The Latest: Auburn football had 34 positive COVID-19 tests The Southeastern Conference allows players to opt out of the season because of COVID-19 and remain on scholarship.Johnson started all 12 games last season, allowing only one sack. His father, David, was hospitalized this summer because of the virus.“I will be forever grateful for my time here at Ole Miss,” Johnson wrote Sunday night on Twitter. “God bless and Hotty Toddy.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Auburn football coach Gus Malzahn says his players have had 33 positive tests for COVID-19 this summer. Soccer’s U.S. Open Cup has been canceled this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The 2020 tournament was suspended in early March shortly before it was supposed to kick off. The final was to be held on either Sept. 22 or 23.Officially called the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, it is the longest-running soccer tournament in the United States and gives amateur teams a chance to take on the pros, setting up the chance for an intriguing Cinderella team to advance far into the tournament. The winner earns a spot in the Confederation of North, Central American and Caribbean Association Football’s Champions League.The U.S. Soccer Federation announced Monday that the Open Cup couldn’t be staged this year because the pandemic affected teams’ ability to travel, limited or eliminated fans at games, and necessitated strict testing protocols.The teams that were invited to participate this year will be invited next year instead. Malzahn says one staff member also tested positive earlier this summer. The Tigers and other Southeastern Conference teams opened preseason camp Monday ahead of a season scheduled to start on Sept. 26.Malzahn says Auburn had no positive tests last week, but four players are still going through the testing protocols. He expects results back by the end of the week.He says the school has administered 863 tests among players, an average of more than seven times each. Staffers have had five tests each.Linebacker Chandler Wooten and backup defensive back Traivon Leonard have opted out playing this season.___ “We are absolutely committed to 2021, to the future of our league and the pursuit of our vision of a bigger, stronger, more global CFL.”Unlike other major leagues in North America, the CFL does not have the luxury of a billion-dollar television contract. While its deal with TSN has become more lucrative over the years, the CFL remains a gate-driven league — a major problem when fans aren’t allowed in the stands.___Mississippi starting center Eli Johnson says he won’t play football this season.Johnson announced on Twitter that he’ll sit out the season and focus on completing his master’s degree in criminal justice in December. Associated Press August 17, 2020 There is no decision yet on how to allocate the CONCACAF Champions League slot that typically goes to the tournament champion.___Kansas State will allow 25% capacity at its football stadium for games this season after getting approval Monday from the county commission. That means a maximum crowd of just under 15,000 fans.The Big 12 Conference is allowing schools to set their own attendance policies based on local jurisdictions.The Riley County Commission reviewed the rest of Kansas State’s return-to-play protocols, too. Fans will be required to wear face coverings where 6 feet of social distancing cannot be maintained. Tailgating will not be permitted in parking lots controlled by the school. There will be no reentry. There also will be hand sanitizing stations and other protective measures. Furman of the Division I Southern Conference is postponing all fall nonconference sports due to the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Jason Donnelly said Monday the decision came after last week’s announcement that the league was pushing all its fall conference athletic competition and championships to the spring. Furman plays football in the Championship Subdivision.Donnelly says the school in Greenville, South Carolina, made the decision to protect the health and safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff, and fans.___There will be no fans at Atlanta’s Mercedes-Benz Stadium for NFL and MLS games played in September. The Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United say the coronavirus pandemic forced the decision. The teams say they will continue to collaborate with local and national health officials before deciding on the possibility for fans in games after September.The Falcons will play at least two home games without fans — against Seattle on Sept. 13 and against Chicago on Sept. 27.“The health and safety of our fans is our top priority,” said Steve Cannon, CEO of the Falcons and Atlanta United owner Arthur Blank’s sports and entertainment group. Cannon said the decision was made “after thoughtful consideration and collaboration.”Atlanta United previously announced there would be no fans for three games: Aug. 22 against Nashville SC, Aug. 29 against Orlando City SC and Sept. 2 against Inter Miami CF.___ One plus for fans: With the elimination of tailgating and reentry, the school will allow beer and wine to be purchased in general seating sections for the first time. Alcohol sales had been limited to luxury suites.___The CFL has canceled its 2020 season because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marks the first year the Grey Cup won’t be presented since 1919.The nine-team league announced the move Monday, dashing hopes of a shortened season in the hub city of Winnipeg, Manitoba. The decision comes after the CFL couldn’t solve a number of issues in an effort to try to salvage a season.“Our league governors decided today it is in the best long-term interests of the CFL to concentrate on the future,” Commissioner Randy Ambrosie said in a statement.
