Hockey News Hockey World Cup 2018: India chase history against Netherlands in crunch quarterfinal clash

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Hockey News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Bhubaneswar: Their shoulders are burdened with weight of expectations but it won’t be easy for India to end a 43-year long wait when they take on mighty Netherlands in the quarterfinal of the men’s hockey World Cup, here Thursday. Boasting a rich hockey legacy, India last played in the semi-final of the World Cup way back in 1975 when they went on to lift their maiden title. Of late, the game has witnessed an upward trend in the country but the history does not favour the hosts against the mighty Dutchmen, whom the Indians have never beaten in the World Cup. In the six earlier meetings at the quadrennial event, Netherlands defeated India five times while one ended in a draw. And if Manpreet Singh and his men get past the Dutch on Thursday, they will not only break a jinx but also rewrite history and ink their names in the one of the golden chapters of the Indian hockey.  Going by present form and rankings, there is hardly anything to differentiate between the two sides.  While Netherlands are placed fourth in the current world rankings, India are a rung below in the fifth position.  The last time India and Netherlands faced each in the Champions Trophy earlier this, the match had ended in a 1-1 draw.  The over-all head-to-head record belongs to Netherlands. In the 105 games played between the two sides so far, India have won 33, lost 48 while the rest ended in draws.  However, the two sides have shared the spoils since 2013. India and Netherlands have faced each other nine times since 2013, winning four apiece while one game finished in a draw.  Read More | Hockey World Cup 2018: India beat Canada 5-1 to reach quarterfinals And for India captain Manpreet Singh past results hold significance.  “The past results matter a lot because Netherlands have a better result against us. But, we have played well against them recently. We have also beaten them, drew against them at the Champions Trophy. Indian hockey has improved a lot. The match will be tough and whichever team plays better will win,” Manpreet said.  Read More | Hockey World Cup 2018: France stun Olympic champions ArgentinaThe India-Netherlands duel is expected to be a fast-paced, attacking encounter with both the teams heavily relying on their goal scoring abilities to come out winners.  Both India and Netherlands have scored heavily in the poll stages. While India have scored 12 goals and conceded three, the Dutch have pumped in 18 goals and conceded five.  In the likes of captain Billy Bakker, Seve van Ass, Jeroen Hertzberger, Mirco Pruijser, Robbert Kemperman, Thiery Brinkman, the Dutch have got plenty of experience in the midfield and its strike force. It will be a real test for the Indian defence on Thursday.  The Indians too would be relying on their strikers Mandeep Singh, Simranjeet Singh, Lalit Upadhyay and Akashdeep Singh to continue their good work. With the Kalinga Stadium expected to be packed to its full capacity, there will also be tremendous pressure on the Indian team and the Dutch will be more than happy to exploit any mistake.  “This will be not be the first time. We have played in front of big crows in pool games and in the past as well. We are used to playing in front of big crowds,? Netherlands coach Max Caldas said.  “We always try to play in our own pace, whether it is fast or slow. We like to dictate. We are not concerned about India because we can’t influence what India will do.”  Netherlands skipper Bakker added: “The Indian team also has lot of pressure. They need to perform in front of their home crowd. So I feel the pressure is more on the Indian team than us.”  Meanwhile in the first quarterfinal, Germany will take on Belgium. last_img read more

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Football News Manchester City eye quadruple next season after stumbling in UEFA Champions League

first_img‘Never get perfection’  The former Barcelona and Bayern Munich boss whose City side, thanks to a quirk of the fixture list next play Tottenham again in the Premier League on Saturday, added: “Who knows what’s going to happen in the future? The present is this game and I will try. “I will dream next season of fighting for the four titles, that’s my dream.” Despite the traumatic nature of the aggregate reverse on away goals against Spurs, City are still just six wins — five in the league and the FA Cup Final — away from becoming the first English team ever to win a domestic treble. Rather than forget the disappointment of midweek, the City manager hopes the memory of that painful loss will inspire his side, although the Catalan boss accepted he could not be sure of his star-studded team’s reaction.   “I don’t know,” he said. “Before the game, you don’t know how you will play, you never know how you’ll react, we were out other times, and we reacted well. Perfection you never get, never, but you have to try to achieve it. Perfection would be 4-0, it was 4-3, or 7-0,” Guardiola explained.               “We create chances to score seven. So perfection never exists, but you have to try.” Just like City’s Champions League exit two years ago, when they scored five times in the home leg with Monaco only to go out on away goals, Guardiola’s disappointment was amplified by the fact they scored four times against Spurs on Wednesday in a losing effort.  “We have to improve the defensive department in this stage of the competition and be more solid but in general we want to improve,” he said. “But the way we play, we’ve scored 154 goals, but the way we play with a good game for everyone here and around the world we’re not going to change.” Manchester City can become the first English team to win the Domestic Treble.Manchester City need five wins in Premier League to seal the title.Manchester City will face Watford for the FA Cup title. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. highlights Manchester: Pep Guardiola will target the quadruple again next season with Manchester City despite the disappointment of this week’s Champions League exit against Tottenham. Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino and Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp — Guardiola’s closest challenger for the Premier League title — have both advanced to the semi-finals of Europe’s leading club competition. But, unlike Guardiola, that duo has placed far less emphasis on the domestic cup competitions, fielding weakened sides in the early rounds of the League Cup and FA Cup. By contrast Guardiola, in contrast, has always fielded full, or near-full, strong teams, leaving him open to accusations fatigue is hampering his team in the season’s closing stages. Nevertheless, the City manager, who won the League Cup against Chelsea and faces an FA Cup final date with Watford next month, is adamant he would never deliberately attempt to be knocked out of the competition.  “I don’t understand in my profession, it is not to say I don’t want to win, I don’t understand that,” said Guardiola. “If I lose it’s because the opponent beat me or beat us. I’m not going to drop any competitions because maybe in the future it will be better.”last_img read more

