The crown jewel of IndyCar now shares the race weekend calendar with NASCAR’s Drydene 400. The Indy 500 will serve as the opening act for the NASCAR Cup race at Dover International Speedway, the track better known as the Monster Mile that has suffered with dwindling attendance and had its dates shuffled around the schedule.A supersized shakeup of the schedule looms whenever NASCAR and IndyCar resume in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.In other outbreak-related developments:— Players have agreed to a deal with Major League Baseball that would preserve service time in the event this season is canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. However, the two sides have left open details of what a configured schedule would look like. As part of the agreement approved by the union Thursday night, players agreed not to challenge giving up their salaries if no games are played, except for $170 million payment management will advance in two stages. Player salary this year is expected to be in the $4 billion range. Management was given the right to cut the amateur draft in both 2020 and 2021, and to freeze the values of signing bonus money at 2019 levels. Details were divulged to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the agreement who spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was made. The person said teams are set to approve the roughly 17-page agreement Friday.— The company that manufactures uniforms for Major League Baseball has suspended production on jerseys and is instead using the polyester mesh fabric to make masks and gowns for hospitals in Pennsylvania and nearby states. Fanatics founder and executive chairman was watching TV last week when he was struck by the idea to turn the 360,000-square foot facility in Easton, Pennsylvania, into a factory for the COVID-19 virus fight. St. Luke’s Hospital in nearby Bethlehem reached out to Fanatics late last week about the possibility of the company manufacturing masks. — The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak. The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club. Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit. The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.— The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus. The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week. Tests stopped today and will resume on April 6.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 27, 2020 — Hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer has shifted from making visors for helmets to medical visors for those fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Bauer faced the possibility of closing its manufacturing plant in Blainville, Quebec, when hockey came to a halt amid the global pandemic. But engineers there instead brainstormed the idea of producing medical shields to help protect people on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.— A person with knowledge of the details tells The Associated Press that top NBA executives are having their base salaries reduced by 20% for the foreseeable future. The reductions affect the roughly 100 highest-earning executives, as the NBA joins the NHL and NASCAR in cutting salaries while competitions are on hold because of the coronavirus. The cuts are effective immediately and affect NBA employees both inside the league headquarters in New York and in global offices.— Former President Barack Obama was among more than 50,000 viewers who logged onto a coronavirus discussion between Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. When Curry asked when it might be time to start thinking about sports again, Fauci responded, “when the country as a whole has turned that corner,” and the curve that shows how the virus is still spreading nationally starts coming down.— The Colorado Avalanche say one of their players has recovered after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The player was at home in isolation since the symptoms first appeared. The team says anyone who was known to have had close contact with the player has been notified. The Avs issued a statement saying they continue to work in conjunction with their medical staff and public health officials to do everything they can to help the Avalanche community remain safe and healthy during this time.— Three professional baseball players in Japan have tested positive for the new coronavirus but Japanese baseball officials insist that won’t impact plans to start the season next month. Hanshin Tigers pitcher Shintaro Fujinami and two teammates have become the first professional baseball players in Japan to test positive. Japan professional baseball had earlier postponed the start of its regular season amid the pandemic and was aiming for an April 24 start. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSVirus scrubs a Memorial Day weekend traditionUNDATED (AP) — The Indianapolis 500 is now a summer event. It’s been postponed until Aug. 23 because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1945.
