(REUTERS) – Former England captain David Beckham, who won two Major League Soccer titles with the Los Angeles Galaxy, was among the first-time candidates named on the ballot for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame yesterday.The 42-year-old former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder played six seasons in MLS, all of them for the Galaxy, and helped his team to win championships in the last two of those seasons, 2011 and 2012.His arrival in Los Angeles in 2007 put MLS on the map and brought a level of legitimacy and visibility that otherwise may have taken the North American league decades to reach.Beckham, who is currently trying to get his proposed MLS franchise off the ground in Miami, met the Hall of Fame’s eligibility criteria given his seasons in MLS, during which he scored 18 goals in 98 games.The voting pool includes past and present men’s and women’s U.S. national team coaches, active MLS and National Women’s Soccer League management, U.S. Soccer leadership, Hall of Famers and media members.The National Soccer Hall of Fame closed its Oneonta, New York, location in 2010 with a new facility in Texas expected to open next year.
Three people familiar with details of Friday’s call spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no details were publicly released.The people say Commissioner Adam Silver is still collecting information on multiple options ranging from 16 to all 30 teams returning to action when the season begins again near Orlando, Florida.BASEBALL-MINOR LEAGUE ALLOWANCESAt least 12 MLB teams pledge more stipends to minor leaguersNEW YORK (AP) — At least 12 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. Associated Press Houston, Miami, Minnesota, San Diego and Seattle are promising payments through August, and the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa, Texas and Baltimore are doing so through at least June. The White Sox are providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released.Philadelphia also plans to continue allowances through June, but likely at a reduction from the $400 per week rate. VIRUS OUTBREAK-MASSACHUSETTSGovernor says Massachusetts sports teams can resume practice next weekUNDATED (AP) — Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the state’s five professional sports teams — the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Patriots and Revolution — can resume practicing at their respective facilities on June 6. The move comes as schools across the country prepare for the return of athletes as early as June 8.The NCAA last week lifted a moratorium on athletic activities starting Monday. That cleared the way for voluntary workouts and training to begin at team facilities.Schools have already started putting plans in place to test athletes, coaches and staff for the coronavirus and implement social distancing.The NCAA says its plan is offered as guidance, consistent with federal and local public health guidelines.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus: — Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic. One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19. There will be electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people involved on court.— Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania will hold its NASCAR weekend without fans. The Cup Series is scheduled to race June 27-28 and Truck and second-tier Xfinity races also will be held that weekend.— Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19. Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.— The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums. The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming.— The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums. Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week. Update on the latest sports Federer tops highest-earning athlete list at more than $100MUNDATED (AP) — Roger Federer leads the annual Forbes ranking of highest-paid athletes with what the magazine says is $106.3 million in total earnings. He is the first tennis player top the list since it was first compiled in 1990.Federer made $6.3 million of that haul from tennis prize money, with the other $100 million from endorsements and appearances fees.Soccer stars Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Neymar are in spots 2, 3 and 4, followed by the NBA’s LeBron James, Stephen Curry and Kevin Durant. Tiger Woods is at No. 8 and NFL players Kirk Cousins and Carson Wentz complete the top 10.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 May 29, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-NBANo agreement yet on resumption of NBA seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NBA Board of Governors has met again without a consensus opinion emerging on how many teams should be back on the floor for the planned late-July resumption of the pandemic-interrupted season. — Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month. The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity.NHL-BLACKHAWKS-CHALUPABlackhawks sign Czech forwardCHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Blackhawks have agreed to a two-year contract with Czech forward Matej Chalupa. It begins with the 2020-21 season and carries an average annual value of $925,000. The 21-year-old Chalupa spent most of last season in the Czech Republic League, collecting seven goals and 17 assists in 50 games. FEDERER-TOP EARNING ATHLETE But Baker made clear the reopening of those facilities must be done in accordance with the health and safety rules that each of the leagues are developing.The Celtics announced they will begin voluntary individual workouts at their facility on Monday. Workouts will be conducted in accordance with city, state, CDC and NBA requirements, with only four players allowed to workout at a time.VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSNCAA has plan for bringing athletes backUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has released a long and detailed plan to help schools bring athletes back to campus during the pandemic.
Athlete Amel Tuka was declared by the Olympic Committee as the “Athlete of the Year” in B&H.Tuka deserved this recognition after a great season in which he set up the best time on 800 meters in the world and won bronze medal at the World Championship in Beijing, China.Member of the Athletic Club Zenica won the title of Indoor Champion on the Balkans Championship in Istanbul this year, and then won the first place with the world’s best result in the season in the premiere performance on one of the meetings of the Diamond League in Monaco. He concluded the season by winning the bronze medal at the World Championship in Beijing.Representatives of B&H in judo Aleksandra Samardzic and Larisa Ceric were also nominated in the choice for the athlete of the year in B&H.Besides the award for the athlete of the year, 5 more categories were awarded at the ceremony in the Olympic Museum in Sarajevo.Head coach of the cadet basketball team of B&H Josip Pandza was declared as the most successful coach in 2015, while cadet basketball team of B&H was declared as the most successful team of the year.Women’s volleyball club “Bimal Jedinstvo” was declared as the most successful sports club.Young basketball national team player of B&H Dzanan Musa was elected for the best young athlete in the junior category, while the tennis player Nafisa Berberovic was elected for the best woman young athlete in the junior category.Special award for remarkable sports result was awarded to the boxer Damir Beljo.(Source: novovrijeme.ba)