Cheltenham beckons for Dunguib

In what effectively turned into a match, the two principals jumped two out more or less together, but Dessie Hughes’ charge got the better of the argument going to the last and asserted on the run-in to record a clear-cut triumph as the 5-4 favourite. Hughes said: “I’m pleased with that, and he battled when he needed to. ” I don’t know about Cheltenham, he looks an ideal horse for the Powers Gold Cup at Fairyhouse and maybe Punchestown after that. ” Foxrock continued his progression in the Ten Up Novice Chase. A Grade Two winner at Naas last month, the Ted Walsh-trained six-year-old was striking again at that level with what was a reasonably last-gasp call over My Murphy, although he might have had a little more in hand than the official margin of half a length at the line. For much of the three-mile journey the Barry Connell-owned market leader (4-6) had shared pole position with Clar Na Mionn and Civena, and they jumped nearly every fence in unison. Foxrock made a slight mistake four out but was soon on an even keel and it was Civena who gave way first. Clar Na Mionn looked like he might take over from the final fence and at one stage My Murphy appeared poised to swamp them both before Danny Mullins’ mount found a late burst to seal matters. Walsh said: “He did what I thought he might do, he always seems to pull out a little bit. ” If he improves over the summer he will be a nice three-miler for next season, they are scarce on the ground. “He stays, he jumps and he handles soft ground. ” Asked about running in the four-miler at Cheltenham, Walsh said: “W e’ll see how he is in three weeks, that’s time enough to make our minds up. That’s where Barry would like to go with him.” It was a double for Mullins in the Connell colours after his victory on the Denis Hogan-trained Inis Meain in the Dunsany Handicap Hurdle. Boylesports cut the 2-1 winner to 16-1 from 25-1 for the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham, although Hogan said the Coral Cup and Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Hurdle will also be in the equation. Willie Mullins was on the mark with Daneking (4-5 favourite) in the Follow Navan On Facebook Maiden Hurdle, but suffered an odds-on reverse when Quevega’s full-brother Vivega could manage only third in the bumper won by Charlie Swan’s Ballagh (12-1). Press Association Philip Fenton has done a wonderful job getting the injury-plagued former Champion Bumper hero back to the track, and the 11-year-old showed he retained plenty of ability when third on his comeback at Naas last month on what was his first run since the 2011 Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. He had clearly come forward from that in this Grade Two assignment, moving powerfully towards the rear of the four-runner field through the early stages before taking closer order passing the stands. Dunguib is all set for a return to Cheltenham after a heartwarming victory in the Ladbrokes Boyne Hurdle at Navan almost three years to the day since his last win. Jumping the sixth from home in front, Brian O’Connell never really had an anxious moment from there, with 5-4 favourite Zaidpour being cajoled a long way out by Ruby Walsh. The 11-4 chance jumped the last couple of hurdles well in charge and coasted home from Zaidpour, who consented to run on late. Fenton said: “That was lovely, it was a grand performance. He’s not getting any younger, but he looked his old self. We were fairly confident we might be good enough. “He was getting a little bit tired from the last, but we’d be hoping he’d improve from it. “T here’s a good chance he’ll go (to Cheltenham). We’ll see what the handicapper does, we could look at the County Hurdle or the Coral Cup, he got the trip (two-mile-five) well enough today.” RaceBets make Dunguib a 16-1 chance for the Coral Cup. Bright New Dawn claimed top honours in the Flyingbolt Novice Chase. Irish Arkle faller Mallowney bowled along for most of the contest in the hands of Andrew McNamara, jumping well although being rather keen in the process. read more

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Call means Cave’s no longer hollow

