Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports None of them, however, made it to the Orlando, Florida area with their usual travel party.Leaving families behind for several weeks — or maybe even three months, depending on how deep a team goes in the playoffs — during a pandemic isn’t the only hardship that teams are dealing with during this restart. Space limitations within the quasi-bubble at Disney also meant that teams had to cut their official traveling parties down to 37 personnel, including players, so many people who usually travel with a club aren’t on this trip.It’s expected that as the bubble population shrinks after six teams are eliminated from playoff contention and then eight more are ousted in the first postseason round, teams will be allowed to bring in more staff.PGA-WORKDAY OPENMorikawa builds big lead at Muirfield Village before storms Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLNHL, players approve plan to resume season, extend CBAUNDATED (AP) — Hockey became the latest sport to finalize a return during a global pandemic after NHL owners and players approved an agreement Friday to resume the season — and with it an assurance of labor peace through September 2026. A little more than a thousand fans were on hand in the 9,000-seat arena to watch one of the first indoor professional sporting events since the coronavirus pandemic began. The Professional Bull Riders event ended a month-long competition that until Friday has played out before silent stands. It’s a cautious step toward giving sports fans who have been cooped up for months a chance to leave their homes and watch a bull attempt to throw a man from its back as the rider tries to hold on. — The Jacksonville Jaguars are planning to play home games in front of a significantly reduced capacity this fall. Fans in attendance will be required to wear face coverings. The team released details in an email to season-ticket holders Friday. Jacksonville expects about 25% capacity at TIAA Bank Field in 2020 “in compliance with state and local authorities and following CDC social distancing guidelines.” The stadium’s capacity is listed at over 67,000. — Japan’s professional baseball league opened the delayed season three weeks ago. Now fans are back, too. After playing in empty stadiums to get started, Japan began allowing up to 5,000 fans into the games on Friday, or 50% of the stadium capacity — whichever is smaller. Officials hope to allow stadiums to be filled to 50% capacity beginning on Aug. 1.NBA RESTART-TRAVEL PARTIESNBA teams at Disney had tough travel-party decisions to makeUNDATED (AP) — The 22 teams participating in the NBA restart were all at the Disney campus together for the first time Friday. Games are scheduled to begin Aug. 1 in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, with coronavirus cases in the U.S. pushing the league into Canada for the summer and fall until the Stanley Cup is awarded in late September or early October. Training camps open across North America on Monday, which is also the deadline for players to opt out of participating with no penalty.The return-to-play plan, tentatively approved by the NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Monday, was ratified by the league’s board of governors and with majority approval from players following a three-day voting period, ending Friday. Along with it, the two sides also formally approved a four-year extension of the collective bargaining agreement.The NHL is back with an expanded 24-team playoff format, but things will be much different from the norm: There will be no fans. There will be between five and six games a day at the start — up to three at each site, which will be heavily cordoned off from the public. MLB-NEWS Posey opts to skip the seasonUNDATED (AP) — San Francisco Giants star catcher Buster Posey is the latest big-name player to skip this season because of concerns over the coronavirus. Posey says his family finalized the adoption of identical twin girls this week. The babies were born prematurely and Posey said after consultations with his wife and doctor he decided to opt out of the season.The babies born last Friday were about eight weeks premature. They are healthy but will need to spend time in neonatal intensive care and will have weakened immune systems for the next few months.Posey joins other top players such as Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado’s Ian Desmond in opting out this season. In other MLB news: In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott has tested positive for COVID-19. The 55-year-old tested positive late this week after experiencing flu-like symptoms and is self quarantining at the direction of his doctor, according to a statement by the conference. Scott is continuing to carry on his duties as commissioner remotely.