first_imgFIFA previously said it will make substantial sums from its $2.7 billion reserves available in an emergency fund.___The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans.The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season.Federation president Fritz Keller says “it is extremely unfortunate that in all likelihood this special game will have to take place in a stadium without spectators.” The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games.The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021.More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials.The money is being awarded through the Olympic Solidarity program. The program aims to help all 206 national Olympic teams and the refugee team send athletes to the games.___ Lloris plays for Tottenham in the Premier League. The team has nine matches remaining this season.Lloris says in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper that “if we have to finish the league without fans then we will.”But the World Cup champion adds that “soccer remains totally secondary given the current situation.”___The governing body of field hockey says it has extended the international Pro League seasons by one year to run through June 2021. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 England will try to reschedule its test series with the West Indies after announcing there will be no professional cricket played in the country until July 1 at the earliest because of the coronavirus pandemic.The inaugural season of The Hundred is due to start on July 17 and has not yet been canceled. The England and Wales Cricket Board has arranged a meeting for next week to discuss whether it can go ahead.No domestic competitions have been scrapped for this year.The ECB says the international season in England will now be played from July to the end of September. The three-test series against the West Indies that was due to start on June 4 has been postponed.ECB chief executive Tom Harrison says his organization is following advice from the government and health experts and that “our plan is to reschedule international matches as late as possible in the season to give the best chance of play.” The nine men’s and nine women’s national teams were scheduled to play January-to-June annually.Games in the 2020 season were stopped because of the coronavirus pandemic. Germany has yet to play in the women’s competition while leader Argentina has played eight of its 16 games.The International Hockey Federation says the new time frame gives it the best chance “to deliver on broadcast and commercial partner agreements.”The subsequent season will run from September 2021 to the following June.___ FIFA says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic.Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle.FIFA says the next instalment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year.FIFA is easing some criteria required before being paid but the money is still subject to audit checks.FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.” The Latest: Le Graët eyes restart with French cup finals France is on lockdown until May 11 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The league is scheduled to restart on June 17 if the government allows it.French soccer federation president Noël Le Graët says he hopes “to resume the season and try to go to the end.”His new proposal is that the French Cup final be played either on June 13 or 20 with the League Cup final three days later and then the 10 league games.Le Graët says “this proposal wasn’t challenged.”___ Associated Press April 24, 2020 There are also no dates for the postponed semifinals. They were originally scheduled to be played earlier this week with champion Bayern Munich hosting Eintracht Frankfurt and fourth-division club Saarbrücken welcoming Bayer Leverkusen.___France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says resuming soccer leagues should not come at the expense of people’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic.Talks are ongoing in leagues around the world as to when the season can restart. South Korea’s K-League will kick off on May 8 in empty stadiums. The Bundesliga in Germany is discussing playing again on May 9.Lloris says “there’s so much at stake financially for clubs … But above all of that there is health.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The president of the French soccer federation wants the season to restart with the two domestic cup finals followed by remaining league games.last_img read more


first_imgThe St. Louis Cardinals have returned to the field for light workouts nearly a week after an outbreak of COVID-19 forced the club and its staff members to quarantine in Milwaukee. In other MLB news: —Shohei Ohtani still wants to be a two-way player for the Los Angeles Angels despite having another season cut short on the mound due to arm troubles. Ohtani won’t pitch again this year after being shut down with a strained right forearm after an abbreviated outing Sunday. It was the second start of the season for the Japanese star since having Tommy John surgery in 2018. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSSigns ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balance Ingles, Jazz keep Grizzlies winless in bubble, 124-115LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Utah Jazz kept the Memphis Grizzlies winless in the NBA bubble with a 124-115 victory. Joe Ingles scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Mike Conley had 23 points and seven assists against his former team as the Jazz improved to 2-2 in the seeding round and nudged ahead of Houston for the fourth spot in the Western Conference standings. Dillon Brooks scored 23 points, while Grayson Allen had a career-high 20 points and six 3-pointers as the Grizzlies dropped to 0-4 in the seeding round.Elsewhere in hoop action:— Philadelphia guard Ben Simmons left the 76ers’ game against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter with a left knee injury and won’t return. Simmons grabbed a rebound Wednesday and appeared to tweak his knee. He left the game and hobbled toward the locker room. Simmons had eight points on 2-of-10 shooting before his departure. — Chris Paul had 21 points, seven rebounds and six assists in the Oklahoma City Thunder’s 105-86 victory over the poor-shooting Los Angeles Lakers. Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points and Steven Adams had 18 for the Thunder, who never trailed in their first win over the Lakers in four meetings this season. LeBron James had 19 points and 11 rebounds for the Lakers, who had another possibly concerning offensive performance while dropping to 2-2 in the bubble. The Lakers never held a lead for the first time all season. Associated Press NFL-NEWSNFLPA president, Browns center Tretter wants daily COVID testingUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA President JC Tretter will push for daily COVID-19 testing during training camp as the NFL moves toward the start of the season. He says testing players every day would eliminate some of the lag time in waiting for results that has led to problems during Major League’s Baseball’s start to its season. Currently the agreement is testing would be done on a daily basis for the first two weeks of camp and revert to every other day so long as teams kept their positive rates low. Tretter weighed the risks and elected to play in 2020 as his wife expects their first child. In other NFL news: Elsewhere in the playoffs:— Mike Hoffman and Brian Boyle scored 2:07 apart in the opening minutes of the third period, and the Florida Panthers avoided elimination with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders Wednesday in Game 3 of their preliminary round playoff series. Erik Haula also scored and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 20 shots. The 10th-seeded Panthers trail the best-of-five series 2-1 with Game 4 at the NHL’s Eastern Conference hub city of Toronto on Friday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, the East’s seventh seed. Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots and made a costly error leading to Hoffman’s go-ahead goal 41 seconds into the third period.— Tyler Johnson scored the tiebreaking goal with 87 seconds left to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over Boston. The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins fell to their second straight loss in the NHL’s playoff seeding round. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots for the Lightning, who improved to 2-0 in the three-game round-robin. Tampa Bay would earn the top seed in the East with a victory over Philadelphia on Saturday. Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for the Bruins. They led the NHL with 100 points in the pandemic-shortened regular season but can now finish no higher than No. 3. — High-scoring rookie defenseman Cale Makar connected on an early power-play goal, 30-year-old Pavel Francouz recorded a shutout in his postseason debut and the Colorado Avalanche cruised to a 4-0 round-robin win over the Dallas Stars. Joonas Donskoi, Vladislav Namestnikov and Andre Burakovsky also scored as the Avalanche improved to 2-0 in the three-game round that will determine playoff seeding for the top four teams in the Western Conference. The Stars have lost both of their games and are likely to finish where they started as the fourth seed.NBA-SCHEDULE August 5, 2020 Of the 343 players tested since results were last announced July 29, none has been confirmed positive. That means no player has tested positive since entering the so-called bubble last month. In other hoop news:— The NBA board of governors and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized plans to create the first-ever NBA Foundation that will work to spur economic growth in the Black community, announcing Wednesday that the initial contribution will be $300 million over the next decade. Each team will donate $1 million annually, or $30 million collectively, over those 10 years. MLB-SCHEDULEVisiting Phils beat Yankees 11-7 at home to open twin bill, Yanks top in nightcap 3-1 — The NFL is beginning a second phase of reopening its Midtown Manhattan offices and is requiring all employees returning to league headquarters to take a saliva COVID-19 test every two weeks. The NFL says any employees who have health concerns or child-care issues will be allowed to continue working remotely.— Cleveland Browns guard Colby Gossett has opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the fourth player on the team — and third offensive lineman — to decide not to play because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gossett qualifies for the high-risk opt-out agreed to by the NFLPA and will receive a $350,000 stipend for not playing. He was due to make $675,00 this season. The deadline for players opting out is Thursday at 4 p.m.— The Arizona Cardinals have signed safety Kentrell Brice and receiver Andre Patton. The 25-year-old Brice was recently released by the Chicago Bears. Patton played in 13 games last season, including five starts, for the Los Angeles Chargers. — As the Chiefs wait to hear whether cornerback Bashaud Breeland will be suspended to start the season following his arrested in South Carolina in April, the Chiefs signed have special teams ace Antonio Hamilton and used a pair of draft picks on cornerbacks. L’Jarius Sneed was picked in the fourth round and Bopete Keyes was chosen in the seventh.— Training camp is underway, and the Dolphins believe veteran newcomers Jordan Howard and Matt Breida represent a significant upgrade at running back. They’re expected to provide more punch and versatility for an offense that last year averaged 72 yards rushing per game, worst in the NFL since 2006. PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Mike Tauchman’s tiebreaking double in the seventh inning sent the New York Yankees to a 3-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies and a split of their seven-inning doubleheader Wednesday. Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto homered to back Zack Wheeler and lead the “visiting” Phillies to an 11-7 win in the opener, snapping New York’s seven-game winning streak. Due to a late schedule change, the Yankees were the “home” team for the first game — even in Philadelphia. Phillies ace Aaron Nola tied a career high with 12 strikeouts in the nightcap, allowing one run on Luke Voit’s homer and three hits in six innings. Elsewhere in the majors:— Five pitchers combined on a four-hitter for the undermanned, gritty and first-place Miami Marlins, who beat the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 Wednesday night for a doubleheader sweep. Brian Anderson homered in the opener, and Miami won 1-0 despite getting only two hits. The sweep kept the Marlins atop the NL East and earned Don Mattingly his 281st win as Miami’s manager, tying Jack McKeon’s club record. In a baseball season complete with new rules and an ever-changing, abbreviated schedule, this doubleheader raised the bar on strange. Not only were both games seven innings apiece, but the Orioles were the home team in the opener and the Marlins served as hosts in the nightcap.center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFSGarland, Hall each score in 3rd as Coyotes beat Preds 4-1EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Conor Garland and Taylor Hall each scored in the third period