Update on the latest sports February 27, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSSale to start season on injured listUNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will start the season on the injured list. Manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) says Sale will be placed on the 15-day injured list and will remain in Fort Myers, Florida, for extended spring training when the team breaks camp. Sale reported to camp with pneumonia and is behind schedule. FEMALE WRESTLER-CHAMPIONSHIPFemale wrestler wins North Carolina high school championshipRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A female wrestler has made history by winning a state high school wrestling championship in North Carolina.The North Carolina High School Athletic Association said on its website that junior Heaven Fitch of Uwharrie Charter became the first female to win one of the association’s individual state wrestling championships. She won the 106 pound weight class at the 1A division on Saturday.A photo released on the association’s official Twitter account shows her beaming, standing next to three boys who finished behind her in the tournament. — Freddie Freeman hopes to return to the Atlanta Braves lineup next week after his surgically repaired right elbow swelled and forced him out of action a few days ago. The four-time All-Star had three loose bodies removed from his elbow in October to address years-long pain that caused an ill-timed slump last season. Freeman arrived at spring training saying he felt better than he had in years, but the elbow ballooned Monday after he put in a particularly long day Sunday. The 30-year-old Freeman batted .295 last season and set career highs with 38 homers and 121 RBIs.— Major League Baseball has announced the appointment of its first African American umpire crew chief. Kerwin Danley was promoted to the position this week. The 58-year-old Danley has worked two World Series and been on the field for 10 other postseason rounds, including the AL Championship Series last year. He’s also been chosen to call two All-Star Games. Danley called his first game in the majors in 1992 as a minor league fill-in and was hired to the MLB staff in 1998. Other moves announced Thursday include Alfonso Marquez being elevated to the first Hispanic crew chief in MLB history born outside the United States, and second overall.— Former Boston Red Sox designated hitter David Ortiz is selling some baseball memorabilia and plenty of household items at a weekend estate sale. The baseball-related items for sale include framed jerseys, bobbleheads, commemorative Coca-Cola bottles, signed Red Sox photographs, and a Boston Bruins jersey with the name Ortiz and his No. 34 on the back. The man known as Big Papi and his wife are also selling furniture, clothing and gym equipment. The sale is Saturday in Weston.NHL-CANUCKS-MARKSTROMCanucks goalie Jacob Markstrom out after ‘minor’ procedure VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) Canucks goaltender Jacob Markstrom had a “minor lower body procedure” and will be reevaluated in two weeks.General manager Jim Benning provided the update Wednesday night. Markstrom was hurt during a 9-3 win over the Boston Bruins on Saturday. Thatcher Demko started Vancouver’s last game, a 4-3 overtime win at Montreal on Tuesday.The Canucks acquired veteran goaltender Louis Domingue from the New Jersey Devils at Monday’s trade deadline to shore up their goaltending.Markstrom has a record of 23-16-4 with a 2.75 goals-against average, a career-high .918 save percentage and two shutouts this season.WORLD CUP-SKI RACES CANCELED Women’s World Cup ski races canceled in Germany by weatherOBERHOFEN, Switzerland (AP) — The women’s World Cup ski races in Germany next week were canceled Thursday because of poor snow conditions and forecast rain.The giant slalom and slalom in Ofterschwang on March 7-8 were potential races for Mikaela Shiffrin to return from an extended break after the death of her father.The International Ski Federation said a “possible replacement will be communicated in due course.”The four weekends left in the women’s World Cup season also face disruption from a virus outbreak spreading from China to Europe, including northern Italy. Spectator numbers will be limited this weekend in La Thuile and could also be enforced at the finals in Cortina d’Ampezzo. KOBE BRYANT-AUCTIONKobe Bryant handprints, other memorabilia up for auctionNEW YORK (AP) — Some key Kobe Bryant memorabilia, including two of his Los Angeles Lakers uniforms and cement handprints from his induction into the Grauman’s Chinese Theater hall of fame gallery, are going up for sale in April.Julien’s Auctions aid Thursday that the items would be up for sale on April 30 as part of its annual sports auction that also includes a silver medal from the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and a 2002 FIFA World Cup gold winner’s medal.Bryant’s items were already being planned for auction when he, his daughter Gianna and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash on Jan. 26. She had a 54-4 record for the season and won Most Outstanding Wrestler for the 1A division.Fitch beat Robbinsville’s Luke Wilson to win an eight-person bracket that included seven male wrestlers, according to James Alverson, assistant commissioner for the high school association. He said overall, she was one of only three female wrestlers in the tournament. Last year she became the first female wrestler to place, coming in fourth in her division. Associated Press Sale ended last season on the injured list with elbow inflammation, making his last appearance Aug. 13 at Cleveland, where he gave up five runs with 12 strikeouts in 6 ⅔ innings. Roenicke emphasized this trip to the injured list is not related to Sale’s elbow.Sale went 6-11 last season with a 4.40 ERA in 25 starts, the fewest in his career for a full season since 2012.In other MLB news:— Indians reliever Emmanuel Clase (klah-say) has a strained back muscle and could be sidelined for three months. The injury is another blow to Cleveland’s pitching staff. Starters Mike Clevinger, Carlos Carrasco and Aaron Civale are all sidelined with injuries. Clase was the centerpiece of an offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to Texas. The 21-year-old can throw over 100 miles per hour. Clase was expected to have a major role in Cleveland’s bullpen this season. The team said he’s expected to be out 8 to 12 weeks.— Chicago Cubs reliever Brad Wieck has had surgery for an abnormal heart flutter and is out indefinitely. The team says an irregular heartbeat was discovered during the 28-year-old left-hander’s spring training physical. Subsequent tests showed an intermittent atrial flutter. Wieck underwent a cardiac ablation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on Monday and returned to Arizona two days later. Wieck had a 5.71 ERA over 44 appearances for San Diego and Chicago last season. He had a 3.60 ERA in 14 games with the Cubs.
