The Latest: Texas has zero active coronavirus infections

first_imgThe COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.Jacksonville also removed rookie fullback Connor Slomka from the team’s active/non-football injury list after he passed his physical.___The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero. Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott spoke with county commissioners Tuesday, and said it’s hard to imagine allowing a crowd of any size watch a game.Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte wrote season ticket holders last week about plans to allow about 50,000 fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, even as the state of Texas remains a national hot spot in the coronavirus pandemic.Escott says having that many people in one place is a bit of a reach right now.School officials have noted the 50% limit is currently allowed under statewide rules.___ Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Texas has no active coronavirus infections on the football team or among the volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball team players on campus, athletic director Chris Del Conte said Tuesday. Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. ___Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022. He worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN.___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website. — John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York.___Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined.Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive. The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson.___Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt.Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12. The football team will soon increase testing from once to twice a week and women’s soccer will begin arriving on campus this week.Texas provided its first update on testing in weeks. Del Conte said the number of athletes testing positive or being identified as possible cases through contact tracing has “dropped dramatically.” The school announced June 18 that 13 players were either positive or presumed positive.___Arizona has suspended junior offensive lineman Edgar Burrola for violating school coronavirus protocols. The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.___The Summit League is pushing back the start of fall sports to Sept. 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.The conference’s president’s council agreed to delay championship seasons for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country. Non-championship segments for golf and tennis, along with non-traditional seasons for softball and baseball also were pushed back. Soccer and volleyball will have conference-only schedules.___A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar.The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March.Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year. The MIAC joined the majority of its NCAA Division III peers, postponing competition in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Tennis teams will be permitted to compete against conference opponents this fall in accordance with campus, state, NCAA and MIAC health directives. That sport is deemed low risk for coronavirus transmission.Training, practice and other team activities will be permitted in the postponed sports, in compliance with the virus-related guidelines.The biggest impact of the MIAC’s move will be on the football game between league powers St. John’s and St. Thomas, rivals who first played in 1901 and have faced off 89 times in the sport. This year’s game, which was scheduled for early November at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL home of the Vikings, could be the last ever with the impending move by St. Thomas to the FCS level after being booted from the MIAC for competitive reasons.___The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list. The announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series.Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols.The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Texas has zero active coronavirus infectionscenter_img Burrola confirmed the suspension on Twitter and said he stopped receiving his meal plan the day he was suspended. He also said his stipend has been taken away.Burrola started six games at right tackle in 2019 and had shoulder surgery in January.“If you’re not going to pay attention to the protocol, wear a mask, all that other stuff, we can’t have you around,” coach Kevin Sumlin told the Arizona Daily Star.___The Cleveland Browns are doing all they can to give their fans a look at their training camp, which is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ___A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns. The team will launch “Browns Live: Training Camp,” on Aug. 14. The online site will give fans “an up-close and personal look at camp.” The two-hour show will be broadcast on all the team’s social media platforms and show clips from practice and interviews with players, coaches and alumni. The Browns are coming off a 6-10 season that didn’t go as planned, but there is excitement around an unproven but talented team, which recently signed star defensive end Myles Garrett to a long-term extension. Cleveland began in-taking veteran players on Tuesday. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has already cleared NFL protocol on the coronavirus and was permitted in the training facility.___Austin’s public health authority said the city was “caught a little off guard” by the recent announcement by Texas that the school planned to allow 50% stadium capacity at Longhorns football games this fall. July 28, 2020 ___ Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall.Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held.Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by Cleveland.com. Canady signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys after splitting the 2019 season between the New York Jets and Baltimore. The Ravens drafted Canady in the sixth round in 2016.Guidry had 827 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in two seasons at Mississippi State after playing two years of junior college. He faced long adds to make the roster at a position that includes Amari Cooper, who signed a $100 million contract in the offseason, third-year man Michael Gallup and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb.___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor and first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.Taylor, a second-round pick from Florida last year, started all 16 games as a rookie. The guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%.-Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. Tuesday’s announcement follows news last week that 11 men’s and women’s tournaments planned for later this year in China were scrapped.That included the WTA Finals.As of now, women’s tennis is scheduled to resume next week in Palermo, Italy.___The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has moved most fall sports until the spring, including football. Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Wilson is expected to compete for the right tackle job that came open when Jack Conklin signed with Cleveland in free agency.Vrabel also said linebacker Jayon Brown will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The Titans so far have had one player opt out. Undrafted rookie free agent Anthony McKinney is an offensive lineman out of Texas Christian. Vrabel confirmed McKinney informed the coach and general manager Jon Robinson of his decision. Vrabel says he has not heard nor talked to other Titans who might choose to opt out and is waiting until players make the best decision in the interest of themselves and their families. The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule.Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money.Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Atlanta Falcons have placed rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.The announcement came after coach Dan Quinn earlier said all rookies had negative tests. Hawkins, a fourth-round pick from Cal, could have tested negative and be placed on the list after exposure to the coronavirus. Teams are not allowed to disclose if a player is in quarantine.Quinn said the coronavirus outbreak with the MLB’s Miami Marlins was a topic of discussion as veteran players arrived for training camp on Tuesday and began their testing. He said no player has discussed opting out.___Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted rookie receiver Stephen Guidry have opted out of playing for the Dallas Cowboys this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently.But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Falcons triumph in 7s showdown

