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Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings) with a buzzer beater vs the Minnesota Timberwolves, 04/21/2021
Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings) with a buzzer beater vs the Minnesota Timberwolves, 04/21/2021
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ATLANTA — The Philadelphia Phillies got a boost with Jean Segura coming off the 10-day injured list and Bryce Harper returning from a sore left wrist. Harper and Segura are starting in Friday night's NL East matchup against the Atlanta Braves. Segura is starting at second base in his return from a right quad strain. Harper missed four consecutive games with a sore left wrist. The Phillies are in first place after a four-game sweep of Milwaukee. Manager Joe Girardi said he hopes the healthy lineup adds to the team's momentum. “I’m excited to have them both back,” Girardi said before Friday night's game. “They both before they went down were swinging the bat great. Obviously they’re staples in our lineup that we’ve been missing.” Girardi said Harper “felt comfortable enough that he was ready to go” but couldn't say the right fielder has fully recovered from his wrist injury. “I think it feels pretty good but it’s like what happens if he takes a swing and it’s funny,” Girardi said, adding “Just hope he doesn’t fall backward again.” Outfielder Mickey Moniak, who was hitting .120, was optioned to Triple-A Lehigh Valley to clear a roster spot for Segura. ___ More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/hub/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Charles Odum, The Associated Press
There's a charming video on Melissa Bishop-Nriagu's Instagram feed of one of her recent 800-metre races in the U.S. Broadcasters are announcing the runners lining up at the start. Back home in Windsor, Ont., Bishop-Nriagu's daughter Corinne, who'll turn three in July, is watching on a big-screen TV with dad Osi. She spots her mom with delight. "Mommy!" Corinne squeals. "Is that my mommy?" The race didn't go well. But that adorable few seconds of video, Bishop-Nriagu said, brought everything home. "I shed every sharp edge I had about that race, it just took it away, and that's the beauty of children, there is no filter," she said. "It's like 'Is that my mommy?' Yeah girl, that is your mommy. That is so cool to see, and so heartwarming for me." A week later, Bishop-Nriagu raced to her fastest 800 metres since becoming a mom — one minute 59.04 seconds last week in Chula Vista, Calif. — dipping under the Tokyo Olympic standard of 1:59.50. Securing that standard wasn't just a relief after a year wiped out by COVID-19, but a triumphant moment that was a long time coming. "It's more or less like I haven't been on the running scene for the better part of three years, just given babies and injuries and a pandemic," said the 32-year-old from Eganville, Ont. "There's nothing like just throwing yourself back into it, and knowing that you can do it — that is just such a huge relief and I'm just so happy." Bishop-Nriagu's Canadian record is 1:57.01 set in 2017, a year after her fourth-place finish at the Rio Olympics. She took 2018 off to have a baby — Corinne was born on July 2. She struggled with post-pregnancy injuries in 2019 and shut her season down early, missing the 2019 world championships. "It was just injury after injury and it boiled down to: I was ready to do the work, but my body couldn't handle the load that I needed to put on it to perform at that level," she said. "And it's not uncommon in women coming back to elite sport or coming back to sport or exercise in general. Like, it's just a different ball game." If she'd been back in top form last summer, the global pandemic erased any chance of finding out. And then, since she had zero fast outdoor races under her belt, she was on the bubble to even qualify for Tokyo. The two ways to get there are to be ranked in the top 48, or run the automatic entry standard. Bishop-Nriagu had been around the low-40s. Making matters worse, Canada's third wave of the virus, with its strict travel and capacity restrictions, has cast doubt on the track and field season in Canada. So Bishop-Nriagu, along with many of her Canadian teammates, headed to the U.S. to compete. Her workouts had pointed to a fast race last week, and she's confident she was only scratching the surface. "We're in a good spot right now," she said. "And I'm really excited. "There's still lots in there." On Sunday, Bishop-Nriagu will race at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif., in an 800 field brimming with Canadian talent. Madeleine Kelly, the 2019 Canadian champion, is flirting with the two-minute milestone, running 2:00.59 last weekend in Corvallis, Ore. Lindsey Butterworth was right on her heels in 2:00.97. Laurence Cote, with a personal best of 2:01.87, is also in the field. "It's very