Update on the latest sports

first_img May 9, 2020 Friday night’s event also featured the return of Kasey Kahne (kayn), who retired from NASCAR at the end of the 2018 season. He was supposed to race 50 sprint car events for his own team last year but was injured in a March 2019 accident and had not raced before Friday night.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press The 160 players drafted would be by far the fewest since the annual selection started in 1965. The amount of signing bonus pool money eliminated is over $29 million.KYLE LARSON RETURNSKyle Larson returns to racing – on dirtKNOXVILLE, Iowa (AP) — Kyle Larson has returned to racing for the first time since he was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing for using a racial slur in a NASCAR iRacing event last month. Larson was one of 24 drivers to make the main event in Friday night’s World of Outlaws sprint car race, a $15,000-to-win Invitational held without spectators on the dirt oval in Knoxville, Iowa. Larson finished 10th.It’s a total reset for a driver who less than a month ago was the top free agent in NASCAR. His career came to a sudden halt when he was fired by Chip Ganassi Racing for using a racial slur in an iRacing event late Easter Sunday. Matt Kenseth has come out of retirement to replace Larson when NASCAR resumes May 17. — A small number of NBA practice facilities reopened for workouts Friday, and at least one team received permission from the league to test players and staff for the coronavirus. Cleveland and Portland were open for players who wanted to get back into game shape. The Orlando Magic revealed that they have been authorized by local health officials to test players and staff.— The NFL’s success virtually drafting players has the NHL thinking of holding its draft before awarding the Stanley Cup. The NHL is considering having the draft earlier in June. There are mixed feelings among executives about the idea. Unlike the NFL, which held its draft as usual in the middle of its offseason, the NHL would face several wrinkles going forward with a draft held before the season is complete. Teams would not be able to trade players, there would be a lack of clarity over next year’s salary cap and the draft order could be determined before all games are played.— NCAA President Mark Emmert says the coronavirus is making it unlikely all schools will be ready to begin competing in college sports at the same time. He says the goal is for every team to have an equal amount of preparation time before its season starts. Emmert acknowledges there could be some competitive inequities caused by schools having varied timelines for re-opening campuses.— The presidents of the 11 Big East Conference schools are leaning toward not allowing sports to be played at schools this season unless their campuses are open. While no deadlines have been set, Commissioner Val Ackerman said the presidents indicated a late June/early July deadline for fall sports, and possibly a Sept. 1 deadline for winter sports. It is conceivable the league would play with some members not participating. Ackerman said there are hybrid scenarios that could change things, such as a campus opening late.— The end of this virus-disrupted school year has produced a bleak financial outlook for major college sports. Budget projections are landing in the red. West Virginia has announced a $5 million projected shortfall for the fiscal year ending June 30. The athletic director will take a 10% salary reduction for the next budget cycle along with other high earners in the department. Minnesota has forecast a $4 million deficit for the current fiscal period. The month before the pandemic hit, a $1 million surplus was projected. Now, the school says all cost-savings measures are on the table. — Driving around Formula One tracks without fans cheering at Silverstone and Monza would literally feel “very empty” for world champion Lewis Hamilton. He says it would be emptier than a test day, when at least some people are looking on. The first 10 races this season have been postponed or canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic, with the iconic Monaco Grand Prix scrapped for the first time in 66 years. F1 remains hopeful that the season can start in early July with a