The Latest: Hawks employees tested after showing symptoms

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce says team employees have been tested after exhibiting symptoms for the new coronavirus. German soccer club Borussia Dortmund is converting part of its stadium into a treatment center amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Bundesliga club says a space inside Germany’s largest soccer stadium has been made available for medical staff to examine people with virus symptoms.The move comes after an influx of suspected coronavirus cases put existing facilities in the city of Dortmund under strain.The center will open on Saturday.___ ___The Russian anti-doping agency is preparing to freeze all testing until May to comply with new government measures shutting down work deemed non-essential.RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pakhnotskaya tells The Associated Press that her agency is looking for possible exemptions to instructions from President Vladimir Putin for all Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home through April 30.Pakhnotskaya says in a text message that she “will check on Monday the possibility to receive special permission” from government bodies for staff to collect samples from athletes. There will be no testing this month if that isn’t granted.Testing has been suspended since March 27 under a previous round of measures. The league had given a return date of April 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak but now says the season “will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”It says there remained a “combined objective” for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played to maintain the integrity of each competition.The league also says it has consulted players over a pay deduction or deferral of 30%.It also voted to advance funds of 125 million pounds ($150 million) to clubs in the English Football League and fifth-tier National League.___ He says no players or members of the coaching staff have shown any symptoms or been tested. Pierce said Friday he doesn’t know the identity of those who were tested. He said at least 18 or 19 days have passed since any members of the team would have had contact with the employees.“Everyone that has been tested, the symptoms they had or reported, they do feel better,” Pierce said. He said he has “become a master of this Zoom app” while having video conferencing with players, assistants and other NBA coaches.___The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts are giving season-ticket holders the option to defer April’s payment until June 15. More than a dozen U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes received reassurance this week when Toyota North America announced it would extend their endorsement contracts through the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021.The auto company and major Olympic sponsor has 17 U.S. athletes under contract. They include swimmer David Boudia, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Paralympian Oksana Masters and sprinter Michael Norman.The status of endorsement contracts is a major concern to athletes because most signed deals that were set to expire after this year’s scheduled Olympics. They have been rescheduled for 2021 and that has forced corporations to reset and rethink the structure of their deals.Visa is another major sponsor and has also told its global roster of nearly 100 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls that it will extend sponsorships through 2021.___ The Latest: Hawks employees tested after showing symptoms ___The world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev on June 20 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The fight was scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and will be Joshua’s first defense of his IBF, WBA, WBO belts since he regained them from Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom Boxing, says a new date for the fight is being worked on.___ The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17.Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees.” The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.___The Premier League has pushed back its restart date and says play will not resume at the beginning of May. Isolation measures around the world have led to a sharp drop in anti-doping tests. That’s led to warnings that some athletes could take advantage of the situation. The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is trying to track gaps in testing.___Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. The group included a local politician.Kipsang, who is also a police officer, was provisionally suspended this year from track and field and charged with doping offenses that include tampering with doping samples. He has also won the New York, London and Berlin marathons. April 3, 2020 Associated Press On Friday, team officials emailed letters to those with payment plans, giving them a Wednesday deadline to accept the offer.The final two installments were initially due April 15 and May 15. The Colts have not announced any changes about the May payment.“In light of the unique circumstances right now, we have decided to modify the payment options for members of our season ticket family on payment plans,” the letter reads in part.The move comes one day after the Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the entire spring sports season. State officials had previously announced all schools would remain closed for the rest of the academic year.___ The Tour de Suisse has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, removing one of the few cycling events left on the calendar before the Tour de France is due to start.The nine-day Swiss race was scheduled to run from June 6-14 and is designed to give riders a chance to prepare for the three-week Tour de France. The French race is still scheduled to start on June 27.Colombian rider Egan Bernal won in Switzerland last year ahead of his first Tour de France title.Organizers in Switzerland say its “the first time since the Second World War that the traditional event will not take place.”They say “the risk of additional strain on the Swiss health system due to possible crashes during racing is high.” World Triathlon has extended its suspension of all events from the end of April to the end of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest events to be called off include the Yokohama leg of the world series, three African Cups, three American events, four Asian Cups, one event in Oceania and eight in Europe.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “the suspension of all activities doesn’t mean at all that we stop working” on finding alternative dates.___The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Mental health experts who were supposed to be available to help American athletes at the Tokyo Olympics are being asked to start working now. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says the experts are leading discussions about mental health and wellness for athletes and staff in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Those same experts will also be on hand at the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed a year.The USOPC also disclosed the 13 members of a new external mental health task force created to support American athletes and coaches. It includes Olympians, doctors and the head of The Speedy Foundation, a mental-health organization named after the late Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic silver medalist in aerials. That group is working with an internal group at the USOC being led by chief medical officer Jonathan Finnoff. Twelve athletes were arrested in Iten earlier this week for breaching Kenyan government regulations on social gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The runners were arrested for training in a group, which has been banned in Kenya. Training camps have been shut down and athletes must train alone.___More AP sports: and read more

