NBA social responsibility and player programs president Kathy Behrens says the masks will help fans adhere to CDC safety guidelines “while joining in the league’s efforts to aid those who have been directly affected by COVID-19.”___The fourth edition of the Laver Cup exhibition event founded by Roger Federer’s management company is being postponed a year because of changes to the tennis calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic.It now will be at TD Garden in Boston from Sept. 24-26, 2021.The original dates were Sept. 25-27 this year. Montreal did not specify whether the employee was a player or another member of the team’s staff. The Impact said it is the only confirmed case of the novel coronavirus within the organization so far.___The NBA and WNBA say they plan to sell cloth face coverings bearing team and league logos and that all proceeds generated by the league will go to charity.The proceeds will go to Feeding America in the U.S. and Second Harvest in Canada. Both of those organizations work to assist the hungry.Face-covering manufacturers FOCO and Industry Rag will also be amping up charity efforts through sales. They will donate one face covering for every one purchased to the benefiting charities. Associated Press The Latest: Kevin Hart, Kane Brown join NFL’s Draft-A-Thon Leeds says Hunter was admitted to the hospital last week and died on Friday.Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds and also played 28 times for England. He was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad and earned the nickname “Bites Yer Legs” because of his tough tackling.Hunter also won two league titles and the FA Cup with Leeds.___The BMW International Open in Germany and the Open de France golf tournaments have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Scottish Open has been postponed. The NCAA is waiving standardized test requirements for incoming freshmen to be eligible to compete in Division I and II during the 2020-21 academic year.The Eligibility Center adjusted several of its eligibility requirements for incoming freshmen, including the number of core courses and minimum grade-point averages. The adjustments were made in response to schools across the country moving to online learning as part of the fight against coronavirus. Social-distancing restrictions had also canceled some SAT and ACT testing dates.The NCAA’s news release said: “Membership committees in both Divisions I and II reviewed initial-eligibility data and determined the NCAA would offer flexibility for incoming student-athletes based on research, fairness, equity and a standard of college readiness.”___South America’s soccer body Conmebol said in a statement it still expects to complete the current editions of the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana tournaments. The league says it will only restart “with the full support of the government” and when “medical guidance allows.”Liverpool holds a 25-point lead at the top of the standings with nine games remaining.___An employee of Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact has tested positive for COVID-19.The team made the announcement Wednesday and said the employee had mild symptoms for a few days is doing well. The person has been placed in quarantine. “Our intention remains to run all 36 races, with a potential return to racing without fans in attendance in May at a date and location to be determined,” NASCAR said in a statement.___Women’s golf has lost another senior major because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Senior LPGA Championship has been canceled. It was scheduled to be played July 30-Aug. 1 at French Lick Resort in Indiana.The USGA previously canceled the U.S. Senior Women’s Open. The Senior LPGA will stay at French Lick in 2021. The new dates will be determined later.___The Premier League says it still wants to complete its season.The league held a call with all 20 soccer clubs but provided no specifics about its plan to resume. The competition was suspended more than a month ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league only says it discussed “possible scheduling models” and that “it remains our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.” It did not, however, provide a date for matches to resume. Conmebol also added it’s up to FIFA to make decisions on September’s fixtures of the region’s World Cup qualifiers. The first two rounds were initially scheduled for March, but were postponed due to the new coronavirus outbreak.___NASCAR has suspended its May 9 race at Martinsville Speedway and did not give an indication on when the season will resume.When NASCAR suspended racing four events into the season, it listed the event in Virginia as its return date. But Virginia is under a stay-at-home order until June 10.NASCAR in a statement said it is considering restarting the season without fans in May. It has privately told teams that NASCAR is hopeful to race May 24 at Charlotte Motor Speedway with the Coca-Cola 600. World Athletics says the Outbreak Prevention Taskforce includes the International Institute for Race Medicine and officials from cycling, rowing, skiing, triathlon and the International Paralympic Committee.They will get input from a member of the World Health Organization’s coronavirus mass gatherings expert group.The panel has its first meeting next week and plans to work with advisers from industry, sponsors and the media. Aims include guidance on risk assessment and how sports can “plan a return to normal activities in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak or similar future situations.”___Former Leeds defender Norman Hunter has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 76. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ Actor Kevin Hart, singers Kane Brown and Quavo are among the entertainers who will participate in the NFL’s Draft-A-Thon live stream that will accompany the draft. But the French Open moved its start from May to Sept. 20 a month ago. That means the Grand Slam tournament would have overlapped with the Laver Cup. The exhibition tournament has attracted some of the top players in men’s tennis in the past.Federer called the announcement of the Laver Cup date change “unfortunate” and “disappointing” but also “the right thing to do for everyone concerned.”Tickets already purchased will be valid in 2021 or can be refunded.___The governing body of track and field is leading a panel of Olympic sports to advise on safely organizing mass gathering events amid the coronavirus pandemic. The league will be raising funds for six organizations battling the new coronavirus pandemic that caused the NFL to cancel all draft events in Las Vegas. Instead, the April 23-25 proceedings will be done remotely and virtually. The Draft-A-Thon will be live-streamed on NFL social and digital platforms and featured in live draft coverage on ABC, ESPN, NFL Network, and ESPN Deportes. Donations now can be made at NFL.com/RELIEF. Funds raised will help support six national nonprofit organizations: American Red Cross; CDC Foundation’s All of Us Combat Coronavirus Campaign; Feeding America; Meals on Wheels America; Salvation Army; and United Way. Also, all 32 NFL clubs have selected one or more of these organization’s local branches to receive a portion of the funding. The remaining funds will be distributed across the nation and internationally where the needs are greatest. ___ April 17, 2020 The BMW International Open was to be played in Munich from June 25-28 and the Open de France was scheduled to take place a week later.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has banned large public gatherings in the country through August 31 and the French government has done the same until mid-July.The Scottish Open was scheduled to be played from July 9-12. Discussions on a rescheduled date are ongoing.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Richmond was originally scheduled for April 19 and Chicagoland was scheduled for June 21. Speedway Motorsports traded its road course race in Sonoma scheduled for June 14 for a Cup race at Charlotte on May 27.NASCAR is attempting to race at tracks within driving distance of its North Carolina-based teams.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have put their plans to play outside of North America on ice for the rest of the year. The league and union announced the postponement of its 2020 international games, adding they look forward to taking teams overseas again next year. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers were previously scheduled to open this season in Prague as part of the NHL’s Global Series. The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning had been slated to play two games in Stockholm.