Vaughan expects Captain Cook to step down

first_imgALSTAIR Cook is “very close” to quitting as England captain, believes former skipper Michael Vaughan.Cook, 31, said he will “go home and do some thinking” over his future after the 4-0 Test series defeat by India.“His body language over the last three matches was one where he looks like he might be thinking of calling it a day,” Vaughan told BBC Sport.However, Vaughan believes Cook is not certain to resign and said taking time to decide was the correct move.“He’s earned that right to have a period of time at home. We’ll wait and see,” the 42-year-old added.“He’s stubborn and mentally very tough. He’s been through this sort of spell two or three times in his captaincy and carried on.“But he has to be very honest with himself. Does he have the passion and energy to take the team forward through the seven Tests next summer? And then through the Ashes next winter?“If the answer is just 1% no, then he has to stand aside.“Towards the end of my captaincy, I just was not enjoying the game. I could see from his face he just is not enjoying cricket.“I would think it’s very close to being the time to call it quits from his perspective.”England assistant head coach Paul Farbrace said Cook had the support of players and management.“If he chooses to step down, that would be a shame because we want him to carry on,” said Farbrace.“When you lose a series 4-0, of course people will talk about the leadership. We all know that.“But there’s nobody looking around the dressing room thinking ‘ooh, I wonder who’s in charge?’ It’s very clear who’s in charge, and that hasn’t changed.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

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Agard leads GBA Referee/Judge Commission

first_img…-Assanah is secretaryLawrence AssanahRAMONA Agard,a leading local referee/judge,was yesterday appointed Chairperson of theGuyana Boxing Association Referee/Judge Commission.Agard, who has over a decade of experience and a number of international competitions under her belt, was chosen to lead a team of five that will manage the affairs of the Commission and report to the executive of the association.Agard’s assistant is vice- chairman Max Massiah while Guyana Defence Force officer Lawrence Assanah was appointed secretary.Dexter Patterson and teenager Denola Bristol make up the five-member body which GBA president Steve Ninvalle branded as a mixture of youth and experience with a gender balance.He extended gratitude to members of the last commission,which he declared served with dignity and dedication and noted that they still have an important part to play in the development of the fistic sport in Guyana.Agard and her team were immediately flung into action as the GBA prepares for an International competition on February 18. The event is being sponsored by overseas based Alford McDonald and Seon Bristol.last_img read more

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More robust players needed for Hong Kong Sevens

first_img… Squad in strength and conditioning phaseGUYANA’S green machine must up their style of play if it is to match with the best in the Rugby world when they head to the Cathay Pacific/HSBC Hong Kong Sevens series, according to head coach Kenneth Grant-Stuart. Stuart, in an invited comment said that the National side, who were hampered over the December period due to weather, will need to pick up if they are to take the game to their opponents.“What I’ve encountered in December in Trinidad and Tobago, we realised that our game has to be more robust, more physical, going into Hong Kong because it’s a higher level of competition,” the head coach stated.“The guys are aware of their requirements and I think everyone is mentally prepared. Just that we have to do the work now and get ourselves to that level.”Another key factor heading to the April 7-9 event will be the physical stature of the Guyanese players.Grant-Stuart stated, “We have other stuff that we are working with in terms of speed and mobility and the fitness that we are trying to take into this Hong Kong game. We’re trying to take it so much higher; I don’t think size will be much to worry about.”“Nevertheless we are still trying to get some robust men of good quality and size in the line-up. Hopefully we get Kevin McKenzie and Rupert Giles. One of the guys out here Rondel McArthur could match those body types,” the coach added.Meanwhile the cohesiveness of the final team was also a question raised to the coach who contended that the amount of time the players spend together in training does not depent on him.“It is for the union to put together the team earlier, bring all the players who have to come in early so we can have that togetherness. We are basically doing fitness. Mr Barrington Brown is taking them through mostly strength and conditioning.”With training set for today, tomorrow, Thursday and Saturday, the shortlisted squad have just under three months to get themselves ready for their third chance in the spotlight among the big teams.last_img read more

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Cricket News After New Zealand series win, how can Indian cricket team become No.1 in ODIs?

