Play-in round team wins draft lottery, shot at LafreniereUNDATED (AP) — Presumptive top selection Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little bit longer to find out his NHL destination. Chaos reigned at the NHL draft lottery, with the No. 1 pick still up for grabs in a second lottery drawing. The eight teams that lose in the qualifying round of the playoffs have an equal chance of drafting first. The Kings got the second pick, the Senators the third thanks to 2018 trade with San Jose and the league-worst Red Wings dropped to fourth. Ottawa has the third and fifth picks and is the first team since 2000 with two selections in the top five.As part of the NHL’s 24-team playoff format if it resumes, 16 teams will play each other in best-of-five series to move on — and the losers of those matchups now have a major consolation prize looming: equal 12.5% odds of landing Lafreniere.SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE AD June 27, 2020 Two more players withdrew Friday because of the coronavirus, Denny McCarthy for a positive test, and Bud Cauley, who tested negative but decided to pull out after playing alongside McCarthy on Thursday. In all there have been seven COVID-19-related withdrawals from the tournament. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Cleveland Indians president Chris Antonetti said a “couple” of staff members have chosen not to take part in the resumption of training camp due to COVID-19 concerns. Speaking on a Zoom call Friday, Antonetti did not identify the staffers who have opted out or specify their roles in the organization. He added that he’s unaware of any players declining to participate because of health reasons. Antonetti said the club has spoken to “every high-risk individual” about the risks of returning. The Indians are scheduled to reopen camp on July 1 in Cleveland.— Morehouse College has canceled its football and cross-country seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic. President David A. Thomas said scholarships would be honored. The Historically Black College in Atlanta competes at the NCAA Division II in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. In a statement on the school’s website, Thomas wrote about the difficulty in safely travelling and hosting games and events while maintaining social distancing. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSJason Day asks to be testedUNDATED (AP) — Jason Day asked to be tested for COVID-19 just before the third round of the Travelers Championship in Connecticut. Officials decided to have him play as a single Saturday as a precautionary measure. Speedway loses partnerships after ‘Bubba rope’ postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina racetrack has lost some partnerships after its owner advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale. The online ad was posted days after a noose was found in the garage stall of Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in NASCAR’s top series.The racetrack owner’s post on Facebook Marketplace sparked a backlash on social media and condemnation from the North Carolina governor’s office. The Winston-Salem Journal reports that a concrete company and a driver series have ended their partnerships with the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County.F1-HAMILTON-ECCLESTONEHamilton saddened and hurt by Ecclestone’s racism comments — French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain says three players from its women’s teams have tested positive for the coronavirus. PSG said in a statement Saturday that one player from the main women’s team and two players from the under-19 side returned positive results. The women’s senior team is set to resume training on Monday. Earlier this week, PSG said three players from the men’s side and one member of staff were infected by the virus during the lockdown when they were not in contact with each other. PSG said they are no longer contagious and can train as normal.NASCAR-TRIPLEHEADERNASCAR set for Truck, Xfinity, Cup tripleheader SundayLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — NASCAR is set for a tripleheader of racing at Pocono Raceway from three national series on Sunday.Rain has washed out the Truck Series race on Saturday in what was already a packed schedule. Pocono is the site of a Cup Series twin bill, with one race on Saturday and one on Sunday. Carlos, US athletes take stand to end Olympic protest ruleDENVER (AP) — John Carlos wants to abolish the rule that bans protests at the Olympics. The renowned Olympic protester has written a letter with an influential group of American athletes, calling on the IOC to put in place a new policy done in collaboration with athletes from across the globe. Carlos and Tommie Smith raised their fists on the medals stand at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics to protest racial inequality in the United States. They were sent home for violating rules that ban such protests. Those rules remain in place today, though in the wake of global demonstrations against racial injustice, the IOC has recently expressed willingness to rethink them. Referring to the actions of Carlos and Smith, the letter says “It is time for the Olympic and Paralympic movement to honor their bravery rather than denounce their actions.”Carlos joined the leadership of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee’s athlete advisory council in sending the open letter to the International Olympic and Paralympic committees on Saturday. The letter said the AAC had discussed the issue with the IOC’s athlete commission. WOMEN’S SOCCER-ANTHEM PROTESTNWSL players kneel during the national anthemHERRIMAN, Utah (AP) — Players for the Portland Thorns and the North Carolina Courage knelt during the national anthem Saturday as the National Women’s Soccer