Bettman said the league is hoping to have a clearer picture of the impact of the coronavirus pandemic in the next few weeks, and that “nothing has been ruled in and nothing ruled out.”Bettman said the ideal scenario would be to complete the season to determine playoff seedings in fairness to teams involved in tightly contested races in both conferences. However, he adds: “We understand that may not be possible.”The live interview broadcast Tuesday marked the first time Bettman has mentioned the possibility of the league not being able to complete the regular season. There were 189 games remaining when play was postponed on March 12.In other developments related to the coronavirus:— The Canadian Football League is the latest sports league to postpone play because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFL, which was scheduled to kick off the regular season on June 11, announced Tuesday that the season won’t start before the beginning of July. Cave’s wife, Emily, said earlier on Instagram that doctors were “fighting to keep him alive” in surgery. “We need a miracle,” Emily Cave wrote. “Please pray for my husband and best friend.”The 25-year-old Cave scored one goal in 11 games with Edmonton this season. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-AWARDSDayton’s Obi Toppin wins Wooden Award as top hoops playerBRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Obi Toppin of Dayton won the John R. Wooden Award as the nation’s outstanding college basketball player. —The Redskins are weighing drafting Ohio State pass-rusher Chase Young with the second overall pick against the possibility of trading down. New coach Ron Rivera says he has a good idea in the back of his mind what Washington will do with the No. 2 pick. Young to the Redskins has looked like a slam dunk assuming the Cincinnati Bengals select LSU quarterback Joe Burrow first.NHL-OILERS-CAVEOilers’ Cave out of emergency surgery, remains in comaUNDATED (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers say forward Colby Cave is out of emergency surgery after suffering a brain bleed.The team posted on Twitter that doctors removed a colloid cyst that was causing pressure on Cave’s brain Tuesday. He remains in a medically induced coma at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto. April 7, 2020 Sale is expected to miss 14 to 15 months, which would put him on track to return in the middle of the 2021 season.NFL-CAM NEWTONNewton feels like ‘fish out of water’CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Cam Newton says he feels like a “fish out of water” being a free agent for the first time in his nine-year NFL career.Newton says being released by the Carolina Panthers left him with a chip on his shoulder that has “turned into family-size real quick.” He made the comments during a conversation with Thunder guard Chris Paul on Instagram Live. — The Canadian Grand Prix has become the latest Formula One race to be postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Montreal race was scheduled to take place June 12-14. It is the ninth F1 race to be postponed so far, with the French GP on June 26 now the set to be the opening event of the season.— Former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki’s farewell to tennis — an exhibition match against good friend Serena Williams — is being postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The last tournament of the 29-year-old Wozniacki’s professional career came in January at the Australian Open. The Dane won her Grand Slam title there in 2018. She was supposed to face off against 23-time major champion Williams in Copenhagen on May 18 in a match dubbed “The Final One.”— Two of the biggest meetings in the British horse racing calendar have been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, despite previous hopes that the sport could return by the start of May. The Jockey Club says the Guineas Festival at Newmarket on May 2-3 and the English Derby Festival at Epsom on June 5-6 will not be staged on those dates.— The Italian and Catalan MotoGP races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The motorcycling series has yet to start its season. Eight MotoGP races have now been called off because of the virus.— South Korea’s professional baseball league says it hopes to start practice games between teams on April 21 before possibly opening the season in early May. The Korea Baseball Organization says the plans are contingent on the country’s coronavirus caseload continuing to slow. The KBO will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials. Associated Press Burton, Earnhardt, Edwards headline Hall of Fame nomineesCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jeff Burton and Carl Edwards are among the new nominees for NASCAR’s next Hall of Fame class.Janet Guthrie returns as a nominee in the Landmark category after a one-year absence.The voting structure was changed for this year. There are three ballots: one for Modern candidates, one for Pioneer candidates and one for Landmark candidates.Two entries from the 10 Modern candidates will be elected, along with one entry apiece from the five-candidate Pioneer and Landmark categories.