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Cricket News Ball tampering again? Adam Zampa reportedly under the scanner after Adelaide win

first_imgNo official word has come from either the South African or Australian players or officials. The ICC have not commented on this issue.Read More |Kagiso Rabada in danger of ban after Chris Lynn send-off in AdelaideBall-tampering scars freshEarlier in 2018, the cricketing world was plunged in turmoil during the Newlands Test when Cameron Bancroft was caught on camera taking a yellow sandpaper out of his pocket to alter the condition of the ball. He was eventually caught and the ensuing fall-out was massive.Steve Smith and David Warner admitted to their role in the scandal and both men were stripped of their leadership positions. Smith and Warner were banned for one year by Cricket Australia for their role in the ball-tampering saga while Bancroft received a nine-month ban. New Delhi: The ongoing ODI series between Australia and South Africa is the first encounter between the sides since the acrimonious ball-tampering scandal in the Newlands Test. There has been little talk about that incident in this series, with both Australia and South Africa both shying away from being overly aggressive.However, it seems that the ball-tampering scandal is still lurking in the backdrop. Australia’s seven-run win in Adelaide helped them snap their seven-match losing streak in ODIs but in the aftermath of the win, a footage has emerged on social media involving legspinner Adam Zampa.Read More | Women’s World T20: Lesbian couples give tournament colourful twistA Twitter user named @marcongers uploaded a footage involving Zampa suspiciously rubbing the ball. In the 42nd over, with South Africa needing 47 off 48 balls to win with three wickets in hand, skipper Aaron Finch turned to Zampa for the breakthrough.Before bowling the over, Zampa put his right arm in his pocket and seemed to be fiddling inside for 10 seconds. After that, he has an exchange with Glenn Maxwell, takes his hand out of the pocket and vigorously rubs the ball. This prompted several users to allege that Australia’s win was stained by ball-tampering. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Jasprit Bumrah rested from Australia ODIs, New Zealand tour

first_imgSydney: In-form Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah was Tuesday rested from the upcoming ODI series against Australia and the subsequent tour of New Zealand with Mohammad Siraj replacing the hero of the team’s maiden Test series triumph Down Under.  With 21 scalps, Bumrah ended the four-Test series as the joint-leading wicket-taker alongside Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon.  “Keeping in mind the work load of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia. Mohammed Siraj will replace Bumrah in the squad for the Australia and New Zealand tour,” said the BCCI in a statement.  “Punjab pacer Siddarth Kaul has also been drafted into the squad for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand,” it added. Bumrah, who made his Test debut just 12 months ago, has become India’s go to pacer in all three formats.   The attack comprising Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma has been hailed as India’s best ever.  The decision to rest him comes after saptain Virat Kohli also emphasised on managing the workload of the pacers following India’s maiden Test series win in Australia here on Monday.  “It’s important to take care of these guys especially? manage workloads, that’s going to be our priority going forward. But even more so, finding three more guys who can bowl as fast as and as relentless as these guys,” said Kohli.   India play three ODIs against Australia starting here on Saturday before travelling to New Zealand for a five-ODI and three-T20I assignment starting January 23.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Sheikh Zayed stadium in Abu Dhabi to be home of T10 Cricket League for next five years

