first_imgUNDATED (AP) — Hockey is the latest sport to finalize a return to competition after NHL owners and players approved an agreement to resume the season. The return-to-play plan, tentatively approved by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Monday, was ratified by the league’s board of governors and with majority approval from players following a three-day voting period that ended Friday. Along with it, the two sides also formally approved a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement.Games are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta. Coronavirus cases in the U.S. are pushing the league into Canada for the summer and fall until the Stanley Cup is awarded in late September or early October. Training camps open across North America on Monday, which is also the deadline for players to opt out of participating with no penalty. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic: The Lightning already got a pandemic scare when three players and additional staff tested positive for the novel coronavirus last month. The positive test results forced the team to close its facilities for a brief period of time.PALACE IMPLOSIONPistons’ onetime home, the Palace of Auburn Hills, torn downAUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — One of Michigan’s most beloved sports and entertainment venues was turned into rubble on Saturday with a series of controlled explosions. The shell and roof of the Palace of Auburn Hills, which was home to three championship Detroit Pistons teams and three Detroit Shock teams and played host to some of the world’s biggest musical acts during its nearly 30-year run, crumbled to the ground following a series explosive pops. The rest of the arena had already been removed. The second round wasn’t completed until Saturday morning because of storm delays. Justin Thomas and Kevin Streelman were three behind and in the final group with Morikawa. The third round featured threesomes because of the rain delays.Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) and Justin Rose are among the players who missed the cut. Koepka closed with five birdies in seven holes last evening, but his 74-69 was one shot short. The cut was a 142, the highest score to make the cut in the five weeks since the PGA Tour restarted its season from the COVID-19 pandemic. Sixty-seven players made it.Nick Watney, Dylan Frittelli and Denny McCarthy missed the cut. They all tested positive for the coronavirus this week but were allowed to play because they already had tested positive, got through self-isolation and showed no symptoms. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL to resume season in Canada next month Associated Press The Palace, which opened in 1988, held more than 22,000 people for NBA games and up to 23,000 for concerts and other shows, according to nba.com.After the Pistons relocated in 2017 to downtown Detroit, the arena about 30 miles northwest of the city continued to host concerts and music events, the last in September 2017 by rocker Bob Seger.It also became the second suburban Detroit arena that found little real use after its main sports tenant took its games back to the city. The Detroit Lions played at the nearby Pontiac Silverdome from 1975-2001 before moving to Ford Field in Detroit. The Pistons also called the Silverdome home for a decade before The Palace opened. The Silverdome was taken down with a partial implosion in 2017.OBIT-JACK CHARLTONEngland World Cup winner Jack Charlton dies at 85 July 11, 2020 — German soccer club Union Berlin is offering free coronavirus tests for more than 20,000 fans as part of a plan to hold games in a full stadium in September. The Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) club will offer testing ahead of each game to fans and club staff. Each person must test negative for the virus within 24 hours of kickoff. Union wants to implement the plan in time for the first home league game of the new season, which could be as soon as Sept. 18. The club’s plan is more ambitious than those of other German clubs because it relies on mass testing instead of social distancing. The Berlin city government has a ban in place on mass gatherings until Oct. 24. NHL-PLAYERS OUTLightning’s Stamkos injured again at start of training campUNDATED (AP) — Captain Steven Stamkos will be limited at the start of Tampa Bay Lightning training camp because of a new lower-body injury. General manager Julien BriseBois (BREEZ’-bwah) said Saturday that Stamkos fully recovered from core muscle surgery in early March but was injured again during voluntary workouts. Stamkos is expected to be ready for the start of the NHL’s expanded 24-team Stanley Cup playoffs in early August.Unlike Stamkos, the Calgary Flames won’t have defenseman Travis Hamonic for the resumption of the hockey season