He’s just not sure when it will start or how it will look.“At some point in time, whether it’s fall or spring … or if it’s shortened, we’re talking about five, six, seven, eight different options right now,” Patterson said during a Zoom call with media on Tuesday.Some states, including Texas, are beginning to loosen stay-at-home restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, though procedures will vary in different regions of the country in the weeks and months to come.“I think one thing’s for sure: I think it will be really hard to get 100% of everybody on the same page,” Patterson said. “So I think things will have to be done with the majority before it’s said and done.” ___ ___The French Rugby Federation has announced a support package worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help ease the financial concerns of its amateur clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.Amateur rugby competitions in France were canceled for the season on March 27 after strict social measures were put in place to deal with the outbreak.The FFR has now arranged a package that will see 14 million euros ($15 million) go to clubs to cover losses and fees for this season and a further 21 million euros ($22.5 million) for the 2020-21 season.It means they will not have to pay for such things as insurance costs and license fees. The money will go to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Fund and the Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund, which is managed by United Way of Southeastern Louisiana.“This organization’s primary mission is to generate tourism through amateur athletics,” Sugar Bowl Committee President Ralph Capitelli said Tuesday. “With the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re temporarily on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can sit on the sidelines. With this donation, our aim is to help people in need, especially those in the hospitality industry whose livelihoods have been so negatively impacted by the coronavirus.”The Sugar Bowl was founded in 1934, partly as a response to the Great Depression, and first played on Jan. 1, 1935. It started as the marquee event in a New Orleans-area economic development initiative launching a midwinter carnival of sporting events. ___The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: TCU coach optimistic 2020 season will be played Rugby officials are waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible in the country’s top league.___Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.” Associated Press The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats for Wilson Sporting Goods is producing non-medical masks to help benefit food banks.Louisville-based Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says in a release its Maskonic masks are reusable, water repellent and treated with a bactericide that lasts for up to 10 washes. Inspired by its Bionic gloves line, company president and CEO John Hillerich said, “this was a natural progression, particularly in a time of global crisis.” He cited the need for protective equipment in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and added that H&B has channeled its production and supply chain toward making masks for the public.Maskonic will sell the masks online at www.maskonic.com and www.bionicgloves.com with free shipping. Partial proceeds from sales will go to Feeding America food banks. The 164-year-old company is also shipping masks to its employees. ___Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo is waiting out the coronavirus pandemic with his family in his native Hawaii. Tickets were originally set to go on sale to those who registered online in May. Instead, PGA Championship tournament director Scott Reid said that with the world grappling with the coronavirus pandemic it was not appropriate to ask potential spectators to make purchasing decisions at this time. The tournament said the 2021 event remains set for its May dates. This year’s PGA Championship in San Francisco was moved from its original dates next month to early August.___The Spanish government says professional athletes in the country can resume training individually next week.The government made the announcement while revealing a four-phase plan to get the country back to normal following the coronavirus outbreak. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says “basic” training for professional athletes will be permitted beginning Monday. It’s the start of the first phase of the plan aimed at easing the lockdown measures that have been in place since March 14.High-performance sports facilities will be allowed to reopen in the second phase of the plan, which will begin as early as May 11, depending on the situation in each province.Sánchez did not say when sports competitions, such as the domestic soccer league, are expected to resume. The Spanish league has said it doesn’t plan to restart before the end of May. The league has already sent clubs a detailed protocol with safety guidelines on how to return to practice.