The Latest: Delays for MLS teams headed to Florida tourney

first_imgThe MLS team had been scheduled to leave by charter Friday. Toronto opens the World Cup-style tournament on July 10 against D.C. United.The New York Red Bulls also delayed their Friday departure, saying a staff member had produced an inconclusive COVID-19 test result. The Red Bulls said they would reschedule their flight once all the test results were confirmed. Six players from FC Dallas and one from Columbus Crew SC have already tested positive in the Sunshine State. They have been isolated and are receiving care while the other members of their delegations are in quarantine pending more testing.Major League Soccer had required teams to arrive in Florida no later than a week before their first game at the tournament, which runs July 8 to Aug. 11 at Disney’s Wide World of Sport Complex in the Orlando area. But issues with test results have caused several delays.___ The Baltic News Service reported the new date.Soccer has resumed around much of Europe in empty stadiums. The Champions League is scheduled to be completed in August at a mini-tournament in Portugal.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Lafayette informed the Naval Academy that it cannot bring its football team back to campus in time to meet medical advisory guidelines established by the FBS.Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent.___The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings.The NFL club also acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July. Kansas has suspended its voluntary football workouts because of an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the program.The school says it has tested 164 athletes and recorded 16 positives, including 12 football players. It says 45 athletes are currently in quarantine across all sports. “When we welcomed our young men back to campus a couple of weeks ago for voluntary workouts, even with the policies and procedures in place to try and protect them from becoming infected with the virus, events outside of our control has made the decision to pause these workouts necessary,” coach Les Miles said in a statement.The school says the other teams with athletes back on campus will continue their voluntary workouts.___ Reduced seating capacity means the Packers can’t guarantee that ticket holders in the general bowl and club seats will be able to reserve tickets. Season-ticket holders will be asked if they want to be part of a process allowing them a chance to reserve tickets. Those who opt out can have their 2020 payment refunded in full or credited to 2021.___The Latvian soccer federation says its national team will play a postponed friendly at Montenegro on Oct. 7.The match in Podgorica was originally scheduled to be played March 26 but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, said DeShields tested positive before coming to Cleveland. The Indians held their first workout at Progressive Field on Friday.Antonetti said DeShields is doing well and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He’ll have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.The 27-year-old DeShields spent the past five seasons with Texas. He was acquired by the Indians in the offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers.___The Sept. 12 football game between Lafayette College and Navy has been canceled. July 3, 2020center_img A third Washington Nationals player has decided to opt out of playing this Major League Baseball season because of concerns about the novel coronavirus.Manager Dave Martinez said depth catcher Welington Castillo was uncomfortable playing because he has young children. He joins first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross among those deciding not to play for the defending World Series champions.The 33-year-old Castillo played last season for the Chicago White Sox and then joined the Nationals as a backup option.___Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Toronto FC pushed back its departure to Florida for the MLS is Back Tournament to Saturday, saying more time is needed to complete pre-travel COVID-19 testing. The Latest: Delays for MLS teams headed to Florida tourney New Jersey’s premier thoroughbred track is scrambling to follow capacity limits set by the state as it prepares for its opening night of racing.Monmouth Park is scheduled to present a six-race card Friday evening. Track officials said in an afternoon statement that no more than 500 people would be allowed in certain areas, but added that information on a final capacity number would be released later in the day. The Asbury Park Press reported the track had submitted a plan to the state to allow roughly 16,000 people in the track’s outdoor areas, but the plan was not approved. The track has hosted as many as 60,000 for the Haskell Stakes, its signature event. Monmouth Park’s sports book will open but be restricted to 25% of normal capacity. All visitors to the track or sports book will be required to wear a mask and be given a brief health questionnaire.___last_img read more

