The Latest: Atlanta players open to plan to restart MLS

first_imgKaterina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards because they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities.The top men’s pole vaulters competed in the Ultimate Garden Clash at their homes in early May. Mondo Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie shared the victory with more than 250,000 people watching a live stream.The winner on Saturday will be the vaulter who clears the bar at 4 meters the most times in 30 minutes.___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 Salzburg commercial director Stephan Reiter says the second-place club is “shocked and stunned” at LASK’s conduct.Soccer is scheduled to resume in the country with the Austrian Cup final on May 29 before the league starts up again next month.___Ireland has postponed its limited-overs cricket matches against New Zealand and Pakistan in June and July because of the coronavirus pandemic.New Zealand Cricket informed Cricket Ireland this week it couldn’t travel and the latter has confirmed putting off the matches in Northern Ireland. The teams were to meet for three Twenty20s in Bready and three one-day internationals in Belfast from June 19 to July 2. May 14, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta United players Anton Walkes and Fernando Meza say they’re open to the idea of resuming Major League Soccer with all teams playing in the Orlando, Florida, area. Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo says it “wouldn’t make sense” to restart Serie A anytime soon.Pozzo says it’s better to wait until “we’ve passed the critical phase” before thinking about restarting.He says if a team is ordered into quarantine after playing two or three matches because a player tests positive and the season is stopped again “we’ll have made a huge mistake.”Udinese was three points above the relegation zone in 14th place before Serie A was suspended on March 9.___ Teams could head to Florida as early as June 1 for training camps. After such a long layoff, Walkes indicated it would likely take at least a month to get in proper playing shape to start up again.___The Austrian soccer league says it is investigating first-place club LASK Linz for breaking rules on training during the coronavirus pandemic.Clubs in Austria are only supposed to hold training for small groups of players under social distancing regulations before full training begins Friday.But the league says it was sent multiple videos showing “a regular team training session” which supposedly took place “recently.” LASK has been charged with a violation of fair-play principles. The team could be fined or have points deducted. Associated Press center_img Turkish soccer club Besiktas says eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus and training has been suspended.The club says president Ahmet Nar Cebi and a player were among those who tested positive.Turkish teams have resumed limited training sessions following the federation’s decision to restart matches in empty stadiums on June 12.___The three leading women’s pole vaulters get their turn to compete on Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash. Restrictions on travel and professional sports also forced Cricket Ireland to postpone hosting Pakistan in two T20s on July 12 and 14.The Netherlands legs of both tours by New Zealand and Pakistan had already been curtailed last month after the Dutch government banned all big sports events until Sept. 1.Pakistan is still scheduled to tour England for three tests and three T20s from July 30 to Sept. 2.Cricket Ireland says it is talking with England officials about possibly rescheduling their three ODIs in September in England.___ The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic.Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday.Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules.The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.___ But Walkes said there are a number of issues that must be addressed before such a plan could be approved.“The safety of everyone is first and foremost,” he said on a video conference call with Atlanta media. Details of the plan are still under consideration, but the league’s 26 teams and limited staff would likely be sheltered in a resort with games played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney World. The league suspended play on March 12 after teams had played just two games.Meza said “the logistics of it will be challenging.”Walkes said he’s also concerned about the mental aspect of players being asked to essentially quarantine in one location — especially if it means being without families and friends for potentially several months. 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Men’s basketball: Badgers turn it up late against No. 21 Maryland to earn fifth straight victory

first_imgThe No. 24 University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team (16-6, 8-3 Big Ten) secured another signature Big Ten victory Friday night 69–61 over the No. 21 Maryland Terrapins (17-6, 8-4) at the Kohl Center. After a shaky first half, the Badgers came up with several big shots and hustle plays down the stretch to extend their current winning streak to five games.Though the Badgers were graced with electric performances from both Ethan Happ and Brad Davison, the difference Friday night came from the Wisconsin bench.Sophomore Aleem Ford provided 10 crucial points off the bench, including two second-half three-pointers to help extend the Wisconsin advantage. This, coming off a scoreless three-game stretch in which he went 0-for-7 from beyond the arc, was a testament to Ford’s confidence and the trust that his teammates have in him.“They were always in my ear saying the next one will fall,” Ford said.Men’s basketball: Is Nate Reuvers the real deal?Amid a sophomore season that has seen more efficient offensive production, a 42 percent three-point percentage and the occasional block Read…The three-ball proved to be a deciding factor in Friday’s victory. Wisconsin struggled to defend the perimeter in the first half, as Maryland opened the game 6 of 10 from deep. Poor transition defense and weak closeouts gave the Terrapins plenty of open looks, particularly for guard Eric Ayala, who went 4 of 4 on three-pointers in the first half.Just as important in the game’s outcome, however, was foul trouble. Maryland’s big men — Bruno Fernando and Jalen Smith — dominated in the first half, outmuscling Happ on the block and providing valuable rim protection on defense. But when they were each whistled for their third foul early in the second half, Maryland Head Coach Mark Turgeon was forced to go to his bench.With the Terrapins in the penalty, the Badgers were given plenty of opportunities to score from the free-throw line, but Wisconsin was unable to take control of the game with Fernando and Smith out for nearly six minutes. The Badgers trailed by six with 12 minutes to go.But Wisconsin stood tall thanks to sharpshooting from Ford, Brevin Pritzl (2-of-2 3PT) and Davison — who finished with a game-high 21 points. The Badgers made six of their last eight three-point attempts to take command of a hotly contested conference battle in front of a raucous home crowd.Davison finished 4 of 6 from behind the arc, firing up the intensity late in the game’s tightest moments. Wisconsin finished 9 of 18 on three-pointers.UW posted 23 free throw attempts — 12 coming from Happ — compared to Maryland’s eight. Happ finished with 18 points and 11 rebounds, his 45th career double-double.Women’s basketball: Marsha Howard, Imani Lewis look to maintain consistency against visiting Michigan SundayThe University of Wisconsin women’s basketball team (11-10, 2-7 Big Ten) returns to the Kohl Center Sunday, just one week Read…Turgeon was proud of how his team fought but realized he had limited options down the stretch.“I thought our defense was terrific at times,” Turgeon said. “But when both of your big guys are in trouble and you’ve got an All-American in Happ, they’re hard to guard.”The Badgers held Maryland to 2 of 10 on three-pointers in the second half, while Ayala finished with 18 points. Fernando finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds.Up next, the Badgers travel to Minneapolis for a Feb. 6. showdown against rival Minnesota.last_img read more

Women’s soccer wins on penalty kicks

first_imgMohammad Alsubaie | Daily TrojanThe No. 6 USC women’s soccer team began its two-game Arizona road trip in Tucson facing Arizona on Thursday. Despite a slow start, the Trojans pulled out the 1-0 victory in a double overtime thriller headlined by a penalty kick goal from senior forward Alex Anthony.Although the Wildcats are unranked, they were hot off a huge upset victory against No. 11 Cal. Coming into the game, Arizona knew that a win against the Trojans would most likely land them a spot in the top 25. On the other side, the Women of Troy entered the desert state coming off a fantastic weekend with two wins against a pair of Oregon teams last weekend.Both USC and Arizona are notorious for playing a fast-paced offense while maintaining a strong back line which made for a heart-stopping contest. The Wildcats took the momentum early in the game with a pair of scoring opportunities deep into the USC zone but were rejected on both attempts.The Trojans stole the momentum halfway through the first half with two scoring opportunities of their own. In the 32nd minute, junior forward Leah Pruitt was left alone inside the the goal area where she rifled a point-blank shot toward the Wildcats’ net but was denied by junior goalkeeper Lainey Burdett. Just a minute later, the Women of Troy threatened to score again with senior midfielder Sydney Sladek alone on the right side inside the 18-yard box, but the aggressive Arizona defense was there to stop the attempt.Despite the high volume of scoring opportunities for both sides, the first half of the match was scoreless. At halftime, head coach Keidane McAlpine commented on his team’s scoring opportunities.“We’ve created half-chances in and around the box, maybe have a little more composure with the passes that we are making into those plays,” McAlpine said. “But I like where we are. I think we are in a decent rhythm and we are creating quite a few chances.”Early into the second half USC caught a break with a clutch diving save from redshirt freshman goalkeeper Kaylie Collins. The Women of Troy then responded with a close chance of their own in the 58th minute. On a crossbody shot from within the box, Sladek pounded the ball off the crossbar, but the ball went over the back of the net and the Wildcats regained control with the goal kick.The remainder of the second half was a back-and-forth battle between the Trojans and Wildcats. However, neither squad was able to able to find the back of the net and the game headed to overtime. At the end of the regulation, the Women of Troy had outshot Arizona 12-3, four of which were on frame.The Wildcats wasted no time advancing into the Trojans’ zone. In the 92nd minute, senior midfielder Cali Crisler gave the Wildcats their first scoring opportunity of overtime with a booming left foot just below the USC crossbar. However, Collins was able to tip the ball just over the top of the goal with a magnificent diving save.The Women of Troy quickly bounced back and worked inside the Arizona defensive zone taking several shots. In the 99th minute, a tackle from behind by junior midfielder Kennedy Kieneker put Anthony in a game-defining penalty kick situation. With the game on the line, Anthony sailed the ball over the top of the net, and the contest would be extended to a second overtime.In the 109th minute, the Trojans were fouled again within the Arizona 18-yard box and Anthony was granted her second overtime penalty kick. This time, Anthony drilled the ball into the back of the net to close off the game and grant the Trojans their third Pac-12 win over a very competitive Arizona team.With the overtime victory, freshman goalkeeper Kaylie Collins tallied her fifth shutout of the season and the Women of Troy improved their overall record to 9-1-1. They will now journey 100 miles north for their Sunday matchup against Arizona State.last_img read more