first_imgThe first match of the T10 Cricket League will be held in October 2019.The first edition of the T10 Cricket League was held in 2017.Abu Dhabi will hold the next five seasons of the T10 Cricket League. Dubai: The Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi will be the new home of T10 cricket for the next five years, starting with the 2019 season. Abu Dhabi Cricket (ADC), in partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council (ADSC) and the Department of Culture and Tourism Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi), has signed a five-year agreement with the organizers of the T10 Cricket League. The shortest form of the game will now be played exclusively at Zayed Cricket Stadium. To announce the arrival of the new partnership, a T10 match was organised on the seafront of Abu Dhabi’s iconic Corniche, with T10 aces Colin Ingram, Andre Fletcher and Luke Ronchi having a bat on the beach.Saif Saeed Ghobash, Undersecretary of DCT Abu Dhabi, said: “Our city is a major global hub with a huge variety of attractions that cater to people of all ages and backgrounds, and the T10 tournament’s presence the city for the next five years represents an exciting opportunity to attract even more visitors from around the globe, especially those from India who represent one of DCT Abu Dhabi’s key markets.”     “T10 is fast, punchy, exciting cricket, making it perfect viewing for those of us living in the UAE,” said Aref Al-Awani, General Secretary of Abu Dhabi Sports Council.RELATED     “The decision to host T10 in Abu Dhabi is a fitting demonstration of our strategic investments in sporting infrastructure, such as training facilities and match stadiums which we’ve been making over recent years. Through bringing T10 to the capital of the nation, we hope cricket’s sporting potential can reach more audiences and introduce more players, young and old, to both cricket and to the wider forms of sport available in Abu Dhabi,” Al Awani said.     T10 was first introduced to the UAE in 2017. With eight squads vying for victory in games with an explosive pace, players featured have included Chris Gayle, Shoaib Malik, Shane Watson and Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.     Shaji Ul Mulk, Innovator and Chairman of the T10 League, said: “T10 has landed onto the global cricket scene, and this combined partnership with Abu Dhabi Sports Council, DCT Abu Dhabi and Abu Dhabi Cricket gives T10 a major boost in establishing itself as a credible international form of the game.”     Australian Shane Watson, who captains the Karachians, said: “T10 is one of the fastest evolving forms of cricket, and fans obviously love it. The move of the league to Abu Dhabi is a great idea, the pitches in Abu Dhabi are beautifully maintained, and as I’ve mentioned before, the conditions are the closest to those in Australia.” The first match of the T10 League 2019 will be held on October 23. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Syracuse looks to sweep Ga. Tech

first_imgSyracuse looks to sweep Ga. Tech FAB FRESHMEN: Syracuse has relied heavily on its freshmen this year. Elijah Hughes, Buddy Boeheim, Joseph Girard III and Quincy Guerrier have collectively accounted for 74 percent of the team’s scoring this year and 76 percent of all Orange points over the last five games.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Michael Devoe has been directly responsible for 49 percent of all Georgia Tech field goals over the last three games. Devoe has 18 field goals and 16 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Georgia Tech is 0-7 when scoring fewer than 63 points and 13-6 when scoring at least 63.ASSIST RATIOS: The Yellow Jackets have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Orange. Syracuse has 29 assists on 76 field goals (38.2 percent) over its previous three contests while Georgia Tech has assists on 41 of 70 field goals (58.6 percent) during its past three games.LAST FIVE: Syracuse has averaged only 76 points per game over its last five games. The Orange are giving up 83.8 points per game over that stretch. February 20, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGeorgia Tech (13-13, 7-8) vs. Syracuse (14-12, 7-8)Carrier Dome, Syracuse, New York; Saturday, 4 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Georgia Tech seeks revenge on Syracuse after dropping the first matchup in Atlanta. The teams last faced each other on Dec. 7, when the Orange outshot Georgia Tech 50.9 percent to 38.1 percent and made 18 more free throws on their way to a 97-63 victory.center_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