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Former ice hockey player Roger Chappot of Switzerland has died due to COVID-19. He was 79. Chappot played more than 100 games for Switzerland’s national team, including at the 1964 Winter Olympics. The International Ice Hockey Federation says Chappot was first treated at a hospital two weeks ago. He returned home before his condition became worse and he was admitted to an intensive care unit.VIRUS-OLYMPIC QUALIFYINGAthletes already qualified for Tokyo Games get to keep spotsUNDATED (AP) — About 6,500 athletes who already have earned their spots in the Tokyo Olympics are in for 2021. The International Olympic Committee made it official under redrawn qualifying regulations released Tuesday.The IOC postponed the games by a year due to the new coronavirus. They’ll now be held July 23 through Aug. 8 next year. The new deadline for qualifying is June 29, 2021. In other college basketball news:—Maryland forward Jalen Smith intends to enter the 2020 NBA Draft and forgo his remaining two years of eligibility. Smith averaged 15.5 points and 10.5 rebounds as a sophomore, helping the Terrapins to a 24-7 finish and a share of the Big Ten regular-season title. The 6-foot-10 star ranked first in the conference and third nationally with 21 double-doubles.Meanwhile, Arizona point guard Nico Mannion has joined fellow freshman teammate Zeke Nnaji in declaring for the NBA draftUNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORU. of Michigan reaching out to ex-athletes about late doctor Individual international sports federations will still be in charge of their qualifying procedures. But they have agreed to let athletes keep spots they already have earned.MLB-RED SOX-SALESale: No regrets about surgeryBOSTON (AP) — Boston Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale says he has no regrets about the timing of his recent Tommy John surgery and is confident he can return as a stronger pitcher following his rehab. Sale had the procedure on his left elbow last month. The Red Sox said the surgery was a success. Update on the latest in sports: Toppin, along with Saddiq Bey of Villanova, Luka Garza of Iowa, Myles Powell of Seton Hall and Peyton Pritchard of Oregon, also won positional awards from the Basketball Hall of Fame.The winners were announced Tuesday on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” broadcast. They are usually honored at the College Basketball Awards in Los Angeles, which was scheduled for Friday, but got canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Toppin is the first player from Dayton to win the Wooden Award and the first Atlantic-10 Conference player to do so since Jameer Nelson of St. Joseph’s in 2004. Toppin averaged 20 points, 7.0 rebounds and shot 60% from the field. He led the nation in dunks with a school-record 107 and his 190 career slams also set a school mark.Wooden Award voting took place from March 16-23.Toppin also received the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year. Newton didn’t give any indication where he might be interested in signing.The 2015 league MVP played in only two games last season and is coming off foot surgery. He hasn’t been able to meet with NFL teams due to the coronavirus travel restrictions.In other NFL news:—The Las Vegas Raiders have signed defensive back Damarious Randall to a one-year contract in their latest move to try to upgrade a porous defense. The Raiders announced the signing after agreeing to the deal last week. The Raiders signed Randall to a $3.25 million contract after another deal with cornerback Eli Apple fell through. The 27-year-old Randall was a first-round pick by Green Bay in 2015 with experience playing outside cornerback, in the slot and at both safety positions.—Timmy Brown, a running back and kick returner who won an NFL championship with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1960, has died. He was 82. The Eagles announced Tuesday that Brown died on Saturday. Brown was the first NFL player to return two kickoffs for touchdowns in the same game, doing it in a 24-23 win over Dallas on November 6, 1966. Brown was inducted into the Eagles Hall of Fame in 1996. He is sixth on the franchise’s all-time list for touchdowns with 62. CANTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan is sending a letter to thousands of former student-athletes, asking them to speak with investigators from a law firm it hired to lead a probe into a deceased doctor accused of molesting people.The Ann Arbor school says Tuesday the letter is going out to most of the 6,800 former student-athletes who were on campus between the mid-1960s and the early 2000s.Many men say they were molested by Dr. Robert E. Anderson while seeking treatment for various injuries.Anderson died in 2008. He worked at the university for decades until his retirement in 2003.NASCAR HALL OF FAME Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNHL commissioner says season may not be completedUNDATED (AP) — NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman has raised the possibility of not being able to complete the regular season. During an interview on NBCSN, he stressed that all options remain on the table.
