China FA draws up plans to complete 2020 Chinese Super League season

first_imgRelatedPosts Martins joins Wuhan Zall Obafemi Martins replaces Ighalo in China Chinese Super League gets return date The Chinese Super League season could kick off in late June with the country’s football association preparing various plans to complete the campaign delayed by the COVID-19 pandemic.The league was scheduled to start on February 22 but was pushed back because of the novel coronavirus outbreak, which has infected more than 82,000 people in China, killing 4,633. “Plan A is to finish the season with 30 rounds,” Chinese Football Association (CFA) President Chen Xuyuan said.“We have a Plan B if the league were to kick off in late June and finish in December, and we have also designed Plan C for a later restart.“If we carry out Plan B, we’ll only have four months because of the calendar of the national team and AFC Champions League… Given that, we may divide the 16 teams into two groups and decide the champions and those relegated through two phases.”Chen said matches in the early part of the season would be played without fans in attendance and the governing body would then gradually allow them into venues.The CFA also announced a proposal to allow all professional clubs to cut the salaries of players and coaches by up to 50 percent to overcome the pandemic’s financial impact. The suggested cut would be backdated from March 1 until a week before the 2020 season begins.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Chen XuyuanChinese Football AssociationChinese Super Leaguelast_img read more

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Costa urged to improve fitness

first_img Mourinho’s men suffered their first defeat of the season at Newcastle on Saturday, with Costa again failing to trouble the scorers. But Mourinho told several national newspapers: “For me, the problem is not the goals – they will come as a consequence of his condition. “He has to improve his condition. He was injured and had many doubts because he went a long time without training. “Obviously that must have an effect on a player in the way he runs, the way he moves and in his co-ordination. “I don’t think there is any problem but he has to recover.” It remains to be seen whether Costa will be given the chance to build his match-sharpness in Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Sporting Lisbon, with Chelsea having already qualified for the knock-out stages. Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has called on striker Diego Costa to improve his fitness as he seeks to end his scoreless run. Press Associationcenter_img The Brazil-born Spain international hit the ground running after signing from Atletico Madrid in the summer, scoring seven goals in his first four Blues appearances. But he has netted only twice in his last seven, having been hampered by hamstring problems, and has been overtaken as the Barclays Premier League’s leading scorer by Sergio Aguero of Manchester City. last_img read more

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Golden Horn and Gleneagles declared for Irish Champion at Leopardstown

first_img Press Association Golden Horn and Gleneagles head a star field of eight horses declared for the Qipco Irish Champion Stakes at Leopardstown on Saturday, a race that will have an earlier start time due to weather concerns. Gleneagles has not been seen since making it three from three for the year in the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot. O’Brien is also represented by Secretariat Stakes winner Highland Reel and top-class filly Found. Last year’s winner The Grey Gatsby is set to defend his crown for Kevin Ryan, while Dermot Weld’s Prince of Wales’s Stakes hero Free Eagle is another major contender. Corine Barande-Barbe’s French superstar Cirrus Des Aigles and Jim Bolger’s Irish 1,000 Guineas and Yorkshire Oaks heroine Pleascach complete a stellar field. The only withdrawal at the 48-hour final declaration stage was Legatissimo, who goes for the Coolmore Fastnet Rock Matron Stakes on the same card. center_img The Classic-winning pair were set to meet in the Juddmonte International at York last month, but Gleneagles was a late withdrawal due to the ground while Golden Horn suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Arabian Queen. The much-awaited showdown between John Gosden’s Derby and Eclipse winner Golden Horn and the Aidan O’Brien-trained dual 2000 Guineas scorer Gleneagles is on again – but connections of the latter remain concerned about the ground turning soft. last_img read more

