FORMULA ONE-PROTESTSF1 drivers discuss whether to take a knee at season openerLONDON (AP) — Formula One drivers will discuss taking a knee at the opening race of the delayed season in Austria on Sunday. McLaren driver Lando Norris says it will be discussed following the drivers’ briefing with the Grand Prix Drivers’ Association on Friday. Six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton has been vocal about the Black Lives Matter movement and F1′s diversity issues. Black Lives Matter has been supported by soccer players in Germany, Italy and England taking a knee before and during games.BROADCASTS-DISCRIMINATIONSoccer players’ union points to racial bias in broadcastsLONDON (AP) — The soccer players’ union in England believes racial bias is evident during broadcasts of matches based on the language used by commentators in European leagues. The study conducted by Danish research firm RunRepeat in association with the Professional Footballers’ Association found 63% of praise regarding a player’s intelligence was aimed at those with lighter skin, while 63% of criticism for a player’s intelligence was aimed at those with darker skin tones. ‘A dark past’: MVPs say time to pull Landis name off plaquesNEW YORK (AP) — As monuments, statues and memorials around the world come under increased scrutiny, some former Most Valuable Players in Major League Baseball are saying they’d like to see a change in future MVP plaques. The trophy is engraved with the name of Kenesaw Mountain Landis in large letters. Landis was baseball’s first commissioner and there were no Black players in the majors during his reign from 1920 until his death in 1944. His name has been on every American League and National League MVP plaque since then. Barry Larkin, Terry Pendleton and Mike Schmidt say they’d like to see it pulled off.Toward the end of his tenure as commissioner, Landis told owners they were free to sign Black players. But there is no evidence he pushed for baseball integration. June 30, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-YANKEES-INJURIES Yankees confident that stars will be healthyNEW YORK (AP) — Yankees general manager Brian Cashman is optimistic right fielder Aaron Judge, left-hander James Paxton, center fielder Aaron Hicks and designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton will be ready to play in the time for New York’s rescheduled opener at World Series champion Washington on July 23. Judge did not play in any exhibition games due to discomfort in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder that he felt when swinging. Paxton had surgery Feb. 5 to repair a herniated disk in his back. The positive tests occurred on June 23, the first day all members of the team were tested as part of the NBA’s plan to restart the season, which was suspended in mid-March because of the pandemic. Griffin says the Pelicans have had no players test positive since.When the Pelicans return to action on July 30 against Utah at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex outside of Orlando, Florida, they will be 3½ games out of the Western Conference’s final playoff spot with eight games left.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL-HURRICANESHurricanesRALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Members of the Carolina Hurricanes have returned to their home ice at PNC Arena as the team began voluntary training sessions amid the second phase of the NHL’s return plan. Cashman said some players may arrive late because of travel. He was not sure whether workouts will start Friday or Saturday.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBA-PELICANSThree New Orleans players test positiveNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans general manager David Griffin says three New Orleans players have tested positive for COVID-19 and will be in self-isolation until testing shows they can return to team activities without infecting others.Griffin declined to identify the players, citing medical privacy laws. Update on the latest sports MLB-ORIOLESOrioles sign second overall pickBALTIMORE (AP) — Outfielder Heston Kjerstad agreed to a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles that includes a $5.2 million signing bonus, well below the slot value of $7,789,900 assigned to the No. 2 overall pick.The 21-year-old joins a rebuilding Orioles team that has lost at least 100 games in two straight seasons and used the No. 1 pick in 2019 to secure catcher Adley Rutschman out of Oregon State.NBA-RACIAL INJUSTICE-MORANT APOLOGY In a video conference with reporters, captain Jordan Staal said the players went through safety protocols that included wearing a mask and getting a temperature check when arriving at the arena, as well as “keeping your distance as best you can.”The team had announced last week that roughly 16 players were expected to participate, divided into two groups, with workouts closed to the public and media.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— The LPGA Tour lost another tournament when the Canadian Women’s Open was canceled because of travel restrictions and quarantine requirements from the COVID-19 pandemic. The CP Women’s Open was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 at Shaughnessy Golf and Country Club in Vancouver. The LPGA Tour and Golf Canada say it will return to Shaughnessy the last week in August next year.— Up to 800 spectators per day will be allowed at a tennis exhibition in Berlin in mid-July. This, even after four players tested positive for the coronavirus after playing in a similar event fronted by Novak Djokovic. Organizers of two tournaments in Berlin say the city health authorities have approved a limited number of spectators. The maximum is set at 800 per day for a July 13-15 outdoor event on grass, and 200 per day for a hard-court event in a hangar at the disused Tempelhof airport from July 17-19. Grizzlies’ Morant apologizes for anti-police Instagram postMEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies rookie guard Ja Morant posted and deleted an Instagram photo suggesting he’d replace his name with an expletive on his number 12 jersey in a protest against police. Morant then apologized, saying the post didn’t “accurately convey” what he wanted to share. Morant said he knows “there are good cops” out there.The league, Nike and the players association are reportedly working on a deal that would allow players to replace the names on the backs of their jerseys with social justice statements. MLB-RACIAL INJUSTICE-MVP PLAQUES Associated Press The study looked at 80 matches in the Premier League as well as the top divisions in Italy, Spain and France this season.