P60-K ‘shabu’ siezed

first_imgAntidrug officers inspect items confiscated from Hernan De Asis in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 27 on Monday. POLICE STATION 4/ BCPO The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of Police Station 4, facingcharges for Violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive DangerousDrugs Act of 2002./PN The 38-year-old Hernan De Asis yielded the suspected illegal drugs,police said. De Asis was caught after he allegedly sold a sachet of shabu to anundercover officer around 12:25 a.m. on Monday. BACOLOD CITY – Suspected shabu weighingabout four grams valued at around P60,000 was seized in a buy-bust operation inBarangay 27.last_img read more

Lawmakers favor POGO shut down

first_img“Based sa aming computation, [sa]dapat na P62 billion, ang binabayaran lang ng POGO is more orless P11 billion, so ang nawawala saating gobyerno in terms of taxes is about P50 billion,” he explained. MANILA – Some lawmakers are in favor ofshutting down Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGO) in the country due totax evasion. According to Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian, thecountry lost billions in unpaid taxes since POGO firms began operating in 2016. “Saakin, wala tayong nakukuhang malaking benepisyo sa POGO. Sa tingin ko dapat nang itigil kung hindinatin ma-enforce ang tamang buwis,hindi natin mabantayan ang airports dahilcorrupted na ang ating immigration,”he added. Some congressmen also called for a banon POGOs during a hearing in the lower chamber.center_img A casino dealer collects chips at a roulette table in Pasay City, Metro Manila, Philippines. REUTERS/ERIK DE CASTRO Sen. Risa Hontiveros earlier exposed an alleged “pastillas” scheme within the Bureau of Immigration that allows the seamless entry of Chinese nationals into the country for a fee starting at P10,000. “‘Pay or go home. ‘Pag hindi nagbayad, uwi na lang sila,” House Committee on Games andAmusement chairman Eric Yap said. (GMANews/PN)last_img read more

Italy COVID-19 deaths near 200 after biggest daily jump

first_imgMannequins wearing protective masks stand in a shop display window in Rome, Italy on March 6. REUTERS/ REMO CASILLI Italy is currently reporting more deathsper day from the virus than any other country in the world and the governmentthis week ordered the closure of schools, universities, cinemas and theatersaround the country to try to stem the infections. ROME – The death toll from an outbreakof the coronavirus disease 2019 in Italy has risen by 49 to 197, the CivilProtection Agency said on Friday, the largest daily increase in fatalitiessince the contagion was uncovered two weeks ago. The cumulative number of cases in thecountry, which has been the hardest hit in Europe by the epidemic, totaled4,636 compared with 3,858 on Thursday. The Vatican, an independent state thatsits in the heart of Rome, registered its first case on Friday.(Reuters)last_img read more

Search for missing Caluya cop ends

first_imgSAN JOSE, Antique – After six days, authorities terminated their search and rescue (SAR) operation for the missing 33-year-old policeman onboard a motorboat that capsized between the waters of Sibato and Sibolo Islands in Caluya, Antique. M/B Habana was part of the convoy of mayor Lim bringing relief goods to the island barangay of Sibolo. “We regret to inform you that the SAR operation for Police Corporal Mark Anthony Alejandro terminates today. All agencies involved in the operation retreated to their respective points of origin after having completed the protocol operations,” Caluya mayor Rigil Kent Lim said in a statement yesterday. Alejandro was onboard the M/B Habana vessel with four others – two police officers and two PCG members – when the incident happened around 8:30 a.m. on May 8 due to rough seas. “We keep on praying for the possible retrieval of his body, taking into consideration the welfare of his family. His children are too young to be away from their father. We commit our utmost support to whatever possible assistance we can extend to his family,” Lim added. The SAR team was composed of the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), Philippine Navy, Philippine Air Force, and the technical divers from Far East Scuba.center_img Train added that the boat is believed to have sunk to about 215 meters depth./PN “We continue to acknowledge the contributions of Alejandro in maintaining public order and safety in the municipality. His persistent implementation of the Municipal Traffic Ordinance, which lessens motorcycle accidents and protection of minors, is one of his greatest contributions for Caluya. He was popularly known as a strict policeman, and the local government unit had recognized such contribution for he serves as an epitome of a true police officer,” said Lim.For his part, Antique Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office chief Broderick Train said the SAR team found the cap of Alejandro floating near Barangay Semirara, Caluya on May 10 – about two to three kilometers away from the area where the convoy motorboat capsized. Search and rescue (SAR) team attempt to find 33-year-old Police Corporal Mark Anthony Alejandro who went missing after his ridden motorboat capsized in the waters of Caluya, Antique on May 8. The SAR operation ended yesterday. DEN DRAPIZA AND JULIO ABULKAYER S COLARINA VII The two PCG personnel and two policemen were immediately rescued.last_img read more

3 face raps for Negros wildlife poaching

first_imgThey were arrested in Barangay Alijis here on Friday afternoon last week. “We will file it this week once the supporting documents are completed,” Gocotano said. An Asian palm civet, two Negros forest dragons, sailfin lizard and anglehead lizard were already dead upon retrieval. They were properly buried at the City Environment and Natural Resources Office-Bago grounds. Chief Master Sergeant Ramiro Gocotano, officer-in-charge of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Bacolod, said they are collating more documents from the Department of Environment and Natural Resources local office for the filing of charges against the suspects. Ramil Cabale, 45; Dexter Belleza, 36; and Ruzzel Taghoy, 36, all residents of Barangay Minoyan in Murcia town, face charges for violation of Republic Act 9147, or the Wildlife Resources Conservation and Protection Act of 2001. Investigators believed the wild animals recovered from the suspects were collected from Mount Kanlaon Natural Park.  The surviving animals were released back to an undisclosed protected area in the province on Saturday. (With a report from PNA/PN)center_img Among the wildlife recovered were Philippine orange tarantula, Orphnaecus sp., assorted centipedes and millipedes, juvenile Philippine sailfin lizards, Negros forest dragon (gecko), Bornean anglehead lizards, and north Philippine temple pit vipers. BACOLOD City – Charges are being readied against three residents of Negros Occidental who yielded over 300 wild animals during an entrapment operation in Barangay Alijis here. Over the weekend, the three were released from detention after the 12-hour reglementary period lapsed. BY DOMINIQUE GABRIEL BAÑAGA Gocotano said the suspects agreed to pay P150,000 for all the animals – supposedly the asking price of the dealer for all the wildlife. last_img read more

Dengue cases in Antique drop due to COVID cleanup activities – IPHO

first_imgBeneficiaries of the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) cash for work program in Caluya, Antique cleans the surrounding of a town facility in this undated photo. Integrated Provincial Health Office information officer Irene Dulduco attributed the decrease of dengue cases in the province to the implementation of DOLE’s program. PESO-CALUYA,ANTIQUE DOLE’s TUPAD#BKBK program in this province was implemented in two batches. There were 400 beneficiaries in the first (April 8-17) while 2,800 recipients took part in the second (April 29-May 8.) The TUPAD#BKBK is a 10-day program in which beneficiaries carry out works such as disinfection and cleaning of their own homes and doing backyard gardening while staying at home due to the threat of COVID-19. SAN JOSE, Antique – The cash-for-work program initiated by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) as a response measure amid coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has likewise led to the decline of dengue cases in this province.Dr. Leoncio Abiera, Jr., officer-in-charge of the Integrated Provincial Health Office (IPHO), said Thursday this province has only recorded 206 dengue cases from Jan. 1 to June 20 this year – 240 cases lower than the same period last year.  According to her, the decline of dengue cases in Antique started during the 13th morbidity week covering the March 29 to April 4 period with only five cases while three cases were recorded on the 14th morbidity week from April 5 to 11.center_img IPHO information officer Irene Dulduco, for her part, attributed the decrease of cases to the implementation of the DOLE’s Tulong Panghanapbuhay sa Ating Disadvantaged/Displaced#Barangay Ko, Bahay Ko (TUPAD#BKBK) program. “The most number of dengue cases, which is 33, was monitored on January 1 to 7 – first morbidity week,” Dulduco said. The agency’s project provided emergency livelihood to displaced, underemployed and seasonal workers. The beneficiaries received a daily wage of P395./(With a report from PNA/last_img read more

Sipalay City drug users finish rehab program

first_imgLizares said the goal is to make all 17 barangays drug-cleared by the end of 2022. The CBRP is being implemented by the City Anti-Drug Abuse Council together with the Sipalay City Police Station, Department of the Interior and Local Government-Sipalay City, City Health Office, and the City Social Welfare and Development Office. Still, the mayor remains hopeful that the PDEA-Western Visayas will be able to conduct the validation of the two remaining villages by the end of the year. These 112 PWUDs hailed from barangays 1, 3, 4, Cabadiangan, Camindangan, Canturay, Cartagena, Mambaroto, Manlucahoc, and Nauhang. The three batches all came from 12 villages, therefore only the PWUDs from the five remaining barangays need to undergo the program. The latest 32 PWUDs, part of the third batch, are residents of Barangays 2 and Cayhagan. In a report on Monday, the city government said the latest group included 32 participants who completed the five-day program earlier this month.Mayor Maria Gina Lizares, who witnessed the graduation of the recent batch on July 17, said the rehabilitation program aims to prevent the PWUDs from returning to substance abuse. “We were supposed to hold on-site validation of the latest two barangays, but the pandemic has affected the schedules of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA) and our stakeholders,” she added. The city’s partners include the PDEA-Negros Occidental, Negros Occidental Provincial Health Office and the Negros Occidental Drug Rehabilitation Foundation Inc. (With a report from PNA/PN) Thirty-two persons who used drugs (PWUDs) complete their five-day Community-Based Rehabilitation Program in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental earlier this month. According to Mayor Maria Gina Lizares, the rehabilitation program aims to prevent the PWUDs from returning to substance abuse. NEGROS DAILY BULLETIN BACOLOD City – Some 144 persons who used drugs (PWUDs) have completed the Community-Based Rehabilitation Program (CBRP) in Sipalay City, Negros Occidental since the second half of 2019. Lizares said the restrictions brought by the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic have brought negative effects to the city’s anti-drug abuse campaign. The first batch of 24 graduates completed the CBRP late last year while the remaining 88 comprised the second batch who attended and finished the sessions in the first quarter of this year.last_img read more

Some State Parks Closing Temporarily For Deer Reductions

first_imgSome area state parks will close temporarily to allow for controlled deer reductions in the coming weeks.The dates for the temporary closings are Nov. 18 and 19, and Dec. 2 and 3.Local state parks affected are Versailles, Clifty Falls, and Whitewater Memorial. The state parks will close to the general public the evening before each of the two efforts and reopen the morning after each two-day reduction.Only individuals drawn last September and those listed on their applications may participate in the reductions. There will be no standby drawings at those parks.Other state parks affected include Brown County, Chain O’ Lakes, Charlestown, Fort Harrison, Harmonie, Indiana Dunes, Lincoln, McCormicks Creek, Ouabache, Pokagon, Potato Creek, Prophetstown, Shades, Shakamak, Spring Mill, Summit Lake, and Tippecanoe.DNR Biologists evaluate which parks require a reduction each year based on habitat recovery and previous harvest rates at each park. The reductions help control browsing by deer to a level that helps maintain habitat throughout the sate parks for all plants and animals.Information on next year’s state park deer reductions, including online applications, will be available next summer at the DNR website. The application deadline is usually the end of August.last_img read more

Purdue Mourns Shooting Of Teaching Assistant

first_imgPurdue senior Andrew Boldt, 21, of West Bend, Wis., died Tuesday. Police arrested senior 23-year-old Cody Cousins on a preliminary charge of murder.Investigators say the shooting occurred in a basement classroom of Purdue’s Electrical Engineering building in West Lafayette. Police believe Boldt was targeted by Cousins.The shooting prompted mourning on the campus and beyond. Purdue, known nationally for its engineering and agricultural programs, has produced many graduates that reside in southeastern Indiana.Some took to social media following the shocking news: –Joey Harmeyer 51 minutes ago near Oldenburg, IN –“Prayers to the Purdue community and the Boldt family after yesterday’s tragedy. Stay strong and Boiler Up!” Zack Dwenger 16 hours ago near West Lafayette, IN ·–“Thank you to all who text and checked up on me today-means a lot that you all care! Still questioning Purdue’s lockdown policy with non-locking doors but what matters right now is that most people are safe and can move on. #prayforpurdue” A routine day on campus was abruptly interrupted when a senior at Purdue University shot and killed a teaching assistant, police said. Andrew Weigel 9 hours ago via mobile —“This one hit a little too close to home. Prayers for Purdue and the Boldt family. #BoilerStrong”last_img read more

St. Louis 5th & 6th Grade Boys Basketball Teams Get Wins

first_imgThe 5th grade SLS Cardinals won a “Barn Burner” beating St. Mary’s of North Vernon 29-28. The Cardinals fell behind at the start and trailed St. Mary’s by as many as 12 points early in the game.Adam Vogelsang and Cayden Pohlman turned the game by applying defensive pressure which resulted in steal after steal. With nine seconds remaining, St. Mary’s missed two free throws and Thomas Raver drove the length of the floor and was fouled with one second left on the clock. Thomas sank both free throws to take the only lead, 29-28, the Cardinals enjoyed all night.The 5th grade SLS Cardinals upped their record to 2-0 on the season.The St Louis 6th Grade basketball team traveled to North Vernon on Monday and came home victorious with a win over St Mary’s by the score of 33-12.The team turned in another solid defensive performance as led by Karson Macke and Michael Wanstrath. The offensive attack was led by Jack Forbeck and Andrew Oesterling with 10 points each. Max Giesting poured in 9 and Tyler Kuntz and Riley Schebler both had 2 points.The Cardinals play their 1st home game of the season this Wednesday at the St. Louis Activity Center with a rematch against St. Mary’s.Courtesy of STL Coaches Dale Amrhein and Jim Oesterling.last_img read more

Lorraine L. Foster

first_imgThe family of Lorraine L. Foster are mourning the loss of their very beloved mother and grandmother who was called from this life on March 20, 2016 at the age of 87.  She was comforted and surrounded by her family at Arbor Grove Village of Greensburg, Indiana, as she passed away from this life into the next. She was born December 27, 1928 in Batesville, Indiana to the late Albert and Emma Lampe Goldsmith.     Lorraine married Stanley Edward Foster on June 21, 1947. They began their life together first living at the Old Central House in Napoleon, Indiana, but shortly thereafter, Stanley along with his brothers built their home in Napoleon where they lived the rest of their lives together, raising their eleven children. Stanley preceded her in death on July 12, 1993.      A devout Catholic, she loved her church, St. Maurice of Napoleon.  She loved music and was blessed with a beautiful voice! For approximately fifty five years, she served as a cantor singing songs of praises to the Lord.  She also sang at weddings and funerals. Her family stated that she loved to hear Willie Nelson and Elvis Presley sing. She could do a good rendition of “I’m All Shook Up”!      Asked what her occupation was, she would answer, “Raising my children.” Her family and grandchildren had been her life!  She will be so sadly missed. SURVIVORS:    Sons:  (7) Dennis (Janice) Foster of Nogales, AZ ; Timothy (Janet) Foster of Batesville, IN; James (Cheryl) Foster of Batesville; Doug (Pam) Foster of Greensburg, IN; Terry “Mick” Foster of Greensburg; John Paul (Lynnis) Foster of Osgood; Larry Mark (Phyllis) Foster of Greensburg. Daughters:  (4)  Diane Huening of Greensburg; Rita Foster of Greensburg;Peggy (Duane Sizemore) Murray of Osgood; Laurie Foster of NapoleonGrandchildren: 23; Great Grandchildren: 47; Great Great Grandchildren: 5She was preceded in death by six brothers (Ralph, Albert, Bob, Clifford, Paul and Earl Goldsmith) and four sisters (Dorothy Oswald, Mildred Scheney, Rita Maple and Katie Fichtner).SERVICES:Visitation: Tuesday, March 22, 2016/ Neal’s Funeral Home/ 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.Funeral: Wednesday, March 23, 2016/ St. Maurice Catholic Church of Napoleon, IN/ 10:00 a.m.Burial:  Church Cemetery, Napoleon; Memorials: Donor’s ChoiceArrangements by Neal’s Funeral Home          www.nealsfuneralhome.netlast_img read more

DePauw – HSR Qualifiers and Champions Grimes & Hampton – Pirates Track and Field

first_imghttp://iatccc.org/hsr/?page_id=48Courtesy of Pirates Coaches Mile Myers and Katina Tekulve. A selection of the Boys Track and Field team traveled to DePauw University Friday evening for an Hoosier State Relays Indoor qualifying meet. Overall the Pirates had a successful evening competing against solid competition.The top performance of the night was the 4x800m Relay squad of Reid McClintic, Kevin Johnson, Hunter Butz and Jared Hasslebring running an 8:51.81 for a 4th place finish.I was pleased to watch our athletes compete and beat many teams from central and southwestern Indiana.Some athletes will be in action again at DePauw next Friday and those that qualify for HSR will compete at IU on March 25.Link to 1A-3A qualifying marks for HSR.The Lady Pirates Track and Field members were highly competitive at the DePauw HSR Qualifier meet Friday night in Greencastle.Shot Put Champion, Lily Grimes, won her event out of 29 contenders with a throw of 37′ 9.75″. High Jump Champion, Arie Hampton, jumped a new indoor PR at 5’3 to win her event out of 20 competitors. Rylie Smith also ran an indoor PR in 60m hurdles advancing to the finals and placing 6th overall with a 10.18 sprint.The Girls team will compete again at Depauw this Friday and hopefully qualify and advance to the Hoosier State Relays on Saturday, March 25.last_img read more

‘Diabetes Dinner’ presented by Margaret Mary Health

first_imgBatesville, In. — Margaret Mary Health will welcome medical oncologist Howard Cooper and dietician Sarah Heffron to the Big Four Café Wednesday, November 8 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The public is welcome to participate in a conversation about controlling diabetes, preventing cancer, eating healthy and maintaining optimal health.The cost for the Diabetes Dinner is $10 per person. For more information please call 812-933-5000.last_img

Joe Robinson – Laurel

first_imgJoseph “Joe” Robinson, of Laurel, was born on January 21, 1951 in Corbin, Kentucky the son of Lenzy and Edna Cox Robinson.  He served his country with the United States Marines, and then worked and retired from Sperry Rubber after 29 years of service.  Joe enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.  He loved to supervise all of the family activities – usually from his lawn chair.  On Wednesday, June 13, 2018, at the age of 67, he passed away at his residence. Friends may visit with the family on Monday, June 18, 2018 from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 929 Main Street, Brookville.  Funeral services will be held 1 p.m. at the funeral home.  Burial with full military honors provided by the Brookville American Legion Bernard Hurst Post #77 will follow in Laurel North Cemetery. Those surviving who will cherish Joe’s memory include his children; sons, Joseph (Laura) Robinson and Jason Robinson, both of Laurel; daughters, Nancy (Kenny) Peters of Laurel, Jennifer (Steve) Thompson of Lake View, and Becky Thompson (Troy Wolf) of Connersville.  He is also survived by one sister, Carol Noble of Loveland, OH; 11 grandchildren, Richinda (Christopher) Banks, Hank McNally (fiancé T.J. Watkins), Christopher McNally, Isaiah Peters, Heather (Eric) Aldworth, Stephanie Thompson, Kiley Robinson, Emily Robinson, Justin Robinson, Kristen Peters, and Andrew Peters, and 10 great-grandchildren.  Joe was preceded in death by his parents.center_img Memorial contributions can be directed to the Brookville American Legion Bernard Hurst Post #77 or to the Brookville VFW Wilbur Dennison Post #2014.  To sign the online guestbook please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Joe Robinson.last_img read more

Part-time EMT’s, Paramedics sought in Batesville

first_imgBatesville, In. — Batesville Fire & Rescue is accepting applications for part-time EMT’s and Paramedics.Applications are available at the fire department or online here.Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and be an Indiana Licensed Paramedic or Certified EMT.Applicants will be required to perform background checks, physical fitness testing, written aptitude testing, an interview process, and other testing that may be deemed appropriate.Resumes will be accepted only if accompanied by an application.  Deadline for all applications and resumes is Wednesday, August 22.Requirements:• Must be a resident citizen of the United States.• Must be 18 years old to apply.• Must have a high school diploma or GED certificate.• Cannot have a felony conviction.• Cannot have a misdemeanor conviction involving domestic violence.• Must possess a valid driver’s license.• Cannot have been dishonorably discharged from the military.Must be Indiana Licensed Paramedic or Certified EMT.• Must pass a mandatory drug screening test.last_img read more

October Is Here

first_imgThis is the beginning of a hectic month in high school sports.  Almost every fall sport will begin and/or finish their state playoff series this month.  Girls golf is the only one that is nearly finished.  All the rest are just beginning.  Please go out and support your local high school teams as they try to reach the state level.At the pro level, the post season is beginning for baseball.  This will last the entire month!Most college football teams will have their Homecomings.  For basketball fans, the season is just around the corner.  You won’t have long to wait.last_img read more

East Central FFA member to compete in national competition

first_imgDearborn County, In. – A member from the East Central FFA Chapter will be competing for national recognition in a career development event at the 90th National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis, Oct. 25-28.Kayla Miles, a sophomore at East Central High School will vie for national honors with nearly 50 FFA members from across the United States in the FFA Creed speaking CDE. The National FFA Foundation and The National FFA Organization sponsor the event. Kayla is the daughter of Tim and Paula Miles of Sunman.Creed speaking is one of 25 career/leadership development event areas, covering jobs skills in everything from communications to mechanics. The Creed Speaking CDE is designed solely for members who qualified while in the seventh, eighth or ninth grade. The outstanding FFA members are recognized for their ability to memorize and present the FFA Creed then answer questions on the meaning and purpose of the Creed.  CDEs and LDEs help students develop the abilities to think critically, communicate clearly and perform effectively in a competitive job market.The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to 649,355 student members who belong to one of 7,859 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by 225,891 alumni members in 1,934 alumni chapters throughout the U.S.last_img read more

Fundraiser creates windfall for soup kitchen, search for 2019 land donor on

first_imgLetts, In. — The numbers are in and “Farmers Feeding the Flock” grossed $17,328.53, that will be a net donation to Greensburg Bread of Life of about $6,000.Local farmer Merril Smith developed the idea and presented to the Evans family near Letts, and the project was in full gear. The Evans family donated the use of 40-acres this year for a soybean crop. Stewart Seeds, Kova Fertilizer, Best Equipment and Lowes Feed and Grain all made significant donations to the project.Smith says the fundraiser is a way to help feed less fortunate people, teach young people about agriculture and try to inform the public about the sacrifices made by farmers, both physically and financially.There is a search for a land donor to continue the effort next year. If you would like to help out click here.last_img read more

Alumni Game

first_imgI enjoyed attending the Batesville Boys Basketball Alumni game last Friday afternoon.  A very even, entertaining game was enjoyed by those in attendance.  The game itself was played mainly by the alumni who graduated after 2010.  These young men are still very active and fit.In the early days of this game, Coach Garrett divided the players into recent graduates and old-timers.  Two separate games were played.  It was very entertaining to watch the old-timers attempt to regain their youth, but I think after a few injuries among the older group it was decided to play just one game with the younger guys.  There were a few older alumni in the crowd, including myself.This alumni game is a nice way to kick off another boys’ basketball season.last_img read more

Ligue 1: Osimhen, Simon, Kalu to undergo medical checkups from May 11

first_imgThe LFP has also indicated its preferred option remains a “resumption of leagues in mid-June subject to knowing the terms of easing confinement measures which will be presented by the government in the coming days”.France is currently under a nationwide lockdown until May 11.The LFP also reached an agreement with broadcasters Canal Plus and beIN Sports on Friday over disputed payments.The two television companies withheld money due after the league was suspended indefinitely. A statement from the LFP said they had agreed to pay an amount relative to the number of matches already broadcast.French sports daily L’Equipe reported the sum from Canal Plus to be around 37 million euros ($40 million).Meanwhile, French football federation president Noel Le Graet hopes both the French Cup and League Cup finals can be played before the league season restarts. Read Also: UEFA open to seasons ending early due to COVID-19Paris Saint-Germain are due to meet Saint-Etienne in the French Cup, while Thomas Tuchel’s side are scheduled to face Lyon in the League Cup.Football in Europe has been at a standstill since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. France has recorded almost 22,000 deaths linked to the virus according to Friday’s latest figures.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The LFP board met to review the main points of a draft document on medical and health protocols presented by the league’s representative for club doctors, it said in a statement.The document “foresees a return of players to training centres the week of May 11 to carry out full medical checkups, as well as swab tests, followed by daily monitoring, which will be detailed … between now and the end of April,” it said. The move is one of the mandatory requirement towards restarting Ligue 1 in June pending government clearance, the French league (LFP) said Friday. Super Eagles stars – Victor Osimhen, Moses Simon, Samuel Kalu are  expected to join other footballers plying their trade in France’s top flight  to undergo “full medical checkups” starting May 11.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth6 Most Overpowered Live Action Disney CharactersBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedTop 10 Female Disney Villains You’ll Definitely Fall In Love WithWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

Uzoho: Messi Made My Best Day In Football

first_img Uzoho’s inclusion in Nigeria’s squad to the football fiesta was a massive surprise to many. The young shot-stopper was part of the victorious Nigeria squad at the 2013 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates, albeit without playing a single minute at the tournament. But Uzoho moved to Deportivo La Coruna from Qatar’s Aspire Academy in January 2017 and, later that year, became the youngest foreign goalkeeper to ever play in La Liga, marking his memorable Deportivo debut with a clean sheet. His form in Spain caught the attention of Gernot Rohr, who had been looking for solutions to the Super Eagles’ goalkeeping problems caused by the premature retirement of Carl Ikeme. Then only 19, Uzoho made his Super Eagles debut against Argentina in a November 2017 friendly, a game Messi missed, and Nigerian won by a 4-2 scoreline. Despite his relative inexperience, Uzoho was elevated as the first-choice keeper ahead of the experienced duo of Daniel Akpeyi and Ikechukwu Ezenwa, heading to the World Cup.Advertisement Loading… He was in goal when Rohr’s men lost to Croatia, defeated Iceland, and succumbed to a late 2-1 loss to Argentina, with Messi netting a fine opener. Despite the Super Eagles losing that encounter, Uzoho feels privileged sharing the same pitch with the six-time Ballon d’Or winner. “Playing at the World Cup for the first time as a first choice goalkeeper came as a grace to me,” the Omonia Nicosia keeper said, as quoted by the media. read also:Uzoho: Why I married at 20 “In fact, the day Nigeria played against Argentina was my best day in the game because I stood on the same field with Messi and Higuain, players I respect a lot. “I had to control my excitement as a professional keeper to give my best in the game.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Francis Uzoho has picked the Super Eagles last group match against Messi’s Argentina at the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia as the best day of his football career. Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseThe Best Cars Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldThe Most Beautiful Middle Eastern Actresses9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooHow Good The CGI Effects In Those Movies Were!This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually Truelast_img read more