exciting," Bishop-Nriagu said. "If we can send a team of three women in the 800 metres to the Olympics? That's unheard of. That's amazing." The 25-year-old Kelly agreed. "There's so many women who I really believe are capable of this, it's a very cool time to be a Canadian woman running," she said. "Like, across so many events, we've never seen it this competitive to make an Olympics, especially in the distance events. There are ton of women duking it out in the 5K. And Gabriela (DeBues-Stafford) has shattered what we thought was possible for Canadian women in the 1,500. The marathon has got all those ladies (five women have the qualifying standard, but Canada can only send three). It's super exciting." Another big bonus to being south of the border is that virtually all the Canadian athletes there, including a couple dozen in California plus a sprint group in Louisiana, have received at least their first COVID-19 vaccine. "I didn't expect to feel that relieved, I just felt this weight shed off my shoulders that I really didn't know I was carrying," Bishop-Nriagu said. "I feel so much better going into Tokyo being vaccinated." In this roller-coaster pre-Olympic season, the fate of the Canadian Olympic trials, June 23-27 in Montreal, is still to be determined. In a non-pandemic Olympic season, and before World Athletics implemented its complicated qualifying system, the team was largely selected based on the top three across the finish line at trials. Now? It's as clear as mud, and made murkier by the fact athletes have struggled to find top meets to run, jump and throw their qualifying marks. Bishop-Nriagu said many of her teammates currently in the U.S. will stay there until it's determined whether they need to return home for the trials. "But I'm going to go home," she said. "I am dying to see my family." She'll also race next weekend in Los Angeles, and then return home to complete her 14-day quarantine in locked-down Ontario. "It's frustrating to see . . . how life is starting to come back a little bit to normal (in California), versus what it's like at home, because I talk to Osi every day and I talk to my parents and I obviously follow the news. "I think we just have to remember that we're just a little bit further behind than we had originally planned in Canada. And we will get to this point soon." She at least has a treadmill, weights, and a bike in her home gym for the quarantine period. "It's not an ideal scenario. But it is the world we live in right now," she said.This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021. Lori Ewing, The Canadian Press
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Only nine of the 12 European clubs who launched an ill-fated bid to form a Super League have agreed to a peace deal with UEFA and accepted being fined millions of dollars. The remaining trio of rebels are at risk of being banned from the Champions League for not renouncing the breakaway. Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus have refused to approve what UEFA on Friday called “reintegration measures,” and they will be referred to UEFA disciplinary bodies for sanctions after backing the new largely closed competition. The Super League project imploded three weeks ago after the English clubs — Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City and Tottenham — backed out inside 48 hours after a backlash from the fans and British government. The Premier League clubs along with Atletico Madrid, AC Milan and Inter Milan have officially signed up to a settlement with UEFA to participate only in the existing open European competitions and accepted giving up 5% of revenue for the next season they play in a European competition. Teams from England and Spain reaching the final can earn more than 100 million pounds ($122 million), meaning 5 million euros would be sacrificed. The nine clubs will also make a combined payment of 15 million euros for what UEFA called a “gesture of goodwill” to benefit children, youth and grassroots football. In a move to prevent them deploying the Super League threat again, the clubs have also agreed to be fined 100 million euros if they seek again to play in an unauthorized competition or 50 million euros if they breach any other commitments to UEFA as part of the settlement. “The measures announced are significant, but none of the financial penalties will be retained by UEFA,” said Aleksander Ceferin, the UEFA president. "They will all be reinvested into youth and grassroots football in local communities across Europe, including the UK. These clubs recognised their mistakes quickly and have taken action to demonstrate their contrition and future commitment to European football. "The same cannot be said for the clubs that remain involved in the so-called ‘Super League,’ and UEFA will deal with those clubs subsequently.” Ceferin previously told The Associated Press that the clubs not disavowing the Super