— Fans returned to the stands Friday for baseball in Taiwan, even though they are spaced far apart as a safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus. Up to 1,000 spectators are now allowed at ballparks in Taiwan but they must sit apart and are barred from bringing in food and concession stands are still closed. Before today’s game between the Fubon Guardians and the UniLions Taiwan’s health and welfare minister appeared at home plate wearing jersey No. 0, an emblem of the government’s hope for zero coronavirus cases. TYRONE, Ga. (AP) — Former NBA player Shannon Brown faces charges in suburban Atlanta after he was accused of firing a rifle at two people who were looking at homes for salePolice say Brown was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault stemming from an incident May 2 at his home in Tyrone, Georgia. He is free after he posted bond on Monday.The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported that the former Los Angeles Lakers guard and two-time NBA champion told police he thought the couple was trying to break into his home. The couple told police they were in the area looking for homes and noticed a “for sale” sign in front of Brown’s home. They told investigators the front door was open and they entered after yelling out their intentions to tour the home.Brown, who shares a daughter with ex-wife R&B singer Monica, played for several other NBA teams and currently plays in Ice Cube’s Big3 league, which features three-on-three teams.NHL-CAPITALS-LEIPSIC — Soccer is back in South Korea for the first time since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports around the world, and its success or failure will be closely watched by leagues everywhere. The K-League season kicked off Friday in Jeonju with defending champion Jeonbuk Motors playing in an empty stadium but with chants piped in from supporters. Instead of fans, banners with messages of support were draped around the stands. The hosts beat Suwon Bluewings 1-0 in a match that was broadcast to 36 countries, including Germany, Britain, India and Australia. The game was also shown on YouTube and on the league’s Twitter page.— German politicians have been persuaded to allow soccer to resume in the country despite the coronavirus pandemic, but it seems the public still needs to be convinced. Three new polls from German broadcasters show at least half of respondents saying they are against the plan to restart the season. The top two divisions will resume on May 16 following a two-month suspension, playing in empty stadiums— Soccer teams are going to get some extra help from the bench during a backlog of games caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The International Football Association Board has agreed to let teams use two extra substitutes per match when soccer resumes. Leagues which typically end in May are preparing to restart and face a congested schedule into July and August to complete their season.— At least 70 percent of U.S. Olympic sports organizations have applied for government funds during the coronavirus pandemic. The Associated Press surveyed 44 of the country’s national governing bodies. All but four of the 36 bodies that responded said they had applied for assistance from the Paycheck Protection Program.NFL-CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT 1 law firm gets lion’s share of $112M in NFL concussion feesPHILADELPHIA (AP) — After years of infighting over $112 million in legal fees in the NFL concussion case, a federal appeals court has approved a plan that gives nearly half the money to a single law firm.The decision Thursday grants New York-based Seeger Weiss over $51 million, more than 10 times the amount of any other firm, including the lawyers who filed the first cases in 2012.It was lawyer Christopher Seeger who steered the negotiations that led to a surprise settlement in 2013 and who managed the case through several appeals. Some firms represented more than 1,000 players, while Seeger directly represented only about 20.The settlement, expected to cost the NFL more than $1 billion over time, spared the league a trial over claims that it long hid what it knew about the link between concussions and brain injuries. COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University will pay about $41 million to settle a dozen lawsuits by 162 men alleging decades-old sexual abuse and mistreatment by a team doctor, Richard Strauss.About 350 former athletes and other men had sued the school for failing to stop the late doctor despite concerns raised during his tenure. The university first announced a settlement with some of them in March, but the cost wasn’t made public until Friday.A special overseer independent of the university is expected to help allocate varying payments to the men based on their experiences and the harm done, aided by a three-person panel of experts evaluating claims.NBA-FORMER PLAYER ARRRESTEDEx-NBA player Shannon Brown accused of shooting at 2 people May 8, 2020 Capitals cut ties with Leipsic after disparaging commentsARLINGTON, Va. (AP) — The Washington Capitals on Friday placed Brendan Leipsic (LIP’-sihk) on unconditional waivers to terminate his contract after he made disparaging comments about women and teammates in a private social media chat.In a conversation involving his brother and Florida Panthers minor leaguer Jack Rodewald, Leipsic commented on the physical appearances of Vancouver forward Tanner Pearson’s wife and Edmonton captain Connor McDavid’s girlfriend. He also called Capitals linemates Garnet Hathaway and Nick Dowd losers. Leipsic apologized, saying a friend’s Instagram account was hacked and taking responsibility for his comments.Screenshots of the conversation were leaked Wednesday, and a team spokesman said the matter would be handled internally. The NHL called it “inexcusable conduct” and said it would address the matter with the Capitals and Panthers.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other NFL news:—The Buffalo Bills have signed defensive end and second-round selection A.J. Epenesa and two other players taken in the NFL draft last month. The Bills announced the signings Friday, a day after inking three other draft choices. Epenesa played at Iowa and led the Big Ten with 10 1/2 sacks last season. Also signed were receiver and fourth-round pick Gabriel Davis of Central Florida and quarterback and fifth-round choice Jake Fromm of Georgia. All three got four-year contracts. — Rashard Higgins is back on Cleveland’s roster. The wide receiver officially signed his one-year, $910,000 contract with the Browns, who brought back the free agent following a strange 2019 season for the former fifth-round draft pick. He was limited by a knee injury last season. Higgins also fell from favor with former coach Freddie Kitchens and finished with just four catches for 55 yards.OHIO STATE-TEAM DOCTOR$41M settlement by Ohio State covers 162 of doc’s accusers Update on the latest sports Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR cancels 3 racesUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has canceled races at Richmond, Virginia, Chicagoland Speedway and Sonoma Raceway in California as it revises its schedule to restart the season. NASCAR plans to race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on May 17 and May 20. Since those races weren’t originally scheduled, NASCAR forfeited events at its Richmond and Chicago tracks.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — The Denver Nuggets say they’ve closed their facilities after two members of the team’s traveling party tested positive for the coronavirus over the weekend. A third tested positive this week.All three are asymptomatic, the Nuggets said Tuesday in confirming a report by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The 35-member traveling party includes players, coaches and staff. ___Follow Arnie Melendrez Stapleton on Twitter: http://twitter.com/arniestapleton___More AP NBA: https://apnews.com/tag/NBA and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press Also Tuesday, Pelicans general manager David Griffin said three New Orleans players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in self-isolation until testing shows they can return to team activities without infecting others.It’s unclear if the Nuggets will reopen their practice facilities before the team flies to Orlando on July 7 to resume the season that was halted in mid-March because of the virus, which has has killed more than 128,000 people in the United States.The 22 teams that will restart the season July 30 returned to their practice facilities last week and players, coaches and staff have been subject to ongoing testing as they prepare to resume the season. A week ago, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Nuggets superstar center Nikola Jokic, one of only four players averaging 20 points and 10 rebounds, tested positive for the virus in Serbia, Nuggets coach Michael Malone revealed recently that he tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies and said he believes he had the virus in March. When the season resumes July 30 at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, the Nuggets will start with a 43-22 record, placing them 1 1/2 games behind the second-place Los Angeles Clippers and 1 1/2 games ahead of fourth-place Utah in the Western Conference playoff race.In New Orleans, Griffin declined to identify the players who tested positive for the virus, citing medical privacy laws.The positive tests occurred June 23, the first day all members of the Pelicans were tested as part of the NBA’s plan to restart the season. Griffin said no Pelicans players have tested positive since.___AP Sports Writer Brett Martel contributed to this report. Positive tests force Nuggets to close practice facilities June 30, 2020
