Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Associated Press — The French tennis federation will set aside $9.8 million for its players who financially struggle as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. The money will come from a larger $38.1 million support plan for French tennis as a whole. It will go to the players ranked outside the Top 100 who won’t receive any compensation from tennis’ international governing bodies.— The Italian Winter Sports Federation (FISI) is making a formal request to postpone next year’s Alpine skiing world championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo until March 2022. Moving the worlds to March, 2022 would put the event one month after the 2022 Beijing Olympics.— Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says the swift development of vaccines and effective treatments for COVID-19 are priorities towards achieving the Tokyo Olympics next year. Abe says recovery from the coronavirus pandemic only in Japan would not be enough to hold the Games because it involves spectators and athletes from around the world. Japan and the International Olympic Committee have agreed to postpone the Games by one year to July 2021. Experts say developing an effective and safe vaccine by the Games next year will be difficult.GOLF-CHARITY MATCH RATINGSPGA, NFL stars attract nearly 6 million viewers in TV match Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL looks to take next step toward resuming playTORONTO (AP) — The NHL is hoping to move to Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol early next month. That includes opening practice facilities and allowing small group workouts. Six players will be allowed in team facilities at one time for the voluntary workouts. No on-ice coaching or instruction is permitted.A 22-page memo detailing the plan stresses there’s no exact date for the start of Phase 2 or a timetable for how long it will last.The NHL season was paused March 12 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.JAPAN-BASEBALL RESUMESJapanese baseball season to start on June 19 without fans The elder Ewing became Georgetown’s coach in 2017.Here are other stories related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— The National Women’s Soccer League says players may start training in small groups, provided it is done under league protocols and meets the requirements of local authorities. Teams will be able to progress to full team training on May 30 once they complete five days of small group training. The NWSL season was originally scheduled to start April 18. The league allowed voluntary individual outdoor workouts on May 6.— Spanish league clubs are now allowed to train with groups of up to 14 players as the league stays on track to restart in less than three weeks. Only 10 players had been allowed in group training last week because of confinement restrictions that are gradually being lifted across the hard-hit southern European nation. Nearly 30,000 people have died with COVID-19 in Spain.— Europe’s top basketball league has canceled the remainder of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. It says health concerns had to be paramount despite numerous attempts to find ways to resume play. The EuroLeague is composed of 18 teams across 10 European nations. It had been suspended since March 12. League officials say they “explored every possible option” in trying to find a way to resume the season. TOKYO (AP) — Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19 under a plan that excludes fans.League commissioner Atsushi Saito made the announcement Monday after an online meeting with representatives of the league’s 12 teams.He said, “I hope we can provide some guidance for sports other than professional baseball.The announcement came as the state of emergency was lifted in Tokyo and on the northern island of Hokkaido by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. The state of emergency was lifted earlier this month for other parts of the country. Teams can being practice games on June 2.The season was to have begun on March 20 but the start was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Japan has reported about 850 deaths from COVID-19. Update on the latest in sports: The Champions for Charity match was shown on TNT, TBS, truTV and HLN.The PGA Tour is set to return in two weeks at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, for the Charles Schwab Challenge.NASCAR-HAMLIN CREW SUSPENSIONSHamlin crew members suspended 4 races over tungsten dropCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR on Monday suspended three critical crew members for Denny Hamlin’s team because a piece of tungsten fell off his car on the pace lap before the Coca-Cola 600.center_img May 26, 2020 The tungsten is required to meet minimum weight requirements on the car and the NASCAR rule book states if it is separated at any point it is an automatic four-race suspension for the crew chief, car chief and engineer.Chris Gabehart, the crew chief, was suspended through June 10 along with car chief Brandon Griffeth and engineer Scott Simmons.The piece of ballast added to the car weighs 35 pounds and costs $1,877 from the supplier. It fell off the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota before the start of Sunday’s race and Hamlin went to pit road for additional weight to be added back to the car. He didn’t join the race until eight laps had been completed.HAITI-SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONSFIFA bans Haiti soccer official for sexual abuse allegations Japan joins South Korea and Taiwan whose leagues are open and playing largely without fans.SOUTH KOREA-KANG BANNEDEx-Pirates infielder Kang banned 1 year by Korean leagueSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Korean Baseball Organization has suspended ex-Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Jung Ho Kang for a year and ordered him to perform 300 hours of community service over a series of historical drunk driving cases.South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reports the suspension for Kang will come into effect when he joins a KBO team. He applied to come off the voluntarily retired list last week in a bid to return to the Korean league. Yonhap said the 33-year-old Kang was in the U.S. and didn’t attend Monday’s KBO disciplinary committee hearing. Kang was the first position player to jump directly from the KBO to the majors when he signed with Pittsburgh in 2015.  ATLANTA (AP) — Two of the biggest names from the PGA Tour and the NFL proved to be must-see TV.Turner Sports said the Sunday telecast of “The Match: Champions for Charity” attracted an average of 5.8 million viewers across four of its networks. Turner says it was the most-watched golf telecast in cable TV history.It said the previous record was 4.9 million viewers on ESPN at the 2010 Masters, the year Tiger Woods returned to golf for the first time since the scandal in his personal life.Woods and Peyton Manning scored a 1-up victory over Phil Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club, a match that featured high entertainment with shots and with words, along with raising $20 million for COVID-19 relief funds.The peak was 6.3 million average viewers from 5:45 to 6 p.m. EDT. That was about the time Brady, who had been lampooned on social media for his golf skills, silenced analyst Charles Barkley by holing out from the fairway for birdie. VIRUS OUTBREAK-GEORGETOWN-EWINGPatrick Ewing released from hospitalUNDATED (AP) — Patrick Ewing’s son says the Georgetown basketball coach and former NBA great has been released from the hospital and is recovering from COVID-19 at home.The 57-year-old Hall of Famer who played for the Hoyas in college and the New York Knicks for 15 seasons announced Friday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was being treated at a hospital.Patrick Ewing Jr. said three days later on Twitter that his father was getting better and thanked the doctors and nurses who looked after him during his hospital stay. He also thanked fans for their thoughts and prayers. ZURICH (AP) — The president of Haiti’s soccer federation has been suspended from the sport while under investigation for alleged sexual abuse of young women players at the national training center.FIFA says its ethics committee investigators removed Yves Jean-Bart from duty for 90 days. That interim ban can be extended.Jean-Bart, who has led the federation for 20 years, has denied the allegations.,The Latest: Justin Thomas takes early lead at US Openlast_img read more

