Hospitals in Venezuela have lost huge numbers of medical professionals and are so dilapidated that, in some, staff use paint buckets as improvised toilets and reuse surgical gloves. Maduro insisted Venezuela is prepared for a COVID-19 outbreak, but health workers have expressed concern that the country’s health system will be quickly overwhelmed.Maduro said that all restaurants in the country would be permitted to make orders to-go, but would no longer be allowed to serve patrons on-site, along with bars, clubs and movie theaters. He added that he was evaluating whether or not to suspend work.Earlier in the week, he suspended flights from Europe and Colombia and said public gatherings would be canceled.Vice President Delcy Rodriguez said earlier Friday that schools will be closed as of Monday. Topics : Rodriguez said the two people with confirmed cases of COVID-19 had arrived from Spain and had been placed in quarantine. Maduro added that those who had come on the flight were also in quarantine.Earlier in the day shoppers flocked to pharmacies in search of hygiene products such as alcohol to sanitize hands, which is a struggle due to lack of running water that has resulted from the decay of public services.”People in Venezuela are accustomed to crisis situations, we move quickly in reaction to anything that happens,” said Juan Silva, 23, a chef who shopping at a Caracas pharmacy for soap and hand gel.He said he wasn’t overly worried about the disease due to the low mortality rate, but added “I don’t trust the government as a source of information.”Maduro says his government has been hindered in fighting the virus because U.S. sanctions, meant to force him from office, have led banks and foreign businesses to refuse services.The Pan American Health Organization said last week it would be prioritizing Haiti, Venezuela and a handful of other Central and South American countries who have “challenges to their health systems.”Hania Salazar, head of the nurses’ association for the western state of Zulia, said hospitals are not even guaranteeing that employees will have access to face masks.Interior Ministry Nestor Reverol on Friday said the government would provide border control authorities with face masks, gloves and thermometers, without mentioning supplies to for citizens and hospitals.On the street, citizens were already figuring improvised ways to handle the situation.Neima Arocha, 46, managed to buy the last bottle of cough suppressant at a Caracas pharmacy but got there too late to buy alcohol for hand sanitation.As a substitute she planned to buy cocuy, artesanal cactus liquor similar to tequila.”There’s no [rubbing] alcohol,” said Arocha. But in the liquor stores they still have all kinds of things.” Venezuela on Friday confirmed its first two cases of coronavirus amid concerns that the economically struggling South American nation is unprepared to confront a pandemic that is spreading rapidly around the globe.”We are declaring a state of alarm,” President Nicolas Maduro said in a televised appearance Friday night, urging Venezuelans to take precautionary measures and asking those over 65 to stay inside.Speaking with a blue mask covering his mouth, he encouraged people to wear face masks – even if it means making their own – and said no one would be allowed to board the metro or take trains without one.
Samuel Eto’o scored a hat-trick as Chelsea moved two points behind leaders Arsenal and a point behind second-placed Manchester City in a result which leaves seventh-placed United 14 points adrift of the summit. Mourinho thinks David Moyes will be unable to overturn the deficit to all three teams in the remaining 16 games of the season and that United will not be able to retain the title Sir Alex Ferguson won before his retirement in May. Jose Mourinho believes Manchester United’s hopes of a successful Barclays Premier League title defence are all but over following Chelsea’s 3-1 win at Stamford Bridge. “I want to win the next match. This was the last match, but it’s quite a coincidence: the first (Premier League win) was against Man United, the 100th was against Man United. “The previous owner of the record was Man United manager (Ferguson), so quite a coincidence. “The important thing for me is that these 100 matches, they gave 300 points to Chelsea and especially today these three points are very important for us.” Mourinho will demand more from his side, who started the contest second best. “We have to improve,” Mourinho said. “I want better. The first 20 minutes were not good. “I want the game to be in our control since the beginning and it was not.” But he praised the character of his team to strike when the opportunity presented itself, unlike United. “They started the match better than us and they were a bit unlucky that we scored in that moment,” Mourinho added. “When you are better than the opponent, you have to go and try to kill the game. “When the opponent is better than you, you have to identify that moment, you have to be humble and you have to control the game. “For these 20 minutes they were better than us, but my team was compact, was solid, showed solidarity. And we controlled them. “Normally we need four, five chances to score a goal. Today first shot, first goal, second shot, second goal. Things were going in our direction.” It was not without worry and the Portuguese was particularly concerned when United substitute and goalscorer Javier Hernandez ran down Petr Cech in the second half as the Chelsea goalkeeper struggled to deal with a back-pass. “Today was the game in my career where I was close to a heart attack,” Mourinho said. “It was not Petr Cech (at fault), it was the guy that passed to Petr Cech and Petr Cech dribbling on his own goal line.” Mourinho reserved special praise for captain John Terry for a “fantastic performance” in a match which saw United finish with their skipper, Nemanja Vidic, sent off in stoppage time. Rafael might have followed for a two-footed lunge on Gary Cahill, but Mourinho had no complaints with the decisions of referee Phil Dowd. “When players are frustrated, things like this can happen,” Mourinho said. “Frustration with the result, last part of the game, (Eden) Hazard was running with the ball, Nemanja fouled. It’s in the limit; maybe it’s an orange card. “The kid Rafael I think is just frustration. But I think the ref was good.” Mourinho took the opportunity to criticise rival managers, who he believes should control their players better and allow officials to do their jobs. “I don’t want players to complicate the life of the referees,” Mourinho said. “It looks like other managers told (their players) exactly the opposite, and I’m not speaking about David; I’m speaking about other managers. “Their players make the referees’ lives very difficult, and because of them the referees make wrong decisions and because of them the referees are criticised. “Maybe we need some managers’ meeting with the referees, like we had in the summer, because I think some managers forgot (what was discussed).” Press Association The Chelsea boss said: “It’s a 14-point difference. And 13. And 12. Can they recover to one of these teams? They can. “But to recover to three of them, it needs three teams to have almost a collapse. “For the title it will be difficult for them. What I hope to do is they beat all of them (Chelsea’s rivals) to finish top four and they beat all of them.” Mourinho insists it is not just a race between Arsenal, City and Chelsea. “It’s not just three,” Mourinho said. “The distance is short. Six points from us to Liverpool. Six points to Tottenham. “Tottenham are winning lots of matches, Liverpool too, and scoring goals. Everton, if they win tomorrow (at West Brom), they jump into that.” The win saw Mourinho extend his home unbeaten Premier League run to 71 games with his 100th win in the competition, becoming the manager to reach the landmark in the shortest time. “I don’t care about records,” he added.