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YANA PASKOVA/Herald PhotoIt was a true battle of the titans. Wisconsin and No. 12 Ohio State were caught in a heavyweight brawl and after 38-plus minutes of both teams giving it their all to bite, scratch and claw their way to victory, Wisconsin delivered the haymaker that allowed them to walk away with a 78-73 victory. UW’s Alando Tucker and the Buckeyes’ Terrence Dials, the respective colossuses of each team, met in the paint. After banging for position, Dials received the ball with his team trailing by four and needing a basket badly, while Tucker was trying desperately to seal the Herculean Badger comeback — the team had trailed by nine at the half. Dials faced up, edged in a little closer and then went for a two-foot jumper. Tucker blocked the shot of the OSU juggernaut, who had looked so unstoppable making 10 of his first 12 shots, and made the more super-human play. After deflecting Dials’ shot straight up in the air, Tucker snatched the ball, sprinted down the floor and drew a foul. He made the ensuing free throw to push the lead to five and Ohio State drew no closer the rest of the way. “It had to be fun to watch,” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “I enjoyed his performance and his teammates did too.””It’s amazing to have a guy like [Tucker] playing on our team,” senior Ray Nixon said of his roommate Tucker, who finished with 27 points and 16 rebounds, both game-highs. “Sometimes we get caught watching him do so much for our team that it can hurt us, but he is just great.”Dials finished the game with a team-leading 24 points.Wisconsin (18-7, 8-4 Big Ten) overcame a nine-point halftime deficit by scoring 50 points in the second half — shooting over 55 percent — allowing it to squeak past Ohio State (18-4, 7-4) in one of the most hard-fought games of the season.”There’ll be a lot of sore guys tomorrow,” predicted Ryan.For all of Tucker’s heroics and Dials’ wasted efforts, it was the supporting cast that provided the difference in the game. Four Badgers, including Tucker, scored in double-figures, with sophomore Brian Butch (17 points), Nixon (13) and junior guard Kammron Taylor (12) all making huge contributions. “We finally put it together,” Tucker said of the total team attack. “This is what we have been talking about, game after game.”With Tucker’s 16 boards as a base, UW as a team out-rebounded the Buckeyes by 11, a major development in the game according to Ryan.It wasn’t Tucker who hit the game’s biggest shots, but Butch and Nixon who made the game-changing baskets. With just under six minutes remaining in the game and the Badgers trailing by four, Nixon got hot and scored 10 of Wisconsin’s next 12 points. “I thought that I was open,” Nixon said. “It was a time that we needed to step up, we needed a couple of key baskets and I thought that I could hit those shots.”Then, one possession before Tucker would make the play of the game on Dials, Butch made a 3-pointer to give Wisconsin a four-point lead, hopping up and down on one foot, as he watched the shot pop up high off the rim before falling through. “It definitely was a team effort,” Butch said. “Everyone stepped up, everyone hit big shots, everyone had defensive plays when [they] needed to.”Wisconsin kept it close through the opening minutes, matching Ohio State basket for basket. However, with the score tied at 14, the Buckeyes went on a 12-2 run to take a 10-point lead and were able to push their lead to 13 at one point. OSU’s Dials was perfect, making all five of his shots and both of his free throws to tack up 12 points. It could’ve been worse for the Badgers, but Dials picked up his second foul with 6:11 remaining in the first half, forcing the 6-foot-9, 260-pound center to sit the remainder of the frame. As it was, Wisconsin went into the locker room trailing 37-28. Once Wisconsin started to make a move in the second-half, the crowd soon got into the game and by the time Wisconsin took their first lead of the half with 2:54 remaining, the crowd noise was deafening. “The crowd really liked it too,” Ryan said. “The energy in that place — every time you think you’ve heard it at it’s loudest — wow. That was electrifying that last six minutes, and the block was a part of that.””It’s a great feeling when you hit a big shot or make a great stop and you feel the building was about to erupt,” Nixon said. “The fans just go nuts and you feel a surge go through your body.”And though the Badgers missed a few free throws late in the game, they were able to hold off the Buckeyes with more defensive stops.”The recipe for defeat was unfolding, in that we missed some free throws,” Ryan said. “Fortunately, they didn’t hit shots down at the other end. We held on.”