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 6 All tennis events sanctioned by the ATP, WTA and International Tennis Federation are on hold at least until late July because of the coronavirus pandemic.But the WTT is not affiliated with those tours and does not need to abide by their decisions about when it is OK to compete. No ATP or WTA ranking points are available for its matches.The WTT says it is increasing its prize money to $5 million. That is $1.5 million more than for its 2019 season.The league is bringing all nine of its teams to one site at The Greenbriar in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia, because of the pandemic instead of having matches around the United States.___ The Latest: World TeamTennis plans to allow fans at matches May 26, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___World TeamTennis says it is planning to allow up to 500 spectators at outdoor matches during its three-week season from July 12 to Aug. 2 at a resort in West Virginia. Associated Press
College football opener won’t be played in IrelandANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The college football season opener between Notre Dame and Navy has been moved out of Ireland because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Fighting Irish and Midshipmen were scheduled to meet in Dublin on Aug. 29, but instead will seek to play at the Naval Academy during the Labor Day weekend.The decision to move the venue came after discussions between the Irish government, medical authorities and the leadership teams at Navy and Notre Dame.Navy athletic director Chet Gladchuk says decision to forego the overseas trip is to ensure the health and safety of the players, coaches and fans. Unseld is one of two players in NBA history to win Rookie of the Year and MVP awards in the same season.He died Tuesday after a series of health issues, most recently pneumonia, according to a statement from his family released by the Wizards.Unseld was a powerful 6-foot-7, 245-pound center who dominated as a rebounder and led Washington’s team — then known as the Bullets — to the 1978 NBA championship, earning Finals MVP honors. He was a five-time All-Star who played all 13 of his NBA seasons with the franchise that drafted him in 1968 out of the University of Louisville.HALL OF FAME-BRYANT INDUCTIONHoops Hall mulls date for Bryant, Class of 2020 induction Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOBIT-WES UNSELDWes Unseld, NBA Rookie of Year and MVP in 1969, dies at 74WASHINGTON (AP) — Basketball Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, who led Washington to its only NBA championship, has died at age 74. Update on the latest in sports: In other virus-related sports developments:— South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin says he has recovered from a case of COVID-19. Martin said he tested positive last month. He detailed his experience with the virus for the first time Tuesday.— North Carolina State athletic director Boo Corrigan says the school has begun a schedule allowing student-athletes to return in phases to campus, with the first wave of football players permitted to return to student housing by June 20.— Pac-12 schools have agreed to perform COVID-19 and coronavirus antibody tests on all athletes upon their return to campuses for voluntary workouts. Commissioner Larry Scott says athletes will continue to be tested regularly for COVID-19 as long as they are under the supervision of the schools. The Pac-12 schools are scheduled to begin allowing athletes back into their facilities for voluntary workouts starting June 15.HORSE RACING-ARROGATE The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame is considering new dates for the induction of its star-studded Class of 2020. Hall president John Doleva says dates to replace the postponed August ceremony include mid-October and next spring. With Kobe Bryant due to be enshrined posthumously, it’s certain to be a big event. Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan also are members of the induction class. So is college coach Eddie Sutton, who died last month. The Hall in Springfield, Massachusetts, is also getting ready to unveil its completely renovated museum.TENNIS-BLAKE-FLOYD PROTESTSFormer tennis star says he’s saddened by police tacticsUNDATED (AP) — In the wake of George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis, former tennis star James Blake says it’s sad to see the type of policing that is still going on in America.Blake, who is black, was mistakenly identified as a suspect in a credit card fraud scheme in 2015, when an undercover New York City officer threw him to the sidewalk and handcuffed him. The experience intensified Blake’s reaction to video of Floyd’s death shortly after being detained by Minneapolis police last week. Blake said the scars from his own experience probably can’t be erased.ENGLAND-FLOYD PROTESTSPremier League players can show support for protestersUNDATED (AP) — English Premier League players are able to show solidarity with the George Floyd justice campaign during games without facing sanctions.The Football Association has endorsed FIFA’s new stance that common sense would be applied when assessing the context of on-field messages on players’ equipment. Associated Press June 2, 2020 The laws of the game prohibit “any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images.” But the English FA has given the green light for players using games to protest against social and racial inequality.The Premier League is due to