Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports The university says it has received 22 calls to a hotline since Wednesday when it announced an investigation into Anderson. Police started investigating the onetime director of the University Health Service and physician for the football team in July 2018 after a former student athlete alleged abuse by Anderson in the 1970s. Officials have acknowledged that some university employees were aware of accusations against the doctor prior to a 2018 complaint that led to a police investigation.Anderson died in 2008.TOKYO VIRUS-OLYMPIC TEST EVENTSVirus limits next Tokyo Olympic test event to Japanese-only — A higher share of revenues for the players; the current number is 47 percent.— Even an expansion of the playoffs, something the NFL has been seeking for years.Commissioner Roger Goodell suggested back in 2015 that increasing the postseason field to seven teams in each conference was in the works. The owners could unilaterally add a wild-card team in the AFC and the NFC, but are willing to make such a move part of a new CBA.Also being considered is a second bye week to go with a 17th game, although almost certainly not for the 2020 season. The expansion of the playoffs easily could occur this year, however.In other NFL news: Realmuto will get a raise from $6.05 million to $10 million instead of his $12.4 million request.Arbitrators Gary Kendellen, Jeanne Charles and Richard Bloch made the decision a day after hearing arguments.Obtained from Miami just before spring training last year, Realmuto hit .275 with 25 homers and 83 RBIs, earning his second straight All-Star selection. His hearing was the first for the Phillies since Ryan Howard beat Philadelphia in 2008 and was awarded $10 million — then arbitration record —- over the team’s $7 million.A decision is pending for Arizona pitcher Archie Bradley, whose case was argued Tuesday. Phillies reliever Héctor Neris is the lone player still scheduled for a hearing.In other MLB news: MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Timberwolves forward Jake Layman was finally cleared Thursday to return to practice, with his absence at 39 straight games and counting because of a sprained left toe.Star center Karl-Anthony Towns, however, does not have that clearance. Nor has there been clarity yet revealed by the Timberwolves about how long his sprained left wrist will keep him out.The Timberwolves will play Friday against Boston without Towns, who missed the last game prior to the All-Star break on Feb. 12. Towns missed 15 games earlier this season with a left knee injury.Layman, who’s in his first season with Minnesota, was hurt Nov. 18 at Utah. The Timberwolves said Layman will be re-evaluated in one week, meaning he’ll sit out at least four more games. The 6-foot-8 Layman was averaging a career-best 10.5 points over the first 14 games, on a career-high 35.2% shooting from 3-point range.TENNIS-FEDERER-SURGERY Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSPhils beat Realmuto in arbitration; teams lead players 7-4UNDATED (AP) — The Philadelphia Phillies won their arbitration case against All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto (ree-al-MOO’-toh) on Thursday, putting teams ahead of players 7-4 this year and ensuring clubs will finish with a winning record. Roger Federer has knee surgery, will miss French OpenBASEL, Switzerland (AP) — Roger Federer will miss the French Open and no fewer than three other tournaments while he is sidelined for at least four months after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee.Writing on his Facebook page Thursday, the 20-time Grand Slam champion said his knee had been bothering him for a while so he decided to have arthroscopic surgery in Switzerland on Wednesday.Federer wrote that doctors “are very confident of a full recovery.” He ended his post by telling his fans “see you on the grass!” as he targets a return for Wimbledon.It’s only the second operation for the 38-year-old Federer — the other was on his left knee in 2016 — and one that is certain to raise questions about his future in tennis. Wimbledon starts June 29.NCAA-PITTSBURGH-VIOLATIONSPitt hoops, football placed on 3 years’ probation by NCAAINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The University of Pittsburgh football and men’s basketball programs have been placed on probation for three years by the NCAA. The organization says both programs committed a series of violations between 2015 and 2018. The violations centered around both programs exceeding the number of allotted practices during that time.Former men’s basketball coach Kevin Stallings was given a three-year show-cause order for his role in the violations. Stallings was fired in 2018 and is currently out of coaching. He must sit out 30% of his new team’s games if he is hired during the three-year window of the show-cause order. Stallings is currently out of coaching. Now the onus is on the players, who have a conference call Friday.With the league eager to reach a collective bargaining agreement with the players in the next few weeks — the current deal runs out in March 2021 — team representatives were summoned to New York to discuss the NFL’s proposal.Among the items in that proposal, according to several people familiar with the negotiations but speaking anonymously because they are not authorized to release such information:— A 17-game schedule, which always has been a stumbling block in talks with the NFL Players Association. More roster spots per team would be a must for the players.— A reduction of the preseason. — New York Yankees right-hander Luis Severino has been shut down from throwing for the second consecutive spring training, this time because of right forearm soreness. Severino, who turned 26 on Thursday, was sidelined until the final weeks of the regular season last year.  Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Severino has been feeling on and off discomfort since October and has a loose body in his right elbow that the manager said has not been an issue. New York already expects to be without left-hander James Paxton for the first two months of the season following back surgery on Feb. 5.— Cleveland Indians pitcher Carlos Carrasco felt discomfort in his right leg during a spring training workout and is having tests. The 32-year-old Carrasco made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia, The Indians say he won’t work out Thursday and the team plans to provide an update on his status on Friday. If Carrasco is out for any period, it will put further strain on Cleveland’s pitching depth. Right-hander Mike Clevinger recently underwent knee surgery and will be out until mid-April.NFL-NEWS (UPDATE)NFL owners approve negotiated terms for new labor agreementNEW YORK (AP) — NFL owners voted to accept the negotiated terms for a new collective bargaining agreement on Thursday. Dan Cage, who was the director of basketball operations during the 2016-17 season, was also given a three-year show-cause order. The NCAA penalized Cage for refusing to participate in an enforcement interview about his involvement in coaching activities as a noncoaching staff member.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN DOCTOR-INVESTIGATIONUniversity of Michigan investigates doctor sex abuse claimsANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Another man has come forward to publicly accuse a late University of Michigan physician of sexual abuse decades ago.Gary Bailey said Thursday that Dr. Robert E. Anderson molested him during a medical exam in 1968 or 1969. Bailey says he filed an official complaint with the university at the time but never heard anything back. — Cleveland Browns Pro Bowl wide receiver Jarvis Landry has elected to have hip surgery after initially opting not to have the operation. Landry was bothered by his hip all last season, but still finished with a team-leading 83 catches for 1,1174 yards and six touchdowns. He visited a specialist after the season and decided not to have the procedure before changing his mind after playing with pain in the Pro Bowl. The Browns say Landry’s surgery was performed on Tuesday in Minnesota. A Browns spokesman says the team expects Landry to make a complete recovery “for the 2020 season.”— Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen will become a free agent for the first time in his 11-year career. He’s coming off a bounce-back season for the longest-tenured player on the team. Griffen has chosen to exercise his option to void the remaining three years on his contract, according to a person with knowledge of the decision. The move will clear more than $13 million off the books for 2020 for the salary cap-strapped Vikings. Griffen had eight sacks in 15 games in 2019 after a rough season the year before.— An attorney for New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese is strongly defending the New Orleans Saints’ public-relations help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis. He says the legal effort to unseal emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those “who had the audacity” to back the church. The remarks came in a court hearing today on the Saints’ request to keep those emails confidential. The hearing comes amid claims the Saints joined the church in a pattern of concealing sexual abuse — an allegation the team denies. A special master is not expected to rule immediately.NBA-TIMBERWOLVES-INJURIESLayman’s long-term injury near end, back at Wolves practice Associated Press February 20, 2020 TOKYO (AP) — A test event for the Tokyo Olympics scheduled for later this month that would have involved some non-Japanese athletes is being revamped because of fear of the spreading virus from China.It’s now limited to only Japanese athletes, with the Olympics just over five months away.The two-day test event opens at the new Ariake Arena on Feb. 28 and is relatively obscure — a Paralympic test for boccia, a precision ball sport similar to bocce and related to lawn bowling. It’s the first of 19 remaining test events before the Olympics are to open on July 24.They will be watched closely, as will the start of the torch relay on March 26 in Fukushima, a prefecture devastated nine years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the meltdown of three nuclear reactors.The test events may reveal what effect the spreading virus is having on Olympic preparations, and the ability of non-Japanese athletes to safely enter Japan.last_img read more

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Corey Seager still ‘searching’ for his post-surgery swing

first_imgSAN DIEGO — Corey Seager has not been himself this year. That much is obvious.Since he made his big league debut in September 2015, Seager’s offensive production has been remarkably steady. Before hip and elbow surgeries last year, he had only one calendar month during which he hit less than .250 — the last month of 2017 when he was dealing with elbow and back woes (that would keep him off the Dodgers’ roster for the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs).But he finished April this year batting .236 and will take a .223 average and .656 OPS into Sunday’s game with just three hits in his past 35 plate appearances and no home runs since April 12.“I’m searching a little bit. Trying to figure it out a little bit,” Seager acknowledged. “But not far. Just missing a few little things. “There’s a few things that are off, that I’m trying to work through, just trying to figure it out.”Dodgers manager Dave Roberts categorized Seager as a hitter who is “mechanics driven.” That it would take time for Seager to rediscover those mechanics after missing most of the 2018 season is not surprising.“I think that’s fair. Yeah, I do. I think that’s completely fair,” Roberts said. “You’re taking at-bats in spring training but there’s a different intensity. And with Corey, his body, the levers, the hips, the elbow — everything has changed with surgery. So now you’ve got the body composition, the timing, the mechanics all of that stuff — you look at the player and you just expect him to roll out big numbers. But it’s just not that easy.”Seager admitted early in the season that there were parts of his game-day routine that he had forgotten because he had been out for so long — “There are things in my routine where I say, “I can’t believe I forgot to do that,’” he said. But Seager is not willing to point to last season’s hip and elbow surgeries as the reason for his slow start.“I don’t want to blame it on that,” he said. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco “You obviously knew you were going to need some ABs. The amount, I don’t know. There was always going to be an adjustment when you haven’t played in a long time. It’s been a really long time since you played every day, been a long time since you faced this kind of pitching. Yeah, you knew it was going to take some time.”Roberts knew too and said he would have predicted 100 to 150 plate appearances would be required before Seager felt like himself again at the plate. After Saturday’s 1-for-5 night, he has 139 plate appearances post-surgery.“You don’t want to be,” Seager said when asked if he was worried by his current slump. “That’s not how you’re wired. You’re wired to expect to fix it. It’s frustrating, yeah, but not worried.”POP OUTPlaying first base Friday night, Cody Bellinger made a diving attempt on Eric Hosmer’s fourth-inning single through the right side of the infield. Bellinger landed hard on his right shoulder and was in obvious pain for a few moments.Related Articlescenter_img After the game, Bellinger said his right shoulder “popped out.” After manipulating his right arm, the should popped back in. Bellinger said it has happened before including once last year. But Roberts kept him out of the lineup Saturday due to residual soreness from the injury.“He was a little disappointed he wasn’t in there tonight. But I think the best thing is to give him an extra day,” Roberts said.“It happened to him last year. As I recall, speaking with our trainers, it happened a few years ago. But this wasn’t as severe as last year and I really can’t recall if he missed time last year because of it. I do know he’s on this shoulder-strengthening program which if he hadn’t been on I’d hate to have seen what would have happened. But I like to think we have it under control.”ALSOLeft-hander Tony Cingrani has been assigned to Class-A Rancho Cucamonga on a rehab assignment. Cingrani has not pitched this season due to a recurring shoulder problem that flared up during spring training. The same issue sidelined him for most of the second half last season. Cingrani was scheduled to pitch in relief for the Quakes Saturday night. …Left-hander Caleb Ferguson threw on flat ground Saturday. Roberts said Ferguson will likely throw to hitters in a simulated-game setting Tuesday before the game at Dodger Stadium. Ferguson is on the Injured List with a minor oblique strain.UP NEXTDodgers (RHP Kenta Maeda, 3-2, 4.41 ERA) at Padres (LHP Nick Margevicius, 2-3, 3.23 ERA), 1:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), AM 570 Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies last_img read more

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Number of Laid-Off Workers Seeking Jobless Aid Stuck at 1.3M

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The number of laid-off workers seeking unemployment benefits remained stuck at 1.3 million last week, an historically high level that indicates many companies are still cutting jobs as the viral outbreak intensifies.The elevated level of applications for jobless aid is occurring as new confirmed cases of coronavirus are spiking across much of the Sunbelt, threatening to weaken the economic recovery. Case counts are rising in 40 states and 22 states have either paused or reversed their efforts to reopen their economies, according to Bank of America.Rising infections paralleled rising applications for aid in some states getting hit right now, and fell in states with declining infections. In Florida claims doubled to 129,000, and in Georgia they rose nearly one-third to 136,000, according to the Labor Department’s Thursday report. In California they increased 23,000 to nearly 288,000. Applications also rose in Arizona and South Carolina.Applications fell in Texas, which has seen infections spike, and in New Jersey and New York, where the virus is mostly under control.“Conditions in the labor market remain weak and the risk of mounting permanent job losses is high, especially If activity continues to be disrupted by repeated virus-related shutdowns,” said Rubeela Farooqi, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics.A separate government report showed that retail sales jumped 7.5% in June, a healthy gain that suggested the economy was healing just before the viral resurgence has weighed on hopes for a steady recovery.The Census Bureau reported Thursday that retail sales are 1.1% higher than their levels from a year ago, after a brutal plunge in March and April was offset by a decent rebound in May and June.While applications for jobless aid fell by about 10,000 from the previous week, the figure has now topped 1 million for 17 straight weeks. The record high for weekly unemployment applications before the pandemic, was nearly 700,000.Those figures are adjusted for seasonal variations, a practice intended to filter out trends that don’t reflect on the economy, such as the firing of seasonal workers after the winter holidays. Yet the impact of the coronavirus has made such adjustments less relevant, economists say, because claims are so far above normal levels.Before seasonal adjustment, applications actually rose 100,000 to 1.5 million, a sign that layoffs are worsening.The total number of people who are receiving jobless benefits dropped 400,000 to 17.3 million, the government said. That suggests that some companies are continuing to rehire workers, which could offset some of the job losses reflected in the still-high level of claims.An additional 928,000 people sought benefits last week under a separate program for self-employed and gig workers that has made them eligible for aid for the first time. These figures aren’t adjusted for seasonal variations, so the government doesn’t include them in the official count.The economic recovery is also threatened by the pending expiration of many government support programs that have shored up household and business finances.The government’s small business loan program, known as the Paycheck Protection Program, will finish taking applications Aug. 8. More than $500 billion has already been lent and more than half of small companies that got loans say they have spent all the money, according to a survey by the National Federation of Independent Business. Nearly one-quarter say they have or expect they will lay off workers once the funds run out.And an extra $600 in weekly unemployment benefits provided by the federal government on top of regular aid from the states is set to expire this month. Those funds, along with the $1,200 relief checks sent out in April, enabled millions of Americans to stay current on housing costs and bills.Meghan McGowan, 30, lost two jobs when the pandemic intensified in mid-March, one as a full-time librarian in Detroit and a second as a substitute at a different library system to help bring in some extra cash.She is currently making more from unemployment than she earned at her previous jobs, but is prepared to return to work even though she worries about the health risks. Detroit is a viral hot spot.The looming expiration of the $600 is nerve-wracking for her because the hiatus on her student loans will end this fall and she has an auto insurance bill due.“Before when I was working through grad school I worked in restaurants so that had always been my backup plan, but that’s not an option now,” she said.Companies continue to lay off people. American Airlines warned its workers Wednesday that it may have to cut up to 25,000 jobs in October because of sharply reduced air travel. Airlines are barred from layoffs until then as a condition of federal aid they have received. United Airlines has already told 36,000 workers they may lose their jobs.Air traffic began to slowly rebound in mid-April, but like other parts of the economy, the improvement plateaued in July as the viral outbreak worsens.last_img read more

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