The White House says the commissioners thanked the president for his “national leadership and for his interest in the sports industry.” He called on them to continue efforts to support their fellow Americans during the current challenge. A wide range of sports league officials participated in the call, including NFL commissioner Roger Goodell and NBA commissioner Adam Silver.None of the leagues released public comment about the call.A person with direct knowledge of what was discussed on the call said Trump believes the NFL season will start on time on Sept. 10 with fans in seats.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The president is reassuring Little League baseball players that they should be playing the game again soon. Little League president and CEO Stephen Keener reassured that the players would be back soon. Little League has suspended activities until mid-May, when the situation will be assessed, according to its website. April 4, 2020 McLaughlin wins virtual IndyCar event racing from AustraliaUNDATED (AP) — Australian V8 SuperCars champion Scott McLaughlin has won IndyCar’s second virtual race.McLaughlin and NASCAR’s seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson were invited guests by IndyCar to participate in the iRacing Series meant to entertain fans during the stoppage due to the coronavirus. He beat Team Penske teammate and fellow Aussie Will Power in Saturday’s race from virtual Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.McLaughlin was scheduled to make his IndyCar debut for Team Penske on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May before the race was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.NHL-RANGERS-RACIST HACKER Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPresident lauds sports leagues, players in handling of coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — The White House says the president spoke with commissioners of the country’s sports leagues in a conference call Saturday and told them he recognizes “the good work being done by many teams and players” to care for their communities and fans dealing with the new coronavirus. Update on the latest sports Hacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL playerNEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur hundreds of times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect.The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018. The hacker repeatedly posted the one-word slur in all capital letters on the Rangers’ “Future Fridays” series on Twitter.The Rangers said in a statement that “a vile individual hijacked the chat to post racial slurs, which we disabled as soon as possible.” The team said it is investigating the matter.The NHL also released a statement condemning the hack, saying “No one deserves to be subjected to such ugly treatment and it will not be tolerated in our league.” — The Spanish league and players are still far apart on the size of the salary cuts. The league is trying to reduce the financial impact caused by the outbreak, but players say the organization wants them to carry nearly half the total losses. The league and the players’ association have been in talks to try to find ways to mitigate losses that could reach about $1.08 billion if the season cannot be restarted because of the pandemic. Players have said they are willing to reduce their salaries, but not as much as the league or the clubs want.— English Premier League soccer players have rejected a move by clubs to cut their wages by 30% during the coronavirus pandemic. The stance from the union followed talks involving clubs and the leagues. Liverpool and fellow 2019 Champions League finalist Tottenham have announced that some non-playing staff will be furloughed since the competition has been indefinitely suspended.BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMEKobe, Duncan, Garnett headline Basketball Hall of Fame classUNDATED (AP) — Kobe Bryant’s resume has yet another entry to prove his greatness. He’s now officially a Hall of Famer. Bryant and fellow NBA greats Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett headline a nine-person group announced Saturday as this year’s class of enshrinees into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. They got into the Hall in their first year of eligibility, as did WNBA great Tamika Catchings.Two-time NBA champion coach Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), longtime Baylor women’s coach Kim Mulkey, 1,000-game winner Barbara Stevens of Bentley and three-time Final Four coach Eddie Sutton were also selected.All eight finalists who were announced in February were chosen to get in by the panel of 24 voters.Former FIBA Secretary General Patrick Baumann is also headed to the Hall. He was selected as a direct-elect by the international committee.INDYCAR-VIRTUAL RACING OBIT-HONDURAS-CALLEJASEx-Honduran leader caught in FIFA scandal dies in U.S.MEXICO CITY (AP) — A former president of Honduras convicted in the FIFA soccer bribery scandal has died in the United States. Rafael Callejas governed Honduras from 1990 to 1994, but he was better known for soliciting hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes in the wide-ranging FIFA soccer scandal over lucrative broadcast rights. The 76-year-old Callejas pleaded guilty in 2016 and was reportedly being held at a prison in Atlanta when he died Saturday.He pleaded guilty to racketeering conspiracy and wire fraud conspiracy in a New York federal court. He said he distributed a significant portion of his bribes to delegates of the Honduran soccer federation so he could remain its president, a position he held from 2002 to last August.