Associated Press The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its football media days online because of concerns about COVID-19.The ACC Football Kickoff was originally scheduled to be held at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been rescheduled for July 21-23 with coverage on the ACC Network. Commissioner John Swofford, each of the conference’s 14 head coaches and selected players will be featured. All 10 FBS conferences have now announced that their media days will be altered because of the pandemic, with most going virtual. The Big Ten has not made a final decision on its media days.___Norwich midfielder Marco Stiepermann has returned to training after self-isolating at home following a positive test for COVID-19. The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel wants to cancel its 50th anniversary edition in October because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say they told tour officials they would “prefer to cancel this year’s edition of the tournament in light of the current situation.”Tournament head Roger Brennwald says playing the event with no fans or with social distancing “have to be ruled out for us in Basel on economic grounds.”The ATP is expected to decide on its end-of-season indoor schedule in mid-July.Brennwald says “it looks like coronavirus is on match point and is set for victory.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The University of Texas announced that 13 football players tested positive for COVID-19 or are presumed positive, and contact tracing has 10 more in isolation. Texas started bringing football players back to campus for workouts on June 8. The school has also identified four other players who tested positive for the COVID-19 antibody.Kansas State officials reported Wednesday night that eight Wildcats athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 out of 130 tested. The NCAA on Wednesday approved plans for an extended preseason to give teams more time to hold walk-throughs. With the coronavirus pandemic wiping out spring practice for most teams, along with the usual required summer activities for players such as weight training and film study, schools want to make up for lost preparation time.___Club rugby in Europe is set to resume on Aug. 22 after a five-month suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak with matches in the PRO14 league that contains teams Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and South Africa. A truncated regular season will be concluded by two rounds of matches where teams from the same nation play each other home and away to avoid cross-border travel.Semifinal matches will take place on Sept. 5 and the final on Sept. 12.PRO14 tournament director David Jordan says “we are very fortunate to be in a position where everyone involved is confident that we can conclude the season on the field of play.”The league has two conferences. Leinster and Ulster are the current top two in Conference A while Edinburgh and Munster are the top two in Conference B.___ Hometown great Roger Federer was already set to miss the tournament where he worked as a ballboy and is the record 10-time champion. He ended his season this month to recover from knee surgery.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: 13 Texas players test positive for COVID-19 June 18, 2020 The English club was informed of the positive test on Friday. That was the same day Norwich played Tottenham in a friendly ahead of the resumption of the Premier League.Norwich says Stiepermann has remained asymptomatic and has since taken two further tests that returned negative results.Norwich is in last place in the league and hosts Southampton on Friday in their first Premier League game back after the three-month suspension.One person has tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest round of checks. The Premier League announced that 1,541 tests had been conducted on players and club staff on June 15 and 16.___
The ball swished through the net and Trevor Cooney’s celebration wasn’t much of a celebration at all. It was his and Syracuse’s first made 3 of the game, sandwiched between a three-point play on a layup and two free throws for Cooney — a personal 8-0 run that helped the Orange bury Loyola (Maryland) in the Carrier Dome on Tuesday night. But he didn’t yell or pump his fist. He just glided backward to the defensive end while lightly nodding his head. “I think at times this year I’ve gotten a little too up and I can’t get up or down,” Cooney said after the win over the Greyhounds. “As a shooter you just have to think about the next one, not the one that just happened. Miss or make.”And Cooney’s up-and-down demeanor is a microcosm of the start to his season. In spurts, the junior guard has been the perimeter threat that can jumpstart the SU offense and take pressure off of Rakeem Christmas and Chris McCullough in the post. But he’s also had trouble stringing together two straight makes and has often been the same inconsistent player that greatly contributed to the Orange’s sputtering out at the end of last season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat Syracuse (4-1) will get out of its most experienced guard this season is still up in the air, and Cooney will use the next nonconference game — a 7 p.m. date with Holy Cross (3-0) in the Carrier Dome on Friday — as another chance to find a consistent touch.