The Latest: Sports in France not among government priorities Hungarian lawmakers approved a state of emergency on March 30 without an end-date. That gave the government the right to rule by decree on issues related to the pandemic for as long as it considers it necessary.___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 Wembley Stadium in London will stage both the men’s and women’s European finals.UEFA says the rescheduled women’s tournament will retain the same 10 stadiums. It opens with England playing at Old Trafford in Manchester.___A decree issued by the Hungarian government allows most professional sports clubs and soccer teams to cut the salaries of players and other personnel like managers and trainers by up to 70%.The decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the wage cuts can be implemented for as long as the state of emergency declared because of the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says the resumption of sporting events in the country is not among the government’s priorities. Maracineanu is a former Olympic swimmer. She says “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the Tour de France has to be canceled.___UEFA has postponed next year’s women’s European Championship soccer tournament to July 2022.The UEFA executive committee decided the new dates for the 16-nation tournament in England will be July 6-31.The switch was made after UEFA and the IOC decided last month on one-year postponements for Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden will play in the women’s soccer tournament at the Olympics. Associated Press April 23, 2020 France is locked down until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and speculation has increased recently as to whether the country’s soccer league could resume in late June.Maracineanu says “what’s certain is that sports won’t take priority in our society.”The Tour de France cycling race has been rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20. The final day coincides with the same day the rescheduled French Open tennis tournament is to begin.Maracineanu was speaking in an interview with Eurosport television on Wednesday night. She says leagues could potentially start in September or have their remaining games canceled altogether. There are 10 league games left to play in France’s top two soccer leagues. Rugby’s Top 14 league has reached the semifinal stage.Public gatherings are banned in France until at least mid-July but Maracineanu says they could be extended until “at least September.”
Junior quarterback Scott Tolzien shut up the naysayers with an 80-yard touchdown pass on the first play from scrimmage in 2009.[/media-credit]Wait — Scott Tolzien?That was the recurring question in Madison heading into the fall as head coach Bret Bielema listed Tolzien ahead of Dustin Sherer and Curt Phillips on the quarterback depth chart.But on the first play of the 2009 season, the junior had an answer for all his doubters.The first-year starter connected with Isaac Anderson on a play-action pass for an 80-yard score as Camp Randall erupted. That would be the first of many big plays from the new signal-caller, who broke the UW record for single-season completions. Tolzien led the Badger offense to the top of the conference in scoring this past year, while O’Brien Schofield led the way for an improved UW defense that finished at the top of the Big Ten in run defense.UW took down Northern Illinois in the home opener but found itself in a dogfight with Fresno State in week two. But a 72-yard touchdown run from eventual Big Ten offensive player of the year, John Clay, helped push the game to overtime where a Chris Maragos interception paved the way to victory.Wofford and Michigan State proved to be no match for the Badgers, but week five presented a challenge in Minneapolis with Paul Bunyan’s Axe on the line.A three-touchdown performance from Clay helped provide the Badgers with a late lead, but the Gophers had the ball down three in the final minute. Once again, the defense stepped in to secure the win as Big Ten freshman of the year, Chris Borland, recovered an Adam Weber fumble.At 5-0, UW knew its conference title hopes were on the line in weeks six and seven. The Badgers had to travel to the Horseshoe before coming home to take on Iowa in critical back-to-back weeks.But in week six, the ninth-ranked Buckeyes returned two Tolzien interceptions for scores, and those mistakes proved to be devastating in a 31-13 loss. A week later, more mistakes led to another defeat.This time, with Clay sidelined due to injury, Tolzien threw three interceptions as No. 11 Iowa made a second-half comeback to earn the win in Madison.After a bye week, the Badgers regrouped and let out some frustration at home against Purdue. Behind a relentless defensive effort and 266 yards on the ground, the Badgers got back on track with a dominating 37-0 victory.Following a close win at Indiana, UW returned home for Senior Day to take on Michigan for the final home game of the year, and the Badgers did not disappoint. Tolzien threw four touchdowns, two to wideout Nick Toon, as the offense exploded in a 45-24 win.The Badgers suffered from a bit of a letdown the next week in Evanston. A slow start was too much to overcome as Northwestern held on for a late win, but there was more work to be done. UW traveled to Hawaii and blew out UH to earn their ninth win of the year.The 9-3 regular season sent the Badgers to Orlando for the Champs Sports Bowl against 15th ranked Miami and UW was determined to get to double-digit victories. Tolzien, Clay and co. controlled the game throughout, and the UW defense forced a late turnover on downs to clinch UW’s first bowl victory since 2006 as the Badgers finished the year ranked 16th nationally.