— The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a conference of historically black colleges, is suspending all fall sports out of concern over the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference says several of its schools are in states experiencing dramatic increases in new COVID-19 cases. It says the recent rise in cases has led to a pause in phased reopening plans in many of those states, resulting in uncertainty as to whether students will return to campus this fall at several CIAA institutions. — The University of Virginia says two football players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will self-isolate for at least 10 days. The school says other members of the program found to have come into close contact with them will also go into quarantine. The school tested 110 players when they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts on July 5. The players with positive test results will self-isolate for 10 days, or until they have been fever-free for at least three days, whichever is longer. — The University of Michigan says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, bringing the total to four out of the 375 who have been tested. The school says none of the 139 staff members have tested positive. DUBLIN, Ohio (AP) —Collin Morikawa takes a three-shot lead into the weekend at the Workday Charity Open. He made nine birdies Friday for a 66 and leads over Justin Thomas and Kevin Streelman. Storms twice halted play at Muirfield Village, so the second round wasn’t completed. That means Brooks Koepka has to wait to see if his big finish allowed him to make the cut. Koepka birdied five of his last seven holes for a 69 and was one-shot outside the cut. Nearly three dozen players were to return Saturday morning to complete their rounds.BULL RIDING-CROWDSProfessional bull riding set to welcome fans back into arenaSIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — As bull riders attempted to hang on to their rides for eight seconds Friday night, they were encouraged by something they hadn’t heard in months — the cheers of a crowd. July 11, 2020 — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo has worked out with the Texas Rangers for the first time during their summer camp. Gallo was cleared and at workouts Friday after missing the first week following positive tests for coronavirus. The 26-year-old outfielder said he never felt any symptoms but had two positive tests that sandwiched a negative result during intake testing. His return to the field comes two weeks before the scheduled start of the season against Colorado. He had 22 homers in 70 games and made his first All-Star appearance last year before wrist surgery ended his season.— The Toronto Blue Jays are shifting Vladimir Guerrero Jr. across the diamond, moving the slugger to first base from third. Blue Jays Manager Charlie Montoyo said Guerrero feels comfortable at first and the team has Travis Shaw ready to play third. Montoyo also said Guerrero will see time as a designated hitter. He didn’t rule out that he will play some third in the future. — The Red Sox and Blue Jays will play two exhibition games at Fenway Park before baseball’s delayed regular-season opener. Toronto will visit Boston on July 21 and 22 before heading down to Tampa Bay for its opener. The Red Sox are scheduled to open at home against the Baltimore Orioles on July 24.— Former Red Sox catcher Mike Ryan had died. Ryan was a catcher on the 1967 “Impossible Dream” team. In all, he spent 35 years in professional baseball. Ryan also played for the Phillies and Pirates and was a bullpen coach on Philadelphia’s 1980 World Series championship team. The Red Sox said Ryan died in his sleep on Tuesday in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire. He was 78. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Elimination of nonconference games could have ripple effectUNDATED (AP) — The Big Ten and Pac-12 have become the first leagues to shift to an all-conference fall schedule as the college sports world faces difficult decisions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. More Power Five conferences could follow, causing a ripple effect on small-conference schools across the country. If more big conferences ditch nonconference games, smaller schools who rely on “buy games” to help fund their athletic departments will take huge financial hits at a time when they’re already facing ugly bottom lines.Atlantic Coast Conference commissioner John Swofford says the league expects to make its decision on fall sports in late July. The league put out Swofford’s statement Friday afternoon, saying the league has prepared “numerous scenarios” for fall competition over the last few months. The decision would come from the league’s board of directors.Earlier this week, the ACC delayed the start of fall competition until at least Sept. 1. That move impacts non-revenue programs like soccer, volleyball, field hockey and cross country, but not football for now. The first football game involving an ACC team is North Carolina State’s trip to Louisville on Sept. 2.last_img read more

