandemic, that probably doesn’t have much to do with red snapper catches, said a spokesman for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. Fishing license sales from March through May were up nearly 50% over the same period last year, according to figures released earlier by the department. The season opened May 22, allowing anglers to take red snapper from Fridays through Sundays. Each state on the Gulf of Mexico has been managing its own recreational red snapper season since 2018.
Korpisalo, Blue Jackets win 3-1, tie series with Lightning
(Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO (AP) — Two days after making an NHL-record 85 saves in a five-overtime loss, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 36 more shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Thursday to even the series at a game apiece. The Tampa Bay goalie had 61 stops Tuesday in a 4-3 victory in the fourth-longest game in league history. The Blue Jackets took the lead on Bjorkstrand’s one-timer from the right circle on a late first-period power play. “I don’t think we’re frustrated at all,” Tampa Bay center Anthony Cirelli said. ... Blue Jackets G Elvis Merzlikins was still unavailable with an undisclosed injury.
Safety first: Smith, Harris are secondary luxury for Vikings
FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) defends against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2019, file photo, Minnesota Vikings free safety Harrison Smith (22) defends against the Dallas Cowboys during an NFL football game in Arlington, Texas. No team in the NFC is spending more salary cap space on safeties than the Minnesota Vikings, who will be counting on Harrison Smith and Anthony Harris to support a secondary in transition after the departure of their top three cornerbacks from last season. With more than 12% of their salary cap space carved out for safeties, only Denver with Kareem Jackson and Justin Simmons has committed to more. Smith and Harris are the only ones who were in the league prior to 2018.
Saints safety Williams owning up to tackling deficiencies
He says game video clearly shows it is an area where he needs to improve and he will not shy away from it. (AP Photo/Mark LoMoglio, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints safety Marcus Williams has made it a priority to directly and openly address those painful instances when his trouble with tackling has overshadowed his ability to defend passes. “The film doesn’t lie,” Williams said during a video media conference on Thursday from the Saints training headquarters. “He has good instincts and range,” Saints coach Sean Payton said of Williams this week. “He’s obviously come in and gave us that leadership role already,” Williams said of Jenkins.
Jerry Jones suggests wiggle room over Cowboys’ anthem policy
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones waits for the team's NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. Jones sidestepped the question of whether he would change his policy requiring players for the Cowboys to stand during the national anthem. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2019, file photo, Dallas Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones waits for the team's NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. Jones sidestepped the question of whether he would change his policy requiring players for the Cowboys to stand during the national anthem. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)Jerry Jones sidestepped the question of whether he would change his policy requiring Dallas Cowboys players to stand during the national anthem.
Grizzlies roll past Bucks 119-106, reach West play-in round
8 team two straight times to advance to face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for a second straight season. The Grizzlies were eighth in the West with a 3 ½-game lead over the rest of the pack when they arrived at Florida. TIP-INSBucks: Starting guard Wesley Matthews missed a second straight game with a sore right adductor. UP NEXTThe Bucks will face the Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs.
It’s over: For first time in 23 seasons, Spurs miss playoffs
The 76ers, starting as the Syracuse Nationals before moving to Philadelphia, went to the playoffs every year from 1950 through 1971. This is how long the streak, all of it with Gregg Popovich as head coach of the Spurs, went: David Stern wasn’t even halfway through his 30-year run as commissioner when the Spurs’ streak started. And now, for the first time since 1981, the playoffs will happen without either Riley or Popovich as head coaches. And the Spurs won 170 playoff games in that span; only seven franchises have more playoff wins in their entire history. There were 102 players who got into at least one Spurs playoff game during the streak, including current NBA head coaches Jacque Vaughn, Steve Kerr and Monty Williams.
Daily NBA bubble primer: How the Western Conference play-in series will be won
With a victory, Memphis would finish in eighth place with a Portland loss and ninth with a Blazers win. Dallas Mavericks (43-31) vs. Phoenix Suns (33-39)The Mavericks have clinched the No. San Antonio Spurs (32-38) vs. Utah Jazz (43-28)The Spurs will be eliminated with a loss or wins by any two of the Blazers, Grizzlies and Suns. Portland Trail Blazers (34-39) vs. Brooklyn Nets (35-36)The Blazers will clinch eighth place with a win or losses by the Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs. The Blazers will be eliminated from playoff contention with a loss and wins by any two of the Grizzlies, Suns or Spurs.
Champions League: Late goal by USMNT's Tyler Adams stuns Atletico Madrid, sends RB Leipzig to semis (video)
Tyler Adams (right) celebrates with teammates after scoring the goal that sent RB Leipzig to the UEFA Champions League semifinals. (Lluis Gene/Getty Images)An 88th-minute goal by American midfielder Tyler Adams broke a deadlock and gave upstart German club RB Leipzig a 2-1 win over favored Atletico Madrid in Thursday’s UEFA Champions League quarterfinal in Lisbon. pic.twitter.com/HShBjxNXGz — Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) August 13, 2020It was arguably most consequential goal ever scored by an American at the highest level of club soccer. The Portuguese attacker was sorely missed, too, as Leipzig took a deserved lead though a superb Dani Olmo strike five minutes into the second half:RB Leipzig is on the board! pic.twitter.com/GF2zfD7TZ9 — Champions League on CBS Sports (@UCLonCBSSports) August 13, 2020Simeone brought Felix off the bench shortly after the opener.
Suns complete perfect bubble season, but Grizzlies clinch coveted play-in berth, bounce Spurs
The Phoenix Suns completed their perfect NBA bubble season on Thursday, cruising to a 128-102 win over the shorthanded Dallas Mavericks. Memphis earns spot in play-in seriesWith the win, Memphis clinched a spot in this weekend’s play-in series for the No. 9 seed Suns. Led by the continued emergence of All-Star Devin Booker, the Suns finish the seeding portion of bubble play with an 8-0 record. But thanks to their superior record prior to bubble play, they’re still alive for the playoffs.
Southern Section is using a PPP loan to help fund salaries this summer
The Southern Section received $456,100 in April from the federal Paycheck Protection Program and began using funds last month to help its budget for fiscal 2020-21, according to information presented on Thursday during a meeting of the Southern Section Executive Committee. Southern Section spokesman Thom Simmons said the money is helping pay the salaries of 17 employees in July and August after no playoff revenue came in last spring when sports were canceled and partnership contracts were readjusted. “We were dependent on playoff revenue from all three seasons, especially during the summer when we don’t take in a dime. Without PPP, we would have had to lay off people even though we had a fantastic fall and winter.”The Southern Section is also negotiating new broadcast rights to replace contracts that have run out. AdvertisementSports fees are due by Oct. 1, and among the 565 schools, 66 have sent in their fees.
Blue Jackets keep Lightning baffled, even series with Game 2 win
The Tampa Bay goalie had 61 stops Tuesday in a 4-3 victory in the fourth-longest game in league history. Kucherov grabbed a carom off the back boards and banked in a shot off Korpisalo’s back to give the Lightning a 1-0 lead 5:24 into the game. The Blue Jackets took the lead on Bjorkstrand’s one-timer from the right circle on a late first-period power play. Columbus’ goals came on just six shots in the period. That's playoff hockey.
Drone causes delay in Red Sox-Rays game at Fenway Thursday afternoon
Red Sox manager Ron Roenicke looks up as a drone flies overhead during Thursday's game. With no outs and runners on first and third in the top of the third inning, a drone appeared in right field, causing a brief delay. A mystery drone caused a brief delay in Thursday’s Red Sox-Rays game at Fenway Park. It was the second drone-related delay in the last two seasons for the Red Sox. Last April, a drone was spotted over the field during a Red Sox-Blue Jays game.
Ohio State Football Is Canceled. Will Trump Take the Hit?
In a hotly contested election year, the loss of college football seems almost certain to seep into politics as well. He famously served the Clemson Tigers football team a $5,500 fast-food feast to celebrate its national championship and has attended multiple college football championship games. For years, the college football season has been an enticing advertising canvas for both parties, recently dominated by Republicans. It’s far from clear how much support, if any, Trump might lose because of the absence of college football. He predicted before the season’s cancellation that Ohio State’s Buckeyes would finish the year undefeated.
As he struggles in Philadelphia, Al Horford appreciates his time with the Celtics
ORLANDO — The least surprised of anyone that the Celtics would be facing the Philadelphia 76ers in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs was Al Horford, who just two years ago sank a pivotal layup that helped Boston bury Philadelphia in the conference semis. The roster could undergo an overhaul, so this series means just as much to Philadelphia as Boston and the central storyline is Horford, who spent three years with the Celtics before shockingly departing for Philadelphia. While the Celtics assumed Horford would return on a reworked deal, he stunned the organization by signing with Philadelphia. It’s been a difficult year for Horford because he has received a portion of the blame for the team’s struggles. But for the Celtics’ benefit, if Horford does not leave, the club doesn’t have the salary cap space to sign Kemba Walker.
‘Best tight end in the league’: 49ers players thrilled with team’s extension for George Kittle
George Kittle got his contract extension, much to the delight of his 49ers teammates. “You just got to be disciplined from the start of the down until the end,” Williams said. “Kittle is Kittle, man. Ford wasn’t asked to compare the two, but did have this to say about his 49ers teammate:“Best blocking tight end, best catching tight end,” Ford said. “Best tight end in the league.”Those who didn’t speak with reporters Thursday shared their congrats on social media.
Red Sox need to give young starters a longer leash
That curiosity hovers over both the pitcher and a Red Sox organization that has rarely afforded such chances in recent years. AdvertisementNo young Red Sox pitcher has made more than one big league start as a first-time call-up since 2015, when Eduardo Rodriguez and Henry Owens made their debuts. As an organization, the Red Sox have had a very quick hook with starters trying to break into the big leagues. The trade worked out brilliantly for the Red Sox, with Eovaldi emerging as a force in the 2018 playoffs. One evaluator joked that perhaps the Red Sox could seek to trade for him as they search to build their starting depth.
Phoenix Suns beat Mavericks to go 8-0 in NBA seeding games, await play-in tournament fate
The Phoenix Suns finished their eight-game seeding schedule perfect after blasting Dallas, 128-102, Thursday but still don't know if they're going to advance to the play-in tournament. Then they proceeded to win eight straight games in the NBA restart, something the Suns haven't done in a decade. What went well/who played wellOutside of getting the win, Phoenix frustrated Doncic early and didn't allow him to get his teammates involved. What didn't/who didn't play wellThe Suns didn't do much wrong in this one. Deandre Ayton could've been better as he didn't finish seeding play with the force he started.
Flyers need to ‘get better every game’ against confident Canadiens
“I think we just got back to playing a simpler game, not trying to do too much,” Braun said. “Get it deep and make them come 200 feet, and in the second we got in trouble with some turnovers and not getting the puck out at the blue line – and that led to a lot of chances for them. We got back to the recipe that worked in the first and that really helped us.”
Flyers-Canadiens preview, Game 2: TV, time, odds, notes
Three things: Sean Couturier won 9 of 14 faceoffs in Game 1. He went 2-0 against both Jesperi Kotkaniemi and Nick Suzuki, but just 5-5 from Phillip Daneault. ... Claude Giroux has one goal in his last 17 postseason games, which includes this year’s three round-robin games. According to Hockey-Reference.com, teams that go up 2-0 go on to win 87.2 percent of series. Teams that win the opener and drop Game 2 win only 48.2 percent.
Is Kristaps Porzingis happy with the Mavericks? Approaching his playoff debut, he has no reason not to be
Eighteen months later and an ongoing pandemic later, a euphoric Porzingis is eager to make his NBA playoff debut early next week, against the Clippers. In his first 31 games as a Mavericks, through New Year’s Eve, Porzingis averaged 17.3 points and 9.4 rebounds. And then shortly after Dwight Powell ruptured his right Achilles on Jan. 21 and was lost to the season, Porzingis moved from starting power forward to center. Quietly, just after celebrating his 25th birthday on Aug. 2 here in the bubble, Porzingis’ scoring average eclipsed 20 points for the season. I’m just excited for our first playoff experience.”Find more Mavericks stories from The Dallas Morning News here.
3 thoughts on Mavs’ loss to Suns: Reflecting on Dallas’ highs and lows ahead of playoffs vs. Clippers
In their final seeding game in the NBA’s Disney World bubble, the Mavericks lost 128-102 to the Suns on Thursday afternoon. The answer: Luka Doncic played just the first half, finishing with 18 points and five rebounds in 13 minutes. pic.twitter.com/OBNugP0fHt — Dallas Mavericks (@dallasmavs) August 13, 2020A playoff-like quality in a meaningless gameThe stakes weren’t the same, but one aspect Thursday was similar to the circumstances the Mavericks will face next week. Three of the Mavericks’ five regular starters -- Doncic, Porzingis and Dorian Finney-Smith -- haven’t played in an NBA postseason before. In consecutive games against the Mavericks, the Trail Blazers and Suns have each tallied at least 50 points in the paint.
Eleven memorable plays during the 2019-20 Bucks season
To call the Milwaukee Bucks' 2019-20 season memorable is an understatement, but you can forgive fans for not remembering specifics. But, as a means of jarring your memory if nothing else, here are some of the best plays from the Bucks' campaign:11. Zion's first and only appearance against the Bucks included a sensational swat by Giannis Antetokounmpo, who apparently isn't ready to cede any ground in the hierarchy of NBA stars. Connaughton drove into the lane, deposited a slick behind-the-back pass to Brook Lopez, who quickly dished in the corner to George Hill for a buzzer-beating three-pointer in the first half. His contested long jumper was short, but Giannis Antetokounmpo skied for the ball and tipped it in to force overtime.
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff adjusts to changes.
Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Brandon Woodruff adjusts to changes. Milwaukee Brewers starting pitcher Brandon Woodruff talks about adjusting to change, from pitching, to injuries and COVID. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Livestream Highlight: What do the Packers have in WR Malik Turner?
Livestream Highlight: What do the Packers have in WR Malik Turner? Jim Owczarski and Olivia Reiner discuss one of the Packers' latest additions at wide receiver, former Seattle Seahawk Malik Turner. Olivia Reiner, PackersNews
Cubs playing each game of shortened season as if it’s their last together
The Cubs’ vocal leader understands that the way he sets the tone has a major effect on the team’s overall energy. If you ask any Cubs player, they’d tell you that Rizzo has always been this way. Having those experiences have undoubtedly played a role in the Cubs getting off to their historic start to the season. I’m sure, everyone, you guys are all victims of it, but it’s the joy of the game that we’re playing for right now. That’s how we feel like we’re playing just going out and playing baseball and not worrying about if someone’s hitting .500 or if someone’s hitting under .200.
Packers rolling the dice on a pair of long-shot receiver prospects
He played in 2014-15 with former Packers receiver Geronimo Allison. “Travis is a big, talented receiver, but he's raw and he had issues with attention-to-detail type stuff,” an NFC scout said. Practice time increases by 15 minutes each day after, except following an off day, when practice can’t be any longer than the previous time. After playing 865 snaps (83.1 percent) as a rookie last season, the Packers’ first-round pick would have entered his first, full offseason program this spring. “Yeah, I’ve got no indication that guys are being reckless out there,” LaFleur said of his team.
Pro bettor likes Patriots, Cowboys to go under 2020 win totals
Jeff Whitelaw went 3-1 on his NFL win totals in the Review-Journal last year, with winners on the Bills Over 6½ (10-6), Browns Under 9½ (6-10) and Redskins Under 6½ (3-13). (AP Photo/Mike McCarn)When Tom Brady signed with Tampa Bay in March and New England’s 2020 season win total dropped to 8½, professional sports bettor Jeff Whitelaw took the over. He’s now banking on them to go under their win total, which climbed to 9 (under -115 at South Point) after they signed former NFL MVP Cam Newton. Asking them to win 11 games is a lot.”Cardinals under 7½Arizona finished 5-10-1 last season and added four-time Pro Bowl wideout DeAndre Hopkins. They’re probably a 5-11 or 6-10 team.”Whitelaw said he also played the Jets under 8 at Circa, which posted alternate season win totals for all 32 teams in June, allowing bettors to buy or sell an extra game on their wagers.
Grizzlies roll past Bucks 119-106, reach West play-in round
8 team two straight times to advance to face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round. 1 seed in the Eastern Conference for a second straight season. The Grizzlies were eighth in the West with a 3 ½-game lead over the rest of the pack when they arrived at Florida. TIP-INSBucks: Starting guard Wesley Matthews missed a second straight game with a sore right adductor. UP NEXTThe Bucks will face the Orlando Magic in the first round of the playoffs.
Korpisalo, Blue Jackets win 3-1, tie series with Lightning
TORONTO - (AP) -- Two days after making an NHL-record 85 saves in a five-overtime loss, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 36 more shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Thursday to even the series at a game apiece. Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the first period for Columbus, both goals set up by Pierre-Luc Dubois. “We've all seen him play this past season,” Dubois said about Korpisalo. The Blue Jackets took the lead on Bjorkstrand's one-timer from the right circle on a late first-period power play. ... Blue Jackets G Elvis Merzlikins was still unavailable with an undisclosed injury.
A flame, a look, one of the Olympics' most powerful moments
ATLANTA - (AP) -- EDITORS -- With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. Here are some of the highlights of the 1996 Atlanta Games, where Muhammad Ali provided the greatest moment before the competition even began. ___Less than 24 hours before the opening ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics, at a secretive midnight practice run, Janet Evans finally got the word. As the last host city to rely mainly on private funding, Atlanta faced griping that its commercial backers made the event look more like a tacky county fair than the Summer Olympics. But the home of the Masters came under fire for its exclusionary membership policies and the idea was dropped; it wasn't until 2016 that golf returned to the Summer Games.
La Sardine closes permanently after nearly 22 years in West Loop due to COVID-19 and a bad break
“We’re doing OK with pickup,” he said. “We’re so small we can only do a little indoor dining, but this isn’t the first place people are thinking of in August. But we own the building; we’ll be OK. We’re not going to get rich anytime soon, but hopefully some help will be coming to restaurants.”
Islanders-Capitals shaping up as a physical series going into Game 2
“Both teams have a lot of will and determination and the ability to be physical,” Islanders right wing Cal Clutterbuck said after practice on Thursday. The NHL Player Safety Department reviewed the sequence and took no action against Lee. “Player Safety looks at it, they’ve got good hockey people. Player Safety looks at that. “If they want to play physical, we’ll play physical.
UFC 252: Junior dos Santos, Jairzinho Rozenstruik on their heavyweight bout
Junior dos Santos and Jairzinho Rozenstruik spoke about their heavyweight bout on the main card of UFC 252 on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Credit: Newsday
Jerry Jones suggests wiggle room over Cowboys' anthem policy
Jerry Jones sidestepped the question of whether he would change his policy requiring Dallas Cowboys players to stand during the national anthem. Two years ago, Jones wouldn't even support players staying in the locker room during the national anthem, declaring the club's policy was for players to be on the sideline, “toe on the line." I have nothing to prove as far as where I'm standing with the flag and where the Cowboys stand. “We have many on that team that were thinking about one way and many, many others that were thinking about another way,” Jones said. “I'm going to show grace,” Jones said.
It's over: For first time in 23 seasons, Spurs miss playoffs
Those games went final shortly before San Antonio was playing its final game of the season, against Utah. The 76ers, starting as the Syracuse Nationals before moving to Philadelphia, went to the playoffs every year from 1950 through 1971. This is how long the streak, all of it with Gregg Popovich as head coach of the Spurs, went: David Stern wasn't even halfway through his 30-year run as commissioner when the Spurs' streak started. And the Spurs won 170 playoff games in that span; only seven franchises have more playoff wins in their entire history. There were 102 players who got into at least one Spurs playoff game during the streak, including current NBA head coaches Jacque Vaughn, Steve Kerr and Monty Williams.
NCAA cancels fall championships as major football marches on
The NCAA will not conduct fall championship events -- a move that does not effect major college football -- because not enough schools are competing in sports such as men's and women's soccer and women's volleyball. NCAA President Mark Emmert made the announcement in video posted on Twitter, but it has been clear this was coming. Division I -- which is comprised of 357 schools -- held on, but as conference after conference canceled their fall seasons the tipping point came. Schools in conference that have not yet canceled their fall seasons could conceivably try to stage regular season competition. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Tomas Nido homers twice to power Mets past Nationals 8-2
Nido, who entered Thursday with five homers and 26 RBIs over 93 games in parts of four big league seasons, is just the fifth catcher in Mets history to hit at least two homers and collect at least six RBIs in a game. Hall of Famers Gary Carter and Mike Piazza did it twice apiece and Todd Hundley and Paul Lo Duca once each.
NCAA cancels fall championships as some of major football marches on
The NCAA will not conduct fall championship events — a move that does not effect major college football — because not enough schools are competing in sports such as men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. NCAA President Mark Emmert made the announcement in video posted on Twitter, but it has been clear this was coming. Last week the NCAA Board of Governors said championship events in a sport would canceled if fewer than 50% of the teams competing in that sports played a regular season. Division I — which is comprised of 357 schools — held on, but as conference after conference canceled their fall seasons the tipping point came. Schools in conference that have not yet canceled their fall seasons could conceivably try to stage regular season competition.
Feds: Cincinnati man indicted after fentanyl deal in Boone County resulted in death
A Cincinnati man was indicted Thursday after officials said fentanyl he distributed in Boone County killed one person. A release from the U.S. Department of Justice states he faces one federal charge of distributing a controlled substance resulting in death. The incident occurred on or about March 23, the release states. If convicted, the release states Huegel faces a minimum of 20 years in prison, up to life. Huegel is currently being held at the Boone County Jail, after being arrested on June 16.
Review: High schoolers take on politics in engaging 'Boys State'
Adam GrahamDetroit News Film CriticThe good, the bad and the ugly of American politics are laid out in "Boys State," a fun, eye-opening documentary that acts as a microcosm of our political system. Directors Amanda McBaine and Jesse Moss turn their cameras on Boys State, which is like summer camp for budding politicians. "Sometimes you gotta say what you gotta say in an attempt to win," McDougall says. And in our current political system, he's right. "Boys State" is a remarkable glimpse at the state of politics today.
'It's on you': Lions' Desmond Trufant thinks Jeff Okudah will thrive amid high expectations
After months of Zoom meetings, Trufant and Okudah reported for training camp with their teammates at the end of July. "I can just tell he's fundamentally sound. I can already tell he's a technician. "Figure out how you're going to study, how you're going to rehab, just those everyday routines that all of us vets have," Trufant said. You're not going to make every play, but you're going to make a lot of plays, as well.
Blue Jackets steady themselves, corral Lightning to even series
After playing almost three games for the price of one in a five-overtime marathon Tuesday, the Blue Jackets made sure Game 2 ended Thursday after just 60 minutes of hockey. Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves and Nikita Kucherov scored the goal for Tampa Bay, which outshot the Blue Jackets 37-22 after finishing the first game with an 88-63 edge. Devin Shore made his postseason debut for the Blue Jackets, who were without Cam Atkinson (unfit to play). After killing off a Tampa Bay power play with Seth Jones in the penalty box for tripping, the Blue Jackets finally landed a couple of counter punches before the end of the period. Just 19 seconds earlier, Nick Foligno finally made Vasilevskiy make a save on the Jackets’ first shot 12:33 into the game.
Trieu: New Jersey star teammates to pay visit to Michigan State
That is what Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional offensive lineman Geno VanDeMark and running back Audric Estime will do with Michigan State on Saturday. “VanDeMark’s grandfather (Allan VanDeMark) played at Michigan State,” 247Sports analyst Brian Dohn said. “And Michigan State’s offensive line coach Chris Kapilovic recruited (St. Joseph product) Tommy Hatton to North Carolina, so he has a relationship with Geno’s offensive line coach. From there, the connection was made with Estime, who also sees Michigan State has produced some big running backs in the past.”Estime is over 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.
Top prospects still absent, but Tigers are competitive
DETROIT (AP) — Ron Gardenhire's Detroit Tigers sensed an opportunity this season — and these last few weeks have shown why. Detroit is 9-7 and in second place in the AL Central, 1 1/2 games out of first. It may not sound like much, but the Tigers are now more than a quarter of the way through their schedule. They've been competitive even without promoting any of their top pitching prospects. Those pitching prospects gave Detroit hope after the Tigers dropped 114 games last year.
Bryant held out of Cubs' lineup versus Brewers
CHICAGO (AP) — Slugger Kris Bryant was held out of the surging Chicago Cubs' starting lineup against Milwaukee on Thursday night because of a sore left wrist and ring finger. He remained in the game and hit a home run in the sixth inning before being pulled in the eighth. “We’re trying to be extra cautious,” Ross said. “I don’t think there’s a great deal of concern. We just want to make sure he’s good to go.”
Tomas Nido homers twice to power Mets past Nationals 8-2
NEW YORK (AP) — Tomas Nido had his first two-homer game as a professional, hitting a two-run shot in the fourth inning and a grand slam in the fifth to lead the New York Mets to an 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals and a split of the four-game series. Nido, who entered Thursday with five homers and 26 RBIs over 93 games in parts of four big league seasons, is just the fifth catcher in Mets history to hit at least two homers and collect at least six RBIs in a game. Hall of Famers Gary Carter and Mike Piazza did it twice apiece and Todd Hundley and Paul Lo Duca once each. Nido struck out in the seventh as he tried to match Carter, the only Mets catcher with a three-homer game. “I did work really hard this offseason and it just feels good to be able to help the team win.”
Alonso first driver to crash in Indianapolis 500 practice
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Fernando Alonso crashed in the final hour of Thursday's practice session in a setback for his Indianapolis 500 venture. Alonso crashed in Turn 4 when his Arrow McLaren SP Chevrolet dipped onto the concrete portion of the apron at Indianapolis Motor Speedway and sent the Spaniard into the retaining wall. His damaged car rolled onto pit lane for an early end to his afternoon. Alonso was sixth on the speed chart when he crashed. “It is just the way it is,” Alonso said.
Jerry Jones suggests wiggle room over Cowboys' anthem policy
Jerry Jones sidestepped the question of whether he would change his policy requiring Dallas Cowboys players to stand during the national anthem. Still, the owner who has taken the hardest line among his NFL counterparts against protesting racial injustice during “The Star-Spangled Banner” did acknowledge a changing social tide after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Two years ago, Jones wouldn't even support players staying in the locker room during the national anthem, declaring the club's policy was for players to be on the sideline, “toe on the line." While he reiterated his belief in standing for the anthem in his annual pre-training camp meeting with reporters this week, Jones tried to say he intended to be more open to the points of view of players.
It's over: For first time in 23 seasons, Spurs miss playoffs
It's over: For first time in 23 seasons, Spurs miss playoffsLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — San Antonio’s record-tying run of 22 consecutive postseason appearances is over, with the Spurs being eliminated from contention for a Western Conference play-in spot Thursday. Those games went final shortly before San Antonio was playing its final game of the season, against Utah. The Spurs needed the Grizzlies or the Suns to lose to have any chance of getting into the West play-in series that begins Saturday to decide the NBA’s final postseason berth. The 22-year run of playoff spots tied the Philadelphia 76ers’ franchise for the longest in NBA history. The 76ers, starting as the Syracuse Nationals before moving to Philadelphia, went to the playoffs every year from 1950 through 1971.
Safety first: Smith, Harris are secondary luxury for Vikings
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — No team in the NFC has allocated more salary cap space to the safety position than the Minnesota Vikings, who will rely even more heavily this season on their excellent yet expensive tandem of stalwart Harrison Smith and upstart Anthony Harris. Their experience in a secondary that suddenly has a startling lack of it ought to be worth the investment for the Vikings and their remodeled defense. The five-time Pro Bowl pick Smith, now the second-longest-tenured player on the team behind tight end Kyle Rudolph, was delighted by the return of Harris, who was given the franchise tag by the Vikings that prevented him from entering unrestricted free agency. “It’s kind of more than just keeping one guy around. It’s a guy that can multiply, make guys around him better,” said Smith, who's entering his ninth year.
Thunder vs. Clippers: Lineups, tip-off time, how to watch
Thunder vs. Clippers: Lineups, tip-off time, how to watchRadio: WWLS 98.1 FMThree things to know• The Clippers clinched the No. 2 seed in the West on Wednesday with a win against the Nuggets. It’s the first second-place finish in franchise history for the Clippers. • The Thunder went 1-2 against the Clippers this season. Shai Gilgeous-Alexander scored 32 points against his former team Dec. 22.
Grizzlies roll past Bucks 119-106, reach West play-in round
The Grizzies (34-39) are tied for eighth place in the Western Conference with Portland and Phoenix, which beat Dallas on Thursday. Portland will either improve to 35-39 or drop to 34-40 after it plays Brooklyn on Thursday night. The play-in round matches the No. 9 team must beat the No. 8 team two straight times to advance to face the top-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round.
NCAA cancels Division I non-football championships; OSU loses cross country national meet
STILLWATER -- For the second time, the COVID-19 pandemic has wiped out an NCAA championship event at Oklahoma State. OSU was set to host the NCAA cross country championships in November, but that event -- along with all non-football Division I championships for fall sports -- has been canceled. The NCAA also canceled the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) playoffs. The cancellations were made because the number of participating schools in those sports dropped below 50% of the total competing programs. In the spring, OSU lost out on the NCAA tennis championships, which were set to be held at the Michael and Anne Greenwood Tennis Center in May.
Robert Ryland, first Black pro tennis player, dead at 100
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........Robert Ryland, the first Black professional tennis player and later a coach to such stars as Arthur Ashe and Serena and Venus Williams, has died. Born in Chicago in 1920, Ryland began playing tennis at age 10 and won the Illinois state and junior American Tennis Association singles titles in 1939. ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................After college, Ryland began teaching the game while playing in the American Tennis Association, at the time the main circuit for Black players. He broke the racial barrier in men’s professional tennis in 1959, at age 39 becoming the first Black to play on the World Pro Tour. During his playing career Ryland taught tennis across the country and worked at the exclusive St. Albans Tennis Club in Washington, as well as the Midtown Tennis Club in New York.
NCAA cancels all fall sports championships in 2020, may attempt to play them in spring
There will be no NCAA championships this fall, NCAA president Mark Emmert announced Thursday evening amid COVID-19 concerns. "We cannot now, at this point, have fall NCAA championships, because there are not enough teams participating," Emmert said. If not, Emmert said there could be a chance for fall sports championships to be played in the spring. Of course not, you'll be playing a fall sport in the spring. Emmert, though, said the winter and spring sports will receive the highest priority from the NCAA after losing their championships and seasons last March.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear hopes ACC, SEC are open to moving football to the spring
As discussions about the future of college football, and the rest of fall sports, continue for the ACC and SEC presidents, Kentucky Gov. The Big Ten and the Pac-12 are the only Power Five conferences to postpone their fall seasons, pushing football season the a potential spring start. While the Big Ten and Pac-12 have made decisions to postpone the season, the ACC, Big 12 and SEC have not. Those three Power Five conferences have decided to go forward with college football season, for now. The ACC and SEC could change course if there is a spike in cases as students return to campus and the semester begins.
'It's a bit unreal': US midfielder Adams takes RB Leipzig into semi-final
Coming off the bench to score the goal which took RB Leipzig into a the Champions League semi-final was “a bit unreal”, Tyler Adams said. The midfielder’s deflected strike against Atlético Madrid with two minutes left on the clock earned his side a last-four date with PSG. Tyler Adams sinks Atlético Madrid and sends RB Leipzig into uncharted waters Read more“It’s a deflection but it counts the same as a regular one,” Adams told BT Sport. “We reached the Bundesliga and qualified for the Champions League three times. We’re still in the Champions League.
Leipzig vs Atletico result: Julian Nagelsmann battle of Champions League tactics
It isn’t Atletico Madrid’s year, then, because RB Leipzig were the side actually willing to seize the day. Atletico again struggled to create when they needed to, and it was an attempted block that finally knocked them out. The great difficulty of playing Atletico, after all, is that they try and drag you into a physical battle. They have a progressive, proactive ideal, and would surely take the game to Atletico – and thereby play into their feet. Atletico this time can’t even point to bad luck, as has been the case so often in the past.
Belarus election: Claims of 'widespread torture' against jailed protesters
Thursday marked the fifth day of protests amid widespread allegations of vote rigging. In audio shared by a BBC journalist, screams could be heard from inside Okrestina detention centre in the capital Minsk. Image copyright ReutersSeveral strikes have been reported at state-owned factories, where workers object to the violent treatment of protesters. Video footage shared on social media showed opposition figure Maria Kolesnikova joining the female protesters in Minsk, holding a bunch of flowers. Russian internet giant Yandex said armed individuals had entered two of its offices in Minsk and barred employees inside from going out.
'Proud' Leipzig boss Nagelsmann relishing facing ex-mentor, PSG coach Tuchel
Advertising Read moreLisbon (AFP)RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann says he is relishing facing former mentor and Paris Saint Germain coach Thomas Tuchel in the Champions League semi-finals following his side's stunning win over Atletico Madrid. Leipzig now face PSG next Tuesday for a place in the August 23 final. It was German coach Tuchel who gave Nagelsmann his first break at Augsburg 12 years ago as a scout which saw him then become a coach. "They are a team full of stars," Nagelsmann added, referring to Neymar and fellow PSG forward Kylian Mbappe. "We had trained for the situation when we went 1-0 up, but things didn't work out exactly.
'So much pressure': Simeone defends Atletico after Champions League exit
Advertising Read moreLisbon (AFP)Diego Simeone said Atletico Madrid were weighed down by the pressure and intensity of a long season as they crashed out of the Champions League on Thursday against Leipzig. Defeat ends a disappointing season for Atletico, who finished third in La Liga, 17 points behind Real Madrid. "At the end of a season with so much pressure, so much need to get into the Champions League, and the need to integrate new players. It's a good season, third in La Liga, quarter-finalists in Champions League," Simeone said. Simeone admitted Leipzig were the better team and deserved to go through to the semis.
Djokovic in, Andreescu out as US Open loses 2019 champions
"It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides," three-time US Open winner Djokovic said. Nadal has won 19 men's Slam crowns, one shy of Federer's record, while Djokovic has won five of the past seven. Britain's Andy Murray, the 2012 US Open champion, will compete. "The US Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there," Andreescu said. She joins a women's absentee list that includes Australia's top-ranked Ashleigh Barty, Ukraine's fifth-ranked Elina Svitolina, seventh-rated Kiki Bertens and past winner Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.
Lakers fall to Kings in last tuneup for NBA playoffs
Advertising Read moreMiami (AFP)The Sacramento Kings drained 21 three-pointers Thursday in a 136-122 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers, who took it easy in their last game before the NBA playoffs begin next week. Buddy Hield scored 28 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 27 as the Kings notched just their third victory in the NBA's season restart quarantine "bubble" at Orlando, Florida. The Kings will now be heading home, while LeBron James and the Lakers, already assured of the top seed in the Western Conference playoffs, wait to see who they will face when the first round begins. Dion Waiters led the Lakers with 19 points and Markieff Morris added 14. The four teams chasing the two play-in game berths -- Portland, Memphis, Phoenix and San Antonio -- were all in action later Thursday.
Belarus: Police admit using live ammunition in clashes with protesters as protests demand a second life
Belarusian authorities first admitted using live ammunition in clashes on a day when journalists corroborated a second protest death. “I want people to know that this heinous government killed my son!” ”On the night of Tuesday to Wednesday, Belarus witnessed a third episode of violent clashes after Sunday’s disputed presidential elections. An order also appeared to be given to specifically targeted journalists with scores being beaten and vanishing. In Hrodna, in western Belarus, a military vehicle collided with a car carrying a 5-year-old girl. On Tuesday, Svetlana Tikhanovskaya, the rival who many believe actually won, left Belarus after what appeared to be direct threats against her family.
NCAA president: “We cannot, at this point, have fall NCAA championships”
(WIBW) - NCAA President Mark Emmert does not see fall sports championships happening for the 2020 season. “We cannot, at this point, have fall NCAA championships,” Emmert said in a video posted on the NCAA’s twitter page. “ I’m completely confident that we can figure this out.”"We cannot, at this point, have fall NCAA championships." NCAA President Mark Emmert discusses the latest developments in fall sports and looks ahead to winter and spring championships. pic.twitter.com/SmjC8FU0Uo — NCAA (@NCAA) August 13, 2020Copyright 2020 WIBW.
Dodgers, LeBron James team up to make Dodger Stadium a polling site
Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James' voting-rights group has partnered with the Los Angeles Dodgers to make Dodger Stadium a polling place for the November general election, marking the first time a Major League Baseball team has offered its facility as a voting center. A lot of us now working together and here for every team who wants to follow the Dodgers lead and turn their stadium into a safer place for voting." James' efforts to use expansive sports sites as polling places already had taken root in the NBA. After the Atlanta Hawks in late June offered the use of State Farm Arena as a polling place for upcoming elections, the Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons said they would do the same with their arenas. Among those involved in More Than a Vote: Dodgers starter David Price, who opted out of the 2020 season because of concerns about the coronavirus.
Christine Brown Joins Cameo, Begs Fans: Please Send Me $35!
Christine Brown is doing all she can. Send Cameo that amount and Christine will wish you a happy birthday... or happy anniversary... or wish you luck on a job interview. Kody’s third spouse is the latest wife to jump on Cameo, as second wife Janelle is charging fans $30 for her videos. It would be sort of cool to send a friend some message from Christine or Janelle, right? But many people shell out the $500 Christine is asking them to send... and then neverr make it back.
What poker can teach you about living through a pandemic
If 2020 were a game of poker, it’s safe to say we drew a bad hand. While “uncertainty” is the word of the year, it’s easy to forget that we do have control over some things. While much of life (and poker) is chance, it’s possible to change your luck based on how you play your cards. She convinced Poker Hall of Fame inductee Erik Seidel to be her mentor and immersed herself in strategies of the game. Let Go of the OutcomeToo often, people focus on things they can’t control.
Simon Fraser University drops Clan as school's nickname
In response to an overwhelming response from students, athletes and staff, Canada's Simon Fraser University has retired the nickname Clan for its varsity sports teams. The school announced its decision on Wednesday with plans for a campaign to select a new nickname set to launch next month. Located in Burnaby, British Columbia, Simon Fraser has a long history of athletic excellence – winning five consecutive NAIA Director's Cup Awards from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics from 1996-2001. It's the only university outside of the United States to compete on an NCAA level, moving from NAIA to Division II in 2012. The school's sports teams were known as the Clan as a tribute to the Scottish heritage of fur trader and explorer Simon Fraser.
New York Jets' Jordan Jenkins: 'I'm tired of (expletive) losing'
New York Jets linebacker Jordan Jenkins put broadcasters everywhere on notice Thursday. "I've been here four, going on five years and I'm tired of [expletive] losing," Jenkins said Thursday after the Jets second non-padded practice of training camp. The losing started taking its toll in the locker room long before either one of them got here. But with the Jets, he's never played a game that had any real playoff implications. "No one's used to losing," Jenkins said.
Playing in 'The Yard': A first look at the new game mode in 'Madden 21'
With "The Yard," the new game mode landing on "Madden NFL 21," developers are trying to take football to the backyard. "The Yard" is among the new options included in the hugely popular annual video game release, which launches August 28 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Instead of a four-quarter game, the challenges often consist of scoring the most after a series of drives. As you continue playing, you'll earn boosts to bolster the style of play you have chosen and unlock unique gear for your player. You're not worried about refs, or working the clock, or picking this elaborate pass play to get a slot receiver open.
Travis Kelce cashing in with huge extension from Chiefs
The Chiefs and star tight end Travis Kelce are reportedly closing in on an extension. If negotiations are finalized, the Chiefs will have extended Kelce, quarterback Patrick Mahomes and DT Chris Jones over the course of this offseason. The 30-year-old Kelce registered 97 receptions for 1,229 yards last season as the Chiefs went on to win Super Bowl 54. He caught six passes for 43 receiving yards and a receiving touchdown, along with a carry for two rushing yards during the 31–20 championship win. Reports about Kelce’s deal come hours after the San Francisco 49ers made George Kittle the highest-paid tight end in the NFL with a five-year, $75 million deal.
Keeping Joe Harris is higher Nets priority than more star-chasing
While many Nets fans are loudly pining for the team to chase a third star this offseason, GM Sean Marks says he has another top priority in mind. And that priority is Joe Harris, and keeping the free agent-to-be in Brooklyn. The Nets GM discussed a number of topics with host Michael Grady, and said Harris is right at the top of the list. In his first offseason as Nets GM, Marks signed Harris, and he has steadily turned himself into a deadeye, winning the NBA 3-point crown last season at .474. As one of the Nets’ Bubble Big 3 – with Caris LeVert and Jarrett Allen – Harris has been stellar during the restart.
Mets get Jeff McNeil update after Tomas Nido powers them to win
The Mets turned to the bench for their catcher Thursday and ended up with Johnny Bench. It wasn’t all smiles with the Mets, who lost Jeff McNeil in the first inning after he crashed into the left-field fence while making a catch. David Peterson (3-1) gave the Mets a fourth straight solid start to begin his major league career. The left-hander allowed one run on one hit and two walks over five innings and lowered his ERA to 2.91. Dominic Smith homered for a second straight day as part of the Mets’ 13-hit attack.
Short-armed Nats routed again by Mets as Seth Romero gets tagged in debut
Their starter, Austin Voth, completed four innings before he was hooked for Romero in the fifth. “Honestly, it’s pretty crazy with what’s going on,” Romero said of debuting during the novel coronavirus pandemic, and out of the bullpen, no less. “That didn’t really help me.”ADOnce Nido tagged Voth for a two-run homer, the game had reached its quota for odd and eccentric. Romero then went walk, strikeout, walk, strikeout in the sixth before Martinez lifted him. The infield converged on the mound to congratulate Romero, who’d gutted out 43 pitches to save the arms behind him.
Hot weather bakes the West as wildfires erupt in California, forcing emergency planners to scramble
And that’s precisely where numerous wildfires are ongoing, including one — the Lake Fire — that grew to 10,000 acres in a matter of hours. “Dangerously hot conditions with temperatures 110-125 [are] expected” in parts of northwest Arizona, southwest Nevada, and adjacent extreme southeastern California in the Mojave Desert. ADLas Vegas could see a streak of six or more days topping 110 degrees, the Weather Service warned. A sizzling and parched Desert SouthwestIt’s already been a memorable summer for heat in the Desert Southwest. Climate change is having a serious effect on wildfire activity in the West and Southwest.
Wizards leave NBA bubble on a winning note, wrapping up a weird, uneven season
The Wizards ticked off one final item on their NBA bubble bucket list with a 96-90 win over a skeleton-crew Celtics squad in their season finale Thursday, securing their first win of the season restart. Hachimura, Washington’s prized rookie, ended the season with averages of 13.5 points (third on the team) and 6.1 rebounds (second on the team). In officially closing the weird, uneven 2019-20 season, Washington took another step in that direction. “We know we have to add pieces to our team,” Brooks said before the final game. “You won’t see the same team next season as the team you’re seeing today.
Michigan plans to redesign a stretch of road for self-driving cars
Michigan's partners include Ford and Sidewalk Infrastructure Partners, a company that Alphabet has invested in. "We believe this is a transformative project for Michigan, and globally," Michigan chief mobility officer Trevor Pawl told CNN Business. He noted there have been almost 10,000 fatal car crashes in Michigan in the last decade, adding that he expected self-driving vehicles to improve safety. In the next two years, a one-mile test stretch of modified road would be built at the American Center for Mobility, an organization based outside Ann Arbor that tests self-driving vehicles. Pawl said Michigan is being careful about the employment impacts of self-driving vehicles.
Leipzig stun Atletico to reach Champions League last four
LISBON (Reuters) - RB Leipzig stunned Atletico Madrid, with a 2-1 victory in their Champions League quarter-final on Thursday, to reach the competition’s last four for the first time in their club’s short history. Atletico responded with Yannick Carrasco bursting in from the left and firing goalwards but Leipzig keeper Peter Gulacsi reacted well to push the effort wide. Julian Nagelsmann’s side quickly settled though into the brand of attractive passing and movement that has earned them many admirers. The goal prompted Atletico boss Diego Simeone into a change, with Felix, the 20-year-old Portugal international and club record signing, introduced in the 58th minute. Atletico piled on the pressure but Leipzig had the belief and the fortitude to hold on for their most famous victory.
AP WAS THERE: 1996 Atlanta Olympics
This story was sent on the AP wire in the early-morning hours of July 27, 1996, as the city of Atlanta awakened to news of a deadly bombing in Centennial Olympic Park. The blast shattered windows, rocked buildings and echoed through downtown, where thousands of people have gathered every night since the Olympic Games began July 19. ``I felt the ground shake,? said Desmond Edwards, an Atlanta schoolteacher who witnesses the blast. Security at the games became a major concern, leading up to the extraordinary measures that were already in place at the Atlanta Games. In Atlanta, Centennial Olympic Park was opened just a week before the Olympics began, built on an area formerly occupied by vacant and decrepit buildings.
After 20 years in college, Sean Spencer joins Giants’ staff
FILE - In this Sept. 7, 2019, file photo, then-Penn State defensive line coach Sean Spencer talks with his players in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game against Buffalo in State College, Pa. After spending more than two decades in the college ranks as an assistant coach, Sean Spencer is bringing his high-energy approach to the New York Giants. Spencer has a big personality and the Giants defensive linemen are learning it first hand. Spencer has a big personality and the Giants defensive linemen are learning it first hand. (AP Photo/Barry Reeger, File)After spending more than two decades in the college ranks as an assistant coach, Sean Spencer is bringing his high-energy approach to the New York Giants. Spencer has a big personality and the Giants defensive linemen are learning it first-hand.
Tomas Nido homers twice to power Mets past Nationals 8-2
Nido struck out in the seventh as he tried to match Carter, the only Mets catcher with a three-homer game. ADVERTISEMENTDominic Smith homered in the second and Pete Alonso had an RBI single in the eighth for the Mets, whose second straight win may have been a costly one. The Mets said in the fourth inning McNeil was still being evaluated and they would have an update after the game. TRAINER’S ROOMMets: SS Amed Rosario (stomach) missed his third straight game. Nationals: Strasburg (0-0, 10.38 ERA) is to start in Baltimore with an unusual setup Friday.
‘Boys State’ Review: Politics, Alarming and Disarming
‘Boys State,” a hugely entertaining and scarily edifying documentary by Jesse Moss and Amanda McBaine, pulls you in with the power of its premise. Once you know what it’s about, you’re eager to know what it reveals. (The film is streaming on Apple TV+.) Boys State the national institution—there’s a Girls State too—is a civics education program, sponsored by the American Legion, that’s been around since the mid-1930s. The idea is to bring high-school juniors together in each of the United States for a weeklong exercise that...
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi to Play Together at Barcelona: Here's The Rumour
How many times have football lovers dreamt of the two legends of this generation - Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi - playing together in one team? Spanish journalist Guillem Balague has sent the internet in frenzy by suggesting that Cristiano Ronaldo may even go to Barcelona. According to Balague, Juventus have been wanting to cut their costs and are willing to let go of Ronaldo. It's so much as just an offering so far but fans would sure be hoping that their dreams of seeing Ronaldo and Messi play side by side come true. Will Ronaldo make a switch to his former team Real Madrid's fiercest rivals?
Terry McLaurin says Odell Beckham Jr. asked him for tips this summer
It seems now that some of those talented receivers might have been looking to one of Haskins’ teammates to try and get some tips and tricks as well. When talking to media members on Thursday, Washington’s second-year receiver Terry McLaurin said that when he worked out with Odell Beckham Jr. earlier this offseason, the veteran asked him for a few tips that the rookie picked up in 2019, hoping to expand his own skillset. McLaurin says Odell Beckham approached him when they worked out together this offseason. He said Beckham even asked him for tips. As McLaurin continues down this path, name recognition will grow, and his star will continue to rise.
Washington Football Official Team Jerseys, Washington Football Team Apparel, Where to buy
We have the first wave of apparel and jerseys for the team known as ‘The Washington Football Team’. With many styles and sizes available there is an option for your whole family including this Chase Young, Washington Football Team Nike Game Jersey, for only $99.00. These Nike Game Jerseys fit true to size, with sizes ranging S-3XL. With many styles and sizes available there is an option for your whole family including this Dwayne Haskins, Washington Football Team Nike Game Jersey, for only $99.00. Make sure to check out all The Washington Football Team apparel so you can represent your favorite team and show off your team loyalty.
Report: Minority owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell Washington Football Team
The minority owners of the Washington Football Team are pressuring Daniel Snyder to sell, the Wall Street Journal reports. Snyder, 55, has been the majority owner of the team since he purchased the franchise in 1999. The Washington Post reported last month an alleged longstanding culture of sexual harassment at team headquarters under Snyder’s watch, citing 15 female former employees. (Jonathan Newton / The Washington Post via Getty Images) MoreReport: Snyder a drag on selling priceThe minority owners include FedEx Corp. CEO Fred Smith, Black Diamond Capital chairman Robert Rothman and NVR Inc. board chairman Dwight Schar. The minority owners collectively own 40 percent of the franchise and believe that Snyder selling his stake would increase the sales price, according to the Journal.
Terry McLaurin: Dwayne Haskins is more mentally focused
When Ron Rivera became the new coach of the Washington Football Team, he resisted anointing quarterback Dwayne Haskins as the starter. But I feel like he’s taken the right necessary steps, to be honest, with his physical, his mental. I’m excited to see what he does in this offense, an offense that I feel like suits his skillset really well. If Haskins does, he can at least partially credit his new head coach for giving him a well-timed wakeup call in January. Terry McLaurin: Dwayne Haskins is more mentally focused originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Serena Williams rallies to defeat sister Venus at Top Seed Open
“I honestly didn’t come here to win, for the first time in my career,” Serena Williams said during an on-court interview on the Tennis Channel. She broke Venus’ service to go up 4-2 in the second set with a backhand winner and won the set when Venus hit a short forehand. Venus broke Serena’s serve for a 4-2 lead, but Serena broke back. Despite those differences, Serena Williams said she felt the emotional tug she always felt when playing her sister. AdvertisementSerena, left, and Venus Williams touch rackets after their Top Seed match.
10 U.S. senators pledge to draft a bill of rights for college athletes
College athletes have made their voices heard with unprecedented volume this summer, asserting themselves on issues of health and safety, social justice and financial equity. Now, with the college sports landscape in a state of chaos, that movement may now have an even louder megaphone. A group of 10 senators, led by New Jersey’s Cory Booker and Connecticut’s Richard Blumenthal, announced its intention Thursday to draft a college athletes’ bill of rights, the framework of which would guarantee “fair and equitable compensation” for athletes through revenue-sharing agreements, while also embracing athletes’ rights to profit off of their name, image, and likeness. “As a former college athlete, this issue is personal to me,” Booker, a former Stanford football player, said in a statement. But as the Southeastern, Atlantic Coast and Big 12 conferences continue to move forward with football amid the COVID-19 pandemic, issues of athletes’ rights are sure to remain at the forefront in the coming months.
Upset Indians pitcher Zach Plesac tries to clear the air
The 25-year-old acknowledged breaking team curfew last Saturday after he and Clevinger left the team hotel, went out to dinner and socialized with Plesac’s friends. Plesac had pitched earlier in the day, getting the win as the Indians beat the White Sox. Clevinger didn't tell the team he was with Plesac and flew home with the team. The Indians placed the two righthanders on the restricted list Tuesday, when fellow pitcher Adam Plutko said Plesac and Clevinger had “hurt us bad. “It breaks my heart for people to think I’m a bad teammate or a bad person.
Adam Thielen takes on new role as receiving mentor with old spirit
He is, somehow, the longest-tenured Vikings receiver, the standard-bearer dispensing advice to the team’s younger wideouts from his seven seasons in the NFL. The two-time Pro Bowl selection is the focal point of the Vikings’ receiver group now that Stefon Diggs is in Buffalo. No matter how established Thielen is, there’s a dose of the old fighting spirit, which got him through his first years in the league, that never really leaves the Detroit Lakes, Minn., native. That same week, Diggs missed two days of practices and meetings, incurring more than $200,000 of fines. A lost season and partnerCousins found Thielen for four touchdowns in the Vikings’ next three games.
City says no Eagles fans in stands for home opener; Vinny Curry struggles with loss of brother
Those developments were a reminder of the difficulty of what the Eagles and the NFL are trying to do in the midst of a pandemic that is without precedent in modern times. They also served as a counterpoint to more-optimistic developments — the team’s announcement earlier in the day that offensive lineman Jordan Mailata has returned from the COVID-19 restricted list, leaving no Eagles with that status, and coach Doug Pederson’s quick return to the team on Wednesday, after a 10-day absence following positive tests.
After poor showing in Game 1, Coyotes' offense hope for Schmaltz's return
By those metrics, the Coyotes graded out pretty well in Game 1 on Wednesday, despite the 3-0 loss. Still, the way the Arizona offense was creating (or lack thereof), it seemed unlikely the Coyotes were going to score at all in that game. Colorado, meanwhile, finished with 29 scoring chances and seven high-danger scoring chances. "Everyone can see that," Coyotes forward Taylor Hall said when asked about the team's lack of offense in Game 1. "We watched the game as a team," Tocchet said.
Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens: Ben Simmons-less Sixers 'a heck of a team’
“We know that they are going to come out hard,” Semi Ojeleye said of the Sixers. “Like I said, they are a great team. We have to make sure that we are emotionally ready to compete, and from there, everything else will take care of itself.”
Rasmussen, Perdomo get first major-league calls while Lauer sent to Appleton, Grimm to IL
Lauer was sent to the Brewers' alternate training site in Appleton, while Grimm was placed on the 10-day injured list. I think he's capable of pitching better. A veteran who impressed in spring training, he's logged a 17.18 ERA and allowed three home runs over 4? innings. In 69? innings over 47 appearances split between Class AA Biloxi and Class AAA San Antonio in 2019, Perdomo struck out 107. ""He's been (in Appleton) for three weeks and he's done everything well," Counsell said of Perdomo.
Rasmussen, Perdomo get first major-league calls while Lauer sent to Appleton, Grimm to IL
Lauer was sent to the Brewers' alternate training site in Appleton, while Grimm was placed on the 10-day injured list. I think he's capable of pitching better. A veteran who impressed in spring training, he's logged a 17.18 ERA and allowed three home runs over 4? innings. In 69? innings over 47 appearances split between Class AA Biloxi and Class AAA San Antonio in 2019, Perdomo struck out 107. ""He's been (in Appleton) for three weeks and he's done everything well," Counsell said of Perdomo.
'A golfer's playground': New Berlin practice facility features tech driving range, playing holes, and indoor simulators
The Practice Station, 4285 S. Sunny Slope Road, features an outdoor driving range that uses technology to give feedback on shots, indoor golf simulators for year-round play, six playing holes, and a bar. Stations to playThere are six stations, or playing holes, that are available on a membership basis. Indoor simulatorsThe Practice Station has two indoor simulators in the same space as its bar that feature virtual ranges, courses and games. Grand openingThe Practice Station's grand opening is going to be held from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 15. While the playing holes were operational in 2019, the TrackMan Range wasn't unveiled until this spring.
Max Pacioretty ‘unfit to play’ for Golden Knights against Blackhawks
In this Nov. 2, 2019, file photo, Vegas Golden Knights left wing Max Pacioretty (67) skates against the Winnipeg Jets during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)Max Pacioretty will not play in Game 2 of the Golden Knights first-round series against the Chicago Blackhawks on Thursday. Pacioretty played in Game 1 against the Blackhawks on Tuesday, his first competitive game since March 9. Pacioretty played 18:08 on Tuesday, slightly above his season average. “I had to remind him: ‘You haven’t played a hockey game basically in five months.’ … He’s in really good shape.
NFL countdown: Giants’ fate rest on Daniel Jones’ shoulders
The Giants finished 4-12 last season, but quarterback Daniel Jones showed promise. FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) looks to pass during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in East Rutherford, N.J. Jones is facing a much different challenge in his second season with the Giants. (AP Photo/Vera Nieuwenhuis, File)New York Giants quarterback Daniel Jones (8) during an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, Dec. 29, 2019, in East Rutherford, N.J. A new era dawned for the New York Giants last season, when rookie Daniel Jones took over at quarterback for two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning. “I actually like Daniel Jones.
Heat-Pacers showdown for No. 4: little meaning, little participation
"Non-existent," Pacers guard T.J. McConnell said. "I think, honestly, the NBA has done an amazing job, having us all down here and what they've set up. But for me, in the playoffs, the fans are a huge part of the game. And although they're here virtually, you can't just make up for them not being here. So I really think the homecourt advantage at that point is taken away from you."
As Nets look toward Raptors in playoffs, they get last test facing Portland and Damian Lillard
Going into their final regular-season game against the Trail Blazers on Thursday night in Orlando, the Nets face the supreme test in the NBA bubble – trying to stop Damian Lillard, who clearly has been the MVP of the restart. Nets coach Jacque Vaughn said his team primarily was focusing on preparing for its first-round matchup against the defending NBA champion Raptors. Johnson played with the Suns earlier this season and his former Heat teammates Hassan Whiteside and Justise Winslow are with the Trail Blazers and Grizzlies, respectively. Prior to the final “seeding” game, the Trail Blazers need a win to assure themselves of the eighth seed. “It amps you up a great deal understanding that these guys are fighting for their lives,” Nets guard Garrett Temple said of the Trail Blazers.
Red Bulls product Tyler Adams sends RB Leipzig to Champions League semifinal with winner vs. Atletico Madrid
LISBON, Portugal — American midfielder Tyler Adams scored in the 88th minute to give Leipzig a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid on Thursday and send the German club to its first Champions League semifinal. "When I came on I wanted to bring energy and help the team in any way possible," Adams said. The Champions League is finishing the season amid the coronavirus pandemic with a last eight tournament in Lisbon. Making only its second Champions League appearance, Leipzig looked more dangerous than Atlético during most of the match at the José Alvalade Stadium. Adams joined Leipzig in January 2019 from another club owned by the Red Bull organization, the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer.
AP source: Chiefs, Kelce agree to 4-year, $57.25M extension
- (AP) -- The Chiefs and star tight end Travis Kelce have agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million contract extension that will keep him with the Super Bowl champions through 2025, a person familiar with the contract tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal has not been announced. The move to secure the two-time All-Pro tight end is the latest in a string of big-money deals negotiated by general manager Brett Veach to keep the core of the Chiefs intact this offseason. The biggest was the record-setting 10-year extension quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed that could be worth about a half-billion dollars, while the latest had been a four-year, $85 million deal with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones. Kelce is due a base salary of $8 million this season and $7.75 million next season, which would have been the final year of the five-year, $46 million extension that he signed prior to the 2016 season.
Tomas Nido's 2 HRs, 6 RBIs lift Mets after Jeff McNeil injured hitting leftfield wall
Leftfielder Jeff McNeil made a spectacular, two-run-saving catch of an Asdrubal Cabrera drive before colliding with the wall. He allowed only one Nationals hit – a Yan Gomes single in his final inning – and two walks while striking out three. Dom Smith hit his fourth home run in the third inning to tie the game 1-1; he has a team-high 12 RBIs. McNeil made the grab on a full run with his arm extended and hit the wall. Washington already had one run in and runners on second and third with two outs when McNeil made the grab.
Oregon State will strongly consider long-term borrowing if football revenue dries up from 2020-21 season
Moving football and other sports to 2021 gives conference schools, including Oregon State, time to make a plan. For Oregon State, no football revenue means a $58 million hit to its $80 million athletics budget. One option OSU will strongly consider if it cannot generate meaningful revenue from football is long-term borrowing. Oregon State President F. King Alexander said Thursday the school would “look toward potential 30-year bond loans” to help offset an athletics revenue shortfall. We could probably do it if we just stayed in Oregon,” Alexander said.
Dallas Cowboys’ Jerry Jones pledges ‘grace’ to protesting players during national anthem in 2020
Dallas Cowboys’ owner Jerry Jones has taken a hard line toward players who protested during the national anthem in the past. Jones has said he expected players to have the “toe on the line” and stand during the national anthem. My job is to do what’s right,” Jones told reporters Wednesday. kneel, they do not feel like they’re dishonoring the flag.”Jones said the team will discuss how they will handle the national anthem in 2020. When it happens, I’m giving you the backdrop of how I’ll make the decision at the time or encourage our players,” Jones told reporters Wednesday.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets: Live updates
The Portland Trail Blazers must win Thursday night over Brooklyn or they will be heading home from the NBA bubble on Friday. Be sure to check back all day for updates before, during and after the Blazers’ game, which tips off at 6 p.m.GAME DAY LINKSDamian Lillard reiterates commitment to ride or die with the Portland Trail Blazers, but is that realistic? Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets: Game preview, time, TV channel, how to watch live stream onlinePortland Trail Blazers’ playoff scenarios heading into final NBA seeding gameBlazers-Nets:What: Portland Trail Blazers (34-39) vs. Brooklyn Nets (35-36), 6 p.m. PT Thursday. TV channel: NBC Sports Northwest (In Portland: Comcast 37/737), TNT (54/754)Radio: Rip City Radio (KPOJ/620 AM)How to watch live stream online: You can watch this game live with your cable provider login information on NBC Sports Live, or you can watch the game live for FREE with FuboTV (free trial). You can also get this game on Hulu + Live (free trial), if you prefer those platforms and their pricing plans.
Ben Gregg, Clackamas 4-star power forward and key Beavers, Ducks target, sets commitment date
One of the best Oregon high school basketball prospects of the past decade is ready to make his decision. However, Gregg told The Oregonian/OregonLive in late July that his recruitment was beginning to focus on an unofficial top four of Arizona, Oregon, Oregon State and Virginia with California and Virginia Tech also in the mix. “They were my leader, but I think after this high school season... I just think (Oregon State) thought I was already locked in with them and they thought they had me and could kind of stop talking to me. A commitment to Oregon State would make him the highest-rated in-state pledge in modern history, while he would come in at No.
Mario Cristobal: ‘No decisions have been made’ by Oregon players who could enter 2021 NFL Draft
EUGENE — With the Pac-12 postponing all sports until 2021, the next major decisions on the calendar for Oregon will come from the players. Oregon coach Mario Cristobal said “no decisions have been made,” as of Thursday afternoon. “It’s a lot to digest right now and at the same time there’s uncertainty as to what it looks like going forward. I think guys, we’ve been here for about nine weeks now including the on-boarding process, and that’s a long stretch for us. Holland, who was on four preseason award watch lists, is also widely projected as a first-round pick.
Bryant’s 26 lead Wizards past Celtics for 1st win in restart
Quotable: Brooks, joking about a conversation with Hachimura: “I was walking off the court and I said `Rui, man, I made a mistake. I should have never played you the other seven games. We might have won a couple of those.’ He didn’t know how to take it. But we laughed and joked about it.” ... Bryant averaged 18.6 points and 8.9 rebounds in the bubble. His season averages entering the game were 13.0 points and 7.2 boards per contest.
Horizon League postpones all fall sports, considering a move to spring
In a press release Thursday afternoon, the Horizon League announced that it is postponing all fall athletic competition due to coronavirus concerns. The decision was made by the Horizon League Board of Directors after a recommendation from the League Council. The league is considering having fall sports moved to the spring of 2021, but said that decision will be determined by the Board and Council at a later date. The news impacts nearly a dozen Northern Kentucky University teams, including men's and women's soccer, men's and women's cross country, men's and women's golf, men's and women's tennis, volleyball, baseball and softball. The league office will decide a timeline to dictate if soccer, volleyball and cross country can be held in the spring.
Gov. Mike DeWine hints at spectator limits for high school sports; announcement Tuesday
Mike DeWine said he wants high school athletes to compete in the fall sports season, and he wants that to happen as safely as possible. With high school sports practices ongoing and seasons for contact sports scheduled to begin this month, DeWine said details for how middle and high school teams can stage fall contact sports will be announced Tuesday, Aug. 18. “We’ve been working with the Ohio High School Athletic Association to get it right to provide guidelines to make it as safe as possible,” DeWine said. DeWine will meet soon with Ohio sports coaches, whom DeWine said will have an important role to play. Teams that play contact sports, including football, soccer and field hockey, are already practicing, including at Seton High School.
FC Cincinnati GM Gerard Nijkamp talks transfer market, MLS regular season
FC Cincinnati GM Gerard Nijkamp talks transfer market, MLS regular seasonIn an Aug. 13 media call, FC Cincinnati General Manager Gerard Nijkamp discussed a variety of topics facing the club at the outset of the secondary transfer window. Pat Brennan, pbrennan@enquirer.com
Niyo: Lions' Marvin Jones, family healing from heartbreak of losing infant son
Less than 48 hours after that tragedy occurred, the Jones’ family was in attendance for the Lions’ season finale, part of an emotional scene at Ford Field, where the team held a moment of silence in Marlo’s honor before kickoff. “It was just a powerful moment that I think was good for us, good for my family. That's pretty much all I'll say about that. “Obviously, that's the first time that's happened to me on a level of that magnitude. (“My first time on a private jet,” Jones laughed, “and I’m picking up a dang dog.”) Jones admits he's "not really an animal person," but the rest of the family "definitely” is, and they finally won out this spring.
Lions receiver Marvin Jones Jr. meets with media
Lions receiver Marvin Jones Jr. meets with mediaDetroit Lions receiver Marvin Jones Jr. met with reporters on a Zoom call from training camp on Thursday. The Detroit News
LAFC forward Adama Diomande says he's terminating contract
Diomande was a valuable backup striker for LAFC in 2018 and again in 2019 when the club finished with Major League Soccer's best record. The 30-year-old Norwegian veteran scored 12 goals in just 18 games during LAFC's inaugural season in 2018, and he added eight regular-season goals last season. He said he made the move to handle a pressing family issue, and he scored two goals in the MLS postseason after returning. He played only 16 minutes in the MLS tournament in Florida this summer before injuring his foot again and leaving the team. The longtime New York Red Bulls star scored three goals in three games at the Florida tournament.
