Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has complained about being “harassed” and says his family has been “torn apart” after admitting to breaking social-distancing rules again during the coronavirus pandemic.British newspaper The Sun reports that Walker breached regulations three times in a 24-hour period this week by visiting family members and going on a cycle ride with a friend.The England international apologized last month for hosting a party at his home during the lockdown.Walker posted a long statement on Twitter saying he feels he is being followed constantly while also raising mental health concerns.Walker writes “this is no longer solely affecting me but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.” May 8, 2020 ___Soccer teams will be allowed to use two extra substitutes per match to protect players during a backlog of games caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The International Football Association Board says competition organizers can now approve teams making five changes with a sixth in extra time.IFAB says the temporary rule is available to “competitions which have either started or are intended to start, but are scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31.”Leagues which typically end in May face a congested program into July and August to complete their season. A further IFAB decision is needed to extend the rule into next season’s competitions and national team games in 2021.___Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic will need to be vaccinated to keep playing if tennis bodies make coronavirus shots obligatory once they become available.Nadal tells Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia this week that Djokovic and all players will have to follow the rules when tennis eventually returns to action.Nadal says no one can be forced to take the vaccine and everyone should be free to make their choices but all players will have to comply if tennis officials require “vaccination to travel” and to “protect” everyone on the tour. The Turkish club is based in the Black Sea coastal city of Trabzon. The team’s players had previously been training in groups of three in line with social distancing guidelines.Turkey’s health ministry has said it was not involved in the decision to restart games and added that the federation would be responsible for any consequences.Istanbul club Fenerbahce said Thursday that it “understands” the federation’s decision but raised questions about the fate of the season if a team needs to be quarantined and the legal implications if a player were to sustain lasting damage after becoming infected.___Spanish soccer teams have resumed individual training after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Turkish club Trabzonspor training as a team Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Turkish soccer team Trabzonspor says its players have started to train as a team following the federation’s decision to resume league games on June 12. Djokovic recently said he was against taking a vaccine for the coronavirus even if it became mandatory to travel. He later said he was open to changing his mind.Nadal says “Djokovic will have to be vaccinated if he wants to keep playing tennis at the top level.”He says that “if the ATP or the International Tennis Federation obligates us to take the vaccine to play tennis then we will have to do it.”___Inter Milan players can resume training at the club’s Suning Center after everyone from the first team tested negative for the coronavirus. Inter had to delay the resumption of training earlier in the week because not everyone on the team had been tested for COVID-19.The club says all tests have now come back negative and that “optional individual training sessions will begin this afternoon.”AC Milan has also reopened its training center for its players.Most of the other Italian league clubs had already resumed training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18.___ Barcelona, Sevilla, Villarreal and other clubs have returned to action after the Spanish government loosened some of the lockdown restrictions that had been in place since mid-March.Atlético Madrid is set to resume its activities on Saturday and Real Madrid’s players will be back on the field on Monday.Barcelona’s players were practicing at different parts of the team’s training camp to avoid contact with each other. Coach Quique Setién was wearing gloves and a mask as he watched from afar as players ran their drills. Players had their regular training uniforms but no masks or gloves while on the field.Lionel Messi was seen juggling the ball by himself at one point.All players, coaches and club employees were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice. The league has not yet released results but some local media reports said three yet-to-be-named players tested positive. The information has not been independently confirmed.