Messi snogs stunning wife Antonela but leaves fans ‘disturbed’

first_imgBarcelona forward Lionel Messi has left fans feeling “disturbed” after he locked lips with his wife Antonela Roccuzzo for a music video. The 32-year-old and his partner showed their passion for one another in Puerto Rican musician Residente’s video showing 113 kisses from around the world during the coronavirus crisis. Messi’s Argentinian compatriot Paulo Dybala – fresh from recovering Covid-19 after testing positive four times – also enjoyed a steamy snog with his girlfriend Oriana Sabatini. And Hollywood actor Ben Affleck was another high-profile celebrity to feature as he and his new 007 girlfriend Ana de Armas went public with their love for each other. But it was Messi’s affection for his wife that left fans shocked, with supporters of the six-time Ballon d’Or winner not used to the Blaugrana ace showing his affection. As Messi and Roccuzzo share a kiss during the song titled ‘Antes Que El Mundo Se Acabe’ – which in English translates as ‘Before the World Ends’ – the lyrics go: “I know the future is uncertain but even if they close borders they can’t close the sea. We’ll soon get out.”Advertisement Loading… read also:‘Ronaldo was the best’ – Carlos, dismisses Messi, CR7 comparison Fans immediately took to social to comment on their uneasiness, as one said: “I feel like throwing up after that Messi kiss video.” Another commented: “Who filmed this Mateo or Thiago. I’m sick it’s like watching my own parents kiss I’m so disturbed Messi wtf.” Another simply stated: “Can you stop posting that Messi kiss video please.” Other celebrities featured in Residente’s video include Ricky Martin smooching his husband Jwan Yosef and rapper Bad Bunny and girlfriend Gabriela Berlingeri. Residente, real name Rene Perez Joglar, was a founding member of Puerto Rican rap fusion band Calle 13 before initiating a solo career in 2015. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentHere Are The 10 Most Famous Female Racers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Mind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTop 10 Most Iconic Characters On TV11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopGeeky And Hilarious Shower Curtains For Adults10 Celebrity Dads Who Have A Bad Relationship With Their Kidslast_img read more

EPL: Liverpool fan holds title parade after getting bored waiting for restart

first_imgA Liverpool fan has taken matters into his own hands and held an open-top title parade to celebrate their very likely Premier League glory. The three trucks cost 10 million baht, which is around £256,000. When asked about the parade, Kongkiat explained he had planned the celebrations for when Liverpool physically lifted the title. “I had planned to bring the trucks out for a parade with the other Liverpool supporters when the team lifted the trophy,” Kongkia stated per The Mirror. “However, due to the pandemic the league has been postponed so I decided to do the celebration in advance. Read Also: Arsenal eye Real Madrid star as possible Aubameyang replacement The league will not be disclosing any information on the individuals or clubs in question but stated they would be required to self-isolate for a week. Coronavirus tests will be carried out twice per week on players, in addition to temperature checks and questionnaires being filled out prior to every session. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Jurgen Klopp’s side are 25 points clear at the top of the table and were on track to claim their first ever Premier League title – until the coronavirus pandemic postponed the season. The Premier League hasn’t held a game since March and businessman Kongkiat Inthraseesangwon decided he couldn’t wait for the return any longer. Kongkiat purchased a truck for the open-top parade in Phayao, Thailand and painted it red to match the club’s traditional colours, while also slapping on the club’s crest and ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ motto. “I think the money has been well spent because if we win, it will be the first time in more than 30 years that we have won the league. I think the fans deserve to have their celebration. “Moreover, after the celebration, the truck will be used in my business so it’s definitely not a waste of money.” The Premier League is looking to return to action in mid-June with sides resuming training in the coming weeks. It was revealed yesterday that six people across three Premier League sides had tested positive for COVID-19. 19 clubs have completed tests and received results, while one club waited until Monday to conduct their tests and so their results are currently unknown. Promoted ContentGorgeous Asian Actresses All Men Are Crazy About10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterPlus-Size Girls Who Set The Catwalk On Fire10 Inventions That Make Our Lives Much Easierlast_img read more

La Liga to return to English TV next month with all matches free

first_img Lionel Messi and Co are set to draw in massive audiences after Spanish top-flight football was given the green light to return next month. La Liga and its broadcast partner Premier Sports will announce this week that all live matches will be made available for Sky TV customers. It follows the Bundesliga proving to be a big hit on BT Sport with football fans craving the return of live-action after the coronavirus lockdown. La Liga games are set to be shown every day of the week with late afternoon and evening kick-offs as well as night matches at weekends. Barcelona and Real Madrid are currently locked in a title race while La Liga president Javier Tebas has confirmed the Seville derby between Sevilla and Real Betis will be the first game back from the week of June 8. The opening fixture could be on Thursday, June 11.Advertisement It means Spanish football is likely to be back on English TV screens before the Premier League which is also due to return next month. Sky subscribers – or anyone with a Skybox – will be able to sign up for free during June with the subscription price normally £5.99. Non-Sky subscribers are also to be offered free games in June via the Premier Player app. read also:Osimhen snubs interest from Serie A club, targets Premier League or LaLiga It is designed to be part of a TV bonanza for armchair viewers with the hope they will stick with the channel with 11 games left for each team. La Liga has also announced that a new magazine show featuring former Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino will be on air from June 1. Talking Football series will be hosted by Guillem Balagué who will interview Pochettino and there will be more regular programming around the games. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… La Liga is making a spectacular return for English TV viewers – with all games being shown for free in June. Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Iconic Personalities On TV NowCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 African Actresses With Thick Skin Who Got Famous In HollywoodBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Product That Have Wild Origin Stories6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone7 Worst Things To Do To Your Phonelast_img read more

Chelsea ready to off-load Fikayo Tomori

first_img Loading… read also:French side Rennes in desperate quest for Chelsea’s Fikayo Tomori Despite being a regular under Frank Lampard while he was on loan at Derby County, Tomori struggled to nail down a starting spot last season. He is now expected to leave Stamford Bridge this summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Chelsea are prepared to sell Fikayo Tomori this summer. L’Equipe says Chelsea’s transfer chief Marina Granovskaia is encouraging competition for his signature. Tomori, 22, has attracted interest from Ligue 1 side Rennes, though they face a difficult task to get a deal over the line.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Extremely Gorgeous Asian ActressesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Animelast_img read more

Maguire’s brother ‘also charged over Mykonos brawl

first_img Joe has joined Harry and their sister Daisy for a week of partying in Mykonos. But Utd captain Maguire was taunted by rival fans during a three-day drinking session that ended with his sister being stabbed with a metal straw. The brawl erupted outside a swanky nightclub when a man — described by sources as “gangster types” — had started chatting up the star’s younger sister. And when she turned him down, she was jabbed in the arm – drawing blood and causing her to faint. Harry then stepped in before a fight broke out. When plain-clothed police came to break it up, the Utd captain was allegedly “verbally abusive to an officer and then hit him”. read also:Man Utd captain Maguire regains freedom after assault hearing Maguire is now understood to have travelled back to the UK ahead of another hearing in court tomorrow, which he does not have to attend. But the case could be thrown into jeopardy after staff in the building tested positive for coronavirus. Sheffield-born Maguire became the world’s most expensive defender when he signed for Utd from Leicester City for £85million in August last year. He was named captain in January this year following Ashley Young’s departure to Inter Milan. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Harry Maguire’s footballer brother is also expected to go on trial for allegedly brawling on Mykonos, The Sun can reveal. Joe Maguire, 28, was arrested with his famous sibling and it is understood he will be named as a co-defendant along with another British pal this afternoon. Local officials confirmed he had been detained for the fight but stopped short of announcing his court appearance officially due to strict data protection rules. But it is understood his name will be appear on a court list later today. All three will be represented by the same high-flying lawyer flown in from Athens for the case. The trio spent two nights in a cell before appearing before a court on Saturday in Syros. They are accused of bodily harm and “serial insult”. Maguire and a pal are have also been charged with serial bribery and violence against officials. They deny all the charges against them. Dad-of-two Joe is also a footballer and played for Scunthorpe United, Nuneaton Town and Boston United before signing for Gainsborough Trinity in 2018. But he recently left the Northern Premier League club in search of first-team football.center_img Promoted ContentBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe World’s Most Desirable Fruit – Pink Pineapple11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top9 Celebrities Who Look Older Than They Really Arelast_img read more

Yaya Toure apologises for ‘inappropriate joke’

first_img “It was meant as a joke however I lacked thorough consideration for the feelings of all the other participants. “That being said I deleted the jokes within minutes and I immediately apologised to all inside the group.” Toure said he wanted to “take full responsibility” for his mistake. “We gather for a good cause and this deviates the focus of the game which is to bring everyone together to help children around the world,” he wrote. “It’s sad to see an inappropriate joke I made attract the attention which should be fully devoted to the beauty of the charity game. “Regardless of the circumstances, I want to take full responsibility. I am a grown man who should not be engaged in such jokes. “I am very sorry for my mistake and wish everyone all the best with Soccer Aid on Sunday in raising awareness and funds for important causes.” Toure sparked a string of complaints from his appalled team-mates, who included several female players as well as celebrities. They called on Soccer Aid and ITV bosses to axe Toure from the game, held annually in support of children’s charity Unicef. Toure, who has three children with wife Gina, deleted the messages and issued an apology but got the boot from Sunday’s game. An insider said: “Everyone at Soccer Aid was disgusted by Yaya’s messages. “There is a WhatsApp group for his team, the World XI, and everyone had been chatting in it. “Without being prompted, Yaya posted a video of a naked woman in a bath. Yaya Toure has apologised for an “inappropriate joke” after offering to hire sex workers for his Soccer Aid team. Married dad Toure, 37, boasted in a WhatsApp group chat that he could bring 19 girls to the side’s five-star hotel in Cheshire, and also posted a pornographic video showing a naked woman in a bath. He was axed from this weekend’s event, and tweeted an apology. “I would like to apologise to everyone involved in Soccer Aid for an inappropriate joke I deeply regret,” he wrote. read also:Yaya Toure axed after offering to hire sex workers for teammates “She was acting in a lewd manner and it was highly inappropriate. “He went on to say he could get 19 women like the one in the video to come to the hotel to the pleasure of those playing the match. “It was absolutely disgraceful and caused a huge amount of distress to some of the people who received the messages. “Soccer Aid is a charity game and is raising money for children. “So to have one of the players, especially one who is supposed to be a professional, making such lewd and gross suggestions is despicable.” Midfielder Yaya, who left Manchester City in 2018, sent the X-rated messages on Thursday night. The WhatsApp group was made up of his team-mates from his World XI side – including ex-Man United star Patrice Evra and female players Julie Fleeting, Lianne Sanderson and Chelcee Grimes. Players and coaches from their England XI opponents were also in the group. A string of complaints were then made to Soccer Aid and ITV, which is broadcasting the match live. The insider added: “The messages turned the stomachs of the women, along with the men. “The atmosphere among both teams had been so good and spirits were high. These messages have really soured the mood. “Julie, Lianne and Chelcee made their feelings clear about how wrong they thought his messages were. They called for Toure to be taken off the team.” After bosses at Unicef and ITV were notified of the content, Yaya was told to delete them. He was then forced to apologise to everyone who received the messages and was warned his place in the squad was in jeopardy. However, feelings were running high during breakfast at the hotel this morning, with many feeling he should get the boot. A source explained: “Within a few minutes his messages had been deleted and Yaya got a mouthful from the bosses. “He repeatedly apologised to them and also said he was sincerely sorry for what he had posted to those in the group. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Adorable Model For Simba In The Lion King Remake8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouTop 10 Female Stars Everyone Had A Crush On In The 90s8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesThis Muslim Woman Belongs To World’s 10 Strongest Women10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role ModelsWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World? Loading… last_img read more

Virginia Sprint Series checkers fly for Linkenhoker

first_imgBy Jim HainesSHENANDOAH, Va. (May 9) – Anthony Linkenhoker used his smooth style to move up front and take his career first Virginia Sprint Series win Saturday at Shenandoah Speedway.The third different winner in as many IMCA Eagle Motorsports RaceSaver tour events this sea­son, Linkenhoker took the landmark checkers ahead of Chris Ware and Charlie Ware.Chris Ware and Bill Rice paced the field to green with Ware out first by a nose but Rice came back to lead the lap as problems hit in turn one. Brian Lawson pushed up in to Tom Humphries, blocking the track and taking French Grimes with them.On the restart, Rice lead with Ware in second as Linkenhoker followed. Linkenhoker went around Ware and was off after Rice. On lap 10, Linkenhoker went under Rice and to the lead where he stayed for his first win at Shenandoah as Ware stayed close.Next it’s back to the dirt at Eastside Speedway in Waynesboro on Saturday, May 16.Feature results – 1. Anthony Linkenhoker; 2. Chris Ware; 3. Charlie Ware; 4. Jerald Harris; 5. Ron Moyers; 6. Andrew Wrotten; 7. Bill Rice; 8. Brian Lawson; 9. Tom Humphries; 10. French Grimes; 11. Tony Harris.last_img read more

New sponsor Motorsports Warehouse has prime location for Super Nationals customers

first_imgBOONE, Iowa – Recipients of contingency awards from the newest IMCA marketing partner won’t have to walk very far to redeem them.Motorsports Warehouse Distributors is currently relocating from Ames to the former JR Motorsports building just off Highway 30 and adjacent to the Boone Speedway grounds.Manufacturers’ Row at the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s will literally be in the company’s parking lot.“IMCA has a very large customer base. It makes sense to cater to that market in our backyard,” said Brent Antill of Motorsports Warehouse. “We have a lot to offer IMCA drivers.”Motorsports Warehouse will award $50 gift certificates to all last-chance qualifiers at Super Nationals. Those certificates will be good toward purchases from a complete line of racing products and safety equipment.Gift certificates with the same value will be awarded to a top five driver at each event in the Deery Brothers Summer Series and the Hawkeye Dirt Tour beginning next season.Antill’s grandfather started Hap’s Auto Supply in the mid-1960’s and built engines for drivers who competed across the Midwest. The business later became Hap’s Racing, operated by his father, in Ames. Hap’s serviced Boone Speedway with a parts trailer in the 1980’s and 1990’s.“Hap’s was a long-time supporter of IMCA and I’m proud to continue that family tradition into the future with Motorsports Warehouse,” said Antill, IMCA’s national Sprint Car rookie of the year in 1990, a long-time veteran of the winged division and recent inductee into the Knoxville Raceway Hall of Fame.He worked at Hap’s Racing and JR Motorsports, and built engines at his own shop before opening Motorsports Warehouse in 2014. The company offers a wide variety of products for the winged class as well.More information about products available from Motorsports Warehouse is available by calling 855 599-7223.“We’re really excited about being part of IMCA,” Antill said. “This sponsorship program will be a good deal for everyone involved.”“With the recent leasing of the building on the grounds of Boone Speedway, it was natural to develop a partnership with Motorsports Warehouse that involved them supporting not only the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, but IMCA series events on a regional level,” noted Kevin Yoder, marketing director for the sanctioning body. “We’ve appreciated their desire to work with us as we make plans for America’s Racin’ Vacation and look forward to building a relationship that lasts well into the future.”last_img read more

Riley rules Raceway Park’s Jim Johnson Memorial

first_imgBy Bob ConeyJEFFERSON, S.D. (May 15) – Dave Riley got the best of a stellar field of IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks, at Raceway Park’s Jim Johnson Memorial.Riley matched the highest-paying wins of his career with the $1,000 Sunday night checkers.Front row starter Tony Fetterman had shot to the lead and held off various challengers throughout three restarts. Following the fourth caution, Riley made his move on the outside in turns three and four to take over up front.A late caution resulted in a green, white, checkered finish and Riley denied a final charge by Fetter­man to take the victory, his third this season at Jefferson including opening night of the South Dakota Spring Nationals.Behind the lead duo, “B” feature winner David Miller completed a charge through the field for third ahead of Damon Richards and Matt BakerThirty-two drivers checked in and sought shares of a Hobby Stock purse topping $3,000.Other feature winners were Justin Zeitner in the Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds, Les Lundquist in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Brewer in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Cody Thompson in the Mach-1 Sport Compacts.Feature results – 1. Dave Riley; 2. Tony Fetterman; 3. David Miller; 4. Damon Richards; 5. Matt Baker; 6. Aaron Shearn; 7. Kevin Bruck; 8. Jon Androy; 9. Craig Clift; 10. Dustin Gulbrandson; 11. Justin Frederick; 12. Gavin Gilbertson; 13. Lu­cas Phillips; 14. Zach Bales; 15. Kyle Davis; 16. Ryan Leedom; 17. Lenny Tucker; 18. Andy Hoffman; 19. Stephanie Kiraly; 20. Brody Spreng.last_img read more

Marriott’s IMCA Modified ‘A’ game is good for second Hawkeye Dirt Tour win in three nights

first_imgHunter Marriott scored his second Hawkeye Dirt Tour victory in three nights, topping Wednesday’s main event for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds at Buena Vista Raceway. (Photo by Jim Steffens)ALTA, Iowa (Aug. 10) – Hunter Marriott brought his Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified ‘A’ game to Buena Vista Raceway on Wednesday.The result was his second Hawkeye Dirt Tour feature win in three nights.Marriott restarted inside row one after frontrunners Chris Abelson and Kyle Strickler got together to bring out a lap six caution, then led the last 25 times around the track to top the $1,500-to-win feature at Alta.He pulled away from Joel Rust – ironically the Tuesday winner at Hamilton County Speedway when Abelson and Kelly Shryock tangled while battling for the lead on the last lap of the Harris Clash – before taking his second Iowa Modified Speedweek checkers.“It kind of felt that way,” Marriott said, acknowledging the lap six sense of déjà vu, “but there were a lot of laps left. Kyle and Chris both had very fast cars. It’s unfortunate that it happened and they both had to go to the tail.”Abelson changed a flat tire, and made a late bid for the top five before getting sideways with two laps left to bring out another caution. He clinched the tour title despite finishing 18th.Mike Mullen caught Joel Rust for second on the final circuit. ‘B’ winner Kelly Shryock was fourth and Cody Laney was fifth.“We were able to stretch the lead out quite a ways. My crew gave me a good car and I was able to keep hitting my marks,” said Marriott, the $5,000 tour winner Monday at Clay County Fair Speedway. “These are the races the good drivers win. I was hoping to win one or two this week and I’m excited to see what the next three nights (at Hancock County Speedway) bring for us.”Strickler was first across the line on laps one and two. Once he got in front, Marriott was pursued by Laney and then by Rust.Mullen made his move around Rust following the last restart; Shryock had started 13th.Already on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot, Marriott became the fourth driver to win two HDT features this season; the Wednesday victory was his tour career third.Devin Smith broke away late from Donavon Smith and Brian Blessington to take the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers at Alta while Doug Smith dominated the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature. Craig Brotherton topped a field of 18 IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks to score the victory. Jay DeVries held off Cory Flanigan at the line to win the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature. Modified Results Feature – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Mike Mullen, Suamico, Wis.; 3. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 5. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 6. Mike Mashl, De Pere, Wis.; 7. Ricky Stephan, South Sioux City, Neb.; 8. Stacey Mills, Webb; 9. Billy Vogel, West Fargo, N.D.; 10. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 12. Clayton Christensen, Spencer; 13. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 14. Mark Elliott, Webster City; 15. Jason Briese, Cleghorn; 16. Justin Sackett, Pierson; 17. Ryan Topf, Charter Oak; 18. Chris Abelson, Sioux City; 19. Jim Mathieson, Sioux City; 20. Sean Barragan, Sergeant Bluff; 21. Jason Mickelson, Storm Lake; 22. Travis Hatcher, Honey Creek; 23. Mike Hansen, Dickinson, N.D.; 24. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 25. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif. First heat (top three) – 1. Mari; 2. Laney; 3. Barragan; 4. Shryock; 5. Stephan; 6. Vogel; 7. Trey Kline, Schleswig; 8. Corey Bosma, Ocheyedan.Second heat – 1. Rust; 2. Topf; 3. Strickler; 4. Elliott; 5. Briese; 6. Sackett; 7. Mickelson; 8. Hatcher. Third heat – 1. Marriott; 2. Christensen; 3. Hoeft; 4. Mashl; 5. Dotson; 6. Chase Conway, Westhope, N.D.; 7. Darin Miller, Dakota Dunes, S.D. Fourth heat – 1. Abelson; 2. Mullen; 3. Mills; 4. Hansen; 5. Dripps; 6. Mathieson; 7. Ashley Schaaf, Lincoln, Neb.First “B” feature (top five) – 1. Shryock; 2. Mashl; 3. Stephan; 4. Dotson; 5. Vogel; 6. Conway; 7. Bosma; 8. Miller; 9. Kline. Second “B” feature – 1. Dripps; 2. Hansen; 3. Elliott; 4. Sackett; 5. Hatcher; 6. Bries; 7. Mathiesen; 8. Mickelson; 9. Schaaf.last_img read more

Schrader scores opener at Springfield

first_imgSchrader took the win by approximately five car lengths.  With Schrader out in front on the Delaware Double File restart, Bowers elected to go to the top and close some ground. During the run, Schrader moved about a lane up and found some extra bite, forcing Bowers to forgo his thought of keeping to the extreme top side.  SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (May 30) – Kenny Schrader took the early lead and then schooled the IMCA Modified field following a late restart Saturday at The Quick Quarter of the Springfield Raceway. Out in front, Schrader opened a half-a-track lead until a late caution bunched the field as fast moving Steven Bowers Jr. was getting the chance to try and steal the thunder at Jerry Hoffman’s high banked racy oval.  For Schrader, the opening night win marked a special moment as the very popular driver celebrated to the date his first-ever race and first-ever win 49 years ago. He’d also celebrated his 65th birthday just a day earlier. IMCA Modified action continues this Saturday with racing at 7 p.m. Schrader, in his Federated Auto Parts Modified, took the early lead from Derek Watson after starting third in the 20-lap Bad Boy Mowers feature. last_img read more

Argonauts Participate in Spring Tournament

first_img PENSACOLA, Fla. – After advancing to the semifinals of the NCAA Division II South Central Region Tournament last year, the West Florida volleyball team prepared for the 2007 season this past weekend.On Saturday, West Florida hosted the UWF Spring Invitational. The Argonauts won seven of eight individual match games at the UWF Field House. West Florida won two games from NCAA Division I opponents Nicholls State and South Alabama as well as St. John’s River Community College. West Florida also split two games with NAIA University of Mobile.West Florida will open the 2007 season by hosting the UWF Comfort Inn-vitational at the UWF Field House. Print Friendly Version Share Argonauts Participate in Spring Tournamentlast_img read more

April closure planned for State Road 148

first_imgAurora, In. — In April, workers plan to close State Road 148 for up to 45 days to correct a landslide about one-half mile west of U.S. 50.On April 15 Paul H. Rohe Company will remove the existing drainage structure and replace it with a 30-inch pipe that will be 53 feet long. The contract is valued at $367,940.A detour using State Road 48 and U.S. 50 will be posted. State Road 148 has a traffic count of 3,020 vehicles per day.last_img

Tickets on sale now for ‘Kids Kick Drugs’ at the YMCA

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Southeastern Indiana YMCA will host the “Kids Kick Drugs” program Saturday, May 11 from 9:00-11:30 AM. The event will feature activities that demonstrate the dangers of drugs and alcohol abuse.Senior Master George Dwenger, the Mayor’s Youth Council and the Drug Coalition for a Drug Free Batesville have brought several guest speakers including retired Indiana State Police Trooper and self-defense instructor Tami Watson.The cost is $5-per person, not exceed $10-per family and can be purchased by calling 812-934-6006. In order to ensure there is adequate food and refreshments RSVPs are encouraged. A T-shirt is included with any Ticket purchase before May 2.Parents of children 7-years-old and younger are recommended to stay for the event.For more information click here.last_img read more

Lady Raiders Lose Hard Battle Against 1A #3 Lady Shiners

first_img1A No. 3 Rising Sun  5,  South Ripley  1Mady Tompkins- 3 for 3Ellie Waldron- 2 for 3 w/RBIMaddie Hamrick- 1 for 3Pitching LossMady Tompkins- 6 IP, 5 Runs, 4 ER, 11 Hits, 10 K, 3 BB“I don’t believe in moral losses or accept losing, but I’m so proud of the effort and play of our girls tonight. We gave the third-ranked team in 1A a run for their money all night and had a 1-1 tie heading into the bottom of the fifth. We had only one error tonight. Unlike our other losses we didn’t beat ourselves. We made a great team beat us. Tonight showed just how good we can be and the potential our young group has.” Raiders Coach Rob Lafary.SR is now 11-7, 5-6 ORVC. SR hosts Shawe on Wednesday night.last_img read more

Conservation districts awarded $900,000 to improve water quality

first_imgVersailles, In. — The Indiana State Department of Agriculture and the State Soil Conservation Board awarded more than $900,000 in matching grant funds to Indiana’s 92 Soil and Water Conservation Districts.Each district will receive approximately $10,000, which will be used to support their local conservation efforts.“Improving water quality takes considerable time, energy, but, especially, resources,” said Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, Indiana’s Secretary of Agriculture and Rural Development. “I applaud the State Soil Conservation Board for making this funding available, as well as Indiana’s conservation districts for the work they’re doing to conserve our natural resources.”The funds were awarded through the Clean Water Indiana program, which is administered by the state’s conservation board. The program provides financial assistance to landowners and conservation groups that are working to reduce runoff from non-point sources of water pollution, whether it’s on agricultural land, urban areas or eroding streambanks.Once received, districts can use the funds to partner with other counties or address specific needs within their jurisdiction. Some examples may include participating in a cost share program, hiring staff, or providing technical assistance, education and training.“Each district and region has its own set of challenges, when it comes to the natural resource concerns they’re facing,” said Bruce Kettler, ISDA director. “This funding will allow them to expand their efforts, as they develop locally-driven solutions to address these problems.”Clean Water Indiana is managed by ISDA’s Division of Soil Conservation and funded by a portion of the state’s cigarette taxlast_img read more