Adams sends Leipzig into CL semis with winner vs Atlético
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — American midfielder Tyler Adams scored in the 88th minute to give Leipzig a 2-1 win over Atletico Madrid on Thursday and send the German club to its first Champions League semifinal. Adams came off the bench in the second half and scored with a shot from outside the area that deflected off a defender, ensuring that Leipzig's surprising European run will continue into the last four. It was Adams' first goal for the club, which he joined last year. “When I came on I wanted to bring energy and help the team in any way possible,” Adams said. I’m not a typical goal scorer but I’m happy I could help the team.”
AP WAS THERE: 1996 Atlanta Olympics
EDITORS — With the Tokyo Olympics postponed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, The Associated Press is looking back at the history of Summer Games. This story was sent on the AP wire in the early-morning hours of July 27, 1996, as the city of Atlanta awakened to news of a deadly bombing in Centennial Olympic Park. The story, an early take on the first terrorist attack at the Olympics since the 1972 Munich Games, is reprinted here as it ran using the contemporary style, terminology and including any published errors. ___By Paul NewberryATLANTA — A bomb ripped through a crowded park in downtown Atlanta early Saturday, killing at least two people and wounding more than 100 in the first terror attack at the Olympics since Munich 1972.
Jets' Gregg Williams won't flinch despite key losses on D
NEW YORK (AP) — Gregg Williams has been through this before plenty of times during his 30 years in the NFL. A key player gets hurt, traded or underperforms — or a few of all of the above — and the New York Jets defensive coordinator coolly adjusts and urges his squad to move forward. Williams stresses the cliched but certainly applicable “next man up” approach, and this season is no exception. “If we’re any good at what we’re doing and we’re any good and supposed to belong at this level in the league, we should be able to adapt, we should be able to improvise,” Williams said Thursday during a video call. “And the more experience with those things helps out in the confidence in those around you.”
Aman Gupta keeps riding U.S. Amateur opportunity, and now with a familiar face on the bag
Aman Gupta just keeps showing up. The Oklahoma State player is riding out an opportunity this week as one of the last men into the U.S. Amateur field at Bandon Dunes, a bucket-list golf destination along the Oregon coast. Gupta brought a new putter to Bandon Dunes, and used it to hole 11 putts on the front nine of Bandon Trails on Monday in his opening 64. But just to be playing brought a sense of relief in itself, as Gupta told media officials on Monday.
Oklahoma ranks in Top 10 for the condition of its bridges
Oklahoma has accomplished a dramatic turnaround and now ranks among the Top10 in the nation for the condition of its bridges, Gov. "I am proud to say that in the new rankings, Oklahoma has just landed at No. 9 in the country," Stitt said, speaking at a news conference conducted atop a highway bridge overlooking Interstate 40 and downtown Oklahoma City. Oklahoma Transportation Secretary Tim Gatz praised the accomplishment. "Over the course of my 30-year career in transportation, I've watched the department go from managing our bridge infrastructure with Band-Aids and baling wire to being Top 10 in the country," Gatz said.
USA Rugby exploring possible bid for future World Cup
The United States will host two of the world’s biggest sporting events in 2026 and ’28 and could possibly be adding a third for 2027. USA Rugby will conduct a feasibility study to determine whether to put in a bid for the Rugby World Cup in 2027 or ’31. World Rugby announced Thursday that there will be a single process for both men’s world cups as well as the 2025 and ’29 women’s world cups. That process worked the last time it was used. England hosted the 2015 event followed by Japan four years later.
OKC Thunder: Luguentz Dort out with right knee sprain
OKC Thunder: Luguentz Dort out with right knee sprainThunder guard Luguentz Dort sustained a right knee sprain Wednesday night against the Heat, the team announced Thursday. Dort exited the game after colliding with Miami forward Jae Crowder in the first quarter. Dort has been ruled out for the Thunder's final seeding game Friday against the Clippers. The undrafted rookie has started the last 28 games for the Thunder. If healthy, he's likely to defend James Harden in the Thunder's series against the Rockets.
Amid COVID, Virginia Lottery says it brought in $595 million in profit in FY20
Lottery sales and profits were down from the previous year, which was the highest on record in part because of a $1.5 billion Mega jackpot in October 2018. Compared with 2019, sales were down by $145 million in fiscal year 2020 and profits were $45 million below the previous year. Senate Minority Leader Tommy Norment, R-James City, was one of the sponsors of legislation to ban skill games because of their effect on lottery profits and K-12 funding, but he had mixed feelings about the financial results. "It is encouraging only from" a "K-12 educational funding stream," Norment said in a text message on Thursday. The lottery had estimated that competition from thousands of unregulated and untaxed electronic skill games - which resemble slot machines but purport to operate on skill rather than chance - would reduce profits by $40 million a year.
Serena beats Venus to take 31st meeting between the sisters
Associated PressLEXINGTON — Serena Williams came back and won the last four games to beat her older sister, Venus, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a hard-hitting, back-and-forth, second-round matchup at the Top Seed Open on Thursday. It was the 31st meeting of their careers — 22½ years after the first. The face covering each Williams wore on walks to and from the court — Serena's a leopard print, Venus' a light blue medical mask. In the first set, Serena questioned an overrule by the chair umpire that granted Venus an ace. Serena then served out the victory to move her advantage in the head-to-head, all-in-the-family series to 19-12.
'We're going to run over people': Steve Diamond on the impact Manu Tuilagi can have for Sale Sharks
Steve Diamond has hailed Manu Tuilagi as an “ultimate pro”, promising that the England centre will help Sale Sharks “run over people” as they bid for Premiership glory. Tuilagi, selected to start against Harlequins on Friday evening, arrived at Sale from Leicester Tigers in mid-July and has “pleasantly surprised” Diamond with his “steeliness”. “He is a switched-on lad and I didn't realise what I was getting, so I have been pleasantly surprised. Following a pay dispute at Welford Road, Tuilagi signed a cut-price deal with Sale until the end of the 2020-21 campaign. “He will be available for us next year, I reckon, for about 13 to 14 games,” Diamond added.
Tyler Adams sinks Atlético Madrid and sends RB Leipzig into uncharted waters
RB Leipzig will meet Paris Saint-Germain in the semi-finals after a dramatic late winner from the substitute Tyler Adams, whose goal knocked out a resilient but uninspiring Atlético Madrid. Atlético looked the likelier winners but Leipzig, who hardly missed the Chelsea-bound Timo Werner, found the extra edge. In preparing Leipzig for their journey through uncharted waters, Julian Nagelsmann opted to roll back the years. The tempo dropped, Leipzig suggesting they were happy to allow Atlético a reasonable share of the ball. It was the American’s first goal for Leipzig and history was made.
Serena Williams comes from behind to beat sister Venus at Top Seed Open
In the 31st edition of one of the greatest stories in sport, Serena Williams recovered from a set down to defeat her sister Venus 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in an intense contest to reach the quarter-finals of the Top Seed Open in Lexington, Kentucky. Serena Williams beats Venus Williams at Top Seed Open – as it happened Read moreMuch of the buildup centred on how the elder Williams spent her time in quarantine. While Venus was excellent in her opening?round victory against the former No 1 Victoria Azarenka, Serena, who turns 39 next month, struggled badly in her three-set win against Bernarda Pera. She homed in on her targets, attacked down the middle and found her range to secure the deciding break and take the second set 6-3. But she remained calm and pegged Venus back again, breaking at 4-4 with a running backhand down-the-line winner before holding serve to win.
Exclusive: British Gymnastics chief executive admits organisation has 'fallen short' in duty to protect members
The chief executive of British Gymnastics admits it has “fallen short” in protecting its members and backs calls for the creation of an ombudsman in the wake of the abuse scandal which has engulfed the sport. Writing exclusively for Telegraph Sport, Jane Allen declared it was “in no-one’s interests” for sport to “police itself” after acknowledging British Gymnastics had lost the trust of some of those for whom it had a duty of care. Baroness Tanni Grey Thompson was right when she said, in her report in 2017, that sport should not police itself. “We have tried to do our best to protect our members, and while we have succeeded in many cases, in others we have fallen short. When stories of mistreatment in gymnastics first appeared in the media five weeks ago, I was appalled and ashamed.
How to sleep in a heatwave: 8 tips to keep you cool at night during hot summer weather
It will come as little surprise to anybody that researchers have found sixty two per cent of people struggle to sleep during warmer weather. "The problem with sleeping in the heat is that in order to get a good night's sleep, you need to lose around one degree of body temperature during the night," says sleep expert Neil Stanley, author of How To Sleep Well. "Usually that's not a problem and in regular weather, this happens naturally as we lose heat from our head and face throughout the night. "When you're exposed to heat throughout the day and into the late evenings, that warm temperature is counter-intuitive to going into sleep." "In the UK, we're always surprised when it snows in winter and when it get hot in the summer," says Neil Stanley.
Boris Johnson takes the brakes off the easing of lockdown, giving a green light for social events
However Mr Johnson also introduced tougher penalties for repeatedly failing to wear face masks in public places. Hairdressers will also now be required to wear surgical face masks. Mr Johnson also announced that people hosting an illegal rave or gathering of more than 30 people will now be issued spot fines. Mr Johnson had postponed the changes, which were meant to come in on August 1, amid concerns over a second wave of coronavirus. Pilots at the Goodwood races, the world snooker final and county cricket games earlier this month were suspended after Mr Johnson put the brakes on easing lockdown measures after concerns over a second wave.
RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid: Player ratings as Dayot Upamecano shines in German side’s victory
RB Leipzig produced an impressive performance to beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the Champions League quarter-final. But then Joao Felix, off the bench for Atleti, danced through the defence to win, and convert, a penalty. Didn’t get to see much of his usual good crossing. Had no success running off Costa or trying to bully the Leipzig defence. Spent much of the game asking for fouls as he couldn’t actually win the ball himself.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas recovering from COVID-19
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Kentucky Derby winner, is recovering after recently testing positive for COVID-19. His condition was disclosed in a tweet posted by grandson Brady Wayne Lukas. 'Wayne recently tested positive for COVID-19 and has since been isolating at home and following CDC and health care provider recommendations,' his grandson posted on Wednesday. Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Kentucky Derby winner, is recovering after recently testing positive for COVID-19Lukas, who turns 84 in September, is 'on the road to recovery and looks forward to getting back to the track,' his grandson wrote. He was regarded as a Kentucky Derby hopeful, but finished fifth as the favorite in the 1976 Santa Anita Derby and didn't win again before being retired the following year.
Washington Football Team: Dan Snyder being pushed to sell
The minority owners of Washington's NFL team are reportedly pressuring Daniel Snyder to sell his majority stake amid growing internal disputes for the scandal-plagued franchise. According to The Wall Street Journal, which first reported the news, Snyder has no intention of selling. 'The minority owners [of the Washington Football Team] are apparently looking at bringing him down citing inappropriate and unchaste behavior as one of the major reasons,' read Monday's filing. Here, Redskins owners, from left to right: Robert Rothman, Dwight Schar and Dan Snyder are all smiles in the closing minutes of a win over the Vikings. Since Snyder bought the team in 1999, the team has a 142-193-1 record with eight head coaches and a whopping 21 different starting quarterbacks over that time.
Leipzig beat Atletico to book historic meeting with PSG
The win marks an historic night for Leipzig, who were only formed 11 years ago and playing their first ever season in Germany's top flight in 2016. For Atletico and Simeone, this was an opportunity spurned to go far in Europe at the end of what has been a disappointing season in Spain. Questions will be asked again about the future of Simeone, who has struggled to recreate an Atletico side capable of challenging for major honours. A forgettable first half was more worrying for Atletico, who struggled to escape their own half, even if Leipzig never really turned their pressure into any chances. He had time to size up his shot, the finish spinning up off the left foot of Savic and leaving Oblak helpless.
Leipzig beat Atletico to reach Champions League last four, face PSG for final spot
Leipzig stunned Atletico Madrid 2-1 on Thursday to reach the Champions League semi-finals for the first time as Tyler Adams' 88th-minute winner earned them a showdown with Paris Saint-Germain. For Atletico and Simeone, this was an opportunity spurned to go far in Europe at the end of what has been a disappointing season in Spain. Questions will be asked again about the future of Simeone, who has struggled to recreate an Atletico side capable of challenging for major honours. A forgettable first half was more worrying for Atletico, who struggled to escape their own half, even if Leipzig never really turned their pressure into any chances. He had time to size up his shot, the finish spinning up off the left foot of Savic and leaving Oblak helpless.
The Fractured World of Tennis Amid a Prolonged Pandemic
Tennis players are independent contractors. Tennis is not particularly cohesive at the organizational level, either, as the coronavirus pandemic has awkwardly illuminated. The Association of Tennis Professionals oversees only the men’s tour—it is entirely separate from the Women’s Tennis Association. There are also circuits for lower-ranked players: the Challenger Tour for men, the 125K series for women, an independent World Tennis Tour for both, Futures matches, and so on. World Team Tennis tried a bubble of sorts in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, with a stocked field that included Venus Williams and Kim Clijsters.
Machine Gun Kelly Has a 'Love-Hate Relationship' with His Rigorous Workouts, Says Trainer
"I’m not Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson, but people should look at me and think, 'If this guy can get into the gym, I can too,' " said Machine Gun KellyMachine Gun Kelly is giving fans a glimpse of his gym routine. Born Colson Baker, Machine Gun Kelly explained that he has "no desire to just be a muscly version of myself." “When you physically feel good, mentally feel good, we want to play more,” Machine Gun Kelly said, explaining that being fit allows him to perform extended live sets. Image zoomImage zoom Sam CahillImage zoom Sam CahillImage zoom Sam CahillNever miss a story — sign up for PEOPLE's free daily newsletter to stay up-to-date on the best of what PEOPLE has to offer, from juicy celebrity news to compelling human interest storiesThe rapper — who appears in the new Netflix film Project Power, out Friday — said he wants to "change the landscape" of how his body "looks over time." RELATED VIDEO: Brian Austin Green 'Upset' Wife Megan Fox Has 'Moved on So Quickly' with Machine Gun Kelly: Source"We're gonna train a little bit today.
Nike to Launch ‘Mamba Week’ Later This Month in Memory of Kobe Bryant
As part of "Mamba Week," Nike will donate $1 million towards the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation in honor of Kobe and Gianna ByrantNike to Launch ‘Mamba Week’ Later This Month in Memory of Kobe BryantNike is honoring Kobe Bryant later this month by launching "Mamba Week" beginning Aug. 23, which would have been the legendary NBA star's 42nd birthday. In addition, Nike will release a number of the late athlete's products — including his coveted signature sneakers and jerseys — for the first time since his tragic death during "Mamba Week." "Nike will also continue to work with the NBA to release limited quantities of Bryant's iconic Los Angeles Lakers jersey." Image zoom Kobe Bryant Dia Dipasupil/GettyImage zoom Gianna and Kobe Bryant Ethan Miller/GettyNews of Nike's "Mamba Week" comes as Orange County supervisors voted on Tuesday to declare Aug. 24 Kobe Bryant Day in honor of the late basketball star. RELATED VIDEO: Kobe Bryant Is Still Inspiring Shaquille O'Neal to 'Reach Out' to Other Retired NBA PlayersThe vote from the Orange County supervisors comes four years after the neighboring L.A. County similarly voted to make Aug. 24 Kobe Bryant Day.
Russell Westbrook Brought a Woody Doll to Orlando to Remind Him of Son Noah: 'Missing My Man Man'
Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook is preparing for the start of the NBA Playoffs next week in Orlando, but his mind is also on his family back home. Hundreds of NBA players have been removed from their families and friends since entering the locked-down Walt Disney World campus last month, and being away from loved ones for weeks has taken an emotional toll on many. after the Phoenix Suns surprised their players by having family members introduce them over video before a recent game. "Missing my man man," the 31-year-old wrote in the caption of his Instagram Story on Wednesday. Image zoom Russell Westbrook and his son Russell Westbrook/InstagramSince becoming a parent, Westbrook has been open about what fatherhood means to him.
This governor wants schools reopened. Local officials say it's not safe.
This governor wants schools reopened. Local officials say it's not safe. Added: 13.08.2020 20:48 | 10 views | 0 commentsSchool districts in Iowa are scrambling to figure out how, or even when, they’ll start fall classes.
Jobs: Demand for workers picks up in early August
Jobs: Demand for workers picks up in early AugustAdded: 13.08.2020 16:01 | 24 views | 0 commentsRecruiters say the number of new job ads suggests that a slow recovery could be underway.
CDC director says 'we don't want to pressure anybody' as schools weigh reopening
CDC director says 'we don't want to pressure anybody' as schools weigh reopeningAdded: 13.08.2020 22:03 | 9 views | 0 comments"We're going to need to do it safely. We're going to need to do it sensibly," Redfield told "NBC Nightly News" anchor Lester Holt about school reopenings.
Jeff Bezos and Wife in $137 Billion Divorce
Jeff Bezos and Wife in $137 Billion DivorceAdded: 13.08.2020 17:31 | 5 views | 0 commentsSource: mortgageafterlife.comJeff Bezos has announced he and his wife are divorcing ... and a record $137 BILLION is on the line. Bezos said on Twitter that -- after what he called a trial separation -- he and his wife, MacKenzie, have now decided to end their 25-year...More in www.tmz.com » Tags: Mac
Tito Ortiz Confirms Fight with Chael Sonnen, 'I'm Gonna Smash Him'
Added: 13.08.2020 17:31 | 20 views | 0 commentsTito Ortiz says he's IN for a rematch with Chael Sonnen -- telling TMZ Sports, "I'm gonna pummel him for 3 rounds." The two have been going back and forth on social media -- but Tuesday night in L.A., 43-year-old Ortiz told us the fight is...
Late Congressman John Lewis departs Washington for final time
Added: 29.07.2020 16:24 | 14 views | 0 commentsA funeral will be held for Lewis in Atlanta, Georgia, on Thursday.
Formal remembrance of Congressman John Lewis begins Saturday
Formal remembrance of Congressman John Lewis begins SaturdayAdded: 29.07.2020 15:14 | 13 views | 0 commentsSource: www.zehabesha.comCivil rights icon Congressman John Lewis died last week at age of 80. Lewis was a leader of the freedom riders, and a protege of Martin Luther King Junior. He often faced arrest and violence during his fight against racial segregation. Lewis's body left Atlanta Saturday morning, and is now on its way to Alabama. More in feeds.cbsnews.com » Alabama Tags: Congress
Djokovic says important all players free to travel to U.S. Open
Added: 18.06.2020 16:22 | 15 views | 0 commentsWorld number one Novak Djokovic says he is excited by the prospect of playing at the U.S. Open but says it would only be fair if every player eligible is able to compete.
Alcott slams U.S. Open 'discrimination' over wheelchair omission
Added: 18.06.2020 15:10 | 12 views | 0 commentsAustralian Paralympic tennis champion Dylan Alcott has slammed the omission of the wheelchair tournament from the U.S. Open, calling it "disgusting discrimination".
On this day: Born June 19, 1978
Added: 18.06.2020 12:59 | 12 views | 0 commentsDallas Mavericks' Dirk Nowitzki was one of the finest imports to feature in the NBA and became the first European player to win the league's Most Valuable Player award (MVP) in 2007 before he led the franchise to a maiden championship in 2011.
'Absolutely disgusting.' US star criticizes booing of players kneeling during national anthem
Added: 13.08.2020 13:20 | 24 views | 0 commentsUS international Reggie Cannon has described the booing of players who took a knee during the national anthem before a Major League Soccer match as "absolutely disgusting."
Golf: Poulter, Hubbard share early lead at RBC Heritage
Added: 18.06.2020 19:37 | 12 views | 0 commentsBritain's Ian Poulter capped an error-free opening round with a birdie-birdie finish to grab a share of the early lead with American Mark Hubbard at the RBC Heritage in Hilton Head, South Carolina on Thursday.
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe prove their worth as PSG reaches first Champions League semifinal in 25 years
Neymar and Kylian Mbappe prove their worth as PSG reaches first Champions League semifinal in 25 yearsAdded: 13.08.2020 11:52 | 38 views | 0 commentsIt took a whirlwind 149 seconds for Paris Saint-Germain's Champions League fortunes to take a dramatic turn on Wednesday, a last-gasp victory over Atalanta ensuring the club could yet shed its status as the competition's most high-profile underachiever.
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayed
Report: Some NFL coaches want season delayedAdded: 18.06.2020 19:42 | 13 views | 0 commentsSome NFL coaches want the 2020 regular season delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, ESPN's Ed Werder reported.
Horse racing: Stradivarius takes third successive Ascot Gold Cup
Added: 18.06.2020 19:33 | 12 views | 0 commentsStradivarius, ridden by Frankie Dettori, blew away the field to land a third successive Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on Thursday in a race run without spectators due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Golf: Spieth uses birdie blitz to climb Harbour Town leaderboard
Added: 18.06.2020 18:52 | 15 views | 0 commentsJordan Spieth recovered from a poor start with a stunning run of birdies to tie the lowest nine-hole score of his career in the opening round of the RBC Heritage in South Carolina on Thursday.
Kaepernick joins Medium, will create content on race and civil rights
Added: 18.06.2020 18:44 | 15 views | 0 commentsFormer NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick has joined the board of directors of Medium and will work on content focused on race and civil rights, the U.S.-based online publishing platform announced on Thursday.
Fauci casts doubt on football this fall
Added: 18.06.2020 16:52 | 12 views | 0 commentsWith the United States bracing for a possible second wave of the novel coronavirus, Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, on Thursday cast doubt on the National Football League playing this year.
Astros Coach Alex Cintron Suspended 20 Games for Role in Fight
Added: 13.08.2020 14:20 | 18 views | 0 commentsCintron was found to have instigated an altercation with the Oakland A’s. He will miss one third of M.L.B.’s shortened season.
The Bubble’s Best TV Innovation Deserves a Longer Look
The Bubble’s Best TV Innovation Deserves a Longer LookAdded: 13.08.2020 13:20 | 10 views | 0 commentsWhen Major League Soccer began airing video review discussions in real time, it gave fans a rare glimpse inside its games’ biggest calls. More sports should try it.
Stephen Curry Has ‘Major FOMO’ in Life Outside the N.B.A. Bubble
Added: 13.08.2020 13:20 | 20 views | 0 commentsCurry led the Golden State Warriors to the N.B.A. finals for five consecutive years, but now he’s not even going to the playoffs. “You miss it badly,” he said.
Serena Bests Sister Venus in Tight Matchup in Kentucky
Serena Bests Sister Venus in Tight Matchup in KentuckyAdded: 13.08.2020 20:44 | 8 views | 0 commentsSource: www.upi.comIt looked more like a practice match, but the Williams sisters traded high-velocity shots in a tight match at the Top Seed Open. More in www.nytimes.com »
Clash of the titans in Champions League blockbuster
Clash of the titans in Champions League blockbusterAdded: 13.08.2020 17:29 | 8 views | 0 commentsThe UEFA Champions League was simply made for ties such as the one this Friday night.
Bryson DeChambeau consuming '6,000 calories a day' to add 40 pounds of muscle -- trainer
Added: 13.08.2020 17:29 | 17 views | 0 commentsWhen Bryson DeChambeau returned to the course in June, following golf's shutdown because of Covid-19, he was packing an additional 40 pounds of muscle and hitting prodigious drives off the tee. So, naturally, people sat up and took notice.
Serena Williams battles past sister Venus in their 31st career clash
Serena Williams battles past sister Venus in their 31st career clashAdded: 13.08.2020 22:19 | 7 views | 0 commentsBack against the wall against her sister Venus in grueling conditions, Serena Williams finally found her game.
Remarkable number of hair straightener users have no idea what GHD stands for
Remarkable number of hair straightener users have no idea what GHD stands forAdded: 15.01.2018 14:56 | 7 views | 0 commentsPeople are astonished by the simple acronym used by the hair straightener company
Beirut explosion: At least 135 killed and 5,000 injured in blast as UK aid 'ready to go'
Beirut explosion: At least 135 killed and 5,000 injured in blast as UK aid 'ready to go'Added: 13.08.2020 17:22 | 5 views | 0 commentsThe number of people who died in the deadly explosion that rocked Lebanon's capital Beirut has risen to 135, with around 5,000 left injured.
Jeffrey Wegbe killing: Man shot dead in 'senseless violent attack' in Kilburn named by detectives
Jeffrey Wegbe killing: Man shot dead in 'senseless violent attack' in Kilburn named by detectivesAdded: 13.08.2020 21:02 | 7 views | 0 commentsA 26-year-old man who was shot dead at his home in north west London has been named by detectives.
Apple pulls Fortnite from App Store after game adds direct payments
Added: 13.08.2020 20:30 | 10 views | 0 commentsThe app no longer appears in the App Store, following a move by Epic Games to circumvent Apple's fee for in-game purchases.
The rugged Amazfit T-Rex smartwatch is on sale for $120 (save $20)
The rugged Amazfit T-Rex smartwatch is on sale for $120 (save $20)Added: 13.08.2020 20:19 | 5 views | 0 commentsDino-mite! Plus, upgrade your webcam to 2K resolution for $24, today only.
Lucid Air will have over 500 miles of range, beating out Tesla's Model S battery
Lucid Air will have over 500 miles of range, beating out Tesla's Model S battery - RoadshowAdded: 13.08.2020 20:19 | 6 views | 0 commentsThe Air electric sedan looks like it will beat Tesla to the punch when it comes to a 500-mile EV.
Red alert: BMW is making an M3 wagon
Added: 13.08.2020 20:19 | 5 views | 0 commentsJust days after rumors broke that BMW would finally produce a factory M3 Touring, the M division has officially teased the wagon on Instagram.
EU ordered to take on hard stance on Lukashenko as 6,000 Belarus protesters arrested
EU ordered to take on hard stance on Lukashenko as 6,000 Belarus protesters arrestedAdded: 13.08.2020 11:18 | 11 views | 0 commentsTHE EU has been urged to consider slapping sanctions on Belarus in a bid to hit back at Alexander Lukashenko over days of violent protests and widespread arrests.
'Feels like I'm dorming anyway': Hotels housing college students in effort to social distance
'Feels like I'm dorming anyway': Hotels housing college students in effort to social distanceAdded: 13.08.2020 17:05 | 14 views | 0 commentsHotel chains like Wyndham, Hilton and Graduate Hotels are working with universities to house students during the coronavirus pandemic.
American Airlines passenger hits gate agent in Phoenix after being denied boarding for not wearing a mask
American Airlines passenger hits gate agent in Phoenix after being denied boarding for not wearing a maskAdded: 13.08.2020 12:57 | 22 views | 0 commentsAmerican Airlines said the woman could not board her flight from Phoenix to Las Vegas because she refused to wear a mask.
Serena Williams comes from behind to beat sister Venus at Top Seed Open
Serena Williams comes from behind to beat sister Venus at Top Seed OpenAdded: 13.08.2020 22:16 | 8 views | 0 commentsSerena Williams comes from a set down to beat her sister Venus 3-6 6-3 6-4 and reach the quarter-finals of the Top Seed Open.
Champions League: RB Leipzig beat Atletico Madrid to reach semi-finals
Added: 13.08.2020 22:16 | 10 views | 0 commentsRB Leipzig will play Paris St-Germain in the Champions League semi-finals after Tyler Adams' late deflected winner knocks out Atletico Madrid.
US Open 2020: Bianca Andreescu will not defend title after withdrawing
US Open 2020: Bianca Andreescu will not defend title after withdrawingAdded: 13.08.2020 21:16 | 9 views | 0 commentsSource: www.tennis365.comDefending champion Bianca Andreescu withdraws from this year's US Open because the coronavirus pandemic has hampered her return from injury. More in www.bbc.co.uk »
Stoffel Vandoorne wins Formula E season finale in Berlin
Added: 13.08.2020 20:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsWatch highlights as Stoffel Vandoorne leads home team-mate Nyck de Vries to win the final race of season six and clinch second place in the drivers' championship.
England v Pakistan highlights: James Anderson leads the way as England get their noses in front on a rain-affected day
England v Pakistan highlights: James Anderson leads the way as England get their noses in front on a rain-affected dayAdded: 13.08.2020 20:16 | 12 views | 0 commentsJames Anderson leads the way for England as the hosts take five wickets on a rain-affected day at Southampton to put themselves in a strong position in the second Test against Pakistan.
Mud masks and ice baths: Carl Frampton goes three rounds in a Russian beauty spa
Added: 13.08.2020 19:16 | 13 views | 0 commentsFormer two-weight world champion Carl Frampton steps out of the ring to trade battered bruises with beauty treatments, but it’s not going to be as relaxing as he thinks.
NerdWallet: Have you showered lately? It’s time to become a real work-from-home pro
NerdWallet: Have you showered lately? It’s time to become a real work-from-home proAdded: 13.08.2020 11:01 | 16 views | 0 commentsYou’re likely to be doing it for a while—now is a good time to find a sustainable setup for the coming months.
July 2020 was among the Earth's hottest months ever recorded
July 2020 was among the Earth's hottest months ever recordedAdded: 13.08.2020 21:15 | 9 views | 0 commentsJuly 2020 tied with July 2016 as the second-hottest month ever recorded for the planet Earth, according to a report released Thursday.
Gooding flaunts BLM mask as attorney speaks
Added: 13.08.2020 21:40 | 9 views | 0 commentsActor Cuba Gooding Jr. showed off a Black Lives Matter face mask after appearing before a judge Thursday in Manhattan.
Frankfurt sniffer dog catches whiff of hidden cash stash
Added: 13.08.2020 15:04 | 13 views | 0 commentsAki, a nine-year-old German shepherd, has sniffed out nearly €250,000 this summer.
10 Best Wide Receivers in New York Giants History
To take one simple measure of success, 10 Giants wide receivers have tallied more than 1,000 receiving yards in a season. During his Giants career, Calloway was the team's leading receiver in 41 games, the second-most in Giants history. Hakeem Nicks also had more than 1,000 receiving yards, making 2011 the only season in Giants history in which two wide receivers reached that milestone. For the season, he had 1,044 receiving yards, marking the first of three consecutive seasons with 1,000+ receiving yards. In Week 2 of 2003, Toomer had 126 receiving yards against the Cowboys and surpassed Frank Gifford's all-time Giants career receiving yardage record.
Will Suns Make the Playoffs: NBA Best Bets 8/13
The Seeding round of the NBA Bubble experience is coming to a close but first the eight seed in the Western Conference must be determined. Will you the Memphis Grizzlies be able to overcome experience and injuries and get in, will the Portland Trail Blazers make it in behind the play of Damian Lillard or will the upstart Phoenix Suns rise up and take the eighth. Sports Illustrated's Corey Parson gives us his best bets for the big day in the bubble.
How Much Pressure is on James Harden, Rockets to beat OKC in the Playoffs?
The Houston Rockets and Oklahoma City Thunder are set to meet in the first round of the NBA playoffs in what is sure to be an intriguing series. But for the Rockets in particular there is a lot at stake. Sports Illustrated host Robin Lundberg explains how this series and matchup between James Harden, Russell Westbrook and Chris Paul could serve as a referendum on the Houston franchise as a whole.
Daily Cover: Adam Silver and the Process of Bringing the League Back on Its Feet
Daily Cover: Adam Silver and the Process of Bringing the League Back on Its FeetIt's only been 4 months since the NBA had come to a screeching halt with Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive for COVID-19. However, in those 4 months, NBA commissioner Adam Silver had countless conversations with epidemiologists, negotiated with the NBPA, and faced harsh criticism in his effort to bring a sports league back with the ability to test daily. Greg Nelson/Sports IllustratedSI's Chris Mannix details Silvers' painstaking process in bringing the league to Florida and finishing a season that was nearing its playoffs. FOR MORE CONTENT FROM SI:
Report: Russell Westbrook to Miss Start of Series vs. Thunder
Rockets guard Russell Westbrook is expected to be out for at least the "first few games," of Houston's playoff series against the Thunder, according to the Houston Chronicle's Jonathan Feigen. He was ruled out for Friday's seeding game vs. Philadelphia, and Houston planned to re-evaluate Westbrook before the playoffs began. The Rockets will face Chris Paul and the Thunder in round one of the Western Conference playoffs. Oklahoma City is 2–1 vs. Houston this season, including a 112-107 comeback victory at the Toyota Center in January. The date and time for Game 1 vs. Oklahoma City has not been announced.
10 Best Linebackers in Steelers History (+Honorable Mentions)
© Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsThe Greatest Steelers Linebackers of All TimeThe Steelers are known for hard-hitting, relentless defense. Gildon saw limited action during the Steelers' Super Bowl run in '95, but he went on to become one of the greatest outside linebackers in team history. He started in two of the Steelers' Super Bowl wins in 1975 and 1976. He was a member of two Super Bowl championship teams and part of the 2010 team that won the AFC Championship but lost the Super Bowl to the Packers. He came in at a time when the great Steelers linebackers of the ‘ 70s were riding off into the sunset.
What Would College Football In the Spring Look Like?
College football moving to the spring may seem like a good idea if it can't be played in the fall, as was decided by the Big Ten and Pac-12, but how would it actually look in practice? Purdue coach Jeff Brohm has already put together a plan and Sports Illustrated host talked about what it looks like and what it could mean for the sport with SI senior writer Pat Forde
Only the Lakers Don't Know Their Upcoming Playoff Opponent
Seven of the eight match-ups in the NBA playoffs are set, but the Lakers are waiting for their opponent based on which team claims the eight seed in the Western Conference. Seven-out-of-Eight NBA Playoff Matches are SetThe NBA playoffs are set to start on Monday and seven of the eight match-ups are already set. Only the Western Conference top-seeded Lakers do not know their opponent. Those four teams will compete in a play-in game to determine which will meet the Lakers in the first round. The continuing claims numbers are reported with a one-week lag but are considered a better gauge of the labor market.
Tua Understands Pressure ... And How to Deal With It
Tagovailoa certainly understands the expectations and the pressure that comes with being "The Man." "The first time I met Dan, I think Dan reached out to me after I got drafted, which was super awesome," Tagovailoa said. "For someone who pretty much is the talk of the town, he's super humble. He's super humble." Marino always will have a special place in the hearts of Dolphins fans, but right now Tua is "The Man."
New on WWE Network: EVOLVE, Progress, wXw and ICW shows added
WWE is adding content to the WWE Network, Sports Illustrated has learned. WWE officials have confirmed that shows from EVOLVE, wXw, PROGRESS and Insane Championship Wrestling will begin airing on the WWE Network beginning this Saturday. The shows will add an international flair to the Network, with wXw based out of Germany, PROGRESS a staple of the English wrestling scene and ICW in Scotland. “I absolutely never imagined matches from these companies, the places where I found myself in wrestling, are now going to be on the WWE Network,” said McIntyre, the reigning WWE Champion. For me, it’s one of the coolest eras ever, and I was so grateful to be a face of independent wrestling.
Blaise Matuidi: Inter Miami signs French star on free transfer
Inter Miami's signing of Blaise Matuidi became official on Thursday, but it comes with an intriguing wrinkle: the French World Cup winner won't be a Designated Player. “I couldn’t be happier to welcome my friend Blaise to Inter Miami. He is an exciting and gifted player and a great person,” Inter Miami co-owner David Beckham, who teamed with Matuidi at PSG, said in a statement. “To have a World Cup winner of Blaise’s quality in our new team is such a proud moment–for us as owners and for our fans. “Blaise is one of the most successful midfielders of his generation and we’re thrilled to have him at Inter Miami,” Miami sporting director Paul McDonough said.
Premier League schedule: Congestion details, changes to FA Cup
In the English League Cup, two-leg semifinals have been replaced by a single match in January. That means the Premier League which kicks off on Sept. 12 will have no midweek games until Dec. 15-16 — after the Champions League and Europa League group stages end. Premier League teams will enter the League Cup in the second or third round in September, depending on if they are due to play in a European competition. Manchester City are still involved in the Champions League and Manchester United have advanced to the Europa league semifinals. Teams will get a brief midseason break in January instead of February, and the final Premier League round of fixtures will be on May 23.
David Silva: Man City star's impact on club, Premier League
There’ll be no standing ovation in a full stadium for David Silva after his final appearance for Manchester City. Now, let’s take the best-case scenario: How about Silva ending his decade-long, era-changing City career by lifting the Champions League trophy as captain? By then, another stylish Spanish playmaker, Juan Mata, was in the Premier League with Chelsea. “I don’t think we appreciated him,” Lescott said, of English soccer in general, “and I think his profile plays into that. “I don’t think he’d be too bothered if he was appreciated,” Lescott said, “but I’d like him to know he really is.”
Novak Djokovic to Play in 2020 US Open
The Number 1 ranked Novak Djokovic announced Thursday he will play in the 2020 US Open. Djokovic was not initially on board to participate and complained about the U.S. Tennis Association’s plans to move forward. However, in a recent statement, Djokovic said, “It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited.”Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 back in June but is set to enter the Grand Slam tournament and the hard-court tuneup preceding it in New York. He has won three of his 17 Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open and was the runner-up there five times. The U.S. Open is scheduled to begin Aug. 31, without spectators.
Bianca Andreescu withdraws from US Open
Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY SportsReigning champion Bianca Andreescu withdrew from the U.S. Open Thursday, citing "unforeseen challenges" that compromised her ability to prepare for the event. Andreescu joins Rafael Nadal in skipping the Grand Slam tournament, meaning it will not include both 2019 male and female singles champions. Last year, Andreescu swept Serena Williams in the U.S. Open final to win her first Grand Slam title. The 20-year-old suffered a knee injury at the WTA Finals in October 2019, and later missed the Australian Open in January while rehabbing. In June, Andreescu was scheduled to play in the Credit One Bank Invitational in South Carolina, but she withdrew due to travel concerns.
Novak Djokovic announces he'll play in US Open
Danielle Parhizkaran-USA TODAY SportsThe Big Three will be represented at the U.S. Open, after all: Novak Djokovic announced Thursday he will enter the Grand Slam tournament and the hard-court tuneup preceding it in New York. “It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides,” said the No. 1-ranked Djokovic, who tested positive for COVID-19 in June, “but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited.”The U.S. Open is scheduled to begin Aug. 31, without spectators. Djokovic has won three of his 17 Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open and was the runner-up there five times. Federer, who has won 20 Slam championships, is sidelined for the rest of 2020 after having two operations on his right knee.
SI Insider: Reviewing Jon Wertheim's Mailbag for This Week
SI senior writer Jon Wertheim continues his mailbag as tennis begins to slowly make its way back during the coronavirus pandemic. In this week's mailbag, Wertheim evaluates whether or not this year's U.S. Open will have an asterisk for the winner and tennis' need to figure out a bubble system.
Seahawks Rookie Cut After Female Visitor's Disguise Shockingly Fails
Seahawks cornerback Kemah Siverand appears to have brought a whole new meaning to the phrase "rookie mistake." The Oklahoma State product was cut by Seattle this week, though the Seahawks' decision wasn't exactly due to poor performance, according to the NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Siverand was "caught on video trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel," per Pelissero. His female guest reportedly wore a Seahawks visor to the team hotel, attempting to disguise herself as a player in a move that would make Bobby Valentine proud. Perhaps Siverand can make an NFL roster after getting cut, and regardless, this incident could prove as a lesson for players across the league.
Indians Pitcher Plesac Puts Blame on the Media After Breaking the Rules in Chicago
Four days after being sent home by the Indians, pitcher Zach Plesac is firing back for what he has says is an unfair portrayal of him breaking the rules Saturday evening in Chicago. Plesac, who was the winning pitcher in Saturday's 7-1 Indians win over the Chicago White Sox, put out a six and a half minute video on Instagram taking shots at the media. The 25-year-old wasn't the only Indians pitcher who was caught in violation of the rules, as fellow hurler Mike Clevinger was with Plesac while he was out with friends. Clevinger, like Plesac, was placed on the team's "restricted" list, and was replaced in Tuesday's scheduled start by Adam Plutko. "It breaks my heart for people to think I’m a bad teammate or a bad person.
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From offering up NFL stadiums for January games to delaying the draft and the combine, the NFL would work with college football to help make a spring season beneficial to all. Plus, top camp storylines, why O-line play could be a problem in 2020 and a big lawsuit in St. Louis.
Getting a Grip: Pitchers go to Great Lengths to Get Perfect Grip on a Baseball
From Little League to retirement, most Major League pitchers have a baseball as an extension of his body. And if you think they don’t fool around with a baseball in the offseason, you just don’t know many pitchers. Ask a pitcher, however, and you’ll find that’s problematicIn fact, the pursue of the perfect grip is an ongoing quest of Sisyphus, ever elusive. “And it was just my thumb placement, this little thing where the ball wasn’t having the normal drop. Former A’s starter Jon Lester says Halladay would get his perfect grip, then get a pen or pencil and trace the grip.
Houston Rockets must beat Oklahoma City Thunder in NBA first round playoff series
Obviously Westbrook missing a portion of the playoffs changes the tenor of the series some. James Harden, Russell Westbrook and the Houston Rockets need to beat Chris Paul and the Oklahoma City Thunder. If you think about it, every major figure associated with the team has a stake in this series. Then there’s Russell Westbrook, who Paul was traded for. I don’t know what the analytics will say if his squad loses to the Thunder, but I know what the analysts will.
Cubs Emerge As Front-Runners Amid Historic Hot Start
The Cubs (12-3) have the best record in baseball entering play Thursday and look like a true World Series contender. David Richard-USA TODAY SportsThe Chicago Cubs (12-3) are off to their best start in 50 years, prompting Cubs fans to ask themselves that age-old question: is this the year? The Cubs obviously will not maintain their current .800 clip, but let’s examine if they are as good as their hot start suggests. The headliner of the Cubs’ start, though, has been the rotation. Darvish’s four-seam fastball has the hardest average velocity (95.4 mph) and spin rate of his career, which has yielded a 42.3% whiff rate and .167 batting average against.
Senators Announce Proposal for 'College Athletes Bill of Rights'
A group of U.S. senators plans to introduce in Congress “a college athletes bill of rights” seeking to guarantee NCAA players monetary compensation, long-term healthcare, lifetime educational scholarships and more eligibility freedoms. The bill will be introduced in the “coming months” and is intended to advance “justice and opportunity” for college athletes, according to the joint statement. “The College Athletes Bill of Rights lays out the reforms college sports desperately need so we can finally put athletes economic rights, health and wellbeing, and educational opportunities first. The athletes bill of rights is another step in a near years-long NIL journey involving DC lawmakers and college athletic leaders. As for the athletes bill of rights, the “time is ticking” on that too, says Booker.
Nationals' Stephen Strasburg ejected while sitting in stands
Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsNationals star Stephen Strasburg was ejected from Thursday's game against the Mets after arguing balls and strikes. Torres ejected the pitcher, who while wearing a protective face mask, tipped his cap towards the umpire as he started exiting the stands after the ejection. The game was tied 1-1 at the time of the ejection, but the Mets would go on to lead 7-1 after five innings. Strasburg was sitting in the stands in an effort to promote social distancing during this pandemic-shortened MLB season. But he learned Thursday that just because he was sitting where fans normally sit, doesn't mean he can complain about pitch calls the way fans normally would.
Dodgers' Joe Kelly called Astros snitches for sign-stealing scandal
Erik Williams-USA TODAY SportsDodgers reliever Joe Kelly's animosity toward the Astros doesn't appear to be dying down anytime soon. MLB commissioner Rob Manfred gave Astros players immunity in exchange for their cooperation in the league's investigation of the incident. "When you take someone's livelihood...to save your own a--, that's what I don't like," Kelly said. Kelly did not play for the Dodgers in 2017, when the Astros beat them in seven games to win the World Series. I didn't get close, and I followed all the guidelines of the CDC, and people on the other side [the Astros] didn't," he said.
St Louis City SC: MLS 2023 expansion team reveals name, crest
Instead, the new club—which will take the field in 2023—followed the current and apparently inescapable trend of giving American soccer teams derivative, European/British-style names. St. Louis City SC on Thursday became the fourth “City” in MLS—although Kansas City and New York City do have the word in their proper names—falling into line with all the other FCs/SCs, Uniteds (and one Real) in a league full of branding copycats. A strong case can be made that no American city is more steeped in native soccer tradition than St. Louis. St. Louis and Sacramento Republic (an original name!) In an interview with Sports Illustrated last summer, Kindle Betz was asked to share her initial thoughts about team branding and colors.
How Will 2020—and the Chase for .400—Be Remembered?
The questions started to surface weeks before the start of the season: What if someone hits .400? The conversation used the same vernacular as any other baseball debate about which numbers are valuable and which are not. That still leaves plenty of baseball to play, of course, and it’s still doubtful that he maintains this. And so the question here is not what it would mean for us to watch Blackmon hit .400 in 2020. “Likewise for this exceedingly strange Plague Year.”To hit .400 in an exceedingly strange Plague Year, after all, is still to hit .400.
For the Celtics, Brad Stevens Isn't Going Anywhere Anytime Soon
The Celtics announced that head coach Brad Stevens signed a contract extension that will have him in Boston for the foreseeable future. Stevens signed a contract extension with Boston, the team announced on Wednesday. Boston won 25 games in Stevens first season. Stevens has led Boston to back-to-back conference finals in ’17 and ’18, falling to LeBron James’s Cavaliers both times. Despite losing defensive anchors Al Horford and Aron Baynes last summer, Boston ranks in the top-five in the league in defensive rating.
SI Insider: The Chicago Cubs Starting Rotation Is Performing at the Top of Their Game at the Start of the Season
SI Insider: The Chicago Cubs Starting Rotation Is Performing at the Top of Their Game at the Start of the SeasonCubs starting pitchers have not allowed more than one run in 10 of their first 15 starts. The rotation starring Jon Lester, Yu Darvish, and Kyle Hendricks has been pounding the strike zone with a ton of success with a walk rate of 1.7 batters per game. SI senior writer Tom Verducci shares the stats that show why the Cubs defense is off to such an impressive start in the 2020 season.
It’s Impossible to Tell How Far Home Runs Are Flying Now
I know it went a mile because he celebrated like it did, but the video makes it impossible to tell where it landed. First of all, the presence of a crowd makes it a lot easier to tell where a ball lands. Soto’s 463-foot shot to dead center on Monday night landed in the black batter’s eye, so you don’t have to have 20/20 vision to see it bounce and know he crushed it. It’s been clear for years now that the ball itself is juiced, so we’re seeing tons of home runs, and ones that are flying farther than ever. The rebooted Tony Hawk video game will rename the “mute” grab in honor of its creator.
Fantasy Football Would You Rather: Travis Kelce vs George Kittle for the Top Tight End
I will make the counterpoint argument for fellow top tier tight end George Kittle of the San Francisco 49ers in the third round. In fact, it’s incredibly difficult to find one considering he’s been the number one fantasy tight end in PPR since 2016. Even better news for Kittle fantasy owners is the 49ers have one of the most passer-friendly schedules to begin the year. Travis Kelce or George Kittle? Bill Enright: Travis Kelce in Round 2Ben Heisler: George Kittle in Round 3Where do you weigh in?
Report: Chiefs Sign Travis Kelce to Four-Year, $57 Million Contract Extension
The Kansas City Chiefs and Travis Kelce have reportedly agreed to terms on a four-year, $57 million contract extension that will keep Kelce in Kansas City for the next six seasons. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler first reported that it's a four-year extension, tying Kelce to the Chiefs for the next six seasons. Kelce's previous five-year, $46.8 million deal in 2016 has been a bargain for the Chiefs, as he's carried cap hits of roughly $5.5 million, $10 million and $10.7 million in the first three years of the deal. He was slated to make $11.2 million and $9 million in 2020 and 2021, but there may be some fluctuation in 2021. Alternatively, they could hold steady or increase Kelce's cap hit sooner to stay flexible down the road.
Deion Sanders leaves NFL Network for Barstool Sports
If you spent any time on the internet Wednesday, you saw the news that Deion Sanders left NFL Network for Barstool Sports. As I explained, I thought Pat McAfee retiring from the NFL and joining Barstool in 2017 was a way more shocking turn of events. And in the case of Sanders, it makes total sense that he would leave NFL Network for Barstool based on two simple truths: If you want talk about the NFL, the worst place you can work is NFL Network. This "legacy media" vs. "new media" (or whatever label you'd put on Barstool) is so silly and tired at this point. The newest SI Media Podcast features a very fun conversation with Good Morning Football's Kyle Brandt.
FC Dallas's Reggie Cannon Disgusted After Fans Boo Kneeling Players
There was a smattering of boos when players from FC Dallas and Nashville SC collectively took a knee during the national anthem before their MLS game in Frisco, Texas, on Wednesday night. Dallas defender Reggie Cannon said he was disgusted by the boos at Toyota Stadium when players and officials knelt to call attention to racial injustice. Absolute hell.”Dallas and Nashville had not played a game since the season was suspended on March 12 because of the coronavirus. The death of George Floyd has spurred a number of MLS players to form the group Black Players for Change, which seeks to address systemic racism in soccer and society. At the opening game of the MLS tournament in Florida, members of the group collectively stood in silence, fists raised, for more than eight minutes.
Nebraska 'Committed' to Big Ten, Won't Play Fall Football
Nebraska ended speculation about its attempt to play football in the fall of 2020 with a statement affirming the school's commitment to the Big Ten. We look forward to the day when we can cheer on our student athletes, on the field and in the arena." The Big Ten announced its decision to cancel the 2020 fall season on Tuesday. Nebraska head coach Scott Frost broached the idea of potentially playing a season outside the Big Ten on Monday. Warren noted he expects all 14 Big Ten schools to sit out the fall season as they "go forward together" toward the spring of 2021.
Minority Washington NFL owners pressuring Dan Snyder to sell
Minority owners of the Washington Football Team are pressuring majority owner Dan Snyder to sell the franchise, according to the Wall Street Journal's Andrew Beaton and Cara Lombardo. On July 23, the club announced that it temporarily would call itself the "Washington Football Team," effective immediately, as it figures out a new name to adopt at a later date. “For updated brand clarity and consistency purposes, we will call ourselves the 'Washington Football Team' pending adoption of a new name,” the team said in a release. “We encourage fans, media and all other parties to use “Washington Football Team” immediately. Snyder purchased the Washington team in 1999 for around $800 million, which at the time was a record price for a U.S. sports franchise.
Tyler Adams goal send RB Leipzig into UCL semifinals (VIDEO)
Tyler Adams didn't start RB Leipzig's Champions League quarterfinal vs. Atletico Madrid, but he had the final say. Adams had come on in the 72nd minute immediately after another rising star, Joao Felix, had come off the bench and delivered a game-tying penalty kick for Atletico Madrid. Felix came off the bench for Atletico Madrid in the 58th minute and provided the spark Simeone was hoping for soon after. RB Leipzig turned to Adams as a substitute in response, and he made an even greater impact. **********Here were the lineups for both teams:RB Leipzig will play PSG in the semifinals next Tuesday, with the victor advancing to the Aug. 23 final.
Adam Silver Opens Up About the NBA Bubble: 'It’s Better Than What We Had Envisioned'
From behind two inches of plexiglass, a cloth mask covering his face and NBA basketball playing out before his eyes, Adam Silver felt a wave of emotion wash over him. As baseball struggles to keep teams healthy and college football crumbles, the NBA restart is humming along. There are players either whose teams are not participating, who were unable to engage this summer because of injuries or other issues, who, once they spoke to fellow NBA players, have asked to join the experience down in Orlando. In some cases it was about personal life experiences they had, which they hadn’t shared, and in other cases was how they were experiencing the NBA as a Black league official. given that some of the most high-profile Black people in the world play in the NBA.
Big Ten spring football: Purdue's Jeff Brohm reveals plan
If you think Big Ten coaches are sitting around sulking about the cancellation of their fall football season, you’re wrong. “I think it was important to put something together that proves it’s doable to have a spring season,” Brohm told SI. Nikos Frazier | Journal & Courier-Imagn Content Services, LLC“I’m all for whatever is best for our conference and best for college football,” Brohm said. One of the primary concerns about a spring college football season is the relationship with the NFL, and forcing potential draft picks to make a choice about which way to go. More NCAA Coverage From SI.com Team Sites:Indiana's Allen Sees 'A Lot of Challenges' to Make Spring Football PossibleBrandon Peters's Father: 'If They Have Football in the Spring, He Will Play'Paul Chryst, Barry Alvarez Discuss Potential of Spring Football, Eligibility
How the NFL would accommodate a spring college football season
From offering up NFL stadiums for January games to delaying the draft and the combine, the NFL would work with college football to help make a spring season beneficial to all. The NFL needs college football to remain the force that it is for a multitude of reasons. But we’re starting with the mess that’s become of the college season, and how the NFL and college football will be working together to get through it. The recent uptick in COVID-19 cases nationwide, and subsequent impact on the college season, looks like it’s going to prove that thought dead wrong. All the major programs are staging them now—Auburn held one on Wednesday—to try and help college scouts make up what they’re missing.
The 12 Teams That Could Win Super Bowl LV
This may come as a surprise to some of you, but not every team can win the Super Bowl every year. Some upper-tier teams don’t spend, hoping that they can still win and avoid the middle tier. Should we have a 2020 season, it would seem like the upper tier would be slightly more closed off when discussing which teams actually have a chance of winning the Super Bowl. With that in mind, here is our list of teams that can win Super Bowl LV. Last year, the Seahawks were second in football in offensive play success rate, and they still don’t play to their strengths as often as they should.
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Opinion: College football programs need to get comfortable with transparency or risk losing credibility
LOOKING AHEAD:Can spring college football really work next year? But the veil of secrecy that many college football programs prefer to operate under is counterproductive in this circumstance. If the return of regular students to campus results in a big spike of cases for football programs, being open and honest about that will help inform the best course forward. If college football happens this fall, it’s only because schools and conferences are transparent about everything — especially whether their safety protocols are working or whether there’s big holes that need to be addressed. College football is already hanging by a thread for this fall.
Opinion: Duke and Notre Dame, prestigious academic schools, surprisingly silent as football presses on
Duke would seem to be the type of school that would care about science and knowledge. Duke has now earned the dubious distinction of being the only national Top-10 academic school to defy science and medicine and try to make a buck – many bucks – playing football. But let’s not pick on that renowned football power Duke alone. A quartet of ACC schools that should know better – Wake Forest at No. If there’s any truth in that, these ACC schools have no excuse, because there are six of them in the U.S. News top 30, counting Notre Dame for football purposes.
Brooks Koepka’s ‘regret’ has nothing to do with Dustin Johnson
Brooks Koepka regrets insulting “other” golfers, but not Dustin Johnson. That’s what I was trying to say — that I didn’t know who was on the leaderboard at that point because I hadn’t looked,” Koepka told Golfweek. “That part I regret and I wish I had used different words because I didn’t pay enough attention to who was under Dustin because he was my main focus. I don’t know how else to put that,” Koepka said. I’m different, super competitive, fiery.
Mets' Jeff McNeil carted off the field after making sensational catch, crashing into wall
New York Mets outfielder Jeff McNeil was carted off the field Thursday afternoon after making a sensational catch in the first inning of a game against the Washington Nationals. With the Nationals already up 1-0 and two runners on base, Asdrubal Cabrera hit a fly ball to left field which was heading straight for the Citi Field fence. However, McNeil raced to track it down and made the catch, only to crash into the wall, crumbling to the ground. New York put Billy Hamilton in the game to pinch-hit for him in the bottom of the first inning. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMMcNeil was coming off a 2019 season in which he made the National League All-Star Team.
LeBron James wins Sports Emmy for Muhammad Ali documentary
LeBron James’ production company, Spring Hill Entertainment, won a Sports Emmy for their documentary about the late Muhammad Ali. “What’s My Name: Muhammad Ali Part I” premiered on HBO in 2019. LEBRON JAMES SHOULD 'STAY THE COURSE' WHEN IT COMES TO 'HUMAN LIBERTY,' MUHAMMAD ALI'S EX-WIFE SAYS“Yessir!!!!!!! Congrats to the whole team!” James, 35, reacted to the win on Twitter on Tuesday. James’ documentary is narrated with vintage clips of Ali and also features never-before-seen footage from his career.
Bengals' John Ross leaves team after son, child's mother test positive for coronavirus: report
Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver John Ross reportedly left the team Wednesday to help take care of his son after the child and his mother contracted the coronavirus. The Bengals placed Ross on the league’s reserve/COVID-19 list while he left for California to help take care of his family, NFL Network reported. He’s played in 24 games of the course of his three-year career, including three in his rookie year. In late July, undrafted rookie defensive end Kendall Futrell was placed on the list. It’s unclear whether he tested positive for the virus or he came into contact with a person who had it.
Seahawks' Kemah Siverand cut after caught sneaking female in hotel, attempted to 'disguise her as a player': report
This is not the start to his football career that Kemah Siverand was hoping to have. The Seattle Seahawks reportedly cut the undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State this week after he was caught sneaking a woman into a hotel where the team was staying during training camp, the NFL Network reported on Thursday. Just last week New York Giants head coach Joe Judge told reporters that he was all for his team sacrificing their personal interests to isolate during training camp. “Our players can either opt in or opt out of a hotel stay. His play time increased as soon as he transferred to Oklahoma State as a junior where he played on the special teams and in the cornerback position.
NBA's embrace of social justice causes was 'unavoidable,' Commissioner Adam Silver says
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Wednesday that the league’s decision to tackle social justice issues during its season restart in Orlando was “unavoidable” given the current climate in the country. TRUMP SAYS NBA, MEDIA ARE 'BOUGHT OUT' BY CHINAThe league made social justice causes a key tenet of its plans to resume play inside the bubble at Walt Disney World resort. Dozens of NBA players have knelt during the national anthem to raise awareness of racial injustice and police brutality following the death of George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. “You ever notice, they always say, ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ they don’t mention ‘China, China, China,’ because most of these people, like you look at the NBA, they’re bought off by China,” Trump said. Silver said he believes NBA fans are able to separate the social justice messaging from on-court play.
NBA star Victor Oladipo says injury rehab led him to tech investing and internet start-up Genies
Victor Oladipo's unexpected showing in the NBA bubble at Disney World is just the latest turn in his multiyear roller coaster. Oladipo, 28, is getting set for the playoffs in the unlikeliest of circumstances, with his Indiana Pacers locked in as the Eastern Conference's fifth seed. With so much time spent off the court since his injury in January 2019, Oladipo stayed productive in other ways, including through business. Oladipo took some time between games last Friday to talk to CNBC about his investment in Genies and his difficult road back to the hardwood. Genies' other clients include Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker.
Andreescu will not defend U.S. Open title
FILE PHOTO: Tennis - WTA Tour Finals - Shenzhen Bay Sports Center - Shenzhen, Guangdong province, China - October 30, 2019 Canada's Bianca Andreescu in action during her match against Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova REUTERS/Aly Song(Reuters) - Bianca Andreescu said on Thursday she will not defend her title at this month’s U.S. Open in New York. The 20-year-old Canadian, who has not competed since she suffered a knee injury last October, said on Twitter she made the difficult decision because the COVID-19 outbreak has compromised her ability to reach her highest level of form. “The U.S. Open victory last year has been the high point of my career this far and I will miss not being there,” said world number six Andreescu, who beat Serena Williams in last year’s U.S. Open final. “However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the COVID pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”Andreescu is the latest top-10 player on the women’s side to skip the Aug. 31-Sept. 13 U.S. Open, joining world number one Ash Barty, Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina (five) and Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens (seven). Her decision also means the Grand Slam will be missing both reigning singles champions as men’s world number two Rafael Nadal previously said he would skip the event.
Mixed Martial Arts: Cormier aims to reclaim UFC belt to crown storied career
“I’m going into the fight Saturday with the idea that this is the last time I’ll walk into the octagon. He went on to hold the UFC light-heavyweight and heavyweight titles simultaneously before retiring after his loss to Miocic to concentrate on a media career. However, the promise of a trilogy fight with Miocic and one last shot at glory has lured him back from his hiatus. To reclaim the belt, he will have to find a way of dealing with the crippling body shots the 37-year-old hammered him with last time. For me to think that not one body shot is going to land, that’s insane,” he said.
‘We’ve hit the iceberg’: NCAA medical adviser warns as fall season sinks
The doctors also cited concerns about athletes traveling on commercial aircraft and the nation’s still-limited capacity for frequent, rapid-turnaround testing. But the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 — with footholds in virus-racked Southern states — are pressing ahead with plans to kick off in late September. The NCAA is also barring member schools from forcing athletes to waive their legal rights if they want to play. Each NCAA division must also set out rules requiring schools to cover an athlete's medical costs if the individual catches coronavirus and the infection is linked to sports participation. “We're moving into very troubled waters right now,” said Dr. Brian Hainline, the NCAA's chief medical officer.
Nationals’ Strasburg ejected for arguing - from the stands
Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg throws during the second inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Washington, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)NEW YORK (AP) — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes — on his day off? Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball’s most unique ejections — probably ever — in the third inning of Washington’s game against the New York Mets on Thursday. Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles.
Indians’ Plesac upset with portrayal after COVID violation
Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)Cleveland Indians starting pitcher Zach Plesac throws against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game in Chicago, Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020. Plesac had pitched earlier in the day, getting the win as the Indians beat the White Sox. Clevinger didn’t tell the team he was with Plesac and flew home with the team. The Indians placed the two right-handers on the restricted list Tuesday, when fellow pitcher Adam Plutko said Plesac and Clevinger had “hurt us bad.
Injuries, opt-outs force Jags to retool D-line sans Ngakoue
FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue (91) rushes New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold (14) during the first half of an NFL football game, in Jacksonville, Fla. When or if Yannick Ngakoue returns to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the disgruntled defensive end will need several introductions. When or if Yannick Ngakoue returns to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the disgruntled defensive end will need several introductions. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, File)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — If or when Yannick Ngakoue returns to the Jacksonville Jaguars, the disgruntled defensive end will need several introductions. Injuries and opt-outs have created even more turnover — and maybe a need for name tags in the position group.
Bills sign left tackle Dawkins to 4-year contract extension
The Bills are protecting quarterback Josh Allen’s blindside for the long term after signing Dawkins to a four-year, $60 million contract extension. The Bills are protecting quarterback Josh Allen’s blindside for the long term after signing Dawkins to a four-year, $60 million contract extension. (AP Photo/Mark Zaleski)The Buffalo Bills are protecting quarterback Josh Allen’s blindside for the long term after signing left tackle Dion Dawkins to a four-year, $60 million contract extension. ADVERTISEMENTAt 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, the 26-year-old Dawkins has 43 career starts, all at left tackle. Dawkins’ deal comes a day after the Bills signed coach Sean McDermott to a four-year contract extension, which locks him up through the 2025 season.
City: Eagles fans not likely to be allowed at home opener
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia officials say Eagles fans shouldn’t get their hopes up that they’ll be allowed to watch the team’s season home opener from the stands at the Linc. City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley said he’s doubtful the city will be in a place with COVID-19 infections to allow for fans to attend the Sept. 20 game in person. He said under current conditions, attendance would be prohibited and that isn’t likely to change in the next month. ADVERTISEMENTKenney previously announced that all outdoor permitted events would be canceled through the end of February including the city’s iconic Thanksgiving Day Parade and the Mummers New Years Day Parade. The announcement excluded stadium events, but local and state health department restrictions bar many of those events from occurring with an audience.
On Football: Evaluating college players is NFL’s challenge
The cancellation of college football games will have a far more significant impact on the NFL beyond giving the league an opportunity to play Saturday games this fall. If we have some conferences playing and others are not, then we’ll have to have a strategy that addresses the players on the teams that don’t play football this year versus the teams that do. A league spokesman declined comment Thursday when asked if the NFL would be willing to move some of those events to accommodate changes to the college football schedule. The league would need approval from the NFL Players Association to move it back any further. Some of these guys may never get a chance to play football again.
Lindsay says addition of Gordon isn’t what drives him in ’20
Lindsay insists his noticeably bigger biceps have nothing to do with the Broncos' signing of free agent Melvin Gordon. Lindsay insists his noticeably bigger biceps have nothing to do with the Broncos' signing of free agent Melvin Gordon. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Phillip Lindsay insists his noticeably bigger biceps have nothing to do with the Denver Broncos’ signing of free agent Melvin Gordon. “I know what I want for my family and that’s what fuels me,” Lindsay said. I feel like I’m back to myself,” Lindsay said, adding that rebounding from his wrist injury “was tougher than I thought.
Sibling rivalry: Serena beats Venus to take 31st meeting
The face covering each Williams wore on walks to and from the court -- Serena’s a leopard print, Venus’ a light blue medical mask. The subdued greeting that met their arrivals instead of a crowd’s roar -- zero fanfare owing to zero fans allowed in. In the first set, Serena questioned an overrule by the chair umpire that granted Venus an ace. Serena broke right away and led 2-0, but Venus responded by grabbing five games in a row on the way to taking the opening set. Serena then served out the victory to move her advantage in the head-to-head, all-in-the-family series to 19-12.
Many 2020 Grads Are Still Waiting to Walk Across the Commencement Stage
It’s been a graduation season like no other in memory: Colleges, universities and high schools held commencement ceremonies online or postponed them, hopeful that in a few months the threat of Covid-19 would have passed. When that didn’t happen, many opted for online ceremonies later in June, and some are still planning to hold in-person celebrations throughout August or during the fall. In the meantime, graduates have gotten creative in finding alternative ways to mark their achievements. The Wall Street Journal asked dozens...
FC Dallas fans boo players taking a knee ahead of MLS match against Nashville SC
There was a smattering of boos when players from FC Dallas and Nashville SC collectively took a knee during the national anthem before their MLS game Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas. “You can’t even have support from your own fans in your own stadium — it’s baffling to me,” Cannon said. Absolute hell.”Dallas and Nashville had not played a game since the season was suspended on March 12 because of the coronavirus. The death of George Floyd has spurred a number of MLS players to form the group Black Players for Change, which seeks to address systemic racism in soccer and society. At the opening game of the MLS tournament in Florida, members of Black Players for Change collectively stood in silence, fists raised, for several minutes.
