Update on the latest sports

first_imgTour officials said Thursday that if government and health authorities give golf the green light, the tour will have an official event every week through Dec. 6 except for the week of Thanksgiving.The Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, was pushed back a month to June and would be followed by the RBC Heritage, which was postponed this week.The PGA Tour season would conclude with the Tour Championship on Labor Day, and a new season would start the following week (Sept. 10-13) in Napa, California. That would mean only one major — the PGA Championship — is held in this 2019-20 season, and as many as seven majors would apply to the following season.Meanwhile, the Canadian Open was added Thursday to the list of canceled events. The event was scheduled for June 8-14 at St. George’s Golf and Country Club in Toronto.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic: April 16, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPGA Tour hopes to resume in June at Colonial with no fansUNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour is laying out an ambitious plan to resume its season, with hopes of a restart at Colonial on June 11-14 and keeping fans away for at least the first month. — Los Angeles Rams center Brian Allen says he tested positive for COVID-19 three weeks ago. Allen is the first active NFL player to acknowledge testing positive during the coronavirus pandemic. He’s not hospitalized and is “feeling good,” according to a statement issued by the team. The 24-year-old Allen became the Rams’ starting center last year in his second NFL season. He played in nine games before missing the rest of the season with a knee injury.— At least one member of the Los Angeles Chargers organization has tested positive for the coronavirus and two others have reported symptoms. ESPN reported that the first positive diagnosis happened two weeks after the team facility was shut down on March 12. A team spokesman says owner Dean Spanos, general manager Tom Telesco and coach Anthony Lynn are fine.— Tokyo Olympic organizers and the International Olympic Committee will try to cut many of the extras out of next year’s postponed games. IOC member John Coates heads the inspection team for Tokyo. He says the IOC priority was to direct “several hundreds of millions of dollars” to help struggling international sports federations and national Olympic committees stay afloat. None of that goes to fund the Tokyo Games. Neither the IOC nor Japanese officials are offering cost estimates but media reports in Japan suggest an added bill of $2 billion to $6 billion.BOXING-OBIT-WILLIAMSONPioneering boxing ref dies, sport’s first black Olympic judge Update on the latest sportscenter_img — The start of the horse racing season at Belmont Park has been postponed from the original April 24 date because of the coronavirus, but the New York Racing Association says it’s committed to holding the Belmont Stakes in this year. NYRA announced Thursday that the spring/summer meet will be delayed but did not set a new opening day. The third jewel of the Triple Crown is currently scheduled for June 6. The Kentucky Derby already has been rescheduled from May to September. The Maryland Jockey Club has canceled infield activities for the Preakness Stakes but hasn’t announced whether the race will still be held May 16.— The new CEO of the U.S. Tennis Association says he expects a decision on the status of the 2020 U.S. Open to be made by June. Mike Dowse, whose term began on Jan. 1, said in a conference call with reporters Thursday that “time is on our side at this point” because the U.S. Open is not scheduled to begin until late August. It would be the next major tennis championship on the calendar because the French Open’s start was postponed from May until September and Wimbledon was canceled altogether. Dowse called the prospect of holding the Grand Slam tournament without spectators “highly unlikely.”— The International Skating Union has formally canceled its figure skating and short track world championships because of the coronavirus pandemic. The ISU made the decision after an online meeting of its governing council. The World Short Track Speed Skating Championships were initially set for March 13-15 in Seoul, South Korea, while the World Figure Skating Championships were supposed to be held in Montreal from March 16-22. Both events had already been postponed in the early days of the worldwide lockdown caused by the pandemic. Now they won’t be held at all. This will be the first year without the figure skating worlds since 1946, the last of a seven-year layoff because of World War II.— The NCAA is permitting coaches in all Division I sports to hold up to eight hours per week of virtual meetings and instruction with their players, beginning Monday and lasting through the end of May. The Division I Council Coordination Committee made the adjustment this week to allow coaches more time to connect with their teams while social-distancing measures are in place to fight the coronavirus. Athletes will be required to have at least one day off per week and required physical activities continue to be prohibited. The NCAA also says teams can’t require any activities beginning one week before the start of their school’s final examination period.— Colorado coach Jared Bednar says the three Avalanche players that tested positive for the novel coronavirus are feeling better. Bednar says in a teleconference call the players followed the recommended guidelines and self-isolated. He says as far as he knows they’re all doing well and are back with their families. Bednar says the three were lucky there wasn’t anything too serious with their symptoms and they were able to come through it without any major complications. Associated Press TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — Family members say a former amateur boxer who in 1984 became the sport’s first black boxing referee and judge at the Olympic games has died.Carmen Williamson died from COVID-19 complications on April 8 at a hospital in Toledo, Ohio. He was 94. His youngest daughter says Williamson was just three weeks away from finally receiving his college degree from the University of Toledo.In addition to refereeing, he traveled the world in the 1980s, teaching the sport to young people through USA Boxing. He also was awarded an honorary gold medal after officiating at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles.,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

