July 25, 2020 MLB says Barrera tested positive for the performance-enhancing substance DHCMT, the chemical compound used in a drug that fueled Olympic athletes in the former East Germany decades ago.Barrera said Saturday that he appealed his suspension but it was upheld by an arbitrator. The 25-year-old made his major league debut last September.His suspension is another element in a turbulent opening to Washington’s defense of its 2019 World Series championship. Hours before the Nationals lost their rain-shortened opener of the pandemic-delayed season to the New York Yankees 4-1 on Thursday night, star slugger Juan Soto was put on the COVID-19 injured list because he tested positive for the coronavirus.In other MLB news:— Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw’s back issue that forced him to miss his opening day start is improving and he hopes to return soon. Manager Dave Roberts said Friday that Kershaw had an MRI after tweaking his back three days earlier. It showed no structural damage. Kershaw gave no timetable for his return. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been receiving treatment daily. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSNationals catcher Tres Barrera banned 80 games for drug testUNDATED (AP) — Washington Nationals catcher Tres Barrera has been suspended for 80 games without pay by Major League Baseball after testing positive for an anabolic steroid. Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — Kansas City offensive lineman Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is the first player to announce he is opting out of the upcoming NFL season. The 29-year-old is choosing to put his medical degree to use on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic rather than helping the Chiefs defend their first Super Bowl title in 50 years.Duvernay-Tardif has been working to fulfill his requirements to become a doctor in the offseason, and has spent this summer working at a clinic in his native Canada. He said that experience helped him decide that if he was going to take any risks with his health, it would be to help patients dealing with the virus.In his announcement on Twitter Friday, Duvernay-Tardif said it was “one of the most difficult decisions I have had to make in my life,” but that he must follow his convictions.The NFL and its players association agreed Friday to an opt-out clause for the upcoming season. Two people with knowledge of the decisions told The Associated Press that those who opt out voluntarily will receive a $150,000 stipend and those with medical opt outs will receive $350,00 rather than their contractual salary. The deadline to opt out is Aug. 3.In other NFL news: The European Tour made its full return following a four-month suspension because of the coronavirus pandemic with an event held without spectators and featuring regular COVID-19 testing of players and caddies. Update on the latest sports GOLF-BRITISH MASTERSParatore wins British Masters for 2nd European Tour titleNEWCASTLE, England (AP) — Renato Paratore has won the British Masters for his second career victory on the European Tour after closing with a 2-under 69 containing his first bogeys of the week. The Italian golfer’s first dropped shot of the Newcastle tournament came on his 63rd hole, which was at No. 9 in his final round. It ended his bid to become the first player to win a European Tour event without a bogey since Jesper Parnevik in the 1995 Scandinavian Masters. Paratore also bogeyed the 11th hole but recovered to play the last seven holes in one under par and claim his first title since the Nordea Masters in 2017.Paratore finished on 18 under overall, three strokes ahead of Rasmus Højgaard,. — Right-hander Taijuan Walker returns to the mound for the Seattle Mariners Saturday in Houston after two injury-plagued seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Walker missed most of the 2018 season after having Tommy John surgery and had various setbacks that limited him to just one inning in 2019. Astros righty Lance McCullers will make his first start since 2018 after missing last season following Tommy John surgery.— Royals right-hander Brady Singer is expected to make his MLB debut Saturday at Cleveland. The 23-year-old was the No. 18 overall pick in 2018 after a stellar college career at Florida. He pitched well in summer camp and earned the spot after starters Brad Keller and Jakob Junis tested positive for the coronavirus. The rookie will face righty Mike Clevinger, who is 9-0 in his career against Kansas City.— The pandemic-delayed Major League Baseball opener was a hit on television. The Nationals-Yankees game on ESPN was the most-watched regular season game in baseball on any network in nine years. It averaged 4 million viewers according to Nielsen fast national ratings and peaked at 8:30 p.m. EDT with 4.48 million viewers. No regular season game had been viewed by that many since 4.7 million watched Boston beat the Yankees 3-2 in 10 innings on Aug. 7, 2011. That game was also on ESPN.NFL-NEWSChiefs’ Duvernay-Tardif first to opt out of 2020 NFL season — Alex Smith could move one step closer to returning to the football field after a gruesome injury. A team spokesman says the Washington quarterback is set to take a physical with a team doctor on Monday that he must pass before being cleared for football activities. The 36-year-old Smith hasn’t played since November 2018 when he broke the tibia and fibula in his right leg. He underwent multiple surgeries and has worked to get back to game action. Washington expects 2019 first-round pick Dwayne Haskins and former Carolina QB Kyle Allen to compete for the starting job this season under new coach Ron Rivera.