resume on June 17.MLB-BREWERS-MILLER PARK BREAK-INBrewers: Miller Park sustains ‘minor damage’ after break-inMILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers say a man illegally entered Miller Park and caused minor damage to the playing field Tuesday morning. FORMULA ONEFormula One season to begin in JulyPARIS (AP) — Formula One will finally get underway with back-to-back races at the Austrian Grand Prix in July as part of an eight-race European swing.Governing body FIA says the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg will host races on July 5 and 12. The next race will be in Hungary on July 19 followed by consecutive races at the British GP on Aug. 2 and 9. Further races are scheduled for Spain on Aug. 16 and Belgium on Aug. 30. Italy will complete the European swing on Sept. 6.Four races have been canceled this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Brewers officials say the man was apprehended by law enforcement shortly after gaining access to the field. Milwaukee police said a 40-year-old man was arrested in the burglary and noted that the incident occurred shortly after 7:30 a.m.Police said criminal charges will soon be referred to the Milwaukee County District Attorney’s Office.Both the Brewers and the police said the incident resulted in “minor damage” to Miller Field’s playing surface. The team provided no additional details.Miller Park has served as the Brewers’ home stadium since 2001. While speaking to the Greater Milwaukee Committee last week, Brewers owner Mark Attanasio said he would prefer that the Brewers hold their preseason workouts in Milwaukee rather than their spring training home in Arizona if Major League Baseball decides to go on with its season.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NOTRE DAME-NAVY MOVED Champion horse Arrogate deadLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Arrogate, winner of the 2016 Breeders’ Cup Classic and the champion 3-year-old male that year on his way to becoming North America’s all-time leading money earner, has died. He was seven.Juddmonte Farms says Arrogate was euthanized after becoming ill. The Lexington, Kentucky, breeding farm says it is unclear what the illness was and a necropsy is planned.Arrogate had seven wins in 11 career starts and earnings of $17,422,600, making him North America’s all-time richest thoroughbred.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
The team said after Bidwill developed symptoms, he tested positive for COVID-19 and went to the hospital after a recommendation by his doctor. His condition has improved and he’s expected to be released this weekend.The team believes the 55-year-old Bidwill caught the virus while traveling and spending time on the East Coast for several weeks. He’s been working remotely since March and the team says he hasn’t had in-person contact coaches or players.___Chicago White Sox prized pitching prospect Michael Kopech has opted not to play this season. The team also said star third baseman Yoán Moncada and pitcher Jose Ruiz were placed on the 10-day injure list because of unspecified ailments.The White Sox believe they are poised for a turnaround after seven straight losing seasons. But losing Kopech for the season and Moncada for at least a little while are big blows. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has tested positive for coronavirus. ___The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play two exhibition games at Fenway Park before baseball’s delayed regular-season opener.Toronto will visit Boston on July 21 and 22 before heading down to Tampa Bay for its opener. The Red Sox are scheduled to open at home against the Baltimore Orioles on July 24.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 10, 2020 Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to make its decision on fall sports in “late July.”The league put out Swofford’s statement Friday afternoon, saying the league has prepared “numerous scenarios” for fall competition over the last few months. The decision would come from the league’s board of directors.Earlier this week, the ACC delayed the start of fall competition until at least Sept. 1. That move impacts non-revenue programs like soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country, but not football for now. The first football game involving a league team is North Carolina State’s trip to Louisville on Sept. 2.___Virginia says two football players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will self-isolate for at least 10 days, along with other members of the program found to have come into close contact with them. Both players had been absent since the White Sox resumed workouts last week for the first time since Major League Baseball shut down camps in March.The team had said Kopech was dealing with a personal issue.“We recognize that reaching this decision is incredibly difficult for any competitive athlete, and our organization is understanding and supportive,” general manager Rick Hahn said in a statement. “We will work with Michael to assure his development continues throughout 2020, and we look forward to welcoming him back into our clubhouse for the 2021 season.”The 24-year-old right-hander is coming back from Tommy John surgery in September 2018. He hit triple-digits on the radar gun during his first spring training appearance.Kopech was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte on March 26 and likely would have opened the year in the minors had the season started on time. ___San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.Posey announced his decision on Friday. He says his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season. Posey had missed three practices while dealing with a personal issue.Posey joins other big-name players like Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman, Colorado’s Ian Desmond and Arizonna pitcher Mike Leake in deciding not to take part in the 60-game season this year.