August 1, 2020 Associated Press Hurricanes’ Dougie Hamilton out for Rangers series openerTORONTO (AP) — All-Star defenseman Dougie Hamilton won’t play for the Carolina Hurricanes in Saturday’s opener against the New York Rangers in the NHL’s Eastern Conference’s expanded playoff qualifying round.Hamilton has missed multiple practices, though the league has prohibited teams from disclosing whether a player is injured or ill amid the coronavirus pandemic. Carolina coach Rod Brind’Amour (BRIHN’-dah-mohr) says Hamilton is “getting better for sure,” and the team hopes he will play in the best-of-5 series.Hamilton broke his left leg in January and was sidelined until the NHL suspended the season because of the pandemic. VIRUS OUTBREAK-BASEBALLCards-Brewers postponed after 2 St. Louis positive testsNEW YORK (AP) — The coronavirus continues to alter the Major League Baseball schedule.Friday’s game between Milwaukee and visiting St. Louis had to be postponed after two Cardinals players tested positive for COVID-19. The teams are now expected to play a doubleheader on Sunday.The Cardinals are quarantined in their Milwaukee hotel. The team says it learned of the positive tests on Thursday night. Chapman rejoins YankeesUNDATED (AP) — All-Star closer Aroldis Chapman has been cleared to return to Yankee Stadium following a bout with the coronavirus. He was expected to play catch before New York hosted the Boston Red Sox. Yankees manager Aaron Boone confirmed Chapman’s return and said he wasn’t sure when the hard-throwing left-hander would be ready for game action. Chapman had been isolating in his Manhattan apartment since registering a positive test July 11. Also, Yanks right-hander Tommy Kahnle was added to the injured list with forearm tightness. He had an MRI taken Friday. Aaron Judge homered for the third straight night as the Yankees dumped the Red Sox, 5-1. Judge took aim at Yankee Stadium’s short right field porch in the third, a half-inning after starting a double play from right. Gio Urshela (ur-SHEH’-luh) and Brett Gardner hit their first home runs of the season to back Jordan Montgomery, who was reached for just one run and five hits over 5 2/3 innings versus a hot lineup.Boston entered the day leading the majors with a .276 batting average and the AL with a .783 OPS.Michael Chavis homered for Boston and Phillips Valdez impressed over 2 2/3 scoreless innings, but the club couldn’t overcome another poor start by Ryan Weber.Elsewhere in the majors:— Jason Tucker was the hitting star in the Astros’ 9-6 win over the Angels, going 3-for-4 with a two-run double and a two-run single. Tucker’s seventh-inning single gave Houston an 8-4 lead. George Springer and Jose Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) drove in two runs apiece in the win. In other MLB news:— The Cubs have signed former Indians closer Cody Allen to a minor league deal and sent him to their team’s training site in South Bend, Indiana. The Cubs’ bullpen struggled in the first week of the season. Closer Craig Kimbrel walked four batters and allowed two runs in his season debut Monday night. — The White Sox have promoted second baseman Nick Madrigal, adding one of their top prospects to the roster. The 23-year-old had been training at the team’s auxiliary site. Madrigal was selected by Chicago with the fourth overall pick in the 2018 draft after a standout collegiate career at Oregon State. NBA-SCHEDULEBucks outlast Celtics PGA-FEDEX INVITATIONALBrendon Todd takes 2-stroke lead with 65 at WGC in MemphisMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Brendon Todd will carry a two-shot advantage into the third round of the PGA’s FedEx St. Jude Invitational.Todd followed Thursday’s 64 with a 5-under 65 that leaves him two ahead of Rickie Fowler. First-round leader Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) shot a 1-over 71 that drops him into a third-place tie with Chez Reavie and Byeong Hun An at minus-7.Fowler closed with birdies on his final two holes for a 67. — Christian Walker lined a go-ahead, three-run double in the eighth inning and came around to score an insurance run to carry the Diamondbacks to a 5-3 comeback over the Dodgers. Arizona rallied from a 3-1 with help from Justin Turner’s error at third base. Mookie Betts hit his first home run as a Dodger and added an RBI single.— Travis d’Arnaud (dahr-NOH’) collected five RBIs, including a three-run double while the Braves scored five times in the eighth inning to beat the Mets, 11-10. Dansby Swanson and Matt Adams each had two RBIs for Atlanta, which trailed 8-2 and 10-6 before beating the Mets for the third straight time.— Yu Darvish pitched six shutout innings and Jason Heyward laced a key two-run single to help the Cubs double up the Pirates, 6-3. Darvish allowed just two hits, struck out seven and walked one to bounce back from a rough outing against the Brewers last weekend. Chicago also got a solo home run from Jason Kipnis in its fourth win in five games. — Max Kepler slammed his second leadoff home run of the season and Alex Avila added his first homer for Minnesota in a 4-1 verdict over the Indians. Randy Dobnak pitched five scoreless innings for Minnesota following a day of COVID-19 testing and uncertainty due to positive virus tests of Cardinals players. Mike Clevinger allowed four runs in four innings for Cleveland.