League opened the Challenge Cup tournament in Utah. The players wore Black Lives Matter T-shirts in warmups before the game, which was nationally televised on CBS. In addition to the anthem, the players knelt for a moment of silence before kickoff. The teams issued a joint statement saying they wanted to protest racial injustice, police brutality and systemic racism. The NWSL is the first professional team sport in the United States to return amid the coronavirus outbreak. The monthlong Challenge Cup opened Saturday with a pair of games at Zions Bank Stadium in Herriman, Utah. PARIS (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has criticized what he called “ignorant and uneducated” comments by former F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.Hamilton, a six-time world champion and the only Black driver in F1, was dismayed by Ecclestone’s claim during an interview with broadcaster CNN on Friday that “in lots of cases, Black people are more racist” than white people.On Instagram, Hamilton called the comments “sad and disappointing” and said they “show us how far we as a society need to go before real equality can happen.”Ecclestone made his assertion when he was asked his opinion on Hamilton setting up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.OLYMPIC PROTESTS-CARLOS LETTER Update on the latest sports Associated Press The Truck Series was scheduled for Saturday and the second-tier Xfinity Series was scheduled for Sunday. The rainout forced the Truck Series to run at 9:30 a.m. Sunday, followed by 225 miles of Xfinity racing and a 350-mile Cup race.NASCAR says it’s the first time three NASCAR National Series races will be raced on the same day at the same track. It will be the fifth time three NASCAR National Series races will be run on the same day but those were at different tracks. The Cup Series race scheduled for Saturday is still on with a green flag start time of 3:54 p.m. Eastern.Sunday’s Cup race comes with a twist. The field will be set by inverting the lead-lap finishers from race No. 1.NHL-DRAFT LOTTERY MLB-DODGERS-TOLES ARRESTEDDodgers’ Andrew Toles jailed in Florida on trespass chargeKEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andrew Toles was in jail Saturday, charged with trespassing.The 28-year-old player was detained this week at the airport in Key West, Florida, by a Monroe County sheriff deputy. The Miami Herald reported he was found sleeping behind a Federal Express building at the airport and refused to move.Jail records show Toles appeared to be homeless when arrested Monday on the misdemeanor charge. His bond was set at $500 but he remained jailed and is scheduled for arraignment Thursday. Toles rose from the low minors to the majors in just months and became a postseason star for the Dodgers in 2016. He was the starting left fielder in the second half of 2016 and early in 2017. In May of that year, he tore a knee ligament and spent most of 2018 at Triple-A Oklahoma City. The team said Toles never reported to spring training camp in 2019 because of a personal matter. He did not play that year.Toles struggled with anxiety issues even before the Dodgers signed him to a minor league contract. He was Tampa Bay’s minor league player of the year in 2013 but was released in 2015. He was working the early-morning shift in the frozen-food section of a grocery store before the Dodgers recruited him.
AP Sources: Afflalo headlines group bidding to buy Wolves MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the situation tell The Associated Press that an ownership group led by longtime NBA player Arron Afflalo (uh-FLAH’-loh) is putting together a bid to buy the Minnesota Timberwolves. The people spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal is still in the process of being submitted. They say the ownership group will consist of two to five individuals with a net worth of more than $10 billion. Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, who bought the club in 1994 to keep it from moving to New Orleans, has put the franchise up for sale on the condition it remain in Minnesota. In other NBA news: — Missouri basketball players Xavier Pinson, Mitchell Smith and Jeremiah Tilmon Jr. have withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to the Tigers for the upcoming season. Tigers coach Cuonzo Martin’s roster will have 11 players that are juniors or seniors. That is the most in the Southeastern Conference and third-most among all Power Five programs. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS AP sources: NFL owners offer opt-out guidelines for players NFL training camps are set to open after the league and the players’ union reached agreement on several issues. Those issues included future salary cap mechanisms and how players can opt out of the upcoming season because of the coronavirus.The NFL Players Association’s executive committee and 32 player representatives approved the offers Friday. Players who decide they want to opt out have until Aug. 3 to do so, and they will receive a stipend from the owners. The amount of the stipend will be $350,000 for medical opt outs and $150,000 for voluntary opt outs. Chiefs offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif became the first player to opt out of the upcoming NFL season on Friday. He’s choosing to put his medical degree to use on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic rather than helping the Kansas City Chiefs defend their first Super Bowl title in 50 years.