Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: February 11, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULERaptors win againUNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Raptors have run their franchise-record winning streak to 15 games by outscoring the Minnesota Timberwolves. — The Diamondbacks have avoided salary arbitration with Nick Ahmed by working out a four-year, $32.5 million contract with the two-time Gold Glove shortstop. Ahmed hit a career-high .254 last season with 19 homers and 82 RBIs in 158 games. He won his Gold Gloves in each of the past two seasons.— Athletics right-hander Daniel Mengden has undergone surgery on his pitching elbow. The A’s say Mengden had arthroscopic surgery to shave a small spur off his elbow. Mengden was 5-2 with a save and a 4.83 ERA in 13 games over three stints with Oakland last year.— Former major league pitcher Mike Bolsinger is suing the Astros for unspecified damages. He contends that the Astros’ sign-stealing scheme contributed to a poor relief appearance in August 2017 that essentially ended his big-league career. He’s also asking the Astros forfeit their nearly $31 million in postseason shares from their 2017 World Series title and donate the money to children’s charities in Los Angeles and a fund for needy retired players.NHL-SCHEDULEIsles blank Ovi, beat Caps Meanwhile, the Angels say their proposed trade with the Dodgers is off.Angels general manager Billy Eppler confirmed he won’t be making a widely reported trade, although he didn’t specify the deal or the players involved.Multiple media outlets reported the Angels nearly acquired Dodgers outfielder Joc Pederson and right-hander Ross Stripling last week in a deal that would have sent infielder Luis Rengifo (rehn-HEE’-foh) to the Dodgers. The deal apparently fell apart as a side effect of the Dodgers’ lengthy attempts to get outfielder Mookie Betts from the Boston Red Sox in a blockbuster trade.In other baseball news:— MLB is considering expanding the playoffs to nearly half the 30 teams and allowing higher-seeded wild-card teams to choose opponents. The playoffs would grow from 10 clubs to 14 under the plan, first reported Monday by the New York Post. There would be four wild cards in each league, up from two. — Rajon Rondo (RAH’-zhahn RAHN’-doh) provided 15 of his season-high 23 points in the second quarter of the Lakers’ 125-100 thumping of the Suns. Anthony Davis added 25 points and 10 rebounds as Los Angeles cruised to its fourth victory in five games.— Jamal Murray scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to help the Nuggets rally from 23 down in a 127-120 verdict over the Spurs. Paul Millsap had 22 off the bench to help spark the comeback on his 35th birthday.— Jimmy Butler had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Heat in a 113-101 victory at Golden State. Butler was crisp after sitting out the previous two games with a right shoulder strain, delivering 13 points in the first half and shooting 9 of 15 overall as Miami stopped a three-game skid.— Jordan Clarkson scored 25 points before fouling out in Utah’s 123-119 victory against the Mavericks. Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) finished with 17 points and 16 boards, shooting 7-for-7 after making all eight attempts in Utah’s home victory over Dallas last month.— Spencer Dinwiddie capped his 21-point performance by nailing a 21-foot jumper with 5 seconds left to give the Nets a 106-105 victory over the Pacers. The lead changed hands three times in the final 27 seconds and wasn’t decided until Malcolm Brogdon’s 3-pointer at the buzzer came up short, sealing Indiana’s sixth consecutive loss. Alameda County sheriff’s deputy Alan Strickland claims in a federal lawsuit filed Friday that he stopped Masai Ujiri because he didn’t provide the proper credential, leading to a shoving match that was partially captured on video. Strickland alleged Ujiri hit him “in the face and chest with both fists,” tried to go around the deputy and repeatedly ignored orders to stop.In other NBA news:— The Suns have waived veteran guard Tyler Johnson, who is averaging a career-high 5.7 points in 31 games this season. The 27-year-old Johnson averaged 11.1 points per game last season after coming to the Suns from Miami. He was in the final season of a four-year deal that pays about $19 million this year.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEDuke downs FSU Associated Press — Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) scored his second goal of the night at 31 seconds of overtime to send the Lightning to their seventh consecutive victory, 2-1 at Columbus. Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LEE’-kihnz) stopped 31 shots to help Tampa Bay climb within three points of Boston for the Atlantic Division lead.— The Flyers are 6-1-1 in their last eight games after James van Riemsdyk (REEMZ’-dyk) had a goal and assist to lead their 4-1 victory over the Panthers. Travis Sanheim, Ivan Provorov and Claude Giroux also tallied to support Carter Hart, who stopped 30 shots in his return from injury.— Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Pettersson and J.T. Miller had a goal and an assist apiece to back Jacob Markstrom’s 36-save effort in the Canucks’ 6-2 win over the Predators. Quinn Hughes had three assists to take over the lead in the rookie scoring race with 44 points.— Milan Lucic (LOO’-cheech) and Tobias Rieder (REE’-dur) scored in a span of 34 seconds early in the first period before Matthew Tkachuk (kuh-CHUHK’) added a highlight-reel tally in the third as part of the Flames’ 6-2 romp over the Sharks. Zac Rinaldo, Mark Jankowski and Mikael Backlund also scored as Calgary earned its second straight win following a three-game losing streak.— Jakob Chychrun (CHIHK’-rihn) scored a power-play goal with one minute left to complete the Coyotes comeback in a 3-2 victory at Montreal. Derek Stepan and Taylor Hall also scored for the Coyotes after the Canadiens took a 2-0 lead. The team says Rivers will enter free agency and not return for the upcoming season, ending his 16-year run with the franchise. The fourth player taken in the 2004 NFL draft owns 30 franchise records and has thrown for over 4,000 yards in 11 of his last 12 seasons. Rivers has completed 64.7% of his passes for 59,271 yards, 397 touchdowns and 198 interceptions.His 224 consecutive regular-season starts are second-most among quarterbacks in NFL history and his 123 wins are ninth.In other NFL news:— Ravens safety Chuck Clark has agreed to a three-year contract extension after starting a career-high 12 games and finishing with a team-best 68 tackles. Clark was taken in the sixth round of the 2017 draft and spent his first two NFL seasons playing on special teams, serving as backup on defense before enjoying a breakthrough year.— A person familiar with the meeting says suspended Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has spoken with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell about being reinstated. Garrett was banned indefinitely in November for pulling Pittsburgh quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet off and striking him over the head with it during a game. OG Anunoby (an-oo-NAH’-bee) scored a career-high 25 points and matched his career high with 12 rebounds as the Raptors topped the Wolves, 137-126. Kyle Lowry provided 27 points and 11 assists after missing Saturday’s win over Brooklyn because of whiplash.Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) scored 14 of his 34 points in the fourth quarter to help Toronto close out the victory. Rondae Hollis-Jefferson had a season-high 21 and Fred VanVleet added 16 as the Raptors won their 16th straight home meeting with Minnesota.D’Angelo Russell scored 22 points in his Minnesota debut, and Karl-Anthony Towns had 23 points to go with 10 rebounds.Checking out Monday’s other NBA action:— Khris Middleton and Eric Bledsoe scored 28 points apiece to lead the Bucks past the Kings, 123-111. Milwaukee won its fifth in a row and improved to a league-best 46-7 despite playing without Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh), who was home following the birth of his son.center_img — The Magic knocked off the Hawks, 137-126 behind Nikola Vucevic (VOO’-seh-vihch), who had 24 points, nine rebounds and nine assists. Aaron Gordon finished with 26 points, Evan Fournier added 22 and Terrence Ross had 21 while Orlando was shooting 52.6% from the field, including a season-high 18 3-pointers.— Miles Bridges contributed 18 points and the Hornets ended a five-game losing streak with an 87-76 victory over the Pistons. Malik Monk added 16 points for the Hornets, while Devonte’ Graham had 14 points and 11 assists to help Charlotte overcome 37% shooting.NBA-NEWSRaptors president sued over scuffleUNDATED (AP) — A law enforcement officer in California is suing the president of the Toronto Raptors over a scuffle following the team’s NBA Finals victory over the Golden State Warriors last June. — The Penguins have acquired veteran forward Jason Zucker from the Wild for forward Alex Galchenyuk (gal-CHEHN’-yuhk), defenseman prospect Calen Addison and a conditional 2020 first-round draft pick. The 28-year-old Zucker has 14 goals and 15 assists this season for Minnesota. Galchenyuk struggled to find a niche in Pittsburgh, managing just five goals and 12 assists in 45 games.— Oilers defenseman Darnell Nurse has signed a two-year extension through the 2021-22 seasons. Nurse has been with the Edmonton organization since being taken seventh overall in the 2013 draft. He has four goals and 24 points with 44 penalty minutes in 55 games this season.