— Jorge Soler hit a three-run homer in the first inning of the Royals’ 7-2 victory over the Twins. Hunter Dozier added a two-run shot and finished with three RBIs as Kansas City won for the sixth time in its last seven home games. — Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) homered twice and drove in four runs as the Braves roughed up Aaron Nola and the Phillies, 11-2. Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’) and Ozuna hit back-to-back homers off Nola in a four-run third inning. — The Pirates thumped the Brewers, 7-2 as Chad Kuhl pitched five effective innings for his first win in more than two years. Bryan Reynolds had three hits and four RBIs for a team that scored just five times during their just-concluded four-game losing skid.— Teoscar Hernandez and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit third-inning homers and the Blue Jays scored twice in the 10th to beat the Rays, 6-5. Cavan Biggio doubled home the tiebreaking run and scored on a sacrifice fly by Lourdes Gurriel (gur-ee-EHL’) Jr.— The Mets and Yankees have had their entire weekend series postponed by Major League Baseball. The move comes after two members of the Mets organization tested positive for the coronavirus. Elsewhere in the majors:— The Astros’ eight-game winning streak is over after Manny Machado furnished a pair of RBI singles in the Padres’ 4-3 win over Houston. Javy Guerra (HAH’-vee GEHR’-uh) got the win with 2 1/2 innings of hitless relief.— The Dodgers came away with a 5-1 win over the Rockies behind Walker Buehler (BYOO’-lur), who struck out 11 and allowed one run and four hits over six innings. Corey Seager’s two-run double gave Los Angeles a 4-0 lead in the fourth inning of its ninth win in 10 games.— Marcus Semien hit a leadoff homer and Stephen Piscotty (pihs-KAH’-tee) doubled home a pair later in the first inning to set the tone in the Athletics’ 5-3 win over the Angels. Piscotty had three RBIs to help Oakland improve to 16-4 this month. — Evan Longoria and red-hot Wilmer Flores belted two-run homers as the Giants topped the Diamondbacks, 6-2. Flores is hitting .565 with three homers and 10 RBIs over his last six games. MLB NEWSStrasburg might require surgeryUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg has been diagnosed with carpal tunnel neuritis on his throwing hand after seeing a nerve specialist. That’s the word from manager Dave Martinez, who says surgery could be an option but adds he has yet to talk with the 2019 World Series MVP. Strasburg was put on the injured list on Aug. 15, a day after he recorded just two outs at Baltimore. The Toronto Raptors have a three-games-to-none lead for the first time in their history following a 117-92 dismantling of the Brooklyn Nets.Toronto never trailed and led 57-42 by halftime. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) scored 26 points and chipped in eight rebounds and five assists. Fred VanVleet shot 6-for-10 from 3-point range and finished with 22 points. Serge Ibaka (ih-BAH’-kah) had 20 points and 13 rebounds, while Kyle Lowry had his own double-double with 11 points and 10 boards.Tyler Johnson had a team-high 23 points for the Nets.In other first-round NBA playoff action: NORTON, Mass. (AP) — PGA Tour rookie Scottie Scheffler has become the 11th player to shoot a 59 or better in Tour history.The 24-year-old from Texas made a birdie putt from just outside 4 feet on the last hole for a 59 in the second round of The Northern Trust. He played bogey-free at the TPC Boston and finished with four birdies over his last five holes. Amazingly, he is two shots behind leader Dustin Johnson, who finished with a 60 and is at 15-under. PGA-MICKELSON NFL-NEWSWashington coach diagnosed with cancerUNDATED (AP) — Washington football coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with a form of skin cancer. A team spokesman confirmed Rivera has squamous cell carcinoma. The 58-year-old is expected to continue coaching while undergoing treatment. In other NFL news:— Wide receiver Tyreek Hill has only a minor hamstring strain and the Chiefs intend to be cautious with their dynamic playmaker. Wide receiver Sammy Watkins was back for the first time in nearly a week along with Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones. Both of them had groin strains. RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Shane Bertsch eagled the first hole of a four-man playoff to win the Charles Schwab Series in Missouri.Bertsch hit an approach from the rough near the back edge of a bunker that took some big bounces in front of the green. It rolled to 20 feet from the back pin on the par-5 first hole, giving him a victory in his second PGA Tour Champions start.Glen Day, Bernhard Langer and Kenny Perry shared second, one stroke ahead of Tom Byrum and Vijay Singh (VEE’-jay sing).COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERYLoughlin, Giannulli get prison time in college bribery plot — Bills cornerback Josh Norman is out indefinitely after hurting his left hamstring in practice. Coach Sean McDermott couldn’t provide a timetable on time Norman will miss, in saying the team is still determining the severity of the injury. — Seahawks cornerback Quinton Dunbar says he understands he could still be punished by the NFL even after armed robbery charges against him in Florida were dropped. Dunbar declined to speak in detail about what led to him being arrested and charged in Broward County, Florida. — The league has hired Jonathan Beane as senior vice president and chief diversity and inclusion officer. He serves on the Board of Directors of GLAAD and has held senior diversity roles at Roche, 21st Century Fox and Time Warner, among others. The league said Beane will “spearhead diversity, equity and inclusion strategy, and will collaborate with senior leadership to drive actionable change” throughout the NFL.PGA-NORTHERN TRUSTBlazing hot rookie Rojas homers in return from coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — Miguel Rojas made a triumphant return after becoming the first of 17 Miami Marlins to come off the COVID-19 injured list.Miguel Rojas hit a three-run homer in his first at-bat, helping the Marlins end a five-game skid with a 3-2 victory over the Nationals. Rojas hadn’t played since July 26, when the Marlins’ season was suspended amid a team-wide coronavirus outbreak. Winning pitcher Elieser (ee-lee-AY’-sur) Hernandez pitched five solid innings, allowing just two runs and three hits while striking out six.Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) and Trea Turner homered for the Nationals, who collected just two other hits in falling to 9-13. The Flyers scored a pair of early goals and closed out their opening-round series in six games by defeating the Canadiens, 3-2. Ivan Provorov put the Flyers ahead just 28 seconds into the game. Kevin Hayes made it 2-0 at the 5:23 mark after setting up the first goal.Michael Raffl provided the eventual game-winner early in the second period.Carter Hart backstopped the win as Montreal outshot the Flyers, 33-17.Nick Suzuki scored both goals for the Canadiens, who knocked out the Penguins in the play-in round.MLB-SCHEDULE UNDATED (AP) — The Vancouver Canucks have knocked out the defending Stanley Cup champs to advance to the second round. The Canucks scored the first four goals in a 6-2 win over the Blues. Jay Beagle opened the scoring 3:45 into first period, and Vancouver broke it open on goals by Antoine Roussel (roo-SEHL’), Troy Stecher (STEH’-chur) and Brock Boeser (BEH’-sur) during a six-minute span early in the second.Brandon Sutter and Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Petterson each had two assists in the middle period. Sutter also set up a third-period goal.Jacob Markstrom stopped 34 shots and blanked the Blues until Jaden Schwartz tallied 6:32 into the third period.Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Flyers have advanced to the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs, where they will take on the New York Islanders. TROON, Scotland (AP) — Dani Holmqvist braved the wind-swept links at Royal Troon to take the lead through two rounds of the Women’s British Open. Holmqvist shot 1-under 70 in windy morning conditions to be the only player under par after 36 holes.A 1-under total of 141 left Holmqvist a stroke ahead of American Austin Ernst and Sophia Popov of Germany. First-round leader Amy Olson shot 81, 14 strokes worse than Thursday. Stars like Lexi Thompson, Brooke Henderson and defending champion Hinako Shibuno missed the cut.PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSBertsch eagle gives him Schwab win Update on the latest sports August 22, 2020 — The Celtics clawed their way to a 102-94 win over the 76ers and a three-games-to-none lead in their series. The Celts couldn’t shake the 76ers until they closed the game on a 10-0 run. Kemba Walker broke through with 24 points and eight rebounds to lead a balanced Boston attack, while Jaylen Brown delivered 21 points and seven boards. Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) kept the Sixers in the game with 30 points and 13 rebounds.— Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 36 points, nine rebounds and eight assists in leading the Clippers to a 130-122 victory over the Mavericks. Los Angeles used a team-record, 45-point second quarter to build a big lead and take a 2-1 series lead. Landry Shamet had 18 points for the Clippers, who bounced back from their loss in Game 2. Mavs guard Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists before leaving the game for good with a sprained left ankle. — The Jazz are up two games to one in their NBA first-round series after blowing out the Nuggets, 124-87. Mike Conley made a career playoff-high seven 3-pointers and scored 27 points in his return from quarantine. Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) grabbed 14 rebounds and had a career playoff-high 24 points courtesy of numerous easy dunks and layups. Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had a team-high 15 points for the Nuggets, who tied the third-worst playoff loss in team history.