Reid withdraws from Ireland squad

first_imgAndy Reid has withdrawn from the Ireland squad with a hamstring injury. Reid was among a series of players being assessed on Saturday with West Ham defender Joey O’Brien due to have a scan on a hamstring problem and Sean St Ledger also a doubt for Tuesday night’s trip to Poland. Press Associationcenter_img The Nottingham Forest midfielder suffered the problem in training on Saturday morning after coming on as a substitute in the previous night’s 3-0 friendly victory over Latvia. A spokesman for the Football Association of Ireland said: “The Football Association of Ireland this evening (November 16) confirmed that Andy Reid has withdrawn from the squad and has returned to his club due to a hamstring strain suffered this morning in training.” last_img read more

Breen earns further Hickstead glory

first_img Press Association Irish rider Trevor Breen continued his winning run at Hickstead by landing Wednesday’s feature class in the Longines Royal International Horse Show. Breen prevailed after a seven-horse jump-off, clocking 40.26 seconds for a clear victory ahead of British European team gold medallist Will Funnell. Funnell, riding Billy Onslow, posted a time of 42.08, with Nicole Pavitt (Tia Semilly) third and Mark Williams (Extensa G) fourth. The show’s international classes get under way on Thursday, with Friday’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup round and the Longines King George V Gold Cup on Sunday being the highlights. center_img Breen has returned to the Sussex arena after being crowned Hickstead Derby champion on Adventure De Kannan just over four weeks ago. And he wasted no time in making his presence felt as he took the Winter Grades B and C Championship aboard Classic III. last_img read more

