Utah State’s Matt Wells Named Mountain West Coach of the Year, While A School-Record 18 Aggies Earn All-Conference Honors

first_imgNovember 28, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah State’s Matt Wells Named Mountain West Coach of the Year, While A School-Record 18 Aggies Earn All-Conference Honors Robert Lovell Tags: All-Mountain West/Matt Wells/Mountain West/Utah State Aggies Football FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Matt Wells was named the Mountain West Coach of the Year, while 18 Aggies earned various all-conference accolades as the league office announced its postseason football honors Wednesday. In all, USU had eight offensive players, eight defensive players and two specialists recognized.Utah State’s 18 all-conference honors were the most in the Mountain West, while Fresno State had the second-most with 14. Boise State was third with 11 players recognized, followed by San Diego State (10), Nevada (9), Hawai’i (7), San José State (7), Wyoming (6), New Mexico (5), UNLV (4), Air Force (3) and Colorado State (3).Overall, Utah State’s 18 total honorees are tied with the 1997 Big West Conference championship team for the most in school history.Utah State players to earn first-team all-Mountain West honors included senior offensive center Quin Ficklin and sophomore return specialist Savon Scarver, while senior offensive lineman Roman Andrus, redshirt junior linebacker Tipa Galeai, sophomore quarterback Jordan Love, senior safety Jontrell Rocquemore, junior running back Darwin Thompson and sophomore linebacker David Woodward were all named to the second team. Aggies who earned honorable mention all-league honors included senior defensive end Adewale Adeoye, senior offensive lineman Rob Castaneda, junior placekicker Dominik Eberle, senior safety Gaje Ferguson, redshirt junior defensive end Fua Leilua, junior tight end Dax Raymond, senior wide receiver Ron’quavion Tarver, senior offensive lineman Sean Taylor, junior nose guard Christopher Unga and junior cornerback DJ Williams.Boise State quarterback Brett Rypien was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Year, while Fresno State linebacker Jeff Allison was named the Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year. Wyoming’s Cooper Rothe was named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Year and Nevada’s Toa Taua  earned Mountain West Freshman of the Year honors.Wells, who was also named the Mountain West Coach of the Year in 2013, is the first coach in school history to earn multiple coach of the year honors. Overall, he is one of just five coaches in school history to be so honored as Bruce Snyder (1978), Chuck Shelton (1991) and John L. Smith (1997) were all recognized by the Big West Conference, while Gary Andersen earned Western Athletic Conference Coach of the Year accolades in 2012.Wells is also just the fifth coach in conference history to be named the Mountain West Coach of the Year multiple times, joining Colorado State’s Sonny Lubick (1999, 2000), New Mexico and San Diego State’s Rocky Long (2002, 2012, 2015), Utah’s Urban Meyer (2003, 2004) and TCU’s Gary Patterson (2005, 2009).Aggies who earned all-conference honors for the second time this season included Andrus, Eberle, Ficklin and Raymond, as Eberle earned first-team all-Mountain West honors in 2017, while Andrus, Ficklin and Raymond were all named to the league’s honorable mention team a year ago.Ficklin, a 6-foot-2, 300-pound senior offensive center from Mesa, Ariz. (Red Mountain HS/BYU), started all 12 games and had an overall performance grade of 92 percent for the season, which ranked first on the team. During the year, he ranked second on the team in offensive snaps played at 745 and had a team-best 48 knockdowns, which included a season-high 10 against BYU, while not allowing a single sack all season.Scarver, a 5-11, 185-pound wide receiver from Las Vegas, Nev. (Centennial HS), leads the nation in kickoff returns (34.2 ypr) and is tied for second nationally with his two kickoff returns for touchdowns (0.17 pg). On the season, Scarver has returned 21 kickoffs for 719 yards and has four returns of 50 or more yards on the season.Andrus, a 6-4, 310-pound senior offensive lineman from El Dorado Hills, Calif. (Oak Ridge HS/Snow JC), started all 12 games, including 10 at left guard and two at left tackle this season, and had an overall performance grade of 91 percent. Overall, he only allowed one sack all season as he played four different positions on the offensive line. During the year, he led the team in offensive snaps played at 750 and had 24 knockdowns, which included a season-high six against San José State.Galeai, a 6-5, 230-pound redshirt junior linebacker from Euless, Texas (Trinity HS/TCU), started all 12 games and is tied for second in the Mountain West and tied for 27th in the nation in sacks with 8.5 (0.71pg), tied for seventh in the MW in forced fumbles with two (0.17 pg), tied for eighth in the MW in tackles for loss with 11.0 (0.92 pg), and is 47th in the MW in tackles with 58 (4.8 pg). Overall, Galeai ranks first on the team in sacks, second in tackles for loss and fifth in tackles, while tying for the team lead in forced fumbles and ranking tied for third on the team in