“I’m not too worried about slow starts,” Cooney said. “I just need to take the right shots and I’ll contribute just fine.”Cooney is averaging 11.2 points per game and has made nine of his 29 3-point attempts through five games, but slow shooting starts have coincided with slow starts for the Orange offense. Syracuse held Loyola scoreless for the first 10:04 of game time, but only scored 28 points in the first half to let the Greyhounds stay in the game. Cooney came around a screen for his first long-range attempt and, with a defender right in his face, hoisted an off-balance shot and was stuffed as soon as he released it.He went 0-for-3 from downtown in the first half and found more success going to the rim against an inferior defense. “That first shot I took was horrible,” Cooney said. “Just can’t do that.”At the start of the season, Cooney wouldn’t say whether he considered himself a top shooter in the Atlantic Coast Conference, but added that he was honored to even be asked. On Tuesday, he said he knows he’s solely defined by makes and misses and was quick to point out that one more 3 would have given him 16 points and “then you’d all say I had a great night.”Instead, it was SU’s frontcourt that had a great night while Cooney played a supporting role.“Trevor’s even more important with us trying to get it down to the low post all the time,” SU point guard Kaleb Joseph said earlier in the season. “When he is hitting, we just get that much more dynamic.”With Syracuse methodically working the ball into the post and relying on frontcourt scoring, Cooney’s availability depends on how much opposing guards help down on Christmas and McCullough.If they do help down, Cooney will be tested to hit open jump shots and there will be groans from the crowd if he doesn’t. If they don’t, he’ll have to create his own shots and work off the dribble, which has presented discomfort in the past but could be his best bet to contribute as teams continue to key on him.Cooney saw a mix of both against Loyola, as the Greyhounds focused on Christmas on the block but also had enough size to let their guards chase Cooney step for step around the arc. It wasn’t 16 points or a spotless performance by any stretch, but head coach Jim Boeheim was satisfied. “It’s not two guys, you can’t win with two guys,” Boeheim said after the win. “Trevor was more aggressive tonight, made some good plays. If he can get 13 points every night I’d be happy.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 28, 2014 at 10:10 am Contact Jesse: firstname.lastname@example.org | @dougherty_jesse
There is Irish interest as the European Boxing Championship resumes today in Ukraine. In this afternoon’s preliminary bouts, Sean McComb takes on Russian opposition in the light welterweight division, while Tipperary’s Dean Gardiner takes on a Ukrainian fighter in the Men’s Super Heavyweight.Later this evening Rio Olympian Brendan Irvine takes to the ring in the Men’s Flyweight division last-16.
Sergio Aguero scored five goals in 20 minutes to enter the record books in Manchester City’s 6-1 win against Newcastle on Saturday afternoon.Aguero scored in the 42nd, 49th, 50th, 60th and 62nd minutes before being substituted on 66 minutes.The Argentine, who ended a five-match Premier League goal drought with his haul, became the fifth Premier League player to reach the landmark in a game.Aguero joins Andy Cole, Alan Shearer, Jermain Defoe and Dimitar Berbatov in the record books.Cole scored his record in Manchester United’s 9-0 win over Ipswich in 1995, Alan Shearer scored five in Newcastle’s 8-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in 1999 while Jermain Defoe netted his in Tottenham’s 9-1 win over Wigan in 2009 and Berbatov also got five in Manchester United’s 7-1 win over Blackburn a year later.Aguero’s goals take him to eight for the season. –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Olivo lunged at Guerrero during a pitching change in the seventh inning of the Isotopes’ game against the Salt Lake Bees on Tuesday morning, apparently upset over Guerrero’s attempt at a tag during a stolen base earlier in the inning.Olivo went after Guerrero again in the Albuquerque dugout between innings. The 35-year-old catcher bit off part of Guerrero’s ear as the fight escalated. Teammates, coaches and even an umpire tried to break up the fracas, causing a delay in the game.The injury comes at an inopportune time for the 27-year-old infielder, who played the last two games at shortstop after spending the offseason and all of spring training preparing for a job at second base. Guerrero leads the Dodgers’ Triple-A affiliate with a .376 batting average. He had also recently been taking ground balls at third base.Guerrero signed a four-year, $28 million contract with the Dodgers last October after successfully defecting from Cuba.With Guerrero shelved, shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena was recalled from Double-A Chattanooga to take the big-league roster spot of injured third baseman Juan Uribe. Arruebarrena, a Cuban defector who is considered major-league ready in the field, hit safely in six of his last seven games at Chattanooga to raise his batting average to .208. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers prospect Alex Guerrero remained in a Salt Lake City-area hospital Wednesday, one day after a portion of his left ear was bitten off by Albuquerque Isotopes teammate Miguel Olivo.Guerrero hasn’t decided whether or not to press criminal charges against Olivo, according to a source, and might not for some time as he continues to recuperate. Guerrero required plastic surgery Tuesday to re-attach the missing portion of his ear.The injury is considered long-term; according to one report he could miss up to five weeks. In the meantime, Olivo was suspended Wednesday by the Isotopes “pending the completion of an investigation into the dugout altercation during yesterday’s game at Salt Lake.” The Dodgers signed Arruebarrena to a five-year, $25 million contract in February. He didn’t appear in Wednesday’s game.Uribe strained his right hamstring running the bases Tuesday and was placed on the 15-day disabled list.Also …The Dodgers made one other transaction Wednesday, optioning right-handed reliever Chris Withrow to Triple-A to make room for starter Hyun-Jin Ryu on the active roster.Withrow has a 2.95 ERA in 20 appearances with the Dodgers this season, while limiting opponents to a .143 batting average with 28 strikeouts in 21.1 innings. He’s also walked at least one batter in 11 of his last 15 appearances.
