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Opportunity lost: UConn men push it to the limit, but fall to Indiana, 57-54, at Madison Square Garden
12/11/2019 12:47am

Once more, the UConn men knocked on the door of national relevance. No longer scratching longingly like puppies locked outside, they rapped hard on it Tuesday night. And in their favorite venue outside of Connecticut, the Huskies nearly broke into the big time. But they ultimately got in their...

Are they back yet? For Indiana, UConn, the Jimmy V Classic at MSG offers a chance to return to national stage
12/10/2019 5:00am

Indiana and UConn, two mens basketball programs known for doing their talking on the court, are headed to New York to make a statement. And its a statement that cant come soon, or emphatic enough for the nations of fans involved. It has been a while since the college basketball world has been...

Mike Anthony: Notre Dame brought something to Gampel Pavilion that UConn never has — a rebuilding project
12/09/2019 5:00am

Muffet McGraw was there on the opposite bench wearing her scarf, striking familiar coaching poses. The Notre Dame uniforms were familiar. Gampel Pavilion was sold out, an electric atmosphere because this remains the best rivalry in womens college basketball. There was an intensity in the arena,...

Starting in place of injured Crystal Dangerfield, Molly Bent showed she was ready to step in with UConn’s win against Seton Hall
12/06/2019 12:19pm

One of Geno Auriemmas core messages to his team this season has been that you never know when youre going to be called upon to step up in a game you just have to be ready for it. That message rings true for, perhaps more than anyone else this year, senior Molly Bent. Despite entering the season...

Aubrey Griffin scores 25 points to help lead UConn over tenacious Seton Hall in second-straight game without Crystal Dangerfield
12/06/2019 12:20pm

With UConn starting point guard Crystal Dangerfield out for the second straight game with a back issue, someone needed to step up and help put away former, and future, Big East opponent Seton Hall in Thursdays matchup at Walsh Gymnasium. Freshman Aubrey Griffin answered that call, coming off the...


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Yankees Land Gerrit Cole on Record $324M, 9-Year Deal: Source
12/11/2019 5:30am

Gerrit Cole and the New York Yankees have agreed to a record $324 million, nine-year deal, a person familiar with the contract told The Associated Press on Tuesday night.The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not been announced.Cole, the biggest prize of the free agent market, surpassed the $245 million, seven-year contract Stephen Strasburg finalized with the Washington Nationals on Monday for most total money for a pitcher and for his $36 million average annual value. Agent Scott Boras negotiated both deals.Cole was drafted by the Yankees in the first round out of high school but chose to go to UCLA, then was drafted by Pittsburgh. Traded after the 2017 season, he transformed his career in two seasons with the Houston Astros.He went 20-5 with a 2.50 ERA last season as the Astros reached the World Series, finishing second to teammate Justin Verlander in AL Cy Young Award balloting.

