Alan Pardew has dismissed suggestions he has gambled by signing Emmanuel Adebayor, revealing the striker has signed a performance-based contract to inspire him to produce his best. “If you look at Harry Redknapp’s career, he was very good at regenerating some senior players who were supposedly at the end of their careers, and I’ve had a couple of situations like that: Teddy Sheringham springs to mind, who was playing in my Premier League team (at West Ham) at the age of 38. “You sometimes cannot get the kind of quality that Adebayor can bring. We’re very fortunate to have him, I make no bones about that. Our fans should be very optimistic, because I am.” Pardew has previously worked with Hatem Ben Arfa and Carlos Tevez, giving him experience of other players with difficult streaks, but he has also been in contact with Tim Sherwood regarding his success in managing Adebayor at Spurs. “It’s important to understand the history, talk to people who have worked with him,” he said. “Particularly Tim Sherwood, who’s someone I know well, and I know from Tim that there’s certain things Adebayor works on, works with, and I’d be foolish to ignore them, so I’m going to try and help create an atmosphere here that gives him the best possible chance of success. “He didn’t need to come here, the financial deal for him to stay at home or to be here is probably exactly the same, so he’s putting himself up and that fills me with confidence. “I’ve had messages with Tim, via somebody else, but I probably will speak to Tim as I go along. “If I can get him anywhere near his best, it’ll be more than good enough for us.” Press Association The enigmatic former Arsenal, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Tottenham striker joined Crystal Palace on Tuesday after spending five months as a free agent following his release by Spurs. He possesses the talent to remain among the Barclays Premier League’s finest but has a reputation for being both lazy and problematic, causing concerns he may disrupt what has so far been a fine season for Palace and undermine their pursuit of European football. But Pardew is adamant he has sufficiently researched Adebayor’s character and is confident Palace can benefit the 31-year-old’s career as much as he can provide them with much-needed goals. “We’ve incentivised his contract to do that, in terms of him being a success,” said Pardew, who accepts the striker remains too short of match fitness to start against Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday. “I see in him a desire to get his career back on track, and I think I can help him. I’m hoping that’s a win-win situation for him and for us. “You cannot underestimate the quality he has. I’ve tried to sign him twice before, once at West Ham, when I came that close, and at Newcastle we talked long and hard about him. “He’s a character that needs to be loved and the group I have… he’s going to get that. “For us it’s about bringing in a striker to give everyone a boost. We all felt sorry for ourselves, no (Yannick) Bolasie, Connor (Wickham’s) now suspended, so it’s great for us. “You can see in the training ground there’s a lift already. He’s done the first part of his job because everybody is really pleased he’s here. “The only risk is if he doesn’t play well. I can’t see any other risk. I think we discard players quite quickly, and sometimes too early.
Among the items in that proposal are a 17-game schedule, a reduction of the preseason and an increase to the current 27% share of revenues for the players.A second bye week to go with a 17th game is also being considered, although almost certainly not for the 2020 season. The expansion of the playoffs easily could occur this year, however.In other NFL news:— Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry has undergone hip surgery after initially opting not to have the operation. Landry was bothered by his hip all last season, but still finished with a team-leading 83 catches for 1,1174 yards and six touchdowns.— The Bears have signed tight end Demetrius Harris to a one-year contract. The 6-foot-7 Harris has 72 receptions for 754 and nine touchdowns over six seasons with the Chiefs and Browns. He was released by Cleveland this week. Update on the latest sports Realmuto will get a raise from $6.05 million to $10 million instead of his $12.4 million request.Realmuto was acquired from the Marlins just before spring training last year and earned its second straight All-Star selection. He finished the season batting .275 with 25 home runs and 83 RBIs.In other MLB news:— Yankees right-hander Luis Severino has been shut down from throwing for the second consecutive spring training, this time because of right forearm soreness. Severino, who turned 26 on Thursday, was sidelined until the final weeks of the regular season last year. — Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco felt discomfort in his right leg during a spring training workout and is having tests. The 32-year-old Carrasco made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. The team plans to provide an update on his status on Friday. February 20, 2020 TENNIS-FEDERER-SURGERYRoger Federer has knee surgery, will miss French OpenBASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer will miss the French Open and no fewer than three other tournaments while he is sidelined for at least four months after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee Wednesday.The 20-time Grand Slam champion posted on Facebook Thursday that his knee had been bothering him for a while. It’s only the second operation for the 38-year-old Federer. Wimbledon starts June 29.NCAA-PITTSBURGH-VIOLATIONS — Timberwolves forward Jake Layman has been cleared to return to practice, but star center Karl-Anthony Towns remains sidelined. Towns is awaiting clearance for a sprained left wrist. Layman already has missed 39 games and will miss at least four more with a sprained left toe suffered Nov. 18 at Utah. The 6-foot-8 Layman was averaging a career-best 10.5 points over the first 14 games in his first season with the Wolves.NFL-NEWSNFL owners approve negotiated terms for new labor agreementNEW YORK (AP) — NFL owners have voted to accept the negotiated terms for a new collective bargaining agreement, putting the onus on players who plan to hold a conference call Friday.Team representatives were summoned to New York to discuss the proposal with the league eager to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the players in the next few weeks. The current deal runs out in March 2021. UNDATED (AP) — Luka Garza continues to build a strong case for Big Ten Player of the Year honors.Garza scored 24 points and 20th-rated Iowa opened on a 27-8 run in an 85-76 win over No. 25 Ohio State. It was his 12th consecutive game of 20 points or more in Big Ten play, the longest streak for an Iowa player in 49 seasons and the most by any conference player in the last 20 years.Bakari Evelyn came off the bench to score 15 points for the Hawkeyes, who are 19-8 overall and 10-6 in the conference.The Buckeyes were within nine points on three occasions early in the second half before Iowa went on an 18-8 run to lead 69-50 with 6:43 to play.Freshman E.J. Liddell led Ohio State with a season-high 17 points. — Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will become a free agent for the first time in his 11-year career. Griffen has chosen to exercise his option to void the remaining three years on his contract. The move will clear more than $13 million off the books for 2020 for the salary cap-strapped Vikings.