Shattered by years of war, Syria braces for coronavirus spread

first_imgThe spread of coronavirus to Syria brings the prospect of a deadly outbreak to a population devastated by nine years of war, with ravaged hospitals and tightly-packed camps likely to accelerate infection, doctors and aid workers said on Monday.The Syrian government announced on Sunday its first case after unconfirmed reports suggested the virus had been detected but covered up, a charge officials denied while rolling out tight measures as the disease swarmed neighboring countries.In the rebel-held northwest, no cases have been confirmed, but patients have been showing possible symptoms for weeks and 300 test kits should arrive in the next two days, the World Health Organization and a medics group said. Topics : Samer Khodr, head of Damascus hospital, said all private and public hospitals across the country were ready under a national plan to tackle the virus.Residents say prices of disinfectants and masks have skyrocketed in the capital, where panic buying has also gripped shoppers in recent days.The head of a local Damascus-based NGO said there was limited capacity to determine cases, with only one main lab testing for the virus so far. Some cases were being treated in military hospitals, the person added, asking to remain anonymous.Despite just a single case declared, one diplomat said the virus was likely more widespread than known, owing to low testing capacity and lack of transparency.The Syrian Observatory, a Britain-based war monitor, said doctors had received threats from the government not to disclose cases. “Doctors have been instructed to refer to cases that are suspected to be corona infections as severe pneumonia,” said its director Rami Abdulrahman.A U.N. source said three Syrians who tested positive at the weekend in Beirut, which is trying to contain a coronavirus outbreak, had recently arrived from Syria.The government has denied covering up any cases, though close ties with its top regional ally Iran, the worst hit country in the Middle East, had increased the likelihood of the virus gaining a foothold.Militias backed by Iran, which operates military and civilian flights to Syria, fight alongside Syrian army soldiers. Thousands of Shi’ite pilgrims from Iran and other countries also usually visit Damascus.In parts of Syria outside state rule, Kurdish-led forces in the northeast and Turkey-backed opposition groups in the northwest have also closed crossings.Displaced Syrians in the northwest live in overcrowded makeshift camps, leaving medics worried that an outbreak would be particularly lethal.A Russian-backed Syrian government offensive there has uprooted nearly 1 million people in recent months and left its infrastructure in tatters.Ahmad al-Dbis of the US-based medical charity UOSSM, which operates in opposition territory, said fighting in the past year had destroyed much of the region’s medical facilities and left a stock of only 175 ventilators.”Countries like Italy, France, Spain and others couldn’t escape from the coronavirus crisis so what will it be like for northwest Syria?” said Dbis.The arrival of test kits this week, though limited, will allow doctors to finally begin checking for the virus. A handful tests were shipped to Turkey so far but no cases have come back positive.”There are many cases coming to facilities and hospitals with the symptoms but we don’t have the capacity to make the diagnosis,” said Bashir Taj Aldin, a doctor with the Syrian American Medical Society which operates in Idlib.center_img “Health infrastructure and basic services have all been decimated over much of the country … and Syrians are very likely to be some of the most vulnerable to the spread of the virus globally,” said Rachel Sider, policy and advocacy adviser for the Norwegian Refugee Council.”What’s very clear is they’re nowhere near ready for an outbreak,” said Sider.In Damascus on Monday, crowds of pedestrians, many in masks, still filled some streets, despite curbs like shutting schools and businesses, banning public transport and suspending flights.The army command declared on Saturday it had prepped military hospitals and gave orders to minimize gatherings.last_img read more

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Barcelona board at war over Lionel Messi sale, asking price

first_img Whilst the club are publicly stating that any prospective buyer will have to match the player’s €700m clause, there is now a growing school of thought that offers below this value should be considered. Barcelona board members are at war on whether or not the club should accept offers for star Lionel Messi below his €700m release clause. The news comes ahead of a crunch meeting between the board and Messi’s father Jorge, who is flying into Barcelona to negotiate his son’s exit. However, the board itself are now divided on how they should handle their negotiating position, according to a report in Marca. Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You6 Best Supercars In Movies You’ll Dream To Drive At Least OnceTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth? Their argument is that even if the player is unable to leave as a free agent this summer, that exit route will become a certainty at the end of next season due to his insistence upon leaving. Not only that but should the Blaugrana clear Messi’s wage bill than it would significantly ease their financial worries and allow them to reinvest in their current squad. Barcelona president Bartomeu Read Also: Messi’s father lands in Barcelona for crunch talks Of course, this would also incorporate a sizable transfer fee – likely to be in excess of €100m, even if they do believe they are being vastly short-changed. It is estimated that the club will save a total of €100m by allowing Messi to leave this summer, with Barcelona’s board now having to clarify their position ahead of potential offers. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

