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first_imgGraham caught 38 passes for 447 yards and three touchdowns last season. He had 55 receptions for 636 yards and two scores in 2018. The five-time Pro Bowl selection previously played with New Orleans and Seattle. He has 649 catches for 7,883 yards and 74 touchdowns in 153 career games with 111 starts.In other NFL news:— A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Dolphins have decided not to pick up a contact option on center Daniel Kilgore, and he’ll become a free agent next week. Kilgore started 13 games for the Dolphins last season, when they ranked 27th in offense and went 5-11. The team is expected to have four new starters in the offensive line in 2020.— The Tennessee Titans have waived linebacker Cameron Wake after one season into what had been a three-year contract. The Titans also announced Thursday they waived running back Dion Lewis, who still had two years left on the contract he signed in March 2018.GREECE-OLYMPIC FLAME — The NHL is following the NBA’s lead and suspending its season amid the coronavirus outbreak. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league is pausing its season with the hope of resuming it later and awarding the Stanley Cup. The move comes a day after the NBA suspended play following a player’s positive COVID-19 test. The NHL has not said any player has tested positive for the virus. The NHL is halting play with 189 games left in the regular season and sparking uncertainty about how many more if any could be go on before the playoffs. A handful of European hockey leagues have already called off the remainder of their seasons.— NFL teams are curtailing or completely stopping scouting operations as a safeguard against the spread of the new coronavirus. The Washington Redskins, Minnesota Vikings, Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and New York Jets have ordered their scouts and assistant coaches to return home. Other teams such as the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cleveland Browns have cut back on scouting in what is usually a busy time for evaluating college players. The NFL draft is schedule for April 23-25 in Las Vegas. The league canceled its main owners meeting scheduled for later this month in Palm Beach, Florida.— The PGA Tour plans to keep playing, just without anyone watching from outside the ropes because of the coronavirus. Commissioner Jay Monahan says fans will not be allowed for the final three rounds of The Players Championship and the next three weeks up until the Masters. That affects the Valspar Championship in Tampa, the Dell Match Play in Austin, Texas, and the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio. Augusta National has not said what it will do for the Masters. Monahan says golf is different from other sports canceling events because it’s outdoors over expansive property.— IndyCar and NASCAR will both race this weekend without spectators over fears of the COVID-19 pandemic. IndyCar is scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. Only essential personnel will be permitted to attend. Competitors will also undergo a questionnaire for health screening before entry. NASCAR will race this week at Atlanta and next week at Homestead-Miami Speedway under similar restrictions. The NHRA has canceled much of the GatorNationals and IMSA rescheduled the 12 Hours of Sebring in Florida.— The ATP has suspended all men’s professional tennis tournaments for six weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak. No ATP Tour or ATP Challenger Tour events will take place through the week of April 20. The tournament at Indian Wells, California, scheduled to begin main-draw play Wednesday already had been called off. The affected events are the Miami Open, the U.S. Men’s Clay Court Championships in Houston, the Grand Prix Hassan II in Marrakech, the Monte Carlo Masters, the Barcelona Open and the Hungarian Open. The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to be held in Paris. Associated Press Russia must pay $5 million of its fine by July 1, with the remainder suspended for two years, to be paid if the federation commits another anti-doping offense or fails to make what World Athletics considers “meaningful progress.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 March 12, 2020 Golf goes on — but without fans.The PGA Tour said it was banning spectators at all tournaments for at least the next month. The policy starts Friday, the first time one of the best theaters in golf will be virtually empty.NFL-NEWSPackers get cap relief by releasing tight end Jimmy GrahamUNDATED (AP) — The Green Bay Packers have released tight end Jimmy Graham after the 33-year-old veteran spent two seasons with the franchise. The move creates about $8 million in cap space for the Packers. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMarch Madness: NCAA Tournaments canceled due to coronavirusUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has canceled its men’s and women’s basketball tournaments because of the spread of coronavirus. The move puts an abrupt end to the season less than a month before champions were to be crowned.center_img RUSSIAN DOPINGRussia restricted to 10 athletes in track at Tokyo OlympicsMONACO (AP) — Russia’s track team was limited to 10 athletes for the Tokyo Olympics and the country’s federation was fined $10 million by the sport’s governing body on Thursday.World Athletics passed the latest package of sanctions after the Russian track federation’s new president accepted charges that fake documents were used under the previous management to give a top athlete an alibi for missing a doping test.World Athletics will restart a system to vet Russian competitors and allow them to compete as neutral athletes. They will be limited to 10 athletes at major events, but that limit can be raised later if World Athletics feels Russia is making progress on reforms. The decision comes a day after the NCAA announced the games that were scheduled to start next week would go on but played in mostly empty arenas. That plan was scrapped as every major American sports league from the NBA to MLB put the brakes on its season due to concerns about the pandemic.The NCAA has canceled all of its spring championships in every sport, which include hockey, baseball and lacrosse.In other virus-related developments:— The Toronto Raptors say their players, coaches and traveling staff have been advised to isolate themselves for 14 days because they recently played the Utah Jazz. Utah’s star center Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) tested positive for the virus COVID-19, prompting the NBA to suspend its season until further notice. A second member of the Jazz, Donovan Mitchell, has since confirmed he has also tested positive for the coronavirus. The team says all members of the Raptors traveling party have been tested for the virus and await the results. Toronto is one of five teams that have played the Jazz since the start of March. The others are Boston, Detroit, New York and Cleveland.