UNDATED (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. — 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.
GLENDALE, Ariz. – Miguel Rojas has a lot to think about.The 24-year-old infielder knows that he needs to hit better to become a major-league player. Last year at Double-A Chattanooga, his first season in the Dodgers’ organization, Rojas batted .233. That’s enough to leave anyone, even the best defensive second baseman in camp, buried on a long list of non-roster invitees.Yet when Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti sees Rojas in the field, he sees potential. All winter he’s mentioned the native Venezeulan as a legitimate candidate for a major-league job this season.“He already threw my name on the chance to play second base,” Rojas said. “I’m going to go for that job because I think I can do it.” Lino Connell, a coach in the Phillies’ organization, was Rojas’ hitting coach in Venezuela two years ago. Connell suggested that Rojas was swinging at too many pitches early in the count and needed to be more patient.Ever since, Rojas said, “I can’t be afraid to hit with two strikes. That’s kind of my plan.”Omar Vizquel, one of Venezuela’s most gifted baseball players ever, recently made some suggestions of his own. The Detroit Tigers’ new first-base coach met Rojas before a Venezuelan Winter League game in Caracas, where Rojas was playing and Vizquel was coaching.“We talked about his goals for the offensive part of the game,” Rojas said. “He was such a good defensive guy, but he had to work on something to get better and be a big-league shortstop. The biggest advice he gave me is ‘you’ve got to know who you are as a hitter and how you’re going to help your team offensively.’ ”For a player who’s never been in a major-league camp before this year, that’s already a lot to think about. There’s more.Earlier this month, Rojas got married in his native country. Fortunately for him, his wife did all the planning. Rojas reported to camp early, took 10 days off to tie the knot, then came back. It’s been business as usual, almost.Rojas said that his wife, Mariana, is staying at their home in Caracas just five minutes from the Venezuelan capital. Hundreds of anti-government protesters took to the streets this week to protest the country’s troubled economy. Some have resorted to violence and three died during the protests, according to multiple reports.Rojas said his wife had planned to fly to the United States soon, then go back to Caracas as needed during the year to help run her family’s business. A political uprising might make that difficult.Rojas admits that’s a point of concern, but his focus is here.“I was working so hard to be here and I’m going to keep doing it,” Rojas said.Versatility a keyDodgers manager Don Mattingly outlined a few possibilities for Cactus League position assignments.“All the guys we’re looking at at second (base), or looking at as an extra, are kind of all over” the field, Mattingly said.That includes Dee Gordon (second base, shortstop, center field), plus non-roster invitees Chone Figgins (second base, third base, shortstop, center field) and Justin Turner (shortstop, second base, first base).Unlike injured center fielder Matt Kemp and Carl Crawford, who’s primarily a left fielder, Mattingly said that Andre Ethier and Scott Van Slyke are candidates to play all three outfield positions at some point. Yasiel Puig will get some reps in center field too, Mattingly said.Juan Uribe won’t be taking reps at first base anytime soon. He found himself battling for a job in spring training of last year, when Luis Cruz was the Opening Day third baseman. In the past year, Mattingly said, “I think Juan has really solidified himself.” Uribe re-signed for two years and $15 million in December.The manager mentioned Van Slyke and Turner as the candidates to back up first baseman Adrian Gonzalez.AlsoOnelki Garcia threw hard from flat ground Saturday morning. The left-hander is trying to get back on a mound following arthroscopic surgery on his elbow in November. … The Dodgers’ other pitchers were given a previously scheduled day off. There seems to be a universal recognition of Rojas’ defensive talent, and a swell of advice to bring his bat up to speed — literally. Hitting coach Mark McGwire and assistant hitting coach John Valentin have taken turns watching Rojas in the Camelback Ranch batting cages, making suggestions along the way.“(McGwire) told me try to stay in the middle of the field,” Rojas said, “because you’ll have the chance to open up the field.”In batting practice Saturday, the skinny dynamo (6-foot, 150 pounds) was spraying line drives around the outfield. He didn’t show much power, which is not surprising given his frame.A right-handed hitter, Rojas said he’s trying to drive more balls to center and left. His natural tendency is to hit the ball to right. Because of this, Rojas said he was often exploited by pitchers who jammed him inside.“I’m going to stop looking for where the pitch is at. I’m going to worry about where my head is going,” he said. “If it’s going in a straight line and the pitch is outside, I’m going to hit the ball that way; if it’s inside I’m going to hit the ball to the left side.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
