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Update on the latest sports

first_imgPrecautionary quarantine at Belmont Park barn is liftedNEW YORK (AP) — Officials have lifted a precautionary quarantine on a barn at Belmont Park after test results for a horse suspected of having equine herpesvirus Type 1 were negative.The New York Racing Association said Sunday all horses in Barn 37 were found to not have fever and were asymptomatic. As a result, they can enter races and train among the general population.The precautionary quarantine had been put in place a day earlier after a 4-year-old colt exhibited fever and neurological symptoms. Freudnme is being monitored by a private veterinarian. The colt last raced at Finger Lakes in upstate New York in June 2019.EHV-1 can cause an upper respiratory infection in young horses. If a number of horses are housed together, they can become sick and then recover uneventfully. However, equine herpesvirus-1 can also cause a severe neurological disease that affects a horse’s brain and spinal cord, and may result in paralysis and death. K-State players announce boycott after student’s Floyd tweetMANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State football players say they will boycott all team activities until administrators create a policy that would allow a student to be expelled for “openly racist, threatening or disrespectful actions.” The move that most players announced Saturday on social media follows a tweet by a student about the death of George Floyd that prompted outrage on campus. Jaden McNeil mocked Floyd’s death in a tweet Thursday, one month after the Black man died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee on his neck for nearly eight minutes. McNeil is the founder of a conservative group called America First Students and has been criticized for his past comments on the Black Lives Matter movement. University officials have said they are exploring their options for action.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Jones won the first of three races Sunday at the Pennsylvania track with a two-lap sprint to the finish in a wreck-filled Truck Series race. He followed that by wrecking on the first lap of the Xfinity Series race.Chase Briscoe held off Ross Chastain in overtime to win the crash-filled Xfinity race. Briscoe won his fourth Xfinity race of the season. Chastain won $100,000 in a prize awarded to the highest finisher among four eligible drivers. The day’s third event is a Cup Series race. Kevin Harvick is trying for his second Cup victory in two days.Pocono became the first track to hold a Truck, Xfinity and Cup race on the same day. SPEEDWAY OWNER-ROPE AD Associated Press In addition to his two stints as an assistant with Washington, he was also a head coach of the Phoenix Cardinals and Oakland Raiders and an assistant with the Chargers. The Redskins announced that Bugel died Sunday at age 80. No cause of death was given. Johnson finished at 29-under par, good enough for a one-shot win over Kevin Streelman. Canadian Mackenzie Hughes and Will Gordon finished tied for third. Johnson’s round included an up and down par from a ball that lodged inches above a water hazard. It required him to stand in the hazard. Johnson now has 21 tour wins. NASCAR-POCONOJones, Briscoe win first two Sunday racesLONG POND, Pa. (AP) — Brandon Jones took home a trophy and sent a car to the scrap heap in about an hour at Pocono Raceway. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTRAVELERS-CHAMPIONSHIPDustin Johnson wins Travelers Championship despite late miscuesCROMWELL, Conn. (AP)— Despite a couple of late miscues, including a drive out of bounds, Dustin Johnson has won the Travelers Championship. center_img Update on the latest sports Speedway owner loses staff, ‘all but 2’ sponsors after postPINE HALL, N.C. (AP) — The owner of a North Carolina racetrack said he has faced death threats, lost employees and seen “all but two” of his sponsors evaporate amid the backlash over his social media post invoking the noose found in the garage stall of Black NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace Mike Fulp, who owns the half-mile, dirt track 311 Speedway in Stokes County, told the News & Record he knew his troubles from what he described as a joke were self-inflicted. Fulp’s post advertised “Bubba Rope” for sale on Facebook Marketplace the day after an FBI investigation determined the noose found at the Talladega Superspeedway garage had been there since at least October and was a coincidence, not a hate crime. Fulps told the newspaper he’s responsible “for trying to make some jokes and said he is not a racist. Fulp said he’s been getting death threats and received messages threatening his family. He said seven workers quit.RACIAL INJUSTICE-KANSAS STATE TWEET Belmont’s current meet ends July 12. It is racing without spectators because of the coronavirus pandemic.NFL-OBIT-BUGELFormer Redskins assistant, “Hogs” creator Joe Bugel dies at 80UNDATED (AP) — Former Washington Redskins assistant coach Joe Bugel (BYOO’-gul) has died.Bugel was the architect of “The Hogs,” the dominant offensive lines that helped lead the team to three Super Bowls under Hall of Fame head coach Joe Gibbs. He was regarded as one of the best offensive line coaches in NFL history. June 28, 2020 Italy’s women’s ski team reports 3 positivesUNDATED (AP) — The Italian Winter Sports federation says three members of the women’s ski team — two coaches and one athlete — have tested positive for the coronavirus while training.The federation says that one of the coaches has been hospitalized with a mild fever. The others have no symptoms but are being quarantined. The federation did not name those who tested positive. While other sections of the national team will continue training, the World Cup team will return home. Italy’s team features reigning overall World Cup champion Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay), whose mother recovered after being hospitalized with the virus, and Olympic downhill gold medalist Sofia Goggia (GOH’-jah).HORSE RACING-BELMONT-BARN QUARANTINElast_img read more

