Sixteen NBA players test positive for COVID-19

first_img(BBC) – Sixteen NBA players have tested positive for coronavirus, with the season set to resume on July 30.Tests were carried out on 302 players on Tuesday.The 16 who tested positive will remain in self-isolation and will have to be cleared by a physician before they can return to training.Individual workouts are set to begin on July 1 and teams can arrive at Disney World Resort in Florida, where the season will restart on July 7.Training camps will then take place from July 9 to 29.The NBA and players’ union (NBPA) announced on Friday that “stringent health and safety protocols” will be in place when the season resumes.“We have worked together with the Players Association to establish a restart plan that prioritises health and safety, preserves competitive fairness and provides a platform to address social justice issues,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said.Thirteen Western Conference teams and nine Eastern Conference teams will contest eight games each to determine seedings for the play-offs.All 22 NBA teams will be based at the Florida resort and games will be played without spectators.last_img read more

Men’s hoops hopes to tame Tigers

first_imgWisconsin senior guard Jason Bohannon will see a lot of playing time against a guard heavy lineup.[/media-credit]With an 8 a.m. lifting session on the schedule for Thursday morning, Wisconsin did not have long to enjoy its upset win over No. 6 Duke.Such an early wake-up call did not allow much time for watching SportsCenter as UW quickly switched its focus to Grambling State, which the Badgers host Saturday afternoon.“I got some sleep,” UW senior guard Jason Bohannon said. “We had to get some rest right after the game, so no, not too much (highlight watching).”One thing head coach Bo Ryan’s team did get to see when they caught the highlights on ESPN was an entertaining dance from sophomore guards Jordan Taylor and Rob Wilson.“I didn’t see it when they did it out there,” senior guard Trevon Hughes said. “They were kind of shocked because they didn’t think the cameras were rolling. I was like, ‘The cameras are always rolling.’”With a quick turnaround from the emotional win Wednesday to a matchup Saturday with the lowly Tigers from the Southwestern Athletic Conference — a league UW boasts a 6-0 record against — the Badgers are focusing on maintaining the same process they’ve had so far this season.Junior forward Keaton Nankivil said the team knows a win over Duke really does not change anything for the Badgers as they prepare for a much less anticipated game Saturday.“We know that winning one game isn’t going to win us anymore games — it’s going to win us that one game,” he said. “We started preparing today for Grambling State, and we’re going to do it tomorrow, and hopefully we’ll be ready to go by Saturday.”One player who did not practice Thursday was junior forward Jon Leuer, but Hughes is not worried about the 6-foot-10 native of Long Lake, Minn.“He’s a tough kid,” Hughes said of Leuer. “I think he’s going to fight it; nothing’s going to keep him off the court on Saturday. We’re not worried about him.”Still, the win over Duke could be one that helps them throughout the rest of the season, much like UW’s upset at then-No. 9 Texas in 2007. That game was part of a run that saw the Badgers win 25 of 27 games before losing to Davidson in the Sweet 16.Combined with wins over Arizona and then-No. 21 Maryland in Maui, the victory over the Blue Devils is one that should allow the team (and the rest of the nation) to be more confident in the Badgers’ ability to win big games.If nothing else, Ryan’s team should now believe it can compete with any team — regardless of ranking — after upsetting a team few believed it could contend with.“We played some great teams in Maui,” Bohannon said. “Looking at that, a couple years ago, we didn’t really have necessarily those high, major teams that we played right back to back. The first (six) games of the year, we’ve played three teams that are from major conferences; that doesn’t happen too often.”As for Grambling State, the Tigers are a guard-heavy team, starting as many as four in some games. Forward George Akpele is the Tigers’ tallest starter; yet, he stands at just 6-foot-9, and only two others on the roster are 6-foot-6 or taller.With 11 guards on the roster, Grambling State is a team that relies heavily on its shooting from beyond the arc and transition play.Despite so many guards, the Tigers are not particularly adept when it comes to ball handling, as they have turned it over 73 times with only 35 assists.Wisconsin, on the other hand, has 78 assists to just 65 turnovers while its opponents have turned it over 72 times to only 50 assists. Since Grambling State is an unfamiliar team to Wisconsin — the teams have met just once, in 1993 — the Badgers are focusing on ensuring they stick to their game plan more than worrying about what the Tigers will do.“They’re quick, but we don’t really know anything about Grambling State right now,” Hughes said. “Since they have so many guards, we — Jordan, J-Bo and I — will see a lot of minutes. As long as we stay true to our values, we’ll be good.”last_img read more