KRIS UGARRIZA/Herald photoEverything finally fell into place last weekend as the Wisconsin men’s hockey team picked up its first victory of the season against North Dakota. This weekend, the Badgers hope to repeat that performance in a two-game series against Michigan Tech at the Kohl Center and triple their number in the win column.“It is the WCHA, so every team is a battle,” junior defenseman Jamie McBain said. “Every team in the league is a good team, so any points you can pick up are huge. Coming off that win, we are a little relieved to know that we have one, but most importantly we have to build off it and have a great weekend.”UW started off the season competing against four top 20 teams, and MTU (2-4-0, 1-3-0 WCHA) represents the Badgers’ first game against a non-ranked opponent. With a 1-6-1 record, though, the team knows it cannot afford to rest on their laurels.“The teams that have that in the back of their mind are the teams that don’t do well and don’t come out hard,” junior forward Blake Geoffrion said of not playing a ranked team. “You have to just think about playing hard in the first period no matter who the opponent is. Ranked or unranked, drafted player or undrafted player, it doesn’t really matter. We just look at it as another game and another team we have to beat.”The Badgers went 2-1-1 against the Huskies last year and expect a similar challenge this year. While MTU may not overwhelm opponents with its talent, the Huskies play a hard-nosed, controlled game and rarely beat themselves with mistakes.“They are a real physical team; they battle hard and they do whatever it takes to win,” Geoffrion said. “They will dive to block shots; they battle real hard in all areas of the game — down low, neutral ice and on [offense]. One of their strengths is their heart and how much pride they take in that.”“These games are going to be paced and physical,” UW head coach Mike Eaves added. “Their formula for success is the fact that they work very hard, first and foremost. They play well together as a group, they are well coached, and that gives them the best chance to be successful.”The Badgers have lost six games this year mostly because a young defense and inconsistent goalkeeping have been unable to keep the puck out of the net. Last weekend, however, UW only let in five goals over the two games, marking their most impressive performance to date.The Huskies have only averaged two goals per game on the year, giving the Badgers a chance to build on their success from last weekend.“It comes down to taking time and space away,” Eaves said. “And doing your part in the defensive zone coverage. We did that much better [last weekend]. Saturday, we were able to block 26 shots, so that is a big factor as well, but basically we were much better with our time and space.”While scoring has not been much of a problem this year — UW averages 3.1 goals per game — captain Geoffrion has struggled to consistently produce points so far this season. With two goals in last Saturday’s win, however, Geoffrion may be back on track.“I had been getting my chances before, and I just stuck with it,” Geoffrion said. “I was lucky enough to get a great pass from [Jake Gardiner] on the power play, and I finished it off. … It feels great to contribute offensively, be a leader on this team and finally bury my chances. I’ll try to continue and do that — but we have a lot other guys who can score — and hopefully we will score enough to win.”
Faaria Kalam contributed to this report. Despite safety concerns among students and parents after the shooting Wednesday morning of two USC graduate students from China, administrators, students and law enforcement officials said the area near the shooting is relatively safe. All parties, however, urged students to be aware of their surroundings, especially late at night.Ying Wu and Ming Qu, graduate students studying electrical engineering, were fatally shot around 1 a.m. The shooting took place near the intersection of Raymond Avenue and 27th Street, about three blocks west of Vermont Avenue.Safety concerns · The Los Angeles Police Department says crime near the scene of the shooting has decreased over the last few years. – Chloe Stepney | Daily TrojanSal LaBarbera, a Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective supervisor assigned to the case, said the particular incident was an aberration in an area where crime has been decreasing.“Crime has been on a steady decrease in the past few years,” LaBarbera said. “The shooting was definitely an isolated incident.”LaBarbera also said the circumstances — heavy rain, the late hour of night and the hazard lights of their car — made the victims an easy target for anyone looking for trouble.Dept. of Public Safety Capt. David Carlisle said the neighborhood is safe, based on the small number of crimes reported to DPS. Though the department receives calls related to theft, Carlisle said no violent crime has been reported in that area this year.“This particular crime occurred in an area that doesn’t have a history of violent crime.” he said. “The majority of crimes reported to DPS, which would be from USC-related people, are thefts. We’ve had two stolen cars this year but no violent crime.”As USC has moved from a commuter school to a predominately residential school, more students have moved to off-campus housing, including the area west of Vermont Avenue. Carlisle said with that change DPS has devoted more resources to the area west of Vermont Avenue between Exposition Boulevard and Jefferson Avenue.“We’ve increased our public safety resources in the neighborhoods where the student population used to be lower,” Carlisle said.DPS, however, does not officially patrol the area where the shooting occurred. Carlisle said DPS does have a few cameras in the community and it is not unusual for officers to be in the neighborhood.USC will consult with LAPD before making any changes to its patrol boundaries, Carlisle said.“A decision to expand our patrol boundaries would be made by senior administrators working with [DPS] Chief [Carey] Drayton,” Carlisle said. “Quite frankly, although this is a terrible single crime, it is one crime where we’ve had no other violent crimes reported in that area this year.”Josh Durica, a junior majoring in computer science who lives in a DPS-patrolled neighborhood about a seven-minute walk away from the shooting, said he generally feels safe living west of Vermont.“Where I live I feel pretty safe with the CSC guards and everything,” Durica said. “I walk home at least once a week at 3 a.m. by myself, and I never fear for my safety.”Still, Durica said more can be done in light of the shooting.“If a double homicide is happening near our campus, there are more steps that can be taken,” Durica said.Though crime is decreasing in the area where the shooting took place, LaBarbera said the campus still remains the safest location with the most security.Carlisle said the incident highlights the need for students to take notice when walking off campus.“Be aware of your surroundings,” Carlisle said. “Try and follow all of the safety tips we normally talk about.”These tips include traveling in large groups, not flaunting valuables and taking university-sponsored transportation, such as Campus Cruiser.Mark Green, an LAPD sergeant for community relations, echoed Carlisle’s caution, saying students should always remain aware of their surroundings regardless of their location.“People should be aware of safety issues no matter where they are,” Green said. “They should be cognizant of the areas and just know that they’re in a large metropolitan city and can be victimized.”
