Follow COVID-19 protocols or else we’ll lose our jobs, Aaron Finch advises teammates

first_imgMELBOURNE: As Australia prepare to fly to the United Kingdom for their upcoming limited-overs tour, skipper Aaron Finch on Tuesday called on his players to strictly adhere to the COVID-19 protocols as they owe it to fans and to administrators around the world who have worked on the logistics of the resumption of cricket to toe the line.Australia will be playing three T20Is and as many ODIs against England starting September 4. While the T20Is will be played at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, the ODIs will be held at the Old Trafford in Manchester. “What’s important to remember is we are in a position to help continue the global game, and there should be no more motivation than that to do everything right. I’ve been very strong with the guys in the last couple of weeks about making sure that we do literally everything we can with regards to the protocols to keep the global game going,” Finch told a virtual press conference as per cricket.com.au. “Because at the end of the day, if that fails then we are all out of jobs and the game is not in a healthy state, which we can’t afford to have. There’s been so much time and effort put in by thousands of people to give us the opportunity to play international cricket again, and even us leaving Australia, leaving Victoria, is a big process. “The people who’ve worked their backside off over the last couple of months to allow it to happen in Australia, in the UK, in India, South Africa, the UAE, wherever it is, thousands of people are doing an unbelievable amount of work to get the game up and running again. “We owe it to them in particular to do everything right,” he added. The 2020 T20 World Cup has been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic to 2022, thus making the 2021 T20 World Cup in India as the next major men’s global tournament. However, Finch believes the location of the tournament will have little bearing on the specific roles Australia want for their T20I side. “What it does do is give people an opportunity to jump out of the pack and really make a great case to be part of that final 15 for the World Cup in India,” said Finch. “The fact it’s been pushed back 12 months and it’s in India, it doesn’t really change the way we structure up the side because we feel like we had a lot of bases covered. Depending on wickets and conditions that we could go either way with that structure,” he added. IANS Also Watch: Govt Acts Tough On Schools Without Licenceslast_img read more

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Tsonga makes winning return, Johnson sets up Murray reunion

first_imgTHERE were no signs of rust from a returning Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in Shanghai and Steve Johnson set up a clash with Andy Murray.Jo-Wilfried Tsonga marked his return from injury at the Shanghai Masters with a comfortable first-round win over Florian Mayer.The world number 13 had not played since he was forced to retire from his U.S. Open quarter-final with Novak Djokovic with a knee issue.But he showed little signs of rust yesterday as he saw off Mayer 6-3, 6-2 in just 71 minutes.Tsonga was the only seed in action in Shanghai, but teenager Alexander Zverev provided a further demonstration of his talent with a straight-sets win over John Isner.Steve Johnson also progressed, but Ivo Karlovic is out of the ATP 1000 event after his defeat to Vasek Pospisil.Tsonga went into his meeting with Mayer having won all five of their previous encounters.And the German was unable to end his wait for a victory against the former Australian Open finalist, as he paid the price for wasting two break points in the opening game of the match.The Frenchman took full control after winning the opening set and, though Mayer fought hard to save four match points, his effort proved in vain, as the ninth seed set up a clash with Janko Tipsarevic.With just five places separating the two in the rankings, Zverev’s contest with Isner looked set to be a hard-fought one.But that did not prove the case as the 19-year-old German showed why he sits above the American in the rankings, the world number 21 winning 6-4, 6-2.Known for his booming serve, Isner found himself behind on the ace-count 9-5, with both players losing just seven points on their first serve. However, Isner won only seven points on his second serve and was punished as Zverev broke four times.Johnson narrowly missed out on beating Andy Murray in the quarter-finals at Rio 2016, but will have a chance to avenge his Olympic loss after seeing off Martin Klizan 6-4, 6-3.The American required only 61 minutes to end the Slovakian’s challenge, and will now aim to dent Murray’s bid to end the year as world number one.But Karlovic’s tournament is over despite the Croatian sending down 14 aces against Pospisil, the Canadian coming through to face Grigor Dimitrov or Richard Gasquet.Viktor Troicki is also into round two following a routine 6-2, 6-4 triumph against qualifier Lukas Rosol, but Joao Sousa is out after going down 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 to Benoit Paire.There were also three-set wins for Kyle Edmund, Nicolas Almagro, and Taylor Fritz while Mischa Zverev overcame Zhang Ze in straight sets.last_img read more

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Guyana lose to Jamaica 82-67 in final of JamRockerz Classic

