The Latest: Club rugby to resume in Europe on Aug. 22

first_img June 18, 2020 The Latest: Club rugby to resume in Europe on Aug. 22 The Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Basel wants to cancel its 50th anniversary edition in October because of the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say they told tour officials they would “prefer to cancel this year’s edition of the tournament in light of the current situation.”Tournament head Roger Brennwald says playing the event with no fans or with social distancing “have to be ruled out for us in Basel on economic grounds.”The ATP is expected to decide on its end-of-season indoor schedule in mid-July.Brennwald says “it looks like coronavirus is on match point and is set for victory.” Associated Press The Atlantic Coast Conference is moving its football media days online because of concerns about COVID-19.The ACC Football Kickoff was originally scheduled to be held at The Westin in Charlotte, North Carolina. It has been rescheduled for July 21-23 with coverage on the ACC Network. Commissioner John Swofford, each of the conference’s 14 head coaches and selected players will be featured. All 10 FBS conferences have now announced that their media days will be altered because of the pandemic, with most going virtual. The Big Ten has not made a final decision on its media days.___Norwich midfielder Marco Stiepermann has returned to training after self-isolating at home following a positive test for COVID-19. A truncated regular season will be concluded by two rounds of matches where teams from the same nation play each other home and away to avoid cross-border travel.Semifinal matches will take place on Sept. 5 and the final on Sept. 12.PRO14 tournament director David Jordan says “we are very fortunate to be in a position where everyone involved is confident that we can conclude the season on the field of play.”The league has two conferences. Leinster and Ulster are the current top two in Conference A while Edinburgh and Munster are the top two in Conference B.___ The English club was informed of the positive test on Friday. That was the same day Norwich played Tottenham in a friendly ahead of the resumption of the Premier League.Norwich says Stiepermann has remained asymptomatic and has since taken two further tests that returned negative results.Norwich is in last place in the league and hosts Southampton on Friday in their first Premier League game back after the three-month suspension.One person has tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest round of checks. The Premier League announced that 1,541 tests had been conducted on players and club staff on June 15 and 16.___ Hometown great Roger Federer was already set to miss the tournament where he worked as a ballboy and is the record 10-time champion. He ended his season this month to recover from knee surgery.___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:___Club rugby in Europe is set to resume on Aug. 22 after a five-month suspension because of the coronavirus outbreak with matches in the PRO14 league that contains teams Wales, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and South Africa.last_img read more

Five-star Bayern thrash Fortuna 5-0 to close in on league title

first_imgMUNICH, Germany (Reuters) – Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski ended a personal jinx when he opened his account against Fortuna Duesseldorf by scoring twice in a 5-0 win on Saturday as the holders moved closer to a record-extending 30th Bundesliga title.The thumping victory left leaders Bayern, who are chasing an eighth successive league title, top of the standings on 67 points from 29 games, 10 ahead of closest rivals Borussia Dortmund who visit bottom team Paderborn on Sunday.Lewandowski snapped his goal drought versus 16th-placed Fortuna when he scored for the first time against them to give Bayern a 3-0 lead in the first half after a Mathias Joergensen own goal and Benjamin Pavard header opened the floodgates.It also meant the Pole had netted against every current Bundesliga team, having failed to score in five league meetings versus Fortuna either with Bayern or his previous club Dortmund.The prolific striker’s brace took his season’s tally in all competitions to 43 goals and equalled his personal best, which was set in the 2016/17 campaign.France defender Pavard took centre stage when his scuffed shot led to Joergensen’s own goal after 15 minutes before he made it 2-0 just before the half-hour with a header which keeper Florian Kastenmeier got a hand to but could not keep it out.It was Lewandowski’s turn to shine as he capped a flowing move with a clinical finish from the heart of the penalty area in the 43rd after a flowing move through the middle.The goal-hungry hitman made it 4-0 five minutes after the break with another predatory finish, steering the ball in at the near post with a superb back-heel from Serge Gnabry’s low cross.Alphonso Davies completed the rout two minutes later after weaving his way past three defenders and firing a low shot past Kastenmaier, who had pulled off several fine saves in the final 30 minutes to deny Bayern an even bigger victory.The result left Fortuna in 16th place — the relegation playoff spot — with 27 points, one point behind Mainz 05 and two above Werder Bremen who have a game in hand.last_img read more