League could be banned from UEFA's competitions. “UEFA has reserved all rights to take whatever action it deems appropriate against those clubs that have so far refused to renounce the so-called Super League," UEFA said on Friday. “The matter will promptly be referred to the competent UEFA disciplinary bodies.” The 12 clubs were dubbed the “dirty dozen” by Ceferin in a heated period when he fought to prevent the clubs launching a competition that would lock in 15 places for teams for more than two decades, rather than having to qualify through annual domestic league placings as is required for the Champions League. The nine clubs to sign up to UEFA's “club commitment declaration” will rejoin the European Club Association, which they quit on May 18 when the Super League was announced, and they will terminate their legal involvement with the company. The English clubs could yet face separate sanctions from the Premier League and Football Association which is investigating their attempt to split from the established structure. UEFA indicated a desire for the agreement to settle with UEFA to serve as mitigation when domestic punishments are assessed. UEFA said at the request of clubs it “will ask and support that due consideration be given by their respective national associations and national leagues to the spirit, content and purpose of the commitments given by the clubs to UEFA.” English clubs are trying to regain the trust of fans after infuriating them by trying to join the Super League without consulting them. After protests at Old Trafford forced the postponement of Manchester United's Premier League game against Liverpool on Sunday, co-owner Joel Glazer on Friday showed a level of contrition never seen in the 16 years of his family owning the club. Glazer pledged to accelerate discussions with fans about fans being able to have a greater say in United, which is listed on the New York Stock Exchange, but the family controls the shares with the key voting rights. “One of the clearest lessons of the past few weeks is the need for us to become better listeners," Glazer wrote to the Manchester United Supporters' Trust which he has previously declined to talk to. "To this end, I can commit the club will engage across all of the issues raised.” The Manchester United Supporters’ Trust, which boasts more than 200,000 members, responded cautiously to the letter, saying the commitments could represent “in theory only” a change in the right direction by the family which also owns the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers. “We will, however, determine our position based on the resulting actions rather than these words alone,” the trust said in a statement. “We have seen empty words too many times previously.” The complaints by United fans are about the Glazers loading debt onto the club and not investing sufficiently in upgrading Old Trafford. While Chelsea fans still back Russian billionaire owner Roman Abramovich, they protested against the Super League project. Chelsea this week pledged to allow fans to be represented in board meetings to bring them into the decision-making process. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris, The Associated Press
Toronto FC added some experience to its backline Friday, acquiring Jamaican international defender Kemar Lawrence from Belgium's Anderlecht. The 28-year-old played under Toronto FC GM Ali Curtis, coach Chris Armas and assistant coach Ewan Sharp during their time with the New York Red Bulls. Lawrence, who signed with Toronto through 2024, can play both left fullback and wingback. "He's a very dynamic player," Curtis said in an interview. "A player that we've also had a lot of history with as well just in terms of Chris and Ewan and myself. "He knows the league well. It's' always important to have quality and depth within the team, because injuries happen and schedule congestion happens. So we're just trying to be as prepared as possible." "We think Kemar helps us, makes us a better team," he added. Lawrence is already in Florida with the team and will be finished his quarantine on Monday. He joins Justin Morrow, Richie Laryea and Brazil's Auro as options at fullback. Prior to the last two seasons with Anderlecht, Lawrence spent five seasons with the Red Bulls, making 146 appearances in all competitions with five goals and 12 assists. He won the Supporters’ Shield with Armas as coach in 2018 when he was named to the MLS Best XI. “I believe that we are a really good fit for Kemar and that he complements our roster well,” Armas said in a statement. “He adds experience, intensity and a defensive presence that is fierce." Prior to joining MLS, the five-foot-10, 161 pound Lawrence spent four seasons with Jamaica's Harbor View FC. He has won 60 caps internationally for his country. Curtis is likely to make a few more moves to make everything fit on his roster. "It's not easy, it's tricky," he said of the roster work. "In the pandemic years, it's even more difficult." "We're trying to be fiscally responsible but the goal is to try to use every penny we can in as efficient was as possible to maximize every dollar so that we can make our team as strong as possible," he added. --- Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021 Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press