More than 8,500 miles of travel later, Syracuse looks for road recipe

first_img Published on April 17, 2018 at 9:09 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse has traveled about 8,500 miles back and forth to nine games away from the Carrier Dome. If SU flew that mileage in a straight line, the team could travel to Warsaw, Poland, and back.While it hasn’t actually left the country, the No. 19 Orange (8-7, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) has embraced the role of a traveling team for much of the season. Carrier Dome scheduling and the geographic diversity of the ACC means Syracuse has spent plenty of time on the move in the last two months. It’s created challenges — both in terms of practice planning and what to do in the long hours of travel — that SU’s struggled to solve to the tune of a 4-5 record when playing outside Syracuse.SU’s trip to Oregon in February was Syracuse’s longest of the season, and it accounted for almost half the team’s total mileage. Since then the Orange has flown twice more and bused numerous times.Sophomore goalie Asa Goldstock remembers watching Syracuse while growing up and seeing how the Orange was “always somewhere.” While her high school team visited Florida over spring break, the rest of her games were relatively local.“I knew I’d get a lot of aerial views from the plane when I came here,” Goldstock said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the other hand, freshman midfielder Sam Swart was blown away by the amount of travel Syracuse has done. The concept of playing away from the Carrier Dome didn’t even occur to her.“I was just thinking we’d be in the Dome,” Swart said. “I thought all the games were gonna be here, I don’t know why I was thinking that. I was dumb. Not all of the games were in the Dome, for anybody reading this.”center_img Syracuse WLAX road gamesInfogramA hiccup in scheduling led to some of the inconvenient traveling. When schedules normally would be made, there were conflicts with scheduled Carrier Dome renovations, Gait said. By the time the Orange could finalize its schedule, most other teams had nearly completed theirs. That forced SU to settle for road games at odd, midweek times, Gait said.The scheduling trouble led in part to two separate road trips that featured two away games in three days, on a Thursday followed by a Saturday. The first trip resulted in two SU losses, to Notre Dame and Northwestern. More recently, Syracuse beat Loyola (Maryland) on a Thursday but fell to Virginia Tech two days later.“I think (the travel) was the difference versus Virginia (Tech),” Swart said. “There was just too much going on in such little time.”The Orange passes the time travel days with a pastime that’s taken over much of the athletic world: Fortnite. Goldstock said Nicole Levy brings her Xbox. It’s not much different than at SU, Goldstock said, just that teammates hang out in a hotel room instead of around campus. And Goldstock conceded that Levy is the best player, ranking herself as a close second.Simpler challenges than who’s the best Fortnite player come up when a team travels as much as Syracuse, though. The most recent road trip was the trek from Loyola in Baltimore to Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. On what Swart termed a nine-hour bus ride, many of her teammates slept or watched TV shows, like Goldstock’s favorite “Riverdale” and “Law & Order: SVU.” But Swart did neither.“I can’t sleep on the bus,” Swart said. “I only trust my mom driving, that’s it. I don’t trust bus drivers, no offense, they’re all great. I kind of just sit there and look out the window, visualizing myself on the field.”Once at VT, the Orange lost in double-overtime. Swart, lacking sleep and having visualized herself on the field, did end up with a hat trick. But the trip ended as all three of SU’s ACC road contests have ended thus far: a one-goal loss.Swart did find one benefit in the travels despite the loss.“We hit Virginia and we cross the border, you just see the sun,” Swart said. “And I was like, this is so weird. Seeing the sun again was definitely a nice little touch in my life.” Commentslast_img read more

Tipp camogie players hoping for support in Semple

first_imgTipp full back Gemma Grace says they’re hoping for lots of support this evening…Throw in is at 7 o clock, and Tipp FM’s live coverage of the game is brought to you by FOH Financial Limited, Dr. Croke Place, Clonmel. This evening sees another Galway / Tipp clash – this time in the All Ireland Camogie Quarter Final.Semple Stadium plays host to a double header – with Dublin and Wexford in the first game – and Tipp featuring in the second game.A win would see the girls qualify for an All Ireland semi final on the 19th of August. Photo © Tipp FM & Denis Vahey Photographylast_img read more

