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Messer co-authors bill to reduce infrastructure costs for local governments

first_imgWashington D.C. — Indiana Republican congressman Luke Messer is shepherding a measure through the House that would ease a federal banking regulation that cuts local government’s ability to invest in infrastructure.The regulation discourages financial institutions from holding municipal bonds, which many local entities rely on to fund infrastructure projects. The regulation also makes it more expensive for units of government to finance projects.House Resolution 1624 would revise the regulation to encourage financial institutions to work with municipalities to make infrastructure improvements more affordable.“This burdensome federal regulation is making it more difficult and costly for Hoosier communities to build new roads, bridges, hospitals and schools,” said Messer, who serves on the Financial Services Committee. “Our bipartisan bill is a commonsense solution to save taxpayer dollars, and ensure the federal government isn’t standing in the way of local investment and growth. I thank Congresswoman Maloney for serving as a co-sponsor and for her hard work on this important legislation.”The measure was authored by Messer and New York Democrat Carolyn Maloney.last_img read more

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Update on the latest in sports:

first_img— Nikola Jokic (nee-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) finished an assist shy of a triple-double in just three quarters of the Nuggets’ 127-99 blowout over the Trail Blazers. Jokic had 29 points and 13 rebounds as the Nuggets improved to 8-0 against Northwest Division rivals this season. Portland guard Damien Lillard had scored at least 30 points in eight straight games before Gary Harris helped Denver limit him to 21 on 8 of 23 shooting.NBA-NEWSKnicks dump presidentUNDATED (AP) — The New York Knicks are changing team presidents once again.The Knicks have dismissed Steve Mills with the team about to miss the playoffs for the seventh consecutive season. Mills took over the post less than three years ago following Phil Jackson’s three-year run at the helm. The move came two days after the NBA trade deadline, and two months after head coach David Fizdale was dismissed. In other top-25 men’s basketball action:— No. 9 Maryland trailed by five before opening the second half on a 14-4 spurt to pull ahead in a 56-51 victory against Rutgers. Jalen Smith had 14 points and 15 rebounds to help the Terrapins move to 13-0 at home. Anthony Cowan Jr. scored 17, including three free throws that put the Terps ahead, 52-49 with 2:12 remaining.— Samir Doughty dropped in 23 points, including hitting two free throws in the final seconds of overtime, to send 11th-ranked Auburn past Arkansas, 79-76. The Tigers closed the second half on a 15-4 run before improving to 16-6. The Razorbacks lost despite Mason Jones’ 40 points for the Razorbacks.— Nick Richards poured in a career-high 27 points and Immanuel Quickley added 21 as No. 15 Kentucky beat Mississippi State, 80-72. The Wildcats never trailed and led by as many as 14 in the second half of their 14th straight win over the Bulldogs. Richards and Quickley closed the victory by combining to make 14 free throws over the final 2 ½ minutes.— Lamar Stevens had 24 points and Myreon Jones made a career-high six 3-pointers while scoring 20 points as No. 22 Penn State earned a 75-70 win over No. 16 Michigan State. Stevens hit five free throws over the final 16 seconds to help the Nittany Lions wrap up their fifth consecutive win. Michigan State’s Cassius Winston scored 25 points but could not convert on chances to pull into a tie twice in the closing seconds. Turner was president of the NBA G League when hired in December 2018 by Vanderbilt to replace David Williams. He started Feb. 1, 2019.Turner fired Bryce Drew as men’s basketball coach last spring and hired Jerry Stackhouse.Candice Storey Lee has been named interim athletic director effectively immediately. Khris Middleton had 20 points for the Bucks, who took control by outscoring the Pelicans 42-24 in the third quarter.The outcome leads Milwaukee with an NBA-best 42-7 record.Checking out Tuesday’s other NBA action:— LeBron James poured in 36 points and the Lakers shot a blistering 58.8% in a 129-102 romp over the Spurs. James was 6 of 9 from 3-point range and finished with nine assists and seven rebounds. Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-mah) added 18 points and 12 boards as Los Angeles improved to a Western Conference-leading 38-11.— James Harden’s 40 points, 11 assists and nine boards carried the short-handed Rockets past the Hornets, 125-110. The Hornets led early in the fourth before the Rockets used a 15-2 run to take control. Daniel House had 20 points for Houston, which played without Russell Westbrook and Clint Capella due to injuries. — Jacksonville announced that it will play consecutive home games in London next season. The Jaguars have played a home game at Wembley Stadium every year since 2013 and expect to extend a contract that runs through 2020.