The Latest: Duke to open football season with no fans

first_img Associated Press August 24, 2020 Duke says traditional parking lots used by fans on gameday will be closed. The school will contact football fans who have purchased season or single-game tickets or have seating and suite contracts in Blue Devil Tower regarding potential options.The school will allow fans to purchase a fan cutout of a person or pet to be placed in seats for football games. The school will offer varied packages and stadium locations along with weekly prize drawings and the ability to have football coach David Cutcliffe autograph the cutout.The school says sales proceeds will go to Duke Athletics for student-athlete support.Athletics director Kevin White says it is “imperative to be both adaptable and compliant in anticipation of hosting fans in the near future.”___ The Latest: Duke to open football season with no fans Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Duke will open its season for football and other fall sports with no fans at home games because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Norwegian government says it will make an exception from its travel ban to accommodate a Nations League soccer game against Austria on Sept. 4 in Oslo.Culture and sports minister Abid Q. Raja says “we make this exception to ensure that both teams can field a full crew.”Raja adds “this is not a general exception … this is an exception for this match.”Norway captain Omar Elabdellaoui and striker Alexander Soerloth both play in Turkey.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

MBB : SU freshmen continue learning as Orange travels for 1st Big East road game

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments The freshmen displayed potential in their first foray into Big East basketball. Due to a remarkable performance by Syracuse as a whole, blowing away Seton Hall, Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams each received a handful of minutes on the court.Both performed in 11 minutes of action apiece. Christmas recorded seven points and two blocks. Carter-Williams gave out two assists and picked up two steals, all without a turnover.‘I like to get him as many minutes as we can and if we need him, he will be ready,’ SU head coach Jim Boeheim said of Carter-Williams after the Orange defeated Seton Hall Wednesday. ‘He’s a good player, but he’s just playing behind guys that are better. He’ll get some time.’The eleven minutes apiece were more generous portions of court time than Christmas and Carter-Williams received in Syracuse’s other tests this season. Each gave an encouraging performance that could perhaps lead to even more confidence and trust in the youngsters. And as No. 1 Syracuse (14-0, 1-0 Big East) travels to play DePaul (9-3, 0-0) on Sunday at 5 p.m. in Allstate Arena, the Orange are playing the perennial bottom-feeder of the Big East. If the game is at all like last season’s 107-59 whacking of the Blue Demons in the Carrier Dome, the walk-ons could even get some time.But it’s still the first Big East road game for two freshmen, and this DePaul team has already won more games (nine) than last year’s did in the entire season (seven).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We know going on the road in the Big East is no easy task for any opponent,’ SU guard Scoop Jardine said after the win over Seton Hall. ‘We are all going to get better, especially the young guys like Rakeem Christmas and Michael Carter-Williams.’Christmas has started every game at forward so far this season, but he’s had a transition similar to what center Fab Melo endured last year. In the Orange’s two games in Madison Square Garden against Virginia Tech and Stanford in November, Christmas started the game, but sat out the entire second half as C.J. Fair and James Southerland took his place.While he starts, the freshman receives the eighth-most minutes of any player on the team, seeing an average of 12.8 minutes per game.After Syracuse’s win over Bucknell, Boeheim said it’s the physical adjustments that big men have to make in order to be efficient at the collegiate level. Christmas is ‘too nice,’ Boeheim said.‘Rakeem and Michael are very capable freshmen — highly talented out of high school as you all know,’ SU forward Kris Joseph said after the Orange beat Bucknell. ‘Rakeem just showed a little bit of what he can do.‘He really hasn’t even scratched the surface of his potential and Michael can do the same thing.’Carter-Williams’ playing time has fluctuated for different reasons. Jardine’s backup at point guard, the freshman has displayed an innate ability to take care of the ball — just 11 turnovers thus far. He had eight assists to no turnovers in an Orange win over George Washington in early December.But he’s struggled to shoot, making just 35 percent of his shots from the field, 2-of-10 from 3-point range and 9-of-17 from the free-throw line. Against North Carolina State on Dec. 17, he played just two minutes because the Wolfpack defenders ducked under screens, giving SU’s guards a chance to shoot from deep.That’s not the freshman guard’s strength.‘I think we’ve got four good guards, we really do,’ Boeheim said after SU’s 88-72 win over NC State. ‘Obviously the three veteran guards are a step ahead, but Michael is a very good guard. I was very impressed with him, he made a couple good plays tonight.’If SU blows out the Blue Demons Sunday, Christmas and Carter-Williams should end up getting a solid taste of a conference road game. But in the Orange’s other games outside of the Carrier Dome — the two at MSG and one at NC State — the freshmen have spent more time watching and learning than learning through experience.Carter-Williams’ two turnovers in two minutes against Stanford exemplified the learning curve he and Christmas still have to endure.‘This will be their first true test, first conference game on the road,’ Jardine said. ‘And I am going to help them through it.’mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Published on December 31, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjrlast_img read more

