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
Associated Press The Latest: Notre Dame-Wake Forest game moved from Charlotte September 2, 2020 The school announced the move Wednesday. A day earlier, the school said it would not host fans to open the football and other fall sports seasons for home competitions amid the coronavirus pandemic.At the time, that affected only one football game: the Sept. 12 opener against top-ranked Clemson. Notre Dame’s visit two weeks later will give the Demon Deacons a second home game in September, though the school says it doesn’t anticipate being able to host fans for that game, either.In a statement, athletic director John Currie says the school was excited to play in Charlotte in front of a “vibrant” fan base roughly 80 miles from campus in the home stadium of the NFL’s Carolina Panthers. The school is allowing ticket holders for the Charlotte game to receive a refund, roll the cost over toward next season or transition the purchase to a contribution to support Wake Forest athletics.___Italy midfielder Jorginho has been cleared to train with the national team after joining the squad three days late because of concerns about exposure to the coronavirus with Chelsea. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Wake Forest says its Sept. 26 football game against No. 10 Notre Dame will move from Charlotte, North Carolina, to the Demon Deacons’ home field in Winston-Salem. The Italian soccer federation says a virus test for Jorginho came back negative.Brescia midfielder Sandro Tonali was dropped from the team list after he was placed in isolation by his club for potential exposure to COVID-19.Italy hosts Bosnia-Herzegovina on Friday and then visits the Netherlands three days later in the Nations League.Winger Federico Bernardeschi was sent home with a muscular injury.___ FIBA also says the EuroCup women’s qualifying rounds have been pushed back to December. The regular season is scheduled to begin in January.FIBA still hopes to start its women’s EuroLeague on time with the regular season scheduled to begin in mid-October.The FIBA Europe board will next meet in October and will discuss holding its competitions in single-venue “bubbles.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports This month’s road cycling world championships have been moved to Imola, Italy, after Swiss host Aigle-Martigny backed out because of a government ruling limiting mass gatherings amid the coronavirus pandemic.The revised event from Sept. 24-27 will feature only elite men’s and women’s categories. Junior and under-23 races have been cut from the program.___Some European basketball club competitions have been rescheduled because of various coronavirus restrictions on the continent.The regular season of the Europe Cup is now scheduled to begin in January. FIBA had hoped to start the second-tier competition by October.
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
REGAL Masters will wing out for Florida Cup 2019 full of confidence after winning a specially-organised four-team tournament at Malteenoes Sports Club ground, Thomas Lands last Sunday.After overcoming Fishermen Masters in the semifinals, thanks to a swashbuckling unbeaten 102 from Eric Thomas, the yellow and green army then disposed of Mike’s Wellman by six wickets in the final to add another title to their collection.Set an imposing 157 runs to win from 15 overs, Regal Masters’ run chase was off to a perfect stat with eventual Man-of-the-Match Throy Kippins and Eion Abel racing to 72 in seven overs, before the latter was bowled by Greg DeFranca for 28. Kippins, who was fourth to be dismissed, then added 35 with fellow Berbician, Rudolph Baker, who clobbered 32 (9 balls, 5×6) and 28 for the third wicket with Samuel Kingston (10).Rawl Reid (2-12) almost spoiled the fun for the Florida Cup champions when he accounted for Baker, Kingston and Kippins 40 runs (2×4, 2×6) in the space of two overs.When Kippins was spectacularly snapped up, by Reid running back to his own bowling at the end of the 13th over, Regal Masters still needed 18 runs to win from 12 balls with two new batsmen at the crease.However, in the very next over Mohendra Arjune took Latchman Kallicharran to the cleaners taking 21 runs to ease to victory with six wickets with an over to spare. Arjune finished on 18 not out from five balls (3×4; 1×6) and David Harper was one not out when the target was reached.Earlier, attacking right-handed opener Lloyd Ruplall played some attractive strokes to get Wellman to a competitive 156 for 4 from their 15 overs. Ruplall who carried his bat for 68 (4×4, 5×6) was supported by opener Greg DeFranca who made 31 (5×4, 1×6) and Eon Lovell with 31 (1×4, 4×6).All of the bowlers had their work cut out on the small outfield, but Arjune snared 2 for 46 and was ably supported by Kippins (1-28) and leg-spinner Tyrone Sanasie (1-29).The tournament, organised by Wayne Jones, gave Regal Masters much-needed match practice ahead of the Florida Cup which gets underway on Friday, April 12 and runs until Sunday, April 14 in Fort Lauderdale.It is the 15th edition of the international tournament and more than 30 teams from Canada, Guyana, New York, Florida, Orlando and Minnesota are expected to compete in three categories; All-Stars, Masters Over-40 and Legends Over-50.Regal Masters are the defending champions of the Masters category and have ended their long period of intense preparation in perfect fashion, to head to North America gunning for a title repeat. They and Regal All-Stars are the only teams in the tournament from Guyana.
