#10:22 PM: Hundred comes up for Hong Kong. Score after 18 overs: Hong Kong – 101-0#10:20 PM: FOUR! Highest opening partnership ever in ODIs for Hong Kong. They are right now on the driving seat against mighty India. If they are through, it won’t be called an upset as they have been dominating since the start of the game. First in bowling and now in batting, Hong Kong players are proving their mettle.#10:10 PM: FIFTY for Nizakat! And he reaches the milestone in style with a six on a free hit. Shardul Thakur is losing the plot here. Bowled a slow bouncer and Nizakat pulls it comfortable towards the mid-wicket for a maximum. Expensive over from Thakur, 17 off it.#10:00 PM: Score after 10 overs: Hong Kong 56-0; Nizakat Khan 40(38); Anshuman Rath 15(22)# 09:55 PM: ‘Give some credit to Hong Kong’: I think its very harsh to assess India on this bowling performance. Lets give some credit to Hong Kong as well. They are playing with strong intention. They conceded just five extras and their openers doing a great job today unlike last match, says Rameez Raja.#09:45 PM: Four! Second boundary off the over. It was on the pad and Nizakat glanced it beautifully towards the fine leg. The openers are like with ease. ROhit should be worried about it.#09:40 PM: Four! What a beautiful boundary that was. A perfect cricketing shot straight down the ground. Eyes on the ball and brings his bat down in motion. Connects it to perfection and beats the fielder at mid-on.#09:30 PM: Score after 5 overs: Hong Kong 19-0; Anshuman Rath 2(12); Nizakat Khan 17(18)#09:25 PM: FOUR! Terrific shot! There was width on offer and Nizakat makes sure to bring out the square cut into play and times it sweetly to find the fence after bisecting the field.#09:22 PM: Score after 1 overs: Hong Kong 5-0; Anshuman Rath 0(1); Nizakat Khan 5(5)#09:20 PM: FOUR! Edge and boundary. Hong Kong off to a good start anyway. It was swinging away outside off and Khan tried to play it away from the body. The ball took a thick outside edge and went past the first slip man. #09:18 PM: Welcome back! Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath are at the crease. Nizakat Khan is on strike. Bhuvneshwar will open the attack#08:57 PM: A wonderful bowling efforts shown by the Hong Kong team. Restricting the world #2 below 300 wasn’t an easy task for a team like Hong Kong. But their bowlers, particularly spinners, shown the character and didn’t let anyone exceot Dhawan settle. However, its not going to be an easy chase for them. We will be back after the innings break.#08:55 PM: Score after 50 overs: IND 285-7#08:50 PM: Aizaz Khan to SN Thakur, out! Wicket number seven falls.#08:45 PM: Score after 49 overs: India 277-6S; N Thakur 0(2); Kedar Jadhav 20(22)#08:40 PM: OUT! Bhuvneshwar Kumar departs. Skipper Anshuman Rath takes his man. Have India lost the plot here? Shardul Thakur, right handed bat, comes to the crease#08:30 PM: Score after 48 overs: India 275-5; Kedar Jadhav 19(20) Bhuvneshwar 8(16)#08:25 PM: SIX! Jadhav goes big. Walks down the wicket and simply chips the ball over the bowler’s head with a straight bat. #08:13 PM: OUT! What the hell is happening here? First Dhawan, then Dhoni and now Karthik. A brilliant fight back from Hong Kong. India five down. #08:09 PM: OUT! Another wicket for Hong Kong and they are at the cloud nine. Wicket number two for Ehsan Khan. The ball tooka fine edge and went straight into the hands of the keeper who was standing close to the wickets. Dhoni didn’t wait for umpire’s signal. A mini-recovery for Hong Kong.#08:03 PM: OUT! Dhawan falls after a brilliant century. It was bowled outside off, Dhawan tried to go after it but got the top edge and an easy catch for the man at backward point. Dhoni replaces Dhawan.#08:00 PM: Score after 40 overs: India 237-2; Karthik 25(31)Dhawan 126(118)#07:55 PM: SIX! Dhawan has cleared his mind now. He will go for big hits. It was bowled in middle and leg and Dhawan used bottom hands to launch itto the stands over deep mid wicket.#07:30 PM: hundred for Sikhar Dhawan. He equals the 14-century record of Yuvraj Singh.#07:10 PM: OUT! Ambati Rayadu falls for 60 as Hong Kong look to fight back.#06:32 PM: Score after 20 overs: India 109-1; Rayudu 29(38); Dhawan 56(60)#06:29 PM: SIX! That’s a big hit from Rayudu. It was too slow and short and Rayudu pulled it nicely. It was Rayudu first aggressive hit of the innings. 15 off the over.#06:25 PM: 26th ODI fifty for Dhawan! Nothing changes for Dhawan in white-ball cricket. He reaches the milestone with an uppish drive that beats extra cover. They take double. #06:10 PM: Twitter talks: Very important tournament for Ambati Rayudu to cement his place in the team.. He can be the solution to the middle order woes, says Raghava. Meanwhile, the scorecard after 15 overs reads – India: 77-1; Rayudu 13(22); Dhawan 40(46)#05:55 PM: Stats: India and Hong Kong have only met once before in ODIs, at the 2008 Asia Cup where MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina scored centuries in a 256 run win in Karachi! #05:50 PM: FOUR! Poor bowling from Aizaz Khan and gets the treatment. A half-tracker with dead pace outside off, Dhawan stays there and pulls it through mid-wicket for four. It went like a rocket I must say.