The Latest: Juventus says test shows player has coronavirus

first_imgNASCAR will race at Altanta Motor Speedway, but said officials Wednesday all driver interviews will be done with the drivers either on risers or with 6-foot buffers around them. The pre-race driver meeting will be held in open-air locations and attendance will be restricted to drivers, crew chiefs, team owners and select officials and dignitaries.The promoters of the Long Beach Grand Prix, scheduled for April outside of Los Angeles, said Wednesday the race is still planned.Roger Penske, readying for his first Indianapolis 500 as owner of the race, told The Associated Press by text message he’s approaching the scheduled May 24 race “day by day” while noting the 500 is nearly 90 days away.– Reporting by Jenna Fryer—— ——4:10 p.m.The World Figure Skating Championships set for next week in Montreal have been canceled due to public health concerns related to the spread of the new coronavirus.Quebec Province Health Minister Danielle McCann made the announcement Wednesday.The event was scheduled to bring nearly 200 skaters from more than 50 countries to Montreal. It is the premier competition of the skating season in non-Olympic years. It is scheduled for Stockholm next year. “The order will be that there cannot be spectators there,” DeWine said. “There certainly will be people — there will be TV people, there can be radio people there, there can be sports writers, certainly can be the media there. But we’re not going to have the large crowd.”DeWine applauded the Mid-American Conference for closing its tournament games to the general public this week.— Reporting by Tom Withers——3:20 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):6:40 p.m.Italian soccer club Juventus says one of its players, defender Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for COVID-19. Golden State also said all events through March 21 would be canceled or postponed. The G League Santa Cruz Warriors were set to host the Austin Spurs on Saturday, but that will be moved to Santa Cruz.Fans will receive refunds, the team said.— Reporting by Janie McCauley——2:05 p.m. 6:15 p.m.The Columbus Blue Jackets are the first National Hockey League team to say they’ll hold home games without fans in the stands.The Blue Jackets announced their game Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins would be limited “to home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials. The games will be closed to the public.”The decision comes in response to Ohio Gov. DeWine’s announcement that he is issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings,” include a ban on spectators at sports events.The Blue Jackets said the new restrictions for home games will be in effect for as long as the state of Ohio’s mandate on large gatherings. Associated Press The decisions come as colleges and universities place increasing restrictions on student gatherings in hopes of limiting the spread of the coronavirus.“Given this situation, it is not feasible for practice and competition to continue,” the Ivy League said in a statement.The Princeton, New Jersey-based league says the decision by member university presidents to scrap all practices and competitions was unanimous.The Ivy League says individual institutions may still decide whether winter sports teams or athletes who’ve qualified for postseason play may continue to participate.—— 5:25 p.m.Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew says it’s “sad” that college coaches and players in the NCAA Tournament won’t get to experience the excitement that a fan presence adds to the games.Drew says it also will be an adjustment for coaches who now have to prepare for an environment similar to the scrimmages they conduct during the preseason. He notes that players won’t have the excuse that they can’t hear coaches’ instructions.Drew and some players spoke after No. 5 Baylor practiced Wednesday in preparation for the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, where teams learned of NCAA President Mark Emmert’s decision to restrict attendance of the NCAA postseason events. Emmert says only essential staff and limited family members will be permitted to attend the games. The decision applies to more than just men’s and women’s basketball. All NCAA-sponsored championships including hockey’s Frozen Four will be affected.Baylor guard Devonte Bandoo says it’s “shocking” and “really unfortunate” that fans will be barred from the NCAA Tournament. He calls it a “reality check.” — Reporting by Mitch Stacy——6:05 p.m.Two college athletic conferences in the northeastern United States have canceled the bulk of their athletic events for the remainder of the academic year.The Ivy League says all athletic practices and events have been canceled, while the Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference says it’s canceling conference play for all spring sports. Emmert said in a statement Wednesday he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments, which begin next week, with only essential staff and limited family in attendance.