Published on February 22, 2020 at 8:17 am Contact Mitchell: firstname.lastname@example.org Army and Syracuse meet in the Orange’s third game of the season for the sixth year in a row on Sunday. This time, it’s a battle of top-ten opponents as a 3-0 start pushed the Black Knights up to No. 7 before they come to the Dome to take on No. 5 Syracuse. Earlier this week, Army was upset by Marist, 17-9, and consecutive losses could result in the Black Knights’ plummeting down the rankings.Here’s what to know about Army before Sunday’s game.Last time they played: The last matchup between Army and Syracuse was almost exactly a year ago. On Feb. 24, 2019, the Orange snuck past the Black Knights, 10-8, behind a balanced offensive attack. Since-graduated attackmen Bradley Voigt and Nate Solomon combined for three goals while Drake Porter made 16 saves — tied for his career-high. Nick Mellen held Army’s leading scorer, Brendan Nichtern, to just one goal while Jakob Phaup won 15 of 18 face-offs.All-time series: Army leads, 40-26The Army report: Syracuse head coach John Desko has consistently praised Army head coach Joe Alberici’s implemented style and said he knows the Black Knights always “play for 60 minutes.” Despite the upset loss to Marist on Tuesday, Army has outscored opponents 60-26 and outshot them 171-118 so far this year. The offense has been led once again by Nichtern — 22 points through four games — but senior attackmen Sean O’Brien and Miles Silva, as well as freshman midfielder, Jacob Morin have all added nine-plus goals. One area of weakness for the Black Knights has been at the face-off X, where Army, led mainly by Stevie Grabher, has won only 52.5% of draws.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHow Syracuse beats the Black Knights: Syracuse will beat Army by playing to its strengths — one of which happens to be a Black Knights weakness. The Orange currently lead the nation in face-off percentage, winning 71.9% of their draws, while Army sits at 28th. The biggest question mark will be the defense of sophomore Nichtern with All-American Mellen sidelined once again with a leg injury. Brett Kennedy will be thrust into the lead coverage defender role for a second game. Against Binghamton, Kennedy held the Bearcats best attack, William Talbott-Shere, to just one assist.State to know: 8/10 — While Army significantly leads the all-time series, Syracuse has won eight of the last ten matchups between these two teams. Player to watch: Brendan Nichtern, attack, No. 20While Chase Scanlan opened his Syracuse career, and the 2020 season, with a seven-goal performance against Colgate, Army’s Nichtern posted a seven-point opener of his own — four goals and three assists against then-ranked UMass. And Nichtern followed that up with eight points against NJIT. The sophomore attack led Army with 30 goals and 80 points last season, scoring on 27% of his shots. In Inside Lacrosse’s 2019 midseason review, Nichtern was rated as the best freshman in the country. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
Miami, Florida — There’s a group in Miami, South Florida that spend timeless hours doing multiple things – big and small – all while striving to help the life and livelihood of others. And oftentimes, while their work helps shape and change the lives of hundreds, they sit quietly in the shadows of their relentless effort in the pursuit of the happiness they helped to share and provide for others without ever being formally thanked or duly noted. These strong men work tirelessly in the shadows. They have a solid and meaningful purpose and are on a cause with a true mission: to help empower and inspire. They plant seeds of hope by giving of their resources, their professional expertise, and their valuable time. Modern day, real-life ‘Avengers’This group is known as the Alpha Rho Boule, Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity. Through their Foundation, these heroic men are truly the modern day, real-life ‘Avengers’ of our time, and they stand in the shadows and watch from a far while witnessing their contributions take shape. Founded in 1904 by a doctor in Philadelphia, the Boule, Sigma Pi Phi, is a professional fraternity with member Boules all over the country and internationally as well. “Member Boules across the country lend a helping hand to those who need it,” says Ricardo Forbes, a highly revered community leader, and member of The Alpha Rho Boule. “We work behind the scenes and help do our part to help support the lives of young, gifted and talented black men who have demonstrated that they have the potential to excel and exceed if only given the opportunity to do so.”FMU’s Black Male College Explorers ProgramKnowing this premise for their success, the South Florida Boule initiated a program with Florida Memorial University, south Florida’s only Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Their partnership helped to position FMU’s Black Male College Explorers Program, which serves to stem the tide of low matriculation of Black Males in institutions of higher learning. The Alpha Rho Boule Foundation and FMU’s Black Male College Explorers Program serve an average of 60 students each year. The summer program provides these students with five weeks of intensive on-campus training, seminars, and professional encouragement. The program’s curriculum is based around S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education, and funding support includes room and board. Recently, financial aid/scholarships have been distributed among the Explorers Program, FMU sophomores through graduation, as well as to a medical student at Florida International University. In this past year, financial aid was also provided seniors to ensure their graduation.Dr. John T. McAdoryThe Boule Foundation is led by renowned physician, Dr. John T. McAdory. Known throughout South Florida for his successful practice in South Miami, Dr. McAdory has also made time to contribute to increasing the Black middle class by way of providing educational opportunities. It is here in this effort that he has focused the Foundation’s resources. These efforts are endorsed by the Alpha Rho Boule membership empowering the Foundation to pursue its goal of providing scholarships to young Black men through higher education careers and economic stability. Successful Black influencersThe South Florida Boule is comprised of a number of successful influencers, including prestigious lawyers, government officials, business owners, renowned physicians, and many others. These men collectively give of their time, talent and resources and work to provide mentorship, financial support, encouragement and partnerships for these young men. To date, over $154,000 has been awarded through the Alpha Rho Boule Foundation to enhance the growth of the Black middle class. These contributions to youth and education are just what the doctor ordered. And as the Alpha Rho Boule and their Foundation become more visible to the community, this group of unsung heroes are stepping out of the shadows and into their light to receive the gratitude and appreciation they truly deserve.“We’re still behind the scenes, and our goal, mission, purpose and vision remain the same, says McAdory. “Our invisible capes, if you will, are perhaps a little more visible.” And thank God they are!