Batesville CYO Deanery Scores

first_imgGames at St. Louis starting at 1:00, 2:15, 3:30 St. Louis #1 vs St. Mary’s #1St. Louis #2 vs St. Mary’s #2Holy Family vs St. Maurice/Immaculate Conception Next games are Sunday, January 5th Holy Family 41 –  All Saints #2 40St. Mary’s #1 (Greensburg) 48 –  St. Maurice’s/Immaculate Conception 39St. Mary’s #2 (Greensburg) 52 –  St. Catherine’s of Siennas 29 St. Louis #2 51 – St. Mike’s (Brookville)  35Leading the way for St. Louis was Kurt Seifert with 21, and Jack Abplanalp and Luke Wilson with 12. Leading the way for St. Mike’s was Strotz with 20 and day with 7.center_img Batesville CYO Deanery ScoresSunday  (12-15)All Saints #1 77 –  St. Louis #1 58Leading scores for St. Louis were Seth Gausman with 16, Jon Thompson with 15, Adam Cox with 9, and Evan Vogelsang with 8. Leading scores for All Saints #1 was Griffin Werner with 26, Brady Spangler with 16, and JJ Stenger with 13. Games at St. Joseph’s (East Central) at 1:00 and 2:15All Saints #1 vs St. Michael’sAll  Saints #2 vs St. Catherine’s of SiennasCourtesy of Bruins Coach Fuzz Springmeyer.last_img read more

Heidrun Eva Hill

first_imgHeidrun “Heide” Eva Hill, 82, of Connersville died on Saturday, April 4, 2020, at her residence.Heidrun was born on March 1, 1938 in Germany to Karl and Anna Schaffert Lutz. Heidrun “Heide” Lutz married Robert Hill while he was stationed in Germany and they enjoyed over 57 years of marriage before he died on February 2, 2016. Heidrun was a homemaker, had attended Scipio Baptist Church, and enjoyed crocheting, watching TV, and spending time with her family.She is survived by four sons and their spouses: Mark Hill  of Cedar Grove, Greg Hill and Debbie of Everton, Tony Hill and Michele of Shandon, OH and Jeff Hill and Angela of Colerain, OH; thirteen grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two sisters in Germany. Heidrun was preceded in death by her parents, her husband Robert, and a daughter, Terry Leah Hill.Cremation has been chosen and there are no services. Burial will be at a later date in West Virginia, in the family cemetery. For more information or to send condolences or memories, go to www.cookrosenberger.com. The Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home Staff assisted with the arrangements and were honored to serve Heidrun’s family.last_img read more

BAAC present local Armchair Artist series

first_imgBatesville, IN—Armchair Artists is a new 3-week Batesville Area Arts Council series where local musicians will share their talents with you in the comfort of your own home. Since everyone is spending more time than usual at home, the BAAC has asked five local artists to put on a Livestream performance to share with our community.Starting this evening, Morgan Kramer will perform live on the BAAC Facebook page starting at 7 pm and Derek Foster will perform this Saturday, May 2.  So check it out on the BAAC Facebook page at 7 pm, grab a seat on the back porch or living room, and enjoy the many talented musicians in our community.last_img read more

243 lives saved with area blood donation

first_imgBatesville, IN—WRBI and Hoxworth Blood Center held a Blood Drive on Tuesday. The goal for the event was 69 blood units, and Hoxworth was able to collect 81 units, which is the highest amount collected. There were a total of 87 volunteers to try to donate, including 5 first time donors.With the units collected, 243 lives will be saved!Hoxworth appreciates the WRBI community’s commitment to saving lives. The donors who participated in the blood drive have helped ensure that there is an adequate blood supply for the patients in our community.last_img read more

APC approves rezoning on property with future landfill potential

first_imgGreensburg, IN —The Decatur County Area Plan Commission voted 7-1 in favor of re-zoning close to 94 acres from A-1 zoning to an I-2 zoning for Property owned by BEX Farms, a subsidiary of Best Way Disposal. Paul Stone, President of the Area Plan Commission, made it clear to the audience the petition on which the Commission was to vote, was to be on the rezoning of property and not on a landfill.  Stone stated that if it should pass, the discussion on a landfill would be at the Board of Zoning Appeals meeting. During the last meeting in March petitioners were asked three questions to bring back to the Commission: what is the smallest amount of land that is necessary for rezoning, what is the life expectancy of the landfill currently and if additional space is approved, and can something be done to help with the odor issues.  Kurt Pueblo, speaking on behalf of BEX Farms stated that they were reducing their petition from 150 acres to 93.98 acres to be rezoned and that approximately 48 of those acres would be used for a future landfill.  Pueblo stated that the current life expectancy of the landfill is between 10-12 years and adding the additional land would increase this by 20-30 additional years.  As both audience members and AP Commissioner Sheila Kirchhoff addressed continuing odor issues, Pueblo stated that work has been done to contain the smell including increasing soil cover and maintenance to newly installed gas pipes.  After hearing from several members of the community that were all opposed to the potential landfill, the commission voted in favor. The vote now moves to the County Board of Zoning Appeals for a vote on the petition for a conditional use as a landfill.last_img read more

Zenith Bank League: First Bank, Army maintain unbeaten runs

first_imgRelatedPosts ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud Nigerian Army loses Colonel to Boko Haram attack Nigerian Army and ‘Fatal Arrogance’, by Yushau A. Shuaib Action continued in the 2019 Zenith Bank-sponsored Women’s Basketball League as teams battle for places in the national conference phase. On Day One of the Zenith Women’s Basketball League, defending champions, First Bank of Lagos, pummeled less fancied Ogun Babes 110-30 points at the South West Conference in Ibadan. Dolphins also showed their superiority over Oluyole Babes 104-31 points. Day two results saw First Bank hammer Oluyole Babes 95-23 points to maintain their unbeaten run in the league, while Dolphins won Ogun Babes 90-40 points. In Akure, MFM under Aderemi Adewunmi defeated DeepWater 73-36 points.It was a close battle between Sunshine Angels and IGP Queens.At the end of the duel, the Nigerian team won 40-37 points. Day three results saw Delta Force inflicting another loss on Sunshine Angels 58-49 points.MFM beat IGP Queens 66-30 points. In the North Central Zone, holding in Abuja, Air Warriors beat Black Gold 94-45 points, FCT Wings overpowered Nassarawa Amazons 56-37 points, Plateau Rocks outscored Kanemi Queens 61-32 points while Nigeria Customs walked over Benue Princesses 20-0. On day two in the North Central, Plateau Rocks beat FCT Wings 74-63 points, Nigerian Customs, with a more equipped arsenal, defeated Nasarawa Amazons 101- 29 points. Blackgold recorded their first win of the second phase by beating hapless Kanem Queens 72-25 points. Air Warriors defeated Plateau Rocks 56-25 points as FCT Wings performed another walkover ceremony over Benue Princesses. In other results on day three, Plateau Rocks defeated Benue Princesses 20-0, Nasarawa Amazons beat Kanem Queens 55- 34, FCT wings lost 40-83 to Air Warriors and Black gold were beaten 63-29 by Nigeria Customs. Plateau Rocks whipped Nasarawa Amazons 63- 17, while Amazons defeated Benue Princesses 20-0. Seven teams are currently sweating it out at the Indoor Gymnasium of the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria, with the Nigerian Army Amazons leading the zone ahead of GT 2000 and Kaduna. Others are Taraba Hurricanes, Adamawa Flames, Zamfara Flames, Kebbi Equity Queens and Exousia Angels of Adamawa. GT 2000 defeated Kebbi 59-34 points. Adamawa dug deep to defeat Zamfara Angels 69-43 points, while 20 points were awarded to Nigerian Army after performing a walk over ceremony over Exousia who failed to show up. Day two matches saw Zamfara defeating Kebbi Equity 50-28 points, GT 2000 lost 40-52 points to sizzling hot Nigerian Army while Taraba defeated Exousia Angels 56-50 points. So far, Nigerian Army has recorded three wins out of three games, while Kebbi Equity Queens lost all their three games.Tags: First BankNational conference phaseNigerian ArmyOgun BabesZenith Ban Leaguelast_img read more

Newcastle takeover excites Ameobi

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Newcastle set to extend winning streak Saudi may have enough uranium deposits to make nuclear fuel – Reports Saudi Arabia sets date to lift some international flight restrictions Newcastle United loans chief Shola Ameobi has said that there’s a lot of excitement inside the club amid takeover talk.While communication from the top of the club has been limited, he admits he and other staff at the club are getting excited by talk of the £300 million takeover getting closer. It was reported that the Saudi Arabia-backed deal was close and could be complete within the next seven days.“We’re excited about all the noises that we’re hearing,” Ameobi said on Sky Sports’ The Football Show.“But at the moment Im at home with the kids, homeschooling the kids, and just trying to stay safe.”When asked about what he’d heard from inside the club, Ameobi, who played for the first team for 14 years until 2014, admitted information had been thin on the ground.“I think the one thing over the last six weeks while we’ve been on furlough, there’s not really been any communication, we’re not allowed to do our day to day job, so communication hasn’t been there,” he said. “Lee Charnley has sent a couple of emails over this time to reassure us about what steps they’re trying to take but like you can imagine everything is silent.“Mike likes to do things discreetly and in his own way, and as employees we don’t get to know any of that, so we’re the same as you guys, just waiting and seeing what comes.”Tags: Newcastle UnitedSaudi ArabiaShola Ameobilast_img read more

Chelsea capture £50m Chilwell

first_imgRelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus Leicester City want offers for Iheanacho EPL: Harry Kane double dents Leicester’s top-four hope Chelsea have confirmed the £50 million signing of Ben Chilwell from Leicester.The England defender has signed a five-year deal worth up to £190,000-per-week after passing a medical and also having checks on the heel injury that ruled him out of the end of last season. Chilwell, 23, becomes manager Frank Lampard’s third major signing, taking his summer spending to around £136 million following the previous captures of Hakim Ziyech for just under £37 million from Ajax and forward Timo Werner for £49 million from RB Leipzig.Chilwell said: “I am delighted to be joining Chelsea at this very exciting time for the club.“I’m looking forward to being a part of this young, dynamic squad led by Frank Lampard as we challenge for honours next season.“I can’t wait to get started and hopefully it won’t be long before we’re playing in front of the Chelsea fans at Stamford Bridge.”Signing a new left-back, and Chilwell in particular, was a big transfer window priority for Lampard. He has long been Lampard’s No.1 choice for the position and, as revealed by Sportsmail in October, Chelsea had emerged as frontrunners for his signature following previous interest from Manchester City.Chilwell’s move to Stamford Bridge ends his 11-year association with Leicester.He joined the club in 2009, came through the ranks and has made 123 appearances for Leicester, scoring four times.Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia added: “We are very pleased to have completed our third addition to our exciting squad for the coming season.“Ben brings plenty of top-level experience playing in the Premier League, Champions League and at international level, despite his young age. “We are confident Ben will adapt very quickly to being a Chelsea player and with the fixture programme for 2020/21 especially busy, he is a fantastic addition to the squad needed to challenge for honours.”Chelsea is backing Lampard in the transfer market as they bid to cut the gap to runaway champions Liverpool and runners up Manchester City, after finishing fourth last season.Tags: Ben ChiwellChelsea director Marina GranovskaiaEngland defenderLampardLeicesterlast_img read more

Mullins aims for World domination

first_img The list is headed by Nick Williams’ Reve De Sivola and the Nicky Henderson-trained Oscar Whisky, while the latter’s stablemate Oscara Dara could also take part. Paul Nicholls is favouring the race for Coral Cup favourite Wonderful Charm, who was a hugely impressive winner on his British debut in the Persian War Novices’ Hurdle at Chepstow in October. Speaking in his Betfair column, the trainer said: “We have given it a lot of thought and if the ground stays dry from Monday onwards, it is now highly likely – but not definite – that Wonderful Charm will take his chance in the World Hurdle. “I think the horse could just be up to running a big race. We just don’t know how good he is, as he hasn’t been able to tell us on the racecourse yet. My instincts tell me he is very good.” Eleven horses have stood their ground for the Ryanair Chase and they include Sizing Europe, although Henry de Bromhead has an alternative in the Queen Mother Champion Chase. The Mouse Morris-trained First Lieutenant is another potentially strong contender from Ireland, if he takes up the engagement instead of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The home team is headed by Cue Card, who is heading for the race as Colin Tizzard in keen to avoid Sprinter Sacre. The trainer said: “He’s in brilliant form. He’ll stay in the Champion Chase in case something went wrong with Sprinter Sacre.” Willie Mullins has five horses among 18 confirmed for the Ladbrokes World Hurdle at Cheltenham next week. Ireland’s champion trainer has left in Back In Focus, Fiveforthree, So Young, Zaidpour and Quevega, although the latter is on course to tackle the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle earlier in the week. Also among the confirmations are the Charles Byrnes-trained Solwhit and Tony Martin’s smart nine-year-old Bog Warrior. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Di Canio: We make life difficult

first_imgPaolo Di Canio labelled his Sunderland side “a masochistic team” after they came from behind with 10 men to secure a potentially crucial 1-1 draw with Stoke. He added: “The first corner kick we conceded we give a goal away. Then you saw Craig’s bad challenge. We have to be careful and to handle our aggression. We have to make sure we don’t repeat the same mistakes otherwise we are in real trouble.” There was no disputing the legitimacy of Gardner’s red card, with his studs-up challenge on Charlie Adam coming right in front of referee Lee Mason. Di Canio refused to be overly critical of his player but revealed he had no time to talk to him in the aftermath. He added: “I love Craig because he has heart, passion, dedication. He is an amazing professional but now we have to be careful because there are two games to go and we do not have the time to recover from these mistakes. “As I told you with Sessegnon, I don’t want to speak about him because he is out. “At half-time Craig was out and he can’t play anymore. What am I going to tell him? There will be a moment but I had to be focused on my players and the players on the bench to see if I could change something. “He was down, very sad and at the end of the game he said sorry. I’d like to see my players walk inside the dressing and not have to say sorry. It’s another mistake and it can happen but we need to improve this.” Press Associationcenter_img The Black Cats looked to be on the way to a defeat that would have left them in serious relegation trouble when Craig Gardner was sent off for a reckless challenge in the 34th minute. They had already slipped behind to a 10th-minute Jonathan Walters strike and left themselves a mountain to climb. A second-half display full of drive and commitment yielded a point courtesy of John O’Shea’s 64th-minute leveller, but said: “In some way we are a masochistic team. It is a massive point for us but it wasn’t easy. After 10 minutes we gave an easy goal away even if we knew before kick-off that they had five or six who are giants compared to our physical presence.” last_img read more

Wachman sights set on Limerick

first_img Press Association Burren Trail was unplaced in two starts last term and will be making her seasonal return here while Mansion House, who represents the Coolmore team, makes his racecourse bow in the Irish Stallion Farms EBF Maiden. Goddess Of Love goes for Wachman in the Croom House Stud EBF Fillies Maiden and this 170,000-euro daughter of Galileo is sure to attract plenty of support having made a most encouraging beginning to her career at Roscommon. Tuesday’s Sligo winner Vasoni makes a quick reappearance in the Ballyduane Stud Handicap but she will have to defy a 5lb penalty this time. Despite her extra burden, she is still 4lb better off with Legal Lyric, who beat her by a length and a half over this course and distance just last week. Legal Lyric’s trainer Willie Mullins saddles useful hurdler Drive Time in the Nathan Carter 25th July (QR) Race and he crosses swords with several other accomplished jumpers, including Shop DJ and Caim Hill. Killourney Empress was another to strike at Sligo earlier in the week and tries to repeat the feat in the Greenmount Apprentice Handicap. Tarrsille has occupied the runner-up position in a couple of hotly-contested handicaps and attempts to go one better in the limerickraces.ie Handicap, although he is 5lb worse off with Fastidious for finishing less than a length ahead of him at Naas. While Wachman’s runners have plenty to live up to in stablemate Duntle, all four could be promising prospects at this early stage. Athenaire and Burren Trail kick things off in the opening 7th July All American Day Maiden, with the first-named having made a satisfactory introduction at Navan last month. center_img David Wachman enjoyed a Royal Ascot winner on Wednesday and he looks to have some good chances much closer to home at Limerick.last_img read more

Fletcher puts himself in exile

first_img The Scotland skipper has played just 13 games since announcing he was taking an extended break from football in November 2011 when he was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis. The 29-year-old has undergone numerous operations and been put on a strict dietary regime in a bid to correct his stomach condition and allow him to resume playing duties. Press Association But a definitive date for his comeback still eludes him and his medical advisors. Now Fletcher – who will miss the start of the Barclays Premier League campaign, including United’s first match against away to Swansea on August 17 – has made the decision to stay away from David Moyes’ squad until he is ready to rejoin them on a permanent basis. He said: “I’m staying away from the training ground right now just because it is difficult being there when you are not actually training. “I’ve spoken to the manager, he seems great and we have discussed the plan going forward. I just can’t wait to go back when I’m ready to get back training, not just plodding around no use to anyone.” Fletcher last went under the surgeon’s knife in January but while a timescale has not yet been placed on his return to action, he believes there is finally light at the end of the tunnel. “It’s been very frustrating,” he said. “I’ve struggled for three years. But knowing that it is hopefully coming to an end and that I can get back playing football to the level I expect to be playing is exciting. “I’ve got to believe that will be the case and I do. I’ve not been told there is a reason why that won’t be the case, so positive thinking is the only way I can get through these situations. “I’m still in the hands of the surgeons at the moment – I’ve not actually started training yet. Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has banned himself from entering the club’s Carrington training ground until he has beaten the illness which has blighted him for the past three years. “I’ve been doing my own little bit in the gym, which is keeping me ticking along nicely and I’m waiting for the surgeon to give me the go ahead to join in training. “I don’t have a timescale for when I will be back playing really. Hopefully it is not going to be too far away in the distant future. I just need to be patient. After all I’ve gone through I think it’s important that I’m patient. “If it means a few extra weeks to get myself right, then so be it.” Moyes took over as United boss this summer following the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson. Fletcher has already had discussions with the former Everton manager about how best to manage his condition and has also held similar talks with new Scotland boss Gordon Strachan. And the player stressed both men are giving him their full support. He said: “I’ve had a chat with the new manager at United that will remain between the two of us. It was a positive conversation and he’s been very much in favour of letting me get on with my recovery. When I’m ready to come back, that’s when he will look at me in terms of the playing side. “It’s the same with Gordon Strachan. I’ve been in touch with him. He’s been very positive and enthusiastic.” Fletcher’s last appearance for Scotland was in the 2-0 World Cup qualifying defeat to Belgium last October. Since then the two defeats in the three Group 1 fixtures that followed his last outing have counted the Dark Blues out of the race for next year’s finals in Brazil. The side travel south to face England at Wembley on August 14 and the national side’s captain admits missing out on that match is just as painful as watching his team-mates suffer on the international stage. He said: “It’s always difficult watching the team lose – but it’s difficult watching them win because you want to be part of it. “I wish I was going to Wembley playing but in these circumstances I’ve just had to think about myself and try and get back to where I want to be.” last_img read more

Cahill enjoying life under Mourinho

first_img Press Association One of the reasons for Mata’s omission is the new demands Mourinho is making of the World Cup-winning Spain playmaker. He wants all of his players to defend and is deploying a higher line at the back. Cahill added: “He really expects you to defend and know where to be. Not just the back four, but everybody when we lose the ball. “I don’t mind playing higher. It’s difficult to play high against people with real, real pace. “(But) I’m quite comfortable with playing high and I think the lads are.” One player who will not be in the Chelsea line-up is Marco van Ginkel. The Holland midfielder has made just two appearances following his £8million move from Vitesse Arnhem and now faces six months of rehabilitation on a knee injury. The 20-year-old underwent surgery on Thursday to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament. If events on the touchline provide intrigue, so too will the team sheet submitted by Mourinho, who rather disingenuously suggested Tuesday night’s Capital One Cup encounter at Swindon was a chance for fringe players to win a first-team place. Mourinho has admitted he is uncertain of his best team, but whether Juan Mata has done enough to earn a place in the starting XI at White Hart Lane remains to be seen. It is likely the Portuguese will field what he considers to be his best side against a Spurs squad he believes are one of five teams who could challenge the Blues for the Barclays Premier League title. Fernando Torres, who scored one and made another at the County Ground to set up a fourth-round tie at Arsenal, could continue at striker, ahead of Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba. Gary Cahill is likely to remain at the heart of the defence, a position he has played in seven of Chelsea’s eight matches this term; the only one he did not start was the loss at Everton. Following successive losses at Goodison Park and to Basle in the Champions League, Cahill believes Chelsea have bounced back strongly. “It was a tough week, especially when we lost back to back,” Cahill told Chelsea TV. “But we’ve responded really well. Two wins, two clean sheets. Happy days at the minute.” In a master-versus-apprentice contest, Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea take on Andre Villas-Boas’ Tottenham in Saturday’s London derby. Much of the attention will be on Mourinho and his opposite number as Villas-Boas is not only a former Chelsea manager, but also worked with his fellow Portuguese at Porto, Stamford Bridge and Inter Milan. It will be the first time the pair have encountered each other in opposing dugouts after their relationship broke down in 2009. last_img read more

Welsh fans urged to stay sensible

first_imgThe respective supporters’ trusts of Cardiff and Swansea have issued an early call for fans of the rival clubs to behave themselves at next month’s south Wales derby. Press Association The derby has previously seen trouble between the rival sets of supporters and, at one point, the Football Association of Wales banned away fans from attending. Rival fans clashed with police after a League Cup encounter in 2008, while later in the same season referee Mike Dean was struck by a coin at Ninian Park. However, the two supporters’ trusts hope this season’s meetings will be remembered for the action on the field. Phil Sumbler, chairman of Swansea City Supporters’ Trust, said: “It will be a passionate and noisy encounter and a chance for fans on both sides to showcase what is best about south Wales’ two Premier League clubs. “It is important to ensure all post-match discussions are about the action on the football pitch and I hope all in the stadium enjoy what will be a fantastic occasion.” Tim Hartley, chairman of the Cardiff City Supporters’ Trust, added: “These are exciting days for Welsh football. “We have been looking forward to this fixture for years and the match will be a showcase for the two cities and also for Wales. “Cardiff v Swansea has always been a passionate encounter with plenty of banter between supporters. In the past this has sometimes gone too far so it is important that fans do not overstep the mark and show each other respect. “We want the derby to be remembered for all the right reasons – plenty of thrills and high quality football between two great rivals played in the right spirit. “So we are saying to fans, support your team, but please ensure at all times you do it in the right way.” center_img The November 3 meeting at Cardiff City Stadium will be the first time the club’s have clashed in the top flight. Even though the fixture has always attracted attention, this time the glare of a global Premier League television audience of millions around the world will put the Swans and Bluebirds in the spotlight like never before. last_img read more

Graham expected to miss three weeks

first_img Graham suffered severe bruising to his knee during Saturday’s game with Everton following a first-half challenge by Gareth Barry. The 28-year-old forward, who is on loan from struggling Sunderland, looks likely to be sidelined until next month. Hull striker Danny Graham looks set to be ruled out for three weeks, the Barclays Premier League club have confirmed. A statement on Hull’s website said: “Although scans have revealed the striker escaped serious injury following a first half challenge by Gareth Barry, severe bone bruising around the knee will keep the on-loan Sunderland man out of action until next month with a return to action in our away game against Southampton a possibility.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Bennett hails Norwich unity

first_img The Canaries had not won in eight games but a 1-0 victory over Steve Bruce’s side moved them to 12th in the table and eased the pressure on manager Chris Hughton. It was a game Norwich dominated, arguably more than any other this season, but they failed to create enough clear chances and relied on a Bennett header three minutes from time. “Some people, the fans especially, seem to think you can’t have fun any more if the results aren’t going well. You take it and it feels terrible when you aren’t winning games. “You are so low and you need something to pick you up and that is why I talk about strength in character and leaders in the team and we had that all week leading into the game.” The Scotland international, recently linked with a move to Celtic, has now called on the squad to continue their upturn in form. “It is a big weight off everyone’s shoulders,” added Snodgrass. “For us as players we need to try to take that level of performance into each game and the chances will come.” Former Norwich defender Bruce, whose side have taken just five points on the road since returning to the top flight, said the manner of the defeat was hard to stomach – even if his side did not deserve anything more. “It is always hard to take when you lose in the last few minutes, as it is equally as ecstatic when one of those goes for your team,” he said. “It was frustrating for all of us. In truth we didn’t really play well enough, particularly in the second half, to go and win the game but I thought we looked comfortable. “They had a few corners and free-kicks but we defended well. Then we conceded late and that is always annoying.” Nikica Jelavic made his Hull debut while fellow new recruit Shane Long was not risked after injuring an ankle on his last outing for former club West Brom. Croatia international Jelavic hit a post inside two minutes at Carrow Road but that was as good as it got for the Tigers, with Bruce anticipating better things to come from the 28-year-old. “That was the one bit of quality that we showed all day,” said Bruce. “It was a great move down the left, (Robert) Koren cut it back and you’d expect him to stick it in the net but he’s hit the post. But make no mistake, when we get it right he’s going to be a big acquisition for us.” It was only the 23-year-old’s second Barclays Premier League goal and Bennett felt the team’s celebratory huddle was a sign to the fans that they have all been working hard to address the recent slump in form. “It [the goal] is more important for the team,” he said. “I think we deserved it overall over the 90 minutes. Hopefully now we can push on. We had a few chances and we restricted them to hardly anything so it is always on your mind that we have found it difficult to score this year. “We knew how big the game was. The lads are really close here and we were getting some stick from the fans. “We have a solidarity between ourselves, we wanted to get together off the cuff and we said how important the goal was and to keep concentrated, it is something we carried into the dressing room after the game.” Bennett’s goal came from Norwich’s 10th corner of the game as Robert Snodgrass, who was a constant threat down the right flank all afternoon, delivered a set-piece that allowed the former England Under-21 international to power a header home. Snodgrass praised the character of the team to bounce back after disappointing results at Everton and Fulham. “It does hurt,” he said. Press Association Norwich’s new goalscoring hero has praised the unity among the squad after the whole team joined Ryan Bennett in celebrating his late winner in Saturday’s vital victory over Hull.last_img read more