Cornerback sneak? Seattle reportedly cut rookie for sneaking female guest into team hotel
Seattle Seahawks rookie Kemah Siverand reportedly tried to bypass those safety measures — and it cost him dearly. From the NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero:The #Seahawks cut rookie CB Kemah Siverand this week after he was caught on video trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel, per sources. Clear message on the responsibility everyone has in the NFL’s COVID-19 world: Put the team at risk, suffer the consequences. — Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) August 13, 2020The Seahawks actually cut Siverand, an undrafted rookie out of Oklahoma State, on Tuesday. Siverand reportedly tried to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel.
Lakers fall to Kings in regular-season finale, wait to find out playoff opponent
But there was also the fact that they were hours away from leaving the bubble to go home. The Kings beat the Lakers in both teams’ regular-season finale, 136-122. The Lakers meanwhile, turned their attention toward the playoffs. Dion Waiters led the Lakers with 19 points. Talen Horton-Tucker, starting for the first time, scored 14 points as did Markieff Morris, who also started.
N.J. Gaming Boon: Top Stories, Sports and Business News — August 13
Daily Coronavirus UpdateThere are over 20.7 million cases of the virus worldwide, with over 750,000 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins, the U.S. has surpassed 5.2 million cases with over 166,000 deaths. According to the COVID-19 Tracking Project, there were 56,035 new cases reported Wednesday. A Look at New Jersey Gaming OperatorsAfter the coronavirus shut down the casino and gaming industry across the U.S. in the spring, New Jersey gaming operators saw $264.5 million in revenue in July. According to New Jersey’s Division of Gaming Enforcement, the total revenue was $29.5 million from sports gambling.
Adama Diomande announces on social media he is leaving LAFC
LAFC forward Adama Diomande is leaving the club, the player announced on social media Thursday. There was no immediate response from the team. He was activated for the playoffs, scoring two goals off the bench, but missed the start of this season after fracturing a bone in his foot in the preseason. Diomande earned $935,000 last season, the fourth-highest salary on the team. Getting that money back will give general manager John Thorrington flexibility in seeking a replacement.
Jackie Lacey’s husband claims state charges against him in gun case are improper
The husband of Los Angeles County Dist. In a motion submitted to the court this week, the attorney for David Lacey stated that once Atty. That day, Judge Patricia Hunter is expected to hear arguments on whether the attorney general’s office can proceed with the charges. Seth McCutcheon, the deputy attorney general assigned to the case, told the judge that he only received David Lacey’s motion Thursday morning and offered limited comments. Melina Abdullah, a Black Lives Matter organizer and Cal State Los Angeles professor, previously told The Times that on that morning, the group arranged chairs and prayed on the sidewalk outside the Laceys’ home.
Major League Soccer’s stars shined, and other takeaways from the MLS is Back Tournament
In the end, the MLS is Back Tournament was almost exactly what the league wanted. AdvertisementBut thanks to center back Dario Župari?‘s timely finish, it was the Portland Timbers who won it all, defeating Orlando City 2-1. As a result, Portland not only takes home the trophy but gets a spot in the CONCACAF Champions League. And a day after the MLS is Back Tournament final, the Timbers Army’s merchandise van ended up in the middle of a protest and had its tires slashed by police. AdvertisementAmong players, Portland forward Jeremy Ebobisse was one of several in MLS to form Black Players for Change, a group working to end systemic racism.
Mass. has a decision to make about high school sports. Here’s what other Northeast states are doing
On Wednesday, the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Association (CIAC) Board of Control approved a plan to play fall sports with safety precautions in place. The CIAC said fan attendance will be dictated by individual school districts, but the association is recommending that fans not be allowed. Moderate-risk sports can schedule games starting Sept. 18 and football games can begin Sept. 25. Those sports are not required to meet the usual minimum of eight regular season games. Girls tennis competitions would begin Sept. 28, football games on Oct. 2, and all other sports can schedule games starting Oct. 1.
Patriots rookie offensive lineman Dustin Woodard suddenly retires
Patriots rookie offensive lineman Dustin Woodard, who was chosen in the seventh round of the draft, b has decided to retire, per a league source. Woodard, 22, is a 6-foot-1-inch, 290-pounder who was All-America Athletic Conference first team in 2018. He played center and guard over the course of his college career, but moved to center full time in 2019 and started all 14 games this past season. He was taken with the 230th overall selection in the 2020 Draft.
Kurtenbach: Picking the winners and losers of George Kittle’s new deal with 49ers
I’d imagine that the Niners will try to keep Kittle’s cap number low early and high late given the league-wide salary cap crisis by backloading the contract. Winner: Travis KelceThe Chiefs tight end and one of Kittle’s only true peers at the position agreed to a new four-year deal with Kansas City just hours after Kittle’s deal made the unofficial-but-official rounds. He won’t be paid as much as Kittle — the deal is for $57 million with $28 in guarantees — but it’s a hefty raise. No, with Kittle new deal, Garoppolo looks like he’s in the Bay Area for the long-haul too. The 49ers’ front office is going to need all of their skill to wiggle around this one.
Bay Area TV Sports: Here’s what to watch this weekend
Wednesday TV/Radio Baseball White Sox at Tigers 10 a.m. MLB Diamondbacks at Rockies noon ESPN A’s at Angels 1 p.m. NBCCA 960 Royals at Reds 3:30 p.m. FS1 Giants at Astros 4 p.m. NBCBA 680 Padres at Dodgers 6:30 p.m. MLB Golf PGA Tour: Wyndham Rewards Challenge 11 a.m. Amateur: Round of 64 4 p.m. GOLF LPGA Tour: Scottish Open (early Thurs.) GOLF Horse […]
Phoenix Mercury, coming off Chicago loss, face struggling Atlanta on Friday
Up nextAtlanta Dream vs. Phoenix Mercury, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida, 7 p.m. Friday, Fox Sports Arizona + — The Mercury (5-4) face struggling Atlanta (2-7), on a six-game losing streak including 100-63 to Seattle (with a WNBA tying record 18 3-pointers) on Wednesday. The Mercury also lost Wednesday, 89-71 to Chicago. Both teams are without key players since their Aug. 4 meeting (81-74 Mercury win). Guards Diana Taurasi (Phoenix) and Rookie of the Year contender Chennedy Carter (Atlanta) are out with injuries. On Wednesday, the Dream started guards Courtney Williams and Blake Dietrick.
Phoenix Suns, team's NBA playoff odds have come a long way in NBA bubble
The Phoenix Suns have come a long way in the NBA bubble. They are now at 125/1 in the latest NBA odds released by SportsBetting.ag. More NBA oddsSportsBetting.ag released other NBA odds. Trail Blazers (No. 8) vs. Suns (No.
Erik Johnson, MVP of Game 1, shines in diminished role with the Avalanche
Bednar’s best overall player, however, was undoubtedly the club’s most senior member, unselfish defenseman Erik Johnson. But Girard came around, followed by Makar, and Johnson no longer has a role on the power play. “If you’re accepting of your role and if it’s for the good of the team, only good things can happen,” Johnson said after Game 1. “You’re doing it for your teammates,” Johnson said of playing the role you’re assigned. And if those things are good I think other good things will follow.
Defense starting to become Cubs’ calling card during fast start
It would be easy to look at the Cubs’ offense with Kris Bryant, Javy Baez and Anthony Rizzo and think that would be their calling card. Oh, the Cubs have shown they can still be dangerous at the plate, but they’re starting to turn heads with their defense. The players and manager David Ross have attributed that success to bench/infield coach Andy Green and third base/outfield coach Will Venable. Obviously, [former Cubs coach Brian Butterfield] was great for us. Schwarber was hit in the knee in the sixth inning of the Cubs’ 7-1 victory Tuesday against the Indians.
Big Ten coaches, unwilling to wait to hear from the league office, sharing proposals for football in the second semester of 2020-'21
MADISON – Big Ten football coaches are not waiting for league officials to unveil a plan to hold a season in the second semester of the 2020-21 academic year. Ohio State’s Ryan Day on Wednesday proposed a season that starts in early January and concludes in April, before the 2021 National Football League draft. “Starting the first week of January would be the best week to go, an eight-week season,” he told reporters. After the conclusion of the 2021 season, teams would not hold spring practice. That would give players more than six months off from physical contact before teams would begin camp for the 2022 season.
Cubs slugger Kris Bryant scratched from the Thursday’s game against the Brewers with a wrist injury
Bryant suffered the injury while attempting to make a diving catch in left field during the fifth inning of Wednesday’s 7-2 win at the Cleveland Indians’ Progressive Field. Bryant hit a home run in his next at-bat in the sixth but left the game in the bottom of the eighth.
The rising 'Suga' Sean O'Malley faces toughest opponent yet in Marlon Vera at UFC 252
The next step will be against Marlon “Chito” Vera (15-6-1, 9-5) at UFC 252 on Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. 14 bantamweight in the UFC, O’Malley is thriving after a two-year absence from the sport, winning two fights by knockout already in 2020 while continuing to carve out a fandom. “Marlon is an extremely tough opponent, he’s won his last six fights with five finishes, he’s never been finished, a ton of UFC experience. He’s been the distance a lot, he’s won decisions, he’s lost decisions, so he’s extremely experienced,” O’Malley said. Like his inspirations in the UFC, O’Malley has stepped up his showmanship as his profile rises.
Summer of Women: Females stole the show at 1996 Olympics
It remains the biggest jump at a single Olympics in the number of women competitors. Both wound up being two of the most popular sports at the Atlanta Games. On the other side of that curtain, the U.S. captured its first team gold medal in women's gymnastics with a group that became known as the Magnificent Seven. “Then, for the gold medal game, I heard they were scalping tickets. “You had some of the biggest, tallest women in the Olympics, and some of the shortest women in the Olympics going by each other.”All of them stood tall in Atlanta.
Gophers football adds four-star defensive end from Ohio to 2022 class
The Gophers football team picked up its first commitment for the 2022 class on Thursday. Four-star defensive end Trey Bixby made his pledge to Minnesota over scholarship offers from Penn State, Michigan State, Arkansas and others. Wilt, the Gophers’ defensive line coach, tweeted, “Elite news!!!! !” Before coming to Minnesota, Wilt put in time recruiting Bixby to play at Cincinnati. Bixby is the son of former 247sports.com Gophers recruiting analyst Kyle Goblirsch.
Islanders prep for physical Game 2 vs. Capitals
The Islanders say they are prepared for another physicial showdown against the Washington Capitals in Game 2 of the Stanley Cup playoffs on Friday. Credit: NHL
New Major League Soccer team will be called St. Louis SC
ST. LOUIS - (AP) -- The newest Major League Soccer team will be called St. Louis SC when it debuts in 2023, team officials announced Thursday. The team's name and logo were unveiled nearly a year after the city was given an MLS franchise. St. Louis SC will join Sacramento as the 29th and 30th teams when they begin play. The logo will include a representation of the St. Louis Gateway Arch. “Our desire from Day One has been to be bigger than soccer and to become part of the fabric of St. Louis and a symbol of our future.
The Latest: Southern Conference scraps fall conference play
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Southern Conference has canceled its fall conference seasons, shifting competition to the spring because of the pandemic. Tulane had scheduled Southland Conference member Southeastern Louisiana for its season-opener at Yulman Stadium on the Thursday night before Labor Day weekend. Tulane plays in the American Athletic Conference, which for now has maintained its fall football schedule. ___The West Coast Conference has postponed all conference fall competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic. New Mexico State competes in the Western Athletic Conference for other sports, and that conference also announced it would not have fall sports this year.
Kings sink 21 3s, roll to win as Lakers rest most starters
Bogdan Bogdanovic had 27 points as the Kings won for only the third time in the NBA restart. The Kings made 21 3-pointers as Hield shot 8 of 14 and Bogdanovic added five 3s. Most Lakers starters were held out, but LeBron James had 17 points in 15 minutes, all in the first half. The Kings led 56-52 when James left the game for good late in the first half. James missed two layups in his limited time, but still easily reached double figures in points in his 995th consecutive game.
Vikings activate Oli Udoh off COVID-19 list, waive DeMarquis Gates
The Vikings activated tackle Oli Udoh off the reserve/COVID-19 listk on Thursday, leaving them with no players remaining on the list. To make room for Udoh on the 80-man roster, the Vikings waived linebacker DeMarquis Gates, who signed as a free agent in March. The Vikings have had nine players on the COVID-19 list. The only ones known to have tested positive for the coronavirus have been Udoh and linebacker Cameron Smith. Smith announced last Saturday that a heart ailment was detected after he tested positive and that he will miss the 2020 due to upcoming open-heart surgery.
Analysis: Superlatives for Oregon State Beavers 2021 football recruiting class (so far)
The Oregon State Beavers are more than halfway toward completing their 2021 recruiting class. Stock down: Offensive line recruitingFor at least three recruiting cycles, Oregon State has missed out on its top offensive line targets and struggled to fill its need. Simply put, Oregon State desperately needed Collins, who held offers from Arizona State, California, Colorado, Maryland, Ole Miss and others. An unrated prospect, Florida’s Jaylen Martin chose Oregon State over Central Florida, Florida Atlantic, Iowa State, Washington State and others. Signing Day projectionWith only 13-15 spots available in the 2021 recruiting class, Oregon State was all-but-guaranteed to finish No.
NBA Western Conference race for 8th, 9th: Follow live scoreboards for Trail Blazers, Grizzlies, Suns, Spurs games
9 seed with a loss combined with two other losses among the Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs. The Blazers will be eliminated with a loss combined with two other wins among the Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs. 9 with a win and a Blazers win, or if the Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs all lose. 8 seed with a win combined with losses by the Blazers, Grizzlies and Suns. 9 with a win combined with two other losses among the Blazers, Grizzlies and Suns.
How Cincinnati Reds players like Hunter Greene are developing at Prasco Park's alternate camp
Matt Bowman will be sidelined for at least another month with an elbow injury that has bothered him since preseason camp, but he’s been the most valuable player at the Cincinnati Reds’ alternate site at Prasco Park. I mean, that’s just an awesome experience.”A typical day at Prasco Park mirrors a big-league schedule. The Reds have 27 players at their alternate camp, 13 pitchers and 14 position players, so there aren’t set lineups. “I think it’s a really good experience for him,” VanMeter said of Greene. “So, they’re doing a really good job of keeping it loose and keeping it fun.”
Xavier students move onto campus for The fall semester
Xavier students move onto campus for The fall semesterThe second-largest class in Xavier history moves back to campus for the fall 2020 semester. Albert Cesare, acesare@enquirer.com
Mike DeWine suggests high school contact sports will go forward; announcement Tuesday
Mike DeWine indicated Thursday that high school contact sports will go on in some fashion this fall despite continued COVID-19 concerns. Jon Husted will hash out detailed plans with high school officials over the weekend and that an announcement will come Tuesday. We’ll be working with the Ohio High School (Athletic Association) and coaches over the weekend and we’ll get more into that Tuesday." Columbus City Schools suspended activities on Thursday. With the announcement last week by the OHSAA that it had approved a six-game season with all football teams qualifying for the playoffs, conferences and teams have been reworking their schedules while practices continue.
Columbus Blue Jackets hope Oliver Bjorkstrand is regaining his scoring touch
This shot, however, was launched by forward Oliver Bjorkstrand, and it put the Blue Jackets up 2-1 with just 48 seconds left in the period. It went over goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy’s shoulder, hit the crossbar, slid across and nestled into the far side of the net. According to NaturalStatTrick.com, Bjorkstrand went into Game 2 against the Lightning tied with rookie forward Alexandre Texier and veteran center Boone Jenner in even-strength scoring chances all with 16 over six games. Another challenge facing Bjorkstrand is finding chemistry with two other forwards to form a strong line for the Blue Jackets. Thus far, nothing had really clicked, and the Jackets went into Game 2 still waiting for their top goal-scorer to emerge.
Horizon League postpones fall sports season
The Horizon League doesn’t sponsor football, but the mid-major conference still has called off fall sports, officials said Thursday afternoon. Oakland and Detroit Mercy are Horizon League members. Sports affected include volleyball, men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country and the fall portion of men’s and women’s golf and tennis. In a statement, the Horizon League said a decision on whether to move fall sports to the spring will be determined at a later date. The announcement means all fall Division I sports in Michigan are postponed.
Police commissioner sues over arrest at board meeting
Detroit — A Detroit police commissioner filed a lawsuit in federal court Thursday claiming he suffered "emotional and psychological harm, indignity, anxiety, mental anguish, emotional distress, humiliation ... and physical injuries" after being arrested during a police board meeting last year. Commissioner Willie Burton was handcuffed and escorted by police from the July 11, 2019, Board of Police Commissioners meeting at the Durfee Information Center on Detroit's west side. The arrest followed an argument between Burton and fellow commissioners about various topics, including the police department's use of facial recognition technology. Burton claims he was arrested because the board wanted to quash his criticism of facial recognition technology, although board officials insisted he was removed because he was disrupting the meeting. Shortly after the meeting started, Wayne Circuit Judge Craig Strong swore in Lisa Carter as the new board chair.
Indians' Plesac upset with portrayal after COVID violation
CLEVELAND (AP) — Indians pitcher Zach Plesac feels he and teammate Mike Clevinger have been unfairly portrayed as “bad people” in the aftermath of the pitchers being quarantined by the team for violating COVID-19 protocols last weekend in Chicago. Plesac said he posted a six-minute video on his Instagram page Thursday to “ get out the truth” to fans about his situation. The 25-year-old acknowledged breaking team curfew last Saturday after he and Clevinger left the team hotel, went out to dinner and socialized with Plesac's friends. Plesac had pitched earlier in the day, getting the win as the Indians beat the White Sox. After the Indians were told by Major League Baseball security about the players being out in public, the team got a car service to drive Plesac home so he wouldn't risk exposing himself to teammates if he had been infected by the coronavirus.
Nationals' Strasburg ejected for arguing - from the stands
NEW YORK (AP) — A pitcher getting ejected for arguing balls and strikes — on his day off? Nationals star Stephen Strasburg earned one of baseball's most unique ejections — probably ever — in the third inning of Washington's game against the New York Mets on Thursday. Strasburg was sitting in Section 121 at Citi Field in this socially distant season because he’s scheduled to start Friday against Baltimore Orioles. He was apparently unhappy with the strike zone of plate umpire Carlos Torres after Austin Voth’s 2-2 pitch to Pete Alonso on the outside corner was ruled a ball. Moments later, Torres ejected last year's World Series MVP, though it took a few seconds to realize who had been tossed.
On Football: Evaluating college players is NFL's challenge
The cancellation of college football games will have a far more significant impact on the NFL beyond giving the league an opportunity to play Saturday games this fall. Evaluating players for the draft will be among the biggest challenges. “I think until you understand exactly what the landscape is going to be then you, a little bit, have your hand tied behind your back,” Dallas Cowboys executive vice president of personnel Stephen Jones said. “But, at the same time, I think we’re going to have to be prepared to go back on the tape from last year on some of these players because the way it’s headed right now, some of these schools may not play.”The Big Ten and the Pac-12 announced Tuesday they aren’t playing this fall. Both leagues and many smaller conferences are aiming for the spring if the coronavirus subsides.
Kang makes solid start in bid for 3rd straight LPGA Tour win
NORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Danielle Kang started her bid for a third straight win on the LPGA Tour with an even-par 71 in the first round of the Ladies Scottish Open on Thursday, leaving the American four shots off the clubhouse lead held by Nicole Broch Larsen. The American golfer bounced back from bogeys on Nos. Kang has made a fast start to the LPGA Tour’s resumption following the coronavirus outbreak, winning back-to-back titles at the Drive On Championship and the Marathon Classic over the last two weeks to climb to No. Broch Larsen made six birdies in total, including on the final two holes, for a 65 that put her a stroke clear of five players. One of those tied for second was Broch Larsen's Danish compatriot, Emily Kristine Pedersen, along with American pair Amy Olson and Jennifer Song, Azahara Munoz of Spain and Olivia Cowan of Germany.
Lindsay says addition of Gordon isn't what drives him in '20
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) — Phillip Lindsay insists his noticeably bigger biceps have nothing to do with the Denver Broncos’ signing of free agent Melvin Gordon. “I don’t need another man to fuel my fire,” said Lindsay, the only undrafted running back in NFL history to make it to the Pro Bowl as a rookie and to top 1,000 yards rushing in each of his first two pro seasons. “I know what I want for my family and that’s what fuels me,” Lindsay said. “For me, honestly, nothing changes. I go out here and I produce when my number is called.
New Major League Soccer team will be called St. Louis SC
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The newest Major League Soccer team will be called St. Louis SC when it debuts in 2023, team officials announced Thursday. The team's name and logo were unveiled nearly a year after the city was given an MLS franchise. St. Louis SC will join Sacramento as the 29th and 30th teams when they begin play. The logo will include a representation of the St. Louis Gateway Arch. The team will have the only majority female-led ownership group in MLS, led by Carolyn Kindle Betz, president of Enterprise Holdings Foundation.
Thunder vs. Clippers: Lineups, tip-off time, how to watch
Three things to know• The Clippers clinched the No. 2 seed in the West on Wednesday with a win against the Nuggets. • The Thunder went 1-2 against the Clippers this season. • Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder is one of three Six Man of the Year finalists. The other two are both Clippers: Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams.
Wolf: No plan to change recommendation on school sports
Chase Fenstermacher kicks the ball during a wall pass drill at Pottsville's boys' soccer practice at Alumni Field in Pottsville, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 6, 2020. During a press conference Thursday, Gov. Tom Wolf recommended that no sports take place until January 1, 2021. Previously, state guidelines posted to the Governor's Office website stated that "the decision to resume sports-related activities, including conditioning, practices and games, is the discretion of a school entity's governing body." Games, as also stated on the Governor's Office website, would be limited to players, coaches, officials, and staff.
NCAA denies extra season for Aggies guard AJ Harris
The NCAA on Thursday informed New Mexico State University that the waiver request for senior guard AJ Harris to play one more season has been denied. The 5-foot-11 guard who started his college career at Ohio State before transferring to NMSU, played in just three games this past season for the Aggies due to a pair of injuries. “New Mexico State is a special place because of our basketball program and the fans that love us.”It was a honor to be apart of New Mexico State!!! ADVERTISEMENTSkip................................................................“We are disappointed in the denial of AJ Harris’s waiver by the NCAA,” NMSU coach Chris Jans said in a university statement. Harris was a part of three WAC regular season titles at NMSU, where he played 69 games, starting 66 times, and averaged 9.3 points and 3.2 assists per game.
Top prospect Kiyaunta Goodwin transfers from Ballard football to Charlestown
Highly regarded offensive lineman Kiyaunta Goodwin has transferred from Ballard High School to Charlestown in Southern Indiana for his junior season. A 6-foot-8 315-pounder, Goodwin played at Holy Cross as a freshman and was named to the MaxPreps Freshman All-American team. He transferred to Ballard for his sophomore season. Goodwin, who has lost more than 100 pounds since his freshman year, has scholarship offers from several high-level college programs, including Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisville, Louisiana State, Mississippi, Purdue, Southern Cal and Tennessee. Also: St. X football adds 6-foot-4 quarterback from ColoradoJason Frakes: 502-582-4046; jfrakes@courier-journal.com; Twitter: @kyhighs.
'Like the Titanic': NCAA's experts warn of coronavirus spread in college football
'Like the Titanic': NCAA's experts warn of coronavirus spread in college footballThe NCAA’s chief medical officer and two of its infectious disease expert advisers warned Thursday the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus throughout the United States remains an enormous obstacle for college sports to overcome. Cancelling the college football season is about union busting, not health Read moreDel Rio, a member of the NCAA’s Covid-19 advisory panel, appeared with NCAA chief medical officer Dr Brian Hainline on a webinar hosted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. In all, four Bowl Subdivision conferences are pointing toward trying to make a spring football season work. Six others say they are still planning a fall season, including the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 – more than three-dozen big schools from New York to Texas. Why college football is the perfect storm for Covid-19 Read moreHainline said 1% to 2% of college athletes who have been tested by schools have been positive for Covid-19.
Sarina Wiegman in final stages of talks to become England Women manager
The Holland Women manager Sarina Wiegman is in the final stages of talks with the Football Association to become the new England head coach and could be announced as early as Friday, Telegraph Sport understands. As the performance lead for Olympic football, the English FA are tasked with selecting the Team GB manager but it does not have to be the current England head coach. The KNVB said in a statement to Sky Sports: "We never comment in cases where our coaching staff have been linked to other clubs/associations. "After the holiday period, they — Sarina and our board — will follow this up in a new meeting." Former Holland midfielder Wiegman oversaw her country’s 2017 European Championship-winning team and was in charge of the side that lost to the US in the World Cup final last summer.
Serena Williams made to work for confidence-boosting victory over sister Venus
Serena Williams is the top seed at the Top Seed Open – an unfamiliar tournament staged at the most understated local club that these big-name players will ever visit. She is also into the quarter-finals, after scoring a sweaty and suspenseful 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 victory over sister Venus. The 31st tour meeting between Venus and Serena was the first to be played without fans. Overall, then, more than worth getting your shirt dirty for“I have been losing a lot of these tight matches,” Williams told the on-court interviewer after the match. But Venus played unbelievable so I honestly don’t know how I was able to pull it out at the end.” Unusually for a match between two of the best servers in the history of women’s tennis, breaks were plentiful.
Stoffel Vandoorne hails 'perfect day' after clinching first Formula E victory
Stoffel Vandoorne hailed a ‘perfect’ day for himself and Mercedes-Benz EQ after claiming his first victory in a one-two for the manufacturer to close out the ABB FIA Formula E Championship season at Berlin Tempelhof. The Belgian won the race from lights-to-flag while teammate Nyck de Vries finished second, his first podium, for the German manufacturer who also claimed third in the Teams’ Championship on their debut season in the all-electric series. “That was pretty much the perfect race,” Vandoorne said. Felipe Massa finished 16th and announced following the season-ending E-Prix that he would be departing ROKiT Venturi Racing. The ABB FIA Formula E Championship is #PositivelyCharged and committed to making a positive impact on the world.
Paige VanZant shocked fans by joining bare knuckle fighting but could never cut it among MMA elite
Now one of the biggest female fight stars on the planet, she has soared in popularity and her grown her brand far beyond the Octagon. Leaving MMA with a record of 8-5, her decision to pursue a career in bare knuckle fighting still raised some eyebrows. Many expected her to join her husband and fellow fighter Austin Vanderford by signing with Bellator, another MMA fighting championship. Not only will her move to bare knuckle fighting land her around $1million (£764,000) - granting her wish to be paid a more respectable figure - it should also eliminate any idea she is a soft touch. In the UK, the BBBofC believes bare knuckle fighting breaks the law.
Andreescu won't defend US Open title due to coronavirus fears
Canada's Bianca Andreescu said Thursday she will not defend her women's singles title at the US Open, which starts on August 31 in New YorkAdvertising Read moreMontreal (AFP)Reigning US Open women's champion Bianca Andreescu said Thursday she will not defend her title, saying the COVID-19 pandemic has contributed to an inability to prepare for the event. Those who aren't playing in the US Open on the women's side include Australia's top-ranked Ashleigh Barty, Ukraine's fifth-ranked Elena Svitolina, sixth-ranked Andreescu as well as 2004 champion Svetlana Kuznetsova. Serena Williams, one title shy of matching the Grand Slam singles record 24 won by Margaret Court, will be at Flushing Meadows. Andreescu defeated Williams 6-3, 7-5 in last year's final. "The US Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there," Andreescu said.
Infantino believes he is 'untouchable', says ex-FIFA chief Blatter
In an interview with AFP, Blatter even called for the opening of an investigation by FIFA's Ethics Commission. "Mr Infantino is in a situation where he thinks he is untouchable," said Blatter. In a letter sent to FIFA's 211 members Infantino said there were no "factual grounds for the opening of a criminal investigation". On Thursday, Blatter insisted FIFA's Ethics Commission "should immediately open an investigation and disclose it as they did against me". However, he then added that the commission "is not independent" because "Infantino has locked the control bodies and this is very worrying".
Serena rallies past Venus, builds confidence for US Open
Top-seeded Serena, a 23-time Grand Slam winner, said the victory will boost her confidence heading into the US Open as she improved to 19-12 in the 22-year-old rivalry with Venus. Serena zipped a backhand cross-court winner past Venus to break for a 5-4 lead and served out the match, aided by an umpire over-rule ace to reach 30-30. The seven-time Grand Slam champion ousted Victoria Azarenka in the first round. Thursday's match marked the earliest Serena and Venus have met in a draw since their first tour-level meeting in the second round of the 1998 Australian Open. Venus, 40, and Serena, 38, had a combined age of 79 years and 19 days, the third-oldest combined age of any WTA Tour match.
Travis Kelce agrees to four-year extension with Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce didn't need to wait long to catch up to the tight end market after it had been reset. Just hours after the San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract extension on Thursday, Kelce agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, a person familiar with the deal told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones. In July, quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed a record 10-year extension worth up to $503 million, and defensive tackle Chris Jones signed a four-year deal worth up to $85 million. Kelce has been a Pro Bowl selection in each of the past five seasons. His 97 catches and 1,229 receiving yards were the most for any tight end in the NFL last season.
Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pains
Following a 2-1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers in their NHL playoff series opener Wednesday night, Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien was hospitalized after experiencing chest pains. Julien is not expected to return to the bench for the rest of the Canadiens' best-of-seven series with the top-seeded Flyers. Associate coach Kit Muller will take over as acting head coach. Julien, 60, began his NHL coaching career with the Canadiens in 2002, but was fired midway through his third season. He led the Boston Bruins to the 2011 Stanley Cup during his 10 seasons there before returning to Montreal midway through the 2016-17 season.
ESPN’s Keyshawn Johnson-led show ready to prove critics wrong
Keyshawn Johnson says he considers mornings on ESPN Radio “the biggest property in the country.” He may be right. “Mike & Mike” built ESPN’s morning house for nearly two decades. Its Keyshawn, Jay Williams & Zubin Mehenti. Golic, Williams said, was “angry” how everything went down with his departure, but not at him. The plan also includes taking more listener calls than the previous ESPN morning shows.
Seahawks cut Kemah Siverand for trying to sneak woman into team hotel
One Seahawks rookie has suffered serious consequences for trying to sneak an unauthorized woman dressed as a player into a restricted area. Seattle cut rookie cornerback Kemah Siverand this week “after he was caught on video trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel,” according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero. Pelissero went on to report that the ruse was actually rather elaborate: The woman was clad in Seahawks gear “in an attempt to disguise her as a player. Siverand, 23, was an undrafted free agent out of Oklahoma State who signed with the team on May 4 and could have made an impact on special teams. “Clear message on the responsibility everyone has in the NFL’s COVID-19 world: Put the team at risk, suffer the consequences,” Pelissero said.
Montez Sweat, coming off a quiet rookie year, stands to benefit from Chase Young’s arrival
But as the defense transitions to Jack Del Rio’s 4-3 scheme and welcomes the addition of second overall pick Chase Young, the player who stands to benefit the most might be Sweat. ADAD“When you know what you’re doing, you can do it fast,” Washington’s defensive line coach Sam Mills said. With Young on the other side of him, Sweat figures to see more one-on-one opportunities when rushing the passer. Should an opponent try to double-team and chip-block Young, it’ll have fewer resources devoted to Sweat, and vice versa. ADADSuch was the case in 2012, when Del Rio was defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos and his line featured Von Miller and Elvis Dumervil at defensive end.
Canadiens’ head coach Claude Julien hospitalized for chest pains after Game 1 loss
Montreal Canadiens’ head coach Claude Julien was hospitalized Thursday after having chest pains, the team announced. The team did not elaborate on Juliens’ condition but team officials said that associate coach Kirk Muller would be stepping in as interim head coach as the Habs head into Game 2 of their first-round series against the Philadelphia Flyers on Friday. Julien, 60, a former professional hockey player, began his coaching career in Montreal in 2002 where he stayed for three seasons before a brief stint with the New Jersey Devils. He would go on to serve as head coach for the Boston Bruins for 10 seasons, where he would win his first Stanley Cup in 2011. CLICK HERE TO GET MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMNews of Julien’s hospitalization comes after the Habs lost 2-1 in the series opener of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Wednesday.
Nebraska reaffirms Big Ten commitment amid talk it could play college football elsewhere
BIG EAST CONFERENCE POSTPONES FALL SPORTS SEASON“We have the greatest fans in college athletics. Earlier this week, the Big Ten Conference said it would postpone all fall sports, including football, out of concern for the health of student-athletes during the coronavirus pandemic. Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren said he expects the conference’s member schools to honor its decision to postpone fall sports. The Big East Conference, home to several college basketball powerhouses, also delayed fall sports this week, but noted that the decision would not yet affect basketball season. The other three Power Five Conferences – the ACC, Big 12 and SEC – have indicated that they intend to play football and other sports this fall.
FSU football player accuses school of lying about Covid-19 safety
(CNN) Florida State University wide receiver Warren Thompson has accused the school's athletics department of lying "multiple times" about players' health safety conditions related to Covid-19 during the first week of football camp. Warren made the accusations in a letter posted on Instagram. "Being a Student Athlete is difficult during this time and the proper leadership regarding these problems does not exist. During this entire week of camp I have been lied to multiple times about the conditions of other players health as well as mine. The letters come as college football teams are trying to figure out if they can safely hold a season as Covid-19 spreads widely throughout the country.
Wolf: No plan to change recommendation on school sports
Tom Wolf recommended that no sports take place until January 1, 2021. Games, as also stated on the Governor's Office website, would be limited to players, coaches, officials, and staff. Tom Wolf recommended that no sports take place until January 1, 2021. Games, as also stated on the Governor's Office website, would be limited to players, coaches, officials, and staff. Tom Wolf said Thursday he has no plans to change his position that school sports should be canceled until 2021.
Mets’ McNeil carted off vs. Nats after crash into wall
New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil injures himself while catching a fly ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil injures himself while catching a fly ball during the first inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil was carted off the field Thursday after crashing into the left field wall in the first inning to rob the Washington Nationals’ Asdrubal Cabrera of a two-run extra-base hit. The Mets said in the fourth inning McNeil was still being evaluated and an update would be provided after the game. McNeil, who has started at third base and left field this season, is batting .293 with seven RBIs in 16 games.
’19 US Open champ Andreescu withdraws; pandemic limited prep
Reigning U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament Thursday, saying the coronavirus pandemic prevented her from properly preparing for competition. Andreescu joins 2019 men’s champion Rafael Nadal in skipping the U.S. Open. A year ago at age 19, Andreescu became the first woman in the professional era to win the championship in New York in her tournament debut. 5 Elina Svitolina and No. ___More AP Tennis: https://www.apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Dolphins’ Tagovailoa is a playful, willing backup -- for now
FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa watches a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Tagovailoa is happy to keep a low profile befitting his rookie status, even though he’s widely hailed as the Miami Dolphins’ future franchise quarterback. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall, File)FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2020, file photo, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa watches a drill at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis. Tagovailoa is happy to keep a low profile befitting his rookie status, even though he’s widely hailed as the Miami Dolphins’ future franchise quarterback. Tagovailoa is happy to keep a low profile befitting his rookie status, even though he’s widely hailed as the Miami Dolphins’ future franchise quarterback.
Yahoo sources: Chiefs, Travis Kelce agree to 4-year extension
The Kansas City Chiefs and tight end Travis Kelce have agreed to a four-year contract extension, Yahoo Sports’ Terez Paylor reports. The news arrives hours after the San Francisco 49ers made George Kittle the highest-paid tight end in football for $15 million per year. It also marks the latest deal for the Chiefs in keeping the core of their Super Bowl roster intact. Travis Kelce has a new deal in Kansas City. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga) MoreKelce productive and durableNow the Chiefs have a deal to keep their All-Pro tight end in Kansas City.
Big Ten shifts focus to spring season — 'It can be done'
The Big Ten is forging ahead on a plan to play college football this spring. But as the Big Ten watches with interest as the ACC, SEC and Big 12 attempt to navigate their way to start a season in the fall, the Big Ten has made its sentiment clear — the spring can work. One of the key tenets would be keeping the 2021 fall season whole, as the spring season would potentially end early enough to allow players to recover and play a full season later in the year. It includes a proposal for only one padded football practice a week in both the spring and the fall, and no traditional spring practice in 2022. Brohm details how over a two-season span, the number of padded practices would be reduced from 144 padded practices to 64 padded practices.
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DraftKings Reports Friday, but I'm Playing Landcadia
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One infectious disease expert calls staging college sports ‘playing with fire’
Which governing body is taking the best approach as their college counterparts grapple with the decision to play amid a raging pandemic? Should college sports forge ahead in a state where 98% of hospital beds and 97% of intensive care units were at capacity, del Rio said, it would be a recipe for disaster. “I think we’re playing with fire,” said Dr. Colleen Kraft, an infectious disease expert and member of the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel. “I’m very confident that sometime in March or April of next year, we will have one or several vaccines that have proven to be effective,” del Rio said. “More and more people are going to experience this problem, this tragedy, this infection if we continue as we’re going now.”
NBA playoff matchups: Here’s what we know right now
The Mavericks have one of the league’s best offenses, but the Clippers have beaten Dallas in all three meetings this season. AdvertisementHouston and Oklahoma City also will meet in the first round in what might be the most anticipated series. And, as reported last week, the top seeded Lakers are in the strange position of being the only team in the NBA who doesn’t know who they’re playing. 9 seeds (they’re complicated):From the NBA, here are the scenarios for the No. Boston has been one of the best teams in Orlando and could be a threat to beat favorite Milwaukee in the East.
Barrio Baseball
Barrio BaseballWatch LA Times Today at 7 PM on Spectrum News 1 on channel 1, on Cox systems in Palos Verdes and Orange County on channel 99, and live stream on the Spectrum News App. In 1958 Major League Baseball finally arrived in Los Angeles when the Dodgers relocated from Brooklyn. But before the boys in blue got here East LA baseball ruled, and hundreds of fans would show up on Sunday’s to watch local legends. LA Times reporter Kevin Baxter joins us to discuss.
Lodi police officer rescues man in wheelchair from oncoming train
Lodi police officer rescues man in wheelchair from oncoming trainA police officer in California pulled a man from a wheelchair that was stuck on railroad tracks seconds before the train came past, in a dramatic rescue caught on the officer’s body camera.
Canadiens coach Claude Julien taken to hospital after experiencing chest pains
Montreal Canadiens coach Claude Julien was taken to a hospital in Toronto after experiencing chest pains following the team’s first-round playoff game against the Philadelphia Flyers and is not expected to return behind the bench for the rest of this series, general manager Marc Bergevin said Thursday. Associate head coach Kirk Muller will be the interim head coach. Julien, 60, led the 12th-seeded Canadiens to an upset of the fifth-seeded Pittsburgh Penguins in qualifying-round play. The Canadiens lost the opener of their first-round playoff series 2-1 to the Flyers on Wednesday. Advertisement“Claude felt chest pains during the night,” Bergevin said Thursday in Toronto, one of the NHL’s two playoff hubs.
Former Bruins coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pains
The 60-year-old coach is not expected to be back behind the bench for the rest of the team’s first-round series against Philadelphia. Associate coach Kirk Muller will take over Julien’s role in an interim basis. TORONTO (AP) — Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said that coach Claude Julien was experiencing chest pains Wednesday night and was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital. Bergevin says he is optimistic Julien will be OK, especially after getting good news from a doctor Thursday afternoon. The Canadiens won their qualifying round series to make it to the round of 16.
Andrew Benintendi frustrated by injury because he thought he was ‘about to get hot'
Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi is frustrated. It’s been that way for him the entire season. He’s been dealing with the biggest funk of his major league career, slashing .103/.314/128 in 52 plate appearances. What makes this even harder for Benintendi was that he registered two hits in that game. He hadn't had a hit since July 29 against vs. the Mets.
‘I feel like the Titanic:’ Experts warn unchecked coronavirus spread is massive obstacle to playing college sports
We have hit the iceberg, and we’re trying to make decisions of what time should we have the band play,” said Dr. Carlos Del Rio, executive associate dean at Emory. Six others say they are still planning a fall season, including the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 — more than three-dozen big schools from New York to Texas. “We need to focus on what’s important,” Del Rio said. Hainline said 1%-2% of college athletes who have been tested by schools have been positive for COVID-19. “If we can get there, we can do a lot of things,” Del Rio said.
Despite short rest, Bruins will start Tuukka Rask in goal in Game 2
Seven years and a few months later, Rask was on the clock for Game 2 against Carolina, finishing the unexpected Wednesday-Thursday set. The last time the Bruins had playoff games on consecutive days was in the first-round series vs. Toronto in April 2013, Games 6 and 7. The unusual 11 a.m. start for Game 1 left him extra hours to recover for the 8 p.m. puck drop for Game 2. … If the Bruins clinch this series in Game 6, they could have at least four days off. … The Bruins were weighing whether to rest Friday, given the noon start for Saturday’s Game 3.
Neighbors are waging turf battle at Malden park
A neighborhood group opposing a city plan to install an artificial turf field at Roosevelt Park in Malden is offering an alternative proposal that would instead restore the existing grass field. She said Malden’s public works director has said he would not be able to maintain a natural grass field. AdvertisementSupporters also say the durable multi-purpose artificial turf field would help meet a spiraling citywide demand for more field time. A local foundation pledged $660,000 to fund the synthetic turf, which is ineligible for CPA money under state guidelines. O’Malley said a grass field also will result in removal of more of the lead-contaminated soil that he fears poses a hazard to students who play on the field.
Don’t lose sleep over the Celtics’ loss to the Wizards, and other observations from Boston’s final seeding game
The result was a 96-90 loss to the Wizards that snapped Boston’s four-game winning streak, but don’t expect anyone to lose sleep over that. The Celtics on Thursday got an important tune-up in their final seeding game before the playoffs. Rookie Romeo Langford left the game in the second half because of a sprained right wrist. Observations from the game:? The Celtics announced Langford’s injury in the fourth quarter. Tacko Fall made his first appearance in an NBA restart game, finishing with four points.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Memphis Grizzlies odds, picks and best bets
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Milwaukee Bucks (56-16) tangle with the Memphis Grizzlies (33-39) Thursday at 4 p.m. ET in the bubble outside of Orlando, Fla. We analyze the Bucks-Grizzlies NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets. The Grizzlies are a good play to win outright against a Bucks (+125) team missing its top star. Sign up for the USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morningAn error has occuredPlease re-enter your email address. You'll now receive the top USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire stories each day directly in your inbox.
FC Dallas’ Reggie Cannon: ‘Disgusting’ that fans booed players during national anthem, Joe Kelly rips Astros for cheating, and other sports news
“I think it was absolutely disgusting,” Cannon said after the game. “You got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in. Millions of other people support this cause and we discussed with every other team and the league what we’re going to do and we’ve got fans booing us in our own stadium. Honestly, for lack of a better word, it pissed me off. ... You can’t even have support form your own fans in your own stadium.
Broncos Roundtable: Questions entering Friday’s first training camp practice
A day before they were scheduled to open the preseason against San Francisco, the Broncos will finally have their first training camp practice on Friday. Kyle: There’s a certain swagger necessary to handle the expectations that come with being the Broncos’ quarterback, and through his 4-1 start last season, Lock appears to have that moxie. Kiz: I get why fans love the opportunity to get up close and personal with the Broncos at training camp. I’ve never been super-fond of summer camp, because to quote my old buddy Allen Iverson: We’re talking ’bout practice! Kiz: Jeudy, Jeudy, Jeudy!
Broncos podcast: Breaking down the signing of Demar Dotson, who will be No. 1 running back and more analysis as training camp practices begin
In this edition of the First-and-Orange podcast, Denver Post beat writers Kyle Newman and Ryan O’Halloran preview Broncos training camp with the first official practice set for Friday. Is there reason for optimism considering the team’s only placed one player on the COVID-19 list? What was the thinking behind signing veteran right tackle Demar Dotson? Who will be the starting running back come Week 1 against Tennessee? Subscribe to the podcastSoundCloud | iTunes | Stitcher | RSSSubscribe to our Broncos Insider newsletter to get the latest team news sent straight to your inbox.
Dallas Cowboys reveal AT&T Stadium policies for 2020 season, including mask requirements and seating ‘pods'
Included in the policies are items addressing limited stadium capacity, mask requirements, seating “pods,” mobile-only ticketing, tailgating and stadium cleaning, among other things. Fans are required to practice social distancing inside and outside of AT&T Stadium, including parking lots, entry queues and seating. Major credit and debit cards, as well as mobile pay will be accepted throughout AT&T Stadium. Stadium Cleaning. Vendors working at AT&T Stadium will be abiding by all stadium health and safety policies.
Raiders have necessary pieces to defensive puzzle
Three years into the Raiders’ roster overhaul, it looks like they finally have the necessary pieces to field an effective defense. In those moments, the eyes of defensive coordinator Paul Guenther would intuitively zero in on that exact call on his play sheet. The result was far too many instances in which the Raiders were left vulnerable to the offensive play call and sometimes powerless to make the necessary play to stop it. I’m anxious to get going once we put the pads on.”The Raiders will make the transition to pads on Monday. “Typically you have a pretty good idea going into the preseason who your core guys are going to be,” Guenther said.
Eddie Olczyk describes life in broadcasting bubble during Stanley Cup playoffs
Knowing he’ll be heading to the bubble in Edmonton at some point, he packed as though he were preparing to travel abroad. “I didn’t know if I was gonna get a chance to get home,” Olczyk said. On Wednesday, he worked the intermissions for the Islanders-Capitals game before calling the Coyotes-Avalanche game. “There’s gonna be a lag time, and there’s not gonna be a lot of time to explain it, so I just have to say what’s on the picture,” he said. “Pat’s sitting in a truck outside the United Center, I’m sitting in a studio in Connecticut and we’re calling a game from Edmonton,” Olczyk said.
Bryant's 26 lead Wizards past Celtics for 1st win in restart
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - (AP) -- Thomas Bryant had 26 points and nine rebounds to help the Washington Wizards beat the Boston Celtics 96-90 on Thursday for their lone win in the restart. Bradley Beal, second in the league this season at 30.5 points per game, opted out of the restart with a lingering shoulder issue. 2 on the Wizards in scoring and a top 3-point threat, didn't want to risk injury with free agency ahead. “We had a lot of good growth, a lot of good bonding experience. Celtics: Sat Jaylen Brown (rest), Gordon Hayward (rest), Marcus Smart (rest), Jayson Tatum (left ankle), Daniel Theis (right foot) and Kemba Walker (left knee).
Dolphins' Tagovailoa is a playful, willing backup -- for now
MIAMI - (AP) -- Tua Tagovailoa was easy to identify Thursday even though he wore teammate Ryan Fitzpatrick's jersey and a mask to his first media session of training camp. Tagovailoa is happy to keep a low profile befitting his rookie status, even though he's widely hailed as the Miami Dolphins' future franchise quarterback. A former star at Alabama, Tagovailoa knows how to deal with the pressure of great expectations. But Tagovailoa will be difficult to overlook because he's full of potential and personality. “As far as how I feel right now, everything is going well.”That's what the Dolphins want to hear.
NASCAR champion Pearn up to speed with Daly at Indy 500
Racing has also been scrambled, and when the Indianapolis 500 was moved from May to Aug. 23, one of the Ed Carpenter Racing engineers had a conflict. One of Carpenter's crew members had worked with Pearn before and the connection was made: Pearn, the crew chief of Martin Truex Jr.'s 2017 NASCAR championship season, would work the Indianapolis 500. said Pearn, who called the Indy 500 a bucket list event. Daly, making his seventh Indy 500 start, finished a career-best 10th in his hometown race last season while running for Andretti Autosport. You throw a green and checkered.”To prepare for Indy, Pearn took a very literal approach -- “I had to read the rule book,” he said.
'Like the Titanic' - NCAA experts warn of coronavirus spread
Del Rio, a member of the NCAA's COVID-19 advisory panel, appeared with NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline on a webinar hosted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Earlier this week, the Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first Power Five conferences to decide not to play football, or any sports, this fall. Six others say they are still planning a fall season, including the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 -- more than three-dozen big schools from New York to Texas. The NCAA Tournament and other college sports sports were canceled in the spring because of the surging pandemic. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Merab Dvalishvili has John Dodson thinking takedown, takedown, takedown ahead of UFC 252
It’s a lot of getting taken down and getting back up, getting taken down and getting back up. Such preparation is required, though, when you're facing New Hyde Park's Merab Dvalishvili, the UFC record holder for takedowns among 135-pounders. “I’m not looking for takedowns this fight, I’m not looking for a new record,” Dvalishvili said. But he does absorb more significant strikes (3.59) than he lands (3.30) on average per UFC fight. “His nickname is ‘The Machine,’ he’s programmed to only do takedowns,” Dodson said.
The NBA's regular season, at long last, is about to close
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - (AP) -- The last day of an NBA regular season typically sees just about every team in action, with plenty of drama surrounding down-to-the-wire playoff races and statistical titles on the line. The NBA's regular season ends -- sort of -- Friday with just four games, none with any bearing on matchups for the first round of the playoffs that begin next week. 3'S STILL WILDFor the eighth consecutive year, the NBA's record for 3-pointers made per game was topped. Every NBA game this season saw, on average, 24.4 makes from 3-point land. Consider: In 2011-12, each NBA game featured what was then a record 36.8 attempts from beyond the arc per game.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he'll play at US Open, after all
The Big Three will be represented at the U.S. Open, after all: Novak Djokovic announced Thursday he will enter the Grand Slam tournament and the hard-court tuneup preceding it in New York. 1-ranked Djokovic, who tested positive for COVID-19 in June, “but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited.”The U.S. Open is scheduled to begin Aug. 31, without spectators. Djokovic has won three of his 17 Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open and was the runner-up there five times. Other players who have said they won't play at the U.S. Open include the top-ranked woman, Ash Barty, and past men's champion Stan Wawrinka. Fiona Ferro -- who won the first tournament when tour play resumed, last week at Palermo, Italy -- withdrew Thursday, citing a rib injury.
‘Like the Titanic’ - NCAA experts warn of coronavirus spread
Del Rio, a member of the NCAA's COVID-19 advisory panel, appeared with NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline on a webinar hosted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Six others say they are still planning a fall season, including the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 — more than three-dozen big schools from New York to Texas. Hainline said 1%-2% of college athletes who have been tested by schools have been positive for COVID-19. The NCAA Tournament and other college sports sports were canceled in the spring because of the surging pandemic. Hainline said he hoped by now testing and surveillance nationally would have led to the virus being better contained.
Adam Thielen’s new role with Vikings: veteran mentor
For as long as Adam Thielen can remember, he and best bud Stefon Diggs have been attached at the hip. The Vikings’ receiving corps changed when the team traded Diggs to the Buffalo Bills on March 20. “We have a great group of guys,” Thielen said. The biggest culprit in Thielen’s dip in production was the lingering hamstring injury that forced him to miss nearly half the season. “I was talking to a couple of the guys the other day, just talking about how much I took from certain guys I’ve played with,” he said.
4 Portland Timbers players named to Best XI for MLS is Back tournament
Four Portland Timbers players were named to the Best XI for the MLS is Back tournament, Major League Soccer announced Thursday. Midfielders Sebastian Blanco and Diego Chara joined forward Jeremy Ebobisse and defender Larrys Mabiala on the Best XI for the monthlong tournament, which the Timbers won Tuesday night by defeating Orlando City SC 2-1 in the championship final. The Timbers’ four selections to the Best XI were the tournament high, with Orlando and Philadelphia each placing three players on the Best XI. Blanco also won the MLS is Back Player of the Tournament award after playing a role in eight of the Timbers’ 14 goals at the tournament. MLS IS BACK TOURNAMENT BEST XIGoalkeeper: Andre Blake (Philadelphia Union)Defenders: Larrys Mabiala (Portland Timbers), Mark McKenzie (Philadelphia Union), João Moutinho (Orlando City SC), Ruan (Orlando City SC)Midfielders: Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union), Sebastián Blanco (Portland Timbers), Diego Chara (Portland Timbers)Forwards: Jeremy Ebobisse (Portland Timbers), Nani (Orlando City SC), Diego Rossi (Los Angeles Football Club)
University of Portland fall sports postponed as West Coast Conference pushes to spring 2021
All University of Portland fall sports will be postponed until spring 2021 as part of the West Coast Conference’s announcement Thursday. “We empathize with our student-athletes,” West Coast Conference Commissioner Gloria Nevarez said in a news release. The Pac-12 and Big Sky conferences had already postponed their seasons — the Big Sky having done so earlier Thursday morning. Until this West Coast Conference’s announcement, Portland was the last remaining school that hadn’t postponed. The Pac-12 and Big Sky did not allow for teams to play nonconference games, whereas the West Coast Conference did.
Los Angeles Chargers’ Tyrod Taylor predicted to win starting quarterback job over Justin Herbert
Justin Herbert is the Los Angeles Chargers’ quarterback of the future. 6 pick in the 2020 NFL draft, is competing against Tyrod Taylor for the starting quarterback spot for Week 1 of the 2020 season. The report cites Taylor’s experience with Chargers’ coach Anthony Lynn. Taylor is playing in his second season under Lynn with the Chargers, giving him a big advantage. “We see Taylor keeping the starting job throughout the 2020 season and performing well under head coach Anthony Lynn ...
Sheriff: Indiana man flees after crash on I-275, steals another man's car during police pursuit
The release states Johnson crossed the street and ran to Cincy Custom Carts, located at 10801 Montgomery Road. Reyes Crus Mijanos, 48, of Liberty Township, owns the vehicle and was sitting in the driver seat when Johnson approached. Officers said Johnson struck Mijanos in the head through the open driver side window and then pulled Mijanos from the Ford F-350. During the pursuit, Johnson struck a vehicle on Montgomery Road near Hopewell Road. He was taken into custody in the garage, officers said.
Cincinnati Reds may continue to use piggyback/opener setup with Miley and Mahle
It was the Reds’ version of the “opener.” Miley went 1 ? innings and was pulled at the first sign of trouble. The Reds may continue with the strategy of starting the left-handed Miley and switching to the right-handed Mahle. I felt really good, but it’s just missing the plate, not throwing fastballs and sliders over the plate. We don’t have a date when he’s going to come back. I was able to get like 15 at-bats in four days, so that was really good to see live pitching on a consistent basis.
Michigan State lands commitment from four-star point guard Jaden Akins
The Detroit NewsThe Michigan State men's basketball team's recent recruiting run continues. Akins picked Michigan State from a top six that included Michigan, DePaul, Florida, Northwestern, and Mississippi State. He’s also rated the second-best prospect in Michigan behind Detroit Fredrick Douglass Academy guard Pierre Brooks II, a Michigan State commit. He will play his senior season at the newly created Ypsilanti Prep Academy along with Emoni Bates, a 2022 Michigan State commit. Akins gives Michigan State a three-man 2021 class, joining Christie and Brooks, who announced his commitment in April.
Rookie Quintez Cephus showing drive to carve out role with Lions
When Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay got to the NFL, he hit the ground running. Three years later, the Lions have used another mid-round pick on a receiver, taking Wisconsin's Quintez Cephus in the fifth round. The early signs from Cephus is the Lions are getting a player with a similar drive. Barring injury, the Lions shouldn't need much out of Cephus this year. And with Golladay, Jones and Amendola all on expiring contracts, Cephus has a path to a far bigger role in 2021 if he develops quickly.
Ohio Athletic Conference plans some fall sports for the spring
OAC administrators have been working for several weeks to move contests to March and April in football, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer. The Ohio Athletic Conference announced on Thursday a preliminary plan for football, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer contests in March and April. Mike Parnell, Mount Union’s interim athletic director, said the conference has been working on several contingencies since first announcing the postponement of fall semester sports on July 24. "The athletic directors in the conference had several meetings over the last three or four weeks, (working on) what that would look like. Similarly, women’s volleyball will play its originally scheduled round-robin conference schedule starting March 12.
Coronavirus in Oklahoma: Tahlequah's Medicine Stone music festival canceled for 2020, expected to return in 2021
Jason Boland [Cameron L Gott Photography]TAHLEQUAH - The 2020 Medicine Stone music and camping festival, a growing autumn event at the Diamondhead Resort in Tahlequah, has been canceled in light of the coronavirus pandemic. The event is expected to return in 2021, according to the Medicine Stone team. "We are sad to announce the Medicine Stone Festival 2020 will not be happening this year due to the global pandemic. We are already in the planning stages to bring you the best Medicine Stone experience yet, and we aren't going anywhere. We look forward to being together again in 2021," the management teams for Jason Boland & The Stragglers and Turnpike Troubadours confirmed in an emailed statement.
Mets' McNeil carted off vs. Nats after crash into wall
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil was carted off the field Thursday after crashing into the left field wall in the first inning to rob the Washington Nationals’ Asdrubal Cabrera of a two-run extra-base hit. McNeil, a natural infielder who has been manning both outfielder corners for the Mets since last year, raced at full speed to the warning track and made an impressive lunging catch for the final out of the inning. He crashed into the wall with both arms extended and raised his glove hand as he fell to indicate he had the ball. But McNeil was in obvious pain as he covered his eyes with both hands and yelled before flinging his glove off. McNeil was able to walk to a cart on the warning track before being driven off the field.
Postponing season puts NFL prospects in a holding pattern
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Big Ten and Pac-12 postponing their fall football seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic leaves some NFL prospects facing a dilemma: Leave now or leave later. Take Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields, a Heisman Trophy finalist last year who would have begun the season as one of the favorites to win in 2020. But he's already worked hard preparing for this season, and the Buckeyes were expected to be one of the top two or three teams in the nation. There might still be a Big Ten football season to play in the winter -- Fields’ coach, Ryan Day, is pushing hard for one -- but the logistics could take weeks or months to figure out. That forces a holding pattern for Fields and other top-tier NFL prospects like Buckeyes cornerback Shaun Wade and offensive lineman Wyatt Davis, and Oregon offensive tackle Penei Sewell, the reigning Outland Trophy winner.
'19 US Open champ Andreescu withdraws; pandemic limited prep
Reigning U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament Thursday, saying the coronavirus pandemic prevented her from properly preparing for competition. Andreescu joins 2019 men’s champion Rafael Nadal in skipping the U.S. Open. A year ago at age 19, Andreescu became the first woman in the professional era to win the championship in New York in her tournament debut. 6-ranked Andreescu wrote on Instagram that “unforeseen challenges, including the Covid pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”
Bryant's 26 lead Wizards past Celtics for 1st win in restart
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Thomas Bryant had 26 points and nine rebounds to help the Washington Wizards beat the Boston Celtics 96-90 on Thursday for their lone win in the restart. Bradley Beal, second in the league this season at 30.5 points per game, opted out of the restart with a lingering shoulder issue. 2 on the Wizards in scoring and a top 3-point threat, didn't want to risk injury with free agency ahead. “We had a lot of good growth, a lot of good bonding experience. The only thing -- we didn’t win the (games) that we wanted to win.”
The NBA's regular season, at long last, is about to close
The NBA's regular season, at long last, is about to closeLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The last day of an NBA regular season typically sees just about every team in action, with plenty of drama surrounding down-to-the-wire playoff races and statistical titles on the line. Typical doesn’t seem to exist in 2020. The NBA’s regular season ends — sort of — Friday with just four games, none with any bearing on matchups for the first round of the playoffs that begin next week. The biggest items to be settled Friday are which teams will wear home uniforms to start the Miami-Indiana and Oklahoma City-Houston series. “Everybody’s excited about what’s at stake,” Oklahoma City guard Chris Paul said.
Hurricanes coach Brind’Amour ‘moving on’ after fined by NHL
TORONTO — Rod Brind’Amour wasn’t going to risk another $25,000 fine from the NHL. The Carolina Hurricanes coach provided a short, four-word answer, Thursday, when asked if he had anything more to add a day after being fined for calling the league “a joke” in criticizing an officials’ ruling on a goal challenge. Moving on,” Brind’Amour said, during a Zoom conference call from his team’s Toronto hotel hours before the Hurricanes played Game 2 of their first-round series against the Boston Bruins. At issue was how officials dealt with the Hurricanes challenging Charlie Coyle’s second-period goal, which put Boston up 2-1. That left Brind’Amour with having to make a decision over whether to challenge goalie interference or whether play should have stopped because of an illegal hand pass.
Bills sign left tackle Dawkins to 4-year contract extension
The Buffalo Bills are protecting quarterback Josh Allen’s blindside for the long term after signing left tackle Dion Dawkins to a four-year, $60 million contract extension. The team announced the signing, while a person with direct knowledge of the contract provided the value of the deal to The Associated Press. Dawkins has been a starter in Buffalo since being selected in the second round of the 2017 draft out of Temple. He had one year left on his rookie contract, and is now signed through the 2024 season. At 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, the 26-year-old Dawkins has 43 career starts, all at left tackle.
NASCAR champion Pearn up to speed with Daly at Indy 500
Cole Pearn abruptly retired at the end of last year's NASCAR season after helping build one of the best teams in stock car racing. They returned to his native Canada to operate Golden Alpine Holidays in British Columbia, a venture that has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Racing has also been scrambled, and when the Indianapolis 500 was moved from May to Aug. 23, one of the Ed Carpenter Racing engineers had a conflict. It created an opening at Carpenter on Conor Daly's car. One of Carpenter's crew members had worked with Pearn before and the connection was made: Pearn, the crew chief of Martin Truex Jr.'s 2017 NASCAR championship season, would work the Indianapolis 500.
Red Sox president: Moving start times to 7:30 perhaps wasn’t right decision
The Red Sox made a puzzling decision to move start times for their night home games from 7:10 to 7:30 p.m. for this shortened, 60-game season, and it sounds like they regret it. Six of the eight 7:30 games played so far have exceeded three hours, meaning most games are ending past 10:30 and approaching 11. “We’re literally in a day-to-day situation over here trying to work our way through what is a highly unusual season,” Kennedy said. “Chaim (Bloom) and Brian O’Halloran and Raquel (Ferreira) and Eddie (Romero) have been engaged with teams,” Kennedy said on WEEI. We’re hopeful to try and do it, but we’ll have to wait and see what the experts say.”
Specialty license plates raise money for nonprofits
Specialty license plates are those plates that support a cause or a group of people. Some of the more popular specialty plates may be purchased for their appearance. The University of Arizona and Arizona State University plates are popular, both showing up in the top 10 most years. Other popular plates support sports teams like the Arizona Cardinals football team and veterans and first responders, those who risk it all for our safety. Take a look at specialty plates available.
After adding weight, U of L linebacker Yasir Abdullah looking for big year
Yasir Abdullah had a strong sophomore season, despite having to learn a new defense. Entering last season Abdullah was listed at 218 pounds, and as the outside linebacker playing the “Dog” position for Louisville, he was undersized. The added weight along with his instinct and athleticism has Dennison raving about Abdullah entering the season. To add that weight, Abdullah had to keep himself on a diet and workout plan even during the COVID-19 shutdown. I’m expecting a big season from Yasir," Dennison said.
Four taken to Louisville with serious injuries following Meade County home explosion
Four people were taken Thursday afternoon to hospitals in Louisville following a home explosion in Meade County. No other injuries were reported, he said, but the four occupants of the home were tended to by medical officials at the scene before being taken to Louisville with serious injuries. No other homes were damaged, but Haag said the damage to the house where the explosion occurred was "pretty severe." Investigators had not yet identified the cause of the blast, he added. Support strong local journalism and subscribe: www.courier-journal.com/lucasa.
Seahawks Waive Rookie Caught Trying To Sneak Visitor Into Team Hotel
The Seattle Seahawks have cut Kemah Siverand after he was caught on video trying to sneak a female visitor into the team hotel. The woman was wearing Seahawks' gear in an attempt to disguise her as a player. Siverand is a rookie cornerback out of Oklahoma State that Seattle signed as an undrafted free agent. The decision is interpreted as a consequence of putting the team at risk of COVID-19.
WATCH: Zack Greinke gives away Astros signs, pitches
Houston Astros pitcher Zack Greinke is a bit of a different personality. Greinke, who was traded to the Astros last July, called out Houston’s signs and what pitches he was throwing against the Giants Wednesday night. Astros pitcher Zack Greinke was calling out the signs ?? pic.twitter.com/TjQpGjYUfV — ESPN (@espn) August 13, 2020The Astros went on to win 5-1, with Greinke allowing just one run over 6 1/3 innings, striking out seven and walking one. With Greinke, and reportedly without the sign-stealing, the Astros went to the 2019 World Series, falling in seven games to the Washington Nationals.
Nationals’ Stephen Strasburg ejected from stands in social distancing oddity
Stephen Strasburg was forced to do some extra social distancing. The Washington Nationals pitcher, taking in Thursday’s tilt with the Mets from the empty stands, was ejected by umpire Carlos Torres in the bottom of the third inning. Upset with a pair of borderline pitch calls from teammate Austin Voth to Mets slugger Pete Alonso, Strasburg let Torres have it from his seat in the 121 section at Citi Field. Strasburg, wearing a noticeable smirk under his protective face mask, tipped his cap to Torres and made his way through the stands — presumably to the visitors’ clubhouse to watch the rest of the game, tied at 1. Mets rookie David Peterson earned himself and the bench a warning after drilling Juan Soto in the top of fourth inning.
Sam Curran 'shocked' at criticism of James Anderson after first Test
Sam Curran said that he was “shocked” by the criticism that James Anderson has received after Anderson’s two wickets helped England dominate a truncated first day of the second Test. Pakistan, who won the toss and decided to bat, ended the day on 126-5 at the Ageas Bowl, with Anderson taking two wickets while England’s three other seamers claimed one apiece. “I was pretty shocked with all the kind of stuff that was going on about him,” said Curran, who was selected for his second Test of the summer with Jofra Archer rested. Curran, who dismissed Abid Ali for 60 in an impressive return to the side, also credited Anderson with helping him develop his swing bowling. He was there out there today, helping me through my spells and just picking his brains is obviously great for me.