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: — The Chicago Bears have canceled season ticket packages because they’re not sure how many fans — if any — will be allowed at Soldier Field due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Team President Ted Phillips cited “a need to reduce the seating capacity to build a plan that allows for social distancing” in a letter to season ticket holders. — Atlanta Dream center Kalani Brown tested positive for the coronavirus on July 9 and remains under — More than two dozen Division I conferences want the NCAA Board of Governors to avoid making any decisions about fall championships until a majority of the leagues determine whether to hold regular-season competition. A letter from College Commissioners Association President Beth DeBauche was sent to the board. — A leading British government adviser says the pandemic will make it “very difficult” for Premier League matches to be staged with full crowds for at least another year and capacities face being capped at 25% when stadiums eventually re-open. The Premier League season ends on Sunday and Calder urged players to avoid going on holiday to COVID-19 hotspots, singling out the United States. — Shane Bieber was fantastic in the Indians’ 2-0 shutout of the Royals, striking out 14 while surrendering four hits in six innings. It was the most strikeouts by a Cleveland pitcher on opening day and the most for any hurler in an opener since Randy Johnson fanned 14 in 1996. Cleveland did its scoring in the sixth inning on Oscar Mercado’s RBI single and a double by Cesar Hernandez. — Max Kepler homered against White Sox ace Lucas Giolito in his first two at-bats to spark the Twins to a 10-5 rout. Jake Cave had two hits and drove in two runs for Minnesota. White Sox slugger Yoán Moncada had three hits, including a three-run shot off José Berrios in the second inning — Kyle Hendricks became the first Cubs hurler in 46 years to toss an opening-day shutout, scattering three hits in a 3-0 win over the Brewers. Ian Happ opened the scoring in the third inning with a two-run blast. Anthony Rizzo added an eighth-inning blast. Jack Flaherty pitched seven solid innings and Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’) hit a two-run homer as part of the Cardinals’5-4 victory over the Pirates. Flaherty did not give up a run until Jacob Stallings hit a two-out, two-run single just under the glove of first baseman Paul Goldschmidt in the seventh.Tyler O’Neill and Dexter Fowler added solo homers for St. Louis. — Eric Hosmer hit three-run doubles in consecutive innings to in his Padres debut to guide a 7-2 decision over the Diamondbacks. The six RBIs tied Hosmer’s career high and backed 24-year-old right-hander Chris Paddack, who threw six scoreless innings in his first opening day start. Losing pitcher Madison Bumgarner allowed three runs and four hits over 5 2/3 innings in his DBacks debut. — Washington quarterback Alex Smith needs to pass his physical with a team doctor Monday before being cleared for football activities, according to a team spokesman. ESPN had reported Smith was already cleared after the 36-year-old said that during an interview while filming a documentary for the network. Smith hasn’t played since November 2018 when he broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg. He underwent multiple surgeries in the aftermath of the injury and has since worked to get back to game action. PGA-3M OPEN Thompson, Werenski top leaderboard BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Michael Thompson and Richy Werenski will carry a share of the lead into the third round of the 3M Open. The scores crept up after Werenski led the first-round pack with an 8-under 63. The 24-year-old followed that with a 67 as he seeks his first PGA victory. Ryun went on to serve as a member of the House representing a Kansas congressional district from 1996 to 2006. The White House described Ryun as one of the most accomplished American runners in history. OLYMPICS-OBIT-JIPCHO Ben Jipcho, the ‘rabbit’ who helped Keino beat Ryun, dies UNDATED (AP) — Kenyan runner Ben Jipcho has died at the age off 77. — J.D. Martinez and Kevin Pillar each drove in three runs in the Red Sox’s 13-2 dismantling of the Orioles. Jackie Bradley Jr., Jose Peraza, Martinez and Pillar each doubled as part of a four-run third inning. Nathan Eovaldi (eh-VAHL’-dee) gave up just one run and five hits, striking out four over six innings in his first career opening day start. — The Reds were 7-1 winners over the Tigers as Mike Moustakas (moos-TAH’-kahs) supplied a two-run homer and four RBIs in his Cincinnati debut. Sonny Gray fanned nine and gave up three hits in six innings, including C.J. Cron’s homer. Japanese product Shogo Akiyama singled home a run as a pinch hitter in his first big league game. — Jesus Aguilar (AG’-ee-ahr) hit a two-run homer off Aaron Nola and Sandy Alcantara (al-KAN’-tah-rah) pitched neatly into the seventh inning of the Marlins’ 5-2 verdict over the Phillies. Alcantara gave up one earned run and three hits, striking out seven in 6 2/3 innings. Didi Gregorius (greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) lined a solo shot in his first game since signing a $14 million, one-year deal with the Phillies. — Cavan Biggio belted a three-run homer and the Blue Jays began their season away from Toronto by topping the Rays 6-4. Biggio’s infield single began a three-run fourth inning off 36-year-old Charlie Morton, who made his first career start on opening day. Randal Grichuk (GRIH’-chuhk), Rowdy Tellez and Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernandez drove in the runs.