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Wednesday Sports in Brief

by Ace Damon
Wednesday Sports in Brief

NBA

INDEPENDENCE, Ohio (AP) – John Beilein failed to make it through an NBA season.

With tremendous success in Michigan and other stops in his coaching career, Beilein resigned on Wednesday after just 54 games with the Cavaliers in reconstruction, who do not seem to find the right person to lead his team.

Beilein, 67, was never comfortable during his short stint in the professional game. The travel demands, lack of training time and a group of players who did not respect him or responded to his coaching style proved to be a lot, so he decided to move on before the team returned from the All-Star break.

The Cavs was only 14-40 under Beilein, who the Cavaliers signed a five-year contract for last May. The team said he would be transferred to a different role within the organization. Right now, Beilein's next role is still being discussed, but his connections in college make him invaluable in preparing the draft.

Associate head coach J.B.Bickerstaff will take over as Beilein.

NASCAR

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Ryan Newman was released from a hospital in Florida on Wednesday, about 42 hours after his scary accident on the last lap of the Daytona 500.

Roush Fenway Racing released a photo of Newman leaving a hospital in Daytona Beach, holding the hands of his two daughters. The announcement came just hours after the team said he was fully alert and walking around the hospital.

The 42-year-old native of Indiana was taken by ambulance directly from the runway in serious condition after the accident on Monday night. Doctors said two hours after the accident that Newman's injuries were not life-threatening, but no details were released.

His release from the hospital was quick. Roush Fenway said on Wednesday that Newman "continues to show great improvements".

MLB

NEW YORK (AP) –

Pittsburgh Pirates' Pablo Reyes was suspended 80 games on Wednesday under the major league drug program after a positive test for the performance-enhancing drug Boldenone.

He became the second player in three days suspended by Boldenone, which is sold under the Equipose brand and is commonly used on horses. Houston pitcher Francis Martes was suspended for the 2020 season on Monday after a positive test for Boldenone, his second major league drug program violation.

Reyes, a 26-year-old field player and defender, made his major league debut in September 2018 and reached 0.229 with three players and seven RBIs in 63 card games.

He hit 0.203 with two homers and 19 RBIs in 157 Pirate appearances last year and beat 0.286 with 10 homers and 30 RBIs in 191 Triple-A Indianapolis plate appearances.

GOLF

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Rory McIlroy became the first player to publicly reject the idea of ​​a proposed new tour, saying he values ​​his choice of where to play with the money promised by the Premier Golf League.

"I would like to be on the right side of history in this case," said McIlroy on Wednesday in the Mexican Championship.

McIlroy said the only thing that could change his mind was if all the major players decided to join, and he doesn't see that happening.

"I think it is very divided at the moment," he said.

The conversation about a Premier Golf League has been around for six years and has gained momentum – along with serious funds, mainly from Saudi Arabia – in recent months. Organizers have spoken to players and agents in recent months in the Bahamas, Australia and last week in Los Angeles.

SOCCER

NEW YORK (AP) – Newly hired American football coach Gregg Berhalter won almost as much from the U.S. Football Federation in the fiscal year ending March 31 as did wife Jill Ellis.

Berhalter, hired on December 2, 2018, received a compensation of $ 304,113 from the USSF in the year ended March 31, according to the tax declaration released by the federation on Wednesday. This number includes a $ 200,000 signing bonus.

Ellis, who took over as a female coach in May 2014, received compensation of $ 390,409 in the fiscal year. She took the Americans to her second consecutive World Cup title, was elected FIFA Coach of the Year, and left in October. Any bonuses she earned as a result of the title will likely be listed on next year's tax return.

OLYMPICS

TOKYO (Reuters) – A respected Japanese virologist said on Wednesday that if the Tokyo Olympics take place tomorrow, the games are unlikely to be held because of the rapidly spreading virus in Wuhan, China.

"We need to find the best way to have a safe Olympics," said Hitoshi Oshitani, speaking at Japan's Foreign Correspondents Club. "We currently don't have an effective strategy, and I think it can be difficult to have the Olympics (now). But by the end of July, we may be in a different situation. ”

The local organizing committee for the Tokyo Olympics and the International Olympic Committee have said several times in recent weeks that they are following the advice of the World Health Organization and that the games will continue.

But with each passing day, the impact of the virus seems to spread, and so do the consequences: Olympic qualifying events are canceled or postponed, travel is difficult and athletes and families are left wondering. Not to mention sponsors and broadcast networks that have invested billions of dollars in the Olympics.

The modern Olympics dating from 1896 were canceled only during the war and, in 1980 and 1984, continued with boycotts.

COURTS

NEW YORK (AP) – A federal judge dismissed Charles Oakley's lawsuit against executive president James Dolan and Madison Square Garden following the ex-New York Knicks striker's ejection from a game and subsequent arrest three years ago.

Judge Richard J. Sullivan ruled Wednesday at the US District Court in Manhattan that the case "had the feel of a public relations campaign" and Oakley did not claim a plausible legal claim under federal defense standards.

Oakley alleged assault, assault and false imprisonment, and defamation after Dolan and the Knicks suggested he had an alcohol problem.

The Knicks responded to the decision saying they expected a better relationship with Oakley, a popular player who spent a decade in the franchise, but criticized Dolan's team.

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