The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL.The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions.___Soccer clubs from Germany’s top two divisions will discuss setting a date to resume the suspended season amid the coronavirus pandemic. It could be as soon as next week. Associated Press The virtual Spanish GP will take place during the same weekend the real race was scheduled to run at the Barcelona-Catalunya circuit. The race will consist of a qualifying session and a 33-lap race.The F1 season hasn’t started yet because of the coronavirus pandemic.___The Gibraltar soccer federation says it has declared the league season null and void with no champion.The top two teams in the league were Europa and St. Joseph’s when the coronavirus pandemic caused the season to be suspended. The federation says they were so close in the standings it could not declare a champion “in the interests of sporting integrity.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Sporting events in Oregon are likely to be without large crowds through at least the end of September. The Rapids join a list of Major League Soccer teams taking the first small steps toward returning to play. Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United, Orlando City and Inter Miami let players onto fields Wednesday for controlled voluntary workouts on the first day permitted by the league.The MLS suspended the season because of the coronavirus pandemic on March 12, closing all team facilities but asking players to remain in market with their teams.Colorado plans on using two fields for its workouts and run about eight players at a time.Fraser started the video call a bit late because of an injury sustained while kicking a soccer ball around with daughter. No word on the type of injury. ___ ___Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello says his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Gastaldello tells Italian daily La Repubblica “we don’t feel safe. They’re asking us to resume training and to get back out onto the field right away … It’s putting all of the players’ safety on the line.”He says “I’m speaking for me and for my teammates” and adds it’s not worth it “if the price of resuming is us getting seriously injured.”Most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week but last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts. Brescia is one of areas hit hardest by the virus but Gastaldello says he was never tested.He says “we’ll know if we’ve had it only once they test us before training.”Brescia president Massimo Cellino has also been a vociferous opponent to resuming the season but says it’s not because he wants his club to avoid relegation.The Italian government has not yet approved the resumption of the season.___ The French Tennis Federation says it will refund tickets purchased for the French Open because of uncertainty related to the coronavirus pandemic.The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4.The FFT says it “has taken the decision to cancel and refund all tickets purchased for the original dates of Roland Garros.”The FFT is also working closely with French authorities “to establish the necessary measures which will ensure the health and security of all guests attending the tournament.”Refunds will be received by end of May and a new ticketing procedure will be opened if the tournament goes ahead. The Latest: Sports events in Oregon to have limited crowds The German Football League’s board reportedly favors a start date of May 15 but some clubs want it later.Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann backs a May 23 start to “reduce the injury risk” with more training and because some clubs were cleared to return to training earlier than others. Mainz wants two weeks to prepare.The league was given the go-ahead Wednesday to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.More teams are returning to full-team training instead of working in small groups. Borussia Mönchengladbach is resuming full training despite what it called “very weak positive” coronavirus tests for one player and one staff member. The club says the player has since tested negative twice and the staff member is isolating at home after one negative test. St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference and is five points ahead of third-place Basel.Switzerland’s government has said professional clubs can resume training Monday. Games in empty stadiums should be possible from June 8.The league says the government has advised that teams are no longer eligible for an unemployment insurance program when players start training. The league says it is having “very constructive” talks with the government about further federal aid.___The International Canoe Federation says it is planning its budget in case the Tokyo Olympics get canceled in 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The German soccer league Bundesliga is set to resume on May 16.___The Peach Bowl is donating $1.09 million to help fund COVID-19 screenings in Georgia.The bowl announced it will help fund the telemedicine screening mobile app developed by Augusta University Health System. The AU Health ExpressCare app allows for free virtual screenings for the virus throughout the day with no appointment.Patients who screen positive will be scheduled for tests. Peach Bowl president Gary Stokan says the aim is giving Georgia residents access to screenings and tests “as soon as possible.”___The Swiss soccer league says clubs will discuss on May 29 if they want to resume playing in June amid the coronavirus pandemic.The league says the meeting of the 20 clubs will be two days after the next Swiss federal government update on easing restrictions.A restart on June 19 leaves seven weekends and six midweek games to meet UEFA’s preferred Aug. 3 target to complete domestic seasons. The 10 remaining league matches in France were canceled last week. Paris Saint-Germain was declared champion and Lyon finished outside the European places in seventh.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on sports daily L’Equipe’s website “it might not be too late to imagine … something coherent on a political level.”He adds that “by adapting our methods we could probably have finished the league.”Aulas argued for a playoff system to end the league by late August and reserved the possibility to claim damages he estimated at tens of millions of euros (dollars).