— An attorney for New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese is strongly defending the Saints’ public-relations help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis. He says the legal effort to unseal emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those “who had the audacity” to back the church. Thursday’s hearing comes amid claims the Saints joined the church in a pattern of concealing sexual abuse, an allegation the team denies.— Dan Radakovich, who starred as a linebacker at Penn State in the 1950s before winning two Super Bowls as an assistant with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 1970s, has died. Radakovich was 84.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULEGarza leads Iowa again The Caps grabbed a share of the division lead with the Penguins’ 4-0 loss to the Maple Leafs. Jake Muzzin (MUH’-zihn) had a goal and two assists to back Frederik Andersen, who made 24 saves in his second shutout of the season and 18th of his career.William Nylander (NEE’-lan-dur), Kasperi Kapanen (kas-PEHR’-ee KAP’-ah-nehn) and Zach Hyman also tallied as Toronto regained third place in the Atlantic Division.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— St. Louis posted a 1-0 win over the Coyotes as Jordan Binnington needed to stop just 14 shots for his second consecutive shutout and eighth of his career. Antti Raanta stopped 45 of the Blues’ season-high 46 shots, surrendering only Ryan O’Reilly’s goal with eight minutes remaining.— The Flyers erased a two-goal deficit before Kevin Hayes scored 3:51 into overtime to send Philadelphia past Columbus, 4-3. The Blue Jackets led 3-1 until Nicolas Aube-Kubel (oh-BAY’ koo-BEHL’) and Claude Giroux (juh-ROO’) tallied 1:26 apart to tie it. — Malik Monk dropped in 25 points and Miles Bridges contributed 22 in the Hornets’ third straight win, 103-93 at Chicago. Charlotte let a 21-point lead in the third quarter shrink to two before hanging on.NBA-NEWSIrving done for seasonUNDATED (AP) — The Brooklyn Nets will wind up getting very little production from free-agent pickups Kyrie Irving and Kevin Durant this season.The Nets say Irving will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a right shoulder that has bothered the six-time All-Star since November. Coach Kenny Atkinson said earlier this week that the point guard was still having trouble with the shoulder that sidelined him for 26 games earlier this season. — Mark Scheifele (SHY’-flee) snapped a 12-game scoring drought with three power-play goals in the Jets’ 5-1 thumping of the Senators. Kyle Connor and Nikolaj Ehlers (NIH’-koh-ly EE’-lurz) also scored for the Jets, who improved to 7-2-1 over their last 10 to move into the first wild-card spot in the Western Conference.— Mackenzie Blackwood won his fifth straight start by making 36 saves in the Devils’ 2-1 verdict over the Sharks. Defenseman P.K. Subban (SOO’-ban) scored the winner on a power play early in the third period.MLB-NEWSPhils beat Realmuto in arbitrationUNDATED (AP) — The Phillies won their arbitration case against All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh), putting teams ahead of players 7-4 this year and ensuring clubs will finish with a winning record. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) had 33 points and 16 rebounds as the Bucks mauled the Detroit Pistons, 126-106. Antetokounmpo was 13 of 18 from the field and played just under 32 minutes with the game well in hand by intermission.The Bucks led 70-41 at halftime and by as many as 34 in the second half of their 15th win in 17 games. Former Piston Khris Middleton added 28 points and Eric Bledsoe chipped in 18 as Milwaukee improved to a league-best 47-8.Checking out Thursday’s other completed NBA action:— Trae Young poured in a career-high 50 points and the Hawks closed on a 10-0 run to beat the Heat, 129-124. Young made 18 of 19 free throws and 8 of 15 3-pointers to help Atlanta overcome Bam Adebayo’s (ad-ah-BAY’-ohz) 28 points and season-high 19 rebounds for Miami.— The 76ers are an NBA-best 26-2 at home after Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) provided 39 points and 16 rebounds in a 112-104 overtime win against the Nets. Alec Burks added 19 points, including a pair of layups in overtime that gave Philadelphia the lead for good. NHL-SCHEDULECaps fall despite Ovie’s 699thUNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) finally moved closer to the 700-goal plateau, but the Washington Capitals failed to regain first place in the NHL’s Metropolitan Division.Ovechkin ended a five-game point drought by netting his 699th career goal in the Caps’ 4-3 loss to Montreal. The left wing fired up the crowd by scoring in seven minutes in and came close to reaching 700 goals on a bang-bang play in the third period. Instead, Ovechkin continues his quest to become the eighth player in NHL history to get to 700.Ben Chiarot (sheh-RAHT’) scored his second of the game 58 seconds into OT to send the Capitals to their fifth loss in six games. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEGreek Freak, Bucks roll past PistonsUNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s top team and the reigning MVP showed no rust following the All-Star break. Pitt hoops, football placed on 3 years’ probation by NCAAINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh football and men’s basketball programs have been placed on probation for three years by the NCAA.The organization says both programs committed a series of violations between 2015 and 2018. The violations centered around both programs exceeding the number of allotted practices during that time.Former men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was given a three-year show-cause order, meaning he must sit out 30% of his new team’s games if he is hired during the three-year window of the show-cause order. Stallings is currently out of coaching. Former director of basketball operations Dan Cage also faces a three-year show-cause order.