The U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction ceremony to 2021 because of the COVID-19 pandemic.This year’s induction ceremony had been scheduled for Sept. 19-20 in Frisco, Texas, where the Hall of Fame is located.Members of the 2020 and 2021 classes will be inducted together in a ceremony next year.Voting for the 2020 class was completed earlier this year but not yet announced.Former U.S. national team goalkeeper Hope Solo, dismissed from the team following the 2016 Olympics, was among the first-time eligible players on the ballot. U.S. national team members Brad Davis, Whitney Engen, Herculez Gómez and Clarence Goodson also were among 14 first-time eligible players on the 42-person ballot. June 23, 2020 Maine’s Bowdoin College and UMass Boston are canceling their fall sports schedules due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Bowdoin President Clayton Rose cited limitations on campus attendance in an announcement detailing the school’s plans for the fall semester. UMass Boston interim Chancellor Katherine Newman said in a memo that the school will focus on remote instruction in the fall with no on-ground student activities.Both schools compete in Division III. Bowdoin has 31 varsity teams. UMass Boston has 18.Rose said there may be an opportunity for the winter, spring and possibly fall athletes to participate and compete in some form after Jan. 1. But there will be no elimination of programs or furloughs or cuts to athletic administration, staff or coaches.Newman said she is hopeful conditions will improve enough by October that the school will be able to open some on-campus programs. Associated Press ___Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin says two unidentified players have tested positive for COVID-19 and recovered.Tomlin said Tuesday the players tested positive at some point earlier this year. Both players went through what Tomlin called “the appropriate protocol” and have since returned to work.Neither player visited the team facility at any point during the offseason. The Steelers, like the rest of the NFL, have been meeting and training remotely rather than in person since mid-March.___ The Latest: NJ track to resume live horse racing July 3 The karate worlds are held every two years. The scheduled 2022 event has also been put back one year to 2023 in Budapest, Hungary.___Another tennis player has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in an exhibition series organized by Novak Djokovic in Serbia and Croatia.Viktor Troicki says he and his pregnant wife have both been diagnosed with the virus. The former top-20 player from Serbia played against Djokovic in Belgrade during the first part of the two-leg tour.Djokovic was the face behind the Adria Tour. The series started in the Serbian capital and then moved to Zadar, Croatia, last weekend. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Monmouth Park will reopen for simulcast wagering and sports betting on July 2, with live horse racing returning the following day. The Penguins submitted what the club called an “aggressive” bid to be a hub city and was among the 10 finalists — including seven in the U.S. — announced by NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman. They announced Tuesday they weren’t selected, joining the Columbus Blue Jackets.Penguins President and CEO David Morehouse said simply being a finalist reflected the city’s support of the team and the NHL.The Penguins are among 24 teams that are in Phase 2 of the league’s Return to Play program, which consists of small group workouts without coaches. Those 24 teams will eventually be part of an expanded playoff format, with 12 teams committed to each of the two host cities.Canada’s federal government last week said it would allow the league to quarantine internally, making Toronto, Vancouver and Edmonton realistic possibilities.___ ___This year’s karate world championships have been postponed for one year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Karate Federation says the championships will now take place from Nov. 16-21, 2021, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.The governing body says “the well-being and safety of competitors and fans could not be ensured amid the ongoing epidemic of COVID-19.”Karate was set to make its debut at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo but that event has also been postponed by a year. There were no social distancing measures observed at the matches in either country.Three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria said Sunday he has tested positive for the virus. Borna Coric played Dimitrov on Saturday in Zadar and said Monday he has also tested positive.Djokovic left Croatia after the final was canceled and was tested in Belgrade. The results are expected soon.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The complex will operate at 25% capacity as part of New Jersey’s second stage of loosening of restrictions to slow the spread of the coronavirus. The racetrack has been closed to the public since March 16 because of the pandemic.