Fortuna Sittard confirmed his appointment on their website, saying he had signed an 18-month contract.Oliseh, 42, has an option to extend it for another season.He will take charge of training at Fortuna Sittard for the first time on 2 January.The club’s Turkish owner, Isitan Gün, said he was ‘very happy’ to announce Oliseh’s arrival.“With Sunday Oliseh we signed a young and ambitious coach with vision, one players look up to,” Gün said.“We were looking for someone who plays attractive football combining it with the will to win. We think Sunday is the right one for this job,” Gun added.Oliseh, who also played for Juventus and Borussia Dortmund during his club career, earned 63 caps for Nigeria.He helped his country win the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations and Olympic gold in 1996.Before taking on the role of head coach with Nigeria, Oliseh had previously coached Belgian lower tier side Verviétois.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Former Super Eagles Head Coach and Captain, Sunday Oliseh, has been appointed as head coach of the Dutch second tier club Fortuna Sittard.Oliseh, who stood down as Eagles coach ten months ago, previously played for Dutch giants Ajax from 1997 to 1999.
DeAndre Smith is Syracuse’s new running backs coach, SU Athletics announced on its website Sunday morning.Smith fills the void left by former SU running backs coach Tyrone Wheatley’s departure with former head coach Doug Marrone to the Buffalo Bills. Smith’s spent 14 years in college coaching, in which he’s coached nine different 1,000-yard rushers, according to SU Athletics.“Our running backs will be physical and very intelligent on the field,” Smith said in the announcement. “We have to secure the football and we have to make plays. It is an honor to be part of the great running backs tradition at Syracuse. When you walk through the Carrier Dome and see the history and tradition of running backs it is inspiring.”Smith first worked with head coach Scott Shafer and offensive coordinator George McDonald at Northern Illinois from 2001-2004. NIU won the Mid-American Conference West division title each of those four seasons, and one of Smith’s backs was an all-conference selection each season.Smith began his college coaching career in 1999 at Indiana State where he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for two seasons.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“DeAndre Smith is a dynamic recruiter who has experience covering all parts of the nation to bring in some of the best student-athletes.” Shafer said. “He has a proven track record, year after year, after year, tutoring several high profile running backs every team he has coached in college football.”Smith coached the running backs at Miami (Ohio) from 2005-07, UNLV in 2009, Illinois from 2010-11 and New Mexico in 2008 and 2012.Last season he oversaw Kasey Carrier’s school record-setting 1,469-yard season. Carrier ranked 12th in the country and rushed for 122.4 yards per game in an All-Mountain West performance.He takes over a running back stable led by juniors Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley. Smith rushed for 1,019 yards in the 2012 regular season, giving the Orange its fifth consecutive season with a 1,000-yard rusher. Short-yardage sophomore Adonis Ameen-Moore and the versatile freshman Ashton Broyld add to the backfield corps.The Orange rushed for 2,431 yards in 2012, averaging 187 yards per game. Comments Published on January 21, 2013 at 2:57 pm Contact Jacob: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Jacob_Klinger_ Related Stories ‘Shakes and intimidates’: After lifetime of learning, Scott Shafer ready to apply lessons as new head coachGery: Shafer the right coach to keep Syracuse’s momentum moving forwardShafer adds George McDonald as offensive coordinator, Tim Lester as quarterbacks coach, according to reportsShafer hires Chuck Bullough to be Syracuse defensive coordinator Facebook Twitter Google+
