Injured Davis Cup umpire undergoes surgery on fractured eye socket

tie between Canada and Britain on 5 February.”Read more: Canada’s young tennis star talks about Davis Cup outburst Gabas, who was initially sent to Ottawa General Hospital as a precaution, is recovering at home.“I am now concentrating on rest and rehabilitation so I can be back on court in the near future,” he said.Shapovalov, 17, was defaulted from his match with Kyle Edmund after unintentionally firing the ball at the umpire. French umpire Arnaud Gabas has had surgery to repair a fractured eye socket after being hit by a ball from Canada’s Denis Shapovalov during a Davis Cup tie with Britain, the International Tennis Federation (ITF) said on Sunday.“Chair umpire Arnaud Gabas has undergone successful surgery in France to repair a fracture of the orbital bone under his left eye,” the ITF said in a statement. “The fracture was detected when doctors performed X-rays upon Mr Gabas’s return from Ottawa, where he was unintentionally hit by a ball during the Davis Cup… He later apologized but was fined $7000.The tie was awarded to Britain.

Toronto FC kicks off Florida training camp in final stage of preseason

Captain Michael Bradley and Jozy Altidore have missed most of camp so far because of U.S. The MLS Cup runners-up have done little other than sign French-born Congolese defender Chris Mavinga and reward goalkeeper Clint Irwin, midfielder Benoit Cheyrou and forward Tosaint Ricketts with new contracts. national duties and have been less than 100 per cent since their return – Bradley with a virus and Altidore with a knee inflammation.Star striker Sebastian Giovinco, meanwhile, has seen limited action in Toronto as the team looked to reduce his time on artificial turf.It has been a quiet preseason to date. Florida is also a time to rekindle relationships. That includes all 11 starters from the MLS Cup final, which ended in a penalty-shootout loss to Seattle.Toronto currently has 23 players signed with four more on trial: defenders Clement Simonin (whose previous time with TFC was disrupted by injury), Jordan McCrary and Johan Bruneel, and forward Aikim Andrews. Alex Bono is Irwin’s backup in goal.Toronto has three international spots to spare, leaving room for Simonin (France) and/or Bruneel (Finland) if so desired. The regular season opens on March 4 at Real Salt Lake. Bradley, Armando Cooper and Jonathan Osorio are joined by Cheyrou, Jay Chapman, Marky Delgado and Sergio Camargo.Vanney needs depth in defence after losing Josh Williams to Columbus and Mark Bloom to Atlanta in the off-season. He has Drew Moor, Nick Hagglund, Eriq Zavaleta, Mavinga and Aubrey at centre back with Justin Morrow and Steven Beitashour as the returning wingbacks.Support is needed at wingback, where Ashtone Morgan is the only specialized reserve. Midfielder Liam Fraser has also impressed.Toronto is slated to return from Florida on Feb. Defender Brandon Aubrey and four others were taken in the January draft.Vanney is taking 30 players to Orlando with matches against Miami FC (NASL), Orlando City, Minnesota United and the Chicago Fire. The team is likely to keep one international spot open in case it gets the midfielder it is looking for.Among younger players vying for senior roster spots are speedy winger Raheem Edwards. 26. Winger Tsubasa Endoh, nursing a calf contusion, is currently pencilled in as the reserve right wingback but would seem a temporary solution at best.Giovinco, Altidore, Ricketts, Jordan Hamilton and Mo Babouli form the strike force. The team will likely go with 27 or 28 players during the season, with one on loan to Toronto FC 2 for the USL season.While general manager Tim Bezbatchenko has talked of adding an attacking midfielder, he seems in no hurry. A wish list of three dropped to two recently and Bezbatchenko seems content to wait until he gets the right man.Part of the reason is that midfield opportunities are limited in the 3-5-2 formation, something that no doubt factored into the team allowing veteran Will Johnson to leave for Orlando. Toronto FC leaves the snow for the warmth of Florida on Monday, kicking off the most important part of its training camp.While the first part of preseason – in California and Toronto – was about fitness and strategy, the Orlando portion is about putting it all in practice against quality opposition.

