The Latest: Celta Vigo player Smolov flies home to Russia

first_imgThe Latest: Celta Vigo player Smolov flies home to Russia That ensures there will be no play until the end of June at the earliest.The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the following week’s Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Stockholm was canceled and will now be played in 2021.Eleven tour events have been either postponed or canceled because of the virus outbreak.The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28.___ Smolov says he is abiding by an “obligatory” quarantine and remains in constant contact with Celta’s coaching staff to follow team protocol. He says he will return “as soon as the club requires.”___The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans.The federation said Sunday it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date.The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans. CAS overturned a British Olympic Association rule in 2012 that athletes previously banned for doping could not be selected for the Olympic team. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Celta Vigo forward Fedor Smolov has left his confinement in Spain to be closer to his family back home in Russia. Associated Press Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision by the German champions came after some rival clubs made similar moves. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have had players train in pairs or small groups.Bayern said Sunday that the training session would “be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities.” The club added that “it goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.”German league games have been suspended until at least April 30. Clubs and the league have discussed resuming the league without fans and with regular virus tests for players and staff.No German league games have been played since March 8. The rules come as the Russian federation’s new management tries to mend its relationship with World Athletics. Russia has been suspended from international track competitions since 2015 for widespread doping.The federation last month formally admitted wrongdoing in a case where fake medical documents were used to give a Russian athlete an alibi for being unavailable for testing. It is facing a $10 million fine and a cap of 10 athletes for its track team at the next Olympics.___A doctor at French soccer club Reims has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus.Reims Mayor Arnaud Robinet told Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.” April 6, 2020 Smolov says he informed the Spanish club of his plan and had its support. The club could not be immediately reached to confirm whether it had authorized the player’s departure.Spain is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic until April 26. The country has more than 135,000 confirmed cases of the new virus with more than 13,000 deaths.Smolov wrote on Instagram that because of the closure of borders “I have found myself obligated to return to Russia to be closer to my family.”Smolov says he is “very grateful to Celta for its support and I want to emphasize that I informed the club about every step.”Spanish media reported that the 30-year-old Smolov flew home on a private jet for the 18th birthday of Maria Yumasheva. She is the granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Smolov published photos on Instagram in January showing him and Yumasheva together on vacation. ___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 6 Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60.Gonzalez had worked at the club for 23 years.Reims remembered Gonzalez as a man with the “soul of an artist” who was in love with the six-time champions.___Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.last_img read more

Badgers quarterback job still up in air

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoWhen Bret Bielema took the podium for his weekly press conference yesterday, one thing was on everyone’s mind: Who will play quarterback for the Badgers Saturday at Iowa?But don’t ask Bielema; he doesn’t know.“(Offensive coordinator) Paul (Chryst) and I have made discussions in the last couple weeks about the quarterback situation, where we’d go,” Bielema said. “During the course of Saturday’s ball game, after [Allan Evridge’s] last series, we obviously made the change and went in a certain direction.”Evridge’s last pass Saturday was intercepted by Lydell Sargeant on a play Bielema called an “easy read” after the game.Junior Dustin Sherer replaced him.“On Sunday, we both agreed that Dustin, when he was in there, did a lot of good things,” Bielema said. “I liked Dustin’s response. [We’ll see] how he handles this week.”That said, Bielema still hasn’t given up on Evridge, whose touchdown run Saturday accounted for the Badgers’ lone seven points.“Allan, on that scoring drive, did a lot of things that we’ve been asking and expecting him to do in terms of taking off with the football,” Bielema added.Although he is uncertain who will be under center against the Hawkeyes, Bielema is certain about one thing: Next year has no bearing on the decision.“How they handle this week will determine who plays on Saturday,” he said.Putting Penn State behind themThere’s no doubt that a 48-7 loss at home is about as devastating a defeat as a team can suffer. However, Bielema, his staff and his players are ready to put it in the past and move on.“As early as Saturday night after the game [I was] trying to gauge the pulse of our team in the locker room, the mood of our coaches,” Bielema said. “I decided to change things up and go in a little different direction. We did our normal lifting, conditioning and stretching with our players [Sunday]. After that, we gave them some time to get away, come back. We had a team meeting that I briefly spoke about where we were as a football team, where I thought we needed to go.”Despite being 0-3 in conference play, Bielema is still confident that he has the right group of guys to move forward.“We have a large majority of seniors in our starting lineup,” he said. “Guys that have been through some adversity, guys that understand tough times bring about tough people and tough people are the ones that last.”And according to their coach, those players still have accolades to achieve.“We have 13 team goals, and the first six of those 13 are all day-to-day thinking, day-to-day mentality, how we approach practice every day, how we approach game week,” Bielema explained. “Obviously one of the biggest ones on our board is the ‘1-0’ mentality, and I don’t think there’s any better time in this season to focus on that mentality to get where we need to be.“What I gave the staff direction to do was show the guys the clips that they need to see from Saturday’s game, but the emphasis needed to be on moving forward.”Urbik’s streak on the lineSenior guard Kraig Urbik, a team co-captain, has made 45 consecutive starts on the offensive line. But after leaving Saturday’s game with a left knee injury, that streak will be in jeopardy Saturday.“Kraig, although he might have been in more pain than Gabe (Carimi), his injury may not have been as significant as Gabe’s,” Bielema said.Carimi left the game against Ohio State with a similar injury and was inactive against Penn State.“It wouldn’t be surprising to me if [Kraig will] do everything he can [to play] and plead with the doctors as much as he can,” Bielema added.As for the streak?“It’s impressive because it’s been at multiple positions,” Bielema said. “He was recruited by other schools, but Kraig was a typical Wisconsin kid that came in, bought into what we were doing, was able to find himself in a starting role at an early age and played as many snaps as he [could]. That’s surviving the storm in the middle there quite a bit.”last_img read more