Djourou keen on Hamburg switch

first_imgSwitzerland defender Johan Djourou would be open to a permanent move from Arsenal to Hamburg in the summer. “I know the coach, I love the club, I love the city. HSV (Hamburg) is incredible,” Djourou said in German newspaper Bild. “The club has so much potential. We have to go way up. “The fans are great. The mood is different than in England. If all goes well and the club also want to, I would stay.” The 27-year-old first moved to the Bundesliga side on loan in January 2013, with the deal extended for this season. Djourou, who came through the Arsenal youth system, would be keen to stay on. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Pulis plots misery for Mourinho

first_img And, after his side went down to a closely-fought 2-1 loss at Stamford Bridge, Pulis is hoping to get his own back on Blues manager Mourinho, who he holds in high regard having only come up against him for the first time last year. “For me Jose is one of the elite managers in the world,” Pulis said. “If you look at his record he has managed the great teams and the great teams need to win and he does that for them. He doesn’t just do it on home soil, but does that away as well. “I met him after the game at Stamford Bridge and he’s interesting. “Whether you like him or dislike him for what he is, there is no doubting he is a top manager. The time I had with him was charming, but they had just beaten us. It would be nice to see on Saturday if he’s charming.” With three wins in his first six league games in charge at Selhurst Park, Pulis’ approach gave Palace fresh impetus following his initial appointment. Other impressive results, particularly at home, have followed but a lack of consistency means the Eagles remain only three points from safety and sit precariously in 17th place in the table. “It was always going to be tough,” Pulis said. Palace welcome Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea to Selhurst Park on Saturday, with their own top-flight status still in the balance. Pulis, who was appointed as Ian Holloway’s replacement in November, is looking to become the first man to keep a Palace side in the Premier League beyond a single season. Tony Pulis was charmed by Jose Mourinho when the Portuguese led his Chelsea side to victory over Crystal Palace in December – but the Eagles boss is aiming to send him home miserable this weekend. Press Association “But it’s not about 10 games. The Premier League is from start to finish, as we will see this year. It is not just about a run of 10 games. You have to keep going and working hard and the lads have been brilliant. “In the last eight we have four at home and four away. It’s all evened up and we’re still three points out of the relegation zone which is not too bad.” Having scored just once in their last five league games, accruing just one point in the process, Palace continue to suffer from a lack of fire-power in front of goal as both Marouane Chamakh and Dwight Gayle remain sidelined with injuries. That means the burden for goals falls heavily on the fit-again Glenn Murray and Stoke loanee Cameron Jerome, but Pulis wants to see his whole side chipping in with the goals that could stave off relegation. “We’ve got Gayle out and Chamakh, but Cameron and Murray have done smashing when we have played them,” Pulis said. “We need goals from everyone in the team. I think it’s more confidence and good fortune. We need a break – we need things to go for you and at the moment one or two things aren’t. When we create chances we have to take them.” last_img read more

Players know the script – Sherwood

first_img Following a touchline tete-a-tete with Benfica coach Jorge Jesus, the Spurs boss has preferred to watch matches from the stands, claiming it is for the good of the team. However, a section of Tottenham fans audibly disagreed with that last weekend, chanting “where’s our manager?” during the 4-0 trouncing at Liverpool. “We will play the same way between now and the end of the season and it’s up to them to try to entertain. “I’ll be there at the forefront with them and hopefully we can get a positive result together.” Monday certainly looks a decent opportunity for Tottenham to put a smile back on their fans’ faces, although Sherwood is wary of the threat posed by Sunderland. Managed by former Spurs team-mate Gus Poyet, the Black Cats are in relegation trouble and need positive results quickly. “If their spirit can mirror their manager, then they will certainly be going until they have no breath left in them,” Sherwood said. “That gives them a real opportunity. They haven’t been fantastic – their results have suggested that. “But we really have to worry about ourselves. It is all about pride now and getting the maximum points possible between now and the end of the season. “We’ve got to play with the shackles off. We are not coming up against a technical mismatch now, against teams in the top four. “We’re playing against teams who are in and around mid-table or below that, so we really have to play with a lot of freedom and try to entertain these great fans we have.” Sherwood will be able to call upon top scorer Emmanuel Adebayor against Sunderland after a spell on the sidelines, while Vlad Chiriches and Paulinho are also back in contention. However, Kyle Walker, Etienne Capoue and Erik Lamela remain unavailable and are joined in the sidelines by Roberto Soldado and Jan Vertonghen after they were injured in the defeat at Anfield. Poyet admits Sunderland are going to have to do something unexpected to get themselves out of relegation trouble. The Black Cats head for Tottenham on Monday night lying seven points adrift of safety and knowing they will need to win at least three of their remaining eight games if they are to stand any chance of remaining a Barclays Premier League club. Given the fact that they have only six league wins to their name to date this season, and that their four away fixtures take them to Spurs, Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United, that may be a tall order. However, Poyet knows from experience that strange things happen as seasons draw to a close, and he is hoping that will be the case for his struggling team. Asked if they may have to do something unexpected to survive, Poyet said: “Yes, yes – but I think it is possible. “I remember clubs in the past – I am not going to talk about names – they have played five or six games at the end of the season against teams who were playing for nothing and they won four or five. “People say it’s incredible, a miracle, but it depends what the there teams put on the pitch and what you do. But it can happen. “I suppose I would try as a professional not to alter the end of the season, but if a team goes down early and they make seven changes to try things for the following year, I wouldn’t blame them because they are trying for themselves. “Now that can affect the result of that game and then everybody is blaming somebody else. But a the end of the day, you have got 38 games, it’s you. “You cannot blame the rest for what they do because it happens during the season when someone is playing in the Champions League and chooses to make five changes in midweek. “Nobody remembers those, they only remember the last three or four when people are already out of any possibility.” Poyet has no fresh injury concerns. T he Uruguayan’s biggest problem will be to find the best XI to attempt to return from White Hart Lane with something to show for their efforts, after admitting he may have made a mistake in starting Monday’s 2-1 home defeat by West Ham with leading scorer Adam Johnson sitting on the bench. Tim Sherwood will return to the Tottenham dugout when Sunderland visit on Monday – a decision the head coach insists is nothing to do with the fans’ irritation at him watching recent matches from the stands. Those supporters will no doubt be pleased to hear he will be back in the dugout on Monday, although he continues to defend his decision to watch from the directors’ box. “I’ll be on the touchline on Monday – I’ll be knocking out as many people as I can,” Sherwood said with a smile. “I’ve had a lot of time to prepare this week. If they don’t know what it’s all about this week, then they ain’t going to know. “When you’re playing against Liverpool and teams like that, I feel there was a technical mismatch between the two teams. “We have to try to worry about them and they might need some adjusting during the game – they certainly did after 20 minutes. “There was nothing we could do to turn it around, unfortunately. “I can learn more about my players sitting up top for the future than going down there to the touchline. “I would’ve had to have no effect on that game. Against teams we’ve got left to play, the players know the script now. Press Associationlast_img read more

Spurs urged to stick with Sherwood

first_imgRay Clemence believes Tottenham should stick with Tim Sherwood as their manager. “I’m going to think about this possibility after the last league fixture on May 3,” De Boer told nos.nl. “I’m going to talk and listen. “I would like to add something to a club, that people can say they see the hand of Frank de Boer. “There is a beautiful example at Liverpool. That is what Brendan Rodgers is doing now [making his mark].” Clemence feels it would be a shame for English coaches around the country if Spurs sacked their manager 12 months before the end of his contract. “That would not be good for English football,” Clemence said. “All of us that have been involved want to see as many English coaches and managers being involved at the top clubs. “There is an obsession at the moment that foreign is better. “But you just have to look at someone like Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool… he has done a fantastic job.” :: Vauxhall are giving England fans the chance to “Enter the Lions Den” and send them off in style before the trip to Brazil this summer. Win the chance to watch England train at St. George’s Park on May 27th go to www.vauxhallfootball.co.uk/stgeorge ends Clemence, who made 330 appearances for Spurs, has been dismayed by talk of Sherwood getting the sack. The former England goalkeeper, who was speaking at the CV Show on behalf of Vauxhall, the England Team Sponsor, said: “I would hope he would be given a bit more time. “Tim has a good record compared to (Arsenal manager) Arsene Wenger, and (Everton boss) Roberto Martinez. “Wenger has been offered a new contract, everyone talks about how well Martinez has done, but everyone is talking about Tim, who has nearly done as well as they have towards the back end of the season, getting the sack. “It really is a strange world we live in.” Bookmakers have made De Boer the clear favourite to succeed Sherwood this summer. The former Holland international has followed an illustrious playing career with a fine start to managerial life at Ajax, winning four successive titles with the famous club. The former Barcelona defender has said he is open to speaking to Spurs. Ajax claimed on Tuesday that Tottenham had contacted them with a view to speaking to their manager Frank de Boer. Spurs said in a statement released on Wednesday that any talk of an approach for De Boer was “wholly inaccurate”, although the club have said in recent weeks that they will review Sherwood’s position as head coach at the end of the year. Press Associationlast_img read more

Adams to face Walsh in final

first_img Adams said: “It’s going to be exciting boxing in front of such a big crowd but I know what it’s like and I will be taking that experience into the ring with me. “The first time round it was all new to me but now I’m a lot more experienced and I’m prepared for it.” Walsh edged a tight and absorbing contest against India’s Pinki Jangra to realise her long-held dream of a gold medal clash with Adams. The Belfast 21-year-old struggled initially to get to grips with her opponent’s come-forward style but looked more at ease in the later stages and did just enough to deserve her victory. Walsh said: “Months ago I said my dream was to fight Nicola Adams in the Commonwealth final and when I go to bed tonight I will dream of that gold medal hanging round my neck. “I know if I perform to the best of my ability I can beat her. She is the golden girl and I’m only a baby but in the ring it’s a different story.” England boxer Joe Joyce is guaranteed at least a silver medal after being given a walkover into the men’s super-heavyweight final. Londoner Joyce’s Ugandan opponent Mike Sekabembe failed a pre-fight medical meaning Joyce will progress straight into the gold medal match on Saturday. Press Association Adams served up a classy display to comprehensively outpoint Mandy Bujold of Canada and is one win away from being crowned the Games’ first women’s boxing champion. Adams will take on Northern Ireland’s Michaela Walsh at the 10,000 capacity Hydro Arena on Saturday – a venue twice the size as the one in which she claimed Olympic glory at London 2012. Nicola Adams is one fight away from making more women’s boxing history after cruising into the final of the flyweight competition at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Reece McFadden’s shock run in the men’s flyweight division came to an end at the hands of slick Australian Andrew Moloney, who triumphed via a split decision. Motherwell teenager McFadden had delighted the home fans with wins over world number one Andrew Selby and England’s Charlie Edwards. But he was forced to settle for a bronze medal after Moloney stepped up in the pace in the final round to claim victory by the narrowest of margins. And Welshman Sean McGoldrick saw the defence of his title slip away after an accidental head clash brought a premature end to his clash with Michael Conlan. The Northern Ireland man was ruled unfit to continue after sustaining a bloody gash above his right eye and the contest was sent to the scorecards. Conlan was handed victory by virtue of his stronger first round and McGoldrick said: “It is not the outcome I would have wanted. “I would rather have gone the three rounds and lost all three rounds to him, he’s a world-class fighter.” England bantamweight Qais Ashfaq booked his place in the bantamweight final against Conlan after easily outpointing Benson Njangiru of Kenya. His team-mate Sam Maxwell was forced to settle for a bronze medal after being outpointed by Great Britain squad team-mate Josh Taylor. Maxwell’s better first round was not rewarded on the scorecards and Taylor’s sharper, back-foot style saw him reach Saturday’s light-welterweight final. A gold medal for Taylor in front of his home fans will come in sharp contrast to his early exit from London 2012 but the Prestonpans fighter insisted his Olympic disappointment is in the past. Taylor said: “I’ve been dreaming of this moment for four years and I can’t wait to win a gold medal in front of the Scottish fans. “The Olympics have been and gone and I’ve been looking forward since then. I’ve put all my losses right and my form has been improving all the time.” Welshman Nathan Thorley was outclassed by Kennedy St Pierre of Mauritius, who won when Thorley’s corner threw in the towel midway through the final round. last_img read more

Pearson targets three new additions

first_img He is available after leaving Inter following 10 years at the San Siro and Pearson remains upbeat over the deal. Pearson said: “Cambiasso is still a possibility. There’s been progress over the weekend so I’m more hopeful than I was on Friday and Saturday but until there is a definitive answer I’m loath to talk too much. But I am hopeful it can be done in the next couple of days. “We’ve been trying to do business and it has not materialised so far. But hopefully this week we can still do business and bring players in that we want to bring in. “I recognise there is a need for added numbers and we have to do that in this window. There are subtle differences this year to last year. “We’ve been very positive but it is nice to have different options. “Two or three hopefully is the aim. It would be nice to be able to achieve that.” Leicester host Shrewsbury, where Pearson started his career, in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday without Danny Drinkwater (hamstring), Jamie Vardy (thigh) and Matty James (shin). Pearson added: “Danny will be introduced back into training this week so may be available for the week. Matty’s shin is still sore so we will have to take that one at the right pace especially with a break coming up.” Manager Pearson confirmed talks have progressed with the former Inter Milan midfielder, who is available on a free transfer. The ex-Argentina international could be in before Leicester host Arsenal in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline. Press Associationcenter_img Leicester boss Nigel Pearson is eyeing three new players before the end of the transfer window as the Foxes close in on Esteban Cambiasso.last_img read more

QPR urged to comply with FFP rules

first_img Press Association The London club have vowed to fight any fine, which could be around £40million, but if QPR are relegated from the Premier League their very future could be under threat. QPR are expected to have made losses of around £60m last season, when they were promoted from the Championship, which would incur a fine of £40m from the Football League. Harvey insisted the Football League’s rules still applied to the club even if they had been promoted, and said it was theoretically possible they could be refused entry back into the second tier if they did not comply with a December 1 deadline to submit accounts or pay any fine. Asked if exclusion was the ‘nuclear option’, Harvey, speaking at the Soccerex conference in Manchester, said: “Theoretically that is the position, but I would hope there would be resolution long before that option even had to be considered. “We are satisfied we still have the ability under our regulations to charge them for a breach of our rules whilst they were in membership. “The one thing for certain is that most clubs [in the Premier League] will become a Football League club again. “Now QPR will of course be hoping it does not happen for some considerable number of seasons. But the chances are they will need to return to the Football League fold at some point in the future. Certainly, three of the current 20 clubs that are in the Premier League will be in the Football League next season.” Clubs who were in the Championship last season have until December 1 to submit their accounts for last season, with the Football League announcing any action a month later. Clubs who breach the rules – and have losses greater than £8m – and are still in the Championship or League One will have a transfer embargo imposed at least for the January window. Katrien Meire, chief executive of Charlton, said it was vital for the FFP rules that QPR were forced to comply. QPR risk being refused entry back into the Championship if the club refuse to comply with a huge expected fine for breaching financial fair play rules, Football League chief executive Shaun Harvey has warned. She told Press Association Sport: “It’s going to be a legal battle, which nobody is looking for. The Premier League together with the Football League should enforce this. “Everything at UEFA level was enforced, so if this will fail in the English competition then why would the other Championship clubs comply?” Asked if QPR should be excluded for refusing to comply, she said: “You can ban them but that might be worse from a legal perspective. I think they should deduct money from the parachute payments.” All money from FFP fines will go to charity after the Premier League blocked a move to redistribute it among the rest of the Championship. Harvey added: “It was the intention that those clubs that didn’t breach the regulations would share the fines but that principle did not find favour with the Premier League, which was disappointing because that was what the 24 member clubs wanted, but they agreed that the money would be distributed instead to charity.” In May, QPR chairman Tony Fernandes said the club would fight any fine. He said then: “”Will we fight the fine? What do you think? After all we’ve been through, it’s my middle name – ‘Fight It’ Fernandes. “My view has been consistent, that it is very unfair for a club that has been relegated as the wage difference ­between the Premier League and ­Championship is impossible. There should be a time period for clubs to rectify their salaries. “If we were in the Championship in two years with that wage bill it wouldn’t be right. I’m in favour of FFP but it is unfair for a club coming down.” QPR recorded losses of £65.4m during the 2012/13 season and are expected to have lost a similar figure last season. last_img read more

Toure hits back at criticism

first_img Press Association Manchester City midfielder Yaya Toure insisted the criticism was not bothering him after underlining his class with the decisive strike at Aston Villa. Toure, who was the driving force for City’s Barclays Premier League title triumph last season, has been below his best in the opening two months of the new campaign and his performances have been highlighted. And coming after an unsettled summer in which he voiced some complaints about the club – including a bizarre gripe about how his birthday was celebrated – and lost his brother to cancer, there also has been speculation over his future. “For me we are just in the beginning. We have to concentrate and be strong. The most important thing is for me to help the team. My job is to control the team, try to balance the team, shift the ball side to side. My job is not to score the goals.” City were frustrated by a hard-working Villa side who defended superbly. Aleksandar Kolarov and Aguero also struck the woodwork. Villa had some bright moments too but City had the better chances throughout, particularly in the second half, and Toure’s precise left-foot finish from the edge of the area finally rewarded their efforts. Toure had been quiet but the second-half introductions of Fernando and Frank Lampard, and the switch to a three-man midfield, saw him grow in influence. Aguero wrapped up victory with an equally impressive strike from distance two minutes from time. Toure believes City can now be satisfied with the start to their title defence, as they head into the international break with 14 points from seven games. The Ivory Coast international said: “It was great, after a difficult week with the game against Roma. “I think we played very well, with good concentration and experience as well. We know the Premier League is tough but we know how to manage those games. I am delighted for the team. “It was important to win.” Defeat was Villa’s third in succession, coming after previous losses to two other title challengers in Arsenal and Chelsea. But with five successive fixtures against last season’s top five, manager Paul Lambert was not too disappointed. The Scot said: “I am pleased with them. We have just come through four gruelling games against Champions League teams. “There are no easy games but we’ve been up against teams that are going to be there or thereabouts. “It’s been a really good start for us and there are a lot of positives. “Nobody could say we didn’t give it a good go for 82 minutes. We are in a good place.” But the former Barcelona player claims such negativity is not new to him and he is focused only on delivering on the pitch. The 31-year-old proved his value when he broke the deadlock with a fine 82nd-minute strike at Villa Park on Saturday, setting up a 2-0 win which was later completed by Sergio Aguero. Toure, who scored 20 Premier League goals last season, said: “Sometimes people are forgetting I am a midfielder. My job is not to score all the goals. My job is to try to keep the team playing well, give the good pass. “If I get the opportunity to score it is fantastic. Last year was quite open for me, I was in good positions, but I was quite lucky because I was getting free-kicks and some penalties as well. “Now the criticism is coming because I am not scoring but, for me, to not score is normal because I am midfielder. “The teams are playing well. The attention is on us. When they play against us, they all prepare, the people have learned about you very well. When you play against them it is quite difficult. “For me I am one of the guys who has experience. I have played for a big side in Europe and I know what criticism is. For me it doesn’t matter. If they want, they can continue. “The most important thing, at the end of the day, if we have won the Premier League or won something, I think they will try to shut (up) a little bit. last_img read more

‘Focused’ Easterby the right fit

first_img Press Association Former Gloucester boss Davies has tipped Ireland’s new forwards coach to handle his quickfire transition to the international arena. Easterby left his head coach post at the Scarlets after just two years at the helm to replace John Plumtree in boss Schmidt’s backroom staff in July. “Joe Schmidt is similarly single-minded, so I think it will work well. “When I was defence coach at the Scarlets Simon was struggling with a couple of long-term injuries, so he started to work a little bit alongside me. “It was very clear, very early on that he had all the qualities and abilities to make a top coach. “He’s passionate about success and he always drives himself hard. “So he’s used those qualities to help motivate and develop players under his watch.” Former British and Irish Lions flanker Easterby won 65 caps before switching to coaching with the Scarlets, eventually succeeding Davies as head coach at the Welsh region. Just two years into his stint as boss in west Wales, Ireland and head coach Schmidt came calling, but Davies said any inexperience will not hinder the 39-year-old’s progress. Easterby faces his first serious international challenge next month as Ireland take on South Africa, Georgia and Australia in the autumn’s Guinness Test series. Former Wales attack coach Davies said the meticulous Schmidt will not have taken any gamble in adding Easterby to his staff. “Simon’s still very young and relatively inexperienced, so it’s a great opportunity for him, he’ll learn a lot at the real sharp-end of the game,” said Davies. “But he’s capable. He’ll manage it, deal with it and learn quickly. “And I’m sure his career will blossom even further. “Joe is very much a thinking coach, he doesn’t always come at things head-on – he thinks laterally. “He’s very bright and I think this is exactly the kind of decision I would expect him to make, he’s thought laterally about who can do the job, who is respected within Ireland, who can he maybe help develop a little bit further, and who will he have trust in. “And when he’s looked at all those qualities Simon fits the bill very well. “And I think he’ll work hard with Simon to turn him very quickly into a top coach. “It has come early in his career, but when you’ve got someone who thinks as laterally as Joe, then it makes perfect sense.” Davies handed Easterby his first steps into coaching at the Scarlets and believes the ex-Ireland flanker exudes the same qualities that have marked out Schmidt’s own impressive career. “I was just starting my own coaching period when Simon joined us from Leeds,” Davies told Press Association Sport. “He was a very dedicated young man, very focused and ruthless in his pursuit of being the best. “Simon was an exceptional player for the Scarlets and Ireland and very, very disruptive; very much the modern-day rugby player, especially in the contact area. “And he would do anything for his team-mates. “He was very effective in what he did. “So he always had that and he’s always had that mentality. “He’s taken that ruthless focus forward and used it in his transition to coaching. Simon Easterby boasts the “ruthless focus” to thrive in Joe Schmidt’s Ireland set-up, according to his Scarlets coaching mentor Nigel Davies.last_img read more

Carroll injury woe continues

first_img The 26-year-old has struggled for fitness ever since he moved to Upton Park, initially on loan, in the summer of 2012 and now requires surgery on a ligament injury suffered in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw at Southampton. The operation is likely to take place on Tuesday but the club confirmed the recovery period is likely to extend beyond the end of the current campaign. Andy Carroll’s recent injury nightmares show no sign of abating with the West Ham striker now expected to miss the remainder of the season with a knee problem. Speaking to the press on Friday morning before the full extent of the injury was known, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce was hopeful to have had the forward back in his squad inside two months. However, t he blow has only increased in size after the club announced the outcome of a meeting with a specialist, with Carroll now set for his second surgery of the season. “Andy Carroll will have surgery on his injured knee on Tuesday following assessment by a specialist on Friday afternoon,” a brief statement on West Ham’s official website read. “The England international injured his left knee during the second half of Wednesday night’s 0-0 Barclays Premier League draw at Southampton. The recovery phase is expected to keep Carroll out for the remainder of the 2014/15 season.” Allardyce confirmed that this is a new issue and has said Carroll must remain strong to overcome another spell on the sidelines: ” It is a completely new injury,” he explained. “We thought it might be a recurrence but we have analysed it, unfortunately it is a new one and looks more serious than the original one. “It is traumatic when someone is going through a period where you overcome one injury and another occurs. We thought we were there and then (he was injured against) Liverpool and now this one in a short period of time. “It is very depressing for Andy but he knows the process and he has to be strong to overcome this injury as quickly as possible.” The latest injury for Carroll comes following a history of fitness problems since he first moved to Upton Park, initially on a season-long loan from Liverpool, in 2012. No-one could have foreseen what would become a regular occurrence when Carroll was injured on his debut, missing a month with a hamstring issue. A twisted knee later in the year left him sidelined for two further months and then he suffered a serious heel injury on the final day of the season before he completed a permanent transfer in the summer of 2013. Despite becoming the Hammers’ record signing, Carroll missed seven months as he worked back to fitness – but his issues would return last summer when he required ankle surgery after suffering a problem before the opening pre-season game on a tour of New Zealand. Carroll returned in November and his latest setback comes after he had scored five goals in 16 appearances and leaves Allardyce with Carlton Cole, Enner Valencia and Diafra Sakho as his three available options in attack. But one piece of good news for the club came when the Football Association confirmed they had upheld an appeal against Adrian’s red card in the Southampton stalemate – with the Spaniard now available for Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round tie at West Brom. However, the club now face a fresh battle after the FA confirmed they have been charged for failing to ensure their players conducted themselves in an orderly fashion following referee Craig Pawson’s decision to show a red card to Adrian. The 28-year-old was dismissed by Pawson after he fell onto the loose ball outside of his penalty area under heavy pressure from Saints’ forward Sadio Mane, with Allardyce revealing after the game that the club would appeal immediately as he felt his goalkeeper had been fouled in the lead-up to the incident – something he reiterated during Friday’s press briefing. “Was it a goal-scoring opportunity? Clearly we don’t think it was,” said Allardyce. “As far as I am concerned, in the way we have looked at it, it’s a handball and you don’t get sent off for that. “You get sent off if it is denying a goal-scoring opportunity. And if you look at the situation, even though we think it was a foul, it wasn’t denying a goal-scoring opportunity.” And the club’s decision has since been vindicated, with an FA statement issued on Friday afternoon confirming the appeal had been upheld, whilst Adrian tweeted his pleasure with the decision to allow him to play at the Hawthorns: “Great work by the club winning the appeal against my red card on Wednesday game (sic). Ready for tomorrow,” he wrote. Press Associationlast_img read more

Wenger coy on Fabregas

first_img Fabregas, 27, has been integral to the Blues’ Barclays Premier League title challenge this season after joining from Barcelona ahead of the 2014 World Cup. Arsenal had reluctantly sold the Spain midfielder back to his boyhood club for £30million in June 2011, and were understood to have first option should the player come back onto the market. A potential deal, though, never materialised as Fabregas – who played more than 300 games for Arsenal since breaking into the first-team as a 16-year-old – instead opted to join up with Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge. When the matter was raised earlier this season, Wenger insisted he had not spoken to Fabregas directly about the possibility of a transfer, with Arsenal already set on recruiting Chile forward Alexis Sanchez and with plenty of other options in the Spaniard’s preferred position, The Frenchman said he felt the “deal was done a long time ago, early 2014”. The Arsenal manager refused to be drawn further on the saga when pressed at Thursday’s pre-match media conference ahead of this weekend’s showdown with Chelsea at the Emirates Stadium, but indicated all was perhaps not as cut and dry as it appeared from the outside. “We will have to discuss that one day, with all the terms… it is not as clean as that,” said Wenger when asked why he chose not to bring Fabregas back to the club, when it was his decision rather than the player’s. “I cannot speak to you about that (reasons) now because that will not help us to win the game on Sunday.” Put to Wenger that it was then Fabregas who chose not to come back, the Arsenal boss replied: “I don’t know, I don’t know.” Whatever transpired behind the scenes last summer, it remains to be seen what sort of reaction the former crowd favourite will receive from home supporters on Sunday. Wenger maintains it should not be hostile. He said: “I want every player to be respected, and Cesc Fabregas when he comes to the Emirates on Sunday to be respected like he deserves. Manager Arsene Wenger insists a potential move for former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas to return to the club in the summer before he joined Chelsea was not as ‘clean cut’ as it might have seemed. “The regret I have is that he wanted to leave here. This club and myself had a very positive influence on Cesc’s life, so I would be a bit uncomfortable to have to justify today why he is not here. “I believe I would rather it was the other way around.” Wenger accepts even if his side win on Sunday, then it would remain a bit ask to overhaul the leaders’ advantaged in the closing six matches. “Mathematically it will be possible, but Chelsea have their future and the championship in their hands,” said Wenger, who rates centre-back Per Mertesacker as only “50/50” to be fit on Sunday. “What we can do is get closer to them and we have an opportunity to that at home. We want to take it.” Do reduce the deficit, Wenger must get the better of Mourinho for the first time in 13 attempts. Arsenal were thumped 6-0 at Stamford Bridge on Wenger’s 1,000th match in charge last season, and the pair had to be separated when they went toe-to-toe in the touchline when Chelsea ran out 2-0 winners in the Barclays Premier League in October. The Arsenal manager was branded a “specialist in failure” by Mourinho, but played down suggestions it was all about the men in the dugout. “It is not a confrontation (between managers), it is a confrontation of two teams,” he said. “Football is down to the fact that the performance on the day will decide the game and the result, so let’s focus on that.” Wenger continued: “We have not always lost, first of all, in 12 attempts. We have come close to beating them a few times and they have always had very strong teams. “We are on a good run and we have an opportunity to beat them at home, and we want to take it.” Chelsea locked down their 1-0 win against United last weekend to move 10 points clear, but Wenger feels it will be Arsenal’s responsibility to deal with whatever tactics are deployed by the opposition at Emirates Stadium. “We will adapt to what they do and try to find a solution. The challenge for us in top-level sport is to find solutions to every problem you meet,” he said. Press Associationlast_img read more

