Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPreakness looks for a new dateUNDATED (AP) — Days after the NFL revealed its hopes of conducting a normal regular season and playoffs, its chief medical officer is warning that nothing is a certainty during the coronavirus pandemic. April 3, 2020 Associated Press — The under-construction Athletes Village for the Tokyo Olympics could be used as a temporary hospital for coronavirus patients. Tokyo’s governor has been talking about the possibility of occupying the massive development on Tokyo Bay, which is to house up to 11,000 Olympic and 4,400 Paralympic athletes and staff during the games. The complex, which will eventually include 24 buildings, is expected to remain unoccupied with the Olympics delayed for 16 months.— Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew.— NBC’s Mike Tirico is returning to hosting a daily talk show, which will focus on the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on the sports world. The hour-long “Lunch Talk Live” will air weekdays beginning at noon EDT on NBCSN. Tirico will host the show remotely from his home in Michigan.COLLEGE CORRUPTION-NC STATERALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State’s NCAA case involving recruiting violations tied to former Wolfpack one-and-done star Dennis Smith Jr. has been recommended to go through an independent investigation process created for complex cases. UNDATED (AP) — A unique Hall of Fame class will be announced Saturday in a unique way.Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.The selections are typically revealed at college basketball’s Final Four. But with sports shut down because of the global coronavirus pandemic, the announcement will be televised from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut.Bryant, Duncan and Garnett, with a combined 11 championships and 48 All-Star seasons between them, are all first-time finalists and locks to be in this class. Only six players in NBA history have been selected to 15 or more All-Star Games — and Bryant, Duncan and Garnett are three of them.There are five additional finalists alongside Bryant, Duncan and Garnett: Tamika Catchings, Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), Eddie Sutton, Barbara Stevens and Kim Mulkey. Five men had sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws, negligence, unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices by teams that violated MLB’s rules against the use of electronics to steal catchers’ signs. The five participated in fantasy contests hosted by DraftKings from 2017-19.Judge Jed S. Rakoff noted that the desire to win has resulted in the use of spit, corked bats and steroid use. In a line from the 1956 movie musical High Society, Rakoff quoted Frank Sinatra, who famously said to Grace Kelly “there are rules about such things.“ He wrote that the lawsuit had no legal basis.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Dr. Allen Sills, a neurosurgeon who has been with the NFL since 2017, says he and other league and team medical personnel have been in constant communication with health officials throughout the country, looking at the same data they are using to make public recommendations. The NFL also has consulted with the other major sports leagues and the players’ union.In other developments related to the pandemic:—The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. In a posting on its website on Friday, the USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective pause” from tennis. The statement from the organization that runs the U.S. Open Grand Slam tournament said there have not been specific studies about tennis and the COVID-19 illness. But there is “the possibility” that it could be transferred among people via sharing and touching of tennis balls, net posts, court surfaces, benches or gate handles.— The Preakness is looking for a new date for the Triple Crown race normally held on the third Saturday in May. The owners of Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland Jockey Club have also decided to cancel the infield party on race day. The Preakness usually draws more than 100,000 fans, most of whom gather on the infield, where patrons can enjoy beer, food and free concerts. The Kentucky Derby was previously postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5.— The U.S. Women’s Open is moving from the end of spring to the middle of December. The USGA says the Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston is moving from June 4-7 to Dec. 10-13. That would be the latest a major championship is played. It also would be the first time an official LPGA Tour event was held entirely in December since 2010. The LPGA has also postponed or canceled the next five events on its schedule. All but the Pure Silk Championship are getting new dates later in the year. In a statement Friday, athletics spokesman Fred Demarest said the school must respond by April 14 to the recommendation. Demarest said officials are “reviewing and evaluating our options.”The NCAA created the Independent Accountability Resolution Process (IARP) last year, a product of proposals from the commission led by former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in 2018 to reform college basketball amid a federal corruption investigation into the sport. The process includes independent investigators and decision-makers with no direct ties to NCAA member schools, and rulings cannot be appealed.The NCAA has alleged ex-assistant Orlando Early provided Smith and his associates approximately $46,700 in impermissible benefits – including $40,000 that a government witness testified he delivered to Early intended for Smith’s family in 2015.BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMEBasketball Hall of Fame set to announce 2020 classcenter_img Update on the latest sports The Lions also acquired cornerback Desmond Trufant this offseason.In other NFL news:—The NFC champion San Francisco 49ers have signed two ninth-year pros to one-year deals in free agency. One of them is Travis Benjamin. He’s a wide receiver and punt returner who played the last four seasons with the Chargers. His 2019 season was cut short by a quadriceps injury. The other, offensive lineman Tom Compton, has played for five NFL teams in his career and was with the Jets last season. The Chicago Bears declared the quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and newcomer Nick Foles an open one on Friday. General manager Ryan Pace made that clear during a conference call, saying both players are “embracing” the battle that will play out whenever offseason workouts begin.