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Baseball Hall of Fame ceremony axed due to virus fears

first_imgThe National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum said Wednesday it is cancelling this year’s induction ceremony due to health and safety concerns from the coronavirus pandemic.A statement from the Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, said the organization’s board of directors had voted unanimously to scrap this year’s event scheduled for July 24-27.Instead the class of 2020, which includes former New York Yankees star Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker, will be inducted alongside the class of 2021 next year. “The Board of Directors’ overriding concern is the health and well-being of our new inductees, our Hall of Fame members, our wonderful fans and the hundreds of staff,” said Jane Forbes Clark, chairman of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We care deeply about every single person who visits Cooperstown.””In heeding the advice of government officials as well as federal, state and local medical and scientific experts, we chose to act with extraordinary caution in making this decision,” Clark added.The decision received support from class of 2020 members including Jeter.”Being inducted into the Hall of Fame will be an incredible honor, but the health and safety of everyone involved are paramount,” Jeter said in a statement. The ceremony is the latest sporting-related event to be scrapped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Sport in North America has been at a standstill since mid-March, when the crisis erupted.center_img Topics :last_img read more

‘Let’s coexist with COVID-19’: Jokowi calls on residents to adapt to ‘new normal’

first_img“Living in peace with it does not mean we are giving up, but we are adapting. We fight the virus by prioritizing and requiring strict health protocol.”Read also: COVID-19: Brace for ‘new normal’, govt saysThe government would make arrangement to help residents’ lives to return to normal by paying attention to the facts in the field and prioritizing public health, he added.“Don’t pit them against each other as options. Our lives will definitely change in facing the pandemic. That’s what people call the new normal,” he said. “But the new lives must not be filled with pessimism; instead, we boost our productivity with optimism as we will still uphold various prevention efforts.” President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo says he will not yet ease the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), and the government aims to keep residents productive and safe at the same time in a ‘new normal’ with COVID-19.He said residents needed to make peace with the virus, citing information from the World Health Organization (WHO) that revealed that, although the transmission curve had started to flatten, the virus would not disappear.“We must coexist with COVID-19. Most importantly, people must stay productive and be safe from the virus,” he said in a recorded video statement published through the Executive Office of the President’s YouTube channel on Friday.center_img Jokowi further explained that the government would still uphold the PSBB policies. When asked about easing the restrictions, the President said his administration would make careful a decision by taking current economic conditions into consideration.While the PSBB policy was still in place, the government would gradually allow more businesses to open with added health precautions to prevent further transmission.“For example, restaurants will be allowed to open, but they may only accept 50 percent of their normal capacity, with seats and tables being more spaced out,” the President went on to say.Read also: In PSBB we trustDecisions on when to gradually reopen the economy would be made after the government reviewed data on COVID-19 cases, deaths and recoveries.The global pandemic and the PSBB policies enforced in several regions of the archipelago have forced many companies to halt operations as the restriction policy only allows essential businesses to operate, leaving around 2 million people out of work.Jokowi also said that almost all regions had complained about their decreasing regional income, ranging from a 50 percent decrease to 30 percent, as the halt of economic activity affected revenue from regional levies.Office of the Coordinating Economic Minister special adviser Raden Pardede previously said the government was considering gradually reopening the economy by the third quarter of 2020, with “business-as-usual” to be established by the end of July.Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Pandjaitan recently said the government was considering initially reopening the economy in five regions, namely tourist hotspot Bali, Yogyakarta, Batam and Bintan Island in Riau Islands and Manado in North Sulawesi.Experts, however, have warned that reopening the economy prematurely would trigger a second wave of COVID-19 infections.Topics :last_img read more