— Josh Dubow reporting. South America is one of the epicenters of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brazil alone has counted more than 70,000 fatalities due to the virus.The soccer body said teams that need to play out of their hometowns because of the pandemic will have enough time to do so. The presence of fans will depend on local authorities, according to CONMEBOL’s health protocols.___The University of Michigan says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, bringing the total to four out of the 375 who have been tested. The school says none of the 139 staff members have tested positive.___ The school says 110 players were tested when the player returned to campus beginning July 5 for voluntary workouts. The players were all tested before the workout began, the school says. It adds that none of the players that tested positive have required hospitalization.The tests were administered by UVA athletics sports medicine.The players with positive test results will self-isolate for 10 days, or until they have been fever-free for at least three days, whichever is longer. They also will undergo cardiac screening before they are permitted to join daily sports functions.The school did not indicate how many others were determined through contact tracing to have come into close contact with the players infected. It also did not indicate whether any coaches or other football staff have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.All those found to have come into contact with the infected players will be asked to self-quarantine for at least 14 days and are unable to participate in daily sports functions in that time. Associated Press The Latest: Arizona Cardinals owner tests positive for virus Kopech was acquired by Chicago in the December 2016 trade that sent Chris Sale to the Boston Red Sox. He made his big league debut in 2018, going 1-1 with a 5.02 ERA in four starts.Moncada set career highs by hitting .315 with 25 homers and 79 RBIs in a breakthrough season last year.___South American soccer body CONMEBOL said Friday its Copa Libertadores tournament will restart Sept. 15, more than six months after it was suspended.The Copa Sudamericana, the second most prestigious club competition of the region, will resume on Oct. 27, CONMEBOL said.
Associated Press Update on the latest sports Blue Jays rookie Nate Pearson (0-0, 5.11 ERA) makes his fourth start, looking for a bounce-back performance against the Orioles after giving up four runs in 2 1/3 innings to Miami last week. The 23-year-old launched his big league career on July 29 with five shutout innings against the defending World Series champion Nationals but hasn’t been as sharp against Atlanta and the Marlins.Breakout right-hander Dylan Bundy tries to keep rolling for the Angels against San Francisco. Acquired from Baltimore last offseason after four underwhelming seasons, Bundy (3-1, 1.57) has been electric in Anaheim, striking out 35 and walking three in 28 2/3 innings over four starts. Detroit is unleashing a few of its top prospects this week, including left-hander Tarik Skubal. The 23-year-old will start against the White Sox in his major league debut after being promoted from the alternate site. Skubal posted a 2.13 ERA in nine starts at Double-A last season and ranks among the top lefty prospects in baseball.Struggling to assemble a consistent rotation, the Atlanta Braves dip into their bullpen once again for a starter. Josh Tomlin makes his first start this season against Washington, two days after Robbie Erlin tossed four innings in a 4-0 victory over Miami. The Braves hope that formula works again with Tomlin, used mostly as a reliever during his two seasons in Atlanta. Tomlin does have experience in the lead role, having made 144 starts over nine seasons with the Cleveland Indians. Austin Voth is slated to start for the Nationals.The rest of the schedule features a host of interleague matchups. The Astros host the Rockies for a matinee in Houston. Texas has the Padres in town, Oakland is at Arizona and the Pirates return to action with Cleveland in town. The Dodgers and Mariners are back at it this afternoon in Chavez Ravine, while the Phillies are at Fenway to play the Red Sox and the Twins host the Brewers. MLB-SCHEDULEReds eye return after positive testUNDATED (AP) — The Reds are scheduled for an early flight to Kansas City for a two-game series against the Royals that was put in doubt after a Cincinnati player tested positive for COVID-19 over the weekend. Players, coaches and other organization members were retested for the coronavirus Saturday and Sunday after one player was sidelined because of a positive result. Meanwhile, the Yankees look for revenge against the Rays when they open a three-game series in the Bronx. Tampa Bay took three of four from the AL East leaders a week ago and could steal away the division lead with a sweep. The Yankees are still without injured stars Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton and DJ LeMahieu. Reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and the Bucks have the best record in the NBA for the second consecutive season