Month: September 2020

Cricket News Jasprit Bumrah admits bowlers gave away too many runs in death overs

first_imgNew Delhi: Jasprit Bumrah has admitted West Indies’ lower order batted well and that India’s bowlers gave away too many runs in the final overs as Virat Kohli’s side lost the Pune ODI by 43 runs on Saturday.Speaking in the post-match press conference, Bumrah said, “Till the 35th over, we were pretty good. Yes, we gave a little bit of runs in the end, so may be that could be the difference. Overall, the bowling performance was not too bad. They played well and you have to give credit to the batsmen.”After the end of 44 overs, West Indies had slumped to 227/8 and were in danger of being bowled out for a below-par score. But, Ashley Nurse’s attacking 40 off 22 balls and his 56-run stand with Kemar Roach (15) for the ninth wicket helped West Indies reach 283/9, which meant India conceded 56 runs in the last six overs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar, after having missed the first two ODIs, looked rusty and ended up with figures of 10-0-70-1, including conceding 21 runs in the 49th over.Read More | Mann Ki Baat: PM Modi appeals to farmers to not burn stubbleHowever, Bumrah defended his new-ball partner. “Bhuvi started well, but in the middle or in the end (went for runs), it can happen sometimes. When you bowl at the depth, it is difficult. It is not necessary that all bowlers will click every-time.” Bumrah said.Read More |CBI vs CBI: Supreme Court moves to retrieve CBI as whims push it to an edgeEven skipper Virat Kohli, who scored his 38th century, including his third consecutive in the series, admitted India gave away too many runs in the end.“We should’ve been chasing 250-260, max, but that apart the bowling was fine. Just that we gave away a little in the last 10 overs and should’ve closed it out better. We couldn’t get partnerships, which doesn’t happen often. We were fine on the field. We didn’t execute our plans properly,” Kohli said.The next match of the five-match series takes place at the Brabourne stadium on October 30. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma ruled out of Perth Test against Australia

first_imgNew Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team has suffered a massive blow ahead of the second Test against Australia at the new Perth stadium with Ravichandran Ashwin and Rohit Sharma being ruled out of the match due to series. Ashwin, who toiled away for close to 70 overs in the Adelaide Test, including 52.4 overs in the second innings, has suffered a side strain while Rohit jarred his back while fielding in the second innings of the Adelaide Test. India won the match by 31 runs to secure a 1-0 lead in the four-match series. There was bad news for Prithvi Shaw as well. The youngster, who suffered an ankle injury in the Cricket Australia XI warm-up game in Sydney, is still undergoing treatment and could be fit for the Melbourne Test.A statement from the BCCI read, “The team management is closely monitoring these players and a call on their availability for the third Test will be taken at an appropriate time.” With all these injuries, Kohli’s side have included Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Hanuma Vihari and Ravindra Jadeja in the squad for the Perth Test. Vihari could take Rohit’s spot at number six in the playing XI. The final spot in the playing XI could be determined by the nature of the new Perth wicket.Read More | India’s current fast bowling group best ever: Bharat ArunWACA curator Brett Sipthorpe, who is also handling the wicket at the new Perth stadium, unveiled a green pitch and it could offer the Australian pace trio of Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc plenty of assistance.Read More | Cheteshwar Pujara breaks into the top five of latest ICC rankingsSpeaking to the official Cricket Australia website, Sipthorpe said the wicket would try to replicate the pace and bounce of the WACA wicket. “We’ve just been told make it fast, make it bouncy if you can and run with it. We’re just trying to produce the bounciest pitch we can,” Sipthorpe said. The new Perth stadium has hosted an ODI against England in 2018 while this will be the first Test played here.Read More | Adelaide, Johannesburg and Trent Bridge: India’s common gloryThe green and bouncy nature of the wicket could mean that Bhuvneshwar Kumar could slot in place of Ravichandran Ashwin and the Indian team might go for four pacers on this deck. This is not the first time that India would field such a bowling composition. On a difficult wicket in Johannesburg against South Africa, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami tore through the South African batting line-up to register a consolation win in the series after they lost the Cape Town and Centurion Tests.Squad for the Perth Test: Virat Kohli, M Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Hockey News Hockey World Cup 2018: Netherlands shatter India’s dream, register 2-1 win in quarterfinal