A family watches the fireworks at the 2011Monmouth County Fair. This year’s county fair is July 25-29 with the fireworks show slated for 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, at the fairgrounds, 1500 Kozloski Road, Freehold.FREEHOLD – This year’s Monmouth County Fair is almost here.The fair will feature family fun with rides, entertainment, food and tons of fun exhibits.The Monmouth County Fair gates will be open from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Wednesday, July 25, through Friday, July 27; from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 28; and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, July 29 at the East Freehold Showgrounds, 1500 Kozloski Road, Freehold.The opening night will feature a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.Music on the main stage will included the Amish Outlaws from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. The band’s music covers popular bands like Devo, Nirvana and U2. Thursday, July 26, from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. brings Brian Kirk & the Jirks to the stage. The Jersey shore popular cover band has been playing local stages with their repertoire of rock, funk, pop, hip hop, swing, jazz, and oldies for almost 20 years. Country music’s Jaida Dreyer will perform 9 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, July 27, and Slippery When Wet, a Bon Jovi tribute band, will play from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 28. The Latin rhythm band 3D Ritmo de Vida will perform noon to 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 29.In addition to the musical acts, live entertainment acts will include Raptor Project – Birds of Prey, Dock Dogs, and the Skateboarding Stunt Show, as well as returning favorites like Robinson’s Racing Pigs, Hell on Wheels BMX Stunt Show, and Tommie Turvey Equine Extremist.The Monmouth County Fair also will be hosting its 35th Annual Antique and Classic Auto Show on Sunday, July 29. The show will include antique/production autos to 1932, production cars from 1933 through 1985, sports cars to 1985 (including classic Corvettes and Mustangs), and fire trucks to 1972. There also will be street rods, modified cars, race cars and motorcycles on display. The Antique Motoring Club of Monmouth County will once again judge the show.Admission is $7 per person; children 12 and under are free. Those who love rides can get a pay-one-price rides wristband for $18 on Wednesday and Thursday, July 25-25, and Sunday, July 29. For more information about the fair, visit www.monmouthcountyfair.com, or call 732-842-4000.The Monmouth County Fair is organized and presented by the Monmouth County Park System in cooperation with the Monmouth County 4-H Association. A full schedule of daily activities in the parks is available on the website at www.monmouthcountyparks.com.
The four-day Fat Tire Festival 2017 kicked off Thursday in grand style with Rosemont Jump Jam at the Bike Park next to the Skatepark in Nelson.Riders young and old braved the bike park track for the timed pump track race to begin the four-day Fat Tire Festival. Later, seasoned riders competed in the High Jump contest.Friday, at 5:45 p.m. the scene shifts to Baker Street for the annual Fat Tire Festival parade led by Nelson Police. Parade entrants are asked to meet at Civic Auto Repair in the 700 Block of Baker Street.Saturday, its Kootenay Kasino Day.From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., its the Trans Canada Great Trail 25th year Anniversary Celebration happening at Morning Mountain. There will be a barbecue celebration as well as cool give-aways and a scavenger hunt for the kids.At 3 p.m. there’s the Morning Mountain Poker Ride. From 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., there are Black Jack Downhill Rides leaving from Sacred Ride on 200 Block of Baker Street, heading up Give Out.Sunday, its Morning Mountain Madness.From 9:30-10:30 a.m., its the Kids Cross Country races from ages two to 12 sponsored by Nelson and District Credit Union.At 11 a.m. it’s the Women’s Enduro Short and Long Course Event before the Men’s Enduro Short and Long Course Event at 1 p.m.The Fat Tire Festival is held every year in memory of Cam Alexander, a friend and avid cyclist who lost his life tragically while riding his bike 22 years ago. For more information go to the Nelson Fat Tire Festival website.