Richard Childress Racing says Dillon tested positive Saturday morning. He is now self-quarantining away from the team. His wife and son remain healthy and symptom-free, the team added. Kaz Grala will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet at Daytona. Dillon is the third Cup Series drive to test positive for the coronavirus, joining seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and part-timer Brendan Gaughan. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports August 15, 2020 Associated Press The Latest: NASCAR driver Austin Dillon tests positive Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___NASCAR driver Austin Dillon has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway’s road course.
Every week, Herald Sports will look back at the Wisconsin men’s basketball team and grade the Badgers in various aspects of the games.Here is how the Badgers fared in their game on the road at Purdue last Thursday:Offense — 2 of 5If you are giving this grade to Keaton Nankivil, he gets an A. For the rest of the team, however, they should be thankful the nightmare is over.Take away Nankivil’s shots and the team finishes the game shooting 30 percent from the field and 13 percent from three-point range. Yikes. Even more hurtful, the Badgers only connected on 8-of-14 free throw attempts — especially critical in a game that came down to the last possession.While Nankivil’s three-point bombing kept UW in the game, lack of execution against Purdue’s pressure defense (a mediocre 13 assists to nine turnovers) finally caught up to Wisconsin.Defense — 3 of 5For every big bucket Nankivil provided the Badgers, Purdue’s E’Twaun Moore had an answer. Finishing the game with 20 points on 9-of-15 shooting, Moore carved up the Badgers with a variety of jumpers, driving lay-ins and floaters the Badgers had no solution for. Running the pick-and-roll seemingly every time down the court in the second half, Moore took advantage of the Badgers’ lack of size, dominating the paint on dribble drives.UW was able to keep Purdue star Robbie Hummel at bay, however, holding Purdue’s dangerous ‘4’ to 12 points on 4-of-11 shooting and only allowing one three-point attempt. For the game, Purdue shot 49 percent from the field but only made two three-pointers and turned the ball over 13 times.Bench — 1 of 5Umm, what bench?Badger starters accounted for 50 of the 57 points and only two bench players — Ryan Evans and Rob Wilson — managed double digits of playing time. At the very least, Wilson was on the floor for crunch time while the ineffective Tim Jarmusz (no points, one rebound in 19 minutes) sat on the bench.At this point in the season, head coach Bo Ryan seems resigned to using a seven-man rotation, with occasional playing time going to Mike Bruesewitz, and even less frequently, Jared Berggren.Star of the Game — Keaton NankivilThe Badgers lone big man finally broke out of his shell, providing a superb complement to Trevon Hughes and Jordan Taylor on the pick-and-pop. Nankivil fired away with confidence, draining 7-of-8 from beyond the arc and giving Wisconsin a boost of confidence with each big bucket.Nankivil also managed to lead UW in rebounds with six while collecting three steals and a big block late in the game on Purdue guard Chris Kramer. With Jon Leuer watching from the bench, Nankivil stepped up as the lone big man scoring threat for the Badgers guard heavy offense.Stat of the game — ReboundingAdded to the Badgers shooting woes was an inability to crash the offensive glass for second-chance points. Often playing with four guards on the floor, UW finished the game with 25 rebounds to Purdue’s 37. The Boilermakers gathered 11 offensive rebounds to the Badgers’ seven, and even more importantly, scored 12 second-chance points to UW’s measly three.Going up against two excellent rebounders in JaJuan Johnson and Hummel, Nankivil was only able to neutralize Johnson, leaving Hummel to collect 13 rebounds in the contest. Matched up against the smaller Jarmusz and Evans, Hummel muscled his way inside and cleaned up the glass at will. With Leuer sitting, the Badgers lack of size finally caught up to them, a problem that may not have a solution with the physical Michigan State coming to town.
