Update on the latest sports Associated Press March 29, 2020 — Italy’s sports minister is planning to extend the ban on games and competitions in the country through all of April. The current nationwide lockdown is due to expire on Friday but Italian health experts have said the need to try to contain COVID-19 will likely last weeks beyond that.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Visa has told its global roster of Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls their sponsorships will be extended into 2021 after the Tokyo Games were postponed. The credit card giant’s Team Visa scheme features 96 athletes across 27 sports. They include soccer star Megan Rapinoe, Olympic champion gymnast Simone Biles and 800-meter Olympic champion David Rudisha. Visa had already filmed some promotional campaigns with athletes for the Tokyo Games that will require some reworking.— The executive chairman of Madison Square Garden Company and owner of the New York Knicks has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Knicks announced James Dolan’s diagnosis Saturday night, saying he has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. Dolan is the first U.S. major pro sports owner known to have tested positive for the virus.— Former All-Star outfielder Jim Edmonds announced on his Instagram page that he went to the hospital to be tested for the coronavirus after displaying some symptoms. The 49-year-old Edmonds sent a video update Saturday night on his Instagram Story saying he was back home after testing positive for pneumonia for the first time in his life, but was awaiting results of tests for the coronavirus.— IndyCar debuted its iRacing league Saturday with a virtual race won by Sage Karam. The field included NASCAR seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson, who is tuning his skills for a possible run at some real IndyCar racing. For now, the professional leagues have turned to simulated esports and IndyCar staged its first event on a virtual version of Watkins Glen in New York. The race had many of the series’ top names and was streamed on YouTube by both IndyCar and iRacing. The race was IndyCar’s attempt to give fans content since sports have been put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. — The Spanish league says more than 665,000 euros ($740,000) has been raised for the fight against the coronavirus outbreak with the help of athletes and musicians in Spain. The final tally was announced a day after the athletes and musicians took part in a four-hour online global music festival organized by the league to help purchase medical supplies and support fans confined to their homes. Organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori suggested to local television there may be no major change from 2020. Japanese news agency Kyodo reported Mori saying on Saturday that “the games are meant to be in summer, so we should be thinking of a time between June and September.”International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, after the postponement was announced in Switzerland on Tuesday, left open the possibility of spring dates.The postponed games were to have opened on July 24 and closed on Aug. 9. Mori suggested some decisions could be made as early as this week when the organizing committee’s executive board meets.Any final decision will be made by local organizers and the IOC, and hundreds of sponsors, sports federations and broadcasters.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSpring Olympics appearing less likelyUNDATED (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are leaning away from starting the rescheduled games in the spring of 2021. More and more the signs point toward the summer of 2021.
April 12, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Liverpool great Kenny Dalglish has expressed “immense gratitude” to National Health Service staff after returning home from the hospital following his coronavirus diagnosis. The Latest: Liverpool great Dalglish back home from hospital The 69-year-old former Celtic, Scotland and Liverpool forward was hospitalized on Wednesday for treatment on gallstones and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 despite not showing symptoms.Dalglish won eight league championships and three European Cups across spells as player and manager for Liverpool, while also guiding Blackburn to the Premier League title in 1994-95.In a statement on Liverpool’s official website, Dalglish said: “Thank you for all of your well wishes over the last few days. I’m delighted to be back home with the family after receiving brilliant care from the NHS, which we appreciate now more than ever.”Dalglish has gone into self-isolation at home and urged the public to do everything possible to slow the spread of the virus.___ Real Sociedad plans to have its players resume training individually this week. It would make it the first Spanish club to resume activities during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says players will have the option to start practicing at the team’s training center after the Spanish government decided to ease some of its lockdown measures.Non-essential workers will be allowed to return to their positions this week while observing social-distancing guidelines and other restrictions. Group activities will remain prohibited as Spain enters its fifth week of confinement because of the pandemic.It was not yet clear whether the government will allow Real Sociedad to open its training center, though, as most sports facilities are still supposed to remain closed.Real Sociedad says players have been training at home for the last month. The club prepared individual training routines for players and sent them stationary bicycles and treadmills. Spain has reported its lowest daily growth in confirmed coronavirus infections in three weeks, with the total at about 166,000.___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
ST PIUS were big winners during round three of the ongoing Ministry of Public Health (MoPH)/Smalta Girls U-11 football tournament on Saturday.The side were 8-0 victor over Tucville, thanks to Kerry Boyce who scored four goals. Her goals came in the 1st. 5th, 13th and 28th minute. She gained assistance from Breann Solome who scored in the 9th, 24th and 30th, as well as Akesha Sibdhani in the 26th.In the first game of the day, St Angela’s won via walkover from School of the Nations, while in Game two, it was easy sailing for North Georgetown who overcame Redeemer 3-0.Jada Maison’s brace in the 10th and 20th along with Ameza English (11th minute) accounted for the goals.Game four went in F.E Pollard’s favour as they beat off South Ruimveldt 2-0, thanks to Shania Lord in the 26th and Ciara Fraser in the 30th.Stella Maris also found themselves on the losing side to West Ruimveldt by a 4-0 margin in game five. Akila Smith was on target on all four occasions with strikes in the 18th, 20th 25th and 29th.There was a no-contest between Enterprise and Sophia.Matches continue next weekend.
