The Latest: Pegulas donating $1.2 million to fight COVID-19

first_imgThe Latest: Pegulas donating $1.2 million to fight COVID-19 March 25, 2020 The companies say they intend to restore jobs and compensation “once our business resumes to its normal state from this unprecedented stoppage.”The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to offer help to gameday employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic — and then only if postponed games aren’t made up. The team is owned by Jeremy Jacobs, who is the chairman of the NHL board of governors and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. According to Forbes Magazine, the Jacobs family is worth $3.3 billion.___Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is teaming up with Dr. Anthony Fauci for a question-and-answer discussion about the coronavirus.Curry, a two-time NBA MVP, will host the chat on his Instagram account Thursday — (at)StephenCurry30. Fauci is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Woodward said his wife isn’t currently working in a hospital. She finished a nursing contract at the end of February in Arizona, where they live, and is going back to school for another license.The Woodwards are also joining Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his wife, Robyn, to provide meals to health care workers at Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.___The United Center is going to be turned into a logistics hub to help with Illinois’ response to the novel coronavirus.The United Center and the surrounding area will be used for front-line food distribution, first responder staging and collecting medical supplies. Kim Pegula says she and her husband Terry wanted to provide immediate assistance to “those in need and fighting on the front lines.”Money from the teams’ charitable foundations will got to the newly formed Western New York COVID-19 community response fund supporting the region’s non-profit agencies.Money also is going to several local food banks and assistance for health officials in purchasing protective gear and medical equipment.___Rio de Janeiro’s soccer body has extended its prohibition on professional matches in the state to the end of April. The initial suspension is valid until the end of March. Associated Press The club’s statement Wednesday says that postponing the two-week grass-court tournament would not come “without significant risk and difficulty” because of the surface.Playing without fans has been ruled out. Wimbledon hasn’t been canceled since World War II.___NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at track at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago has tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. Curry posted his plans on his Twitter account with an invite to all to submit questions. ___Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is open to the NCAA allowing more football practices after spring ball was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Tigers got in nine sessions after starting practice Feb. 26 before all spring activities, including their Orange and White scrimmage, were canceled.Swinney is not in favor of extending fall camp, instead suggesting a sort of NFL-style mini-camp depending on how many spring workouts the team got before spring activities were canceled. ___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19. She was 83.Mayor Harry Rilling of Norwalk, Connecticut, made the announcement. Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital. A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines. At various times, she held the American record in the shotput in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. “I haven’t been home in a year and half,” the 24-year-old Murphy told The Associated Press on Wednesday. “It’s been forever. That’s the silver lining to all the madness. My parents are home and I suddenly get to spend a lot more time with them. I’m looking forward to it.”Murphy’s coach Dave Durden, one of the head coaches for the U.S. team in Tokyo, essentially wrapped up the season after Tuesday’s announcement by the International Olympic Committee. He met with his each of his swimmers and told them to take a few weeks off.“That’s closure for now,” Murphy said. “We’re taking a step back and trying to create a plan and refocusing toward 2021.”Murphy says he’s got a mask, gloves and wipes for his cross-country flight, which comes at a time when much of the world is locked down.___ The league says exceptions can be made only “for urgent economic reasons.”The league also says it’s too early to decide when matches can resume.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “Maybe if they said everybody could have 12 on-field sessions,” Swinney said. “So that means we would get only three just to make it equitable. But some of these schools who got none, they could get 12.”___Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward and his wife Erin, a trauma nurse, have recorded a message thanking first responders and health care workers.The message was sent to the Texas Hospital Association and Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.“We’re just trying to say thank you to all of these people on the front lines,” Woodward said Wednesday. “The first responders are first on the scene to a lot of these things. … The doctors, nurses, everybody, they’re putting themselves at risk for all of us.”center_img The second edition of the UAE Tour, a major early season stage race, was canceled with two stages left. Riders and support staff for all 22 teams were isolated, though nearly all of them now have been cleared to leave the country.___The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week.That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting.Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April. She was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group. In 2016, she was named Connecticut Masters Games Athlete of the Year. Former Norwalk Mayor Richard Moccia told Hearst Connecticut Media that he didn’t think he ever met a person who didn’t like Mary Roman.”___Aqueduct has extended the suspension of live horse racing through at least April 5 because of the impact of the new coronavirus in New York.As a result, the $750,000 Wood Memorial has been postponed. No make-up date has been determined yet for the major Kentucky Derby prep that was to be run on April 4. NASCAR was at Atlanta scheduled to race March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which instead was converted into a virtual iRacing event broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with 35 drivers. NASCAR has suspended its season through May 9 and will race at least five more iRaces, televised on Fox, during the stoppage.___Now that the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for up to a year because of the coronavirus outbreak, world-class athletes have plenty of free time.American swimming star Ryan Murphy, who won three gold medals at the 2016 Rio Games, is planning to fly home to Jacksonville, Florida,from his training base at Cal-Berkeley. Last Thursday, the New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct after confirmation that a backstretch worker who lived and worked at Belmont Park tested positive for COVID-19. The Belmont backstretch is home to 585 workers who tend to the daily care of more than 1,300 horses stabled on the property.The pandemic has affected other prep races for the Kentucky Derby, which itself was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Sunland Derby in New Mexico and Blue Grass and Lexington stakes in Kentucky have been canceled, along with the UAE Derby. The Arkansas Derby was pushed back from April 11 to May 2. For now, the Florida Derby on March 28 and Santa Anita Derby on April 4 are still scheduled.___NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. Rio is home to defending Copa Libertadores winners Flamengo.Brazil has more than 2,400 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, and 57 people have died.___The Boston Bruins say they are putting 68 full-time employees on temporary leave and cutting the pay of 82 others who work for the team or Delaware North, which owns the TD Garden.The moves — which the Bruins called “temporary business stabilization measures” — are effective April 1. In a memo to the teams, Goodell said the restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25 while the rest of the sports world is largely shut down. The league is developing a new format because it has scrapped the public events set for Las Vegas. ___The Belgian soccer league says clubs should not apply for temporary layoffs for their players despite matches remaining suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.The league asked clubs not to burden the government’s temporary unemployment scheme for employees forced out of work because of the lockdown measures implemented in Belgium. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The owners of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres are committing $1.2 million to supporting local charities and health officials dealing with the new coronavirus pandemic. At various times, she held the American record in the shot put in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. She also was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group.___Argentine cyclist Max Richeze has been released from a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, where the UAE Team Emirates rider spent 18 days after testing positive for the coronavirus following the cancellation of the UAE Tour.Richeze wrote on Instagram that two tests for COVID-19 had come back negative and he was discharged Wednesday.That status of Richeze’s teammate, Fernando Gaviria, remains unknown after he also tested positive for the virus. Two staff members for UAE Team Emirates also tested positive, and the entire team remains in voluntary quarantine. The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better.Dr. Winne Meeuwisse says the virus “really just entering the rapid acceleration phase” in North America. That makes it unclear when hockey might resume.He says the league is thankful only two players have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and its hopeful weeks of isolation will prevent more from contracting the virus. Players and staff have been told to self-quarantine until at least April 4.There is no timeline for when players might be able to start working out in small groups or report to team training facilities. Meeuwisse says the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and Canada will determine when that might be possible.Varying recommendations and lockdown regulations across the league’s 31 markets could impact how the NHL proceeds. Meeuwisse and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are still unsure whether fans would be allowed in for potential games when they resume. “On behalf of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, our athletes, our front offices and our dedicated United Center personnel, our thoughts and support are with the people of this great city and state,” a spokesman for the United Center said in a release. “Together, we will get through this.”___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19, the mayor of Norwalk said. She was 83.Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital, Mayor Harry Rilling said.A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines.last_img read more

Jake Leahy still waiting for his chance to prove himself in 4th year at Syracuse