— Lance Lynn struck out nine in six sharp innings and the Rangers inaugurated their new retractable-roof stadium with a 1-0 win over the Rockies. The Rangers didn’t get their first hit off Rockies starter German (hehr-MAHN’) Marquez until after Lynn had thrown the last of his 108 pitches in his first opening day start. Danny Santana had a one-out double in the sixth, and scored on a two-out double by Rougned Odor that chased Marquez July 24, 2020 NFL-NEWS Vikings extend Zimmer’s deal UNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Vikings have signed head coach Mike Zimmer to a three-year contract extension through the 2023 season. Zimmer has a 57-38-1 record over six years and owns a .599 winning percentage, the third-best of the nine head coaches in team history. Only Bud Grant and Dennis Green have a better mark. Zimmer’s also seventh in winning percentage among active NFL head coaches with a minimum of 50 games. Also around the NFL: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULE Mets get another opening win UNDATED (AP) — The New York Mets picked up another season-opening victory with help from their returning slugger. — The Braves were without their top two catchers, Tyler Flowers and Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’), for Friday’s opening game at New York Mets after both players showed symptoms of the coronavirus. Manager Brian Snitker says Flowers and d’Arnaud have tested negative for the coronavirus but did not travel with the team because they had symptoms. — The Indians elected to wear their blue road jerseys on opening day with “Cleveland” on the front as a unified statement of solidarity for minorities as the team contemplates a name change. Owner Paul Dolan recently announced the franchise is considering changing its name from Indians, which has been the club’s moniker since 1915. Typically, the team wears white jerseys with “Indians” across the chest at home. — Marlins catcher Jorge Alfaro went on the injured list before their season opener at Philadelphia. The Marlins didn’t give a reason but said they expected Alfaro to return this season. Alfaro batted .262 with 18 homers and 57 RBIs last year in his first season with the Marlins. — The Chicago Cubs have finalized minor-league deals with infielder Derek Dietrich and outfielder Ryan LaMarre. Dietrich and LaMarre will report to the team’s camp in South Bend, Indiana. — A record 109 players from the Dominican Republic were on opening-day major league rosters, boosted by an expanded pool following the layoff caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Major League Baseball said Friday that 288 of 1,026 players on opening-day rosters were born outside the 50 states, which comes to 28.1%. NBA-TIMBERWOLVES SALE ACC-NOTRE DAME AP sources: ACC, Notre Dame eye 2020 football membership UNDATED (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference and Notre Dame are considering whether the Fighting Irish will give up their treasured football independence for the 2020 season play as a member of the league. Two people involved in the ACC’s discussions say the league is looking at an 11-game schedule that would include 10 conference games. It would start Sept. 12. Notre Dame would play a full 10-game ACC schedule. Whether those games would count in the standings and the Irish would be eligible to participate in the ACC championship game for a slot in the Orange Bowl is still to be determined. . MLB-NEWS UNDATED (AP) — The displaced Toronto Blue Jays will play in Buffalo this year amid the pandemic. The Blue Jays said in a statement Friday that the greater part of their home schedule will be played at Sahlen (SAY’-len) Field in Buffalo, home of the club’s Triple-A affiliate Buffalo Bisons. The team looked for a major league stadium after the Canadian government declined to allow them to play in Toronto but was unsuccessful in securing a site. Toronto opens the season at Tampa Bay on Friday. In other MLB news: — Four baseball players and two staff tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week. There have been 99 new positive tests since intake screening began June 27. That represents 0.3% of 32,640 samples and includes 84 players and 15 staff. Associated Press Update on the latest sports Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nehs SEHS’-peh-dehs) belted a seventh-inning homer and four Mets combined in a three-hitter in a 1-0 downing of the Atlanta Braves. The blast came two years and four days after Cespedes last played a major league game. Numerous leg injuries have kept him sidelined and caused him to accept a renegotiated contract last winter.Jacob deGrom was in vintage form as the two-time NL Cy Young winner held the Braves to one hit while striking out eighth over five innings. Seth Lugo worked two innings for the victory and Edwin Diaz got the final three outs to notch the save. The Mets are 39-12 in season openers since dropping their first eight. Their 39-20 mark on opening day is the best in major league history. In other major league finals: — Dusty Baker posted a win in his first game as the Astros manager, an 8-2 thumping of the Mariners. Michael Brantley hit a three-run homer to back Justin Verlander, who struck out seven over six innings of his 12th career opening-day start. Thompson fired a 66 Friday to grab a piece of the lead at 12 under, one shot ahead of Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and Talor Gooch. RYUN-MEDAL OF FREEDOM Trump honors former track phenom and Kansas congressman Ryun WASHINGTON (AP) — Former U.S. Olympic long-distance runner and congressman Jim Ryun has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom at the White House. Ryun was the first U.S. high schooler to run a mile in under 4 minutes. He was the 1968 Olympic silver medalist in the 1,500-meter run and a three-time Olympian. Jipcho was famous for sacrificing his own hopes of winning an Olympic medal to help teammate Kip Keino beat American rival Jim Ryun to the gold in the 1,500 meters at the 1968 Mexico City Games. Jipcho played the role of the “rabbit’ by setting a relentless pace for the first half of the race in the high altitude. The tactic worked perfectly as Keino went on to win gold and became a pioneer for Kenyan track and field. Jipcho won a silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase four years later at the 1972 Munich Olympics.