Biggio’s 2-run double caps big 5th; Jays beat Red Sox 10-8

first_img COMMENT Written By Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 7th September, 2020 10:57 IST Biggio’s 2-run Double Caps Big 5th; Jays Beat Red Sox 10-8 Cavan Biggio’s two-run double capped a six-run fifth inning, Rowdy Tellez and Caleb Joseph homered and the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Boston Red Sox 10-8 on Sunday. First Published: 7th September, 2020 10:57 IST Cavan Biggio’s two-run double capped a six-run fifth inning, Rowdy Tellez and Caleb Joseph homered and the Toronto Blue Jays held off the Boston Red Sox 10-8 on Sunday.Lourdes Gurriel Jr. had four singles for the Blue Jays, who had lost the previous two games after winning the opening pair of a five-game series at Fenway Park. They have won eight of 12 overall.Toronto, second in the AL East, begins a three-game series on Monday night at its temporary Buffalo home against the third-place Yankees.Kevin Plawecki hit a three-run homer, Xander Bogaerts had a two-run blast for his team-leading 10th, and Bobby Dalbec and José Peraza also went deep for the Red Sox, who have dropped six of eight.The game lasted 4 hours, 23 minutes.The Blue Jays erased a 4-1 deficit with their big fifth against reliever Matt Hall (0-2), who was recalled from the alternate training site before the game.Gurriel had an RBI single, Joe Panik followed with a game-tying, two-run single and Derek Fisher beat hit a two-out dribbler that turned into an RBI infield single when Hall slipped and double-pumped before throwing to first.Biggio then drove reliever Robinson Leyer’s pitch off the left-field wall over Peraza’s mistimed leap for his double, making it 7-4.Thomas Hatch (3-1) worked 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief and Rafael Dolis got the final three outs for his second save.Toronto opened a 10-5 lead before Peraza and Bogaerts went deep.A day after Boston hit five homers in a walk-off win, Plawecki drove Robbie Ray’s high fastball into the batter’s eye for his first of the season.Tellez crushed his eighth off a back wall next to the bleachers and Joseph’s first landed in the Green Monster seats.FRESH STARTMaking his first start for the Blue Jays since being acquired in a deadline-day trade from Arizona, the 28-year-old Ray gave up four runs on six hits in four innings. He struck out five and walked three.SORTING THROUGH NUMBERSAndrew Triggs was the 13th starter for the Red Sox in their 42nd game. Boston entered with the majors’ highest ERA (6.11) and had allowed the most homers, helping explain why the Red Sox own the AL’s worst record.TRAINER’S ROOMBlue Jays: Pitching coach Pete Walker said before the game that RHP Matt Shoemaker (10-day injured list, right shoulder inflammation) was “coming along quicker than expected.” Shoemaker expects to start throwing off a mound in the next few days. … Walker also said rookie RHP Nate Pearson (10-day IL, elbow tightness) threw a bullpen Saturday and is expected back soon.Red Sox: Utility player Yairo Muñoz left the game with a strained right hip after running out his first-inning single. … Plawecki was hit by a pitch on his right arm and had to leave the game. … OF Alex Verdugo had the day off until pinch-hitting in the eighth. “He’s fine,” manager Ron Roenicke said. “He’s a little beat up from the diving and sliding.”UP NEXTBlue Jays: LHP Hyun Jin Ryu (3-1, 2.51 ERA) is set to face New York RHP Jordan Montgomery (2-2, 5.76).Red Sox: Have a day off before a doubleheader at Philadelphia on Tuesday. LHP Martín Pérez (2-4, 4.07) is slated to start the opener for Boston. center_img WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