first_imgDarren Cave has admitted it is time to “stop complaining and start playing well” after being parachuted into the Ireland side to face Georgia on Sunday. Cave slammed his limited Test chances last year, claiming his “face doesn’t fit” in the Ireland set-up – but is now keen to put his controversial past to bed. “It’s important not to feel sorry for yourself: just keep improving, improving and improving,” said Cave of previous battles for Test opportunities. “The one thing that I probably found most frustrating is that I think I probably have improved a lot since 2009. “When I first got in the squad in 2009 I was just there because I was a young lad, I hadn’t really done a lot but I’d played okay and was maybe someone for the future. “I feel I have improved a lot in those five or six years, and that was probably what can be frustrating. “But now here’s an opportunity for me to stop complaining and start playing well. “I was on holiday last week in New York – I had a good time! “It’s all happened quickly, I haven’t had time to sit and worry about everything – so that’s a good thing.” The Ulster centre spent last week holidaying in New York while Ireland saw off South Africa 29-15 in Dublin, only to be called into the squad on Sunday night. Two weeks ago boss Joe Schmidt told Cave he was omitted from Ireland’s 37-man autumn squad, only to bring the 27-year-old quickly back in from the cold. Ireland head coach Schmidt hotly refuted influencing provincial selection last month, after suggestions the national set-up had urged UIster to switch Jared Payne from full-back to outside centre. Former New Zealand Under-21 cap Payne claimed his first Ireland cap in last weekend’s Springboks victory, but hobbled off in the closing stages with a foot sprain. Payne’s injury has opened the door for Cave’s recall, with Schmidt making 13 changes from the South Africa starting XV for Sunday’s Georgia clash. Payne’s outside centre switch has limited Cave’s opportunities at Ulster this season, but the seven-cap midfielder is keen to lay all his frustration to rest. Gearing up for his first Ireland Test on home soil, Cave admitted he was surprised to be drafted back into the squad on Sunday. “I’ve been around the game a while now and sure, it’s a fickle world, professional sports is the most fickle thing,” said Cave. “If ever I needed a reminder of that it’s been the last couple of weeks. “It was only two or three weeks ago I was on the phone to Joe, talking about how I wasn’t going to be involved in the camp week. “Then I got a phone call from him on Sunday saying come on in to camp and I’m thrown in to play there. “I’m delighted for it; it’s a bit more unorthodox than normal but I’m ready to play, it’s not a problem. “I’ve never been capped in Ireland before, and growing up since I was knee-high watching games at Lansdowne Road, this is a big day for me and my family. “Hopefully I can go well and put all the issues of the past to rest. “There’s been a lot of talking and humming and hawing about who’s doing what. “I just try to play as well as I can when I get the opportunity to play. “I would have liked to have played more for Ulster this year, but there’s been a couple of injuries and a couple of bad strokes of luck. “All that’s forgotten about now: I’m picked to play for Ireland this weekend and hopefully I’ll get a good run-out and give it my all and afterwards I won’t be sitting with any regrets.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Former wrestler files lawsuit against University of Michigan alleging sexual abuse by school doctor

first_imgFormer wrestler files lawsuit against University of Michigan alleging sexual abuse by school doctor Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDETROIT (AP) — Former wrestler files lawsuit against University of Michigan alleging sexual abuse by school doctor.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press center_img March 4, 2020last_img

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Howard, NC A&T meet in MEAC quarters