It’s not a question of why Kobe plays so much while Russell and Randle play so little.The question is why Lou Williams, Roy Hibbert, Brandon Bass and Nick Young play so much. They’re not going anywhere and don’t have to be celebrated.The answer is: Coach Byron Scott is Old School, deciding playing time on merit.Randle was already a demon worker who was demoted essentially because he was starting when they — and especially Kobe — were awful, going to the bench after scoring 15 points with 10 rebounds in a 111-91 loss in Auburn Hills.Russell, on the other hand, didn’t work as hard, needed to be called on it and has gained from the experience.Randle has been mostly professional, with notable sulks like the game in which ESPN’s Mark Jackson called him out and his blowup at being taken out in last week’s win over Phoenix.It’s a rebuilding program, just a tough one, Laker style, as when assistant coach Kurt Rambis rode young Andrew Bynum so hard, Drew cried.Unfortunately for Scott, two seasons is an awfully long time for a Lakers coach these days. Ask Mike D’Antoni.If the Lakers don’t blame Byron and won’t fire him this season, there’s little doubt that ownership will want a new face next season.Byron’s likeliest successor is Warriors assistant Luke Walton, who’s not only a hot coaching prospect but a beloved former Laker.Bottom line: The real business of this season is something the Lakers can’t talk about: Tanking for all they’re worth.They have a 0 percent shot at making the playoffs, or winning 30 games, for that matter.On the other hand, they would have a 59 percent shot to draw a top-three pick that wouldn’t have to be conveyed to Philadelphia, as things stand.Normally, teams say they’re “playing the kids.”Kupchak said they can’t even do that, telling ESPN’s Baxter Holmes that they can’t “concentrate on just developing” players with the season “really a justified farewell to Bryant,” who would “want to play a lot of minutes in every game … that you might give to a young player that you can’t.”Obliged to explain what he meant on the pre-game show, Kupchak said it’s “what the fan base wants … what I think our TV partners want, our sponsor partners want, our fans want.”If it’s what their TV partners and sponsors — and owners — want, the fans want a better team next season.Actually, Kobe’s farewell and rebuilding aren’t mutually exclusive.The night after Kupchak’s comments, Kobe played 31 minutes in Sacramento, Clarkson played 35, Randle 30 and Russell 29, scoring 27 points.No one has to worry about Bryant’s farewell, which has been as surprising to Kobe as anyone.Peers once shunned him after he was deemed to have run off the popular Shaquille O’Neal. Now the LeBron James-Kevin Durant generation reveres him.Bryant is a runaway leader over all other players in All-Star balloting.Sacramento fans chanted “Kobe! Kobe!” as he scored 28 points in last week’s shootout that their Kings barely won, 118-115.In Cowbell Kingdom — named after a Phil Jackson jibe — where the only good Laker was thought to be a dead Laker, tributes don’t come any nicer.Now if Kobe can avoid leading the Lakers to too many victories, this season may have a happy ending, or as happy as endings get in Lakerdom these days. This also means effectively writing off next season when they can start to rebuild, again.All that is, in fact, gone, even if it was a blow to the local midsection to see the Lakers make it official.It wasn’t lost because of any management decision about rebuilding. What would have been doable for Karl-Anthony Towns and Andrew Wiggins was not for D’Angelo Russell and Julius Randle.It remains to be seen if Russell and Randle were the best choices — Russell faces formidable comparisons with Kristaps Porzingis and Jahlil Okafor — but not until they play starters’ minutes.Not that this is anything the Lakers had to do for Bryant. A journey of 1,000 miles starts with a single step, which will mean something to the Lakers … whenever they take it.GM Mitch Kupchak touched off an uproar, suggesting that they have slowed the pace of rebuilding to celebrate Kobe Bryant’s farewell.So much for the latest batch of happy scencarios in Lakerdom.The Lakers were not only writing off the season but the summer when they hoped to have a hot young nucleus to lure Kevin Durant. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