Program Board held the university’s homecoming carnival and rally Thursday night on McCarthy Quad. The celebratory rally presented an opportunity for USC students and faculty to showcase their Trojan pride in anticipation of the homecoming football game Saturday against Colorado.Pedal power · Derek Corbin, a sophomore majoring in environmental studies, helps power the stage by bicycle at the rally on Thursday night. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanIn the past, USC has held homecoming events that focused on students in Greek life such as the annual float-building contest. This year, Program Board implemented significant changes in the layout of the homecoming event by enhancing student and faculty participation.Shawn Rhoads, the executive director of the Environmental Student Assembly, spoke about ESA’s efforts to involve more students in homecoming.“Our vision was that we wanted homecoming to be a lot more inclusive to the entire USC community — to reach out to everyone, so that way the entire Trojan family could be a part of homecoming this year,” Rhoads said.Over the summer, ESA envisioned a plan to host a large event in which USC students and faculty could come together to represent their diverse interests. ESA followed up on this proposition and presented ideas to Campus Activities to plan an all-inclusive event for all of the committees and assemblies under Program Board. Once the proposition was approved, each of the 14 committees and assemblies began to plan activities unique to their group’s interests.Ama Amoafo-Yeboah, executive director of Program Board, shed light on the importance of integrating students.“I think it’s really important because all of the organizations within program board represent something different,” Amoafo-Yeboah said. “I think it just shows how diverse the Trojan family is, and this is an opportunity for everyone to come together and that is what I think the purpose of homecoming is — people are able to come back and see what has evolved at USC.”The Environmental Student Assembly’s “Rock the Bike” activity showcased sustainable energy. Members from various organizations powered the stage for performances from DJ Cl!ff’s and Blu_Noise’s by riding the stationary bikes attached to the stage.“Rock the Bike,” a nonprofit environmental advocacy group based near San Francisco, strives to make a lasting impact on the current climate crisis. In order to promote bike culture, ESA and “Rock the Bike” enlisted sponsors within each USC committee and assembly to ride stationary bikes at the event in order to generate the electricity needed to power the stage.The event included performances from the Trojan Marching Band and Blu_Noise and featured bungee-jumping sponsored by Special Events Committee, complimentary boba from the Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, food trucks sponsored by the Black Student Assembly and a photo booth sponsored by the Political Student Assembly. The rally also included a canvas panel decorating sponsored by the Performing Arts Committee, a tie-dye station sponsored by Trojan Pride and an eating contest sponsored by the Latina/o Student and International Student Assemblies, whose four winners were awarded Amazon gift cards.Mohammed Al-Ghazal, a second-year graduate student studying petroleum engineering and one of the winners of the eating contest, shared his experience at the rally.“It feels amazing to be a part of USC events, especially those that are related to the Trojan spirit such as the football homecoming rally,” Al-Ghazal said. “The contest itself was very entertaining, there was a lot of competition. Being among my friends, classmates and colleagues makes it even more interesting.”
The USC women’s tennis team is coming off a successful Pac-10 weekend at home after beating both Arizona and Arizona State.The No. 16 Women of Troy (13-7, 5-1) will wrap up the regular season today in Westwood, Calif., with a match against crosstown rival UCLA.Pairings · Junior Lyndsay Kinstler will be paired with freshman Valeria Pulido in this weekend’s final dual meet of the season against crosstown rival UCLA in Westwood, Calif. – Geo Tu | Daily Trojan For USC to have any chance at the Pac-10 title this year, it has to beat No. 7 UCLA (18-3, 5-1). If USC wins, it will most likely play against Stanford during the Pac-10 tournament in Ojai, Calif., this weekend. At 6-0, No. 10 Stanford is the only undefeated team in the Pac-10 and can guarantee itself at least a share of this year’s Pac-10 title if it beats No. 12 California on Saturday.USC will have to play Stanford if the teams are both in contention for the Pac-10 crown after this weekend’s dual meets. The teams played earlier this month, but rain postponed the doubles play with the singles tied 3-3. According to Intercollegiate Tennis Association rules, their match will have to be resumed at 0-0 only if the Stanford-USC match is a determinant for the 2010 