first_imgHoward, NC A&T meet in MEAC quarters Associated Press VETERAN PRESENCE: Both of these teams have relied heavily on their seniors this year. Ronald Jackson, Andre Jackson and Devin Haygood have combined to score 44 percent of NC A&T’s points this season and 47 percent of the team’s points over its last five games. For Howard, Charles Williams, Wayne Bristol Jr. and Nate Garvey have scored 58 percent of the team’s points this season, including 80 percent of all Bison points over their last five.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Kameron Langley has either made or assisted on 58 percent of all NC A&T field goals over the last three games. The junior guard has accounted for 14 field goals and 37 assists in those games.WINNING WHEN: NC A&T is a perfect 6-0 when the team records 11 or more steals. The Aggies are 10-15 when they steal the ball fewer than 11 times.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Aggies have recently converted buckets via assists more often than the Bison. NC A&T has 50 assists on 88 field goals (56.8 percent) across its previous three outings while Howard has assists on 36 of 69 field goals (52.2 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: NC A&T has attempted the fifth-most free throws in all of Division I. The Aggies have averaged 24.4 free throws per game, including 28.6 per game against conference foes. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHoward (4-28, 2-15) vs. No. 2 seed NC A&T (16-15, 12-4)Mid-Eastern Conference Tourney Quarterfinals, Norfolk Scope Arena, Norfolk, Virginia; Wednesday, 7 p.m. EDTBOTTOM LINE: Howard is set to match up against NC A&T in the quarterfinals of the MEAC tourney. The only meeting between the teams this season came on Feb. 22, when the Aggies forced 30 Howard turnovers and turned the ball over just 21 times en route to the four-point victory. March 11, 2020last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal are each pledging $250,000 to help provide meals for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Boston and St. Louis. The pledges will benefit Feeding America, the St. Louis Food Bank and Greater Boston Food Bank. Both Tatum and Beal are natives of St. Louis.  — The Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers have issued a challenge to area residents to raise $200,000 for the city’s 12 community centers by noon Thursday. If that happens, the two professional teams say they will kick in an extra $420,000. The community centers are helping to feed, support and care for vulnerable residents during the current COVID-19 pandemic.— Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved.— Chicago’s eight pro teams and mayor Lori Lightfoot are teaming up to encourage residents to stay home to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox as well as the WNBA’s Sky, MLS’ Fire and National Women’s Soccer League’s Red Stars are joining with the mayor in the “We Are Not Playing” campaign to promote compliance with Illinois’ stay-at-home order. The initiative will kick off with billboards around Chicago and digital and social media advertisements.MLB-AL KALINE Associated Press Update on the latest in sports: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL DRAFTNFL going virtual for upcoming draftUNDATED (AP) — The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes. The draft originally was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, but the NFL canceled all public events last month as a safeguard against the coronavirus.In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft. The guidelines include no group gatherings.All team facilities were closed on March 26 and Goodell has ordered them to remain shut indefinitely.NFL ALL-DECADE TEAM8 unanimous picks for All-Decade Team include Brady, Watt — IndyCar has adjusted its schedule again because of the coronavirus pandemic. The doubleheader at Detroit scheduled for the end of May has now been canceled. IndyCar will make up the two dates by hosting doubleheaders at both Iowa Speedway and Laguna Seca in California. The series will also add an October race on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to give it 15 events on the 2020 calendar. IndyCar is now tentatively scheduled to start its season June 6 at Texas Motor Speedway.— A doctor at French soccer club Reims (ranss) has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus. The city’s mayor tells Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.” Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60.— The mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has died after contracting the coronavirus. The Premier League club says Dolors Sala Carrió died near Barcelona in the city of Manresa. She was 82. City says “everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.”—The nonprofit group that raises funds for the bulk of the world’s anti-doping research is shifting $120,000 to conduct 15,000 COVID-19 tests. The goal is to help scientists get a better sense of how many people have the new coronavirus but show no symptoms. The Partnership for Clean Competition was founded in 2008 by the NFL, Major League Baseball, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the U.S. Olympic Committee. It is funding tests among the general public to try to find out how many people might have the virus but aren’t showing symptoms.