Blue Jays GM Atkins sees team succeeding if season works to perfection

“We also have some volatility in our players that things could go very, very well and we could be an exceptional team. Toronto then won the wildcard in dramatic fashion in a one-game shootout over the Baltimore Orioles.After beating the Texas Rangers in a divisional playoff, Toronto returned to the A.L. Championship Series for a second consecutive season, only to lose to the Cleveland Indians in five games.“Boston’s going to be a very good team,” Atkins said. Brett Cecil and his valuable left arm would still be a key component of the Blue Jays relief core.But during an off-season where the Blue Jays absorbed more of their fair share of curveballs, Encarnacion flew the coop to the Cleveland Indians as a free agent in a rather sloppy divorce from his old team.And Fowler, a free agent whom the Blue Jays coveted as their leadoff hitter for the coming season, opted to sign instead with the St. We’re optimistic that we’ll be able to manage the setbacks that we do have.”Encarnacion’s loss will be tough to overcome.Leading Toronto in 2016 with 42 home runs and 127 runs batted in, the club’s designated hitter and first baseman remains one of the best power hitters in the game.Since 2010, Encarnacion (231) and Bautista (249) formed the most fearsome power tandem in the game, combining for 480 home runs. Happ, who compiled a surprising 20-4 record last season.The Blue Jays’s starting five in 2016 were remarkably healthy, amassing 995.1 innings pitched to lead the majors. The staff earned run average of 3.64 was tops in the A.L., and fourth overall.And Toronto is especially hyped about Aaron Sanchez, who appears poised for a monster year after posting a 15-2 mark last season with an A.L.-low (for qualified pitchers) 3.00 earned-run average.And that was with the team carefully monitoring his workload, which held his innings-pitched total to 192.Sanchez, along with Happ, Marco Estrada, Marcus Stroman and Francisco Liriano provides the Blue Jays with a formidable starting five, provided it can stay healthy.After that, Toronto’s starting pitching depth is a bit sketchy.One option the club will look at during the spring is stretching out Joe Biagini to see if he might be able to provide some starting pitching ballast.Although he excelled as Toronto’s setup man to closer Roberto Osuna last season, along with Jason Grilli, Biagini still yearns to be a starter – even if it means learning his trade with Toronto’s Triple-A affiliate in Buffalo in order to get that opportunity.Atkins said it will all come down to where Biagini can provide the team the most value.“Based on how spring training is going, we’ll see where the need is,” Atkins said. “And we’ll need to consider whether or not it would be wise for him to go to Triple-A or to just keep him in our pen.“The beautiful thing about him having an option and the mindset of wanting to start potentially is he’s open to that – he’s open to going to Triple-A for us.”As for the bullpen, there is still Osuna, their 22-year-old wunderkind who has the closer’s spot all locked down.With the departure of Cecil, Atkins went out and added veteran free agent J.P Howell to the mix, a lefty who is coming off surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder.After that, the makeup is anybody’s guess, with Grilli and Biagini, provided he is not being utilized as a starter somewhere, shouldering the bulk of the work, along with perhaps Joe Smith, another newcomer added by Atkins.Lefty Aaron Loup, Daniel Barnes, Ryan Tepera, Mike Bolsinger, Bo Schultz, Glenn Sparkman and Matt Dermody are just some of the other bullpen candidates.Editor’s Note: An earlier version of this story misspelled Anthony Alford’s last name. That accounts for 31 per cent of Toronto’s home run total over that span.Atkins is hoping the signing of Morales, a free agent who agreed to a three-year deal worth $33-millon (U.S.), will help ease some of the sting caused by Encarnacion’s departure.Morales is a switch hitter, which will help alleviate the dependency on right-handed hitters that manager John Gibbons had to contend with last season.Last season, playing for the Kansas City Royals, Morales stroked 30 home runs, and he will primarily be utilized in a DH role with the Blue Jays, with a little bit of first base sprinkled in.If Bautista can return to form following an injury-plagued 2016 campaign, the addition of Morales, along with hitting stalwarts Josh Donaldson at third base and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, should make generating offence little concern for the Blue Jays.