— The league remains reluctant to reverse course and compete at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing. This despite new assurances from Olympic officials to lift various major stumbling blocks, which also have the backing of the league’s players. NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly significantly tamped down hopes of the world’s best players returning to the Olympics for the first time since 2014. Daly described the talks as being “very preliminary” and says the NHL continues to believe the negatives outweigh the positives.NCAA-LOBBYINGAP Exclusive: NCAA, allies spend nearly $1M on Capitol Hill The Bears received 48 of 64 first-place votes from a media panel to stay at No. 1 for the fourth straight week. No. 2 Gonzaga had 15 first-place votes and No. 3 Kansas one. San Diego State and Louisville round out the top five and are followed by Dayton, Duke, Florida State, Maryland and Seton Hall. The Pirates are the lone newcomer in the top-10 after holding the No. 12 spot last week.Preseason No. 1 Michigan State dropped out of the rankings from No. 16 following a three-game losing streak.NFL NEWSChargers, Rivers part companyUNDATED (AP) — Philip Rivers has played his final down for the Los Angeles Chargers. MaCio Teague scored 11 points and Devonte Bandoo added 10 as the top-ranked Bears defeated Texas, 52-45. Baylor improved to 22-1 overall and 11-0 in the Big 12, wresting control with a 13-0 push that put the Bears ahead 42-27 with 9:28 remaining.The Bears’ winning streak is one short of the conference record set by Kansas in 1997.AP TOP 25 MEN’S BASKETBALL POLLBaylor still No. 1; Michigan St. outUNDATED (AP) — Baylor remains atop The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll in a largely static week among in the top 10. MLB NEWSDodgers complete Bosox deal as Angels swap falls throughUNDATED (AP) — Mookie Betts and David Price officially are members of the Los Angeles Dodgers.The Red Sox and Dodgers have finalized the on-again, off-again deal that will send the AL MVP and AL Cy Young winner to the West Coast. The Red Sox will receive outfielder Alex Verdugo (vur-DOO’-goh) and two prospects: infielder Jeter Downs and catcher Connor Wong. According to a person with knowledge of the deal, Boston will send cash to the Dodgers, reportedly half of the $96 million owed to Price for the next three seasons.The swap allows the Red Sox to drop more than $70 million in salary to get under baseball’s collective bargaining tax threshold for 2020. UNDATED (AP) — Duke is 21-3 overall and 11-2 in the ACC after winning a top-10 matchup.Tre Jones scored 13 points and the seventh-ranked Blue Devils overcame 21 turnovers to beat No. 8 Florida State, 70-65. Duke shot 45% from the field and was 7 of 17 from 3-point range in pulling within one game of Louisville for the conference lead.Freshman Matthew Hurt also had a couple of big moments in the final seconds, going 4 for 4 at the line in the final 11.7 seconds to help the Blue Devils clinch the victory.Trent Forrest finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and eight steals to lead the Seminoles, who shot just 38% in falling to 20-4.Meanwhile, Baylor ran its winning streak to 21 games. NHL-NEWSJackets lose JonesUNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets’ playoff push has taken a hit.Jackets star defenseman Seth Jones has been sidelined indefinitely with an ankle injury. The team says Jones was injured in Saturday night’s game loss to Colorado. The three-time All-Star has six goals and 24 assists this season while leading the club in ice time. Gabriel Carlsson was recalled from Cleveland of the AHL to take Jones’ place.In other NHL news: WASHINGTON (AP) — As Congress considers whether to allow college athletes to receive endorsement money, the NCAA and its allies spent nearly $1 million last year lobbying lawmakers to shape any reforms to the organization’s liking.The NCAA last fall said it would allow athletes to “benefit from the use of their name, image and likeness” and is crafting rules to put in place for its 1,100 member schools in coming months. But the organization has turned to Congress to step in as more and more states follow the lead of California, where a law set to take effect in 2023 clears the way for athletes to earn endorsement money.The NCAA’s pressure campaign comes as the Senate prepares for a committee hearing Tuesday on player compensation. The head of the National College Players Association says the NCAA is fighting to maintain the status quo. UNDATED (AP) — The New York Islanders kept Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) off the scoresheet while pulling within seven points of the first-place Washington Capitals in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.The Isles earned a split of their four-game season series as Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) scored the first two goals in their 5-3 victory at Washington. Josh Bailey and Brock Nelson each had three assists for the Isles, who also got goals from Jordan Eberle, Leo Komarov and Jonathan Toews (tayvz).The Islanders also left Ovechkin two goals shy of 700 for his career.The Capitals have dropped two straight and four of their last six.Elsewhere on NHL ice:last_img read more

