April 20, 2020 NASCAR-VIRTUAL RACINGByron makes it 2 straight winsCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — William Byron won his second consecutive NASCAR virtual race by holding off Timmy Hill in a drama-free event at virtual Richmond Raceway.The most excitement came when Matt DiBenedetto was parked for intentionally crashing Ryan Preece and the two then engaged in a Twitter spat. The iRacing Series has had a sour taste since Bubba Wallace lost a sponsor for quitting a game in a rage and Kyle Larson was fired for using a racial slur.FORMULA1-VIRTUAL RACING NBA-BOGUT FUTUREFormer NBA top pick Bogut unsure about playing futureUNDATED (AP) — Andrew Bogut (BOH’-gut) is close to making a decision on when to end his career after 15 years in professional basketball.Bogut was planning to retire after playing for Australia at the Tokyo Games this summer. With those games delayed until July 2021, the 35-year-old is debating whether to wait it out. He says he probably needs to decide by mid-May.Bogut was a 2005 No. 1 draft pick by Milwaukee and won an NBA championship with the Golden State Warriors in 2015. He has played for Sydney in the National Basketball League the past two seasons. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSSports leagues seek return to play but with no guaranteesUNDATED (AP) — Sports fans hoping for a fast return to the games they love might need to temper their expectations. Although sports leagues talk publicly about their desire to return to competition before summer, those are best-case scenarios. Behind closed doors, they are hatching different potential plans: all 30 baseball teams playing in Arizona; home run contests to decide tie games; the Stanley Cup being hoisted in an empty arena that neither team calls home; end-of-season soccer standings decided by vote; college football games in spring.Over the past week, The Associated Press interviewed more than 20 policymakers, coaches and players across the globe for their assessments of the situation. They all conceded that sports may not restart for months, if at all this year. Most agree that what’s needed is a drastic ramp-up in testing, a vaccine or some type of improved treatment to make players feel safe to compete.Dr. Anthony Fauci (FOW’-chee), the infectious disease expert, has suggested that sports could conceivably return with no fans in arenas and constant testing for the players, who would likely need to be quarantined in hotels for weeks or months. Not all players are on board.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Wayne Gretzky is optimistic the NHL will be able to resume at some point this summer. He tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful hockey and other sports will be able to come back from the coronavirus pandemic and serve as a sign that conditions are improving. Gretzky says he believes leaders in the U.S. and Canada will find a way to bring back hockey and other sports in June, July and August. The league is considering several options on trying to resume this season, including going directly to the playoffs at several neutral sites. Leclerc wins virtual GP, againUNDATED (AP) — Charles Leclerc has won his second straight Formula One Virtual Grand Prix, taking the Chinese GP from the pole position.The Ferrari driver finished ahead of Red Bull’s Alex Albon and Guanyu Zhou (gwahn-yoo zhoo), who races in Formula 2.The 22-year-old Leclerc has won two actual F1 races and only started playing the video game at the start of the month. The actual Chinese GP originally was scheduled for April 19 but was postponed in February due to the coronavirus pandemic.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Soccer has resumed in Turkmenistan with spectators as the Central Asian nation lifted a suspension of its national league. Around 500 people attended Sunday’s game in a 20,000-capacity stadium in the capital. The crowd size was broadly in line with typical domestic league games in Turkmenistan and as usual attendance was free. The game ended 1-1. The eight-team league was suspended on March 24 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Turkmenistan is one of the few countries in the world not to have reported any cases of the coronavirus.— The stadium of English Premier League club Brighton has been converted into the south coast’s biggest drive-in coronavirus testing center. The appointment-only center has been put in place at the American Express Community Stadium as part of the drive to increase testing for National Health Service staff and other key workers. Officials say the center was scheduled to see more than 50 NHS frontline workers on Saturday, and they will have the results of their tests within 48 hours. Within a few days, the site should reach its capacity of up to 1,000 tests a day.— Players and coaches for Italian soccer team Roma have waived their salary for four months. The team hasn’t played a competitive match since March 1 because of the pandemic, so the players and coaching staff will forgo salaries due to them for March, April, May and June.