BetVictor extends Cheltenham Gold Cup sponsorship

first_imgShare EveryMatrix ups CasinoEngine gamification tools with CompetitionLabs June 29, 2020 Online gambling operator BetVictor will renew its sponsorship of Cheltenham Racecourse’s Gold Cup for a further three years, with the deal expected to run until 2021.  The race, which will be named The BetVictor Gold Cup, takes place during the three-day long November Meeting at Cheltenham racecourse and sees runners compete for prize money worth £160,000. Matt Scarrott, Director of Sportsbook at BetVictor, said: ”The November Meeting is a prestigious and exciting event in the horse racing calendar, and with our strong heritage in the sport and ongoing support for British Racing we didn’t think twice when we decided to continue with the sponsorship of The BetVictor Gold Cup.”BetVictor has also confirmed that it will be sponsoring three other races during the meeting, including the £60,000 G3 BetVictor.com Handicap Chase, the £45,000 BetVictor Handicap Chase and the £25,000 The BetVictor SmartCards Intermediate Handicap Hurdle. The handicap chase has been won by the likes of Imperial Commander, winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and Grand National champion Gay Trip.Ian Renton, Regional Director, Cheltenham & The South West, said: “The November Meeting is very much a mini-Festival these days, with over 70,000 through the gates, and to work with BetVictor in its sponsorship of the highlight race of the fixture – The BetVictor Gold Cup – is something I know both parties find of huge benefit.”“We have thoroughly enjoyed working with the team at BetVictor for the past three years and are delighted to be continuing with the partnership moving forward” added Renton.In addition to the operator sponsoring the meeting, the ITV Racing blimp will bear BetVictor branding during the event and the four days of The Festival presented by Magners in March 2020. StumbleUpon Share BetVictor boosts casino portfolio with EveryMatrix’s CasinoEngine June 25, 2020 Submit ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 Related Articleslast_img read more

Aboagye urges caution against France

first_imgBlack Satellites’intelligent attacker Clifford Aboagye, says Ghana can no longer ride their luck in the ongoing FIFA Under-20 Championship and must begin to take charge of their remaining matches, particularly today’s semi-final clash with France in Bursa.Last Sunday evening, Ghana confirmed their reputation as the comeback kings of the FIFA U-20 World Cup with a dramatic 4-3 extra-time victory over Chile, sealed with the most last-gasp of last-gasp winners. After the exhilarating encounter, the euphoric Ghanaians began their frenzied celebrations with body language and facial expressions conveying utter conviction and belief.After reaching the penultimate round, Aboagye, whose two clinical passes put Ghana through at the expense of Chile, believes the Satellites must be cautiously optimistic.“We lost our first two matches at the tournament, but still made it through thanks to a big win over USA,” he told Sportsfilla.com. “We came from behind against Portugal in the Round of 16, and now we’ve beaten Chile, even though they were in the lead. Believe me, we’re bursting with confidence at the moment.”“I’m so happy. I wasn’t able to score in all of our group games, but today I’ve got two. We have a wonderful team and I was able to help today,” continued Aboagye, managing to combine elation with clearly sincere humility.However, despite their rapid progress over the last few weeks, the Ghanaians are firmly resisting the temptation to overreact, as Aboagye insisted: “Morale is soaring, and you can understand that. But I want to warn against us thinking we can rely on always turning games around.” The pacy and skilled Ghanaian No.10 is already looking ahead to the semi-final clash with France in Bursa. “If we start believing we can allow ourselves to fall behind again, we’d be completely wrong. We’ve used up all our luck. There’s no way we can keep on conceding goals and let our opponents to take the lead,” he declared.For all his caution, Ghana have unquestionably produced a couple of the greatest turnarounds in the history of the FIFA U-20 World Cup.You might be tempted to think the Satellites’s next goal would be revenge over the French today for a 3-1 defeat in their opening match.last_img read more

Date for George Arthur funeral announced

first_imgThe funeral service for the late George Arthur, former Black Stars has been scheduled for Saturday, September 5, 2015. George Arthur, former Ghana Black Stars and Asante Kotoko Football Club (FC) player died whiles playing draught in the afternoon under a tree with his friends.The late Arthur who also played for the Brong-Ahafo (BA) United FC before Asante Kotoko, became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Brong Ahafo club before proceeding to coach the women’s national football team.His son, George Arthur Jr. tells Adom Sports the funeral will on September 5.“I remember my father when he was dropped from the 1994 nations cup squad and the next day he was flown to join his colleagues in camp.”” I am inviting the entire GFA, Tony Yeboah and Coach Kwesi Appiah to come and mourn with us on September 5.”  The funeral will be held at his villa in Sunyani with the service starting at 8am prompt. –last_img read more

Yu Darvish makes Cubs debut lighter after ‘what happened in the World Series’

