The leagues made the announcement in a joint statement Monday night.The leagues said they made the decision “after consultation with infectious disease and public health experts.” They say the changes will be temporary and that media will still have access to players.COLLEGE BASKETBALL POLLKansas retains top spotUNDATED (AP) — Kansas maintained its grip on the No. 1 ranking in The Associated Press men’s college basketball poll. Premier Giuseppe Conte announces that games and travel will be banned nationwide through April 3. That includes games in the country’s top soccer division and preparatory events for the Tokyo Olympics. Serie A has not been canceled since World War II.Events around the world have been affected by the spreading virus. The BNP Paribas Open, set to begin this week in the California desert, won’t be played as scheduled after a case of the virus was confirmed in the Coachella Valley. The announcement to cancel the tennis tournament in Indian Wells, California, came after many players were already in the desert practicing. Qualifying matches were to begin Monday, with women’s main draw matches starting Wednesday and the men’s draw beginning Thursday.French police say the Champions League match between Paris Saint-Germain and Borussia Dortmund at Parc des Princes will be played without fans. It is the second of the four matches in the competition this week to be played in an empty stadium.The virus also forced the postponement of the Six Nations rugby match between France and Ireland. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken after discussions with tournament organizers and the French rugby federation. Sharks, Red Wings extend defensemenUNDATED (AP) — The San Jose Sharks have signed defenseman Radim Simek to a four-year contract extension.Simek was set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer before the Sharks locked him up with the new deal worth a reported $9 million. The 27-year-old Simek made his debut with the Sharks last season. He has three goals and 15 assists in 88 career games. In other NHL news:The Detroit Red Wings have signed defenseman Alex Biega to a one-year contract extension. Biega was acquired by the Red Wings in an Oct. 6 trade with Vancouver. He has three points — all assists — in 48 games with Detroit this season. March 9, 2020 LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Clippers have signed free-agent center Joakim Noah.The 35-year-old two-time All-Star played 42 games with Memphis last season after agreeing to a buyout with the New York Knicks. Noah averaged 7.1 points, 2.1 assists and 5.7 rebounds for the Grizzlies.He’s been limited to 124 games since the end of the 2014-15 season in Chicago, which selected him with the ninth overall pick in the 2007 NBA draft.Noah was the NBA defensive player of the year in 2014. NHL NEWS — The Detroit Lions have announced their coaching staff for the 2020 season, including five new hires. Tyrone McKenzie is taking over as linebackers coach, Tony Carter has been hired as a defensive assistant, Morris Henry and Tom Kanavy are new assistant strength and conditioning coaches, and Ty Warren joins the team as part of the William Clay Ford minority coaching assistantship program. Detroit also announced three promotions: Josh Schuler was moved to head strength and conditioning coach. Steve Gregory was promoted to defensive backs coach and Ben Johnson to tight ends coach.— The NFL players’ union has extended the deadline for its members to vote on a new labor agreement with the league to Saturday night. The 32 NFL owners approved the deal last month. The NFL Players Association executive board then rejected it 6-5, but the player reps voted 17-14 in favor. A simple majority of the union membership is required to accept or reject the contract that would run through the 2030 season.VIRUS OUTBREAK-LOCKER ROOMSNBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scareMIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis. MLB-NEWSVerlander doesn’t expect to be ready for opening dayWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Houston ace Justin Verlander has a mild strain of a back muscle and said it would “probably take a miracle” for him to pitch in the Astros’ opener at Oakland on March 26.The reigning AL Cy Young Award winner was hurt on his second-to-last pitch in Sunday’s exhibition game against the New York Mets. He had an MRI on Monday and was diagnosed with a strained latissimus dorsi muscle. There is not a timetable for his return.Verlander had a similar lat injury during spring training in 2015 and did not make his season debut until June 13. Elsewhere around major league training camps:— Clayton Kershaw will start the Los Angeles Dodgers’ opener against the visiting San Francisco Giants on March 26. Kershaw will extend his franchise record for opening day starts to nine. His streak of consecutive opening day starts was stopped last year when he began the season on the injured list with left shoulder inflammation and was replaced by Hyun-Jin Ryu.