___4:30 p.m.NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations. The Lincoln and Lancaster County Health Department recommended limiting spectators because of concern about the spread of coronavirus. Health officials announced this week that a Crofton High School student who attended the girls’ tournament in Lincoln last week was diagnosed with COVID-19.Ohio announced that only participants’ families and media will be allowed to attend winter sports postseason tournaments.Connecticut has canceled the remainder of its winter sports seasons as well as state tournaments.Boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments in New York and Pennsylvania have been disrupted because several schools have declined to host games, forcing them to be rescheduled.– Reporting by Eric Olson 4:25 p.m.A global esports league with teams in North America, Europe and Asia is canceling all matches through March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Overwatch League launched an ambitious home-and-away schedule for its 20 franchises in February but already had postponed all events in China and South Korea due to the outbreak. The league announced the latest cancellations in a statement Wednesday.The league’s players come from countries around the globe. OWL says it is “considering the various options available to esports.”Blizzard Entertainment, which operates the Overwatch and Call of Duty Leagues, said scheduling considerations also are being addressed for the latter. Skiing officials have called off the last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup because of public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus.The decision to call off the three-day event in Are, Sweden, hands Federica Brignone of Italy the overall title and denies Mikaela Shiffrin a return to racing this season.Brignone becomes the first Italian women’s overall champion in the 53-year history of the World Cup.Shiffrin, the defending overall champion, had announced earlier Wednesday that she would compete at the event after taking a six-week break from the sport following the death of her father.During her absence, Shiffrin lost her lead in the overall standings to Brignone, who is 153 points ahead of the American. There would have been a total of 300 points up for grabs in the last three races. On Saturday, the Women’s World Hockey Championships in Nova Scotia were called off.——4 p.m.Nebraska is the latest state to limit attendance or cancel a state high school championship tournament.The Nebraska boys’ basketball tournament will be played as scheduled Thursday through Saturday, but the only fans allowed into the venues will be participants’ immediate families. The 12-team women’s tennis tournament was set to be played April 14-19 in Budapest, Hungary. The International Tennis Federation said it still hopes to stage the event in 2020, but did not announce a date. The Fed Cup serves as a qualifying event for the Olympics and the ITF said it “is working closely with the IOC to address any impact this may have on athlete eligibility” for the Tokyo Games. All playoff matches between lower-ranked teams, which were set to be played in eight locations around the world, were also postponed. ITF President David Haggerty said “we are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision, but we will not risk the safety and welfare of players, captains, event staff or spectators.” The Fed Cup finals features a new format this year with 12 teams competing in four groups before a knockout phase. The United States is set to play Spain and Slovakia in Group C.center_img Rugani, who also plays for the Italian national team, is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive.Juventus, which has won the last eight Serie A titles, announced the result on its website and social media channels.The club says Rugani and those known to have had contact with him are being isolated.Italian soccer, along with all other sports in the country, has been suspended until April 3.—— The Mariners will move home games from Seattle through end of March following the state of Washington’s decision to ban large group events in response to the coronavirus outbreak.Seattle had been scheduled to open the season at Safeco Field with a four-game series against Texas from March 26-29, then host Minnesota in a three-game series from March 30 through April 1.The Mariners say they are working with the commissioner’s office on alternative plans.