first_imgIT was a disappointing finish for the Guyanese contingent who lost to the Jamaica Jamrockerz in the final of the inaugural Mega Mart/SDF JamRockerz Classics, 82-67.It was the Guyanese side’s second matchup against the same opponents who had won 93-87 in the first game of the tournament. Coming into the game on a two-game winning streak after the loss, the team felt confident in their ability to win the game.From the tip-off the game proved to be a very physical one with both teams playing through a lot of contact. For Guyana, a low first quarter total of 11 saw Jamaica take a four-point lead, 15-11, behind hot shooting from Kemar McLeish who had 8 points.In the second quarter, the lead for the Jamaicans started to grow with Guyana struggling to find their offensive groove.The team managed to put up 13 points behind production from Shane Webster who had 8 while Nikkoloi Smith and Akeem Kanhai had 8 and 4 respectively.The quarter finished with Jamaica up by 11 points 35-24.In the second half the game started to drift away from the Guyanese who had their worst defensive effort, allowing Jamaica to score 27 points to their 15. For Jamaica, Damian Staple, Lynford Brown and Anthony White were the main contributors to the 27-point explosion.While Jamaica were able to score at will Guyana struggled and the 8-man rotation did not help. Top producers in Terron Welch, Stanton Rose and Nikkoloi Smith found it difficult to find their groove.The final quarter was the best scoring period for the Guyanese, who garnered 28 points to Jamaica’s 20 but at that point the game was already over.For the visiting side, Rose finished with 16 points and 8 rebounds while Welch, Smith and Kanhai ended with 15, 12 and 12 respectively. On the Jamaican side it was balanced scoring with Brown leading all scorers with 22, McLeish 16 and Staple and White 10 points each.According to assistant coach Junior Hercules, “It’s a disappointing loss for us, of course we wanted to win the entire tournament. We should have beaten this team the first night we played them.”Hercules was also of the opinion that the experience was good for the youngsters on the team who got a firsthand assessment of the higher level of play required.In the third place game, the Jamaican U-21 side defeated the U.S. Libertyville Vipers 63-60. For the winners, Ronaldo McKenzie finished with 14 points and 6 rebounds with Daniel Martillier adding 10 points and 17 rebounds. For the Vipers, Mike Skinner had 14 points, 11 rebounds, 5 steals and 6 assists with Morris Roberts scoring 12 points and 6 rebounds.For the Guyana team who will return home today, the bright spots include Terron Welch and Stanton Rose who led the team in scoring with almost 50 points apiece throughout the games.However, the limited use of the Under-23 MVP Travis Belgrave and shooter Nathan Saul in the new-look team will prompt many persons to ask questions.last_img read more

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Bolt in mixed company on first night of Nitro Athletics

first_imgIT was Usain Bolt unlike he has ever been seen before on the track — taking part in a mixed 4×100-metresr relay.The first edition of the Nitro Athletics series at Lakeside Stadium saw the Bolt All-Stars winning the night, with Australia claiming second in the six-team event yesterday.Bolt lined up in the second leg of the mixed relay against three other men and two female sprinters — Mariko Nagano from Japan and 16-year-old Riley Day of Australia.With fellow Jamaican and former world record holder Asafa Powell running the opening leg for the All-Stars, Bolt was always going to get the baton in first place.The gap was much bigger by the time Bolt handed off to Jenna Prandini, although Day was also impressive. But Bolt and his team easily won the event.Bolt, the eight-time Olympic champion, has committed to competing in all three Nitro events over an eight-day period in Melbourne. The meet continues on Feb. 9 and Feb. 11 at the same stadium.Also in the field are Bolt’s fellow Jamaican sprinter Michael Frater, Rio de Janeiro Olympics 400-meter hurdles champion Kerron Clement and American long jumper and sprinter Jarrion Lawson.Teams from Australia, England, China, Japan and New Zealand, composed of 12 men and 12 women, are also competing in the meet.Events include the mixed medley relays, sprints over 60 and 200 meters, the long jump and the elimination mile, where at the end of the first, second and third laps, the last-place runner is eliminated.(Sportsmax.com)last_img read more

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Cricket News India vs Pak World Cup clash: BCCI writes to ICC, wants to sever ties with nations backing terrorism

first_imghighlights New Delhi: In a major development, Rahul Johri, the CEO of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has written a letter to the ICC regarding the India vs Pakistan clash which will be played in Manchester on June 16. In a letter accessed by News Nation, Johri wrote a letter to Shashank Manohar, the ICC Independent Chairman, Dave Richardson, who is the outgoing ICC CEO, Colin Graves, the Managing Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board as well as ICC Cricket World Cup tournament director Steve Elworthy. In that, Johri mentioned that the BCCI is concerned for the safety of the players and the match officials in the match which has already seen about 400,000 ticket applications. The letter mentioned that the United Kingdom, the country which is hosting the ICC Cricket World Cup this time, has condemned the terror attacks in Pulwama which killed 40 CRPF jawans. Johri went one step further. Without naming Pakistan, he said ICC cricketing nations should sever ties with countries from where terrorism emanates.In the wake of Pulwama Terror Attack earlier this month, the calls for boycotting Pakistan at the forthcoming ICC World Cup 2019 are peeking with each passing day. The pressure on the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is increasing with each passing day. However, the government has warned the board to act wisely and not take any decision hurriedly as the decision can lead to India suffering.As per the reports by NDTV, boycotting Pakistan clash in World Cup can draw a furious reaction from ICC and BCCI could be handed a ban by the international body. The Pulwama terror attack, which saw 40 CRPF soldiers attain martyrdom after a suicide bombing attack by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad, has