French Ligue 1 moneybags Paris Saint Germain (PSG) have moved nine points clear at the top of the table after they secured a 2-1 win at champions AS Monaco.Edinson Cavani and Neymar (penalty) scored either side of halftime to give PSG a 2-0 lead before the home side fought back through Portuguese international midfielder Joao Moutinho with eight minutes for a grandstand finish to proceedings.Unai Emery’s men however held on for a very good win to move nine points clear of their hosts in the race for the league title while Monaco drop one place from 2nd to 3rd after Lyon’s heavy win at Nice.Dutch international Memphis Depay (2) and former Real Madrid starlet Mariano Diaz were on target as Lyon ran riot at Nice in a 5-0 win to leapfrog Monaco into second spot by virtue of goal difference.Week 14 ResultsMontpellier 3-0 LilleMonaco 1-2 PSGNice 0-5 LyonMarseille 1-0 GuingampCaen 1-0 BordeauxMetz 0-2 AmiensDijon 3-1 TolouseRennes 2-1 NantesTroyes 3-0 AngersStandings (Top 4):1. PSG 38 points2. Lyon 29 points3. Monaco 29 points4. Marseille 28 pointsRelatedLigue 1 Review: PSG Extend Lead With Slim Win As Monaco Thrash Angers Into Second SpotFebruary 11, 2018In “Europe”French Ligue 1 Review: Monaco Fail To Close Gap On Leaders PSG With Montpellier DrawJanuary 14, 2018In “Europe”French Ligue 1: PSG Suffer Shock Defeat As Champions Monaco Close Gap On LeadersDecember 3, 2017In “Europe”
ANAHEIM — Major League Baseball had the Angels and Minnesota Twins return to Angel Stadium on Thursday for a makeup game, over the objection of the Angels players.Andrew Heaney, the Angels’ union representative, said on Thursday morning that the players don’t believe it’s fair to ask them to be at the ballpark for 26 straight days. He acknowledged, however, that they had no standing to veto the game because, according to the collective bargaining agreement, Wednesday counts as an off day since there was no game.“Ultimately the decision for us is for our health and safety,” Heaney said. “That’s the reason these rules are in place. We just want to make sure that we get our off days when we need them and are not at the field for a month straight, playing 26 straight games.”The Angels’ next off day is June 12, and they’ll fly to Tampa that day. Their next off day without traveling is June 24. Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Heaney said it’s similar to a situation the Angels face on their next trip. They complete a series in Seattle on June 2, then play a makeup in Chicago the next day, followed by a home game the day after that.“Not the greatest travel,” Heaney said, “so I think a lot of our guys on our side didn’t feel a ton of sympathy for them.”In the end, Major League Baseball has the final say over when makeup games are played, and the players are powerless to object unless the scheduling creates a stretch of more than 20 games – not days at the ballpark – without a day off.“It was a good conversation,” Heaney said. “It was civil. Obviously, having to play today is not ideal for us, but playing on (Aug.) 26th wouldn’t have been ideal for them. We tried to find a way to mediate it, and this is what MLB wanted us to do.”ADELL UPDATEAngels top prospect Jo Adell is set to begin playing at Class-A Inland Empire, his first regular-season action since suffering hamstring and ankle injuries during spring training.Related Articles Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Adell finished last season at Double-A, so presumably, he’ll return to that level at some point. For now, the Angels are simply concerned with getting him back to 100 percent.ALSOHeaney threw a bullpen session before Thursday’s game. The Angels are still evaluating him to determine when he’ll be ready to join the rotation. They have an opening in the rotation on Sunday. …Luis Garcia pitched an inning for Inland Empire on Thursday and struck out all three batters he faced. Garcia is on the injured list with a back issue.UP NEXTAngels (RHP Griffin Canning, 2-1, 3.80) vs. Rangers (LHP Drew Smyly, 0-3, 6.51), Friday, 7 p.m., Fox Sports West, 830 AM Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros The situation began when a brief, but heavy, downpour just before the scheduled start of Wednesday’s series finale left the Angel Stadium field unplayable.Although it did not rain again during the scheduled time of the game, Heaney and Manager Brad Ausmus both said they had no objection to the game being postponed.“That outfield was not playable,” Ausmus said. “You can push the water around and move around some of the puddle, but if you walked anywhere in the outfield from 50 feet from the track to 20 feet from the dirt there was an inch of water.”Heaney added: “It wasn’t safe for anybody on their team or our team.”The dispute, however, was over when to reschedule the game. Angels players pushed for Aug. 26, which is also a mutual off day. The Twins would have been going from Minneapolis to Chicago, with a detour to Anaheim.