Pulis: I knew Jewell could quit

first_img Pulis is still looking to appoint a goalkeeping coach and remained tight-lipped on his former Stoke keeper Carlo Nash landing the role. He is also hopeful of adding to his squad to aid their fight against relegation with the Baggies 14th in the Barclays Premier League, but three points above the drop zone, ahead of Monday’s trip to Everton. “It’s an important two weeks in the window, important for the football club,” Pulis said. “The players we bring in have to be better than what we have, they have to make a difference. It’s a difficult window if you haven’t been preparing. “We have to make sure players are right. We’ve been busy behind the scenes but it’s very difficult. We have to get that team winning. I really do think it will be tough.” The Baggies boss admitted he heard Jewell was interested in the vacant Charlton job. The Addicks instead appointed Guy Luzon and Jewell left West Brom on Tuesday, following the arrival of Gerry Francis on a part-time basis, just a week after he was appointed joint-assistant head coach. Press Association Jewell, who has now been linked with a coaching job at Hull, is taking legal advice in the wake of his departure but Pulis insisted it did not come as a shock. “I had a phone call on Sunday saying Paul was in for the Charlton job. I spoke to him on Sunday but that was the last time I spoke to Paul,” he said. “I have been concentrating on getting stuff sorted out at this football club. I have been non-stop. “If it was going to be Charlton, Hull or whoever he is a good lad to have on board. “He has been linked with a few jobs, so we’ll see what happens. I hope he gets back into it, that’s where he should be and where he belongs.” Pulis is looking to appoint a replacement and spoke to chairman Jeremy Peace on Thursday but is in no rush to find a new man and will continue to work with long-time number two Dave Kemp. He said: “Myself and Kempy have done it by ourselves before and Gerry (Francis) comes up every other day. “We will get on with it. People make decisions and that’s it, you move on. I have got nothing but respect for Paul, he is a good guy.” Head coach Tony Pulis has hinted he knew Paul Jewell could quit West Brom 48 hours before his exit.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULECeltics extend win streakUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics are owners of a seven-game winning streak that has them 1 ½ games behind the first-place Toronto Raptors in the NBA’s Atlantic Division. Houston was the only other ranked team in action Sunday, and the 25th-ranked Cougars took over first place in the American Athletic Conference by stifling Wichita State, 76-43. Quentin Grimes had 14 points and six rebounds for Houston, while teammate DeJon Jarreau added 12 points and seven rebounds. The Cougars are 19-5 following their seventh win in eight games.NHL-SCHEDULEWings stun B’s againUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins own the NHL’s top point total despite an 0-2 record against the league’s worst team.Andreas Athanasiou (ath-ah-nah-SEE’-oo) provided the go-ahead and insurance goals to send the Red Wings past the Bruins, 3-1. Athanasiou broke a 1-1 deadlock with a power-play goal 7:10 into the third period and clinched it with an empty-netter. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULECeltics extend win streakUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Celtics are owners of a seven-game winning streak that has them 1 ½ games behind the first-place Toronto Raptors in the NBA’s Atlantic Division. — Second-period goals by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog (LAN’-dehs-kahg) pushed the Avalanche past the Wild, 3-2. MacKinnon’s power-play goal broke a 1-1 tie, just over three minutes before Landeskog gave Colorado a two-goal cushion. Pavel Francouz (FRAN’-sohz) stopped 34 shots in the Avs’ fourth straight win and seventh in eight games.— Kaapo Kakko’s (KA’-poh KAH’-kohz) first goal since Jan. 2 was the eventual game-winner in the Rangers’ fourth victory in six games, 4-1 against the Kings. Greg McKegg put the Rangers ahead 2:33 into the game. Artemi Panarin (ahr-THE’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) added his team-best 28th goal and rookie Igor Shesterkin made 42 saves for his fifth win in six starts.— Ryan Miller beat his ex-team by making 15 of his 31 saves in the third period of Anaheim’s 3-2 verdict over the Sabres in Buffalo. Jakob Silfverberg, Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Ritchie staked Anaheim to a 3-0 lead by scoring over a 5:45 span in the first period before the Ducks closed out a 3-0-2 road trip. Jonas Johansson surrendered three goals on Anaheim’s first six shots as the Sabres dropped to 2-5-1 in their last eight games.— The Jets fell behind 2-0 before Kyle Connor furnished two goals and an assist in Winnipeg’s 5-2 win against the Blackhawks. Andrew Copp notched the go-ahead goal with 6:33 remaining before Patrick Laine (LY’-nay) and Connor added empty-netters. The Jets have won three straight and are 4-0-1 in their last five games.NASCAR-DAYTONA 500 Kemba Walker dropped in 27 points and Jayson Tatum added 26 as the Celtics got past the Thunder, 112-111 at Oklahoma City. Jaylen Brown finished with 17 points for the Celtics, who made 16 3-pointers and improved to 37-15.Marcus Smart also keyed the victory. Smart hit a 3-pointer with 8:19 left to put the Celtics ahead to stay, and he stole the ball from Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 5.8 seconds remaining to seal the victory.The Thunder ended a four-game winning streak despite Danilo Gallinari and Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 24 apiece. Point guards Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) each provided 22 points for Oklahoma City, which fell into a sixth-place tie with Dallas in the Western Conference at 32-21.Checking out Sunday’s other NBA action:— The Clippers handed the Cavaliers their worst home loss in franchise history, 133-92 as Lou Williams dropped in 25 points and Paul George added 22. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell delivered 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Los Angeles, which played without Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard because of a sore left knee. The Clippers are tied with Denver for second place in the West at 37-16, three games behind the Lakers. February 10, 2020 — Second-period goals by Pierre-Edouard Bellemare, Nathan MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog (LAN’-dehs-kahg) pushed the Avalanche past the Wild, 3-2. MacKinnon’s power-play goal broke a 1-1 tie, just over three minutes before Landeskog gave Colorado a two-goal cushion. Pavel Francouz (FRAN’-sohz) stopped 34 shots in the Avs’ fourth straight win and seventh in eight games.— Kaapo Kakko’s (KA’-poh KAH’-kohz) first goal since Jan. 2 was the eventual game-winner in the Rangers’ fourth victory in six games, 4-1 against the Kings. Greg McKegg put the Rangers ahead 2:33 into the game. Artemi Panarin (ahr-THE’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) added his team-best 28th goal and rookie Igor Shesterkin made 42 saves for his fifth win in six starts.— Ryan Miller beat his ex-team by making 15 of his 31 saves in the third period of Anaheim’s 3-2 verdict over the Sabres in Buffalo. Jakob Silfverberg, Ryan Getzlaf and Nick Ritchie staked Anaheim to a 3-0 lead by scoring over a 5:45 span in the first period before the Ducks closed out a 3-0-2 road trip. Jonas Johansson surrendered three goals on Anaheim’s first six shots as the Sabres dropped to 2-5-1 in their last eight games.