Friday sports in brief | Modesto Bee


SOCCER

MANCHESTER, England (AP) – Cristiano Ronaldo returns to Manchester United.

The English club announced on Friday that they had reached an agreement with Juventus for the transfer of the 36-year-old Portuguese striker, subject to an agreement on personal conditions, a visa and a medical examination.

Ronaldo, five-time World Player of the Year, told Juventus on Thursday he no longer wanted to play for the Italian club, coach Massimiliano Allegri said.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia (AP) – The Vancouver Whitecaps fired head coach Marc Dos Santos on Friday along with his brother, assistant coach Phil Dos Santos.

Whitecaps Methodology Director Vanni Sartini will be the interim head coach. Assistant coach Ricardo Clark and goalkeeper coach Youssef Dahha will remain with the squad.

The layoffs came a day after the Whitecaps, 5-7-8 in MLS this season, lost 4-3 to Canadian Premier League team Pacific FC at the Canadian Championship.

NFL

NEW ORLEANS (AP) – The New Orleans Saints have canceled their scheduled home preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday due to the risk of Hurricane Ida hitting the Louisiana coast with winds reaching 140 mph Sunday.

After initially bringing the kick off to seven hours, the Saints announced the later decision to cancel the game on Friday night after consulting with New Orleans city officials, Governor John Bel Edwards, of the National Weather Service. , the Department of Homeland Security and the NFL. .

NBA

All NBA team staff who will be near players and referees must be fully vaccinated against the coronavirus this season, the league told its clubs in a memo on Friday.

It basically covers anyone who will be traveling with teams, will be around the benches, will have access to the home, to the visitors ‘and referees’ changing rooms and to those who work at the scorers table. The league also said in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by The Associated Press, that the policy could be updated when federal agencies issue “expected guidelines regarding booster injections.”

Team personnel should be fully vaccinated before October 1; staff on match day at the time of a team’s first home preparatory game, i.e. early October.

CLEVELAND (AP) – The Cavaliers have agreed to acquire restricted free forward Lauri Markkanen from Chicago as part of a three-way trade that will send Cleveland forward Larry Nance Jr. to Portland, said a person familiar with the deal to The Associated Press on Friday. .

Markkanen is coming to the Cavs on a sign-and-trade deal, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity, as the deal requires NBA approval before it can be closed.

Bulls get Trail Blazers swingman Derrick Jones Jr. with a lottery-protected 2022 first-round pick.

– By AP Sports writer Tom Withers.

TENNIS

NEW YORK (AP) – Olympic tennis gold medalist Alexander Zverev once again denied allegations of abuse made by a former girlfriend and said on Friday he would support the introduction of a domestic violence policy by the male professional tour.

Zverev – a 24-year-old German who was a finalist last year at the US Open, which begins on Monday – issued a statement about it, then briefly addressed it in a press conference ahead of the tournament.

Ex-girlfriend Olga Sharypova made the first charges last year and provided a new detailed account this week via a Slate.com article.

NEW YORK (AP) – US Open spectators must now show proof of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine to attend matches, a change made less than 72 hours before the tennis tournament begins .

The American Tennis Association announced Friday that the New York mayor’s office has decided to require proof of vaccination to enter Arthur Ashe Stadium, the main arena of the National Tennis Center.

The USTA then opted to extend that rule to cover all ticket holders aged 12 and over and enter the field during the two-week Grand Slam tournament that begins Monday.

BASKETBALL COLLEGE

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – The University of Louisville is suspending head basketball coach Chris Mack for six games for failing to follow procedures to deal with an extortion attempt by one of its assistants.

University officials said on Friday they concluded that Mack was the victim of an extortion attempt, but “failed to follow university guidelines, policies and procedures in dealing with the ‘case”.

Mack said he accepts the suspension and “could have treated things differently.”

CAR RACE

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Wendell Scott’s family will receive a trophy commemorating his historic victory in 1963 before Saturday night’s race at Daytona International Speedway.

Scott is the only black driver to win a race at the highest level of NASCAR. He was not credited for his Jacksonville 200 victory, with the trophy going to Buck Baker instead.

The officials discovered within hours of the race that Scott was the real winner by two full laps over the rest of the field. But he wasn’t credited with the victory for two years, and his family has long been pushing for a proper celebration.

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Kurt Busch will drive next season for 23XI Racing, the NASCAR team owned by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan, in a long-awaited expansion for the freshman organization.

Hamlin, the three-time Daytona 500 winner, teamed up with Jordan this year to create a team centered around Bubba Wallace. It was an easy start as Wallace brings in millions of dollars in sponsorship for the headquarters.

23XI All Year has said it would like to expand to two cars next year, a decision made easier because Busch also has its own sponsorship. Monster Energy will move with Busch next year as the main sponsor of the No.45 Toyota.

HORSES RACE

FREEHOLD, NJ (AP) – Tony Dandeo became the oldest rider to win a harness race in New Jersey when the 86-year-old rider guided Stick That Lip Out to a two-length victory at Freehold Raceway on Friday.

Dandeo beat the mark set by George McCandless, which led Kehms Scooter to victory at Freehold on October 20, 1994, at the age of 83.

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