— Two people familiar with the league’s plans say the NFL is planning a telethon during the draft to aid coronavirus relief efforts. The people tell The Associated Press that the league hopes its massive reach will raise awareness and funds in battling the pandemic. The draft is the NFL’s biggest offseason event. It’s being held from April 23-25. It had been scheduled for Las Vegas but now will be done remotely. Up front on defense with end Watt and tackle Donald are ends Calais Campbell, Cam Jordan and Julius Peppers, tackles Geno Atkins, Fletcher Cox and Ndamukong Suh. In addition to Wagner and Miller at linebacker are Luke Kuechly, Khalil Mack, Chandler Jones, and Patrick Willis. The three cornerbacks are Sherman, Darrelle Revis and Patrick Peterson. Safeties are Earl Thomas, Eric Weddle and Eric Berry. Selected as defensive backs, in recognition of slot cornerbacks and other versatile players in the secondary, are Chris Harris Jr., and Tyrann Mathieu.Tucker is joined by Stephen Gostkowski as placekickers. Shane Lechler and Johnny Hekker are the punters. Tyreek Hill and Sproles are the punt returners, while kickoff returners are Cordarrelle Patterson and Devin Hester.Carroll and Bill Belichick are the coaches.NFL-49ers-BOURNEReceiver Kendrick Bourne signs tender with 49ers NBA PLAYOFF POSSIBILITIESNBA coaches prepare for possible intriguing playoff matchupsUNDATED (AP) — With NBA games indefinitely on hold there has been a lot of discussion about postseason possibilities, including among coaches around the league.If NBA games do resume this season in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic the league may choose to go with the option of immediately starting the postseason.Toronto coach Nick Nurse said he’s trying to prepare for every possibility that would allow the Raptors a chance to defend their title. In a recent conference call with reporters, Nurse says, “What matters is that we attack the title in whatever format it’s going to be presented in and we go for it.” Players have different opinions on what a playoff format might look like. Ideas range from completing all or part of the regular season to expanding the number of teams competing from 16.COLLEGE BASKETBALLKentucky’s Maxey becomes second Wildcat to enter NBA draftLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey will enter the NBA draft, becoming the second Wildcats starter in as many days to turn pro and forego his remaining collegiate eligibility.Maxey scored 26 points against then-No. 1 Michigan State in his collegiate debut and finished the season tied for second in scoring on the team at 14 points per game. The 6-foot-3 freshman shot nearly 43% with 33 3-pointers and also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists while starting 28 of 31 games for the Southeastern Conference champions. SEC coaches voted him to the all-freshman team and all-SEC second team. The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans.FIFA INVESTIGATION-FORMER FOX EXECUTIVES CHARGEDFormer Fox executives charged with bribes in World Cup bidNEW YORK (AP) — A pair of former sports marketing executives of 21st Century Fox have been indicted on charges they paid bribes to soccer officials to obtain confidential bidding information during FIFA’s sale of U.S. television rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Charges were unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn against former 21st Century Fox Inc. executives Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez. They are accused of making payments to officials of the CONMEBOL, South American soccer’s governing body. —The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed defensive tackle Carl Davis. Davis is suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Davis played in three games in 2019 — two for Jacksonville and one for Indianapolis.— The Atlanta Falcons have announced their one-year agreement with running back Todd Gurley. The framework of the $6 million deal was completed on March 20, less than 24 hours after Gurley was released by the Los Angeles Rams.  As is the case with other free agents who have reached agreements, Gurley still awaits a physical.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBritish canceled, Masters to November in major reschedulingUNDATED (AP) — Golf’s oldest championship won’t be played this year for 1st time since 1945.center_img Kentucky coach John Calipari said Maxey is “a great kid” with unwavering confidence in his ability and “potential he has only begun to realize.”Maxey’s decision comes a day after sophomore point guard Ashton Hagans announced he will enter the draft after two seasons with Kentucky.In other college basketball news:— Louisville forward Jordan Nwora has announced on social media that he will enter the NBA draft. The 6-foot-7 Nwora was selected to The Associated Press All-America third team as a junior and his decision to turn pro was expected after limited participation in last year’s NBA combine because of a knee injury. He returned to the Cardinals and averaged 18 points and 7.7 rebounds per game while shooting 44% from the field.