The 49ers confirmed a report of the injury by NFL Network on Friday and said they will have a better idea of how long James will be sidelined after he reports to training camp next month. NFL Network said James is expected to miss at least two months.James is the second receiver lost to injury this week for the defending NFC champion 49ers. No. 1 wideout Deebo Samuel underwent surgery Thursday to repair a fracture in his left foot suffered during informal player workouts in Tennessee.In other NFL news:— The New York Jets have agreed to terms with Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims, their second-round draft pick in April, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Mims fits a major need for a Jets offense that lost its top wideout, Robby Anderson, to Carolina in free agency. Chosen 59th overall, Mims will get a four-year deal worth about $5.5 million.— NFL Network and NFL RedZone went dark on DISH Network and Sling TV last night as both sides try to reach a new distribution agreement. The lack of an agreement impacts 11.32 million subscribers. DISH has 9.01 million and Sling TV accounts for another 2.31 million. The NFL is still deep into the offseason with preseason games not scheduled to begin for another two months. UNDATED (AP) — Bradley Beal grabbed a microphone and asked the crowd that joined the Washington Wizards and WNBA’s Washington Mystics on a march to collectively raise a fist into the air and join together in saying “Together we stand.” And they did.Such was the sentiment across sports on Friday, as many teams from the major U.S. pro leagues stopped to commemorate Juneteenth — the celebration of what occurred June 19, 1865, the day that all enslaved Black people in the U.S. learned they had been freed from bondage.The day carried particular importance this year, with teams recognizing the day as important enough to declare it a paid holiday for workers — acknowledging the problems the country is facing after several weeks of protests demanding the elimination of police brutality and racial inequality.Many pro athletes, Black and white, have taken part in those protests.The NBA gave its employees paid time off on Juneteenth for the first time and Commissioner Adam Silver urged league personnel to take the day and think about race relations. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSAP source: MLB spring training sites close amid virus worryEvery team in Major League Baseball will shut its spring training camp over concerns about the coronavirus pandemic, a move that came in the wake of the Philadelphia Phillies announcing five players had tested positive for COVID-19. Associated Press The closures come while MLB owners and players try to negotiate a deal to begin the season and raise the possibility the virus outbreak could scuttle all attempts at starting up this year.A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press the spring complexes in Florida and Arizona will temporarily close because of recent events. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because there wasn’t an official statement.The facilities will undergo a deep cleaning and disinfecting. No one will be permitted back inside without a negative test for the virus.Soon after the Phillies became the first known team to be affected by the outbreak, Toronto shuttered its site in Dunedin, Florida, about five miles from Philadelphia’s camp in Clearwater. The Blue Jays said one player showed symptoms consistent with the virus.The San Francisco Giants’ facility in Scottsdale, Arizona, was shut after one person who had been to the site and one family member exhibited symptoms Thursday. Texas closed its camp about 30 miles away in Surprise, saying no one had tested positive but that it wanted to expand testing protocols. In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— A shortened baseball season would result in some temporary rules changes. Extra innings that start with runners on second base, games ending in ties and re-entry are among the possibilities. And the season may be limited to a maximum 60 games by teams that claim they can’t afford more due to the coronavirus pandemic. MLB included the controversial extra-inning runner rule in its proposal Wednesday for a 60-game season, down from an initial 82, and also wants it for 2021. The players’ association accepted the rule Thursday for 2020 only in its counterproposal for 70 games, down from an initial 114.— Five-time PGA Tour winner Nick Watney tested positive Friday for the coronavirus, the first player with a confirmed infection since golf resumed its schedule last week. Watney withdrew immediately from the RBC Heritage and must self-isolate for at least 10 days under the PGA Tour’s protocols. Watney played the opening round with Vaughn Taylor and Luke List. As part of the contact tracing plan, Taylor, List and their caddies were to be tested immediately.