first_img New Delhi: India have ended their ODI series Down Under on the ultimate high. After securing a bilateral series win over Australia for the first time, the Indian cricket team eliminated 10 years of pain by winning the five-match ODI series against New Zealand. The 4-1 scoreline is India’s best-ever in the country in any format ever since they started touring the country in 1967. In the ICC ODI team rankings for 2019, England remain in top spot with 126 points followed by India who are second with 122 points while there is a 11-point gap between India and South Africa who are third on 111 points.With the ICC Cricket World Cup just three months away, the number of bilateral ODI series reduces with each week. After India’s tour of New Zealand, they play just the five ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals against Australia. England play five ODIs against West Indies while South Africa play Sri Lanka. After the series against India, Australia will square off in a five-match series against Pakistan. The five matches against Australia is India’s last chance before the World Cup. What must they do in order to become the No.1 ranked ODI side in the world? India will take on Australia at home for five ODIs before the World Cup.India secured bilateral series wins in Australia and New Zealand.India need to win the series 4-1 or 5-0 and hope West Indies beat England. highlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Basically, India has to win the five-match series against Australia 4-1 or 5-0 and hope West Indies win the series against England 3-2. A 3-2,4-1 or 5-0 win for West Indies against England will ensure India remain on top with a good lead. For England, if they win the series 4-1, they must hope Australia wins one of their games against India. If England win the series 3-2 and India secure a 4-1 or 5-0 series against Australia, then Virat Kohli’s side will be the No.1.The current ICC individual rankings for batsmen and bowlers is currently led by Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah respectively. Kohli smashed a century in Adelaide but Bumrah was rested for the entire ODIs against Australia and in the series against New Zealand. Trent Boult moved up one place to third after his wonderful haul of 5/21 in Hamilton and for his good haul in Wellington.last_img read more

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Tennis News Dominic Thiem sets up clash with Roger Federer in Indian Wells ATP Tour

first_imghighlights For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Dominic Thiem secured his first win over Milos Raonic.Roger Federer is bidding for a record sixth title at Indian Wells.Bianca Andreescu became the first wild card to enter the final of the Indian Wells tournament.center_img Indian Wells: Austria’s Dominic Thiem defeated Milos Raonic 7-6 (7/3), 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 on Saturday to book a title clash with five-time champion Roger Federer at the ATP Indian Wells Masters. Thiem, ranked eighth in the world, withstood 17 aces from the rangy Canadian, gaining the only break of the contest in the third set. He’ll fight for a maiden Masters 1000 title against Swiss great Federer. Federer, seeking a record sixth Indian Wells crown, reached the final when semi-final opponent Rafael Nadal withdrew from the tournament with a right knee injury. Thiem, 25, has split four prior meetings with the 20-time Grand Slam champion 2-2. Canadian teenager Bianca Andreescu will try to follow in footsteps of world number one Naomi Osaka on Sunday and cap a magical run at Indian Wells with a first WTA title. Andreescu grabbed a slice of history when she became the first wild card to reach the women’s final in the California desert with her 6-3 2-6 6-4 victory over sixth-ranked Ukrainian Elina Svitolina.RELATED     It was her ninth win over a top-50 player this year and an astonishing 27th match win across all levels for a player who came through qualifying to reach her first WTA final at Auckland in January.     “It’s incredible,” beamed Andreescu, who recovered from 3-1 down in the third set to beat Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round then roared past Dominika Cibulkova and Stefanie Voegele in the second and third rounds with the loss of just seven games.     She then toppled 18th-seeded Wang Qiang before an impressive 6-0, 6-1 rout of former world number one Garbine Muguruza in the quarter-finals.     In Kerber she’ll be facing another former world number one, but the German hasn’t won a title since claiming her third Grand Slam crown at Wimbledon last year.     She was shocked by unseeded American Danielle Collins in the round of 16 at the Australian Open, but as she’s settled into a routine with a new coach Kerber reached the semi-finals in Doha in February.     “I have learned a lot, especially in the last few tournaments after Australia,” Kerber said, explaining that she’d made a conscious effort to narrow her focus to alleviate on-court pressure. “That was actually the goal here, to play every single day the best I can play. It works so far,” added Kerber, but she knows in Andreescu she faces a talented player eager to make a name for herself.     Reminded that Japan’s Osaka had never won a tournament when she swept to the title last year, Andreescu was asked if she thought she was primed for a similar breakthrough.     “I think so,” the composed Canadian said. “I’m in the final — it’s definitely a starting point.”last_img read more