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The Latest: 3 jockeys to skip Dubai World Cup, citing virus

first_imgThe International Tennis Federation also put a halt to its lower-tier events until June 7.___2:05 p.m.Another Atlanta sports star is following the lead of Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan.Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman says he’ll match Ryan’s donation of $50,000 to the Atlanta Community Food Bank, which distributes food to the needy, and $50,000 to the Giving Kitchen, which aides food service workers who are financially hit by the coronavirus outbreak. In addition, Freeman says he’ll donate another $25,000 to the Salvation Army.___4:55 p.m.The 24 Hours Le Mans endurance race has been postponed for three months because of the coronavirus outbreak and will now run from Sept. 19-20.The race was initially set for June 13-14. A conference call with the presidents of FIFA and the six continental governing bodies agreed to proposals made Tuesday by Gianni Infantino.Infantino’s offer for FIFA to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization was approved.Soccer’s stalled season could be delayed beyond its traditional June 30 finish so FIFA will look to amend or have temporary rules relating to player contracts and trading windows.___12:36 p.m. Associated Press ___1 a.m.Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.“Everything we do together makes a difference,” Ciara said in a video posted to her Twitter account. “And together we will conquer this tough time that we’re going through.”According to Food Lifeline’s website, the organization provides the equivalent of 134,000 meals daily and had 58 million pounds of food sourced last year. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):3:40 p.m.Three prominent jockeys are skipping the upcoming Dubai World Cup in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. ___11:35 a.m.The IndyCar race in Long Beach, California, won’t be held this year.Officials with the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach said Wednesday they pursued the possibility of rescheduling the popular race to a later date, but “trying to reassemble all the elements that have made the Long Beach event such a success does not appear feasible for 2020.”The race had been scheduled for April 19. The employee worked inside the team’s spring training complex in Goodyear, Arizona, from Feb. 29 to March 14. The team said in a statement it was sending a precautionary notice to those who were inside the building and that those who were in close contact with the employee are being tested and have self-quarantined.There are no known MLB players who have tested positive for coronavirus. Two minor league players with the Yankees have tested positive.___2:15 p.m.All men’s and women’s professional tennis tournaments through June 7 are being called off because of the new coronavirus pandemic. ___8:50 a.m.The Western Athletic Conference has canceled all competition and championships for the remainder of the academic year.The WAC had previously suspended all competition, but the conference’s board of directors voted Tuesday to cancel all spring sports. The decision falls in line with the NCAA’s cancellation of its winter and spring championships.The WAC’s decision affects men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s tennis, softball and baseball. The league says it will decide which matches can be rescheduled once training has resumed.The league also says it will pay the second instalment of an 800,000 euro ($862,000) solidarity fund to amateur clubs to help them cushion the economic weight of the pandemic.___1:35 p.m.AC Milan forward Zlatan Ibrahimović has set up a fundraiser to help Italian hospitals in the center of the coronavirus outbreak. 4:20 p.m.The Austrian soccer league is making plans to extend its suspension until May and take advantage of UEFA’s decision to postpone the European Championship.The Austrian Bundesliga says its clubs agreed they could restart in early May and play until the end of June.The league says “should the situation in general ease and make a resumption of play possible, the clubs will immediately consult about concrete start dates and draw up an alternative schedule.”UEFA moved the European Championship to 2021, freeing up space for European leagues to finish seasons disrupted by the coronavirus outbreak before many players’ contracts expire on June 30. The ATP and WTA announced Wednesday that the entire clay-court circuit “will not be held as scheduled” — a day after the start of the French Open, also played on that surface, was postponed from May to September.The tours had said last week they would suspend play until late April or early May.The tournaments affected by the tours’ suspensions include combined men’s and women’s events in Madrid and Rome.Also being scrapped are upcoming WTA tournaments in Strasbourg, France, and Rabat, Morocco, along with ATP events in Munich; Estoril, Portugal; Geneva; and Lyon, France.Both tours also said that their rankings will be frozen “until further notice.” The new date will also impact other races on the World Endurance Championship’s calendar.___4:50 p.m.FIFA is looking to set up a hardship fund to help soccer stakeholders affected by the coronavirus outbreak.FIFA says it will “analyze if a support fund at global level will be required” and how it might operate. U.S.-based jockeys Irad Ortiz Jr., Luis Saez and Tyler Gaffalione will not travel to the United Arab Emirates for the world’s richest day of horse races March 28. Saez’s agent, Richie DePass, said the coronavirus was behind his client’s decision. Gaffalione’s agent, Matt Muziker, said his client wasn’t going because he’d be subject to a 14-day quarantine upon return.Trainer Bob Baffert said Mucho Gusto will be ridden by William Buick in the $12 million Dubai World Cup with Ortiz not traveling. With Gaffalione out, trainer Mark Casse said Frankie Dettori will ride Sir Winston.— Reporting by Beth Harris and Stephen Whyno.___3:30 p.m. Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey hasn’t ruled out the prospect of holding some spring football practices, but he’s not all that optimistic.Sankey says on a conference call with reporters that “practically that window’s pretty narrow.” The SEC and other conferences have canceled championships for spring sports and spring football games, and suspended athletic activities until at least April 15.“That doesn’t mean we’ll be back to normal practice activities April 16,” Sankey said.He also cited federal recommendations limiting the size of gatherings.___ Italian soccer federation president Gabriele Gravina says starting on May 3 should allow the league to finish by June 30 but if that’s not possible “there must be a change in format.”Gravina also says “a salary cut for soccer players can not be a taboo in this period of emergency.”___3:35 p.m.Clubs in the top two soccer leagues in Sweden say they do not want to start the new season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak. According to the website accepting donations, Ibrahimović has donated 100,000 euros ($109,000) to the fund. It quickly raised a further 10,300 euros ($11,300).The site states that all the money raised will be “directly donated to Humanitas to help strengthen the intensive care and emergency units of Milano, Bergamo, Castellanza and Torino’s hospitals.”Italy has been the second hardest hit country with more than 31,000 cases of the virus.The 38-year-old Ibrahimović rejoined Milan in January from the Los Anegles Galaxy. He has also played for Italian clubs Inter Milan and Juventus.___ 3:30 p.m.Spanish soccer team Alavés says 15 people in its club have become infected with the coronavirus: three players, seven members of its coaching staff and five other employees.The club had already reported that two members of its staff were infected.Valencia and Espanyol said earlier this week that their clubs have also been hit by the virus.Valencia said Monday that 35% of its squad and coaching staff are infected, while Espanyol said on Tuesday that six members of its squad and staff have it. The Latest: 3 jockeys to skip Dubai World Cup, citing virus The Swedish soccer association must now decide whether to accept the clubs’ request.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The clubs say in a statement that their decision is supported by broadcasters, fans and the country’s main supporters’ union.The clubs say “work remains on establishing a new plan for the year and sorting out the exact dates for the start and other rounds.”___ Next year’s date will be April 18.Ticket holders can either receive a credit that will apply to the same level of admission for next year or receive a full refund.___2:25 p.m.An Arizona-based employee of the Cincinnati Reds has tested positive for the new coronavirus. March 18, 2020 All three clubs say their infected members are in good health.___3 p.m.All training sessions at Belgian professional soccer clubs have been suspended until at least April 5 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Belgium’s national security council earlier said all gatherings, cultural, social, festive and sporting activities have been prohibited until the same date. Cuba has joined countries around the world in suspending its sports calendar due to the new coronavirus pandemic.The national sports institute announced Wednesday that events would be put off at least until April 30.The official Prensa Latina news agency said that will push back the baseball season, which had been scheduled to start on April 11, as well as this month’s Cuba Cup of track and field.The institute also said that Cuban delegations won’t travel abroad — potentially affecting qualification for the Olympic and Paralympic games.Cuba has reported 10 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and one death, that of an Italian tourist. ___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 ___3:40 p.m.Italian sports minister Vincenzo Spadafora says the country’s top soccer league is likely to resume on May 3.Spadafora says “then we will evaluate whether it’s open to the public or not.”Italy was one of the first countries to suspend its soccer leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak. 1:20 p.m.Premier League team Chelsea is making a hotel located on the grounds of its Stamford Bridge stadium available free of charge for London’s medical workers during the coronavirus outbreak.The club says Russian owner Roman Abramovich will cover the costs of providing the accommodation for staff of the National Health Service who “will be working long shifts and may not be able to travel home or would otherwise have to make long commutes.”Chelsea says the offer is initially for a two-month period and will be reconsidered depending on circumstances.The entire hotel will be given up for medical workers if necessary.last_img read more