Associated Press AP Source: Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has tested positive for the coronavirus March 11, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditOKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — AP Source: Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert has tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Bruins were the last team in the league to commit to taking care of part-time and game-day employees.According to a statement from the team, the Jacobs family would help workers “who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.”The NHL suspended its season on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.___Even though his side could potentially reach the Champions League quarterfinals, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants the French league to take priority. March 21, 2020 ___Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus.In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off.Hamilton said that “I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but, the truth is there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do.” The USOPC leadership has been in agreement with the IOC, that it’s too soon to make any decisions regarding postponing the games.___Brazil’s Olympic Committee has called for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.”It also said that it continues to “trust in the International Olympic Committee.” Brazil organized the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the first in South America. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. ___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 Associated Press The Lions issued a statement Friday night announcing they were made aware of an employee who has the coronavirus. The person, who has not been named, is currently at home in isolation. The team says the employee was last at club headquarters on March 13. The team remains in constant communication with doctors to determine the best course of action for ensuring the safety of other employees who have been in contact with the infected person.___The IIHF Council has confirmed that the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship scheduled to take place in Zurich and Lausanne has been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.The decision to cancel the tournament didn’t come as a surprise after IIHF President René Fasel acknowledged the likelihood of that happening following an IIHF executive committee conference call Tuesday. A player earning 300,000 euros net per month will only get 252,000 euros from the club plus 5,400 euros from the state for a monthly loss of around 42,600 euros per month. If the suspension lasts a year, this would add up to about half a million euros per year.___The U.S. track federation added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. USATF joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday. Matches in both competitions are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.“If we want to save the (French) league we must absolutely finish before June 30,” Aulas told RTL radio. “You have to make choices, be brave. Drop the Champions League, the (domestic) cup finals and international matches. Concentrate only on the (French) league.”Aulas added: “I want the league to finish. Even in empty stadiums.”Lyon leads Italian champion Juventus 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League on Feb. 26. The return leg in Turin has not been played because of the outbreak.___ The Latest: Canadian Football League team reports virus case Fasel cited numerous challenges facing officials, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams. Another issue was players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons.On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potential reopen practice.“It’s really scary,” said Fasel, who lives in Switzerland. “Europe is just collapsed. It’s really a strange feeling. Our neighbors yesterday, the federal counsel decided to close all the restaurants and everything. It’s like war.”___The owners of the Boston Bruins say they have established a $1.5 million fund for employees of the team and TD Garden who have lost work because of the suspension of the NHL season. Marseille President Frank McCourt wrote to reassure the French soccer club’s employees after they were put on temporary, technical layoffs.“I am taking a few minutes to make sure you and your families are well,” McCourt said. “We are going through this difficult time together and we’re seeing governments getting better and better organized.”Marseille and other top-tier clubs have started putting players on temporary, technical layoffs, which translates to a cut in pay of 16 percent with the state picking up a portion of that to a monthly maximum of 5,400 euros ($5,810). A player earning 40,000 euros ($43,000) net per month would receive 39,000 (about $42,000).Therefore its impact is greater on those on the highest salaries, in terms of lost revenue.
