Rangers’ Artemi Panarin takes time off from squad following assault allegations the team say are ‘unsubstantiated’

Northeastern’s final two regular-season men’s basketball games — scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at William & Mary — have been canceled by the Colonial Athletic Association due to the Huskies program’s COVID-19 protocols. A positive test by a member of the Huskies program in late January resulted in the cancellation of four games against Drexel and Delaware. Northeastern also canceled two games against UNC Wilmington last weekend due to virus concerns within the Seahawks program. Northeastern (9-8, 8-2 CAA) is half a game behind league leader James Madison and locked in the second seed of the CAA tournament, scheduled for March 6-9.

Gonzaga’s men tighten their grip on No.1

Gonzaga’s bid for a wire-to-wire run at No. 1 in the AP men’s basketball poll is alive with 60 votes for the top spot, one more than last week. The Bulldogs (22-0) are trying to become the first No. 1 wire-to-wire since Kentucky in 2014-15. Baylor got the other four first-place votes to retain its No. 2 spot throughout the season. The Bears haven’t played since Feb. 2 and have had eight games postponed this season due to COVID-19 concerns. Michigan, Ohio State and Illinois rounded out the top five for the second week in a row…UConn remained No. 1 in the AP Women’s Poll, receiving 28 of 30 first-place votes. North Carolina State moved back to second place and Texas A&M climbed to third place. Stanford moved to No. 4, South Carolina moved from second to fifth and Louisville moved from No. 3 to No. 6.


Osaka moves up to No. 2 in the WTA

Naomi Osaka has taken a step up in the WTA rankings.PATRICK HAMILTON/AFP via Getty Images

by Naomi Osaka The Australian Open championship moved him up one spot to No. 2 in the WTA rankings. Osaka, which has four major titles, still trails No. 1 Ash Barty – who lost in the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park after taking nearly a year off during the pandemic. Simona Halep rose from No. 2 to No. 3 after losing to Serena Williams in the quarter-finals. Williams climbed four places to No. 7 despite losing to Osaka in the semi-finals. Jennifer Bradythe 25-year-old American who was the finalist in Osaka, jumped 11 places to No. 13, her Top 20 debut. Novak Djokovicwho beat Daniel Medvedev for his 18th Grand Slam title and ninth in Australia, is guaranteed to remain No. 1 for at least two more weeks, which will give him a total of 311 career weeks there, breaking by Roger Federer ATP record of 310. Rafael Nadal remained No. 2 after losing in the quarter-finals, while Medvedev jumped one spot to a career-best No. 3. Dominique Thiem, who dropped a spot to No. 4 after losing in the fourth round. Federer remained No. 5 despite not competing in over a year after undergoing two knee surgeries. He is expected to return next month.


American Morris suffers from a torn ACL

american striker Jordan Morris tore his left anterior cruciate ligament while on loan at Swansea in an English League Championship defeat at Huddersfield on Saturday, three years after rupturing his right ACL in a game for Seattle Sounders of Major League Soccer. Swansea said Morris, 26, will miss the rest of the English season, and likely at least the first eight United States World Cup qualifiers, which start in September. There are three more qualifiers in January and March 2022. Morris has 10 goals in 39 international appearances… Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice in the first half and the American Weston McKenzie sealed it with a second-half strike as third-placed Juventus beat Crotone, 3-0, in Italian Serie A in Turin… Plans to ease England’s lockdown restrictions will allow up to 10,000 fans to be allowed back into Premier League football stadiums for the final day of the season (May 23) before Wembley Stadium hosts European Championship matches.


Timberwolves hire Finch as coach

Chris Finch takes the reins of Minnesota.David J. Phillip/Associated Press

Minnesota Timberwolves appoint Toronto assistant Chris Finch their new head coach, replacing Ryan Saunders, who was fired Sunday night with the team carrying the NBA’s worst record. President of Basketball Operations Gersson Rosas worked with Finch in Houston, where Finch was a Rockets assistant (2011-16) and Rosas was in charge of basketball operations. Finch has 24 years of coaching experience, around half of which has been in Europe, including coaching the UK national team at the 2012 Olympics. After six seasons with Houston, Finch spent one year as an assistant for Denver and three with New Orleans… Four-time Pro Bowl offensive lineman Mike Iupati says he is retiring after 11 seasons in the NFL. Iupati played in four consecutive Pro Bowls from 2012 to 2015, the first three with San Francisco and the last with Arizona. He was a first-team All-Pro selection in 2012. Iupati started 139 of 140 regular-season games in his career, but injuries limited him to 10 games for Seattle in 2020… Kaillie Humphriesthe reigning world champion and presumed Olympic favorite in women’s bobsleigh and monobob, has applied for an expedited process to obtain US citizenship so she can represent the country at the 2022 Beijing Games. Humphries, a two-time Olympic champion for Canada , is married to a former American bobsledder Travis Armbruster. She holds a green card and has raced for USA Bobsled since 2019 – teaming with lolo jones to win the world title earlier this month… NASCAR team owner Ganassi chip was fined $30,000 and suspended a race for bringing a guest into the pit area of ​​Daytona International Speedway, a violation of COVID-19 guidelines.

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