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The Latest: No fans for Saints home opener against Bucs


first_imgThis is Nashville SC’s first season in MLS. The team dropped its first two matches of the season before the league shut down on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic.___The Big East joined the growing list of conferences not playing sports in the fall. The conference announced that men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey won’t be contested. Georgetown is the defending national champions in men’s soccer.Teams will still be allowed to practice and have team activities that are consistent with individual campus policies.Men’s and women’s basketball are not affected at this time and will be evaluated at a later point. Associated Press The Birmingham, Alabama-based conference’s Board of Directors cited health and safety of athletes and others on campus, mandatory participation protocols from the NCAA Board of Governors and the cancellation of Division II fall championships.The league said it would evaluation options for spring seasons in football, soccer and volleyball.___The Washington Football Team will at least begin the NFL season playing without fans in its stadium.The team formerly known as the Redskins says it plans to play home games at an empty FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, “out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The decision can be reevaluated if conditions improve throughout the course of the season. The conference’s Board of Athletic Administrators also agreed to reduce the number of NJAC games played by each team from 18 to 9 for both men and women.The conference members are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City University, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Newark, Rutgers-Camden, Stockton University, The College of New Jersey and William Paterson.___The Division II Gulf South Conference is postponing competition in football, basketball, soccer and volleyball until at least Jan. 1.The league noted that the NCAA has identified those as high-risk contact sports that are subject to significant testing requirements for all student-athletes and personnel. ___The Big South Conference has decided to delay its fall sports seasons with the hopes of playing in the spring. But it will allow football-playing members to schedule up to four nonconference games in the fall at their own discretion.Commissioner Kyle Kallander says the decision was made to protect student-athletes during the coronavirus pandemic. He says the league hopes to play conference football, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball in conjunction with its spring sports and still crown champions in all 19 of its sports.___The Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference has decided the delay the start of conference play in basketball until Jan. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lauscha said the Saints “remain cautiously optimistic” that fans may be able to attend the Sept. 27 game vs. Green Bay.___Nashville SC is finally about to play its first game since March, with an assistant coach filling in as manager due to a late COVID-19 test result.Assistant coach Steve Guppy will be filling in for coach Gary Smith. Nashville announced Wednesday afternoon that Smith could not travel with the team because of COVID-19 testing results that eventually came up negative. The result was not available before the team left for Wednesday night’s game against FC Dallas in Texas.Nashville never competed in Major League Soccer’s MLS is Back tournament in Florida because nine players tested positive for the coronavirus. That forced Nashville to become the second team to withdraw, joining FC Dallas after that team had 10 players and a coach test positive. The Latest: No fans for Saints home opener against Bucscenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The New Orleans Saints have announced their opening game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Superdome will be held without fans because of unfavorable COVID-19 trends in Louisiana. The decision Wednesday evening means fans won’t have a chance to attend six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady’s first game with his new club since leaving his only other team, the New England Patriots, for Tampa Bay.Saints President Dennis Lauscha says owner Gayle Benson’s “overriding directive and priority is the health and safety of our fans, our employees, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome staff and all of the coaches and players.”Lauscha says the club has been working with medical, health and safety professionals, state and local authorities, and the NFL to determine how and if the Superdome could safely host fans this season.The Saints and government officials concluded that at this time, regional and statewide trends regarding positive coronavirus cases do not meet health and safety standards the club established to host fans in the dome.New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell said decisions about Saints home games “will be guided by data, and until we get to where we need to be, we will have to support the Saints from the sidelines at home.” ___President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he has spoken with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron about moving forward with the football season.Lawrence has helped spearhead the #WeWantToPlay movement. That’s a coalition of players calling on colleges not to cancel the upcoming season because of coronavirus concerns and give student-athletes greater say as it considers safety issues.Trump said Orgeron “feels his players just want to be out there.” The president said he’s hopeful that both college and high school football would be played in the fall. The Big Ten and Pac-12 said Tuesday they were postponing their football seasons. August 12, 2020 “This decision was not an easy one,” owner Dan Snyder said. “But after several discussions with federal, state and local officials – along with input from some of the nation’s foremost medical experts, based right here in the nation’s capital – we are confident that it is the right one.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more