Trojans score late-inning run, defeat LMU Lions 2-1

first_imgJust about everything was frozen at Dedeaux Field on Wednesday night.Fans, media, broadcasters —and bats.Just enough · Junior shortstop James Roberts (above) finished 0-3 against Loyola Marymount, but the Trojans got help from junior designated hitter Jake Hernandez (2-4) and senior second baseman Adam Landecker (2-3). – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanIt looked for a long time like neither team would ever push a runner across home plate, and neither did until the seventh inning. Then, with USC and Loyola Marymount tied at one in the eighth, senior center fielder Greg Zebrack led off with an infield single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by junior shortstop James Roberts. With two outs, freshman right fielder Vahn Bozoian bounced a ball past the Lions’ third baseman and into left field, scoring Zebrack from second for what proved to be the winning run.True freshman pitcher Kyle Davis came on to get the last three outs in the ninth, having pitched 2 2/3 scoreless innings in Sunday’s 4-3 win over Nebraska. He dispatched the Lions in quick fashion, allowing just one runner on an infield hit.“Kyle did what we expect him to,” USC coach Dan Hubbs said, showing tremendous confidence in his young closer. “He’s comfortable out there in the big spot.”Scoring was far from plentiful for the majority of the game. For six innings, USC and Loyola Marymount battled in a scoreless contest, with just five combined runners reaching as far as second base.Trojans starter Brent Wheatley threw five shutout innings in his collegiate debut but was outdone by Lions starter Patrick McGrath, who threw six.“I could have gone four more (innings),” Wheatley said emphatically. “But I’m thrilled with the start. It was awesome.”In the top of the seventh, the Lions put runners at the corners with one down against senior reliever Matt Munson. LMU left fielder Mitchell Esser laid down a swinging bunt that traveled no more than 15 feet up the third baseline. USC sophomore catcher Garrett Stubbs could have let it roll foul, but instead chose to pounce on the ball, hoping to tag out the oncoming utility Kevin Garcia from third base. But Stubbs couldn’t pick up the ball cleanly, and when he finally did Garcia had already leapt over him for the game’s first run.     The Trojans played small ball of their own to get the run back in the bottom of the seventh. Junior third baseman Kevin Swick led off with a walk, advanced to second on a bunt and to third on a wild pitch. Senior second baseman Adam Landecker brought him in with a liner down the left field line for an RBI double.“It was huge to get that run back,” Hubbs said. “We’ve talked over and over about being able to answer after they score and being able to shut down after we score. And we did those both today.”Between Wheatley, Davis and Bozoian, the Trojans had all freshmen collecting the win, the save and the game-winning hit, respectively.“Well, we do have 16 of them,” Hubbs joked. “And we’ve got plenty more who we’ve got to find times to get in games.”The Trojans are a young team, especially on the mound. Freshman Kyle Twomey started for USC on Sunday. Of the nine pitchers to have taken the mound for the Trojans this year, five are freshmen. The Trojans start a pair of freshmen in the outfield as well in Bozoian and Timmy Robinson, with Turner Clouse mixed in at times, too.“This freshman group is a really tight group,” Wheatley said. “We’ve got a lot of great players, too, but more importantly we’re really close and we’re always pushing each other and rooting for each other.”With just one day off before the weekend, more freshmen figure to see action when the Trojans take on Cal State Northridge in a three-game set starting Friday. The series will start at Dedeaux Field on Friday before moving to Northridge on Saturday and finally returning to Dedeaux for the finale on Sunday, where Twomey will be on the mound.last_img read more