double header at the Austrian Grand Prix, and that 15-18 of the 22 scheduled races can yet be completed. But all of them would be held without any fans.MLB-DRAFTMLB reduces draft to 5 roundsNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball will cut its amateur draft from 40 rounds to five this year, a move that figures to save teams about $30 million.A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press that clubs gained the ability to reduce the draft as part of their March 26 agreement with the players’ association and MLB plans to finalize a decision next week to go with the minimum.center_img — Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, football coach Paul Chryst and men’s basketball coach Greg Gard are being asked to take a 15% pay cut over the next six months as part of the school’s response to the pandemic. School officials say Alvarez, Chryst and Gard are among 25 of the athletic department’s highest-earning employees who are being asked to take that voluntary cut. There will be no reduction in that group’s work hours.— Canada’s gymnastics federation laid off 70% of its staff this week. The organization’s chief executive officer hopes the emergency funding announced by the federal government Friday allows him to recall people soon. Canada’s amateur sports system will receive nearly $52 million to alleviate the financial pain from the COVID-19 pandemic. Athletes whose monthly Sport Canada checks are affected by the postponement of the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 also receive financial aid.— One of the fighters scheduled to take part in Saturday’s UFC mixed martial arts event in Jacksonville, Florida, has tested positive for the COVID-19. UFC says Jacaré Souza’s middleweight bout against Uriah Hall has been called off after Souza tested positive, along with his two cornermen. UFC says all three men have left the host hotel and will be self-isolating off premises, where UFC’s medical team will monitor their conditions remotely. The UFC is returning after an involuntary eight-week break that upended plans by UFC President Dana White to keep fighting amid the coronavirus outbreak.— The president of French soccer club Lyon (lee-OHN’) says all members of its men’s and women’s teams have tested negative for the coronavirus. They were tested by team doctors.— At least six of the 20 English Premier League clubs are concerned about the plan to use neutral stadiums to finish the season. Ahead of Monday’s crunch meeting of topflight clubs, the Hornets have joined Brighton and Aston Villa in making clear their opposition to the current “Project Restart” plans. Watford is 17th in the league with nine rounds left and looking to fight off relegation amid a challenging backdrop brought on by the coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR cancels 3 major racesUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR’s revised 2020 Cup schedule eliminates three major races as the circuit attempts to restart its season. NASCAR has canceled races at Richmond Raceway, Chicagoland Speedway and Sonoma Speedway. Richmond was originally scheduled for April 19 and Chicagoland was slated for June 21. Speedway Motorsports traded its road course race in Sonoma scheduled for June 14 for a Cup race at Charlotte on May 27.NASCAR plans to race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on May 17 and May 20. Since those races weren’t originally scheduled, NASCAR forfeited events at its Richmond and Chicago tracks.NASCAR is attempting to race at tracks within driving distance of its North Carolina-based teams.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— NBA Commissioner Adam Silver took part in a teleconference Friday with members of the National Basketball Players Association for an update on the league’s plans amid the pandemic. A person familiar with the call’s details says Silver told players that the league is still aiming to hold full best-of-seven playoff series should the season resume and that playing without fans is an obvious possibility. Silver also spoke about the well-known notion of having the season resume in a centralized location, though cautioned that no decisions may be made for another several weeks. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