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Indian Premier League IPL 2019: Change in name led to change in fortunes for Delhi Capitals

first_imghighlights Delhi Capitals registered 37 run win over Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians hasn’t won the first game of IPL since 2012. Delhi Capitals have reached the top of the table with that win.  New Delhi: Rishabh Pant’s ballistic knock off 78 runs powered Delhi Capitals total over 200, giving Mumbai Indians a mammoth target of 214 which was out of men-in-blue’s reach in more ways than one. In the end, it was the Capitals, who managed to come out trumps by 38 runs courtesy of a resounding all-round show at the iconic Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Moreover, Shreyas Iyer and Co also moved to the top of the points table.After Mumbai Indians won the toss and fielded first, very few things went right for them as the visiting team amassed 213 for six in 20 overs. Mitchell McClenaghan nipped out Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer cheaply to give his team a decent start. However, Colin Ingram and swashbuckler Shikhar Dhawan put their heads down and injected momentum into the innings with a stand of 83 runs.Ben Cutting broke the stand, dismissing Ingram, who scored 47 runs with seven boundaries and a six. A couple of overs later, Dhawan fell prey to Hardik Pandya after notching 43 runs from 36 balls. Thereafter, Rishabh Pant took over and raced away to a fifty off 18 balls. The southpaw went hell for leather and remained not out on 78 runs from 27 balls with seven fours and as many sixes.Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock put on 33 in quick time to start the home team’s run-chase. Ishant Sharma’s knuckleball accounted for the wicket of Sharma. Suryakumar Yadav perished courtesy of a direct-hit from Shreyas Iyer. De Kock paved his way to a 16-ball 27 after which Sharma removed him. Thereafter, Yuvraj Singh and Kieron Pollard tried to pull things back for MI.The duo compiled a half-century stand to keep the hosts in the match. Keemo Paul picked up the prized scalp of Pollard to break the partnership. Rohit’s men kept losing wickets and the required-rate kept mounting. The southpaw Yuvraj Singh tried his heart out with a 35-ball 53, but that wasn’t enough to get his team home. For Delhi, Ishant and Rabada were the most successful with two wickets each.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Indian Premier League IPL 2019 KXIP vs DC highlights: Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Capitals by 14 runs

