Associated Press — The Pittsburgh Steelers have picked up the fifth-year option on All-Pro outside linebacker T.J. Watt. Watt, Pittsburgh’s first-round pick in the 2017 draft, is coming off a stellar 2019 in which he had 14 1/2 sacks and was selected to the Pro Bowl for the second time.— The Denver Broncos have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent defensive lineman Christian Covington on a one-year contract. Covington played for the Dallas Cowboys last year after spending four seasons with the Houston Texans, who selected him in the sixth round of the 2015 NFL draft. Covington started a career-high six games for the Cowboys and had a personal-best 28 tackles. — The Chicago Bears signed defensive tackle John Jenkins. Jenkins appeared in 16 games and made five starts for Miami last season, getting one sack. He has also played for New Orleans, Seattle, Chicago and the New York Giants since he entered the league in 2013. — The 2021 NFL draft will be held in Cleveland from April 29 to May 1. The dates were announced following the completion of a unique, stay-at-home draft that went smoothly despite logistical obstacles due to the COVID-19 pandemic. TV ratings soared over the weekend as fans soaked in every moment. The NFL officially awarded Cleveland the 2021 NFL draft last year. The Browns will be celebrating their 75th anniversary next year. Details are still being finalized, but the draft will be held at locations around FirstEnergy Stadium and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NASCARNASCAR race may take place in Charlotte without fansCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The governor of North Carolina says NASCAR can hold the Coca-Cola 600 without fans at Charlotte Motor Speedway at the end of May if health conditions do not deteriorate in the state. — The 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is delaying the start of ticket sales until August. Tickets were originally set to go on sale to those who registered online in May. Instead, PGA Championship tournament director Scott Reid said that with the world grappling with the coronavirus pandemic it was not appropriate to ask potential spectators to make purchasing decisions at this time.— The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic. The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location.MLB-ORIOLES-MANCINI CANCEROrioles 1B Mancini expects to miss season to treat cancerBALTIMORE (AP) — Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini is undergoing chemotherapy for stage 3 colon cancer and expects to miss the season if major leaguers return this summer. April 28, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: Colquitt posted a farewell on Instagram late Monday in which he said that “all things come to an end, sometimes sooner than you hoped, prayed and pleaded for them to.”A person familiar with the team’s decision confirmed it to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because it had not been announced.Colquitt stopped short of saying he was retiring. He turns 38 next month.In other NFL developments:— A person familiar with the deal tells The Associated Press that free agent wide receiver Rashard Higgins has agreed to a one-year contract to stay with the Cleveland Browns. Higgins clashed with former Browns coach Freddie Kitchens last season. A fifth-round pick in 2016, Higgins had only four catches for 55 yards last season as he also dealt with a knee injury. In 2018, Higgins had 39 receptions for 572 yards and four touchdowns. Mancini had a malignant tumor removed shortly before turning 28 on March 18. Writing a first-person article for The Players Tribune, the 28-year-old says has been undergoing chemotherapy since April 13. He says the treatment will take six months and expects to make a full recovery.Mancini hit .291 with 35 homers and 97 RBIs for last-place Baltimore in 2019.NFL-CHIEFS-COLQUITTKANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs are releasing two-time Pro Bowl punter Dustin Colquitt.Colquitt’s 15-year career with the Chiefs allowed him to set numerous franchise records, including the most games played and most postseason appearances. Gov. Roy Cooper says he and state public health officials have had discussions with NASCAR and the speedway. Cooper says he believes the race can go forward on Memorial Day weekend for the 60th consecutive year.NASCAR, like other sports, has been shut down for weeks because of the coronavirus pandemic.In other virus-related developments:— Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic. World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.— Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches. Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas that deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season.
Tonight Liverpoool host Real Madrid at Anfield while Arsenal are away to Anderlecht.Both matches start at 7.45 Chelsea are 2 points clear at the top of their Champions League group after cruising to a win over Maribor last night.It finished 6-0 at Stamford Bridge with Remy, Drogba, Terry and Hazard among the scorers.Manchester City have plenty of work to do after a 2-2 draw at CSKA Moscow, which means they’re yet to win in the tournament this season. City were 2-0 up at half time.
