— FIFA (FEE’-fuh) says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic. Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle. International soccer’s governing body says the next installment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year. FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.”— The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans. The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season. There are no dates for the postponed semifinals, which were originally scheduled to be played this week.— The governing body of field hockey says it has extended the international Pro League seasons by one year to run through June 2021. The nine men’s and nine women’s national teams were scheduled to play January-to-June annually.— A tropical island in the South Pacific is likely to be the only venue in the world hosting a competitive cricket final on Saturday, as most international sport remains shuttered around the globe. Vanuatu (vah-noo-AH’-too) Cricket Association chief executive Shane Deitz is inviting anyone missing live action to tune in to a live stream. Vanuatu went into lock down late last month as a precaution during the coranavirus pandemic, and was then hit hit by a destructive cyclone on April 6. The lockdown and closed borders meant there were no reported cases of COVID-19 in Vanuatu.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 April 24, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Rams announced the signings of linebacker Leonard Floyd and defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson on Friday after quarterback Jared Goff restructured his contract to create salary cap room.Floyd and Robinson agreed to join the Rams as free agents several weeks ago, but the announcements of their deals were delayed because they hadn’t been able to complete their physical exams because of the pandemic.Goff agreed last year to a four-year contract extension with an NFL-record $110 million guaranteed. The extension doesn’t begin until the 2021 season, but Goff agreed to restructure the deal’s money distribution to create breathing room for the Rams.In other NFL news:— The Houston Texans have agreed to a three-year, $66 million contract extension with left tackle Laremy Tunsil, according to a person familiar with the situation. He had one year left on his current contract that will pay him more than $10 million this season. Tunsil is 6-foot-5 and 313 pounds. He was named to his first Pro Bowl last season. The Texans acquired Tunsil and receiver Kenny Stills in a trade with Miami in August. UNDATED (AP) — Texas landed top basketball recruit Greg Brown III on Friday when he decided to attend the college where his father played football instead of following other elite players to the NBA’s developmental G League.The 6-foot-9 forward from Austin is expected to play just one year in college before turning pro. He had long listed Texas among his top college choices but in the last few days had listed the G League as a possibility. The league recently signed elite recruits Jalen Green and Isaiah Todd.Brown is just the latest standout recruit for Texas coach Shaka Smart, who has coached first-round NBA draft picks Jarrett Allen, Mo Bamba and Jaxson Hayes. Each of those players was at Texas for just one season and the program has yet to translate that recruiting prowess into NCAA Tournament success.In other college basketball news:— Former UTEP guard Jordan Lathon is transferring to Milwaukee. Milwaukee announced the addition of the 6-foot-4 Lathon on Friday. He is expected to sit out the 2020-21 season due to NCAA transfer regulations before playing for his new team. Lathon has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Lathon made 22 starts last season and averaged 5 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He ranked 11th in Conference USA in assists and second in assist-turnover ratio (1.8). He averaged 10.9 points and 5 rebounds as a freshman in 2018-19. UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORU. of Michigan facing more legal action over alleged abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A legal team that says it represents more than 100 people who allege they were abused by a University of Michigan sports doctor on Friday announced the first step in filing a lawsuit against the school.The Anderson Survivors Legal Team said it has filed 20-plus notices of intent to sue the Ann Arbor school, its board and Dr. Robert Anderson’s estate. A lawsuit would be among a rising wave of legal action against the school, which is investigating allegations of decades of sexual abuse by Anderson.The university has acknowledged some campus employees were aware of accusations against Anderson before a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-DRAFTFirst night of NFL draft draws record 15.6 million viewersUNDATED (AP) — The first night of the NFL draft averaged a record 15.6 million viewers on television, easily shattering the record set six years ago. — New England Patriots center David Andrews says he is ready to return after missing all of last season with blood clots in his lungs. Andrews posted a video of himself doing a celebration dance on Instagram. He says he’s excited to have the opportunity to play again, whenever and however the NFL season begins. Andrews has played four seasons for New England. In 2018, he started every game and participated in 99% of the offensive snaps.— Tua Tagovailoa (TOO’-ah tuhng-ah-vy-LOH’-ah) now knows where he’ll play next, but he still doesn’t know when. The Miami Dolphins are willing to wait — perhaps even until 2021. They took the Alabama quarterback with the fifth pick in the NFL draft, optimistic he’ll fully recover from a hip injury that ended his college career. He says doctors have indicated he’s on schedule for a return in 2020. General manager Chris Grier said the Dolphins are comfortable about Tagovailoa’s health, despite a long injury history. Grier declined to say whether Tagovailoa is expected to participate fully in workouts whenever they begin.— The older brother of Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott has died. Jace Prescott was 31. The Cowboys confirmed the older Prescott’s death yesterday in a brief statement. There was no information on how or where he died. Jace Prescott was an offensive lineman a decade ago at Northwestern State in the brothers’ home state of Louisiana. He played three seasons at Northwestern State, starting all 11 games in his final season in 2010.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSTop basketball recruit Greg Brown picks Texas over G League Update on the latest sports In other developments related to the pandemic:— A Summer X Games stop in Minneapolis scheduled for July has been canceled due to the coronavirus. The action-sports event in Minneapolis was to be the fourth and final go-around in the city. The deal was originally for 2017 and ’18, but two more years were added after a successful first year. The X Games plans to bring regular and original programming through the World of X Games TV series and on digital and social channels. They will kick off an event called “Real Street” in May. It’s an all-video, all-street skateboarding competition shown on XGames.com.