March 25, 2020 Federer underwent surgery on his right knee five weeks ago and hoped to return for grass-court tournaments in June. The men’s tennis tour has since shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Federer says he and wife hope “others might join in supporting more families in need.”___The Spanish soccer federation has announced measures to help smaller clubs financially.The measures include a loan of 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help pay the salaries of players and coaches. The initiative was conceived by executives at Brighton, which has committed to giving National Health Service workers 1,000 tickets for matches and has invited other clubs from the Premier League, English Football League, Scotland and Northern Ireland to join in.Bournemouth immediately followed suit, offering “a minimum of” 1,000 tickets.Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says “we feel this is a small way in which we can show our gratitude for those NHS staff on the front line who are fighting the battle on behalf of all of us and give them something to look forward to.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Bach says “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating.Bach and the International Olympic Committee faced mounting criticism from athletes last week for publicly supporting holding the Tokyo Games in July and August.Bach was asked on a conference call why the postponement decision came only after much of the world was in lockdown. He says “we could not see (government) measures being taken lasting until July.”___Premier League teams Brighton and Bournemouth have become the first clubs to sign up to a campaign to make 100,000 free soccer tickets available to medical workers on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak. The league says exceptions can be made only “for urgent economic reasons.”The league also says it’s too early to decide when matches can resume.___Major League Soccer has extended its moratorium on team training through April 3 and still wants players to stay in their team’s local market.MLS has targeted May 10 as a potential return date. Last Thursday, the New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct after confirmation that a backstretch worker who lived and worked at Belmont Park tested positive for COVID-19. The Belmont backstretch is home to 585 workers who tend to the daily care of more than 1,300 horses stabled on the property.The pandemic has affected other prep races for the Kentucky Derby, which itself was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Sunland Derby in New Mexico and Blue Grass and Lexington stakes in Kentucky have been canceled, along with the UAE Derby. The Arkansas Derby was pushed back from April 11 to May 2. For now, the Florida Derby on March 28 and Santa Anita Derby on April 4 are still scheduled.___NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at track at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. NASCAR was at Atlanta scheduled to race March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which instead was converted into a virtual iRacing event broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with 35 drivers. NASCAR has suspended its season through May 9 and will race at least five more iRaces, televised on Fox, during the stoppage.___ In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25 while the rest of the sports world is largely shut down. The league is developing a new format because it has scrapped the public events set for Las Vegas. ___The Belgian soccer league says clubs should not apply for temporary layoffs for their players despite matches remaining suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.The league asked clubs not to burden the government’s temporary unemployment scheme for employees forced out of work because of the lockdown measures implemented in Belgium. Murphy says he’s got a mask, gloves and wipes for his cross-country flight, which comes at a time when much of the world is locked down.___The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better.Dr. Winne Meeuwisse says the virus “really just entering the rapid acceleration phase” in North America. That makes it unclear when hockey might resume.He says the league is thankful only two players have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and its hopeful weeks of isolation will prevent more from contracting the virus. Players and staff have been told to self-quarantine until at least April 4. Richeze wrote on Instagram that two tests for COVID-19 had come back negative and he was discharged Wednesday.That status of Richeze’s teammate, Fernando Gaviria, remains unknown after he also tested positive for the virus. Two staff members for UAE Team Emirates also tested positive, and the entire team remains in voluntary quarantine.The second edition of the UAE Tour, a major early season stage race, was canceled with two stages left. Riders and support staff for all 22 teams were isolated, though nearly all of them now have been cleared to leave the country.___The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week. Team training facilities may be used only for physical therapy purposes at the direction of the team’s medical staff.