Corral’s late three lifts USC over Bears

first_imgWith only five seconds remaining, the Women of Troy and the California Golden Bears were deadlocked at 64.That left more than enough time for sophomore guard Ashley Corral to will her team to victory.Clutch – Corral scored 18 points in USC’s bounce-back win Sunday. – Daily Trojan | Tim TranAfter dribbling through pressure defense by the Golden Bears, Corral banked in a three-point shot with just over a second left to cap a come-from-behind victory at the Galen Center Sunday afternoon.“It’s a big win, especially at home,” Corral said. “We knew we needed to come out here and win especially after our loss against Stanford,”The Women of Troy overcame strong performances by Cal center DeNesha Stallworth and Cal guard Alexis Gray-Lawson, who scored 30 points and 20 points, respectively.Meanwhile, it was sophomore guard Briana Gilbreath and Corral who came through in the clutch for the Women of Troy. Both players combined for the final seven points in the last minute of play.Gilbreath led a balanced attack for the Women of Troy, scoring 19 points, while Corral chipped in 18 points, and two others reached double figures.“I’m very pleased,” USC coach Michael Cooper said. “We’re a young team, we’re playing hard.”The Women of Troy opened the game strong, matching the Golden Bears play. As the first half wore on, they struggled offensively from the field and struggled to rebound the ball defensively.Both Stallworth and Gray-Lawson posed all sorts of problems for the Women of Troy. With Stallworth controlling the inside and Gray-Lawson breaking down the defense, they found themselves trailing 37-27 at halftime.The start of the second half, however, saw the Women of Troy switch up defenses, which flustered the Golden Bears on offense. Turnovers led to easy baskets and the Women of Troy slowly cut into the halftime deficit.The second half proved to be a seesaw battle as both teams exchanged leads numerous times.With almost five minutes remaining in the contest, the Women of Troy trailed 59-54. But two free throws and two field goals later by the Women of Troy, the Golden Bears saw themselves trailing by a single point at 60-59. Cal regained the lead yet again on a basket by Gray-Lawson but Gilbreath put the Women of Troy up 62-61 by sinking two free throws on their next possession.The Golden Bears failed to convert and regain the lead and were forced to foul. Gilbreath calmly sank two more free throws, putting the Women of Troy ahead by three.After a timeout, Gray-Lawson then managed to sink a three pointer to tie the score at 64.But any hope at overtime for the Golden Bears was diminished when Corral provided the late game heroics that gave the Women of Troy a 3-1 record in conference play.“[This game] definitely means a lot. Before even starting conference play, we figured Stanford, Cal and Arizona State were some of the teams we’d have to compete with. We’ve beaten two out of the three now. It shows we’re on the rise and we’re a team to contend with,” Cooper said.The Women of Troy host crosstown rival UCLA next Sunday at 2:30 p.m.last_img read more

Syracuse holds off Clemson comeback in 3-1 win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Seniors Silvi Uattara and Monika Salkute led the Orange (12-2, 2-0 Atlantic Coast) to a 3-1 victory over Clemson on Sunday with 14 kills a piece.It was the second straight win against an ACC opponent to start the year.In the first set, the Orange and the Tigers were alternating control of the lead, neither team separating itself by more than a three-point margin.But after the score was tied 20-20, the Orange began to take control, winning the next four points.The Tigers responded, winning the next three points, but the effort was insufficient as the Orange took the first set 25-23.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe second game was all Syracuse as the Orange never looked back after taking a 2-1 lead early on a Lou Davis service error.The Orange kill leader, Uattara, finished off the game with one of her 14 kills to give Syracuse the 25-19 win and a 2-0 lead in sets.The third set started off like the second. The Orange had complete control, as its lead reached a high of five at 12-7.The Tigers finished off the set winning eight of the last 10 points to take the third set, 25-23.The fourth set proved to be much of the same from both teams. Each team traded points, but neither one took control. When the Orange took the lead at 22-18 on a service error, the Tiger’s quickly fought back, winning two straight points, making it just a two-point deficit at 22-20.The quick surge forced Orange coach Leonid Yellin to use a timeout. Coming out of the timeout, the Tigers trimmed the lead down to one on an ace by freshman Kailey Harvell, making it 22-21.However, the Orange proved to be too much, as Salkute finished off the Tigers with a kill. The Orange look to continue its ACC success at Louisville on Friday night. Comments Published on September 27, 2015 at 8:30 pm Contact Jack: jfupton@syr.edulast_img read more

O’Neill to name provisional squad for Euro qualifiers

first_imgAt 6, Liverpool are away to Bordeaux, and Ajax host Celtic while, at five past eight, Spurs welcome Azerbaijan outfit, FK Karabakh, to White Hart Lane. While an extended 37-man panel will be announced, all eyes will be on the availability of Seamus Coleman, who picked up an injury at the weekend. Meanwhile, there’s three British clubs in Europa League action tonight. The squad will be whittled down again before October 4th, with Germany and Poland on the horizon.center_img In last night’s Champions League action, Arsenal fell to a 2-1 loss away to Dinamo Zagreb, while Chelsea hammered Maccabi Tel-Aviv 4-0 at Stamford Bridge. Eden Hazard missed a penalty for the Premier League champions when the game was still scoreless and Jose Mourinho says this early setback was positive for the team.last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night 16: Joe Boy Gets New Opponent

