The Latest: Raptors self-quarantining players

first_imgThe league’s decision comes less than two months before Switzerland is due to host the world championships in Zurich and Lausanne.The league says decisions on awarding titles, and promotion and relegation places, will be decided at a special meeting on Friday.The Swiss soccer leagues have been suspended through March, and Basel is unable to host a Europa League game next week against Eintracht Frankfurt.___10:05 a.m. March 12, 2020 Associated Press International Bandy Association president Boris Skrynnik says “we know that there are concerns in other countries when it comes to travel and spending time with larger groups.”The under-15 world championships in Arkhangelsk, Russia, at the end of the month will also be played at a later date.___10:15 a.m.Denmark’s top soccer leagues are shutting down for at least two weeks because of the spreading coronavirus. ___10:30 a.m.The International Basketball Federation says it is suspending all competitions indefinitely from Friday.FIBA says the decision was made “in order to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, officials and fans.”The suspension includes games in the Basketball Champions League, which is a rival competition to the better known Euroleague, and the second-tier FIBA Europe Cup. The Champions League is part-way through its playoffs. The Washington Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations personnel are going to self-quarantine for the next three to four days.The Wizards played at the Utah Jazz — who have a player, Rudy Gobert, that tested positive for COVID-19 — on Feb. 29. Washington also played Tuesday against the New York Knicks, another recent opponent of the Jazz.The Wizards say players, coaches and basketball operations staff who have flu-like symptoms will be tested for coronavirus.___1:40 p.m. Men’s qualification for the Tokyo Olympics is expected to resume in June with a series of qualifying tournaments overseen by FIBA. Women’s qualifying has already concluded.___10:25 a.m.The hockey-like game of bandy has postponed its world championships in Russia because of the spreading coronavirus.The Swedish Bandy Association says the tournament, scheduled to be played from March 29-April 5 in Irkutsk, has been postponed until October. NoonThe International Fencing Federation has postponed all international events for the next five weeks, including four Olympic qualifying tournaments.The FIE made the decision after the coronavirus outbreak was declared a pandemic, and the U.S. banned travelers from 26 European countries starting on Friday.The events postponed included the Africa, Asia, Europe and Americas qualifiers next month. Also off is the Anaheim Grand Prix in California starting on Friday, and the junior world championships in Salt Lake City next month.Four World Cups in saber and epee next week were also called off. 11:30 a.m.McLaren says it has withdrawn from the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne after a team member tested positive for the coronavirus.The British-based team says the person was self-isolated as soon as they started to show symptoms and “will now enter a period of quarantine.”Team officials have taken the decision to pull out of Sunday’s race “based on a duty of care” for McLaren employees and the wider Formula One family.Qualifying was scheduled to start Friday. The Danish league made the move a day after the national government announced a lockdown. The small Scandinavian country has 514 cases of people testing positive.“We will look at exactly what this will mean for the running of the tournaments for the weeks to come,” said Danish league director Claus Thomsen, adding more information on what will happen with the postponed matches and the rest of the season will be announced later.___10:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league has ended the season in the top two divisions before the playoffs because of the spreading coronavirus. ___10:55 a.m.The Euroleague says it is suspending all games indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Europe’s main club basketball competition says it made the decision because of “the increased risks for participants in games, the vast amount of traveling disruptions causing the impossibility to reach certain destinations, and the different recommendations by the health authorities.”The league was scheduled to hold regular-season games in Moscow, Istanbul, Madrid and Tel Aviv on Thursday. “Full details regarding the rescheduling of competitions will be announced at a later date,” the FIE said. “Information regarding Olympic selection criteria will be made as schedules for the remainder of the season are finalized.”___11:40 a.m.The Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament could be staged without spectators after a government decree related to the coronavirus outbreak.Indian sports minister Kiren Rijuju told all national sports federations to ban spectators at all events, but events can go on if they “can’t be avoided.” The decision impacts the hugely popular IPL, due to start on March 29 and last seven weeks.It’s not yet been determined how it will affect the one-day international series between India and South Africa which began on Thursday in Dharamsala. The second ODI is in Lucknow on Sunday, and the third ODI in Kolkata next Wednesday.Foreign players are expected to face difficulties in traveling to India as the government on Wednesday suspended all visas, barring categories such as diplomatic and employment-related, until April 15 in an attempt to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Unless the government makes an exception, foreign cricketers will not be given business visas with which they travel to play the IPL.___ UEFA has called European soccer stakeholders to a meeting by video conference on Tuesday to deal with the effect on competitions of the coronavirus outbreak.UEFA says they will discuss “all domestic and European competitions.” That includes this year’s European Championship.The meetings will involve UEFA member federations and representatives of clubs, national leagues and player unions.There is no blanket suspension of soccer across the continent, but national leagues have been shut down by public authorities in some countries, including Italy and Spain.