The Latest: Dallas CB Canady and rookie WR Guidry opt out — John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York.___Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined.Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive. Tuesday’s announcement follows news last week that 11 men’s and women’s tournaments planned for later this year in China were scrapped.That included the WTA Finals.As of now, women’s tennis is scheduled to resume next week in Palermo, Italy.___The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has moved most fall sports until the spring, including football. ___A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently.But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___ ___ Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall.Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held.Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by Cleveland.com. Soccer and volleyball will have conference-only schedules.___A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar.The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March.Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year. The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule.Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money.Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus. Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt.Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12. Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. ___Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022. The guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%.-Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. July 28, 2020 The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.___The Summit League is pushing back the start of fall sports to Sept. 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.The conference’s president’s council agreed to delay championship seasons for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country. Non-championship segments for golf and tennis, along with non-traditional seasons for softball and baseball also were pushed back. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted rookie receiver Stephen Guidry have opted out of playing for the Dallas Cowboys this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.Jacksonville also removed rookie fullback Connor Slomka from the team’s active/non-football injury list after he passed his physical.___The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero. Canady signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys after splitting the 2019 season between the New York Jets and Baltimore. The Ravens drafted Canady in the sixth round in 2016.Guidry had 827 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in two seasons at Mississippi State after playing two years of junior college. He faced long adds to make the roster at a position that includes Amari Cooper, who signed a $100 million contract in the offseason, third-year man Michael Gallup and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb.___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor and first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.Taylor, a second-round pick from Florida last year, started all 16 games as a rookie. The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson.___Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. He worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN.___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website. The MIAC joined the majority of its NCAA Division III peers, postponing competition in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Tennis teams will be permitted to compete against conference opponents this fall in accordance with campus, state, NCAA and MIAC health directives. That sport is deemed low risk for coronavirus transmission.Training, practice and other team activities will be permitted in the postponed sports, in compliance with the virus-related guidelines.The biggest impact of the MIAC’s move will be on the football game between league powers St. John’s and St. Thomas, rivals who first played in 1901 and have faced off 89 times in the sport. This year’s game, which was scheduled for early November at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL home of the Vikings, could be the last ever with the impending move by St. Thomas to the FCS level after being booted from the MIAC for competitive reasons.___The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list. Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Wilson is expected to compete for the right tackle job that came open when Jack Conklin signed with Cleveland in free agency.Vrabel also said linebacker Jayon Brown will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The Titans so far have had one player opt out. Undrafted rookie free agent Anthony McKinney is an offensive lineman out of Texas Christian. Vrabel confirmed McKinney informed the coach and general manager Jon Robinson of his decision. Vrabel says he has not heard nor talked to other Titans who might choose to opt out and is waiting until players make the best decision in the interest of themselves and their families. The announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series.Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols.The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Petr Cech has played down suggestions that Chelsea’s players criticised boss Andre Villas-Boas in front of club owner Roman Abramovich.The Russian billionaire’s recent training-ground presence has increased speculation that Villas-Boas’ position is under threat.And senior players are believed to have voiced concerns about the manager’s tactics at a meeting attended by Abramovich in the wake of the 2-0 defeat at Everton two-and-a-half weeks ago.AdChoices广告However, Blues goalkeeper Cech said: “Everyone has been talking about a meeting between the team and Abramovich, but the truth is elsewhere and the picture of that meeting was distorted.“The club is under constant media pressure. That’s the problem. There is a lot of speculation and nonsense, but we have to live with that.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