“Every year they’re just a little bit more motivated by one thing, and that’s winning,” Atkins said. There’s also some exposure, hence the word volatility. Louis Cardinals, as did Cecil.Spring training in preparation for the 2017 MLB season begins here this week, with the first official workout for pitchers and catchers slated for Wednesday. They’re driven by one thing, they’re driven by championships right now, and that’s a hard thing to find for organizations, so it’s a great starting point. But we’re going to have to have some things go right for us, and that’s clear. “Tulo [Tulowitzki] spent a lot of time in Dunedin during the off-season, and so did Josh Donaldson.“We’ve stayed in touch with them during the off-season, talked about team building, talked about some things we could do to improve our environment and push things to another level. Add Russell Martin to that, and we feel like we’re at a good starting point for 2017.”And it would only be a bonus if the oft-injured second baseman Devon Travis, who is coming off knee surgery, can remain healthy and provide the Blue Jays with the viable lead-off hitter they have lacked since Jose Reyes.“He’s strong as an ox right now,” Atkins remarked.The Blue Jays strengthened themselves behind the plate with the addition of Jarrod Saltalamacchia to backup Martin.The Blue Jays also signed free-agent utility infielder Pearce out of free agency, and he will likely log a lot of his playing time at first base in a platoon role with Justin Smoak.Pearce will also be an option in left field, another sore spot for the Blue Jays, where Upton and Carrera are viewed as interchangeable parts.The Blue Jays will audition Canadian Dalton Pompey in left field, with Darrell Ceciliani, Harold Ramirez and Anthony Alford also getting a close look.As with most baseball teams, Toronto’s ultimate success will hinge largely on the continued prosperity of its starting pitching, which morphed into one of the best – if not the best – units in MLB in 2016.It returns basically intact, anchored by lefty J.A. The first full team workout is on Saturday.Ross Atkins, beginning his second season as the Blue Jays general manager, had to move quickly to Plan B to try and plug some of the holes.And while the GM expresses confidence in the team he has patch-worked together, he candidly admits that unless everything works to near perfection, the Blue Jays will be in tough to get to the postseason for a third consecutive season.That means no catastrophic injuries, no regression in player performance, and a continued leading role from a starting rotation that was among baseball’s best this past season.“We have a team that we expect to be contending,” said Atkins, ever the optimist, during a recent interview. “And like I said, we’ve built a roster I feel strongly will contend with them for the division. If we get a similar performance out of our starting pitching and feel great about the additions we’ve made to our bullpen, then we’ll be a very, very good team.”That’s the optimist’s view.On the other hand, competing in an always-rugged American League East, where the division champion Boston Red Sox only got tougher with the addition of left-handed ace Chris Sale, Toronto will have its hands full to match last season’s 89-73 mark.That was good enough to earn an A.L. We’re going to have to have some of things that occurred last year occur again.“At the same time, we’re not expecting to be perfect and we know we’re going to have setbacks. wildcard berth. So that’s our exposure.“But if we get a complete year out of Devon Travis, a complete year out of Jose Bautista, a complete year out of Steve Pearce, a healthy Kendrys Morales. In a perfect world, the Toronto Blue Jays would still be showcasing Jose Bautista and Edwin Encarnacion, Major League Baseball’s most prolific power hitting duo the past seven years, in their lineup.Dexter Fowler, who helped the Chicago Cubs to their first World Series title in 108 years in November, would be playing left field instead of Ezequiel Carrera or Melvin Upton Jr. And that comes down to things like health and depth.