—The NASCAR Cup race at Texas will have thousands of spectators in the stands. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has approved a comprehensive action plan submitted by the track to allow fans for the July 19 race. While the state allows 50% capacity for outdoor sporting events, track president Eddie Gossage says it’s too early to know how many fans will be able to attend. With social distancing protocols in place, the speedway first must reassign seating for people who had already purchased tickets for the race that was originally scheduled for March 29. The track capacity is about 135,000.— An unidentified San Francisco 49ers player has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 after an informal workout with teammates in Tennessee. The NFL Network reported that one player who took part in the workouts this week in Nashville has tested positive. All the players who were there will now get tested to see if there is any spread. The team declined to comment, citing federal and state privacy laws about the personal health of employees. — The Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facilities Thursday after five team employees tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person tells The Associated Press the team and the NHL haven’t announced the closure. The NHL is also no longer announcing which teams’ individual players tested positive. The developments come some two weeks after players could return to their respective facilities to take part in voluntary on- and off-ice workouts.— Canada has approved a National Hockey League plan to play in Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic. The plan required an exemption as the U.S.-Canada border is currently closed to all non-essential travel until at least July 21 and those who enter Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. The league plans to have training camps open in July and to play games without spectators in a couple of cities in late July or August. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s top public health officer as well as the top health officers of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Toronto worked closely with the NHL to approve the plan.— A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) will pay the salaries of the Los Angeles Angels’ furloughed employees in his native Dominican Republic for five months. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Pujols didn’t publicly announce his commitment to pay roughly $180,000 to cover the salaries. The strict budget cuts made by Angels’ owner Arte Moreno during the coronavirus pandemic have included extensive furloughs for scouts, player development staff and minor league employees.SPORTS-JUNETEENTHAround sports world, Juneteenth celebrated like never before The Astros lost their first- and second-round picks this year as part of the penalty issued by Major League Baseball for their sign-stealing scandal.TRANSGENDER-SPORTS BAN-IDAHO-LAWSUITTrump administration backs Idaho transgender sports banBOISE, Idaho (AP) — A recently passed Idaho law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports — the first such law in the nation — received backing on Friday from the administration of President Donald Trump.The support came in the form of a court filing submitted by the U.S. Department of Justice, saying a federal judge considering a lawsuit challenging the ban should conclude that the law does not violate the U.S. Constitution. AMERICA PROTESTS-SPORTSTwins remove ex-owner Griffith statue over racist remarksUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have removed a statue of former owner Calvin Griffith at Target Field, citing racist remarks he made in 1978.Griffith’s statue was one of several installed when the team opened its ballpark in 2010. Griffith moved the Washington Senators to Minnesota for the 1961 season, and the team was renamed the Twins. During a 1978 speech to a Waseca Lions club, Griffith said he decided to make the move when he found out there only had 15,000 blacks there. The team says it “cannot remain silent and continue ignoring the racist comments he made in Waseca.”Spokesman Dustin Morse said the removal was an internal decision, but the team had “certainly heard from outside fans and the community over the years” about Griffith’s remarks. MLB-ASTROS-CORREA’S BROTHERAstros sign Correa’s brother as undrafted free agentHOUSTON (AP) — The Houston Astros have signed second baseman J.C. Correa (kor-AY-ah), getting the brother of star shortstop Carlos Correa on the third try.The Astros signed the younger Correa for $20,000, the maximum