___The Badminton World Federation has frozen the world rankings while the circuit is suspended.The rankings have been backdated to March 17. That was the day after the last international tournament, the All England Open. They will be the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are.The world circuit is suspended to the end of April, but the BWF expects more tournaments to be put off in May and June.It says it has yet to decide how the rankings will be unfrozen. March 31, 2020 The 26-year-old Kapas writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training.She says her first test was negative but a second test showed she has the virus. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.Kapas says “I don’t have any symptoms yet and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus.”Kapas won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships in China and a bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.___ The tournament is due to run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. Organizers say tickets will be refunded “should the coronavirus crisis continue and the Swiss tennis highlight not take place.”The ATP Tour is currently suspended until at least June.Federer and his wife donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.04 million) last week to help families in need in his home country during the pandemic.Federer is a 10-time champion at the Swiss Indoors and will turn 39 before this year’s tournament. He was twice a ball boy at the event and made his debut as a player in 1998 when he was 17. He lost in the first round to Andre Agassi.Federer posted footage on his social media accounts on Monday of him practising trick shots in his rehabilitation after surgery on his left knee in February. The BWF says “it is difficult to outline the exact procedure until we have an exact overview of what the international calendar will look like once play resumes and suspended tournaments have been rescheduled.”With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, the BWF says it is reviewing the Olympic qualification process. It notes the consequences of freezing the world rankings does not apply to Olympic qualifying. ___Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled.The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament. ___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 6 Global soccer union FIFPro says seven-time Slovakian champion Zilina is opting for bankruptcy after offering players a “take it or leave it” 80% pay cut.FIFPro says it believes Zilina is the first European club to go into liquidation since the coronavirus outbreak.The union says Zilina “refused to negotiate with the (Slovak) player union.”The move follows the club selling 20-year-old forward Róbert Boženík to Feyenoord in January for a reported fee of about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million).Zilina is second in the now-suspended Slovak league. The club played in the Champions League in 2010-11 but lost all six games in a group that included Chelsea and Marseille. The grasscourt season lasts only six weeks and Wimbledon is staged when daylight hours are the longest in Britain. The club has acknowledged the short window available to it and ruled out playing without spectators.The French Open has been postponed from May to September.The brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray was asked whether he thinks a cancellation is more likely than a postponement. He told BBC Radio 4: “I think so. I think for them it is difficult to move the tournament back for many reasons, because you are running into other tournaments.”___Organizers of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Roger Federer’s hometown of Basel say ticket sales will start on schedule on Thursday. The Latest: Docuseries ‘The Last Dance’ moves up to April 19 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ABC/ESPN has moved up the premier of the 10-part docuseries “The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls to April 19. The docuseries will be shown on ESPN on Sunday nights and on Netflix outside of the United States. It was originally scheduled to be released in June but sports fans have clamored on social media for the series to be moved up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and with most sporting events canceled or postponed.The news was announced on Good Morning America.The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s and were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman.___Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19.