Olympic hockey teams will look to amateurs, Europe if the NHL backs out

If Hockey Canada can’t take Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Drew Doughty or Carey Price, it will try to defend the gold medal with a mix of European-based professionals, North American minor leaguers and players from the Canadian junior leagues and NCAA.“It’s a big world, and we’ve got to make sure that we’re ready to go,” Hockey Canada president Tom Renney said. If the NHL doesn’t send its players to the 2018 Winter Olympics, the hockey tournament in Pyeongchang, South Korea will look familiar.It will look a lot like the Olympics in Lillehammer, Norway in 1994, Albertville, France in 1992 and Calgary in 1988.Maybe even a little like 1980 in Lake Placid, N.Y., site of the “Miracle On Ice.”

With a year before the opening ceremony, the league, players union, International Ice Hockey Federation and International Olympic Committee still don’t have an agreement to send NHL players to their sixth consecutive Olympics. A guy like Mike Eruzione, Jimmy Craig – they’re phenomenal stories.”True, but 1998 and 2002 U.S. Former NHL goaltender Ben Scrivens in Russia’s KHL is an option, for example, as is journeyman Michael Leighton, who is in the Carolina Hurricanes’ system.Though Leighton firmly believes NHL players will go, the 35-year-old said he would “train as hard as I possibly can to get that job” if they don’t. Mix them with top college players such as Notre Dame’s Anders Bjork and Wisconsin’s Trent Frederic and ex-NHLers Keith Aucoin and Nathan Gerbe who are playing in Europe, and the Americans will have plenty of youth and experience.Dave Starman, a former coach in the minors and now an analyst for CBS Sports, said USA Hockey’s priority should be scoring, scoring and more scoring.“You can’t win unless you can score,” Starman said. 1 player outside the NHL club,” Andrews said. The IIHF might set roster parameters to prevent NHL players from participating, too.“We want to have that opportunity,” two-time U.S. Canada’s team for the December Spengler Cup in Switzerland could serve as a blueprint: minor leaguers Cory Conacher and Zach Fucale and European-based recent NHL players Daniel Paille and Nick Spaling.While IIHF president René Fasel would like a final decision sooner rather than later to plan for South Korea, Renney said Hockey Canada could put a team together quickly. After winning a silver medal playing for the United States in 1972, he supports amateurs because he feels the 1980 “Miracle On Ice” victory over the Soviet Union had a greater impact on the sport than professionals playing in the Olympics.“Probably the greatest victory I think I’ve ever seen in hockey was when the 1980 team beat the Russians,” Howe said. You want everybody on an even [playing] field.” That was their two weeks of fame. Olympian John LeClair is worried about a talent disparity next winter if Russia put Ovechkin and dominant KHL players Pavel Datsyuk and Ilya Kovalchuk against American college kids.“You get different variations of who’s playing and who’s not,” LeClair said. You need a little bit of dog on bone in your lineup, but I don’t think you can sacrifice skill guys for toughness.”No problem there for Canada, which has plenty of big, tough skill players and hasn’t waited for the IIHF to set any 2018 parameters as it prepares its contingency plan. There is still time – an agreement last time around came in July before the 2014 Games in Sochi, Russia – but everyone is forming a Plan B just in case.Russia might have Alex Ovechkin if he makes good on his intention to go no matter what. 1 call-up to be in South Korea for two or three weeks?’” Some NHL owners might even give their elite players permission to go, and Ted Leonsis of the Washington Capitals has said repeatedly he’d let Ovechkin, Swede Nicklas Backstrom and Canadian Braden Holtby represent their countries, though Holtby said he would never leave the Capitals midseason. But the United States, Canada and other countries are preparing for life without the best players in the world.If the likes of Patrick Kane, Jonathan Quick, Jack Eichel and Ryan Suter aren’t available, USA Hockey will look mostly to the college ranks. “Should the NHL choose not to go, we’ll make sure we’re ready, willing and able a year from now.”The United States has a fresh set of heroes after shootout star Troy Terry, defenceman Charlie McAvoy and goaltender Tyler Parsons won world-junior gold last month. “It’s got to have a ton of speed, it’s got to have a really high skill level, it’s got to have defencemen who can get in the play. Like USA Hockey, Canada can pull from its national junior team but has more veteran talent in Europe and the American Hockey League to choose from. AHL president and chief executive officer David Andrews expects his league to be open to allowing players to go to the Olympics as long as NHL teams give individual minor-league players permission.“I think it’ll be an interesting question, though, for a lot of general managers because the player that is going to be asked for is going to be probably their No. Olympian Justin Faulk said. “There was some guys on that team that never had a chance to play in the NHL or impact the NHL. “You’re getting back to what it used to be where Russia had all their pros. “They kind of face that question of, ‘Do we want our No. “If that’s taken from us and we don’t have that right anymore, at least it gives other guys an opportunity.”Hall of Fame defenceman Mark Howe would be fine with that.

