F1-HAMILTON-DIVERSITYF1 star Hamilton to set up commission to increase diversityLONDON (AP) — Six-time Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton plans to set up a commission to increase diversity in motorsport.The Mercedes driver said the aim of the Hamilton Commission would be to make the sport “become as diverse as the complex and multicultural world we live in.”Hamilton is the only Black world champion in F1. He has spoken widely about racism since the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. BRITAIN-SUPERBIKERIDER DIESBritish superbike rider dies after crash at English trackDERBY, England (AP) — A British superbike rider has died after being involved in a collision with another bike at an event on the Donington Park track in central England Sunday.Organizers of the No Limits Trackday event say Ben Godfrey died from the injuries he suffered from falling from his bike. Godfrey was 25 and raced in the British Superbike Championship.The No Limits Trackdays director described Godfrey as “a fantastic young man” and said he was “friends with so many people in the paddock, he was always smiling and had time for everyone.” TRIPLE CROWN-WHAT’S NEXTBelmont winner Tiz the Law eyes ambitious summer scheduleUNDATED (AP) — Having secured a victory in the Belmont Stakes, Tiz the Law now faces an 11-week wait until the Kentucky Derby in a reconfigured Triple Crown series. In between, the bay colt who became the first New York-bred to win the Belmont since 1882 is being pointed toward the Travers on Aug. 8 in upstate New York, which is his home turf.Tiz the Law has five wins in six career starts by an average of 19 1/4 lengths. His only loss came at Churchill Downs last year, and he’ll get a chance to avenge it over the same track in the Kentucky Derby on Sept. 5.SANTA ANITA-FATALITIES June 21, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-TALLADEGAWeather delays NASCAR race at TalladegaTALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — Thunderstorms Sunday forced NASCAR to postpone the Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway that was to mark the return of more fans to the track. The race, which was pushed back to 2 p.m. CDT on Monday, is the first amid the coronavirus pandemic in which NASCAR opened the gates for up to 5,000 fans. The event was stopped several times for more than three hours of total delays.The race is the ninth for the elite Cup Series since the May 17 resumption, and restrictions are gradually being lifted.It was hardly an ordinary race day at Talladega Superspeedway, even before the lousy weather. The normal hordes of partying fans were nowhere to be seen.The Confederate flags were harder to find, too — except for a plane circling above the track with the message “Defund NASCAR” trailing behind the flag. It was a double whammy of change for the Cup series race.The Confederate flags that once flew openly around the infield and stands are now banned. NASCAR hasn’t disclosed how it will handle fans flying flags. Associated Press Dimitrov is ranked No. 19 and a three-time Grand Slam semifinalist. He is the highest-profile current player to say he has the virus. His announcement on his Instagram page comes at the end of a week when the U.S. Open said it would go forward. The professional tennis tours have been suspended since March and are planning to resume in August.In other sports affected by the coronavirus pandemic:— There’s been a setback in the Russian soccer league’s restart this weekend. Dynamo Moscow postponed its game Sunday after three of its players tested positive for the coronavirus. It’s the second game to be disrupted by the coronavirus since the Russian league restarted Friday after a three-month pause.— Newcastle beat 10-man Sheffield United 3-0 in the Premier League to virtually guarantee its top-flight status for another year and make the club an even more attractive option for its controversial potential buyers. The win at an empty St. James’ Park lifted Newcastle to 38 points and 11 clear of the relegation zone. The future of Newcastle has been one of the big talking points during soccer’s three-month shutdown. League officials are deciding whether to approve a takeover of the northeast club by Saudi Arabia’s sovereign fund. Elsewhere in the Premier League, Chelsea rallied to beat Aston Villa 2-1. Chelsea strengthened its hold on fourth place and is five points clear of fifth-place Manchester United.— Two-time major champion So Yeon Ryu (soh yahn yoo) closed with an even-par 72 to win the Korea Women’s Open in her first tournament in four months because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Ryu won for the first time since the Japan Women’s Open in 2018, and it was her first victory on the Korea LPGA since 2015. Upon winning, Ryu offered her entire prize money of just over $200,000 for coronavirus relief funds. Writing in British newspaper The Sunday Times, Hamilton said it would be a research partnership dedicated to exploring how motorsport can be used as a vehicle to “engage more young people from Black backgrounds with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects and, ultimately, employ them on our teams or in other engineering sectors.”VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSDynamo Moscow reports coronavirus cases, game postponedUNDATED (AP) — Tennis player Grigor Dimitrov (GREE’-gohr DIH’-mih-trahv) says he has tested positive for COVID-19.His announcement led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) was scheduled to play Sunday. Horse injured, euthanized after race at Santa AnitaARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — A horse injured after crossing the finish line of a race at Santa Anita has been euthanized, making it the 15th fatality at the track since late December.Strictly Biz, a 4-year-old colt, fractured his right knee while galloping past the finish of the sixth race Saturday. The attending veterinarian determined it was an unrecoverable injury.Ridden by Jose Valdivia Jr., Strictly Biz finished sixth among eight horses in the $51,000 race on the turf. Trained by Brian Koriner and owned by Jay Em Ess Stable, the colt had one win in four career starts and earnings of $29,000, according to Equibase.The California track’s spring-summer meet ends Sunday. Update on the latest sports