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DOCTOR-INVESTIGATION PGA-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIPMcIlroy sizzles in Mexico CityMEXICO CITY (AP) — Rory McIlroy is the leader through one round of the Mexico Championship, two strokes ahead of Bubba Watson and Justin Thomas.McIlroy ripped a 4-iron from 275 yards into the thin air at Chapultepec to 15 feet for eagle on his second hole Thursday, made five more birdies and opened the Mexico Championship with a 6-under 65. This is the only World Golf Championship that McIlroy hasn’t won as he tries to join Dustin Johnson as the only players to win all four of them.Bryson DeChambeau and Billy Horschel are tied with Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Corey Connors at minus-3, while Hideki Matsuyama (maht-soo-YAH’-mah), Paul Casey, Patrick Reed and Lee Westwood are among six players at 2 under. Irving appeared in just 20 games this season, averaging 27.4 points, 6.4 assists and 5.2 rebounds.The Nets continue to wait for Durant to recover from Achilles surgery that has kept him off the court all season.Durant and Irving were two of the NBA’s prized offseason signings last summer.Also, in the NBA:— Warriors guard Klay Thompson will not play this season, though it has not been ruled out that he could still compete in the Olympics this summer. It was expected that Thompson would miss the entire season as he recovers from a torn knee ligament. In other top-25 finals:— Alonzo Verge Jr. scored 26 points and Rob Edwards added 24 in Arizona State’s sixth straight win, 77-72 versus No. 14 Oregon. The Ducks blew an 11-point, second-half lead before Edwards drained a 3-pointer to highlight a 6-0 spurt that put Arizona State ahead for good.— McKinley Wright IV had 15 points and Tyler Bey added 14 with 11 boards as No. 18 Colorado eked out a 70-66 win against Southern California. Shane Gatling chipped in 13 points as one of five Buffaloes to score in double-figures.— TJ Haws had 28 points as 23rd-ranked Brigham Young won its seventh straight game, defeating Santa Clara 85-75.— No. 24 Arizona rolled to an 89-63 rout of Oregon State behind Josh Green’s 18 points. Nico Mannion added 16 points and six assists for the Wildcats. University of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claimsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Another man has come forward to publicly accuse a late University of Michigan physician of sexual abuse decades ago.Gary Bailey said Thursday that Dr. Robert E. Anderson molested him during a medical exam in 1968 or 1969. Bailey says he filed an official complaint with the university at the time but never heard anything back.The university says it has received 22 calls to a hotline since Wednesday when it announced an investigation into Anderson. Police started investigating Anderson in July 2018 after a former student athlete alleged abuse by Anderson in the 1970s. Officials have acknowledged that some university employees were aware of accusations against the doctor prior to a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation. Anderson died in 2008.University of Michigan President Mark Schlissel has apologized to “anyone who was harmed” by Anderson.
The Latest: Pro Motocross cancels season-opening event The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The federation says a detailed program of games will be presented after UEFA clarifies dates for rearranged European club tournaments.___Soccer in England will stay suspended until at least April 30 because of the coronavirus outbreak and the season could be finished in June.The Football Association and Premier League say they have agreed to extend the suspension from April 4 to April 30. The FA board has waived a regulation which would normally oblige leagues to finish by June 1. Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says the players approached the club with an offer of voluntary pay cuts, and the coaching staff, directors and executives have joined in.Eberl says “I am very proud of the boys. A clear signal: we are standing together for Borussia in good and bad times.”Gladbach is fourth in the German league and was on course to qualify for a spot in next season’s Champions League. Gladbach CEO Stephan Schippers says the club and Bundesliga are in their toughest financial situation in more than 20 years because of lost revenue from tickets, TV and sponsorship.Gladbach played a game last week in an empty stadium. The club estimated it lost about 2 million euros ($2.16 million) in revenue by playing without fans.In Scotland, Hearts has asked all its players and other fulltime employees to accept a 50 percent pay cut, or contract termination. It’s become the first professional sports league to close early its entire season in South Korea due to the virus. Many other sports associations have suspended their ongoing leagues or put off their season openings.The Women’s Korean Basketball League says in a statement that it reached the cancellation decision Friday to support national quarantine efforts aimed at curbing the further spread of the virus.The WKBL had earlier suspended its league from March 10 after holding its games without spectators.Its regular session was originally supposed to end on March 19 and a post-season in early April.It’s first time for the WKBL to close its league early in the middle of its league since its launch in 1998. The race outside of Sacramento, California, had been slated for May 16.MX Sports Pro Racing, which operates the motocross series, is monitoring ongoing developments and discussing how to handle the rest of the schedule. The next scheduled race is May 23 at Pala, California.The Hangtown Classic is the longest-running motocross national, dating to 1968.___South Korea’s women’s professional basketball league says it has canceled the rest of its 2019-20 season because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak. In a statement posted on the team’s website on Thursday, Leiweke said the “unprecedented times” with the coronavirus outbreak is changing plans for the team. They are delaying general seat selection for fans and are deferring payments due in April, May and June for those that bought and selected premium seating in Seattle’s home arena.The team nickname, logo and colors have been highly anticipated for months and were expected to be unveiled in the first quarter of this year. The unveiling continued to be delayed as the team worked with the league on the name and an announcement was expected sometime in April.The team also announced it’s continuing to work on its charitable foundation and is making a $100,000 donation to Youth Care to help address youth homelessness in the Seattle area.