first_imgSo how many new harsh environment rigs does the world need?If demand for new and efficient rigs in harsh environment areas rises and if oil companies’ preferences for new rigs continues – both of which we believe to be true – the market will need more rigs.After contract awards to the Deepsea Nordkapp and West Mira, there are still six newbuild rigs which could potentially work in Norway, the United Kingdom, and Canada.But at least another six rigs will become non-competitive by 2020 in addition to the 15 which are already considered to be out of the competitive drilling market. So the market will absorb the current newbuilds without affecting real supply.While supply stagnates, we estimate that Norway, the UK, and Canada will hit 43 rigs, up by ten from around 33 (plus two committed) rigs today and leading to a shortfall of five rigs. To maintain 85% utilization, we would need a further eight rigs on top of that.So up to 13 newbuilds could enter the market over the next three years (in addition to the six existing and uncontracted newbuilds) and we’d still have 85% utilization.Oil companies, who’ve proudly touted their offshore drilling cost-cutting efforts in the North Sea, may be about to discover that costs are going up again. Without more harsh environment semisubs, oil companies will experience a major cost disruption if utilization reaches above-normal levels.In the meantime, as more longer-term contract requirements materialize and newer rigs continue to be preferred for efficiency reasons, dayrates will more toward $400,000 for longer programs.Offshore Energy Today has shared the article above with permission from the author. You can read the original post at Bassoe.noThe views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Offshore Energy Today. Norway has nearly closed the door on old rigs, the UK to followBassoe Analytics shows that virtually all working semisubs in Norway are committed through 2019. There are gaps here and there, but contract extensions and new awards are likely to keep these rigs working well into the next decade.If you look at the age of the 15 rigs working in the country, only two were built before 2000.The Transocean Arctic and the Deepsea Bergen, built in the 1980s, are committed at least up until 2020, but, apart from these, the rest of the earlier generation rigs are cold stacked and unlikely to return to service in Norway other than for plug and abandonment or workover projects.Modern rigs are clearly preferred today, and that trend will continue. Equinor, already with some of the highest environmental and efficiency standards, says that their policies will only become more stringent as they remain steadfast in using the most sustainable and effective rigs in the fleet.The United Kingdom has 13 semisubs on contract, and ten of them were built before 2000. There’s a limit for how long this situation can last.Over the next few years, we expect the market in the UK to develop in much of the same way that Norway has. Older rigs, as they roll off contract and near their special survey due dates, will one by one become relegated to low-tech work or sent to scrapyards. New-rig availability is low, reactivation and upgrades of older rigs unlikelyLooking at the fleet of new available rigs, there isn’t much to offer. Three rigs have future commitments (including newbuilds West Mira and Deepsea Nordkapp). That leaves ten new or under construction semisubs to fill the coming gap in supply of rigs as older ones are phased out.And as eight of the ten available new rigs are Norway-compliant (and able to command higher dayrates), the momentum in dayrates for harsh environment rigs will build.You could argue that the future rig supply gap could entice owners to attempt to reactivate and upgrade their old rigs. The Stena Don, for example, will undergo extensive upgrade work at Damen Verolme this year, but it was delivered in 2001 and is a far more logical upgrade candidate than those built in the 1980s (which account for most of the supply of old rigs).At the same time, Ocean Rig announced earlier this year their intention to raise equity to reactivate the Eirik Raude (built in 2002) for over $100 million. This deal failed, and it was likely investors’ reluctance to put high-risk money into an old rig that killed it.center_img Transocean Barents; Photo by: Fiver; Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license (The image is cropped)By: David Carter Shinn, Bassoe OffshoreThere just aren’t enough new rigs to meet long-term drilling requirements in the North Sea and Canada. More newbuilds are coming.Harsh environment semisub dayrates hit their lowest point in recent history about two years ago, but they’ve been creeping up ever since.While better planning, prudent project cost management, and general organizational and technical efficiencies have allowed oil companies to save big money exploring and developing North Sea fields, most of the savings has come from being able to contract cheap offshore drilling rigs.Rigs were cheap not only because of a high availability rate, but also because oil