first_imgBy Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – First-half goals by Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar earned Monaco a surprise 2-1 win over Tottenham Hotspur in their Champions League Group E opener at Wembley Stadium yesterday, to silence the London club’s record ‘home’ attendance.Goals from Bernardo Silva and Thomas Lemar stunned the vast majority of the 85 011 fans at the national stadium — Tottenham’s adopted home for this season’s Champions League – before the hosts responded.Toby Alderweireld halved the deficit with a header shortly before halftime and Tottenham were much better after the break.Yet, despite plenty of pressure they were unable to find the equaliser as only their second Champions League campaign began in disheartening fashion.“Scoring creates momentum and we dominated the game in the second half. We had chances but we couldn’t score,” Spurs defender Alderweireld said. “We put a lot of energy in but we couldn’t force it.”Tottenham’s record attendance for a ‘home’ fixture produced a wall of sound under the Wembley arch in the opening minutes as Mauricio Pochettino’s team started quickly.But near-silence descended on the huge stadium when Monaco took the lead with their first real incursion after 15 minutes following an error by Erik Lamela.The Argentine playmaker carelessly gave the ball away in his own half and Portugal international Bernardo Silva ran on unopposed before smashing a shot past Hugo Lloris.The hosts struggled to regain any momentum on the wide expanses of Wembley’s pitch and Monaco looked increasingly comfortable on a sultry night that felt more like the Riviera than London.The visitors doubled their lead in the 31st minute with a goal Tottenham’s defence will not want to view again.Djibril Sidibe slung in a hopeful cross and it rebounded off the body of Spurs left back Ben Davies. As the ball dropped down Monaco substitute Lemar, on for the injured Nabil Dirar, reacted quickest and shot high into the roof of the net.A tiny travelling pod of Monaco fans numbering no more than 350 celebrated at the other end but it was the vast home majority who found their voices again just before halftime when Lamela’s corner was headed powerfully home by Alderweireld.Dele Alli was desperately close to equalising in first-half stoppage time, stretching to reach a Lamela cross.Tottenham were re-energised at the start of the second half and Alli brought a superb save from Danijel Subasic after letting fly with a dipping volley from 25 metres.Harry Kane then found himself clear on goal but delayed his shot far too long and was closed down.Kane wasted an even better chance with 12 minutes remaining, shooting straight at Subasic from in front of goal.Monaco, who knocked Arsenal out in the last-16 two seasons ago, saw out the final minutes with no more scares.last_img read more

first_imgThe Latest: The coronavirus sweeps curling world His wife, Jelena, is the global director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation. She says ventilators needed to help COVID-19 patients range in price from 10,000 to 50,000 euros ($11,000 to $55,000).The 32-year-old Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th Grand Slam title. Among men, only Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, have won more.___Jae Crowder of the Miami Heat has donated $15,000 to Boston-based custom slide sandal company ISlide. That money will go entirely to the company’s affected workers. The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers.LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says “this adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events.”The women’s British Open is scheduled to be held two weeks after Evian.___The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus. Full-time Minnesota Wild employees will continue to receive full pay and benefits through April.Owner Craig Leipold informed staff of the decision via e-mail on Friday. That includes employees of the Wild, the Xcel Energy Center arena, and their AHL affiliate, the Iowa Wild. Those with salaries above $150,000 are taking a 20% pay cut. The guideline does not pertain to Wild players.Like most teams around the NHL, the Wild also committed to paying game-day arena workers for the six home games that remained on the schedule when the season was halted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.___ The Atlanta Hawks and State Farm are funding support for a new project to provide 4,000 meals each week to approximately 1,000 healthcare workers treating coronavirus patients at Atlanta hospitals. ___The home of Wales rugby, Principality Stadium in Cardiff, is being turned into a 2,000-bed field hospital to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.The Welsh Rugby Union offered the stadium this week to the government, and a revamp has started.“I sincerely hope we don’t need to use all of the capacity but it is far better to have developed plans based upon the scientific evidence and modelling of the experts,” Cardiff and Vale University Health Board CEO Len Richards said in a statement.