St. Lucia PM reshuffles cabinet

first_imgOn Tuesday Prime Minister Allen Chastanet announced a minor re-shuffle to his two and a half-year-old Cabinet saying the changes were necessary to ensure greater synergy, efficiency and improve responsiveness to the needs of St. Lucians. He said effective November 1, Dominic Fedee who served as a Minister in the Office of Prime Minister, became the Minister of Tourism, Information, Broadcasting, with the additional portfolios of Culture and Creative Industries.Former Culture and local Government Minister, Fortuna Belrose, has been demoted to the position of Minister of State in the Ministry of Tourism, Information, Broadcasting, Culture and Creative Industries with responsibility for Culture and the Creative Industries. Bradley Felix will now serve as the Minister for Commerce, Industry, Investment, Enterprise Development and Consumer Affairs, while Lenard Montoute, will take over the portfolio of Local Government, in addition to having responsibility for Equity, Social Justice, and Empowerment.Prime Minister Chastanet said that Edmund Estephane, who served as the Minister in the Ministry of Equity, Social Justice, Empowerment, Youth, has now become the Minister for Youth Development and Sports.last_img read more

Cameroon vs Brazil: Neymar plays down pressure after inspiring side through to knockout stages

first_imgBrazil’s latest hero Neymar played down the pressure on his shoulders after inspiring the hosts into the last 16 of the World Cup to face Chile.Neymar scored twice in a 4-1 win over Cameroon, with Fred and Fernandinho getting the others for Brazil.The 22-year-old, who now in has 35 international goals in 52 appearances, said: “There is no pressure. I’ve always said there is no pressure when you are making a dream come true and doing something you have sought after since you were a kid.”I’m now playing in matches that I always dreamed about.”I just want to help my fellow players not only by scoring goals but doing whatever it takes on the pitch to help us win.”We are on the right track and the whole team is getting better and getting close to our target.” Brazil coach Luiz Felipe Scolari admitted that he would have preferred to face a European team rather than Chile.He said: “If I could choose I would have picked someone else as Chile are a good South American team, they have quality, they are organised they have the will to succeed.”I will look at things when all the adrenaline has left our bodies, sometimes when we look at the match again in the cold light of day we see it in a different way.”Scolari also praised Manchester City midfielder Fernandinho for his display after he came off the bench at half-time to replace Paulinho and hinted he could be in the starting line-up for the Chile game.He added: “I think Fernandinho coming in was critical and we created a number of good chances in attack. Nature doesn’t make leaps, things evolve step by step and this is what we are doing.” Cameroon’s German coach Volker Finke said the team were “suffering” from their disappointing World Cup.He said: “Over the last two or three years we have not been that good but we managed to qualify for the World Cup and now we are disappointed we have not won a match.”It’s terrible and we are suffer this but we have gained experience and what we need to do is focus and concentrate for the next challenge.”The first half wasn’t so bad but it’s true we need to focus for the whole 90 minutes.”We need to find the reasons for this – three times we had control of the ball and then lost possession which led to goals. “But Brazil deserved this victory, they created more chances.”last_img read more