Krueger believes there is still much to be gained for the Sabres to continue playing, but adds he’ll abide by whatever decision the NHL reaches on whether to resume the regular season.As for the possibility of the NHL holding its playoffs in the summer and awarding the Stanley Cup as late as September, Krueger said “there’s nothing that I cannot imagine as an option.”___The president of the Portuguese Olympic Committee says he hopes the Tokyo Games are postponed.José Manuel Constantino says “the most reasonable thing is for the IOC, the Tokyo organizing committee, the Tokyo government and the Japanese authorities to find a consensual solution to allow the Tokyo Games to take place on another date.” Krueger says he’s “still hanging on to the possibility,” and adds he’s been trying “not to let my brain go there until that plug is actually pulled on us.”Krueger spoke to Buffalo-area reporters during a conference call Monday, 12 days after the NHL postponed its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Sabres were waiting to play a game in Montreal on March 12 when the league announced its decision. The team then flew home.The first-year Sabres coach and the players remained in Buffalo through the weekend in anticipation that teams would eventually be allowed to hold practices. He booked a flight to Switzerland once the NHL pushed back its timeline from a two-week break to 45 days.Krueger keeps in touch with players and team management by text, and says he has no knowledge of any Sabres testing positive for COVID-19.The Sabres had 13 games remaining and had fallen out of playoff contention. ___The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.”The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but on Sunday the government said the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.Spanish authorities say more than 33,000 people have been infected with the coronavirus in the country, with 2,182 deaths.___ “We would have liked a clear statement now that the games definitely won’t take place on the scheduled dates and that discussions on alternative dates were being held,” Hörmann says. “We would prefer a postponement until next year at least.”The Olympic Games are due to begin in Tokyo from July 24.___UEFA has formally postponed the Champions League final scheduled to be played on May 30 in Istanbul.UEFA says no decision has been made finding a new date, amid a shutdown of European soccer due to the coronavirus pandemic that has no end in sight. The team announced that the Haslams have earmarked $1 million to the Greater Cleveland COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund and $500,000 to the Columbus Foundation’s Emergency Response Fund.The Haslams also own the Columbus Crew in the Major Soccer League.Their gift follows contributions by Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, who donated $50,000 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank and defensive tackle Larry Ogunjobi’s donation of 100,000 meals to the food bank.___Buffalo Sabres coach Ralph Krueger is trying to remain patient while biding his time back home in Switzerland and hoping the NHL’s regular season will resume eventually. The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest.The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7.The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.___ Whether Tokyo can hold the Olympics as planned from July 24 has been a major international concern as the COVID-19 pandemic has spread globally.____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 Four tournaments over five weeks were to start June 4 . The event annually draws dozens of international and domestic riders and horses, and thousands of spectators, to the facility near Calgary, Alberta.Canada’s Olympic champion Eric Lamaze, the all-time money leader at Spruce Meadows, and international riders such as American Kent Farrington, Britain’s Scott Brash and Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat compete there.“These are such trying times and truly without precedent,” Spruce Meadows President and CEO Linda Southern-Heathcott said Monday in a statement.Spruce Meadows planned to offer $6 million in prize money in 2020. September’s Masters has not been canceled.___ Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics.The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Canada has said it will boycott the Tokyo Olympics unless they are postponed and Australia has called for athletes to prepare for a 2021 event.Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24. Dina Asher-Smith, the world champion in the 200 meters, has also called for a quicker decision by the IOC.The British sprinter writes on Twitter “does this mean that athletes face up to another FOUR weeks of finding ways to fit in training – whilst potentially putting ourselves, coaches, support staff and loved ones at risk just to find out they were going to be postponed anyway.”___The Australian Olympic Committee has advised its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.Ian Chesterman, Australia’s team leader for Tokyo, says “it’s clear the games can’t be held in July.” Constantino was speaking to Rádio Observador.He says “I hope the games are postponed.”Constantino’s comments come a day after the IOC said it was considering a postponement and would make a final decision within four weeks.Constantino says Portugal’s Olympic team is not prepared at the moment, adding “some athletes found alternative ways to prepare themselves, but others don’t have the conditions to do so.”___ The IOC says it is considering all options. The Tokyo Games are scheduled to start July 24.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says a postponement of the Tokyo Olympics would be unavoidable if the games cannot be held in a complete way because of the coronavirus impact.He was commenting on the International Olympic Committee plan to examine the situation over the next few weeks and make a decision, which could include a postponement.Abe, speaking at a parliamentary session, ruled out the possibility of a cancellation. The New York Jets and their owners, the Johnson family, have made a $1 million joint donation to multiple United Way agencies in the New York/New Jersey area to help deal with the coronavirus outbreak.The team announced Monday that contributions will support the United Way of New York City’s COVID-19 Community Fund, the United Way of Northern New Jersey’s ALICE Recovery Fund and the United Way of Long Island’s United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19.New York City is quickly becoming a hot spot for the new coronavirus, and Mayor Bill de Blasio says hospitals are 10 days away from running out of basic supplies. More than 12,000 people have tested positive in the city, and almost 100 have died.The UWNYC Covid-19 Community Fund allows the agency to quickly deploy resources to community-based organizations that are offering emergency relief to families and individuals in need. The ALICE Recovery Fund is a crisis recovery fund that will address needs of households that struggled to afford the basics even before the pandemic. United Together: A Response Fund for COVID-19 will also help meet the basic needs of families affected by the public health emergency. ___ Martin’s Gamecocks had their opening game of the SEC Tournament called off two weeks ago.The NCAA is expected to vote on granting eligibility for athletes affected by COVID-19 on March 30.Martin says he’s struggling with giving another full season to players simply because they missed out on the championship phase of college basketball’s year. He says: “I get that’s a hard decision and a decision that eventually has to be made.”