— Florida guard Scottie Lewis is returning for his sophomore season. In an announcement on social media, Lewis says “playing in the NBA is still a top priority” but his “heart is in Gainesville,” adding “we have some unfinished business.” A McDonald’s All-American in high school, the 6-foot-5 Lewis had been considered a one-and-done prospect when he arrived in Gainesville last summer. But his defensive prowess overshadowed his offensive skills for much of his first collegiate season. April 6, 2020 Milwaukee coach Mike Budenholzer has spent part of this hiatus studying the Orlando Magic and Brooklyn Nets — the Bucks’ two most likely first-round playoff foes.NHL PLAYOFF POSSIBILITIESNHL playoff scenarios run the gamut of where, when and howUNDATED (AP) — Neutral site NHL playoff games? Awarding the Stanley Cup in September? Nothing is off the table as the league considers options to complete the season.Play is on hold for now because of the coronavirus pandemic. Beloved Detroit Tigers star Al Kaline dies at 85DETROIT (AP) — Al Kaline, who spent his entire 22-season Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Tigers and was known affectionately as “Mr. Tiger,” has died. He was 85.John Morad, a friend of Kaline’s, confirmed to The Associated Press that he died Monday at his home in Michigan. Morad, who spoke first to the Detroit Free Press, said he’d been in contact with Kaline’s son.Kaline was the youngest player to win the American League batting title in 1955 at age 20 with a .340 batting average. The right fielder was a 15-time All-Star, won 10 Gold Gloves and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1980 in his first year of eligibility.The beloved No. 6 later sat behind a microphone as a Tigers broadcaster from 1976 to 2001 and was also a special assistant to the general manager. — Purdue coach Matt Painter says center Matt Haarms intends to play his final college season at another school after entering the transfer portal. The 7-foot-3 Haarms averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game last season with the Boilermakers. But Haarms lost his starting job last season after suffering a hip injury in December. He played a key role in Purdue’s NCAA Tournament run in 2019.RUSSIAN DOPINGRussian track federation to keep out some dopersUNDATED (AP) — The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans.The federation says it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date. SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne signed his one-year restricted free agent tender Monday.The 49ers placed a second-round tender worth $3.259 million last month on Bourne. That gave the Niners the right to match any contract offer Bourne received or get a second-round pick in return.Bourne had 30 catches for 358 yards and five TD last season for San Francisco. He gained first downs on 23 of his 30 catches. He also had six catches for 88 yards and a TD in three playoff games.Bourne entered the league as an undrafted free agent out of Eastern Washington in 2017.In other NFL moves: UNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady, J.J. Watt and Adrian Peterson are among eight unanimous selections to the 2010s NFL All-Decade Team announced by the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Also chosen on every ballot of the 48-member Hall of Fame selection committee are Von Miller, Aaron Donald, Joe Thomas, Marshal Yanda and Justin Tucker. All but tackle Thomas and guard Yanda are active.The 55-member team is comprised only of players who made an AP All-Pro team, a Pro Bowl or a Pro Football Writers of America all-conference squad from 2010-19. Four of the unanimous players — Brady, Miller, Yanda and Tucker — won Super Bowls during the decade.Seattle has the most honorees with five: linebacker Bobby Wagner, safety Earl Thomas, cornerback Richard Sherman, running back Marshawn Lynch and coach Pete Carroll.Brady is joined at quarterback by another NFL champion, Green Bay’s Aaron Rodgers. Peterson is accompanied by Lynch, Frank Gore and LeSean McCoy in the backfield. Darren Sproles is the flex player — and one of the punt returners. Calvin Johnson is joined by Julio Jones, Larry Fitzgerald and Antonio Brown at wideout. The tight ends are Rob Gronkowski and Travis Kelce. Along with Thomas, the tackles are Jason Peters, Joe Staley and Tyron Smith. Yanda’s fellow guards are Zack Martin, Logan Mankins and Jahri Evans. Alex Mack and Maurkice Pouncey are the centers. The R&A announced it is canceling the British Open in July because of the spread of COVID-19. It is pushing the British Open back one year and staying at Royal St. George’s. That assures the 150th Open will be at St. Andrews in 2022.That means golf will only have three major championships at most this year. Other organizations are expected to announce the PGA Championship moving to August, the U.S. Open to September and the Masters to November, two weeks before Thanksgiving.All future dates depend, of course, on guidance from government and health authorities.In other virus-related sports news:— The NFL is delaying the start of its offseason workout program while formulating a plan with the NFL Players Association on how to proceed during the coronavirus pandemic. At least for the time being, NFL coaches won’t be allowed to communicate with players via videoconferencing. Normally, Monday would have signaled the start of the nine-week offseason workout program for the five NFL teams with new head coaches: Carolina, Dallas, Washington, Cleveland and the New York Giants. ESPN had U.S. English-language television rights to the World Cup from 1994-2014, but Fox in 2011 gained the rights for 2018 and 2022 tournaments. After the 2022 tournament in Qatar was shifted from summer to late autumn, a time when it is likely to get less attention in the U.S., FIFA awarded Fox rights for 2026 without competitive bidding.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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USC track and field racks up Pac-12 honors