“It is a good challenge for us. You have to live as a club, as players if we can do that,” said Guardiola after the first leg.“We have a second game. It looks a little more complicated but every day, every hour is going to pass we will see it closer.”Guardiola is also under the spotlight after he was accused of again over-thinking his team selection and tactics in the Champions League after defeat in north London last week.It is now 10 games and eight years since a Guardiola side won an away Champions League quarter or semi-final, despite boasting three immensely talented teams in Barca, Bayern and City.Guardiola made his name in winning the competition twice among 14 trophies in four golden years at Barcelona.His three years at Bayern also produced domestic dominance in three Bundesliga titles and two German cups, but was coloured by three Champions League semi-final exits to Real Madrid, Barca and Atletico Madrid.Failure to even reach the last four in his first three seasons at City would see his credentials as a Champions League specialist further diminished.Against Tottenham, it’s time for his “teenagers” to come of age on the biggest stage. Pep Guardiola Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City remain in contention for a historic haul of four trophies this season, but winning the one by which Pep Guardiola’s time at the Etihad will be judged depends on overturning a 1-0 Champions League quarter-final, first leg deficit against Tottenham on Wednesday.City’s long-term pursuit of Guardiola has delivered what it promised domestically.Premier League records for points, goals and wins were smashed in romping to the title last season.Guardiola’s men are on course to become the first side in a decade to retain the Premier League despite Liverpool, 18 times English champions, posting what is likely to be a club record points tally.City have already retained the League Cup and will be heavy favourites to claim more silverware when they face Watford in next month’s FA Cup final.However, the far less heralded Roberto Mancini and Manuel Pellegrini also won Premier League titles in the decade since the club’s Abu Dhabi backers began pouring in billions of pounds of investment.The grand plan was for Guardiola to lead City to the promised land in the Champions League, which so far he has failed to do.The Catalan has constantly used City’s lack of history in European football as a shield. Should the English champions turn the Tottenham tie around, it will be just their second ever appearance in the semi-finals.“We are teenagers in this competition,” said Guardiola before his side swotted aside Schalke 7-0 in the second leg of their last 16 tie.Yet, it is not Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich that have dumped City out in Guardiola’s first two seasons, but Monaco and Liverpool.Bowing out to a Spurs side 16 points behind City in the league and that spend nearly half the wage bill of Guardiola’s squad would leave a significant stain on an almost flawless season to this point. Share on: WhatsApp
By The Nelson Daily SportsErik Wentzel scored a power play goal with eight minutes left in the game to spark the Castlegar Rebels to a 4-3 victory over the Nelson Leafs in Kootenay International Junior Hockey League action Friday at the NDCC Arena.The loss was the third straight for the Leafs. Castlegar has dominated the season series against the Nelson losing only one game.The teams conclude the West Kootenay rivalry tonight in the Sunflower City. Game time is 7:30 p.m.Castlegar led 2-1 after one period on goals by Spencer Brodt and Ryan Aynsley. Jeff Hodgkinson scored his first goal in a Leaf jersey to keep the home team close.Stuart Walton had the only marker of the second to increase the Rebel lead to 3-1. Dallon Stoddart gave the home side some life scoring seven minutes into the third.But the Murdoch Division leaders power play finally clicked with Wentzel restoring the two-goal lead. Evan J. Moir scored with four minute remaining in the game to make the score close.Castlegar out shot the Leafs by a wide margin with Alex Ross registering the win in goal.Marcus Beesley, getting a lot of work for Nelson between the pipes with Darren Hogg still on the injury list, took the loss.ICE CHIPS: Ryan Aynsley, 20, has verbally committed to a scholarship offer at Northern Michigan University. Aynsley, a native of Kelowna, leads the Rebels in scoring with 31 goals and 35 assists for 66 points in 35 games. Aynsley spent some time with Trail of the BCHL, but decided to return to the Rebels prior to the roster deadline in January. email@example.com