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The Latest: Kansas lowering basketball season ticket prices

first_imgThe theme throughout the event will be the effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on youth sports.The virtual conference will be streamed on NBA.com and most of the league’s social network platforms.___The Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers are set to offer refunds or credits for unplayed regular-season games at their shared arena because of the coronavirus pandemic. While neither the NHL or NBA has officially canceled the remainder of the season, or decided when and where the season may resume, both organizations on Tuesday decided to address the ticket status for games scheduled for the Wells Fargo Center. May 5, 2020 All players must arrive alone and in their tennis gear and with their own rackets. Players will have a maximum of six balls and must serve only with their marked balls. All participants must keep their towels inside a bag throughout their stay.___Second-division German soccer club Erzgebirge Aue has put its entire squad in home isolation after a member of staff tested positive for the coronavirus.It’s the first confirmed case in the German league’s second round of testing. It comes a day before a government meeting on loosening lockdown measures to pave the way for soccer to return in empty stadiums.Aue didn’t name the staff member involved. All players, coaches and backroom staff will stay at home ahead of more coronavirus testing on Thursday. The dirt track in Iowa will not have spectators at the event because of the coronavirus pandemic.Larson was fired three weeks ago by Chip Ganassi Racing for using s racial slur while competing in an iRacing event. The slur was publicly heard on a gaming app and went viral. Most of Larson’s sponsors bailed on him and Ganassi had to fire his star NASCAR driver.The 27-year-old Larson is half-Japanese and rose through NASCAR’s ranks in its diversity program. He was suspended by NASCAR and ordered to complete a sensitivity training course.Larson immediately left North Carolina and returned to home state California. He raced dirt tracks across the West Coast when he began his career.Larson said he’d be driving the No. 57 at Knoxville, a car that is listed as owned by Sacramento-based Paul Silva. Larson is from nearby Elk Grove. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Kansas is lowering prices for season tickets at Allen Fieldhouse for next season for the first time in more than a decade in an attempt to help Jayhawks basketball fans who are feeling a financial pinch from the coronavirus pandemic. There were 10 positive tests from coronavirus samples taken last week from the 36 clubs in the top two divisions.___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 Also scheduled to compete in the Knoxville event is retired NASCAR driver Kasey Kahne.___The Miami Dolphins say their stadium has committed to becoming the first to receive accreditation from a cleaning industry association for infectious disease prevention efforts.The Global Biorisk Advisory Council will ensure the stadium establishes and maintains a cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risk associated with such diseases as COVID-19, the Dolphins said.“We wanted to be accountable to the most credible third-party standard that exists,” team president Tom Garfinkel said in a statement. “Working with GBAC ensures compliance with critical guidelines for the highest standard of cleanliness, and it is our hope that other venues will follow suit as we navigate through these unprecedented times.” They demand “guarantees” and “responsibility” and say the return to action should only happen when everyone’s health is prioritized.The club itself did not appear to be involved with the statement.Players from Spanish league clubs are expected to resume practicing this week and matches could restart sometime in June. All players, coaches and club employees must be tested for COVID-19 before training resumes.___The European swimming championships have been pushed back to next year because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be used as preparation for the Tokyo Olympics. The Tour de France’s start remains slated for Aug. 29 in the Riviera city of Nice. The season is now expected to end after the Spanish Vuelta on Nov. 8.The Giro d’Italia will run from Oct. 3-25 and overlap with the Spanish Vuelta and prestigious one-day races Liege-Bastogne-Liege, the Amstel Gold Race, Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.The Spanish Vuelta has already been cut short to 18 stages and will start on Oct. 20. That is five days before Paris-Roubaix.The International Cycling Union says racing will resume on Aug. 1 with the Strade Bianche in Italy and be followed by the postponed Milan San Remo classic on Aug. 8.Racing was suspended in March because of the pandemic. “You all worked so hard the past four years and deserve the best commencement we can bring to you and your family,” James tweeted Tuesday when making the announcement.The event will pay tribute to high schoolers graduating this year. “Graduate Together” will also air on TikTok, Facebook, YouTube, Complex Networks, PeopleTV and other digital platforms.___The NBA will hold its fourth annual Jr. NBA Leadership Summit on May 15, a three-hour event headlined by a conversation between three-time NBA champion Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors and Basketball Hall of Fame honoree Doris Burke of ESPN.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will also take part, along with NBA coaches Doc Rivers and Rick Carlisle, Hall of Famer Dawn Staley, and former surgeon general Dr. Vivek Murthy. Jay Bilas will host. ___Health Minister Jens Spahn has defended German soccer’s plans to resume the season with regular coronavirus testing after Hertha Berlin forward Salomon Kalou posted a video flouting social distancing measures.Spahn tells Germany’s Deutschlandfunk radio that “the basic concept makes sense and can also be an example for other pro sports.”Hertha suspended Kalou on Monday after he live-streamed a video of himself greeting teammates with physical contact and bursting in on a teammate’s coronavirus test.Germany’s top two soccer divisions are planning to return this month with a program of regular testing for players. The clubs have also asked players to train in small groups until now and to observe social distancing. The school announced Tuesday that it will expand the number of pricing tiers from three to eight, including four levels that will be lower than they were last season. The new structure will drop the cost of tickets almost 45 percent for those who had tickets last year, and it will create a level of tickets at $500 for the upcoming season.Kansas has sold out 306 consecutive games dating to the 2001-02 season. Ticket prices have remained steady or climbed since the 2008-09 season, when the Jayhawks were coming off their most recent national championship.Jayhawks coach Bill Self says that “it is unfortunate to see how this pandemic has hit so many, so hard, but hopefully the addition of tiers and lower ticket prices will allow our fans to enjoy Kansas basketball together again soon.”