interceptions. He recorded a career-high 11 tackles against Air Force and returned one of his two interceptions 56 yards for a touchdown against BYU.Love, a 6-4, 225-pound sophomore quarterback from Bakersfield, Calif. (Liberty HS), started all 12 games this year and is second in the Mountain West and 11th in the nation in points responsible for with 204 (17.0 pg), third in the MW and ninth in the nation in passing touchdowns with 28 (2.3 pg), third in the MW and 12th in the nation in passing efficiency (159.9), third in the MW and 21st in the nation in completion percentage (.658), fifth in the MW and 18th in the nation in passing (267.3 ypg), fifth in the MW and 27th in the nation in completions (20.5 pg), and fifth in the MW and 28th in the nation in total offense (272.3 ypg).Love, who was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week five times in 2018, set the single-season school record for touchdowns passes with 28 and tied the single-game school record with five touchdown passes twice. Against San José State, Love was 32-of-42 passing for a career-high 491 yards and five touchdowns, as those 32 completions are a career high and tied for the second-most in a game in school history. Overall, Love is 246-of-374 (.658) passing for 3,208 yards with 28 touchdowns and just five interceptions and has thrown for at least 300 yards six times this season, and at least four touchdowns passes four times. He has also rushed for six touchdowns on the season to rank third on the team.Rocquemore, a 6-1, 210-pound senior safety from McKinney, Texas (McKinney HS), started all 12 games this year and is tied for third in the Mountain West and tied for 36th in the nation with three interceptions (0.25 pg), and tied for 30th in the MW with 70 tackles (5.8 pg). On the season, Rocquemore ranks third on the team in both tackles and tackles for loss (8.5) and is tied for third on the team with his two sacks. He is also tied for the team lead with his three interceptions, returning one of them 32 yards for a touchdown at Colorado State. His best game of the year was against Air Force as he recorded a career-high 13 tackles, which included a career-best 2.0 tackles for loss.Thompson, a 5-8, 200-pound junior running back from Tulsa, Okla. (Jenks HS/Northeastern Oklahoma A&M), started eight of the 12 games he played in this season and is first in the Mountain West and seventh in the nation in yards per carry (7.2), second in the MW and ninth in the nation in total touchdowns with 16 (1.3 pg), second in the MW and 13th in the nation with 14 rushing touchdowns (1.2 pg), third in the MW and 32nd in the nation in scoring (8.0 ppg), fourth in the MW and 61st in the nation in all-purpose yards (107.3 ypg), and fifth in the MW and 60th in the nation in rushing (79.2 ypg).Thompson, who was named the Mountain West Offensive Player of the Week once this season, has carried the ball 132 times for 951 yards and 14 touchdowns, while catching 22 passes for 336 yards (15.3 ypr) and two touchdowns. Overall, he had five 100-yard rushing games this year, including a career-high 141 yards on 13 carries and a career-best three touchdowns at Hawai’i.  He also had at least one rushing touchdown in nine games this year and was the only running back in the conference to have 100 yards rushing and receiving in the same game as he had 140 rushing yards on 15 carries and 115 receiving yards on four receptions against San José State.Woodward, a 6-2, 235-pound sophomore linebacker from Olympia, Wash. (Olympia HS), started all 11 games he played in this season and ranks first in the Mountain West and 10th in the nation with 124 tackles (11.3 pg), fifth in the MW in tackles for loss with 12.5 (1.1 pg), sixth in the MW in forced fumbles with two (0.18 pg), and ninth in the MW in sacks with five (0.5 pg). On the season, Woodward leads the team in tackles, tackles for loss and forced fumbles, while ranking second in sacks, to go along with one interception. Overall, he has recorded seven double-digit tackle outings on the season, including a career-high 20 stops at Colorado State, which are the most tackles by an Aggie since 2015.Adeoye, a 6-3, 275-pound senior defensive end from St. Louis, Mo. (Ritenour HS), started three of the 12 games he played in this season and is tied for third in the Mountain West and tied for fifth in the nation with three fumbles recovered (0.25 pg). Adeoye ranks second on the team among defensive linemen with his 35 tackles, which includes 1.0 sacks and 4.0 tackles for loss. He recorded a career-high seven tackles against Air Force this year and had a career-best 1.5 tackles for loss against New Mexico State.Castaneda, a 6-4, 305-pound senior offensive lineman from Round Rock, Texas (Round Rock HS/Ellsworth CC), started all 12 games at right guard and had an overall performance grade of 89 percent and only allowed one sack all season. During the year, he ranked fourth on the team in offensive snaps played at 623 and was third on the team with 33 knockdowns, which included a season-high four against four different opponents.Eberle, a 6-2, 195-pound junior placekicker from Nuremberg, Germany (Redondo Union (CA) HS), leads the Mountain West and ranks fourth in the nation in scoring with 131 points (10.9 ppg), is first in the MW and eighth in the nation in field goals made (1.75 pg), and is third in the MW and 39th in the nation in field goal percentage (.778). Eberle is 21-of-27 on field goal attempts this season, including 1-of-1 from 10-19 yards, 8-of-10 from 20-29 yards, 4-of-5 from 30-39 yards, 5-of-6 from 40-49 yards, and 3-of-5 from 50-plus yards as his 21 made field goals are the second-most in a single season in school history. He has also made all 68 of his extra points on the year, which is a school record, and has set the single-season school record for points scored by a kicker with 131.Eberle, who has been named the Mountain West Special Teams Player of the Week twice this season, tied two NCAA single-game records this fall against New Mexico State with his 24 points scored and three 51-yard field goals, as he became just the sixth player in NCAA history to make three 50-yard field goals in a game. Both of those marks are also school and conference records. He also set school and MW records as he was 6-for-6 on field goal attempts against NMSU, which is tied for the third-most made in a single-game in NCAA history.Ferguson, a 6-foot, 210-pound senior safety from Mendon, Utah (Mountain Crest HS/Snow JC), started 11 of the 12 games he played in this season. Overall, he ranks fourth on the team and is tied for 32nd in the Mountain West with his 68 tackles (5.7 pg), which includes 1.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss. He is also tied for third on the team with two interceptions and had one fumble recovery, to go along with four pass breakups. He had a career-high 15 tackles against Air Force this year and returned his first career interception 40 yards for a touchdown at No. 11 Michigan State.Leilua, a 6-2, 285-pound redshirt junior defensive end from Anaheim, Calif. (Spanish Fork (Utah) HS/Oklahoma State), started all 12 games this year and ranked 10th on the team and first among defensive linemen with 37 tackles, which included 1.5 sacks and 5.5 tackles for loss, to rank fourth on the team.Raymond, a 6-5, 250-pound junior tight end from Provo, Utah (Timpview HS), is third in the Mountain West among tight ends in receiving yards (313) and fourth in receptions (23), despite missing nearly four games with a broken hand. Overall, he is fifth on the team in both receptions and receiving yards, while adding two receiving touchdowns. He began his junior season by catching a career-high seven receptions for a career-best 76 yards at No. 11 Michigan State.Tarver, a 6-3, 215-pound senior wide receiver from Belle Glade, Fla. (Glades Central HS/Fort Scott CC), started all 12 games this season and is seventh in the Mountain West and 61st in the nation with his 62 receptions (5.2 pg), and seventh in the MW and 62nd in the nation with his seven receiving touchdowns (0.6 pg). Overall, he has caught 62 passes for 676 yards (10.9 ypr) and seven touchdowns to lead the team in every receiving category. On the year, he has two 100-yard receiving games as he caught a career-high-tying nine passes for a season-high 128 yards against Air Force, and then had seven catches for 112 yards against New Mexico. He also had a career-high-tying two receiving touchdowns in back-to-back games against BYU and UNLV.Taylor, a 6-5, 300-pound senior offensive lineman from Vallejo, Calif. (Vallejo HS/Laney CC), started all 12 games at right tackle and had an overall performance grade of 91 percent and only allowed two sacks all season. During the year, he ranked third on the team in offensive snaps played at 656 and was second on the team with 40 knockdowns, which included a season-high five against UNLV.Unga, a 6-foot, 295-pound nose guard from Rochester, Calif. (Rancho Cucamonga HS), started all 12 games this year and ranked third on the team among defensive linemen with 32 tackles, which included 0.5 sacks and 2.5 tackles for loss. On the season, he had a career-high nine tackles against Air Force and recorded at least three tackles in six games.Williams, a 5-9, 180-pound cornerback from Smyrna, Tenn. (Smyrna HS/Independence CC), led the team and ranked third in the Mountain West with 13 passes defended (1.1 pg). He is also tied for third on the team with two interceptions and is seventh on the team with 42 tackles, which includes 1.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss, while adding one forced fumble. He had a career-high 1.0 sacks and 3.0 tackles for loss as part of his six tackles against New Mexico State and posted a career-best three pass breakups against Colorado State.Utah State is 10-2 on the season and tied for first place in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West with a 7-1 league record. For USU, it is just the third time in school history that USU has won 10 games, along with the 2012 (11) and 2014 (10) teams, while its seven conference wins are tied with the 2013 team for the most in school history. This season also marks the second time in its six years in the MW that it has either won or shared the Mountain Division title.Utah State, which is bowl eligible for the seventh time in the past eight seasons and will play in its 13th bowl game in school history this year, will learn its postseason destination on Sunday, Dec. 2.Fans can receive bowl game and ticket updates at utahstateaggies.com/bowlgameinfo18.Fans can follow the Aggie football program at twitter.com/USUFootball or on Facebook at Utah State Football, as well as on Instagram at instagram.com/USUFootball. Aggie fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics or on Facebook at Utah State University Athletics. Written bylast_img read more

