The Latest: XFL player tests positive for coronavirus

first_imgThe club added it will test the rest of the members of its team on Monday. Spain has stopped all sports competitions for the next two weeks. ___5:10 p.m.Lionel Messi has joined a call in Spain by sports figures, who are supporting a public awareness campaign by government authorities and healthcare workers asking the nation’s population to remain indoors to fight the spread of the coronavirus. 12:15 p.m.The Pac-12 Conference has canceled all spring sports and championships following a meeting of conference executives and athletic directors.The conference also announced that all organized team activities are not allowed until at least March 29, when that decision will be revisited.The smaller Southland Conference also announced a similar move.The moves follow Thursday’s decision by the NCAA to cancel the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments as well as all remaining winter and spring championships. ___6:05 p.m.The men’s curling world championships in Scotland have been canceled, along with the mixed and senior events in Canada, because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The World Curling Federation said that with hundreds of athletes and staff needing to travel to each tournament, “it is no longer possible to run these international events.”The WCF says it acted on the advice of the Scottish government in canceling the men’s tournament, which had been scheduled for Glasgow from March 28 to April 5. The other Serie A players who tested positive are Daniele Rugani at Juventus and Fiorentina teammates Dušan Vlahović , Germán Pezzella, Patrick Cutrone.___5:35 p.m.Spanish football club Alavés says two members of its coaching staff have tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says both unnamed coaches are without symptoms and in good health. March 14, 2020 ___12:45 p.m.The Edinburgh Marathon has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The race was due to take place on May 24, but organizers have announced it will be postponed.Race director Neil Kilgour said a new date for the marathon in the Scottish capital is expected to be announced on Monday, The fledgling football league says the player reported his symptoms to team medical staff on Tuesday and has been in quarantine ever since. He was tested for COVID-19 and received the result Friday.The league says the player participated in the Dragons’ March 7 game against the Roughnecks in Houston and a Feb. 29 game against the BattleHawks in St. Louis. He was asymptomatic at the time.The league says it’s alerting players, staff, vendors and partners associated with the Dragons, Roughnecks and BattleHawks and is monitoring the situation closely.Late Thursday, the XFL canceled the remainder of its season, which had five weeks left.___ Super Rugby organizers have decided to suspend the competition indefinitely after the weekend’s games because of the coronavirus pandemic.SANZAAR, the southern hemisphere rugby body that runs Super Rugby, says Saturday the tournament will be off for the “foreseeable future.” The decision was prompted by the New Zealand government’s directive that people entering from trips overseas, including returning New Zealand citizens, would have to self-isolate for 14 days from Monday.That would make Super Rugby untenable, with the tournament featuring teams from five nations, including five from New Zealand, and involving regular travel between countries. Teams from Australia, Japan, South Africa and Argentina also compete in the competition, which runs from January through to June. Sampdoria midfielder Fabio Depaoli has announced he’s tested positive for COVID-19.He’s the 10th Serie A player confirmed positive and the sixth at Sampdoria.While Sampdoria said in a statement earlier Saturday that it would not announce any more updates about its players “to avoid news leaks and useless alarmism” since “all the lads are well,” Depaoli revealed his positive test on social media.Depaoli writes in Italian on Instagram, “Unfortunately I’ve tested positive for COVID-19. But I want to reassure you that I’m OK! This invisible monster is hitting us indiscriminately, but by adopting the correct measures and following medical advice, we can win our biggest match and return stronger than before.”The five other Sampdoria players who tested positive are: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby. The Italian soccer players’ association says it is “saddened and outraged” that clubs are still calling on their players to attend training sessions.In a statement, the players’ association notes that “some clubs” are bringing in players to train in small groups, “or, even worse, for daily checks of their temperature.”Italy is the European country hit worst by the virus, where the number of