— The NFL has suspended Jaguars defensive tackle Carl Davis without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Davis’ contract is set to expire when the new league calendar begins in March.VANDERBILT-ATHLETIC DIRECTORTurner resigns as Vanderbilt ADNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Malcolm Turner has resigned as Vanderbilt athletic director after one year on the job. — The Blue Jackets have a nine-game point streak after beating the Panthers, 1-0 on Zach Werenski’s goal against former Columbus netminder Sergei Bobrovsky (boh-BRAHF’-skee) 1:54 into overtime. Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LIH’-kihnz) had 32 saves in picking up his fourth shutout of the season, helping the Jackets move to 8-0-1 in their last nine games. The Panthers lost for just the second time in their last nine games.— Anthony Beauvillier (boh-VIH’-lee-ay) capped his two-goal night by scoring 2:52 into overtime to give the Islanders a 4-3 win over the Stars. Dallas led 3-2 until Mathew Barzal (bahr-ZAL’) notched a power-play goal late in the third period. Kieffer Bellows made his NHL debut and registered an assist against the team his father, Brian, spent most of his career.— Antti Raanta (AN’-tee RAHN’-tah) stopped 30 shots and the Coyotes ended a five-game losing streak with a 3-0 win versus the Oilers. Conor Garland and Lawson Crouse scored two minutes apart in the second period to support Raanta’s 13th career shutout. Edmonton scored 26 goals in winning its previous five games.— Mikael Granlund scored 71 seconds into overtime to complete the Predators’ 2-1 verdict over the slumping Jets. Nick Bonino also scored and Juuse Saros (YOO’-see SAH’-rohz) turned back 33 shots in Nashville’s third win in four games. Winnipeg is 1-6-1 in its last eight contests.— The Wild got a goal from Matt Dumba at 2:21 of OT to beat the Blackhawks, 3-2. Kevin Fiala (fee-A’-lah) scored twice before Dumba hit the net for the first time in 34 games. Alex Stalock (STAY’-lahk) handled 27 shots as Minnesota handed Chicago just its second loss in eight games. UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Chargers have announced a contract extension for head coach Anthony Lynn.Lynn is 27-24 in three seasons with the Chargers. He guided the team to a 12-4 mark and a berth in the AFC divisional round in 2018, but the Chargers fell to 5-11 this past season.Lynn had one year left on his contract.The Chargers also say Shane Steichen will remain the offensive coordinator after taking over midway through the season.In other NFL news: — Joe Thornton reached the 1,500-point plateau by setting up goals by Brent Burns and Kevin Lebanc in the Sharks’ 3-1 victory at Calgary. Evander Kane netted his 20th goal of the season and Aaron Dell made 30 saves for the Sharks. Dell blanked Calgary after Johnny Gaudreau’s power-play goal 57 seconds into the second period.— The Canadiens erased a 3-0 deficit and knocked off the Devils, 5-4 on Ilya Kovalchuk’s (KOH’-vul-chuhks) shootout goal. Montreal’s Charlie Lindgren had 20 saves filling for an ailing Carey Price. Kyle Palmieri scored two-power-play goals for New Jersey, including the game-tying tally with 20 seconds left in regulation.— Shootout goals by Ondrej Kase (KAH’-shah) and Rickard Rakell (rah-KEHL’) gave the Ducks a 3-2 victory at Ottawa. Kase also scored in the second period and Rakell assisted on Nick Ritchie’s first-period goal.COLLEGE FOOTBALL NEWSMichigan State’s Dantonio announces retirement Milestone win for Coach KUNDATED (AP) — Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF’-skee) has hit another milestone in his Hall of Fame coaching career.Krzyzewski picked up his 500th ACC victory as Vernon Carey Jr. had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead seventh-ranked Duke to a 63-55 win at Boston College. Carey made a layup and then hit two free throws with about six minutes left during a 10-0 run that put the Blue Devils ahead to stay.Tre Jones scored 14 of his 18 points in the second half to help Krzyzewski improve to 500-200 in all ACC regular season and tournament games.Duke missed its first 10 shots in allowing the Eagles to race out to a 12-2 lead. — Outfielder Jon Jay and pitcher Edwin Jackson are among four players signed by the Diamondbacks to minor league contracts. Arizona also worked out minor league deals with John Hicks and outfielder Trayce Thompson.NBA-SCHEDULEBucks down PelicansUNDATED (AP) — The NBA’s reigning MVP got the better of the league’s No. 1 pick last season.Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-the-toh-KOON’-poh) delivered 34 points on 12 of 17 shooting and had 17 rebounds as the Milwaukee Bucks topped Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans, 120-108. Williamson finished with 20 points, but he shot just 5-for-19 and had seven rebounds in his first meeting with Antetokounmpo. Associated Press Two people with knowledge of the deal say the Bosox have agreed to send the 2018 AL MVP to Los Angeles. The Red Sox would also send away left-hander David Price in a salary dump designed to save Boston tens of millions of dollars and help them dip below baseball’s luxury tax threshold.The Dodgers are sending outfielder Alex Verdugo back to the Red Sox in a deal that also involves the Minnesota Twins, who are getting right-hander Kenta Maeda (mah-EH’-dah) from Los Angeles and sending pitching prospect Brusdar Graterol to Boston.In other Major League Baseball news:— An arbitrator has denied the grievance filed by Chicago Cubs infielder Kris Bryant, according to a person who has read the unreleased document of the decision. Mark Irvings ruled the players’ association did not prove the team’s reasons for holding the third baseman in the minors at the start of the 2015 season were a pretext to push back his eligibility for free agency. Bryant hit .425 with nine homers in 40 at-bats during 2015 spring training and was held in the minors until April 17, one day after he would have been eligible for a full year of service time.— Braves reliever Shane Greene has become the first player to go to salary arbitration this year. The 31-year-old right-hander asked a three-man panel for a raise from $4 million to $6.75 million, while the Braves countered with $6.25 million. Greene was a first-time All-Star last year and compiled a 2.30 ERA in 65 appearances with the Braves and Detroit, striking out 64 and walking 17 over 62 2/3 innings. NHL-SCHEDULEOvechkin leads Caps’ comebackUNDATED (AP) — Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn) is two away from becoming the eighth player in NHL history to score 700 goals.The Washington Capitals trailed 2-1 with just over six minutes left before the left winger scored three times in leading a 4-2 triumph over the Kings. Ovechkin tallied twice in a 70-second span to put the Caps ahead before completing his 27th career hat trick with an empty-netter.John Carlson scored a goal and set up two others, giving him league-highs for defensemen with 51 assists and 65 points. The Knicks entered Tuesday with the NBA’s fourth-worst record at 15-36. They’ve lost at least 50 games each season since 2013-14.General manager Scott Perry will take control of the basketball operations while the team seeks a permanent replacement for Mills.Also around the NBA:— The league is changing the format to this season’s 3-point contest at All-Star Saturday Night in Chicago by adding a pair of deep shots that will be worth three points apiece. That change means each round will now be a total of 27 shots instead of 25. Competitors will now get 70 seconds to finish their shots instead of the customary 60.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALL-SCHEDULE Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSBetts goes to Dodgers in blockbuster swapUNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have parted with Mookie Betts by sending him to the Los Angeles Dodgers in a blockbuster deal. UNDATED (AP) — Michigan State’s winningest football coach has stepped down.Mark Dantonio has announced his retirement, ending a 13-year run in which his teams won three Big Ten titles and he became the school’s winningest coach. Dantonio went 114-57 as the Spartans’ coach and won Big Ten titles in 2010, 2013 and 2015. He won at least 11 games five times in that six-year span — the first time a Big Ten coach had done that.The 63-year-old Dantonio called his decision a difficult one while noting the nonstop demands of the job.NFL-NEWSChargers’ Lynn gets extension Update on the latest in sports: Elsewhere on NHL ice:— Tuukka (TOO’-kah) Rask picked up his third shutout of the season and 48th of his career by making 25 saves in the Bruins’ 4-0 victory over the Canucks. Charlie Coyle had a goal and an assist as Boston earned its fourth straight win. Brad Marchand, David Krejci (KRAY’-chee) and Karson Kuhlman (KOOL’-muhn) also tallied for the Bruins, who remain one point behind the Capitals for the top total in the Eastern Conference.— The Blues won for just the second time in seven games as Brayden Schenn (shehn) provided two goals and an assist in a 6-3 victory against the Hurricanes. Colton Parayko (pah-RAY’-koh) and Sammy Blais (blay) also scored to back Jordan Binnington’s 25-save performance. Petr Mrazek (mah-RA’-zehk) stopped just 20 of 26 shots in Carolina’s fifth straight road loss.— Steven Stamkos tipped in his 24th goal of the season in the third period to send the Lightning to a 4-2 win over the Golden Knights. Andrei Vasilevskiy (vah-sih-LEHV’-skee) made 28 saves and extended his streak of consecutive games without a regulation loss to 16 games, matching the franchise record set by Nikolai Khabibulin (hah-bee-BOO’-lihn) in 2002-03. Brayden Point and Anthony Cirelli also scored, and Nikita Kucherov (KOO’-cheh-rahv) had two assists for Tampa Bay.— Andre Burakovsky (bur-ah-KAHF’-skee) collected a career-high four points on one goal and three assists as the Avalanche mauled the Sabres, 6-1. Burakovsky tied a career high with his 17th goal and ran his point streak to five games. Valeri Nichushkin (nih-CHOOSH’-kihn) had a goal and two assists for Colorado, which scored six times on its first 14 shots. February 5, 2020last_img read more