Finsbury buys free-from bakery business Ultrapharm

first_imgFinsbury Food Group has acquired specialist free-from bakery manufacturer Ultrapharm, which supplies Finsbury’s Lightbody Europe business.Established in 1993, Ultrapharm employs more than 240 staff and manufactures a range of products, including bread, rolls and other morning goods, at sites in the UK and Poland. Its revenue rose 35% year on year to £19.5m in the 52 weeks to 31 December 2017, with the business generating EBITDA of £1.6m and profit before tax of £0.8m.Finsbury is set to pay around £20m for Ultrapharm in the deal, which comes five years after the company sold its free-from business United Central Bakeries to Genius Foods for a similar amount.In the past four years, the UK free-from bread and morning goods market has grown 92% as demand has expanded from consumers buying it as a dietary requirement to include those buying it as a lifestyle choice [Kantar Worldpanel]. The market is set for further growth over the next five years in line with the wider UK free-from grocery market. Finsbury said the acquisition of Ultrapharm supported its ongoing strategy to further diversify its product capability into high growth areas.”We are delighted to have secured such a valuable strategic acquisition, one that presents the group with a significant opportunity to access an exciting and high-growth marketplace,” stated Finsbury Food Group chief executive John Duffy.Finsbury said the deal gave it the opportunity to invest in the acquired sites and expand the group’s existing facilities to manufacture free-from products.”Ultrapharm has a robust market position both in the UK and Europe, extensive technical ability and strong relationships across a high-quality and diverse customer base,” added Duffy. “This provides Finsbury with the opportunity to build upon both businesses’ existing retail relationships, as well as unlocking further commercial opportunities.”Alongside the growth opportunities this acquisition brings, in line with the group’s strategy, it further diversifies us by geography and category, giving us a further foothold in Europe and allowing us to diversify into the free-from market.”Finsbury is to pay £17m in cash for the business on completion, plus up to £3m in annual instalments until 30 June 2021, subject to the continued employment of key management, and a final incentive payment estimated at around £1m and capped at £5m. The deal will be funded from the Finsbury’s existing cash and debt facilities.last_img read more

Watch Legendary Promoters Ron Delsener And Pete Shapiro’s Keynote At Relix Live Music Conference

first_imgOn Wednesday, May 10th, Relix hosted their first-ever Relix Live Music Conference, which brought together some of the most prominent figures from the music industry to lead panels and discussions on the fast-paced and ever-changing nature of the live music business and how it pertains to venues, festivals, publicity, management, technology, non-profits, and more. The one-day sold-out event took over New York’s Brooklyn Bowl, giving attendees a chance to gain valuable insight from and pick the brains of some of the more noted names in the live music industry. However, perhaps one of the most exciting stand-out moments of the day was the final keynote that closed the conference, which brought together highly successful promoters and live music tycoons Ron Delsener and Peter Shapiro for a conversation moderated by the noted rock-and-roll writer, critic, historian of Rolling Stone fame David Fricke.10 Invaluable Insights From The Relix Live Music Conference Across the one-hour segment, the two legendary promoters share their own personal insight into the business including how they started out and how the times have changed between now and then. The three also share a lot of laughs, with Shapiro and Delsener also swapping stories from throughout their careers. You can check out the keynote from the Relix Live Music conference earlier this month below, courtesy of Relix.last_img read more

Breaking: FIFA U17 World Cup: Australia stuns Eaglets