___ ___Formula One says Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero, Real Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and Barcelona midfielder Arthur will compete alongside drivers in this weekend’s virtual Spanish Grand Prix.Charles Leclerc, Lando Norris, Alex Albon, Antonio Giovinazzi, George Russell and Nicholas Latifi will be the F1 drivers in Sunday’s event.Aguero will race for Red Bull alongside Albon. Courtois will run for Alfa Romeo in his second virtual race. Arthur will be with Haas.Golfer Ian Poulter will make his third appearance with Renault. May 7, 2020 The federation said last week that on government advice the season could not be completed by a UEFA-set deadline for Gibraltar of July 20.Europa will enter next season’s Champions League qualifying rounds. St. Joseph’s and third-place Lincoln Red Imps will enter the Europa League.___The president of French soccer club Lyon says he hopes the resumption of the German league can prompt a reversal of the decision to end the season in his own country.The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors. De Blasio says bigger events are going to be one of the last things that will really fit the equation as the country restarts from the coronavirus pandemic. He says the perfect time to reopen big events is “almost when the disease has really been beaten back to next to nothing.” He says the danger with big gatherings, especially, is “that could be one of the things that propels the disease back.”Opening day was scheduled for March 26 but has been postponed indefinitely because of the new coronavirus. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred believes the season will start at some point, and the league has considered playing in empty ballparks.New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo put entertainment such as sports into the final phase of his guidelines for reopening the state. He’s discussed the possibility of having big league games in empty stadiums.___Colorado Rapids coach Robin Fraser says players will use team training fields for voluntary individual workouts starting Monday. The matches will be played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement comes one day after Chancellor Angela Merkel and the country’s 16 state governors agreed the season could resume.The Bundesliga was suspended on March 13 with nine rounds remaining. Seifert says the league will begin again where it left off.Seifert was speaking after a video conference with members from the country’s 36 clubs in the top two divisions. The second division will also resume on May 16.___ The ICF says its board “approved two budget scenarios” up to 2022 taking into account “the chance of no competition or Olympics in 2021.”The ICF is due to get about $16 million from the International Olympic Committee as a share of revenue from the postponed Tokyo Games.The ICF has postponed or canceled all international events through August. It is due to have an election congress in December when president Jose Perurena steps down after 12 years.___German soccer league managing director Christian Seifert says the Bundesliga season will resume on May 16. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced Thursday the steps the state will take as it begins reopening next week. Brown asked those planning large gatherings, such as concerts, festivals, sporting events and conventions, to cancel or significantly modify plans for anything scheduled through at least September.That is likely to impact the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, the Portland Timbers of the MLS, and Oregon and Oregon State college football.While the NBA and MLS have no firm plans of a restart yet, Oregon and Oregon State both have three home games scheduled in September. Oregon is set to host North Dakota State, Ohio State, and Hawaii in Eugene, while Oregon State is scheduled to face Colorado State, Portland State and Washington State in Corvallis.___New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio doesn’t see games returning to Yankee Stadium or Citi Field very quickly, at least not with fans. Horse racing has resumed in Germany, but without spectators and with mask-wearing jockeys.The race day at the Neue Bult track near Hannover on Thursday was the first to take place in Germany since the calendar was suspended in March.It followed talks between race organizers and the local authorities, and access to the track was strictly limited.Jockeys and grooms wore masks and betting was only allowed online. More races are scheduled for Friday in Cologne.Germany resumed ahead of other major European horse racing nations. The equestrian sport of trotting, or harness racing, has continued in Sweden through the coronavirus pandemic. 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Hockenson had 32 catches for 367 yards and two TDs as a rookie last season after being drafted on the first round.___The Big Ten is tapping the brakes on football practice, telling its schools that until further notice full contact practices cannot begin. The conference announced all teams will remain in the first two days of what is known as the “acclimatization period,” working in just helmets helmets. The Big Ten said all other fall sports will continue to work with team physicians and athletic trainers to adjust practices to the appropriate level of activity.“We understand there are many questions regarding how this impacts schedules, as well as the feasibility of proceeding forward with the season at all,” the conference said in a statement Saturday. “As we have consistently stated, we will continue to evaluate daily, while relying on our medical experts, to make the best decisions possible for the health, safety and wellness of our student-athletes.” August 8, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Michigan State linebacker Marcel Lewis and offensive lineman Justin Stevens are opting out of the upcoming season. The Latest: Michigan State linebackers opt out of season Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Both announced their decisions on Twitter.Lewis, a redshirt freshman, said he’s lost a family member during the pandemic and has had another family member sick in the hospital. He said he doesn’t feel safe competing this year because of outbreaks on teams and athletes developing heart issues and respiratory problems.___The Detroit Lions activated tight end T.J. Hockenson, cornerback Amani Oruwariye and punter Arryn Siposs from the reserve/COVID-19 list. That list was created for NFL players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person.
