Sports at a glance
US Open still on schedule
As coronavirus cases spike in other parts of the country a month before the U.S. Open is supposed to start in New York, the U.S. Tennis Association said Friday it “continues its plans” to hold its marquee event and another tournament beforehand.
The U.S. Open — usually the year’s last Grand Slam tournament, but the second of 2020 because of the pandemic — is scheduled to run Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.
The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center also will host the Western & Southern Open on Aug. 20-28; that tuneup was moved from Cincinnati as part of a doubleheader organized by the USTA.
Players will be allowed on-site on Aug. 16.
What is unclear at this point is which players will participate. While Serena Williams and Naomi Osaka have said she will be at both events, for example, current women’s No. 1 Ash Barty is staying away. Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal have not made their plans known.
Kieger adds to her staff
UNIVERSITY PARK — Penn State women’s basketball head coach Carolyn Kieger has announced the additions of Sean Bair and Tyler Dandridge to the staff ahead of the 2020-21 season.
Bair will serve as Director of Video and Analytics while Dandridge will take on the role of Director of Recruiting Operations and Player Development.
Bair comes to Penn State after a stint as a graduate assistant coach with Arkansas men’s basketball. While with the Razorbacks, he worked extensively on recruiting graphics, logistical organization, camp and strategic research, while assisting in several other aspects of the program.
Dandridge comes to Penn State after two seasons as the Director of Women’s Basketball Operations at Norfolk State. Dandridge helped the Spartans to back-to-back winning seasons during his time at Norfolk State, and was responsible for scheduling, travel logistics, practice management, academic monitoring, scouting and player development
Player stands for anthem
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. — Jonathan Isaac of the Orlando Magic stood for the national anthem before his team’s game against the Brooklyn Nets on Friday, the lone player or coach in that game who did not kneel.
Isaac stood with his hands behind his back. He wore his Magic jersey and not the Black Lives Matter T-shirt that other players have had on for the anthems so far in the NBA’s season restart at Walt Disney World.
A person with knowledge of Isaac’s decision said it was not a surprise to his teammates and that his choice was discussed ahead of time. Teammates supported the decision, said the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because Isaac had yet to discuss his decision publicly.
Isaac, an ordained minister, has a history of being active with various charities and churches. Players and teams at the restart at Disney have elected to kneel for the playing of the anthems, doing so along the sideline nearest their benches.
The Associated Press