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The Latest: SWAC postpones fall sports, eyes spring football

first_imgThe Latest: SWAC postpones fall sports, eyes spring football Associated Press Connaughton sent out a tweet Monday that didn’t specifically mention the coronavirus but said, “Thanks for the thoughts & prayers. Feeling great and looking forward to being back with the squad soon… luckily I always have a basketball in my apartment – sorry to the people living below me.’’___The Mountain West has postponed its football virtual media days which were scheduled for July 27-29.The league didn’t say when the online event would take place, saying only that “any future decisions and announcements will take place at the appropriate time.”Several Mountain West teams had scheduled strong Power-5 opponents to kick off the non-conference portion of their schedules only to see those games get canceled. The SWAC Council of Presidents and Chancellors announced the decision Monday amid an increase of coronavirus cases in the South. Fall sports impacted include men’s and women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer and women’s volleyball.The SWAC is planning to play a seven-game schedule in football after an eight-week training period that starts in January. Each team would play six league games with the option to play one nonconference game.Plans for the other sports and the football championship game will be announced later.Athletes will be able to attend classes, training and practices in the fall.___ Milwaukee Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer confirmed that reserve guard Pat Connaughton has tested positive for the coronavirus.ESPN and the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel first reported that Connaughton said he had tested positive and hadn’t yet joined the team in Florida.The NBA-leading Bucks earlier had acknowledged that starting point guard Eric Bledsoe had tested positive and hadn’t accompanied the team to Disney’s Wide World of Sports, where the NBA will resume its season later this month after a 4 ½-month hiatus because of the pandemic.Budenholzer is cautiously optimistic both players will be with the team when they face the Boston Celtics on July 31 in the first of their eight seeding games.“We’re fully expecting them and very hopeful,” Budenholzer said. “With this virus, you never know.” The association’s board of trustees voted 8-4 against a proposal to keep the current sports calendar. The subsequent vote was unanimous to push back the football opening schedule by two weeks. The opening games had been planned for the week of Aug. 21.___The New York Jets and Giants announced they will not have fans at home games this season “until further notice” because of the coronavirus pandemic.The teams, who play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and have separate training facilities in the state, released a joint statement Monday after Gov. Phil Murphy announced an executive order limiting outdoor public gatherings to 500 people.The Jets and Giants say the decision to not have fans – at least for now – was reached after discussions with Murphy, with the health and safety of fans, players and staff being considered. California’s governing body for high school sports said Monday that the 2020-21 seasons will begin no earlier than December.The California Interscholastic Federation said the normal fall, winter and spring sports seasons will be condensed into two seasons.The federation set time frames for most playoffs and championships. Football will complete its playoffs and championships by mid-April. Actual regular season and playoff schedules will be set separately.Decisions by state and local health authorities will determine whether games are actually played .California is currently seeing soaring rates of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths. ___The University of Louisville says it suspended men’s and women’s voluntary swimming activities for two weeks on Saturday after three members of the program tested positive for COVID-19.A university news release issued Monday did not specify whether those impacted are student-athletes or staffers. It says all three have been quarantined, with procedures and protocols being followed.Twenty-seven swimmers and divers have returned to campus in three phases for training.___ Texas’ Royal-Memorial Stadium holds about 100,000, although that figure was going to be reduced slightly this season because part of the stadium is undergoing renovation.Even with limited capacity, the school said it expects to offer all season ticket holders a chance to get tickets.___Georgia’s governing body for high school sports has pushed back the start of football season for two weeks, until the week of Sept. 4.The Georgia High School Association still plans for a full 10-game regular season and a full playoff schedule. Other fall sports will start on time. The delay was needed for several school districts, including Atlanta public schools, which have pushed back the start of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued strict guidelines that will require most of California’s 6.7 million K-12 students to at least start the coming school year with online classes.___The Pac-12 has postponed its football media days.The league said Monday the move is the result of the Pac-12’s decision to schedule league-only games this season and to delay mandatory athletic activities.The event, originally set for July 29-31 in Los Angeles, will be held at a later date to be decided. The Nationals will host the New York Yankees to open the season nearly four months after it originally was scheduled to begin.___The University of Texas says it anticipates hosting football games this season at 50% capacity in the stands.Athletic Director Chris Del Conte emailed season ticket holders Monday telling them the school is working closely with Gov. Greg Abbott’s office and is following state guidelines on social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic.Texas said it’s still preparing for the season to start Sept. 5 at home against South Florida. The Big 12 has not yet said if it will duplicate moves by the Big Ten and Pac-12 to play only conference games. South Florida plays in the American Athletic Conference. The teams also announced that “out of an abundance of caution,” fans will not be able to attend training camp practices this summer.In the statement, the NFL clubs said they will continue to work with Murphy’s office as the situation is reviewed and evaluated, but “until circumstances change, both the Jets and Giants will play our games without the benefit of fans in attendance.”Rutgers University, in Piscataway, announced that all of its athletic venues will operate with 500 or fewer in attendance and safety precautions will be in place for those fans who come to sporting events there.___The NHL says only two players tested positive for COVID-19 during the first five days of training camp last week. July 20, 2020 Colorado State, for instance, saw its games against rival Colorado and Oregon scuttled when the Pac-12 decided to play only conference games this season in light of the coronavirus crisis.The Mountain West still plans to release its predicted order of finish this week along with its preseason all-conference teams and preseason players of the year.___The country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the first game of Major League Baseball’s pandemic-delayed regular season.The Washington Nationals announced Monday that Fauci — a self-described fan of the reigning World Series champions — accepted the team’s invitation to have the pregame honor Thursday. The league, in consultation with its players, is not revealing the identity of players who test positive, or their teams. The two players who tested positive are self-isolating per national and local health protocols.A total of 2,618 tests of more than 800 players from July 13-17 were done by the league. Training camps opened July 13, with 24 teams preparing to compete in an expanded playoff format in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, starting on Aug. 1.Teams are scheduled to travel to both hub cities on Sunday.The NHL reported it had 33 players test positive during the period after the league paused its season in March to the start of camps.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world:___ The Southwestern Athletic Conference has postponed its fall athletic competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic and hopes to hold a shortened football season during the spring semester. The International Skating Union has canceled the Junior Figure Skating Grand Prix for the upcoming season.Citing increased travel and entry restrictions, the international governing body for the sport said Monday it could not sanction the series. The ISU also said the potential extensive sanitary and medical care measures, including possible quarantine, “would put an unsustainable burden on the organizers.”The ISU has not made a decision yet on the senior series that features the top skaters, including current world champion Nathan Chen and two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu.Potential international junior events could be held if “the pandemic developments and situation change and allow for the safe organization” of them. The ISU said it would provide financial assistance for such events, with preference given to venues that were a part of the canceled series.The ISU Council will meet online on Aug. 3 to further evaluate events for the 2020-21 season. One University of Oklahoma women’s basketball player has tested positive for COVID-19, and a second player has been deemed a close contact.Oklahoma made the announcement in a news release on Monday. Both players are in quarantine off campus.The result comes from 100 tests performed Friday on Oklahoma athletes and staff members. The women’s basketball player was the only person with a positive test in a group that included 14 men’s basketball players and 15 women’s basketball players.Oklahoma re-opens its facilities to members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams on Monday.___ ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Bravo, Paul, Hetmyer’s decisions unfortunate – Holding