Senior forward Jasmine Giles and the Badgers will look to earn critical points in WCHA conference play as the season winds down.[/media-credit]After being plagued with injuries, the Wisconsin women’s hockey team is ready to take the ice at full strength. The Badgers hit the road this weekend to face the Ohio State Buckeyes in a WCHA showdown.After being swept in one series and splitting two more series after break, the University of Wisconsin has suffered from holes in its lineup due to injuries. With a full lineup in tow this weekend, interim head coach Tracey DeKeyser hopes some of their struggles will be alleviated.“We have a near full lineup, so that’s exciting,” DeKeyser said. “We have people healthy, for the most part. Hopefully it lends to our advantage.”Even with a full lineup, the Badgers have had issues finding the back of the net this season. They have been consistently out shooting their opponents, but haven’t been able to seal wins.While having the ability to keep creating scoring opportunities, the Badgers hope they can finally turn things around and get the puck in goal.“We’ve [been] struggling with that all year — outshooting our opponents and them winning by a goal or something,” senior forward Jasmine Giles said. “We started the week off with a lot of goal-scoring drills, just crash the net, put the rebounds in.”With hopes for a strong showing in Columbus, UW is ready to put everything on the ice.Wisconsin last faced off with Ohio State in October and since then a lot has changed. Currently the Badgers are tied for third in the WCHA with Bemidji Sate with 20 points. Ohio State sits only three points behind in fourth. The series could have a lot of implications for the WCHA playoff picture. The squad knows not to underestimate.“Road games are extremely important for us and Ohio State has a really good team despite what the rankings are right now. We’re ready to play our hardest,” defenseman Geena Prough said.The road trip brings a different rink for the Badgers. The ice in Columbus is smaller than the Kohl Center, causing a different style of play.As with any team, home has its advantages, but DeKeyser has been preparing her team for what the Buckeyes have in store for them.“One thing that’s really different about playing them on a big rink versus a small rink is that they have a lot of good puck handlers and it’s to their advantage to play on a small rink, I think, it being their home facility,” DeKeyser said. “We’ve done a lot of close area battles, increasing the pressure on our players all week, trying to get them accustomed to having limited time and space for the upcoming competition.”With the home ice advantage, the Buckeyes also have a strong offensive threat in freshman forward Hokey Langan.Langan was named rookie of the week by the WHCA for the second time this season after scoring four goals in Ohio State’s 5-2 victory over Bemidji State last weekend. It’s safe to say the Badgers will be keeping their eyes on her.“Whenever she’s on the ice, whoever is marked up against her needs to be aware,” DeKeyser said. “She’s got great hands, she can snipe the puck, she’s got a great slap-shot and wrist-shot. As a freshman, we can’t take her for granted. She understands the game; she’s a Canadian national team member. She’s a serious threat for their group. We have to be marked up well with her whenever she’s on the ice.”“We just have to be aware when she’s out there,” Giles said. “She’s not that fastest player, but she can really move the puck around and has a really awesome shot. We just have to make sure to stay on her and know that she’s out there — shut her down. If she does score we’re going to have to counteract with some goals.”
