April 5, 2020 Hagans entering NBA draftLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Ashton Hagans is giving up his last two seasons of college eligibility to enter the NBA draft, saying the time is now to pursue his dream of playing professionally.The 6-foot-3 Hagans was named SEC Defensive Player of the Year as a freshman and became one of the country’s best point guards this past season.He averaged 11.5 points, 6.4 assists, 3.9 rebounds and 1.9 steals last season, but he also clashed with coach John Calipari. Hagans argued with forward Nick Richards and coach Calipari and reportedly refused to re-enter in the second half of a home loss to Tennessee. Calipari downplayed the incident afterward.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Update on the latest sports William Byron has won the third NASCAR virtual raceUNDATED (AP) — William Byron has won the third NASCAR virtual race in a series put together after the coronavirus pandemic stopped sports.Byron easily captured the iRacing event Sunday at virtual Bristol Motor Speedway, where NASCAR would have been really racing before the coronavirus pandemic caused sports to shut down.His victory came after he led the most laps in NASCAR’s first two virtual races and had nothing to show for his gaming skills.The most entertaining part of Sunday’s event was the drivers’ gaming streams, where they argued and complained about one another. Bubba Wallace “rage quit” the game early after an accident and Daniel Suarez and Kyle Larson were parked after virtually tangling on track. Associated Press Dempsey set an NFL record that stood for 43 years when he kicked a 63-yard, game-winning field goal for the New Orleans Saints against Detroit on Nov. 8, 1970. It wasn’t until 2013 that Matt Prater of the Broncos broke that record with a 64-yarder in Denver.Dempsey’s success came despite being born without toes on his kicking foot. Dempsey kicked for 11 seasons in the NFL with New Orleans, Philadelphia, the Los Angeles Rams, Houston Oilers and Buffalo.His daughter says Dempsey was diagnosed with dementia several years ago and was living in a New Orleans nursing home that was hit hard by the virus.The Orleans Parish coroner has yet to release an official cause of death.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-HAGANS-NBA In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Major League Soccer’s 25th season is on hold indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak, but league officials and coaches still hope the league will be able to get in a full season and with fans in attendance. The league had set a target date for re-starting on May 10, although that now seems unlikely. The anniversary of the first MLS match is Monday.— England defender Kyle Walker is facing disciplinary action from English Premier League team Manchester City after appearing to break lockdown conditions during the coronavirus pandemic. Walker apologized on Sunday after it was widely reported he held a party involving two sex workers at his home last week, breaking the government’s rules on social distancing. The country is in the middle of a three-week lockdown. The team says it will look into Walker’s conduct.— A Serbian soccer player has been sentenced to three months of home detention for flouting a curfew imposed to curb the spread of coronavirus. Striker Aleksandar Prijovic pleaded guilty at a video link trial in Belgrade on Saturday. Police had arrested him and 19 others for gathering at a hotel lobby bar in Belgrade on Friday and violating the country’s 5 p.m. to 5 a.m. lockdown orders. He is the second Serbian soccer player to be caught violating the stay-at-home orders. Those who violate the restrictive measures could face up to three years in jail.— Soccer players in Spain are criticizing the Spanish league’s decision to ask clubs to put the footballers on government furloughs during the coronavirus crisis. The league on Friday said the furloughs were needed because there was no agreement on the size of the salary cuts that players must take to reduce the financial impact of the pandemic. In a statement Sunday, Spain’s players’ association said the league should have created a financial cushion for this period. The league and the players’ association have been in talks to try to find ways to mitigate losses if the season cannot be restarted because of the pandemic. The Hall of Fame has announced that speedy halfback and receiver Bobby Mitchell has died at 84. The Hall of Fame didn’t provide other details.Mitchell spent 11 seasons in the NFL. He played halfback for the Browns from 1958-61 and was a flanker for Washington from 1962-68, becoming the first African American to sign with the Redskins. Mitchell was a three-time All-NFL selection and played in four Pro Bowls.Mitchell ran for 1,462 yards and accumulated over 3,700 total yards over four seasons for a Browns backfield that featured Jim Brown. He immediately became one of the NFL’s most dangerous receivers upon arrival in Washington, leading the league with 72 receptions and 1,384 receiving yards in 1962. Mitchell also led the NFL with 1,436 receiving yards in 1963, including a 99-yard touchdown.Mitchell retired with the second-most combined offensive yards and was enshrined into the Hall of Fame in 1983.Former NFL kicker Tom Dempsey died late Saturday from what his family described as complications from the new coronavirus. He was 73. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-OBITSHall of Famer Mitchell, ex-Saints kicker Dempsey dieUNDATED (AP) — A Pro Football Hall of Famer and a record-setting kicker have died this weekend. — Australia’s triathlon world champion Mirinda Carfrae has found virtual reality competitions created to sustain sport amid the coronavirus outbreak have unexpected hazards. The three-time world ironman champion was competing against Jocelyn McCauley of the United States, Canada’s Angela Naeth and Jeanni Seymour of South Africa in the inaugural Ironman VR Pro Challenge women’s race when disaster struck: Her husband tripped over the cord of her smart trainer, disconnecting it and putting her out of the race.