Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-OBIT-BECKERTFour–time All-Star Beckert diesCHICAGO (AP) — Glenn Beckert’s baseball exploits can be overshadowed by his four Hall of Fame teammates, but his contributions were vital to the success of the Chicago Cubs during the late 1960s and early 70s. The four-time All-Star second baseman has died of natural causes at age 79, according to his family.Beckert won a Gold Glove in 1968 before earning All-Star berths over the next four seasons. He had the best strikeout-to-at-bat ratio in the National League five times and finished third in average when he hit a career-high .342 in 1971.Beckert teamed with shortstop Don Kessinger for his entire nine-year Cubs career to form one of the best double-play combinations in baseball.Beckert compiled a .283 average in an 11-year career that began with the 1965 Cubs and ended with the 1975 Padres.GOLF-SANDERS OBIT Golf standout Doug Sanders diesUNDATED (AP) — Doug Sanders brought a flamboyance to golf fashion ahead of his time, a colorful character known as much for the 20 times he won on the PGA Tour as the majors that got away.Sanders died Sunday morning in Houston, the PGA Tour confirmed through a text from Sanders’ ex-wife, Scotty. He was 86.Sanders was still an amateur when he won his first PGA Tour event in 1956 at the Canadian Open in a playoff. His best year was in 1961 when he won five times and finished third on the PGA Tour money list.But he is best known for four runner-up finishes in the majors, the most memorable at St. Andrews in the 1970 British Open. Needing to sink a 3-foot par putt on the final hole to beat Jack Nicklaus, Sanders muffed it before losing to Nicklaus in a playoff the following day. Associated Press AUTO RACING-OBIT-MOSSFormer Formula One driver Stirling Moss dead at 90LONDON (AP) — Motor racing great Stirling Moss has died at the age of 90.The daring and speed-loving Englishman was widely regarded as the greatest Formula One driver never to win the world championship.Moss’ wife said he died peacefully at his London home following a long illness. Susan Moss says “it was one lap too many. He just closed his eyes.” April 12, 2020 Update on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — A Spanish soccer team plans to have its players resume training individually this week. Real Sociedad would become the first Spanish soccer club to resume activities during the coronavirus pandemic.The club says players will have the option to start practicing at the team’s training center after the Spanish government decided to ease some of its lockdown measures. Non-essential workers will be allowed to return to their positions this week while observing social-distancing guidelines and other restrictions.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Former British soccer star Kenny Dalglish has expressed “immense gratitude” to National Health Service staff after returning home from the hospital following his coronavirus diagnosis. The 69-year-old former Celtic, Scotland and Liverpool forward was hospitalized Wednesday for treatment on gallstones and subsequently tested positive for COVID-19 despite not showing symptoms.— Smaller cities and communities are dealing with the cancellation of showcase sporting events. For Oklahoma City, that means losing the Women’s College World Series. The annual event determines the NCAA softball championship. It has been hosted by Oklahoma City every year but one since 1990. Last year, it brought in an estimated $14 million to the city and its businesses. Even more was expected this year because of a stadium seating expansion.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Moss was affectionately known as “Mr. Motor Racing” and had a fearless and often reckless attitude. That took a toll on his slight body and his career ended at age 31 after a horrific crash. Moss won 16 of the 66 F1 races he entered.He said, “If you’re not trying to win at all costs, what on earth are you doing there?”Moss was hospitalized with a chest infection in 2016 that led to him retiring from public life in 2018.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKSpanish soccer team to resume training
Rivers United Technical Manager, Stanley Eguma, is optimistic Nigerian clubs can hold their own in the CAF Champions League and Confederation Cup this year. Rivers United and Rangers will both fly Nigeria’s flag in Africa’s premiere club competition – the Champions League while Wikki Tourists and FC Ifeanyiubah will both seek to become the first Nigerian club to win the Caf Confederation Cup – the continent’s second-tier club competition. “However, I will not rule out Nigerian clubs because we have begun to build stronger teams now. “None of the African clubs that have entered for both competitions (Champions League and Confederation Cup) can confidently say they know which team will win (the respective titles). Eguma was a member of Enyimba’s coaching staff when the Aba club won the African title for the second time in 2004.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram “The competitiveness of the NPFL is also helping our clubs and I am confident that Rivers United will surprise many on the continent. Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) clubs have generally underwhelmed in CAF’s inter-club competitions in recent years but Eguma believes the trend can be bucked in 2017. “We are looking at performing the past feats of Enyimba (that won the CAF Champions League title in 2003 and 2004). “If Enyimba, a Nigeria club could win the Caf Champions League title back to back, it is possible that Rivers United can do it as well,” Eguma told the club’s official website, www.riversunitedfc.com.ng. “It is still too early to definitely say whether or not Rivers United can win the CAF Champions League because we have still not hit optimum form with the NPFL season still in its early stages.
Tipperary Manager Tommy Toomey was happy with elements of his side’s performance but said there was a huge sense of disappointment in the dressing room after the final whistle. Cork also came through their quarter final of the Munster Under 21 football championship last night…beating Clare by 15 points in Cooraclare. Kerry will now meet Limerick in one semi final, while Cork will go up against Waterford in the other. Tommy Toomey’s men had commanded much of the game with the sides were level at half-time on a scoreline of 0-6 to 1-3… Tipperary’s goal coming from Liam Casey in the 14th-minute. With the sides deadlocked in the 50th minute Kerry moved three points clear and despite two late points from Tipperary, the Kingdom held out to take the victory by just a single point. The final scoreline in Austin Stack park was Tipperary 1-7 Kerry 0-11.