The Latest: Softball World Cup pushed back to 2022

first_imgThe World Baseball Softball Confederation says it decided to delay the tournament, initially scheduled for February next year, after consultation with hosts New Zealand. The confederation says, ”Important health and safety measures, including travel restrictions applied by governments worldwide to help stop the spread of COVID-19 have caused modifications to the global baseball softball events calendar.”The WBSC and Softball New Zealand are working to confirm new dates.New Zealand, which has won the men’s world championship seven times, last hosted the tournament in 2013. ___ Louisville has furloughed 45 athletic department staffers for at least 60 days and eliminated 40 other support positions in the latest budget moves resulting from shutdowns caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press Organizers say they will take time to “engage with the consequences of the authorities blocking our events, agree on further steps and then inform you.”There was no mention of any plan to restrict the race to elite runners only. That was the solution used by the Tokyo Marathon on March 1.The Berlin Marathon is typically one of the fastest in the world. The current men’s world record was set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 A 99-year-old World War II veteran who has raised more than 28 million pounds ($34.5 million) for Britain’s health service during the coronavirus pandemic has been invited to perform one of British sport’s quaintest traditions once the crisis is over.Tom Moore will get the chance to ring the famous bell at Lord’s cricket ground, signalling the start of a day’s play, as a reward for his fundraising efforts that have become a national rallying point. The job is typically given to former cricketers or figures in the sport.The offer was made to Moore, a cricket fan, by England captain Joe Root – a fellow Yorkshireman.“I’d love you to give us a team talk at some point as well,” Root said in a video conversation with Moore, “and get all the lads in the right frame of mind.”The Twitter account of Lord’s posted a message to Moore, saying he is “an inspiration to us all.” The Olympic-style competition for sports and events that are not on the Summer Games program will now be known as The World Games 2022.The event was initially scheduled for July 2021, but it will now be held in July 2022 to accommodate the one-year postponement of the 2020 Summer Olympics.While those games will continue to be known as “Tokyo 2020,” the World Games decided to go with a more accurate moniker.The organizing committee also unveiled a new website.___ Athletic director Vince Tyra also announced 4% pay cuts for staffers earning more than $100,000 in the next year, with those earning below that figure taking 2% salary cuts. The newest salary cuts do not include head coaches, senior staff or the AD, whose salaries were reduced 10% earlier this month. Wednesday’s moves bring the total of cuts to $5 million including previous moves, but the furloughs, reductions and new pay cuts do not include coaching staffs. “We have around 325 employees including all the coaching staff, so this is more impactful to the non-coaching staff,” Tyra said in a teleconference. “We had some really long-term employees that were impacted by today’s decision, so it’s a heart-felt process.” Louisville will honor the contracts of eliminated staffers through June 30, allowing them to file for unemployment. Several vacancies won’t be filled because of a hiring freeze while another staffer is retiring. The furloughs take effect in 30 days, and Tyra said the 60-day window allows the option to bring some staffers back early or extend others.Tyra warned of the staff moves Monday as the department announced 15% cuts in sports budgets. With the aid of a walking frame, Moore walked 100 laps of his garden in eastern England to support workers in Britain’s National Health Service. He wanted to complete the mission before his 100th birthday on April 30, and his family initially set a target of raising 1,000 pounds.___The Dutch soccer association has canceled the remainder of the women’s league season and cup tournament following a discussion with the clubs.The KNVB says the consequences of the cancellation will be clarified on Friday when soccer authorities talk with the clubs.PSV Eindhoven currently leads the women’s league. The group that runs the U.S. Open went on to add: “If you do play doubles, avoid all incidental contact, no Bryan Brothers chest bumps and no whispering to each other from a close distance to strategize.”American twins Bob and Mike Bryan have won 16 Grand Slam titles in men’s doubles together and celebrate wins by jumping simultaneously and bumping chests.All professional tennis has been suspended at least until mid-July. The U.S. Open is still scheduled to begin main-draw play in New York on Aug. 31.___The World Games in Birmingham, Alabama has unveiled an updated logo and title after being delayed a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. The spring prep sports season is officially over in South Carolina.Gov. Henry McMaster and state education superintendent Molly Spearman announced Wednesday that schools across the state would remain closed through the end of the academic year in early June. That means any chance of high school athletes continuing to play spring sports such as baseball, softball and lacrosse ended with the decision.Schools have been shut down since March 16 due to the coronavirus pandemic. Prep coaches and athletes held out hope that if schools were opened, they could continue playing. Instead, all competitions, including spring football workouts, were called off.___Canada has rescheduled its Olympic swimming trials for April 7-11, 2021, in Toronto. The Latest: Softball World Cup pushed back to 2022center_img The cancellation follows Tuesday’s announcement by the government that its ban on all large-scale events was being extended until Sept. 1.The KNVB says it also plans to cancel the rest of the men’s season but will discuss the issue with UEFA before making the final decision.___The French rugby league has canceled the semifinals of its Top 14 league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The LNR’s executive committee abandoned hosting the semifinals on June 19 and 20 and the final in mid-July in the southern city of Nice but says they could potentially be played before the end of summer if health conditions allow. The head of the NFL Players Association says the new collective bargaining agreement does not have a similar clause to one that allows the NBA to start cutting players’ pay in mid-May.Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said Wednesday on a call with reporters that the CBA with the NFL does not have a “force majeure” provision, which would prevent someone from fulfilling a contract because of unforeseeable circumstances. The NBA is using that clause to begin taking a 25% chunk out of players’ checks starting May 15 for a league that shut down March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The NFL began its new business year March 18 and allowed teams to begin virtual offseason programs Monday. The draft begins Thursday night, with the 2020 schedule expected to be released in early May.Smith says it’s clear under the new CBA what happens if NFL games are canceled, and the union will follow that labor deal depending on developments.“We’re bound by a contract that we call the collective bargaining agreement,” Smith said. “And certainly it has provisions in it that are different than other sports.” It will be shortened to five days instead of seven, which was the original plan for this year. Selection and nomination policies for the team chosen from the trials will be developed with the Canadian Olympic Committee.The date change is a result of the Tokyo Games being rescheduled for July 23-Aug. 8, 2021, because of the coronavirus. Swimming Canada will hold its open water trials April 17-18, 2021, in the Cayman Islands. Swimming Canada high performance director John Atkinson says that while swimmers are unable to train now, he’s hoping they will resume in this fall.___ April 22, 2020 ___The U.S. Tennis Association is warning folks: “No Bryan Brothers chest bumps.”That was among the suggestions from the USTA on Wednesday, when it offered return-to-play guidelines to help players and people running tennis facilities know when — and how — the sport should resume at the amateur level as coronavirus lockdown restrictions ease.The USTA thinks it will be safe to again play tennis “in some cities and states sooner than in others.”One of the recommendations is to maintain social distancing by staying 6 feet apart from other people — and, therefore, to avoiding playing doubles, because it “could lead to incidental contact and unwanted proximity.” ___Charlotte Hornets coach James Borrego says he thinks some players could need “multiple weeks” to get back into true basketball shape if the NBA decides to return to action this season. The league hasn’t played games in nearly six weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.Borrego says unlike when there was a lockout — and players gathered routinely for five-on-five pickup games in gyms — he knows some players who don’t have access to a court to work on basketball-specific drills. The Hornets staff is monitoring players and helping them with their conditioning remotely during the lockdown, but Borrego cautions the league needs to be “very careful” not to rush back too soon because “nobody wants to get hurt or injured in this time.”Borrego says when players return to practice, they’ll be monitored individually by the training staff to determine their physical condition.___ The LNR says it is waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible.France is under lockdown until May 11.___The Berlin Marathon says the race cannot be held as planned in September because of new restrictions in the city related to the coronavirus pandemic.City authorities have extended a ban on major events with more than 5,000 people until October 24. More than 62,000 people took part in the marathon last year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The men’s softball World Cup has been pushed back from 2021 to 2022 because of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on qualifying tournaments.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLS TOURNAMENTMLS to resume with tournamentUNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer is set to resume its season with a tournament starting July 8 in Florida. June 10, 2020 TENNIS-FEDERERFederer won’t return this yearLONDON (AP) — Roger Federer will miss whatever remains of the coronavirus-impacted 2020 tennis season because of a setback in his recovery from surgery on his right knee.The 20-time major champion had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in February. Federer posted a statement on Twitter to say he needed an “additional quick arthroscopic procedure” and will take his time to return to 100% fitness.The 38-year-old Federer had initially planned to be sidelined for at least four months but has barely missed any elite tennis since his surgery because the tour has been suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.  TENNIS-KVITOVATwo-time Wimbledon champ added to exhibition lineupUNDATED (AP) — Petra Kvitova will play at a tennis exhibition event next month in Berlin and Tommy Haas will come out of retirement to join in.Organizers added the two-time Wimbledon champion to play against a women’s lineup of Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic.Haas hasn’t played since 2017 and is tournament director of the Indian Wells event. He was added to a men’s tournament alongside Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios and Jannik Sinner. MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The British soccer team Manchester United has had to cancel one of its exhibition matches ahead of the resumption of the Premier League after the manager of the opposing team tested positive for the coronavirus.Stoke manager Michael O’Neill had tested negative in five previous rounds of COVID-19 checks before a positive result came from a test administered Monday.Stoke had been scheduled to play United at the Premier League team’s Carrington training center on Tuesday. That was the day O’Neill found out about the positive test. The game was canceled.O’Neill was never on site at United’s training center and the teams’ players hadn’t mixed.GOLF-RYDER CUPcenter_img The league suspended play on March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak after its teams had played just two games.The league’s 26 teams will be divided into six groups for the opening round of the tournament played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World. Sixteen teams will advance to the knockout round, with the winner earning a spot in the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League.Following the tournament, teams will resume the season in their home markets.SOCCER-MANCHESTER UNITEDManchester United calls off exhibition game after rival coach tests positive Update on the latest in sports: Qualifying extended for Ryder CupUNDATED (AP) — Steve Stricker now gets six captain’s picks for his U.S. Ryder Cup team, and qualifying has been extended by one week.The changes announced Wednesday account for golf not being played for three months during the coronavirus pandemic. Those three months wiped out three majors from the qualifying period. It all depends on whether the Ryder Cup is played Sept. 25-27 at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin as scheduled. A decision is expected by the end of the month.Players lost nine events that offered qualifying points.The change means Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods are now outside the automatic qualifiers. But qualifying is just over 60% completed. One more player is still to be announced for each of the men’s and women’s events.Organizers plan to play on grass from July 13-15 and then on hard courts from July 17-19. No fans are expected to be able to attend amid the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Beat writers offer grim predictions in Syracuse’s date with No. 6 Florida State