City’s midweek victory took them two points clear of Liverpool at the top and they also have a significant goal difference in their favour. With Liverpool simultaneously playing Newcastle on Sunday the potential for a nervy finish is still there, but Fernandinho expects them to come through that situation. He said: “The whole squad is calm. Every training session is about doing what we do and keeping calm. “Maybe there were a few nerves in the first half (against Villa) but in the second half we changed slightly the way we play – and scored four goals. That’s great for us. “In the next few days we’ll be just the same, we’ll keep calm and hope that we play a very good game on Sunday.” Fernandinho has been a mainstay of the City side but has come off the bench in the last three games to manage a minor injury. He said: “I have a little problem with my leg, a small injury. “So we’ve been trying to manage it so I play in the right situations. “We’ll see how we get on in the next few days and if I can start on Sunday.” Press Association Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho is hoping Sunday signals the start of the greatest summer of his career. After that the Brazilian will hope to cement a place in his national squad for this summer’s World Cup in his homeland after being named in Luiz Felipe Scolari’s provisional party. Fernandinho learned of his initial call-up hours before helping City take top spot in the table with a 4-0 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday. The 29-year-old said: “It was a great day. “Being called up for the Brazil World Cup squad was the news I’d been waiting for. A massive win makes it even better. “Of course it’s a big thing for me, but I cannot start thinking about it until after Sunday. “That’s when I may start to feel emotional about it. “Maybe on Sunday night or Monday will be the time for me to celebrate my call up and the league title. For now I need to be calm and concentrate on Sunday’s game. After that I can do anything. “I hope it’s going to be the best summer – one I will always remember.” Fernandinho can cap a superb first season in the English game by helping City secure the Barclays Premier League title. City head into their final game against West Ham at the Etihad Stadium knowing that a draw should be good enough to clinch the crown.
Mata is happy for his former club, but he wants to lift the trophy with United next season. The Spaniard wrote: “Chelsea are officially the Premier League champions. I had congratulated my former team-mates already and I do it again: you have been the most consistent team this season. I hope the congratulations are to us the next year ;-).” One of the reasons for United’s struggles of late has been injuries. Michael Carrick (calf), Luke Shaw (groin), Rafael (rib), Marcos Rojo (adductor) and Jonny Evans (sciatica) all missed Saturday’s defeat. Van Gaal received some good news regarding Phil Jones on Monday evening, though. The England defender, who has not played since April 12 because of an ankle problem, had a 62-minute run out in United’s under-21 win over Southampton at Leigh Sports Village. The 23-year-old set up Ashley Fletcher for the only goal of the game with a pin-point 40-yard pass. First-team players Adnan Januzaj, Tyler Blackett and Andreas Pereira played the entire 90 minutes. When Robin van Persie was presented with a chance to score from the penalty spot, he fluffed his lines and his effort was saved by West Brom goalkeeper Boaz Myhill. Louis van Gaal’s team have not scored in their last three games – and Mata admits they have to rediscover their killer touch in front of goal if they are to prevent fifth-placed Liverpool from bridging the four-point gap that separates them from their old rivals. “The weekend wasn’t good for several reasons,” the United playmaker wrote on his blog. “Obviously the 0-1 at Old Trafford is a tough score for us and we are forced to win as soon as possible: our rivals ahead keep adding points, and also the teams behind are getting closer. “It’s the tendency of the last few weeks: we have more ball possession than our opponent and create chances but we aren’t able to take them. “We must focus on being effective because we haven’t scored in the last few games and we can’t afford it any longer. On Saturday we tried until the end but their goalkeeper was brilliant.” A few weeks ago, United were being tipped to launch an 11th-hour title challenge, but those hopes are now over. Chelsea lifted the trophy on Sunday after they beat Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge. Juan Mata says Manchester United face being caught by Liverpool if they do not end their scoring drought. Press Association United suffered their third straight defeat on Saturday when they lost 1-0 to West Brom at Old Trafford. United had 80 per cent possession, but could not find a way through Albion’s rigid defence.
