— West Virginia’s season opener against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 12. will be held without fans because of the pandemic. The school said in a statement only essential game operations personnel and families of the players and football staff will be allowed to attend. West Virginia’s Big 12 home opener is Oct. 3 against Baylor.— Six UConn football players have tested positive for the new coronavirus, leading the school to suspend all team activities on Thursday. UConn canceled its football season this month, but the team still had been practicing on Tuesdays and Thursdays and doing weight training on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. — South Carolina has lost one of its most anticipated offensive newcomers for the season after tailback MarShawn Lloyd tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee at practice. Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp said it was a non-contact injury during workouts Wednesday.FOX-BRENNAMAN-GAY SLURFox says Brennaman won’t announce NFL games after slur PGA-NORTHERN TRUSTEnglish continues surge with early lead in FedEx Cup openerNORTON, Mass. (AP) — Harris English had the early lead Thursday in The Northern Trust Open by making the tough stretch at the TPC Boston look easy, just like he has done all year to even get to the PGA Tour’s postseason.English made consecutive birdies on the 11th and 12th holes with a 5-iron to 8 feet, followed with two long birdie putts to run his streak to four in a row, and finished with a 7-under 64 that gave him a one-shot lead among the early starters.Among those one shot behind were Louis Oosthuizen, Charley Hoffman and Scott Piercy, who all need to play well just to advance to next week in the FedEx Cup playoffs. August 20, 2020 Associated Press — The Kansas City Chiefs will prohibit the wearing of Native American headdresses, face paint and clothing at Arrowhead Stadium and are discussing the future of the tomahawk chop as they address what many consider racist imagery associated with their franchise. The announcement comes on the heels of the NFL team in Washington choosing to drop Redskins as its nickname after a long and often contentious dialogue with fans and the public.—Hall of Fame running back Jerome Bettis has filed a racial discrimination lawsuit against a Pittsburgh company he had promoted for its commitment to diversity. The federal lawsuit cites breach of contract and seeks $66 million in damages. The former Steelers star and Super Bowl winner contends the energy corporation EQT Production owes Bettis’ trucking company money and dropped its commitment to use minority-owned businesses. EQT has denied any wrongdoing.— Injuries continue to mount for the Super Bowl champion Chiefs. Wide receiver Tyreek Hill left midway through practice Thursday with a hamstring injury. The two-time All-Pro walked off the field and his right leg was checked by trainers before he went to the locker room. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed tight end Josh Oliver on injured reserve, prematurely ending his season for the second consecutive year. Oliver broke his left foot while running during a non-contract drill Sunday and had surgery two days later. —The Detroit Lions have placed rookie defensive tackle Jashon Cornell on injured reserve, two days after he was carted off the field. Detroit also signed running back Wes Hills and receiver Chris Lacy on Thursday and released fullback Luke Sellers. Robinson opened the game by making the Heat’s first three buckets, all 3s. He didn’t miss until midway through the third quarter, and Robinson tied the Heat record for 3s made in a playoff game with seven. He finished 7-of-8 shooting, all beyond the arc.Goran Dragić scored 20 points for Miami, Jimmy Butler had 18 points and six assists, rookie Tyler Herro added 15 points off the bench, and Jae Crowder scored 10. Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh), who had been questionable with an injured left eye, led Indiana with 22 points. Myles Turner and Malcolm Brogdon each had 17 points. T.J. Warren added 14 and Aaron Holiday had 12.The fifth-seeded Heat went 3-1 against the Pacers during the regular season. MLB-SCHEDULE — The Tampa Bay Rays completed their first sweep at Yankee Stadium in six years and took over first place in the AL East, getting a three-run homer from Mike Zunino in a 10-5 victory over New York. Tampa Bay beat the Yankees for the sixth time in seven meetings in the abbreviated 10-game season series. The Rays became the fifth team in major league history to sweep a series of at least three games at Fenway Park and Yankee Stadium on the same trip.MLB-NEWSMETS-MARLINS-VIRUS2 positive tests in Mets organization; 2 games postponedMIAMI (AP) — Major League Baseball says the New York Mets received two positive tests for COVID-19 and that two games have been postponed. The finale of the Mets’ four-game series at Miami was called off an hour before it was scheduled to start Thursday night. Friday’s game between the Mets and New York Yankees at Citi Field was also postponed to allow for additional testing and contact tracing to be conducted. The Marlins were still scheduled to travel to Washington for a series against the Nationals beginning Friday. The Marlins had a coronavirus outbreak last month that forced them to suspend their season for eight days.In other MLB news:— The Yankees have placed reliever Zack Britton on the 10-day injured list with a strained left hamstring after he was injured in Wednesday’s loss to the Tampa Bay Rays. Britton underwent an MRI before Thursday’s game and the Yankees put him on the IL about 90 minutes before the game. — Pittsburgh Pirates President Travis Williams has tested positive for COVID-19 and says he is “on the road to recovery.” He says he knows of no other positive tests within the organization. He said in a statement Thursday he began feeling symptoms Monday night. He said he has started isolating and is getting further tests.— Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr. says he is cancer free after surgery in March to remove a tumor from his prostate. Known as “The Iron Man” for his record streak of playing in more than 2,600 consecutive games for the Baltimore Orioles was diagnosed with cancer in February. Gurriel chops Blue Jays to 3-2 win over Phillies in Game 1UNDATED (AP) — Lourdes Gurriel Jr. chopped a single over a drawn-in infield in the seventh and final inning to drive in Teoscar Hernández and lift the Toronto Blue Jays to a 3-2 win over the Philadelphia Phillies in the first game of a doubleheader.Hernández singled with one out and then went from first to third on a single to center by Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Hernández narrowly beat the throw from the outfield, as determined by video review. Gurriel followed with his single against Deolis Guerra.Toronto has won four straight and had its second walk-off win in its temporary home in Buffalo. Jordan Romano worked the seventh to get the win.In other Thursday action: Tiger Woods finally warmed up with five birdies over his last 10 holes for a 68. Phil Mickelson, meanwhile, was in danger of missing the BMW Championship for the first time since the FedEx Cup began in 2007. He came in at No. 67 and opened with a 74.GOLF-WOMEN’S BRITISH OPENAmerican Amu Olson leads Women’s British Open TROON, Scotland (AP) — American golfer Amy Olson mastered brutal conditions at Royal Troon to shoot 4-under 67 and lead the Women’s British Open by three strokes after the first round. It is the first women’s major of a pandemic-affected golfing year.Sophia Popov of Germany and Marina Alex of the U.S. were the only other players to shoot under par in extremely windy conditions in eastern Scotland. The morning starters encountered winds of up to 50 miles per hour. Olson bounced back from an early bogey to make five birdies and said it was “the best ball-striking day of my life.” NFL-NEWSBrowns CB Johnson hospitalized with lacerated liverUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns cornerback Kevin Johnson remains hospitalized with a lacerated liver, a serious injury sustained in practice when rookie tight end Harrison Bryant landed on him during a routine play.Johnson, who was signed this past offseason by Cleveland and expected to be the team’s starting nickel back, was admitted to University Hospitals on Wednesday. The team said the 28-year-old is resting comfortably and expected to remain in the hospital for at least another 24 hours for observation.In other NFL news: LOS ANGELES (AP) — Thom Brennaman will not be calling NFL games on Fox after using an anti-gay slur on air during a Cincinnati Reds broadcast.Fox Sports issued a statement Thursday saying that “we are moving forward with our NFL schedule which will not include him.” Fox also said Brennaman’s remarks were “abhorrent, unacceptable, and not representative of the values of Fox Sports.”Brennaman had been a part of Fox’s NFL announcer lineup since they started televising the league in 1994. He was part of the No. 3 announcer team last season and was paired with analyst Chris Spielman and reporter Shannon Spake. He had also called Major League Baseball games for the network from 1996 to 2014.The Reds announced late Wednesday that the 56-year old broadcaster was suspended. The team also issued an apology for the “horrific, homophobic remark.” Brennaman, who had been a part of the Reds announcing team since 2007, used the slur moments after Fox Sports Ohio’s feed returned from a commercial break before the top of the seventh inning in the first game of a doubleheader Wednesday at Kansas City. Brennaman opened the fifth inning of the second game with an apology before handing off play-by-play duties to Jim Day. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA PLAYOFFSRobinson scores 24 as Heat beat Pacers 109-100 for 2-0 leadLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Duncan Robinson hit his first six shots, all from 3-point range, and finished with 24 points as the Miami Heat beat the Indiana Pacers 109-100 Thursday for a 2-0 lead in their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series. Update on the latest sports INDY 500Roger Penske to Indianapolis 500 fans: ‘I wanted you here’INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roger Penske has sent an open letter to Indianapolis 500 fans expressing his remorse for not opening the gates for Sunday’s race. It will mark the first time in 104 runnings of “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” that it will be run in front of empty grandstands.Penske purchased Indianapolis Motor Speedway in January and spent an additional $15 million on capital improvements for an enhanced fan experience. He has had to close the sprawling facility to spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic. Without fans roaming the property and celebrating at downtown Indianapolis establishments, the buildup to Sunday’s race has lacked the energy that elevates the Indy 500 into a world-class event. In the letter, Penske noted his long-term commitment to Indianapolis Motor Speedway. — The Chicago Bears placed cornerback Artie Burns on injured reserve because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Burns, competing with Kevin Toliver and second-round pick Jaylon Johnson for a starting job, was injured in practice on Tuesday.