—Cleveland Browns linebacker and Ohio State two-way star Jim Houston has been diagnosed with Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Donna Houston says her husband donated his brain to Boston University to be studied. Houston won a state championship at Ohio powerhouse Massillon, led the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl victory and was a member of the Cleveland Browns team that won the NFL title in 1964 — the last for the franchise. NFL-LIONS-ROBERTSLions agree to deal with CB Darryl RobertsALLEN PARK, Mich. (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Darryl Roberts.The Lions announced the move Friday. Roberts spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets.Roberts has started 10 games in each of the past two seasons. He joins a Detroit secondary that is moving on without star cornerback Darius Slay, who was traded to Philadelphia last month. — The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17. Two WNBA cities are major hot spots for the virus: New York and Seattle. The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.— The International Swimming League will fund its athletes through next year’s rescheduled Tokyo Olympics, starting with payments in September. The league says every athlete who has signed or will sign a contract with an ISL club will receive an equal amount of money per month. No financial details were provided. The ISL also plans a five-week combined training and competition event this year from Oct. 14 to Nov. 17 at a site yet to be determined.— The Ottawa Senators are making temporary layoffs and salary reductions because of COVID-19. The team’s parent company says the full-time workforce will be reduced starting Sunday, when the NHL club’s season was originally scheduled to end. Those not laid off could be placed on furlough. Others could have their salaries reduced. Health benefits will continue uninterrupted.— Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli say they will pay their 2,100 part-time employees across all of their sports and event management companies through June 30 for work that was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic. The Samuelis’ Anaheim Arena Management company operates Honda Center, the Ducks’ home rink. They also own two large ice hockey complexes in Orange County.— Major League Soccer has extended its training moratorium through April 24 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Team facilities are closed to players and staff — except for players requiring treatment that cannot be administered at their homes. Players are expected to remain in market with their teams during the moratorium to avoid the spread of the virus. The league will consider individual requests for players to travel to another city by car. MLS teams were two games into the season when it was suspended on March 12. “The National Hockey League is appalled that a video call arranged today by the New York Rangers to introduce their fans to one of the league’s incoming stars, K’Andre Miller, was hacked with racist, cowardly taunts.Miller recently signed with the Rangers after completing his sophomore season at Wisconsin. The 6-foot-5 defender is from St. Paul, Minnesota.MLB-ASTROS FAN-LAWSUITFederal judge tosses fan lawsuit vs. MLB, Astros, Red SoxNEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball. NHL-RANGERS-RACIST HACKERHacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL playerNEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur 45 times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect.The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker it called “a vile individual” on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018.“The NHL also released a statement, saying:last_img read more

Dougherty: Michael Gbinije, thriving or not, is tailor made for Syracuse

first_imgMichael Gbinije could be playing himself into a trap. Not in the corner, near half court or on the baseline. A metaphorical trap, somewhere between expectations, reality and how much one player can mean to a basketball team.Because if Gbinije stays on his current pace — carving up every defense, stuffing every box score — his personal bar will be set at a near unreachable height. Through nine games, in which SU has already beaten two ranked teams and fallen to Wisconsin and Georgetown, Gbinije’s 19.7 points per game ranks third in the Atlantic Coast Conference. His 31 3s is the most in the conference and he’s shooting a mind-boggling 50 percent from deep. His 2.9 steals per game is first in the ACC by a full takeaway, and he’s seventh in the country in that category.So what happens when a new year brings tougher competition and a defense shuts Gbinije down? It’s inevitably going to happen. At least once. But the catch is that Syracuse won’t crumble. Not with Gbinije on the floor.The fifth-year senior could be the best two-way player in a talent-laden ACC and is perfect for the Orange on both ends. Just the threat of Gbinije’s 3-point shot spaces SU’s perimeter-focused offense. His 6-foot-7 length clogs passing lanes and forces turnovers in the 2-3 zone. With him, Syracuse is a constant competitor because he’ll either score at will or help teammates produce in his place.“Man, is there a better word for more important?” said SU freshman forward Malachi Richardson. “He’s been our guy this year. We follow him around, he’s like our LeBron. He’s making everything happen for us. I don’t think he’s had a game where he didn’t really perform well.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn SU’s perimeter-focused offense, an ideal point guard should be able to hit 3s, break down an extended defense off the dribble and distribute to teammates while on the move.On defense, he is long and reads passes like a free safety. Then he jumpstarts the break on his own, taking steals and turning them into high-percentage scoring opportunities on the other end.Gbinije — whether or not you believe those prototypes were crafted without him in mind — is a model quarterback for this Syracuse team. On top of his scoring ability, he’s averaging 4.6 assists per contest and has five or more in four of his last five games. Due in large part to his length atop the zone, the Orange is holding opponents to an ACC-best 30.4 3-point shooting percentage.His offensive numbers are as gaudy as they are staggering. In three years, Gbinije progressed from a transfer who couldn’t play at Duke, to off-the-bench hustle player, to pure scorer. And still, his natural contributions will make the biggest difference.“I do know this: When you have a Michael Gbinije on your team, playing at the level he’s playing at and the shots that he’s making, you kind of just sit there and go, ‘Name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit,” said SU interim head coach Mike Hopkins, as he blessed himself at the postgame podium after the Orange beat Colgate on Tuesday night.“Because that kid is playing. He passes, he makes plays. He’s high-character, and he gets the defense going. That kid does not stop. So to have a kid like that makes you a lot more confident and a lot more comfortable as a coach, no question.”Richardson didn’t stumble on his words, or even smile, as he likened Gbinije’s value to the most transcendent player in basketball history. When Gbinije was told what the freshman said, he laughed and said he had no comment. LeBron James? Come on.He would never give himself that much credit. He never gives himself much credit all. He’s introspective and answers questions both quietly and delicately. He compliments teammates, offers tempered team criticism and always deflects praise.But he’s loud on the court. His defense talks. His jump shot yells. His presence screams. And opponents are going to have a very hard time shutting him up, even on the off chance that they shut him down.Jesse Dougherty is the Web Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at jcdoug01@syr.edu or @dougherty_jesse. Comments Published on December 12, 2015 at 1:20 pm Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

5 SU basketball recruits to watch in 2018-19

first_img Published on August 28, 2018 at 11:36 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu CORRECTION: In a previous version of this article, Brycen Goodine’s status with SU was misstated. Goodine has verbally committed. The Daily Orange regrets this error.  Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Wahab also played at Hoop Group Elite Session II in Reading, Pennsylvania, where Boeheim personally watched him play during the July live periods. At Hoop Group, Wahab was named one of the top 20 players at the camp, which featured multiple high and mid-major Division I prospects.Akok Akok is another big that the Orange is recruiting closely in the class of 2019. Akok plays his high school basketball at Putnam Science (Connecticut) Academy and shined this summer playing in the Adidas Gauntlet event with Mass Rivals AAU. Akok is a 6-foot-9 power forward with an even longer wingspan, 7-foot-1. He possesses excellent shot blocking ability and a capable jump shot.Boeheim watched Akok multiple times this summer, including in New York at the Gauntlet event. Syracuse, Texas Tech, Providence, Georgetown and Connecticut are the schools recruiting him the hardest, he told Prep Circuit in July. ESPN ranks him No. 39 on its top 100. Akok’s shot blocking and improving offensive ability could help replace Chukwu. 247Sports has upgraded him to a five-star recruit. UPDATED: Sept. 2, 2018 at 6:50 p.m.Syracuse basketball doesn’t begin its regular season until Nov. 6 against Eastern Washington, but the next three months are critical for the future of the Orange as Jim Boeheim and his staff look to fill out the rest of the 2019 recruiting class.Both Frank Howard and Paschal Chukwu will be seniors on the 2018-19 team, which has 10 players under scholarship, not including Buddy Boeheim, out of an allotted 13. The potential NBA status of junior Tyus Battle and rising sophomore Oshae Brissett remains in question. Should all leave, Syracuse could have to replace four or more players next season.Brycen Goodine, from the Class of 2019, has verbally committed to SU. Goodine is a 6-foot-4, 170-pound guard from St. Andrews (Rhode Island) School. Goodine is a combo guard who will likely help replace the graduating Howard and potentially NBA-bound Battle in the Orange’s backcourt in 2019. Goodine verbally committed in September 2017, prior to his junior season at St. Andrews.He is ranked No. 69 on ESPN’s top 100 list after not being in the top 100 when he first committed. He was named the 2017-18 Gatorade Rhode Island Boys Basketball Player of the Year after his junior season and will be a favorite to win the award again as a senior.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJoe Girard III, a 6-foot-1 guard from Glens Falls (New York) High School, broke the record for the most points in New York state high school history during his junior year — he averaged 50.1 points per game that year. He plans to announce his college choice prior to basketball season.He released his top six schools on June 16: Syracuse, Michigan, Duke, Notre Dame, Boston College and Penn State. Girard has taken two official visits, one to Boston College in August and one to Syracuse in late June.This summer, Girard joined fellow SU recruit Isaiah Stewart in North Augusta, South Carolina to play at Peach Jam. In 22 games with City Rocks, five at Peach Jam, Girard averaged 11 points per game while shooting 36.8 percent from the field and 40-41 (97.6 percent) from the free throw line.Stewart is the No. 4 2019 recruit in the nation, per ESPN. He’s 6-foot-9, 245-pounds with a 7-4 wingspan. Stewart hails from Rochester, but transferred to La Lumiere (Indiana) School for his junior season. This summer, playing for City Rocks, he averaged 18 points per game in 22 EYBL games, while shooting 57 percent from the field.Stewart’s top six include Syracuse, Duke, Washington, Villanova, Michigan State and Indiana. He said during his sophomore season that he has a close relationship with current Washington head coach and former SU assistant Mike Hopkins, per The Democrat and Chronicle, but Duke remains the favorite to land Stewart, according to 247Sports’ projections.Six-foot-10 center Qudus Wahab recently cut his list down to 12 schools. Wahab is from Flint Hill (Virginia) School and has spent the last few weekends touring VCU, Temple and Georgetown. He will visit Syracuse on Sept. 8, per rivals.com. The We R1 big man averaged 8.1 points and 8.1 rebounds per game on the Under Armour circuit.last_img read more