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Nigeria Professional Football League… Emodi Joins COD United

first_imgFormer CAF Champions League winner, Okey Emordi, has been appointed as head coach of City Of David (COD) United.The Nigeria National League (NNL) club announced the appointment of Emordi on Wednesday and explained their decision to hook the experienced trainer. The Lagos club added that landing Emordi as their head coach is “another demonstration of our ambition as a club to keep moving forward.”“Okey Emordi’s knowledge, experience and record shows clearly that he has been the outstanding coach in the Nigerian football space in the past decade or so and we are very delighted he has decided to join us. His appointment is yet another demonstration of our ambition as a club to keep moving forward and never rest on our oars.“We want to play in the NPFL (Nigeria Professional Football League) next season and we believe Okey’s appointment gives us a massive opportunity to do that. Once we shared our vision with him, he decided to take up the challenge and we are delighted he was convinced to join us having seen our vision for the club. We expect him to sustain and improve on all that we have achieved as a football club on the pitch and help our players and young coaches become even better,” COD Utd CEO, Shola Opaleye, said.Emordi is ready for the challenge of working in the second tier. He said he had to carefully make the decision to return to coaching and accepted the role at COD United because they are “a very organized club with big ambitions.”“I have joined a very organised club with big ambitions. As you know, I have worked with some of the biggest clubs in Nigeria and even Africa and so I had to carefully consider this. Having spoken to the club and seen what they have done so far, I am excited to take on the challenge of ensuring the club plays in the NPFL next season,” said Emordi, whose last coaching role was in 2015 at former Nigerian champions, Kano.Emordi, who guided Enyimba to win the 2004 CAF Champions League, will take charge of his first competitive in the second tier with COD United against Abia Comets at the Onikan Stadium in Lagos on May 7.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Grades: Offense fails for 1st time