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Cricket News One Bangalore Blasters Player, Batting Coach Arrested In Karnataka Premier League Match-Fixing Probe

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Bangalore Blasters bowling coach Vinu Prasad and batsman Vishwanathan have been arrested in the ongoing probe into match-fixing during the Karnataka Premier League. The arrests come as the probe into match-fixing in the recent Karnataka Premier League Twenty20 tournament widens. The Central Crime Branch (CCB) in Bangalore arrested the two persons after revelations that the duo were accused of fixing the match between Bangalore Blasters and Belagavi Panthers. A quote by Joint Commissioner of Police (JCP) Sandeep Patil said, “The accused batted slowly for which he got Rs 5 lakh. Few bookies are involved and they will also be arrested,” Patil said. The CCB are further probing the case for more details as the match-fixing scandal in the Karnataka Premier League continues to grow deeper.The developments come after the CCB had arrested one person after an FIR was registered against two bookies. Bhavesh Bafna was one of the persons arrested while Sanyam was absconding. It was reported that the duo had approached the Ballary Tuskers and they had requested one bowler to concede more than 10 runs per over but the bowler refused. In this scandal, the police had arrested Belagavi Panthers’ owner Ali for allegedly placing bets with a bookie based in Dubai.The Karnataka Premier League had witnessed a new world record when at the M Chinnaswamy stadium, there was a dream all-round performance in a Twenty20 match in recent times. The game between Bellary Tuskers and Shimoga Lions, Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham blasted an unbeaten 134* and contributed 66 percent of Bellary’s total of 203/3. Gowtham came back and decimated the Shimoga batting line-up to take 8/15 in four overs to help Bellary Tuskers beat Shimoga Lions by 70 runs courtesy the VJD method. Gowtham’s all-round show was simply sensational and it broke plenty of world records.Also Read | 134 runs, 8/15 in a Twenty20 – Krishnappa Gowtham becomes one-man demolition army in Karnataka Premier League T20The Hubli Tigers were crowned the 2019 Karnataka Premier League champions as they defeated Ballari Tuskers by eight runs to win the tournament at the SDNR Wadiyar stadium. Devdutt Padikkal (68) and CM Gautam (29) had kept Ballari Tuskers in the game with a fifty and a solid partnership and but superb bowling from the pacers Abhilash Shetty (3/34) and Aditya Somanna (3/24) helped them lift the crown. It was a great final for Somanna, who top scored for Hubli with 47. Hubli Tigers were led by former India player R Vinay Kumar.last_img read more