Bryant making name for himself

first_imgPurdue wide receiver Dorien Bryant wouldn’t blame anyone who didn’t know who he was last year. Just another receiver in an offense that characteristically employs four and five-receiver sets, Bryant knew last year was his learning year, not a breakout campaign. Not to mention it’s more than a little difficult to make a name for yourself while sharing minutes with the top pass-catcher in the history of college football, Taylor Stubblefield. “Taylor was obviously a big-time player for us,” Bryant said. “Last year, we kind of had him and that was our receiver group. He was our identity.”Not that leading the anonymous life seemed to bother Bryant, who rounded out his freshman campaign with 38 catches for 584 yards and three touchdowns. Not bad for a guy who was just “one of the other Purdue receivers.” But “not bad” wasn’t going to be good enough this year, not with the graduation of Stubblefield and a defense that returned 11 starters from a year ago. “I didn’t necessarily feel the pressure of stepping up,” Bryant said. “When I came here, I knew I could play, so I have a lot of confidence in myself and my ability to make plays. Just the fact that I was starting — I knew I had to make plays.”And the sophomore from Swedesboro, N.J., hasn’t disappointed. Need a little proof? Just take a glance over the last three Boilermaker contests. While Purdue has gone winless this month, it certainly hasn’t been Bryant’s fault. Three weeks ago, Bryant tore up a suspect Notre Dame pass defense, snaring 14 receptions for 127 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Just seven days later, Bryant ran roughshod over the Iowa Hawkeyes’ defense for 10 catches, 141 yards and another score.But Bryant saved his best for last weekend against a struggling Northwestern defense, setting the standard for the 2005 season with a mind-boggling 16 catches for 153 yards in the contest. “I think me and (quarterback Brandon) Kirsch are getting a better connection with each other as the season goes along. I’ve just been working on a lot of things that I didn’t do that great last year,” Bryant said of his performance over the past few weeks. “Being able to run the route, I’ve learned really well. It makes it a lot easier to get open, and add that to my speed — it’s pretty tough to cover me. So I’ve worked on that and it’s been a benefit for me.” A benefit for Purdue, perhaps, but a headache for the rest of the nation. In his first season as a starter, Bryant has been every bit as devastating to opposing defenses as the man he has replaced. The sophomore sensation currently ranks second in the nation in receptions per game with 9.7 and sixth in the country in receiving yards per game with 111.3. “I think I’ve played pretty well. I think I’ve responded pretty decently,” Bryant said. “I just feel like I can play better in every situation. I don’t think I’m where I want to be yet, but for the most part, I’ve responded well to starting this year.”Yet, had things gone according to the original plan, Bryant wouldn’t be a Boilermaker at all — he’d be flashing his skills on the turf at Alumni Stadium for the Boston College Eagles.A highly touted recruit coming out of high school, Bryant originally committed to play for Boston College, but changed his mind and ended up attending Fort Union (Va.) Military Academy for a season before deciding to attend Purdue last year.”I wasn’t really ready yet,” Bryant said of his choice to renege on his commitment to Boston College. “I could’ve [gone], but there were some things that went on and it felt like the thing to do.””I just felt really comfortable here. I knew a couple of guys on the team. I feel really comfortable with the coaching staff,” he added. “I wanted to get away from home and I was aware of the offense, obviously, and it’s a nice college town here. It’s not too much of city, because I kind of wanted to get away from the atmosphere, so this was a perfect fit for me.”last_img read more