after he decided to opt out for family reasons. Hamonic on Friday night became the first player to publicly choose not to play in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hamonic’s daughter was hospitalized last year with respiratory issues, and he and his wife also have a baby boy.center_img — The Pac-12 has become the second major conference to shift to a conference-only fall schedule amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The decision covers football, women’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball. Conference-only schedules will be announced no later than July 31. The announcement came a day after the Big Ten opted to eliminate nonconference games for all fall sports. The Atlantic Coast, Big 12 and Southeastern conferences are still weighing options for fall sports. — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19. The 55-year-old tested positive late this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and is self-quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a statement by the conference. Scott is continuing to carry on his duties as commissioner remotely.— Arizona Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill has tested positive for COVID-19. The team says after Bidwill developed symptoms, he tested positive and went to the hospital on the recommendation of his doctor. His condition has improved and he’s expected to be released this weekend. The team believes the 55-year-old Bidwill caught the virus while traveling and spending time on the East Coast for several weeks. He’s been working remotely since March and the team says he hasn’t had in-person contact coaches or players.— The Houston Astros have canceled their workout after learning that a staff member could have been exposed to a person outside the organization with the coronavirus. It’s the second time this week the Astros have canceled a workout because of concerns about the pandemic. Houston also scrapped its Monday workout because of delays with testing results due to the holiday weekend, as did some other teams around the majors. General manager James Click said they decided to cancel Saturday’s workout as a precaution.— Swiss top-tier soccer club Zurich said it had more cases of coronavirus Saturday among its players and staff who are now in home quarantine. Zurich did not specify how many new COVID-19 cases were reported after the initial announcement Friday that a player had tested positive. Zurich’s Swiss Super League games on Saturday against Sion, and on Tuesday at Basel, have been postponed during the 10-day quarantine period through to next Friday. Zurich has seven league games left and it is unclear how that program can be met ahead of UEFA’s Aug. 2 deadline to complete domestic seasons. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-WORKDAY OPENMorikawa takes 3-shot lead into weekend at Muirfield VillageDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Collin Morikawa takes a three-shot lead into the third round of the Workday Charity Open in Ohio. His 13-under 131 is one stroke away from the 36-hole record at Muirfield Village that Jason Dufner set three years ago at the Memorial. UNDATED (AP) — England World Cup winner Jack Charlton has died. Charlton was an uncompromising central defender who played alongside his brother, Bobby, in England’s World Cup-winning side in 1966 before enjoying coaching success with Ireland. Charlton was Footballer of the Year in England in 1967. He spent all his club career at Leeds from 1952-73, tying its all-time record of 773 appearances. He won every domestic honor, including the league title in 1969. His biggest achievement came with the England national team that beat Germany 4-2 after extra time in the 1966 World Cup final at Wembley Stadium. Charlton died at home on Friday in his native Northumberland in northeast England. He was 85.Premier League games will be preceded by a minute’s silence this weekend as a tribute to Charlton and players will wear black armbands.TENNIS-SUSPICIOUS MATCHES Tennis Integrity Unit eyes suspicious exhibition matchesLONDON (AP) — The Tennis Integrity Unit has raised concerns over 24 “suspicious matches” at exhibitions organized while the men’s and women’s tours are shut down amid the coronavirus pandemic. The TIU, which investigates match-fixing cases in the sport, said Friday it received reports of the matches at private tournaments staged between April and June.The reports are filed by gambling companies who track unusual betting patterns around matches. Suspicious betting patterns don’t necessarily mean a match was fixed. A similar effect can also happen if insider information about a player’s injury leaks. Private tennis exhibitions have proliferated after the ATP and WTA tours closed down in March. Some have little or no oversight. Besides a smattering of events with big-name players, there are many smaller events around the world with low-ranked players.last_img read more