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first_img Associated Press Patrick Mahomes (mah-HOHMZ’) engineered three touchdown drives in a 6:13 span of the fourth quarter as the Chiefs roared back from a 10-point deficit to defeat the San Francisco 49ers, 31-20 in Super Bowl 54. It’s the first NFL championship for the Chiefs since beating the Minnesota Vikings, 24-7 in Super Bowl 4.Mahomes righted himself after throwing interceptions on consecutive possessions. The comeback started when Mahomes engineered a 68-yard drive that was capped by a one-yard scoring toss to Travis Kelce (KEHL’-see). The Chiefs quarterback put his team ahead for the first time since the second quarter by hitting Damien Williams for a five-yard TD. Williams later capped his 104-yard rushing performance by scampering 38 yards to give Kansas City breathing room.Mahomes shook off a slow start to finish 26 of 42 for 286 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Tyreek Hill had 105 receiving yards on nine catches, and Sammy Watkins had five receptions for 98 yards.The 49ers took advantage of Mahomes’ first interception by turning it into a one-yard scoring run by Raheem Mostert late in the third quarter. Mostert’s scoring run gave San Francisco a 20-10 lead.Chiefs coach Andy Reid earned his 222nd career victory, and his first in a Super Bowl. No other coach had won more games without winning an NFL championship. — Pierre-Luc Dubois (look doo-BWAH’) scored twice and added an assist to send the Blue Jackets to their seventh win in eight games, 4-3 over the Canadiens. Columbus netminder Elvis Merzlikins (murz-LIH’-kihnz) made 27 saves and improved to 10-2-0 since replacing injured starter Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh). The Jackets are 11-2-1 since New Year’s Eve, pushing them one point ahead of the Islanders for third place in the Metropolitan Division.TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPENDjokovic wins 8th Australian titleMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has won a record-extending eighth Australian Open championship, beating Dominic Thiem (teem) 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. No other man in the history of tennis has won this tournament more than six times.It’s the 17th Grand Slam title for Djokovic, who has five titles from Wimbledon, three from the U.S. Open and one from the French Open. Only Roger Federer’s 20 and Rafael Nadal’s (nah-DAHLZ’) 19 top Djokovic’s Grand Slam count. — Andre Drummond had a double-double and the Pistons rallied from an early 21-point deficit to beat the Nuggets, 128-123 in overtime. Drummond had 21 points and 17 rebounds before fouling out midway through OT. Reggie Jackson added 20 points and Bruce Brown scored 19 as Detroit ended a five-game losing streak.NBA-NETS-IRVING OUTKyrie Irving out at least a week with right knee sprainNEW YORK (AP) — Nets guard Kyrie Irving will miss at least a week with a sprained medial ligament in his right knee.Irving was injured in the fourth quarter of Saturday’s loss to Washington. He and Wizards guard Bradley Beal became entangled while battling for a loose ball. Irving’s knee twisted as he landed on the court, causing him to stay down for a couple minutes before taking the jump ball and heading to the locker room. Djokovic’s victory means he will return to No. 1 in the rankings, replacing Nadal.Thiem is 0-for-3 in Grand Slam finals.PGA-PHOENIX OPENSimpson rallies to win Phoenix OpenSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Webb Simpson rallied late in regulation to beat Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and capture the PGA’s Waste Management Phoenix Open. The 49ers fell short in their bid for a record-tying sixth Super Bowl title, even though they dominated for much of the first 3 1/2 quarters. Garoppolo threw for 219 yards and kept the Chiefs’ defense guessing by completing passes to eight receivers.NBA-SCHEDULERockets rally past PelicansUNDATED (AP) — James Harden and the Houston Rockets were able to cool off the surging New Orleans Pelicans while staying atop the NBA’s Southwest Division.Harden fell one assist shy of a triple-double as the Rockets guard delivered 40 points and 10 rebounds in a 117-109 victory over the Pelicans. New Orleans led 97-92 until Harden nailed a 3-pointer that sparked Houston’s comeback. Irving was less than two weeks removed from returning to the lineup after missing 26 games with a right shoulder injury.T25 MEN’S BASKETBALLHawkeyes rally past IlliniIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa has won a Big Ten matchup of top-25 teams.Luka Garza contributed 25 points and the 18th-ranked Hawkeyes ended Illinois’ seven-game winning streak by downing the 19th-ranked Illini, 72-65. Garza was held scoreless for the first 15 minutes before finishing 9-for-16 from the field, including a career-high four 3-pointers. He also had 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Update on the latest sports Brandon Tanev (TAN’-ehv) scored the eventual game-winner and Matt Murray stood tall during a last-minute onslaught to help the Penguins secure a 4-3 victory in Washington. Tanev’s goal with 2:33 remaining gave the Pens a seemingly comfortable 4-2 lead, but Lars Eller put the pressure back on Pittsburgh by scoring just 15 seconds later.Murray finished with 29 saves and Patric Hornqvist provided the go-ahead tally, one day after the forward underwent a dental procedure. Sidney Crosby had an assist in his 50th career game against Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (oh-VEHCH’-kihn), who was held off the scoresheet.Eller scored twice for the Capitals.Elsewhere on NHL ice:— The Hurricanes pulled out a 4-3 win over the Canucks on Justin Willliams’ second game-winning shootout goal in four games since returning to Carolina. Nino Niederreiter (NEE’-dur-eye-tur), Sebastian Aho (AH’-hoh) and Andrei Svechnikov (SVEHCH’-nih-kahv) scored in regulation to back James Reimer, who made 32 saves. Vancouver’s winning streak ended at five games despite Elias (eh-LEE’-uhs) Pettersson’s two goals. The American three-time overall champion decided to skip the races in the 2014 Olympic resort after winning the previous super-G and a downhill in Bulgaria a week ago.The win left the Italian 270 points short of Shiffrin’s leading tally. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-SUPER BOWLChiefs, Niners tied at halftimeMIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs have ended a half-century of frustration. Russell Westbrook added 22 points for the Rockets and Ben McLemore had 22 off the bench.Rookie sensation Zion Williamson had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Pelicans, whose three-game winning streak was snapped.Checking out Sunday’s other NBA action:— Giannis Antetokounmpo’s (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-pohz) 30 points and 19 rebounds were among the Bucks’ highlights in a 129-108 rout of the Suns. Fellow All-Star Khris Middleton had 25 points, eight rebounds and six assists for Milwaukee, which shot 49.5% and made 15 of 38 from 3-point range. The Bucks rebounded from Friday’s setback against Denver and avoided just their second losing streak since the start of last season.— Terence Davis scored a career-high 31 points and the Raptors picked up their team-record 11th consecutive victory by ripping the Bulls, 129-102. Pascal Siakam (see-A’-kam) added 17 points for Toronto, which outscored the Bulls 69-39 in the second half to beat Chicago for the 12th straight time. The Raptors were without guard Norman Powell, who broke the ring finger on his left hand in Friday’s win at Detroit. February 2, 2020 Simpson birdied the final two holes of regulation to force a playoff before sinking a 10-foot birdie putt on the first extra hole to win it. Finau missed an 18-foot birdie try in the playoff.Simpson closed with a 2-under 69 for a 17 under total.WORLD WCUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-GBrignone wins super-G in overall leader Shiffrin’s absenceROSA KHUTOR, Russia (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won a women’s World Cup super-G after overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin sat out the race. Joe Wieskamp and CJ Fredrick each had 18 points for the Hawkeyes, who hit five of their last seven shots.Illinois led 62-61 before going scoreless over a 3:59 stretch, ending the drought in the closing seconds.NHL-SCHEDULEPens hold off CapsUNDATED (AP) — A month ago it appeared the Washington Capitals were poised to run away with the NHL’s Metropolitan Division title. The Pittsburgh Penguins have changed all that by winning 16 of their last 21 games to get within four points of the Caps with one game in hand.last_img read more

