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first_imgMadrid says Mariano is in “perfect health condition” and is following health protocols. He is confined at his home. The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title. Associated Press CLEVELAND (AP) — The Chicago White Sox could be without manager Rick Renteria for a doubleheader in Cleveland. The 58-year-old Renteria woke up Monday with “a slight cough and nasal congestion” and will be kept away from the team pending the results of medical tests. The club did not say if he was being tested for the coronavirus. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SOCCER-REAL MADRIDReal Madrid forward Mariano tests positiveMADRID (AP) — Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus. The announcement comes as the team returns to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB: YANKEES-PHILLIESSource says Yankees-Phillies game postponed againPHILADELPHIA (AP) — The New York Yankees-Philadelphia Phillies game is being postponed for the second straight day. That’s according to a person familiar with the decision. The Phillies were waiting for complete results from their COVID-19 tests following an outbreak among the Miami Marlins, who played a weekend series in Philadelphia. The Yankees are scheduled to host the Phillies on Wednesday and Thursday.Major League Baseball has already postponed a second scheduled game between Miami and Baltimore after more than a dozen Marlins players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus, prompting the club to lock down in Philadelphia. Commissioner Rob Manfred said the soonest the Marlins could resume their schedule is Wednesday, when they are set to play in Baltimore. MARLINS-VIRUS-FAUCI HOUSTON (AP) — José Altuve, Alex Bregman and the Houston Astros face the visiting Dodgers for the first time since a Major League Baseball investigation determined the Astros illegally stole signs during their run to a championship in 2017, when they beat Los Angeles in the World Series. During spring training, several Dodgers players had harsh things to say about the Astros. All-Star right-hander Walker Buehler starts for Los Angeles against Framber Valdez in the opener of a two-game series.MLB-WHITE SOX_RENTERIAWhite Sox may be without manager for doubleheader Update on the latest sports Fauci: Outbreak could threaten seasonWASHINGTON (AP) — Dr. Anthony Fauci says the Miami Marlins’ coronavirus outbreak could endanger the Major League Baseball season, but he doesn’t believe games needs to stop now.Fauci made his comments on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” More than a dozen Marlins players and staff members have tested positive for COVID-19, and the team has been stranded in Philadelphia, raising questions about MLB’s attempts to conduct a season. MLB-DODGERS-ASTROSDodgers may still hold grudge as they visit Astros July 28, 2020last_img read more

Sommers: FSU could unseat ACC bluebloods

first_imgConfidence isn’t hard to come after the three games that Florida State guard Michael Snaer helped put together over the course of a 10-day span in January.On Jan. 14, the Seminoles beat down then-No. 3 North Carolina in Tallahassee by 33 points, 90-57, in a game that had many (including Hoops America) questioning if North Carolina had the toughness to be a championship team.Perhaps more impressively, following another home win over Maryland, FSU invaded Cameron Indoor Stadium, and Snaer stamped a logo of his own on Coach K Court by nailing a game-winning three-point buzzer beater to end Duke’s near-historic 45-game home winning streak Jan. 21. Snaer completed the 10-day odyssey when he was awarded ACC Player of the Week Jan. 23 due, in large part, to the shot coined “The Dagger at Duke” by Orlando Sentinel writer Coley Harvey.The immense amount of emotion and praise that followed this stretch – which is probably one of the most remarkable runs in Florida State men’s basketball history – made Snaer’s declaration that he was 100 percent confident the ‘Noles will win the ACC understandable. But was it credible? Buyable? Plausible?When Snaer made that bold statement Jan. 24 on ESPNU’s “The Experts,” 11 games remained on Florida State’s regular season schedule, including the upcoming rematch with Duke Feb. 23. Since that prediction, FSU has gone 4-1, which left the Seminoles in a three-way tie with the Tar Heels and Blue Devils atop the ACC with 8-2 conference records.That single loss, a 64-60 defeat at the hands of ACC bottom dweller Boston College, was the type of game that left skeptics wondering whether Florida State has the talent to back up Snaer’s proclamation or find a way to win its first ever league title since joining the ACC in 1991. After all, BC’s upset win Feb. 8 was its first win over a ranked opponent in three years.The only other conference loss for the Seminoles this season was to the Clemson Tigers, a middle-of-the-road squad. So how does head coach Leonard Hamilton – a legitimate National Coach of the Year candidate – explain those types of losses?“That’s the way it is in the ACC; if you’re not on your game, somebody else will be on theirs, and that showed up in the result,” Hamilton told the Associated Press after the loss to BC. “They were hungrier and they were motivated. … If you don’t come with that focus, everybody in the [ACC] will beat you.”Maybe what we’re witnessing is simply a lack of composure due to a lack of limelight experience. Prior to the loss to Boston College, Florida State had achieved its highest AP ranking since 1998 at No. 15.In the remaining three weeks until NCAA tournament time, Florida State will have its opportunity to prove itself and avoid the losses top-tier teams refuse to permit. And Snaer has recognized how important that is since FSU’s failed to grab sole possession of first place in the conference standings.“Starting off the game, what we did, not respecting that team – we weren’t as focused as we should have been, and that caught up with us at the end of the game,” Snaer told the Associated Press. “We get national recognition, and we didn’t handle it well.”Underestimating an opponent shouldn’t be an excuse any longer. The remainder of Florida State’s schedule consists of three home games and three road games with five of them coming against the top seven teams of the ACC. While Duke and Virginia remain the only ranked teams left on the schedule, the final stretch leading into the ACC tournament will be anything but easy for the Seminoles.The best thing for Florida State going forward is the makeup of this team. Six seniors and five juniors, who have been part of three consecutive NCAA Tournament teams under Hamilton, including Snaer (the team’s leading scorer at 13.8 points per game), make up the roster. Upperclassmen leadership should aid in the process of becoming mentally prepared to challenge Duke and North Carolina for the rights to the ACC crown. The last time any team beside Duke or North Carolina won the ACC championship outright was Wake Forest in 2003.For now, it may be best to ignore the loss to Boston College and treat it as an anomaly, as the ‘Noles have still won eight out of nine games after beginning the season 9-6. What they do the rest of the season, especially in the rematch with Duke, is more important than a road loss to BC. Will Florida State back up its leading scorer and win its first ACC title?Despite Snaer’s prediction, it was too early to call it then, and it’s still too early to call it now. Yet, for the first time in quite a while, it doesn’t appear to be an outlandish notion to consider an ACC conference champion that doesn’t sport some shade of blue.Brett is a senior majoring in journalism. Will Michael Snaer’s prediction hold true, or is he just setting himself up for disappointment? Let Brett know what you think by tweeting him at @BAsportswriter or send him an email at [email protected]last_img read more

Rangers Ready For Canadiens

first_imgThe Montreal Canadiens can rest easy. They won’t be disrespected by their next playoff opponent,If anything, the New York Rangers are giving them too much respect heading into the May 17 opener of the Eastern Conference finals.The Canadiens come in following a bitter matchup with the Boston Bruins that concluded with harsh words in the series-ending handshake line. Bruins forward Milan Lucic reportedly threatened defenseman Alexei Emelin and forward Dale Weise.Weise never revealed exactly what was said, but Lucic called him a “baby” when told that Weise brought it up. Whatever it was, it won’t be repeated by the Rangers, who are already playing the underdog card as they enter the series.“I know they went into the Boston series saying that they felt Boston didn’t respect them. We respect Montreal quite a bit,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said after practice before traveling north.“They’re not only a very strong team, but they’re a team that has beaten the No. 1 team in the NHL right now, a team that went to the Stanley Cup finals last year, a team that beat the New York Rangers in five games last year. We know that we’ve got our hands full.“They’re the favorites. Against Tampa Bay and against Boston, they were the underdogs, they didn’t have home ice. Now, they’re going into this series very likely expected to win. Pressure does funny things to different people. I’m anxious to see how we’re going to react. I’m sure they’re anxious to see how they’re going to act.”There is no question Vigneault believes it, but this could also have a tinge of gamesmanship tied into it. Since the Canadiens eliminated the Bruins on May 14 with a road victory in Game 7, there has been talk that the Rangers caught a break by avoiding Boston — which had the NHL’s best record in the regular season and knocked them out in five games in the second round last year.Montreal coach Michel Therrien, who replaced Vigneault as Canadiens coach during his first stint with the team back in 2000, knows his counterpart quite well. He didn’t engage in a debate over which team is the favorite.A trip to the Stanley Cup finals is at stake for each club.“The favorite? That’s a media game,” Therrien said. “You go in the New York paper, and they’re the favorite. You go in the Montreal paper, we’re the favorite. I’m not paying too much attention to those things. My only focus is to make sure today that we met with our players, and it’s about tomorrow.“This is our philosophy. This is not going to change. We understand that we need a really, really good hockey team. There’s a four-point difference between us and them, so they’re a good hockey team.”New York also is coming in off a road win in Game 7, finishing off the Pittsburgh Penguins on May 13 night to cap a comeback from 3-1 down in the series.That upset victory has already caused shock waves as the Penguins fired General Manager Ray Shero following the team’s fifth straight early exit since winning the Cup in 2009.Home ice didn’t matter in the first round when the Canadiens swept the Tampa Bay Lightning, or much in the second when they won the series opener and the clincher in Boston.Weise and rugged forward Brandon Prust are both familiar with the Rangers, having played with them briefly.Prust became a fan favorite during parts of three seasons with the Rangers, beginning with the 2009-10 campaign. Weise was drafted by New York in 2008, and played 10 career games with the Rangers.Prust left for Montreal as a free agent in 2012.“The rivalry against the Bruins definitely brought out emotion,” Prust told canadiens.com. “It just gets more and more emotional as you get closer to the Stanley Cup. It goes to a whole new level from here on out.“We’ll need to take the same approach, play with the same speed, be aggressive on the forecheck and make their defensemen work. The same goes for our ability to go the net, get rebounds, and most importantly play a physical brand of hockey.”While there will be hitting and tight defense, neither the Rangers nor the Canadiens feature the big bruising bodies the Bruins employ. These clubs rely on the fine goaltending they get from Henrik Lundqvist and Carey Price, respectively.Lundqvist was the difference in New York’s final three wins over Pittsburgh, outshining Penguins counterpart Marc-Andre Fleury and frustrating offensive stars Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin while stopping 102 of the final 105 shots he faced.However, he has struggled in Montreal and didn’t play there this season. He is 4-5-2 with a 3.87 goals-against average and .876 save percentage at the Bell Centre. His last appearance in Montreal was Jan. 15, 2012, when he was pulled after allowing four goals.Price had a 1.50 GAA, .950 save percentage and one shutout in the final four games against Boston. In two games this season versus the Rangers, Price stopped 74 of 75 shots.He also got the best of Lundqvist in the gold medal game at the Sochi Olympics when he lifted Canada to a 3-0 win over Sweden.“You go against a guy like that … you know you’re going to have to match his play or try to be better,” Lundqvist said of Price. “It’s going to be a challenge, but I look forward to that. I always like a challenge.”(IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more