11 months ago Randy Orton: Rumours about WWE’s Apex Predator that came true SUBSCRIBE TO US Akhil Nambiar 11 months ago Stone Cold reveals how his recent cameo appearances have helped WWE 11 months ago WWE is back with Raw 2019: Here is a list of the best Raw wrestlers LIVE TV First Published: 19th September, 2019 07:05 IST AJ Styles has once again proven why he is the only ‘Phenomenal one’ in the WWE arena. On Sunday, he successfully defended his title as the WWE United States Champion. He won the title for the third consecutive time. Some would say that Styles is on a roll, turning every opportunity coming his way into success.AJ Styles and his fandomAJ Styles’ in-ring prowess has garnered him fans worldwide. With his confidence in the cage and adventurous aerial manoeuvres, he has gathered immense success as a WWE entertainer. Styles has fought with WWE stars like Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns, Kevin Owens since his debut at the Royal Rumble in 2016. His reputation as star brawler only gained more credibility through his victories over WWE heavyweights like John Cena and Randy Orton. Styles has headed into 17 PPVs (Pay per views) as the WWE Champion of which 13 were during his second reign.READ | WWE Is Back With Raw 2019: Here Is A List Of The Best Raw WrestlersREAD | WWE Clash Of Champions: Seth Truly Creates ‘Hell In A Cell’ For Braun AJ Styles and his feudsIn 2017, AJ Styles began a rivalry with the then champion Jinder Mahal by attacking him. Later, he defeated Mahal at Smackdown Live held in England to win the WWE Championship title. That win helped Styles fight Universal Champion Brock Lesnar at Survivor Series held a few days later, which he lost.READ | Stone Cold Reveals How His Recent Cameo Appearances Have Helped WWEAnother one of his feuds was with Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn, to whom he had lost back-to-back matches. It led to a handicap championship match at the Royal Rumble in January 2018. Later, Styles took on Owens, Zayn, John Cena, Dolph Ziggler, and Baron Corbin in a six-pack challenge in March to successfully defend his championship title.He also started a feud with Shinsuke Nakamura after the latter challenged him at Wrestlemania. At the match held in April 2018, Styles defeated Nakamura to retain the WWE Championship. But after the event, Styles was attacked by Nakamura, which only furthered their feud. Styles went in to retain his title against Nakamura on three different occasions. Styles has also had feuds with Samoa Joe, Daniel Bryan, and Randy Orton.READ | Randy Orton: Rumours About WWE’s Apex Predator That Came True COMMENT WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US 11 months ago WWE Raw 2019: Braun Strowman v Seth Rollins; Sasha Banks v Becky Lynch 11 months ago WWE Clash of Champions: Seth Truly Creates ‘Hell In A Cell’ for Braun Written By Last Updated: 18th September, 2019 10:15 IST WWE: United States Champion AJ Styles’ Report Card, Stats, And Fandom WWE: United States WWW champion, AJ Styles’ recently defended his title, winning the title for the third time; here’s all that you need to know about him WE RECOMMEND
His tone made it obvious that “the plan” was not his plan.“I don’t feel like I missed much time,” he said of the need to build back up slowly. “I kept throwing all the way through. I guess it’s a luxury we have as a team.”Indeed it is. That’s why Kershaw’s simulated game was followed by a 32-pitch bullpen session by Yu Darvish. The right-hander is taking a 10-day break on the DL because of back spasms that hampered him in his most recent start — and because his starts in August are meaningless for a team with a 20-game lead and big plans for October.Darvish worked with pitching coach Rick Honeycutt on some mechanical adjustments in his delivery during Monday’s throwing session and reported no further issues with his back. He will throw another bullpen session on Thursday and is then penciled in to rejoin the Dodgers’ rotation on Sunday at home against the Milwaukee Brewers.Kershaw will take his restraints partially off on Saturday when he is scheduled to make a rehab start with Triple-A Oklahoma City. But even the prospect of that final step before returning to the majors — most likely during the Dodgers’ series in San Diego Sept. 1-3 — didn’t seem to excite him. “You can’t simulate a big-league game. You’ve just got to go do it,” he said about testing his readiness to return. “Even a rehab game. You’ve just got to go pitch in the big leagues.”Kershaw threw 55 pitches Monday to hitters Chase Utley and Kiké Hernandez and hitting coach Turner Ward. He satisfied everyone but himself, calling his pitches and execution “all pretty average.”