RelatedPosts Thiago Alcantara completes Liverpool move Liverpool reach agreement to sign Thiago from Bayern Gunners, Reds battle for Community Shield glory Hertha Berlin defender Dedryck Boyata has been forced to deny “kissing” Liverpool loanee Marko Grujic’s face during the return of Bundesliga action last weekend.The Belgian was seen getting close to his teammate while awaiting a corner delivery in the first half of his side’s 3-0 win over Hoffenheim on Saturday. Boyata has since denied allegations that he planted a kiss on Grujic, instead revealing that he was whispering tactical instructions to his colleague.In a post on Instagram accompanied by footage of the incident, the former Celtic man wrote: “It wasn’t a kiss, neither a celebration.“I apologise for putting my hands on @grujicmarko face. I was giving him instructions about a set piece.“We must definitely be careful now that we play under this situation. We have to adapt our way to play or celebrate.”Hertha ended a three-match winless run as they took to the field for the first time in over two months on Saturday. Tags: BundeligaDedryck BoyataHertha Berlinliverpool fcMarko Grujic
— Athletics Australia has canceled its national track and field championships in a bid to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic. The decision comes a day after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021, and after the Australian championships had already been postponed. Athletics Australia chief executive Darren Gocher says he hopes the cancellation gives athletes some certainty and, combined with the Olympics being delayed 12 months, “means that our athletes now have a new goal to work toward.”— Roger Federer and his wife Mirka say they have donated $1 million “for the most vulnerable families” in Switzerland. Federer writes on his social media accounts that “these are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.” The announcement was the first post on his Twitter and Instagram accounts in more than three weeks. Federer underwent surgery on his right knee five weeks ago and hoped to return for grass-court tournaments in June. The men’s tennis tour has since shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. Federer says he and wife hope “others might join in supporting more families in need.”— Premier League soccer teams Brighton and Bournemouth have become the first clubs to sign up to a campaign to make 100,000 free soccer tickets available to medical workers on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak. The initiative was conceived by executives at Brighton, which has committed to giving National Health Service workers 1,000 tickets for matches and has invited other clubs from the Premier League, English Football League, Scotland and Northern Ireland to join in. Bournemouth immediately followed suit, offering “a minimum of” 1,000 tickets.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WASHINGTON STATE-BEEKMANPolice: Washington State safety Bryce Beekman found dead Bach spoke to about 400 reporters on a conference call and was asked why it took so long to postpone the Tokyo Games amid growing concern among athletes about the coronavirus pandemic. He noted that many governments have imposed social limits only into next month or early May, and pointed to Trump’s hope of easing restrictions by mid-April.Bach said “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday that the outbreak was accelerating.Bach and the IOC faced mounting criticism last week from athletes, including Olympic gold medalists, for continuing to publicly support holding the Tokyo Games as scheduled from July 24-Aug. 9. The Canadian Olympic committee said before the decision it would not send a team to Tokyo in 2020.Even Trump said on March 12 at the White House that the Olympics should be postponed for a year.The IOC board eventually decided on Tuesday, with Japanese government agreement, to delay until 2021. The postponement calls for the Tokyo Games to take place no later than next summer. Update on the latest sports In other developments news related to the pandemic:— NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.— Major League Soccer has extended its moratorium on team training through April 3 and still wants players to stay in their team’s local market. MLS has targeted May 10 as a potential return date. Team training facilities may be used only for physical therapy purposes at the direction of the team’s medical staff.— The Kontinental Hockey League has given up on trying to reschedule its playoffs and canceled the remainder of the season. The Russia-based KHL is widely considered to be the strongest league outside the NHL. It was due to play its conference semifinals when play was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak. Teams from Finland and Kazakhstan withdrew because of travel and safety concerns, leaving the league with six teams in an eight-team bracket. The KHL tried to draw up a new playoff system and considered resuming in June and July but has now decided to focus on preparing for a 2020-21 season. It’s unclear how or even whether a champion will be declared. The league says the board will discuss how to allocate finishing positions.— Minnesota Timberwolves center Karl-Anthony Towns says his mother is hospitalized and in a medically-induced coma after contracting the new coronavirus. Towns talked about the condition of his mother, Jacqueline Cruz, early Wednesday on his Instagram page. He said both his parents went to the hospital recently and were tested for the disease. While his father was released and told to quarantine at home, his mother’s condition deteriorated to the point where she was put on a ventilator and placed in a coma. Towns urged his followers to take COVID-19 seriously and practice social distancing. March 25, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSIOC chief invokes Trump in defense of Olympic decisionUNDATED (AP) — A day after postponing the Tokyo Olympics, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is invoking comments by President Donald Trump to defend himself from criticism. PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington State senior defensive back Bryce Beekman has died.Police in Pullman, Washington, say the 22-year-old Beekman was found dead at a residence. They declined to provide additional details and said more information would be released later by the Whitman County coroner’s office.Beekman started all 13 games last season for Washington State after transferring from Arizona Western College. He finished fifth on the team with 60 tackles and one interception. 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\”Jump Around\” is one of the many reasons ESPN named Camp Randall the Big Ten\’s best stadium.[/media-credit]While academics may finish for the University of Wisconsin-Madison in mid-May, Badger athletics are a year-round adventure at UW.Here are some of the highlights you may have missed over the summer break:? Men’s basketball coach Bo Ryan led Team USA in the World University Games to a third-place finish over Israel. The U.S. lost in the semifinals to Russia 69-68. Although there was some questionable officiating, Ryan refused to blame the referees. “That game was hard-fought,” Ryan said. “Defensively, look at what we were making them shoot. Of course, they were playing hard too, and look what they did to us. Finding easy baskets in that game was very, very difficult. You have a bad shooting night one game, and then you are on the sideline for the championship game.”? ESPN’s Big Ten blogger Adam Rittenberg ranked Camp Randall as the No. 1 stadium at which to go to a Big Ten game. “I’ve always had a thing for Camp Randall, ever since I covered my first game there in 2000,” Rittenberg wrote. “I’m a sucker for stadiums that are nestled into metropolitan areas, with limited parking sprawl and a real scene around the perimeter. From the frat parties on Breese Terrace to Regent Street nearby, the atmosphere is truly unique. Things really get rocking inside the facility, which blends traditional touches with modern amenities.”? Women’s hockey players Hilary Knight, Meghan Duggan and Brooke Ammerman were invited to tryout for 2009-10 U.S. Women’s National team, which is coached by current Badger head coach Mark Johnson. If selected, the three will be included on the roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Eight former Badgers including Angie Kesely, Erika Lawler and Jessie Vetter — members of last year’s national championship team — are also competing for a roster spot.? Fresh off a disappointing season in which they failed to qualify for the NCAA Tournament, Wisconsin’s volleyball team brought in a whopping nine new players to incorporate for next season. Highlighting the class is freshman middle blocker Mary Ording. A native of Carmel, Ind., Ording was listed in Volleyball magazine as one of the top 50 high school seniors and played for two different national title teams this summer.