Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: — Fans will be allowed to enter baseball stadiums today for games in Taiwan for the first time this season. It is part of a gradual easing of restrictions amid the pandemic. The China Professional Baseball League said up to 1,000 people would be permitted to enter ballparks after an agreement between the league and Taiwan’s Central Epidemic Command Center.— New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio doesn’t see games returning to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field very quickly, at least not with fans. De Blasio says bigger events are going to be one of the last things that will really fit the equation as the country restarts. He says the perfect time to reopen big events is when the new coronavirus has been “beaten back to next to nothing.”— WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman expects professional boxing to return without spectators and with judges officiating by video from home. Sulaiman said the World Boxing Council has produced a protocol for fights during the coronavirus pandemic that limit, for instance, a four-fight card to about 40-50 people at a venue.— More than 30 workers have accepted voluntary severance packages from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. It’s part of the organization’s attempt to trim up to 20% of its expenses in response to shortfalls caused by COVID-19. Furloughs and involuntary layoffs are expected to begin next week.— The televised match involving Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and two of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks is raising $10 million for COVID-19 relief. Turner Sports is producing the May 24 event that will be simulcast on its networks, including TNT and TBS. Woods and Peyton Manning will take on Mickelson and Tom Brady at Medalist Golf Club. UNDATED (AP) — The chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee has sent a letter to NCAA leaders, conferences and schools requesting details about how college athletes can be compensated for their names, images and likenesses.Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., sent 20 questions to each Power Five conference, dozens of colleges and universities and committees at each of the NCAA’s three divisions.Wicker’s letter comes a day after Sens. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., released a letter to NCAA President Mark Emmert urging the association to take further action on name, image and likeness compensation for college athletes.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSIndyCar to open delayed season in Texas KANSAS-NCAA INFRACTIONSNCAA calls alleged Kansas basketball violations “egregious”LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — The NCAA struck back at the University of Kansas and its men’s basketball program Thursday, calling five Level I violations that are alleged to have occurred “egregious” and arguing that they undermine and threaten” college athletics.In the latest in a series of back-and-forth filings, the NCAA reiterated in a 92-page response its claim that Adidas representatives were acting as boosters when two of them — T.J. Gassnolo and Jim Gatto — helped to arrange payments to prospective recruits. Those transactions became a central point in a wide-ranging FBI probe into college basketball that has ensnared Kansas, Louisville and several other high-profile programs.Officials from Kansas have said coach Bill Self and assistant Kurtis Townsend said they were unaware of the transactions, backing up a statement Gassnola made during sworn testimony. The Texans won a regular-season game at Arrowhead Stadium in 2019, then blew a 24-0 lead in the divisional round of the playoffs.Another highlight of the opening weekend will have Tom Brady’s regular-season debut with Tampa Bay against Drew Brees at New Orleans on Sept. 13 — the first matchup of 40-plus quarterbacks in NFL history.The opening of SoFi Stadium in the Los Angeles area that Sunday night has the Rams hosting the Cowboys. Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas will debut on the Monday night, Sept. 21, with the Raiders facing Brady and the Buccaneers.The NFL schedule, not to mention offseason activities and the preseason, is considered tentative given the current prohibition on large gatherings.In other NFL news: UNDATED (AP) — IndyCar has gotten the green flag to finally start its season in Texas.The race will be run June 6 without spectators at Texas Motor Speedway.IndyCar President Jay Frye says IndyCar worked closely with track and public health officials on a plan to “ensure the safety of our event participants.”The June season opener will be on a condensed schedule with practice, qualifying and the race taking place on the same day. There will be strict access guidelines limiting the number of personnel on site, with health screening system administered to all participants and personal protection equipment provided to everyone entering the facility. Social distancing protocols will be in place.