Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports UNDATED (AP) — This year’s Tour de France will start on Aug. 29 and finish on Sept. 20 and will be followed by cycling’s two other major races. The International Cycling Union announced the new dates after organizers were forced to postpone the Tour’s scheduled June 27 start because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.The UCI also says the world championships will go ahead as planned from Sept. 20-27 and will be followed by the Giro d’Italia and the Spanish Vuelta. No official dates were given for those two major races. The UCI says prestigious one-day road classics will be maintained with dates still to be defined.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Arizona’s governor says his state is willing to host all 30 major league teams when public health concerns allow, which eventually could lead to the start of the baseball season primarily in empty spring training ballparks. MLB and the players’ association have had preliminary discussion of potential ways for the season to start if given the go-ahead by federal, state and local governments and health officials. Having all teams based in the Phoenix area is among the contingency plans being examined. There are 10 spring training parks plus the Diamondbacks’ Chase Field, which has a retractable roof, and several college facilities.— Major League Baseball is cutting the salary of senior staff by an average of 35% for this year due to the new coronavirus’ impact on the season. MLB is guaranteeing paychecks to its full-time employees of its central office through May. Commissioner Rob Manfred announced the salary cut in a memorandum to staff, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press. Commissioner. He said the commissioner’s office will make all planned distributions to teams through May, The announcement Wednesday from the PGA Tour and the Nelson came three months after officials said the tournament was moving from the links-style Trinity Forest Golf Club.TPC Craig Ranch, which was completed in 2004, will be the first course outside of Dallas County to host the tournament that dates back to Bryon Nelson winning the inaugural event in 1944. Before moving to Trinity Forest in 2018, the Nelson was played for 35 years at TPC Four Seasons in suburban Irving.Trinity Forest, which was built on a former landfill south of downtown Dallas, was scheduled to host the Nelson for the third and final time in May. But the Nelson is among the tournaments canceled by the PGA Tour because of the coronavirus pandemic.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSTour de France pushed back 2 months Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBIT-WILLIE DAVISHall of Fame defensive end Willie Davis dead at age 85UNDATED (AP) — Willie Davis, a Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive lineman who helped the Green Bay Packers win each of the first two Super Bowls, has died. He was 85. The Packers confirmed Davis’ death to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Wednesday, as did his former teammate and fellow hall member, Dave Robinson.Davis died in a Santa Monica, California hospital. His wife, Carol, told the Packers her husband had been hospitalized for about a month with kidney failure.A 15th-round draft pick from Grambling, Davis began his NFL career by playing both offense and defense for the Cleveland Browns in 1958 and ’59. He had his greatest success after getting traded to the Packers.He remained with the Packers until finishing his NFL career in 1969 as a five-time All-Pro. Although tackles and sacks weren’t measured at the time Davis played, his 22 career fumble recoveries showcased his dominance and big-play ability.He was voted to the NFL’s all-decade team for the 1960s and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1981. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSKentucky’s Montgomery completes starters’ exit for NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Kentucky forward EJ Montgomery will enter the NBA draft and forego his remaining collegiate eligibility. Montgomery’s decision completes an exodus of Wildcat starters to the pro ranks.The 6-foot-10 sophomore averaged career highs of 6.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game with 31 blocks last season. Montgomery ranked second on the team in rebounding and blocks, and started 25 of 28 contests. He returned to school after going through the NBA draft evaluation process last spring.Montgomery follows pro announcements by fellow forward Nick Richards and guards Immanuel Quickley, Ashton Hagans and Tyrese Maxey. April 15, 2020center_img — Vance Jackson and Jalen Tate will join the Arkansas basketball program as graduate transfers. The 6-foot-9 Jackson started his college career by playing a season at Connecticut before playing two seasons at New Mexico. Last season, he averaged 11.1 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. The 6-foot-6 Tate played three seasons at Northern Kentucky. The guard was the 2020 Horizon League Defensive Player of the Year and MVP of the conference tournament. — Washington has added Wichita State transfer Erik Stevenson and junior college standout Nate Pryor. Stevenson played two years for the Shockers before leaving the program and returning to Washington, his home state. The 6-foot-3 guard averaged 11.1 points per game last season for Wichita State. Pryor is a Seattle native who spent the past two years at North Idaho College, where the team was a combined 59-3 during his two seasons. Pryor averaged 16.8 points and 4.1 assistant per game last season for North Idaho.  