The Latest: Rockies reliever Tim Collins decides not to play

first_imgDelaware state officials denied the track’s request to host a limited number of fans Aug. 21-23 in the interest of public health and safety. The track is to host a NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend.NASCAR has run race weekends without fans with limited exceptions, notably at tracks in Tennessee and Texas.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The USTA says ATP Challenger 150 tourneys that were supposed to start on Aug. 22 and Aug. 29 at its national campus are being scrapped.The USTA said the sort of “proper risk mitigation” that it plans for the U.S. Open — the Grand Slam tournament scheduled to begin in New York on Aug. 31 — “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” for smaller events.The group also cited “the current rates of COVID-19 in Florida.___The Great Lakes Valley Conference is the sixth NCAA Division II league to suspend its football season because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___IndyCar is set for another schedule revamp, with races scheduled for Portland International Raceway and a doubleheader weekend at Laguna Seca in California both canceled.The series will now run doubleheaders at Mid-Ohio, in the St. Louis area, and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The series will run Aug. 8-9 at Mid-Ohio; Aug. 29-30 at World Wide Technology Raceway; and Oct. 2-3 at the IMS road course.IndyCar is still scheduled to run 14 races this season.___ ___Saints quarterback Drew Brees and his wife, Brittany, say they’re donating $5 million toward a partnership with a Louisiana health care provider to build “numerous” health centers in economically struggling communities around the state. Brees said in his announcement on social media that the first center will be built later this year in eastern New Orleans in partnership with Ochsner Health. This marks the second multimillion donation Brees has made to benefit Louisiana since the coronavirus pandemic spread to the United States. In March, he donated $5 million to assist food banks in the state as people began losing jobs because of businesses closures or staff reductions stemming from government restrictions aimed at curbing the virus’ spread.Louisiana, with a population of nearly 4.7 million, has been hard hit by the virus. As of Sunday, state health department figures showed a total of 107,574 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 3,651 deaths. The NCAA has reduced the minimum number of contests required of Division I fall sports teams, excluding football, by 50% this season.The decision by the Division I Council coordination committee to grant a blanket waiver for any school that needs it affects men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s water polo and women’s volleyball teams.Some conferences, like the Big Ten and Pac-12, have already announced they will play nothing but conference schedules in their fall sports.The oversight committee also agreed to suspend the criterion requiring teams to have at least a .500 record to be considered for at-large selections into a championship field. A previous decision by the Division I Council allows conferences to determine how their automatic qualifiers are chosen for NCAA championship events up to two weeks prior to selections.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Colorado Rockies say left-handed reliever Tim Collins has decided not to play this season because of concerns over the coronavirus pandemic. The GLVC announced its regular season and championship would move to the spring. Also considering football in the spring are the Great Northwest, Northeast-10, Southern Intercollegiate, Central Intercollegiate, and Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference.Six of the other 10 Division II conferences are delaying starts to their seasons. The Rocky Mountain Athletic, Great Midwest, Great Lakes Intercollegiate and Northern Sun still plan to play full seasons in the fall.In Division III, the Midwest Conference became the 23rd league to postpone or cancel its season. The only Division III conferences planning to play all or part of their seasons this fall are the American Rivers, Michigan Intercollegiate, Minnesota Intercollegiate, Upper Midwest and USA South.More than 1,700 NCAA games across three divisions are known to have been canceled or postponed, according to Associated Press research. The breakdown: 114 in the FBS, 317 in the FCS, 445 in Division II and 889 in Division III.Several dozen games have been cut from the 95 football teams in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. All junior college games have been canceled. ___The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor says there are simply too many factors that prohibit the conference from safely delivering a competitive atmosphere. A decision on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the conference presidents at a later date. MAAC student-athletes whose seasons have been canceled will still be permitted to train when they return to campus, and institutions will be responsible for implementing their own training guidelines in accordance with state and local COVID-19 regulations and guidance provided by the NCAA.The Collegiate Commissioners Association is working with the NCAA on a series of waivers related to fall sports eligibility and competition. Collins was part of Colorado’s 60-player pool and was assigned to the alternate training site in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He’s the second member of the Rockies organization to opt out of the 2020 season.Outfielder Ian Desmond said earlier this month that he would skip the season to focus on his young family and to help revitalize youth baseball in his home state of Florida.Collins has played six major league seasons. Last year he appeared in nine games with the Chicago Cubs between stints with the Twins and Reds organizations.___The U.S. Tennis Association has canceled two lower-tier tennis tournaments in Orlando, Florida, saying that the coronavirus pandemic makes it too dangerous to hold the events without a bubble setup. Associated Press The Latest: Rockies reliever Tim Collins decides not to play The National Hockey League reported zero players tested positive for the coronavirus last week.The league says it administered a total of 4,256 tests to more than 800 players from July 18-25. Two players tested positive during the first week of training camps July 13-17.Players and staff from the 24 teams participating in the expanded Stanley Cup playoffs traveled to the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday. They’re now in a quarantined bubble and will be tested daily after every other day testing during camp.___The NASCAR weekend in late August at Dover International Speedway will take place without fans. July 27, 2020last_img read more