___Kyle Larson plans to race again Friday night in a World of Outlaws event at Knoxville Raceway. Flyers’ season ticket holders will receive a credit for the six unplayed home games, to be applied to their 2020-21 season payment due in June. They may also opt to receive a refund. Fans who bought single-game tickets will receive an automatic refund. All fans who purchased tickets through a secondary website, such as Stubhub, will need to contact that site for refund options. The Flyers policy is on their website.The Sixers outlined a similar process for their 10 unplayed games. There are rollover and refund options for season ticket holders and single-game holders can request a refund. The Sixers had suspended season-ticket payments during the pandemic and will resume payments on June 12. The team will work with any ticket holders affected with financial difficulties.___The three biggest races in cycling will take place in a 72-day span and there will be an overlap of the Spanish Vuelta and the Giro d’Italia if competition resumes in August amid the coronavirus pandemic. Players’ eligibility will be determined based on the rankings and past prize money earnings.Most professional tennis players rely on playing in tournaments for income and all sanctioned events have been scrapped since early March because of the COVID-19 outbreak.___The tennis club where Novak Djokovic broke confinement rules in Spain says it mistakenly authorized the player to practice.The top-ranked Djokovic published a video of himself training in Marbella on Monday, in apparent violation of Spain’s current rules amid the coronavirus pandemic. Spain has eased some of the lockdown measures that have been in place since mid-March, allowing professional athletes to start training again individually. But most training centers and sports facilities must remain closed until next week. The Spanish tennis federation says players are not yet allowed to practice on courts. The club says it was “sorry that our interpretation of the regulation could have been erroneous.”___LeBron James promised the Class of 2020 something special for their virtual commencement celebrations, and he delivered.James revealed Tuesday that former President Barack Obama will speak during the one-hour special, “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020.” It will air simultaneously on NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox on May 16 at 8 p.m. EDT. The governing body of the sport in Europe says the championships have been postponed by exactly one year to May 10-23, 2021. They will stay in Budapest, Hungary.The final day is two months before the scheduled opening ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympics.The European event had been provisionally pushed back to August when the original dates were not possible because of the pandemic.The championships include swimming, diving, open water swimming and synchronised swimming.___ ___More than $6 million has been raised by the governing bodies of tennis for a relief fund aimed at lessening the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic on about 800 players.The WTA and ATP tours, the International Tennis Federation and the groups that run the four Grand Slam tournaments announced the formation of what they’re calling the “Player Relief Programme” on Tuesday.They say the money will go to women and men in singles and doubles.The WTA and ATP will oversee the distribution of the money. The UCI says the dates “remain subject to the lifting … of the restrictions relating to the organization of events put in place by the authorities in the concerned territories.”___The players and coaches on Spanish soccer club Eibar have released a statement expressing their concerns about restarting the season.They say they are “afraid of starting an activity” in which they will not be able to comply with physical distancing.They say they are concerned about getting infected and infecting their family members and friends and worry about the risk of another coronavirus outbreak because of soccer’s return. The head of the three English professional soccer leagues below the Premier League appealed for a “rescue package” during questioning at a parliamentary select committee hearing.English Football League chairman Rick Parry says clubs are facing a shortfall of about $250 million because of the coronavirus pandemic.Parry says “we are heading for a financial hole of about 200 million pounds … by the end of September.”Parry also advocated for salary caps. He told legislators that clubs are spending too much of their turnover on salaries as they chase promotion.Clubs are preparing for the loss of ticket revenue with crowds potentially not allowed back into stadiums in 2020. Ten people tested positive last week from the 36 clubs in the top two men’s divisions. That included two Cologne players and a staff member. The club did not put its squad in isolation.___Belgian soccer players and their fans are engaging in a virtual wave to support health care workers and raise money for the Red Cross amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian soccer association is encouraging fans to upload short videos of themselves doing the wave. Just like Belgium internationals Dries Mertens, Thomas Meunier and Jan Vertonghen.The association is giving fans the opportunity to upload videos until June 13. That is the date Belgium was set to play its first game at the European Championship. The tournament was postponed by a year because of the pandemic. The Latest: Kansas lowering basketball season ticket prices Associated Press ___The French Tennis Federation hopes professional players can resume individual training if the lockdown ends as planned on Monday.FFT president Bernard Giudicelli says the protocol proposed was “favorably received by the sports ministry” and could lead to the resumption of training and other amateur activities.Professional players would train on outside courts only at the national training center in western Paris or other approved training centers if approved. The national training center was made available for COVID-19 patients at the height of the virus outbreak.Social distancing will remain in place with all staff on site obliged to wear protective masks. Players will not be required to wear them under the proposed guidelines.last_img read more

