LA teams join forces for so­cial jus­tice ini­tia­tive

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LOS AN­GE­LES — South­ern Cal­i­for­nia’s pro­fes­sional sports teams com­pete for ad­ver­tis­ing dol­lars and at­ten­tion from fans but the 11 or­ga­ni­za­tions are join­ing forces for a new so­cial jus­tice ini­tia­tive.

The fran­chises an­nounced Tues­day that they are launch­ing The Al­liance: Los An­ge­les. The five-year part­ner­ship’s main em­pha­sis will be to pro­vide more re­sources for un­der­served Black chil­dren. It also aims to ad­dress racial in­jus­tice while de­vel­op­ing ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams.

Los An­ge­les Football Club pres­i­dent and co-owner Tom Penn said the first meet­ing was held May 31, less than a week af­ter Ge­orge Floyd died in po­lice cus­tody in Minneapoli­s. The death of Floyd and other Black peo­ple at the hands of po­lice sparked demon­stra­tions in cities across the globe, in­clud­ing Los An­ge­les.

“Every­one co-signed that we would try to bring some good out of the sit­u­a­tion. If not sports, then who?” Penn said. “We ex­pect this pro­gram to be a bea­con and mag­net for oth­ers.”

The Al­liance — which also in­cludes the An­gels, Charg­ers, Clip­pers, Dodgers, Ducks, Kings, Gal­axy, Lak­ers, Rams and Sparks — will work closely with Los An­ge­les’ Play Eq­uity Fund and Ac­cel­er­ate Change To­gether (ACT) Ana­heim.

Re­nata Sim­ril, the pres­i­dent of the Play Eq­uity Fund, said the pro­gram’s progress will be mea­sured by track­ing high school grad­u­a­tion rates, col­lege ad­mis­sion and re­ten­tion.

Sim­ril said the fiveyear com­mit­ment from teams was im­por­tant be­cause changes will not hap­pen overnight. “The next step is to en­gage com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions and a

co­hort of young lead­ers,” she said. “We are re­ally try­ing to change sys­tems and en­gage over the long term. The teams are com­mit­ted to stay­ing with it.”Dodgers man­ager Dave Roberts said the work of The Al­liance will be in ad­di­tion to the com­mu­nity work al­ready be­ing done by each fran­chise. He also ex­pects there will be plenty of par­tic­i­pa­tion by play­ers on each team.

Terry gets 3-year, $4.35M ex­ten­sion with Ducks

ANA­HEIM — Right wing Troy Terry has agreed to a three-year, $4.35 mil­lion con­tract ex­ten­sion through the 2022-23 sea­son with the Ana­heim Ducks.

Ana­heim an­nounced the deal Tues­day. Terry will get $1.35 mil­lion in the 2020-21 sea­son, $1.45 mil­lion in 202122 and $1.55 mil­lion in 202223.

The 22-year-old Terry has eight goals and 20 as­sists in 81 ca­reer games with the Ducks, who drafted him in the fifth round in 2015. He scored 15 points in 47 games be­fore the cur­rent sea­son was halted by the Coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Terry has es­tab­lished him­self in the NHL as an im­por­tant part of the Ducks’ young core, but the Den­ver na­tive is best known for his shootout acu­men at the in­ter­na­tional level.

The for­mer Univer­sity of Den­ver star fa­mously scored the game-win­ning shootout goals in the semi­fi­nals and fi­nal of the 2017 World Ju­nior Cham­pi­onship. He also played for the U.S. na­tional team at the Pyeongchan­g Olympics in 2018, record­ing five as­sists in five games.

The Ducks are not par­tic­i­pat­ing in the NHL’s re­turn to play af­ter post­ing one of the league’s seven worst records. They have missed the play­offs in con­sec­u­tive sea­sons for the first time since 2002, but they will have the sixth over­all pick in the up­com­ing draft.

Port­land gets spark from Blanco, beats Gal­axy 2-1

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jeremy Ebo­bisse and Se­bastián Blanco scored seven min­utes apart mid­way through the sec­ond half, Javier “Chichar­ito” Her­nan­dez had a first-half penalty saved, and the Port­land Tim­bers opened the MLS is Back tour­na­ment with a 2-1 win over the LA Gal­axy on Mon­day night.

Port­land surged into com­mand of Group F in the tour­na­ment thanks to its vic­tory and a 3-3 draw ear­lier on Mon­day be­tween LAFC and Hous­ton.

“This is a very im­por­tant win. It’s been four months, four long months with­out any com­pe­ti­tion or friendly matches. Men­tally was very dif­fi­cult, and also phys­i­cally,” Blanco said through and in­ter­preter. “It’s very im­por­tant to be able to start this way be­cause it gives us a lot of trust, and it shows how se­ri­ously we’re tak­ing this com­pe­ti­tion and how good we’ve been work­ing.”

Her­nan­dez missed on the penalty in the 12th minute as his at­tempt was smoth­ered by Port­land goal­keeper Steve Clark, who also saved the re­bound at­tempt by Sasha Kl­jes­tan. Her­nan­dez also missed an open goal early in the sec­ond half send­ing his shot over the cross­bar.

The Mex­i­can star fi­nally scored his first goal for the Gal­axy in the 88th minute as the Gal­axy took ad­van­tage of Port­land play­ing with just 10 men. Dario Zu­paric was given a sec­ond yel­low card in the 75th and the Gal­axy had a pair of goals waived off for off­side be­fore Her­nan­dez fi­nally scored his first for LA.

The Gal­axy (0-2-1) re­mained win­less on the sea­son af­ter open­ing the year with a draw against Hous­ton and a 1-0 home loss to Van­cou­ver.

“The last 20 min­utes, 25 min­utes we were much bet­ter. We cre­ate a lot of chances,” Her­nan­dez said. “But we weren’t ruth­less like we need to be.”

The Tim­bers had lim­ited chances for most of the first hour, but out­worked the Gal­axy de­fense for both goals. And both were thanks largely to Blanco’s ef­fort.

Rookie Pineda’s goal gives Fire 2-1 win over Sounders

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Rookie Mauri­cio Pineda scored in the 84th minute to give the Chicago Fire a 2-1 vic­tory over the Seat­tle Sounders on Tues­day in the MLS is Back tour­na­ment.

Wide open at the back post, Pineda caught Sounders goal­keeper Ste­fan Frei off guard af­ter Seat­tle’s Hand­walla Bwana scored in the 77th minute to knot the score at 1-all.

Robert Beric’s goal put the Fire up af­ter a score­less first half. It was his sec­ond goal for the Fire this sea­son — his first came in a sea­son-open­ing loss to the de­fend­ing cham­pion Sounders.

The match Tues­day was the tour­na­ment opener for the Fire, who were shifted to a new group af­ter FC Dal­las and Nashville SC had to with­draw be­cause of pos­i­tive COVID-19 tests.

Courage beat Sky Blue, win 4th straight in NWSL tour­na­ment

HERRIMAN, Utah — Sa­man­tha Mewis and Crys­tal Dunn each scored and the North Carolina Courage won their fourth straight game, beat­ing Sky Blue 2-0 on Mon­day night in the Na­tional Women’s Soc­cer League’s Chal­lenge Cup.

The two-time league de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons fin­ished the group stage atop the field head­ing into the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Mewis scored in the sev­enth minute for the fastest goal of the Chal­lenge Cup so far. Dunn added her first goal of the tour­na­ment in the 57th minute. Both play­ers were on the U.S. na­tional team that won the World Cup last sum­mer in France.

The Courage lead the tour­na­ment in goals scored with seven. They’ve al­lowed just one.

North Carolina for­ward Jessica McDon­ald came in as a sub forin the 64th minute, her first ap­pear­ance of the tour­na­ment. McDon­ald was nurs­ing a right thigh in­jury.

Kings’ Barnes isn’t at NBA restart, says he has Coro­n­avirus

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Har­ri­son Barnes of the Sacra­mento Kings be­came the lat­est NBA player to re­veal that he has Coro­n­avirus, mak­ing the an­nounce­ment Tues­day and say­ing he has hopes to join his team at the league’s restart later this sum­mer.

Barnes is the only player who has started all 64 of the Kings’ games this sea­son. To ex­tend that streak, he’ll need to be cleared and ar­rive at Walt Dis­ney World be­fore Sacra­mento’s sea­son re­sumes with the first of its eight seed­ing games on July 31 against San An­to­nio.

“Prior to the team leav­ing last week, I tested pos­i­tive for Covid-19,” Barnes wrote on so­cial me­dia. “I’ve been pri­mar­ily asymp­to­matic and am do­ing well. I’m quar­an­tined and am abid­ing by the safety pro­to­col un­til I’m cleared for ac­tion. I hope to join my team in Or­lando when it is safe to do so! Stay safe out there.”

Barnes is av­er­ag­ing 14.7 points this sea­son for the Kings.

The league said Mon­day that 19 play­ers tested pos­i­tive dur­ing in-mar­ket test­ing af­ter July 1, those tests be­ing done be­fore teams be­gan ar­riv­ing at Dis­ney on July 7. Based on the timetable Barnes used in his mes­sage, it’s likely that he was one of those 19 play­ers in the NBA’s lat­est count.

Hous­ton’s Rus­sell West­brook said Mon­day that he has tested pos­i­tive and has yet to join the Rock­ets at Dis­ney. Many play­ers have cho­sen to not make their di­ag­no­sis pub­lic, in­clud­ing two play­ers who tested pos­i­tive af­ter ar­riv­ing at Dis­ney last week — but never got out of quar­an­tine and into the NBA’s so-called bub­ble.

WNBA MVP Delle Donne says league de­nied her med­i­cal waiver

NEW YORK — Elena Delle Donne’s re­quest to be med­i­cally ex­cused from the WNBA sea­son was de­nied, ac­cord­ing to the league’s reign­ing MVP.

The Washington Mys­tics star said in a state­ment Mon­day that the in­de­pen­dent panel of doc­tors the league and union agreed upon to de­cide whether play­ers should be med­i­cally ex­cused deemed her not to be “high risk, and should be per­mit­ted to play in the bub­ble.”

Had Delle Donne been med­i­cally ex­cused, she would have earned her en­tire salary for the sea­son. Now, if she chooses not to play, the de­fend­ing WNBA cham­pion Mys­tics wouldn’t have to pay her.

Delle Donne has bat­tled Lyme disease since 2008. The disease is not in­cluded on the Cen­ters for Disease Con­trol and Preven­tion’s list of un­der­ly­ing con­di­tions that could put some­one at an in­creased risk for se­vere ill­ness from COVID-19.

About 10 MLB um­pires opt out over virus con­cerns

About 10 Ma­jor League Base­ball um­pires have opted out this sea­son, choos­ing not to work games in the short­ened sched­ule be­cause of con­cerns over the Coro­n­avirus.

Two peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion told The As­so­ci­ated Press about the de­ci­sions on Tues­day. The peo­ple spoke on con­di­tion of anonymity be­cause there was no of­fi­cial an­nounce­ment.

Los An­ge­les Dodgers pitcher David Price, San Fran­cisco Giants catcher Buster Posey and Washington Na­tion­als in­fielder Ryan Zim­mer­man are among a dozen or so play­ers who won’t par­tic­i­pate this year be­cause of health is­sues.

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