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Fiammetta: Seniors lead way for Badgers

first_imgWith age comes … Rose Bowls?Maybe that’s not exactly what all the wise men and women responsible for coining all those old-people phrases had in mind. But for the 2010 Wisconsin Badgers, nothing could be truer.On head coach Bret Bielema’s roster – one that has just tied for the Big Ten title and, barring any BCS tomfoolery, earned UW its sixth Rose Bowl berth – there are 13 seniors. Four are true fourth-year players, while the remaining nine are redshirt seniors. Of these 13, nine were regular starters this year. Of the remaining four, two still played crucial roles – offensive lineman Bill Nagy and receiver Isaac Anderson.So with everything Wisconsin has to be thankful for this season – stunning victories over Ohio State and Iowa, a dominant rushing attack and a playmaking defense, to name a few – this senior class just might be the most significant.Left tackle Gabe Carimi has started 48 games at UW, 32 consecutively, and is an Outland Trophy finalist, given to the nation’s top interior lineman. Monday night, he was also announced as the Big Ten’s top offensive lineman. Left guard John Moffitt was also a consensus All-Big Ten first-team selection, and started every game this season. Tight end Lance Kendricks – again, a consensus All-Big Ten first team selection – is the Badgers’ leading receiver with 39 receptions, 627 yards and five touchdowns, an invaluable blocker and a finalist for the John Mackey award, given to the nation’s top tight end. All three have majorly contributed to a powerhouse offense that features three players (running backs John Clay, Montee Ball and James White) with at least 800 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns.Middle linebacker Culmer St. Jean is third on the team with 59 tackles and is in charge of getting the Badgers’ defense (third in the Big Ten) set on every play. Linebacker Blake Sorensen is one of those four true seniors, and he led the team with 60 tackles after filling in for the injured Chris Borland – the reigning Big Ten Freshman of the Year. Cornerback Niles Brinkley and safety Jay Valai transformed Wisconsin’s secondary from the team’s most maligned unit to one of its strengths – Brinkley was second on the team with nine pass deflections and Valai recorded 39 tackles, three pass breakups and four deflections, a forced fumble and a blocked kick that came on extra point attempt against Arizona State.So far, that’s seven of the Badgers nine starting seniors. Yet, what about the starting quarterback and the kickoff returner who keyed the Badgers’ upset of the Buckeyes? Scott Tolzien, the quarterback, is the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after completing 15 of 19 passes for 230 yards, four touchdowns and zero interceptions. For the year, Tolzien has completed 74.3 percent of his passes for 2,300 yards, 16 touchdowns and only six interceptions. His 169.80 quarterback efficiency rating is the nation’s fourth-best. David Gilreath, meanwhile, is the team’s fourth-leading receiver with 21 receptions for 347 yards and one touchdown. However, his biggest contributions have come as the Badgers’ deep threat – 16.5 yards per reception, tops on the team – and as a returner. Gilreath is the Big Ten’s all-time leading kick returner, which he became in the Ohio State game, the one where he began the Badgers’ 31-18 upset of the then-No. 1 Buckeyes with a 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown.And what of those four seniors who weren’t regular starters? For Nagy, he still started nine of Wisconsin’s 12 games – all along the offensive line, and even at blocking tight end. The 6-3, 318 lb. lineman epitomizes versatility, and while his personality might be modest, his achievements are anything but. After a July 2009 moped accident, Nagy broke his right wrist and right heel, suffered ligament damage in his foot and bruised his ribs. Thankful just to be alive, Nagy made his first career start at center Nov. 13 against Indiana, less than 18 months after that brutal accident and was twice UW’s co-offensive player of the week.Anderson, meanwhile, hauled in the third-most receptions on the team (23) and contributed 223 receiving yards. Kyle Jefferson, a 6-5, 180 lb. receiver also doubled as a UW track & field star. Jefferson finished the year with four catches for 65 yards. Wisconsin’s final senior, running back Zach Brown, will redshirt this year and return in 2011. However, in his first three years at UW, Brown compiled 1,152 rushing yards, 11 rushing touchdowns, 20 receptions and 105 receiving yards.So while this laundry list of Wisconsin’s most experienced players might just seem to be a story of numbers, it’s anything but. Rather, this senior class has done so much more. First and foremost, it’s keyed the Badgers’ success this year. Without Carimi and Moffitt, there’s no way Wisconsin produces the nation’s 11th-best rushing attack. Without Tolzien, there’s no way the Badgers escape Ohio State and Iowa in consecutive weeks – and without those wins, there’s no way Wisconsin rebounds from the Michigan State loss to recapture the Big Ten’s highest BCS ranking.And without the less heralded Badgers like Nagy and Anderson, there’s no way any of that happens. Clay, Ball and White have justifiably garnered so much attention for Wisconsin’s offensive prowess this year, but without the aforementioned seniors, the offense is mediocre, at best. And without St. Jean, Brinkley, Valai and Sorensen, the defense doesn’t allow the Badgers to finish 11-1.Therein lies the key – no matter the stats, the recognition and the attention, Bielema’s seniors have one singular contribution that has meant the most to Wisconsin football in 2010. They’ve won ball games, and come New Year’s Day, they’ll likely have a chance to win the Granddaddy of Them All.Mike is a junior majoring in journalism and communication arts. Have a favorite Wisconsin senior? Love the whole class? Let him know at mfiammetta@badgerherald.com and follow him on Twitter @mikefiammetta.last_img read more