— Eric Hosmer started San Diego’s power surge with his three-run homer in the first inning of a 13-2 laugher against the Rockies. Jake Cronenworth added a two-run drive in the seventh before Jurickson Profar and Trent Grisham lined solo shots in the eighth, leaving San Diego second in the majors with 66 home runs.— The Giants picked up their first road series victory of the year as Alex Dickerson homered and had two RBIs to support Johnny Cueto (KWAY’-toh) in a 4-1 verdict over the Diamondbacks. Cueto was sharp in his last start before the trade deadline, allowing a run on three hits in 6 2/3 innings.— Austin Riley homered, doubled and collected three RBIs in Atlanta’s 10-run second before the Braves hung on for a 12-10 decision over the Phillies. Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY’-kihs) and Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO’-nuh) each added three hits and two RBIs to help the NL East leaders avoid a three-game sweep.— The Cubs’ starting outfield of Kyle Schwarber, Jason Heyward and Ian Happ each homered twice in a 10-1 romp over the Reds. The NL Central leaders belted 14 home runs in the series. — Josh Bell and Gregory Polanco homered off Brandon Woodruff in the Pirates’ 5-1 victory at Milwaukee. Bell broke a 1-all tie in the fourth with a towering, two-run blast that hit an SUV parked well above the wall in right-center as part of a promotion. American Ernst wins in ArkansasROGERS, Ark. (AP) — Austin Ernst has rallied to win the Walmart NW Arkansas Championship, her second LPGA Tour title.She became the second American to win the event, closing with an 8-under 63 for a two-stroke victory over Anna Nordqvist.Four strokes behind Nordqvist entering the round, Ernst had the best score of the day with making 10 birdies and two bogeys at Pinnacle Country Club. F1-BELGIAN GP AP source: Jaguars trading Ngakoue to VikingsJACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Disgruntled pass-rusher Yannick Ngakoue (yah-NEEK’ en-GAH’-kway) is headed north, far away from Jacksonville.A person familiar with the trade says the Jaguars have agreed to send Ngakoue to the Vikings for a second-round draft pick in 2021 and a conditional fifth-rounder in 2022. The person said Ngakoue agreed to rework his 2020 salary to get out of Jacksonville. He had been the league’s only franchise-tagged player unsigned, opting to turn down an offer that would have guaranteed him $17.8 million this season.US OPEN-CORONAVIRUS-PAIRE OUT Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSCeltics rip Raptors in series openerLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Boston Celtics are 5-0 under the NBA Playoff bubble. The Stars scored three times with the man advantage to support Anton Khudobin, who turned back 33 shots.The Islanders scored twice in the third period to come away with a 3-2 victory and a three-games-to-one lead in their second-round series with the Flyers.Jean-Gabriel Pageau (PA’-zhoh) broke a 1-1 tie with his seventh goal of the postseason, beating Brian Elliott at the 7:18 mark of the final period.Brock Nelson added insurance with his second goal of the game, and it became the game-winner once Ivan Provorov (PROH’-vah-rahv) scored with 65 seconds left.Thomas Greiss (grys) turned back 36 shots for the Islanders. The Clippers have advanced to the Western Conference semifinals by taking out Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) and the Mavericks in six games.Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had 33 points and 14 rebounds for Los Angeles in a 111-97 downing of Dallas. Paul George and Ivica Zubac (ih-VEET’-sah ZOO’-bahts) added 15 points apiece for the Clippers, who turned up their defense after winning Game 5 with the best offensive performance in their postseason history.Doncic capped a superb first postseason with 38 points, nine rebounds and nine assists.The Nuggets have forced a Game 7 in their opening-round series with Utah.Jamal Murray extended his torrid run with 50 more points to lead the Nuggets to their second straight win, 119-107 over the Jazz. Murray had his second 50-point game of the series to equal Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell, who finished with 44 in this one. No player has ever had more 50-point games in an entire postseason. — The Yankees also took the nightcap in eight innings as pinch-hitter Gary Sanchez unloaded a grand slam off Drew Smith in a 5-2 triumph over the Mets. Tyler Wade also homered and Luis Cessa (SEH’-suh) ended the game by striking out Wilson Ramos with the bases loaded.— Jonathan Schoop (skohp) hit a tie breaking home run in the sixth inning to send the Tigers to their fifth straight win and a three-game sweep of the Twins, 3-2. Jeimer (JAY’-mur) Candelario also homered and Tyler Alexander pitched 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief as Detroit moved back to .500 and handed Minnesota its fifth consecutive loss.— The Blue Jays picked up their fourth straight win as Teoscar (tay-AHS’-kur) Hernández stroked a two-run single with two out in the ninth inning to complete a 6-5 decision over the Orioles. Baltimore dropped its fifth in a row despite Ryan Mountcastle’s first two major league home runs.