— The Tigers earned a 7-2 win over the Reds as Spencer Turnbull and the Detroit bullpen combined on a three-hitter. Turnbull allowed two runs and three hits over six innings in his second start of the season. Austin Romine and Travis Demeritte each drove in two runs to back Turnbull, who led the majors with 17 losses as a rookie last season. In other NFL news:— Lions safety Jayron Kearse has been suspended by the league for the first three games of the 2020 regular season for violating league policy on substance abuse. Kearse is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and can return to the active roster after the team’s Week 3 game at Arizona. Formerly with division rival Minnesota, Kearse signed a one-year, $2 million deal with Detroit as a free agent. — Bills starting right guard Jon Feliciano is out indefinitely after having surgery to repair a torn pectoral muscle. The team did not reveal when or how Feliciano was hurt in making the announcement on its website.— Steve Levy, Brian Griese and Louis Riddick will be the new announce team for ESPN’s “Monday Night Football,” according to a person familiar with the decision. The trio has familiarity working together. They called the late game in last season’s Week 1 doubleheader between Denver and Oakland.NHL-HURRICANES-HAMILTON LPGA-DRIVE ON CHAMPIONSHIPKang leads as LPGA returnsTOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The LPGA has made its return following a hiatus caused by the pandemic. Danielle Kang looked as though she’s been playing every week.Kang was bogey-free at Inverness Club for a 6-under 66 and a one-shot lead in the LPGA Drive On Championship. With no leaderboards or fans at the course, Kang said she had no idea where she stood after closing with a birdie.Jodi Ewart Shadoff also played bogey-free for a 67. Celine Boutier and Lee-Anne Pace also were at 5 under until both made bogey on the closing hole. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SCHEDULEYankees top Bosox behind Judge, MontgomeryUNDATED (AP) — The New York Yankees were winners in their first game against the rival Red Sox this season. — The Magic picked up their fourth straight win as Evan Fournier scored 24 points and Nikola Vucevic had 22 in a 128-118 dismantling of the Nets. Orlando led by 30 at one point and moved ahead of Brooklyn for seventh in the Eastern Conference. The Nets are missing Spencer Dinwiddie, DeAndre Jordan and Taurean Prince after they tested positive for the coronavirus.— CJ McCollum scored 33 points and teamed with Damian Lillard to provide 11 of Portland’s 16 in overtime, leading the Blazers past the Grizzlies, 140-135. Lillard finished with 29 points and nine assists, while Carmelo Anthony added 21. The Blazers are within 2 1/2 games of Memphis as Portland seeks its seventh consecutive playoff appearance.— The Suns cruised to a 125-112 win over the Wizards as Devin Booker scored 27 points and Deandre Ayton added 24 with 12 rebounds. The Suns hit 30 of 32 from the line, with Booker hitting all nine of his attempts. Phoenix 52% from the field in propping up its playoff hopes.— DeMar DeRozan scored 17 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to help the Spurs pull away and beat the Kings, 129-120. DeRozan shot 10 of 13 and had 10 assists for the Spurs, who shot 53.3 percent from the field. Derrick White matched a career high with 26 points in San Antonio’s first game of the restart. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS Update on the latest sports AP Source: Pac-12 sets Sept. 26 start for football scheduleUNDATED (AP) — The Pac-12 has set Sept. 26 as the start of its 10-game, conference-only football schedule, joining the Southeastern Conference in pushing back its season by nearly a month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Pac-12 announced three weeks ago it would eliminate nonconference games to give its 12 member schools a better chance to manage complications and disruptions caused by the health crisis. The plan approved by university presidents adds an additional cross-divisional game to each team’s slate and moves the conference championship game back two weeks from Dec. 4 to Dec. 18 or 19. NFL-NEWSAntonio Brown suspended 8 games by NFL UNDATED (AP) — The Milwaukee Bucks are on the verge of clinching the top seed in the NBA’s Eastern Conference after winning their re-opening game.Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) converted a tiebreaking three-point play with 1:28 left before the Bucks finished off a 119-112 win over the Celtics. Antetokounmpo was called for a charging foul, appearing to negate his basket and giving him a sixth foul. The call was changed to a blocking foul on Boston’s Marcus Smart after review.Antetokounmpo had 36 points, 15 rebounds and seven assists to help Milwaukee get within one victory of wrapping up the No. 1 seed.In other Day 2 action of the NBA restart:— James Harden poured in 49 points and hit a pair of free throws in the closing seconds of overtime to help the Rockets secure a 153-149 triumph over the Mavericks. It was the 20th 40-point game this season for Harden, who passed Calvin Murphy as the No. 2 scorer behind Hakeem Olajuwon in Houston history. Kristaps Porzingis (KRIHS’-tahps pohr-ZIHN’-gihs) had 39 points and 16 rebounds for Dallas, while Luka Doncic (DAHN’-chihch) had a triple-double with 28 points. Eight teams have been affected in the first nine days of the season. The Phillies and Marlins haven’t played since Sunday and are on hiatus until at least Sunday after 17 Marlins tested positive while staying in Philadelphia. Four other teams had their schedules altered due to the virus.Meanwhile, Commissioner Rob Manfred spoke to union leader Tony Clark about the importance of players following the sport’s coronavirus protocols. A person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press that the two discussed what is needed to be done to complete the season.ESPN was first to report the conversation.Concerns have been expressed about lax behavior by players on the field — such as spitting or high-fives — and off. The scrambled schedule has also heightened doubts about whether the owners’ desire to play is realistic.MLB-NEWS UNDATED (AP) — The NFL has suspended wide receiver Antonio Brown for the first eight regular-season games of the 2020 season under the league’s personal conduct policy.Brown currently is a free agent. He played one game last season for the Patriots before being released. Brown can be signed by any team and would be eligible to participate in all of his club’s preseason activities. The suspension would take effect when teams make their final cuts on Sept. 5. Brown pleaded no contest on June 12 to charges related to a fight with a moving truck driver outside his South Florida home earlier this year. Brown has caught 841 passes for 11,236 yards and 75 touchdowns in parts of 10 NFL seasons. — The White Sox earned a 3-2 win over the Royals behind Adam Engel’s three-run homer in the second inning. Dallas Keuchel picked up the win for the White Sox, yielding two runs and seven hits in 5 1/3 innings. Chicago prospect Nick Madrigal batted ninth and went 0-for-3 in his big league debut.— Anthony Santander hit an odd home run and had three RBIs to help the Orioles beat the Rays, 6-3. Santander’s fly ball glanced off the glove of outfielder Kevin Kiermaier and over the wall to put the Orioles on the board. Pedro Severino followed with a far more traditional homer to chase Blake Snell.— Fernando Tatis (tah-TEES’) and Tommy Pham homered while the Padres were scoring four times with two out in the ninth to beat the Rockies, 8-7. Tatis tied it with a solo blast and Pham added a three-run blast to complete a 4-RBI performance. Charlie Blackmon and Trevor Story homered for Colorado.— The Giants rolled to a 9-2 rout of the Rangers as Wilmer Flores cracked a three-run homer off Mike Minor and Darin Ruf collected three RBIs. Chadwick Tromp had his first major league hit and RBI for the Giants. Shin-Soo Choo hit an opposite-field home run for Texas on the game’s first pitch.— Taijuan (TY’-wahn) Walker threw one-hit ball over seven innings to pitch the Mariners past the Athletics, 5-3. Walker struck out eight, walked two and allowed only a fourth-inning double in his first home start for the Mariners since being traded to Arizona after the 2016 season. Kyle Lewis had his sixth straight multi-hit game for Seattle. TENNIS-US OPENUS Tennis Association says it’s still preparing for US OpenUNDATED (AP) — As coronavirus cases spike in other parts of the country a month before the U.S. Open is supposed to start in New York, the U.S. Tennis Association said Friday it “continues its plans” to hold its marquee event and another tournament beforehand.The U.S. Open usually is the year’s last Grand Slam tournament and its slated to run Aug. 31 to Sept. 13. It’s now the second major championship because of the pandemic.
The Wisconsin men’s tennis team is full of young and energetic players from all corners of the globe. One Badger’s energy, however, stands apart from the rest and has had a positive effect on the play of his teammates throughout the course of the regular season.His name is Jakhongir Jalalov, or “Johnnie” as his teammates call him, and he is a freshman who hails from Tashkent, the capital city of Uzbekistan. Johnnie has made certain his smile and team-first mentality did not get left behind on the 13.5-hour flight.“It’s really fun [playing with Johnnie],” fellow freshman Oskar Wikberg said, “because he is always vocal and always pumps everybody up. He brings a lot of motivation to the team and the players so that is really good.”Regardless of the score of the match, as soon as Johnnie is finished playing on his court he immediately runs to the nearest court to cheer on his teammates and give them the emotional support needed to win a tough Division I tennis match.