___The Sugar Bowl Committee is donating $500,000 to several organizations in an effort to help soften the financial hardship caused by the new coronavirus in the New Orleans area. It’s unclear when or if the track season can begin. Diamond League meets and the Olympics have been postponed.Coe says the fund was the idea of 1,500-meter world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj. The Moroccan runner will be part of the team examining applications from athletes.___The end of the Argentine league soccer season is expected to be ratified by the national association executive committee.AFA president Claudio Tapia says there will be no relegation until 2022 to ease club finances burdened by the coronavirus pandemic. Swin Cash and Kyle Korver are among the guests on the debut of a new NBA weekly roundtable series that will discuss how minority communities are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.The roundtable will be shown on the NBA’s Twitter page. Former NBA player Caron Butler will host.The roundtable coincides with several teams and players directing efforts to help meet the needs of those neighborhoods.Cash was a three-time WNBA champion player and now is the vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans.She says players “have really just tried to focus in on saying, ‘Look, we want to help the people that are losing their jobs, but we also know that there is a serious crisis dealing with the African-American and minority community.’” Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches.The cuts are needed because of the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season, Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas.Hocutt did not say the school was cutting any jobs or sports. Most of the cuts will come from reducing administrative and operational expenses. Eliminating the bonuses for the coaches and himself will save nearly $2 million, he said.“The starting point here is simply we’re not spending any money right now that we don’t have to, and we’re not spending much,” Hocutt said.___ The league announced the move Tuesday.The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location. Last month’s event was canceled after two days of play, with regular-season champion Florida State being presented the tournament championship trophy in accordance with league bylaws without even playing a game.In a statement, commissioner John Swofford said returning to Greensboro in 2023 was “the right thing to do” while calling the relationship between the ACC and the city “extremely special.”The ACC Tournament will be held in Washington next year and in Brooklyn in 2022.___ The end of player contracts on June 30 will be honored.Boca Juniors won the title shortly before the AFA suspended all soccer on March 15.How teams qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is also to be resolved.Tapia tells TNT Sports “everyone wants to play again when we can, and if we have to play in January because we couldn’t do it earlier in the year, we will.”___ ___The French government says the rest of the soccer and rugby seasons won’t be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says “the 2019-20 season of professional sport … won’t be able to resume.”The top two divisions in French soccer both had 10 league games left to play. Rugby’s Top 14 league had reached the semifinal stage.France is expected to end its lockdown on May 11. “We were planning on being here a week, and we’ve been here two months now,” he said Tuesday.Niumatalolo arrived for spring break at the beginning of March, and when the pandemic shutdown began he and his family decided to stay. He has a home in Hawaii and is there with his wife, his daughter and her family, and one of his two sons.“This is a pretty bad time, but we’re OK,” he said. “It’s actually a blessing to be together.”___The 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is delaying the start of ticket sales until August. April 28, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___TCU coach Gary Patterson, president of the American Football Coaches Association, says his level of optimism is “very high” that there will be a 2020 college football season. 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The Trojans head up north to take on the No. 7 Stanford Cardinal in Palo Alto on Saturday in their first conference game of the season. To preview the matchup, the Daily Trojan asked a few questions to Vihan Lakshman, a football beat writer at the Stanford Daily. Daily Trojan: USC had no answer for Christian McCaffrey in the Pac-12 Championship Game last season. What are you predicting for McCaffrey on Saturday and how does USC slow him down?Vihan Lakshman: Christian McCaffrey’s 461 all-purpose yard yards in the Pac-12 Championship Game was a performance for the ages, and I don’t think it’s reasonable to expect anyone to replicate that kind of performance, including Stanford’s version of Reggie Bush. Nevertheless, McCaffrey never runs out of gas and can do damage in so many different ways on the field that I expect him to put up great numbers. At this point in his career, I think it’s safe to pencil McCaffrey in for 200 all-purpose yards in any given matchup because of the sheer number of times he will have the ball in his hands. The return of dynamic running back Bryce Love and the