The Latest: Fauci to throw 1st pitch at Yanks-Nats opener

first_imgCalifornia is currently seeing soaring rates of coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths.Gov. Gavin Newsom has issued strict guidelines that will require most of California’s 6.7 million K-12 students to at least start the coming school year with online classes.___The Pac-12 has postponed its football media days.The league said Monday the move is the result of the Pac-12’s decision to schedule league-only games this season and to delay mandatory athletic activities. The Washington Nationals announced Monday that Fauci — a self-described fan of the reigning World Series champions — accepted the team’s invitation to have the pregame honor Thursday.The Nationals will host the New York Yankees to open the season nearly four months after it originally was scheduled to begin.___The University of Texas says it anticipates hosting football games this season at 50% capacity in the stands.Athletic Director Chris Del Conte emailed season ticket holders Monday telling them the school is working closely with Gov. Greg Abbott’s office and is following state guidelines on social distancing amid the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world:___The country’s top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the first game of Major League Baseball’s pandemic-delayed regular season. The Jets and Giants say the decision to not have fans – at least for now – was reached after discussions with Murphy, with the health and safety of fans, players and staff being considered.The teams also announced that “out of an abundance of caution,” fans will not be able to attend training camp practices this summer.In the statement, the NFL clubs said they will continue to work with Murphy’s office as the situation is reviewed and evaluated, but “until circumstances change, both the Jets and Giants will play our games without the benefit of fans in attendance.”Rutgers University, in Piscataway, announced that all of its athletic venues will operate with 500 or fewer in attendance and safety precautions will be in place for those fans who come to sporting events there.___ Texas said it’s still preparing for the season to start Sept. 5 at home against South Florida. The Big 12 has not yet said if it will duplicate moves by the Big Ten and Pac-12 to play only conference games. South Florida plays in the American Athletic Conference.Texas’ Royal-Memorial Stadium holds about 100,000, although that figure was going to be reduced slightly this season because part of the stadium is undergoing renovation.Even with limited capacity, the school said it expects to offer all season ticket holders a chance to get tickets.___Georgia’s governing body for high school sports has pushed back the start of football season for two weeks, until the week of Sept. 4. The Latest: Fauci to throw 1st pitch at Yanks-Nats opener The event, originally set for July 29-31 in Los Angeles, will be held at a later date to be decided.___The University of Louisville says it suspended men’s and women’s voluntary swimming activities for two weeks on Saturday after three members of the program tested positive for COVID-19.A university news release issued Monday did not specify whether those impacted are student-athletes or staffers. It says all three have been quarantined, with procedures and protocols being followed.Twenty-seven swimmers and divers have returned to campus in three phases for training. ___One University of Oklahoma women’s basketball player has tested positive for COVID-19, and a second player has been deemed a close contact.Oklahoma made the announcement in a news release on Monday. Both players are in quarantine off campus.The result comes from 100 tests performed Friday on Oklahoma athletes and staff members. The women’s basketball player was the only person with a positive test in a group that included 14 men’s basketball players and 15 women’s basketball players.Oklahoma re-opens its facilities to members of the men’s and women’s basketball teams on Monday. The Georgia High School Association still plans for a full 10-game regular season and a full playoff schedule. Other fall sports will start on time. The delay was needed for several school districts, including Atlanta public schools, which have pushed back the start of the school year due to the coronavirus pandemic.The association’s board of trustees voted 8-4 against a proposal to keep the current sports calendar. The subsequent vote was unanimous to push back the football opening schedule by two weeks. The opening games had been planned for the week of Aug. 21.___The New York Jets and Giants announced they will not have fans at home games this season “until further notice” because of the coronavirus pandemic.The teams, who play at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, and have separate training facilities in the state, released a joint statement Monday after Gov. Phil Murphy announced an executive order limiting outdoor public gatherings to 500 people. The ISU Council will meet online on Aug. 3 to further evaluate events for the 2020-21 season.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___The International Skating Union has canceled the Junior Figure Skating Grand Prix for the upcoming season.Citing increased travel and entry restrictions, the international governing body for the sport said Monday it could not sanction the series. The ISU also said the potential extensive sanitary and medical care measures, including possible quarantine, “would put an unsustainable burden on the organizers.”The ISU has not made a decision yet on the senior series that features the top skaters, including current world champion Nathan Chen and two-time Olympic champion Yuzuru Hanyu.Potential international junior events could be held if “the pandemic developments and situation change and allow for the safe organization” of them. The ISU said it would provide financial assistance for such events, with preference given to venues that were a part of the canceled series. ___California’s governing body for high school sports said Monday that the 2020-21 seasons will begin no earlier than December.The California Interscholastic Federation said the normal fall, winter and spring sports seasons will be condensed into two seasons.The federation set time frames for most playoffs and championships. Football will complete its playoffs and championships by mid-April. Actual regular season and playoff schedules will be set separately.Decisions by state and local health authorities will determine whether games are actually played . The NHL says only two players tested positive for COVID-19 during the first five days of training camp last week.The league, in consultation with its players, is not revealing the identity of players who test positive, or their teams. The two players who tested positive are self-isolating per national and local health protocols.A total of 2,618 tests of more than 800 players from July 13-17 were done by the league. Training camps opened July 13, with 24 teams preparing to compete in an expanded playoff format in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, starting on Aug. 1.Teams are scheduled to travel to both hub cities on Sunday.The NHL reported it had 33 players test positive during the period after the league paused its season in March to the start of camps. July 20, 2020last_img read more