___Cleveland Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam are pledging $1.5 million to relief funds in Ohio combating the coronavirus pandemic. The organization says a majority of senior national team members indicated in an anonymous survey that they were in favor of the games being pushed back. The International Olympics Committee is considering postponing the Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic.USA Gymnastics President Li Li Leung says the organization would not specify how long of a delay it is asking for but added that most respondents were pushing for a year. Leung says the respondents’ biggest concerns centered around the health and safety of the world in general. They also were worried about the inability to train properly. Gyms in some states have been shuttered as part of a lockdown designed to help slow the spread of the virus.Leung says the respondents who wanted the games to go forward as scheduled were concerned about whether their bodies could withstand another year of training. Some respondents also worried about whether they could absorb the cost of extending their elite careers another 12 months.If the games are postponed, the 2020 Olympic trials would also be pushed back. Leung says the organization still hopes to hold a national championship in 2020. The event currently is scheduled for June 4-7 in Fort Worth, Texas. Leung says USA Gymnastics is looking at different options in terms of competition schedules.___ The Latest: USA Gymnastics to ask for Olympic postponement Kjøll says she respects the IOC’s request to “come up with a well thought-out and good plan for when the games can be completed.”The Norwegian federation previously had said the Tokyo Olympics should only to take place once the coronavirus outbreak “is under firm control” worldwide.The Canadian Olympic Committee has said it will not be sending athletes to the Olympics unless the games are postponed by a year. Australia says it was advising its athletes to prepare for an Olympics in 2021.___Basketball governing body FIBA is telling players around the world to stay inside. “Our athletes have been magnificent in their positive attitude to training and preparing, but the stress and uncertainty has been extremely challenging for them,” Chesterman said in a statement released Monday by the Australian Olympic Committee.AOC chief executive Matt Carroll says Australia has athletes based overseas and training in central locations around the country.“With travel and other restrictions this becomes an untenable situation,” Carroll said.The Canadian Olympic Committee earlier said it won’t send athletes to the Tokyo Games unless they are postponed for a year, becoming the first country to threaten such a move in the face of the coronavirus pandemic.The committee sent out a statement Sunday evening saying it was willing to help the IOC search for alternatives, but that it was not safe for athletes, “their families and the broader Canadian community for athletes to continue training for these games.” A group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.Athletics Association president Christian Taylor and vice president Emma Coburn say “we’re imploring the IOC to announce the postponement of Tokyo 2020 Olympics much sooner than in four weeks’ time.”Taylor is a long jumper and Coburn is a runner. Both competed for the United States at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.The group says more than 4,000 athletes have responded to a survey it conducted, with a large majority favoring postponement. Associated Press FIBA president Hamane Niang and secretary general Andreas Zagklis says that in “no circumstance should our passion to play basketball surpass the importance of following the instructions of the public authorities” when it comes to helping ensure public health.FIBA says it plans to make decisions soon about the Basketball Champions League, the Basketball Champions League Americas and the Basketball Africa League — as well as all suspended international competitions.FIBA also is monitoring the Olympic developments as the world begins bracing for — and in some cases, advocating for — a postponement of this year’s Tokyo Games. Since qualifying is not yet completed, FIBA says “there is a growing need for answers to be provided quickly.”Niang and Zagklis added that “we will not ask our players to go somewhere, where we would not send our own children.”___ Pacaembu Stadium in São Paulo is being turned into an open-air hospital to help fight the coronavirus outbreak.The 45,000-seat stadium that was built for the 1950 World Cup is expected to have more than 200 beds and should be ready in 10 days. Construction began on Saturday.___The president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee is recommending that athletes from the country are not sent to the Tokyo Games if they take place as scheduled.Berit Kjøll says “it will not be possible to carry out a Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics in July as planned” because of the growing coronavirus outbreak. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___USA Gymnastics is joining the growing chorus of sports governing bodies asking for the 2020 Olympics to be delayed. Only four teams advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals before the remaining Round of 16 games scheduled on March 17-18 were postponed.UEFA says the Europa League final, due on May 27 in Gdansk, Poland, and the Women’s Champions League final, scheduled for May 24 in Vienna, Austria, are also postponed.