Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports World Series to take place in Texas; bubble plans announcedUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has announced the ballparks that will serve as neutral sites for the upcoming division series, league championship series and World Series.Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, will host the World Series as part of a bubble agreement between MLB and the union. The bubble is designed to minimize exposure to the coronavirus. The AL Championship Series will be at San Diego’s Petco Park and the NL at Globe Life, a retractable roof stadium with artificial turf that opened this year. The ALDS will be at Petco Park and Dodger Stadium, while the NLDS will play out in Arlington and Houston’s Minute Maid Park.The wild-card round will be held in the stadium of the top-seeded teams. — Keston Hiura (HEER’-uh) and Daniel Vogelbach each homered and drove in four runs as the Brewers destroyed the Cardinals, 18-3. Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) and Ryan Braun also provided longballs to support Brett Anderson, who allowed two runs over six frames.— Tucker Barnhart homered and Brian Goodwin prevented one with a leaping catch as the Reds earned their season-high fourth straight win, 4-1 against the Pirates. Michael Lorenzen was sharp in a spot start for Cincinnati, allowing one run and four hits while striking out six over five innings.— The Diamondbacks coughed up a seven-run lead before David Peralta hit a tiebreaking homer in the eighth inning to give them a 9-8 victory over the Angels. Longtime Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had two homers, three hits and a career-high five RBIs in his return to Angel Stadium.— The Giants-Mariners two-game series scheduled to begin Tuesday in Seattle has been postponed due to smoky skies caused by the West Coast wildfires. The teams will now play Wednesday and Thursday at Oracle Park in San Francisco, with game times to be determined.MLB-WORLD SERIES Associated Press — DJ LeMahieu and Luke Voit drove in five runs apiece as the Yankees ripped the Blue Jays, 20-6. Voit smacked two of the Yanks’ five home runs and Gary Sanchez added a three-run blast with four ribbies in New York’s sixth straight win.— The White Sox have a three-game lead in the AL Central after Tim Anderson and James McCann homered in Chicago’s 6-2 win versus the second-place Twins. Dane Dunning limited Minnesota to one earned run and three hits while fanning seven over seven innings.— Antonio Senzatella fired a six-hitter and Elias Diaz smacked a go-ahead, two-run homer that pushed the Rockies past the Athletics, 3-1. It was Colorado’s first complete game since German Marquez went the distance in April 2019. — George Springer and Martín Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) homered for the Astros, but Alex Bregman hit a go-ahead two-run single in the seventh to lead Houston past the Rangers, 4-1. José Urquidy (ur-KEE’-dee) allowed three hits and a run in seven innings for his first win of the season.— Miguel Cabrera homered and doubled as the Tigers beat the Royals, 6-0 to end a three-game skid. Matthew Boyd bounced back from a rough outing with a strong performance, throwing five-plus scoreless innings and giving up just two hits. Nurse gets extensionTORONTO (AP) — Head coach Nick Nurse and the Toronto Raptors have announced a multiyear extension without divulging the terms. Nurse has won the Atlantic Division title in each of his first two seasons at the helm. The Raptors captured the NBA title last year before finishing with the second-best record in the Eastern Conference this season.Nurse was originally signed to a three-year deal in June 2018 to lead the club.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS MLB-SCHEDULEUNDATED (AP) — Ryan Yarbough won for the first time in 16 appearances while helping the Tampa Bay Rays stay four games ahead of the second-place Yankees in the American League East.Yarbrough gave up one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings in the Rays’ 6-1 downing of the Nationals. It was his first win since Aug 11, 2019 at Seattle.Nate Lowe belted a solo homer and worked out a bases-loaded walk as the Rays improved to 3-4 in a seven-game stretch against last-place opponents.Elsewhere on the major league schedule: — UAB quarterback Tyler Johnston III is out indefinitely with an injury to his non-throwing shoulder. Johnston has thrown for 293 yards and three touchdowns with one interception in the first two games against Central Arkansas and Miami. September 16, 2020 The 55-year-old Laviolette became an NHL head coach with the Islanders in 2001, guiding them to playoff berths in each of his two seasons at Uniondale. He spent 5 1/2 seasons with Nashville before being dismissed in January.NHL-WILD-BRODINWild sign BrodinST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Wild have signed defenseman Jonas Brodin (YOH’-nuhs broh-DEEN’) to a seven-year, $42 million contract extension. The 27-year-old native of Sweden had a career-high 26 assists in 69 games during the virus-shortened season. The Nuggets trailed by two before allowing just 33 points in the second half of a 104-89 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers. Denver’s comeback follows its rally against Utah in the first round and puts the Nuggets in the Western