Here, Press Association Sport picks out five of the London rivals’ most memorable previous meetings. Chelsea 6 Arsenal 0, March 22, 2014 Press Association Arsene Wenger’s 1,000th game in charge turned into a nightmare as Arsenal were ripped apart by a rampant Chelsea. Four goals up at half-time, the victory was Jose Mourinho’s biggest in the Premier League and all-but ended Arsenal’s lingering hopes of winning the title. The match was also notable for a case of mistaken identity as referee Andre Marriner sent off Kieran Gibbs after Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain had handled the ball on the line. Chelsea 3 Arsenal 5, October 29, 2011 The teams’ most thrilling Premier League meeting witnessed Robin van Persie score a hat-trick to inspire Arsenal to victory at Stamford Bridge. John Terry, facing allegations of racial abuse against QPR’s Anton Ferdinand, had put Chelsea 2-1 up before half-time but it was his slip that allowed Van Persie to give the Gunners a 4-3 lead with five minutes to play. It was a humiliating defeat for the Blues and their boss Andre Villas-Boas, who would be sacked later in the season. Arsenal 1 Chelsea 4, May 10, 2009 Both sides were licking their wounds after midweek exits in the Champions League semi-finals but it was Chelsea who bounced back with a convincing win at the Emirates Stadium. There had been hope Arsenal could catch Chelsea and finish third in the table but goals from Alex, Nicolas Anelka, Kolo Toure (own goal) and Florent Malouda secured the Blues direct entry into the Champions League and left Arsenal contemplating another fourth-place finish. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3, October 23, 1999 Arsenal came from two goals down to seal a remarkable win but the match will always be remembered for Kanu’s 15-minute hat-trick, which culminated with a stunning stoppage-time winner. Chelsea goalkeeper Ed de Goey rushed out wide to close down the Nigerian, who sidestepped the Dutchman on the goal-line before curling the ball into the far corner of the net. Arsenal went on to finish second in the Premier League, behind Manchester United. Chelsea 2 Arsenal 3, September 21, 1997 A feisty meeting produced an unlikely hero as Nigel Winterburn’s long-range rocket in the 89th minute sealed Arsenal victory. The left-back picked the ball up 40 yards out and unleashed a driving shot into the top right-hand corner to snatch all three points for the Gunners. Chelsea’s Frank Leboeuf had earlier been sent off in the game, which saw Dennis Bergkamp score twice, with Gianfranco Zola and Gustavo Poyet also on the scoresheet. Chelsea host Arsenal on Saturday as both sides look to find some early momentum in the Barclays Premier League title race.
— Reigning Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece outpaced two other pole vaulters to win the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash staged at their own training facilities. On a hot day in Athens, Stefanidi cleared a height of 4 meters (13 feet, 1 ½ inches) a total of 34 times over 30 minutes in a rare track and field competition held during the coronavirus pandemic. Two-time U.S. indoor winner Katie Nageotte cleared the bar 30 times and Commonwealth Games champion Alysha Newman of Canada had 21 clearances in their showdown. Combined, they had 85 successful jumps. Their male counterparts had 98 in their backyard competition May 3.— NFL teams have been given the league’s OK to begin reopening their facilities on Tuesday if state and local governments will allow it. In a memo to the 32 teams obtained by The Associated Press, Commissioner Roger Goodell stressed that the clubs must follow protocols developed by the league medical officer and comply with any additional public health requirements in their jurisdiction.” Facilities have been closed since late March due to the coronavirus pandemic.— Horse racing is in a state of transition at a time usually reserved for Triple Crown season. The Preakness would have been run Saturday in Baltimore, but Pimlico Race Course and many tracks across North America remain dark because of the coronavirus pandemic. There is some light at the end of the tunnel as tracks including Churchill Downs in Kentucky and Santa Anita Park in California are getting back to live racing without fans. That trend could be a lifeline for owners and trainers with smaller barns who have been suffering without steady income.— The head of the World Health Organization said Saturday it will not be easy to make next year’s Tokyo Olympics a safe global gathering after the pandemic. Speaking at a joint news conference with the IOC, the WHO’s director general called for “national unity and global solidarity” to fight the coronavirus outbreak ahead of the Olympics. The Summer Games, postponed this year, should bring athletes from more than 200 countries to Japan. The opening ceremony is now due on July 23, 2021.PGA-OBIT-GONZALEZ Washington Redskins player arrested in ColoradoUNDATED (AP) — A Washington Redskins player is facing five charges, including felony illegal discharge of a firearm, following his arrest in a Denver suburb Saturday morning.The Douglas County sheriff’s office says deputies arrested 27-year-old Cody Latimer after responding to a report just after midnight of shots fired inside an apartment in Englewood, Colorado.Deputies say they found three individuals in the apartment, one with minor injuries unrelated to a gunshot.Latimer was taken into custody and is also facing charges of second-degree assault, menacing, prohibited use of a weapon and reckless endangerment. Latimer posted a $25,000 bond and was released later Saturday morning. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-FINANCESAP Exclusive: MLB projects $640K per game loss with no fansNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has told players their prorated salaries would contribute to an average loss of $640,000 for each game over an 82-game season in empty ballparks, according to a presentation from the commissioner’s office to the union that was obtained by The Associated Press. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR picks up at Darlington after 10-week hiatusUNDATED (AP) — It’s been 10 weeks since NASCAR last raced, and the stock car series has a full schedule ahead as it returns to competition Sunday at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina.When the series stopped after the March 8 race at Phoenix, Kevin Harvick was the points leader and Joey Logano had two wins through four races. Ryan Newman is back after suffering a head injury in the season-opening Daytona 500. So is Matt Kenseth, who came out of retirement to replace fired driver Kyle Larson. The free agent market is less crowded because Ryan Blaney and Alex Bowman both got new deals.Like almost everything during this pandemic, Sunday’s race will be very different from past races. A set of safety protocols will be strictly enforced. Teams are limited to 16 employees per car, including the driver, spotter and owner. Drivers must arrive at the track four hours ahead of the green flag and undergo a health and temperature check. Once inside, drivers will be isolated in their motorhomes, away from their team, and wait to be called to the cars. Everyone will be required to wear a face mask, crews must maintain social distancing and high-fives, hugs and human contact are barred. Darius Rucker will perform a virtual version of the national anthem, Fox Sports will call the race remotely from a studio in Charlotte, North Carolina, and the victory lane celebration will be a muted affair void of high-fives and hugs.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Live golf returns to television Sunday with a charity Skins game at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Florida, to benefit coronavirus relief. There won’t be any caddies, so the four players — Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson against Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff — will be carrying their own bags. The only rake will be carried by a rules official. Another rules official will be the only person to handle the flagstick, if necessary. Mike Tirico will host the NBC telecast beginning at 2 p.m. EDT from his home office in Michigan. It will be the first live action on TV since the opening round of The Players Championship on March 12.— New York will allow horse racing tracks and Watkins Glen International car track to reopen with the easing of the coronavirus outbreak. But Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Saturday was quick to add a caveat: “No crowds. No fans.” At his daily briefing, the Democrat says he could envision a return of Major League Baseball in New York, also without fans, adding: “If it works economically, that would be great.”— Germany’s Bundesliga (BOON’-dehsh-lee-guh) soccer season resumed Saturday after a two-month break caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Borussia Dortmund defeated Schalke 4-0 in the first Ruhr derby to be played in an empty stadium. Also, Hertha Berlin won 3-0 at Hoffenheim, Freiburg drew at Leipzig 1-1, Paderborn drew at Fortuna Düsseldorf 0-0, and Wolfsburg won 2-1 at Augsburg. They were the first games to be played in the league since March 11. Earlier Saturday the second division resumed with four games, also without fans present and amid strict distancing measures. Associated Press Update on the latest sports May 16, 2020 GOLF-SOUTH KOREA-WOMENLim Hee-jeong leads women’s golf in South Korea by 3 shotsSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Lim Hee-jeong shot an 8-under 64 on Saturday for a three-stroke lead after three rounds of the KLPGA Championship.She was followed by Park Hyun-kyung (67) and overnight leader Bae Seon-woo (72). Lim was at 15-under 201 overall at Lakewood Country Club.The women’s tournament joins baseball and soccer as sports running again in South Korea. Painting a picture of a $10 billion industry shuttered by the coronavirus pandemic, the 12-page document titled “Economics of Playing Without Fans in Attendance” and dated May 12 was an initial step in negotiations aimed at starting the delayed season around the Fourth of July.Teams say the proposed method of salvaging a season delayed by the coronavirus pandemic would still cause a $4 billion loss and would give major league players 89% of revenue. The Yankees would have the highest loss at $312 million.Teams contend they lose more money with each additional game played. The players’ union, however, believes clubs would lose less money with more games. In addition, many teams and/or their owners have stakes in their regional sports network that would benefit from additional games.Owners voted Monday to propose salaries be based on a 50-50 split of revenue, a framework players say is tantamount to the kind of salary cap they will never accept. Teams gave the players’ association their virus-testing plan Friday and have waited to make their economic proposal.NFL-NEWS Alex Bowman signs 1-year extension with Hendrick MotorsportsCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Alex Bowman has signed a one-year contract extension to remain with Hendrick Motorsports through 2021.The announcement Saturday came the day before NASCAR resumes its season at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina. Bowman goes into the event already qualified for the playoffs as winner at California on March 1, two weeks before the season was suspended by the coronavirus pandemic.Bowman is fourth in the Cup standings and in his third full season driving the No. 88 for Hendrick. He filled in for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in 2017 when Earnhardt was sidelined with a concussion, then took over the ride the next year when Earnhardt retired.Bowman, a 27-year-old from Arizona, has two career Cup wins and was a career-best 12th in last year’s standings. Ernie Gonzalez, winner of 1986 Pensacola Open, dies at 59PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Ernie Gonzalez, who spent four years on the PGA Tour and won the Pensacola Open in 1986, has died. He was 59.The PGA Tour said he died Friday in a Chicago hospital of Alzheimer’s.Gonzalez played 119 events over a four-year span from 1985 through 1988, when he finished 207th on the money list. The Californian’s lone victory was in 1986 when he made five birdies and an eagle over his final nine holes of the second round for a 63 and a one-shot lead. But the 36-hole final because of rain was wiped out, and Gonzales was the winner.His largest payoff was $48,000 for a tie for third in the Vantage Championship, two weeks after his victory in Pensacola. That tournament was cut to 54 holes because of bad weather. Latimer, a