— The Jets fell behind 2-0 before Kyle Connor furnished two goals and an assist in Winnipeg’s 5-2 win against the Blackhawks. Andrew Copp notched the go-ahead goal with 6:33 remaining before Patrick Laine (LY’-nay) and Connor added empty-netters. The Jets have won three straight and are 4-0-1 in their last five games.NASCAR-DAYTONA 500 Instead the Twins are sending Graterol to Los Angeles for Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah).MLB-SIGN STEALING-MORTONMorton regrets not trying to stop Astros from stealing signsST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two-time All-Star pitcher Charlie Morton says he regrets not doing anything to try to stop the Houston Astros from illegally stealing signs and relaying information to their hitters during the team’s 2017 World Series championship season.Morton helped the Astros win the 2017 title in his first season with the team, winning Game 7 of both the ALCS and World Series. He says he’s not sure what he could have done to stop his former teammates and doesn’t recall specifics about who did what wrong in 2017. Houston was the only other ranked team in action Sunday, and the 25th-ranked Cougars took over first place in the American Athletic Conference by stifling Wichita State, 76-43. Quentin Grimes had 14 points and six rebounds for Houston, while teammate DeJon Jarreau added 12 points and seven rebounds. The Cougars are 19-5 following their seventh win in eight games.NHL-SCHEDULEWings stun B’s againUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Bruins own the NHL’s top point total despite an 0-2 record against the league’s worst team.Andreas Athanasiou (ath-ah-nah-SEE’-oo) provided the go-ahead and insurance goals to send the Red Wings past the Bruins, 3-1. Athanasiou broke a 1-1 deadlock with a power-play goal 7:10 into the third period and clinched it with an empty-netter. Instead the Twins are sending Graterol to Los Angeles for Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah).MLB-SIGN STEALING-MORTONMorton regrets not trying to stop Astros from stealing signsST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two-time All-Star pitcher Charlie Morton says he regrets not doing anything to try to stop the Houston Astros from illegally stealing signs and relaying information to their hitters during the team’s 2017 World Series championship season.Morton helped the Astros win the 2017 title in his first season with the team, winning Game 7 of both the ALCS and World Series. He says he’s not sure what he could have done to stop his former teammates and doesn’t recall specifics about who did what wrong in 2017. MLB-TRADESDodgers get Betts, Price, while Maeda goes to TwinsUNDATED (AP) — The Red Sox and Dodgers have reworked a deal that is sending outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to Los Angeles.A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Red Sox are receiving outfielder Alex Verdugo and prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong for Betts and Price. Boston was to send cash to the Dodgers to offset Price’s salary, reportedly half of the $96 million still owed to the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner.The Red Sox, Dodgers and Twins had a tentative deal in place last week that included Minnesota prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston. The trade fell apart when Boston had issues over Graterol’s arm health. Former world No. 1 Ryu dropped out on the second playoff hole when she missed a birdie putt, but Park and Choi continued until luck and nature intervened. Choi’s tee shot on the fourth playoff hole came to rest against a pine cone in light rough left of the fairway, leaving her with no choice but to chip out. The chip fell short and her next shot reached a hazard before she reached the fringe of the green in six.,Update on the latest sports Associated Press Kemba Walker dropped in 27 points and Jayson Tatum added 26 as the Celtics got past the Thunder, 112-111 at Oklahoma City. Jaylen Brown finished with 17 points for the Celtics, who made 16 3-pointers and improved to 37-15.Marcus Smart also keyed the victory. Smart hit a 3-pointer with 8:19 left to put the Celtics ahead to stay, and he stole the ball from Oklahoma City’s Shai Gilgeous-Alexander with 5.8 seconds remaining to seal the victory.The Thunder ended a four-game winning streak despite Danilo Gallinari and Gilgeous-Alexander, who scored 24 apiece. Point guards Chris Paul and Dennis Schroder (SHROO’-dur) each provided 22 points for Oklahoma City, which fell into a sixth-place tie with Dallas in the Western Conference at 32-21.Checking out Sunday’s other NBA action:— The Clippers handed the Cavaliers their worst home loss in franchise history, 133-92 as Lou Williams dropped in 25 points and Paul George added 22. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell delivered 19 points and nine rebounds off the bench for Los Angeles, which played without Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard because of a sore left knee. The Clippers are tied with Denver for second place in the West at 37-16, three games behind the Lakers. Former world No. 1 Ryu dropped out on the second playoff hole when she missed a birdie putt, but Park and Choi continued until luck and nature intervened. Choi’s tee shot on the fourth playoff hole came to rest against a pine cone in light rough left of the fairway, leaving her with no choice but to chip out. The chip fell short and her next shot reached a hazard before she reached the fringe of the green in six.,Update on the latest sports Jonathan Bernier (BURN’-yay) was outstanding in goal while the Red Wings were being outshot, 40-20.Brendan Perlini also scored for the Wings, who have won two of three since a nine-game losing streak.Torey Krug had a third-period goal for the Bruins, who ended a six-game winning streak.Boston continues to lead the overall standings by three points over Washington. Tampa Bay is third overall and still five points behind the Bruins atop the Atlantic Division.Elsewhere on NHL ice: MLB-TRADESDodgers get Betts, Price, while Maeda goes to TwinsUNDATED (AP) — The Red Sox and Dodgers have reworked a deal that is sending outfielder Mookie Betts and pitcher David Price to Los Angeles.A person with knowledge of the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the Red Sox are receiving outfielder Alex Verdugo and prospects Jeter Downs and Connor Wong for Betts and Price. Boston was to send cash to the Dodgers to offset Price’s salary, reportedly half of the $96 million still owed to the 2012 AL Cy Young Award winner.The Red Sox, Dodgers and Twins had a tentative deal in place last week that included Minnesota prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston. The trade fell apart when Boston had issues over Graterol’s arm health. Morton spent one more season with the Astros before signing a two-year deal with the Rays last winter.PGA-PEBBLE BEACHCanadian Taylor wins at Pebble BeachPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Nick Taylor has captured his second PGA title and first since his fourth career start in 2015.The Canadian handled high winds to capture the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by four strokes over Kevin Streelman. Taylor built a five-stroke lead by the turn and dealt with 40 mph gusts blasting the Monterey Peninsula. Jonathan Bernier (BURN’-yay) was outstanding in goal while the Red Wings were being outshot, 40-20.Brendan Perlini also scored for the Wings, who have won two of three since a nine-game losing streak.Torey Krug had a third-period goal for the Bruins, who ended a six-game winning streak.Boston continues to lead the overall standings by three points over Washington. Tampa Bay is third overall and still five points behind the Bruins atop the Atlantic Division.Elsewhere on NHL ice: Stenhouse Jr., Bowman take front row for Daytona 500 poleDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman are the first two drivers to qualify for next Sunday’s Daytona 500.Stenhouse captured the pole with a top lap of 194.582 mph in his first qualifier for JTG-Daugherty Racing, which signed him after he was fired by Roush Fenway Racing last season. Bowman will start on the outside of the front row after posting a top lap of 194.363 mph.The starting order for the rest of the 40-car field will