Scoreboard roundup — 4/3/18

first_img Written by April 4, 2018 /Sports News – National Scoreboard roundup — 4/3/18 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from yesterday’s sports events:     INTERLEAGUE Final  Seattle   6  San Francisco   4 Final  Boston    4  Miami           2, 13 Innings       AMERICAN LEAGUE Final  Kansas City   1  Detroit         0 Final  N-Y Yankees  11  Tampa Bay       4 Final  Toronto      14  Chi White Sox   5 Final  Houston      10  Baltimore       6 Final  Texas         4  Oakland         1 Final  L-A Angels   13  Cleveland       2     NATIONAL LEAGUE Final  N-Y Mets    2  Philadelphia   0 Final  Atlanta    13  Washington     6 Final  Milwaukee   5  St. Louis      4 Final  Arizona     6  L-A Dodgers    1 Final  San Diego   8  Colorado       4  Chi Cubs  at  Cincinnati   6:40 p.m., postponed     NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Final  Philadelphia   121  Brooklyn        95 Final  Cleveland      112  Toronto        106 Final  Orlando         97  N-Y Knicks      73 Final  Miami          101  Atlanta         98 Final  Milwaukee      106  Boston         102 Final  Golden State   111  Oklahoma City  107 Final  Houston        120  Washington     104 Final  Chicago        120  Charlotte      114 Final  Dallas         115  Portland       109 Final  Utah           117  L.A. Lakers    110 Final  Denver         107  Indiana        104 Final  Phoenix         97  Sacramento      94 Final  L.A. Clippers  113  San Antonio    110      NATIONAL HOCKEY LEAGUE Final OT  Columbus        5  Detroit        4 Final  New Jersey      5  N-Y Rangers    2 Final  N-Y Islanders   5  Philadelphia   4 Final  Florida         2  Nashville      1 Final OT  Winnipeg        5  Montreal       4 Final  Tampa Bay       4  Boston         0 Final  Arizona         4  Calgary        1 Final SO  Vegas           5  Vancouver      4 Final  Dallas          4  San Jose       2Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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Track Roundup: 5/9

first_imgThe Juab boys earned the 4 x 400 crown (3:35.90) while the Wasps in this event were Coltin Fletcher, Dason Day, Tyler Dinkel and Brigham Perry. Oran Finlinson also won the boys’ 400-meter dash title (52.29) for Delta. The Juab girls took the 4 x 100 relay title (50.68) as the Wasps were represented by Demi Jackson, Jakell Oliver, Bayli Heap and Ronnie Walker. BLANDING, Utah-Thursday, at the Region 19 track and field championship meet hosted by San Juan High School, the Wayne Badgers’ boys (72.5 points) and girls (114 points) each placed second. Monticello’s boys (194 points) and girls (124 points) each took region crowns. The Delta boys took the 4 x 100 title (45.04) with Oran Finlinson, William Finlinson, Trey Brough and Derek Smith representing the Rabbits in this event. Hali Peterson gave the Badgers a key win in the girls’ 200-meter dash (29.15) with Brynnli Nelson taking the region title in the 100-meter hurdles (17.41) for Wayne. Nelson also won the title in the girls’ javelin (96-08). Delta’s girls took the 4 x 400 relay title (4:17.87). They were represented in this event by Savannah Nielson, Megan Atkinson, Jordyn Nielson and Adi Nielson. The Badgers will continue their season May 17 and 18 at the state track and field championships at Brigham Young University in Provo. Brooklynn Hunter of Juab (5 feet-4 inches) is the girls’ high jump champion to conclude the meet. Dason Day of Juab (10:25.12) took the boys’ 3200-meter run title for Region 14. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailRegion 14 Track & Field Championship Meet Delta’s Derek Smith is the 100-meter dash champion for the boys (11.16). Smith also took the 200-meter dash title (23.32). Delta’s boys narrowly missed out on the sweep, posting 148 points. Meanwhile, Juab’s girls were far behind Delta with 129 points as the Rabbits cruised to victory. Savannah Nielson of Delta took the title in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles (16.67 seconds) and Adi Nielson earned the title in the 300-meter hurdles (45.37) for the Rabbits. Adi Nielson also won the girls’ 400-meter dash title (58.29). Hanna Williams gave the Wayne girls another region crown in the high jump (4 feet-10 inches). Ty Durbin of Juab is the discus champion for Region 14 (119-07). Region 19 Track & Field Championships Tags: Track Paityn Callister of Delta took the girls’ discus crown (106-05) and Juab’s Zac Cowan earned the boys’ javelin crown (166-01). Ronnie Walker of Juab was the girls’ 100-meter (12.39) and 200-meter dash (26.03) champion for Region 14. Walker also won the girls’ long jump title (18-01.75). May 10, 2019 /Sports News – Local Track Roundup: 5/9 Wyatt Van Orden took the title in the boys’ long jump (21-04) and the Wayne girls won the 4 x 400 relay title (5:43.95). Regrettably, we do not have the names of the Badgers who excelled in this event. Trey Brough of Delta is the boys’ long jump champion (21-04.00) and Clarence Kool of Juab won the boys’ shot put crown (40-00.50). Jaymen Brough is the boys’ 300-meter hurdles champion (41.31) giving the Rabbits another title. Brough also won the boys’ high jump title (6 feet-2 inches). NEPHI, Utah-Thursday, Juab’s boys (149 points) and Delta’s girls (164 points) each secured Region 14 titles during the final day of competition at the Region 14 championship meet at Juab High School. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more

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Prep Sports Roundup: 2/7

first_img Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBoys BasketballRegion 14MANTI, Utah-Jordan Blauer posted 20 points and 6 rebounds on 5-7 shooting and 8-8 from the foul line as the Manti Templars smacked the North Sanpete Hawks 75-33 Friday in Region 14 boys basketball action.The Templars conclude the regular season at 21-1 and 12-0 in Region 14 play and captured the region championship, going away. Manti shot 85.7 percent (18-21) at the foul line.Manti, who will be the No. 1 seed in the 3-A state tournament in all likelihood, shot 55.6 percent (25-45) for the game and also received 14 points on 6-8 from the field from Kevin Clark. Trevin Morley had 7 points on 3-6 from the field for the Hawks, who fell to 7-14 and 4-8 in Region 14 play to end their regular season.Blauer was among six seniors honored on Senior Night for the Templars. The others were Tyler Thomson, Conner Christiansen, Kevin Clark, Konner Clark and Isaac Cluff.NEPHI, Utah-Ty Allred stepped up with 22 points and the Juab Wasps smacked Maeser Prep 81-52 in Region 14 boys basketball action Friday. Matt Miller’s 13 points led the Lions in defeat.Region 12MONROE, Utah-Josh Thalman amassed 37 points and 6 rebounds, making six 3-pointers, as the Richfield Wildcats clobbered South Sevier 74-32 in Region 12 boys basketball action Friday. Brandt Williams had 17 points in the loss for the Rams.Region 16ALTAMONT, Utah-Braxton Sylvester and Harley Hill had 11 points apiece and the Gunnison Valley Bulldogs routed Altamont 58-32 Friday in Region 16 boys basketball action. Cordale Taylor had 13 points in the loss for the Longhorns.DUCHESNE, Utah-Marshall Okerlund led the way with 20 points and the North Sevier Wolves edged Duchesne 64-60 in Region 16 boys basketball action Friday. Brock Adams, Jordan Clayburn and Kason Grant had 13 points apiece for the Eagles in defeat.Region 18BEAVER, Utah-Ky Brown netted 22 points and the Beaver Beavers smacked Parowan 43-38 Friday in Region 18 boys basketball action. Max Topham had 13 points and 9 rebounds for the Rams in defeat.KANAB, Utah-Nathaniel “Hoss” Houston amassed 15 points as the Kanab Cowboys bested Millard 61-47 in Region 18 boys basketball action Friday. Tyce Davies paced the Eagles in the loss with 13 points.Girls BasketballRegion 16DUCHESNE, Utah-Brinley Mason stepped up with 18 points and the North Sevier Wolves waxed Duchesne 40-25 Friday in Region 16 girls basketball action. Baylee Clayburn had 6 points for the Eagles in the loss.ALTAMONT, Utah-Alyssa Abbott posted 17 points as the Altamont Longhorns edged Gunnison Valley 56-53 in Region 16 girls basketball action Friday. Kaylee Dyreng’s 22 points led the Bulldogs in the loss.Region 20JUNCTION, Utah-Kassidy Westwood led the way with 20 points and the Piute Thunderbirds hammered Escalante 69-47 in Region 20 girls basketball action Friday. Kenzie Lyman led the Moquis in defeat with 17 points.PANGUITCH, Utah-Jaycee Rose netted 15 points as the Milford Tigers pounded Panguitch 68-38 Friday in Region 20 girls basketball action. Kiesa Miller had 21 points for the Bobcats in the loss.BICKNELL, Utah-Abby Stevens posted 25 points and 6 rebounds as the Wayne Badgers routed Valley 71-54 in Region 20 girls basketball action Friday. Hannah Williams added 20 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds in the win for the Badgers. Esther Cox and Paige Harris had 14 points apiece in defeat for the Buffaloes.TROPIC, Utah-Melissa Jessop had 20 points as the Water Canyon Wildcats edged Bryce Valley 41-40 in Region 20 girls basketball action Friday. Oakley Johnson led the Mustangs with 18 points in the loss. Tags: Roundup February 7, 2020 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 2/7 Written bylast_img read more

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MLB postpones the start of the season amid coronavirus outbreak

first_imgMarch 13, 2020 /Sports News – National MLB postpones the start of the season amid coronavirus outbreak Beau Lund,March 13, 2020 /Sports News – National MLB postpones the start of the season amid coronavirus outbreak FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock (NEW YORK) — As more people across the United States test positive for the novel coronavirus, the health emergency is forcing changes to major sporting events. Major League Baseball announced Monday the 2020 season will be postponed indefinitely over coronavirus concerns.MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred spoke with the heads of all 30 teams and they agreeded to adhere to the Center for Disease Control’s order that bars gatherings larger than 50 people, the league said in a statement.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” MLB said in a statement.The National Baseball Hall of Fame also announced that it will cancel all Hall of Fame Classic Weekend events that were scheduled for the end of May in Cooperstown, New York, including the annual legends game.NASCAR postpones 2 weeks of races“NASCAR has decided to postpone the race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend and Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend,” the racing association announced Friday. “We believe this decision is in the best interest of the safety and well-being of our fans, competitors, officials and everyone associated with our sport. We will continue to monitor this dynamic situation as we assess future race events.”Boston Marathon postponed until SeptemberThe 2020 Boston Marathon, which was initially scheduled for April 20, has been postponed until Sept. 14, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday.2020 Masters Tournament postponedPlayers in the hunt for the coveted green jacket will have to wait a little longer before they can drive up Magnolia Lane and on to the pristine greens of Augusta National this year.Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, released a statement Friday that “under these unique circumstances” with the coronavirus outbreak “we have decided at this time to postpone the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.”“Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision. We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date,” Ridley continued.Augusta National will continue to work with the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health officials and local authorities.The golf club’s decisions come on the heels of an announcement from the PGA to cancel all scheduled Tour events through the first weekend of April.NBA suspended for at least 30 daysFollowing the announcement Wednesday that the NBA would suspend its season indefinitely, the league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, said in a letter Thursday that the “hiatus will last at least 30 days and we intend to resume the season, if and when it becomes safe for all concerned.”The league made the announcement after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert was reported to be infected with novel coronavirus. The Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game was suspended midway through the contest, though Gobert never traveled to the arena.“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”Earlier Wednesday, in San Francisco, the mayor banned all group events over 1,000 people to slow the spread of the virus.The Golden State Warriors had announced — prior to the league’s suspension — that its Thursday night game in San Francisco against the Brooklyn Nets would be played without fans.“It’s a shock for sure,” Warriors star Steph Curry said Wednesday.PGA Tour cancels The Players Championship, events through April“It is with regret that we are announcing the cancellation of THE PLAYERS Championship. We have also decided to cancel all PGA TOUR events across all of our Tours in the coming weeks, through the Valero Texas Open,” the Tour announced late Thursday.The decision came hours after PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said at a press conference that tour events would proceed as scheduled, but without fans.The Players Championship was set to begin Friday at TPC Sawgrass and Tour events will be impacted through April 5.Monahan assured fans Thursday after the initial decision that the PGA Tour is “committed to providing refunds” for patrons who had tickets for this weekend’s tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.In the wake of the new travel advisories that President Trump announced Wednesday, Monahan said the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will be postponed due to potential logistical issues for players and staff who travel internationally, which could limit the Tour’s “ability to successfully stage the event.”The PGA Tour said it has a protocol in place with its volunteer force and local health officials if a player or individual requests to be tested. Tour personnel can “make that happen and make certain there are resources in place for that situation if it were to intensify,” he said.While he did not reveal any specific protocols or decisions surrounding The Masters, Monahan said that he has “been in frequent discussion with Augusta [National Golf Club] and will leave it to Augusta to share their thinking.”The Tour has had a team in place “carefully monitoring and assessing the situation and its implications for several weeks,” Monahan said of the coronavirus pandemic, and has weighed all the options in collaboration with Tour partners and members.NCAA cancels March Madness tournamentsNCAA President Mark Emmert announced that the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and all remaining NCAA winter and spring championships have been canceled.“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the NCAA said in a statement.The move came shortly after the Athletic Coast Conference suspended all games, practices and other activities in NCAA championships.“This is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority. This decision is aimed to protect from the further spread of COVID-19, ” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. MLB delays opening day, suspends spring trainingMLB said on Thursday it would suspend spring training games and delay the start of the regular season by two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.“This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, clubs and our millions of loyal fans,” the league said in a statement.The league said it is preparing contingency plans for the 2020 schedule and announce updates as they become available.“Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our players, employees and fans. MLB will continue to undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts,” the league said in a statement.Additionally, the World Baseball Classic qualifying games in Tucson, Arizona, were postponed.Arsenal FC coach tests positiveMikel Arteta, the head coach of Arsenal Football Club in England’s Premier League, has tested positive for coronavirus and personnel who had direct contact with him — including the team members — have gone into self-isolation, the team announced.The affected Arsenal staff include the full first-team squad, the coaching staff and “a smaller number of people from our Hale End” training center, the team said in a statement.“This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed,” Arteta said in a statement.Staff members who didn’t have close contact with the coach will return to work in the next couple of days, and all training facilities will be closed to undergo deep cleaning, according to the team.Arsenal officials warned that upcoming games may have to be postponed, but they would provide fans with updates as they get them.NFL cancels annual meetingNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told teams that he would cancel the league’s annual meeting that was scheduled from March 29 to April 1.“There will be full consideration and votes on any open football issues, including playing rules, bylaws, and resolutions, as well as other business matters, that were on the agenda for the Annual Meeting, at the Spring meeting scheduled for May 19-20,” the NFL said in a statement.Rudy Gobert apologizes for mocking outbreakUtah Jazz center Rudy Gobert made his first public statement since it was revealed he had contracted the coronavirus in a conciliatory post on Instagram.Gobert jokingly touched all of the press microphones during a news conference Monday, mocking the outbreak after the NBA put new restrictions on media coverage in locker rooms. The 27-year-old player apologized in the post.“At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse,” he said.Gobert said he is in great care and will recover. He advised others to take the outbreak seriously and be cautious.“I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as [a] way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus,” he said.Second Utah Jazz player tests positiveUtah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell announced he tested positive for the coronavirus in an Instagram post.“I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help,” he said.Mitchell’s teammate, Rudy Gobert, tested positive on Wednesday, which prompted the league to suspend the season.Mitchell thanked fans for his support and wished everyone to stay safe as the outbreak continues.NHL suspends season due to shared facilities with multiple NBA facilities“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement Thursday.He went on, “It now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point” and therefore “it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”“We will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice, and we will encourage our players and other members of the NHL community to take all reasonable precautions – including by self-quarantine, where appropriate,” Bettman said. “Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy.”PGA Tour proceeds without fans through AprilPGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced at a press conference on Thursday that “PGA Tour events across all tours will currently proceed as scheduled, but will do so without fans.”The policy will go into effect for The Players Championship that begins Friday and will continue through the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, which begins March 30 and ends on April 5.“We feel that this is a safe environment in which to continue to move forward with the tournament with 144 players and limited personnel on site,” Monahan said of the 400-acre venue at TPC Sawgrass. “We’re comfortable that this is the right path forward, but this is something that we’ll continue to monitor as we go forward.”Monahan assured fans that the PGA Tour is “committed to providing refunds” for patrons who had tickets for this weekend’s tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.The PGA Tour said it has a protocol in place with its volunteer force and local health officials if a player or individual requests to be tested. Tour personnel can “make that happen and make certain there are resources in place for that situation if it were to intensify,” he said.In the wake of the new travel advisories that President Donald Trump announced Wednesday, Monahan said the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will be postponed due to potential logistical issues for players and staff who travel internationally, which could limit the Tour’s “ability to successfully stage the event.”While he did not reveal any specific protocols or decisions surrounding The Masters, Monahan said that he has “been in frequent discussion with Agusta [National Golf Club] and will leave it to Augusta to share their thinking.”The Tour has had a team in place “carefully monitoring and assessing the situation and its implications for several weeks,” Monahan said of the coronavirus pandemic, and has weighed all the options in collaboration with Tour partners and members.Major League Soccer suspends season for 30 days“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season — based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced on Thursday.NBA suspends seasonThe NBA announced it will suspend its season indefinitely following Wednesday’s game.The announcement came after a player with the Utah Jazz, identified as Rudy Gobert by ESPN’s senior NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, was diagnosed with novel coronavirus. The Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game was suspended midway through the contest, though Gobert never traveled to the arena.“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”The news came after the league considered playing games in empty arenas.Earlier Wednesday, in San Francisco, the mayor banned all group events over 1,000 people to slow the spread of the virus.The Golden State Warriors had announced — prior to the league’s suspension — that its Thursday night game in San Francisco against the Brooklyn Nets would be played without fans.“It’s a shock for sure,” Warriors star Steph Curry said Wednesday.“Everything about our routines is reliant upon that kind of game day energy. Pulling up to the arena, seeing fans outside of Chase [Center] walking around in all the Warrior jerseys, even energy in the building, you can feel it all the way through the locker room, through the tunnel,” Curry said. “The only thing is try to have a conversation about how you raise your level of intensity from the jump because you don’t have that actual adrenaline rush of playing in front of 18,000 people like that.”“I know once the game starts it will be fairly easy to get into that type of flow,” he added.All other games and events at San Francisco’s Chase Center, the home to the Warriors, through March 21 were canceled or postponed, officials added.NBA players told to self-quarantineFor now, the Utah Jazz will be under quarantine in Oklahoma City. Thunder players were not tested and sent home, according to ESPN.Some players who faced off on the court against the Jazz in recent days — including the Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers — have been told to self-quarantine, ESPN said.League sources told ESPN that some players and coaches from those teams scrambled to get tested for the virus as early as Wednesday night after learning of Gobert’s diagnosis.In addition to the team’s recent opponents, there have been more than a dozen referees who have worked Jazz games over the past week that went on to officiate other league games. By late Wednesday night, players who’d come in contact with the Jazz were seeking tests for the virus, ESPN said.Ivy League cancels springs athleticsThe Ivy League on Wednesday canceled all games and practices through the rest of this academic year.“In accordance with the guidance of public health and medical professionals, several Ivy League institutions have announced that students will not return to campus after spring break, and classes will be held virtually during the semester,” the council of presidents said in a statement. “Given this situation, it is not feasible for practice and competition to continue.”Each school will determine if winter teams and athletes who qualified for postseason play will participate, the council said.The league also announced it was canceling its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and that the regular season champions had been planned to advance to the NCAA tournament.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock (NEW YORK) — As more people across the United States test positive for the novel coronavirus, the health emergency is forcing changes to major sporting events. Major League Baseball announced Monday the 2020 season will be postponed indefinitely over coronavirus concerns.MLB Commissioner Robert D. Manfred spoke with the heads of all 30 teams and they agreeded to adhere to the Center for Disease Control’s order that bars gatherings larger than 50 people, the league said in a statement.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” MLB said in a statement.The National Baseball Hall of Fame also announced that it will cancel all Hall of Fame Classic Weekend events that were scheduled for the end of May in Cooperstown, New York, including the annual legends game.NASCAR postpones 2 weeks of races“NASCAR has decided to postpone the race events at Atlanta Motor Speedway this weekend and Homestead-Miami Speedway next weekend,” the racing association announced Friday. “We believe this decision is in the best interest of the safety and well-being of our fans, competitors, officials and everyone associated with our sport. We will continue to monitor this dynamic situation as we assess future race events.”Boston Marathon postponed until SeptemberThe 2020 Boston Marathon, which was initially scheduled for April 20, has been postponed until Sept. 14, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced Friday.2020 Masters Tournament postponedPlayers in the hunt for the coveted green jacket will have to wait a little longer before they can drive up Magnolia Lane and on to the pristine greens of Augusta National this year.Fred Ridley, chairman of Augusta National Golf Club, released a statement Friday that “under these unique circumstances” with the coronavirus outbreak “we have decided at this time to postpone the Masters Tournament, the Augusta National Women’s Amateur and the Drive, Chip and Putt National Finals.”“Ultimately, the health and well-being of everyone associated with these events and the citizens of the Augusta community led us to this decision. We hope this postponement puts us in the best position to safely host the Masters Tournament and our amateur events at some later date,” Ridley continued.Augusta National will continue to work with the World Health Organization, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, state and local health officials and local authorities.The golf club’s decisions come on the heels of an announcement from the PGA to cancel all scheduled Tour events through the first weekend of April.NBA suspended for at least 30 daysFollowing the announcement Wednesday that the NBA would suspend its season indefinitely, the league’s commissioner, Adam Silver, said in a letter Thursday that the “hiatus will last at least 30 days and we intend to resume the season, if and when it becomes safe for all concerned.”The league made the announcement after Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert was reported to be infected with novel coronavirus. The Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game was suspended midway through the contest, though Gobert never traveled to the arena.“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”Earlier Wednesday, in San Francisco, the mayor banned all group events over 1,000 people to slow the spread of the virus.The Golden State Warriors had announced — prior to the league’s suspension — that its Thursday night game in San Francisco against the Brooklyn Nets would be played without fans.“It’s a shock for sure,” Warriors star Steph Curry said Wednesday.PGA Tour cancels The Players Championship, events through April“It is with regret that we are announcing the cancellation of THE PLAYERS Championship. We have also decided to cancel all PGA TOUR events across all of our Tours in the coming weeks, through the Valero Texas Open,” the Tour announced late Thursday.The decision came hours after PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan said at a press conference that tour events would proceed as scheduled, but without fans.The Players Championship was set to begin Friday at TPC Sawgrass and Tour events will be impacted through April 5.Monahan assured fans Thursday after the initial decision that the PGA Tour is “committed to providing refunds” for patrons who had tickets for this weekend’s tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.In the wake of the new travel advisories that President Trump announced Wednesday, Monahan said the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will be postponed due to potential logistical issues for players and staff who travel internationally, which could limit the Tour’s “ability to successfully stage the event.”The PGA Tour said it has a protocol in place with its volunteer force and local health officials if a player or individual requests to be tested. Tour personnel can “make that happen and make certain there are resources in place for that situation if it were to intensify,” he said.While he did not reveal any specific protocols or decisions surrounding The Masters, Monahan said that he has “been in frequent discussion with Augusta [National Golf Club] and will leave it to Augusta to share their thinking.”The Tour has had a team in place “carefully monitoring and assessing the situation and its implications for several weeks,” Monahan said of the coronavirus pandemic, and has weighed all the options in collaboration with Tour partners and members.NCAA cancels March Madness tournamentsNCAA President Mark Emmert announced that the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and all remaining NCAA winter and spring championships have been canceled.“This decision is based on the evolving COVID-19 public health threat, our ability to ensure the events do not contribute to spread of the pandemic, and the impracticality of hosting such events at any time during this academic year given ongoing decisions by other entities,” the NCAA said in a statement.The move came shortly after the Athletic Coast Conference suspended all games, practices and other activities in NCAA championships.“This is uncharted territory and the health and safety of our student-athletes and institutions remains our top priority. This decision is aimed to protect from the further spread of COVID-19, ” ACC Commissioner John Swofford said in a statement. MLB delays opening day, suspends spring trainingMLB said on Thursday it would suspend spring training games and delay the start of the regular season by two weeks due to the coronavirus pandemic.“This action is being taken in the interests of the safety and well-being of our players, clubs and our millions of loyal fans,” the league said in a statement.The league said it is preparing contingency plans for the 2020 schedule and announce updates as they become available.“Nothing is more important to us than the health and safety of our players, employees and fans. MLB will continue to undertake the precautions and best practices recommended by public health experts,” the league said in a statement.Additionally, the World Baseball Classic qualifying games in Tucson, Arizona, were postponed.Arsenal FC coach tests positiveMikel Arteta, the head coach of Arsenal Football Club in England’s Premier League, has tested positive for coronavirus and personnel who had direct contact with him — including the team members — have gone into self-isolation, the team announced.The affected Arsenal staff include the full first-team squad, the coaching staff and “a smaller number of people from our Hale End” training center, the team said in a statement.“This is really disappointing but I took the test after feeling poorly. I will be at work as soon as I’m allowed,” Arteta said in a statement.Staff members who didn’t have close contact with the coach will return to work in the next couple of days, and all training facilities will be closed to undergo deep cleaning, according to the team.Arsenal officials warned that upcoming games may have to be postponed, but they would provide fans with updates as they get them.NFL cancels annual meetingNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell told teams that he would cancel the league’s annual meeting that was scheduled from March 29 to April 1.“There will be full consideration and votes on any open football issues, including playing rules, bylaws, and resolutions, as well as other business matters, that were on the agenda for the Annual Meeting, at the Spring meeting scheduled for May 19-20,” the NFL said in a statement.Rudy Gobert apologizes for mocking outbreakUtah Jazz center Rudy Gobert made his first public statement since it was revealed he had contracted the coronavirus in a conciliatory post on Instagram.Gobert jokingly touched all of the press microphones during a news conference Monday, mocking the outbreak after the NBA put new restrictions on media coverage in locker rooms. The 27-year-old player apologized in the post.“At the time, I had no idea I was even infected. I was careless and make no excuse,” he said.Gobert said he is in great care and will recover. He advised others to take the outbreak seriously and be cautious.“I will do whatever I can to support using my experience as [a] way to educate others and prevent the spread of this virus,” he said.Second Utah Jazz player tests positiveUtah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell announced he tested positive for the coronavirus in an Instagram post.“I am going to keep following the advice of our medical staff and hope that we can all come together and be there for each other and our neighbors who need our help,” he said.Mitchell’s teammate, Rudy Gobert, tested positive on Wednesday, which prompted the league to suspend the season.Mitchell thanked fans for his support and wished everyone to stay safe as the outbreak continues.NHL suspends season due to shared facilities with multiple NBA facilities“In light of ongoing developments resulting from the coronavirus, and after consulting with medical experts and convening a conference call of the Board of Governors, the National Hockey League is announcing today that it will pause the 2019-20 season beginning with tonight’s games,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement Thursday.He went on, “It now seems likely that some member of the NHL community would test positive at some point” and therefore “it is no longer appropriate to try to continue to play games at this time.”“We will continue to monitor all the appropriate medical advice, and we will encourage our players and other members of the NHL community to take all reasonable precautions – including by self-quarantine, where appropriate,” Bettman said. “Our goal is to resume play as soon as it is appropriate and prudent, so that we will be able to complete the season and award the Stanley Cup. Until then, we thank NHL fans for your patience and hope you stay healthy.”PGA Tour proceeds without fans through AprilPGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan announced at a press conference on Thursday that “PGA Tour events across all tours will currently proceed as scheduled, but will do so without fans.”The policy will go into effect for The Players Championship that begins Friday and will continue through the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, which begins March 30 and ends on April 5.“We feel that this is a safe environment in which to continue to move forward with the tournament with 144 players and limited personnel on site,” Monahan said of the 400-acre venue at TPC Sawgrass. “We’re comfortable that this is the right path forward, but this is something that we’ll continue to monitor as we go forward.”Monahan assured fans that the PGA Tour is “committed to providing refunds” for patrons who had tickets for this weekend’s tournament in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.The PGA Tour said it has a protocol in place with its volunteer force and local health officials if a player or individual requests to be tested. Tour personnel can “make that happen and make certain there are resources in place for that situation if it were to intensify,” he said.In the wake of the new travel advisories that President Donald Trump announced Wednesday, Monahan said the Corales Puntacana Resort & Club Championship will be postponed due to potential logistical issues for players and staff who travel internationally, which could limit the Tour’s “ability to successfully stage the event.”While he did not reveal any specific protocols or decisions surrounding The Masters, Monahan said that he has “been in frequent discussion with Agusta [National Golf Club] and will leave it to Augusta to share their thinking.”The Tour has had a team in place “carefully monitoring and assessing the situation and its implications for several weeks,” Monahan said of the coronavirus pandemic, and has weighed all the options in collaboration with Tour partners and members.Major League Soccer suspends season for 30 days“Our clubs were united today in the decision to temporarily suspend our season — based on the advice and guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), and other public health authorities, and in the best interest of our fans, players, officials and employees,” MLS Commissioner Don Garber announced on Thursday.NBA suspends seasonThe NBA announced it will suspend its season indefinitely following Wednesday’s game.The announcement came after a player with the Utah Jazz, identified as Rudy Gobert by ESPN’s senior NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski, was diagnosed with novel coronavirus. The Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game was suspended midway through the contest, though Gobert never traveled to the arena.“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the league said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”The news came after the league considered playing games in empty arenas.Earlier Wednesday, in San Francisco, the mayor banned all group events over 1,000 people to slow the spread of the virus.The Golden State Warriors had announced — prior to the league’s suspension — that its Thursday night game in San Francisco against the Brooklyn Nets would be played without fans.“It’s a shock for sure,” Warriors star Steph Curry said Wednesday.“Everything about our routines is reliant upon that kind of game day energy. Pulling up to the arena, seeing fans outside of Chase [Center] walking around in all the Warrior jerseys, even energy in the building, you can feel it all the way through the locker room, through the tunnel,” Curry said. “The only thing is try to have a conversation about how you raise your level of intensity from the jump because you don’t have that actual adrenaline rush of playing in front of 18,000 people like that.”“I know once the game starts it will be fairly easy to get into that type of flow,” he added.All other games and events at San Francisco’s Chase Center, the home to the Warriors, through March 21 were canceled or postponed, officials added.NBA players told to self-quarantineFor now, the Utah Jazz will be under quarantine in Oklahoma City. Thunder players were not tested and sent home, according to ESPN.Some players who faced off on the court against the Jazz in recent days — including the Toronto Raptors, Detroit Pistons, Boston Celtics, New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers — have been told to self-quarantine, ESPN said.League sources told ESPN that some players and coaches from those teams scrambled to get tested for the virus as early as Wednesday night after learning of Gobert’s diagnosis.In addition to the team’s recent opponents, there have been more than a dozen referees who have worked Jazz games over the past week that went on to officiate other league games. By late Wednesday night, players who’d come in contact with the Jazz were seeking tests for the virus, ESPN said.Ivy League cancels springs athleticsThe Ivy League on Wednesday canceled all games and practices through the rest of this academic year.“In accordance with the guidance of public health and medical professionals, several Ivy League institutions have announced that students will not return to campus after spring break, and classes will be held virtually during the semester,” the council of presidents said in a statement. “Given this situation, it is not feasible for practice and competition to continue.”Each school will determine if winter teams and athletes who qualified for postseason play will participate, the council said.The league also announced it was canceling its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and that the regular season champions had been planned to advance to the NCAA tournament.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. 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Coronavirus and sports: NBA suspends season, fans banned from March Madness games