Ben Brust made a name for himself early in the season, coming off the bench and providing UW with some much needed offense. Brust averages 8.2 points per game, good for fourth on the team.[/media-credit]In a sport as fickle as basketball, where shot attempts customarily rim in and out, lengthy discussions of inconsistent shooting efforts don’t come often.Sometimes, the shots fall. Other times, they don’t. For the Wisconsin men’s basketball team, coached by the whimsical Bo Ryan, the dialogue rarely extends further than that.“[We have a] lot of shooters,” Ryan said before cracking a brief half-grin. “It’s the makers that are hard to find, sometimes.”Proverbial as that soundbyte sounds, Ryan’s words accurately depict Wisconsin’s offensive production through the majority of Big Ten play. The Badgers, en route to their current fourth-place conference standing entering Thursday’s road trip to Iowa, have had games featuring both offensive bliss and downright puzzling inefficiency from the floor.In the Big Ten opener Dec. 27, Wisconsin made more than 50 percent of its shots from both overall and from 3-point range. Four days later, while hosting those very Hawkeyes they’ll face Thursday night, the Badgers shot just 34.8 percent from the floor and made only three of their 28 3-point attempts.The up-and-down offensive efforts have UW ranked 11th of 12 teams in the Big Ten in field goal percentage (42.3 percent) but fifth in 3-point shooting (35.7 percent).Against the Hawkeyes – the conference’s worst defense in terms of both points allowed (72.1 per game) and opposing field goal percentage (45.4 percent) – the Badgers are obviously eyeing a strong offensive showing. But alas, the last time they faced Iowa – at home, no less – they shot just 34.8 percent from the floor and needed 69 shot attempts to score 65 points.“Shooting’s a funny thing,” Ryan said. “But if you’re on the court and they’re open, you’ve got to take them.”After last Sunday’s victory over Penn State, Wisconsin’s players were lauding exactly that – a renewed focus on not passing up open shots out of fear of a miss. The Badgers shot 42.6 percent from the floor against the Nittany Lions and made half of their 3-point attempts, while also adding 14-of-17 shooting from the free throw line to the mix.According to assistant coach Gary Close, the hesitancy – which most recently reared its head in losses to top-10 teams Michigan State and Ohio State – sometimes stems from the Badgers falling into the trap of merely watching their scoring leader and point guard, Jordan Taylor.“I thought we did a better job of being a little more aggressive offensively,” Close said of the Penn State game. “When you have a great point guard like we got, sometimes – not even planned – you kind of stop and take a look and watch. You’ve got to try to get away from that. I thought we moved the ball better and cut a little better.”The result, Close said, was the Badgers creating more high-percentage shots – whether for themselves or a teammate.“It doesn’t necessarily mean you’ve got to shoot it, but if you’re a threat or you make other things happen, you can get other guys better shots,” Close said.Perhaps the biggest benefactor of the more aggressive mindset was Josh Gasser. UW’s fifth-leading scorer in conference play with 7.3 points per game, the sophomore guard hadn’t scored more than nine points since mid-January prior to Sunday. Gasser also endured three straight games where he shot less than 37 percent from the field.Nevertheless, Gasser caught fire quickly against the Nittany Lions, scoring 11 points before halftime and finishing with a team-high 15. All but one of his shots came from behind the 3-point arc, from where he was 3-for-5 on the night. Collectively, Gasser’s effort seemed to be contagious“I think once [Gasser] got hot, other guys started knocking down shots,” guard Ben Brust said. “Sometimes all it takes is one person to get it going. You kind of feed off it.”Gasser also finished a perfect 6-for-6 from the free throw line, and his vigor in getting there also struck a chord with his teammates. Foul shooting has fallen in line behind 3-point marksmanship on the list of Wisconsin’s recent inconsistencies, but not by way of percentages. Sometimes, the Badgers just don’t attempt many.In that loss to Ohio State Feb. 4, Wisconsin was forced to play from behind for much of the game. Consequently, Taylor carried the team, but he took only three free throws. Taylor made all of them, but the first he attempted didn’t come until 6:46 remained in the game and UW was trailing by six points.The good news for the Badgers is that in the three games since that loss, they’ve attempted no fewer than 14 in each.“In a lot of cases, you have to take what the defense gives you,” Close said. “If the defense is just going to sag all the way around the basket and give you open shots, then you’re going to have to make some to make them come out and create lanes to drive. But we’ve always wanted to be not only a balanced team inside and out, but also a balanced team with a lot of guys scoring. When we are, we’re a little more effective.”
Photo © Tipp FM Tipp senior hurlers are looking forward to a tough battle against Clare this weekend.They’re opening their league campaign with a trip to Cusack Park in Ennis.Tipp selector Declan Fanning says they won’t take the Banner’s challenge lightly.He says the players know all the counties will be setting out their stall early on in the competition….