be determined by Thursday’s two qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.Chase Elliott was third in Sunday’s qualifying, followed by Jimmie Johnson and defending champion Denny Hamlin. T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEMarquette tops sputtering ButlerUNDATED (AP) — Butler worked its way up The Associated Press men’s basketball poll by winning 15 of its first 16 games. The Bulldogs could find themselves out of the top-20 following their fifth loss in eight games.Markus Howard scored 17 points and Marquette avenged last month’s four-point loss to Butler by drubbing the 19th-ranked Bulldogs, 76-57. Brendan Bailey and Kobe McEwen each added 16 points in helping the Golden Eagles improve to 17-6. McEwen hit back-to-back 3 pointers and Bailey followed with another to give the Golden Eagles a 62-45 lead with 6:09 remaining.Kamar Baldwin had 24 points for Butler, which was coming off a three-point victory against No. 10 Villanova. Taylor closed with a 2-under 70 for a 19 under total. Streelman finished with a 68.Phil Mickelson got within two shots with four holes to play before signing off on a 74 that left him alone in third place.LPGA-VICTORIAN OPENHee Young Park wins women’s Victoria OpenMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Korea’s Hee Young Park parred the fourth hole of a three-way playoff to win the LPGA Tour’s Victoria Open, beating compatriots Hye-Jin Choi and So Yeon Ryu. February 10, 2020 T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEMarquette tops sputtering ButlerUNDATED (AP) — Butler worked its way up The Associated Press men’s basketball poll by winning 15 of its first 16 games. The Bulldogs could find themselves out of the top-20 following their fifth loss in eight games.Markus Howard scored 17 points and Marquette avenged last month’s four-point loss to Butler by drubbing the 19th-ranked Bulldogs, 76-57. Brendan Bailey and Kobe McEwen each added 16 points in helping the Golden Eagles improve to 17-6. McEwen hit back-to-back 3 pointers and Bailey followed with another to give the Golden Eagles a 62-45 lead with 6:09 remaining.Kamar Baldwin had 24 points for Butler, which was coming off a three-point victory against No. 10 Villanova. — Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Jazz a 114-113 victory over the Rockets. Jordan Clarkson scored 30 points and Donovan Mitchell finished with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Jazz, who won their second straight after a five-game losing streak. Russell Westbrook had 39 points for the Rockets, while backcourt mate James Harden added a triple-double of 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.— Damian Lillard had 33 points and eight assists as the Trail Blazers outscored the Heat, 115-109. Gary Trent Jr. finished with 22 points and Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) had two points for Portland in his first game since last year’s NBA Finals. Hassan Whiteside had 11 points and 17 rebounds against his former team, including a pair of free throws that gave the Blazers a seven-point lead with 11.5 seconds left.— Furkan Korkmaz (FUR’-kan KOHRK’-mahs) scored 31 points and Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) added 28 with 12 rebounds in the 76ers’ 118-112 victory over the Bulls. Korkmaz stayed hot after netting a career-high 34 points in Friday’s 119-107 home win over Memphis. Ben Simmons added 19 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds as Philadelphia improved their league-best home record to 24-2.— Ja (jah) Morant recorded his first career triple-double by providing 27 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Grizzlies beat the Wizards, 106-99. Morant scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter for Memphis, which closed the game on a 22-8 run. Kyle Anderson added 16 points and Jonas Jackson Jr. had 14 in the Grizzlies’ seventh win in nine games.— Trae Young and John Collins led the Hawks to a double-overtime win against the Knicks, 140-135. Young nailed six 3-pointers and was 16 of 16 from the line while scoring 48 points and 13 assists. Collins added 32 points and 16 boards as Atlanta ended New York’s season-high, four-game winning streak. Associated Press Taylor closed with a 2-under 70 for a 19 under total. Streelman finished with a 68.Phil Mickelson got within two shots with four holes to play before signing off on a 74 that left him alone in third place.LPGA-VICTORIAN OPENHee Young Park wins women’s Victoria OpenMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Korea’s Hee Young Park parred the fourth hole of a three-way playoff to win the LPGA Tour’s Victoria Open, beating compatriots Hye-Jin Choi and So Yeon Ryu. — Bojan (BOY’-ahn) Bogdanovic drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Jazz a 114-113 victory over the Rockets. Jordan Clarkson scored 30 points and Donovan Mitchell finished with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Jazz, who won their second straight after a five-game losing streak. Russell Westbrook had 39 points for the Rockets, while backcourt mate James Harden added a triple-double of 28 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists.— Damian Lillard had 33 points and eight assists as the Trail Blazers outscored the Heat, 115-109. Gary Trent Jr. finished with 22 points and Andre Iguodala (ihg-ah-DAH’-lah) had two points for Portland in his first game since last year’s NBA Finals. Hassan Whiteside had 11 points and 17 rebounds against his former team, including a pair of free throws that gave the Blazers a seven-point lead with 11.5 seconds left.— Furkan Korkmaz (FUR’-kan KOHRK’-mahs) scored 31 points and Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) added 28 with 12 rebounds in the 76ers’ 118-112 victory over the Bulls. Korkmaz stayed hot after netting a career-high 34 points in Friday’s 119-107 home win over Memphis. Ben Simmons added 19 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds as Philadelphia improved their league-best home record to 24-2.— Ja (jah) Morant recorded his first career triple-double by providing 27 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds to help the Grizzlies beat the Wizards, 106-99. Morant scored 10 of his points in the fourth quarter for Memphis, which closed the game on a 22-8 run. Kyle Anderson added 16 points and Jonas Jackson Jr. had 14 in the Grizzlies’ seventh win in nine games.— Trae Young and John Collins led the Hawks to a double-overtime win against the Knicks, 140-135. Young nailed six 3-pointers and was 16 of 16 from the line while scoring 48 points and 13 assists. Collins added 32 points and 16 boards as Atlanta ended New York’s season-high, four-game winning streak. Morton spent one more season with the Astros before signing a two-year deal with the Rays last winter.PGA-PEBBLE BEACHCanadian Taylor wins at Pebble BeachPEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Nick Taylor has captured his second PGA title and first since his fourth career start in 2015.The Canadian handled high winds to capture the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am by four strokes over Kevin Streelman. Taylor built a five-stroke lead by the turn and dealt with 40 mph gusts blasting the Monterey Peninsula. Stenhouse Jr., Bowman take front row for Daytona 500 poleDAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ricky Stenhouse Jr. and Alex Bowman are the first two drivers to qualify for next Sunday’s Daytona 500.Stenhouse captured the pole with a top lap of 194.582 mph in his first qualifier for JTG-Daugherty Racing, which signed him after he was fired by Roush Fenway Racing last season. Bowman will start on the outside of the front row after posting a top lap of 194.363 mph.The starting order for the rest of the 40-car field will be determined by Thursday’s two qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway.Chase Elliott was third in Sunday’s qualifying, followed by Jimmie Johnson and defending champion Denny Hamlin.last_img read more