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Aggressive bullpen management has become the mortgage bundles of the postseason. It can make you rich – or leave you destitute.Dodgers manager Dave Roberts pulled his starter, Kenta Maeda, with two outs in the fourth inning Thursday night despite the fact that Maeda had allowed just one run and the opposing pitcher was coming up. The march of matchup relievers began – and blew up in the Dodgers’ faces when setup man Joe Blanton gave up a two-run home run to Addison Russell in the sixth inning.Russell’s second home run in as many days was only the start as the Chicago Cubs handed the Dodgers an 8-4 defeat in Game 5 of the National League Championship Series.After going 21 innings without a run, the Cubs have scored 18 times in the past 15 innings. “He was around 75 pitches and I felt that he was starting to lose that fastball command and I thought the breaking ball wasn’t as sharp,” Roberts said even though Maeda had struck out Russell and got David Ross on a soft fly out to bring Lester to the plate.Lester had “put a good swing” on a fly ball in the second inning and Roberts had no intention of letting him face the top of the order, Dexter Fowler again. So he pulled Maeda and brought in Josh Fields to face Lester and starting the tag-team relay of six relievers.“I was a little surprised,” Maeda said through his interpreter, the diplomacy in his answer not lost in translation.The baton was successfully passed to Blanton in the sixth inning with the score tied, 1-1. He gave up a leadoff single to Baez who stole second while Heyward was striking out.That brought up Russell who was 1 for 25 in the postseason and hadn’t hit a home run since Sept. 19 before he went deep against Julio Urias in the fourth inning on Wednesday night. Russell had two more hits in Game 4 but struck out in both at-bats against Maeda on Thursday.He took a slider from Blanton for a called strike then clubbed the next one as it hung over the plate. During the regular season, Blanton allowed just two home runs after June and none after the end of August. But he has given up two of the most costly blows of the NLCS – Miguel Montero’s pinch-hit grand slam in the eighth inning of Game 1 and Russell’s lead-grabbing homer in Game 5.“Going back to the last series, my slider hasn’t been ‘normal’ even though I was getting the results,” Blanton said, adding that he has been trying to find “fixes” during the limited down time between postseason games.“You go through cold spells over the course of the season. I’m just having one at a really, really bad time.”The Dodgers tried to give Lester – whose defensive yips are his biggest weakness – a bad time with bunts and aggressive leads when they did manage to get on base. That wasn’t often though. They had just five hits in seven innings against the left-hander – that again! – and scratched out just one run.Howie Kendrick doubled with one out in the fourth. With Adrian Gonzalez batting, Kendrick broke for third and stole the base – only after replay corrected the original call.Nursing a 1-0 lead at that point, Cubs manager Joe Maddon opted to play the infield in. The strategy could have worked when Gonzalez bounced weakly to Rizzo. But the Cubs first baseman bobbled the ball, allowing Kendrick to score without a throw.“The last few times we’ve faced him we’ve gone out with a gameplan of trying to make him uncomfortable with bunts and being aggressive with our leads and he pitched two incredible games,” Gonzalez said. “So maybe we should go out there trying to slug.”By the time the Dodgers scored again in the eighth inning, the Cubs had regained the lead on Russell’s home run and padded it with a blunder-aided five-run slog of an eighth against reliever Pedro Baez.Baez was guilty of making his own mess. He dropped Gonzalez’s feed on a play at first base and failed to cover first when Gonzalez made a nice stop on a Fowler grounder with runners at second and third.An overturned call at second base extended the inning long enough for Javier Baez to drive in three runs with a double, sending the Cubs back to Chicago with a 3-2 lead in the series.“Obviously our backs are against the wall. But we kind of feel like we’ve been ther all year,” Blanton said. “When Kersh went down, everyone wrote us off. When we went to Washington for Game 5, when we lost Game 1 (to the Cubs), everyone wrote us off again and they’re probably writing us off now. That’s fine.” “We can grab that momentum back with one name – Kershaw,” Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “Obviously we don’t want to put it all on him. Obviously we have to score some runs for him.”They will have to do it at Wrigley Field where the Cubs had the best home record in baseball during the regular season (57-24) and now need to win just once more in order to advance to their first World Series since 1945. The Cubs will have to beat either a rested Clayton Kershaw in Game 6 on Saturday or Rich Hill in a potential Game 7 on Sunday to do it.“I thought (the past) two nights we got beat. We got beat,” Roberts said. “So we’ll get a day away from this to re-set and we’ve got Clayton going in Game 6. So that’s a game we expect to win.”Maeda’s early postseason results did not make him a candidate for a long leash in Game 5. Three of the Cubs’ first four batters reached base against him on Thursday but only one scored on Anthony Rizzo’s RBI double.He ducked and dodged away from any more damage but Roberts had clearly seen enough when Maeda gave up a double to Javier Baez leading off the fourth and followed that up by hitting Jason Heyward with a pitch.