Gareth Bale’s late header gave Wales a 1-0 win over Cyprus in their Euro 2016 Group B qualifier on Thursday and kept them on course for their first major finals since 1958.Wales, who have 17 points from seven games, can clinch a place at the finals in France if they beat Israel at home on Sunday. Belgium are second on 14 after beating Bosnia 3-1.Real Madrid forward Bale gave Cyprus keeper Antonis Georgallides no chance as he powerfully met Aaron Ramsey’s cross from the right after 82 minutes.Wales thought they had taken the lead in the 27th when David Edwards headed home a Bale cross but their joy was short-lived as Polish referee Szymon Marciniak disallowed the goal ruling that forward Hal Robson-Kanu had pushed a defender.Cyprus, harbouring hopes of a third-place finish which brings a playoff spot, matched Wales for most of the first hour before fading but came close to an equaliser after 87 minutes when substitute Pieros Sotiriou’s attempt went just wide.– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Sixth-man Jamal Crawford, who Tuesday returned after missing 17 games with a calf injury, also spoke in head-shaking tones.“That’s how competitive the West is,” he said. “It shows how good the West is, how much parity there is in the NBA. In three days the matchups have changed five times. It’s unbelievable, it really is.”Besides the Clippers (53-26 before Saturday), the other four teams in that aforementioned mix are Memphis (54-25), San Antonio (54-26), Portland (51-28) and the Houston Rockets (53-26).The Clippers have won three of four from Portland, so that matchup – should it remain as such – seems a good thing for the Clippers. But Griffin suggested nothing can be taken for granted when it comes to the post-season.“There are certain teams that you feel you match up well with,” he said. “Sometimes the regular-season success does kind of dictate how you’ll play against them, but at the same time the playoffs are a whole different thing.” Prior to the slate of games Saturday in the NBA commencing – including the Clippers against visiting Memphis – the five teams sitting in the Nos. 2 through 6 positions in the Western Conference standings were separated by no more than three games, four of them by no more than one game.Again, before play Saturday, the Clippers would have been playing the Portland Trail Blazers in the first round of the playoffs. But with so many teams bunched together, and with three games still left for the Clippers as well as three of the other four teams – San Antonio had just two – that can change.“It’s crazy,” Clippers forward Blake Griffin said Friday at practice. “I’ve had some close, tight races down the stretch, but never like this. There are so many different scenarios; that’s the crazy part.“It kind of goes back to the old, ‘We can only control what we can control.’ That’s how we play, and that’s how we approach these next three games. That’s really our focus.” Homecourt advantage bigThe Clippers defeated Golden State 126-121 in Game 7 of the first round at Staples Center this past season. Having homecourt advantage was big in that series, and the Clippers would love to have it again in the first round.“It’s very important” Griffin said. “We did win one game there in the playoffs. But those Game 7s. … The crowd was great that game. They got off to that early lead and we walked them down, so having it at home was huge for us. Homecourt is definitely a big thing. In case you get into that situation, it’s huge playing the last game at home.”Crawford’s memory of that win over Golden State is vivid.“I remember when we came on the court, it was electric,” he said. “The crowd was into it, they were fired up and it was truly a win-or-go-home moment for us because we had to get it done.”The Clippers were down 64-56 at halftime before coming back to win and advance to the conference semifinals, where they were beaten in six games by Oklahoma City.Clippers re-sign HudsonThe Clippers on Saturday re-signed guard Lester Hudson to a multi-year agreement. Terms were not disclosed. Doc Rivers had been entertaining the idea of re-signing Nate Robinson, who recently played through two 10-day contracts with the team.“I like his toughness, I just liked his defense,” said Rivers, coach and president of basketball operations. “He has a chance to be a really good defensive player in our program.”Hudson, 30, played in three games during his recent 10-day contract, averaging 2.3 points and 1.7 steals. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