The Latest: Sparks player’s positive test after Spain trip

first_imgThe Latest: Sparks player’s positive test after Spain trip Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, his wife and their foundation are donating 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia.Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place.His wife, Jelena, is the global director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation. She says ventilators needed to help COVID-19 patients range in price from 10,000 to 50,000 euros ($11,000 to $55,000).The 32-year-old Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th Grand Slam title. Among men, only Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, have won more.___ Turkish basketball team Fenerbahce says one of its players and three members of the technical and administrative personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus.Fenerbahce says none of the four have been hospitalized. They were being isolated and monitored at home.The player and three staff members were not named.___The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak. Associated Press The Diamond League says “the meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to delivering a structured extensive season in 2020.”___Spanish soccer club Barcelona says it will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus pandemic.Barcelona says its executive board has decided to temporarily suspend player contracts. That produces a “proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”The players’ contracts will remain intact during the job suspension. The team said in a post on Twitter that Kelly has been in self-quarantine at home since March 13.The Blues say they’re “thrilled to report” that Kelly is feeling strong again and and is symptom-free.___The home of Wales rugby, Principality Stadium in Cardiff, is being turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.The Welsh Rugby Union offered the stadium this week to the government, and a revamp has started. With the season on hold, players have been told to self-isolate until at least April 4. To date, three NHL players have tested positive for the virus: two with Ottawa and the third with Colorado.___Good news for all those who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics: You’re in for 2021. Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for Tokyo will keep their spots for the rescheduled games next year. It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar, before the coronavirus started shutting down sports across the globe. Smart announced his diagnosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6.Celtics players and staff were also tested as a precaution and those tests have all come back negative.Stevens said he and team officials have been checking in with Smart and the rest of the team regularly via conference calls.“I’m proud of how he kind of took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good and that he got online, just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now,” Stevens said. “It’s just, you know, it’s a really unique, unsettling time for everyone.”— Kyle Hightower reporting from Boston Jae Crowder of the Miami Heat has donated $15,000 to Boston-based custom slide sandal company ISlide. That money will go entirely to the company’s affected workers. Crowder is an ISlide investor and says he felt compelled to give because he knows workers there are in need. Crowder says “to see the potential negative business impact from this outbreak compelled me to help in any way I could.”___ Officials of the city, German federation and cycling governing body UCI will talk next week to try and set new dates.The UCI reiterated world championships have priority in a revised calendar.The worlds follow the postponement or cancellation of nine World Cups in the cross-country, downhill and eliminator disciplines.___Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart is doing well and remains in good spirits following his positive test for coronavirus last week. March 27, 2020 The International Ski Federation (FIS) has postponed its presidential election at a biennial congress for at least three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Hosts for some world championships, including Alpine skiing in 2025, were also due to be voted on at May 17-23 meetings in Thailand.FIS says it hopes to reschedule “in the autumn (fall) of this year,” possibly at a different location.Candidates to succeed 22-year incumbent Gian Franco Kasper as president, and for seats on the FIS ruling council, must be declared 30 days before the rescheduled elections.The three candidates for Alpine worlds in 2025 are: Saalbach, Austria; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; Crans-Montana, Switzerland. Wiese wrote on Twitter that she was “feeling well — fortunate to only show mild symptoms, but I am capable of spreading it.” The Sparks say in a statement that Wiese is self-isolating at home in Phoenix. The WNBA team says it’s in direct communication with her and wishes her a speedy recovery.The 24-year-old Wiese has spent her career playing for the Sparks after getting drafted by Los Angeles in 2017. She starred at Oregon State, helping the Beavers reach the Final Four in 2016.___The St. Louis Blues confirmed Friday that Fox Sports play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. ___The LPGA Tour now has two majors that have been rescheduled because of the new coronavirus.With the Olympics postponed until 2021, the Evian Championship in France will be two weeks later on Aug. 6-9. That was supposed to be the week of women’s golf in the Olympics.Moving back the Evian will create a little room on the LPGA schedule when golf resumes. It also makes travel more practical for the players. The new date for the Evian Championship is one week before the Ladies Scottish Open east of Edinburgh, and two weeks before the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon.The LPGA previously rescheduled the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, from April 2-5 until Sept. 10-13. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Los Angeles Sparks say guard Sydney Wiese’s positive test for COVID-19 came after she returned from Spain, which has been hit hard by the pandemic. FIFPro says it’s “extremely concerned” that clubs in several countries “have begun to immediately lay off players or unilaterally reduce their salaries” because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The Netherlands-based union says many players worldwide earn at or below average domestic income “and would be severely affected by salary decreases.”One club in Switzerland, Sion, terminated the contracts of nine players including former Arsenal pair Johan Djourou and Alexandre Song, who declined to accept reduced wages in a federal unemployment insurance program.FIFPro, which represents 65,000 men’s and women’s players, urges “clubs with short-term financial difficulties to meet with national player unions to negotiate fair and proportionate arrangements.”___ At Augusta National, kids who qualified for this year’s Drive, Chip and Putt will get to compete on the Sunday before next year’s Masters. They will compete in the same age division for which they qualified. That means there won’t be any qualifying for new participants until next year.___Oilers captain Connor McDavid says he elected to stay put in Edmonton rather than risk traveling home to suburban Toronto.McDavid says he didn’t want to take the chance of going through crowded airports and contract the new coronavirus in fear of potentially spreading it to his parents and grandparents. He says the NHL being on hiatus also allows him to break in the new home he built, which also includes a gym.McDavid spoke on a league-hosted video conference call featuring Pacific Division players on Friday. She says “we studied all the consequences and agreed we should follow the order. And it was agreed with WADA. I wrote them a letter yesterday.”___The Diamond League has postponed three more track meets because of the coronavirus outbreak.The events in Stockholm on May 24, Naples and Rome on May 28, and Rabat, Morocco, on May 31 have all been postponed with no new dates set.The first six events of the year have been called off and only the Shanghai meet has been given a new date. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 is now the first scheduled event on the calendar. Employers in Spain are allowed to reduce labor costs while guaranteeing that workers will return to their jobs once conditions improve.The club says it has not decided by how much the salaries will be lowered.