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSCanucks, Flyers advance After going 18-6 with a 3.32 ERA in 33 starts in 2019, the right-hander is 0-1 this season with a 10.80 ERA in two starts.In other MLB news:— Slumping Chris Davis has been put on the 10-day injured list by the Orioles, who recalled highly touted prospect Ryan Mountcastle and put him in the starting lineup against Boston. Davis headed to the IL with a .122 batting average and patellar tendinitis in his left knee. — The Phillies have moved to fortify their ineffective bullpen by acquiring relievers Brandon Workman and Heath Hembree from the Red Sox. Boston also sent cash to the Phils for right-handers Nick Pivetta and Connor Seabold. Philadelphia also acquired right-handed reliever David Hale from the Yankees to help their league-worst bullpen. Hale has appeared in 95 games over six seasons with the Braves, Rockies and Yankees. — The Royals placed catcher Salvador Perez on the injured list with lingering vision problems and recalled Randy Rosario to add a left-handed arm in the bullpen. Perez woke up with vision problems Sunday. — Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) hit two of the White Sox’s six home runs and had four RBIs as the White Sox rolled to their sixth straight win, 10-1 over the Cubs. Luis Robert, Danny Mendick, Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) and Eloy (EE’-loy) Jiménez also went deep to back Dallas Keuchel (KY’-kuhl), who held the Cubs to one run and six hits in eight innings. — Cincinnati was held to just two hits at Busch Stadium, but pinch-hitter Matt Davidson’s grand slam in the sixth inning sent the Reds past the Cardinals, 4-2. Four Reds relievers combined to no-hit St. Louis over the final 4 2/3 innings.— The Tigers had dropped 20 straight to the Indians before erasing an early 5-0 deficit in a 10-5 win at Cleveland. Isaac Peredes launched a grand slam in a seven-run fourth that put Detroit ahead.— Braden Bishop drove in a pair and Kyle Lewis hit a solo shot in the Mariners’ 7-4 decision over the Rangers. The Seattle bullpen threw hitless ball after Nick Margevicius worked the first 5 1/3 frames.— Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) and J.D. Martinez homered early to spark the Red Sox in their season-high third straight win and the Orioles’ sixth consecutive loss, 8-5 at Baltimore. Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) added a three-run drive to make 6-0 in the fifth. Mickelson eliminated from FedEx Cup, now to try ChampionsNORTON, Mass. (AP) — Phil Mickelson has missed the cut at the Northern Trust and is all but assured of being outside the top 70 who advance to the BMW Championship next week south of Chicago.Instead, Mickelson said he would make his debut on the 50-and-older circuit at the Charles Schwab Series at Ozarks National. Mickelson turned 50 in June. WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENHolmqvist leads British Open Associated Press BOSTON (AP) — Lori Loughlin and fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli have apologized for using their wealth and privilege to bribe their daughters’ way into the University of Southern California as crew recruits.Accepting plea deals struck in May after the pair admitted paying $500,000, a judge sentenced Loughlin to serve two months behind bars while Giannulli was sentenced to five months.Prosecutors say the couple funneled money through a sham charity to get their two daughters into USC as crew recruits, even though neither was a rower. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA SCHEDULERaptors trounce Nets for 3-0 series leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The defending NBA champs are on the verge of sweeping their first-round series.
Alexander Radulov (RAD’-yoo-lahv) had two goals and an assist, giving Dallas a 3-1 lead in the first period and scoring the eventual game-winner midway through the second.Tyler Seguin opened the scoring four minutes into the contest. Blake Comeau put the Stars ahead to stay midway through the first.Nathan MacKinnon scored twice for the Avalanche, who finished the game without Philipp Grubauer. The Colorado netminder suffered a lower-body injury in the second period.NHL-MILBURYMilbury silenced for rest of playoffs Elsewhere in the majors:— Trent Grisham collected six RBIs with his first career three-homer game as the Padres rolled to a 13-2 thumping of the Astros. San Diego became the first team to belt five grand slams in a six-game stretch when rookie Jake Cronenworth went deep in a nine-run second inning.— The Rays won for the 12th time in 14 games by defeating the Blue Jays, 2-1 on Kevin Kiermaier’s RBI single in the bottom of the 10th. Tampa Bay starter Aaron Slegers struck out five over four no-hit innings in his first start since July 2018 while with Minnesota.— Eddie Rosario slammed a three-run homer and Miguel Sano (sah-NOH’) added a solo shot and three RBIs in the Twins’ 7-2 victory against the Royals. Randy Dobnak’s ERA rose to 1.78, but he also improved to 5-1 by holding Kansas City to two runs over five frames.— The White Sox notched their seventh straight win as Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) banged out three home runs in a 7-4 decision over the Cubs. Abreu slammed five home runs in the two games against the Cubs. Milwaukee’s Mike Budenholzer was second after leading the Bucks to the best record in the suspended season, earning 147 points. Oklahoma City’s Billy Donovan was third with 134 points. NHL PLAYOFFS-STARS/AVALANCHEStars get 2 from Radulov, beat AvsEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche were able to blank the Dallas Stars in their round-robin meeting before the first round of the playoffs. Dallas got even on Saturday.The Stars took the opener of their second-round series by downing the Avalanche, 5-3. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSAntetokounmpo leads Bucks over MagicLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) and the Milwaukee Bucks have a two-games-to-one lead following a 121-107 win over the Orlando Magic. — The Marlins chased Max Scherzer during a four-run fifth before the Nationals’ bullpen tossed hitless ball the rest of the way to complete a 5-4 win over Miami in Game 1 of a seven-inning twinbill. Josh Harrison had two hits and an RBI while Washington was building a 5-0 lead.— The Marlins split the twinbill as Corey Dickerson belted a two-run homer in a 5-3 win at Washington. Sixto Sanchez gave up three runs over five innings, including homers by Yan Gomes (yahn gohmz) and Victor Robles.— Tyler Anderson tossed a three-hitter and and allowed just an unearned run as the Giants won their fifth in a row since an 8-16 start, 5-1 versus the Diamondbacks. The game was tied 1-1 until Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) and Alex Dickerson worked out bases-loaded walks in a four-run seventh.— The Cardinals were 3-0 winners over the Reds as Kwang Hyun Kim scattered three hits over six innings. The scoring came on Tommy Edman’s two-run single and Harrison Bader’s home run.— The Pirates blew out the Brewers for the second straight day as Adam Frazier and Jacob Stallings homered and drove in three runs apiece in a 12-5 romp. Gregory Polanco had a home run and a double for the Bucs, who collected 14 hits for the second straight day to post their first winning streak since last September. Johnson was coming off a remarkable day in which he was 11 under through 11 holes and finished with seven pars for a 60. On Saturday, he pulled away from Harris English and Scottie Scheffler with a 20-foot birdie putt on the 17th and a 40-footer for eagle on the closing hole at the TPC Boston.Johnson was at 22-under 191, his lowest 54-hole score by three shots.English and Scheffler are minus-17.WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENPopov takes 3-shot lead into final round of British Open The Pacers opened the second half on a 12-2 run and cut their deficit to two three times in the fourth quarter before falling.Malcolm Brogdon set career playoff highs with 34 points and 14 assists for Indiana.The Thunder have pulled within two-games-to-one in their series by opening overtime on a 12-0 run before completing a 119-107 victory over the Rockets.Chris Paul had 26 points, including a pair of three-pointers during Oklahoma City’s overtime run. Dennis Schroeder (SHROO’-dur) was high man for the Thunder with 29 points.The Rockets’ offense stalled in OT after James Harden fouled out for the first time all season. Harden finished with 38 points, eight assists and seven rebounds. UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Browns say cornerback Kevin Johnson has been released from the hospital and is doing well after suffering a lacerated liver in practice this week.The 28-year-old is expected to be back at the team’s facility in the next few days. He’ll have to go through COVID-19 protocols before he can be re-integrated into team activities. The Browns said his status will be evaluated on a “week by week basis.”Johnson was injured when he was landed on by rookie tight end Harrison Bryant as the two were battling for a pass during a red-zone drill.In another positive development for the Browns, Pro Bowl running back Nick Chubb returned to practice Saturday on a limited basis after sustaining a concussion earlier this week. In other NFL news: Antetokounmpo was unstoppable with the ball, scoring 35 points on 12 of 14 shooting. He also had 11 rebounds and seven assists for the Bucks, who seem to have righted the ship after dropping the series opener.Khris Middleton added 17 points, eight boards and six assists to the win.Bucks forward Marvin Williams and Magic forward James Ennis were tossed from the game following a second-quarter scuffle. The skirmish took place during a 13-0 run in which Milwaukee took control of the game.D.J. Augustin scored 24 points for Orlando.The other No. 1 seed also won Saturday. Jeff Green had 22 points for the Rockets, who again were without Russell Westbrook.NBA-COACH OF THE YEARNurse voted NBA Coach of the YearLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nick Nurse was voted NBA Coach of the Year on Saturday after leading the defending champion Toronto Raptors to another 50-win season, this time without Kawhi (kuh-WY’) Leonard or a full schedule.Nurse was a runaway winner, receiving 90 first-place votes from a panel of 100 sportswriters and broadcasters. — Triston McKenzie won his major league debut and Domingo Santana delivered a bases-clearing double in the sixth in the Indians’ 21st win in their last 22 games against the Tigers, 6-1. McKenzie struck out 10 over six innings and allowed just two hits on a Willi Castro homer and a Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario double.