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Djimon Johnson’s position change provides SU stability defensively

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Wake Forest’s Bruno Lapa began the No. 1 Demon Deacons’ game against Syracuse on Oct. 5 as the Atlantic Coast Conference’s leading scorer with 26 points. He’d tallied at least a point in nine of his first 11 games, including two five-point outings. But 90 minutes and just one shot attempt later, Lapa was shut out for just the third time this season.Lapa’s matchup for most of the game was SU’s Djimon Johnson, who started his third game of the season for an Orange defense that allowed nearly a goal and a half per game. A combination of bumps and finger wags in a physical contest helped Johnson shut out Wake Forest’s superstar though, which helped lead Syracuse (6-4-2, 1-3-1 Atlantic Coast) to a win over the top team in the country.The contest against Wake Forest was Johnson’s second as a central defensive midfielder, the position that Hugo Delhommelle had played for most of the season. Johnson’s switch to the defensive-minded role has helped Syracuse step up its defense after a poor start to the 2018 campaign. Since Johnson started at the position against Akron on Oct. 1, SU is 3-0-1 and has given up just three goals after it allowed 13 scores in its first eight games.“When he closed down Lapa, which is one of the best midfielders in the country, I think it says it all,” Delhommelle said. “It’s not how he performs, it’s how the opponent performs, and if (Lapa) didn’t perform at all, I think there’s a guy behind that, and that guy is DJ.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMax Freund | Asst. Photo EditorThe switch was originally made in part to get Delhommelle more involved offensively.  Delhommelle took over the defensive midfield position from former SU star and current MLS player Mo Adams.As a defensive midfielder, Delhommelle didn’t get on the ball much and his passing skills were underutilized. Prior to Akron, the senior had just three assists after he recorded six last year to lead the Orange. He has yet to record a point since the switch upfield, but he’s been given more chances with the ball. While Delhommelle continues to look for more success offensively, he said he knows he’s now in charge of the offense in the midfield and Johnson’s in charge of the defense.“Everyone on the team could be a starter,” Johnson said, “so once we slot someone in we expect them to perform just as well as the starters.”Blessing Emole | Design EditorJohnson’s athleticism was one of the main reasons for SU head coach Ian McIntyre to make the switch. While Delhommelle is athletic in his own right, teammate Jonathan Hagman said, Johnson’s among the best on the team at locking down opposing “superstars.”“DJ’s been waiting for his chance,” McIntyre said. “He’s worked extremely hard, and I think he’s performed well. He’s providing us a good balance at midfield.”Delhommelle said that while it’s a “tough job because you don’t shine, you don’t get the stats,” the position is in good hands with Johnson.Through four games, the switch has been a positive change for the Orange. Syracuse’s last four regular-season games include contests against Boston College and NC State, who are ahead of SU in the Atlantic division standings. But after Johnson’s performance against Wake Forest, he’s no longer a stranger to those scenarios.“He’s not overwhelmed by playing Wake Forest or Ohio State, Akron, or Louisville,” McIntyre said about the sophomore. “He’s a player that will step up to the challenge, and has been outstanding for us.”center_img Published on October 14, 2018 at 9:56 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34last_img read more