and enter the first round against a Magic team that finished the season with a losing record (33-40). The two teams met four times this season, and out of the 192 minutes they played, the Magic led for 11 of them. Next up are Miami and Indiana. The last time they met in the postseason, a trip to the NBA Finals was on the line and both franchises were clear championship contenders. This series could be a tight one with the Pacers seeded fourth-seeded and the Heat fifth. Of course, the rosters are almost entirely different from what they were in those 2014 East finals between the clubs.That’s followed by another 4-5 matchup with the Houston Rockets taking on the Oklahoma City Thunder. The trade of Russell Westbrook to Houston last summer for Chris Paul and multiple first-round picks was thought to signal a rebuild in Oklahoma City. Instead, Paul had a terrific season in leading the Thunder to the same record as the Rockets, who don’t know when Westbrook will be available because of a right quadriceps injury.Portland and the L.A. Lakers finish the night’s action. With LeBron James leading the league in assists in his second season in Los Angeles and Anthony Davis the beneficiary of many of them in his first, the Lakers rolled to the best record in the West and their first playoff appearance since 2013. They finally learned their opponent Saturday when Portland beat Memphis to win the NBA’s first play-in spot. NHL PLAYOFFS August 18, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSFour more series start.LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Orlando and Milwaukee lead off day two of the NBA playoffs. Caps, Blackhawks facing possible eliminationUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Capitals will try to avoid being swept by the coach that led them to their first and only Stanley Cup championship two years ago. Barry Trotz’ fleet New York Islanders hold a three games to none lead in their best-of-seven series.First up in Toronto this afternoon will be the Canadiens and Flyers. Philadelphia leads that series two games to one.The Flames and Starts get things going in Edmonton. That series is tied at two games a piece after Dallas’ 5-4 overtime victory Sunday.And Chicago looks to stretch its series with the Vegas Golden Knights one more game. The Blackhawks pulled out a 3-1 victory over Vegas on Sunday, after dropping the first three games of the series. They have the late game. In other National League matchups, the Mets are in Miami, playing the Marlins, while the Cubs and Cardinals meet again at Wrigley.
Surratt’s brother, Chazz, plays linebacker at North Carolina after starting his career as a quarterback and is also an NFL prospect.UNC team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe says in an email that Chazz Surratt’s status remains unchanged.___Appalachian State has paused football practices after reporting a coronavirus cluster involving the team.The school in Boone, North Carolina, says athletic director Doug Gillin has suspended practice “until further consultation warrants a change in status.” August 19, 2020 Associated Press In Wednesday’s announcement, the school said the pause would last until at least 5 p.m. Thursday. That came two days after UNC canceled in-person undergraduate classes in favor of remote instruction.The move includes the closure of campus recreation facilities, though dining halls and libraries will remain open in limited capacity.In a statement, athletics director Bubba Cunningham said school officials “want to make sure we continue to do everything we can to ensure that that our teams, campus and community remain healthy.‘’Athletes will have continued access to services such as academic support and medical care.The decision to switch to remote instruction was made after four coronavirus clusters in student housing and a fraternity surfaced in the past week. The school plans to allow athletes, international students, ROTC students and students with hardships such as the lack of online access at home to remain in campus housing if they choose. ___Wake Forest all-conference wide receiver Sage Surratt has opted out of the coming season to prepare for the NFL draft amid the coronavirus pandemic.Surratt announced his decision Wednesday on social media, citing “the many uncertainties and risks associated with COVID-19.” Surratt said he’s set to earn an economics degree in December, saying the school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has “forever transformed my life.”“My experience at Wake Forest has been extraordinary, and I leave with a humble and grateful heart,” Surratt said.The 6-foot-3, 215-pound redshirt junior made The Associated Press’ All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team last season after hauling in 66 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games before going down with an injury. The 1,001 yards were the best for all power-conference receivers at the time of the injury, with four games of at least 150 yards last season. The Latest: UNC shutting down sports activities for a day The decision announced Tuesday night comes after there were active cases reported for seven students and four staffers. The school said health officials have instructed the individuals to isolate while recovering, while those in close contact with the active cases have been instructed to quarantine.