A lot has changed since the last time the Vancouver Whitecaps battled CF Montreal. Montreal has undergone a dramatic reinvention in recent months, rebranding under a new name and logo, revamping the roster and bringing in a new head coach. The atmosphere among the team has felt different, too, said midfielder Victor Wanyama. “In training, a lot of players now they’re talking more, they’re a bit freer," he said. "Last year, they were a little bit laid back." Wanyama added that the attitude could have been due to the uncertainty around the COVID-19 pandemic. "Now they understand that the corona is here to stay with us so they need to change, they need to focus and try to get back to normal, accept what’s going on all over the world," he said. A slate of changes hasn't erased a rivalry between the club formerly known as the Montreal Impact and the Whitecaps, however. The old grudges will be on display Saturday when the 'Caps host Montreal at their temporary home in Sandy, Utah. "It’s always an interesting game, a rivalry when you play against any Canadian team," said Vancouver's head coach Marc Dos Santos, who coached the Impact from 2009-11, before they joined Major League Soccer. "It’s a team we know their strengths, we know how they are, we know the new players they brought in." Both sides have had solid starts to the MLS season. Vancouver (1-1-1) is coming off its first loss of the year, a 1-0 decision to the Colorado Rapids on Sunday. Montreal (1-0-2) remains undefeated and is coming off a scoreless draw with Columbus Crew SC. A stalwart back end has been key to Montreal's early success. Montreal did not allow Columbus a single shot on target last week, paving the way for 'keeper Clement Diop to collect his first clean sheet of the season. Staying strong defensively takes everyone on the field, said head coach Wilfried Nancy. “We had a very (good) discussion with the players about how we have to defend as a team and how we have to attack as a team," he said. "The more we’re going to be able to get this attitude, the more we’re going to be able to avoid goals against us. So this is day-to-day work and we keep going with that." The man in the 'Caps net on Saturday will be a familiar face to several members of the Montreal crew. Whitecaps goalkeeper Maxime Crepeau came up through Montreal's academy system and spent five years with the Impact before he was acquired by Vancouver in December 2018. The 26-year-old from Greenfield Park, Que., has seen limited action against his hometown team. He was in goal during Vancouver's 2-1 loss to Montreal in August 2019, but missed all three of last year's matchups with a fractured thumb. Crepeau returned to the starting 'keeper position in fine form this year and has already amassed 10 saves on the season, including five in last week's loss to Colorado. Nancy has known the netminder since he was 11 years old and called him "a good kid." But his club isn't thinking too much about who's in goal, the coach said. “We have to focus on us," he said, adding that the Montreal offence needs to be "more composed" in order to finish. "We have to keep going with what we’ve done before in terms of performance. I’m pretty happy with what we did and we have to finalize a little bit better." Dos Santos is also happy with much of what he's seen from his group this year. He likes how the Whitecas controlled the majority of possession across the first three games, and wants to see the team exercise more patience on the ball. “Look, we’ve improved as a team, but now we need to think about ‘What’s the next level for us in that chapter?’” he said. CF MONTREAL (1-0-2) at VANCOUVER WHITECAPS (1-1-1) Saturday, 3 p.m. ET, Rio Tinto Stadium, Sandy Utah NEW ENVIRONMENT: The 'Caps are based out of Sandy, Utah, to start the season and have grown used to playing at a higher altitude. Meanwhile, Montreal has been living and working in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where heat and humidity reign. Montreal coach Wilfried Nancy said he knows the difference in climate will have an impact on Saturday's game. HOT START: This is just the second time Montreal has started the year undefeated in three games. In 2013, the club won its first four games of the season. LOOKING BACK: Montreal and Vancouver met three times last year, with Montreal taking wins in the first two outings and Vancouver closing the series with a 3-1 victory on Sept. 16. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 7, 2021. Gemma Karstens-Smith, The Canadian Press