After making his debut on November 15, Tendulkar announced his retirement on November 14, 2013 in the series against West Indies. His last knock of 74 and his final walk back into the dressing room of the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai marked the end of an epoch where fans revered him and made Indian cricket the ultimate thrill in the world. The BCCI also shared the event on their timeline to honour Tendulkar’s contribution to world cricket. When Neil Armstrong became the first man to land on the moon, he spoke this famous sentence, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.” On November 15, 1989, when Tendulkar strode out on the world stage, the sentence from fans would be, “A small step by a youngster, a giant leap for cricket.” New Delhi: Sachin Tendulkar had a monumental journey in international cricket. A career spanning 200 Tests, 15921 runs with 51 centuries in addition to 18426 runs in 463 ODIs made Tendulkar the ultimate batsman of this epoch.For ardent cricket and Tendulkar fans, there is one date which is revered and that is November 15, 1989. It was on this day, 29 years ago, that the ‘Master Blaster’ started on his record-breaking international journey by making his Test debut for India against Pakistan. Facing up the likes of Wasim Akram, Imran Khan and Waqar Younis, who was also making his debut, in their own conditions was a daunting task.Read More | Not sure Virat Kohli’s Indian side best in last 15 years: Steve WaughHis first Test did not begin well as he was dismissed for 15 by Waqar. However, his tour got better and in only his second Test, the right-hander scored 59 in Faisalabad. It was in the Sialkot Test which showed that Tendulkar was a class apart. On a green track, Tendulkar came out to bat and was hit on the nose by a bouncer from Waqar. There was a deep cut and Tendulkar started bleeding, which left him dazed. However, with determination, he overcame the blow and scored an attacking 57.Read More | Happy Birthday Sania Mirza: Wishes pour in for India’s tennis star Later, in an exhibition game in Peshawar, Tendulkar would hit Abdul Qadir, considered to be the best legspinner at that time, for four consecutive sixes. The Pakistan tour signalled the arrival of a superstar.So many recordsTendulkar, dubbed the ‘Master Blaster’ has so many records to his name. The most number of runs in Tests and ODIs, most centuries in both formats and the first player to hit 100 international centuries. In addition to his run-making capability, Tendulkar enthralled audiences the world over with his amazing strokeplay.Read More | Down Under – The making of Virat Kohli, the modern legendOn Twitter, Tendulkar shared the moment on his official page and said it was an honour to represent the country for 24 years. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
highlights BCCI will announce the squad for the upcoming series against Australia today. The senior players are likely to be rested for the series. The toss up is between KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant for reserve opener spot. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The upcoming limited overs series against Australia will be India’s last opportunity to get their combinations right before the forthcoming World Cup in England. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selection committee will announce the squad for T20 and ODI series today and it is widely reported that a number of senior players will be rested for this series. It’s known that the swashbuckling opener Rohit Sharma is all set to be rested. This means the likes of KL Rahul and Ajinkya Rahane may get a final cut in the squad. However, India legend Sunil Gavaskar backed the young sensation Rishabh Pant and feels India can try a gamble by giving Rishabh Pant an opportunity to open. Recently, Australian sensation Shane Warne had said that Pant can be a good choice as an opener and Gavaskar has backed him by giving a nod to the idea.”Yes, why not. If you open with Rishab Pant, it opens up a third option for you as well. If he does well at the top, he is someone who can also be played in the middle order,” Gavaskar told India Today.”I can’t see why Rishabh Pant can’t play as a batsman. He is outstanding. Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma. I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles where you surprise the opposition,” he added. Pant had a great outing against Australia in the Test series scoring 350 runs at an average of 58.33. His dream run also includes a blistering century in the final Test. Following this, he also had a decent run against England Lions in the ODI series back home. He was also included in the T20 squad against New Zealand. With less than four months for the World Cup to start, this can be the last opportunity to see what he is capable of. The team management had tried Rishabh Pant against Windies in a home series but didn’t perform to his standards and eventually was dropped in the coming series. This remains to be seen if BCCI goes on his recent form and give him that much-needed extended run.
New Delhi: Shakib Al Hasan was batting brilliantly for Barbados Tridents in their Caribbean Premier League encounter against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots. At 85/2 in the 12th over in pursuit of 150, it seemed Barbados Tridents had a great chance. However, a collapse of five wickets for 14 runs in three and a half overs saw St Kitts and Nevis roar back into the contest. The equation boiled down to 12 runs off the final over. Dominic Drakes was bowling it and he started off with a wide. The equation became five runs off five balls when Raymon Reifer hit a six over deep extra cover. However, when Reifer was run-out in the process of a second run, Barbados Tridents needed four runs off four balls but they had one wicket remaining. Harry Gurney and Chemar Holder hung and they needed two runs off one ball. However, Drakes got the perfect delivery on off stump and Gurney was cleaned up as Barbados Tridents lost by one run. The result meant that St Kitts and Nevis Patriots joined Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League knock-outs. Also Read | 19 In Final Over And Super Over – Carlos Brathwaite’s Fascinating Contribution In CPL T20 WinThe credit for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots’ win went to Carlos Brathwaite, who took three wickets in the middle overs, which included Shakib (38) and JP Duminy (18) and was named the Man of the Match. Brathwaite’s effort ensured Shamarh Brooks fifty for St Kitts and