first_imgDarvish wasn’t at his best in the first inning against the Dodgers Tuesday. He walked the leadoff hitter, Chris Taylor, and another batter while throwing two wild pitches that led to a run. He retired the side in the second and admitted he had “a little bit of nerves” facing the Dodgers.NOTESDodgers manager Dave Roberts said right-hander Wilmer Font’s start against the Cubs Tuesday was “most likely” his last of the spring. With Tom Koehler (shoulder) out indefinitely, Font (who is out of options) has a chance to make the Dodgers’ season-opening bullpen and will pitch in relief the rest of the spring, Roberts said. “Certainly for our roster, it makes the most sense to see him out of the ‘pen,” Roberts said. … Roberts said Corey Seager’s elbow has been “symptom-free” throughout his spring throwing program but the progression will continue to be “methodical.” … Austin Barnes made his first start of the spring behind home plate after suffering some elbow discomfort in January. He and Yasmani Grandal will alternate starts at catcher this week. After All-Star season, Dodgers’ Alex Wood made changes looking for more consistency Matt Kemp’s third HR of spring breaks tie as Dodgers beat Indians, 8-1 Dodgers’ Corey Seager deals with another spring of sickness and setbacks But that doesn’t mean he is blaming his World Series failure entirely on tipping his pitches.“Obviously, the Astros are a great, strong team,” Darvish said through his interpreter. “I don’t really know, honestly, if that was it or if the Astros are simply a good team. I think it was partly me not being at my top level in the World Series.Related Articlescenter_img PreviousChicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsChicago Cubs catcher Wilson Contreras picks up a dropped ball during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Chicago Cubs players stand on the dugout bench during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish high-fives teammates in the dugout during the second inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Chicago Cubs pitcher Yu Darvish throws during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)NextShow Caption1 of 8Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp hits during the first inning of a spring training baseball game against the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Mesa, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)ExpandMESA, Ariz. – At least Yu Darvish still has his sense of humor.The Dodgers’ starter in Game 7 of last fall’s World Series made his first spring start with his new team, the Chicago Cubs, Tuesday afternoon against his old team. After his two-inning stint, Darvish met with reporters and revealed he had lost 15 pounds during the offseason.Asked what caused the weight loss, Darvish joked that it was, “Because of what happened in the World Series.”A popular theory to explain what happened to Darvish in the World Series – he lasted just 1 2/3 innings each in Games 3 and 7, allowing nine runs in all – is that he was tipping his pitches. Darvish (who worked out with Clayton Kershaw in the Dallas area during the winter) said he made some adjustments during the offseason to “make sure” that isn’t an issue going forward and he maintains the same arm slot for all of his pitches. Yu Darvish issues statement to fans after Game 7 loss for Dodgers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Fantasy Injury Updates: Is Will Fuller playing Saturday? Is Carlos Hyde playing? (Updated)

first_imgWeek 16’s first game features two important “questionable” players — Will Fuller and Carlos Hyde. Is either playing when the Texans and Buccaneers kick off Saturday afternoon? For all the fantasy owners vying for championships, we’ll have the last injury updates below on both until the official active/inactive reports are released. For injury updates on Julian Edelman, click here; for the latest on Jameis Winston, go here; for Greg Zuerlein news, go here. For more news and fantasy advice, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIs Will Fuller playing Saturday in Week 16?UPDATE: Fuller is officially ACTIVE. Despite getting in limited practices all week, Fuller (hamstring) was listed as “questionable” on the Texans final injury report ahead of Saturday’s game at Tampa Bay. SATURDAY DFS: DraftKings main slate lineup | Showdown lineupsFuller returned in Week 15 after a one-week absence, catching five-of-seven targets for 61 yards. The Bucs allow the most fantasy points per game to WRs, so this is a must-start spot for Fuller, who doesn’t appear to be in any danger of missing this game. If he is a surprise scratch, Kenny Stills and Keke Coutee would get bumps in value, with Stills slotting in as a WR2/3 and Coutee as a deep-league FLEX. WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endIs Carlos Hyde playing Week 16?UPDATE: Hyde is officially ACTIVE.  Hyde (ankle) practiced in a limited fashion all week and is “questionable” for Saturday’s game against the Buccaneers.MORE WEEK 16: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emThere doesn’t seem to be any reason to be worried about Hyde suiting up, but he is facing the league’s top run defense. Volume and TD-upside stills gives him FLEX value, but Hyde shouldn’t be counted on for much this week.last_img read more

England win Nations Cup at Spanish championship

first_img5 Mar 2012 England win Nations Cup at Spanish championship The England team of Holly Clyburn, Charley Hull and Meghan MacLaren won the Nations Cup at the Spanish women’s amateur championship at El Valle. Their team score was six-under par for the two strokeplay qualifying rounds and they pipped France A by one stroke. Germany A was a further two shots back in third place. The Nations Cup was decided on the best two scores returned by each team of three on each qualifying day. The counting scores came from Charley Hull (Woburn), who was five under par for the two rounds (68, 69), and Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa) who was one under (71, 70). Both players went on to the matchplay stages of the championship, alongside English U15 champion Gabriella Cowley (West Essex) and Emilee Taylor (Holme Hall). The Lincolnshire pair of Holly and Emilee were both beaten in the first round, while Charley, the number two seed, and Gabriella bowed out in the second knockout round. The championship was won by Karolin Lampert of Germany. Nations Cup leading scores: 278 (-6) England – Holly Clyburn (Woodhall Spa), Charley Hull (Woburn), Meghan MacLaren (Wellingborough) 279 France A 281 Germany A 283 Spain, Sweden C 284 Wales Image copyright leaderboardphotography.comlast_img read more