“The facility will allow us to free up capacity at our other hospital sites so that we can continue to provide services to patients with other health conditions.” With the Olympics postponed until 2021, the Evian Championship in France will be two weeks later on Aug. 6-9. That was supposed to be the week of women’s golf in the Olympics.Moving back the Evian will create a little room on the LPGA schedule when golf resumes. It also makes travel more practical for the players. The new date for the Evian Championship is one week before the Ladies Scottish Open east of Edinburgh, and two weeks before the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon.The LPGA previously rescheduled the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, from April 2-5 until Sept. 10-13.At Augusta National, kids who qualified for this year’s Drive, Chip and Putt will get to compete on the Sunday before next year’s Masters. They will compete in the same age division for which they qualified. That means there won’t be any qualifying for new participants until next year.___ ___The world series triathlon in Montreal in June was postponed on Friday, a day after Canada closed its borders to June 30 to all foreigners except Americans.The Montreal elite races were scheduled for June 28.It’s the fourth race in triathlon’s premier series to be postponed. The leg in Yokohama, Japan, in May is still scheduled to go ahead. ___ One club in Switzerland, Sion, terminated the contracts of nine players including former Arsenal pair Johan Djourou and Alexandre Song, who declined to accept reduced wages in a federal unemployment insurance program.FIFPro, which represents 65,000 men’s and women’s players, urges “clubs with short-term financial difficulties to meet with national player unions to negotiate fair and proportionate arrangements.”___The International Ski Federation (FIS) has postponed its presidential election at a biennial congress for at least three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Hosts for some world championships, including Alpine skiing in 2025, were also due to be voted on at May 17-23 meetings in Thailand. Good news for all those who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics: You’re in for 2021. Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for Tokyo will keep their spots for the rescheduled games next year. It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar, before the coronavirus started shutting down sports across the globe. Still to be determined is how the Isports that make up the Olympics will allocate all the spots at the rescheduled games. Typically, the individual sports determine their qualifying procedures for Olympic events.World Athletics president Seb Coe confirmed that all sports have agreed to the IOC’s proposal that all athletes currently qualified for the Olympics will remain qualified for next year. March 27, 2020 The United States Curling Association Club National Championships were held March 7-14 at Potomac Curling Club. Fox 5 DC reported that at least 20 people who participated in the event are sick.USA Curling says it worked with the club to make sure all participants, officials and volunteers were notified as soon as a confirmation was received of the first positive test. The organization also urged anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 to work with health officials to “identify individuals with whom they had close contact to enable appropriate notification, isolation, and monitoring by public health officials.”USA Curling also canceled the 2020 Arena National Championships scheduled for April 27 to May 2 in Gillette, Wyoming. The event will be held there in 2022 instead.___Ottawa Senators radio color commentator Gord Wilson has tested positive for the coronavirus. ___ ESPN NBA broadcaster Doris Burke, a Curt Gowdy Award recipient by the Basketball Hall of Fame for excellence in her field, has revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus.Burke made the announcement Friday on an ESPN podcast hosted by NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.Burke says she started feeling extreme fatigue on March 11, the day the NBA was shut down once it was learned that Utah center Rudy Gobert tested positive. Burke was assigned the Denver-Dallas game on that date for ESPN and fought through her symptoms to work that night.She said she had a three-day period of such deep fatigue that she couldn’t remain out of bed for more than five minutes at a time. She was eventually tested and received the results on Wednesday — eight days after being swabbed. The project also will allow two Atlanta restaurants to rehire employees who had been laid off due to the pandemic.The project will deliver meals to six Emory Healthcare hospitals five times each week.The meals are being prepared by restaurants Forza Storico and Miller Union. Each restaurant, like many in Atlanta, had temporarily closed and laid off employees due to the coronavirus.The Hawks say the meal program, which began Friday, will continue four weeks and is expected to be expanded to possibly involve more restaurants.___ Associated Press Wilson’s wife, CTV Ottawa anchor Patricia Boal, confirmed the news Friday night during a newscast. Boal joined the network via FaceTime to make the announcement from their home.The 59-year-old Wilson is recovering at home and both he and Boal, who has not tested positive for the coronavirus, have been in self-isolation since March 18. Boal said the diagnosis was confirmed Friday, about 11 days after Wilson was first tested.Wilson tweeted his own update on Friday night after the segment aired, saying:“Hey- just a quick response to all who have reached out with well wishes. All are very much appreciated. Update is- still in symptomatic stage so just continuing to wash my hands, and ride it out. Stay home. Stay healthy! Cheers. Gw.”Two Senators players tested positive this month. By then, she was feeling better and said on the podcast that she was appreciative of the health-care workers who saw her. “I’m so incredibly thankful to be feeling well,” Burke said.