From the next season (2015/2016), UEFA will increase the prize money allocated to clubs for performances in the Champions League and the European League.This is the result of the new sponsorship agreement, thanks to which UEFA will be more generous to all participants of the European competitions.FC Sarajevo will be the only BH representative in the next season in qualifications for the Champions League, and will begin its European path in the second qualifying round.The club will be awarded 300.000 euros for entry into qualifications, i.e. the second qualifying round.In the event of a placement in the third qualifying round, FC Sarajevo will receive an additional 400.000 euros.In the next season, a defeat in the play-off of the Championship League is worth 3 million euros, and a win 2 million euros. The winner of the play-off game enters the group phase and will directly receive an additional 12 million euros.In the second qualifying round for the European League, Zeljeznicar, Zrinjski and the winner of the Cup B&H, Olimpic, will represent B&H.These clubs will, by their participation, each earn 210.000 euros.In the event of a placement in the third qualifying round , UEFA allocates 220.000 euros, and a placement in the play-off earns 230.000 euros.Each club that enters the group phase of the European League will earn 2.4 million euros.(Source: klix.ba)
It was May 2, 1996 when Željezničar and Sarajevo played the 66th city derby in the Valley of Cups. After almost four years, Grbavica reopened its gates.It was a spectacle, again, match was played at Željo’s home, again, and the atmosphere was great, again. Although the war scars were visible everywhere, nothing could spoil the great atmosphere. Everyone was cheerful, nothing could diminish the joy of coming back home.On the sunny May afternoon, around 20.000 spectators gathered and the kickoff was performed by the former President of the Presidency of BiH, Alija Izetbegović.The match ended with a result of 1:1. In the 33rd minute, Biščević took the hosts into the lead. Adžem made a good shot from free kick, the goalkeeper of Sarajevo Dedić kicked away the ball that Biščević ran on and kicked in the net, causing great celebration among fans of Željezničar.At the beginning of the second half-time, Dženan Uščuplić tied. Granov dribbled him amazingly, and the former strategist of the Bordeaux team defeated Guša with a precise shot.Marko Mrkić from Tuzla had the honor to be a referee at the historical derby. His assistants were Mijo Maričević (Živinice) and Izet Čejvanović (Tuzla).Players of Željezničar in this match were Gušo, Biščević, Adžem, Fatić, Memić, Kurt, Jahić, Muharemović, Kunić, Žerić and Pehlivanović.Players of Sarajevo were Dedić, Elkaz, Uščuplić (Selimović), Hošić, Dalipagić, Mujkić, Gogalić, Džaviti (Granov), Ćenan (Ferhatović), Hrvat and Herco.The spectators left Grbavica satisfied, and the derby demonstrated that it is the greatest match in BiH.(Source: klix.ba)
And then there’s the problem with Trump speculating on anything related to COVID-19. Consider some of his previous public statements:Jan. 30: “We think we have it very well under control. We have very little problem in this country at this moment — five. And those people are all recuperating successfully. But we’re working very closely with China and other countries, and we think it’s going to have a very good ending for it. So that I can assure you.Feb. 23: “Yeah, we’re very much involved. We’re very — very cognizant of everything going on. We have it very much under control in this country.”Feb. 24: “The Coronavirus is very much under control in the USA. We are in contact with everyone and all relevant countries. CDC & World Health have been working hard and very smart. Stock Market starting to look very good to me!”Feb. 26: “And again, when you have 15 people [with the virus], and the 15 within a couple of days is going to be down to close to zero, that’s a pretty good job we’ve done.”March 4: “Yeah, I think where these people are flying, it’s safe to fly. And large portions of the world are very safe to fly. So we don’t want to say anything other than that. And we have closed down certain sections of the world, frankly, and they’ve sort of automatically closed them also. They’ll understand that and they understand it better, perhaps, than anybody. Yes, it’s safe.”March 16: “They think August, it could be July. Could be longer than that.”March 29: “We can expect that, by June 1, we will be well on our way to recovery. We think, by June 1, a lot of great things will be happening.”March 31: “This could be a hell of a bad two weeks. This is gonna be a very bad two — or maybe even three — weeks. This is going to be three weeks like we haven’t seen before.”April 4: “I can’t tell you a date [when sports fans could attend events again], but I think it’s gonna be sooner rather than later.”Maybe Trump sticks with that September projection for the start of the NFL season. Or he pushes it back to October. Or he decides he never liked football, a very bad sport, unlike golf, which is a very, very good sport, the best sport, and many people are saying that more and more lately.The truth is the vast majority of major pro sports leagues are going to be shut down for an indefinite amount of time. Simply giving a random date on the calendar won’t change anything. Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere confirmed the call took place but did not reveal any additional details about what Trump and the commissioners discussed.Today @realDonaldTrump spoke by telephone w/commissioners of major league sports to discuss the all-of-America response to COVID-19. The President recognized the good work being done by many teams & players to care for their communities, workforces, & fan bases across the Nation.