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UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditLONDON (AP) — English Premier League champion Manchester City was banned by UEFA from the Champions League for two seasons on Friday for “serious breaches” of spending rules in a seismic ruling against one of world football’s wealthiest clubs.The Abu Dhabi-owned team was also fined 30 million euros ($33 million) after an investigation that was sparked by leaks showing City overstated sponsorship revenue in a bid to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations.The punishment prevents City from playing in any European competition, including the Europa League, until the 2022-23 season. It could have a significant impact on the club’s ability to sign players and retain manager Pep Guardiola, whose contract expires next season. February 14, 2020 The leaks showed how City allegedly tried to artificially raise its revenue, in one case by 30 million euros, according to emails from 2013 reported by Der Spiegel. Abu Dhabi United Group was alleged to be sending cash to a shell vehicle which was created to supposedly buy the right to use players’ images in marketing campaigns.There were further examples that Sheikh Mansour could have been the source of sponsorship revenue for Abu Dhabi state-owned companies like investment firm Aabar. Der Spiegel cited a 2010 email to Aabar from Pearce, the City director who also works for Abu Dhabi’s Executive Affairs Authority.“As we discussed, the annual direct obligation for Aabar is GBP 3 million,” Pearce wrote. “The remaining 12 million GBP requirement will come from alternative sources provided by His Highness.”City has already been punished by UEFA for violating FFP, striking an agreement in 2014 that saw the team fined rather than banned from the Champions League for inflated sponsorship deals with companies linked to the club or its ownership.A leaked 2014 email from City lawyer Simon Cliff to a colleague showed the death of UEFA’s lead FFP investigator being celebrated: “1 down, 6 to go.” UEFA bans Man City from Champions League for 2 seasons “This is a case initiated by UEFA, prosecuted by UEFA and judged by UEFA,” the club said. “With this prejudicial process now over, the club will pursue an impartial judgment as quickly as possible and will therefore, in the first instance, commence proceedings with the Court of Arbitration for Sport at the earliest opportunity.”City has never disputed the authenticity of the information contained in internal emails that were published by German media outlet Der Spiegel in October 2018 and shows alleged schemes by the club to allegedly cover up the true source of income in a bid to comply with FFP.The UEFA statement on Friday did not reference any specifics of the evidence that led to the punishment In 2015, Der Spiegel said emails were being sent internally at City showing the manipulation of sponsorship revue from Etihad Airways, the state-owned airline from Abu Dhabi, which is the naming rights sponsor of City’s stadium and training campus as well as appearing on jerseys. The sponsorship was said to generate 67.5 million pounds (about $85 million) annually for City. But City’s holding company — the state-backed Abu Dhabi United Group — channeled 59.9 million pounds back to Etihad, according to Jorge Chumillas, the club’s chief financial officer, in an internal email to club director Simon Pearce. A Portuguese man, Rui Pinto, has been implicated in the obtaining of damaging information about European football. Pinto’s lawyer, Francisco Teixeira da Mota, said his client has been helping law enforcement in other European countries with investigations into their clubs’ finances.Pinto was extradited last year to Portugal from Hungary, where he had lived since 2015, after Portuguese police investigations concluded he hacked into computers in his home country. He has been held in detention in Portugal since March.A Portuguese judge ruled last month that prosecutors have enough evidence incriminating Pinto for him to stand trial. Pinto is accused of attempted extortion and hacking into secret information held by Sporting Lisbon and the Portuguese soccer federation, including financial dealings.___More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The verdict was delivered on Friday to City following a hearing of UEFA’s club financial control body on Jan. 22. “The adjudicatory chamber, having considered all the evidence, has found that Manchester City Football Club committed serious breaches of the UEFA club licensing and financial fair play regulations by overstating its sponsorship revenue in its accounts and in the break-even information submitted to UEFA between 2012 and 2016,” UEFA said in a statement. “The adjudicatory chamber has also found that in breach of the regulations the club failed to cooperate in the investigation of this case.”City plays Real Madrid in the Champions League round of 16 this month but would not get to defend the title if it lifts the European Cup for the first time.City said it would appeal against the sanctions, criticizing a “flawed” process. Associated Press Since July 2011, UEFA has monitored the accounts of all clubs entering its two club competitions in a bid to curb unfettered spending on players regardless of the owners’ wealth.The first period UEFA assessed clubs for compliance with FFP was 2011-13, when owners were allowed to cover losses up to 45 million euros.City has been transformed into an English soccer power in the decade since being bought by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, a deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates and a member of Abu Dhabi’s royal family, winning the Premier League four times since 2012. City has endured a problematic title defense on the field, sitting second in the Premier League 22 points behind Liverpool. The City Football Group, of which City is the key component, was valued at $4.8 billion in November after U.S. private equity firm Silver Lake bought a stake of around 10% for $500 million. Silver Lake became the second major partner in the group, with a Chinese consortium owning 12% of the equity. There are partner clubs in New York, Melbourne and Yokohama, among others.Questions have been raised about how the leaks were obtained that now cast a shadow on the reputation of City.last_img read more

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first_img Associated Press In other college basketball news:— Florida will have its top scorer back next season. Forward Keyontae Johnson announced on social media Tuesday that he plans to return for his junior year with the Gators, a huge boost for coach Mike White’s program. Johnson averaged 14.0 points a game to lead the team in scoring and was second in rebounding. He also led the team in steals with 38, was second in 3-point shooting at 38% and ranked third in assists with 49.NFL-NEWSChargers sign former XFL tight end Donald Parham Jr.UNDATED (AP) — Donald Parham Jr., who led XFL tight ends in yards and receptions, has signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. He was suspended without pay by Ganassi early Monday, then suspended indefinitely by NASCAR and Larson, who is half Japanese, was ordered to complete a sensitivity training. But his entire program fell apart as primary sponsors McDonalds and Credit One Bank pulled their funding from Larson. Chevrolet suspended its relationship with him, and all but one commercial partner denounced Larson’s comment and indicated they were ending their relationship.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSKentucky’s Richards is fourth player to enter NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — Kentucky forward Nick Richards will enter the NBA draft and forego his final season of collegiate eligibility by signing with an agency.He’s coming off a breakout season in which he was named a first team All-Southeastern Conference selection by The Associated Press and league coaches. His per-game scoring average increased 10 points this season to 14.0 while starting 30 of 31 contests to help the Wildcats earn the SEC regular season title. Richards also ranked fourth nationally in shooting at 64% and made the SEC all-defensive squad with averages of 7.8 rebounds and 2.13 blocks per game. — ESPN is asking some of its on-air personalities to take a 15% pay cut over the next three months because of the coronavirus pandemic. The request applies to about 100 ESPN commentators. The voluntary pay cuts would apply to ESPN’s highest-paid broadcasters. They are designed to help deter further immediate furloughs that would affect network employees who might be more financially vulnerable.— The NHL will remain on pause through at least the end of the month. The league on Tuesday announced it was extending its self-quarantine recommendation for players, coaches and staff through April 30. The announcement marks the third time the NHL has pushed back its timetable.— The parent company that oversees the NHL Buffalo Sabres has announced a series of cost-cutting measures, including layoffs and furloughs affecting 125 employees as a result of the new coronavirus pandemic. Pegula (peh-GOO’-luh) Sports and Entertainment says 104 employees are being furloughed, while another 21 were laid off on Tuesday. A person told The Associated Press the laid-off employees were informed they were fired, and spoke on the condition of anonymity because that information wasn’t included in the news release. PSE also said more than 36 employees, including management, hockey staff and broadcasters, will have their salaries reduced temporarily. PSE says it will continue to pay health insurance coverage for furloughed employees.— Major League Soccer says its hopes of returning in mid-May are “extremely unlikely.” In a statement Tuesday, the league said guidance from federal and local public health officials is making it unlikely the league will be able to restart in about a month.— Major League Baseball is moving its annual celebration of Jackie Robinson online because of the delay in the season caused by the new coronavirus. The Jackie Robinson Foundation is launching a virtual learning hub to coincide with Wednesday’s 73rd anniversary of Robinson breaking the major league color barrier. UNDATED (AP) — New York Yankees co-owner Hank Steinbrenner has died. The oldest son of George Steinbrenner was 63. The team said he died at home in Clearwater, Florida, due to a long-standing health issue.Hank Steinbrenner was one of the four siblings who own the team’s controlling shares. He had hoped to succeed as father as the team’s controlling owner. Between the 2007 and 2008 seasons, he became the public voice of the Yankees ownership. He didn’t appear to have much involvement in the team’s operations in recent years and devoted more time to racing interests.In other baseball news:—The San Francisco Giants and Arizona Diamondbacks are two of the Major League Baseball teams participating in a study of the coronavirus that will test hundreds of people — including players — from the various clubs for antibodies. The Oakland Athletics also are taking part.— Former big league manager Jim Frey has died at age 88. Frey managed the Kansas City Royals to the 1980 AL pennant and the Chicago Cubs within one win of the 1984 World Series. His 1980 Royals swept the Yankees in the ALCS, then lost to Philadelphia in a six-game World Series. His Cubs wasted a 2-0 lead against San Diego in the 1984 NLCS. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSStart of Tour de France moved to late AugustUNDATED (AP) — This year’s Tour de France will start on Aug. 29 and finish on Sept. 20 and will be followed by cycling’s two other major races. —The Chicago Cubs are putting Wrigley Field to use as a food distribution hub to help support COVID-19 relief efforts. The Cubs said they will use the famed ballpark’s concourse as a food-packing and distribution center starting this week while working with Lakeview Pantry.— There will be no Golden Spikes Award this year, ending a streak of 42 consecutive seasons. USA Baseball made the announcement Tuesday. It followed the NCAA’s decision to cancel spring sports seasons due to the new coronavirus.— The University of Cincinnati has eliminated its men’s soccer program as other colleges weigh cutbacks because of budget problems resulting from the coronavirus pandemic. College are grappling with revenue losses from spring sports cancellations.MLB-NEWSHank Steinbrenner dead at 63center_img — Former World Series MVP Steve Pearce is retiring, saying he’s done playing after an injury-plagued season for the Boston Red Sox. Pearce made the announcement Monday night on Boston radio station WEEI while it aired a replay of the 2018 World Series opener between the Red Sox and Los Angeles Dodgers. The career journeyman homered and hit a three-run double in Game 4 of that matchup, then homered twice the next day as the Red Sox took title and he won the MVP.NASCAR-LARSON FIREDLarson fired over slurCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Kyle Larson has been fired by Chip Ganassi Racing, a day after nearly every one of his sponsors dropped the star driver for using a racial slur during a live stream of a virtual race.Larson was in his seventh Cup season with Ganassi and had been prepping to test free agency for the first time. Just weeks ago, the 27-year-old was considered the top free agent in NASCAR. Now he is out of a job in what could ultimately be an eight-figure blunder. The International Cycling Union announced the new dates after consulting with race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation. The Tour could not start as scheduled on June 27 because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.The UCI also says the world championships will go ahead as planned from Sept. 20-27 and will be followed by the Giro d’Italia and the Spanish Vuelta. No official dates were given for those two major races.The UCI says prestigious one-day road classics such as Paris-Roubaix and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will be maintained at dates still to be defined.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:—The Senior British Open has been postponed amid the coronavirus outbreak, but organizers are still hoping the last senior major of the year can be played in 2020. The event, due to take place at Sunningdale from July 23-26, is the fourth of the five senior majors to lose its scheduled place on the calendar because of the pandemic. Update on the latest sports April 15, 2020 Parham had 24 receptions for 307 yards and four touchdowns for the Dallas Renegades before the XFL season ended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Parham was also the only tight end in the league to have a 100-yard receiving game.Parham spent time with the Detroit Lions and Washington Redskins during the offseason last year.In other NFL moves:— Offensive tackle Storm Norton has signed a multi-year contract with the Los Angeles Chargers. Norton played for the Los Angeles Wildcats of the XFL before the league ended midway through its season due to the coronavirus pandemic. He played for the Minnesota Vikings in 2018 and had previous stints with the Detroit Lions and Arizona Cardinals.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Forde promises more International football for Linden

