Earlier this week, Oladipo told reporters he was still debating whether to join his teammates in Orlando. “We totally respect and understand Victor’s decision to not play in the restart of the NBA’s season,” Pacers president of basketball operations Kevin Pritchard said Friday in a statement. “The first priority for our players is, and always will be, their health, whether that be physical or mental health. Victor has looked great in workouts, but the timing of the restart and lack of 5-on-5 activity makes it difficult to for him to commit to playing at the high level he expects with regards to further injury.”On Wednesday, coach Nate McMillan said he anticipated having Oladipo in the NBA’s “bubble,” working out with his teammates and a final decision would be made at a later date.But Oladipo didn’t wait that long.After spending almost a full year rehabbing his right quadriceps tendon, the guard returned to the court Jan. 29. The Latest: Pacers’ Oladipo to sit out restart of season Those who opt out can have their 2020 payment refunded in full or credited to 2021.___The Latvian soccer federation says its national team will play a postponed friendly at Montenegro on Oct. 7.The match in Podgorica was originally scheduled to be played March 26 but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Baltic News Service reported the new date. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Indiana Pacers will finish this season without Victor Oladipo after the two-time All-Star decided to sit out because of the risk of re-injuring his right knee. July 3, 2020 Monmouth Park is scheduled to present a six-race card Friday night. Track officials said in an afternoon statement that no more than 500 people would be allowed in certain areas, but added that information on a final capacity number would be released later in the day. The Asbury Park Press reported the track had submitted a plan to the state to allow roughly 16,000 people in the track’s outdoor areas, but the plan was not approved. The track has hosted as many as 60,000 for the Haskell Stakes, its signature event. Monmouth Park’s sports book will open but be restricted to 25% of normal capacity. All visitors to the track or sports book will be required to wear a mask and be given a brief health questionnaire.___A third Washington Nationals player has decided to opt out of playing this Major League Baseball season because of concerns about the coronavirus. Oladipo played in 13 games before the season was suspended by the COVID-19 pandemic. He was averaging 13.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.0 assists while shooting 39.1%, and appeared to be rounding into form.His contract expires after next season.“His future health is the No. 1 priority and we look forward to having him back at full strength for the 2020-21 season,” Pritchard said. “This is not a unique situation for our team, playing without key players like Victor and Jeremy Lamb. This team has shown great resolve in responding to adversity and we fully expect this will be no different. We remain excited about what they can accomplish in Orlando “___Diamondbacks closer Archie Bradley said both of his parents and his brother all tested positive for COVID-19 back in March. All three of them have recovered. Soccer has resumed around much of Europe in empty stadiums. The Champions League is scheduled to be completed in August at a mini-tournament in Portugal.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Bradley said his mom was asymptomatic while his brother was only sick a few days. But his dad’s case was serious and he was in the hospital for 10 days.“My dad’s like my best friend so I was definitely concerned,” Bradley said. “But I prayed about it, felt good about it and ultimately my dad’s a fighter and so is my family. We were lucky.”Bradley was not living with his family and did not test positive for the virus. He threw a simulated inning on Friday during the team’s first workout at Chase Field.___San Francisco Giants minor league right-hander Luis Madero has tested positive for the coronavirus, manager Gabe Kapler said Friday after the team’s first workout. The school says it has tested 164 athletes and recorded 16 positives, including 12 football players. It says 45 athletes are currently in quarantine across all sports. “When we welcomed our young men back to campus a couple of weeks ago for voluntary workouts, even with the policies and procedures in place to try and protect them from becoming infected with the virus, events outside of our control has made the decision to pause these workouts necessary,” coach Les Miles said in a statement.The school says the other teams with athletes back on campus will continue their voluntary workouts.___New Jersey’s premier thoroughbred track is scrambling to follow capacity limits set by the state as it prepares for its opening night of racing. Antonetti said DeShields is doing well and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He’ll have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.The 27-year-old DeShields spent the past five seasons with Texas. He was acquired by the Indians in the offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers.___The Sept. 12 football game between Lafayette College and Navy has been canceled.Lafayette informed the Naval Academy that it cannot bring its football team back to campus in time to meet medical advisory guidelines established by the FBS. Manager Dave Martinez said depth catcher Welington Castillo was uncomfortable playing because he has young children. He joins first baseman Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross among those deciding not to play for the defending World Series champions.The 33-year-old Castillo played last season for the Chicago White Sox and then joined the Nationals as a backup option.___Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates.Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, said DeShields tested positive before coming to Cleveland. The Indians held their first workout at Progressive Field on Friday. Star catcher Buster Posey was away from camp on the first day to handle a personal issue, Kapler said. Posey could be back by Saturday. “He has tested negative, I just don’t want that to be a concern at all,” Kapler said. “I don’t expect Buster to be far behind.”___A person with knowledge of the situation says that the Miami Heat have closed their training facility after a second player tested positive for coronavirus.The Heat will have players at the arena over the coming days to satisfy their NBA-mandated testing requirements but will not reopen the gym for individual workouts before leaving for the Disney complex near Orlando on Wednesday, said the person who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details were announced. The New York Red Bulls also delayed their Friday departure, saying a staff member had produced an inconclusive COVID-19 test result. The Red Bulls said they would reschedule their flight once all the test results were confirmed. Six players from FC Dallas and one from Columbus Crew SC have already tested positive in the Sunshine State. They have been isolated and are receiving care while the other members of their delegations are in quarantine pending more testing.Major League Soccer had required teams to arrive in Florida no later than a week before their first game at the tournament, which runs July 8 to Aug. 11 at Disney’s Wide World of Sport Complex in the Orlando area. But issues with test results have caused several delays.___Kansas has suspended its voluntary football workouts because of an increase in positive COVID-19 cases in the program. Associated Press Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent.___The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings.The NFL club also acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July.Reduced seating capacity means the Packers can’t guarantee that ticket holders in the general bowl and club seats will be able to reserve tickets. Season-ticket holders will be asked if they want to be part of a process allowing them a chance to reserve tickets. The second player’s identity was not released by the team. Heat guard Derrick Jones Jr. tested positive for coronavirus last week and has been working through the NBA protocols on a return-to-play plan.— AP Basketball Writer Tim Reynolds in Miami.___Toronto FC pushed back its departure to Florida for the MLS is Back Tournament to Saturday, saying more time is needed to complete pre-travel COVID-19 testing.The MLS team had been scheduled to leave by charter Friday. Toronto opens the World Cup-style tournament on July 10 against D.C. United.