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Ramage getting chance to be ‘golden’ boy again

first_imgSophomore John Ramage won the gold with Team USA in the 2010 WJC and could get a chance to repeat in the 2011 tournament.[/media-credit]One year ago, John Ramage was an unheralded freshman defenseman at Wisconsin. Even as the Badger men’s hockey team gained notoriety, it was Ramage’s defensive partner, Brendan Smith, that got the attention on the blue line.But while Smith was on his way to a remarkable offensive season, Ramage got his own chance to do something noteworthy – play for Team USA at the IIHF World U20 Championship.The World Junior Championship, as it is colloquially called, pits the top 10 under-20 national teams in the world against each other. Last season, Ramage, along with UW teammate Jake Gardiner and former Badger Derek Stepan, won the gold medal over Canada on Canadian soil.This season, Ramage could get the chance to repeat as champion in Buffalo. Yesterday, he was announced as one of 29 players named to the U.S. preliminary roster for the 2011 WJC.“It’s definitely an honor, and I’m very excited,” Ramage said.In a way, the 2010 WJC was the St. Louis native’s coming out party. Ramage made the roster largely at the insistence of then-UW assistant coach Mark Osiecki, who was an assistant for Team USA as well. The move didn’t sit well with some fans, who questioned the decision, citing favoritism.All Ramage did in response was play terrific defense as the Americans won the gold, posting a plus-5 rating and assisting on John Carlson’s game-winning goal in the final.In his short time at UW, Ramage has established himself as one of the league’s steadiest stay-at-home defensemen. At six-feet tall and 201 lbs., the 19-year-old knows how to use his body to his advantage, something Team USA relished.“I think what helped John in this case, is the fact it was played on a small sheet of ice,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “That helps John – he’s not quite the open ice skater that maybe a Jake Gardiner is. But he’s such a competitor that he becomes effective on a small sheet of ice, because you’re going to bump into more people.“They needed his type of defenseman to shut down the other team’s best players, to block shots, to bring that physical element on a small sheet.”The performance got Team USA noticed. Stepan made such an impression on NHL scouts that, when combined with his season at Wisconsin, the New York Rangers, who drafted him, pushed hard for him to leave for the pros, which he did.In Ramage’s case, it got him drafted, as he was taken in the fourth round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames.For Eaves, it was clear the showing at the WJC got his defenseman noticed.“No question. I think that that’s a world stage,” he said of Ramage. “The National Hockey League is certainly going to be there and with the success of the team and the way that he played, were all contributors to him being drafted.”Eaves noted all three of his gold medal-winning players returned displaying a lot of confidence.That confidence was on display as Ramage helped anchor a talented Badgers defensive corps all the way to the national title game. Even as a freshman, Eaves and his staff trusted Ramage to be the defensive anchor to protect Smith’s overwhelming offensive tendencies.“Obviously experience, winning games, winning championships… is huge for your confidence,” Gardiner said.The two big stages Ramage performed on last year have only helped him grow. Right now, he’s third on the team in plus/minus with a plus-9 rating, and Gardiner is the only defenseman with a better number.And while he’s only one-for-two in championship games in 2010, there was a lot to take away from both experiences.