— Judd Deere (@JuddPDeere45) April 4, 2020The commissioners thanked President Trump for his national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry. President Trump encouraged them to continue to support their fellow Americans during this challenging time.— Judd Deere (@JuddPDeere45) April 4, 2020MORE: Mike Francesa delivers takedown of Trump on coronavirus responseUnfortunately for anyone stuck inside desperately hoping for live sports to return, Trump’s optimism is misguided. As his own coronavirus task force member Dr. Anthony Fauci said last month, “You don’t make the timeline, the virus makes the timeline.”Upon hearing Trump’s comments, California Gov. Gavin Newsom shot down the idea of NFL games in his state proceeding as normal.His full response (via ESPN’s Lindsey Thiry):”I’m not anticipating that happening in this state. Let me tell you why. We’ve all seen the headlines in the last couple of days in Asia where they were opening up certain businesses and now they’re starting to roll back those openings because they’re starting see some spread. There’s a boomerang. One has to be very cautious here. One has to be careful not to overpromise. It’s interesting. I have a lot of friends that work in Major League Baseball and in the NFL. They’ve been asking me — in fact, a well-known athlete just asked me, a football player, if he [should expect] to come back. I said, ‘I would move very cautiously in that expectation,’ so look, I’m not here to second-guess anybody, but I am here to say this. Our decision on that basis, at least here in the state of California, will be determined by the facts, will be determined by the health experts, will be determined by our capacity to meet this moment, bend the curve and have the appropriate community surveillance and testing to confidently determine whether that’s appropriate. And right now, I’m just focused on the immediate, but that’s not something I anticipate happening in the next few months.”Trump’s belief is also at odds with the NFL’s own chief medical officer, Dr. Allen Sills, who said widespread testing must become available before the league can proceed with a new season.”As long as we’re still in a place where when a single individual tests positive for the virus that you have to quarantine every single person who was in contact with them in any shape, form or fashion, then I don’t think you can begin to think about reopening a team sport,” Sills told NFL.com’s Judy Battista earlier this week. “Because we’re going to have positive cases for a very long time.” In a Saturday conference call with commissioners of major sports leagues covering how to approach the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, President Donald Trump said he believes the 2020 NFL season will start on time in September, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Adrian Wojnarowski. Additionally, Trump reportedly hopes fans will be able to attend events at arenas and stadiums by August and September.NBA commissioner Adam Silver said on the call that pro sports leagues would “love to lead the way” in boosting a struggling economy once public health officials give the “all clear” for seasons to resume, according to the ESPN report.
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Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 OLYMPIA – State shellfish managers have approved a morning razor clam dig that will run April 9-14 at Twin Harbors beach and April 12-14 at Long Beach, Copalis, and Mocrocks beaches.No digging will be allowed at any beach after noon.The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin test showed the clams are safe to eat on those beaches.Digging dates, along with morning low tides, at the four beaches are as follows: April 9, Tues., 6:39 a.m., 0.0 ft., Twin HarborsApril 10, Wed., 7:19 a.m., -0.3 ft., Twin HarborsApril 11, Thurs., 7:57 a.m., -0.4 ft., Twin HarborsApril 12, Fri., 8:34 a.m., -0.4 ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and MocrocksApril 13, Sat., 9:11 a.m., -0.2, ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and MocrocksApril 14, Sun., 9:49 a.m., +0.1, ft., Twin Harbors, Long Beach, Copalis and Mocrocks By law, clam diggers are limited to 15 razor clams per day, and are required to keep the first 15 clams they dig. Each digger’s clams must be kept in a separate container.“We take those rules seriously,” said Capt. Dan Brinson, of WDFW’s enforcement program. “We encounter some harvesters during virtually every dig setting aside small or broken clams in the hope of finding larger ones to take home. That’s a waste of the resource and violators will be cited.”Potential penalties for violating the rule range up to a $1,000 fine and 30 days in jail, he said.Brinson also reminds diggers that all diggers age 15 or older must have an applicable 2013-14 fishing license to harvest razor clams on any beach, noting that licenses effective for 2012-13 expired at midnight March 31. Licenses are available online (https://fishhunt.dfw.wa.gov/), by phone (1-866-320-9933) and from license dealers around the state.