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first_imgVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBristol is NASCAR’s next stopUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR’S next stop is Bristol Motor Speedway in Tennessee, where the Cup Series races Sunday for the fifth time in 14 days. NASCAR is trying to make up eight points races postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The field was set by a random draw and Brad Keselowski has the pole. He’ll be starting first for the second time in five races. Joey Logano will start second and Ryan Blaney third.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: NFL-LITTLE-CANCERPro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little fighting cancerSYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Pro Football Hall of Famer Floyd Little, who starred in the NFL for the Denver Broncos, has been diagnosed with cancer, according to a former Syracuse Orange teammate who has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for treatment costs.Pat Killorin, a center for Syracuse in the mid-1960s, created the Friends of Floyd page last Sunday to help raise money for costs associated with curing what he calls “a treatable but aggressive form of cancer.” Little is 77.The three-time All-American at Syracuse from 1964-66 was selected sixth overall in the 1967 combined AFL-NFL draft by the Broncos. He spent his entire nine-year career with the franchise and rushed for 6,323 yards and 43 touchdowns. In 1971 he led the NFL in rushing yards with 1,133 and yards from scrimmage with 1,388. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010. — Former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley meets rising contender Gilbert Burns Saturday night in the main event of the UFC’s return to its hometown. There won’t be any fans in attendance at the UFC Apex arena on its expansive corporate complex in Las Vegas. It’s the first of several shows to be held at the mostly empty gym.— Robert Lewandowski scored twice as Bayern Munich took a confident step closer to an eighth straight German title with a 5-0 demolition of Fortuna Düsseldorf in an empty stadium. With five matches remaining Bayern has a 10-point lead over Borussia Dortmund, which has played a game less. Bayern has won 14 of its last 15 league games as it cruises toward the title. Schalke and U.S. national team midfielder Weston McKennie played wearing an armband referencing the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis. McKennie had the handwritten message “Justice for George” on white tape around his left arm as Schalke played Werder Bremen.— The Ukrainian Premier League restarted Saturday but one game was called off when an unspecified number of soccer players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The league said players and staff from last-placed Karpaty Lviv had tested positive ahead of tomorrow’s match against Mariupol. The league is playing its first games since March 15, with Kolos and Desna kicking off the opening match. There are nine rounds left. The league is due to finish July 19 with a European qualification playoff following 10 days later.— The Spanish league says full team training sessions will resume Monday, ahead of the first match to be played following the coronavirus stoppage. La Liga said the government gave authorization on Saturday for squads to practice together. Until now, players had been limited to individual training before progressing to small groups. The league, which has been on hold since March 12, will restart on June 11 when Sevilla faces Real Betis without fans. The 11 rounds remaining are due to be played until July 19, according to the government. Barcelona leads Real Madrid by two points at the top of the table.— The English Premier League was given government approval on Saturday to press ahead with its June 17 restart, although players will have to stay apart during goal celebrations and disputes to maintain social distancing. Further details of the league’s plans for dealing with coronavirus cases have been disclosed with clubs likely to have to play even if they only have 15 fit squad members. The league says there have been no positive results in its latest round of COVID-19 testing. May 30, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBIT-ROOSEVELT TAYLORRoosevelt Taylor, 82, safety on Bears’ 1963 title team, diesUNDATED (AP) — Roosevelt Taylor, a star safety on the Chicago Bears’ 1963 NFL championship team, has died. He was 82. — Sporting events will be allowed to resume in England without spectators starting Monday, as long as they comply with the government’s coronavirus protocols. The new guidance for elite sports bodies paves the way for the planned June 17 return of the Premier League, the world’s richest soccer competition. The guidance includes a request that social distancing must be maintained in matches “during any disputes between players and referees or scoring celebrations.” Horse racing and snooker have already lined up events for Monday in anticipation of the end of an 11-week shutdown of sports.— France’s former sports minister says the government was too hasty in calling off soccer leagues this season. The French leagues were canceled after Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said in late April they could not resume because of the coronavirus pandemic. Patrick Kanner, sports minister from 2014-17, thinks the leagues were pressured into canceling. In a French radio interview Saturday, Kanner said “they were not given any choice” and that “maybe we could have resumed playing in June.” France is the only one of Europe’s five major soccer leagues to cancel its season.— The South African government says it’s maintaining a ban on all contact sports because of the coronavirus, meaning the country’s professional rugby teams and its world champion Springboks will remain out of action. The sports minister’s announcement Saturday came as South Africa prepares to further ease lockdown on Monday and open up most of its economy as part of a phased relaxation of restrictions. Professional non-contact sports competitions will be allowed in some regions. Rugby teams can resume training if protocols are in place, including mandatory screening. All teams have 14 days to submit detailed plans on their protocols for approval before they can train.— The Austrian Health Ministry has approved safety conditions for Austria to host two Formula One Grand Prix races in July. The first 10 races of the season have either been postponed or canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, but F1 could finally return with back-to-back races at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg on July 5 and 12. The double-header would have no spectators and only a limited number of people involved.— Four-year colleges facing budget shortfalls because of the coronavirus outbreak have eliminated nearly 100 sports programs. Critics say some of those sports might have survived if decision-makers had considered the benefits those sports brought to the schools as a whole. Former University of Idaho president Chuck Staben argues athletes in sports that award partial scholarships often pay more than the value of their scholarships for tuition. He says that’s especially important at a time when enrollment declines are accelerating because of the pandemic. The team said he died Friday but did not provide details.An All-Pro in 1963 when the Bears won the title, Taylor played his first nine NFL seasons with Chicago, 1961-69, appearing in every game. A ballhawk, he led the league in interceptions in 1963 with nine, also making the Pro Bowl.Chicago was 11-1-2 in that championship season, winning all eight games in which Taylor made an interception.He also made the Pro Bowl in 1968. The next year, he was dealt to San Francisco for guard Howard Mudd and spent 2 1/2 seasons with the 49ers, then was Washington’s free safety in 1972. The Redskins lost to Miami in the Super Bowl that season, with the Dolphins finishing off their perfect record.In all, Taylor had 32 interceptions, 23 with the Bears. He ran back three for touchdowns and also scored on a fumble return. — Major League Baseball wants to ban mascots if the sport resumes this season. But mascot guru Dave Raymond thinks that’s a bad idea. He says “every mascot should be essential because of its ability to connect and distract with fun.” Raymond was the first Phillie Phanatic and has since become a mascot consultant. He has helped create, brand and train the next generation of hundreds of stadium characters. Mascots were lumped in with other baseball traditions that would be weeded out under a 2020 proposal. The traditional exchange of lineup cards would be eliminated, along with high-fives, fist bumps and bat boys and girls.— The Pawtucket Red Sox have found something to do with McCoy Stadium while the minor league baseball season is on hold. Starting next weekend, the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox will be serving ballpark fare on picnic tables that are spread out across the infield dirt. To follow Rhode Island state guidelines on dining, “Dining on the Diamond” is limited to 20 tables, with two seatings per night. The first four seatings sold out in 88 minutes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FLORIDA-NEMBHARDFlorida’s Nembhard withdraws from NBA draft, transfersGAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida point guard Andrew Nembhard is removing his name from the NBA draft and returning to school — just not in Gainesville. A team spokesman said Saturday that Nembhard plans to transfer and will have two years of college eligibility remaining. Stadium first reported Nembhard’s intentions.Nembhard entered the NBA draft last month. He hired NCAA-certified agent Jaafar Choufani so he could retain his college eligibility. He took a similar approach after his freshman year and eventually returned to Florida after not getting invited to the NBA scouting combine.As a sophomore, he averaged 11.2 points, 5.6 assists and 3.0 rebounds. With 173 assists and 80 turnovers in 2019-20, his assist-to-turnover ratio ranked 49th in the country. Associated Press Update on the latest sportslast_img read more