first_imgNew Delhi: Chasing 166, the Capitals lost the in-form Prithvi off the very first ball. But the duo of Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer weathered the storm with a half-century partnership. After losing both of them, Pant and Ingram stitched another fifty partnership and the visitors were cruising towards victory. The equation was brought down to ’23 off 21′, but Pant’s wicket triggered the collapse. Shami picked two, Curran scalped four including hat-trick which changed the course of this game. Delhi choked under pressure and lost 7 wickets for 8 runs in mere 17 deliveries. In the end, this has been a miraculous game of cricket as Kings XI Punjab snatched victory from Delhi Capitals’ hands which even raised the bar of twelfth edition. 00:08 (IST) 23:04 (IST) WICKET: Remember the name – SAM CURRAN. Two wickets in one over. Stuns Delhi camp! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Punjab is finding difficult to end their innings on high. They have lost Miller and Viljoen in quick succession and now the onus is on Ashwin to get the side near Average par-score. After 18 overs, it’s 148/6. MILESTONE ALERT: Sam Curran becomes the first player to pick hat-trick in twelfth edition! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In What a game we have witnessed here! What a turnaround it has been! 7 wickets in 17 deliveries! For Delhi, Avesh Khan comes in for Amit Mishra What a turnaround this has been! 5 wickets in no time! VIHARI OUT! 23:43 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:41 (IST) 22:39 (IST) Vihari feeling the pressure! Welcome to IPL 2019! 20:21 (IST) 22:30 (IST) Delhi Capitals (Playing XI): Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer(c), Rishabh Pant(w), Colin Ingram, Hanuma Vihari, Harshal Patel, Chris Morris, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Avesh Khan WICKET: Bizzare! Prithvi Shaw tried to play away from his body, gets a slight nip and through to the keeper. Golden DUCK! Great start for Kings XI Punjab! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Delhi Capitals bowlers had dented Punjab’s lower middle order to restrict them for a below par score. And Punjab has just continued the momentum to send Prithvi for a Duck. Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer are trying to repair the innings. After 3 overs, 25/1. 23:40 (IST) 23:49 (IST) 23:53 (IST) 21:39 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:15 (IST) WICKET: Harshal Patel bowled a half volley and Sarfaraz Khan drive it through the cover but went straight into the hands of Shikhar Dhawan. Dhawan saw Mayank coming out of his crease. With one stump to aim at has sent Agarwal packing! Fantastic throw by Dhawan, with KXIP on the receiving end this time. Just a moment of brilliance. Wickets falling like a pack of cards here! Another one is gone! After 19.4, it’s 156/9. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:34 (IST) 21:03 (IST) So, we have a game here. First Pant, then Morris. A superb display by Punjab team to stay in the game! After 17 overs, it’s 144/5. 23:42 (IST) Colin Ingram gave out by the umpire, but Ingram reviews straightaway! What will be the third umpire’s decision? — Yes! Good referral from Ingram. After 12.5 overs, it’s 105/3. WICKET: Shami made a slight adjustment with length there and Pant tried to replicate the last shot, but just couldn’t. BOWLED! 20:07 (IST) 20:18 (IST) 23:51 (IST) WICKET: What a turnaround we are witnessing here! Curran first did it against Rajasthan Royals, now Delhi Capitals! Ingram departs! 23:29 (IST) WICKET: Captain departs! Hardus picks his first here! Don’t miss that celebration though. After 7.2 overs, it’s 61/2. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:22 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In WICKET: Rahul tried to flick the ball onto the on side but just couldn’t get the bat to ball! First wicket down! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In For all the Latest Sports News News, Indian Premier League News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. 20:09 (IST) 100 up for Delhi Capitals! 21:48 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:39 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Delhi Capitals lost Prithvi Shaw on the very first ball. But post this, Dhawan and Iyer have looked solid. The duo has played 15 odd balls and are looking solid. After 6 overs, it’s 49/1. KL Rahul is off to a blistering start here. Smashed Morris and Rabada for boundaries and looking really solid for more. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 21:12 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Just 30 runs needed off 24 balls now! The 50 run partnership between Pant and Ingram is now 54. The chase is looking easier than it appeared a few over back. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked Incenter_img Mandeep Singh is in pain there! Kings XI Punjab 166/9 in 20 overs 23:41 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:10 (IST) That’s it from us! Hope you enjoyed our coverage! We will be back for tomorrow’s game. Until then, Tada! Okay, so the players are out in the middle and KL Rahul has a new partner. It’s Sam Curran!! 21:37 (IST) Curran smashed Avesh Khan for three boundaries through the cover region! It wouldn’t be wrong to say that he is not letting Universe Boss’ absence get felt! 20:17 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:02 (IST) 19:32 (IST) Sandeep Lamichhane comes into the attack now! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:05 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Kings XI Punjab (Playing XI): Lokesh Rahul(w), Mayank Agarwal, David Miller, Sarfaraz Khan, Mandeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman RESULT: Kings XI Punjab beat Delhi Capitals by 14 runs Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:05 (IST) Kings XI Punjab was off to a great start but eventually lost KL Rahul on the second last delivery of the second over. After 2 overs, it’s 19/2. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:48 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 20:31 (IST) 19:05 (IST) WICKET: Sandeep tossed the ball up and Sam Curran was taken by the flight. OUT lbw. Doesn’t even wait to review. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:02 (IST) WICKET: Sarfaraz gets just a slight nip and through to the keeper. He was looking good for his 39 but has to depart. Sandeep picks his second. 19:38 (IST) 19:41 (IST) Ingram is playing with set plans here. He has marked his bowlers and going after them. 11 came off the 14 over. It’s 117/3. 20:13 (IST) WICKET: Knocked him over. Morris picks his third! Punjab skipper back to the pavilion. TOSS: Delhi Capitals opt to bowl vs Kings XI Punjab After the end of 12 overs, Delhi Capitals see themselves three down for 98 runs. Rishabh Pant is still at the crease, and the onus is once again on him to help his side cross the winning line. 20:41 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 150 up for Kings XI Punjab! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 22:15 (IST) 19 needed off 12 balls now 23:47 (IST) 23:36 (IST) 00:11 (IST) We are just 20 minutes away from the toss! Who will win? Both Miller and Sarfaraz are taking the bowlers on toll here. 100 up for Kings XI Punjab. With 8 overs still remaining, KXIP will look to finish on high! After 12 overs, it’s 105/3. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rabada on strike! 15 required for Delhi Capitals here! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 23:07 (IST) The powerplay is evenly matched even when Kings XI Punjab has lost both their openers. Mayank and Sarfaraz are looking solid for big here. After 6 overs, it’s 54/2. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Sarfaraz Khan is keeping the scoreboard moving for Kings XI Punjab as they see themselves three down for 73 after 9 overs! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Sam Curran, you beauty! Delhi Capitals has lost 6 wickets for 8 runs in 16 deliveries! Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 19:40 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Hello and a warm welcome! We are all set for another IPL game as Kings XI Punjab host Delhi Capitals for their second home game. Last time, the two teams played at this venue, KL Rahul hammered opposition all-around the ground. 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Sunday Time Schedule