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IPL 2020 to be held in UAE

first_imgTHE 2020 edition of the IPL will be played in United Aeab Emirates (UAE), Brijesh Patel, the IPL Governing Council chairman, confirmed to ESPNcricinfo yesterday. Patel said that a formal announcement on the matter would be made when the body meets next.Patel did not confirm the dates for the tournament, but as reported recently, the BCCI has pencilled in the window between September 26 and November 7 for the IPL, which comprises 60 matches. Patel said that the BCCI had been waiting for the ICC to formally postpone the men’s T20 World Cup this year, which has happened now, and freed up a window for the tournament.“We were waiting for the ICC to officially announce (the postponement),” Patel said. “We have applied (for permission) with the Indian government. Should get it.”Patel said Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah would be the three main venues. Asked about whether the tournament would be played behind closed doors, Patel said that “depends on the UAE government”. It is understood that the franchises are yet to be formally informed about the tournament being shifted out of India.In April, the BCCI had postponed the IPL indefinitely because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the BCCI had intended to host the IPL in India, the pandemic’s spread over the last few months has made that unfeasible. With officially more than a million COVID-19 infections confirmed, India ranks third on the list of active cases worldwide.When the plan was to host the tournament in India, the BCCI wanted to conduct it behind closed doors in limited venues and had singled out Mumbai as the hub, but India’s commercial capital has a huge number of COVID-19 infections, putting paid to those thoughts.This would be the second time for the IPL in the UAE, after the first 20 matches of the tournament were staged in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah in 2014 because of the general elections in India. The franchises are likely to set up their bases a month in advance if and when the green light is given – for training and also to abide by any quarantine measures imposed by the UAE government.It is understood that the main reason for marking November 7 as the date for the IPL final was to ensure Indian players get enough time to travel to Australia for the four-match Test series, set to begin in December. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

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Syracuse’s defense exposed by Boston College in 58-27 drubbing

first_img Published on November 2, 2019 at 5:39 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Since surrendering 63 points one early September afternoon, Syracuse has relied on its defense.To get stops when it couldn’t score. To create momentum swings when the offense could make none of their own. To have a chance to win. “They’ve had a better season than us so far and they’ve had our back plenty of times,” tight end Aaron Hackett said.But Syracuse’s (3-6, 0-5 Atlantic Coast) defense was missing in action all Saturday afternoon in the Carrier Dome, giving up 58 points, a program-record 496 rushing yards and in a single quarter surrendering four touchdowns of 50-plus yards. Boston College (5-4, 3-3) ran away from the Orange by doing exactly what everyone thought the Eagles would do — ground and pound with play-action passing — and SU looked hapless trying to defend it at times. The result: A 58-27 pounding that kept the Orange winless in conference play and asking questions about a defense that, until today, was the bright spot for Syracuse. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They just got tired of hitting (AJ) Dillon and his backup,” head coach Dino Babers said. “And those play-action passes, they just break your back.”Boston College’s offensive recipe is simple, leaning on NFL-caliber running back Dillon, the other backs and their talented offensive line to blow back opponents and set up the play-action pass. To limit it, you start by stopping Dillon. Syracuse knew as much, as Babers said earlier in the week the game would hinge on the “elephants and hippos” up front. Practices with the scout team were as close to live as they could be the past week, defensive tackle Kenneth Ruff said. With sophomore Markenzy Pierre and freshman Garrison Johnson standing in for Dillon — albeit undersized mock ups — the SU defense practiced all week against the power running Boston College would employ. But familiarity with the problem wasn’t enough to solve it. SU was hurt, in part, because it didn’t have the depth to constantly rotate defensive linemen and linebackers through. They subbed as much as they felt possible, Babers said, but without having the starters out there, SU didn’t have as much of a chance. And even when SU’s starters were on the field and rested, it didn’t matter much. Syracuse didn’t overstack the box with the play-action threat, relying instead on linebackers and linemen to execute their assignments and hope someone cleared their block to get a stop. The Eagles offensive line began manhandling SU’s line at times, firing off the ball on run plays, creating havoc in Syracuse’s front seven and trusting that one of its 235-pound-plus running backs would come out the other side with positive yardage. On Boston College’s only touchdown of the fourth quarter, Dillon took a handoff inside SU’s 10 and didn’t see a hole. Instead, he plowed forward into a clump of one BC blocker and three SU defenders. From the 2-yard line, the 245-pound running back drove the four bodies, and himself, six feet into the end zone.“There’s nothing schematically that you can do,” Ruff said. “It’s like a bar fight. You’ve just got line up in front of somebody and try to beat them. Do whatever you can do to slow AJ Dillon down.”Syracuse would’ve been perfectly happy to let Boston College churn out long, running drives like it did on the first possession of the game: A 13-play, 71-yard drive ending in a field goal. BC steadily picked up chunks in the run game from the start, but the Eagles had to drive “the long way,” as linebacker Andrew Armstrong put it, to 10 first-quarter points. After the first quarter, and Boston College’s incessant run game had netted the Eagles 160 yards, they struck. Safety Evan Foster crashed to the line of scrimmage with the snap of the ball, seeing quarterback Dennis Grosel turn to give the ball off. As a result, he didn’t see Kobay White slip behind him — and the rest of the defense — for a walk-in 64-yard touchdown down the middle of the field on a play-action pass. SU’s safeties got fooled on another near identical look for a 50-yard score 7 minutes later in the quarter.Those scores, sandwiching an SU field goal, put Boston College up, 24-20, and for good. “Anytime a team just continues to keep on running the ball, you get comfortable fitting up stuff,” Foster said. “Sometimes blow a coverage here or there, just gotta be on focus and keying on our man and continue to just do our jobs.”As Boston College surged ahead, Syracuse’s defense crumpled. A three-and-out followed the second passing touchdown. BC got the ball back with around six minutes until halftime. The Orange stuffed Dillon on first down, but on second down he took a trap 51 yards for a touchdown. Another Syracuse three-and-out followed Dillon’s rushing touchdown. Boston College fielded the punt with four minutes left. Then, Dillon’s backup, David Bailey, went 74 yards untouched to make it 38-20. SU fumbled before it could go three-and-out following Bailey’s touchdown. With 2:38 until halftime, starting from the Syracuse 30, Boston College handed it to Dillon four-straight times. Two quarterback sneaks picked up a crucial first down and then, with 26 second left, Boston College ran play-action for a wide open touchdown. “What we really needed to do is limit the big plays,” Armstrong said. “First drive of the game we made them go a long way and they ran the ball almost every play, held them to three points. And that’s what we needed to do throughout the rest of the game.”Syracuse’s defense knew exactly what was coming on Saturday and it still got run over. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Man Utd behind Spurs in free transfer race for PSG right-back Meunier

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED are behind Tottenham in the race to sign Thomas Meunier on a free transfer, according to reports.The right-back, 28, will become a free agent this summer when his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expires.3 Thomas Meunier is set to become a free agent in the summer with his contract at Paris Saint-Germain expiringCredit: Getty – ContributorAnd it is Jose Mourinho who could get one over his former employers by pipping them to Meunier’s signature.According to Le Parisien, a contract extension has been on the table for the Belgian to sign since the autumn.He said he wants to stay on at the Parc des Princes but is yet to put pen to paper so looks on course to be released.And that could mean he has played his final match for the club he joined from Club Brugge in 2016 and played for 128 times.Ligue 1 was finished early with PSG crowned champions and the Champions League looks set to return in August, by which time Meunier may already have left.MAN UTD NEWS LIVE: Follow for the latest United newsMeunier will have no shortage of offers from across Europe.But the report suggests it is Spurs who are leading the chase.In April it was revealed Mourinho personally phoned Meunier to try and convince him to move to North London.Meunier would again be replacing Serge Aurier as the first-choice right-back, having done so in Paris.The Ivorian moved to Spurs for £24million in 2017, having lost his regular starting spot with PSG.Latest transfer newsLive Blogblues newsChelsea news LIVE – Latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive Blogunited newsMan Utd news LIVE – Latest updates from Old TraffordLive BlogGunners newsArsenal news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesGossipGOING DUTCHChelsea ‘to grab Mbuyamba on free deal’ with defender set to leave BarcelonaDEPAY CHARTMan Utd flop Memphis used computer data and analytics to quit Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Latest updates and transfer gossip from Stamford BridgeGossipFIT IN HIS BELEArsenal turn attention to Lyon striker Dembele as Lacazette replacementGossipGUNNER MAKE A MOVEArsenal weighing up transfer move for Barcelona star RafinhaBorussia Dortmund may also be in with a chance of snapping up Meunier.The Bundesliga side have benefitted from taking Achraf Hakimi on loan for the past two seasons but Real Madrid may finally decide to give him a chance at the Bernabeu.United like the look of Meunier but having spent £45m on Aaron Wan-Bissaka a year ago, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer certainly has more pressing issues at Old Trafford than bringing in another right-back.33Thomas Meunier shows off his football skills as he practices with PSG teammateslast_img read more

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