and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 Wednesday. Now the Coyotes can eliminate the sixth-seeded Predators in Game 4 on Friday in this best-of-five qualifying series. Christian Dvorak scored on Arizona’s first shot, and the Coyotes scored three in the third for the victory capped by Carl Soderberg’s empty-netter. The Predators thought they had a 2-1 lead 1:13 into the third period on a goal by Kyle Turris, but the Coyotes won their challenge of offside with Nashville center Matt Duchene found over the blue line on review. — Michael Porter Jr. scored 30 points and had 15 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 132-126. Nikola Jokic added 25 points and 11 assists. Jerami Grant finished with 22 points. San Antonio, which started the day two games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West, dropped to 2-2 since the restart. Derrick White had 23 points and seven assists.NBA-NEWSNo players confirmed positiveLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s bubble is still working. The league released its latest results Wednesday for coronavirus tests performed on players participating in the restarted season at Walt Disney World and the numbers are still perfect. Update on the latest sports — Nationals starter Max Scherzer exited because of a hamstring problem after laboring through just one inning, overshadowing Juan Soto’s eventful 2020 debut for the World Series champs, and Rick Porcello collected his 150th career win in the New York Mets’ 3-1 victory over Washington. Porcello went seven innings, allowing one run and five hits. Seth Lugo got the last six outs for his second save. Scherzer’s replacement, Erick Fedde, took the loss after giving up a tiebreaking run in his three innings. Soto had an RBI double, a single and a highlight-reel catch in his first game after coming off the COVID-19 list.— Hyun-Jin Ryu combined with four relievers on a two-hitter and the Toronto Blue Jays beat Sean Newcomb and the shorthanded Atlanta Braves 2-1. Ryu lasted only five innings but was dominant as he gave up only one hit, an infield single by Adam Duvall in the second inning. Duvall homered in the seventh off Thomas Hatch. Ryu struck out eight. The Braves were forced to recast their lineup after placing Ozzie Albies and Matt Adams on the injured list and giving Freddie Freeman a day off. The new-look lineup didn’t resemble the unit which had 13 hits in a 10-1 win over the Blue Jays on Tuesday night.— Brian Anderson hit a fourth-inning homer off Alex Cobb and the Miami Marlins won their second straight since returning, beating the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 in the opener of a doubleheader. Miami improved to 4-1 with its second successive shutout win over the Orioles. -Mike Clevinger didn’t have his best stuff but did enough to pitch into the sixth inning and lead the Cleveland Indians to a 2-0 win over the Cincinnati Reds. The Indians were again without manager Terry Francona. He missed his fourth straight game with a gastrointestinal issue. César Hernández hit an RBI single and Óscar Mercado scored with some daring baserunning in the fifth when the Indians finally scored after being blanked by Reds rookie Tejay Antone in his first major league start. The Indians have won two of three against their in-state rivals. —Martín Pérez pitched out of trouble all night, and Alex Verdugo and Michael Chavis homered to help the Boston Red Sox stop a four-game skid Wednesday with a 5-0 victory over the slumping Tampa Bay Rays. Pérez allowed four hits and three walks, wiggling out of jams for five innings. He struck out four. The left-hander held Tampa Bay to 0 for 7 with runners in scoring position and induced two double-play grounders. Colten Brewer, Austin Brice, Matt Barnes and Brandon Workman completed a four-hitter. The Rays have trailed in 11 of 12 games this season, including their last 10. — Minnesota’s Randy Dobnak dominated in his homecoming, allowing three hits in six innings as the streaking Twins topped the reeling Pittsburgh Pirates 5-2. Pittsburgh managed just four balls out of the infield against Dobnak, who dropped his ERA to 0.60. Marwin Gonzalez went 2 for 4 with two RBIs for the Twins. Max Kepler gave Minnesota some breathing room in the ninth with a three-run home run off Pirates’ reliever Dovydas Neverauskas.MLB-NEWSCOVID-stricken Cards shuffle rosterUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus-ridden Cardinals are expected to make more transactions after placing six players on the injured list, including confirmed COVID-19 cases Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley.St. Louis also put pitcher Carlos Martinez on the injured list and activated reliever Brad Miller from the injured list. UNDATED (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert tells The Associated Press that whether college sports — and more specifically major college football — can play through the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be determined not by the association or even conferences but on school-by-school basis. Another hectic day in college sports news started with UConn canceling its football season before the Big Ten released its revised schedule for the coming season. Games are just a month away. The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division. Divisions II and III quickly pulled the plug. As for Division I, plans for a season are methodically falling into place but with tempered optimism. In other college sports news:— Texas Tech women’s basketball players have accused coach Marlene Stollings and her staff of fostering a culture of abuse that led to an exodus from the program, according to a report published Wednesday. Players dreaded a heart monitoring system they said was misused in punitive ways, had to endure demeaning and threatening comments and were subject to sexually suggestive behavior from a strength coach who has since resigned, according to the report. Players said the coaching staff demanded that they maintain a heart rate of at least 90% of capacity during games and that they faced loss of playing time or more conditioning work if they didn’t. A pediatric sports medicine director said maintaining a heart rate that high would be “very difficult” to do. — Titans coach Mike Vrabel wants to start coaching Vic Beasley Jr. A week after rookies and other players got started, Tennessee still is waiting for Beasley to report. The Titans put Beasley on the Reserve/Did Not Report list on July 28, and the general manager said last week that Beasley’s absence was unexcused with the linebacker planning to report to Tennessee.last_img read more