CMC –Left-hander Darren Bravo’s form remained a worry after he failed against India here Sunday, as West Indies A suffered a batting collapse on the penultimate day of their three-day match at Coolidge Cricket Ground.In desperate need of confidence ahead of next week’s start of the opening Test against India, Bravo lasted 45 minutes and 21 balls for his 11 before edging a drive at seamer Umesh Yadav to second slip.The 30-year-old has been named in the Test squad but is in the middle of a wretched run of form. He scraped 36 runs from five innings in the Ireland Tri-Nations Series back in May before scoring 19 and 0 in his only two innings at the ICC World Cup.In his first Test series in 28 months following a public falling out with Cricket West Indies, Bravo managed only 59 runs from five innings against England earlier this year.While Bravo failed, opener Kavem Hodge stepped up to top-score with 51 as West Indies A, responding to India’s 297 for six declared overnight, were dismissed for 181 in their first innings.Captain Jahmar Hamilton struck 33 while veteran left-hander Jonathan Carter chipped in with 26, but the remainder of the Windies A line up struggled.The hosts failed to muster any significant partnerships and the best was a 26-run stand for the fourth wicket between Hodge and Jason Mohammed (6).All told, Hodge faced 100 balls in 141 minutes, hitting eight fours before he was fifth out with the score on 94, lbw to seamer Ishant Sharma in the fifth over after lunch, playing around a full length delivery.Hamilton got a start, striking four fours in a 72-ball knock before he was last out while Carter also got in, lashing two fours and a six in a 35-ball innings before falling to a catch at silly point off left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav.Umesh Yadav (3-19), fellow fast bowler Ishant (3-21) and left-arm spinner Kuldeep (3-35) all picked up three wickets each.Batting a second time, India got an unbeaten 48 from Hanuma Vihari as they reached 84 for one at the close.ScoreboardINDIA 1st Innings 297 for six decl.WEST INDIES “A” 1st InningsJ Solozano c Rahul b Ishant Sharma 9K Hodge lbw b Ishant Sharma 51B King c wkpr Pant b Ishant Sharma 4DM Bravo c Rahul b Umesh Yadav 11J Mohammed run out 6J Carter c Agarwal b Kuldeep Yadav 26*+J Hamilton c Umesh Yadav b Kuldeep Yadav 33R Powell c Pujara b Umesh Yadav 16R Shepherd c Rahane b Umesh Yadav 1K Pierre b Kuldeep Yadav 17K Harding not out 4Extras (w1, nb2) 3TOTAL (all out, 56.1 overs) 181Fall of wickets: 1-16, 2-30, 3-51, 4-77, 5-94, 6-115, 7-136, 8-140, 9-164, 10-181.Bowling: Ishant Sharma 8-1-21-3 (w1), Bumrah 11-0-45-0 (nb2); Umesh Yadav 10-4-19-3; Saini 6-0-20-0; Jadeja 12-2-41-0; Kuldeep Yadav 9.1-1-35-3INDIA 2nd InningsM Agarwal c wkpr Hamilton b Shepherd 13*A Rahane not out 20H Vihari not out 48Extras (lb2, nb1) 3TOTAL (1 wkt, 35 overs) 84Fall of wickets: 1-22Bowling: Mindley 4-2-8-0, Harding 5-0-15-0 (nb1), Shepherd 9-6-22-0, Carter 5-2-3-1, Pierre 7-1-26-0, Hodge 4-1-7-0, Mohammed 1-0-1-0.Position: India lead by 200 runs with nine second innings wickets standing
BERBICE Cricket Board (BCB) president Hilbert Foster said he is aiming to rename parts of the Port Mourant Cricket Club ground after five of their first marquee West Indian players.Foster told Chronicle Sport yesterday that following the recent passing of Basil Butcher, it is his hope to have parts of the Berbice venue named after the first quartet of players from the club to represent Guyana and the West Indies; John Trim, Ivan Madray, Joe Solomon, Rohan Kanhai and Butcher.The five Guyanese icons were among the elite few to put the club as well as the country on the map and Foster identified the side screens, two dressing rooms and stands as potential parts of the venue which could be given new aliases.With the BCB elections set for Sunday, Foster said that should he be re-elected, he will push harder for the renaming of Port Mourant ground. He stated that the objective, should he be given a chance to rule another term; will be to continue the work he has been committed to over the past 22 months.Regarding the passing of Butcher who died in Miami on Monday, Foster said should the legendary player’s body be sent back home to Guyana, BCB will then seek to arrange tributes in memory of the 86-year-old cricketer.Foster also noted that no decision will be made regarding hosting of matches and tournaments until after elections. He said the pair of 1st division finals; Ivan Madray T20 and Busta Champions of Champions, which were postponed due to the weather will have their new dates confirmed after Sunday.The BCB head explained that should a new executive committee take office, that body will have to designate a competition’s chairman who will then set dates for the pair of matches.In closing, Foster said the year was good for BCB as they achieved much in terms of their goals while a lot more cricket competitions were played this year compared to the drought a few years ago. (Clifton Ross)