___South Carolina men’s basketball coach Frank Martin isn’t sure athletes from winter sports should get another year of eligibility despite missing the sport’s premiere event, the NCAA Tournament.Martin said Monday that only a small percentage of college seniors are included in the sports’ postseason tournaments. He says the vast majority completed their seasons before conference tournaments and other postseason events were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. March 23, 2020 The Carolina Hurricanes will temporarily close offices at PNC Arena beginning Tuesday so employees in hockey and business operations can work remotely due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.In a statement Monday, team president and general manager Don Waddell says the team will continue to operate “as normally as possible given the circumstances.”The team also announced there will be a blood drive Thursday at the arena in partnership with UNC REX Healthcare, WakeMed and The Blood Connection. Precautions will include asking donors to wait in their cars to allow for social distancing, spacing donor chairs “as far apart as possible” and encouraging donors to make an appointment.___The Kansas City Chiefs are matching the charitable work of their players, announcing that the organization will donate a number of meals equal to the number players donate to food pantries in the metropolitan area. The manager of Turkish soccer club Galatasaray says he has tested positive for the new coronavirus.Fatih Terim announced on Twitter on Monday that he was “in safe hands in hospital” and asked fans not to worry.The 66-year-old Terim had called for the postponement of Turkey’s league games after the country continued games without spectators even after most other leagues in Europe stopped. The league games were halted on Friday.Earlier, Galatasaray’s deputy president Abdurrahman Albayrak also tested positive for the virus.___ The challenge began when wide receiver Tyreek Hill donated 6,000 meals to Harvesters and challenged his teammates to do the same. Tight end Travis Kelce upped him by donating 12,000 and 15 weeks’ worth of food for Operation Breakthrough, which distributes supplies to children in poverty. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes answered with 15,000 meals and $100,000, and safety Tyrann Mathieu drove the total to more than 100,000 by donating another 30,000 meals.Chiefs general manager Brett Veach also said he will donate an unspecified number of meals to local food pantries.___Germany wants the Olympic Games postponed until next year at the earliest due to the coronavirus outbreak.German Olympic Sport Federation president Alfons Hörmann tells news agency dpa he would have liked a clearer stance from the IOC, one day after the governing body said it would make a final decision on postponement within four weeks. The New York Giants have closed their team headquarters in the Meadowlands because of the coronavirus.The Giants announced Monday they closed the Quest Diagnostics Training Center after business on Friday. Ten days earlier they had ordered most of the team’s personnel to work remotely from home. Now everyone will.Security will continue to guard the building. The Giants took their coaches and scouts off the road on March 13 and halted all business travel.___The acclaimed equestrian summer tournament at Spruce Meadows in Canada has been canceled because of COVID-19.
British Senior Open postponedUNDATED (AP) — The Senior British Open has been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, but organizers are still hoping the last senior major of the year can be played in 2020.The event, due to take place at Sunningdale from July 23-26, is the fourth of the five senior majors to lose its scheduled place on the calendar because of the pandemic.Word of the postponement comes a week after the regular British Open was called off for the first time since 1945. It’s been moved to next July so it can still be held at Royal St. George’s.The Senior PGA Championship and the U.S. Senior Open have been canceled, while the Regions Tradition has been rescheduled for Sept. 24-27 from early May. The Senior Players Championship, scheduled for Firestone Country Club in Ohio from July 9-12, hasn’t been called off yet. Larson was in his seventh Cup season with Ganassi and had been prepping to test free agency for the first time. Just weeks ago, the 27-year-old was considered the top free agent in NASCAR. Now he is out of a job in what could ultimately be an eight-figure blunder.The unraveling began Sunday night when Larson was competing in one of the iRacing virtual events drivers are playing during the sports stoppage caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Larson appeared to lose communication on his headset with his spotter. During a check of his microphone, he asked his spotter, “You can’t hear me?” That was followed by the N-word. The slur from Larson was directed at his spotter, who is white.He was suspended without pay by Ganassi early Monday, then suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and Larson, who is half Japanese, was ordered to complete a sensitivity training. But his entire program fell apart as primary sponsors McDonalds and Credit One Bank pulled their funding from Larson. Chevrolet suspended its relationship with him, and all but one commercial partner denounced Larson’s comment and indicated they were ending their relationship.Ganassi says it decided to end its relationship with Larson when “it became obvious that this was the only appropriate course of action to take.” It called Larson’s comments “offensive and unacceptable especially given the values of our organization.”MLB-NEWS Update on the latest sports Hank Steinbrenner dead at 63UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner has died. The oldest son of George Steinbrenner was 63. The team said he died at home in Clearwater, Florida, due to a long-standing health issue.Hank Steinbrenner was one of the four siblings who own the team’s controlling shares. He had hoped to succeed as father as the team’s controlling owner. Between the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he became the public voice of the Yankees ownership. He didn’t appear to have much involvement in the team’s operations in recent years and devoted more time to racing interests.In other baseball news:—The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks are two of the Major League Baseball teams participating in a study of the coronavirus that will test hundreds of people — including players — from the various clubs for antibodies. Both Arizona and San Francisco confirmed they were participating. The Oakland Athletics also are taking part, a person with direct knowledge of the club’s decision told The Associated Press on Tuesday, speaking on condition of anonymity because specific details weren’t made public. Stanford University is one of the institutions running the study. Chargers sign former XFL tight end Donald Parham Jr.COSTA MESA, Calif. (AP) — Donald Parham Jr., who led XFL tight ends in yards and receptions, has signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers, the team said Tuesday.Parham had 24 receptions for 307 yards and four touchdowns for the Dallas Renegades before the XFL season ended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Parham was also the only tight end in the league to have a 100-yard receiving game.Parham spent time with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins during the offseason last year.