#05:42 PM: Score after 8 overs: India 45-1; Rayudu 0(2); Dhawan 21(24)#05:40 PM: OUT! No 200 for Rohit today – He’s fallen about 177 runs short. Goes for the big hit, miscues it, out caught. Introduction of spin has worked for Hong Kong. Rohit went down the wicket and swings his blade too hard, a leading edge and the ball went straight to the hands of Nizakat Khan near circle. Ambati Rayudu replaces him.#05:28 PM: FOUR! Back to back boundary. This was another full length delivery around middle and leg, Sharma stands tall and clubs it over mid-on once again.#05:27 PM: FOUR! Effortless batting from Rohit. IT was bowled around middle and leg and Rohit lofted it over midwicket for four.#05:25 PM: FOUR: Bowled at 120 kph on the pads and Dhawan flicks it with nonchalance. You can’t bowl Dhawan at this pace.#05:22 PM: Score after 4 overs: India 21-0; Rohit 14(13) Dhawan 6(11)#05:20 PM: Four!! Rohit releases the pressure after four dot balls. There was no pace in it and Rohit walks down the wicket and heaves it towards short midwicket, beats the fielder and races to the boundary line. #05:15 PM: A good come back from Tanwir Afzal. Just four off this. After the first ball boundary, five dot balls to end the over.#05:10 PM: FOUR! Gabbar this time. Decided to take on the bowler on the first ball of third over. #05:07 PM: Score after 1 over – India 7-0; Dhawan 1(3); Rohit 6(3)#05:00 PM: FOUR! First boundary of the match: A glorious shot from Rohit. It was full and just outside off, Rohit leaned forward and played it right in the gap through covers. Sheer elegance.#05:00 PM: Here we go… Rohit and Dhawan are at the crease. Rohit is on strike. Tanwir Afzal will open the attack for Hong Kong.#04:55 PM: Khaleel Ahmed makes debut for India: A debut for Khaleel Ahmed. He is still relatively inexperienced but is highly rated within the cricket community in India.#04:50 PM: Ahead of mega clash with Pakistan tomorrow, India resting key players: Clearly India are resting players who had a long tour of England. Dhawan is in but no Pandya, Bumrah or Rahul. So we will only know India’s perceived best eleven tomorrow, tweets Harsha Bhogle.#04:45 PM: Playing XI – Hong Kong: Nizakat Khan, Anshuman Rath(c), Babar Hayat, Christopher Carter, Kinchit Shah, Ehsan Khan, Aizaz Khan, Scott McKechnie(w), Tanwir Afzal, Ehsan Nawaz, Nadeem Ahmed#04:40 PM: Playing XI – India: Rohit Sharma(c), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni(w), Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, K Khaleel Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal#04:30 PM: News from the middle – Hong Kong have won the toss and will bowl first against India.News from the middle – Hong Kong have won the toss and will bowl first against #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/AJM5iRb7gQ— BCCI (@BCCI) September 18, 2018 New Delhi: Asia Cup 2018, India vs Hong Kong – Live Cricket Score, Commentary: Hello and welcome to News Nation live updates of the fourth match of Asia Cup 2018 between India and Hong Kong at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Sent into bat, India scored 285 for seven in their Asia Cup opener against Hong Kong, courtesy Shikhar Dhawan’s brilliant century (127 off 120 balls). However, after Dhawan’s fall, Hong Kong bowlers shattered India’s middle order by taking three wickets in a span of just three overs. The failure of the middle order would be a concern for the men in blue ahead of mega India-Pakistan clash tomorrow (Thursday). After a fine show in bowling, Hong Kong would now look to put up a fight against India after being schooled by Pakistan in their first encounter. So, will India begin their Asia Cup campaign on a high or will Hong Kong produce an unlikely upset? Stay with us as we bring you all the updates of India vs Hong Kong clash live from Dubai International Cricket Stadium.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018, India vs Pakistan Preview: Arch-rivals meet in high-octane clashAsia Cup 2018, India vs Hong Kong Commentary:#12:10 PM: Click here for Live Cricket Score of India vs Hong Kong match.#12:05 PM: OUT! Caught by Dhoni. Christopher Carter falls victim to Khaleel. He took his second wicket of the day. Carter wanted to steer the length ball towards third man but it took the edge and went straight into the gloves of Dhoni#11:55 PM: Score after 37 overs: Hong Kong 177-2; Christopher Carter 1(7); Hayat 0(6)#11:50 PM: Harsha Bhogle says: “Even if India somehow squeeze this through, they are going to be a very tired team tomorrow. Anshuman Rath. Nizakat Khan. Well played. Excellent. Day to remember.”