evoked the emotions of millions across the country. A government source believes that if India boycotts the encounter against the men-in-green, it may lead to a ban for life for BCCI. India vs Pakistan clash will take place on June 16.The Pulwama terror attack killed 40 CRPF jawans.BCCI are apparently planning to ban Pakistan from the ICC Cricket World Cup. Shoaib Akhtar has condemned the death of 40 CRPF jawans in the Pulwama Terror Attack on 14th February and also suggested that team India has all right to pull out of the game against Pakistan in World Cup which is scheduled to be played on June 16. However, he did say that BCCI would want to participate in the clash against Pakistan eyeing monetary gains.Akhtar, during a conversation with a Pakistani news channel, revealed that BCCI has expressed their urge at playing a bilateral series against Pakistan, but the Indian government has denied it every time. The Rawalpindi Express reckons that had India and Pakistan resumed their cricketing ties the broadcasters and BCCI would have earned the maximum money.”Honest reply, BCCI wants to play with Pakistan, the government says no. Had they played with Pakistan, Star Sports and BCCI would have earned the maximum revenue. The series would have a monetary value of 600 million dollars. Do you think they don’t? Of course, they want that. Now speaking on part of their argument, they want to play with Pakistan. Our Pakistan board had mentioned that they want to play a bilateral series and you cannot deny it although the series can be held at a different venue altogether. But they have said that they have a board to run which falls under Supreme Court. That is their argument and that is logical,” opined Akhtar. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Other Sports India’s Mirabai Chanu wins gold at Commonwealth Senior Weightlifting Championship

first_imgNew Delhi : Mirabai Chanu, former world champion, won the gold medal on the opening day of the Commonwealth Weightlifting Championship in Apia (Samoa) on Tuesday. Mirabai lifted a total of 191kg (84kg + 107 kg) in the senior women’s 49 kg event to win the gold medal in the Olympic qualifying event. The points earned by this will help her in the final rankings of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.Overall, the Indian contingent won 13 medals, including eight gold, three silver and two bronze medals in senior, junior and youth categories on the opening day. The qualification process for the 2020 Olympics is based on the performances of the weightlifters in six events over a period of 18 months out of which the four best results logged by a lifter will be considered.Jhilli Dalabehra also clinched the first place on the podium with a lift of 154kg (70kg+94kg) in the senior women’s 45 kg event which is not an Olympic weight category. In the senior women’s 55kg, Soroikhaibam Bindyarani Devi and Matsa Santoshi won the gold and silver medals respectively. Bindyarani lifted 78 kg in snatch to bag the silver medal. Her effort of 105 kg fetched her a gold medal in clean and jerk as well as the overall gold.Santoshi stood first in snatch with a lift of 80kg but could only manage 102kg in clean and jerk taking her total to 182kg. In the senior men’s 55kg category, Rishikanta Singh grabbed the gold with a total lift of 235kg (105kg+130kg).(With PTI Inputs) For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgUNDATED (AP) — Greg Williams Jr. made seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 21 points as St. John’s slowed down No. 10 Creighton with a surprising 91-71 rout.Rasheem Dunn had 19 points, 10 assists and six rebounds for the Red Storm, who stopped a three-game skid. One of the worst 3-point shooting teams in the country, St. John’s went a season-best 14 of 22 from long range in its biggest victory under first-year coach Mike Anderson.Damien Jefferson equaled a career best with 20 points for the Bluejays, who had won five straight and nine of 10.In other top-25 action Sunday:— Duane Washington Jr. tied a career high with 20 points and No. 23 Ohio State surged late to beat No. 19 Michigan 77-63 on Sunday. CJ Walker had 15 points, and brothers Andre and Kaleb Wesson each added 14 for the Buckeyes. They have won three straight and eight of their last 10.  Ohio State swept the season series against rival Michigan, winning 61-58 in Ann Arbor on Feb. 4, and reached 20 wins for the third straight season. _NHL-SCHEDULEFlyers extend win streak to 6 with 5-3 win over RangersNEW YORK (AP) — Carter Hart made 23 saves and the surging Philadelphia Flyers extended their winning streak to a season-high six games with a 5-3 victory over the New York Rangers.Matt Niskanen, Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) and Travis Konecny each scored power-play goals. Michael Raffl scored short-handed and Derek Grant also tallied for the Flyers, who swept a home-and-home series against the Rangers after also winning 5-2 on Friday night. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEAntetokounmpo’s 41 points lift Bucks past Hornets 93-85UNDATED (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 41 points, 20 rebounds and six assists as the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Charlotte Hornets 93-85 for their sixth straight win. The right fielder was shut down from hitting a week before spring training after experiencing soreness while swinging. Judge is having discomfort under the right pectoral muscle near the shoulder.In other MLB news:— Boston Red Sox lefty Chris Sale is back on the mound and pitching to hitters for the first time since last August. Sale faced a couple of minor leaguers in a batting practice session Sunday at spring training. The seven-time All-Star had his season cut short last year because of elbow trouble. His progression has been delayed this spring because he reported to camp with pneumonia. Sale will start this season on the injured list, but the Red Sox hope he won’t miss more than about two weeks.