Coursing postponed due to frost

first_imgTipperary trainer Michael O’Donovan has the clear favourite Timber House and second favourite Portane All In.He also has 3/1 joint favourite Manntan Maple going into the final day of the Oaks, while the Pat Curtin trained Windfarm Ivy is seen as the other main contender. Officials have made the decision to hold off on the final rounds of the Derby and the Oaks at this the 90th year of the event.It’s been re-fixed for next Sunday with a start time of 11.30 leaving a lot of coursing enthusiasts disheartened. They are down to the quarter-finals of the Derby with €35,000 on offer for the winner.last_img read more

Fantasy Baseball Busts: 2019 All-Overrated Team

first_imgOur All-Overrated team reflects the players at each position is most in danger of underperforming their their preseason rankings and average draft position. It is not, however, a list of players you should avoid entirely, so perhaps calling these guys “busts” is a little unfair. Ultimate, it should be used instead as a guide for where to tread carefully, perhaps dropping these players a tier or two and making note of them on your cheat sheet.Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZN Top MLB ProspectsCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Pitcher | Top 50Reliever: Kenley Jansen, Dodgers. Jansen declined by almost every metric last season and dealt with continued heart problems, which he had offseason surgery to correct but still remain a concern. He’s no longer a sure bet for a sub-3.00 or 40 saves, and there’s no reason for his ADP to be in the top 80.Reliever: Wade Davis, Rockies. There are plenty of red flags and little apparent upside for the 33-year-old right from a fantasy perspective. For the first time since becoming a full-time closer, Davis’ fastball averaged below 94 mph in 2018. His BABIP, meanwhile, stood at an unsustainable .238. Put those things together, consider he’ll again need to pitch at Coors Field, where any decline can be magnified tenfold, and understand you’re probably better off waiting on a closer until later in your draft. These players might have performed above their abilities in 2018 or come with heightened risk of injury. Every one of them seems, for one reason or another, like reaches at the slots they’re being taken. Though most fantasy teams will end up with a couple of red-flag draft picks like the ones below, you should consider balancing those risky selections with higher-floor options.MORE FANTASY BASEBALL: Ultimate 2019 cheat sheet | All-Sleeper Team2019 Fantasy Baseball Busts: All-Overrated TeamCatcher: Yadier Molina, Cardinals. Molina has had two straight huge years at the plate, upping his power numbers while maintaining the solid batting average that has characterized his 15 big league seasons. The improved production coincides with an increased launch angle on his swing, meaning the home runs could be sustainable. But he’s going to turn 37 soon, and at some point playing more than 120 games behind the plate each year is going to catch up to him. It might be worth looking elsewhere if possible rather than get caught holding the bag at a scarce position.First base: Cody Bellinger, Dodgers. Bellinger has enjoyed back-to-back years of seemingly unsustainable fly-ball luck. As a rookie, 25 percent of his fly balls left the yard. Last year, 15 percent left the yard, a mark still above league average. His batted-ball profile, meanwhile, is nothing special, with Statcast grading him in the 55th percentile for hard-hit percentage, 55th percentile for expected slugging percentage, and 25th percentile for expected batting average. So, it would not be surprising for the first baseman, who also has outfield eligibility, to fall short of the 25 home runs he hit in 2018 and disappoint across the board. 2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Reliever | Top 300Second base: Dee Gordon, Mariners. The trouble with Gordon has always been his subpar plate approach, which minimizes his very best assets. His walk rate was a meager 1.5 percent in 2018 — one of the worst in MLB — and he posted an average exit velocity in the bottom one percent of the league. In the middle of his career, there’s little to indicate his hitting will improve anytime soon, meaning he’ll continue to miss out on the steal opportunities that are his lifeblood as a fantasy asset. For that reason, his top-110 ADP is probably too high.Shortstop: Adalberto Mondesi, Royals. Mondesi is boosted by his eligibility at such a precious position and star performance level in 2018, but he comes with significant red flags. He has very little MLB experience, playing in 147 career games, and he is part of one of the worst offenses in baseball, meaning his RBI and runs scored totals will be limited. While Royals manager Ned Yost has said he’s going to run Mondesi frequently, likely