first_imgTHE Mackenzie Sports Club (MSC) ground is among Guyana’s most storied venues and today, it will once again embrace another historic moment in sports, more so in the sport of football, when Golden Jaguars face Martinique in an International Friendly.It will be the French department’s first visit to Guyana and their second meeting with the Golden Jaguars. In 2012, Martinique hosted Guyana and played to a 2-2 draw.For Linden, it will be a return of international football since May 19, 2011, when Guyana defeated Barbados 1-0.Forde pointed out during a press conference yesterday, “We’re not going to see the finest venue that’s available to us in Guyana, but what we will see is the spirit of the community coming together to make something for one of the most prized possession of this country, which is the Golden Jaguars football team.”Many questioned the move by the GFF to play the game at the MSC ground, citing the facilities nearing deplorable state, poor surface and inadequate lighting. But, Forde told reporters that the venue has made a complete 360 turn and is now more than ready for the momentous game between Guyana and Martinique.“The Linden community has respondied in the most heartwarming way, with regard to the preparation and promotion of the game and the GFF is very encouraged,” Forde said.“The GFF will do everything in its power to bring back prominent football to the Linden community. It is part of our overall strategy to spread the reach of the sport and even though circumstances do present some challenges, we must understand that you triumph when you take on these challenges, rather than doing what’s easy; defaulting to the next best thing and that’s not what we’re about.” Forde also highlighted.Forde challenged the Linden populace, stating, “If we could have an atmosphere, similar to the one that we’re so accustomed to when we watch the Barclay’s Premier League, at least two of the upcoming international friendlies will go to that Linden community.”It is of the GFF boss’s opinion that Linden presents the Federation with “the best financial opportunity in bringing off such a game; the cost for the venue is low, the logistics are low, marketing the game is very low because you’re talking about a small community with a decent population, so if you could get less than a third of that population in that venue, it’s a big win for us.”“We have seen evidence of decline of attendance for the other games in Georgetown and some of the other venues and even though playing the game of football is our main priority, we have to do this in a very economical way. We can’t continue to incur over $3M taking a game to a venue and can’t at least recover that cost,” Forde said.The GFF president said that rebuilding and rebranding the Golden Jaguars is their immediate priority and as such, a promise was made to play on every FIFA date for this year.The Guyana-Martinique encounter will kick off at 20:00hrs and tickets cost $1500.last_img read more