wide receiver, joined the Redskins in March after two years with the New York Giants and four years before that with the Denver Broncos.The sheriff’s office says it is continuing to investigate.In other NFL news:— The Los Angeles Rams have re-signed defensive end Morgan Fox and released defensive tackle Tanzel Smart on Saturday. The team didn’t disclose the terms of its new deal with Fox, who has been a depth contributor on the Rams’ defensive line since 2016. He signed with Los Angeles as an undrafted free agent out of Colorado State-Pueblo. Fox tore a ligament in his knee in May 2018 and missed the entire ensuing season, including the Rams’ playoff run to the Super Bowl. He returned last season with two sacks and 18 tackles while starting three of the Rams’ 16 games. Smart was the Rams’ sixth-round pick out of Tulane in 2017. He had seven tackles while playing in 13 games last season.NASCAR-BOWMAN EXTENSION Gonzalez played at least one PGA Tour event every year through 2003. He also worked at a beverage distributorship in Las Vegas. His lone PGA Tour Champions event after turning 50 was the Senior British Open in 2011. He missed the cut.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-OBIT-HOFFPAUIREx-Stanford two-sport star Zach Hoffpauir dies at 26UNDATED (AP) — Zach Hoffpauir, a two-sport standout at Stanford who was recently hired to coach safeties on the University of Northern Colorado football team, has died at age 26. The university says he died in his sleep Thursday.Hoffpauir earned All-Pac 12 honors as a safety in football and played two seasons in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ minor league system after starring as an outfielder on the Cardinal baseball team. He was close friends with Carolina Panthers All-Pro running back Christian McCaffrey. It was Christian’s father Ed McCaffrey who hired Hoffpauir in February at Northern Colorado. Defending champion Choi Hye-jin was eight strokes behind Lim and tied with seven others after a 67.Third-ranked Park Sung-hyun missed the cut Friday.
The American won her first LPGA Tour title in nearly three years along with a confidence boost ahead of the British Open. The 35-year-old Lewis took a swig of champagne beside the 18th green on Sunday after securing a 13th victory on the LPGA Tour. It’s her first win since the birth of her first child, Chesnee, in October 2018. The former top-ranked Lewis started the final round a stroke off the lead held by Azahara Munoz. She shot 1-over 72 to join Munoz, Cheyenne Knight and Emily Kristine Pedersen in a four-way playoff.F1-SPANISH GPNo worries: Hamilton wins Spanish GP for 88th victory in F1MONTMELO, Spain (AP) — Lewis Hamilton has coasted to victory at the Spanish Grand Prix to extend his championship lead. Hamilton clinched his 88th career victory on Sunday to move within three wins of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record. The Islanders are up 3-0 in the series, putting Washington on the brink of being eliminated in the first round for the second straight year after hoisting the Stanley Cup in 2018.New York’s Anders Lee broke a scoreless tie late in the first period. Evgeny Kuznetsov (kooz-NET’-sahv) pulled the Capitals into a tie with a power-play goal early in the second.Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) stopped 22 shots for the sixth-seeded Islanders. Braden Holtby had 32 saves for the third-seeded Capitals.Game 4 is Tuesday night.NHL-FLYERS-LINDBLOM The NCAA has no jurisdiction over major college football, so the conferences have been left to make their own calls. At the highest level of college football, four conferences — including the Big Ten and Pac-12 — have postponed fall sports and are hoping to make them up in some fashion in the spring. Six leagues, including the Atlantic Coast Conference, Southeastern Conference and Big 12, are moving forward with plans to play in the fall.On Sunday a group of Big Ten football players including Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields posted an online petition on Twitter asking the Big Ten reinstate the schedule the conference released six days before it pulled the plug. Player parent groups from Iowa, Ohio State, Penn State and Nebraska have sent letters to Big Ten Commissioner Kevin Warren asking for the conference to reverse course.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NISHIKORI2014 US Open finalist Kei Nishikori tests positive for COVIDNEW YORK (AP) — Kei Nishikori (kay nih-shih-KOHR’-ee) has tested positive for COVID-19 and will pull out of the tune-up tournament at Flushing Meadows that starts next week. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULEIslanders beat Capitals 2-1 in OT, take 3-0 lead in seriesUNDATED (AP) — Mathew Barzal scored 4:28 into overtime, lifting the New York Islanders to a 2-1 win over the Washington Capitals in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference first-round series Sunday. UNDATED (AP) — Quarterback Alex Smith has been activated off the physically unable to perform list by Washington’s NFL team. It is the latest step in a remarkable recovery after his right leg was broken in two places during a game nearly two years ago. Sunday’s move means that Smith now is allowed to participate in Washington’s padded practices when the team can move to that phase of training camp Tuesday. It could make for an interesting dynamic at QB, where Washington also has Dwayne Haskins and Kyle Allen. The 36-year-old Smith is signed through 2022. He hasn’t played since November 2018.In other NFL news:— The New York Jets have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran Chris Hogan to boost their banged-up wide receiver corps. Hogan spent last season with Carolina but caught just eight passes for 67 yards in seven games while missing a large chunk of the season following arthroscopic surgery on his left knee. The Jets were in need of a veteran receiver with rookie Denzel Mims missing the first few practices with a hamstring injury and Vyncint Smith also sidelined Sunday. — The Carolina Panthers have signed tight end Andrew Vollert and wide receivers Tommylee Lewis and Marken Michel. Vollert earned national attention when he was shown on “Hard Knocks: Los Angeles” telling Chargers coach Anthony Lynn to his face “you’ve got to be (expletive) kidding me” after learning he was being released on Aug. 