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Bhubaneswar: India let history slip out of its hands with a heartbreaking quarterfinal defeat against the Netherlands in the men’s hockey World Cup, a result which left the young players of the team crying on the pitch. A well-oiled Indian unit had raised the hopes of making the semifinals for the first time since 1975 but the Dutch side broke a million hearts by coming from behind to knock out the hosts 2-1 in the last-eight clash. Young players such as Dilpreet Singh left the pitch with tears in their eyes. India took the lead in the 12th minute through Akashdeep Singh before Thierry Brinkman drew parity for Netherlands five seconds before the end of the first quarter. After a hard-fought third quarter, Netherlands scored the winner in the 50th minute when Mink van der Weerden converted a penalty corner.The defeat ended India’s long cherished dream of lifting the trophy only for the second time after its lone triumph in 1975 at Kuala Lumpur.  It was a momentous occasion for India to rewrite history books after 43 years as they had never qualified for the semi-finals of the World Cup after 1975.  The Netherlands played like true warriors and didn’t give an inch to the Indians after the change of ends. The Dutch had the first shot at the goal in the 11th minute but Jeroen Hertzberger reverse hit went just wide of the Indian goal.  India’s first real scoring opportunity came in the 12th minute when they were awarded a penalty corner and the hosts did not let go the chance as Akashdeep scored from a rebound after Harmanpreet Singh’s initial flick was saved by German goalkeeper Pirmin Blaak.  Read More | Pro Kabaddi League 2018: Telugu Titans beat Patna Pirates 41-36Kothajit Singh produced a stellar performance for India at the back as he denied the Dutch on a number of occasions with timely interceptions.  But at the stroke of the first quarter, Netherlands drew level when Brinkman got the faintest of deflection to beat Indian custodian PR Sreejesh from a long ball from outside the cirle.  Read More | PV Sindhu makes winning start in season-ending World Tour FinalsFive minutes from the first half, India came tantalisingly close from restoring their lead by Nilkanata shot wide from a rebound after Akashdeep’s deflection was kept away by Blaak in front of the German goal.  Four minutes into the second half, Akshdeep had a golden chance to restore India’s lead but his reverse hit from a long ball of Harmanpreet Singh sailed over the Dutch goal.  Soon Netherlands secured two back-to-back penalty corners but the Indians defended stoutly to thwart the danger.  In the 48th minute, Simranjeet Singh’s fine stick work in the right flank went in vain as Akashdeep failed to reach his pass with only the Dutch goalie to beat.  The Dutch came out with a plan in the fourth quarter and didn’t give India any leeway into their citadel. The Indians found it difficult to build up attacks as the Dutch concentrated on tight men marking.  Ten minutes from the final hooter Netherlands secured their fourth penalty corner and Van der Weerden found the back of the net past Indian goalkeeper PR Sreejesh, who had an ordinary tournament as per his standard.  Desperate for the equaliser, the Indians threw up numbers upfront and it bore fruit when Chinglensana Singh earned their second penalty corner but Dutch goalkeeper Blaak made double save to deny Harmanpreet. In search of a match-saving goal, India withdraw goalkeeper Sreejesh for an extra player but the move didn’t pay any dividend.  Two minutes from time, Netherlands secured another penalty corner but the Indian defence, without a goalkeeper, did well to keep Netherlands at bay.  The hosts failed to get the equaliser as the packed stadium backed the Men in Blue till the very last second only to return home disappointed. Netherlands will take on two-time defending champion Australia while Belgium will take on England on Saturday. last_img read more