— The Mariners picked up a 2-1 win over the Angels on a single by pinch-hitter Tim Lopes in the 10th inning. Lewis homered in the seventh and scored the winning run after Justin Dunn threw six scoreless innings for Seattle.— Cody Bellinger, Corey Seager and Will Smith homered for the Dodgers in a 7-2 win at Texas. Bellinger’s two-run blast gave Los Angeles 57 home runs for August, a major league record for any single month. The Dodgers have 12 straight series victories to start the season, tied for the fifth-best season-opening run since 1969. Dexter Fowler homered and had three RBIs as the Cardinals stopped Cleveland’s four-game winning streak.Elsewhere in the majors:— The Athletics-Astros game in Houston was postponed when a member of the Oakland organization tested positive for COVID-19. The A’s said the team conducted testing and contact tracing for the entire traveling party Sunday morning and would self-isolate in Houston with recommended safety precautions in place.— Willy Adames (ah-DAH’-mehs) launched a grand slam and the surging Rays made it 12 wins in their last 14 games by completing a three-game sweep of the Marlins, 12-7. Joey Wendle, Yoshi Tsutsugo and Kevin Kiermaier also went deep in Tampa Bay’s eighth consecutive win over Miami since 2018.— The Yankees erupted for five runs in the seventh inning before Gio Urshela laced a walk-off single in the eighth to give the Bombers an 8-7 stunner over the Mets in Game 1 of a doubleheader. The Yanks rallied from 7-2 down by scoring five with two out in the seventh, including Aaron Hicks’ game-tying, two-run homer. August 31, 2020 AP source: Paire out of US Open after positive COVID-19 testNEW YORK (AP) — French tennis player Benoit (ben-WAH’) Paire has been removed from the U.S. Open men’s field after testing positive for the coronavirus. That’s according to a person familiar with the situation.The 31-year-old was seeded 17th and was supposed to face Kamil Majchrzak of Poland in the first round on Tuesday. Contact tracing will now be used to determine who might have been exposed to Paire and needs to be quarantined.The Grand Slam tournament begins Monday, with no spectators allowed as part of efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19.PGA-BMW CHAMPIONSHIP White Sox pickup 11th win in 13, UNDATED (AP) — The Chicago White Sox picked up their 11th win in 13 games to slide into a tie with Cleveland for first place in the American League Central. The White Sox also continue to receive positive results from their budding stars.Prized rookie Luis Robert hit his first game-ending homer, a three-run drive in the 10th inning that gave the White Sox a 5-2 victory over the Royals. Chicago’s Dane Dunning threw five no-hit innings before being pulled from his second major league start. The 25-year-old right-hander struck out seven and allowed just one runner, when he walked Maikel (MY’-kehl) Franco on a 3-2 count with one out in the third. The White Sox pulled even with Cleveland when the Indians dropped a 7-2 decision at St. Louis. Adam Wainwright struck out nine on his 39th birthday and went the distance on a four-hitter. Seattle and San Diego completed a seven-player trade Sunday night, with catcher Austin Nola joining the contending Padres and prized outfield prospect Taylor Trammel going to the Mariners.The Padres also get right-handed relievers Austin Adams and Dan Altavilla and send Trammell, infielder Ty France, catcher Luis Torres and reliever Andres Muñoz to Seattle.In other major league moves:— The Cubs have acquired José Martínez from the Rays for two players to be named or cash. The 32-year-old Martínez is a .294 hitter with 43 homers and 182 RBIs in 422 major league games. — The Braves have acquired left-hander Tommy Milone from the Orioles for two players to be named. The division-leading Braves have a pressing need for starting pitching behind Max Fried (freed). Associated Press Update on the latest sports Sean Couturier (koo-TUR’-ee-ay) scored and Elliott finished with 30 saves for the Flyers.The Golden Knights are on track for their second conference final appearance in their three-year history following a 5-3 comeback win over the Canucks.Vancouver led 3-2 until Nate Schmidt, Max Pacioretty (pash-uh-REH’-tee) and William Karlsson scored in the first 8 ½ minutes of the third period. Pacioretty finished with two goals and an assist to support Marc-Andre Fleury, who turned back 27 shots in his return to the nets. Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Petterson, Bo Horvat and Tyler Toffoli (tah-FOH’-lee) provided the Canucks’ scoring.MLB-SCHEDULE The Celtics have opened their Eastern Conference semifinal series with a surprisingly easy victory against the defending champs, 112-94 over the Raptors.Jayson Tatum and Marcus Smart each scored 21 points for the Celtics, who never trailed and improved to 4-1 versus Toronto this season. Brad Stevens’ club is the only one to knock off the Raptors more than twice.Kemba Walker added 18 points and 10 assists, while Daniel Theiss (tys) delivered 13 points and 15 rebounds.Toronto has dropped its two meetings with Boston in the bubble by a combined 40 points. The Raptors are 11-0 against everyone else.Kyle Lowry had a team-high 17 points for the Raptors. Stars, Isles, Knights take 3-1 leadsUNDATED (AP) — The Dallas Stars are one win away from reaching the Western Conference final for the first time in a dozen years. And the New York Islanders need another victory to get to the conference final for the first time since 1993.The Stars have a three-games-to-one lead after grabbing leads of 3-0 and 5-2 before holding off the Avalanche, 5-4.John Klingberg opened the scoring 6:18 into the