first_imgJunior wide receiver Isaac Anderson hurt the receivers grade with two big drops against the Buckeyes.[/media-credit]Every week Herald Sports will take a look back at the Wisconsin football game and grade the position groups on a scale of zero to five.Here is how they fared in week six against unbeaten Ohio State:Quarterbacks — 1.5 of 5What a weird stat line for junior quarterback Scott Tolzien’s worst game of the season. Completing 60 percent of his passes (on 45 attempts) Tolzien moved the ball fairly effectively finishing with 250 yards — nearly three times as many as his OSU counterpart Terrelle Pryor. Several drops from the wide receiver corps also hurt him. However, Tolzien threw two interceptions the Buckeyes returned for touchdowns, putting the Badgers in a hole they couldn’t recover from. For the first pick Tolzien should have gotten the ball out sooner, and the second interception was a ball that should not have been thrown at all with double coverage on the route. Tolzien also took six sacks, having taken just two in the previous five games.Running Backs — 2 of 5Trailing by 15 points heading into the fourth quarter, UW’s backs found their role severely diminished with the offense taking to the air. Still, John Clay finished with only 59 yards at 3.0 per carry and the only rushing touchdown came from safety/holder Chris Maragos. The running backs did chip in with a season-high of six total catches.Wide Receivers — 3 of 5Starters Isaac Anderson and Nick Toon combined for 10 catches and 106 yards, while David Gilreath and Kyle Jefferson had their best games of the season with 39 yards and 22 yards, respectively. Gilreath also kept the OSU defense off balance with offensive coordinator Paul Chryst’s favored end around, taking the ball four times for 36 yards. Anderson had two costly drops, however: one for a first down and a tough but makeable catch for a touchdown. In a game where Tolzien had little time to set and throw, the wide outs could have provided more support.Tight Ends — 1.5 of 5In their worst game of the season, UW tight ends combined for six receptions and 43 yards. Senior Garrett Graham picked up several penalties and had a long of merely 13 yards. As a tight end, he could have been better utilized as a security blanket to help check the pressure OSU kept bringing. Lance Kendricks and Mickey Turner were mostly invisible on the field.Offensive Line — 1.5 of 5Coming off their best game of the season at Minnesota, the O-line took a step back against an athletic, aggressive Ohio State defense. Dubbed as the best defensive line rotation head coach Bret Bielema has seen in the Big Ten, OSU left Tolzien bruised and battered. Reaching Tolzien for six sacks, the Buckeyes knocked him down several other times, winning one-on-one battles repeatedly with the UW line. Left guard John Moffitt summed it up best when he said, “we didn’t really give [Tolzien] a chance.”Defensive Line — 4 of 5With the exception of one long drive for the OSU offense, UW’s D played their best game all season. Senior O’Brien Schofield once again competed like a man possessed, registering two sacks and 3.5 tackles for a loss. The Buckeye rushing game was held under 100 yards with most of the yardage coming on two big plays. The one blemish was when J.J. Watt blew containment on Pryor’s 27 yard scramble with less than two minutes in the first half. Linebackers — 4.5 of 5Freshman Mike Taylor continued his dynamic play this season, leading the team in tackles with eight including 1.5 for a loss. Aside from his seven tackles, Culmer St. Jean also showed off deft hands and perception reading Pryor’s eyes for the Badgers’ only interception of the game. As a group, they contained the running game and kept Pryor scrambling in the backfield.Secondary — 4.5 of 5With an inaccurate quarterback, the secondary did their job holding Pryor to a measly 87 yards passing. The corners stuck to receivers and the safeties helped in the run game. Maragos picked the perfect time to call a fake field goal and showed some burst to find the end zone. The touchdown given up by Antonio Fenelus wasn’t due to poor coverage but a well-thrown ball. The only factors preventing the grade from being a five is OSU’s lack of talent at receiver and an inconsistent Pryor posed little threat.Specialists — 2.5 of 5Punter Brad Nortman averaged a decent 48.8 yards in four punts but failed to land any inside the twenty. Kicker Philip Welch inexplicably missed from 33 yards but made from 50, proving every kick with him is still an adventure. He continues to miss to the right, a problem that may be correctable.last_img read more

