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Cricket News Virat Kohli Creates Special Captaincy Record In Pune Test Against South Africa

first_imgNew Delhi: Even before a ball was bowled in the Pune Test between India and South Africa at the MCA stadium, Virat Kohli has created a special captaincy record. The Indian skipper won the toss and chose to bat against the Proteas in what was his 50th Test as skipper of the Indian cricket team. Kohli became the second captain after MS Dhoni to captain in 50 or more Tests and he overtook Sourav Ganguly’s record of 49 Tests. Kohli became captain for the first time during the 2014 series in Australia Down Under but ever since Dhoni’s retirement from Tests in the same series, Kohli has been the full-time captain ever since the start of the Sri Lanka series in 2015. Kohli is the 17th individual to captain a side in 50 or more Tests.Currently, his winning percentage is 58 percent, having won in 29 out of the 50 Tests. Already, he is the most successful Indian captain ever in Tests, breaking Dhoni’s record of 27 which he achieved in 60 Tests. Graeme Smith of South Africa is the only skipper in history to captain in over 100 Tests. From 2003 to 2014, Smith captained South Africa in 109 Tests, winning 53 of them and helping South Africa win back-to-back Test series in Australia and England in 2008 and 2012.Also Read | There is huge gap between Kohli and rest of world: Brian LaraAllan Border of Australia, Stephen Fleming of New Zealand, Ricky Ponting, Clive Lloyd, Dhoni, Alastair Cook, Steve Waugh, Misbah ul Haq, Arjuna Ranatunga, Michael Atherton, Hansie Cronje, Michael Vaughan, Sir Viv Richards, Andrew Strauss and Mark Taylor are the other individuals apart from Kohli who have captained the side in 50 or more Tests. Also Read | Virat Kohli blasts record fifth consecutive fifty in 2019 World Cup, 54th overall in clash vs EnglandIf one looks at the success rate of all captains with a minimum criteria of 50 Tests, then Steve Waugh of Australia has the highest success percentage by winning 41 out of 57 Tests with 71.92 percent success. Waugh is followed by fellow Australian Ricky Ponting who has won 62 percent of his Tests followed by Kohli. The Delhi right-handed batsman was at the helm when India won their first-ever Test series Down Under in 2018/19. After winning the Adelaide Test, India lost in Perth but won a Boxing Day Test for the first time in 37 years and when the Sydney Test was drawn, history was created. India will be gunning to win the Test series against South Africa and continue their great start in the World Test Championship, having won the series in West Indies 2-0 and winning the match in Vizag by 203 runs against the Proteas. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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DePaul, Xavier meet in Big East tourney

first_imgTEAM LEADERSHIP: Juniors Paul Reed and Charlie Moore have led the Blue Demons. Reed has averaged 13.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.4 blocks while Moore has put up 15.5 points and six assists per game. The Musketeers have been led by Naji Marshall and Tyrique Jones, who have combined to score 30.1 points per outing.KEY CONTRIBUTIONS: Marshall has either made or assisted on 48 percent of all Xavier field goals over the last five games. Marshall has accounted for 37 field goals and 22 assists in those games.SCORING THRESHOLDS: DePaul is 0-5 when its offense scores 64 points or fewer. Xavier is a perfect 13-0 when it holds opponents to 63 or fewer points.UNDEFEATED WHEN: Xavier is a perfect 15-0 when its defense holds opponents to a field goal percentage of 40 percent or less. The Musketeers are 4-12 when allowing opponents to shoot any better than that.TOUGH DEFENSE: DePaul has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 22.4 percent of all possessions, the second-highest rate among all Big East teams. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 10 seed DePaul (15-16, 3-15) vs. No. 7 seed Xavier (19-12, 8-10)Big East Conference Tourney First Round, Madison Square Garden, New York; Wednesday, 8:30 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: DePaul is set to face Xavier in the opening round of the Big East tourney. In the regular season, Xavier won both of the head-to-head matchups. The teams last played on Feb. 25, when the Musketeers outshot DePaul 50 percent to 47.5 percent and made six more 3-pointers en route to a 78-67 victory. March 10, 2020 Associated Press center_img DePaul, Xavier meet in Big East tourney ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgNFL-NEWS2-time Pro Bowler Reshad Jones to be released by DolphinsUNDATED (AP) — Two-time Pro Bowl safety Reshad Jones is joining the free agent market after 10 seasons with the Miami Dolphins.The team has decided to release Jones next Wednesday, the first day of NFL free agency. The move had been expected because Jones battled injuries in recent seasons and played in just four games in 2019 for new coach Brian Flores.With Jones’ departure, six-year veteran reserve safety Walt Aikens leads the Dolphins in seniority. The move leaves Bobby McCain and Eric Rowe as the Dolphins’ first-team safeties, but they’re expected to be busy in free agency. NHL-NEWS-BLUE JACKETS, NO TO FANSBlue Jackets to play in nearly empty arenaDENVER (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets are the first National Hockey League team to say they’ll hold home games without fans in the stands. The Blue Jackets announced that their game Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins would be limited to “home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials.” The decision comes in response to Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine’s announcement that he is issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings,” include a ban on spectators at sports events.Elsewhere in the NHL:—The Colorado Avalanche will be without top scorer Nathan MacKinnon for at least a week after he suffered a lower body injury. MacKinnon was hurt during the second period in Los Angeles against the Kings on Monday. It’s the latest blow to an injury-plagued Avalanche team that’s trying to catch St. Louis for the top seed in the Western Conference.The Avalanche are missing six other players. They will have defenseman Cale Makar back in the lineup when they face the New York Rangers on Wednesday night. Makar has been out the last five games with an upper body injury. He’s second among rookies with 47 points. Jones started 113 games for the Dolphins and made the Pro Bowl in 2015 and 2017. He was their highest-paid player last year at $15 million.In other NFL news:— Marshal Yanda retired from the NFL on Wednesday with the satisfaction of knowing he walked away before being kicked out the door. Yanda played his entire 13-year career with