FANS turned out in their numbers last night at the National Cultural Centre tarmac, despite overcast and intermittent rainfall, as the group stage of the Georgetown Guinness ‘Greatest of the Streets’ Championship commenced with eight thrilling encounters. However, the highlights of the night were: Sparta Boss dismantling Alexander Village in the final game of the night, defending champions Gold is Money’s last-gasp win over John Street and an epic battle between the youthful LA Ballers and Broad Street, which had to be decided via a marathon penalty shootout.Sparta Boss put six goals past a hapless Alexander Village team, who looked at sea for the greater part of their game. Ryan Hackett opened proceedings with a trademark power shot in the fourth minute to put Sparta 1-0 ahead. There were no more goals in the first half.With two minutes gone in the second half, Gregory ‘Jackie Chan’ Richardson doubled Sparta’s lead before veteran Shem Porter pulled one back for Alexander Village in the 15th minute. Within the closing three minutes of the game Sparta’s Dennis Edwards put the game to bed with two Guinness Goals (a goal scored in the final 3 minutes counts as two) in the 18th and 20th minutes to put the score line at 6-1.Last year’s winner Gold is Money came up against tough newcomers John Street in the penultimate game of the night and were made to work for victory. John Street’s defence seemed impenetrable at times while they counterattacked brilliantly but without reward;Gold is Money showed champions’ resolve and struck through their talismanic skipper Hubert Pedro in the 14th minute to spark celebrations in the crowd. They held on for the remainder of the match to walk away with maximum points.Earlier in the night the youthful LA Ballers faced veteran street-ballers Broad Street in an old school versus new school epic, which saw both sides fail to convert many chances in a tense affair. After regulation time ended scoreless, the winners had to be decided by penalty kicks, which had both sides’ supporters on edge.However, the youngsters on LA Ballers showed nerves of steel to score seven straight penalties while Broad Street faltered on their seventh kick to hand LA a 7-6 victory on sudden-death penalties.Meanwhile the opening encounter, which pitted North East La Penitence against Rising Stars, also boiled down to penalty kicks after regulation time ended scoreless, North East came out 1-0 victors from the spot.Continuing along the same vein Albouystown-B held Charlotte Street to a goalless draw at full time and eventually won 1-0 via penalties.Leopold Street showed their credentials as potential title challengers with a comfortable 3-1 victory over Albouystown-A with Omallo Williams netting a brace in the 9th and 10th minutes respectively to send his team into the halftime break at 2-0.After the second half resumed, Albouystown’s Akosi Jarvis struck almost immediately to halve the deficit but Darren Benjamin’s 14th minute goal sealed the 3-1 victory for Leopold Street.Future Stars suffered a setback as Tiger Bay needled them courtesy of a Solomon Austin strike in the 16th minute while Back Circle also lost their match against Sophia via a similar score line as Dwayne ‘Goofy’ Lowe netted in the 15th minute.The group stage, which will last for three nights, will end on July 26. The top two finishers from each pool will advance to the quarterfinals and subsequent semifinals on July 27. The grand finale is set for August 3 at a venue to be announced.The eight teams who fail to advance from the group round will contest the Guinness Plate Championship.Winners of the event will collect $500 000 and the championship trophy, with the second-, third- and fourth-place finishers copping $300 000, $200 000 and $100 000 respectively with the corresponding trophy.They will also earn automatic berth in the National Championship in August.To date Beacons (Bartica champions), Melanie-B (East Coast Demerara winners), Brothers United (West Demerara/East Bank Demerara winners), Trafalgar (Berbice champions) and High Rollers (Linden champions) have secured automatic berths to the national championship.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – A Vishaul Singh half-century provided champions Guyana Jaguars with a ray of hope but they were left facing a difficult final day after Barbados Pride took a firm grip of the second round encounter at Kensington Oval here yesterday.Behind by 180 on first innings after Pride were dismissed for 389, Jaguars closed the third day on 141 for three – still requiring a further 39 runs to avoid an innings defeat.Vishaul was unbeaten on 56, an innings that has spanned 107 balls, nearly 2-¾ hours and included 10 fours.He anchored two key stands after Jaguars found themselves on 12 for one when Tagenarine Chanderpaul perished cheaply for six in the fifth over of the innings, lbw to Test seamer Kemar Roach.First, he put on 53 with captain Leon Johnson (17) to build on a second-wicket stand that started with Chandrapaul Hemraj who was forced to retire hurt on eight with 15 runs on the board.When Johnson was bowled by seamer Kevin Stoute, Vishaul found an ally in Chris Barnwell (26) to add a further 46 for the third wicket, before closing out the day in an unbroken fourth-wicket stand with Raymon Reifer (17).Resuming their first innings earlier on 239 for three, Pride found impetus through Kyle Mayers who top-scored with 75 while Jonathan Carter made 73.Roach, batting at number eight, chipped in with 35 while number 10 Jomel Warrican got 24, as the hosts’ lower order frustrated Jaguars.Fast bowler Keon Joseph led the visitors’ attack with four for 75 while fellow speedster Nial Smith, in his second first class game, supported with two for 84.Pride flourished inside the first hour as Carter combined with Mayers to extend their fourth-wicket stand to 111 before they were separated.Carter, resuming the day on 61, struck nine fours off 204 balls in just shy of 4-¼ hours while Mayers, on 36 overnight, belted 11 fours and two sixes in an entertaining 100-ball knock.Pride were cruising at 285 for three when Joseph conjured up an excellent spell to wreck the middle order, as four wickets tumbled for 16 runs in quick time.The right-armer trapped Carter lbw with a full-length delivery immediately following the first drinks break and without addition to the score two balls later, comprehensively bowled opener Shayne Moseley who resumed his innings on 46 after retiring hurt the previous evening.Joseph then struck the key blow when he removed Mayers to a catch by Chanderpaul just inside the boundary at deep point.When Stoute followed for six in the next over, Pride were losing their way at 301 for seven but Roach frustrated the Jaguars, putting on 37 for the eighth wicket with Warrican before adding a further 46 for the ninth with Keon Harding (21), as he struck four fours and a six in a 65-ball innings.
TENSE battles ensued on Sunday as the first round of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s National Race of Champions got going.Sunday’s opening round of the championship set the stage for an exciting year of racing.On the Street tuner end of things, Raymond Seebarran had a constant jostle with Narine Dasrat.Seebarran picked up one first-place finish with Dasrat picking up the other two wins as the charge to that title resumes.Azad Hassan was also in the mix, snagging a second and a third.On the sport tuner end of things, Mohamed Ahmad picked up where he left off last year, dominating that class.The highly\-anticipated group two fight fizzed out after Chet Singh moped the floor with the competition.In the first race, Singh and Rameez Mohamed tore up the track in an enterprising battle but race two saw the latter falling out with clutch problems.The group three belonged to Stefan Jeffrey and his Honda Civic which dominated the class. Jeffrey had an early battle with Danny Persaud who had to fall out after the first race with engine problems.Still, the two long-time competitors, who shared laughs earlier in the day, lit up the track for half of the first race.After that, there was little left for Jeffrey to do in the next race.Group four had two wins from Rameez Mohamed and his Honda Integra after hometown hero, Andrew King, and Kristian Jeffrey both dropped out with problems in the first race.King returned with a vengeance in the second race to sweep the floor with the competition and then opted out of the last race.Presentation of prizes took place at the Windjammer Banquet Hall in Kitty last evening.
By Clifton Ross DEFENDING 4-Day champions Guyana Jaguars will be seeking to play some ultra-aggressive cricket, starting from today when Round 7 bowls off at Providence against bottom-of-the-table Leeward Hurricanes. The champions handed Hurricanes a 10-wicket thrashing a few rounds ago when the two sides met and with the hunt for points now more crucial than ever, Guyana will be seeking to win the remaining rounds in grand fashion.In-form opener Chandrapaul Hemraj was among the stars in that encounter, hitting 52 while rookie pacer Niall Smith bagged 8 wickets to help the Jags cap off a resounding performance.Guyana, with a slightly tweaked team will want to replicate their win from a few rounds ago which will earn them extra points. Currently, Jaguars are in second place with 79 points while table-leaders Barbados Pride have amassed a whopping 108.2 points, following the end of the sixth round.The Hurricanes continue to play competitive cricket despite their pole-position. Middle-order batsman Amir Jangoo is fresh off a 90 in the Hurricanes’ last drawn match against his countrymen and powerhouse franchise Trinidad Red Force.Throw the in-form skipper Jahmar Hamilton, Kaveem Hodge, Kieran Powell and boogeyman Rakeem Cornwall into the mix and Jaguars will need to play as aggressively as they did in the last round when they beat the Jamaica Scorpions by 7 wickets in 3 days.Cornwall, the West Indies all-rounder and one of Jaguars’ key tormentors in Regional 4-Day cricket over the seasons, was player-of-the-match bagging 10 wickets and clobbering 48 off 44 in the second innings to help set up a draw for his team against Red Force and could be one to watch out for.On the other hand, Guyana who held their usual preparatory practice