“Being with the world juniors and being able to win it, [knowing] what it took to win,” Ramage said. “And also with going to the NCAA title, going that far and seeing how close it could slip out of your grasp, it gave me two aspects that I really, just take those both and move on with those.”So while it currently looks like the chances of the Badgers making a repeat appearance in the title game are slim, Ramage could get the chance to add to his gold medal collection.Team USA will whittle its roster size down to 22 before the tournament and of the 10 defensemen on the roster, maybe only seven will be kept, if not just six.But it speaks volumes that Ramage was one of eight eligible players from last year’s championship squad to be invited back for a chance to compete this December.“There’s not too many guys that have done that,” Eaves said. “It speaks to how they felt about John’s contributions last year.”And given a chance to don the red, white and blue again, there’s no question Ramage would jump at it.“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Ramage said. “Luckily I got to do it last year, hopefully I can do it again this year.”last_img read more

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Syracuse reaches No. 14 in AP Poll, highest rank in program history for 3rd consecutive week

first_img Related Stories No. 2 Notre Dame snaps No. 17 Syracuse’s 11-game win streak in ACC championship gameBriana Day scores 17 points despite No. 17 Syracuse’s 68-57 loss to No. 2 Notre DameGallery: Syracuse falls short in bid to capture 1st ACC titleCornelia Fondren and Alexis Peterson propel Syracuse to the ACC championship with 80-75 win against LouisvilleNo. 17 Syracuse buries N.C. State with 12 3s in 80-61 win to advance to ACC tournament semifinals One day removed from an appearance in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, Syracuse jumped three spots in the Associated Press Top 25 poll to No. 14 in the country Monday — setting the program record for highest ranking in history for the third week in a row.SU (25-7, 13-3 ACC) lost to No. 2 Notre Dame on Sunday, 68-57, ending its quest for just the second conference title in program history, but will enter the NCAA tournament having won 11 of its last 12 games.Sports Illustrated’s Richard Deitsch gave the Orange its highest vote at No. 6.Syracuse beat North Carolina State handily in the quarterfinals on Friday and upset then-No. 7 Louisville, 80-75, on Saturday. SU avenged its blowout loss to the Cardinals on Jan. 25 — its last regular season loss before its late-season run — and played closer with the Fighting Irish than it did in the 90-62 Jan. 21 meeting between the teams.“We’re very satisfied and I think we’re peaking at the right time,” Syracuse guard Alexis Peterson said after the game on Sunday. “No one thought we would get here. No one thought we would beat Louisville. No one thought we’d beat N.C. State again. No one thought we’d compete with Notre Dame, so I think we’re just starting to take strides in the right direction.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPeterson was named to the All-Tournament first team and guard Cornelia Fondren was named to the second team.On Monday, the coaches voted Peterson to the All-ACC first team and All-Defensive team. Guard Brianna Butler earned second team honors and center Briana Day made it on the All-Defensive team.Syracuse has a week until it’ll find out its postseason fate on March 14 at 7 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 7, 2016 at 2:24 pm Contact Jon: jrmettus@syr.edu | @jmettuslast_img read more