first_imgTampa Bay at Detroit, 5 p.m.St. Louis at Chicago, 7 p.m.Vegas at Calgary, 7 p.m.Minnesota at Anaheim, 9:30 p.m.Columbus at Vancouver, 10 p.m. Hoag Classic, Newport Beach CC, Newport Beach, Calif. (Champions Tour)Arnold Palmer Invitational, Bay Hill Club and Lodge, Orlando, Fla. (PGA Tour)Men’s golf, European PGA, Qatar Masters, Doha. (European Tour)WTA, Open 6ème Sens-Métropole de Lyon (France) Colorado at San Jose, 10 p.m.Nashville SC at Portland, 7 p.m.Philadelphia at Los Angeles FC, 10:30 p.m. No. 9 Maryland vs. No. 25 Michigan, noonNo. 16 Michigan State vs. No. 19 Ohio State, 4:30 p.m.No. 18 Iowa vs. 23 Illinois, 7 p.m.No. 21 Houston vs. Memphis, noon March 8, 2020 Sunday Time Schedule Milwaukee vs. Oakland at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.L.A. Angels (ss) vs. Cincinnati (ss) at Goodyear, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.L.A. Angels (ss) vs. Milwaukee at Phoenix, 4:05 p.m.Chicago White Sox (ss) vs. San Diego at Peoria, Ariz., 4:10 p.m.Cleveland vs. Colorado at Scottsdale, Ariz. 4:10 p.m. Cincinnati (ss) vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Summerlin, Nev., 4:05 p.m.L.A. Dodgers vs. Texas at Surprise, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.Seattle vs. San Francisco at Scottsdale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.Arizona vs. Chicago Cubs (ss) at Mesa, Ariz., 4:05 p.m.Kansas City vs. Chicago White Sox (ss) at Glendale, Ariz., 4:05 p.m. No. 1 South Carolina vs. No. 9 Mississippi State, 2 p.m.No. 2 Baylor vs. Iowa State, 1 p.m.No. 3 Oregon vs. No. 7 Stanford, 8 p.m.No. 5 UConn vs. South Florida, 4 p.m.No. 6 Maryland vs. Ohio State, 6 p.m.center_img Associated Press No. 10 North Carolina State vs. No. 22 Florida St., noonNo. 18 DePaul vs. Seton Hall, 6 p.m.NASCAR Monster Energy, FanShield 500, Avondale, Ariz. Oklahoma City at Boston, 6 p.m.Milwaukee at Phoenix, 6 p.m.Miami at Washington, 7 p.m.Indiana at Dallas, 7 p.m.Orlando at Houston, 7 p.m. WTA, Abierto GNP Seguros, Monterrey, MexicoMinnesota vs. Boston at Fort Myers, Fla., 1:05 p.m.Detroit vs. Washington at West Palm Beach, Fla., 1:05 p.m.Atlanta vs. N.Y. Yankees (ss) at Tampa, Fla., 1:05 p.m. Miami vs. St. Louis at Jupiter, Fla., 1:05 p.m.Pittsburgh vs. Tampa Bay at Port Charlotte, Fla., 1:05 p.m.N.Y. Yankees (ss) vs. Baltimore at Sarasota, Fla., 1:05 p.m.Philadelphia vs. Toronto at Dunedin, Fla., 1:07 p.m.Houston vs. N.Y. Mets at Port St. Lucie, Fla., 1:10 p.m. San Antonio at Cleveland, 7:30 p.m.Detroit at New York, 7:30 p.m.Toronto at Sacramento, 9 p.m.Carolina at Pittsburgh, 1:30 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditChicago at Brooklyn, 3 p.m.New Orleans at Minnesota, 3:30 p.m.L.A. Lakers at L.A. Clippers, 3:30 p.m.last_img read more