— Evan White’s three-run homer and six RBIs were among the Mariners’ highlights in a 10-1 shellacking of the Rangers. Seattle also received six strong innings from Justus Sheffield, who was reached for one run and six hits.— Pedro Severino singled home the winning run in the 10th inning to punctuate a poor performance by Boston’s revamped bullpen, completing the Orioles’ 5-4 win over the Red Sox. Anthony Santander crushed a game-tying homer in the eighth before Baltimore ended a six-game skid.— Cody Bellinger’s solo homer in the bottom of the ninth ended the Dodgers’ 4-3 verdict over the Rockies. Chris Taylor also hit one out as Los Angeles won for the 10th time in 11 games.— The Braves erased a 4-0 deficit and beat the Phillies, 6-5 on Adam Duvall’s run-scoring single with two out in the bottom of the ninth. Austin Riley smacked a two-run homer and Matt Adams laced a two-run double in Atlanta’s fifth win in six games. August 22, 2020 — Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick returned to practice Saturday after a one-day absence for personal reasons. Top draft pick Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) and former Arizona Cardinals first-round pick Josh Rosen had so-so performances during Fitzpatrick’s absence yesterday, according to coach Brian Flores. — Seahawks offensive lineman Kyle Fuller has been suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Fuller will be allowed to practice with the team during the preseason. PGA-NORTHERN TRUSTJohnson expands leadNORTON, Mass. (AP) — Dustin Johnson closed with birdie-eagle for a 7-under 64 and a five-stroke advantage through three rounds of The Northern Trust, the FexEx Cup playoffs opener. TROON, Scotland (AP) — Sophia Popov will take a three-stroke lead into the final round of the Women’s British Open as she goes for her first major title. Popov shot a bogey-free, 4-under 67 to tie the low score of the third round at Royal Troon. The 27-year-old German was 4 under par overall and one of just three players under par after 54 holes. Minjee Lee of Australia and Jasmine Suwannapura of Thailand were the other two after both shot 69 to be tied for second place on 1 under. NASCAR-DOVERHamlin wins againDOVER, Del (AP) — Denny Hamlin zipped past teammate Martin Truex Jr. with less than 10 laps to go and won Saturday’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Dover International Speedway. Associated Press MLB-NEWSStrasburg is done for season, awaits hand surgeryUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals have put star pitcher Stephen Strasburg on the 60-day disabled list, ending his season. Nationals manager Dave Martinez says the right-hander will undergo carpal tunnel surgery next week. The 32-year-old signed a seven-year, $245 million contract with Washington during the offseason. He was 0-1 with a 10.80 ERA in two starts in 2020.In other major league news: — No additional members of the Mets have tested positive for COVID-19 since the team learned of two infections that caused several games to be postponed, including their weekend series with the Yankees. Test results also were negative for close contacts of those who stayed back in Miami after Thursday’s series finale against the Marlins was postponed. — Yankees shortstop Gleyber Torres is expected to miss two to three weeks while recovering from strains in his hamstring and quad. The club also said pitcher James Paxton won’t throw for 14 days because of a strained left forearm.— The Twins have added two more pitchers to their injured list. Jake Odorizzi is sidelined with bruised ribs and fellow right-hander Zack Littell is shut down because of right elbow inflammation. Both players were hurt during Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Royals.NFL-NEWSBrowns CB Johnson released from hospital after liver injury LeBron James had 38 points, 12 rebounds and eight assists as the Lakers knocked off the Trail Blazers, 116-108 to take a two-games-to-one lead.Anthony Davis scored 12 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter to help Los Angeles win its second straight since a stunning loss in the opener. Portland guard Damian Lillard scored 34 points despite a dislocated left index finger. CJ McCollum added 28 for the Trail Blazers. They will try to even the series in Game 4 on Monday.Also in the opening round, the Heat grabbed a three-games-to-none lead by building an 18-point, halftime lead before holding off the Pacers, 124-115. Miami had four players score at least 20 points, led by 27 from Jimmy Butler. Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) finished with 24 points Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) had 22 with 11 rebounds, and Tyler Herro (HEE’-roh) scored 20. Trout leads Halos over A’s.UNDATED (AP) — Mike Trout and the Los Angeles Angels were able to cool off the AL West-leading Oakland Athletics.Trout drove in three early runs, then made a key catch late as the Angels nipped the A’s, 4-3. The three-time MVP made a diving catch on Matt Olson’s sinking liner to center field to start the eighth inning.Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN’) extended his hitting streak to 12 games for Los Angeles, which snapped a four-game losing streak.Oakland has won nine straight at home and three in a row overall. UNDATED (AP) — Mike Milbury is stepping away from broadcasting the rest of the NHL playoffs.The decision comes after his on-air comment that there were no women in the league’s quarantined bubble to disrupt concentration drew widespread criticism. The former player, coach and general manager released a statement through NBC Sports, saying: “I do not want my presence to interfere with the athletes as they try to win the greatest trophy in sports.” An NBC Sports spokesman confirmed it was Milbury’s decision to leave and that the analyst remains employed by the network. MLB-SCHEDULE Hamlin matched Kevin Harvick for the season victory lead with six, equaling his total from last season and closing within two of his career high set in 2010.Truex snapped a streak of five straight third-place finishes and ended up second. It’s his sixth straight top-10 finish.Kyle Busch was third to make it a sweep of the top three spots for Joe Gibbs Racing. Harvick was fourth and Chase Elliott fifth.NASCAR-NASHVILLE PRESIDENTMoses named 1st Black track president in NASCAR history DOVER, Del. (AP) — Erik Moses has been named president of Nashville Superspeedway, the first Black man to hold that title at any NASCAR track.Moses most recently served as president of the XFL’s DC Defenders and now leads the charge of the scheduled Nashville reboot in 2021. Update on the latest sports
— Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer in the sixth inning to push the Indians past the Twins, 4-2. Shane Bieber (BEE’-bur) improved to 6-0 by giving up two runs while striking out 10 over six innings.— Miguel Rojas slapped a two-run single in a three-run second that carried the Marlins to a 4-0 win over the Mets in Game 1 of a seven-inning twinbill. Four Miami pitchers combined on an eight-hitter as New York went 1-for-12 with runners in scoring position.