___A Russia-based basketball league with teams in five countries has abandoned its season without declaring a champion because of the coronavirus outbreak.VTB United League CEO Ilona Korstin says it’s not appropriate to continue the season “in the current situation when borders are closed, teams can’t train at basketball arenas and clubs have to allow foreign players to go home.” The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club.Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit.The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says “this adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events.”The women’s British Open is scheduled to be held two weeks after Evian. “I sincerely hope we don’t need to use all of the capacity but it is far better to have developed plans based upon the scientific evidence and modelling of the experts,” Cardiff and Vale University Health Board CEO Len Richards said in a statement.“The facility will allow us to free up capacity at our other hospital sites so that we can continue to provide services to patients with other health conditions.”Nearby Swansea football club, of the second-tier Championship, has also offered Liberty Stadium to health care providers.___The Big Ten has extended the suspension of all organized team activities through May 4. The Hawks say the meal program, which began Friday, will continue four weeks and is expected to be expanded to possibly involve more restaurants.___English soccer should be braced for “difficult decisions” to try and ease the financial effects from the season suspended because of the coronavirus crisis.The Premier League released a statement after talks with the English Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association, saying they also “agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.”Last week, restarting the season was pushed back to April 30, and will resume “only when it is safe and conditions allow.” Still to be determined is how the Isports that make up the Olympics will allocate all the spots at the rescheduled games. Typically, the individual sports determine their qualifying procedures for Olympic events.World Athletics president Seb Coe confirmed that all sports have agreed to the IOC’s proposal that all athletes currently qualified for the Olympics will remain qualified for next year. In track, he said that accounts for about half the places. He said the important next step is to develop a fair process for the rest of the athletes, most of whom have seen their qualifying events postponed.___The National Professional Soccer League has canceled its 2020 summer season because of the new coronavirus outbreak. ___ The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm are funding support for a new project to provide 4,000 meals each week to approximately 1,000 healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients at Atlanta hospitals. The project also will allow two Atlanta restaurants to rehire employees who had been laid off due to the pandemic.The project will deliver meals to six Emory Healthcare hospitals five times each week.The meals are being prepared by restaurants Forza Storico and Miller Union. Each restaurant, like many in Atlanta, had temporarily closed and laid off employees due to the coronavirus. ___Atlético Madrid has followed Barcelona’s lead and announced it will reduce its players’ and coaches’ salaries during the stoppage of competition due to the coronavirus crisis. A day after Barcelona had done the same, Atlético said Friday that it will reduce its payroll temporarily “to ensure the future” of the club. Neither Barcelona nor Atlético are saying how much they would slash salaries. The moves will not impact their players’ contracts.___ It’s the fourth race in triathlon’s premier series to be postponed. The leg in Yokohama, Japan, in May is still scheduled to go ahead. ___Full-time Minnesota Wild employees will continue to receive full pay and benefits through April.Owner Craig Leipold informed staff of the decision via e-mail on Friday. That includes employees of the Wild, the Xcel Energy Center arena, and their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. Those with salaries above $150,000 are taking a 20% pay cut. The guideline does not pertain to Wild players.Like most teams around the NHL, the Wild also committed to paying game-day arena workers for the six home games that remained on the schedule when the season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.”Clubs are already feeling the pinch: Second-tier Championship club Birmingham was the first to ask some players to defer 50% of their salaries, while at Championship leader Leeds, the players, coaching staff and senior management volunteered to defer their salaries to try and put off redundancies at their club.___ ESPN NBA broadcaster Doris Burke, a Curt Gowdy Award recipient by the Basketball Hall of Fame for excellence in her field, has revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus.Burke made the announcement Friday on an ESPN podcast hosted by NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski. Davis says he is teaming up with Lineage Logistics to match up to $250,000 in donations to an organization providing free meals to health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is a partnership with the World Food Kitchen, led by famed chef José Andrés.Davis and Lineage also announced an initiative to offer jobs with Lineage to Staples Center employees in the upcoming weeks and months while no sports are being played in the Lakers’ home arena, which they share with the Los Angeles Clippers and the NHL’s Kings. Lineage operates refrigerated warehouses in the Los Angeles area and around the world.Davis is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer after his first season with the Lakers, but the Anthony Davis Family Foundation is already involved in numerous charitable ventures in the Los Angeles area. The seven-time NBA All-Star is widely expected to re-sign with the Lakers.___The mountain bike world championships in Albstadt, Germany, from June 25-28 have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Considered a fourth-tier circuit in the U.S., the NPSL is affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association. The NPSL started play in 2003 and had planned to expand from 91 to 94 teams this season.The league was to have entered 14 teams in the U.S. Open Cup, which was suspended because of the pandemic.The NPSL summer season had been set to start in May and end in early August. The league said Friday that many of its venues would be unavailable after that because they are on college and school campuses.___Global players’ union FIFPro has called on soccer clubs to stop firing players or cutting their salaries before talks. Big Ten officials say this is an additional measure to the previously announced cancellation of all conference and non-league competitions through the end of the 2019-20 academic year, including spring sports that extend beyond the academic year.Big Ten officials said they would continue to work with medical experts and institutional leaders to determine their next steps in regard to the pandemic.___The world series triathlon in Montreal in June was postponed on Friday, a day after Canada closed its borders to June 30 to all foreigners except Americans.The Montreal elite races were scheduled for June 28. ___The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus.The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week.RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pahnotskaya tells The Associated Press the testing suspension covers a longer period because of the risk of staff being stranded away from home. Tests stopped Friday and will resume on April 6.Pakhnotskaya says the World Anti-Doping Agency has been notified. Burke says she started feeling extreme fatigue on March 11, the day the NBA was shut down once it was learned that Utah center Rudy Gobert tested positive. Burke was assigned the Denver-Dallas game on that date for ESPN and fought through her symptoms to work that night.She said she had a three-day period of such deep fatigue that she couldn’t remain out of bed for more than five minutes at a time. She was eventually tested and received the results on Wednesday — eight days after being swabbed.By then, she was feeling better and said on the podcast that she was appreciative of the health-care workers who saw her. “I’m so incredibly thankful to be feeling well,” Burke said.___Lakers superstar Anthony Davis is getting involved with a pair of community initiatives to help Los Angeles-area hospital employees and Staples Center workers. Korstin says the league will start preparing for the 2020-21 season.Russian club BC Khimki was leading the league with an 18-1 record when it was suspended.___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 6last_img read more