___The largest 10-kilometer road race in the United States will be run virtually in 2020.The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, which has been held on the Fourth of July since its inaugural event in 1970, shifted to a Thanksgiving date in hopes of staging the race during the coronavirus pandemic. It normally attracts some 60,000 runners.But the Atlanta Track Club now says the race will not be run down the city’s famed Peachtree Street because of safety concerns. Georgia has been one of the nation’s hardest-hit states during the pandemic, recording nearly 250,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,700 deaths. The Bulldogs are offering single-game tickets in hopes of accommodating as many season ticket holders as possible for games against Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.The school says those who choose not to attend games this fall will be eligible for a refund on all donations and season ticket purchases, while retaining their preferred status for 2021.Tickets will cost $150 per game.___Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante says he has the coronavirus but is currently asymptomatic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___North Carolina has immediately suspended athletics activities for all sports teams for at least 24 hours due to a “continued upward trend in positive COVID-19 tests on campus.” ___Notre Dame canceled its Wednesday football practice and might take Thursday off as well in response to the school’s decision to go to online classes because of a coronavirus outbreak on campus.The Rev. John Jenkins, the Notre Dame president, announced in-person undergraduate classes would be canceled through Sept. 2. About 150 students have tested positive.Notre Dame is imposing restrictions on student activity, including limiting access to dormitories to residents and barring students from major gathering places on campus.The Fighting Irish football program announced last week there have been four positive test results for COVID-19 out of 619 tests done since players returned to campus in June. “As coronavirus has spiked in recent weeks here in Georgia, we recognize that this decision is the best and only responsible way forward,” executive director Rich Kenah said in a statement.The track club now plans a virtual event that will allow runners to experience some of the race’s traditions and compare their times with others who take part.___The Georgia Bulldogs are planning to have some fans for their football games played between the hedges.The university announced ticket plans that call for allowing 20 to 25% capacity at 92,746-seat Sanford Stadium, where the field is surrounded by hedges. That would mean maximum crowds of between 18,500 and 23,000 for Georgia’s four home games in 2020. The 37-year-old Mirante says in a video on Instagram that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation.He says “I feel well, I have no symptoms, neither a fever nor a cough.”The news comes a day after Roma announced that two of its youth team players had tested positive for the virus.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
The Latest: Baylor postpones opener because of virus The Bears were supposed to open at home Saturday against Louisiana Tech, but the visiting school announced Tuesday night that it would not be able to play because of a number of recent positive COVID-19 tests. Athletic director Tommy McClelland said it wasn’t possible for the Bulldogs to play because of the tests and contact tracing that would keep other players out. The school didn’t provide any specific numbers.No makeup date was announced.TCU had to put off its scheduled opener Friday night against SMU after a virus outbreak last week among a cluster of Horned Frogs players and support staff. Oklahoma State has pushed back its opener against Tulsa a week to Sept. 19 after the Golden Hurricane were limited during preseason camp because of multiple positive tests.Seven Big 12 teams are still scheduled to play Saturday.___ September 8, 2020 ___The National Football League and NFL Players Association say there’s been just one new confirmed positive test for COVID-19 among players and seven new confirmed positives among other personnel in the latest round of testing. The period covered Aug. 30 through Labor Day and included 44,510 tests. A total of 17,519 tests were given to 2,641 players and 26,991 to 5,708 personnel. Players and Tier 1 and 2 personnel were tested daily, while Tier 3 individuals were tested weekly. Those who test positive are immediately isolated, not permitted access to club facilities, and have no direct contact with players or personnel. Club medical staff are in regular communication with individuals who test positive to monitor symptoms.___ Associated Press Charley Hull of England has withdrawn from the ANA Inspiration after testing positive for the coronavirus.Hull has one LPGA Tour title among her four professional wins. She said she wasn’t feeling her best when she arrived in the California desert but chalked that up to jet lag, extreme heat and her asthma acting up.She was told of her positive test result on Tuesday morning and will self-isolate for 10 days.The LPGA Tour said everyone else has returned negative results for the coronavirus test, pending the results of one player and one caddie.The ANA Inspiration is typically played the first weekend in April. It was moved to September when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the LPGA Tour for some five months. The Denver Broncos will admit a limited number of fans on Sept. 27 when they host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis made the announcement at a news conference with Brittany Bowlen, chairwoman of the team’s COVID-19 task force and vice president for strategic initiatives. Polis credited efforts by the Broncos as well as by Colorado residents and businesses to slow the state’s infection rate in allowing 5,700 fans to attend the team’s second home game. The Broncos won’t have any fans at their Monday night season opener against the Tennessee Titans.