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The Latest: 5 more Major League Baseball players positive

first_img July 17, 2020 ___Sporting events in England could be opened up to spectators starting in October.No fans have been allowed at stadiums since sports resumed in the country in June after a three-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says “from October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia … in a COVID-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.”___ The Atlantic 10 Conference is postponing its fall sports season, which includes soccer, cross country, field hockey and women’s volleyball. The conference announced it will try to play those sports in the spring semester, and has agreed to a “look-in” window during September to evaluate whether it is possible to conduct shortened, conference-only seasons in fall sports.___The restart of the Paraguayan soccer league has been called off after three teams came down with cases of the coronavirus.The Paraguayan soccer association says Guarani, 12 de Octubre and San Lorenzo cannot play and train until another medical examination is held. The soccer association did not say how many players or club staff members have become infected.The league had been scheduled to resume later in the day after a four-month suspension caused by the pandemic. San Lorenzo was to play General Diaz.Guarani was scheduled to play Guaireña on Saturday and 12 de Octubre was to play Sol de America.Club executives are expected to meet later in the day to discuss whether other matches will go forward.Paraguay has done comparatively well in combating the virus. Only 27 people in the country of almost 7 million residents have died with the virus of about 3,300 infected. Major League Baseball and the players’ association said six of 10,548 samples were new positives in the week ending Thursday, a rate of 0.05%. In addition to players, one staff member tested positive.The week included a five-day span with no new positive tests. Including the initial intake screening that started in late June, 93 of of 21,701 samples have resulted in new positives, a rate of 0.4%. The positives included 80 players and 13 staff members. ___Formula One says two people tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest batch of tests carried out before the Hungarian Grand Prix.F1 said 4,997 tests for COVID-19 were carried out from July 10-16 ahead of Sunday’s race outside of Budapest. The world triathlon championships will be staged this year but it’s unclear where and when.The worlds were originally scheduled to take place in August at the Edmonton world series grand final but they were canceled in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The governing body of the sport now says a 2020 worlds can go ahead after recommendations from athletes and coaches and talks with national federations.World Triathlon also canceled three World Cups in Brazil and China.World Triathlon says it was forced to scrap two World Cups and three Asian Cups in China scheduled for September and October after the country’s government last week canceled all international sports for the rest of the year.___ The Latest: 5 more Major League Baseball players positive Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Five more baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, raising the total to 80 since testing started in late June. No further information was given about the two people who tested positive. They have been removed from the Hungaroring vicinity and isolated.F1 reported no positive cases from more than 8,000 tests carried out over the previous two races held in Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Personnel attending the races are tested every five days with results made public every seven days.There are two scheduled races at the British GP on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.___ Associated Press More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-CARDINALSMore Cardinals test positive, games against Tigers postponedST. LOUIS (AP) — Seven St. Louis Cardinals players and six staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, causing Major League Baseball to postpone the team’s four-game series at Detroit. The series was to have been played at Comerica Park from Tuesday through Thursday. The Hurricanes lost all four regular-season meetings against the Rangers, but have yet to trail in either of the postseason meetings. Artemi Panarin scored for the Rangers in the closing seconds of a 5-on-3 power play. Henrik Lundqvist had 30 saves. The Hurricanes can sweep the best-of-5 series Tuesday.TENNIS-PALERMO-LADIES OPENTour-level tennis resumesPALERMO, Italy (AP) — Tour-level tennis has resumed after a five-month enforced break at the Palermo Ladies Open with sixth-seeded Donna Vekić beating Arantxa Rus in straight sets. It’s the first official event for men or women since early March as was shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press — Panthers linebacker Christian Miller has informed the team he has opted out of the 2020 season. Miller, a fourth-round pick in 2019 out of Alabama, played in seven games last year. He had two sacks in the victory over the Cardinals in Week 3 but injured his ankle two weeks later and played just 25 snaps the rest of the season.— The Atlanta Falcons have signed former Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Darqueze Dennard, who adds needed experience to a young secondary. A first-round pick by the Bengals in 2014, Dennard has made 24 starts in 77 games. He has three interceptions, two forced fumbles and 22 passes defensed in his six seasons and started five games in 2019. The Falcons cut Desmond Trufant following the 2019 season. Isaiah Oliver, a second-round draft pick in 2018, and A.J. Terrell, a first-round pick this year, entered camp as the favorites to land starting jobs. Dennard’s three-year, $13.5 million deal with Jacksonville fell through in March without being signed.