Another rough fourth quarter costs Raptors, this time against Detroit

“It’s not going the way we’re supposed to be going and things aren’t changing, so yeah, I’m starting to get worried.”Patrick Patterson did not rejoin the lineup for Sunday’s game. “Some of the shots we take when we have a lead or we’re behind trying to get a lead may not be good shots. Yet they let commanding leads slip away all night, and finally the Pistons hit a go-ahead bucket with 13 seconds left on the clock and stole the game and energy out of the ACC with a 102-101 win. The team dropped to 32-23 and hover around the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference standings.They head to Chicago to play the Bulls Tuesday before returning to host the Charlotte Hornets on Wednesday – a Toronto Huskies night and the team’s last game before the all-star break. “We put ourselves in position to win, but we’ve got to learn to play with a lead – that’s our biggest issue right now,” Casey said. We’ve been concentrating so much on [fixing the] defence, but still offensively, we’ve got to execute and make sure we take the shot we want to take.”DeMar DeRozan had a 26-point night, Jonas Valanciunas had 17, while Kyle Lowry and DeMarre Carroll rolled for 15. Drummond dominated the boards while Smith, Tobias Harris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope piled in points, and Toronto’s lead dwindled to just three points in the final three minutes.With points from Valanciunas, DeRozan and Lowry, the Raptors were going basket for basket with Detroit in the final moments. Head Coach Dwane Casey will be the first to say it – his Toronto Raptors simply can’t figure out how to play with a lead these days.It looked as if the Raptors were about to come out of their recent tailspin on Sunday. I’ll take the blame on that. Toronto juggled the lineup, starting seven-foot rookie Jakob Poeltl at power forward, which scrambled the rotation.The Raptors, who are facing a congested schedule during this stretch, have won just two of their six games so far in February. Ish Smith got loose for a few buckets to narrow Detroit’s deficit, and Toronto took just a 51-45 lead into the locker room.DeRozan had a 10-point third, hitting jump shots and getting to the free-throw line. DeRozan jumped out to a 10-point first quarter as the Raptors played to a 27-25 lead.The Pistons punched back by seizing the lead in the second, but they didn’t hold it long. They led the Detroit Pistons for most of the night in front of a warm home crowd at Air Canada Centre – at one point by a whopping 16 points. Those are things we’ve got to continue to get better at. Detroit squeezed the door open a little as the half was closing. But their bench was outscored badly, and they couldn’t reclaim the lead when it mattered most.The Raptors were coming off a rare three-day break between games after a very disappointing loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. Led by an eight-point quarter from Valanciunas as he tangled with Detroit’s Andre Drummond in the post, the Raptors built up a 12-point lead. The Raptors are 7-7 during this stretch without him. DeRozan’s fadeaway shot didn’t fall and Toronto walked off with the loss.“I’m starting to get worried, yeah,” Lowry said after the game. Then Caldwell-Pope hit a three-point dagger with 13 seconds remaining to put the Pistons ahead by one.The Raptors got DeRozan the ball in the final seconds as the Air Canada Centre crowd stood, sure they would regain the lead in a game they had dominated for so much of the night. It was the 14th game in Toronto’s last 23 that he has missed because of a strained or sore left knee. Cory Joseph hit his first buckets of the night for six timely points, and Toronto had built a commanding 82-66 lead as the quarter closed.Once again, the Raptors allowed an opponent to creep back into a game in the late-going.