The Latest: Greg Maddux vows to donate to virus victims

first_imgUEFA is giving priority to completing national league and cup competitions. One contingency plan is for games to continue into July and August and decide entries for the Champions League and Europa League next season.This season’s Champions League and Europa League could resume once domestic titles are decided.The UEFA executive committee last month postponed the European Championship by one year to 2021. Other games affected include World Cup qualifying groups, the 2021 Nations League finals and the women’s Euro 2021 tournament in England.___The Asian Football Confederation says it has postponed “all matches and competitions scheduled to take place in May and June until further notice.” The Latest: Greg Maddux vows to donate to virus victims MLS currently has a training moratorium for players through April 24.___The NHL will remain on pause through at least the end of the month.The league on Tuesday announced it was extending its self-quarantine recommendation for players, coaches and staff through April 30. The announcement marks the third time the NHL has pushed back its timetable since suspending play on March 12 because of the new coronavirus.The most recent self-quarantine recommendation was supposed to run through Wednesday. The recommendation means team facilities will remain closed to players. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Maddux vowed to match up to $54,000 in donations for virus victims as part of his birthday celebration.One of the game’s most notorious pranksters, Maddux took the occasion to poke fun at some of his former Atlanta Braves teammates, including John Smoltz.“Who’s watching 1995 World Series Game 1 on @MLBNetwork,” Maddux wrote during a showing of his two-hit masterpiece. “Solid dugout shot when we could see smoltzy with some hair.”Maddux also discussed a disputed call in the pre-instant replay era, which brought longtime Braves manager Bobby Cox out of the dugout to argue with the umpires.“Where’s replay when you need it?” Maddux tweeted. “Great to see Bobby always fighting for his players.” Most of the 32 Asian Champions League teams played two group games in February before the coronavirus outbreak caused a shutdown.The AFC says it “will explore all possible options in order to complete” those groups.___The first women’s professional golf tournament in Saudi Arabia has found new dates in October.The inaugural Saudi Ladies International on the Ladies European Tour was to be played last month but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___There will be no Golden Spikes Award this year, ending a streak of 42 consecutive seasons.USA Baseball made the announcement Tuesday. It followed the NCAA’s decision to cancel spring sports seasons due to the new coronavirus.Past winners included future NL MVPs Buster Posey, Bryce Harper and Kris Bryant. Bob Horner was the first Golden Spikes winner in 1978.___ — AP Sports Writer Larry Lage reporting.___Major League Soccer says its hopes of returning in mid-May are “extremely unlikely.”In a statement Tuesday, the league said guidance from federal and local public health officials is making it unlikely the league will be able to restart in about a month.MLS says the goal remains to play as many games as possible, but it’s becoming increasingly difficult to potentially play an entire season even if there are enough dates available. ___All-Star Celtics forward Jayson Tatum says he hasn’t touched a basketball since scoring 30 points in a win over the Indiana Pacers on March 10.“I got weights and bands and a bike to do some cardio,” Tatum said Tuesday after informing Emoni Bates he became the first sophomore to win Gatorade’s national player of the year award in basketball. “It’s tough, but on the other side, I know there are more important things going on in the world,” Since the NBA suspended its season due to the coronavirus pandemic, Tatum has tried to make the best of an extended stay at his home in the Boston area.“I’ve been taking time to relax and be at home with my son every day,” he said in a telephone interview. “I am trying to enjoy this time and the things we usually take for granted.” April 14, 2020center_img The Predators started raising money after tornadoes hit Nashville and Middle Tennessee in early March. Then the franchise included help for the coronavirus pandemic once the NHL stopped play along with the cancellation of the Southeastern Conference men’s basketball tournament in Nashville.Sean Henry, the Predators’ president and chief executive officer, said Tuesday that commitment to the community is a cornerstone of the franchise and the Predators are trying to help rebuild and provide help for a return to normalcy as quickly and safely as possible.That includes Predators’ owners, players, coaches and management creating a $1 million fund to pay event staff for canceled concerts and postponed NHL games. The Predators also donated $100,000 to the Mayor’s Relief Fund, hosted blood drives and have been delivering meals to Nashville police precincts and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.Predators captain Roman Josi and his wife, Ellie, gave $20,000 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee and another $20,000 to a local homeless ministry.The Predators also gave donors to the team’s foundation a chance to redirect money to tornado and COVID-19 relief with $700,000 in grants being handed out this month. Players and staff were previously given the opportunity to self-isolate at their offseason homes.There is no timetable of when play might resume and whether the NHL will be able to complete the regular season or start the playoffs, which could stretch into September. There were 189 games remaining when play was suspended.— AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow reporting.___The German soccer league has delayed a meeting of clubs that was expected to set out a timetable for resuming games in empty stadiums. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Baseball Hall of Famer Greg Maddux spent his 54th birthday live tweeting as MLB Network replayed some of the best performances of his brilliant career. He also was raising money for coronavirus victims. Associated Press New Mississippi State women’s basketball coach Nikki McCray-Penson expressed thoughts and prayers for first responders, health care workers and people affected by the coronavirus pandemic and this week’s severe weather that swept across the South.The Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer then stated her desire to keep the Bulldogs’ program among the nation’s elite and win a national championship.“My expectations for the program are to continue to build on this tradition and compete for SEC championships and national championships every year,” McCray-Penson said Tuesday during an introductory video teleconference.___The Nashville Predators have raised $2.7 million to help both with tornado and COVID-19 relief. The event was scheduled to take place at Sunningdale from July 23-26.R&A official Johnnie Cole-Hamilton says organizers are looking at alternative options to host the tournament “later in the year if at all possible.”___UEFA says it will host another round of calls next week for European soccer leaders to address the shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.The UEFA executive committee is set to join by video link on April 23. It will follow separate days of calls with UEFA’s 55 member federations and club soccer officials. The $1 million event will now be played from Oct. 8-11 at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club at King Abdullah Economic City.___The Tour de France won’t begin as originally planned because French President Emmanuel Macron has canceled all public events with large crowds through mid-July in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Tour organizers say it is now impossible for the three-week race to start on June 27 in the Riviera city of Nice as scheduled.It is unclear if cycling’s biggest event will be scrapped from the race calendar. New plans are likely to be announced before the end of the month following consultations with the governing body of cycling. Clubs from the top two divisions were to meet Friday but that has been delayed until April 23.The league had hoped to resume play next month but Germany’s federal political system could allow numerous state and federal officials to obstruct games if they disagree.The league says clubs need extra time to prepare and that any decisions made will be “based on the current political decision-making situation at federal and state level over the coming week.”___The Senior British Open golf tournament has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.last_img read more

