The Latest: European gymnastics championships now in Dec.

first_img June 4, 2020 The auctions will take place on the site Charitystars.com starting Monday for two months. There will be a new one every week and each auction will last 10 days.All funds raised will go to the Papa Giovanni XXIII hospital in Bergamo and Fondazione Poliambulanza in Brescia.___German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic.Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The European gymnastics championships have been moved to December after being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Pope Francis is promoting a charity auction of sports items and experiences in support of two of the hospitals hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic in Italy.The “We Run Together” auction includes a personalized bicycle given to Francis by world champion Peter Sagan, a team jersey and captain’s armband signed by former Roma forward Francesco Totti and a swim suit and hat from Olympic champion Federica Pellegrini.There are also experiences such as training sessions and dinners with various athletes.Francis says “the true values of sport are particularly important to face this period of pandemic and especially the difficult restart.” The men’s event will run from Dec. 9-13 and the women’s championships from Dec. 17-20 in Baku, Azerbaijan.Baku was originally supposed to host only the men’s championships but France couldn’t reschedule the women’s event after missing its planned dates in Paris in April and May.European Gymnastics president Farid Gayibov says the body will review the coronavirus situation and react accordingly “should the situation at a later date not be considered safe enough any more.”The European championships for rhythmic gymnastics will stay in Kyiv, Ukraine, but are now set for Nov. 26-29. That is six months later than originally planned.All three championships were supposed to be tune-ups for the Tokyo Olympics but that event has been postponed to 2021. The Latest: European gymnastics championships now in Dec.center_img The Swiss soccer league will restart several days earlier than planned to help Europa League contender Basel cope with a backlog of matches in August.The restart amid the coronavirus pandemic was set for June 19-21 in the top two divisions.The Swiss soccer federation now says Basel’s Swiss Cup quarterfinal match against Lausanne Sport will be played without fans on June 14 instead of the Aug. 5-6 dates for the other quarterfinal matches.Basel is scheduled to resume play in the Europa League in early August. It holds a 3-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt from the first leg of the round of 16.Basel also faces a potential clash with this season’s Europa League possibly overlapping with next season’s preliminary rounds. Associated Press Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16.Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat.The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January.___ Basel is currently in third place in the Swiss league and the third-place team should enter the Europa League qualifying rounds in late July or early August.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,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

John Gillon turns defense into offense and proves he can dunk against South Carolina State

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on November 23, 2016 at 1:44 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman “He’s capable of going in and scoring points, you know, that’s what he does,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “He’s very good at it I think.”Gillon hit a pair of 3-pointers, his fourth straight game with a triple. Albeit against inferior competition, he’s now shooting at a 42.9-percent clip from long range, which would’ve been the best mark on last year’s SU team.Where Gillon impacts the game most, though, may be in turning defense to offense by himself. Quick to disrupt the Bulldogs’ offense atop the zone, Gillon’s speed allows the Orange to push out in transition.“He has real good instincts and getting steals, so I think he’ll have a lot of opportunities this year to get out on the break and initiate offense,” fifth-year senior Andrew White said, “just being that he knows how to shoot the gaps and passing lanes.”Jacob Greenfeld | Asst. Photo EditorAnd when Gillon’s steal led to him streaking toward the hoop in the second half with a chance at dunking redemption, there was only one way the play could end.The Instagram and Twitter videos and pregame and practice evidence apparently weren’t enough for Syracuse. And even after Gillon’s two-handed flush, it still doesn’t seem to suffice.“It was a little weak,” White said. “He talk about the 40-inch vertical. It was a rim-grazer.” Commentscenter_img John Gillon has proven time and time again that he can dunk. Yet the fifth-year senior point guard still absorbs the flak from his teammates despite the pogo-stick bounce he brought to Syracuse from Colorado State.When Gillon took off on a fast break with about nine minutes left in the second half Tuesday night, he softy rolled the ball in off the backboard. The anticipation on the Syracuse bench turned to disappointment, and freshman redshirt Matthew Moyer threw his hands in joking disgust.“I mean I could dunk pretty easily,” Gillon said. “When I see people running under me I get nervous because a team like that, they don’t really have that much to lose so they’ll run in and try to make a play on something that they can’t make a play on … and I have to jump pretty high to get to that point so I just laid it up.”Even though the point guard threw down his second fast-break attempt three minutes later, Orange players still chided the team’s smallest scholarship player after the game. They could afford to after No. 18 Syracuse’s (4-0) 101-59 drubbing of South Carolina State (1-3) in the Carrier Dome, in which Gillon’s dunking skills, or occasional lack thereof, masked his efficient 14 points and four assists in 20 minutes.MORE COVERAGE:AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhat we learned from SU’s 101-59 winTaurean Thompson posts 12-point game after foot injuryTyler Lydon breaks out from 3 in win over South Carolina Statelast_img read more