___ The cancellations mean Henrik Kristoffersen, another Norwegian, becomes the season champion in both disciplines by tiny margins.A four-race finals week in Cortina d’Ampezzo, Italy, was canceled last week by the International Ski Federation.“The health and welfare of the athletes and all other participants, as well as the general public are in the forefront and the priority of FIS and all stakeholders,” the governing body said Thursday.Kilde’s runner-up finish in what proved to be the season-ending race — a downhill last Saturday in Kvitfjell, Norway — lifted him to the overall title above French rival Alexis Pinturault.Pinturault also finished runner-up to Kristoffersen in giant slalom. Another Frenchman, Clement Noel, was runner-up to Kristoffersen for the season-long slalom title by only two points, 552-550. The Latest: Raptors self-quarantining players Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times local):___2:15 p.m. The Toronto Raptors say they will go into self-quarantine because they recently played against the Utah Jazz and Rudy Gobert.Gobert has tested positive for coronavirus.“Out of an abundance of caution, members of the Raptors traveling party have been tested for the virus. We await those results. Our players, coaches and traveling staff have all been advised to go into self-isolation for 14 days, which means minimizing contact in accordance with public health guidelines. Our team doctors remain in communication with infection control specialists and public health authorities, and we will continue to abide by their advice,” the Raptors said.___2:05 p.m. Rugani is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive for the virus.___9:55 a.m.The season-ending men’s World Cup ski races were canceled Thursday to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, giving Norwegian skier Aleksander Aamodt Kilde his first overall title.Giant slalom and slalom races were scheduled for this weekend in Kranjska Gora, near Slovenia’s border with Italy. 10 a.m.The Juventus player who tested positive for the coronavirus says he’s “OK” and wants “to reassure everyone who is worrying about me.” Juventus announced late Wednesday that defender Daniele Rugani and “those who have had contact with him” are being isolated. It also said Rugani is not showing any symptoms of the disease.Rugani sent a post on Twitter overnight in Italian.“You’ll have read the news and that’s why I want to reassure everyone who is worrying about me. I’m OK. I want to remind everyone to respect the rules, because this virus doesn’t make distinctions! Let’s do it four ourselves, for those dear to us and for those around us,” he wrote. ___11 a.m.South Korea’s professional baseball league says it will postpone the start of its season to mid-April because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Korea Baseball Organization says it still hopes to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but will consider banning spectators from some games when risks of infections are high.The KBO had already canceled its preseason. ___11:15 a.m.Real Madrid says its soccer and basketball teams have been put in quarantine after a basketball play for the club tested positive for the coronavirus.The Spanish club says the soccer team was also affected because it shares training facilities with the basketball team.___ After the NBA suspended its season, the Euroleague is considering doing the same.The league says it is consulting with clubs about a suspension, something which its players are demanding.“Euroleague and the participating clubs cannot ask from players to put their health and that of their families at risk,” the Euroleague Players Association said.The players’ union asked for the season to be suspended “until health, safety and freedom of movement can be guaranteed.”___ 11:05 a.m.German broadcaster Sky says it will show some Bundesliga soccer games on a free channel after spectators were barred from the stadiums.Sky will show four league games simultaneously on Saturday on its non-subscription news channel in a “conference” format, with the broadcast switching between each game to show the key action.That includes Borussia Dortmund’s game against Schalke, which is one of Germany’s most heated rivalries.There will be a similar procedure for some second-division games. Kristoffersen had an outside chance of winning the overall title if the final two races had gone ahead.Kilde succeeds Austrian great Marcel Hirscher, who won eight straight overall titles before retiring in the offseason.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

LA Lakers’ Byron Scott believes D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson could become All-Stars

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The images flashed on electronic billboards across the Las Vegas strip. The posters stayed plastered on pillars and elevators inside the MGM Grand Hotel. Both promotional items featured Lakers rookie guard D’Angelo Russell and second-year guard Jordan Clarkson standing behind Lakers second-year forward Julius Randle. Underneath all three players, a catchphrase in bold letters read, “The Next Generation.”“That was tight,” Russell said about the Lakers’ ad for an exhibition this month in Sin City. “I got a picture of that.” Kobe Bryant looked noticeably absent in the promotion. The Lakers will still honor Bryant in other ways for the 2015-16 campaign in what will mark his 20th and perhaps final NBA season. They will have unspecified tributes for home games. The Lakers will have photos of Bryant on each game ticket. And the Lakers devoted the cover of their 2015-16 media guide to various images of Bryant throughout his 19 seasons donning purple and gold. But as Bryant represents the Lakers’ once glorious past, Russell, Randle and Clarkson represent the Lakers’ hopeful future. The Lakers may enter their season opener against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday at Staples Center fresh off of two consecutive missed playoff appearances. But those unpleasant finishes indirectly helped the Lakers land Randle (seventh overall in 2014), Clarkson (46th overall in 2014) and Russell (second overall in 2015). “Their long-term potential could be outstanding,” Lakers coach Byron Scott told Los Angeles News Group. “I really think those guys could be in multiple All-Star games if they continue to develop.” Russell, Randle and Clarkson have brushed off such expectations and the ensuing hype, including the Lakers’ promotional poster. “That was cool to see that. But at the end of the day, that doesn’t mean anything,” Clarkson said of the Lakers’ recent promotion. “We got to go out there and perform.”center_img The driveA recent two-hour practice just ended. But Russell and Randle lingered on the court. They had more shooting, footwork and post drills to perfect. Clarkson also would have stayed. But the Lakers encouraged him to remain conservative this week after experiencing soreness in his right shoulder.All three have shown their hunger in other ways. After fracturing his right leg 14 minutes into his rookie season, Randle devoted his 11-month recovery toward losing 20 pounds and studying film. Since then, Randle described his confidence “as high as it’s ever been.” He became a playmaker that Bryant likened to “Lamar Odom in a Zach Randolph body,” averaging 11.4 points and 5.6 rebounds in 21.3 minutes per game in preseason play. Randle added he “absolutely” believes he will average a double-double once the regular season begins.“That’s my expectations, but I’m not a guy that puts a number on things,” Randle said. “The biggest thing is how can I affect the game for us to win as many games as possible?”Part of that also hinges on Russell. Ever since his second pre-draft workout with the Lakers, the 19-year-old Russell showed confidence that Scott compared to a former teammate (Magic Johnson) and a former player he coached (Chris Paul). Russell has resisted offering up any comparisons and insisted, “individual stats don’t matter to me.” Instead, Russell has lived by his mantra, “if you’re open, I’m going to get it to you.” Teammates have gushed about Russell throwing countless no-look, behind-the-back and bounce passes into their hands. The Lakers have also become impressed with Russell’s persistent film study.“It’s exciting. You watch yourself do things that wow everybody,” Russell said. “Then you see a team getting better every day. Then you see how that translates from practice to the game. “Clarkson saw that play out a different way his rookie season. After sitting in 23 of the Lakers’ first 43 games, Clarkson then started at point guard amid Bryant’s season-ending right shoulder injury. Clarkson then landed on the NBA’s All-Rookie first team for averaging 15.8 points on 45.8 percent shooting, five assists and 4.2 rebounds through 38 appearances,.The 23-year-old Clarkson then spent the offseason adding 10 pounds of muscle and tweaking his shooting stroke. He welcomed Russell’s arrival and became close friends. Clarkson then averaged 12 points on 45.2% shooting, 3.3 rebounds and 2.1 assists through eight exhibitions. “I don’t put a cap on anything I do,” Clarkson said. “I accomplished a lot. But I still feel like I have a lot of room to grow.”Growing painsQuestions have emerged inside and outside the Lakers on the trio’s development. They wonder if Randle will make jumpers consistently and use his right hand effectively. They wonder if Clarkson will diversify his game beyond scoring. But most of the concern centers on Russell after averaging 6.9 points on only 39.6 percent shooting, 3.3 assists and 1.28 turnovers in training camp.“He has to understand how to play this game at this level,” Scott said. “He has to understand it’s a totally different change of pace. These guys are more physical, more aggressive and they’re quicker.”Russell has conceded those hiccups. But Russell also admitted feeling uncomfortable in Scott’s Princeton-based offense. “I just want to figure out my role,” Russell said. “I don’t want to be stamped with ‘You’re this or you’re that.’ I want to know what coach wants and help better myself.”Scott admitted that “us coaches have to put him in a position to be successful.” But Scott downplayed Russell’s suggestion the Lakers’ coach has not communicated with him about his development.“That’s a young guy that doesn’t know what the hell is going on in the NBA right now,” Scott said, laughing. “When we start Wednesday, there will not be a question on what his role is.” The Kobe factorThere will be questions, however, on how the Lakers’ young trio play with Bryant. “Obviously it’s Kobe’s team. Kobe’s our go-to guy. “But we’re trying to figure out a way to mesh for the betterment of the team,” Randle said. “How can we come together as a team, sacrifice and shock some people?” Russell, Randle and Clarkson have all gushed about Bryant’s mentorship. Bryant has publicly argued he prefers a reduced workload both so he can score more efficiently and ensure stronger health. But how will that play out in real time?“It’s his team. But we all have something to prove,” Russell said. “We don’t have a taste yet of what it takes to be in the playoffs or win a championship.”If they get that taste, Scott believed Bryant will prolong his career with the Lakers.“All our young guys are trying to prove to Kobe that they’re capable of having the torch passed to them,” Scott said. “I don’t think it’s necessarily going to be one guy he passes to. It’ll probably be two or three guys.”Those guys could be Russell, Randle and Clarkson, the face of the Lakers’ future and one of their latest promotional efforts. “It is motivating. But right now, I’m not thinking about if it’s Kobe’s last year,” Clarkson said. “I’m trying to worry about this year and let the chips fall in place.” last_img read more