SYDNEY Thunder were jolted yesterday when spinner Chris Green was suspended from bowling for at least 90 days in Cricket Australia competitions due to an illegal delivery action.Green was withdrawn from the Thunder team hours before the Big Bash League clash with the Melbourne Stars at the MCG.Cricket Australia said Green was reported by umpires Nathan Johnstone and Mike Graham-Smith and third umpire Paul Wilson after a BBL match against the Stars at Sydney Showground Stadium on Thursday, January 2.His off-spin action was tested on Sunday at the National Cricket Centre near Brisbane, and Cricket Australia said results came through yesterday and were relayed to Green and the Thunder.In a media statement, Cricket Australia said: “Green will be unable to bowl for a minimum of 90 days in Cricket Australia-run competitions, effective immediately. He will be permitted to play as a batter should the Thunder or Cricket NSW desire and can also play premier cricket (including bowl) under the supervision and with the consent of Cricket NSW during his suspension.“After the 90-day suspension has elapsed, Green will be eligible to undergo testing once again with a view to returning to bowling.”As well as his Thunder commitments, Green has signed up for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and is due to head to England to captain the Birmingham Bears in the domestic T20 Blast later this year.Thunder coach Shane Bond backed Green, saying: “He’s an important part of our future and the club will support him through this process.”
WORLD champion Billy Joe Saunders has had his boxing licence suspended by the British Boxing Board of Control (BBBofC) after he released a video advising men how to hit their female partners.In the video, Saunders uses a punch bag to explain how to react if “your old woman is giving you mouth” and showing how to “hit her on the chin”.He later apologised, saying he would “never condone domestic violence”.His promoter Eddie Hearn said he is “appalled” by the “idiotic” video.The chief executive of UK domestic abuse charity Refuge, Sandra Horley, said the video was “as dangerous as it is shocking”.The BBBofC said: “We have suspended his boxer’s licence pending a hearing under the board’s misconduct regulation, at a time and venue to be confirmed as soon as possible.”On Monday, WBO super-middleweight champion Saunders said he would donate £25,000 to domestic violence charities.Speaking to Talksport on Monday, he said it was a “silly mistake” and he “obviously wasn’t thinking”.Saunders added: “I didn’t mean for anyone to get upset about it. There are people dying all around the world with coronavirus and I was just trying to take the heat off that a little bit.“It clearly hasn’t done, my sense of humour is not everyone’s cup of tea.”Saunders said he has received death threats and has deleted his Twitter account.Hearn, also speaking to Talksport, added: “I was appalled really. It was so idiotic, it was so frustrating because I know Billy well. It’s one step forward, four steps back with Billy Joe Saunders.“It’s unacceptable for Joe Bloggs down the street to do it. It’s much more unacceptable for a world champion boxer to be doing it.“Young people are watching that video. People who are in abusive relationships are watching that video. You cannot do it, it’s unacceptable.”Horley added: “Domestic abuse is never a joke. It should never be trivialised. Doing so serves only to normalise violence against women and girls when instead we should be steadfastly challenging it.“Right now, across the country, women are isolated at home with abusive partners. Sharing content like this is as dangerous as it is shocking and we should call it out for what it is: unacceptable.”Police have warnedthat more people may find themselves being victims of domestic abuse under measures designed to stop the spread of coronavirus.Professor Nicole Westmarland, a leading academic and activist in the area of violence against women, told BBC Sport sponsors should “think twice” about supporting Saunders.“He’s a high profile boxer, people look up to him,” said Westmarland. “He should realise that his words and his actions can have an impact.“We are living though the most dangerous time for women in abusive relationships. So for him [Saunders] to do that, in this environment, is completely shocking and unacceptable.”In a statement, Adina Claire, acting co-chief executive of Women’s Aid, said: “Domestic abuse is never a joking matter, but when thousands of women are trapped in their homes with a perpetrator and are fearing for their lives, whether it is supposed to be a joke or not, the Billy Joe Saunders video sends out a dangerous message.