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Acadians fall 11-2 in legion opener

first_img Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff Latest Posts Bio Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014center_img Town report wins award – October 11, 2014 BANGOR — Missing five key players, the Trenton Acadians fell to the Penquis Navigators 11-2 in the season opener at Husson University on Sunday.The Acadians played without Conor Maguire, Nick Bagley, Tom Paola, Jon Phelps and Gage Feeney, who were absent due to other commitments.The Acadians scored a run in the seventh when Anthony Bianco reached base on a fielder’s choice and a double by Will Ricker.Trenton added a run in the ninth when Bianco singled and scored on Ricker’s second double of the game.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textSteve Hanscom started and went three innings, with Ricker pitching four inning and Bianco closing out with two innings.Penquis scored two runs in the first inning, four in the third, four in the fourth and one in the eighth.Trenton was scheduled to face Bangor Tuesday and will host Waldo tonight (Thursday) at 5:30 p.m. in Blue Hill and Brewer on Friday at 5:30 p.m.Find in-depth coverage of local news in The Ellsworth American. Subscribe digitally or in print. Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all)last_img read more

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UW readies for Big Ten Tourney

first_imgAfter concluding its regular season with three consecutive victories, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (8-10-0, 2-4-0 Big Ten) is set to take on an intimidating two-time defending national champion No. 2 Indiana squad (11-1-6, 2-1-3) in the first round of the Big Ten tournament today at the Leonard Thomas Athletic Complex in Evanston, Ill.With critical wins in its last two Big Ten matches — a 3-2 triumph over Michigan State and 2-1 defeat over Northwestern last Sunday — Wisconsin snagged the sixth seed in the 2005 Big Ten tournament.”I think it was really important to get a win and end with a series of wins,” Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman said of the last three games. “It definitely helps and gives us a lot of momentum heading into the tournament.”Despite earning only two Big Ten victories in 2005, Indiana seized the third seed for the tournament after tying three out of its six conference matches — against Michigan State, Northwestern and Ohio State. After finishing undefeated in the Big Ten, Penn State grabbed the first seed bye, while Ohio State sneaked ahead of the Hoosiers to take the second seed. While Wisconsin finished its regular season on a three-match win streak, Indiana enters the post-season unbeaten in its last 10 matches with a 7-0-3 record. Throughout that streak, Indiana outscored its opponents 30-8, including 5-0 and 6-0 blowouts over IUPUI and Butler, respectively.Two weeks ago, Indiana head coach Mike Freitag’s squad found themselves down 3-0 to No. 3 Maryland with only 17 minutes remaining in the contest. In a thrilling comeback, the Hoosiers tied the match with the final goal being scored with just five seconds remaining on the clock. To counter this explosive Indiana offense, Rohrman believes his squad will have to put pressure on the Hoosiers’ goal tonight rather than sit back and play defensively.”We have to attack them, we can’t let them control the flow of the game,” Rohrman said. “We’ve been scoring goals and playing well going forward — we certainly haven’t scored the goals we have by sitting back on defense. They’re very quick coming forward, so it will definitely be a battle back there.”In the last match of their regular season, Indiana defeated the top team in the nation with a 1-0 overtime victory over Akron. Scoring the all-important goal for the Hoosiers was senior midfielder Brian Plotkin — the goal was Plotkin’s eighth of the season. Despite his game-winning performance, Plotkin ultimately hurt his team in the long stretch by picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Akron. As a result of his accumulation of cards, Plotkin will miss tonight’s clash. “Right from the start we’ll have an advantage over the last time we played [Indiana] because Brian Plotkin’s out this time,” Rohrman said. “He got his fifth yellow last week, so his absence will definitely play in our favor.”In the Wisconsin-Indiana matchup earlier this season, Indiana scored three second half goals to win 5-2. After scoring his second goal of the year in that match, Wisconsin redshirt freshman Victor Diaz has scored in each of the remaining games of the season — seven goals in a streak of six matches. Although Diaz leads the team offensively with eight goals, praise must also be given to the fine play of the teammates surrounding him.”[Victor has] done very well the past few weeks,” Rohman said. “While he has established himself as one of our top attacking guys, I think we’ve also got to give some credit to the guys around him — he’s been the recipient of a lot of hard work.”Although Wisconsin has lost the past 12 matches with Indiana and is 0-4 all-time against the Hoosiers in Big Ten tournament play, Rohrman’s squad is optimistic about the matchup and excited for a chance to knock off the two-time defending national champions.”I think it’s going to be a great game,” Diaz said. “If we play at the level we’ve been playing at lately, I think we have a good chance to do well.”The winner of tonight’s match will play in the second semi-final on Friday, Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m. against the victor of second-seeded Ohio State and seventh-seeded Northwestern.last_img read more