— British horse racing’s most successful flat trainer of all time is recovering after contracting the coronavirus. Mark Johnston has been isolating since having the symptoms confirmed and his family says he is making good progress. In 2018, Johnston celebrated his 4,194th winner, which is the most of any trainer in British flat racing.— A Japanese professor of infectious disease says he is “very pessimistic” the postponed Tokyo Olympics can open in 15 months. Kentaro Iwata of Kobe University says, “To be honest with you, I don’t think the Olympics is likely to be held next year.” The CEO of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee expressed similar reservations 10 days ago. Since then, the organizing committee and the International Olympic Committee have said there is no “Plan B” other than working for the Olympics to open on July 23, 2021. Associated Press Update on the latest sports
There have been many questions asked about this year’s Wisconsin football team. After Saturday, at least one — when will they finally get a Big Ten win? — was answered.Others have popped up throughout the course of the season: Who will be the starting quarterback? How many carries in the backfield will be split? Why can’t the defense stop anybody?But one question seems to have been asked less frequently — although it’s certainly one worth asking: Did Travis Beckum make a mistake by staying for his senior season?Beckum suffered a season-ending leg injury in the third quarter of Wisconsin’s win over Illinois and didn’t return to action, meaning his time at UW is officially over. He finished with 159 career receptions, third-most in school history.The senior tight end also missed two games earlier this year due to a hamstring injury — the first two of the season against Akron and Marshall. For the All-American from Milwaukee, durability has proven to be an issue.As if battling injuries wasn’t enough, Beckum had to deal with a change at quarterback midway through the season. As a result, he saw a decrease in production from a year ago. He failed to find the end zone, and had just 23 catches for 264 yards on the season — one grab less than fellow tight end Garrett Graham, who leads the team.Many fans were excited when Beckum announced he would return to UW for his senior season, putting his dream of playing in the NFL on hold. It was a bit of a surprising move, given that experts had projected him to be the first tight end selected.Even with the Badgers having a down year, many — such as ESPN’s draft gurus Mel Kiper and Todd McShay — still have Beckum rated as one of the top tight end on their pre-draft boards. Beckum’s six-catch performance against the Ohio State Buckeyes in a close loss certainly helped his cause. He followed up the OSU game by catching five passes for 79 yards.But has Beckum looked like a lock to go in the first round throughout the 2008 season? Not really.This season, he hasn’t hauled in more than six passes in a game. In back-to-back contests against Michigan State and Illinois a year ago, he caught 11 and 10 passes, respectively. In Columbus, he caught nine balls for 140 yards and a touchdown.We just haven’t seen those types of dominating games from Beckum this year.Looking across college football, a handful of tight ends have been increasing their draft stock. Travis Beckum is not one of them.A year after the Badger senior would have likely been the first tight end picked, he’s seen his stock fall a bit. Missouri’s Chase Coffman is projected by some to go in the top 10, and it seems everyone agrees the Tigers’ big man (6-foot-6, 245 pounds) is a better fit as a true tight end compared to the leaner Beckum (6-4, 235).Of course, Coffman has had some guy named Chase Daniel throwing him the ball this year, while Beckum had Allan Evridge and Dustin Sherer trying — often unsuccessfully — to pass to him.Coffman isn’t the only one that’s put up good numbers. Oklahoma’s Jermaine Gresham already has seven TD snags, while Houston’s Mark Hafner has caught 52 passes for eight touchdowns. These two, along with Coffman, are currently ranked as the top three tight end prospects by Rivals.com.Where does Beckum sit on that list? All the way down at No. 9.There was obviously no way for Beckum to predict a devastating injury like this from taking place. It also wasn’t easy to foresee the Badgers struggling as much as they have in 2008. But what wasn’t hard to predict was where Beckum would have gone in last April’s NFL draft. Now things aren’t so certain.The decision to return to UW may have been a sign of loyalty on Beckum’s behalf, and he may have done it in hopes of a national championship.Today, however, the Badgers are about as far away as they can get from a championship bid, and a banged-up Beckum isn’t exactly a first-round lock anymore.Looks like someone should have taken the money and run.Tyler is a senior majoring in journalism. Think Beckum made the right choice by sticking around for his senior season? Let Tyler know at email@example.com.
Christine Yoo | Daily TrojanAna Alvarez, a senior international relations major, tables for United House of Prayer at the Involvement Fair on Wednesday. Hundreds of student organiations actively recruited along Trousdale Parkway. The Involvement Fair is the biggest opportunity for groups to promote themselves on campus.
Following a shooting at a community college in Oregon three weeks ago where an armed man killed 10 people and injured seven others before committing suicide, students gathered Wednesday afternoon in the Rosen Room of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center to discuss the issue of gun control in America.The event was hosted by the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics and the Political Student Assembly as part of the California Politics Roundtable Discussion — a joint effort between the two organizations.The discussion was moderated by Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute; Sonali Seth, director of political content for the PSA and editorial director of the Daily Trojan; and Jonathan Gunn, social media marketing director for PSA. It featured Christina Bellantoni, assistant managing editor for politics at the Los Angeles Times and Alan Zarembo, projects and investigative reporter for the L.A. Times.Bellantoni responded to question asking if shootings similar to the one in Oregon have an affect on the political landscape. She said that in 2011, the year Republicans took office, Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat from Arizona, was shot at an event in her home district.“A year later there were the shootings in Newtown. And I said, ‘This is it, people watched children get slaughtered at a school, there will be an instance where you see something happening,” she said. “If those two incidents were not going to change the political landscape at a time when the nation was struck by tragedy, then it was not going to happen.”Since the Newtown shootings, many have observed the lack of legislation on the subject of gun control because of the divide between Democrats and Republicans on the issue.“With the red-blue division of states, gun control is the kind of issue where these political and cultural divides play out in very real terms,” Schnur said.The discussion also touched on the role of mental health in mass shootings.“The problem with using the mental health argument is that there are a lot of people who are mentally disturbed in our country. Very, very few are involved in shootings,” Zarembo said. “As a strategy for bringing down shootings, addressing mental health is probably not a good idea as there much clearer things that could be done.”Leesa Danzek, a senior majoring in political science, asked about current legislation controlling the sale of guns to criminals.“I am not an expert on what legislation is out there,” Bellantoni said. “But I will tell you that what they’re looking at in California is having ammunition be registered and doing more background checks.”Seth noted the discrepancy between the perception of how much crime has risen over the past couple of decades versus how much it has actually risen.“Do you think there are any political implications of this perception that crime is rising while it may not be?” she asked.Zarembo responded by saying the perception might come from politicians preparing for negative outcomes.“Well, crime is not rising, overall,” Zarembo said. “I think that fear is a very powerful force in politics, and if you listen to our politicians, my impression is that we’re always on the edge of catastrophe and perhaps the media could do a better job of dialing us back to reality.”
The Irish side are targeting a place in the knock-out stages today…After their wins over Grand Slam champions Wales and reigning champions New Zealand, Ireland will be expected to advance from Pool A as they take-on Georgia.Kick-off in Manchester is at half-past five. Cashel RFC’s Sean O’Connor has been named to start in today’s final pool game with the Ireland Under 20’s at the World ChampionshipsHead coach Nigel Carolan has made 13 changes from the side that beat New Zealand at the weekend for this evening’s clash against Georgia. Sean O’Connor has been named in the second row, alongside his fellow Munster player, Evan Mintern.
The 2018 NCC Tennis League is set to kickoff with the draws ceremony taking place at the Abuja National Stadium Tennis Centre at 4 pm this afternoon.A statement from the International Tennis Academy, organisers of the league, said the draws will be done “FIFA style” with the 12 teams ranked according to the combined points of their top five players – three men and two women – from the current NCC Rankings“We are excited that the teams are attracting a lot of corporate support with a leading insurance firm and a State Governor among the team sponsors for this year. Four new teams have also entered the race for the big prize.” The statement said. Last year’s winners got seven million naira while the runner-up team took home five million. The third and fourth place teams got three and two million respectively.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Ghana goalkeeper Fatau Dauda is set to making his Chippa Uniteddebut on Tuesday in their Absa Premiership match against his Black Stars colleague, Awal Mohammed of Maritzburg United.The 29-year-old signed for the Chilliboyz from Orlando Pirates last month but had his debut delayed due to work permit problems.He has missed the club’s first three games of the season.Chippa general manager Wanda Mbenguzana told kickoff.com: “We have dealt with the permit issue and the player is available for selection.”
