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first_imgRahm closed with a 3-over 75 for a 9-under total, three strokes ahead of second-round co-leader Ryan Palmer at Muirfield Village. The 25-year-old Spaniard was leading by seven shots on Sunday before a double-bogey on the par-5 11th cut into his advantage. Rahm later received a two-stroke penalty after being initially credited with a five-stroke win.To become the No. 1 golfer, Rahm had to win the tournament and hope Rory McIlroy finished no better than third. McIlroy tied for 32nd.Rahm joins Seve Ballesteros as the only Spaniards to reach No. 1.Tiger Woods carded a 76 for the second time in three days, leaving him at plus-6. GOLF-NICKLAUS-CORONAVIRUS Joey Logano finished third, with Kyle Busch coming in fourth a day after he finished ahead of the field in two races. Series points leader Kevin Harvick was fifth.NHL-PENGUINS-CROSBYSidney Crosby out with health issuePITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Penguins star Sidney Crosby is dealing with an unspecified health issue. Crosby left a team scrimmage early on Saturday and then was held out of practice a day later. Neither head coach Mike Sullivan nor assistant coach Mark Recchi (REH’-kee) offered any detail on what might be ailing Crosby. Bass said he spoke with general manager Ross Atkins and emphasized that players prefer a big league stadium. The veteran reliever added that players are willing to share a home venue with another team and make other sacrifices.Canada denied the Blue Jays’ request to play at Rogers Centre because the regular-season schedule would require frequent travel back and forth from the United States, where COVID-19 cases are surging.The team’s minor league options are its training facility in Dunedin (duh-NEE’-dehn), Florida, or its Triple-A affiliate stadium in Buffalo.NFL-TRAINING CAMPSNFL players urge league to address health concerns Update on the latest sports The Penguins have about two weeks to get ready to face Montreal in the qualifying round of the playoffs.MLB-FREE AGENTSWalker, Volquez, Holland, Morrison make opening-day rostersUNDATED (AP) — Philadelphia second baseman Neil Walker, Texas pitcher Edinson Vólquez and Pittsburgh pitcher Derek Holland have made opening-day rosters.So have Milwaukee first baseman Logan Morrison, Cincinnati pitcher Nate Jones, Tampa Bay pitcher Aaron Loup and New York Yankees pitcher Luis Avilán. Nicklaus, wife recovered from coronavirusDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jack Nicklaus says he’s recovered from a health scare.The golf legend revealed during Sunday’s CBS telecast of the Memorial that he and his wife tested positive for the coronavirus at the onset of the pandemic.He said his wife had no COVID-19 symptoms, while Nicklaus had a sore throat and a cough. Nicklaus said they were home in North Palm Beach, Florida, from March 13 “until we were done with it” on about April 20.Nicklaus and his wife, Barbara, turned 80 a month apart at the start of the year. NASCAR-TEXASChildress gets 1-2 sweep at TexasFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Richard Childress Racing had a successful day at Texas Motor Speedway.Austin Dillon stayed in front after a restart with two laps to go and beat rookie Tyler Reddick to the checkered flag. That gave Childress a 1-2 NASCAR Cup finish and quite a show for spectators spread out in the stands.Dillon raced to his third career win and first since Daytona at the start of the 2018 season. He stayed in front on three late restarts, the first after an incident with 29 laps left that shuffled the fast car of Ryan Blaney to a lap back. The seven were among the former free agents the clubs had to make decisions on by Sunday, five days ahead of opening day.New York Mets catcher René Rivera and Colorado catcher Drew Butera were given $100,000 retention bonuses this weekend, allowing those teams to keep them with minor league contracts.Among those released ahead of the deadline were Philadelphia pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Logan Forsythe, Mets first baseman Matt Adams and Washington reliever Fernando Abad.Released players remain eligible to re-sign with the teams.In other major league news: HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIXHamilton wins 8th Hungarian GP to equal Schumacher F1 recordBUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton has won the Hungarian Grand Prix for the eighth time to equal Michael Schumacher’s single-venue record and take the championship lead. Hamilton’s latest victory from pole position was as comfortable as the nearly 9-second margin over Max Verstappen suggested. The British driver’s 86th GP win moved him just five behind Schumacher’s F1 record of 91. Hamilton is also demanding more support from Formula One’s governing body and urged other drivers to make more of an effort in the fight against racism. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGOLF-MEMORIALRahm in command at Muirfield VillageDUBLIN, Ohio (AP) — Jon Rahm will move to the top of world golf rankings after a convincing victory at the Memorial. — Nationals outfielder Victor Robles took part in his first workout of the summer following a two-week quarantine. Robles had some at-bats, ran the bases and says he should be ready to start opening day.— The Tigers have announced that Matthew Boyd will start the season opener against Cincinnati. Boyd had been slated to start the opener in March and now will get the chance a few months later. VIRUS OUTBREAK-MLB-BLUE JAYSBlue Jays looking at alternate sites for home gamesTORONTO (AP) — The Toronto Blue Jays want to play their home games in a major league ballpark this season. That’s according to pitcher Anthony Bass, who says the front office is working to find a major league ballpark for the team. July 19, 2020 Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — NFL players are publicly pleading with the league to address several health and safety concerns on the eve of training camp. The league informed teams on Saturday that training camps will open on time even though discussions with the players’ union regarding testing for the coronavirus and other health and safety protocols are ongoing. Rookies for Houston and Kansas City are set to report Monday and rookies for other teams are due on Tuesday. Players for all teams are scheduled to report by July 28. Many prominent players expressed their thoughts in a social media blitz Sunday.Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson, whose wife is pregnant, wrote: “We want to play football but we also want to protect our loved ones.”And Saints quarterback Drew Brees tweeted, “If the NFL doesn’t do their part to keep players healthy there is no football in 2020.” He wrote, “We need Football! We need sports! We need hope!” Some drivers took a knee and others again did not in disorganized scenes before Sunday’s race. As in the previous two races this season, all drivers were supposed to gather before the national anthem to stand while wearing “End Racism” T-shirts. Hamilton and others like his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took a knee but others appeared to be hurriedly arriving late and not even in position.last_img read more

Syracuse is the rare team that doesn’t hold official shootarounds on game day

first_imgJim Boeheim has long been a hands-off coach. He doesn’t enforce a curfew. He rarely meets with players in one-on-one settings. His practices and team meetings are brief, and he doesn’t require his players to study much film. For the majority of his 43-year tenure, Boeheim’s developed a reputation as a “player-first” coach, former players said. For the most part, he lets them do what they want, including how they prepare for games. Syracuse’s (19-12, 10-8 Atlantic Coast) pregame plans are a rarity among Division I men’s hoops: The Orange don’t hold a shootaround several hours before tip-off. Most teams get to arenas around lunchtime to adjust to the venue — the background behind the rims, the court, the lighting. But Boeheim prefers to give players time off to rest, so they’re usually in their hotel rooms sleeping, studying and playing Fortnite. “The belief here is that you really don’t need a shootaround,” said Syracuse senior point guard Frank Howard. “Especially for guys who play all game, you don’t want to be worn out mentally. Some guys relax all day, some guys shootaround. We do what’s best for us.”SU’s last mandatory team shootaround the day of a game was March 23, 1981, according to Syracuse.com. That’s when then-senior Danny Schayes, a former first team Big East member, twisted his ankle during the walkthrough. Syracuse hasn’t held a full-team shootaround since. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMultiple players on Boeheim’s first teams, in the 1970s, said shootarounds were welcomed. Players enjoyed getting a feel for the court they’d play on that night. But since 1981, they haven’t been required to leave the hotel until about two hours before game time. By the time players change, they’re on the floor with at least 90 minutes before road games. For some, that’s plenty of time. “It’s coach’s philosophy,” said junior guard Tyus Battle, who prefers to stay at the team hotel. “I don’t think it makes a difference to get there early. We get our shots up when we arrive.”Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff PhotographerBut several players said they’d prefer to stretch out their legs a bit and void lethargy later in the day. Howard, Buddy Boeheim, Oshae Brissett and Marek Dolezaj usually opt for a game-day shootaround. At East Carolina, forward Elijah Hughes said he was required to partake in game-day prep. Hughes didn’t mind the frequent pregame sessions, but he said he enjoys the approach at SU better. He appreciates the choice. “I’d rather just chill out all day,” said Hughes, who’s averaging a career-best 13.4 points per game. Former Syracuse forward Matthew Moyer said he’d rather shoot during the day, a requirement at Vanderbilt, his new school. “I really like that, shooting, so you’re not just walking into warmups and having to adjust right before the game,” Moyer said. Some current SU players side with Moyer’s preferences, including Boeheim’s son, Buddy, who squeezes in a brief workout at the hotel fitness center on game days. Syracuse game-day schedules vary, but usually they run as follows: Breakfast around 10 a.m. An optional bus for shootaround leaves between noon and 1 p.m. and returns by 3:30 for a team meeting to rehearse the game plan, players said. Then, the bus leaves two hours before game start. The Orange won’t play another home game this season. During their postseason on the road in the next couple of weeks, players have the option to lounge at the team Marriott. But on days like Wednesday, when they don’t tip off until 9 p.m., players have free time. Game-day walkthroughs could make players over-think aspects of the game, Battle and Buddy said. Some would rather just rest and get in the zone, Battle included. But last season, Brissett and Dolezaj were among the only other players to opt for game-day shootarounds. More players have caught on this year, including Howard and freshman point guard Jalen Carey. “We don’t do anything all day in the hotel. We sit on our phone,” Dolezaj said. “I get more tired sitting there, so I’d rather get some shots up.”Brissett enjoys getting in a shooting rhythm for an hour with associate head coach Adrian Autry. He sees the sessions as an extension of practice, a way to develop his game in a quiet arena with few teammates or coaches watching. “I think it’s important to get there early as a shooter to see the depth, background and floor,” Buddy said. “The arenas are very different from one another. I’d rather get in there, get loose, not rush before the game.”But unlike other programs, players still get the choice. For some, getting to the gym beats hours of lounging. For others, shooting midday makes no sense. Comments Published on March 12, 2019 at 3:18 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more