___The Philadelphia 76ers say three members of the organization have tested positive for the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Pro Motocross Championship has canceled the season-opening Hangtown Classic due to concerns over the coronavirus. The Sharks are also partnering with food service provider Aramark to donate more than 2,000 pounds of perishable food items from SAP Center to a local nonprofit that feeds the underserved in the community.___At least 35 NASCAR drivers will compete in the inaugural “eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series” event on Sunday. The event drew so many professional drivers it will now be aired on Fox Sports 1. The main booth of Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon, along with analyst Larry McReynolds, will call the event. The 90-minute, simulation-style eSports program includes a cross-section of competitors who will virtually race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The “Financial Fair Play” system monitors at least three years of accounts for hundreds of clubs which qualify to play in the Champions League and Europa League. Clubs which fail to break even on commercial income and spending on transfers and wages risk sanctions which include being expelled from competitions in the most severe cases.UEFA says the established rules allow for unforeseen circumstances which “is taken into account as part of the clubs’ assessment on a case by case basis.”___The Swedish soccer association says the start of the top professional leagues in the country have been postponed with the aim of playing again in late May or early June.The decision comes a day after a request from clubs in Sweden’s top two men’s leagues to delay the start of the season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak. March 19, 2020 South Korea on Friday reported 87 new cases of the coronavirus, bringing its total to 8,652.___Conference USA is canceling all formal and organized practice for the spring, effective immediately.The move, announced Thursday, comes after discussions among C-USA athletic directors, with the approval of the Board of Directors.The conference said that all other team activities will be governed by NCAA rules within each school’s discretion. Trabzonspor announced this week that it had “mutually agreed” to part with former Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel after the former Chelsea player said he did not feel comfortable playing amid the pandemic.___UEFA is giving European soccer clubs extra time and leeway to comply with financial monitoring rules during the coronavirus outbreak.UEFA says it has extended a March 31 deadline by one month for clubs to show they have no outstanding debts for taxes and transfer fees.The shutdown of European soccer has deprived clubs of match-day income and many risk getting less revenue from broadcasting contracts if games cannot be played. The Celtics said Smart will continue to be in isolation for several days and will be monitored by team medical staff. The statement said the team is awaiting further testing results and says it will communicate the results. — Kyle Hightower, reporting from Boston___Seattle’s expansion NHL franchise will “look for the right time,” before revealing the team’s nickname and brand, according to CEO and team president Tod Leiweke. Jockeys will mount their horses in the saddling barn, not the paddock. All starting gates will be disinfected between every race and gate crew will have to wear gloves.Horses shipping into either Santa Anita in suburban Los Angeles or Golden Gate in the San Francisco Bay area must stay with a trainer who currently has a barn at one of the tracks.___The San Jose Sharks and their foundation have announced a plan to donate $300,000 to a local food bank in response to the spread of the new coronavirus.The Sharks say the donation to Second Harvest of Silicon Valley will provide enough food for more than 600,000 meals for those in need. ___The Olympic flame has been handed over, by proxy, to Tokyo organizers in Athens.The coronavirus outbreak forced a bare-bones version of the usual elaborate ceremony in the stadium where the first modern Olympics were staged in 1896.The 80,000-seat marble stadium was empty apart from a handful of officials and participants. The Japanese delegation was absent because of travel restrictions and Tokyo organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori delivered a speech by video from Japan. But his message was upbeat.Mori says “I hereby pledge that on 24 July this flame will be lit at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.” ___Turkey has suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Youth and Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoglu made the announcement after meeting with the heads of the three sports federations.The soccer league had been continuing without spectators after most other leagues in Europe stopped. Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir had argued that the country was one of the least affected by the virus.Some players and coaches had complained about the league going ahead, expressing concerns for their health. The Sixers did not identify the members. They say players, coaches and specific basketball operations support staff were tested for COVID-19. The tests were secured and processed privately. All other tests results are currently negative.The individuals are in self-isolation and will be monitored closely by medical professionals.___CBS will air classic NCAA Tournament games on Saturday and Sunday afternoon to offset last week’s cancellation of March Madness.Saturday’s schedule starts at noon Eastern with the 1982 title game between North Carolina and Georgetown followed by North Carolina State vs. Houston in the 1983 championship and the Duke vs. Kentucky 1992 East Regional final. Greek Olympic committee president Spyros Kapralos handed over the flame to a Japanese Unicef official in Athens and former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto. It was then headed for the airport to board the flight for Japan.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Celtics said in a statement Thursday night that they received word of a positive COVID-19 test by a player who had been exposed to a known positive case. They didn’t identify him, but Smart confirmed it was him in a video posted on Twitter. He added that he is not exhibiting any symptoms and is feeling well thus far. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Since then, Jazz All-Star players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have both tested positive for the virus. ___The American East Conference announced that two people on the floor during recent tournament games have tested positive for the coronavirus.The conference and the Collegiate Officiating Consortium issued a joint statement saying the games involved teams in the America East, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during play from March 7-11. The teams involved were Maine at Vermont (Burlington, Vermont); UIC vs. Wright State; (Indianapolis); Manhattan vs. Fairfield and Manhattan vs. Siena (Atlantic City, New Jersey).The American East Conference says it continues to adhere to the guidance issued by the CDC and federal and state governments and encourages fans to do the same. That means the English leagues can continue playing in space that opened up when UEFA postponed the European Championship to 2021.The FA, Premier League and English Football League say they are “united in their commitment” that the season should be resumed.___The International Weightlifting Federation says it has changed its Olympic qualifying criteria in response to the coronavirus outbreak but won’t say how the new system works.Olympic qualifying in dozens of sports has been thrown into chaos as continental championships around the world have been postponed. The group of drivers participating is headlined by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hall of Famer Bobby Labonte, two-time and defending Cup champion Kyle Busch and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.___Major League Soccer’s New York City team says a member of its sporting department has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The team says in a statement the person had mild symptoms, is feeling well and is observing appropriate isolation protocols.Players, staff and people believed to have come in close contact have been instructed to self-isolate and report any symptoms. NYC is majority-owned by City Football Group, the parent company of England’s Manchester City.___Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, are donating $50,000 toward food during the coronavirus outbreak.The Mayfields announced on Instagram that they’re making their donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, an organization they’ve worked with in the past. Mayfield says they “wanted to give back and help out any way we can.”They asked others to donate and pledged to match those contributions. The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 has recently been working out at his high school in Lake Travis, Texas. The first player under the PGA Tour umbrella has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The tour says Victor Lange of South Africa was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon returning home to Johannesburg on March 9 from playing a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in Mazatlan, Mexico. He was tested as a precaution while going to a non-virus related doctor’s appointment with a friend. Lange received the diagnosis on Tuesday.The tour says Lange has no symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery while under quarantine at home in South Africa.The PGA Tour Latinoamerica is one of six circuits the tour runs. It says in a statement Lange’s diagnosis will allow the tour to alert those with whom he might have come in contact.Lange has played three events this year — two in South Africa in January and February, and Mexico two weeks ago. Sunday’s games are all championship matchups. The day also starts at noon Eastern with Kansas vs. Memphis (2008) followed by last year’s game between Virginia Tech and Texas Tech and finishes with Villanova vs. North Carolina in 2016.___Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields are tightening restrictions on jockeys, trainers and stable areas in California. Only jockeys scheduled to ride in races will be allowed in the jockeys’ room and they will have their temperatures tested daily. Lockers will be spaced a minimum of six feet apart and all jockeys must wear riding gloves at all times.Only licensed trainers and essential personnel who have horses running that day are allowed on the track in the afternoon. Owners, fans and media have been barred from the premises. ___USA Cycling is tweaking its selection timeline for the Tokyo Olympics after the UCI, the sport’s global governing body, instituted a freeze on points accumulation and results due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.The first deadline for the American team is May 1 for track cyclists. The BMX freestyle team will be May 15, followed by the mountain bike and road racin teams on June 1. The BMX racing team will be June 3.USA Cycling has an ambitious goal of bringing home seven medals from the Summer Olympics, which at this point are still scheduled to begin in July.The organization says it will adjust its schedule if the International Olympic Committee alters the date of the Tokyo Games. The IWF says it has drawn up a replacement set of qualifying rules and submitted them to the International Olympic Committee but it won’t tell athletes or national federations about the changes until the IOC signs off on the plan.The IWF says it has ruled out extending the qualifying period beyond April 30. That means any rescheduled continental championships won’t count.Weightlifting’s long-standing problems with doping caused the IWF to demand top lifters competed more regularly at international events to be eligible for the Olympics — and to be subject to more doping tests. They were required to compete at least once between November and April.___Players from German soccer club Borussia Mönchengladbach have accepted pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press ___The Monaco Grand Prix is among three Formula One races postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Dutch and Spanish GPs in May were also called off by governing body FIA.It is not yet clear when the first race of the season can be held.___ ___Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and Bank of America announced Thursday they’re each donating $1 million to the Covid-19 Response Fund, a community-wide effort in the Carolinas to assist those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The fund has collected more than $7.8 million in donations in just four days.Foundation For The Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas launched the fund March 16 to support a range of nonprofit organizations assisting members of the community, particularly those most vulnerable. Donations have come from various sectors: corporations, local governments, individual philanthropists and foundations.Foundation For The Carolinas president and CEP Michael Marsicano says that Tepper “has emerged as one of our most influential leaders and a champion in the philanthropic field” and that “this generous gift is an expression of his heartfelt commitment to the well-being of our citizens. Now is the time for us all to come together to help one another.”