companies sanctioned shorter drilling projects – rig owners normally don’t lock their rigs in at low rates for long-term contracts.Out of 24 semisub contract fixtures in 2018, only one (the Deepsea Nordkapp’s two-year contract with Aker BP at $325,000 per day) has a duration of two years or more. Average new-contract durations in 2018 are running at just over 200 days.Now, the need for new investments and longer drilling projects is expected to pressure oil companies into contracting rigs for multi-year programs. And these programs will require new, efficient rigs, with energy-saving features to lower carbon emissions.The problem is that, as things stand today, there won’t be enough of these rigs around.This impending lack of new rig supply is what’s driving owners like Awilco to build new, specialized semisubs for midwater operations in the North Sea. Other rig owners are likely to follow with newbuild orders over the next six months, but will enough of them be built?last_img read more


first_img Share Share Tweet 9 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! NewsRegional WARNER RETURNS: Suspended FIFA vice president insists he did no wrong by: – June 3, 2011 PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The suspended vice president of the football’s world governing body, FIFA,  Austin Jack Warner returned home Thursday night insisting that he has no plans to step down as a government minister, while blasting critics, including ministerial colleagues, over his ongoing battle to clear his name over allegations of bribery.FIFA on Sunday suspended Warner while its Ethics Committee conducts an investigation in allegations that he and former presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam and two Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials were involved in offering US$40,000 to national associations of the Caribbean Football union (CFU) at a meeting on May 10 and 11 here, in return for their votes in the FIFA presidential election last Wednesday.But Warner, who is also the Minister of Works and Transport in the Trinidad and Tobago, and has received a public endorsement of support from Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, told reporters that he has no intention of stepping down as a government minister and that the allegations made against him “was much bigger than Jack Warner” but against the entire Caribbean football federation.“I will give everything I have to uphold the Caribbean,” Warner said.“I truly am thankful for the support of the Prime Minister. Within 24 hours I got a letter of support from the Prime Minister indicating her support. I want to formally thank her,” Warner said adding that he understood his critics call. “I understand my critics. I would have preferred that if their criticism was not motivated by blood lust or malice. They are smelling blood and I say I understand this but I do not accept this,” he said.Warner expressed disappointment that Legal Affairs Minister Prakash Ramadhar, who is also seeking the leadership of the Congress of the People (COP) party, had publicly called on him to step down pending the outcome of the probe.The COP is the second biggest partner in the five-member People’s Partnership coalition government here.“My disappointment was Prakash Ramadhar, as a lawyer he should know better and he and I were good friends until now,” Warner said, adding that he would not be used for “political mileage”.“How can you be a political leader? This for me is nonsense. I am heartened by the stand that Anil (Sports Minister and COP member) took, I’m totally disappointed in Prakash Ramadhar… But if he believes this will help him, I wish him well,” Warner said.He said if he had to step down, he would of his own accord and he did not need to be prompted to do so.Warner stressed that people should not cast judgments too early.“I know people want blood, they want Jack Warner but let us not be too hasty,” he said.Warner, who was greeted by several government ministers and supporters, some armed with placards reading “We support Jack Warner” said “I must maintain I did no wrong”.last_img read more


first_img Granada coach diego martinez Setien who believes that both the coach and players must be enthusiastically on the same page to achieve results, only two days ago organised a dinner for players and staff of the club to strenghten the bond. Setien’s appointment was announced on Monday, giving him a full week to work with his players before their first match. “The first week’s gone well,” Setien told a press conference. “Much better than I expected. When you come to a new team there’s always uncertainty about how they’re going to respond. There’s always a stimulus from the players, you see they are very keen because of the change. Barcelona new coach Quique Setien begins action against Granada on Sunday “I’ve been really surprised by the players and how accepting they are of a coach’s new ideas.” Setien said change would take time but that he hopes the impact is already apparent in Sunday’s match against a Granada side who have climbed to 10th in the table. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI ForeverPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch TodayWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?12 Celebrities Who Almost Ruined Their Careers With One Movie Super Eagles midfielder Ramon Azeez and his Granada teammates have been told to rubbish their record against Barcelona in Sunday’s La Liga clash playing at the Nou Camp notwithstanding. Granada coach Diego Martinez who gave the charge regretted that Granada have never beaten Barcelona at the Nou Camp, adding however that it is one record that must not be allowed to remain. “The beautiful week ahead of us is a motivation,” said Martinez, well aware that Granada have never won at the Nou Camp. “Barcelona will force us to do things that we do not want to do. It is a challenge of maximum difficulty – we know the statistics and we want to turn it around,” he said Azeez who was in action for 85 minutes in the team’s Copa del Rey clash leading to Sunday’s league match, ironically got a yellow cards in the match as well as the league tie against Mallorca preceding it. Meanwhile newly appointed Barcelona coach Quique Setien will take charge of his first match with the side on Sunday night as they host Granada. The 61-year-old is in the unusual position of taking over a side top of the table at the mid-point of the season, having been named as the replacement for Ernesto Valverde who was shown the door after a disappointing December which allowed Real Madrid to move level on goal difference.center_img Loading… last_img read more


first_img Philadelphia’s star guard Ben Simmons matched his career high with 34 points and added 12 rebounds and 12 assists in a triple-double that propelled the 76ers to a 117-111 victory over the Nets in Brooklyn. Simmons, named during the game as the NBA’s Eastern Conference player of the week, did it all in a dominant performance for a 76ers team trying to keep their playoff push on track despite the absence of injured big man Joel Embiid. The Aussie star connected on 12 of 14 from the field in his fifth straight game with 20 or more points, achieving his fourth triple-double – posting double figures in three key statistical categories – of the season. For good measure, he added five steals and two blocked shots. “Ben was ridiculously dominant tonight,” 76ers coach Brett Brown said. “He was just multi-skilled, used all over the place in multiple positions, ball-handler, screen setter, post target. He was incredible.” Spencer Dinwiddie scored 22 points for the Nets, who led by 10 in the third quarter but dropped their fourth straight. Boston’s Kemba Walker takes the ball down court in the Celtics’ 139-107 rout of the Los Angeles Lakers Promoted ContentThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Enigmatic Discoveries That Left Everyone BaffledMost Popular Movies With Sylvester StalloneBest Car Manufacturers In The World Toronto’s Terence Davis dunks against Atlanta’s Cam Reddish in the Raptors’ NBA victory over the HawksThe Heat, trailing the Bucks by eight games, remained a game in front of the reigning champion Toronto Raptors, who pushed their winning streak to four games with a 122-117 victory over the Hawks in Atlanta. Houston’s Russell Westbrook notched another iconic triple-double moment, but his 32-point, 11-rebound, 12-assist performance for the Rockets wasn’t enough in a 112-107 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. “Listen, it was just a good, old-fashioned butt-whipping, that’s all,” said James, who scored 15 points and handed out 18 assists for the Lakers – who had won 10 of their last 11. “They beat us in all facets of the game,” added James, who said 15 Lakers turnovers leading to 28 Celtics points and Boston’s 48-36 rebounding advantage were too much to overcome. The Celtics spoiled the return from injury of Anthony Davis, who missed five games with a bruised backside suffered during an in-game fall. For Walker, it was a first career win against James. He’d gone 0-28 in prior games against James-led teams. – Simmons fuels 76ers – Loading… center_img Philadelphia, holding down sixth place in the Eastern Conference, notched their fourth straight win. Eastern Conference leaders Milwaukee improved their league-leading record to 39-6 with a 111-98 victory over the Chicago Bulls. Reigning NBA Most Valuable Player Giannis Antetokounmpo posted a triple-double of 28 points, 14 rebounds and 10 assists as the Bucks notched a seventh straight win. The Bucks were slowed by 23 turnovers – 15 in the first half – but held on to beat the Bulls for a 10th straight time. Khris Middleton added 24 points for the Bucks, who were headed Monday night to Paris where they take on the Charlotte Hornets on Friday in the first NBA regular-season game in the French capital. “Obviously, a game like this is kind of a tricky game,” Antetokounmpo said, adding that preparations for the trip to France were a bit distracting. “I think we did a better job coming out in the second half, playing with some energy, being more aggressive and being more sharp.” The Miami Heat needed