“I think it is really important to give moral support to your guys,” Jalalov said. “We all know, and I know from my past experience, that it is important to do so no matter what the result is. We all know to be very proud of each other, regardless of what the result will be.”The moral support he gives his teammates does not go unnoticed with head coach Greg Van Emburgh. “He brings a great team morale to the table,” Van Emburgh said. “When he comes out there and is really playing with a lot of intensity, and becoming a vocal leader, it adds a lot to the team and that is an area that we have really been trying to work on.”While being a great teammate and motivator is important, it does not yield results and that is where Jalalov’s play on the court comes into the equation. Heading into the Big Ten tournament, Johnnie is 17-14 (6-3 in the fall) in singles play and 16-10 (3-2 in the fall) in doubles. At the number three court for doubles, Jalalov sports an 11-6 record where he is 10-5 with Wikberg as his partner.His success on the court was the main reason coach Van Emburgh was attracted to the 20-year-old. “He is a really competitive person,” Van Emburgh said. “He had a good junior career internationally and [has so far gotten us] a bunch of singles and doubles points. You know he is a really nice guy and he has started to work harder and harder, so it’s just been a really good fit [here at Wisconsin].”“I feel like he’s only going to continue to get better,” Van Emburgh continued, “and we are looking for him to continually step up in the years to come.”What attracted Jalalov to the Wisconsin was the good academics, coupled with a good tennis program.“It is a good mix here,” Jalalov said, “and that is exactly what I was looking for [in a school].”As one of five international players on the team, Jalalov has found his niche here in Wisconsin. “We feel really comfortable as a team,” Jalalov said as assistant coach Joe Bates spanked him jokingly with a tennis racquet. “By the end of the season we really feel like we are together as a team.”Part of that bonding experience has come away from the tennis court, where Jalalov and Wikberg are roommates.“He’s just a really good guy,” Wikberg said. “He is really fun and just an all-around good roommate and teammate.”Still, no matter how close teammates are, there is a difference between playing in Madison and playing overseas. “The main difference is now I play for my teammates, and to represent my program, and my university,” Jalalov said. “Now I am in a team environment, which is completely different than [back home] when I played for myself.”The new environment that Jalalov finds himself in seems one he was made for, and he’s thriving in it.“I think he’s adjusted great, both on and off the court, and he’s just been excited since day one to be a Badger and to wear that ‘motion W’ across his chest,” Van Emburgh said.At the end of the day, this smiling, energetic and full-of-life character from Uzbekistan is just like any other teenage boy here on campus. And if you ask Wikberg, he’s your average roommate who has his fair share of quirks.“Um, he is really flexible,” Wikberg said of Jalalov. “Like, he’s really flexible and can do things with his body that actually scare me.”The Badgers travel to Ohio Wednesday for the start of the Big Ten Tournament where they will face Purdue in the first round. Wednesday also holds another date of significance for this Badgers’ squad: it’s Jalalov’s 20th birthday.
The trio, made up of two lawyers and a certified public accountant but whose names have not yet revealed, will investigate a transaction from the Bid Committee totalling $2 million (£1.3 million/€1.7 million) which has allegedly-corrupt implications.It is thought the payment was made in two installments in 2013 before Tokyo won the right to host the 2020 Olympics at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session in Buenos Aires.The controversy has surfaced as Black Tidings has ties to Papa Massata Diack, son of disgraced former International Association of Athletics Federations President Lamine Diack.French police are now studying the payments, made to Black Tidings head Ian Tan Tong Han, as part of their investigation into the disgraced Diack family, who are accused of using the same account to channel money received in return for covering up failed doping tests in athletics.JOC President and IOC member Tsunekazu Takeda yesterday claimed the payment was deemed “necessary” by the Bid Committee.He admitted he was the one to sign off on the transactions but denied any implications of wrongdoing, though he has refused to explain them in detail, claiming he is bound by confidentiality.The JOC chief believes it was “done by the book” and was supposedly for consultancy work the company carried out.An investigation is also being conducted by Tokyo 2020, which Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe has already vowed to fully co-operate with.Abe was a staunch advocate of the Japanese capital securing the hosting rights for the Games and met with Diack and other key officials during the IOC Session in Buenos Aires in 2013 when Tokyo was announced as the 2020 host.The IOC, keen to seen to be active in dealing with a problem which could represent the worse crisis since the Salt Lake City corruption scandal in 2002, have also insisted they will work alongside any investigation.They claim they will “continue to work to shed light on the matter”.