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “With all the guys we have hurt, you know Kobe. He’ll try to take it upon himself as much as possible,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “We want to try to keep it as little as possible and not have all the scoring load be on his back.”It appeared that would be a tough task before Sunday’s game. Lakers forward Ryan Kelly experienced soreness in his right hamstring on the final drill of Sunday’s morning shootaround, the same day he hoped to return from a strained left hamstring that kept him out of the Lakers’ four previous exhibitions. After having offseason surgery on his right knee, Lakers forward Xavier Henry will travel to New York City for a second opinion and then to Dusseldorf, Germany to undergo Regenokine treatment. Nick Young will stay sidelined for at least another month while healing his surgically repaired right thumb. No one ever knows how Steve Nash’s chronically hurt back will shape up. And perhaps Jordan Clarkson (strained left calf muscle) and Jeremy Lin (sprained left ankle) will return soon. So what can the Lakers do?“It’s got to be by committee,” Scott said. “I can’t necessarily look at one guy and say, ‘We need you to go out there and do this for us.’” A fluctuating roster and a coaching change have not removed an odor that has left the Lakers with an unpleasant residue.The Lakers are already dealing with a revolving door of injuries that spark reminders of last season’s nightmare that ended with the team’s worst record in L.A. franchise history. During that stretch, players missed a combined 319 games because of health. It seems hard to make this up, but the Lakers’ injury bug has already bitten six players and left them with uncertain return dates. Yet, somehow it did not matter in the Lakers’ 98-91 preseason victory on Sunday against the Utah Jazz at Staples Center, improving the team’s preseason record to 2-3 and snapping the team’s three consecutive losses in exhibition play. The Lakers, of course, depended on Kobe Bryant, his 26 points on 7-of-22 shooting and 9-of-11 clip from the foul line in 31 minutes marking his latest progression after playing in only six games last season because of overlapping injuries to his left Achilles tendon and left knee. This happened a day after Bryant threw down a one-handed dunk in practice. But the Lakers also fueled a third-quarter rally, outscoring Utah’s second unit 31-18, with a heavy dose of contributions from veteran forward Carlos Boozer (19 points), training camp invitee Wayne Ellington (nine points), rookie forward Julius Randle (eight points) and versatile swingman Wesley Johnson (eight points). For only the second time in five exhibitions, the Lakers also held an opponent under 100 points. Scott plans to play Bryant in the Lakers’ three remaining preseason games this week to build rhythm heading into the 2014-15 season opener Oct. 28. Scott believes Clarkson will return either Tuesday against Phoenix at Staples Center or Wednesday against Portland in Ontario. Scott added Lin’s possible return on Tuesday hinges on if he can participate in a full-contact scrimmage Monday that includes cutting and changing direction without having additional strain on his left ankle.The Lakers have also delayed making the first round of cuts to their training camp roster, the lone exception to Jeremy Tyler so he could sign a contract to play in China. “You got to be a little concerned, especially with the guys we have out,” Scott said. “We expected them to be players we could depend on. It’s a little concerning.”But not concerning enough for the Lakers to prove they can absorb some of those absences.
After the announcement Friday, O’Neal joined CNBC’s “Squawk on the Street” and uttered the phrase: “Pizza is fun.”Yes, we can all agree on that.“Everyone loves pizza and pizza loves everyone,” O’Neal said.He added: “Everyone knows Shaquille O’Neal, they know I’m in the fun business, and we want to get this thing back on track.”Time for a pizza party! I’m excited to join @PapaJohns as a member of the Board of Directors and investor in 9 stores in #Atlanta. Excited to work with Papa John’s team members and customers – more here: https://t.co/PRXG7ORtFk pic.twitter.com/c5uj5BRuQ1— SHAQ (@SHAQ) March 22, 2019O’Neal already owns a number of other restaurants including a Krispy Kreme Doughnuts franchise in Atlanta, a Big Chicken fast food chain in Las Vegas and Shaquille’s restaurant in Los Angeles. He also previously owned 27 Five Guys franchises. Shaquille O’Neal has given us plenty of sound bites from his time as an analyst on TNT’s “Inside the NBA.” But, he may have just said one of the most insightful and honest things ever and it has nothing to do with basketball.The four-time NBA champion joined the Papa John’s board of directors, becoming the first African American member. O’Neal’s addition comes just months after its founder resigned following his use of a racial slur. However, this is the first time O’Neal is a board member for a public company. According to CNN Business, he will earn $8.25 million over three years.Papa John’s is already seeing a return. After announcing the longtime former Laker joined the company, its stock rose nearly five percent, CNN Business reported.
The Raiders, meanwhile, are looking for an improved pass rush since trading Khalil Mack to Chicago last season. Mack came into the league with questions about whether he could match the college production at the next level. He is a player Allen wants to emulate. “He plays with that chip and plays like nobody can beat him,” Allen said. “I want that. I want people to fear me when I play. I know people in the NFL fear him and all the other top pass rushers. I want to emulate my game like that.” The NFL Draft experts carry a high opinion of Allen, but that has not stopped him from pushing himself with the same internal drive he started with at Montclair — where he proved everybody wrong the first time. “If I can do it anybody can do it,” Allen said. “Montclair has great athletes and great kids growing up that want to become great athletes that don’t really get looked at. … I’m going to try to make a name for myself so I can be one of the all-time greats.” Hyundai’s “Rolling with the Rookies” campaign will highlight the stories of several rookies leading up to Thursday’s NFL Draft. Allen’s story can be seen here. “I’m going to be proving people wrong until the day I die,” Allen told Sporting News. “I believe it. This next step that’s coming, I feel like a couple teams could pass on me not knowing what my abilities are. I feel like I’m going to be proving people wrong in the NFL again.” SN’s NFL DRAFT HQ:Tracker | Top 100 big board | TV scheduleAllen was speaking as part of the Hyundai “Rolling with the Rookies” campaign, which helps tells his story. Allen was placed in special education classes in grade school in Montclair, N.J., because of a stutter. He overcame that before moving to Alabama, where he developed into an all-state receiver. Allen moved back to Montclair, however, and switched to defense. “When they wanted me to move to defense it was like, ‘What?'” Allen said. “It is what it is. I feel like I was athletic enough to switch positions and to be comfortable doing it. It was tough, but if I would have stuck with it I think I would have been a pretty good receiver.” That move paid off, and Kentucky proved to be the perfect fit for Allen — especially in his senior season with linebackers coach Brad White, who was promoted to defensive coordinator this year. Allen’s sack total increased from seven the previous two seasons to 17, and he added 21.5 tackles for loss. The Wildcats finished 10-3, beat Florida for the first time since 1986 and beat Penn State 27-24 in the Citrus Bowl. “We knew the status quo with Kentucky football, and we really tried to make a name for ourselves,” Allen said. “We played for each other and played together.” ESPN Draft analyst Mel Kiper was most impressed with Allen in a 15-14 victory over Missouri on Oct. 25, 2018. Allen had 11 tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles against an offense led by quarterback Drew Lock. SN’s MOCK DRAFTJets surprise at No. 3, causing brief drop for Josh Allen”I think Josh Allen is worthy of a top-five pick,” Kiper said. “I’ve said it all year. Oakland would be a great spot for him. The Jets would be a great spot at No. 3. The Giants at No. 6 would be a great spot for them, but I think he should go in that 3-4 spot.” ESPN Draft analyst Todd McShay said Allen answered questions about his technique last season, and he will be valuable for teams that use hybrid fronts. “The production and statistics match up what you see on a tape,” McShay said. “When you look at him, there’s only reason to believe he’s going to continue to develop.” The Jets and Raiders are popular destinations for Allen, who visited both teams along with the 49ers, Giants and Bills. The Jets have not had a player hit double-digit sacks since 2015. Josh Allen is the potential top-five pick in the 2019 NFL Draft getting the least attention heading into the first round Thursday. The 2018 SEC Defensive Player of the Year led Kentucky to its first 10-win season since 1977. Allen, however, must prove himself all over again, like he did twice in high school and again with the Wildcats.