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The Latest: Exec is 1st PGA Tour employee to test positive

first_imgThe WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.___The Premier League has pushed back its restart date and says play will not resume at the beginning of May.The league had given a return date of April 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak but now says the season “will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”It says there remained a “combined objective” for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played to maintain the integrity of each competition. The organizations say in a joint statement finding a new date for the Preakness “will take into consideration all of the recommended best practices from local and governmental health authorities to protect our community.” The Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. No decision has yet been made on the Belmont Stakes, which is scheduled for June 6 at Belmont Park in New York.___The Lawn Tennis Association is giving up to 20 million pounds ($24 million) through grants and interest-free loans to help venues, coaches, officials, and players in Britain during the coronavirus pandemic.Singles players world ranked from 101 to 750 and doubles players ranked from 101 to 250 — who are not already receiving funding — are eligible for grants, and there will be increased prize money for British tour events if the tours resume. This week, Wimbledon was canceled and the tours suspended the British grass-court season.Most of the focus of the LTA package is on protecting the grassroots, including continued funding for development centers and the two national academies, and supporting full-time coaches. The Carolina Hurricanes are putting more than half of full-time staff on furlough through June 7 while taking steps they said would ensure affected employees don’t lose income amid the coronavirus pandemic that has led to the suspension of the NHL season.The team announced the plan Friday with the team and PNC Arena having shut down operations last month to ensure social-distancing practices.The team says the furlough applies to about 55% of full-time employees, who would be directed to access unemployment benefits through the government’s $2.2 trillion economic rescue package.Furloughed employees ineligible to collect full base salaries through unemployment would receive a bonus from the organization when the furlough ends “to be made whole.”Additionally, furloughed employees will keep healthcare benefits, with the team covering premium payments during that time. Ross Berlin, the tour’s senior vice president of player affairs, says he was self-isolating after The Players Championship was canceled when he complained of losing his sense of taste and smell. His doctor put him through a coronavirus hotline interview and told him he wasn’t a high-risk candidate without a fever or breathing difficulties.Berlin says a few days later, on March 27, he had a fever. He at first was told he had pneumonia, but a test came back positive for the virus.He says he called everyone with whom he has been in contact — including his barber — and is feeling better. He says doctors told him players he might have seen on March 13 shouldn’t be concerned because he’s beyond the 14-day incubation period.Berlin has been in various positions with the tour since 1998, with a brief spell as Michelle Wie’s first agent. He says his wife is awaiting her test results, though she has not shown any symptoms.___ Associated Press ___Major League Lacrosse has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus outbreak.The six-team league was scheduled to begin its 20th season on May 30.In a statement, the league says “this decision was made to safeguard the health of our players, fans and staff, as well as those within our MLL communities as a result of the global pandemic.”MLL has teams in Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, Long Island, New York, Annapolis, Maryland, and Fairfield, Connescticut. Chief executive Scott Lloyd and the executive team will take temporary pay cuts of 20%, while some staff will be furloughed next week but will be paid 80% of their salary.___Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce says team employees have been tested after exhibiting symptoms for the new coronavirus. He says no players or members of the coaching staff have shown any symptoms or been tested. Pierce said Friday he doesn’t know the identity of those who were tested. He said at least 18 or 19 days have passed since any members of the team would have had contact with the employees. Colombian rider Egan Bernal won in Switzerland last year ahead of his first Tour de France title.Organizers in Switzerland say its “the first time since the Second World War that the traditional event will not take place.”They say “the risk of additional strain on the Swiss health system due to possible crashes during racing is high.”___The Russian anti-doping agency is preparing to freeze all testing until May to comply with new government measures shutting down work deemed non-essential. The fight was scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and will be Joshua’s first defense of his IBF, WBA, WBO belts since he regained them from Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom Boxing, says a new date for the fight is being worked on.___More than a dozen U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes received reassurance this week when Toyota North America announced it would extend their endorsement contracts through the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021.The auto company and major Olympic sponsor has 17 U.S. athletes under contract. They include swimmer David Boudia, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Paralympian Oksana Masters and sprinter Michael Norman. Those same experts will also be on hand at the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed a year.The USOPC also disclosed the 13 members of a new external mental health task force created to support American athletes and coaches. It includes Olympians, doctors and the head of The Speedy Foundation, a mental-health organization named after the late Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic silver medalist in aerials. That group is working with an internal group at the USOC being led by chief medical officer Jonathan Finnoff. ___The world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev on June 20 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. “In light of the unique circumstances right now, we have decided to modify the payment options for members of our season ticket family on payment plans,” the letter reads in part.The move comes one day after the Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the entire spring sports season. State officials had previously announced all schools would remain closed for the rest of the academic year.___Mental health experts who were supposed to be available to help American athletes at the Tokyo Olympics are being asked to start working now. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says the experts are leading discussions about mental health and wellness for athletes and staff in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The PGA Tour executive who oversees player activity is the first PGA Tour employee to have tested positive for COVID-19. The status of endorsement contracts is a major concern to athletes because most signed deals that were set to expire after this year’s scheduled Olympics. They have been rescheduled for 2021 and that has forced corporations to reset and rethink the structure of their deals.Visa is another major sponsor and has also told its global roster of nearly 100 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls that it will extend sponsorships through 2021.___World Triathlon has extended its suspension of all events from the end of April to the end of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest events to be called off include the Yokohama leg of the world series, three African Cups, three American events, four Asian Cups, one event in Oceania and eight in Europe. The Latest: Exec is 1st PGA Tour employee to test positive World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “the suspension of all activities doesn’t mean at all that we stop working” on finding alternative dates.___The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17.Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees.” A gaming site is donating $20,000 for pandemic relief in New Jersey and giving out another $20,000 to fans who can predict the results of the NBA 2K tournament among NBA players.The 16-player tournament begins Friday night and will air on ESPN. Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant is the overall No. 1 seed and opens play against No. 16 Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat in the first round.The winner of the week-long tournament will receive a $100,00 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of their choice.BetMGM has a free bracket game available on its website to all verified New Jersey and New York players. All competitors with a perfect bracket will split $20,000 in prizes.If there are no perfect brackets, the prize will be split among the highest scorers. ___One of the major summer baseball leagues for college players has canceled its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Commissioner Bruce Alger of the Valley Baseball League in Virginia said the executive committee unanimously agreed the risk to players’ health would be too great.The 11-team Valley League has been sanctioned by the NCAA since 1961 and began using wooden bats in 1993. It’s among dozens of leagues where college players spend their summers.The Cape Cod League, generally considered the top summer league, said it had not decided whether to cancel its season. Play is scheduled to begin June 13. The Southeastern Conference is extending its ban on practices and organized gatherings through the end of May.The ban includes team and individual practices, meetings and other gatherings — whether voluntary or required — as well as camps and coaches clinics.The powerhouse league had previously announced that in-person athletics activities were suspended through April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic.Also Friday, the conference said virtual film review that does not include physical activity is permissible. Effective April 6, activity of this nature will be expanded to four hours a week consistent with an NCAA rule waiver and NCAA legislation, an increase from the previously permissible maximum of two hours a week.___ “Everyone that has been tested, the symptoms they had or reported, they do feel better,” Pierce said. He said he has “become a master of this Zoom app” while having video conferencing with players, assistants and other NBA coaches.___The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts are giving season-ticket holders the option to defer April’s payment until June 15.On Friday, team officials emailed letters to those with payment plans, giving them a Wednesday deadline to accept the offer.The final two installments were initially due April 15 and May 15. The Colts have not announced any changes about the May payment. In a statement, team president and general manager Don Waddell says the organization “remains committed to taking care of our staff as well as possible given these unprecedented circumstances.” Waddell said the plan “protects our employees from financial hardship while also mitigating the losses suffered by the company during this shutdown.”___Philadelphia 76ers owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, as well as All-Star center Joel Embiid made a combined contribution of $1.3 million to Penn Medicine.The money established a funding campaign for COVID-19 antibody testing of front line health care workers. The pledge from Embiid, Harris and Blitzer was expected to help boost efforts to quickly identify health care workers who may have immunity to the virus.Embiid says “we need to do everything possible to help those heroes who are putting their lives at risk to help us.” The gifts will support new experimental serology tests that detect antibodies to determine if a person has ever been infected with the virus-identifying staff and providers that might have immunity. BetMGM is also donating the same amount to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.___The Serie A says it will consider resuming only “when health conditions permit it.”The Italian league has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.A new government decree issued this week prevents clubs from training — even in small groups — for at least another 10 days. April 3, 2020 Twelve rounds of Serie A remain, plus four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. Also, the Italian Cup semifinals were interrupted after the first leg.Following a video conference meeting of all 20 Serie A clubs on Friday, the league said “it will await the decrees from the government and place in primary consideration taking care of the athletes’ health and all people involved.”___Officials say they’re working to find a new date for the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.The Maryland Jockey Club and Stronach Group announced Friday that whenever the Preakness is run in 2020, it will go on without infield activities that had been one of the race’s biggest traditions. The Preakness was scheduled for May 16 in Baltimore. No date has been set for the season to begin. The league says it will be guided by CDC recommendations.___Company-wide layoffs by NASCAR on Friday were part of previously planned restructuring. NASCAR did not reveal the number of employees affected. NASCAR “centralized” Iowa Speedway by dismissing most of its staff to instead use the employees from Kansas Speedway. That track is roughly four hours away from Iowa Speedway. The personnel changes were planned as part of restructuring from last years’ merger of NASCAR and track operator sister company International Speedway Corp.NASCAR already has issued pay-cuts to its entire organization. It last week cut executives’ salary 25%, and 20% for other employees as stock car’s sanctioning body adapts to the new coronavirus pandemic. The 38-race NASCAR schedule is the longest in sports spanning nearly 11 months and the season was suspended four races into the year. The next publicly scheduled race is May 9 at Martinsville Speedway, but Virginia is under a state-at-home order into June. NASCAR has privately floated to teams revised 2020 schedules but not announced anything about rescheduling its races.___ Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. The group included a local politician.Kipsang, who is also a police officer, was provisionally suspended this year from track and field and charged with doping offenses that include tampering with doping samples. He has also won the New York, London and Berlin marathons.Twelve athletes were arrested in Iten earlier this week for breaching Kenyan government regulations on social gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The runners were arrested for training in a group, which has been banned in Kenya. Training camps have been shut down and athletes must train alone.___ The league also says it has consulted players over a pay deduction or deferral of 30%.It also voted to advance funds of 125 million pounds ($150 million) to clubs in the English Football League and fifth-tier National League.___German soccer club Borussia Dortmund is converting part of its stadium into a treatment center amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Bundesliga club says a space inside Germany’s largest soccer stadium has been made available for medical staff to examine people with virus symptoms. RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pakhnotskaya tells The Associated Press that her agency is looking for possible exemptions to instructions from President Vladimir Putin for all Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home through April 30.Pakhnotskaya says in a text message that she “will check on Monday the possibility to receive special permission” from government bodies for staff to collect samples from athletes. There will be no testing this month if that isn’t granted.Testing has been suspended since March 27 under a previous round of measures.Isolation measures around the world have led to a sharp drop in anti-doping tests. That’s led to warnings that some athletes could take advantage of the situation. The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is trying to track gaps in testing.___ The move comes after an influx of suspected coronavirus cases put existing facilities in the city of Dortmund under strain.The center will open on Saturday.___The Tour de Suisse has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, removing one of the few cycling events left on the calendar before the Tour de France is due to start.The nine-day Swiss race was scheduled to run from June 6-14 and is designed to give riders a chance to prepare for the three-week Tour de France. The French race is still scheduled to start on June 27. 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