Indian Premier League No one batting with Hardik made it harder for us: Quinton De Kock

first_img“When you have to score of 233, you need to play one or two shots anyway. You have to try against any bowler who comes on and take a chance to get things going.” So if I hit that ball for four or six, you probably would have said ‘great shot’ but unfortunately I got out so didn’t look,” he said about his slog-sweep.The bowlers have too little in the batsmen-dominated format and De Kock said it’s more to do with the batting-friendly sub-continent wickets. “In India they have generally very small fields, while wicket is batting friendly. Australia have bigger ground, while there’s a bit in the wicket for South Africa. Here it is more batting friendly anyway. Bowlers are always under pressure.”De Kock further said he hated every minute of keeping to Russell who slammed a 40-ball 80 not out.”I’m not joking, I hated every minute of it. You can’t fault him. He took his time, and then did what he does the best. You just have to appreciate what is done. Not just this game but in the IPL.Hope he doesn’t do it again against us,” he said.Mumbai Indians will have a return-leg clash against KKR on May 5 which will be their last clash in the league round. Needing a win to seal a playoff berth, Mumbai Indians next face Sunrisers Hyderabad at home on May 2.(With Inputs: PTI)  Kolkata registered their first win in last seven games. Mumbai Indians needs to win one out of their two games to qualify for playoffs.Andre Russell was adjudicated as the man-of-the-match.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Mumbai Indians’ swashbuckling opener, Quinton de Kock has rued the lack of support for Hardik Pandya, whose incredible power-hitting kept Kolkata Knight Riders on tenterhooks till the final ball of the 18th over here.Chasing 233, Hardik’s 91 from 34 balls kept Indians in the hunt to create something dramatic on the cricketing field till his dismissal swung the game in favour of KKR at the Eden Gardnes.”We would have loved a couple of less wickets when Kieron (Pollard) and Hardik walked in. But, unfortunately, it didn’t happen today so there’s the collapse and no one batting with Hardik made it harder for us,” the South African said at the post-match news conference Sunday. De Kock got out without opening his account, after top-edging Sunil Narine in the second over. highlightslast_img read more

Cricket News Lasith Malinga will continue to feature in T20s after quitting ODIs

first_img Colombo : Veteran Sri Lankan pace bowler Lasith Malinga Tuesday confirmed he will retire from one-day international cricket after the first match against Bangladesh but hopes to play T20 cricket. Malinga invited fans to his farewell ODI at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday and said the cricket board agreed to his request to retire from the 50-over format of the game.Posting a video message to his fans on his wife’s Facebook page, Malinga said he felt no ill will towards officials and players who may have tried to push him out of the team. The 35-year-old said he was sidelined by selectors two years ago but was able to prove his value to the national team at the recent World Cup.”Friday will be the last day you will see me playing a ODI match,” Malinga said. “If you can, please come for the match.” During practice Tuesday ahead of the first ODI against Bangladesh, Malinga said he hoped to play T20 cricket and had his sights on the 2020 World Cup in Australia.”I hope to be able to take Sri Lanka to the next T20 World Cup,” he said.”I hope I will have an opportunity to play in that tournament, but if there are better players than me, I don’t mind being left out.” Malinga’s retirement was first announced by skipper Dimuth Karunaratne, who on Monday told reporters the right-arm fast bowler indicated Friday’s match would be his last ODI appearance.Malinga was named to the 22-man Sri Lanka squad for the series with matches scheduled for July 26, 28 and 31 at the R. Premadasa Stadium.He will leave as Sri Lanka’s third-highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket with 335 wickets in 219 innings so far. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) have taken more wickets than Malinga in ODIs for Sri Lanka. He was Sri Lanka’s highest wicket-taker at the World Cup, claiming 13 scalps in seven innings. Malinga retired from Test cricket in 2011 but continued to remain available in other formats. Lasith Malinga has featured in four World Cups. Sri Lanka will play bilateral series against Bangladesh. Malinga is set to continue in the shortest format.  highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News ICC threatens to slash BCCI’s annual revenue share, 2021 and 2023 events in India under cloud