allowed for an undrafted free agent.Houston had picked Correa in the later rounds of the last two drafts. This year’s draft was drastically cut to only five rounds because of the coronavirus pandemic. Correa hit .245 in 14 games as a senior for Lamar University this year before the season was shortened by the virus. In 2019, he led the school with a .332 batting average, 10 home runs and 44 RBIs. — A group of Black Major League Soccer players has formed a coalition to address systematic racism in their communities and bring about change within the league. The coalition is the result of an Instagram group that began after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, which spawned a wave of nationwide protests against racism and policy brutality. Started by Toronto FC defender Justin Morrow, the group grew to some 70 MLS players, who decided to act and the Black Players Coalition of MLS was born. — The NCAA is expanding its policy banning states with prominent Confederate symbols from hosting its sponsored events. The current ban, in place since 2001, prevents states from hosting what the NCAA calls predetermined sites, such as men’s basketball tournament games. Mississippi is the only state currently affected by the policy. The expanded policy means that even when sites of games are determined by performance as they are in sports such as baseball and women’s basketball, Mississippi schools will not be permitted to host NCAA tournament games.NFL-NEWS49ers wide receiver Richie James Jr. breaks right wristUNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers receiver Richie James Jr. has broken his right wrist during offseason workouts and won’t be ready to return to the field until after the start of training camp. The ban prohibits transgender students who identify as female from playing on female teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. The ban does not apply to men’s teams.The American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Voice women’s rights group that filed the lawsuit in April, contending the law violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause because it is discriminatory. Griffith sold the Twins to banker Carl Pohlad in 1984.In other developments related to the national protests against racial injustice:—The Washington Post editorial board is calling on Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder to change his football club’s name. Under the headline, “Change the name of the Washington NFL team. Now,” the newspaper says in an editorial posted online Friday that if Snyder won’t switch the nickname, the professional football league itself ought to do so. The Post says, “This should be an easy call” and urges Snyder or the NFL to “get on the right side of history.” Snyder has owned the team since 1999 and steadfastly refused to consider a change to the nickname.— The agency that manages RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., removed a statue of George Preston Marshall, who moved the team from Boston to Washington. Marshall resisted integrating the team with Black players until “forced to do so” in 1962, according to his biography on the Pro Football Hall of Fame website. Marshall was inducted into the Hall in 1963; he died in 1969. Events DC officials called the removal on Friday “a small and overdue step on the road to lasting equality and justice.” A Redskins spokesman did not immediately comment.— Former NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick (KAP’-ur-nihk) is helping to fund the cost of legal representation for some protesters who were arrested during demonstrations in the days after George Floyd’s death. The Star Tribune reports that Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Foundation has donated what’s described as a “substantial” sum to attorneys nationwide. Kaepernick is the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who took a knee in 2016 during the national anthem to protest police brutality. June 19, 2020 Update on the latest sports
With the 2005 fall crew season underway, the UW men’s and women’s rowing teams are looking forward to a weekend of competition together at the 17th annual Head of the Iowa regatta in Iowa City, Iowa.Wisconsin will be bringing more than a hundred participants to the race in which the men’s and women’s varsity, the women’s lightweights, and novice rowers will all be competing. Women’s head coach Bebe Bryans called it “one big Badger extravaganza.”Both teams have started strong this fall season, having competed against not only other collegiate teams, but also very skilled club teams, many made up of past collegiate rowers and even Olympians.The men’s team and women’s lightweight varsity team raced last weekend at the prestigious Head of the Charles