NBA looks at coronavirus contingency plans – report

first_imgThe NBA has reportedly told teams to look into strategies on how to play games without fans in the arena amid concerns over the new coronavirus outbreak. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver wants teams to start thinking about how they might play games without paying spectators and identify which “essential” staff would be needed As fears grow over the spread of the virus, and sports leagues formulate contingency plans, the NBA on Friday sent a memo to its teams telling them to start “developing” plans on how to play games with only “essential staff” in attendance should that be deemed necessary, American sports broadcaster ESPN reported. The NBA had sent out a previous memo to teams earlier this week, recommending players to use fist-bumps instead of high-fives with fans. It also said to avoid taking items such as pens, balls and jerseys from fans to sign. “The health and safety of our employees, teams, players and fans is paramount,” the NBA said in a statement on Monday. “We are co-ordinating with our teams and consulting with the CDC and infectious disease specialists on the coronavirus and continue to monitor the situation closely.” Read Also: Fist bumps replace handshakes, sweaty towels off limits in Davis Cup The global spread of COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on the international sporting calendar with Formula One motor racing, golf and athletics among the sports cancelling or postponing events. In Italy, the hardest-hit European country with 148 deaths from the novel coronavirus, all major sports events, including football matches, will be played behind closed doors until April 3. Davis Cup tennis ties in Italy and Japan are being played behind closed doors this weekend. Promoted ContentWill 7 Largest Wet Markets In The World Survive After Pandemic?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Best Cars Of All Time11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?World’s Most Delicious Foods7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your Phone FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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Ambrose interested in England coaching role

first_imgWEST Indies legend Curtly Ambrose would be keen to join England’s coaching team should Ottis Gibson become head coach of South Africa.Gibson is reportedly set to join the Proteas after England’s current series with the Windies, the former paceman currently working as fast-bowling coach under Trevor Bayliss.During the 48-year-old’s tenure, England’s seam attack has flourished with the likes of Toby Roland-Jones, Jake Ball and Mark Wood coming through to support experienced duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad.Broad credited Gibson’s work after he surpassed Ian Botham to become England’s second-highest Test wicket-taker in the first Test with the Windies, Joe Root’s side winning by an innings and 209 runs.Gibson has been linked with South Africa amid reports Russell Domingo will leave his role and, should that happen, Ambrose would be interested in replacing him.“If an opportunity came from England I would certainly take it because I have something to offer,” Ambrose told the Daily Mail.“I would be very interested in returning to international cricket.”During his career, Ambrose took 405 Test wickets in 98 Tests, and was the West Indies’ bowling consultant as they won the 2016 World Twenty20 before being sacked later that year.(Omnisport)last_img read more

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MLAX : DOUBLE TAKE: SU clinches share of Big East, becomes 1st to put up double digits against Irish

first_img Published on April 29, 2011 at 12:00 pm As the final seconds ticked off the Carrier Dome scoreboard, the Syracuse men’s lacrosse team couldn’t contain its excitement.Members of the Orange bounced up and down on the sideline, unable to keep still. The clock finally reached zeroes, and they stormed out onto the field, arms raised toward the sky.The celebration was more than just an 11-8 triumph over No. 1 Notre Dame. The joy came from what was, in the eyes of the opposing coach, SU’s best performance this season with so much on the line.‘I’ve seen all their film this year,’ Fighting Irish head coach Kevin Corrigan said. ‘And that’s the best game I’ve seen them play.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNo. 4 Syracuse (13-1, 5-0 Big East) handed the Irish its first loss of the season Saturday in front of 14,751 fans — the largest on-campus crowd for a college lacrosse game this year. In what was expected to be a slugfest between two of the nation’s top defenses, the Orange offense proved to be the difference in securing at least a share of the Big East crown.SU’s 11 goals were a season high for a Notre Dame opponent. The Irish (10-1, 5-1) had not allowed a team to reach double digits yet this year.And though the offense has been much maligned at times this year, it seems to have figured out those problems with the NCAA tournament just two weeks away.‘There was a lot of people questioning our offensive skill,’ senior attack Stephen Keogh said. ‘But it’s just execution. … When we’re unselfish, we just move the ball around, get open looks and just get the ball in the net.’Notre Dame scored the first two goals of the game to take an early lead, but once Syracuse’s offense got started, it never looked back.Jeremy Thompson crashed down the right side and bounced a shot between Irish goalie John Kemp’s legs to put the score at 2-1.Then Steve Ianzito caught a pass about 15 yards from the cage and started to step into a shot. As the defense slid in front of him, Keogh popped open on the crease. Ianzito hit him with the pass, and Keogh turned around for an easy finish to knot the game at 2-2.‘I thought that the middies did a nice job looking for the attackmen and other players who were open within the offense,’ SU head coach John Desko said.Junior Tom Palasek then put the Orange in front with 3:33 left in the first half on a diving shot into the crease. SU never trailed from that point on.Syracuse goalie John Galloway tallied 12 saves, and the defense forced Notre Dame into 17 turnovers. And as the defense shined as it has most of this season, the offense put on a show at the other end.With just more than three minutes left in the first half and SU leading 5-3, Jovan Miller carried the ball along the left side of the offensive zone. As he tried to create separation from a defender, Keogh flashed open on the crease. Miller sent the ball to the senior attack and with his back to the goal, Keogh whipped the ball between his legs into the side of the net.‘Those kind of plays, I don’t really know, it just kind of happens,’ said Keogh, who scored four goals in the game.Palasek added another creative SU goal to start the third quarter.As Ianzito crashed down the right side, Palasek cut to the front of the goal, shaking his stick at his teammate to call for the ball. Ianzito sent a pass high to the junior, but he jumped, made the catch and put it in the net in one motion.Notre Dame came into the game allowing just 5.9 goals through its first 10 games. But SU broke into double digits on Keogh’s final goal of the day in the fourth quarter. It marked the first time an Irish opponent scored 10 or more since Syracuse scored 12 and defeated Notre Dame last year in South Bend, Ind.And despite a late Notre Dame charge, the offensive domination over a normally stingy defensive team gave Keogh and the Orange reason to celebrate.‘If we just move the ball around and take good shots, the ball is bound to fall in the back of the net,’ Keogh said. ‘It was just some unselfish plays, and hopefully, it continues.’zjbrown@syr.edu Commentscenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Basketball prepares for key weekend