Abbey Miller steps up for Syracuse, holds Penn State in 2-2 tie

first_imgWith fewer than two minutes remaining and only three players on the ice in a tie game against Penn State, head coach Paul Flanagan’s confidence never wavered. Starting a senior and last season’s second team All-College Hockey America goalkeeper Abbey Miller, he knew her experience would preserve the tie.Saving 21-of-23 shots, Miller’s play in net kept Syracuse (2-7-2, 1-0-1 College Hockey America) within reach of Penn State (2-7-5, 0-2-4), resulting in a 2-2 tie. With SU committing 11 penalties on the day, Miller faced consistent pressure from the Nittany Lions’ attack, leading to a one-goal deficit for the Orange late in the game. After a late Brooke Avery goal, Miller’s performance following two late penalties pushed the game to overtime.“She was there, taking away their opportunities, especially late in the game,” Flanagan said. “She was seeing the puck pretty well… she looked confident in net.”Fifteen minutes into the first period, Syracuse dominated the pace of play. The Orange had outshot its opponent by eight, and led by a goal via junior defender Allie Munroe.Yet a nifty move by PSU freshman Sophie Slattery on the breakaway freed up the forward for a possible chance on net. With senior Megan Quinn on her trail, Slattery’s off-balance wrist shot bounced off the Orange defender’s stick and past Miller with only four seconds remaining in the period.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter a dominating first period, the Orange had allowed its opponent to escape with no deficit.Capitalizing on the momentum, the Nittany Lions controlled the Orange in the second period. Still, it was Miller who made the necessary saves to prevent Penn State from extending its lead.“She kept us in today’s game,” Munroe said. “She always helps the team. She makes big saves. She’s kind of our rock back there.”Following a succession of three games where SU had allowed eight power play goals in losses against Boston College and Northeastern, the Orange held Penn State to one goal on eighteen advantage opportunities this weekend.Syracuse’s issues with discipline, Munroe said, led to 10 penalty kill situations Saturday. Still, with Miller in net, the Nittany Lions only converted one of these opportunities.“Miller is a huge help,” Quinn said. “She always has our back and today was no different.”The Orange’s ability to get in passing lanes and block shots held the Penn State attack from reaching the net, Miller said.After committing two penalties with under four minutes remaining, the Orange was down two players. With the clear advantage, the Nittany Lions began to pass the puck near the goal, looking for a deflection or lucky bounce.In the final minute, as the Orange struggled to put a stick on the puck, Miller stood tall. After a deflected shot found its way near the net, the senior’s diving glove save pushed the puck away and forced the game into overtime.“Abbey always looked like she was there, but there were a few times where it didn’t look too good for us,” Flanagan said. “Maybe she got a little lucky, but she stood up tall in back to back games.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 11, 2017 at 7:24 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillmanlast_img read more

Changes to Wexford hurling panel

first_imgGuiney was dropped from the panel ahead of this year’s Leinster semi final with Kilkenny after a falling-out with manager Liam Dunne.A meeting with management has cleared the air, with Dunne saying Guiney has given a clear commitment to the Model County for the coming year.However, Tomás Waters is the latest Wexford hurler to call time on their career. The St. Martin’s clubman recovered from a debilitating knee injury to reclaim his place in the panel, but has found the rigours of the inter-county game too much for the afflicted joint.last_img read more

McGregor makes UFC history in New York

first_imgThe Dubliner became the first fighter to hold belts in two different UFC weight-classes at the same time.The featherweight champion knocked out Eddie Alvarez to take his lightweight title at Madison Square Garden.But it’s not the only thing McGregor is celebrating – he announced after the bout that he’s to become a father in the New Year.last_img