first_imgAfter a close win over Wake Forest, Syracuse (12-9, 4-4 Atlantic Coast) stays at home to take on No. 6 Florida State (18-3, 6-2) on Saturday at noon. Here’s how The Daily Orange beat writers think the game will end.Connor Grossman (13-8)ChoppedFlorida State 84, Syracuse 65After more than a month of harmony in the Carrier Dome, Syracuse finally loses on its home court for the first time since falling by 33 to St. John’s on Dec. 21. Florida State has proven itself over and over again as one of the nation’s best teams — facing six ranked conference opponents in succession and winning five of those contests — and Syracuse’s season has simply gone the opposite way. SU didn’t do much against similarly-ranked teams like Notre Dame and UNC to offer much hope that it can stand up to a quality conference opponent. Perhaps SU will hang around for the first 20 minutes, but expect the Seminoles to close out this one handily.Matt Schneidman (10-11)Six godsFlorida State 75, Syracuse 66The No. 6 Seminoles won’t shoot 28.2 percent (20-of-71) from the field again like they did in a shocking 22-point loss to Georgia Tech on Wednesday night. Florida State, led by Dwayne Bacon, Xavier Rathan-Mayes and freshman standout Jonathan Isaac, is one of the most shocking teams in the nation in terms of how it started the season. From Dec. 31 to Jan. 21, Leonard Hamilton’s squad won five of six games, all against ranked ACC teams. What won’t be shocking, though, is the result in the Carrier Dome on Saturday afternoon.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPaul Schwedelson (14-7)Sizzling baconFlorida State 73, Syracuse 59This game would be much easier to pick if Florida State didn’t lay an egg against Georgia Tech on Wednesday night with a 22-point loss. But even though the ACC Wheel of Confusion landed on the Seminoles, FSU is still a much more talented team than the Orange. Florida State boasts a well-rounded attack between Rathan-Mayes, Bacon and Isaac. The Seminoles have only lost three games this year for a reason, and they’ll be too much for Syracuse to handle. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 26, 2017 at 10:49 pmlast_img read more