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced a ban on all large gatherings in the three counties of the Seattle metro area through at least the end of March.That decision affects the Seattle Mariners’ first seven games of the season, when they host the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins. It also applies to home games for the MLS Seattle Sounders, XFL Seattle Dragons and a pair of junior hockey teams in the area. ——2:35 p.m.An exhibition baseball game in San Francisco between the Giants and Oakland Athletics has been canceled because of the virus outbreak. The Bay Area teams were set to play at Oracle Park on March 24. That was two days before the start of the regular season in Major League Baseball. The announcement came Wednesday after the San Francisco mayor banned gatherings of 1,000 or more people. “We would recommend that there not be large crowds,” Fauci said. “If that means not having any people in the audience when the NBA plays, so be it. But as a public health official, anything that has crowds is something that would give a risk to spread.” The restrictions do not include Spokane, where NCAA Tournament games are scheduled to take place next week. The men’s first and second rounds are being played at the Spokane Arena, while early rounds of the women’s tournament could end up being played on campus at Gonzaga.___1:35 p.m.Stanford is still willing to host the NCAA women’s basketball tournament with a strict limit on spectators if selected to do so next week.The school in Northern California said Wednesday that all sporting events on campus will be closed to the public through May 15 or until further notice in response to the spread of the new coronavirus. Drew says he suspects playing in an empty arena will adequately address public health concerns and that he’s not concerned at this point about the possibility of games being canceled.— Reporting by Dave Skretta——-4:40 p.m.NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. The Latest: Juventus says test shows player has coronavirus Only participants, coaches, working staff, officials, credentialed media and a very limited number of family members, friends and guests of the competing teams will be allowed to attend. Santa Clara County announced a ban earlier this week of gatherings of more than 1,000 people.The seventh-ranked Cardinal were expected to be picked as a host for the tournament that starts March 20. The top 16 teams are picked as hosts of the opening two rounds.The NCAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.— Reporting by Josh Dubow___ 1:20 p.m.One of college basketball’s postseason invitational tournaments has been canceled.Organizers of the College Basketball Invitational, widely known as the CBI, say they’ve decided to cancel this year’s event because of the “uncertainty about the coronavirus and the impact it is having on college campuses across the country.”The tournament is played at campus sites for teams that aren’t invited to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.The statement issued Wednesday says officials look forward to bringing back the CBI in 2021. March 11, 2020 ——3:45 p.m.Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he will be issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings” due to the coronavirus that will affect NCAA Tournament games in Cleveland and Dayton.DeWine says the order will include banning spectators from games and that he’ll be asking people to make “informed decisions.”During a news conference Wednesday, DeWine said he will issue an order in the next 24 to 36 hours. Dayton will host the NCAA’s First Four next week at Dayton Arena, and first- and second-round games will be held in Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. ___1 p.m.The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a congressional committee Wednesday that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus.That answer by Dr. Anthony Fauci came hours before NBA owners are scheduled to meet to discuss the next steps in responding to the growing concern about the virus.Fauci was responding to a question from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin Republican, during a meeting of the House Oversight Committee. Grothman asked, “Is the NBA underreacting or is the Ivy League overreacting?” He was referencing how the Ivy League recently canceled its basketball tournaments, instead of having them played without fans in attendance or keeping the status quo. ___2:30 p.m.San Francisco is banning all large gatherings of more than 1,000 people for the next two weeks and the Golden State Warriors intend to play at least one home game without fans.Mayor London Breed announced the ban Wednesday. She says she understands the order “is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health.” She says the Warriors are in support of the efforts, and the team announced it would host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night with no fans, making it the first NBA game set to be played in an empty arena.The Warriors’ next home game after that is March 25 against Atlanta. The International Ski Federation announced the cancellation less than 24 hours before the first race, Thursday’s parallel giant slalom.Next week’s World Cup finals for both women and men in Cortina d’Ampezzo already had been canceled because of the virus outbreak in northern Italy.——2:45 p.m.The Fed Cup finals have been postponed indefinitely in response to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus. last_img read more