— The Milwaukee Brewers will be paying Christian Yelich until 2042, when the All-Star outfielder is 50 years old. Yelich’s $215 million, nine-year contract with the team calls for Brewers to defer $4 million each year from his $26 million annual salary from 2022-28. The 28-year-old outfielder is a two-time All-Star and a one-time Gold Glove winner.— The Cleveland Indians and All-Star shortstop Francisco Lindor have stopped talking about a contract extension. Lindor told The Athletic that the sides suspended talks so he can focus on the upcoming season. Lindor will make $17.5 million this season and he’s under the team’s control through 2021. Lindor has said he wants to stay in Cleveland, but it’s going to be hard for the Indians to hold onto him._ The Jayhawks received all 65 first-place votes to remain at the top for a third straight week. The past two weeks they have been the unanimous choice ahead of Gonzaga and Dayton.Florida State climbed three spots to No. 4 after winning its first Atlantic Coast Conference regular-season title. This is FSU’s highest ranking since sitting at No. 2 in December 1972.West Virginia and Butler were the week’s new additions. Michigan and Penn State fell out of the poll.NBA-CLIPPERS-NOAHClippers sign free-agent Noah The leagues made the announcement in a joint statement Monday night.The leagues said they made the decision “after consultation with infectious disease and public health experts.” They say the changes will be temporary and that media will still have access to players.SPORTS-VIRUS-OUTBREAKMore sporting events affected by spread of virusUNDATED (AP) — All sports in Italy will be halted because of the virus outbreak. In Buffalo, he is reunited with coach Sean McDermott, who served as Carolina’s defensive coordinator during Norman’s first four NFL seasons.In other NFL news:— New York Giants tight end Rhett Ellison has retired after eight seasons in the NFL. Ellison played at Southern California before being selected in the fourth-round of the 2012 draft by the Vikings. He spent five years in Minnesota before joining the Giants as a free agent in 2017. His 2019 season was cut short due to a concussion suffered against the Jets on Nov. 10. — The Las Vegas Raiders have released linebacker Tahir Whitehead after two seasons as a starter. The move saves the Raiders more than $6 million on the salary cap for 2020 as the team looks to overhaul a struggling defense. Whitehead was originally signed to a three-year, $19 million deal as a free agent in 2018 and started all 32 games with the Raiders the past two seasons.— The Atlanta Falcons have bolstered a position of need by agreeing to a one-year contract extension with defensive end Steven Means. The 29-year-old Means started four games in 2018 and had 14 tackles and one sack. He missed the 2019 season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury during organized team activities. HORSE RACING-DRUGSTrainers, vets among more than two dozen chargedNEW YORK (AP) — The trainer of champion Maximum Security is among more than two dozen people charged in what authorities describe as a widespread international scheme to drug horses to make them race faster.The charges against horse trainers, veterinarians and others were detailed in four indictments unveiled Monday in Manhattan federal court. Among them is trainer Jason Servis, whose stable includes last year’s 3-year-old champion Maximum Security. He was charged with administering performance-enhancing drugs to that horse and others.Authorities say the drugs can cause horses to overexert themselves, leading to heart issues or death. Update on the latest in sports: Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-LOCKER ROOMSNBA, MLB, NHL, MLS closing locker rooms amid virus scareMIAMI (AP) — The NBA, NHL, Major League Baseball and Major League Soccer are closing access to locker rooms and clubhouses to all non-essential personnel in response to the coronavirus crisis. NFL-NEWSNorman reportedly agrees to deal with BillsBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Two people with knowledge of the decision tell The Associated Press that veteran cornerback Josh Norman has agreed to sign a one-year contract with the Buffalo Bills.The people spoke to The AP on Monday on the condition of anonymity because the signing has not been announced. NFL Network first reported the deal. Norman is an eighth-year player who spent the past four seasons in Washington before being released last month. He struggled to play to high expectations and was cut with one season left on a five-year $75 million contract he signed in free agency in 2016. Maximum Security crossed the finish line first at the 2019 Kentucky Derby before being disqualified for interference and has since won four of his five high-profile races.
