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Dwayne Bacon (Orlando Magic) with an and one vs the Detroit Pistons, 05/03/2021
Dwayne Bacon (Orlando Magic) with an and one vs the Detroit Pistons, 05/03/2021
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BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Toronto Blue Jays are returning to their home away from home, Buffalo, New York, starting in June. And this time, they’ll have a limited number of fans in attendance. Forced from Canada by that government's coronavirus travel restrictions, the Blue Jays posted a note on their Twitter account on Wednesday saying: “Buffalo, we’re BACK! We’ll see you June 1st.” The words were over a picture of Buffalo’s downtown Sahlen Field, the regular home of the Blue Jays' Triple-A farm team. “Buffalo's been good to us. It's been good to me,” Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo said before a game in Oakland, California. “We had a good time there last year, we made it to the playoffs last year, we made it our home. It was pretty awesome the job the Blue Jays did to make that ballpark closer to a big league ballpark, they did an outstanding job and I heard this year's even better. Our players have been there before so it's going to be fun again. We're going to make it into our home.” Toronto played its first two homestands at its spring training ballpark in Dunedin, Florida, and will play its third there from May 14-24. But the Blue Jays did not want to remain in Florida for the hotter, more humid portion of the year. The Blue Jays return to Buffalo with a homestand that includes games against Miami on June 1-2 and Houston from June 4-6. They’ll travel to Buffalo after a five-game trip that ends in Cleveland. Montoyo appreciates the resiliency and flexibility shown by his young club through all the transitions. “They deserve a lot of credit because a lot of teams they could be complaining, ‘Why are we doing this, why are we doing that?’” Montoyo said. “We'll go play wherever we have to go play and we're going to play to win. That's what this team does. That's what they did last year and that's what they're doing this year.” Tickets in Buffalo will initially be available through the Blue Jays' 10-game homestand concluding on July 4 before the team considers whether it can return to Toronto following the All-Star break, said Mike Buczkowski, president of Rich Baseball Operations, which owns the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. The Blue Jays come out of the break opening a six-game homestand starting with Texas on July 16. The price of tickets have yet to be determined, and scheduled to go on sale next week. Toronto last played at 49,000-capacity Rogers Centre on Sept. 29, 2019, an 8-3 win over Tampa Bay. The Blue Jays played home games during the shortened 2020 season in Buffalo and were 17-9 at Sahlen Field. They finished 32-28 to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since 2016 and were swept in losing twice at eventual AL champion Tampa Bay in the wild-card round. The Jays are 7-4 in Dunedin this season and 7-10 on the road. While the entire 2020 regular-season schedule was played without fans, about 4,300 spectators will initially be allowed to attend games in Buffalo, with the possibility of that number increasing. Capacity is listed at 16,600. Fans will be required to show proof they’ve been vaccinated or have tested negative for COVID-19 to be allowed entry. Canadians could travel to attend games, but would have to face self-quarantine rules upon returning home. “Last year, I would have said it's once in a lifetime. Now I guess it's twice in a lifetime that major league baseball has played here,” Buczkowski said. “The one thing that was missing last year, for those of us who were fortunate to be at a game, were the fans. So this year, that will be different. I think it's going to be exciting.” Before last season, Buffalo had not hosted a major league game since serving home to the Buffeds in the Federal League in 1914-15. The Bisons began as a National League team and had a 314-333 record from 1879-85. The Blue Jays and Bisons have made significant upgrades to Sahlen Field since last season. The bullpens have been moved off the field and behind the outfield walls and the lighting has been improved. New batting cages and a weight room have been built, and clubhouses have been renovated. The stadium’s dimensions measure 325 feet down the lines and 404 feet to centre. The ballpark is tight in the alleys, similar to Baltimore's Camden Yards. Because the Blue Jays are turning to Buffalo, the Bisons have moved home games to Arm & Hammer Park in Trenton, New Jersey, which became open when the New York Yankees moved their Double-A team this season to TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater, New Jersey. Buczkowski said the upgrades will have a lasting impact on the Bisons beyond this season because Buffalo will surpass new minor-league standards put in place for facilities in order to continue operating a franchise. “We're going to have probably the nicest minor-league clubhouses and batting cages in the nation,” he said. “So that's going to ensure that we are going to have a great ballpark for the next 10 years.” ___ AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley in Oakland, California, contributed to this report. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports John Wawrow, The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS — Alan Page was married in 1973, midway through a Hall of Fame career with the Minnesota Vikings, and he and his wife soon went to work on covering the bare walls in the new home they had built. The remedy was art, and their collection flourished. Now, as Page's unparalleled post-football path continues in Minnesota in the intersecting spaces of educational opportunity and racial justice, two of the couple's most prized pieces are on the market. Diane Sims Page died in 2018, and her surviving husband and children decided the time was right. The drawings of Jean-Michel Basquiat — “The Athlete” and “Starvation” — will be included among the 400-some items in next month's 20th century and contemporary art sale at the Phillips Auction House in New York. They're each valued at more than $200,000. “It’s truly been an honour to actually learn more about Justice Page and his work. It really speaks to their foresight,” said John McCord, who is directing the sale for Phillips. Basquiat, who died of a drug overdose in 1988 at the age of 27, drew and painted edgy, crude and eclectic images that have transcended his short life. One of his pieces sold for a record $110.5 million in 2017. The Pages had no idea those drawings, purchased in 1985 from a gallery in New York at the suggestion of one of their daughters, would become so