Ghana vs Guinea Bissau: Christian Atsu ruled out, Jonathan Mensah doubtful

first_imgChristian Atsu has been tentatively ruled out of Ghana’s last Group F game against Guinea Bissau on Tuesday after he picked up a muscle injury in Ghana’s 0-0 draw against Cameroon last Saturday.Center back, Jonathan Mensah, meanwhile, remains doubtful for the game after also picking up an injury against Cameroon.Both players were sent for scans on Sunday and head coach Kwesi Appiah has revealed Atsu’s injury is severe but indicated that Mensah’s situation will be monitored closely during this evening’s training session in Suez.“The doctor took Atsu for a scan and Jonathan as well who also picked up an injury. We will have today’s training and we wait for the full report.“According to the doctor, Atsu doesn’t look good but Jonathan will take part in the training session today to assess his situation,” Appiah said at his pre-match press conference.Kwesi Appiah however maintained that he still has enough options at the center back position to cover for the absence of Jonathan Mensah, if he fails to recover, and Kasim Nuhu, who is suspended for the game.“We have about 5 players who can play at center back so hopefully we should be fine,” Appiah said.Ghana must beat Guinea Bissau in their last Group F game in Suez to qualify to the round of 16.The game will take place at the 27,000 capacity Suez Stadium, home of Egyptian Premier League side, Petrojet.Kick off is at 6pm local time, 4pm in Ghana.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019 preview: What to know when USA takes on Thailand

first_imgThe wait is over. The U.S. women’s national team will take the field Tuesday to compete in the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup with its first match against Thailand in Group F. Thailand, ranked 34th in the world by FIFA, is relatively new to the World Cup stage as it first made the tournament in 2015 after finishing fifth at the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup. In 2015, Thailand was the only nation to win a game without progressing to the knockout round, mainly because it gave up too many goals in losses to Germany and Norway.  Back again in 2019, Thailand hopes to prove it’s here to stay. Led by Nuengruethai Sathongwien, 47, the Thai national team has seen some changes in leadership over the past few years. Sathongwien became the first woman head coach in 2014, but resigned in 2016. Former Manchester City defender Spencer Prior then took over. He stepped down in 2017, allowing Sathongwien to return.  Related News In contrast, the Americans are one of the most experienced teams entering the tournament as they look to defend their title. The U.S. enters with more World Cup games played (43), wins (33), goals (112) and titles (three) than any other country. The U.S. is also the only nation to reach the final four in each World Cup. The USWNT has won its last six games by a combined score of 23-3, keeping five clean sheets in the process.The match kicks off Tuesday at 3 p.m. ET at Stade Auguste-Delaune in Reims, France. When was the last time the U.S. played Thailand?The United States and Thailand have met just once before. They played in a friendly in Columbus, Ohio, on Sept. 15, 2016, resulting in a 9-0 win for the USWNT. Women’s World Cup 2019: Updated group stage results and standings Thailand player to watchOrathai Srimanee: The midfielder has been a member of Thailand’s national team since 2009 and has played an integral role in her team’s success on the international stage. She scored the nation’s first two goals in the 2015 World Cup, ultimately setting the team up for a 3-2 win over Ivory Coast. Srimanee has become a regular starter playing in a similar role as she did four years ago. “The value of playing at the Women’s World Cup can inspire many young girls to play football”🇹🇭@FAThailand’s Orathai Srimanee discusses 2015 #FIFAWWC legacy, and her #WAC2018 hopesREAD 👀👉 https://t.co/37FI7k1GFS pic.twitter.com/byQlRPD6DC— FIFA Women’s World Cup (@FIFAWWC) April 4, 2018Three Opta facts to knowThough Carli Lloyd has started just one of the USWNT’s 10 games in 2019, she has had a hand in eight of the team’s 29 goals, which is tied for the most of any American player.Thailand has lost 11 of their last 12 games, giving up multiple goals in all 11 defeats.Tobin Heath has scored in five of the USA’s last seven games. Lloyd (3) and Sam Mewis (3) are the only other Americans to score in more than two of those games.4 – Kanjana Sungngoen scored four goals at the 2018 AFC Women’s Asian Cup for Thailand – the only player to score more at the tournament was China PR’s Li Ying (seven). Fantastic. #FIFAWWC pic.twitter.com/hzd178msd0— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 5, 2019PredictionUSA 6, Thailand 0Based on experience alone, Thailand won’t be a challenge for the United States. The Americans are ranked No. 1 in the world and it’s likely they will keep a clean sheet through the group stage opener.last_img read more