first_imgJim Boeheim is already a legend. His name was etched in college basketball lore when he joined the exclusive 800-win club on Nov. 9, 2009.Only six other coaches achieved the feat before Boeheim did that night in Syracuse’s season opener against Albany. A little more than three years later, Boeheim is on the cusp of celebrating his 900th win. If Syracuse (9-0) can take down Detroit (6-4) at the Carrier Dome on Monday night, he’ll add his name to a list that includes Bob Knight and Mike Krzyzewski as the only coaches to reach the milestone in Division-I history.And he’ll have done it just 116 games since No. 800, making this the most successful run of Boeheim’s 37-year career.“People always talk about guys as they get older,” said Steve Lappas, a college basketball analyst for CBS Sports Network. “Well, here’s a guy who’s just getting better.”As questions persist about how much longer the 68-year-old Hall of Famer will lead Syracuse, he’s won 86 percent of his games in the last three-plus years. In the process, Boeheim’s established the Orange – ranked No. 4 in the nation this season – as a perennial Final Four and national title contender.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe run started with the 2009-10 season, the same one that started with his 800th win. Senior guard Brandon Triche started as a freshman that year, helping SU to a No. 1 seed and favorable path to the Final Four. The season ended sooner than expected in an upset to Butler, but it set the foundation for Boeheim to reach 900 and for the program to remain among the nation’s elite.A 27-win campaign followed before Boeheim led the 2011-12 Orange to another No. 1 seed and the best regular season in program history. The team finished the year in the Elite Eight with a 34-3 record.But this year, the train continues to roll despite losing Scoop Jardine, Fab Melo, Kris Joseph and Dion Waiters.How? Recruiting.“You can lose a Kris Joseph, you can lose a Melo and you still get good players coming back the following year,” former SU guard Dwayne “Pearl” Washington said. “We have guys that are All-Americans that are sitting on the bench.”This year’s star point guard Michael Carter-Williams fits the bill. The McDonald’s All-American didn’t start a single game as a freshman last season. He rarely saw the court, stuck behind Jardine, Triche and Waiters as they led the team to the Big East title, No. 1 seed and 34 wins.A year later, Carter-Williams leads the nation with 10.8 assists per game and serves as an example of how Boeheim has gone from 800 to 899 wins so quickly.Boeheim doesn’t need future stars to be stars right away. He doesn’t even need them to play right away on his loaded rosters. So they sit and they develop and they get ready to fill the role of their predecessor.The cycle is fueled by the recruiting process Washington mentioned. Well before they reach Syracuse, the head coach recognizes the future stars.“I’ve said this many times – he has probably the best eye for talent out of anybody in the country,” said Lappas, who was the head coach at Villanova from 1992 to 2001. “And I’ve meant that.“I used to tell my assistants, ‘Hey, just go watch where Boeheim’s sitting, that’s where you should go sit too,’ when we’d go to recruit and watch kids play.”His keen eye for talent that fits into his system has been the driving force behind his success. He knows what he wants in a player and he knows when he’s found it.It doesn’t matter if they’re a five-star McDonald’s All-American like Carter-Williams or a three-star local product like Triche. Boeheim takes his players, molds them to wreak havoc in his 2-3 zone and gives them freedom to make plays on the offensive end.“The one thing Boeheim doesn’t try to do, he doesn’t try to change people’s game,” said Washington, who played at SU from 1983-86. “He tries to make sure that you work hard and you do what you got to do.”That confidence in his players rubs off on them as they mirror his personality. And it all translates to wins for the head coach.He enters Monday night’s contest one win away from 900 — one win away from joining Knight and Krzyzewski in another exclusive club.“What can you say?” Lappas said. “Obviously, he’s one of the all-time greats.”That was true in 2009. Now, he’s just adding to his legend, getting better with age as he does it.Ryne Gery is a staff writer at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at rjgery@syr.edu. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 18, 2012 at 2:55 amlast_img read more