Badgers face former WCHA foe Tigers in weekend dual

first_imgEntering its second of six-straight home series, the Wisconsin men’s hockey team looks to extend its two–game winning streak against a familiar foe.The Badgers will take on former WCHA rival Colorado College (2-10-3, 2-5-3 NCHC) this weekend after earning their first pair of wins in the newly formed Big Ten ice hockey conference. While they are no longer foes fighting for valuable conference points, the players believe the nonconference matchup will not lose any of its usual intensity.“We have a good rivalry with Colorado College and they are certainly a good team, so we are looking forward to having them come in here,” senior defenseman Joe Faust said. “Every single game means something.”Last season, CC swept UW in the Kohl Center in the first series of November as the Badgers suffered a 5-4 overtime loss in game one and were shutout in a 3-0 CC victory in game two.  This season the Tigers have struggled to record wins, earning just their second of the season last weekend against Nebraska-Lincoln. But Wisconsin head coach Mike Eaves is not counting on an easy series for his team, saying CC is much better than their current record indicates.“Quite honestly I’m surprised to see their record be what it is. We’re trying to do some homework to see what’s going on there,” Eaves said. “They had a pretty successful weekend last weekend and they got some momentum. They are coming in here to play us, a former rival. They are going to be all juiced up, so we need to be ready for them.”For Wisconsin, the wins against PSU came at a much-needed juncture in the season, just a week after dropping two games to a then-ranked No. 1 Minnesota. The Badgers game came out Friday night with a decisive 7-1 victory in a game Eaves said was much less pretty than the score showed. Saturday was a different story as the Badgers and Nittany Lions battled back and forth before UW came out on top with a 4-3 win and a much better performance.Sophomore forward Nic Kerdiles tallied four points on the weekend including the game-winning third period goal Saturday night. While the season has been one of personal accomplishment for Kerdiles, who is tied with senior forward Michael Mersch for most points at 14, the past weekend’s series served as a momentum boost for the entire team.“Anytime you can get two wins under you belt, especially at home, it helps a lot,” senior forward and assistant captain Jefferson Dahl said. “Now that we are getting into games back-to-back weekends it is definitely a plus too.”Beyond Kerdiles, several Badgers who have not regularly graced the score charts made significant contributions and will be looking to extend their success come Friday against the Tigers. Senior forward Sean Little recorded his sixth goal as a Badger Saturday along with a play-making assist off a hard hit. Freshman Badgers Grant Besse and Jedd Soleway each earned a point on the series, with a goal and assist respectively Friday, and are continuing to make strides in Eaves’ eyes.Eaves specifically noted in his Monday press conference the play of Faust, who he believes is playing the best hockey of his career thus far. Faust is tied for second-most assists on the season with seven. After a goal Saturday, his current eight-point season ties his total points recorded in his first three seasons as a Badgers.“I don’t really know exactly what it is, but I have great players and great coaches around me,” Faust said. “I feel like I have been playing well right now, and it’s fun. And getting those two wins last weekend for our team was huge for us.”Looking ahead, special teams will be a critical area of focus for UW this weekend. The penalty kill unit has seen steady improvement, performing at 83 percent with 44 kills in 53 tries on the season. Meanwhile Wisconsin’s power play earned its first goal with the man-advantage against PSU after 17 straight with no score.  A clear boost of confidence for the lead power play unit of Mersch, Kerdiles, seniors Mark Zengerle and Tyler Barnes and junior Jake McCabe, Eaves is glad to see their work paying off but was quick to say the group has not been without opportunities in the 17 prior lost advantages.“The ultimate satisfaction is scoring goals, but then at the next level it is if we are creating scoring chances and it’s been there,” Eaves said. “It was just a matter of time …. it’s a tough power play because they don’t do anything structured. They have the ability to freelance.”UW will take the ice for the third-straight weekend for the first time this season Friday night, and Eaves believes the series will be a great indicator of the consistency in the team after have three bye weeks already this season.“I think this weekend will really, really have some kind of rhythm when on Friday night we are able to hit our stride earlier than we did this past weekend,” Eaves said.The puck is set at 6:30 p.m. Friday night at the Kohl Center and and on Saturday at 7 p.m.last_img read more

MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena Cancer Center Receiving Upgrades Thanks to the Holiday Appeal Raffle

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisMore than $13,700 was raised from the 2016 annual Holiday Appeal for MidMichigan Medical Center Alpena.Here’s a look at that story.Thanks to the community, the MidMichigan Cancer Center, and the Medical Center Emergency Department will be getting some new upgrades, and renovations.It’s been over 16 years since the Cancer Center has seen renovations, and thanks to the Merry & Bright raffle change is going to come.“This fall, or this winter we had a raffle with the Auxiliary and we raffled off some baskets and a beautiful necklace donated, and we raised $4,650 with that raffle and half of it went to the Development Council which funded part of the Cancer Center project and part of it went to the Auxiliary and they are paying off their Emergency Department pledge so we were really happy with the success of the raffle and it was really a fun time also,” Development Director, Ann Diamond said.Some changes that are being made includes state–of–the–art cancer equipment for those receiving radiation therapy, as well as patient enhancements, such as heated chairs and personal entertainment systems for those receiving chemotherapy infusions.“There’s a lot of stuff going on here. We’re expanding the Cancer Center a little bit. The chemotherapy area, we will be looking at new equipment believe it or not the Cancer Center is about 16 years old. A new linear accelerator, a stimulator, and things like that, that are well needed,” She added.As for the help and support of the community, Diamond said thank you.“We’ve serviced so many patients, and we want to remain ‘state of the art’ and with our affiliation with the University of Michigan that’s going to happen. It will take kind of a process; this is a work in progress. We’re doing the chemotherapy areas now, we’ll see the new linear accelerators this year, but it really is heartwarming and really wonderful to see the community be involved and support it also,” Diamond said.In Alpena for WBKB News, I’m Star Connor.If you would like to donate, contact the Development Office at 989-356-7738 or visit Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Cancer, cancer center, Emergency Department, MidMichigan Medical Center, MidMichigan Medical Center AlpenaContinue ReadingPrevious ACC Holds Annual Science Olympiad Region 2 Over the WeekendNext Ella White and Hinks Elementary Celebrate ‘National Reading Month’last_img read more

Anthony Joshua fight schedule: How to watch all 22 of his bouts on DAZN

first_imgAnd now, you can stream all of Joshua’s 22 pro fights, on demand and exclusively on DAZN.Join DAZN and watch Anthony Joshua plus more than 100 fight nights a yearAlthough each of Joshua’s wins were thrilling in their own way, none stand out more than his career-defining victory against then-unified champion Klitschko in April 2017 before a raucous Wembley Stadium crowd of 90,000 fans. There, Joshua dropped Klitschko in the fifth round, before Ukrainian bruiser returned the favor, scoring a knockdown of his own in the sixth.That set the tone for a back-and-forth war, which Joshua punctuated with a barrage of blows, paving the way for a scintillating 11th-round TKO as the signature win of his career. Not to mention, the victory also crowned AJ the new unified heavyweight champion of the world.Here’s how you can enjoy that memorable fight and every other bout from Joshua’s career.How to watch all 22 of Anthony Joshua’s fightsYou can watch all of Anthony Joshua’s 22 pro fights on DAZN. If you haven’t subscribed to DAZN yet, the sports streaming service costs $19.99 per month. A yearlong subscription plan is also available for $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month.Besides Joshua-Klitschko, what other AJ fights should you check out on DAZN?Joshua’s seventh-round stoppage of Alexander Povetkin marked the last time the heavyweight champ was in the ring. His March 2018 victory over Joseph Parker marked the only fight of Joshua’s pro ledger that went the distance, with the UK native scoring the unanimous decision. In addition, fight fans should also check out Joshua’s June 2016 victory over Dominic Breazeale, who’s currently the mandatory challenger for Deontay Wilder’s WBC heavyweight strap, and his December 2015 KO of Dillian Whyte, who has been pressing AJ for a rematch, especially if Joshua’s highly-anticipated fight with Wilder doesn’t get cemented.Anthony Joshua’s career record/scheduleDate Opponent OutcomeApril 13, 2019 TBATBDSept. 22, 2018 Alexander Povetkin Win/TKOMarch 31, 2018 Joseph Parker Win/UDOct. 28, 2017 Carlos TakamWin/TKOApril 29, 2017 Wladimir Klitschko Win/TKODec. 10, 2016 Eric Molina Win/TKOJune 25, 2016 Dominic Breazeale Win/TKOApril 9, 2016 Charles Martin Win/KODec. 12, 2015 Dillian Whyte Win/TKOSept. 12, 2015 Gary Cornish Win/TKOMay 30, 2015 Kevin Johnson Win/TKOMay 9, 2015 Raphael Zumbano Win/TKOApril 4, 2015 Jason Gavern Win/KONov. 22, 2014 Michael Sprott Win/TKOOct. 11, 2014 Denis Bakhtov Win/TKOSept. 13, 2014 Konstantin Airich Win/TKOJuly 12, 2014 Matt Skelton Win/TKOMay 31, 2014 Matt Legg Win/KOMarch 1, 2014 Hector Alfredo AvilaWin/KOFeb. 1, 2014 Dorian Darch Win/TKONov. 14, 2013 Hrvoje Kisicek Win/TKOOct. 26, 2013 Paul Butlin Win/TKOOct. 5, 2013 Emanuele Leo Win/TKOWhat is DAZN?DAZN is a live-streaming sports service, giving fans access to events both live and on demand. The service’s programming can be watched via multiple devices for a monthly price without a contract.What other sports are on DAZN?In addition to boxing, where you could watch the likes of Joshua and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez, DAZN also live-streams MMA, offering more than 100 fights nights per year between the two sports. The MMA portion includes cards from Bellator MMA and Combate Americas.Join DAZN and watch archived Canelo fights, including Mayweather-CaneloDAZN also features live soccer and cricket matches, with plans to stream a Major League Baseball show in 2019 as well.How much does DAZN cost?A new subscriber can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99. For subscribers who signed up before March 21, 2019, your existing plan will remain $9.99 per month for a year.How can I stream DAZN?DAZN’s live sports streaming service is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via is a full list of the devices where DAZN is available:Mobile DevicesTV & Streaming DevicesGame ConsolesiPhone, iPadAmazon Fire TVPlaystation 3Android phones, tablesAmazon Fire TV StickPlaystation 4, ProAmazon Fire tabletAndroid TVXBox One, One S..Apple TVXBox One X..Google Chromecast….LG Smart TV, Smartcast….Panasonic Smart TV….Samsung Smart TV….Sony Smart TV.. In just over five years, Anthony Joshua has put together as stellar of a professional boxing résumé as you’ll ever see with a 22-0 record, 21 coming via knockout.The unified WBA/WBO/IBF world heavyweight champion counts wins over the likes Wladimir Klitschko, Carlos Takam, Joseph Parker and most recently, Alexander Povetkin, who Joshua stopped via a seventh-round TKO in September, as part of his flawless ledger.last_img read more