The Latest: UEFA helps clubs with financial rules

first_imgOlympic qualifying in dozens of sports has been thrown into chaos as continental championships around the world have been postponed.The IWF says it has drawn up a replacement set of qualifying rules and submitted them to the International Olympic Committee but it won’t tell athletes or national federations about the changes until the IOC signs off on the plan.The IWF says it has ruled out extending the qualifying period beyond April 30. That means any rescheduled continental championships won’t count.Weightlifting’s long-standing problems with doping caused the IWF to demand top lifters competed more regularly at international events to be eligible for the Olympics — and to be subject to more doping tests. They were required to compete at least once between November and April.___ The coronavirus outbreak forced a bare-bones version of the usual elaborate ceremony in the stadium where the first modern Olympics were staged in 1896.The 80,000-seat marble stadium was empty apart from a handful of officials and participants. The Japanese delegation was absent because of travel restrictions and Tokyo organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori delivered a speech by video from Japan. But his message was upbeat.Mori says “I hereby pledge that on 24 July this flame will be lit at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.”Greek Olympic committee president Spyros Kapralos handed over the flame to a Japanese Unicef official in Athens and former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto. It was then headed for the airport to board the flight for Japan.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___1:50 p.m. March 19, 2020 UEFA is giving European soccer clubs extra time and leeway to comply with financial monitoring rules during the coronavirus outbreak.UEFA says it has extended a March 31 deadline by one month for clubs to show they have no outstanding debts for taxes and transfer fees.The shutdown of European soccer has deprived clubs of match-day income and many risk getting less revenue from broadcasting contracts if games cannot be played.The “Financial Fair Play” system monitors at least three years of accounts for hundreds of clubs which qualify to play in the Champions League and Europa League. Clubs which fail to break even on commercial income and spending on transfers and wages risk sanctions which include being expelled from competitions in the most severe cases.UEFA says the established rules allow for unforeseen circumstances which “is taken into account as part of the clubs’ assessment on a case by case basis.” 10:45 a.m.Players from German soccer club Borussia Mönchengladbach have accepted pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says the players approached the club with an offer of voluntary pay cuts, and the coaching staff, directors and executives have joined in.Eberl says “I am very proud of the boys. A clear signal: we are standing together for Borussia in good and bad times.”Gladbach is fourth in the German league and was on course to qualify for a spot in next season’s Champions League. Gladbach CEO Stephan Schippers says the club and Bundesliga are in their toughest financial situation in more than 20 years because of lost revenue from tickets, TV and sponsorship. The federation says a detailed program of games will be presented after UEFA clarifies dates for rearranged European club tournaments.___1:10 p.m.Soccer in England will stay suspended until at least April 30 because of the coronavirus outbreak and the season could be finished in June.The Football Association and Premier League say they have agreed to extend the suspension from April 4 to April 30. The FA board has waived a regulation which would normally oblige leagues to finish by June 1. The Latest: UEFA helps clubs with financial rules ___1:15 p.m.The Swedish soccer association says the start of the top professional leagues in the country have been postponed with the aim of playing again in late May or early June.The decision comes a day after a request from clubs in Sweden’s top two men’s leagues to delay the start of the season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4. Gladbach played a game last week in an empty stadium. The club estimated it lost about 2 million euros ($2.16 million) in revenue by playing without fans.In Scotland, Hearts has asked all its players and other fulltime employees to accept a 50 percent pay cut, or contract termination.___10:30 a.m.The Olympic flame has been handed over, by proxy, to Tokyo organizers in Athens. That means the English leagues can continue playing in space that opened up when UEFA postponed the European Championship to 2021.The FA, Premier League and English Football League say they are “united in their commitment” that the season should be resumed.___11 a.m.The International Weightlifting Federation says it has changed its Olympic qualifying criteria in response to the coronavirus outbreak but won’t say how the new system works. Associated Press 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

The Latest: Nats say 1 person tests positive, no players

first_imgThe Latest: Nats say 1 person tests positive, no players The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games.Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says one team employee — not a player — tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.” Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested.He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.According to Rizzo, the employee who got the illness was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home and his quarantine has ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.Rizzo did not identify the person who was sick other than to say it is not someone who plays for the Nationals — “and we’re going to keep it at that.” The GM said the person tested positive “well after” the Nationals already had shut down their facilities in Florida and Washington.Rizzo also said Friday on a conference call with reporters that the Nationals are partnering with chef José Andrés to distribute tens of thousands of meals per day to people in need in parts of Washington. ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis. __Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak.The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said.“All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.” Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. ___Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other -– during this unprecedented time.” 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 6center_img April 10, 2020 The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September.___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days. The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus.Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic. Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.___On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year. The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement.He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___ Associated Press last_img read more

Scorpions pay the price for poor batting, ‘under-prepared’ pitch, says Miller

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Jamaica Scorpions captain Nikita Miller said his side paid the price for their poor batting but also blamed the pitch for its role in the defeat to Leeward Islands Hurricanes in the seventh round of the Regional four-day championship here Sunday.Playing in the day/night contest at Sabina Park, Scorpions were bowled out for 56 in their first innings – their lowest-ever total in the history of first class competition – to concede a lead of 15 runs.Asked to chase 149 for victory after Hurricanes chalked up 133 in their second innings, Scorpions collapsed for 114 to lose by 34 runs.“I am not happy. I am very disappointed because we shouldn’t have lost that game,” Miller lamented.“We lost based on the fact that our first-innings total of 56 runs was very unacceptable; even on that pitch, that total is very unacceptable.“With that said, I think the pitch played a very huge role in the outcome because it was under-prepared as first-class status. But we could have batted a little better because the pitch was a little better for batting in the second innings, but I think we didn’t show enough fight and it led to the loss.The defeat for Scorpions was their second on the trot since the resumption of the tournament earlier this month, after they also went down last week by seven wickets to two-time defending champions and tournament leaders Guyana Jaguars.Scorpions, who led the standings at the mid-season break for the Regional Super50, have now slumped to fourth on 63 points with three games remaining, and Miller told the Observer newspaper here his side needed to make the most of the upcoming fixtures even though the title was now virtually out of reach.“Unfortunately, we are back at square one because we had a good run at the top of the season and in the Super50, but like I said, we have to pick ourselves up, keep our heads up, believe in ourselves some more and try to finish the season on a high,” the left-arm spinner stressed.“So I am expecting significant improvement going forward. I don’t believe we can win the title from here … mathematically it is possible, but it will require a high level of consistency in both bowling and batting departments.Scorpions travel to Port of Spain to take on Trinidad and Tobago Red Force in the eighth round of the tournament beginning Friday at Queen’s Park Oval.last_img read more