Published on September 28, 2014 at 10:21 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Briefly, Julian Whigham laughed.He’d just been asked if he heard a whistle when he scooped up a ball that had left the hands of Everett Golson at the Syracuse 18 and ran to the end zone for what would’ve been a touchdown. Though one official signaled toward the end zone, the ruling on the field was an incomplete pass. Golson had swatted at a snap he never caught in an attempt to spike the ball with about 15 seconds left in the first half.After review, the ruling was overturned to a fumble recovered by Syracuse, but the play was dead at the 25 as the center referee had apparently blown his whistle.“No, I didn’t hear a whistle,” Whigham said. “… so I just kept running, looking back to see what was going on, just went to the end zone. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a touchdown.”It deprived Syracuse of a chance to cut the Notre Dame lead to three or four points going into halftime. Instead, the Orange (2-2) went into the break without momentum against the No. 8 Fighting Irish (4-0) and trailing by 11. SU ultimately lost 31-15 to UND at MetLife Stadium on Saturday night.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter the game, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer didn’t blame the referees, but couldn’t resist a pun.“I know those officials they try to pull it off, it’s just the luck of the Irish went their way again,” Shafer said.The Orange never got within 11 points of the Irish for the rest of the game. SU closed the gap to 21-9 at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Notre Dame blocked Cole Murphy’s extra point.With 5:09 left in the game, Terrel Hunt scored on a 7-yard run to make it 28-15, but he could only find Jarrod West two yards shy of the end zone on the ensuing two-point conversion attempt.From the time Whigham seemed to bring the game to 14-9, the Orange was always at least two possessions out of the lead.“I would’ve liked to see the whistle not get blown, and they figured out the play afterward,” SU defensive line coach Tim Daoust said. “And they would’ve too if they had to do it all over again, the officials. That should’ve been six for us, right? But it wasn’t.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ read more
Norway’s Ole Einar Bjoerndalen equalled the record for most medals won at the Winter Olympics as the 22nd Games got under way in Sochi, Russia.Bjoerndalen, 40, won the biathlon 10km sprint to take his tally to 12 medals, matching compatriot Bjoern Daehlie.US snowboarder Sage Kotsenburg earlier won the first gold of the Sochi Games, with Britain’s Jamie Nicholls and Billy Morgan missing out on medals.Norway lead the medal table with two golds, a silver and a bronze.After early qualifying for some events took place on Thursday, and a spectacular opening ceremony on Friday, the first five gold medals of the Games were up for grabs on Saturday.Bjoerndalen finished ahead of Austria’s Dominik Landertinger and Czech biathlete Jaroslav Soukup to claim the seventh Olympic gold medal of his career. “This victory has been a four-year job and it has been many years since I won (an individual gold medal), but life is too short to give up,” said Bjoerndalen.”I think this is one of my most important victories.”The Norwegian will get the chance to break Daehlie’s record in the men’s pursuit on Monday, but he played down comparisons between the pair.”It’s difficult to compare us at this time because Bjorn was some years ago and now we have a lot more disciplines,” he said.”Bjorn did not have as many chances to win, so for me Bjorn is and always will be the biggest athlete ever in Norway.” Frenchman Martin Fourcade, the 2012 sprint world champion and 2013 silver medallist, came sixth, while Norwegian Emil Hegle Svendsen, the reigning world champion, finished ninth. Britain’s Lee Jackson was back in 67th place.Marit Bjoergen, known as the ‘Iron Lady’, became Norway’s most successful female Olympian as she won her fourth Olympic gold medal in the 15km skiathlon.”One gold was my goal, so now I can relax a little bit,” said Bjoergen, who won three golds in Vancouver four years ago. “I think anything is possible.”While the Norwegians were dominating the opening day’s skiing events, it was the Netherlands who were in charge of the speed skating at the Adler Arena.Sven Kramer’s time of six minutes 10.76 seconds was a new Olympic record as he finished ahead of compatriots Jan Blokhuijsen and Jorrit Bergsma to retain his 5,000m title. “I was the only guy who could lose this race,” said Kramer. “I really felt that pressure. I have won so many 5,000m, everyone expected me to win this race.”Kotsenburg was the first athlete to climb to the top of a podium after he won the first-ever Olympic slopestyle gold medal.For Britain, Nicholls was in silver medal position after the first of two rounds but finished sixth, with team-mate Morgan in 10th.Meanwhile, the five-time Olympic medallistBode Miller warned of the dangers of the Rosa Khutor downhill piste.”If you are not totally focused and paying attention, this course can kill you,” said the 36-year-old American ahead of Sunday’s men’s downhill at 07:00 GMT, read more
B&H tennis player Damir Džumhur is qualified in the quarterfinals of the ATP Challenger tournament in Arad (Romania), who is playing for a 35.000 euro prize.Džumhur won in the second round over Gonzalo Lama from Chile with the result 6:4, 6:2.The 22 year old tennis player from Sarajevo will play against the winner of the match between Uladzimir Ignatik (Blr) – Victor Hanescu (Rum/2) for qualification in semifinals.Aldin Šetkić is another B&H representative at the tournament in Arad and will play today against Chase Buchanan from USA.(Source: Fena) read more