Alex Wood dominates again as Dodgers top Reds

first_imgWood didn’t walk a batter and struck out five, using his assortment of fastball, changeup and breaking ball to get ahead of hitters and finish them off.“That’s always the way I’ve pitched,” Wood said. “I like to try to attack. But all three pitches have been as sharp together as they’ve ever been.”Kenley Jansen gave up a double in the ninth while picking up his 14th save.The Dodgers have won six in a row over the Reds, who got swept in LA last weekend. The Dodgers are 15-3 against Cincinnati since 2015, one of the most dominant streaks in the NL over that time.Cincinnati has dropped seven straight overall, matching its deepest slump of the season. CINCINNATI >> Everything is working for Alex Wood these days, leaving him among the Dodgers’ greats for the best start to a season.The left-hander remained unbeaten by pitching four-hit ball over eight innings on Friday night, leading Los Angeles to a 3-1 victory that extended its domination of the Cincinnati Reds.Wood (7-0) lost his shutout when Devin Mesoraco homered in the eighth. He’s the first Dodgers pitcher to get so deep into a season without a loss since 1985, when Orel Hershiser made his first 11 starts without a loss, according to STATS. “Very rarely does a pitcher have the command he’s had of three pitches over this period of time,” manager Dave Roberts said. “As a hitter, you know when a pitcher is on the attack and it’s a helpless feeling.” “We really didn’t have a chance to get excited,” manager Bryan Price said. “We couldn’t put a lot of pressure on Wood.”Joc Pederson had a solo homer off Tim Adleman (4-3), who gave up two runs in six innings. Chris Taylor added an RBI double as the Dodgers won for the seventh time in their last eight games overall.Justin Turner singled twice, walked twice and extended his hitting streak to 12 games. Wood singled home a run in the eighth off Drew Storen, slapping a pitch the opposite way to right field for his second hit of the season.“I guess I closed my eyes and got a knock,” Wood said.Notes >> The Dodgers called up RHP Josh Ravin from Triple-A Oklahoma City for his second stint in the majors this season. He takes the place of RHP Ross Striplin, who was optioned. …Roberts said LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu (2-6), who is scheduled to start today, is fine physically. He made only one start last season because of shoulder surgery and elbow tendinitis. Ryu gave up four runs in only four innings during his start last Saturday against the Reds.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Bengals owner wants Andy Dalton to prove himself before offering extension