first_imgThe No. 5 men and No. 4 women’s track teams are both ranked in the top five of the national rankings for the first time since 2008. Part of the reason for this recent spike in success is a fresh load of talent for the Trojans.For the week of April 13-19, three Trojans earned Pac-12 Athlete of the Week honors.  A USC track and field athlete has won 11 of the 20 Pac-12 awards given out thus far this season.  Junior sprinter Andre De Grasse of Ontario Canada, won his second award of the season following a dazzling performance at the Mt. SAC Relays on April 18.The sprinter won the 100-meter, 200-meter and was a member of the winning 4×100-meter relay team.De Grasse ran the 100-meter in only 9.87 seconds which is not only a new personal best, but also the fastest time in the world this season under any conditions.  De Grasse then moved on to the 200-meter where he finished first ahead of a field of professionals once again setting a new personal record with a time of 20.16.  The time also ties the Canadian record held by Aaron Brown.De Grasse now sits at third all-time on the USC 200-meter list.  He also holds the fastest times in the country in both the 100-meter and 200-meter this season.USC’s relay team became the first collegiate team since 2002 and the second team in the last 29 years to win the 4×100-meter relay at Mt. SAC.The event is composed of a significant number of professionals, but this year USC proved up to the challenge.  The wining time was 38.98.  De Grasse led off for the Trojans, followed by senior BeeJay Lee, junior Just’N Thymes and anchored by Bryan Mercado.Conor McCullough, a redshirt senior thrower for the Trojans, also received his second Pac-12 Athlete of the Week honor.  McCullough won the men’s Invitational Hammer Throw competition which was also held at the Mt. SAC relays on April 18.  McCullough’s best throw was a 241-9, a distance long enough for third farthest in USC history.It is also the third longest throw by an American man this year and 16th in the world overall.Junior discus thrower Tera Novy was named the Pac-12 Women’s Field Athlete of the Week after winning the discus throw competition at the Cal State L.A. Twilight Meet on April 16.Novy set both a new personal best and a new USC school record with her throw of 193-10.  The previous school record had stood since 2006.Ahead for the Women of Troy is the Triton Invitational held in La Jolla on April 24 at which only the women’s throwers will be competing.The next competition for the entire team will come on May 3 when USC hosts the annual     USC-UCLA dual meet.The meet will also be when USC’s 20 seniors receive their honors and farewells.last_img read more

