Update on the latest sports
Judge is Giants’ new coach
UNDATED (AP) – The task of turning around the New York Giants now belongs to a 38-year-old who has never run a team either at the college or NFL level. The Giants have hired New England Patriots special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach Joe Judge to be their head coach.
Judge has worked under two of the best coaches in football, Bill Belichick (BEHL’-ih-chik) and Nick Saban (SAY’-bihn), spending eight years with the Patriots and three years at Alabama.
He replaces Pat Shurmur, who was fired a week ago Monday after only winning nine games in two seasons.
In other NFL news:
– Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says in an Instagram post to fans that he still has more to prove following a season that ended with his team failing to reach the Super Bowl for the first time since 2015. Brady’s current contract ends in March. If he’s not re-signed he could become an unrestricted free agent for the first time in his 20-year career.
– One of Matt Rhule’s (roolz) first major decisions as the Panthers new head coach will involve the team’s quarterback situation. Rhule says he’s already spoken to quarterback Cam Newton and that he has the utmost respect for him. But the 44-year-old first-time NFL coach says he isn’t ready to discuss personnel issues. Newton is scheduled to cost $21.1 million under next year’s salary cap.
Oladipo hopes to return before February
UNDATED (AP) – The Indiana Pacers could be getting a major talent boost at the end of the month.
Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) says he hopes to return to game action Jan. 29 against the Chicago Bulls. It’s the first time since Oladipo sustained a season-ending knee injury last January that the team or the two-time All-Star has established a specific date.
Oladipo was averaging 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.7 steals when he was injured.
In other NBA news:
– Anthony Davis plans to travel with the Lakers on their upcoming road trip after he bruised his buttocks in a nasty fall during Tuesday’s 118-87 rout of the Knicks. An MRI exam on Davis showed no major concerns, and X-rays were negative. Davis was extremely sore, but his injuries appear to be only bruises.
– Knicks forward-center Bobby Portis was fined $25,000 by the NBA for recklessly making contact above the shoulders of an airborne shooter. Portis was assessed a Flagrant Foul 2 and ejected in the second quarter of the Knicks’ 117-87 loss at the Los Angeles Lakers on Tuesday night.
– Warriors coach Steve Kerr has been fined $25,000 by the NBA for verbally abusing a game official and failing to leave the court in a timely manner following an ejection in Monday’s 13-point loss at Sacramento. Kerr appeared initially upset about a continuation call that went the Kings’ way and later he erupted after Golden State did not receive a similar call, leading to consecutive technical fouls.
Ash Barty party doesn’t last long at Brisbane International
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – Top-ranked Ash Barty’s new year started with an upset loss to American qualifier Jennifer Brady at the Brisbane International.
The 53rd-ranked Brady beat the French Open champion on her home court at Pat Rafter Arena 6-4, 7-6. Brady had beaten wild-card entry Maria Sharapova in the first round and Barty was coming off a bye.
Barty remains active in the doubles at her hometown event and is in the field for next week’s Adelaide International before starting her Australian Open campaign.
Heated Medvedev wins QF for Russia; Australia beats Britain
SYDNEY (AP) – Daniil Medvedev clinched Russia’s spot in the ATP Cup semifinals despite getting a point penalty for banging the umpire’s chair with his racket during a heated singles win over Argentine opponent Diego Schwartzman.
The Russians won both singles matches to win the best-of-three quarterfinal. Australia secured the first of the semifinal spots with a 2-1 win over Britain.
IOC details rules on political protests at Olympics
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) – No taking a knee at the Olympics. No hand gestures with political meaning. No disrespect at medal ceremonies.
The International Olympic Committee published guidelines Thursday specifying which types of athlete protests will not be allowed at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Athletes are prohibited by the Olympic Charter’s Rule 50 from taking a political stand in the field of play – like the raised fists by American sprinters Tommie Smith and John Carlos at the 1968 Mexico City Games.
Today’s Olympians now know more about which acts of “divisive disruption” will lead to disciplinary action in Tokyo. They can still express political opinions in official media settings or on social media accounts.
Athletes who break protest rules at the July 24-Aug. 9 Tokyo Games face three rounds of disciplinary action – by the IOC, a sport’s governing body and a national Olympic body.