first_img“I think it’s a good year for (Dalton) to show like he can, like we think he will,” Brown told Cincinnati.com. “After he re-establishes himself we would want to get together with him and see if we can extend it. “I think Andy is a good player and that he will rebound off last year. He was hurt. We lost so many other pieces. It fell apart, but if he’s healthy and we stay healthy enough, I have confidence in him.” The Bengals should be improved on offense this season, with new head coach Zac Taylor known for his offensive schemes. Taylor expressed confidence in Dalton this week.“He can handle everything,” Taylor said, via Bengals.com. “He can handle everything you want to do at the line of scrimmage, which is key. He can make all the protection calls, understands what we’re looking for in the run game. Andy is great in that regard. He’s got a high football IQ, he’ll be able to handle anything they throw at him.” The team is also eager for the return of A.J. Green, who missed seven games in 2018 with an injured toe. Green’s contract expires after 2019, but Brown said he is confident the team can reach a deal to extend the seven-time Pro Bowl wideout.”The price range for him will be something we can figure out, will come together,” Brown said. Bengals owner Mike Brown told reporters this week the team doesn’t plan to offer quarterback Andy Dalton a contract extension before the 2019 season.Instead, Brown is waiting to see if the 31-year-old veteran “re-establishes himself” this season. Dalton is under contract through 2020. Dalton, the Bengals’ second-round pick in the 2011 draft, started his first game as a rookie and has held the position ever since. He had 21 touchdowns, 11 interceptions and averaged 233 yards passing last season, but missed the final five games with a thumb injury. A three-time Pro Bowl selection, Dalton is young enough to bounce back. That’s what Brown hopes to see. Related News Johnny Manziel leaves AAF game with head injury after tackle attemptlast_img read more

Former Lakers prospect Moe Wagner spreading his wings with Wizards

first_img Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed BRADLEY TO BE EVALUATED SATURDAYAfter missing forward Kyle Kuzma and point guard Rajon Rondo to start the season, the Lakers’ injury report has been largely a vacant patch. There’s been an exception for the last two weeks: Avery Bradley, who has been sidelined with a hairline fracture in his right leg. Frank Vogel said the Lakers will reevaluate the veteran guard on Saturday.Related Articlescenter_img LOS ANGELES — Moe Wagner looked at home on the Staples Center court, going through his warmup routine – a smart assortment of 3-pointers, dunks and floaters – before stopping and bending at the waist to greet NBA superfan Jimmy Goldstein on his way to the visitors’ locker room, where he’d get taped in preparation for his first game against his former team.Wagner, of course, is wearing red these days, one of the Lakers’ young castoffs who landed in Washington, D.C., where he’s benefiting from an opportunity to grow alongside former Lakers Thomas Bryant and Isaac Bonga.Bryant arrived last season after spending his rookie year with the Lakers, for whom he appeared in just 15 games and scored only 22 points. After the Wizards claimed Bryant off waivers following Bryant’s rookie campaign, he rewarded them by putting up averages of 10.5 points and 6.3 rebounds over the course of 72 games. This season, he’s increased those averages to 14.8 points and 8.8 rebounds.For the 22-year-old Wagner, who the Lakers drafted 25th overall out of Michigan in 2018, his time so far in the nation’s capital has translated into more minutes – and more shots going in. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe 6-foot-11 center entered Friday’s game in L.A. just 10 points shy of the 207 points he scored in his entire time as a Laker – and as the NBA leader in two-point field goal percentage (72.8), true shooting percentage (74.1) and effective field goal percentage (72.3).“Moe just plays hard and he has a great spirit,” Wizards coach Scott Brooks said of Wagner, who was averaging 12.3 points, 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 19.2 minutes per game off the bench entering Friday.“He shows a lot of love for the game and I think his teammates see it and they admire the way he plays. He inspires you, he hustles, he takes charges, he moves the ball, he’s a good 3-point shooter, he has some handles that you don’t think a guy that size can do, he puts it behind his back and scores around the basket.”Brooks said he can foresee Wagner’s developing skill set leading to an extended stay in the league.“He’s gonna have a long successful career,” Brooks said. “And we’re hoping that it’s with us forever because I like coaching guys like him because he gives you everything he has … he understands his role. You can take him out after three or four minutes, he’s as excited to come out as he is excited to be going into the game, because he loves to play and he’s just a great teammate.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Lakers managed to win the first eight games that Bradley missed, but they’ve felt his absence. In his 10 starts, Bradley averaged 9.6 points, but his on-ball defense is even more missed: With him on the floor, the Lakers have enjoyed a 98.6 defensive rating; with him off, the rating has risen to 104.8, and the Lakers have fallen out of the top defensive spot in the last few weeks.The Lakers have appreciated Kentavious Caldwell-Pope’s contributions since becoming a starter, as he’s averaged 12.3 points while shooting 54.5 percent from 3-point range entering Friday night. But the Lakers will also welcome bringing him off the bench to improve the defense of the second unit when Bradley is cleared to return and resumes starting.“He’s one of our better two-way players,” Vogel said. “He really sets the tone for us on the defensive end. KCP has really picked up the slack and played extremely well in his absence, but when (Avery) moves up, we’ll have him off the bench. So it impacts your depth a little bit, and obviously Avery was giving us scoring punch as well, so we’ve missed him.”last_img read more

