Keita needs to kick on or face Klopp axe – Pundit

first_img Keita, who signed for Liverpool in 2017, joined a year later but a string of small injuries have dictated his Anfield career to date. The Guinea international has shown glimpses of his talent in short bursts, before heading to the treatment table. Indeed, he has missed key games such as last season’s Champions League final and the UEFA Super Cup showdown. Speaking to Football Insider, Mills insisted next season could be “make or break” for Keita under Klopp. “Jurgen Klopp will have the luxury of looking round at his players,” Mills said. “Once they have got the six points that they need they can start to drop one or two players in. He won’t make wholesale changes but he will look at one or two and give them an opportunity to prove themselves ahead of next season. “It is a fresh start for a lot of players. Some may relish playing under a little less pressure. “I think it is make a break for Keita next season. He needs to make a real impact if he is going to stay at Liverpool long-term. “He has had enough time to settle in now and get used to his surroundings, teammates and the way that Klopp works. “If he has not grasped that by next season and is not really pushing to be in the first team week in, week out, he might not be the right fit.” Liverpool’s midfield will undergo changes in the coming months, which could allow Keita to step up. However, youngster Curtis Jones made his Premier League debut in December and could also fight for more game time. read also:Klopp has no favorite player: Naby Keita Indeed, that could be the case if Liverpool are allowed to experiment after clinching the league title early. The Reds could win the Premier League against Everton on Sunday if Manchester City lose to Arsenal on Wednesday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Pundit Danny Mills has said Liverpool midfielder, Naby Keita, needs to hit the ground running next season or face being axed by boss Jurgen Klopp.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Laliga: Messi suffers injury in Villarreal win

first_imgRelatedPosts Chukwueze gets new coach at Villarreal Cazorla joins Qatar’s Al Sadd Etebo doubtful for Villarreal clash Lionel Messi suffered an injury on his first start of the season in Barcelona’s narrow win over Villarreal at the Nou Camp.Messi, who had recovered from a calf injury to feature, was replaced at the start of the second half after suffering a thigh problem.The Argentine, making his 400th La Liga start, provided the corner for Antoine Griezmann to head home off the bar before Arthur made it 2-0.Although far from their fluent best, the win lifted Barcelona four places up the table to fourth in La Liga and helped ease the pressure on boss Ernesto Valverde after a poor start to the season.However, the Spaniard will be hoping Messi’s injury is not serious.After his injury, the Barca captain received treatment on the edge of the pitch before carrying on until half-time.The forward was replaced by French striker Ousmane Dembele at the start of the second half. Tags: Villareallast_img read more

COVID-19 Case Update: PBC 1,609; Broward 2,865; Miami-Dade 6,826

first_imgAccording to the Department of Health, there are 19,347 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Sunday morning.At least 452 Florida residents have died from COVID-19.Current Positive Cases in FloridaPalm Beach County: 1,609 cases-80 deaths-Men: 50%, Women: 49%-263 hospitalizationsBroward County: 2,865 cases-76 deaths-Men: 54%, Women: 46%-436 hospitalizationsMiami-Dade County: 6,826 cases-93 deaths-Men: 52%, Women: 47%-532 hospitalizationsTesting in Florida:-Total Tests: 183,222-Positive: 19,347-Negative: 163,398last_img