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Associated Press He’s coming off a breakout season in which he was named a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection by The Associated Press and league coaches. His per-game scoring average increased 10 points this season to 14.0 while starting 30 of 31 contests to help the Wildcats earn the SEC regular season title. Richards also ranked fourth nationally in shooting at 64% and made the SEC all-defensive squad with averages of 7.8 rebounds and 2.13 blocks per game.Richards’ announcement comes a day after leading scorer Immanuel Quickley declared for the draft. Guards Ashton Hagans on Sunday and Tyrese Maxey turned pro last week.In other college basketball news:— Florida will have its top scorer back next season. Forward Keyontae Johnson announced on social media Tuesday that he plans to return for his junior year with the Gators, a huge boost for coach Mike White’s program. Johnson averaged 14.0 points a game to lead the team in scoring, and was second in rebounding. He also led the team in steals with 38, was second in 3-point shooting at 38% and ranked third in assists with 49. He played his best basketball down the stretch, notching five double-doubles in Florida’s final nine games before the coronavirus pandemic canceled most of the postseason.NFL-CHARGERS-PARHAM April 14, 2020 — Former big league manager Jim Frey has died at age 88. Frey managed the Kansas City Royals to the 1980 AL pennant and the Chicago Cubs within one win of the 1984 World Series. Frey became friends in high school with future big league Don Zimmer, then spent 14 years in the minor leagues without reaching the majors. His 1980 Royals swept the Yankees in the ALCS, then lost to Philadelphia in a six-game World Series. His Cubs wasted a 2-0 lead against San Diego in the 1984 NLCS.—Former World Series MVP Steve Pearce is retiring, saying he’s done playing after an injury-plagued season for the Boston Red Sox. Pearce made the announcement Monday night on Boston radio station WEEI while it aired a replay of the 2018 World Series opener between the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The career journeyman homered and hit a three-run double in Game 4 of that matchup, then homered twice the next day as the Red Sox took title and he won the MVP. Pearce turned 37 on Monday. He was hurt most of last season and didn’t play after May 31.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSKentucky’s Richards is fourth player to enter NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Kentucky forward Nick Richards will enter the NBA draft and forego his final season of collegiate eligibility by signing with an agency. —The Chicago Cubs are putting Wrigley Field to use as a food distribution hub to help support COVID-19 relief efforts.The Cubs said they will use the famed ballpark’s concourse as a food-packing and distribution center starting this week while working with Lakeview Pantry.The team also plans to open the Hotel Zachary it owns across the street from Wrigley to workers at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center through the end of the month. Hotel staff will be required to wear personal protective equipment while working and follow social distancing guidelines.— There will be no Golden Spikes Award this year, ending a streak of 42 consecutive seasons. USA Baseball made the announcement Tuesday. It followed the NCAA’s decision to cancel spring sports seasons due to the new coronavirus. Past winners included future NL MVPs Buster Posey, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant. Bob Horner was the first Golden Spikes winner in 1978.— The University of Cincinnati has eliminated its men’s soccer program as other colleges weigh cutbacks because of budget problems resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. College are grappling with revenue losses from spring sports cancellations, including the NCAA basketball tournament. Eliminating sports is considered a last resort by athletic directors who face difficult choices.— Tokyo organizers say they have no “Plan B” for the Olympics if they need to be postponed again. They say they are proceeding under the assumption the Olympics will open on July 23, 2021. That date was set last month by the IOC and Japanese officials after the spreading coronavirus pandemic made it clear the Olympics could not be held as scheduled.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The Tour de France won’t begin as planned because French President Emmanuel Macron (eh-mahn-yoo-EHL’ mah-KROHN’) has canceled all public events with large crowds through mid-July in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Tour organizers say it is now impossible for the three-week race to start on June 27 in the Riviera city of Nice as scheduled. It is unclear if cycling’s biggest event will be scrapped from the race calendar— The NHL will remain on pause through at least the end of the month. The league on Tuesday announced it was extending its self-quarantine recommendation for players, coaches and staff through April 30. The announcement marks the third time the NHL has pushed back its timetable since suspending play on March 12 because of the new coronavirus.— Major League Soccer says its hopes of returning in mid-May are “extremely unlikely.” In a statement Tuesday, the league said guidance from federal and local public health officials is making it unlikely the league will be able to restart in about a month. MLS says the goal remains to play as many games as possible, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to potentially play an entire season even if there are enough dates available.— Major League Baseball is moving its annual celebration of Jackie Robinson online because of the delay in the season caused by the new coronavirus. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is launching a virtual learning hub to coincide with tomorrow’s 73rd anniversary of Robinson breaking the major league color barrier. CC Sabathia (suh-BATH’-ee-uh) and Harold Reynolds are among the former major leaguers reading excerpts from the book by his daughter, Sharon. The MLB Network and MLB.com will feature Robinson-related programming. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-LARSON FIREDLarson fired over slurCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson has been fired by Chip Ganassi Racing, a day after nearly every one of his sponsors dropped the star driver for using a racial slur during a live stream of a virtual race.