NBA schedule release: Opening Night, Christmas Day, star return games for 2019-20 season

first_imgIt feels like this summer’s free agency bonanza just ended, but as the saying goes, basketball never stops. The 2019-20 NBA schedule is here.Which teams got primetime placement? Here’s a breakdown of the key dates for the upcoming season. FIBA WORLD CUP 2019: Team USA roster, game scheduleNBA Opening Night schedule — Oct. 22TimeAwayHome8 p.m. ETPelicansRaptors10:30 p.m. ETLakersClippers🚨 #KiaTipOff19 🚨🗓️: 10/22-10/25📺: TNT, ESPNWhich team are YOU most excited to watch??— NBA (@NBA) August 12, 2019NBA Christmas Day schedule — Dec. 25TimeAwayHomeNoon ETCelticsRaptors2:30 p.m. ETBucks76ers5 p.m. ETRocketsWarriors8 p.m. ETClippersLakers10:30 p.m. ETPelicansNuggetsMartin Luther King Jr. Day schedule — Jan. 20TimeAwayHome2:30 p.m. ETRaptorsHawks5 p.m. ETPelicansGrizzlies7:30 p.m. ETLakersCeltics10 p.m. ETWarriorsTrail BlazersNBA star return gamesDateTimeAwayHomeReturning starOct. 288 p.m. ETThunderRocketsChris PaulNov. 78 p.m. ETCelticsHornetsKemba WalkerNov. 148 p.m. ETMavericksKnicksKristaps PorzingisNov. 158 p.m. ETJazzGrizzliesMike ConleyNov. 237:30 p.m. ETHeat76ersJimmy ButlerNov. 277 p.m. ETNetsCelticsKyrie IrvingNov. 279:30 p.m. ETLakersPelicansAnthony DavisDec. 117 p.m. ETClippersRaptorsKawhi LeonardDec. 128 p.m. ET76ersCelticsAl HorfordDec. 227 p.m. ETClippersThunderPaul GeorgeJan. 99:30 p.m. ETRocketsThunderRussell WestbrookFeb. 57:30 p.m. ETWarriorsNetsD’Angelo Russelllast_img read more

Edmonton Oilers’ Zack Kassian suspended two games for altercation with Calgary Flames’ Matthew Tkachuk

first_imgThe NHL Department of Player Safety on Monday announced that Edmonton Oilers forward Zack Kassian has been suspended for two games for his altercation with Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk on Jan. 11.Kassian — in the league’s eyes — violated Rule 46.2 of the NHL rulebook as an aggressor when he dropped his gloves, took Tkachuk to the ice and pummeled him with punches after the Flames agitator had caught him for two big hits during the latest Battle of Alberta matchup. Rule 46.2 states that the “aggressor in an altercation shall be the player who continues to throw punches in an attempt to inflict punishment on his opponent who is in a defenseless position or who is an unwilling combatant.” “It is important to note that at no point does Tkachuk have an opportunity to square up, drop his gloves, or do anything other than attempt to protect himself from the punches being thrown,” the league’s player safety department said in a video breaking down the altercation and the reasoning for Kassian’s suspension.MORE: Zack Kassian calls out Matthew Tkachuk after wild beatdownThe incident has turned heads around the league as players, fans and analysts alike debated whether Kassian, who felt Tkachuk had targeted him with illegal hits throughout the game, was justified in taking matters into his own hands.The league identified both of Tkachuk’s hits on Kassian during Saturday’s game as “legal, full body checks delivered to a player carrying the puck” to ESPN on Sunday. And Kassian will face @NHL hearing for protecting himself from this 2 dangerous hits…@GeorgeParros not right…— Teemu Selanne (@TeemuSel8nne) January 13, 2020“While we acknowledge [Kassian’s] frustration, players are not excused from grossly violating league rules in retribution or retaliation for hits thrown on them, legal or otherwise,” the league’s player safety department advised in the video.Kassian’s suspension will cost him $20,967.74 in salary and force him to miss the Oilers’ upcoming games against the Nashville Predators and Arizona Coyotes. His suspension, coincidentally, allows him to return in time for Edmonton’s next game against Tkachuk and the Flames on Jan. 29 — one Kassian alluded to looking forward to after the initial incident.“It’s going to be one of those games where I know [Tkachuk is] not going to fight,” he told reporters. “But maybe it’s my turn to deliver something, to follow him around a little and wait until he gets in a bad situation. Simple.”last_img read more