first_imghighlights New Delhi: The BCCI is set to seek advice from an English law firm after the ICC threatened to deduct a part of the Indian cricket board’s annual revenue share in a continuing tussle on tax exemptions for events held in India. The Shashank Manohar-led International Cricket Council (ICC) wants complete tax exemption for all global events happening in India and is still awaiting waiver for the 2016 World T20 held in the country. According to the latest documentation of the July 6 Committee of Administrators (CoA) meeting here, the ICC wants to recover the tax burden for the 2016 event by slashing the BCCI annual share from the ICC revenue.     The BCCI legal team has informed the CoA that the Board “ensured all efforts to make tax exemptions to ICC. Prior to this event (2016), these events have always received tax exemptions.”     In the recorded minutes uploaded on the BCCI’s website, it is stated that the ICC wants to slash the BCCI’s annual revenue and recover the amount.     “For the 2016 event, tax authorities directed that 10 per cent of the amount payable by ICC’s broadcaster (Star Sports) to ICC under media rights agreement (MRA) should be withheld. The CoA was informed that ICC is now attempting to recover the same amount by deducting the same amounts payable by ICC to BCCI,” it stated.     The CoA has asked the BCCI legal team to contact an “English law firm” since the “agreement between BCCI and the ICC in relation to the hosting of the 2016 World T20 is governed by English law.”     When contacted, a senior BCCI official said that if ICC has its way, the annual revenue of USD 405 million earmarked for the richest cricket board could be slashed by USD 40.5 million (10 per cent).     “The BCCI can’t change the existing government tax laws. We have time and again intimated this to the ICC,” the official told PTI on Thursday. He agreed that unless the current tax law structure is changed or the government of the day agrees on a waiver, there could be problems in hosting of the next two big events in India — the 2021 World T20 and the 2023 50-over World Cup.     “Normally ICC seeks exemption on excise duties for importing TV production equipment. But in this case Star (Sports) which also has the BCCI’s home match rights has a set up in India,” the BCCI official pointed out.     “So why does BCCI need to carry their burden? In any case, we can’t violate government laws and the ICC chairman should be the first one to know that as he has also been BCCI president,” the official said.      Deadlock on Azharuddin’s payments to continue     In other decisions, the BCCI will not clear the payments pending towards former India captain Mohammed Azharuddin after he was banned on match-fixing charges in 2000.     While Azharuddin’s name is not mentioned in the minutes of the July 6 meeting, it states about CoA, having discussed “payments being not made to a certain retired senior cricketer.”     “After some discussions, the CoA decided that no further decision is to be taken in this matter.”     The senior official said that the player in question is Azharuddin.          Orders by Ethics Officer on Conflict cases not to be on the website         The CoA has decided that there is no provision in the new constitution that requires the orders passed by the Ethics Officer to be published on the board’s website and henceforth only a summarised report will be made public.     Also in the minutes of the June 29 meeting, it was decided by the Vinod Rai-led committee that from now on, any complaint filed against BCCI office-bearers or officials will have to be accompanied with a sworn statement from the complainant that he takes “responsibility and ownership of the contents of the complaints.”          Pune and Ranchi swap Tests due to Durga Puja             Pune will now host the second Test between India and South Africa from October 10 to 14 instead of Ranchi which has been handed the third and final Test from October 19-23.     The decision was taken at a CoA meeting on June 29 after the Jharkhand State Cricket Association expressed its inability to host on earlier dates as they are clashing with Durga Puja. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Pune to host the second Test between India and South Africa, Ranchi third.ICC has requested the government of the day to agree on a waiver.Annual revenue of the BCCI could be slashed by 10 per cent.last_img read more

Cricket News Ben Stokes, World Cup And Ashes Hero, Gets THIS Special Award After End Of England’s International Summer

