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UConn Men’s Saturday basketball game against N.C. State canceled due to coronavirus infection
12/04/2020 11:31pm

There was no information early Saturday about a possible non-conference matchup ahead of conference play.

New York Liberty win WNBA draft lottery again
12/04/2020 7:51pm

The New York Liberty have the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft for the second consecutive year, winning the lottery

UConn women’s games on SNY will be available to out-of-market viewers via Fox Sports
12/04/2020 5:28pm

The announcement comes after UConns conference change left fans across the country unsure how theyd be able to access games this upcoming season. The AACs deal with ESPN had previously allowed viewers to access games via ESPNs streaming services.

From Dan Hurley’s ‘cauldron,’ UConn men, Josh Carlton brew something special; takeaways from the win over USC
12/04/2020 4:41pm

Dan Hurley created a cauldron of intensity in the UConn mens practices, as Josh Carlton, with diminished minutes, stewed. But Carlton resurfaced and the Huskies put forth a stirring effort to beat Southern Cal, 61-58, at Mohegan Sun on Thursday night. Takeaways from the game:

UConn men vs. NC State: What you need to know as Huskies close ‘Bubbleville’
12/04/2020 4:26pm

The UConn men take on NC State on Saturday in Mohegan Suns Bubbleville on Saturday at noon. Here is all you need to know:


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Tokyo Olympics Delay Costs May Reach $2.8 Billion
12/04/2020 12:56pm

The cost of the postponement for the Tokyo Olympics could reach about $2.8 billion, according to figures released Friday by the Tokyo organizing committee, the Tokyo city government and Japans national government.The numbers are in line with estimates made in Japan since the Olympics were postponed eight months ago. The games are now set to open on July 23, 2021.About two-thirds of the added costs are being picked up by the two government entities, with the other one-third going to the privately funded organizing committee.Few of Tokyos added costs or the overall costs are covered by the Switzerland-based International Olympic Committee, which relies largely on public coffers to hold its events. Its revenue is generated largely by selling broadcast rights and sponsorships.I think our biggest challenge is the additional costs, Tokyo Governor Yuriko Koike said during an online news conference. This is a crucial issue in order for us to prepare for the Olympics. We need to gain the understanding and sympathy of the people of Tokyo and the people of Japan.As the costs for Tokyo keep rising, it may reinforce skepticism about the wisdom of holding the Olympics in the middle of a pandemic. Recent polls show the Japanese public is divided on the issue of the Olympics, and any move to permit fans from abroad to enter despite a vaccine being on the horizon.Japan has controlled the pandemic better than most countries with about 2,200 deaths attributed to COVID-19 in a country of 125 million.The University of Oxford published a study three months ago that said the Tokyo Games are the most expensive Summer Olympics on record. And that research was done before the games were postponed by COVID-19.Prior to the postponement, Japan said the Olympics would cost $12.6 billion. But a government audit last year said it was likely twice that much, and that was before the postponement. All but $5.6 billion is public money.Tokyo said the Olympics would cost $7.3 billion overall when it won the bid in 2013 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.The operational cost for the delay is listed at 171 billion yen, or about $1.64 billion at the present exchange rate. The organizing committee and the Tokyo government share equally in covering the expenses. The national government will pick up a small portion.The cost for coronavirus countermeasures is 96 billion yen about $920 million and will be covered solely by the governments.Tokyo organizers also said they could add 27 billion yen about $260 million from a contingency fund to help cover added costs.Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee, said new domestic sponsors were being sought to cover the rising expenses. Tokyo has already received a record of $3.3 billion from domestic sponsors at least twice as large as any previous Olympics. Muto said the IOC had agreed to waive a royalty fee it collects of 7.6 on any additional sponsorships.Muto also said organizers did not expect to receive $650 million from the International Olympic Committee, which IOC President Thomas Bach suggested months ago it might chip in to help Tokyo.There was an expectation that maybe this was for Tokyo, Muto said. But Tokyos costs are Tokyos costs.Several months ago, Tokyo organizers announced they pared $280 million from their expenses, removing frills like hospitality parties and scaling back in many areas. However, the full complement of 11,000 Olympic and 4,350 Paralympic athletes are expected to attend. They will be joined by tens of thousands of officials, judges, VIPs, media and broadcasters.Gskuji Ito, the chief financial officer of the Tokyo organizing committee, said organizers expected to be paid 50 billion yen $480 million in postponement/cancellation insurance it had secured.Muto and organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori both said they know some expected larger cuts and fewer added expenses.Whether you believe the glass is half-full or half-empty, Muto said, whether your feel our efforts were enough, thats up to you to decide. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/APSports