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Luke Jensen said his players work harder than any other team in the country, regardless of level. He makes them work for three hours at a time and expects results.‘There isn’t a group of tennis players on the men’s side or the women’s side in any facet of this game, from the juniors (to) college (to the) pros, that works harder,’ Jensen said. ‘Honestly, for three straight hours when they’re out here (practicing), they’re not allowed to sit down, and they don’t get many water breaks.’At the halfway point of the season, his team sits 8-2 overall and 4-0 in the conference. SU is currently riding an 18-game Big East regular-season winning streak, as well as a streak of 19 straight home wins.But for a team whose sights are set on winning the Big East tournament, Jensen and his players know they still need to get better. Especially considering the team dropped only two regular-season matches last season and was still unable to get past the second round of the Big East tournament — something the team would like to change this time around.Freshman Maddie Kobelt wasn’t around for that early exit from postseason play a year ago, but she knows the importance of winning the conference championship. With that trophy, the team will earn a berth into the NCAA tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘It’s definitely important and good for us to come out and show the rest of the teams in the Big East that this is our record against other Big East teams,’ Kobelt said. ‘This is how we’ve competed, we’re here and we mean business.’So far, SU has bullied its four in-conference opponents with both losses coming in nonconference matches. The Orange defeated Cincinnati and Georgetown and dropped just three of 14 matches combined against those teams. And against Seton Hall and West Virginia, Syracuse registered shutouts.Those teams, however, aren’t the ones Jensen expects to compete with in the late rounds of the conference tournament. The Notre Dames of the Big East are much more of a concern for the fifth-year coach.‘The reality is (Notre Dame) is the favorite,’ Jensen said. ‘They have higher-ranked players; they have higher-ranked junior players. But really when you come onto the court for competition, that doesn’t count. They don’t get extra points unless you give it to them.‘When we come into the Big East tournament against anyone, we face them with a chip on our shoulder — that we’ve got to prove something.’But before the team gets to the Big East tournament, it has a grueling regular-season schedule to complete. Syracuse will take on teams such as Southern California, San Diego State and William & Mary to test the Orange late in the regular season. USC is currently ranked No. 17 in the nation, while SDSU and W&M are 62nd and 75th, respectively.Kobelt is especially looking forward to facing off against teams outside the northeast region. Especially those from the West Coast.‘We’re really excited for that,’ Kobelt said. ‘(We’re) ready to go out and show them what us East Coast girls got.’Though they may not have the 10-0 record they wanted at this point in the season, the ‘East Coast girls’ bring a competitive edge and an unmatched work ethic to the courts every day. It is a work ethic that stems from their coach.But work ethic alone doesn’t yield results. The team might be the hardest working in the nation, as Jensen said, but that didn’t prevent SU from dropping two matches in the first half.Nonetheless, Jensen knows this determination is what makes his team so special. He made it clear this year’s team is the most highly motivated squad he’s ever coached.With all this said, there can be no letup for Jensen and his squad. Other elite teams in the nation are out there training every day, preparing for their respective conference tournaments, just like Syracuse is.That means the Orange needs to put those early-season losses behind it and continue to make strides under Jensen’s tutelage.‘I think last year we had a much better start to last season than we did (this year),’ junior Emily Harman said. ‘We just really have to step it up in those (close) matches and look more like a veteran team.’email@example.com Published on March 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Stephen: firstname.lastname@example.org | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments
PHILADELPHIA — Dion Waiters didn’t forget what fellow Philadelphia native Maalik Wayns did to Syracuse when Villanova visited the Carrier Dome last year.Even though the Orange won the next matchup between the two teams in February, the memory of Wayns going off for 21 points in a Villanova win remained fresh in Waiters’ mind.‘I told him that,’ the SU sophomore guard said. ‘I said, ‘I didn’t forget about that.’ We knew he was going to look to be on the aggressive side. We just wanted to match his intensity, too, on the defensive end.’Syracuse did that and then some Wednesday. Wayns didn’t come close to 21 points in the Orange’s (18-0, 5-0 Big East) 79-66 win over Villanova (8-9, 1-4 Big East) at the Wells Fargo Center. In fact, were it not for a bad foul by Brandon Triche on a Wayns’ jumper from beyond the arc, the Wildcats junior wouldn’t have scored at all. He finished 0-for-7 from the field and all three of his points came from those three free throws.‘They did a great job on Maalik Wayns,’ Villanova head coach Jay Wright said. ‘When he got it, they loaded two guys to him. When he was in a pick-and-roll, they loaded three guys to him. … They really did a good job on him.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWayns came into the game ranked seventh in the Big East with 17.4 points per game. But the Orange defense bothered him from his first shot of the game.Three minutes into the action, the 6-foot-2 junior jacked up a 3 over 6-foot-7 Orange forward Kris Joseph. He tried to adjust by putting extra arc on the shot to get it over the taller defender, but the rainbow jumper didn’t even reach the rim. Instead, it fell short and landed out of bounds to give SU possession.‘That was the game plan: Let anybody else beat us,’ Syracuse senior Scoop Jardine said. ‘Tonight, it worked.’Even when the Orange made mistakes defensively, Wayns couldn’t make them pay. On his second shot of the game, he drove into the paint and picked up his dribble looking to kick it back out. As he did, SU’s defense shifted away from him, leaving him open for a shot. But his floater clanged off the rim and Syracuse gobbled up the rebound.Wayns was not available for comment after the game, but he appeared to feel pressure to make something happen at times. He forced up a couple contested jumpers and got lucky when Triche fouled him on a 3 to ultimately provide him his only scoring in the game.Even when he made a nice move at the end of the game to split a couple defenders, that play ended disastrously for the junior guard.‘Toward the end of the game,’ Wright said, ‘he finally said, ‘All right, let me just try to get to the rim.’ And he got a charge.’It was the second game in a row SU had shut down Wayns. Even though he scored 21 points in the Dome last year, he scored just four points on 1-of-9 shooting in the rematch in February.Wright said Wayns and forward Dominic Cheek are still transitioning into their roles as the primary scorers and added that the duo still has trouble offensively when good defensive teams focus on shutting them down like the Orange did Wednesday.‘I do think they’re good shooters that have to learn how to go against defenses that are geared to stop them,’ Wright said. ‘They were always the secondary guy, and they got the easier shots. (Syracuse) did a great job on Wayns.’email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on January 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm