Update on the latest sports

first_imgThe 85-year-old Bess fought health problems the last few seasons and said he didn’t have the energy level to do what he needs to do to excel as a coach.Bess was 1,300-416 in 50 seasons at Three Rivers – 143 more victories than NCAA Division I leader Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEHF’-skee) of Duke. Bess led the junior college team to national titles in 1979 and 1992.NHL-DUCKS-CONTRACT EXTENSIONSDucks extend Guhle, CarrickANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Anaheim Ducks have signed defenseman Brendan Guhle (GOO’-lee) to a two-year, $1.6 million contract extension. Guhle has four goals and eight points in 30 games this season for the Ducks this season. He was acquired by Anaheim from the Sabres in February 2019. The Ducks also signed forward Sam Carrick to a one-year extension worth $700,000.SOCCER-MORGAN-BABYUS soccer star has babyUNDATED (AP) — U.S. national soccer team star Alex Morgan has become a mom just in time for Mother’s Day.Morgan announced Saturday on social media that she gave birth to daughter Charlie Elena Carrasco at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. Just 0.7% of MLB employees tested positive for antibodies to COVID-19. Results were based on about 5,600 completed records from employees of 26 clubs. Samples were obtained on April 14 and 15.The start of the baseball season has been delayed because of the virus outbreak. There’s no timetable for when the season might begin.Sixty people tested positive in the raw data, and adjustments were made for false positives and false negatives.One of the study’s leaders says the survey had a 0.5% false positive rate and demonstrates MLB employees have been less affected than their surrounding communities have been.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: Update on the latest sports May 10, 2020 — Chinese Basketball Association president and former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming says his league has three options for resuming a season that has been on hold since Feb. 1 over the pandemic. Yao says the league might play out the full schedule, play a shortened season with some games dropped, or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams’ current rankings. Yao told state broadcaster CCTV that he hopes as much as the season can be played as possible, but that public health and fairness are the key considerations.— The president of the French Tennis Federation says holding the French Open without fans later this year is an option. The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7 but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4. Bernard Giudicelli tells a French newspaper (Le Journal du Dimanche) that organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-THREE RIVERS-BESSCollege hoops’ all-time coaching leader retires.POPLAR BLUFF, Mo. (AP) — College basketball victory leader Gene Bess of Three Rivers College has retired and has been replaced by his son, Brian.center_img — The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, but he doesn’t expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.” James Ryan told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play. But Ryan says nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts. Ryan says school officials are taking things day by day. He says students need to be back on campus before football can begin.— The British government says tennis courts and golf courses in England can reopen starting Wednesday, but people can only play with members of their own household. Gyms and swimming pools remain closed, although swimming in the sea or lakes will be allowed. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gave no indication when professional sports can resume competition. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can set their own stance on tennis courts and golf courses, and they have already indicated a more stringent version of the lockdown will be maintained.— The Spanish soccer league is not changing its plan to resume competing after five players from clubs in the first and second divisions tested positive for COVID-19. The league confirmed the positive tests on Sunday but said it was not going to alter the practice protocol that got underway last week. Players from most clubs began individual training sessions on Friday after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic.— A player for English Premier League team Brighton has tested positive for the coronavirus as clubs prepare for talks on how to resume competition during the pandemic. The southern England club told The Associated Press there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate since players have only worked in isolation when at the training base. The Premier League has government support for “Project Restart” and will try to secure agreement among the 20 clubs on the plans during a conference call with them on Monday.— America’s Cup teams are returning to the water in varying degrees nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of what would have been an impressive global road show for sailing. Defending champion Emirates Team New Zealand has returned to training on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor with its half-size test boat after a mandatory lockdown was lifted. By Monday or Tuesday, the New York Yacht Club’s yacht Defiant will be headed from Pensacola, Florida, to Auckland on a 500-foot ship. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLB has low percentage of employees test positive for coronavirus antibodiesUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball appears to have successfully handled the first wave of the new coronavirus. Morgan was on the U.S. team that won the World Cup last summer in France. She hopes to return to the team following her maternity leave in time for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Yasmani Grandal, LA Dodgers get to Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark

first_img“We had a hard time squaring him up,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said.Of course, there was the third time through the order.Adrian Gonzalez, who struck out and grounded out in his first two at-bats, doubled in the seventh inning when he lined a 94 mph fastball down the first-base line. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> It was a breeze the first two times Tanner Roark worked through the Dodgers’ lineup Tuesday.The Washington Nationals right-hander retired 15 of the first 18 batters he faced, commanding a two-seam fastball with a little late movement. Nobody walked. Three got hits, but only Joc Pederson did so by advancing past first base.center_img Then the Dodgers really jumped on Roark.To start the eighth inning, Pederson drew a walk. Yasiel Puig, appearing in his first game since June 2, singled off the glove of leaping shortstop Danny Espinosa. And Yasmani Grandal followed by smoking a 1-and-2 fastball 418 feet to center field, a 109-mph line drive that brought the announced crowd of 42,307 to its feet at Dodger Stadium.“I was literally trying for a way to get the ball in the air, especially to right field in order to get Joc over,” Grandal said. “If it was deep enough, Puig can get into scoring position and just let the next guy do it. I was able to get it up in the air enough and actually hit it to dead center.”Grandal’s three-run home run put the Dodgers ahead for good in a 3-2 victory over the Nationals, their season-high fifth straight victory and seventh in their last eight. They also moved to seven games above .500 for the first time this season.“It’s those one-run ballgames,” Roberts said. “We play a lot of one-run ballgames. Now we’re finding a way to win them.”The one swing from Grandal certainly changed the forecast.Before he stepped to the plate, FanGraphs gave the Dodgers a 33.7 percent chance of winning as they faced six outs with a two-run deficit. After his homer, they had an 87.9 percent chance.“I tried to make a pitch inside to Grandal to get a double play and just left it out over the middle,” said Roark, who was removed after the homer. “If you make mistakes, they hit them far. I felt strong throughout the game. Usually, it boils down to one or two pitches.”The moment was a particular bright spot for Grandal, whose batting average has been below .200 since May 21.“This whole month, I feel like I’ve been hitting the ball pretty well,” Grandal said. “I’ve just never been able to get it in the air. This game is about inches and angles. When I look up and it’s over 100 mph, that’s what I try to do. I just try to hit the ball hard. So far, I feel like I’ve been doing a pretty good job at that. Obviously, they’re going to start falling at some point.”Grandal also had the winning RBI on Sunday, when he walked with the bases loaded in the ninth as a pinch-hitter.“This big hit might make him a little bit more confident out there,” Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir said of Grandal. “We know what he’s capable of.”Grandal might say bad luck is a factor. Grandal’s batting average on balls in play beginning Tuesday was .210, 64 points below his career average.Roberts offered a similar assessment.“If you look at the quality of the at-bats and the contact, it’s right there where it’s supposed to be,” he said.The Dodgers improved to 40-33 overall and kept pace with San Francisco in the National League West. The Giants routed the Pirates, 15-4, Tuesday night in Pittsburgh.One outing removed from throwing an inefficient 93 pitches to get through four innings, Dodgers starter Scott Kazmir produced a quality start.Kazmir held the Nationals to two runs and made it through six innings while throwing just four more pitches than he did the last time out.But it was a far less conventional quality start for Kazmir. Of the eight hits he allowed, two were home runs and four were doubles. He became the first Dodgers pitcher to allow so many extra-base hits with so few runs since 1940.“When guys are in scoring position, it’s your job to kind of bear down and make some pitches,” said Kazmir, who struck out four and walked two.Bryce Harper pounded Kazmir’s 92 mph fastball 378 feet to left field to put the Nationals ahead, 1-0, in the first inning.Espinosa hit one in the fifth inning, a leadoff blast that also carried into the bleachers in left. It was the 14th home run that Kazmir has allowed this season, sixth-most in the NL.Yet, as much as it looked like the game might get away from them, the Dodgers kept the Nationals from extending their lead.Kazmir gave up a double to his counterpart, Roark, in the next at-bat after facing Espinosa.Second baseman Chase Utley helped him out when he fielded a ground ball by Ben Revere and threw to third base, where Justin Turner made a tag on a diving Roark to keep a runner out of scoring position.Facing Ryan Zimmerman, Kazmir struck out the side to end the fifth.Before Zimmerman, he opted to walk the hot-hitting Daniel Murphy to load the bases.“Daniel’s one of the best hitters in baseball right now,” Roberts said. “Not only slugs, but drives runs in.”Closer Kenley Jansen, who surpassed Eric Gagne on the club’s all-time saves list on Monday, earned another one with a 12-pitch ninth inning, getting Harper to ground out to end it. It was his 21st save in 24 attempts.last_img read more