— The Minnesota Vikings signed head coach Mike Zimmer to a three-year contract extension through the 2023 season, finalizing a key piece of business Friday before the beginning of training camp. The deal was agreed to earlier in the week.. Zimmer has a 57-38-1 record over six years. It is the third-best winning percentage of the nine head coaches the Vikings franchise has had over 59 seasons. The 64-year-old Zimmer trails Bud Grant and Dennis Green on the team list.— Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and his pop star wife Ciara are now parents to a baby boy. The couple announced Friday the birth of their son named Win Harrison Wilson on Instagram. They both shared from their accounts that their son was born Thursday and weighed just over 8 pounds. Ciara posted video footage from the hospital of her holding her baby while in bed shortly after his birth. The singer sang “Happy Birthday” to him while sporting a black mask.NHL-BLACKHAWKS-CRAWFORDGoalie Corey Crawford returns as Blackhawks await Oilers CHICAGO (AP) — Corey Crawford has rejoined the Chicago Blackhawks, giving the team a boost in its preparation for its qualifying series against the Edmonton Oilers.The veteran goaltender skated Saturday and faced shots from teammates. The Blackhawks travel to Edmonton on Sunday, and Game 1 of their best-of-five series against the Oilers is Aug. 1.Crawford had been absent since the Blackhawks started training camp in the NHL’s return after the season was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. Coach Jeremy Colliton stuck closely to the league’s approved language for discussing missing players while Crawford was out, declaring his top goaltender was “unfit to play.”Crawford missed parts of the previous two seasons because of concussions. But he had been playing well when the league was shut down, recording a .930 save percentage in his last 17 games.The return of the 35-year-old Crawford is a big development for Chicago as it prepares for Edmonton and its high-scoring duo of Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. But he has little time to get up to speed before the qualifying round begins.
Share Alex Donohue to head up Press Box PR June 25, 2020 StumbleUpon 888 calls for Betgenius sportsbook makeover June 25, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Submit Steven Mullington, the lead horse racing writer on the 888sport blog, has stepped up to challenge bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris in the Flat Season Tipster Challenge at York.Last week, Harris started the new Flat Season competition, sponsored by Betting Gods, by collecting 29.50 points at Chester, which included winners at 16/1 and 15/2.Meanwhile, Mullington, who also writes for the online ‘Grand National Guide’ throughout the year, will be hoping to better the 2.00-point return for Alex Donohue from ODDSbible.____________________________________2:20bettingexpert: Erik The RedWas a very unlucky loser in this handicap last seen and should be spot on now after an encouraging seasonal debut.888sport: Erik The RedCame third in this race last year when it was sponsored by 888sport, and Kevin Ryan appears to have laid him out for this race yet again. A Newcastle all-weather opening run should have sharpened the five-year-old gelding right up.____________________________________2:55bettingexpert: Ninjago (Nap of the Day)Has been catching the eye in defeat and could be sharpened up by the refitting of blinkers.888sport: Out Do (Nap of the Day)David O’Meara and Danny Tudhope are a formidable pairing at this early stage in the season and their Out Do looks very strong in this contest. Listed winners running in handicaps are always of interest and Out Do should be on any shortlist.____________________________________3:30bettingexpert: SuedoisHas yet to win in seven runs for O’Meara, but he competed at the top level in sprints last season and should be primed for this return with ideal conditions.888sport: BrandoHopefully Kevin Ryan will be going for a double when it comes to this race and Brando can give him his second winner of the afternoon. A horse on the upgrade, Brando won first time out this season.____________________________________4:05bettingexpert: Shutter SpeedLooked a top-class filly at Newbury and the form got a major boost when the third there Enable won at Chester last week.888sport: Shutter Speed Very hard to oppose Shutter Speed here and she should give us a good indication to how she may run in the Oaks at Epsom.____________________________________4:35bettingexpert: MazyounHas run well in both handicaps this season and the Palmer stable is now back in the winners.888sport: BatteredRan three races as a two-year-old here, so will be no stranger to the demands of the track. He is very handily weighted and Ryan Moore is a positive jockey booking.____________________________________5:05bettingexpert: Rocket Man DanComes from the excellent Dalgleish stable and looked a winner waiting to happen when touched off by Black Orange last time out (winner has since run a blinder in defeat at Chester).888sport: SavalasMrs Angie Bailey appears to like having a runner named after a film star and her £100,000 purchase, Savalas, has every chance of opening his two-year-old account here. Kevin Ryan trains once again.____________________________________5:35bettingexpert: Red RannaghWell handicapped with bits of form; the booking of Spencer catches the eye after six months on the sidelines.888sport: ChanceryI will take a punt on the popular Knavesmire runner here. The nine-year-old appears to come alive at this track and if he can put his Ripon run behind him he can be a leading player today.____________________________________ Share ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 Related Articles 1bettingexpert429.50 2Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00