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MLAX : Palasek named tournament’s most outstanding player; Orange takes advantage of man-up chances

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ VILLANOVA, Pa. – Tommy Palasek was named the Big East championship’s Most Outstanding Player after combining to score four goals and dish out seven assists in Syracuse’s two games this weekend.The senior attack played the role of quarterback, leading a potent and balanced attack for the Orange against Villanova and St. John’s. Following the game, Palasek was modest about his success during the tournament.‘It’s not me, it’s our whole offense,’ Palasek said. ‘Even Villanova from the start of this whole tournament, we’ve been moving well. Coach said we execute better than we have all year and that’s just allows me to do my thing out there.’Palasek led a resurgence on offense for the Orange throughout the tournament. During SU’s 15-6 win over Villanova on Thursday, Palasek scored one goal and dished out three assists with midfielders Bobby Eilers and Matt Walters as the beneficiaries. He capped off his exceptional tournament with three goals and three assists against the Red Storm, playing a role in SU’s first four goals as it jumped out to an early 4-0 lead against St. John’s. The Orange went on to defeat the Red Storm 12-4 in the Big East tournament title game.The offense came alive in a big way during the team’s two contests. It was the second and fourth-most goals the team has scored all season against the Wildcats and Red Storm, respectively.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEilers credited that to a renewed patience on offense. Syracuse never trailed in either game and as a result, the Orange were able to control the pace of the game and work to get the ball to the open man.And that’s where Palasek thrives. He often threaded the needle into tight gaps to an open player and other times he kept the defense honest by cutting in from behind the net.Syracuse benefitted from Palasek’s play in the attacking zone. And SU’s endurance on offense led to two of its best offensive performances all season.‘We’ve been forcing shots, so I guess we haven’t been as accurate,’ Eilers said,’but when you work the ball and find the open shot then you have open lanes to shoot and you become more accurate.’Syracuse capitalizes on extra-man opportunities St. John’s head coach Jason Miller mentioned his team’s costly penalties briefly while putting Syracuse’s 12-4 victory over the Red Storm into perspective.The Orange outplayed St. John’s in every area of the game. SU took more shots, won more faceoffs and picked up more ground balls while shutting down its attack.And penalties didn’t help the Red Storm’s chances against a Syracuse team playing its best lacrosse of the season.‘Let’s be real clear we didn’t lose today because of the penalty situation but it certainly hurt us more momentum-wise and tempo-wide and getting into any kind of good rhythm in terms of being able to play well,’ Miller said. ‘We felt like we were scrambling around for a good percentage of the first half.’St. John’s was called for seven penalties in the contest, leading to easy chances for the Syracuse offense. And the Orange capitalized, going 5-of-6 on extra-man opportunities to fuel a second straight offensive outburst at the Big East tournament.After St. John’s was whistled for the first penalty of the game, Eilers connected from straightaway on a low, bouncing shot past goaltender Jeff Lowman to put Syracuse up 2-0. Derek Maltz added another on the man-up just over a minute later and the Orange was starting to take control.Luke Cometti came out of the break on the man-up and finished a wide-open chance along the crease to push the Orange advantage to 8-0 just seven seconds into the half. The Orange cruised from there and added two more man-up goals to complete its 12-goal explosion in the fourth quarter.For head coach John Desko, his team’s efficiency on the man-up was just another sign of its growth from a mediocre regular season to a stellar two-game performance to take the Big East tournament championship.‘We’ve improved in certain aspects of our game,’ Desko said. ‘I think we’re more confident in our faceoffs, the man-up has definitely improved in the last third, half of the season here and offensively I think it just helps.’rjgery@syr.eduadtredin@syr.edu Published on May 5, 2012 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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Tickets for Final Four to go on sale to public Monday

first_imgTravel packages to the Orange’s first Final Four appearance since 2003 will go on sale Monday to the general public. Student season ticket holders will receive an email late Saturday night with instructions on special tickets for the game, according to a news release sent out by Syracuse University Athletics Saturday afternoon.The travel packages will be sold exclusively through Anthony Travel on www.AnthonyTravel.com or via phone at (855) 665-3290. The packages include items such as hotel accommodations, tickets to the two Final Four games and the championship game and shuttle service.Syracuse advanced to the Final Four after beating Marquette 55-39 in Washington, D.C. on Saturday afternoon. The Orange will play the winner of Michigan-Florida in Atlanta at the Georgia Dome next Saturday.Tickets have already gone on sale to Syracuse University trustees and premium athletic donors. Regular season ticket holders and athletic donors of $125-$4,999 will be able to order packages Sunday.If any tickets remain after they go on sale to the public Monday, they will be available for purchase with no hotel requirement at the Carrier Dome Box Office on Tuesday at 10 a.m.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe public is limited to buying two ticket packages an account — which includes one hotel room for four nights.Prices for the charter air travel package range from $1,709-$3,339. For land travel packages, the price is between $799-$2,489, according to Anthony Travel’s website. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 30, 2013 at 8:40 pm Contact Dylan: dmsegelb@syr.edu | @dylan_segelbaumlast_img read more

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Syracuse’s Powless prepares Netherlands for lacrosse World Championship with teachings of Onondaga

first_img Published on July 10, 2014 at 3:42 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Facebook Twitter Google+ The Netherlands men’s lacrosse team ventured to Boulder Creek River on its eighth day of training camp at the University of Colorado Boulder.Some weary, injured players rested their legs in the icy water. Others tossed around a soccer ball in the current and bonded with teammates while cooling off from the heat.Neal Powless, the team’s head coach, joined them.Powless is a member of the Onondaga Nation and obeys what the Onondaga call natural law — protecting nature for the purpose of human sustainability — and greatly values clean, natural water. His respect for the environment was instilled in him through his heritage. So too, was lacrosse.He’s passing along both to his Dutch team, which opens its Federation of International Lacrosse World Championship campaign Friday against China.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“How you take care of your life and how you take care of your things translate directly over to how you take care of your lacrosse stick,” said Dutch assistant coach Ryan Demorest. “Neal knows that better than anybody.”Powless, an Assistant Director of the Native Student Program at Syracuse University, is the first Native American head coach of a national lacrosse team outside North America. He shares his wisdom of the game through its religious aspects, relating them to Dutch culture as he prepares the Netherlands to play eight games in nine days.He has implemented a fast-pace offense that includes pick-and-rolls, creative shooting and passing in tight quarters — all elements of the free-flowing and artistic style of the Iroquois, or Haudenosaunee.Iroquois is a name that outsiders gave to them and Haudenosaunee is what they call themselves. But to receive more public recognition, their lacrosse team is referred to as the Iroquois Nationals.The Haudenosaunee were the first ones to play the sport. They believe that they received the game from the Creator as a gift, and it’s to be played for His enjoyment and as a medicinal game to heal the ill.“You can identify who we are by how we carry ourselves and how we play lacrosse,” Powless said.To compensate for distance, Powless sent instructional videos to his players overseas after accepting the head coaching job in November. The first video included a demonstration of a behind-the-back pass.“What I’ve been encouraging a lot of the players to do is to use their individual skills,” Powless said. “Pass in a thousand different ways so as a player you become more creative on the field.”During a scrimmage in training camp, the Netherlands’ offensive plays were being well-defended and they struggled playing in a structured manner.Then, Powless told his team to abandon the playbook and “just play.” Immediately, they played with more imagination and effectiveness.It’s a style grown from box lacrosse, which Powless played professionally. It’s an indoor version of the game especially popular among the Haudenosaunee. The use of pick-and-rolls facilitates off-ball movement and confusion for opposing defenses.“When you get it on the field and you equate it to the field, there’s more space so it’s a very dangerous type of offense,” assistant coach Bill Bjorness said.By the end of the tournament, members of the Dutch team will have been living together for about three weeks. From the start of those three weeks, Powless tried to build relationships deeper than just player-coach.Powless has spent time stringing sticks with some of his players, and discussing lacrosse as his heritage, culture and religion. He’s gained respect by sharing his background, explaining what lacrosse means to him and participating in team activities like ice bathing and running sprints with players.Powless learned from his parents — his father is one of 14 Onondaga chiefs — that he must always remember where he came from and what that means. It’s something he hopes he’s passed on to his Dutch players.“Lacrosse is lacrosse in the end,” Powless said. “But I just want to make sure that these guys understand the roots. It’s not just a game. It’s more than that.” Commentslast_img read more