Warner’s stock continues to rise as IPL playoffs loom

first_img(REUTERS) – David Warner has enhanced his leadership qualities with some stellar captain’s displays to keep his Sunrisers Hyderabad side on course for a second successive Indian Premier League (IPL) triumph.The Australia vice-captain struggled in the four-Test series in India preceding the IPL but has been at his attacking best in the Twenty20 tournament, where he has registered back-to-back 600-plus run seasons.The explosive opener was the league’s second-highest run-scorer during the franchise’s maiden triumph last year and Warner’s consistency helped Hyderabad finish third in the eight-team standings by the end of the regular season on Sunday.Hyderabad will be hoping Warner continues his rich vein of form when the side face Kolkata Knight Riders, who were fourth in the standings and are one of the IPL’s most consistent teams, in an elimination showdown tomorrow.The victors of the contest will advance to meet the losers of today’s Qualifier 1 match between Mumbai Indians and Rising Pune Supergiant, who finished first and second respectively, for a place in the final.Australia captain Steve Smith has been Pune’s leading scorer and will be hoping he can lead the franchise to an IPL title in their second and last season in the tournament.Pune and the Gujarat Lions were drafted into the IPL as short-term replacements for the Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals, who were banned for the 2016 and 2017 seasons for their involvement in a spot-fixing scandal.Smith’s side will, however, be without their talismanic all-rounder Ben Stokes, who has to report for national duty with England ahead of next month’s Champions Trophy.“We have got a couple of options that we can talk about. It is going to be a big loss,” Smith told reporters on Sunday. “Stokes has been a big name. But hopefully, the other guys can step up.”MAXWELL FLOPSThe Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians will be playing at their home Wankhede Stadium and will be keen to avenge two regular season losses to state rivals Pune today, with the winner advancing to Sunday’s final in Hyderabad.The third Australian captain in the IPL, Kings XI Punjab’s Glenn Maxwell, did not have a great tournament, with his side finishing just outside the top four and coming under fire from former India opener Virender Sehwag.“We always knew that when Maxwell fires, then he can win the match on his own,” Sehwag, the franchise’s director of cricket operations, said.“But he didn’t fire in eight or nine games. That is a big disappointment, especially since he’s experienced, having played for Australia’s Test and ODI teams.“He didn’t take the responsibility as a captain and didn’t perform for Kings XI Punjab.”Gujarat and the Delhi Daredevils also finished outside the playoff spots, while the star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore finished last among the eight teams.Last year’s runner-up Bangalore, led by India skipper Virat Kohli and boasting the big bats of South Africa’s AB de Villiers and West Indian Chris Gayle, won just three of their 14 matches.last_img read more