Pac-10 title.As for the weekly team rankings issued by the ITA, USC moved up one spot from No. 17 to No. 16. Individual rankings were also released Tuesday for the first time since March 30 where USC boasts four nationally ranked singles players.In singles, junior Maria Sanchez continues to be the highest-ranked singles player for the team, checking in at No. 3 in the nation with a 17-2 singles record for this season. Sophomore Alison Ramos is settled just inside the nation’s top 25 at No. 24 and is followed by two Trojan freshmen, No. 28 Danielle Lao and No. 100 Valeria Pulido.In doubles, Sanchez is also ranked on three different doubles teams with Lao at No. 55, Pulido at No. 70 and junior Lyndsay Kinstler at No. 80.Just like the Trojans, the Bruins are also up one spot this week, from No. 8 to No. 7. In singles, Yasmin Schnack leads the Bruins at No. 8, followed by No. 26 Andrea Remynse and No. 51 Noelle Hickey. In doubles, Remynse and Schnack keep their No. 4 ranking, while Hickey and Nina Pantic enter the rankings at No. 77.For today’s matchup, the Bruins will bring some tough competition for the Women of Troy. Although USC is 42-32 all-time against the Bruins, UCLA edged USC with a 4-3 win when the teams first clashed previously this season.“We know it’s a big match, but we’re going to approach it wanting to win like any other match and not put any added stress on ourselves,” Sanchez said.During the teams’ last meeting, UCLA easily grabbed the doubles point, but since then USC has juggled the doubles duos and changed up all the pairs at every position.“The team has been playing really well lately so that gives us confidence,” Pulido said. “We know that this is not going to be an easy match, but we are prepared for it.”Unlike the earlier meeting, today’s contest will play a huge role in determining the Pac-10 standings. Their match will start at 1:30 p.m. at the Los Angeles Tennis Center.
It might not have been under ideal circumstances, but longtime assistant coach Bob Cantu finally got the opportunity to lead the Trojans.Cantu, the associate head coach who has been with USC (19-14, 10-8) for 10 seasons under five different head coaches, was promoted after Athletic Director Pat Haden suspended head coach Kevin O’Neill for the remainder of the Pac-10 tournament following an incident with an Arizona fan at a local hotel.Cantu’s first test came against the top-seeded Wildcats (27-6, 14-4) in the semifinal of the Pac-10 tournament on Friday, as the Trojans fell despite a late rally, 67-62.USC refused to place the blame for the loss on O’Neill.“[O’Neill] is a big part of our team, but he is not going to go out there and play for us,” said junior forward Nikola Vucevic.Displaying leadership in his coach’s absence, senior guard Marcus Simmons, a captain, posted a career-high 20 points on 8-of-11 shooting.“Everyone who knows Marcus knows what he is capable of,” said junior guard Jio Fontan. “He broke out today.”The team responded well initially under Cantu, who only found out that he was coaching the squad three hours before tipoff. With Arizona deciding to double-team Vucevic, Simmons found himself open, and scored eight points in an 11-0 USC run that gave the Trojans an early 15-9 lead.By halftime, the Wildcats led 33-28 on 56 percent shooting from beyond the arc.Arizona led by as many as 12 points in the second half. The Trojans, however, battled back, cutting the Wildcats’ lead to three with 48 seconds left on a three-pointer by Fontan.After two free throws by Arizona sophomore Derrick Williams, Vucevic converted a lay-up, making the score 65-62 Arizona with 4.7 seconds.Williams then made two free throws to put the Wildcats up five points, and with no timeouts remaining, USC did not have enough time to make up the deficit.Vucevic bounced back after only recording seven points and five rebounds in the quarterfinal game against Cal. He had 16 points and 12 rebounds, recording his twenty-first double-double, which leads the Pac-10.The Trojans’ lack of depth hurt them down the stretch. Arizona had 10 players log seven or more minutes, compared to only six for USC. The Wildcats had 23 points off the bench, while the Trojans had four.Williams, the Pac-10 Player of the Year, appeared motivated after the Trojans held him to a season-low eight points in the last meeting between the two squads. He finished with 20 points and six rebounds.Arizona advances to the championship game of the Pac-10 tournament to face the winner of No. 7 seeded Oregon and No. 3 seeded Washington on Saturday at 3:00 p.m. at Staples Center.The Trojans must now wait until Selection Sunday to find out if they are one of the 68 teams chosen to play in the NCAA tournament, or if they will compete in the NIT tournament.“We have some great wins,” Cantu said about USC’s tournament resume. “Everybody’s saying we have bad losses, but I personally think that great wins mean more than the bad losses when you look at the big picture.”
Paddy Power to reopen English & Irish betting shops in Royal Ascot week June 10, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles ITV secures three-year British racing broadcast deal August 5, 2020 BetBright has announced that the winning BetBright Cup captain will receive a £10,000 donation to the Injured Jockeys Fund of their respective country on their behalf.Formerly the Prestbury Cup, the BetBright Cup is awarded to Great Britain or Ireland, depending on who gets the greatest number of winners at the Cheltenham Festival.Rich Ricci, BetBright Chairman, said: “The prize money is a new feature added this year; the respective Injured Jockeys Funds are such incredible charities that caters to the enhanced care, rehabilitation and welfare of jockeys past and present. We are very proud to be supporting such organisations.”This years’ competition sees captains Phil Tufnell and Hector O’Heochagain take the position of GB and Irish captains respectively. O’Heochagain, who was denied victory after a GB comeback forced a tie last year, admits that the odds are against him in 2017 after an unfortunate run of injuries, but believes that if the Irish can rack up one or two surprise upsets they’ll be in with a fighting chance.Meanwhile, Tufnell commented: “I love the Festival and am thrilled to be back this year as the Great Britain captain for the BetBright Cup. Both sides have lost several defending champions in recent weeks, and I’ve no doubt Hector is preparing the excuses as we speak, but I am banking on a few of our own super subs as well as the superstar Altior to keep the title at home.”Ricci added: “The Cheltenham Festival is an incredibly exciting time for all British and Irish racing fans. The competition between the two nations has rarely been tighter then it was last year, this year there’s no doubt the Irish side will be up against it but I don’t think Hector will lose faith. The BetBright Cup is a fun complement to the serious sport on the track, allowing racing fans to get behind their country’s contenders throughout the week.” Irish bookmakers demand clarity on reopening orders June 17, 2020 Share Share Submit
Two NFL quarterbacks rounded out the top 10 with Kirk Cousins ninth at $60.5 million and Carson Wentz 10th on $59.1 million.The top 100 featured athletes from 21 nations and 10 sports. More NBA players made the list than those from any other sport at 35, but 31 NFL players made the cut, up from 19 from last year, and they pulled down the most money of any league, aided by finishing the season before the deadly virus outbreak.Major League Baseball, whose start to the 2020 campaign was postponed by the virus outbreak, put only one player on the list after 15 in 2019. The lone MLB player was Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who was 57th at $27.3 million with only $750,000 from endorsements.Spanish footballer Sergio Ramos, the Real Madrid captain, was last among the 100 on $21.8 million, including $3 million in endorsements.Two women, tennis stars Naomi Osaka of Japan and Serena Williams of the United States, made the list, the most females on it since 2016. Osaka ranked 29th overall on $37.4 million ($34 million in endorsements), four spots ahead of Williams with $36 million ($32 million in endorsements).– Federer pitchman magic –Federer, 38, boasts the biggest sponsorship lineup among active athletes with Moet & Chandon and Barilla among those paying from $3 to $30 million to link him with their brands.Federer, who spent a record 310 weeks as world number one, reached 18 of 19 Grand Slam finals from 2005-2010.Only Woods has joined Federer in making $100 million in sponsor deals in a single year.Federer’s newest deal is with Swiss running shoe On, where he is an investor, but several sponsors have been with him for more than a decade, including Rolex, Credit Suisse, Mercedes-Benz and Wilson.A split with Nike in 2018 opened Federer to Japanese apparel brand Uniqlo’s 10-year deal worth $300 million.Share on: WhatsApp New York, United States | AFP | Roger Federer topped the 2020 Forbes magazine list of highest-paid global athletes announced Friday, leading the lineup for the first time with pre-tax earnings of $106.3 million (95.5 million euros).The Swiss tennis legend, a men’s record 20-time Grand Slam singles champion, becomes the first player from his sport atop the annual list since its 1990 debut, rising from fifth in 2019.Federer’s haul over the past 12 months included $100 million from appearance fees and endorsement deals plus $6.3 million in prize money. His previous best showing was second in 2013.“His brand is pristine, which is why those that can afford to align with him clamor to do so,” University of Southern California sports business professor David Carter told the magazine.The ongoing coronavirus pandemic that shut down sports worldwide caused the first decline since 2016 in the total income of the world’s 100 top-paid athletes, a 9% dip from last year to $3.6 billion. Another plunge is expected next year from the shutdown.Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo was second on the list at $105 million, $60 million in salary and $45 million from endorsements, with Argentine football hero Lionel Messi third on $104 million, $32 million of that from sponsorship deals.Messi and Ronaldo, who have traded the top spot three of the past four years, saw their combined incomes dip $28 million from last year due to salary cuts when European clubs halted play in March.Brazilian footballer Neymar was fourth overall on $95.5 million, $25 million from endorsements, while NBA star LeBron James of the Los Angeles Lakers was fifth on $88.2 million, $60 million of that from endorsements.NBA star Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors was sixth on $74.4 million with former teammate Kevin Durant next on $63.9 million.Tiger Woods, the reigning Masters champion and a 15-time major winner, was eighth on the list and tops among golfers at $62.3 million, all but $2.3 million from sponsor deals.Woods topped the Forbes list a record 12 times before an infidelity scandal helped end his run.
The 2011 Pirates were a great first half team. Leading up to the All-Star break they were on fire. Their pre-All Star break thunderstorm heroics last year, however morphed into short wick candles flickering in the dark after a power outage. This year all indicators seem to point to the fact that the Bucs are more prepared both emotionally and physically to make a run at a MLB Central championship or at the very least a NL wildcard slot. Let’s begin with the manager. Last Sunday at Houston, Pirates skipper Clint Hurdle decided to award his All-Star, all universe center fielder Andrew McCutchen the day off for the final game of the series. The Pirates lost the game 9-5 but it looks as if Mr. Hurdle does not mind losing a few skirmishes as long as he wins the war. The night before he rested his other All-World player relief pitcher Joel Hanrahan.My point is that Hurdle kills two birds with one stone because he gives the players that have to perform in over 130-140 games per year a needed break and he also establishes and maintains a confidence level with the alternate and “platooned” players. Even though they may be “2nd stringers” he makes sure they understand that they are just as vital as the boys who get most of the press and playing time.The next thirty games are going to be critical to the chances of the Pirates advancing to postseason play. If the team posts a .500 record the chances will be good; if not, oh well. I can almost guarantee you that down the stretch in 2012, the Pirates will not finish this season curled up in the fetal position.Any hope of success during this juncture of the season would have been futile a few years ago because the Pirates had no player depth or credible reservoir on the major or minor league level. If primary position players were ineffective or injured there were no adequate replacements because management was always poised to place players who may have been endowed with average or just above average talent on the trading block for immediate financial gain, but boy how things have changed. The Pirates seem to have now become one of the smartest “shopping” teams in MLB.Since the Neal Huntington era began, Huntington has become the mirror image of TV host Monty Hall or if you want to stay current Wayne Brady. For those of you who may be out of tune or out of touch both of those gentlemen were and one still remains host of the wild and wacky television game show ‘Let’s Make A Deal’. Huntington seems to be more concerned about the standings than the bottom line. His attitude along with Pirates upper management is more on the level of, “ya gotta spend money to make money.”The Pirates themselves also appear to be a lot more motivated because they really see that management is trying to do all the right things in order to bring a NL Central Division title to the Steel City. See boys and girls a wildcard spot for the Pirates just will not cut the mustard. Why do you ask? First and foremost if the Pirates have to play in for a wildcard spot, they are going to use their best arm, pitcher A.J. Burnett. There is no sense saving him because the loser will be going home anyway. That being said the starter in the wildcard game may miss a turn when the team reaches the divisional round. A day or two of rest is vital when it comes to baseball because it covers three seasons, spring, summer and fall. Exhaustion is and will always be a factor.The Pirates will never see the kind of talent that existed in the past especially in this small market but as long as they stay diligent in regards to talent and are good stewards of the money that is available to them there is a distinct possibility that the team will remain competitive for years to come.Bits of Steel: Everyone is now whispering that since the Steelers signed wide receiver Antonio Brown to a multi-year deal, the days that disgruntled star wide-out Mike Wallace remains a Steeler may be clouded at best. Hey Brown inked a long term deal because he amassed over 1000 yards as a receiver and a kick returner. Let me see flash. That is the first time that has been accomplished in the history of the NFL. Maybe someone somewhere overvalued Mike Wallace and undervalued Antonio Brown.Wallace wants Larry Fitzgerald type of loot. Are you kidding me? Fitzgerald grew up in the Minneapolis area and became a ball boy for the Minnesota Vikings when he was 15 years old. Larry spent hours at Vikings practice watching superstar NFL receivers Cris Carter and Randy Moss while he was working as a ball boy. Larry Fitzgerald may not have NFL DNA bloodlines but he can definitely claim “pedigree by association.”Wallace is just learning how to run good routes. When Fitzgerald starred at Pitt he was regarded as one of the best wide receivers in the history of college football. Mike, take the advice of an old “economically challenged” sports columnist. Take the money and run.