Nevis Patriots did not go down in vain. Also Read | Trinbago Knight Riders Smash Highest Score In Franchise T20 Cricket, Beat Jamaica TallawahsSt Kitts and Nevis Patriots chose to bat and the entire innings revolved around Brooks’ fifty, who took control after Evin Lewis struggled to get going. Brooks shared a partnership of 43 with Devon Thomas but St Kitts and Nevis Patriots lost momentum heading into the final overs as they lost three wickets for 10 runs. A brace of cameos from Fabian Allen and Keron Cottoy helped St Kitts and Nevis Patriots reach 149/7, with Gurney and Hayden Walsh picking two wickets each.In response, Johnson Charles fell to Sheldon Cottrell while Alex Hales fell to Rayad Emrit. Shakib held the key but Brathwaite’s burst in the middle overs dented Barbados Tridents. This loss might hurt them significantly. With two games to go, they are in fifth position and three points behind Trinbago Knight Riders and one behind St Lucia Zouks. A win against St Lucia Zouks could seal their play-off spot while a loss could eliminate them. St Kitts and Nevis Patriots have played all their league games while Trinbago Knight Riders have played just seven, the same as Guyana Amazon Warriors. Guyana are currently undefeated in the tournament and they look set to finish on top of the table.RELATED For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Update on the latest sports Jets sign free agent WR Josh DoctsonFLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed free agent Josh Doctson to add depth to their wide receiver position.The 27-year-old Doctson had 81 receptions for 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns in three seasons with the Redskins before being one of the team’s final cuts last summer out of training camp. He signed with Minnesota and played just one game before being released in November, missing a huge portion of the schedule with a hamstring injury.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NAVY-PLAYER DEATHStar Navy offensive lineman found dead in academy dorm White Sox agree to deals with Bummer, GarciaGLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Chicago White Sox have worked out contracts with reliever Aaron Bummer and infield Leury (lay-UR’-ee) Garcia.Bummer has received a five-year, $16 million package that includes two club options. The 26-year-old Bummer had a 2.13 ERA and 27 holds in 58 appearances with the White Sox last season.Garcia accepted a one-year, $3.5 million deal after hitting .279 with eight homers, 40 RBIs and a team-high 93 runs scored for the 2019 White Sox.NFL-JETS-DOCTSON ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A star lineman for Navy’s record-breaking offense has been found dead in his dormitory. David Forney was 22.Academy officials said he was discovered unresponsive in Bancroft Hall on Thursday night. The cause of death was not disclosed.Forney was a senior and three-year letter winner, playing in 39 consecutive games over his final three seasons. He started all 13 games at guard in 2019 as part of an offensive line that set a school record with a nation-leading 360.5 yards rushing per game. Kansas also ended the Bears’ 23-game winning streak as Udoka Azubuike (oo-DOH’-kah a-zoo-BOO’-kay) had 23 points and a career-high 19 rebounds in the Jayhawks’ 64-61 victory at Baylor. Isaiah Moss added 11 points, including two free throws for Kansas with 7.9 seconds left before a timeout.The Bears had a chance to tie it until Jared Butler missed a 3-point attempt at the buzzer.The 24-3 Jayhawks have won 12 in a row since their first-ever home loss to Baylor on Jan. 11.Butler had a team-high 19 points for the Bears, who dropped to 24-2 overall and 13-1 in the conference.In other top-25 games: — Obi Toppin (OH’-bee TAH’-pihn) delivered 28 points and fifth-ranked Dayton won its 16th straight by defeating Duquesne (doo-KAYN’), 80-70. Jalen Crutcher added 17 points and five assists as the 25-2 Flyers improved to 14-0 in the Atlantic 10.— Eighth-ranked Florida State pulled out a 67-61 win against North Carolina State as Patrick Williams had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Seminoles. M.J. Walker chipped in 12 points and Devin Vassell added 11 with six rebounds as FSU moved to 13-3 in the ACC.— Jordan Nwora (WOHR’-ah) scored 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his fifth double-double of the season to lead No. 11 Louisville over North Carolina, 72-55. Malik Williams added 17 points and nine rebounds for the Cardinals, who will be an ACC-best 14-3 heading into Monday’s matchup with Florida State.— Saddiq Bey (sah-DEEK’ bay) dropped in 22 points and 12th-rated Villanova picked up its third straight road win by dumping Xavier, 64-55. Jermaine Samuels added 17 points for the Wildcats, who nailed 18 3-point attempts and never trailed in their 21st victory.— Samir Doughty scored 22 points and 13th-ranked Auburn went on an 18-0 run to rally from a 17-point deficit in the second half of a 73-66 triumph against Tennessee. The game was marred by an ugly incident involving a fan who was ejected from the game after directing a derogatory comment toward Tennessee’s Santiago Vescovi and will face a disciplinary hearing. — Kevin Samuel scored six of his 19 points in overtime to carry TCU past No. 17 West Virginia, 67-60. Samuel made all seven of his shots and had eight rebounds as the Horned Frogs dealt the Mountaineers’ their fifth consecutive Big 12 road loss.— Tyger Campbell tallied 15 points and 11 assists in UCLA’s 70-63 victory against 18th-rated Colorado. Cody Riley had 16 points in the Bruins’ fifth consecutive win.— Luwane Pipkins scored 24 points and David Duke had 15 to lead Providence to an 84-72 victory over No. 19 Marquette. The Friars overcame Markus Howard’s 38 points in winning their third in a row, all against ranked teams.— Precious Achiuwa scored 10 points, including the go-ahead free throw with 28.2 seconds left as Memphis beat No. 22 Houston, 60-59.NHL-CAPITALS-OVECHKIN’S 700TH Thomas leads Mexico Championship through 54MEXICO CITY (AP) — Justin Thomas ran off eight birdies in a 16-hole stretch to take a one-shot lead in the PGA’s Mexico Championship, one of the World Golf Championship events.Thomas overcame bogeys on the first and last holes for a 6-under 65 that puts him one ahead of Patrick Reed and Erik Van Rooyen. Thomas was five shots behind in the middle of his front nine at Chapultepec Golf Club.John Rahm opened with six birdies in seven holes after entering the round 10 shots back. He broke the course record with a career-best 61 that puts him four off the pace.MLB-WHITE SOX MOVES Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULENo. 