first_imgUpdate on the latest sports August 22, 2020 — Bills cornerback Josh Norman is out indefinitely after hurting his left hamstring in practice. Coach Sean McDermott couldn’t provide a timetable on time Norman will miss, in saying the team is still determining the severity of the injury. — Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar says he understands he could still be punished by the NFL even after armed robbery charges against him in Florida were dropped. Dunbar declined to speak in detail about what led to him being arrested and charged in Broward County, Florida. — The league has hired Jonathan Beane as senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer. He serves on the Board of Directors of GLAAD and has held senior diversity roles at Roche, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner, among others. The league said Beane will “spearhead diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, and will collaborate with senior leadership to drive actionable change” throughout the NFL.PGA-NORTHERN TRUSTBlazing hot rookie Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA SCHEDULERaptors trounce Nets for 3-0 series leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The defending NBA champs are on the verge of sweeping their first-round series. Rojas homers in return from coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — Miguel Rojas made a triumphant return after becoming the first of 17 Miami Marlins to come off the COVID-19 injured list.Miguel Rojas hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat, helping the Marlins end a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Nationals. Rojas hadn’t played since July 26, when the Marlins’ season was suspended amid a team-wide coronavirus outbreak. Winning pitcher Elieser (ee-lee-AY’-sur) Hernandez pitched five solid innings, allowing just two runs and three hits while striking out six.Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) and Trea Turner homered for the Nationals, who collected just two other hits in falling to 9-13. — Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) hit two of the White Sox’s six home runs and had four RBIs as the White Sox rolled to their sixth straight win, 10-1 over the Cubs. Luis Robert, Danny Mendick, Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) and Eloy (EE’-loy) Jiménez also went deep to back Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kuhl), who held the Cubs to one run and six hits in eight innings. — Cincinnati was held to just two hits at Busch Stadium, but pinch-hitter Matt Davidson’s grand slam in the sixth inning sent the Reds past the Cardinals, 4-2. Four Reds relievers combined to no-hit St. Louis over the final 4 2/3 innings.— The Tigers had dropped 20 straight to the Indians before erasing an early 5-0 deficit in a 10-5 win at Cleveland. Isaac Peredes launched a grand slam in a seven-run fourth that put Detroit ahead.— Braden Bishop drove in a pair and Kyle Lewis hit a solo shot in the Mariners’ 7-4 decision over the Rangers. The Seattle bullpen threw hitless ball after Nick Margevicius worked the first 5 1/3 frames.— Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) and J.D. Martinez homered early to spark the Red Sox in their season-high third straight win and the Orioles’ sixth consecutive loss, 8-5 at Baltimore. Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) added a three-run drive to make 6-0 in the fifth. After going 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 starts in 2019, the right-hander is 0-1 this season with a 10.80 ERA in two starts.In other MLB news:— Slumping Chris Davis has been put on the 10-day injured list by the Orioles, who recalled highly touted prospect Ryan Mountcastle and put him in the starting lineup against Boston. Davis headed to the IL with a .122 batting average and patellar tendinitis in his left knee. — The Phillies have moved to fortify their ineffective bullpen by acquiring relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox. Boston also sent cash to the Phils for right-handers Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. Philadelphia also acquired right-handed reliever David Hale from the Yankees to help their league-worst bullpen. Hale has appeared in 95 games over six seasons with the Braves, Rockies and Yankees. — The Royals placed catcher Salvador Perez on the injured list with lingering vision problems and recalled Randy Rosario to add a left-handed arm in the bullpen. Perez woke up with vision problems Sunday. The Flyers scored a pair of early goals and closed out their opening-round series in six games by defeating the Canadiens, 3-2. Ivan Provorov put the Flyers ahead just 28 seconds into the game. Kevin Hayes made it 2-0 at the 5:23 mark after setting up the first goal.Michael Raffl provided the eventual game-winner early in the second period.Carter Hart backstopped the win as Montreal outshot the Flyers, 33-17.Nick Suzuki scored both goals for the Canadiens, who knocked out the Penguins in the play-in round.MLB-SCHEDULE NORTON, Mass. (AP) — PGA Tour rookie Scottie Scheffler has become the 11th player to shoot a 59 or better in Tour history.The 24-year-old from Texas made a birdie putt from just outside 4 feet on the last hole for a 59 in the second round of The Northern Trust. He played bogey-free at the TPC Boston and finished with four birdies over his last five holes. Amazingly, he is two shots behind leader Dustin Johnson, who finished with a 60 and is at 15-under. PGA-MICKELSON MLB NEWSStrasburg might require surgeryUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel neuritis on his throwing hand after seeing a nerve specialist. That’s the word from manager Dave Martinez, who says surgery could be an option but adds he has yet to talk with the 2019 World Series MVP. Strasburg was put on the injured list on Aug. 15, a day after he recorded just two outs at Baltimore. Elsewhere in the majors:— The Astros’ eight-game winning streak is over after Manny Machado furnished a pair of RBI singles in the Padres’ 4-3 win over Houston. Javy Guerra (HAH’-vee GEHR’-uh) got the win with 2 1/2 innings of hitless relief.— The Dodgers came away with a 5-1 win over the Rockies behind Walker Buehler (BYOO’-lur), who struck out 11 and allowed one run and four hits over six innings. Corey Seager’s two-run double gave Los Angeles a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning of its ninth win in 10 games.