— The Braves and Yankees were rained out in Atlanta, delaying the debut of Braves top prospect Ian Anderson and the return of Aaron Judge and Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. Gerrit Cole was scheduled to be on the mound for the Yankees as he tries to tie an American League record of 21 straight victories.MLB-NEWSClevinger back with Indians PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have begun their roster retooling by acquiring Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-ah-nehn) from Toronto in a multiplayer swap.The Penguins also get well-traveled forward Pontus Aberg and defensive prospect Jesper Lindgren from the Maple Leafs for Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in this year’s draft as well as forward Evan Rodrigues, defenseman David Warsofsky and Swedish forward Filip Hallander.NHL-BLUE JACKETS-TORTELLA FINENHL fines Tortella $25,000 for conduct in media sessionCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The NHL has fined Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella $25,000 for his conduct during a media session after his team was eliminated from the playoffs. Javier, big inning carry Astros over AngelsUNDATED (AP) — The Houston Astros have back-to-back wins after being swept in a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.Cristian Javier pitched into the sixth inning and the Astros put together a five-run first to take Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Angels, 6-3. Javier struck out five and allowed three runs and three hits over 5 2/3 innings, including Tommy La Stella’s solo homer. Jack Mayfield hit a two-run single to cap the first-inning rally, and Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) drove in a pair with a single and a double.Elsewhere in the majors:— Tyler Glasnow struck out nine of his final 10 batters and finished with a career-high 13 Ks over seven innings of the Rays’ 4-2 win over the Orioles. Hunter Renfroe and Manuel Margot hit back-to-back homers to back Glasnow, who allowed two runs and five hits in Tampa Bay’s eighth win in 10 games. Following the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 5 victory over the Blue Jackets, Tortorella ended his video news conference after two questions and walked away. MLB-SCHEDULEJavier, big inning carry Astros over AngelsHOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have back-to-back wins after being swept in a three-game series against the San Diego Padres.Cristian Javier pitched into the sixth inning and the Astros put together a five-run first to take Game 1 of a doubleheader against the Los Angeles Angels, 6-3. Javier struck out five and allowed three runs and three hits over 5 2/3 innings, including Tommy La Stella’s solo homer. Jack Mayfield hit a two-run single to cap the first-inning rally, and Yuli Gurriel (YOO’-lee gur-ee-EHL’) drove in a pair with a single and a double. NFL-LIONS-BLAKELions skip practice in protest over Wisconsin shootingALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions decided not to practice on Tuesday, protesting after a Black man was shot by police in Wisconsin.Lions coach Matt Patricia opened the team’s morning meeting by allowing players to share their thoughts on the shooting of Jacob Blake, who is paralyzed from the waist down. Blake was shot Sunday, three months after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-FANS LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) is missing his second straight game tonight in a first-round series against the Clippers because of right knee soreness. The 7-foot-3 Latvian was ruled out a few hours before Game 5. He had been a late scratch for Game 4. And the Portland Trail Blazers will be without guard Damian Lillard against the Lakers Wednesday. Lillard has a sprained right knee and will be sidelined for the game as the Blazers attempt to force a Game 6. He got hurt while driving to the basket and drawing a foul with 7:16 left in the third quarter of Monday’s game.In other NBA news:— Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) has been voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year, finishing ahead of Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the balloting. Antetokounmpo is the fifth player to win Defensive Player of the Year and MVP honors in a career, joining Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon (ah-LAH’-zhoo-wahn), David Robinson and Kevin Garnett. The “Greek Freak” also ended the two-year reign of Utah center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) as Defensive Player of the Year.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS Bolt said he’s trying to be responsible and will stay indoors and self-quarantine. He said he has no symptoms.The world record holder in the 100 and 200 meters retired in 2017.SOCCER-BARCELONA-MESSIMessi tells Barcelona he wants to leave the clubBARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Lionel Messi has told Barcelona he wants to leave the club after nearly two decades with the Spanish giants. KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will be selling tickets for approximately 25% of the seats at Neyland Stadium for this season.The stadium has a capacity of 102,455, counting everybody in the building, which could mean around 25,000 fansUniversity officials say restrictions could change during the season based on statewide virus data and recommendations from public health officials. NHL-MAPLE LEAFS-PENGUINS TRADEPenguins reacquire Kapanen from Maple Leafs COLLEGE FOOTBALL-AP PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAMParsons, Sewell among AP preseason All Americans not playingUNDATED (AP) — Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell are among 11 players selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America first-team team who will not be playing this fall. Voters considered all Division I players, even those who had already opted out of the season or whose teams had postponed football. Another 12 second-team All-Americans will not be playing in the fall, including Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. Elsewhere in the NFL:— Two-time Pro Bowl safety Budda Baker has agreed to terms on a four-year, $59 million, four-year contract extension with the Cardinals. Baker’s agent David Mulugheta confirmed the terms and that $33.1 million is guaranteed. — Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith’s surgery to repair an enlarged heart has gone as planned. Smith’s genetic defect was discovered earlier this month, only after a false positive COVID-19 test. Coach Mike Zimmer said Smith was “in good shape” after the procedure Monday in Philadelphia. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TENNESSEEReduced crowd planned for Tennessee home games Elsewhere in the majors:— The Braves and Yankees were rained out in Atlanta, delaying the debut of Braves top prospect Ian Anderson and the return of Aaron Judge and Ronald Acuña (ah-KOON’-yah) Jr. Gerrit Cole was scheduled to be on the mound for the Yankees as he tries to tie an American League record of 21 straight victories.MLB-NEWSClevinger back with IndiansUNDATED (AP) — The Indians will recall Mike Clevinger to pitch Wednesday against the Twins. It will be Clevinger’s first start for the Indians since he and teammate Zach Plesac were demoted for breaking team rules and Major League Baseball COVID-19 protocols. Update on the latest sports The right-hander last pitched on Aug. 5 at Cincinnati. Three days later, he and teammate Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) violated the Indians’ code of conduct by leaving the team’s hotel in Chicago and risking exposure to the coronavirus. Elsewhere in the majors:— The Astros-Angels game that was scheduled for Wednesday in Houston has been postponed because of Hurricane Laura. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 5 in Anaheim. — The Orioles have placed left-hander Wade LeBlanc on the 60-day injured list with a season-ending elbow problem. LeBlanc walked off the mound in the first inning of Sunday’s game against Boston after experiencing elbow tightness. NBA-NEWS COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEW MEXICO-LAWSUITFamily of late New Mexico lineman sues former coach, schoolRIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit filed in federal court alleges the University of New Mexico, former football coach Bob Davie and the NCAA didn’t protect 21-year-old Nahje Flowers, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in November. The suit alleges that Davie ignored a player’s plea for help in his fight against depression and instead made the lineman play a game before he took his own life.Court documents said the defensive standout had sought counseling to fight depression, but Davie overruled a therapist’s recommendation that Flowers take some time off. Jaroslav Halak (YAH’-roh-slahv hah-LAHK’) made 36 saves for Boston.NHL-MAPLE LEAFS-PENGUINS TRADEPenguins reacquire Kapanen from Maple LeafsPITTSBURGH (AP) — The Pittsburgh Penguins have begun their roster retooling by acquiring Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-ah-nehn) from Toronto in a multiplayer swap.The Penguins also get well-traveled forward Pontus Aberg and defensive prospect Jesper Lindgren from the Maple Leafs for Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in this year’s draft as well as forward Evan Rodrigues, defenseman David Warsofsky and Swedish forward Filip Hallander. Porzingis out, Lillard to miss Wednesday’s gameLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Dallas Mavericks center Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) is missing his second straight game tonight in a first-round series against the Clippers because of right knee soreness. The 7-foot-3 Latvian was ruled out a few hours before Game 5. He had been a late scratch for Game 4. And the Portland Trail Blazers will be without guard Damian Lillard against the Lakers Wednesday. Lillard has a sprained right knee and will be sidelined for the game as the Blazers attempt to force a Game 6. He got hurt while driving to the basket and drawing a foul with 7:16 left in the third quarter of Monday’s game.In other NBA news:— Bucks forward Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) has been voted NBA Defensive Player of the Year, finishing ahead of Los Angeles Lakers forward Anthony Davis in the balloting. Antetokounmpo is the fifth player to win Defensive Player of the Year and MVP honors in a career, joining Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon (ah-LAH’-zhoo-wahn), David Robinson and Kevin Garnett. The “Greek Freak” also ended the two-year reign of Utah center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) as Defensive Player of the Year. UNDATED (AP) — The Indians will recall Mike Clevinger to pitch Wednesday against the Twins. It will be Clevinger’s first start for the Indians since he and teammate Zach Plesac were demoted for breaking team rules and Major League Baseball COVID-19 protocols.The right-hander last pitched on Aug. 5 at Cincinnati. Three days later, he and teammate Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) violated the Indians’ code of conduct by leaving the team’s hotel in Chicago and risking exposure to the coronavirus. Elsewhere in the majors:— The Astros-Angels game that was scheduled for Wednesday in Houston has been postponed because of Hurricane Laura. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader on Sept. 5 in Anaheim. — The Orioles have placed left-hander Wade LeBlanc on the 60-day injured list with a season-ending elbow problem. LeBlanc walked off the mound in the first inning of Sunday’s game against Boston after experiencing elbow tightness. NFL-LIONS-BLAKELions skip practice in protest over Wisconsin shootingALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions decided not to practice on Tuesday, protesting after a Black man was shot by police in Wisconsin.Lions coach Matt Patricia opened the team’s morning meeting by allowing players to share their thoughts on the shooting of Jacob Blake, who is paralyzed from the waist down. Blake was shot Sunday, three months after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-FANS NFL-BROWNS-DELPITBrowns: Delpit out for the seasonBEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns rookie safety Grant Delpit ruptured his right Achilles tendon and is out for the season. The team also announced Delpit will need surgery. Delpit is the third Browns defensive starter to sustain a significant injury in the past week, along with linebacker Mack Wilson and nickel back Kevin Johnson. The Browns selected Delpit in the second round out of LSU. Ron Cohen, president and COO of Squaw Valley Alpine Meadow, says the decision was reached after consulting with Native American groups and extensive research into the etymology and history of the term “squaw.” The new name is expected to be announced next year. August 25, 2020 NHL-BLUE JACKETS-TORTELLA FINENHL fines Tortella $25,000 for conduct in media sessionCOLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The NHL has fined Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella $25,000 for his conduct during a media session after his team was eliminated from the playoffs.Following the Tampa Bay Lightning’s Game 5 victory over the Blue Jackets, Tortorella ended his video news conference after two questions and walked away. MLB-SCHEDULE Associated Press Teams announce initial home games without fansUNDATED (AP) — Individual NFL teams continue to set guidelines for allowing fans to attend their games amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Buffalo Bills will play their first two home games without fans present, while not ruling out the possibility of allowing some into the stadium before season’s end. The San Francisco 49ers will play their season opener against Arizona without fans in attendance. The team said it would work with state and county officials to determine whether it will be safe to allow fans to attend games later this season.— The Minnesota Vikings will play at least their first two home games without fans in the stands. Current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines specify an indoor venue capacity of 250 people. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEW MEXICO-LAWSUITFamily of late New Mexico lineman sues former coach, schoolRIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A lawsuit filed in federal court alleges the University of New Mexico, former football coach Bob Davie and the NCAA didn’t protect 21-year-old Nahje Flowers, who died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound in November. The suit alleges that Davie ignored a player’s plea for help in his fight against depression and instead made the lineman play a game before he took his own life.Court documents said the defensive standout had sought counseling to fight depression, but Davie overruled a therapist’s recommendation that Flowers take some time off. Elsewhere in the NFL:— Two-time Pro Bowl safety Budda Baker has agreed to terms on a four-year, $59 million, four-year contract extension with the Cardinals. Baker’s agent David Mulugheta confirmed the terms and that $33.1 million is guaranteed. — Vikings linebacker Cameron Smith’s surgery to repair an enlarged heart has gone as planned. Smith’s genetic defect was discovered earlier this month, only after a false positive COVID-19 test. Coach Mike Zimmer said Smith was “in good shape” after the procedure Monday in Philadelphia. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-TENNESSEEReduced crowd planned for Tennessee home games KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee will be selling tickets for approximately 25% of the seats at Neyland Stadium for this season.The stadium has a capacity of 102,455, counting everybody in the building, which could mean around 25,000 fansUniversity officials say restrictions could change during the season based on statewide virus data and recommendations from public health officials. PGA TOUR CHAMPIONSLefty still on top thru 36 COLLEGE FOOTBALL-AP PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA TEAMParsons, Sewell among AP preseason All Americans not playingUNDATED (AP) — Penn State linebacker Micah Parsons and Oregon tackle Penei Sewell are among 11 players selected to The Associated Press preseason All-America first-team team who will not be playing this fall. Voters considered all Division I players, even those who had already opted out of the season or whose teams had postponed football. Another 12 second-team All-Americans will not be playing in the fall, including Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. Bolts beat B’s in OTTORONTO (AP) — The Tampa Bay Lightning and Boston Bruins have traded victories to start their Stanley Cup second-round series.Ondrej Palat scored 4:40 into overtime to give the Lightning a 4-3 triumph over the Bruins, tying the series at a game apiece.Blake Coleman scored twice, including a goal that put the Lightning ahead, 3-2 in the third period. But Brad Marchand tied it with his second goal of the night, beating Andrei Vasilevskiy (va-sih-LEHV’-skee) with 3:58 left in regulation.Nikita Kucherov also scored and Vasilevskiy stopped 22 shots for the Lightning. RIDGEDALE, Mo. (AP) — Phil Mickelson continues to lead the PGA Tour Champions’ Charles Schwab Series event in Missouri.Mickelson followed his opening-round 61 with a 7-under 64 that leaves him 17 under for the tournament. He’s four strokes ahead of Rod Pampling and Tim Petrovic, who shot 65s on Tuesday.VIRUS OUTBREAK-USAIN BOLTJamaican official says Usain Bolt tests positive for COVIDKINGSTON, Jamaica (AP) — Jamaica’s Minister of Health says legendary sprinter Usain Bolt has tested positive for the novel coronavirus. But the club hinted that a legal battle could be coming and said it won’t automatically grant the Argentine star his wishes. The dispute centers around a clause in Messi’s contract. SQUAW VALLEY-NAME CHANGECalifornia ski resort changing name, citing offensive wordTAHOE CITY, Calif. (AP) — Officials say California’s popular Squaw Valley Ski Resort will change its name because the word “squaw” is a derogatory term for Native American women. The site was the scene of the 1960 Winter Olympics. Teams announce initial home games without fansUNDATED (AP) — Individual NFL teams continue to set guidelines for allowing fans to attend their games amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Buffalo Bills will play their first two home games without fans present, while not ruling out the possibility of allowing some into the stadium before season’s end. The San Francisco 49ers will play their season opener against Arizona without fans in attendance. The team said it would work with state and county officials to determine whether it will be safe to allow fans to attend games later this season.— The Minnesota Vikings will play at least their first two home games without fans in the stands. Current Minnesota Department of Health guidelines specify an indoor venue capacity of 250 people. Jamal Murray scored 33 of his 42 points while playing every minute of the second half to guide the Nuggets to a 117-107 win over the Utah Jazz in Game 5. Murray hit 17 of 26 shots and had eight assists, including a pass to Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) for a 3-pointer with 23.6 seconds remaining that sealed the win.With the game tied at 101, Murray scored nine straight for Denver to help the Nuggets gain some separation. The trailed by as many as 15 in the third quarter.Donovan Mitchell finished with 30 points for the Jazz, who will try again to wrap up the first-round series on Thursday.NBA-NEWSPorzingis out, Lillard to miss Wednesday’s game Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULENuggets stay aliveLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Denver Nuggets were 12 minutes away from elimination from the NBA Playoffs before extending their season on Tuesday. NFL-BROWNS-DELPITBrowns: Delpit out for the seasonBEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns rookie safety Grant Delpit ruptured his right Achilles tendon and is out for the season. The team also announced Delpit will need surgery. Delpit is the third Browns defensive starter to sustain a significant injury in the past week, along with linebacker Mack Wilson and nickel back Kevin Johnson. The Browns selected Delpit in the second round out of LSU.