___Roger Federer and his wife, Mirka, say they have donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.02 million) “for the most vulnerable families” in Switzerland.Federer writes on his social media accounts that “these are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.”The announcement was the first post on his Twitter and Instagram accounts in more than three weeks. Associated Press That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting.Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April.The club’s statement Wednesday says that postponing the two-week grass-court tournament would not come “without significant risk and difficulty” because of the surface.Playing without fans has been ruled out. Wimbledon hasn’t been canceled since World War II.___ The Latest: Argentine cyclist in UAE recovers from virus There is no timeline for when players might be able to start working out in small groups or report to team training facilities. Meeuwisse says the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and Canada will determine when that might be possible.Varying recommendations and lockdown regulations across the league’s 31 markets could impact how the NHL proceeds. Meeuwisse and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are still unsure whether fans would be allowed in for potential games when they resume.___Aqueduct has extended the suspension of live horse racing through at least April 5 because of the impact of the new coronavirus in New York.As a result, the $750,000 Wood Memorial has been postponed. No make-up date has been determined yet for the major Kentucky Derby prep that was to be run on April 4. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Argentine cyclist Max Richeze has been released from a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, where the UAE Team Emirates rider spent 18 days after testing positive for the coronavirus following the cancellation of the UAE Tour. Now that the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for up to a year because of the coronavirus outbreak, world-class athletes have plenty of free time.American swimming star Ryan Murphy, who won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games, is planning to fly home to Jacksonville, Florida,from his training base at Cal-Berkeley.“I haven’t been home in a year and half,” the 24-year-old Murphy told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It’s been forever. That’s the silver lining to all the madness. My parents are home and I suddenly get to spend a lot more time with them. I’m looking forward to it.”Murphy’s coach Dave Durden, one of the head coaches for the U.S. team in Tokyo, essentially wrapped up the season after Tuesday’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee. He met with his each of his swimmers and told them to take a few weeks off.“That’s closure for now,” Murphy said. “We’re taking a step back and trying to create a plan and refocusing toward 2021.” The loan will be available to clubs from the third and fourth divisions, and futsal clubs. It can be paid back without interest over two seasons.The federation also says it will negotiate a credit line for teams in the first and second division.Federation president Luis Rubiales says the federation’s doctors will be made available to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, and the national team’s hotel can be used as a hospital if necessary.___IOC president Thomas Bach says government guidelines imposing restrictions on daily life only into next month and even President Donald Trump’s target of the “middle of April” to lift them are among the reasons why he waited so long to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.
As a ball flew high in the air just inside the Pittsburgh defensive half, Syracuse forward Luther Archimede jumped up to head it, knowing he’d already been cautioned by the referee. Archimede won the header, but his elbow drove into Pittsburgh’s Sito Sena’s head in the process. Sena fell to the pitch.The referee hesitated for a moment before reaching into his pocket to pull out two rectangle cards. One yellow. Then, a red. Archimede had seen both of those just 14 days prior.Five minutes into the second half, Archimede went from the Orange’s starting striker to off the pitch. He went from one of Syracuse’s best forwards to the player who nearly cost the Orange a pair of games. In Archimede’s absence, the Orange sat back a man-down, defended and scratched its way to a draw.Archimede plays a critical role in Syracuse’s (7-4-4, 2-3-3 Atlantic Coast) offense. Archimede’s size and strength — 6-foot-2, 176 pounds — make him a physical option both on the ball and in the air. Sometimes though, McIntyre said, Archimede’s adjustment from his French second division club, Sochaux,has led him to be overly aggressive and pick up unnecessary fouls.“Any international player goes through an adaptation period,” McIntyre said. “I think his best soccer is ahead of him, and he’s getting used to the speed of play and physicality.