first_imgNew Delhi: England’s 2019 international summer was glorious in many ways. They finally ended 44 years of pain when they won the ICC Cricket World Cup for the first time in a thrilling final against New Zealand. In the Ashes, they bounced back twice against Australia and they drew the series at home 2-2, the first drawn Ashes series after 47 years. There has been one common factor in England’s wonderful summer of achievements and that was the exploits of Ben Stokes. Following his achievements, the left-hander has been voted as the Players’ Player of the Year at the Professional Cricketers’ Association awards. Speaking after receiving the award, Stokes highlighted the magnitude of the achievement. “It’s hard to put it into words. I am over the moon that players think I am worthy of winning the PCA Players’ Player of the Year through performances this summer. You can take a lot of personal pride when you receive this award because it’s your peers that vote for you. Earning this award is a huge moment. While this is an individual award, it is within a team sport so I am only in this position because of what other guys in our squad have achieved as well. What we have done as a team in 2019 is phenomenal, to win the World Cup and draw the Ashes has been a fantastic summer and something I am proud of personally and as a team,” Stokes said. Also Read | Ben Stokes – The Man Who Defined England’s Historic Summer Of 2019England reached the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup for the fourth time and they squared off against New Zealand. In a pulsating final, Stokes held the key against the country of his birth and he blasted 84. In the final over, he smashed a six off Trent Boult and a freak overthrow resulted in six runs and the match was tied. Heading into the super over, Stokes was once again the key as England hit 15 runs. Also Read | ‘Lowest Form Of Journalism’: Ben Stokes Blasts The Sun Over ‘Secret Family Tragedy’ ReportStokes offered Jofra Archer, the bowler who bowled the super over some advice and although New Zealand tied the super over, England were declared the World Cup winners due to a superior boundary count. In the Ashes, England looked set to lose the Ashes for the first time in 18 years. In the Leeds Test, England looked down and out in their chase of 362 with only one wicket remaining.However, Stokes, along with last man Jack Leach helped England get over the line in one of the most dramatic Test matches. Stokes blasted 135 and shared a partnership of 76 with Jack Leach as England achieved their highest Test run chase and won the match by one wicket to level the series. However, Australia won the fourth Test and retained the Ashes for the first time in 18 years but England squared the match with a win at The Oval Test.Stokes’ exploits in the summer have changed the landscape of England cricket and it has ensured his name remains etched in the glorious annals of World Cup match-winners.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Stewart, UTM visit Southeast Mo.

first_img Associated Press STEPPING UP: Stewart and Quintin Dove have led the Skyhawks. Stewart has averaged 20 points and 4.6 rebounds while Dove has put up 18.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. The Redhawks have been led by sophomores Caldwell and Sage Tolbert. Caldwell has averaged 11.6 points while Tolbert has put up 9.2 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.RAMP IT UP A NOTCH: The Skyhawks have scored 75.6 points per game and allowed 83.2 points per game across 12 conference games. Those are both improvements over the 72.4 points scored and 88.1 points given up to non-conference opponents.CREATING OFFENSE: Stewart has either made or assisted on 51 percent of all UT Martin field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 21 field goals and 17 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: UT Martin is a perfect 5-0 when it holds an opponent to 74 points or fewer. The Skyhawks are 2-16 when opponents score more than 74.ASSIST RATIOS: The Redhawks have recently used assists to create baskets more often than the Skyhawks. Southeast Missouri has 43 assists on 71 field goals (60.6 percent) over its previous three contests while UT Martin has assists on 41 of 75 field goals (54.7 percent) during its past three games. February 12, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditUT Martin (7-16, 3-9) vs. Southeast Missouri (5-20, 1-11)Show Me Center, Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Thursday, 8:15 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Two guards will be on display as Parker Stewart and UT Martin will go up against Alex Caldwell and Southeast Missouri. The junior Stewart has scored 26 percent of the team’s points this season and is averaging 19.8 over his last five games. Caldwell, a sophomore, is averaging 15.2 points over the last five games.center_img LOOSENING UP: Southeast Missouri’s offense has turned the ball over 13.7 times per game this year, but is averaging 17.7 turnovers over its last three games.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Stewart, UTM visit Southeast Mo.last_img read more