QPR manager Mark Hughes expressed concern about the state of the Loftus Road pitch following his side’s game against Everton.The surface has looked increasingly poor in recent weeks and caused both teams problems during Saturday’s 1-1 draw.Hughes said: “The pitch isn’t ideal – it’s not great. We are taking more care because it has deteriorated. Hopefully the Spring will improve it before the end of the season.”AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
MUMBAI (Reuters) – Australia’s Claire Polosak will become the first woman to officiate in a men’s one-day international when Namibia play Oman in the final of the World Cricket League Division 2 in Windhoek later on Saturday.The 31-year-old never played cricket but blazed a trail in 2017 when she became the first woman to stand in a men’s top-level match when New South Wales played a Cricket Australia XI in a one-day match in Sydney.“I am thrilled to be the first woman to stand in a men’s ODI and how far I have come as an umpire,” Polosak told the International Cricket Council (ICC) ahead of Saturday’s match.“It really is important to promote women umpires and there’s no reason why females can’t umpire in cricket. It’s about breaking down barriers, creating awareness so more females can come into the role.”Polosak has officiated in 15 women’s ODIs, the first one in November 2016 between Australia and South Africa, and has also taken field in the semi-final of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup 2018 between England and India and four matches at the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017.Namibia and Oman both secured ODI status after finishing in the top two positions of the table in the ICC World Cricket League Division 2.“Congratulations to Claire for this fantastic achievement of becoming the first woman umpire to stand in a men’s one-day international,” said Adrian Griffith, ICC senior manager – umpires and referees.“It is one thoroughly deserved and a result of her hard work and perseverance. She is a role model for women who want to get into officiating and proves how successful they can be once they are on the right path and get the opportunities.”
SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – David Warner scored his first century since returning from his ball-tampering ban to drive Australia to a first-innings lead of 72 runs over Pakistan with nine wickets in hand on the second day of the opening Test yesterday.The 33-year-old opener finished another sunny day in Brisbane on 151 not out, off 265 deliveries with Australia in control at 312 for one in reply to Pakistan’s 240.Marnus Labuschagne will also resume today unbeaten on 55 after notching his sixth Test half-century, with Steve Smith the next batsman up and the hosts looking to bat their opponents out of the contest on a good Gabba track.Warner’s path to his 22nd century was not entirely smooth and he benefitted from a reprieve on 56 when he was caught behind off the bowling of Test debutant Naseem Shah.The 16-year-old schoolboy’s celebrations of his maiden Test wicket were abruptly curtailed, however, when television pictures showed he had overstepped the mark.Warner returned to the crease only to endure another scare on 93 when he was inches from being run-out by a direct hit from Yasir Shah fielding in the deep.There was a nervous wait on 99 over the tea break before he finally reached cricket’s most significant milestone for the first time in nearly two years with a single clipped off his hips.While Warner’s celebration of his half-century earlier in the day had been muted, the lefthander’s delight at the hundred was palpable as he leapt into the air in trademark fashion and kissed the badge on his helmet.“It means a lot,” said Warner. “My family and I have obviously had a tough period but that support from Australia here doesn’t go unnoticed and I can’t thank everyone enough. And obviously my team mates, they’ve been outstanding.”After the 12-month ban and a disappointing Ashes series in England, where he managed only 95 runs in 10 innings, it was a more circumspect century, featuring only seven boundaries, than some of those he scored earlier in his career.Joe Burns also had a point to prove after being dropped for the Ashes series and it looked like he would join his opening partner with a century of his own on his home ground.He fell three runs short, however, when Yasir’s leg breaks finally earned Pakistan a breakthrough, Burns was trapped attempting a sweep and playing on around his legs to depart for 97 and end his 222-run partnership with Warner.Warner had yet another scare late in the day when an Imran Khan delivery clipped his off-stump without dislodging the bails.“At the end of the day, you’ve just got to keep working hard and backing yourself,” Warner added. “Someone’s looking over me and I’m grateful for that.”Pakistan may have been ruing the decision to leave out experienced seamer Mohammad Abbas and pick two fast-bowling teenagers and 32-year-old Imran Khan.Naseem (0-65) did show why he had been awarded his first Test cap at such a tender age with some genuine pace-bowling in his 16 overs but it looked a long way back for the tourists at the close of play.PAKISTAN 1st innings 240AUSTRALIA 1st inningsDavid Warner not out 151Joe Burns b Yasir Shah 97Marnus Labuschagne not out 55Extras: (b-2, lb-4, nb-3) 9Total: (one wkt, 87.0 overs) 312Fall of wickets: 1-222.Bowling: Shaheen Afridi 18-5-44-0 (nb-2), Imran Khan 12-1-43-0, Naseem Shah 16-0- 65-0 (nb-1), Iftikhar Ahmed 6-0-26-0, Yasir Shah 28-1-101-1, Haris Sohail 7-0-27-0.
By Simon EvansMANCHESTER, England (Reuters) – FIFA is to launch a major “once and for all” review of the international match calendar, which governs the dates of major competitions and tournaments, world soccer’s governing body said yesterday.There have been a number of complaints from coaches, such as Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp, about the scheduling of games and concerns about the increasing number of commitments.“The international match calendar plays a central role in the sustainable growth of football in all regions of the world and at all levels,” FIFA said in a new document ‘The Vision 2020-2023: Making Football Truly Global’.“For this reason, the current system should, once and for all, be discussed thoroughly with all stakeholders, and reviewed according to their needs in a collective effort to guarantee a truly global approach,” FIFA added. The review is part of a list of ‘11 goals’ which FIFA president Gianni Infantino has outlined for the next three years.Those goals include their ongoing attempt to reform the transfer system and expanding the use of technology, including the video assistant referee (VAR) system.“The successful implementation of VAR in FIFA’s competitions provides a foundation for the continuous enhancement of VAR technology, which should focus particularly on improving communication around VAR incidents and making the technology accessible for all member associations, regardless of their size and/or financial resources,” said FIFA.