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Interwetten backs Austrian code on sports integrity

first_img Interwetten named main sponsor for Greek Super League August 4, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Related Articles DACH bookmaker Interwetten Sports has become a member of Austrian Sports’  ‘Fair Play Code’, an initiative developed by the government to ensure the integrity of national sports against manipulation.Co-developed by Austria’s Sports Ministry, in partnership with the OFB Football Association and Austria’s Bundesliga, the Fair Play Code aims to educate all national sports stakeholders on preventing match-fixing and corruption.The Austrian government requested that Interwetten join the code, as a vital wagering partner providing information and learnings on match-fixing and how to best monitor sports play and athlete performance.The recently formed code covers three main areas of protection – training, education and raising awareness. Furthermore, members will seek to establish a ‘central ombudsman’ for athletes and staff who have been approached by criminal actors.Backing the code, Interwetten highlights its 30-year pedigree working with diverse organisations and governing bodies minimising matching fixing risks.Interwetten underlines its proven track record of cooperation in which the DACH bookmaker has helped establish the DSWV (German Sports Betting Association), the OVWG (Austrian Association for Betting and Gambling), the MRGC (Malta Remote Gaming Council) and the International Betting Integrity AssociationDominik Beier, CEO of Interwetten said “The tennis betting scandal was the last time one saw how quickly an entire industry is put under general suspicion. It is precisely those licensed betting providers, such as Interwetten, which have always worked transparently and are equipped with a large number of early warning systems suffer the effects of betting manipulations and want to prevent them with all their might.“Manipulations happen on the black market. To prevent them, clubs, athletes and officials must be adequately trained, protected and made aware of the dangers. Interwetten is a pioneer here however, we want to do more, so partnering with the Play Fair Code is a very good next step. “ Interwetten signs Yakubu as first Nigeria ambassador July 14, 2020 SAZKA confident of European comeback as assets weather COVID-19 storm June 12, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

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ATP Shenzhen Open: Andy Murray battles past Juan Monaco to reach final

first_imgAndy Murray reached his first final since winning Wimbledon last year after battling past Juan Monaco 2-6 6-3 6-0 at the ATP Shenzhen Open in China.Murray, who is ranked 11th in the world, also boosted his bid to qualify for November’s ATP World Tour Finals and will now take on Spain’s Tommy Robredo in Sunday’s final.The Scot needs to pick up points to make the season’s finale in London in which the top eight players compete and he reached his first ATP final of the year following a rather disjointed display.After losing the opening set Murray fought back in brutal conditions.to win nine games in a row and defeat a disheartened world No 97 Monaco from Argentina.The second seed will now be aiming to secure his 29th career title when he goes up against fourth seed Robredo who beat Santiago Giraldo 6-1 6-4 in the other semi-final.last_img read more

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Despite homers from Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani and 2 from Justin Upton, Angels blow lead against Mariners

first_imgHe gave up a three-run double.“It’s good to challenge young guys,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “Williams was calm on the mound, trying to make pitches. Unfortunately he left a little slider a little too far over the white of the plate and Canó hit it hard.”Three Angels sluggers also hit some balls hard, starting with the milestone achievement for Trout and Ohtani.After Trout hit a two-run homer in the first — his 34th — Ohtani followed with a laser to straightaway center.Once again connecting himself to Babe Ruth, Ohtani became the first player since Ruth to hit 20 homers in a season in which he’d won multiple games as a pitcher. Ruth did it in 1919 and 1921, and no one else had done it in major league history.The Angels padded the lead to 4-0 on Upton’s 28th homer of the season. Upton also belted his 29th in the ninth inning.Having those three in the middle of the lineup all of 2019 could give the Angels a dangerous heart of the order.“I think it’s going to be fun,” Upton said. “Those guys are special. I think in the middle of the lineup you have power and speed. We can create some runs. It’ll be exciting to see.”The problem was what happened in between Upton’s two homers.Andrew Heaney gave up a pair of solo homers in the fifth and couldn’t make it to the sixth.“Andrew was grinding tonight,” Scioscia said. “He was working against himself. He didn’t feel he was in synch. He made some good pitches to get out of jams, but all in all, he wasn’t as crisp.”Justin Anderson gave up a run in the sixth. After Ty Buttrey’s scoreless seventh, José Álvarez entered in the eighth. He struck out Kristopher Negron, but the ball got away from catcher José Briceño and Negron took first. Álvarez then walked Guillermo Heredia.Jim Johnson got an out and walked a batter to load the bases, setting the stage for Jerez.After not allowing a run in his first six games with the Angels, he’s allowed a run or an inherited runner to score in his last six. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, slides back to first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart misses a ground ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Kristopher Negron as Mariners’ Ryon Healy, background right, runs to third base during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Healy scored on the play. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners’ Nelson Cruz watches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsSeattle Mariners’ Robinson Cano walks off the field after striking out during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez throws against the Los Angeles Angels during the first inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Kole Calhoun dives to catch a ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Dee Gordon during the eighth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, slides into home plate as Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino prepares to tag him during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, right, of Japan, stands next to Mike Trout before a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, is congratulated by third base coach Dino Ebel after hitting a home run during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, left, is tagged out by Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino as he tries to score on a single hit by Shohei Ohtani during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout, right, slides into home plate as Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino prepares to tag him during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Shohei Ohtani, of Japan, slides back to first base during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart misses a ground ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Kristopher Negron as Mariners’ Ryon Healy, background right, runs to third base during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Healy scored on the play. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)NextShow Caption1 of 11Los Angeles Angels’ Kaleb Cowart misses a ground ball hit by Seattle Mariners’ Kristopher Negron as Mariners’ Ryon Healy, background right, runs to third base during the sixth inning of a baseball game, Saturday, Sept. 15, 2018, in Anaheim, Calif. Healy scored on the play. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)ExpandANAHEIM — As the Angels finish their season with an eye toward the future, they got a glimpse of what could be one of the most encouraging parts of their team.They also saw that one player who they hope can be a part of the answer may not be ready yet.Shohei Ohtani and Mike Trout hit back-to-back homers for the first time, with a pair of blasts in the first, and Justin Upton belted two homers, but the Angels bullpen couldn’t hold the lead and they lost 6-5 to the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.Williams Jerez, a rookie left-hander acquired in the Ian Kinsler deal in late July, got the call to face lefty Robinson Canó with a one-run lead and the bases loaded.last_img read more