The Embrace Girls Foundation Presents Africa Umoja from February 25 –…

first_imgMIAMI, FL –– As the Lion King and yes, Black Panther continue to break box office records, another story that celebrates the African continent and its unbreakable spirit is set to arrive in South Florida. AFRICA UMOJA, The Spirit of Togetherness, sponsored by Aetna and benefiting The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc., will premiere for a two-week celebration during Black History Month. Opening Tuesday, February 25, 2020 the production will run, at the Miramar Cultural Arts Center, until March 8, 2020.“We are so excited that this dynamic event is returning to South Florida. We invite the community to come out and experience this internationally acclaimed highly uplifting musical that families from all Diasporas will embrace” says Velma Lawrence, CEO of The Embrace Girls Foundation, Inc.About Embrace Girl PowerThe Embrace Girls Foundation’s Embrace Girl Power! After School Program & Camps is a non-profit 501©3 organization established in 2001, where little girls learn to be healthy, confident, ambitious and educated young ladies who strive for excellence in action and service before self. They also improve the lives of elementary and middle school-aged girls through data-driven and measured academic enrichment programs, their signature Tea Parties and Author Experiences which showcase the girls social, communication and etiquette skills that have featured many dignitaries and celebrities including Whoopi Goldberg, Sherri Shepherd, Chelsea Clinton,  U.S. Senator, Marco Rubio, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, Ariana Fajardo-Orshan, Katherine Fernandez-Rundle, Miami-Dade State Attorney, Former First Lady, Columba Bush, Florida Senator, Donna Shalala, Civil Rights Activist, Reverend Al Sharpton, Actresses, Keke Palmer,  Kim Wayans and Celebrity TV Court Show Judges, Lynn Toler, Glenda Hatchett, Marilyn Milian and  Karen Mills-Francis to name a few.Offers opportunities to help girls thrive academically and socially“All children should have access to opportunities that will help them thrive academically and socially. The Embrace Girls Foundation fills this need in under-served and low-income communities, ensuring that the students they serve are exposed to important and meaningful academic, wellness and enrichment programs,” said Richard Weiss, Aetna’s market president in Florida. “Aetna is proud to support this organization, while building on our longstanding commitment to celebrate black history.”UmojaConceived by Todd Twala and Thembi Nyandeni and produced by Joe Theron, Africa Umoja was developed to educate a new generation of South Africans about their rich heritage and the power of unity (Umoja is the Swahili word for unity) by showcasing the glory days of South African music and dance, that persisted even during the country’s hardships. However, the show has become much more than either of its founders could ever have imagined, dazzling audiences and receiving standing ovations and breathtaking reviews in more than 50 countries across the globe over the last two decades.Fueled by history, the cast of 33 young adults are arguably South Africa’s most versatile and dynamic singers, dancers and drummers, drawn from the myriad of cultures that compose their rural worlds. The production will feature traditional love songs, lullabies, and internationally acclaimed choreography that narrates in passionate song and dance the moving tale of love and community that helped Black South Africans triumph during some of their country’s stormiest passagesFor ticket information call the Miramar Cultural Arts Box Office at 954-602-4500 or visit www.ticketmaster.com.last_img read more

Maxima opens Barcelona office to accelerate Complitech commercial capacity

first_imgShare Maxima Compliance appoints Francesco Bianchi as technical lead June 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 Related Articles Providing further commercial support for its recently launched ‘Complitech‘ database, industry full-service compliance agency Maxima Compliance (Maxima) has opened a new office in Barcelona.Maxima details that it has established a further office in Barcelona, as the company seeks to accelerate the commercial capacity of Complitech and further future products under current development.Launched during Q1 trading, Complitech provides industry leadership with an instantly updated database solution providing the most accurate information on all technical requirements needed for operators to launch product to new markets..Maxima opens its third office in Barcelona, joining its London headquarters and a technical compliance hub in Conwy, North Wales.Antonio Zanghi, founder and managing director of Maxima Compliance, said: “A third office has quickly become essential for Maxima Compliance given our rapid growth over the past few months.“Since we launched Complitech earlier this year, demand for both the product and our services has increased significantly. This office is part of a wider expansion and we will be adding some world-class expertise to our team in the coming months to ensure we maintain our position as the industry’s go-to compliance specialists.” David Lampitt, Sportradar: F1 presents betting’s most sizeable opportunity August 14, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Too beautiful to play volleyball

first_imgThe athlete pictured above is 17-year-old Sabina Altynbekova, a volleyball player who plays for Kazakhstan’s youth squad and has recently been competing for her country in the Asian Under-19 Volleyball Championships in Taipei.And obviously, she is a very beautiful young lady. That much is clear. But according to the local media covering the event, “beautiful” and “athlete” does not work well together.Usually the media coverage of the Asian Under-19 Volleyball Championship is the bare minimum, but they soon took notice of Sabina’s model-worthy looks and started dedicating ten-page photo spreads to her.But like clockwork, the same media machine that turned her into a star quickly turned against her and started running articles asking if Sabina was “too beautiful” to play volleyball for her country.”Fans just stare at her and they are not following the championship anymore,” reported Kazakh paper Vesti. Here are just some of the sample headlines regarding the teen and how her beauty is supposedly getting in the way of the game:Asian Volleyball Player Sabina Altynbekova Is So Hot Her Teammates & Coach Are Furious & Feel Unloved (Caught Offside)Sabina Altynbekova Might Be Too Hot For Volleyball? (Crave Online)Kazakh teen volleyball player is turned on by her own teammates because she is so attractive nobody watches the sport anymore (The Daily Mail)The attention surrounding Sabina has been so fervent, her coach Nurlan Sadikov thinks the publicity surrounding his player has become distracting. “It’s impossible to work like this,” Sadikov told Tengrinews. “The crowd behaves like there is only one player at the championship.”Well, now she’s an Internet sensation due to this so-called controversy, amassing thousands and thousands of fans on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.And what does Sabina have to say about all the attention she’s getting? While she insists she’s thankful for the support, she really just wants to do what she does best: play volleyball.”I was flattered at first, but it’s all getting a little bit much, I want to concentrate on playing volleyball and to be famous for that, not anything else.”last_img read more

