Before the premiere, MTV will air The Challenge: Double Agents Declassified on Monday, December 7, which will provide an inside look at the season and the cast — including two returners who have since taken time off.Darrell Taylor, who was last seen on XXX: Dirty 30 in 2017, and Theresa Gonzalez, who most recently competed on The Challenge: Battle of the Exes II in 2015, are both back and ready to take home the cash prize.- Advertisement – In the words of C.T., let’s f–kin’ go! Season 36 of The Challenge has arrived. On Thursday, November 12, MTV announced the cast for The Challenge: Double Agents, set to premiere next month.In addition to 20 returning competitors, 10 rookies will be joining the season, which will return to a partner format. Filmed in Iceland, the 30 reality stars will compete “in a game of secrets, spies and lies for their share of one million dollars.”- Advertisement – This season is also introducing stars from other shows — and other walks of life — including Amber Borzotra from Big Brother 16, Gabby Allen from Love Island 3, Amber Martinez from Are You the One? 8, Mechie Harris from Ex on the Beach 3, former WWE star Lio Rush and former Olympian Lolo Jones.America’s Got Talent alum Joseph Allen, Ultimate Beastmaster star Nam Vo, Shipwrecked‘s Liv Jawando and Survivor winner Natalie Anderson will also compete.Scroll through the gallery below to meet the cast.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –
Topics : Unprecedented wildfires in Oregon have all but destroyed five small towns and a record number of deaths is feared, Governor Kate Brown said on Wednesday.Oregon was the hardest hit state in the US West, where nearly 100 extreme wildfires were stoked by high winds and temperatures.In central Oregon, rescuers saved people’s lives by pulling them from the Santiam River where they had taken refuge from flames that destroyed scores of riverside homes, officials said. The Santiam Valley town of Detroit, as well as Blue River and Vida in coastal Lane County and Phoenix and Talent in southern Oregon were substantially destroyed, Brown told a news conference.”This could be the greatest loss in human lives and property due to wildfire in our state’s history,” Brown said.The governor gave no indication of how many people may have died, but one of Oregon’s most deadly blazes was in 1936 when a fire destroyed the city of Brandon and killed 13 people.Firefighters in Oregon, California and Washington retreated from uncontrolled blazes that forced tens of thousands to evacuate their homes and hundreds of thousands to lose power. “It was like driving through hell,” Jody Evans told local television station NewsChannel21 after a midnight evacuation from Detroit, about 50 miles (80 km) west of Salem.Evans fled the largest blaze in Oregon, known as the Beachie Fire, which threatened to join up with another wildfire to the west known as the Lionshead Fire.To the south, parts of Medford, Oregon, a popular retirement location with over 80,000 residents, were under evacuation orders or warnings as a growing wildfire closed a section of Interstate 5, the primary north-south highway in the West.As the fire moved north to Medford it heavily damaged Talent with about 6,000 residents and Phoenix, with around 5,000, according to local police.Brown saw no respite in the near term. “Winds continue to feed these fires and push them into our towns and cities,” she said, adding that thousands more Oregonians will need to evacuate over the next several hours.Climate scientists have blamed global warming for extreme wet and dry seasons in the US West that have caused grasses and scrub to flourish then dry out, leaving fuel that supercharges wildfires.In California, all 18 National Forests were closed due to what the US Forest Service called “unprecedented and historic fire conditions.”The Creek Fire about 35 miles (56 km) north of Fresno tore through the Sierra National Forest, susceptible due to drought and bark beetle damage, destroying over 360 homes and structures.“This fire is just burning at an explosive rate,” said Daniel Berlant, a spokesman for California’s state fire authority. “You add the winds, the dry conditions, the hot temperatures, it’s the perfect recipe.”Across the United States wildfires have burned nearly 4.7 million acres in 2020, the highest year-to-date area since 2018, according to the National Interagency Fire Center.Most of the fires are in western states, where 17 new large blazes were reported on Wednesday, bringing the total to 96 that have burned more than 3.4 million acres – an area nearly the size of the US state of Connecticut.Home construction has encroached on forests in recent decades, and owners watched houses burn as firefighters are unable to save property.
Marcus Rashford will be central to Man Utd’s hopes of causing an upset in the derby (Picture: Getty)Both teams need the win – United to keep their momentum going after beating Spurs in midweek and City to keep alive their title hopes – so I expect goals. I’m not keen on the draw though. I think United can surprise City and take all three points. That would end City’s title hopes, which would be great, except that it would hand the title to Liverpool, which is even worse. But if United win their derby on Saturday, they won’t be thinking about that.AdvertisementAdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 1-2Aston Villa vs Leicester CityLeicester have been extraordinary so far but at some point in this Premier League campaign they have to slip up. They needed to come from behind a score a late winner against Everton last weekend, although they were comfortable against a poor Watford team in midweek. I like the way Villa play – they caused problems for their opponents at Old Trafford and Stamford Bridge in the past week – so I’m going for a home win here.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-1Newcastle United vs SouthamptonYou just don’t know which Newcastle team is going to turn up. Sometimes, they’re excellent, as they were in their wins over Spurs and Manchester United, and other times they’re flat. They battled to a draw against Manchester City last weekend and, even though Southampton are unbeaten in three, I’m going for the home win here. 1-0Norwich City vs Sheffield United: The Blades are, for me, the surprise package of the season so far. I like the way they play, they keep their shape, playing a fluid 3-5-2 formation that really suits them. Chris Wilder is doing a great job there. I’ve enjoyed watching Lys Mousset who can score goals and create them for his team mates. I expect them to win a tight game at Carrow Road.Dimitar’s prediction: 0-1Brighton vs WolvesWolves are firing and I like the way they play. If they can keep Nuno, who is one of the contenders for the Arsenal manager’s job, then it will be a massive boost for them. Brighton have lost their last three and, as they need to avoid defeat here, I can see them holding Wolves to a draw.AdvertisementDimitar’s prediction: 2-2West Ham vs Arsenal Marco Silva was sacked by Everton on Thursday (Picture: Getty)Results just haven’t been good enough and the hammering against Liverpool was dismal for Everton fans. There really was no coming back for Marco Silva after that 5-2 defeat. Chelsea, on the other hand, are in good form under Frank Lampard, with Mason Mount and Tammy Abraham getting better every week.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-2AFC Bournemouth vs LiverpoolI have a funny feeling about this one. Liverpool have won all but one match in the Premier League this season and they look unstoppable. Bournemouth, on the other hand, have lost four in a row. But Dean Court can still be a difficult place for visiting teams – as Manchester United discovered last month – and I expect Eddie Howe’s men to be well organised and capable of getting something on the break. So I’m going to predict an upset.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-0Tottenham Hotspur vs BurnleyThe defeat at Old Trafford in midweek was Spurs’ worst performance under Jose Mourinho. The only positive was Dele Alli’s goal which was unbelievable. It’s easy for me to say, as a former Spurs and United player, but I doubt there’s any fan who doesn’t want to see a piece of skill like that. Anyway, Mourinho won’t let his players’ heads drop now and they’ll be back on it at home to Burnley on Saturday.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-0.Watford vs Crystal PalaceWatford are now seven points from safety and they are starting to look like the club – there’s one most seasons – that spends most of the season destined for relegation. They’ve sacked two managers this term and, while there’s still time for whoever takes over to save them, they need to start improving immediately. Palace have won two on the trot but I think the home side can secure a useful point here.Dimitar’s prediction: 1-1Manchester City vs Manchester United Comment Dimitar Berbatov previews another massive weekend of Premier League action (Pictures: REX/METRO.CO.UK)Liverpool continued their unrelenting march towards Premier League glory with a crushing win over Everton in midweek and will hope for a favour from another of their rivals this weekend.Manchester United are underdogs for the derby at the Etihad, but their form against their top six rivals under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer offers some hope they could cause an upset against the champions.Leicester are currently Liverpool’s closest challengers in the table and they will be hopeful of extending their winning run at Aston Villa, especially following the news that Brendan Rodgers has extended his contract.Arguably the biggest game of the weekend, however, comes on Monday night when struggling Arsenal travel to equally out of sorts West Ham.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTBetfair Ambassador Dimitar Bebatov previews the action exclusively for Metro.co.uk…Everton vs Chelsea Advertisement Dimitar BerbatovFriday 6 Dec 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link283Shares Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & Liverpool Advertisement Struggling Arsenal can ill-afford another defeat at West Ham on Monday (Picture: Getty)A London derby could bring the best out in these teams. Or it could bring out the worst. Arsenal are capable of losing to anyone but West Ham have problems too. Last weekend’s win at Chelsea was a great moment for the Hammers but they reverted to poor form in their midweek defeat to Wolves. These are probably two of the most unpredictable teams in the Premier League, especially as we don’t know yet what impact Freddie Ljunberg will have on the Gunners. I’m going for the home win.Dimitar’s prediction: 2-1More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsMORE: Arsenal star Nicolas Pepe blasted for worst warm-up of all time by Clive Tyldesley & Alan ShearerMORE: Arsenal legend Martin Keown never saw Freddie Ljungberg as management material
Read Also: Odion Ighalo ready to partner Anthony Martial in Manchester United’s attack “We have missed that box opener that Bruno (Fernandes) is proving to be now.” Solskjaer again praised Fernandes over the impact he has made since his arrival at Old Trafford, saying he had been a “big boost” for the team. “He just loves football,” he said. “He’s got so much enthusiasm and smile about him.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident that Manchester United will not repeat last season’s embarrassing “capitulation” against Everton as they seek to strengthen their push for a Champions League place. Bruno Fernandes has impressed since arriving at Manchester United in January United make the short trip to Goodison Park on Sunday in an upbeat mood after seven games unbeaten – and six clean sheets – in all competitions. On Thursday they progressed to the last-16 of the Europa League after a 5-0 win at home against Club Brugge gave them a 6-1 win on aggregate. Solskjaer endured what remains his most chastening day in the hotseat last April at Everton, apologising to fans after a 4-0 rout as their season unravelled. “That was the lowest I’ve been,” Solskjaer said, referring to the Everton defeat. “I think you all know that and remember that. That was a capitulation. “We had absolutely nothing about us, even though their goals were more or less counter-attacks from set plays and long throw-ins.” The Norwegian said he was certain his side would produce a better performance on Sunday. “I can with hand on heart 100 percent say these boys will never give in and never give up like that team did,” he said. “These are the boys we want to build the next team around.” Of that starting line-up, Chris Smalling has left on loan, Phil Jones has barely featured and Paul Pogba has seen his playing time heavily restricted by injuries. Romelu Lukaku is the only starter that day to have left permanently. United at last appear to have found some consistency and confidence after a bumpy season but Solskjaer said he knew it would take time. The January arrival of Portugal midfielder Bruno Fernandes has lifted the team, who are fifth in the Premier League table, three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea. “We knew when we made the decisions we made in the summer it was going to take time,” said Solskjaer. “As I’ve said a few times, Rome wasn’t built in a day. “The culture, the attitude, the fitness, the camaraderie, the team spirit and maybe even the understanding between players have improved. Loading… Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot10 Inventions That Make Us Question Humanity10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Legendary Movies To Learn History From6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes
EL PASO, Texas – MSD returns to the national decal program for Stock Cars in 2018, its 15th season as an IMCA sponsor.In all, the El Paso, Texas, manufacturer will give product or product certificate awards to competitors in five divisions and one special series.“MSD Performance, is once again a proud sponsor of IMCA Racing for the 2018 season,” said Circle Track Sales Manager Graham Fordyce. “The growth we see in these divisions is a testament to the sanctioning body’s dedication to the sport and we want to be a part of that growth in the circle track racing market. We strive to continually improve the products we offer to the circle track industry and to provide support to the competitors for their achievements.”The top drivers in Northern and Southern IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions earn Ultimate HEI kits and a universal spark plug wire set. Runners-up receive an HEI module and the third place finishers get universal spark plug wire sets. Product certificates valued at $100 go to top 10 drivers in point standings both regions.Top eligible drivers in each of the five IMCA Modified regions receive new 6CT digital ignition control boxes and Blaster HVC coils; the runner-up gets a 6CT ignition control box while third and fourth place drivers get universal spark plug wire sets and the fifth place driver receives a Blaster HVC coil.An 8728 Soft Touch rev control goes to the top eligible driver in the national Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod standings. Universal spark plug wire sets go to second and third place drivers in both divisions.Top three eligible drivers in national point standings for IMCA Late Models and in the Deery Brothers Summer Series standings receive a digital 6CT ignition control box, spark plug wire set and Blaster HVC coil, and universal plug wire set, respectively.Drivers in all five divisions are required to compete with MSD products, display two MSD decals on their race car and send sign-up forms to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1. Decal placement is also required for Stock Car drivers to be eligible for national and regional point fund shares.MSD awards will be presented during the national banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning in December.Information about MSD products is available by calling 888 258-3835, on Facebook and at the www.msdperformance.com website.“MSD is a company that we work very closely with to ensure a level playing field for drivers in many IMCA divisions,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder said. “Their expertise has allowed us to formulate solid rules packages across the board that are often emulated, but never duplicated.”
RelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Messi becomes football’s second billionaire + Top 10 UEFA Nations Cup: France fight back to sink battling Croatia Cristiano Ronaldo helped Juventus to continue their unbeaten start to the Serie A season with a comfortable 2-0 home victory over struggling SPAL on Saturday.Miralem Pjanic’s strike put the hosts in front on the stroke of half-time before Ronaldo headed his third goal of the campaign with 12 minutes remaining.Juve lead the table on 16 points but Inter Milan can return to the summit when they travel to Sampdoria later on Saturday.SPAL goalkeeper Etrit Berisha made a string of impressive saves to keep the score down as the visitors fell to their fifth defeat in six matches.They stay level on three points with Sampdoria at the foot of the table.Reuters/NAN. Tags: Antonio ConteCristiano Ronaldo
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.”