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Comments Published on January 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ Luke Jensen places a premium on fitness.Though the Syracuse head coach ranks this year’s team as one of the most talented in school history, Jensen maintains a baseline of fitness aimed at strengthening his team mentally and physically. The team lifts, runs and practices in a way that many programs don’t. As a result, the Orange plays differently, too.In practice, the team is constantly in motion. Jensen’s players sprint to pick up balls and between drills, as well as when gathering to receive instruction. The routine saves time, but also intensifies practices.‘The approach is we want to make practice tougher than any match you’ll ever play,’ Jensen said.As dynamic as the Orange’s practices are, the team lifts for an hour every day before practice. Veronica Dyer, Syracuse’s director of strength and conditioning for Olympic sports, has put an emphasis on strengthening the players’ physical core through plyometrics.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textJensen said the 360-degree mobility the sport requires makes the team’s explosive workouts a necessity. Though the core exercises keep his team moving, the daily lift sessions have had a physical makeover effect as well.‘We have freshmen that have never really lifted before that have really redefined their bodies,’ Jensen said.During his time as Syracuse’s head coach, Jensen has become more receptive to weightlifting. When Jensen first arrived with the Orange, he placed a greater singular emphasis on endurance. This year the lifting has been accentuated, and it is starting to pay off.‘They’re hitting so much bigger because of our emphasis on weights,’ Jensen said.To avoid a complete shock to the system, committed recruits receive a copy of the team’s fitness plan before joining their teammates in the fall. For sophomore Maddie Kobelt, the advanced training made a significant difference. An extra summer of training eased the transition into Jensen’s practices, Kobelt said.All players are required to pass a fitness test early in the season. The tests were conducted earlier in this season than last year, keeping the players on their toes, Kobelt said.Players must complete either a five-mile run in 40 minutes or complete eight miles in 24 minutes on a stationary bike.Once the tests are completed, players still regularly test themselves to maintain that endurance.‘We’ll do it on our own, our cardio every day as well, getting 40 minutes in of running or on the bike,’ Kobelt said.Though the Orange has yet to register a win this season, the off-the-court work has paid dividends in the past. Jensen especially notices the difference in his players at the Big East tournament.Jensen said the extra attention to fitness manifests itself in the Orange being able to keep up its energy level deep into matches.‘When you’re fit and you’re playing these matches and you look across the net at your opponent sitting down and gasping for air, that gives you confidence,’ Jensen said. ‘…When you’re able to hit the ball harder than you’ve ever hit before, that gives you confidence,’ Jensen said.Still, Jensen maintains that confidence is only a small part of a successful player.Though confidence gets players through difficult matches, in the final games of a deciding set, with both players worn down from the grueling four-hour affair that is the average college tennis match, advantages in tennis skill become minimized and the better athlete wins.‘You can have all the confidence in the world, but if you don’t have good physical fitness you’re going to get injured. You won’t be able to go the distance,’ Jensen said.The constant grinding on unrelenting concrete often takes a toll on players’ bodies.Yet for all the work Jensen and his staff do sculpting and protecting his players’ bodies, it is the binding of his athletes’ minds and bodies that Jensen expects to make his players better.‘When you’re physically fit and strong,’ Jensen said, ‘you’re going to be mentally fit and strong and handle anything that comes at you.’[email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+
NBA free agency rumors: Brook Lopez to sign 4-year, $52M deal with Bucks “It’s invaluable to have a guy who honors his role as an example to the team, a guy who speaks up when a situation needs to be addressed,” Boylen said then, via the Chicago Tribune. “What I want is guys who take ownership of our play and mistakes and coach each other and help each other and hold each other accountable. RoLo has done that.” NBA free agency rumors: Khris Middleton returning to Bucks on 5-year, $178M contract Sources: Lopez agrees to a two-year deal at the full room exception with the second year being a player option. https://t.co/0qkFkRNc0r— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) July 1, 2019The 31-year-old big man averaged 9.5 points and 3.9 rebounds for the Bulls last season.Bulls coach Jim Boylen praised Lopez’s leadership earlier in the year. Related News NBA free agency 2019 rumor roundup: A complete list of reported deals from action-packed first day Robin Lopez will join his brother, Brook, for the first time since the two played together in college.According to a report from Yahoo Sports, which cited unidentified league sources, the Bucks and Lopez agreed to a two-year deal Sunday. The second season of the contract is a player option. Lopez reportedly had interest from other teams, including the Knicks, who were heavily targeting him, and the Warriors.