How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Mike Trout, with bat and glove, helps Angels end losing streak Dylan Bundy scuffles as Angels lose to Giants Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Roberts reiterated that there is no hard cap on Urías’ innings this season, but that he will return to the bullpen at some point.The Angels (15-16-4) didn’t put a runner on base until the fifth inning. By then, the Dodgers (14-15-3) led 7-0.Angels left-hander Patrick Sandoval was a late comer to the starting assignment, when Jaime Barría was optioned to the minors earlier in the day. Sandoval, who finished last season at Double-A after the Angels acquired him in the Martin Maldonado trade, was fed to the wolves: The 22-year-old Mission Viejo High product was tasked with facing the Dodgers’ projected Opening Day lineup.Sandoval struck out Corey Seager and induced a double-play groundout from Justin Turner in the first inning. The second inning was much more eventful.Related Articles Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Andrelton Simmons accepts Angels’ plan to come back gradually from ankle injury Urías’ innings will apparently be much more limited in 2019 than his skill. The 22-year-old lefty threw only 22 innings last year between the minors and the majors. He was perhaps fortunate to reach the majors at all after undergoing surgery on the anterior capsule surgery of his left shoulder.Not only did Urías need only 14 months to recover, he allowed only two runs in 10-1/3 major league innings to end the 2018 season. His innings will be guarded in 2019, and he is not in the Dodgers’ season-opening rotation by choice. Injuries to Rich Hill and Clayton Kershaw left the Dodgers with few options.So it is that Urías will debut Sunday against the Arizona Diamondbacks. If Urías pitches as efficiently as he did Tuesday, Roberts will be faced with another tough choice: let the kid pitch or stick to the plan? The choice might be more difficult for the manager than the pitcher.“In a regular season game and he’s throwing the baseball well, being efficient, there’s always that urge to get another one, get another one,” Roberts said. “But we have other good arms in the ’pen. We have to be mindful of the long view with Julio. At times it’s going to be a little bit difficult because when he’s out there he makes us all look good.”“I respect the plan and you’ve just got to take all the positives,” Urías said through an interpreter. “I was happy the way the fastball was working and overall, just happy.” PreviousAngels starter Patrick Sandoval, center, stands, on the mound after giving up an RBI single to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the second inning of a preseason baseball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels warm up prior to a preseason baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Chris Gimenez #38 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws batting practice prior to a preseason baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsDino Ebel #12 of the Los Angeles Dodgers speaks with Kole Calhoun, Albert Pujols and Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels prior to a preseason baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Manager Brad Ausmus of the Los Angeles Angels speaks to the media prior to a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers speaks with international scout Mike Brito prior to a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)General Manager Billy Eppler of the Los Angeles Angels prior to a preseason baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Robert Van Scoyoc #6 of the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to a preseason baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Starting pitcher Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Starting pitcher Taylor Cole #67 of the Los Angeles Angels throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the xxx inning of a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Cody Bellinger #35 of the Los Angeles Dodgers high fives A.J. Pollock after hitting three run home run against the Los Angeles Angels in the second inning of a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his two run RBI double against the Los Angeles Angels in the second inning of a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels watches as Cody Bellinger (not pictured) of the Los Angeles Dodgers three run home run goes over the center field fence in the second inning of a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers watches his two run RBI double against the Los Angeles Angels in the second inning of a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels fields a RBI single by Justin Turner (not pictured) of the Los Angeles Dodgers as Mike Trout looks on in the second inning of a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Second baseman Tommy La Stella #9 of the Los Angeles Angels forces out Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers at second base in the first inning of a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Starting pitcher Julio Urias #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws to the plate against the Los Angeles Angels in the first inning of a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels runs out a ground out against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the first inning of a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Starting pitcher Taylor Cole #67 of the Los Angeles Angels is pulled from the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Dino Ebel #12 of the Los Angeles Dodgers against the Los Angeles Dodgers in the second inning of a preseason baseball game at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Omar Estevez makes an off-balance throw to put out Los Angeles Angels’ Cesar Puello at first base during the sixth inning of a preseason baseball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels manager Brad Ausmus during a preseason baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Max Muncy (13) scores on a single from A.J. Pollock during the fifth inning of a preseason baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Russell Martin drives in a run with a double during the fifth inning of a preseason baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, right, celebrates his three-run home run at home plate with teammates Max Muncy, center, and A.J. Pollock (11) during the second inning of a preseason baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger follows through on