Donaldson traded to Tribe
Josh Donaldson’s rough season has taken a positive turn. The 2015 American League MVP was traded on Friday night by Toronto to the Cleveland Indians, who are hoping he can bolster their lineup and help them get back to the World Series. The Indians sent a player to be named to the Blue Jays for cash considerations and Donaldson, who has been limited to 36 games this season because of injuries. The 32-year-old was the league’s top player in 2015, when he batted .297 with 41 homers and 123 RBIs. It is not clear if Donaldson is to join the Indians right away or continue to rehab in the minors.
Tracy fired after blowback
USA Gymnastics has parted ways with recently hired elite development coordinator Mary Lee Tracy, because she tried to contact Aly Raisman, one of Larry Nassar’s most outspoken victims. Only three days after being hired, Tracy on Friday said on Facebook that she was asked to resign after trying to contact Raisman to apologize in the hopes that “we could work together to make our sport better and learn from all the mistakes of the past.” USA Gymnastics said in a statement that Kelly inappropriately contacted Raisman, who is suing the organization and was critical of Kelly’s hiring, because she had previously defended Nassar.
EA starts fund for victims
Video game company Electronic Arts (EA) has donated US$1 million to the victims of a shooting at a Florida Madden NFL 19 tournament. GoFundMe on Friday announced that EA’s Jacksonville Tribute Fund has a goal of US$2 million. Authorities say 28-year-old Taylor Robertson and 22-year-old Elijah Clayton were killed at a Jacksonville mall on Sunday last week, when a fellow gamer opened fire. Eleven others were injured. EA said it has partnered with GoFundMe and the National Compassion Fund to give all of the collected funds to the wounded and the families of Robertson and Clayton.
Smith turns himself in
Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith on Friday turned himself in to police in relation to an accusation of throwing a fan’s cellphone into a construction site near a New York City restaurant in July. Joined by his lawyer, Alex Spiro, Smith walked into the New York Police Department’s 10th Precinct to discuss what happened, the New York Post reported. Smith received a desk appearance ticket and is to face misdemeanor criminal mischief charges later this year. “This is nonsense and we’re not going to respond to nonsense,” Spiro said. In the alleged incident, a 20-year-old man accused Smith of taking his phone and throwing it because he tried to take a photograph of the player. He then used someone else’s phone to call the police and open a criminal mischief complaint against Smith, the Post said.
UEFA head backs 2030 bid
Britain should host the World Cup in 2030, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said, adding that it “would be a wise idea” for the UK’s federations to work together, rather than England bid alone. “Infrastructure in the [UK] is very good and, in a way, if more countries bid, there is more chance to win,” he said. Initial talks were held in June by officials from England — which hosted and won the 1966 World Cup — Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. “After all these years, it’s time for that part of Europe to get the World Cup,” Ceferin added.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Friday said that he had called in the “third umpire” as he announced that recreational cricket would be allowed to resume next weekend. In a radio interview earlier on Friday, Johnson angered thousands of club cricketers by saying that the amateur game was still not safe to play amid the COVID-19 pandemic because of issues surrounding communal teas and dressing rooms. “It’s the teas, it’s the changing rooms and so on and so forth. There are other factors involved that generate proximity which you might not get in a game of tennis,” he said. Johnson had already
Hong Kong media reported that police briefly detained a man in a Liverpool team jersey who shouted “long live Liverpool” during anti-government protests on Wednesday, over suspicion that he was inciting independence. In-Media reported that the man was across the street from police officers who were conducting stop-and-searches on a group of protesters, when he shouted: “Long live Liverpool.” Others reportedly cheered and joined in the chant, before officers detained him. The man told In-Media that police had accused him of inciting Hong Kong independence, which now is a punishable crime. He said that he has been a fan of the English soccer
Raptors guard Fred VanVleet is already in Florida with the rest of his Toronto teammates, and he knows the time to take a stand and counter the NBA plan to restart the season has passed, but his opinion on the matter has not changed. “It sucks,” VanVleet said on Monday in a videoconference of his choice to return to the court during the COVID-19 pandemic and Black Lives Matter campaign. “It’s terrible timing, but that’s been 2020 for us. We all know the right thing to do is to not play, to take a stand. Morally, yes, that makes sense, but
Legendary batsman Everton Weekes, the last of the famed West Indies “Three Ws,” died on Wednesday at the age of 95 and was hailed as “a founding father” of the sport in the Caribbean. “Our hearts are heavy as we mourn the loss of an icon. A legend, our hero, Sir Everton Weekes,” Cricket West Indies (CWI) wrote on Twitter. “Our condolences go out to his family, friends and many fans around the world. May he rest in peace.” Barbadian Weekes was part of a feared post-World War II West Indies team who also featured Clyde Walcott and Frank Worrell. Walcott died in