The person spoke to The AP on condition of anonymity Tuesday night because the roster deadline had not been officially announced.The league and the players’ union are still working out many details of how often players will get paid and how much. Those negotiations largely depend on the length and start date of the season.Players who are waived over the next week won’t get paid, but they will receive benefits through June 30, the person told The AP. The WNBA offered rookies health benefits starting May 1. Veteran players receive year-round benefits.Teams usually have to cut their rosters down to 12 before the regular season begins, which would have been this past weekend. The league postponed the start of the season in early April because of the coronavirus pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL HORSE RACING-BELMONT STAKESBelmont to be run on June 20ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 on Long Island in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown.This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The New York Racing Association unveiled the new Belmont date Tuesday morning. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.The rescheduled Belmont will be contested at distance of a mile and an eighth instead of the race’s trademark mile and a half that has been in place since 1926. Former WWE pro Shad Gaspard missing in ocean off CaliforniaLOS ANGELES (AP) — Former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard was still missing Tuesday after he was swept out to sea in Southern California last weekend while swimming with his young son.Gaspard’s 10-year-old son, Aryeh, was rescued and several other swimmers made it out of the water safely after they were caught in a rip current Sunday afternoon at Venice Beach in Los Angeles. A police statement says a lifeguard saw a wave crash over Gaspard and he was swept out to sea. Gaspard, who was 39, was about 50 yards (shore when he was last spotted.Gaspard gained prominence in the WWE as one half of the tag-team group Cryme Time, along with his partner, JTG.After retiring from the WWE in 2010, Gaspard has had small roles on TV and in movies, including the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard.” Associated Press Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings on Tuesday as long as state and local municipalities allow them.Coaching staffs and all players except those undergoing injury rehabilitation are barred from the facilities in the first phase of the league’s plan.With such states as California, New York, New Jersey, Washington and Virginia still under heavy restrictions, that immediately leaves nine franchises unable to use their facilities. The Las Vegas Raiders still have their training complex in Alameda, California. In other NFL news:—Cleveland Browns center JC Tretter isn’t willing to guess what the NFL might look like when its back on the field. The new NFL Players Association president said he’s focused on player safety as the league cautiously heads toward normalcy in the COVID-19 pandemic. Tretter doesn’t know when players will be allowed to return to training facilities that began opening around the league. — The San Francisco 49ers are encouraged by how productive their virtual offseason has been amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are even more hopeful of getting back on the field for training camp in July after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said sports could resume under some restrictions if the state continues to make progress.—Changes designed to enhance opportunities for minorities to get executive, head coaching and coordinator positions were passed by NFL owners. They include addendums to the Rooney Rule, which has fallen short in its goal of increasing diversity in the league. All clubs will now be required to interview at least two minority candidates from outside the organization for head coach vacancies.NFL-BRADY WORKOUTBrady gathers new Bucs teammates for workout on prep fieldTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic —or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities — keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team. WASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals will unveil their World Series championship rings during a “virtual” ceremony shown on television and online Sunday — an unprecedented approach brought about by the coronavirus pandemic.With the