a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a preseason baseball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Corey Seager, right, scores on a wild pitch from Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jeremy Rhoades (78) during the second inning of a preseason baseball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson, right, follows through on a double against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a preseason baseball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)The Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger follows through on a three-run home run against the Los Angeles Angels during the second inning of a preseason baseball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Dodgers starting pitcher Julio Urias throws to the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a preseason baseball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels starter Patrick Sandoval, right, stands on the mound after giving up a three-run home run to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, left, during the second inning of a preseason baseball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Angels starter Patrick Sandoval, center, stands, on the mound after giving up an RBI single to Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner during the second inning of a preseason baseball game Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Los Angeles, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)Los Angeles Angels warm up prior to a preseason baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)NextShow Caption1 of 31Los Angeles Angels warm up prior to a preseason baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Los Angeles Angels at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)ExpandLOS ANGELES — Speaking to a gaggle of reporters before the Dodgers’ final exhibition game Tuesday, Manager Dave Roberts outlined the plan for starting pitcher Julio Urías: four innings in the game, followed by another “potential” inning in the bullpen.The Dodgers stuck to their plan.Urías tossed four perfect innings against the Angels in his final spring tuneup. He threw only 42 pitches, struck out four batters, then threw some cool-down pitches when it was all over. The Dodgers trounced the Angels in the Freeway Series finale 9-2 before an announced crowd of 34,162.The game was more a test of the Dodgers’ discipline than either side’s major-league talent. Clippers, Mavericks brace for the unknown in Game 4 Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Slumping Shohei Ohtani sits as Andrelton Simmons returns to Angels lineup Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season The Dodgers sent 11 men to the plate. Seven scored – three on a Cody Bellinger home run, two on a Joc Pederson double, one on a single by Turner and another on a wild pitch. All of the runs were charged to Sandoval, who recorded just one out in the inning before giving the ball to Jeremy Rhoades.Hansel Robles, who struck out the only batter he faced (Russell Martin), was the only major league pitcher to appear in the game for the Angels.The Dodgers tacked on two more runs in the fifth inning against minor leaguer Adrian De Horta. Max Muncy doubled and scored on an A.J. Pollock single. Pollock scored on a double by Martin.The Angels scored an unearned run in the fifth inning against Dylan Floro, the result of a fielding error by Muncy at first base. Matt Thaiss led off the seventh inning with a double against Dodgers pitcher Dustin May and came around to score on an RBI groundout. Thaiss (3 for 3, two doubles) accounted for half of the Angels’ hits.Both teams have a day off Wednesday followed by Opening Day on Thursday. The Dodgers host the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Angels visit the Oakland A’s.Staff writer Mirjam Swanson contributed to this report.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
“My discussions briefly on Monday and Tuesday with the commissioner and Troy were relative to — not any type of reversal or anything like that — just the play and any statement,” Payton told reporters. “But there’s tons of people that reach out to you, you get a ton of text messages and emails, and you’re appreciative of all that, then you just want to disappear into your cave for a little while.”Payton did say he hopes the league will take what happened to the Saints, learn from it and work to prevent something similar from happening in the future. “Look, it’s very common in our league for certain events to take place. And then, man, there’s a reaction maybe in the offseason where oftentimes we find our own flaws because of some loophole,” Payton said. “If you look throughout the history of our game — the forward fumble by the Raiders. … (But) the topic’s one thing, the solution is the more challenging thing that we’re all looking for.”The 55-year-old coach added the Saints are working to get past the anger and disappointment through the team’s strong leadership.”This one, where it happened in the postseason, we’ve gotta be able to get past that. And we will,” Payton said. “We’ve got good leadership on this team. I don’t know that you ever really get over it but you do get past it. And there’s enough resolve that this time away is healthy. And when it starts back up again in the spring … you get back at it again.” NFL to consider allowing challenges to judgment-call penalties, report says Payton explained the anger from that call lasted about 24 hours and he felt disappointed after that, though he did give credit and gratitude to NFL’s head of officials, Al Riveron, for being “fantastic” and “brutally honest” immediately following the Saints’ 26-23 overtime loss to the Rams on Jan. 20. Riveron admitted to Payton after the game that the officials “blew the call.”In the days following the loss, Payton said he spoke with commissioner Roger Goodell and executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent to discuss the play and whether the NFL would release a statement. Payton had already accepted nothing could be done to reverse the call. Related News Saints coach Sean Payton opened up about the NFC Championship game Wednesday during his mandatory end-of-season press conference and revealed how he handled the disappointing loss to the Rams after controversy late in the game. But how did Payton deal with the infamous no-call on Rams cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman that prevented the Saints from advancing to the Super Bowl? He revealed he “ate Jeni’s ice cream and watched Netflix for three straight days.”