NFL mock draft 2020 with trades: Packers, Eagles, Raiders, Seahawks move up to address needs

first_img (Getty Images) (Getty Images) (Getty Images) (Getty Images) TRADE — 52. Atlanta Falcons (from Rams)Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, LSUThe Falcons need to get some fresh legs to supplement Gurley in passing situations to give them what they once had with Devonta Freeman and Tevin Coleman. They are still able to do that after dropping down five picks in this mock. Edwards-Helaire (5-7, 207 pounds) is a dynamic, versatile receiver out of the backfield and in the slot, making him a major asset for an NFL passing game. He also is extremely quick when getting the ball in the open field.TRADE — 53. Minnesota Vikings (from Eagles)Julian Okwara, EDGE, Notre DameThe Vikings must replace Everson Griffen with an infusion of young talent opposite Danielle Hunter. In this mock, they are willing to send No. 58 and No. 132 to the Eagles in order to get an ideal complement. Okwara (6-4, 252 pounds) is a flexible, explosive pass-rusher with great finishing burst to the quarterback.54. Buffalo BillsAlton Robinson, EDGE, SyracuseThe Bills need some younger depth to help them get to the quarterback with Shaq Lawson gone. They can look down the road for that help. Robinson (6-3, 264 pounds) has natural pass-rushing skills and gets by a lot with top-level strength and athleticism. Having him start situationally will help him refine his moves for greater production.55. Baltimore Ravens (from Patriots via Falcons)Malik Harrison, LB, Ohio StateThe Ravens didn’t address linebacker in the first wave of free agency, and they need more speed on the second level to better handle the run and cover short-to-intermediate routes. Harrison’s best qualities at 6-3, 247 pounds lie in how he flies up field against the run and finishes so well as a physical tackler. He can grow and develop as a more viable cover man quickly.56. Miami Dolphins (from Saints)Ezra Cleveland, OT, Boise StateAfter addressing quarterback, safety and wide receiver, the Dolphins can turn their attention to a potential long-term left tackle. Cleveland (6-6, 311 pounds) has raw skills that can be quickly developed, with his quickness and agility giving him great upside. He is fluid with his hands and legs in pass-protection.57. Los Angeles Rams (from Texans)Denzel Mims, WR, BaylorThe Rams need to address wide receiver with limited picks in the draft to help replace the production of Brandin Cooks. Mims (6-3, 207 pounds) is a big, physical target who also knows how to use his frame to his advantage. He is best suited to be a vertical and red-zone threat on the outside, making him a great fit with Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp.TRADE — 58. Philadelphia Eagles (from Vikings)Bryce Hall, CB, VirginiaThe Eagles look better at cornerback with Slay, but they need depth with some free-agent issues coming soon. Hall, on track to fully recover from his ankle injury, is a promising, nice-sized corner (6-2, 202 pounds) made to be solid on the perimeter for several seasons. In the short term, with his short-area quickness, he can help with inside coverage. Getty Images Getty Images Getty Images (Getty Images) TRADE — 14. Philadelphia Eagles (from Buccaneers)Henry Ruggs III, WR, AlabamaThe Eagles love Ruggs, and if they want to get him, they might need to jump in front of the Broncos. For the cost of No. 21 and No. 53 overall, they wrestle this pick away from the Buccaneers. Ruggs (5-11, 188 pounds) fits the bill as a field-stretcher who also can use his route-running skills to win on shorter routes.15. Denver Broncos (7-9)Javon Kinlaw, DT, South CarolinaThe Broncos can recover nicely after Lamb, Jeudy and Ruggs are drafted in front of them by simply addressing a playmaking hole in Vic Fangio’s 3-4 front. Kinlaw (6-5, 324 pounds) knows how to use his size and arms to complement his strength and power at the point of attack.16. Atlanta Falcons (7-9)K’Lavon Chaisson, OLB, LSUThe Falcons did sign Dante Fowler Jr. as an upgrade from Vic Beasley Jr., but they could use some more versatile playmaking in Dan Quinn’s defense. With both Chaisson and Fowler, Atlanta would be a much better pass-rushing team. Chaisson (6-3, 254 pounds) has a great name for an elite, active defender who chases after QBs and RBs alike. He had 6.5 sacks and 60 tackles during LSU’s championship run, and like several teammates, his draft stock shot up throughout the season.MORE: The strangest NFL Draft moments ever17. Dallas Cowboys (8-8)C.J. Henderson, CB, FloridaThe Cowboys have good cornerback depth but still need to address the position after losing Byron Jones in free agency. Henderson (6-1, 204 pounds) plays bigger than his size with great athleticism and technique in his favor. He just needs to get a little more physical to be trusted against receivers who rely on body positioning to get open.18. Miami Dolphins (from Steelers)Xavier McKinney, S, AlabamaThe Dolphins are set at corner with Xavien Howard and Byron Jones, but they have a major secondary void at free safety after cutting Reshad Jones. McKinney (6-0, 201 pounds) is a complete safety who can get physical in run support and also drop back and handle intermediate coverage. There is nothing he can’t do, and he is willing to do whatever asked of him for a defense, toggling seamlessly from extra linebacker to short-area subpackage back.19. Las Vegas Raiders (from Bears)Kristian Fulton, CB, LSUThe Raiders added Eli Apple in free agency, but they need someone who can actually be a top-level outside starter opposite second-year corner Trayvon Mullen. After addressing linebacker in free agency, they can turn to corner here. Fulton (6-0, 197 pounds) has the size, speed, smarts and sound coverage skills to have a long, prosperous career, which is why he felt confident enough to pull out of the Senior Bowl.20. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Rams)Trevon Diggs, CB, Alabama With the extra first-round pick they got by trading away Jalen Ramsey, the Jaguars need to think about replacing him and A.J. Bouye, who also was traded. Diggs offers good size (6-1, 205 pounds), strength and downfield speed. He shot up the board quickly during his big senior season (3 interceptions in 12 games). (Getty Images) TRADE — 26. Green Bay Packers (from Texans via Dolphins)Kenneth Murray, ILB, OklahomaThe Packers get in on the aggressive fun, as the chart calls for them to give up the No. 30 and No. 94 overall picks to move up. They do so in order to jump both the Patriots and Ravens for Murray’s services to fill a big void in their front seven. Murray (6-2, 241 pounds) is an active, rangy playmaker who can be as effective dropping back as he is getting downhill against the run or blitzing.TRADE — 27. New England Patriots (from Seahawks)Zach Baun, EDGE/OLB, WisconsinThe Patriots should think about trading down if Chaisson is off the board and they’re not willing to invest a first-rounder on a quarterback that isn’t Burrow, Tagovailoa or Herbert. Buan gives them a versatile alternative for Bill Belichick’s defense, which lost Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Elandon Roberts in free agency. Baun (6-2, 238 pounds) is a smart, motivated player who comes through with great technique against the run. He also has started to get more attention for his pass-rush repertoire and the athleticism that fuels it.28. Baltimore Ravens (14-2)Cesar Ruiz, G/C, MichiganThe Ravens shouldn’t be totally thrown off if they can’t land their ideal defensive target in Murray. They also have a big concern up front offensively in the wake of Marshal Yanda’s retirement. Ruiz (6-3, 307 pounds) has a rare blend of power and athleticism. He needs some work in pass-protection, but he can contribute right away as a top run-blocker.29. Tennessee Titans (9-7)Jeff Gladney, CB, TCUThe Titans can also consider defensive tackle and offensive tackle here, but they need help behind Malcolm Butler and Adoree’ Jackson with Logan Ryan unsigned. Gladney (5-10, 191 pounds) is a good Ryan replacement because of his inside-outside versatility. He is scrappy and aggressive in making plays on the ball, with a knack of being honed in on receivers’ routes. Mocking trades into an NFL mock draft is a delicate business. Although it’s a guarantee that several of the teams picking in the first round won’t stay where they are now, it will be more methodical trading up and trading down than mad wheeling and dealing.A record 40 trades were made in last year’s draft, including six that impacted selections in the range from Nos. 10-31 overall. Another 14 picks in the second round changed hands. That came after 10 pre-draft trades. In the 2020 draft, through two rounds, 13 picks have already moved from their original clubs because of previous deals. TRADE — 4. Jacksonville Jaguars (from Giants)Tua Tagovailoa, QB, AlabamaGiants GM Dave Gettleman has hinted he is OK moving down, as the team would be content with any of the three top offensive tackles. Tagovailoa is the commodity to get someone to jump ahead of the Dolphins despite rumors of their growing less interested in him. This creates an opportunity for the Jaguars, who in this mock give up No. 9 and No. 42 overall to move up five spots. They have Gardner Minshew for contingency, but to make this move, they have to feel confident about Tagovailoa’s current health and future durability.5. Miami Dolphins (5-11)Justin Herbert, QB, OregonWith Tagovailoa gone, the Dolphins might be content with Herbert, as