USC basketball is starting to flip the script

first_imgWaiting outside the auxiliary gym at the Galen Center a week before the season opener, I watched as the men’s basketball team filed out into the hallway after practice.With this being my first year at USC and having never really paid close attention to college hoops, I was largely unfamiliar with the roster and probably recognized no more than two or three players as they walked by me.It’s fair to say the majority of casual basketball fans around the country would have felt the same way.USC basketball has long been an afterthought in Los Angeles, hidden in the shadows of two professional teams and “that other” school in Westwood. The Trojans may have served as the city’s de facto pro football team (prior to the NFL’s Rams moving in next season), but spending money and time to watch a mediocre basketball program with three better alternatives was something reserved for die-hard fans.Perhaps, with Wednesday night’s convincing 89-75 victory over the rival UCLA Bruins on the road — another signature win in a season chock full of surprising triumphs — the tide is changing.If so, then it is a high tide. This is a team maturing, developing and improving in front of our very eyes, and their last four games stand as hard evidence.When I interviewed several players and head coach Andy Enfield prior to the season, each spoke individually about the team’s inability to win close games contributing to its 23-41 record over the last two seasons. They chocked it up to inexperience, growing pains and a rebuilding process. Junior forward Nikola Jovanovic told me they lost “seven to eight games” simply because of their rawness; USC was the fourth youngest team in the country last season and indeed lost eight games by five points or less. Sophomore guard Jordan McLaughlin stressed that their poor record was not indicative of who they were, that they “weren’t getting blown out” and with better execution, they would be able to win close games.But talk is cheap, and excuses even cheaper. Despite the young core having another year to grow and mature both physically and mentally, a turnaround season was far from a guarantee. In a preseason media poll, USC was picked to finish tenth in the Pac-12 for the second consecutive season, a sign that few people outside of the coaches and players felt much would change with the program this upcoming season.Two months later, the Trojans sit in second in the Pac-12 with a record of 4-1 in conference play and 15-3 overall, their best start in more than 20 years. They are about to be ranked in the Top 25 for the first time since 2008. And their journey from “young team with potential” to “legitimate threat” is speeding along with a fervent pace.A look at their recent stretch of games, and you’ll see why. Against Washington three days into the New Year, the Trojans reverted back to their former selves, blowing a 22-point second half lead in a heartbreaking 87-85 loss to the Huskies. Considering it was just their second conference game, the narrative was easy to predict — the Trojans were still the Trojans, talented yet raw, still unable to finish games.Somehow, in less than two weeks, that narrative has flipped. Since the loss in Seattle, USC has beaten three quality conference teams, each win getting progressively more satisfying.First, they finally held off an opponent, hanging on in a 75-65 win over Arizona State in a game that saw the Sun Devils rally from a 17-point deficit to claw within two late in the second half. But the Trojans closed the game on a 10-2 run, showing signs of resiliency and maturity that good teams possess. Then came the instant classic, four-overtime win over No. 7 Arizona, a marathon that more than proved USC belonged in the conversation.And lastly, Wednesday night’s win at Pauley Pavilion, a complete game from beginning to end. After UCLA jumped out to a 17-13 lead, USC outscored the Bruins 35-13 to end the first half. Up by as many as 21 points in the second half, the Trojans did not waver when UCLA made a run to cut the deficit down to single-digits. Every time the Bruins made a push, the Trojans had an answer, whether it was by drawing a foul or making a three.A win over UCLA for the first time in three years is significant, no doubt. And while the Trojans’ path to legitimacy is far from complete, with still 13 regular season games remaining in a very tough Pac-12 conference, one thing’s for certain: people know who this team is now.last_img read more