first_img25 Jul 2016 Rosanna, 12, is England’s Ômost improved’ girl golfer Twelve-year-old Rosanna Halls claimed the title of England’s most improved girl golfer after she sped away to a five-shot win in the Abraham Trophy final. Rosanna, from Gaudet Luce in Worcestershire (image © Leaderboard Photography), shot eight-under net 64 on the Signature course at The Nottinghamshire Golf and Country Club. Her gross score was 79 – and it was the first time she had broken 80 in competition. Her closest rivals were three girls who tied with net scores of three-under 69: Georgia Ann Pritchard (Beau Desert), Jess Baker (Gosforth Park Ladies) and Lexi Dart (Churston). They were among 20 girls who contested the final, having qualified on the basis of handicap reduction. Rosanna, who held a 36 handicap last year, is now playing off 15 – and will be having another hefty cut after today’s round. “I’m really, really pleased with my score,” she said. “It’s just been a pleasure to be here today.” Her father, Richard, introduced her to golf about four years ago and she now boasts a lower handicap than him – and she loves the game. “I think it’s an amazing sport, you meet new people and the courses you get to play are fantastic. It’s a lovely sport to play,” she said. Click here for the full scores Image © Leaderboard Photographylast_img read more

first_imgby Perry GreenFor New Pittsburgh Courier (NNPA)–If a school can’t keep at least half of its athletes on pace to graduate, it should not compete for a NCAA championship and be cut out of the multi-million dollar post-season pay-out, Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said last week.In a crusade launched in the early stages of the NCAA basketball championship tournaments, Duncan zeroed in on the failure of 10 of the 68 schools in the Division I men’s tournament to be on track to graduate half of their players, noting that Black players are particularly ill-served.“If you can’t manage to graduate half of your players, how serious is the institution and the coach and the program about their players’ academic success?” Duncan told reporters.“Teams with academic progress rates below [that level] should be ineligible for post-season glory.”His remarks came hours after writing on the Washington Post’s opinion page that schools “need to stop trotting out tired excuses for basketball teams with poor academic records and indefensible disparities in the graduation rates of White and Black players.”Duncan also recommended the NCAA restructure its post-season tournament revenue-distribution formula, which currently pays the conference of each school $1.4 million for every game their team plays in the tournament.“Right now the formula handsomely rewards teams for winning games in the tournament, but does little to reward teams for meeting minimal academic benchmarks,” said Duncan.  “I simply cannot understand why we continue to reward teams for failing to meet the most basic of academic standards off the court.”He was citing the findings of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics.  That group, formed in 1989 to combat college sports scandals by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, called for tougher standards for schools and student-athletes a decade ago.He also cited the University of Central Florida’s Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sports’ annual study report that found that 10 of the 68 schools currently involved in the NCAA Tournament carry academic progress rates (APR) of less than 925, which would create a graduation rate of less than 50 percent. The academic progress rate is an NCAA measure of the progress toward graduation of student-athletes.Dr. Richard Lapchick, the primary author of the study, noted that only 59 percent of Black basketball players graduate, far less than the graduation percentage of Whites at 91 percent. The reports show percentages are even lower among schools such as Kansas State University, where 100 percent of White players graduate, yet only 14 percent of Black players graduate. The University of Akron also graduates every White player, but has a zero percent Black player’s graduation rate.According to the Knight Commission, in the last five years, teams that had graduation rates of less than 50 percent or an APR standard of less than 925 earned 44 percent of the total $409 million distributed.NAACP President Ben Jealous agreed with Duncan, but also acknowledged the high graduation rates made by the other 58 schools in the NCAA Tournament.“When you are coaching student-athletes, you have a responsibility to them both as an athlete and a student,” said Jealous, who highlighted programs like those at Xavier University, which sends designated personnel to check on players frequently to make sure they attend class and study regularly.“It happens because coaches decide to make sure that the young men are prepared for victory in life and not just on the court.”Duncan suggested that barring schools with poor graduation rates from the NCAA tournament would motivate more programs to follow Xavier’s lead.“The dream of playing in the NCAA tournament is what brings so many student-athletes on to these college campuses,” he said.  “If the right behavior is rewarded and bad behavior is punished, you would see all of these schools doing things in a very different way, very quickly.”(Special to the NNPA from the AFRO-American newspapers.)last_img read more