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Hyun-derrated: Women in sports are neglected by media

first_imgThe obvious theme here is that attention to women’s sports as compared to men’s is problematically low. This may be a product of tradition, but in a modern society where gender equality is emphasized, it just does not make sense. Hopefully, women’s sporting competitions will attract audiences on par with those of men in the coming years. It won’t happen overnight, but with more effort from fans and the media, who knows? Women may one day dominate the world of sports.  While the 2019 NBA Finals brought in an average of 20.5 million viewers per game, the 2018 WNBA Finals averaged just 481,000. And that’s exactly the problem.  Media has an overwhelming influence in the modern world. From presidential elections to sports, media brings attention to almost every aspect of today’s society. Because the media hardly focuses on women’s sports, people lose focus and forget about a significant portion of the sporting world. Men’s sports, on the other hand, get the lion’s share of media coverage — and thus, almost all the nationwide attention. Even at the college level, where Title IX tries to equalize men’s and women’s sports, many of the latter are neglected. I recall covering a USC women’s basketball game that had an attendance of less than 300. There is no excuse for this.  The Super Bowl is the most-watched event of every year in the United States. With an audience of more than 100 million viewers, the first Sunday in February has essentially turned into a national holiday.  I quickly discovered that I had a hard time recognizing different women players and teams. It was shocking to see how little media attention women’s sports received compared to men’s. I understood why Thomas always tried to push for recognizing female athletes and their accomplishments — she had to do it because no one else did.  The first game I ever covered at USC was a women’s soccer game — and honestly, the only reason I even chose to do so was because I had to cover at least two games before I could work football. I was looking forward to getting it over with more so than actually enjoying it.  Watching one of the best women’s soccer teams in the nation made me realize how hard every athlete trains and why it is so important to appreciate all college athletes, regardless of gender. The team didn’t attract as many attendees or as much recognition as it deserved, but the players couldn’t care less. They were just as passionate and excited as any men’s team I’ve seen.  Similarly, the University of Connecticut’s women’s basketball team is one of the most dominant college teams ever. In its 2016 championship game, in which the Huskies  capped off an undefeated season, fewer than three million people tuned in.  Why? The easiest explanation is media coverage.  My whole life, I have been a sports fan, but not once could I remember sitting down and watching a full women’s professional sports game. Was that a subconscious yet intentional decision? Or was it because women’s sports were rarely shown on TV in the first place? Either way, I concluded that women in sports need the recognition and celebration that they deserve. This topic hits close to home for me. I’ll never forget when Jackie Thomas, the dean of students from my high school, would highlight accomplishments or talk about the importance of women in sports on a weekly basis. Before I met Thomas, I never paid much attention to women’s sports and thought few others did. Since  it was unusual for me to see someone so passionate about it, I decided to see for myself why Thomas made such a big deal out of female athletes. Last spring, three of USC’s women’s teams (water polo, lacrosse and beach volleyball) won their respective conference championships, whereas only one men’s team did so. Unfortunately, without looking it up myself, I would have never known. When the U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team won the World Cup this past July, fewer than 20 million people watched the final match. 20 million — for the finale of a worldwide tournament available to an audience of billions. That’s a shamefully low figure.   It falls on fans to recognize and appreciate all athletes, regardless of gender or what sport they play. Today, every athlete puts in a tremendous amount of hard work, but only a small fraction of those athletes are actually celebrated.  But instantly, I was hooked. Nathan Hyun is a sophomore writing about underrepresented sports. His column, “Hyun-derrated,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more