first_imgAnama Dotse, the Ghanaian billed to fight African Boxing Union lightweight champion, Oto “Joe Boy” Joseph, at GOtv Boxing Night 16 has pulled out of the fight after suffering an eye injury in training.Joseph will now fight another Ghanaian, Emmanuel Mensah, at GOtv Boxing Night 16, which holds on Sunday at the Indoor Sports Hall of Teslim Balogun Stadium, Lagos.According to the organisers of the boxing event, the news of Dotse’s injury, was broken by his camp on Tuesday. Dotse’s camp was said to have disclosed that the boxer suffered a deep gash above his eye while trying to get hold of his sparring partner.Mensah, who is expected to arrive in Lagos today, is a highly rated boxer and he is reputed for his punching power as well as stamina, qualities he would require to cope with Joseph, who is known for blowing opponents away in double-quick time.Eight other bouts are slated for the GOtv Boxing Night 16, with the biggest of all being the West African Boxing Union lightweight title decider between Nigeria’s Rilwan “Real One” Oladosu and Ghana’s Benjamin Lamptey. Another big encounter will see the “Bariga Terror”, Kabiru “KB Godson” Towolawi face Adewale “Masevex” Masebinu in the national lightweight title clash, a fight on which a lot is riding. In addition to the belt at stake is the opportunity for Masebinu to avenge his loss to the same opponent last year. The other grudge fight at the event will see Chibuzor “TBoy” Obi face Waiidi “Skoro” Usman in a featherweight challenge contest.Also on parade will be alumni of GOtv Boxing NextGen Search, who will feature in four fights.GOtv Boxing Night 16 will be broadcast live on SuperSport in 47 countries. The best boxer at the event will win a cash prize of N1.5million and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Joe-Boylast_img read more

Yankees manager Aaron Boone apologizes for ‘savages’ tirade

first_img Yankees manager Aaron Boone suspended for ‘savages’ tirade “I called him (Friday) morning,’’ Boone told the Post. “We had a good conversation. I told him he handled himself well and called a good game. I said someday we might laugh about this.”There was no laughing Thursday when Boone popped out of the dugout in the second inning of the first game of the doubleheader after Miller called out Brett Gardner on strikes. Related News MLB trade rumors: Prospects Yankees, Dodgers, Astros, Braves should move but don’t want to Yankees’ Aroldis Chapman: Talk of him opting out of contract ‘completely false’ With a day to reflect on his epic tirade against a rookie umpire during a Yankees game Thursday versus the Rays, New York manager Aaron Boone said Friday that Brennan Miller “handled the situation with a lot more class than I did.”Boone, who received a one-game suspension for his profanity-laced rant, told the New York Post he had apologized to Miller. “My guys are f—ing savages in that f—ing box, right? And you’re having a piece of s— start to this game. I feel bad for you, but f—ing get better,” Boone was heard saying. “Tighten it up right now, OK?”Aaron Boone protecting his players#YANKSonYES pic.twitter.com/VLeDUwtPMl— YES Network (@YESNetwork) July 18, 2019Boone also made contact with Miller, before Miller tossed him. But not after getting an earful that was picked up by microphones.“Brennan, I thought, certainly handled the situation with a lot more class than I did,’’ Boone told the Post. “But also, I thought, turned in a really good game.”The Yankees went on to win the game and sweep the Rays in the matchup of the top two teams in the AL East. New York expanded its lead over Tampa Bay to nine games with a win Friday over the Rockies, but the Yankees did it without Boone, who was serving a one-game suspension.“Yeah, I knew I made contact with my hat, and (Miller) said it right when it happened,’’ Boone told the Post. “That happened to me last year. I figured I’d be getting a call at some point from (Joe Torre, MLB’s chief baseball officer) and I did.”Josh Bard subbed for Boone as the Yankees won their fourth game in a row to improve to an AL-best 63-33.last_img read more