The Latest: KC Royals donating 500,000 meals to food bank

first_imgThe move follows the club selling 20-year-old forward Róbert Boženík to Feyenoord in January for a reported fee of about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million).Zilina is second in the now-suspended Slovak league. The club played in the Champions League in 2010-11 but lost all six games in a group that included Chelsea and Marseille.___The Badminton World Federation has frozen the world rankings while the circuit is suspended.The rankings have been backdated to March 17. That was the day after the last international tournament, the All England Open. They will be the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are. March 31, 2020 The 36 clubs in Germany’s top two divisions have agreed to accept the recommendation of the league authority to extend the period without games to April 30 at least.The last game played was on March 11.League president Christian Seifert says “the most important thing without question is controlling the outbreak of the virus and especially protecting groups at risk.”Training for the 36 clubs is to remain stopped until April 5.UEFA is to meet with its 55 members on Wednesday with the fate of the remaining Champions League, Europa League and international games to be discussed. Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled.The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament.The grasscourt season lasts only six weeks and Wimbledon is staged when daylight hours are the longest in Britain. The club has acknowledged the short window available to it and ruled out playing without spectators.The French Open has been postponed from May to September.The brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray was asked whether he thinks a cancellation is more likely than a postponement. He told BBC Radio 4: “I think so. I think for them it is difficult to move the tournament back for many reasons, because you are running into other tournaments.” ___Organizers of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Roger Federer’s hometown of Basel say ticket sales will start on schedule on Thursday.The tournament is due to run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. Organizers say tickets will be refunded “should the coronavirus crisis continue and the Swiss tennis highlight not take place.”The ATP Tour is currently suspended until at least June.Federer and his wife donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.04 million) last week to help families in need in his home country during the pandemic. Kapas won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships in China and a bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.___Global soccer union FIFPro says seven-time Slovakian champion Zilina is opting for bankruptcy after offering players a “take it or leave it” 80% pay cut.FIFPro says it believes Zilina is the first European club to go into liquidation since the coronavirus outbreak.The union says Zilina “refused to negotiate with the (Slovak) player union.” Fans entering the stadiums in Belarus over the weekend were given antiseptic hand gel but few wore masks for protection.Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been defiant about not limiting people’s movement, saying “it’s better to die standing than to live on your knees.”Baer-Hoffmann says FIFPro does not have a member union in Belarus but “we will be lobbying” to introduce precautions.___The Bundesliga soccer season will remain suspended through April because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals, along with players, staff and the organization’s charitable arm are donating more than 500,000 meals to Harvesters, a local food bank helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. Royals chairman John Sherman, who purchased the club late last year from David Glass, said in a statement that his group of players, executives and investors “share a deep connection to the Kansas City community, which is why the entire Royals family is coming together to do our part.”The Royals would have opened their season against the White Sox last week in Chicago. Their home opener would have been Thursday against the Mariners. At this point, nobody is quite sure when the club will take the field.Longtime outfielder Alex Gordon donated to the Royals’ food drive. He says that his family is staying home during the pandemic, but “we feel very blessed, and we want to make sure our neighbors are taken care of.”___Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO John Doleva said the organization is moving forward with its planned London Showcase doubleheader in December that will match Kentucky against Michigan and Marist against UMBC. Federer is a 10-time champion at the Swiss Indoors and will turn 39 before this year’s tournament. He was twice a ball boy at the event and made his debut as a player in 1998 when he was 17. He lost in the first round to Andre Agassi.Federer posted footage on his social media accounts on Monday of him practising trick shots in his rehabilitation after surgery on his left knee in February.___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 ___Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19.The 26-year-old Kapas writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training.She says her first test was negative but a second test showed she has the virus. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.Kapas says “I don’t have any symptoms yet and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus.” Doleva said in a statement that it “remains diligent in monitoring the situation and making decisions in the best interest of public health.” He added that the health and safety of players, fans and staff is of the “utmost importance” and will communicate with the four schools with updates as needed.___Global soccer union FIFPro says soccer players in Belarus are worried about the continuing despite the coronavirus pandemic.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says “it’s not comprehendible” that the Belarus league is still playing after kicking off this month. It’s the only top-tier European league in action.Baer-Hoffmann says “there are players who are reaching out concerned.” The world circuit is suspended to the end of April, but the BWF expects more tournaments to be put off in May and June.It says it has yet to decide how the rankings will be unfrozen.The BWF says “it is difficult to outline the exact procedure until we have an exact overview of what the international calendar will look like once play resumes and suspended tournaments have been rescheduled.”With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, the BWF says it is reviewing the Olympic qualification process. It notes the consequences of freezing the world rankings does not apply to Olympic qualifying. ___ ___Scotland rugby coach Gregor Townsend has agreed to a 25% salary deferral from April 1 to Sept. 1.The coaches of two professional sides, Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh and Dave Rennie at Glasgow, have made the same agreement, though Rennie begins his new job as Australia coach in July.Scottish Rugby also announced CEO Mark Dodson was taking a 30% deferral, and the board 25%.Last week, England coach Eddie Jones accepted a 25% pay cut. The Latest: KC Royals donating 500,000 meals to food bank ___ABC/ESPN has moved up the premier of the 10-part docuseries “The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls to April 19. The docuseries will be shown on ESPN on Sunday nights and on Netflix outside of the United States.It was originally scheduled to be released in June but sports fans have clamored on social media for the series to be moved up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and with most sporting events canceled or postponed.The news was announced on Good Morning America.The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s and were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman. Associated Press last_img read more

