The Latest: Dodgers’ Price opts out of playing this year

first_imgFC Dallas will now play its first tournament match July 15 against the Seattle Sounders.___Frances Tiafoe has tested positive for the coronavirus and withdrawn from the All-American Team Cup tennis tournament in Atlanta.Tiafoe was scheduled to face Tennys Sandgren on Saturday in the weekend tournament involving eight top American men’s players. The event is allowing a limited number of fans and not requiring masks, though will provide them if requested. Tiafoe defeated Sam Querrey on Friday but was showing symptoms after the match and a test was positive. Posey said he wouldn’t be surprised by any development right now, including the cancellation of MLB’s planned 60-game season. The U.S. has seen a surge in new coronavirus cases with a series of daily records in recent days.“It would be a little bit maybe naive or silly not to gauge what’s going on around you. Not only around you here but paying attention to what’s happening in the country, in different parts of the country,” Posey said. “Obviously unprecedented times right now so most definitely I’ve thought about it and talked about it with my wife quite a bit.”___Atlanta Braves four-time All-Star Freddie Freeman, reliever Will Smith and two teammates have tested positive for the coronavirus.Manager Brian Snitker said Saturday the four players, including right-hander Touki Toussaint and infielder Pete Kozma, agreed to have the team disclose their positive tests. The MLS Is Back tournament match between FC Dallas and the Vancouver Whitecaps has been postponed after six FC Dallas players tested positive for COVID-19.The group stage match was scheduled to take place Thursday. MLS officials announced the postponement Saturday and said a new time and date would come later.FC Dallas confirmed Wednesday that players had tested positive upon their arrival in Florida for the month-long tournament. The entire FC Dallas delegation is quarantining in their rooms at the walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort.Vancouver’s team is scheduled to arrive in Orlando on Monday.MLS said the postponement would allow both teams to have additional training days in Orlando before opening tournament play. July 4, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world:___Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price has become the latest high-profile player to opt out of playing this season because of concerns about the coronavirus. The Latest: Dodgers’ Price opts out of playing this year Snitker said Freeman had a negative intake test before having a positive test on Friday. Snitker said the first baseman has a fever and “is not feeling great.” “It will be a while before we can get him back,” Snitker said.Major League Baseball has scheduled the 60-game season to start on July 23. Freeman is the biggest star in the sport so far to have his positive virus test publicly announced by his team.The 30-year-old Freeman set career highs with 38 home runs and 121 RBIs last season in helping Atlanta win its second straight NL East title.___center_img The five-time All-Star lefty posted Saturday on Twitter that he wouldn’t participate. The 60-game season is scheduled to begin July 23.The Dodgers got Price and star outfielder Mookie Betts from Boston in February. Tje 34-year-old Price won the 2012 AL Cy Young Award with Tampa Bay and helped the Red Sox win the 2018 World Series.___San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey says he’s still not sure if he will play this season.“There’s still some reservation on my end. I think I want to see kind of how things progress here over the next couple of weeks,” Posey said Saturday. Associated Press The NBA announced the schedule Saturday for scrimmages at the Disney complex, with 33 games set for between July 22 and July 28.Each of the 22 teams that will be part of the season restart has been scheduled for three games.All three arenas at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex that will be used for the restart will also play host to the scrimmages.There will be between three and six games per day during that six-day span. The season will officially resume with the start of seeding games on July 30.Teams begin arriving at Disney for a brief quarantine followed by the start of their training camps on Tuesday. ___The Indian Open golf event on the European Tour was canceled on Saturday because of the threat posed by the coronavirus pandemic.The tournament was initially postponed from March to an unspecified time later in 2020, but has now been scrapped following consultation with the European Tour and Asian Tour.The European Tour is due to restart this month with six straight events in Britain.___ Tiafoe, a 22-year-old who reached the 2019 Australian Open quarterfinals, left the event site and was replaced by Christopher Eubanks. Tiafoe was captain of Team Stars, playing against John Isner’s Team Stripes.Top-ranked Novak Djokovic and three other pro players had tested positive for the virus after playing in a similar exhibition event in Europe. The pro tennis tours are suspended until August.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Mean-spirited

