The Latest: Giro d’Italia called off because of coronavirus

first_imgThe Latest: Giro d’Italia called off because of coronavirus ___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane.___ Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket. 11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship.___ Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps. The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak. The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5. The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___1:25 p.m.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary. England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August.___ ___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums. 3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___11 a.m. Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m.German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.center_img The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___9:55 a.m. The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___1:55 p.m. The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___2:10 p.m. March 13, 2020 ___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic. The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee.The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896. 11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions.Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___2:50 p.m. Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___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 6 Associated Press last_img read more

Leonard Williams declares for 2015 NFL Draft

first_imgUpdate: Williams posted the following shortly after the university’s announcement: Just two days following the Trojans’ Holiday Bowl victory over Nebraska, USC announced Monday that junior defensive end Leonard Williams will forego his final year of eligibility and enter the 2015 NFL Draft.The 6’-5’’, 300-pound Williams, who is a two-time All-American, is projected to be a Top-10 pick in the draft.“This was a very hard decision for me,” Wiliams said in an official statement by USC athletics. “I love USC, Coach Sark and the coaching staff, my teammates and the fans, and I love the game of college football. It’s hard to leave all of that. I know life is never the same once you leave college.”“But I feel like it’s the right time to go, Williams added. “I feel like I’m looking forward to the new challenge that the NFL presents.”Despite being double-teamed by the majority of USC’s opponents in 2014, Williams racked up 80 total tackles and a team-high seven sacks. He finishes his USC career with 21 total sacks and 36.5 tackles for loss.Head coach Steve Sarkisian also showed his support for Williams’s decision.“We wish Leonard the best of luck,” Sarkisian said. “We know he will represent USC well in his professional career. He was a great player here for all three of his years.  Just like our players, Leonard is a Trojan for life and we will always support him.”In ESPN insider Todd McShay’s most recent mock draft, he had Williams being selected third overall by the Jacksonville Jaguars. If McShay’s prediction holds true, Williams will join his former teammate in USC alumnus Marqise Lee.The last Trojan defensive player to be taken in the top five of the NFL Draft was defensive tackle Darrell Russell in 1997 and Williams looks to follow in his foot steps come draft night in Chicago on April 30.The next stop for Williams is expected to be the NFL Scouting Combine, which will be held in February.last_img read more

Raiders’ Jon Gruden says Nathan Peterman is ‘growing’ on him: ‘He’s got some talent’

first_imgRaiders coach Jon Gruden is a fan of Nathan Peterman.The 25-year-old struggled during his eight appearances with the Bills over the last two seasons before landing with Oakland in December. But, Gruden told reporters Tuesday that Peterman has a good chance to be the team’s backup quarterback this season. Full quote from Jon Gruden on Raiders QB Nathan Peterman. “I know he’s got some nightmare performances in the NFL, but when you watch the film, you can see why: It’s not all his fault.” pic.twitter.com/zfxxBCnBtg— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) July 30, 2019Derek Carr is expected to be Oakland’s Week 1 starter while the team also has Mike Glennon on its roster.The Raiders struggled in 2018 and finished with a 4-12 record but they completely rebuilt their offense this offseason. They traded for disgruntled Steelers receiver Antonio Brown and signed wideout Tyrell Williams, along with offensive lineman Trent Brown. Raiders’ Jon Gruden on Antonio Brown: ‘I expect a lot more drama’ from him Packers lost Khalil Mack bid because Raiders didn’t like draft pick, says Green Bay CEO “He has some athleticism and experience,” Gruden said. “He was an opening-day starter for the Buffalo Bills last year. I take that very serious. He’s smart and has done a good job. He has been consistent, and I think he’s starting to get his confidence back. We all need that.” “This Nate Peterman is growing on me,” Gruden said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “He’s athletic. I know he has had some nightmare performances in the NFL but, when you watch the film you can see why. It’s not all his fault. He has some talent.”Peterman played in four games and made two starts for Buffalo in 2018, throwing seven interceptions and just one touchdown. Related News Redskins to sign Donald Penn amid Trent Williams’ holdout, report sayslast_img read more