#11:45 PM: OUT! Nazakat Khan misses his century. Maiden ODI wicket for Khaleel Ahmed. Nazakat went for the review but gets no respite as the ball was hitting the wickets. A brave and master class innings from him. Is this the end of Hong Kong’s might? or there still more twists left? Only time will tell. #11:45 PM: OUT! Hong Kong Skipper falls. Finally a breakthrough for India. But what a special innings the 20-year-old has played today. He gets a standing ovation there. Babar Hayat, right handed bat, comes to the crease.#11:40 PM: Harsha Bhogle says: Looking like a worrying day for India in the field. Well, more than that actually. Irrespective of where this goes from here, put your hands together for Hong Kong.#11:35 PM: Drinks break! India desperately need a wicket here as things are slipping from their hands very fast. The opening pair- Indian-origin Anshuman Rath and Pakistan born Nazakat Khan – are making Indians bite chicken peas with their nose.#11:30 PM: Six! Hong Kong skipper has now decided to accelerate the innings. Rath managed to get under it and smashed over the mid-wicket. Smile in Hong Kong dressing room says it all.#11:25 PM: FOUR! Shardul Thakur has been very very expensive today. Went for 17 in his last over and now conceded 12 runs already with a ball to bowl.#11:20 PM: Score after 30 overs: Hong Kong 144-0; Nizakat Khan 81(103); Anshuman Rath 54(80)#11:15 PM: Fifty for skipper Anshuman Rath! What an innings this young man has played. Remained calm and kept things simple. Never looked taking risks. #11:05 PM: Twitter talks: “The way Hong Kong has played this game against the number 2 team in the world, be it the disciplined bowling or the intent shown till now by the openers, I think they deserve to get an ODI status!” says Yash#10:55 PM: India’s struggle for the wicket continues: Even after 25 overs, Indian bowlers could not take one single wicket. Forget the wicket, they have been hardly any instance when Indian beat the Hong Kong openers. Score after 25 overs: Hong Kong -130-0#10:50 PM: Score after 20 overs: Hong Kong 110-0; Anshuman Rath 34(52); Nizakat Khan 67(71)#10:40 PM: Highest opening stands for HK in ODIs:99* NIZAKAT KHAN – A RATH84 J Atkinson – A Rath v PNG, Dubai, 201771*A Rath – KD Shah v UAE, Dubai, 201563 A Rath – Waqas Barkat v UAE, Dubai, 2015 For all the Latest Sports News News, Asia Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
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Drafted in the third round of the 2019 draft out of Notre Dame, Boykin had 13 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns as a rookie.— David Ginsburg___Defending America’s Cup champion Emirates Team New Zealand has its first race boat back after it was shipped to Europe for two preliminary regattas that were canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.Te Aihe (The Dolphin) returned to Auckland early Tuesday morning after being away for nearly four months. Team New Zealand last sailed Te Aihe on the Hauraki Gulf on Jan. 15. It left the base on Feb. 2, accompanied by 16 containers full of workshops, chase boats and everything else needed to support the team at America’s Cup World Series regattas in Cagliari, Italy, in late April and Portsmouth, England, in early June. Those regattas were canceled in March as the coronavirus spread around the world. Bettman says the league has yet to determine whether the first two playoff rounds will be five- or seven-game series.___NHL Commmissioner Gary Bettman has announced the league is moving ahead with a 24-team expanded playoff format if it’s able to resume play and award the Stanley Cup.The plan was approved by the NHL’s board of governors, and comes days after the NHL Players’ Association’s executive committee gave the plan a green light.Bettman stresses the plan’s approval doesn’t guarantee the resumption of games. The league and players must still determine safety protocols and solve other issues, including where to play. Also during the session, Stearns discussed the Brewers’ COVID-19 testing plans and said that Counsell would have his own assigned seat in the home dugout as part of the team’s social distancing guidelines.Counsell and Attanasio both noted that the shortened schedule would make it more important than ever for teams to keep their players healthy. Counsell noted how that might impact his managerial approach.“It’s going to be important that we’re, I think, prudent with how much with how much usage all our players can have early in the season,” Counsell said.