Jon Lester calls himself ‘weakest link’ in Cubs rotation after allowing 11 runs

first_imgJon Lester is taking full blame for the Cubs’ disastrous 11-4 outing against the Athletics on Tuesday.The Chicago left-hander gave up 11 runs over four innings before he was yanked, matching his career high for the most runs he’s given up and he pushed his ERA to 4.46. Craig Kimbrel injury update: Cubs put closer on IL with knee inflammation Willson Contreras injury update: Cubs catcher (hamstring) expected to miss 4 weeks, report says MLB wrap: Zack Greinke picks up win in Astros debut By the time the inning was over, the Athletics were up, 8-0.“I’m pretty much the weakest link in the rotation right now,” Lester said. “I gotta figure out a way to right that ship, pick my end up and do better. “What happened is I gave up 11 runs,” Lester said, via NBC Sports Chicago. “It doesn’t matter how I feel. It doesn’t matter about a game plan. It doesn’t matter about executing pitches. It doesn’t matter about anything. I gave up 11 runs.”The second inning was particularly brutal as Mark Canha led off with a triple. Lester did strike out Chad Pinder, but it was a disaster afterward. Eight Athletics players were able to reach and Dustin Garneau hit a three-run homer, as well. Related News “Our rotation has pitched well except for me, you look at the last two games. So, flat out do better.”Despite the painful game, cubs manager Joe Maddon said he wasn’t going to harp on Lester, nor dwell on the game.“Jon’s been there before,” Maddon said. “This is a waste can kind of a night. You just dump it and move on.”last_img read more

Zenica: 500 Young Sportsman at the “Kengur Cup”

first_imgZenica – The basketball club “Kengur” from Zenica is about to host next weekend the 16th international basketball tournament for young sportsman “Kengur Cup 2014” where 42 teams from Slovenia, Hungary, Croatia and B&H will perform.“At this year’s Cup we expect more than 500 girls and boys to participate, but what’s most important is the quality of this event dedicated to youth and sport” – said the president and coach of the BC “Kengur”, Enver Jahić.So far, more than 6 000 young sportsman from 15 European countries participated at the “Kengur Cup”, and this year, the competitions will be held on 8 fields where, during the three days of competition, 69 matches will be played.This year’s Kengur Cup will be officialy open on Friday. The match to open it is between Čelik and Nets while the final matches will be played at the City Arena.(Source: Fena / photo: zenica24sata.com)last_img read more

