Update on the latest sports

first_img April 5, 2020 In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Major League Soccer’s 25th season is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak, but league officials and coaches still hope the league will be able to get in a full season and with fans in attendance. The league had set a target date for re-starting on May 10, although that now seems unlikely. The anniversary of the first MLS match is Monday.— England defender Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action from English Premier League team Manchester City after appearing to break lockdown conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Walker apologized on Sunday after it was widely reported he held a party involving two sex workers at his home last week, breaking the government’s rules on social distancing. The country is in the middle of a three-week lockdown. The team says it will look into Walker’s conduct.— A Serbian soccer player has been sentenced to three months of home detention for flouting a curfew imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. Striker Aleksandar Prijovic pleaded guilty at a video link trial in Belgrade on Saturday. Police had arrested him and 19 others for gathering at a hotel lobby bar in Belgrade on Friday and violating the country’s 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. lockdown orders. He is the second Serbian soccer player to be caught violating the stay-at-home orders. Those who violate the restrictive measures could face up to three years in jail.— Soccer players in Spain are criticizing the Spanish league’s decision to ask clubs to put the footballers on government furloughs during the coronavirus crisis. The league on Friday said the furloughs were needed because there was no agreement on the size of the salary cuts that players must take to reduce the financial impact of the pandemic. In a statement Sunday, Spain’s players’ association said the league should have created a financial cushion for this period. The league and the players’ association have been in talks to try to find ways to mitigate losses if the season cannot be restarted because of the pandemic. Dempsey set an NFL record that stood for 43 years when he kicked a 63-yard, game-winning field goal for the New Orleans Saints against Detroit on Nov. 8, 1970. It wasn’t until 2013 that Matt Prater of the Broncos broke that record with a 64-yarder in Denver.Dempsey’s success came despite being born without toes on his kicking foot. Dempsey kicked for 11 seasons in the NFL with New Orleans, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and Buffalo.His daughter says Dempsey was diagnosed with dementia several years ago and was living in a New Orleans nursing home that was hit hard by the virus.The Orleans Parish coroner has yet to release an official cause of death.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-HAGANS-NBA William Byron has won the third NASCAR virtual raceUNDATED (AP) — William Byron has won the third NASCAR virtual race in a series put together after the coronavirus pandemic stopped sports.Byron easily captured the iRacing event Sunday at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR would have been really racing before the coronavirus pandemic caused sports to shut down.His victory came after he led the most laps in NASCAR’s first two virtual races and had nothing to show for his gaming skills.The most entertaining part of Sunday’s event was the drivers’ gaming streams, where they argued and complained about one another. Bubba Wallace “rage quit” the game early after an accident and Daniel Suarez and Kyle Larson were parked after virtually tangling on track.  Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBITSHall of Famer Mitchell, ex-Saints kicker Dempsey dieUNDATED (AP) — A Pro Football Hall of Famer and a record-setting kicker have died.center_img — Australia’s triathlon world champion Mirinda Carfrae has found virtual reality competitions created to sustain sport amid the coronavirus outbreak have unexpected hazards. The three-time world ironman champion was competing against Jocelyn McCauley of the United States, Canada’s Angela Naeth and Jeanni Seymour of South Africa in the inaugural Ironman VR Pro Challenge women’s race when disaster struck: Her husband tripped over the cord of her smart trainer, disconnecting it and putting her out of the race.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Hall of Fame says that speedy halfback and receiver Bobby Mitchell has died at 84. The Hall of Fame hasn’t provided other details.Mitchell spent 11 seasons in the NFL. He played halfback for the Browns from 1958-61 and was a flanker for Washington from 1962-68, becoming the first African American to sign with the Redskins. Mitchell was a three-time All-NFL selection and played in four Pro Bowls.Mitchell ran for 1,462 yards and accumulated over 3,700 total yards over four seasons for a Browns backfield that featured Jim Brown. He immediately became one of the NFL’s most dangerous receivers upon arrival in Washington, leading the league with 72 receptions and 1,384 receiving yards in 1962. Mitchell also led the NFL with 1,436 receiving yards in 1963, including a 99-yard touchdown.Mitchell retired with the second-most combined offensive yards and was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 1983.Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey died late Saturday from what his family described as complications from the new coronavirus. He was 73. Hagans entering NBA draftLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans is giving up his last two seasons of college eligibility to enter the NBA draft, saying the time is now to pursue his dream of playing professionally.The 6-foot-3 Hagans was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman and became one of the country’s best point guards this past season.He averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals last season, but he also clashed with coach John Calipari. Hagans argued with forward Nick Richards and coach Calipari and reportedly refused to re-enter in the second half of a home loss to Tennessee. Calipari downplayed the incident afterward.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Associated Press last_img read more

Lynch leads steady effort from linebackers, continues strong start to season

first_imgRealizing that Gerald Christian had a few steps on him in the flat, Cameron Lynch darted toward the left sideline.Lynch was right on Christian’s back when the Louisville receiver caught a pass from Reggie Bonnafon. It put Lynch in perfect position to strip a ball that Christian never had great control of.That’s exactly what he did, and Wayne Williams recovered the fumble to set Syracuse’s offense up at the Cardinals’ 43.“I just pulled it out,” Lynch said. “I just did what we practice. We practice that a lot so I just did it.”Lynch’s simple explanation of the then-game-changing play was similar to the way SU linebackers coach Clark Lea defined Lynch’s performance against Louisville on Friday night — something the defense expects, but doesn’t overlook. With Syracuse’s secondary shorthanded by injury to Wayne Morgan, the linebackers, led by Lynch, have been a major part of the Orange’s late-down defense.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a 28-6 Orange loss to the Cardinals, Lynch led the team with seven total tackles, and added a sack, a tackle for loss and the forced fumble, all while helping the SU defense excel in late-down situations. On the season, Lynch has 40 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks, which is tied for the third-most in the Atlantic Coast Conference.“He’s such a big part of what we do and our identity,” Lea said. “Getting to the quarterback and also being able to do different things in certain downs and Cam and the rest of the linebackers, Marqez (Hodge) and Dyshawn (Davis) also being a part of that.”Lynch and Hodge both collected sacks in the game as SU held the Cardinals to 7-of-16 on third down. That is in large part due to the pressure the outside linebackers generate out of the “Okie” package — in which an extra defensive back replace a defensive lineman on the field.Overall, the Cardinals ran for 178 yards and passed for 174, but most of the damage wasn’t done on late downs.“That’s how we play and it’s something we take seriously,” Lea said. “Generating that pressure on the secondary blitz is huge to our success. I was happy with that.”And even as Lynch’s forced fumble was followed by a Terrel Hunt interception, the Syracuse defense remained businesslike. Its statistical and emotional leader made sure of that.Said Lynch: “We got back out there and tried to make it happen.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 6, 2014 at 12:27 am Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Miralem Pjanic among the best Players in Champions League

first_imgFootballers of “Old Lady” made a great job last night on the first match of the Champions League semi-finals, when they won Monaco at a high of 0: 2 in Monte Carlo.With this result, they came a step towards the finals of the most elite football competition in Europe, and a brilliant match in Juventus was made by the Bosnian football player Miralem Pjanić.He was one of the best players in the ranks of the Old Lady, and played almost the entire match before being replaced by in 89th minute.At this match Pjanic was the player who ran the most, total of 10.87 kilometers, and the statistical parameters show that he had enormous efficiency.The glittering shape this player delights all fans of football in BiH, especially because he will most probably play the qualification matches in the national coat of arms.(Source: klix)last_img read more