“Sim games are really hard,” he said. “You try to create intensity but you can’t. It’s really not a good recipe, but I guess that’s what you have to do.”Honeycutt acknowledged that Kershaw was “not perfectly happy with every pitch — at the same time, I’m not sure that’s ever the case” and said the left-hander’s recovery has gone more quickly than anticipated.“If anything, we could have bumped this (four-inning sim game) up even sooner because he hasn’t lost much arm strength or endurance,” Honeycutt said.Austin Barnes caught Kershaw during the sim game and said any dissatisfaction on the left-hander’s part was “just Kershaw being the perfectionist he always is.”“He looked really good,” Barnes said. “Catching his bullpen (session Friday in Detroit), he looked like the same Kersh as always.“He threw all his pitches (Monday) and looked good. There was no tail-off in his pitches. That’s a good sign.”Kershaw is scheduled to throw four innings or approximately 60 pitches for the OKC Dodgers on Saturday.Bellinger breakRookie Cody Bellinger was not in the starting lineup for the second consecutive day since suffering a mild ankle sprain Saturday in Detroit. Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said Bellinger still has slight swelling in his right ankle and will be held out of the lineup again today.“With the torque he creates with his swing and the instability created with a sprain, it just doesn’t make sense right now,” Roberts said. “It’s sort of day by day. I don’t see him in the lineup tomorrow (today), and that’s as far as I want to go now.”AlsoThe Dodgers will recall right-hander Brock Stewart from Triple-A Oklahoma City to start today in Pittsburgh. Darvish was originally scheduled to start the game before going on the DL. PITTSBURGH >> Clayton Kershaw should be happy.His back injury was less serious than might have been feared when he left his July 23 start. He has returned to health relatively quickly. And his team is so far out front that it can afford to take it slowly with him, giving him a long runway to return to the rotation with bullets saved for October.Oh, yeah — that last part doesn’t seem to sit well with the Dodgers ace.“Health-wise, I could have pitched in the big leagues 10 days ago. But that’s not the plan obviously,” Kershaw said Monday after throwing a four-inning simulated game at PNC Park. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
The Piper Malibu aircraft disappeared with Sala and pilot David Ibbotson on board Jan. 21, with the 28-year-old en route to Cardiff having completed a club-record transfer from Ligue 1 side Nantes.A police statement issued late Thursday read: “The body brought to Portland Port today, Thursday 7 February 2019, has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala. Related News “The families of Mr. Sala and the pilot David Ibbotson have been updated with this news and will continue to be supported by specially-trained family liaison officers. Our thoughts remain with them at this difficult time.”HM Coroner will continue to investigate the circumstances of this death supported by Dorset Police.”#Update The body brought to Portland Port today has been formally identified by HM Coroner for Dorset as that of professional footballer Emiliano Sala.The families of Mr Sala and pilot David Ibbotson have been updated. Our thoughts remain with them allhttps://t.co/YpVTvaEt7P— Dorset Police (@dorsetpolice) February 7, 2019An initial search and rescue effort was called off by Guernsey Police after three days on Jan. 24.Guernsey harbormaster Captain David Barker called their chances of survival “extremely remote,” but a number of high-profile football figures and members of the public answered the family’s calls to fund a private search operation.The plane was located on the seabed off Guernsey on Sunday using a remotely operated vehicle, during which time a body was found amid what remained of the light aircraft.A recovery operation was then launched following consultation with the families of Sala and Ibbotson, and the police.The soccer world came together in grief and to pay its respects as the severity of the Sala story began to unfold, with floral tributes laid outside Cardiff City Stadium and vigils held in Nantes, where 42 goals in three-and-a-half seasons made him a fan favorite.Following reports of a dispute between the two clubs this week, Cardiff chairman Mehmet Dalman confirmed the Premier League outfit was yet to pay the first installment of Sala’s transfer fee. Dorset Police have confirmed the body recovered from a plane wreckage in the English Channel is that of Cardiff City striker Emiliano Sala.The UK’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) confirmed Wednesday that a victim had been passed to the Dorset Coroner, having been recovered with the help of specialist contractors. “We must show respect to the family. There is a process for recovering the plane,” he said, prior to Sala’s body being identified.”(We will pay) when we think it’s the right time to do it. I don’t think Cardiff said we were not going to pay.” Body recovered from Emiliano Sala plane wreckage
NFL PLAYOFF PICTURE:Updated AFC, NFC standings for Week 16The winner of the NFC East will get into playoffs with the No. 4 seed and host a wild-card game, most likely against the tough runner-up in the NFC West, either the 49ers or the Seahawks.Here’s a breakdown of how the Eagles or Cowboys can win a second division title in three seasons. Say the Eagles lose to the Giants and the Cowboys tie the Redskins: Philadelphia is still the NFC East champion in that scenario at 8-8 vs. Dallas going 7-8-1.The Giants are definitely a tough opponent for the Eagles and will be motivated to play spoiler against their rivals, but the Redskins will play with similar sentiments against the Cowboys.The bottom line: One underachieving NFC East playoff team from last season will end 2019 on a disappointing note, with the other getting new life in the NFC playoffs. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/eb/89/carson-wentz-120919-getty-ftr_1l5up6290a9m61jei0ymewefyi.jpg?t=-303546474&w=500&quality=80 How the Eagles or Cowboys win the NFC EastThe Eagles still need to beat the Giants (4-11) in New York in Week 17 to win the division — or hope the Cowboys lose to the Redskins (3-12) in Dallas.The Cowboys would win the division with a win over the Redskins and an Eagles loss to the Giants. Dallas holds the tiebreaker if both teams finish 8-8 because it would have a superior division record, 4-1 vs. 3-2 for Philadelphia.Say the Eagles tie the Giants after going into overtime with them in Week 14: 8-7-1 works for Philly, too, because Dallas can only reach 8-8. The NFC East is the worst division in the NFL, but it will still have a playoff team — either the Eagles or the Cowboys — when the 2019 regular season is all said and done in a week.The Eagles (8-7) got the upper hand by beating the Cowboys (7-8) in Week 16, avenging their loss in Dallas earlier this season to go up a full game. The Cowboys would have won the division by sweeping the season series, but now the Eagles have complete control in Week 17.
Additionally, Trevor Lawrence will likely be the favorite to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy over the summer, so it would be a shock to not hear Heisman mentioned at least two or three times.Will President Trump predict a winner before kickoff? Yes +400 / No -700The 45th President of the United States loves sports, and he confirmed that he will be attending this game in person earlier in the week. The POTUS was in Tuscaloosa for the LSU-Alabama showdown back in November, and he has cordial relations with both Ed Orgeron and Dabo Swinney. That’s why it’s unlikely for Trump to pick a winner before the game, but the winning coach can certainly expect a call from the POTUS after the game. Will President Trump tweet during the game? Yes +300 / No -500Trump loves social media more than any other politician, but he has tamped down his Twitter usage over the past year. He is not as active on the social media platform as he was earlier in his presidency, and he doesn’t usually tweet during important political or sporting events. The oddsmakers were sharp with the line for this one. All eyes will be on New Orleans on Monday night when the LSU Tigers and Clemson Tigers face off in the 2020 College Football Playoff national championship game. LSU is currently favored by 5.5 points over Clemson, and the total is one of the highest in the history of national title games at 69.5. There are sure to be plenty of fireworks, and in addition to betting on the game itself, you can bet on player props and more exotic options. Fans can bet on whether famous alumni of both schools will be shown on the air, and there are multiple wagering options regarding President Donald Trump.MORE: Get the latest NCAA odds & betting advice at Sports Insider College Football Playoff championship game prop betsDonald Trump prop betsProp’Yes’ odds’No’ oddsWill Trump be shown on broadcast?-500+300Will Trump wear a red tie?-1000+500Will Trump predict winner before kickoff?+400-700Will Trump sing along to national anthem?-200+150Will Trump tweet during game?+300-500Will Trump congratulate winning team on Twitter?-1000+500Celebrity appearancesProp’Yes’ odds’No’ oddsWill Drake be shown on broadcast?+300-500Will James Carville be shown on broadcast?+400-500Will Jarvis Landry be shown on broadcast?+170-250Will Odell Beckham Jr. be shown on broadcast?+170-250Will Shaq be shown on broadcast?-200+150Will “Refrigerator” Perry be shown on broadcast?+500-1000Broadcast prop betsPropOddsTotal times “Heisman” will be said on broadcastOver 1.5 (-220); Under 1.5 (+155)Total times “Tigers” will be said on broadcastOver 3.5 (-150); Under 3.5 (+110)Will “29 in a row” be said on broadcast?No (-200); Yes (+150)Will “home field advantage” be said on broadcast?Yes (-140); No (+100)Player will kneel during national anthemNo (-2000); Yes (+1000)All prop bets and odds via BetOnline.agJoe Burrow over/under 369.5 passing yardsAt this time last year, no one would have believed that Burrow would have such a lofty passing total in a title game. However, Joe Brady brought LSU’s offense into the 21st Century with schemes and route trees he learned at New Orleans under Sean Payton, and Burrow has smashed dozens of school records as a result.Burrow has thrown for over 5,200 yards this season, and he is on pace to set the NCAA single season completion percentage record. He has completed at least 71 percent of his passes in every game, averaging 372 YPG through the air. Clemson has the best scoring defense in the country, but the Tigers from South Carolina haven’t seen a quarterback like Burrow in 2019.Trevor Lawrence over/under 284.5 passing yardsLawrence has been night and day from the first half of the season to the second half. Clemson’s star quarterback tossed eight interceptions in the team’s first seven games, and the defending national champions appeared unlikely to repeat after a slow start.The sophomore quarterback is back to his old self now though, and he hasn’t thrown a pick in seven straight games. He overcame a shaky start to lead Clemson past Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl, showing a willingness to tuck it and run with the game on the line. Lawrence is likely to use his mobility often again, but the early action on this prop bet is on the over. MORE: Full betting preview for LSU vs. ClemsonWill Odell Beckham Jr. be shown during the broadcast? Yes +170 / No -250Odell Beckham Jr.’s reunion with former LSU teammate Jarvis Landry did not pay off as everyone expected this offseason. Cleveland was the favorite per the NFL futures odds to win the AFC North for much of the offseason, but the Browns could only manage to go 6-10.OBJ loves the spotlight, so he might relish the chance to see his former school play in the national championship after a dismal season. There are similar odds for Landry to be shown on television during the broadcast, but OBJ is more likely to be picked out of a crowd and highlighted by ESPN. How many times will “Heisman” be said during the broadcast? Over/Under 1.5 times The safest prop bet on Monday night is on the announcers to say the word “Heisman” at least twice during the broadcast. Everyone has raved about Burrow all year, and it’s only natural to call LSU’s quarterback the reigning Heisman Trophy winner or mention that he won the Heisman Trophy multiple times in one facet or another.
NBA commissioner Adam Silver has said the league’s current hiatus will last at least 30 days as the sports world continues to work through the challenges presented by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The sudden suspension of play has left NBA players with a lot of difficult questions.When will they return to the court? How long will the 2019-20 season last if it continues? And how could this stretch potentially impact salaries? Sources told Wojnarowski there have been no discussions yet between the league and NBPA about a “force majeure event” because there is hope the season will resume later this year.There’s been no discussion about the league/owners trying to trigger the Force Majeure should the season be lost because of coronavirus pandemic — but union clearly wants to make sure players understand it exists. https://t.co/aZ3MVIfDUB— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 13, 2020During an “NBA on TNT” interview, Silver said it is possible the season will not continue, but there is not enough information available to make that determination at this point.”We wanted to give direction to our players and teams and to our fans that [the suspension of play] is gonna be roughly at least a month,” Silver said. “But then the question becomes, is there a protocol, frankly, with or without fans in which we can resume play?” MORE: Why NBA suspended season and what’s nextThe National Basketball Players Association addressed that last issue in a memo sent out to players Friday, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. The NBPA explained there is a “doomsday provision” in the current collective bargaining agreement covering a “force majeure event” that would free owners from paying players a percentage of their salaries if the remainder of the season is canceled.From Article XXXIX, Section 5 of the CBA:”Force Majeure Event” shall mean the occurrence of any of the following events or conditions, provided that such event or condition either (i) makes it impossible for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement, or (ii) frustrates the underlying purpose of this Agreement, or (iii) makes it economically impracticable for the NBA to perform its obligations under this Agreement: wars or war-like action (whether actual 468 Article XXXIX or threatened and whether conventional or other, including, but not limited to, chemical or biological wars or war-like action); sabotage, terrorism or threats of sabotage or terrorism; explosions; epidemics; weather or natural disasters, including, but not limited to, fires, floods, droughts, hurricanes, tornados, storms or earthquakes; and any governmental order or action (civil or military); provided, however, that none of the foregoing enumerated events or conditions is within the reasonable control of the NBA or an NBA Team.As Bleacher Report’s Ric Bucher notes, players’ salaries would be reduced by 1.08 percent for every canceled game in this scenario. For example, LeBron James would lose about $404,000 per canceled game. (He makes $37.4 million in salary this season.) This obviously wouldn’t crush someone in James’ salary range, but it would be a significant blow for players signed to less lucrative deals.
Sharapova fights to first title since drugs ban MOST READ View comments Roger Federer of Switzerland holds the trophy after winning his men’s final singles match against Rafael Nadal of Spain at the Shanghai Masters tennis tournament in Shanghai on October 15, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURIRoger Federer got one over his old rival Rafael Nadal to win the Shanghai Masters 6-4, 6-3 on Sunday in a showdown between the two best players on the planet.It was a 94th title for the Swiss legend, drawing him level with the great Ivan Lendl, and closes the gap on world number one Nadal at the top of the rankings as the season reaches its conclusion.ADVERTISEMENT Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson LATEST STORIES It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny There were suggestions that Federer might not be quite as fresh as his old foe, having been pushed to three sets a day earlier in the second semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro.The timeless Federer rubbished that notion as he seared his way to a 5-3 first-set lead.Nadal sent down his fourth ace for 5-4, only for Federer to seal the set with his seventh ace of the match.There was little between the great rivals in the early exchanges of the second set until the pivotal fifth game.Nadal, on a great run of form that won him the US Open and China Open in recent weeks, saved the first break point but could not survive the second one to put Federer in reach of a second Shanghai Masters crown.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nadal, 31, groaned while lashing many of his shots; Federer was all quiet efficiency.Somewhere in the stadium somebody rattled a cow bell.Federer rapidly made it 4-2 with two booming aces in a row, drawing huge cheers from much of the stadium.In contrast, Nadal — a 16-time Grand Slam winner but who had never won the Shanghai Masters — was laboring through his service games.He went long on a straightforward forehand but powered an ace to make it 4-3 to the Swiss. ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 05:05SEA Games 2019: Rubilen Amit finally beats Chezka Centeno for 9-ball gold (HIGHLIGHTS)03:22SEA Games 2019: Charly Suarez stops Burmese foe, advances to boxing semi00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set In-form Nadal was ahead in their overall record down the years, with 23 wins to Federer’s 14, but he was up against it almost right away. Number two Federer put Nadal under the cosh immediately on the Spaniard’s serve, breaking him in the first game — to roars of approval from the majority inside the arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogThe 36-year-old Swiss, fondly known as “Cow” in China for his laid-back personality, had started the better and he rattled through his own service game for 2-0.Federer, a 19-time Grand Slam champion who had beaten Nadal in their last four encounters, was in full flow under the Qizhong Tennis Center roof, which was closed because of downpours in Shanghai. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’