World Anti-Doping Agency Imposes 4-Year Ban on Russia
12/09/2019 11:36am

Russia was slapped Monday with a four-year ban from international sports events, including next summers Tokyo Olympics, over a longstanding doping scandal, although its athletes will still be able to compete if they can show they are clean competitors.The ruling by the World Anti-Doping Agencys executive committee means that Russias flag, name and anthem will not appear at the Tokyo Games, and the country also could be stripped of hosting world championships in Olympic sports.The sanctions are the harshest punishment yet for Russian state authorities who were accused of tampering with a Moscow laboratory database. Russias anti-doping agency can appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within 21 days an action it has signaled it would take.Russia was afforded every opportunity to get its house in order but it chose instead to continue in its stance of deception and denial, WADA president Craig Reedie said.Russian athletes can compete in major events only if they are not implicated in positive doping tests or if their data was not manipulated, according to the WADA ruling.For soccers 2022 World Cup, WADA said the Russian team will play under its name in the qualifying program in Europe. If it qualifies to play in Qatar, the team name must be changed to something neutral that likely would not include the word Russia.At the past two track and field world championships, Russians competed as Authorized Neutral Athlete. A softer line was taken ahead of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games, when the International Olympic Committee suspended the Russian Olympic body yet allowed athletes and teams to compete as Olympic Athlete from Russia.Going forward, they cannot use the name of the country in the name of the team, WADA president-elect Witold Baka told The Associated Press.Legal fallout from the WADA ruling at CAS seems sure to dominate preparations for the Tokyo Olympics, which open July 24.Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev urged sports organizations to appeal and said WADAs ruling was a continuation of this anti-Russian hysteria which has already become chronic.The latest round of sanctions were imposed because tampering with the Moscow data was a new violation of anti-doping rules committed as recently as January.Handing over a clean database to WADA was a key requirement given to Russia 15 months ago to help bring closure to a scandal that has tainted the Olympics over the last decade.WADA investigators and the IOC agreed that evidence showed Russian authorities corrupted data from the Moscow lab that was long sealed by security forces. Hundreds of potential doping cases were deleted and evidence falsely planted to shift the blame onto whistleblowers.Flagrant manipulation of the data was an insult to the sporting movement worldwide, the IOC said last month.Athletes whose data was manipulated in the 2012-15 testing period now face disciplinary cases by their sports governing body.Yes, we do know who those athletes are. They will be kept out of the Tokyo Games, said British lawyer Jonathan Taylor, chairman of the WADA panel whose proposed sanctions were unanimously approved Monday.However, the doping watchdogs outgoing vice president was left frustrated by an unwillingness to fully expel Russia from the Tokyo Olympics and 2022 Beijing Winter Games.Im not happy with the decision we made today. But this is as far as we could go, said Linda Helleland, a Norwegian lawmaker who has long pushed for a tougher line against Russia. This is the biggest sports scandal the world has ever seen. I would expect now a full admission from the Russians and for them to apologize on all the pain all the athletes and sports fans have experienced.Although the IOC has called for the strongest possible sanctions, it wants those sanctions directed at Russian state authorities rather than athletes or Olympic officials.That position was opposed by most of WADAs athlete commission. It wanted the kind of blanket ban Russia avoided for the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics and the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Games when a state-run doping program was exposed by media and WADA investigations after Russia hosted the 2014 Olympics in Sochi.The decision to appeal has been stripped from RUSADA chief executive Yuri Ganus, an independent figure criticizing Russian authorities conduct on the doping data issue. Authority was passed to the agencys supervisory board after an intervention led by the Russian Olympic Committee.The ROC on Saturday labeled the expected sanctions as illogical and inappropriate.Russia has stuck to its claim that deceptive edits in the data were in fact made by WADAs star witness, Grigory Rodchenkov. The former Moscow lab directors flight into the witness protection program in the United States was the subject of an Oscar-winning documentary.As usual, Russia has disregarded all of its promises and obligations to clean sport, Rodchenkov said Monday in a statement from his lawyers.Sports fans worldwide will still be watching top-tier events from Russia in the next four years despite the hosting ban.In soccer, St. Petersburg will still host four games at the 2020 European Championship and the 2021 Champions League final, because European soccer body UEFA is not bound by the ruling. Nor is the Formula 1 racing series, which goes to Sochis Olympic Park for a race each year.The contract is valid through 2025, Russian Grand Prix spokeswoman Tatyana Rivnaya told the AP in a telephone interview.World championships in lower-profile Olympic sports including luge in two months and wrestling in 2022 could stay in Russia due to legal difficulties moving them.There will be practical issues, Taylor acknowledged, and we cant ignore those.However, Taylor said a block on Russia bidding for or being awarded sports events in the next four years would have a longer effect beyond the ban.AP Sports Writer James Ellingworth in Duesseldorf, Germany, contributed.

Ruiz-Joshua Title Fight Raises Fears of Saudi Arabia ‘Sportswashing’ Human Rights Record
12/08/2019 12:09am

Anthony Joshuas status as boxings rising star might not have been the only reputation on the line in Saudi Arabia this weekend,NBC News reports.British fighter Joshua on Saturday reclaimed his three heavyweight titles in a unanimous points decision. He had lost them to Mexican-American underdog Andy Ruiz Jr., who stunned the sporting world with a seventh round victory at Madison Square Garden in June.But Saturdays much-anticipated rematch faced criticism for what was happening outside the ring. The world title fight was the first of its kind to take place in the Middle East, but human rights groups called the event an attempt to sportswash the kingdoms image on the world stage.Amnesty International accused the host country of attempting to hide its record behind the prestige of the sporting glamour event and encouraged athletes to use the hype around the fight to shed light on the abuses.