___Lakers superstar Anthony Davis is getting involved with a pair of community initiatives to help Los Angeles-area hospital employees and Staples Center workers.Davis says he is teaming up with Lineage Logistics to match up to $250,000 in donations to an organization providing free meals to health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is a partnership with the World Food Kitchen, led by famed chef José Andrés.Davis and Lineage also announced an initiative to offer jobs with Lineage to Staples Center employees in the upcoming weeks and months while no sports are being played in the Lakers’ home arena, which they share with the Los Angeles Clippers and the NHL’s Kings. Lineage operates refrigerated warehouses in the Los Angeles area and around the world. The 24-year-old Wiese has spent her career playing for the Sparks after getting drafted by Los Angeles in 2017. She starred at Oregon State, helping the Beavers reach the Final Four in 2016.___The St. Louis Blues confirmed Friday that Fox Sports play-by-play announcer John Kelly has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.The team said in a post on Twitter that Kelly has been in self-quarantine at home since March 13.The Blues say they’re “thrilled to report” that Kelly is feeling strong again and and is symptom-free. ___A Russia-based basketball league with teams in five countries has abandoned its season without declaring a champion because of the coronavirus outbreak.VTB United League CEO Ilona Korstin says it’s not appropriate to continue the season “in the current situation when borders are closed, teams can’t train at basketball arenas and clubs have to allow foreign players to go home.”Korstin says the league will start preparing for the 2020-21 season.Russian club BC Khimki was leading the league with an 18-1 record when it was suspended. Nearby Swansea football club, of the second-tier Championship, has also offered Liberty Stadium to health care providers.___The Big Ten has extended the suspension of all organized team activities through May 4.Big Ten officials say this is an additional measure to the previously announced cancellation of all conference and non-league competitions through the end of the 2019-20 academic year, including spring sports that extend beyond the academic year.Big Ten officials said they would continue to work with medical experts and institutional leaders to determine their next steps in regard to the pandemic.center_img A day after Barcelona had done the same, Atlético said Friday that it will reduce its payroll temporarily “to ensure the future” of the club. Neither Barcelona nor Atlético are saying how much they would slash salaries. The moves will not impact their players’ contracts.___Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, his wife and their foundation are donating 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia.Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place. The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week.RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pahnotskaya tells The Associated Press the testing suspension covers a longer period because of the risk of staff being stranded away from home. Tests stopped Friday and will resume on April 6.Pakhnotskaya says the World Anti-Doping Agency has been notified.She says “we studied all the consequences and agreed we should follow the order. And it was agreed with WADA. I wrote them a letter yesterday.”___ In track, he said that accounts for about half the places. He said the important next step is to develop a fair process for the rest of the athletes, most of whom have seen their qualifying events postponed.___The National Professional Soccer League has canceled its 2020 summer season because of the new coronavirus outbreak.Considered a fourth-tier circuit in the U.S., the NPSL is affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association. The NPSL started play in 2003 and had planned to expand from 91 to 94 teams this season.The league was to have entered 14 teams in the U.S. Open Cup, which was suspended because of the pandemic. Stevens said he and team officials have been checking in with Smart and the rest of the team regularly via conference calls.“I’m proud of how he kind of took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good and that he got online, just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now,” Stevens said. “It’s just, you know, it’s a really unique, unsettling time for everyone.”— Kyle Hightower reporting from Boston___The LPGA Tour now has two majors that have been rescheduled because of the new coronavirus. The NPSL summer season had been set to start in May and end in early August. The league said Friday that many of its venues would be unavailable after that because they are on college and school campuses.