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Juventus star Paulo Dybala tests positive for COVID-19

first_imgHe is the third Juve player to be confirmed to have the virus, after Daniele Rugani and France World Cup winner Blaise Matuidi.Dybala’s girlfriend Oriana Sabatini – is an Argentine singer, actress, and model – she is also the niece of former tennis player Gabriela Sabatini, the 1990 US Open champion.All domestic sporting activity in Italy has been suspended until at least 3 April. In a message on his Twitter account, Dybala said he and his girlfriend both have the virus but are in good health.“Hello everyone, I wanted to inform you that we have just received the results of the Covid-19 test and both Oriana and I tested positive. Fortunately, we are in perfect condition. Thanks for your messages and greetings to all” Juventus and Argentina forward Paulo Dybala has confirmed he has tested positive for coronavirus.last_img read more

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2015 AYC: Flying Eagles beat Senegal 3-1

first_imgNigeria opened its African Youth Championship campaign on a positive note as Taiwo Awoniyi scored twice in a 3-1 win over hosts Senegal at the Stade Leopold Senghor last night.Awoniyi got the Flying Eagles off to a perfect start, breaking the deadlock against the Young Lions in the tenth minute after benefitting from a long pass from the back.The striker doubled the advantage three minutes later in the same manner.He beat goalkeeper Seydou Sy to the ball before wrong footing a defender and netting his second goal of the night.Sidy Sarr capitalised on a mix up in the 18-yard area, before slotting a low shot past Joshua Enaholo, who was outstanding for the Nigerian side.Attacking midfielder Ifeanyi Matthew added a third late in the first half for Manu Garba’s team. Nigeria’s next match will be against Congo on 11th March at the Stade Leopold Senghor.The final Group A match will be against Ivory Coast on 14th March at the Stade Caroline Faye.last_img read more

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Bitter? Clippers’ Doc Rivers surprised by Golden State’s reaction

first_imgThompson, who helped the Warriors win the title this past season, called Rivers’ remarks “bitter” in a story on ESPN.com and went on to note how the Clippers lost to Houston after leading 3-1 in the conference semifinals, and so on.“I was really disappointed in them because that’s not how I said it,” Rivers said. “I was really surprised at how sensitive they are, but I’m giving Klay the benefit of the doubt. I’m sure it was worded wrong in the question that was asked to him. I basically say it and I say it all the time. During the conversation, I said of my (Boston Celtics) team in 2008, you’ve gotta have some luck, things have to go your way. You need all that.“But I respect Golden State a hundred percent. But I was surprised at how quickly they jumped on it. To each his own.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Golden State’s Klay Thompson on Friday responded to a quote from Rivers, who told Grantland.com that a team needs some luck to advance in the Western Conference playoffs.“Look at Golden State, they didn’t have to play us or the Spurs,” Rivers said.last_img read more

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MLB umpire Joe West says U.S. coronavirus deaths aren’t actually from coronavirus

first_imgIn an interview with The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, West somewhat irresponsibly says he believes that many of the nation’s COVID-19 deaths — of which there are roughly 130,000 — actually don’t have anything to do with the coronavirus.”I said, ‘Look, most of these people that they’re reporting are dying are not healthy to begin with. I’ve lost 25 pounds over the winter. I’m playing golf every day in the heat. I’m fine. I’m not going to back down now.'”I don’t believe in my heart that all these deaths have been from the coronavirus,” West continued. “I believe it may have contributed to some of the deaths. I said, ‘I’m not going to opt out. I’m going to work. And I’m going to work until you take me off the field or I get hurt, whatever. I’m working.'”MORE: Complete list of MLB players opting out for 2020 And here’s Joe West with another horrific call.The MLB umpire, who fits into the high-risk bracket when it comes to COVID-19, is going to be calling balls and strikes if and when the 2020 MLB season gets underway. But the coronavirus doesn’t bother him one bit With roughly 130,000 coronavirus deaths in the United States, West’s take is an interesting. Per the CDC, those 130,000 deaths have all been caused by the coronavirus.While MLB said just over 1 percent of players, staff, executive and personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus, cases among almost every team in the league have been reported. With the season tentatively getting underway July 23, there’s also more time for players to test positive or opt out for the season.Hopefully West stays safe and healthy this season, but this is just the latest reason why umpires should be seen, not heard.last_img read more