they’ve reportedly warmed up to him late. Herbert (6-6, 236 pounds) is efficient and mentally tough with underrated athleticism, which manifested down the stretch of his final season with the Ducks. He needs a little help with his decision-making, but at the Senior Bowl, he proved how receptive he is to coaching.6. Los Angeles Chargers (5-11)Mekhi Becton, OT, LouisvilleWith Tagovailoa and Herbert gone and with growing confidence in Tyrod Taylor, the Chargers can go for pass protection over passer with a bookend for new right tackle Bryan Bulaga. Becton (6-7, 369 pounds) has gotten more attention for his strong and powerful frame, as he has shown he can also be smooth in his movements. He is willing to work hard to become as good in pass protection as he is overwhelming blockers when setting the edge against the run.7. Carolina Panthers (5-11)Isaiah Simmons, LB, ClemsonThe Panthers should also consider Derrick Brown to address defensive tackle, but in the wake of losing Luke Kuechly to retirement, it’s difficult to pass on another elite second-level playmaker. Simmons (6-3, 238 pounds) seemed to be all over the field at all times in college with great speed and range. He gets everywhere in a hurry, from rushing the passer to moving laterally to get in ideal coverage positions.8. Arizona Cardinals (5-10-1)Jedrick Wills, OT, AlabamaWith Becton going to the Chargers, this is an easy pick for the Cardinals given they already addressed their need for a No. 1 wide receiver by trading for DeAndre Hopkins. They can opt for Wills at right tackle after re-signing D.J. Humphries on the left side. The 6-4, 312-pound Wills is a strong, powerful run-blocker who needs a little time to develop into an elite pass-protectorTRADE — 9. New York Giants (from Jaguars)Tristan Wirfs, OT, IowaThe Giants, now with an extra second-round pick, can still get their offensive tackle to put in front of Daniel Jones and Saquon Barkley. Wirfs has the athleticism at 6-5, 320 pounds to hold down left tackle for a long time. He combines his pass-blocking skills with power and physicality in the running game. The Giants realize Nate Solder, who just turned 32, is in decline, but Wirfs can immediately upgrade the right side at first. TRADE — 47. Los Angeles Rams (from Falcons)J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio StateThe Rams send No. 52 and No. 126 to the Falcons, the team that now employs Todd Gurley, to snag Gurley’s replacement ahead of the Steelers. Dobbins (5-9, 209 pounds) has great quickness, agility and ability to read blockers. He is an adept receiver with explosive burst once he sees a hole, hits it and gets into the open field.48. New York JetsNoah Igbinoghene, CB, AuburnThe Jets must address cornerback after parting ways with Trumaine Johnson and not having much behind re-signed Arthur Maulet and slot man Brian Poole. Igbinoghene (5-10, 198 pounds) stands out as a physical cover man for his size. He closes well on receivers at the end of their routes, which translates to good finishing burst against the run, too.49. Pittsburgh SteelersJonathan Taylor, RB, WisconsinThe Steelers are in the market for an upgrade in the backfield given James Conner’s durability issues and pending unrestricted free agency in 2021. Taylor (5-10, 226 pounds) has great vision and burst as a runner. He also doesn’t get enough credit for what he can do as a receiver, which was on display more during his final college season.50. Chicago BearsJordan Elliott, DT MissouriThe Bears go defense again to get better support for Akiem Hicks and Eddie Goldman in Chuck Pagano’s three-man front. Elliott (6-4, 302 pounds) plays with power against the run but also has proved to have some natural interior pass-rushing skills.51. Dallas CowboysCurtis Weaver, EDGE, Boise StateAfter addressing cornerback with Henderson early and finding great success by tapping into a blue-turf monster in DeMarcus Lawrence, the Cowboys get him a productive complementary pass-rusher from the same program in the wake of losing Quinn in free agency. Weaver (6-2, 265 pounds) is a high-energy pass rusher with some untapped upside. TRADE — 40. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Cardinals via Texans)Laviska Shenault Jr., WR, ColoradoThe Buccaneers, after missing out on offensive tackle and getting Swift for the backfield, do what the Eagles did and go after a specific big-play wideout who can complement Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. Shenault (6-1, 227 pounds) is a sure-handed field stretcher who has some nice big-play flair after the catch.41. Cleveland BrownsMarlon Davidson, DT, AuburnThe Browns need more explosiveness on their defensive line to complement Myles Garrett. Davidson (6-3, 303 pounds) can be a terror rushing the passer from both the interior line and the edge. He has a nice blend of strength, power and quickness to go along with sudden finishing moves.TRADE — 42. New York Giants (from Jaguars)Tyler Biadasz, G, WisconsinThis would be the result of the Giants moving down and stockpiling. It would allow them to address their interior offensive line, as well, after landing Wirfts and Delpit. At 6-4, 314 pounds, Biadasz’s strength is converting his frame into pure power for the downhill running game.43. Chicago Bears (from Rams)Terrell Lewis, EDGE, AlabamaThe Bears go for best player available to boost their edge rush behind Khalil Mack and the newly signed Robert Quinn. Lewis (6-5, 262 pounds) carries the potential to get to the quarterback consistently with natural quickness and explosiveness.44. Indianapolis ColtsCole Kmet, TE, Notre DameThe Colts need to find an athletic, mismatch-creating tight end to complement what Jack Doyle does in-line. Kmet (6-6, 262 pounds) is still developing as a run-blocker, but his size, speed, quickness and hands make him a top-flight receiver for the position. (Getty Images) TRADE — 59. Tennessee Titans (from Seahawks)K.J. Hamler, WR, Penn StateThe Titans are the latest team in this mock to go after a specific wide receiver to fit their needs. They give up No. 61 and No. 174 to the Seahawks to land Hamler. Although they have Adam Humphries and Corey Davis behind A.J. Brown, they need another true playmaker for Ryan Tannehill. Hamler (5-9, 178 pounds) is a smart, smooth route-runner with reliable hands and toughness in tight spaces.60. Baltimore RavensKyle Dugger, S, Lenoir-RhyneThe Ravens need to groom their next great playmaker next to Earl Thomas. Dugger, with his size (6-1, 217 pounds), speed, strength and explosiveness that would have dominated in FBS, can be the complete package, capable of starting at either safety spot because he brings it hard against the run and has the hands and instincts to blossom as a coverage player. TRADE — 30. Miami Dolphins (from Packers)Tee Higgins, WR, ClemsonThe Dolphins need to get another wide receiver, and Higgins would be a strong complement to DeVante Parker and Preston Williams. The Clemson product is a dangerous, all-around playmaker who can be a force in the red zone. At 6-4, 216 pounds, he posted 59 receptions for 1,167 yards and 13 TDs in 15 games last season.TRADE — 31. Indianapolis Colts (from 49ers)Jalen Reagor, WR, TCUThe Colts already dealt No. 13 overall to the 49ers to get DeForest Buckner. In this mock, Chris Ballard and John Lynch work out another deal, with the 49ers getting the No. 34 and No. 122 picks. Indianapolis needs to address wide receiver to help T.Y. Hilton and Zach Pascal in boosting Philip Rivers, and the big-play flair of Reagor can make them get aggressive. Reagor is a productive, diminutive dasher who also provides some nice run-after-catch skills with quickness and toughness for his size (5-11, 206 pounds).32. Kansas City Chiefs (14-2)Antoine Winfield Jr., S, MinnesotaWith Gladney gone, the Chiefs improve their secondary depth and playmaking in another way. Winfield can be a useful hybrid in subpackages to support Tyrann Mathieu, who may be a cap casualty in 2021, and Juan Thornhill, who is coming off a torn ACL. Winfield (5-10, 203 pounds), the son of the former Vikings Pro Bowl cornerback, plays with smarts and toughness. He excels at diagnosing plays, knowing when to be aggressive against the run and how use his frame in short-area coverage.MORE: Each team’s worst-ever NFL Draft regretNFL mock draft 2020: Round 233. Cincinnati BengalsBrandon Aiyuk, WR, Arizona StateThe Bengals will be ready for Ruiz should he fall here, but they also could use another dynamic receiver to pair with A.J. Green and Tyler Boyd to boost Burrow. Aiyuk (6-0, 205 pounds) fits the profile of an impactful slot receiver with quickness made to make big plays after the catch and enough speed to get vertical down the middle, too.