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: 412-583-6741 or firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Born in 1994 in Ikorudu, she always wanted to play football, even though her parents didn’t support her love for this sport. Based on the fight, the Barca attacker was tanning in several clubs in his country, with which he came to play the World Cup in Canada. His life walked thereafter between a ball and a suitcase, beating goals on three continents. He tried his luck in the Premier (Liverpool and Arsenal) and in the Chinese Super League (Dalian Quanjian). And, last year, he headed for Barça, where he managed to overcome the blow of an injury in his early stages as Barca and take a decisive role.To think about it is to think about speed, power and, above all, goal. In this last record he has signed up to 25 goals in 30 games with Barça, also leaving its mark on the Champions League final with a somewhat historic, first of an African and a Spanish team in this round. From goal to goal, their pace has gone further, improving during this first round their records last year. In total, he accumulates fourteen goals in the First Iberdrola, where he chases Jenni Hermoso for the pichichi (16). The Madrid will not be able to relax. Oshoala has seven goals in three games and wants more … The Barça festival in Valdebebas had its own name: Asisat Oshoala. With Africa at their feet, the Catalan striker does not get tired of running and making goals in the First Iberdrola, signing before Tacon her first poker as Barça. There were four very special goals. The Nigerian closed with them a week in which she was awarded as Best African Player of the Year, an award she had already won in three other editions (2014, 2016 and 2017) and that makes her the Fourth footballer who reaches the figure of four African Golden Balls, after Etoo, Yaya Touré and his compatriot Nkwocha.
“With women’s football growing and as a professional that you are looking for to be respected as soccer players, you should learn to respect and give a respectful opinion. Another thing, football is much more than touching the ball. It’s a strategy game and everyone plays with their weapons, “replied the Portuguese. Eli Sarasola, goalkeeper of PSV Eindhoven, described as “shame” the game of Getafe at the Johan Cruijff Arena where the Blues, although they lost 2-1, they certified their pass to the round of 16 leaving Ajax behind.“Getafe is not football, it’s a shame, “he said in a tweet That had a lot of repercussion. More than 300 retweets and over a thousand responses where two stand out, that of Vitorino Antunes, Getafe player who was not summoned by Bordalás for this meeting, and that of the club itself. The club azulón, who received no direct mention of his account from the goalkeeper, also entered the discussion. “Thank you, Eli. We accept” constructive criticism “and continue working with respect, humility and above all, respecting the rules of this beautiful sport. Good luck in the season! “Added Getafe.Some tweeters recriminated the comment and accused him of complaining when she also did “shameful things” Attaching a video in which Sarasola is seen hitting an Ajax player during a derby against PSV. Antunes and the ClassicGiven this response, a tweet congratulated Antunes for the pass but criticized his football. “Antunes, it is clear that everyone plays with their weapons but what you have done both in your field and Johan with the waste of time and wallowing on the ground with your teammates is to look at it … Much merit the pass yes, but not anyway, man … “said the user @yeyokk. Antunes replied in reference to the next Real Madrid-Barcelona. “You who are from Barça, to see if you prefer to lose El Clásico with 70% of the ball or win with 30% and six yellows,” he replied.