Lukaku: It’s time to win trophies

first_img Press Association “I want to win titles, not just be shadowing at the top,” he told Sport/Voetbal magazine. “I want to know how it feels to play in the big games. I’m 22. It’s time to win trophies.” Lukaku has scored 36 goals in 73 appearances for Everton but believes he would have had more had he played in a central role throughout those two seasons. He was regularly the Toffees’ lone front man, but on occasions he was utilised in a wider position as part of manager Roberto Martinez’s tactical plan. However, when the goals dried up as a result, Lukaku felt the need to speak to the manager about his form. “The coach is the boss but when I notice that something is not right then I say so simply,” he said. “I am a striker. At one point I went to the coach and I said to him ‘With all due respect, as winger I’m hopeless. I will only score goals if you put me up front’. “That was true. The games that I did not score I was on the flank. I played in the middle, then I scored.” Martinez has said often Lukaku has all the capabilities to be a world-class striker and has been impressed by how he has matured during his two years at Goodison Park. The 22-year-old’s first season at Goodison Park after a £28million move from Chelsea fell well short of the previous campaign he spent on loan with the Toffees when they challenged for Champions League qualification. And despite 20 goals, including being the joint-top scorer in the Europa League, the Belgium international wants to be involved in big games. center_img Everton striker Romelu Lukaku’s insistence he wants to win trophies and will not settle for “shadowing” the top sides is likely to put a number of clubs on alert. last_img read more

McIlroy misery as Open dreams die

first_img ” After much consideration, I have decided not to play in the Open Championship at St Andrews,” McIlroy wrote on Instagram. “I’m taking a long term view of this injury and, although rehab is progressing well, I want to come back to tournament play when I feel 100% healthy and 100% competitive. “Thank you for all your support and best wishes. I hope to be back on the course as soon as I can…. In the mean time, come on Andy!!!” That was a reference to McIlroy’s friend Andy Murray, who could be seen in the Instagram post on television playing his Wimbledon quarter-final as McIlroy watched with his foot in what appeared to be a soft brace, but out of the protective boot he was pictured wearing on Monday. The clash between McIlroy and Masters and US Open champion Jordan Spieth had been eagerly anticipated and McDowell said: “I t’s hugely disappointing, especially with him and Jordan and everything that’s going on. It was looking a really exciting Open for all involved. ” I was reading between the lines as to what the description of his injury was. I wasn’t expecting him to play in the Open, so I’m not surprised he’s pulled out. But it’s a massive blow for the tournament, he’s the world’s number one player. We hope for a speedy recovery. “No one would love to stop Jordan in his tracks next week more than Rory. With the fun rivalry going on and everything, he’s going to be gutted. I saw the golf course last Saturday and I believed that Rory was rightly a favourite. I thought he’d get it done round there.” Former US Open champion Justin Rose added: ” I would have been surprised if he was there given the initial diagnosis but it’s a big shame for him and the tournament.” McIlroy’s defence of the Bridgestone Invitational in a month’s time and the following week’s US PGA Championship at Whistling Straits is also in serious jeopardy as he 26-year-old could face months on the sidelines. World number one Rory McIlroy will be “gutted” to miss out on the defence of his Open Championship title next week, according to Ryder Cup team-mate Graeme McDowell. Andrew Roche, a consultant orthopaedic surgeon at The Lister Hospital in London, told Press Association Sport on Monday: ”If it is a high-grade injury, a complete rupture, there would almost certainly be a lot of swelling, a lot of bruising and it would be painful. ”Everyone is different and it very much depends on the severity but it could mean three months out of action.” McIlroy is the first player not to defend his Open title since Ben Hogan in 1954 – Hogan won the Claret Jug at Carnoustie in 1953 in his only appearance in the event. A statement on the Open Championship Twitter account read: “We are naturally very disappointed that Rory will be unable to defend his title at St Andrews next week. “Rory will play in many more Open Championships and our primary concern is for his complete recovery. Everyone associated with The Open wishes Rory the very best as he looks to return to full fitness.” Florida-based Scot Russell Knox, who was first reserve, replaces McIlroy in the field at St Andrews. The 30-year-old’s wife told him the news via text message while he was playing in the pro-am at Gullane. “Everyone is gutted for Rory,” Knox said. “He is in the prime of his career and would have had a great chance. Nobody wants to get in because someone got injured but I am happy I am in the field and can’t wait to give it a blast. “What Scot does not want to play in the Open, let alone an Open at St Andrews.? I’m going to go all John Daly on it, get in the last minute and go and win.” Daly famously won the 1991 US PGA at Crooked Stick after initially being ninth reserve and driving through the night to reach Indiana in time for the first round. McIlroy revealed on Monday that he had suffered a ”total rupture” of the anterior talofibular ligament in his left ankle while playing football with friends. The 26-year-old pulled out of this week’s Scottish Open at Gullane and although he initially did not rule himself out of competing at St Andrews, the four-time major winner said on Wednesday he was taking a “long-term view” of the injury. Press Associationlast_img read more

Welbeck sits out Arsenal trip

first_imgEngland forward Danny Welbeck will not travel with Arsenal to the Barclays Asia Trophy in Singapore as he continues to recover from the ankle problem which ruled him out of the end of last season, manager Arsene Wenger has confirmed. The Chile forward enjoyed a stand-out first campaign in English football following his move from Barcelona after the World Cup, but there remains concerns over player burnout. Before the Copa America, Wenger indicated t he 26-year-old could well be eased back into action this season following his exploits in Santiago, so just like with Arsenal’s World Cup winning Germans, Sanchez may not be involved in the first few domestic matches. However, the Gunners boss revealed no sooner had the Chile forward chipped in the decisive spot-kick with a Panenka penalty, then his attentions turned back to club matters and ambitions for 2015-16. “He has shown again that he is scared of nothing. He took the ball and chipped the keeper. It was quite audacious, but I was of course over the moon to see him bring the trophy to a country that has waited for such a long time,” Wenger said to Arsenal Player. “It is an historic achievement and when you’re a football player, you want to do that, so I’m very happy for him.” The Arsenal manager added: “I texted him [after the final] and he texted me back. He was already focused on next season with Arsenal and wants to win everything with us. He was thrilled and very happy.” Wenger sai d on the club’s official website, www.arsenal.com: “Welbeck isn’t completely recovered from the problem he had. He is not back in full training, so he will stay behind.” Speaking last month, Welbeck indicated there was no serious issue, just needing more time to recover. He said: ”It was worse than we first thought it was, but it is just a natural healing period and usually I heal faster than others.” Czech midfielder Tomas Rosicky, who along with captain Mikel Arteta has signed a contract extension, is also not part of the squad for Singapore because of what Wenger describes as a small injury picked up on international duty. Goalkeeper David Ospina, linked with a move away from the club following Cech’s arrival, has been given extra holiday following the Copa America, as has key man Alexis Sanchez, whose penalty in the shoot-out won the final for hosts Chile. While the likes of Calum Chambers, who has cut short his time off after the European Under-21s Championships, Chuba Akpom and 18-year-old American Gedion Zelalem will all hope to get some game time on the Asia tour, Carl Jenkinson, Yaya Sanogo and Joel Campbell were not included in the group and appear likely to be sent out on loan for next season. Arsenal play a Singapore XI on July 15, then are scheduled to face either Everton or Stoke. The Gunners return to England to host the Emirates Cup on July 25/26 ahead of the FA Community Shield against Chelsea at Wembley on August 2 and will open the new Barclays Premier League campaign with a televised home game against West Ham on Sunday, August 9. Sanchez is not expected back from holiday until August 3, so would not normally be involved in the Community Shield. Press Association The Gunners will take a 27-man squad to the Far East in the first leg of their pre-season preparations, with summer signing Petr Cech joining up with his new team-mates for the first time since a £10million switch from Chelsea. Welbeck, though, is to remain in London as he looks to shake off the knee problem which kept him out of the final few weeks of the season, missing both the FA Cup final win over Aston Villa and England’s June internationals. last_img read more

Simon Zebo backs Ian Madigan to succeed if needed at scrum-half for Ireland

first_img Press Association Head coach Joe Schmidt has gambled on selecting just two scrum-halves in his final 31-man squad, opting to retrain fly-half Madigan as back-up to Conor Murray and Eoin Reddan. Versatile playmaker Madigan can comfortably operate at 10, 12 and 15, but has never yet worn nine on his back. Madigan’s jinking feint and cute switch-pass sent Zebo in for an astute try in Ireland’s 28-22 Dublin win over Scotland last month. Zebo believes it is in those defence-unlocking moments where Madigan outlines the natural aptitude for subbing in at nine. “I haven’t seen him train there too much to be honest. He’s probably been doing his own thing,” said Zebo. “He’ll love it if he’s called to go in at nine, he’ll have no issues. “He’s just a natural footballer: he goes out and expresses himself. “He’s very talented and no matter where he is, as long as he has his hands on the ball he’s dangerous and effective.” Schmidt spent Sunday night calling the unlucky players who had missed the World Cup cut, with Zebo relieved not to see the head coach’s number light up on his phone. The 25-year-old wing has made Ireland’s final squad at the expense of close friend Felix Jones, but Zebo has been at pains not to console his Munster team-mate. “I haven’t spoken to Felix, I’ve left it alone,” said Zebo. “He’s one of my best friends up here. I know what he’s like as a person, I know he doesn’t want any sympathy, he just wants to put his head down now and work hard for Munster. “I don’t think I’ve ever refreshed my email so much in my life, just hoping for something to pop up, but Sunday was a long old day. “I spent it wisely by chilling out with my family, trying to get them to take my mind off things, and thankfully it worked out well.” An injury to one of Ireland’s regular scrum-halves 48 hours or less away from a World Cup clash could change all that though, with Madigan then stepping up to break new ground. “I’m sure Ian will be well up for it, he’s a talented boy,” said Munster wing Zebo of Madigan’s positional switch. “You could put him in anywhere and he’d go through it with ease and confidence. “You’d have no fears of him going in there.” Ireland face England at Twickenham on Saturday in their final World Cup warm-up clash, before opening their Pool D campaign against Canada in Cardiff on September 19. Schmidt has hedged the risk of selecting two scrum-halves against the ease and speed with which either Isaac Boss or Kieran Marmion could arrive at the World Cup in the event of injury. That theory runs into trouble when set against the regulation that teams are not permitted to make injury replacements 48 hours or less away from a match. Should one of Murray or Reddan run into trouble one training session away from action then, Madigan will be thrust into scrum-half deputy duty. Ireland have “no fears” of facing Rugby World Cup action with Ian Madigan as a makeshift scrum-half, according to Simon Zebo. last_img read more

Shaneshill fails to shine in Lightning at Doncaster

first_imgShaneshill, the 11-8 favourite, was very disappointing for Willie Mullins and Paul Townend in the grand-national2016.co.uk Novices’ Chase at Doncaster. The Irish raider could only finish fourth as Vaniteux ran out a very willing and very able winner. Arzal set a fair clip for a long way in the Grade Two over two miles until the Nicky Henderson-trained winner edged into the lead at the third-last. Press Associationcenter_img The long-term leader laudably kept going, but Vaniteux had flown under Nico de Boinville, whose partner was three and a quarter lengths in the clear at the line. De Boinville said: “He’s a very nice horse. “He was slightly taken off his feet early but we went a really good clip and it was a strong trial. “He idled a bit after the last but it’s a very strong headwind. “We’re just where we want to be.” last_img read more

Teen kills grandparents and threatens school

first_imgAuthorities have arrested a 17-year-old who reportedly shot and killed his grandparents.The incident occurred Sunday around 11:30 a.m at the couple’s home in Grand Chute, Milwaukee.Officers reported that they responded to a call and arrived at the home to find the bodies of  74-year-old Dennis Kraus and 73-year-old Letha Kraus.Authorities also found the couple’s grandson, Alexander M. Kraus at the home and began questioning him about the incident. Kraus eventually admitted that he shot his grandparents and told officials that he had plans to cause harm at a school.Kraus was taken into custody and is now being held in the Outagamie County Jail but has not yet been charged.Authorities did not say what prompted Kraus to shoot his grandparents nor did they report on the severity of the threat towards the school.last_img read more

Fishermen Catch 13-Foot, 1,000-Pound Great White Shark Off Broward Coast

first_imgIronbound, the Great White Shark, Spotted Near South Florida A few charter boat fishermen looking to start the year with a good catch got quite the surprise on Wednesday.They snagged a great white shark off the coast of Broward.“We didn’t know what it was gonna be, but when we finally laid eyes on it, it was like seeing a unicorn,” says Josh Bieber. “We were just all blown away.”The group says they felt the boat starting to pull. Soon thereafter, they noticed a 13-foot great white shark that weighed over 1,000 pounds pulling on the other end of the line.“We were out there for probably a good three hours with not much activity, so we were just kind of floundering around, enjoying the sun,” Bieber adds. “Then, all of a sudden, pretty much the entire boat just started yanking, so we knew we hooked a big one.”The shark, which was about two miles off the coast, took nearly an hour to reel in. The fishermen took video and pictures and then let the shark go. They also placed a tag on the great white, so that others who catch the shark may will be able to follow its journey.Another great white shark, named Ironbound, has been spotted off the South Florida coast in recent days.last_img read more

Florida high school holds graduation ceremony on jet skis

first_imgOnly in Florida!A high school in the Florida Keys held a special graduation ceremony for its students.Like most high schools, Somerset Island Prepatory was not able to have a normal commencement ceremony for their students due to COVID-19.Instead, they graduated on jet skis, the school said in a press release. Officials said students were given jet ski lessons prior to their graduation day.last_img

Tampa Twitter Hacker’s Virtual bail hearing Hacked by Porn Bombs

first_imgA bail hearing by Zoom for the 17-year-old who hacked some of the world’s highest-profile Twitter accounts last month was interrupted Wednesday by pornographic video and music.Graham Ivan Clark’s lawyers were asking a Florida court to lower their client’s bail, saying the $725,000 he’s required to post to get out of jail is disproportionate to the alleged amount of the loss in the case, when the raunchy images were broadcast into the hearing.The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, Fla., released the photo Graham Ivan Clark, 17, after his arrest Friday, July 31, 2020. Clark is accused of hacking Twitter, gaining access to the account of Bill Gates, Elon Musk and many others. Clark was able to scam people around the globe of more than $100,000 in Bitcoin. He remains in jail on the $725,000 bond.Clark later agreed to forfeit 100 Bitcoins from that account as part of an agreement with authorities in Florida and California under which he wasn’t prosecuted and admitted no wrongdoing, Weisbrod said.Prosecutor Darrell Dirks urged the judge to keep Clark in jail, saying authorities are still investigating the extent of the hack and that the loss may be greater than $117,000. The judge hadn’t ruled on the bail request when he was forced to cancel the hearing because of the porn bombs.“The defendant’s conduct regarding the stealing of the identities of famous people and his attempt to hijack the funds of innocent individuals in less than four hours, that occurred 20 days ago,” Dirks said. “We are still discovering the breadth and depth of the defendant’s criminal conduct.”In the end, the judge kept the bond as it is but granted the request to remove the condition that Clark prove the source of his funds, Weisbrod said after the hearing.last_img read more

Ellsworth’s Talor Hamilton sets new school swimming record

first_img Latest Posts Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016center_img Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013. ELLSWORTH — Talor Hamilton set a new Ellsworth High School record in the 100-meter backstroke at Friday night’s swim meet against George Stevens Academy.At the James Russell Wiggins Down East Family YMCA, Hamilton finished with a time of 53.60 seconds to break the previous record of 53.97 seconds set by Keith Chandler in 2012.“He is a fantastic all-around swimmer,” Ellsworth coach Jim Goodman said of Hamilton. “He is a team leader, a fine scholar and the epitome of the student-athlete.”Last season, Hamilton won two state championships in the 50- and 100-meter freestyle. He also was selected as the boys’ Maine State Class B Swimmer of the Year.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“He’s a fine example of determination, sportsmanship, teamwork and mentorship others emulate,” Goodman said. “He is only getting faster and better in his sport.”Goodman said Hamilton, a junior, has already qualified for States in every stroke but one, which Goodman expects he will qualify for on Saturday when Ellsworth and GSA compete at Washington Academy in Machias.Goodman also noted that he expects other Ellsworth swimmers, including Cooper Holmes and Sam Alvarado, to break records this season.“Talor is one of several on the team who make up a dedicated and eager group of super swimmers,” Goodman said. “I am pleased to have him, plus all my swimmers on the team.”The Ellsworth boys beat GSA 96-35, and the GSA girls beat Ellsworth 104-56.For the boys, Ellsworth took first in all 11 events:200-yard medley relay: Hamilton, Cooper Holmes, Sam Alvarado and Brian Whalley, 1:48.26200-yard freestyle: Alvarado, 1:54.68200-yard IM: Holmes, 2:06.3650-yard freestyle: Austin Baron, 25.18100-yard butterfly: Holmes, 56.18100-yard freestyle: Whalley, 1:00.71500-yard freestyle: Hamilton, 5:07.37200-yard freestyle relay: Whalley, Valter Moller, Jack McKechnie and Baron, 1:52.17100-yard backstroke: Hamilton, 53.60100-yard breaststroke: Hayden Sattler, 1:05.90400-yard freestyle relay: Holmes, Alvarado, Sattler and Hamilton, 3:34.62.For the girls, GSA won all but two events. Winners included:200-yard medley relay: GSA’s Emma Larson-Whittaker, Maya Pelletier, Ava Sealander and Karina Steenberg, 2:15.30200-yard freestyle: GSA’s Pelletier, 2:20.00200-yard IM: GSA’s Sealander, 2:24.4650-yard freestyle: GSA’s Ellie Gellerson, 31.68100-yard butterfly: GSA’s Sealander, 1:04.52100-yard freestyle: GSA’s Larson-Whittaker, 1:05.88500-yard freestyle: GSA’s Pelletier, 6:14.73200-yard freestyle relay: GSA’s Cedar Slagle, Montana VanDuijn, Gellerson and Steenberg, 2:12.82100-yard backstroke: Ellsworth’s Leah Stevens, 1:22.36100-yard breaststroke: Ellsworth’s Katie Walton; 1:30.39400-yard freestyle relay: GSA’s Sealander, Pelletier, Larson-Whittaker and VanDuijn, 4:28.39. Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all)last_img read more

Ellsworth boxer wins charity match

first_imgEllsworth boxer Chris Sarro won his May Melee match on May 13 in Manhattan. Sarro won by unanimous decision after notching a big knockdown in the first round that gave him the edge over James “The Jet” Ling of Manhattan.Sarro said the event raised $100,000 for the Give a Kid a Dream program, a charity that provides children from disadvantaged backgrounds both mentorship and a place to develop both physically and mentally through the sport of boxing.“It was awesome meeting the children this foundation helps,” Sarro said. “It was a really good cause.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Ride for Life raises $22,000

first_imgBLUE HILL — The Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center raised $22,000 at its 11th annual Ride for Life — the most ever raised from the event.Ninety-two participated in either one of the rides (100, 50, 20, 8-mile) or the hike up Blue Hill Mountain — a new addition to the event.The Blue Hill Heritage Trust allowed the center to guide hikers up Blue Hill Mountain, and Chrissy Allen, Outreach Coordinator for BHHT, and Samantha Haskell, Board Member for BHHT, greeted hikers and handed out maps before the hike.The Surry Elementary School allowed use of their grounds for the day.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Dominant Dauk leads GSA girls past Bucksport

first_img Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Posts MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020center_img Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 BLUE HILL — Morgan Dauk had the ball in her hands, but there wasn’t much time.It was late in the first quarter of the George Stevens Academy girls’ basketball team’s game against visiting Bucksport, but the Eagles were starting to take control. With her team ahead 14-8, Dauk looked up at the rim and prepared to box out as a Bucksport player received a pass and got ready to shoot.The shot grazed off the front of the rim, and Dauk got the rebound and took two dribbles toward midcourt. Right before she reached it, she dribbled again — this time behind her back. As she drove to the basket, she sidestepped a defender and sank a 3-point shot just before the buzzer sounded.The gymnasium erupted in celebration, but Dauk and her GSA teammates went straight to their head coach. There were three quarters left to play, and the Eagles were deter,omed to ride that excitement and momentum as much as possible.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFrom the start of the second quarter, the Eagles did so — and they ran away with it.Dauk’s 29 points and 16 rebounds propelled the GSA girls to a 69-27 win over the Golden Bucks on Friday. It was the team’s second-biggest margin of victory this season.“We needed a win like this,” Dauk said. “Our entire team played well, and we showed we can bounce back from those two losses we’ve had.”Both teams started the game off slowly, but GSA’s offense gave it a bit of breathing room as the first quarter progressed. Dauk’s 3-pointer at the end, though, was the start of something much better.“That shot just got the whole team revved up,” GSA head coach Bill Case said. “I though we were much better on both ends of the floor after that.”GSA outscored Bucksport (7-7) 20-4 in the second quarter to take a 37-12 lead into halftime. The team continued to dominate on both ends of the floor in the second half and extended its lead to 59-18 after three quarters.The game was different from the previous encounter between GSA and Bucksport. When the two teams met in Bucksport back in December, it took four overtimes for the Eagles to prevail in a game Case said was one of the most remarkable he’s experienced in his coaching career.“The last time we played them was wild, but we didn’t play as well defensively and had 23 turnovers,” Case said. “They press hard, and if you let your guard down, that defense of theirs can really wear you out and cause issues. I thought we responded better this time around.”GSA also got a double-double from Mazie Smallidge, who finished with 11 points and 12 rebounds. Bree Coombs led the Golden Bucks with 15 points.GSA’s next game will be on the road against the Narraguagus Knights (11-4) at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30. Both teams are contenders in Class C, but a victory over Narraguagus, which won the state championship last season, would all but assure GSA of a first-round bye to the quarterfinals at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor.As soon as the clock hit zero against Bucksport,  Narraguagus was all Dauk could think about. In each of her previous three years in high school, GSA has made the playoffs but lost the play-in game to fall one win short of a trip to Bangor. A win Monday could go a long way toward ending that hex.“We’ve been so close to the Cross Center the past few years, and it’s been heartbreaking not to get there,” Dauk said. “None of us want to go through that again. We want to finish this thing.”Bucksport faces Stearns (13-0) on the road at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb.2.last_img read more

Local soccer teams advance to regional quarterfinals

first_imgELLSWORTH — An action-packed weekend of high school sports saw Hancock County’s four remaining volleyball teams eliminated from the playoffs, but five local soccer teams are still alive.The Ellsworth boys and Bucksport and George Stevens Academy girls advanced to Tuesday’s quarterfinals with wins in their respective preliminary games over the weekend. Those three will be joined there by the Bucksport and GSA boys, which received byes after finishing among the top-six teams in Class C North.Senior Jack Lee led the Ellsworth boys’ team (6-7-2) to victory by scoring all three goals in the No. 7 Eagles’ shutout win Saturday over No. 10 Old Town (4-10-1) in the Class B North prelims. Ellsworth’s No. 7 volleyball team (7-8) was beaten 3-0 in its road contest against second-seeded Yarmouth (14-1) in the Class B quarterfinals later that day.Bucksport’s volleyball team (7-8) fell to Woodland (14-1) 3-0 in the Class C quarterfinals at the University of Maine at Machias, but the school’s eighth-seeded girls’ soccer team won its prelim showdown with No. 9 Calais (7-6-2) 2-1 Friday. The Golden Bucks (7-6-2) will play their quarterfinal match on the road against prolific scorer Kolleen Bouchard and the top-seeded Houlton Shiretowners (13-1) on Tuesday, Oct. 24.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textAll three Mount Desert Island teams in action were eliminated with losses Saturday afternoon. MDI’s boys’ and girls’ soccer teams lost prelim games by scores of 7-1 and 7-0 on the road against Winslow and John Bapst, respectively, and the school’s fourth-seeded volleyball team (9-6) fell to a 3-0 defeat at home against Greely (8-7) in the Class B quarterfinals.In volleyball, the No. 8 Sumner Tigers (3-12) marked their first playoff appearance with a 3-0 defeat against top-seeded Washington Academy (10-5) at UMaine-Machias. The ninth-seeded Sumner boys’ soccer team (9-5-1) saw an excellent season come to an end Saturday with a 2-0 road loss against No. 8 Piscataquis (8-6-1) in Guilford.In other Class C soccer action, the third-seeded George Stevens Academy (9-1-4) and sixth-seeded Bucksport (7-7) boys will face one another in the quarterfinals Wednesday, Oct. 25, in Blue Hill. GSA’s 10th-seeded girls’ team (4-8-3) recorded an upset over No. 7 Narraguagus (8-3-2) when it topped the Knights 5-2 in the prelims Friday in Harrington.Below are times and dates for soccer quarterfinal games to be played Tuesday and Wednesday. A list of semifinal soccer and quarterfinal football games will be posted Thursday, Oct. 26. Road teams are listed first.Tuesday, Oct. 24Boys’ soccer playoffs, Class B North: (7) Ellsworth vs. (2) Washington Academy, 5 p.m.Girls’ soccer playoffs, Class C North: (8) Bucksport vs. (1) Houlton, 4 p.m.Girls’ soccer playoffs, Class C North: (10) George Stevens Academy vs. (2) Dexter, 2 p.m.Wednesday, Oct. 25Boys’ soccer playoffs, Class C North: (6) Bucksport vs. (3) GSA, 2:30 p.m. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Biocenter_img Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Ellsworth tennis sweeps Mount Desert Island

first_imgELLSWORTH — Tuesday was a good day for Ellsworth tennis as the boys’ and girls’ tams both earned home wins over Mount Desert Island.The Ellsworth girls started the day with a 4-1 victory to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Eagles’ Brianna Abbott and Bailey Clarke won their singles matches 8-2 and 8-3, respectively, and the teams of Faith Bradley and Grace High and Kaitlin McCullough and Emma Whitney finished with doubles wins over their counterparts at MDI (1-1).On the boys’ side, Ellsworth (1-1) got singles wins from Norman Jodrey and Keegan Gray to start the match with a 2-1 lead through three contests. Ryan White and Lucas Wheeler then defeated MDI’s Trevor Morrison and Fernando Avalos to seal the team win over the Trojans (0-2).The Eagles will be on the road against Hermon at 4:30 p.m. today, May 1. They will host George Stevens Academy at 4 p.m. tomorrow, May 2.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Ellsworth Little League 11-12 softball team wins District 1 title