first_imgHarlequins bowed out of the Premiership 7s Series with a 17-10 defeat against Newcastle, who took the trophy after a 31-21 victory over Saracens in the final.Quins were widely expected to contest the final with Sarries and they made a great start to the evening’s rugby at The Stoop, beating Wasps 19-0.But a 17-10 victory over the hosts took Newcastle through – and they then went one better by beating the favourites and defending champions.AdChoices广告Quins had looked impressive in their opening Pool A clash with a Wasps side that were out of their depth.Luke Wallace opened the account within 50 seconds to take them into a 5-0 lead.Sam Smith got Harlequins’ final try against WaspsA short while later, some nifty handling and quality footwork opened a gap for rising star Ross Chisholm to end a 50-metre run with the second try of the night. Sam Smith got the game’s final try to wrap up a comprehensive win.Saracens destroyed Bath 38-0 in Pool B, before sealing their place in the final with a hard fought 20-15 win against Sale.Falcons then emerged as the surprise package of the night, subjecting Wasps to an even bigger hammering than Quins gave them – 38-7.Given that performance, Quins could expect a tough game – one they needed to win, whereas their opponents required only a draw in order to progress.Quins broke through with Miles Mantella charging into the right-hand corner to kick the scoreboard and the crowd into life.Smart hands from the kick-off then led to a well worked try from Ross Chisholm under the posts, and the home team looked comfortable.But a penalty gave Newcastle a sniff and Quins suddenly found themselves wanting as Alex Tait found a gap to burst through and touch down.The conversion brought the score to 12-7, setting up a tense second half.A lost scrum deep in Quins territory gave the Falcons a big advantage, yet a stout but tiring defence kept the Geordies at bay.But the visitors hit back, and after the ball bobbled out the back of a ruck to be scooped up by Will Chudley, he gratefully charged 40 metres and over the line.And just before full-time, a dropped ball led to Luke Fielden running in the winning try.“We made it very hard for ourselves,” admitted Quins skipper Chris York.“Newcastle did a very good job of keeping the ball. We’re gutted not to be in the final.”Coach Howard Graham added: “We’ve had a good pre-season, but we looked a bit tired out there and people were leaving holes that aren’t normally there. They kept the ball very well, and we didn’t.”last_img read more