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE Former University of Pittsburgh basketball star Carl Krauser had encountered some difficulties outside of a Strip District nightclub a few years ago after a night out on the town. A disagreement ensued and Krauser was tasered by police and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other related charges.The next season, I covered the game between Pitt and Duquesne at the A.J. Palombo Center in Pittsburgh. When Krauser was introduced the student body began to chant taser, taser, and continued to chant and direct this word and other wretched phrases (some too graphic for this old salty dog to write here) at Krauser. Their faces were red with glee. Now this was supposed to be a student body from a Catholic university that generally aspires to create and maintain a higher standard of morals and values.Krauser, who is a native New Yorker, was and is usually thick-skinned when it comes to normal criticism but I saw through his tough inner city façade on that night. I knew that he was in emotional pain. I could see it in his face.Now what makes these ill-advised displays of team loyalty ironic is that most of these students would not “bust a grape” if they were forced to compete on the field or on the court. The majority of these video game, play station playing, fantasy football “standouts” are thoroughbred knuckleheads, spineless and heartless, probably not even possessing one cell of athletic ability. Plus, Terrelle Pryor and the rest of young athletes sanctioned to compete in the NCAA are playing for free so that the profits made by the universities as a result of athletic competition may provide better research labs, computers and other amenities for the percentage of students who are non-athletes. If you think that the tuition to attend college is daunting, imagine what the price of admission would be to walk the halls of the academia at the major universities of America without the cash cow of athletics and the guidance of the “farming overseers” from the NCAA.So the next time any of you zealots want to get low down and dirty when it comes to supporting the home team, think about all of the heads that would be hung down low especially in these perilous economic times without the profits made by nonprofit institutions from the blood, sweat and tears of the young men and women good enough and brave enough to enter and participate in athletic competition.* * *On Monday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Denver Broncos 28-10 at Invesco field in Denver. Don’t be fooled by the score, this was more about Pittsburgh being able to make adjustments.In the first half the Steelers offense amassed just 54 total yards. Their first lead of the game was 7-3 because of a Tyrone Carter interception that he returned for six. But this competition was a statement about who wanted it more. Oh, we heard about how the high altitude was going to weigh heavily against any chance of the Steelers winning. How the absence of defensive backfield starter Ryan Clark was going to be blood in the water for the short passing game of the Broncos against the oxygen deprived defense of Pittsburgh, coupled with the Broncos seeking redemption for the miserable showing at Baltimore last week. When Pittsburgh deferred the opening kickoff, I scratched my head, especially after the Broncos drove down the field and kicked a field goal to begin the game but the Steelers are again appearing as if they one of the teams to beat in the AFC.Is it possible to have three teams from one division make the playoffs, one as division champion and two as wildcards? Who knows, but I am now checking for the lowest hotel rates in Miami in February. As I watched one of the many pre-game shows profiling the Penn State vs. Ohio State matchup last Saturday at Happy Valley, I was disturbed by the mean-spirited display of a few members of the Penn State student body. Some of them actually had shirts with the photo of Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor with his head hung low after Penn State defeated Ohio State at home in 2008.center_img It is okay to show your loyalty to your school. You can boo, even call a few names because that is the spirit of the 12th man but to profile and attempt to kill the spirit of any young man or woman for the sake of a game is uncalled for and unacceptable. For me, and I am only speaking for myself, I became afraid. I had flashbacks of young Black men, heads hung in shame, just prior to being brutalized in days gone by.There is no room for displays like that in college football or anywhere else. Penn State not only lost the football game a but a piece of its dignity.last_img read more