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: CFL-COMMISSIONER-CANCELLATIONCFL commissioner: Canceling season most likely scenarioOTTAWA (AP) — Canadian Football League Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said the most likely scenario is to cancel the season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.Ambrosie made the admission for the first time while testifying Thursday to a House of Commons standing committee on finance.News broke last week that the CFL had requested up to $150 million Canadian in assistance from the federal government. During his testimony, Ambrosie said the league’s future is “very much in jeopardy.” May 8, 2020 — The New England Patriots have signed four members of their 2020 draft class. Linebackers Josh Uche and Cassh Maluia, kicker Justin Rohrwasser and offensive lineman Justin Herron have all agreed to terms on rookie contracts. The Patriots entered last month’s draft with 12 picks and after making several trades over three days, wound up selecting 10 players.— The lawyer for the wife of Baltimore Ravens safety Earl Thomas said she is being subjected to an “unfounded ongoing investigation” by Texas police after she allegedly pointed a gun at her husband’s head upon finding him in bed with another woman last month. According to a police affidavit, Nina Thomas tracked down her husband at a short-term rental home in Austin in the early morning hours of April 13 and found him and his brother, Seth, in bed with two women.— Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh is pushing for a change that would allow football players to enter the NFL draft after their freshman or sophomore seasons in college. Currently, players are not eligible for the NFL draft until they have been out of high school for at least three years. It is a policy in the collective bargaining agreement that runs through the 2030 season.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSenators send letters to NCAA leaders with NIL questions — The head of China’s football association says teams will implement temporary player pay cuts of 30% to 50% to help teams manage losses from the coronavirus outbreak. The official (Chen Xuyuan) also told state broadcaster CCTV that matches would be resumed on a staggered schedule but gave no specific dates.— Sporting events in Oregon are likely to be without large crowds likely through at least the end of September because of the new coronavirus. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced steps the state is taking in its reopening next week. Brown asked those planning large gatherings to cancel or significantly modify plans for anything scheduled in September.— The NFL has set protocols for reopening team facilities and has told the 32 teams to have them in place by May 15. Commissioner Roger Goodell mapped out several phases of protocols in a memo obtained by The Associated Press. The first phase to deal with the coronavirus pandemic would involve a limited number of non-player personnel. The individual clubs would decide which employees could return to the facility and when, once the buildings reopen. No players would be permitted in the facility except to continue therapy and rehabilitation for injuries that were underway when facilities were ordered closed in late March.— The Cleveland Cavaliers are one of a handful of NBA teams planning to reopen their training facilities today for individual player workouts. Coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the team has worked with health officials to ensure players and coaches are safe.— NBA teams have been asked to help the Mayo Clinic with a study that could help researchers come closer to finding a solution to the coronavirus problem. Mayo Clinic officials need volunteers for a study largely centered around antibodies. Teams were told that the study would help doctors understand the prevalence of COVID-19 among infected individuals who were asymptomatic or experienced only mild symptoms. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NFL- SCHEDULEKicking off: Texans at Chiefs to open season Sept. 10UNDATAED (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs will open defense of their Super Bowl championship by hosting Houston on Sept. 10 in the NFL’s annual kickoff game — pending developments in the coronavirus pandemic, of course. Associated Press Storen was general manager of the Indiana Pacers and Kentucky Colonels and president of the Atlanta Hawks. He owned the ABA’s Memphis Sounds, worked for the Cincinnati Royals of the NBA and the Houston Astros.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 OBIT-MIKE STORENEx-ABA commissioner Mike Storen, dad of Hannah Storm, dies at 84Mike Storen, a former ABA commissioner and multisport marketing whiz and the father of ESPN broadcaster Hannah Storm, has died. He was 84.Storm says her father died Thursday at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta of complications from cancer.Known for his hearty laugh and creative mind, Storen rose to executive spots in basketball, football, baseball and tennis during a four-decade career in sports. NBA-ANTETOKOUNMPO-ACCOUNTS HACKEDBucks, relatives say Antetokounmpo’s social media was hackedMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo’s (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-pohz) social media accounts were hacked on Thursday afternoon and several bizarre and offensive tweets were posted, according to the Milwaukee Bucks, Antetokounmpo’s brother and the player’s representatives.More than a dozen tweets popped up in Antetokounmpo’s feed in the span of about five minutes, and they appeared to clearly be the work of someone other than the reigning MVP. The tweets included racial slurs, profane attacks on other players and a claim that Antetokounmpo had the coronavirus.The tweets weren’t up for long before disappearing from Antetokounmpo’s account. The Bucks said in a statement that an investigation is underway.last_img read more