elevating his stolen base tally, it’s difficult to understand why his ADP is ahead of bonafide fantasy studs like Carlos Correa.2019 Fantasy Baseball Sleepers:Catcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | Each teamThird base: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Blue Jays. Disclaimer: Vlad Jr. looks like he’s absolutely on track to become one of the best hitters in all of baseball. We believe he could wind up delivering an historic rookie campaign. With that said, his ADP of 47 might be a little too high in non-keeper formats, considering he’s expected to be held in the minors for the first few weeks of the season and has never played at the MLB level before. Guys ranked just behind him like Eugenio Suarez and Miguel Andujar are much safer selections who you can wait to pick.Outfielder: Starling Marte, Pirates. It’s tempting to pencil in Marte for another one of his high-steal, high-dinger campaigns considering he’s coming off a career-high 20 home runs to go with 33 stolen bases. A similar showing in 2019 would make his ADP of 41 look like fair value. But Statcast data shows his speed is starting to slip a little, and his power isn’t guaranteed. Proceed with caution here.Outfielder: Wil Myers, Padres. Myers has lasted 90 games in just two of his six MLB seasons, a very poor return for someone with an ADP of around 105. When he’s healthy, he can be a borderline 30/30 threat, but it’s just unclear he can hold up for long while playing in the outfield.Outfielder: A.J. Pollock, Dodgers. Like Myers, it’s hard to know how many games Pollock will be able to play given his extensive injury history. Perhaps more concerning is Pollock only stealing 13 bases last season and his sprint speed dipping from 38th in MLB in 2015 to 138th in ’18. His fantasy value is closely tied to his ability to swipe bags, so further decline there would be catastrophic.PERFECT YOUR DRAFT STRATEGY: Mock draft simulatorPitcher: Luis Severino, Yankees. This has more to do with uncertainty at a high ADP than doubt Severino is a good pitcher. He posted a 5.57 ERA in the second half last year and has generally run hot and cold throughout his career. Even so, the 25-year-old right can lean on a fastball-slider combination that’s as explosive a pairing as any in baseball. Drafting a starting pitcher in the top 40 should be a slam dunk, but Severino comes in perhaps a smidge below that level of assuredness despite his obvious strengths.Pitcher: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers. Kershaw has not made 30 starts in a season since 2015, with back problems the primary reason for him to miss time. He’s apparently experienced some shoulder soreness in spring training, and it’s fair to wonder whether the soon-to-be 31-year-old lefty is on the brink of a drop-off in on-field performance. We won’t blame you for selecting one of the greatest starting pitchers in modern baseball, but it’s worth being cautious with him moving forward.2019 Fantasy Baseball Rankings Tiers, Draft StrategyCatcher | First | Second | Third | Short | Outfield | Starter | CloserPitcher: Zack Greinke, Diamondbacks. For the first time in his career, 40 percent of batted balls against Greinke were classified as hard hit last season, an ominous sign that all is not well with the righthander. Additionally, his below-average .272 BABIP, abnormally high 80 percent left-on-base rate and a FIP 0.50 points above his ERA should worry prospective fantasy owners. This is no longer the lights-out starter of a few years ago, and despite strong ERAs of late, he likely will not live up to a top-70 ADP.Pitcher: Andrew Heaney, Angels. Last season was a milestone year for Heaney, who managed to stay healthy and start 30 games after previously undergoing Tommy John surgery and battling elbow soreness. But those past ailments remain troubling, particularly because his ADP of 166 comes ahead of several more proven starters. And with a career ERA above 4.00, there’s little incentive to take a risk here.Pitcher: Sonny Gray, Reds. Some fantasy owners will likely try to get cute and take Gray late, but it’s difficult to see the upside. Great American Ball Park is a horrible fit for a pitcher seemingly low on confidence, and even if he does get it somewhat together, his middle-of-the-road strikeout rate will limit his ceiling.last_img read more

Šetkić in the Semifinals of the ITF Futures Tournament in Istanbul

first_imgAldin Šetkić, the Bosnian tennis player, qualified to the semi-finals of ITF Futures tournament in Istanbul. The tournament is worth 10 000 Dollars. Šetkić, which is the first holder of the tournament, qualified in semifinals after Italian Edoardo Eremin handed quarter-final match with the result 4-0 in the first set. The twenty-six years old boy from Sarajevo will play the match with the winner of the match played between Cem Ilkel (Tur / 4)  and Sebastian Lavie (NZL).center_img (Source: Fena)last_img read more