“We know our fans are as eager to return to Monmouth Park as we are to have them back,” said Dennis Drazin, chairman and CEO of Darby Development LLC, which runs the track.The 37-day meet runs through Sept. 27, highlighted by the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 18.___Pittsburgh is out of the running to be one of the two hubs for the NHL when the league resumes its season amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries — the world’s largest repository of LGBTQ materials — will digitize 4,200 LGBTQ political posters and protest signs from its collection. The materials will be made accessible through the USC Digital Library and the Digital Public Library of America for free public access. Photo courtesy of ONE Born this way · The ONE Archives strive to paint a picture of the LGBTQ community’s history of social and political activism.According to the Council on Library and Information Resources, the collection, named “Out Front: 60 Years of LGBTQ Political Graphics,” houses mostly signs and posters from Pride celebrations and protests.“Some highlights are iconic posters created by ACT UP, the Gay Liberation Front and 1950s-era homophile organizations like the Mattachine Society,” CLIR reported. “These posters, stored in flat files at the ONE Archives’ facility, are exceedingly difficult to access. They comprise some of the few remaining visual traces of pioneering activists and organizations that advanced the struggle for LGBTQ equality.”The ONE Archives focus on collecting, preserving and making available documents to help paint a picture of the LGBTQ history and culture. ONE founder Jim Kepner cultivated his own personal collection of LGBTQ archives and then merged with ONE Institute in 1994 to create the ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives. The collection of archives has grown to become the largest storehouse of LGBTQ content in the world and the oldest ongoing LGBTQ organization in the country.Loni Shibuyama, a ONE Archives librarian, explained that the main goal for the organization is to make the collections available to as many people as possible.“Generally speaking, most of what we have is one of a kind, so if anybody wants to look at the materials, they would have to physically visit our archives in order to look at them,” Shibuyama said. “By digitizing our materials, we have the ability to make them available online. This makes it easy for people from all over the world to be able to look at the archives and use them for different purposes.”According to Shibuyama, the archives will be accessible to anyone affiliated with USC.“Whether you’re a student, a documentary filmmaker, scholar or professor you are able to look at the primary materials that we have,” Shibuyama said. “You can interpret them and share them, add to the dialogue on the LGBT community and their contributions [to] society.” Catherine Quinlan, dean of USC Libraries, conveyed a similar focus for the project.“We try to collect materials that build our LGBT or ONE library,” Quinlan said. “The focus, however, is not just on the archives, but on having archives that really speak to the specific research and teaching that’s done at this campus. We try very hard to provide materials that really support and enhance what our students and our faculty do here.”Quinlan hopes that by sharing these visual materials, USC will not only be able to document LGBTQ viewpoints since the 1950s, but also spearhead a continued collection of data and analysis of the lives of the LGBTQ community.“The more people hear about what we have, the more interested they are in making sure that we fill in gaps in our collection,” Quinlan said. “A lot of archival materials are held in the hands of individuals — not just institutions — and we’re trying to make sure those individual collections are preserved and can be accessible.”Quinlan also said that people oftentimes feel encouraged to share their materials with the library once they realize the historical importance of the documents they own.“When people find out that we have these political graphics at the ONE Archives they think, ‘ I have some stuff. I didn’t know it’d be of interest to anybody, would you like to add it to your collection?’ It really helps develop and enhance our collection even further,” Quinlan said.
The No. 21 men’s golf team and the No. 3 women’s golf team both have big tournaments this week as they look to add on to their tournament success. The men are headed to San Martin, California to compete at the Gifford Collegiate Championship, while the women will be in Hawaii for the Pac-12 Preview. The men have finished in the top-two three times in their four events and the women are looking to win their third straight first-place finish.Powerful Park · All-American junior Annie Park is coming off of a win at the Windy City Collegiate Classic, the sixth of her career at USC. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationThe women won the Pac-12 Preview last year, an event in which every Pac-12 team and Hawai’i compete in a two-day tournament. The Women of Troy will use their fourth different lineup in their fourth event of the year with two-time All-American juniors Annie Park and Kyung Kim, All-American sophomore Karen Chung, sophomore Gabriella Then and junior transfer Elizabeth Doty.Park’s win at the Windy City Collegiate Classic earlier this year was the sixth of her USC career, setting a new school record for career wins. Park has also qualified for the final stage of the LPGA “Q” School which will take place Dec. 3-7 at the LPGA International G.C. She tied for third at the Stage II event and was the only player in Stage II to finish under-par in all four rounds. Park and fellow All-American Kim are tied for second on USC’s career list for rounds in the 60s with 18 each, only four back of the all-time record.The women’s team had nine wins last season which was two better than the previous school record of seven, set in the 2012-2013 season.The men’s team will compete against UCLA, Colorado, Lamar, Northwestern, Stanford, South Florida, SMU, Texas and Wisconsin on the par-71 course in the three-day tournament. The Trojans return three starters from last year’s group that made it to the final round of the NCAA Championship for the eighth year in a row. The three returners are sophomore Rico Hoey, and seniors Paul Smith and Eric Sugimoto.After four events, freshman Sean Crocker leads the men in stroke average and rounds in the 60s. Crocker has a pair of top-four finishes in the fall tournaments including a second-place tie at the Southwestern Intercollegiate. Hoey is second on the team in both stroke average and rounds in the 60s followed by freshman Jonah Texeira,75 who is third on the team in both categories. Hoey also has a couple of top-three finishes including a second-place finish at the Bill Cullum Invitational. Texeira has two top-10 finishes so far including a third-place finish at the Bill Cullum Invitational.The Gifford Collegiate Championship runs from Nov. 3-5 while the Pac-12 preview kicks off on the Nov. 3 and finishes the next day. The results from both events can be followed on Golfstat.com.
With National Signing Day coming and going on Feb. 1 every year, Wisconsin football head coach Paul Chryst closed the book on his third recruiting class since he took over the program.This year, Wisconsin, fresh off a Cotton Bowl victory, signed 19 players to scholarship and added 10 walk-ons. Highlights of the class include four in-state offensive lineman, a quarterback from Long Island and a late four-star receiver recruit.“We couldn’t be more confident about this group and the fit that they are with Wisconsin,” Chryst said. “That’s when you feel really good about it. It’s a long process for the prospective student-athletes that we can now call Badgers and part of our football family.”Meet the scholarship players – organized by position – and see what they, and their coaches, have to say about joining Wisconsin football.Football: Jim Leonhard named Wisconsin defensive coordinatorPaul Chryst didn’t have to look far for his new defensive coordinator. The University of Wisconsin football team announced Thursday Read…Quarterbacks (2)Jack Coan ★ ★ ★Hometown: Sayville, New York (Sayville High School)Height: 6’3″ — Weight: 200 poundsCoan emerges from the unheralded football landscape of Long Island, where its best athletes play lacrosse and football takes a back seat. But Coan passed on a lacrosse scholarship at Notre Dame to pursue college football at UW.Although unfamiliar with the program until his recruitment heated up, Coan said Chryst’s track record of developing quarterbacks was desirable.“He’s got a bunch of quarterbacks in the NFL right now,” Coan said. “He’s a great quarterback developer. I feel like he gets the full potential out all of his recruits, whether it’s quarterback or anything else.”Coan was named New York Gatorade Player of the Year his senior season and was a three-time first-team all-state selection. He also set Long Island career records in passing yards (9,787) and touchdown passes (128).Danny Vanden Boom ★ ★ Hometown: Kimberly, Wisconsin (Kimberly High School)Height: 6’5″ — Weight: 200 poundsThe Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the Year, Vanden Boom’s name may sound familiar to Badger fans because his father, Matt, was an all-American defensive back at UW before being drafted by Buffalo in 1983.Most recently, Vanden Boom led Kimberly to back-to-back undefeated seasons and was voted first-team all-state.Running backs (1)Jonathan Taylor ★ ★ ★Hometown: Salem, New Jersey (Salem High School)Height: 5’11” — Weight: 215 poundsA three-star recruit, Taylor ran for 4,642 yards and 51 total touchdowns throughout his career. He was awarded first-team all-state as a senior and broke former Badger running back Corey Clement’s South Jersey single-season record of 2,510 yards. His combination of size and speed allows him to get to the edge and run behind his pads at the same time.Jersey has produced Badger greats Ron Dayne, Anthony Davis and Clement. Will Taylor continue that trend?Wide receivers (4)Danny Davis ★ ★ ★ ★Hometown: Springfield, Ohio (Springfield High School)Height: 6’3″ — Weight: 180 poundsWisconsin hunted Davis hard in January and his commitment came right down to the wire, announcing his decision today at about 2 