April 11, 2020 — The Rogers Cup women’s tennis tournament will not be played this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tennis Canada announced Saturday that the event, scheduled for Aug. 7-16 in Montreal, is off the schedule. It says the tournament will return to Montreal in August 2021. 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.FIFA INVESTIGATION-BLATTERSwiss prosecutors intend to drop 1 FIFA case against BlatterGENEVA (AP) — Former FIFA (FEE’-fuh) president Sepp Blatter has won a legal victory in his fight since 2015 against Swiss allegations of criminal mismanagement. Federal prosecutors in Switzerland plan to drop one of two cases open against him.The Swiss attorney general’s office on Saturday confirmed reports they intend to close an investigation into how Blatter and soccer governing body FIFA awarded World Cup broadcast rights in the Caribbean in 2005. Associated Press In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The XFL has suspended operations and laid off its employees. Employees were told of the layoffs Friday during an in-house conference call. The upstart league backed by WWE canceled the remainder of its season last month because of the coronavirus pandemic but promised to be back in 2021. The moves have left the league’s future in doubt. The XFL has eight franchises and played five games out of a planned 10-game schedule.— The Arizona Coyotes will furlough half of the organization’s employees with the NHL season on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak. The furloughs began Friday and will last through June 30. The Coyotes say all furloughed employees will continue to receive 100% of health benefits.— The Orlando Magic’s home arena will become a distribution center for medical equipment and supplies as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Amway Center will be a hub for equipment and supplies that will go to 50 hospitals in Central Florida as well as facilities in seven other states.— The American Hockey League’s Syracuse Crunch has loaned two sanitation machines to a local hospital to see if they could help clean personal protective equipment worn by hospital staff. The Crunch uses one of the machines in its locker room and the other to clean equipment but doesn’t need them right now with sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turns out they’re a good fit at Upstate University Hospital. INDYCAR-VIRTUAL RACINGSimon Pagenaud wins IndyCar’s 1st virtual race on an ovalUNDATED (AP) — Simon Pagenaud has won IndyCar’s first virtual race on an oval. His victory came at a simulated Michigan International Speedway. Sage Karam dominated the race but a spectacular crash at the start jumbled strategies and Karam pitted from the lead with 14 laps remaining. It allowed Pagenaud and Team Penske teammate Scott McLaughlin to cycle into a 1-2 finish. Dale Earnhardt Jr., meanwhile, scored a podium finish in his IndyCar iRacing debut. He was patient and saved fuel to finish third. Earnhardt said he’d race again the next time IndyCar goes to a virtual oval. WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-MISSISSIPPI STATE-MCCRAY-PENSONMississippi State hires Nikki McCray-Penson as women’s coach STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State has hired former Old Dominion women’s basketball coach Nikki McCray-Penson to replace Vic Schafer as the Bulldogs’ head coach.McCray-Penson, a Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer, was 53-40 the past three years at Old Dominion. The Lady Monarchs posted consecutive 20-win seasons under McCray, including 24-6 overall and 14-4 in Conference USA last season, when she was conference coach of the year.McCray-Penson previously spent nine seasons as a South Carolina assistant under Dawn Staley.McCray’s challenge in Starkville is keeping the powerhouse program in Southeastern Conference and national championship contention after Schaefer led the Bulldogs to consecutive runner-up appearances in 2017 and ’18.Schaefer left MSU for Texas after going 221-62, with a 27-6 finish and the No. 9 ranking last season, which ended abruptly because of the coronavirus pandemic. Cave was placed in a medically induced coma Tuesday at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto, where he was taken after being admitted to a hospital in Barrie, Ontario, on Monday. Cave underwent emergency surgery Tuesday, a removal of a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on his brain.The NHL club confirmed Cave’s death with a statement from his family.Cave scored once in 11 appearances with Edmonton this season. He had 11 goals and 23 points in 44 games with the American Hockey League’s Bakersfield Condors this season.Cave played five seasons with the Western Hockey League’s Swift Current Broncos, where he saw time as captain, before joining the Boston Bruins’ organization for the 2014-15 season after going undrafted. The Oilers claimed Cave off waivers in January of 2019. He had four goals and five assists over 67 NHL games with Boston and Edmonton.NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said of Cave: “Undrafted but undaunted, Colby was relentless in the pursuit of his hockey dream.” The decision is the latest example in recent weeks of the Swiss FIFA cases stalling, while the separate and cooperating American investigation sparked back into life with new indictments and fresh allegations of World Cup bid bribery.The criminal proceeding against Blatter was opened 4 ½ years ago and helped remove him from the presidential office he held for more than 17 years. He is serving a six-year FIFA ban from soccer.The Swiss prosecution office says a second criminal proceeding against Blatter — for a $2 million payment he authorized to FIFA vice president Michel Platini in 2011 for uncontracted salary — remains open.OBIT-WILLIAM MILLSAPSAward-winning sportswriter William Millsaps dies at age 77 Update on the latest sports VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNationals report 1 positive test, not a playerUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says a non-playing team employee tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested. He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.Rizzo said the ailing employee was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home after his quarantine ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free. RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — William H. “Bill” Millsaps Jr., an award-winning sportswriter and executive at the Richmond Times-Dispatch during a nearly 40-year career, has died.His wife Nancy says Millsaps died Friday night at his home after a period of declining health. He was 77.The Daisy, Tennessee, native played basketball at the University of Tennessee and started his career as a copy boy at the Chattanooga Times. He joined the Times-Dispatch as a sportswriter in 1966.Millsaps was named managing editor in 1992 and elevated to vice president and executive editor in 1994. He retired in 2005 but continued to write guest columns and book reviews. He won the Red Smith Award, presented by The Associated Press Sports Editors, in 2011 for his contributions to sports journalism.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL-OILERS-CAVE DIESOilers’ Colby Cave dies at 25TORONTO (AP) — Edmonton Oilers forward Colby Cave died Saturday after a brain bleed this week. He was 25.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThough Wisconsin dropped its rivalry game against MarquetteSaturday, head coach Bo Ryan believes that with the aggressive all-aroundscoring, stamina and key leadership within the team, the Badgers played with adetermined mindset.”You’re always trying to put your players in the bestposition to be successful,” Ryan said during his Monday press conference. “Younever want to overburden anybody, and nobody has ever done that with anybodyelse.”Despite a valiant effort against the Golden Eagles, theBadgers lost, 81-76, snapping a 28-game home winning streak. However, Ryan ispleased with the way the team played.”We did a pretty good job … we got the clock stopped,” Ryansaid. “Actually, it couldn’t have played out any better for having a chance tocome from behind.”Scoringcontinues to stay balancedOne of the key trends for UW this season has been thebalanced scoring pattern throughout the team. In each of the last seven games,eight different players have scored in double figures. Saturday, Brian Butchled the team with 17 points, shooting 50 percent from the field. Trevon Hughesadded 16 points and four assists, while Michael Flowers chipped in anadditional 14 points in his first start of the season.When asked if this teamwork was an accurate display of thetype of squad he is coaching this season, Ryan was quick to defend his AlandoTucker-less team.”A guy doesn’t have to go on the floor and feel that he hasto get 20 points,” Ryan said. “We can get five or six guys scoring betweeneight and 14 and still end up with very good production. We still want guys tobe aggressive with scoring, looking for their shots, improving with theirindividual moves, being able to deliver … of course we want all that.”Additionally, Ryan emphasized distributing the basketball.”You have to think about yourself as a player so that youcan deliver when it is a good shot and it is a good opportunity. But also, howto get somebody else an opportunity: draw in help, finding the open person,kicking it out,” he said.Reboundingdeters BadgersDespite another aggressive scoring effort for the majorityof the game, the Badgers struggled against Marquette in other areas. For thefirst time this season, the team was out-rebounded 41-34. The Badgers onlyconverted on 60 percent of their free throws, while the Golden Eagles hit sevenof their last nine free throws of the game to hold on to the lead.”You have to believe in your players — that they want to dothe right things the next opportunity they have,” Ryan said of the struggles.”Sometimes you’ve got to get knocked upside the head … figuratively, where youstumble and you’ve got to get up.”Ryan looks toseniorsWith a tougher schedule in the near future, Ryan is lookingto the older players on the team to set the tempo. Senior Brian Butch ranksthird in the Big Ten in rebounding, averaging 8.6 boards a game, while seniorMichael Flowers is averaging 9.4 points and shooting .444 (28-of-63) from thefield. Junior Joe Krabbenhoft is second on the team in minutes, and tied forsecond in rebounding and assists. To Ryan, the offensive contributions thatthese players bring to the team come secondary to the overall impact theyhave.”If you have success doing certain things early, when youunderstand the process, it is really about not trying to do things that youcan’t do,” Ryan said. “From my 30 years of experience, that’s what we try todo. We try to get people to set examples. And sooner or later, the younger guysget it.”Leuer’s playreflection of teamForward Jon Leuer hit two big 3-pointers against the Eagles,but Ryan made it clear that these offensive opportunities can be directlyattributed to an overall team contribution, not just the growing play of thefreshman.”It could have been him (Leuer) in that position, it couldhave been J-Bo (Bohannon), it could have been Michael Flowers,” Ryan said.”Balance … we’re going to need that. You can’t always refer to what has been,but how many explosive players do you find like Alando Tucker that can createsomething on his own? They’re rare. A lot of times then, you might have a teamthat might have to make one more pass.”