September 18

Update on the latest sports

first_imgArcher’s contract includes a $9 million salary this year, but he will receive only a portion due to the coronavirus pandemic. Pittsburgh holds an $11 million club option for 2021, with a $250,000 buyout.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-JOHNNY MAJORSJohnny Majors, former Tennessee and Pitt coach, dies at 85KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Johnny Majors, the coach of Pittsburgh’s 1976 national championship football team and a former coach and star player at Tennessee, has died.Majors died Wednesday at his home in Knoxville, according to his wife. He was 85. Associated Press Germany’s approach has the backing of FIFA. The governing body of world soccer said Tuesday that such demonstrations “deserve an applause and not a punishment.”ASIAN CUP-HUMAN RIGHTSAFC urged to mandate human rights into 2027 Asian Cup bidsUNDATED (AP) — A global activist group is urging Asia’s soccer body to mandate respecting human rights into bidding for and organizing the 2027 Asian Cup.Expected bidders include India, Iran, Qatar and Saudi Arabia ahead of a June 30 deadline set by the Asian Football Confederation to enter the contest. In other virus-related golf news:— The PGA Tour has announced a deal with Sanford Health to conduct COVID-19 testing of players, caddies and essential personnel five days before the season resumes. That applies to every stop on the PGA Tour, PGA Tour Champions and the developmental Korn Ferry Tour. Sanford Health is based in South Dakota and is title sponsor of a PGA Tour Champions event. The company has three mobile testing units it will deploy across the country. Each one has a driver and three lab technicians. A unit will be at tournaments from Saturday through Thursday before leaving for the next closest event.— The chief executive of the European Tour says the fate of this year’s Ryder Cup will be decided by the end of the month. Keith Pelley says in an extensive interview with the McKellar Journal podcast that the European Tour and the PGA will have “conversations” about the Ryder Cup now that the revamped schedules of both tours have been announced. Pelley says there will be “a direction at the end of the month.” The Ryder Cup is still on schedule for Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin despite massive disruption to the sports schedule because of the coronavirus outbreak.— The metal detectors that greet sports fans at the gates might soon be accompanied by thermal body scanners. It’s part of the big task of better protecting venues from virus spread in order to bring the games back for in-person viewing. As algorithms shape more of daily life, the issue of tracking has become more prominent. Most of this tech-based activity stadiums would only be collected in aggregate, like an elevated skin temperature flagged during a walk through a thermal scanner. That’s not a piece of data tied to someone’s actual identity.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAK PIRATES-ARCHERPirates’ Archer out for the season following surgeryPITTSBURGH (AP) — Chris Archer won’t pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020 and his time with the club may be over.Pittsburgh announced Wednesday that 31-year-old Archer underwent surgery to relieve symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome. The procedure was conducted on Tuesday in St. Louis, and the Pirates said Archer will not be available this season if Major League Baseball finds a way to put together a truncated schedule.The Pirates were banking on a bounce back year by Archer, who is 6-12 with a 4.92 ERA in 33 starts since he was acquired from Tampa Bay at the 2018 trade deadline for outfielder Austin Meadows and pitcher Tyler Glasnow. Archer has struggled to find any consistency with the Pirates, while Meadows became an All-Star last season and Glasnow also blossomed. A person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press of the developments on Wednesday. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no statements were authorized.Players made their proposal Sunday, up from an 82-game regular season in management’s offer last week. Opening day would be June 30 and the regular season would end Oct. 31, nearly five weeks after the Sept. 27 conclusion that MLB’s proposal stuck to from the season’s original schedule.MLB told the union it had no interest in extending the season into November, when it fears a second wave of the coronavirus could disrupt the postseason and jeopardize $787 million in broadcast revenue.GOLFWorld golf rankings to restart next week The person says all 22 of the teams coming to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex on the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida would play eight games to determine playoff seeding before the postseason begins. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the league has not released its proposal publicly.The Western Conference would have 13 teams going to Disney, and the Eastern Conference would have nine. In the West, Memphis, Portland, New Orleans, Sacramento, San Antonio and Phoenix would still have a mathematical chance of earning a spot in a play-in series. In the East, Washington would have to close to within four games of Orlando or Brooklyn to trigger a play-in series on that side of the bracket.VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLBAP source: MLB rejects 114-game plan, tells union no counterNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has rejected the players’ offer for a 114-game regular season in the pandemic-delayed season with no additional salary cuts and told the union it did not plan to make a counterproposal. June 3, 2020 The season was suspended March 12 because of the pandemic. Teams had played just two games.Details of the Florida tournament were still under consideration but the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would be sheltered at hotels with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World.In other virus-related sports developments:— Players from all levels of college baseball are set to compete in the three-day, four-team Collegiate Summer Baseball Invitational in Bryan, Texas. ESPN2 will televise two games Thursday night. Games on Friday and Saturday are pay-per-view. The players, coaches, umpires and other event staff arrived in Bryan on Monday and were tested for COVID-19. They are being quarantined at a hotel through Saturday and allowed outside only to go to and from the ballpark.— English soccer team Tottenham says a person at the club has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Premier League club did not identify the person. It was the only positive case after the Premier League tested a further 1,197 players and club staff. The testing is taking place ahead of the planned resumption of the league on June 17. The competition was suspended in March. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAAP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restartUNDATED (AP) — A person with knowledge of the situation says the NBA has told the National Basketball Players Association that it will present a 22-team plan for restarting the season to the league’s board of governors on Thursday.center_img — Two people familiar with the situation say the WNBA has decided to hold its games at just one location if there is a season this year and that the MGM Resorts in Las Vegas and the IMG Academy in Florida are the top candidates. There is still no date when the WNBA’s 2020 season will tip off. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the possible locations haven’t been publicly announced. WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert told the AP last month that the league was considering a handful of scenarios, including playing at one or two sites. — A part-time student worker in the Iowa State athletic department has tested positive for COVID-19 and four athletes are experiencing symptoms. ISU says the student worker notified the athletic department of the positive test last weekend. The four athletes from two sports began experiencing symptoms after being in close contact with individuals outside the athletic department who have been infected. Those athletes are in quarantine and awaiting test results.Athletic director Jamie Pollard says, “the potential for infections and positive test results has always been very real for an organization like ours and we’ve been thorough and diligent in planning for such incidents.”— Two players with Japan’s most famous baseball team have tested positive for COVID-19. The Tokyo-based Yomiuri Giants called off a preseason game with the Seibu Lions scheduled for Wednesday because of the positive tests. It also raises questions about the start of the delayed season. Japan hopes to open its postponed baseball season on June 19. The 12-team league will play in stadiums without fans. There was no immediate indication that this would change plans to start the season. The Hanshin Tigers reported at least one player testing positive several months ago.— A Ukrainian soccer team has found 25 cases of the coronavirus among players and staff. The Ukrainian soccer association says the cases at Karpaty Lviv came from tests on 65 people. None of the players or staff members have been named. The Ukrainian league restarted last week without Karpaty. The team’s first game was canceled because of suspected virus cases and the league has now postponed two more matches. The league’s planned end date in mid-July is now in doubt. Karpaty says everyone who tested positive is in isolation and that training has been canceled for a two-week quarantine period. Germany won’t punish players for George Floyd protestsFRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — The German soccer federation will not punish players who protest against the killing of George Floyd and racism.The German soccer federation will not punish players who protest against the killing of George Floyd and racism.Several players in Germany have made statements with gestures or messages on their clothing since Floyd died on May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee for several minutes on his neck.The federation says it opposes punishing any players because it believes their anti-racism messages match the federation’s own principles. MLS soccer players approve new CBAUNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer players have approved a new collective bargaining agreement that will allow for the league to return this summer with a tournament in Florida.The Major League Soccer Players Association has announced the ratification of the CBA. Players had approved economic concessions for this season. The league countered the proposal from the players and set a Wednesday deadline for ratification.The MLSPA says “today’s vote also finalizes a plan to resume the 2020 season and provides players with certainty for the months ahead. It allows our members to move forward and continue to compete in the game they love.”The new CBA runs through the 2025 season. The sides had agreed to a five-year CBA in February but that had not been ratified when the coronavirus pandemic began. Majors compiled a 185-137-10 record in 29 seasons as a head coach at Iowa State, Pitt and Tennessee.In his playing days, he finished second to Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung in the 1956 Heisman Trophy balloting.Majors was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1987.  AMERICA PROTESTS-INDIANA DEATHFriends mourn ex-Indiana football player slain during unrest INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — To those who knew former Indiana University football player Chris Beaty, it was no surprise that he would participate in a protest over the death of George Floyd.That a man they saw as a “gentle giant” who brought positivity everywhere he went would turn up dead in an alley after a peaceful demonstration turned violent was unfathomable.Michael Cranfill, a restaurant and craft beer taproom owner, says Beaty was someone ”who would take every opportunity he could to bring people together.”Beaty’s body was found Saturday night not far from his apartment. His death was one of several in the U.S. during a week of protest and unrest.GERMANY-FLOYD PROTESTS Update on the latest sports The Sport & Rights Alliance is a group of trade unions and rights advocates including Human Rights Watch and Transparency International. It has asked the AFC to apply the same rights standards FIFA set for the 2026 World Cup that the United States, Mexico and Canada will co-host.Key issues cited include protecting labor rights, minority groups and media, plus allowing independent monitoring of tournament operations for the next seven years.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 UNDATED (AP) — The Official World Golf Ranking will restart next week when the PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour hold official tournaments for the first time in three months.The ranking was frozen on March 15 as golf joined the rest of sports worldwide in shutting down sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.The European Tour does not resume until July 22. That leaves some players unable to earn ranking points.The OWGR board says major organizations such as the USGA and PGA of America have agreed to incorporate the March 15 ranking into whatever qualifying criteria they have involving the ranking.Rory McIlroy remains at No. 1 going to Colonial next week in Fort Worth, Texas.last_img read more