valuable. “They just spoke to us both visually, but also in terms of sort of what we read into them,” Page said in an interview this week. “We lived in at the time and continue to live in a world that, for those who are fortunate, there is plenty. But for the accident of birth you could easily be in a place where starvation was real and literal. The athlete, given my athletic history, spoke to us also.” Page played 15 years in the NFL, a six-time All-Pro with the famed "Purple People Eaters" who was so dominant as a defensive tackle he won the league MVP award in 1971. He became even more prominent after leaving the game as the first Black justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court. After retiring from the bench in 2015, philanthropy and activism moved to the front burner. His wife, a market research expert, spearheaded the Page Education Foundation that was created to honour their shared commitment to supporting students of colour. More recently, Page joined Neel Kashkari, the president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank, to push for an amendment to the state constitution in recognition of the significant racial disparity in educational success that exists in Minnesota. “We’ve seen what an adequate education system does: It works well for some and it doesn’t work well for others,” Page said. “For those that it doesn’t work well for, it really doesn’t work well for.” ___ More AP NFL coverage: https://apnews.com/hub/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL Dave Campbell, The Associated Press
LONDON — Chelsea's decision to fire a club legend suddenly doesn't seem so callous after all. While Frank Lampard's name has hardly been forgotten by the Chelsea fans — there were chants outside Stamford Bridge before kickoff on Wednesday — new manager Thomas Tuchel is quickly creating his own legacy after leading the London club into the Champions League final against Manchester City. Chelsea even made record 13-time European Cup champion Real Madrid look ordinary as goals from Timo Werner and Mason Mount sealed a 2-0 victory that ousted Madrid 3-1 on aggregate. Perhaps the stragglers leaving the bars near Stamford Bridge could hear the roar Tuchel let out on the field inside the empty stadium long after his players had departed the field. It will certainly have been heard in the Chelsea boardroom by the directors whose decision to dismiss Lampard in January and hire Tuchel now seems vindicated. “I am very grateful and thankful to have this opportunity,” said Tuchel, who'd been dismissed by Paris Saint-Germain in December despite leading the French club to last year's Champions League final. “You can never be ahead of plan as a manager and as a player — it does not exist.” Just like when owner Roman Abramovich made mid-season managerial changes in the 2007-08 and 2011-12 seasons, Chelsea will end the campaign by contesting the biggest game in European football. And by the end of the month two Champions League trophies could be at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea the first club to reach the men's and women's finals in the same season. Even though the men's showpiece will be an all-English encounter on May 29, the Premier League rivals will have to fly four hours to play the UEFA showpiece in Istanbul, which is currently in a coronavirus lockdown. While City has never lifted the European Cup, Chelsea's only triumph came in 2012 when the 22-year-old Mount was in the youth system. “It’s going to be a stunning game," Mount said. Unlike last season's final — when Tuchel's PSG lost to Bayern Munich — fans are set to be allowed in. Chelsea supporters have yet to see Tuchel managing their team in the flesh due to England's ongoing coronavirus restrictions. But they can't deny the impact he has made. Chelsea was five points outside the four Champions League qualification places when he was hired, but heads into the final four games of the Premier League season in fourth place with a three-point cushion. There's a chance to pick up a trophy before the trip to Turkey, too, with an FA Cup final against Leicester on May 15 after beating City in the semifinals. Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is left to focus on trying on wiping out Atletico Madrid's two-point lead in Spain to win La Liga, rather than adding to the three Champions League titles he won from 2016 to 2018. “I think we tried, but the truth is today Chelsea were superior and we have to congratulate them," Zidane said. “It was complicated throughout the match because they had many chances to score more goals and they deserved their victory.” After conceding a costly away goal last week, Madrid lacked the attacking nous or threat to turn this semifinal around as Chelsea kept an 18th clean sheet in 24 games under Tuchel. Karim Benzema was denied by the first in a series of fine saves by Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy before Werner's opener but the visitors were sluggish, lacking a creative spark from Eden Hazard on an ineffective return to his former home. Even in a debut season of misfortune, not even Werner could miss in the 28th minute when presented with an unguarded net to head into from close range after Kai Havertz had lobbed former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and hit the crossbar. “I had to wait a long time for the ball coming down — it felt like hours," Werner said. The chants of “Timo” from the substitutes' bench reflected the delight from his teammates that the Germany forward had scored only his fourth goal in 35 games for Chelsea. For all the scrutiny faced, though, Werner has still managed 12 goals and 10 assists since last year costing Chelsea up to $68 million. For all Chelsea's threat, Madrid only needed to score once to force the second leg into extra time. When the second half opened with Havertz heading against the crossbar and having a low shot saved it looked like the misses could prove costly. “Keep on pushing guys,” Tuchel urged from the sideline. And so they did, helped by the arrival of Christian Pulisic from the bench as Werner's replacement to spark the second goal. The American headed to N’Golo Kante and received the ball back to feed Mount, who lifted a shot over Courtois in the 85th. “I have to go on and do my bit,” Pulisic sad, “be creative and try to finish the game off strong and luckily I was able to do that.” Not that Pulisic was satisfied waiting more than an hour to enter the game. “Very frustrated — I wanted to play from the beginning, as I always do," said the forward signed in 2019 from Borussia Dortmund. I’ve had to continue to prove myself over and over again. ... Nothing can stop me, really." ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris, The Associated Press
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