first_img(ESPNCricinfo) – MICHAEL Holding, the broadcaster and former West Indies fast bowler, has said the decisions of Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer and Keemo Paul to opt out of touring England were “unfortunate”, but understandable because of concerns over the COVID-19 situation in the UK.Earlier this week, West Indies announced a 25-man party to travel for three rearranged Tests against England next month. CWI had previously given guarantees that players would not be forced to go on the tour if they were not comfortable with the safety provisions being put in place.Johnny Grave, CWI chief executive, told ESPNcricinfo that Bravo, Hetmyer and Paul all expressed fears about how going to the UK could adversely affect their families.Speaking in an interview for his YouTube channel, Holding said that while he would not blame any of the players for making that choice, their talents would be missed as West Indies seek to defend the Wisden Trophy.“The West Indies board, before they were even confirming the tour, had told everyone and the entire public that they would not be forcing anyone to go on this tour,” Holding said. “If any players decided they weren’t absolutely sure about going on tour, they weren’t confident of proceedings they could opt out. And these three guys have opted out.“I think it’s unfortunate as far as West Indies cricket is concerned. I’m not going to tell anyone that they should be going to England because COVID-19 is around. Someone may get sick or even worse. But at the same time I think it’s unfortunate for the West Indies team because these guys have quite a bit of talent, and they’ll be missed.”Holding made special mention of Bravo, who was dropped for West Indies’ one-off Test against Afghanistan in November, and Hetmyer. Both batsmen were members of the side that beat England 2-1 at home in 2018-19.Bravo, 31, only returned to the international set-up for that series, after more than two years on the sidelines because of a dispute with the board, and Holding has previously described him as “too talented to be left out”.“I’m sorry that Bravo in particular isn’t going because Bravo, I think, needs to resuscitate his career,” Holding said. “He started off so brilliantly, everybody thought he was going to be another great West Indian batsman. He hasn’t really fulfilled that. I think the more cricket he can play now, especially for West Indies, the better chance he has of getting back on track and showing everyone the great player that he could be.“Hetmyer, again, I think he’s a very, very talented player. I think people have heard me talk about him in the past. Again, I’m sorry that he’s not going so that he can get more opportunity to express himself. But I ain’t blaming them for not going.”Ian Bishop, another former West Indies quick-turned-commentator, echoed the view that declining to tour should not be held against the trio.“You have to give players the option because it’s a world health crisis,” Bishop told the Trinidad Express. “If a player decides he does not want to take that health risk, you can’t hold it against him in this context. The players know they are taking a risk if someone who replaced them goes on to have great success. That’s a chance you take.”West Indies are due to depart the Caribbean on Monday, boarding a specially chartered flight to the UK. On arrival, they will go into quarantine for 14 days before beginning their preparations in Manchester. The first Test is scheduled to begin on July 8 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, followed by two matches at Emirates Old Trafford, with the whole series taking just three weeks to complete.The West Indies squad will remain within a “bio-secure bubble” for the duration of their visit, as part of ECB efforts to ensure international cricket during England’s home window, but Holding suggested the experience shouldn’t be viewed as “too much of a hardship” for the tourists.“I think it’s good. Everyone has been hoping to get back to live sport, because they’ve been watching a lot of recordings – they want to get back to live sport, and cricket in particular,” he said.“Cricket is a game played over quite a few days, so you can get involved in the game; get distracted from other problems or issues that might be going on in life. So it’s good to see cricket is back.“I’m not too sure about the confinement. They might be confined in one venue, yes, in a hotel, but I wouldn’t really call that confinement, if you think of what’s been happening around the world with the COVID pandemic, because people have been confined to their apartments, a very, very small area.“So being confined to one venue, I don’t think that’s too much of a hardship.”last_img read more