start of the Major League Baseball season on hold because of the COVID-19 outbreak, Nationals owner Mark Lerner said he hopes the plan to show off the team’s hardware would provide “a moment of joy in these uncertain times.”Teams typically unveil their title rings at a home stadium packed with fans. The ring ceremony will be shown on MASN, MLB Network and online.In other MLB developments:—The Los Angeles Angels will implement furloughs across their organization starting June 1. Furloughs will impact employees across the front office, scouting department and minor league system. The Angels had already pledged to pay their employees through May. Furloughed employees will keep their medical benefits for the rest of the year or until Oct. 31, depending on their contracts. Brady gathered some of his new Buccaneers teammates on a high school field for a throwing session early Tuesday. Brady wore a Buccaneers helmet and an orange jersey over his shoulder pads.The informal, players-only workout lasted two hours, according to The Tampa Bay Times.Because of the pandemic, any gathering of players is notable — especially one involving Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs in March.MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-NATIONALS RINGSAn unusual ring to it: Nats opt for virtual Series ceremony Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-REOPENING FACILITIESSome NFL teams reopening training facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Bogdanović was averaging 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first season with the Jazz. He also was playing a career-best 33.1 minutes per game.The 31-year-old Bogdanović signed a four-year, $73 million contract with Utah last summer.WNBA-ROSTER SIZEAP source: WNBA teams to cut rosters down to 12 by May 26NEW YORK (AP) — WNBA teams will have to get their rosters down to 12 by May 26 so players can get paid starting June 1, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. SOCCER-PREMIER LEAGUE RESTARTSix virus infections found in Premier LeagueMANCHESTER, England (AP) — The English Premier League’s first wave of mass coronavirus testing of players and staff found six people infected at three of the 20 soccer teams.Socially distant training sessions can begin, without the involvement of the six people with COVID-19 who have to self-isolate for seven days.The league is not identifying whether players or coaches tested positive from the tests on 748 people on Sunday and Monday. Update on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — The NHL is still more than a week away from determining a return-to-play format. That word comes from a person familiar with discussions.And what that plan resembles could be complicated further should the U.S. and Canada extend border restrictions to non-essential travel into July. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced border restrictions will stay in effect through June 21.NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful the decision to close the border to non-essential travel for another month won’t “have a material impact” on the league’s discussions to restart its season.In a separate development, the NHL Players’ Association executive board voted to defer the final payment of players’ regular season salaries through the end of May. Players were owed their final checks on April 15.OCEAN SEARCH-MISSING WRESTLER —The Texas Rangers would prefer to stay home in their new ballpark whenever it is time to get back to spring training. They still haven’t played a game, or even had an organized workout, in their $1.2 billion stadium with a retractable roof. Spring training has been on hold more than two months ago because of the coronavirus pandemic. That has also delayed the start of the regular season. NBA-JAZZ-BOGDANOVIC SURGERYJazz forward Bojan Bogdanović undergoes right wrist surgerySALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Bojan Bogdanović underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right wrist.The procedure was performed Tuesday by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. There’s no timetable for Bogdanović’s return. The team said in a release that he will begin rehabilitation “at the appropriate time.” The NBA season remains on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. Burmeister, who coached UTSA to NCAA tourney, dies at 72CHICAGO (AP) — Ken Burmeister, a college basketball coach for 21 seasons who