Borussia Dortmund do not believe Jadon Sancho will agitate for Manchester United transfer
Borussia Dortmund do not believe Jadon Sancho will try to agitate for a move to Manchester United this summer. Michael Zorc, the Dortmund sporting director, announced on Monday that Sancho will stay at the German club next season and the decision was “final”. But there remains a feeling that Dortmund will cash in on Sancho if United meet their £108 million asking price. Sancho was 17 when he joined Dortmund from Manchester City for £8m in 2017 and said he knew what those teenagers were now going through. I can hopefully motivate them as well.”United believe Dortmund’s pricetag for Sancho in the current climate is unrealistic.
England's fielding was poor again — they must find a ruthless streak ahead of tougher challenges
If our slip fielders spread their arms out, they will be able to touch fingers, or even overlap. It does seem strange that in this era of backroom staff and video analysis, the England team should be making such a fundamental error. Traditionally, English slip fielders have tended to stay closer to each other in the cordon than Australians, who give themselves more room. When England are playing West Indies or Pakistan in home conditions, they can afford the odd blooper in the field. Armed with a Dukes ball, England’s bowlers are so good in these conditions that they will keep finding the edge.
Greens force Tour de France to change starting-point
Green municipal councillors in Brittany have blocked a plan for the Tour de France to start from the city of Rennes next year on the grounds that it would damage the local environment. The Greens have long been enamoured of environmentally-friendly bicycles, but they are up in arms over what Jean-Marie Goater, a Rennes councillor, described as the “disastrous environmental impact and waste management” of the world’s most famous cycle race. The Tour’s organisers have been forced to change the route and start the race in another Brittany city, Brest. Valérie Faucheux, co-president of a group of Green councillors in Rennes, said: “This race has had its time but now run its course and it’s struggling to reinvent itself.”Mr Goater urged cycling fans to rediscover the virtues of the sport “far from the race, where money is king, with its sponsoring, TV business and doping”.
Rising Phoenix: Prince Harry to appear in Netflix documentary about the Paralympic Games
A new documentary about the Paralympic Games featuring Prince Harry is coming to Netflix. “There isn’t anything else in the world that can bring you back from the darkest places than sport," he says in the clip. According to Tokyo 2020's organising committee, the documentary was originally set to coincide with the 2020 Tokyo Olympic and Paralympic Games, which have been postponed until next year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Duke of Sussex, who founded the Invictus Games, a multi-sport event for wounded or injured veterans, has previously discussed the positive impact of sports. Rising Phoenix will be available to stream on 26 August.
He Knows No Fear wins at 300-1 to become biggest-priced winner in British and Irish racing history
In his rags to riches journey from plasterer to property tycoon, the billionaire businessman Luke Comer has never missed an investment opportunity like this. Just £264 was bet in total via the Betfair Exchange despite listing a starting price of 999/1. A punter in Midlands betting through Paddy Power at 300/1 was said to have received the biggest payout having placed a £10 wager. Comer, 57, who has 70 horses in training, was said to be "thrilled" despite failing to place a bet. "He bred this (horse) by his own stallion and that gives him real, real pleasure," the assistant added.
England quick Sam Curran shocked by talk of James Anderson’s fading powers
Sam Curran says he was shocked with the chatter at the start of the week speculating that the end was nigh for James Anderson. “I was pretty shocked with all the stuff that was going on about him,” said Curran. He proved again today how world class he is and approaching 600 is really exciting for all of us. England would win by 113 runs to square the series, eventually completing a 2-1 win a week later. “It’s a tricky situation when you don’t play I guess you don’t get to go and perform for you’d county and try and enjoy it.
Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid LIVE: Latest Champions League updates tonight
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US Open 2020: Bianca Andreescu will not defend title after withdrawing from tournament
Bianca Andreescu will not defend her US Open title after becoming the latest tennis star to pull out of the event. “After many discussions with those closest to me, I have made the difficult decision not to return to New York this year. The U.S. Open victory last year has been the high point of my career thus far and I will miss not being there. However, I realize that the unforeseen challenges, including the pandemic, have compromised my ability to prepare and compete to the degree necessary to play at my highest level.”More follows…
Binder and KTM looking to exploit home advantage in rainy Austria
"It would be fantastic to have another good weekend for this home race," said Binder on Thursday before adding he was looking forward to testing himself in the wet conditions expected. Yamaha's satellite SRT team star Quartararo had to settle for seventh behind Binder in Brno, but approaches Austria in high spirits. "It wasn't the best weekend at Brno, but we will go to Austria with nine more points in the championship," he said. The Austrian track is one that I really like and I'm really looking forward to these next two races there." The sport's first wet race since Valencia in 2018 is forecast this weekend.
'You can't compare Lewandowski and Messi'
In the build-up, there has been much debate whether Lewandowski, the Champions League's top-scorer with 13 goals in seven games, or six-time Ballon d'Or winner Messi is the better player. "Messi has been by far the best player (in the world) for many years. Lewandowski is enjoying the best season of his career so far with 53 goals in 44 games, while Messi has managed 31 in 43 matches. In the (previous Bayern) games against Messi, it always worked well when the whole team played their part," said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller. Of course he's a world-class player and we have thought about how to play against him.
Italian Open tennis in Rome pushed forward to September 14 start
Advertising Read moreMilan (AFP)The Italian Open tennis tournament will be played a week earlier than scheduled in Rome with the main draw from September 14-21, organisers confirmed on Thursday. The cancellation of the rescheduled Madrid Open, because of a fresh outbreak of coronavirus, has allowed the Italian tournament to take place a week earlier than anticipated. It will now be played after the US Open from August 31 to September 13, and before the French Open, which begins on September 27. "In the next few days it will be decided whether the men's qualification draw will be expanded to 64 players and in this case the matches will start on September 11," the Italian Tennis Federation (FIT) said. US Open semi-finalists will have a first-round bye to the tournament and will not play before September 16th at the earliest.
Latest wave of NBA activism aims at getting out the vote
But where Kaepernick’s demonstrations raised awareness, NBA players want their actions to move the needle further. But transforming the widespread embrace for social justice in America from a moment into a movement requires targeting systemic barriers and changing laws, not just mindsets. One target has been voting, with initiatives such as the LeBron James-led More Than A Vote. Elmore said More Than a Vote is “one of the more creative and more unprecedented types of actions in the spirit of obtaining social justice. The vote, has been critical over a number of generations ever since the securing of the Voting Rights Act.
I Avoid Push-Ups at All Costs — So I Tone My Arms With These Plank Modifications
The word push-up isn't in my vocabulary — just like water and oil, we just don't mix. That, combined with my lack of gym equipment at home, has resulted in months of neglecting arm workouts. If you're part of the anti-push-up club and have zero equipment, too, feel free to join in. Then, lay flat on the floor and goal post your arms (aka extend them to each side and bend your arms up at a 90-degree angle) to open your pectoral muscles. To ensure you're feeling good, she suggests keeping your hips elevated, in line with your upper body, to avoid too much pressure on your lower back.
Work Out With Venus Williams and Ashley Graham For 30 Minutes — No Weights Needed
Venus Williams is back on tour — she's currently competing in the Top Seed Open — but she just shared a new episode of her #CoachVenus Instagram Live workouts with special guest Ashley Graham. If you missed out on the live sweat session, you can now join after the fact by tuning into the video above. Williams said the workout will be focussed on your upper body, glutes, and thighs, and it takes under 30 minutes total. Williams walks Graham through arm raises and a series of different pulses to work the back, shoulders, biceps, and triceps. ADVERTISEMENTAn added bonus are the fun commentary and dance moves throughout and a question-and-answer portion at the end with Williams.
Leg Day Is All About Strong Calves With This Toning Bodyweight Workout
If you aren't showing your calves some love come leg day, you may want to think twice — these muscles bring more to the table than you probably realise. Did you know that the calves are actually made of two muscles: the gastrocnemius and the soleus? Houston explains that each muscle functions differently while working cohesively, which is why stretching and strengthening are equally important during a workout. Another important takeaway from Houston is that calves are only as effective and strong as their supporting muscle groups. That's why her calf workout incorporates the quads, hamstrings, and glutes to boost stability, strength, and mobility.
Set Your Kids Up For Virtual Soccer Camp With This New App From Chelsea FC Academy
With many kids staying close to home and possibly missing out on school sports this year, a new app from the elite English Chelsea FC Academy — a training camp for young people ages 9 to 23 — can help them keep their soccer skills sharp. With input from world-class coaches and players, state-of-the-art augmented reality (AR) technology, and hundreds of training games to choose from, the Perfect Play app is basically your own virtual soccer camp. The app is preloaded with a series of interactive training games that allow kids of all ages and abilities to hone their soccer skills in their own backyard. Based on the actual exercises used in the Chelsea FC training academy, the games address a variety of skills — from strength and speed to shooting and passing — to help kids improve from home. Keep reading to find out how it works, how much it costs, and what equipment you need to use it.
Belarusians Are Walking Out Of Work And Accusing Police Of Torture As Protests Grip The Country
Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters Women take part in a demonstration against police violence following the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 12. The unrest erupted after Lukashenko claimed to have secured a landslide reelection victory this weekend despite widespread reports of vote-rigging. After the election, she fled to Lithuania under tense circumstances and following a mysterious meeting with election officials on Tuesday. Artists from the Belarusian State Philharmonic Society also walked out in protest over police violence and the election results. Vasily Fedosenko / Reuters A woman gestures during a rally following the presidential election in Minsk, Belarus, Aug. 10.
Pending COVID-19 test results, MLB plans to have Cardinals resume play with doubleheader Saturday vs. White Sox
The St. Louis Cardinals, who have not played a game since July 29, are expected to resume play Saturday with a doubleheader against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field, according to two high-ranking officials with direct knowledge of the plans.. The Cardinals, who had 10 players and seven staff members test positive for COVID-19, only five games before being shut down. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday that the Cardinals will not have to make up their entire missed schedule, with only 45 days left in the season year. The hope is for the Cardinals to play a 50-game schedule, and for all teams who don’t play the full season, their winning percentage will determine whether they are among the top eight teams to qualify for the postseason in the National League. The Cardinals were scheduled for a three-game set against the White Sox starting, but MLB wanted to give the Cardinals two days of workouts before resuming play because of the lengthy layoff.
Dabo Swinney says 2020 championship would be legit even without two from Power Five
Even without two of the Power Five conferences playing football this fall because of COVID-19 concerns, Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said Wednesday after practice, the eventual national champion will have a legitimate title. “That’s the champion.”Four FBS conferences — also the Mid-American and Mountain West of the so-called Group of Five, a notch below the Power Five — are not going to play football this season. They won it in 2016 and 2018, coming up short against LSU in last season’s title game in New Orleans. More:Donald Trump has talked to Clemson football's Trevor Lawrence about saving 2020 seasonMore:Can the College Football Playoff go forward without Big Ten and Pac-12? But that doesn’t mean Swinney is without sympathy for coaches and players who will not be allowed to compete when this season gets under way.
Detroit Lions' Marvin Jones on infant son's death: 'I don’t think you can ever really fully cope with it'
Before the coronavirus pandemic brought much of the nation to a halt, and after an ankle injury ended his 2019 season, Jones' infant son Marlo died unexpectedly at 6 months old. On Thursday, after the Detroit Lions' second practice of training camp, Jones spoke publicly about the tragedy for the first time. Jones announced his son's passing in an Instagram post Dec. 28. Jones declined Thursday to say what led to his son's passing, but he said the outpouring of support he received from fans was "an experience that I very much appreciated." Since his son's passing, Jones has spent most of his time in California with his wife, Jazymn, and the couple's four children, boys Marvin III, Mareon and Murrell, and daughter, Mya.
Jamal Adams, Pete Carroll are all smiles with Seahawks after Jets trade
The disgruntled former Jets safety was positively aglow in a photo captured by Seahawks beat writer Gregg Bell at practice on Wednesday, which has in turn made head coach Pete Carroll quite happy. The Seahawks secondary — now comprised of Adams, safety Quandre Diggs and cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin, Tre Flowers and Quinton Dunbar — will need to step up from last season’s performance. “He’s really sharp. He’s really competitive, in that he cares. He’s got the kind of focus — he’s got a unique focus — that some great players we’ve had have really demonstrated.”
Listen to Episode 18 of ‘Pinstripe Pod’: Frazier Time, Judge Concerns? feat. Luis Sojo
After a rough weekend down in Tampa, the Yankees rebounded nicely in the Bronx with a two-game sweep of the Braves. To talk about everything going on with the Yankees, we present to you a brand spankin’ new episode of the “Pinstripe Pod” with Chris Shearn and Jeff Nelson. We opened up the latest podcast with the “In The Paper” segment, where I read the biggest Yankees headlines going on and Shearn and Nellie respond. Former Yankees infielder Luis Sojo, who won four World Series with the Bronx Bombers, then joins the show. Catch up on all episodes of “Pinstripe Pod,” a New York Yankees podcast, by subscribing to the podcast on Apple Podcasts, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.
Florida park removes name of police chief who once booted Jackie Robinson
A Florida park named after a police chief who notoriously forced baseball legend Jackie Robinson out of a minor league game in 1946 has been renamed. The Sanford City Commission voted unanimously on Monday to remove the name of its former police chief, Roy G. Williams, from the park and change it to Elliot Avenue Park, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. Robinson joined the Brooklyn Dodgers a year later, breaking the MLB color barrier on April 15, 1947, en route to a Hall of Fame career. In 1997, on the 50th anniversary of Robinson’s historic feat, city officials issued a proclamation apologizing for the 1946 incident. We need to make it right with the Jackie Robinson family.”
Kenny Payne brings unique Tyrese Maxey NBA Draft insight to Knicks
Kenny Payne, the Knicks’ new assistant coach, already will reunite with two former Kentucky studs in Kevin Knox and Julius Randle. In an interview conducted with The Post on July 13, before he became a Knicks coaching candidate, Payne raved about lottery prospect Tyrese Maxey, the 6-foot-3 electric Kentucky freshman combo guard. Most mock drafts have Maxey as a late lottery pick but if the Knicks stay within the 6-to-10 range, Payne believes Maxey will be a good value pick the way the NBA is trending with positionless basketball. But Payne will have insight into a lot of the draft prospects, particularly Maxey, with the Knicks holding three picks in the top 38. “I just think he loves to play,” Payne said.
Russell Westbrook expected to miss opening of playoff showdown with Thunder
Acquiring Westbrook, who earned $38.1 million in the second year of a $205 million supermax contract this season, was a major financial and stylistic gamble for the Rockets. Thanks largely to the 31-year-old guard’s hard-charging arrival, Houston rose from 27th in pace last year to second this season. ADADWithout Westbrook, the offensive burden on Harden, the NBA’s scoring leader, will only increase. So too will the scrutiny, as the series will open pitting Harden against Paul, former teammates who exited last year’s playoffs at odds with each other. Thunder Coach Billy Donovan said Wednesday that he hoped Dort would be “back sooner than later.”ADThe playoffs open Aug. 17 following a four-month hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Canadiens' Carey Price makes incredible stick save as Habs fall to Flyers in Game 1
Montreal Canadiens’ veteran goaltender Carey Price shut the naysayers up with one incredible stick save during Wednesday’s Game 1 against the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Just a few days shy of his 33rd birthday, Price showed his true athleticism when he saved the Habs from going 2-0 in the second period after denying Flyers’ Scott Laughton a close-range shot on an otherwise empty net. "Carey did an unbelievable job there saving that and saving my head,” teammate Nick Suzuki, who ducked the shot, said during a postgame conference. HART, FARABEE HELP FLYERS BEAT CANADIENS IN GAME 1Price’s save wasn’t enough to help the Habs, who lost 2-1 in the series opener. Montreal will have the chance to tie the series during Game 2 on Friday.
Purdue's Jeff Brohm presents plan to get Big Ten football started in February
Purdue Boilermakers football coach Jeff Brohm presented a plan to reporters Thursday about the possibility of getting the season started on Feb. 27 and finishing on May 15. RYAN DAY'S PLAN FOR OHIO STATE, BIG TEN FOOTBALL: 8-GAME SCHEDULE STARTING IN JANUARY“When it got canceled, it was heartbreaking,” Brohm said of the Big Ten Conference’s decision. “You feel for guys that have worked their whole lives to get a chance to play football, and now they don't have that. CLEMSON'S DABO SWINNEY STILL FOCUSED ON NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP EVEN AS COLLEGE FOOTBALL POOL SHRINKS“This isn't a perfect plan, but it will prove that it can be done if people are willing to make sacrifices,” he said. It's important we all put our thoughts together and do what's best for college football and our student-athletes.
Kyle Busch doesn't know what to expect at NASCAR's Daytona road course race
EXCLUSIVE - NASCAR is making a right turn at Daytona International Speedway this weekend as the Cup Series hits the infield road course for the first time ever. “I don’t know what the first couple of laps are going to be like, I’m worried more about the first couple of corners,” 2019 Cup Series champion Kyle Busch told Fox News Autos ahead of the race, which will be held without practice or qualifying. The Xfinity Series and Truck Series will also be using it this weekend, but Busch and other Cup Series drivers who race part-time in those series won't be allowed to so they don't get in the extra laps and an unfair advantage for the Cup race. Busch has won at Watkins Glen twice, but hasn’t fared as well at the Charlotte Motor Speedway “Roval” track, which is similar in concept to what’s in store at Daytona. Busch is currently ninth in the regular season standings with four races to go and set to make the playoffs, even though he hasn’t won a race this year.
Travis Kelce, Chiefs Reportedly Close to New Long-Term Contract
Steve Luciano/Associated PressThe Kansas City Chiefs and tight end Travis Kelce are nearing an agreement on an extension, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported it's a four-year deal that will tie Kelce to the team for the next six seasons. It seemed like only a matter of time until Kelce received a new contract after the Cleveland Browns made Austin Hooper the highest-paid tight end in the league with a deal in March 2020. 1 wide receiver numbers as a tight end during that span and made life almost impossible for opposing defenses. Kelce is still just 30 years old and hasn't shown signs of slowing down throughout his prime.
Local officials in California declare Aug. 24 Kobe Bryant Day
Orange County's Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to declare Aug. 24 "Kobe Bryant Day." Bryant, a resident of Orange County, California, wore the numbers 8 and 24 during his professional basketball career, which is why the board decided on the date to commemorate him, Orange County Board Chairwoman Michelle Steel explained at the recent meeting, according to The Orange County Register. Kobe Bryant Day isn't the only upcoming effort to celebrate Bryant, who won five NBA championships with the Los Angeles Lakers. Nike will launch "Mamba Week" on Aug. 23, a week-long event with programming and product launches, according to ESPN. The Los Angeles City Council named Aug. 24 Kobe Bryant Day in 2016 after the player's retirement.
England on top despite Abid Ali half century for Pakistan
SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - Pakistan opener Abid Ali scored a half-century but England’s seam bowlers used the muggy conditions to their advantage to restrict the tourists to 126 for five at the close of a rain-hit opening day of the second test at the Rose Bowl on Thursday. Burns also caught visiting captain Azhar Ali (20) from the bowling of James Anderson (2-35), who had earlier trapped centurion from the first test, Shan Masood (1), leg before wicket. The slip-catching practice continued as Asad Shafiq (5) was well taken low down by Dom Sibley off Stuart Broad. Pakistan were saved further loss of wickets with the conditions firmly in favour of the bowlers when the players left the field after more rain with only 45.4 overs bowled in the day. England had earlier recalled batsman Zac Crawley for all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has withdrawn from the remainder of the three-match series for personal reasons.
Levy tests positive for coronavirus at Celtic Classic
NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Alex Levy became the first golfer to test positive for the coronavirus at a European Tour event and was one of two French players withdrawn on the opening day of the Celtic Classic on Thursday. Levy came into contact last weekend with a friend in France who has since tested positive for the coronavirus, the tour said in a statement. When Levy arrived at Welsh tournament venue Celtic Manor Resort, he tested negative. He was told to self-isolate for 14 days and has since returned a positive result in a retest. Martin Simonsen of Denmark was a late replacement for Levy and shot 68 to be four strokes off the lead at an event played in an isolated environment.
NASCAR champion Pearn up to speed with Daly at Indy 500
Drivers head to the track as practice opened for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)Drivers head to the track as practice opened for the Indianapolis 500 auto race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020. It was like, ‘Yeah, why not?’” said Pearn, who called the Indy 500 a bucket list event. Daly, making his seventh Indy 500 start, finished a career-best 10th in his hometown race last season while running for Andretti Autosport. You throw a green and checkered.”To prepare for Indy, Pearn took a very literal approach — “I had to read the rule book,” he said.
Virus tests sports programs as schools prepare to reopen
KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — As schools prepare to reopen, sports teams are offering an early glimpse of the challenges of protecting students from the coronavirus. Nine clusters have been tied to sports, with 64 cases as of last week, according to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Because of virus concerns, Wyandotte County announced Thursday that it is barring non-professional athletes from competing this fall in football, volleyball and soccer. The Kansas City, Kansas, district called off its fall sports season earlier in the week. But the order also applies to other public schools in the county, in addition to private schools, higher education and non-professional sports clubs and organizations.
Canadiens coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pains
FILE - Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien gives instructions during NHL hockey practice in Brossard, Quebec, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin says coach Claude Julien was experiencing chest pains Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 and was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)FILE - Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien gives instructions during NHL hockey practice in Brossard, Quebec, Tuesday, July 14, 2020. Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin says coach Claude Julien was experiencing chest pains Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020 and was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO (AP) — Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said that coach Claude Julien was experiencing chest pains Wednesday night and was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital.
‘Like the Titanic’ - NCAA experts warn of coronavirus spread
FILE - Rice-Eccles Stadium is shown before the start of an NCAA college football game between Colorado and Utah Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Losing college football stings across America. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)FILE - Rice-Eccles Stadium is shown before the start of an NCAA college football game between Colorado and Utah Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, in Salt Lake City. Losing college football stings across America. ___Follow Ralph D. Russo at https://twitter.com/ralphDrussoAP and listen at http://www.westwoodonepodcasts.com/pods/ap-top-25-college-football-podcast/___More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Varner III grabs Wyndham lead with career low-tying 62
Varner was three shots in front of Wesley Bryan and Brian Harman among the early starters at the Sedgefield Country Club. Varner had eight birdies, including four in a row midway through the round, without a birdie his first 15 holes. Bryan shot a 65 to match his season’s best round, set last month in Detroit. Former U.S. Open champ and past Wyndham winner Webb Simpson was among a large group at 66. ADVERTISEMENTA pair of major champions who challenged at the PGA Championship last week struggled in the opening round.
Canadiens coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pains, will miss remainder of series
Montreal Canadiens head coach Claude Julien was rushed out of the NHL bubble on Wednesday night after being hospitalized with chest pains following the club’s Game 1 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers, general manager Marc Bergevin confirmed Thursday. The Habs did not provide specifics on his condition, but did confirm the head coach will not return in the club’s Round 1 series versus the Philadelphia Flyers. The Canadiens upset the Pittsburgh Penguins in the five-game qualification round to advance to the Stanley Cup playoffs. They fell 2-1 to the top-seeded Flyers in the first game of the best-of-seven Round 1 series. It’s the players.”– @CanadiensMTL GM Marc Bergevin on Claude Julien being hospitalized, and what it means for series vs. Flyers — Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) August 13, 2020More NHL coverage on Yahoo Sports
Big South postpones fall sports over COVID-19 concerns
The Big South Conference has become the latest Football Championship Subdivision league to postpone fall sports. The Ohio Valley Conference, Southern Conference and Southland Conference have made no announcements for their plans for 2020. Southern Conference athletic directors are scheduled to meet Wednesday, and its university presidents Thursday, according to Mark Schlabach of ESPN. “We are all broken-hearted that we will not be able to provide competitive opportunities for Big South student-athletes this fall,” Big South commissioner Kyle Kallander said in a statement. Our intention is to shift these fall seasons to the spring as we would like nothing more than to crown Big South champions in all 19 of our sports this year.”Big South postpones fall sports over COVID-19 concerns originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
SEC football updates: Here’s the latest news about fall sports on Aug. 13
Preseason camp starts next Monday, games are still a little more than a month away and South Carolina football and the SEC continue to move forward amid the coronavirus pandemic. On Wednesday, the Big South Conference, which includes two South Carolina schools in Charleston Southern and Presbyterian, announced it was postponing, leaving just three FCS leagues still aiming to play in the fall. Here are the latest news and reports on how the SEC and college football as a whole are proceeding. As of Thursday, that doesn’t directly affect South Carolina as long as the fall season continues. Spurrier, Holtz in favor of playingA pair of former South Carolina Gamecock head coaches have come out strongly in favor of teams trying to play this fall.
Reports: Big Ten to cancel fall football season, hopes to play in spring
The Big Ten is canceling the 2020 fall football season and will attempt to play in the spring, according to multiple reports. The Big Ten is the first Power Five conference to postpone its season. Several college football stars, including Clemson's Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State's Justin Fields, have advocated for playing this fall. President Donald Trump has also sided with the players, saying the players have worked too hard for their season to be canceled. MORE NCAA NEWS:Reports: Big Ten to cancel fall football season, hopes to play in spring originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington
MLB expected to postpone Friday's Cardinals game, team will resume play Saturday
MLB is expected to postpone the Cardinals’ game Friday, sources told Yahoo Sports’ Tim Brown. The team is expected to return to play with a doubleheader Saturday. While it looked at those the Cardinals would return to play Aug. 7, the team revealed more positive tests. Why was Friday’s Cardinals game postponed? The Cardinals’ coronavirus tests have reportedly been “encouraging” the past couple days, according to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch.
Prosecution rejects rookie argument by ex-cop in Floyd death
Minneapolis (AP) — State prosecutors have rejected an argument by a fired Minneapolis police officer charged in George Floyd’s death that he was just a rookie overridden by a senior officer at the scene. Officer Thomas Lane is charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter in Floyd's death. Lane and another rookie officer, J. Kueng, both held down Floyd as Chauvin pressed his knee against Floyd's neck. Story continuesAs Floyd lost consciousness, Lane asked the other officers if they should roll Floyd on his side. Lane, Kueng and Thao are charged with aiding and abetting both second-degree murder and manslaughter.
Lakers! Notes on the team’s odd couple, plus the wait for an opponent
When James stood on the court and said hello to Rambis, Rambis was behind a plexiglass barrier. “It’s the odd couple, the two of them working out every day,” Lakers coach Frank Vogel said. Many people in the bubble — players and coaches alike — still don’t exactly know the rules. The Trail Blazers rose into the eighth seed behind a 61-point performance from Damian Lillard on Tuesday night. The eighth seed must only win one of two games.
Dodgers’ Joe Kelly calls Astros players ‘snitches’ and ‘rats’ over cheating scandal
Kelly was a guest on “The Big Swing,” a podcast co-hosted by Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling, and didn’t mince words when discussing Astros players’ handling of the scandal during the offseason and in spring training. Kelly called the lack of player punishment “nonsense.”Advertisement“The way that [scheme] was run over there was not from the coaching staff,” Kelly said. Dodgers pitcher Joe Kelly makes a face at Houston Astros’ Carlos Correa on July 28. A debacle.”Stripling said the Dodgers were ready to leave the cheating scandal in the past, but they were angered by what they believed were phony apologies from Astros players. “Maybe they have called [Cora] and said, ‘Hey, I’m sorry.’ Or called Luhnow and said, ‘Hey, I’m sorry.’ Or called Hinch, and Beltrán,” Kelly said.
Brad Stevens on his extension: ‘We’re all excited about where we are and where we’re headed'
Stevens officially signed a contract extension with the Celtics on Wednesday . He agreed to a six-year deal when he arrived in Boston in 2013, and signed a three-year extension in 2016 that was going to expire after next season. Advertisement“I think in coaching you just expect it to end at some point by being let go or by being fired,” Stevens said. He said Celtics executives initially approached him about the extension before the team departed for Orlando. “I think that we’re all excited about where we are and where we’re headed,” Stevens said.
Westview football players protest district to be able to play
Westview football players protest district to be able to playWestview football players are hoping their voices and signs are heard by the Tolleson Union High School District in order to get on the fieldRichard Obert, azcentral sports
Phoenix boxing champion David Benavidez to defend title in empty arena
Now, the Phoenix native is ready to defend that title amid circumstances outside of his control. The fight originally was slated as a homecoming for Benavidez, April 18 at Arizona Federal Theatre in Phoenix. "It's a little bit disappointing that I wasn't able to fight in Phoenix, Arizona because I hadn't fought in Phoenix in over four years," Benavidez said. It's a little bit disappointing that I wasn't able to fight in Phoenix, Arizona because I hadn't fought in Phoenix in over four years. I feel like every fight, if I don't have the belt or not, has to be treated like a world title fight.
Former Suns guard Tyler Johnson may have say in Phoenix reaching play-in tournament
The Phoenix Suns may not need Brooklyn to win later today to get them in the play-in tournament, but they're wishing Tyler Johnson and the Nets good luck just in case they do. If the Suns and Grizzlies both win, Phoenix will need Brooklyn (35-36) to defeat the Blazers (34-39) to make the play-in as the ninth-place team. With the way Johnson is playing, he'll have a say in that outcome. The Suns released Johnson in February after acquiring him essentially a year earlier in a trade with Miami. "Tyler is the ultimate professional, he's a winner," said Brooklyn guard Jamal Crawford, who was in Phoenix last season with Johnson.
Stars forward Tyler Seguin talks playing playoff hockey without a crowd, living in close proximity to other NHL teams
Dallas Stars forward Tyler Seguin recently joined The Hardline on Sportsradio 96.7 FM/1310 The Ticket [KTCK-AM] to discuss the NHL bubble, the Stars’ performance and more. Tyler Seguin: “I think it’s pretty much when you’re away from the ice, you’re pretty casual in the hallways. Seguin: “You find a way, that’s what this is all about. We’re all excited for the opportunity, even with the schedule coming up.”How different does it feel playing playoff hockey without a crowd? When it’s quiet on a faceoff, that’s definitely strange.”How do you think the Stars stack up against the Flames?
Rockies’ Daniel Bard gets first save in 9 years; Charlie Blackmon hitting .500
Rockies reliever Daniel Bard could honestly not remember the last time he closed out a big-league game and recorded the save. Bard struck out Stephen Vogt with a slider to finish off a wild night at Coors Field. — Rockies right fielder Charlie Blackmon extended his hitting streak to 15 games, the second-longest hitting streak of his career. — Blackmon is batting .567 (34-for-60) with 17 runs, six doubles, three home runs, 20 RBIs and five walks over the streak. — Blackmon is also the major leaguer to bat .500 or better through his first 66 (or more) at-bats of a season since Walker in 1997.
The second Carvd N Stone scholarship gives young Wisconsin residents $1,500. Here's how to apply.
Last year, three young people received $1,000 scholarships from Carvd N Stone, a media company created and run by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate Nyesha Stone. The scholarships are awarded to graduates from a Wisconsin high school who will attend college as well as to creatives, such as writers, musicians and artists. The 2019 Scholarship Fund received support from organizations such as the Milwaukee 2020 Host Committee, Milwaukee Health Department, AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin and Alverno College. Application processTo apply, applicants must be:Age 25 or youngerA Wisconsin residentA student (a college-bound senior set to graduate from a Wisconsin high school) or a creative (writer, musician, artist, etc.) Those interested in helping sponsor the scholarship are being asked to mail checks written out to "Carvd N Stone Inc." to P.O.
Bears’ defense is still Super Bowl-caliber, but that’s not usually enough to win one
The preseason didn’t matter much to Bears defensive coordinator Chuck Pagano last year, regardless of how fervently he magnified its importance in press conferences. Preseason games would’ve been vital to evaluating new safety Tashaun Gipson and rookie cornerback Jaylon Johnson, picking a nose tackle after Eddie Goldman opted out and getting a feel for how pass rusher Robert Quinn fits. The Bears’ goal is to smooth out all those transitions and maintain an elite defense. The Bears learned the hard way that a Super Bowl-caliber defense often can’t compensate for a pitiful offense. 9 defense, and the 2016 Steelers got that far with a team that was 11th in offense and 10th in defense.
Dolphins’ Tua Tagovailoa wears Ryan Fitzpatrick jersey, cherishes learning from veteran QB
“Honestly, you just never know until it actually happens. I won’t know the feeling until I actually do get tackled,” he said. “So, it’s almost like a trial and error kinda thing. You got to go out there and do it to know if it does hurt or it doesn’t. That’s pretty much what I can say.
Dolphins’ Davon Godchaux claims false-positive test got him placed on COVID list
“I knew it was a false positive. I didn’t think I had it because the antibodies already said that I had it back in June sometime. When I first saw it, I was like ‘This can’t be right.’ " said Godchaux, who has started 37 of the 47 games he’d played for the Dolphins the past three seasons. “I got the second and third test and both were negative. I’m glad the NFL fixed it.”
White Sox’s Friday night game against the Cardinals reportedly pushed back a day
“Everyone has enough practice in dealing with the times when you’re down,” Sox manager Rick Renteria said Wednesday after the team’s victory against the Detroit Tigers. “Hopefully for us it won’t be and we’ll just continue to play, but we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it, if it even happens.”
Canadiens coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pains
TORONTO - (AP) -- Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said that coach Claude Julien was experiencing chest pains Wednesday night and was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital. The 60-year-old coach is not expected to be back behind the bench for the rest of the team's first-round series against Philadelphia. Associate coach Kirk Muller will take over Julien's role in an interim basis. Bergevin says he is optimistic Julien will be OK, especially after getting good news from a doctor Thursday afternoon. The Canadiens won their qualifying round series to make it to the round of 16.
Senators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rights
A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Thursday released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill or rights. The legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions,” and much more. The senators also want to ensure for the athletes long-term medical coverage and treatment, enforceable medical standards, academic freedom and revenue sharing agreements. Booker and Blumenthal questioned Emmert about athlete welfare and said then their plan for a bill of rights was in the works. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, an Ohio Republican and former Ohio State football player, has also said he is working on a bill related to college sports.
Officials report at least 6 were injured in Monday storms, 82,000 without power Thursday as northern Illinois continues to clean up
The weather service said Thursday the tornado in Rogers Park was the strongest in Chicago since 1976. It was the first F1 in the city since May 29, 1983 and was the strongest tornado recorded in the city since an F2 on March 12, 1976. The city last experienced a tornado on Sept. 3, 2018.
Should Andres Gimenez be the Mets' everyday shortstop now instead of Amed Rosario?
Just 20 games into this virus-truncated season, it’s not a stretch to say the Mets could be on the brink of the Andres Gimenez Era at shortstop. As for Rosario, Rojas mentioned how the team is still working with him on moving laterally at short and his reactions off the bat. Could the urgency of this short schedule ultimately result in going with Gimenez at short if Rosario doesn’t rebound quickly? “Playing games and seeing how the guys are performing is what's going to give us back some of those decisions. We'll see what we have, probably starting [Friday] with the starting lineup.
Nebraska wants to be in Big Ten, ends talk of playing outside conference this fall
Nebraska wants to remain a Big Ten school and will not try to play football outside the conference this fall. In a joint statement released Thursday, chancellor Ronnie Green and president Ted Carter said, “The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a fully committed member of the Big Ten Conference. Nebraska football coach Scott Frost called a news conference Monday and told reporters his team was ready and willing to play outside of the conference. The Big Ten released 10-game schedules last week — the Gophers were to start Sept. 5 at Michigan State — before commissioner Kevin Warren announced Tuesday the fall season would be canceled for all conference sports. Nebraska and the other 11 full-time members — Maryland and Rutgers will be soon — received a $55.6 million payout from the conference.
Senators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rights
A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Thursday released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill of rights. The legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with "minimal restrictions," and much more. The senators also want to ensure for the athletes long-term medical coverage and treatment, enforceable medical standards, academic freedom and revenue sharing agreements. This new college student athletes bill of rights is a step towards ensuring safety, opportunity and accountability in college athletics.”Last month, NCAA President Mark Emmert appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing about name, image and likeness. Booker and Blumenthal questioned Emmert about athlete welfare and said then their plan for a bill of rights was in the works.
New Orleans Pelicans at Orlando Magic odds, picks and best bets
Marcus MosherSportsbook WireThe New Orleans Pelicans (30-41) will take on the Orlando Magic (32-40) Thursday at the Visa Athletic Center for a 9 p.m. We analyze the Pelicans-Magic NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets. Pelicans vs. Magic:Odds, lines, picks and betting tipsNBA odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. PredictionMagic 117, Pelicans 111The MAGIC (-176) are slight moneyline favorites over the Pelicans (+145) on Thursday night. You'll now receive the top USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire stories each day directly in your inbox.
Sycamore Aviators may rely on ground game in 2020 football season
SYCAMORE TOWNSHIP - Not surprisingly, at the home of the Sycamore High School Aviators, a drone flies over practice off Cornell Road. Ingle led the team in rushing touchdowns last season with five while dealing with injuries. More:High school football: Hamilton is another GMC school full of top college-level playersMore:Middletown has a football schedule but will they be able to play? More:Middletown football features Division I prospects that could impact GMC title chaseDattilo has had but one losing season in the last decade in the highly-competitive GMC. With the GMC going to a conference-only format and moving up weeks three through eight to weeks one thru six, Sycamore is scheduled to being the season Aug. 28 by hosting Lakota East.
Watch: Tyler Boyd talks workouts, Bengals' WR strength
Watch: Tyler Boyd talks workouts, Bengals' WR strengthWith A.J. Green back in the fold and Tee Higgins on the roster, Tyler Boyd has some thoughts on what fans will see out the Bengals offense this year. Lindsay Patterson, @LndsPatterson
Pistons' Blake Griffin feeling 'world of difference' as he comes back from knee surgery
In the midst of the Pistons’ extended downtime in the offseason, Blake Griffin was working out this week in the team’s practice facility in midtown Detroit. The work this summer has helped him regain some of his strength and even with his subpar partial season, Griffin, 31, is optimistic about what next season can bring — provided he’s healthy. “I’ve done quite a bit on the court (in the offseason) and everything I’ve done, I feel a world of difference. The Pistons admittedly are in a rebuild — or as new general manager Troy Weaver has dubbed it, a “restoring,” — following their 20-46 truncated season. They still have Griffin, Derrick Rose and can build on some of their young pieces to try to be competitive next season.
'Turn the page': Tigers anxious to start a happier chapter in Indians rivalry
“The Indians beat you guys 17 straight times last year.”Greiner said, “I had no idea about that until you just said that. No Tigers team in history had lost 17 straight to the same team. The Tigers did lose 114 games and the Indians won 93 games and just missed getting a wild-card spot. Here's the Tigers' record vs. the Indians the last seven years, as the Tigers went from four-time division champs to cellar-dwellers. They’re a good team and I think we’re a good team.
Top-seeded Simona Halep reaches Prague Open quarterfinals
PRAGUE (AP) — Top-seeded Simona Halep came from a set down to defeat Barbora Krejcikova 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 and reach the quarterfinals of the Prague open on Thursday. Down 2-0 in the final set, Halep replied by winning six consecutive games, converting her first match point when the 118th-ranked Krejcikova double-faulted. “She played great and it was really tough to find my rhythm,” Halep said. “I just stayed focused for every ball I played.”The second-ranked Halep needed six set points in the second set to level the match, having lost her serve six times up to that point. She double-faulted 10 times in the match.
Big Sky scuttles rest of fall sports schedule over COVID-19
FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — The Big Sky Conference has voted to postpone all fall sports competition until the spring because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The decision follows the Big Sky’s postponement of fall football on Aug. 6 when the league became one of the first in the nation to scuttle the sport because of the virus that has claimed more than 160,000 lives in the United States and about 750,000 worldwide. The other Big Sky sports that are now postponed are men’s and women’s cross country, soccer and volleyball as well as men’s and women’s golf, softball and men’s and women’s tennis. “While I am confident that our conference is making the right decision for the health and safety of our student-athletes, it breaks my heart knowing how disappointing this will be to all of them who were eagerly anticipating the opportunity to compete this fall,” Big Sky Commissioner Tom Wistrcill said.
'Like the Titanic' - NCAA experts warn of coronavirus spread
The NCAA's chief medical officer and two of its infectious disease expert advisers warned Thursday the uncontrolled spread of the coronavirus throughout the United States remains an enormous obstacle for college sports to overcome. “I feel like the Titanic. We have hit the iceberg, and we’re trying to make decisions of what time should we have the band play,” said Dr. Carlos Del Rio, executive associate dean at Emory. Del Rio, a member of the NCAA's COVID-19 advisory panel, appeared with NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline on a webinar hosted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. Earlier this week, the Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first Power Five conferences to decide not to play football, or any sports, this fall.
Oklahoma high school football: How Andre Dollar's recruiting soared after move from Florida to Mustang
MUSTANG – Andre Dollar didn’t have much of a choice. Following an All-American season at Naples High School in Florida, Dollar, now a junior at Mustang, found out he was packing his belongings and moving halfway across the country. Broncos coach Lee Blankenship knew he was getting one of the most recognized coaches in the country to join his staff. It was an added bonus he was getting one of the most talented football players in the 2022 class. ““I knew he was going to be good, but even he continues to exceed expectations and get better every day,” Blankenship said.
OSU football: Offensive lineman Bryce Bray enters transfer portal
STILLWATER — For the second time in as many days, an Oklahoma State offensive lineman has entered the transfer portal. Redshirt sophomore Bryce Bray announced on Twitter his decision to leave the team. “Oklahoma State will always be home for me,” he wrote. “This being said, I am entering the transfer portal as of today.”The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Bray appeared in all 13 games and made 10 starts last season between right guard and right tackle. He was anticipated to be a starter at one of those positions again this season.
Canadiens coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pains
TORONTO (AP) — Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin said that coach Claude Julien was experiencing chest pains Wednesday night and was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital. Bergevin confirmed Thursday it was not COVID-19 related. The 60-year-old coach is not expected to be back behind the bench for the rest of the team’s first-round series against Philadelphia. Associate coach Kirk Muller will take over Julien’s role in an interim basis. Bergevin says he is optimistic Julien will be OK, especially after getting good news from a doctor Thursday afternoon.
Red Sox ace Chris Sale preparing to pitch for 10 more years
His name is Chris Sale and he’s in Florida, recovering from Tommy John surgery and challenging his children to races around his house. Thursday, Sale revealed he’s preparing his body to pitch until he’s 41. Now that he’s had the surgery, he’s watching video of himself and noticing areas he can fix. “Last year, in hindsight, I should’ve got Tommy John surgery on Aug. 14, 2019. If you just get Tommy John just to get Tommy John, I would question myself a lot.
Brad Stevens rewarded with stability
Brad Stevens was using his poker face, saying, “I’ll let you guess on the years.”The unknown years are the length of the contract extension Stevens signed on Wednesday, after seven seasons marked by a steady rise to prominence. Stevens has found stability in one of the NBA’s most stable franchises. But the trio of Danny Ainge, Wyc Grousbeck and Steve Pagliuca approached Stevens about an extension prior to the team’s trip to Orlando. “All we want to do is try to help – through these experiences we’ve all gained – help them with little things. “And I think they’ve been great.
Bruce Cassidy sees the positive in Bruins’ third line
But the line was also on the ice for two goals-against after a couple of lost battles from Ritchie and some miscommunication. Still, with the first win under his belt, coach Bruce Cassidy didn’t sound like he was at all close to breaking up the line – and he’s not a coach who’s afraid to make changes. “On the first goal, Ritchie certainly had a chance to kill the play. But while Cassidy acknowledged that there are things Ritchie can work on, the coach will allow him to get that work in. Still, it was four periods of hockey, so he’s got to be ready on his toes the whole game,” said Cassidy.
CAA transfers hope ACC gives them the chance to play football this fall
For Mendenhall, a few weeks of having his players back on campus helped crystalize in his mind areas where the roster needed help. “All just amazing young men, academically motivated, really good players with unique stories that also fit a need that I've seen now within our program,” he said of the additions. With the specter of COVID-19 outbreaks looming over the college football season, Mendenhall said roster depth is a key concern for coaches around the conference and the country. “Having as deep a roster as you can have with as good a players with some of the unknowns that might manifest. It just seemed to be a win for everyone involved, and that's what was the motive behind it.”
How Kyle Walker defied the doubters to become one of Man City's main men again
Next, he was in an advanced midfield position, receiving the ball 20 yards out and lashing a shot at Courtois that the Real goalkeeper beat away. But Walker’s job was about much more than just marshalling the Belgium forward. He made nine successful recoveries against Real and the sight of him rushing in to sweep up behind City’s central defenders this term is not uncommon. If Liverpool’s Alexander-Arnold offers a rare attacking threat and Wan-Bissaka is proving at Manchester United there are not many full-backs better in their own defensive third, Walker is very much the experienced all-rounder. With City’s captain, David Silva, soon to depart, a spot within the players’ leadership team will open up and it would be little surprise if it ended up going to Walker.
Marlborough racing tips and best bets for Friday, August 14
Each day Marlborough will bring you the best bets from every race at every racecourse around the country. From the bright lights of the Cheltenham Festival and Glorious Goodwood to a low-key evening meeting at Chelmsford City, we have all your racing tips and best bets covered. Looking for a daily racing nap? Marlborough will indicate his top tip for the day in traditional style, with any other notable selections highlighted with "nb". So come back every evening for Marlborough's daily selection.
RB Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid, Champions League quarter-final: live score and latest updates
That's 22 years before blah blah blah. "I am not thinking beyond tomorrow (tonight). Tomorrow (tonight) it's not just important to win - it's the only option. Tomorrow we've got a great game against a good side with a young coach who's doing a great job. "I'll repeat: tomorrow (tonight) it's not important to win, it's the only thing that you can do.
James Anderson produces his best spell of the summer to tread where no fast bowler has before
After bowling 15 of Pakistan’s first 40 overs, Anderson had just been hauled out of the attack, a cricketer who had earned a break. While Anderson had been unfortunate at times - most obviously in Ben Stokes dropping Abid Ali during Pakistan’s second innings at Emirates Old Trafford - only wickets could bring reassurance. Anderson could easily have been rewarded with far more than a second wicket, when Azhar Ali edged an immaculate delivery to slip. Even with four swing bowlers, it was Anderson who Joe Root trusted most to exploit the overcast skies. As he ended the truncated day with 2-35 from his 15 overs, Anderson had produced his most impressive bowling of the summer.
Leipzig vs Atletico Madrid LIVE: Team news and latest build-up today
Christopher Nkunku has been brilliant for Leipzig this season though, while Dayot Upamecano is a defender admired by half of Europe's hugest teams. Could be a 3-4-3 tonight for Leipzig, with Laimer at wing-back and Klostermann and Halstenberg two of the three centre-backs. RBL: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Laimer, Kampl, Sabitzer, Angelino; Nkunku, Dani Olmo, Poulsen. Match previewTeam newsRB Leipzig will be without Timo Werner, of course, after he completed his move to Chelsea. Predicted line-upsLeipzig: Gulacsi; Klostermann, Upamecano, Halstenberg; Mukiele, Sabitzer, Kampl, Angelino; Nkunku, Olmo; Schick.
England make up for early errors to seize control of second Test against Pakistan on rain-affected day one
The first day of the second Test could not have gone much better for England. Still, his absence was still an inconvenience, with another reshuffle to Joe Root’s right, with Rory Burns in at second and Dom Sibley at third. The Surrey captain would get a second to move into the positive when Abid was finally snared off Curran for 60. Alam’s plight was all the more demoralising considering it had been 11 years since his previous Test appearance. A truncated day still housed a good deal of drama but, ultimately, fell the way of the hosts.
'Excited' Djokovic confirms US Open participation
"I'm happy to confirm that I'll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year," the 33-year-old world number one tweeted. His decision to take part is a major boost for the US Open after a host of headline names pulled out. The list of absentees includes four-time champion Rafael Nadal, women's world number one Ashleigh Barty and her fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios. The US Open, which finishes on September 13, is followed a fortnight later by the rescheduled French Open at Roland Garros. Later Thursday, France's world number 44 Fiona Ferro, who won the Palermo WTA event last week, announced she would not play the US Open.
Anderson strikes against Pakistan as Alam's long wait ends with a duck
Pakistan were 126-5 at stumps after a combination of rain and bad light cut short play on the first day of the second Test. Anderson came into this match having taken just six wickets in three previous Tests this season, at an expensive average of over 41. And it was not long before England's all-time leading wicket-taker struck after Pakistan captain Azhar Ali won the toss. Woakes suffered again when he had Abid, on 21, got dropped by second slip Rory Burns. The only bowlers to have taken more than Anderson's 592 Test wickets are a trio of retired spinners.
Vidal declares Barca 'best team in the world' ahead of Bayern test
Advertising Read moreMadrid (AFP)Arturo Vidal has warned Bayern Munich his Barcelona team are the best team in the world ahead of their Champions League quarter-final in Lisbon on Friday. "They are very confident but tomorrow they aren't playing against a Bundesliga team, they're playing against Barca and Barca is the best team in the world." They then laboured to a 3-1 win over Napoli in the Champions League last 16 on Saturday. We are the best team in the world but in La Liga we haven't shown it in the last few games. He can create his own fireworks but without the strength of the team, Leo would not be Leo, like any player."
MLS 2023 expansion club unveiled as St. Louis City
Advertising Read moreNew York (AFP)St. Louis City was unveiled Thursday as the identity for the Major League Soccer expansion club debuting in 2023 along with Sacramento as the league's 29th and 30th teams. The name, crest and red and blue primary colors were shown on a live-stream event featuring the team owners, the only majority female-led ownership group in MLS. "St. Louis City... truly represents our region's diverse and optimistic spirit," lead owner Carolyn Kindle Betz said. "Our desire from day one has been to be bigger than soccer and to become part of the fabric of St. Louis and a symbol of our future." MLS has 26 clubs with a new 27th club starting next year in Austin, Texas, and a 28th team launching in 2022 in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Ex-South Africa skipper Smith hits back at race bias claims
Advertising Read moreJohannesburg (AFP)Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith on Thursday responded to allegations of bias against black players by stating that he had "personal relationship challenges" with several other players during his time in charge. Smith, currently Cricket South Africa's director of cricket, has come under fire in recent weeks for appointing former Test wicketkeeper Mark Boucher as national team coach. He has also been accused of allowing black players to feel isolated during his time as captain. He said Pollock and Ntini had to make way in similar circumstances because South Africa were seeking more bowling firepower. The group, describing themselves as "concerned former cricketers and coaches" had a virtual meeting with the board of Cricket South Africa last weekend.
New Mexico State will not play football in fall due to COVID-19 concerns
LAS CRUCES, N.M - There will be no fall sports at New Mexico State. New Mexico State athletic director Mario Moccia confirmed Thursday that the school was postponing fall football. “This decision was not made lightly,” said New Mexico State president John Floros in a statement. The fall sports conference championship sports affected are men's and women's cross country, volleyball and men's and women's soccer. Spring sports would also not be able to hold non-traditional offseason competitions in the fall, according to the WAC release.
L.A. Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke details COVID-19 experience: 'Beat me senseless'
Longtime Los Angeles Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke wrote on Wednesday that he contracted COVID-19 recently and outlined his symptoms and struggles with the virus that has ripped through communities across the U.S."My temperature hovered in the upper reaches of 102," Plaschke wrote. Plaschke, 61, wrote that he thinks he became infected while meeting friends for two dinners at an outdoor patio with social distancing, in accordance with local ordinances. Plaschke also wrote about the mental toll from the virus, how it sparked a pang of fear over his future health, how he contemplated heading to the hospital. Plaschke said he was writing about his experiences to spread awareness of its effects. COVID-19 is real enough to rise up and beat me senseless.
Thousands in Belarus form ‘lines of solidarity’ in protest
No one is itching to hit the court harder at...Belarusian women rally in solidarity with protesters injured in the latest rallies against the results of the country's presidential election in Minsk, Belarus. MINSK, Belarus — Thousands of people swarmed the streets of Belarus’ capital and other cities Thursday to keep up their protests of election results that extended the 26-year rule of authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko and a subsequent police crackdown on peaceful demonstrations. In many parts of Minsk, the all-female “lines of solidarity” stood unchallenged for some time before police dispersed some of them without violence. Several popular anchors at Belarus’ state TV stations have quit in a show of solidarity. “To blatant vote-rigging, to violence, to flash-bang grenades the authorities use, we respond with solidarity and a peaceful protest.
Penn State students must sign COVID-19 liability waiver to return to school
Sign up for our special edition newsletter to get a daily update on the coronavirus pandemic. Penn State University students returning to campus for the upcoming school year must sign a liability waiver absolving the university of responsibility in the event of “personal injury, illness, permanent disability, or death” related to COVID-19. “Failure to abide by the following requirements may subject you to disciplinary action, including suspension or expulsion from the University,” the university warns. Penn State students have the choice of taking their classes either in-person or remotely, but Hernandez said reopening the university in any capacity is “putting the lives of the local community members in danger.”A Penn State spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment. As of Thursday, the state of Pennsylvania had reported more than 125,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases and more than 7,300 virus-related deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Pirates vs. Reds prediction: Runs will be at a premium in this one
Listen Live to VSiN's sports betting showsWant even more betting news? Listen Live to VSiN's sports betting showsThe Pittsburgh Pirates enter Thursday’s game in Cincinnati with an MLB-worst 3-13 record. The Pirates average four runs per game, tied for 23rd in the majors entering Wednesday’s action around the country. And Pittsburgh is hitting .209 as a collective, with only the Reds (.208 entering Wednesday) hitting worse in the NL. The Pirates counter with Trevor Williams, who seems to be back to peak form after going 7-9 with a 5.38 ERA in 2019.
Pacman Jones burns Joe Haden Steelers jerseys sent to him in mail
Joe Haden got torched by Adam “Pacman” Jones. After receiving a delivery of signed Haden jerseys in the mail from an unknown source, the 36-year-old former Bengals cornerback decided to douse the gear of the Steelers cornerback with lighter fluid and set it ablaze in his driveway. “This is what happens to Joe Haden jerseys sent to my house.”Who sent the jerseys? “You think I really would go out of my way to send signed Haden jerseys? “I want to clarify that Joe Haden was not involved in sending his jerseys to Adam Jones,” Rosenhaus said in a statement to ESPN.
Mets’ Jeff McNeil carted off after crashing into wall making catch
The Mets were just dealt a potentially huge injury blow. Jeff McNeil was carted off with an apparent left leg injury Thursday afternoon at Citi Field after crashing into the left-field wall making an impressive catch to end the top of the first inning. McNeil, 28, ran toward the fence and made an out-stretched grab on Asdrubal Cabrera’s deep fly ball before the collision. He slammed his glove to the ground in frustration and was grabbing at his left leg. Billy Hamilton, recently acquired from the Giants, replaced McNeil at-bat in the bottom of the first.
Clint Sintim’s homecoming to Virginia football is more than decade in the making
He served as an assistant coach at several non-Power Five schools. He even passed the test to get a real estate license after moving back to Northern Virginia, where he grew up and played high school football at Gar-Field in his hometown of Woodbridge. ADAD“I said this to the guys, I’m living a dream right now,” Sintim said Wednesday during a Zoom call with local media. Sintim then followed Rocco, an assistant to Al Groh at Virginia from 2001 through ’05, to Delaware for three seasons. “He has a lot of insight, a lot of knowledge about the school and just football in general, and so I respect him.
Florida State receiver accuses school of neglecting health issues and misleading players
Matthews, a senior wide receiver, tweeted Wednesday night that he had tested positive for the coronavirus, then deleted the tweet. “Weekly testing has not taken place and many players have tested + and yet told to remain silent! Some players who have tested positive for the virus have returned to the team after testing negative. the FSU Athletic training staff has been doing everything in their power to keep us SAFE!” sophomore safety Jaiden Lars-Woodbey tweeted. ADAD“It’s up to us to make sure the environment’s safe,” Thrasher said this week, “and I think we’ve done that.”
The Capitals were a mess in Game 1. That should make it easy to improve.
Backstrom “was extremely vulnerable … It’s as simple as that — late hit, player wasn’t expecting it. Oshie wasn’t just the Caps’ Player of the Game. ADFirst, they should have Lars Eller back; the center was held out of Game 1 after returning from paternity leave. Second, the worse you’ve played in a loss, the more you can improve the next time you get a chance. In the playoffs, urgency is the virtue that counts most when it arrives one game before you desperately need it.
The NBA’s virtual fan experience allows fans to plug into the bubble
Despite logging in early, the recently retired, 58-year old superfan found herself staring at the entry kiosk screen leading to the NBA's virtual fan portal, as she waited for an online moderator to grant her access to her virtual sliver of the NBA bubble. That second-screen experience has become as much a part of the broadcast as the games themselves as commentators regularly point out interesting happenings from the virtual crowds. And while Michael Jordan isn't likely to stroll through those virtual doors, on any given night you're liable to see goats, dogs, celebrities and even kids playing the saxophone as the virtual experience has become a bit of a who's who. Access to the virtual fan experience varies from team to team, but in general, season-ticket holders and player family members are given first dibs at the 320 available virtual seats for each game. Selfishly, I do hope that next season they let at least a few of their favorite fans watch in person, even if it is in a bubble.”
Chris Cooley has ‘no hard feelings’ about being dumped from Washington Football Team’s broadcast
“A decision was made at the beginning of the year that Chris Cooley would no longer be a part of the broadcast team,” Donaldson tweeted Thursday. He said he will no longer record podcasts for the team and encouraged fans to give the new broadcast team some time to make an impression. I think it was hard for me when I started, because replacing Sam [Huff] was huge. He said he planned to coach high school football this fall before the season was canceled due to the novel coronavirus pandemic. … You can’t coach high school football and [have a football broadcasting job].”Cooley, 38, said the Washington Football Team “provided a great job” for the last seven seasons, despite the fact that many of the games he called were ugly losses.
Kittle agrees to 5-year extension with 49ers
All-Pro tight end George Kittle has agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers that is the richest contract ever at the position. A person familiar with the deal says the sides agreed Thursday on the deal to keep Kittle off the market next offseason. Kittle has been the most productive tight end in NFL history through his first three seasons with 197 catches for 2,664 yards. The Niners averaged 5.0 yards per carry last season with Kittle on the field, compared to 3.5 yards per carry without him, according to NFL NextGen stats. But they were very fortunate he was there at 146th overall as the ninth tight end selected in that draft.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he'll play at US Open, after all
The Big Three will be represented at the U.S. Open, after all: Novak Djokovic announced Thursday he will enter the Grand Slam tournament and the hard-court tuneup preceding it in New York. 1-ranked Djokovic, who tested positive for COVID-19 in June, “but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited.”The U.S. Open is scheduled to begin Aug. 31, without spectators. Djokovic has won three of his 17 Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open and was the runner-up there five times. Federer, who has won 20 Slam championships, is sidelined for the rest of 2020 after having two operations on his right knee. That's the only Grand Slam tournament that's been completed this year so far, because the French Open was postponed in May — it now will begin Sept. 27, two weeks after the U.S. Open is to end — and Wimbledon was canceled for the first time in 75 years.
Leafs' Auston Matthews over Toronto's playoff woes: 'Four years in a row is a little bit embarrassing'
8 seed in the Eastern Conference's qualifying round, hopes were high for the Leafs but star forward Auston Matthews says it’s not enough. “Having a good regular season isn't cutting it anymore,” Matthews, who was the No. 3 goal scorer in the league during the regular season, told the Toronto Sun on Wednesday. Four years in a row is a little bit embarrassing.”The Leafs were shut out in Game 5 by the Blue Jackets after a disappointing performance by the offense. CLICK HERE TO GET MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMThis was the franchise's fifth playoff appearance since the 2004-05 NHL lockout.
Senators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rights
A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Thursday released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill or rights. The legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions,” and much more. Last month, NCAA President Mark Emmert appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing about name, image and likeness. Booker and Blumenthal questioned Emmert about athlete welfare and said then their plan for a bill of rights was in the works. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, an Ohio Republican and former Ohio State football player, has also said he is working on a bill related to college sports.
LeBron James now selling his game-worn sneakers online to support his school
Lebron James is putting his game worn shoes up for sale to support his foundation. LeBron James is teaming up with Upper Deck, to sell his game-worn sneakers online. It's part of an effort to raise money for the I Promise School, a public elementary school in Akron, Ohio started by James. 114 shoes were made available when the initiative first launched two years ago, but now people can buy the remaining sneakers online. This is about keeping them alive," Michele Campbell, Executive Director of the LeBron James Family Foundation, said in a press release.
George Kittle's Record-Setting Extension Is Actually NFL's Biggest Bargain
Brett Duke/Associated PressGeorge Kittle just became the first player in NFL history to sign a record-setting contract while remaining underpaid. Tony Avelar/Associated PressIn the last two seasons, Kittle has caught 19 more passes and generated 236 more receiving yards than Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper. The tight end high-water mark has not kept pace with the premium being placed on elite wide receivers. That second part might suggest the bottom should be a lot lower at tight end (and safety, for that matter) than at wide receiver (and cornerback, for that matter). If anything, there should be less of a middle class at tight end.
Lawmakers announce 'college athlete bill of rights'
(CNN) A group of senators announced Thursday that they plan to introduce a "College Athletes Bill of Rights" aimed at compensating college athletes. The proposal , called the "College Athletes Bill of Rights," comes amid an ongoing debate over whether to pay college athletes and as the coronavirus pandemic pressures college conferences to cancel or postpone games in the upcoming sports season. The bill of rights, if enacted as legislation, would allow college athletes "to market their name, image, and likeness (NIL)" with minimal restrictions and for the National Collegiate Athletic Association to be prevented from "restricting or regulating athlete compensation." It also calls for lifetime scholarships and an increase in financial assistance for "current and former college athletes with medical bills and out-of-pocket expenses from sport-related injuries" as well as illnesses from coronavirus. New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, who is leading the proposal, said in a statement Thursday that the NCAA has failed to keep college players safe and the "time has come for change."
Reports: Westbrook to miss start of playoff series
FILE PHOTO: Aug 11, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Houston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook (0) looks on from center court during the first half of a NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsHouston Rockets guard Russell Westbrook will miss the start of next week’s playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder due to a strained right quadriceps muscle, the Houston Chronicle first reported Thursday. Westbrook, 31, was already ruled out of Friday’s regular-season finale against the Philadelphia 76ers after an MRI confirmed the injury. Westbrook was late to join the NBA’s restart after he tested positive for COVID-19. The 12-year veteran, who is in his first season with the Rockets, has averaged 27.2 points this season with 7.9 rebounds and 7.0 assists.
Nationals bullpen regains RHP Harris, loses LHP Freeman
FILE PHOTO: Jul 26, 2020; Washington, District of Columbia, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Will Harris (36) pitches against the New York Yankees IÕm the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY SportsThe Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed reliever Will Harris from the 10-day injured list Thursday but replaced him with left-hander Sam Freeman due to a left flexor mass strain. Harris, 35, appeared in two games before landing on the IL with a right groin strain on July 31. He allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings. Freeman, 33, has a 0.00 ERA through seven bullpen appearances this season, allowing two hits with seven walks and six strikeouts in five innings.
Hamilton says engine mode change not a problem for Mercedes
(Reuters) - Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has shrugged off a plan to restrict cars’ engine modes in qualifying, saying it will have little impact on slowing his dominant Mercedes team. A technical directive could take effect at the Belgian Grand Prix later in August. The change would require teams to use the same engine modes in qualifying as in the race, where power is typically turned up to the maximum only in short bursts to preserve engine lifespan and reliability. Mercedes, winners of the past six drivers’ and constructors’ titles, have started all five races so far this season from pole position. “Every team obviously they have different modes, how much they want to risk in terms of wearing the engine,” he added.
Europe's aristocrats battle for right to take on nouveau riche
LISBON (Reuters) - Europe’s old guard meet on Friday when Barcelona face Bayern Munich at the Estadio da Luz in the highly anticipated pick of the Champions League quarter-finals. Much of the build-up to the mini-tournament has focused on the challenge from the ‘nouveau riche’ clubs. It has been a while since either club has been European champions however — Bayern last won the Champions League seven years ago while Barca’s most recent triumph was in 2015. Bayern have now gone 27 games unbeaten in all competitions winning 26 of those matches, including their last 18. Bayern and Barcelona have met 10 times previously in European competitions, with the Germans coming out on top on six occasions and drawing twice.
Hamilton says engine mode change not a problem for Mercedes
(Reuters) - Six-times Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has shrugged off a plan to restrict cars’ engine modes in qualifying, saying it will have little impact on slowing his dominant Mercedes team. A technical directive could take effect at the Belgian Grand Prix later in August. The change would require teams to use the same engine modes in qualifying as in the race, where power is typically turned up to the maximum only in short bursts to preserve engine lifespan and reliability. Mercedes, winners of the past six drivers’ and constructors’ titles, have started all five races so far this season from pole position. “Every team obviously they have different modes, how much they want to risk in terms of wearing the engine,” he added.
Barcelona still world beaters and not scared by assured Bayern, says Vidal
LISBON (Reuters) - Barcelona remain the best team in the world on their day and will overcome Bayern Munich in Friday’s blockbuster Champions League quarter-final if they play to their potential, midfielder Arturo Vidal has said. “Bayern will be confident but they must know that tomorrow they’re not playing any old team in the Bundesliga, they’re playing against Barca,” Vidal told a virtual news conference. “I understand the pessimism but we are the best team in the world. Vidal tipped his hat to his former team mate but dismissed the claim, made by Matthaus, that the Polish forward was better than Messi. “But you could say that Lewandowski is the best striker in the world alongside Luis Suarez.”
Williams expected to start for Pittsburgh against Cincinnati
Williams expected to start for Pittsburgh against CincinnatiPittsburgh Pirates (3-13, fifth in the NL Central) vs. Cincinnati Reds (8-10, second in the NL Central)Cincinnati; Thursday, 5:10 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Pirates: Trevor Williams (0-3, 3.52 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 14 strikeouts) Reds: Anthony DeSclafani (1-0, .00 ERA, .55 WHIP, 8 strikeouts)BOTTOM LINE: The Pittsburgh Pirates visit the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday. Cincinnati pitchers struck out 9.6 hitters per game last year with a staff ERA of 4.18. Pittsburgh hit .265 as a team and averaged 3.2 extra base hits per game last year. INJURIES: Reds: Pedro Strop: (groin), Robert Stephenson: (back), Wade Miley: (undisclosed), Matt Bowman: (right elbow), Mike Moustakas: (left quad). ___The Associated Press created this story using technology provided by Data Skrive and data from Sportradar .