September 16

Baseball drops two games at Utah

first_imgHowever, Lunn was assisted by some hot Trojan hitting Thursday. Six players had multiple hits and the team accounted for 16 total for the game. The Trojans started strong on the road in Salt Lake City, but they were unable to maintain their good form and lost the final two games of the series to Utah. With the series now behind them, the Trojans are 14-20 on the year. “It really gives me a lot of positive energy pitching,” Lunn said. “Knowing that they are going to pick me [up] and that all I need to focus on is what I need to do and just get it done.” This marks three consecutive wins for Lunn, who started the season as the Trojan’s go-to closer late in the game. With some pitching struggles earlier in the year, there was an opening for someone to take the No. 1 pitching spot in the Trojan rotation, and Lunn has flourished in the role. He is 5-1 on the year and has some impressive victories against teams like UCLA and Arizona State. “When I go up there, my thing is just get the next guy up and help the team out as much as I can,” O’Guinn told the Pac-12 Network. “So my thing is just get them over and get somebody else an RBI and go from there.” Utah took an early 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Utes then added another run in the bottom of the fourth before the Trojans tied the game at 2 runs apiece in the top of the fifth inning. Senior shortstop Chase Bushor drove in sophomore third baseman Ben Ramirez before scoring on a double play ball. Junior pitcher Connor Lunn started on the mound for the Trojans in their 6-0 victory in Thursday night’s opener and looked as commanding as ever. In six innings, Lunn hurled nine strikeouts while allowing only one hit and no earned runs. Following this series, the Trojans will take on Pepperdine, a team sitting above .500 on the year with a 17-14 overall record. However, the Utes quickly struck back and retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth inning. Then, in the sixth inning, each team scored 1 run to bring the score to 5-3 going into the seventh inning. The Trojans then scored 1 more run in the seventh inning, but the Utes locked things down to take the contest.center_img However, the Trojans couldn’t replicate their lights out performance against the Utes in the following two games of the series. Junior pitcher Connor Lunn has dominated as the team’s No. 1 starter with a 5-1 record this year. (Daily Trojan file photo) “I was really able to introduce my new curveball that I’ve been working on,” Lunn said to USC Athletics. “I was able to get some swings and misses on that, and it helped my fastball a little bit.” The final game of the series ended the same way as the second. The Trojans came up short despite coming back from an early deficit, and the Utes claimed the final game of the series by a score of 5-4. On paper, the matchup between the Trojans and the Waves appears to be even. Both teams have solid hitting with the same batting average of .270 on the year. Both teams also have comparable ERAs above 4. First pitch is Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Dedeaux Field. Specifically, sophomore right fielder Jamal O’Guinn couldn’t miss in the series opener. He went 4-for-5 in the game and contributed three RBIs. In the second game in Salt Lake City, the Trojans lost by a narrow 5-4 margin.last_img read more