— The Washington Wizards say their players, coaches and basketball operations personnel will self-quarantine for the next three to four days because they played at the Utah Jazz on Feb. 29. Washington also played Tuesday against the New York Knicks, another recent opponent of the Jazz. The Wizards say any players, coaches and staff who have flu-like symptoms will be tested for The NBA suspended its season until further notice on Wednesday night after learning that a Jazz player had tested positive for the virus. Amid virus precautions, Tokyo Olympic flame is lit in GreeceATHENS, Greece (AP) — The flame for the Tokyo Olympics was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the ancient games in a pared-down ceremony because of the coronavirus.Standing in front of the ruined Temple of Hera in Ancient Olympia, a Greek actress playing the part of a pagan priestess used a concave mirror to focus the sun’s rays on a silver torch, causing fire to spurt forth.Fears of the coronavirus forced Greek officials to ban members of the public from attending the ceremony and severely curtail the number of invited officials and journalists. Normally, several thousand people from many countries gather on the earthen banks of Olympia’s ancient stadium to watch the ceremony.The International Olympic Committee has stressed that the July 24-Aug. 9 games will go ahead as planned and urged all athletes to continue to prepare for the Olympics. Update on the latest sports PGA-PLAYERS CHAMPIONSHIPMatsuyama matches record score easily forgotten at SawgrassPONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Fans scattered around the ninth green saw Hideki Matsuyama roll in a 25-foot eagle putt to tie the course record at the TPC Sawgrass and take the lead in The Players Championship.And after Thursday, that’s all they’ll see.Even with the best in the world competing for the richest purse in golf, The Players Championship felt like an afterthought amid rapid developments with the new coronavirus that led sports around the world to stop playing.last_img read more

Belgium Stun Japan in Five-goal Thriller

first_img.Sets for quarter final match against BrazilBelgium completed a remarkable revival as they came from the World Cup abyss and beat Japan to reach the quarter-finals.Roberto Martinez’s side were trailing 2-0 when he brought on Marouane Fellaini and Nacer Chadli in the 65th minute, and Fellaini scored the equaliser before Chadli netted a 94th-minute winner. They now face Brazil in the last eight on Friday.Japan looked on their way to a famous win in Rostov after Genki Haraguchi ran onto Gaku Shibasaki’s long ball, which Jan Vertonghen should have cut out, to open the scoring.Takashi Inui’s 25-yard strike made it 2-0 and looked set to take the Asian side to their first ever quarter-finals.Belgium’s Premier League stars – their golden generation – had put in a disappointing performance and Martinez turned to the oft-ridiculed Fellaini and West Brom winger Chadli in his hour of need.Their fortunes changed after that as Vertonghen scored a looping header to get them back into the game.Fellaini then headed in Hazard’s cross to level before Chadli converted Thomas Meunier’s pass to finish off a flowing move and help the Red Devils avoid being the latest victims of a World Cup of shocks.Belgium become the first team to fight back from two goals down to win a World Cup knockout game since Germany against England in 1970.Earlier yesterday, Brazil’s star player, Neymar, was the hero of the day after his opening goal and another by Firmino dip into injury time to assure former champions a quarter final berth ahead of Mexico at the Samara Stadium.It was the South American representative’s sixth consecutive quarter final qualification since the painful elimination by Argentina in the second round match at Italia 90.But on Monday afternoon inside Samara stadium, the only CONCACAF representative left in the tournament, gave enough resistance most especially in the first half with some significant attempts to score against favourite, Brazil.Brazil did not have it all their own way, especially in an opening period dominated by Mexico, but the five-time winners grew into what became a controlled performance.It means Mexico are once again eliminated at the last-16 stage – as they have been at every World Cup since 1994.They did have plenty of chances early on, and it was only after a largely frustrating first half for Brazil that Neymar started the move to put his side ahead.His run across goal and clever backheel won Willian space, and the Chelsea midfielder only needed two touches to drive into box and lay the ball across for the world’s most expensive player to slide home.It was Brazil’s 227th goal at the World Cup, meaning they overtake Germany as the all-time top scorers.Just moments earlier, Mexico’s Jesus Gallardo wasted a brilliant chance when he shot wildly over the crossbar instead of playing in Hirving Lozan.For much of the second half, Mexico’s bright start was just a memory, but Carlos Vela forced a save from Brazil goalkeeper Alisson with his side’s first shot on target not long after going behind.In the match’s closing stages they rallied once more, but Brazil defended stoically before doubling their lead on the break through a Roberto Firmino tap-in after Neymar’s effort was diverted by the toe of Mexico goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.But they will be without Real Madrid midfielder Casemiro, who will be suspended after being shown his second yellow card of the tournament.Given his contribution, Neymar should have garnered only positive headlines, but he was the centre of attention for the wrong reasons too after overreacting to a challenge from Miguel Layun in the closing stages.The Mexico full-back appeared to press his studs against Neymar’s ankle as he retrieved the ball from between the Brazilian’s legs.Neymar, who was sitting down, writhed around in apparent agony before getting up to carry on without any issue.“I’m embarrassed for Neymar,” said former England striker Dion Dublin on BBC Radio 5 live.“He is one of the world’s greatest players but when he rolls about on the floor, I just don’t get it. Come on young man you’re better than that, get on with the game.”Brazil are aiming to emulate the many great teams before them, while putting behind the heartache they suffered at the tournament they hosted four years ago, when Germany destroyed them 7-1 in the semi-finals.The last time they failed to reach quarter-finals was in 1990.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more