the Baltimore Ravens, who showed their appreciation for the eight-time Pro Bowl guard by sending him off with a framed No. 73 jersey and heartfelt thanks during a news conference. The ceremony began with a video tribute and was highlighted by a lengthy prepared speech from the guest of honor, a man known for keeping his sentences short and for his aversion to talking to the media. Yanda said he “loved that every single day.”GOLD-HALL OF FAMETiger Woods elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame Associated Press San Francisco Mayor London Breed has banned all gatherings of 1,000 or more people for the next two weeks. Shortly after that announcement Wednesday, the Warriors announced they would go ahead with the game, but without fans at Chase Center. Four other events scheduled through March 21 at the building, which seats more than 18,000 people, have been postponed or canceled, including a Post Malone concert.In Washington state, Gov. Jay Inslee has prohibited gatherings of more than 250 people in the Seattle area, which has experienced the most COVID-19 deaths in the U.S.The Mariners and Major League Baseball haven’t announced where they will play the team’s season-opening, four-game series against the Texas Rangers that had been scheduled for March 26-29. It was to be followed by three games against the Minnesota Twins from March 30 through April 1. The Mariners say they are working with the commissioner’s office on alternative plans.NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will not be open to the general public because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus. Emmert says he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments with only essential staff and limited family in attendance. The decision comes after the NCAA’s COVID-19 advisory panel recommended against playing sporting events open to the general public. The tournaments begin next week.Elsewhere, the Ivy League canceled all spring sports, as many of its schools told students not to return from spring break and prepare for classes to be taught online. The conference had already canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments; other conferences went ahead with theirs as college basketball awaits word on the status of the NCAA Tournament, one of the biggest events on the sporting calendar. Left-hander James Paxton resumed a throwing program in his rehabilitation from Feb. 5 back surgery and said he felt great and had no pain. He made 25 throws at 60 feet. Paxton said his best-case scenario is for a mid-May return.In other MLB news:— St. Louis first baseman Paul Goldschmidt will be out for several more games because of a sore right elbow. Goldschmidt’s throwing was limited by the Cardinals during the start of spring training, and he made his first two exhibition starts as a designated hitter. He has not played since Sunday. The six-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove winner is hitting .300 with two homers in 20 spring training at-bats.— New York Mets outfielder Michael Conforto would not speculate whether he could return for the March 26 opener against Washington due to an oblique strain. Conforto was injured Saturday against the Nationals and returned to New York on Monday night. The 27-year-old outfielder got hurt when he lost a fly ball to right in the sun and felt a tug in his right side after a late sudden move to catch the ball. His right side tightened up on him later in the game.— The Texas Rangers have placed left-hander Yohander Méndez on the suspended list for violating his contract by seeking unauthorized outside medical care. President of Baseball Operations Jon Daniels announced the move Wednesday prior to a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants. Méndez has been held out of spring training game action with left shoulder inflammation. The 25-year-old Méndez appeared in just three big league games last year due to an elbow injury. He was expected to compete for a bullpen spot this spring. Update on the latest sports In other NBA news:— Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) was back in the lineup Wednesday night against Detroit after missing five games with a sprained left shoulder. The Sixers also said guard Ben Simmons will miss at least three more weeks with nerve issues in his lower back. Simmons missed his eighth straight game. He will continue to undergo daily treatment for his nerve impingement and that he is gradually increasing the activities in his strength and conditioning program. The timeline could have Simmons back just in time for the playoffs.  Embiid was injured in a Feb. 26 loss at Cleveland when he collided with Ante Zizic.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-ACC-MIAMI-CLEMSONDawes leads Clemson past Miami 69-64 in ACC TournamentGREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Al-Amir Dawes scored 18 points, and eighth-seeded Clemson defeated ninth-seeded Miami 69-64 on Wednesday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. MLB-NEWSYanks’ Britton hit by line drive, has bruised right wristUNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees reliever Zack Britton has a bruised right wrist after getting hit by a line drive during a simulated game Wednesday. The Yankees said X-rays and a CT scan were both negative.Britton was pitching in his second inning when he got hurt on the drive off the bat of Erik Kratz. The 32-year-old left-hander walked to shallow left field while holding his wrist. He kept his right arm still and appeared to be in pain while walking off the field with athletic trainer Gene Monahan.Up until that point, it had been a good day on the injury front for the Yankees. Giancarlo Stanton faced pitching for the first time since straining his right calf on Feb. 26 and hit an opposite-field homer to right off Britton. Stanton is expected to be sidelined until April.center_img Shiffrin had announced earlier Wednesday that she would compete at the event after taking a six-week break from the sport following the death of her father. The American was last season’s overall champion and still had a chance to defend her title.NBA-NEWSAntetokounmpo back in practiceUNDATED (AP) — Milwaukee Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) says he initially feared the knee sprain that has caused him to miss his last two games might be a much more serious injury. But Bucks officials say he underwent an MRI and was diagnosed with a minor joint capsule sprain of the left knee.The reigning NBA MVP took a hard fall late in a 113-103 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday night. Antetokounmpo said he practiced Wednesday but still isn’t sure whether he will play Thursday against the Boston Celtics. NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations.WORLD CUP-RACES CANCELEDWomen’s races canceled, Shiffrin denied chance to defend titleARE, Sweden (AP) — The last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup season have been canceled because of public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus.The decision to call off the three-day event in Sweden hands Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) of Italy the overall title and denies Mikaela Shiffrin a return to racing this season. Brignone becomes the first Italian women’s overall champion in the 53-year history of the World Cup. Aamir Simms added 14 points and 10 rebounds and John Newman had 11 points for Clemson, which finished 18 of 19 from the free throw line. Five-foot-7 Chris Lykes led Miami with 21 points off the bench including five 3s and DJ Vasiljevic added 17.