March Madness bracket 2019: Upset predictions, Final Four pick in East Region

first_img… And the agony of defeat: Sporting News staff recalls their most heartbreaking memories from the NCAA Tournament. Get your tissues ready.Top 80 upsets in March Madness history: It’s not March Madness until there’s an upset. Ranking the best we ever saw.Best buzzer-beaters in NCAA Tournament history: The defining shots of the NCAA Tournament, and the reason it’s dubbed “March Madness.” SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQPrintable bracket | Predictor tool | Best bracket names | TicketsNCAA Tournament bracket picks: East RegionSN’s BRACKET GUIDES: WEST | MIDWEST | SOUTH  Best storylineThis is Zion’s region. Do we even need to say his last name? Perhaps to meet proper journalistic standards we should note his full name is Zion Williamson, that he is a forward at Duke playing in his first NCAA Tournament, that he is 6-7, 285 pounds and was named the Sporting News Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year. But you probably know all of this.There is a small segment of fans still to be introduced to him, who will come on board for March because that’s what they do each year when the bracket is released. If they haven’t yet seen Zion — but have heard vaguely about him — they are in for a treat.Likewise, there is a segment of fans worn out from promotion of his feats, but is it really possible to be cynical about him when he creates magic like he did on Saturday night, with a full-court bounce pass through traffic with just enough backspin to make it perfectly catchable for Devil point guard Tre Jones. Zion is not Magic — but he is magical.All-region teamPlayerPositionTeamZion WilliamsonForwardDukeRJ BarrettGuardDukeCassius WinstonGuardMichigan StateTremont WatersGuardLSUBruno FernandoCenterMarylandHoly heck, Zion, RJ and Cash are 60 percent of the Sporting News’ All-America first team.Best first-round gameNo. 7 Louisville vs. No. 10 Minnesota. The committee members want us to believe they do not set up these “storyline” games in the bracket. I’ve been a part of the mock bracketing process four times, and I know they can happen by accident. But if the committee wanted everyone to believe such games are not contrived, they’d have taken this one off the board as soon as their bracketing exercise cooked it up. Gophers coach Richard Pitino against the school that fired his father 18 months ago? Not only is it awkward, it also invited those covering the tournament to dredge up the ugliness of the FBI investigation of the basketball talent game. Yeah, it’ll be a fine game, with the Gophers’ Amir Coffey and Jordan Murphy up against Louisville star Jordan Nwora and his excellent supporting cast.MARCH MADNESS: Get your printable NCAA Tournament bracketSeeded too highNo. 5 Mississippi State. If seems like the Bulldogs lost most of their biggest games, it’s only because they did. They had Kentucky in their building and lost, LSU in their building and lost. They won six games against the field, but four of them were at home. They were under .500 against the field. Yes, Nevada botched their final few weeks, but there’s no way there are two seed lines between that team and this one. There was nothing about Mississippi State’s season that declared they had one of the game’s 20 best seasons.Seeded too lowNo. 2 Michigan State. The Spartans could have been a No. 1 seed, although their bad losses to Indiana and Illinois could reasonably be used against them. They could have been the No. 5 overall squad on the seed list, ahead of fellow No. 2 seed Tennessee. But even if you grant that the committee got those two decisions right, there’s no defense for putting the Spartans in the East Region with a potential game against overall No. 1 Duke. It had to be clear to everyone in that room that the extra 120 miles the Spartans would need to travel if placed in the Midwest Region at Kansas City would be preferable than to be paired with Duke. And they did it, anyway. Pathetic.BRACKET TIPS: KenPom | Play the odds | Idiot’s guideUpset specialNo. 9 UCF over No. 8 VCU. It’s hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t seen UCF 7-6 center Tacko Fall how thoroughly he wrecks the game for Knights opponents. His vast presence makes challenging the rim impossible at times, forcing teams to rely more heavily on the 3-point shot. This is not good news for the Rams, who rank near the bottom of Division I in 3-point offense. Now, VCU certainly can force an opponent into turnovers, and that’s what they’ll have to do to UCF. That way, they can race down for layups before Fall is in the neighborhood to reject their shots.Best potential gameNo. 1 Duke vs. No. 2 Michigan State. These are two of the nation’s best teams, even with MSU compromised by a series of injuries that has damaged their perimeter game. The latest was a severe ankle sprain that is expected to knock out junior wing Kyle Ahrens for the remainder of the season, an injury he suffered in the Big Ten Tournament championship game against rival Michigan. When the Spartans won and went to collect the trophy, the first two players to climb onto the podium — Ahrens and star wing Joshua Langford — did so in walking boots. It has heaped more pressure on Winston, but he has handled it beautifully. The most famous college basketball injury this season, to Williamson, is long since past the Devils; they will be at full strength. And that is a frightening proposition for all opponents.I HATE MARCH MADNESS BRACKETWhat do you hate about March Madness? Vote in SN’s poll Best potential player matchupMichigan State PG Cassius Winston vs. LSU PG Tremont Waters. Winston is not a great defender, and Waters is disruptive with his ability to gathers steals — but not one to overpower the basketball. These two creative geniuses going at one another (Winston averages 7.5 assists, Waters averages 5.9) could be a brilliant display.Get to knowYale PG Miye Oni, who averages 17.