1. The undrafted 25-year-old tight end suffered a torn ACL in the 2019 preseason and was placed on injured reserve by the Chargers and was hoping to battle back and make the roster this season. The 2014 U.S. Open runner-up is withdrawing from the Western & Southern Open but he did not say what his plans are for the Grand Slam tournament that begins Aug. 31.The 30-year-old from Japan said he is in Florida, where he is based, and had planned to fly to New York on Monday. But that plan was scrapped. He will offer an update on his status Friday.LPGA-LADIES SCOTTISH OPENLewis wins Ladies Scottish Open title after 4-way playoffNORTH BERWICK, Scotland (AP) — Stacy Lewis holed a long birdie putt to see off three rivals at the first playoff hole and win the Ladies Scottish Open. MLB-SCHEDULERays top Blue Jays 3-2 in completion of a suspended gameUNDATED (AP) — Brandon Lowe hit a solo home run in the ninth inning to keep up his power surge and lift the Tampa Bay Rays over the Toronto Blue Jays 3-2 in the completion of a suspended game. A seven-inning game will follow.Saturday night’s game was halted in the fourth inning because of rain with the Rays leading 1-0.Lowe homered in his fourth straight game, connecting for a tiebreaking drive off Jordan Romano. He also doubled in the seventh. The talk before the race was whether Mercedes’ tires would be vulnerable in the searing summer heat of Spain, after experiencing problems in the last two races at Silverstone. But there were no such issues as Hamilton finished a sizable 24 seconds ahead of Max Verstappen, who has eight podiums in the past nine races. Hamilton leads Verstappen by 37 points. Valtteri Bottas placed third to fall further behind Verstappen in the standings.INDYCAR-INDY 500An Andretti wins first Indy 500 pole for family in 33 yearsINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Marco Andretti has won the pole for the Indianapolis 500 in a lightning-fast first step toward snapping the infamous “Andretti Curse” at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Andretti logged a four-lap average of 231.068 mph in qualifying, and an Andretti now will lead the field to green for the first time in 33 years. Mario Andretti won his third and final pole for the Indy 500 in 1987, when his grandson Marco was an infant. Associated Press LeMahieu was sent for an MRI and CT scan on Saturday night. Slowed by COVID-19 when training resumed in July, he returned for opening day and is hitting .411 with two homers and eight RBIs.Stanton hasn’t played since Aug. 8 because of a strained left hamstring and Judge hasn’t played since Tuesday because of strained right calf. Stanton has been on the DL/IL in six of nine seasons and Judge in three straight seasons and four of five.NBA-JAZZ-CONLEYJazz guard Mike Conley leaves bubble for birth of sonLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Utah Jazz said guard Mike Conley left Walt Disney World on Sunday to return to Columbus, Ohio, for the birth of his son. August 16, 2020 VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSNCAA’s top doctor: COVID-19 testing needs to improve to playUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA’s chief medical officer says there is a narrow path to playing college sports during the coronavirus pandemic and if testing nationwide does not improve, it cannot be done.Dr. Brian Hainline told CNN late Saturday that “everything would have to line up perfectly” for college sports to be played this fall. Testing of athletes will need to increase when competition begins. The availability and turnaround times of COVID-19 tests is still a problem in parts of the country. Hainline told CNN: “Right now, if testing stays at it is, there’s no way we can go forward with sports.” Lowe, an All-Star last season, became the third player in Rays history with a streak of at least eight games with an extra-base hit, joining two players who had nine-game strings: Evan Longoria in 2009 and Wilson Ramos in 2018. Lowe’s 16 extra-base hits lead the American League.MLB-YANKEES-LEMAHIEU Yankees’ LeMahieu on injured list with sprained left thumbNEW YORK (AP) — American League batting leader DJ LeMahieu (leh-MAY’-hyoo) was placed on the 10-day injured list by the New York Yankees on Sunday because of a sprained left thumb, joining Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton on the sidelines.LeMahieu was hurt during an awkward swing in the fourth inning of Saturday night’s 11-5 victory over Boston and left the game two innings later. LeMahieu hurt the same thumb in 2018 while with Colorado. Lindblom joins Flyers for playoffs after cancer treatmentTORONTO (AP) — Oskar Lindblom has joined the Philadelphia Flyers in the NHL playoff bubble in Toronto. Lindblom is with the team for the first time since he was diagnosed with bone cancer in December. There is no timetable for a return to the lineup.The Sweden native was off to a career season when he diagnosed in December with Ewing’s sarcoma, a tumor that grows in the bones or in the tissue around bones. He completed radiation treatments July 2 and weeks later signed a $9 million, three-year contract extension.Lindblom turned 24 on Saturday and a day later he received a rousing applause from the Flyers hours before they prepared for their playoff game against Montreal. Lindblom had 11 goals and 18 points in 30 games this season. Update on the latest sports The sixth-seeded Jazz begin a first-round playoff series against No. 3 seed Denver on Monday. Players who leave the bubble are subject to a quarantine upon their return, though the length won’t be determined until then. It’s a blow to a Jazz team already missing Bojan Bogdanovic (BOY’-ahn bahg-DAH’-noh-vich), who underwent right wrist surgery in May. Denver and Utah are also scheduled to play Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.The 32-year-old Conley is averaging 14.4 points and 4.4 assists in his first season with Utah. He was acquired as part of a deal with Memphis on July 6, 2019.NFL-NEWSQB Alex Smith activated by Washington, cleared for practice The third-generation driver was greeted by his Andretti Autosport teammates, then shared a strong embrace with his father, Michael, the team owner. Mario Andretti scored the only Indy 500 win for the family in 1969; Michael Andretti fell short in 16 tries and the Aug. 23 race will be Marco Andretti’s 15th attempt.