THE beauty of the Gold Coast is what the design of the 2018 Commonwealth Games Baton signifies, as it travels across the various destinations according to Keri Alga, one of the members travelling with the Baton.Alga was explaining this on Tuesday evening at a reception to mark the Baton’s Guyana leg at the British High Commissioner Greg Quinn’s residence in Georgetown.She contended that the Baton, “is made using macadamia wood and recycled plastic, sourced from Gold Coast waterways. The Baton’s design has been inspired by the region’s “vibrant spirit and indigenous heritage” and with sustainability in mind.”She noted that the Baton, which toured Kaieteur Falls, Annai and Surama, yesterday, also shows the fluid and lively motion of the people of the Gold Coast.In his opening remarks, His Excellency Quinn contended, “I have no doubt, showing loyalty to Australia here that my friends will put on an even better show than the Glasgow regions and the UK did.”GOA president K.A. Juman Yassin cuts the cake at the Queen’s Baton Relay reception on Tuesday evening at the British High Commissioner residence in Georgetown. His Excellency Greg Quinn is in the company of Ministers Sidney Allicock and Dominic Gaskin. (Delano Williams photo)Guyana Olympic Association (GOA) president KA Juman Yassin commended all who turned out to take part in the relay on Tuesday, adding that Guyana is always open to hosting the Baton.Minister of Business Dominic Gaskin, in his remarks reminded that the bond between sport and unity is one strengthened by acts of this nature.The Baton, synonymous with the Commonwealth Games 2018 was specially designed to reflect the Gold Coast.It also holds a message written by Queen Elizabeth II which will be unveiled at the opening of the Games in April in Australia.On Commonwealth Day, March 13 this year, the Gold Coast Queen’s Baton Relay was launched at Buckingham Palace, signalling the start of the Commonwealth Games which will be held in April 2018 in Australia.Kerry Thompson heads the Baton delegation, along with Richard Hahn and Alga, all of Australia, and Colin Macpherson of Scotland .
Comments Thanks to the blitzing athleticism of the Syracuse field hockey team, head coach Ange Bradley sees her defense play as an inherently contradictory game.Bradley’s Orange has — and always will — attack ruthlessly while attempting to maintain a four-player ‘diamond’ defensive form at the back. In collegiate field hockey, it is the ultimate line to tiptoe, especially for a speed team like SU.‘It was our athleticism that won the game for us today,’ Bradley said. ‘Not our smarts.’Saturday’s 4-0 shutout win over Monmouth was no exception. The season opener was the first example of defensive duality that proves both effective and potentially deadly. Even if the Orange accomplished the ultimate goal of a shutout over the Hawks, Syracuse pushed forward with a bit too much gusto.It’s something that might prove costly against a better team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We just got greedy,’ Bradley said. ‘Everyone is trying to move into the attack and not have the discipline and structure to let the ball do the work. They did a lot of straight ahead running, and that closes down angles instead of opening angles to score.’Saturday, SU was greedy time and time again. And Bradley felt her team let greed and athleticism get the best of them. It led to the diminution of the team’s defensive intelligence.At the rear of the Syracuse defense, junior back Amy Kee is the ‘voice.’ Saturday, Kee steered a talented SU defense to the 4-0 shutout victory. Monmouth registered only three shots during game — 30 fewer than SU.Statistically, the Orange defense played well. But Kee knows otherwise.‘The defense did do well,’ Kee said. ‘However, they didn’t take their opportunities as say teams we’re going to come up against in the next few weeks will do. So I think we’ve got to keep working on it.’Kee and her fellow starting defenders, Iona Holloway and Laura Hahnefeldt, combined to take 14 of the team’s 33 total shots.As too many defenders pushed forward, the diamond in the back was left exposed. It turned into a four-player shape with gaps. Monmouth physically wasn’t able to take advantage of those, but No. 2 North Carolina and other teams on SU’s schedule will.‘The press did not work well today,’ said Martina Loncarica, a senior midfielder. ‘That’s something we just have to keep working, studying and get it down right.’Bradley has bestowed Kee with the difficult task of verbally and physically keeping SU’s defensive form. She is Bradley’s on-field captain, and even with her one goal and ten shots Saturday, she didn’t complete her job defensively.‘We were trying to keep (our defensive form) a little bit more instead of letting everybody forward because then we leave less opposing players in behind us,’ Kee said.Junior back Iona Holloway is perhaps the prime example of the SU defense’s dual role duty. The junior is technically listed as a back, but regularly moves between the Orange defense and its forward attack, as she has taken on more of an offensive role this year.Saturday, Holloway was carried off the turf with 13 minutes remaining in the game. It was perhaps part of the reason for the defensive lapses.From then on, all the way through Bradley’s postgame lecture, Holloway sat idle on the SU bench. Bradley said Holloway’s injury was heat exhaustion-related.Though athleticism will promote defensive attacking for SU this year, the midfield and defense must maintain better shape and maturity rather than slipping into freeform blitzing.‘Keeping disciplined is something we need to improve, but it was a shutout,’ Kee email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 15, 2013 at 10:03 pm Contact Josh: firstname.lastname@example.org After waiting 379 days, Syracuse finally has a chance to avenge one of last season’s most devastating losses. On Dec. 2 of last year, Temple erased a 14-point Syracuse halftime lead and defeated the Orange 74-67 in Philadelphia. The Owls dominated the boards in the second half and took the lead for good with 4:41 remaining after going on 12-0 and 16-3 runs.On Monday, the No. 25 Orange (8-1) will be out for revenge in a 7 p.m. matchup against those same Owls (5-2) in the Carrier Dome. Sophomore guard Britney Sykes admitted this game will be a little bit of a payback opportunity for the Orange, and even went as far as guaranteeing victory. “I wouldn’t say revenge, (but) we’ve got a trick in store for them,” Sykes said. “It’s going to be a great game because they have the confidence to know that they beat us last year. And they did. But now we’re going to beat them.