— Eagles coach Doug Pederson says he feels great and has no symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus. Pederson is quarantining at home away from family members and plans to run the team virtually while assistant head coach Duce Staley handles leadership duties during training camp. Pederson didn’t want to comment on how he contracted the virus but is comfortable with the safety measures at the team’s practice facility. FOOTBALL-XFL-JOHNSONThe Rock acquires XFL St. Louis has been in quarantine since Thursday in Milwaukee, where the Cardinals’ series last weekend was postponed, and the team is being tested daily. The Cardinals are the second team sidelined by the novel coronavirus since the season started July 23. The Miami Marlins are set to resume play Tuesday in Baltimore.MLB-VIRUS OUTBREAK-PHILLIESPhillies head to New York with no positive testsUNDATED (AP) — Results of Covid-19 testing conducted Sunday show there were no new positive results for the Philadelphia Phillies. The team was traveling to New York to resume its schedule against the Yankees in a Monday night game. The Phillies have not played since July 26. Their opponent in that opening series, the Miami Marlins, had at least 18 players test positive for the coronavirus. Although the Phillies didn’t have any players test positive, their games last week were postponed as a cautionary measure.The Phillies face a difficult assignment in their long-awaited return to action. They return from their week-long layoff to face Gerrit Cole and the AL East-leading New York Yankees on the road. This marks a homecoming of sorts for Phillies first-year manager Joe Girardi. He managed the Yankees from 2008-17 and helped them beat Philadelphia in the 2009 World Series.MLB-BREWERS Francona absent as Indians visit RedsCLEVELAND (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will not be with the club for its series opener in Cincinnati as he deals with a gastrointestinal issue. Francona was scheduled for an exam at the Cleveland Clinic to address his condition. He was forced to return to the team’s hotel Sunday in Minneapolis as the Indians completed a four-game series with the Twins. First-base coach Sandy Alomar filled in for the 61-year-old Francona, who is in his eighth season with Cleveland. Francona’s status beyond Monday’s game is not yet known. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFL-RAIDERS No fans for Raiders’ first season in Las VegasLAS VEGAS (AP) — The Raiders will play their first season in Las Vegas without any fans at their home games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Brewers finally playing home openerMILWAUKEE (AP) — The Milwaukee Brewers are finally playing their home opener a few days later than expected.Milwaukee planned to open its Miller Park schedule Friday against St. Louis, but the Brewers’ entire three-game weekend series got scrapped after multiple Cardinals tested positive for coronavirus. The Brewers will try again when the Chicago White Sox come to town. Milwaukee won’t have two-time All-Star outfielder Lorenzo Cain or former MVP Ryan Braun in the lineup. Braun was put on the 10-day injured list Sunday, retroactive to July 30, with an infected right finger. Cain announced Saturday he was opting out of the rest of the season over virus concerns. That likely creates more playing time for Ben Gamel, who has a homer and a triple in 12 at-bats this season.MLB-INDIANS-FRANCONAcenter_img The team sent a letter to season ticket holders saying that after discussions with health care officials and local leaders, the decision was made not to allow fans. Officials last week declared “substantial completion” of 65,000-seat Allegiant Stadium after nearly 1,000 days were spent building the $2 billion home for the Raiders. Both the New York Jets and Giants previously announced they would play without fans this season. Most other teams are hoping to be able to have at least limited crowds.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Denver Broncos right tackle Ja’Wuan James has decided to skip the 2020 season over concerns about the coronavirus. James says he already has one family member who was infected by the virus and he doesn’t want to risk bringing the virus home to his wife and newborn son. James and the Broncos were hoping for a bounce-back year in 2020 after he played just three games last year after signing a big free agent contract. A balky knee limited James to just 63 snaps over three starts last year. Update on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — Former wrestling star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson said he has acquired the XFL. The 48-year-old actor made the announcement on Twitter. Reportedly the price is $15 million. The XFL had eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule before canceling the remainder of its season in March because of the COVID-19 pandemic. NHL-RANGERS-HURRICANESHurricanes top RangersTORONTO (AP) — Carolina’s Andrei Svechnikov scored three times for the first postseason hat trick in franchise history and the Hurricanes beat the New York Rangers 4-1 on Monday for a 2-0 lead in the Stanley Cup qualifier series. Jordan Martinook also scored for the Hurricanes, while Petr Mrazek had 23 saves for Carolina. August 3, 2020 The strict rules because of the coronavirus pandemic included players handling their own towels and not shake hands of opponents. They also could not shower on site, and have no autographs or photos with fans. Players in the singles main draw come from 15 countries, all in Europe. A limited number of fans were allowed into the 1,500-seat stadium court and had to follow social distancing measures. TENNIS-CINCINNATI-MURRAYMurray gets wild card for Open warmupNEW YORK (AP) — Three-time Grand Slam champion Andy Murray is one of four men given wild-card entries for the tuneup tennis tournament that will be held at Flushing Meadows before the U.S. Open. Murray won the Western & Southern Open in 2008 and 2011. The hard-court event is usually held in Cincinnati but is moving to the site of the U.S. Open as part of efforts to hold professional tennis competition during the coronavirus pandemic. Also getting wild cards for the ATP Masters 1000 tournament are Tommy Paul, Tennys Sandgren and Frances Tiafoe. Main-draw play will run from Aug. 22-28. The U.S. Open begins Aug. 31.last_img read more

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Syracuse splits weekend series with Lindenwood

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 8, 2013 at 2:44 pm Syracuse looked shell-shocked on the ice after its stunning 2-1 loss to Lindenwood. Less than 24 hours later following the disappointing outing, though, Syracuse responded with a convincing 4-1 win over Lindenwood to end the first half of its season.Senior defender Caitlin Roach described Friday’s defeat in the simplest way possible.“They outworked us and got their shots on net,” Roach said.SU (8-8-2) displayed a lack of energy from the start against Lindenwood (2-14-2) with Chancellor-designate Kent Syverud and Director of Athletics Daryl Gross among the 202 people in attendance at Tennity Ice Pavilion on Friday night. The Lions struck first when forward Kendra Broad scored halfway through the second period to give her squad a 1-0 edge.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNearly two periods into the game, Syracuse was unable to capitalize on any opportunities against sophomore goalie Nicole Hensley. That changed when Roach delivered on a power-play goal by going coast to coast and tying the game with 1:03 remaining in the period.But Lindenwood was not fazed, as smiles and high-fives surfaced on the ice as the second period came to a close. The Lady Lions were in an ideal position to earn their second victory of the season.“There was no feeling of momentum on our side,” Roach said. “Lindenwood still had the momentum on their side of the puck and we didn’t take our chances of capitalizing coming into the third period.”Lindenwood capitalized on the biggest opportunity of the game within the closing seconds of the final period. After Syracuse forward Jessica Sibley committed a penalty with 34 seconds remaining, the Lions were given a five-on-four opportunity in the final seconds of regulation.Twenty-eight seconds into the power-play, Lindenwood’s Katie Erickson launched from the point with ease as she watched the puck sail past Jenesica Drinkwater for the game-winning goal.Drinkwater, who was dealt her first loss of the season, lost the puck in her tracks. “I kind of lost sight of it quickly and it cost me,” she said. “Those couple seconds were really key into going into overtime.”She did not provide any excuses for the team’s effort overall against Lindenwood, though.“They didn’t stop working all game,” she said of the visitors. “They were putting everything they could on net so I’m going to give them kudos.”Despite entering the game with one victory on the season, Lindenwood proved to Syracuse that its record is not an indication of how much effort they give on the ice. Roach acknowledged that her team underestimated the Lady Lions.“I feel that mentally we didn’t prepare ourselves for how hard of a working team they are,” she said.On Saturday, though, Syracuse responded with a dominant win. Senior Margot Scharfe started the offensive production for the Orange with a goal 11 minutes into the first period with her team shorthanded. Sibley added a power-play goal less than five minutes into the second period, giving Syracuse a two-goal lead that was never relinquished.Forward Nicole Ferrara added a goal that extended the lead to 3-1 in the third period, followed by an empty-net goal by forward Melissa Piacentini in the final seconds of the game.Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan was pleased with his team’s effort this time around.“Our mental preparation was a lot better,” Flanagan said. “They outworked us at times (on Friday) and we just didn’t execute. Today, I thought we outworked them. We had to set the tone with our work ethic.”Flanagan believes that the first half of the season had some missed opportunities, but there is plenty of time to make the necessary improvements for a playoff push.“It’s comforting that we are back to .500”, he said. “I think we’ve learned a lot about ourselves as a team. They understand what we have to do to be successful. “Regardless of our record, I know we are capable of beating anybody.” Commentslast_img read more

