The Latest: Indiana Hoosiers football team resumes workouts They were initially approved to test procedures ahead of a planned wider re-opening of stadiums in October.The Oval cricket stadium in London has been used as a test for fans returning in the last week.___Formula One driver Sergio Perez says he might have contracted the coronavirus during a trip to Mexico between races in Hungary and Britain.The Racing Point driver tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and will miss Sunday’s race at Silverstone and another the following week at the same track while in isolation. MotoGP says the races in Argentina, Thailand and Malaysia are off for this year.The series also added a race in Europe. It will take place in November after the race in Valencia. The venue for the additional race is still to be announced.___Britain has reversed course and now says spectators will not be able to attend sporting events in England because the coronavirus infection rate is rising.Fans were due to attend horse racing, cricket and snooker in the coming days as part of pilot events but Prime Minister Boris Johnson says fans will no longer gather at sporting events until at least Aug. 15. “The health and safety of my family has always been the most important thing in my life,” Woods said in a statement. “I love the game of football and will be rooting hard for my teammates this season, and I look forward to rejoining the Jaguars in 2021.”Jaguars coach Doug Marrone says he understands Woods’ decision.“We will fully support any of our players and coaches that choose to opt out this season,” Marrone said. “It is important for every individual to feel comfortable and to believe that they’re doing what’s right for themselves and their family. As an organization, we respect Al’s decision and are fully understanding.”___Three more MotoGP races have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The school’s medical advisory group approved the resumption of enhanced voluntary summer training. Players are now permitted to spend up to eight hours per week on strength training, six hours per week on meetings and film review, and six hours per week on walk-throughs.The athletic department says it has conducted 480 tests, with 33 coming back positive. Anyone with a positive result must isolate themselves until further notice, and contact tracing measures are established. Anyone to be found in close contact with the person who tested positive also is quarantined until further notice.___Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle Al Woods, who has played for five teams during his 10-year NFL career, is opting out of the 2020 season.The 33-year-old Woods signed a one-year, $2.75 million deal with Jacksonville in free agency. He played for Seattle in 2019. He also spent time with Indianapolis, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay since being drafted in the fourth round in 2010. He has 196 tackles and 5 ½ sacks. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Indiana University’s football team has resumed voluntary workouts after a two-week pause following six positive COVID-19 tests. July 31, 2020 Associated Press Perez says he was visiting his mother in Mexico after she was hospitalized following a “big accident.”Perez says it is “one of the saddest days in my career” missing races “but it just shows how vulnerable we (are) to this virus.”The Mexican used a private jet to fly home and says he has no symptoms.The pandemic delayed the start of the season by more than three months.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
If anyone failed to stop and look around while at the Wisconsin women’s basketball game Sunday afternoon, they might have missed it.In one of the shortest games in recent memory – taking only an hour and a half from start to finish – the Badgers got off to a quick start and held off Indiana late, defeating the Hoosiers 65-53.Wisconsin (11-13, 3-8 Big Ten) has struggled a great deal this season with a short roster, but so too has Indiana (10-14, 1-10), which only has seven scholarship players. Despite Indiana getting 20 points from its bench, the Badgers’ eight players who saw time outperformed the Hoosiers’ eight in a battle of short benches.A breakout performance by Wisconsin’s Cassie Rochel keyed the victory for UW, but Wisconsin head coach Bobbie Kelsey is still waiting for her key players to all make a mark in the same game.“There is always somebody stepping up,” Kelsey said. “We know they are capable. We just want them all to [step up] at the same time. That would be nice, in the same game.”Rochel totaled 12 points in the game – her sixth time scoring in double figures this season – but more importantly grabbed a career-high 15 rebounds. Rochel’s contributions didn’t stop in those two categories either, dishing off five assists to tie her career-high while blocking four shots and tallying three steals.Even with the well-rounded, impressive stat line for Rochel, she was still quick to credit her teammates and coaches for their part in her stats.“I know I can play like this all the time,” Rochel said. “One thing that I kind of struggle with is consistency, and I know that. But it’s a team sport. The assists come from my guards cutting hard.”