took Texas-San Antonio to the NCAA Tournament and later guided Loyola of Chicago, died Tuesday. He was 72.Loyola said Burmeister died following a bout with cancer.Burmeister posted 72 wins at Texas-San Antonio from 1986-90. He led the Roadrunners to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament, where they lost to Illinois in 1988.Burmeister took over at Loyola in 1994 after working as an assistant at nearby DePaul and went 40-71 over four seasons. He was the Ramblers’ coach when they moved into Gentile Arena on campus in 1996. May 19, 2020 In other sports-related coronavirus developments:—Major League Soccer’s All-Star Game has been canceled for the first time in its quarter-century history because of the coronavirus pandemic. MLS All-Stars had been scheduled to play counterparts from Mexico’s Liga MX on July 29 at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles. MLS says the 2021 game will take place at Banc of California Stadium, most likely against All-Stars from Liga MX.— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city is talking with the organizers of the Boston Marathon about what to do if the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t let up by the race’s proposed new date of Sept. 14. The mayor said on Tuesday that the decision to reschedule the marathon from April to September was made with the hope that the disease “would no longer be a significant public health risk.”— South Carolina’s highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley are taking the cuts. The university also said Tuesday that school president Robert Caslen and athletic director Ray Tanner are among the top-level administrators taking the 10% cut.OBIT-BURMEISTER Following his time at Loyola, he went on to coach for a season at Trinity University in San Antonio and at Incarnate Word for 12 years.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Dec. 4 against Miami, with 11:50 left in the first half, redshirt senior and leading scorer Michala Johnson took an awkward misstep, twisting her left knee. An MRI later confirmed she had torn her ACL for the third time in her playing career.The 66-54 loss that day became a side note as head coach Bobbie Kelsey described a devastated locker room, not because they lost a star player that helps them win, but because Johnson, who many players look up to, might have played her last game as a Badger.After giving few days to let the dust settle, redshirt senior Cassie Rochel said the team knew they had to stop dwelling on the setback and view it as an opportunity to come closer together. The reality was that it was time for others to step up and fill the void. Players with originally smaller roles, like junior guards Dakota White and Nicole Bauman, now had the chance to show their full value to the team and maximize their opportunities on the court.“When Michala is shooting 15 shots per game, that’s 15 shots that other people need to pick up the slack for,” Rochel said.Kelsey echoed the thoughts of Rochel, adding that every team suffers a significant injury at one point or another. What really defines a team, Kelsey emphasized, was not how they do when everything is going their way, but how they respond to adversity.“The thing you learn about your team is if people buck up and play, and really step up to the plate and challenge themselves to get out of their comfort zone and do more. Just when you think you’re doing more, do more,” Kelsey said. “Everybody experiences something; you can’t just quit. It’s either fight or flight.”Johnson’s injury thrust junior guard Tessa Cichy into the starting lineup, who is averaging 8.0 points per game, while Bauman (12.9 ppg) and junior guard Dakota Whyte (10.4 ppg) have shouldered the bulk of the scoring load.As Johnson’s roommate, Rochel said the reality of the injury hit Johnson hard at first, but she has since come to terms with her new role as a supporter of the team from the sideline, with valuable experience she can still bring to the table as a member of last season’s All-Big Ten Team.