session yesterday at the Providence stadium, seemed full of confidence as their deficit of 30-odd points could easily be wiped off over the next 3 rounds and counting, should they play well or/if the Pride encounters hiccups along the way.The key to a comprehensive win could be the Jags bowling department, led by the wizard Veerasammy Permaul, coming off a 15-wicket haul and currently sitting on 45 wickets as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker to date.Smith, who was fresh into his 4-day career when he bagged 8 wickets in the match, has since sharpened his skills and could add further impetus to the stacked unit which features seamers; Raymon Reifer, Chris Barnwell, Keon Joseph, off-break spinner Kevin Sinclair and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie.Batting-wise, the Jags are without two big players in Hemraj and Shimron Hetmyer who was recalled to the West Indies T20 team for the Sri Lanka series. World-Cup winning Under-19 wicketkeeper/batsman Tevin Imlach could get his first knock of the season while Akshaya Persaud who has played a few 1st class games is also a good option.Given the form of Leon Johnson, who hit 189 not out a few rounds ago, Barnwell who hit a ton in that same match along with the likes of Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Vishaul Singh, Anthony Bramble and Reifer, all have been in good batting form; Guyana will be looking to pile on the runs or chase a big total over the next few days.Also, in Round 7 Pride will be seeking to add to their points tally when they battle Red Force at Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad and Tobago. Windward Volcanoes will be seeking to take advantage of Scorpions who were humbled in the last round, when the two sides collide at the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada.Guyana Jaguar Team Round 7Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Tevin Imlach, Vishaul Singh, Leon Johnson (capt.), Christopher Barnwell, Raymon Reifer, Anthony Bramble, Kevin Sinclair, Gudakesh Motie, Akshaya Persaud, Veerasammy Permaul, Keon Joseph, Niall SmithJulian Moore – manager/assistant coach Esuan Crandon – coach Neil Barry Jr – physiotherapist
By Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Sergio Aguero’s second-half goal proved enough for holders Manchester City to beat second-tier Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals yesterday, but Pep Guardiola’s side made hard work of it.It looked like a practice game at times for City, who won the League Cup last weekend, but they failed to convert their overwhelming superiority into goals.Nicolas Otamendi headed on to the crossbar and Benjamin Mendy thumped a shot against the woodwork, before Aguero made the breakthrough in the 53rd minute courtesy of an unfortunate error by keeper Joe Wildsmith.City’s reward was a trip to Newcastle United in the last eight.Tottenham Hotspur’s season continued to unravel as they lost a penalty shootout against the Premier League’s bottom club Norwich City, after the tie ended 1-1 after extra time.Jan Vertonghen headed Tottenham into an early lead but a mistake by home keeper Michel Vorm allowed Josip Drmic to bundle in a late leveller for Norwich.Tottenham failed to score three of their shootout penalties with Tim Krul’s save from Gedson Fernandes sending a 9 000-strong away following wild at the other end as their team reached their first FA Cup quarter-final for 28 years.“That’s what it’s all about, that’s why we do all the hard work,” said Krul, who also saved one from Tottenham’s teenaged substitute Troy Parrott.“As a little boy you want to save penalties to get your team through to the next round.”Norwich will host Derby County or Manchester United in the quarter-finals and Arsenal will travel to Sheffield United.Leicester City set up a home last-eight tie against Chelsea after beating Birmingham City 1-0, Ricardo Pereira’s late header sealing a tight Midlands derby.
FORMER West Indies women’s captain Merissa Aguilleira believes players must take personal responsibility if the Caribbean women are to keep pace with the rest of the world.Aguilleira, who captained the West Indies in both Twenty20 and One Day Internationals between 2009 and 2015 retired from the sport in April 2019.Since then she has done commentary on several Windies women’s matches, taken over as Technical Director of the Trinidad & Tobago Women’s team while giving birth to her first child, Zahdia Zahara-Meri Fraser on March 30.The former wicket-keeper/batter who’s captaincy stint included three trips to the ICC World T20 semi-finals and the final of the 2013 50-over World Cup, believes that some players’ passion for the game has been waning since their 2016 World T20 triumph.“We cannot continue to remain stagnant,” she said while speaking to Donald Oliver and Ricardo Chambers on the Commentators podcast.She made reference to the team’s 5-nil home series defeat by India in November ahead of this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia where they failed to get beyond the first round.“Somehow the drive, the passion is not there and that’s a huge cause for concern. We as West Indies players love to express ourselves, not just play cricket but have fun playing cricket, so when you look at the players and you realize they are not having fun, you realize that the passion is not there.”The 34-year-old also opened up about her feelings after losing the captaincy in 2015 and about the sacking of long-time coach Sherwin Campbell.