— Marcus Semien hit a leadoff homer and Stephen Piscotty (pihs-KAH’-tee) doubled home a pair later in the first inning to set the tone in the Athletics’ 5-3 win over the Angels. Piscotty had three RBIs to help Oakland improve to 16-4 this month. — Evan Longoria and red-hot Wilmer Flores belted two-run homers as the Giants topped the Diamondbacks, 6-2. Flores is hitting .565 with three homers and 10 RBIs over his last six games. — Jorge Soler hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the Royals’ 7-2 victory over the Twins. Hunter Dozier added a two-run shot and finished with three RBIs as Kansas City won for the sixth time in its last seven home games. — Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) homered twice and drove in four runs as the Braves roughed up Aaron Nola and the Phillies, 11-2. Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’) and Ozuna hit back-to-back homers off Nola in a four-run third inning. — The Pirates thumped the Brewers, 7-2 as Chad Kuhl pitched five effective innings for his first win in more than two years. Bryan Reynolds had three hits and four RBIs for a team that scored just five times during their just-concluded four-game losing skid.— Teoscar Hernandez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit third-inning homers and the Blue Jays scored twice in the 10th to beat the Rays, 6-5. Cavan Biggio doubled home the tiebreaking run and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) Jr.— The Mets and Yankees have had their entire weekend series postponed by Major League Baseball. The move comes after two members of the Mets organization tested positive for the coronavirus. RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Shane Bertsch eagled the first hole of a four-man playoff to win the Charles Schwab Series in Missouri.Bertsch hit an approach from the rough near the back edge of a bunker that took some big bounces in front of the green. It rolled to 20 feet from the back pin on the par-5 first hole, giving him a victory in his second PGA Tour Champions start.Glen Day, Bernhard Langer and Kenny Perry shared second, one stroke ahead of Tom Byrum and Vijay Singh (VEE’-jay sing).COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYLoughlin, Giannulli get prison time in college bribery plot BOSTON (AP) — Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli have apologized for using their wealth and privilege to bribe their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California as crew recruits.Accepting plea deals struck in May after the pair admitted paying $500,000, a judge sentenced Loughlin to serve two months behind bars while Giannulli was sentenced to five months.Prosecutors say the couple funneled money through a sham charity to get their two daughters into USC as crew recruits, even though neither was a rower. NFL-NEWSWashington coach diagnosed with cancerUNDATED (AP) — Washington football coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer. A team spokesman confirmed Rivera has squamous cell carcinoma. The 58-year-old is expected to continue coaching while undergoing treatment. In other NFL news:— Wide receiver Tyreek Hill has only a minor hamstring strain and the Chiefs intend to be cautious with their dynamic playmaker. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was back for the first time in nearly a week along with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones. Both of them had groin strains. Mickelson eliminated from FedEx Cup, now to try ChampionsNORTON, Mass. (AP) — Phil Mickelson has missed the cut at the Northern Trust and is all but assured of being outside the top 70 who advance to the BMW Championship next week south of Chicago.Instead, Mickelson said he would make his debut on the 50-and-older circuit at the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National. Mickelson turned 50 in June. WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENHolmqvist leads British Open The Toronto Raptors have a three-games-to-none lead for the first time in their history following a 117-92 dismantling of the Brooklyn Nets.Toronto never trailed and led 57-42 by halftime. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) scored 26 points and chipped in eight rebounds and five assists. Fred VanVleet shot 6-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) had 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry had his own double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.Tyler Johnson had a team-high 23 points for the Nets.In other first-round NBA playoff action: UNDATED (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have knocked out the defending Stanley Cup champs to advance to the second round. The Canucks scored the first four goals in a 6-2 win over the Blues. Jay Beagle opened the scoring 3:45 into first period, and Vancouver broke it open on goals by Antoine Roussel (roo-SEHL’), Troy Stecher (STEH’-chur) and Brock Boeser (BEH’-sur) during a six-minute span early in the second.Brandon Sutter and Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Petterson each had two assists in the middle period. Sutter also set up a third-period goal.Jacob Markstrom stopped 34 shots and blanked the Blues until Jaden Schwartz tallied 6:32 into the third period.Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Flyers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they will take on the New York Islanders. TROON, Scotland (AP) — Dani Holmqvist braved the wind-swept links at Royal Troon to take the lead through two rounds of the Women’s British Open. Holmqvist shot 1-under 70 in windy morning conditions to be the only player under par after 36 holes.A 1-under total of 141 left Holmqvist a stroke ahead of American Austin Ernst and Sophia Popov of Germany. First-round leader Amy Olson shot 81, 14 strokes worse than Thursday. Stars like Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson and defending champion Hinako Shibuno missed the cut.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSBertsch eagle gives him Schwab win Associated Press — The Celtics clawed their way to a 102-94 win over the 76ers and a three-games-to-none lead in their series. The Celts couldn’t shake the 76ers until they closed the game on a 10-0 run. Kemba Walker broke through with 24 points and eight rebounds to lead a balanced Boston attack, while Jaylen Brown delivered 21 points and seven boards. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) kept the Sixers in the game with 30 points and 13 rebounds.— Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 36 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in leading the Clippers to a 130-122 victory over the Mavericks. Los Angeles used a team-record, 45-point second quarter to build a big lead and take a 2-1 series lead. Landry Shamet had 18 points for the Clippers, who bounced back from their loss in Game 2. Mavs guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists before leaving the game for good with a sprained left ankle. — The Jazz are up two games to one in their NBA first-round series after blowing out the Nuggets, 124-87. Mike Conley made a career playoff-high seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points in his return from quarantine. Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) grabbed 14 rebounds and had a career playoff-high 24 points courtesy of numerous easy dunks and layups. Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had a team-high 15 points for the Nuggets, who tied the third-worst playoff loss in team history.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSCanucks, Flyers advancelast_img read more


