Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The International Tennis Federation and four Grand Slam tournaments are pledging more than $300,000 in financial support for wheelchair athletes and national event hosts affected financially by the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: $300K in grants offered in wheelchair tennis Associated Press The Big 12 Conference announced its schools can begin bringing athletes back to campus, with the resumption of voluntary activities starting June 15 for football players.The conference said each school can use its own discretion in deciding when athletes return to campus. The Big 12 had suspended all team activities, voluntary or required, because of the coronavirus pandemic through May 31. As of June 1, new rules go into effect. In-person required and voluntary team activities are still banned for all athletes from June 1-14.Football players can resume voluntary on-campus activity on June 15. Other fall sport athletes can begin voluntary on-campus activity on July 1. Basketball players can participate in on-campus voluntary activities, starting July 6, and all other sports can resume voluntary activities on campus on July 15.Virtual or online supervised workouts and skill instruction is still not permitted. All required virtual or online activities, such as film study, are limited to eight hours per week and only on-field coaches may conduct those sessions.___ The Italian league is set to resume on June 20 with no spectators allowed. There are also strict rules limiting the number of people in the stadium to 300. That includes both teams, staff and journalists.Italian media are reporting that the soccer federation could discuss the possibility of increasing that number and permitting a vastly reduced number of fans.Federation president Gabriele Gravina says “it’s something I really wish for with all my heart.”Gravina says “it’s unthinkable that in a stadium that can hold 60,000 there’s not space for a small percentage of fans with the necessary precautions.”___ The Japanese MotoGP has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The race was scheduled for Oct. 18 at the Twin Ring Montegi circuit. Organizers say they hope to return to the same venue next year.Japan has a big presence in the sport and is the home of manufacturers Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki.Organizers say this is first time since 1986 that Japan will not host a race.MotoGP says it is trying to restart the season with races staying in Europe until mid-November. A race in Japan after that would be too late in the season. ___Brazilian soccer club Vasco da Gama says 16 of its players have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Rio de Janeiro club says the positive results came after tests were conducted on about 250 people.Three players have already recovered and the others remain separated from the group.The club says it will begin a series of medical evaluations on squad members. Wheelchair tennis players who earned under $100,000 in prize money last year and meet certain ranking requirements can apply for a grant under the program.The wheelchair tennis tour has been suspended since March and at least until the end of July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.More than 85 ITF-sanctioned wheelchair events have been postponed or canceled.___Italian soccer authorities are considering the possibility of allowing fans into stadiums starting next month. June 1, 2020 Atlético Mineiro and Cruzeiro said Sunday one player in each squad tested positive. Atlético said Ecuadorean midfielder Juan Cazares had the virus. Cruzeiro announced that forward Vinícius Popó was infected.There is still not date set for the return of soccer in Brazil.___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
Following Syracuse’s 77-66 win over Pittsburgh on Saturday, head coach Jim Boeheim took aim at a Syracuse.com article that stated the Orange has been on a downward spiral over the past three years. Since Tyler Ennis hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to give SU a dramatic 58-56 win at Pittsburgh three years ago, Syracuse has been “a rather ordinary entity,” the article states.SU hadn’t beaten the Panthers since — until Saturday, when the Orange jumped out to a 21-point halftime lead and eased to an 11-point victory in the Carrier Dome to improve to 2-1 in conference play. The win came less than a week after an embarrassing 15-point loss to Boston College to open its ACC slate.Boeheim didn’t have any more questions to answer at the 4:55 mark of his postgame press conference but raised the issue on his own, before upholding a back-and-forth “entertainment” session that lasted almost 10 minutes. You can watch the full rant here, starting at around the five-minute mark: Comments Published on January 8, 2017 at 9:21 am Contact Matt: email@example.com | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+ Boeheim, in short, states that Syracuse would probably have won one or two NCAA Tournament games in the 2014-15 season had it not self-imposed a postseason ban. He also argues the Orange’s 12-loss regular season in the 2015-16 campaign didn’t matter since Syracuse ended up making a surprise appearance at the Final Four as a No. 10 seed.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textUnlike any press conference in recent years, Boeheim neared a shouting match with the reporter, eventually turning the back-and-forth from an attack into a laughable session that the SU head coach chided that viewers pay to see anyway.