BRIAN ‘DINKY’ DORRIAN CONFIDENT AHEAD OF CLASH WITH RIVALS INISHOWEN

first_imgBrian “Dinky” Dorrian confident his side can get a positive result against Inishowen tonight.Manager of the Donegal League representative side Brian ‘Dinky’ Dorrian is quietly confident ahead of his side’s clash against their Inishowen counter-parts this evening.Donegal got their Oscar Traynor campaign off to a winning start last month when they defeated a Cavan/Monaghan select side and travel to Maginn Park full of confidence.Dorrian has a number of injury worries with Jason Noctor, Gary Crossan and Benny McLaughlin all struggling to be fit. Three players that definitely won’t make tonight’s fixture are Lee White, Shane O’Rourke and Paul Friel.White is playing for the Irish Army side in the European Championships in France next week and wasn’t released for tonight’s fixture.Dorrian has called up Milford’s Caolan McGettigan to deputize for White.O’Rourke is at college in Galway and can’t make it back for the match due to course work, while Friel has been re-located with work and is out of the county for the week. Dorrian told Donegal Daily, “Jason is a big, big doubt for the game, he’s got tendonitis in the knee and it’s touch and go whether he’ll make it.“He’s a huge player for us, and if he’s misses out, there’s no doubt it’s a blow, but we’ve got a strong squad.“Benny McLaughlin has the flu, but I’m hoping he’ll be OK, while Gary Crossan has a dead leg from the weekend and is really struggling to make it.“We tried to get Lee White, but the army wouldn’t release him for the game, while Shane O’Rourke and Paul Friel can’t get back for the game due to other commitments.Dorrian believes Inishowen have set the standard in this competition over the last number of years and consistently produced top sides. Donegal’s record against Inishowen in this competition is very poor, and they haven’t registered a win against their rivals in over a decade.However, Dorrian feels that record has to end sometime, and tonight could be the perfect opportunity to do it.Dorrian told Donegal Daily, “We played very well in our last match, we scored two good goals and dominated the game.“If we were more clinical, we would’ve been out of sight, but we weren’t and when they got scored late-on it set-up a nervy finish. “Inishowen are a top side, and we’re under no illusions as to how difficult a game it will be tonight, but we’re confident we can go there and get a result.“They lost their opener, so all the pressure is on them, they need a result, but as I’ve said, we’ve prepared properly for this and we’ve a good squad.“We’ve a pretty awful record against them, and I don’t think we’ve beaten them in over ten years, that’s something we want to put right, and it’s something we’re capable of doing.Former Finn Harps stars Matthew Crossan and Gary Merritt are the stand-out names for Donegal and Dorrian will hope the duo can be as influential as they were in their last outing a month ago.The game is at the superb Maginn Park, and the immaculate playing surface should suit two teams who like to play a good brand of football.The match kicks-off at 7.30pm in what is both sides second match in the Oscar Traynor group stage.BRIAN ‘DINKY’ DORRIAN CONFIDENT AHEAD OF CLASH WITH RIVALS INISHOWEN was last modified: November 19th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Brian ‘Dinky’ DorrianDonegal LeagueInishowen LeaguenewsOscar TraynorsoccerSportSt Catherineslast_img read more