A subplot of the draft will be how the Lakers – or their rivals – improve their assets for summer trades. The Lakers notably made a hard push to try to acquire New Orleans big man Anthony Davis near the February trade deadline, offering several young players and draft assets. Getting a top-two pick in the draft, either Williamson or likely No. 2 prospect Ja Morant of Murray State, would sweeten the pot considerably for any potential trade package.On the other hand, Boston, which is rumored to be interested in making a run at Davis this summer, has the chance to gain some assets: The Celtics gain Memphis’ pick if the Grizzlies land ninth or further down in the draft, and they’ll get Sacramento’s pick unless the Kings get the No. 1 pick (1 percent odds). Philadelphia would get the pick if the Kings get the top spot – and the 76ers could be looking to shake up their roster with three key free agents (starters Jimmy Butler, Tobias Harris and JJ Redick) after a second-round playoff loss to Toronto.With a front office shaken by change for the last month, a newly hired coaching staff that has the appearance of being the third choice after a tumultuous process, and a roster that has tried to roll with the punches ever since the season ended, the Lakers could use a turnaround in their fortunes. And while the odds aren’t particularly in their favor, the chance for a surprise remains a ray of light that the team hopes to guide them back onto a winning path. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers Lakers, Clippers schedules set for first round of NBA playoffs Trail Blazers, Grizzlies advance to NBA play-in game; Suns, Spurs see playoff dreams dashed For the past season, the Lakers and luck have been poor bedfellows.When it comes to injuries, fate has been disproportionally unkind: from groin tears to broken hands to sprained ankles to pneumonia and even a blood clot. The Lakers were hit hard on their way to a second-half slide in which they finished 17-31 after LeBron James’ injury on Christmas day.If the same strings that guide such misfortunes also have some influence on the ping-pong balls that will be bouncing in 1,000 different possible combinations on the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, maybe the Lakers should feel worried. Or maybe they should feel as though they’ve earned some good karma – because moving up in this year’s draft could help regain some sense of optimism for a franchise that has taken plenty of body shots, even since the season ended.It might not feel like much of a boost, but the odds that the Lakers land the No. 1 overall pick in the draft are twice as good as they used to be: Under the rules revised by the league two years ago, the Lakers, who finished with the 11th-worst record this season, have a 2 percent shot at the top spot. Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThey’re not good odds, but that 2 percent represents consensus top prospect Zion Williamson from Duke – a 6-foot-7, 285-pound dynamo with sky-high athleticism and a tireless motor. For the franchise that covets him, he’s a potential foundational piece, one of the most exciting NBA prospects of the last decade. For the franchise that is looking for a more immediate path to winning, he’s the ultimate trade chip.This is the Lakers’ eighth appearance (and sixth in a row) in the draft lottery (they owed their 2018 pick, 10th overall, to Philadelphia), and they’ve only ever moved up twice: Both times they advanced (No. 2 in 2015 for D’Angelo Russell, No. 2 in 2017 for Lonzo Ball), they had a top-four position to begin with. Moving up for Williamson or any of the other top spots will require hitting on longer odds than any other lottery they’ve ever advanced in.Kyle Kuzma, the second-year forward who will represent the Lakers in Chicago on Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. PT, said he will shun any good luck charms or trinkets.“I’m bringing myself,” Kuzma said in a video released by the team. “Knock on wood, but I’ve had a lot of luck in my life. So hopefully me being there will help.”The revised odds, designed to reduce the incentive for teams to tank, already help. For one thing, the NBA now draws for the top four spots, as opposed to just three. The odds for the worst teams in the league are lower than they used to be – New York, Cleveland and Phoenix all have the exact same odds (14 percent) at landing No. 1, whereas, in the old system, the Knicks would have had a 25 percent chance of picking first. Toward the back end of the lottery, where the Lakers are, the odds have improved. A year ago, the 11th-place Lakers would have only advanced to a top-three pick in 2.9 percent of scenarios; this year, they can improve to a top-four pick in 9.4 percent of scenarios. Those are still worse odds than their chances of being jumped by one of the teams behind them (12.6 percent), but the improvement is representative of how the NBA hoped to reward the teams that were closer to the middle of the pack.The Lakers had something of a feel-good finish to the season, a 6-5 stretch powered by two-way contract players and G Leaguers who got on the court because of the slew of injured rotation players. It hurt the Lakers’ lottery odds, but not profoundly: Minnesota, which finished just one game behind the Lakers, has a 3 percent chance of picking first, and a 13.9 percent chance overall of getting a top-four pick.Related Articles How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years