___Ravens second-year receiver Miles Boykin plans to join quarterback Lamar Jackson and several other teammates in Florida for informal workouts while waiting for word on the NFL’s next move during the coronavirus pandemic. May 26, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Pac-12 Conference said it’s allowing voluntary in-person workouts on campus for all sports beginning June 15, subject to the decision of each individual school and where allowed by local and state guidelines. The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has extended its dead period for in-person workouts for prep athletes through at least June 15.Commissioner Que Tucker said Tuesday that the organization’s board of directors voted to extend the dead period for an additional two weeks. She also said the NCHSAA’s sports medicine advisory committee will work with the board to finalize plans for a phased return to summer activities such as conditioning work.In a conference call with reporters, Tucker said coaches and schools need time to make plans for workouts that follow health and safety guidelines, as well as to ensure they have enough necessary sanitation supplies.Tucker said officials remain “hopeful” that they can play football with at least some fans in attendance this fall. She also said it would be “a last resort” to try to move a season because of concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.___ ___Gov. Phil Murphy tweeted Tuesday that as long as the NFL’s Giants and Jets and the NHL’s Devils follow health and medical protocols, they could open training camps or even hold competition. The NFL’s preseason and training camps wouldn’t begin until midsummer — teams are doing virtual workouts in place of the usual on-field activities because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the NHL is planning ways to complete the 2019-20 season. Should those plans include the Devils, they now can reopen their training facilities.“Professional sports teams in NJ may return to training and even competition — if their leagues choose to move in that direction,” Murphy wrote on Twitter. “We have been in constant discussions with teams about necessary protocols to protect the health and safety of players, coaches, and personnel.” The league has narrowed its focus of hub cities to 10, and will make a final decision based on approval from local health officials.The league expects players can begin returning to their home rinks early next month.Training camps won’t open until July 1 at the earliest.Bettman said the league is open to playing into early fall.Bettman says games during the play-in format to determine the top 16 teams will be played under regular-season rules. The conference finals and Stanley Cup Final will feature seven-game series. A Jets spokesman said: “We are working closely with Gov. Murphy’s office, the league and our medical staff to establish prudent, health and safety measures for our staff and players. Based on those guidelines, we will begin to open our facility using a phased approach at a time that is the most practical for our operations.”The Giants echoed those sentiments and said: “With today’s announcement by the governor, we are finalizing our plans to reopen the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. We will continue to have as many employees as possible working remotely. For employees who need to return to work at our facility, we expect to begin that process next week, and we will do so in a systematic and safe way that adheres to the state’s guidelines and NFL protocols.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Pac-12 allowing in-person workouts on June 15 ___If the NHL can resume its season, games for a 24-team playoff are expected to be played in two hub cities.Locations in the running are Chicago, Columbus, Ohio, Dallas, Edmonton, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Toronto and Vancouver.While there are still some details to work out, including whether the first two rounds are best-of-five or seven, NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman expects the Stanley Cup Final to be played in full in one of the two hub cities.Also, the NHL will hold its draft lottery June 26, which would have been the night of the first round. If the NHL resumes its season, players will be tested for COVID-19 daily.Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly says players will be tested each evening once they arrive in the city they’ll play games in. Commissioner Gary Bettman estimated the league could do 25,000-30,000 tests while finishing its season.Bettman says medical experts have advised the league that by this summer there should be enough tests to make 25,000-30,000 not a large chunk of those available to the general public. Bettman said it will be expensive to test that much.Daly said teams should be able to test players prior to the start of training camps, which won’t happen before July 1.NHLPA executive director Don Fehr said testing is one item players will not compromise on. “We’ve spent several weeks planning this to be able to provide people with a safe option to go out and enjoy movies, classic Dolphins content, concerts, and celebrate 2020 graduates,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement Tuesday.___Appalachian State is cutting three varsity men’s sports as part of a plan to save $5 million.The school announced Tuesday that it has eliminated the men’s soccer, men’s tennis and men’s indoor track and field programs. The school says those cuts are included in a plan to reduce the athletic department’s budget for the 2021 fiscal year by 20%.That plan includes not filling current athletics staff job openings and exploring “additional personnel actions.” “I was planning on going down there before all this stuff happened,” Boykin said on a video-conference call Tuesday. “But next week I’ll be down there training with those guys.”To this point, Boykin has been playing catch with backup quarterback Trace McSorley around Baltimore.“The fact that I have Trace here to be able to work with me is huge,” Boykin said. Boykin will join Jackson, second-year receiver Marquise Brown and several others in Florida.“We’re still finalizing it. There are going to be a lot of guys down there,” Boykin said. “There’s only so much you can do in (virtual) meetings without being able to go out on the field.” The school said other student-athletes will return later this summer in a phased approach. Athletes will be evaluated for clearance by the Oklahoma medical staff and will be continuously monitored and expected to adhere to several safety protocols and guidelines.___Milwaukee Brewers owner Mark Attanasio says he would prefer that his team hold preseason workouts in Milwaukee rather than its spring training home in Arizona if Major League Baseball decides to resume its season.Attanasio said it would be a “real boost for everyone” to “bring the boys back in town” as he joined Brewers general manager David Stearns and manager Craig Counsell in a Zoom session with the Greater Milwaukee Committee, a group of area business leaders. Attanasio acknowledged the team first would have to go through the “medical protocols” and assure local and state officials that the preseason workouts can be done safely at Miller Park. The school says scholarships will be honored for student-athletes who wish to return to Appalachian State, along with support for those seeking a transfer from the Sun Belt Conference school.In a statement, athletics director Doug Gillin said going down from 20 sports will “bring us in line with most of our peer institutions.”“We take all these measures with heavy hearts, but with the long-term sustainability of App State Athletics at the forefront,” Gillin said.The cuts will leave Appalachian State with 17 varsity sports, seven on the men’s side and 10 on the women’s. The Mountaineers will continue to compete in men’s outdoor track and field as well as men’s cross country.___ Under the expanded format, the top four teams in each conference will play for seeding while the other 16 face off in a best-of-five series. The league has been shut down since March because of the coronavirus pandemic.In going ahead with the top 12 teams in each conference, the decision officially ends the seasons of the league’s bottom seven teams. They are Anaheim, Buffalo, Detroit, Los Angeles, New Jersey, Ottawa and San Jose.___The Miami Dolphins are turning their field into a drive-in theatre.The team announced plans for a theater inside the stadium that will accommodate up to 230 cars. In addition, a new open-air theater on the stadium plaza will host small groups. Classic movies and commencements will be among the events shown, and social distancing will be observed. The boat traveled on four ships and visited 15 ports, including loading on and off in the New Zealand port of Tauranga, transhipped in Singapore each way and loaded off and on in Gioia Tauro, Italy.“It is good to see her back sooner than expected,” logistics manager Andy Nottage said. “She has been on quite the adventure, but it is good to have her home in one piece thanks largely to the ongoing support of Maersk.”Nottage said Te Aihe was shipped in a relative state of readiness, so it won’t take long to get it sailing again.”The final ACWS regatta is set for just before Christmas in Auckland. The Prada Cup for challengers is set for Jan. 15-Feb. 22, with the winner advancing to face the Kiws in the 36th America’s Cup March 6-21.___ Associated Press Oklahoma will re-open its facilities for voluntary football workouts on July 1 — about two weeks later than the Big 12 Conference has allowed.The school made the announcement on Tuesday.Big 12 presidents and chancellors met last Friday and decided voluntary activities could begin June 15 for football, July 1 for other fall sports and July 15 for all other sports.Oklahoma football has chosen a careful approach. The athletic department’s medicine staff coordinated with the OU Health Sciences Center, Norman campus student health officials, independent in-state and out-of-state infectious disease experts and public health specialists before making the decision.