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s clear watching video of Saturday’s 4-2 loss to the Fernie Ghostriders the Nelson Leafs need to make plenty of improvement before the club can even begin to think about competing with the league’s heavyweights.Bolstered by a lineup filled with veterans ready to host the Cyclone Taylor Cup in April of 2011, the Eddie Mountain Division leaders dominated the Leafs for most of the contest to skate away with its sixth consecutive Kootenay International Junior Hockey League win of the season.Despite losing for the fifth time in seven games, the mood in the dressing room was rather upbeat as Leaf assistant coach Jason Rushton is confident there are better days ahead.“From the day the kids arrived (in camp) to now has been a complete 180,” said Rushton, who along with assistant Sean Dooley formed the brain trust behind the Leaf bench with skipper Chris Shaw serving a three-game suspension for using “non-approved” players.“Even over the last week of practice we’ve seen then come together more and more,” added Rushton, who played for the Leafs during the first season of Junior A hockey in the Rocky Mountain days. “There’s more chatter on the bench. There more team camaraderie. So we’re only going to grow and we’re only going to get better.”Saturday, the Leafs (2-5) got a taste of one of the early favourites to win it all this season. The Ghostriders, under the guidance of coach and GM Will Verner, are not in this league to develop players. The main, and only, goal of the franchise is to win.Fernie boasts a roster of more than a dozen players in the twilight of their junior hockey careers. In contrast, Nelson, which graduated more than 15 players from last season’s KIJHL finalist to college or junior A teams, is filled with players fresh from the minor hockey ranks or midget AAA. And that roster of Riders totally dominated the Green and White for most of the game, including a spell in the opening frame that saw the visitors ring up a 12-0 score on the shot clock ticker.“We didn’t have the greatest first period . . . and we didn’t come out as strong as we could have,” said Leaf sniper Gavin Currie, finishing the weekend with five points.“We were thinking here comes another game where the team we’re playing is more skilled,” added Currie. “They do have a lot of veterans because they’ve been buying players since the start of the year.” Still this was a winnable game for the Leafs.After surviving the first period only down a goal, Nelson tied the contest with a power play marker by Tanner Burns five minutes into the second period.Fernie regained the lead with a power play marker minutes later. But Nelson once again pulled even when Colton Schell notched his team-leading fifth goal of the season with the period winding down.However, in the third Fernie picked up the tempo, firing shot after shot at Nelson goalie Marcus Beesley. The pressure paid dividends when a scramble in front of the Leaf net results in a penalty shot call be referee Jim Maniago.The Trail official ruled a Nelson defenceman grabbed the puck over the crease area. Thomas Abenante, with his second of the game, converted the opportunity, drilling a low shot past Beesley.“Our D-man tried to protect the net and his body just took over his mind,” Currie explained. “He did something I’m sure he’s feeling pretty (bad) about right now. But it’s a play he made and you have to live with those mistakes and take it in stride.” There was a glimmer of the positive Rushton talked about Friday in Grand Forks. Nelson opened play by stomping the Border Bruins 8-3.Currie, with four points and Schell, scoring twice, powered the Leaf attack.Dallon Stoddart, Colton Malmsten, Riley Henderson, Marcus Dahl and Adrian Moyls also scored for the Leafs. Thompson led the Bruins with two goals while Nick Van Damme added the final marker.The Leafs return to action Wednesday when third-place Murdoch rival, Spokane Braves invade the NDCC Arena. Game time is 7 p.m.ICE CHIPS: Nelson was also without the services of defenceman Raymond Reimer. The 6’4”, 205-pound rearguard was suspended for one game for receiving a game misconduct in the final ten minutes of Sunday’s 3-2 Nelson win over Penticton Lakers. Reimer missed Saturday’s game due to family commitments. . .. Forward Cody Abbey and defenceman Tyler Parfeniuk also missed the weekend games due to injury.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more