Conference finals for the first time since 2009.Jamal Murray poured in 40 points and Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) had a triple-double of 22 rebounds, 16 points and 13 assists. Gary Harris and Jerami Grant each had 14 points in the win.The Nuggets limited Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard and Paul George to a combined 24 points, with Leonard scoring 14. Montrezl (MAHN’-trehz) Harrell had a team-high 20 points off the bench for the Clippers, who were trying to reach the conference finals for the first time in franchise history.The Nuggets now prepare for the Lakers. Los Angeles comes off a five-game series win over the Rockets.Earlier Tuesday, Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo (ad-ah-BY’-oh) have helped the Miami Heat take Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals against Boston. The playoffs were expanded from 10 to 16 teams due to the shortened regular-season.MLB-NEWSStanton activated after missing 32 gamesUNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees have activated designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton, third baseman Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga from the 10-day injured list.Stanton missed 32 games with a strained left hamstring, Urshela was out with a bone spur in his right elbow and Loaisiga was sidelined with a medical condition the team did not specify. — Tony Gonsolin worked seven innings and Edwin Rios homered for the Dodgers in a 3-1 win over the Padres. Justin Turner had three singles in his return from the injured list, including an RBI single in the first. Los Angeles ended San Diego’s eight-game winning streak and regained a 2 ½-game lead in the NL West. — Huascar Ynoa (WAHS’-kahr ee-NOH’-ah) combined with three relievers on a four-hitter as the Braves topped the Orioles, 5-1. Freddie Freeman laced a pair of RBI doubles and Adam Duvall smacked his 15th home run to help the NL East leaders move 3 1/2 games ahead of second-place Miami. — Boston’s Tanner Houck gave up just two singles over five innings to win his major league debut, 2-0 over the Marlins. Jackie Bradley Jr. broke up a scoreless game with an opposite-field double off Miami starter Sandy Alcantara (al-KAN’-tah-rah) in the sixth.— Didi Gregorius (DEE’-dee greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) belted a two-run homer and Adam Haseley supplied a two-run single for the Phillies in a 4-1 verdict over the Mets. Jake Arrieta worked 5 1/3 innings before leaving the game with a hamstring injury.— Willson Contreras and Cameron Maybin were plunked by consecutive pitches from Nick Wittgren in the ninth inning, forcing home the winning run in the Cubs’ 6-5 triumph over the Indians. Javier Baez homered for Chicago, which withstood a two-run homer in the ninth by Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR’) to increase its lead in the NL Central to five games. Isles beat Bolts in 2OTEDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The New York Islanders will spend at least two more days in the Edmonton bubble after extending the Eastern Conference final to a sixth game.Jordan Eberle scored on a 2-on-1 break 12 ½ minutes into double-overtime to give the Isles a 2-1 win over the Lightning. Anders Lee lugged the puck deep into the Tampa Bay zone before sliding a pass to Eberle in the slot.Semyon Varlamov (SEHM’-yahn vahr-LAH’-mahv) was superb at times while stopping 36 shots, with some of his best stops coming in OT.The Islanders ended an 0-13 skid on the power play when Ryan Pulock blasted a shot past Andrei Vasilevskiy (vah-sih-LEHV’-skee) 15:41 into the game. New York maintained the lead until Victor Hedman’s goal four minutes into the second period. UNDATED (AP) — The New York Jets will play at least three games without running back Le’Veon Bell after he injured a hamstring during Sunday’s loss to the Bills. Head coach Adam Gase said Monday he didn’t want to put a timetable on Bell’s return, but said it was possible it could take some time because it’s a soft-tissue injury.The Jets also announced they have placed rookie wide receiver Denzel Mims and second-year linebacker Blake Cashman on IR.In other NFL news:— Drue Tranquill has been placed on injured reserve by the Chargers . The second-year linebacker broke his left ankle during the first quarter of Sunday’s 16-13 victory at Cincinnati. Right fielder Aaron Judge is expected to be activated later this week. He’s been limited to one game since Aug. 11 because of a strained right calf. Also around the majors:— Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner has been activated from the 10-day injured list after missing 13 games with a strained left hamstring. Turner entered Tuesday’s action batting .282 with two homers and 20 RBIs in 32 games during the shortened season. NFL-INJURIESJets shelve Bell Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFS-SCHEDULENuggets do it again…Heat beat Celts in OT to take openerLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Denver Nuggets have advanced to the NBA’s Western Conference finals by storming back from a three-games-to-one deficit for the second straight series. Vasilevskiy finished with 22 saves for the Lightning, who are the road team for Game 6 on Thursday.NHL-CAPITALS-LAVIOLETTECapitals hire Laviolette as coachWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Capitals have hired a Stanley Cup-winning head coach for the first time in their history.Veteran bench boss Peter Laviolette is replacing Todd Reirden, 14 years after winning a Cup with the Hurricanes. He also led the 2010 Flyers and 2017 Predators to the Cup final. — The Bengals claimed former Browns kicker Austin Seibert off waivers but expect Randy Bullock to be ready to play in Cleveland on Thursday. Bullock missed a 31-yard field goal with 2 seconds left Sunday when his left calf cramped.