“She’s such a mature person that she would never bring anyone down because of it, and that’s one thing that speaks volumes about her and her leadership,” Rochel said. “Leading from the sideline is something she does really well—everyone looks at her when she speaks and she has so much maturity and experience. Everything she says is for a reason and it really shows.”Rochel said Johnson’s younger sister, sophomore Malayna Johnson, has had difficulty witnessing her sister go through the injury again, but has ultimately given her more of an opportunity to gain some experience and hone her skills against Big Ten competition.While the intriguing prospect of the two sisters being on the court together again next year remains a possibility, it will require approval from the NCAA committee to grant Johnson a second redshirt senior season, which is not guaranteed.One thing Rochel noted about Malayna was her improved tenacity on both sides of the ball, a trait that her older sister has mastered on the court. Against rival Minnesota Jan. 4, Malayna scored a season-high nine points off the bench in a 72-60 loss.“She’s grown leaps and bounds from when she started, and she’s a lot more aggressive,” Rochel said. “I think it motivated her to do it for her sister in a way, so as unfortunate as it was, it really was a positive thing for Malayna.”From a basketball perspective, Kelsey said Johnson’s versatility on the offensive side of the ball is the most difficult aspect of her game to replace for the rest of the season.“We just knew that when we gave her the ball, she would be able to put a lot of pressure on the defense to score. She’s very crafty around the basket and can hit a 15-footer. She can put it on the floor and get to the rim and finish, make free throws,” Kelsey said. “She’s had to have a lot of attention, so that takes some pressure off of other people.”Senior Jacki Gulczynski said while the loss is obviously tough, the Badger’s ultimate goals haven’t wavered as they look to finish the season stronger than ever.“The games are dwindling down, but obviously each one is important,” Gulczynski said. “At the end of the day you have to put five out there, and it hurts not having Michala out there, but we’re doing what we can without her.”
Cardale Jones has only started 11 games since high school.He’s ready to start for the @XFLDefenders today. pic.twitter.com/hkiuLy2b5g— Sporting News XFL (@sn_xfl) February 8, 20202:00 p.m.: The game is about to start!1:30 p.m.: Jacquies Smith of the Dragons honors Kobe Bryant.Cleat game. #mambaforever#ForTheLoveOfFootball | #BreathingFire 🔥🐲 pic.twitter.com/ixFVidHtrh— Seattle Dragons (@XFLDragons) February 8, 20201 p.m.: On paper, the Defenders have the clear edge in this game. We picked them to win in our predictions, which you can read more about here. Cardale Jones will be leading the D.C. franchise at quarterback while Seattle is going with Brandon Silvers who had some success in the now defunct AAF. But oddsmakers have the Defenders as a possible favorite to win it all, and have set the over/under on wins for the season at 3.5 for Seattle. Adding on the talent difference is the fact this game is being played at D.C., making the matchup that much more difficult. In this post, Sporting News covered the two Saturday games. Below, you’ll be able to see videos from the game and stats from the best players. This is the first week of 10 for the XFL’s regular season. The schedule is as such: Each team will play 10 regular-season games — one game against a team from the opposing division (four) and two games against teams from its division (six). Each week will feature two games on Saturday and two games on Sunday. The regular season started Feb. 8 and will end April 12. Fans will be able to watch games on various ESPN and Fox networks throughout the season.The league is made up of eight teams, split into two divisions. The East Division features the Defenders, New York Guardians, St. Louis BattleHawks and Tampa Bay Vipers. The West Division features the Roughnecks, Wildcats and Dragons and Dallas Renegades.XFL COVERAGE:Rules | Schedule | Uniforms | RostersXFL salary breakdownXFL names you’ll recognizeWhat does the XFL stand for?Los Angeles Wildcats at Houston Roughnecks score, highlightsRecap: Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker was the standout, throwing for 272 yards and four touchdowns on 23-for-39 passing. Walker’s performance was complemented by Houston’s defense, which didn’t allow a touchdown in the final 39 minutes of the game and shut out the Wildcats in the second half. Los Angeles, missing starting quarterback Josh Johnson because of an injury, benched backup Charles Kanoff for a series in the second half. Kanoff looked good early, pushing the Wildcats to a 14-6 lead with a pair of touchdowns — one on the air and one on the ground. But Houston took the lead just