Canada’s Mikael Kingsbury takes World Cup freestyle skiing gold

“Dmitriy skied amazing. It was Kingsbury’s first time on the hill, and he thinks his performance may lead to his first-ever Olympic gold when he competes on the same course at the 2018 Games. Australian Britteny Cox captured gold with 81.66 points.“I feel amazing, I feel so privileged to have seen that course one year before the Olympic Games,” said Dufour-Lapointe. Justine Dufour-Lapointe is the women’s defending Olympic champion.Canada’s Marielle Thompson is the top Canadian in the women’s overall World Cup standings, sitting in third place. Canadian moguls star Mikaël Kingsbury of Deux-Montagnes, Que., won a gold medal at a World Cup freestyle skiing event on the Olympic course in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Saturday. “What I love about it is that I gained the amazing feeling that Ican carry through the next year.“I know that I can rip that course now.”Chloé Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal was eighth, Audrey Robichaud of Quebec City was ninth, Alex-Anne Gagnon of Terrebonne, Que., was 15th and Maxime Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal was 24th.Kingsbury, who leads the overall World Cup moguls standings, will be gunning for his first Olympic gold on the Pyeongchang course next winter. “It’s nice to take all this information and moving forward to the Olympics it’s great to be on the podium and try to repeat that next year,” said Kingsbury with a laugh. He finished first with 86.71 points, just ahead of Dmitriy Reiherd of Kazakhstan, who scored 86.70. I haven’t seen his run yet, but I know what he’s capable of.”Laurent Dumais of Quebec City was ninth, Marc-Antoine Gagnon of Terrebonne, Que., was 14th, Simon Pouliot-Cavanagh of Quebec City was 18th and Luke Ulsifer of Calgary finished 34th.On the women’s side, Justine Dufour-Lapointe of Montreal was second with 78.35 while Andi Naude of Penticton, B.C., was third at 78.16. He won silver three years ago at the Sochi Games. Quebec City’s Philippe Marquis was third with 85.94.“People were very close to me tonight, by 0.01,” said Kingsbury.

Tuukka Rask shuts out Canadiens, leads Bruins to big win

It was Cehlarik’s first NHL point.The Bruins made it 2-0 on Chara’s goal early into the second. Julien was in his 10th season with the team and led them to the 2011 Stanley Cup.Carey Price had 32 saves for the Canadiens, who lost for the sixth time in seven games.The 51-year-old Cassidy was with the team’s AHL club in Providence for nine seasons before becoming an assistant with Boston this season. He also coached the Washington Capitals from 2002-04.For the second time in the last three games in the Boston area, fans had to travel through a major snowstorm to get to the Garden. Tuukka Rask posted his first career regular-season home win over Montreal by making 25 saves for his sixth shutout, 39-year-old Zdeno Chara had an impressive move on his short-handed goal and the Boston Bruins improved to 3-0 under interim coach Bruce Cassidy with a 4-0 victory over the Canadiens on Sunday night. Rask entered 0-9-3 at TD Garden during the regular season against Montreal.Cassidy replaced fired coach Claude Julien earlier in the week. Adam McQuaid, David Krejci and Frank Vatrano also scored for Boston, which won for the sixth time in eight games. The building was surprisingly about three-quarters full and they were treated to another entertaining effort with Cassidy at the helm.It was a spirited contest early when Boston defenceman Torey Krug and Montreal centre Andrew Shaw dropped the gloves and got into a fight 55 seconds in.The Bruins jumped ahead 1-0 midway into the first when rookie Peter Cehlarik set up McQuaid for a one-timer from the left circle that beat Price on the stick side. The 6-foot-9 captain made a nifty shift around Alexander Radulov in the slot before firing a wrister into the net.Krejci had power-play score came with just under five minutes to play in the second for Boston’s season-high eighth straight game with a power-play goal.

Argos assistant GM says he has authority to make deals in CFL free agency

Head coach Scott Milanovich resigned shortly afterward Barker’s departure to become the quarterbacks coach with the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.Argos president Michael Copeland is spearheading the organization’s search for a new GM, who will hire a new coach.Toronto finished last in the East Division standings last year with a 5-13 record. Spencer Zimmerman says he has the authority to pull the trigger on deals for the Toronto Argonauts in CFL free agency.Toronto heads into the start of free agency — which opens at noon ET on Tuesday — without a general manager or head coach.Zimmerman, the club’s assistant GM, has handled the day-to-day duties in the football operations department since Jim Barker was fired as general manager late last month.

Germans outraged after U.S. plays Nazi version of national anthem at tennis tournament

German tennis has responded with outrage after the United States Tennis Association (USTA) made the embarrassing error of playing the Nazi-era version of Germany’s national anthem during a Fed Cup tie in Hawaii.The version played included the first stanza, beginning “Deutschland, Deutschland uber alles, uber alles in der Welt” which was used as Nazi propaganda. Bad weather prevented any further play on the opening day of the tie. It translates as “Germany, Germany, above all, above all in the world” and was dropped after World War Two because of its association with Adolf Hitler.But Deutschlandlied, written in 1841, is still listed as the official national anthem, with only the third verse now being sung.Unfortunately, the male soloist on the Hawaiian island of Maui somehow sung the wrong version.“I thought it was the epitome of ignorance, and I’ve never felt more disrespected in my whole life, let alone in Fed Cup,” Germany’s Andrea Petkovic said, adding that she considered walking off court before the singles match against Alison Riske.Petkovic later said her first comments had been somewhat emotional but that was because the incident happened before her match and she was left stunned.“We were left shocked and did not know how to react,” Petkovic said.German team coach Barbara Ritter said the mistake was “an absolute scandal, a disrespectful incident and inexcusable”.German tennis federation chief Ulrich Klaus said his American counterpart had apologized for the mistake.“Our American hosts at the Fed Cup opening in Hawaii made a mistake that should not happen,” Klaus said in a statement.“The fact that in the year 2017 a wrong anthem can be played that is associated with the horror of the past was for players and staff and the officials present both shocking and disturbing.”“The USTA through its president Katrina Adams has apologised officially in writing and in person and deeply regrets the blunder.”Riske won the opening rubber to give the U.S. a 1-0 lead.

Patriots owner unfazed with players skipping White House visit

President Donald Trump as their reason. New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft downplayed the growing number of his players who have said they will boycott a visit to the White House, saying on Monday that it is America and people are free to do what they want.At least six Patriots players have publicly said they will not make the trip to the White House – a longstanding tradition among pro sports teams after winning a championship – and some cited U.S. This is the first time it’s gotten any media attention,” said Kraft.“Some of the players have the privilege of going (to the White House) in college because they’re on national championship teams. We’re just privileged to be in a position to be going.”Patriots tight end Martellus Bennett, safety Devin McCourty, linebacker Dont’a Hightower, defensive end Chris Long, running back LaGarrette Blount and defensive tackle Alan Branch have all said they will not visit the White House with their teammates.Bennett touched off the controversy following the Patriots 34-28 overtime Super Bowl win over the Atlanta Falcons saying he would not be attending the White House reception.“I haven’t thought about it. Others have family commitments. We’re all free to do whatever’s best for us. I am not going to go,” Bennett said. But this is America. “I can elaborate later on in life.” Kraft, a Trump friend and supporter who attended the presidential inauguration last month, said on NBC’s “Today” show that players were able to make up their own minds and added that members of the team have skipped the visit in the past.In 2015, Patriots quarterback Tom Brady cited a “family commitment” when he declined an invitation to be feted at the White House by former President Barack Obama after winning the fourth of his five Super Bowl titles.“It’s interesting, this is our fifth Super Bowl in the last 16 years, and every time we’ve had the privilege of going to the White House, a dozen of our players don’t go.

