The Latest: Drew Forbes and Drake Dorbeck of Browns opt out

first_img___The National Women’s Hockey League is pushing back the start of its season from mid-November to January because of the new coronavirus pandemic.The league announced Wednesday it still plans to have teams play a full 20-game season, with the playoffs to conclude by the end of March. Should time permit, the NWHL will schedule holding its traditional midseason all-star game after the playoffs.The NWHL has six teams, with the addition of a Toronto expansion franchise. The league was unable to complete last season, having to cancel the championship game between Boston and Minnesota in mid-March because of COVID-19.The NWHL plans to begin holding optional practices beginning the week of Sept. 21, followed by formal practices a month later. The schedule was determined by the league’s COVID-19 safety committee formed in April. ___FIFA has ratified a coronavirus relief plan that will make $1.5 billion available to soccer communities and national associations around the world.All of the 211 FIFA member associations will receive a $1 million grant “to protect and restart football” and can access interest-free loans of up to $5 million.Each member association will also receive an additional $500,000 grant for women’s soccer during the plan’s third phase.The massive spending plan aims to help men’s and women’s professional soccer as well as youth and grassroots soccer through a system of grants and loans. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Guard Drew Forbes and tackle Drake Dorbeck are the first two Cleveland Browns players who have chosen to opt out for the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus. The 2020 series was curtailed and New Zealand declared champions of the men’s and women’s titles after sports around the world were shuttered in March.Planning for the remaining qualifiers for the postponed Tokyo Olympics is ongoing. Twenty-one of the 24 places in the Olympic tournaments have been confirmed.A dozen teams are set to play in each of the men’s and women’s tournaments in the first half of next year for the remaining spots in Tokyo.The last five stops in the 2020 series were canceled in June.___ Forbes, a sixth-round pick in 2019, was expected to compete for the starting right guard job. He appeared in one game for the Browns last season.Dorbeck is an undrafted rookie out from Southern Mississippi.Earlier, Browns’ head physician Dr. James Voos said players have the complete support of the team if they decide not to play.“The NFL and the NFLPA have utilized the CDC criteria for the high-risk category — players that may have a chronic disease, may have a family member with a chronic disease or may have another type of issue that may put them at risk for the season,’′ Voos said. “We have established those criteria to guide the players to make those best-informed decisions for them and their family.”___ July 29, 2020 ___The Big 12 will hold its football media day online Monday with only the conference’s 10 head coaches available.The coronavirus pandemic forced all major college conferences to cancel their traditional in-person football media days and switch to virtual events. The uncertainty of when and if the season will start then prompted the virtual events to be delayed.The Big 12 will be the first Football Bowl Subdivision conference to conduct a media day, with some of the teams in the conference scheduled to begin play on Aug. 29.___ The Latest: Drew Forbes and Drake Dorbeck of Browns opt out The University of Texas is now exploring how it can host football games at 25% percent stadium capacity instead of the previously announced 50% as the return to campus and the planned start of the season rapidly approaches.Texas officials had told season ticket holders earlier this month they were planning for 50 percent capacity, which would be allowed under statewide orders from Gov. Greg Abbott. That would include nearly 50,000 fans. But Austin’s health authority said Tuesday the 50% plan caught the city off guard and he questioned whether the school should host any fans at games. Texas is scheduled to host South Florida on Sept. 5 and the Big 12 has held out hope it can play a 12-game regular season.In a campus letter Wednesday, Interim President Jay Hartzell said the chairman of the school’s Board of Regents asked the school to plan for a 25% attendance, including students.The state of Texas has seen record numbers of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the month of July. Each of the six soccer confederations will also receive a grant of $2 million.FIFA expects to make the funds available by January 2021.___Three riders competing at the Vuelta a Burgos cycling race in Spain have been dropped from the event after being in contact with someone with the coronavirus.UAE Team Emirates says Colombian riders Sebastian Molano, Cristian Munoz and Camilo Ardila will not start the second stage. New York Giants left tackle Nate Solder has opted out of the 2020 NFL season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Solder, who started every game for the Giants the past two seasons, announced his decision Wednesday on Twitter, citing his son’s ongoing fight with cancer, the recent birth of a baby boy, and his own history with cancer.Under the agreement reached last week between the NFL and the players’ union, players can choose not to play in 2020 without penalty. The opt-out is irrevocable.Solder said he made the decision “to pause this season” after much praying. He will earn $350,000 this season as a high-risk opt out. The 32-year-old was scheduled to make $6.5 million under the four-year, $62 million contract he signed in 2018 after leaving the New England Patriots as a free agent. The deal will now run through 2022.___ ___Spanish soccer club Sevilla says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus.The club has not disclosed the name of the player. It says he has not shown symptoms of COVID-19 and is in good health and isolated at home.Sevilla says the positive result was discovered on Monday. It immediately informed sports and health authorities and temporarily suspended the team’s training sessions. It also disinfected the club’s facilities in accordance with the strict protocols in place because of the pandemic.Sevilla is scheduled to face Roma on Aug. 6 in the Europa League. The Big West Conference is postponing all fall sports through the end of the calendar year.The conference’s board of directors said that men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball will be postponed as well as the fall schedules for men’s and women’s golf along with men’s and women’s tennis.The conference will determine later if conducting fall sports in the spring would be feasible. The decision does not impact basketball, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 10. The Division I conference has 11 members, with all but one based in California.___ Athletic director Greg Byrne says the University of Alabama has taken cost-cutting measures for each department and sport with the coronavirus threatening fall sports.In a letter to fans posted Wednesday on the Crimson Tide’s website, Byrne says the athletic department placed a freeze on hiring for non-coaching jobs because of potential revenue shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic.He says Alabama also is finding ways to save on energy and facility operating costs and is reviewing other steps. The Southeastern Conference hasn’t announced plans for fall sports, including football, which could ultimately mean a limited number of fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.“Under normal operations, a large percentage of our annual budget comes directly from ticket sales and TIDE PRIDE memberships,” Byrne said, referring to Alabama’s ticket priority program.“In the event we have to adopt a modified seating model at Bryant-Denny Stadium, this number will be impacted significantly. While we don’t yet know the effects on individual ticketholders, we do know that we will need your continued and generous support.” The team says they were in contact with a person who turned out to be positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. They have been isolated and sent home in accordance with protocols by the team and international cycling body UCI.The team says the three riders returned two negative tests three days before the race.___The first two stops on the 2021 World Sevens Series rugby circuit have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says the joint events in Dubai from Nov. 26-28 and in Cape Town from Dec. 4-6 have been cut because of the “ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.” More AP sports: and read more