3 Kansas ends No. 1 Baylor’s 23-game streakUNDATED (AP) — Kansas and Baylor played a game that lived up to its billing. The outcome gave the third-ranked Jayhawks a share of the Big 12 and will likely move the Bears from the top of The Associated Press men’s basketball poll on Monday. LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Los Angeles Clippers have their first three-game losing streak of the season after falling to a state rival.Kent Bazemore scored a season-high 23 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic added 20 as the Kings beat the Clippers on the road for the second time in less than a month, 112-103. De’Aaron Fox had 20 points and eight assists for the surging Kings, who have won two straight out of the All-Star break and eight of 12 overall.Sacramento blew a 14-point lead in the second half before shutting out Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and the Clips for more than five straight minutes down the stretch. The decisive 10-0 run was capped by Harry Giles’ percussive dunk with 58 seconds left.Leonard scored 31 points in his return from his MVP performance in Chicago.PGA-MEXICO CHAMPIONSHIP The Penguins were 5-2 losers to Buffalo as Jack Eichel (EYE’-kul) delivered a pair of goals. Eichel, Zemgus Girgensons (ZEHM’-guhs GUR’-gehn-suhnz) and Sam Reinhart all beat Tristan Jarry during an early three-goal outburst. Connor Hutton turned away 41 shots as the Sabres earned just the second regulation victory in their last 20 meetings with Pittsburgh.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Scott Laughton scored twice and the Flyers pulled within three points of the Metropolitan Division co-leaders by earning their third straight win, 4-2 against the Jets. Sean Couturier (koo-TOOR’-ee-ay) and Tyler Pitlick also scored and Justin Braun had three assists to help Philly improve to 21-5-4 at home.NBA-SCHEDULEClippers drop third in row February 22, 2020 Caps lose again despite Ovie’s 700thUNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) reached a major milestone Saturday afternoon, but he couldn’t give the Washington Capitals sole possession of the NHL’s Metropolitan Division lead.Ovechkin is the eighth player in league history to score 700 goals, doing it in a 3-2 loss at New Jersey. The left wing did it 4:50 into the third period, firing a shot from the right circle that glanced off the left post to tie the game. It was Ovechkin’s 42nd goal of the season.But the Devils came away with the victory when Damon Severson beat Ilya Samsonov (sam-SOH’-nahv) with 1:59 seconds remaining, sending the Capitals to their fourth consecutive loss and sixth in seven games.The Caps remain tied with Pittsburgh for the division lead with 80 points. Associated Press
THE GCB/Jaguars One-Day 50-Overs League will enter its final preliminary round on Saturday December 23, 2017 with matches at four venues across the country.On Saturday, December 23 2017, Essequibo, champions of the 2017 GCB/Jaguars 3-Day League, and who are currently leading the points table of the 2017 GCB/Jaguars One-Day 50-Overs League, will do battle with current fifth-placed Upper Corentyne, at the Albion Community Centre groun.Meanwhile joint third-place teams, Georgetown and West Demerara, will compete at the Tuschen ground, for an opportunity to reach the Playoff. The Playoff is set for the December 28, 2017 and will involve the second- and third-place teams to be declared at the end of the seventh and final preliminary round.Current seventh-place Upper Demerara/East Bank will compete with the present sixth-placed West Berbice at the Everest ground, while defending Jaguars One-Day 50-overs League Champions and current second-place Lower Corentyne will oppose cellar-placed East Coast Demerara at the Young Warriors ground. All matches will commence at 09:00hrs. The current point standings are as followNote: Win 6, Tie 3, No Result 3 and Loss 0.2 Super Bonus points (batting) – team to score 300 or more and win that match.1 Super Bonus point (batting) – team to scores 300 or more and lose that match.2 Super Bonus points (bowling) – team to dismisses the opposition for less than 150 and win that match.
F1-DRIVER CHANGESSainz Jr. joining Ferrari and Ricciardo is going to McLarenPARIS (AP) — Carlos Sainz Jr. will drive for Formula One team Ferrari next season and Daniel Ricciardo will replace the Spaniard at McLaren.The 25-year-old Sainz Jr. will join Ferrari on a two-year deal starting next year. The Italian team made the announcement Thursday, shortly after McLaren announced Ricciardo’s arrival from Renault.Sainz Jr., the son of two-time world rally champion Carlos Sainz, will replace Sebastian Vettel. The four-time F1 champion is leaving Ferrari at the end of his contract. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR plans to race its way through the South in JuneUNDATED (AP) — It will be a summer in the South for NASCAR. The stock car series says it will stick to Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Alabama for June races — all of them without fans.NASCAR has now set plans for 20 races, including nine in the elite Cup Series. It is coming back after being shut down for more than two months by the pandemic.The Cup Series resumes this Sunday at Darlington Raceway and run four times in 11 days at the South Carolina track and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in North Carolina. Then NASCAR will go to Bristol, Martinsville, Atlanta, Homestead and Talladega. OLYMPICS-BASEBALLExtra innings: Baseball head pitches Olympics to MLB, againROME (AP) — The president of the World Baseball Softball Confederation is making one final pitch to Major League Baseball to send its top stars to the Tokyo Olympics.Riccardo Fraccari sees the one-year postponement of the games as a new opportunity for MLB. He tells The Associated Press that because of the damages from the coronavirus “baseball needs the Olympics now more than ever to boost the sport’s globalization, expansion and mass appeal.”MLB and its players’ association have so far only agreed to allow players not on 26-man active rosters or injured lists to take part in Olympic qualifying. The only MLB players permitted to play in the Premier12 tournament last year were those not on 40-man rosters. Not surprisingly considering the rules, the United States finished fourth and failed at its first chance to qualify for the Olympics. — The German Football League has relaxed its stance on finishing the season by June 30, when some players’ contracts expire. Games could continue into July if the alternative is leaving the season unfinished at the end of June, it said in a statement. Some games could be moved to neutral venues if they can’t be played at the original stadium because of infection risks locally. The league delayed a decision on how to decide final standings if the season can’t be finished.— A Turkish soccer club says eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus and training has been suspended. The club, Besiktas, says its president and a player were among those who tested positive. Turkish teams have resumed limited training sessions following the federation’s decision to restart matches in empty stadiums on June 12.— The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic. Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday. Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules. The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.— The three leading women’s pole vaulters get their turn to compete on Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte (nah-JAHT’) of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards because they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities. The winner will be the vaulter who clears the bar at 4 meters the most times in 30 minutes. The top men’s pole vaulters competed in the Ultimate Garden Clash at their homes earlier this month.NHL-NEWS Olympic basketball qualifying for Tokyo Games rescheduledUNDATED (AP) — The final four men’s basketball spots in the 12-nation field for the Tokyo Olympics will be decided next summer, the sport’s global organizing body said Thursday.It remains unclear, however, if those spots will be earned while an NBA season is happening or if NBA players will be able to take part.FIBA has pushed back the dates for the four remaining qualifying tournaments to June 29 through July 4, 2021, meaning they would end 19 days before the rescheduled start of the delayed Tokyo Olympics. The host nations — Canada, Croatia, Lithuania and Serbia — are unchanged.But if the 2020-21 NBA season starts later than usual, which is a distinct possibility because of the coronavirus pandemic, that might mean some players — such as Greece’s Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Serbia’s Nikola Jokic of the Denver Nuggets — might be busy with playoff games at the same time. And under normal circumstances, NBA free agency would conflict with those dates as well. Besides Japan, which qualifies as the host nation, only three other teams have secured places in the baseball tournament. Israel was the surprise winner of the Africa/Europe qualifying event, while South Korea and Mexico earned spots during the Premier12. The last two nations in the six-team tournament will come from the Americas tournament and a final qualifying event in Taiwan.Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico and the United States qualified for the softball tournament.PGA CHAMPIONSHIP-CHARLOTTEPGA Championship returns to Charlotte’s Quail Hollow in 2025PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The PGA Championship will return to Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina, in May 2025. May 14, 2020 Snell is being advanced $286,500 as part of a March deal between Major League Baseball and its players’ union to deal with the delay in the season caused by the coronavirus pandemic. His $7 million salary would be cut about in half if the regular season is cut to 82 games.Teams say they would lose money if games are played in empty ballparks, and owners on Monday approved making a proposal to the union to base salaries on a 50-50 split of revenue. The union says the concept amounts to a salary cap, which players have long voted never to accept.Snell was 21-5 with an American League-best 1.86 ERA in 2018, then went 6-6 with a 4.29 ERA last year, when he broke a toe in his right foot on April 14 while moving furniture and missed nearly two months due to left elbow surgery on July 29. The 27-year-old left-hander agreed in March 2019 to a $50 million, five-year contract that included a $3 million signing bonus, a $1 million salary last year and a $7 million salary this season.In other MLB news:— Milwaukee Brewers general manager David Stearns says he hopes a potential return of Major League Baseball from a pandemic-imposed hiatus could “provide a diversion” and be “part of the solution to what everyone is going through right now.” Stearns emphasized that baseball’s return would need to be handled “in a safe and responsible manner.” He says the team will be prepared to play if it gets the go-ahead from public health officials and MLB reaches the necessary agreements with players. — West Virginia University president E. Gordon Gee is vowing that the Mountaineers will play football this fall. Despite uncertainly around the coronavirus pandemic, all Big 12 schools, including West Virginia, plan to open campuses for the fall semester, a key step toward launching fall sports. Gee joked in a radio interview that he would “suit up” if it meant the Mountaineers would play. He added that they’d do it in a safe, responsible way, saying, “I do believe that we will play football.” Gee was also known for controversial statements during his time as president at Ohio State.— The Southern Conference will cut back on schools qualifying for several championships, cut its league baseball series from three games to two and hold virtual media days for football and basketball. Those are among several cost-cutting moves announced by the conference because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The Division I conference will reduce qualifiers to four for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball.— The IOC has set aside $800 million for loans and payments arising from the pandemic that forced the 2020 Tokyo Olympics to be postponed. It is still unclear how big the total postponement bill will be with Olympic organizers and public authorities in Japan facing extra costs estimated to run into billions for the one-year postponement. A sum of $150 million is for loans to sports governing bodies and more than 200 eligible national Olympic committees. They have cash flow issues while waiting for a revenue share from the Tokyo Games. The IOC is working on how to allocate the other $650 million.— The English Premier League has received government backing to resume next month — if games become more accessible to fans and the world’s richest soccer competition provides financial support across the English game. The top division is the most advanced in its planning to restart amid concerns the three other professional football leagues in England could lack the funding to resume without ticket revenue from supporters. While the national coronavirus lockdown is starting to be eased, mass gatherings are still banned and fans are not allowed to attend sports events.— Germany’s Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) soccer clubs will be allowed to use five substitutions per game when the season resumes on Saturday. The clubs in the top two German divisions have decided to accept the rule change allowed last week by the International Football Association Board. The change is meant to reduce the workload on players as the leagues pack their schedules to complete the season. Teams can make substitutions only at three breaks in the game and the league recommends making only two substitutions at once. Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSRays’ Snell says he won’t take another pay cutUNDATED (AP) — Tampa Bay Rays All-Star pitcher Blake Snell says he won’t take the mound this year if his pay is cut further. As he put it, “I’m not playing unless I get mine.” In its announcement Thursday the PGA of America did not release the exact dates of the tournament.Quail Hollow hosted the PGA Championship in 2017, when a 24-year-old Justin Thomas defeated Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen (WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Patrick Reed by two shots to claim his first major championship.The announcement comes on the same day that Thomas was revealed as making the cover of the “PGA Tour 2K21” video game.PGA officials raved about the 2017 event and strongly hinted at the time they’d like to see the PGA Championship return to Charlotte due to strong attendance numbers.Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) is the two-time defending champion after winning last May at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, New York. This year’s PGA Championship was rescheduled for Aug. 3-9 at TPC Harding Park in San Francisco because of the coronavirus pandemic. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The PGA Tour Champions has decided to combine 2020 and 2021 into one season. Tour president Miller Brady says combining two seasons into one is the best solution. The 50-and-older circuit already has canceled eight tournaments because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tour is scheduled to resume with the Ally Challenge in Michigan on July 31. That would be the first of 13 events remaining this year, barring any delays. The PGA Tour Champions already has lost two majors, the U.S. Senior Open and the Senior PGA Championship, and is waiting to hear the fate of the Senior British Open.— NBC’s on-air personalities are taking a pay cut through the rest of the year because of the coronavirus pandemic. NBC Sports Group President Pete Bevacqua says the pay cuts are voluntary. The cuts range from 5% to 10%. NBCUniversal executives are taking 20% pay cuts and those making more than $100,000 are seeing a 3% salary reduction. The NBC salary reductions are part of an industry trend. Last month, ESPN and Fox asked much of their top on-air talent to take 15% pay cuts through July.— Golf has joined baseball and soccer as sports in South Korea that are back in action. The women’s KLPGA Championship started Thursday. The tournament is being played without fans and with players using hand sanitizers and following social-distancing rules. Caddies wore masks on the course and players were allowed to play without them.— Orlando became the latest NBA team to reopen its practice facility since the coronavirus shutdown, with Nikola Vucevic (VOOCH’-uh-vihch) among the first Magic players to arrive back for voluntary workouts Thursday. The Magic released video of Vucevic working with assistant coach Lionel Chalmers, who was in a mask and gloves for the session. The NBA requires anyone who is present for the workouts, except for the player while he is working out, to be wearing personal protective equipment. Vucevic said in a statement it felt good to be back on the court. He was averaging 19.5 points and 11 rebounds per game when the season was suspended. In other NHL news:— Pittsburgh Penguins forward Dominik Simon is out six to seventh months after undergoing surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder. Simon initially hurt the shoulder in a loss to the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 29 and underwent surgery on April 29. The procedure would preclude Simon from returning if the 2019-2020 NHL season resumes. The league is currently on “pause” due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The 25-year-old Simon had seven goals and 15 assists in 64 games this season for Pittsburgh. NFL-COLTS-SIGNINGSColts add Windsor, Patmon to list of draft pick signeesINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indianapolis Colts signed two more draft picks Thursday: defensive tackle Rob Windsor and receiver Dezmon Patmon. Associated Press Both were sixth-round picks and each agreed to four-year deals worth more than $3 million.The 6-foot-4, 290-pound Windsor was the 193rd overall selection. He had 121 tackles and 14 sacks in four seasons at Penn State.Patmon gives the Colts another big receiver at 6-4, 225. During his career at Washington State, he had 156 receptions for 1,976 yards and 13 touchdowns.Indy has signed four of its nine draft selections over the past three days.OLYMPICS-BASKETBALL QUALIFYING Coyotes part ways with CEO Ahron CohenUNDATED (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes confirmed Thursday that they are parting ways with president and CEO Ahron Cohen.Cohen has been with the Coyotes since being hired in 2015 as chief operating officer and chief legal officer by previous owner Andrew Barroway. Cohen was named president and CEO in 2017 after Steve Patterson stepped back to serve as a consultant and adviser after a year on the job.Alex Meruelo purchased a 95% stake in the team less than a year ago and signed general manager John Chayka to a long-term contract extension early in the 2019-20 season.The Coyotes were still in contention for a Western Conference playoff spot when the NHL season was put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. The first 10 races of the F1 season have either been postponed or canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo says it “wouldn’t make sense” to restart Serie A anytime soon. The club says president Ahmet Nar Cebi and a player were among those who tested positive.Turkish teams have resumed limited training sessions following the federation’s decision to restart matches in empty stadiums on June 12.___The three leading women’s pole vaulters get their turn to compete on Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash.Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards because they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities. Pozzo says it’s better to wait until “we’ve passed the critical phase” before thinking about restarting.He says if a team is ordered into quarantine after playing two or three matches because a player tests positive and the season is stopped again “we’ll have made a huge mistake.”Udinese was three points above the relegation zone in 14th place before Serie A was suspended on March 9.___The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic. May 14, 2020 The top men’s pole vaulters competed in the Ultimate Garden Clash at their homes in early May. Mondo Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie shared the victory with more than 250,000 people watching a live stream.The winner on Saturday will be the vaulter who clears the bar at 4 meters the most times in 30 minutes.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday.Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules.The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.___Turkish soccer club Besiktas says eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus and training has been suspended. Associated Press The Latest: Udinese owner against restarting too soon
Players and staff permitted inside the arena will be tested for COVID-19. Team personnel will follow safety guidelines outlined in the second phase of the NHL’s return plan, as well as those from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services.The team says the arena has received “extensive cleaning” during the suspended NHL season and there will be “enhanced cleaning and sanitation efforts” going forward.Eleven NHL players have tested positive for the virus during the first two weeks of voluntary workouts. Training camps are set to open July 10.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— NHL MVP candidate Artemi Panarin (ahr-TEH’-mee pah-NAH’-rihn) says he has concerns about the health and safety of players if the season resumes and about finances beyond that. The New York Rangers winger posted a statement on Twitter saying he’s worried about the “long-term prosperity of the NHL.” His major concern is escrow payments made by players in recent years. The league and NHL Players’ Association are negotiating an extension of the collective bargaining agreement along with a potential return to play amid the coronavirus pandemic. Players have made varying degrees of escrow payments in recent seasons since a deal was struck with owners to split hockey-related revenue 50/50. — The Davis Cup men’s tennis competition has been canceled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will pick up again in 2021. Matches were scheduled for this September and the Davis Cup finals were set for November in Madrid. Now the World Group I and World Group II preliminary matches will be played in various sites in either March or September 2021. The finals will be in Madrid during the week of Nov. 22, 2021. The International Tennis Federation says the 18 nations that already qualified for the 2020 finals will get a spot in 2021. The ITF has also scrapped the women’s Fed Cup finals for this year and says they will be played April 13-18 in Budapest, Hungary.— Former Wimbledon champion Goran Ivanisevic (ee-van-EE’-seh-vihch) says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Croatian great is the coach of Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) and says he tested positive after two negative tests in the last 10 days. Ivanisevic attended the exhibition series hosted by the top-ranked Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia. He says: “I would like to inform everyone who has been in contact with me that I tested positive and ask them to take extra good care of themselves and their loved ones.” Ivanisevic won his only Grand Slam title at the All England Club in 2001.— Red Star Belgrade CEO Zvezdan Terzic said Friday he has tested positive for the coronavirus, days after the Serbian soccer champion played matches in front of thousands of fans despite the pandemic. Five Red Star players earlier this week tested positive for COVID-19 in the wake of their title triumph and a semifinal league cup match against rival Partizan. Serbia, along with the rest of the Balkans, is currently experiencing a peak in confirmed coronavirus cases. Serbian health officials lifted most lockdown measures in May, allowing large gatherings where social distancing or wearing masks are not obligatory. — Panamanian boxer Roberto Durán has tested positive for the coronavirus but a son says the retired fighter has had only mild symptoms so far. Robin Durán said on Instagram that his 69-year-old father was tested after going to a private hospital with cold-like symptoms. Durán had the nickname “Hands of Stone” as a boxer from 1968 to 2001 and held world championship belts in four different weight classes during his career. He is remembered for his resounding victory over American boxing idol Sugar Ray Leonard in Montreal in 1980.— Diamond League track meets in France and the United States have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers say the Sept. 6 event in Paris and the Prefontaine meet on Oct. 4 in Eugene, Oregon, cannot be held because of the current restrictions on mass gatherings and international travel. A meet in Gateshead, England, has been postponed from Aug. 16 to a possible date in mid-September. The next possible Diamond League meet is scheduled for Aug. 14 in Monaco. Update on the latest sports June 26, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSCarolina Hurricanes to start small-group training UNDATED (AP) — The Carolina Hurricanes will begin “voluntary small-group training” at PNC Arena on Tuesday. The team said Friday those sessions will be closed to the public and media. Sixteen players, divided into two groups, are expected to participate.
August 4, 2020 “To be clear, Matthew does NOT have COVID-19 and never has had COVID-19 and the test in question was a False-Positive,” the team said in a statement. “Also, all of Matthew’s family have been tested and everyone is negative.”___Minnesota is the latest state to delay high school football competition because of the coronavirus concerns.The Minnesota State High School League voted Tuesday to move football and volleyball competition to a newly created fourth season likely to run from mid-March to mid-May. The normal spring sports would move to a window likely from mid-May to mid-July.The MSHSL also decided at a virtual board meeting that soccer and individual fall sports — including cross country, girls tennis and girls swimming and diving — can start practice on time on Aug. 17. All seasons for the upcoming school year will be shortened. The Sun Belt Conference will keep its eight-game league football schedule and allow its members to play up to four nonconference games this season.The conference’s 10 members had 12 games scheduled against Power Five conference opponents, but with those leagues eliminating almost all of their nonconference games, Sun Belt schools have lots of holes in their schedules.The conference said it plans to start playing league games over Labor Day weekend and members can begin nonconference games as soon as Aug. 29.Texas State already has announced it has moved its home game against SMU in San Marcos, Texas, to Aug. 29.___ The Madrid Open, a joint men’s and women’s tennis tournament, has been canceled.Organizers say the tournament will not take place at its rescheduled slot in September “following strong” recommendations made by local authorities “in view of the current situation caused by COVID-19.” The event was originally scheduled to be played in May. ___The Jacksonville Jaguars have cleared starting quarterback Gardner Minshew from the COVID-19 list. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The new league-wide calendar allows for more days off and fewer practices than permitted under NCAA rules. From Aug. 7-16, teams are allowed to conduct up to 14 hours weekly of strength and conditioning, meetings and walkthroughs.Starting Aug. 17, they can hold 25 practices with a limit of 20 hours per week of practice time. Coaches must allow two days off each week until game week.___Cleveland Browns defensive tackle Andrew Billings has opted out of the 2020 season because of coronavirus concerns.Billings signed a one-year free-agent contract with Cleveland in March after spending three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals. The 6-foot-1, 328-pounder was going to give the Browns some size and depth up front. The Latest: Marlins a late arrival for 1st game in 9 days ___Cricket Australia has postponed a Twenty20 series against the West Indies scheduled for October.Australia and the West Indies were set to play games in Queensland state from Oct. 4-9 as warm-ups for the Twenty20 World Cup in October and November. But the International Cricket Council has already pushed the men’s T20 World Cup back by a year — to be held either in Australia or India. Cricket Australia says, “In light of this development, and given the preference to host the warm-up three-match T20 series against the West Indies to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia, it has been agreed to postpone the matches.”The series also would have overlapped with the Indian Premier League which has been rescheduled to be in the United Arab Emirates from Sept. 19-Nov. 10, pending government approval. The lucrative IPL usually attracts players from all over the world, including many stars from the Caribbean and Australia. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Miami Marlins are scheduled to end an eight-day hiatus with a game at Camden Yards, although getting to that point has not been easy. A referee can only red card a player when they are certain the cough is intentional. A yellow card is also optional.The new rule falls under “using offensive, insulting or abusive language and/or gestures.”IFAB said in a statement: “As with all offenses, the referee has to make a judgment about the true nature of the offense.“If it were clearly accidental, then the referee would not take action nor if the ‘cough’ took place with a large distance between the players.“However, where it is close enough to be clearly offensive, then the referee can take action.” A preseason friendly between French soccer clubs Marseille and Montpellier has been canceled due to a suspected case of coronavirus.The clubs said in a joint statement that Wednesday’s match at Stade Velodrome in Marseille was scrapped as a measure of precaution.According to regional newspaper Midi Libre, a Montpellier player whose identity was not revealed is suspected to have caught the virus. The player, who was tested with the whole team on Monday, will undergo another test this week, the newspaper said.Montpellier had been forced to cancel another preparation match last month after a player from local rival club Sete was diagnosed with the virus.Midi Libre said four young players from Montpellier academy also tested positive for the virus last week. The French league is to start on Aug. 21.___The German men’s ice hockey league will start its new season in November, more than eight months after the coronavirus stopped play. The league says its clubs agreed on the Nov. 13 date to begin the 2020-21 season and they’re drawing up plans to have fans in the arenas, subject to approval from German authorities.The league played its last games on March 8 and was suspended with the regular season complete and the playoffs due to begin. The season was canceled and no champion was declared. Hockey has been slow to return in Germany because the league and clubs rejected the option of playing in empty arenas. They argued that they would lose money by hosting games without fans.The league says there will be a “preparation tournament with all 14 clubs in the lead-up to the season” but dates and locations are yet to be confirmed.___A soccer player who deliberately coughs close to another player or match official can be issued a red card.The International Football Association Board, the game’s lawmaker, updated its guidelines while the pandemic perseveres. Minshew spent the last two days in mandatory quarantine after being in close contact with someone infected. Safety Andrew Wingard also was activated from the COVID-19 list Tuesday. Minshew, Wingard and receiver Michael Walker are roommates in Jacksonville and have been for more than a year. Walker remains on the list.Jacksonville had an NFL-leading dozen players on the COVID-19 list Monday, with most of them being rookies and second-year players like Minshew, Wingard and Walker.The Jaguars are expected to hold their first training camp practice next Wednesday.___Bayer Leverkusen says midfielder Nadiem Amiri will miss its Europa League last-16 game against Rangers on Thursday after he had contact with someone believed to have the coronavirus. Associated Press Moore has been a backup linebacker and special teams player the last two seasons for Indy. He appeared in a total of 10 games over those two seasons.Players who opt out voluntarily will receive a $150,000 stipend. Those who receive a medical opt out will receive $350,000.___The start of Southeastern Conference football practices has been pushed back 10 days to Aug. 17.The league announced a new preseason practice schedule on Tuesday after previously announcing that SEC teams would play only league games and pushing the season start back to Sept. 26. Tuesday night’s game is a makeup from July 29, which was supposed to be Baltimore’s home opener. The Orioles instead played the New York Yankees.— Reporting by Steven Wine in Miami.___The Detroit Lions removed quarterback Matthew Stafford from the COVID-IR list and said he received a false positive test result.The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. Stafford was listed on it Saturday, but the team said Tuesday his testing sequence for the pre-entry period was: negative, negative, false positive — then the next three tests were all negative. The club says Amiri reported the “short-term” contact in his private life himself and is isolating at home for a week as a precaution.Leverkusen managing director sport Rudi Völler says in a statement that “Nadiem’s behavior is exemplary and important. Precisely because infection numbers are rising again in Germany, it’s an example of a serious and responsible approach to the pandemic.”Leverkusen takes a 3-1 lead from the first leg in March when it hosts Rangers on Thursday.Amiri has played 41 games for Leverkusen this season across all competitions.___ Major League Baseball released a statement around three hours before the scheduled 7:35 p.m. start Tuesday, saying the game “may be delayed as we await the final test results clearing the Marlins to resume play.”The Marlins finally got cleared to play and arrived at the ballpark after 5 p.m, but by 6:15 the teams still had not agreed on a starting time.When he woke up, Orioles manager Brandon Hyde wasn’t certain if the game would be played at all.He said, “I got word there were issues with the test and we were going to be put on hold.”Miami hasn’t played a game since July 26. After that series against the Phillies, the Marlins’ season was suspended because of a coronavirus outbreak on the team. At least 18 players, and 21 in the traveling party, tested positive. Billings is the third Cleveland player who has chosen not to play, following guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck.Players have until Thursday at 4 p.m. to notify teams if they’re choosing to opt out.A fourth-round pick in 2016 from Baylor, Billings sat out his rookie season with a knee injury but he’d been one of Cincinnati’s most consistent interior linemen the past three years.The Browns also placed wide receiver Ja’Marcus Bradley on the reserve/COVID-19 list.___ Football teams will play six regular-season games, down from eight, with a decision on postseason play to be made later. Minnesota became the ninth state to delay its high school football season, the Star Tribune reported.Competitive high school sports in Minnesota have been on hold since March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit the state. This summer, the league has allowed for team workouts within recommended health guidelines.___Linebacker Skai Moore has become the first Indianapolis Colts player to opt out of playing the 2020 season because of the coronavirus.NFL players have until Thursday at 4 p.m. EDT to say they are skipping the season. Nearly 50 players have done so.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDENVER (AP) — Lance Lynn allowed two hits in the first inning on the way to his first complete game in six years, Nick Solak homered, and the Texas Rangers beat the Colorado Rockies 3-2 Friday night.Lynn (3-0) gave up singles to the first two batters he faced and Garrett Hampson scored from third on Nolan Arenado’s groundout. Two Texas errors in the sixth led to an unearned run for Colorado. Lynn fanned six, struck out the side in the eighth before closing out his first complete game since Sept. 11, 2014, at Cincinnati. He lowered his ERA to 1.11. It was the third career complete game for Lynn, who also beat the Rockies in Texas on opening day with six scoreless innings. Rockies: RHP German Marquez (2-2, 2.08 ERA) faces the Rangers for the second time this season. He was the tough-luck loser on opening day at Globe Life Field, dropping a 1-0 decision on July 24.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Solak evened the score at 1-1 when he led off the fifth with his first homer of the season, driving the first pitch from Ryan Castellani into the right field seats. The homer snapped the Rangers’ four-game homerless streak, their longest since going homerless for four games Sept. 4-7, 2015.Solak helped to tie the game again in the seventh, doubling off Jeff Hoffman and scoring on Rougned Odor’s single.Daniel Bard (1-1) took the loss. He hit pinch hitter Derek Dietrich with a pitch leading off the eighth. He scored from third on Isiah Kiner-Falefa’s double-play grounder.The Rockies scored in their half of the first on an RBI groundout by Arenado.Colorado starter Ryan Castellani, who pitched four hitless innings in his major league debut at Seattle last week, went 4 2/3 innings in his second career start. He allowed two hits, both to Solak, and fanned seven, striking out the side in the first and third innings. Lynn tosses 2-hit complete game, Rangers beat Rockies 3-2 August 14, 2020 TRAINER’S ROOMRangers: C Robinson Chirinos was placed on the 10-day injured list with a lingering sprained right ankle. The move was retroactive to Tuesday. Chirinos also had tweaked his left ankle and had missed the Rangers two previous games. “I think it’s the best. Robbie agrees,” manager Chris Woodward said. “He needs to get fully healthy. He wasn’t contributing like he wanted to, but that had a lot to do with his health.” … In other moves, the Rangers recalled C Jose Trevino and selected RHP Juan Nicasio from the alternate training site. 1B Greg Bird opted for free agency after being outrighted Tuesday.Rockies: INF-OF Chris Owings was held out of the lineup after leaving Wednesday’s game against Arizona early due to left hamstring tightness. Manager Bud Black said Owings likely would miss several games.UP NEXTRangers: RHP Kyle Gibson (0-2, 4.11 ERA) will look to break into the win column for the first time this season. Associated Press