“My rebounds come from my coach telling me every day in practice that [the other team] shouldn’t get an o-board. Blocks, she’s been telling me how to time my jumping, so each of these are accredited to someone else.”In the first half, Rochel was not the only one scoring or handing out dimes. With some impressive passing and team play, Wisconsin put up 44 points in the half.The Badgers shot nearly 53 percent from the field and made six threes en route to their 14-point halftime lead. Morgan Paige had 14 and Jacki Gulczynski chipped in another 11 to lead the Badges in the half. The two players finished with 17 and 15 points, respectively.Kelsey was content with how the ball was shared and moved throughout the game, leading to 16 assists in the game and a season-low 12 turnovers.“Having 16 assists is really nice,” Kelsey said. “That means a lot of different people are scoring. Cassie [Rochel] had 5 [assists] on her own.”“I think when we do share the ball we look really good. It gets a lot of people involved and that’s what you want. You don’t want one person dominating the ball.”In its loss at Ohio State Thursday night, Wisconsin was dominated on the boards, one of the key deciding factors in the decision. With the 15 boards by Rochel Sunday, Wisconsin had the advantage 38-32 in overall rebounds and more importantly 13-9 in offensive rebounds, which led to 16 second-chance points for the Badgers.After the loss to Ohio State, Rochel and the Badgers concentrated on boxing out in practice, which was quite evident in the win Sunday.“It all comes down to every little thing in that game,” Rochel said. “Ohio State, they killed us on the boards. That came down to a rebound at the end, so we’ve really been working on that in practice.”“Rebounding, you have to have heart to do it. It’s not something you really get recognized for, but tonight I was not going to let too many [offensive] boards go.”After the first half Wisconsin’s offense slowed down drastically, only totaling 21 points in the second half and eight in the last 12 minutes. But Indiana was unable to capitalize on the door left wide open by the Badgers.The Hoosiers cut the lead to 10 with nine minutes left in the game, but could not get any closer the rest of the way.Even with the extreme lack of offense in the second half, Wisconsin found a way to close out the game and avoid falling into a last place tie in the Big Ten standings with the Hoosiers.“The new slogan is finish strong,” Paige said. “You’ll be seeing that a lot. Today, maybe not the greatest finish in the game, but we got the ‘W.’”“We’re really looking forward to these next games and taking every opportunity and doing the best that we can with it.”
The Topps Company will create women’s professional softball cards for the first time in its 82-year history.Athletes Unlimited announced an agreement with Topps on Friday to create an online exclusive trading card set commemorating its new league. The cards will be produced during the season and shipped when the set is completed.The set will include cards for 56 of the world’s top players, including 17 Olympians from the United States, Canada, Mexico and Italy. Cat Osterman, Jazmyn Jackson, AJ Andrews, Victoria Hayward, Amanda Chidester, Aleshia Ocasio, Haylie Wagner, Samantha Show, Tori Vidales and Jessica Warren are among the players who will be featured.The set will include four “About the League” cards.Topps will also offer a “Championship Set” starting October 5 that will feature the Athletes Unlimited Softball League Champion, Defensive Player of the Season and other award and highlight cards.The season started August 29 and will continue until Sept. 28.Image credits: AP Associated Press Television News Written By COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US First Published: 5th September, 2020 08:25 IST Last Updated: 5th September, 2020 08:25 IST Topps To Produce First-ever Women’s Softball Card Set Athletes Unlimited announced an agreement with Topps on Friday to create an online exclusive trading card set commemorating its new league. The cards will be produced during the season and shipped when the set is completed WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV FOLLOW US
DES MOINES — Two prominent politicians from opposing parties held an event Monday to call for approval of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement. The new deal would replace the North American Free Trade Agreement, updating some provisions and changing others.U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley appeared at a dairy in Des Moines with Democrat Tom Vilsack, the former Iowa governor who served as President Obama’s agriculture secretary. “When everybody thinks everything in Washington is partisan and there’s an opportunity to stress bipartisanship — and with somebody of Governor Vilsack’s background particularly as secretary of agriculture for eight years in the previous administration, it brings credibility,” Grassley told reporters.Vilsack is now the president of the U.S. Dairy Export Council. “It is the hope of the dairy industry and dairy farmers across the US that we get this ratified before the end of the year,” Vilsack said. “We don’t want this bleeding into 2020 and all the political ramifications of that year.”Vilsack says trade tensions with China are an should be the “impetus” or incentive for getting the USMCA ratified.