first before Radek Faksa (FAHK’-sah) and Jamie Benn added power-play goals to make it 3-0 midway through the period. The power-play tallies followed minor penalties called on Nazem Kadri (NAZ’-ehm KA’-dree).Cale Makar’s (mah-KAHRZ’) power-play goal got the Avalanche within 3-2 with 26 seconds left in the second period, but the Stars regained a three-goal edge when Roope (ROO’-peh) Hintz and Denis Gurianov scored 32 seconds apart in the third. Makar made a poor pass from behind the goal linie on the Gurianov goal, allowing the Dallas forward to shoot into a wide open net. Murray outscored Mitchell 21-17 in the final period, helping prevent the Jazz from ever getting close enough to have a real chance of finishing the series.Murray had a little more help. Nikola Jokic (nih-KOH’-lah YOH’-kihch) scored 22 points and Jerami Grant adding 18 for Denver.Mike Conley had 21 points for the Jazz, but Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) and Jordan Clarkson were each only held to 11.Game 7 is Tuesday, with the winner taking on the Clippers.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS — The Red Sox outscored the Nationals, 9-5 as Bobby Dalbec hit a two-run homer in his major league debut and Rafael Devers added a pair of round-trippers. Xander Bogaerts (BOH’-gahrts) hit a two-run homer and Kevin Plawecki added two RBIs to help Boston deal Washington its fifth loss in six games.MLB-NEWSPadres get Moreland from Bosox, Nola from M’sUNDATED (AP) — The Padres have made more moves to demonstrate they are prepared to challenge for a playoff berth if not an NL West title.The Padres have picked up slugger Mitch Moreland from the Red Sox for a pair of prospects: outfielder Jeisson Rosario and infielder Hudson Potts. The Padres are making one move after another in pursuit of their first playoff appearance in 14 years. They bolstered their bullpen on Saturday by acquiring Trevor Rosenthal in a trade with the Royals. Rahm outlasts Johnson to win at Olympia FieldsOLYMPIA FIELDS, Ill. (AP) — Jon Rahm birdied the first playoff hole to nose out Dustin Johnson and win the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields.The Spaniard closed with a bogey-free, 6-under 64 to finish at 4 under. Johnson forced the extra hole with a 43-foot double-breaker on 18, but Rahm won it with a 66-foot putt. It was Rahm’s second PGA win of the year and fifth of his career.LPGA-ARKANSAS — The Rockies have acquired right-handed reliever Mychal Givens from the Orioles for prospects and cash considerations. As part of the deal, the Orioles received infielders Tyler Nevin and Terrin Vavra, along with a player to be named later and cash considerations. MLB-METS-INJURIESMets shelve Matz, BetancesNEW YORK (AP) — The Mets have placed struggling pitchers Dellin Betances (DEH’-lihn beh-TAN’-sehs) and Steven Matz on the injured list, one day after they both made appearances against the Yankees. Betances landed on the injured list with right lat tightness. Matz was placed on the IL with left shoulder discomfort.NFL-JAGUARS-VIKINGS TRADE Hamilton wins Belgian GP SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (AP) — Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish at the Belgian Grand Prix to clinch his 89th career win and move two behind Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.The world champion was untroubled from pole position, beating his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas by eight seconds and finishing 15 seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen. Hamilton’s fifth win in seven races also extended his championship lead over Verstappen to 47 points.
THE 2019 East Bank Football Association (EBFA) Senior League, sponsored by the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) kicked off yesterday afternoon at the GFF National Training Centre, following a colourful march past of teams, witnessed by Director of Sport, Christopher Jones, GFF president Wayne Forde and EBFA president Franklin Wilson among others.The lone match saw Grove Hi Tech defeat a determined Kuru Kururu Warriors 6-3, to set the tone for what is anticipated to be an exciting league contested by 11 clubs.Taking part in the march past were the two above-named clubs, Herstelling Raiders, Diamond United, Friendship All Stars, Timehri Panthers, Samatta Point/Kaneville and Agricola Red Triangle.The referees in charge of matches were also part of the march past. The best-dressed team selected by Forde and Jones were Timehri Panthers and they were rewarded with a trophy.Wilson, in brief welcoming remarks, expressed gratitude to president Forde and GFF for fulfilling his commitment to sponsor the senior league. Wilson urged the players to be at their best and be disciplined on and off the field of play.He said multiple tournaments will be played this season. The KFC U-20 knock-out is underway, the senior league has just started and the NAMILCO Flour Power U-17 will kick off immediately following the conclusion of the U-20 later this month.Jones, in his remarks, congratulated the EBFA and GFF for the work they have been collectively engaged in towards the development of youths along the East Bank and Soesdyke/Linden Highway corridor.He told the players that they should consider it a privilege to be playing on the first artificial turf in Guyana and should feel proud that it is located at Providence on the East Bank of Demerara.“I want to commend president Wayne Forde and the GFF for making this possible. We would continue to lend support in whatever way we can for the development of football; but of course for you the player, there is an old saying: ‘to whom much is given, much is expected’.