Athletes who get the nod to train at the restarted national camps will have to undergo 15-day self-isolation before joining in, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) announced on Tuesday, "upgrading" the Standard Operating Procedure to tackle the COVID-19 threat at its facilities. A six-member committee, headed by SAI secretary Rohit Bharadwaj, had in May formulated the original SOP for resumption of sporting activities across the country. National camps have resumed for boxing, athletics, and badminton among others after over five months of a shutdown. "The (upgraded) SOP is in continuation of the SOP released by SAI earlier, and includes procedural changes with regard to new trainees joining the training camps," a SAI statement read. The upgraded SOP will apply to the ones who will join now or for the camps which will begin later. Elimination of low-ventilation change rooms, disinfection of training equipment after every use, a bar on sparring in contact sports for now, . . .
Getty Images Chris Paul , who has missed the first two games of the Phoenix Suns ' Western Conference finals matchup against the Los Angeles Clippers due to the NBA 's health and safety protocols, is expected to make his way back to the court for Game 3, per Yahoo Sports' Chris Haynes. The Suns were hopeful Tuesday night that Paul could clear the league's quarantine mandate in time for Thursday's tip off, according to ESPN . Paul passed a cardio exam, which is required in order to be cleared to play again, per Haynes. The veteran guard was first placed into the protocols on June 16 after testing positive for COVID-19. However, he's been asymptomatic since his isolation, and his vaccination status made the typical quarantine timeline of 10-14 days shorter for Paul. Following the Suns' sweep of the Denver Nuggets in the second round, Paul reportedly flew to Los Angeles to surprise his wife and kids, and upon landing in L.A., he found out about his positive COVID-19 . . .
Getty Images Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Dominique Ducharme said he's symptom-free after testing positive for COVID-19 two days ago. He hopes to return behind the bench soon in for his team's series against the Vegas Golden Knights . "I wish I could be at the rink right now. I don't feel different than a week ago," Ducharme told reporters, according to the Associated Press. The coach gave a quick press conference to address his positive test. He added that he's "positive", that he's received both of his COVID-19 vaccines, and will clear the two-week post-shot period on Wednesday. Even with that being the case, it's not clear whether he'll be able to return at that point. "Nothing's confirmed as far as that. The organization remains in communication with the authorities. It's a unique situation. We've been isolated since December," Ducharme added. The Canadiens are nothing if not prepared for a situation like this. Assistant Luke Richardson has experience . . .
Getty Images Last year, the Travelers Championship delivered in a big way following the huge three-month hiatus the PGA Tour went on amid the COVID-19 pandemic. This year, much of the same is expected with a big-time field playing a good course in what will be a bit of a lighthearted week after the U.S. Open. Dustin Johnson, Brooks Koepka and Bryson DeChambeau are your headliners, but half of the top 10 in the world is here, and they're joined by other big names like Phil Mickelson, Bubba Watson, Matthew Wolff and Sergio Garcia. A complete ball-striking fiesta! While it remains unlikely that we get a Koepka-DeChambeau showdown, there's at least a chance it happens. They play very few of the same tournaments every year -- only the U.S. Open and PGA Championship over the last month -- so any event that has both of their names in the field raises the anticipation stakes just a bit, even if it will probably take the timing of a weekend pairing for it to happen. Koepka again . . .
USATSI The NFL world was expecting some major news out of Washington this weekend, but what came through the wire on Sunday was not something many were expecting. According to Les Carpenter of the Washington Post , Washington has fired the top two employees in its pro scouting department -- Alex Santos, the director of pro personnel, and Richard Mann II, the assistant director of pro personnel. Washington reportedly declined to comment on the departures of Santos and Mann. The timing of these moves is unusual, as they come a little more than two weeks before the start of training camp, as well as prior to a season in which COVID-19 is likely to make identifying worthy free agents and other additions even more important. Santos had spent the last 14 years with Washington, and was responsible for coordinating the advance scouting of its opponents and the evaluation of all professional leagues for potential free agents and trade prospects, according to Washington's . . .