UConn Holds Off Southern California 61-58 in Legends Classic
12/04/2020 3:19am

James Bouknight scored 18 points and Connecticut lead most of the way and held off Southern California in a 61-58 victory in the Legends Classic on Thursday night.Bouknights 3-point play capped the scoring for UConn 3-0, which had a six-point lead with four minutes to play. But USC 3-1 ended the game missing 7 of 8 shots, including three consecutive in the final 12 seconds. Drew Peterson missed a layup and Noah Baumann and Evan Mobley each missed 3-point shots.Bouknight was 5 of 15 from the floor and made three of the Huskies seven 3-pointers. Tyrese Martin added 11 points and Isaiah Whaley had 10 points and blocked five shots. UConn outrebounded the Trojans 42-31, with Josh Carlton grabbing a game-high 11.Mobley, a freshman forward who was named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Watch List on Tuesday, lead the Trojans with 17 points on 4-of-10 shooting from the floor and had seven rebounds.The Trojans had their last lead, 27-26, with about seven minutes remaining in the first half.It was the first meeting between the teams, and the first regular-season game for the Huskies at Mohegan Sun Arena.

ESPN Says Dan Le Batard Leaving Radio, TV Shows Next Month
12/03/2020 10:50pm

ESPN announced Thursday that Dan Le Batard will be leaving the network next month. Le Batard hosts a late-morning show on ESPN Radio as well as the Highly Questionable afternoon program on ESPN. Le Batard will make his final appearance on both shows on Jan. 4.Le Batard had a year left on his ESPN contract. But Norby Williamson, the networks executive vice president and executive editor, said in a statement that it was mutually agreed that it was best for both sides to move on to new opportunities and we worked together closely to make that possible.ESPN Radio also announced that Mike Greenbergs radio show Greeny will move to 10 a.m. ET while Bart Scott and Alan Han will have a two-hour show starting at noon. The two have had a show on ESPN Radios New York affiliate since January.Highly Questionable will remain a part of ESPNs lineup with different contributors.Le Batard has been with ESPN since 1998, first as a contributor to its magazine before branching into television and radio. Highly Questionable debuted on ESPN in 2011 before his radio show with co-host Jon Stugotz Weiner went national two years later. The two have hosted a show since 2004, when it debuted on Miami radio. Le Batard was also a columnist at The Miami Herald from 1990 to 2016.The relationship between Le Batard and ESPN had been strained for the past couple of years. Le Batard has been critical of the companys policy of shying away from political issues that have no bearing on sports. The final straw came last month when one of his producers was part of the companys layoffs. Le Batard said he was not informed about the move and he kept the producer on by paying his salary.In short, thank you, Disney and ESPN, for a quarter century of absurd blessings. To our loyal army of concerned fans, and to everyone who walked along and played an instrument in our Marching Band to Nowhere, know that it is a very exciting time for us, not a sad one. And that youll be hearing our laughter again soon enough, Le Batard said in a statement.Le Batards exit continues what has been a massive restructuring of ESPN Radios programming lineup. The entire 6 a.m.-6 p.m. timeframe now has new hosts and shows.

Former Kindergarten Teammates Debut on US Women's National Soccer Team Together
12/03/2020 9:16pm