BUFFALO, N.Y. — Two days after answering questions at the podium about what went right, Trevor Cooney was back to his old routine.He had his own place in the locker room where a handful of reporters would gather at a time to ask what went wrong. Why weren’t the shots falling? Was it the looks he was getting? Was something off with his release?He sat there with a blank look, fielding familiar questions and spitting out familiar answers.“I just never really got any good looks tonight and I never really got into a good rhythm,” he said, “and when that happens, it’s hard to carry it on and make shots.”His shooting woes coincided with Syracuse’s (28-6, 14-4 Atlantic Coast) late-season swoon. Often enough there was someone to fill the scoring void, but not on Saturday. The No. 3-seed Orange, already a poor shooting team, went a miserable 0-for-10 from beyond the arc during a season-ending 55-53 loss to No. 11-seed Dayton (25-10, 10-6 Atlantic 10) in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textCooney went 0-for-4 and sat for most of the second half. Tyler Ennis went 0-for-5. Michael Gbinije missed his only attempt. It was the first time since 1995 that the Orange didn’t make a 3-pointer in a game.It kept SU from getting over the hump and evening the game late during the second half — and winning the game on a last-second try.“The only thing we could make was a layup,” Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim said.Eventually, he noted, the Orange broke through and got to the rim, but sometimes three points are critical, and SU’s best chances to score in bunches came from and-ones.When Syracuse needed three points to answer a Flyer triple, Ennis drove to the rim for a three-point play. Every heave from beyond the arc was futile — including Ennis’ potential game-winning shot at the buzzer — but Boeheim never felt like his team was due to hit one.“There’s a lot of guys in (Las) Vegas that think that, too,” Boeheim said. “They go home with nothing.”Most of the Orange’s 3-point attempts weren’t shots that had a chance to go in and just didn’t fall — they were shots that were completely off the mark.Two of Cooney’s early 3s missed the rim entirely. On one look, it appeared that his arm got hit, but no foul was called. The next air ball, though, was just a hurried shot that missed everything.“Some of my better games this year have come when I missed my first shot, I missed my second shot, I missed my third shot,” Cooney said.He only got one more look, but that was off the mark, too, and he sat on the bench for all but eight minutes of the second half.In his place, Gbinije played one of his best games of the year, but the team’s third most reliable 3-point shooter didn’t give SU anything extra from deep. His only attempt was a wide-open, potentially game-tying triple from the right corner that rimmed out.“We had a couple of good shots,” Boeheim said. “They didn’t go in.”That phrase has become part of Syracuse’s routine, too. The coach has embraced his team’s shooting struggles, but the problem was at its worst at the worst possible time.As jump shot after jump shot missed, UD was able to pack the defense in against a one-dimensional offense that didn’t make a shot outside the paint until 10:23 remained in the game.“They’re a small team, but they’re scrappy, and they’re quick to the ball and rotations,” SU forward C.J. Fair said. “Every time we put the ball down, they got a hand in there.”The last resort for Syracuse on the perimeter is Ennis. He’s second on the team in both makes and percentage, but hadn’t insisted on the outside shot until the past few weeks.When he takes enough, he typically drills at least one or two, but he was as guilty as anyone for missing open looks and taking long shots that he shouldn’t have.“None of us really made shots tonight. It’s just tough,” Cooney said. “This is just a tough pill to swallow, especially to lose when you don’t play well.”Once again on Friday, Boeheim voiced his confidence in Cooney’s shooting and insisted that he was a good shooter.“I’m confident that when we get him good shots, he’s going to make them,” he said. “I’m very confident in that until the game’s over and he doesn’t.”On Saturday, he didn’t and the Orange’s season came to an abrupt close. There’s always next game for him to find his stroke again, but talking about that was the one part of Cooney’s postgame routine that he ditched.Now that chance won’t come again until November. Comments Published on March 23, 2014 at 2:12 am Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2 Facebook Twitter Google+