— The U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior have been canceled. That makes six USGA championships that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The U.S. Junior Amateur was to be played July 20-25 at Hazeltine National outside Minneapolis. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was scheduled for July 13-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo. The USGA says it wouldn’t be able to hold qualifying for its two premier junior championships because of health guidelines. State associations were to hold 100 qualifying events in 41 states between May and July.— Triathlon’s world series grand final in Edmonton, Alberta, in August has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision was inevitable after the Canadian province’s chief medical officer extended the provincial ban on all gatherings of more than 15 people through summer. Edmonton’s triathlon, scheduled for Aug. 17-23, was the grand finale to a seven-race world series, of which the previous six have all been postponed. World Triathlon said it was trying to organize new dates for some of those races.— The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games. The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021. More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials. The Anderson Survivors Legal Team says its clients include Robert Stone, the first to speak publicly about allegations of abuse against Anderson, and female accusers.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNationals manager expects a 2020 seasonUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo expects there will be a 2020 major league season. In a conference call Friday, Rizzo said: “I’m optimistic, as is the commissioner, that we’ll have baseball in 2020.”The GM said the team’s owners have committed to giving Nationals employees full salary and benefits through the end of May. Baseball has been on hold since last month because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thursday night’s first round was aired on ABC, ESPN, the NFL Network and ESPN Deportes. The coverage peaked from 8:45-9 p.m. EDT when 19.6 million viewers tuned in, according to Nielsen. That is up 37% over last year’s 11.4 million.The previous high was 12.4 million in 2014, when the draft was held in early May.The draft was the first live U.S. sporting event since the coronavirus pandemic. The draft originally was to be held in Las Vegas but is taking place virtually.NFL-NEWSGoff creates cap room for Rams to sign Floyd, Robinson Associated Press
Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural New Era Pinstripe Bowl Thursday, SU Athletic Director Daryl Gross announced at an afternoon press conference. ‘We have such a great announcement,’ Gross said. ‘It’s not the biggest secret in the world, but we have accepted a bid to play in the Pinstripe Bowl.’ The Pinstripe Bowl will take place Dec. 30 at 3:30 p.m. at Yankee Stadium. The Orange will face off against Kansas State, which accepted a bid to the bowl Friday. In addressing the media Friday at an afternoon press conference, SU head coach Doug Marrone said the bowl trip was a ‘dream come true.’ ‘This team has accomplished a great deal, and this is a great reward for us,’ he said. ‘We talked about it all year. We have our goals that we all signed on for.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder text On Thursday, Gross rarely stopped beaming during a 14-minute press conference in which he wore cufflinks that displayed the interlocking ‘NY’ logo of the New York Yankees. After Syracuse’s season ended last Saturday with a 16-7 loss to Boston College, talks between the Yankees and Syracuse started to heat up. The Pinstripe Bowl gets the fourth selection from the Big East. But with the ‘mutual attraction’ between the two parties, Gross said it made sense to accept the bid now than to wait for other bowl possibilities. ‘We’re elated,’ he said. ‘We’re happy to be back at a bowl. To be in the Pinstripe Bowl is a really nice thing for us. Like Doug (Marrone) said, if we’re not going to be in a BCS bowl, there couldn’t be a more perfect bowl for us to be in.’ Later, Gross added that the novelty of the bowl made it such an easy choice for the department to accept. The bowl is the first in the New York City area since the 1981 Garden State Bowl in Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. It is the first bowl in New York since 1962, when Miami played Nebraska in the Gotham Bowl in the original Yankee Stadium. ‘It’s kind of a once-in-a-lifetime type of event,’ Gross said. For a team and program attempting to market itself as ‘New York’s college team,’ a trip to the Pinstripe Bowl in perhaps the most iconic stadium in New York can ‘only enhance that,’ Gross said. ‘It couldn’t be any better,’ he said. ‘There we are, for a whole week, to take over the town and paint it Orange. Not just taxi tops. We’ll be playing down there, as well.’ Marrone grew up in the Bronx, about nine miles from Yankee Stadium. His grandfather worked as an usher for Yankee Stadium. So for the SU head coach, the bowl will also be a trip home, making it all the more special. ‘I don’t know how many coaches get to play in a venue that they grew up around their entire life,’ Marrone said. ‘I think it is, without a doubt, a dream come true to go home.’ Mark Holtzman, the Pinstripe Bowl’s executive director, was on hand during the Syracuse men’s basketball game against North Carolina State Saturday to present Marrone and SU with an official invite. ‘We’re still high-fiving,’ Holtzman said of Syracuse’s inclusion to the bowl after the presentation. ‘The smile hasn’t worn off.’ In Marrone’s second season at the helm, the Orange returned to a bowl game for the first time since 2004. Its 7-5 record was the first winning season for the program since 2001. And it came after a 4-8 season last year that led to a preseason pick of seventh in the conference in the Big East media poll. But SU surprised with four road victories in the Big East, including signature wins at South Florida and West Virginia. In its final road conference win at Rutgers on Nov. 13, it clinched bowl eligibility with a 13-10 victory over the Scarlet Knights. [email protected] [email protected] Published on December 1, 2010 at 12:00 pm Comments
Rome is expected to confirm it’s pulling out of the bidding to host the 2024 Olympics today.The Italian capital’s new mayor, Virginia Raggi, has spoken before of her concerns about the rising cost of putting on the Games.Los Angeles, Paris and Budapest would be left in the running. The International Olympic Committee will decide on the 2024 host around this time next year.