Chelsea clinch late draw vs. Everton, Man City win, leaders Leicester denied


first_imgJohn Terry scored an own goal and then struck deep into second-half injury time to snatch a 3-3 draw for Chelsea against Everton at Stamford Bridge.The Blues went behind early in the second half when Leighton Baines’ cross was turned into his own net by defender Terry.Everton continued to threaten with Ross Barkley hitting the post before Kevin Mirallas lashed past goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois to make it 2-0.Guus Hiddink’s team responded through Diego Costa when he received Cesc Fabregas’ pass and rounded goalkeeper Tim Howard.And two minutes later it was 2-2 as Fabregas’ shot was deflected home.But Everton regained their lead in injury time when Ramiro Funes Mori got on the end of Gerard Deulofeu’s delivery. With seconds remaining, Terry made amends for his own goal when he tucked past Howard in the eighth minute of injury time.Manchester City temporarily went top of the table on goal difference as Sergio Aguero scored twice in a 4-0 win over Crystal Palace at the Etihad.Fabian Delph put City 1-0 up on 22 minutes with a 30-yard strike that skimmed low past goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey.Manuel Pellegrini’s men doubled their lead before half-time when Aguero’s shot from 25 yards was deflected in. Aguero scored his second of the game in the 68th minute, tucking home from Kevin De Bruyne’s cutback.The Argentina international then turned provider as he assisted David Silva who made it 4-0 with a simple finish.Leicester climbed back above City at the summit although they had to settle for a point in a 1-1 draw at Aston Villa in Saturday’s evening kickoff.Shinji Okazaki broke the deadlock in the 28th minute when he scored from a rebound after goalkeeper Mark Bunn had done superbly to claw out Jamie Vardy’s lob. The Foxes had a chance to take a two-goal lead only for Riyad Mahrez to see his penalty saved by Bunn after Aly Cissokho was deemed to have handled in the box.But Villa hit back with 15 minutes left on the clock as Rudy Gestede seemed to control the ball with his hand before his shot clipped off Wes Morgan and nestled beyond goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel.Two goals from Christian Eriksen ensured Tottenham Hotspur returned to winning ways after their midweek loss to Leicester as they beat Sunderland 4-1 at White Hart Lane.Sunderland took the lead against the run of play when Adam Johnson found Patrick Van Aanholt with a fabulous defence-splitting pass and the full-back beat goalkeeper Hugo Lloris at his near post. Tottenham hit back just two minutes later when Harry Kane’s initial effort was saved and Eriksen’s rebound was only cleared into the roof of the net by Sunderland’s Lee Cattermole.Mousa Dembele put Spurs 2-1 up when he drove home left-footed past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford, who was impressing for Sam Allardyce’s side.Eriksen grabbed his second of the game, with his shot from outside the area catching a wicked deflection off debutant Jan Kirchhoff that lifted it into the top corner.Kirchhoff’s miserable outing continued when he brought down Danny Rose in the box, and Harry Kane stepped up to seal the points from the penalty spot. West Ham United suffered their first loss since Nov. 22 as Steve McClaren’s struggling Newcastle United ran out 2-1 winners at St James’ Park.Newcastle went in front on six minutes when Georginio Wijnaldum fed Ayoze Perez who found the corner with a placed finish from outside the box.Wijnaldum doubled the Magpies’ advantage with debutant Jonjo Shelvey key in the move as he found Daryl Janmaat with a stunning long-range pass.West Ham pulled a goal back four minutes into second half when Nikica Jelavic pounced on a sloppy pass by defender Chancel Mbemba. Southampton made it back-to-back league wins as they overcame West Brom 3-0 at St Mary’s.Ronald Koeman’s side took an early lead when James Ward-Prowse’s brilliant free kick on five minutes beat goalkeeper Boaz Myhill.The Saints went 2-0 with Ward-Prowse again on the scoresheet as the midfielder converted from the penalty spot after Matt Targett was felled in the box.Dusan Tadic wrapped up the points when he received Steven Davis pass and then struck low into the bottom corner from an acute angle.Bournemouth claimed a first league win in five attempts as they secured a convincing 3-0 victory over Norwich City.Dan Gosling broke the deadlock in the 10th minute, nodding in from close range following a fabulous delivery by Marc Pugh.The Cherries went 2-0 up on 52 minutes through Charlie Daniels, who kept his cool from the penalty spot after Pugh was brought down.Benik Afobe scored his first goal for Bournemouth to seal the victory, slotting home thanks to Charlie Daniels’ assist.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more