NBA playoffs 2019: Nuggets’ Jamal Murray ‘phenomenal’ in win over Spurs

first_imgIt had been a frustrating night for Murray in the opening half, but after a pep talk from Malone the guard came to life to inspire the Nuggets to a memorable victory.And Malone was delighted to see the 22-year-old deliver on the playoff stage. Related News Clippers’ Patrick Beverley on his defense: ‘I can’t help that people get irritated by me’ These three Warriors face more pressure with DeMarcus Cousins out “Phenomenal. I’m really proud of him,” Malone told reporters. “He was so frustrated at half-time, [he was] not making shots, shots he been making his whole career. I just grabbed him and said, ‘Take a deep breath, I believe in you,’ and for him to go out there and get 24 points, 22 in the second half was great to see. “I had to stay with Jamal, make or miss, because he’s our guy.” #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/ZQJPp7pbcQ— Denver Nuggets (@nuggets) April 17, 2019″For him to have some success after Game 1 and the first half, really happy for Jamal for him to step up and basically close the game out with the shot-making he had down the stretch.”The first of many for Jamal Murray, I have no doubt.”center_img Jamal Murray produced a “phenomenal” performance in the second half of Game 2, Nuggets coach Michael Malone said after his team leveled its series with the Spurs.Murray scored 21 points in the fourth quarter as the Nuggets came from behind to win, 114-105, ensuring they head to Texas for Games 3 and 4 with the series square at a game apiece. Murray had vowed to “bounce back” after just 17 points and two rebounds in Game 1, and he thanked his teammates and the Denver crowd for helping him achieve that.”In the fourth, when I stepped on the court, I just looked at the crowd, took it all in. I’ve always dreamed of playing a playoff game and that’s what got me started,” he told reporters.”Everybody told me to stick with it, I don’t think I scored a field goal until the fourth, so I stuck with it and that [the crowd] got me going.”last_img read more

Downtown Olympia Parking Survey Now Open

first_imgFacebook95Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaTell us what you think about downtown parking! Complete a short online survey and your feedback will be used to shape Olympia’s new Parking Strategy. The survey is open now through March 3 at surveymonkey.com/r/OlyParkingStrategy.Survey data will be compiled and given to the City’s consultant, Berk Consulting, who was hired to assist with developing the Parking Strategy. Learn more about the project at olympiawa.gov/parking.There will be additional opportunity to comment about downtown parking, including a hosted open house in May.last_img

Girona’s nutritional plan, similar to Christmas or summer

first_imgIt is time to adapt to the circumstances and During the next few days, the Girona players will follow individualized work plans from their homes with the intention of maintaining a good physical tone. And nutrition is also included in that plan. The first team squad is used to eating and eating breakfast at La Vinya before and after training, and now they must change their habits. Food is very important in the rojiblanco club and the players’ contact with nutritionist Sergi Mateo is almost daily.Controlling the nutrition of footballers is something that worries the coaching staff of Pep Lluís Martí and that is why each footballer received days ago some nutritional guidelines that should be followed until normality returns and they can return to exercise in La Vinya. And the plan that soccer players take It is very similar to Christmas or when they are enjoying the summer holidays. The objective is to provide adequate nutritional compositions to avoid weight gain, although from the entity they transmit that “we trust the players a lot” The steps to follow regarding food in Girona are clear: carbohydrate amounts should be decreased and those of vegetables, greens, proteins, and healthy lipids should be maintained and hydrated well. Another key for these days is ingesting the right amount of food so as not to get hungry because this way players are prevented from biting between meals, something totally discouraged by nutritionists. And finally, it is clear that, over the next few days, since the training level is not as intense, processed foods should be avoided and not eating too much red meat. Girona has long been aware that a good diet is vital for a good performance.last_img read more

Ceres on course for ASEAN zone final after thrilling first leg win

first_imgCeres beats Yangon FC. Photo from @AFCCup TwitterBACOLOD CITY – Spanish striker Bienvenido Maranon bagged a first half brace as Ceres-Negros turned back Yangon United, 4-2, in a thrilling first leg of their AFC Cup Asean zonal semifinal tie last Wednesday night at Panaad Stadium.Maranon scored both goals in the first half, sandwiching Patrick Reichelt’s goal before Yangon striker Sekou Sylla pulled a goal back 10 minutes after the restart.ADVERTISEMENT Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Super Herrera made it 4-1, but Sylla got another away goal seven minutes from time as Ceres failed to clear another Yangon attack.With a two-goal cushion heading into the return leg in Yangon on Wednesday, the Busmen looked on course of booking a return trip to the zonal finals for the second straight year. Home United of Singapore beat Indonesia’s Persija Jakarta, 3-2, in the first leg of the other semifinal clash.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownMaranon opened the scoring in the 29th minute in style, chipping elegantly past Sat Naing, after he was released by a through ball from Manny Ott. The second goal came just four minutes later as Reichelt bundled home the rebound from close range after Naing stopped Mike Ott’s powerful strike from long range.It was Maranon who extended the lead to 3-0 as he tapped in from the far post following a short corner.But Yangon grabbed a lifeline courtesy of Sylla, who played briefly for Global Cebu last season. After Ceres failed to clear, Sylla fired an unstoppable effort to the top corner to cut the deficit. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES MOST READ Herrera restored the three-goal cushion eight minutes later with a well-placed header off Manny Ott’s delivery.The visitors refused to go quietly as Sylla got his second for the night by pouncing on a scramble inside the area, giving the Myanmar side a glimmer of hope. The two away goals will come in handy especially if Yangon wins the next leg, 2-0.Ceres finished the match on the ascendancy as Maranon forced an impressive save from Naing, who tapped his chipped effort to the crossbar. The Yangon goalkeeper also kept out Manny Ott’s close range effort, helping minimize damage for the visitors.ADVERTISEMENT View comments PVL: Tacloban guts out five-set win over PetroGazz Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