Strategic plan seeks student opinion, input

first_imgStudents advocated for an improved general education program and increased transparency at an open forum hosted by the The Strategic Planning Committee on Wednesday.The forum, held in conjunction with the Undergraduate Student Government, Graduate and Professional Student Senate and the Office of the Provost, gave students a chance to provide input on the university’s future and the strategic plan.“We need all of you students for this,” said Robin Romans, associate provost of undergraduate programs and a member of the committee. “The university’s broad vision for the future will come in large part from the input of outspoken students.”The strategic plan is a document drafted by university officials with the input of various university groups to set goals for the future and detail ways to accomplish those goals. Some goals in the past have been strengthening interdisciplinary education and research. This strategic plan aims to find ways to distinguish USC from other leading research universities.“People know what a Harvard person or a Yale person is going to be, what kind of skill set they’re going to have,” said James Brecher, secretary general of the Academic Senate and another member of the Strategic Planning Committee. “Ten or 15 years from now, when people see a USC person, we need to make sure that they know what that person will have to offer.”Student input is necessary in ensuring the plan focuses on providing a broad vision of the university as it moves into the future and helps students orient themselves to the university and its goals.Romans started the forum by outlining the process of creating the strategic plan. The process involves six subcommittees composed of faculty, staff and students as well as open forums and feedback both in physical meetings and on the Strategic Planning Committee’s website.Some students said they want an easier way to track developments within the university, suggesting ideas such as publishing more information on the internet or allowing for more student representatives to be involved in university decisions.In addition to transparency, several students took issue with the way the general education requirements forced students to take classes that might add little to their overall education.“We’re not really getting a well-rounded general education because we’re all learning the same thing,” said Liz Trower, a senior majoring in political science. “The skills I came away with were identical in each of my ten different general education classes. Right now the GEs almost exclusively address the same skills of writing and critical thinking.”Several students seemed to think it would be more beneficial if the general education program was instead geared toward allowing students to explore possible interests.“Rather than having to choose from the six GE categories, maybe there could be major-specific or school-specific general education programs that allow students to take classes relevant to them,” said Monish Tyagi, USG president.Preparation for the strategic plan began in 2008, when faculty members of the  Strategic Plan Working Group cconvened to lay the groundwork. The Strategic Planning Committee aims to have a draft ready for review by President C. L. Max Nikias and Provost Elizabeth Garrett by this summer.last_img read more