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Baylor is the third Big 12 team that has had to postpone its scheduled season opener this week because of the coronavirus. Coastal Carolina of the Sun Belt Conference has gotten approval from the state of South Carolina to have up to 5,000 people at its home football games this fall.The school announced guidelines Tuesday spelling out that the number of people allowed at Brooks Stadium includes teams, coaching staffs, game day staff, game day operations, working media, band, spirit teams and volunteers, along with spectators.The Chanticleers play in the Football Bowl Subdivision and open their home season against Campbell on Sept. 18.___Leaders of six state legislatures in the Big Ten footprint have sent a letter to Commissioner Kevin Warren asking the conference to reconsider its decision to cancel the fall football season. The letter is written on the letterhead of Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and also signed by statehouse leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania.“Recent actions taken by other conferences around the country to start football and other fall sports have placed the Big Ten, its members and students at a disadvantage,” the letter said. “These athletes are losing a vital part of student life and are becoming less marketable to future employers with each passing week. Additionally, our local universities stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars that support vital student scholarships.“This is even more frustrating when we think of how our Big Ten athletic programs are leading the way by providing outstanding health and safety protocols. All of that unprecedented planning and teamwork was an unmitigated success, and yet somehow the conference has decided to cast it aside anyway.”The Big Ten, and Warren in particular, have received strong pushback since the conference announced that university presidents voted to push back football and other fall sports until the second semester because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields started a petition seeking a reversal, parents of players held a protest outside Big Ten headquarters and eight Nebraska players filed a lawsuit.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Update on the latest sports
By Alan BaldwinLONDON (Reuters) – Anthony Joshua described his stunning defeat to underdog Andy Ruiz Jr. as “a minor setback” but some in the fight game are wondering where Britain’s damaged heavyweight hope goes from here.Joshua’s promoter Eddie Hearn has already said there will be a rematch, possibly in England or Wales later this year, and that is a must-win for the 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight champion.The alternative hardly bears thinking about and in the meantime the possibility of much-talked about bouts against WBC world champion Deontay Wilder and former champion Tyson Fury are on hold.Former IBF cruiserweight world champion-turned-commentator Glenn McCrory told TalkSPORT radio on Monday that Joshua might never recover from one of the biggest upsets in heavyweight history. “He’s bottom of the pile. He got beaten up by Andy Ruiz,” he said of the weekend fight in New York.“I think he’s finished. It’s not just the defeat, anybody can get defeated, but the nature of it.“Andy Ruiz is not an elite athlete, he is not a heavyweight great. He will not go down in icons of legends at all, but he is a tough kid and he seized his opportunity.” Everybody has plans until they get hit in the face, as Mike Tyson famously observed, and that certainly applies to Joshua now that he has lost his aura of invincibility as well as his belts.The 29-year-old had hoped to conquer America on his debut at Madison Square Garden and instead comes away having handed his four titles (IBF, WBA, WBO and IBO) to a chubby Mexican-American drafted in as a late replacement.If the IBF decides to enforce a mandatory challenger before a rematch, then the heavyweight division could be further fragmented and the prospect of an undisputed champion further away than ever. Floored four times by Ruiz before the seventh round stoppage, Joshua can take some hope from history, however.Heavyweight champions Tyson, Lennox Lewis and Wladimir Klitschko all suffered major title upsets in their careers before coming back strong, even if their images were changed forever.Tyson’s 1990 defeat to James ‘Buster’ Douglas in Tokyo still ranks as the biggest of them all, while Lewis lost to Oliver McCall in 1994 before a rematch win. Ukrainian Klitschko, beaten by Joshua at London’s Wembley Stadium in 2017, lost to Corrie Sanders in 2003 and Lamon Brewster in 2004 before returning to the top.“This is all part of the story and the journey,” Joshua said on Sunday. “This is all part of the legacy. It’s about how strong I come back.”The result, and winning back the belts, will be the primary objective, but Joshua must also convince his critics that he has the boxing skills and stamina to challenge the likes of Wilder and Fury.z“Great fighters come back and improve. Some fighters never come back the same. The future will show how Anthony Joshua responds,” Hearn told British media.