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New road safety initiative to give students realistic experience of road traffic collisions

first_imgA new safety initiative to hammer home the message of the dangers on our roads, providing students with realistic experiences of a serious road traffic collision is now available to Secondary schools, Youthreach Centres and clubs in Donegal.Your Life – Your Choice, promoted by Donegal County Council and the Donegal Road Safety Working Group, is a road safety virtual reality (VR) programme, aimed at young drivers and passengers in the 16-25 age group who are among the most vulnerable road users16.The VR units simulate a serious road traffic collision, with the viewer participating in the passenger seat of a VR car. Viewers witness many of the dangerous behaviours and factors associated with young drivers involved in serious collisions, including mobile phone use, speed, stopping distance, distraction, and rural roads.They also witness, from the passenger seat, the immediate aftermath of a serious collision, when the emergency services arrive at the scene of the collision.Geoffrey Browne, Donegal ETB Chairperson said: “This technology allows every user wearing a headset to experience the stark reality of being trapped in a vehicle and to observe up close the work of the emergency services at the scene of a road traffic collision.We are reminding young people that they have a choice as to what kind of road user they and their passengers want to be.  Those decisions are vital for their safety and the safety of other road users. Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said: “Sadly 16 to 24-year olds, and in particular young men, continue to be over-represented in the statistics for those killed or seriously injured on our roads.  This road safety initiative will encourage young people, to behave more responsibly behind the wheel.“This modern invention delivers a very clear message effectively and one that remains with the user long after watching the video clip. It is hoped that all students from transition year onwards will eventually be given a chance to try the device.”Martin Gormley, Director of Schools, Donegal ETB said “This programme will help to engage students in considering the role that they have in preventing deaths and serious injuries on the roads.“It is important to raise awareness of road safety issues and we hope that this programme will encourage our young motorists to think about their behaviour and promote safer driving practices.”If you are interested in the programme please contact [email protected] New road safety initiative to give students realistic experience of road traffic collisions was last modified: November 14th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Nobody cares? Some Raiders fans care enough to boo Derek Carr after loss to Titans

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceOAKLAND — The theme throughout Derek Carr’s postgame press conference in the wake of a 42-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans Sunday at the Coliseum was “Nobody cares.”When it comes to injuries, travel schedules and most anything else, Carr is right. There isn’t much sympathy when it comes to the NFL. “Nobody cares about the situation. Nobody cares who is playing. Nobody cares who has been here, who …last_img

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John Grisham Gold Geocoin Winner Announced

first_imgSelected Runner Up Photo – Fstop_22 John Grisham GeocoinThe pictures have been sorted, assessed and judged. The winner in the Hunt for the Gold! Find THE RACKETEER’s stash has been announced. Geocachers in the U.S. gobbled up 5,000 free Grisham Geocoins which read, “John Grisham THE RACKETEER 999.9 Pure Suspense.” No more Geocoins are available, except one (more on that later).Geocachers released the Geocoins into geocaches around the country, allowing others to enter a photo contest with the Geocoin. Hundreds of photos were submitted. The winner took home a one-ounce bar of pure gold!Check out the winners below. Interested in winning the last John Grisham Geocoin? Use your wit and humor in the Geocaching Caption Contest. The winner will receive the John Grisham Geocoin and a barely coveted prize.You can still discover and keep the John Grisham Geocoin moving. They’ve now spread around the world. Check out the interactive map on the Geocaching.com John Grisham page for their latest locations.Grand Prize Winning Picture – Axeman22 Selected Runner Up Photo – 3Nvestig8rsBob Selected Runner Up Photo – njphotoguy Share with your Friends:More Selected Runner Up Photo – Andipotamus SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Vacation Destinations – Geocaching.com Weekly NewsletterOctober 4, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”4 Legendary Trackables Every Geocacher Should FindFebruary 10, 2015In “Community”Geocaching Caption Contest 37 – Win a Barely Coveted PrizeJanuary 6, 2013In “Community”last_img read more