CLOSE contests were the order of the evening as the quarter-finals of the GT Beer/Limacol Limacol 2017 Round-Robin Knock-out Football tournament concluded in Linden and at Victoria, East Coast Demerara.In Linden, it was nip and tuck when Western Tigers edged Milerock FC 1-0. The Georgetown-based side brought the game to the Lindeners and were rewarded when Joshua Britton found the back of the net in the 57th minute.However, it was by no means over as Milerock seemed to put ‘pep’ into their steps and became fiercer in their thirst to equalise; coming as close as the post in a last-ditch effort on the edge of time.Western Tigers scorer Joshua BrittonHowever, the final blasts on the whistle ensured the score line remained unchanged.Game two was a physical contest between the veterans Federal Winners Connection (WC) and Eagles United, with the former winning 1-0 as well.Eagles started the game in fine style, weathering the physical style of the WC team and producing dazzling runs of their own, but the finishing in the final third lacked bite; with their players juggling their efforts at the goalmouth.While their defence was almost flawless, the centre backs let Rene Gibbons through just once and he made them pay the ultimate price, punching the ball past the flailing arms of the goalkeeper.Eagles continued on with the possession game, but could not find that decisive strike; their mid-field produced the goods that seemed not to translate to the final third.In the other round of games at the Victoria Ground, the Police Force through Dwain Jacobs (5th) and Quincy Holder (12th) overpowered Den Amstel for their 2-1 win, and a spot in the semi-finals.Kester Jacobs (3rd) minute strike was enough to give the West Coast Demerara side the lead, albeit brief.Almost the same plot played out in game two, where Santos came from behind to win against Mahaica Determinators 2-1.Eion Abel’s 4th minute strike was cancelled out through Dominique Bobb-(45th+3) stunner, with that crucial goal setting the stage for the decisive strike in the 77th from Orin Yarde to take the game away from the home side.In the semi-finals billed for the GFC on Friday, Winners Connection will battle the Boys in Blue while Santos will have the chance to meet Western Tigers. … Close games in quarter-final action
… Essequibo, Berbice face off in final tomorrow BERBICE bowlers ran through Georgetown-Mahaicony Combined line-up to post an easy 90-run win in the second semifinal in the Combined Phase of the National Secondary Schools cricket tournament yesterday at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground.The win means that Berbice Combined will face Essequibo Combined in the final tomorrow at the same venue.Nigel Deodat (right) and Kelvin Umroa share five wickets.Berbice Combined left-arm spinners Nigel Deodat and Kelvin Umroa were the main architects in the run chase, as the hosts were bowled out for 94 in 33.2 overs.Deodat finished with 3-18 while Umroa had 2-13. Seon Glasgow, Kelvon Anderson and Leon Swammy contributed a wicket each in the run chase of 184 made by Berbice Combined.Earlier, the visitors’ innings was built around opener Jason Sinclair’s 61 and Garfield Benjamin 46. The 16-year-old Sinclair shared in two meaningful partnerships as Berbice made 184 all out in the final over of the innings.Put in to bat, the visitors got off to a relatively slow but steady start, as the new ball proved lively, prompting several close calls against openers Sinclair and Alex Algoo.The pair brought up their 50-run stand off 69 balls, before it was broken by left-arm spinner Daniel Mootoo when he had Algoo stumped for 20.Sinclair was joined by Benjamin and the pair marched on comfortably. Sinclair began to blossom in a more attacking approach, reaching his half-century off 62 balls.The duo got Berbice Combined past the 100-run mark in the 25th over, but their fears of yet again wasting a strong foundation resurfaced when Sinclair’s 76-ball innings came to an end to a top-edge catch off Dwayne Dick, at 105-2. Sinclair hit five fours and a six.Sinclair’s dismissal brought Anderson to the crease, and the third-wicket partnership quickly gained some momentum before Anderson was caught and bowled off left-arm spinner Ashmead Nedd for 15.Junior SinclairThereafter the hosts’ spinners to their credit had been good with their bowling, not allowing the visitors to score freely, and the remaining batsmen failed to build on the solid foundation, as they lost their last seven wickets for just 37 runs, including Benjamin.Nedd and off-spinner Pradesh Balkishun did much of the damage, claiming 3-22 each. Dick and Mootoo had 2-35 and 1-15 respectively.Medium pacer Swammy then set the tone for a tough run chase with a sensational opening spell of bowling in which he had opener Alphius Bookie (0) caught behind off the outside edge, at 3-1.Swammy was unlucky not to remove the other opener Sachin Singh after wicketkeeper Sinclair floored a regulation catch when Singh was on six..However, Singh and Stephon Wilson then added 45 runs for the second wicket before left-arm spinner Umroa made two timely inroads, removing both Wilson (31) and Singh (21).Things went from bad to worse for the hosts, with the last seven wickets falling for 30 runs. Only Balkishun (25) offered some resistance.Tomorrow’s final is scheduled to start at 09:30hrs.