“The fact that the GFF would have invested millions of dollars for a facility such as this, provides that opportunity for you to play on an international turf; so what is expected of you is that we see the same discipline that Mr Wilson was referring to. We see talent coming out from these matches and we get the best out of each and every one of you.”President Forde, in feature remarks, stated that it was a moment of personal pride for him and his executive to witness what was unfolding before his eyes.“It was captured best when Mr Jones stated that to whom much is given, much is expected. The turf that we are on is the outcome of tremendous efforts throughout the body of football. From the global body FIFA, to the confederation body CONCACAF and to your own local body, GFF.“They are members of this fraternity that would have been instrumental in our being here today and we acknowledge them in every aspect for the use and benefits that we have derived from this venue.”Forde commended the work of EBFA president and his team. He said that the faces he has been seeing at every football event in the association have been consistent – a clear mark of commitment.He challenged the players to be the best, first and foremost, and the best possible human being.“A lot of very important life lessons are taught in this game of football. We learn to share, we learn to respect; we learn to be our brother’s keepers. We learn to lose; we learn to win. We have good days, bad days. These lessons must not be squandered. They will help to mould you overtime.”He also stated that persons coming into the game are prepared for the challenges of life and leave as much stronger individuals than when they entered the game.“So the support that the federation is bringing to the East Bank is the support that we bring to all of our nine regional members associations. All associations will receive funding for the running-off of their senior league because we have really seen a decline in senior league football at the association level. So we have taken the responsibility to provide the funding/support to allow this to take place. I am happy as always, that the East Bank is taking a first step in this.“I want to use this platform and the opportunity to encourage the other associations who are yet to submit their budgets and their plans for their senior league to do that very quickly.”Forde also informed that the GFF would be announcing at its Congress on May 25 next, plans for what will be the biggest tournament in the nation’s history, the Federation Cup. It will commemorate Guyana’s 117th anniversary as an organised body – the oldest in the world. This would be an annual Cup.Senior league must be played before association is eligible to participate in the federation cup.Darren McPherson led Grove to victory with a double (17, 37) with one apiece from Jonathan Bailey (19), Delroy Dodson (25), Nicholai Matthews (43) and Marvin Squires in the 46th minute.Kuru Kururu Warriors got their goals through Christopher Alleyne who netted an own goal in the 22nd minute with Joseph and Kevon Walker finding the back of the net in the 87th and 91st minutes.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Jamaica’s Reggae Boyz celebrated the country’s first-ever CONCACAF Gold Cup fixture with a win as they held their nerve to beat Honduras 3-2 at the National Stadium here Monday night.Playing in the second match of the historic double-header in the nation’s capital here, Turkey-based forward Dever Orgill struck a first-half brace and Damion Lowe added a third goal in the second half, to hand the hosts full points in their Group C opener.Antony Lozano pulled one back for the visitors early in the first half before Rubilio Castillo struck in injury time but Jamaica safely saw out the encounter.In the earlier game, Nelson Bonilla’s first-half injury-time goal was enough to give El Salvador a 1-0 victory over a plucky Curacao.Up against the Central American side ranked seven places lower in 61st in the FIFA rankings, Jamaica took the early lead when 29-year-old Orgill headed in from point blank range with goalkeeper Luis Lopez nowhere in sight.Leon Bailey chipped a pass to Peter Vassell whose pass was parried into Orgill’s path by the advancing Lopez.Orgill added the second four minutes before half-time again from close range, to give Jamaica a 2-0 lead at the break. Defender Alvas Powell was terrific in beating three defenders on the right before crossing for Vassell who played in Orgill first touch, for the striker to drill a low left-footed shot past Lopez.Honduras responded in the 54th minute, capitalising on a defensive howler from Shaun Francis to pull one back through Lozano’s sliding effort in the box.The hosts, however, urged on by a large crowd, restored their two-goal lead just minutes later, Lowe out-jumping his markers at the far post to nod in Vassell’s corner kick.Honduras made things nervy at the end through Castillo’s glancing header in the second of four minutes of added time, but Jamaica held on for the points.The Reggae Boyz, losing finalists in the last two Gold Cups, will travel to Houston where they take on El Salvador in their second match on Friday at the BBVA Stadium.