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Police rule at Boyce and Jefford Relay Festival

first_imgDavin Fraser closed off the day’s activities as the Guyana Police Force (GPF) athletics club teams ran away with most of the spoils at the Boyce and Jefford Relay Festival and Family Fun Day at the Police Sports Club Ground, yesterday.On a day loaded with excitement, however, it was Walter Grant- Stuart’s win in the men’s 5000m cycle race that really got the crowd animated as they unanimously backed the one-handed cyclist.The differently-abled athlete started out with a 200m head start over his competiters, and that was more than what he needed as he maintained the lead throughout the race.As he gained momentum and began lapping a number of his opponents the crowd became even more enthusiastic to see him succeed and many rose to their feet as they cheered him on, breaking out in resounding applause after he rode down his final lap and took the win.In the men’s 4x100m, Kevin Abbensettes,who ran the second leg, ran the race of his life as he established Police in the lead, taking over after a sharp start from Stephon Boodie. On the third leg, Linton Mentis simply needed to preserve that lead, paving the way for Davin Fraser to bring home an easy win.Differently-abled cyclist Walter Grant- Stuart gunning in the lead of the men’s 5000m race at yesterday’s Boyce and Jefford Relay Festival (Samuel Maughn photo)The second place went to Super Upcoming Runners (SUR) ‘A’ team, and the Mercury Fast Laners (MFL) boys took the third place.The preceding women’s 4x100m was just another opportunity for Police to dominate, with Police ‘A’ team taking first place, and Police ‘B’ ending with third place. The SUR women team of Tiffauna Garnett, Alicia Vanderhyden, Cassie Tixie and Cassie Small finished in third place.Running out of lane three, Police’A’started off with Kezia Bess handing over to Tandika Eastman, who blazed ahead of the pack on the straight.Coming around the turn the team depended on Shauncel Adams to sustain the lead and she did not let them down.With Alita Moore on the final straight the team had no problem closing off with a gapping win ahead of SUR. Cassie Small ended for SUR, while the team also had Tiffauna Garnett, Alicia Vanderhyden, and Cassie Tixie.The Police ‘B’ team started off with Cindy Fraser, while Tasnica Lovell ended, and Tandika Burgess and Shauncel Adams completed the team.Police also had the female distance medley, the 4x200m mixed, and the male and female sprint medley relay wins. The men’s sprint medley in particular had the packed crowd thrilled as Police dug deep and climbed from third to emerge victorious.Tyrell Peters gave SUR a power start that made them seem almost certain for the win of that 1500m medley relay, but Police still had a card up their sleeve. It was Quacy Morian on the final 800m leg that really pulled the team through, as he closed in on SUR’s Ronaldo Thomas almost 50m lead, and took him down by the first 300m in.Another 300m and Thomas was almost at risk of even losing the second place finish as UG’s Salim Yussuf challenged him on the turn. But Yussuf had nothing left in him to fight with on the final straight, leaving the second place for SUR, and seeing UG finishing in third place.last_img read more

