The Latest: Penguins owners donating money to health outlets

first_imgThe Latest: Penguins owners donating money to health outlets The joint $200,000 donation will be split equally between Highmark Health and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The Highmark Health donation is earmarked for creating a mobile COVID-19 testing unit that will focus on under-served populations in the Pittsburgh area.The donation to UPMC will benefit the UPMC Children’s Hospital Helpers Fund, which supports families and caregivers who are impacted by COVID-19.___North Carolina and North Carolina State will begin fall classes on Aug. 10 and forgo fall breaks in order to finish by Thanksgiving to get ahead of a potential second wave of COVID-19.UNC Chancellor Kevin M. Guskiewicz introduced a Roadmap for Fall in a letter Thursday that includes “off ramps” options if conditions change. Class sizes will be reduced with time extended between classes, some of which may be conducted remotely. The rebates will vary based on the final position in the standings and the number of games aired live. United is in fifth place with nine games remaining.The Premier League hasn’t provided details of the broadcasting rebate.___The governing body of swimming has postponed the short course world championships for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.FINA says the championships scheduled for December in Abu Dhabi will now be staged Dec. 13-18, 2021, in the United Arab Emirates because of the “the uncertainty related with the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide.” Dresden says on its website that the latest positive result was found in a fifth wave of tests conducted on Wednesday. It adds that another “category one” close contact of its coaching staff has also tested positive for COVID-19.The player, staff member and staff member’s contact person must now go into quarantine at home for 14 days.Dresden’s entire team was ordered by local health authorities into 14 days of quarantine on May 9 after two players tested positive.The club says that all players who tested positive before were cleared in the fourth and fifth wave of tests and that they and the rest of the team will be able to resume training on Saturday.Dresden was scheduled to play at Hannover last Sunday but couldn’t participate because of the quarantine order. That game was rescheduled for June 3. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Pittsburgh Penguins owners Mario Lemieux and Ron Burkle are each contributing $100,000 to assist local health outlets dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. May 21, 2020 Faculty and staff will return in a phased approach and should initially expect staggered and alternating work schedules. UNC will also emphasize adherence to public health guidelines, including physical distancing, wearing face coverings and increased hand washing. The school will observe Labor Day and University Day and complete the semester by Nov. 24.N.C. State Chancellor Randy Woodson announced that the school will begin classes nine days earlier than originally scheduled and forgo fall break to also finish by Thanksgiving. Students will not return to campus for the remainder of the year and winter commencement will be announced later.___East Carolina is eliminating its men’s and women’s tennis and swimming and diving programs to help reduce a $4.9 million budget deficit.The move affects 68 student-athletes and nine coaches and reduces ECU’s sponsored sports from 20 to 16, including nine for women. The NCAA requires Division I FBS schools to carry minimums of 16 sports, eight for women.center_img Dresden is scheduled to resume play on May 31 against Stuttgart.___Manchester United says it believes it will miss out on $24 million because the Premier League will have to make refunds to broadcasters even if the pandemic-disrupted season is completed.The league is in talks with its rights holders about rebates because of delays and changes to the broadcasting schedule. The season was suspended in March.Empty stadiums will also change the TV product. Associated Press “The coaches and student-athletes for these respective sports have all impacted our department and the Pirate Family in a positive manner,” athletic director Jon Gilbert said in a release. “This decision was not made lightly. The history and success of the swimming and diving programs and the tennis programs will continue to be celebrated at East Carolina.”ECU interim Chancellor Ron Mitchelson stated that the athletic budget was not sustainable pre-COVID-19. The deficit began to grow significantly with the pandemic where the impact was immediate and would affect future revenue and expenses.ECU will honor scholarships for athletes who remain at the school. ___The National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame has canceled its induction ceremony in August because of health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hall of Fame president John Hendrickson says the museum believes it’s “in the best interests of everyone involved and for the integrity of the event to postpone the ceremony for a year.”The Hall of Fame ceremony was scheduled for Friday, Aug. 7, in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. This year’s class includes trainer Mark Casse, jockey Darrel McHargue, horses Wise Dan and Tom Bowling, and Pillars of the Turf Alice Headley Chandler, Keene Daingerfield, Jr., and George D. Widener, Jr. They will be inducted with the class of 2021.The 44th Annual Museum Ball scheduled for Aug. 14 also was canceled. It’s traditionally one of the highlights of the Saratoga summer social season.___German soccer club Dynamo Dresden has reported another case of coronavirus. The already quarantined second-division club has now had four players test positive. FINA president Julio C. Maglione says swimming organizers have worked closely with the United Arab Emirates’ authorities and “we believe this is the most suitable solution for all those taking part in this competition.”A general congress to elect the FINA Bureau for the years 2021-25 will be staged in Doha, Qatar, on June 5, 2021. The new members of the bureau will start their terms immediately after the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.The short course world championships are held in a 25-meter pool. The FINA world championships and the Olympics are staged in 50-meter pools.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Texas bound: Wisconsin punches ticket to Final Four

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — It took 13 seasons and an extra five minutes, but Wisconsin is taking head coach Bo Ryan to the Final Four.The Honda Center was the site of a true heavyweight fight between the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in the West Regional, playing for the right to go to the Final Four.Wisconsin (29-7) and Arizona (33-5) exchanged haymaker after haymaker in a regional final that couldn’t be decided in regulation.“It was just a knuckle-on-knuckle fight,” Wisconsin forward Sam Dekker said. “If I wasn’t wearing my mouth guard my teeth would have been gone again.”The bout would be extended by five minutes after junior point guard Traevon Jackson missed a 17-footer in the final seconds of the second half to leave the score tied at 54.In overtime, forward Frank Kaminsky would not be denied as the 7-foot junior put Wisconsin’s fate on his back, scoring six of the Badgers’ 10 points in the extra period, leading his team to a 64-63 win. Kaminsky flashes his a one handed ‘W’ to celebrate Wisconsin’s win over Arizona into the Final Four.Joey Reuteman/The Badger Herald“Frank Kaminsky is the reason Wisconsin’s in the Final Four,” Arizona head coach Sean Miller said.Arizona tried to limit Kaminsky’s production by matching him up with its own 7-footer, Kaleb Tarczewski, but the junior out of Lisle, Ill. took his game to a whole new level connecting on 11 of his 20 shots — three from beyond the arc.“Frank’s the man. He can score on anyone,” Dekker said. “We run our stuff through him for a reason, because he is so good.”Kaminsky finished with a game-high 28 points and posted a double-double with 11 rebounds.“He’s a difficult match-up,” Miller said. “Got to be one of the best offensive players who plays college basketball, for sure.”It was an ominous start, though, for Wisconsin playing in a hostile crowd for the first time in the tournament as Arizona fans made a large majority of the 17,000-plus that filled the Honda Center.The ‘Cats daunting defense lived up to the hype to start the game, forcing the Badgers to eat a lot of shot clock and pull the trigger on difficult looks that resulted in a 5 for 18 (27.7 percent) shooting effort through the first 12 minutes of the half.“Those first ten minutes I was very, very — internally there was a lot of gnashing going on,” Ryan said. “Sometimes you can want it too much for your team.”Wisconsin was down and needed a wake up call. Coach Ryan obliged, earning a technical foul with 7:59 left in the first half for game misconduct.“At the time, when coach got the technical, I was kind of mad at him,” Dekker said. “But it kind of woke us up in a sense that said ‘alright calm down, we got the refs’ attention little bit, let’s go out and play.’ It worked for us.”Wisconsin would respond with an 11-6 run to close out the half and cut Arizona’s lead to three, 28-25, going into halftime.Despite not attempting a free throw until there was 2:26 left in the half and taking seven fewer shots from the line than Arizona, Wisconsin was able to come within a possession thanks in large part to its rebounding.The Badgers out-rebounded the Wildcats 22-14 in the first half. Coming into the Elite Eight, Arizona owned the 6th best rebounding margin in the country, grabbing 7.2 more boards per game than its opponent.“Wisconsin was killing us on the glass in the first half,” Miller said. “It was amazing that we were winning.”It was a back-and-forth battle in the second half as, for all but 2:12 in the half, it was a one-possession game until the final buzzer sounded in OT.Wisconsin didn’t own a lead until the 15:12 mark in the second half when freshman guard Bronson Koening nailed a three from the top of the key to give the Badgers a 36-34 edge.For the rest of the second half, the lead would be exchanged twice and the game tied up four times.Ben Brust would put Wisconsin ahead in overtime with his first three-pointer of the game and from then on the Badgers would not surrender their lead.Arizona, down 64-63, owned possession with 11 seconds left in the extra period with a chance to win at the buzzer.With three seconds to go, Nick Johnson drove to the basket and was called for a charge to give Wisconsin possession.On the inbounds play, Gasser looked to get the ball in to Jackson. Arizona’s Rondae Hollis-Jefferson made a play on the ball and it was tipped out of bounds.The referees initially signaled Wisconsin possession, but went to confirm the call with instant replay and took several minutes to make a decision.Ryan didn’t bother wondering what the refs would call, he was preparing his team to seal the game on the defensive end.“If it’s going to be that long, we’re not getting the ball,” coach Ryan said. “But as long as it took them, we said okay. If it’s their ball, here’s what we’re going to do…mainly we spent most of it knowing that it wasn’t going to be our ball.”The ball was awarded to the Wildcats and the No. 1 seed would have one more chance to leave California with a win.The ball was inbounded to T.J. McConnell, who was 2 of 9 from the floor to that point. Jackson guarded McConnell who used a screen to work across the key and get a clean look at the rim. But the second team-All Pac-12 selection didn’t get the shot off in time and the Wisconsin players ran to celebrate with their teammates, knowing they had just punched its ticket to Dallas.The Final Four berth marks the first for Wisconsin since 2000 and the first in the 13-year tenure of Ryan.On what would have been his father, Butch’s, 90th birthday, Ryan put the finishing touches on his already sparkling coaching resume.“He wanted this so bad for us and we wanted to get this for him,” Dekker said. “He said, ‘just so you guys know, this would have been my dad’s 90th birthday.’ And he had a little tear in his eye, so you know his dad was smiling down on him at that time.”The Badgers will now head to Dallas where it will take on the Midwest Regional Champion Kentucky Saturday at Dallas Cowboy’s Stadium.And though Wisconsin has been striving to break the Elite Eight ceiling and advance to the Final Four, that doesn’t mean it is at all ready to stop wanting more.“We’ve got 40 more minutes,” Kaminsky said. “We want a national championship now.”last_img read more