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ STOCK UP Ifeatu MelifonwuAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Redshirt freshman Ifeatu Melifonwu, a 6-foot-3, 200-pound corner, excelled in spot duty for injured cornerback Chris Fredrick, who went down with a sprained ankle in the first quarter.Lined up primarily against Anthony Ratliff-Williams, the Tar Heels’ No. 1 wideout, Melifonwu clamped down. He finished the game with four pass breakups and a tackle for loss.His most critical pass defense came as North Carolina took possession at the SU 39-yard line with less than a minute left in a tie game. On first down, UNC quarterback Nathan Elliott threw to Ratliff-Williams on a comeback. Melifonwu stuck to his mark and jammed his hand in to knock the ball away.After the game, Babers praised Melifonwu, who might be needed going forward — Scoop Bradshaw, SU’s other corner, was hurt later in the game.Shyheim Cullen Redshirt junior linebacker Shyheim Cullen played extended time on Saturday for the first time all season.When Syracuse played in the 4-3, Cullen was on the field, and he even featured in two linebacker sets when SU went to the nickel defense. Until Saturday, the Orange was rigid at linebacker, only featuring Ryan Guthrie, Andrew Armstrong and Kielan Whitner.Cullen finished with five solo tackles. Tommy DeVito In four drives, DeVito threw three touchdown passes and led Syracuse to a comeback, double-overtime win.DeVito came on in relief of Eric Dungey and an anemic offense as Dino Babers hoped to spark his offense. It worked as DeVito immediately launched a 50-yarder to Jamal Custis down the left sideline. He later floated a beautiful 42-yard touchdown to Nykeim Johnson with 1:39 left to tie the game.Shining in this opportunity comes at a good time for DeVito, as Dungey has plateaued in play recently, struggling to find consistency in the passing game with one touchdown and three interceptions his last three games.In leading a comeback win on Saturday, DeVito sent his stock skyward. STOCK DOWN Big plays Again, the nadir of Syracuse’s defense was the big play.UNC wide receiver Dazz Newsome took a sweep around the edge for a 55-yard gain on the first play of a two-play scoring drive for the Tar Heels. Later, he returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown that put North Carolina ahead, 21-20.Since the opener against Western Michigan, the SU defense has been susceptible to chunk plays, and Saturday was no different.Cornerback health Starting cornerbacks Bradshaw and Fredrick left Saturday’s game at different points with injuries.After the game, Babers said Fredrick sprained his ankle and is expected back next weekend. He didn’t have an update on Bradshaw, who left the field favoring his left arm, where trainers appeared to attend to his wrist.In Fredrick’s absence, the aforementioned Melifonwu played in relief. Syracuse only played one defensive play without Bradshaw, and was in a 4-3 defense with Trill Williams taking his spot at cornerback.Having Fredrick back is good news for SU, which must hope the prognosis on Bradshaw is good, too. Pass rush Syracuse’s pass rush, arguably the best facet of the team, didn’t show up against the Tar Heels.The Orange finished with one sack against the Tar Heels, along with three hurries. Elliott stood in the pocket consistently Saturday, completing 34 passes for 321 yards and two touchdowns.For a unit that produced 20 sacks in the six prior games, the lowly output is cause for concern.With North Carolina State and NFL prospect quarterback Ryan Finley coming to the Carrier Dome on Saturday, Syracuse needs to get after the quarterback.Football, Syracuse football, Cuse FB, Cuse football, SU FB, SU football, Syracuse Orange football, Syracuse University football, ACC football, Atlantic Coast Conference football, Cuse, College football, Syracuse FB, Dino Babers, Babers, Dungey, Eric Dungey, Carrier Dome, no-huddle Published on October 21, 2018 at 10:51 pm Contact Andrew: [email protected] | @A_E_Graham Syracuse (5-2, 2-2 Atlantic Coast) pulled off a 40-37 double-overtime comeback win against North Carolina (1-5, 1-3) on Saturday in the Carrier Dome.Tommy DeVito entered the game with 5:07 remaining and sparked a comeback as a bruised up defense still struggled to contain big plays. Ultimately, DeVito’s three touchdown passes — two in overtime — were enough to push SU to the win.Here’s this week’s stock watch.