— TRADE 34. San Francisco 49ers (from Redskins via Colts)Ross Blacklock, DT, TCUWith the 49ers choosing to go for a wide receiver with Jeudy early, they can use their new second-rounder in this mock on someone who can help replace the production of DeForest Buckner on their interior defensive line. Blacklock (6-3, 290 pounds) has risen up boards as teams have realized he can convert his power into energy while trying to disrupt plays in the backfield.35. Detroit LionsYetur Gross-Matos, EDGE, Penn StateThe Lions need more defensive line punch, and their tapping into the other Lions to better complement Trey Flowers at end is a good value pick. Gross-Matos (6-5, 266 pounds) is a well-built, explosive and versatile defender made to be disruptive in a hybrid scheme such as that of Matt Patricia.36. New York GiantsGrant Delpit, S, LSUThe Giants should consider upgrading at safety with Jabrill Peppers and Julian Love as their current starters. Having the extra second-rounder from the Jaguars in this mock gives them the flexibility to do so. Delpit (6-2, 213 pounds) flies around the field, stopping the run like an extra linebacker and making big plays on the ball in downfield coverage.37. Los Angeles ChargersJordan Love, QB, Utah StateAfter passing on QB in the first round, the Chargers land their high-upside prospect for Anthony Lynn and Shane Steichen. Love (6-4, 224 pounds) matches his size with physical skills, including a big arm, and his athleticism bodes well if his accuracy, decision-making and footwork can become cleaner with good NFL coaching.38. Carolina PanthersJaylon Johnson, CB, UtahThe Panthers addressed defensive tackle early with Brown and now go to work on another big defensive need after losing James Bradberry in free agency. Johnson (6-0, 193 pounds) has some shutdown upside as an aggressive, physical cover man with the quickness to stick with receivers on the perimeter.39. Miami DolphinsJosh Jones, OT, HoustonAfter getting Herbert and Higgins for their passing game, the Dolphins also need to work on their offensive line. Jones has terrific athleticism for his size (6-5, 319 pounds) and can support with his toughness and relentless blocking. He is a bit raw, however, as his handwork and footwork both could use refinement to maximize his natural skills. TRADE — 10. Las Vegas Raiders (from Browns)Derrick Brown, DT, AuburnThe Raiders make their first big move in this mock. GM Mike Mayock could get aggressive if Brown, a top-five overall talent in this class, slips a few spots. Brown fills a big need in between second-year players Clelin Ferrell and Maxx Crosby, and he has shined throughout the draft process as the most impactful interior defensive prospect. At 6-5, 326 pounds, he is a quick disruptor who makes a lot of plays in the backfield. The Raiders give up No. 12 and No. 91 to the Browns to make this move.11. New York Jets (7-9)CeeDee Lamb, WR, OklahomaThe Jets will think about offensive tackle and cornerback with the developments in front of them, but they ultimately can go in this direction to round out Sam Darnold’s receiving corps with Breshad Perriman and Jamison Crowder. Lamb can be the Jets’ version of DeAndre Hopkins, an explosive field-stretcher and steady possession guy outside. At 6-1, 198 pounds, Lamb needed only 58 receptions to post 1,208 yards and 14 TDs in 13 games last season.TRADE — 12. Cleveland Browns (from Raiders)Andrew Thomas, OT, GeorgiaThe Browns can still fill their other tackle need after signing Jack Conklin and moving down a couple spots. Thomas matches great size (6-5, 315 pounds) with good hands and footwork. Kevin Stafanski, Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt also will love what Thomas can do to open holes for the running game.13. San Francisco 49ers (from Colts)Jerry Jeudy, WR, AlabamaThe 49ers have George Kittle and Deebo Samuel as non-traditional top targets, and they get one here to compensate for the loss of Emmanuel Sanders in free agency. Jeudy (6-1, 193 pounds) also fits the profile as a No. 1 receiver; he is a classic intermediate to deep field-stretcher and smooth drive-finisher in the red zone. Zack Moss, RB, UtahDamien Williams becomes a free agent in 2021, and the Chiefs need a more reliable all-around back to complement him. Moss (5-9, 223 pounds) profiles as a compact NFL power back suited to get the tough yards between the tackles and more yards after initial contact. He is underrated with his quickness when in the open field and his receiving skills.64. Seattle Seahawks (from Chiefs)Neville Gallimore, DT, OklahomaShould the Seahawks get a versatile edge defender such as Baun in the first round, the interior of their front will take priority in the second round. Gallimore (6-2, 304 pounds) packs a relentless, powerful punch for his size. (Getty Images) Getty Images MORE NFL DRAFT:7-round mock | Big board of top 100 playersPlaying off that recent history and using the updated draft pick value chart for this year, here’s a special edition of our two-round mock draft, working in a reasonable 10 trades.NFL mock draft 2020: Round 11. Cincinnati Bengals (2-14)Joe Burrow, QB, LSUUnless another team gets aggressive and makes Cincinnati an offer it can’t refuse, Burrow will be the franchise quarterback under offensive-minded coach Zac Taylor. At 6-3, 221 pounds, Burrow combines his mental and physical toughness in the pocket with a strong arm and an accurate delivery. During his Heisman Trophy- and national championship-winning run with the Tigers, his leadership skills and athleticism flourished at an unprecedented college level.2. Washington Redskins (3-13)Chase Young, EDGE, Ohio StateAssuming the Redskins do not get a can’t-refuse offer to trade back, they should jump at the chance to get this cornerstone talent for the team’s defensive rebuild under defensive-minded coach Ron Rivera. Young (6-5, 264 pounds) is a game-changing disruptor who had 16.5 sacks in only 12 games as a junior. He can produce at an all-around level even higher than that of Nick Bosa, who went No. 2 from the Buckeyes to the 49ers and promptly dominated as SN’s Rookie of the Year.3. Detroit Lions (3-12-1)Jeff Okudah, CB, Ohio StateThe Lions moved Darius Slay in a trade with the Eagles and signed Desmond Trufant to replace him, but they need to address the other outside corner spot. Okudah, an elite ball hawk at 6-1, 205 pounds, has the build to handle receivers of all sizes. He is fluid and quick enough with great recovery skills in coverage to develop into a shutdown type with his strengths showing up in press man. There’s been talk of the Lions trading down, but Okudah is too ideal for what they need. TRADE — 21. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (from Eagles)D’Andre Swift, RB, GeorgiaThis means the Bucs would pass on a Demar Dotson replacement at right tackle in order to land a dynamic feature back who can boost Tom Brady in other ways. Swift (5-8, 212 pounds) is capable of both getting the tough yards inside and breaking free for big plays in the open field. He also flashed as a receiver for the Bulldogs and can excel in the screen game.22. Minnesota Vikings (from Bills)Justin Jefferson, WR, LSUThe Eagles going after Ruggs gives the Vikings an opportunity to get an exciting Stefon Diggs replacement. Jefferson (6-1, 202 pounds), with massive production catching passes from Joe Burrow, emerged in LSU’s passing game as a quick, efficient route-runner with good hands. He also has underrated speed.TRADE — 23. Seattle Seahawks (from Patriots)A.J. Epenesa, EDGE, IowaThe Seahawks give up the No. 27 and No. 101 picks in this mock to catch a falling future star who can help them replace Jadeveon Clowney. Epenesa (6-5, 274 pounds) is a powerful, explosive, big-bodied player. He can push blockers out of the way to get to the QB, and he also stands strong against the run.24. New Orleans Saints (13-3)Patrick Queen, LB, LSUThe Saints lost A.J. Klein in free agency, making strongside linebacker a position of need. They can stay in-state for Queen (6-0, 229 pounds), who has great range when either working downhill against the run or moving all over the field in coverage. He is relatively small but is the type of linebacker who can have a major impact from any alignment.25. Minnesota Vikings (10-6)A.J. Terrell, CB, ClemsonThe Vikings need to address cornerback early in the draft after releasing Xavier Rhodes and not re-signing Trae Waynes. Terrell (6-1, 195 pounds) is a versatile cover man for his size who can work both outside and inside, in both man and zone schemes. He needs to learn to win battles with better technique and handwork. TRADE — 45. Houston Texans (from Buccaneers)Raekwon Davis, DT, AlabamaThe Texans got this pick and No. 117 from the Bucs in this mock so Tampa could get Shenault. Houston badly needs to fill the void of free-agent departure D.J. Reader, and Davis (6-6, 311 pounds) is a massive, versatile player made for its 3-4 scheme. He can line up at either end or tackle to eat space against the run.46. Denver BroncosMichael Pittman Jr., WR, USCThe Broncos need to complement No. 1 Courtland Sutton and reliable slot man Daesean Hamilton for Drew Lock after missing out on wide receivers in the first round. Pittman (6-4, 223 pounds) is an interesting prospect for his size because he is more of a tough technician and route runner than just a big body working to stretch the field. TRADE — 61. Las Vegas Raiders (from Titans via Seahawks)QB Jalen Hurts, OklahomaLet’s drop a blockbuster in here. The Raiders love Hurts and have multiple third-round means with which to land him as their preferred, near-future franchise QB over Derek Carr. Their jumping in front of the Packers ensures they can get him, at the cost of the No. 80 and 81 picks. Hurts (6-1, 222) is calling Jon Gruden with his winning makeup and pedigree. Hurts’ toughness and leadership intangibles are off the charts, and while finishing his career in Lincoln Riley’s offense, he improved as a runner and as a downfield passer.62. Green Bay PackersAustin Jackson, OT, USCThe Packers lost Bulaga in free agency, and Rick Wagner is a shaky replacement. David Bakhtiari will be a 29-year-old free agent in 2021. Jackson is an impressive athlete for his size (6-5, 322 pounds), but he needs some refinement in his technique to match his quick feet.63. Kansas City Chiefs (from 49ers)last_img read more