— The Denver Broncos saw three veterans get hurt at their padded practice. Von Miller was pulled from practice with an elbow injury and Melvin Gordon was pulled from practice with a rib injury. Inside linebacker Todd Davis hurt his lower left leg toward the end of practice and was carted to the training room. Coach Vic Fangio had no immediate update on the nature or severity of Davis’ injury. The day began with rookie receiver K.J. Hamler out with a pulled hamstring that is expected to sideline the second-round draft pick for two weeks. — The Buffalo Bills are calling their home field “Bills Stadium” after they were unable to find a new naming rights partner before the start of the season. The Bills announced the decision on Thursday, shortly before the team practiced inside the facility for the first time during training camp.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NEWSGeorgia St QB out for season, virus-related heart condition UNDATED (AP) — Georgia State freshman quarterback Mikele Colasurdo will not be able to play this season after being diagnosed with a heart condition related to COVID-19.Colasurdo announced the diagnosis Thursday on his Twitter account, depriving the Panthers of a top prospect who enrolled in the spring and was expected to contend for the starting position.Georgia State is looking to replace Dan Ellington, who started the past two seasons and led the team to a memorable upset of Tennessee in the 2019 opener. The Panthers finished 7-6, losing to Wyoming in the Arizona Bowl. In other college football news:— Notre Dame announced five football players have tested positive in two rounds of coronavirus testing this week. The athletic department said the football program decided to test twice this week in light of the university’s decision Tuesday to move to remote learning because of a COVID-19 outbreak on campus. The Fighting Irish did not practice for a second straight day.
Comments Published on December 21, 2010 at 12:00 pm For Jim Boeheim, the difference in his basketball team from the start of this year to now has been offense. He said the defense started out the season well, but the offense played catch-up.But instead of criticism of the execution and critiques of the individual players, on Wednesday night the Syracuse head coach had nothing but praise for his squad on the offensive end of the floor.‘I don’t think we can play better offensively than that,’ Boeheim said.No. 5 SU (13-0) opened up the second half with a torrid 18-of-20 shooting stretch to pull away from Drexel (8-2) for a 93-65 victory in front of 17,856 people in the Carrier Dome. Junior Kris Joseph led the Orange with a career-high 25 points — 21 of them after the break — as Syracuse took control of the contest after struggling in the opening minutes.The win means that Syracuse is undefeated entering Big East play for the second consecutive year.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Earlier in the year, this would’ve been a very different game,’ Boeheim said. ‘But we’re playing much better offensively, much more confidence. Everybody was good tonight. … That’s as well as we can play.’Syracuse wasn’t playing its best early on, though, and it seemed like Drexel would give SU some trouble. The Orange didn’t make its first field goal until nearly six minutes into the game when sophomore Brandon Triche knocked down a spinning jumper with the shot clock winding down.The Orange eventually took a 16-12 lead, and the offense began to click. Senior Rick Jackson took over like he has in so many games this season. After the Dragons poked a rebound away from Jackson underneath the basket, the forward blocked two shots in a row by Drexel’s Samme Givens, the second one off Givens out of bounds.The rejections ignited Jackson. On the ensuing possession, he powered his way through Dragons forward Daryl McCoy for an easy layup. He converted a three-point play on a pick-and-roll with Triche two possessions later.Jackson finished with 15 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks.‘The pick-and-roll, they weren’t really guarding it well,’ Triche said.The and-one play put SU up 11, and the Orange took a 35-22 lead into the break five minutes later.Then came SU’s white-hot streak to open the second half. This time, it was Joseph’s turn to lead the Syracuse offense.The 6-foot-7 forward posted up 6-foot-4 Drexel guard Derrick Thomas and overpowered him for an easy layup. He then rejected a Dragon shot off the glass, sparking a fast break bucket for Scoop Jardine. The junior then pulled down a rebound after a missed three and led a fast break ending with a Jackson dunk.Drexel called a timeout after that series of plays but still couldn’t stop the bleeding. After starting the game shooting 1-for-6 from the field, the Orange shot 34-of-49 the rest of the way, including that 18-of-20 stretch to open the second half.‘Good offense, making shots, being patient, setting up shots for other guys and looking for other guys,’ Jardine said of the reasons behind the offensive onslaught. ‘We were unselfish tonight, and we’ve been playing like that the last three or four games.‘I think it’s finally clicking.’For the Orange, that shooting percentage was helped by most of its shots coming from close range as the Dragons were unable to stop the Syracuse penetration. And for the second game in a row, SU’s entire active roster got some playing time.Jackson, Jardine, Joseph and Triche all feel the Orange is ready for Big East play, which starts Tuesday when Providence visits the Carrier Dome. They all said things are just coming together for the team as a whole.And with the shooting stretch SU had Wednesday, even Boeheim — who has been as critical of his team as anyone — admitted that the offense is finally starting to click.‘We’re playing better offensively,’ he said. ‘I think it takes awhile for offense. … Now, I think we’re getting to where everybody’s figured out what they can do.’firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook Twitter Google+