Another year, another record falls at AP Invitational

first_imgGeorge achieves meet’s first men’s 200m-400m doubleGUYANA’s Winston George was a man on a mission as he charged through to what was a new meet record, and new national record for Guyana, when he took a massive win in the Quality Plus men’s 400m at the second edition of the Aliann Pompey Invitational yesterday at Guyana’s National Track and Field Centre at Leonora.At night fall he closed off a sprint double by taking the men’s 200m victory with just as commanding a win in the meet’s final track event of the day; now qualifying to compete in this event at the World Championships next month.The Olympian had already qualified to compete in the men’s 400m.Aside from George, British Virgin Islands’(BVI) Ashley Kelly (women’s 400m), Trinidad’s Semoy Hackett (women’s 100m/200m), and Barbados’ Kion Joseph (men’s 400m hurdles), also made World Championships qualifying times at the AP Invitational.Guyana’s Winston George cruises to the men’s 200m winHowever, highly touted world champion Kim Collins did not qualify. Collins had to settle for second place in the Banks DIH men’s 100m, after Barbados Levi Codogon grabbed the top podium position with a time of 10.24 seconds in a blanket finish.A dip at the line gave Collins the edge over Antigua’s Tahir Walsh.However, his 10.28 seconds finish was still not enough to see the realization of his dream to qualify for the World Championships, where the qualifying time is 10.12 seconds.Walsh had a time of 10.29 seconds, sharing the same time as fourth place finisher, Emmanuel Callender.The only Guyanese athlete to make it to the 100m finals was Emmanuel Archibald who finished sixth with a time of 10.49 seconds.On a day when just about a handful of Guyanese picked up first place wins, George gave perhaps the best performance for the locals for the day, save for a spirited win by Joanna Archer in the women’s 800m, and Leslain Baird’s 70.41m winning throw in the men’s javelin.Competing in a field that included two Jamaicans, the 30-year-old proved that he is not letting up anytime soon.Coming off the top bend, George just kept shooting pass the entire field, lengthening his gap with each stride on the home straight, ending with a striking lead as he drove home to a 45.16 seconds finish in the quarter mile. That erased the 45.25 seconds he set back in 2015 at the World Championships.Overseas-based Guyanese Stephan James, in his first outing at the AP Invitational, was second with a time of 46.73 seconds, and Jamaica’s Jonia McDonald was third in 47.02 seconds.As the meet neared its end for the day, no one doubted George’s ability to defend his title in the men’s 200m.He went one step up and not only took the win, but also set another meet record, clocking 20.41 seconds, in total control of the race throughout his run. Getting the modest crowd animated as they cheered on their countryman.Trinidad’s Emmanuel Callender took second place with a time of 20.77 seconds, while Bardados Nicholas Deshong just pipped James to take third at 21.23 seconds. James had a 21.29 seconds finish.After Guyana’s Jenea McCammon finished fourth in the Fly-Jamaica 400m hurdles with a time 59.92 seconds, at the opening of the day, it just continued to look bleak for the Guyanese athletes.In the GOA women’s 100m finals, Guyana’s national record holder and defending champion, Brenessa Thompson finished last with a time of 11.87 seconds.Thompson would later opt out of the Douglas and Associates women’s 200m suffering a hamstring injury.CARIFTA gold medalist Kadecia Baird was in the 200m, however, she finished eighth overall with a time of 23.72 seconds. On the advice of her coach, Baird had elected not to defend her Star Party Rental women’s 400m title, as she was focusing on the 200m, which she has qualified for at the World Championships next month.In the men’s 100m heats, golden boy Compton Caesar had cracked under the pressure of competing in the same heat as world champion Kim Collins, finishing at the extreme end of the heat with a pedestrian time of 11.30 seconds, the first time he touched 11 seconds all season.However, there was a high note in the Ministry of Education men’s 3000m.In an all-Guyanese clash, Winston Missigher overpowered Cleveland Thomas for the Ministry of Education men’s 3000m win. After running a tactical race, Missigher sprinted home the final lap of the race; clocking a time of nine minutes 12.67 seconds as he petitioned to be the next best thing in distance running in Guyana. Thomas ended on nine minutes 14. 59 seconds and Calvin Thomas had 10 minutes 46.07 seconds.Junior athlete Joanna Archer was a force to be reckoned with in the National Sports Commission women’s 800m and with a time of 2:17.03s, she took a gold on her first outing at the meet, beating out Bahamas’ Katrina Seymour (2:20.38s) and US Virgin Island’s Mikaela Smith (2:37.24s). However, the race was missing Guyanese top performers like Andrea Foster, who has already closed off her season, and national champion Claudrice McKoy, who will be competing at the Commonwealth Youth Games later this month.last_img read more