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Their Manchester rivals had closed the gap to five points with a 1-0 win against Brighton on Saturday and, with City trailing to a Nicolas Otamendi own goal at half-time against Huddersfield, Jose Mourinho’s men were dreaming of a title lifeline.But City crushed those hopes in gritty fashion as Sergio Aguero’s penalty two minutes after the interval eased any nerves from the leaders, who piled on the pressure and were rewarded with six minutes left when Raheem Sterling netted the winner.City have now won their last 11 Premier League matches and 18 in all competitions.United can again move to within five points of their hated neighbours if they win at Watford on Tuesday, before City return to action at home to Southampton 24 hours later.Guardiola admits City’s scintillating run will end eventually, but he believes the way his team saw off fired-up Huddersfield should serve as a warning to their rivals that they are fully focused on the title.“If you want to win the title you can not expect easy games, so we have to live these kinds of situations and we spoke about at half-time how we are going to react in that situation,” he said.“We are going to lose. That is going to happen – definitely. Today was so close – it’s going to happen.“When you play every few days, when you see the scheduling – December, January – we go to Donetsk to play in the Champions League. It’s impossible.“The 18 games in a row is amazing and we have 11 in the Premier League in a row so that’s good. We have a good moment and with the spirit we can go further.“I am pleased because I know our fans are so happy because they see their players fighting until the end.”– Show of strength –United have no margin for error at Vicarage Road, where Watford will aim for a repeat of last season’s shock 3-1 win over Mourinho’s team.While Watford impressed in a 3-0 win at Newcastle on Saturday, United laboured to see off Brighton at Old Trafford until Lewis Dunk’s own goal from an Ashley Young effort sealed their second successive league win.United defender Victor Lindelof hopes his side can continue to grind out the wins while they search for their peak form.“We tried to do our best out there, we tried to play our game but it didn’t work out so good,” he said.“We got the three points and that is the most important thing. We didn’t play our best game but we got the win and that shows strength.”Champions Chelsea are lagging 11 points behind City in third place and must beat lowly Swansea at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday to have any chance of catching the leaders.Key to their title defence is Eden Hazard’s ability to maintain the fine form he showed in Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Liverpool.Afer an injury-hit start to the season, the Belgian excelled against Liverpool in the number 10 role behind Alvaro Morata.“The start of this season was full of trouble with Eden because he had an injury with the national team and we started the season without him,” Chelsea manager Antonio Conte said.“Now I think Eden is in really good form and I think he likes to play as a striker. There is a good link with Alvaro.”Fixtures (1945 GMT unless stated)TuesdayBrighton v Crystal Palace, Leicester v Tottenham, Watford v Manchester United (2000 GMT), West Brom v Newcastle (2000 GMT)WednesdayArsenal v Huddersfield, Bournemouth v Burnley, Chelsea v Swansea, Everton v West Ham (2000 GMT), Manchester City v Southampton (2000 GMT), Stoke v Liverpool (2000 GMT)0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling kicks the ball into the crowd as the final whistle blows in their match against Huddersfield Town in Huddersfield, northern England on November 26, 2017 © AFP / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 27 – Manchester City will bid to hammer home their advantage at the top of the Premier League against Southampton, while Manchester United head to Watford hoping to cling onto the leaders’ coat-tails in a crucial midweek programme.City underlined their determination to win the title with a gutsy 2-1 victory at Huddersfield on Sunday as Pep Guardiola’s side reestablished an eight-point lead over second placed United.
Randomized drug testing is a fact of life for professional athletes. They’re supposed to ensure a level playing field by exposing cheaters… but there are always some who figure they can beat the system.A quick word of advice for would-be cheats: make sure you borrow urine from someone who’s a close match. For example, no man should ever hand in a sample that tests positive for pregnancy hormones.D.J. Cooper may have missed that memo. The former Ohio University standout was recently slapped with a 2-year ban by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) when his drug test results revealed that he was pregnant.Former Ohio star DJ Cooper failed a FIBA drug test by using his pregnant girlfriend’s urine https://t.co/BkkNdqXI6D— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) August 5, 2019Cooper tested positive for human chorionic gonadotropin, or hCG. hCG is produced by the placenta and it starts as soon as a fertilized egg attaches to the uterus. You don’t need a fancy drug testing setup to find hCG in urine. A take-home pregnancy test will spot it.Fertilized eggs, uteri, placentas, and hCG are not generally things that are found in a human male.No, Cooper was not moonlighting as a research scientist who wanted to personally test a fertility drug he created. He was just bad at cheating and got the ‘clean’ urine he provided to FIBA’s testers from his girlfriend, who apparently didn’t realize she was pregnant at the time.The cat’s definitely out of the bag at this point, what with news of the Cooper’s botched cheating attempt popping up all over the Internet.But maybe Cooper was never trying to beat the drug test in the first place. Maybe — just maybe — he already knew his girlfriend was pregnant and cooked up an extremely elaborate plan to reveal the news to her… and it just happened to go completely off the rails and turn into the media spectacle we have now.More on Geek.com:Nothin’ But Net for Toyota’s Guinness Record-Winning Basketball BotNBA’s App-Controlled ‘Smart Jersey’ Can Change Your Player Name and NumberWatch: Runner Goes ‘Full Superman’ at Finish Line to Win Race Nothin’ But Net for Toyota’s Guinness Record-Winning Basketball BotWatch: Runner Goes ‘Full Superman’ at Finish Line to Win Race Stay on target