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-CREIGHTON-ZEGAROWSKINo. 7 Creighton hoping Zegarowski ready for NCAA TournamentOMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Creighton’s Marcus Zegarowski was scheduled to have knee surgery Wednesday and the Bluejays hope to have him available for the NCAA Tournament next week.Zegarowski injured the meniscus in his right knee late in the seventh-ranked Bluejays’ game against Seton Hall on Saturday. An MRI revealed the injury Monday. Creighton’s next game is Thursday against St. John’s or Georgetown in the Big East Tournament in New York.Zegarowski has started 30 of 31 games and is second on the team in scoring at 16.1 points per game. He’s third in the Big East in 3-point shooting at 42.4%. He was named to the All-Big East second team.NCAA-LAWSUIT3 former track athletes suing NCAA, coach over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Three former student-athletes who say they were sexually abused by a track coach are suing the NCAA, its board of governors and a coach. They allege the NCAA didn’t do enough to protect its athletes. Erin Aldrich, Londa Bevins and Jessica Johnson are seeking class action status for the federal lawsuit filed Wednesday in California. The women say they were sexually abused by John Rembao while he worked at the University of Texas and the University of Arizona. They want the suit to include any NCAA student-athlete at any member school since 1992 who say they were put at risk by the inaction of the NCAA. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMariners moving games, Warriors going fanlessUNDATED (AP) — The Golden State Warriors’ game against the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night will be played without fans in the arena, and the Mariners are moving their home games out of Seattle for the rest of March in an effort to slow the coronavirus outbreak. March 11, 2020 PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Already among the greatest on the golf course, Tiger Woods will join them in the World Golf Hall of Fame. Woods was elected Wednesday by a Hall of Fame selection committee. He will be part of the 2021 class that will be inducted next year at the home of the PGA Tour. The Hall of Fame criteria was changed recently to lower the minimum age to 45 when players are inducted. The selection was hardly a surprise. No one has more than his 82 PGA Tour victories, and his 15 majors are second only to Jack Nicklaus.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Associated Press Although information on dozens of contract agreements and a slew of trades has been leaked, teams were not allowed to complete the deals until the 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday start of the 2020 NFL business year. However, all of those transactions now come with the caveat that the signings and physicals need to occur. Free agents involved won’t be getting paid until those deals are signed and physicals are taken.The NFL has barred travel to team facilities by free agents and also has banned team personnel from traveling to meet with players as a safeguard against the new coronavirus.In free agency news:— The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter free agency with expectations of signing six-time Super Bowl champion quarterback Tom Brady. There’s been no official announcement on Brady joining the Bucs after 20 seasons with the New England Patriots. But there’s already an increased demand for tickets. Within hours of reports of the team closing in on a deal with Brady, the website selling season passes for 2020 showed more than 2,400 people waiting for a chance to make purchases.— A person familiar with the trade says the Jacksonville Jaguars have agreed to send quarterback Nick Foles to the Chicago Bears for a compensatory fourth-round draft pick. The Jaguars are dumping Foles a little more than a year after giving the former Super Bowl MVP a four-year, $88 million contract that included a whopping $50 million guaranteed. Foles is due to make $15 million in 2020 and would have counted almost $22 million against Jacksonville’s salary cap. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-FREE AGENCYAP sources: Free agent deals can’t be official even as NFL year beginsUNDATED (AP) — The new NFL year has begun, but free agent contracts and trades agreed upon in recent days or weeks won’t become official just yet. — The New York Jets are re-signing cornerback Brian Poole to a one-year, $5 million fully guaranteed contract, according to agent Drew Rosenhaus. Poole was the Jets’ best cornerback last season in Gregg Williams’ defense, playing in the nickel spot. Trumaine Johnson’s stint with the New York Jets is over after two disappointing and injury-plagued seasons. The move saves New York $11 million in salary cap space this year.—The Washington Redskins are signing safety Sean Davis for a one-year deal that can be worth up to $5 million. The Redskins also agreed to terms with linebackers Thomas Davis and Kevin Pierre-Louis and re-signed Jon Bostic, and signed guard Wes Schweitzer for help on the offensive line.— The Denver Broncos have acquired five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Jurrell Casey from the Tennessee Titans. Two people familiar with the trade tell The Associated Press that the Titans swapped Casey to Denver for a seventh-round draft pick. Casey is due $11.2 million this season and is under contract through 2022 with a price tag that only rises in the final two years.— Versatile Los Angeles Rams offensive lineman Austin Blythe has agreed to a one-year deal to return. Blythe has started all but one game over the past two seasons with the Rams after serving as a backup in 2017— A person familiar with the deal says free agent cornerback Eli Apple has agreed to a contract with the Las Vegas Raiders. — The Texans traded star receiver DeAndre Hopkins to Arizona by receiving running back David Johnson in the deal. Both Carlos Hyde and Lamar Miller becoming free agents this week. Randall Cobb could help fill the void left by Hopkins.