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O’Neill learns a lot after 3-1 loss to Mexico

first_imgPhoto: © FAI.ie Ireland have lost 3-1 to Mexico in a friendly in New Jersey.Stephen Gleeson pulled a goal back after they went 3-0 downNext up is a friendly against Uruguay at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin this Sunday. Manager Martin O’Neill says despite the loss they have learned allot from the game.last_img

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Odizor Pulls out of NTF Presidency Race Â

first_imgSPORTS FEDERATION ELECTIONS Nigeria’s most successful tennis player, Nduka Odizor, will no more be running for the top position of the Nigeria Tennis Federation (NTF) due to what he referred to as ‘some unethical practices that do not tally with my personal principles’.Odizor, who dominated the stage in the 80s and emerged as the only Nigerian player to have reached the Round of 16 of the famous ‘All England Club Tennis (Wimbledon) Tournament, disclosed at the weekend that, “I collected the form, filled it out and met all the conditions set before realising certain practices which I do not feel very comfortable passing through to be elected into that office (of NTF board).“Rather, I have redirected my efforts to build a new generation of tennis players in the country. I will use my tennis foundation to set up six tennis development centres across the nation in partnership with some existing organisations.“All the six centres will be in place before the end of December 2018. Apart from this, I have a special tennis programme for all the states in the Niger Delta region.“Whoever eventually wins the Presidency of the NTF will enjoy a cosy, maximum support structure from my team. Three key championships will be worked out to return to make more champions out of Nigeria. They are the Lord Rumens, Ogbe Hard Court and the Dala Clay Court. I will not jettison these visions I had laid out to achieve for the country.“I don’t have to belong to the tennis board to be able to contribute my quota to the game that brought me fame, name and all I am today. I remain ever grateful to Nigeria, tennis and it is time to resurrect the sport. That is what I have committed myself to achieve,” observed Odizor who most tennis aficionados were looking up to for redemption of the game in the country.He promised further that the first of his tennis centres will become reality this week.“To show my commitment, by next (this) week, the first centre will become public. It is our desire to make this first centre support the campaign for breast cancer, a campaign I have devoted my time to prosecute and wants to make a serious public issue on in our country.“This year alone, I will be bringing in equipment worth about N10million. Nigeria and Nigerians will be made to enjoy following tennis again. I will also work hard to see that the investments in our tennis grow to about N100m before the year-end. My dream to produce greater players, male and female than I was, has started in earnest,” he explained in an interview with www.gongnews.com.In a related development, the Ministry of Youth and Sports, yesterday released the revised timetable for the National Sports Federations elections.In the latest timetable, the deadline for submission of forms has now been shifted forward to May 19, 2017 while the verification of names of representatives of other constituencies except those from the zones will take place between May 23rd and 24th, 2017. Zonal elections are scheduled to hold on May 25, 2017 while bye elections arising from petitions and appeals at Zonal and Constituency levels will take place on June 7, 2017.The June 13 date set aside for the elections into the positions of federations’ Presidents and Vice Presidents still remain the same while the inauguration of the boards of the national sports federations will hold on July 13, 2017.  Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Ghana see DR Congo comeback to draw 2-2

first_imgGhana allowed a two-goal lead to slip away as DR Congo rallied back to draw 2-2 in a lively Group B match at the Africa Cup of Nations.The result at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday leaves both teams with a point apiece after their opening match.Goals from Emmanuel Agyemang Badu and Kwadwo Asamoah were cancelled out by the DR Congo’s Bezua Mbokani and Tresor Mputu.Ghana will now be looking for a win against Mali, who they play on Thursday.DR Congo goalkeeper Robert Kidiaba had little to do and his blushes were spared in the 30th minute when Asamoah Gyan, who had been played through goal saw his shot shockingly miss its target.As the game swung from one end to the other, it was Ghana who drew first blood, and that happened to be the first goal at the Nations Cup, scored by Emmanuel Agyemang Badu. A great pass and go move between Gyan and Kwadwo Asamoah saw the latter lay the ball into the path of the sliding Badu to tap in the opener in the 39th minute.The goal made up for the forgettable first day matches after hosts South Africa and debutants Cape Verde settled for a 0-0 result in the opener at Soccer City and Morocco and Angola also played a scoreless game.Back from recess, Ghana started the second half just like it ended the first; four minutes in, Asamoah headed in the second goal off a corner kick.Three minutes later, the Congolese pulled one back through a Tresor Mputu.Ghana responded but Rabiu Mohammed, who had come on for Christian Atsu, could not finish off a good cross from Gyan. In the 69th minute, the Leopards were back on level pegging when Bezua Mbokani was fouled in the Ghana box by Jerry Akaminko.The striker elected himself for the kick and sent the ball into the roof of the net to make 2-2.Gyan attempted to put Ghana back in the lead but Kidiaba was on hand to parry his shot to corner.Ghana goalkeeper Dauda did well in the final ten minutes, tipping a low drive round the post.And despite ending in a draw, it is a result that Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah will not be happy with as his side let go a great lead.last_img read more