ST JOHN’S, Antigua, (CMC) – Injury has ruled captain Kraigg Brathwaite and wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich out of the first four-day “Test” of the three-match series against India A starting here today.Both players, members of the senior side, have picked up ankle injuries and have been ordered to rest.Left-handed opener John Campbell will also miss the series after being called up to the West Indies squad for the opening two Twenty20 Internationals against India in Fort Lauderdale next month.Selectors have therefore summoned the Leeward Islands Hurricanes’ pair of wicketkeeper/batsman Jahmar Hamilton and opener Montcin Hodge as replacements for Dowrich and Campbell, while Trinidad and Tobago left-handed opener Jeremy Solozano has come in for Brathwaite.Solozano, 23, will also act as cover for Brathwaite for the second Test in Port of Spain starting next Wednesday, if the right-hander is still unavailable.Brathwaite’s absence means that Shamarh Brooks, the regular A-team captain, returns to the helm for the encounter.West Indies A will be hoping to make amends for their struggles in the preceding five-match one-day series when they suffered a 4-1 drubbing.Their squad will feature the likes of out-of-favour Tests players Jermaine Blackwood and Miguel Cummins, along with left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican.The final Test is scheduled to bowl off at the Brian Lara Stadium on August 6.SQUAD – Shamarh Brooks (captain), Sunil Ambris, Jermaine Blackwood, Roston Chase, Rahkeem Cornwall, Miguel Cummins, Jahmar Hamilton, Montcin Hodge, Chemar Holder, Shermon Lewis, Raymon Reifer, Jeremy Solozano, Jomel Warrican.
AIBA Three Star referee, James Beckles, arrived in Guyana last night to hold a three-day seminar for local and overseas boxing referees starting today.The seminar will commence at 10:00hrs at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall. Trinidadian Beckles, will host the seminar in the lead-up to the Winfield Braithwaite Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors tournament set to punch off tomorrow at the same venue.The Three Star official is one of four overseas referees in for the tournament. David Brown and Jozef Faddoul are from Trinidad and Dominica respectively, while Audrey Sabas of Guadeloupe is the lone female.
HOSTS, Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC), must be a happy lot after they dominated proceedings at the end of the first day’s play of the GISE/Star Party Rentals/Trophy Stall First-Division two-day match.At the close yesterday, the hosts were 274-2, replying to GDF’s first-innings 87 all out. They have already amassed a first-innings lead of 187, heading into today’s final day, which starts at 09:30hrs.Opting to bowl on a dry GCC wicket, it took only three of the home side bowlers in a combined effort of just 23.3 overs to dismantle their opponents. Seamers Bernard Bailey (3-7) and Ronaldo Ali-Mohamed (3-15), along with Stephan Wilson (3-9), did the damage.GCC gained the early momentum after the fall of Leon Andrews, who was bowled by Bailey for just eight. Thereafter, the visitors suffered a collapse to crash to 18-5 with Bailey claimed the wickets of Demion Waldron (0), and Terry Fraser (2), while the former Guyana Under-19 captain, Ali-Mohamed accounted for Kurt Lovell (6) and Randy Lindore without scoring.At that point, David Rajmangal, who remained unbeaten on 33, came to the rescue and shared 15 and 39 runs respectively with Damion Whitney (14) and Joshua Jones (18), the only other two batsmen to reach double figures.Wilson did the most damage during the second half of the innings, claiming three of the last five wickets.GCC’s top four batsmen then built on the early advantage, with each hitting contrasting half-centuries.Openers Robin Bacchus and Jeetendra Sookdeo put together 124 for the first wicket before Mavindra Dindyal and Guyana Jaguars captain Leon Johnson shared in an unbroken third-wicket stand of 150 until the close of play.Bacchus, the 30-year-old, who played his lone List A game for Guyana back in 2014, struck a 69-ball 70 with three fours and three sixes while Sookdeo made a 73-ball 56 (2×4, 3×6).However, by the time both fell to Andrews, the hosts were in full command of the game. Johnson followed up his 154 last week against the University of Guyana with an unbeaten 70 (4×4, 2×6), while Dindyal, who was one of three Guyanese who toured with the West Indies Under-15 squad recently to the UK, was 60 not out with five fours.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Jamaica Scorpions batsman Jermaine Blackwood is angling to get back into the West Indies squad and believes his performance in the Regional Four-Day Championship so far could get him there.With 768 runs – including one century and six half-centuries – accumulated in the first eight rounds of the tournament, Blackwood is the leading run-scorer.“I am always looking to get back in the West Indies team and I know once I score runs, I will always keep my name in the selectors’ minds,” the 28-year-old middle-order batsman said.On the heels of a double century – 248 which he made in over eight hours at the crease in the match against Leeward Islands Hurricanes that Scorpions won by an innings and 118 runs at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua on Sunday – Blackwood had credited his fitness routine for helping him reach the monumental score.The Jamaica Scorpions head coach, Andre Coley, is also confident Blackwood will be back in maroon and gold.“His whole approach this season has been different; he has shown more application and willingness to stay at the crease and put a higher price on his wicket. It is a testament to the hard work which he has put in and he has surely put his name in the hat for West Indies selection,” he said.With two more rounds to go in the West Indies four-day Championship, the season being suspended due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic that has affected several Caribbean countries.Blackwood made his Test debut for the West Indies against New Zealand in June 2014 and his One Day International debut for the Caribbean side against Sri Lanka in November 2015. He scored a maiden Test century in the first Test of England’s 2015 tour.The Jamaican last played for West Indies in September 2019, as a concussion substitute for Darren Bravo in the second innings of the second Test against India at Sabina Park here.