The Latest: No fans at US Open tennis tournament ‘unlikely’

first_imgMore 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 Conley says “HORSE is something that we’ve all played growing up and it’s something I actually play after most of my workouts in the summertime.”Conley adds “I like to still have fun and throw shots off the backboard, the walls, bounce stuff in. It’s just good to get the creative juices flowing again and I know all the competitors are feeling that way.”___The Canadian Open golf tournament has been canceled because of the to the coronavirus pandemic.The event was scheduled for June 8-14 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto. The Canadian Open is the third oldest event on the PGA Tour schedule behind the British Open and the U.S. Open.___The French soccer federation is preparing a rescue package for its 14,000 amateur clubs.The FFF says it will announce its “massive support plan for amateur soccer” in the coming days. It says the plan will support clubs when their leagues restart next season.The FFF canceled all its leagues this season because of the coronavirus pandemic except the third division and the women’s first division. The top two men’s leagues in France and the League Cup are run by the LFP. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The new CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association says he expects a decision on the status of the 2020 U.S. Open to be made by June and calls the prospect of holding the Grand Slam tournament without spectators because of the coranivirus pandemic “highly unlikely.” Up to 1,200 meals per day are being prepared in the kitchens of the Parc des Princes in western Paris. They are then delivered by volunteers from the Street Food en Mouvement (Street Food on the Move) association.Volunteers from the association have used the stadium kitchens since April 9. Four trucks have been used to take more than 5,000 meals to seven hospitals.Every day a team of 12 delivers a full meal outside hospitals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the hospital workers are “true heroes” who should continue to be applauded.___ The Latest: No fans at US Open tennis tournament ‘unlikely’ The 43-year-old Vieira is a former player who won the 1998 World Cup with France.Mayor Christian Estrosi says “together we’re always stronger and I thank Patrick Vieira and Nice for their generosity.”Estrosi says the tablets are essential in helping people maintain contact with their families “and limit the isolation of our elders during the confinement period.”___French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain is helping to provide meals for medical staff combating the coronavirus outbreak. The World Synchronized Skating Championships in Lake Placid, New York have been formally canceled as well. That event was originally set for April 3-5.The ISU plans another online meeting April 28 to discuss scheduling possibilities for the 2020-21 skating season. ___More than 50 Major League Baseball players representing all 30 teams have raised nearly $1 million to provide over 4 million meals to support childhood hunger prevention during the coronavirus pandemic.The Home Plate Project is a partnership between Major League Baseball, country music superstar Garth Brooks’ Teammates for Kids Foundation, and Big League Impact, a program led by St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Adam Wainwright and Texas Rangers pitcher Kyle Gibson. ___Mike Conley Jr. expected to spend this week starting a quest for a championship with the Utah Jazz.He’s playing for the NBA HORSE title instead.Conley is one of four semifinalists in the tournament. The conclusion will be streamed Thursday night on the ESPN platforms. The other semifinalists are retired NBA champion Chauncey Billups, Chicago Bulls guard Zach LaVine and WNBA All-Star Allie Quigley of the Chicago Sky.The HORSE tournament was born to give basketball-starved fans some content and Conley says it scratched his itch to be competitive again as well. No soccer games have been played in Italy since March 9. That was when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The lockdown is set to expire after May 3.___Former NFL coach Don Shula and three of his former Miami Dolphins players are providing free meals to those seriously affected by the coronavirus crisis. The program is funded by a $250,000 grant from team owner Stephen Ross.Shula, John Offerdahl, Kim Bokamper and Bob Brudzinski — all involved in the restaurant business — have teamed to help deliver breakfast, lunch or dinner to those most at risk.The Dolphins said Thursday the program provides wrapped meals for health care and nonprofit organizations and first responders. It is also aimed at keeping food service workers employed. Mike Dowse, whose term began on Jan. 1, said in a conference call with reporters Thursday that “time is on our side at this point” because the U.S. Open is not scheduled to begin until late August.It would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar because the French Open’s start was postponed from May until September and Wimbledon was canceled altogether.The men’s and women’s tennis tours are on hold entirely until at least mid-July, and one tournament in August already has been scrapped.As for holding the U.S. Open with no fans, Dowse said the USTA is “not taking anything off the table, but right now, I’d say that’s a highly unlikely scenario.”He did add that the USTA “may reconsider.”center_img The French Cup final on April 25 and the women’s French Cup semifinals on March 21 have been postponed but not canceled.