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Whicker: The Dodgers’ journey ends and the pain begins

first_imgYou can follow baseball for decades and never see a team win with more of a flourish than the midsummer Dodgers. They were the kings of the ninth inning and beyond.But their frenetic pitching decisions in the Series make you wonder how those arms will respond.Bullpens vary more from year to year than anything else. Kenley Jansen threw 229 pitches this postseason.So next year, just like all years, will be vastly different.The Dodgers badly need Walker Buehler to take Yu Darvish’s rotation spot. Buehler, the first-round pick in 2015, was named most exciting player in the Texas League by managers and coaches. You don’t associate pitchers with such excitement, and he was there for only 11 starts.What happens if Joc  Pederson reverts to late-summer form, if Taylor never sees another fastball, if Yasmani Grandal can’t be retrieved from postseason exile, if Kenta Maeda can’t recover from this unnatural month?What happens if Rick Honeycutt, the only pitching coach Clayton Kershaw has had, retires at age 63? How would the new guy work with a strong-minded triple Cy Young Award winner who has had back problems the past two seasons and turns 30 on March 19?And if the Dodgers do reach another World Series, will they construct their 25-man roster more intelligently?A team that got to October by using everybody got to November with a strange division of labor. Josh Fields gave up 40 hits in 57 innings with 60 strikeouts. He was rocked in Game 2 and wasn’t seen again. Tony Cingrani was effective and underworked.Brandon McCarthy’s presence on a roster was an unsolved mystery, but how about Pedro Baez? Relievers’ ERAs are deceptive, but his was 1.79 on Aug. 31 and he was a feared setup man.Then Baez faltered and made no playoff rosters. With all these analysts, coaches, instructors, therapists,  psychologists, theologians and holy men in the Dodgers’ employ, why wasn’t he redeemable?Three of the four trade-deadline acquisitions were of little help in the Series, with Tony Watson the exception.A Twitter-borne, ex post facto wave of second-guessing greeted Darvish’s Game 7 start, calling for Kershaw on two days’ rest instead.That isn’t worth dignifying. But what if Manager Dave Roberts had chosen Wood on three days’ rest to pitch Game 7 instead of Darvish? Well, that’s the call Mike Scioscia made in 2002 when the Angels’ manager picked rookie John Lackey over Ramon Ortiz. But Ortiz was no Darvish, who won two playoff games emphatically.Maybe it’s this simple: The Dodgers were 23-1 against the Reds, White Sox, Marlins and Mets, and they had a losing record against other National League playoff clubs, and they beat Arizona when Torey Lovullo made sure Robbie Ray couldn’t start effectively in the NLDS, and they beat the Cubs when the Cubs were exhausted and depleted by Washington.Even though they could have won the Series in five games with a sharp bullpen, they did well to get to Game 7 against a much better club that scored 12 runs or more in 19 games this season, and then got Justin Verlander, who will be there in 2018, too.The Dodgers can give their “we had a great season” speech now,  but they will be numb for a while. When they realize how rare it is to come that close, they will long for that numbness. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It is not true that nobody remembers who lost the World Series. Life would be easier if that were so.The ’86 Red Sox of Bill Buckner Tunnel fame are not remembered fondly. The ’95 Indians, who went 100-44 and were blanked by Tom Glavine at the end, became just another Cleveland team that died at the wire.The last team to lose a World Series and win the next one was Kansas City in 2014-15.Before that you go back to Oakland in 1988-89, with the Bash Brothers who had a right to think they should win three straight.center_img The point is that nothing is guaranteed, and the Dodgers’ magnificent 2017 will be a fading photograph until and unless Wednesday’s Game 7 loss is rectified.The definition of what’s acceptable has been narrowed to one outcome.That is a tough way to enter the 162-game march.“I think this is going to give us fuel, if you want to say that,” Chris Taylor said, before admitting that the needle was near zero.The journey was remarkable. In April, Taylor and Cody Bellinger were reinforcements, Brandon Morrow was in Oklahoma City, and Alex Wood was considered a tenuous starter. The Dodgers felt Julio Urias, Andrew Toles and Franklin Gutierrez would be more important.last_img read more