UConn Beats Seton Hall 92-78
12/06/2019 6:10pm

Aubrey Griffin took a look around Walsh Gym on the campus of Seton Hall, knowing she would recognize a few names.I wanted to see where my mom and my dad went to school, said Griffin, the talented UConn freshman forward who was playing in the gym for the first time. I was coming into the same gym that he played in. It was pretty cool to be here.Griffin, whose father, Adrian, was a standout player for Seton Hall in the 1990s, had the best game of her young career, scoring 25 points and grabbing 12 rebounds, leading the undefeated No. 4 ranked Huskies to a high-paced 92-78 victory over the Pirates on Thursday night.UConn head coach Geno Auriemma applauded the way Griffin played.She made a lot of unbelievable plays, Auriemma said. Shes a unique player. Shes different than what weve had in a long time. I dont know if well get 25 and 12 every night, but this is what we liked in her.Griffin, who came off the bench Thursday, had a previous high of nine points and eight rebounds against Temple on Nov. 17.Im at fault, because I couldnt keep the daughter of one of the best Seton Hall players ever here, Seton Hall head coach Tony Bozzella said. I started recruiting Aubrey when she was in ninth grade. She had a tremendous game tonight.So did junior forward Megan Walker, who scored a game- and season-high 29 points to pace the Huskies, now 7-0.I look at tonight and say to her that this is what could be every night, Auriemma said. I said that this is how you score a lot of points, getting offensive rebounds. She has played like an All-American since the season started.Walker came into the game averaging 20.3 points. She said she had to pick up the slack since senior Crystal Dangerfield sat out her second straight game with back spasms. She intends to be back in the Huskies lineup when they face rival Notre Dame on Sunday.Having Crystal out, everything kind of just falls on my shoulders, Walker said. I was the next guy up.Shes going to be itching to go, Auriemma said of Dangerfield. She wants to play real bad. I liked what happened in her absence.The Huskies trailed 28-19 after a fast-paced first quarter. They bounced back to beat the Pirates 5-4 for the 31st straight time, dating to 1995.UConn also got 12 points from Christyn Williams and 10 from Molly Bent.Mya Jackson had 21 and Desiree Elmore 16 for the Pirates. Shadeen Samuels added 14.Elmore scored 10 points and Seton Hall shot 59, including five 3-pointers, in the first quarter.Thats what they tried to do, Auriemma said. They wanted to get us winded a little by playing that way. It didnt surprise me how quickly they were scoring. When they shoot the ball well, theyre a very good team. They got a lot of confidence.Walker had 10 points in the second quarter as the Huskies took a 47-43 lead at the break. She added five points early in the third period to help Connecticut make it 61-51.Walkers layup capped a 7-0 run to begin the fourth quarter for a 77-64 lead.HUSKY DOMINATIONSince 1994, UConn has a 286-25 record against nonconference opponents. The Huskies will face the Pirates once again next season when UConn returns to the Big East.FAMILIAR TERRITORYAuriemma said that he liked returning to Walsh Gym.I have good memories of this gym, Auriemma said. I love this building. I love this atmosphere.Auriemma said that the first time he was in Walsh Gym was in 1983, when he was an assistant coach at Virginia and recruited Tammy Hammond of Irvington, New Jersey. Hammonds teammate and close friend was Dana Owens, who went on to become music and film star Queen Latifah.When we won the national championship in 1995, she sent me some Dom Perignon, Auriemma said of Latifah.UP NEXTUConn faces Notre Dame at home on Saturday.Seton Hall is at Iona on Saturday.

49ers Suspend Broadcaster Tim Ryan After Controversial Lamar Jackson Comment
12/05/2019 12:33am

The San Francisco 49ers have suspended broadcaster Tim Ryan for one game after his comments about Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson earlier this week.During his weekly radio show Murph and Mac on Monday, Ryan talked about how Jacksons skin color made him more effective against the 49ers defense.Hes really good at that fake, Lamar Jackson, but when you consider his dark skin color with a dark football with a dark uniform, you could not see that thing. I mean you literally could not see when he was in and out of the mesh point, he said.Ryan has since issued a statement stating:I regret my choice of words in trying to describe the conditions of the game. Lamar Jackson is an MVP-caliber player and I respect him greatly. I want to sincerely apologize to him and anyone else I offended.The 49ers released the following statement Wednesday:We are disappointed in Tim Ryans comments earlier this week, and have suspended him for the upcoming game. We hold Tim to a high standard as a representative of our organization and he must be more thoughtful with his words. Tim has expressed remorse in a public statement and has also done so with us privately. We know Tim as a man of high integrity and are confident he will grow and learn from this experience.We have reached out to the Baltimore Ravens organization to extend our apologies and assure them the matter is not being taken lightly.Rev. Jethroe Moore II, the President of NAACP Silicon Valley/San Jose, says hed like to meet with Ryan before he returns from the suspension.Part of his coming back should be coming to meet with members of the African-American community for better understanding of how those words can be hurtful, Moore said. That includes the 49er players and actually letting them talk about how they feel about the comments.

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