first_imgRelatedPosts NAFDAC warns Nigerians against apple, blackcurrant from Australia Ex-Falcons, Golden Eaglets coach dies in Osun Google to pay some publishers for content Australia edged Nigeria 2-1 in the final Group B tie at the FIFA U-17 World Cup Brazil 2019 at the Estadio Bezerrão in Brasilia. Noah Botic continued his fine form in the tournament by netting a brace, scoring a goal in each half in what was an intense match with both sides enterprising in their attacking play. This was a significant result for Australia, not only for its immediate value in potentially securing their qualification to the Round of 16 as one of the best third-place sides, but also for its historical value. This was the first win for Australia against Nigeria at their seventh attempt in the U-17 world finals. Australia coach Trevor Morgan will be delighted by the form of Botic. The forward has scored four of Australia’s five goals at Brazil 2019, and if they secure qualification to the knockout stage, he will be a player Morgan will know he can rely on to deliver. Already qualified for the last 16, Nigeria showed the quality and talent they have in their side despite the result. They were thwarted by an inspired Australian defence led by goalkeeper Adam Pavlesic, who made multiple saves on the evening. Nigeria head coach Manu Garba will be pleased with his team’s response after going down early when Peter Olawale, who was making his debut, equalised in the 21st minute with a terrific curled, left-footed shot from the edge of the box. However, the Golden Eaglets are going to want to improve on their finishing in the knockout stage as they failed to be clinical in front of goal in a game when they registered 34 shots in total.Tags: Adam PaylesicAustraliaFIFA Under 17 Women World CupGolden Eagletslast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgTennessee reports multiple positives among athletesKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week.The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.”Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. A graduate assistant for the football team tested positive and was quarantined for 14 days.Tennessee is bringing athletes back to campus in phases, with football the first to return on June 8. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLBroncos notify fans of seating limitsDENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos are telling season ticket holders that Empower Field at Mile High won’t be at full capacity this season because of the coronavirus outbreak and face masks will be required if local officials allow a limited number of fans to attend games to maintain social distancing.The Broncos told season ticket holders in a memo that they’ll get priority for any single-game tickets that are sold this season whether or not they opt for a full refund for 2020 or a credit for 2021.Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles won’t be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the NFL plays games this season. The city has banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia. Thiem edges Berrettini to win Berlin exhibition tournamentBERLIN (AP) — Dominic Thiem has defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4) 6-4, 10-8 in the men’s final of a grass-court exhibition tournament in Berlin. The Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin’s Grunewald district was largely empty for the match with spectator numbers restricted because of the coronavirus. They had to wear face masks and have their temperatures checked. No more than 800 fans were allowed in the 5,000-capacity stadium, though there were fewer present for the final after rain delayed play for almost seven hours. The women’s final between Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova was postponed to Friday, when a second tournament on a hard court in a hangar in Berlin’s closed Tempelhof airport is due to start. Matches to determine third place were called off altogether because of the rain. WNBA-DELLA DONNE-VIRUS OUTBREAK Update on the latest sports Manager Luis Rojas says a frustrated deGrom left Tuesday night’s camp outing after one inning at Citi Field. The team was awaiting test results, and deGrom is day to day. Any significant injury to the two-time Cy Young Award winner would be an enormous blow to New York during a season shortened to 60 games by the coronavirus. The right-hander had been scheduled to start on opening day July 24 against Atlanta, but that appears in jeopardy now. The Mets already are minus No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard, who will miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery.In other MLB news:— Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is tracking pitches and doing strength and stability exercises while he waits for his ailing back to calm down. An MRI on Tuesday showed rib-head inflammation on his left side that is causing spasms — a condition he has dealt with before in his career. Rizzo is considered day to day, and manager David Ross says it’s still early to talk about him beginning the 60-game season on the injured list. Michigan to allow fewer fans, or none at allANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year.The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies.Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. Paperless tickets will be available for individual games to only season ticket holders, not the general public, if there is a season and spectators are given access to the 107,601-seat Michigan Stadium.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNESSEE And the Green Bay Packers say they won’t admit fans to any training camp practices or preseason home games due to the coronavirus pandemic. This also applies to the annual Packers Family Night, an annual event that features a practice and other activities.NFL-TITANS-HENRYTitans, Derrick Henry agree to contract before NFL deadlineNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a new contract with Derrick Henry, keeping the NFL rushing leader around and not playing under the franchise tag before the NFL deadline for an extension. The team announced the deal, saying only that it was a “multi-year extension.” Henry reportedly received a four-year deal for $50 million with $25.5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.com. His horses Charlatan and Gamine each tested positive for lidocaine in two rounds of testing after winning races at the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track on May 2. Under the rules, a trainer is held responsible for the condition of any horse that is entered regardless of the acts of any third parties. NFL-OBIT-DAVID LEWISFormer NFL and USC player David Lewis dies at 65TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 1979 team that reached the NFC title game has died at 65. The Titans had until 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday to sign Henry to an extension or pay him $10.2 million under the franchise tag he signed April 2. The Titans signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a four-year deal in March. Elsewhere in the NFL:— A domestic violence complaint against former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Blair Brown has been dismissed. According to Duval County court records, a judge dismissed the case last week. Brown’s agent, Michael Boyer, released a statement saying Brown “is very pleased to put this all behind him and continue his life and football career.” According to the complaint filed in May 2019, Brown pointed a gun at his wife and threatened to kill her. He also was accused of pushing her to the ground, kicking her in the abdomen and punching her in the face after a verbal altercation in April 2019.TENNIS-BERLIN-EXHIBITION The women’s final between Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova was postponed to Friday, when a second tournament on a hard court in a hangar in Berlin’s closed Tempelhof airport is due to start. Matches to determine third place were called off altogether because of the rain. HORSE RACING-BAFFERT SUSPENDEDTriple-Crown-winning trainer gets 15-day banLOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. The commission says in a ruling that the suspension runs from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15. Delle Donne hurt that request denied by panel of doctorsNEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is hurt that her request was denied to be medically excused for the season. The panel of independent doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should be medically excused deemed her not to be “high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.” The league’s reigning MVP has battled Lyme disease since 2008 and thought she would be medically excused from playing this season by the panel. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGAN Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-METS-DEGROMDeGrom leaves game with back tightnessNEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom exited an intrasquad game because of back tightness, and the New York Mets’ ace was scheduled for an MRI. Associated Press July 15, 2020 VIRUS OUTBREAK-RED SOXRed Sox hurlers sidelinedBOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have placed left-handers Eduardo Rodríguez, Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez on the injured list while they recover from COVID-19. Rodríguez won 19 games last year and had been expected to start the opener. All three pitchers are eligible to be activated as soon as they are asymptomatic and test negative twice at least 24 hours apart. But they would need time to prepare for the season. Without Rodríguez at least for the first time through the rotation, Nathan Eovaldi is expected to start against the Baltimore Orioles in the July 24 opener. Josiah-Jordan James, a sophomore guard on the basketball team, spoke to reporters last week about how tough it was seeing two teammates test positive for COVID-19. He said that drove home the seriousness of the pandemic and the need to follow all the safety precautions even when he doesn’t feel like wearing a mask.TENNIS-BERLIN EXHIBITIONThiem wins tennis exhibition tournamentBERLIN (AP) — Dominic Thiem has defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4) 6-4, 10-8 in the men’s final of a grass-court exhibition tournament in Berlin. The Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin’s Grunewald district was largely empty for the match with spectator numbers restricted because of the coronavirus. They had to wear face masks and have their temperatures checked. No more than 800 fans were allowed in the 5,000-capacity stadium, though there were fewer present for the final after rain delayed play for almost seven hours. David Lewis died in Tampa. The cause was not immediately known but USC said he had struggled with health issues in recent years. Lewis played college ball at USC. He was also among the defensive stars on the 1979 Buccaneers team that reached the NFC title game, capping the franchise’s “worst to first” transformation. The Bucs won 10 games that year after having won just seven in the franchise’s previous three seasons.last_img read more