Arrieta scheduled to start for Philadelphia against Baltimore
Arrieta scheduled to start for Philadelphia against BaltimoreBaltimore Orioles (9-7, third in the AL East) vs. Philadelphia Phillies (5-8, fifth in the AL East)Philadelphia; Thursday, 4:05 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Orioles: Thomas Eshelman (0-0, 3.68 ERA, .96 WHIP, 3 strikeouts) Phillies: Jake Arrieta (1-1, 2.46 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 10 strikeouts)LINE: Orioles favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 10 runsBOTTOM LINE: The Baltimore Orioles square off against the Philadelphia Phillies on Thursday. The Phillies went 45-36 on their home field in 2019. Philadelphia averaged 8.5 hits with 3.4 extra base hits per game and 26 total triples last year. ADVERTISEMENTThe Orioles went 29-52 away from home in 2019. Baltimore hit 213 total home runs with 490 total extra base hits last season.
Big Sky scuttles rest of fall sports schedule over COVID-19
FARMINGTON, Utah (AP) — The Big Sky Conference has voted to postpone all fall sports competition until the spring because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The other Big Sky sports that are now postponed are men’s and women’s cross country, soccer and volleyball as well as men’s and women’s golf, softball and men’s and women’s tennis. Members of the Big Sky Conference are Eastern Washington, Idaho, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, Northern Arizona, Northern Colorado, Portland State, Sacramento State, Southern Utah and Weber State. Big Sky schools may continue with permissible athletics activities at their discretion while abiding by NCAA legislation, campus policies, and local and state regulations, the league said. Decisions regarding the Big Sky’s winter sports (men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s indoor track and field) will be made at a later date.
Michigan plans dedicated road lanes for autonomous vehicles
Ford is among nine autonomous vehicle and auto companies on an advisory board for the project. The project is being led by a company called Cavnue, which will start the study by running autonomous vehicles with human backup drivers along I-94 and U.S. 12 to collect data. Tech and auto companies that favor running the vehicles with normal traffic seem to be winning, Walker Smith said, although that has eased as expectations for autonomous vehicles have become more realistic. Vehicles and autonomous driving systems used by all companies would be able to use the lanes, provided they meet standards, Winer said. The company plans to build a prototype freeway lane at the American Center for Mobility, an autonomous vehicle testing area Ypsilanti, Michigan, he said.
Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas recovering from COVID-19
The order of the Triple Crown races could be different this year. “It’ll change how you train, it’ll change the type of horse that will end up in the Derby. “It’ll change how you train, it’ll change the type of horse that will end up in the Derby. It’ll be a very, very significant change.” (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Hall of Fame trainer D. Wayne Lukas, a four-time Kentucky Derby winner, is recovering after recently testing positive for COVID-19. His condition was disclosed in a tweet posted by grandson Brady Wayne Lukas.
Women In Belarus Take To The Streets To Protest Post-Election Crackdown
Women In Belarus Take To The Streets To Protest Post-Election CrackdownEnlarge this image toggle caption Natalia Fedosenko/Natalia Fedosenko/TASS Natalia Fedosenko/Natalia Fedosenko/TASSOn Thursday, thousands of women, many dressed in white and carrying flowers, turned out in the streets across Belarus for a second day of protests. Belarusian authorities say they have arrested some 7,000 people. The protests broke out after President Alexander Lukashenko declared a landslide in Sunday's election, laying claim to a sixth term in office. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has condemned the conduct of Sunday's election and the European Union is considering sanctions against Lukashenko's government. "We note unprecedented pressure that is being exerted by individual foreign partners on the Belarusian authorities," Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said.
Kamala Harris, Cory Booker among senators to endorse bill of rights aimed at college athletes
Vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has endorsed a plan that would help college athletes profit off their name and likeness, and receive long-term medical coverage, according to the Associated Press. Harris, 55, is among the nine senators that have endorsed the plan, which was brought forth by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. Under the plan, college athletes would profit off their likeness with “minimal restrictions,” according to the Associated Press. The legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions,” and much more. Booker, 51, played college football at Stanford and is passionate about making sure college athletes have stronger rights.
Nebraska's Big Ten revolt was a good ploy despite its failure
“The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is a fully committed member of the Big Ten Conference,” the school said in a statement. For Nebraska, it will be particularly rough if the Big 12, its old league, gives it a go. And if it does, at least Nebraska reminded everyone how much money it is making in the Big Ten (about $53 million per year, or almost $20 million more than the Big 12 average). The Big Ten offered Nebraska a lifeline in 2011, during conference realignment, when infighting made it look like the Big 12 could dissolve. Since joining the league, Nebraska is 7-16 overall against Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin, but hasn’t beaten any of them since 2013.
Report: Rockets star Russell Westbrook is expected to miss the start of the playoffs
Houston Rockets star Russell Westbrook may miss multiple games in their first-round playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder with a strained right quadriceps, per the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen. He returned against the San Antonio Spurs on Tuesday, collecting 20 points, six assists and five rebounds in 28 minutes of defeat. After feeling no ill-effect in the immediate aftermath of the game, he expected to be ready for the playoffs. The Thunder own an identical record to the Rockets, despite losing both Westbrook and Paul George. Westbrook has averaged 29 points (59/13/73 splits), 8.7 assists and 8.3 rebounds against OKC this season.
Neal Hatley promoted to head coach role at Bath
Bath have announced that assistant coach Neal Hatley has been promoted to head coach ahead of the Gallagher Premiership restart this weekend. Hatley returned to Bath at the start of the season to take over as forwards and defence coach, after working as England's scrum coach under Eddie Jones over four years. View photos Rugby Nerd REFERRAL (article) More“We’re thrilled to confirm Neal as head coach," Hooper said. "The director of rugby and head coach setup has always been the route I want to follow. His ability to connect with those guys, influence them, develop them outside of the training field is massive and an absolutely fundamental part of being a head coach.
Sleeper wide receivers to consider in your 2020 fantasy football drafts
Your definition of the word is heavily influenced by the size and competitiveness of your fantasy format. A player fitting that description — drafted outside the first ten rounds, if he's drafted at all — is clearly being slept on by the fantasy community. 54 percent rostered, ADP 128.8Here's another rookie who should be an absolute lock to see immediate opportunities. He caught a ridiculous 111 balls on 134 targets last season, making 18 house calls and gaining 1,540 yards. He's not a burner, but he's a huge target (6-foot-5) who clearly earned Rodgers' confidence last season.
UFC 252 odds: The odds shift on main event after big bet comes in on Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic
The Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic main event for UFC 252 on Saturday started as a pick’em at BetMGM. Most of money, bets coming in on main eventAccording to BetMGM’s figures, Cormier was getting 56.2 percent of the bets as of Thursday morning, and 78.9 percent of the money. Not surprisingly, Cormier-Miocic is taking the most money at BetMGM of any fight on Saturday’s card, at 33.6 percent. Daniel Cormier punches Stipe Miocic during a heavyweight title bout in 2018. (AP Photo/John Locher) MoreThird meeting between Daniel Cormier and Stipe MiocicCormier and Miocic split the first two fights, leading to the third one on Saturday.
Joe Kelly unloads on 'snitching' Astros: 'Everyone knows they're cheaters'
Joe Kelly still seems to really hate the Astros. To Kelly, it looks like the Astros players sacrificed their managers and coaches to save themselves and their paychecks. "When you take someone's livelihood ... to save your own ass, that's what I don't like," Kelly said. I didn't get close, and I followed all the guidelines of the CDC, and people on the other side (the Astros) didn't," he said. As for the now-famous boo-hoo face, Kelly said he treated Correa exactly the way he was behaving — like a child.
Tony Gonsolin is pitching well for Dodgers, and that’s not a false positive
Dave Roberts didn’t say Wednesday night what will come next for Tony Gonsolin, the sudden spot-starting specialist who recorded 4? scoreless innings and a career-high eight strikeouts in a 6-0 win over the San Diego Padres. In late June, Gonsolin received a positive COVID-19 test that forced him to miss the opening days of an already abbreviated Dodgers’ training camp. Advertisement“There’s no way to prove it, but I’m pretty sure I got a false positive,” he said. Dodgers pitcher Tony Gonsolin has an ERA of 2.40 in 13 career appearances. Eleven games away from their next off day, the Dodgers could use him again to keep other rotation arms rested.
Baron Davis’ challenge: Choose greatest L.A. high school basketball players
“Top 20 LA high school hoopers you have seen ... Go!”I’ve covered high school sports in Los Angeles since 1976, so this was a challenge that required time to think about. So many great players but had to stick with the criteria “you have seen.”Top 20 LA high school hoopers you have seen. Too big, too strong and a man among boys during his high school days in the 1980s. Everyone’s favorite high school player in Los Angeles during the 1970s. Tyson Chandler was a nightmare for other teams in high school ? pic.twitter.com/LAhxSj6cux — Prep Hoops ? (@PrepHoops) August 15, 2019• Tyson Chandler, Compton Dominguez.
Red Sox’ Chris Sale, inching closer to throwing, tries to find the upside of his delayed Tommy John rehab
For Sale, this is the longest he’s been cold — or let’s just say on ice — since he was 3 years old. The pitcher underwent Tommy John surgery in March, sidelining him for at least the 2020 season. Instead of immediately getting Tommy John surgery to address the issue, Sale experimented with a platelet-rich plasma injection, which ultimately didn’t work. “Last year, in hindsight, I probably should have gotten Tommy John surgery on Aug. 14 of 2019,” he said. The bad thing is I’m itching to get back out there.
Roster depth will be the key when Revolution begin next phase of MLS restart
On Aug. 21, the Revolution will host the Union at Gillette Stadium at 8 p.m. And unlike the tournament, where every team was inside the Disney World bubble, travel will be a factor. “So it’s going to be very challenging with the travel, with the limited number of rest days between games. The Revolution won the only game in which Gil played a full 90 minutes in 2020 (the tournament opener against Montreal). Signed from the Scottish team Rangers during the MLS is Back Tournament, Polster has been practicing with the team since its return from Florida.
High school football classified as high-risk in new Mass. safety guidelines
High risk: Football and competitive cheer are the only fall sports classified as high-risk. The MIAA Board of Directors will meet no later than three business days after the release of the DESE guidelines. To prepare for a fall season, the MIAA’s COVID-19 Task Force will have to consider modifications for moderate- and high-risk sports to allow for competition. AdvertisementSteve Dembowski, the state coaches representative on the MIAA’s Football Committee, asserts that modifications might be possible if teams are allowed to practice this fall in preparation for a football season in the spring. “This document eliminates tackle football for the fall,” said Dembowski, the head coach at Milton High.
Senators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rights
A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Thursday released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill or rights. The legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions,” and much more. The senators also want to ensure for the athletes long-term medical coverage and treatment, enforceable medical standards, academic freedom and revenue sharing agreements. Booker and Blumenthal questioned Emmert about athlete welfare and said then their plan for a bill of rights was in the works. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, an Ohio Republican and former Ohio State football player, has also said he is working on a bill related to college sports.
Amid schedule uncertainty, Rising FC matches have been mostly issue-free
Phoenix Rising FC, for the most part, has been one of the better clubs. The last thing Rising FC coach Rick Schantz wants is more madness. "The worst part is you've got to make up that game in the next seven weeks," Schantz said during his weekly virtual press conference Tuesday. Others have struggled to contain outbreaks, with Las Vegas Lights FC having played as many matches (two) as matches postponed since July after a positive test within the club. As Rising FC leaves its "bubble" and prepares for navigating around a virus in new cities, Schantz has just one request: Please don't make us drive back without playing.
Dick Allen, finally, could be Phillies’ next Hall of Famer | Extra Innings
The writers likely kept Allen off their ballots in 1983 because of his reputation for being dysfunctional. Among the instances were the injury he suffered when pushing his car, the doubleheader he spent at the horse track, and the time he went AWOL at the end of the season because the Phillies were leaving Tony Taylor off the postseason roster. It was probably those same incidents that kept Allen out in 2014.
Mike Schmidt says Dick Allen belongs in the Hall of Fame
“I didn’t play with Dick during the time that all of the racism was part of his baseball experience in Philadelphia. I’ve read about it, probably as you have, and I would think that playing in those conditions was extremely difficult,” Schmidt said. “I would think dealing with it and playing as well as Dick did, was amazing. Heck, I had enough trouble playing in Philadelphia with boos every now and then. But with a battery flying out of the stands, I might have had to walk off the field.
Phoenix Suns, team's NBA playoff odds have come a long way in NBA bubble
The Phoenix Suns have come a long way in the NBA bubble. When the bubble was first announced the team was given 10,000/1 odds to win the NBA title, making them the longest shot to win the title of the teams invited to Orlando. They are now at 125/1 in the latest NBA odds released by SportsBetting.ag. The Trail Blazers are at 30/1 to win the NBA title. More NBA oddsSportsBetting.ag released other NBA odds.
Grand Canyon University suspends fall sports season due to COVID-19
Grand Canyon University became the fourth Division I college in Arizona to suspend fall sports because of COVID-19. The Antelopes follow Arizona and Arizona State and Northern Arizona. GCU is following the Western Athletic Conference in canceling due to safety and health concerns related to the virus. This impacts men's and women's soccer, women's volleyball and and men's and women's cross country. The WAC, if feasible, could conduct the sports during the spring if the NCAA moves the fall championships to that time.
Phillies call up Alec Bohm to boost struggling offense
“His plate discipline is unbelievable,” Phillies minor league director Josh Bonifay said last winter. “He has a very good understanding of the strike zone. He’s got a compact stroke, which is really good, and he hits a fastball the other way if he needs to. If he wants to pull it, he can pull it. But he can stay out over the middle of the plate, which allows him to do a lot of stuff with off-speed [pitches] and pull the breaking balls.”
Mike Muscala’s game-winning three-pointer vs. Heat secures the Sixers’ first-round pick in NBA draft
Muscala’s game-winner made sure that didn’t happen. His two three-pointers in the final 34.8 seconds were his only points in the game. Muscala’s first three-pointer knotted the score at 113. His second one put the Thunder up by one point, before Miami’s Tyler Herro missed a deep three-pointer at the buzzer.
Phillies retire Dick Allen's number, Baseball Hall of Fame could be next
“Everyone who ever played with or against Dick would say that he was one of the most talented, intimidating and smart five-tool players in baseball history,” Mike Schmidt said. “You can compare him as a hitter to Hank Aaron. In his prime, Dick might have been more feared, more dynamic and stronger than Hank. On a personal level, Dick and I became good friends, and he helped me become a better player, as he did many of my teammates.”
Rockies’ Charlie Blackmon, a routine-driven hit machine, generating early excitement that he could hit .400
And through the first third of the 2020 season, the routine that drives the hit machine that is Chuck Nazty has been producing at eye-popping levels. Blackmon, who earlier this week dismissed the notion of hitting .400 this season, isn’t superstitious. Only three players have hit .400 over a 60-game stretch in the past decade (Jose Altuve, Joey Votto and Andrew McCutchen), while the last player to hit .400 through the first 60 games of a season was Chipper Jones in 2008. Blackmon said at one point, he was concerned about his ability to return to the field in time. “Hopefully other guys start feeding off that, and guys in the lineup around him start hitting like that, too.”
Packers' Darnell Savage continues to 'not overthink' game in Year 2
Packers' Darnell Savage continues to 'not overthink' game in Year 2Packers safety Darnell Savage Jr. discusses how he plans on making a jump in his second year with the team. Olivia Reiner, PackersNews
Senators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rights
A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Thursday released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill of rights. The legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions,” and much more. The senators also want to ensure for the athletes’ long-term medical coverage and treatment, enforceable medical standards, academic freedom and revenue sharing agreements. Booker and Blumenthal questioned Emmert about athlete welfare and said then their plan for a bill of rights was in the works. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, an Ohio Republican and former Ohio State football player, has also said he is working on a bill related to college sports.
ICE abandona la búsqueda de contratista para construir un centro de detención cerca de Chicago
Blackhawks want to push structure into offensive zone in Game 2 vs. Golden Knights Reluctant to return to their run-and-gun ways from the Oilers series but needing to generate more offense, the Hawks want to apply their Game 1 style differently in Game 2.
A too-early top ten for the upcoming high school basketball season
TY Johnson is the catalyst, a bonafide star in the backcourt and a Loyola recruit who is among the top 10 prospects in the senior class. And Hopkins is as dominating of a figure and as big of a mismatch as you’ll find in high school basketball. MundeleinThe Mustangs burst into the top 25 this past season. Drake commit Conor Enright, a gritty point guard and four-year varsity player, and 6-8 Scottie Ebube are the cornerstones. Senior guard Fred Poole is back while 6-7 senior Phillip Holmes, 6-5 senior Dylan Ingram and sophomore point guard Jalen Griffith all had their moments this past season.
Friday’s White Sox-Cardinals game postponed: report
The White Sox were waiting for word from Major League Baseball about the status of their scheduled game against Cardinals Friday at Guaranteed Rate Field, which has been postponed according two reports. The hope is the Cardinals and Sox can play a doubleheader Saturday to make up the game. The Cardinals have not played since July 29 because of multiple positive coronavirus tests. They were scheduled to play the Sox Friday, Saturday and Sunday before playing the Cubs Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at Wrigley Field. Bob Nightengale of USA Today and Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported the postponement.
Raiders DC Paul Guenther praises UNLV’s Javin White
Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther called UNLV linebacker Javin White “as good of a prospect from a college free agent that I’ve seen in a long time.”UNLV Rebels linebacker Javin White (16) celebrates his interceptions against the Nevada Wolf Pack during the second half of an NCAA football game at Sam Boyd Stadium in Las Vegas on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018. Richard Brian Las Vegas Review-Journal @vegasphotographFormer UNLV linebacker Javin White continues to impress the Raiders’ coaching staff as he tries to make the team as an undrafted rookie. Defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said Thursday that White compared favorably to undrafted linebackers he coached with the Cincinnati Bengals, such as Vontaze Burfict, Vincent Rey and Dan Skuta. “White has been a pleasant surprise,” Guenther said. This guy, to me, is as good of a prospect from a college free agent that I’ve seen in a long time.
Hurricanes freshman backs and receivers making early impressions
“I kind of saw how he ran and moved, but that first spring practice, he opened eyes, a lot,” said King, the redshirt senior star grad transfer from Houston. “He’s a young running back, and a lot of times, those guys don’t get everything as far as picking up protection, stuff like that, but Jaylan is super, super smart and he’s great with the ball in his hands. Since camp opened, he’s made some plays every single day. He’s a great, young player.”
A Marlins Park’s opener like no other: A first-place team at home (and it’s changed)
It's heady stuff for a franchise that before this season had never been in first place after June 30. Now, thanks to a season shortened by the pandemic, the Marlins are in the thick of the playoff race with a shot at their first postseason berth since 2003.
San Francisco 49ers, George Kittle agree to a record-setting new contract: Report
The San Francisco 49ers and tight end George Kittle have agreed to a new record-setting deal, according to a report Thursday morning. The team and tight end have agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract extension. More on George Kittle’s five-year, $75 million extension that ties him to SF six years:?$40 million guaranteed overall, twice that of any other TE. ?$30 million guaranteed day one, $12 million more than the previous TE high of Austin Hooper’s $18M. — Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) August 13, 2020Kittle’s deal surpasses the four-year, $44 million deal tight end Austin Hooper signed with the Cleveland Browns in March.
Twins need offense to pick up the pace in later innings
In multiple games, the Twins would jump out to an early lead but were unable to add on. It happened Tuesday, when they scored four runs between the first three innings and none for the next six. While the Twins bucked that trend in Wednesday’s 12-2 rout of the Brewers, the Twins’ offense has been much more active in the early innings of games, and while there’s no one reason for that, the Twins know they’ll need to keep adding offense toward the later innings. We just need to see more of them.”The first inning has been the best for the Twins this season: They’ve scored 21 runs right out of the chute. They’ve scored 12 in the third and 15 in the fourth.
All Portland State fall sports postponed until spring 2021
All Portland State Vikings fall sports will be postponed as part of the Big Sky Conference’s Friday announcement that it was pushing back fall sports until spring 2021 for all of its member schools. This decision comes after football already had been postponed to the spring in an announcement last week. All of those scheduled competitions will be postponed until spring 2021. Now, Portland State joins Oregon and Oregon State in not having a fall sports season. There is no Big Sky decision currently on winter sports including basketball.
Bubble or no bubble, how might a college basketball season under coronavirus restrictions be staged?
The Big East, with UConn joining as the 11th school on July 1, doesn’t have to worry about football and on Wednesday canceled its fall sports. That puts the focus on basketball, its signature sport, and with 4 ½ months to the end of 2020, there is time to think the issue through thoroughly, but it’s essential to be proactive. What can be learned from the football experience is that hoping conditions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic will change is not sound strategy.
2020 football preview: When will CMAC teams hit the field and can anyone threaten Taft?
With that decision, how will the Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference football season shape up? The Cincinnati Enquirer will preview each conference in Greater Cincinnati, breaking down some of the top teams and key players to watch this fall. The Cincinnati Metro Athletic Conference has been commanded in recent seasons by Jeff Cargile's Taft Senators. Taft has won five straight CMAC championships (two SOPL division titles) and holds a 28-game conference win streak. Junior quarterback Devontae Underwood is a key returner.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Phoenix Suns odds, picks and best bets
Geoff ClarkUSA Today SportsbookwireThe Dallas Mavericks (43-31) meet the Phoenix Suns (33-39) Thursday in the Orlando bubble for a 4 p.m. ET tip-off We analyze the Mavericks-Suns NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets. Mavericks vs. Suns: Odds, lines, picks and betting tipsNBA odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. The Suns -9 (-110) has beaten Dallas in back-to-back games this season (2-1 in the season series) and have covered eight of their last 10 meetings. A $110 bet on the Suns -9 (-110) returns a $100 profit if Phoenix beats Dallas by double-digits.
Nation’s poor response to COVID-19 caused cancellation of Big Ten football, medical experts say
Players and coaches are lamenting the loss of a college football season. Adalja said on Monday that the scarcity of tests that provide rapid results will make it “extremely difficult” for college football to be played. That’s just one aspect of COVID-19 that medical experts are continually learning about. That’s why doctors say it’s impossible to know whether a spring football season, as the Big Ten said it will consider, is possible. “We fully expected for fall sports that we would not be where we are in this country today,” Hainline said.
Nation’s poor response to COVID-19 caused cancellation of Big Ten football, medical experts say
Players and coaches are lamenting the loss of a college football season. But to medical experts who have for months urged society to take the necessary steps to mitigate COVID-19, Tuesday’s Big Ten announcement of the cancellation of fall sports felt like an acknowledgment of reality and of failure. Two Emory University infectious disease doctors on the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel also participated in the call. That’s just one aspect of COVID-19 that medical experts are continually learning about. That’s why doctors say it’s impossible to know whether a spring football season, as the Big Ten said it will consider, is possible.
Hurricanes coach Brind'Amour 'moving on' after fined by NHL
TORONTO (AP) — Rod Brind’Amour wasn’t going to risk another $25,000 fine from the NHL. The Carolina Hurricanes coach provided a short, four-word answer, Thursday, when asked if he had anything more to add a day after being fined for calling the league “a joke” in criticizing an officials' ruling on a goal challenge. “Fortunately, nope. Moving on,” Brind’Amour said, during a Zoom conference call from his team’s Toronto hotel hours before the Hurricanes played Game 2 of their first-round series against the Boston Bruins. Brind’Amour caused a stir a day earlier following a 4-3 double-overtime loss, after which the NHL fined him $25,000 for his comments, and issued him a conditional $25,000 fine for any similar comments he might make over the next calendar year.
OKC Thunder: Dennis Schroder questionable for Clippers game
Thunder point guard Dennis Schroder returned to the bubble Monday night and is currently in mandatory self isolation. Billy Donovan said Wednesday night that he didn't know if Schroder will be available Friday for the Thunder's final seeding game. "Any time a player comes back into the bubble, those are gonna be things that are gonna be left to the league and their discretion in terms of the things that Dennis will have to go through to get out of quarantine and get back to playing," Donovan said. Schroder left the bubble for the birth of his daughter. Players who leave the Disney campus for excused absences, like Schroder's, are expected to quarantine for four days upon returning as long as they tested negative for COVID-19 each day they were away.
Report: Russell Westbrook expected to miss first few playoff games
Report: Russell Westbrook expected to miss first few playoff gamesRussell Westbrook is expected to miss the "first few games" of the Thunder-Rockets playoff series next week and "possibly longer," according to Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle. The Rockets announced Wednesday that an MRI revealed a strained quadriceps muscle in Westbrook's right leg. Westbrook has already been ruled out for Houston's final seeding game Friday. The former Thunder star is averaging 27.2 points, 7.9 rebound and 7.0 assists in his first season with the Rockets.
Tucson Sugar Skulls' season canceled as IFL calls off 2020 games
Considering the offseason acquisitions, Tucson was supposed to be one of the premiere teams in the IFL this season. Especially after a season when the Sugar Skulls became the first expansion team in IFL history to make the playoffs in its first year, Tucson’s IFL team were focused on bringing a championship back to the Old Pueblo. So now that the focus is moved to next season, the IFL Board of Governors approved extending the regular season to a 16-game schedule for 2021, which was initially 14. “Since we cannot have a full season, we want to offer something more to our partners. Offering a 16-game (schedule) is a start so instead of having seven home games, we’ll have eight,” Guy said.
Photos: FC Tucson falls to Union Omaha in their first home match of the 2020 season
The Men in Black lost Saturday's home opener by a final of 2-1 at Kino Sports Complex in Tucson's first professional sporting event since mid-March, when the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports leagues worldwide. The match was played in an empty stadium. FC Tucson's fans congregated downtown as part of a drive-in watch party held at El Toro Flicks.
PHOTOS: Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and Legend's Ride
The Legend's Ride is a key part of each year's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally and that is no different in 2020 for the 80th Annual Rally.
Today in history: Aug. 11
Usain Bolt capped his perfect London Olympics by leading Jamaica to victory in a world-record 36.84 seconds in the 4x100 meters, and more events that happened on this day in history.
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The coach says she understands why the league opted to move games to January at the earliest — even though it means another delay for a Wildcats team that on the verge of a breakthrough.
Greg Hansen: These Tucson high school legends set records that may never be broken
Seriously injured, he was hospitalized and missed the bloody battle in the winter of 1944-45, which probably saved his life. He graduated from Harvard, returned to Tucson and became an oral surgeon and a key part of the Tucson Conquistadores before his death in 2016. Here are the top records in Tucson prep sports, decade by decade:1920s: Tucson High running back Hayzel Daniels gained a state-record 301 yards against Douglas High in 1925, a record that endured until 1957. But because he was Black in an era of segregation in Tucson and elsewhere, Daniels was not recruited by any colleges. 1930s: Ted Bland scored seven touchdowns in a 1931 game against Bisbee High School.
No fall sports to be played at New Mexico State
.......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... .......... ..........New Mexico State said early Thursday it has “postponed” its 2020 football season, while in a separate statement, the Western Athletic Conference announced it won’t play any of the fall sports because of the ongoing public health concerns created by COVID-19. That means for NMSU, there also will be no 2020 fall seasons for men’s and women’s cross country, women’s soccer or volleyball. Aggie baseball, men’s golf, men’s tennis, softball women’s golf and women’s tennis teams will not be allowed to play the non-traditional fall portions of their respective schedules. But by putting the safety, health and well-being of our student-athletes, our coaches and our staff first, it became an easy decision to make.”Aggie football already was down to four scheduled football games for this fall after other opponents, New Mexico among them, have had to cancel their fall seasons. And NMSU preseason football was on pause since a football player recently tested positive for the virus.
Westham Woods: A 1970s development is still popular today
When Wanda Souther decided it was time to downsize from her Glen Allen home last year, she had a short list of features she was looking for.
Breonna Taylor's mother and aunt hope for resolution in investigation
Breonna Taylor's mother and aunt hope for resolution in investigationTamika Palmer, Breonna Taylor's mother, and Bianca Austin, Taylor's aunt, spoke with media Thursday about the ongoing case and hope for resolutions. Alton Strupp, Louisville Courier Journal
In this febrile year, calls for players to 'stick to sport' smack of painfully misreading the room
He called for any protests to be time-limited, as if entrenched injustice could be quietly forgotten about so long as players took the knee on a designated day. He suggested that “one minute of one day of the year” was enough to convey a powerful message, drawing a comparison with Armistice Day. It is a spurious parallel, in that our very act of remembrance on November 11 is an end in itself. Rewind just five years, to when a delegation of British athletes headed out to the one-off European Games in Baku. In 2020, it smacks of painfully misreading the room.
Primoz Roglic wins stage two of Criterium du Dauphine to hit form ahead of Tour de France
Primoz Roglic (Jumbo-Visma) laid down another huge marker ahead of the Tour de France with victory on the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine on Thursday. Jumbo-Visma’s Wout van Aert took victory on Wednesday’s opening stage, his team controlling the last 20km impressively. On Thursday, Ineos switched to a different tactic, putting all seven riders on the front heading into the final climb, the hors categorie Col de Porte. But cracks began to appear as the gradients ramped up. But after sitting up on Wednesday, again with around 4km remaining, there are bound to be questions about whether this is all a pre-arranged strategy and whether he can find form in time for the Tour.
Oisin Murphy hoping to channel spirit of Roaring Lion aboard Kameko in Juddmonte International
Champion jockey Oisin Murphy will try to reprise one of his most memorable triumphs at York next week when he bids for a second victory in the Juddmonte International on the Qipco 2,000 Guineas winner Kameko. The 24-year-old’s victory on Roaring Lion two years ago helped to cement his status on the big race stage when between July and October, he and the Qatar Racing-owned horse completed a sequence of four Group 1 victories. By the same sire as Roaring Lion, Kitten’s Joy, and racing in the same ownership, Kameko will be moving back up in distance in next Wednesday’s showpiece which is part of the Qipco British Champions Series. “The Juddmonte International is a very special race,” said Murphy. “I was fortunate to win it on Roaring Lion.
Goal of the season: Son Heung-Min wins Premier League award for stunning solo effort against Burnley
Son Heung-Min has won the Premier League’s 2019/20 Goal of the Season award for his stunning solo effort against Burnley in December. Son dribbled 71.4 metres in just 11 seconds, the second-longest distance travelled by a player to score a goal in Premier League history – behind Andros Townsend for Crystal Palace in 2016/17. “I tried to finish it well, because the action before was really quick. It was an amazing feeling.”Son’s finish topped a nine-goal shortlist consisting of each of this season’s monthly winners. The season-ending accolade went to Son thanks to the combined votes of a panel of experts and the public.
Hungary urges EU to pursue dialogue with Belarus amid violent protests
Hungary has called on the European Union to pursue dialogue with Belarus and avoid burning bridges with the eastern European country. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto issued the call on Thursday, despite widespread clashes across Belarus following the disputed reelection of President Alexander Lukashenko. At the same talks, Lukashenko called Hungary Belarus’s closest partner in the EU, and a country which “understands us more than any other”. EU foreign ministers have scheduled a video meeting on Friday to discuss the brutal crackdown. On Wednesday, Lithuania's Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius told Euronews that inaction from the EU "is not an option".
Roglic takes Dauphine lead as Froome loses time again
Primoz Roglic took the overall lead in the Criterium de Dauphine after winning the second stageAdvertising Read moreLe Sappey-en-Chartreuse (France) (AFP)Vuelta a Espana champion Primoz Roglic clinched the overall lead of the Criterium du Dauphine on Thursday after winning the second stage as Chris Froome continued to struggle on his return to the race. Slovenian Roglic attacked 650 metres from the finish line to leave France's Thibaut Pinot in second spot and Germany's Emanuel Buchmann in third. Primoz Roglic (SLO/JUM) 3hr 39min 40sec, 2. Thibaut Pinot (FRA/FDJ) at 8sec, 3. Primoz Roglic (SLO/JUM) 9hr 7min 12sec, 2.
UEFA chief Ceferin ready to take fight back to elite clubs
"Financial Fair Play was a very successful tool, because the losses in European football are almost gone, but we have to modernise," he said. At Champions League level, the biggest change over the last decade has been the rise of clubs like PSG and City. It is the first time PSG have reached the last four of the Champions League since the Qatari takeover of the club in 2011. As he struggles to find a way of at least "keeping the dream alive" for smaller clubs, Ceferin has in the past mooted the idea of a "luxury tax", slapped on the biggest clubs and used to redistribute wealth. "Any 'Super League' of 10, 12, 24 clubs will become boring.
Hamilton says F1 chiefs 'always trying to slow us'
'Trying to slow us down': Lewis Hamilton hit back on ThursdayAdvertising Read moreBarcelona (AFP)Lewis Hamilton on Thursday said Formula One was "always trying to slow" Mercedes before he brushed aside a threatened ban on their "party mode" qualifying set-up. The world champion said a ban, as presented this week by the FIA, was unlikely to cause serious problems for the champions. They have won four of the five season-opening races, but were soundly beaten by Red Bull in the 70th Anniversary Grand Prix at Silverstone last Sunday. "It's not a surprise," said six-time world champion Hamilton. "They're always trying to slow us down, but it doesn't really change a huge amount for us so it's not a problem."
Ohio State's lost season of football won't play well for Trump in a state he won handily in 2016
The same poll put Trump's overall approvals in the state at 44%. Whether Trump will suffer a political blow in the state remains to be seen. But as the state enters the fall with school closures and a lost college football season, voters might start rethinking the meaning of temporary. “It’s a huge loss, and I don’t think people realize that yet,” he noted, adding, "“Trump just blew it." While Democrats and Republicans differed in their outlooks on whether Trump would be held responsible by Ohio voters, Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown, who holds two master's degrees from Ohio State and knows the state quite well, thinks Trump will be on the hook for the Buckeye's lost season.
Bernard Bailyn, historian of American colonial and revolutionary periods, 1922–2020
Bernard Bailyn, historian of American colonial and revolutionary periods, 1922–2020By Tom Mackaman13 August 2020Bernard Bailyn, an influential and significant historian of the American colonial period, passed away last week at his home in Belmont, Massachusetts. Contrary to both the consensus and progressive historians, Bailyn therefore perceived that the American Revolution was a radical event. Bailyn’s work can certainly be criticized for its underestimation of the significance of class forces in the revolutionary period. It was in this shadow of McCarthyism that the conservative consensus school of American history held sway, whose foremost advocate was the Yale historian Edmund S. Morgan. In the years immediately after the publication of The Ideological Origins of the American Revolution, entire new academic fields emerged: critical revisionist studies of political, diplomatic and labor history, as well as African American history, women’s history, Native American history, and many more.
Potential COVID-related heart issues raise concerns for athletes across sports
Heart imaging showed "cardiac involvement" in 78% of the patients and 60% "ongoing myocardial inflammation" among the participants. Left undiagnosed and untreated, myocarditis can cause heart damage and sudden cardiac arrest, which can be fatal. As a result, medical experts have urged cardiac screening for athletes returning to play after contracting the virus. Boston Red Sox pitcher Eduardo Rodriguez tested positive for coronavirus before the team began its summer workouts. ? The NFL also requires a cardiac screening for all players who have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered or who have tested positive for COVID antibodies.
Why college football will never be the same financially
Why college football will never be the same financiallyUSA Today Sports' Dan Wolken and Paul Myerberg explain the financial debt college football will incur from a fall without football.
'Bubbles' may be team sports' best COVID defense
The implications could be huge for the $16 billion National Football League season, now in training camps, and major-college football. With 10 players in a baseball lineup at a time, each MLB team needs twice as many people as a basketball team with five players on the floor. Finding accommodations for 70 people on all 30 MLB teams in one or two places quickly becomes a challenge – not to mention the MLB Players Association's objections to keeping players in a bubble or bubbles for months. "I mean, we’re going to social distance, but we play football? For colleges still planning to play football, most have pushed back start dates and reduced their schedules to mainly conference games.
Infectious disease experts warn NCAA of dangers of fall sports amid COVID-19 pandemic
In a sobering Webinar hosted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America, multiple infectious disease experts and NCAA chief medical officer Dr. Brian Hainline took a cautious tone on hopes for the SEC, ACC and Big 12 to continue toward a fall season. Earlier this week, the Pac 12 and Big Ten announced they would postpone their sports for the fall semester and hope to play in the spring. “That hasn’t happened, and it’s made it very challenging to make decisions as we approach fall sports,” Hainline said. That would give colleges an opportunity to more closely control the number of positive cases before a season got started. “Can you recover enough from a neurological or musculoskeletal point of view to proceed with a fall season?
Charlie Blackmon could be MLB’s first .400(*) hitter since Ted Williams – but how would history view the feat?
The game has been played through wars, labor-shortened seasons, and now a pandemic, and no Major League Baseball player has hit .400 since Williams in 1941. I don’t think it’s something that will happen. “I’m not like, expecting to hit .400 for a season. “I don’t think anybody has seen anything like this,” Rockies starter Kyle Freeland said. “I don’t think I’ll be able to give it much credit, to be honest,” Blackmon said.
Spring college football becomes focus for some conferences, but could it work?
"We woke up this morning with a focus on what's next, and that's really the spring," Ohio State coach Ryan Day said Wednesday. "In one word, yes, I do think it’s a viable option," Michigan State athletics director Bill Beekman said Monday. As the primary money driver for college athletics, football will come first. In the longer term, moving football to the spring could create a rippling effect on future years, beginning with the ensuing fall season. Now how do we want to do 2021?”A trimmed spring season would require a similar scissoring to the fall schedule.
NCAA says March Madness will happen in 2021
Still, NCAA senior vice president of basketball Dan Gavitt has declared that COVID-19 will not be responsible for canceling another NCAA Tournament. “We are going to have a tournament,” Gavitt said in a video posted to the official March Madness Twitter feed. The Pac-12 — one of multiple leagues to have postponed its football seasons and all fall sports — sowed further doubt into the viability of a college basketball season upon declaring it wouldn’t have athletic events until 2021, wiping out all non-conference games. However, unlike when the first wave of the coronavirus began peaking during conference tournaments — leading to the first-ever cancelation of the NCAA Tournament on March 12 — the NCAA will have had a year to prepare for its showcase event to take place. NCAA schools lost a combined $375 million due to the cancelation of the 2020 tournament.
Jamal Adams will ‘get bored’ with Seahawks: Jets’ Gregg Williams
Gregg Williams gave the Seahawks some bulletin board material for their Week 14 game against the Jets. It came in reference to safety Jamal Adams, who was traded to the Seahawks last month by the Jets. Williams praised Adams but said his focus is on the players still with the Jets. “We’ll do still the same patterns of things,” Williams said. I’ve had a lot of really, really good guys at that position.
Orioles vs. Phillies prediction: Jake Arrieta will stifle Baltimore
She was probably nastier than even Pocahontas.” … Vice president Mike Pence: “the debate is Oct. 7. .. Kanye gets the last word: “Lesssgoooooooo!”The Orioles and Phillies are both a couple of games back in their respective divisions. Philly, considering the strength of those divisions, has a better chance of seizing the pennant under Joe Girardi. Jake shut out the Braves for six innings in his latest start, fanning six. Eshelman, replacing injured starter John Means in the O’s rotation, has pitched admirably, allowing three runs over 7 ¹/? innings to the Marlins and Nationals.
Amed Rosario won’t lose his Mets spot to upstart Andres Gimenez
Through three weeks of the season, Andres Gimenez has been among the Mets’ best players, but that doesn’t mean he will remain in the lineup. As Cano and Rosario near return there could be tough choices, including putting Gimenez on the bench. “Rosario is our shortstop,” Rojas said Thursday as the Mets prepared to face the Nationals at Citi Field. And the Mets aren’t ready to bench Rosario for Gimenez. “He’s been very versatile for us, playing a good second base, a good third base, along with how well he has played at short.”
George Kittle gets record-breaking $75 million contract from 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers locked up star tight end George Kittle, who just became the highest-paid NFL tight end ever. Kittle, a two-time Pro Bowler, agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with the 49ers, according to multiple reports, the largest contract ever given to a tight end. Kittle, 26, is getting $30 million guaranteed at signing and $40 million guaranteed overall, according to ESPN. The deal surpasses the four-year, $42 million deal Austin Hooper signed with the Cleveland Browns earlier this year, which guaranteed Hooper $18 million at signing. Since San Francisco drafted him in the fifth round (146th overall) in 2017, Kittle has collected 2,945 yards and 12 touchdowns.
UMass' Walt Bell: Losing football season tougher to deal with than parents' deaths
UMass became the latest school earlier this week to put its fall sports schedule -- including college football -- on hold because of concerns about the coronavirus. UMass, an independent at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, joined Connecticut, Old Dominion, the Mid-American Conference and the Mountain West Conference in postponing the season. FLORIDA GATORS' KYLE TRASK WANTS TO PLAY FOOTBALL, SAYS ENVIRONMENT IS SAFEST AMID CORONAVIRUS CONCERNSWalt Bell, the Minutemen head coach, was especially displeased with the season’s postponement. And to be honest with you, this is probably a tougher day than both of those days,” Bell told reporters Tuesday, according to The Athletic. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMBell was entering his second seas as UMass head coach.
Senators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rights
A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Thursday released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill or rights. Continue Reading BelowNFL CORONAVIRUS OPT-OUT PAY PACKAGES TOOK PRESSURE OFF PLAYERS, UNION REP SAYSThe legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions,” and much more. The senators also want to ensure for the athletes long-term medical coverage and treatment, enforceable medical standards, academic freedom and revenue sharing agreements. Booker and Blumenthal questioned Emmert about athlete welfare and said then their plan for a bill of rights was in the works. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, an Ohio Republican and former Ohio State football player, has also said he is working on a bill related to college sports.
Novak Djokovic will play in the US Open after testing positive for Covid-19 in June
(CNN) Seventeen-time men's tennis Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic said Thursday he will participate in the second tennis Grand Slam of the year -- the U.S. Open in New York. The three-time U.S. Open champion and No.1-ranked men's player in the world had previously expressed reservations about traveling to the US due to the restrictions placed on players at the event, which starts August 31. In a statement, Djokovic said, "It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides, but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited. "I am aware that this time around it will be very different with all the protocols and safety measures that are put in place to protect players and people of NY," he added. Djokovic, 33, was the subject of criticism in June when his Adria Tour exhibition event in the Balkans was abandoned after several players -- including Djokovic himself -- tested positive for Covid-19.
Herriman To Host Nation’s First High School Football Game
HERRIMAN, Utah – The eyes of the high school sports world will be on Herriman High School Thursday with the Mustangs set to host the country’s first high school game of the season. But Quarnberg knows there is much more on the line this time at Herriman High. It’s also the first high school game of the season in the country. #KSLTV #highschoolsports pic.twitter.com/r1JNH82B73 — Matt Rascon (@MattRasconNews) August 13, 2020Thursday’s kickoff against Davis High will be the first high school game in the country, and players can’t wait to get on the field. BREAKING: Friday's Bingham High vs. Weber High football game has been canceled after 3 Bingham players tested positive for COVID-19, according to Jordan School District officials.
Dramatic video shows Mesa officers rescuing man pinned under car
In the video, one officer can be seen lifting the front of the car just high enough for the other to pull the victim out. MESA, Ariz. — Newly released body-camera footage showed two Mesa police officers scrambling to rescue a man pinned beneath a car. The incident happened Tuesday morning when a man was apparently working beneath a car when the jack collapsed, sending the car body into his chest. It was the worst time ever.”Haycock’s wife Kaylin called 911, and Gardner and Martineau arrived in less than five minutes. “Officer Gardner said we should try to pick up the car so we just went for it,” Martineau remembered.
FSU WRs Say They Were Lied to by School About COVID-19 Testing, Protocols
Mark Wallheiser/Associated PressThree Florida State wide receivers, including Tamorrion Terry, are speaking out about the school's handling of coronavirus testing and protocols. Matthews deleted a tweet from Wednesday night saying he tested positive for COVID-19. In addition to the Florida State receivers, Terry's mother, Cindy Rewis, also tweeted a message and tagged Florida State's football account and head coach Mike Norvell:Florida Gov. Florida State has confirmed to McGahee that at least one Seminoles football player tested positive for COVID-19 during initial testing of players and staff in May as part of preparations for voluntary workouts in June. Florida State's first scheduled game is on Sept. 12 against Georgia Tech.
‘I had no clue it would impact so many’: Texas teacher’s back to school Facebook post goes viral
CANYON, Texas (KAMR/KCIT) — Sundown Lane Elementary Kindergarten Teacher Dana Kimmell had no idea her recent Facebook post would spread the way it did, growing to more than 40,000 shares on Facebook. Kimmell said she was inspired to make the now-viral post in response to another post she saw on Facebook. Kimmell’s Facebook post reads:“I just kind of ended with every single year, we prepare for your kid,” said Kimmell. We asked what the single most important takeaway that Kimmell wants people that read her post to have. She said, “Just have a positive mindset for parents, for teachers, and for kids.
Report: 49ers' Kittle agrees to five-year, $75M extension
FILE PHOTO: NFL Football - Super Bowl LIV - Kansas City Chiefs v San Francisco 49ers - Hard Rock Stadium, Miami, Florida, U.S. - February 2, 2020 San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle in action REUTERS/Mike BlakeThe San Francisco 49ers and All-Pro tight end George Kittle have agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension, ESPN reported Thursday. The deal reportedly includes a $30 million signing bonus and a $40 million injury guarantee. A conflicting report from Sports Illustrated on Wednesday said Kittle would sign a six-year, $94.8 million contract on Friday. The two-time Pro Bowl selection set an NFL single-season record for tight ends with 1,377 receiving yards in 2018. He caught 85 passes for 1,053 yards and five touchdowns for the NFC champions in 2019.
Fortunate Abid nears 50 in second test v England
SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - Pakistan opener Abid Ali rode his luck as he closed in on a half-century with the tourists reaching 85 for two at tea on a rain-hit opening day of the second test at the Rose Bowl on Thursday. James Anderson (2-24) picked up the two wickets to fall so far, trapping first test century-maker Shan Masood leg before wicket for one. He then removed struggling visiting captain Azhar Ali (20), with Burns finally holding onto a chance at second slip. Alam’s selection sees him play his first test for almost 11 years. England won the first test by three wickets last week, their third victory in a row after consecutive wins over West Indies.
Belarusians have rejected Lukashenko. So should the EU.
The EU and many of its member countries have been quick to condemn this criminal conduct. First, the EU should clearly state that Lukashenko is not the legitimate president of Belarus. Second, the EU and its member countries should, through their envoys in Minsk, show a maximum presence and offer support. Similar to the Magnitsky-style lists and acts adopted by some member countries, the EU should compile a directory of offenders. In addition, the EU should address the financial underpinnings of the Lukashenko regime.
Darvish scheduled to start for Chicago against Milwaukee
Darvish scheduled to start for Chicago against MilwaukeeMilwaukee Brewers (7-9, third in the NL Central) vs. Chicago Cubs (12-3, first in the NL Central)Chicago; Thursday, 7:15 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Brewers: Brett Anderson (0-1, 5.40 ERA, 1.65 WHIP, 4 strikeouts) Cubs: Yu Darvish (2-1, 2.12 ERA, .88 WHIP, 16 strikeouts)BOTTOM LINE: The Chicago Cubs take on the Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday. The Cubs went 37-39 in division play in 2019. Chicago hit .252 as a team with 3.4 extra base hits per game and 26 total triples last season. The Brewers went 45-31 in division play in 2019. INJURIES: Cubs: Brad Wieck: (hamstring), Jose Quintana: (left thumb), James Norwood: (right shoulder), Kyle Schwarber: (right knee), Daniel Descalso: (ankle).
Peterson scheduled to start as New York hosts Washington
Peterson scheduled to start as New York hosts WashingtonWashington Nationals (6-8, third in the NL East) vs. New York Mets (8-11, fourth in the NL East)Flushing, Queens; Thursday, 1:10 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Nationals: Austin Voth (0-1, 1.80 ERA, .70 WHIP, 7 strikeouts) Mets: David Peterson (2-1, 3.78 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, 14 strikeouts)LINE: Mets favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runsBOTTOM LINE: The New York Mets face the Washington Nationals on Thursday. The Mets finished 40-36 against NL East Division opponents in 2019. New York pitchers had an ERA of 4.24 last season with a staff WHIP of 1.30. Washington pitchers had a WHIP of 1.29 last year while striking out 9.3 hitters per game. Washington leads the season series 3-2.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones expects fans to attend home games
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones said he expects fans to attend home games for the upcoming football season. “The Dallas Cowboys plan on playing all our football games, and we plan on playing them in front of our fans,” he said at a press conference Wednesday, marking the opening of training camp. "Our stadium is well-suited to put together numbers of people that have elected to come and want to watch the Dallas Cowboys play." Whether fans will be allowed to attend NFL games remains unclear for most teams. In a press release last month, the Atlanta Falcons said that capacity at home games would be 10,000 to 20,000.
This Date in Baseball-Week Ahead
1964 — Curt Flood of the St. Louis Cardinals had eight straight hits in a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Dodgers. 2006 — Bruce Froemming umpired his 5,000th major league game — second-most in big league history. Gehrig’s single and triple didn’t prevent the last-place St. Louis Browns from beating the Yankees 7-6 in 10 innings at Sportsman’s Park. Aug. 191909 — The Philadelphia Phillies were rained out for the 10th consecutive day, a major league record. 1992 — Bret Boone made history when he became part of the first three-generation family to play in major league baseball.
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2008 — In Beijing, Michael Phelps touches the wall a hundredth of a second ahead of Serbia’s Milorad Cavic to win the 100-meter butterfly. 2009 — Usain Bolt shatters the 100-meter world record at the World Championships in Berlin. 2001 — Shingo Katayama shoots a 6-under 64, and David Toms shoots a 65 to share the second-round lead in the PGA Championship. Katayama and Toms at 9-under 131, tie the PGA record for 36 holes last set by Ernie Els at Riviera in 1995. 1984 — Lee Trevino beats Gary Player and Lanny Wadkins by four strokes to take the PGA championship.
Paddack expected to start for Padres at Dodgers
Paddack expected to start for Padres at DodgersSan Diego Padres (11-8, third in the NL West) vs. Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7, second in the NL West)Los Angeles; Thursday, 9:40 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Padres: Chris Paddack (2-1, 3.18 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, 21 strikeouts) Dodgers: Julio Urias (1-0, 2.40 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 10 strikeouts)LINE: Dodgers favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runsBOTTOM LINE: The San Diego Padres face the Los Angeles Dodgers on Thursday. The Dodgers finished 51-25 against NL West Division opponents in 2019. Los Angeles pitchers had an ERA of 3.37 last year with a staff WHIP of 1.10. INJURIES: Dodgers: Alex Wood: (shoulder), Jimmy Nelson: (back), Joe Kelly: (right shoulder), Corey Seager: (lower back). Padres: Trey Wingenter: (elbow), Andres Munoz: (elbow), Anderson Espinoza: (elbow), Jose Castillo: (lat).
A new look for Marlins Park’s season debut: a 1st-place team
FILE - This is a July 4, 2020, file photo showing the Miami Marlins running drills during a baseball workout at Marlins Park in Miami. Marlins Park will have a new look for its 2020 season debut Friday, thanks to cozier dimensions and a switch to artificial turf. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)FILE - This is a July 4, 2020, file photo showing the Miami Marlins running drills during a baseball workout at Marlins Park in Miami. Marlins Park will have a new look for its 2020 season debut Friday, thanks to cozier dimensions and a switch to artificial turf. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)MIAMI (AP) — Marlins Park will have a new look for its 2020 season debut Friday, thanks to cozier dimensions and a switch to artificial turf.
This Date in Baseball-Week Ahead
1995 — Jose Mesa of the Cleveland Indians picked up his 37th save in 37 opportunities, setting a major league record as the Indians beat the Milwaukee Brewers 8-5. 2014 — The San Francisco Giants became the first team since 1986 to win a protest filed with Major League Baseball. 2007 — Arizona’s Mark Reynolds tied the major league record for consecutive strikeouts by a non-pitcher when he fanned in his ninth straight plate appearance in a 7-4 loss to Milwaukee. It was the ninth time a major league team scored 30 runs, the first since the Chicago Colts set the major league mark in a 36-7 rout of Louisville in a National League game on June 28, 1897. The 30 RBIs set a major league record.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he’ll play at US Open, after all
FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2018, file photo, Novak Djokovic, of Serbia, reacts after breaking the serve of Juan Martin del Potro, of Argentina, during the men's final of the U.S. Open tennis tournament, in New York. Djokovic announced Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, he will enter the Grand Slam tournament and the hard-court tuneup preceding it in New York. Djokovic announced Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, he will enter the Grand Slam tournament and the hard-court tuneup preceding it in New York. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger, File)The Big Three will be represented at the U.S. Open, after all: Novak Djokovic announced Thursday he will enter the Grand Slam tournament and the hard-court tuneup preceding it in New York. Djokovic has won three of his 17 Grand Slam titles at the U.S. Open and was the runner-up there five times.
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2008 — Usain Bolt of Jamaica breaks the 200-meter world record, winning in 19.30 seconds at the Beijing Games. 1985 — Mary Decker sets the world record in the mile run with a time of 4:16.71 in Zurich. 2016 — Kevin Durant scores 30 points and helps the Americans rout Serbia 96-66 for their third straight gold medal. 1984 — Evelyn Ashford sets the world record in the 100-meter dash with a clocking of 10.76 seconds in a meet at Zurich, Switzerland. He forfeits the world record he tied in May, when he ran the 100 meters in 9.77 seconds.
AP source: Kittle agrees to 5-year extension with 49ers
A person familiar with the deal says the sides agreed Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, on the deal to keep Kittle off the market next offseason. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar, File)All-Pro tight end George Kittle has agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers that is the richest contract ever at the position. A person familiar with the deal says the sides agreed Thursday on the deal to keep Kittle off the market next offseason. Kittle has been the most productive tight end in NFL history through his first three seasons with 197 catches for 2,664 yards. But they were very fortunate he was there at 146th overall as the ninth tight end selected in that draft.
Players in Washington finally wear new helmets, and it’s a beautiful sight
The time has finally come for players in Washington to put on their new logo-less helmets and get to work in practice. Though training camp has been going on for a bit now, Thursday morning was the first time that Washington Football Team players were allowed to buckle up their chin-straps and get down to business. The new helmets in Washington aren’t much different than ones in the past, with all of the color-ways staying the same. The only difference is the removal of the former team logo on the side, and a missing stripe down the crown of the helmet as well. In an odd year where even the NFL has been upheaved a bit by the coronavirus, seeing players get back into their helmets and visors is such a welcomed sight.
Deion Sanders still aspires to be a college football coach
Now, Deion seems to be leveraging his imminent presence at Barstool Sports to appeal directly to the players he’d eventually be recruiting, if/when his aspiration to become a college football head coach comes to fruition. Andrew Marchand of the New York Post provides an inside look at Deion’s decision to leave NFL Network for Barstool. But Deion’s agent, Constance Schwartz-Morini, made it clear to Marchand that Deion’s desire to coach college football persists — and that the Barstool will support Deion’s push for a college football head coaching job. Because that’s the path, potentially, to positioning Deion for the college football head coaching job he covets. Deion Sanders still aspires to be a college football coach originally appeared on Pro Football Talk
Silent Saturdays: College towns weigh a fall without football
More than 2,000 miles to the east, State College, Pennsylvania, fills to bursting as alumni of Penn State return up U.S. 322 to Happy Valley, swarming the restaurants, college bookstores and streets on campus. For now, though, towns like Pullman and State College, inextricably linked to their universities and their football teams, are looking at a desolate fall and an uncertain future. “I feel a little bit lost.”View photos Fans tailgate outside of Beaver Stadium before an NCAA college football game between Penn State and Buffalo in State College, Pa., on Saturday, Sept. 7, 2019. “It’s the lifeblood of this community,” said Happy Valley Adventure Bureau president and CEO Fritz Smith of Penn State football. “We’ve gone cold turkey on sports for some time now, and everybody was looking forward to fall football.
Travis Kelce ready to help Chiefs navigate NFL villain role — and could set himself up for Kittle-esque payday in doing so
The Kansas City Chiefs have been riding high since their Super Bowl victory in February, and let’s just say they haven’t been shy about expressing their excitement. Recently, wide receiver Tyreek Hill mused that the Chiefs are chasing Michael Jordan, going for seven rings. Chiefs coach Andy Reid recently noted he’s “not big on” that type of talk, though he appreciates their confidence. Kelce acknowledged this, but noted that the Chiefs’ playing style may shield them from this reality for a while. Travis Kelce (center, with WWE championship belt) and the Chiefs are a confident team heading into the 2020 season.
The Cyclingnews guide to 2020-2021 rider transfers
Chris Froome (Team Ineos) is ready for another session in his 'pain cave'It's a strange transfer market for strange times. In: Greg Van Avermaet (CCC Team), Michael Schär (CCC Team), Gijs Van Hoecke (CCC Team), Stan Dewulf (Lotto Soudal), Marc Sarreau (Groupama-FDJ), Damien Touzé (Cofidis), Clément Champoussin (neo-pro, as of April 2020). In:Out:Extended:In:Out:Ivan García Cortina (Movistar)Extended:Dylan TeunsIn: Nils Politt (Israel Start-Up Nation)Out:Extended:Max Schachmann, Cesare Benedetti, Lukas PostlbergerStory continuesIn:Out:Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R La Mondiale), Michael Schär (AG2R La Mondiale), Gijs Van Hoecke (AG2R La Mondiale), Patrick Bevin (Israel Start-Up Nation). In: Chris Froome (Team Ineos), Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), Carl Fredrik Hagen (Lotto Soudal), Patrick Bevin (CCC Team), Sebastian Berwick (neo-pro), Michael Woods (EF Pro Cycling). Out:Nils Politt (Bora-Hansgrohe)Extended:André Greipel, Mads Wurtz Schmidt, Rick Zabel, Alex Cataford, James Piccoli, Mathias Brändle, Tom Van Asbroeck.
Game 19: Rays at Red Sox lineups and notes
The Red Sox will look to avoid a four-game sweep when they send rookie Kyle Hart to the mound to make his major league debut this afternoon against the Rays. Pitching: LHP Kyle Hart (0-0, 0.00)Rays (11-8): TBAPitching: RHP Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 5.56)Game time: 4:30 p.m.TV, radio: NESN, WEEI-FM 93.7Rays vs. Hart: No data availableRed Sox vs. Glasnow: Peraza 2-9, Moreland 2-8, Bogaerts 1-8, Benintendi 1-9, Pillar 1-7, Bradley 1-7, Devers 1-6, Martinez 2-5, Vazquez 1-5, Chavis 2-5. Stat of the Day: The Red Sox have lost seven of their last eight series at Fenway Park dating back to 2019, going 7-19 in that time. AdvertisementNotes: Hart, drafted by the Red Sox in the 19th round in 2017, posted a 3.52 ERA while splitting time in Double A Portland and Triple A Pawtucket. This is the 14th time the Red Sox have won six or fewer games within their first 18 games of a season, most recently doing so in 2019 (6-12), 1996 (3-15), and 1976 (6-12).
Five questions that will define the rest of the SF Giants’ 2020 season
With one-third of the season in the books, the San Francisco Giants have already played nearly half of their road games. Here are five questions that will define the Giants over the final six-plus weeks of the season. The Giants’ veteran bats aren’t producing. SF Giants Gameday: Listen to the Bay Area News Group’s daily San Francisco Giants podcast, hosted by our beat reporter Kerry Crowley. We give you an all-access look at the 2020 regular season with soundbites from manager Gabe Kapler and your favorite Giants players plus the latest analysis on every move during an unprecedented season.
COVID Sports Daily: Fans at MLS game boo kneeling, Nebraska recommits to Big Ten, Cardinals near return
Fans boo kneeling playersAs the national anthem played, players on both teams and the MLS officials knelt to protest the May police killing of George Floyd. Wednesday’s game and two more upcoming matches were scheduled between the clubs to even their total number of regular season games played with thoseNashville won the game 1-0. Cardinals choice looms for MLBMajor League Baseball faces a decision Friday on the St. Louis Cardinals and their coronavirus outbreak. St. Louis has played just five games, while some teams like the Giants have played 20. MLB may use win percentage if teams who have games canceled due to outbreaks cannot reach 60 games played.
Michael McDowell looks to Phoenix race as opportunity to finish strong
For the past 11 seasons, Michael McDowell has been a week shy from finishing an almost year-long NASCAR season at home. "It's a big event and it's great to have it in the Phoenix area, my hometown," McDowell said. Now a little more than halfway through the season, but still three months from the final race in Phoenix, McDowell has been adjusting to a different racing environment, one without fans and sponsors in attendance. The environment under health protocols is different, but the focus to improve remains the same week after week. Heading into this final stretch, McDowell said he does have high expectations for himself in finishing the season in close to home.
Highest paid tight ends in NFL: Ranking TEs by salary for 2020 season
Here's a look at the highest paid tight ends in the league for the 2020 NFL season, based on current contracts. 20 NFL tight ends make at least $5 million in average salary per year per overthecap.com, a site that tracks NFL player contracts (through Aug. 13, 2020). : NFL's highest paid tight ends in 2019The highest paid tight end in the NFL is George Kittle, who reached a 5-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers, according to multiple reports. PHOTOS: Ranking NFL tight ends by salaryNFL's highest paid tight ends (average salary per year):1. To see the 20 NFL tight ends who make at least $5 million a year in average salary, ranked from highest average salary to lowest, click here.
Portland Trail Blazers vs. Brooklyn Nets odds, picks and best bets
Marcus MosherSportsbook WireThe Portland Trail Blazers (34-39) will take on the Brooklyn Nets (35-36) Thursday at AdventHealth Arena in Reunion, Fla. for a 9 p.m. We analyze the Trail Blazers-Nets NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets. Trail Blazers vs. Nets:Odds, lines, picks and betting tipsNBA odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. PredictionBlazers 124, Nets 108The Blazers (-556) open this contest as monster favorites over the Nets. You'll now receive the top USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire stories each day directly in your inbox.
Coronavirus: Philly-area high school football players, other athletes deal with uncertainty of suspended fall sports season
“All we can do is work as hard as we can and stay focused, try to be prepared to have the kind of season we plan on,” Sykes said. “Lot of big shoes to fill but we think we can do it. We have a lot of younger players who haven’t hit the field yet but we have confidence in them.”
‘Hard Knocks’ tells us that Jerry Jones’ optimism about the NFL season may not be misplaced
If you’re thinking you want to attend a Cowboys game this season, you gained some encouragement from Jerry Jones this week. I had been wondering about the daily tests players had to submit to — passing four tests in a week before they could even enter the facilities — and was pleased to see the “shorter swab” tests being used. when he puts on a full face shield and finds it much more speech-friendly than wearing a mask. Players are shown getting drinks out of a sliding door refrigerator with a sign I had never seen: “NO HANDS. But that doesn’t mean a little hard work won’t keep the NFL moving forward.
Manager Craig Counsell talks about Wednesday's loss and all the Brewers who saw playing time in positions other than their own.
Manager Craig Counsell talks about Wednesday's loss and all the Brewers who saw playing time in positions other than their own. Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell talks about Wednesday's loss to the Minnesota Twins and all the Brewers who saw playing time in positions other than their own. Milwaukee Brewers
If college football goes on, players’ health concerns must be met | Editorial
But as revenues have skyrocketed in major football programs, players have sought a greater voice at the table. They deserve one, if for no other reason than they are the show. ABC would not pay the SEC $300 million a year to televise fraternity flag football games.
Cubs hitters are finding production by extending at-bats and making in-game adjustments — thanks to collaboration in the dugout: ‘The dugout has been tremendous this year’
“I don’t know,” Hendricks said. “I’m happy we are where we are right now. Maybe we missed baseball. And after this breather, we’re excited to be playing the game.”
Portland Timbers’ Sebastian Blanco named MLS is Back Player of the Tournament
Portland Timbers midfielder Sebastian Blanco was announced by the MLS on Thursday as the player MLS is Back Player of the Tournament. I receive this award at a very important moment in my career.”The Player of the Tournament vote was conducted by both media and fans. The media’s vote was weighted as 75% of the total and the fan vote the remaining 25%. Orlando City SC’s Nani had 49.6% of the fan vote and LAFC’s Diego Rossi — the tournament’s leading scorer — had 30.2%. Coming off the tournament championship, Blanco and the Timbers return to Portland to resume the MLS regular season.
AP source: Kittle agrees to 5-year extension with 49ers
All-Pro tight end George Kittle has agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers that is the richest contract ever at the position. A person familiar with the deal says the sides agreed Thursday on the deal to keep Kittle off the market next offseason. Kittle has been the most productive tight end in NFL history through his first three seasons with 197 catches for 2,664 yards. The Niners averaged 5.0 yards per carry last season with Kittle on the field, compared to 3.5 yards per carry without him, according to NFL NextGen stats. But they were very fortunate he was there at 146th overall as the ninth tight end selected in that draft.