regatta in Boston among fierce competition in cold and rainy weather conditions.In the men’s season-opening event, the team brought only two boats, one eight and one four. The Badgers placed 6th overall and 2nd behind Harvard, among the collegiate teams, in the Championship Four race. In the Championship Eight race, Wisconsin placed 9th overall and 4th among the collegiate competition.Considering sophomores don’t usually compete in such elite races this early in the season, Clark was particularly impressed with the performances of sophomores Derek Rasmussen in the four boat and Joe McMullin in the eight boat.”Everybody rose to the occasion,” men’s head coach Chris Clark said.The women’s lightweight eight team placed 1st among collegiate teams — edging out Wisconsin’s rival Princeton — and placed 3rd overall.”I was very happy with the team’s performance, especially for an early season race,” varsity lightweight coach Mary Shofner said. “It is a testament to their work offseason with conditioning and their strength of stroke this early on.”Shofner has four seniors who were members of both the 2003 and 2004 lightweight eight national championship teams returning this year for the Badgers, including coxswain Erin Specht, Anaya Drew, Mary Higgins and Andrea Ryan.”They’re currently as fast as last year’s team and on target to possibly be faster,” Shofner said. “There’s always room for improvement.”The last time the women’s openweights competed was Oct. 9 at the Head of the Rock regatta. After a slow start to the day, Wisconsin’s “A” boat recorded a big win over Big Ten rival Minnesota in the openweight eight. The Head of the Rock also marked the first opportunity for the novices to see action in a race this year.”It was really exciting to watch,” Bryans said. “They looked fabulous for this time in the season … a great addition to the team.”Based on the race setup at the Head of the Iowa, both the men’s and women’s teams plan on racing in many of the events, with most of the Badgers competing in multiple events. “We want to get as many people as we can to get good, quality racing,” Clark said. “As much as we always want to win, this is more about getting everybody in the water and getting a chance to race.”The Wisconsin men will see their toughest competition on the water this weekend in Colorado and Minnesota. The women’s openweight team expects a challenge from Big Ten rival Iowa.”We’re just going to race our brains out, we are our toughest critics,” Bryans said.The competition is more of a challenge for the lightweight team, considering most lightweights don’t compete in these types of races in the fall, meaning the Badgers will be racing against mostly openweight boats.The Head of the Iowa is the first opportunity for the men and women’s teams to race at the same event this season.”The new boathouse has really brought us together,” Clark said. “It’s the first time for everybody to see each other race … there are six separate teams, but each is part of a much bigger picture.”
The side will be captained by Quirke of the Moyle Rovers club.Tipp Manager Liam Cahill says they learned from last years opening defeat to Limerick that a win is vital to get their season on track and allow them to build their squad.Tomorrow nights game throw’s in at 7 o’clock in Semple Stadium. The Tipperary team to play Waterford in the Munster Minor Hurling Championship quarter final tomorrow night includes a number of players who played in last years competition.It features four of the side that played against Limerick in the opening tie last year.Stephen Quirke, Darragh Peters, Jack Skehan and Alan Tynan all bring experience to the side.
The West Tipp club were beaten 18-12 in Bandon in a 3rd Round tie.The victors go on to play UCC in the next round.
Accra Hearts of Oak shifted its training base from the Accra Technical Training College Park to the University of Ghana, Legon Park, on Friday. The first session held at the Legon Park on Friday, 7th February, 2014 was the first training of the Club after the mid-week defeat to Wa All Stars.Board Member Frank Nelson Nwokolo, Managing Director Neil Armstrong Mortagbe, and Public Relations Officer Muheeb Saeed were in attendance to lift the morale of the team.Head Coach Mohammed Polo used almost an hour of the first training session at the Legon Park to cheer his team up and spoke at length on how best the players could lift the spirit of the team by putting up good performances in the subsequent matches.Team Hearts will be travelling to Dormaa on Saturday as guests of Aduana Stars in the match-day 17 of the First Capital Bank Premier League. Hearts will train at the Legon Park on Monday ahead of the fixture, and will be using the Legon Park as its training base for the remainder of the season.