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Linemen aiming to improve

first_imgThe USC offensive and defensive lines enter the 2014 campaign with  aspirations to be some of the best units in the nation.The Trojans’ defensive line, which was among the nation’s best in 2013, will once again be anchored by junior defensive end and highly touted NFL Draft prospect Leonard Williams, who has his attention centered only on his team and the season ahead for the time being.Lion King · Junior defensive end Leonard Williams (94), who earned All-American honors in 2013 despite playing the entire season with a torn labrum, will bolster the Trojans’ defensive line in 2014. The Florida native recorded 74 tackles, including 13.5 tackles for loss, in 2013. – Daily Trojan File Photo“I’m just focused on having a great season this year,” Williams said. “I’m so ready … we’ve got new coaches, a new team, and we’re just looking past all the old, bad stuff in the past.”New defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox is inheriting a unit that  thrived in former defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast’s 5-2 scheme and was ranked No. 1 in the Pac-12 in total defense last season.The defensive line returns starters in junior defensive tackle Antwaun Woods and Williams, but will most likely look to junior college transfer Claude Pelon or Texas Tech transfer Delvon Simmons to fill former defensive lineman George Uko’s role.Williams will undoubtedly be the centerpiece of USC’s front seven, and therefore will be the point of interest for opposing offensive lines.Opposing teams will likely double-team Williams, allowing for the players around him to break out.Williams has been impressed by Pelon and Simmons, and he raved about Woods.“I kind of expected that I’d be getting double-teamed a lot this year, but we have a lot of guys coming in like Claude [Pelon] and Delvon [Simmons], and Antwaun Woods is going to step up and be big this year,” Williams said.Woods injured his elbow in fall camp but should be ready to go by the start of the season on Aug. 30 against Fresno State.On the other hand, the offensive line, under the direction of first-year coach Tim Drevno, comes into this season with perhaps the most question marks out of any position group after allowing 34 sacks last season, ranking 104th in the nation.As of now, it looks like redshirt junior quarterback Cody Kessler will have a young, inexperienced line with three potential first-time starters.To add more uncertainty, the team is learning a new up-tempo offense under head coach Steve Sarkisian and has a new starting center in junior Max Tuerk, who has slid over from left guard to fill the void that former starting center Marcus Martin left after departing for the NFL.Besides Tuerk, the only other experience on the line, at least at the beginning of the year, will come from redshirt sophomore Chad Wheeler at left tackle, who started every game for the Trojans in 2013.It looks like true freshman Toa Lobendahn might start at left guard as senior offensive lineman Aundrey Walker struggles to overcome a lingering ankle injury, while redshirt freshman Khaliel Rodgers is in line to start at right guard.Sarkisian emphasized the importance of the unit staying healthy.“We need eight really good guys that can rotate through for our season to be really successful,” Sarkisian said. “We would love the luxury of 10, but eight is good enough so that’s what we’re trying to get.”last_img read more

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Chemistry between Daniels and wide receivers keeps improving

first_imgRedshirt sophomore wide receiver Tyler Vaughns tallied 64 yards on seven receptions against Washington State. (Sinead Chang | Daily Trojan)Following an impressive comeback win against Washington State, USC now focuses its attention on containing the dynamic ground game of Arizona, led by junior quarterback Khalil Tate and sophomore running back J.J. Taylor. The team emphasized the importance of its pass-rush as well as how to keep the quarterback in the pocket, a necessity against a mobile play caller like Tate. With senior captain and offensive lineman Porter Gustin still limited with a knee injury, as well as its depleted secondary due to multiple injuries and the undisclosed absence of sophomore safety Bubba Bolden, the defense has been struggling to develop any sort of chemistry, as indicated by the 73 points they have allowed over the previous two games. For now, the offense remains the Trojans’ focal point. Freshman quarterback JT Daniels didn’t seem fazed by the noise from the media and critics following his best performance yet, throwing for 241 yards and three touchdowns. His throwing motion looked fluid, a relief to Trojan fans who were concerned about his right hand injury scare against Texas the prior week. The rest of the offense was moving with a rejuvenated sense of confidence as well, following its season-high five-touchdown performance as well as head coach Clay Helton’s clear vote of confidence in them when he elected to receive the ball first at the start of the game.“We said in our last team meeting, I said ‘Guys, we’re gonna take the ball,’” Helton said. “We talked all week about starting fast. I believe in the offense, I believe this is going to be a breakout game for you. We’re gonna establish the run early, and they did.”Helton made sure to highlight Daniels’ improvement and development, rather than isolating one game.“I can feel it. I actually talked to [redshirt sophomore wide receiver Tyler] Vaughns when we were at practice and said, ‘Man, you can feel the chemistry start to come with JT and the wideouts,’” Helton said. “He had it with [freshman wide receiver Amon-Ra St. Brown], but it took a couple weeks to really kind of feel them out, but you could feel it in practice last week … It carried over to the game.”Helton was especially proud of his team’s resilience and composure under pressure.“We had said it was [going to] be a four quarter battle,” Helton said. “There was no part about it. We wanted to start fast and finish strong. We felt like if we could win the first and fourth quarter, that we’d win the game. I never saw any panic. They were like, alright, let’s cut this to a one score game, we did, and then the defense started to click in.”Looking ahead to Arizona on Saturday evening, Helton made it clear that it is a must-win game against a conference rival.“Really important game for us,” Helton said. “Not only a road game, but when you talk about Pac-12 South games, it’s so important that you make your Pac-12 South wins. The last two times we went to the Pac-12 championship, we had to run the tables in the Pac-12 South … You know you control your own destiny by getting those wins.”Arizona is currently in first place in the Pac-12 South at 1-0, though most other teams have yet to play a conference game. The Trojans’ next four games are all against conference opponents, with Colorado, Utah and Arizona State looming in the near future. All four games are critical, should USC make a push for a repeat Pac-12 championship appearance and a New Year’s Six bowl game. If Daniels’ and the offense keeps their positive trend up, USC might be able to salvage what seemed like a lost season just last week.JT to TV After catching seven passes for 64 yards and a score, Vaughns spoke about his blossoming connection with Daniels and how no one was ever worried that St. Brown would be Daniels’ only go-to target.“Like I said before, it was [going to] go slow, it’s a new quarterback, we didn’t have too many rotations in the fall camp,” Vaughns said. “As the game’s going, that’s how we get to know each other more … He only really had one connection; that was [St. Brown], we all knew that going in, so we just had to get on the same page as both of them.”Vaughns also emphasized the importance of establishing trust through communication between him and Daniels.“I [have to] be on the same timing as him,” Vaughns  said. “I [have to] go back to the sideline, tell him what I saw, [have to] see what he saw, and we just [have to] marry up at that point.” Daniels concurred with Vaughns.“There’s a lot of things we’re getting better [at] as an offense and as a whole,” Daniels said. “We’re real close to some timing things. We’ll be connecting on a lot more soon, but I think we’re going in a positive direction.”Injury UpdateRedshirt freshman defensive lineman Jay Tufele sat out practice with a sickness. He is expected to return tomorrow.Gustin was limited as a precautionary measure due to his knee injury.Sophomore offensive guard Andrew Vorhees was limited with a sternum contusion. St. Brown was limited with an AC shoulder sprain.last_img read more

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Local Organization Teaches Students Social Media Posting Do’s and Dont’s

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisWith social media playing such a big part in our lives, that could we be a positive thing or even a negative thing.That’s why one local organization in Alpena is taking time out to teach students at Thunder Bay Junior High School the affects of social media when looking for jobs.Yesterday students learned what types of posts turn employers off plus tools to help them when using popular social media apps, and sites.Social media users typically spend an average of two hours every day sharing, liking, tweeting and updating on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and more.According to teachers at Thunder Bay Junior High School most of their students are using the popular app called ‘Snapchat.’Besides learning how to use social media the proper way, there was one main lesson both Michigan Works and their teacher wanted each student to learn: ‘Think before you post.’AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Support Group On A Mission To Bring Documentary To AlpenaNext What’s Trending For May 30last_img read more

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NBA Draft 2019: Zion Williamson overcome with emotion after being selected No. 1 overall

first_imgHe has been the most hyped player coming into the draft since LeBron James in 2003 and he knew exactly where he was going to be picked.Despite that, he couldn’t hold back tears as he spoke to ESPN after being taken first overall. Related News NBA Draft 2019: Knicks select RJ Barrett at No. 3 He talked about how his mother influenced his career and helped him get to this point.“My mom sacrificed a lot for me,” he said. “I wouldn’t be here without my mom. She did everything for me. I just want to thank her.”Zion Williamson, holding back tears: “My mom sacrificed a lot for me. I wouldn’t be here without my mom. She did everything for me. I just want to thank her.” Amazing stuff pic.twitter.com/WeN5ys1r7c— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) June 20, 2019There were rumors going around after the lottery that Williamson was upset about the Pelicans getting the No. 1 pick over the Knicks. But Thursday, there was nothing but pure joy on his face.New Orleans looks like it has gotten a special player.center_img NBA Draft 2019: Pelicans unsurprisingly select Zion Williamson with No. 1 pick How can you not like Zion Williamson?The former Duke forward and Naismith Award winner was taken first overall by the Pelicans in the NBA Draft on Thursday to the surprise of absolutely no one.last_img read more

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Dzeko scored his 26th Goal of this Season

first_imgCaptain of the Bosnia and Herzegovina’s national football team and Roma striker Edin Dzeko has reached his 26th goal of this season.In the eighth minute of the match played in the 35th round of Italian Serie A, the popular Dzeko scored a goal for the leadership of Roma on its visit to Milan, a club Dzeko has liked since his childhood.Apart from bringing the advantage to Roma, Dzeko is on the top of the list!(Source: faktor)last_img

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