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textArchimede was not made available for this story.He’s shown flashes already this season. In his first-ever collegiate game on Aug. 30, Archimede managed six shots —two on-goal —against No. 3 Georgetown. Only Massimo Ferrin and attacking midfielder Ryan Raposo have more shots than Archimede’s 24 in total on the season.But while the freshman has started four games, he’s been sent off in two of them. When a player receives a red card, he is automatically suspended for the next game, meaning that the SU freshman also missed the Orange’s 3-2 win against Cornell and 4-0 loss to Duke.Twice, the Orange were tied in the second half with upper-tier ACC teams Louisville and Pittsburgh. Both times, Archimede’s unnecessary fouls while already on a yellow card ended his nights early.Eva Suppa | Digital Design Editor“If Luther wasn’t committed to go up for that ball in France, he would have been shouted at by his coach for lack of commitment,” McIntyre said. “Luther and all of our guys have to do a better job of recognizing that every game has a flow to it and you must manage yourselves in games.”Archimede’s first red card came at the end of regulation against then-No. 20 Louisville on Sept. 13, as he tripped a Louisville player to prevent a last-second goal. McIntyre had “no problem” with it because it was Archimede’s only option.Archimede picked up a first-half yellow card on an open-field tackle. He also nearly scored the go-ahead goal, until he was denied on the goal line by the Louisville goalkeeper.“(McIntyre) says we have to have controlled aggression,” freshman Hilli Goldhar said. “He wants our style of soccer to be relentless, aggressive, but it has to be smart, everything we do has to be calculated.”Because of Archimede’s aggression, the Orange had to play overtime and double overtime — 20 full minutes — down a man. Syracuse was in its third straight overtime game and the Orange’s heavy legs slogged to a goalless draw.Archimede came off the bench for parts of the Orange’s 1-0 loss to Wake Forest and 1-0 win against Colgate, but didn’t factor on the scoresheet or on the referee’s cards. He earned his third start against Pittsburgh, and after not registering any shots in the opening frame, picked up two yellow cards in three minutes.Eva Suppa | Digital Design Editor“I talked to him after the game,” Goldhar said. “He’s a really aggressive, get-in-your-face type player … I texted him and told him to keep his head up and keep going.”While his aggressive nature has gotten him sent off twice, it’s also positioned him to be in goal scoring opportunities more than any player besides Raposo and Ferrin. His shot numbers suggest he’s getting himself into dangerous areas, and finally, against Division III SUNY-Morrisville, the breakthrough came in the form of two scores.He’d been denied by the goalkeeper from point blank range against Louisville. He passed up a chance against Clemson, instead dishing to an even more open Severin Soerlie, who then skied his kick. His two goals against SUNY-Morrisville finally gave scores to show for his impact on the Orange’s offense all season long.Against North Carolina State on Saturday, Archimede saved the ball on the end line before playing in a cross to Soerlie. This time, Soerlie didn’t miss.Since his second red card,Archimede hasn’t been shown any cards. He’ll be a key piece for the Orange’s attack — which has relied heavily on Raposo, Ferrin and Sondre Norheim — in the postseason.If he can stay on the pitch. Comments Published on October 30, 2019 at 9:54 pm Contact Anthony: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+
Standard Ranked Rashguard There’s UFC Heavyweights, And Then There’s Shaq More: Amanda Nunes’ Biggest Threat? Lights. Out. Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender I guess Rizin has a thing for kickboxers.The Japanese-based mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion, as reported, was trying its damnedest to find an opponent for Fedor Emelianenko — one not named Jaideep Singh — for its New Year’s Eve extravaganza. It even reached out to World Series of Fighting (WSOF) President Ray Sefo, who was forced to decline.His explanation from WSOF.com:The opportunity to fight him was actually offered to me, I think five weeks out from the actual New Year’s Eve fight. I was honored, but I told the guys, “Listen, that fight, I would love to have. He’s a legend in this sport. Win or lose for me, it would be amazing to get in there.” But at the same time, I said, “Five weeks is not enough for me to prepare for someone like Fedor. He’s a guy that I don’t want to just jump in there. That’s disrespectful to him and disrespectful to myself.” I can get ready to fight a kickboxing fight in five weeks. But for me to fight an MMA fight, I want at least 10 weeks to get ready for it. So five weeks wasn’t enough for me to take that fight, and we turned it down. But if that fight was ever offered to me, and I was offered 10 weeks to get ready for it, I would take it in a heartbeat.Emelianenko, who flattened Singh in round one, is expected to return in April.No disrespect to Sefo, 44, who was a killer inside the kickboxing ring, but I’m not sure his inclusion would have done much to silence the critics. “Sugar,” for all his success in the stand-up arena, is a meager 2-2 in MMA and does not have the ground game to hang with a Sambo champion like Fedor.Time for Plan B?Heyyyyy Mo, where ya’ goin’ with that plane ticket in your hand. Standard BJJ Gi Apparel Latest From Our Partners King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Latest From MMA Warehouse Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Lockdown duffle bag Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career More From Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Ethan Miller/Getty Images Sale Accessories MMAmania.com ProMax 440 BJJ GI Bizzy Was Sneaking Needles Into The Toilet For GSP Fight Midnight Mania! Trump Family In The ‘Chaos’ Corner? Gloves Good Night Tee Fight Motion! Watch Holloway, Cyborg Do Work Via Ghost Cam