On the day of the special county GOP convention, Minert drops out of Cerro Gordo County Recorder race

first_imgMASON CITY — One of the three Republican candidates for Cerro Gordo County Recorder has withdrawn his name from consideration. Mason City businessman Steve Minert had announced his intent to seek the office on the heels of the announcement by longtime Recorder Colleen Pearce that she was retiring. Minert, who co-owns the Harley-Davidson dealerships in Mason City and Charles City, says in a written statement that he’s dropping out due to business reasons, adding that dealership sales territories for the company are being expanded and he doesn’t have the time to currently seek public office. Cerro Gordo County Republicans are holding a special convention today to decide their nominee. County deputy treasurer TJ Shovein and Rockwell city councilman Larry Wentz are the two remaining publicly declared candidates. The winner of the special convention will face Democrat AnnMarie Legler, who has worked for Cerro Gordo County for 13 years, the last eight in the Recorder’s office, in the November general election to fill the remainder of Pearce’s term. Pearce retired after more than 30 years as the County Recorder.last_img read more

TRIPLE CROWN CHAMPION AMERICAN PHAROAH TO RETURN HOME TO SANTA ANITA ON THURSDAY; BAFFERT TRAINEE TO FLY FROM LOUISVILLE TO ONTARIO VIA TEX SUTTON CHARTER

first_imgLAW ENFORCEMENT TO ESCORT CHAMP FROM AIRPORT TO SANTA ANITA’S BARN 5 ARCADIA, Calif. (June 15, 2015)–Twelve days after providing one of the most dramatic moments in racing history, Triple Crown Champion American Pharoah will return home to Santa Anita on Thursday, June 18. Owned and bred by Ahmed Zayat and trained by Santa Anita-based Bob Baffert, American Pharoah is due to arrive from Louisville via Tex Sutton charter at Ontario International Airport at approximately 10 a.m., and he will then be vanned with a six-unit law enforcement escort to The Great Race Place, with an estimated time of arrival of 11:30 a.m.“Along with the rest of the country, we were in awe of American Pharoah’s performance in the Belmont last Saturday and we’re honored to be able to welcome him back home here to Santa Anita,” said Keith Brackpool, Santa Anita Chairman. “We’d like to congratulate Mr. Zayat, Bob Baffert and Victor Espinoza on winning America’s first Triple Crown in 37 years and we want to thank them for sharing this magnificent horse with all of us.”Ridden by Victor Espinoza, the 3-year-old colt by Pioneerof the Nile won Santa Anita’s Grade I FrontRunner Stakes on Sept. 27 and was subsequently sidelined due to a foot injury, causing him to miss the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Nov. 1.Headquartered at Baffert’s Barn 5 over the fall and winter, American Pharoah began his assault on the elusive Triple Crown with his first recorded breeze on Feb. 4, a crisp three furlong move in 36.20. Under Baffert’s stewardship, “Pharoah” would go on to register a total of six Santa Anita works prior to taking the Grade II Rebel Stakes by 6 ¼ lengths at Oaklawn Park on March 14.In all, American Pharoah had eight works at his Santa Anita base in advance of winning the first leg in the Triple Crown, the Kentucky Derby, on May 2.“From day one, we couldn’t miss any time with him,” said Baffert this past Wednesday morning. “We went three eighths, three eighths, five eighths…We hit every mark and he just thrived. The timing of everything was perfect.”American Pharoah will be greeted by his trainer and jockey, along with an anticipated throng of invited media at the Baffert Barn upon his arrival Thursday. It is also expected that the Triple Crown Champ will parade for the public on Santa Anita’s main track between races on June 27.last_img read more