Syracuse gets 10th conference win by pulling away from Boston College late, 69-63

first_imgDesiree Elmore sprung up from her seat on the bench, knowing what came next.The moment Gabrielle Cooper’s 3 from the right wing kissed the net, the Carrier Dome exploded. Elmore kicked up her left leg and swung her right fist down simultaneously, then bounced her way to teammates as SU head coach Quentin Hillsman called a timeout.“Gabby hit a big shot and I took the timeout and I told them,” Hillsman said after the game, “two stops, two buckets, that’s it. … There wasn’t enough possessions for us to lose unless we imploded.”After the game, though, Cooper sat and faced the media, looking subdued as Tiana Mangakahia answered questions about becoming the Atlantic Coast Conference single-season assist leader. When questioned about the shot, Cooper demurred.“It felt good,” Cooper said, looking down, grinning. “Just another shot.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it wasn’t “just another shot.” Cooper’s 3 with 2:10 left in the game gave Syracuse (22-7, 10-6 ACC) the breathing room it never had for the previous 18 minutes of the second half, and put the Orange in position to top an inferior Boston College team (7-22, 2-14), 69-63, on Sunday in the Carrier Dome. Despite rolling out to a moderate lead early in the game, SU let BC scratch and claw its way back into the game, and both squads entered the fourth quarter knotted at 45. Still, Syracuse downed the Eagles for the ninth-straight time.“It was a tough game for us,” Hillsman said. “We didn’t create enough margins. To win games comfortably, you have to create margins.”In the teams’ first meeting this season on Jan. 28, Syracuse cruised into halftime with a 14-point cushion, and by the end of the third quarter, the Orange led by 22. SU finished off the Eagles behind 25 points from Digna Strautmane and 19 more from Mangakahia.The Eagles offense floundered that day, taking 20 fewer shots than Syracuse and making only four 3s.On Sunday, the Orange had no such offensive dominance, taking only seven more shots than the Eagles, and giving up 10 made 3s (seven of which came from Taylor Ortlepp).Syracuse, a team that averaged 73.9 points per game prior to Sunday, struggled to gain the separation it needed from a Boston College side that averaged 57.8.“I never thought this game would be easy,” Hillsman said. “… (BC) did a good job of making shots.”Max Freund | Staff PhotographerThe win comes with extra importance, as it takes SU to 10 wins in the ACC and caps off a streak of five-straight victories to end the season. After then-No. 4 Louisville came and beat Syracuse on Feb. 4, the Orange was under .500 in ACC play for the first time since losing two straight road games in the middle of January. With a 5-6 conference record at that point, head coach Quentin Hillsman’s directive was clear.“We understand that these last five games we have,” Hillsman said on Feb. 4, “I think, are very urgent.”SU didn’t look urgent at times against the Eagles on Sunday. Leading 29-20 with fewer than five minutes to play in the first half, the Orange was in position to keep the pressure on and put an inferior BC team away before halftime, but it didn’t.Instead, SU struggled to get open looks and turned the ball over trying to run its half-court offense. In response, BC gashed SU for two fastbreak layups and set up sharpshooter Milan Bolden-Morris for open looks from the top of the key.After swinging the ball around the arc, a BC wing drove, collapsing the defense and freeing Bolden-Morris for wide open looks from straight away. She knocked down two-straight 3s to cap off a 10-0 Boston College run that put the Eagles ahead, 30-29, with just more than two minutes until halftime.The third quarter was much of the same. Syracuse opened on a 7-0 run to stretch its lead to nine. But after seven more minutes of back-and-forth play, Boston College had come back, and an Ortlepp 3 with 52 seconds left in the third quarter sent both teams to the final stanza with 45 points on the board.“We played a little sloppy this game,” Miranda Drummond said.In the final frame, both teams traded blows. Ortlepp or Bolden-Morris would splash a 3, only to be answered by Cooper on the other end. When a Georgia Pineau jumper brought BC within one, SU knew it needed to find a dagger, and quick.Mangakahia brought the ball down the court, took a hop step and fired the ball down to Amaya Finklea-Guity, who turned and missed a lefty layup. But Drummond had sprinted in from the wing and snatched the ball from two would-be BC rebounders.Drummond broke toward the sideline, curled right, and hit Cooper five feet behind the 3-point line, halfway between the wing and the top of the arc.Cooper made no mistake, and SU had the game in hand. Comments Published on February 25, 2018 at 4:08 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more