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Ellsworth Little League 11-12 softball team is off to the state tournament after going undefeated in last week’s district tournament.Ellsworth beat Machias Little League 4-1 on Friday at Demeyer Field to finish the District 1 tournament with a 3-0 record. The result followed a win against the same Machias team in Monday’s opening game and a mercy-rule victory over Calais Little League the following day.In its first showdown with Machias, Ellsworth earned an 11-6 victory to get off to a good start in the double-elimination tournament. That set up a showdown against Calais on Tuesday, and Ellsworth won 15-0 as pitcher Anna Stevens threw four perfect innings.Starting 2-0 meant Ellsworth needed to win just one more game to be crowned tournament champions, and the team came through Friday night with a 4-1 win in a rematch against Machias to advance to the state tournament. The win came as Ellsworth scored three runs in extra innings to clinch at the first opportunity.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textPlayers on this year’s Ellsworth team were Lily Bean, Callie Chase, Savannah Edgecomb, Brielle Grindle, Natalie Jagels, Kelsie Lambert, Sophia Lynch, Anna Stevens and Jayden Sullivan. The team was coached by Josh Stevens and Steve Sullivan.Ellsworth’s first state tournament game will be played at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 7, in Glenburn. As of late Friday night, District 4’s Kennebunk-Kennebunkport/Wells-Ogunquit Little League was the only other All-Star team to have qualified for the state tournament.last_img read more

11th Veteran Inter District T-20 Cricket Tournament Rescheduled

first_imgOur Sports ReporterGUWAHATI: The 11th Veteran Inter District T-20 Cricket Tournament in memory of Madhurjya Prasad Barooah and Badan Chandra Saikia is rescheduled and will now start from March 30 at Mangaldoi.As per the earlier schedule the championship was supposed to start from March 16. Altogether 16 teams will take part in the meet and it will be inaugurated by former Ranji Cricketer Rajib (Raju) Phukan.Also read: Local Sportslast_img

Children Sports Association Formed as New Sports Body

first_imgGUWAHATI: With an aim to encourage children to join sports a new association named Children Sports Association (CSA) was formed at Badarpur today. Nirmal Bhattacharjee. and Md Taz Uddin will be the president and the secretary of the association.Nirmal Bhattacharjee said: The association will work to promote different sports at the basic level. Also Read: New Body of Assam Sports Journalists Association (ASJA) formed in GuwahatiAlso Watch: Borpani Forest Range in Nagaon’s Kampur on the verge of destruction!last_img read more

Third hat-trick that I have missed: Poonam Yadav

first_imgSydney: Poonam Yadav led the way as India downed defending champions Australia by 17 runs in the opening match of the 2020 ICC Women’s World Cup. Poonam almost completed a hat-trick and took four wickets for 19 runs to help India succesfully defend a low target of 133.Poonam was suffering from injuries in the buildup to the tournament and she thanked her physio and teammates to help her get back to match fitness in time for the World Cup.“My physio and my teammates supported me a lot when I was injured. I bowled well against Australia here in the past so I wanted to continue that,” she said in the post-match presentation ceremony.Poonam dismissed Rachael Haynes and Australia’s star all-rounder Elysse Perry off consecutive balls and would have got the hat-trick had it not been for Taniya Bhatia dropping Jess Jonassen in what was a rare mistake from the wicketkeeper. “This is the third time that I didn’t get a hat-trick. I am thankful to my teammates as it is not easy to come back after an injury,” she said. IANSAlso Read: Poonam Yadav spins India to win over Australia in openerAlso Watch: Oil India Ltd (OIL) confers Shikshya Ratna Puraskar 2019 to Teachers in Duliajanlast_img read more

Chinese wrestlers denied visas for Asian Championships

first_imgNew Delhi: Chinese wrestlers have been denied visas for the upcoming Asian Championships that will begin from Tuesday. Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) secretary Vinod Tomar confirmed to IANS that the 40-strong Chinese contingent, that was supposed to travel to the national capital for the continental tournament, have been denied visas.“They have not got the visas and there are no chances of them being able to participate in the tournament now,” Tomar said.India stopped issuing visas to Chinese nationals from January 15 in the wake of the crisis in the country that has arisen from the deadly and highly contagious coronavirus.Fearing repercussions for denying visas to wrestlers from certain countries in an Olympic year from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) or the wrestling world body United World Wrestling (UWW), the WFI had said on February 5 that it hopes Chinese and Pakistani wrestlers get visas for the Asian Championships.While the six-member contingent from Pakistan has got visas, doubts over the participation of the Chinese contingent increased when UWW staffer Li Ling was denied an Indian visa for the championships.On Sunday, the WFI secretary had said that any decision on the Chinese will be confirmed only on Monday but chances of them getting visas looked bleak. “Health is the priority and this virus is very dangerous. It is something that poses a danger to a lot of people because of which it has gained such international prominence,” he said. IANS Also Read: Pakistan wrestlers granted visas, wait and watch for China: WFIAlso Watch: Burglars breaks into a house in Lumding, steal 21-tola Gold and cash of Rs 45,000last_img read more

‘Most venues for 2022 Asian Games to be completed this year’ Says organiser

first_imgHangzhou: Construction on 42 of the 58 venues and auxiliary facilities for the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020, organiser have said. A total of 53 competition venues, five Asian Games villages and 31 training venues are needed for the 2022 Asian Games. 40 of them were already under construction in 2019 and construction on the remaining competition venues will begin this year.“Our target is to complete the construction of 42 competition venues and auxiliary facilities by the end of this year, which accounts for more than 85 percent of the total construction work,” said the organising committee. With “smart” a key theme of the 2022 Games, a slew of high technologies will be highlighted in the construction work by taking advantage of Hangzhou’s strengths in intelligent systems. All competition venues are expected to be completed by March 2021. IANSAlso Read: Robot triplets unveiled as Hangzhou 2022 Asian Games mascotsAlso Watch: Hagrama Mohilary organizes a press-meet on Coronavirus situation and distribution of Rationslast_img read more

Nand Persaud & Co. Ltd Sprint Classic set for tomorrow

first_imgIN light of the success of the first sprint classic event held by the entity, the principals of the Nand Persaud and Company Limited, known for its signature Karibee Rice Brand, in association with their Sky Plus Incorporated Promotion Company, will be holding their second Sprint Classic event tomorrow at the company’s racing facility at No 36 Village, Macedonia Estate, Corentyne Berbice. Starting time is 13:00 hrs.To make sure things are well go well once again, the activity will be coordinated by the Sky Plus Incorporated.The event, will once again see the horses run in a straight line from start to finish and is dubbed as the ‘Nand Persaud Karibee Sprint Classic’.Distances to be contested will be between 880 and 440 yards.Eight races are listed on the day’s card, with cash, trophies and other incentives totalling close to $4M up for the taking.The main event will be an open affair with all horses allowed to participate over 880 yards for a winning purse of $400 000 and trophy.The once-vaunted Score Even is back to try at the shorter distance but will have to compete against the likes of Honey Flow, Brave Sky, Golden Blue Echo, Perfect Windstorm, Score’s Even and Tiza Holiday.The `G’ class horses will be galloping over 660 yards for a winning take of $250 000 and trophy. There is an event for horses classified `H’ and Lower also over 660 yards with the winner set to receive $300 000 and trophy.Two-year-old Guyana-bred maiden animals will be racing over 660 yards for a $200 000 winning purse and trophy. Animals classified `J’ and Lower will also be catered for, as they will be running over 440 yards for a winner’s take of $240 000 and trophy.The `K’ and Lower animals will have their opportunity to compete for $200 000 and trophy over 440 yards.There are two `L’ class events over 440 yards. The first will be for a purse of $110 000 and trophy.The `L’ class non-winners will also be galloping over 440 yards for a pole position reward of $100 000 and trophy.last_img

UDFA/GT Beer Christmas football: Hi Stars fly over Blueberry Hill 3-2, Shattas shoot past Rockers 2-0

first_imgBy Joe ChapmanHI STARS beat Blueberry Hill 3-2, while Silver Shattas remained unbeaten with a 2-0 victory over Net Rockers when the Upper Demerara Football Association’s (UDFA)/GT Beer 4th annual Christmas football championship continued at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground on Sunday night.The win by Hi Stars came after they had taken a 2-0 advantage in the first half of play through their reliable striker Tony ‘Spirit’ Adams who netted their first goal in the 37th minute.This was developed after a cross from the left flank saw a free ball that was pounced on by Adams who slammed home to score.This was followed when Michael Peters came through the left side into the middle before hitting past Blueberry Hill custodian Dillon Hopkinson in the 44th minute.But the Blueberry Hill side recovered and reduced the deficit by one after Oral Peters slot home his team’s first reply one minute after play resumed, in the 46th minute, and within an hour’s play in the 59th minute it was 2-2 as Blueberry Hill’s Rondell Arthur scored.This made the game very interesting and it took the deciding goal in the 69th minute from Kwesi Martin, who collected a square ball from the left side, and headed it past the out of position Hopkinson, for a 3-2 score, which was the eventual score in this game.The second game of the night was one where neither side dominated on the wet outfield but Silver Shattas, through strikes on either side of play, registered by forward Colwyn Drakes in the 23rd and 88th minutes, saw them home against Net Rockers.Tonight, Botofago play champions Federal Winners Connection in the first game at 18:00hrs and the second pits Kwakwani Strikers against Eagles United, in two interesting matches in the two group preliminary rounds to decide the final four going through to the semifinals.last_img read more

Football News India U-23 team bows out of AFC U-23 Championship Qualifiers

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The Indian U-23 national team ended its AFC U-23 Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 loss.Daler Yodgorov’s 30th-minute strike and Solehov’s 85th-minute goal.India tried to keep Tajikistan on the defence and score the equaliser but could not find the decisive goal. After a nervy start, the Indian team found themselves some bright spots and in the 27th minute, Rahim Ali found Komal Thatal inside the box. With defenders closing in, Komal could only launch the ball over the woodwork in an attempt to give India the lead. India’s attacking momentum was short-lived as Tajikistan took the lead in the 30th minute with Daler finding the back of the India net from inside the box.Attempting to find the equalizer before half-time, Rahim Ali went on a run down the middle and found Anirudh Thapa, whose shot was blocked by the Tajik defence line. India’s quest for the equaliser kept them on their toes and soon after the second half restarted, India cajoled an opportunity in the 48th minute. Rahim Ali brought the ball down inside the box and passed it to an onrushing Abdul Sahal, who failed to hit the target from outside the box.Restricting the opponents in the half for much of the second half, India had a chance in the 60th minute and once again it fell to Sarthak Golui, who headed wide a Vinit Rai free-kick. India tried to keep Tajikistan on the defence and score the equaliser but could not find the decisive goal. Tajikistan held on to their slender lead and committed bodies in defence. New Delhi: The Indian U-23 national team ended its AFC U-23 Championship qualifying campaign with a 2-0 loss to Tajikistan in its second match of the group stage here Sunday. Daler Yodgorov’s 30th-minute strike and Solehov’s 85th-minute goal proved to be the difference between the two sides as India succumbed to their second defeat of the qualifying campaign, ending without a point out of a maximum six. The opponents had mounted a barrage of attacks in the early minutes of the match, trying to unsettle the Indian defence but some astute goalkeeping by Dheeraj Singh kept them at bay. In the 10th minute, the custodian made a fine save to deny the opponents an early breakthrough at the Pakhtakor Stadium. India could have surged ahead into a lead in the 12th minute but Sarthak Golub’s header off a Komal Thatal free-kick failed to find the net, leaving the Tajik goalkeeper to scramble to clear his lines; courtesy of an onrushing Anwar Ali in pursuit of the rebound.last_img read more

Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians clash marred by no-ball controversy

first_imghighlights New Delhi: First, the Mankading controversy and now no-balls. The IPL 2019 tournament is fast being remembered for these events and it has raised questions on the standard of umpiring in the event. The match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians was poised on a knife-edge with AB de Villiers batting brilliantly. Jasprit Bumrah bowled two brilliant death overs, conceding just five runs in two overs while Lasith Malinga conceded a six in the first ball of the last over. With seven runs needed off one ball, Malinga bowled a low full toss and Shivam Dube, the batsman missed out and Mumbai Indians won the game by six runs to register their first win in this tournament.However, when the players were shaking hands, replays showed that Malinga had overstepped and this led to sharp criticism regarding the standard of umpiring from both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, the captains of both the franchises. Kohli was furious when he said, “We are playing at the IPL level. It’s not club level, the umpires should have their eyes open. That was a big no-ball. We should have done a better job with the ball after they were seven down. The last few overs were brutal for us. Bit of a mistake from me to take Bumrah on at that time. Bumrah makes a hell of a difference in any team,” Kohli said. Even Rohit criticised the umpiring in the game. “I just got to know when we crossed the rope. Somebody just told me it was a no-ball. These kind of mistakes are not good for the game of cricket, it’s pretty simple, the over before that. Bumrah bowled a ball which wasn’t a wide ball. Those are game-changers,” Rohit said.In the previous game between Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab at the Eden Gardens, Mohammed Shami bowled Andre Russell with a perfect yorker but that was declared a no-ball as there were only three fielders inside the circle for Kings XI Punjab. Russell made Kings XI Punjab pay and in the end, Kolkata Knight Riders emerged victors by 28 runs.The Mankading controversy erupted in the IPL clash in Jaipur and this time, it involved Kings XI Punjab again. Jos Buttler was guiding Rajasthan Royals towards victory but Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin mankaded Buttler who was out of the crease and that led to a huge uproar. With these two no-balls and especially the umpiring in the Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians game, IPL 2019 has suddenly come alive. Mumbai Indians won the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore by six runs.The no-ball was not spotted by the umpire which led to criticism.Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their second game in IPL 2019. For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Virat Kohli creates history by going past 11000 runs, India decimate Pakistan in World Cup

first_imgVirat Kohli achieved 10000 runs in 205 innings.Kohli has taken 54 innings quicker than Sachin Tendulkar in reaching 11000 runs.Kohli took 222 innings for the feat while Tendulkar took 276 innings. highlights New Delhi: Rohit Sharma stole the show in the ICC Cricket World Cup clash against Pakistan in Manchester with a brilliant century, his 24th overall and second in the 2019 edition of the tournament. However, trust Virat Kohli, the Indian cricket team skipper and the number one batsman in world cricket to deliver a performance which was simply out of this world. Kohli is known to a freak when it comes to batting and in Manchester, he displayed his brilliance as he notched up not only a fifty but he broke a very special record.When Kohli went past 57 with a flick off Hasan Ali to the long leg fence, the right-hander reached 11000 runs in ODIs. Sachin Tendulkar had held the previous record by scoring 11000 runs in just 276 innings during the Kanpur ODI against England in 2002. Consider the enormity of Kohli’s feat.  Tendulkar took 276 innings while Kohli achieved it in just 222 innings, 54 innings quicker. The average of Kohli is over 60 while Tendulkar had an average of close to 45 at this stage. Kohli joined the likes of Tendulkar, Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly and Jacques Kallis to reach 11000 runs in under 300 innings.The consistency of Kohli is remarkable. In October 2018, when he had played 205 innings, he had reached 10000 runs during the series against West Indies. Eight months later and 17 innings later, Kohli blasted a further 1000 runs as he continued to enhance his reputation as the ultimate run-making machine in the world.Kohli is already the fastest to 8000, 9000 and 10,000 runs in ODIs and he added yet another feather to his cap with his entry into the 11000. Rohit reached his milestone by cutting Shadab to the deep point fence for a single to bring up his century off just 85 balls. Rohit continued to rake in the records as he broke Virat Kohli’s mark of the highest individual score in World Cups against Pakistan, which was 107 in the 2015 World Cup in Adelaide.Pakistan has never won a World Cup contests against India ever since both teams started playing in 1992. In Sydney, India won their first encounter while they knocked Pakistan out in the quarterfinal of the 1996 World Cup. In 1999, they defeated Pakistan in the super six stages while in 2003, they registered a win in the league stages. In 2011, they knocked Pakistan out of the tournament with a win in the semi-final while in 2015, they won by a big margin in Adelaide.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Chris Gayle beats Brian Lara’s historic record in special 300th ODI

first_imghighlights New Delhi : The Port of Spain ODI between West Indies and India was historic for Chris Gayle. The self-proclaimed Universe Boss, who missed the Twenty20 International series, struggled in the first ODI when he managed just four runs off 31 balls. However, in the second ODI, Gayle created two historic records. The match against India was his 300th for the West Indies, making him the first player from the Caribbean to achieve this feat. However, in their chase of 280, Gayle created history when he became the leading run-getter for West Indies in ODIs, breaking the record set by Brian Lara and has been in place since his retirement in the 2007 World Cup. In one over bowled by Khaleel Ahmed, Gayle sent the Queens Park Oval crowd to raptures.In the first ball of the ninth over, Gayle steered a short and wide ball to third man to break Lara’s tally of 10348 runs for West Indies. The left-hander realised the magnitude of the feat and raised his bat to the entire Queens Park Oval as the crowd acknowledged the historic achievement. Lara had scored 57 runs for the ICC World XI while Gayle had 55 runs for the World XI during their respective playing careers. Gayle still had to overtake Lara’s tally of 10405 runs and he achieved it duly in the same over when he cracked Khaleel for a cut shot over cover point to break Lara’s overall tally of 10405 runs. However, Gayle could not carry on after he had crossed the record and was trapped plumb in front for 11 by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and even the review could not save him. Gayle was widely expected to retire from international cricket at the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 but reversed his decision and made himself available for the three-match series against India. However, his return has not forced the selectors to consider him for the upcoming two-Test series which begins on August 22.Gayle has not played a Test since 2014 and it could be a sad end on August 14 when he could potentially play his final international match in the Caribbean at the same venue. However, Port of Spain witnessed a new world record as Brian Lara finally came second-best to Gayle. The Universe Boss would be hoping to create more records in Twenty20 Internationals and in various T20 leagues all over the world as his career comes to an end.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.center_img Chris Gayle became the leading run-getter for Windies in ODIs.Chris Gayle is the leading run-getter in ODIs overall for Windies.Chris Gayle became the first Windies player to play 300 ODIs.last_img read more

Boise State, UNLV meet in MWC quarters

first_img.FUELING THE OFFENSE: Amauri Hardy has either made or assisted on 41 percent of all UNLV field goals over the last three games. Hardy has 21 field goals and 14 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Boise State is 0-5 when scoring fewer than 61 points and 19-6 when scoring at least 61.UNBEATEN WHEN: Boise State is a perfect 14-0 when it holds an opponent to 68 points or fewer. The Broncos are 5-11 when opponents score more than 68.DID YOU KNOW: UNLV has posted an excellent offensive rebound percentage of 34 percent this year. That figure is the 27th-highest in Division 1. The offensive rebound percentage for Boise State stands at just 25.2 percent (ranked 276th). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNo. 5 seed Boise State (19-11, 11-7) vs. No. 4 seed UNLV (17-14, 12-6)Mountain West Conference Tournament Quarterfinals, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas; Thursday, 5 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: A spot in the MWC semifinals is up for grabs as Boise State and UNLV match up. The teams split the regular season series at one win apiece. The teams last faced each other on Feb. 26, when the Runnin’ Rebels shot 50.9 percent from the field while holding Boise State to just 31.3 percent en route to a 76-66 victory. March 3, 2020 Boise State, UNLV meet in MWC quarterscenter_img Associated Press ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img March 5, 2020 Shiffrin last raced on Jan. 26 when she won a super-G in Bansko, Bulgaria.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTORAbuse allegations, calls for state inquiry build in MichiganYPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — More men came forward Thursday with allegations of sexual abuse by a late doctor at the University of Michigan in lawsuits and personal statements.The new allegations include three former athletes who filed lawsuits against the school alleging that Dr. Robert Anderson sexually assaulted them while the men were members of the football and hockey teams in the 1980s. At a separate news conference, two men said Anderson sexually assaulted them during medical exams. Sale has a flexor strainUNDATED (AP) — Boston Red Sox ace Chris Sale has a flexor strain near his left elbow and will not be scheduled for Tommy John surgery — for now.The 30-year-old left-hander felt discomfort in his pitching elbow Monday, a day after throwing his first batting practice of spring training. He had an MRI that was reviewed by team physicians and Drs. James Andrews and Dr. Neal ElAttrache. Sale’s ulnar collateral ligament, which was treated with a platelet-rich plasma injection last Aug. 19, did not sustain additional damage.In other MLB news:— Right-hander Collin McHugh has agreed to a $600,000, one-year contract with the Red Sox, a deal that allows him earn up to $4.25 million. The 32-year-old McHugh can earn $3 million in performance bonuses and $650,000 in roster bonuses. His base salary is guaranteed. The American Gaming Association on Thursday launched its “Have A Game Plan” campaign in hockey arenas in Washington and Las Vegas.The campaign will soon expand to other states where sports betting is legal. Fourteen states currently offer sports betting, and many others are considering it.The gaming association says Americans have bet more than $19 billion on sports with licensed sports books since the U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for it in May 2018, ruling in a case brought by New Jersey. Shiffrin returns to World Cup ski circuit amid family griefVAIL, Colo. (AP) — Mikaela Shiffrin is returning to the World Cup ski circuit in Europe, even though she might not be ready to race after a month-long absence following the death of her father.The American skier announced in a video posted on Instagram that she is flying to Scandinavia on Thursday. A three-race meet starts one week later in Are, Sweden.Shiffrin says in a six-minute video message that “I have no promises if I’ll actually be able to race.” The two-time Olympic gold medalist says she has trained a little but struggled to maintain focus. During her absence from racing the three-time overall World Cup champion lost her lead in the standings to Italy’s Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay).Seven points-scoring events are left on the schedule in Sweden and Italy. However, the World Cup Finals races in Cortina d’Ampezzo are threatened by the virus outbreak in northern Italy. Update on the latest sports The university revealed last month that it was investigating multiple allegations of abuse against Anderson, who died in 2008. Last week, it said it had received more than 100 complaints about Anderson.The lawsuits filed Thursday mirror allegations in one filed on Wednesday, the first suit against the university over Anderson. The lawsuits all accuse the university of failing to remove Anderson despite multiple complaints about him. All identify the men only as John Doe.RESPONSIBLE SPORTS BETTINGGambling industry urges sports bettors to wager responsiblyATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — The gambling industry is launching a campaign to urge sports bettors to wager responsibly, including setting and sticking to a budget, and learning thoroughly about anything on which they make a bet. — Gerrit Cole gave up homers on consecutive pitches to Detroit’s Travis Demeritte and Miguel Cabrera in the first inning on Thursday. Then Demeritte and Cabrera went deep against the New York Yankees ace on back-to-back pitches in the second. Cole, who signed a $324 million, nine-year contract as a free agent, allowed six runs, six hits and one walk in two innings with three strikeouts. Cole said afterward, “It’s not my favorite day of 2020 so far, but it is just spring training.” The 29-year-old right-hander threw 33 of 44 pitches for strikes.— Aaron Judge hasn’t given up on being ready for the New York Yankees’ opener at Baltimore on March 26, but still doesn’t know the cause of soreness in his right pectoral muscle and shoulder. The star right fielder has undergone more than half a dozen tests, and more are scheduled. Judge stopped workouts about a week before spring training after experiencing soreness while swinging. Then he felt soreness on Feb. 28 while hitting in an indoor cage for the second consecutive day.— The Chicago Cubs have scratched pitcher Yu Darvish and second baseman Jason Kipnis because of illness. In a series of tweets in Japanese, Darvish said he had a cough yesterday and expressed reluctance about entering the clubhouse amid the coronavirus outbreak. He posted that he didn’t have a fever or the flu. Theo Epstein, the president of baseball operations for the Cubs, said he didn’t have “full information right now,” but said it was his understanding Darvish had a daily illness and should be fine by tomorrow.— Jerry Koosman’s No. 36 is being retired by the New York Mets, more than four decades after he threw his final pitch for the team. Koosman will be honored before the June 13 game against Washington. His will be the third player number retired by the Mets after Tom Seaver’s No. 41 in 1988 and Mike Piazza’s No. 31 in 2016. New York has retired the numbers of two managers: Casey Stengel’s No. 37 in 1965 and Gil Hodges’ No. 14 in 173. Koosman’s five-hitter beat Baltimore in the 1969 World Series for the Mets’ first title.WORLD CUP-SHIFFRIN’S RETURN Associated Press The Warriors announced Wednesday night that Curry had been medically cleared to play and would be in the lineup Thursday in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals won in six games by Toronto. The two-time NBA MVP missed 58 games after falling on his left hand Oct. 30 versus Phoenix.He practiced Monday with the G League Santa Cruz Warriors, then was recalled back to the NBA team later in the day in a most expected promotion.Curry says he is comfortable enough to play, though it may be months before his hand feels completely “normal” again. He still plans to play in the Tokyo Olympics this summer.Curry, who turns 32 on March 14, is averaging 20.3 points, 6.5 assists and 5.0 rebounds over just four games this season.MLB-NEWS Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-WARRIORS-CURRYStephen Curry set to return for Warriors on Thursday nightSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Stephen Curry is scheduled to return from a more than four-month absence with a broken hand to play for Golden State against the Toronto Raptors on Thursday night.last_img read more