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Dan Leahy still remembers the day his son, Jake Leahy, called him one Sunday. In the spring of 2017, his freshman year at Syracuse, Leahy told his dad he had injured his shoulder. Again.Two days later, Leahy met with a Syracuse orthopedic specialist about a year removed from a prior shoulder surgery. The doctor said that almost a year of training and rehabilitation were wasted. He even said Leahy might never play soccer again.But that wasn’t an answer Leahy and his father were willing to accept. They sought a second opinion from a different doctor two days later, then Thursday. That doctor recommended a special procedure, but Leahy would be sidelined for another year.Leahy came to Syracuse hoping for a chance to start in net, but injuries caused his first competitive game action in over two years to come in 2018 for Syracuse FC. All of the sacrifices Leahy’s family made to ensure he’d develop into a Division I collegiate goalkeeper from daily road trips to top goalkeeping coaches led to this.Now finally healthy, he’s still waiting for that chance. Head coach Ian McIntyre is giving Leahy, as well as teammate and current positional rival Christian Miesch, an opportunity to compete for the starting job as Syracuse’s (2-1-3, 0-0-1 Atlantic Coast) first-choice goalkeeper.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“This guy has been through it all,” senior and teammate John-Austin Ricks said. “He came in injured, came back, got injured again. The adversity this guy has overcome is unbelievable. We want him to be out there every second because he’s been through so much.”When Leahy began training with the New York Red Bulls youth academy at 13 years old, his schedule wasn’t like an average middle schooler. To make 8:00 p.m. training sessions in Florham Park,New Jersey,Leahy’s mom, Diane, would drive him about 70 miles north from their home in Brick.Leahy would do homework, eat dinner and study in the car en route to training. When the session was over, Dan, who worked at Teterboro Airport at the time, stopped by after work to see Leahy train and drive him home back to Brick.Three days a week, Leahy trained with goalkeeping coach Andrew Sparkes, who now coaches the goalies with Southampton F.C. in the English Premier League. Leahy and his dad wouldn’t get home until almost 11 p.m. on school nights. He spent most of his weekends training in Newark, a drive that sometimes took 90 minutes.“It’s a whirlwind,” Dan said. “It was a very big commitment for the whole family.”Once Leahy signed with Syracuse in February of 2016 — his senior year of high school — the 6-foot-4 goalkeeper suffered the first of two major shoulder injuries.Eva Suppa | Digital Design Editor“The position he plays, there was a specialized surgery that needed to be done,” Dan said. “That first doctor did a very good job, but it required something a little more sturdy.”Only that wasn’t the last surgery he’d receive. Leahy was able to return to full training that September, but wasn’t able to play in any official game action for the season. He sat and waited behind Hendrik Hilpert, a four-year starter at SU.The spring of 2017, now a freshman, his shoulder separated again. One doctor’s opinion wasn’t enough to satisfy Leahy or his family, but the second opinion provided a chance for Leahy to finally get the specialized surgery required.At the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, Leahy went under the surgeon’s knife for a Latarjet procedure, Dan said, often used for rugby players with shoulder injuries.“They moved one of the tendons over the top of the shoulder joint to hold it in place,” Dan said.He was ready to start round two of rehabilitation, which Leahy described as “dull.” Once he was cleared to begin the training, he trained three times a day, five days a week in Manley Field House.“You do really low-weight exercises, it’s mind-numbing,” Leahy said. “You go in and it’s just plugging away. Resistance bands, two pounds, dull exercises.”After his redshirt season with the first injury, Leahy still wasn’t healthy for his freshman season to backup Hilpert again. The summer of 2018 was Leahy’s first game action since high school. He walked out onto the pitch at Chuck Wilbur Field for Syracuse FC — a team in the National Premier Soccer League that multiple SU players participated in to stay fit and practice during the offseason.Leahy played with former teammates Lukas Rubio and Djimon Johnson along with his roommate, Ricks. He said McIntyre often came to games to watch and support his players.“Going through that really made me evaluate what I really wanted to do,” Leahy said. “Spending that much time out, I could have said, ‘Screw it, soccer is not for me,’ but that time out made me want it more than ever.”Two years of his collegiate life lost in rehabilitation, Leahy was finally healthy for his junior season. But he’d only play if Hilpert got hurt. Hilpert never did. So Leahy had spent three years at Syracuse without seeing a minute of regular game action.“After his surgery was a turning point,” Ricks said. “He saw it as the next chapter. His attitude changed a lot. He was in there three times a day doing everything he possibly could.”Last spring, with Hilpert graduating, the starting job should have been his. He was the only experienced returner, but Leahy said that in March he heard McIntyre might be bringing in keeper competition. Enter Miesch, who arrived in Syracuse in August and now is competing for the job.Leahy didn’t start the season opener at then-No. 13 Georgetown, but took the field for the Orange’s home-opener three days later against Binghamton.What started perilously — the Orange conceded the first goal — ended in victory. For the first time, Leahy was the No. 1 keeper. Even if the job is still up in the air going forward, and Miesch has started the last two games, Leahy said it’s “his job to lose.”And if he’s not the starter at Syracuse, Leahy said he’ll graduate in May. Whether it’s at Syracuse or elsewhere for graduate school, he’s still got multiple years of eligibility left.“It’s waiting, waiting, waiting, and when you finally get your chance, it’s the best thing in the world,” Leahy said. “I’m not really satisfied until I’m the starting goalkeeper here.” Comments Published on September 19, 2019 at 12:06 am Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edulast_img read more