Urban Meyer: Buckeyes coach Ryan Day's 'Team Up North' correction 'awesome'
During a Zoom press conference with reporters, Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Ryan Day started to answer a question by asking a reporter to refer to the Michigan Wolverines instead as "Team Up North." It earned the approval of former Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer:The tradition of Ohio State head coaches refusing to refer to the Buckeyes' rival by name is believed to go back to Woody Hayes, who coached at Miami University for two seasons before coaching OSU from 1951 to 1978. Day said Wednesday that he is exploring a spring season for his football team that would begin in early January and end before the 2021 NFL Draft. OSU athletic director Gene Smith said Wednesday night that the school communicated with the Big Ten about playing fall football despite the conference's postponement of the season but determined that those options weren't realistic. [ Subscribe now for unlimited access to Cincinnati.com ]
Watch: NFL injury expert talks about Trae Waynes injury, recovery
Watch: NFL injury expert talks about Trae Waynes injury, recoveryWill Carroll talks about the Trae Waynes injury and what the rehab will look like, AJ Green's 2020 bounce-back season and Jonah Williams. Lindsay Patterson, @LndsPatterson
Horse with odds of 300-1 makes history with win in Ireland
Horse with odds of 300-1 makes history with win in IrelandDUBLIN (AP) — A horse running at odds of 300-1 became the longest-priced winner in the history of racing in Britain and Ireland on Thursday. He Knows No Fear won the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden at Leopardstown, prompting bookmakers to express their astonishment that many people tipped the 3-year-old horse for victory. The longest-priced winner in Britain had previously been Equinoctial, a 250-1 shot, at Kelso in November 1990. In Ireland, the biggest outsider to win a race was Killahara Castle at 200-1 in December 2017. Trained by Luke Comer, He Knows No Fear was 12th of 14 on his debut at Limerick last month -- at odds of 250-1.
A new look for Marlins Park's season debut: a 1st-place team
MIAMI (AP) — Marlins Park will have a new look for its 2020 season debut Friday, thanks to cozier dimensions and a switch to artificial turf. Also, there will be a first-place team in the home dugout. And that Marlins' roster looks a lot different than it did when they were last in Miami, before departing for a season-opening three-game trip. "You feel like you’ve got a quick trip," manager Don Mattingly said. “You pack hardly nothing, and the next thing you know, a month later, you’ve got to pay rent again.”
AP source: Kittle agrees to 5-year extension with 49ers
All-Pro tight end George Kittle has agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers that is the richest contract ever at the position. A person familiar with the deal says the sides agreed Thursday on the deal to keep Kittle off the market next offseason. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract hadn’t been announced by the team. NFL Network first reported the terms and says the deal includes an $18 million signing bonus. Locking up Kittle was a high priority this offseason for the Niners and they were able to get it done two days before the first full team practice at training camp.
Reunion with Beckham: Blaise Matuidi signed by Inter Miami
MIAMI (AP) — Midfielder Blaise Matuidi, a 2018 World Cup champion for France, signed with Inter Miami and will be reunited with team co-owner David Beckham. “I couldn’t be happier to welcome my friend Blaise to Inter Miami. He is an exciting and gifted player and a great person,” Beckham said in a statement Thursday. “To have a World Cup winner of Blaise’s quality in our new team is such a proud moment, for us as owners and for our fans." He's a four-time Ligue 1 winner and three-time Serie A winner, and was the 2015 French player of the year.
Watch: Pair of mountain lions seen in Tucson foothills yard
Around 1970, Gene E. Anderson, a civil engineer and owner of Anderson Engineering and his team had the task of coming up with street names for the new development, Hunter Subdivision, a subdivision name they likely came up with themselves.
St. Xavier football team adds 6-foot-4 senior quarterback from Colorado
A transfer from Colorado has given the St. Xavier High School football team a boost. Giles Pooler, a 6-foot-4, 210-pound senior quarterback, has transferred to St. X and been ruled eligible for the 2020 season, Tigers coach Kevin Wallace said. He has innate leadership abilities that are important for anybody that plays that position.”Pooler started at quarterback as a sophomore and junior at Rocky Mountain High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. You may also like: Five questions about return of high school sports in KentuckyWallace said the Poolers moved from Colorado to Louisville because of a family illness. St. X lost quarterback Douglas Bodhaine to graduation after finishing the 2019 season with an 8-5 record.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Utah Jazz odds, picks and best bets
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe San Antonio Spurs (32-38) mix it up with the Utah Jazz (43-28) Thursday at 6:30 p.m. ET in the bubble outside of Orlando, Fla. We analyze the Spurs-Jazz NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets. Spurs vs. Jazz: Odds, lines, picks and betting tipsNBA odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Sign up for the USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morningAn error has occuredPlease re-enter your email address. You'll now receive the top USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire stories each day directly in your inbox.
Columbus Blue Jackets vs. Tampa Bay Lightning odds, picks and best bets
Below, we look at the Blue Jackets-Lightning betting odds and lines and make our NHL picks and best bets. Blue Jackets vs. Blue Jackets vs. Lightning: Odds, picks and betting tipsOdds courtesy of BetMGM; access them at USA TODAY Sports for a full list. PredictionLightning 4, Blue Jackets 2The second-seeded LIGHTNING (-176) racked up 174 total shot attempts - including blocked and missed shots - against the Blue Jackets' (+150) 100 attempts.
West Ham owners urged to rethink season ticket renewal policy
West Ham United co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold, together with vice-chairman Karren Brady, have been urged to rethink the club’s season ticket renewal policy and the handling of their London Stadium reconfiguration. Sullivan, Gold and Brady were the subject of fan protests before the coronavirus lockdown and the behind-closed-doors restart during which West Ham narrowly escaped relegation from the Premier League. But questions have been raised over West Ham’s season ticket renewal process for 2020/21 at a time when it is still not known when fans will be allowed back into stadiums. West Ham initially placed an August 28 deadline for fans to decide whether or not to renew their season tickets, but consideration is already being given to extending that date. A statement from the WHUISA read: “WHUISA is disheartened with how the season ticket renewal process has been carried out to date and question how reflective of current circumstances, both health-wise and financially, the decisions made, to date, have been.
Birmingham City Women unveil Carla Ward as new head coach
Birmingham City have unveiled the former Sheffield United manager Carla Ward as their new head coach on a two-year deal. They face a sizable rebuild having lost eight players this summer, including long-serving captain Kerys Harrop and England international Lucy Staniforth. Ward told the club website: "This is a massive opportunity and one I'm looking forward to. First team coach Charlie Baxter - who acted as interim manager following Tejedor’s departure - has been appointed assistant head coach, the club added, with Tony Elliott returning as goalkeeper coach after a spell at Bristol City Women. Sarah Westwood, general manager for Birmingham City Women, said: “We’re delighted to bring Carla to the club.
EFL confirm 13 midweek rounds in Championship next season with fixtures to be announced next week
The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. Fixtures for the 2020/21 Championship season will be released on Friday 21 August. The first four rounds are scheduled to take place on consecutive weeks, and two-legged semi-finals in the competition will be replaced by a single tie. Premier League sides will enter the competition in round two or round three if they are competing in European competition next season. There will also be no FA Cup replays during the 2020/21 season so as to ease pressure on the footballing calendar.
Transfer news RECAP: David Beckham snaps-up ex-PSG team-mate Blaise Matuidi for Inter Miami
It was another day exciting day in the transfer market as clubs continued to add reinforcements ahead of next season. With the season gradually drawing to an end as teams round off the European tournaments, it's the perfect time to size up what areas should be strengthened, especially considering the new campaign is just a matter of weeks away. Keep up to date with all of Thursday's transfer news and updates as it happens with Sportsmail below.
FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon condemns fans who jeered as players took a knee
FC Dallas player Reggie Cannon has condemned his team's own fans after a small minority booed players as they kneeled during the national anthem before a game on Wednesday night. Players from both Dallas and opponents Nashville decided to take a knee as the anthem was played ahead of their Major League Soccer (MLS) fixture. But as the players protested against racial prejudice, a handful of fans jeered them with one shouting 'stand up' and 'U-S-A'. One person was reportedly escorted out of the stadium after throwing a water bottle at the players as they kneeled. He had asked for the national anthem not to be played but the MLS had stated it would be whenever fans are in attendance.
College Athletes Bill of Rights proposed by Democratic senators
The proposed College Athletes Bill of Rights was revealed Thursday following the Pac-12 and Big Ten's decisions to postpone their fall sports seasons, including football, until springtime due to coronavirus. In order to avoid that discrepancy, Congress will need to approve a bill standardizing the protocol before July of 2021, when a Florida law allowing college athletes to profit off their NIL rights goes into effect. 'We want to give college athletes the tools to protect their economic rights, pursue their education, prioritize their health/safety, & most critically, hold their schools & organizations like the NCAA accountable.' The senators' proposal aims to:Allow athletes to profit off NIL rightsCreate a revenue-sharing program that provides 'fair and equitable compensation.' Cory Booker isn't the only former college football player weighing in on the debate from the US Congress.
Portland midfielder Blanco named MLS tourney's top player
Advertising Read moreMiami (AFP)Argentine midfielder Sebastian Blanco, who helped the Portland Timbers capture the title, was named on Thursday as the Major League Soccer is Back Player of the Tournament. The 32-year-old playmaker scored three goals and assisted on five others in the tournament for the Timbers, who defeated Orlando City 2-1 in Tuesday's final. Blanco won 40.86% of the total voting, 75% from a media panel and 25% from fans ballots, to 37.54% support for Orlando's Nani. Blanco led the media voting while Nani topped fan votes. In more than three seasons with the Timbers, Blanco has scored 25 goals and set up 33 others.
Binder and KTM looking to exploit home advantage in Austria
Advertising Read moreSpielberg (Austria) (AFP)South African Brad Binder will try to serve up another dose of last weekend's wizardry at his KTM team's home Austrian MotoGP on Sunday. "It would be fantastic to have another good weekend for this home race," said Binder on Thursday. Yamaha's satellite SRT team star Quartararo had to settle for seventh behind Binder in Brno, but approaches Austria in high spirits. "It wasn't the best weekend at Brno, but we will go to Austria with nine more points in the championship," he said. The Austrian track is one that I really like and I'm really looking forward to these next two races there."
UEFA confident fans will be able to attend delayed Euro 2020
The postponed Euro 2020 is set to be staged next year in 12 different cities all across the continentAdvertising Read moreLisbon (AFP)UEFA is hopeful that the postponed European Championship will go ahead next year with fans able to attend, president Aleksander Ceferin said on Thursday. The 24-team Euro 2020 was supposed to be played in June and July this year, with the semi-finals and final in London. It has been moved to June and July 2021 -- albeit retaining the name Euro 2020 -- but playing it in 12 different host countries leaves it vulnerable to different responses to the pandemic. The Champions League 'Final Eight' in Lisbon and the Europa League 'Final Eight' in Germany are going ahead with no spectators allowed to attend matches. Asked if he feared similar restrictions being imposed for the European Championship, Ceferin said he would remain "optimistic".
Wildfires spreading in West, Lake fire forces evacuations
Wildfires spreading in West, Lake fire forces evacuations Meanwhile, the East Coast is expecting more rain Thursday. Wildfire season is in full effect Thursday as multiple fires throughout the West are being fueled by bone dry conditions. The Lake fire broke out north of Los Angeles Wednesday afternoon and grew to 10,000 acres in just hours. The Grizzly Creek fire in Colorado is now 4,624 acres, with evacuations continuing for some communities in the area. Some areas could see an additional 2 to 4 inches of rain in the next 48 hours.
Cam Newton makes good first impression with New England Patriots
Mark DanielsProvidence JournalLawrence Guy remembers the first thing he thought when Cam Newton signed with the Patriots. The dude is large, put together well and he’s got a great energy. He’s got a great energy about himself. He’s always been a great player. A lot of great energy,” Thuney said.
Families struggle as DC tussles on unemployment
Families struggle as DC tussles on unemploymentAmericans counting on emergency coronavirus aid from Washington may have to wait until fall. Washington's gridlock on aid and the devastated jobs market has left unemployed workers like Nelia Gonzalez with few places to turn. (Aug. 13)AP
George Kittle agrees to five-year, $75 million contract with San Francisco 49ers
The San Francisco 49ers have locked down their star target ahead of the final year of his contract. All-Pro tight end George Kittle agreed to a five-year, $75 million deal with the team on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the deal told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones. The extension is the richest ever for a tight end. He set the record for most receiving yards by a tight end in 2018 with 1,377 yards. He helped the 49ers reach the Super Bowl last season when he led the team in catches (85) and receiving yards (1,053) despite missing two games.
Florida State wide receiver says school leadership neglecting to respond to health issues
Florida State wide receiver Warren Thompson has put the football program under a microscope with a social media post on Twitter. I want to play for Florida State University and have a great season for myself and our supporters. A Florida State spokesperson declined to comment when the Tallahassee Democrat reached out to the university. Matthews posted to Twitter Wednesday night that he has tested positive for COVID-19. Florida State has not disclosed the number of positive tests due to the HIPPA laws beyond saying that one player has tested positive in the past.
Naomi Osaka on returning to the US Open amid the coronavirus pandemic
No one is itching to hit the court harder at this year’s US Open than Naomi Osaka. “I just want to play,” Osaka tells The Post. Giving back is so important because I know how lucky I’ve been and how much has been sacrificed to ensure my success,” Osaka says. Though Osaka’s focus is on the Open, she’s also regularly updating fans on her everyday happenings via Instagram. There will always be people who try to bring you down but you just have to keep your chin up and stay focused.”
Orange County declares Kobe Bryant Day on Aug. 24
Aug. 24 in Orange County, Calif. will now be known as Kobe Bryant Day. Orange County’s Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to make official the tribute to the late Bryant, who was one of nine to perish in a helicopter crash in January. “A treasured member of our Orange County community, Kobe Bryant was the basketball legend that inspired so many young men and women to pursue their dreams and never give up,” Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel said, per CNN. “I’m proposing August 24 to be dedicated to the memory of Kobe Bryant, and all that he brought to Orange County community, which to (sic) strive to live by his words of encouraging those around us to never give up on their dreams,” she said. Bryant was an 18-time All-Star who led the Lakers to five NBA championships.
Fans were able to attend an MLS game in Texas. They booed players who knelt during anthem.
“You can't even have support from your own fans in your own stadium. He went on to say that he had asked that the anthem, which was not played during the recent MLS tournament in Florida, not be played. However Commissioner Dan Garber said last week that it would be played before games when fans were in attendance. That’s the problem. That’s a problem and it hurts me because I love our fans.”
Canes' Rod Brind’Amour fined $25G after calling NHL a 'joke' over botched call in Bruins double OT loss
HART, FARABEE HELP FLYERS BEAT CANADIENS IN GAME 1But a 4-3 double-overtime loss in the first game of the series after a botched call sent him over. I don’t know what you’re calling on the ice,’” he told The News & Observer. They wouldn’t tell you. I know we weren’t the better team, but if that goal doesn’t go in, do we win that game? I don’t know.”Bruins’ Patrice Bergeron scored the game-winning goal in double-overtime to give Boston a 1-0 lead in the series.
Astros' Zack Greinke calls out pitches to catcher, still gets SF Giants batter out
Zack Greinke was in the zone for the Houston Astros on Wednesday night against the San Francisco Giants. Greinke went 6 1/3 innings and allowed one run on seven hits and struck out seven batters. Giants batters could barely touch him even as he told them what he was going to throw. CLINT FRAZIER HAS BIG SEASON DEBUT; YANKEES BEAT BRAVES 6-3Cameras caught Greinke apparently calling out signs and signals to catcher Martin Maldonado. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COMHouston defeated the Giants, 5-1, to move to 8-10 on the season.
FC Dallas' Reggie Cannon blasts fans for booing as players knelt for national anthem: 'I think it was disgusting'
FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon lashed out at fans who booed as his teammates and Nashville SC players knelt during the national anthem ahead of their Wednesday night matchup. Cannon told reporters he was baffled that fans in Toyota Stadium – the home of FC Dallas – were booing as players knelt in protest of racial injustice and police brutality. I think it was absolutely disgusting,” Cannon said, according to MLSSoccer.com. It’s baffling to me.”The national anthem was being played because fans were back in attendance for the first time since the league shut down over the coronavirus pandemic. Cannon, who is a U.S. national team member, said Nashville and the league were informed that players were going to kneel whether the anthem was played or not.
Trump says he'd ask Patriots coach Bill Belichick for military advice
Does "Gen. Bill Belichick" have a better ring to it than coach? President Trump told radio show host Hugh Hewitt in an interview that aired Tuesday he thinks the New England Patriots coach could succeed if he also brought his leadership skills to the battlefield. TRUMP ON TOM BRADY JOINING THE BUCCANEERS: 'HE'S GOING TO SURPRISE A LOT OF PEOPLE'“If I ever had a military battle, I’d call Belichick up and say, ‘What do you think, what do you think? “He’d be as good as any general out there.”Trump gave his answer when he was asked about Tom Brady joining the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Trump read a letter from Belichick during an appearance in New Hampshire in which the coach congratulated him for his “toughness and perseverance” after the 2016 presidential election.
Are They Back? Revived Cubs Look Like World Series Contenders Once Again
The Chicago Cubs are not only back atop the National League Central, but they're also a World Series favorite again. Their chances of winning the World Series have likewise improved from about 3 percent to about 6 percent. That's partially due to Craig Kimbrel, who's failed to recover from his rough 2019 season by allowing seven runs in only 2.2 innings. Two, because conventional wisdom holds that the Cubs' bullpen will be their doom in October. The hunger factor may be another reason to buy back into the Cubs as World Series contenders.
George Kittle, 49ers Agree on Record 5-Year, $75M Contract Extension
Josie Lepe/Associated PressTight end George Kittle is one of the San Francisco 49ers' best offensive playmakers, and he will reportedly now be paid like one, too. Per Bechta, Kittle will receive an $18 million signing bonus and $30 million guaranteed at signing. Kyle Rudolph of the Minnesota Vikings was the league's highest-paid tight end not on a rookie deal last season at $9.35 million. He finished the 2018 campaign with 88 catches for 1,377 yards and five touchdowns, setting the NFL single-season record for receiving yards by a tight end. Kittle is only 26 years old, was a key piece in turning around one of the league's proudest franchises and is already a record-setting tight end.
Auschwitz survivors - 70 years on
"I quickly found very open people who wanted to be photographed and to share their stories" Kacper Pempel, Reuters PhotographerOn my first meeting with survivors of Auschwitz, I was really stressed. But I quickly found very open people who wanted to be photographed and to share their stories, as difficult as that was. My colleague Laszlo Balogh from Hungary and I had decided to photograph Auschwitz survivors in Poland and Hungary ahead of the 70th anniversary of the camp's liberation this month, and to shoot the portraits in the same style. But halfway through the assignment I was invited to a weekly meeting of a survivors' association, who suggested we set up a "studio" at their premises. Stories of survivors, stories of people who were children at the time.
Perez says contracting COVID-19 was just unlucky
(Reuters) - Mexican Sergio Perez returned to Formula One at the Spanish Grand Prix on Thursday, saying he took no blame for the positive COVID-19 test that forced him to miss the previous two races. Perez tested positive before the British Grand Prix after returning to Mexico to see his mother, who had been in hospital following an accident, but said he had taken every precaution. Nico Hulkenberg has been filling in for Perez, the first and so far only driver to contract the new coronavirus. The German qualified third and finished seventh in last weekend’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix. “With the rumours of Sebastian, I think there’s nothing I can do,” he said on Thursday.
Europe's aristocrats battle for right to take on nouveau riche
LISBON (Reuters) - Europe’s old guard meet on Friday when Barcelona face Bayern Munich at the Estadio da Luz in the highly anticipated pick of the Champions League quarter-finals. Soccer Football - Champions League - FC Barcelona arrive at the Sheraton hotel - Sheraton hotel, Lisbon, Portugal - August 13, 2020 Barcelona's Lionel Messi wearing a protective face mask arrives at the Sheraton hotel REUTERS/Rafael MarchanteMuch of the build-up to the mini-tournament has focused on the challenge from the ‘nouveau riche’ clubs. It has been a while since either club has been European champions however — Bayern last won the Champions League seven years ago while Barca’s most recent triumph was in 2015. Bayern and Barcelona have met 10 times previously in European competitions, with the Germans coming out on top on six occasions and drawing twice. The winners will face City or Lyon in the semi-finals.
Atalanta target for next season? - Avoid relegation
(Reuters) - After their remarkable run in the Champions League and record-equalling third-place finish in Serie A, Atalanta have already set their main target for next season: avoid relegation. But many would like to see free-scoring Atalanta go even further next season and provide more moment such as their 8-4 last 16 aggregate win over Valencia. By the same logic, the challenge for middle-ranking teams such as Atalanta is to avoid having their best players, and their coach, snatched away, leaving them having to rebuild from scratch. So far Atalanta have managed to avoid that fate. That was followed by successive third places in 2018-19 and then again this term, which also featured their debut in the Champions League.
Fortunate Abid nears 50 in second test v England
SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - Pakistan opener Abid Ali rode his luck as he closed in on a half-century with the tourists reaching 85 for two at tea on a rain-hit opening day of the second test at the Rose Bowl on Thursday. James Anderson (2-24) picked up the two wickets to fall so far, trapping first test century-maker Shan Masood leg before wicket for one. He then removed struggling visiting captain Azhar Ali (20), with Burns finally holding onto a chance at second slip. Alam’s selection sees him play his first test for almost 11 years. England won the first test by three wickets last week, their third victory in a row after consecutive wins over West Indies.
Ivory Coast soccer association election postponed
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) — The Ivory Coast soccer association said Wednesday it has indefinitely postponed an election to choose a new president because of what it called “serious shortcomings” in the electoral process. The election, which was planned for Sept. 5, has been hit by a series of problems. Drogba has since received the support he needed from several clubs in Ivory Coast. ADVERTISEMENTThe 42-year-old Drogba, Ivory Coast’s former captain and all-time leading goalscorer, drew a huge crowd when he submitted his papers at the federation building at the start of the month. Two others have applied to contest the election, outgoing executive committee member Sory Diabate and former federation vice president Idris Diallo.
Spurs keep playoff hopes alive with 123-105 win over Rockets
Keldon Johnson had 24 points and 11 rebounds, and San Antonio kept alive its chances of becoming the first team in NBA history to make 23 consecutive playoff appearances with a 123-105 victory over the Houston Rockets on Tuesday. San Antonio has won three straight and five out of seven since arriving in the Florida bubble. “Whether it’s hustling, running the floor — just doing whatever I need to do to help us win,” he said. San Antonio led by as many as 29 points. San Antonio built a 19-point lead in the first half.
Ecclestone will accept Imola as substitute for Monza
BAKU, Azerbaijan (AP) — Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone says he will accept the Imola circuit in San Marino as a substitute for Monza as host of the Italian Grand Prix if negotiations over a new contract at Monza fail. The Imola circuit last hosted a F1 grand prix in 2006 but is emerging as a candidate to replace Monza, which has held a grand prix every year except one since 1950. Asked if he was confident there would be an Italian Grand Prix next year, whether in Monza or Imola, Ecclestone said: “I hope so. The issue also is in the hands of ACI, which controls the allocation of funds to host the Italian Grand Prix. “The chances are it won’t happen (next year),” Ecclestone said, while adding that a grand prix in Argentina is a possible replacement.
Germany calls up 3 newcomers for San Marino, Italy matches
( Martin Schutt/dpa via AP)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany coach Joachim Loew has called up three players from the under-21 side for the upcoming World Cup qualifier against San Marino and the friendly against Italy. Toni Kroos of Real Madrid and Sami Khedira of Juventus are likely to play only against San Marino next Friday. The newcomers are defenders Benjamin Henrichs of Bayer Leverkusen and Yannick Gerhard of Wolfsburg, and attacking midfielder Serge Gnabry of Werder Bremen. ADVERTISEMENTGermany tops Group C with three wins from three qualifiers, while San Marino has lost all three. ___Germany squad:Goalkeepers: Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich), Bernd Leno (Bayer Leverkusen), Marc-Andre ter Stegen (Barcelona).
Belgium scores fastest goal in WCup qualifying: 7 seconds
BRUSSELS (AP) — Belgium scored the fastest goal in World Cup qualifying history when Christian Benteke slotted home against Gibraltar after only seven seconds Monday. The previous record since detailed timing was kept was held by San Marino’s Davide Gualtieri, who needed 8 seconds to score the opener against England in a 1993 qualifier. Passing back, Benteke robbed the ball immediately after two touches, drove forward and scored with a cross-goal drive. Belgium is second in the FIFA rankings while Gibraltar is last at 205, together with six other nations. Gibraltar is playing its first World Cup qualifying campaign after gaining FIFA membership in May.
Germany’s Toni Kroos to miss San Marino, Italy matches
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos will miss Germany’s upcoming World Cup qualifier against San Marino and the friendly against Italy because of a foot injury. The German soccer federation says Kroos has a hairline fraction in his right foot and will be unable to practice for 10 days. Germany plays San Marino on Friday and meets Italy on Tuesday in Milan. The Germans lead their group after winning their first three matches. The team is seeking to win the group and gain a direct berth in the 2018 World Cup tournament in Russia, where it hopes to defend its title.
Germany blasts San Marino 8-0 in World Cup qualifying
Germany's Serge Gnabry, left, celebrates with his teammate Jonas Hector after scoring a goal against San Marino during their 2018 World Cup Group C qualifying soccer match between San Marino and Germany at the Serravalle stadium in San Marino, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)Germany's Serge Gnabry, left, celebrates with his teammate Jonas Hector after scoring a goal against San Marino during their 2018 World Cup Group C qualifying soccer match between San Marino and Germany at the Serravalle stadium in San Marino, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016. (AP Photo/Marco Vasini)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Serge Gnabry scored a hat trick in his debut for Germany as the World Cup champion overwhelmed San Marino 8-0 on Friday in a qualifier for the 2018 tournament in Russia. Still, San Marino did better than 10 years ago, when it lost 13-0 to Germany in a qualifier for the European Championship. San Marino crowded its defense and Germany stepped off the gas a bit until Hector scored the third in the 32nd after a play by Gundogan and Mario Goetze.
Germany leaves without Neuer, Brandt for San Marino
Neuer will miss the World Cup qualifier against San Marino after feeling unwell shortly before the team's departure on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. Neuer will miss the World Cup qualifier against San Marino after feeling unwell shortly before the team's departure on Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, file)FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer will miss the World Cup qualifier against San Marino after feeling unwell shortly before the team’s departure on Wednesday. After playing in San Marino on Friday, Germany meets Italy in a friendly on Tuesday in Milan. Germany leads its group with three wins from three matches and is heavily favored against San Marino.
Vinales takes pole at San Marino after Marquez crashes
Vinales takes pole at San Marino after Marquez crashesSpanish Rider Maverick Vinales rides his Yamaha during the second free practice session of the San Marino Moto GP grand prix at the Misano circuit, in Misano Adriatico, Italy, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (Fabrizio Petrangeli/ANSA via AP)Spanish Rider Maverick Vinales rides his Yamaha during the second free practice session of the San Marino Moto GP grand prix at the Misano circuit, in Misano Adriatico, Italy, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017. (Fabrizio Petrangeli/ANSA via AP)MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy (AP) — Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales edged championship leader Andrea Dovizioso to claim pole position for the San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix after defending champion Marc Marquez crashed on Saturday. Vinales is Yamaha’s only rider after teammate Valentino Rossi broke his leg in an enduro training accident. In the MotoGP standings, Dovizioso leads Marquez by nine points, with Vinales four points further back.
Germany newcomer scores 3; England, France, Poland also win
ADVERTISEMENTThe win over San Marino was a record 95th victory for German coach Joachim Loew, who now has one more than Sepp Herberger. San Marino did not manage a shot at goal on a rain-soaked pitch and remained winless in 126 internationals. “San Marino is not a measuring stick but the team sought to score goals. Here’s a look at group action:___GROUP AIn the only group match Friday, Paul Pogba headed in the equalizer in France’s 2-1 win against Sweden. Hector admitted it was difficult to play on the rain-soaked pitch in San Marino.
Germany routs San Marino to stay perfect in WCup qualifying
Goalie Elia Benedettini of San Marino is unable to stop Mustafi of Germany's goal for 5:0 during the World Cup qualifier Group C soccer match between Germany and San Marino at the Stadion Nuernberg in Nuremberg, Germany, Saturday June 10, 2017. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)Goalie Elia Benedettini of San Marino is unable to stop Mustafi of Germany's goal for 5:0 during the World Cup qualifier Group C soccer match between Germany and San Marino at the Stadion Nuernberg in Nuremberg, Germany, Saturday June 10, 2017. (Peter Kneffel/dpa via AP)NUREMBERG, Germany (AP) — Sandro Wagner scored a hat trick on his second appearance for Germany as the defending champion maintained its perfect record in World Cup qualifying with another rout of San Marino, 7-0 on Saturday. Germany scored 27 goals in three previous games against the tiny microstate, and it was just a question of how many an unfamiliar looking lineup could score on this occasion. Michael McGovern denied Afran Ismayilov with a fine save in what was the Azeris’ best chance in the second half.
Germany on quick qualifying course with 2-1 win over Czechs
Germany on quick qualifying course with 2-1 win over CzechsGermany's Timo Werner, center, scores the opening goal during the World Cup Group C qualifying soccer match between Czech Republic and Germany in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)Germany's Timo Werner, center, scores the opening goal during the World Cup Group C qualifying soccer match between Czech Republic and Germany in Prague, Czech Republic, Friday, Sept. 1, 2017. Germany is one of only two countries with Switzerland to win all its opening seven qualifying games. With three games remaining, Germany tops the standings with 21 points, followed by Northern Ireland with 16. The striker, who proved his lethal instincts in Germany’s successful Confederations Cup campaign by scoring three goals in four games, has made his presence quickly felt in his World Cup qualifying debut.
Kane rescues England as hat tricks light up Euro qualifiers
Kane, captain of England for the first time, volleyed home deep into stoppage time to make it 2-2. Things were simpler for Germany and Poland, who were aided by hat tricks as the pair continued to dominate their groups. ADVERTISEMENTDespite fielding a weakened team against minnow San Marino, Germany stayed perfect in Group C with a 7-0 win. Sandro Wagner scored a hat trick on just his second appearance for Joachim Loew’s side. But Kane popped up deep into stoppage time to preserve a two point cushion for England in the standings.
Andorra wins again after 13 years; Ronaldo leads Portugal
Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, reacts with Andre Silva, after scoring during World Cup Group B qualifying match between Latvia and Portugal at the Skonto Stadium in Riga, Latvia, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo, right, reacts with Andre Silva, after scoring during World Cup Group B qualifying match between Latvia and Portugal at the Skonto Stadium in Riga, Latvia, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)ANDORRA LA VELLA, Andorra (AP) — Andorra made history by beating Hungary 1-0 to win its first World Cup qualifier in 13 years on Friday, ending a 66-match winless streak in official competitions. Only the top team in each group automatically qualifies for next year’s World Cup in Russia. It was only the second goal for Andorra in qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.
Australia World Cup preparations off to bad start in Norway
Ola Kamara of Norway celebrates after scoring his third of Norway's four goals, in action during their friendly soccer match, in Oslo, Norway, Friday March 23, 2018. (Cornelius Poppe/NTB scanpix via AP)Ola Kamara of Norway celebrates after scoring his third of Norway's four goals, in action during their friendly soccer match, in Oslo, Norway, Friday March 23, 2018. (Cornelius Poppe/NTB scanpix via AP)OSLO, Norway (AP) — Bert van Marwijk’s stint in charge of Australia got off to a bad start Friday as his side squandered a lead and lost 4-1 to Norway, a team that failed to qualify for the World Cup. Kamara grabbed his second then completed the scoring in injury time. Graham Arnold is set to take over after the World Cup.
Marquez wins rainy San Marino GP with pass on final lap
Marquez wins rainy San Marino GP with pass on final lapMoto GP rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain falls off his bike during the San Marino Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Misano circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Moto GP rider Jorge Lorenzo of Spain falls off his bike during the San Marino Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Misano circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy (AP) — Marc Marquez passed Danilo Petrucci on the final lap to win the rainy San Marino and Rimini Riviera Grand Prix on Sunday and draw level with Andrea Dovizioso atop the MotoGP standings. Petrucci had taken the lead 1/4 of the way through the race when Jorge Lorenzo crashed spectacularly — but apparently without injury. Marquez and Dovizioso each have 199 points, 26 ahead of Maverick Vinales in third with five races remaining.
Hazard brothers both out of Belgium’s European qualifiers
Hazard brothers both out of Belgium’s European qualifiersBRUSSELS (AP) — Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard and his brother Thorgan have both withdrawn from Belgium’s squad for upcoming European Championship qualifiers because of injuries. The Belgium team says the Hazards left the squad after it was determined they weren’t fit to play against San Marino on Friday or Scotland on Monday. Eden Hazard has a thigh problem and hasn’t played a competitive game for Real Madrid since joining the Spanish club in the summer. Real coach Zinedine Zidane had expressed frustration that Hazard was joining up with the Belgian team instead of focusing on his recovery. ADVERTISEMENTBorussia Dortmund’s Thorgan Hazard missed his team’s Bundesliga loss to Union Berlin on Saturday with a bruised rib.
Italy, Belgium, Germany win Euro qualifiers; France loses
(AP Photo/Yorgos Karahalis)Attack-minded Italy and Belgium won in style while Germany made it two wins from two games in 2020 European Championship qualifiers on Saturday. “In the second half we also started well, so the mentality of this team was very good.”Artyom Dzyuba led the Russians with four goals in Saransk. “But we should have pushed more, we sat back too much ... in the second half we should have scored more goals. Perisic doubled the advantage early in the second half for Croatia to rebound from a 2-1 loss to Hungary in Budapest. Marco Reus half-volleyed the second goal in the second half as Germany looked confident as a team that is putting a disastrous World Cup campaign behind it.
Roglic wins Stage 9; Conti keeps pink jersey in Giro
Primoz Roglic celebrates on the podium after winning the 9st stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race, an individual time trial over 34,8 km from Riccione to San Marino, in San Marino, Italy, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)Primoz Roglic celebrates on the podium after winning the 9st stage of the Giro d'Italia cycling race, an individual time trial over 34,8 km from Riccione to San Marino, in San Marino, Italy, Sunday, May 19, 2019. (Alessandro Di Meo/ANSA via AP)SAN MARINO (AP) — Primoz Roglic of Slovenia won the ninth stage of the Giro d’Italia on Sunday as Italian cyclist Valerio Conti extended his overall lead after the individual time trial. The 29-year-old Roglic was 11 seconds faster than Belgium cyclist Victor Campenaerts and one minute ahead of Bauke Mollema of the Netherlands. Monday is the race’s first rest day before Tuesday’s 10th stage, an entirely flat 145-kilometer route from Ravenna to Modena.
Dovizioso wins San Marino GP; Marquez extends MotoGP lead
Italy's Andrea Dovizioso steers his Ducati during the San Marino Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Misano circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Italy's Andrea Dovizioso steers his Ducati during the San Marino Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Misano circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 9, 2018. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy (AP) — Italy’s Andrea Dovizioso and the Ducati team won on home soil in the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday, while Marc Marquez extended his lead atop the MotoGP standings. Lorenzo was in a tight battle with Marquez for second until he fell with two laps to go. Marquez now leads Dovizioso by 67 points, while Valentino Rossi — who finished seventh — dropped from second to third in the standings, 70 points behind.
Senna celebrations at Brazilian GP 25 years after his death
In this Nov. 7, 2019 photo, a mural depicts legendary Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna on a business front near the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. (AP Photo/Nelson Antoine)In this Nov. 7, 2019 photo, a mural depicts legendary Brazilian F1 driver Ayrton Senna on a business front near the Interlagos racetrack in Sao Paulo, Brazil. With no Brazilian driver on the grid, local broadcasters are focusing on the charismatic driver who won the championship in 1988, 1990 and 1991. ADVERTISEMENTSenna drove that same car to win his first F1 race at the Portuguese GP. Veteran Brazilian journalist Flávio Gomes, who covered Senna in F1, says the driver wouldn’t necessarily agree with all the attention.
Marquez surges ahead on final lap to win San Marino GP
Race winner Spain's Marc Marquez steers his motorbike during the San Marino Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Misano circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)Race winner Spain's Marc Marquez steers his motorbike during the San Marino Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Misano circuit in Misano Adriatico, Italy, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)MISANO ADRIATICO, Italy (AP) — Marc Marquez passed Fabio Quartararo on the final lap for a dramatic victory in the San Marino Grand Prix on Sunday to increase his lead atop the MotoGP standings to nearly 100 points. Marquez started fifth but quickly worked his way through the field to set up a duel with Quartararo. In the standings, Marquez moved 93 points ahead of Andrea Dovizioso, who finished sixth, as he seems all but assured of a sixth title in the top division.
Rampant Belgium becomes 1st team to qualify for Euro 2020
Belgium's Romelo Lukaku, center, jubilates after scoring during the Euro 2020 group I qualifying soccer match between Belgium and San Marino at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. Belgium — the world’s top-ranked soccer nation — became the first team to qualify for Euro 2020 by crushing San Marino 9-0 on Thursday, matching the biggest margin of victory in its history. It was 6-0 by halftime in Brussels, with striker Romelu Lukaku scoring two of the goals to pass 50 in internationals. LEAVING IT LATEWith the Dutch trailing 1-0 heading into the final 10 minutes, it looked as though they might need a back-door route to Euro 2020 via the playoffs. The top two in each of the 10 groups qualify for the 24-team Euro 2020, which is being played in 12 countries with no automatic places for hosts.
Whirlwind comeback gives Netherlands 4-2 win over Germany
Netherlands' Donyell Malen, center, scores his side's third goal past Germany goalkeeper Manuel Neuer during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between Germany and the Netherlands at the Volksparkstadion in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, Sept. 6, 2019. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)The Netherlands scored four goals in just 32 minutes for a memorable 4-2 comeback win over Germany in European Championship qualifying Friday. On his debut, 20-year-old striker Donyell Malen hit the third goal for the Netherlands off a pass from Georginio Wijnaldum. COMEBACK KINGSGermany was looking for back-to-back wins over the Netherlands and was on track when Serge Gnabry scored off a rebound in the ninth minute. The Netherlands’ win staves off the threat of having to qualify via the playoffs.
Former Spanish world boxing champ Perico Fernandez dies
MADRID (AP) — Spanish authorities say former super lightweight world boxing champion Pedro “Perico” Fernandez has died. The regional government of Aragon in northern Spain said he died on Friday in a medical center in Zaragoza, where he had been under care since 2012. Fernandez won the vacant super lightweight belt in 1974 after beating Japanese fighter Lion Furuyama on a split decision in Lazio, Italy. He lost a rematch for the title in 1977 in Madrid by unanimous decision. Fernandez fought 125 pro fights, winning 82 and drawing 15 until he retired in 1987.
Wedding ring returned to owner, 37 years after he lost it
Wedding ring returned to owner, 37 years after he lost itMADRID (AP) — Agustin Aliaga’s marriage to his wife Juani Sanchez has lasted 37 years, even though he lost his wedding ring just months after they tied the knot. But now, the ring has been found. Diver Jessy Nisos says she found a gold wedding ring while scuba diving last month off Benidorm in Spain. She posted a photo of it on Facebook and gave the wedding date inscribed on it: Feb. 17, 1979. Sanchez says she called Nisos and both of them burst into tears.
Spanish footballer injured after 3rd-floor fall at hotel
MADRID (AP) — Pelayo Novo, a midfielder for second-division Spanish club Albacete, was seriously injured after falling from the third floor of his team’s hotel on Saturday. The club said the Spaniard was in stable condition following the “stunning” accident in the northeastern city of Huesca. The 27-year-old Novo was taken to a hospital in nearby Zaragoza and underwent surgery for multiple fractures, including to his head. ADVERTISEMENTReports said Novo fell into an open space in an interior area of the hotel, apparently while leaning on a railing and using his phone. ___More AP Spanish soccer coverage: https://apnews.com/tag/LaLiga
Spanish judge reopens match-fixing case
MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge has reopened a match-fixing case involving a soccer game between Levante and Zaragoza from May 2011. The Valencia-based court ruled Friday that the case is ready to go to trial after finding in favor of an appeal by state prosecutors to reopen the case, which had been shelved by a lower court. The court agrees with prosecutors that there are indications that Zaragoza paid 965,000 euros ($1 million) to Levante’s players to lose the match. Zaragoza’s 2-1 victory at the end of the 2010-11 allowed the team to avoid relegation. Players and the clubs have denied any wrongdoing.
Girona promoted to Spain’s 1st division for 1st time
MADRID (AP) — Girona will play in Spain’s first division next season for the first time in the 87-year history of the club after earning promotion on Sunday. A 0-0 draw with Zaragoza was good enough for the Catalan club to secure the point it needed to finish second in the second division with one round to go. It will join the already promoted Levante, the second-division winner, next season. Also on Sunday, Getafe, Cadiz and Tenerife earned spots in the playoff for the third and final team that will be promoted. Osasuna, Granada and Sporting Gijon were all relegated from the first division this season, which ended two weeks ago.
High-profile match-fixing case begins in Spain
MADRID (AP) — Spain’s most high-profile match-fixing soccer trial got underway Tuesday with more than 30 players appearing before a judge. More than 40 people have been accused, including former México coach Javier Aguirre, who managed Zaragoza at the time. Lawyers for Zaragoza and some players called for a mistrial on Tuesday because current Spanish league president Javier Tebas was a lawyer to one of the Zaragoza players at the time. Prosecutors said the money allegedly given to Levante players was divided among the squad. Prosecutors said they found evidence the money was transferred to Levante players after analyzing tax reports and banking transactions at the time.
Madrid to face 2nd-division club Zaragoza in last 16 of Copa
(AP Photo/Joan Monfort)MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid will face second-division club Zaragoza in the round of 16 of the Copa del Rey, and Barcelona will take on struggling first-division team Leganés. Friday’s draw also setup a match between defending champion Valencia and third-division club Cultural Leonesa, which eliminated Atlético Madrid on Thursday. Barcelona and Madrid eliminated third-division clubs Ibiza and Unionistas de Salamanca, respectively. Badajoz, the other third-division club in the draw, will host Granada. Eight first-division teams were eliminated in the round of 32: Atlético Madrid, Real Betis, Eibar, Celta Vigo, Valladolid, Espanyol, Levante and Mallorca.
Judge rules players not guilty in match-fixing case in Spain
MADRID (AP) — The 36 players on trial in Spain’s most high-profile match-fixing case were cleared of wrongdoing on Monday. A Spanish judge issued the “not guilty” verdict, saying there was not enough evidence to convict the players and others on trial — including former México coach Javier Aguirre. More than 40 people were accused of match-fixing involving the Spanish league game between Levante and Zaragoza at the end of the 2010-11 season. The Spanish league said in a statement it respected the judicial system’s decision and it would continue to fight against any type of match-fixing in its competitions. Prosecutors said players on both teams were aware of the match-fixing and there was evidence the money was transferred to Levante players after analyzing tax reports and banking transactions at the time.
Real Madrid and Valencia advance in Copa del Rey
MADRID (AP) — Real Madrid keeps extending its impressive run this year. Zinedine Zidane’s team put on yet another solid performance as it cruised past second-division club Zaragoza 4-0 to reach the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday. The victories this year included one on penalties over Atlético Madrid to clinch the Spanish Super Cup title. The Copa del Rey is the only title missing for Zidane as Real Madrid coach. Zidane rested some players ahead of Saturday’s derby against Atlético Madrid in the Spanish league, including Casemiro, Gareth Bale and Francisco “Isco” Alarcón.
Spanish league president says player revealed match-fixing
MADRID (AP) — Spanish league president Javier Tebas testified in a match-fixing trial on Thursday, saying it was a former player who told him a result had been fixed. The case involves a top-tier game between Levante and Zaragoza at the end of the 2010-11 season. Tebas also said the unidentified player was a client of his law firm at the time. ADVERTISEMENTTebas, who became the league’s president in 2013, said he warned then-Levante president Quico Catalán, who later also testified and said he did not recall receiving a call from Tebas about the alleged match-fixing attempt. They said they found evidence the money was transferred to Levante players after analyzing tax reports and banking transactions at the time.
2000 Spanish league champ Deportivo relegated to 3rd tier
MADRID (AP) — Deportivo La Coruña, the 2000 Spanish league champion, was relegated to the third division on Monday even though it couldn’t play its match because of an outbreak of COVID-19 cases. But in the end it didn’t matter as other results meant the traditional Spanish club had no chance of escaping demotion. It will be only the second time Deportivo will play in the third tier. No other league champion had dropped to the third division since Real Betis in 1947, according to Spanish media. ADVERTISEMENTFuenlabrada will need at least a point against Deportivo to replace Elche as the final team in the promotion playoffs.
Real Madrid soaring, Atlético sinking before Madrid derby
Real Madrid's head coach Zinedine Zidane looks on his team during the Spanish Super Cup Final soccer match between Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid at King Abdullah stadium in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. Zinedine Zidane has Real Madrid playing like a winner again for the first time since he started his second stint as coach midway through last season. Atlético Madrid, in contrast, is at its lowest moment since Diego Simeone transformed the team into a challenger after his arrival eight years ago. Real Madrid has gone 20 straight games without a loss, including a victory over Atlético in a penalty shootout in the Spanish Super Cup final on Jan. 12. Despite losing two Champions League finals to Madrid, Atlético hasn’t lost at its stadium in the league in six seasons.
Delaware’s largest high school to begin year remotely
(AP) — Delaware’s largest high school is starting the next school year with remote learning only, with district leaders deciding before Gov. The Colonial School District announced William Penn High School in New Castle will resume classes the way it completed the previous year under the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the decision of the district’s return-to-school work groups, The News Journal of Wilmington reported . The Colonial district said it will offer students in prekindergarten through the eighth grade either remote learning or in-person instruction. The Brandywine School District board voted last week to delay their student start date until Sept. 16.
2 Delaware school boards vote to start school year online
(AP) — Two school boards in Delaware have voted to start the school year with virtual classes. The school boards of the Capital School District in Dover, and the Milford School District in Milford, a city about 20 miles (32 kilometers) south of Dover, voted in favor of the move Thursday, The Delaware State News reported. The Capital School District Board unanimously voted for the decision, while the board members in Milford decided in a 5-1 vote. The votes for the virtual launch comes as school boards across Delaware are contemplating how to start of the academic year after Gov. ADVERTISEMENTStudents in Milford School District would take virtual classes for the first six weeks of the semester.
Fernandes in extra time lifts Man United into Europa semis
Manchester United's Bruno Fernandes scores his sides first goal from a penalty kick during the UEFA Europa League quarterfinal soccer match between Manchester United and FC Copenhagen in Cologne, Germany, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. (Wolfgang Rattay/Pool via AP)COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Manchester United needed an extra-time penalty from Bruno Fernandes to scrape into the Europa League semifinals after beating Copenhagen 1-0 on Monday. First, VAR scratched off a United penalty for offside in the buildup. ADVERTISEMENTUnited plays five-time Europa League winner Sevilla or English club Wolverhampton on Sunday in the semifinals. Manchester City knocked United out of the League Cup and Chelsea knocked United out of the FA Cup.
Group alleges greyhounds being trained with live rabbits
FILE - In this May 17, 2020, file photo, Greyhounds compete in a race at Iowa Greyhound Park in Dubuque, Iowa. The bill comes after a group that has fought against dog racing said it has videos showing racing greyhounds being trained with live rabbits in at least three Midwestern states. The bill comes after a group that has fought against dog racing said it has videos showing racing greyhounds being trained with live rabbits in at least three Midwestern states. The legislation introduced Wednesday by U.S. Reps. Tony Cardenas, D-California., and Steve Cohen, D-Tennessee, would phase out live greyhound racing or pari-mutuel wagering on live racing across the country. “That would be too bad because I value the breed of racing greyhounds and I would hate to see it diminished.”
New response team to help victims of Wyoming grizzly attacks
New response team to help victims of Wyoming grizzly attacksA new animal attack response team will rescue people attacked by grizzly bears in the northwestern Wyoming backcountry. The Teton County Sheriff’s Office, Teton County Search and Rescue, Wyoming Game and Fish Department and Grand Teton National Park are behind the effort. It’s becoming more common for several different agencies to get called to attacks, Wyoming Game and Fish large carnivore biologist Mike Boyce told the Jackson Hole News & Guide. The attack, which left the guide’s client in need of rescue with the bear nearby, led to the idea for the response team, Teton County Sheriff Matt Carr said. “And we were kind of forced into this situation we hadn’t dealt with before.”Teams in Alaska and British Columbia provided a model for the new Wyoming team.
Colorado wildfire prompts evacuations, shuts Interstate 70
Fire crews work to battle the Grizzy Creek Fire as it shoots down the ridge into No Name Canyon in the afternoon after the fire initially started Monday on Interstate 70, near Glenwood Springs, Colo., on Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A portion of Interstate 70 remained closed in western Colorado on Wednesday because of a wildfire that has grown to 5 square miles (13 square kilometers) in hot, dry and windy conditions. The fire started 5 miles east of Glenwood Springs on Monday, when large flames in the highway’s median spread to the north of the highway. The cause of the fire is under investigation but firefighters believe it was related to traffic on the interstate, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported. ADVERTISEMENTThe Garfield County Sheriff’s Office evacuated the communities of No Name and Lookout Mountain east of Glenwood Springs on Tuesday.
Western Colorado fires grow in warm weather, drought
The fire started 5 miles east of Glenwood Springs on Monday, when large flames in the highway's median spread to the north of the highway. The fire started 5 miles east of Glenwood Springs on Monday, when large flames in the highway's median spread to the north of the highway. (Chelsea Self/Glenwood Springs Post Independent via AP)GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Fueled by drought conditions, wildfires burning in western Colorado continue to grow in warm, windy weather. If it crosses it, parts of Glenwood Springs north of I-70 would be put on pre-evacuation notice, the Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported. The Pine Gulch Fire had grown to 91.9 square miles (238 square kilometers) and was 7 percent contained as of Thursday.
55 years after riots, Watts section of LA still bears scars
Lorinda Lacy, 45, stands outside her party store painted with a mural depicting Martin Luther King Jr. in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. There was violence and looting in some places, including Los Angeles, but not in LA’s Watts neighborhood, forever linked to an uprising in the segregated community 55 years ago that became known as the Watts riots . The Los Angeles community of Watts has been associated with a 1965 uprising. Improvements over the years include a more diverse Los Angeles Police Department that better reflects the city’s population. “We’re not the same California we were 55 years ago or the city of Los Angeles 55 years ago,” Gipson said.
Jones hits 32, Coastal Carolina slips past Winthrop 92-88
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — DeVante Jones, who tied his career-best with 32 points, drained a trey and followed with a layup late to lift Coastal Carolina to an 92-88 victory over Winthrop on Saturday night. Coastal Carolina had trailed for most of the contest before Keishawn Brewton nailed a 3-pointer to go out front 84-82 with 1:54 remaining in the game. Jones answered with a 3 for an 87-85 lead with 1:46 remaining before Winthrop took the lead again after Chandler Vaudrin’s 3-pointer with :56 left. Jones followed with the layup that gave the Chanticleers the lead for good with :42 remaining. Brewton totaled 23 points for Coastal Carolina (6-4).
CCU visits Winthrop
Coastal Carolina (5-4) vs. Winthrop (4-4)Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Saturday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Winthrop goes up against Coastal Carolina in a non-conference matchup. Coastal Carolina won easily 114-79 at home against Greensboro on Wednesday, while Winthrop is coming off of an 83-70 loss at Duke last week. Winthrop has an assist on 57 of 102 field goals (55.9 percent) across its previous three outings while Coastal Carolina has assists on 47 of 89 field goals (52.8 percent) during its past three games. DID YOU KNOW: Winthrop has made 8.8 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-best among Big South teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap , using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
Vaudrin triple-double leads Winthrop over Longwood 91-67
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Chandler Vaudrin had a triple-double with 10 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists to lift Winthrop to a 91-67 win over Longwood in the Big South Conference opener for both teams on Thursday night. It was Vaudrin’s first triple-double at the Division I level. JaShaun Smith added 11 points and eight rebounds. ADVERTISEMENTJaylon Wilson, whose 11 points per game heading into the matchup ranked second on the Lancers, shot only 14% in the game (1 of 7). Longwood takes on South Carolina Upstate at home on Saturday.
Longwood, Winthrop start Big South play
Longwood (5-8, 0-0) vs. Winthrop (6-7, 0-0)Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Longwood and Winthrop meet in the first conference game of the season for both teams. In conference play last season, Longwood finished with five wins and 11 losses, while Winthrop won 10 games and lost six. SPARKING THE OFFENSE: Shabooty Phillips has been directly responsible for 45 percent of all Longwood field goals over the last three games. Winthrop has 39 assists on 83 field goals (47 percent) across its previous three outings while Longwood has assists on 38 of 82 field goals (46.3 percent) during its past three games. DID YOU KNOW: Winthrop is rated second among Big South teams with an average of 78.2 points per game.
Winthrop looks for home win vs Gardner-Webb
Gardner-Webb (5-10, 1-2) vs. Winthrop (9-7, 3-0)Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Saturday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Winthrop looks for its sixth straight win over Gardner-Webb at Winthrop Coliseum. The last victory for the Runnin’ Bulldogs at Winthrop was a 56-51 win on Jan. 15, 2014. Those are both noticeable improvements over the 63.6 points scored and 72.1 points given up per game to non-conference opponents. STREAK STATS: Winthrop has won its last three home games, scoring an average of 89.7 points while giving up 73.3. DID YOU KNOW: The Winthrop offense is rated 26th in the nation by scoring 79.6 points per game this season.
Elon squares up against Winthrop
Elon (4-8) vs. Winthrop (5-7)Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Winthrop hosts Elon in a non-conference matchup. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: Winthrop has been fueled by senior leadership this year while Elon has leaned on freshmen. ADVERTISEMENTWINLESS WHEN: Elon is 0-8 when scoring fewer than 67 points and 4-0 when scoring at least 67. COLD SPELL: Elon has lost its last five road games, scoring 52.8 points, while allowing 67.8 per game. DID YOU KNOW: Winthrop is ranked second among Big South teams with an average of 77.7 points per game.
Winthrop plays host to SIUE
Southern Illinois-Edwardsville (2-8) vs. Winthrop (4-7)Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Tuesday, 11 a.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville and Winthrop look to bounce back from losses. Winthrop lost 80-73 to Furman on Saturday, while Southern Illinois-Edwardsville fell 72-54 at Northwestern on Sunday. ADVERTISEMENTSLIPPING AT 68: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville is 0-8 when it allows at least 68 points and 2-0 when it holds opponents to less than 68. STREAK STATS: Southern Illinois-Edwardsville has lost its last four road games, scoring 52.8 points, while allowing 72.5 per game. DID YOU KNOW: Winthrop has made nine 3-pointers per game this season, which is second-best among Big South teams.
Winthrop wins 9th straight, beats SC Upstate 79-53
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Hunter Hale had 17 points as Winthrop won its ninth straight game, rolling past South Carolina Upstate 79-53 on Thursday night. South Carolina Upstate scored 19 second-half points, a season low for the team. Bryson Mozone had 14 points for the Spartans (7-13, 2-5), who have now lost four games in a row. Winthrop faces Presbyterian at home on Saturday. South Carolina Upstate faces UNC-Asheville at home on Saturday.
Ferguson delivers late as Winthrop tops Gardner-Webb in 3OTs
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Hunter Hale scored 25 points, Chandler Vaudrin added 24, but it was Josh Ferguson who came up big in the third overtime as Winthrop outlasted Gardner-Webb 99-95 on Saturday. Gardner-Webb (5-11, 1-3) scored the last five points of regulation, but it was the Bulldogs who couldn’t hold the late lead in the first two overtime periods. Vaudrin buried a 3-pointer for Winthrop and was fouled on the shot with 7 seconds left. Burns scored 14 points and Chase Claxton had 11 points and nine rebounds for Winthrop. Hale added seven rebounds and four assists.
Winthrop overcomes Campbell for 13th straight win, 62-53
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Chase Claxton came off the bench to score 10 of his 12 points in the second half and help Winthrop earn a 62-53 win over Campbell on Thursday night, the 13th consecutive victory for the Big South leaders. Burns had 11 points for Winthrop (17-7, 11-0). Cory Gensler had 11 points, six rebounds and three blocks for the Fighting Camels (11-12, 2-9), whose losing streak stretched to five games. Winthrop defeated Campbell 87-72 on Jan. 4. Campbell plays Presbyterian at home on Saturday.
Winthrop looks to extend streak vs UNC-Asheville
UNC-Asheville (9-11, 3-6) vs. Winthrop (15-7, 9-0)Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Winthrop looks for its 10th straight conference win against UNC-Asheville. WINLESS WHEN: UNC-Asheville is 0-6 when scoring fewer than 66 points and 9-5 when scoring at least 66. STREAK STATS: Winthrop has won its last six home games, scoring an average of 86.5 points while giving up 70.8. DID YOU KNOW: The Winthrop offense has scored 80.8 points per game this season, ranking the Eagles 13th among Division 1 teams. The UNC-Asheville defense has allowed 74 points per game to opponents (ranked 257th).
Defense shines as Winthrop defeats Presbyterian 72-57
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Hunter Hale recorded 19 points as Winthrop won its 10th consecutive game, topping Presbyterian 72-57 on Saturday. Micheal Anumba added 11 points and six rebounds for the Eagles, who forced a season-high 26 turnovers. Burns had 10 points for Winthrop (14-7, 8-0 Big South Conference). Chandler Vaudrin added six rebounds. Presbyterian plays South Carolina Upstate at home on Thursday.
Winthrop looks to extend streak vs Presbyterian
Presbyterian (8-12, 5-2) vs. Winthrop (13-7, 7-0)Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Saturday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Winthrop looks for its eighth straight conference win against Presbyterian. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: Winthrop has been fueled by senior leadership while Presbyterian has relied on freshmen this year. Seniors Chandler Vaudrin, Josh Ferguson and Hunter Hale have collectively accounted for 41 percent of Winthrop’s scoring this season. WINLESS WHEN: Presbyterian is 0-11 when scoring fewer than 66 points and 8-1 when scoring at least 66. STREAK STATS: Winthrop has won its last five home games, scoring an average of 89.4 points while giving up 73.6.
Hampton seeks revenge on Winthrop
Hampton (11-15, 6-7) vs. Winthrop (19-9, 13-2)Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Saturday, 1 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Winthrop goes for the season sweep over Hampton after winning the previous matchup in Hampton. ADVERTISEMENTOFFENSIVE THREAT: Jermaine Marrow has been directly responsible for 46 percent of all Hampton field goals over the last five games. STREAK STATS: Hampton has lost its last five road games, scoring 70.6 points, while allowing 81.4 per game. Winthrop has an assist on 46 of 82 field goals (56.1 percent) across its previous three matchups while Hampton has assists on 36 of 68 field goals (52.9 percent) during its past three games. DID YOU KNOW: The Winthrop offense has scored 80.4 points per game this season, ranking the Eagles 10th nationally.
Winthrop looks to sweep Presbyterian
Winthrop (18-9, 12-2) vs. Presbyterian (9-17, 6-7)Ross E. Templeton P.E. Center, Clinton, South Carolina; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Winthrop goes for the season sweep over Presbyterian after winning the previous matchup in Rock Hill. ARE YOU EXPERIENCED: Winthrop has leaned on senior leadership this year while Presbyterian has been fueled heavily by freshmen. ADVERTISEMENTWINLESS WHEN: Presbyterian is 0-12 this year when it scores 64 points or fewer and 9-5 when it scores at least 65. DID YOU KNOW: The Winthrop offense has scored 80 points per game this season, ranking the Eagles 19th among Division I teams.
Jones scores 20 to lift Radford over Winthrop 81-77
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Devonnte Holland blocked a shot and made two free throws in the final 19 seconds as Radford held off Winthrop 81-77 on Monday night after nearly blowing a 27-point lead. Radford led 46-31 at halftime after shooting 55% and opened the second half on a 16-4 run for a 27-point lead with 14:06 remaining. Winthrop had the ball, down two, with 29 seconds to go, and Russell Jones appeared to be open on a baseline drive but Holland got a piece of it. ADVERTISEMENTCarlik Jones had 20 points and Travis Fields, Jr. added 19 for Radford, which earned its fifth consecutive victory. Russell Jones added 13 points, and Chandler Vaudrin had 10 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.
Winthrop looks to sweep Gardner-Webb
Winthrop (18-8, 12-1) vs. Gardner-Webb (10-14, 6-6)Paul Porter Arena, Boiling Springs, North Carolina; Thursday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Gardner-Webb seeks revenge on Winthrop after dropping the first matchup in Rock Hill. ADVERTISEMENTWINLESS WHEN: Gardner-Webb is 0-9 this year when it scores 64 points or fewer and 10-5 when it scores at least 65. STREAK SCORING: Winthrop has won its last six road games, scoring 81.7 points, while allowing 68 per game. DID YOU KNOW: The Winthrop offense has scored 80.4 points per game this season, ranking the Eagles 15th among Division I teams. The Gardner-Webb defense has allowed 71.3 points per game to opponents (ranked 206th overall).
Winthrop tops High Point to claim share of Big South title
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Hunter Hale scored 22 points and Chandler Vaudrin distributed a career-high 15 assists and Winthrop beat High Point 84-76 on Saturday to clinch a share of the Big South Conference regular season championship. Later in the day, third-place Gardner-Webb pulled a surprise and beat Radford (20-10, 15-3) who entered the day a game up on Winthrop (21-10, 15-3). Despite Saturday’s results, Radford earned the top seed to the Big South Conference Tournament after league officials conducted tiebreaker scenarios. Radford and Winford split their season series, and the two split their respective series against third-place Gardner-Webb. They were both undefeated against fourth-place Longwood, leaving the fifth-place tie breaker between Hampton and UNC Asheville as the determining factor.
USC Upstate seeks revenge on Winthrop
Winthrop (19-10, 13-3) vs. South Carolina Upstate (11-18, 6-10)G.B. Hodge Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina; Thursday, 6 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Winthrop goes for the season sweep over South Carolina Upstate after winning the previous matchup in Rock Hill. ADVERTISEMENTWINLESS WHEN: South Carolina Upstate is 0-14 this year when it scores 64 points or fewer and 11-4 when it scores at least 65. DID YOU KNOW: The Winthrop offense has scored 80.4 points per game this season, ranking the Eagles 11th among Division I teams. The South Carolina Upstate defense has allowed 73.3 points per game to opponents (ranked 247th overall).
Stanley scores 31 as Hampton scores upset at Winthrop, 87-81
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Ben Stanley scored 31 points and Davion Warren had a double-double to lead Hampton to an 87-81 upset of Winthrop on Saturday. Entering Saturday’s game, Morrow (24.3 points per game) and Stanley (21.9) were ranked third and eighth in the nation for scoring. Stanley shot 13 of 17 while Warren was 7 of 8 and scored 18 points with 11 rebounds. Stanley fouled out with 1:51 left with Winthrop leading 79-74 while Warren exited with 16.2 seconds remaining and the Eagles still up five. The Pirates (13-15, 8-7 Big South) won just their second road game in 14 outings.
Carolina Panthers buy land for new practice facility in SC
The NFL team wrapped up the deal to buy 240 acres (97 hectares) near Interstate 77 in Rock Hill on March 27, according to the York County records obtained by The Herald of Rock Hill . The site is not currently in Rock Hill, but the city plans to annex it soon. Local officials want to build hotels, restaurants and other businesses around the practice facility to create an entertainment complex. South Carolina offered about $115 million in incentives to get the Panthers to move their practices and team headquarters from North Carolina. The team will continue to play its games 15 miles (25 kilometers) to the north in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Winthrop to 11th NCAA Tournament with 76-68 win over Hampton
Winthrop guard Micheal Anumba, right, hugs guard Kyle Zunic as they celebrate after winning the Big South tournament championship over Hampton in an NCAA college basketball game in Rock Hill, S.C., Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)Winthrop guard Micheal Anumba, right, hugs guard Kyle Zunic as they celebrate after winning the Big South tournament championship over Hampton in an NCAA college basketball game in Rock Hill, S.C., Sunday, March 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — It took a freshman to bring Winthrop back to where it almost always used to go — the NCAA Tournament. DJ Burns scored 16 points, 12 of them in the second half, to lead the second-seeded Eagles to a 76-68 win over fifth-seeded Hampton on Sunday in the Big South Conference championship game. HAPPY TO BE THEREKelsey wouldn’t say what seed he thought Winthrop should be in the NCAA Tournament.
Hampton, Winthrop meet in Big South finals
Hampton (15-18, 10-10) vs. Winthrop (23-10, 17-3)Big South Conference Tourney Championship, Winthrop Coliseum, Rock Hill, South Carolina; Sunday, 12 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Hampton and Winthrop are prepared to face off in the Championship of the Big South tournament. For Hampton, Jermaine Marrow, Greg Heckstall and Dondre Griffin have collectively scored 42 percent of the team’s points this season, including 49 percent of all Pirates points over their last five. ADVERTISEMENTFACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Marrow has either made or assisted on 60 percent of all Hampton field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 31 field goals and 21 assists in those games. Winthrop has 52 assists on 94 field goals (55.3 percent) over its previous three contests while Hampton has assists on 49 of 86 field goals (57 percent) during its past three games.
Washington activates linebacker Reuben Foster off PUP list
FILE - Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster stretches during a practice at the team's NFL football practice facility, in a Reuben Foster Monday, May 20, 2019 file photo, in Ashburn, Va.The Washington Football Team activated linebacker Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list Sunday, Aug.9, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)FILE - Washington Redskins linebacker Reuben Foster stretches during a practice at the team's NFL football practice facility, in a Reuben Foster Monday, May 20, 2019 file photo, in Ashburn, Va.The Washington Football Team activated linebacker Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list Sunday, Aug.9, 2020. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)The Washington Football Team activated linebacker Reuben Foster off the physically unable to perform list Sunday ahead of the start of the first on-field training camp workouts. He was put on the PUP list along with rehabbing quarterback Alex Smith when players first reported to camp. The NFL fined Foster two game checks but did not suspend him and reinstated him to Washington’s roster after reviewing the situation.
Winthrop eliminates men’s, women’s tennis due to virus
ROCK HILL, S.C. (AP) — Winthrop is ending its men’s and women’s tennis programs due to a financial shortfall caused because of the coronavirus pandemic. ADVERTISEMENTWomen’s tennis had won 21 Big South Conference championships, including the last four from 2016-19. The men’s team has won nine Big South regular season titles, the last in 2018. The school said lost revenue from due to COVID-19 plus necessary and substantial upkeep to the Winthrop tennis facility contributed to the decision. Winthrop joins schools across the country in getting rid of sports in the wake of the virus.
Saints’ Kamara focused on his health and team, not contract
FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2019, file photo, New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara scores a touchdown against the Carolina Panthers during the first half of an NFL football game in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints running back Alvin Kamara asserts that he is focused on his health and his team — and is trying not to think about the fact that he has one season left under contract. “At times, there were situations were, in my head, I’m like, ‘I shouldn’t be out here,’” Kamara recounted. So far, general manager Mickey Loomis has declined to discuss contract talks with Kamara or his agent, Damarius Bilbo. “I bet on myself every year,” Kamara said, adding that his contract situation is “just not something that’s on the forefront of my day.
Steady WR duo Woods, Kupp adapt to change in Rams’ offense
Kupp and Woods spent the offseason getting kicked off various high school football fields while trying to get in some COVID-clandestine workouts. Kupp and Woods spent the offseason getting kicked off various high school football fields while trying to get in some COVID-clandestine workouts. “I think we’re not like the flashiest group of receivers,” said Woods, the first Rams receiver to post back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons since Torry Holt in 2007. Jefferson showed up early in the Thousand Oaks area and participated in some of those not-so-secret Rams workouts, picking the veteran wideouts’ brains for info. McVay is pleased to see Woods and Kupp stepping up to take a new level of responsibility in his offense.
New LT Trent Williams fitting in with 49ers
“Coming where I came from, a walkthrough was a walkthrough,” Williams said. But Williams still wanted out and got his wish granted when he was finally traded during the draft to San Francisco. He was able to reunite with coach Kyle Shanahan, who was offensive coordinator for Williams’ first four seasons in Washington. Williams made the Pro Bowl every season from 2012-18 as one of the game’s most athletic and dependable left tackles. “He’s going to be a pivotal tool for me to use to knock the rust off,” Williams said.
End of the line? DeCastro, Steelers try to keep window open
FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro (66) plays against the Miami Dolphins in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Don Wright, File)FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro (66) plays against the Miami Dolphins in an NFL football game in Pittsburgh. The veteran Pittsburgh Steelers right guard turned 30 in January a couple of weeks before his fifth straight Pro Bowl appearance. Obviously, they are capable players, but when you lose a guy like that, that’s tough.”So tough the Steelers put together their worst statistical offensive season in 30 years. Zach Banner and Chukwuma Okorafor will battle for the chance to line up next to DeCastro at right tackle.
Pats trade 2022 draft pick to Lions for CB Michael Jackson
(AP) — The Patriots have traded an undisclosed 2022 draft pick to the Detroit Lions for cornerback Michael Jackson. Jackson was originally drafted in the fifth round in 2019 by Dallas. He began his career on the Cowboys practice squad before being signed by Detroit. He appeared in one game last season and did not register any statistics. Jackson joins a Patriots team that is looking to add depth in the secondary after veteran Patrick Chung opted out of the upcoming season because of concerns about the coronavirus.
Vikings LB Cam Smith to miss season due to heart condition
Smith will miss the 2020 season because of a heart condition. The Vikings made the procedural move on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, of waiving Smith with a non-football injury designation. Smith will miss the 2020 season because of a heart condition. The Vikings made the procedural move on Monday, Aug. 10, 2020, of waiving Smith with a non-football injury designation. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings second-year linebacker Cameron Smith will miss the 2020 season because of a heart condition that was discovered after he tested positive for COVID-19 upon reporting to training camp two weeks ago.
Titans place LB Vic Beasley on non-football injury list
(AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have placed linebacker Vic Beasley on the non-football injury list days after he finally reported for training camp. The Titans announced Tuesday that Beasley must pass a physical before he can re-join practices. ADVERTISEMENT“Vic’s here, which I’m excited about,” coach Mike Vrabel said a couple hours before the Titans announced Beasley had been put on the non-football injury list. The Titans traded with Green Bay for Gilbert last August, and he started five of his 11 games with the Titans. ___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL
Once Jags’ centerpiece, Fournette now at career crossroads
Then he ended up on the trading block. Then he ended up on the trading block. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack, File)JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Leonard Fournette used to be considered a building block in Jacksonville. Then he ended up on the trading block. This much is certain: Fournette realizes his NFL career is at a crossroads.
Witten ‘invigorated’ by new opportunity with Raiders
FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten (82) warms up before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington, Texas. After 16 seasons in Dallas and one in the "Monday Night Football" booth, Jason Witten now is adjusting to a new home with the Las Vegas Raiders. (AP Photo/Ron Jenkins, File)FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten (82) warms up before an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles in Arlington, Texas. After 16 seasons in Dallas and one in the "Monday Night Football" booth, Jason Witten now is adjusting to a new home with the Las Vegas Raiders. “I’m invigorated by this challenge and where I’m at in my career,” Witten said Monday.
Chargers’ Ekeler has new role but maintains same mindset
FILE - In this Dec. 22, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Chargers running back Austin Ekeler runs against the Oakland Raiders during the second half of an NFL football game in Carson, Calif. Ekeler could be the one player who benefits the most from the Los Angeles Chargers changes on offense. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo, File)COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Austin Ekeler has a new role and different training camp this year. However, the Los Angeles Chargers running back is still trying to maintain the same approach. Ekeler is the Chargers lead back after a breakout 2019 season and Melvin Gordon’s departure to Denver. Ekeler is eager to see how much Justin Jackson and Joshua Kelley can add to the running game.
Jets’ motivated Bell out to prove he’s now better than ever
Jets’ motivated Bell out to prove he’s now better than everFILE - In this Nov. 10, 2019, file photo, New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell (26) smiles before an NFL football game against the New York Giants, in East Rutherford, N.J. Bell has his sights set on a big-time bounce back. Bell say he's now in the best shape of his career and can't wait to show it on the field. Bell say he's now in the best shape of his career and can't wait to show it on the field. AP Photo/Steven Ryan)NEW YORK (AP) — Le’Veon Bell refuses to make excuses or blame anyone else. The New York Jets star running back acknowledges he wasn’t nearly as good as he expected he’d be in his first season with his new team.
NFL, union agree to extend daily coronavirus testing
The NFL extended daily coronavirus testing for players and staff until further notice even though the positive test rate from the first two weeks of camp has been less than 1 percent. If the positive rate from that first stretch of daily testing was below 5 percent, the plan had been to shift to testing every other day. But the league and the union decided Wednesday to extend that period as they use more rapid onsite testing and as contact increases when padded practices start around the league next week. “I think we were pleasantly surprised at how few positive tests we had,” Sills said of the initial results. The protocols the NFL has with the union already require heart tests for players who have tested positive before they are allowed to return.
Gen. Belichick? Trump says Patriots coach has military chops
(AP) — Bill Belichick has eight Super Bowl rings. In a call with conservative radio show host Hugh Hewitt aired Tuesday, President Donald Trump said he thinks the legendary New England Patriots coach — a master strategist on the football field — would make a solid military leader. “If I ever had a military battle, I’d call Belichick up and say, ‘What do you think, what do you think? “He’d be as good as any general out there.”Belichick, who won two Super Bowls with the Giants and six more with the Patriots, didn’t immediately react to the president’s comments. After the 2016 election, Trump read a letter from Belichick at an appearance in New Hampshire in which the coach congratulated the president for his “toughness and perseverance.”Trump told Hewitt he thinks Belichick is “an incredible coach” and called him “a very good friend of mine.”
Raiders enjoying new world-class training facility
FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, the sun sets behind Allegiant Stadium, new home of the Las Vegas Raiders football team, as it nears completion in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)FILE - In this July 22, 2020, file photo, the sun sets behind Allegiant Stadium, new home of the Las Vegas Raiders football team, as it nears completion in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)LAS VEGAS (AP) — Quarterback Derek Carr hit Henry Ruggs III on a go route that showed off the rookie receiver’s speed and a member of the Las Vegas Raiders staff marked the moment by blaring a song by rapper Lil Baby. There was quite the vibe Wednesday at the team’s new 335,000-square-foot, $75 million practice facility just south of the Vegas Strip. “This is a blessing to have a facility like this.”New Raiders tight end Jason Witten, who spent 16 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, knows what a world-class facility can do to ignite a team during training camp.
Ravens’ Martindale can’t wait to unleash big, fast defense
FILE - In this Friday, July 17, 2018, file photo, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale directs players during an NFL football training camp practice in Owings Mills, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)FILE - In this Friday, July 17, 2018, file photo, Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator Don Martindale directs players during an NFL football training camp practice in Owings Mills, Md. Martindale was quite pleased with a virtual minicamp that enabled his unit to get a grasp on the playbook this spring without actually getting on the field. “You’re seeing the energy build.”Martindale can’t wait to unleash a defense that has five 2019 Pro Bowlers — Judon, Campbell and defensive backs Marcus Peters, Earl Thomas and Marlon Humphrey — along with newcomers Wolfe and Queen. In Campbell’s eyes, no one does it better than Martindale, the latest in a long line of accomplished Ravens defensive coordinators that includes Marvin Lewis, Rex Ryan and Dean Pees.
Eagles coach Doug Pederson back after bout with coronavirus
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Eagles coach Doug Pederson has returned to the team after missing less than two weeks because of the coronavirus. Pederson said he stayed engaged with the team virtually and watched practices on video while quarantining at home. I was able to still run the team from my home,” Pederson said Wednesday. The 52-year-old Pederson enters his fifth season as Philadelphia’s head coach. He has led the Eagles to three straight playoff appearances and the franchise’s first Super Bowl victory following the 2017 season.
Howard Mudd, former NFL player, standout coach, dies at 78
SEATTLE (AP) —Howard Mudd, a former NFL All-Pro player and longtime offensive line coach, has died. Indianapolis was one of many stops in Mudd’s coaching career that included time with Philadelphia, Kansas City, Cleveland, Seattle, San Francisco and the San Diego Chargers. His coaching career started at the college level with two seasons as the offensive line coach at California in 1972-73. The 49ers tweeted their condolences on Mudd’s passing and Seattle coach Pete Carroll said, “He’s been a tough guy his whole life. “people that know football know that the offensive line is the engine that drives your football team.
Plenty of eyes on Jamal Adams as Seahawks get on field
Something else Carroll quickly noticed was how much he’s come to like seeing strong safety Jamal Adams in a Seahawks uniform. “He’s really sharp. He’s really competitive in that he really cares, he really wants to know all the details. He wants to be corrected, he wants to be helped, he wants to be taught and coached and all that. The Seahawks will potentially have another new face in the secondary joining Adams in the coming days.
Super Bowl loss ‘ingrained’ in 49ers brains
(AP Photo/Chris O'Meara, File)Nick Bosa said he hasn’t been able to watch the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl even once. The Super Bowl loss that came after San Francisco blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead over the Kansas City Chiefs still hovers over the 49ers six months later as they begin preparations for what they hope will be a title run this time. Eight other Super Bowl losers returned to the game the next season only to lose again, including Buffalo three times. But 15 of the past 33 teams that lost in the Super Bowl failed even to make it back to the playoffs the following year, including the Los Angeles Rams this past season. “That’s what everybody in the NFL, every team wants to do, get to the Super Bowl and win it.
Report: 49ers, TE George Kittle agree to landmark five-year, $75 million extension
The 49ers have locked down their Pro Bowl tight end for the foreseeable future, and made him the highest paid player at his position in history. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Niners and George Kittle have agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension that includes a significant amount of guaranteed money and an $18 million signing bonus. The #49ers & star TE George Kittle are in agreement on a 5-year, $75M extension, sources tell me & @MikeSilver, one that gives him more than half of it in guarantees. This extension bumps Kittle up to $15 million a year, making him the highest-paid tight end ever. George Kittle has signed a massive contract extension with the 49ers.
Giannis Antetokounmpo has yet another stat to prove why he deserves the MVP award
Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has officially given the basketball world yet another reason why he deserves his second-consecutive MVP award. Antetokounmpo has officially wrapped up the most efficient season in league history. Giannis Antetokounmpo will finish this season with the highest PER (31.91) in NBA History pic.twitter.com/iBvpG7Px5Y — Hoop Central (@TheHoopCentral) August 13, 2020The Player Efficiency Rating, or PER, was developed by former ESPN columnist John Hollinger. Among @Giannis_An34's many, eye-popping stats this season: He's on pace to have the highest player efficiency rating in NBA history. Giannis Antetokounmpo has officially recorded the most efficient season in league history.
Pac-12 basketball: Start delayed but creative plans in place for navigating a Covid-19 world
The Pac-12 won’t play non-conference games in November or December. To date, it’s the only power conference to shutter men’s basketball for the rest of the calendar year. When the Big East followed with news one day later, it limited the shutdown to fall sports teams and left basketball untouched. “It came a little earlier than we anticipated,” said Cal coach Mark Fox, a member of the basketball working group. Remember how the 2020-21 season was supposed to be the first of an era, the first with 20 conference games — two of them played prior to Christmas?
NSIC cancels all sports through the end of 2020
The Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference, a Division II league that includes nine Minnesota schools, announced Thursday it will cancel all sports through the end of the year. Several winter sports — including men's and women's basketball, wrestling, women's swimming and diving and men's and women's indoor track — would not start their seasons until after Jan. 1. The NSIC includes schools that also have Division-I hockey teams that play in other conferences (Minnesota State Mankato, Minnesota Duluth, Bemidji State and St. "It is no longer feasible to conduct outside competition this fall semester," NSIC Commissioner Erin Lind said in a statement. Lind's statement said the NSIC would not conduct a league schedule for 2020 fall sports, but is "committed to exploring meaningful opportunities and experiences for fall student-athletes in the spring, if it can be done reasonably and safely."
49ers and George Kittle agree to record-setting new extension after months of negotiations
No tight end in NFL history opened a career with a better three years than George Kittle. That includes the addition of veteran tight end Jordan Reed and the drafting of wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk, plus the return of injured receivers Trent Taylor and Jalen Hurd. Receiving and blocking make Kittle the 49ers’ undisputed catalyst to an offense complemented by quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and their multi-look rushing attack. A quick recap of Kittle’s résumé:— His 2,945 career receiving yards are the most ever by a NFL tight end through three seasons. — His 515 overall yards in 2017 were the most by a 49ers tight end since at least 1970.
It’s Tobias Harris’ job to score more when Ben Simmons is out. And so here we are.
“Just trying to make sure we find our spots a little bit differently, so me personally, with Ben being out, that’s a guy who contributes a whole lot for us offensively, in a way that he is able to collapse defenses,” Harris said. “So I think everyone kind of has to shift themselves in a different way to contribute, whether that be as a spacer, whether it be shooting the basketball. As a collective unit, we look to kind of find a way to up our games to another level to help our team offensively.”
A once-in-a-lifetime auction of rock posters is happening in Bucks County and online
MacLean, who died in February in Newtown at age 80, worked as a secretary for Graham when she took over as lead artist at the original Fillmore after the hot-tempered Graham had a falling out with Wilson. In 2015, she came out of poster-making retirement to create a design for the Fillmore Philadelphia, the Fishtown club that’s one of many Live Nation venues that use the Fillmore name.
Denver Outlaws’ Dan Bucaro named Major League Lacrosse’s Warrior Rookie of the Year
Denver Outlaws’ Dan Bucaro on Thursday was named Major League Lacrosse’s Warrior Rookie of the Year. The 6-foot-2, 195-pound attackman tallied 15 points (13 goals and two assists) during Denver’s truncated five-game regular season. Bucaro led all MLL rookies in points and assists. He also had three goals and an assist in the Outlaws’ loss to Boston in the MLL championship game. Originally drafted by Denver with the ninth pick in the first round of the 2019 draft, Bucaro missed the 2019 season with an injury.
Allie Quigley scores 20 to lead Sky past Mercury
BRADENTON, Fla. — Allie Quigley scored 20 points, Kahleah Copper added 16 points and the Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 89-71 on Wednesday night. The Sky had a 14-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but it was cut to 70-65 with 5:21 remaining. Courtney Vandersloot answered with a three-point play to start a 7-0 Chicago run for a double-digit lead. Diamond DeShields made a floater in the lane just before the halftime buzzer to extend the Sky’s lead to 42-36. Skylar Diggins-Smith and Sophie Cunningham each scored 15 points for Phoenix (5-4), which had won five of its last six games.
Cubs are comfortable with being uncomfortable, and that’s bad news for National League
Having four days off after last weekend’s postponed series with the Cardinals might have been tough for a team as hot as the Cubs. The Cubs have won all five of their series this season. “I mean, it was weird having the series canceled and a day off mixed in there,” Kris Bryant said. The Cubs took control in a three-run fifth inning with the help of a two-run single from third baseman David Bote that extended the Cubs’ early lead. The Cubs are 12-3 with a major-league-leading .800 winning percentage and head back home to Wrigley Field for a 10-game homestand.
‘Kap & J.Hood’ morning show highlights ESPN 1000’s new lineup
ESPN 1000 listeners have been clamoring about it for years, and starting Monday, they’ll finally have it: a local morning show. When ESPN market manager Mike Thomas unveiled a new weekday lineup this week, the biggest change was David Kaplan’s “Kap & Co.” moving from 9 a.m.-noon to 7-10 a.m. and dropping the “Company” for “J.Hood,” aka Jonathan Hood. With ESPN Radio revamping its national lineup, Thomas said the time was right for ESPN 1000 to have its first local morning show as a network affiliate. The show airs nationally from 5-9 a.m., but ESPN 1000 will carry it until 7 a.m., making way for “Kap & J. Hood.”Carmen DeFalco and John Jurkovic will move up from noon-2 to 10 a.m.-noon. You’re going out or you’re watching movies, and I don’t fall asleep until 2 or 3 in the morning and I get up at 8 or 9.
Dolphins to honor Don Shula with jersey patch, pins for 2020 NFL season
He is best known for leading the team to a perfect season in 1972, going 17-0 to become the only NFL team to complete an undefeated run to the championship. The Dolphins won the Super Bowl again the following season.
Medical advisors recommend further delays for high school football ahead of Friday FHSAA meeting
“The FHSAA SMAC and invited physicians strongly recommend that we delay the start of the Fall sports season beyond August 24 in order to evaluate crucial data of COVID-19 3-4 weeks after schools have opened,” the report said. “In order to bring sports back in the safest manner possible, and with the greatest chance of all sports having a complete season without disruption, this time will allow an educated and well-thought out plan with critical mitigation measures to be executed by schools once the COVID-19 safety benchmarks ... have been met.”
Seattle Seahawks adjust to a new training camp reality during first official practice
The Seattle Seahawks are accustomed to seeing fans pack the hill adjacent to the field when they begin training camp. This is the new reality of training camp amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Fans are not allowed at training camp because of COVID-19. I miss that already,” Seahawks’ coach Pete Carroll told reporters Wednesday. During a normal camp, the Seahawks would likely be preparing for their first preseason game at this juncture.
Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs odds, picks and best bets
Skip SnowSportsbook WireThe Milwaukee Brewers (7-9) and Chicago Cubs (12-3) meet for a Thursday evening contest to open a four-game set at Wrigley Field. Below, we analyze the Brewers-Cubs MLB betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets. Brewers at Cubs: Projected starting pitchersLHP Brett Anderson vs. RHP Yu DarvishAnderson has posted a 5.40 ERA through two starts. Sign up for the USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morningAn error has occuredPlease re-enter your email address. You'll now receive the top USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire stories each day directly in your inbox.
Middletown has a football schedule but will they be able to play?
Of course, everything is pending on the Ohio Department of Health removing restrictions in place since July involving rigorous testing and no team vs. team competitions. The Middletown School District will start the school year with remote learning due to new coronavirus concerns and extracurricular activities were suspended July 30. Another issue of concern for Middletown fans would be the recruitment of seniors Cameron Junior and Josh Bryant. Neither has committed and both were open to let their play on the field do the talking for a while. "These are guys who are productive guys on the field who have aspirations of playing Division I football," Simpson said.
Coronavirus in Ohio: Don't expect details on high school sports today
COLUMBUS - Will high school students play sports this fall? Last week, the Ohio High School Athletic Association announced its plan to play a shortened football season, assuming DeWine signed off on the proposal. The day after that plan was released, the Mid-American Conference, which includes Miami University and other Ohio universities, canceled fall football. The question remains: If it's not safe for Ohio State University to play football, is it safe for local high school programs with far fewer resources to do so? High school athletes travel much less far than their college counterparts.
Doc's Morning Line: We should keep some of these new MLB rules in place going forward
Seven hundred words from a basketball game by 11 pm, and it’s 10:50 and I don’t know who’s going to win:Desperation is a great motivator. Four rules changes, and what to do with them:Starting an extra inning with a runner on 2nd base: Tolerable, Keep It. You’d like to think that having pitchers hit enhances strategy, because it often asks pitchers to bunt with runners on. This is a bad day, friends. A very bad day.
Cincinnati Reds sports betting preview for series vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
Now, the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates come to town and provide the Reds another chance at a series sweep. In 26 plate appearances against Williams, Votto has a .400 batting average and only one strikeout. Votto’s batting average versus Williams is higher than his batting average against all but two other active starters in the National League. Reds over 5.5 runs (+110)Votto isn’t the only Reds player who’s been excellent versus Williams. Catcher Tucker Barnhart has a .455 batting average and a 1.045 OPS in twelve at-bats versus Williams.
Tigers farm system rises to No. 6 in Baseball America's midseason rankings
6 in baseball, according to Baseball America's midseason rankings published Wednesday. That's a five-spot climb from the preseason rankings, and continues a gradual ascent since 2015, when Baseball America ranked the Tigers' system 30th. Of course, three seasons averaging 103 losses is going to produce high draft picks to bolster the farm. More: Spencer Torkelson 'embracing it all' on Tigers' taxi squad in Toledo"The Tigers added a foundational hitter when they selected Spencer Torkelson with the No. The Tampa Bay Rays top Baseball America's rankings, holding on to the spot they occupied in the preseason rankings.
Barcelona and Bayern meet in battle of past champions
LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The two former champions still left in the Champions League have to face each other for a chance to end their title drought in Europe. Lionel Messi will lead Barcelona against Robert Lewandowski and Bayern Munich in Friday’s high-profile quarterfinal in Lisbon. Both are five-time European champions, and both are in the quarterfinals for a record 18th time, but neither has lifted the European trophy recently. Barcelona’s last title was in 2015, and Bayern last won it in 2013. “We are three matches away from winning the Champions League,” Barcelona forward Antoine Griezmann said.
No. 1 Novak Djokovic says he'll play at US Open, after all
1 Novak Djokovic says he'll play at US Open, after allThe Big Three will be represented at the U.S. Open, after all: Novak Djokovic announced Thursday he will enter the Grand Slam tournament and the hard-court tuneup preceding it in New York. Djokovic initially complained about the U.S. Tennis Association’s plans to try to protect people from the coronavirus pandemic with such measures as limiting the size of players’ entourages, going so far as to say he didn’t know whether he would participate. "It was not an easy decision to make with all the obstacles and challenges on many sides,” said the No. 1-ranked Djokovic, who tested positive for COVID-19 in June, “but the prospect of competing again makes me really excited.”The U.S. Open is scheduled to begin Aug. 31, without spectators. Before that, the Western & Southern Open — normally held in Cincinnati — will be played at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, starting Aug 22.
Red Bulls trade Muyl to Nashville for international spot
HARRISON, N.J. (AP) — The New York Red Bulls on Thursday traded midfielder Alex Muyl to Nashville SC for an an international roster spot through the end of 2021. The Red Bulls said they could also receive an additional $50,000 in general allocation money in 2021 based on Muyl's play. A member of the Red Bulls Academy from 2011-13, Muyl signed a homegrown deal with New York in December 2015. Over four-plus seasons, Muyl had 12 goals and 19 assists in 140 games, including 91 starts. His 12 goals are the most among the franchise’s homegrown players, while his 19 assists are tied for first with Sean Davis.
Coronavirus hits Spanish clubs after Liga finish
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — It looks like Spain’s soccer league finished just in time. The league ended three weeks ago with Real Madrid winning the title and club directors breathing a sigh of relief that the decision to resume the competition after a four-month stoppage due to the coronavirus pandemic was the right one. The second division was not so lucky. A major outbreak on one club on the final day of the season threw the competition into chaos that was resolved only weeks later. But after a short summer holiday, the first-division clubs are detecting a smattering of infections after their players returned to action for the preseason.
Atalanta fairytale to serve club well going forward
MILAN (AP) — Atalanta's dream is dead. Long live the dream. The Italian upstart's chance of winning the Champions League was ended by two very late goals as Paris Saint-Germain beat it 2-1 in the quarterfinals on Wednesday in Lisbon. A semifinal appearance in its debut season in Europe’s biggest club competition proved a step too far for the modest club from Bergamo, a city devastated by the coronavirus pandemic. But Atalanta expects the experience to serve it well next season after qualifying again for the Champions League through another club-best third-place finish in Serie A.
Oklahoma high school football: Learn the name Steele Wasel -- the Choctaw quarterback could be around a while
Oklahoma high school football: Learn the name Steele Wasel -- the Choctaw quarterback could be around a whileCHOCTAW — Standing under the bright field lights that left Choctaw’s golden helmets sparkling in the night sky, Choctaw coach Jake Corbin clapped his hands together to signal the start of the quarterback drill. Monday's midnight workout was the first official practice of the 2020 season for the high school football team. And Corbin has been given what typically would be a hefty task. Replacing a star quarterback who threw for over 4,500 yards and 43 touchdowns during his tenure. But Corbin and the bunch didn’t seem overwhelmed in the post-Thad Williams era.
Opinion: Nebraska bailing out on Big Ten over football may be more than bluster
Despite the definitive-sounding proclamations Tuesday about college football conferences playing or not playing, the drama surrounding whether the 2020 season gets off the ground — and who’s actually going to participate — is only beginning. The university-wide tantrum at Nebraska following the Big Ten’s announcement to shut down fall sports isn’t merely performative red meat being thrown to the base. Sports on Tuesday night that Nebraska could not play and continue to be a member of the Big Ten, the person with knowledge said there is alignment among the athletic administration, chancellor Ronnie Green and Gov. Pete Ricketts on a belief that the school could not only play a season safely but do so with fans in the stands. And Nebraska may not be alone.Its viewpoint was bolstered Tuesday when Ohio State coach Ryan Day talked vaguely on a conference call about pursuing all options while also giving deference to the Big Ten’s decision to postpone a season to the spring if possible.
Arizona coronavirus cases top 190,700; 19,001 in Tucson area
The Pac-12’s decision Tuesday to postpone all sports competition until at least January meant the fiscal bus-driver of college sports, football, will be heading off a cliff in 2020-21. Even if the sport manages some sort of spring season, the money likely won't be the same.
San Diego Padres at Los Angeles Dodgers odds, picks and best bets
Skip SnowSportsbook WireThe San Diego Padres (11-8) and Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7) close out their four-game NL West series Thursday with a 9:40 p.m. Below, we analyze the Padres-Dodgers MLB betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets. Padres at Dodgers: Projected starting pitchersRHP Chris Paddack vs. LHP Julio UriasPaddack has earned a 3.18 ERA and 1.02 WHIP through 22 2/3 IP. Sign up for the USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morningAn error has occuredPlease re-enter your email address. You'll now receive the top USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire stories each day directly in your inbox.
Washington Wizards vs. Boston Celtics odds, picks and best bets
Cameron DaSilvaSportsbook WireThe Washington Wizards (24-47) will take on the Boston Celtics (48-23) in a matinee matchup Thursday, with tip-off scheduled for 12 p.m. ET at AdventHealth Arena in Reunion, Fla. We analyze the Wizards-Celtics NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets. Wizards vs. Celtics: Odds, lines, picks and betting tipsNBA odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. PredictionCeltics 110, Wizards 105The CELTICS (-139) are modest favorites in this meaningless matchup. Washington (+115) will also be shorthanded with Beal out for the season, but the Wizards won't be resting players like Boston.
British Ice Skating community angry at being frozen out of rinks, with elite skaters unable to train
The British ice skating community has urged the Government not to delay the reopening of ice rinks any longer as the sport braces itself for an exodus of female figure and speed skaters. Ice rinks were due to reopen on August 1, but a spike in coronavirus cases meant that date was pushed back until at least August 15. A petition to reopen rinks has been signed by thousands, including Britain’s Elise Christie, the multiple world and European speed skating champion, who is one of those believed to be unable to train. Michelle Draper, the chief executive of British Ice Skating, whose membership is 80 per cent female, said ice rinks up and down the country are spending “between five and seven thousand pounds a week” on maintenance costs. “Whether it’s our elite athletes, or public sessions, ice skating is a physical activity which supports the wellbeing of the nation.
Bidding for men's and women's Rugby World Cup to be integrated in one process
For the first time ever, the two men’s and women’s World Cups will be awarded at the same time. Nations will be able to tender to host the 2025 and 2029 women’s tournaments. The successful hosts of the four future Rugby World Cups will be announced in the summer of 2022 with the process opening in February of next year. However, Japan hosted the most financially impactful Rugby World Cup ever, generating £4.3 billion in economic activity around the tournament. This model would also open the door for small nations like Ireland who had an unsuccessful bid to host the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Willian’s agent Kia Joorabchian provides update on Arsenal transfer
Willian’s agent has said the winger’s new club will soon be revealed as the Brazilian nears a transfer to Arsenal. Willian’s contract with Chelsea expired on Sunday, and he has reportedly agreed terms with Arsenal for a three-year deal worth approximately £100,000-per-week. The 32-year-old has also reportedly undergone a medical with the north London club, though Kia Joorabchian refused to confirm that his client was set to join Arsenal. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlines“He is a free player,” Joorabchian told talkSPORT. We know where he is going.”In the same interview, Joorabchian accused former Arsenal director of football Sven Mislintat of transfer “c***-ups” during his time at the club.
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Isiah Thomas loved to play road games, and the ones he could have been part of in 1980 might have been unlike any other in his career. The Olympics. Inside the Soviet Union. During the Cold War. Much still gets made of how Thomas was famously ...
Tyson Fury uses the n-word while singing Notorious B.I.G with his five children
Tyson Fury has sparked outrage by using the n-word while singing with his children on his 32nd birthday. The Gypsy King was singing to 90's track Juicy by American rapper The Notorious B.I.G when he used the offensive language after opening presents from his children. Tyson said: 'The Gypsy King, 32 today, still handsome, still good looking, still confident, still king and still undefeated.' In the clip filmed by his wife Paris, Tyson said: 'You've got to teach these kids the taste of real music. Tyson and wife Paris are parents to Venezuela, 10, Prince John James, eight, Prince Tyson II, three, Valencia Amber, two, and Prince Adonis, 18 months.
Black victims of U-Michigan doc seek equity in settlements
Parker Stinar, an attorney with Denver-based Wahlberg, Woodruff, Nimmo & Sloane law firm, said nearly half of the accusers are black, which could leave with them with smaller settlements than white victims. As Stinar explained, most personal injury cases are settled out of court with the amounts often based on data that projects lower lifetime earnings for African Americans, Latinos and women than white men. 'Historically, black men receive the lowest verdict or settlement awards, especially compared to white men and women.' That data often is based on the race, ethnicity and gender of the person filing the lawsuit, and since Blacks, Latinos and Hispanics and women of all races typically earn less than white men, damages awarded often are less than what white men would receive, the report said. Former Michigan wrestler Tad DeLuca sent a letter to Michigan athletic director Warde Manuel about his experience with Anderson two years ago that sparked the school's investigation.
Lego-builder Warholm fires broadside as track returns in Monaco
Karsten Warholm said he is treating the Monaco Diamond League meeting as the OlympicsAdvertising Read moreMonaco (AFP)Karsten Warholm has interspersed training in the coronavirus-enforced lockdown with building Lego models, but the Norwegian hurdler is out for more glory when track competition returns in Monaco on Friday. After a raft of postponements and cancellations of athletics meets, most notably the Tokyo Olympics, Monaco will host the season-opening Diamond League, with Warholm having badgered meet organisers to include his favoured 400 metre hurdles. "(Coach) Leif (Olav Alnes) said 'This is our Olympics', and I was like 'yeah, sounds good'," said Warholm. - Tokyo delay 'sad but right' -Warholm called the postponement by 12 months of the Tokyo Olympics to 2021 "sad", but the correct call. Warholm added: "We see other sports getting up and running and it's important for track and field to do the same."
'Excited' Djokovic confirms US Open participation
"I'm happy to confirm that I'll participate at #CincyTennis and #USOpen this year," the 33-year-old Serbian star tweeted. His decision to take part is a major boost for the US Open after a host of headline names pulled out. The list of absentees includes four-time champion Rafael Nadal, woman's world number one Ashleigh Barty and her fellow Australian Nick Kyrgios. He had expressed hope that the existing ban on South American players travelling to compete would be eased before the US Open began. The US Open, which finishes on September 13, is followed a fortnight later by the rescheduled French Open at Roland Garros.
No repeat of Champions League 'Final Eight' in future, says UEFA chief
UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has said the Champions League 'Final Eight' format will not be repeated in futureAdvertising Read moreLisbon (AFP)The 'Final Eight' format for the Champions League will not be repeated in future, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin has told AFP, saying it is "impossible" to find space in an already packed calendar. "This tournament might be interesting in the future, but I don't think we can do it, because the calendar is so dense," Ceferin told AFP in an exclusive interview in Lisbon, where this season's Champions League is being played to a conclusion. Before the coronavirus pandemic, UEFA was busy contemplating changes to the format of the Champions League from 2024 onwards. This season's final was supposed to be played in Istanbul at the end of May. Ceferin said he was always confident the Champions League would be completed, along with the Europa League, which is being played to a finish in similar conditions in Germany.
Oklahoma Sooners Expect 25% Capacity At Home Football Games During 2020 Season
The Oklahoma Sooners think they’ll have 25% capacity at home football games in 2020. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)I’m loving the fact that we’re still pretending like fans will be at football games in 2020. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Oklahoma Football (@ou_football) on Aug 5, 2020 at 3:11pm PDTI love the fact that the Big 12 is pushing forward with football. We need teams playing football, and the Big 12 is doing everything they can to get the job done. However, I still think it’s delusional to think you’re going to have 25% of a stadium full in the fall.
NCAA Recommends Extending Eligibility For College Athletes Who Can’t Play During The Coronavirus Pandemic
College athletes who can’t play during the coronavirus pandemic won’t lose eligibility. DI Council recommends protections, adopts emergency legislation: https://t.co/z5P8OYGqYO pic.twitter.com/tSy9zuBMtQ — Inside the NCAA (@InsidetheNCAA) August 12, 2020This is the right call from the NCAA. It’s such an obvious call for the governing body of college sports to make that it had to be done. Imagine if the NCAA just burned a year for every Big 10 football player even though a snap of football won’t be played in the fall. Now, the NCAA is going to make sure they don’t lose a year of eligibility.
Oddsmakers Don’t Think The Big 10 Will Play Spring Football
Oddsmakers don’t think the Big 10 has much hope to play spring football. According to odds from BetOnline_ag, spring football happening between March 21 and June 31 is at -650 and it’s at +350 for games to take place. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)That means oddsmakers think there’s extremely little chance that spring football occurs during the coronavirus pandemic. Pretty aggressive odds from @betonline_ag that the Big Ten won’t play any spring football games. pic.twitter.com/Q2GcKtFeYO — Brody Miller (@BrodyAMiller) August 12, 2020We need to end this spring football conversation before we waste any time actually trying to make it happen.
REPORT: Big 12 Would Welcome Back Nebraska With ‘Open Arms’
The Big 12 would reportedly welcome back the Nebraska Cornhuskers if they want to leave the Big 10. Ever since the Big 10 canceled the 2020 football season because of coronavirus, there’s been some talk about the Cornhuskers potentially trying to play outside of the conference. “We want to play football at the University of Nebraska.” pic.twitter.com/dVxefwSPHm — Husker Sports (@HuskerSports) August 10, 2020Well, if Nebraska wants to go back to the Big 12, the conference eagerly awaits them. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nebraska Football (@huskerfbnation) on Aug 8, 2020 at 1:03pm PDTHaving said that, you can’t blame Nebraska for wanting to potentially leave. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nebraska Football (@huskerfbnation) on Jul 27, 2020 at 4:28pm PDTAs much as I love ragging on Scott Frost and Nebraska, it’s only out of love.
Wisconsin Badgers Release Powerful Video After The Big 10 Cancels 2020 Football Season
The Wisconsin Badgers released a powerful football video after the Big 10 canceled the 2020 season. The conference made an all-time horrific call by canceling the 2020 season during the coronavirus pandemic, and now we’re dealing with the fallout. pic.twitter.com/8pkpQGbQod — Wisconsin Football (@BadgerFootball) August 12, 2020I promise that I’m not crying right now. We’re going to feel like completely different people by the time Big 10 football returns. I’ll see my Badgers whenever they’re back, and I’ll be louder than ever.
Jeff Brohm Releases Plan For Spring Football To Start February 27, Wants 2021 Season To Start In October
Purdue football coach Jeff Brohm released a bold proposal for spring football and the 2021 fall season. According to Brohm’s extremely detailed plan, spring football will start February 27 and conclude April 17 after an eight game season is played. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)Not only does Brohm have a plan for spring 2021, but he also does for fall 2021! The Big 10 simply can’t start the fall season in 2021 in October and only play 10 games. Don’t derail the future for years to come to play spring football right now.
Big 12 Commissioner Says There’s ‘No Obvious Reason’ Why The College Football Playoff Can’t Happen
The college football power players will have a call in the near future to discuss the fate of the playoff. No obvious reason why it couldn’t work,” Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby said Wednesday, according to Brett McMurphy. No obvious reason why it couldn’t work.” — Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) August 12, 2020Much like what Dabo Swinney said about the best teams playing, there’s no reason I can see as to why we can’t have a playoff. We have the ACC, SEC and Big 12 all playing. That’s more than good enough for me to believe that we can have the college football playoff, with the Big 10 and the PAC-12 sitting on the bench.
Georgia Governor Brian Kemp Endorses Playing Football In The Fall
Brian Kemp wants to see football played in the fall. Right now, the fate of college football is very much in the air during the coronavirus pandemic, but the ACC, SEC and Big 12 appear hellbent on playing. (1/4) https://t.co/6kv5or223O — Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) August 12, 2020Based on recent discussions with university leaders and sports officials, I am confident that they are putting the health and well-being of our student athletes first. (2/4) — Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) August 12, 2020I commend the football community for working around the clock to incorporate public health guidance and appropriate protocols as they plan for the future. (4/4) — Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) August 12, 2020I have been arguing for weeks and weeks that we need as many political leaders as possible to speak up.
ESPN Releases The Trailer For Upcoming Documentary Series ‘Our Time: Oklahoma State Football’
ESPN has dropped the trailer for the upcoming documentary series about the Oklahoma State Cowboys, and it looks awesome. The highly-anticipated series will follow Mike Gundy and his squad when “Our Time: Oklahoma State Football” premieres Thursday. Mike Gundy had the audacity to wear a One America News Network shirt, and all hell broke loose. Add in the fact that Mike Gundy is one of the most electric coaches in all of football and you’re destined for success. You can catch “Our Time: Oklahoma State Football” starting Thursday on ESPN+.
NCAA Executive Dan Gavitt Says 2021 March Madness Will Happen
The NCAA plans on having March Madness in 2021. The tournament was canceled this past March because of coronavirus, but it sounds like we won’t meet the same fate this time around. When I see it happen, then I’ll believe that March Madness is going to occur. I also remember when we were told that we’d get March Madness in 2020 without fans but everything else would be fine. However, I’m going to need to see a lot happen before I’m sold on March Madness absolutely happening in 2021.
Jerry Jones Plans On Having Fans At Dallas Cowboys Home Games In 2020
The Dallas Cowboys plan on having fans at homes games during the 2020 season. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)“The Dallas Cowboys plan on playing all of our football games and we plan on playing them in front of our fans,” Jerry Jones said Wednesday, according to Jon Machota. When I see fans sitting in the seats as the Cowboys and Dak Prescott play, then I’ll believe that fans will be allowed at games. I’d love to see fans at football games in 2020. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Dallas Cowboys (@dallascowboys) on Jul 29, 2020 at 10:46am PDTLet us know what you think will happen in the comments.
Nebraska Cornhuskers Officially Announce That They’re Staying In The Big 10
The Nebraska Cornhuskers remain committed to the Big 10. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Nebraska Football (@huskerfbnation) on Aug 11, 2020 at 7:18am PDTAs I’ve said many times before, I genuinely like the people of Nebraska. If Nebraska fans ever cross paths in Madison, the beers are all on me. The Nebraska Cornhuskers are an all-class fanbase. — David Hookstead (@dhookstead) November 16, 2019Say a prayer for the good people of Lincoln and the state of Nebraska as a whole.
Conference USA Proceeds With Playing Football In The Fall
Conference USA is advancing towards football happening in the fall. (RELATED: David Hookstead Is The True King In The North When It Comes To College Football)The latest statement from our C-USA Board of Directors: pic.twitter.com/MX50Pv3yUj — Conference USA (@ConferenceUSA) August 13, 2020As Pete Thamel put it, “Conference USA is status quo and pushing forward.”Sources: Conference USA is status quo and pushing forward. — Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 13, 2020Good for Conference USA. The fact that Conference USA is going to play football but the PAC-12 and Big 10 won’t is nothing short of humiliating. It’s the time to push forward, play football and save the soul of America.
Dabo Swinney On Watered Down National Title Race: ‘The 4 Best Teams Can Go Play’
Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney is still excited about the 2020 national title race. We’re just trying to be the best Clemson we can be,” Swinney replied when asked if conferences sitting out “damages” the national title race, according to ESPN. We all know the college football playoff will be watered down during the 2020 season. However, none of that is Clemson’s fault, and they shouldn’t feel bad about pushing towards a national title. Swinney and the Tigers are playing, and they’re playing for a national title.
REPORT: Fox Will Lose $165.7 Million After The Big 10 And PAC-12 Cancel Football
Fox will reportedly lose a staggering amount of money with the Big 10 and PAC-12 not playing football in the fall. According to Sportico.com, the Big 10 and PAC-12 canceling their football seasons will cost Fox $167.5 million in TV money. We canceled football in the Big 10, and Fox is about to get financially hammered because of it. Fox always carries some of the best B1G games of the year, and the TV ratings are huge. Those ratings result in big money from advertisers.
Texas Schedules Football Game Against UTEP For September 12
Texas will play UTEP in football September 12. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Texas Football (@texasfootball) on Aug 12, 2020 at 2:08pm PDTTexas is one of the most powerful programs in the history of college athletics. Is Texas vs. UTEP going to set the world of football on fire? Given all we’ve been through over the past week in the world of college football, I’ll take whatever I can get. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Texas Football (@texasfootball) on Aug 12, 2020 at 6:25pm PDTLet’s hope Texas proceeds through the season without any issues at all.
UMass Coach Walt Bell Says Football Being Canceled Is Worse Than His Dad And Biological Mother Dying
UMass coach Walt Bell thinks football being canceled is worse than his family members dying. UMass canceled their 2020 football season because of coronavirus, and that apparently hit Bell in a very hard way. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Walt Bell (@coachwaltbell) on Sep 1, 2018 at 4:45pm PDTI’ll also say this. Football being canceled doesn’t just touch Bell. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Walt Bell (@coachwaltbell) on Aug 11, 2020 at 8:56am PDTHopefully, Bell and the Minutemen return in 2021.
Jerry Jones Says The Cowboys Will ‘Have Grace’ When Dealing With National Anthem Protests
It sounds like Jerry Jones is open to the idea of Dallas Cowboys players kneeling during the national anthem. National anthem protests are expected to sweep across the NFL this season, and Jones wants to handle the situation delicately. We’re gonna have grace.”The Cowboys owner also said, “Everybody understands where I stand with the flag. Everybody also understands where I stand on backing our players.”Jerry Jones on anthem protests: “Everybody understands where I stand with the flag. The owners don’t really have a choice but to support players kneeling.
Lebron James, Say Her Name. It's Agnes Chow
This soft-spoken and petite young woman has been a fearless warrior fighting for Hong Kong’s democracy since she was a teenager. In response, Chow — at the time, only 17 — joined a then 18-year old Joshua Wong in leading Hong Kong’s protest by boycotting classes. They not only demanded universal suffrage but also the resignation of Beijing-appointed Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. Standing Up For Hong Kong’s FreedomTwo years later, Chow became one of the founding members of Demosisto, a pro-democracy youth activist group in Hong Kong. After several months of protest and unrest in the city, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam finally withdrew the bill.
Hilarious New Alex Jones “I’ll Eat My Neighbors” Music Video
There’s no words suitable enough to describe this video, so just watch it:We do not condone cannibalism but it would be a crime not to share this. Please be careful @PrisonPlanet https://t.co/kfEGu3ihEf pic.twitter.com/sBFxNIBYP9 — BitChute (@bitchute) August 13, 2020Of course, it wouldn’t be an Alex Jones video without Big Tech trying to censor it:Some people are getting this instead of seeing Alex Jones "Easy your A**" ??? pic.twitter.com/vpsiXGPcS9 — BitChute (@bitchute) August 13, 2020Also watch this! Antifa: "Is there a female officer present while you're patting her down?" Officer: "How do you know that I don’t identify as a female?" pic.twitter.com/XgL0NzTYZg — ? Josh Lekach ? (@JoshLekach) August 12, 2020The Reopen America Back to School Special is now live!
NFL: Union, League Agree to Daily COVID-19 Testing Through September 5
NFL players can expect daily COVID-19 testing through Sept. 5, the players’ union said on Wednesday ahead of the season kickoff next month. The league has conducted 109,075 COVID-19 tests among players, staff and coaches since the start of training camps through Tuesday, NFL Chief Medical Officer Allen Sills told reporters on Wednesday, with an overall positive rate 0.46% and a positive rate among players of 0.81%. Sills said a total of 53 new infections were confirmed among players when they arrived at training camp last month. More than 60 players have opted out of playing this season, according to media reports, amid the coronavirus pandemic that upended much of daily life this year. “Our safety precautions that we are doing won’t be unfamiliar to a lot of people when we look at the general protocol of the country,” Jones said.
‘I heard you aren’t alive anymore’: @THEHermanCain is still triggering dopey lib blue-checks
He often talked about the site going on once he was ready to step away from it. And they’ll be rebranding his social media accounts:First, the site and our social media platforms will now go under the name The Cain Gang. There’s a process to go through to keep the verification badge, but it looks like the Twitter account is still @THEHermanCain. Maybe Herman Cain gave control to an affiliated organization to the Trump campaign? — Mike P Williams (@Mike_P_Williams) August 13, 2020And Cain’s work will, sadly for libs, go on:That’s some serious dedication to a losing cause.
‘Little-to-no-containment’: Firefighters battling 10,000+ acre wildfire near Lake Hughes, CA #LakeFire
Firefighters are battling a large, “fast-moving” wildfire near Lake Huges, CA in an area of the Angeles National Forrest that hasn’t “caught fire since 1968”:A fast-moving California wildfire has spread to 10,000 acres with little-to-no containment. The so-called #LakeFire is burning roughly an hour north of Los Angeles, and has ignited some areas that haven't caught fire since 1968. This is going to be a bad one:Not enough attention is being given to the major #LakeFire in California. #LakeFire still kicking, burning north of Pine Canyon Road now. Usually, makeshift evacuation shelters are greatly supported by donations and volunteers pic.twitter.com/xzwl6nNBWf — Brianna Sacks (@bri_sacks) August 13, 2020We’ll keep you posted.
NBA roundup: Clippers lock up No. 2 seed with win
Aug 12, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; LA Clippers guard Paul George (13) drives to the basket against Denver Nuggets forward Michael Porter Jr. (1) in the second quarter of a NBA basketball game at AdventHealth Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY SportsAugust 13, 2020Paul George scored 27 points and Kawhi Leonard added 26, and the Los Angeles Clippers defeated the Denver Nuggets 124-111 on Wednesday night near Orlando. Lou Williams had 23 points and seven assists off the bench for the Clippers, who clinched the No. Ivica Zubac had 15 points on 7-of-9 shooting and grabbed 12 rebounds for the Clippers. An attempted 3-pointer by Tyler Herro (career-high 30 points) hit off the front of the rim at the buzzer to seal Oklahoma City’s win.
MLS side Inter Miami sign Frenchman Matuidi on free transfer
He made 45 appearances for Juve across all competitions last season as they won the Serie A title for a ninth straight season. The 33-year-old will be reunited with former Paris St Germain team mate David Beckham, who is co-owner of Inter Miami. “I couldn’t be happier to welcome my friend Blaise to Inter Miami. He is an exciting and gifted player and a great person,” former England skipper Beckham said in a club statement https://www.intermiamicf.com/en/post/2020/08/13/inter-miami-cf-signs-french-national-team-midfielder-blaise-matuidi. Inter Miami resume their inaugural season in the MLS on Aug. 22 against Orlando City.
MLB roundup: Marlins outslug Blue Jays in 10 innings
Toronto, which finished with seven homers, had home runs in six straight innings for the first time in franchise history. Padres starter Zach Davies (2-2) lasted seven innings, giving up his two runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts. Phillies starter Zach Eflin (0-1) gave up seven hits and four runs while striking out a career-best 10 in six innings. Eric Lauer (0-2) gave up seven runs on nine hits in 3 2/3 innings. Through two starts, Keller (2-0, 0.00 ERA) has yielded just five hits over 11 innings without giving up a run.
Players Booed While Kneeling for Anthem as Fans Return to Stadium
Fans of Major League Soccer who were permitted to attend a game Wednesday in Dallas booed players for kneeling during the national anthem. Defender Reggie Cannon lashed out at fans for booing him and others for kneeling during the anthem. “I think it was absolutely disgusting.” FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon has spoken out against some home fans booing players kneeling during the national anthem. Would you have booed the kneeling players if you were at the game? 0% (0 Votes) 0% (0 Votes)“You got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in.
Ohio State football is canceled. Will Trump take the hit? – HotAir
The Big Ten Conference’s decision to cancel its football season reverberated this week across Ohio, where the Buckeyes’ football program looms larger than that of any of the state’s major league sports franchises. A pillar of autumn Saturdays will be missing, and Mr. Kuchta and others in this football-mad corner of the state were looking for someone to blame. “Trump just blew it,” Mr. Kuchta said, alluding to President Trump’s mismanagement of the coronavirus pandemic. “He just didn’t handle it. Critics point to South Korea, where fans have been attending professional baseball games for weeks, and to parts of Europe, where some soccer and tennis matches are open to spectators.
Minnesota Twins’ logo needs to go, obviously
This week’s story focuses on the obviously racially insensitive logo of the Major League Baseball Minnesota Twins. (CBS Minnesota)A Twin Cities doctor is urging the Twins to change the team’s classic “Minnie and Paul” logo to reflect the diversity of the team’s players and fans. “I have always loved Ray Barton’s original ‘Minnie and Paul’ logo design,” Crutchfield said, in a statement. You see, the logo he’s talking about hasn’t been used as the official logo of the Minnesota Twins baseball franchise in nearly 35 years. This sports logo history site tracks the evolution of the team’s logo since its inception.
6 Things You Need To Know About The NBA’s Relationship With Communist China
Questions about the lucrative partnership between the National Basketball Association (NBA) and China have resurfaced after a recent report alleged human rights abuses within the league’s player development program in the communist nation. The ESPN investigation followed a geopolitical incident from last fall, when a social media post from Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey revealed the complications that can arise when doing business with an authoritarian regime.
NBA live bubble breakdown: Scenarios for Blazers, Grizzlies, Suns, Spurs to reach play-in game
8 seed if Blazers win or Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs loseNo. 9 seed if Blazers lose and loss by any two of Grizzlies, Suns or SpursEliminated if Blazers lose and wins by any two of Grizzlies, Suns or SpursMemphis will be:No. 9 seed if Grizzlies win and Blazers win or Grizzlies, Suns and Spurs all loseEliminated if Grizzlies lose and wins by either Suns or SpursPhoenix will be:No. 9 seed if Suns win and Blazers or Grizzlies loseEliminated if Suns loseSan Antonio will be:No. 9 seed if Spurs win and loss by any two of Blazers, Grizzlies and SunsEliminated if Spurs lose
Lightning strikes as thunderstorm rolls over Minneapolis area
Lightning strikes as thunderstorm rolls over Minneapolis areaLightning strikes were captured as thunderstorms rolled over the Twin Cities in Minneapolis.
Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly calls Astros snitches in podcast
Joe Kelly isn't one to mince his words. "The people who took the fall for what happened is nonsense," he said during an appearance on The Big Swing podcast with teammate Ross Stripling. He also contends he didn't incite the Astros to leave the dugout. I didn't get close, and I followed all the guidelines of the CDC, and people on the other side (the Astros) didn't," he said. Kelly’s actions in July made him an instant folk hero in Los Angeles for retaliating against the Astros.
The Zoom Call That Set College Football Ablaze
Late Sunday night, an unlikely bunch of college kids flipped open their phones and laptops for a video call. It was a collection of the most important and influential college football players in the country, and they weren’t discussing the finer points of spread offenses. They were trying to reckon with issues that they felt their sports’ administrators had failed to address over many months of this pandemic, leading up to the precipice of a football season crumbling before their eyes. Whether any or all of these players get to play this season is increasingly murky. Fields’s games this season have been postponed after the Big Ten and Pac-12 delayed their football seasons to 2021 because of the risks of playing during the pandemic.
Novak Djokovic confirms he’ll play in 2020 US Open
Novak Djokovic confirmed Thursday he will compete at the US Open in Flushing this month. “I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Western & Southern Open and US Open this year,” the world No. He will also play in the Western and Southern Open, which is taking place at Flushing Meadows from Aug. 22-28, while the U.S. Open is set to begin Aug. 31. The US Open, which Djokovic has won three times (2011, 2015, 2018), is expected to go until Sept. 13. The tournament was eventually canceled after multiple players tested positive.
Damian Lillard demands respect, but Trail Blazers can’t be trusted
The Trail Blazers have garnered the respect of the betting market as well since play began in Orlando. The increased power rating is warranted, as the level of play for the Trail Blazers is vastly improved from the regular season. However, a deep dive into the statistical profile of the Trail Blazers paints a picture of unsustainable play that could work against them in a best-of-seven series. Joel Embiid was lost to an injury in the first quarter, and the Trail Blazers escaped with a single possession win over the 76ers. However, the Trail Blazers clearly do not deserve the respect the betting market has given them.
MLS fans boo players for kneeling during national anthem ahead of game
“You’ve got fans booing you for people taking a stand for what they believe in.”Cannon, 22, said players had discussed with other teams and Major League Soccer protesting the National Anthem ahead of time. “We asked for no anthem because we don’t feel it was right for the anthem to be played at this moment. They ignored our wishes, so we were going to kneel regardless if the anthem was played or not.”After the fans booed, teammate Ryan Hollingshead apologized to Cannon. I’m sorry for our fans,'” Cannon recalled. The teams played Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 2,912 as their regular seasons resumed in local markets, according to CBS.
Trump repeats his ‘Let ’em play’ message after talking to Trevor Lawrence, Ed Orgeron
The president mentioned that he had called both Wednesday and those calls were confirmed by Clemson Coach Dabo Swinney and LSU. “I’ll tell you who wants to do it are the players and the coaches,” Trump said. He got it very quickly.”ADLater Trump repeated that he had spoken with Lawrence and Orgeron and added: “They want to play football. “He’s some coach, that one, he’s a great coach and he feels his players just want to be out there,” Trump said. The president has watched both LSU and Clemson play in person and hosted each after it won the national championship.
For NFL teams, the path to victory this year isn’t Xs and Os — it’s avoiding infections
The NFL decided against a closed environment like the NBA or NHL bubbles, because football organizations are too big to corral in one place. ADADIt’s an easy concept: Stay inside when you are away from the football facility, and everyone will be safe. Someone, somewhere is going to want to go to a restaurant, or a small party at a friend’s house, or a club. “We had to make sure everybody … understood that there are consequences if we fail to follow those protocols,” he said. So far, Washington’s bubble appears to be holding, and the same can be said of the entire NFL.
Without college football, sports networks will have to fill a whole lot of airtime
New York (CNN Business) College football doesn't draw the same ratings as the behemoth NFL . According to the Hollywood Reporter , college football generates an estimated $1.7 billion in annual ad sales at the national level. Crakes noted that college football chews up not just entire Saturdays for three months each fall, it also fills vital prime time hours from Thursday to Saturday. But college football is the DNA of networks like ESPN. "If college football gets postponed, it creates dilution.
This Date in Baseball-Aug 14
The nine RBIs set an American League record for one game, breaking the 22-year-old mark set by Topsy Hartzell of the New York Highlanders on July 12, 1911. 1937 — The Detroit Tigers scored 36 runs (16-1 and 20-7) against the St. Louis Browns in a doubleheader sweep to set major league record. 1958 — Vic Power of the Cleveland Indians stole home twice, the 8th and 10th innings, in a 10-9 win over Detroit. ADVERTISEMENT1961 — The Philadelphia Phillies dropped their 17th straight game, a 9-2 loss to Dick Ellsworth and the Chicago Cubs. 2007 — Atlanta manager Bobby Cox set a dubious record in the Braves’ 5-4 victory over San Francisco.
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1977 — Lanny Wadkins beats Gene Littler on the third hole of sudden death to take the PGA championship. It is the lowest stroke total in an American major championship. 2011 — Keegan Bradley wins the PGA Championship after staging an amazing comeback to force a three-hole playoff and beat Jason Dufner at Atlanta Athletic Club. 2015 — Hiroshi Iwata ties a major championship record with a remarkable turnaround — a 77 in the first round, a 63 in the second round of the PGA Championship. It’s the 27th time that a 63 is posted in a major championship, 13 of those in the PGA Championship.
Glasnow expected to start for Tampa Bay against Boston
Glasnow expected to start for Tampa Bay against BostonTampa Bay Rays (11-8, second in the AL East) vs. Boston Red Sox (6-12, fifth in the AL East)Boston; Thursday, 4:30 p.m. EDTPITCHING PROBABLES: Rays: Tyler Glasnow (0-1, 5.56 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 19 strikeouts) Red Sox: Kyle Hart (0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 0 strikeouts)LINE: Rays favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 9 1/2 runsBOTTOM LINE: The Tampa Bay Rays face the Boston Red Sox on Thursday. The Red Sox went 35-41 in division play in 2019. Tampa Bay pitchers had an ERA of 3.65 last season while striking out 10.0 hitters per game. Tampa Bay leads the season series 4-1. INJURIES: Red Sox: Chris Sale: (elbow), Eduardo Rodriguez: (heart), Andrew Benintendi: (rib), Dustin Pedroia: (knee), Rafael Devers: (ankle).
Senators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rights
That's after the Supreme Court declined Tuesday to intervene at this point. That's after the Supreme Court declined Tuesday to intervene at this point. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Thursday released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill or rights. The legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions,” and much more. Booker and Blumenthal questioned Emmert about athlete welfare and said then their plan for a bill of rights was in the works.
The Zoom Call That Set College Football Ablaze
Late Sunday night, an unlikely bunch of college kids flipped open their phones and laptops for a video call. One of the squares belonged to Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence. Ohio State’s Justin Fields occupied another. It was a collection of the most important and influential college football players in the country, and they weren’t discussing the finer points of spread offenses. They were trying to reckon with issues that they felt their sports’ administrators had failed to address over many months of this pandemic, leading...
Why John David Washington 'used to lie' about Denzel Washington being his father
John David Washington is one of Hollywood’s hottest rising stars, but he was reluctant to follow in his famous father’s footsteps. The 36-year-old son of Denzel Washington opened up to Mr. Porter about why he initially turned away from acting. I guess I was protecting myself.”John David Washington used to tell people his dad was a construction worker, rather than revealing he was Denzel Washington. After college, John David found success as a running back in the NFL. I’ll stay in character.”An achilles tendon injury ended his football career in 2013, so John David finally gave into his passion.
Jets QB Sam Darnold ate better this offseason, which meant 'not having In-N-Out every single day'
Sam Darnold is entering a crucial third year in his career, and that meant making some changes. “I’m making sure I’m not eating whatever I want to eat. I’m not having In-N-Out every single day and making sure I’m eating good food,” Darnold said, according to the New York Post. New York Jets quarterback Sam Darnold changed his eating habits this offseason. Maybe if he plays well enough he can have some offseason In-N-Out to celebrate.
UMass coach says cancellation of football is 'tougher day' than the death of his parents
We all know that college football coaches are some of the quirkiest and most intense coaches in all of sports. But even they probably don’t take it as seriously as Walt Bell, the football coach at UMass. Walt Bell is taking the cancellation of the UMass football season very hard. I’m pretty open to all that stuff.”College football coaches are different. Walt Bell might be the most different among them.
MLB power rankings: The Yankees have the crown, but the A's are a legit threat
We know the Yankees, Dodgers, A’s and Cubs are good. Cubs aren’t looking too shabby either. Los Angeles Dodgers (12-7): The Dodgers leading all of MLB in run differential (by nine runs over the Twins) proves just how dangerous they are. The Dodgers aren’t just good, they’re capable of running over teams. We know they’re talented but by now, we’re tired of being tricked by Colorado.
Chris Paul launches ball off Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler runs over CP3 in response
Chris Paul and Jimmy Butler didn’t need fans to ramp up their intensity Wednesday night. Just before half of Oklahoma City’s dramatic win over Miami (which cost the Thunder a first-round pick), Paul was getting into it with Miami’s Duncan Robinson. Jimmy Butler was having none of that — next time down, he got the switch then intentionally ran over CP3. I’ve got a feeling Butler and Paul are the kinds of guys who will remember a grudge like this across an off-season. Chris Paul launches ball off Duncan Robinson, Jimmy Butler runs over CP3 in response originally appeared on NBCSports.com
Donald Trump: NBA ‘in big trouble, bigger trouble than they understand’
Trump on NBA teams kneeling for the national anthem:I think it’s been horrible for basketball. I think it’s in big trouble, bigger trouble than they understand. Trump on NBA players and coaches criticizing him:I haven’t noticed them sending things back at me but I will say that I wouldn’t be that surprised. The way otherwise-outspoken NBA people have been silent on China and Hong Kong – given the financial incentives – has been suspect. Donald Trump: NBA ‘in big trouble, bigger trouble than they understand’ originally appeared on NBCSports.com
Sports Illustrated owner in talks with betting company for possible deal: report
The owner of Sports Illustrated is reportedly shopping betting companies for a future partnership that could take place before the year is up. Continue Reading Below?Authentic Brands Group chairman Jamie Salter called it “a game-changer” in a recent interview but declined to identify which betting company ABG was in talks with, the New York Post reported Wednesday. YANKEES, YES NETWORK PARTNER WITH TIKTOK AMID TRUMP ADMINISTRATION’S FIGHT WITH PARENT COMPANYABG is in talks with several betting companies to license the name “SI Bets," another source told the Post. Salter said the deal would boost digital traffic and "SI Bets" would be accessible through the Sports Illustrated website, the Post reported. ABG acquired Sports Illustrated for $110 million in May 2019 before it was licensed to Maven, which manages the site’s platform but not the content.
NFL referees' coronavirus deadline to opt-out of 2020 nears, they can get $30,000 for leave of absence
The NFL referees’ deadline to opt-out of the 2020 season due to health concerns stemming from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak comes Thursday. Continue Reading BelowLast week, the NFL Referees Association announced an agreement with the league on health and safety protections and the ability to opt-out of the season if the officials wanted to. NFL CORONAVIRUS OPT-OUT PAY PACKAGES TOOK PRESSURE OFF PLAYERS, UNION REP SAYSAny NFL game or replay official who has concerns about the coronavirus can voluntarily take a leave of absence from their 2020 responsibilities. Game officials, however, will receive a $30,000 payment if they decide to take the season off. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXBUSINESS.COMIt’s unclear whether any referees have decided to opt-out of the season.
Carroll Hardy, whose pinch-hit appearance was part of Red Sox history, dies at 87
He could make ‘em dance,” Mr. Hardy told the Globe’s Stan Grossfeld in 2009. He had a foul mouth, no question about it,” Mr. Hardy said, laughing at the memory as he reminisced in his Colorado home. “I knew I pinch hit for him, but I didn’t know it was a big deal,” Mr. Hardy said. The 49ers are waiting to find out if you’re going to play football or baseball,’ " Mr. Hardy recalled in 2009. By then, Mr. Hardy was with the Red Sox.
In this era of home runs or nothing, baseball is boring
Not even 20 games into it, and the whole abbreviated baseball season – just like this whole endless calendar year – has dragged like the dog days of August, hasn’t it? Home runs and strikeouts used to draw oohs and aahs. 3 hitter in Tom Herr who hit just 8 home runs but drove in 110, and won the NL pennant. I’ve long devoured the insights from Bill James, and admire the work of his disciples at Fangraphs, and Baseball Prospectus. One of the great privileges of my career is writing the Red Sox chapter in the Baseball Prospectus annual a couple of years ago.
Phoenix Suns' Devin Booker slammed by radio host for being 'all about the stats'
"And in that regard why would Devin Booker want to go to another team and sacrifice as many shots as he possibly wants? I have seen no evidence that Devin Booker is depressed because the Suns blow year after year … "MORE:Updated: How can Phoenix Suns make NBA playoffs? However, that game was remembered as the Devin Booker 70 game. Want to take a guess how many points Devin Booker scored in the second half in garbage time? Several sites have written glowing stories on Booker and the Suns' performance in Orlando, including this from The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor: "Devin Booker and the Phoenix Suns are here to stay."
Reggie Cannon had some choice words for handful of fans who booed while FC Dallas, Nashville players knelt during national anthem
Some fans, however, did not appreciate when players and referees knelt during the national anthem, protesting police brutality and racism against Black people. Homegrown defender Reggie Cannon said he was “disgusted” that FCD’s home fans were booing them for kneeling. In fact, they requested for the national anthem not to be played, but that wasn’t done. “It pisses me off that you can’t even have support from your own fans in your own stadium. FCD was able to put pressure on the Nashville defense, attempting 15 shots, five of which were on goal.
Rangers cap season-reviving homestand with a come-from-behind win against Seattle
ARLINGTON — At the outset of this homestand, it seemed the Rangers’ season was on the brink. Then, the season-reviving week was capped off with a five-run eighth in a 7-4 win over Seattle that fit the narrative of the homestand. He’d bounced around to start this season, most recently leaving the Cubs to sign as a free agent in Texas. If the Rangers are to be successful in their cavernous ballpark, rallies like this will be essential. That’s what we want our ballclub.”And that’s what he delivered in sparking the Rangers to an important win.
Mixed emotions from CU Buffs parents over canceled season
That’s scary.”The Pac-12 based its decision in part on the advice of its medical team. Other parents of CU players agree, although there is some mixed emotions over the cancellation of the season. “I wasn’t very concerned after the parent meeting in July.”Cha-ron Harris had mixed emotions, but was ultimately pleased with the decision to postpone. “I don’t think the kids should be placed in a position where they have to opt out,” he said. “I don’t think the kids should be in a position where they have to question their health.
7,000 remain without power in Chicago after Monday storm
About 7,100 ComEd customers in Chicago were still without power Thursday morning, although the utility company expects to return service to 95% of people who lost electricity by Friday night. So far, ComEd has restored power to about 164,000 others in Chicago, according to company spokesman John Schoen. Statewide, 82,000 ComEd customers remain without power. Schoen declined to give an updated estimate for when power would fully be restored to all customers. After the storm, ComEd said some customers might be waiting until Saturday for their power to return.
Packers Morning Buzz: Aaron Rodgers laments 'lack of integrity' in sports media
Welcome to your Morning Buzz, rounding up news and views regarding the Green Bay Packers from around the web and here at PackersNews.com. We'll start with Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers decrying on Kyle Brandt's podcast for The Ringer what he views as a "lack of integrity" from certain segments of the sports media. 6: Kenny Clark Green Bay Packers · DT · Age in 2021: 25 Somehow still just 24 years old, Clark has improved every season in Green Bay. He's now one of the most dominant and complete defensive tackles in the sport. You can read Rosenthal's entire list here:Sorry, Packers fans, but coveted pass rusher Everson Griffen is joining the Cowboys:No immediate plans to adjust the NFL draft to accommodate spring football:Former Packers defensive mainstay Mike Daniels settles into new spot in Cincinnati:Another former Packers defensive lineman is getting a shot:Note: The Morning Buzz is going on furlough and will return the week of Aug. 23.
Auction house pulls Isiah Thomas All-Star MVP trophy after claims it was stolen
Isiah Thomas’ plea for the return of his stolen trophy may be answered. On Monday, the Hall of Famer tweeted that the 1984 NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy listed on the Heritage Auction site had been stolen from St. Joseph High School in 2019. “This trophy was stolen from St. Joseph High School the night Mr. Pingatore my coach died it belongs to me,” Thomas tweeted. “You stole my trophy please return it!”This trophy was stolen from St. Joseph High School the night Mr. Pingatore my coach died it belongs to me. “For me and my family, the silver lining in all of this is that it showed up at your house [Heritage Auctions],” Thomas said in the release.
Miami Dolphins sign former XFL standout
It’s possible one of the youngsters could begin the season as a starter because Howard’s one of two Dolphins players - offensive guard Ereck Flowers is the other - on the COVID-19 reserve list. He’s also on the team’s Physically Unable to Perform list because of the surgically repaired left knee he’s still rehabbing. Being on the COVID-19 list prevents him from entering the building, which could potentially lead to a setback in his rehab.
FC Dallas and Nashville SC players get boos for taking a knee during the anthem. ‘They don’t understand why we’re kneeling ... They think we’re the ignorant ones,’ Dallas’ Reggie Cannon says.
Dallas and Nashville had not played a game since the season was suspended on March 12 because of the coronavirus. While Major League Soccer's other teams played in the MLS is Back tournament in Florida over the past month, Dallas and Nashville were forced to withdraw before the start because of positive COVID-19 tests among players from both teams.
What's life like at the Yankees' and Mets' alternate sites?
But the Yankees’ 40-year-old backup catcher has apparently never seen anything quite like the team’s alternate site training camp in Moosic, Pennsylvania. The Yankees’ alternate site is PNC Field, the home of their Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Triple-A affiliate. The alternate site players do not mingle with the alternate site players from other organizations. “It’s a lot like your normal day leading up to a game," Kratz said of the alternate site. I think it’s exciting.”On Tuesday, Mets reliever Brad Brach was activated from the COVID-19 injured list after completing a stay at the Mets’ alternate site.
Ohio State Coach: Focus is on 'what's next'
Ohio State football coach Ryan Day says his focus is on "what's next" for the team and individual players like quarterback Justin Fields. (Aug. 12) Credit: THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY
For Vikings and other NFL teams, virus-proofing is a tall, masked task
You’ve got to fill out your questionnaire on our app when you wake up in the morning,” Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph said. NFL Network reported that, of 109,075 coronavirus tests conducted on players, coaches and team employees through Tuesday, the rate of positive tests has been 0.46% overall and 0.81% for players. The category was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. By agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, clubs are not permitted to disclose whether a player is positive for COVID-19 or simply in preventative quarantine. Vikings players can order meals via smart phone app to reduce time spent in the cafeteria.
COVID-19: Columbus City Schools suspends sports, extracurricular activities
The district will continue to evaluate with guidance from officials from Columbus Public Health, according to an announcement. Athletic teams had been permitted to participate in limited summer training and workouts since July 1. Columbus City Schools has suspended all in-person athletics and extracurricular activities to curb the spread of the coronavirus, the district announced Thursday. The district will continue to evaluate with guidance from officials from Columbus Public Health, according to an announcement. Athletic teams had been permitted to participate in limited summer training and workouts since July 1.
This Date in Baseball-Aug 14
Aug. 141933 — Jimmie Foxx of the Philadelphia Athletics hit for the cycle and drove in nine runs in an 11-5 win over the Cleveland Indians. The nine RBIs set an American League record for one game, breaking the 22-year-old mark set by Topsy Hartzell of the New York Highlanders on July 12, 1911. 1937 — The Detroit Tigers scored 36 runs (16-1 and 20-7) against the St. Louis Browns in a doubleheader sweep to set major league record. Pete Fox of the Tigers scored eight of the runs in the doubleheader. 1958 — Vic Power of the Cleveland Indians stole home twice, the 8th and 10th innings, in a 10-9 win over Detroit.
Senators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rights
A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut on Thursday released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill or rights. The legislative plan calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions,” and much more. The senators also want to ensure for the athletes long-term medical coverage and treatment, enforceable medical standards, academic freedom and revenue sharing agreements. Last month, NCAA President Mark Emmert appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee for a hearing about name, image and likeness. Booker and Blumenthal questioned Emmert about athlete welfare and said then their plan for a bill of rights was in the works.
NCAA Division I Council recommends COVID protections for athletes
The NCAA's Division I Council has recommended that the Division I Board of Directors extend some protections to student-athletes impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The council recommended that the Board of Directors provide fall sport student-athletes an extension of their five-year period of eligibility and an additional season of competition if they participate in 50% or less of the maximum number of competitions allowed in each sport under NCAA rules. The Council will finalize those recommendations before Aug. 21. "Every day things are changing in college sport, and we want to be as responsive as possible, with the best information, to help student-athletes and their families make important decisions for their future. "The Council worked hard today and will seek membership input before we make final recommendations to the board next week."
Clubs step up plans for fans at football matches, with October return hoped for
Football clubs are intensifying their plans to get fans back into matches and are still working towards a return at the beginning of October. Clubs are waiting for further guidance from the Premier League and the English Football League but, in the meantime, are working individually with their local Safety Advisory Groups and companies such as Ticketmaster on modelling for events. Detailed mapping exercises are being drawn up for every stadium in the country – given their different layouts and configurations to calculate how many supporters may be permitted back and when. It is also understood that the division of stadiums into red, amber and green zones will continue next season even when the fans come back. Only players, coaches and officials will be allowed into the red zone areas with clubs expected to be told they have to ensure fans are far enough back from the pitch to guarantee safety.
Novak Djokovic confirms US Open 2020 participation despite series of withdrawals
The US Open has been reeling from a series of withdrawals in recent days, including that of reigning men’s champion Rafael Nadal. But today’s news was more encouraging, as world No1 Novak Djokovic confirmed that he will be participating in the tournament in just over a fortnight’s time. Djokovic will thus follow his old rival and near-exact contemporary Andy Murray out to New York, meaning that at least two active slam champions should be involved in the men’s draw. Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic have both previously expressed concerns over the tournament, while Roger Federer – who recently underwent knee surgery – and Juan Martin del Potro are not in tournament shape. Djokovic also confirmed that he will participate in the warm-up event – the Western and Southern Open – which starts in a week’s time at the same venue: Flushing Meadows, New York.
Novak Djokovic 'happy' to compete in US Open despite coronavirus fears
Novak Djokovic has confirmed that he will compete in the US Open in New York later this month. Several players have already pulled out of the tournament, including four-time winner and defending champion Rafael Nadal, due to coronavirus fears. But the world No 1, who tested positive for Covid-19 in June following the controversial Adria Tour, wrote on his website: “I am happy to confirm that I will participate at the Western & Southern Open and US Open this year. During my career, I have played some of my best matches at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. “I respect and appreciate everyone taking time, effort, and energy to organise these two events for the tennis players to be able to go back to their working field.
Fight Camp 3 preview: Undefeated Felix Cash aiming to prove he is a 'top operator' against Jason Wellborn
Undefeated Felix Cash headlines for the first time on Friday against former world title challenger Jason Wellborn, aiming to prove that he is a top-level operator against former world title challenger Jason Wellborn. Cash's defence of the Commonwealth middleweight championship is the top billing in the third round of fights at the Brentwood manor under promoter Eddie Hearn. Hearn believes the match-ups on this latest episode of Fight Camp are the closest thus far to 50/50 and has warned Cash, the Tony Sims-trained fighter, that he must deliver on the big stage. "Every time Wellborn goes up against a top operator he comes up short, and I believe I’m a top operator," explained Cash, 27, who has eight knockouts in his unblemished twelve-fight career to date." Next week, Fight Camp culminates with a major gamble when heavyweight Dillian Whyte faces the Russian Alexander Povetkin, and Katie Taylor rematches Delfine Persoon in an undisputed lightweight contest, in boxing's first pay per view event to be staged behind closed doors.
Novak Djokovic will play at the US Open as he says he is 'fully recovered' from coronavirus
Novak Djokovic has confirmed he will take part at the US Open this year after recovering from coronavirus - but admitted the decision to jet out for the tournament was not an easy one. Djokovic was forced to apologise after testing positive for coronavirus as a result of his ill-fated Adria Tour competition in June. Andy Murray believed that the flurry of positive tests that shrouded the poorly-timed showpiece were a 'lesson for us', Nick Kyrgios also described many players' decision to partake as 'bone-headed'. I’ve done all the check-ups to make sure I am fully recovered and I am ready to get back on court fully committed to playing my best tennis.' Djokovic revealed in April that his controversial opposition to vaccinations, which has also led to criticism, may have prevented him from returning to competitive tennis.
Atalanta turn to next season after 'bitter' Champions League exit
Newcomers Atalanta's first Champions League campaign ended in the quarter-finals. Advertising Read moreMilan (AFP)Atalanta turned their focus to next season after their stunning Champions League run ended in a heartbreaking 2-1 quarter-final defeat to Paris Saint-Germain. Playing in the Champions League has lifted their game, he added. The club had been playing their Champions League games in the San Siro in Milan. It has now been a decade since an Italian team has lifted the Champions League, when Jose Mourinho led Inter Milan to an unprecedented treble.
Auction house pulls listing after Isiah Thomas says NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy was stolen
Isiah Thomas' plea for the return of his stolen trophy may be answered. On Monday, the Hall of Famer tweeted that the 1984 NBA All-Star Game MVP trophy listed on the Heritage Auction site had been stolen from St. Joseph High School in 2019. "This trophy was stolen from St. Joseph High School the night Mr. Pingatore my coach died it belongs to me," Thomas tweeted. "The auction house will continue working with law enforcement, Thomas, St. Joseph and the consignor to reach a swift resolution to this issue." "For me and my family, the silver lining in all of this is that it showed up at your house [Heritage Auctions]," Thomas said in the release.
Aug. 24 is now known as Kobe Bryant Day in Orange County, California
In honor of NBA legend and Los Angeles Lakers great, Orange County, California, officials have declared Aug. 24 as Kobe Bryant Day. Orange County supervisors voted unanimously on Tuesday to dedicate the day to the 18-time All-Star who died in January in a helicopter crash. "A treasured member of our Orange County community, Kobe Bryant was the basketball legend that inspired so many young men and women to pursue their dreams and never give up," said Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel. "I'm proposing August 24 to be dedicated to the memory of Kobe Bryant, and all that he brought to Orange County community, which to (sic) strive to live by his words of encouraging those around us to never give up on their dreams," Steel said. Nike also announced it will honor Bryant with "Mamba Week" beginning Aug. 23.
Florida Gators' Kyle Trask wants to play football, says environment is safest amid coronavirus concerns
Florida Gators quarterback Kyle Trask added his voice to the growing number of student-athletes advocating for playing football this season despite the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. Trask tweeted a message in support of playing Wednesday, following the likes of Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Ohio State’s Justin Fields. The message came after the Big Ten and Pac-12 conferences announced that the fall sports season was postponed. “As such, we, the leadership committee of the University of Florida football team, want to make our voices heard… WE WANT TO PLAY! “We feel the safest place for us is with our teammates in the structured environment of the football program.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wants to see college football played if 'safety can be secured'
Brian Kemp said Wednesday he wants to see college football played this year if the health and safety of student-athletes can be guaranteed. Kemp’s series of tweets came after the Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences became the first of the Power 5 conferences to postpone the fall sports schedule, including college football. Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Georgia Southern are among the Football Bowl Subdivision schools whose seasons are still on. TRUMP SPEAKS WITH CLEMSON'S TREVOR LAWRENCE, LSU'S ED ORGERON AS CONFERENCES POSTPONE COLLEGE FOOTBALL“Across the South, college football is a sacred tradition, and I want to see it played this year if we can ensure the safety of players, coaches, and staff,” Kemp wrote. "We will continue to follow our process that has been in place for months and has served us well.
Jim Cramer on Penn National Gaming and Barstool Sports acquisition
Jim Cramer on Penn National Gaming and Barstool Sports acquisitionCNBC's Jim Cramer joins 'Squawk Box' to discuss his take on Penn National Gaming.
To broadcast games on Saturdays, NFL may need to seek permission from government
As Covid-19 is setting fire to fall college athletics, the National Football League might be looking to alter its schedule to include Saturday games, perhaps even Friday contests, but there is one obstacle – U.S. law. The 1961 sports act also included stipulations that protected high school and collegiate football games. The NFL currently has media rights deals with major networks, including CBS, NBC and Fox, that bring in more than $5 billion annually. On Wednesday, The Washington Post also reported the NFL could require a wavier to broadcast games on Saturdays, but also noted the league "would be leery of damaging its relationship with college football." Also, the NFL would need approval from the National Football League Players Association, and preliminary discussions have not taken place.
Brighton's Maupay gets legal support from Premier League after online abuse
(Reuters) - Brighton & Hove Albion’s French forward Neal Maupay will receive support from the Premier League to bring legal action against an individual in Singapore who subjected him to abuse online, the league said on Thursday. Please contact your account representative for further detailsThe league began investigating after the matter was brought to their attention via their online abuse reporting system. “Premier League investigators believe that they have tracked the location of the person responsible to Singapore and have now filed an official police complaint,” the league said in a statement. “The Premier League is liaising with local authorities and will support all subsequent legal action on behalf of Maupay.”Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said the abuse Maupay received was “wholly unacceptable.”“We responded immediately to seek justice on his behalf,” he added. In June, the league set up a dedicated reporting system by which players, managers and coaching staff could flag up serious discriminatory online abuse.
Brighton's Maupay gets legal support from Premier League after online abuse
(Reuters) - Brighton & Hove Albion’s French forward Neal Maupay will receive support from the Premier League to bring legal action against an individual in Singapore who subjected him to abuse online, the league said on Thursday. “Premier League investigators believe that they have tracked the location of the person responsible to Singapore and have now filed an official police complaint,” the league said in a statement. “The Premier League is liaising with local authorities and will support all subsequent legal action on behalf of Maupay.”Premier League Chief Executive Richard Masters said the abuse Maupay received was “wholly unacceptable.”“We responded immediately to seek justice on his behalf,” he added. In June, the league set up a dedicated reporting system by which players, managers and coaching staff could flag up serious discriminatory online abuse. Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha called on social media platforms to identify and remove users who resorted to racist abuse after he was targeted before a game last month.
Trump: Biden Is Insulting Men Everywhere by Picking Woman as Running Mate
President Donald Trump suggested Tuesday morning that, in pledging to pick a woman as his running mate, Joe Biden has offended men everywhere. Trump made his comments in a simpering interview with Fox Sports personality and OutKick founder Clay Travis. Some people would say that men are insulted by that, and some people would say it’s fine. “I will say this, people don’t vote for the vice.... You know, this is history, this isn’t necessarily me, this is history because we have a great vice president,” said Trump. But other than that I’d love to see them open and we’re doing everything possible to get them open.
'Disgusting' FC Dallas fans boo their own players for kneeling during the national anthem
Officials and players from FC Dallas (right) and Nashville SC took a knee to protest police brutality and systemic racism during the national anthem prior to Wednesday's MLS game game between the teams. (Omar Vega/Getty Images)United States national team and FC Dallas defender Reggie Cannon blasted FCD fans after some booed their own players for protesting police brutality and systemic racism by taking a knee as the national anthem played before Wednesday’s Major League Soccer match against Nashville SC. But with supporters in the seats for Wednesday’s match, some of those fans took vocal exception to the display. “I think it was absolutely disgusting," Cannon said after the game, which was won 1-0 by Nashville. “You can’t even have support form your own fans in your own stadium,” Cannon added.
Trump says media, NBA are ‘bought out’ by China: 'It's a big pot of gold'
President Trump said the media and the National Basketball Association are both "bought" off by China on Thursday during a phone interview on Fox Business Network’s “Mornings with Maria." “There has been nobody tougher to China or to Russia, or to anybody else, than I have, despite a media that’s bought out by China, much more so than Russia,” Trump told host Maria Bartiromo. CNN'S WOLF BLITZER AVOIDS MENTIONING CHINA DURING LENGTHY INTERVIEW WITH NBA COMMISSIONER“You ever notice, they always say, ‘Russia, Russia, Russia,’ they don’t mention ‘China, China, China,’ because most of these people, like you look at the NBA, they’re bought off by China,” Trump said. The NBA and China have a unique and mysterious relationship that has made headlines several times in recent memory. “China is a big problem and I made it a much smaller problem," Trump said before pivoting to the 2020 presidential election.
Postponed college football season would leave billions in ad revenue up for grabs
The college football season is on the brink and that means billions of ad revenue could be unclaimed as sports are upended due to the coronavirus outbreak. Continue Reading BelowCollege football brought in about $1.69 billion in national and spot ad revenue last year, AdWeek reported, citing Kantar Media. That amount of money could be left hanging in the balance as the Big Ten and the Pac-12 conferences postponed their seasons with others expected to follow. MAJOR COLLEGE FOOTBALL PROGRAMS COULD LOSE BILLIONS FROM CANCELED SEASONPatrick Rishe, the director of the sports business program at Washington University in St. Louis, told ESPN in May that schools stand to lose billions. He estimated that the schools in the Power 5 conferences could lose more than $4 billion in total in football revenues and at least $1.2 billion due to lost ticket revenue.
Terry Cannon, founder of the quirky Pasadena-based Baseball Reliquary, dies at 66
The National Baseball Hall of Fame includes among its vast collections the jersey Gaedel wore that day, with the uniform number 1/8. The Baseball Reliquary has the athletic supporter Gaedel wore. Terry Cannon died Aug. 1 at his Pasadena home; he was 66. AdvertisementBy trade, Terry Cannon was a librarian. In the end, for both Terry and the Hall of Fame, it is a celebration of the game of baseball.”
Yamasaki siblings attend to Lakers in Florida too
The Lakers are more accustomed to seeing her at Staples Center where she and her brother, Jayson, work for the Lakers as team attendants. I’m eternally grateful.”Twenty of the attendants work with NBA teams during normal times and 35 of them work with USA Basketball. Jayson, a mechanical engineering major at Long Beach State, scheduled his classes in the morning so they wouldn’t conflict with Lakers games. Outside of games, they’ve gone to the pool, gone fishing, seen familiar faces and made friends with other team attendants. Otherwise, they work in relative anonymity contributing one piece to what makes the bubble work.
Derek Almeida returns home, as football coach at Fairhaven
His father, Dana , guided Fairhaven to three Super Bowls in 18 seasons as head coach, and Derek was a two-year varsity starter for the Blue Devils in ’97 and ’98. Now, the younger Almeida will be tasked with resurrecting a Fairhaven program that has not compiled a winning record since 2012. So last week, the 40-year-old Almeida — after resigning his teaching and coaching positions at Falmouth — was hired as the head football coach at Fairhaven High, continuing his family’s legacy with the program. Derek Almeida put together six successful seasons as the varsity football coach at Falmouth High — winning a MIAA Division 2A Super Bowl in 2016 to cap an unbeaten season. While working in Falmouth, Almeida would leave for school at 5:30 every morning and not arrive home till 9 at night.
In this era of home runs or nothing, baseball is boring
Not even 20 games into it, and the whole abbreviated baseball season – just like this whole endless calendar year – has dragged like the dog days of August, hasn’t it? Home runs and strikeouts used to draw oohs and aahs. 3 hitter in Tom Herr who hit just 8 home runs but drove in 110, and won the NL pennant. I’ve longed devoured the insights from Bill James, and admire the work of his disciples at Fangraphs, and Baseball Prospectus. One of the great privileges of my career is writing the Red Sox chapter in the Baseball Prospectus annual a couple of years ago.
SF Giants Gameday podcast: Marco Luciano, Alexander Canario and the other prospects you should know
In this episode of the SF Giants Gameday podcast, host Kerry Crowley talks with freelance reporter Marc Delucchi, an expert on the Giants’ farm system who recently released a list of his top 31 prospects. Delucchi is as knowledgable about the Giants’ minor league talent pool as anyone outside the organization and he shares his in-depth analysis on why Luciano could be the sport’s No. SF Giants Gameday: Listen to the Bay Area News Group’s daily San Francisco Giants podcast, hosted by our beat reporter Kerry Crowley. Click here for our latest Mercury News offer and here for the latest East Bay Times offer. — Kerry Crowley
Phillies reliever Adam Morgan says he is healthy, but out of rhythm | Extra Innings
“He has talked about that he feels good,” Girardi said. “His slider was not extremely sharp tonight. He ended up getting through the inning after giving up the home run basically doing a little bit better, but he’s a big part of our bullpen and we have to get him going. I know his velocity is down and we’re aware of that. But we have some other guys [with lower velocity] and I don’t know if that’s a result of they don’t have the arm strength yet just because of the starting and the stopping and the short spring training.”
Sixers-Raptors best-worst: Toronto’s Chris Boucher goes off, Joel Embiid injured (again), bench celebrations
Worst performance: I kept going back and forth on this one, and ultimately gave it Shake Milton due to his shooting. The Sixers point guard missed seven of his nine attempts. He did finish with eight points and five assists in 22 minutes, 11 seconds. But he’ll need to make shots for the Sixers to be successful.
After handful of fans booed while FC Dallas and Nashville players knelt during national anthem, Reggie Cannon had some choice words for them
Some fans, however, did not appreciate when players and referees knelt during the national anthem, protesting police brutality and racism against Black people. Homegrown defender Reggie Cannon said he was “disgusted” that FCD’s home fans were booing them for kneeling. I asked @ReggieCannon15 about this moment, and how we felt to have his fans booing them and throwing objects as a result. “We’ve got fans booing us in our own stadium. FCD was able to put pressure on the Nashville defense, attempting 15 shots, five of which were on goal.
Heat’s Jimmy Butler shows what happens when you ‘mess with one of my guys’
“I told him, I shot faked in the corner and I should have shot it,” Robinson said, again defended by an undersized physical defender. “And we just kind of went back and forth a little bit, nothing out of the ordinary for an NBA game. But he’s a really talented player, well renowned. I have a lot of respect for him. But he also competes.
4 takeaways from the White Sox-Tigers series, including Dallas Keuchel making a mark off the field and Tim Anderson igniting a sluggish offense
“The first thing is that if you love baseball, show up to the park every day and make sure that you’re ready to go,” Keuchel said Monday. “Through the course of a season, you’re not going to show up to the ballpark feeling fresh every day. That’s the beauty of baseball, that when you show up to the park at 2 p.m., you don’t always have to feel your greatest, but at 7 when the lights come on and even though there’s no fans, you’re playing competition baseball. And if you don’t want to dominate the guy who’s throwing to you or if you don’t want to compete against a whole lineup that you’re facing, you’re in the wrong sport.
Damian Lillard reiterates commitment to ride or die with the Portland Trail Blazers, but is that realistic?
Players who spend their entire careers with one team and don’t win a championship. Players who don’t win a title with their original team, leave and win a championship elsewhere. Players who don’t win a title with their original team, leave and fail to do so elsewhere. Damian Lillard with his son Dame Jr. before the Portland Trail Blazers face the Oklahoma City Thunder at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon on Thursday, March 7, 2019. The first question really is, can Portland win a championship before Lillard’s powers diminish?
Tampa Bay Rays at Boston Red Sox odds, picks and best bets
Johnny ParlaySportsbook WireThe Tampa Bay Rays (11-8) look to complete a four-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox (6-12) Thursday at Fenway Park at 4:30 p.m. We analyze the Rays-Red Sox MLB betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets. Wednesday: Tampa Bay hit four home runs and SP Blake Snell tossed five shutout innings in a 9-5 victory, the Rays' fifth win in a row. Rays at Red Sox: Key injuries(Get the latest injury news here.) PredictionRays 9, Red Sox 4The RAYS (- 154) are the STRONGEST PLAY and will complete the sweep of the Red Sox (+140).
Sacramento Kings vs. Los Angeles Lakers odds, picks and best bets
Joe WilliamsSportsbook WireThe Sacramento Kings (30-41) and Los Angeles Lakers (52-18) battle Thursday at HP Field Hourse in Kissimmee, Fla., for a 1:30 p.m. We analyze the Kings-Lakers NBA betting odds and lines, with picks and best bets. Kings vs. Lakers: Odds, lines, picks and betting tipsNBA odds courtesy of BetMGM; access USA TODAY Sports for a full list. Sign up for the USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire email newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morningAn error has occuredPlease re-enter your email address. You'll now receive the top USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire stories each day directly in your inbox.
How many games will the Seattle Seahawks win in 2020?
Jess RootSportsbook WireHow many games will the Seattle Seahawks win in the 2020 NFL season? Seattle Seahawks' 2020 offseason changesThe Seahawks were not super active in free agency. A $10 wager on the Over will profit $9.52 if the Seahawks win at least 10 games. Exact season wins: Bands0-4 wins: +40005-8 wins: +1609-12 wins: -18913-16 wins: +1400Considering the Seahawks have between 9-12 wins in seven of the last eight years, this is easy money. You'll now receive the top USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire stories each day directly in your inbox.
Michigan audit calls for improved tracking of virtual learning
Lansing — A new audit questions the Michigan Department of Education's past monitoring of virtual learning as the state prepares for expanded online classwork because of the COVID-19 pandemic. And about 25% of the two-way communications that school districts documented "were not directly related to virtual learners' coursework or progress." The report released Thursday by the Michigan Auditor General's Office examined processes used by the department to track virtual learning programs offered by traditional public schools. "MDE needs to develop a strategy to evaluate the quality and effectiveness of virtual learning provided by traditional public schools," the report added. In response, the department said it's continually working to improve processes for tracking learning across the state and clarify laws regarding virtual learning.
Verstappen looks to usurp Hamilton again with Spanish GP win
On a track where he made history as the youngest driver to win a Formula One race, Max Verstappen hopes to usurp world champion Lewis Hamilton again at the Spanish Grand Prix. All eyes will be on Verstappen this week following his remarkable victory at Silverstone last weekend. The Red Bull driver finished more than 10 seconds ahead of Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, ending a run of three straight wins for Hamilton and four consecutive for the team. Few saw the win coming, least of all Mercedes, whose tire issues under heat played into the ice-cool Verstappen's hands. “He was having some banter about hydrating and sanitizing his hands," Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said.
Team Ozil or Team Arsenal? An ugly mess with both sides at fault and the only real winner is Mesut's bank account
Ozil’s intervention comes a week after Arsenal announced 55 redundancies as a result of the financial implications of the pandemic. Many of the players who accepted pay cuts did so because they believed it would protect jobs at the club. Not Ozil, who earns the same amount in a day as some of the redundant employees earned in a year. As ever, the temptation with Ozil is to come down on one side or the other, to agree with the player or the club. Per 90 minutes played last season, Ozil was still comfortably Arsenal’s most creative player, creating 2.36 chances per match.
Arsenal due to announce Willian signing this weekend on three-year deal
Arsenal are due to announce the signing of Willian on a three-year deal this weekend. The Brazilian completed his medical at the Premier League club earlier this week after his contract at Chelsea expired despite efforts to keep him. The 31-year-old was offered a two-year contract extension by Chelsea, where has spent the last seven seasons, but has opted for the move across London. Arsenal are now scheduled to announce the free transfer signing this weekend with head coach Mikel Arteta believing he is an ideal recruit given his experience, profile and the terms of the deal. While he did not confirm Willian was joining Arsenal or that the announcement would take place this weekend, Joorabchian said: “He is a free player.
Full extent of rugby's new restrictions revealed as The Stoop Covid-readies itself for Harlequins vs Sale Sharks
The full extent of the restrictions imposed on match-day operations as Premiership Rugby returns for the first time since March when Harlequins host Sale Sharks at the Twickenham Stoop on Friday night can be revealed. The strict guidelines imposed to reduce the risk of infection from Covid-19 include stopping play every 20 minutes for one-minute water breaks with players asked to only use their individual bottles to re-hydrate. Players and match officials have been tested 48 hours before the 7.45pm kick-off – the second time this week – and everyone entering the stadium will also have their temperature taken using a non-contact infrared forehead thermometer, with players asked to arrive between 6pm and 6.30pm. Should any individual’s recorded temperature be above 37.8C - including the players - they will be asked to leave the site and self-isolate in line with Government guidelines.
Arsenal transfer news: Kia Joorabchian takes shot at Sven Mislintat for transfer ‘c***-ups’
Kia Joorabchian has taken a shot at former Arsenal director of football Sven Mislintat for making a number of “cock-ups” while in charge of transfers at the Emirates. With Willian poised to join from London rivals Chelsea on a free transfer, Joorabchian looks to impose himself on Mikel Arteta’s squad. Download the new Independent Premium app Sharing the full story, not just the headlinesBut the outspoken agent could not resist a shot at Arsenal’s former sporting director Mislintat, who left the club in February 2019. “People forget about the previous guy, Sven,” Joorabchian told Talk Sport. And Joorabchian insists there will confirmation soon about his next club“It won’t be long before we announce it,” he added.
‘Painful but necessary’ rethink needed before fans can return to sporting events
Clubs and sports event organisers will need to undergo a “painful but necessary” rethink before allowing fans back into stadia, according to an expert in crowd science. “We need to get to know our fans again, our stadium again, and everything under the new guidelines,” Altenburg told the PA news agency. Maybe we can say that fans have gained one or two metres in all directions so they don’t fit any more. We think we know our stadia and we think we know our fans, but we need to start afresh. “Complex queuing systems don’t work anymore, because we are not allowed to queue,” he said.
GAA: The African fishermen taking up gaelic football
VideoA County Down gaelic football club has been training players from further afield. A number of men from Ghana have been working as fishermen out of Ardglass harbour for the last year. Ruth Curran, secretary at Ardglass gaelic football club, said: "We met a few weeks ago and we were talking about gaelic and having a bit of banter about how you have to play gaelic when you come out to our club." The 31-year-old grew up in Ghana and he is one of about 30 men from the African country who have spent the last two summers in Ardglass working in the local fishing industry. “Our first time at the gaelic club, I wondered how could I play football with my hand and my leg also.
Djokovic says he will play at US Open
Novak Djokovic's decision to play in the US Open is a major boost for the organisers after a number of top players refused to take partAdvertising Read moreParis (AFP)Novak Djokovic confirmed on Thursday he will play at the US Open, ending speculation about his presence at the first Grand Slam tournament since the coronavirus restart. The US Open is due to get underway behind closed doors in New York on August 31. It is preceded by the Western and Southern Open, which is normally played in Cincinnati but has been moved to New York this year. Djokovic's decision to take part in the US Open is a major boost for the tournament after a host of headline names pulled out. Djokovic was heavily criticised after hosting a charity tennis event in the Balkans in June at which he and a number of players tested positive for COVID-19.
Ozil blasts Arsenal failure to back his Uighur Muslim comments
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)Mesut Ozil has slammed Arsenal's failure to back his support of Uighur Muslims over their alleged persecution in China. Arsenal midfielder Ozil spoke out on Instagram against China's treatment of the Uighur population in Xinjiang last year. Since then Premier League clubs have supported the Black Lives Matter movement after George Floyd was killed in America. "In America, we saw George Floyd killed and the world spoke up to say Black Lives Matter, and that is correct. "But I wish people would have done the same for the Muslims because Arsenal have many Muslim players and fans as well, and it is important for the world to say that Muslim Lives Matter."
FA Cup replays scrapped for next season
Advertising Read moreLondon (AFP)FA Cup replays will be scrapped for the 2020-21 season in a bid to ease the strain on clubs during the coronavirus pandemic, the Football Assocation announced on Thursday. The FA has taken the decision that all ties in the FA Cup will be decided on the day rather than allowing for the usual replay. "In order to assist in easing pressure on the football schedule, there will be no replays for the 2020-21 season," the FA said in a statement. "After two seasons of record levels of prize funds, the Emirates FA Cup prize fund has returned back in line with 2017-18 levels due to the financial impact of the Covid-19 pandemic." Significant changes have also been made by the English Football League to the League Cup in a bid to help teams cope with the schedule.
World Cup winner Matuidi joins Beckham's Inter Miami
World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi won five trophies during his three seasons with Juventus. Advertising Read moreMilan (AFP)France's World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi will join David Beckham's Major League Soccer club Inter Miami, the American club announced on Thursday. "To have a World Cup winner of Blaise's quality in our new team is such a proud moment - for us as owners and for our fans. "Blaise is one of the most successful midfielders of his generation and we’re thrilled to have him at Inter Miami,” added Paul McDonough, Inter Miami’s Sporting Director. Matuidi won three Serie A titles, one Italian Cup and the Italian Super Cup at Juventus, where he played 133 games in all competitions.
Belarus: Days of Post-Election Turmoil
Vote sparks violenceOn Aug. 9, 2020, Lukashenko, 65, who has ruled Belarus with an iron fist since 1994, runs for a sixth term in presidential elections. One man dies when an explosive device goes off in his hand, police say, confirming the first fatality of the post-election protests. She indicates she is leaving Belarus to be with her two children, who had earlier been taken out of the country for their safety. In Minsk, state media releases a video showing Tikhanovskaya urging supporters not to protest, but her allies say it was recorded under pressure. Several hundred women, many wearing white and holding flowers, join hands to form a human chain in central Minsk urging an end to police violence.
Skateboard trick to be renamed in honour of deaf inventor
The ‘mute grab’ to become the ‘Weddle grab’ after first person to do the move in 1981For almost 40 years, the “mute grab” has been part of a skateboarder’s bag of tricks: grabbing the toe side of the board between their feet, while rotating “backside”, to land facing the opposite direction. Now, the trick is being renamed to better honour its inventor, Chris Weddle, a deaf skater who was never actually mute in the first place. The push to rechristen the trick the “Weddle grab” comes from pro skater Tony Hawk. Hawk outlined his thinking in a post on instagram: “Around 1981, a deaf skater and Colton skatepark local named Chris Weddle was a prominent amateur on the competition circuit.”Facebook Twitter Pinterest Professional skater Tony Hawk. I asked him last year as I was diving into trick origins and he said he would have rather named it the ‘deaf’ or ‘Weddle’ grab if given the choice.
30,000-Plus US Troops in Quarantine to Curb COVID-19 Spread
More than 30,000 U.S. troops are in quarantine as the U.S. military attempts to keep them safe from COVID-19 ahead of training or deployment, according to a senior military official who spoke Wednesday during a discussion on progress and challenges implementing the national defense strategy, reports Stars And Stripes. Hyten said the additional time might take its toll on service members and their family members, but it is something his staff is closely watching. "You think about what that does to the family – if you're deploying, you're going to be gone for 6 months, 9 months, 12 months, then you add 2 weeks on the front of that and maybe 2 weeks on the back of that. "There's stress on the force, there's no doubt about it. But morale is still positive."
Listen to the athletes and play college football this season
The college football season is in jeopardy of being canceled this year. So long as college football programs are following basic safety protocols, the safest place for college athletes will surely be with their teams. Without college football, players could also lose their shot at a professional career, costing them millions of dollars in potential future earnings. We trust college football players when they say they want to play, and we trust the protocols many football programs have already put in place based on the guidance of health professionals. A proper examination of the facts makes it clear that college football should be played in 2020.
Is this the end for Europe’s last dictator?
Alexander Lukashenko, labeled by the Bush administration as ‘Europe’s last dictator’, was never going to go down without a fight. State media announced that around 40 percent of the electorate had opted to vote early. When the polls closed, opposition supporters took to the streets and were met with force. Belarus took a markedly different course from Russia and Ukraine when they became independent in 1991. In any case, Europe will not miss its last dictator when his day of reckoning finally arrives.
Is this the end for Europe’s last dictator?
Alexander Lukashenko, labelled by the Bush administration as ‘Europe’s last dictator’, was never going to go down without a fight. State media announced that around 40 per cent of the electorate had opted to vote early. When the polls closed, opposition supporters took to the streets and were met with force. Belarus took a markedly different course from Russia and Ukraine when they became independent in 1991. In any case, Europe will not miss its last dictator when his day of reckoning finally arrives.
Hundreds in Belarus Protest Election Results, Police Crackdown
Women dressed in white clothes protest against police violence during recent rallies of opposition supporters, who accuse strongman Alexander Lukashenko of falsifying the polls in the presidential election, in Minsk on Aug. 12, 2020. (Sergei Gapon/AFP via Getty Images)Hundreds in Belarus Protest Election Results, Police CrackdownMINSK, Belarus—Hundreds of women rallied across Belarus’s capital on Aug. 12 to protest a brutal police crackdown that has left hundreds injured and thousands detained while challenging election results extending the 26-year rule of the country’s authoritarian leader. Authorities have responded with a crackdown that was unusually brutal even for Lukashenko’s authoritarian rule. “We stand for a peaceful protest,” said Ksenia Ilyashevich, a 23-year-old IT specialist who joined other women at a Minsk protest on Aug. 12. The European Union foreign ministers scheduled a meeting on Aug. 14 to discuss the crackdown.
Jets mailbag: The big looming decision on Sam Darnold’s future
The Jets are clearly building for the future considering the draft and their future multiple No. Which of the Jets “star” players could still be with the team in say, 2022? Richie Anderson caught 88 passes in 2000 for a Jets team that besides (Wayne) Chrebet lacked skill positions. The Jets offense was terrible last season, and that led to fewer plays in the game and fewer chancs for everyone, not just Bell. I do think the Jets have some depth at inside linebacker and they like Bradley McDougald, who will replace Adams.
Joe Kelly blasts ‘snitching’ Astros players for sign-stealing fallout
“When you take someone’s livelihood … to save your own ass, that’s what I don’t like,” Kelly added. They know they’re cheaters. He also mentioned that he didn’t want to talk to Astros players, “because they’re not respectable men.”Apparently, the league’s reasoning was that he incited the Astros out of their dugout with his actions and gesture. “I didn’t get close, and I followed all the guidelines of the CDC, and people on the other side (the Astros) didn’t. I don’t know if it was (at) me.
Man fights off shark with surfboard after it bit his leg
An Australian man who survived a harrowing shark attack that left him with a gaping leg wound recounted how he fought off the great white by shoving his surfboard into the predator’s mouth and punching it in the face. Phil Mummert, 28, was surfing at Bunker Bay on July 31 when he was attacked by the 16-foot-long shark, which bit through his board and knocked him off, the Magic Seaweed reported. “I didn’t see it coming at all, he must’ve come from behind, underneath me,” he told the surfing website. The tail half was still attached to me with my leggy and it was in its mouth,” he continued. Mummert said doctors told him that despite the gruesome injury, he didn’t suffer significant damage to his muscles, tendons or arteries.
Simon Cowell could soon return to ‘America’s Got Talent’ after e-bike crash: Howie Mandel
Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Simon Cowell is doing “spectacularly well” after breaking his back in three places — and could even soon return to “America’s Got Talent,” according to co-star Howie Mandel. News that Cowell’s serious injury — after falling off a new high-powered electric bike at his LA home — had thrown the return of the talent show into “disarray.”“We were worried about our friend, and our boss, and our leader, Simon Cowell,” Mandel said. But the 60-year-old Brit was “doing spectacularly well, considering,” Mandel insisted, confirming he was already walking around. “So, as I’ve been saying to a few other people, I wouldn’t count out seeing Simon again before this season’s end,” Mandel insisted of the assumption Cowell would be forced to miss the full AGT season. The bike suddenly did a wheelie, sending Cowell flying to the ground.
Nashville defeats Dallas 1-0 as MLS restarts the season
Nashville and Dallas were forced to withdraw from the MLS is Back tournament this past month in Florida because of positive COVID-19 tests. The game between the teams at Toyota Stadium was the first of the league’s restart of the regular season. Fans were allowed in the stands for the game, but at a reduced capacity because of local regulations in Texas. Because the group stage of the tournament counted toward the regular season, Dallas and Nashville were behind the other teams. They will play each other three total times, with the second game set for Sunday at Toyota Stadium.
Sky beat Mercury 89-71 behind Quigley's 20 points
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Allie Quigley scored 20 points, Kahleah Copper added 16 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 89-71 on Wednesday night. Chicago had a 14-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but it was cut to 70-65 with 5:21 remaining. Courtney Vandersloot answered with a three-point play to start a 7-0 Chicago run for a double-digit lead. Skylar Diggins-Smith and Sophie Cunningham each scored 15 points for Phoenix (5-4), which had won five of its last six games. Brittney Griner, averaging 18.4 points per game, was just 3 of 11 from the field for nine points.
Sky top Mercury behind solid defensive effort
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Allie Quigley scored 20 points, Kahleah Copper added 16 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 89-71 on Wednesday night. Skylar Diggins-Smith and Sophie Cunningham each scored 15 points for Phoenix (5-4), which had won five of its last six games. SUN 70, WINGS 66DeWanna Bonner scored 18 points, Alyssa Thomas added 17 and the Sun beat the Wings. Dallas was off on a 3-pointer at the other end and Jasmine Thomas secured the defensive rebound to seal it. Betnijah Laney scored 17 points and Blake Dietrick added 16 points for Atlanta (2-7), which has lost six straight games.
Loyd scores 20, Bird returns in Storm's 100-63 win
BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) - Jewell Loyd and Sami Whitcomb each scored 20 points and the Seattle Storm won their sixth straight game with a 100-63 rout of the Atlanta Dream on Wednesday night. Whitcomb made a career-high-tying six 3-pointers as Seattle was 18 of 30 from 3-point range. Whitcomb was two points away from tying her career high in points. Alysha Clark added 16 points and Breanna Stewart had seven points and nine rebounds in 24 minutes. Betnijah Laney scored 17 points and Blake Dietrick added 16 points for Atlanta (2-7), which has lost six straight games.
George, Leonard lead Clippers past Nuggets for No. 2 seed
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) - Paul George scored 27 points, Kawhi Leonard had 26 and the Los Angeles Clippers wrapped up the second seed in the Western Conference playoffs with a 124-111 victory over the third-seeded Denver Nuggets on Wednesday night. George and Leonard were big reasons why. “As much as we want to win games, I also want to be healthy come playoffs.”The Nuggets, as the third seed, will face No. Rivers said the team will work on keeping that momentum, but even if they had not emerged as the second seed, it would not have changed their motivation. EXPECTATIONS METThere were a lot of goals placed on George and Leonard when they joined the Clippers this past offseason.
Voting focus could be legacy for latest wave of NBA activism
But where Kaepernick’s demonstrations raised awareness, NBA players want their actions to move the needle further. But transforming the widespread embrace for social justice in America from a moment into a movement requires targeting systemic barriers and changing laws, not just mindsets. The group has sought to distinguish itself from past athlete-led efforts by focusing not simply on voting registration, but by eliminating barriers in the voting process. NBA teams like the Orlando Magic have also since announced their own voting initiatives. Elmore said More Than a Vote is “one of the more creative and more unprecedented types of actions in the spirit of obtaining social justice.
Players kneeling for anthem met with boos before MLS game
There was a smattering of boos when players from FC Dallas and Nashville SC collectively took a knee during the national anthem before their MLS game on Wednesday night in Frisco, Texas. Dallas defender Reggie Cannon said he was disgusted by the boos at Toyota Stadium when players and officials knelt to call attention to racial injustice. Absolute hell.”Dallas and Nashville had not played a game since the season was suspended on March 12 because of the coronavirus. The death of George Floyd has spurred a number of MLS players to form the group Black Players for Change, which seeks to address systemic racism in soccer and society. At the opening game of the MLS tournament in Florida, members of the group collectively stood in silence, fists raised, for more than eight minutes.
Horvat scores twice, Canucks beat Blues 5-2 in series opener
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) - Bo Horvat scored twice and the Vancouver Canucks beat the defending Stanley Cup champion St. Louis Blues 5-2 on Wednesday in the opening game of their best-of-seven first-round series. David Perron and Jaden Schwartz scored for St. Louis. Horvat said the Canucks were ready to match the Blues‘ intensity. St. Louis countered with under four minutes to go. St. Louis coach Craig Berube said he saw positives against Vancouver.
Pitching, Turner's 3-run blast help Dodgers beat Padres, 6-0
The Dodgers played small ball to score two runs in the fifth, then Turner slugged his second three-run blast of the season in the eighth off Craig Stammen. He gave up three hits over 4 2/3 innings, struck out a career-high eight and walked one. Kenley Jansen came in and retired the next three batters, including two on strikeouts, to close out the Dodgers‘ second shutout of the shortened season. The Padres had the same situation in the seventh, but Eric Hosmer grounded out to second for the third out. Dodgers: LHP Julio Urías (1-0, 2.40) starts the series finale after getting an extra day of rest.
Dietrich debuts as Rangers rally in 8th for 7-4 win over M's
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) - Derek Dietrich talked a few hours before his Texas Rangers debut about just wanting to make some kind of impact for his new team. Dietrich scored when No. Seattle scored all of its runs in the second off Jordan Lyles. Dietrich was hit by a pitch with two outs in the sixth and stole second base before scoring on J.P. Crawford’s throwing error when Andrus hit a grounder. Rangers: Open a three-game series Friday at Colorado, which won 2 of 3 at Texas to start the season.
Ivory Coast soccer association election postponed
ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast (AP) - The Ivory Coast soccer association said Wednesday it has indefinitely postponed an election to choose a new president because of what it called “serious shortcomings” in the electoral process. Drogba has since received the support he needed from several clubs in Ivory Coast. The 42-year-old Drogba, Ivory Coast’s former captain and all-time leading goalscorer, drew a huge crowd when he submitted his papers at the federation building at the start of the month. Two others have applied to contest the election, outgoing executive committee member Sory Diabate and former federation vice president Idris Diallo. ___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsSign up for Daily Newsletters Manage NewslettersCopyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC.
Virus-proofing NFL facilities is a tall, masked task
So there’s just a lot of things that have now been added to your routine.”Daily testing, naturally, is the fulcrum of this aggressive virus-proofing around team facilities. NFL Network reported that, of 109,075 coronavirus tests conducted on players, coaches and team employees through Tuesday, the rate of positive tests has been 0.46% overall and 0.81% for players. The category was created for a player who either tests positive for COVID-19 or who has been quarantined after having been in close contact with an infected person or persons. By agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association, clubs are not permitted to disclose whether a player is positive for COVID-19 or simply in preventative quarantine. Vikings players can order meals via smart phone app to reduce time spent in the cafeteria.
Super Bowl loss 'ingrained' in 49ers brains
Nick Bosa said he hasn’t been able to watch the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl even once. The Super Bowl loss that came after San Francisco blew a 10-point fourth-quarter lead over the Kansas City Chiefs still hovers over the 49ers six months later as they begin preparations for what they hope will be a title run this time. “I felt like we went out there and had a very great half, even up to the fourth quarter. Eight other Super Bowl losers returned to the game the next season only to lose again, including Buffalo three times. “That’s what everybody in the NFL, every team wants to do, get to the Super Bowl and win it.
Wednesday Sports in Brief
It’s unknown if Antetokounmpo would have played in Thursday’s game against Memphis anyway, given that the Bucks have already secured the No. The move came one day after the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced they would not be participating this fall. GOLFThe Masters, known as much for the roars as the raw beauty of Augusta National, will be on mute this year. That will be missing this year, along with the azalea and dogwood blooms from having to move it from April. Stute won 2,000 races in a career that began in the late 1940s and ended when he retired in 2011.
Panthers seek more from former Terrapins receiver D.J. Moore
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Panthers want more out of third-year receiver D.J. “He is just challenging me to be the best player I can be on the field,” Moore said of Rhule’s comments. He’s going to be a great receiver. Moore played with three different QBs last season after Newton went down with a season-ending foot injury in Week 2. With McCaffrey, the continued development of receiver Curtis Samuel and the addition of receiver Robby Anderson from the Jets, Moore thinks he will get freed up to make even more plays this season.
Scherzer tops highest paid list in shortened MLB season
Washington pitcher Max Scherzer topped the shortened season’s list at $17.8 million, his income partially protected by a huge signing bonus. Even with contracts at full value and projected for 25-man active rosters, this year’s average of $4,520,010 would have represented just a 3.1% increase over 2016?s $4,381,980. Scherzer’s $210 million, seven-year contract includes a $50 million signing bonus — baseball signing bonuses are distinct from salaries and not subject to reduction. Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was second on the opening day list at $16.3 million, boosted by a $23 million signing bonus. Had active rosters remained at 25, the projected to $4.52 million, a 3.3% increase over 2019.
Silva, the City wizard who helped to redefine English soccer
There’ll be no standing ovation in a full stadium for David Silva after his final appearance for Manchester City. Now, let’s take the best-case scenario: How about Silva ending his decade-long, era-changing City career by lifting the Champions League trophy as captain? “He’s tiny,” City manager Pep Guardiola said, “a little player, not a box-to-box player. By then, another stylish Spanish playmaker, Juan Mata, was in the Premier League with Chelsea. “I don’t think we appreciated him,” Lescott said, of English soccer in general, “and I think his profile plays into that.
English soccer announces congested schedule due to pandemic
LONDON (AP) - Big changes have been made to the English soccer schedule in a congested and shorter season because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the English League Cup, two-leg semifinals have been replaced by a single match in January. That means the Premier League which kicks off on Sept. 12 will have no midweek games until Dec. 15-16 - after the Champions League and Europa League group stages end. Manchester City are still involved in the Champions League and Manchester United have advanced to the Europa league semifinals. Teams will get a brief midseason break in January instead of February, and the final Premier League round of fixtures will be on May 23.
Soto slugs two home runs in Nationals' loss to Mets
The Mets have scored four runs or fewer in 12 of their first 18 games. Trailing 3-0 after the first half-inning, Brandon Nimmo hit a leadoff homer to begin the Mets‘ comeback. Seven pitchers combined on a 10-hitter for the Mets, who lost the first two games of the four-game series. THE DEFENSE ISN’T RESTINGThe Mets‘ middle infield combination of second baseman Luis Guillorme and shortstop Andres Gimenez had another impressive night Wednesday. UP NEXTMets: Rookie LHP David Peterson (2-1, 3.78 ERA) is scheduled to face the Nationals for the first time.
Marlins allow 7 home runs, still beat Blue Jays
The game featured 32 hits and the Blue Jays left 24 runners on base. Teoscar Hernandez, Danny Jansen, Rowdy Tellez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. joined Shaw and Bichette in the Blue Jays’ home run barrage. The Marlins responded with three runs in the top of the fifth inning before the Blue Jays jumped back into the game. Jansen hit another two-run homer for the Blue Jays in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Blue Jays (6-9) will host the Tampa Bay Rays at 6:37 p.m. EDT Friday in Buffalo.
Three Weeks Into the Pandemic Season, Baseball Is Still Trying to Define the Word ‘Season’
As the St. Louis Cardinals’ coronavirus-induced hiatus passes the two-week mark, Major League Baseball must now wrestle with an unsettling question: What exactly constitutes a credible season in 2020? A recent outbreak of cases across the organization has all but ensured that the Cardinals won’t complete their 60-game schedule. Their last 13 contests have been postponed, or roughly 22% of their entire slate. They haven’t played since their series finale in Minnesota on July 29, after which they flew to Milwaukee, where they...
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Top fantasy football tight ends, 2020 rankings
Note that I am defaulting to half-PPR scoring, so feel free to adjust players up or down a bit for standard or full-PPR formats. Mark Andrews, Ravens (8)Andrews proved last season he could succeed wildly despite a remarkably low snap count, and now former first-round pick Hayden Hurst is gone. If the Chargers wind up installing a version of the Ravens’ pistol-heavy scheme, Henry could be his team’s Andrews, which sounds pretty enticing. Austin Hooper, Browns (9)Cleveland gave big bucks to Hooper in free agency, but it’s unclear if that will translate to big numbers. 4, given Kareem Hunt’s expected involvement) on a team that wants to run the ball much more than the Falcons did.
Clemson's Dabo Swinney still focused on national championship even as college football pool shrinks
Clemson Tigers football coach Dabo Swinney remained focused on a national championship Wednesday even as the Big Ten and Pac-12 Conferences postponed their fall sports seasons. Swinney said Wednesday he didn’t think that fewer teams in the college football pool “damages” the prestige of the 2020 national championship, according to ESPN. SOME POWER 5 CONFERENCES HAVE YET TO POSTPONE COLLEGE FOOTBALL, REST OF FALL SPORTS SEASON“The four best teams can go play,” Swinney said. OHIO STATE'S JUSTIN FIELDS GIVES THREE-LETTER RESPONSE TO BIG TEN POSTPONING FOOTBALL SEASON“Whoever wins it, wins it. ... Somebody is gonna win a championship, so maybe it's a shortened season, maybe it's not as many teams or whatever.
Ex-Ohio State defensive lineman wants school to 'flex a little muscle' amid college football's postponement
Former Ohio State defensive lineman Michael Bennett called on his alma mater to apply some pressure on the Big Ten Conference in the wake of the college football season being postponed. Bennett, who played for the Buckeyes from 2011 to 2014 and later played in the NFL, tweeted his own frustrations Wednesday. OHIO STATE'S JUSTIN FIELDS GIVES THREE-LETTER RESPONSE TO BIG TEN POSTPONING FOOTBALL SEASON“You can’t convince me the Big10 does more for Ohio State than Ohio State does for the Big10. “I’m seeing a lot of Gene Smith hate that I don’t agree with. “[Ohio State President-elect Kristina M. Johnson] and I were totally aligned in our efforts to delay the start of the season rather than postpone.
Ryan Day's plan for Ohio State, Big Ten football: 8-game schedule starting in January
Ohio State Buckeyes football coach Ryan Day said Wednesday he’s looking to present the Big Ten Conference a plan to begin an eight-game season in January and February. BIG TEN SHOULD LOOK TO REMOVE NEBRASKA FROM CONFERENCE OVER REACTION TO POSTPONED SEASON, HEISMAN WINNER SAYS“We're still exploring all those options,” Day said, according to ESPN. OHIO STATE FOOTBALL PLAYER EXPRESSES CONFUSION AFTER SEASON POSTPONED, OK'D TO RETURN TO CAMPUS“We’ve got some work to do. I don’t know the answer, but I’m going to fight like heck for these guys to push for what we think is right. I think it's realistic.
Joe Montana would have opted out of college football season over coronavirus concerns
Joe Montana, who led Notre Dame to a national championship in 1977, said if the coronavirus pandemic was affecting college football during his playing days, he would have opted out of the season. The Big Ten, Pac-12, Big East, Mountain West and Mid-American Conferences have postponed their college football seasons. MICHIGAN'S JIM HARBAUGH DISAPPOINTED WITH BIG TEN DECISION TO PUT COLLEGE FOOTBALL ON HOLD“For me, I think I would’ve gone after the safety of my health first, in the end,” he told USA Today. OHIO STATE'S JUSTIN FIELDS GIVES THREE-LETTER RESPONSE TO BIG TEN POSTPONING FOOTBALL SEASONMontana used baseball as an example of the dangers the virus can pose. “All I can tell you is look at baseball and baseball isn’t even a contact sport and look at the troubles they’ve had right away in trying to control it,” he told USA Today.
Trump speaks with Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, LSU's Ed Orgeron as conferences postpone college football
President Trump said Wednesday he spoke to Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence and LSU Tigers coach Ed Orgeron about going forward with the college football season. People don’t realize this but a tiny percentage of people that get sick … they’re old. It just attacks old people, especially old people with bad hearts, diabetes or some kind of a physical problem,” he said. These football players are very young, strong people physically. The Big Ten, Pac-12, Big East, Mountain West and Mid-American Conferences have already postponed their fall sports schedules.
Dallas Cowboys plan to play with fans attending in person
One of the NFL’s most popular franchises, the Dallas Cowboys, have announced a controversial plan to play with fans in the stands. Owner Jerry Jones says he believes it’s worth the risk. NBC’s Morgan Chesky reports for TODAY from AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
MLS side Inter Miami sign Frenchman Matuidi on free transfer
He made 45 appearances for Juve across all competitions last season as they won the Serie A title for a ninth straight season. The 33-year-old will be reunited with former Paris St Germain team mate David Beckham, who is co-owner of Inter Miami. "I couldn't be happier to welcome my friend Blaise to Inter Miami. He also made over 150 appearances for St Etienne from 2007-2011 before moving to PSG where he won four Ligue 1 titles. Inter Miami resume their inaugural season in the MLS on Aug. 22 against Orlando City.
Pakistan look to profit from wasteful England in second test
SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - Pakistan opener Abid Ali will hope to profit from the lives gifted to him by a sloppy England side after steering the tourists to 62 for one at lunch on the opening day of the second test at the Rose Bowl on Thursday. England should have had more than one wicket, twice dropping Abid at second slip with spills that should have been easily grabbed. James Anderson picked up the only wicket in the session, trapping first test century-maker Shan Masood leg before wicket for one. England selected left-arm seamer Sam Curran instead of the rested Jofra Archer, while batsman Zak Crawley replaced Stokes. England won the first test by three wickets last week, their third victory in a row after consecutive wins over West Indies.
MLS side Inter Miami sign Frenchman Matuidi on free transfer
The 33-year-old will be reunited with former Paris St Germain team mate David Beckham, who is co-owner of Inter Miami. “I couldn’t be happier to welcome my friend Blaise to Inter Miami. He is an exciting and gifted player and a great person,” former England skipper Beckham said in a club statement. He also made over 150 appearances for St Etienne from 2007-2011 before moving to PSG where he won four Ligue 1 titles. Inter Miami resume their inaugural season in the MLS on Aug. 22 against Orlando City.
Pakistan look to profit from wasteful England in second test
SOUTHAMPTON, England (Reuters) - Pakistan opener Abid Ali will hope to profit from the lives gifted to him by a sloppy England side after steering the tourists to 62 for one at lunch on the opening day of the second test at the Rose Bowl on Thursday. England should have had more than one wicket, twice dropping Abid at second slip with spills that should have been easily grabbed. Both were fielding at second slip due to the absence of Ben Stokes, who has withdrawn from the rest of the series for personal reasons. James Anderson picked up the only wicket in the session, trapping first test century-maker Shan Masood leg before wicket for one. England won the first test by three wickets last week, their third victory in a row after consecutive wins over West Indies.
English soccer announces congested schedule due to pandemic
(Owen Humphreys, Pool via AP)LONDON (AP) — Big changes have been made to the English soccer schedule in a congested and shorter season because of the coronavirus pandemic. In the English League Cup, two-leg semifinals have been replaced by a single match in January. ADVERTISEMENTThat means the Premier League which kicks off on Sept. 12 will have no midweek games until Dec. 15-16 — after the Champions League and Europa League group stages end. Premier League teams will enter the League Cup in the second or third round in September, depending on if they are due to play in a European competition. Teams will get a brief midseason break in January instead of February, and the final Premier League round of fixtures will be on May 23.
Three Weeks Into the Pandemic Season, Baseball Is Still Trying to Define the Word ‘Season’
As the St. Louis Cardinals’ coronavirus-induced hiatus passes the two-week mark, Major League Baseball must now wrestle with an unsettling question: What exactly constitutes a credible season in 2020? A recent outbreak of cases across the organization has all but ensured that the Cardinals won’t complete their 60-game schedule. Even if the Cardinals return to action Friday—the current hope—they would have to squeeze 55 games into a 45-day window. Commissioner Rob Manfred has said that MLB is comfortable with the reality that not all teams will wind up playing the same number of games this year. Winning percentage, Manfred says, will ultimately determine which clubs qualify for the playoffs as needed.
Gregg Rosenthal calls Lavonte David ‘one of the most underrated players of his generation’
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are looking to rewrite the script in 2020, going from the doldrums to the top of the NFL mountain. With Tom Brady now the man under center, the Bucs seem destined for a return to the postseason after more than a decade. 11 was wide receiver Chris Godwin, who had a career year last season with 86 receptions for 1,333 yards and nine touchdowns. Don’t be surprised if Godwin’s value goes up even further with Tom Brady throwing him the ball.”And finally, at No. With the Bucs appearing in five prime-time games this season, David will get the chance to showcase his game on the national stage.
The Rush: Jerry Jones wants fans in the stands this year and Dak signed...someday
WATCH THE VIDEO ABOVE to see today’s piping-hot, fresh-outta-the-oven episode of THE RUSH with Jared Quay! We’ll let you know everything you didn’t know you needed to know about sports. The Grizzlies, Suns, Blazers and Spurs play their final seeding games tonight as all four are vying for the final playoff spot in the west. Cowboys owner Jerry Jones sounded off on many topics including Dak Prescott’s contract and his plans to host fans at home games this year. Until then, stay safe and don’t forget to check out our previous episodes here.
This day in sports: Baltimore Orioles’ Jim Palmer throws no-hitter
But with the bases loaded, Palmer got Larry Haney to ground into a force play to end the game. The victory was Sarazen’s third PGA Championship title and the sixth of his seven major tournament wins. 18) to beat Colin Montgomerie of Scotland for the PGA Championship. Elkington’s 64 on the par-71 Pacific Palisades course was the lowest final round score by a PGA Championship winner. New York won the game in the 11th inning when Bernie Williams hit a two-run home run for a 7-5 victory.
Samuel Cosmi to the Broncos? ESPN’s NFL mock draft has Texas tackle heading to Denver in 2021.
That’s what ESPN’s Todd McShay believes in his early 2021 NFL mock draft. McShay has Texas tackle Samuel Cosmi heading to Denver with the No. “Even before right tackle Ja’Wuan James opted out of the NFL season, tackle was a concern. Ask Mike Singer here. Ask Mike Chambers here.
Packers planning live scrimmages, extra meeting time to give young players fighting chance
For those young players, the canceled preseason games can mean 100 or more snaps down the drain, a definite blow to their opportunity to impress their bosses. So, he is setting aside extra time both on the field and in the classroom, so those players have a fighting chance. “I think the true test is when things start going fast on the field,” LaFleur said of the challenges younger players face. Teams also will have little to no new information on other team’s players because no preseason games exist to scout. He couldn’t imagine what would have happened if he only had three weeks and no preseason games to prove himself.
Deola Lyles: A longtime MPS teacher who worked tirelessly to help students succeed
Deola Lyles understood, better than most, that education was the pathway to success. "She was a true heroine in terms of her kindness and love for others," her son Vincent Lyles said. "She was somebody that was very generous with her time and energy and commitment to others," Vincent Lyles said. The night Obama won, Deola Lyles, then 85 years old, said she wished her parents had seen the historic moment. But Deola Lyles also knew the keys to achievement were a strong work ethic and a good education.
‘The volume has been cranked to about a 9 or 10’: A closer look at the Bears outside linebackers and Khalil Mack’s quest for more in 2020
“By the time we get to a game plan, hopefully we’ll be in a position where we can keep him doing what he does best,” Monachino said. “It won’t be exclusively but as often as we can. And Rob’s on board with that. He understands that. Right now, it’s just a matter of getting him to fit in with the team and finding out what the best way is that we can use his talent and the best way we can allow him to shine on every down.
3 things to watch for in Game 2 of the Blackhawks-Golden Knights series, including a Patrick Kane-Jonathan Toews reunion — anything to spark the offense
“It’s always an option for us,” Colliton said. They’ve had success together in the past. We’re trying to win. You turn over every rock, and every game we talk about the combos. Even within the game, you can be flexible, move guys around, try to get a spark.”
Oklahoma high school football: Joe Maytubby an intimidating player for Shawnee
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