President Pierre Nkurunziza sworn in for a third term

first_imgPresident Pierre Nkurunziza His third term has been condemned as unconstitutional by the opposition and provoked months of protests. There have been a string of killings since his reelection, including of a top general, killed in a rocket attack last month.No foreign head of state was present, and only South Africa was represented at ministerial level. Several African countries, as well as China and Russia, sent their ambassadors.The ambassadors of European Union nations and the United States did not attend, but were represented by lower ranking officials.The United Nations observer mission said the vote last month was not “inclusive free and credible” and was held “in an environment of profound mistrust” between political rivals.Nkurunziza won 69.41 percent of the vote, an immediate first round victory.Burundi’s constitution only allows a president to be elected twice — for a total of 10 years in power — but before these polls Nkurunziza argued he had only been directly elected by the people once.In power since 2005, when he was selected by parliament, he was re-elected in 2010.Nkurunziza, a 51-year-old former sports teacher and born-again Christian, was a Hutu rebel leader during the central African country’s 13-year civil war, when at least 300,000 people were killed.The opposition and international community claimed a third term violated the Arusha accords that had brought that conflict, which raged between 1993 and 2006, to an end.  Nkurunziza took the “oath for a new term of five years”, the presidency said in a statement, in a surprise ceremony on Thursday, announced only a few hours in advance.center_img Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza has been sworn in for a controversial third term in power.This is according to the presidency. Nkurunziza’s swearing in follows a presidential elections last month with weeks of protests and a failed coup against Nkurunziza’s government.last_img read more

UN lambasts Vatican over child abuse

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Share Share Tweetcenter_img 212 Views   no discussions Vatican officials were questioned in December over why the Holy See would not open its files on priests known to be child abusersThe UN has demanded that the Vatican “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers, in a report released on Wednesday.The UN watchdog for children’s rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies allowing priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.It heavily criticised the Vatican’s attitudes towards homosexuality, contraception and abortion.The Vatican has set up a commission to fight child abuse in the Church.It is expected to issue a statement on the report later on Wednesday.The committee’s recommendations are non-binding and there is no enforcement mechanism.‘Offenders’ mobility’In its report, the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) said the Holy See should open its files on members of the clergy who “concealed their crimes” so that they can be held accountable.The committee said it was gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed.In the report, the committee expressed its “deepest concern about child sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic churches who operate under the authority of the Holy See, with clerics having been involved in the sexual abuse of tens of thousands of children worldwide”.It also lambasted the “practice of offenders’ mobility”, referring to the transfer of child abusers from parish to parish within countries, and sometimes abroad.The committee said this practice places “children in many countries at high risk of sexual abuse, as dozens of child sexual offenders are reported to be still in contact with children”.It also called on a commission created by Pope Francis in December to investigate all cases of child sexual abuse “as well as the conduct of the Catholic hierarchy in dealing with them”.The report’s findings come after Vatican officials were questioned in public last month over why they would not release data and what they were doing to prevent future abuse.The Vatican has denied any official cover-up. However, in December, it refused a UN request for data on abuse on the grounds that it only released such information if requested to do so by another country as part of legal proceedings.The BBC’s David Willey in Rome says the Vatican has set up new guidelines to protect children from predator priests.But, he adds, bishops in many parts of the world have tended to concentrate on protecting and defending the reputation of priests rather than listening to the complaints of victims of paedophile priests.Meanwhile several catholic dioceses in the US have been forced into bankruptcy after paying out huge sums in compensation to victims of abuse by clergy.Barbara Blaine, president of a group representing US victims of abuse by priests, told the BBC the UN report “reaffirms everything we’ve been saying. It shows that the Vatican has put the reputation of church officials above protection of children.”“Church officials knew about it and they refused to stop it. Nothing has changed. Despite all the rhetoric from Pope Francis and Vatican officials, they refuse to take action that will make this stop.”BBC News FaithInternationalLifestylePrint UN lambasts Vatican over child abuse by: – February 5, 2014last_img read more