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Syracuse prepares to face No. 13 Duke almost a year after falling to Blue Devils by 33

first_img Published on January 8, 2015 at 1:41 am Contact Josh: jmhyber@syr.edu Almost a year ago to the day, Syracuse fell to Duke by 33 points inside the Carrier Dome. The Orange shot 27.9 percent from the field that day, and scored just 19 second-half points.“We’ve got to find a way when we play great teams to come out hard, to be competitive, and to win,” SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said after the Jan. 9, 2014 game. “ … You won’t see a product like this on the floor again from a Syracuse women’s basketball team, ever.”Having proved in the past year it can compete with top-tier opponents, the No. 21 Orange (10-4, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) now gets a chance for revenge when it battles the No. 13 Blue Devils (10-4, 1-0) on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium.When reached by phone after the team’s practice in Durham, North Carolina on Wednesday, Hillsman pointed to two second-half runs in the game against Duke last year that the Orange couldn’t answer. SU junior Brianna Butler pointed to the Blue Devils’ athleticism in the paint, where the Orange was outscored 56-20.But against Duke last year, Alexis Peterson, now SU’s starting point guard and leading scorer, played just five minutes. Do-it-all guard Cornelia Fondren played nine. Diamond Henderson, Syracuse’s third-leading scorer, was on the roster of Tennessee Tech.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve come a very long way since that game,” Fondren said.Just 21 days after the abysmal loss, the Orange upset then-No. 6 North Carolina 78-73 on the road — what Hillsman called the biggest victory in program history — and eventually reached the second round of the NCAA tournament.Earlier this season, the Orange held a 10-point lead against No. 1 South Carolina with 6:43 to go in regulation, but eventually lost by four to the Gamecocks. At the Florida Sunshine Classic in Winter Park, Florida on Dec. 19, the Orange fell to then-No. 9 Baylor by two points.On Sunday, SU held a first-half lead but fell by 11 points to No. 4 Notre Dame, a team it lost to by 37 last year.“It’s bittersweet,” Henderson said on Dec. 21 after SU fell, 89-76, to then-No. 18 Michigan State in its second game of the Florida Sunshine Classic.But Hillsman and the team recognize their continuing ascent into national contention.“It’s about our athleticism,” Hillsman said on Sunday. “We’re a little bigger. We’re more athletic at some spots … We’re a little quicker.“I thought our kids competed at a high level. So you do take that as a positive. But obviously the biggest positive (would be) winning these basketball games.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 24-0 win over Liberty

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on September 1, 2019 at 12:59 amcenter_img LYNCHBURG, Va. — Syracuse dominated Liberty in its first season-opening shutout since 2015. The Orange forced three turnovers and eight sacks, and when the Flames reached the red zone, SU forced a fumble in the first half. All three of SU’s touchdowns came on the ground and the Orange spoiled Liberty’s first game in the FBS, 24-0.Here’s what our beat writers had to say after the victory.last_img

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In-form Spaniard for Irish Open

first_imgRory McIlroy has confirmed that Jon Rahm will play in the Dubai Duty free Irish Open in Portstewart in July.The Spaniard recently won the Farmers Insurance open and is currently ranked 12th in the World.Speaking today McIlroy also said he hopes to play at the PGA Championship at Wentworth which takes place next week. Photo © – Tipp FM The 28 year old has recently struggled with injury.last_img