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Madrid top La Liga thanks to Sociedad win

first_img(BBC) – Real Madrid went to the top of La Liga thanks to a hard-fought victory at Real Sociedad.Zinedine Zidane’s side are level on points with Barca, who drew 0-0 with Sevilla on Friday, but go top because of their superior head-to-head record.Sergio Ramos’ penalty after the lively Vinicius Jr was fouled gave the visitors the lead.Karim Benzema doubled their advantage before Mikel Merino’s strike set up a tense finale.There was controversy when substitute Adnan Januzaj thought he had made it 1-1 with a strike from outside the area but it was ruled out for a Merino offside. Merino did not get a touch but the officials deemed he was blocking goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ view, so interfering with play.Their sense of grievance grew when moments later Benzema controlled a Federico Valverde cross with his shoulder before firing home. The goal stood after a video assistant referee review for handball.Madrid looked comfortable at that stage but Merino rifled a shot in via the underside of the crossbar, after a cross from substitute Roberto Lopez, to keep the closing minutes interesting.The visitors’ biggest problem from the game came when Ramos was injured soon after his goal and needed an ice pack on his leg in the stands.Madrid – who have only won one La Liga title since 2012 – are now eight victories away from winning the league.Barcelona host Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday with Real at home to Mallorca the next day (both 21:00 BST kick-offs).last_img read more

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Syracuse Superfan Neil Gold bleeds Orange for 50 years

