The Latest: Austrian soccer investigating league leaders

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first_imgClubs in Austria are only supposed to hold training for small groups of players under social distancing regulations before full training begins Friday.But the league says it was sent multiple videos showing “a regular team training session” which supposedly took place “recently.” LASK has been charged with a violation of fair-play principles. The team could be fined or have points deducted.Salzburg commercial director Stephan Reiter says the second-place club is “shocked and stunned” at LASK’s conduct.Soccer is scheduled to resume in the country with the Austrian Cup final on May 29 before the league starts up again next month.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Austrian soccer league says it is investigating first-place club LASK Linz for breaking rules on training during the coronavirus pandemic. ___The three leading women’s pole vaulters get their turn to compete on Saturday in the second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash.Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Katie Nageotte of the United States and Alysha Newman of Canada will participate in the event but won’t be competing in their backyards because they don’t have the equipment at home. They will instead be at nearby training facilities.The top men’s pole vaulters competed in the Ultimate Garden Clash at their homes in early May. Mondo Duplantis and Renaud Lavillenie shared the victory with more than 250,000 people watching a live stream.The winner on Saturday will be the vaulter who clears the bar at 4 meters the most times in 30 minutes. Ireland has postponed its limited-overs cricket matches against New Zealand and Pakistan in June and July because of the coronavirus pandemic.New Zealand Cricket informed Cricket Ireland this week it couldn’t travel and the latter has confirmed putting off the matches in Northern Ireland. The teams were to meet for three Twenty20s in Bready and three one-day internationals in Belfast from June 19 to July 2.Restrictions on travel and professional sports also forced Cricket Ireland to postpone hosting Pakistan in two T20s on July 12 and 14.The Netherlands legs of both tours by New Zealand and Pakistan had already been curtailed last month after the Dutch government banned all big sports events until Sept. 1.Pakistan is still scheduled to tour England for three tests and three T20s from July 30 to Sept. 2. Associated Press The league said on Wednesday that it hopes to resume playing games on June 13 but the government has not approved a restart yet.___Turkish soccer club Besiktas says eight people have tested positive for the coronavirus and training has been suspended.The club says president Ahmet Nar Cebi and a player were among those who tested positive.Turkish teams have resumed limited training sessions following the federation’s decision to restart matches in empty stadiums on June 12. The Latest: Austrian soccer investigating league leaders May 14, 2020 Cricket Ireland says it is talking with England officials about possibly rescheduling their three ODIs in September in England.___Udinese owner Gianpaolo Pozzo says it “wouldn’t make sense” to restart Serie A anytime soon.Pozzo says it’s better to wait until “we’ve passed the critical phase” before thinking about restarting.He says if a team is ordered into quarantine after playing two or three matches because a player tests positive and the season is stopped again “we’ll have made a huge mistake.” Udinese was three points above the relegation zone in 14th place before Serie A was suspended on March 9.___The Italian soccer federation has set up a pool of inspectors to check that teams comply with new health protocols and government decrees issued during the coronavirus pandemic.Serie A teams were permitted to resume individual training on May 4 while full team training can restart Monday.Lazio has reportedly already been training in groups of three players. The federation says inspectors will verify that practices are held according to the rules. ___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

Whicker: Washington’s Doolittle picks up saves off the field as well

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first_imgSean and Eireann did something else, well out of camera range. They sponsored a gift registry for those families, and others who have benefited. People signed up quickly, just as they had volunteered to build the houses, and suddenly there weren’t just drawers and closets, there were bedspreads and kitchenware.This is what happened when you don’t shut up and throw fastballs, when you don’t just stick to sports.Doolittle is pretty good at his night job. He had faced 36 batters and struck out 19 of them, coming into Sunday night’s game at Dodger Stadium. He has a lifetime WHIP of 0.925, which is outstanding, and last year he had 34 saves for the A;’s and Nationals. Oakland donated Doolittle and Ryan Madson to the Nationals for reliever Blake Treinen last summer.This all happened after Doolittle gave up a promising offensive career, with a career .819 OPS in the minor leagues, because of knee injuries.But he and Eireann schedule all this themselves, hanging onto their independence. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error They’re hoping to launch a mental health resource for veterans, and their proximity to the government has helped. They met with the Brookings Institution and a human rights campaign in Washington, and they have scheduled a visit to Walter Reed Army Hospital.They also bought and distributed 900 tickets when the Athletics held an LGBT night, and they organized a Thanksgiving dinner in Chicago for Syrian refugees.But the fantasy league commissioners and the barstool fans don’t realize that Doolittle is not alone among pro athletes, that hundreds are coaching, mentoring, comforting and financing during the rapidly shrinking hours they have outside the arena.For Doolittle it comes back to veterans. His parents were both in the service. His dad Rory went to Oman for yet another Air Force deployment, after 9/11 to work on the KC-135 stratotankers that refueled the planes that were part of the invasion of Iraq. He got a Bronze Star for it, too.Five years ago Doolittle discovered that he is the seventh cousin of Jimmy Doolittle, organizer of the Doolittle Raid in 1942, in which bombers flew from the USS Hornet and counterattacked Japan after Pearl Harbor.He knows enough to know that every veteran’s story is different. It’s not always a traumatic TV movie. It’s not always a Hallmark card either.“We tend to paint them with a broad brush,” Doolittle said. “They all have different reasons for signing up, and different experiences, too. But part of that is how wide the civil-military divide is. Less than one percent of Americans are serving. It can be alienating.“The general population can’t always relate to the sacrifice that comes with it. I think a lot of times, we need to listen to their stories.’He knows veterans need care, but they shouldn’t be viewed as patients or wards of the state. When you’ve worked on transportation detail in the middle of the desert, you return with know-how that is hard to find stateside.“They get involved in a brotherhood when they’re in the service,” Doolittle said. “But it’s inspiring to watch them get involved in the community. We should look at them as assets. We tend to judge people by the education level they have, but when you look at their on-the-job training, they can help in so many ways. At the end of the day they want to have a purpose.”Doolittle left the clubhouse and went onto the pregame field. He would sit among the noise and the careening emotion, where value is placed solely on the numbers his left arm generates.Maybe when he sees a veteran’s astonished face as a key slips into a lock, Doolittle is Finally Home himself.center_img LOS ANGELES — There are saves and there are holds and there was the moment in 2014 when two cars pulled up into a driveway in Elk Grove, with Sean Doolittle waiting.Doolittle is a left-handed reliever who now closes games for Washington, but then he was pitching for Oakland. He and Eireann, now his wife, committed themselves to a program called Operation Finally Home, to provide housing for returning veterans.“There were a bunch of people waiting for them in the neighborhood,” Doolittle said. “The families thought they were coming for a final interview, that it was going to be one or the other. Instead, both of the houses were theirs, and they were going to be next-door neighbors. That was real special.“A family like this gets a house to move into. That’s a very big thing off their plate.”last_img read more