— A person with knowledge of the deal says the Los Angeles Rams have agreed to a one-year contract worth $10 million with pass-rushing linebacker Leonard Floyd. The Rams also agreed to re-sign starting offensive linemen Andrew Whitworth and Austin Blythe.— The Giants’ Nate Solder faces an uncertain future on the left side and veteran Mike Remmers is a free agent. And, now, the Giants don’t have much salary cap space after agreeing to terms in free agency with Panthers cornerback James Bradberry, Packers linebackers Blake Martinez and Kyler Fackrell, and 49ers tight end Levine Toilolo, and franchising defensive tackle Leonard Williams.— The Browns secured contracts with linebacker B.J. Goodson and safety Karl Joseph. A person familiar with the deals told the AP that Goodson will likely take over in the middle for departed linebacker Joe Schobert.VIRUS OUTBEAK-MLB Update on the latest sports —The Atlanta Falcons and Dante Fowler have agreed to a $48 million, three-year contract, reuniting the outside linebacker with one of his coaches in college according to a person familiar with the deal. The 25-year-old Fowler played college ball at the University of Florida. When he was a freshman in 2012, Falcons coach Dan Quinn was the Gators’ defensive coordinator.— The Minnesota Vikings shed yet more salary with the termination of right guard Josh Kline’s contract. Kline joined fellow starters defensive tackle Linval Joseph, cornerback Trae Waynes and wide receiver Stefon Diggs on their way to other teams. The Vikings made their biggest move this week by extending the contract of quarterback Kirk Cousins and agreeing to trade Diggs to Buffalo. Their most notable pickup on the market was former Ravens defensive tackle Michael Pierce to replace Joseph.— The Baltimore Ravens added 6-foot-8 defensive end Calais Campbell and the acquisition of 6-5 free agent defensive tackle Michael Brockers. The Ravens also sent tight end Hayden Hurst and a 2020 fourth-round draft choice to the Falcons for Atlanta’s second- and fifth-round selections in the draft.—The Chicago Bears traded for quarterback Nick Foles to push Mitchell Trubisky. They also brought in one former All-Pro to boost their pass rush by agreeing to a five-year, $70 million deal with Robert Quinn, and have another former star on the way in tight end Jimmy Graham.— The Carolina Panthers have released Eric Reid, just 13 months after giving the veteran safety a three-year, $22 million contract extension. The decision to release Reid means the Panthers will be on the hook for $5 million in dead money. Reid was the first player to join former teammate Colin Kaepernick’s protest against social injustice by kneeling during the national anthem. He has also been an outspoken voice in the players’ union. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSOttawa NHL player tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The NHL has its first player who has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The Ottawa Senators say an unidentified player tested positive for COVID-19. The player was experiencing mild symptoms and was in isolation. Ottawa’s final three games of the suspended season were all in California.In other virus-related developments: — The Cincinnati Reds say an employee who worked at Cincinnati’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The team says the employee lives in Arizona and has been self-quarantined, along with other members of the Reds staff who were in close contact. The employee worked at the complex from Feb. 29 through March 14.— The IndyCar race in Long Beach, California, won’t be held this year. Officials with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach said Wednesday they pursued the possibility of rescheduling the popular race to a later date. The race had been scheduled for April 19.— Formula One has moved its midseason break from August to March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The break has also been extended from 14 days to 21. Four of the season’s 22 races have already been postponed, and they are hoping that moving the annual break forward could make it easier to find new dates later for events.— The Green Bay Packers are extending the deadline for season ticket holders to pay for their 2020 tickets to June 1 to allow them more time to deal with any potential impact from the coronavirus.— Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.center_img — DeForest Buckner made it official by signing a four-year, $84 million contract with the Indianapolis Colts, one day after his celebrating his 26th birthday. The deal makes Buckner the second-highest paid defensive tackle in the NFL. Indy also has agreed to terms on a one-year, $25 million deal with quarterback Philip Rivers.— The Patriots were in cost-cutting mode on the first day of free agency. Safety Duron Harmon was traded to the Lions, defensive tackle Danny Shelton also landed in Detroit and offensive lineman Ted Karras agreed to a deal with the Dolphins. Linebacker Elandon Roberts is also expected to sign with the Dolphins. Combined with other moves this week, the Patriots are about $13 million under the salary cap and they still have to replace Tom Brady.— The Miami Dolphins have added up to seven starters with a spending spree at the start of free agency. The latest addition to the starting lineup: center Ted Karras. Earlier the Dolphins made Byron Jones the NFL’s highest-paid cornerback and bolstered their pass rush by reaching agreements with linebacker Kyle Van Noy and defensive ends Shaq Lawson and Emmanuel Ogbah. On offense they upgraded by acquiring running back Jordan Howard and guard Ereck Flowers. The seven deals were for a total of more than $222 million.— Darius Slay is apparently ready to leave Detroit. ESPN, citing an unidentified source, reported Wednesday night that cornerback Desmond Trufant had agreed to a two-year deal with the Lions. Slay, who is currently Detroit’s top player at that position, tweeted in response to that reported deal that he’s hoping for a quick trade. The Lions have also agreed to a two-year, $8 million deal with defensive tackle Danny Shelton.— The Bengals released right guard John Miller. The move came five days after the Bengals released left tackle Cordy Glenn, who missed 10 games last season with a concussion and a team suspension. The Bengals also released B.W. Webb as part of a cornerback shuffle. They’re expected to sign former Vikings cornerback Trae Waynes. March 19, 2020 Kansas finishes No. 1 in final AP poll; Gonzaga, Dayton nextUNDATED (AP) — Kansas can start celebrating their finish atop the final Top 25 from The Associated Press. The regular-season Big 12 champions, who were 28-3 when the season abruptly ended after the first day of the conference tournament last week, received 63 of 65 first-place votes from a national media panel in balloting released Wednesday.That easily outdistanced No. 2 Gonzaga and No. 3 Dayton, each of which received a first-place vote.Florida State was fourth, easily the best finish ever for the Seminoles, while Baylor rounded out the top five after spending a longer stretch at No. 1 than any other team during a topsy-turvy season.The final rankings were based on play through March 11, when the outbreak of the coronavirus brought the sport to a halt. Source say MLB could skip draftNEW YORK (AP) — People familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is considering skipping its amateur draft this year and putting off the next international signing period as a way to preserve cash while games are affected by the new coronavirus.MLB proposed crediting full major league service for 130 games or more and proportional service for a shorter season. The union wants a full season of service even if no games are played.Service determines eligibility for free agency and salary arbitration.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-POLL — The Green Bay Packers’ additions of linebacker Christian Kirksey and Rick Wagner this week signaled moving forward without two key veterans. Longtime right tackle Bryan Bulaga has agreed to terms with the Los Angeles Chargers and linebacker Blake Martinez is joining the New York Giants.— The Buffalo Bills have signed cornerback Josh Norman to a one-year contract in hopes the eighth-year player can secure a starting job opposite Tre’Davious White.-The Philadelphia Eagles added former Steelers defensive tackle Javon Hargrave, released standout safety Malcolm Jenkins and retained starting safety Rodney McLeod, starting cornerback Jalen Mills, defensive tackle Hassan Ridgeway and backup quarterback Nate Sudfeld so far in free agency.— Defensive tackle Linval Joseph has agreed to a two-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Two people familiar with the deal tell The Associated Press that Joseph’s contract is for $17 million but could go as high as $19 million with additional incentives.—The Seattle Seahawks have agreed to an $11 million, two-year deal with Brandon Shell, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. And the Seahawks are reuniting with an old friend, bringing back former first-round pick Bruce Irvin, who will be a boost to Seattle’s pass rush that needed attention. — All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the pandemic. The ATP and WTA announced that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled.” Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen until further notices. — The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year. The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.— The Big South Conference became the latest to announce it is canceling all spring athletic activities due to the coronavirus pandemic.— People familiar with the discussions tell The Associated Press that Major League Baseball is considering skipping its amateur draft this year and putting off the next international signing period as a way to preserve cash while games are affected by the new coronavirus.IDITAROD Norwegian musher wins Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog raceANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — As a boy in Norway, Thomas Waerner (WAR’-ner) dreamed of American muscle cars and winning the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. On Wednesday, one of those dreams came true as Waerner won the nearly 1,000-mile sled dog race across Alaska. He blew away the competition and left the closet musher to him about five hours behind. Waerner picks up $50,000 and a new pickup truck for winning the world’s most famous sled dog race. He took his dogs over mountain ranges, the frozen Yukon River and across treacherous Bering sea ice to the finish line in Nome in 9 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony rescheduled for July 23, 2021; closing ceremony on Aug. 8

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony rescheduled for July 23, 2021; closing ceremony on Aug. 8.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 30, 2020 Tokyo Olympic opening ceremony rescheduled for July 23, 2021; closing ceremony on Aug. 8center_img Associated Press last_img

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Champions League: Steely Juventus shut down Barca to kill off comeback hopes

first_imgBy Richard MartinBARCELONA, Spain (Reuters) – Barcelona’s hopes of staging another sensational Champions League comeback fell flat against a hardened Juventus side, who held the Catalans to a 0-0 draw yesterday at the Nou Camp to reach the semi-finals 3-0 on aggregate.The Italian champions barely gave Barca a glimmer of hope of repeating their historic turnaround against Paris St Germain in the last 16 and protected their healthy advantage from the first leg by starving the hosts of space and clear sights of goal.Lionel Messi came closest to giving Barca a route back into the contest with four strikes at goal but failed to hit the target with any of them and frequently came up short against Juve’s intimidating centre-back pairing of Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.Twice European champions Juve lacked the spark and power of their thrilling first-leg victory in Turin, but there was rarely any doubt they would exact revenge for their defeat to Barca in the 2015 Champions League final by reaching the semis for a 12th time.Barca coach Luis Enrique had said before the game that if Barca managed to strike early then the noise of the Nou Camp would suck the other goals in.Juventus, however, showed in the opening stages that they are made of sterner stuff than PSG, who gave up a 4-0 first-leg advantage.Massimiliano Allegri’s side pressed Barca in their own half and limited the supply to the front three.Messi almost managed to pick out Jordi Alba with a hooked pass and later played a one-two with the Spaniard before dragging narrowly wide of the far post.Ivan Rakitic and Neymar also missed the target with hopeful efforts but Juventus’ aggressive gameplan limited how much attacking Barca could do without leaving themselves exposed.Gonzalo Higuain cracked a shot over the bar before the break while the probing Juan Cuadrado almost picked out the Argentine striker in the middle, but was thwarted by a brilliant block from Gerard Pique.Barca increased their grip on possession after the break and spent most of the remainder of the game in their opponents’ half trying to carve out chances, but Juve were always ready for them.Messi whipped a free kick onto the roof of the net and slammed another shot wide before spurning his best chance, a volley which fizzed over the bar.Barca right back Sergi Roberto attempted a repeat of his heroic strike against PSG, but also missed the target, unable to prevent his side’s second successive elimination at the quarter-final stage, which will provoke much soul-searching at the five-time European champions.last_img read more