The Week 15 waiver wire is full of pickup options thanks to injuries and favorable matchups for widely available free agents. If you’re still alive in the fantasy football playoffs and play in a FAAB league, it’s not the time to be stingy with those dollars. You should be able to plan your lineup out for the next few weeks and know what you need. if you have a need and it’s easily available, use those FAAB dollars to go make that pickup. The last thing you’d want is FAAB money sitting in your coffers unused before a season-ending loss.As such, we won’t be highlighting how much of your budget to spend on these players because you either shouldn’t have any money left or you should just be spending whatever you have to secure the player you need. Let’s get to it! DOMINATE YOUR LEAGUE: Get the Fantasy Alarm NFL Season Pass!Week 15 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: QuarterbackRyan Tannehill (TEN): He just keeps on producing. Part of the reason it’s so hard to believe that Tannehill is doing so well is because he isn’t throwing the ball that much. He’s been incredibly efficient, with multiple touchdown passes in six of his past seven games. On top of that he has three rushing touchdowns, as well. Next week should be no different. The Texans’ secondary is incredibly weak and their pass rush was non-existent last week, save for one sack. Drew Lock made the Houston secondary look terrible, and Tannehill, with how well he’s playing, is a good start next week in the semifinals for most fantasy football leagues. Tannehill will be a popular streamer this week and the following week against New Orleans.Mitchell Trubisky (CHI): This is a massive risk. I’d much rather prefer Tannehill than Trubisky, but Trubisky’s playing better of late. He has nine total touchdowns in his past three games with at least 240 passing yards in each contest. Unlike the other quarterbacks on this list, Trubisky is throwing it often. He has at least 31 pass attempts in four straight games. The matchup this week against the Packers is a little difficult, let’s be transparent on that. It’s in Lambeau Field for a rematch of the Week 1 snoozefest where the Packers won, 10-3. But if you can get away with Trubisky this week, he gets a home matchup next week against the Chiefs that is more favorable.Drew Lock (DEN): Denver’s rookie quarterback looked very impressive last week against the Texans. I mentioned David Blough over him last week, and that was a big mistake, as I was concerned about Lock’s pass attempts. And to be fair, he still only threw it 28 times. However, you can’t argue against 300-plus passing yards and three touchdowns. Lock now has five touchdowns in two starts and he gets a matchup against the Chiefs in Week 15. Arrowhead Stadium is difficult to play in, but he proved last week that he could pick apart a secondary, and the Broncos will likely be playing from behind. I wouldn’t recommend him in a 12-team league, but he’s viable in deeper leagues.WEEK 15 NON-PPR RANKINGS: Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerWeek 15 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: RBRaheem Mostert (SF): For the second straight week, and in a week where Matt Breida returned, Mostert was the featured back in the 49ers offense. Breida still looked good when he did carry the ball, but this bodes terribly for Tevin Coleman, who has carried the ball just eight times in his last two games. Next week it might all be up in the air again. Sure, Mostert has led the team the past two weeks and he’s scored four times in his past three games. But Breida might get a few more carries, as he’s presumably healthier. It’s a mess, but Mostert is definitely worth adding at the moment.Adrian Peterson (WSH): Derrius Guice (knee) has already been ruled out for Washington’s Week 15 matchup against the Eagles. This presents a tremendous opportunity for Peterson, who has scored in back-to-back games with at least 75 rushing yards in both contests. The good news is that he’ll be fed. The bad news is that he faces the Eagles. Philadelphia allows the third-fewest rushing yards per game, although they have allowed eight rushing touchdowns on the year. It’s not a great matchup, and you still can’t feel great about deploying Peterson, but if you lost Guice or you’re a Josh Jacobs owner, you might be turning to AP in Week 15 with the hopes he finds the end zone once or twice.DeAndre Washington/Jalen Richard (OAK): Speaking of Josh Jacobs (shoulder), if he’s unable to play again this Sunday then the Oakland backfield is in line for a phenomenal matchup against a terrible defensive line. The Jaguars recently allowed three straight opponents to run for over 200 yards, and last week the Chargers totaled 195 yards and a pair of scores. Washington and Richard likely won’t combine for 200 yards, nor will they likely even get to 150. But it’s still a great matchup for the Oakland running game, especially for Washington, who saw a large amount of the work in Jacobs’ absence.Patrick Laird (MIA): A week after averaging 0.5 yards per carry, Laird improved to 3.2 YPC with 48 yards on 15 rushes. It also helps his PPR value that he’s caught at least four passes in back-to-back games and three of his past four. The Dolphins will play in their second-straight game in the Meadowlands after playing the Jets last week in New Jersey. Now it’s the Giants, and with nobody else really getting touches in the backfield, Laird is an intriguing FLEX play in deeper leagues.Boston Scott (PHI) – This is primarily a deep-league suggestion. Miles Sanders briefly left Monday night’s game against the Giants, and Scott was featured a little more. Scott finished with 128 scrimmage yards on 16 touches with a touchdown. The injury to Sanders isn’t serious. He was dealing with some cramping due to dehydration, but Carson Wentz became a pretty big fan of Scott in the second half. Again, this is just a deep-league addition. This was also Scott’s first career game with more than 