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British media accuses Virender Sehwag of ball tampering

first_imgAs if the mauling at the hands of the English batsmen was not enough, the Indians seem to be bracing up for another low on Friday as photographs of Virender Sehwag polishing the ball after, allegedly, munching on mints were published in Britain’s Daily Mail. There is nothing wrong in polishing the ball. But when an external substance is applied to the leather, it becomes contentious and goes against the rules, which are quite clear about ball tampering.Law 42.3(a) (i) states that any fielder may “polish the ball provided that no artificial substance is used and that such polishing wastes no time”. The incident happened during Thursday’s play as Alastair Cook made mincemeat of the Indian bowling attack to pile up runs and the visitors failed to make an impression.To be fair to Sehwag, neither the on-field umpires nor the International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee found anything wrong in his actions, so the swashbuckling opener can’t be accused of cheating.Also, there is no clarity that the pictures of Sehwag polishing the ball and picking up the alleged object – mints – from the ground were clicked at the same time and in a sequence.Over the years, bowlers and fielders have used different tactics to work on the ball that would make it swing more or turn more. For instance, former England captain Mike Atherton once kept dirt in his trousers’ pocket and rubbed it on the ball to gain advantage.He was eventually caught by the cameras. Imran Khan, in one of his books, admitted that he used crown caps to scratch one side of the ball to gain more swing. Similarly, some bowlers are known to have lifted the seam of the ball.advertisementBut with the introduction of ICC match referees and 20-plus cameras covering international matches – besides, the third umpire keeps a close watch on the on- field action all the time – the incidents of ball tampering have been reduced.last_img read more

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TAS, VIC AND SA AFFILIATES JOIN TFA

first_imgMore affiliates have just joined TFA under the new unitary model of managment. “Southern Touch” is the largest competition in Tasmania. They join Gawler Touch from SA and Ballarat from Victoria. All are about to commence their summer seasons under the Touch Football Australia banner.last_img

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2 days agoLiverpool veteran Milner: We’re all delighted about Oxlade-Chamberlain return

first_imgLiverpool veteran Milner: We’re all delighted about Oxlade-Chamberlain returnby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveJames Milner says Liverpool are delighted about the return of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.The midfielder, who missed almost all of last season with injury, seems to be hitting his straps after a double in Wednesday’s 4-1 win over Genk.Speaking after the victory, Milner told BT Sport:”Everyone’s delighted for him. It’s the things that people don’t see behind the scenes, the hard work around the training ground.”He’s got a great strike and he’s good in those pockets. It’s great to have him back and he’s another option in that midfield, where there’s already great competition for places.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Video: Taylor Swift Watched Her Brother Graduate From Notre Dame Today, She’s Pretty Excited

first_imgNotre Dame's mascot dancing with the band.SOUTH BEND, IN – SEPTEMBER 16: The Leprechaun from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish excites the crowd in front of the Notre Dame Marching band against of the Michigan Wolverines September 16, 2006 at Notre Dame Stadium in South Bend, Indiana. Michigan won 47-21. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Everett Golson, Jerian Grant and Pat Connaughton weren’t the only notable people to graduate from Notre Dame today. Taylor Swift’s brother, Austin, also graduated from the prestigious university. The pop star was in attendance at Notre Dame Stadium to watch the ceremony, too. She was pretty excited for her sibling.last_img

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AutoCanada expanding into the US with deal to acquire Grossinger Auto Group

first_imgEDMONTON – AutoCanada Inc. has signed an agreement to expand into the United States for the first time with the acquisition of the Grossinger Auto Group for $110 million.The deal includes eight dealerships in the Chicago area plus six luxury and premium brands in an auto mall in Bloomington-Normal, Ill.AutoCanada says the U.S. market provides it with highly attractive growth opportunities.The company says a majority of the acquired dealerships will continue to operate under the Grossinger name and local store leadership.The dealerships to be acquired sold 7,626 new vehicles and 7,304 used vehicles last year.The deal is subject to customary conditions and is expected to close in the second quarter of this year.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACQ)last_img

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