The Latest: UEFA again postpones Euro 2020 playoffs

first_imgThe games were originally scheduled for March 26-31 and have now lost their June 4-9 dates.Europe’s priority will be completing club competitions if games resume in June. That will include national leagues and the Champions League and Europa League.UEFA says the next available Euro 2020 playoff dates are Sept. 3-8. The September dates had been allocated to start the next Nations League groups.The decision was made in a conference call with officials from the 55 UEFA member federations.The playoffs will decide the last four places in the 24-nation lineup for the postponed European Championship. ___A hockey team and a soccer club in Russia face being removed from their leagues after government financial support was diverted to fight the coronavirus.The sports ministry in the far eastern region of Primorsky Krai says it sees no point in funding player contracts for another season if it’s not clear when competitions will resume. It wants the Admiral Vladivostok hockey club to drop out of the Kontinental Hockey League and the Luch Vladivostok soccer team to drop down two divisions into the amateur leagues.The ministry says regional funding earmarked for professional sports will instead go into an anti-coronavirus fund.Many Russian sports team rely heavily on regional governments and state-owned companies for much of their funding. Primorsky Krai is the first region to impose such drastic cuts. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___UEFA has postponed the Euro 2020 playoffs for the second time because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___English soccer authorities say there are “no quick answers” to the question of when play can resume following the coronavirus outbreak.The Premier League, English Football League and Football Association say in a joint statement there will be play “only when it is safe to do so.”They say clubs and supporters have a role to play in the meantime “in supporting the government’s guidance and ensuring community strength and solidarity.”The most recent update from soccer authorities said there will be no play until April 30 at the earliest. April 1, 2020 Associated Press All major sporting events in Russia are currently suspended.___The Olympic flame will be on display until the end of April in Japan’s northeastern prefecture of Fukushima.Tokyo Olympic and prefecture officials held an official “handover ceremony”on Wednesday at the J-Village National Training Center in Fukushima.The public will have limited access to view the flame, and organizers hope to limit the crowd size because of restrictions in place for the coronavirus. The Latest: UEFA again postpones Euro 2020 playoffs The flame arrived in Japan from Greece on March 20 and the torch relay was to have started last week from Fukushima. The flame has remained in the prefecture with Wednesday’s event merely ceremonial.The Fukushima prefecture is the region of Japan that was devastated in 2011 by an earthquake, tsunami, and the subsequent meltdown of three nuclear reactors.Olympic officials have postponed the Tokyo Games until next year with the opening now set for July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Ming’s dominance continues in Monterrey

first_imgOVERSEAS-based Guyanese,Calvin Ming showcased a brilliant display of race-craft to pick up back-to-back podium spots when the formula 4 NACAM Championship rolled into Monterrey, Mexico.Ming and his teammate Manuel Sulaiman were both quick in the practice sessions on Friday and Saturday morning, with Calvin setting the fastest times.However, on the last lap of Saturday’s practice session, Ming’s car developed an electrical problem causing the engine to shut down.He was unable to drive in the qualifying session, since the technicians had to replace the entire wire loom and some solenoids which took several hours, and was only completed just before the start of race #1.Speaking exclusively to Chronicle Sport, Ming said, “All in all, it was a good weekend. We showed we had the pace and we were able to pick up podium spots which is always what we are looking for. Big thanks to the RAM racing team.”Starting at the back of the pack due to not qualifying,he proceeded to charge through the field and by about midway through the 21st lap he took over the lead.He ultimately finished seven seconds ahead of his teammate Manuel around the 3.2 km ‘Autodromo de Monterrey’ circuit in the 30-minute affair.He returned to be the quickest on Sunday morning before the 50% inverted grid meant that he had to start fifth by virtue of finishing the earlier race in first.Ming carried Saturday’s momentum into Sunday by getting off to a good start and moving up to P2 by the end of the first lap. He encountered some difficulty with gear changing, but managed to hold on to finish the race in P2.Race-three was determined by the second fastest qualifying time and having not qualified, Ming again had to start at the back of the pack.Immediately after the race started the gear selection issue became a major problem causing him to return to the paddock at the end of lap #2.However, it could not be rectified, so the technician manually put it into fifth gear and sent him back out so that he could complete the race and pick up valuable points toward his championship, which he lead heading into the round.Ming returns to Miami tomorrow, before heading out on Wednesday to Indianapolis for the next round of the USF2000 series.last_img read more

Stokes, Wood help England snatch win from South Africa

first_img(REUTERS)- Ben Stokes smashed a blistering century and Mark Wood bowled an excellent final over as England beat South Africa by two runs in the second one-day international in Southampton on Saturday for an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.After Stokes’s heroics with the bat had helped England score 330 for six in their 50 overs, South Africa needed 10 runs from the last 10 balls of their innings with five wickets remaining, but an excellent final over from Wood that cost just four runs sealed victory.One worry for England ahead of the looming Champions Trophy starting on Friday is that Stokes managed to bowl only three overs in the South African innings having injured his knee in the first ODI win, but he remained on the field.“Those are the sorts of games you really want to win,” England captain Eoin Morgan said at the post-match presentation at the Rose Bowl. “You learn a lot more. The game got away from us quite a lot. Woody was awesome.”The visitors won the toss and elected to field, reducing England to 80 for three in the 16th over when Joe Root (39) was run out at the non-strikers’ end.But Stokes (101 from 79 balls) put on 95 for the fourth wicket with Morgan (45) and 77 for the fifth with Jos Buttler (65 not out) before he became a maiden ODI wicket on debut for South African left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj.Opener Quinton de Kock (98 from 103 balls) led the South African reply before he was caught by wicketkeeper Buttler off Moeen Ali.Captain AB de Villiers pitched in with a fluent 52, but the innings looked to be faltering until Chris Morris (36 not out from 22 balls) joined David Miller (71 not out from 51 balls) in the 44th over.The pair added 62 in 39 balls for the sixth wicket and looked as though they had won the game when they needed seven off the final over bowled by Wood (0-48 in 10 overs).But the England seamer produced an excellent over of short-pitched slower balls and the pair could only manage four singles to see victory slip away.“I can’t be unhappy, we fought right to the end and probably had it in the bag for most of that last half hour,” De Villiers said.ENGLAND InningsJ. Roy b Rabada 8A. Hales c de Kock b Pretorius 24J. Root run out (Pretorius) 39E. Morgan c de Kock b Rabada 45B. Stokes c Miller b Maharaj 101J. Buttler not out 65M. Ali c de Kock b Phehlukwayo 33Extras (b-1 lb-6 w-8) 15Total (for 6 wickets, 50 overs) 330Fall of wickets: 1-12 J. Roy,2-70 A. Hales,3-80 J. Root,4-175 E. Morgan,5-252 B. Stokes,6-330 M. AliDid not bat: A. Rashid, L. Plunkett, M. Wood, J. BallBowling: K. Rabada 10 – 0 – 50 – 2(w-4), C. Morris 10 – 0 – 66 – 0(w-2),D. Pretorius 10 – 0 – 61 – 1,K. Maharaj 10 – 0 – 72 – 1, A. Phehlukwayo 10 – 1 – 74 – 1(w-2)SOUTH AFRICA InningsQ. de Kock c Buttler b Ali 98H. Amla c Morgan b Stokes 24F. du Plessis c Buttler b Plunkett 16A. de Villiers c Buttler b Plunkett 52D. Miller not out 71F. Behardien c Ali b Plunkett 17C. Morris not out 36Extras (lb-5 w-9) 14Total (for 5 wickets, 50 overs) 328Fall of wickets: 1-56 H. Amla,2-93 F. du Plessis,3-189 A. de Villiers,4-211 Q. de Kock,5-266 F. BehardienDid not bat: D. Pretorius, K. Rabada, A. Phehlukwayo, K. MaharajBowling: M. Wood 10 – 0 – 48 – 0(w-1), J. Ball 10 – 0 – 81 – 0(w-2), B. Stokes 3 – 0 – 12 – 1(w-2)L. Plunkett 10 – 0 – 64 – 3(w-3), A. Rashid 6 – 0 – 41 – 0(w-1),M. Ali 8 – 0 – 59 – 1, J. Root 3 – 0 – 18 – 0.last_img read more

Bairstow celebrates Ashes ton with helmet head butt

first_imgPERTH, Australia (Reuters) – Tales of Jonny Bairstow’s head-butting incident left Australia captain Steve Smith giggling like a schoolboy just weeks ago, but the wicketkeeper batsman’s maiden Ashes century in Perth yesterday allowed England skipper Joe Root the last laugh.Bairstow gently tapped his helmet against his head upon reaching the milestone to the delight of Root and his team mates who jubilantly roared their support in the dressing room.The wicketkeeper’s 119 helped push England to 403 on day three of the third Test, their highest first-innings total in Australia since January 2011.Bairstow said his celebration was a bit of “light-hearted, fun” in reference to the October night out where he greeted Australia opener Cameron Bancroft with a head butt at a bar.It took nearly a month for the incident to be revealed, however, when Australia’s fielders were heard trying to get inside the Yorkshireman’s head when he was batting during the series-opener in Brisbane.Bancroft recalled the incident in a news conference with his captain Smith sitting beside him laughing heartily, following England’s 10-wicket first Test defeat at the Gabba.Bairstow felt he had been “stitched up” by Australia and that the event had been blown completely out of proportion.So he celebrated emotionally at the WACA after pulling Mitchell Marsh behind square for a single to reach his ton.“The hundred, in many ways, was my favourite one,” the 28-year-old told reporters.”I’ve played in a few Ashes series so far now and to score an Ashes hundred is something you dream about as a kid.“It was really good fun out there, I absolutely loved every single minute of it.”Bairstow was unable to truly cash in, with his batting partners crumbling around him as England lost their last six wickets for 35 runs.He was bowled by a full inswinger from fast bowler Mitchell Starc which clipped the inside edge and uprooted middle stump.But his first Test hundred in 18 months helped tweak the narrative of England’s Ashes tour, which up to Perth had been blighted by a string of off-field incidents.It was also a part of an England record fifth wicket stand of 237 runs with Dawid Malan, who scored a fine 140.Anchored by 92 not out, captain Steve Smith Australia moved to 203 for three at stumps, having trimmed England’s lead to 200 runs.Bairstow felt England remained well-placed in the match, despite the late batting collapse in the morning session.“You can look at it both ways and say: look, it was a fantastic recovery from being 100 for four and we’ve got 400 on the board,” he said.”Or you can look at it and go: ‘yeah, well, we’ve let the position slip.“But at the same time … we’ve got the capabilities of taking five-six wickets in a session. We’ve shown that previously so there’s no reason why we can’t now.”last_img read more

Smith, Khawaja lead Aussie charge in Sydney

first_imgENGLAND 1st innings (o/n 233-5)A. Cook lbw b Hazlewood 39M. Stoneman c †Paine b Cummins 24J. Vince c Paine b Cummins 25J. Root (c) c MR Marsh b Starc 83D. Malan c Smith b Starc 62J. Bairstow c Paine b Hazlewood 5M. Ali c Paine b Cummins 30T. Curran c Bancroft b Cummins 39S. Broad c Smith b Lyon 31M. Crane run-out 4J. Anderson not out 0Extras: (lb-2, w-2) 4Total: (all out, 112.3 overs) 346Fall of wickets: 1-28, 2-88, 3-95, 4-228, 5-233, 6-251, 7-294, 8-335, 9-346.Bowling: M. Starc 21-6-80-2, J. Hazlewood 23-4-65-2, J. Cummins 24.3-5-80-4, N. Lyon 37-5-86-1, M. Marsh 7-0-33-0 .AUSTRALIA 1st inningsC. Bancroft b Broad 0D. Warner c Bairstow b Anderson 56U. Khawaja not out 91S. Smith (c) not out 44Extras: (b-1, nb-1) 2Total: (67 overs) 193Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-86Bowling: J. Anderson 14-4-25-1, S. Broad 10-2-28-1, M. Ali 17-3-51-0, T. Curran 8-2-26-0, M. Crane 17-0-58-0, J. Root 1-0-4-0. By Nick MulvenneySYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) – Australia captain Steve Smith continued to be England’s Ashes nemesis yesterday as he passed 6 000 Test runs in an unbeaten knock of 44 to help his team to 193 for two at close of play on the second day of the fifth Test.The world’s top-ranked batsman and Usman Khawaja batted through the final session in a 107-run partnership after openers Cameron Bancroft and David Warner had departed earlier in Australia’s reply to England’s 346.Khawaja notched a stylish 91 not out on the same ground where he made his Test debut in the corresponding fixture seven years ago but it was the wicket of Smith that England most desperately wanted.They were to be disappointed with only a couple of half chances presenting themselves as Smith sent a couple of early edges fizzing through the slips.The 28-year-old was soon looking comfortable and nonchalantly swatted a single to backward square to pass the 6 000 career runs mark in his 111th Test innings. Only the great Donald Bradman reached the milestone in fewer knocks.Having started the day with a brilliant diving catch in the slips to dismiss Dawid Malan, Smith walked off his home ground in the brilliant afternoon sunshine with 648 runs to his name in the series so far.“We’re stoked that he’s on our team so we don’t have to bowl at him,” Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins said of his captain.“You lose a couple of wickets and he comes out to bat. He’s just incredible; I think he’s been the real difference between the two sides.”The tourists, 3-0 down in the series with the urn already relinquished, earlier posted a competitive tally in the face of some fearsome pace bowling on the back of a hard wagging tail and some poor Australian catching.PACKED HOUSE Australia came out after lunch to begin their innings in front of another packed house only for Stuart Broad to clean bowl Bancroft for a duck in the second over.Warner scored a measured 56 by his standards in a 85-run stand with Khawaja before he was caught behind when James Anderson got the ball to move away from him.Broad’s 31 had earlier been integral to a bright morning for the tourists after the hammer blow of losing two wickets in the last couple of overs of day one.Malan (62) lasted less than half an hour after they had resumed on 233 for five, Mitchell Starc eliciting an outside edge which Smith caught brilliantly to make some amends for three spills in his otherwise impeccable series.His fast bowlers then proceeded to produce a couple of howlers with Cummins dropping Tom Curran on 21 off Nathan Lyon and, in the next over, Josh Hazlewood letting Moeen Ali off the hook with the all-rounder on 22.England’s tail made the most of the reprieves with Curran hitting a confident 39 and Moeen 30 before both fell victim to the pace of Cummins (4-80).Broad braved the short bowling almost until the scheduled lunch break before becoming spinner Lyon’s first victim of the match and the innings ended in a mix-up that resulted in Mason Crane being run-out for four in his maiden Test innings.The leg-spinner later made a reasonably solid start to his Test career with the ball, returning figures of 0-58.“It’s awesome to be bowling to the best players in the world,” the 20-year-old said.“(Smith)’s a key player for them, if we can get him and two or three others, hopefully we can get a first-innings lead.”last_img read more

Seventh Annual Trophy Stall Doubles winners awarded

first_imgTHE 7th Annual Trophy Stall Doubles Championships showcased a grand closure one week ago during the Guyana Lawn Tennis Association’s (GLTA) 2017 Annual Awards Ceremony.According to past president of the GLTA, Grace McLennon, It was a fitting environment to display the most attractive trophies for the tournament to date.Players were awarded from four categories which featured 32 matches played over the span of one month.These were Men’s Doubles, Ladies Doubles, Mixed Doubles and Mens Over-45 Doubles.The tournament which started early December was once again delayed because of bad weather and a shortage of tennis facilities.But this did not dampen the spirits of the players who passionately completed their matches at the Le Ressouvenir Tennis Club.Trophies were handed over by Trophy Stall representative, Eshwar Bharrat.The GLTA intends to bring this tournament forward in 2018 to escape the inclement weather that usually plagues the smooth scheduling of matches during the tournament.Men’s Doubles: Winners Phillip Squires/Joseph DeJonge, Runners up Heimraj Resaul and Jordon Beaton. Women’s Doubles: Winners Afruica Gentle/Cristy Campbell, Runners up Shelly Ramdyhan/Fiona Bushell. Mixed Doubles: Winner Shelly Ramdyhan/Phillip Squires, Runners Up Afruica Gentle/Devon Gonsalves. Men’s 45 and over: Winner Godfrey Lowden and Anthony Ameerally, Runners up Dr. Steve Surujbally and Robin Singh.last_img read more

The Latest: Vikings owners give $5M+ to virus-related causes

first_imgNew York and New Jersey residents Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf announced Monday that the bulk of the money has been earmarked to support health care workers, the elderly, food banks, social service organizations and Jewish philanthropic causes in New York, New Jersey, Minnesota and Israel.Among the organizations receiving help are United Way Worldwide, the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund, RWJBarnabas Health, Jewish Federations of North America, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, Second Harvest Heartland, Minnesota Disaster Recovery Fund for Coronavirus and Vikings.1rmg.com.“We are focused on trying to provide as many resources as possible to meet their needs and assist some of the most vulnerable populations during this unprecedented time,” Vikings owner/chairman Zygi Wilf said.The family made an initial donation of $500,000 last month.United Way Worldwide is one of six national charitable organizations recommended by the NFL as part of its Draft-A-Thon fundraising campaign tied to this week’s NFL draft. Government officials and the presidents of the league and the federation met for nearly eight hours this weekend.The government says the league and the federation have agreed to use part of the money from soccer television rights to help other sports in Spain. It says they will also create a contingency fund of 10 million euros ($10.8 million) to aid more vulnerable athletes.___Contingency planning for the men’s Twenty20 World Cup will be among the topics for discussion when the heads of the top cricketing nations hold a specially convened meeting this week about the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the sport.The chief executives of the International Cricket Council’s 12 full members and three associate representatives also will discuss the rescheduling of series, the program of future tours and the key factors behind the resumption of international cricket on Thursday’s conference call. Associated Press April 20, 2020 ___The Professional Fighters League has canceled its upcoming season because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to resume in spring 2021.The mixed martial arts promotion was expected to begin competition in May. The competition format includes a regular season, a postseason and a championship event, making it unique in MMA. Last year, the promotion staged six regular-season events, three playoff events and a championship event on New Year’s Eve.CEO Peter Murray says the PFL will pay its fighters a monthly cash stipend to help support them and their families throughout 2020.The 2021 season will be distributed on ESPN platforms in the U.S. and to 160 countries by the league’s international media partners. The PFL said it will produce new programming across ESPN and PFL platforms for the rest of this year. The Latest: Vikings owners give $5M+ to virus-related causes The T20 World Cup is scheduled for Oct. 18-Nov. 15 in Australia. It is cricket’s biggest global tournament this year and hasn’t yet been called off.ICC chief executive Manu Sawhney says the organization is continuing to “take advice from experts and authorities” about the T20 tournament.Sawhney says there is a need to “share knowledge and … build a deep understanding of what it will take to resume international cricket.”___The president of the German soccer federation says resuming league play will not mean taking resources away from healthcare workers amid the coronavirus pandemic.center_img ___The Spanish government says it has reached a deal with the country’s soccer league and federation for teams to return to practice.The government has not provided a timetable or given any other detail about when practice would resume. It says it will depend on the evolution of the coronavirus pandemic and on decisions by health authorities.The government says strict protocols will have to be followed when teams begin training again. The Spanish league and the federation have created health protocols for the return to training.The league says the competition is not expected to resume until the end of May at the earliest and games will be in empty stadiums at first. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The family that owns the Minnesota Vikings has increased its donations to COVID-19-related causes to more than $5 million. Fritz Keller writes in Kicker magazine “we guarantee that resuming play … will not cause a burden for the healthcare system.”He adds that “there will be no use by sportspeople of testing capacity which would be missed elsewhere.”No top league games have been played since March 11.The German league has been more bullish than other major European competitions about the chances of resuming in May or June with widespread coronavirus tests for players. That push is partly driven by fears that several clubs face financial collapse without TV and sponsorship money.German state and local officials could potentially veto games in their areas. Keller says unified rules for soccer around the country would help clubs “quickly and without bureaucracy.” ___Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero has been using some of his spare time in lockdown to teach British kids how to speak Spanish.The Argentina international has been signed up by the BBC as part of its home-schooling initiative while educational establishments are closed during the coronavirus pandemic.Aguero is teaching kids how to count in Spanish. His lessons became available on a day kids in Britain would have usually returned to school after the Easter holidays.Aguero says “it’s a tough time for children at the moment, and also for parents trying to keep them focused on their education from home.” Aguero hasn’t played a competitive match since March 8 because soccer is shut down in England and across most of the world during the outbreak.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

The Latest: Italy sets May 18 return for soccer training

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte has announced that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18. April 26, 2020 The Latest: Italy sets May 18 return for soccer training Premier League club Everton says it is “appalled” striker Moise Kean flouted the British coronavirus pandemic lockdown restrictions by partying at home with guests.The Italian filmed himself breaching social distancing regulations and is set to face disciplinary action. The Daily Mirror newspaper says the video was posted to friends on social networking site Snapchat.Everton says it was “appalled to learn of an incident in which a first team player ignored government guidance and club policy in relation to the coronavirus crisis. The club has strongly expressed its disappointment to the player and made it clear that such actions are completely unacceptable.”The northwest England club says it has been stressing to staff the importance of following government rules to help the National Health Service deal with the COVID-19 outbreak.The 20-year-old Kean has failed to impress in his debut season in England, scoring just once in 26 games for Everton. The Premier League has been suspended since last month.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The move means that the Serie A soccer league could resume playing games in June.Serie A has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.Twelve rounds remain in Serie A, plus four other games that were postponed from the 25th round. The Italian Cup was suspended after the first leg of the semifinals.Conte also said that athletes in individual sports can resume training on May 4.___last_img read more

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first_img— The president of the Spanish soccer league says its schedule could restart as early as June 11 with the Seville derby (DAHR’-bee) between Sevilla and Real Betis. The announcement comes a day after Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez said that the league would be allowed to resume from June 8 provided the country continued to keep the coronavirus outbreak in check.— A Bournemouth soccer club player is one of two positive tests for COVID-19 to emerge from the Premier League’s second round of testing. The club says “medical confidentiality means the player’s name will not be disclosed.” The team says the player will self-isolate for seven days before being tested again at a later date. The league tested 996 players and club staff on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.— English soccer’s Hull has announced it is the League Championship club with two personnel who have tested positive for COVID-19. A total of 1,014 players and staff from all 24 clubs in England’s second tier were tested for the coronavirus over the last 72 hours. The results reflect an almost identical ratio of positive results to that found in the Premier League’s second wave of testing. It had been announced that the two individuals were from the same club, without naming Hull.— BATE Borisov has won the Belarusian Cup with thousands of fans watching in a rare case of a soccer trophy being decided during the coronavirus pandemic. The Belarus soccer federation said that 5,761 tickets were sold for the game. That was only a fraction of the stadium’s capacity so that fans would be spaced around the arena. Many supporters ignored the seating arrangements to sit in groups and most did not wear masks. BATE beat Dynamo Brest 1-0.— The coach of one of Florida’s top high school football programs has been suspended, and an investigation has been launched into whether the team that has won state championships in each of the past three seasons broke policies by practicing during the pandemic. Miami Northwestern High coach Max Edwards has been suspended, pending the result of the investigation, according to a school district official who spoke to The Miami Herald. The district says football practice at this time would be an “unauthorized athletic activity” and parents of players who may have taken part were being interviewed by school officials as part of the investigation. Update on the latest sports Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-COCA-COLA 600Keselowski wins 600 to extend Johnson’s losing streakCONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Brad Keselowski extended Jimmie Johnson’s losing streak to 102 races, holding off the seven-time NASCAR champion in overtime early today in the Coca-Cola 600. Keselowski started in the back of the field, worked his way to the front at Charlotte Motor Speedway and gambled in not pitting when caution stopped Chase Elliott from winning with two laps remaining.Elliott pitted and Keselowski led a train of eight cars that stayed on the track. He lined up in front of Alex Bowman on the inside line with Johnson on the bottom ahead of Keselowski teammate Ryan Blaney.Keselowski got the push to get into clean air and denied Johnson a victory.GOLF-CHARITY MATCHWoods-Manning edge Mickelson-Brady UNDATED (AP) — Tiger Woods and Peyton Manning were the winners at Medalist Golf Club in Florida, as were the benefactors of “The Match: Champions for Charity.”Woods and Manning took the lead on the third hole and never trailed, once building a 3-up lead in fourballs on the front nine. Manning making two birdies before the turn, although one was a net par.Woods lagged a long birdie putt on 18 that was close enough that Manning didn’t have to putt. That secured a 1-up victory over Mickelson and Brady.Brady took plenty of teasing from TV analysts Charles Barkley and Justin Thomas. Brooks Koepka (KOEHP’-kuh) offered $100,000 to the cause if Brady could just make a par. Brady quieted his critics on the par-5 seventh as his fourth shot landed beyond the pin and spun back into the cup.The goal was to raise $10 million or more for COVID-19 relief funds, and online donations sent money climbing toward about twice that much.center_img — Youth sports organizations across the United States have come together to form the PLAY Sports Coalition to push for federal help with the coronavirus crisis. The leaders of the coalition are trumpeting the importance of youth sports and sounding the alarm about the future of their organizations. The fate of providers in low-income communities is of particular concern. Nearly 60% of local sports leaders expect to lose at least 50% of their revenue over the next year, according to an Aspen Institute for Sports poll.— Formula One driver George Russell has won the virtual Monaco Grand Prix on the day the iconic race would have been held if not for the pandemic. Russell finished 39 seconds ahead of former F1 driver Esteban Gutiérrez of Mexico. Formula One’s first 10 races have been either postponed or canceled.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-OBIT-EDDIE SUTTONEddie Sutton, Hall of Fame basketball coach, dies at 84UNDATED (AP) — Hall of Fame basketball coach Eddie Sutton has died of natural causes at 84. That word from Sutton’s family. May 25, 2020 Sutton led Kentucky, Arkansas and Oklahoma State to the Final Four and was the first coach to take four schools to the NCAA tournament. He was 806-328 in 37 seasons as a Division I head coach, not counting vacated victories or forfeited games.Sutton won two SEC titles with Kentucky but had to resign in 1989 after the NCAA announced 18 allegations against the program. Elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on April 3, Sutton fell short as a finalist six times before finally being selected. He had said he believed that the scandal that ended his stint at Kentucky was likely the culprit for his lengthy wait.He was Associated Press Coach of the Year in 1978 at Arkansas and in 1986 at Kentucky.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 SPORTS-PANDEMICCuomo welcoming back pro sports teamsUNDATED (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says teams in his state can return to their facilities for training after a pause of more than two months. The New York City area was one of the hardest-hit parts of the U.S. by the coronavirus pandemic, but COVID-19 deaths and new infections in the state have been trending downward. Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NHL are discussing the resumption of their seasons with their players’ unions.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19 under a plan that excludes fans. The season was to have begun on March 20 but the start was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Japan joins South Korea and Taiwan in Asia whose leagues are open and playing largely without fans. Japan has reported about 850 deaths from COVID-19. last_img read more