“At Women’s Aid we know that domestic abuse is deadly serious and costs lives.”Saunders was close to finalising a deal to face Mexico’s Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez in Las Vegas on 2 May before the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.Saunders, who is unbeaten in 29 bouts, held a world title in the middleweight division before moving up to super-middleweight.He defended his title in a laboured knockout win over Marcelo Esteban Coceres in Los Angeles in November.In September 2018, Saunders was fined £100,000 by the BBBofC for a social media video that police described as “sickening”.If you, or someone you know, have been affected by domestic abuse or violence, these organisations may be able to help. If you are in immediate danger, you should dial 999. (BBC Sport).
(BBC) – PARIS St-Germain have been awarded the Ligue 1 title after it was announced the season would not resume because of the coronavirus pandemic.PSG were 12 points clear at the top of the table, with a game in hand, when French football was suspended indefinitely on 13 March.Earlier this week the French government cancelled the 2019-20 sporting season.The club said they wished to dedicate the title “to healthcare staff and all the everyday heroes on the front line”.PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi added that French essential workers’ “commitment and self-sacrifice over many weeks have earned our deepest admiration”.He continued: “We understand, respect and support the decisions taken by the French Government to end the championship. Health, as the government has always said, must be everyone’s priority.“In these difficult times, I hope that this trophy will bring a little happiness and hope to all our supporters, and I am grateful to them for their unwavering support which helps drive Paris St-Germain forward.”Before the government’s intervention, French football’s governing body had been hoping to resume the season on 17 June.PSG have been awarded the title on a points-per-game basis, while Lorient have been crowned Ligue 2 champions on the same principle.They were just one point above Lens when the season was suspended and both teams will be promoted.Amiens and Toulouse will be relegated from Ligue 1.Lyon – who were fifth a week before the last match day, but finished seventh – said they might appeal against the verdict.Now set to miss out on a place in Europe next season, Lyon say they also “reserve the right to claim damages”, which the club say amount to “several tens of millions of euros”.“There might be appeals but our decisions are solid,” said Didier Quillot, the chief executive of the French League (LFP).Quillot added the LFP had until 25 May to tell Uefa which clubs will be qualified for European competitions.That is the same day by which European leagues have to tell European football’s governing body whether they want to complete or cancel their seasons.The Dutch top flight was abandoned on Friday with no promotion or relegation and no champions, while on Monday Belgian clubs postponed a vote on confirming the cancellation of their top flight until next week.Analysis – BBC World Service reporter John BennettThe French football authorities had three main options when it came to deciding the final league positions. They did not go for freezing the table after 27 games or freezing the table when everyone had played each other once, and instead they chose the points per game system.The big losers from that decision are Lyon, who were in the Europa League places after match day 27, but under these rules finish in seventh place.It means their only hope of getting into Europe next season is either winning the League Cup final, which could still be played later in the year but will probably be cancelled, or winning the Champions League, which is unlikely even if Uefa manage to somehow complete the matches.Meanwhile, PSG’s dominance made the decision to crown champions a lot easier in France than it was in the Netherlands, where Ajax and AZ Alkmaar were level on points at the top and the KNVB decided there would be no title winners.So a reason to celebrate for PSG but of course their main aim this season was to win the Champions League and remember, as unlikely as it would seem, they are still hoping they can complete that mission, saying that they would be prepared to play their matches abroad in August if it is not possible to play in France.French clubs now have to count the cost of losing crucial TV revenue in this shortened season and there will be some difficult decisions to be made for many of them.