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Heisler: Lakers still No. 1 in Anthony Davis Derby, despite what others are saying

first_imgPelicans GM Dell Demps went days without returning Johnson’s calls, a breach of NBA manners that suggested how disinterested the Pelicans were, and how angry they are over what they can only regard as wanton tampering by the Lakers and LeBron.Magic finally tired of raising his own offers and withdrew, leaving a ringing silence with no other teams calling.Segue to summer.As involved as this far-flung, star-studded story is, some things remain clear:• Davis’ preferences will drive his part of this.Going all-out to make it happen now, A.D.’s people leaked the four teams he would consider signing with:The Lakers, with LeBron;The Clippers, dreaming of signing Kawhi Leonard and/or Kevin Durant;Milwaukee, alongside Giannis Antetokounmpo.New York, dreaming of signing K.D. and Kyrie Irving.The Lakers remain the favorites for A.D.Davis began this, hiring LeBron’s agent, Rich Paul, in case A.D. wanted to get to the Lakers.That meant asking New Orleans to trade him, which Davis wasn’t ready to do after last season’s 48-34 finish … until the Pelicans went south this season, showing how hard realizing his exalted career goals would be there.If this is still an open competition you can’t underestimate LeBron’s magnetism and ability to wheel and deal in plain sight while staying between the lines. Last week, he all but acknowledged his role in this, noting he loves being able to “put teams in position to compete for championships.”James tried for years to get other stars to join his Cavaliers without success, but he’s not in Cleveland anymore.• The Clippers are in this, big time.Showing how far they’ve come, they made A.D.’s list, suggesting they’re now seen as a prime destination under Steve Ballmer & Co., rather than a joke under Donald Sterling.Last week’s six-player trade essentially sent Tobias Harris to the 76ers for two first-round picks – after the Clippers learned they were on A.D.’s list – to acquire assets to offer the Pelicans.This isn’t just about A.D. The Clippers have one max slot, can probably create a second one and could conceivably land multiple superstars … like the Lakers.The Clippers are pursuing the same superstars the Lakers are. Nor can the Lakers enjoy facing off against their own fabled icon, Jerry West, the Clippers consultant whom they never bothered to try to bring back, themselves.• Both local teams showed they were ready to blow off this season for the opportunity at hand.With Johnson offering six players and two first-round picks, literally half his roster, and all their names in the papers – Kyle Kuzma, Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Rajon Rondo, Lance Stephenson, Michael Beasley – the Lakers were out on their feet in a 42-point loss in Indianapolis, amid reports of angry words between embattled Coach Luke Walton and veterans Javale McGee and Beasley.Fans on the road crooned “LeBron’s going to trade you,” as Lakers shot free throws.Johnson then flew to Philadelphia to meet the team, where he will encourage all to be professional about finishing the season … after which, of course, half of them will be gone.In other words, good luck, guys, while you’re still here.Meanwhile, Clippers coach Doc Rivers got the word from upstairs that this season’s gallant run was over.“I guess the good news there is being an eighth seed, seventh seed or sixth seed is not our goal in the long run,” said Rivers, swallowing hard. “We want to be champions.”So this season was fun while it lasted, assuming you’re not Walton.• The Knicks are in the hunt for A.D., too, kind of.K.D. and Irving, who are pals, have reportedly mused about joining forces there for months.Now with A.D.’s people telling everyone Kyrie won’t stay in Boston, the Knicks leaped into action, dumping their adored Kristaps Porzingis to clear cap space.Lending credence to the scenario, the amiable K.D. went nine days without talking, then railed at the press for speculating about him and the Knicks … having started it by turning down a $150 million extension for a one-year deal after winning two titles with the Warriors.“Y’all come in here every day, ask me about free agency, ask my teammates, my coaches,” he said. “You rile up the fans about it. … What’s the problem? What am I doing to y’all?”Meanwhile, Irving, who said he would stay in Boston, now refuses to deny reports he might leave, instead noting, “I don’t owe anybody (anything).”The Knicks are also drooling at the thought of getting A.D., but that’s only possible if they draw the No. 1 pick for Williamson, who they could then trade to New Orleans.Even with their NBA-worst record, the new anti-tanking odds leave the Knicks with only a 14 percent chance at the No. 1 pick.• The Celtics aren’t likely to pursue A.D. for long.The Pelicans have a fallback plan if they can’t get Jayson Tatum: Take other young Celtics such as Jaylen Brown and Terry Rozier with the cream of GM Danny Ainge’s collection of first-round picks.However, the Celtics, who long dreamed of Davis, expected him to welcome their interest. Instead, his people made it clear A.D. doesn’t want to play there, with horror stories leaking from everywhere, including Anthony Davis Sr., who said – unfairly – that the Celtics mistreated Isaiah Thomas … whom they traded for Irving.Under these circumstances, Ainge isn’t likely to offer a boatload of assets, the more so with the risk of losing Kyrie.• The Pelicans are eyeing Williamson as avidly as any NBA player.With a 40-inch vertical leap at 6-foot-6, 285 pounds in stocking feet, the Duke star is stirring rare excitement … even as scouts debate how well he can play inside with an 8-7 standing reach, less than some point guards.Unfortunately, their goal of getting him can only come to fruition if Williamson goes to a team that would trade him, such as the Knicks.The other teams best positioned to draw the top pick (Cavaliers, Hawks, Suns) are rebuilding and would keep Zion.• LaVar Ball is still out of his gourd.Related Articles This just in: With the Pelicans adamant about waiting until summer, there was no A.D. Derby to fall out of.Of course, the Pelicans aren’t the only ones upset at seeing the Lakers close in on Davis. The entire NBA, all other agents and, by proxy, many other press outlets were rooting for them to fail … but not doing the impossible isn’t failing.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.Johnson had no shot but went all-out anyway since A.D. and LeBron were dying to do it now … with Magic willing even to forego the chance of adding another star this summer with the maximum salary slot he would lose by trading for A.D. now.Nothing has changed. The Lakers were in the best position before and remain so as long as they’re A.D.’s top preference.From the moment Davis dropped the big one on them, the Pelicans wanted to wait until the summer when all teams could bid, including Boston with its array of prospects and first-round draft picks … and they would also then know who won the lottery for Duke phenom Zion Williamson to see if they could get him. Portland star Damian Lillard (knee) to miss Game 5 vs. Lakers Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook and other NBA stars pay tribute to Kobe Bryant On Mamba Night, the Lakers make short work of Blazers to take 3-1 series lead Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img With everyone talking about their preferences, there was no way we weren’t going to hear LaVar’s … although his son is a mildly accomplished, second-year player and no one cares what either of them prefers.“We want to be in L.A., but if he’s traded I don’t want Lonzo in New Orleans,” LaVar told ESPN. “Phoenix is the best fit for him and I am going to speak it into existence.”Unfortunately for LaVar, the Pelicans not only like Lonzo, they reached their zenith last season when they were starting two point guard alongside each other, Jrue Holiday and Rondo.Speak away, LaVar. We’ve got a few months to kill and everyone will enjoy the laughs.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Southern California News Group print editions. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Video: What LeBron James said about Jacob Blake … ‘Black people in America are scared’ No, the Lakers didn’t just blow it.An Anthony Davis trade was always going to happen in the summer, no matter what A.D., Magic Johnson, LeBron James, the press and the hordes on social media yearned for.It shouldn’t have been surprising that the deadline passed with A.D. stuck in New Orleans, but it was.Myriad media platforms – although none of the mainstays doing first-hand reporting – said the Lakers had fallen out of the A.D. Derby, pointing fingers at Magic Johnson, even asking how long he’ll run the Lakers.last_img read more

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