— Lance McCullers pitched for the Houston Astros for the first time since having Tommy John surgery after the 2018 season. McCullers started Sunday’s spring training game against St. Louis and threw 16 pitches. He finished up by striking out Cardinals star Paul Goldschmidt with a curveball. The Astros want to be cautious with McCullers as he comes back from his elbow injury. If he’s OK, McCullers could take the third spot in Houston’s rotation behind Justin Verlander and Zack Greinke.— New York Mets ace Jacob deGrom took on two nemeses in his first outing of spring training — a bout of nerves, and the Washington Nationals — and the two-time reigning NL Cy Young winner got the best of both. DeGrom threw three scoreless innings in a 3-1 win. He cruised on just 33 pitches, striking out two and allowing one hit against the defending World Series champs. The 31-year-old showed no signs of rust against his familiar NL East foe, looking just as sharp as when he became the 11th pitcher to win consecutive Cy Young Awards — despite the Mets going 28-36 in his starts since beginning the 2018 season. Update on the latest sports March 1, 2020 SHAUN WHITE-NO SKATEBOARDINGShaun White says he’ll skip skateboard, stick to snowVAIL, Colo. (AP) — If the world sees Shaun White at the Olympics again, it will be in 2022, not later this year.The three-time snowboarding champ tells The Associated Press he is taking skateboarding off his plate. He won’t try to qualify for the sport’s Olympic debut, which will take place later this year in Tokyo.White was every bit as good at skateboarding as snowboarding back in the day. He thought he might try to become one of the rare athletes to compete in both the Winter and Summer Games. But after finishing 13th at the world championships last year, he decided he didn’t want to take away from his snowboarding career to pursue a spot in skateboarding. He says it’s still possible he’ll go for a fourth Winter gold medal two years from now in Beijing. center_img — Marcus Sasser scored 21 points, Nate Hinton had 16 and No. 25 Houston beat Cincinnati 68-55. Sasser shot 8 of 16, including 5 of 12 on 3-pointers. Caleb Mills added 15 points for Houston, which shot 36%. The Cougars moved back into a tie atop the American Athletic Conference with Tulsa, one game ahead of Cincinnati. Tre Scott had 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Jarron Cumberland added 11 points for the Bearcats. Cincinnati shot 35% but made just 6 of 25 in the second half.MLB-NEWSYankees’ Judge to have more tests on shoulderUNDATED — New York Yankees star Aaron Judge is scheduled to have additional tests Monday as the team tries to pinpoint the cause of right shoulder soreness.Judge underwent an MRI on Saturday, which was negative. The Flyers’ run combined with the Penguins’ six-game slide has moved Philadelphia into second place in the Metropolitan Division.Elsewhere in the NHL:— Cam Talbot made 38 saves, Johnny Gaudreau had a goal and an assist, and the Calgary Flames beat the Florida Panthers 3-0. TJ Brodie and Milan Lucic also scored for the Flames, and Mark Giordano had three assists. The Panthers have lost a franchise record seven straight home games.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULESt. John’s hits 14 3s to stop No. 10 Creighton, 91-71 WORLD CUP-WOMEN’S COMBINEDBrignone wins combined title as World Cup finish is in doubtLA THUILE, Italy (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won the Alpine combined World Cup title on Sunday without clicking into her skis. And the Italian might end up winning the overall and giant slalom globes as well without any further racing this season.Heavy snowfall caused the cancellation of the Alpine combined race on Sunday. That handed the season title to Brignone, who won both combined races that took place this season.She could also become the first Italian overall winner in the 53-year-history of the women’s World Cup. Brignone is 153 points ahead of three-time overall champion Mikaela Shiffrin, who remains on a break from racing following the death of her father, Jeff Shiffrin, four weeks ago. Petra Vlhova of Slovakia, who is leading the slalom and the parallel standings, is third in the overall ranking, trailing Brignone by 189 points. HORSE RACING-SANTA ANITA-FATALITIES9th horse dies at Santa Anita after being hurt in turf raceARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A ninth horse has died at Santa Anita since late December after being injured in a turf race.Chosen Vessel broke his left front ankle in the $59,000 race on Saturday. He was pulled up by jockey Edwin Maldonado as he approached the far turn in the 1 1/8-mile race.The 5-year-old gelding trained by Craig Dollase was taken to the track’s equine hospital for diagnostics and X-rays. According to an incident report from the track, the tests revealed it was an unrecoverable injury and the attending veterinarian recommended the horse be euthanized. Brook Lopez added 16 points and seven rebounds for the Bucks, who’ve won 20 of their last 22 games and improved to a league-best 52-8 on the season. The Bucks led by two entering the fourth quarter. Charlotte hung tough until the final two minutes, when Antetokounmpo took over.Devonte Graham had 17 points and Willy Hernangomez added 10 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Hornets.In other NBA action:— Kawhi Leonard scored 30 points, Paul George added 24 and the Los Angeles Clippers extended their winning streak to four with a 136-130 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers. Reserves Montrezl Harrell and Lou Williams also had 24 points. The Clippers — who shot 59.2% from the field — trailed by two at halftime but took control in the third quarter, outscoring the Sixers 38-24. Shake Milton led Philadelphia with 39 points, including seven 3-pointers.— Kristaps Porzingis tied a season high with 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, Seth Curry scored 27 and the Dallas Mavericks rolled to a 111-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves with Luka Doncic sitting out with a left thumb sprain. Porzingis scored 22 points in the first half as Dallas led by 20 points and never looked back. Tim Hardaway Jr. added 19 points as the Mavericks won for the third time in four games.   It was the fourth fatality on the track’s turf course and ninth overall since the training and racing season began on Dec. 26. There have been no deaths in races on the main dirt track since the season began. Two deaths have occurred on the dirt during training hours and another three on the training track.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgElsewhere in the NFL:— A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press the Redskins are acquiring quarterback Kyle Allen from the Panthers. Allen was 5-7 as the Panthers’ starter last season, completing 62% of his passes for 3,322 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He will complete with second-year pro Dwayne Haskins for the starting job and is reunited with Washington head coach Ron Rivera, who was Allen’s coach last season.— A person familiar with the situation says the Panthers have agreed to terms with former XFL quarterback P.J. Walker of the Houston Roughnecks and former Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead. The person says Walker agreed to a two-year contract and Whitehead will get a one-year deal. Financial terms were not known.— The Giants have reached agreements on one-year contracts with running back Dion Lewis and wide receiver Corey Coleman. Lewis spent the past two seasons as Derrick Henry’s backup in Tennessee and rushed for 209 yards on 54 carries last season before being released this month in a salary-cap move. Coleman didn’t play in the NFL last season after catching five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in eight games for the 2018 Giants.— The Jets and linebacker James Burgess have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to his agent. Burgess started the final 10 games of last season at inside linebacker for the Jets after injuries decimated the position. The 26-year-old linebacker is a favorite of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who also coached him in Cleveland. Burgess finished second on the team to Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams in total tackles with 90. March 23, 2020 Associated Press The organization says a majority of senior national team members have indicated in an anonymous survey that they were in favor of the games being pushed back from its scheduled July opening. USA Gymnastics President Li Li Leung says the organization would not specify how long of a delay it is asking for but added that most respondents were pushing for a year.USA Swimming and USA Track and Field also have called for a postponement to the games.The International Olympics Committee is considering postponing the Olympics because of the coronavirus pandemic.Longtime IOC member Craig Reedie told The Associated Press that everyone can see where things are headed, with the coronavirus pandemic spreading and Olympic hopefuls around the world unable to train. IOC member Dick Pound told USA Today that he expects the Olympics will be postponed. Pound told the paper he expects the IOC to announce its next steps soon.Major Olympic nations like Canada and Australia are adding pressure by making it clear they will not go if the games are staged this year. And Germany now says it wants the games postponed until next year at the earliest. The president of the Norwegian Olympic Committee is recommending that athletes from the country not be sent to the Tokyo Games if they take place as scheduled. — The Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year contracts for safety Chris Banjo and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard. The 30-year-old Banjo played in 13 games last season for Arizona and was a valuable contributor on special teams. The seven-year veteran also provides depth in the secondary. The 26-year-old Bullard played in nine games last season and started six.— The Falcons have reached agreements with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, a former first-round pick of the Minnesota Vikings, and guard Justin McCray. That word comes from a person familiar with the deals, which won’t be official until Treadwell and McCray pass physicals. The Falcons also have re-signed cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a one-year deal. NHL-PREDATORS-INGRAMPredators sign goaltender IngramNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Connor Ingram to a three-year contract worth $2 million at the NHL level. IOC President Thomas Bach sent a letter to athletes explaining the decision and why it might take so long, while also acknowledging the extended timeline might not be popular. He said a final decision was likely to come in four weeks.Meanwhile, a group representing track and field athletes has called for the Tokyo Olympics to be postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The Athletics Association’s statement comes a day after the International Olympic Committee set itself a four-week deadline to decide on a delay.VIRUS OUTBREAK-RUSSIARussia backs slow approach on Tokyo gamesMOSCOW (AP) — Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. Update on the latest in sports: The IOC says it will make a decision within four weeks and the Russian Olympic Committee endorsed that plan by calling for “complete support.”The ROC says “we view as unacceptable any attempts to bring pressure on the organizations in charge responsible of staging the games and to force them to take rash decisions.”Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak. It’s unclear whether CAS could still rule before the Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start July 24.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSChampions League final postponed — The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.” The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but the government said Sunday that the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.— The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed due to the outbreak. The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest. The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7. The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.— Former Olympic swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa says he has contracted the coronavirus. Van der Burgh retired from competitive swimming but says he has been struggling for two weeks with the illness. He is also adding his voice to concerns for the well-being of current athletes if the Tokyo Olympics are held as scheduled in July and August.NFL-NEWSRedskins acquire quarterback Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-TOKYO GAMESUSA Gymnastics calls for Olympic postponementUNDATED (AP) — Add USA Gymnastics to the country’s growing list of sports entities calling for a postponement to the Tokyo Olympics. UNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots have dropped their longtime kicker and picked up a quarterback.The Patriots said goodbye to another longtime staple of their two-decade run of championships, releasing kicker and franchise leading scorer Stephen Gostkowski. The three-time Super Bowl champion has spent his entire 14-year career in New England.Gostkowski has long passed Adam Vinatieri as the Patriots’ leading scorer with 1,775 points.The 36-year-old Gostkowski started the first four games of 2019 but struggled, missing a career-high four extra points after not missing more than three in any of his previous 13 NFL seasons. He was placed on injured reserve in October and underwent season-ending hip surgery.Brian Hoyer is now in the running to become Tom Brady’s replacement after accepting a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. The 34-year-old twice served as Brady’s backup and will compete with Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler for the starting job. Hoyer played four games and had one start with Indianapolis last season, completing 54% of his passes for 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. UNDATED (AP) — UEFA (yoo-AY’-fah) has formally postponed the Champions League final scheduled to be played on May 30 in Istanbul.UEFA says no decision has been made on a new date, amid a shutdown of European soccer due to the coronavirus pandemic that has no end in sight.Only four teams advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals before the remaining Round of 16 games scheduled on March 17-18 were postponed.In other sports-related developments stemming from the coronavirus:— The top three Canadian junior hockey leagues have called off the remainder of their seasons and playoffs. That means the Memorial Cup trophy given out to the national champion will not be awarded for the first time in its 102-year history. The 22-year-old Ingram posted a 21-5-5 record for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals this season. He ranked third among AHL goaltenders with a .933 save percentage, third with a 1.92 goals-against average and tied for third in wins.Ingram was a third-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2016 NHL draft. He played for Canada in the 2017 World Junior Championship.MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSSoutheast Missouri finds a hoops coachUNDATED (AP) — Southeast Missouri has hired Kansas State assistant Brad Korn as its new basketball coach. Korn had spent the past five seasons with the Wildcats, the past four as an assistant coach. He helped the school to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the Big 12 regular-season two years ago. Korn takes over for Rick Ray, who was fired after going 51-104 in five years with the team and was 7-24 this past season. In other men’s basketball news:— Andy Kennedy has been introduced as the new men’s basketball coach at UAB. Kennedy began his college coaching career with Cincinnati in 2005-06 before a 12-year run at Mississippi. He went 245-156 at Ole Miss, winning one conference tournament and earning two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Kennedy has had 10 20-win seasons as a head coach.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER/COACH OF THE YEARSabrina Ionescu is unanimous choiceUNDATED (AP) — Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu has become just the second unanimous selection as The Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year. Oregon’s star guard received all 30 ballots from the national media panel that selects the Top 25 poll each week. She averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds this season as well as having eight of her 26 career triple-doubles. The only other unanimous pick was UConn star Breanna Stewart in 2016.South Carolina’s Dawn Staley is the AP’s women’s basketball coach of the year. Staley claimed 20 of 30 votes after leading the Gamecocks to a 32-1 overall record, including a 16-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference.Northwestern’s Joe McKeown (mih-KYOO’-ehn) is the runner-up with five votes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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first_imgUNDATED (AP) — Oregon star guard Sabrina Ionescu has become just the second unanimous selection as The Associated Press women’s basketball player of the year.Ionescu received all 30 ballots from the national media panel that selects the Top 25 poll each week. She averaged 17.5 points, 9.1 assists and 8.6 rebounds this season as well as having eight of her 26 career triple-doubles. The only other unanimous pick was UConn star Breanna Stewart in 2016.South Carolina’s Dawn Staley is the AP’s women’s basketball coach of the year. Staley claimed 20 of 30 votes after leading the Gamecocks to a 32-1 overall record, including a 16-0 mark in the Southeastern Conference.Northwestern’s Joe McKeown (mih-KYOO’-ehn) is the runner-up with five votes.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 24, 2020 — The Azerbaijan Grand Prix has been postponed due to the outbreak. The latest postponement means there will be no Formula One races until the middle of June at the earliest. The race at the Baku City Circuit was scheduled for June 7. The first seven races of the Formula One season had already either been postponed or canceled.— Former Olympic swimming champion Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa says he has contracted the coronavirus. Van der Burgh retired from competitive swimming but says he has been struggling for two weeks with the illness. He is also adding his voice to concerns for the well-being of current athletes if the Tokyo Olympics are held as scheduled in July and August.NFL-NEWSPats get a QB, cut longtime kickerUNDATED (AP) — The New England Patriots have dropped their longtime kicker and picked up a quarterback. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Southeast Missouri has hired Kansas State assistant Brad Korn as its new basketball coach. Korn had spent the past five seasons with the Wildcats, the past four as an assistant coach. He helped the school to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a share of the Big 12 regular-season two years ago. Korn takes over for Rick Ray, who was fired after going 51-104 in five years with the team and was 7-24 this past season.In other men’s basketball news:— Andy Kennedy has been introduced as the new men’s basketball coach at UAB. Kennedy began his college coaching career with Cincinnati in 2005-06 before a 12-year run at Mississippi. He went 245-156 at Ole Miss, winning one conference tournament and earning two trips to the NCAA Tournament. Kennedy has had 10 20-win seasons as a head coach.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-PLAYER/COACH OF THE YEARSabrina Ionescu is unanimous choice Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-TOKYO GAMESTorch relay begins, even as possibility of Games delayTOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Japan’s Fukushima prefecture — but with no torch, no torchbearers, no public, and little ceremony. The Patriots said goodbye to another longtime staple of their two-decade run of championships, releasing kicker and franchise leading scorer Stephen Gostkowski. The three-time Super Bowl champion has spent his entire 14-year career in New England.Gostkowski has long passed Adam Vinatieri as the Patriots’ leading scorer with 1,775 points.The 36-year-old Gostkowski started the first four games of 2019 but struggled, missing a career-high four extra points after not missing more than three in any of his previous 13 NFL seasons. He was placed on injured reserve in October and underwent season-ending hip surgery.Brian Hoyer is now in the running to become Tom Brady’s replacement after accepting a one-year contract with the New England Patriots. The 34-year-old twice served as Brady’s backup and will compete with Jarrett Stidham and Cody Kessler for the starting job. Hoyer played four games and had one start with Indianapolis last season, completing 54% of his passes for 372 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions.Elsewhere in the NFL: — A person with knowledge of the move tells The Associated Press the Redskins are acquiring quarterback Kyle Allen from the Panthers. Allen was 5-7 as the Panthers’ starter last season, completing 62% of his passes for 3,322 yards, 17 touchdowns and 16 interceptions. He will complete with second-year pro Dwayne Haskins for the starting job and is reunited with Washington head coach Ron Rivera, who was Allen’s coach last season.— The Seahawks landed some needed depth in the secondary by acquiring cornerback Quinton Dunbar from the Redskins for a fifth-round pick. That’s according to a person with knowledge of the move. Dunbar had a career-best four interceptions last season for Washington and started 17 of the past 18 games he played for the team.— Cowboys center Travis Frederick is retiring from the NFL at 29. The 2016 All-Pro says he could no longer perform at his highest level after returning from a neurological disorder that sidelined him for the 2018 season.— A person familiar with the situation says the Panthers have agreed to terms with former XFL quarterback P.J. Walker of the Houston Roughnecks and former Raiders linebacker Tahir Whitehead. The person says Walker agreed to a two-year contract and Whitehead will get a one-year deal. Financial terms were not known.— The Giants have reached agreements on one-year contracts with running back Dion Lewis and wide receiver Corey Coleman. Lewis spent the past two seasons as Derrick Henry’s backup in Tennessee and rushed for 209 yards on 54 carries last season before being released this month in a salary-cap move. Coleman didn’t play in the NFL last season after catching five passes for 71 yards and a touchdown in eight games for the 2018 Giants.center_img Only four teams advanced to the Champions League quarterfinals before the remaining Round of 16 games scheduled on March 17-18 were postponed.In other sports-related developments stemming from the coronavirus:— The top three Canadian junior hockey leagues have called off the remainder of their seasons and playoffs. That means the Memorial Cup trophy given out to the national champion will not be awarded for the first time in its 102-year history.— The Spanish soccer federation and the Spanish league say the suspension of professional soccer in the country will continue until government officials “consider that they can be resumed without creating any health risk.” The soccer competitions had been initially suspended for two weeks, but the government said Sunday that the country’s state of emergency would likely be extended, meaning the entire nation may have to remain in lockdown until at least April 11.— Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely. That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand until the coronavirus pandemic passes. Update on the latest in sports: — The Jets and linebacker James Burgess have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, according to his agent. Burgess started the final 10 games of last season at inside linebacker for the Jets after injuries decimated the position. The 26-year-old linebacker is a favorite of defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, who also coached him in Cleveland. Burgess finished second on the team to Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams in total tackles with 90.— The Cardinals have agreed to terms on one-year contracts for safety Chris Banjo and defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard. The 30-year-old Banjo played in 13 games last season for Arizona and was a valuable contributor on special teams. The seven-year veteran also provides depth in the secondary. The 26-year-old Bullard played in nine games last season and started six.— The Falcons have reached agreements with wide receiver Laquon Treadwell, a former first-round pick of the Vikings, and guard Justin McCray. That word comes from a person familiar with the deals, which won’t be official until Treadwell and McCray pass physicals. The Falcons also have re-signed cornerback Blidi Wreh-Wilson to a one-year deal. NHL-PREDATORS-INGRAMPredators sign goaltender Ingram NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have signed goaltender Connor Ingram to a three-year contract worth $2 million at the NHL level.The 22-year-old Ingram posted a 21-5-5 record for the AHL’s Milwaukee Admirals this season. He ranked third among AHL goaltenders with a .933 save percentage, third with a 1.92 goals-against average and tied for third in wins.Ingram was a third-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2016 NHL draft. He played for Canada in the 2017 World Junior Championship.MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSSoutheast Missouri finds a hoops coach — Russia has backed the International Olympic Committee’s approach of taking time to consider postponing the Tokyo Games and condemned the body’s critics. Russia was faced with sending a neutral team to the Tokyo Olympics under sanctions from the World Anti-Doping Agency. But those measures can’t be implemented until there’s a ruling from the Court of Arbitration for Sport, where hearings have been delayed by the coronavirus outbreak.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSChampions League final postponedUNDATED (AP) — UEFA (yoo-AY’-fah) has formally postponed the Champions League final scheduled to be played on May 30 in Istanbul.UEFA says no decision has been made on a new date, amid a shutdown of European soccer due to the coronavirus pandemic that has no end in sight. There will be an Olympic flame — that arrived on March 12 from Greece — carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides, and with curious onlookers practicing social distancing to avoid spreading the coronavirus.National broadcaster NHK has reported the plan, as has Japanese news agency Kyodo. The Games are set to open in July, but there has been growing pressure for a postponement.In other Olympic developments:— USA Gymnastics says a majority of senior national team members have indicated in an anonymous survey that they were in favor of the games being pushed back from its scheduled July opening. USA Gymnastics President Li Li Leung says the organization would not specify how long of a delay it is asking for but added that most respondents were pushing for a year. USA Swimming and USA Track and Field also have called for a postponement to the games..— Nearly seven in 10 U.S. Olympic hopefuls say they don’t think the Tokyo Games will be fair if they are held in July. The finding is prompting leaders of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to conclude “it’s more clear than ever that the path toward postponement is the most promising.” USOPC sent a survey over the weekend to more than 4,000 athletes for details on how the coronavirus pandemic has influenced their training and their feelings about the upcoming games.last_img read more

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England head coach praises Bermudian left-hander Rawlins

first_imgNAGPUR, India, (CMC) – England Under-19s head coach Andy Hurry has praised Bermudian left-hander Delray Rawlins for his role in helping his side force a draw on the last day of the second and final Youth Test against India at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here Friday.Rawlins, who is on the books of English county side Sussex, followed up his 140 in the first innings with 49 in the second, holding India at bay in a crucial third-wicket stand of 121 with George Bartlett, who made 76.Rawlins, on his England Under-19s debut, fell one short of 550 runs in total on the month-long tour.Both four-day Tests were drawn after India won the earlier five-match one-day series 3-1.“Rawlins and Bartlett were outstanding in closing out that (final) morning session,” said Hurry after the second Test was drawn.“The ball was turning and there was some uneven bounce as well. But they both showed great maturity as well as skill.“Like everyone else in our squad, they will go back home for the 2017 season and the rest of their careers having learnt so much from the experiences we have all enjoyed out here in India.”Rawlins, who is hoping his form in India will help him break into Sussex’s first team this season, ended the Tests with a superb average of 91.3 after accumulating 274 runs.This came after he finished the ODI series with a batting average of 68.7, having compiled 275 runs, which included an unbeaten 107 and 96.last_img read more

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