Wisconsin deflates Hoosiers in second half, rolls to fifth straight win

first_imgIn what was a tale of two halves, the No. 5 Wisconsin men’s basketball team dominated the final 20 minutes of the game Tuesday night at the Kohl Center on their way to a 92-78 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers.Wisconsin (20-2, 8-1 Big Ten) opened the game on a 9-0 run, but Indiana (16-7, 6-4 Big Ten) was able to counter with a 13-2 run of their own that put them up 13-11. Unfortunately for the Hoosiers, that was the last time they would see a lead Tuesday night, as the Badgers countered with a 13-3 run that Indiana never seemed able to recover from.The game still remained fairly close throughout the rest of the first half, however. Both teams shot well in the period, with Wisconsin shooting 68 percent (17-for-25) from the field and 66.7 percent (4-for-6) from three, while Indiana shot 56 percent (14-for-25) and 72.7 percent (8-for-11) from three. Wisconsin also shot a perfect 6-for-6 from the free-throw line while Indiana did not attempt a free throw in the first half.Wisconsin was able to put the game away in the second half by means of a 15-1 run in the first five minutes and a 27-6 run in the first eight minutes of the period, getting the lead up to as much as 32.“With the way they shot and got themselves back into the game, if we don’t have that lead who knows what happens,” senior forward Frank Kaminsky said.Ultimately, it came down to Wisconsin improving on the defensive end in the second half and not allowing Indiana to shoot the ball from behind the arc with the same kind of rhythm they had in the first half.“We did not change anything we were doing defensively,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “It’s just that they got into a rhythm where they felt real comfortable with their threes [in the first half].”Just as UW’s defensive mindset stayed the same, so did that of their offense. The Badgers dominated undersized Indiana down low all game, outscoring the Hoosiers 24-8 in the paint in the first half and 40-24 overall.Wisconsin made sure to take advantage of all the mismatches they had down low, as there were even times where Indiana junior guard Yogi Ferrell, whose height is listed at six feet, would find himself guarding the seven-foot Kaminsky on the block.“Most of our offense ran through the post tonight,” Kaminsky said. “When we had the size advantage we knew we had to take advantage of it. I think we did a good job feeding the post.”Kaminsky, who scored a game-high 23 points on 9 of 12 shooting and also grabbed six rebounds, led the strong effort inside for the Badgers.“[Kaminsky] is smart enough and agile enough and a student enough to be able to recognize some things, and his teammates have done a good job of recognizing how to get the ball into him,” Ryan said. “He has to be a part of the offense and he has been all year.”While Wisconsin appeared to be in full control of the game in the second half, with more than seven minutes remaining in the game and the Badgers up 25, the Hoosiers decided to make one final push.Over the next two minutes of the game, Wisconsin appeared to relax a bit while Indiana refused to go away, hitting three shots from behind the arc en route to a 13-2 run that brought them within 12.With five minutes remaining, it seemed as though Indiana was going to make one final run at it, but Kaminsky had other plans, scoring the next 6 points for the Badgers, and Wisconsin wouldn’t let the Hoosiers creep any closer.“We might of stepped off the gas a little bit and kind of relaxed and they took advantage of it, but we were able to give ourselves a huge cushion that whatever they did would’ve been really hard to come back from,” Kaminsky said.Following Kaminsky’s effort were four other Wisconsin starters in sophomore forward Nigel Hayes (16), sophomore guard Bronson Koenig (15), junior forward Sam Dekker (14) and redshirt senior guard Josh Gasser (11) who all scored in double figures.Off the bench, it was redshirt sophomore guard Zak Showalter who provided a spark for the Badgers, scoring a career-high 9 points off three-and-one layups. Showalter came into the game early in the second half after Gasser picked up his third personal foul and was able to take full advantage of his opportunity.“I just kind of bring energy like I always do,” Showalter said. “Frank and Nigel seemed to be open every time I touched the ball so I was just trying to hit those guys. It felt good to be out there, and I had some good flashbacks of this action.”With their total team effort, Wisconsin was able to put up their second highest scoring mark of the season and now have a two-game lead over four other teams in the Big Ten standings.Wisconsin will stay at home for its next game when it takes the court Saturday against Northwestern. Tip is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.last_img read more