first_img Associated Press But Pironkova served it out in the next game. She won 20 of the 25 points she served in that set.___12:15 p.m.Serena Williams is about to start her U.S. Open quarterfinal against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova.Williams is seeking her seventh championship at Flushing Meadows and record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title overall. Pironkova is a 32-year-old from Bulgaria who is playing in her first tournament since she took a break of more than three years while having a son.The other women’s quarterfinal on Wednesday’s schedule is No. 16 seed Elise Mertens against unseeded Victoria Azarenka, who has a nine-match winning streak.The men’s quarterfinals Wednesday are No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem against No. 21 Alex de Minaur and No. 3 Daniil Medvedev against No. 10 Andrey Rublev in an all-Russian matchup.Medvedev was the runner-up in New York last year.___ September 9, 2020 More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Serena Williams has pushed her U.S. Open quarterfinal against Tsvetana Pironkova to a third set.Pironkova took the opening set 6-4, then went up a quick break at 1-0 in the second. But Williams broke back right away, then again to lead 5-3 by taking a 24-stroke exchange, and served out that set at 6-3.Williams is seeded No. 3 and seeking her record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. Pironkova not only isn’t seeded, she isn’t even ranked at all, because this is her first tournament at any level in more than three years. She took time away from the tour to become a mother. They beat the American duo of Asia Muhammad and Taylor Townsend 6-4, 3-6, 7-6 (7) in the semifinals Wednesday.Neither Melichar nor Xu has won a Grand Slam title in women’s doubles. Melichar did team with Alexander Peya to win the mixed doubles trophy at Wimbledon in 2018, while Xu and Gabriela Dabrowski were the runners-up in women’s doubles at the All England Club last year.In Friday’s final at Flushing Meadows, the third-seeded pair of Melichar and Xu will face the unseeded team of Laura Siegemund of Germany and Vera Zvonareva of Russia.Siegemund and Zvonareva advanced Tuesday with a three-set victory over Anna Blinkova and Veronika Kudermetova.Zvonareva has won two Grand Slam women’s doubles titles, including at the 2006 U.S. Open with Nathalie Dechy.center_img Two more victories for Williams, and she will claim a record-tying 24th Grand Slam singles title. How big an upset would this have been if Pironkova had held on? Not only is she not seeded at Flushing Meadows, she isn’t even ranked. This was her first tournament of any sort in more than three years, because she left the tour to become a mother.Williams last lost before the semifinals in New York all the way back in 2007, when Justine Henin eliminated her in the quarterfinals.The American, who turns 39 in less than three weeks, has won a total of six championships at the U.S. Open and was the runner-up four times, including in 2018 and 2019.___ 1:45 p.m. In the U.S. Open men’s doubles final Thursday, the eighth-seeded pairing of Wesley Koolhof of the Netherlands and Nikola Mektic of Croatia will face Mate Pavic of Croatia and Bruno Soares of Brazil.___2:35 p.m.Serena Williams has pulled out another three-setter to reach the semifinals in an 11th consecutive U.S. Open appearance.Williams trailed by a set and a break against Tsvetana Pironkova before coming back to win 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday in Arthur Ashe Stadium. ___1:05 p.m.Serena Williams has dropped the first set of her U.S. Open quarterfinal against unseeded Tsvetana Pironkova by a 6-4 score.Pironkova is playing in her first tournament in more than three years after taking time off to become a mother.She broke Williams to lead 3-2, then failed to convert two set points while Williams served at 5-3. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times local):4 p.m.Nicole Melichar of the United States and Xu Yifan of China have reached the women’s doubles final at the U.S. Open. The Latest: Melichar, Xu reach US Open women’s doubles finallast_img read more


first_imgBy Frank PingueTORONTO, (Reuters) – Canadian basketball fans did not wake up on Tuesday nursing hangovers from a championship celebration but rather with a mild sense of panic after the Toronto Raptors missed a chance to clinch a maiden NBA title.The Raptors, with an entire nation hanging on their every shot, had gone into Game Five with a 3-1 advantage and had led the defending champion Golden State Warriors by six points with under three minutes to play on Monday but came away empty-handed as their shooters went cold.“We didn’t play well enough. We didn’t execute enough down the stretch and that stings a little bit, but there’s a lot more basketball left to play,” said Raptors guard Fred VanVleet. “We came into this series expecting a long series and we put ourselves in a good position. Now it’s time to look at the film and see how we can get better.”Toronto still have two more chances to close out the best-of-seven series, which resumes tonight in Oakland, but if they come away empty-handed will most certainly be haunted by their closing stretch to Game Five for the rest of their lives. The Raptors trailed by 14 points at one point during the second half but impressively rallied back and led by six points with under three minutes to play to put the Warriors’ bid for a fourth title in five years in serious jeopardy.But Toronto combined for 1-for-6 shooting the rest of the way in a game that came down to the final possession where Kyle Lowry’s last-second shot came up short, after Warriors forward Draymond Green got a piece of the ball as it travelled through the air.“It felt great out of my hand,” Lowry said of his three-point shot attempt that had it gone in would have marked the first time a Canadian team have won an NBA championship. “He got a piece of it, that’s what great defenders do. He got a piece of it and we’ll continue to look at it and see how we can be better for the next game.”The Raptors will surely like their chances going forward as they have already won both games played on Golden State’s home court this series and are facing Warriors who, due to injury, are the thinnest during their dynastic run.Kevin Durant, the centrepiece of the Golden State’s potent offence, started Game Five after missing over a month with a strained right calf but went down suddenly in the second quarter with an Achilles injury. Despite the injury to Durant, who was named the NBA Finals Most Valuable Player in each of the last two years, Raptors forward Kawhi Leonard is approaching Game Six with the same sense of urgency.“They’re dangerous,” said Leonard. “Obviously KD makes them a different team; they have been here before … I’m just focussing on our team and what we got to do next game.“But they played great tonight in the last three quarters after KD exited.”last_img read more


first_img(CMC) – LEFT-HANDER Darren Bravo has been sent packing for the one-day series against India starting next month, with injury-plagued all-rounder Andre Russell also overlooked in a 14-man squad announced yesterday by West Indies selectors.Both players featured in the Windies’ failed ICC World Cup campaign in England where they had little impact in their limited appearances, as the Caribbean side finished ninth, only ahead of last-placed Afghanistan.From that World Cup squad, speedster Shannon Gabriel and off-spinner Ashley Nurse have also been dropped, along with batsman Sunil Ambris who was called up as an injury replacement for Russell.Meanwhile, veteran opener Chris Gayle has been included in the 14-man squad after making an about turn on his retirement, with the trio of opener John Campbell, all-rounder Roston Chase and seamer Keemo Paul called up for the three-match series which bowls off in Georgetown.Interim head coach Floyd Reifer said the composition of the squad reflected the start of the rebuilding effort with the next World Cup in mind.“We have to start planning now for the World Cup in 2023 and we are looking for a solid squad that we can work with over the next four years,” said Reifer, who was appointed back in April.“We want to build them into a consistent winning team in this format, so that they have a real chance of success in four years’ time.“We had a number of young players in the last World Cup squad. We played some decent cricket. We were in match-winning positions, but we just didn’t win the key moments or finish off the games.“The players have learnt a lot from the World Cup, and we are looking to improve their skills, their mindsets and playing together as a team. The more they can play together, the better it will be for them.”Bravo is one of the major omissions, especially since it comes less than a year following his return to international cricket from a two-year hiatus, owing to a nasty public squabble with former Cricket West Indies (CWI) president Dave Cameron.However, in 16 One-Day Internationals since, he has managed only 244 runs at an average of 22 with a single half-century. He played just three matches in the World Cup and batted only twice, scoring 0 and 19 in those outings.Overall, he averages 30 from 110 ODIs.Russell, recently named in the T20 International squad subject to a fitness test, had a similarly frustrating World Cup campaign, scoring 36 runs from three innings and claiming five wickets.He limped out of the tournament with a chronic knee injury which dogged him throughout and hampered performances.Campbell and Chase, meanwhile, have been handed opportunities to press their claim for permanent spots in the side.The left-handed Campbell averages nearly 50 from six ODIs, fuelled largely by a sparkling 179 in his only innings in the Tri-Nations Series in Ireland back in May while Chase averages 21 from 16 ODIs with a single half-century.Paul, a promising 21-year-old, played the last of his 11 ODIs in December before being sidelined with injury.“It is good to have Keemo, John and Roston back, and they will help to bring further balance to the team,” Reifer said of the trio. “Looking ahead to the series, I think we have a lot to build upon following the World Cup.”Gayle provides the bulk of the experience in the unit with 10 393 runs from 298 ODIs, along with 25 hundreds but is coming off a low-key World Cup where he managed only 242 runs at an average of 30.He is two months away from his 40th birthday and in the twilight of his career but Reifer endorsed his presence in the Jason Holder-led squad.“Chris is a very valuable player and he brings a lot of experience, a lot of knowledge. He lends a lot to any dressing room and it is great to have him in the squad,” Reifer pointed out.The opening ODI is set for August 8 with the remaining matches on August 11 and 14 at Queen’s Park Oval in Port of Spain.SQUAD – Jason Holder (captain), Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, John Campbell, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Evin Lewis, Keemo Paul, Nicholas Pooran, Kemar Roach, Oshane Thomas.last_img read more


first_img…Sparta Boss, Gold is Money through to ‘KO’ stageSPARTA Boss, Gold is Money, Rio All-Stars, Leopold Street and Bent Street earned elimination berths in the Inaugural Rio Indoor Street-ball Championship on Saturday at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.Sparta Boss downed Alexander Village 3-1. Gregory Richardson, Ryan Hackett and Nicholas MacArthur scored in the fifth, seventh and 11th minutes, respectively,For the loser, Kacey John scored in the eighth minute. Similarly, Gold is Money sneaked past Sophia 1-0. Josiah Charles netted in the eighth minute.Meanwhile, Rio All-Stars blanked Spot-7 by a 5-0 scoreline. Kelsey Benjamin netted a double in the sixth and 12th minute while Job Caesar, Jermin Junior and Andrew Murray scored in the ninth, 16th and 18th minutes, respectively.Leopold Street dismissed Ol Skool 5-1. Dorwin George scored a hat trick in the eighth, ninth and 18th minutes, while Mark Jhalu and Darren Benjamin scored in the fourth and seventh minutes, respectively. For the loser, Timothy Thomas netted in the 13th minute.Bent Street crushed BV 5-0. Colin Nelson smashed a helmet-trick in the fifth, seventh, 12th and 16th minutes, while Pernell Schultz netted in the ninth minute.In other results, Albouystown crushed Stabroek Ballers 4-1 while Gaza Squad and Island All-Stars battled to a 1-1 draw.The tournament continues on Thursday at the same venue.last_img read more