WITH Guyana’s female senior National team – the Lady Jags – preparing for the May 24-28 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) Women’s Caribbean Cup, president of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Wayne Forde told Chronicle Sport that the squad will feature a mixture ofMariam El Masiri has been one of Guyana’s top performers on the international stage.both local and overseas talent, representing the Land of Many Waters.When the GFF hired Mark Rodrigues in 2010 to resuscitate the country’s women’s football programme, players with heritage ties to Guyana playing collegiate and professional league were assembled.Rodrigues, due to the lack of any properly organised women’s football league and matches, was forced build a roster with predominantly overseas players.“This time we’ll be going with a mixture of both local and overseas players,” explained Forde, as the GFF prepares to encamp the local players and will soon announce the overseas players called for their CFU engagement next month.The GFF recently appointed Tricia Munroe, a former national player, as its Women’s Development Officer, with Forde making it clear that every federation is mandated to not only invest in women’s football, but to do so meaningfully and to encourage growth in the sport.“We’re not at that place where we could send a local squad for international participation, or have a predominantly local squad. We had a women’s developmental league and that helped to kick-start our plans for women’s football and I think our Technical Director Mr. (Ian) Greenwood, has a fantastic plan for women’s football, so yes, we have called overseas players,” Forde said.The Lady Jags in 2010 had qualified for the CONCACAF Gold Cup; a feat that is yet to be accomplished by Golden Jaguars (male senior national team).Facing Trinidad, hosts and eventual winners Mexico and Canada, Guyana failed to pick up a win, but put the world on notice that Lady Jags will be a force to be reckoned with in the Caribbean.Despite reaching the penultimate round of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Quilters the ‘Golden Jaguars’ are yet to feature in a major CONCACAF/FIFA tournament.However, in-fighting and a stagnant GFF which led to the installation of a Normalisation Committee in 2014, saw the team miss several regional and international tournaments between 2010 and 2014 until the Clinton Urling-led body decided to bring Rodrigues for a second stint and this time the team reached the Olympic Qualifiers.The Lady Jags had qualified for the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying in Houston, Texas, where they were grouped with Canada, Trinidad and Guatemala.Guyana went down to Canada (5-0) and Trinidad (6-0), but won their first game at a CONCACAF tournament when they defeated Guatemala 2-1.“The aim is to have our best possible time at any time representing Guyana and if that means having a predominantly overseas team, then so be it. But our federation’s mandate is to have women’s football at a place where we could see more girls locally representing us.The Lady Jags would’ve done us proud when everything wasn’t seem to be going right for us, so we’re happy to see that they are properly prepared,” Forde highlighted.Akilah Castello was named head coach and will be assisted by recently-appointed GFF’s Women’s Development Officer Trisha Munroe.
By Joe ChapmanRECENTLY elected president of the Upper Demerara Football Association (UDFA), Terrence Mitchell, has taken umbrage to a report by former UDFA official Jermaine Figuiera on his assumption to the top post, as if it was unconstitutional and not aboveboard.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport, Mitchell said the May 13 elections of the UDFA was one which was overseen by the governing Guyana Football Federation (GFF).“So the question about how I emerge to be president: Look it was constitutional. The GFF got involved. The General Council of (UDFA) made that decision and decided they want this thing fixed. They called on me to serve as the president,” Mitchell said.A Civil Engineer by profession, Mitchell highlighted, “We (UDFA) had a situation where the previous executive became unstable, so to speak, in the sense that persons who were disgruntled over a couple of things happening, started falling off the ship.”Mitchell, who had resigned as secretary in February of this year, noted that it was his passion for the game and the fact that he wanted to “see football move forward; and I know I have what it takes to take football to the next level” which fuelled his return to the game.“I have ideas and surround myself with a team what have that passion to make it happen. GFF came on board and conducted that meeting, whether it was supposed to be three months later or whether it happens now,” Mitchell pointed out.The former president of the Amelia’s Ward United FC on the question by Figuiera in another section of the media, where the Member of Parliament asked about the timing of the UDFA election, which was expected in another three months, stated, “The fact remains that we want to see the continued development of football. We cannot wait for it to be a long period, if you have the opportunity to fix it now, so that the thing could continue going forward.”He continued, “So this notion about the haste in fixing the football, that is a setback for me. I can’t see how you could think that we should stay destabilised for a period when we have the opportunity, not to do so that we can continue going forward. Nevertheless, our mentality was to fix it right now and move forward. We brought forward that elections early; there was a need for it.”The UDFA boss was adamant stating “Anybody doing anything other than progress for football, I don’t want to hear from them. If you are not talking progress, don’t come talking retrogression to me. We are going forward, we are not looking back.”
(REUTERS)-Indian recalled batsman Rohit Sharma and included uncapped all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the squad to face Sri Lanka in a three-test series starting this month, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said on Sunday.Sharma last played in the five-day format against New Zealand in October, 2016 before he was sidelined with a thigh injury.The 30-year-old, who finished as second-highest run scorer at the Champions Trophy last month, was rested for the limited-overs tour of West Indies. He replaces Karun Nair in the 16-member squad.Pandya, a regular in India’s one-day international and Twenty20 sides, could make his test debut to support the pace bowling unit comprising Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar.KL Rahul was also included after recovering from a shoulder injury sustained during the home test series against Australia this year.The number one Test team in the official rankings, Virat Kohli’s India side will play three tests, five one-dayers and one Twenty20 international in Sri Lanka.Full squad: Virat Kohli (captain), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Rohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Abhinav Mukund.