The lessons of Allen Griffin, Syracuse’s newest assistant coach

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 1, 2017 at 12:12 am Contact Sam: sjfortie@syr.edu | @Sam4TR The professor strode into Syracuse’s practice unannounced, and Allen Griffin knew he was in trouble.It was fall 1997 and Griffin, a freshman from Brownsville, Brooklyn, watched Marlene Blumin approach Bernie Fine, whom she knew as a former classmate and Griffin knew as his head coach’s lieutenant. Griffin remembered Fine looking around until he saw Griffin looking back at him. Fine extended a pointer finger and beckoned. Come here now.Griffin trudged over, and, once he was within reach, Fine put his hand on the back of Griffin’s head. In that moment, Griffin regretted not paying the proper respect to Blumin’s warning: Turn in your homework or I’ll come get it. Fine glared at Griffin as the point guard stammered through an explanation. In his next College Learning Strategies class, Griffin handed in his assignment.“That established that I cared about him,” Blumin said recently. “After that, back then, he would come (into my office) if he felt lonesome.”This spring, two unrelated things happened to make Griffin’s return to Syracuse as an assistant coach possible. Within a week in late March, longtime SU assistant Mike Hopkins departed to become the head coach at Washington and then Griffin’s boss at Dayton, Archie Miller, left for Indiana. This put Griffin in limbo, until Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim called. Griffin had tried to become a Syracuse assistant before, serving as the team’s director of basketball operations from 2003 to 2005, but Boeheim had recommended gaining assistant coaching experience elsewhere first.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn early April, Griffin replaced Hopkins as the big-man coach and understood the significance of joining a staff of alumni helmed by a 42-year head coach that had been a core for six straight seasons. Those relationships, like with Boeheim; fellow assistants Adrian Autry and Gerry McNamara; and Blumin, drew Griffin back to Syracuse. Coming into the fold, Griffin said, gives him “the opportunity to walk around with a little swag.” Taking this job, said his brother, Anthony Griffin, allowed him to share as a coach the lessons he learned as a player.“I grew into a man here,” Griffin said. “(Syracuse) put a lot of things into perspective in terms of life for me. The relationships I built here…” He trailed off.“I’ll be honest, I thank God every day that I’m back, and I’m not a Christian.”Andy Mendes | Digital Design EditorCoaching big men hasn’t bothered Griffin though he never was one himself. He felt like a coach on the floor in college and then, at Dayton, coaches worked with every position.“Everybody makes a big deal about working with big guys,” Boeheim said. “The best guy I ever worked with at big guys was Pete Newell, he was a guard. He was the best big-guy coach that I’ve ever seen. Mike Hopkins was a guard, he was a great big-guy coach. Bernie Fine was a great big-guy coach. He didn’t play basketball. It’s kind of a myth to think, ‘Well you have to be big to coach big guys.’ I did it when I was here.“It’s like you’ve got to be a bird to jump out of a plane.”When Syracuse hired Griffin, he thought he would have three big men, but Taurean Thompson, the only one of the group who has played in an Atlantic Coast Conference game, transferred to Seton Hall. Griffin had looked forward to working with Thompson, because he had watched nearly all of Syracuse’s games from the season before and had seen the offensive potential. Now, Syracuse’s big men are the most unproven part of its roster, and the Orange will rely on Griffin to bring the unit along.One of the first things Griffin did after he got the job was take his two remaining players — redshirt junior Paschal Chukwu and freshman Bourama Sidibe — out for pizza so they got to know each other. At first, they were both quiet, but as Griffin watched Sidibe and Chukwu in the gym they were “better than expected,” he said. In his fourth season, Chukwu seemed naturally more at ease in the college game than first-year Sidibe, who was more “wide-eyed.” Yet Sidibe’s athleticism and dunking ability has impressed Griffin and bolstered optimism in Boeheim’s plan to use each 20 minutes per game.Going out for pizza, to Griffin, symbolized the way he’d always done things. The ability to cajole teammates and players stuck out to Griffin’s former teammates, and it doesn’t surprise his brother. As long as Anthony has known his brother, he’s seen him connect and communicate with other family members as well as he has with strangers who approach him when he’s out in town.Recently, as the brothers ate together at one Griffin’s favorite spots in Syracuse, Attilio’s Restaurant, a fan mistook Anthony for his brother and gushed about how great it was having him back as a coach. The brothers played along for a few minutes before Allen, laughing, explained the mix-up.When Griffin was a point guard, he sensed the differing needs of his big men Billy Celuck and Jeremy McNeill, so he tailored his approach to each player. Sometimes he went out for a beer or two with Celuck, because he knew that’s what Celuck liked to do. He gave mostly encouragement to McNeill, whom Griffin sensed was hesitant to trust.“C’mon big Perm,” Griffin said quietly to McNeill when the team needed him.“Me being a point guard,” Griffin said, “I had to learn how to deal with different personalities at one time (with Celuck and McNeill). I use that now to this day, especially with (Chukwu and Sidibe). … I’ve had a lot of hands-on training with centers, and the one thing I learned is this: They’re big gentle giants and you got to show them love, but you also got to put your foot up their butt if you need to.”When Griffin criticizes Chukwu or Sidibe, he always tries to do so in a quieter voice, so they understand he wants them to get better and he’s not just yelling out of anger. He takes the same approach with his two sons, 18-year-old A.J. and 7-year-old Trey. And now, Griffin wants to be there for his players like those who were there for him when he was a student.When he came to Syracuse, it was the first extended time away from his grandmother, who raised him because he hadn’t known his father and his mother died when he was about 7 years old. Griffin often went to Blumin’s office to talk throughout college. When his role on the team grew as a sophomore. When he was benched as a junior. When he started every game as a senior.One day during that time, Griffin walked into Blumin’s office and sat on a chair that was next to a sofa. He picked up the Whee-lo, his favorite toy of the collection Blumin kept to help calm those who came to see her, the one where magnets inside a red plastic wheel propel it along two sides of a U-shaped metal track, in a way that sort of looks like gravity.As Griffin spun the wheel back and forth, Blumin continued typing on her computer. Students often wandered in and out, so a few minutes passed before she looked up at Griffin. Then, she saw tears streaming down his face. She walked over, sat on the sofa and asked what was wrong. He couldn’t remember his mother’s voice. They sat together for a while in silence until Blumin suggested Griffin call his grandmother.Last year, Blumin retired from SU. While cleaning out her office, she called several former students to see if they wanted anything. When she reached Griffin, he knew immediately.Blumin boxed up the Whee-lo and addressed the package to Dayton, Ohio. A few days later, Griffin ripped open the package, sat down and spun the toy, he said, for the better part of two to three days. Then he put it on his desk and, as players visited his office throughout the season, some picked it up as they talked. Griffin hasn’t yet brought the Whee-lo to his new office, with its high glass windows overlooking the Melo Center. For now, he keeps it at his apartment, but it’ll be ready for anyone who might be in need. Commentslast_img read more

Motocross race in Vitez

first_imgMotocross club (MCK) ‘Vitez’ is the host and organiser of this year’s first race of Open Motocross Championship of BIH. The race will be held on the Banovac track near Vitez on 28 April, and it’ll start at 1 p.m., reports hronika.baPresident of MCK ‘Vitez’ Andrija Livančić said to Fena that he’s glad that the race will be held on 28 April, the Day of Vitez Municipality and invited everyone to come and watch the race.Contestants will compete in categories: MX-Open, MX-2 and MX Tourist. The organiser has ensured that the winners will be awarded.(photo: wlogger)last_img