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Famed German machine reduced to Korean toys

first_imgGermany’s world cup campaign has gone South after South Korea with almost nothing to play for gave it everything to record a most upsetting win.All the Germans needed was a goal and in Kroos, Reus, Ozil, Werner, Mueller and Gomez, the defending champions had abounding technical ability to overcome opposition.But South Korea faced with an improbable mathematical chance to qualify went the way of suicide bombers, holding down the Germans along enough to crash out the tournament together.South Koreas took in everything from the Germans including a shot in the groin area of a defender capable of wiping out an entire unborn generation.It always seemed likely a big name will fall out of the big games after Spain, Portugal and Argentina survived a scary last round of matches to heave a sigh of qualification relief.But it was the Germans who were caught in the net of upsets and dragged out into the hell created by twitter trolls.  Joachim Low sends Germany to a new low with the first-round exit, the first in 80years. The Germans were beginning to believe again after that Toni Kroos late striker bailed the defending champions from the hands of a gritty Swedish team. That win appears to have only postponed their exit to the last round of matches.The Germans began the game with questionable desire despite their unquestionable passing. After 35 minutes, the Germans had passed the ball around 258 times. South Korea passes was 47. Sitting deep, huddled over into a shape that allowed Germans to cross in only for the ball to bounce out through some good defending.Leon Goretzka, Mario Gomez, Timo Werner all had great chances to make a goal out of their headers at almost point blank range but some reflexes from Jo Hyeonwoo and a bit of luck ensure the ball was saved, punched out or just glanced wide.Kroos, the player with the most shots on goal for the German team had at least two good chances to improve his reputation as a match winner but his efforts were denied by South Korean bodies.But while the German had great chances, it was actually their opponents, Taeguk Warriors, who had the match-winning traits – passion and determination. For a team that had lost their first two games, perhaps the South Koreans got their passion from the need to revenge the knock-out by Ballack’s goal in the 2002 World Cup semi-final clash. The Warriors broke out on the counter and added tempo to a game the Die Nationalmannschaft had kept at a low pace. They faced a herculean task to qualify needing to beat Germany and rely on group leaders Mexico to beat Sweden.But somehow, in a way which was impossible to predict, the South Koreans held their side of the bargain so well for so long and so shockingly, scoring two goals – the last one an embarrasment for Germany after Tottenham star Son had only to stroke the ball into a wide open and empty net.Mexico-Sweden game gave a shocker of its own after the South Americans suffered a 3-0 loss to the Swedes. The results lifted Sweden to the top as it lifted South Korea from the bottom of group F.The first half had important flashes of an upset best seen in 19minute when Jung Woo-young’s freekick from 30 yards caused Nuer all sorts of trouble. He spilled it and had to struggle to punch it out of the way of Son. The Warriors would have to wait until injury time when a nervous German side failed to deal well with a corner to allow Kim Young-gwon to sneak in a goal at the far post after it knocked off Kroos and Sule to fall in his path. The goal was initially ruled offside but VAR intervention helped the referee reverse the decision to give South Korea a shock lead.By now news of Sweden’s rout had already eliminated the defending champions who just could not believe how they could not convert several yawning chances.Goalkeeper embodied this disbelief as he abandoned his duties and joined the team in attack. The sweeper keeper who loves to use his feet found himself deep inside the Korean half but he lost possession to a red-shirt who had to launch a long shot going for the net. But captain Son, the furtherest Korean player followed after the ball which needed to be guided into the net with one simple muscle movement to add more injury to the Germans in injury time.It was stoppage time goals that stopped Germany in Russia. The team ranked world number one have been yanked off by 57th-ranked South Korea.  Expect more…last_img read more

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Video: Chicago airport catering cart nearly slams into plane on tarmac

first_imgVideo showing an out of control American Airlines catering cart at Chicago’s O’Hare Airport is going viral.No injuries were reported after the unmanned cart was seen on Monday spinning around in circles and crashing into a plane parked at a gate.In the video, an airport employee eventually stops the cart by ramming it with another vehicle.American Airlines said they believe an accelerator on the cart got stuck, causing it to lose control.No other information is available.last_img

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