first_imgMS Dhoni is no longer a centrally contracted player with the BCCI. His name didn’t feature in the 27 contracts handed out by the Indian board yesterday.He last played for India during the World Cup in 2019, following which there has been suspense over his future. In 2019, he had been awarded a Grade A contract, which brings a retainer of INR 5 crore (US$700,000 approx.).Top-order batsman KL Rahul made the jump from Grade B to A this time around, getting an increment of INR 2 crore (US$280,000 approx.).While Dhoni has not played any professional cricket since the World Cup, India coach Ravi Shastri has said more than once that Dhoni could come into contention for the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year if he does well in the IPL.Others to lose contracts were Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and Khaleel Ahmed. There weren’t many other massive changes from the contracts list from last year. Test opener Mayank Agarwal, who made his debut in Melbourne in a delicately poised series and immediately impressed, was the big gainer, entering the list at Grade B, which comes with a retainer of INR 3 crore (US$420,000 approx.). Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who had dropped to Grade C due to injuries, came back to join Agarwal in Grade B.Other new names in the contracts – as of now – included limited-overs specialists Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer and Washington Sundar. They all entered the system at Grade C, which comes with a retainer of INR 1 crore (US$140,000 approx.).The A+ grade, which includes players who feature in all three formats, remained unchanged with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah retaining their INR 7 crore (US$980,000 approx.) fee. The injured Hardik Pandya, who has played only T20Is since the World Cup, retained his Grade B contract.These contracts are for October 2019 to September 2020. The total number of retainers has come down from 29 to 27. The recommendations for these contracts are made by national selectors, based on a combination of performances in the previous year and the roles players are expected to play in the contract period.If someone outside of this list gets an India cap during the period, he becomes eligible to get a Grade C contract. According to BCCI rules, a player needs to play a minimum of two matches to be eligible to earn a Grade C contract. BCCI’s central contracts list for 2019-2020Grade A+ (INR 7 cr): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit BumrahGrade A (INR 5 cr): R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Kuldeep Yadav, Rishabh Pant, KL RahulGrade B (INR 3 cr): Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, Wriddhiman Saha, Mayank AgarwalGrade C (INR 1 cr): Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, Hanuma Vihari,, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more


first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – West Indies cricketers should receive all of their outstanding match fees by the end of this week, but players in the domestic four-day competition will have to wait a bit longer, Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief executive office Johnny Grave has disclosed.He said CWI has started processing payments for the international male and female cricketers and efforts would be made to do the same for the domestic players in the eight-franchise West Indies Championship earlier this year.The men had not been paid their match fees for the home series – three ODIs and three T20Is – against Ireland in January or the February-March Sri Lanka tour which included three ODIs and two T20Is. The women were owed for the four matches they played in the T20 World Cup in Australia between February and March.“As of the start of this week, we were able to email and contact the international women’s players and confirm that their T20 World Cup match fees will be paid in full this week. We’d already paid the prize money, as I confirmed a few weeks ago, back in March,” Grave said on the Mason and Guest radio show on Tuesday night.“We’ve also confirmed to the men’s international players that their outstanding match fees from both the Ireland series and Sri Lanka series will be paid this week as well. So the international players are being brought up to speed.”However, Grave added: “We’re not yet in a position to do that with the franchise players. We’re working hard to try and resolve that and as I’ve assured all the players and the franchises, it is our number priority from a financial point of view, for us to clear that, and I hope to do so sooner rather than later.”In March, after eight rounds of the 10-round competition, CWI ended the competition and declared point leaders Barbados Tridents the winner of the 2020 tournament. A large percentage of those match fees – for January to March – are outstanding.The delay in paying players has been blamed on CWI’s cash crunch that has been worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic which has curtailed cricket and other sports globally.last_img read more


first_imgLONDON, United Kingdom (AFP) – Kraigg Brathwaite is eager to put advice from West Indies batting great Desmond Haynes to good use during next month’s Test series in England.Brathwaite was one of the heroes of West Indies’ shock win at Headingley in 2017, with scores of 134 and 95.Yet the 27-year-old has not made a Test fifty for nearly two years.But prior to coming to England for July’s three-match, biosecure series, Brathwaite consulted Barbados and West Indies opening predecessor Haynes, who scored over 7,000 runs in his Test career.“I had some words with Sir Desmond back in Barbados,” said Brathwaite in a conference call yesterday from the West Indies’ training base at Old Trafford, the venue for the second and third Test after a series opener at the Ageas Bowl.“We’ve always had a relationship, he was team manager of the Barbados team when I first started, so I had some chats with him. He was an opener as well so it was beneficial for me.“It was a lot about keeping it simple, not overcomplicating things too much. Spending time is crucial in Test cricket and it’s important for any batsman.”The Headingley match showcased Brathwaite’s patience at the crease, and it’s a quality the tourists are likely to need again after fellow batsmen Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer declined to tour England this time around due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.“We’ve got to buckle down and show discipline,” said Brathwaite.“Discipline can carry you a long way in Test cricket as a whole and particularly playing in England when the ball is moving.“If you can be disciplined for the whole day, not just half an hour or an hour, I think that will lay a platform for big runs.”West Indies beat England 2-1 in the Caribbean in 2019 and Coach Phil Simmons said last week it was vital the likes of Brathwaite raised their game if they were to retain the Wisden Trophy.“There’s a lot of pressure on the batsmen to perform, because the bowling unit have been carrying the Test team for a while now,” said Simmons.last_img read more