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NFL news and notes: Joe Namath dubs Tom Brady best ever; Amari Cooper wants to be Cowboy ‘a long time’

first_img Bills’ LeSean McCoy predicts comeback campaign in 2019 And as for America’s team, the Dallas Cowboys, one-third of their latest three-headed monster has pledged his allegiance (kind of) to the cause in Big D.Here are your Monday headlines from around the NFL: Related News Dak Prescott says there’s no ceiling on what Cowboys can do We’re approaching a new NFL season, but some of the same talking points will always surface.Tom Brady and his unprecedented longevity at the helm of the Patriots offense is reaching another level, one that a legend from a rival team can’t ignore.  “You want to do this again, huh?” Ramsey responded to ESPN’s Adam Schefter when asked for a breakdown of QBs he’ll face this season. “I’m not going to do this again but, we do play some good quarterbacks this year, of course, but probably the quarterback I’m most excited for is Nick Foles. I don’t have to play against him, of course. He is my teammate. He is a great teammate, the few interactions we’ve had has been great. Great man, great player as well. He has nothing to prove to anybody. He’s a Super Bowl champion, Super Bowl MVP. So, I hope he comes out here and he plays free and knows he has the support of everybody.”Ramsey not taking the bait, though disappointing in a way, was also refreshing for the young star.”I’m growing man, it’s Year 4 for me,” Ramsey said. “It’s a different me. A lot of people think they know me, they don’t really know me. But hey, that’s OK.” Amari Cooper wants to be a Cowboy ‘for a long time’Good news, Cowboys fans. Amari Cooper wants to be in Dallas just as much as you want him to be in Dallas.Speaking to the Dallas Morning News on Monday, the star wide receiver said he hopes to be a Cowboys “for a long time.”Amari Cooper when asked about his contract: “I really want to play well. I think everything starts with that. If you play good football, you’re going to be around a long time. And I do want to be a Dallas Cowboy for a long time.” pic.twitter.com/OzMOJaGZD9— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) June 24, 2019“I really want to play well. I think everything starts with that,” he said. “If you play good football, you’re going to be around a long time. And I do want to be a Dallas Cowboy for a long time.”Cooper led Dallas with 725 yards on 53 catches and had six touchdowns in nine games last season after being acquired from the Raiders in October. He is set to make $13 million in 2019 and will be a free agent after the season if he does not sign an extension.Titans want QB Marcus Mariota to be more mindful of hitsMarcus Mariota is an elite athlete who just hasn’t found the right formula for success in the NFL. But he can’t get it right if he’s not on the field, so Titans GM Jon Robinson said the team is pressing the quarterback to take fewer hits throughout the season.“The thing I’ve stressed to him, and I know our coaches have stressed to him is, Let’s live to play another play,” Robinson told Sports Illustrated. “Don’t take that hit. If you feel the pocket coming down on you and you take off running, and the ‘backer is coming off of coverage and he’s coming screaming at you, throw the ball away. It’s OK to punt, we’ll get another crack at it. That’s the main thing, it’s stressing to him — to try as best as possible, like all quarterbacks do, to avoid getting hit.”Mariota played in 14 games last season but threw only 11 touchdowns.Former Dolphins starter Ryan Tannehill was brought in this offseason to back up Mariota.Tom Brady is the best QB ever, according to ‘Broadway’ Joe NamathThe argument will never end for football fans, but according to Joe Namath, the crown for best quarterback of all time has been decided.When asked if Tom Brady is the best quarterback to ever strap on a helmet, the Hall of Fame Jets signal caller left no doubt as to where he stands.“I would have to say the he’s the best at answering the challenge there ever was, yes,” Namath told Howard Stern on Monday. “I’ve not seen anybody have that many big games and answer the challenge as well as he has.”Is @TomBrady the best-ever @NFL quarterback? @RealJoeNamath thinks so. “I’ve not seen anybody have that many big games and answer the challenge as well as he has,” he tells @HowardStern. pic.twitter.com/SmoIzrqp4p— Stern Show (@sternshow) June 24, 2019Namath pointed to Brady’s repeated success in big moments. The 42-year-old Brady has played in eight Super Bowls and won six of them.“Here’s a quarterback, when I watch pro football games, college games, you can literally see — and I actually lost games for our team by throwing poorly, throwing interceptions, I have not seen Tom Brady lose a game for his team,” Namath said.Cam Jordan tells Saints to pay wideout Mike ThomasMike Thomas has been a menace on the field for the Saints since being drafted in 2016.He’s broken the record for receptions in his first three seasons with 321 for 3,787 yards with 23 TDs. Now it’s time he gets new contract, according to teammate Cam Jordan.”Pay the man,” Jordan told NFL Network. “Nobody’s done what he’s done in his first three years. Highest paid.”Should @Cantguardmike become the league’s highest paid receiver?.@Saints DE @camjordan94 didn’t have to think long about this… pic.twitter.com/qLikvmSgEi— GMFB (@gmfb) June 24, 2019Thomas is entering the final year of his rookie deal and is slated to make just over $1.1 million in base salary. According to recent reports, Thomas is seeking a deal worth north of $20 million per season, which would make him the highest-paid wideout in the NFL.Jalen Ramsey turns a new leaf, won’t diss QBsJaguars defensive back Jalen Ramsey went wild last offseason throwing shade at several quarterbacks. But it’s a different story in 2019. Cowboys’ Amari Cooper lobbies for teammate Dak Prescott to get paidlast_img read more

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