TENNIS : Bachini paints mural in Drumlins to bide time as injury heals

first_imgBehind the curtain at the tennis courts at Drumlins Tennis Center, there is a chair, a partially completed mural and an artist.The chair is to help the artist reach the mural on the wall. The mural, when completed, will be a painting of the logos of all four Grand Slam titles. The artist, Syracuse freshman Breanna Bachini, hopes to win a Grand Slam and be the No. 1 player in the world someday.But for now, sidelined with a pulled stomach muscle, she paints.‘(The mural) gives her a nice little relief, to be close to the team as we’re practicing while she’s healing,’ Syracuse head coach Luke Jensen said. ‘I think it really is an expression of what she’s dreamed about as a little kid and continues to dream about today.’For Bachini, watching from the sideline is tough. She pulled the muscle early in the season, before coming back to win her first four matches of the year. The freshman then lost her next four matches until the injury forced her to sit out again. Bachini is now undergoing rehab multiple times a day to try to get back to full strength and painting when the team practices. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Despite her setbacks, she still has that goal in mind,’ teammate Komal Safdar said.  ‘Instead of taking a nap, she’s still with us and thinking about winning a Grand Slam every day.’Bachini’s quest to become a Grand Slam champion started in Sacramento, Calif. While most sixth-graders were at school, Bachini was at home, balancing on a Physioball and catching a football, standing upside down against a wall or practicing her strokes for hours on end. She was homeschooled from sixth to 11th grade, working toward becoming a professional tennis player.Rich Andrews, a tennis coach in Sacramento, started working with Bachini when she was 13. Andrews teamed with Bachini’s father, Tedd, to elevate her game to an elite level. The grueling hours of training paid off, as she was the No. 1 player in the Northern California region at every age division.Bachini has improved over the years at picking out her opponents’ weaknesses and grinding out points, Andrews said.‘She’s a very physical player, so somebody who’s on the court with her has to work extremely hard to stay in the point,’ he said. ‘I think she’s really come a long way.’Being homeschooled and training every day, Bachini didn’t have a typical childhood. She hadn’t been to a dance until 12th grade, when she went to Horizon Charter School in Lincoln, Calif., two days a week. Coming from a completely different lifestyle, making the transition to college life and playing on a team for the first time was difficult.‘When I got here, I was like, ‘Wow’ because there are so many people,’ she said. ‘The first semester was pretty tricky for me. I was following my roommate around. But now I’ve kind of expanded, and I’m talking to more people and getting used to the system.’While Bachini has acclimated to college life and the freedom that comes with it, her eating habits and training regimen are the same. To stay healthy, she follows a strict diet. She has never had a hamburger and very rarely has sugar or bread.That discipline carries over to her game, where she likes to grind out points on the baseline. Bachini said she wants to return from injury in time for the Big East tournament.But for now, every day after practice, Bachini walks to the other side of court seven at Drumlins, stands up on the chair and paints. She said she plans to have all players on the team sign their names next to each Grand Slam they want to win, hoping it serves as a motivation for her teammates.And Bachini is focused on doing everything she can to ensure that one day the message behind the painting will become reality.‘That’s why we all sign on to this program,’ freshman Amanda Rodgers said. ‘Breanna and I always talk about it, and that’s definitely her dream. I can see her winning one. It’s really close for her.’ Published on April 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more