By Andrew DownieSAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) – Argentina’s long trophy drought, combined with sub-par organisation, is further evidence that Brazil’s dominance apart, the gulf between South American and European football is growing.Hosts Brazil wrapped up their ninth Copa America last Sunday with a solid 3-1 win over Peru at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro. On their way to the title they scored 13 goals – five of them against Peru in the group stages – and conceded just one.Brazil’s superiority and depth of talent was evident throughout with the main surprises being Uruguay’s early exit, Venezuela confirming they are no longer the region’s whipping boys and Peru’s advance to their first final since 1975.Argentina’s semi-final elimination by Brazil was less surprising given the off-the-pitch shenanigans that have plagued the side for years.The Argentines are on their fourth coach in five years with Lionel Scaloni, in his first senior coaching role, still deemed to be a temporary appointment almost a year after taking the post.Argentina have not won the Copa America since 1993 and they rarely looked like ending that poor run, with Scaloni chopping and changing lineups and their top players, notably Lionel Messi, seemingly incapable of reproducing their club form at international level.More broadly, the low attendances, controversies over refereeing and general lack of buzz about a tournament that coincided with both the Women’s World Cup and the Gold Cup in North America should be of concern.Remarkably, more people attended Mexico’s Gold Cup encounter with Haiti in Phoenix than were at Brazil’s home semi-final against old rivals Argentina.That match was a classic example of the state of South American football. Moments of individual brilliance by players were quickly forgotten amid bad-tempered clashes and avoidable refereeing controversies.FALLOUT FROM MESSI’S RED CARD Argentina were denied two penalty claims and were furious at officials for not even consulting the Video Assistant Referee (VAR), something they had been keen to take time over during other games.A highly dubious red card shown to Messi in the third-place playoff against Chile only deepened their sense of indignation.The fallout, with Messi accusing Conmebol of fixing the tournament for the hosts, Brazil coach Tite telling him to show more respect and Conmebol defending itself against Messi’s declaration that Argentina should boycott future competitions organised by what he called a “corrupt” body, again showed that no matter how many gifted players Latin America produces they are all too often overshadowed by the off-the-field circus.Conmebol’s decision to allow Brazil’s far-right president Jair Bolsonaro to present the trophy to the winners added to the sense of misjudgement.All this less than a year after Conmebol, cowed by fan violence in Buenos Aires, transferred to Madrid the final of their blue riband event, the final of the Copa Libertadores.The poor crowds and general lack of excitement can be partially explained by exorbitant ticket prices.The falling standard of football is harder to explain but every bit as obvious.A South American team have not won the World Cup since 2002 – a record drought – and only one of the last eight finalists have come from the region that – until the new century – had won half of all World Cups.At club level, the demise is equally stark. Only one South American side have won the Club World Cup since 2007 and in two of the last three tournaments no South American side have even reached the final.The departure of young talents to Europe at an ever younger age is one reason and the questionable administration at Conmebol and national federations is another.Globalisation – Europe’s open economies welcome migrants from across the globe while South America is relatively closed – combined with a media spotlight based in the Old World, gives the Europeans an added advantage.“There is more and more information about Europe,” said Peru coach Ricardo Gareca. “Our children and grandchildren, the kids, they know more about the European players than those in South America.”UEFA’s new Nations League has only made it harder for the increasingly isolated South American sides to test themselves against the best Europe has to offer.In 2019, the 10 South American nations played 38 friendlies but only two were against European sides, according to a study in O Globo last month.“We always try to look for these match-ups,” Brazil coach Tite said. “The schedule sometimes makes it difficult.”