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists and shot .388 from 3-point range. He is considered a professional prospect and could be a rare — very rare! — early NBA draft entrant from the Ivy League. Once committed to Division III Williams College, Oni started to catch the attention of Division I programs with a strong senior year at Viewpoint High in Calabasas, Calif., and when Yale became one of them he could not resist its prestigious education. He has averaged double-figure scoring in each of his three seasons and 1,286 career points.MORE BRACKET PICKS: DeCourcy (Duke) | Bender (Duke) | Fagan (Duke) | KenPom (Duke)Don’t be surprised if …Bradley coach Brian Wardle meets with some degree of hostility at his news conference. Wardle and the school’s sports information department took the bizarre step of attempting to ban veteran beat writer Dave Reynolds from covering a press event to discuss the upcoming tournament with the Braves, who qualified by winning the Missouri Valley Conference. Reynolds has been covering the team for 29 years, but assistant director of athletic communications Jason Veniskey told Reynolds, “You don’t promote the Bradley brand” and told him player interviews were off limits. The United States Basketball Writers Association protested. The school since retreated from this stance, but not before turning one of the happiest occasions in the basketball program’s recent history — this is the first NCAA bid since 2006 — into a sorry occasion.Sleeper teamNo. 4 Virginia Tech. They are not deep into the field, but think about this: The Hokies earned a 4-seed while playing for six weeks without top-notch point guard Justin Robinson, who averages 13.7 points and 5.2 assists and had 35 against Syracuse just a game before he went down with a foot injury. Tech beat Duke without him – yes, the Devils were without Zion, but still — and went 7-5 without him, with two of the losses coming to Florida State in overtime. They might be capable of something special as a complete team.Final Four pickDuke. The Devils are loaded with lottery picks and both score and defend at an elite level. The games in D.C. should be de facto home games, given their audience appeal on the East Coast. If they have to shoot the ball to win this thing, though, that might be an adventure. They’re still 338th in Division I in 3-point offense.March Madness features from Sporting News”40 Minutes of Hell” to Hog Heaven: Nolan Richardson’s 1993-94 Arkansas team will go down as one of the most fun SEC title-winning teams of all time. It was something he built, one minute at a time.How to stop Zion Williamson: Opposing coaches dish on their strategies to deal with Duke’s freshman phenom and, with some luck, beat the Blue Devils.A barrier-breaking title: The 1961-62 Cincinnati Bearcats made history when they started four black players in their NCAA title game win over Ohio State. We remember the importance of that groundbreaking win.An Oral History of Steph Curry’s 2008 Breakout: In 2008, a little-known, baby-faced guard from Davidson completely took over the NCAA Tournament.Upset City: Reliving the wildest opening venue in NCAA Tournament history.The Fagan Jinx: They’re not just upset “alerts” when Sporting News’ Ryan Fagan is in attendance. Recapping the many improbable upsets Fagan has been on hand to witness. DeCourcy’s best of 30 years: Sporting News’ Mike DeCourcy ranks the best games he has witnessed from 30 years’ worth of NCAA Tournament coverage. The thrill of victory …: Sporting News staff recall their favorite memories of the NCAA Tournament. last_img read more

Alexia, the Iniesta fan who earned her respect at Barça

first_imgThe Spanish words are not far from reality, since the player has received a without end of awards for her good performance and career at Barça, being the top scorer of the Catalan team in the previous season, with 16 goals. To this, its great media quality is added. Alexia Putellas is one of the most followed players by fans on social networks and also one of the most signed autographs in the concentrations with Spain and Barça. Fans of Andres Iniesta there are millions. Very few admired by La Mancha. Alexia Putellas can boast of doing both. The Barça midfielder has confessed on several occasions that his idols have been Xavi Hernández and Iniesta, with whom he coincided during his first years at the Barça club, which he came from Levante in 2012.The one of Mollet del Valles, who is already in the legendary club that has played more than 300 games with the Barça shirt, never imagined in its beginnings that one day it would receive the praise of La Mancha, after having been under the command of the Catalan in his first steps as a footballer. The Spanish international spent three summers in a row on the campus organized by the former Barça captain, who recognized her years later when she was already a player for the culé team in a meeting with the press. After this anecdote, the ’11’ in Spain also had time to be praised by Iniesta. “Alexia is a benchmark for Barça. He transmits what a club wants to transmit,” said La Mancha in an interview with LaLiga.last_img read more