virus cases climbed to over nearly 20,000, with more than 1,000 deaths. The government in Rome has ordered an unprecedented lockdown, ordering businesses to close and restricting people’s movement.The lockdown has suspended all sports in the country through at least April 3.The players’ association says that forcing players to leave their homes “is a shamefully irresponsible act,” adding that if it’s being done just to receive a refusal by the players in order to cut salary payments “it means that we’re scraping the bottom of the barrel of dignity.” Abe says Japan is continuing to “coordinate well” with the International Olympic Committee, adding: “We have to overcome the spread of the infection and want to hold the Olympics and Paralympics as planned.”The Olympic Games are scheduled to take place from July 24-Aug. 9, and the Paralympics Aug. 25-Sept. 6.Abe says the virus outbreak has not reached a point in Japan that requires him to declare a national emergency like the United States and parts of Europe.___1:40 p.m.center_img The players’ association has been at odds with clubs over the virus for weeks, first arguing for the games to be stopped before the government-issued suspension on Monday.___3 p.m.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says his country still intends to host the Olympic Games in Tokyo as planned.Abe says there were no discussions about postponing or canceling the games during talks with U.S. President Donald Trump, who suggested this week that Japan should consider postponing the Olympics because of the spread of the coronavirus. The International Triathlon Union has suspended all of its competitions and activities from Monday to the end of April.Major events postponed include the second world series event in Bermuda on April 18-19, and four World Cups in the United States, New Zealand, Brazil and Mexico.“World Triathlon will continue working during this time to try to reallocate the events after the 30th of April when possible, and will work with all stakeholders to undertake further actions if needed regarding the Olympic and Paralympic qualification rankings,” the ITU said.___3:50 pm. “It is the moment to act responsibly and to stay home,” Messi wrote on Instagram on Saturday.The Barcelona star added: “We are worried by what is happening and we want to help by putting ourselves in the place of those who are having the most difficulties, either because they or their families or friends are directly affected, or because they are working on the frontline in hospitals.”Spain is tightening controls on movement and closing shops as it struggles to stem a peak in virus infections that has surpassed 5,000 people. ___5 p.m. The Latest: XFL player tests positive for coronavirus “We believe that in the current unprecedented situation this is the only responsible course of action to take,” said Billy Garrett, Director of Sport and Events at Glasgow Life.The mixed doubles and seniors events were to take place in Kelowna, British Columbia, from April 18-25.The women’s world championships in Prince George, British Columbia, were canceled on Thursday.___5:45 p.m. ___10:45 a.m.Two more Fiorentina players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club physiotherapist.The top-tier Italian league soccer team tweets that defender and club captain Germán Pezzella, forward Patrick Cutrone and physiotherapist Stefano Dainelli “are in good health at their homes in Florence.” They were tested after “showing some symptoms.”The club had already announced on Friday that 20-year-old striker Dušan Vlahović tested positive. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):3:30 p.m.The XFL says an unidentified player with the Seattle Dragons has tested positive for coronavirus. With Cutrone and Pezzella added to the list with Vlahović, there are now nine Serie A players who have tested positive. The others are Daniele Rugani of Juventus plus five Sampdoria players: Manolo Gabbiadini, Omar Colley, Albin Ekdal, Antonino La Gumina and Morten Thorsby.Serie A is suspended until at least April 3 as part of a nationwide lockdown in Italy intended to contain the virus.Most people quickly recover from the global virus after experiencing only mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia.___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

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Slowdown: Dodgers unconcerned by velocity dips from Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen

first_imgLOS ANGELES – The Dodgers have leaned heavily on Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen during their postseason runs the past few years.That, as much as the numbers themselves, make it noteworthy that both pitchers showed decreased velocity in their regular season debuts. In his opening day start, Kershaw’s fastball averaged 91 mph, two ticks off his career average. That continued a trend from spring training (even as Kershaw posted a 0.00 spring ERA).And Friday night, Jansen never topped 89 mph in his first inning of the season – an inning that included Joe Panik crushing an 89 mph cutter for the winning home run and joining Paul Goldschmidt as the only players to homer off both Jansen and Kershaw in the same season. Jansen’s cut fastball (which he throws 92 percent of the time) has averaged 93 mph during his career.In both cases, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said the slowdown can be explained and is not setting off alarm bells. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season In Kershaw’s case, it could just be the natural evolution of a pitcher who just turned 30 and has more than 2,000 innings on his arm. By Fangraphs’ measure, Kershaw’s average fastball velocity has declined each of the past three years – from 93.6 in 2015 to 93.1 in 2016 and a career-low 92.7 last year.“I don’t know,” Kershaw said when asked about Thursday’s 91 mph average. “I’d always like to throw harder. I’d like to throw 100 if you let me.”Jansen did not handle questions about his velocity with as much humor as Kershaw. Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire center_img Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start The Dodgers closer responded “Who cares?” to questions about his failure to top 90 mph after the loss Friday night. Roberts offered an explanation that a dip in velocity is almost always associated with a problem in Jansen’s delivery.Jansen rejected that explanation in the emotion following Friday’s loss. But Saturday afternoon, he was in the Dodgers’ bullpen early working on those mechanics. He acknowledged that he was “out of sync” Friday.“I was trying too hard yesterday,” he said. “It’s like I was young again and was trying to impress, know what I’m saying? I’m not an excuse guy but – first time out after a World Series, this is a learning process too.“It was nothing. I was out of sync. If I figure it out today, you might see 94 and everybody will be like, ‘Why didn’t you do that yesterday?’ People don’t understand. Sometimes your mechanics are out of whack.”It could be “a minor little thing” that puts Jansen’s delivery back in order, Roberts said, and Jansen offered that he had made an adjustment with the way he lifted his front leg.“There have been times when my mechanics are off and I punch out three guys,” Jansen said. “I get away with it. Last night, I didn’t get away with it.”DAY OFFRoberts gave shortstop Corey Seager the day off Saturday, part of a plan to remain mindful of Seager’s elbow issues last season. For his part, Seager said his elbow feels fine and he has had no pain this spring. The Dodgers eased him into spring training, playing him at DH deep into the Cactus League schedule, and Roberts said he intended to give Seager – and each of the Dodgers’ regulars – a day off in the first week of the season.“It just makes sense for his elbow, his body, just kind of getting back in game shape,” Roberts said. “My goal is before the first off day (on Thursday), try to give each of these guys a day off.”With Seager out, Kiké Hernandez started at shortstop, Logan Forsythe moved to second base and Kyle Farmer made his first big-league start at third base. Roberts said the alignment was planned before Forsythe made three errors at third base in Friday’s loss and was not a response to that. Forsythe was the first Dodger to make three errors in a game since Dee Gordon made three at shortstop on August 11, 2013 against the Tampa Bay Rays.“That’ll be the last time, I can assure you, that will happen to Logan,” Roberts said. “Just one of those nights – one I’m sure he wants to forget.”UP NEXT: Giants RHP Chris Stratton (4-4, 3.68 ERA in 2017) at Dodgers LHP Rich Hill (12-8, 3.32 ERA in 2017), 5:30 p.m., ESPN Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies “I think with Clayton there is a little bit of a down tick in velocity,” Roberts said. “Still the swings that guys are taking on him, his command all throughout the spring, the secondary pitches have all been sharp. If you’re looking at strictly velocity with Clayton, I’m really not too concerned about it.“There’s obviously a little more with Kenley. The thing for us is if Kenley says he’s healthy and the training staff and the strength staff say he’s healthy, he’ll be fine. He misfired last night. I know he was frustrated. No one cares more than Kenley. … He was a guy two days after the World Series who was running stairs. So no one cares more than Kenley. There will be an uptick in velocity at some point. As long as he’s healthy and Clayton’s healthy, we’re not too concerned.”Related Articleslast_img read more

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