before halftime and never looked back.FINAL: Roughnecks 37, Wildcats 17(All times Eastern)7:49 p.m.: The Roughnecks are running away with it, with Butler plunging in from 4 yards out. The lead is now 37-17 midway through the fourth.ANOTHER ONE 😤The @XFLRoughnecks are up by 20 with less than ten minutes left to play 🙌 pic.twitter.com/aOxGQKWFUM— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 9, 20207:34 p.m.: Frustrated with its offense, Los Angeles goes to third-string QB Jalan McClendon, who’s quickly intercepted.7:30 p.m.: Houston adds to its lead with a field goal early in the fourth.End third quarter: Roughnecks 26, Wildcats 177:05 p.m.: The Wildcats are back on top with another touchdown. Walker is taking over, hitting Kahlil Lewis for a 4-yard score. Then, Walker runs in for a 2-point conversion.PJ. WALKER.The @XFLRoughnecks QB gets his 4th passing TD of his @xfl2020 debut. 🔥 pic.twitter.com/sJqypKf1o4— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) February 9, 20206:54 p.m.: In case you ever wanted to hear a replay official.Transparency.Listen to the pros work their way through getting the call right. pic.twitter.com/WZVXW0V6yg— XFL (@xfl2020) February 8, 2020Halftime: Wildcats 18, Roughnecks 176:34 p.m.: Houston responds in a flash: Walker to Sam Mobley for a 39-yard score. The Roughnecks are yet to convert after a touchdown, though, so they still trail 18-17 late in the second quarter.PJ Walker has an absolute CANNON pic.twitter.com/IeHzhKZIRm— XFL (@xfl2020) February 8, 20206:31 p.m.: A Los Angeles field goal caps a drive that included this play.Brock Huard was stunned by this hurdle 👀😯pic.twitter.com/fmIw20yuxs— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 8, 20206:09 p.m.: Houston cuts the lead to 14-12 with a touchdown catch from running back James Butler. Conversion attempt is no good.6:01 p.m.: The Wildcats extend their lead with a nice, juggling catch from Jordan Smallwood.Only 1️⃣ foot needed for @Jsmalls_17 pic.twitter.com/HNmArS23OD— XFL (@xfl2020) February 8, 2020End first quarter: Wildcats 8, Roughnecks 65:26 p.m.: QB Charles Kanoff, Los Angeles’ backup who’s starting because Josh Johnson is injured, scrambles in for a touchdown. The Wildcats go for two and take a two-point [email protected] didn’t take very long to get one back.📺 @FOXTV🖥 https://t.co/FmPJ6YUp5j pic.twitter.com/IeRLWLxMFu— XFL (@xfl2020) February 8, 20205:17 p.m.: Good stuff here.That “first football game of the season” wind has guys puking pre-snap pic.twitter.com/TkBEe2Lj5G— CJ Fogler (@cjzero) February 8, 20205:12 p.m.: P.J. Walker to Cam Phillips for a 55-yard score for an early Houston lead. The 1-point attempt is no [email protected]_5 🚀🚀🚀📺 @FOXTV pic.twitter.com/8x4V8cq7Oy— XFL (@xfl2020) February 8, 2020Seattle Dragons at D.C. Defenders score, highlightsFINAL: Defenders 31, Dragons 19Recap: Cardale Jones was the star on offense for the Defenders. He completed 16 of 26 passes for 291 yards, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He also led the team in rushing before taking kneeldowns at the end of the game. The real star for D.C., however, was the defensive unit. The Defenders were true to their name, picking up three turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble). D.C. had two scores on defense/special teams: one was an interception return and the other was on a blocked punt. Austin Proehl shined for Seattle in the loss, finishing with five receptions for 88 yards and two touchdowns. Neither team could accomplish much on the ground.5:03 p.m.: Dragons QB Brandon Silvers suffers an apparent ankle injury. He was heard talking to trainers on the field saying, “I’ll be alright, maybe not today, but I’ll be all right.” B.J. Daniels is Seattle’s backup quarterback.5:02 p.m.: The Defenders nearly had their third interception of the game. That would have sealed the victory.4:47 p.m.: The Dragons moved the ball inside the 10-yard line, but a costly fumble ended the drive. Turnovers have been the story of the day so far as Seattle has three total turnovers (two interceptions, one fumble) now. 4:24 p.m.: The Defenders are really starting to pull away now. Dragons QB Brandon Silvers threw his second interception of the game, but this time D.C. returned it for a touchdown on a 69-yard return. The PAT again failed, though. But Defenders now lead 31-19 with 12:43 left in the game.69-yard interception return touchdown for the Defenders.