Heavy Downpours Are Clogging Route 36; Highlands Seeks Solutions

first_imgShe said residents in the Monmouth Hills section have shown no interest in initiating a storm-water remediation project with Highlands and Middletown. Gonzales said another related issue is Jones Creek, a body of water that feeds into Raritan Bay and gets filled with three to four feet of silt from Monmouth Hills during those bad rain storms. Each time that happens, the borough has to pay Monmouth County $3,000 to $4,000 to clean out the creek and haul the material away, she said. Route 36, a state highway that is a critical artery for that part of the county, most recently had to be closed July 6, O’Neil said. Rerouted traffic through other parts of Highlands causes congestion, he said. “We have to figure something out,” Gonzales said. “And it’s a matter of public safety now. You have cars that (are) breaking down in this water that they’re going through because you would never think that there would just be this pool of water on the highway.” The problem has been happening for a while but has gotten worse lately, he said. Earlier this year, the state planted grass on a median at the top of Water witch Avenue, which retained the water to the eastbound side of Route 36, O’Neil said. That keeps the whole road from flooding. “And sometimes when the water can’t be taken by the storm drains on 36, it floods out and it covers the road with the mud and the dirt,” he said. “And then when the water finally drains, the sediment is left in the street and it’s too deep to drive through.” Highlands Mayor Rick O’Neil said the problem happens when the borough is hit with deluges of rain lasting 10 to 15 minutes. Along with the water, runoff from the Monmouth Hills section of Middletown leaves three or four inches of “muck,” he said. The flooding problem also impacts the local economy. “NJDOT is aware of the flooding that occurs on Route 36 in Highlands near Water witch Avenue,” said DOT spokesman Stephen Schapiro. “The Department is working with local officials from both Highlands and Middletown, as well as Monmouth County and the Department of Environmental Protection to explore possible solutions.” Monmouth Hills has state historic preservation protection. That means “there are certain things they cannot be told to do by their municipality or local government,” Highlands borough administrator Kim Gonzales said. Monmouth County Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said he wants to see the DOT do a better job of repairing state roads in Monmouth. Last week the county repaired potholes on Sylvania Avenue, a state road in Neptune City, despite having contacted the state numerous times without action being taken, Arnone said. Local and state officials met last week on the flooding problem. “So this has been an issue ongoing for Highlands for many years,” said Gonzales. “Their storm system is not up to par. If it was a municipality taking care of it, they’d have to do improvements.”center_img HIGHLANDS – Route 36 in Highlands has to be closed when fast-moving rainstorms bring flooding and runoff from a historic district in nearby Middletown, a problem that local and state officials are looking to address. By Philip Sean Curran “We actually have businesses that have to close because they flood out,” she said. ‘The water comes down so heavy and hard.” Gonzales said the borough has to call out the state Department of Transportation to clean out the highway to remove the debris. Three weeks ago, the Middletown Fire Department had to rescue a motorist and child from a stalled car that had gone into deep water in Middle- town. Gonzales said. “You just can’t even imagine until you see it,” she said of the volume of silt that goes into the creek. “We’re trying to figure out the best way to solve the issue,” said Assembly- woman Serena DiMaso (R-13), who represents Highlands. “From what I understand, the state DOT and DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) will be the ones who make the final decision.” Gonzales noted that Middletown has also had weather-related closures of Route 36. Middletown officials say they will attend a meeting with Highlands and state officials Aug. 8. “I was watching cars dangerously, dangerously go over these potholes there,” Arnone said. “It was alarmingly bad.” “But it keeps all the silt and the stone and the de- bris on the eastbound side,” he said. “It gets too deep to drive through at times.” Access Property Management, the property management firm for Monmouth Hills, had no comment July 15. He said he wants the DOT to cooperate better with county officials to review road concerns.last_img read more

Mead congratulates Olam for scoring contract with Melbourne Storm

first_imgThe young “angra” from Chimbu who debuted for the beloved Kumuls has scored him a contract with the Melbourne Storm, but he must first pass a medical test before he puts ink onto the contract.The announcement was made today in Port Moresby (see separate story http://www.looppng.com/content/justin-olam-accepts-offer-melbourne-storm).Olam debuted for the SP PNG Hunters playing on the wing in the Queensland Intrust Cup this season.He plies his trade in the country’s semi-professional rugby league competition, the Digicel Cup with the Lae-based Snax Tigers.  This is certainly a memorable year for Olam after graduating with a Bachelor Degree in Science, majoring in Applied Physics from University of Technology some months back.Papua New Guinea is the only country on earth, where rugby league is the national sport, and now the pride is running high with social media – Facebook is being bombarded with congratulatory comments. PNG Kumuls captain and Gold Coast Titans winger David Mead posted, “great to see ‪PNG ‪Kumuls winger Justin Olam will be at Melbourne Storm in 2017.“PNG ‪Hunters (is) doing a great job for their (PNG) players. Nice work roomie!”Country Sports Minister Justin Tkatchenko posted: “Congratulations Justin for getting a contract with the NRL Melbourne Storms next year, Fantastic Achievement. Rugby League is now moving in the right direction, a career path is now set for future rugby stars.”Picture source: David Mead Facebook page.last_img read more