overtime to stay in second place in the East, rallying from an eight-point fourth-quarter deficit to triumph 118-113. Philadelphia’s Ben Simmons (R) and teammate Al Horford celebrate late in the 76ers’ 117-111 NBA victory over the Brooklyn Nets The Boston Celtics handed LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers their worst defeat of the NBA season on Monday, routing the Western Conference leaders 107-139. Jayson Tatum scored 27 points, and Kemba Walker returned from injury to add 20 for the Celtics, who snapped a three-game skid with the upset triumph. Los Angeles star LeBron James reacts during the Lakers’ blowout NBA loss to the Boston Celtics Enes Kanter came off the bench to score 18 points and pull down 11 rebounds for the Celtics, who had lost six of their past eight games. Read Also: 2021 Afrobasket: D’Tigers to start qualification race in November Westbrook played his first 11 seasons for Oklahoma City, and they were the only team he hadn’t recorded a triple-double against. He joined James as the only players in NBA history to notch a triple-double against every team in the league. But the Thunder, aided by 28 points from Chris Paul and 25 from Danilo Gallinari, erased a 16-point fourth-quarter deficit to grab the win. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more


first_imgThey sit a point behind leaders Bayern Munich, who play strugglers Cologne away on Sunday.Dortmund dominated a limited Frankfurt team, who looked a shadow of the side which hammered Bayern 5-1 last November and beat Leipzig 2-0 last month.Frankfurt could only come up with one shot on goal, compared to Dortmund’s 17 at Signal Iduna Park.After goals by Lukasz Piszczek and Jadon Sancho, Haaland again showed some clinical finishing to smash home a second-half pass and continue his phenomenal tally before Raphael Guerreiro added a late fourth.The 19-year-old Haaland, who scored 28 goals in 22 games this season for Salzburg before Dortmund paid 20 million euros ($22 million) for him, now has eight goals in five league games, plus one in the 3-2 German Cup defeat to Werder Bremen.The teen was replaced 12 minutes from time and came off to a standing ovation from the 81,000 crowd.This was Dortmund’s first win in three games after the cup defeat to Bremen and last Saturday’s 4-3 defeat at Leverkusen when they leaked two goals in the dying stages.“Keeping them to nil was very important,” admitted Dortmund defender Mats Hummels. “We didn’t allow them many chances, but that wasn’t just down to the defence, it was the whole team.”After Guerreiro hit the post with a free-kick for Dortmund early on, the hosts took the lead through right-back Piszczek.The Poland international, stand-in captain with Marco Reus sidelined by a leg injury, cracked a long-range goal off his left foot on 33 minutes.Sancho and Haaland, both 19, then put the result beyond doubt with two goals inside four minutes after the break.England winger Sancho showed his class when a long pass by Axel Witsel found him on the left wing.He powered into the box before tucking his shot past Frankfurt goalkeeper Kevin Trapp on 50 minutes. Dortmund were impressive ahead of Tuesday’s Champions League last 16, first-leg, clash at home to Paris Saint-Germain, coached by ex-Borussia boss Thomas Tuchel, and this convincing win lifted them to second in the Bundesliga. Loading… Norwegian teen striker Erling Braut Haaland took his tally to nine goals in six games for Borussia Dortmund after netting again in Friday’s 4-0 win over Eintracht Frankfurt.Advertisement Read Also: Bundesliga: Dortmund look to Haaland to help reboot title bidSancho was then involved in Haaland’s goal when he fed Achraf Hakimi and the right winger provided the final pass which the Norwegian teen converted on 54 minutes.It became a rout when Hakimi tried to pass back for Haaland, who could not control the ball.The Frankfurt’s defence cleared the danger, but the ball went only as far as Guerreiro, who hit the bottom corner on 74 minutes.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs8 Most Beautiful Modern Chinese ActressesTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without Recharging8 Best Movies On Amazon Prime Video To Stream Right NowA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of Art10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocketlast_img read more


first_imgThey were assaulted at three differentlocations in Manhattan. All four unidentified victims died ofblunt trauma on the head. It was believed they were asleep when the attackhappened on Friday night, police said. The suspected weapon, a long metalobject, was recovered. REUTERSPolice officers responded at the area where four homeless men were battered to death in New York on Friday night. NEW YORK – Four homeless men werebattered to death while a fifth was critically injured in an attack in thiscity. The suspect was under the custody ofthe police but report said as of press time, no charges have yet been filed. Police officers were investigating theincident.(BBC)last_img