#XFL2020pic.twitter.com/7qrXkakANf— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 8, 2020End of third quarter: Defenders 25, Dragons 194:13 p.m.: Cardale Jones finds Rashad Ross on a 31-yard touchdown. But the Defenders failed on their PAT. D.C. now leads Seattle, 25-19.Roses are redViolets are blueCARDALE TO ROCKET ROSS FOR 6WOOOOOOOOOOOO🖥 https://t.co/rIlK705Wp4#ForTheLoveOfFootball pic.twitter.com/I6jvsx7A6Z— DC Defenders (@XFLDefenders) February 8, 20203:52 p.m.: The second half started off with a BANG! Right after the Defenders’ touchdown, the Dragons scored with a big play of their own. Brandon Silvers found Austin Proehl on a 57-yard touchdown. Proehl now has two scores and 71 yards on the game. Dragons fail on the point after, though, and the game is now tied 19-19.Austin Proehl breaks free FOR A 57-YARD TOUCHDOWN!pic.twitter.com/aSwjxthLwa— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 8, 20203:46 p.m.: Cardale Jones finds tight end Khari Lee wide open on a 39-yard touchdown pass for D.C.’s first drive of the second half. It was a trick play with a pair of flea-flickers that seemed to confuse the Dragons defense.The Defenders convert the 1-point PAT after. Defenders lead, 19-13.DOUBLEREVERSEFLEA [email protected] pulling out the trick plays for Cardale Jones’ first XFL touchdown.pic.twitter.com/cBZpIStXmf— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 8, 2020Halftime: Dragons 13, Defenders 123:29 p.m.: At halftime, Dragons QB Brandon Silvers is 11 of 19 for 96 yards and two touchdowns. Defenders QB Cardale Jones was 9-of-16 for 90 yards with no touchdowns.3:28 p.m.: Surprisingly, the Defenders were able to move the ball downfield in a short amount of time to attempt a field goal. Ty Rausa made a 55-yard field goal as time expired. He’s now 2-of-3 on field goals for the day.3:25 p.m.: Right before halftime, the Dragons were able to find the endzone and convert their PAT. Seattle now has 13 points to D.C.’s 9. Running back Trey Williams caught the touchdown pass from Brandon Silvers.The @XFLDragons take the lead just before halftime 💪📺: ABC pic.twitter.com/mzLW8VDyNh— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) February 8, 20203:04 p.m.: The Defenders finally score a touchdown. A blocked punt led to a recovery for a touchdown. But D.C. was unable to convert its PAT. Defenders now lead the Dragons, 9-6.The Defenders are living up to their name.Blocked punt for a touchdown. #XFL2020pic.twitter.com/KAWpABMAHV— Sporting News (@sportingnews) February 8, 20202:53 p.m.: The Defenders attempted a field goal, but missed. On the Dragons’ next drive, Defenders safety Rahim Moore intercepted Brandon Silvers. But D.C. couldn’t do anything on offense and were forced to punt the ball back to Seattle.2:43 p.m.: The XFL has microphones for coaches and quarterbacks and is allowing their discussions to be broadcast live on air.”Actually, we’ve shown that. Let’s not do it.”Hearing the process behind Pep Hamilton’s playcalling with live audio is fantastic. pic.twitter.com/V0pbU0mh40— Sporting News XFL (@sn_xfl) February 8, 2020End of first quarter: Dragons 6, Defenders 32:30 p.m.: Austin Proehl scores the first touchdown in XFL history. The Dragons were able to move the ball down field on the Defenders as Brandon Silvers found Proehl open in the endzone. However, Seattle was unable to convert the PAT. Teams have a chance to go for one one point, two points or three points. Seattle opted for one point from the two yard line and could not [email protected]_12 to @AustinProehl11. Touchdown. #ForTheLoveOfFootball | #BreathingFire 🔥🐲 pic.twitter.com/z5UC94WSut— Seattle Dragons (@XFLDragons) February 8, 20202:22 p.m.: The Defenders get on the board first with a field goal. For trivia buffs later on, Ty Rausa scored the first points in XFL history.2:21 p.m.: Our first big hit of the XFL is here.Oh my 😳The @XFLDragons deliver the first big HIT of the @xfl2020 season. pic.twitter.com/EqHEGnkW5N— XFL on FOX (@XFLonFOX) February 8, 20202:20 p.m.: Cardale Jones is already getting MVP chants.The XFL hasn’t even been alive for a full quarter and Cardale Jones is already getting MVP chants. pic.twitter.com/jRbbig0Huf— Sporting News XFL (@sn_xfl) February 8, 20202:15 p.m.: A first look at the new kickoff rules in the XFL.First kickoff ✅📺 @ABCNetwork🖥 https://t.co/Y3eyIb9PfX pic.twitter.com/8uco6BzRDI— XFL (@xfl2020) February 8, 20202:08 p.m.: Ja’Quan Gardner gets the first carry in XFL history.2:05 p.m.: Interesting stat regarding Cardale Jones. Week 1 of the 2020 XFL season began Saturday, with half of the league’s eight teams in action.The Seattle Dragons and D.C. Defenders got the action started, with Defenders quarterback Cardale Jones leading D.C. to a 31-19 comeback win. In the nightcap, Houston Roughnecks quarterback P.J. Walker led a comeback of his own, dispatching the Los Angeles Wildcats 37-17.