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Jordan Howard Wins Consecutive Student-Athlete of the Year Awards

first_img Lafayette Rutledge Nicholls Sr. Gautier, Miss. 3.38 Interdisciplinary Studies Jaren Lewis2 Abilene Christian Jr. Orlando, Fla. 3.29 Business Management 2017-18 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball All-Academic Teams GPA Eddy Polanco Southeastern La. Sr. Bronx, N.Y. 3.62 International Business Name University Class Hometown GPA Major Major Along with Lewis, UIW’s Sam Burmeister was named to his second Southland All-Academic team, earning a spot on the second team. The Bears are one of two teams to garner two picks to the all-academic teams with Mathieu Kamba being named a second team selection. Abilene Christian is the other with two-time selection Jaren Lewis and second team member Hayden Howell. Mathieu Kamba Central Arkansas Sr. Calgary, Alberta, Canada 3.14 Finance Texas A&M-Corpus Christi junior Kareem South was the top vote-getter to earn a spot on the all-academic first team. Stephen F. Austin sophomore Kevon Harris and Southeastern Louisiana senior Eddy Polanco round out the top squad. ^2017-18 Southland Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year1All-Conference First Team selection2Two-time all-academic selection3Three-time all-academic selection#CoSIDA Academic All-District%CoSIDA Academic All-America Jordan Howard^1,3,#,% Central Arkansas Sr. Chandler, Ariz. 3.71 Digital Filmmaking Sam Burmeister2 UIW Gr. San Antonio, Texas 3.97 Business Administration Hometown The Southland Conference awards committee, which consists of one administrator from each of the 13 member universities, voted for the student-athlete of the year. The Southland student-athlete of the year award is presented to the one student-athlete who achieves excellence in both academics and athletics. All nominees shall have earned at least a 3.2 GPA on a 4.0 scale, and demonstrated athletics achievement for at least two years at the nominating institution. Howard, a consecutive winner of the top Southland academic accolade, earns the award following a career year that saw him also claim the 2017-18 Southland Player of the Year honor. He becomes just the third player in Southland men’s basketball history to win Freshman of the Year and later be named Player of the Year. In his senior season, the Chandler, Ariz., native led the nation in total points (880), was third in points per game (25.1), second in field goals made, ninth in free throws made, 12th in three pointers made, 16th in in three pointers made per game and 21st in free throw percentage.He also etched his name in Southland history by setting the conference record for career three point baskets made (386) and career free throw percentage mark (.868). Howard produced a 3.71 GPA while completing his bachelor’s degree this past December in digital filmmaking. The three-time Southland All-Academic member also received his second CoSIDA All-America selection, being named to the second team earlier this month. He is the only automatic selection to the Southland All-Academic Team. Kareem South A&M-Corpus Christi Jr. Toronto, Ontario, Canada 3.53 Biomedical Science Class Braxton Bonds Houston Baptist Jr. Nashville, Tenn. 3.52 Interdisciplinary Studies CoSIDA Academic All-District/All-American selections and First Team All-Conference athletes who meet all-academic nomination criteria are automatically named First Team All-Academic. Hayden Howell Abilene Christian Jr. Midwest City, Okla. 3.87 Composite Interdisciplinary First Team The all-academic teams are voted on by the head coaches, sports information directors and academic advisors from each Southland Conference university. Student-athletes must possess a 3.0 cumulative GPA, have completed one full academic year at the nominating institution and participated in at least 50 percent of the team’s competition to qualify for the all-academic squad. University Second Team Name Kevon Harris Stephen F. Austin So. Ellenwood, Ga. 3.18 Sports Business FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas’ Jordan Howard is the 2017-18 Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the Year, the league announced Wednesday along with its all-academic teams. All yearly awards are presented by Ready Nutrition. Houston Baptist junior Braxton Bonds and Nicholls’ senior Lafayette Rutledge were voted onto the second team.last_img read more

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