attention he demands will also help McCaffrey.For slowing down No. 5, I look at the blueprint laid out by three teams that had some degree of success against him last season: Northwestern, Washington State and Notre Dame. Each of those teams had defensive fronts that consistently broke into the backfield and swallowed McCaffrey before he ever got going. For all of his highlight-worthy plays, McCaffrey makes his money by patiently waiting for his blockers to open up holes before bursting for six or seven yards a carry. Defensive pressure up front neutralizes this ability. Moreover, pressure in the backfield can also rattle a quarterback, which can help slow McCaffrey down in the receiving game. Kevin Hogan was stellar in both of last year’s matchups with USC, contributing heavily to McCaffrey’s success, and the Trojans will have to bank on new quarterback Ryan Burns not quite maintaining Hogan’s same level of play in his second start. Slowing down McCaffrey is not an easy task, but if any team has the talent to make it happen, it’s USC.DT: Do you see parallels between Stanford and USC’s quarterback situations? Ryan Burns and Max Browne are the respective starters, but their backups — Keller Chryst and Sam Darnold — are more mobile and have received playing time. How do you think Stanford will use its quarterbacks on Saturday?V.L.: I think the parallels are there, but rather limited. Darnold, from what we have seen so far, looks much more mobile than Chryst, and the USC coaching staff seems to have several well-defined packages for their athletic redshirt freshman, particularly in the red zone. Darnold’s speed and ability to throw on the run allow him to complement Max Browne’s strengths and provide a change of pace for the Trojan offense. Burns and Chryst are very, very similar in skillset with just hairs of difference between them. David Shaw has said that Chryst will play against USC, and I expect that his role will be similar to the one he played against Kansas State where he came in on Stanford’s third offensive drive and led the Cardinal to a touchdown. Unlike Darnold, who’s more likely to take snaps in spot situations, Chryst will probably take over for an entire drive and run the offense as if no change had been made. Chryst’s role will largely depend on the flow of the game, but I see him as a lock to take over for one series, possibly two.DT: What have you credited Stanford’s rise to national prominence over the past few years to?V.L: The pillars of Stanford’s success in the past few years are the same as the ones at every elite program: talent and great coaching. What is remarkable is how the Cardinal built that platform in the first place. Stanford has mastered the art of selling the program to recruits, touting the school’s academics and rigorous admissions process as assets instead of hurdles. Shaw and company have also established a national recruiting presence with 29 states represented on the current roster (plus Canada and Austria), managing to find the driven, highly-talented players they covet who, most importantly, fit the program’s business-like culture.Regarding coaching, Stanford has benefited tremendously from the presence of brilliant football minds and unprecedented stability. Without a leader as adept and, quite frankly, crazy as Jim Harbaugh, the Cardinal would have never gotten off the ground. Now, for all the criticism he’s received for his in-game coaching decisions over the years, David Shaw is an elite CEO managing the program with NFL coaching experience to draw on as well. Crucially, Shaw has also stayed on The Farm despite numerous opportunities to leave, bucking the trend of Stanford serving as a springboard for supposedly more prestigious coaching jobs. The stability at the top has trickled down. In the past three seasons, Stanford has lost just one assistant coach, Randy Hart, who retired after the 2015 Rose Bowl. That kind of continuity has been a major asset for the program, and it all starts at the top with Shaw and top-notch coordinators in Mike Bloomgren and Lance Anderson.DT: How would you describe the relationship and perception of USC and the football team from the Stanford student body perspective?V.L: People despise USC. The Trojans have a reputation on campus for braggadocious behavior and an obsession with Hollywood glitz that, whether rightly or wrongly, rub Stanford fans the wrong way. However, underneath the surface-level dislike, there’s a high level of respect for USC as a program that’s historically served as the standard-bearer for college football, especially on the West Coast. This combination of disdain and underlying respect, along with the riveting games between the two teams this decade, has stoked the flames of this rivalry to new heights. If you asked a Stanford student today whether a win against the Trojans would feel more satisfying than a victory over Cal, I have no doubt the answer would be “yes.”DT: Do you see this game as a preview of a Pac-12 Championship re-match?V.L.With so much football left to be played, it’s too hard to tell how the conference standings will ultimately shake out. I’m certainly not going into this game with the expectation that we’ll see Stanford and USC play again this season. There are just way too many other threats in the North and South that both teams will have to overcome. With that being said, both teams are extremely talented and could very well meet for another duel in Levi’s Stadium. As a fan of college football and rivalry games, I would very much enjoy such a rematch, but it’s way too early to tell if that’s in the cards.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 11, 2020 at 9:24 pm Contact Nick: firstname.lastname@example.org | @nick_a_alvarez Without its leading-scorer Elijah Hughes for a majority of the contest, Syracuse (14-10, 7-6 Atlantic Coast) fell to North Carolina State (16-8, 7-6), 79-74. The Orange have now lost three of their last four. Tuesday marked Syracuse’s sixth conference matchup decided by four points or fewer, but SU moved to 3-3 in such matchups.Here are some takeaways from the contest. Elijah, Elijah, Elijah After tipoff, Hughes crossed half court with a slight hitch in his step. Syracuse’s best player suffered a muscle strain before the game, ESPN reported, and grimaced before exiting in the contest’s opening 2:33. Hughes wouldn’t return due to a “lower-body injury,” per SU Athletics, stripping the Orange of his 19.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhen Hughes reached the Orange bench, he weakly punched his seat. He threw on a blue, Syracuse-branded zip-up and sat with ice attached at the hip. Brycen Goodine, the late-game hero that helped Syracuse beat Wake Forest on Feb. 8, checked in. With a similar rotation that featured more of Goodine and freshman forward Quincy Guerrier, SU had mixed results. Initially, the Wolfpack piggybacked Hughes’ absence into an early lead. The offense, mainly in Buddy’s hands, stagnated. Goodine missed an open dunk. Fans groaned. It wasn’t until Girard scored seven of nine-straight points for SU that the unit regained momentum. Girard attacked the paint, easily dribbling past NC State’s full-court press. Girard finished with 30, helping replace Hughes production. With the score close in the second half, no one specific player filled Hughes’ role. Four different scorers reached double-digits for SU. And Hughes, who normally dominates the ball when Syracuse needs to score late, clapped from the bench. Ultimately, it wasn’t enough. Not as likely The Wolfpack entered the contest 237th in the country in 3-point-percentage (31.9%). Braxton Beverly led them with just 38 makes from deep. Buddy, by comparison, leads Syracuse with 82. Yet the expected outcomes reversed on Tuesday night. NC State connected on 11 shots from beyond the arc. Buddy and Girard, meanwhile, went three-for-18, as the Orange’s team 3-point dip continued. Hughes’ injury didn’t help matters, but NC State routinely created offense out of the high post. At least two different players assisted 3s from the spot, usually feeding an open red jersey. Into (and out of) foul trouble Foul trouble has worsened Syracuse’s depth issue all season. Hughes’ injury exacerbated the weakness. Bourama Sidibe and Dolezaj each committed five and four fouls, respectively. In their place, Guerrier and Jesse Edwards strung together strong performances with Buddy also at small forward. NC State dealt with its own foul issues. Starting forward DJ Funderburk and center Manny Bates recorded four apiece, limiting Bates — the leading-shot blocker in the ACC (three a game) — to 14 minutes. Comments
Bermuda’s Chief Justice Ian Kawaley Wednesday ruled that some sections of the controversial Domestic Partnership Act 2018 (DPA) were unconstitutional, paving the way for gay couples to once again marry in the territory. But even as he upheld the constitutional challenge to the DPA, the Chief Justice said that he was allowing time for the government to appeal the ruling before the new measure goes into effect.Inconsistent with Bermuda’s Constitution Delivering his judgement before a packed courtroom, Justice Kawaley, who steps down as Chief Justice later this year, said the sections of the act which revoked the right to same-sex marriage were invalid because they were inconsistent with provisions in Bermuda’s constitution which give the right to freedom of conscience and creed.His ruling came five days after the DPA came into effect, banning same-sex marriage in Bermuda but giving gay and straight couples the chance to enter into civil unions.Judgement stayed for 6-weeks The Government has an automatic right to appeal the ruling.The Chief Justice agreed to an application by Solicitor-General Melvyn Douglas to stay the effect of the judgement for six weeks until it decides whether to appeal, meaning the current ban on same-sex marriage will remain in place.The latest civil proceedings in Supreme Court were brought against Attorney-General Kathy Lynn Simmons by gay Bermudians Rod Ferguson and Maryellen Jackson and the charity OUT Bermuda.They claimed that the part of the DPA that reaffirmed that a marriage is void unless the parties are male and a female was unconstitutional.The DPA was approved by the island’s parliament last December, sparking criticism from human rights activists and UK MPs, including Prime Minister Theresa May, who said she was “seriously disappointed.”