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse has played 724 games since Neil Gold became a season-ticket holder in 1996. He’s missed fewer than five of them.The people of central New York all live with one thing in common: a rabid obsession with Syracuse. Specifically, the men’s basketball team. More than 18 million people have passed through the Carrier Dome turnstiles since 1980, perhaps none more loyal than Gold. Even in SU’s mediocre years, this season included, he arrives to the Dome two hours before tip, sits courtside on the same seat across from the visitor bench and roots for the Orange. He travels with the team for every away game, too.This season marks his 50th as an official SU fan, a title he’s held since he first stepped foot on the SU campus as a freshman mathematics major in 1967. Gold, a 67-year-old retired businessman from Brooklyn, New York, has rooted for the Orange since current head coach Jim Boeheim served as a graduate assistant. He’s witnessed SU reach six Final Fours and nine National Invitational Tournaments, win five conference tournaments and claim one national title. In 21 seasons as a season-ticket holder, he has been to four NITs, three Final Fours and the 2003 national championship game.During Gold’s half-century of fandom, Syracuse has failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament only 12 times (excluding 1993 and 2015, when SU was banned from postseason eligibility). This season, SU may not receive a ticket to the Big Dance for what would be only the fifth time since Gold became a season-ticket holder in 1996. Still, Syracuse basketball remains a part of Gold’s identity.“It’s just painful sometimes,” Gold said. “It’s very hard to enjoy myself unless it’s a 20-point blowout. But I love it. I’m passionate. Going to all of the games creates a bond. Last year, we didn’t know we’d get into the Tournament and look what happened. I think we could do that again.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt 17, Gold begged his friends to join him for freshman and varsity basketball games in Manley Field House. In the years since, Syracuse basketball has undergone changes big and small, with the jump to the Carrier Dome, a pair of NCAA investigations, a No. 1 overall draft pick, back-to-back NIT appearances, a move to a new conference and two Final Fours in the last four years.Gold’s most vivid memories are the championships. He attended Syracuse’s six-overtime game at Madison Square Garden in 2009. He flew to Houston for last year’s improbable Final Four run. He has sat in every Atlantic Coast Conference and Big East arena. He’s traveled to Hawaii, the Bahamas and Los Angeles for games. By many accounts, SU hoops is his lifeblood.“If Syracuse loses,” Gold said, “it usually takes me a few days to get over it.”Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorFor about 15 years, Gold logged hundreds of nights at the Sheraton Hotel on University Avenue and hundreds of flights from Syracuse-Hancock International Airport to see SU play. He’d leave his Long Island home at around 3:30 p.m., hop on a 4:30 flight out of John F. Kennedy International Airport to Syracuse and walk into the Carrier Dome during warmups. He’d watch the game, then crash at the Sheraton, whose concierge books his nights shortly after the annual release of the basketball schedule. The next day, Gold rises at 4 a.m. to fly back to New York for work at 8. Other times, he replaces the flight with a road trip up Interstate 81.“It was very draining to do all of that,” Gold said. “It really took away from some of the enjoyment of the games.”The total travel over 21 seasons, he estimated, exceeds 500,000 miles. He recalled being the only passenger on some planes due to either ice storms or wee-hour flight times. For years, he rode the team charter to away games because he is an SU donor. And, in 2011, Gold moved into a 4,200-square-foot home in Manlius. His basement doubles as half man cave, half Syracuse haven. A Carrier Dome sign sits on the stairwell. Memorabilia like photos, jerseys, sneakers and tickets hang on the walls. His leather couches are orange, vodka orange and blue, the layout spread throughout a few rooms.After Syracuse won the 2003 national title, SU Athletics asked Gold for his ring size. He didn’t know, so he hopped in the car and drove to a local jewelry store to find out. In the next few years, he wore the ring to games. Now, it sits in a case.Across the room hangs Boeheim’s famous ripped-off jacket, from an ejection after a controversial charge call at Duke in February 2014. Gold, a member of the SU Board of Trustees, won the coat with a $14,000 bid at a Syracuse basketball program charity event. Near that lies the national title ring, 2003 national championship game ball, Carmelo Anthony autographed jersey and Hakim Warrick signed poster of his championship-winning block. There’s also a Gerry McNamara “Overrated?” T-Shirt, referring to a 2006 poll of Big East assistant coaches voting him the league’s most overrated player.Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorA Sports Illustrated cover featuring Anthony also hangs near glass from Arinze Onuaku’s smashed backboard, and the bathroom’s bath rug mimics a court, its towels blue and its light a basketball-hoop fixture. One of Gold’s favorite pieces is a 2007 thank you letter from Boeheim, which included a reference to the Gold family’s horseradish business.“You don’t try to give me points on how to coach the team,” Boeheim wrote to him. “You and I have an understanding. I don’t give you tips on how to improve your mustard or horseradish relishes and you don’t give me tips on when to play zone or switch to man-to-man.”Boeheim has yet to see the shrine, but the pair chat at team events and before games. Once the clock turns on, Gold points at referees, extends his arms in jubilation and throws them aside in frustration, gesticulations revealing the fan within. He has cheered on Syracuse for 50 years, and he will give another reminder of that when he sits courtside in the Carrier Dome on Saturday for his 720th game. Comments Published on March 2, 2017 at 10:55 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more

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Dublin claim Senior title

first_imgThe Dubs led for the majority of the game after going in at the break with a 4 point cushion.Jim Gavin’s men also had the greater spread of scorers, with nine different players in total chipping in to give them a three point victory.Bernard Brogan says the win is very special to them.last_img

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Kingdom need ‘big performance’ to get better of Dubs

first_imgThe Dubs are without Jack McCaffery and Rory O’Carroll this season.Fitzmaurice believes his opposite number Jim Gavin can take positives from them not being being available for selection.The winners of Sunday’s match will play Mayo, who got the better of Tipperary in the last four, in the final on September 18th.last_img