first_imgAfter completing their first road sweep in the Enfield era last weekend in Washington, the Trojans (20-4, 7-4) return home to begin their second go-around of Pac-12 play this week against Oregon State. Their seven remaining games include a stretch of three consecutive bouts versus top-10 opponents: No. 5 Oregon, at No. 10 UCLA and then at No. 9 Arizona. But first, the Trojans rematch with Oregon State University (4-20, 0-11) on Thursday night, only a month and a half after beating the Beavers by a final score of 70-63.The Trojans led that game by 17 at half but failed to put it out of reach until the final minutes. Their victory initiated an 11-game skid for OSU.Only a year ago, the Beavers secured a seven-seed in the NCAA Tournament on the back of standout senior Gary Payton II. Both the Beavers and the Trojans finished conference play at .500, but this year the teams have divergent fates. While the Beavers seek their first conference win of 2016-2017, the Trojans work toward their fifth-straight win. “The Pac-12 is great this year,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “We don’t take anything for granted. Our next game is against Oregon State. We’re focused on that and that only.” On the season the Beavers have four double-digit scorers, but only two of them, sophomore guard Stephen Thompson Jr. and forward Tres Tinkle, have averaged double figures in conference play. Granted, they average 35.5 points between them.On the other hand, USC has no clear top scorer, though Enfield suspects sophomore forward Bennie Boatwright can fill that role. Nevertheless, the Trojans have won many games by feeding the hot hand, supporting breakout performances such as freshman guard Jonah Mathew’s 26 points versus Wyoming, sophomore transfer guard Shaqquan Aaron’s 23 versus UCLA and sophomore forward Chimezie Metu’s 29 at Washington State.“Our offense has never really been around one person,” junior co-captain Jordan McLaughlin said. “It’s good for us that everybody can score at all times. If [the game] comes down the stretch, whoever has the hot hand can make our last shot.”Freshman guard De’Anthony Melton agreed.“I don’t think it really matters who starts the game,” Melton said. “Whoever comes to play that game gets to end the game, and we just feed off that.” Melton has developed as a scorer this season because the coaching staff has given him the greenlight to shoot. This past weekend he tied his career high 16 points at Washington.“The coaches have really trusted me with shooting the ball, so as long as I keep making the open shot … that’s the biggest thing for my development,” Melton said. “[Assistant coach] Tony Bland has often told me to take the open shot and take good shots, so that’s what I try to do.” The second time through the Pac-12, Melton thinks the team needs to improve its closing out games — something, of course, it struggled to do versus Oregon State.With the addition of Boatwright, an increased depth in the bench will help the Trojans to remain strong throughout the second half. But Melton believes that effort must come on both sides of the ball.“In the first half, we lost some tough ones,” Melton said. ”We have to clamp down on defense and take more pride in it.”The game tips off at 8 p.m. on Thursday night at the Galen Center.last_img read more

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