NBA parity on the line as teams prepare for beginning of free agency

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error After the Warriors blitzed LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers to win the Finals in five games and Durant was named the series MVP, the rest of the NBA realized that being great was no longer good enough.Now the only way to contend is by selling out and loading up on superstars. So now Gordon Hayward, drafted by a Utah team that in seven years he led out of the lottery and into the Western Conference semifinals, might forgo building with the team that is prepared to give him everything to play in Boston, a team more ready to contend.It’s a head-scratching time. The Collective Bargaining Agreement has proven to be as good of a friend to small-market teams as the Declaration of Independence was to the crown. The pact between the league and its players was designed to encourage players to stay put.It was designed for Paul George to want to stay in Indiana, but with a year left on his contract he has leveraged his way into a certain trade out of the Hoosier State, and could land in Boston or Cleveland, teams that won 51 and 53 games last season, met in the Eastern Conference finals and still realize they are at least one superstar away from challenging the Warriors.It was designed to keep Gordon Hayward in Salt Lake City. The Jazz can offer Hayward more than $44 million and one more year than anyone else.But if the fifth contract year and all that money wasn’t enough for Chris Paul, who as the president of the player’s association helped negotiate the charter known as the CBA, who’s to say it would be for anyone else?Paul’s now-former head coach, Doc Rivers, said in a local radio interview on Thursday that he doesn’t believe it’s the money that motivates free agents, that being able to win championships fast dictates player movement. The coming days will be an important test of that theory.If a majority of players are genuinely more interested in where they’re playing and who they’re playing with, then the system is broken. Dangling a few million dollars as an incentive to remain in place could prove to be irrelevant.If Boston, Cleveland and Houston are indeed successful in forming their own super teams, the rest of the NBA is forced out of the arms race. The divide between the haves and have-nots widens. More teams choose to bottom out in perdition like the Philadelphia 76ers.While star players have never been able to earn more in free agency, the value of a single superstar has never been less. That’s why Chicago dealt Jimmy Butler on draft night, and why players like Kristaps Porzingis, George and even DeAndre Jordan have all found themselves in trade talks.The NBA is on the cusp of monumental change.By Saturday morning, when the fiery orb emerges from the belly of the Atlantic and coffeehouses across the nation open their doors, the Boston Celtics could be more imposing than Cleveland and Houston best positioned to challenge the Warriors. Or, just maybe, the little guy will win. Perhaps Hayward will make like Stockton and Malone and vow to never leave Salt Lake, Blake Griffin will re-up with the Clippers, and the NBA will be able to raise those last shreds of parity to the top of its flagpole for one more season. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersYet, the summer of 2017 marks an especially hectic time in league history. Teams are clearing room for superstars to join other superstars to match the juggernaut and, seemingly, unstoppable Golden State Warriors.Boston, a team that came within three wins of reaching the NBA Finals not only won the draft lottery, but will enter the offseason with plans to add two more All-Stars. One, All-NBA point guard Chris Paul, has already said sayonara to his employer and teamed up with the runner-up in Most Valuable Player voting.Suddenly, the offseason feels like picking sides during a pick-up game at All-Star weekend.The league’s inability to smooth out a dramatic spike in the salary cap last season following its new TV deal gave Golden State the unexpected flexibility to sign Kevin Durant. Add the four-time scoring champion to a core of Steph Curry, Klay Thompson and Draymond Green that had already won a championship – and was already positioned to contend for more – and you create a monster.How is the rest of the league supposed to keep up? The only way to beat a team with potentially four future Hall of Famers is with an All-Star lineup of your own.center_img Just after 9 p.m. on Friday, shortly after the Pacific Ocean swallows the sun and East Coasters seek companionship in the late innings of West Coast baseball, the cellphones of NBA executives, agents and players will begin to buzz. Twitter will crash.It is in those quiet hours between the last beer on Friday night and the first mug of java on Saturday morning, when most Americans finally put work behind them and get to sleep in, that the NBA’s offseason machine groans into motion, that the league is most alive. Players either find new homes or at least lay the ground work to earning their next millions. “It’s an exciting time, it’s a frustrating time. Every offseason is significant. Contenders are born with the decisions made and the money spent in the first minutes after the calendar at the league’s New York headquarters turns to July.last_img read more

Simmons, Pollard fail in IPL opener

first_imgWest Indies batsmen Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard both failed as reigning champions Mumbai Indians slumped to a heavy nine-wicket defeat to new franchise Rising Pune Supergiants in the opening game of the new Indian Premier League season yesterday.Opting to bat first, Mumbai showed plenty rust in stumbling to 121 for eight off their 20 overs at the Wankhede Stadium, but Supergiants experienced no such glitches, racing to their target in the 15th over.Opener Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with an unbeaten 66 off 42 deliveries and put on 78 for the first wicket with South African Faf du Plessis, who made 34 from 33 balls.Englishman Kevin Pietersen chipped in with an unbeaten 21 off 14 balls.Earlier, Simmons managed just eight at the top of the order, while Pollard scored just one at number six, as Mumbai’s batting collapsed.Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh top-scored with an unbeaten 45 off 30 balls batting at number eight, while middle order batsman Ambati Rayudu chipped in with 22.Simmons, a member of the West Indies T20 World Cup winning squad last week, looked to be finding his touch when he clobbered pacer RP Singh for a straight six in the third over.last_img read more