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Baba Yara Stadium pitch to undergo renovation

first_imgThe football pitch of the Baba Yara Stadium in Kumasi is set to undergo intensive renovation before the start of the second half of the season.This will be the first major rehabilitation of the pitch since it was reconstructed for the Ghana2008 Africa Cup of Nations.The exercise, which is expected to last up to the last week of February, is aimed at improving the standards of the pitch for quality delivery.“The Kumasi pitch looks tired so we are closing it for a month to do several activities to ensure the pitch is in good condition”, said Frank Boahene, Chief Executive of Green Grass Technology, (GGT) sports pitch experts working on the project“It reaches a point where the pitch needs to be rested and this is a fantastic opportunity to rest the pitch and do some additional works to reinstall it”The venue will host big games in the premier league as well as the Black Stars World Cup qualifier against Sudan in March.last_img read more

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Dodgers take over first place in NL West with narrow win over Padres

first_img Dodgers’ hot-hitting Corey Seager leaves game with back injury Dodgers bench slumping Cody Bellinger for a day “Beats being in fourth place, too.”That’s where the Dodgers were on May 16 when a six-game losing streak to the Cincinnati Reds and Miami Marlins dropped them 10 games under .500 (16-26).Sign up for our Inside the Dodgers newsletter. Be the best Dodger fan you can be by getting daily intel on your favorite team. Subscribe here.“It feels good,” said Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen, who took over the NL lead in saves (26) Thursday. “Shoot, how we started in April who knew how the season was going to go for us?”If you’ve been following this team, you kind of knew.That 16-26 start was the first time they had been 10 games under .500 since June 2013. That season, the Dodgers won 60 of their next 88 games after hitting rock bottom and won the first of five consecutive division titles. Dodgers’ Dave Roberts says baseball’s unwritten rules ‘have changed, should change’ Stripling had a rockier road. He didn’t have a 1-2-3 inning until the sixth after scattering six hits and a walk over the first five innings, stranding all seven runners on base, most notably striking Ross out with the bases loaded to end the fourth inning.“It was just kind of a battle,” Stripling said. “I felt like they had a lot of good ABs. I definitely wasn’t missing a lot of barrels. … A little bit of luck on my part tonight. Might have built up some bad karma. There might be some bloopers in my future.”The Dodgers finally broke through against Ross in the seventh inning when Chris Taylor lashed a one-out double down the left-field line. Toles dropped his single into left field to drive in the game’s first run and end Ross’ night.Things went south for the Padres after that. The Dodgers batted around, scoring three times on four hits, a walk and two hit batters – one a classic, don’t-flinch, barely-there graze of Chase Utley’s left leg. Matt Kemp and Pederson joined Toles with RBI singles.That was just enough when Wil Myers drove in two with a two-out double off Scott Alexander in the seventh. Dylan Floro and Jansen closed it out over the final two innings. PreviousSAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Chris Taylor reaches for a ground-ball single by San Diego Padres’ Austin Hedges during the fourth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSan Diego Padres starting pitcher Tyson Ross works against a Los Angeles Dodgers batter during the third inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Chase Utley #26 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is tagged out by Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres as he tries to steal second base during the third inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Ross Stripling watches a throw to a San Diego Padres batter during the first inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Tyson Ross #38 of the San Diego Padres pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers throws his helmet after striking out during the third inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Dave Roberts #30 of the Los Angeles Dodgers argues a call with umpire Jordan Baker during the fourth inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Joc Pederson hits a double during the sixth inning to break up a no-hitter being thrown by the Padres’ Tyson Ross on Thursday in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Andrew Toles watches his RBI single during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Dodgers’ Andrew Toles hits an RBI single to break a scoreless tie and begin a three-run seventh inning in Thursday’s game against the Padres in San Diego. The Dodgers won 3-2. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Chris Taylor runs home to score the first run of the game during the seventh inning Thursday night in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)The Dodgers’ Justin Turner, center, gestures from the dugout toward teammate Andrew Toles after Toles’ RBI single during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Dodgers’ Matt Kemp follows through on an RBI single during the seventh inning of Thursday’s game in San Diego. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Padres catcher Austin Hedges, left, tags out the Dodgers’ Kike’ Hernandez (14), who trying to score from second on an RBI single by Matt Kemp during the seventh inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Joc Pederson watches his RBI single during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the San Diego Padres on Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers’ Matt Kemp gestures after reaching third from first on an RBI single by Joc Pederson during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Wil Myers #4 of the San Diego Padres hits an RBI double during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Franmil Reyes #32 of the San Diego Padres scores ahead of the tag of Yasmani Grandal #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning of a baseball game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)San Diego Padres shortstop Freddy Galvis, right, throws to first from his knees for the out on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Justin Turner as Padres second baseman Jose Pirela, left, watches during the ninth inning of a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Freddy Galvis #13 of the San Diego Padres reacts after striking out during the eighth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)Los Angeles Dodgers closing pitcher Kenley Jansen celebrates after defeating the San Diego Padres in a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. The Dodgers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)Los Angeles Dodgers closing pitcher Kenley Jansen, right, celebrates with teammate catcher Yasmani Grandal after defeating the San Diego Padres in a baseball game Thursday, July 12, 2018, in San Diego. The Dodgers won 3-2. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 25SAN DIEGO, CA – JULY 12: Ross Stripling #68 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the San Diego Padres at PETCO Park on July 12, 2018 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)ExpandSAN DIEGO — Ross Stripling is going to the All-Star Game. Tyson Ross is most assuredly not.But it took a soft single by Andrew Toles in the seventh inning to separate the two and drive in the first run in a three-run seventh inning. That pushed the Dodgers past the San Diego Padres 3-2 on Thursday night – and into first place.The win allowed the Dodgers to leap-frog the Arizona Diamondbacks (who lost earlier in the day) and move into first for only the second time this season. They took over first place despite going only 4-3 on a seven-game trip to Anaheim and San Diego. The Diamondbacks have lost nine of their last 13 games.“It beats second place,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said when asked the significance of a division lead on July 12.center_img Dodgers’ Justin Turner looking rejuvenated on defense Whicker: Dustin May yet another example of the Dodgers’ eye for pitching The Dodgers have done their part to follow a similar script. They have gone 35-16, the best record in the National League, since May 16.“If we can be in first place three days from now at the All-Star break, that would be good,” Stripling said. “Obviously the Diamondbacks have put a good season together. We’ve been grinding along with them.”It’s no coincidence that the Dodgers’ turnaround began when Justin Turner’s season did. Turner missed the first 40 games of the season with a fractured wrist. Though he hasn’t been as productive this year as last year when he made the All-Star team, he remains vital to the lineup.That lineup has lost some of its vibrancy during this seven-game trip to Anaheim and San Diego. The Dodgers batted .190 with only three home runs and 24 runs scored on the trip and were held to three runs or fewer in five of the seven games.Now, they might have to make do without Turner, albeit briefly, again. Roberts said Turner aggravated a groin or hamstring muscle while running to first on a ground-out as a pinch-hitter in the ninth inning. Turner will not be in the lineup Friday and will be re-evaluated.Ross was not a likely suspect to keep the lid on the Dodgers’ offense. In his previous two starts, the right-hander had a 19.29 ERA and opposing batters had a 1.427 OPS. But he held the Dodgers hitless into the sixth inning when a one-out double by Joc Pederson broke the spell.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Anthony Davis says Lakers’ chances of NBA title higher after break