Teenager Ansu Fati lights up Barca, Benzema brilliance inspires Real

first_imgMadrid, Spain | AFP | Ansu Fati, the 16-year-old starlet from Guinea Bissau, scored his second goal of the season as Barcelona breezed to a 5-2 win against Valencia on Saturday.Karim Benzema netted twice for Real Madrid as they fought off a late comeback to beat Levante 3-2 as Eden Hazard made his La Liga debut.With Lionel Messi still out and watching from the stands at the Camp Nou it was left to Fati take the plaudits.Fati, who became the third youngest scorer in La Liga history when he came off the bench to net in a 2-2 draw at Osasuna this month, scored in the second minute, before providing the assist for Frenkie de Jong’s seventh minute goal.The teenager got a standing ovation when he came off after an hour.Barca coach Ernesto Valverde marvelled at Fati’s composure.“It’s not usual that on his first touch he scores, and on his second he sets up a goal,” he said.“To get used to being a Barca player is work for anyone, even more so for a boy so young, but he’s a balanced kid, he strikes me as being at ease.”Kevin Gameiro got Valencia off the mark but a brace from the fit-again Luis Suarez meant Max Gomez’s injury time second for the visitors was purely academic.The defeat left Valencia with just four points from four matches, leaving new coach Albert Celades — a former Real Madrid assistant coach — with a huge amount of work to do before the club play their first Champions League group game against Chelsea on Tuesday.– Real show frailties –At a rain-drenched Santiago Bernabeu, Benzema’s goals came just six minutes apart in the first half before Casemiro put Real 3-0 up. However Levante, who had won their previous two outings, made a fight of it in the second half as they pulled goals back through Borja Mayoral and Gonzalo Melero.“The second half was more difficult for us, but the overall feeling was positive,” said coach Zinedine Zidane, whose team had drawn their previous two games.“We have got the three points and we were incredible in the first half, the way we played, the goals, the commitment. We just need to stay focused for the full 90 minutes.”Hazard also came off the bench for the final half-hour to make his first La Liga appearance after a thigh injury had interrupted the start of his Real career following his 100 million-euro ($110 million) move from Chelsea.The Belgian could now start when Real go to Paris Saint-Germain for their opening Champions League game on Wednesday.“I am happy for him,” said Zidane. “He will do us good. He is not ready yet though — he has only trained four times with the team. But when everyone is fit, when we have our rhythm, we will hurt teams.”Gareth Bale will also be available to face PSG after suspension kept him out on Saturday, but Sergio Ramos will be unable to play because of a European ban.Real would have won by a greater margin here had it not been for some inspired goalkeeping from Aitor Fernandez, who produced a stunning one-handed stop to keep out a Benzema shot midway through the first half.Sevilla later moved to the top of the early La Liga table on Sunday as Joan Jordan’s brilliant free-kick helped them seal a 1-0 win at Alaves.Julen Lopetegui’s side continued their excellent start to the campaign, remaining unbeaten and moving a point clear of Atletico Madrid, who lost 2-0 at Real Sociedad on Saturday, at the summit.Sevilla host Real Madrid next Sunday in a meeting of two sides yet to taste defeatShare on: WhatsApplast_img read more