Four teams fight for the tournament championship with UIW heading into the tournament as the No. 1 seed following its first tournament championship. The Cardinals will contest defending tournament champion, No. 4 Lamar. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi enters the tournament as the No. 2 seed, facing No. 3-seeded Abilene Christian. No. 3 Abilene Christian (3-2 SLC)Abilene Christian makes its Southland postseason debut since completing the transition to Division I. The Wildcats earned second-teams singles picks at the No. 1-4 lines: Josh Sheehy, Jon Sheehy, Niko Moceanu and Henry Adams winning selections. Head Coach Hutton Jones looks to push past a two-match losing streak to end the season, playing the top two teams in the conference to end the year. The championship is scheduled for 10 a.m. Sunday. No. 4 Lamar (2-3 SLC)Lamar has made the tournament championship the past four years, squaring off against the Islanders in each of those contests. The Cardinals have won the championship back-to-back years to claim the automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament. Head Coach Scott Shankles team might have a little more cut out for them this year. LU fell 5-2 to UIW when the two teams met on April 7. That match put Lamar on a three-game winless streak before the Cardinals snapped that with a 7-0 win over Nicholls to end the regular season and clinch a berth in the 2018 tournament. No. 2 Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islanders (4-1 SLC)Texas A&M-Corpus Christi seeks its sixth consecutive tournament final and first championship since 2015 when the team claimed the championship in Beaumont. Southland Freshman of the Year and a first-team selection at the No. 6 line, Kyoehei Yamanaka, leads the Islanders. Corpus Christi picked up second-team doubles selections at the No. 1 line, William Mottet and Thomas Rodrigues, and a first-team selection from the brother pair of Francois and Okkie Kellerman. In the regular season, the Islanders bested the Wildcats 6-1. BEAUMONT, TEXAS – The 2018 Southland Conference Men’s Tennis Tournament begins Saturday at 10 a.m. CT. at the Beaumont Tennis Municipal Center in Beaumont, Texas, hosted by Lamar University. No. 1 UIW (5-0 SLC)UIW is powered by the Southland Conference Player and Newcomer of the Year, Gabriel Evans. The junior transfer tallied a 4-0 record at the top line in singles play and also added a win at the No. 2 line. He and his doubles partner, Sebastian Mortier, earned a first-team selection at both singles and doubles play. Each Cardinal picked up an all-conference nod in singles and doubles. Southland Coach of the Year Jonas Andersson is in his first season at the helm for UIW. The UIW Hall-of-Famer leads UIW to its Southland postseason debut since completing the transition to Division I.
Lukaku, also on the mark in Friday’s 4-0 friendly defeat of Scotland, was brought down by a clumsy tackle from Sverrir Ingason and Hazard rolled the resulting spot-kick to the left of Hannes Halldorsson.He then got himself on the scoresheet two minutes later by following up a rebound after a powerful Vincent Kompany header was pawed into his path by Halldorsson.Thomas Meunier struck the outside of the post on the hour, although Belgium ultimately transformed their dominance into a third with nine minutes to play as Lukaku slotted away a fizzing cross from Dries Mertens.Roberto Martinez’s side move level on three points with Switzerland, who demolished Iceland 6-0 in St Gallen on Saturday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Belgium eased to victory in Reykjavik as Iceland suffered a second heavy defeat in four days© AFP Haraldur GudjonssonREYKJAVIK, Sep 11 – Romelu Lukaku scored two goals as World Cup semi-finalists Belgium began their Nations League campaign with a comfortable 3-0 win away to Iceland on Tuesday.Eden Hazard converted a 29th-minute penalty after a foul on Lukaku, with the Manchester United striker netting a quick-fire second before adding a third in the closing stages.