PGA-BYRON NELSON-NEW COURSEByron Nelson going to ranch for new home on PGA Tour in ’21McKINNEY, Texas (AP) — The Byron Nelson will have a new home when the tournament returns to the PGA Tour schedule next year. TPC Craig Ranch, about 30 minutes north of downtown Dallas, will host the Nelson for at least five years, starting in 2021. Associated Press In other college basketball news:— Washington swingman Jaden McDaniels has declared for the NBA draft. He is the latest one-and-done player for the Huskies and is projected as a middle first-round pick after an inconsistent season. At times he was the best player on the court with raw skills that have NBA scouts excited about his potential on the wing. At other times, McDaniels showed a lack of maturity and flaws in his game. McDaniels averaged 13 points and 5.8 rebounds.— Louisville has added graduate transfer guards Carlik Jones and Charles Minlend Jr. to the men’s basketball roster. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound Jones was a three-year starter named Big South Conference player of the year after helping Radford win its second consecutive regular season championship. The Cincinnati native averaged 20 points, 5.5 assists, 5.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals per game as a junior and ranked 28th nationally in scoring. Minlend, 6-4 and 208 pounds, averaged 14.5 and points and 4.7 rebounds to lead San Francisco to 22 wins, matching its highest win total in 35 years.— The Tennessee Volunteers have added forward E.J. Anosike as a graduate transfer, bringing an experienced player into their already highly ranked recruiting class. The 6-foot-6, 245-pound forward from East Orange, New Jersey, graduates from Sacred Heart in May. He will enroll at Tennessee this summer after ranking sixth nationally in rebounding, averaging 11.6 per game. He also led his team in scoring at 15.7 points and and has 27 career double-doubles.— Minnesota has added two accomplished frontcourt players to its roster. The Gophers are bringing in Liam Robbins from Drake and Brandon Johnson from Western Michigan. The 7-foot Robbins has applied for immediate eligibility. He’ll have two seasons left. The 6-foot-8 Johnson is a graduate transfer who’ll be eligible immediately for his senior season. He was on the All-Mid-American Conference third team. — WWE has started releasing professional wrestlers in budget cuts related to the coronavirus pandemic. The moves came after pro wrestling was deemed “essential” in an order by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. The order from DeSantis allows WWE to put on shows without fans in the Orlando area. WWE announced Wednesday it made various moves to cut costs and improve cash flow. Several top stars under contract were let go, including wrestlers known professionally as Karl Anderson and Luke Gallows.— Major League Eating is launching a bracket-style elimination tournament starting Friday that will air on MLE’s YouTube channel and benefit America’s hungry. Contestants, which include Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo, the top-ranked men’s and women’s eaters in the world, will face off via video from their homes in four rounds. The qualifying round is consuming two pounds of sliced bologna, followed by the quarterfinals, one family pack of Oreo cookies and a half-gallon of milk. The semifinals involve 10 pounds of baked beans and the finals will be 10 individual ramen noodle cups. Feeding America, which has a COVID-19 response fund, will receive $10,000.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — The parent company that oversees the NHL Buffalo Sabres has announced a series of cost-cutting measures, including layoffs and furloughs affecting 125 employees. Pegula (peh-GOO’-luh) Sports and Entertainment says 104 employees are being furloughed. Another 21 were laid off yesterday, according to a person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. PSE also said more than 36 employees, including management, hockey staff and broadcasters, will have their salaries reduced temporarily. PSE says it will continue to pay health insurance coverage for furloughed employees.— The Chicago Blackhawks have canceled their fan convention that was scheduled for July 24-26 at the Hilton Chicago. The team says refunds for convention passes and hotel rooms will be processed automatically.— Speedway Motorsports, owner and operator of eight tracks that host NASCAR’s top Cup Series, has laid off 180 employees and furloughed 100 as part of a company restructuring during the sports shutdown. Speedway Motorsports owns the Atlanta, Bristol, Charlotte, Kentucky, Las Vegas, New Hampshire, Sonoma and Texas tracks. The coronavirus pandemic caused NASCAR to suspend the season just four events into a 36-race schedule. To date, Speedway Motorsports has had its races at Atlanta, Texas and Bristol postponed. Both NASCAR and Speedway Motorsports are hoping to restart the season May 24 with the Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.— ESPN is asking some of its on-air personalities to take a 15% pay cut over the next three months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The network says the voluntary pay cuts would apply to ESPN’s highest-paid broadcasters. They are designed to help deter further immediate furloughs that would affect network employees who might be more financially vulnerable. ESPN has already furloughed those who work on live events.— The commissioners of the major college football conferences have told Vice President Mike Pence college sports cannot return from the coronavirus shutdown until campuses have reopened. Ten commissioners and the athletic director of Notre Dame comprise the College Football Playoff management committee. Major sporting events have been called off and colleges have moved classes online. last_img

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