The Latest: Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament canceled

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament will not be played this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Dalglish’s family released a statement Friday night which confirmed the 69-year-old had been hospitalized on Wednesday in order to treat a separate infection which required intravenous antibiotics.Dalglish won nine league titles during his time as player and manager at Liverpool.The former Celtic and Scotland forward was given a routine test for COVID-19 after being admitted and the result showed up as positive – although he is displaying no symptoms.The statement said: “In keeping with current procedures, he was subsequently tested for Covid-19 despite having previously displayed no symptoms of the illness. Unexpectedly, the test result was positive but he remains asymptomatic.”___ ___Geraint Thomas is still hoping the Tour de France can go ahead at some point in 2020 and believes he is in good shape to go for a second yellow jersey.The Tour, set to take place between June 27 and July 19, has yet to be postponed or canceled but with sporting events all over the world impacted by the coronavirus pandemic its chances of surviving as scheduled appear remote.Thomas, the 2018 champion, also announced a charity ride – in his garage – in support of Britain’s National Health Service.“I think I’m in my prime at the moment,” the Welshman told BBC Radio Five Live. “Obviously there are bigger things that need to be sorted out first but as soon as it’s safe and ready to go ahead we’d love it to happen. I’m praying and hoping it goes ahead at some point.” Tennis Canada announced the event, scheduled for Aug. 7-16 in Montreal, is off the schedule. Quebec’s government announced Friday that no sporting events could be held through Aug. 31, though it left the door slightly open for pro teams. “Our priority in the management of this crisis has always been to ensure the safety and well-being of our players, fans, volunteers, partners and employees,” Montreal tournament director Eugene Lapierre said. “It is thus with a heavy heart that we received this news, but we understand that this decision was necessary.”Tennis Canada says the women’s event will return to Montreal in August 2021. Bianca Andreescu won the 2019 Rogers Cup when Serena Williams retired in the first set with a back injury. The women’s and men’s Rogers Cup traditionally rotate between Toronto and Montreal. As of Saturday, the men’s event in Toronto in August was still on the schedule. The Latest: Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament canceled April 11, 2020 Team Ineos rider Egan Bernal won the 2019 edition.___Steven Gerrard is leading the well-wishes for Kenny Dalglish after it was revealed the Liverpool great had tested positive for coronavirus.Gerrard played under Dalglish when he returned to manage Liverpool for a second stint between January 2011 and May 2012.The former Liverpool captain posted a picture of one of his daughters alongside Dalglish on Instagram and wrote “Get well soon king” in a nod to his old manager’s nickname. 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

Syracuse struggles against packed-in Lindenwood defense in 2-0 win

first_imgNicole Renault grabbed the puck just moments after the opening faceoff. She skated past the blue line, expecting her Lindenwood defender to step up and force the puck loose before she would make a pass to Danielle Leslie, who was cutting through the middle of the zone.But that defender stayed back, playing closer to the net than Renault had anticipated. Her pass to Leslie was subsequently cut off, and the Lions began to take the puck in the opposite direction.Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan knew his team wouldn’t have the same offensive success as it did on Friday, when the Orange scored six goals against Lindenwood. While Syracuse’s defense provided enough stability for a 2-0 victory, its lackluster offense had trouble overcoming a packed-in defensive unit from Lindenwood (8-22-4, 5-11-4 College Hockey America), a problem the Orange (18-13-3, 14-4-2) has struggled with throughout the season.“It was a little frustrating,” Renault said. “They put a lot of people in front of the net. It was hard to get through. We just had to use (our two goals) to push us forward.”Syracuse stuck to its usual offensive game plan in the first period as the Orange tried to use the net as a tool to open up shot opportunities.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut it never worked for SU. Megan Quinn’s pass in front of the net to Heather Schwarz was intercepted before she even touched the puck. Two minutes later, Jessica Sibley tried her often-successful strategy of creating space with her body near the crease. But a trio of Lindenwood defenders surrounded the junior, preventing her from touching the puck until play was called dead.The only instance in which SU’s net-based strategy worked was with sophomore Stephanie Grossi, who quickly fired a rebound off her own shot from the right faceoff circle. The puck flew into the net before any Lions could crash and deflect it out of the crease.After that goal, Sibley said it was near-impossible to score on Lindenwood’s defense.“They had a lot of people in front of there,” Sibley said. “It’s hard to get shots through. And if you were right in front of the crease, they were all around you. They really packed it in.”In the second period, Flanagan’s offense adjusted by having his defenders shoot more from longer distance. Syracuse’s defenders took 18 shots in the frame, but none found the net.Quinn’s shot from the blue line was deflected by a mass of Lindenwood defenders. A slap shot from Renault resulted in an easy glove save for Lions goalie Nicole Hensley. And one of Larissa Martyniuk’s shots was blocked by Holly Dietzler.But Sibley was able to take advantage of Lindenwood’s tight-knit game plan in the second period. She skated down the center of the ice with Melissa Piacentini on her left. Sibley faked a pass to Piacentini, drawing the entire defense away from her. She then fired a backhanded shot into the top right corner of the net for SU’s second, and final, goal.Other than the two goals, Syracuse had trouble answering to a defensive strategy that has cost it games earlier in the regular season. And as the team heads into a bye week before the conference tournament, Flanagan plans on figuring out a solution to his team’s weakness on offense.“You need to be resourceful and get your hands on it and find that opening,” Flanagan said. “It’s everybody’s hacking and whacking. You don’t want to get in a situation where you’re just trying to jam it. That just gets frustrating.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 20, 2016 at 7:49 pm Contact Chris: cfthomse@syr.edulast_img read more