“When you go to the Final Four, you could lose 20 games. It doesn’t matter,” Boeheim said. “Those are just numbers that you put in the paper that don’t mean anything.”Syracuse fans will remember the 2016 Final Four run over an 0-4 start in conference play and a 12-loss regular season that included two defeats to Pittsburgh – and one more in the conference tournament – and a 12-point loss to St. John’s at Madison Square Garden. Yes, Boeheim is right in claiming Tournament results trump regular season records.Three seasons ago, the Orange suffered an upset loss to 11-seed Dayton in the second round. Two seasons ago, SU wasn’t eligible for the NCAA Tournament after self-imposing a postseason ban. One year ago, the Orange squeaked into the field as a No. 10 seed and was the third-to-last team standing.In the end, Boeheim’s point was that regular-season records don’t matter as long as his team makes it to the Big Dance. Few cared about the 25-0 start since No. 3 seed Syracuse was upset by a No. 11 seed. In the 2014-15 season, SU’s regular season was rendered meaningless once it wasn’t eligible for postseason play. And even though the Orange lost 12 regular season games last season, it didn’t matter. What Syracuse does in the NCAA Tournament — if it makes it there this season — is what it will be judged on.“Last year was the fifth-best year I’ve ever had here. Ever. 40 years. The fifth-best year that I’ve had here,” Boeheim said. “ … If you just count wins, that means nothing.”MORE COVERAGE:What we learned from Syracuse’s 77-66 win over PittsburghSyracuse offense has found a groove with better efficiency The Final Word: Beat writers discuss SU’s win over Pitt (Podcast)Syracuse shuts off Jamel Artis in high post to stunt Pittsburgh offenseJohn Gillon plays ‘as good as you can get’Graphical breakdown of Syracuse’s victorySuperlatives from SU’s win against Pitt: Stud, dud, highlight, big moment and more
MORE: Pelicans may make counter-offer to LakersWe’ve already seen one blockbuster so far with the Knicks trading Kristaps Porzingis to the Mavericks. The Pelicans are also discussing potential deals for Anthony Davis, so there could be plenty of fireworks before deadline day.Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 2019 NBA trade deadline.When is the NBA trade deadline?The NBA trade deadline is Thursday, Feb. 7. The cutoff point is 3 p.m. ET, though the news of some trades may emerge shortly after that deadline.Who are the top targets at the NBA trade deadline?Anthony Davis, Pelicans: Yep, that guy. The five-time All-Star forward has requested a trade out of New Orleans. That doesn’t mean the Pelicans will deal him before the deadline, though. They could wait until the summer when the Celtics can put together a strong trade package and drive up their asking price.JR Smith, Cavs: The Rockets and Pelicans have previously expressed interest in Smith, who has been floating in basketball purgatory after accusing the Cavs of tanking. In the right environment, Smith could at least provide a spot-up shooting, but his past couple years in Cleveland have been rough.Robin Lopez and Jabari Parker, Bulls: Chicago won’t back down in buyout negotiations with Lopez, leaving the big man stuck on a bad squad with limited opportunities. Parker’s predicament isn’t much better with the former Duke star removed from head coach Jim Boylen’s rotation.Wayne Ellington, Heat: Sporting News’ Sean Deveney reported back in December that the Lakers could be targeting Ellington to add some much-needed shooting to their roster. They won’t be the only team asking about Ellington’s status. (Important note: Ellington can veto any trade because he signed a one-year deal this past offseason and has full Bird Rights next summer.)Enes Kanter, Knicks: Multiple teams have already inquired about Kanter, who is averaging a double-double for the lowly Knicks. His play isn’t what makes him attractive, though — Kanter would be helpful for salary-cap reasons, as he is on an expiring contract ($18.6 million).A few Hawks players: Atlanta isn’t concerned with its record. The Hawks should be focused on acquiring assets. Kent Bazemore and Dewayne Dedmon could be available, but the most intriguing trade piece might be Jeremy Lin. The Pelicans, Sixers and Trail Blazers have all asked about the backup point guard, according to Sporting News’ Sean Deveney.A few Magic players: This situation is slightly different. Orlando is just outside of the East playoff bracket, so the Magic’s front office could put a fire sale on hold. Terrence Ross and Jonathon Simmons will likely be part of multiple trade discussions before the deadline passes. Even leading scorers Nikola Vucevic and Aaron Gordon don’t feel completely safe at the moment.Latest NBA trade rumors and news— TRADE: Sixers land Tobias Harris in stunning blockbuster— TRADE: Bucks send Thon Maker to Pistons for Stanley Johnson— TRADE: Lakers acquire Reggie Bullock from Pistons— Wizards “not budging” on core trio ahead of deadline— Lakers end talks with Pelicans over “outrageous” demands— Grizzlies, Hornets skeptical on Marc Gasol trade, SN sources say— Lakers have discussed dealing for Bulls’ Jabari Parker— Clippers’ Tobias Harris drawing interest from multiple teams— TRADE: Rodney Hood heading to Trail Blazers — TRADE: Knicks send Kristaps Porzingis to Mavs— Anthony Davis won’t re-sign with Pelicans, demands trade— Grizzlies will listen to offers for Marc Gasol, Mike Conley The NBA trade deadline is approaching, and things are escalating quickly.A little past the halfway point in the season, 11 teams in the East are battling for eight playoff spots, and about 12 West squads are pushing for postseason play. That means the moves by contenders could make a greater impact than usual.