The Latest: Indians’ DeShields Jr. tests positive for virus

first_imgLafayette informed the Naval Academy that it cannot bring its football team back to campus in time to meet medical advisory guidelines established by the FBS.Navy is seeking to fill the date with another opponent.___The Green Bay Packers are optimistic they will have fans at Lambeau Field this season, but they note that seating capacity would be cut significantly and spectators must wear face coverings.The NFL club also acknowledges the “possibility that Lambeau Field will be unable to host fans for games this season” because of the pandemic. Training camps across the league are to begin in mid-July. The Latest: Indians’ DeShields Jr. tests positive for virus Chris Antonetti, the team’s president of baseball operations, said DeShields tested positive before coming to Cleveland. The Indians held their first workout at Progressive Field on Friday.Antonetti said DeShields is doing well and has only had “very mild symptoms” at this point. He’ll have to twice test negative before he’s permitted to re-join the ballclub.The 27-year-old DeShields spent the past five seasons with Texas. He was acquired by the Indians in the offseason trade that sent two-time Cy Young Award winner Corey Kluber to the Rangers.___The Sept. 12 football game between Lafayette College and Navy has been canceled. July 3, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Indians outfielder Delino DeShields Jr. has tested positive for the coronavirus and is being quarantined from his teammates.center_img Reduced seating capacity means the Packers can’t guarantee that ticket holders in the general bowl and club seats will be able to reserve tickets. Season-ticket holders will be asked if they want to be part of a process allowing them a chance to reserve tickets. Those who opt out can have their 2020 payment refunded in full or credited to 2021. If they opt out, their status as season-ticket holders and their existing seats and ticket packages will remain in place for next season.___The Latvian soccer federation says its national team will play a postponed friendly at Montenegro on Oct. 7.The match in Podgorica was originally scheduled to be played March 26 but was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The Baltic News Service reported the new date.Soccer has resumed around much of Europe in empty stadiums. The Champions League is scheduled to be completed in August at a mini-tournament in Portugal.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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first_imgVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSSigns ominous and hopeful as college sports hangs in balanceUNDATED (AP) — NCAA President Mark Emmert tells The Associated Press that whether college sports — and more specifically major college football — can play through the coronavirus pandemic is likely to be determined not by the association or even conferences but on school-by-school basis. Another hectic day in college sports news started with UConn canceling its football season before the Big Ten released its revised schedule for the coming season. Games are just a month away. The NCAA Board of Governors handed off any decision on whether to hold championships for fall sports such as soccer and lower-level football to each division. Divisions II and III quickly pulled the plug. As for Division I, plans for a season are methodically falling into place but with tempered optimism. Update on the latest sports Tretter weighed the risks and elected to play in 2020 as his wife expects their first child. In other NFL news:— The NFL is beginning a second phase of reopening its Midtown Manhattan offices and is requiring all employees returning to league headquarters to take a saliva COVID-19 test every two weeks. The NFL says any employees who have health concerns or child-care issues will be allowed to continue working remotely.— Cleveland Browns guard Colby Gossett has opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the fourth player on the team — and third offensive lineman — to decide not to play because of the coronavirus pandemic. Gossett qualifies for the high-risk opt-out agreed to by the NFLPA and will receive a $350,000 stipend for not playing. He was due to make $675,00 this season. The deadline for players opting out is Thursday at 4 p.m.— The Arizona Cardinals have signed safety Kentrell Brice and receiver Andre Patton. The 25-year-old Brice was recently released by the Chicago Bears. Patton played in 13 games last season, including five starts, for the Los Angeles Chargers. Associated Press St. Louis also put pitcher Carlos Martinez on the injured list and activated reliever Brad Miller from the injured list. The St. Louis Cardinals have returned to the field for light workouts nearly a week after an outbreak of COVID-19 forced the club and its staff members to quarantine in Milwaukee. In other MLB news:— Cleveland manager Terry Francona remains absent from the team to get rest while dealing with a gastrointestinal issue that he’s battled for months. Francona is expected to be away for a few more days. Until Francona’s back, third-base coach Mike Sarbaugh will move into the dugout to assist first-base coach Sandy Alomar, who is filling in as manager. — The Atlanta Braves are facing lineup changes after placing second baseman Ozzie Albies and designated hitter Matt Adams on the 10-day injured list. Also, outfielder Nick Markakis was reinstated from the restricted list. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNHL PLAYOFFSGarland, Hall each score in 3rd as Coyotes beat Preds 4-1EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — Conor Garland and Taylor Hall each scored in the third period and the Arizona Coyotes beat the Nashville Predators 4-1 Wednesday. Now the Coyotes can eliminate the sixth-seeded Predators in Game 4 on Friday in this best-of-five qualifying series. Christian Dvorak scored on Arizona’s first shot, and the Coyotes scored three in the third for the victory capped by Carl Soderberg’s empty-netter. The Predators thought they had a 2-1 lead 1:13 into the third period on a goal by Kyle Turris, but the Coyotes won their challenge of offside with Nashville center Matt Duchene found over the blue line on review. Elsewhere in the playoffs:— Mike Hoffman and Brian Boyle scored 2:07 apart in the opening minutes of the third period, and the Florida Panthers avoided elimination with a 3-2 win over the New York Islanders Wednesday in Game 3 of their preliminary round playoff series. Erik Haula also scored and Sergei Bobrovsky stopped 20 shots. The 10th-seeded Panthers trail the best-of-five series 2-1 with Game 4 at the NHL’s Eastern Conference hub city of Toronto on Friday. Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Brock Nelson scored for the Islanders, the East’s seventh seed. Semyon Varlamov stopped 19 shots and made a costly error leading to Hoffman’s go-ahead goal 41 seconds into the third period.— Tyler Johnson scored the tiebreaking goal with 87 seconds left to lead the Tampa Bay Lightning to a 3-2 victory over Boston. The Presidents’ Trophy-winning Bruins fell to their second straight loss in the NHL’s playoff seeding round. Andrei Vasilevskiy stopped 25 shots for the Lightning, who improved to 2-0 in the three-game round-robin. Tampa Bay would earn the top seed in the East with a victory over Philadelphia on Saturday. Tuukka Rask made 32 saves for the Bruins. They led the NHL with 100 points in the pandemic-shortened regular season but can now finish no higher than No. 3. NBA-SCHEDULEIngles, Jazz keep Grizzlies winless in bubble, 124-115 — The NBA board of governors and the National Basketball Players Association have finalized plans to create the first-ever NBA Foundation that will work to spur economic growth in the Black community, announcing Wednesday that the initial contribution will be $300 million over the next decade. Each team will donate $1 million annually, or $30 million collectively, over those 10 years. MLB-SCHEDULEVisiting Phils beat Yankees 11-7 at home to open twin billPHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper and J.T. Realmuto homered to back Zack Wheeler and lead the “visiting” Phillies to an 11-7 victory over the Yankees, snapping New York’s seven-game winning streak in the opener of a seven-inning doubleheader in Philadelphia on Wednesday. Wheeler allowed two earned runs in six innings in his second start with the Phillies. Aaron Judge hit his seventh homer in just the 10th game of the season for the Yankees. New York beat the Phillies 6-3 Monday night in the Bronx but rain postponed Tuesday’s game, forcing the teams to play a home-and-home twinbill in Philly.Elsewhere in the majors:center_img — Three-time Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer left his start for the Washington Nationals against the New York Mets after just one inning. Washington did not immediately announce why Scherzer was taken out of the game after merely 27 pitches. He was replaced in the top of the second by Erick Fedde. Scherzer was not as sharp as usual at the outset Wednesday, going 2-0 counts against each of New York’s initial two batters, walking one and giving up a single to the other. — Brian Anderson hit a fourth-inning homer off Alex Cobb and the Miami Marlins won their second straight since returning, beating the Baltimore Orioles 1-0 in the opener of a doubleheader. Miami improved to 4-1 with its second successive shutout win over the Orioles. MLB-NEWSCOVID-stricken Cards shuffle rosterUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus-ridden Cardinals are expected to make more transactions after placing six players on the injured list, including confirmed COVID-19 cases Yadier Molina, Paul DeJong, Edmundo Sosa, Junior Fernandez and Kodi Whitley. No players confirmed positiveLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The NBA’s bubble is still working. The league released its latest results Wednesday for coronavirus tests performed on players participating in the restarted season at Walt Disney World and the numbers are still perfect.Of the 343 players tested since results were last announced July 29, none has been confirmed positive. That means no player has tested positive since entering the so-called bubble last month. In other hoop news: In other college sports news:— Texas Tech women’s basketball players have accused coach Marlene Stollings and her staff of fostering a culture of abuse that led to an exodus from the program, according to a report published Wednesday. Players dreaded a heart monitoring system they said was misused in punitive ways, had to endure demeaning and threatening comments and were subject to sexually suggestive behavior from a strength coach who has since resigned, according to the report. Players said the coaching staff demanded that they maintain a heart rate of at least 90% of capacity during games and that they faced loss of playing time or more conditioning work if they didn’t. A pediatric sports medicine director said maintaining a heart rate that high would be “very difficult” to do. NFL-NEWSNFLPA president, Browns center Tretter wants daily COVID testingUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Browns center and NFLPA President JC Tretter will push for daily COVID-19 testing during training camp as the NFL moves toward the start of the season. He says testing players every day would eliminate some of the lag time in waiting for results that has led to problems during Major League’s Baseball’s start to its season. Currently the agreement is testing would be done on a daily basis for the first two weeks of camp and revert to every other day so long as teams kept their positive rates low. LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Utah Jazz kept the Memphis Grizzlies winless in the NBA bubble with a 124-115 victory. Joe Ingles scored 12 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter, and Mike Conley had 23 points and seven assists against his former team as the Jazz improved to 2-2 in the seeding round and nudged ahead of Houston for the fourth spot in the Western Conference standings. Dillon Brooks scored 23 points, while Grayson Allen had a career-high 20 points and six 3-pointers as the Grizzlies dropped to 0-4 in the seeding round.Elsewhere in hoop action:— Philadelphia guard Ben Simmons left the 76ers’ game against the Washington Wizards in the third quarter with a left knee injury and won’t return. Simmons grabbed a rebound Wednesday and appeared to tweak his knee. He left the game and hobbled toward the locker room. Simmons had eight points on 2-of-10 shooting before his departure. — Michael Porter Jr. scored 30 points and had 15 rebounds and the Denver Nuggets rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the San Antonio Spurs 132-126. Nikola Jokic added 25 points and 11 assists. Jerami Grant finished with 22 points. San Antonio, which started the day two games behind Memphis for the final playoff spot in the West, dropped to 2-2 since the restart. Derrick White had 23 points and seven assists.NBA-NEWS August 5, 2020 — As the Chiefs wait to hear whether cornerback Bashaud Breeland will be suspended to start the season following his arrested in South Carolina in April, the Chiefs signed have special teams ace Antonio Hamilton and used a pair of draft picks on cornerbacks. L’Jarius Sneed was picked in the fourth round and Bopete Keyes was chosen in the seventh.— Training camp is underway, and the Dolphins believe veteran newcomers Jordan Howard and Matt Breida represent a significant upgrade at running back. They’re expected to provide more punch and versatility for an offense that last year averaged 72 yards rushing per game, worst in the NFL since 2006. — Titans coach Mike Vrabel wants to start coaching Vic Beasley Jr. A week after rookies and other players got started, Tennessee still is waiting for Beasley to report. The Titans put Beasley on the Reserve/Did Not Report list on July 28, and the general manager said last week that Beasley’s absence was unexcused with the linebacker planning to report to Tennessee.last_img read more

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first_img—The short-handed Mavericks rallied from a 22-point deficit in the second half to stun the Jazz 122-114. Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Mavericks with 27 points and Seth Curry added 22. The Mavericks’ biggest comeback since 2016 means they still have a slim shot at earning the No. 5 seed in the Western Conference playoffs.NHL-PANTHERS-TALLON OUTTallon, Panthers part waysUNDATED (AP) — The Florida Panthers will have a new general manager next season, making the announcement that Dale Tallon is leaving the franchise after 10 years.Tallon’s contract as president of hockey operations and general manager expired July 1. It was extended by Panthers owner Vincent Viola to get through the remainder of a season that was stretched out by the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press — Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain. The left-hander allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres on Sunday to remain winless since signing a five-year, $85 million deal. The four-time All-Star has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.— Indians starter Mike Clevinger will be quarantined and undergo testing after violating COVID-19 protocols during the team’s weekend trip to Chicago. On Sunday, Indians right-hander Zach Plesac (PLEE’-sak) was sent home from Chicago in a rental car after he went out with friends following his start on Saturday, a violation of the team’s code of conduct.— The Rays have placed right-hander Charlie Morton on the 10-day injured list due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. The move comes one day after Morton was removed from a start against the New York Yankees in the third inning. Morton is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in four starts this season. — Mets hurler Marcus Stroman has opted out of the rest of the season due to concerns over the pandemic. Stroman was recovering from a torn calf muscle and was in line to possibly make his season debut next week against the Marlins in Miami. He is scheduled to become a free agent after the season and is the second Met to opt out of the season, joining outfielder Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH’-nehs SEHS’-peh-dehs).— Dodgers reliever Joe Kelly has been placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder inflammation. Kelly hasn’t allowed a run over 6 1/3 innings in seven games this season, allowing five hits and five walks. Lefty Adam Kolarek was recalled from the alternate training site to replace Kelly. The Mountain West has become the second FBS conference to postpone its football season, punting on the fall with an eye toward playing in the spring.A person involved in the decision told The Associated Press the Mountain West would not play any sports in the fall. The 12-team Mountain West joins the Mid-American Conference as leagues from the highest tier of NCAA Division I football to bail on the fall season and hope to make a go of it in the spring. The Mountain West features Boise State, Air Force and San Diego State, each of which were ranked at some point last year.A Big Ten spokesman said no votes on fall sports had been taken by its presidents and chancellors as of Monday afternoon, and the powerful Southeastern Conference made clear it was not yet ready to shutter its fall season. However, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey posted on Twitter that he doesn’t know if college football can be played during the COVID-19 pandemic. In other college sports developments: Update on the latest sports Phoenix was 26-39 when the season was halted by the coronavirus pandemic. The Suns now find themselves within 1 1/2 games of a Western Conference playoff berth.In Monday’s other NBA action:— Chris Boucher scored a career-high 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to help the Raptors defeat the Bucks, 114-106. Rookie Matt Thomas scored a season-high 22 points and Norman Powell added 21 for Toronto. Bucks forward and reigning MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) missed the game after undergoing oral surgery. — The Lakers’ three-game losing streak is over after Kyle Kuzma (KOOZ’-muh) drained a 3-pointer with 0.4 seconds in a 124-121 thriller over the Nuggets. LeBron James pumped in 29 points, dished out 12 assists and hit two 3-pointers in the fourth quarter. Anthony Davis had 27 points and Kuzma 25 for Los Angeles.— Jimmy Butler returned from a foot injury and contributed 19 points, 11 rebounds, five assists and four steals in guiding the Heat to a 114-92 romp over the Pacers. Derrick Jones scored 18 off the Miami bench and the Heat kept T.J. Warren to 12 points on 5 for 14 shooting in 29 minutes. — President Donald Trump has joined Nebraska Republican Sen. Ben Sasse (sas) and a number of coaches in the push to save the college football season from a pandemic-forced shutdown. A growing number of athletes have spoken out in support of saving the season. Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh says the Wolverines have shown players can be safe after they return to school. Sasse wrote a letter to Big Ten school presidents and chancellors saying that players will likely be safer with football than without, because of the “structure and discipline of football programs.”— Old Dominion is canceling its fall sports season because of the coronavirus pandemic. President John Broderick said he knows student-athletes and fans will be disappointed, but playing “posed too great a risk.” MLB-SCHEDULENats batter Matz and MetsUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Nationals entered Monday’s action with a .236 batting average and were ranked next-to-last in the majors with 10 home runs. The defending World Series champs broke out in a big way by pummeling Steven Matz and the New York Mets. Elsewhere around the majors:— Lance McCullers carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning of the Astros’ 6-4 win over the Giants. The no-hit bid ended when Donovan Solano hit a two-out double to run his hitting streak to 15 games. Michael Brantley laced a two-run double, Carlos Correa drove in a pair and Martin Maldonado (mahr-TEEN’ mal-doh-NAH’-doh) smacked a solo homer for Houston.— Six pitchers combined on a four-hitter to carry the Padres past the Dodgers, 2-1. Austin Hedges tied it with a fifth-inning homer and Eric Hosmer singled home the go-ahead run in the sixth.— Didi Gregorius (greh-GOHR’-ee-uhs) launched a grand slam and Bryce Harper blasted a three-run shot in the Phillies’ 13-8 pounding of the Braves. Aaon Nola allowed one run and two hits while striking out 10 in eight innings of his first victory since last August.— Kole Calhoun cracked a solo homer and had three RBIs as part of the Diamondbacks’ 12-8 pounding of the Rockies. Ketel (keh-TEHL’) Marte and David Peralta (peh-RAHL’-tah) each had four of Arizona’s 18 hits. August 10, 2020 More cancellations for the CardinalsST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals continue to have their schedule altered after eight players tested positive for the coronavirus.Major League Baseball has announced that the Cardinals’ scheduled Thursday doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers has been postponed. MLB and the Cards believe it is prudent to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. MLB has seen 29 games postponed by the coronavirus, 15 involving the Cardinals. All-Star catcher Yadier (YAH’-dee-ehr) Molina is among the Redbirds who have tested positive for COVID-19.MLB-INDIANS-FRANCONAcenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE SPORTSMountain West delays football seasonUNDATED (AP) — Will there be any college football this season? Francona returns to Indians bench TuesdayUNDATED (AP) — Cleveland Indians manager Terry Francona will return to the team Tuesday against the Cubs after missing more than a week so he could deal with a gastrointestinal condition. Francona has missed Cleveland’s past eight games with the gastrointestinal issue, which has bothered him since spring training. The 61-year-old skipped the Indians’ weekend trip to Chicago to get extra rest. In other MLB news:— Athletics outfielder Ramon Laureano says Astros hitting coach Álex Cintrón made a crude remark about his mother that prompted a benches-clearing incident Sunday. Laureano said Cintrón began jawing at him when Laureano reacted angrily after being hit by a pitch from Houston rookie Humberto Castellanos. Athletics manager Bob Melvin wants Cintrón punished harshly by Major League Baseball. — Nico Goodrum was 4-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored in the Tigers’ fourth consecutive win, 5-1 against the White Sox. JaCoby Jones smacked a two-run, inside-the-park homer in the seventh to cap the scoring.— Kevin Kiermaier hit a tiebreaking, two-run double in the seventh inning and Manuel Margot (mahn-WEHL’ mahr-GOH’) had four of the Rays’ 16 hits in an 8-7 decision over the Red Sox. Kiermaier had three RBIs as Tampa Bay won for the fourth time in five games.— Eddie Rosario belted a grand slam in the third inning and the Twins stopped a four-game skid by downing the Brewers, 4-2. Randy Dobnak allowed a run and four hits over five innings to move to 3-1.— The Mariners rolled to a 10-2 win at Texas as Kyle Seager crushed a grand slam and Kyle Lewis added a three-run shot. Dylan Moore added a solo shot and three RBIs to back winning pitcher Justin Dunn, who gave up two runs over six innings.MLB-CARDINALS POSTPONEMENTS The Panthers were eliminated from the playoffs on Friday, falling to the New York Islanders in four games. In other NHL news:— The Rangers won the second phase of the NHL draft lottery and will have the first overall pick, giving them a shot at selecting Alexis Lafreniere. The Rangers were among eight teams that lost in the qualifying round of the playoffs with a chance to claim quite a consolation prize. The league’s bottom seven teams ended up not winning the first phase of the lottery in June. — The Hockey Hall of Fame has postponed its 2020 induction because of the pandemic. The ceremony was to have taken place Nov. 16 in Toronto. The 2020 class was announced in June and featured forward Jarome Iginla, winger Marian Hossa (HOH’-sah), defensemen Kevin Lowe and Doug Wilson, Canadian women’s goaltender Kim St. Pierre and longtime general manager Ken Holland.TENNIS-US OPEN WITHDRAWALS Asdrubal (as-DROO’-bul) Cabrera homered twice as part of the Nats’ 17-hit attack in a 16-4 thrashing of the Mets. Cabrera was 4-for-4 with five RBIs and three runs scored for the Nationals, who had scored just four runs in dropping their previous three completed games.Trea Turner and Juan Soto also homered for Washington.Matz was reached for eight runs over 4 1/3 innings, six days after the Nats tagged him for five runs in just three innings.Winning pitcher Patrick Corbin held New York to one earned run over six innings.Mets infielder Luis Guillorme (gee-OHR’-may) worked a perfect ninth. NBA-SCHEDULEBooker’s 35 help Suns top Thunder, remain perfect in restartLAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Phoenix Suns have continued their stunning winning streak since the NBA restart.The Suns are 6-0 at Lake Buena Vista following a convincing 128-101 thumping of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Devin Booker dropped in 35 points and Phoenix center Deandre Ayton finished with 10 points and six rebounds in just over 17 minutes. Ayton sat out the first quarter after missing his coronavirus test on Sunday. He tested negative on Monday and helped the Suns dominate after they carried a 37-23 deficit into the second quarter. Former champ pulls out of US OpenNEW YORK (AP) — 2004 U.S. Open champion Svetlana Kuznetsova is adding her name to the growing group of players withdrawing from the Grand Slam tennis tournament because of the coronavirus pandemic.Three of the top seven women in the rankings, including No. 1 Ash Barty, have pulled out of the U.S. Open. So has defending men’s champion Rafael Nadal.PRESIDENTS CUPRoyal Montreal Golf Club to host 2024 Presidents Cup. MONTREAL (AP) — The oldest golf club in North America will host the 2024 Presidents Cup.Royal Montreal Golf Club was founded in 1873 and held the Presidents Cup in 2007. The U.S. won that edition in which Canada’s Mike Weir beat Tiger Woods in a Sunday singles match.Royal Montreal will become the second international venue to host the Presidents Cup more than once, joining The Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Australia.last_img read more

The Latest: Southern Cal pauses football workouts

first_img August 26, 2020 Associated Press All fans will be required to wear masks and there will be a four-quadrant system in the 65,000-seat stadium to keep fans safely separated. The Browns will have pregame health screenings and fans will enter through a dedicated gate close to their seats before sitting in pods of 1 to 10 people.Several NFL teams already have they won’t have fans at their early season games.The Bengals announced Tuesday they won’t have fans for their season opener at Paul Brown Stadium on Sept. 13. They applied for an exemption to the state’s ban on large public gatherings, but it was turned down.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Southern California has paused the workouts of its football and men’s water polo teams until at least Monday after a combined eight positive COVID-19 tests in the programs. The Louisville track says it administered 1,823 tests to staff, horsemen and vendors from Aug. 19-24. From that group, there were 47 positive tests for a positivity rate of 2.58%.The track requires any individual allowed entrance to the stable area to take a COVID-19 test. Those who don’t pass the test or medical screening are denied entry and asked to isolate or quarantine.___Vanderbilt’s football team is back at practice after a coronavirus-caused stoppage, and coach Derek Mason says a couple of players remain in quarantine.Mason says the team had to stop practicing because a couple of Commodores tested positive for COVID-19. Vanderbilt canceled a practice Friday and wound up missing two practices before resuming work on the field Wednesday.center_img The Latest: Southern Cal pauses football workouts The school claims it determined through contact tracing that all eight athletes contracted the virus off campus. The athletes have been isolated.USC will conduct another round of COVID-19 testing for both programs this week. During the school’s previous five weeks of testing, the football, men’s water polo, women’s soccer, women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball programs had returned just one combined positive test.___Ahead of next week’s Kentucky Derby, Churchill Downs says there have been 47 positive tests for COVID-19. The coach says that allowed them to do contact tracing and check what areas they can be better at when dealing with a pandemic. Mason says the stoppage offered a good reminder for players to take care of one another, a message he believes they got loud and clear. Vanderbilt is scheduled to open the season on Sept. 26 with a game at Texas A&M.___The Cleveland Browns still don’t know if they’ll have fans at games due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But in case they do, the team sent a letter to season ticket holders outlining plans and protocols that will be in place at FirstEnergy Stadium.There is still a chance the Browns will have a “limited amount of fans” when they open at home on Sept. 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals. The team recently presented its “Responsible Restart Plan” to the city and Ohio state health departments and is awaiting approval.last_img read more

Russell wins Pandya duel as Knight Riders end losing streak

first_imgANDRE Russell was in the runs again as Kolkata Knight Riders overcame Hardik Pandya’s onslaught for Mumbai Indians to end a six-game losing streak in the Indian Premier League.West Indies all-rounder Russell blasted 80 from just 40 deliveries to help the Knight Riders reach 232-2 – the highest score posted by any team in this season’s competition so far.Shubman Gill made 76 as he combined with opening partner Chris Lynn (54) to put on 96 for the first wicket, laying the ideal platform for Russell, who came out to bat at number three.Kolkata smashed 75 runs from the final five overs of their innings and appeared set for a comfortable victory when they reduced their opponents to 58-4 in reply.Pandya made them work for the win by plundering 91 in a hurry – hitting nine sixes in his 36-ball knock – before he was caught by Russell, who capped a fine display by also taking 2-25 with the ball.Sunil Narine and Harry Gurney also claimed two wickets apiece as Mumbai finished up on a respectable 198-7, leaving the final margin of victory at 34 runs.ANDRE’S GIANT HITTINGRussell had called for Kolkata’s management team to be flexible when it came to his batting position and he was duly given the chance to impress with a promotion up the order.After managing a single from his first four deliveries, the Jamaican blasted back-to-back sixes at the end of Rahul Chahar’s spell as he quickly moved through the gears.He also took a liking to Lasith Malinga in the closing stages, smashing the Sri Lankan paceman for 20 runs in the final over of the innings to post his best score in a highly productive campaign.Russell has now reached the landmark of 50 IPL sixes in 2019, while his tally of 486 runs means he sits only behind David Warner (611) in the top-scorers list.Mumbai lost Quinton de Kock for a four-ball duck as they struggled in pursuit of such a huge target. Gurney trapped Rohit Sharma lbw for 12 and Russell won the battle with West Indies team-mate Evin Lewis, who edged behind to depart for 15.Pandya arrived at the crease following the dismissal of Suryakumar Yadav (26) and, together with Kieron Pollard (20), added 63 for the fifth wicket.last_img read more