Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-ART HOWE RELEASEDArt Howe out of hospitalHOUSTON (AP) — Former major league manager and infielder Art Howe was released from a Houston hospital Sunday after a stay in intensive care because of the coronavirus. May 18, 2020 Associated Press The players’ lawyers say they have witnesses who will clear them.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The 73-year-old Howe will be isolated at home for another week or two.He confirmed Thursday night that he has been dealing with the illness since first feeling symptoms of COVID-19 on May 3. He went to the hospital by ambulance Tuesday.How is best known as the manager of the “Moneyball” Oakland Athletics playoff teams in the late 1990s and early 2000s.In other coronavirus-related sports news:—The Spanish league has taken another step toward restarting the soccer season by allowing teams to resume group training. Practice sessions have been closer to routine as players are now allowed to work in groups for the first time since the league was suspended in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic. Keep-aways, exchanges of passes and player interaction are back at the training camps as the league has allowed up to 10 players to practice together. — A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus. Chemnitz did not name the player but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation.— Soccer players in Italy will have to wait at least another 24 hours before restarting full team training. Italian clubs resumed training on an individual basis on May 4 when lockdown measures in the country started to ease. They were slated to return to training together today, but they have not yet been given the green light to do so by the Italian government’s scientific panel.— English Premier League clubs will try today to agree on protocols to allow a return to training during the coronavirus pandemic. Teams have already started checking players and coaches for the coronavirus, with a total of 1,600 weekly tests anticipated across the 20 clubs in England’s top division. With Britain suffering a worse coronavirus outbreak than Germany, the sports shutdown is yet to end and players would have to remain socially distant for now in training.— Celtic is celebrating a ninth straight Scottish title after the country’s top soccer league was cut short because there was no immediate prospect of play restarting amid the coronavirus pandemic. Scotland has joined France, the Netherlands and Belgium in calling off the season early. Soccer at all levels has been suspended in Scotland until June 10 at the earliest. There has been no play in the Scottish league since March 13.NFL-COURTS Update on the latest in sports: Baker, Dunbar released on bondFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — NFL cornerbacks DeAndre Baker and Quinton Dunbar have been released from Broward County Jail, after surrendering Saturday on felony charges stemming from a cookout at a Miramar, Florida home.Baker posted a $200,000 bond after a Zoom hearing with Broward Circuit Judge Michael Davis. The New York Giants defender is charged with four counts of armed robbery with a firearm and four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm.Dunbar is charged with four felony counts of armed robbery. The Seattle Seahawks player posted a $100,000 bond.Baker and Dunbar were attending the cookout Wednesday night when a fight broke out, and authorities say Baker pulled out a handgun. Witnesses told investigators that Baker, Dunbar and two other men began robbing people of thousands of dollars, watches and other valuables.
The No. 17 ranked University of Wisconsin Badger wrestling team will travel to Michigan State and Penn State this weekend in hopes of earning its first dual victory in Big Ten play this season.After a disappointing start of 0-2 against Iowa and Northwestern, the team has high expectations going into the duals this weekend, which marks the Badgers’ final road trip, as they host the concluding four duals at the UW Field House.Wisconsin travels to Michigan State on Friday night to take on the only unranked team in the Big Ten Conference. The Spartans have only one ranked wrestler in No. 6 Franklin Gomez at 133 pounds.“The expectation is to perform at a high level and force our will on our opponents,” head coach Barry Davis said. “If we do those things and have success at every weight class I think we can come away 2-0 this weekend. As a coach I’m trying to keep the guys focused on the task at hand.”The Badgers currently lead the all-time series against Michigan State at 24-16-1. The last meeting between the two teams resulted in a Wisconsin victory, 26-12.Wisconsin will travel to University Park, Pa., on Sunday to take on No. 16 Penn State. The Nittany Lions currently have five nationally-ranked wrestlers, including one returning All-American in No. 2 Bubba Jenkins at 149 pounds.Other ranked wrestlers for Penn State include No. 8 Dan Vallimont at 157, No. 11 Jake Strayer at 133, No. 16 Quentin Wright at 174 and No. 17 Brad Pataky at 125.“Penn State will be tougher, but I think if people wrestle as they have been as of late that we should be able to go in there and get the job done,” senior Zach Tanelli said.The Badgers currently have five ranked wrestlers, including No. 1 Zach Tanelli at 141 lbs, No. 3 Dallas Herbst at 197, No. 5 Kyle Ruschell at 149, No. 9 Kyle Massey at heavyweight and No. 10 Andrew Howe at 165.Davis is very happy with how his wrestlers have been performing recently and is setting the bar high.“Ruschell has made a good adjustment to his weight class at 149 as long as he remembers to wrestle seven hard minutes and let his skills take over,” Davis said. “Andrew Howe, being a true freshman, the poise that he has and the focus that he has is very impressive. You can’t count out Massey and Herbst either.”Tanelli said he is confident about the weekend and feels the team can come away with two dual victories.That confidence is matched by freshman Andrew Howe.“We’re going to win this weekend and get a national championship,” Howe said.Davis believes the team will do well this season because of the experience, knowledge and motivation the veteran wrestlers bring to the team.“We’ve got more of a veteran team this year and the leadership is good,” Davis said. “The two captains Ruschell and Herbst — with help from Tanelli and Massey — have been around a while and they know what they’re training for and the things they need to do in order to be prepared each week.”“It helps me a lot,” Howe said of the veteran presence. “They give me something to follow and model myself after during workouts as well as matches.”Even with such leadership and confidence in the locker room, Davis said there are still many things the team can improve upon.“There are some areas we need to continue to work on such as leg defense, some riding, and some turning on top,” Davis said. “If we can improve on those things we should be in great shape for this weekend and the rest of the season.”
Jon Rahm, who held the overnight lead by one stroke from McIlroy and fellow Team Europe Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood, faded badly to finish five back.Fleetwood ended up at 13 under alongside world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and Brandt Snedeker, while Tiger Woods claimed a tie for 30th at six under.History. Made.@McIlroyRory is THE PLAYERS Champion 2019. pic.twitter.com/HE09jHwc2j— THE PLAYERS (@THEPLAYERSChamp) March 17, 2019On a day when the lead was shared among many hands, Jhonattan Vegas’ 66 thrust him into an increasingly crowded picture that also included Eddie Pepperell, whose own 66 featured an incredible 50-foot birdie putt at 17.Vegas and Pepperell reached the clubhouse on 14 under, but their hopes were ended when Furyk — the American Ryder Cup captain in 2018 — picked up a shot at the last hole to be one better off.That left McIlroy, Rahm, Fleetwood and Snedeker as the most likely contenders, along with Furyk. Rory McIlroy emerged from a packed field to claim a thrilling victory at The Players Championship at Sawgrass on Sunday, sounding a warning to his Masters rivals.The four-time major winner recovered from a double-bogey six at the fourth to card a 70 and finish 16 under, one stroke ahead of Jim Furyk, securing his first PGA Tour win since the Arnold Palmer Invitational 365 days ago. With Rahm and Fleetwood in the final group, the former’s challenge faded following a bogey at the 15th, but an eagle three at the next hole gave the Englishman cause to dream.However, Snedeker bogeyed the last hole before Fleetwood and Rahm found water on 17, meaning a closing par was enough for McIlroy to get the job done.The Northern Irishman, who was already a leading contender for Masters glory, will now be the man to beat at Augusta as he seeks to end his elusive search for the career grand slam.