Tkatchenko on fact finding mission to Tonga

first_imgThe main aim of the trip is to assesses the Pacific Kingdom’s sporting infrastructure and come up with an estimate monetary figure that Papua New Guinea Government will give to Tonga in its preparation to host the 2019 Pacific Games. Tkatchenko told Loop PNG today, that engineers and architectures from the Department of Works and PNG Sports Foundation CEO  Peter Tsiamalili Jnr will be accompanying him for the four-day trip.“We will come back with a decision because it is a fact finding trip.“This shows that PNG is in tune, and will support our smaller Pacific Island countries.Tkatchenko in an earlier interview labelled a Tonga local media report of PNG to give K102 million ($US 35 million) to Tonga as “misleading and totally not true.”last_img

LIME and FLOW announce $28m two-year deal with JAAA

first_imgLIME and Flow are now major partners of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and will sponsor all its national championships and teams as they have inked a two-year deal worth $28 million.The announcement by the merged entities took place at Terra Nova All Suites Hotel yesterday.LIME manager for sponsorship and events Stephen Miller revealed that the agreement will encompass all junior and senior athletic programmes and events owned or associated with the national track and field athletics body.This will include national junior and senior trials, CARIFTA trials and championships, Junior Central American and Caribbean Games, Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association development meets, and the Jamaica Invitational meet. Other support for the association will include providing telecommunications infrastructure and products over the stated period.”LIME and Flow will power the JAAA and all its events over the period … and we will make sure the fans feel our presence at these events,” Miller told the gathering.However, he warned entities to respect their rights as exclusive telecoms sponsor of the JAAA or suffer the consequence.”We respect the rights of all those who support athletics, and as such, we expect that our rights as exclusive telecoms sponsor for all JAAA events will be fully respected. Our exclusive advertising right as telecoms sponsor at all these events will be safeguarded and fully enforced,” he urged.Dr Warren Blake, the JAAA president, said that the team to the World Championships in Beijing in under a month’s time could be the largest and most diverse Jamaican team to ever participate at the Games and said that every contribution towards the programme is appreciated.”The cost to Beijing is formidable. The cost for airfare alone runs into five or six million. The needs of the JAAA go a far way than that ($28 million), but this goes a significant way towards meeting our needs, and we are quite happy for this partnership,” he said.”The $28 million is quite a boost for us, and it will put the JAAA in a position to better look after and support our athletes,” Blake stated.partnershipsMinister without portfolio with responsibility for sports Natalie Neita-Headley said the merger exemplified what private-public sector partnerships can achieve.”I am very happy to be part of every and any occasion where the private sector and the public sector can come together for the benefit of the development of sports in Jamaica. Without the partnership of the private sector, it just does not work,” she said.LIME has been a major sponsor of the JAAA, sponsoring high school development meets, the Jamaica Independent Schools’ Association (JISA) national Prep Champs, ISSA/Grace Boys and Girls’ Athletics Championships, as well as several outstanding athletes.”This move is a bold one and I know we will benefit wholeheartedly,” said Neita-Headley.last_img read more

Light a Moose for the Hospital Foundation is Back!

first_imgHelp us raise funds for the Fort St. John Hospital FoudationMoose FM has once again teamed up with the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and Rhyason Contracting to help raise funds for the Be an Angel, Light a Light campaign.  Starting Wednesday November 26th Moose FM’s staff will be camped out at the Hospital with our giant sign. – Advertisement -For 3 days Moose FM will broadcast live from the lawn of the Hospital with our 6’ x 12’ sign.  For a minimum of a $20 donation to the Foundation we’ll add one light to our sign.  Once it’s all lit up we hope to raise over $30,000.  The goal for this year’s overall Hospital Foundation Fundraiser is $300,000 with the monies going towards purchase of a 64 Slice CT Scanner.WE NEED YOUR HELP!  Collect donations at your office or workplace and donate to Light a Moose.  Every penny helps as we work towards bringing the best health care to Fort St. John.  If own or operate a business and would like to make a public donation call us at 250-787-7100.  Time is running out as Light a Moose is almost here. This is the fifth year for Light a Moose.  Last year we raised just over $30,000 for the Foundation.  From Wednesday November 26th to the 28th we’ll be broadcasting live from the Hospital lawn.  We will be there collecting donations.  You can also donate online at this website once Light a Moose is underway.Light a Moose November 26th – 28th, 2008 last_img read more