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailcmannphoto/iStock (NEW YORK) — As more people across the United States test positive for the novel coronavirus, the health emergency is forcing changes to major sporting events, from the NCAA to the Ivy League.NBA suspends seasonThe NBA announced it will suspend its season indefinitely following games played on Wednesday.The announcement came after a player with the Utah Jazz, identified as Rudy Gobert by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, was diagnosed with novel coronavirus. The Utah Jazz-Oklahoma City Thunder game was suspended midway through the contest, though Gobert never traveled to the arena.“The NBA is suspending game play following the conclusion of tonight’s schedule of games until further notice,” the NBA said in a statement. “The NBA will use this hiatus to determine next steps for moving forward in regard to the coronavirus pandemic.”The news came after the league considered playing games in empty arenas.Earlier Wednesday, in San Francisco, the mayor banned all group events over 1,000 people to slow the spread of the virus.The Golden State Warriors had announced — prior to the league’s suspension — that its Thursday night game in San Francisco against the Brooklyn Nets would be played without fans.“It’s a shock for sure,” Warriors star Steph Curry said Wednesday.“Everything about our routines is reliant upon that kind of game day energy. Pulling up to the arena, seeing fans outside of Chase [Center] walking around in all the Warrior jerseys, even energy in the building, you can feel it all the way through the locker room, through the tunnel,” Curry said. “The only thing is try to have a conversation about how you raise your level of intensity from the jump because you don’t have that actual adrenaline rush of playing in front of 18,000 people like that.”“I know once the game starts it will be fairly easy to get into that type of flow,” he added.All other games and events at San Francisco’s Chase Center (home to the Warriors) through March 21 were canceled or postponed, officials addedFans banned from NCAA gamesDays ahead of the start of March Madness, the NCAA president said fans will be banned from “upcoming championship events, including the Division I men’s and women’s basketball tournaments, with only essential staff and limited family” there.“While I understate how disappointing this is for all fans,” NCAA President Mark Emmert said Wednesday, “my decision is based on the current understanding of how COVID-19 is progressing.”NHL still yet to make decisionThe NHL said it is still in wait-and-see mode even after the NBA suspended its season Wednesday night.“The National Hockey League is aware of the NBA’s decision tonight to indefinitely suspend its season due to a player testing positive for the coronavirus,” the league said in a statement. “The NHL is continuing to consult with medical experts and is evaluating the options. We expect to have a further update tomorrow.”Ivy League cancels springs athleticsThe Ivy League on Wednesday canceled all games and practices through the rest of this academic year.“In accordance with the guidance of public health and medical professionals, several Ivy League institutions have announced that students will not return to campus after spring break, and classes will be held virtually during the semester,” the council of presidents said in a statement. “Given this situation, it is not feasible for practice and competition to continue.”Each school will determine if winter teams and athletes who qualified for postseason play will participate, the council said.The league also announced it was canceling its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments and that the regular season champions will advance to the NCAA tournament.Changes for the MLBIn Washington state, hard-hit by the coronavirus outbreak, the governor on Wednesday banned events of more than 250 people in several counties.That prompted the Seattle Mariners to say the team is working with MLB “on alternative plans” for games scheduled in Seattle at the end of March.The San Francisco Giants also made adjustments.The Giants said they won’t play the March 24 exhibition game set to take place in the city and that the team said it is working on “alternative arrangements.”  Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by Beau Lundcenter_img March 11, 2020 /Sports News – National Coronavirus and sports: NBA suspends season, fans banned from March Madness gameslast_img read more

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SUU Men’s Basketball Adds Illinois Transfer Tevian Jones

first_img Written by Brad James June 25, 2020 /Sports News – Local SUU Men’s Basketball Adds Illinois Transfer Tevian Jones FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-In news from Wednesday, Southern Utah men’s basketball added Illinois transfer Tevian Jones.Jones, a native of Chandler, Ariz., has averaged 2.6 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in two seasons for the Fighting Illini.During his freshman campaign (2018-19) at Champaign, Ill., Jones netted a career-high 18 points as the Fighting Illini upset No. 13 Maryland 78-67. Jones connected on four 3-pointers to help Illinois knock off the Terrapins that day.The 6-7 205-pound Jones has impressive size at the guard position, making him a match-up nightmare for many opponents.Jones was a dynamic scorer in high school at Culver City, Calif., averaging 20.5 points and 9 rebounds per game for the Centaurs his senior season.Jones is one of five transfers added by Thunderbirds head coach Todd Simon this off-season. Others include Nick Fleming (Highland C.C.), Aanen Moody (North Dakota), Yuat Alok (Central Florida) and Marquis Moore (Detroit Mercy). Tags: SUU Men’s Basketballlast_img read more

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How Naomi Osaka is using masks to make statement on one of world’s biggest tennis stages

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailMatthew Stockman/Getty ImagesBY: JOSHUA HOYOS AND SABINA GHEBREMEDHIN, ABC NEWSThis report is part of “Turning Point,” a groundbreaking month-long series by ABC News examining the racial reckoning sweeping the United States and exploring whether it can lead to lasting reconciliation.(NEW YORK) — Naomi Osaka stepped onto the sport’s biggest stage with a silent act that reverberated around the world.Osaka, the 22-year-old tennis prodigy with two majors already to her name, left the bowels of Arthur Ashe Stadium to play in front of nearly 24,000 empty seats and a global television audience — silently signaling a call to consciousness with the simple cloth mask on her face.“I’m aware that tennis is watched all over the world, and maybe there is someone that doesn’t know Breonna Taylor’s story,” Naomi Osaka said after winning her first U.S. Open match this year.Since the start of the tournament, Osaka has walked on the court wearing masks with the names of Black Americans who have died in encounters with police or due to racial injustice.“I have seven [masks], and it’s quite sad that seven masks isn’t enough for the amount of names,” she said.Out of countless possibilities, Taylor, Elijah McClain, Ahmaud Arbery, Trayvon Martin, George Floyd and Philando Castile are the six Black men, women and children she has highlighted ahead of Saturday’s championship match.Clarence Castile, Philando’s uncle, described the moment he saw his nephew’s name on her face as electric.“I had a tingle go through me when I saw Naomi wear Phil’s name on her mask,” he told ABC News, adding, “She is using her platform to show the things that’s been happening and shouldn’t.”Castile was fatally shot by a Minnesota police officer in July 2016. The officer was fired from the police force, but later acquitted of manslaughter.“I feel like I’m a vessel. At this point, and in order to spread awareness,” Osaka told ESPN, acknowledging the global reach of tennis.It was fitting that she made such a statement at a stadium named for one of America’s most influential tennis players.“I do think it’s incredible that she goes out on Arthur Ashe Stadium and make social statements,” former professional tennis player and ESPN commentator James Blake said.Blake noted that Ashe’s impact was not because of his victories on the court, but rather how he used his platform away from tennis.“He was the most influential because of the stance he took. Because of the fact that he fought against apartheid, because he fought for AIDS rights, because he fought for Haitian rights … that’s why the court is named after him,” he said.“It’s a very big motivating factor for me just to try to, like, get the names out to as many people as I can,” Osaka told ABC News after her semifinal win.Blake said the pressure that the tennis player was already facing only heightened after taking a public stance.“She found something of value more than just tennis because of what she did,” he said, adding it “puts more pressure on her tennis, puts more pressure on her sponsors … she made a huge decision.”Osaka’s choice brought a smile to the face of a heartbroken mother on Tuesday night.“Ahmaud and Mr. Floyd’s spirit will live forever and are definitely winning spirits” Wanda Cooper-Jones, Arbery’s mother, told ABC News. “I wish I could have thanked her personally for her support also to congratulate her on her big wins. Again, it shows if we all stand together, we will win together.”Arbery was on his daily jog when he was allegedly shot and killed by a father and his adult son in February. Both men, as well as a third, have been charged with murder in the case.National civil rights attorney Lee Merritt views Osaka’s actions as a testament to her character.“Winning in that arena is difficult enough. Championing these causes, bearing these names, can add to the levity of the moment and cause unwanted distractions,” Merritt, who is representing Arbery’s family, told ABC News.He continued, “Naomi’s demonstration during the match helps continue to focus international attention on the issues of Black lives.”The biracial tennis star’s turn to on-court activism started before the U.S. Open’s fortnight.As the sports world came to a pause on Aug. 26 following the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Osaka said she would not play in the Western & Southern Open’s semifinal match the following day in solidarity.“I don’t expect anything drastic to happen with me not playing, but if I can get a conversation started in a majority white sport I consider that a step in the right direction,” she posted on social media.After her statement, organizers of the tournament paused play in order to reflect the national temperature. Now, she’s become part of the association’s social change movement.“Naomi Osaka is a champion in the truest sense of the word. Her abilities on the tennis court are matched by her willingness to stand up for what she believes in,” Stacey Allaster, U.S. Open tournament director and U.S. Tennis Association chief executive, professional tennis, said Friday in a statement to ABC News.“She has used the spotlight as a platform for activism and awareness, and we applaud her and stand with her in her fight for social justice and equality,” she added.Osaka’s newfound voice was not always a part of the champion — when the world first met her, she was shy, soft-spoken and thrust into one of the most talked-about moments in U.S. Open history.Osaka’s historic win against Serena Williams at the 2018 U.S. Open Final was marred in controversy after Williams received a series of violations that led to a passionate argument between the 23-time grand slam champion and the chair umpire.Before receiving the championship trophy, her first victory in a major, Osaka sat on court with a towel over her head and was emotional during the ceremony.After that win, Osaka told ABC News that Williams comforted her and told the younger player — who grew up watching the tennis icon — that she was proud of the new champion.Since then her game has developed as well as her stature as a global tennis star.Blake, once a top-five player in the world, highlighted how that maturation process for players, who enter the sport at an early age, can impact how they use their platforms.“When superstars, especially in women’s tennis — they come on the scene so young that they’re still maturing,” he said. “Naomi Osaka already had pressure at a young age, and she’s adding more pressure as she gets older, but now it’s brought on; she’s doing it herself.”“Honestly, I’m more of a follower than a leader,” she said last week. “I like to follow things. I was just waiting and waiting, and then I realized I would have to be the one to take the step.”Castile believes the energy around the movement is helping Osaka in the competition.“Not only are the names of Philando Castile, George Floyd and others standing behind her, she also has the ancestors’ power behind her,” he said.“I just want to say thank you to Naomi Osaka for representing Trayvon Martin on your customized mask,” Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s mother, said in a taped message that aired on ESPN. “We thank you from the bottom of our hearts, continue to do well, continue to kick butt at the U.S. Open.”The 17-year-old Martin was killed in 2012 during an encounter with George Zimmerman, a Florida neighborhood watch crime captain. Zimmerman was later found not guilty of second-degree murder.Osaka reacted to the message from Fulton in a tweet, writing, “I tried to hold it in on set but after watching these back I cried so much. The strength and the character both of these parents have is beyond me.”Blake views Osaka’s actions as the start of a new generation taking a stand in tennis.“I think she’s growing up. … I’m proud of her. I’m also proud of the younger generation in general, because it seems like they’re open-minded,” he said.At the moment, Osaka said she does not plan on continuing these types of social justice statements, but she noted that they are actions that cannot be planned out.“For me, I feel like I’m just doing what I think I’m emotionally capable to do. I felt like this was right for me at this time,” Osaka told ABC News on Thursday.“Naomi is the positive change and hope that world needs right now,” Fulton told ABC News. “This issue is bigger than black and white.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. September 12, 2020 /Sports News – National How Naomi Osaka is using masks to make statement on one of world’s biggest tennis stages Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