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Three debutants in Dover’s 23-man squad for Grenada friendly

first_imgNINETEEN-year-old full-back Terence Vancooten, who plays for Stevenage Football Club in the English Football League Two, along with Nicholas Peters (Mabaruma, Region 1) and Frank Parks (Guyana Rush Saints FC, Region 9), will make his international debut after being named in coach Wayne Dover’s 23-man squad to tackle Grenada on Saturday at the Kirani James Stadium in St George’s.Terence VancootenSeventeen overseas-based players were called by Dover, who said the squad represents “mixture of youth and experience and is a good sign of the changing of the guards in the not-too-distant future especially with the addition of new players.”In preparation for the match, Dover had shortlisted 26 local-based players for a period of encampment, but in the case of Peters and Frank, the two, according to the Guyana Football Federation (GFF), were selected based on their performance at the just-concluded Indigenous Heritage Games and the Charity Match involving a GFF President’s XI and an Indigenous All-Stars which was played last Sunday.The Hinterland players, Dover said, “warranted their immediate call-up” based on the skills displayed, adding, “Parks is no stranger to the national set-up. He played with the junior team and demonstrated the potential to be a top player. He has a football background as all of his siblings represented Guyana and were outstanding.Peters is a solid defender who showed he can handle players, the likes of Gregory Richardson. He showed all the attributes that a central defender has to possess.”Walter Moore, who plays with FF Jaro in the Finnish professional league, will be making a return to the Golden Jaguars from retirement after signalling his desire to retire last October following the Caribbean Cup game.Among those included too is 19-year-old goalkeeper Kai McKenzie-Lyle (Barnet FC) who made his debut almost one year ago in the Caribbean Cup game against Suriname in Paramaribo. He also played in the game against Jamaica in Guyana but missed the game against Martinique.Neil Danns, 34, who made his international debut for the Golden Jaguars against Grenada in 2015, will make his return to the team after missing the Caribbean Cup. In his four outings for Guyana, the midfield player Danns scored three goals and is considered an ‘important’ piece for the team.Defender Warren Creavalle who features in the USA’s Major League Soccer (MLS) with the Philadelphia Union, will also be joining the team for another outing with the Golden Jaguars. So too is Englishman Samuel Cox, who usually wears the captain’s armband.Technical Director of the GFF, Ian Greenwood, believes the composition of the squad shows “how serious the GFF is taking this fixture and using it as a building block for 2018 when the CONCACAF League of Nations is officially launched.”The Golden Jaguars begin their encampment in Trinidad and Tobago yesterday and will travel to Grenada tomorrow in preparation for the International Friendly on Saturday.SQUAD: Kai McKenzie-Lyle, Andrew Durant (GK), Adrian Butters, Samuel Cox, Gregory Richardson, Neil Danns, Warren Creavalle, Nicholas Peters, Frank Parks, Jake Newton, Christopher Bourne, Emery Welshman, Shaquille Agard, Curtez Kellman, Anthony Benfield, Maliek De Freitus, Jeremey Garrett, Walter Moore, Terence Vancooten, Cashion London, Sheldon Holder, Ralph Parris and Brandon Beresford.Dover will have former National captain Charles Pollard as his assistant, while Eon DeVeira will serve as the goalkeeper coach, Lyndon France – physical trainer Denzil Hernandez – physiotherapist Trevor Burnett and the team’s manager is Rawle Adams.last_img read more

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Five more programmes planned for BVA 2017 season–Levi Nedd

first_imgPRESIDENT of the Berbice Volleyball Association (BVA) Levi Nedd says another five programmes will be staged to bring the curtains down on what has been a successful season so far.The most active volleyball Association of the Guyana Volleyball Federation (GVF) will run off its Annual Balram Shane Inter-Club First Division tournament which will be played at either the Albion Sports Complex or at the Port Mourant Volleyball Court, along with the Three Door Strikers Second Division tournament which is slated for the D’Edward ground, West Coast Berbice, and a one-day Beach Volleyball tourney planned for the #63 Beach before the end of next month.The BVA also plans to hold workshops and courses for its referees and coaches.The association will also be continuing its training for under-19 male and female teams that are preparing for the 2018 Inter-Guiana Games.last_img read more

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