Lindsay Agnew makes impression at Canada senior soccer camp

And with 19 assists, fourth in Ohio State history, she can play provider as well. She watched it unfold online with Prince and her other roommates.“I just heard when my name was called … We were roommates in the dorm freshman year and always had dreams of playing professional.”There was more good news when Herdman invited her to his first post-Olympic camp.“It’s been a good 2017 so far,” Agnew said happily.Agnew and Prince were teammates at the FIFA U-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan in 2012 and the U-20 World Cup in Canada in 2014, along with Kadeisha Buchanan, Ashley Lawrence, Rebecca Quinn and Kailen Sheridan (taken 23rd in the draft by New Jersey-based Sky Blue FC).Herdman first took note of Agnew at an under-17 camp.“At the time she stood out as much as Buchanan and Lawrence. But what we’ve been really impressed with in the intrasquads (was) she scored a lovely goal. Her parents currently live in Florida where Gary, still under contract to Pittsburgh, awaits his new hockey adventure.Lindsay’s older brother Brett played hockey at Ohio University and for the Junior A Kingston Voyageurs, Brockville Braves and Surrey Eagles.Lindsay Agnew, who has joint Canadian-U.S. She had a very impressive camp.”But Herdman said there were challenges off the field at the under-20 level, including the death of a close friend. More than a few Buckeye goals started with Agnew winning the ball in her own half.Selected 19th overall, Agnew was the first Canadian taken in the 2017 NWSL draft. “We never really saw the best of Lindsay through that period,” Herdman said.But he kept watching and says she is back to her best. It was pretty indescribable, a pretty surreal moment for me.”Prince went soon after.“That was awesome,” said Agnew. She has also played fullback with Canadian under-17 and -20 teams.Herdman believes Agnew has real potential as an attacking fullback or wide forward. She’s willing to do whatever it takes to catch on.At Washington, Agnew will be playing alongside Canadians Stephanie Labbe and Shelina Zadorsky. Louis and most recently Pittsburgh.The Penguins fired head coach Mike Johnston and Agnew in December 2015. citizenship, grew up playing forward and played up front with Prince as a junior and senior after spending time as a sophomore at fullback due to injuries in the Ohio State backline. And then they said Lindsay and I still didn’t know if it was going to me. Teammate Nichelle Prince of Ajax., Ont., went 28th overall to the Houston Dash.Agnew led the Buckeyes with 10 goals and eight assists in 21 games last season. And they said Agnew and we all freaked out and starting screaming. “I’ll be looking at her to start filling some of the gaps left by the likes of Rhian Wilkinson as we move forward.”Agnew was born in Kingston, Ont., where father Gary coached the OHL Frontenacs.A former University of New Brunswick and AHL player, Gary Agnew also coached Oshawa and London in the OHL and won coach of the year honours in 1992-93 and ‘97-98 with the Knights. They were the first Ohio State players ever drafted in the NWSL.Because of school commitments, Agnew did not attend the draft in Los Angeles. “I was sitting there, I wasn’t expecting it. “She’s got that natural grit that you see from the Tancredis and the Wilkinsons. Prince had five goals and five assists in 19 games. He went on to coach Syracuse in the AHL and was an assistant coach in the NHL with Columbus, St. And she’s got a real attacking mindset.”Forward Melissa Tancredi and fullback Rhian Wilkinson, who have 306 caps between them, played their final game for Canada against Mexico.An athletic five foot nine, Agnew is hard to knock off the ball and able to run at and beat defenders. But Herdman said she was a “strong candidate” to play in the rematch, a closed-door session that was eventually cancelled due to poor weather in Vancouver. 4, a match billed as a celebration of the Olympic bronze medal team. “What she’s showing is she’s bringing that Canadian steel,” Herdman said. “We’ve kind of been going through this process together. It’s just February and Lindsay Agnew is already having a very good year.Taken by the Washington Spirit in the January NWSL draft, the former Ohio State forward then made the most of her first camp with the senior Canadian national team.“I was impressed,” said coach John Herdman.Agnew, 21, didn’t figure in Canada’s 3-2 win over Mexico on Feb. It was definitely a moment,” she said.

Jerry Sandusky’s adult son Jeffrey charged with child sexual abuse

The online court docket says Jeffrey Sandusky was arraigned Monday and bail was set at $200,000 (U.S.). He’s currently in the Centre County Correctional Facility.Jeffrey Sandusky’s lawyer didn’t immediately return a phone message. One of Jerry Sandusky’s adult sons faces multiple charges of sexual offences involving children, more than five years after the former Penn State assistant coach was himself first arrested.Court records filed Monday say 41-year-old Jeffrey S. Sandusky was charged with 14 counts, including criminal solicitation and corruption of minors. The district attorney’s office says it is about to release a statement.WTAJ-TV says state police accuse him of sending inappropriate texts to a victim and asking for naked photos.Jerry Sandusky is serving a lengthy prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys.