Badminton | India Open, Syed Modi cancelled in BWF’s adjusted calendar

Elwanda Tulloch

The badminton season has been on hold after the All England Championship in March.

The India Open Super 500 and the Syed Modi International Super 300 tournaments were on Thursday cancelled by the Badminton World Federation in its adjusted calendar to salvage a season thrown haywire by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The India Open, which was originally scheduled in March, was to be held from December 8 to 13 in New Delhi and Syed Modi was slated for November 17 to 22 in Lucknow in the previously revised calendar.

“The Badminton World Federation (BWF) will implement an adjusted tournament calendar for the HSBC BWF World Tour in 2020,” the world body said in a statement.

“The TOTAL BWF Thomas & Uber Cup Finals 2020 in Aarhus, Denmark will remain part of the international tournament calendar and will proceed on the planned dates of 3-11 October 2020.

“All remaining HSBC BWF World

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Swim Poll of the Week: 50% Believe Matt Grevers to Energy Standard is Most Intriguing ISL Addition

Elwanda Tulloch

This is the Swim Poll of the Week for Thursday September 10, 2020, sponsored by Strechcordz Swim Training Products. In our last poll, we wanted to know: Which new addition to the ISL is the most intriguing?

The International Swimming League announced details for its second season that will take place in October in Budapest, Hungary, as all of the eight returning teams made adjustments to their rosters. We wanted to ask our audience what the most intriguing new addition was to the ISL.

American Matt Grevers is joining the reigning champs Energy Standard after swimming year one with the LA Current. He will be joined alongside newcomers Pernille Blume, Danas Rapsys and Siobhan Haughey as the two women will be training in Turkey with James Gibson and company. But Grevers joining the already stacked international team came as a surprise.

Abbey Weitzeil will be joining her Cal

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What to expect from Austin Hutcherson in year one

Elwanda Tulloch

The Illinois basketball program landed a top 20 class for 2020, but it is two transfer wings who are raring to go after a redshirt season. 

While the exile of Illini players Alan Griffin and Tevian Jones was unknown at the time of their commitments, both Austin Hutcherson and Jacob Grandison were pegged as eventual contributors after rising from their respective levels of college basketball and arriving in Champaign.

Hutcherson played two full seasons at Division III, Wesleyan University, in Middletown, Connecticut. In his first collegiate season, Hutcherson was the New England Small College Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year after starting 26 games while shooting over 44-percent from deep.

In year two, Hutcherson was a first-team All-League selection and led his conference in scoring, three-point percentage, free throw percentage and scored in all double figures in every game besides one. With full plans to return to Wesleyan for a

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Osaka uses platform to raise awareness of racial injustice, police brutality

Elwanda Tulloch



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a woman hitting a ball with a racket: Naomi Osaka wears a mask in honor of Breonna Taylor as she celebrates victory during the first round of the US Open tennis championships in New York, Aug. 31, 2020.


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Naomi Osaka wears a mask in honor of Breonna Taylor as she celebrates victory during the first round of the US Open tennis championships in New York, Aug. 31, 2020.

Naomi Osaka stepped onto the sport’s biggest stage with a silent act that reverberated around the world.

Osaka, the 22-year-old tennis prodigy with three majors already to her name, left the bowels of Arthur Ashe Stadium to play in front of nearly 24,000 empty seats and a global television audience — silently signaling a call to consciousness with the simple cloth mask on her face.

“I’m aware that tennis is watched all over the world, and maybe there is someone that

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2020 badminton calendar shrinks further due to COVID-19



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Du Yue/Li Yinhui (L) of China compete during the women’s doubles semifinal match against Lee So Hee/Shin Seung Chan of South Korea at the All England Open 2020 badminton tournament in Birmingham on March 14, 2020. (Photo by Tim Ireland/Xinhua)

The Badminton World Federation has changed the 2020 calendar again as a result of continued coronavirus uncertainty.

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — The 2020 badminton tournament calendar has been further adjusted with most World Tour events dropped due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, the Badminton World Federation (BWF) said on Thursday.

“We are confident in creating a safe environment around all BWF World Tour tournaments, however, the main challenge with the existing tournament calendar is our capacity to move participants between different territories where different entry and safety restrictions apply,” BWF said in a statement.