Sunday Oliseh has come out to attack his critics which according to him, is made up of his ‘former colleagues’.In new videos released by Oliseh, he described his critics as being insane. He said the critics, who he described as ‘armchair’ critics, are pained and should go for coaching courses if they want to launch their own careers.Watch the video below: –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Antonio Brown just doesn’t know when to quit (other than Week 17). His ongoing dispute with former Steelers safety and current ESPN personality Ryan Clark continues to drag on, despite Brown now being on a new team in Oakland.After a Twitter user called out Clark for rarely being accurate in his analysis of the Steelers, Clark tweeted back that he was spot-on in his previous analysis of Pittsburgh’s need to move on from Brown back in January. In the interview, Clark said, “This is where Mike Tomlin has to put his foot down and shop Antonio Brown. . . . This is about the fabric of the team. This is about the guy that goes Facebook Live as your coach is talking and leaks information outside the locker room that never should be there. This is about the guy publicly talks about not getting the ball or issues with the offensive coordinator. . . . At some point, when you’re an organization that’s built on ‘team,’ that’s built on integrity, you have to show the rest of the locker room that.”Brown responded to a clip of the interview on ESPN’s Instagram account with the words “Uncle Tom.”Clark said that he didn’t believe Brown fully understood what he wrote and that those were just his initial reactions, but clearly, things have not simmered down between the two. The Raiders will kick off their season Sept. 9, hosting Denver, coincidentally on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” MORE: NFL Mock Draft: SN’s Vinnie Iyer predicts the first three roundsHahahahaha!! So you missed the whole Antonio Brown thing? Yea, you are one of those folks!!! What I’m lying for? BTW. My opinion isn’t about true or false. It’s my opinion https://t.co/nRIly9P77l— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) April 24, 2019Brown may have push notifications on for Clark’s tweets, as he quickly responded, perhaps threatening to escalate things with Clark the next time they meet face-to-face.Bro stop mentioning my name I know it get u clout keep that same analysis energy next time we meet it’s on site ain’t gone spare u https://t.co/ks4YVRFLTx— Antonio Brown (@AB84) April 25, 2019Clark was not about to back down, setting up an awkward date the next time ESPN covers a Raiders game.Was never looking to be spared and you know that!!! Look forward to it. I ain’t hard to find. Shoot, you have a jet!! https://t.co/wB8uCMscVy— Ryan Clark (@Realrclark25) April 25, 2019The “beef” dates to Week 17 of the 2018 NFL season when Brown voluntarily skipped practices leading into the Steelers’ final game and was subsequently suspended. In an interview that night on “SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt,” Clark discussed how the Steelers and Brown can’t coexist.
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by Malik Vincent For New Pittsburgh Courier From 1983-87, Curtis Aiken was a star guard on the Pitt men’s basketball team. He was named to the University’s All-Centennial second team. The former McDonald’s All-American was the first-ever that the Panthers signed in their over 100-year history.Now it’s time for his daughter to shine. MAKING HER MARK—Junior guard Alexis Aiken of North Allegheny goes to the hoop against Oakland Catholic. Aiken, the daughter of former Pitt star Curtis Aiken scored 11 points in the Lady Tigers 62-45 loss to Oakland Catholic, Jan. 10. (Photo by William McBride) Alexis Aiken is currently the second leading scorer for the North Allegheny Girls basketball team, averaging 11 points a game and has added a solid 5.7 rebounds per game.“She is one of the nicest kids we have,” North Allegheny coach Sherri McConnell said. “The scoring is something that we like but, as a coach, I appreciate how she works hard and plays solid defense.”The 5-foot-7 junior has garnered the interest of nearly a dozen Division I programs. Her father said that he did everything he could to give her the opportunity to play “whatever sport that she desired.” She chose basketball—a decision that he is “very excited about.” But will she follow his footsteps in going to the University that deemed him a legend?“I’m a Pitt guy,” Curtis said, who scored a 21st-best 1,200 points for the Panthers. “I’m still very close to the coaching staffs on both the men and women’s sides. I’d be able to better say if it were closer to decision time. But would I like it if she went there, absolutely.”Alexis has a bit of a contrasting opinion.“I’m not sure if I want to be so close,” she said. “I’ve had a couple of conversations with Pitt, but I just want to focus on what is ahead of me in my junior season. I’d also, ideally, like to go some place where I am guaranteed some steady playing time, if not a starting role.”North Allegheny’s only losses came in their section 3-AAAA conference to Shaler on 1/4 and, most recently, to Oakland Catholic six days later on Jan. 10. Aiken scored 11 points and pulled down nine boards.“The nine rebounds were obviously huge,” McConnell said. “I was real impressed with how she played in that game. She played really hard. I was real pleased with the effort.”When asked how she feels about carrying on her father’s legacy, she acknowledges that it “motivates her to work harder to achieve her goals.”Her father took no hesitation to point out the fact that his daughter excels in the classroom. As a local business owner, Curtis Aiken serves as the president, CEO, and founder of ProTech Compliance, Inc.—a company that specializes in vendor access opportunities in healthcare, banking, and other financial institutions. He graduated with a degree from Pitt in communications=.“I am happy and pleased, in terms of her academics,” he said. “She’s got a 3.9 GPA. Her performance in the classroom is something that has got me real excited.”Some of the schools that have shown interest in Alexis are Akron, St. Francis, Central Connecticut, Toledo, Kent State, Miami (Ohio), and Northeastern.(Malik Vincent can be reached at email@example.com.)
