Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Two more badminton tournaments have been canceled in the revamped calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The Latest: 2 more badminton tournaments canceled July 7, 2020 The China Masters in Lingshui was canceled after already being moved from February to May and then to August.It was to be the first comeback event but that’s now expected to be the Chinese Taipei Open in Taipei from Sept. 1-6.The Dutch Open in Almere in October was also put off for this year.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
That said, the Devils have played around a 91-point pace for nearly 20 games and have stabilized some of the problems it had in that horrible start. Not convinced they’re selling this early.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) November 30, 2019Sportsnet’s Elliotte Friedman and Chris Johnston reportedly said on ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ that if the Devils look for a trade partner, the Oilers, Avalanche, Blues and Canadiens may show interest. New Jersey’s asking price? Two first round picks (one may be conditional) and a team’s top prospect.MORE: Four possible destinations for New Jersey Devils’ Taylor HallThrough 24 games, the Devils sit in last place in the Metropolitan Division with a 9-11-4 record (22 points). The holiday shopping season has officially begun, and Taylor Hall may be on several teams’ wish lists.According to TSN’s Pierre LeBrun, the New Jersey Devils have started to listen to offers for Hall. It may not mean anything in the short term, but LeBrun reports that Devils general manager Ray Shero is considering all possibilities. Should Hall be dealt to another team, LeBrun expects conditions to be placed on the agreement that would see New Jersey acquire further assets should Hall re-sign with his new club.If and when he’s dealt, I would expect the deal to have a conditional nature to it so that if he re-signs with his new club there will be additional asset(s)… Either way, this isn’t necessarily a deal _ if it happens _ that must wait until the Feb. 24 deadline….— Pierre LeBrun (@PierreVLeBrun) November 30, 2019NHL free agency 2020: Taylor Hall, Alex Pietrangelo headline UFA classHall, 28, is in the final season of a seven-year, $42 million contract and thus could be an attractive option for a team looking to acquire a high-scoring veteran ahead of the postseason. The Calgary, Alta. native won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player in 2018 following a career-high 93 points (39 goals) for the Devils, but missed most of last season with a knee injury.The former Edmonton Oilers forward leads New Jersey with four goals and 21 points so far this season.A potential landing spot for Hall may be Colorado, with ESPN’s Greg Wyshynski reporting that New Jersey scouted the Avalanche “at all levels” this season.
Lionel Messi’s brilliant free-kick looked set to restore their advantage to seven points ahead of this weekend’s showdown at the Camp Nou but two decisions from referee Antonio Mateu helped lowly Las Palmas take a share of the spoils.First, Mateu overlooked a handball from goalkeeper Leandro Chichizola outside the box, which could have drawn a red card, and then he awarded a penalty when the ball struck Lucas Digne on the arm. Former West Ham striker Jonathan Calleri made no mistake.Barcelona will feel hard done by given Digne’s handball looked entirely accidental, with Gerard Pique on the pitch after the final whistle venting his anger at the officials.“We do not know what happened in this play,” Valverde said afterwards. “From the field I found it unspeakable, but these are things that happen.”He added later: “We do not know why the referee whistled in that play. In the locker room nobody knows. Hopefully seeing it on TV will clarify a bit the decision. It was an invisible penalty.”Even after Calleri’s equaliser, however, the visitors had 42 minutes to find a winner and, in truth, they created little.The question now is whether three days is enough for Barcelona to recover, physically and mentally, before facing an Atletico team hunting their ninth win on the bounce.“The match comes fast,” Valverde said. “But that’s how it is. There remains a bad taste, after not winning here when we thought we could have done.”Valverde had already lamented the scheduling this week but Luis Suarez started, despite sitting one yellow card away from a suspension, which he successfully avoided.It is hard to think of two better players than Messi and Suarez in a two against one but the former’s final pass to the latter was underhit and the first big chance of the game was lost.Messi seemed determined to atone for his error and in the 21st minute he won a free-kick after another irrepressible run to the edge of the box. The Argentinian planted the ball left-footed into the top right-hand corner.The first controversy came on the stroke of half-time as Chichizola came rushing out of his area but, after skewing his clearance, the keeper quickly stopped the ball with his hand. Mateu blew only for the interval.Any sense of injustice was then doubled three minutes after the break, when Mateu awarded Las Palmas their penalty.Barca failed to clear a cross into their box and as the ball cannoned off the back post, it struck the oblivious Digne on the arm. Calleri coolly dispatched the spot-kick.On came the extra firepower, as Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele replaced Aleix Vidal and Andres Iniesta but Barca rarely troubled Las Palmas in the latter stages. They must improve on Sunday.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Let’s talk: Lionel Messi with Las Palmas defender Matias Aguirregaray during the 1-1 draw on Thursday © AFP / DESIREE MARTINLAS PALAS, Spain, Mar 2 – Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde claimed it was an “invisible penalty” which earned Las Palmas a 1-1 draw on Thursday and gave Atletico Madrid hope in La Liga’s title race.Barca host Atletico on Sunday, in a clash of first against second with extra weight, now that the Catalans’ lead has been cut to just five points. Atletico thrashed Leganes 4-0 on Wednesday night.