Associated Press Update on the latest sports Pandemic affects more college sportsUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt college sports. Virginia and Virginia Tech have postponed their Sept. 19 football opener because of COVID-19 issues at Virginia Tech. The schools say this was a mutual agreement. Virginia Tech also will not hold football practice for four days. Virginia Tech said Friday it has had 219 positive tests for the coronavirus in the previous seven days, putting its total infections at 633 since testing began Aug. 3. The numbers have risen steadily since students returned to campus Aug. 24.The postponement is the second for the Hokies since the Atlantic Coast Conference released a revised schedule. Their original opening game, slated for Sept. 12 against North Carolina State, was pushed back two weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak at N.C. State. Michael Carter added 138 yards of total offense for the Tar Heels, who won in an empty home stadium after the school opted to open with no fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Williams’ three touchdown runs in the fourth quarter helped UNC blow the game open after leading just 10-6 entering the fourth. Tommy DeVito threw for 112 yards but took seven sacks for the Orange, who had 202 total yards.In other Top 25 football:— Louisiana-Lafayette got kick and punt returns for touchdowns to help secure one of its biggest wins in program history, 31-14 win over No. 23 Iowa State. On a day when both offenses seemed overmatched, the Ragin’ Cajuns were ignited by Chris Smith’s 95-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and Eric Garror’s 83-yard punt return in the third. Levi Lewis also threw a 78-yard scoring pass to Peter LeBlanc to give Louisiana-Lafayette a 17-14 lead late in the third quarter. Louisiana-Lafayette beat a Top 25 opponent for the first time, having gone 0-26 against ranked foes away fro home. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS MLB-NEWSA’s 3B Chapman needs hip surgery, to miss rest of seasonUNDATED (AP) — All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman is expected to miss the rest of the season for the Oakland Athletics. He was placed on the injured list Saturday because of a strained right hip. He is scheduled to have surgery Monday in Vail, Colorado. Chapman hasn’t played since leaving hurt in the fifth inning of Oakland’s game last Sunday against San Diego. He was a first-time All-Star last season, when he a Gold Glove for the second year in a row. In 37 games overall this season, Chapman hit .232 with 10 home runs with 25 RBIs. In other baseball news: Azarenka faces Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final. The Italian Open, which was rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, begins Monday.NBA PLAYOFFSLakers can eliminate Rockets in Game 5 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Rockets didn’t show up for Game 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers until it was too late. They can’t do that again Saturday in Game 5. For the second time in these playoffs, the Rockets’ season is on the line. NASCAR-RICHMONDHamlin seeks to regain mojo at Richmond in home track raceRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin, disgusted with his performance in the opening playoff race, gets another chance Saturday night on his home track, Richmond Raceway. Kevin Harvick won the first round. Hamlin once held a clear advantage over his rivals at home track Richmond Raceway. He’s won three races and has 17 top-10 finishes in 27 career starts at the Virginia track. He’s only finished lower than sixth once in the last nine races at Richmond yet believes he long ago lost the edge he held over his competitors on the 0.75-miles, D-shaped oval. Hamlin believes data sharing has allowed his rivals to catch him at his favorite track. Mayfield now says he’ll stand for the anthemUNDATED (AP) — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has changed plans and will stand for the national anthem.Mayfield had said during the offseason he intended to kneel in protest of racial injustice, but Saturday announced on Twitter that he intends to stand for both the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which will be played before every NFL game this season.Mayfield said he’ll respect whatever decisions his teammates make as far as protesting during the anthems.The Browns open the season Sunday in Baltimore. Virginia, suddenly faced with not opening its season until Oct. 3 at No. 1 Clemson, announced it has moved its home game against Duke to Sept. 26. The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 14. Meanwhile, coach Gus Malzahn says No. 11 Auburn had five starters out of practice this week because of COVID-19-related issues. Malzahn said Saturday the Tigers had two new positive tests this week and 10 total players are sidelined from practice because of the virus or close contact. He didn’t identify the players and declined to say if a particular position group had been hit hardest.Auburn opens the season Sept. 26 against Kentucky and is set to begin specific game preparation on Sunday.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WEST VIRGINIA-SUSPENSIONSWest Virginia suspends 11 for opener; bans not tied to virus In other NFL news:— Receiver Cooper Kupp has agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2023 with the Los Angeles Rams. Neither the team nor Kupp’s management immediately disclosed the financial terms of the deal reached Saturday, a day before the Rams’ season opener against the Dallas Cowboys in brand-new SoFi Stadium. Kupp has been a steady, productive receiver since the Rams chose him in the third round of the 2017 draft. He was Los Angeles’ top pass-catcher last season, leading the team with 94 receptions for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns.— The New Orleans Saints say running back Alvin Kamara has agreed to a five-year extension. A person familiar with the contract says it is worth up to $75 million but that the final season includes a large non-guaranteed payment. The person says that effectively limits the team’s obligation to $50 million from 2021 to 2024. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details have not been released. Kamara has surpassed 1,300 yards from scrimmage in each of his first three seasons. — The Minnesota Vikings have signed running back Dalvin Cook to a five-year, $63 million contract extension. The deal gives their dual-threat star some security the day before the season opener. Cook was picked for the Pro Bowl last year after becoming the eighth different Vikings player to reach 1,000 rushing yards. Since he was drafted in the second round in 2017, Cook has missed 21 of a possible 52 games to injury. In 2019, he came the closest to a full season. He sat out twice with shoulder trouble, still finishing seventh in the league with 1,654 yards from scrimmage.— Tennessee Titans rookie Isaiah Wilson has been arrested and charged with drunken driving after authorities say he was spotted doing “donuts” in an intersection before crashing into a concrete wall. The offensive lineman was arrested Friday night and released Saturday morning. According to the arrest warrant, Wilson told the officer he was having issues with a back tire, but he struggled with the field sobriety tests. The No. 29 pick overall in April out of Georgia currently is on the reserve-COVID list for the second time. He started training camp on the list before being removed Aug. 3 and was placed on the list again on Sept. 6. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 FOOTBALL-SCHEDULEWilliams’ 3 TDs help No. 18 UNC pull away from Syracuse 31-6UNDATED (AP) — Javonte Williams ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and No. 18 North Carolina overcame a mistake-filled performance to beat Syracuse 31-6 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. — Mark Newman, a key front office executive for the New York Yankees during their run of five World Series titles from 1996 through 2009, was found dead Saturday at his home in Tampa, Florida. He was 71. The Yankees said it was not clear whether he died Friday or Saturday. The team was not sure of the cause. A moment of silence was observed before Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.ITALIAN OPEN-SERENA WITHDRAWSSerena Williams withdraws from Rome with Achilles injuryROME (AP) — Four-time champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open, citing the Achilles issue that bothered her in a loss to Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open semifinals.Williams took a medical timeout for a tape job on her Achilles during her three-set loss on Thursday. September 12, 2020 The Lakers lead Houston 3-1 in their Western Conference semifinal series and could clinch their spot in the West finals with a win on Saturday night at Walt Disney World.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFSVegas tries to even series in Game 4EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in Game 4 of the Western Conference final Saturday. Dallas leads the series 2-1 after winning Game 3 in overtime on the strength of 38 saves from goalie Anton Khudobin.The Knights and Stars became the first teams in the modern era (since 1943-44) to exchange shutouts in the first two games of a conference semifinal of final series. Game 3 was scoreless until the closing seconds of the second period. MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia suspended 11 players for its season opener Saturday for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Coach Neal Brown announced the suspensions Saturday before the Mountaineers played at home against Eastern Kentucky. The school would not specify what the players did, except to say this is not related to the coronavirus.Among them were slot wide receivers T.J. Simmons and Isaiah Esdale, tight ends T.J. Banks and Mike O’Laughlin, and two starting offensive linemen, center Chase Behrndt and left tackle Junior Uzebu.Also suspended were backup offensive linemen Zach Davis and Tairiq Stewart, backup wide receiver Zack Dobson and long snapper JP Hadley. Freshman cornerback Vincent Okloli was the lone suspended player on defense. NFL-NEWS
Voters in Wisconsin went to the polls during the coronavirus shelt-in-place order last week. Many waited in long lines braving the virus to cast their vote. With health officials unable to nail down when the coronavirus outbreat will end many are asking: What about voting in the national presidential election in November?Should voters be able to use a national mail-in voting system instead of going to the polls? GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel told the South Florida Morning show that she doesn’t think states can successfully pull off voting by mail in four months.Listen to the full interview here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Ronna-Mcdaniel-4-14-20-1.mp3Of course Joe Biden beat out Bernie Sanders whose name is still on the ballot despite suspending his campaign. And President Trump won the republican vote.
Facebook73Tweet0Pin0Submitted by SCJ AllianceDuring the wettest rainy season in Puget Sound history, a whole team of little girls had dry shin guards.The Salish Middle School soccer field stayed dry last winter thanks to the amazing irrigation plan by Trent Grantham. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceThe U9 soccer team out of Lacey, Wash. practiced at a few fields around town, but strongly preferred the new pitch at Salish Middle School. Why? It kept them dry.SCJ Alliance’s landscape architecture team provided extensive site development design services for the new middle school including a sustainable landscape, irrigation system, and the esteemed sports fields.“Salish Middle School opened last fall. So, we’ve had a full year to see how things have grown in and stood up to the elements,” SCJ Principal Landscape Architect Jeff Glander said. “After the rainiest winter on record and the longest dry spell this summer, everything from the soil to the irrigation have been put to the test and passed.”SCJ Principal Landscape Architect Jeff Glander (on right) and Landscape Architect Trent Grantham worked hard to create a usable space that can withstand our weather. Photo courtesy: SCJ AllianceSCJ designed outdoor spaces across the 18-acre campus including the main entry plaza, student gathering areas, and hard court play spaces. Sports field design included a softball field, a running track, and the football/soccer field.Landscape Architect Trent Grantham designed the fields. “It’s great to hear our soil profiles are working out,” he said. “To hear it straight from kids who are using it is even better.”School starts again in just a few short weeks, ushering in a new season for the landscape and new crop of students to test out the design.