first_img Loading… Girona secured their place in the final via a two legged semi final win over Almeria, with vital goals from Cristhian Stuani in both games. Elche needed a late goal from veteran striker Nino to secure their own place in final against Cuco Ziganda’s side. Read Also: PSG stars Neymar, Mbappe reflect on UCL defeatThe two sides played out a 0-0 draw in the final first leg last week, with Pere Milla’s added time goal secured an equally dramatic return for Martin’s side following the late dismissal of Uruguayan international Stuani in Catalonia.Huesca have already secured their place in the 2020-21 La Liga season as the Segunda Division champions, alongside second place Cadiz.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Elche have sealed a return to La Liga ahead of the 2020-21 season following a late 1-0 win against Girona on Sunday night. Juan Jose Rojo Martin’s side secured their elevation back into the Spanish top flight for the first time since the 2014-15 campaign, with a vital win in Catalonia.Advertisement Promoted Content9 Great Actors Who Will Always Be Defined By One Role7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?What Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?What Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?10 TV Characters Who Were Destined To Become IconicThe Most Influential Countries In The History Of The WorldThe New Lara Croft Will Really Surprise Youlast_img read more


first_img He added: “We won earlier in the season against Manchester United and we drew there at the end of last season, so we will go there probably in a better frame of mind and with a little bit more confidence than at any other time since I arrived here. “We will go there and try to get a positive result.” Moyes also hopes the fact United are playing Real Madrid away on Wednesday in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 tie might prove a factor on Sunday, adding: “It will be a hard job for us, but with a bit of luck, maybe they might have Madrid on their mind for Wednesday night and rest a few players.” United have certainly recovered from the defeat to Everton at the start of the season. Like the Toffees, Sir Alex Ferguson’s side go into the 26th game of their top-flight campaign having lost only three times – and yet they are 20 points better off than them, top of the table with a commanding lead over second-placed Manchester City. The size of that gap between his team and United is something Moyes concedes he finds hard to get his head around. “I have great respect for the manager and the way they run their club at Manchester United,” Moyes said. “I have to say, we think we are having a great season, and they are 20 points ahead of us right now. So it says a lot about Manchester United that they have 20 points more than us.” Moyes, appointed as Toffees boss in 2002, is yet to oversee a win at United with the Merseysiders’ most recent victory there coming in 1992, but they head into this Barclays Premier League contest having drawn 4-4 on their previous visit in April and then defeated the Red Devils 1-0 at Goodison Park in August. Everton, fifth in the table, have lost only three matches in the league all season and their manager is in optimistic mood, as he said: “Someone told me it was 1992 when we last won at Old Trafford, so that tells you how difficult the task is. But we have been quite good this year in that we have not lost many games and always been in there.” Everton manager David Moyes is feeling more confident about Sunday’s away clash with Manchester United than he has ahead of any previous trip his side has made to Old Trafford.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


first_img Press Association Defending champion Phil Mickelson, starting at two over, went the other way, however, as after missing a 15-foot par putt on the third he bounced back by almost holing his approach to the next after a wild drive into the right rough. He improved on that birdie with a 10ft eagle putt at the 528-yard fifth to get back to level par. US Open champion Martin Kaymer began with three birdies in his first five holes to get to two under but an erratic drive into gorse at the par-five seventh cost him two shots. In fact, birthday boy George Coetzee – 28 today – was the only man making rapid progress as he got to four under with three birdies and only one bogey through 13 holes. It meant McIlroy, not off until 2.27pm, could enjoy a relaxing morning as he prepared to face his second round attempting to avoid the problems which have dogged his Fridays this year. Although some early rain quickly disappeared a brisk breeze remained and that gave some of the big names teeing off plenty to think about. World number one Adam Scott, who began the day just two behind McIlroy’s six-under 66, had an error-strewn first four holes which saw him bogey the second and third after missing the green to drop back to two under. center_img Windier conditions on the second day of the 143rd Open Championship prevented the morning starters making significant inroads into Rory McIlroy’s overnight lead. 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