— The 49ers have agreed to a one-year contract with free agent receiver Mohamed Sanu (sah-NOO’). He had 26 catches for 207 yards in eight games with New England last season.— The 49ers are seeking to identify the fan who sent racist messages to Arizona safety Budda Baker. The team says it will ban the person from future games and events. Baker tweeted a screenshot of the derogatory messages on Monday that came after his hit Sunday injured All-Pro tight end George Kittle. COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSWisconsin chancellor: Big Ten football still on hold UNDATED (AP) — The University of Wisconsin chancellor says Big Ten football will remain on hold until there are answers to questions about COVID-19 testing and tracing, along with possible long-term heart issues related to the coronavirus. Big Ten leaders are reconsidering a fall season after a weekend of meetings about a plan to begin play as soon as mid-October. Wisconsin chancellor Rebecca Blank would not predict which way a vote to return to play would go. She says once Big Ten university leaders have their questions and concerns addressed, “we will try to plan a delayed season.”Also around college football:— Arkansas State’s home football game against Central Arkansas has been pushed back from Saturday to Oct. 10. Arkansas State announced Tuesday that the team cannot assemble a full two-deep depth chart at a specific position group due to player unavailability. The statement did not reveal if the postponement was COVID-19 related, but the program said the “health and safety of our student-athletes will always come first.” Butler converted a three-point play with 12 seconds left in overtime to put the Heat ahead for good in a 117-114 triumph over the Celtics. Adebayo blocked Jayson Tatum’s dunk attempt in the final seconds to seal the win.Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) had 29 points, Jae Crowder scored 22 and Butler finished with 20 for Miami.The Celtics outscored the Heat 27-10 over the final 8:17 of the third quarter and led by 14 early in the fourth. Tatum scored 30 points and Marcus Smart had 26 for Boston.Game 2 is Thursday.NBA-RAPTORS-NURSElast_img read more

No. 18 Syracuse defense spurs comeback in 3-2 double overtime win over Lafayette

first_img Published on September 2, 2019 at 10:29 pm Contact Danny: dremerma@syr.edu | @DannyEmerman Syracuse head coach Ange Bradley hopes her team has time between classes on Tuesday to take ice baths. Monday night’s home-opening match against Lafayette was the Orange’s third in four days, and it showed in the first quarter. Syracuse started slow, often firing careless passes out-of-bounds or to adversarial sticks. The Leopards out-shot SU three to one in the first quarter and put the Orange in a 2-0 hole. “We weren’t connecting,” freshman forward Charlotte de Vries (one goal, one assist) said. “We weren’t passing stick-to-stick. Our defensive structure was off.”Eventually, SU found its rhythm. The Orange out-shot Lafayette 12-0 after halftime. In addition to completely reducing Lafayette’s shot attempts, SU’s back line displayed more discipline in the second half, allowing zero penalty corner opportunities. Led by the defense, No. 18 Syracuse (3-0) came back against Lafayette (1-1) to win its third game of the weekend.Trailing by two goals, Syracuse still wasn’t clicking at the start of the second quarter. Facing no pressure off the opening center pass, Carolin Hoffman knocked a pass to nobody in particular. Later in the quarter, midfielder Laura Graziosi’s pass bounced out of bounds as her intended target jogged off the field for a substitution. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut late in the second quarter, de Vries found a rebound off a penalty corner and cut the Leopards’ 2-0 lead in half. SU entered halftime trailing 2-1 and still with fewer shots (six) than Lafayette (eight). Syracuse needed its back line, led by underclassmen Olivia Graham, Hailey Bitters and Marie Sommer, to step up. For the rest of the game, Lafayette didn’t put a shot on net. “We were able to move the ball and we settled down a bit,” Bradley said. “In the beginning, it was a hot mess. We were able to settle down and control the game.” Amy Nakamura | Co-Digital EditorSU leaned on those underclassmen more than usual because senior captain Claire Webb is sidelined with a hand injury. Neither Bradley, de Vries nor Graziosi attributed the defense’s improved second half with any tactical changes, more so a change in mindset. “We just kind of all got together as a team (at halftime) and decided that we’re not losing this game,” de Vries said. She also assisted on sophomore Tess Queen’s game-tying deflection goal in the third period. Goalie Sarah Sinck, who made a career-high 11 saves in Sunday’s 1-0 win over UMass Lowell, only had to make three saves against the Leopards.An interception to start the second overtime period allowed SU to pin Lafayette deep in their own corner. After stealing the ball out of the corner and rushing down the goal-line, Bitters sent a pass across the shooting circle for Graziosi, who finished it off. Because of a steadier back line, Graziosi said, the forwards had more scoring chances — including the deciding goal — in the second half and overtime periods.With the 3-2 win, the Orange can enjoy their well-earned ice baths on Tuesday undefeated. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Kentucky shows big potential, reveals Kansas’ shortcomings in Big 12/SEC Challenge win