Bartomeu: Napoli clash will cost us €6m

first_imgBarcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, says they’ll lose €6 MILLION from next week’s Champions League clash with Napoli. It’s been announced Barca’s home-leg against Napoli for the Champions League round 16 tie next week will be played at an empty Nou Camp. Bartomeu said, “We have had a meeting with the Generalitat and there has been a strong recommendation. When it comes to health, it is an obligation. We regret this because it will affect the members, the fans and the world of soccer. We are living in an exceptional moment.Advertisement “In the late hours, the Government has announced that every match will be behind closed doors. Napoli is sure to come. What has been more important has been the cancellation of the matches in Spain, which will be behind closed doors. Read Also:Pochettino ‘hopeful of landing Man Utd job’ this summer “There is an economic loss, not only for the Barcelona, but for all the clubs that play behind closed doors. It is necessary to realise that it is necessary to respect some norms. It is everyone’s problem. Money is a secondary component, health first. Then you can put the economic damage at around six million euros.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentAmazing Ceilings From All Around The WorldWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooArchaeologists Still Have No Explanation For These DiscoveriesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingRobert Pattinson Showed The GQ Magazine What Quarantining Meanslast_img read more

Oliver Kahn to replace Rummenigge as Bayern chairman

first_imgRelatedPosts Bayern Munich fans undergo Super Cup coronavirus tests Vidal lands in Milan to complete move from Barca to Inter Whirlwind Bayern Munich dismantle Schalke in season opener Ex-Germany goalkeeper Oliver Kahn will join Bayern Munich’s board in January to be groomed to replace club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the Bundesliga giants announced on Friday amid a backroom upheaval. The appointment of Kahn, who played for Bayern from 1994 until 2008, was approved by Bayern’s board late on Thursday, just hours after club president Uli Hoeness, 67, officially informed the club that he is stepping down in November. Current chairman Rummenigge, 63, will eventually hand the reins to Kahn on December 31, 2021, after showing his successor the ropes, while former Adidas boss Herbert Hainer is poised to replace Hoeness as club president in the November elections. Kahn, a former captain of both Germany and Bayern who made more than 600 appearances for the club, will sign a five-year contract and will join the club’s board from January 1, 2020, serving a two-year apprenticeship before taking over from Rummenigge. Hoeness sees Kahn as the “perfect solution” to replace Rummenigge as the 50-year-old has served as “an important player in the history of the club” having won the Bundesliga title eight times and been part of the team which won the Champions League in 2001. Kahn “carries the DNA of the club in him”, added Hoeness. The former goalkeeper said it was a “great honour” to be accepted onto the board and feels “deeply connected with the club, it has strongly shaped my life”. After retiring 11 years ago, Kahn has earned an MBA in general management and built up his own business while serving as a TV expert for broadcaster ZDF.Tags: Bayern MunichKarl-Heinz RummeniggeOliver KahnUli Hoenesslast_img read more

King would love Spurs job

first_img “It is similar to being a fan in some respects – you want to get on the pitch and try and help but you can’t. I can understand it is difficult. “Tim is working with the players that have been brought into the club before him, so he is doing his best to get the best out of everyone. “I believe he is going to be a top, young manager – not just him but the likes of Les Ferdinand and Chris Ramsey all working together. “From now until the end of the season, they will try and win as many games as possible and see where that takes them.” There are six matches remaining this term, starting with Sunderland coming to White Hart Lane on Monday and ending when Aston Villa visit on May 11. The day after the season finale Spurs will celebrate King’s career in a testimonial match, which will see the former England international lead a Ledley Guest XI comprised of those from his playing days against the current first-team. “No player knows when they are going to retire,” King said. “With myself, I wasn’t really sure. It was a case of getting to the end of the season and assessing things. “It will be great for me to come back onto the pitch, knowing this will be my time to say thank you to the fans. “They’ve supported me throughout my career. They’re the best fans in the world and it will be great for me to come back out here one my time and say thank you.” :: Tickets for King’s testimonial on May 12 at White Hart Lane are on general sale now, with adult tickets £20.00 and under-16s available for £5.00. Having made 323 appearances for the north Londoners, injury prematurely put paid to the Spurs captain’s playing career in 2012. King has been working as an ambassador for the club since then but has not given up on the idea of influencing play on the field. Ledley King would love nothing more than to one day become Tottenham manager. Press Association The former defender has been studying for his coaching badges and, still only 33, would like nothing more than to take the hotseat in north London one day. “I will do my badges, complete that and it would be a dream come true for me to lead the team out as a manager,” King told Press Association Sport. “It is early days for me still, I’ve got a lot to learn on that side and I realise how difficult it is. “I will take my time, try to get my badges and all you can do is see where you go from there.” King would certainly be a popular appointment by Tottenham, currently managed by another one of their ex-players, Tim Sherwood. Les Ferdinand, Steffen Freund and Tony Parks are others on the first-team coaching staff, which reports suggest could be completely reshaped this summer. Louis van Gaal, Mauricio Pochettino and Frank de Boer have all been mentioned as potential replacements for Sherwood after a season that is likely to see Spurs miss out on Champions League football. “It has been difficult (for Tim),” King said. “I have started to do my coaching badges and I realise that it is tough on the other side, being a manager. last_img read more

Indian Premier League Kagiso Rabada explains the worth of the yorker in Delhi Capitals’ ‘super’ win

first_img New Delhi: The game between Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Feroz Shah Kotla witnessed plenty of twists and turns. Kolkata Knight Riders were reduced to 64/5 in 10 overs and they were revived by a brilliant knock of 62 from 28 balls by Andre Russell and a brilliant fifty from Dinesh Karthik. In response, Prithvi Shaw slammed 99 but Kolkata Knight Riders dragged the game into the super over with Kuldeep Yadav managing to defend six runs. In the super over, Delhi Capitals managed to reach 10/1 and Kagiso Rabada held his nerve to bowl Russell with a yorker and seal a three-run win in the super over.Speaking after the post-match press conference, Rabada explained the value of the yorker. “I thought, what do we bowl here? We could bowl bouncers. We could bowl slower balls. But it’s risky. It’s a gamble balls. I wasn’t really feeling (like) them on the day. On another day, I could have felt (like bowling) them. But today I felt (like bowling) the yorker. At the start of my run up I was thinking, ‘do I go length’, because Andre Russell is going to hit anything that’s full. So I still second guessed myself, which is not a very good thing. You don’t want to run in having two things in your mind. But again, I backed the yorker,” Rabada said. Andre Russell blasted 62 off 28 balls to boost Kolkata Knight Riders.Kagiso Rabada held his nerve in the super over to give Delhi Capitals victory.This was the first loss for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Rabada symbolised the importance of the yorker and stressed that it was a wicket-taking ball. “If you see, some of the bowlers like (Curtly) Ambrose, (Wasim) Akram, Waqar Younis (they) used the yorker as a wicket-taking delivery and surprised batsmen with it. The batsmen knew it was coming, but couldn’t do much about it. Those players as also the likes of Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah are natural with the Yorkers,” Rabada said.The South African pacer’s yorker to Russell, bowled at 147 kpmh which uprooted middle stump, has already been dubbed as the ‘Ball of the IPL’ in 2019. “Rabada’s Super Over and the ball that he bowled to Andre Russell is probably going to be the ball of the IPL. To bowl that kind of a delivery to Andre Russell, who is probably in the form of his life, is unbelievable,” Ganguly told in an interview to IPLT20.comKolkata Knight Riders skipper Dinesh Karthik was full of praise for Russell for playing the all-rounder role despite being hit on his shoulder by a beamer from Harshal Patel. “He is an absolute team man. His shoulder is still bruised. He is special,” said Karthik. The Kolkata Knight Riders skipper was not disheartened after a close defeat.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgNCAA experts warn of coronavirus spreadUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA’s chief medical officer and two of its infectious disease expert advisers are sounding new warnings about the spread of the coronavirus. They say it remains an obstacle for college sports to overcome.Dr. Carlos Del Rio of Emory University in Georgia says the focus should be on controlling the virus, not playing sports in the fall. The Big Ten and Pac-12 became the first two Power Five conferences to decide not to play football, or any sports, this fall. In all, four Bowl Subdivision conferences are pointing toward trying to make a spring football season work. Six others say they are still planning a fall season, including the Southeastern Conference, Atlantic Coast Conference and Big 12 — more than three-dozen big schools from New York to Texas.In other virus-related college sports news: TORONTO (AP) — Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin (BERZH’-eh-vin) says coach Claude Julien was taken by ambulance to a Toronto hospital after experiencing chest pains Wednesday night. Julien remained in the hospital Thursday afternoon while more tests were being conducted to determine the cause of his condition.Bergevin said the situation is not COVID-19 related. The 60-year-old coach is not expected to be back behind the bench for the rest of the team’s first-round series against Philadelphia. Associate coach Kirk Muller will take over Julien’s role in an interim basis. TENNIS-LEXINGTONSerena beats Venus to take 31st meeting TORONTO (AP) — Two days after making an NHL-record 85 saves in a five-overtime loss, Joonas Korpisalo stopped 36 more shots to help the Columbus Blue Jackets beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-1 on Thursday to even the series at a game apiece.Ryan Murray and Oliver Bjorkstrand scored in the first period for Columbus, both goals set up by Pierre-Luc Dubois. Alexander Wennberg added another in the third.Nikita Kucherov scored for the Lightning, and Andrei Vasilevskiy made 19 saves. The Tampa Bay goalie had 61 stops Tuesday in a 4-3 victory in the fourth-longest game in league history.NFL-NEWSAP source: Kittle agrees to 5-year extension with 49ers Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULEKings sink 21 3s, roll to win as Lakers rest most startersLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Buddy Hield (heeld) made a 3-pointer that capped Sacramento’s streak of 11 consecutive baskets made in the third period and the Kings beat the Los Angeles Lakers 136-122. — The Chiefs and star tight end Travis Kelce have agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million contract extension that will keep him with the Super Bowl champions through 2025, a person familiar with the contract tells The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Thursday because the deal has not been announced. The move to secure the two-time All-Pro tight end is the latest in a string of big-money deals negotiated by general manager Brett Veach to keep the core of the Chiefs intact this offseason. — The Buffalo Bills are protecting quarterback Josh Allen’s blindside for the long term after signing left tackle Dion Dawkins to a four-year, $60 million contract extension. The team announced the signing, while a person with direct knowledge of the contract provided the value of the deal to The Associated Press. The person spoke on the condition of anonymity because the team did not release that figure. Dawkins has been a starter in Buffalo since being selected in the second round of the 2017 draft out of Temple.— Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is showing more willingness to consider the points of view of players over kneeling during the national anthem. The owner who has taken the hardest line among his NFL counterparts against protesting during the anthem sidestepped the question of changing his policy requiring players to stand. Jones is acknowledging a changing social tide after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Quarterback Dak Prescott says discussions among teammates are “heating up” over how to express social views before games.NHL-CANADIENS-JULIENCanadiens coach Claude Julien hospitalized with chest pains The victory may have may have been costly for the Mets. Left fielder Jeff McNeil was carted off after crashing into the wall while robbing Asdrubal Cabrera of a two-run extra-base hit to end the first inning. He is being evaluated. Washington’s Juan Soto capped a sensational series by homering in the sixth. He was 7-for-15 with four homers and eight RBIs in the four-game set.In other Thursday action:— Tomas Nido had his first two-homer game as a professional, hitting a two-run shot in the fourth and a grand slam in the fifth to lead the New York Mets to an 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals and a split of the four-game series. Nido, who entered Thursday with five homers and 26 RBIs over 93 games in parts of four big league seasons, is just the fifth catcher in Mets history to hit at least two homers and collect at least six RBIs in a game. NHL-SCHEDULEKorpisalo, Blue Jackets win 3-1, tie series with Lightning NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESSenators lay out plan for college athletes bill of rightsWASHINGTON (AP) — A group of senators led by Cory Booker of New Jersey and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut has released a plan for reforming college sports with an athletes bill of rights. It calls for college athletes to have the ability to earn money for their names, images and likenesses with “minimal restrictions.” The senators also want to ensure for the athletes long-term medical coverage and treatment, enforceable medical standards, academic freedom and revenue sharing agreements. Booker and Blumenthal were joined in the statement by fellow Democrats Chris Murphy from Connecticut and Kamala Harris from California.The NCAA is in the process of changing its rules to permit athletes to earn money off their names, images and likenesses for things like endorsements and appearances. The association has asked for help from Congress to relieve pressure from state lawmakers. California, Florida and Colorado have already passed bills. Florida’s would take effect in 2021. August 13, 2020 — New Mexico State has postponed its football season because of COVID-19 concerns and state restrictions. The Aggies are the third independent FBS program to decide not to play in the fall, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts. They are the 53rd major college football program overall to opt out. New Mexico State says it will explore playing football in the spring.— The Big Sky Conference has decided to postpone all of its fall sports competitions until the spring. The move follows the league’s decision last week to scuttle the fall football calendar. The league includes teams from California, Colorado, Arizona, Idaho, Washington, Montana and Utah. The conference is allowing its member institutions to continue workouts so long as they abide by local health requirements. The latest decision to push back fall sports affects men’s and women’s cross country, soccer and volleyball, men’s and women’s golf, softball and men’s and women’s tennis.— The Southern Conference has canceled its fall conference seasons, shifting competition to the spring because of the pandemic. The NCAA Division I league’s Council of Presidents voted on the move Thursday. The decision affects football, volleyball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s soccer. The conference is made up of 10 schools spread across Alabama, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. It competes in the Football Championship Subdivision. — Tulane University officials say they’re “actively pursuing” a new opponent for the school’s Sept. 3 home opener after the Southland Conference announced on Thursday it was postponing football and all other fall sports. Tulane had scheduled Southland Conference member Southeastern Louisiana for its season-opener at Yulman Stadium on the Thursday night before Labor Day weekend. The Southland’s decision to postpone fall sports while investigating the possibility of playing in the spring has put the Green Wave’s first game in doubt. Tulane plays in the American Athletic Conference, which for now has maintained its fall football schedule.— The West Coast Conference has postponed all conference fall competition, saying the “welfare” of the student-athletes was the “guiding principle.” The league says it is working on plans to ensure a safe environment to conduct the 2020-21 WCC men’s and women’s basketball seasons in the winter. The postponement does not preclude schools from scheduling non-conference competitions in low-risk sports in the fall. UNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) says he will enter the U.S. Open and the hard-court tuneup tournament preceding it in New York this month. The No. 1-ranked Djokovic initially complained about the U.S. Tennis Association’s plans to try to protect people from the coronavirus pandemic with such measures as limiting the size of players’ entourages and said he didn’t know whether he would participate. Djokovic tested positive for COVID-19 after participating in an exhibition tour he organized. The U.S. Open is scheduled to begin Aug. 31, without spectators.Reigning U.S. Open champion Bianca Andreescu (an-dree-EHS’-koo) has pulled out of the Grand Slam tournament. She says the coronavirus pandemic prevented her from properly preparing for competition. Andreescu is the first Canadian to win a major singles championship in tennis. She joins 2019 men’s champion Rafael Nadal in skipping the U.S. Open.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTS LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Serena Williams came back and won the last four games to beat her older sister, Venus, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 in a hard-hitting, back-and-forth, second-round matchup at the Top Seed Open on Thursday. It was the 31st meeting of their careers and it came 22½ years after the first.After their meeting at the first official tennis tournament in the United States since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, the siblings simply tapped rackets. No handshake or hug. Venus is 40, and Serena turns 39 next month, making their combined age the highest in a WTA match since 2004, when Martina Navratilova, 47, played Amy Frazier, 31.TENNIS-US OPENNo. 1 Novak Djokovic says he’ll play at US Open, after all Associated Press Hield finished with 28 points and Bogdan Bogdanovic (BOY’-ahn bahg-DAH’-noh-vich) had 27. The Kings made 21 3-pointers. Most Lakers starters were held out, but LeBron James had 17 points in 15 minutes all in the first half. Dion Waiters led the Lakers with 19 points. Los Angeles locked up the Western Conference’s No. 1 seed three games into the restart but the Lakers still don’t know who they will face in the first round of the playoffs. The No. 8 seed will be determined in a play-in this weekend.In other NBA action:— San Antonio’s record-tying run of 22 consecutive postseason appearances is over, with the Spurs being eliminated from contention for a Western Conference play-in spot Thursday. The Spurs were officially ousted when Memphis defeated Milwaukee. and Phoenix completed an undefeated eight-game run in the NBA’s restart bubble at Walt Disney World with a victory over Dallas. Those games went final shortly before San Antonio was playing its final game of the season, against Utah. The Spurs needed the Grizzlies or the Suns to lose to have any chance of getting into the West play-in series that begins Saturday.—Jonas Valanciunas and Ja Morant had triple-doubles and the Memphis Grizzlies kept their season alive Thursday with a 119-106 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks, who were missing star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo after he was suspended for head-butting an opponent. Dillon Brooks added 31 points as Memphis posted its second wire-to-wire win of the season and wrapped up a spot in the play-in tournament that will determine the eighth and final seed in the Western Conference playoffs. The Grizzies (34-39) are tied for eighth place in the Western Conference with Portland and Phoenix, which beat Dallas on Thursday.. —Devin Booker scored 27 points and the Phoenix Suns rolled past the Dallas Mavericks 128-102 on Thursday to keep their playoff hopes alive and finish as the only unbeaten team in the restart. Dario Saric scored 16 points and Cameron Payne and Cameron Johnson each added 15 for the Suns. They will qualify for the play-in series that starts Saturday if Portland loses to Brooklyn tonight.— Thomas Bryant had 26 points and nine rebounds to help the Washington Wizards beat the Boston Celtics 96-90 for their lone win in the restart. Troy Brown Jr. added 17 points and eight rebounds for the Wizards, who had long been eliminated from the playoff race and had lost their first seven games in the bubble. The Celtics, who already were locked into a playoff matchup with the Philadelphia 76ers, sat their starters. Rookie Javonte Green had a season high 23 points and Semi Ojeleye added 13 points and eight rebounds for Boston. MLB-SCHEDULETomas Nido homers twice to power Mets past Nationals 8-2UNDATED (AP) — Tomas Nido had his first two-homer game as a professional, hitting a two-run shot in the fourth and a grand slam in the fifth to lead the New York Mets to an 8-2 win over the Washington Nationals and a split of the four-game series. He is just the fifth catcher in Mets history to hit at least two homers and collect at least six RBIs in a game. UNDATED (AP) — All-Pro tight end George Kittle has agreed to a five-year, $75 million extension with the San Francisco 49ers that is the richest contract ever at the position. The previous high for annual value on a multiyear contract for a tight end, according to overthecap.com, was the $42 million, four-year deal Austin Hooper signed this offseason in Cleveland.Kittle had been one of the NFL’s biggest bargains after being drafted in the fifth round in 2017.A person familiar with the deal says the sides agreed on the deal to keep Kittle off the market next offseason. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the contract hadn’t been announced by the team. NFL Network first reported the terms and says Kittle will get an $18 million signing bonus.In other NFL news: Federal lawmakers have said they intend to get involved but are wary of granting antitrust protections to the NCAA, which wants to provide athletes with rights regarding name, image and likeness but with some regulation. Update on the latest sportslast_img read more