Roger Goodell You'll have to continue waiting for the 2021 NFL preseason, regular season and ultimately the playoffs, but you won't have to twiddle your thumbs any longer as it relates to getting important dates for next offseason, such as the start of free agency. The entire NFL offseason calendar was upheaved in 2020 -- by the first waves of the COVID-19 pandemic -- to the point of near-full cancellation. And while the league was able to successfully complete its regular season and postseason (and despite a slew of scheduling hiccups caused by the very same pandemic), the calendar for 2021 also remained uncertain as vaccines were still being finalized and distributed. Now, as teams wrap minicamp after having also undergone OTAs that followed the 2021 NFL Draft in Cleveland, OH, things are mostly chugging along around the league and that's led to an early agreement with the NFLPA on what the offseason will look like one year from now. To that point, the NFLPA reportedly . . .
The latest transfer news focuses on Ben White to Arsenal and Billy Gilmour leaving Chelsea on loan. [ MORE: EURO 2020 hub ] When it comes to White, the Brighton defender is a man in demand and is said to be Arsenal’s top transfer target this summer. As for Billy Gilmour, the Chelsea and Scotland youngster has reportedly made it clear he wants to head out on loan next season and there are several clubs lining up to take him. Here’s a closer look at these two reports. Ben White a man in demand A report from Football.London says that Arsenal will look to sell William Saliba, 20, this summer as they are close to signing Ben White from Brighton. White, 23, has had a dramatic rise in recent seasons and impressed for the Seagulls last season during his first campaign in the Premier League. It is believed Arsenal had a bid of over $56 million rejected by Brighton but will now up their offer to over $63 million to push it over the line. Saliba signed amid much . . .
DALLAS — The acronyms and abbreviations have littered the college vernacular this summer. The NCAA. CFP expansion. NIL. NCAA v. Alston. It’s not just you who is confused. The most powerful and influential people in college sports are also trying to find their bearings as the ground trembles beneath the collegiate athletics model – and they know these next few months could define their legacy. “This is an inflection point in college athletics,” Big Ten commissioner Kevin Warren said. The three biggest procedural stories of the last 30 years have hit with a relentless flurry this summer, and no one quite knows exactly how to best handle the situations or what might happen next as the amateurism model deceitfully portrayed by the NCAA for 115 years is rewritten in real time. Look no further than this usually quiet week in June. Era-defining moments typically separated by decades occurred in a span of 24 hours: The Supreme Court dealt the NCAA a potentially mortal blow by . . .
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) on Thursday approved a two-month coaching camp for the Olympic core group shooters from October 15 to December 14, a move that was welcomed by the sport's apex body. The national camp had been postponed twice in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving the National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) with no option but to wait for the situation to improve. The camp, which will be held at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in the national capital, will comprise 32 shooters (18 men and 14 women), eight coaches, three foreign coaches and two support staff. All 15 Olympic quota winners will be a part of the camp which will take place at a total cost of Rs 1.43 crore, according to a statement issued by SAI. "It is imperative to have a camp because it is an integral part of the preparation for an event like the Olympics. The camp will be conducted following the SAI SOP," the country's nodal sports body said in the statement. Rifle shooter Anjum . . .
Collin Morikawa put it all together on Sunday, winning a major in just his second appearance and becoming just the fourth player to win a PGA Championship before his 24th birthday. The 23-year-old American fired a bogey-free 64 to emerge from a crowded leaderboard and win by two shots over Dustin Johnson and Paul Casey at TPC Harding Park. "I'm on cloud nine right now," said Collin Morikawa . "It's hard to think about what this championship means. Obviously it's a major, and this is what guys go for, especially at the end of the their career. And we're just starting." He picked up his third win on the PGA Tour, giving him more victories than missed cuts since he turned pro just 14 months ago. Morikawa wrote an epic conclusion to one of the strangest weeks in major championship golf history. The PGA was contested without fans and it marked the first time a major champion had been crowned in 13 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Without a crowd it plays very . . .