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NBA-leading Jazz deal Thunder seventh straight loss, 106-96

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailSALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 23 points and Donovan Mitchell added 22 as the Utah Jazz beat the struggling Oklahoma City Thunder 106-96 on Tuesday night.Luguentz Dort scored a career-high 42 points and Moses Brown had 12 points and 15 rebounds for the Thunder, who have lost seven in a row and 10 of 11. Associated Press April 13, 2021 /Sports News – Local NBA-leading Jazz deal Thunder seventh straight loss, 106-96 Written by Tags: NBA/Utah Jazzlast_img

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Elliott Management urges Marathon Petroleum to split into three entities

first_img Image: Corporate headquarters of Marathon Petroleum in Findlay, Ohio. Photo: courtesy of Marathon Petroleum Corporation. Elliott Management has asked Marathon Petroleum to split itself into three independent entities to unlock the value that is “currently trapped” in the latter’s conglomerate structure.The US activist hedge fund, through certain funds managed by it, holds a stake of 2.5% in Marathon Petroleum.Elliott Management said that the purpose of its letter is to show the direction to the Ohio-based petroleum refining company to remedy its repeat underperformance, to boost its businesses, and to create considerable and sustainable value for its shareholders.The hedge fund claimed that the company’s management and the board did not fulfil the promises of implementing certain agreed measures to improve performance. The promises were said to be made by the management and the board following a previous engagement with Elliott Management.The investment management firm wants Marathon Petroleum to immediately initiate a separation, which it expects to create three strong, independent companies, with each of them to have a leading position in their respective sectors.The suggested new companies are RetailCo, MidstreamCo, and RefiningCo, which Elliott Management believes will generate more than $22bn (£17.8bn) in value for shareholders without any change in the operating assumptions. Furthermore, Marathon Petroleum’s board can make use of an incremental $17bn (£13.75bn) in value by realising the operating full potential of its asset base, said the hedge fund.Elliott Management said that RetailCo is expected to become the largest US-listed convenience store operator, while MidstreamCo will be among the top five US midstream operators in terms of enterprise value. The third new entity – RefiningCo is expected to become the largest independent merchant refiner in the US, claimed the hedge fund.The latest letter from Elliott Management comes almost a year after Marathon Petroleum completed the $23.3bn (£18.85bn) merger of its rival refining company Andeavor.Marathon Petroleum responds to Elliott Management’s suggestionMarathon Petroleum, in its response to the letter, stated: “We look forward to maintaining an ongoing dialogue with our shareholders as we continue to evaluate opportunities to deliver more value for our shareholders. We will thoroughly evaluate Elliott’s proposal and look forward to continuing our constructive engagement around these issues.” The activist hedge fund said that Marathon Petroleum by splitting into three independent companies will unlock more than £17.8bn in value for shareholderslast_img read more

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Savannah Petroleum wraps up Seven Energy transaction in Nigeria

first_img Seven Uquo Gas, a subsidiary of Seven Energy, has a participating stake of 40% in the Uquo field. Photo: courtesy of Seven Energy. UK-based Savannah Petroleum has wrapped up its acquisition of Nigerian oil and gas company Seven Energy, about two years after announcing the deal.The acquisition was completed following a court hearing last week during which administrators were appointed to the Nigerian company. The administrators subsequently completed the transfer of the company’s assets to group companies controlled by Savannah Petroleum and African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM).Through the acquisition of Seven Energy, the UK firm has now taken stakes in Seven Uquo Gas, in the Stubb Creek field, and in the Accugas midstream business.Savannah Petroleum CEO Andrew Knott said: “The deal transforms Savannah into a full-cycle E&P company in West Africa and marks the start of a very exciting time for us.  We have acquired a business with great people and a strong set of exploration, appraisal, development and production assets which are expected to be highly cash flow generative for the Company.”Details of the assets added through the acquisition of Seven EnergySavannah Petroleum has acquired 80% stake in Seven Uquo Gas, which has a participating stake of 40% in the Uquo field located in South East Nigeria. Seven Uquo Gas will take over responsibility for all operations of the gas project at the Uquo field after the completion of its previously announced transaction with Frontier Oil.The British oil and gas company gets a 51% stake in the Stubb Creek field located in South East Nigeria via Seven Energy’s 100% ownership of Universal Energy Resources.In the Accugas midstream business, the company gets an 80% stake. The Accugas midstream operations is made up of the Uquo gas processing facility, which has a capacity of 200 mmscfd, a 260km long pipeline network, and long-term gas sales agreements with downstream customers.Savannah Petroleum has offloaded 20% stakes each in Seven Uquo Gas and Accugas to AIIM for $54m.Savannah Petroleum chairman Steve Jenkins said: “In Nigeria, our focus is on delivering further growth in the Company’s revenue base, and as we continue to develop in country we see strong potential for additional resource growth over time.“In Niger, we look forward to recommencing activity in 2020, with expected delivery of first oil from R3 East and a multi-well exploration drilling campaign.” The acquisition of Seven Energy is said to transform Savannah Petroleum into a full-cycle exploration and production company in West Africalast_img read more

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