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Barca FC cop 5-A-Side football competition in Essequibo

first_imgTWO spectacular goals from the boot of Keeto Joseph piloted Barca FC to victory over Front Road FC in the final of the Henrietta United FC- sponsored 5 ‘A’ side Football tournament, held on Sunday at the Anna Regina Community Centre ground.Watched by a fair-sized crowd, Barca dazzled with skilful display throughout the competition which involved the four teams.Earlier Barca defended a fierce challenge from Back-Street Boys to eventually secure a 1-0 win, following Keeto Joseph’s long range shot into the net.Meanwhile, Front-Road FC gained a walkover from Ghetto Conquerors to reach the final. That game was preceded by an Under-15 exhibition match among players from the Henrietta United FC Club.In the final, Barca FC maintained their momentum and with impressive ball possession and control, they secured a 2-1 victory in extra time against Front Road FC which was realised through two wonderfully executed goals from Keeto Joseph, whose three goals in the tournament earned him the Most Valuable Player award.Chris Stephney netted the lone goal for Front Road FC in a losing cause during the 20-minute affair.At the presentation Barca received the winners’ trophy from Henrietta United Football Club’s secretary Tiffany Gordon.Coach of the club and coordinator Trevis Bowen expressed satisfaction with the staging of the competition, stating that it will be a regular feature, with matches being organised every week-end for the next two months.This will form part of the club’s calendar of activities for the year and will also include coaching especially for young footballers ranging from 8 to 16 years.He is also appealing to the private sector for sponsorship in the form of trophies. Bowen is one of two GFF-contracted football coaches on the Essequibo Coast who are tasked with promoting and developing grassroots football in the Region. (Elroy Stephney)last_img read more

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