Sarajevo and Željezničar preparing for the Derby

first_imgFootball players of FC Sarajevo continue preparing for the match of the 12th round of the Premier League of BiH, when they will host the eternal rival, FC Željezničar, at the stadium Asim Ferhatović Hase. Optimism rules in the Bordeaux team, and the aim is to win all three points.Team from Koševo had a training session today at the Training Center in Butmir. On this occasion, football players Saša Novaković and Mersudin Ahmetović and the assistant coach Zijad Švrakić addressed the journalists.“We had mini preparations in Čitluk, the team worked very well. I think we are well prepared and now we are in the derby week. We still have to perfect some things, but I believe we will be fully prepared for the match,” said Novaković.Players of FC Sarajevo who arrived from other countries know how important the derby with the greatest rival is.“I have seen that derby is a big game, something special for FC Sarajevo and the fans. I know what that means and we will give our vest to win three points and make our fans happy. If we win, that will be a huge step forward; we must show that we have the quality worth of the first place,” said Novaković.Ahmetović said that victory in the derby is a matter of prestige.“The five-day-long isolation was good for us. Now comes the derby, which should not be commented on in advance, but I hope that all players are aware of the importance of that match. That match is a matter of prestige between these two clubs and I hope we will win,” said Ahmetović.Assistant coach of FC Sarajevo Zijad Švrakić said that the team is ready for the derby.“We know very well what the derby is. This is a significant match for us, a match that has its advantages, faults and dangers. Quality and shape do not always win the derby matches; sometimes it is about fight and desire. I think we are well-prepared and we must go out on the field and give our best,” said Švrakić.The match between Željezničar and Sarajevo will be played on Sunday.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball 3B Rankings: Top players, sleepers at third base for 2020

first_img2020 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300There are plenty of homers available at the position, starting with Eugenio Suarez and his 49 HRs from last year, and you can even find .300 hitters like Yoan Moncada and Rafael Devers. Devers was also second in the majors in runs scored last year (129), and he, along with Kris Bryant, who’s slated to open the season as the Cubs’ leadoff hitter, will likely rank highly in that oft-ignored category again.2020 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfielder | Starter | Each teamIf you want to wait at the position and get some SBs to go along with decent pop, you can target Danny Santana, Scott Kingery, Ian Happ, or Tommy Edman, but you’ll be missing out on a lot of reliable HR and RBI production from guys higher up in the rankings. 2020 Fantasy Baseball Tiers, Draft Strategy:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | RelieverUltimately, 3B is the new 1B. You can find high-average, run-producing sluggers early in your draft, or you can wait a bit and get middling-average, run-producing sluggers later. Either way, you need those run-producing sluggers, so be cognizant of that while you’re building your team. There are plenty of interesting fliers — many of whom are eligible at other positions — worth drafting later on for your bench, but don’t pass on a proven stud in the first five or six rounds just because the position is deep. Draft the stud and draft another good player later, preferably one who can play multiple positions. That’s how to truly maximize all the 3B-eligible talent in your draft. Fantasy Baseball Draft Strategies: Auction | Keeper/Dynasty | PointsPlease note that the players below are ranked as if they’re only eligible at 3B. Players might have a higher overall ranking if they’re eligible at other positions. More 2020 Fantasy Baseball: Auction Values | Mock Draft SimulatorWe’ll be updating the 3B rankings as needed, so check back for the latest player movement. DOMINATE YOUR DRAFT: Ultimate 2020 Fantasy Baseball Cheat Sheet Fantasy Baseball 3B RankingsRankings based on 5×5 H2H leagues with Rs, HRs, RBIs, SBs, and batting average as categoriesPosition eligibility based on Yahoo default settings (5 games started or 10 games played at a position)* = not eligible at that position on draft day but expected to play there during the seasonRankingPlayerTeamOther eligibility1Nolan ArenadoRockies2Alex BregmanAstrosSS3Anthony RendonAngels4Jose RamirezIndians5Rafael DeversRed Sox6Kris BryantCubsOF7Eugenio SuarezReds8Vladimir Guerrero Jr.Blue Jays9DJ LeMahieuYankees1B, 2B10Manny MachadoPadresSS11Yoan MoncadaWhite Sox12Josh DonaldsonTwins13Max MuncyDodgers1B, 2B14Matt ChapmanA’s15Mike MoustakasReds2B16Eduardo EscobarD-backs2B17Justin TurnerDodgers18Yuli GurrielAstros1B19Miguel SanoTwins1B20Scott KingeryPhillies2B, SS, OF21Danny SantanaRangers1B, 2B, SS, OF22Jeff McNeilMets2B, OF23Ian HappCubs2B, OF24Tommy EdmanCardinals2B, OF25Ryan McMahonRockies1B, 2B26Renato NunezOrioles1B27Jean Segura*PhilliesSS28Brian AndersonMarlinsOF29Gio UrshelaYankees30J.D. DavisMetsOF31Kyle SeagerMariners32Hunter DozierRoyals1B, OF33Austin Riley*BravesOF34Yandy DiazRays1B35Nick SolakRangers2B36Howie KendrickNationals1B, 2B37Carter Kieboom*NationalsSS38Yoshi TsutsugoRaysOF39Tommy La StellaAngels2B40Luis ArraezTwins2B, OF41Todd FrazierRangers42Maikel FrancoRoyals43Evan LongoriaGiants44Jon BertiMarlinsSS, OF45Eric Sogard*Brewers2B, OF46Starlin CastroNationals2B47Hanser AlbertoOrioles2B48Matt CarpenterCardinals49Rio RuizOrioles1B50Colin MoranPirates2B51Travis ShawBlue Jays1B*52Johan CamargoBravesSS, OF53Asdrubal CabreraNationals2B54Marwin GonzalezTwins1B, OF Third base is as loaded as ever this year, and while multi-position eligibility for some key players can make it slightly thinner than it appears, there’s little doubt that every team in your fantasy baseball league should have a high-quality player at the hot corner after your draft. Our 2020 3B rankings feature plenty of familiar faces in the top tier, but with a host of intriguing new sleepers and potential breakouts, there are a variety of ways to devise a draft strategy for third base. Primarily a power position, there aren’t a lot of SBs to be found at the top of the 3B rankings. Jose Ramirez is really the only true five-category threat, which could make him a popular second-round target in a lot of drafts despite a down 2019. Ramirez can certainly fill up a box score, but Nolan Arenado, Alex Bregman, and Anthony Rendon are safer bets in the other four categories.last_img read more