10 touches, but he made the most of them.MORE WEEK 15:Waiver pickups | Stock watch | Snap counts | Fantasy playoff tipsWeek 15 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: WRZach Pascal (IND): I whiffed on mentioning Pascal last week. He left a bad taste in my mouth after putting him in this article a month or so ago. But we won’t be making that mistake again. With T.Y. Hilton (calf) potentially done for the year, Pascal could be the top receiver in the Colts offense. It’s not official that Hilton’s out, but it’s a possibility. In his past two games, Pascal has 12 catches on 19 targets for 183 yards and a touchdown. The Colts get a pretty tempting matchup next week against the Saints on the road in prime time. While it’s a great matchup for the Saints, the Colts offense could put up some points. The Saints secondary has been pretty bad against wide receivers as of late. Pascal is a low-end WR2 for Week 15 and easily the wide receiver you should be looking to add since Hilton might not play again next week.Anthony Miller (CHI): He didn’t get the target share that we’ve seen from him in recent weeks, but he found the end zone in Week 14, so he remains involved in the offensive gameplan. On four targets, Miller caught three passes for 42 yards and the aforementioned score. He had 33 targets in the three games leading up Thursday, and I like to think they try to keep him involved, especially with a pair of big matchups on the horizon against the Packers and the Chiefs. Do not keep sleeping on Miller — his ownership is still too low.A.J. Brown (TEN): Brown looks like he is Ryan Tannehill’s favorite target. Tannehill isn’t throwing it a ton, but he’s a big-play threat as we’ve seen the past couple weeks. In two of his past three games, Brown has recorded more than 130 receiving yards and scored. He’s a solid candidate to score again on Sunday against the Texans at home. He’s fast and very elusive, and it’ll be fun to see him match up against the weak Texans secondary.Darius Slayton (NYG): With Eli Manning under center on Monday night, Slayton stood out. He finished with a pair of touchdowns and 154 receiving yards. Slayton came into the game with 30 targets in his previous three games, and he’s becoming a weapon that is being featured more and more in the Giants offense. Slayton and the Giants play Miami next week, and he’s definitely a FLEX play, even in shallower leagues.Diontae Johnson (PIT): This isn’t necessarily a league winner right here, but Devlin Hodges targeted Johnson eight times on Sunday. Johnson caught six of those for 60 yards and a touchdown in a winning effort on the road in Arizona. Now the Steelers get a very difficult matchup next week against the Bills, but it’s a home game, and Johnson now has 19 targets in his past three games. That’s nowhere near the workload of Pascal, Slayton, or Miller, but in deeper leagues he might be worth picking up.WEEK 15 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endWeek 15 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: Tight EndTyler Higbee (LAR): The ownership is still just too low for Higbee. He now has back-to-back games with seven catches for 100-plus yards. As long as Gerald Everett (knee) remains sidelined, what reason do the Rams have to take targets away from Higbee? Next week the Rams face the Cowboys, and while Dallas has been better against tight ends of late, they struggled mightily earlier in the year and you can’t deny the workload Higbee has been getting lately. The players listed below have better matchups, but Higbee’s been very impressive the past couple weeks and is startable in 12-team leagues.Ian Thomas (CAR): Thomas stepped in as the starting tight end over Greg Olsen (concussion) and assumed all his targets and then some. Thomas ultimately finished with five catches on 10 targets for 57 yards and a touchdown. Assuming Thomas fills in for Olsen again next week, he gets a great matchup against the Seahawks, who have struggled against TEs all year. Over their past three games, the Seahawks have allowed tight ends to catch 33 passes for 303 yards and two touchdowns. Hayden Hurst/Nick Boyle (BAL): Assuming Mark Andrews (knee/thigh) is inactive for Thursday’s matchup against the Jets, then Hurst and Boyle could likely benefit from more targets. Andrews did not practice on Monday, but head coach John Harbaugh downplayed the injury and said it wasn’t serious. The two players listed above are better options. Hurst and Boyle are mostly deep-league suggestions, and figuring out who would score between the two would come down to a coin flip.Week 15 Fantasy Football FAAB targets: D/STCleveland Browns: The Browns defense hasn’t done much since they lost Myles Garrett for the season. They have just three sacks in their past two games, but they’ve held those opponents to a total of 39 points. This week they’ll face the Cardinals, who have been struggling a little bit offensively. It looks as if defenses have figured out Kyler Murray, so this is a good matchup for the Browns secondary. I’d feel better about this game if it were home for the Brownies, but that is not the case. Tread carefully with the Browns in shallower leagues.Tennessee Titans: The D/ST streamers this week are not great based on availability across a majority of formats. The Titans have one of the better matchups this week, and even it’s a little worrisome. The Texans will be out for blood after being embarrassed at home by the Broncos. The Titans, however, have recorded a defensive/special teams’ touchdown in back-to-back games (which isn’t something you can predict), while also forcing four turnovers and five sacks in their last two games. They’re a very sneaky defense and at home we’ll take a gamble on them.