San Miguel acquires Nabong from GlobalPort for Espinas, 2020 2nd round pick

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES MOST READ No.13 lucky for Orlando Bloom Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew The swagger associated with Kelly Nabong at GlobalPort has moved over to the bench of San Miguel Beer.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Espinas, the fifth overall pick in the 2006 Draft, saw his playing minutes diminish with rookie Christian Standhardinger around.SMB is Nabong’s his third team in the league after suiting up for Meralco and GlobalPort while Espinas, a former NCAA rookie-MVP, saw action for Air21, Barako Bull, Sta. Lucia, Meralco and Alaska.Aside from Standhardinger, Nabong will join four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Renaldo Balkman in packing the lanes for SMB.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘Mia’: Rom-com with a cause a career-boosting showcase for Coleen Garcia After winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folk Nabong, an offbeat pivotman who loves to mix it up in the lane, was acquired by the Beermen on Thursday in a trade with the Batang Pier, who received Gabby Espinas and a second-round pick in the 2020 rookie draft in the exchange.Inserting the 6-foot-5 enforcer in the San Miguel Beer lineup in the ongoing PBA Commissioner’s Cup has made coach Leo Austria’s bruising frontline rotation even sturdier.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“He’s a good addition to the team. Kelly has definitely added more depth to our frontline,’’ said Austria, whose Beermen are situated in the middle of the chart (4-4) in their quest for a quarterfinal seat.As for the Batang Pier (4-5), they pushed the deal ahead of the June 22 trade deadline not only to strengthen their lineup but also to keep them within grasp of a playoff berth. SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball PLAY LIST 05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Caretaker Hierro leaving his mark on Spain at World Cuplast_img read more

Question of an increase to sugar workers is not an ‘if’ but a ‘must’

first_imgDear Editor,The December 4 article in another section of the media concerning the protest actions by sugar workers on December 3 referred to a conversation with an official of the sugar company. The article posits that GuySuCo’s Chief Industrial Relations Manager, Mr Deodat Sukhu, the leader of the Corporation’s negotiation team, had indicated to GAWU that the Corporation hadn’t “…the revenue or cash flow to pay workers…” to offset a pay rise. The newspaper indicated that Mr Sukhu said this “…was made known to union representatives during meetings in October and November”.We find the comments of the GuySuCo official to be a startling revelation. At no time has the Corporation officially indicated to us that it would not offer any pay rise this year. In fact, our discussions regarding pay rise have not even commenced as yet much less for us to get the Corporation’s response. At our last engagement on November 20 with the GuySuCo, the company’s CEO, Dr Harold Davis Jr indicated to our Union that the Corporation recognised that workers deserved an increase. He shared with the GAWU that the company was engaging the Government and NICIL-SPU on the issue among other matters. He had expected then that in two weeks’ time, he would have a clear idea on the way forward. Mr Sukhu, during that engagement, was closer to Dr Davis than we were and would have heard, like us, what was communicated.Clearly, Dr Davis’ sentiments are in stark contrast with that of Mr Sukhu. Undoubtedly, if the GuySuCo was unclear of where it stood on the matter, it would be highly irregular to make any pronouncement. We did find it intriguing too that Mr Sukhu disclosed that even “[t]he board has recognised that workers need an increase…” Certainly, as we pointed out, that question of an increase to sugar workers is not an ‘if’ but a ‘must’.Yours faithfully,Seepaul NarineGeneral SecretaryGAWUlast_img read more