NEW YORK – The National Hockey League announced today that it will transition to Phase 2 of its Return To Play Plan effective Monday, June 8.
Beginning June 8 – subject to each Club’s satisfaction of all of the requirements set out in the Phase 2 Protocol – Clubs will be permitted to reopen their training facilities in their home city to allow players to participate in individualized training activities (off-ice and on-ice). Players will be participating on a voluntary basis and will be scheduled to small groups (i.e., a maximum of six Players at any one time, plus a limited number of Club staff). The various measures set out in the Phase 2 Protocol are intended to provide players with a safe and controlled environment in which to resume their conditioning. Phase 2 is not a substitute for training camp.
All necessary preparations for Phase 2, including those that require Player participation (education, diagnostic testing, scheduling for medicals, etc.), can begin immediately. The NHL and the NHLPA continue to negotiate over an agreement on the resumption of play.
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Race winner Valtteri Bottas kept his cool and didn’t put a foot wrong on Sunday as he powered his way to victory in the 2020 Austrian Grand Prix – but it was more of a knife edge situation than it looked on the surface.
While his Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton has a turbulent day that included a grid drop and a late penalty for clashing with Alex Albon, Bottas was able to sail off into the distance from pole position at the start of the race.
He then confidently navigated three safety car restarts to retain his lead despite pressure from an impatient Hamilton. But any suggestions that it has been an ‘easy’ day were quickly rejected by the Finn in post-race media interviews.
“Winning a F1 Grand Prix is never easy, but today definitely didn’t come easy at all,” he stated emphatically.
“In the first stint, Lewis lost a bit of time getting through the Red Bulls, so there was quite a bit of margin, He explained of his early lead.
“The first stint was not that bad because I had a decent gap. I could control and make sure we’d make it to the target stop lap. I tried to do the right thing with the tyres and maintaining the car.”
However the next phase of the race was more of a problem. With the field bunched up after a safety car, Bottas had Hamilton on his tail trying everything possible to wrest the lead from him.
“In the second stint there was never, like, massive pressure, because I was up in front and we wanted to make really sure we made it to the end,” Bottas said. “I was watching on the mirrors and I could see Lewis was pushing pretty, pretty hard and still making use of all the track.”
Mercedes engineers on the pit wall were also increasingly worried about a number of issues being detected on both cars, instructing them to focus on securing the 1-2 result rather than fighting each other.
Far from being just a case of coded team orders, Mercedes team principal Toto Wolff insisted that there had been genuine concern that one or both cars might end up retiring.
“The situation was pretty serious, right away from the start,” he told Motorsport.com. “We saw it started with issues on Valtteri’s car, but it was something that can be an instant kill. Then it started on Lewis’s car. We didn’t really know what it was.
“We know that it was somehow linked to vibration and agitation of the car. That is why we advised them very early on to keep off the kerbs,” Wolff added. “At the certain stage, it looked like we would not finish the race with both cars, so we were trying to really cruise home.”
“We had some issues with some sensors that were damaged by the vibration of the pretty harsh kerbs we have here,” said Bottas, picking up the story.
“Here the more you go on the kerb the more the vibrations ramp up, so you kind of get a feeling for what’s okay and what’s too much,” he continued. “There were only a few places where you need to take care, so, after one or two laps I kind of got used to it
“We had to avoid kerbing – which, obviously, costs you quite a bit of lap time,” he explained. “But obviously you want to prioritize the reliability, so I took a couple of laps to try and optimize the new way of driving, avoiding the kerbs.”
Two more safety cars followed which left the two Silver Arrows under pressure from Albon. But Bottas was just focussing on staying out in front despite the multiple restarts.
“I think I’m starting to master the restarts on this track because I had so many today,” he joked. “[I was] in the lead, getting one safety car after another. In the end I was, like, ‘Again?!’
“You always try to do something different each time,” he added. “I think the last one was a bit on the limit with the safety car line one, crossing with the safety car, but otherwise really good.”
“When you are in the lead you just want things to be constant and trouble-free. There were many variables. I managed to dodge many bullets today and get the win.”
DeChambeau cruised his way to three-shot victory in Detroit
By Frank Pingue
(Reuters) – A bulked-up Bryson DeChambeau, who has been knocking on the door since the PGA Tour’s return from a COVID-19 hiatus, finally blew it open as he cruised to victory at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit on Sunday.
World number 10 DeChambeau, who arrived at Detroit Golf Club riding an impressive streak of six consecutive top-10 finishes, shot a seven-under-par 65 to reach 23 under on the week, three shots ahead of overnight leader Matthew Wolff (71).
DeChambeau, who re-emerged from the break in mid-June packing serious muscle and startling distance off the tee, began the day three shots back of Wolff but wasted little time taking over top spot on the leaderboard.
The American had four birdies through seven holes, and then added another at the par-four 10th where he drained a 22-foot putt to take complete control.
DeChambeau’s lone miscue came at the par-five 14th where he made bogey, which opened the door as Wolff shrugged off a rough front nine and made a late charge.
But DeChambeau finished his round with three consecutive birdies to secure his sixth PGA Tour victory. The win marks DeChambeau’s fourth straight PGA Tour season with a triumph.
“This is a little emotional for me because I did do something a little different, I changed my body, changed my mindset in the game and I was able to accomplish a win while playing a completely different style of golf,” said DeChambeau.
“And it’s pretty amazing to see that and I hope it’s an inspiration to a lot of people that if they set their mind to it, you can accomplish it. It just takes a lot of hard work.”
Wolff, who was seeking his second PGA Tour title, struggled early and was three over after 10 holes, five shots off the pace, and seemingly out of contention until the par-four 12th where he made the first of four birdies over a six-hole stretch.
Wolff had a chance to move to within one shot of DeChambeau but his 14-foot eagle putt at the penultimate hole stopped just short of the cup.
Kevin Kisner (66) finished five shots back of DeChambeau in third place while former Masters champion Danny Willett (66) was among a group of four golfers a further two shots back.
(Reporting by Frank Pingue in Toronto; Editing by Ken Ferris and Richard Pullin)
Liverpool wins first at Anfield as champion
LIVERPOOL, England — Liverpool kept alive its bid to finish the Premier League season with a perfect home record after labouring to a 2-0 win against relegation-threatened Aston Villa on Sunday in its first match at Anfield since winning the title.
A 17th straight home victory this season — and surely the most underwhelming — was secured by goals from Sadio Mane in the 71st minute and substitute Curtis Jones in the 89th.
Three days after Liverpool lost 4-0 at Manchester City in its first match as champion, Jürgen Klopp’s team again lacked the intensity, snap and precision that brought it the title in such devastating fashion this season.
Indeed, Liverpool had managed just two shots on target against Villa before Mane met a low cross into the area from midfielder Naby Keita with a first-time shot that struck the underside of the crossbar and bounced down over the line.
Jones tucked away a shot after a nod-down at the far post by Mohamed Salah to double the lead with the last chance of a dull game.
It was enough to earn the Reds one of the five wins they need to beat the record season points total in the Premier League of 100, set by Manchester City in 2017-18.
Wins over Burnley and Chelsea at Anfield over the next two weeks will see Liverpool complete the season with 19 victories out of 19, for a 100% home record that has never been achieved in the Premier League.
The match was more important for Villa, given its perilous position in the relegation zone. The visitors gave Liverpool a guard of honour before the match — like Man City did on Thursday — but didn’t pay the champions much respect on the field at an empty Anfield that was bedecked in club banners.
Indeed, with Liverpool often looking lethargic, Villa carried a threat on the counterattack, although Dean Smith’s team wasn’t helped by a foot injury that seemed to hamper captain and playmaker Jack Grealish most of the game.
Villa stayed in third-to-last place, one point adrift of safety with five games left.
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