first_imgDavis was averaging 26.7 points, 9.4 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 2.4 blocks and 1.5 steals per game prior to the postponement.Lakers head coach Frank Vogel said: “[When] you’re on the floor, you have an opportunity to grow and your team has an opportunity to grow.”When we get to Orlando, it’ll be the next step in that process and his journey in this season as a Laker. We look forward to seeing — hopefully the best is yet to come.” Anthony Davis believes the Los Angeles Lakers have a higher chance of winning the NBA championship thanks to the coronavirus-enforced break.The NBA season is set to resume on July 30 after the 2019-20 campaign was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic in March. Orlando’s Disney World complex will host 22 teams, with LeBron James’ Lakers headlining the league’s comeback against rivals the LA Clippers on July 30 after the New Orleans Pelicans face the Utah Jazz on the same day.MORE: Zion Williamson got shredded during the NBA hiatusThe Lakers topped the Western Conference with a 49-14 record prior to the COVID-19 crisis, and Davis feels the storied Los Angeles franchise is primed to claim its first NBA ring since 2010.”Actually, I think our chances are higher just because we’re all rested and we’re all ready to go,” Davis told reporters via a videoconference call on Thursday.”If anything, our chances got higher and it’s going to be about just who wants it more.”Be part of this team: Wear Your Mask pic.twitter.com/e0fUDcqRp0— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) July 2, 2020Davis added: “It’s been good for me to kind of let some of them lingering injuries I had towards the time when the NBA stopped to kind of recover and heal and get back into the best version of myself.”I feel 100 percent healthy. Well, I don’t feel, I am [100 percent healthy]. I feel like I’m ready. Ready to go.”MORE: Key dates, schedule and everything to know about NBA restartThe Lakers had gone 8-2 after the All-Star break, with James and Davis leading the way.last_img read more

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Storm into final four

first_imgIn a dramatic start to this year’s final series, the Rabbitohs appeared to have clinched a preliminary final when Cameron Murray controversially stormed over with nine minutes to go.But Munster set up a line break for Billy Slater and then stepped up to nail a 31-metre field goal to send a raucous crowd of 17,306 at AAMI Park into raptures.The Rabbitohs now wait on the winner of Sunday’s elimination final between Brisbane and St George Illawarra to keep their season alive next week.The Storm had to come from behind five times in an absorbing contest, and also had to overcome a number of controversial refereeing decisions, to claim the win.Scores were locked at 18-all midway through the second half when Curtis Scott was penalised for a second effort in a tackle that led to Robert Jennings crossing not long after.A Cheyse Blair try levelled the game again, only for a sideline official to rule a Josh Addo-Carr forward pass that led to Murray’s go-ahead four-pointer.But Munster’s late game heroics ensured the Storm remain on track to become the first team to defend their crowd in a unified competition since Brisbane in 1992-93.Blair and Suliasi Vunivalu both finished with doubles, while Rabbitohs skipper Greg Inglis did his best to inspire his side to also nab a double.It was an explosive start to the qualifying final, with the hosts forcing an error in their first defensive set that almost ended in an opening try for Slater.But the retiring fullback grounded a grubber on the dead-ball line, to which the Rabbitohs responded through an aerial raid for Dane Gagai to post first points.The ferocious collisions kept on coming with Sam Burgess jolting the ball free on an early play, while Inglis also had the wind knocked out of him by Vunivalu not long after.Poor defensive reads by the Rabbitohs, sandwiched by a stadium-shaking Kaufusi shot on Sam Burgess, ended in back-to-back Storm tries to Scott and Vunivalu and their first lead.The visitors regained the lead on a bizarre 37th-minute Inglis try, where Vunivalu gave up on the play as he appealed for an offload from the ground from Jennings.But Storm halfback Brodie Croft – a last-minute inclusion for Jahrome Hughes – broke the game open with a 70-metre line-break and grubber for Vunivalu on the stroke of halftime.And it appeared the Storm were on their way when George Burgess was sin-binned for a professional foul that resulted in Cameron Smith kicking the Storm to a six-point lead.However the Rabbitohs rebounded with back-to-back tries, only for the Storm to once again prove their big-game quality with another strong finish.Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds came off with a shoulder injury moments before the break but took the field upon resumption with what was described as a shoulder sprain.last_img read more

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