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter a 97-91 loss to then-No.25 Iowa on Dec. 5, the Orange has used an 11-day hiatus to tighten up its defense and defensive rebounding. Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said Syracuse cannot give up 97 points and expect to win, especially when allowing five second-chance points in the second half. “I want us to play tough games. I want us to have a challenging schedule,” Hillsman said. “I didn’t want our freshmen to come in this year with a false sense of reality of what college basketball is about. It’s about playing tough teams.”While freshmen Isabella Slim, Briana and Bria Day, and Alexis Peterson have learned from playing upper-echelon teams like Washington State, Texas A&M, and Iowa early in their careers, veterans like Sykes and La’Shay Taft have battled with these high-caliber teams in the past.Another tough challenge comes Monday against Temple. “Every time we play them we battle with them,” Taft said. “ … We know they’re doing fairly well, and we know they’re a good team from playing them in previous years.”As it was in the loss to Iowa, defensive rebounding was the problem against Temple last year. The Owls outrebounded SU 48-32, including 25-13 in the second half. Thankfully for Syracuse, Temple has graduated center Victoria Macauley, who dominated SU center Kayla Alexander last year. The former Owl center scored 14 of her game-high 20 points in the second half to lead the Owls’ comeback. Macauley also had a game-high 11 rebounds, while Alexander only had two defensive rebounds. Temple does return junior guards Rateska Brown and Tyonna Williams, the second-and-third-leading scorers for the Owls in the game against SU last year. This year, Williams is the team’s third-leading scorer (11.7) and Brown (8.0) is the sixth leading scorer.But once again, the Orange will have to deal with a highly skilled rebounding team. Shi-Heria Shipp (8.3), Natasha Thames (6.9) and Erica Covile (5.6) all average more than five rebounds apiece. “Playing against Temple, they’ve gotten better, and we’ve gotten better as well,” Sykes said. “It’ll be another great game and hopefully we come out with the win.”Hillsman said this year’s Temple team is very similar to the one SU faced last December, and that the Owls like to play a “tough, hard-nosed” brand of basketball. But despite last season’s collapse, Syracuse’s upperclassmen have another previous matchup with Temple on their minds. Two years ago, Syracuse beat the Owls in the third round of the WNIT 82-68 to advance to play Toledo. While Sykes and Taft acknowledged the history between the two teams, Hillsman chose to focus on the game at hand. “We’ve got to win a basketball game,” Hillsman said. “I don’t know about (it being a payback game). We need to pay ourselves back by rebounding the basketball in the second half. That’s what it’s all about.” Comments
Nightly News anchor Lester Holt spoke about interviewing President Donald Trump and moderating a presidential debate with Dean Willow Bay at Wallis Annenberg Hall Thursday night. Photo by Tomás Mier | Daily Trojan“See, my hand started to shake when you said that,” said NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt after being asked about moderating the first 2016 presidential debate at an event hosted at Wallis Annenberg Hall Thursday night.Along with analyzing clips of the debate, Holt, in conversation with Willow Bay, the dean of the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, spoke about politics, journalism and transparency.The two then discussed different clips of Holt moderating the first Hillary Clinton-Donald Trump debate, which Holt said he had not watched in its entirety. He explained that being the moderator was one of the most challenging things in his career.“The difficult thing was turning on cable TV and hearing people talk about me,” he said. “You think it doesn’t get into your head, but it does.”Holt spoke about interviewing Trump after he had become president — explaining how quickly Trump opened up to speak to him following the president’s firing of FBI director James Comey. He also spoke about visiting a U.S. naval base in South Korea, where he said the military is prepared for a nuclear attack from North Korea.“When you realize how many people could die, it’s quite disturbing,” he said.The conversation then opened to questions from pre-selected journalism students. Garrett Schwartz, a senior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism, asked about a journalist’s use of social media.Holt explained that social media is important to keep people informed, but that he was always cautious.“I am very guarded, because that’s what gets us in trouble,” Holt said. “When we get into the pundit world too much, we risk to fall into those traps.”Holt addressed issues of objectivity in journalism, explaining that the most important thing for a journalist is remaining objective.“You don’t just need to hold yourself accountable, but others accountable too,” Holt said. “You have to be clear with who you are.”CORRECTION: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that Holt spoke about visiting a U.S. Naval base in North Korea. The base was in South Korea. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.
That’s the view of former intercounty hurler Timmy Hammersley who believes the Premier has a sufficient depth of talent to be competitive in both codes.The Clonoulty-Rossmore man was a member of the panel that lifted the Liam McCarthy Cup in 2013 and also won the All-Ireland Intermediate Hurling title three years later.He’s convinced that those who are proficient in both codes can be facilitated.
DOHA, Qatar, CMC – Olympic and defending World champion Omar McLeod suffered the indignity of a disqualification in the men’s 110 metres hurdles at the IAAF World Championships on Wednesday.Another English-speaking Caribbean medal hopeful, Tynia Gaither of the Bahamas also endured a chastening performance in the women’s 200 metres on the sixth day of competition.McLeod, who is now working in Europe with US coach Rana Reider, had been fastest qualifier in the semi-finals, but hit hurdles eight and nine and then, terminally, 10, losing control and falling to the ground.He reported afterwards that he had felt a problem in a hamstring early on, and also apologized to the IAAF Diamond League champion Orlando Ortega of Spain after careering into his path after the final hurdle as the latter was mounting a possible challenge for a medal.“I felt my hamstring as I came off the first hurdle, so then I was thinking about it, not my technique,” he said. “It grabbed me again halfway through, but I gave it my all.“I made a lot of sacrifices this season to get here. I showed up ready and had heart. I’m in a new situation with a new coach. I just need to re-group and come back for next year.”The 21-year-old Grant Holloway extended the United States’ dominance at the meet won the gold in a time of 13.10 seconds, after leading from the gun.Sergey Shubenkov, the 2015 champion and 2017 silver medallist, chased Holloway home, adding another silver to his collection in 13.15 ahead of France’s European champion Pascal Martinot-Lagarde, who took bronze in 13.18.The 26-year-old Gaither, the 2019 Pan Am Games women’s 200 bronze medallist, never featured in the marquee women’s event on the card which was won by Great Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith and trailed in last in a time of 22.90.For the second time this week, Asher-Smith staked her claim as one of the finest sprinters on the planet. She followed up her silver medal in the 100 three days ago with a powerful victory in a time of 21.88 secs to clip 0.01 from the national record she set at the European Championships in Berlin 14 months ago and live up to her tag as favourite.Out of the blocks quickly, Asher-Smith was already ahead midway through the bend, entering the straight with a two-metre margin over second-placed rising American talent Brittany Brown (22.22).Both held their form down the homestretch, but the Briton did manage to pad her margin by another metre or so before crossing the line as her country’s seventh World champion.Her medal was just the second in the event for Great Britain at the World Championships; the first was at the inaugural edition in Helsinki in 1983, when Kathy Cook took bronze.Mujinga Kambundji won the battle for bronze in 22.51 to claim Switzerland’s first medal in any sprint.Five Caribbean athletes, including former World champion Kirani James, qualified for the men’s 400 final.James clocked a season’s best 44.32 to finish second in heat two and with the second-fastest qualifying time, behind Bahamian Steven Gardiner with a season’s best and fastest qualifying time of 44.13 and ahead of Demish Gaye of Jamaica, whose season’s best time of 44.66 squeaked him into the final as the seventh-fastest qualifier.Machel Cedeno also clocked a season’s best 44.41 – the fifth fastest time – to win heat three and reach the final eight. Jamaica’s Akeem Bloomfield finished third in the heat with 44.77, the slowest qualifying time.Meantime, Rushell Clayton of Jamaica won the second heat of the men’s 400 hurdles to qualify for the final with the third-fastest time of 54.17.His compatriot Shiann Salmon clocked a personal best 55.16 seconds to finish third in the third heat and narrowly failed to qualify for the championship run.In the field events, Jamaica’s Danniel Thomas-Dodd installed herself as a favourite, qualifying for the final of the women’s shot putt with a distance of 19.32 metres. She was the only English-speaking Caribbean competitor in the field.Elsewhere, Grenadian Victor Lindon finished the first day of the men’s decathlon just off medal contention in fourth with 4,474 points – nine points shy of third-placed Kevin Mayer of France.Lindon’s best performance of the day came in the shot putt, where he finished second with a distance of 16.24m.He finished fourth in the 100 with a time of 10.66, fifth in the long jump with a mark of 7.51m, cleared a height of 2.04m to finish fourth in the high jump and ninth in the 400 in a time of 48.55.In the women’s discus, Jamaicans Shanie Love and Shadae Lawrence failed to qualify for the final, clearing distances of 59.50m and 58.51m respectively.Another Jamaican, Aisha Praught-Leer failed to reach the semifinal of the women’s 1,500m, clocking four minutes, 09.81 seconds to finish seventh in heat two of the first round.
Royal Ascot generates ‘record number of transactions’ for SG’s OpenSports June 18, 2020 Share Share John Williamson to oversee UK Tote Group’s international growth August 28, 2020 Related Articles Submit Sportech highlights new client wins under lockdown June 26, 2020 StumbleUpon The UK Tote Group has begun its search for a new Chairman after Eamonn Wilmott confirmed he would be stepping down from the company.Wilmott, who took control of The Tote in October 2019, was instrumental in the Together for the Tote initiative. The initiative saw The Tote team up with racecourse operator Britbet, later buying the pool betting operator from its previous owners Betfred.Wilmott commented: “I fundamentally believe a strong Tote is critical for British racing. This is why I was so keen to be part of this project and why I will always be a friend of the Tote’s. We have established the foundations of a strong business with a very bright future, one which I know is in the best hands possible to ensure it can achieve its potential. I look forward to helping the Tote excel in the years ahead.”In addition to leading the Tote, Wilmott has also held a number of other responsibilities including being Chairman of Total Performance Data, and will now focus on these while remaining a shareholder in the Tote.Alex Frost, Chief Executive of UK Tote Group, said: “I would like to thank Eamonn sincerely for everything he has contributed over the last two years. His counsel, advice and support has been invaluable, and we would not be where we are without his considerable input. We look forward to Eamonn remaining a close friend of the Tote.”