p.m., much to the coaching staff’s delight.Davis is a potential vertical threat the UW offense could use. The four-star recruit was a big get for the Badgers in an already-talented receiver class. As a senior, he rushed for 1,195 yards and seven touchdowns, while catching 22 passes for 559 yards and six touchdowns.Cade Green ★ ★ ★Hometown: Austin, Texas (Lake Travis High School)Height: 6’0″ — Weight: 190 poundsLike Coan, Green passed on the chance to play college lacrosse (Air Force). As a senior, his team won the Class 6A Division I state championship. He recorded 56 catches and 1,044 receiving yards with 13 touchdowns on the year to earn second-team All-Central Texas.Deron Harrell ★ ★ ★Hometown: Denver, Colorado (East High School)Height: 6’3″ — Weight: 178 poundsAnother tall target, Harrell is an early enrollee learning the ropes already. The Denver Prep League Offensive MVP gray-shirted last season, meaning he began school a semester late to maintain five years of eligibility. During that time, he focused on training to prepare for Division I football. Harrell made one thing clear — he wants the ball in his hands.“I just want to contribute and help our team win,” he said.His father Damian is an Arena League Hall of Famer and one of the best receivers in the league’s history, holding the record for receptions, receiving yards and touchdown receptions.Emmet Perry ★ ★ ★Hometown: Grand Prairie, Texas (DeSoto High School)Height: 6’2″ — Weight: 175 poundsPerry’s receivers coach was Terrance Orr II, UW’s Chris Orr’s older brother. All three are DeSoto alums. DeSoto won the Class 6A Division II title, going undefeated, with the help of Perry, who caught 45 passes for nine touchdowns and 830 yards.Wisconsin continues to find athletic success in alumni hiresThere is something unique about the nature of Wisconsin athletics. It’s not the iconic “Jump Around” celebration after the third quarter Read…Offensive Line (4)Tyler Beach ★ ★ ★Hometown: Grafton, Wisconsin (Port Washington High School)Height: 6’6″ — Weight: 280 poundsThe next time Beach allows a sack, it will be the first time in three seasons of playing he will have done so. The three-star recruit was selected first-team all-state by both the media and the coaches. Massive presence on the field and the undersized competition of high school play was no match for him. Beach’s dad, Bruce, played football at Air Force and Ohio Northern.Logan Bruss ★ ★ ★Hometown: Appleton, Wisconsin (Kimberly High School)Height: 6’5″ — Weight: 270 poundsBruss was a finalist for the Joe Thomas Award, given to the state’s top senior offensive lineman, along with Beach. The three-star recruit was a unanimous all-state selection by the AP his senior year.Alex Fenton ★ ★ ★ Hometown: Menomonie, Wisconsin (Menomonie High School)Height: 6’5″ — Weight: 290 poundsFenton didn’t play offensive line until his senior year, after playing at defensive tackle and tight end his junior season. He was part of an offensive line that allowed just one sack all season and was a consensus all-state first-team selection.Kayden Lyles ★ ★ ★ ★ Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin (Middleton High School)Height: 6’3″ — Weight: 315 poundsProbably the lineman most ready to make an immediate impact, Lyles enrolled early. His mobility and pulling capabilities set him apart, and he can play all three interior positions on the line. Rudolph said he will begin at guard.The unanimous first-team all-state selection also won the Thomas Award. His older brother, Karé, will be a redshirt freshman at quarterback next season. His parents are both UW alums as well.“At first I said I didn’t really want to come here because I wanted to do something on my own, go somewhere my parents haven’t been,” Lyles said.That all changed when he fell in love with the coaching staff and the school on Karé’s official visit.Tight end (1)Jake Ferguson ★ ★ ★Hometown: Madison, Wisconsin (Memorial High School)Height: 6’5″ — Weight: 220 poundsFerguson will be well-recognized in the program — his older brother, Jake, plays for the Badgers and his grandfather happens to be some guy named Barry Alvarez. But it wasn’t that connection that turned UW onto Ferguson — it was his play.Teetering between a three- and four-star recruit, Ferguson had 1,795 receiving yards and 15 touchdowns on his career while also playing defense, and is another three-sport athlete joining the Badgers this summer.Defensive line (1)Aaron Vopal ★ ★ ★Hometown: De Pere, Wisconsin (De Pere High School)Height: 6’7″ — Weight: 290 poundsGifted with incredible natural size, the three-star recruit earned first-team all-state honors after his senior season. His two-year varsity career included 117 tackles, 20 tackles-for-loss and 7.5 sacks. Vopal will play defensive end at UW.Linebacker (1)Andrew Van Ginkel ★ ★ ★Hometown: Rock Valley, Iowa (Rock Valley/Iowa Western Community College)Height: 6’4″ — Weight: 230 poundsVan Ginkel took a winding path to UW, starting at South Dakota and transferring to Iowa Western before committing to UW. He redshirted his first year at South Dakota, then started all 11 games at defensive end the next season. At Iowa Western, he recorded 50 tackles, 13 for a loss, and 3.5 sacks in 11 games before enrolling early at UW.“[Outside linebackers’ coach Tim Tibesar] just told me if you work hard, there will be a place for you,” Van Ginkel said. “That just really hit me. It’s a hardworking program here, everything has to be earned. That’s my biggest motto right now, is ‘I’m not given anything.’ I have to earn everything so don’t take anything for granted.”Chryst said Van Ginkel’s recruitment picked up because of the potential they saw to contribute right away.Cornerback (2)Madison Cone ★ ★ ★Kernersville, North Carolina (East Forsyth High School)Height: 5’9″ — Weight: 175 poundsCone, one of the seven early enrollees, is an energetic playmaker who wants to contribute right away, despite a crowded corps of young cornerbacks ready to see the field. A three-star recruit, he accumulated 27 interceptions throughout his career and has great aggression to go snap the ball out of the air.Football: Q&A with excited early-enrollee Madison ConeThe University of Wisconsin football team added 28 members between scholarship players and preferred walk-ons on National Signing Day Wednesday. Read…“I tell everybody I came here to compete,” Cone said. “I know those guys, they plan on playing. I plan on playing. I put in that extra work in high school to get here. Now that I’m here, I’m gonna put in some extra work trying to set myself apart from those guys.”Faion Hicks ★ ★ ★Hometown: Miami, Florida (Flanagan High School)Height: 5’11” — Weight: 185 poundsHicks, like Cone, is somewhat undersized but possesses superior ball skills. The three-star recruit saw the likes of former Badger Sojourn Shelton and current UW defensive backs D’Cota Dixon, Natrell Jamerson and Derrick Tindal as examples of Floridians who have excelled in Madison. Yet, the weather is a small concern at first, Hicks joked.“It’s new, very new,” Hicks said. “The coldest I ever felt was like 40-somethin. When I got here it was like 6 degrees, I was like, ‘Man!’ I’m kind of getting used to it, it’s not that bad unless it starts snowing and stuff like that. It’s OK.”Hicks played both sides of the ball in high school, rushing for 1,356 yards and 13 touchdowns while intercepting seven passes and recording 75 tackles.Safety (1)Scott Nelson ★ ★ ★Hometown: St. Clair Shores, Michigan (University of Detroit Jesuit)Height: 6’2″ — Weight: 190 poundsNelson committed in January, considerably late for a class that was pretty set by the start of the season. UW didn’t necessarily need a safety, but defensive backs coach Jim Leonhard said Nelson was too good of a fit to pass up on.Nelson has size and the three-star recruit finished his high school career with 10 interceptions and 164 tackles.
Wing: James Milner (England and Liverpool) – Milner moved to Liverpool on a free transfer in 2015 after his Man City contract expired. 11 Right back: Seamus Coleman (Republic of Ireland and Everton) – Coleman has been on Everton’s books since League of Ireland side Sligo Rovers sold him for £60,000 (80,000) in 2009. Striker: Robert Lewandowski (Poland) – The brilliant Polish attacker moved to Bayern Munich from Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer in 2014. Striker: Zlatan Ibrahimovic (Sweden) – Ibrahimovic is leaving PSG when his contract expires at the end of the month, meaning he will join a new club for free. 11 Midfield: Sami Khedira (Germany and Juventus) – Khedira left Real Madrid last summer when his contract expired and Juventus snapped him up. 11 Centre back: Ashley Williams (Wales and Swansea) – The Swans completed Williams’ transfer in 2008, paying Stockport just under 500,000. 11 11 11 Centre back: Kamil Glik (Poland and Torino) – In 2011, Torino paid Palermo around 290,000 for Glik. 11 One million Euros is a lot of money… unless you’re trying to build a world class football team.But we’ve managed to put together an excellent XI comprising players taking part in Euro 2016, all for just one million Euros.That’s based on the transfer fees paid for each player when they made their last move (or their next move, in the case of one particularly talented attacker).Papa Johns are giving you the chance to win a million Euros. When one million people sign-up to Papa Johns’ ‘A Million Fans for a Million Euros’ promotion, everyone will be entered into a draw. One lucky person will be selected to play a Prize Game and could WIN up to €1,000,000! Click here for your chance to get involved: www.amillionfans.com Wing: Yevhen Konoplyanka (Ukraine and Sevilla) – Sevilla secured the skilful winger’s services last summer for free when he left Dnipro. Midfield: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Iceland and Swansea) – Sigurdsson’s move to Swansea in 2014 saw him swap places with Ben Davies, who went to Spurs along with Michel Vorm Left back: Christian Fuchs (Austria and Leicester) – Fuchs left Schalke last summer and joined Leicester for free. 11 Goalkeeper: Joe Hart (England and Man City) – click the arrow above, right, to see a quality Euro 2016 side which costs €1m, based on transfer fees paid – Hart joined Man City in 2006 from Shrewsbury for £100,000 (130,000) 11 11 11