MUMBAI, India (Reuters) – Australia’s Pat Cummins became the most expensive overseas buy ever in the Indian Premier League (IPL) when the Kolkata Knight Riders paid a staggering 155 million rupees (£1.67 million) for the fast bowler in yesterday’s auction in Kolkata.The 26-year-old, ranked number one in Tests, attracted an intense bidding war between the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Delhi Capital before Kolkata joined in to bag his services for the 2020 edition of the tournament.Cummins was part of the Kolkata squad in 2014 and 2015 and last played in the tournament for Delhi in 2017. The Mumbai Indians picked him up the following season but he was ruled out with a back injury. England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the most expensive overseas buy before Cummins when Pune paid 145 million rupees in 2017 while Yuvraj Singh, the hero of India’s 2011 World Cup triumph, got the highest bid for a home-based player of 160 million in 2015 from Delhi.Sixty-two players were sold at the auction for the 13th edition with the eight franchises spending a total of 1.403 billion rupees ($19.73 million). There was a hefty payday for more Australians, with Glenn Maxwell going to Kings XI Punjab for 107.5 million rupees ($1.51 million) and reigning champions Mumbai paying 80 million rupees for paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile.Maxwell recently returned to Twenty20 cricket after taking six weeks off from the game to deal with mental health issues and was left out of the Australia squad for next month’s limited-overs tour of India.Australia’s one-day captain Aaron Finch joined Bangalore for 44 million rupees while England World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan returned to his old side Kolkata for 52.5 million.South African fast bowler Dale Steyn twice went unsold before his former team Bangalore picked him up in the last leg at his listed price of 20 million.Former India leg-spinner Piyush Chawla was the top buy among home-based players, going to MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings for 67.5 million, while Kolkata signed 48-year-old leggie Pravin Tambe, the oldest player in the auction.
Published on July 30, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ UPDATED: July 31, 2011, 7:30 p.m. Marcus Sales, a senior wide receiver at Syracuse University, faces felony drug charges following a Friday night arrest. Sales and his brother, Michael Sales Jr., were taken into custody after being pulled over for running a red light near Midland Avenue and Ballantyne Road in Syracuse, Syracuse Police Department Sgt. Gary Bulinski said. According to the police report, the officer at the scene smelled marijuana from Sales’ car and noticed a 12-ounce plastic cup filled with liquid. When the car was searched, drugs and drug paraphernalia were found throughout the vehicle. Police found 180 Lortab (hydrocodone and acetaminophen) tablets, three knotted pieces of plastic containing a green plant-like substance that tested positive for marijuana, a plastic cup containing gin, three digital scales and other baggies with devil, superman and pit bull insignias on them, according to the report.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Sales and his brother were also in possession of nearly $1,000 in cash. Sales confirmed that the cup contained gin and admitted to drinking it, according to the report. The brothers were charged with fifth- and seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, second-degree criminally using drug paraphernalia and unlawful possession of marijuana, according to the police report. Marcus Sales was also charged with consuming alcohol in a motor vehicle, driving through a red light and breaking the city’s open container law, according to the police report. The contraband, drug paraphernalia and each of the brothers’ cell phones were submitted as evidence. The money was seized as proceeds of drug activity, according to the police report. Both were arraigned Saturday and released from custody afterward. Syracuse football begins its preseason camp Friday, and the arrest leaves Sales’ status for the start of practice in question. Orange head coach Doug Marrone released a statement regarding Sales through the Syracuse Athletic Department on Sunday. ‘We are aware of the charges against Marcus Sales,’ Marrone said in the statement. ‘We will continue to work with the proper authorities and the University, and will handle the matter internally, according to University and Athletics Department policies. Sales, a 6-foot, 182-pound senior, was tabbed as a starter on Marrone’s 2011 preseason depth chart after a breakout performance in the Pinstripe Bowl and a strong spring season. Once the second-best prospect in the state of New York coming out of Christian Brothers Academy in Syracuse, Sales struggled to adjust to college football. In his freshman and sophomore seasons, he caught a combined 42 passes for 484 yards and three touchdowns. Last season, Sales caught 26 passes for 414 yards and four touchdowns. He caught the game-winning touchdown in the Orange’s upset win over South Florida. And, in SU’s Pinstripe Bowl victory over Kansas State, Sales hauled in five passes for 172 yards and three touchdowns. Sales, fellow starter Van Chew and Alec Lemon comprise what could be one of the best receiving trios in the Big East heading into the 2011 season. email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org — Feature Editor Kathleen Kim contributed reporting to this article. Comments