___Global players’ union FIFPro has called on soccer clubs to stop firing players or cutting their salaries before talks.FIFPro says it’s “extremely concerned” that clubs in several countries “have begun to immediately lay off players or unilaterally reduce their salaries” because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The Netherlands-based union says many players worldwide earn at or below average domestic income “and would be severely affected by salary decreases.” Davis is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer after his first season with the Lakers, but the Anthony Davis Family Foundation is already involved in numerous charitable ventures in the Los Angeles area. The seven-time NBA All-Star is widely expected to re-sign with the Lakers.___The mountain bike world championships in Albstadt, Germany, from June 25-28 have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.Officials of the city, German federation and cycling governing body UCI will talk next week to try and set new dates.The UCI reiterated world championships have priority in a revised calendar. FIS says it hopes to reschedule “in the autumn (fall) of this year,” possibly at a different location.Candidates to succeed 22-year incumbent Gian Franco Kasper as president, and for seats on the FIS ruling council, must be declared 30 days before the rescheduled elections.The three candidates for Alpine worlds in 2025 are: Saalbach, Austria; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; Crans-Montana, Switzerland.___Atlético Madrid has followed Barcelona’s lead and announced it will reduce its players’ and coaches’ salaries during the stoppage of competition due to the coronavirus crisis. Oilers captain Connor McDavid says he elected to stay put in Edmonton rather than risk traveling home to suburban Toronto.McDavid says he didn’t want to take the chance of going through crowded airports and contract the new coronavirus in fear of potentially spreading it to his parents and grandparents. He says the NHL being on hiatus also allows him to break in the new home he built, which also includes a gym.McDavid spoke on a league-hosted video conference call featuring Pacific Division players on Friday.With the season on hold, players have been told to self-isolate until at least April 4. To date, three NHL players have tested positive for the virus: two with Ottawa and the third with Colorado.___ The player and three staff members were not named.___The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak.The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club.Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit. Spanish soccer club Barcelona says it will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus pandemic.Barcelona says its executive board has decided to temporarily suspend player contracts. That produces a “proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”The players’ contracts will remain intact during the job suspension.Employers in Spain are allowed to reduce labor costs while guaranteeing that workers will return to their jobs once conditions improve.The club says it has not decided by how much the salaries will be lowered. Crowder is an ISlide investor and says he felt compelled to give because he knows workers there are in need. Crowder says “to see the potential negative business impact from this outbreak compelled me to help in any way I could.”___Turkish basketball team Fenerbahce says one of its players and three members of the technical and administrative personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus.Fenerbahce says none of the four have been hospitalized. They were being isolated and monitored at home. English soccer should be braced for “difficult decisions” to try and ease the financial effects from the season suspended because of the coronavirus crisis.The Premier League released a statement after talks with the English Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association, saying they also “agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.”Last week, restarting the season was pushed back to April 30, and will resume “only when it is safe and conditions allow.”“Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.”Clubs are already feeling the pinch: Second-tier Championship club Birmingham was the first to ask some players to defer 50% of their salaries, while at Championship leader Leeds, the players, coaching staff and senior management volunteered to defer their salaries to try and put off redundancies at their club. The Diamond League has postponed three more track meets because of the coronavirus outbreak.The events in Stockholm on May 24, Naples and Rome on May 28, and Rabat, Morocco, on May 31 have all been postponed with no new dates set.The first six events of the year have been called off and only the Shanghai meet has been given a new date. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 is now the first scheduled event on the calendar.The Diamond League says “the meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to delivering a structured extensive season in 2020.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___USA Curling says additional participants at a tournament this month in Laurel, Maryland, have tested positive for the coronavirus. Wilson suffered what he called a “minor heart attack” on Feb. 16, spending three days in the hospital before rejoining the broadcast team. He has been part of the Ottawa broadcast team since the franchise’s return to the NHL in 1992.