___The U.S. Tennis Association says it is overseeing a commitment of more than $50 million to help the sport deal with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.The USTA says it is shaving more than $20 million from its budget by reducing salaries of its management and eliminating programs in player development and marketing.The group that runs the U.S. Open says the total future support provided by the USTA and its industry partners for the sport at the grassroots level “will be determined by the financial performance” of the 2020 Grand Slam tournament in Flushing Meadows. ___The International Skating Union has formally canceled its figure skating and short track world championships because of the coronavirus pandemic.The ISU made the decision after an online meeting of its governing council.The World Short Track Speed Skating Championships were initially set for March 13-15 in Seoul, South Korea, while the World Figure Skating Championships were supposed to be held in Montreal from March 16-22. Both events had already been postponed in the early days of the worldwide lockdown caused by the pandemic. Now, it’s official — they won’t be held at all.This will be the first year without the figure skating worlds since 1946, the last of a seven-year layoff because of World War II. Since the event’s founding in 1896, the only other cancellations occurred from 1915-21 because of World War I and its aftermath. Associated Press The Home Plate Project initiative was originally scheduled to launch its second year in the fall. But Brooks, Wainwright and Gibson saw the urgency now to provide meals for children who rely on free or reduced-price meals at schools that are closed because of the pandemic.On short notice, the charity groups were able to raise $937,100.Wainwright founded Big League Impact in 2013. He says the big leaguers felt the need to jump in right away to help feed kids in their cities.___Italian second-division soccer club Ascoli has fired its coaching staff because of the economic crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic. World Rugby says “it is designed to assist the maximum number of unions for the maximum amount of time while there is a rugby void.”The body adds “the financial package will potentially involve a combination of advances and loans” for Six Nations and Sanzaar unions and that “World Rugby is also committed to supporting emerging nations and regional associations where required.”___The Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic.The IPL has become cricket’s primary annual competition in April and May but India this week extended the world’s biggest lockdown to May 3. That has dashed hopes by the Board of Control for Cricket in India of a shortened IPL in May possibly without spectators. April 16, 2020 Ascoli says it made the decision only after coach Roberto Stellone and his staff refused to terminate their contracts consensually with a settlement agreement.The Serie B team says the move is part of measures being taken to “safeguard” the squad’s future “amid the temporary situation we are experiencing.”Stellone was hired in February to replace Paolo Zanetti. The former coach and his staff are still under contract with the club.Youth team coach Guillermo Abascal has been promoted to direct the first squad.Ascoli is in 15th place in the 20-team division. The USTA says it still plans to stage its tournament as scheduled from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.The U.S. Open would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar after the French Open was postponed and Wimbledon was canceled.The WTA and ATP professional tours are currently suspended until at least July and one tournament in August already has been called off.___World Rugby is offering a $100 million relief fund for national unions distressed by the coronavirus pandemic. The BCCI bowed to the inevitable to suspend the Twenty20 competition until further notice.BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah says “the health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and … the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”The eight-week IPL was to begin on March 29 but was then pushed back to April 15.___Nice coach Patrick Vieira has been thanked by the city’s mayor for donating 250 iPads to elderly people in four public care homes.last_img read more