Comments Published on March 7, 2019 at 11:45 pm Contact Arabdho: email@example.com | @aromajumder BUFFALO — While everyone on her team stood on or near the bench, Lindsay Eastwood was at the edge of the center ice circle looking at the scorer’s box. To her right lay hats thrown by the traveling Syracuse fans. Eastwood had just completed her hat trick, but the officials were reviewing the goal.“I’m just making sure that they can’t take that one away,” Eastwood said. “I was right there, saw it go in, so I was right there telling them what I saw at least.”As one referee picked up the hats, another came back onto the ice with one arm straight in front of him. Good goal. Syracuse led Mercyhurst, 4-3, a score that held to the final horn.In two of the last three years, the Lakers (15-14-5, 12-6-2 College Hockey America) knocked out the Orange (12-21-3, 10-8-2) in the conference tournament before going on to win the championship. On Thursday night at the Harborcenter in downtown Buffalo, SU “put the icing on the cake,” taking the season series 3-2, Eastwood said, and advancing to the CHA championship game. On Friday, it plays Robert Morris at 4:30 p.m. in the same arena, attempting to win the CHA crown and earn its first bid to the NCAA tournament in program history.“It was our turn,” Eastwood said. “And third time’s the charm I guess.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn Tuesday, SU head coach Paul Flanagan said the Orange knew what has made them successful, which centered around playing “smart” and not turning the puck over. For the majority of the first period, Syracuse did the opposite. It resembled how the Orange played in their winless nonconference slate.Mercyhurst got to loose pucks first, Syracuse struggled to clear the puck out of its defensive zone and Allie Munroe stretch-passes were cut-off in the neutral zone and taken back the other way by the Lakers. “You gotta get a bounce,” SU head coach Paul Flanagan said on Tuesday, and that’s what happened.A Lauren Bellefontaine backhand was handled awkwardly by Mercyhurst goalie Kennedy Blair, and Eastwood swooped in to finish the chance. Throughout the season, Flanagan wanted weakside defenders to jump into the rush, which is what Eastwood did.“I stopped at the net, which is key,” Eastwood said. “… I was in the right place at the right time.”Mercyhurst’s relentless pressure finally caved the Orange defense with under a minute to play in the opening 20 minutes. Goalie Ady Cohen saved her defenders multiple times during the game, but after making an initial save, she was rendered helpless in the crease as Emma Nuutinen slotted the rebound home.Flanagan started Bellefontaine, Abby Moloughney and Emma Polaski in the second period, and it helped Syracuse regain momentum. But a Summer-Rae Dobson goal took that away. A Mercyhurst power play unit that threatened to score multiple times on its first opportunity converted on its second try. About a minute-and-a-half later, the Orange responded.On a delayed penalty, Kelli Rowswell’s drop pass put the puck on a tee for Eastwood to one-time. Blair seemingly didn’t even see the puck until it was past her and into the top corner of her net.“It’s definitely up there,” Eastwood said. “I’ve never sniped top corner without someone tipping it, so it was nice to see that go in.”Courtesy of SU AthleticsThen, after a successful penalty kill by the Orange, Munroe sprung Anonda Hoppner, who was coming out of the box, for a breakaway. The Mercyhurst goalie tried a diving poke check, but while being hooked, Hoppner flipped the puck over the sprawling netminder to give SU a 3-2 lead.Mercyhurst again pulled even with a Maggie Knot wrister from the blue line on the power play. Just over a minute later, Eastwood secured her hattrick and the final Orange lead of the night.“This is getting over the hump, beating a nemesis that always beat us in the playoffs, for one,” Flanagan said. “When I got to their coach, I said, ‘First time for everything.’”The season has ebbed and flowed, Flanagan said, and the Orange showed resilience to come off a 10-game losing streak and go 6-4-2 in conference play. They peaked at the right times, Eastwood said. It happened time and time again as the season wore older. SU “dug deep” to beat Lindenwood in the penultimate home game, securing third place in the conference and giving them a chance to fight for first in an away series at Robert Morris the following weekend.That didn’t happen, and the Orange lost twice to Robert Morris in the closing weekend of the regular season. Syracuse had to “move on,” Flanagan said, and refocus for the CHA tournament. And again, it showed it can make big runs in must-win situations. Lindenwood grabbed the early lead in the quarterfinal of the conference tournament on Wednesday, but the Orange scored four unanswered in the middle frame to secure a date with Mercyhurst.In facing an opponent that has dominated the CHA tournament for years, winning the first nine renditions and 12 total, Syracuse was counted out, Munroe said. Everyone thought it would be Robert Morris and Mercyhurst in the final for the second year in a row, she added. So one more time, SU played its best hockey when it needed to. It didn’t let a slow first period overcome them like it had during the 10-game losing skid. It didn’t let Cohen’s heroics at the back go in vain like in 1-0 loss to RIT on Feb. 15.This time, the Orange had an answer.“We’re doing it for each other, and that means a lot,” Eastwood said. “When you’re playing for each other, everyone seems to go a little harder, and I think that’s what’s going on here: We’re really putting our hearts on the line here.” Facebook Twitter Google+