___The Los Angeles Sparks say guard Sydney Wiese’s positive test for COVID-19 came after she returned from Spain, which has been hit hard by the pandemic.Wiese wrote on Twitter that she was “feeling well — fortunate to only show mild symptoms, but I am capable of spreading it.” The Sparks say in a statement that Wiese is self-isolating at home in Phoenix. The WNBA team says it’s in direct communication with her and wishes her a speedy recovery. The worlds follow the postponement or cancellation of nine World Cups in the cross-country, downhill and eliminator disciplines.___Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart is doing well and remains in good spirits following his positive test for coronavirus last week.Smart announced his diagnosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6.Celtics players and staff were also tested as a precaution and those tests have all come back negative. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

first_imgTomas Vokoun has been very good this season and he has pretty much single handidly won some games for the Capitals early on. Tonight he basically lost the game for the Caps on Long Island letting in three soft tallies in a 5-3 loss to the Islanders. The game winner came from PA Parenteau (1 goal, two assists) with 1:46 to go as #29 allowed a point shot from former Capital Milan Jurcina to trickle through his pads and #15 tapped it home. It was a save Vokoun had to make and it cost Washington at least a point. The Capitals fall to 9-3 and lost to the Islanders in regulation for the first time since October of 2007.Here are the highlights and analysis of a defeat that snaps the Caps 12 game regulation unbeaten streak (11-0-1) against the four time Stanley Cup Champion franchise:– The Caps played a really solid first period and got goals from Joel Ward and Alexander Ovechkin en route to a 2-0 lead prompting Islander fans to call for goalie Rick Dipietro (25 saves) to be yanked from the cage. But Washington left their skating legs in the locker room for the middle frame and New York fired 15 shots on Vokoun. However, there weren’t too many quality ones and #29 gave up a terrible rebound on a Frans Nielsen shot and John Carlson didn’t do a good job of tying up #51, who put a weak backhander through the legs of the Caps cageminder to make it 2-1. Then with 3:05 left in the period Brian Rolston, who does have one of the hardest shots in the NHL, rifled one by Vokoun from the blueline. That made it 2-2 and gave the Isles momentum heading into the last 20 minutes.– Caps Coach Bruce Boudreau shuffled his lines tonight after the success in Carolina on Friday night. Mathieu Perreault was inserted for Cody Eakin and the coach also broke up his very effective third line of Ward, Brooks Laich, and Jason Chimera. By the final frame Boudreau put that line back together and the Caps carried the opening five minutes of the third period before a Jeff Schultz turnover led to a Steve Staios point shot that was not handled cleanly by Vokoun. Matt Martin, who provided the initial screen and was not cleared out by Dennis Wideman (-4) then batted it home at 6:28. Ovechkin, who was all over the ice, drew a penalty on Staois and Laich tied it up a couple minutes later on the power play, with the Gr8 cutting across the crease, setting the stage for the tough loss.– This was the first time all season that the Caps had to play back to back games and it really showed in the second period. The Islanders, who had lost six games in a row, started winning the battles to the loose pucks while Washington didn’t move their feet and did too much reaching with their sticks. In addition, the Capitals weren’t nearly as aggressive at getting to the front of the opponents net as they had done in their first 11 games.– Backstrom (2 assists) and Ovechkin were the best Caps tonight and the Gr8 could’ve had more goals. On one sequence in the opening frame he totally undressed Mark Eaton but the puck rolled slightly on him and his shot in tight went out of play on DiPietro.  #19 is now 3rd in the NHL in scoring with 18 points (5 goals, 13 assists) in 12 games.– In closing, despite the fact that the Caps lost their legs for stretches of this contest, they still should’ve won the game if their goaltender had turned in an average performance. It was not Vokoun’s night and he’s never won at Nassau Coliseum despite having a very good goals against average against the Islanders overall coming into this one. Bad nights are going to happen, we’ve seen some poor play from the 35 year old Czech goalie in spurts already, but for the most part he has been superb so the team nor Vokoun shouldn’t let one terrible performance upset the apple cart. After all, it is only November 5th, not April or May 5th.Notes: Perreault was -3 and didn’t have his normal jump in this game…Alexander Semin had a good first period then faded into the abyss after that. Washington needs to find a way to get that guy going…the faceoff battle was tied at 25 each. Laich went 8-4 to lead the Caps…the Capitals went 1 for 3 officially on the power play but they only had 1:07 of man advantage time so that stat is misleading (a major boarding penalty to Parenteau combined with an Ovechkin rough and Ward trip caused that situation)…New York went 0 for 2 on the power play…the Caps next game is Tuesday at the Verizon Center against the Dallas Stars.last_img read more