By Joe ChapmanTHIRD ranked Botafago eked out a jaw-dropping sudden penalty shoot-out win over second seed, Net Rockers, while top seed Eagles United coasted past Capital FC 3-0 to earn berths in this year’s inaugural Divine Entertainment Summer Cup football championship on Sunday night at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.In front of a huge crowd, it was a night of thrilling football with the first game ending locked 3-3 after open play between the Net Rockers and Botafago, with the Rockers taking the early advantage when they were handed the first goal after a reckless tackle saw defensive midfield, Deshawn Joseph, converting from the penalty spot as early as the 5th minute of play.Then lanky Shane Luckie doubled the scoring for Net Rockers in the 13th minute after receiving a cross from the left side to make it a 2-0 advantage. But the daring youth player, Duquan Hercules, would reduce that score-line with a powerful shot from outside the 18-yard box. He rocked the back of the net in the 24th minute and by the end of the first half, it was a 2-1 score.Now the game was truly on as Botafago were able to tie things up through a goal by Trevon Archibald. This came courtesy of a ‘long-range missile’, which came in the 69th minute by the tall Hercules which was too powerful, causing the Rockers goalkeeper to spill the ball for an alert Archibald to pounce on it and tuck in the goal, making it 2-2.As the battle was on, both teams were engaged in a tussle to gain control. Luckie would show his ability to score from outside, connecting with a free-kick for his second goal to give his Rockers side the lead in the 86th minute to the applause of their supporters. However, Botafago were not done yet and the celebration was short-lived as two minutes later, Jamal Haynes found the back of the net from another beauty from outside that scored for Botafago in the 88th minute.At the end of regulation time,the scores would read 3-3 and extra period of play failed to separate the two teams. Even the mandatory five penalties ended perfect 5-5 and the decider came when Botafago scored their first attempt and the reply by Net Rockers failed to score; the ball crashing into the crossbar and the goalkeeper was there to collect to save the game for Botafago to advance.The second game was one that the number one ranked Eagles United gave an ominous display against a Capital FC side, which must be drained after playing three consecutive days due to the cramped fixture, towards concluding play for the semifinals on Sunday.This obviously impacted on their effort and the Eagles United showed no respite for the new boys in the hood and dismantled their Capital FC rivals 3-0.Eagles United were confident going into this game and they pressured their opponents who could not respond to the task at hand as the destructive Colwyn ‘Buck’ Drakes hurried it up with a hat-trick of goals.Drakes netted his first goal in the 28th minute and when the first half ended, it was 1-0 for the Upper Demerara champions.That score would be doubled in the 72nd minute when Drakes scored again and then finished off the game in fine style with his third which was registered in the 80th minute against a seemingly unarmed Capital FC.The final is set for Saturday at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground.
CABLE provider E-Networks is on board for the second edition of Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club’s International Drag race set for August 25.A statement from the club released yesterday, indicated that the company has joined the sponsorship list in a major way for the event.“We are pleased to be associated with E-Networks for our International Drag race event on August 25. The company has been a longstanding supporter of motorsport locally and we are more than grateful to have them on board with us.”The statement continued, “Their reach via their cable channels E1, E2 and E3 will ensure that fans across Guyana can be informed about the event in the days leading up.”Meanwhile, the August 25 event is already gaining traction with competitors from Suriname and Trinidad indicating their interest in being a part of the quarter-mile run.As many as six car owners are in talks with the GMR&SC over shipping logistics for the event while Suriname has not indicated how many cars would be willing to make the voyage.Admission fee to the event for spectators has not been set with the club expected to release more details in the coming week.However, several local giants are expected to take the strip including the team Mohamed’s Enterprise GTRs Godzilla and Goliath, Sean Persaud’s Toyota Caldina and the Transpacific Toyota Alteeza and Peter Daby’s Mazda RX7 (second generation).Other sponsors include R. Kissoon Contracting, Deryck Jaisingh Trucking Service and Machinery Rentals, Mohamed’s Enterprise, BM Soat, Prem Electrical, E-Networks, Trans-Pacific Auto Sales, Cyril’s Taxi, Blue Spring Water, Choke Gas Station, Miracle Optical, Tropical Shipping, DEL ICE CO and Hand-in-Hand.