Knicks say owner James Dolan isolated after positive coronavirus test

first_imgJames Dolan has become the latest sports figure known to have tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19).The Knicks, whom Dolan owns along with the NHL’s New York Rangers, announced Saturday night that he is in self-isolation after receiving the test results. It did not say when he tested positive. The Madison Square Garden Company Executive Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jim Dolan has tested positive for coronavirus. He has been in self-isolation and is experiencing little to no symptoms. He continues to oversee business operations.— NY_KnicksPR (@NY_KnicksPR) March 29, 2020More than a dozen NBA players, staff and broadcasters are known to have contracted the disease. Four members of the Nets, who play in Brooklyn, tested positive early in the outbreak. Kevin Durant was one of the four.CORONAVIRUS: NBA players, other figures who have tested positiveNew York has been one of the areas most affected by the coronavirus in the U.S. The city has recorded 672 deaths related to COVID-19 since the disease’s outbreak earlier this year, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University & Medicine. Dolan reportedly was resistant to the NBA staging games in empty arenas as a response to the coronavirus outbreak in early March. Sources told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski that the Knicks were one of three NBA teams (the Rockets and Pacers) that wanted “a formal governmental mandate” to close games to the public. The league suspended the season on March 11 after Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive.Dolan’s Rangers share Madison Square Garden with the Knicks.last_img read more

Besiktas 1-0 Liverpool (agg 1-1): Reds dumped out of Europa League after drama from the spot

first_imgLiverpool were dumped out of the Europa League after suffering a 5-4 penalty defeat to Besiktas at Ataturk Stadium.The Reds returned to the venue that staged their historic fifth European Cup triumph in 2005, but had no such luck from the spot this time around as Dejan Lovren missed the all-important penalty, sending the Turkish club through to the last-16.The visitors looked too strong during a dominant first half, but Tolgay Arslan’s stunning strike turned the tie on its head as the home side won the match on the night, levelling the tie at 1-1 on aggregate, before Slaven Bilic’s side advanced.However, Liverpool made a brighter start with Mario Balotelli involved in their first meaningful chance when he teed up Raheem Sterling on the edge of the box, but the 20-year-old’s driven effort was comfortably parried by Cenk Gonen.Sterling, who occupied a free role in Rodgers’ line-up, then dazzled the Besiktas defence with a snappy run into the area but, with only Daniel Sturridge for company, the former Queens Park Rangers youngster was unable to pick out a red shirt in a promising position.Liverpool continued to press and went close five minutes later as Alberto Moreno, one of three changes from the Merseysiders’ 2-0 win against Southampton on Sunday, sprayed the ball to Sturridge, who sent a low cross toward Sterling but a skewed effort let the hosts off the hook.Sturridge was then guilty of wasting an excellent opportunity for Rodgers’ side as he failed to get the ball out of his feet when presented with a chance from 12 yards out, before Simon Mignolet was forced into his first save from Olcay Sahan’s rasping effort.And the Belgian shot-stopper was called into action after the restart as the home side adopted a more attacking approach, with Serdar Kurtulus and Jose Sosa testing the 26-year-old from range.The lively Gokhan Tore showcased his talent with a mazy run from the left and sent a dipping effort whistling over the crossbar, before Kolo Toure was forced into a vital interception to spare the blushes of Lovren.Substitute Arslan sent Liverpool a warning with a thunderous strike from 30 yards with Mignolet all but beaten, but the Reds failed to take note as the 24-year-old smashed the ball into the top corner on 72 minutes.Both sides then traded attacks knowing a goal would send them through, but neither could fashion a clear opportunity to snatch a late winner.That was until Demba Ba was presented with the ball inside the six yard box deep in stoppage-time, however, the former Chelsea striker was left with his head in his hands after smashing the ball into the crossbar.With the match entering extra-time Besiktas were in the ascendency; Daniel Opare’s 20 yard effort a sign of their growing confidence while Ba continued to pose a threat inside the Liverpool box, prompting Mignolet into a fine save.However, as extra-time came and went with few attempts at goal, Liverpool’s participation in the competition was over when Lovren sent his penalty high and wide. Liverpool sent out of the Europa League on penalties 1last_img read more