THE president of track and field’s world governing body has received the backing of the sport’s biggest name – Usain Bolt.Lord Sebastian Coe, during a special congress, laid out significant constitutional reform aimed at weeding out the corruption that has rocked the sport of track and field over the last few years.Coe received backing from 95 per cent of the member federations, who supported operational changes such as limits on the tenure of a president, an independent anti-doping management system, wider distribution of power, increased commercial value and greater gender balance and influence of athletes.“I notice that Seb Coe is trying to make track and field more transparent and ensure that no one person is fully in control; so for me, that’s a big move, that’s a bold move for him as the IAAF president,” said Bolt in response.
— The PGA Tour Champions Boeing Classic scheduled to be held in August outside Seattle has been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The tournament director says uncertainty about the ability to hold large public gatherings in Washington state led to the decision. The tournament was scheduled for Aug. 17-23 at The Club at Snoqualmie (snoh-KWALM’-ee) Ridge.— The NFL has extended virtual offseason programs for teams through June 26. Although team facilities have opened for key personnel, coaches and players rehabilitating injuries, healthy players have been barred from those complexes due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The remote programs have taken the place of on-site work, and some teams already have announced they are shutting those down. But the league said Thursday it will allow the virtual work for an additional 15 days.— English Premier League players won’t need to wear face masks arriving at stadiums, in dressing rooms or on the substitutes’ bench when the competition’s 100-day coronavirus shutdown ends next week. Clubs agreed Thursday on matchday protocols that include splitting stadiums into red, amber and green zones to reduce the risk of spreading the virus. Games will be played without fans so access to stadiums will be limited to around 300 people who will have their temperatures checked on arrival. The season is scheduled to resume on Wednesday with Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United and Arsenal playing at Manchester City.MLB-DRAFT-DAY 2Tigers load up with more college bats on Day 2 of MLB draft The start was even more quiet than usual on the PGA Tour, only the silence never left over the next 12 hours as golf was back to business at the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial. Justin Rose and Harold Varner shared the lead at 7-under 63, with Justin Thomas among those a stroke back. Tom Lehman, a 61-year-old former champion at Colonial, got in on the act with a 65.Sung Kang made a hole-in-one on the 13th hole and didn’t realize it until he was 50 yards from the green.Ryan Palmer, a Colonial member who raised money for COVID-19 relief efforts during the shutdown, was chosen to hit the first official shot on the PGA Tour in three months. Colonial came to a standstill at 8:46 a.m. when everyone on the course honored a moment of silence for the death of George Floyd and the outrage it has sparked worldwide on racial injustice.NFL-SOCIAL JUSTICENFL to spend $250 million on social justice initiatives Pete Carroll expresses regret for not signing KaepernickRENTON, Wash. (AP) — Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll revisited the team’s history with Colin Kaepernick on Thursday and expressed regret for not signing Kaepernick when given the opportunity.Seattle brought Kaepernick in for a workout during the 2017 offseason and had another visit a year later canceled. At that time, Carroll said Seattle chose not to bring Kaepernick aboard because he was viewed as a starter, not a backup.Carroll is reiterating that stance but says that in hindsight, he wishes he would have given Kaepernick a shot even if it meant a potentially awkward role as Russell Wilson’s backup. Carroll indicated that he believed Seattle passing on Kaepernick gave him a shot to be a starter elsewhere.Seattle is believed to be the only team to have brought Kaepernick in for meetings and a workout since he last played in the league in 2016. Most major college football teams are set to kick off their seasons around Labor Day weekend, with a handful starting as early as Aug. 29.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORFormer Michigan gymnast says doctor assaulted him in 1969DETROIT (AP) — A former gymnast at the University of Michigan said he tried to talk to his coach about being assaulted by a campus doctor during a routine physical in 1969 but was brushed off with a sneering smile that signaled “we’re changing the subject.”Ward Black, a member of the 1970 national championship team, spoke exclusively to The Associated Press about being molested by Robert Anderson. He’s the latest to reveal that university coaches decades ago apparently were aware of allegations about the doctor but didn’t take the complaints higher. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL camps to open July 10 pending deal to resumeUNDATED (AP) — NHL training camps will open July 10 if the league and players’ union can reach an agreement to resume the season. Setting the date gives the 17% of players overseas time to make arrangements to return in light of U.S. and Canada quarantine regulations. The league and NHLPA said the July 10 start of camps is pending medical and safety conditions and agreeing on getting back to games.Camps are expected to run two to three weeks with games taking place in two “hub” cities without fans. If the league and players finalize a deal to return, games could resume in early August.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: UNDATED (AP) — The NFL is committing $250 million over 10 years to social justice initiatives, targeting what it calls “systemic racism” and supporting “the battle against the ongoing and historic injustices faced by African Americans.”The league, which has raised $44 million in donations through its Inspire Change program, announced the additional $206 million commitment Thursday. It plans to “work collaboratively with NFL players to support programs to address criminal justice reform, police reforms, and economic and educational advancement.”There has been increasing distrust of the NFL since San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick and others began kneeling during the national anthem in 2016 to protest social injustice and police brutality. The message was misconstrued by the league and many team owners as anti-military and anti-flag.That distrust was expressed Wednesday by 49ers star cornerback Richard Sherman who says the league needs to do more than “throw money” and should be “calling out bigotry.”NFL-SEAHAWKS-CARROLL COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PRESEASON PLANNCAA proposal for extended college football preseason setThe NCAA football oversight committee has finalized a plan for an extended preseason that would include an additional two weeks for teams to hold walk-throughs.The proposal goes to the Division I Council, which meets Tuesday, and is expected to be approve.A proposed schedule permits teams to conduct the maximum six hours of unpadded walk-throughs per week while also requiring two days off for the players. The extra two weeks of walk-throughs, weight training, conditioning and film study will be limited to 20 hours per week total and can begin 14 days prior to the start of normal 29-day preseason practice. Teams are allowed to begin preseason practice 29 days before their scheduled first game. NEW YORK (AP) — The Detroit Tigers took a few more big swings at rebuilding their lineup.And, they hope sooner rather than later.After selecting Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson to open the Major League Baseball amateur draft Wednesday night, the Tigers used all five of their picks Thursday on hitters they envision joining him in Detroit.Ohio State catcher Dillon Dingler led off the draft’s second day as the No. 38 overall selection. The Tigers then took LSU outfielder Danny Cabrera 62nd overall, and Rice shortstop Trei Cruz 11 picks later. Cruz is the son of former big leaguer Jose Cruz Jr. and grandson of Jose Cruz.Detroit went back to Arizona State in the fourth round, taking Torkelson’s switch-hitting teammate Gage Workman. Both were drafted by the Tigers as third basemen. So was fifth-rounder Colt Keith out of Biloxi High School in Mississippi. His selection ended Detroit’s run on college position players, but the Tigers remained focused solely on hitting talent. June 11, 2020 Update on the latest sports The Astros had to wait a while to make their first selection in this year’s draft after having their first- and second-round picks stripped by Commissioner Rob Manfred as part of the team’s punishment for breaking rules against using electronics to steal signs during games.While Detroit focused on adding offense, Miami went all pitching — already considered the strength in the upper levels of its system — with its six selections.Minnesota right-hander Max Meyer was the No. 3 overall pick to the Marlins. They followed with Oklahoma high school lefty Daxton Fulton (No. 40), Ball State righty Kyle Nicolas (No. 61), Coastal Carolina right-hander Zach McCambley (No. 75), Vanderbilt lefty Jake Eder (No. 104) and USC righty Kyle Hurt (No. 134).The defending World Series champion Washington Nationals took college pitchers with four of their six overall picks, taking Oklahoma right-hander Cade Cavalli at No. 22 overall, and then going with two other righties — LSU’s Cole Henry (second round), and UCLA’s Holden Powell — before selecting San Jacinto College North lefty Mitchell Parker with their final pick.Detroit had the No. 1 overall pick for the second time in three years. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA-COLONIALPGA Tour gets back to businessFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Golf is the second major sport in the U.S., behind motor sports, to resume a schedule shut down by the COVID-19 pandemic. Black, now 68, is suing the university and has been interviewed by a law firm that was hired by the school to investigate complaints, which now exceed 300.Anderson worked at Michigan from the mid-1960s through 2003. He died in 2008. The university has said it believes he assaulted athletes, and it wants to compensate victims outside court. During his time as a gymnast, Black said he was molested during four annual physicals and two visits for toe and ankle injuries. He said Anderson insisted on checking his prostate before addressing injuries.
On Kelly Cross’ career night, no one from her family was there to see it. As she carried SU’s offense against Florida on March 10, scoring four goals and assisting on another, her parents and sisters watched her younger sister, Julie, play in a Pennsylvania State basketball playoff game. “We were all sitting there kind of smiling and laughing, ‘Leave it to Kelly to have her biggest game when none of us could be there,’” Dee Cross, Kelly’s mother said.Although Cross’ increased scoring may come as a surprise to most, it hasn’t to her. A first-line midfielder, Cross has stepped into a scoring role for No. 5 Syracuse (7-2, 1-1 Atlantic Coast) this year, tallying 17 points and surpassing her point total from last season in just nine games. She replaced her sister Amy, who graduated from SU after starting at midfield for the Orange last season. She can extend a nine-game point streak when SU takes on Cornell (5-1, 2-0 Ivy) in the Carrier Dome at 6 p.m. on Tuesday.“She spent a lot of in the summer and over winter break working on her stick skills, just like repetition with shooting,” Dee Cross said. “… She indicated that the coaches wanted her to become more of a dodger this year and really learning how to go to goal hard and I think she took that to heart.” AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStepping up after her sister’s graduation isn’t new for Cross. During her junior year of high school — after Amy graduated — Cross led Upper Dublin High School (Pennsylvania) to the state playoffs. In one game, she scored nine goals. In her family, Cross has always been an observer and soaked experiences in, Dee Cross said, so at Upper Dublin and SU she has tried to replicate Amy. This season she’s stepped in as a starting midfielder, the same role as her sister. Last season, Amy tallied 25 points in 24 games. This season, Cross has scored at a higher rate, tallying 17 in just nine games.Over Winter Break, Cross and her sister went to fields at Upper Dublin and worked on shooting. While the two played together at Syracuse, Cross wasn’t getting on the field quite as much, so Amy would give her pointers about what to work on. “I joked around because she’s not playing anymore,” Cross said, “I made it all about me kind of, just made her feed me good passes, bad passes, kind of anything so that I’d be able to run through the middle and finish anyway I could.” Against Florida, Cross dodged past one defender and split two on her way to her first goal. After a draw control with less than 14 minutes left in the second half, she raced down the field and caught a pass for a one-on-one fast break with the goalie, which she finished. Cross stood wide-open on the left hash of the 8-meter arc while Riley Donahue had the ball on the right hash for a free position in overtime. Off the whistle, Donahue passed the ball to Cross, who rifled the game-winning goal into the net.Her stick crashed to the ground, her teammates circled her in celebration and a smile spread from ear to ear on her face. No UF player had seen her. Not until she caught the pass that would assist the game-winning goal. “I think she’s falling into place well and taking on the role of being a scorer and being a threat,” Amy said. “I think she’s realizing she can make a difference in the game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 17, 2015 at 12:12 am Contact Chris: firstname.lastname@example.org | @ChrisLibonati
A new fire has been lit underneath the No.12 USC women’s volleyball team during the offseason, and that excitement and energy is allowing the team to perform above the expectations of many, including head coach Mick Haley.“The performance differences between this summer and previous seasons are like night and day,” Haley said. “Our gym culture is truly exceptional with these girls and the energy this season is exciting. It’s what we like to see at the beginning of the season.”Leading the charge · Senior Jessica Gysin looks to guide USC along with co-captain Alli Hilgren. – Eric Wolfe | Daily TrojanUSC’s women’s volleyball team has been a major force in the Trojan Athletic Department for many years, spending most of the recent years in top-5 rankings, but a mix of injuries and the loss of senior leadership caused the team to slip down to a No.12 preseason ranking.The team captains this season have taken the responsibility of getting back that senior leadership and are taking that role to heart by dedicating themselves to bonding the team as a family and cohesive unit. Seniors Jessica Gysin, an All-American outside hitter, and Libero Alli Hillgren have focused on their personal game as well as the team game and have really excelled in their offseason practice.“The seniors are doing a great job getting the team together,” Haley said. “Gysin and Hillgren have brought a maturity and skill to the rest of the team, and they are really bonded as a group.”Along with the two team captains, the team has one remaining senior: Emilie Stewart, a middle blocker and outside hitter who transferred from Fordham last season.With such a young team, Haley has said that the sophomores needed to step up to have a successful season, and after their time off, he feels like they have done that and more.“Alex Jupiter has shown a huge improvement in her precision,” Haley said about the sophomore. “We’ve had a lot of left-side hitters step up to the challenge after a few injuries have left a hole.”Jupiter led the team in kills and points last season as a freshman, which, Haley said, gave him confidence that she is ready to step up this season.Junior Geena Urango’s high jump is also showing potential as a weapon for the Women of Troy, which has her in the pack of prospects for an outside hitter position, along with freshman Katie Fuller, junior Kimmee Roleder and Jupiter.Something unexpectedalso happened during the offseason to improve the team’s depth: the freshmen came in ready to compete.“This preseason the freshmen made a huge impact on the team,” Haley said. “And that never happens right when freshmen come out to play. They all came in with the energy and responsibility to compete with the team, and it changed the way the team worked together.”The biggest change to the initial roster was the switch of setter this season.Senior Taylor Carico announced at the end of last season that she planned to transfer to the University of Minnesota for her final season. Her explanation was that she was looking for a change of scenery and new experiences, though rumors circulated that she might have been unhappy with the Trojan program.Whatever the reason, Carico’s departure left a void in the roster that has been filled by sophomore Kendall Bateman. Bateman played for the US Junior National team this summer and increased her speed and leadership capabilities, leaving Haley feeling confident in her ability to guide the team to some wins.The team is hoping to start the season with some of those much sought-after wins as they head to East Lansing, Mich. for the Michigan State University showcase. This Friday they will play host Michigan State at 3:30 p.m., and will continue the tournament on Saturday by playing North Carolina at 9:30 p.m. and finally Albany at 2:30 p.m.“Each team [in the tournament] is going to present us with a different challenge,” Haley said. “This tournament will show us what we need to work on the rest of the season. We have a chance to be really good, and I am excited to see what this group of players can do with the skills.”
Tipp manager Eamon O’Shea will be looking to continue his side’s momentum after beating Galway by four points in the second round.John Kennedy says while O’Shea has been trying out different players and in different positions, they’ll be keen to snatch two points from their Munster rivals in the Round 3.Sunday’s game throws-in at 2 o’clock and we’ll have full live coverage from Cusack Park here on Tipp FM in association with Nenagh Quickfit Centre, Ormond Street, Nenagh and Doherty Hardware, Rosemary Square, Roscrea. Fans travelling to Ennis for Sundays National Hurling League clash between Tipp and Clare can expect some fireworks.John Kennedy – a former All-Ireland winner with Tipp – says the game will be played at Championship intensity.The Premier County travel to Cusack Park to take on a wounded Clare team that’s sitting bottom of Division 1A.
Liam Kearns’s side travel to Longford on Sunday….Tipp are currently 3rd in the Division 3 table.While the Tipp senior football manager is pleased to have ensured that the Premier County won’t be dropping down a level next year he thinks there’s still a lot of hard work facing the players…Throw-in at Pearse Statium on Sunday is at 2 o’clock.
StumbleUpon Share Submit Willem van oortJoin us this June in Amsterdam for the seventh annual Gaming in Holland Conference. Apart from several instructive sessions and a product exposition, the 2018 edition of the GiH Conference will also feature the presentation of the very first Responsibility in Gaming Awards at an exclusive awards dinner. Don’t miss it!___________________When & whereJune 19-20 in Amsterdam. Register at http://welcome.gaminginholland.com/HighlightsA detailed follow-up discussion of the Ministry of Justice and Security’s forthcoming Dutch-language information session on the secondary legislation that is to accompany the Dutch remote gaming bill. Special attention will be given to technical and operational requirements.Guillermo Olagüe Sánchez, Deputy Head at the Spanish regulator DGOJ, will share his insights on how to establish healthy online, as well as land-based gaming and betting markets.A discussion of the recent, high-profile ruling by the Dutch Council of State on the current numbers lottery, instant lottery, and sports betting monopolies.A keynote speech by Holland Casino CEO Erwin van Lambaart.Awards DinnerTo celebrate the achievements of the licensed Dutch gaming industry, the very first Responsibility in Gaming Awards will be presented on June 19 at an exclusive awards dinner.The Responsibility in Gaming Awards enjoy broad support from the gaming industry and other stakeholders, including the Netherlands Gaming Authority, the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), as well as local trade associations VAN Kansspelen and Speel Verantwoord.Visitors of the Gaming in Holland Conference are welcome to attend the Responsibility in Gaming Awards Dinner without any additional charge.We also have a limited number of seats available for individual non-conference visitors on a first-come, first-serve basis.Register now!Registration for the seventh annual Gaming in Holland Conference & Expo is now open. Register today at http://welcome.gaminginholland.com/ Share
UNIONDALE, N.Y. — It had been 242 days since John Tavares signed a seven-year contract with the Toronto Maple Leafs. It had been 242 days since he left New York and Islanders fans behind. They did not welcome him back with open arms.”I expected it was coming,” Tavares said. “No one has walked in my shoes so I know that and I tried to be open and honest. Obviously, no one has to like my decision but I just tried to explain what it is and how I got to that point. So, it is what it is. I made my decision. I moved forward so just going to try and go out there and play. ” The atmosphere inside the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum was intense. Chants resonated throughout the Old Barn from the moment Tavares hit the ice for warmups as fans expressed their dismay with Tavares’ decision to leave. “I thought the energy was spectacular in warmup, at the start of the game,” Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock said. “The whole thing. You must be a real special player, a real special person for them to honor you like that because they only boo if you’re important.”DEADLINE WINNERS & LOSERSBlue Jackets, Golden Knights go big; Flames go home empty-handedThe booing continued during a video tribute in the first period that was shown on the Jumbotron, completely drowning out the audio. To his credit, Tavares watched the entire presentation along with both benches and acknowledged the crowd after.”They’re obviously a passionate fan base,” noted Zach Hyman, who scored the Leafs’ lone goal in a lopsided 6-1 loss. “Would rather play in a game like that than a game that’s quiet. It’s good for us, it’s a good learning experience. This is what playoff hockey is like, it’s loud, fans are in your face, it’s passionate, it’s exciting. We were embarrassed tonight but we’ll learn from it.”Every Maple Leaf who spoke postgame, including Babcock, said the team wanted to win the game for Tavares. Unfortunately, the team was on the second night of a back-to-back and came up short as turnovers and poor puck management in the neutral zone plagued it. “We really wanted it for John,” said Justin Holl, who suited up for only the third time this season. “He’s a huge part of our team and a great guy, so this was one that we really wanted. It’s disappointing but at the same time it’s one game in a season of 82, so it’s just time to bounce back.”Sporting News provided updates from John Tavares’ first game back on Long Island. Maple Leafs vs. Islanders: Score, highlights(All times Eastern)9:50 p.m. — During Tavares’ postgame presser, a fan can be heard yelling into the tunnel, “John, you suck!”9:39 p.m. — Robin Lehner, Brock Nelson and Casey Cizikas earn stars of the night. Lehner throws a puck and his stick into the crowd. Fans chant “MVP” during Cizikas’ postgame interview.Final: Islanders 6, Maple Leafs 19:34 p.m. — Fans chanting, “Let’s go Islanders.”9:32 p.m. — Fans chanting, “Na-na-na-na, na-na-na-na, hey hey hey, goodbye.”9:30 p.m. — The fans’ creativity on the Island knows no bounds.Ruthless Islanders fans chant “It’s your bedtime” and “Where’s your jammies?” during the third period of Tavares’ return to Long Island pic.twitter.com/GWqYdf66Il— Brady Trettenero (@BradyTrett) March 1, 20199:21 p.m. — Fans came dressed.Headed to the concourse between periods. Fans came prepared. #Leafs #Isles pic.twitter.com/n92CAjZz8K— Jackie Spiegel (@jackiespiegel93) March 1, 20199:15 p.m. — Fans possibly chanting, “Who’s your daddy?”9:14 p.m. — GOAL. Jordan Eberle with time behind the net feeds a crashing Brock Nelson, who buries it. Fair to say, the Islanders are showing John Tavares they definitely don’t need him. A quick reminder, though: The Leafs are on a back-to-back and down two defensemen. Islanders lead 6-1. No. 6. 😱😱😱@NYIslanders up big! #Isles pic.twitter.com/kGJHrNhtxj— MSG Networks (@MSGNetworks) March 1, 20199:13 p.m. — Fans are cheering, this game is pretty much over.9:02 p.m. — GOAL. The Islanders extend their lead as Nick Leddy scores. Islanders lead 5-1.End of second period: Islanders 4, Maple Leafs 18:41 p.m. — Johnny Boychuk pinches Mitchell Marner skating down the boards and Marner’s skate comes up and clips Boychuk. The defenseman immediately grabs his neck and skates off. 8:40 p.m. — GOAL. Scramble in front and Valtteri Filppula sends the puck over Sparks. Competing “We don’t need you” erupt. Islanders lead 4-1. 8:32 p.m. — Coliseum erupts; not for a goal, but for The Karate Kid himself, Ralph Macchio. May have been the biggest roar of the night.8:30 p.m. — Fans chanting, “We don’t need you.”8:29 p.m. — GOAL. Casey Cizikas, short-handed, steals the puck from Tyler Ennis above the circle on the boards, skates down and beats Sparks five-hole. Islanders lead 3-1.Casey. Shorthanded.Sound on. 🔊 #Isles pic.twitter.com/heSJf0lTWg— MSG Networks (@MSGNetworks) March 1, 20198:27 p.m. — Leafs back on the power play.8:21 p.m. — At the whistle, pushing and shoving. Justin Holl with the facewash on Cal Clutterbuck, who throws a punch and rips Holl’s helmet off. No penalties. Chippiness level elevated.8:17 p.m. — Goal is waved off. Wes McCauley (of course) with the dramatic pause before saying “offside” and the crowd erupts.8:17 p.m. — Hold on, the goal is being reviewed. Looks like Hyman may have been offside. Islanders lead 2-1.8:15 p.m. — GOAL. Mitchell Marner skates across the ice in the offensive zone, drawing both defensemen to him and leaving Zach Hyman all alone for the easy goal. Hyman’s second of the night. Game tied 2-2.8:14 p.m. — Tavares almost scores off his leg as Scott Mayfield cross-checks him 8:10 p.m. — “Let’s Go Islanders” chants erupt.8:09 p.m. — GOAL. Brock Nelson feeds the captain Anders Lee who scores easily past a diving Garret Sparks. The Old Barn erupts. The @NYIslanders captain gives the home team the lead after a sweet dish from Brock Nelson!!! #Isles pic.twitter.com/aCzrtUcWuF— MSG Networks (@MSGNetworks) March 1, 20198:07 p.m. — Tavares behind the goal line takes a couple of cross-checks from ex-teammate Mat Barzal.8:02 p.m. — The answer is “No”. Tavares lines up for faceoff deep in own end to boos.8:01 p.m. — No boos when the Leafs come out for the second period; are fans past their booing?End of first period: Maple Leafs 1, Islanders 17:43 p.m — And of course, Tavares skates off at the end of the first period to boos.7:41 p.m. — Tavares’ one-timer off the heel of his stick just misses, and then he misses on a second chance. 7:40 p.m. — Valtteri Filppula takes a penalty and the Leafs’ potent power play gets to work. Tavares takes the faceoff to boos; when he loses the draw, the crowd cheers.7:36 p.m. — GOAL. The Islanders break out 3-on-1 and Anthony Beauvillier scores over Garret Sparks. The Coliseum erupts. This is definitely a playoff atmosphere. Everyone in the building does the “Yes! Yes! Yes!” chant, and then follows it up with “We don’t need you.” Game tied 1-1.The Old Barn erupts after @titobeauvi21 finishes off the 3-on-1 chance! @NYIslanders are tied 1-1 after the first period. Watch the action on MSG+ & https://t.co/9032j80fse ! #Isles pic.twitter.com/9uhyvXwPzn— MSG Networks (@MSGNetworks) March 1, 20197:30 p.m. — GOAL. The Maple Leafs get on the board first as a rebound bounces away from Robin Lehner and Zach Hyman knocks it in. Leafs lead 1-0.7:27 p.m. — A new chant breaks out at the Coliseum: “You’re a liar!”7:21 p.m. — First TV timeout and the Coliseum Jumbotron plays a Tavares tribute video. No idea what it’s saying because the fans’ booing and chanting are drowning out the audio.Islanders players are tapping their sticks and boards to thank their former teammate. Everyone on both benches is watching. When the video ends, all players tap their sticks and Tavares lifts his stick and claps to thank the fans.#FEBRUARY28 #TORvsNYI 1st periodJohn Tavares video tribute pic.twitter.com/2xc4Du2ono— John Smith (@NJviDs) March 1, 2019A classy tribute by the Islanders to John Tavares, fans response wasn’t quite so. #Leafsforever— Paul Hendrick (@HennyTweets) March 1, 20197:20 p.m. — Jake Muzzin gets checked hard twice on the same shift and the crowd loudly cheers.7:18 p.m. — You always know when Tavares is on the ice.7:16 p.m. — Back to even strength. #Isles PP over. Good zone time for PP1 but a lot of passing, too.— Andrew Gross (@AGrossNewsday) March 1, 20197:14 p.m. — Jordan Eberle bumps Auston Matthews, who knocks over Robin Lehner. The Islanders head to the power play. If they score, this place will erupt.7:10 p.m. — Tavares is back on the ice to boos again, and to cheers when he loses the puck. Islanders fans are showing their dislike for the former captain.7:10 p.m. — Tavares with a very short shift and fans start chanting “We don’t need you!”7:09 p.m. — Tavares takes the ice for his first shift and the boos echo around the building. The boos turn into “a—hole” very quickly. 7:08 p.m. — First puck drop and fans start chanting “J.T. sucks!”7:06 p.m. — Fans loudly sing the Canadian and American national anthems. The Coliseum’s acoustics are always amazing.7:02 p.m. — The Maple Leafs take the ice to boos, again and again. They get louder when Tavares jumps on. Fans chanting “a—hole” and “Let’s Go Islanders.”Pregame6:45 p.m.— Not a good look.Jersey thrown at John Tavares while he was heading down the tunnel after warm up pic.twitter.com/JvMsT1XuZI— Flintor (@TheFlintor) February 28, 20196:35 p.m.— Every time Tavares skates in to take a shot he is met with a chorus of boos.Tavares comes out to a huge round of boos and ‘We Don’t Need You’ chants (and a few unprintable ones). Where Leaf fans on the road usually crowd the glass to get a puck, it’s packed with Isles supporters trying to taunt Tavares. They’re even booing his warmup shots.— Lance Hornby (@sunhornby) February 28, 20196:30 p.m. — The Maple Leafs come out for warmups to boos that grow louder after Tavares gets on.I’m at Nassau Colisuem covering #LeafsForever , #Isles and the return of John Tavares for @sportingnewsca .Loudest boos for Tavares as he got on the ice pic.twitter.com/0qUuvVuiR6— Jackie Spiegel (@jackiespiegel93) February 28, 20194:45 p.m. — Normal for Toronto, not normal for New York Just your normal media presence for a regular season game #leafsforever #isles pic.twitter.com/CSXfX8h5hC— Jackie Spiegel (@jackiespiegel93) February 28, 2019Related news linksJohn Tavares booed mercilessly by Islanders fans in return to Nassau ColiseumIslanders players expect fans ‘will be hard’ on Maple Leafs’ John TavaresMaple Leafs’ John Tavares readies for return to Long Island: ‘I was proud to be an Islander’
“We want Messi to play for Barca through to 2021 and beyond. We are very calm.”Messi, Barca’s record goalscorer, is currently out injured with a calf injury, with the team struggling in his absence, managing to collect just four points from their opening three La Liga matches. Share on: WhatsApp FILE PHOTO: Lionel Messi Madrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu said on Friday the Spanish giants are not worried about Lionel Messi’s future, despite the Argentinian star being able to leave the club at the end of the season.The five-time Ballon d’Or winner signed a new four-year deal with Barca in 2017, but Bartomeu says he is free to end his contract beforehand.“Leo Messi has a contract through to the 2020/21 season, but the player is able to leave Barca before the final season,” Bartomeu told Barcelona’s in-house television channel.“It’s the same case as with the final contracts that Xavi, (Carles) Puyol and (Andres) Iniesta had. They are players who deserve that liberty, and we shouldn’t worry, as they are very committed to Barca.
William Spawr1832217%$91,840 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won CATCH A FLIGHT EYES BIGGER PRIZES AFTER CALIFORNIANCatch a Flight is on the move. The Argentine-bred horse is an up-and-comer Richard Mandella hopes will continue to climb the stakes ladder when he runs in today’s Californian Stakes, a Grade II race for 3-year-olds and up that could lead to the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita on June 27.“He’s doing well and continues to improve as we go,” Mandella said of the 5-year-old son of Giant’s Causeway, who won the Grade III Precisionist Stakes on May 2 after running a creditable third behind victorious Shared Belief in the Grade I Santa Anita Handicap.“He is what he is,” Mandella said matter-of-factly. “He just won that little stakes and he ran good against Moreno (beaten a head for second in the Big Cap on March 7).“It will be interesting to see how we do at this stage with a little more experience,” Mandella said. “But Moreno’s a good horse, I know that.”TEXAS RED WORKS WITH DWYER IN MINDBreeders’ Cup Juvenile winner Texas Red worked five furlongs on Santa Anita’s main track Saturday in 1:02.80, after which trainer Keith Desormeaux indicated the son of Afleet Alex could make his return to the races in the $500,000, Grade III Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park on July 4, as opposed to the Grade II, $350,000 Los Alamitos Derby the same day.“The Dwyer is a one-turn mile, and the Los Al Derby is a mile and an eighth,” Desormeaux said. “The horse is 100 percent right now and if plans work out, we could run at Saratoga this summer, so the Dwyer in New York seems like a good starting point.”Texas Red missed the Triple Crown classics due to abscess issues on his right front foot. Now Desormeaux is looking forward to a summer campaign that could start with a bang, naturally enough on July 4.FINISH LINES: Detroit Tigers superstar outfielder Miguel Cabrera, a winner of the 2012 American League Triple Crown, posed for pictures last night with prospective Triple Crown winner Victor Espinoza prior to the Halos defeating the Tigers, 2-0, at Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Special thanks to Angels PR wizard, Tim Mead . . .Best wishes for a speedy recovery to top agent Ron Anderson who underwent triple bypass heart surgery earlier today in New York. Anderson currently represents Joel Rosario . . . Santa Anita Oaks winner Stellar Wind, prepping for the Grade II Summertime Oaks on June 20, worked five furlongs Saturday morning in 1:00.20 for John Sadler . . . Santa Anita hosts a book signing of John Perrotta‘s new publication, “Racetracker,” from noon to 2 p.m. across from Champions! Gift Shop next Saturday. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund. Vann Belvoir323659%$135,340 Philip D’Amato40126430%$678,540 Victor Espinoza2353422%$390,120 Joseph Talamo821551618%$578,578 Tyler Baze11821132218%$1,081,440 ESPINOZA, AGENT PURSUE ELUSIVE TRIPLE AGAINAnd so it comes to pass that Victor Espinoza, a former bus driver, and Brian Beach, aformer broadcaster, stand once again on the verge of racing immortality.In just over a week, jockey Espinoza, and his agent, Beach, could be indelibly etched in history. All Victor has to do is guide American Pharoah to victory in the Belmont Stakes next Saturday and capture the Triple Crown, ending a 37-year drought that began in 1979, a year after Affirmed became the 11th and to date last winner of the game’s most elusive prize.The symbiotic team of Espinoza and Beach know this drill. They went through it last year with California Chrome, who dead-heated for fourth in the Belmont, thus missing the Triple and ending a five-week frenzy that began with victory in the Kentucky Derby, followed by a Preakness triumph that led to pursuit of the Belmont.“It’s been similar as far as the whole routine,” said Beach, experienced in race track PR and a former radio and TV broadcaster who has represented Espinoza since January 2013. “Media inquiries and requests have steadily increased as the Triple Crown series has gone on.“We both had pretty positive experiences with it last year and the same so far this year. It’s just a matter of trying to manage his time and also trying to fulfill all the requests. This year, if anything, I think we’re doing fewer than last year.“Santa Anita helped quite a bit by holding a big media event last Thursday (May 21) when both Bob (Baffert, trainer of American Pharoah) and Victor were able to knock out a bunch of interviews all in one day. That kind of helped slow things down.“It gets a little exhausting mentally after a while to keep answering the same questions over and over again. This weekend, we’ve got it pretty much shut down. He’s got one more deal tomorrow with CBS Evening News, and when we get to New York, we have just a few obligations. He’ll be at the post position draw Wednesday with media there. Hopefully, we can take care of everything then and give him a break the last couple of days before the race.”The easy-going Espinoza and less-than-gregarious Beach might be opposites in some respects but are otherwise two veritable peas in a pod when it comes to maintaining low profiles, both on and off the track.“It’s pretty hard to wipe the smile off Victor’s face,” said Beach, 52, a former Director of Broadcast Publicity at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate Fields, who has represented Kent Desormeaux, Julie Krone, Mike Smith, Alex Solis and Gary Stevens, each in the Hall of Fame.“Prior to the jobs at Bay Meadows and Golden Gate, I worked in radio and television for about 10 years, so I know what they’re going through on the other side of it and they’re all trying to do their jobs and get their stories, so I try to help them as much as I can.“The great thing about Victor is his positive attitude and good outlook on things in general. He understands the whole process, this being his third time through it (the first being in 2002 with War Emblem).“He’s able to kind of compartmentalize all that and do his job and try to have some fun with the whole thing.” Fernando Perez791312916%$490,760 Martin Pedroza6651088%$261,294 Edwin Maldonado61812913%$337,200 Richard Baltas35114331%$449,570 Mike Puype3747611%$334,920 John Brocklebank1132127%$142,490 Peter Miller451011222%$375,810 Felipe Valdez71710610%$296,840 Mark Glatt3145513%$204,494 TRIPLE CROWN COUNTDOWN ON FOR ESPINOZACATCH A FLIGHT ON THE MOVE IN CALIFORNIANTEXAS RED WORKS FOR POSSIBLE RUN IN DWYER Tiago Pereira3668417%$276,670 Flavien Prat751616421%$954,730 Ricky Agarie1331323%$112,640 Dan L. Hendricks1132027%$110,390 Robertino Diodoro1932316%$110,240 Martin Garcia2463325%$156,710 Richard Mandella2666423%$490,160 Rafael Bejarano9420211721%$971,782 SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Jerry Hollendorfer43510612%$388,534 Michael Machowsky1854228%$132,920 Bob Baffert2052425%$216,560 Eddie Truman1261150%$220,150 Bruce Headley1031030%$76,450 John Sadler4257712%$245,488 Peter Eurton2833611%$224,636 Jeff Bonde1131127%$140,250 Elvis Trujillo585479%$269,290 Carla Gaines1433021%$149,830 (Current Through Friday, May 29) Doug O’Neill641114617%$501,598 Kristin Mulhall1332023%$77,200 Drayden Van Dyke6297615%$400,132 Mike Smith3077323%$591,060 Gonzalo Nicolas7266128%$218,508 -30-