:08 Here’s why you can’t trust “Them”! When Plaxico Buress went to jail for shooting his own leg, “They” said good. Then “They” said his career was over and he would never play again. And then when he got out of jail “They” said no one would touch him with a 10 foot pole. Now “They” are mad because he didn’t sign with the Steelers…C’mon man, “You guys” can’t have it both ways. You know who “you” are!!!:07 It’s Steeler Timer…Let’s get ready to RRRUUUMMMBBBLLLEEE! I guarantee we will be back in the Super Bowl and remember, “Revenge is best served cold!”:06 I don’t know the name of the old worst movie of all time, but the new worst movie of all time is “Cowboys versus Aliens.” You know I keep you posted on what to see. Please, please, please, please, in the name of the late great James Brown (The Godfather of Soul for you suburban readers) do not, I repeat, do not go see this movie! They took pieces from Alien I, II and III, the Magnificent Seven and any James Bond and Star Wars movie, shook it up in a Hollywood bag and threw it at the screen. (No not L.C. Greenwood “Hollywood Bags” you nitwit).:05 I know you all don’t really care, at least you pretend that you don’t, but Hines Ward and Kym Johnson, his Dancing with the Stars partner, are hooked up. She’s been in Pittsburgh way too much. That show’s been over for two months. She’s got the boy driving and drinking. You know that’s love…take it to the bank.):04 Best weekend ever? The Connie Hawkins Middle School Boys Tournament and Championship won by Imani Christian Academy over Pittsburgh Pressure and the Champions! Armon Gilliam Memorial Youth Summer Basketball Camp, over 200 outstanding young people in total. It was fantastic. (Details on both programs coming next week.):03 Next up, The Champions Mixed Doubles Celebrity Tennis Tournament, Labor Day Monday, at the Highland Park Tennis Courts. All combos welcome. Call The Champions to register. 412-628-4856.:02 If it’s First Friday, it’s old school par-tay time at the Club Health and Fitness Center in Monroeville. This Friday, Aug. 5 (That’s right. It’s August already.) Starring the Diamond Models, The Legendary Truly Yours Models and D.J. MeanGee. And on top of all that, it’s Renea and Foxy Roxy’s birthday. You missed the par-tays all summer. Don’t miss this one. Call Five Starr Corp. for information at 412-628-4856.:01 Pittsburgh Pirates listen to me and listen good. Do not go into a slump when the Steelers get it crackin…These make believe fans will leave you faster than “JLo” left Mark Anthony. How do you cheat on Jennifer Lopez! I don’t get it!?!?DOUBLE OVERTIME:00 Big, Big Shout-out to the Champions crew for this past week of basketball history. Alia Carter and the girls, Alex, Anthony, Coach Warren Wilson, Coach Gene Wilson, Coach Ben, Coach D.J., Coach William Burgess, Coach Mike and huge props to Jay and the fabulous Penn Hills YMCA and their tremendous staff. HOO-RAH!!!GAME OVER BILL NEAL :10 Randy Moss says he’s done. I don’t believe it…I think he’s testing the money waters and staying out of pre-season training camp. But if he does retire, he will be a first-round Hall of Fame lock and will finish as one of the 10 best wide receivers of all time.:09 Speaking of 10 best of all time…and I was, I saw the great Lynn Swann recently. Old school knows him as one of the top ten wide receivers of all time, if not top 5, but young folks know him as the owner of the Pittsburgh Power Arena Football team and “that guy” that ran for governor. Hey young folks, check your virtual history and you’ll find that Swann was, in fact, the greatest Super Bowl receiver of all time and by the looks of him, he could still turn in a Super Bowl performance!! Jerry Rice who?