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Curling officially introduced in Guyana

first_img-Curling Federation eyes 2022 Winter OlympicsThe Guyana Curling Federation (GCF) on Tuesday hosted its first public event, held at the Giftland Mall, in an attempt to properly introduce Guyanese to the new sport.Curling is a team sport played by two teams of four players on a rectangular sheet of ice. Its nickname, “The Roaring Game”, originates from the rumbling sound the 44-pound (19.96kg) granite stones make when they travel across the ice.One of the world’s oldest team sports, curling originated in the 16th century in Scotland, where games were played during winter on frozen ponds and lochs. The earliest-known curling stones came from the Scottish regions of Stirling and Perth and date from 1511. Rayad Husain, General Secretary of the recently launched Federation, as well as Abbie Darnley, were on hand to give a graphic demonstration and explained that they were overwhelmed by the support from the public.Darnley is an instructor from Rock Solid Productions Inc.; a Canadian company that’s partnering with the Guyana Curling Federation in helping to introduce the sport locally. The goal of the GCF is to raise awareness to the Guyanese people about the sport of curling through the use of Street Curling. Street Curling is an iceless rink produced by Rock Solid Productions Inc.Rayad Husain“I saw the need for potentially growing a sport and bring something to Guyana that’s predominantly European to South America and to my parents’ home land,” said Husain who is Canadian by birth.He explained that along with his sister Farzana (Husain), they see bringing a new sport, that’s already played at the Olympics, to Guyana as their way of giving back. Husain explained that “this is a first step, because obviously we have no ice rink in Guyana, but is to show the basics of the sport and what it’s about, using a none-ice solution, so this is a great first step in introducing Guyanese to the sport.”Founded in 2016, the GCF has been established to not only govern and promote the Winter Olympic Sport of Curling to Guyanese both within Guyana and abroad, but to also raise the profile of Winter Sport within the Caribbean region by working with other similar bodies and organizations.At the moment, there’s no home for the sport in Guyana, but Husain isn’t too bothered, telling Chronicle Sport that “building an ice rink is a huge endeavor and I’m not sure that it’s what the country needs.”He added, “Guyana needs a lot of things right now and I don’t think building an ice rink would be part of the solution. Our dream as a federation is to spread the sport and to bring, hopefully an ice rink to Guyana. But right now, the country needs other way more important things.”The Federation was established to also provide athletes both in and out of Guyana opportunities to represent the country in international competitions as governed by the World Curling Federation. Currently, the GCF boasts two competitive athletes, (Rayad and Farzana Hussain), who are both based in Brampton, Ontario, Canada, and have been participating in the sport for many years in Canada with great success.The Federation recently received Conditional Membership status from the World Curling Federation (56th Member Association) at its World Curling Congress in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2016, which will allow them to access development programmes to promote the sport to the Guyanese people.Following a one-year period, the next step will be to apply for Provisional Membership status, which would allow our athletes to compete in international events, with the first being the 2018 World Mixed Doubles Curling Championship, which will take place at the end of April 2018 at a site to be announced by the World Curling Federation.Through time, the goal of the Federation is to send a curling team to the Olympic Winter Games perhaps as soon as the 2022 Olympics in Beijing in Mixed Doubles, as well as to produce medals in the World Championships. Men’s curling was included in the Olympic programme in 1924 at the first Olympic Winter Games in Chamonix. It was then dropped, and later re-introduced as a demonstration sport in 1932 in Lake Placid. In 1998, Curling officially joined the Olympic programme, with both men’s and women’s competitions.last_img read more

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England selectors to name Ashes squad tomorrow

first_imgBy Neil RobinsonLONDON, England (Reuters) – England’s selectors name their squad tomorrow for the Ashes series with the team in a surprising state of flux despite recent home series wins over South Africa and West Indies.England experienced a mixture of crushing victories and heavy losses this summer, eventually winning out because they bat so deep and, in Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, have two of their best-ever all-rounders.But the top order seldom convinced with only opener Alastair Cook and captain Joe Root certain to play in the first Test against Australia in Brisbane starting on November 23.Surrey’s Mark Stoneman is Cook’s most likely opening partner after playing in three Tests against West Indies but much of the discussion will revolve around which batsmen deserve another chance to prove themselves in Australia.The days when England could ink in proven performers like Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell and Kevin Pietersen in the middle order have long gone.England coach Trevor Bayliss has said the squad is likely to include only players who have featured in the past 18 months, opening the way for a recall for Hampshire’s James Vince as England seek to fill their problem number three slot.Vince is a natural shot-maker but did not feature this season after notching 212 runs at an average of 19 in his seven Tests last year. Like Essex’s Tom Westley and Yorkshire’s Gary Ballance, who both batted at three this summer, Vince’s technique was questioned with concerns over his tendency to fence loosely at balls outside off-stump.With Dawid Malan just doing enough to keep his place after averaging 23.62 in his five matches batting at number five, Ballance and Vince could both travel, with Keaton Jennings, Lancashire’s Haseeb Hameed, who broke his finger this month, and one-day specialist Alex Hales likely to miss outREADY REPLACEMENTSAll three could feature for England’s second-string Lions squad, who will be in Australia this winter and supply ready-made replacements in the event of injury.England’s middle-order is settled, with Stokes, keeper Jonny Bairstow and Moeen regularly taking turns to bat England out of trouble against South Africa and West Indies.Stuart Broad and James Anderson, who recently took his 500th Test wicket, will again spearhead the attack although neither is naturally suited to the extra pace and bounce of Australian pitches.That could open the way for Mark Wood if he can stay fit, with Liam Plunkett, Craig Overton and Jake Ball all meriting discussion for a place alongside Chris Woakes.Toby Roland-Jones, a surprising success this summer, will almost certainly miss out after injuring his back while his Middlesex team mate Steve Finn is an outsider, particularly after his struggles in Australia on England’s last tour in 2013.Leg-spinner Mason Crane numbers great Australian Shane Warne among his admirers and, having gained experience of Australian conditions with New South Wales this year, looks likely to claim the second spinner spot behind Moeen.Surrey’s Ben Foakes is the favourite to travel as back-up keeper to Bairstow, setting up the possibility of England picking Stokes, Woakes and Foakes in the same team.last_img read more