“Therefore, in light of the exceptional circumstances we find ourselves

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Analyzing finalists for top-100 forward Trey Kaufman

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN – MARCH 11: Indiana Hoosiers players take the floor (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Top-tier forward prospect in the 2021 recruiting class Trey Kaufman has five NCAA Basketball programs to choose from. Which of them is the best fit?

When it comes to prime examples of the modern-day power forwards in the game of basketball. Trey Kaufman has to be one of them. The consensus top-75 prospect in the 2021 NCAA Basketball recruiting class can play both inside and out, as well as make three-pointers at a high rate.

As a junior at Silver Creek High School, Kaufman averaged around 26 ppg and 10 rpg, making 64% of his total shots and making an impressive 40% from deep. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of Indiana last season, seeing his stock rise exponentially into the top-100 of every recruiting ranking available, going

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Joseph’s Transfer a Timely One Both for Him and Wolfpack

Daniel Joseph’s debut as a member of the NC State football team will have to wait an extra week because of a schedule change brought about by a COVID-19 outbreak on campus.

But that’s still not as long as he would have had to wait to play again had he still been at Penn State, which won’t be playing at all in 2020 because of the Big Ten’s decision to cancel the entire fall season.

It’s a reality of which the graduate transfer defensive end is all too aware.

“I definitely feel for those guys at Penn State because I know how hard they prepare and how hard those guys work as well,” he said during a virtual media conference Wednedsay. “To not have the opportunity to play and perform and showcase their abilities on the field, for me I definitely feel for them.”

As much as Joseph commiserates with

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Giants release former World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval

The San Francisco Giants announced on Thursday that the club has released veteran infielder Pablo Sandoval.



a baseball player standing next to a base on a field: The San Francisco Giants released Pablo Sandoval.


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The San Francisco Giants released Pablo Sandoval.

In corresponding roster moves, San Francisco recalled infielder Justin Smoak, reinstated left-handed pitcher Drew Smyly from the injured list and optioned right-hander Rico Garcia to the team’s alternate training site.

Sandoval, 34, was hitting .220 with one home run, six RBI and 18 strikeouts across 33 games during his second stint with the Giants. From 2008 through 2014 with the franchise, he was named to a pair of All-Star squads and won three World Series rings.

The Boston Red Sox signed Sandoval, the 2012 World Series Most Valuable Player, to a five-year, $95 million contract after the 2014 campaign but released him in July 2017 after he largely underperformed with the club. San Francisco quickly welcomed him back to the organization,

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India teen Tanisha Crasto stars as India sweep Dubai badminton competition

Dubai: International player Tanisha Crasto was the standout performer as India made a clean sweep of all the titles on offer in the badminton competition of DSC Dubai Sports Community Clubs’ Tournament that concluded at the Dubai Sports World at Dubai World Trade Centre on Friday.

The 17-year old Crasto, who is one of India’s top-ranked junior doubles players and has represented the country at the World Junior Badminton Championships, showed great resilience on the day, winning all eight of her matches in front of an appreciative audience.

Last month, Crasto was included in the Indian Government’s Target Olympics Podium Scheme (TOPS) that assists athletes to carry their dreams for medals at future Olympic Games.

A Grade 12 commerce student at the Indian High School, Dubai, trains at the Prime Star Sport Academy while balancing her time between studying for her Board Examinations next year and the postponed BWF World

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Bill Dorenkott Names Kyle Patnode, Mike Sullivan As Volunteer Assistants For Ohio State Swimming & Diving

Ohio State director of swimming and diving Bill Dorenkott announced on Friday that Kyle Patnode and Mike Sullivan will serve as volunteer assistant coaches with the program this season. Patnode and Sullivan are both familiar with Big Ten swimming as they were four-year letterwinners at Iowa and Wisconsin, respectively.

“I’m excited for Mike Sullivan and Kyle Patnode to join our program for this upcoming season,” said Bill Dorenkott. “We believe that both young men have the human qualities to take them far in the profession. To be a coach at The Ohio State University is a privilege and comes with great expectations. Our program values our volunteer assistant position and is dedicated to helping coaches grow professionally. Personally, I was provided similar opportunities at the start of my career and, in turn, have committed to pay it forward to the next generation to lead our sport.”

Patnode was a four-year

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