Two members of the women’s lacrosse team, associate head coach Devon Wills and junior Gussie Johns, were chosen as goalies for the U.S. Women’s National Team, which will play in the 2017 Federation of International Lacrosse Women’s World Cup this summer. Head coach Lindsey Munday, who was part of two World Championships and served as captain for the Team USA in 2013, felt proud to have both women chosen to play on the team.“Devon and Gussie have worked together for more than two years, and this is a testament to their passion, drive and commitment to improve,” Munday said. “I can’t think of two individuals more deserving of this honor, and it is incredibly special to have Devon and Gussie be the two goalies to represent our country in the World Cup.”Wills has been part of USC’s lacrosse program for four years and has already competed as the goalie for the U.S. World Champion teams in both 2009 and 2013. Wills’ experience on the field in the highest level of matches will not only help the team as they fight for their eighth world championship victory, but will also serve as an example of what hard work and commitment can achieve.“Devon is one of the best goalies ever to play the game and is a seasoned Team USA veteran,” Munday said. “Even after 13 years on the team, she continues to push herself to improve and is one of the hardest working people I know.”Yet another hard worker, Johns is the first Trojan to ever be selected for Team USA. Last season, she led USC in ground balls and their number one scoring defense and led the nation in goals against average, which all contributed to her distinction as All-MPSF and IWLCA All-Region last season. Despite all the attention, she said she simply feels thankful to continue to play lacrosse more.“It is such an honor to be a part of Team USA,” Johns said. “The opportunity to play with and get to know the individuals on this team has been a true privilege. It reminds me of why I love the sport of lacrosse so much and how we are all playing for a much larger purpose.”While Wills’ coaching unquestionably helped mold Johns into the player that she has become during her time at USC, Johns’ own desire to constantly progress and the effort she has put in are what ultimately earned her this honor.“Gussie has followed in Devon’s footsteps and words cannot express how proud I am of her,” Munday said. “Since she stepped foot on campus, she has done everything to improve her game every day. She puts in countless hours of extra work, and it is exciting to see that it has all paid off. In addition to her talents on the field, Gussie is an incredible person and embodies what it means to be a Trojan and a member of Team USA.”
MORE: Will the NHL ever return to the Olympics?The motivation behind the team’s decision has yet to be revealed but draws reason for concern considering the 13-year veteran’s success and the unusual permission granted to continue practicing with the team. Kovalchuk, 36, was notably scratched last March by then-interim head coach Willie Desjardins, too. It is worth noting that his numbers are front-loaded with six points coming in the first four games of the season.Regardless, for a struggling team to abruptly halt a veteran’s season no matter when the production came makes for an interesting look at what is going on in Los Angeles. The Los Angeles Kings have the worst record in the NHL at 5-11-1 and are looking for a plan to gain some momentum.That plan may not include Ilya Kovalchuk, who was reportedly told he would be held out of the lineup for the foreseeable future. “There is word this afternoon that LA has informed Ilya Kovalchuk he will be out of the lineup for the foreseeable future,” Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman said on Twitter Tuesday. “He is welcome to practice with the club, but he will not be playing. Obviously, more details as they occur.”MORE: Don Cherry on firing: ‘I don’t regret a thing'”Kings have indeed been trying to move Kovalchuk recently,” read a tweet from David Pagnotta of The Fourth Period, “and I’m told his agent is assisting in trying to facilitate a trade.”Kovalchuk has three goals and six assists through 17 games this season until Tuesday’s contest against the Minnesota Wild, which he will be scratched for. He is the fourth most productive player on the squad in terms of points while seeing significantly less on-ice time than those ahead of him on that list.Through the first 17 games of the season, the Kings’ point leaders are as follows: Anze Kopitar (16), Dustin Brown (10), Drew Doughty (10) and Kovalchuk (9). Those players have earned 20:20, 19:01 and 25:03 TOI compared to Kovalchuk’s 15:25 (11th on the team).
The society got together recently to unveil its new Hydrogen Alpha Scope for its Starry Nights/Sunny Days Program.During the unveiling, the society had a fundraising barbecue which generated funds for upcoming programs for the society and had those attending pose for the Mallard’s Team of the Week honour.Of course the reason for the Hydrogen Alpha Scope will come into play Sunday during the Solar Eclipse at the Taghum Hall.The public is welcome to attend. Picnic begins at 5 p.m. Staff and management at Mallard’s Source for Sports dipped into the vault to find this week’s Team of the Week recipient — Taghum Hall Society.
The Saints Men’s Hockey program recently announced forward Colin Minardi (Summerland, B.C.) has committed to join the team for the remainder of the 2012/13 BCIHL season.Minardi has transferred to Selkirk from Finlandia University in Hancock, Michigan, where he spent the first half of the season playing NCAA Division III hockey for the Lions.The 21-year old played nine games during the fall semester, picking up five assists and 19 penalty minutes. “Colin is a skilled and versatile forward who can play either at centre or on the wing,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Like any player who joins midway through the season he’s going to have to earn his opportunities, but he has all the tools to be an impact player for us both this year and in future seasons.” Prior to his time at Finlandia, Minardi spent three seasons in the KIJHL with the North Okanagan Knights and Summerland Steam. He picked up 46 goals and 63 assists in 122 regular season games, including 30 points in 24 games as the Steam’s captain last season. At the trade deadline he was dealt to the VIJHL’s Victoria Cougars, where he added 17 points and helped the team to a league championship. “I’m looking forward to playing for Selkirk while furthering my education,” said Minardi, who describes himself as a strong two-way player.”I’ve heard great things about Coach Dubois and the guys on the team; it sounds like they are all hard working and that’s big for me. I enjoy working hard and being pushed by my teammates to be better. Plus the team’s record speaks for itself.” The 12-0 Saints next home game is scheduled for Saturday, January 12 when second place Simon Fraser University visits the Castlegar Recreation Complex.Faceoff is set for 7:30 p.m. It’s not like the Selkirk Saints are a struggling hockey team needing help to right the ship.But the undefeated B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League is still getting help, thank you very much.