first_imgThe easiest way to ascertain that Kentucky was simply too big for the current iteration of Kansas Jayhawks is to check the box score line for Wildcats center Nick Richards and see how long (or how little) he was in the game. He played nine minutes.That’s right. No. 8 Kentucky was too big for No. 9 Kansas even with its 6-11 sophomore center sitting out most of the evening. Richards didn’t necessarily do anything wrong; he did, after all, throw back five shots as he passed through. But UK didn’t need a true center to deal with these Jayhawks. Reid Travis and PJ Washington, neither within three inches of standing 7 feet tall, overpowered the opposition with unrelenting fury in a 71-63 Wildcats victory at Rupp Arena in the Big 12/ SEC Challenge.Travis: 18 points, 12 rebounds, 7-of-11 shooting.Washington: 20 points, 13 rebounds, two blocks.MORE: Takeaways from Kentucky’s victoryKentucky reminded KU that the problem with playing small is that, well, you’re small. Dedric Lawson, at 6-9, is the tallest Jayhawks starter. No one else is even 6-6. It was made clear in these 40 minutes of basketball that one team on the floor at Rupp can win the NCAA championship and one, as presently constructed, cannot. And the one that is capable did not travel home by plane.“Reid Travis is a monster,” Kansas coach Bill Self told reporters afterward. “Dedric fought him hard. Dedric played his butt off. But it was two against one on every possession.”The Jayhawks have been in this position since center Udoka Azubuike was lost for the year with an injury. They’re trying to get by with Lawson at center and three 6-5 guys adjacent to him. It can work, unless it doesn’t.And it’s least likely to work against the very best teams, whose wings are just a little bit better at defending and whose bigs are mobile enough not to be overrun by dynamic ballhandlers. Lagerald Vick and Marcus Garrett were a combined 5 of 18 from the field and scored 14 points. With UK freshman Tyler Herro hounding him, Vick only took a single shot in the second half until he hit a 3-pointer with 1:18 left. It still was a seven-point game then.Self explained that for the small-ball approach to work, the Jayhawks must be dangerous from long range. That keeps the defense spread wide on the floor and puts the emphasis on speed. KU has delivered in this department more often than not since Azubuike’s injury. The Jayhawks shot 40.4 percent from long distance in going 4-1 in their first five games without him. In this game, they wound up at 39.1 percent, but two of their 3s came in the final 90 seconds with the game all but decided.“We did some decent things there, but there were too many errors and too many naked possessions offensively,” Self said. “But we tried. If we’d won this game, I’d be happy going home, but trust me, it doesn’t mean that much. When we lose the game, I’m not happy going home, but it’s not going to affect us in any way, shape or form for preparing for our next game.“We’ve got to do some things better, but we’re so limited right now from a size standpoint. When we play teams who have two true bigs, and one of those bigs is a guard from a skill standpoint, that makes it awfully tough to deal with.”Not every national championship contender looks just like the team Self described, but Duke does. Michigan does. Gonzaga does. Virginia kind of does. Needless to say, the muscle and length these teams contain would cause KU extreme difficulty at the highest levels of the NCAA Tournament.FAGAN’S HOOPS ROAD TRIP: 10th edition, one day, five gamesOh, and in case we didn’t make it clear and Self didn’t make it clear, Kentucky obviously is in that category.The Wildcats were doubted by many because their development as a freshman-heavy team has been gradual, and they lost half of their first six games against high-major opponents. They now have won their past six, including three against top-25 teams.”Are you getting better individually and as a team? We are,” Calipari said. “We are taking that gradual climb and I know – I don’t know if it’s people’s opinion of what we were or their hope of what we were. Like some people have a hope and it’s not an opinion: It’s their hope we stink. I think we played into it early.”There was plenty of doubt about Kentucky’s viability as a contender after it was hammered by Duke 118-84 in the season-opening Champions Classic. The Wildcats appeared inept; the Blue Devils appeared unstoppable. The nature of that loss set back the Wildcats for a good while. They did not bounce back as though it were a routine defeat.But they did, eventually, bounce back.Asked whether he expected the rest of the college hoops nation to respect the Wildcats now, Washington answered, “They should.”last_img read more