EPL: Baba Rahman on bench as Atsu misses out on team

first_imgGhana international could make his debut as he has been named on the Chelsea bench for their game against Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge.The youngster who signed from German side Augsburg two weeks ago missed Chelsea’s victory against West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns a week ago.Striker Jordan Ayew is back on the bench after starting in a Carling Cup game in midweek. His Aston Villa side face Sunderland at Villa Park.Jeffery Schlupp continues his fine start to the season as he is named in Leicester City’s starting line-up against Bournemouth. The foxes remain unchanged from the team that drew with Tottenham Hotspurs.Unfortunately, Christian Atsu did not make the match squad for Bournemouth despite featuring in the Capital One Cup during the midweek.Dede Ayew’s Swansea play Manchester United on Sunday. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Dodgers family celebration keeps growing bigger

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> The Brut and the Budweiser pooled up in the middle of the Dodgers’ clubhouse Sunday afternoon as players, coaches, trainers and executives arrived to celebrate their fourth straight National League West title. Their families stood outside in a hallway, safely separated from the squalor by two sets of double doors.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts briefly stepped outside to kiss his wife and his daughter. Then he looked up to see rows of wives, girlfriends, children, mothers and fathers standing on dry ground.“You guys come in! Families are in,” Roberts shouted above the clamor.With that declaration, the clubhouse grew impossibly fuller — the Dodgers’ season in a nutshell. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Forty players were active for a 4-3 win over the Colorado Rockies on Sunday. That’s happened before according to Major League Baseball, but it’s rare. It’s also uncommon for a team to cycle through 55 players (only the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves have used more this season), but the 2016 Dodgers did that too.The story of why the Dodgers needed so many players has been told: 28 different men spent time on the disabled list at various times, a record since at least 1987. Those injuries required 15 different pitchers to start a game and 24 different position players to swing a bat.Of the 40 active players Sunday, 10 were not in the Dodgers’ spring training camp — either because they were on the minor league side of Camelback Ranch or in another organization. But the lines between veteran and rookie, between newcomer and holdover, blurred when the division was clinched. The story of how so many players felt at home in one clubhouse is difficult to appreciate from the outside, and perhaps an underrated part of the club’s success.center_img “You saw the injuries happen and they didn’t let it factor into anything,” pitcher Jesse Chavez said. “They just picked those guys up who were on the DL. That’s something you saw from the other side before I got here. It’s impressive to watch.”Chavez, 33, was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays on Aug. 1. The Dodgers are the eighth organization he’s played for in a professional career that began in 2003. He said he felt at home in the clubhouse immediately, noticing quickly that the Dodgers avoided the trap of splintering into cliques.“Just the conversations you have in passing — the walking bys, the hellos — just simple stuff,” Chavez said. “The acknowledgment of everybody, the communication we have, is beyond what you could imagine.“To come here, it feels like I was in spring training with this group.”A few minutes later, standing on the opposite side of the room, veteran catcher Carlos Ruiz said the same thing.The Dodgers are Ruiz’s second organization. His 18-year run with the Philadelphia Phillies ended when he was traded for A.J. Ellis on August 25. Ruiz was just as beloved in Philadelphia as Ellis was in Los Angeles.And yet, Ruiz said, “it took me two or three days just to fit into the group. They tried to make me feel like I was here since the beginning of the season. That was big.”Two of the biggest contributors Sunday weren’t in the clubhouse for vast portions of the season. The game’s hero, Charlie Culberson, hadn’t started in four days. That was typical for him. A non-roster invitee to spring training, Culberson made the Dodgers’ Opening Day roster, then wound up on the Oklahoma City-to-Los Angeles express. He spent roughly half of the season in Triple-A.On Saturday, Roberts told Culberson he would be in the lineup Sunday. That was typical too. Culberson had a day to prepare and, by extension, a way to feel like part of the team.“He does a good job of that,” Culberson said of Roberts.The starting pitcher, Brandon McCarthy, was two weeks removed from his lowest point in the season if not his career. Technically he’d been on the disabled list with a sore hip. In reality, he had been battling a case of the yips.“You kind of forget how to throw a ball,” McCarthy said, “at least in a competitive situation.”For a moment, McCarthy feared his career might be over at age 33. A mechanical adjustment in the bullpen changed that. He re-discovered his fastball command and threw 5 1/3 innings against the Rockies, allowing only two runs.“This last month, I couldn’t have felt more removed,” McCarthy said. “That wasn’t by people excluding me. Everybody gave me the widest berth I could have to go figure things out. A couple weeks ago I was praying that someone would call from the front office and say, ‘shut this down, we’ll see you next year, let’s get things figured out.’ And you can’t feel farther away from the team at that point. “The last two weeks, it was like, ‘hey I feel like I’m part of this again.’ I wanted to get back into a game.”In the middle of the clubhouse Sunday, pitcher Kenta Maeda lifted his interpreter off the ground and dumped him into a beer cooler. The damp elbows of data analysts brushed against those of minor league coaches. Several players dispatched the clichéd metaphor about teammates as family, but it was never more appropriate. Roberts had already invited everyone’s families into the room.last_img read more