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Whitewashed Windies suffer minimally in ODI Rankings

first_img(CMC) – WEST Indies have suffered minimal fallout from their one-day series whitewash at the hands of New Zealand.In the latest rankings released yesterday, the Caribbean side were still ninth in the ICC rankings and had lost only one point to slip to 76 ratings points.They are now eight points behind the eighth-ranked Sri Lanka and still some 16 points adrift of Bangladesh in seventh spot.The recent series represented an opportunity for West Indies to close the gap on Sri Lanka but instead they failed to win a single match.They lost the opener in Whangarei by five wickets before suffering heavy defeats in the doubleheader in Christchurch, going down by margins of 204 runs and 66 runs under Duckworth/Lewis.The series topped off a wretched run in ODIs this year for the two-time former World champions. They started the year bidding for direct qualification to the 2019 Wold Cup but lost 16 of their 23 outings while winning just three, to miss out on automatic place at the showpiece in England.The Windies will now enter the 10-team ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier 2018 in Zimbabwe next March, in another bid to secure one of the two remaining places at the World Cup.Afghanistan, Hong Kong, Ireland, Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland and hosts Zimbabwe will join West Indies in the tournament, with the finalists from the ICC World Cricket League Division 2 in February expected to complete the line-up.There has been no change in the ODI positions, however, with the Black Caps remaining fifth despite their dominance, and South Africa still top.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFTButler ready to bolt BaylorUNDATED (AP) — Baylor’s top two scorers are entering their names in the NBA draft while keeping open their options to return to the Bears.All-Big 12 sophomore guard Jared Butler announced his intentions Monday on Twitter. Junior guard MaCio Teague said last month that he was exploring the NBA draft. Butler was third in the Big 12 with 16 points a game, while Teague scored 13.9 points a game.And Washington State star CJ Elleby plans to go through the NBA draft process. Elleby led the Cougars in scoring and rebounding this past season as a sophomore, delivering 18.4 points and 7.8 boards a game. He can still return to Washington State for his junior season as long as he withdraws his name by 5 p.m. on June 15. NFL-JAGUARSJags cut Lee, eye deal for FournetteJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have waived oft-injured receiver Marqise Lee to create nearly $5 million in salary cap space, parting with a player who had just three receptions the last two years combined. The Jaguars were waiting for Lee to get fully healthy before letting him go, giving him the best chance to pass a physical with another team. He missed the entire 2018 season following a major knee injury and injured his shoulder last October, causing him to miss the final eight games.And the Jaguars are ready to cut ties with running back Leonard Fournette just three years after making him the fourth overall pick in the NFL draft. A person familiar with the situation said Fournette could get moved before or during the draft, which begins Thursday.TENNIS-DOPING-JARRY Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB TEAM STAFF CUTSMLB wants to cut player salaries if games are played without fansNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball players are bracing for a battle with owners over the possibility of reduced salaries caused by the coronavirus pandemic. — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says there is a chance for large public gatherings later in the summer, which could lead to games at Yankee Stadium and the Mets’ Citi Field. De Blasio announced Monday that parades and city-permitted events had been canceled through June because of the novel coronavirus but said progress in fighting the pandemic will determine what is allowed after that.— A Japanese professor of infectious disease says he is “very pessimistic” the Tokyo Olympics can be held next year. Kobe University professor Kentaro Iwata says the Olympics could only be held if Japan can control the COVID-19 infection and if all other countries control it.— The soccer team based in the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in Wuhan, China has returned home. Wuhan Zall is back nearly four months after it left for a preseason tour and got stuck in Spain. It returned home over the weekend after the government lifted the last restrictions on movement in Wuhan.— The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic. The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players.— The company that makes Louisville Slugger wood baseball bats has closed its factory, furloughed 90 percent of its employees and shut its popular museum. Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says it has continued to cover all health care benefits for its 171 furloughed workers. The remaining 10% of employees have taken 25 percent pay cuts. Associated Press Poll shows fans leery of returning to stadiums, arenas without vaccineUNDATED (AP) — The possibility of professional sports resuming without fans is growing. And a recent poll suggests a majority of fans wouldn’t feel safe attending games anyway without a vaccine for the new coronavirus.One sports business expert says losses of fan-related revenue will be substantial even if clubs begin cashing in on lucrative media rights deals again. Losses could reach $3 billion among the NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer.The Seton Hall Sports Poll found that 72% of Americans wouldn’t feel safe attending games without a vaccine. The number drops to 61% among respondents who identify as sports fans.Seventy percent said the NFL shouldn’t start in the fall to ensure the safety of players, even if some form of social distancing is still in place. Just over three-quarters said they would have the same interest watching a broadcast of live sports played without fans.TENNIS-VIRUS OUTBREAK-DJOKOVICDjokovic says he won’t take vaccineUNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) says he won’t take any anti-coronavirus vaccination if it becomes compulsory for tennis players to return to the world tours.The world’s top-ranked men’s tennis player said in a live Facebook chat he wouldn’t “be forced by someone to take a vaccine in order to be able to travel.” Djokovic and his wife have two children and have spoken previously against vaccinations. Finchem elected to World Golf Hall of FameUNDATED (AP) — Former PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame through the contributor category.Finchem expanded the PGA Tour’s footprint around the world and negotiated TV contracts that more than tripled prize money during his two decades as commissioner. He joins the induction class of 2021 with Tiger Woods.KOBE BRYANT CRASH-LAWSUITFamily members of four victims sue over Kobe Bryant crashcenter_img No major problems as GMs run mock draftUNDATED (AP)— There were no major snafus as the NFL held a practice draft Monday to test technology and communications for the real thing beginning Thursday night.Several people involved in the test said there were some technical glitches, including when the Bengals were making the first selection and at various other spots. A few of them spoke anonymously because they were not authorized to comment publicly.Commissioner Roger Goodell earlier this month warned team executives not to be critical of the process, nor of the league’s decision to go ahead with the draft as scheduled April 23-25. Broncos general manager John Elway and 49ers GM John Lynch said they were satisfied with the proceedings.Packers general manager Brian Gutekunst remains confident the unusual nature of this year’s event will still allow for plenty of trade talk. Players are upset over the prospect teams may seek additional pay cuts if games are played in empty ballparks. Their anger was stoked last week when New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was told by Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon that the union would have to agree to lower salaries if games are played without fans.A March 26 deal between the sides states “the Office of the Commissioner and Players Association will discuss in good faith the economic feasibility of playing games in the absence of spectators or at appropriate substitute neutral sites.” The union points to another passage covering salaries in which players agree to give up 1/162nd of base pay for each regular season game lost.Meanwhile, Commissioner Rob Manfred has made a move that allows teams to lay off or cut the pay of major and minor league managers, coaches, trainers and full-time scouts starting May 1.Manfred has suspended uniform employee contracts that cover about 9,000 people, including general managers on some teams. Manfred cited the inability to play games due to the national emergency caused by the pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS POLL Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th grand slam singles title.In other virus-related sports developments:— Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted Monday that NASCAR was working with Texas Motor Speedway on a plan to race there in the near future. Speedway President Eddie Gossage said after Abbott’s tweet that his track was working on the rescheduling of its Cup Series event, one of eight races NASCAR has postponed because of the pandemic. Abbott said the race would be held without fans.— A person familiar with the discussions says Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter has told team employees in a conference call he is forgoing his salary during the coronavirus pandemic. The person said other members of the Marlins’ executive team agreed to take pay cuts, while baseball operations personnel will continue to receive their full salaries through at least May 31.— Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim and football coach Dino Babers are taking voluntary pay cuts to help the university cope with the drain of financial resources due to the new coronavirus pandemic. Also taking the voluntary 10% pay cuts are women’s basketball coach Quentin Hillsman, men’s lacrosse coach John Desko, and women’s lacrosse coach Gary Gait. In other college basketball news:— Arkansas guard Isaiah Joe has declared himself eligible for the NBA draft, but he has not hired an agent in a decision that would allow him to return to school next season. The 6-foot-5 sophomore averaged 16.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this past season and led the SEC in 3-point goals. He missed five games after having surgery on his right knee.— Memphis says it has added guard-forward Landers Nolley II as a transfer from Virginia Tech. Nolley was on the Atlantic Coast Conference all-freshman team this past season after averaging a team-high 15.5 points and 5.8 rebounds with the Hokies. He started 29 of 32 games with Virginia Tech and ranked 12th nationally among freshmen in scoring.— Kentucky has signed former Rhode Island forward Jacob Toppin (TAH’-pihn), the brother of consensus national player of the year Obi (OH’-bee) Toppin of Dayton. Toppin averaged 5.1 and 3.9 rebounds per game while starting three of 30 contests as a Rams freshman. He must sit out next season per NCAA transfer rules but will have three seasons of eligibility remaining.NFL-MOCK DRAFT LOS ANGELES (AP) — Family members of four of the people killed in a helicopter crash with Kobe Bryant and his daughter are suing the companies that owned and operated the aircraft.The wrongful death lawsuits were filed electronically Sunday in Los Angeles Superior Court on behalf of three members of one family and a woman who helped coach Bryant’s daughter in basketball.The group was heading to a basketball tournament Jan. 26 when the chopper crashed in thick fog northwest of Los Angeles.The suits allege that Island Express Helicopters Inc. was careless and negligent in the crash that killed nine.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 20, 2020 Jarry gets 11-month doping banUNDATED (AP) — Top 100 tennis player Nicolas Jarry has been given an 11-month doping ban by the International Tennis Federation. The punishment stems from a failed drug test at the Davis Cup Finals in November.Jarry is a 24-year-old from Chile who is currently ranked 89th in singles. He has been as high as No. 38.He was provisionally suspended in January, but the ITF is back-dating his ban to December. Jarry can return to action in November.GOLF-HALL OF FAMElast_img read more