“Our medical personnel have told us that the safest thing we can do is keep our players off campus for as long as possible,” Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley said. “We chose the latest point that we could bring them back and still have enough time to prepare.” The top men’s soccer league in Ukraine will resume Saturday in empty stadiums after a suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Ukrainian Premier League says it has received approval from the country’s health ministry to restart. No games have been played since March 15.The schedule foresees league games finishing July 19 with a European qualification playoff ending 10 days later.According to UEFA rankings, Ukraine will be the second strongest league in Europe playing, behind only Germany.___ The leadoff event to the ISU Junior Grand Prix of Figure Skating has been canceled by Skate Canada because of the coronavirus pandemic.The event was scheduled for Aug. 26-29 in Richmond, British Columbia. It is the second competition of the seven-part series that has been canceled, with the Slovakia event the following week also not taking place.“Skate Canada has closely monitored the provincial and federal health authorities position on the COVID-19 pandemic and is committed to the health and safety of the athletes, coaches, officials, volunteers and spectators,” the organization said Tuesday. “Due to the provincial quarantine guidelines for all travelers and social distancing requirements in effect at this time, Skate Canada regretfully made the decision to cancel the event.”No decisions have been made on the other competitions, nor on the senior Grand Prix events. ___NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman is expected to announce the league’s return to play format this afternoon.Bettman is set to make a televised address at 4:30 p.m. EDT about what hockey will look like if the NHL can resume the season this summer. That means a 24-team straight-to-playoffs format with the league’s other seven teams having their seasons ended.The Players’ Association voted last week to approve the 24-team format proposed by the Return to Play committee. It involves the top four teams in each conference playing a mini-tournament for seeding, while the other 16 face off in best-of-five series to set the field.There is still no timetable for the resumption of game action or when players can return to team facilities for voluntary workouts. This announcement does come on the heels of the league and NHLPA unveiling protocols for those workouts, including a limit of six players on the ice at a time. ___Conferences and television networks have agreed to an extension to next week’s deadline for determining the broadcast schedule for college football’s early season games.The Football Bowl Subdivision conferences issued a joint statement Tuesday along with ESPN, CBS Sports, Fox Sports and their affiliated networks. The statement said only that the game times would be set “at a later date as we all continue to prepare for the college football season.” The deadline typically falls on June 1, which is Monday. The seven teams eliminated from contention and eight placeholders will be eligible. If one of those teams wins the lottery for one of the top three picks, it will be determined after the play-in round.___NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman says the league will split its 24-team playoff format in two hub cities, which have yet to be determined should the league resume play. Bettman says each hub will play host to the top 12 teams in each conference with one based in an Eastern Conference city, and another in the West. The decision by Pac-12 leaders followed the announcement last week by the NCAA to permit schools to reopen for voluntary activities beginning June 1. The Pac-12 COVID-19 Medical Advisory Committee created a series of guidelines and protocols for schools to follow once they decide to open for individual workouts.“As states have either already opened or begin to open up access to parks, gyms and other training facilities, student-athletes should have the option at this time to be in, what for many, will be a much safer environment on campus, where they can have access to the best available health, well-being and training support,” Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said.The guidelines created by the medical advisory committee cover returning to campus; returning to an athletic facility; facility specific considerations; return to exercise and response to infection or presumed infection. The conference said each school will develop its own health and safety plan consistent with recommendation and local public health guidance.___