Most soccer fans have never heard of the Timnath Twisters, but that aughts-era elementary school team from Colorado produced a couple of star players that are making headlines for the U.S. womens national soccer team USWNT now.Former kindergarten teammates Sophia Smith and Jaelin Howell are together again, playing for the defending world champs.Last week, Smith, 20, and Howell, 21, hit the pitch and made their team debut for the USWNT in an exhibition game against Netherlands, helping the team secure a 2-0 victory. Then, a few days later,the team tweetedout what might just be the cutest example of 2020show it started, how its going meme.On the started side of the tweet, the teammates can be seen approximately 15 years ago, in their Twisters days, looking like a couple of serious athletes. On the other side, the pair can be seen on the field for the USWNT, all smiles this time, as theyre undeniably serious athletes.And other sports stars took noticeRetired soccer player, coach and two-time Olympic gold medalist Abby Wambach,replied to the then-and-now tweetwith a message of her own, writing, Well jaehowell18 and sophsssmith this is the cutest thing ever Very cool moment. All the feels right here.And Smith, whos now the U.S. teams youngest player and only player born in the 2000s saw that tweet andresponded with a pic of her own, another childhood shot. But in this one, she could be seen standing next to her soccer hero, Wambach.Well AbbyWambach, you were a big reason this moment happened for me, she wrote. You inspired me to follow my dreams. thank you.As for Howell, she, too, was taken aback by Wambachs post.Ill always remember as a young girl going crazy watching you score the goal against Brazil in the 2011 World Cupshe tweeted. Thank you for being the inspiration for our generationAnd that wasnt the end of the mutual appreciation on Twitter. Wambach then proved that the circle of inspiration is still going strong by sharing a text message she received fromher daughterTish. Wambach became a stepmom to three children in 2017 when she married writerGlennon Doyle.This is from my 14 year old daughter Tish You are inspiring the next generation sophsssmith keep it going, read the captionalongside a grab of the text message. In it, Tish wrote, SOPHIA SMITH TWEETED YOU. i love her.Mom responded to the teen, adding of Smith, She is one of the next stars of our national team and I couldnt be more proud and happy to see her in red white and blue. Maybe one day she will take a picture with you and then you can post that picture when you get older So cool.It really is, and it shows the impact that U.S. womens soccer has on young players and players-to-be. But the USWNT is hoping to score more than that worthy win for the sport.Last year, the USWNT sued the U.S. Soccer Federationover alleged institutionalized gender discrimination, and this week,the parties settledin regards to team travel, accommodations and professional support. However, the World Cup winnerspursuit of equal payin line with the U.S. mens team wasnt part of that settlement.In May,a judge ruledthat in order for the gender discrimination suit to go forward, the issue of pay had to be removed from it.This story first appeared on TODAY.com. More from TODAY:NFL will not move into coronavirus bubble, Roger Goodell saysElizabeth Smart explains why she never told her parents about abuse by kidnappersVanderbilt University senior Sarah Fuller makes college football historyThis story uses functionality that may not work in our app. Click here to open the story in your web browser.

Kim Ng's Crash Course: She's Bullish on Miami Marlins' Future
12/03/2020 6:32pm

For Kim Ng, the first three weeks as general manager of the Miami Marlins has meant less rest and more coffee.She has been getting to know colleagues at work, contacting agents and other teams, and learning as much as she can about the 150 or so players in the Marlins organization.Lets call it a crash course, Ng said with a smile. I got to sleep in until 5:30 this morning, so Im doing pretty good. Not a big coffee drinker, but Ive had to dip in there a bit these past couple of weeks. My husband has been really great making sure Im eating three times a day.Having a husband in a supporting role is a reminder Ng is the first female general manager in major league history. That milestone wasnt mentioned once during her 30-minute news conference Thursday, a sign of how quickly a breakthrough can become part of the norm.Instead, Ngs comments focused on efforts to build on the Marlins recent progress as CEO Derek Jeters ownership group begins Year 4 of a franchise revival. This year the Marlins reached the playoffs for the first time since 2003. A rebuilt farm system ranked among baseballs best began to bear fruit, and an abundance of prospects has the organization enthusiastic about 2021.After three weeks studying video and talking with Marlins scouts, Ng shares in the optimism about the foundation built by Jeter and his group. They are ahead of the game, Ng said. It takes a really, really long time to build a farm system of this quality and caliber. Thats the most exciting thing about all of this, and making sure we as a front office are doing everything we can to help in their development.Heading into next weeks winter meetings, which will be held virtually, the Marlins priorities include upgrading the bullpen and adding a veteran bat, Ng said. But improvement can also come from within, she said, because so many prospects are on the cusp of major league success. If just one of those guys lives up to their potential that we havent seen yet, that would be a huge impact on our club, Ng said.The Marlins likely wont be too busy in the free agent market, because they dont want veterans clogging competition.Whenever we can give a prospect a chance to play, we really would like to do that, Ng said. The quicker they come along and develop, the better off were going to be as a club for a long time.One veteran who could be part of the long-term plans is third baseman Brian Anderson, who is heading into his fifth season with the Marlins. Hes unlikely to receive a long-term contract offer this winter, however, in part because the team has a new GM. I personally would like to see how this year goes before we venture down that road, Ng said, so I have a better understanding of who he is as a player, and I get a better sense of the situation. More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/APSports Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: https://twitter.com/SteveWine

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