ESSA has reported a total of 62 cases of suspicious betting to the relevant authorities during the second quarter of 2018, involving eight different sports.The international betting integrity body highlights the vast majority (44) emanated from tennis, with football next in line with 12 suspicious alerts, followed by bowls, handball, boxing, basketball, beach volleyball and esports which had one case each. Khalid Ali, ESSA Secretary General, commented: “We have played a crucial role in bringing transparency to betting related match-fixing, which is why we have taken a keen interest in the recent publication of the Interim Report into tennis by the Independent Review Panel. “We support many of the recommendations made by the Panel, and we wish to work with the sport to address betting related issues. However, we have serious concerns about a blanket discontinuation of the sale of data for events at the lowest level of tennis, and whether that approach is proportionate to the issue and will provide a practical and effective solution.”“We are seeking to deliver a number of alternative evidence-based options that we hope the Panel, and the various governing bodies within the sport, will be willing to explore in more detail, and to reaching a position that is mutually beneficial, places integrity to the fore and also serves to avoid any adverse commercial impacts”.Amongst the report was a guest comment from Sara Slane, senior vice president of public affairs at the American Gaming Association, explaining what the legalised sports betting landscape could look like, as well as addressing work carried out between both parties with the aim of “creating an ‘ESSA style’ model for the US market”.Speaking of the US market, Slane commented: “As legal sports betting becomes a reality in the United States, the American Gaming Association (AGA) looks to ESSA as a model for promoting sports betting in a safe and regulated environment, while ensuring the integrity of games.“As sports betting opens up across the US, the gaming industry hopes to build off of the integrity monitoring successes enjoyed in Nevada, as well as in regulated markets throughout Europe. To that end, the AGA supports the establishment of a collaborative integrity monitoring association in the US.” Related Articles Alberto Alfieri: Leading the way for Gamingtec’s B2C growth August 25, 2020 EU research agency demands urgent action on loot box consumer safeguards July 29, 2020 StumbleUpon IBIA: Australia has made no progress on safeguarding sports integrity July 28, 2020 Submit Share Share
Ivory Coast captain Didier Drogba was robbed at his hotel in Abidjan while on holidays in the country last week, Star Magazine, a local weekly, reported on Wednesday.The Galatasaray forward returned to his room on the 11th floor of Hotel Ivoire to discover that somebody had removed €7,500 from his luggage, according to the report.Drogba immediately alerted the management of the five-star establishment, who in turn called the police, but their efforts were to no avail.A police officer, who refused to be mentioned, said an investigation had been opened and that they would assist the hotel security to arrest the burglar(s).This is not the first time an Ivorian professional is losing money or items to robbers while on holidays. Stuggart’s left back Boka Arthur was recently dispossessed of his valuables at the same hotel.
In his book, “A Game of Inches: The Stories Behind the Innovations that Shaped Baseball,” author Peter Morris writes that the cat-and-mouse game “between sign-givers and sign-stealers” in baseball began in the ’80s.The 1880s, that is.The Brooklyn Bridegrooms, ancestors of today’s Dodgers, finished in first place in their league in 1889 and 1890. Morris writes that Brooklyn shortstop George Smith credited the Bridegrooms’ success to stealing their opponents’ signs – a practice as legal then as it is now.In 1900, the Philadelphia Phillies devised an illegal sign-stealing system involving a man with a spyglass in center field, and an electronic buzzer that extended to the third-base coach’s box. During the first game of a Sept. 17 doubleheader in Philadelphia, Cincinnati Reds shortstop Tommy Corcoran decided to do something. When Corcoran noticed third-base coach Pearce Chiles’ leg twitching, Corcoran dug at the dirt under Chiles’ feet with his shoe spikes. He uncovered a wooden box containing electronic wires, a crude but effective means for relaying signs to the Phillies’ hitters. The punishment for the crime was mere shame; the umpire allowed the game to continue. As Joe Dittmar wrote in the SABR Baseball Research Journal, the Reds settled for the greater moral victory. Subsequent video evidence corroborated the initial suspicions that the Astros stole signs from Dodgers catchers in the 2017 World Series, a month after Manfred issued his warning. Former Astros pitcher Mike Fiers confirmed on the record to The Athletic that a sign-stealing system was in place that season.The Red Sox named Astros bench coach Alex Cora their new manager after the World Series concluded, and The Athletic reported Cora “played a key role in devising the sign-stealing system the Astros used in 2017.”In the long view of history – baseball history included – it should come as no surprise that Manfred’s warning did little to deter cheaters.“The prohibition of basic human tendencies – lying, cheating, stealing – has proven over the millenia to be futile,” Thorn said. “It doesn’t mean you can’t have rules and try to enforce them. Baseball probably can do better, given the digital technology. But if you’re trying to regulate or ban basic human tendencies … it’s not going to work.”Seeking ethically dubious advantages wherever they exist in competition is a basic human tendency. Thorn notes King Kelly, a famous baseball player of the 19th century, was notorious for cutting from first base to third when the umpire’s back was turned.A more recent example, if less relatable, is the prolific use of undetected performance-enhancing drugs. After scarcely policing PEDs for most of its history, MLB now punishes violators with half-season and full-season suspensions. Pitcher Jenrry Mejia received the first and only lifetime ban for PED use, in February 2016. He was conditionally reinstated in 2019 and signed a minor-league contract with the Red Sox.It is tempting to compare the punishments given to PED users to those awaiting the sign stealers. Mark McGwire, Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens and perhaps others have been denied election to the Baseball Hall of Fame because of PED associations. But the comparison will always remain imperfect. Bonds is still a hero in San Francisco. McGwire has no plaque in Cooperstown, but a statue of him sits in storage in St. Louis.“We always have a sneaking admiration for miscreants,” Thorn explained. “As fans, we think, ‘If only we could disregard the rules of the workplace like him.’ We like the rogues.”When it comes to stealing signs, no one player or coach stands to serve as a lightning rod for our emotions.“We can’t decipher individuals in the same way,” Thorn said. “It seems not romantic, but merely grubby.”Related Articles Baseball will continue in Boston and Houston, no matter the extent of illegal sign-stealing by the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox as described in The Athletic. The Dodgers lost the World Series to both alleged cheaters. Now, in Southern California and beyond, the stench of moral failure is strong.But what constitutes just punishment? Electronic sign stealing is nothing new, but it’s difficult to reconcile with our concept of cheating for some unusually subversive reasons. Whether spiking coffee with amphetamines or rubbing foreign substances on bats and balls, baseball players have blurred the lines between cheating and trying many times before.“If it’s not explicitly banned in the rules, it’s permitted,” said John Thorn, the official historian of Major League Baseball. “You can stretch the rules as far as they will expand.”In September 2017, MLB fined the Red Sox an undisclosed amount after an investigation concluded they had sent electronic communications from their video replay room to an athletic trainer in the dugout for the purpose of stealing opponents’ signs.In announcing the Red Sox’s punishment, Commissioner Rob Manfred issued a statement saying “all 30 clubs have been notified that future violations of this type will be subject to more serious sanctions, including the possible loss of draft picks.” Electronically assisted sign stealing is not merely an explicit crime, then. For two years, it’s been accompanied by an explicit punishment. Angels fail to take series in Oakland, lose in 10 innings Thorn compared it to corporate espionage. There too, baseball provides an example in Chris Correa. The former Cardinals scouting director was able to hack into the Astros’ proprietary database by correctly guessing the password of his former boss, Sig Mejdal, after Mejdal left the Cardinals to work for the Astros. Correa was sentenced to federal prison for unauthorized access to a protected computer.The crime was at once unambiguous and reminiscent of a relatable temptation to log in to your ex’s Instagram account. Is that what the Astros and Red Sox did? If so, how many draft picks are required as penance?To punish sign stealing is unimaginably more challenging than watching a television monitor and banging a trash can. Manfred has at least 120 years of precedent, but it’s surprisingly useless. You don’t have to shock the third-base coach’s leg to transmit an opponent’s signs electronically, and it’s only going to get easier in the years to come.The politics of the Red Sox and Astros situations allow Manfred to err on the side of severity – and simultaneously guard against future acts of espionage. Lifetime bans aren’t out of the question, as Dodgers pitcher Kenley Jansen suggested in November. The only question should be who gets them. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The Brady to Gronk Super Bowl winning connection is back…in Tampa.Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who is currently retired from the New England Patriots, has agreed to return to the NFL as a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as part of a trade, according to Gronkowski’s agent.“Pending the physical, Rob has agreed to play for Tampa this season,” according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.“He will honor his current contract at this time.”Gronkowski has one year left on his current contract, which is worth $10 million.ESPN’s Adam Schefter and NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport both report that the terms of the proposed trade will see the Tampa Bay Buccaneers get Rob Gronkowski and a 7th-round pick from the Patriots in exchange for a 4th-round pick from the Buccaneers.Tampa Bay declined to comment on the trade. The trade would reunite Gronkowski with quarterback Tom Brady, who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a free agent on March 20th after 20 seasons with New England. Gronkowski played nine seasons for the Patriots alongside Brady. The duo were teammates on 3 Super Bowl champion teams in the 2014, 2016, and 2018 seasons, though Gronkowski missed the 2016 Super Bowl due to injury.Speaking on ESPN’s SportsCenter Tuesday night, Rosenhaus said the discussions began shortly after Brady went to Tampa. Gronkowski and the agent agreed it would be an appealing situation.“He loves new England. He loves the Patriots organization, Coach (Bill) Belichick, the Krafts, his teammates that are still there. He had an amazing run in New England. It was just time for him to continue his career with Tom Brady in Florida with Tampa,” said Rosenhaus.“It was something cool and exciting and challenging for him. He’s well rested and looking forward to playing with Tom again.”