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC):Test batsman Shai Hope and former West Indies opener Omar Phillips stroked half-centuries as a Barbados Select XI dealt West Indies a 50-run defeat in the first of two warm-up matches here Wednesday night.In a day/night encounter at Kensington Oval, the Select XI piled up 290 for eight off their 50 overs, with the stylish Hope carving out a top score of 61 and Phillips getting 58.Off-spinner Ashley Nurse claimed three for 61 while fast bowler Shannon Gabriel picked up two for 75.In reply, West Indies were restricted to 240 all out off 47.1 overs thanks to leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr who finished with three for 17 from four overs and seamers Kevin Stoute (2-28), Tarik Shorey (2-33) and Dario Seale (2-50), all of whom finished with two wickets apiece.Jamaican Rovman Powell smashed a top score of 58 while Nurse completed a solid all-round game with a fantastic even 50 off a mere 31 balls.Wicketkeeper Denesh Ramdin chimed in with 32, while Darren Bravo got 24 and Marlon Samuels, 23.The Select XI got a great start after the left-handed Phillips put on 58 for the first wicket with Kyle Corbin who made 14, and a further 53 for the second wicket with Hope.Phillips, who played two Tests during the senior players strike seven years ago, struck seven fours and two sixes off 66 deliveries, while Hope gathered seven fours off 79 balls.When Phillips fell to give Nurse his second wicket, Hope and Roston Chase (18) added 40 for the third wicket before both fell in the space of 18 balls, to leave the Select XI on 165 for four in the 36th over.However, Shamarh Brooks stroked 44 from 37 balls with two fours and two sixes and captain Stoute hit 29 from 41 balls, to revive the innings in a 60-run, fifth wicket partnership.
SEXSMITH, A.B. – One night after the Fairview Flyers overcame a one goal deficit to beat the Fort St. John Huskies in overtime, the Huskies got a comeback victory of their own while not needing more than sixty minutes.The Vipers’ Riley King scored first in Saturday night’s contest, just before the seven mark of the first period. King would then be assessed a Game Misconduct for a Check to the Head with 6:59 left in the frame. Though only getting a two minute power play, the Huskies peppered Sexsmith goaltender Tyler Boe with shots. Forty one seconds after the power play ended, Joshua Robinson tied things up at one, assisted by Zak Bayko and Shaun Wilson. Though the Huskies outshot the Vipers 12-4 in the opening frame, it was the Vipers that would take a 2-1 lead in the last minute of the period.In the second, the Huskies outshot Sexsmith again, this time getting 14 shots on Boe, while Huskies netminder Tavis Viens only saw five shots during the twenty minutes. Despite getting outshot, the Vipers managed to keep the Huskies at bay in the second stanza. Neither team’s special teams were busy with only one minor penalty per team being given out by referee Marty Tingstad.- Advertisement -In the third period, the Huskies’ offensive play finally began to pay off. Robinson scored his second of the game 14:14 into the second to tie things at 2, assisted by Bayko and Jarod Lang. Less than three minutes later, Wilson gave the Huskies a one goal lead after getting a pass from Robinson and Dane Bateman. Getting outshot by the Huskies 17-5 in the third, the Vipers didn’t end up gambling by pulling Boe from the net for an extra attacker to tie things up. With that, the Huskies notched their thirteenth win of the season to stay in third place in the NWJHL standings, with 29 points. The Huskies are three points behind the North Peace Navigators and Fairview Flyers, who both have 32, and are also three points ahead of the fourth place Dawson Creek Junior Canucks.The Huskies have a bye for the next week, and won’t be back in action until February 3rd, when they hit the road for a game against the Dawson Creek Junior Canucks at the Memorial Arena. After another game in Fairview on the 4th, the Huskies are back on home ice on Wednesday, February 8th, when they host Dawson Creek.