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Maher believes past experience to help in final

first_imgAhead of that, Tipperary’s minor hurlers take on Limerick in the minor hurling final. Coach Mikey Beevans, who’s been involved with the backroom team all year, says the players’ attitude needs to be right if they’re to lift the trophy. Limerick stand between the Premier County and a 20th title at this grade.Beevans says there’s a reason why the players have got better as the season has gone on..Throw in for that match is at 1.15 and Tipp FM will have full live coverage with build up starting at 1 o’clock in association with Gleeson Steel and Engineering. Meanwhile, Kilkenny’s Eoin Larkin hasn’t been part of the Kilkenny set-up all year due to injury and says it hasn’t been easy getting back up to speed.Tipp FM will have full live commentary on the 2016 All-Ireland senior hurling final this Sunday afternoon.  Our build-up to the game – which gets underway at 3.30 – begins at 3 o’clock in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh. The Borrisoleigh man believes having being involved in the sport’s big day before, helps to drown out the distractions that surround it.It’s likely that he’ll lead the Premier County into battle against Kilkenny in Sunday’s Liam MacCarthy Cup decider.Maher doesn’t think players ever become bored by an occasion as big as this weekend’s.last_img read more

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Take a Look at the Moment when the Cup of the Champion of Europe ended in Musa’s Hands! (video)

first_imgThe cadet basketball national team of B&H wrote the history last night. The golden BH boys defeated Lithuania at the Eurobasket in Kaunas with a result of 85:83, and climbed to the top of Europe.Dzenan Musa and the company deservedly conquered Europe, announcing from the first day of the tournament that they are going to the end, and that is what they did last night.They have fulfilled theirs, but also the dreams of all Bosnian-Herzegovinians, who wholeheartedly supported our defiant greenhorn boys during the past days.Arvydas Sabonis, the legend of the Lithuanian basketball, awarded the medals and the winning cup to our national team players. The anthem of B&H officially closed the Eurobasket, that will be written in the historical books of basketball in B&H in golden letters.Take a look at the presentation of medals and the moment when Sabonis hands over to the Musa’s hands the cup intended for the best team in Europe.(Source: faktor.ba)last_img read more

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Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue playing at Wellington Regent Theater this weekend

first_imgRotten Tomatoes rating (movie critics collective approval ratings): 43%. Audience review: 62% approval.Movies ahead at Regent Theater:Coming Soon:HerculesTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.Follow us on Twitter. This week at the Regent Theater: “Disney’s Planes + Fire & Rescue” (Movie trailer is below).When: Friday 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Sunday 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.Rated: PG. Time: 1 hour and 24 minutesMovie Synopsis: Adventure flies higher than ever before in this sequel to Disney’s Planes. Although it’s too flat and formulaic to measure up against the best family-friendly fare, Planes: Fire and Rescue is a passable diversion for much younger viewers.Although it’s too flat and formulaic to measure up against the best family-friendly fare, Planes: Fire and Rescue is a passable diversion for much younger viewers.last_img read more

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Conte stirs Mourinho feud with handshake snub

first_imgShare on: WhatsApp London, United Kingdom | AFP | Chelsea manager Antonio Conte stirred up his feud with Jose Mourinho by ignoring the Manchester United boss at the end of his side’s vital 1-0 victory on Sunday.Conte and Mourinho have traded barbs on several occasions this season and only this week the Italian claimed it was a miracle Chelsea managed to win the Premier League last season given the mess he inherited from Mourinho.The United manager, twice sacked by Chelsea despite winning the English title three times, had irked Conte by criticising his habit of complaining about injuries this season.Conte responded to that jibe by telling Mourinho to stop talking about his former club.And, after Alvaro Morata’s 55th minute header handed Mourinho a third successive defeat at Stamford Bridge, there was no sign of a thaw in the relationship.Conte raced onto the pitch to celebrate with his players and fans instead of shaking hands with Mourinho, who waited on the touchline and spoke to several members of Chelsea’s coaching staff.Asked about the incident, Conte hinted his lack of respect for Mourinho was behind the snub. “It’s not important. It’s important to win the game. You have to have the respect on the pitch not outside the pitch,” Conte said.Mourinho, who has in the past refused to shake hands with Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger, insisted he had done all he could to instigate a handshake with Conte.“You don’t want me to chase him into the middle of the pitch,” he said.“I shook hands with the people who are there (on the touchline). I think one of them was his brother, his assistant.“I feel I did my duty. I cannot go to chase him.“He doesn’t have to wait. There is no problem with it at all. You are always worried with these things.”last_img read more