Cricket News How MS Dhoni gave team India its own Malinga

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni spotted the gritty nature and unusual bowling action of India’s new sensation Kedar Jadhav, who Indian cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar termed him as ‘street smart’, and turned him into an excellent utility player. Kedar Jadhav might lack the star-quality and the grace to capture the eyeballs but he has turned his recent performances into match-winning ones and he remembers how MS Dhoni turned him into an important bowler in the team apart from his batting prowess.”It was in Dharamsala where Dhoni asked me to bowl in the New Zealand series. From then, my life has changed completely,” Jadhav remembered following India’s dominating win against Pakistan in the Asia Cup 2018 on Wednesday.India’s chances took a major turn after flamboyant all-rounder Hardik Pandya was stretchered off after suffering a back injury, however, it was Kedar Jadhav who took the responsibility on his shoulders and crushed Pakistan’s batting backbone following his best ODI figures of 3-23.ALSO READ: Bajrang Punia meets Rajyavardhan Rathore, complains about Kohli, ChanuJadhav’s unusual action bamboozled Pakistan’s batters as he confused them with his trajectory and pace constantly.”We had prepared well for the two main bowlers (Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav), but fell to the third (Jadhav),” said Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed.Jadhav had already made his mark as a brilliant batsman after he scored a century in his fourth ODI against Zimbabwe in 2015. But it was MS Dhoni, who spotted his unusual ‘Malinga-like action’ and gave the ball to him during the home series against New Zealand in 2016. He bagged six wickets in that series and garnered praises from the cricketing fraternity.ALSO READ: Asia Cup 2018, India vs Bangladesh: Preview and Probable Playing XIJadhav’s nine overs against Pakistan were the second-most that he has bowled in his career. He has completed the 10-over quota only once in his 42 ODI appearances. But one thing is for sure, that he will chip in with the best of his abilities and his low-arm action to confuse opponents when needed the most.India play Bangladesh in the Super Four Match of the ongoing Asia Cup 2018 at the Dubai International Stadium today (September 21). last_img read more

The Latest: US Tennis Association considers postponing Open

first_imgThe tests have been distributed prioritizing teams that traveled to risk areas or already have players infected.Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first Spanish league player infected with the virus.The distribution of tests began last Thursday as part of the league’s actions to support its clubs during the pandemic. ___1:05 p.m. The U.S. Tennis Association says it is considering “the possibility” of postponing the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic.What is usually the last Grand Slam tennis tournament each year is currently scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 in New York.Earlier Tuesday, the French tennis federation switched the dates of the French Open to Sept. 20 to Oct. 4 because of the pandemic. That’s four months later than that event was originally supposed to be played in Paris.The head of the French federation acknowledged that other Grand Slam tournaments and the professional tours were informed of the choice to switch dates for Roland Garros but were not consulted.In a not-so-veiled jab at the French federation, the USTA issued a statement saying that if there is a change in timing, “we recognize that such a decision should not be made unilaterally.” ___8:05 p.m.The president of the Spanish soccer federation has dismissed the idea of crowning Barcelona as league champion if the competition can’t resume because of the coronavirus pandemic.Luis Rubiales says the federation is not contemplating calling off the rest of the season and awarding the title to Barcelona, which was leading the league when it was suspended. Rubiales says the goal is to finish all competition by June 30, but they may be extended beyond that if necessary.He says he would prefer altering the calendar next season instead of making changes that could keep this one from finishing fairly. The decision means all South American soccer is halted, except for a few state tournaments in Brazil.Fernández had earlier told a news conference that soccer could go on behind closed doors, an opinion that was supported by the country’s federation. But local players threatened to go on strike if soccer was not suspended.River Plate skipped its match against Atlético Tucumán on Saturday in the first round of the Copa de la Superliga tournament.5:15 p.m.___ Both leagues say they will stop until at least April 10.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It had previously said it would pause for a week to draw up a new playoff format. It’s been left with six Russian teams in an eight-team bracket after Finnish team Jokerit and Kazakh team Barys withdrew.___1:10 p.m.The Spanish soccer league has offered about 500 coronavirus tests for its clubs. The USTA added that it would move its major championship “in full consultation” with the other Grand Slam organizers, the WTA and ATP tours, the International Tennis Federation and the Laver Cup exhibition.___4:30 p.m.Vail Resorts has announced it will close all of its North American resorts for the season over concerns for the coronavirus.Over the weekend, the industry giant said it would shut down the resorts for at least one week before reassessing. The company will consider reopening Breckenridge in Colorado, Heavenly in Lake Tahoe, California, and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia in late April or early May depending on the COVID-19 situation and weather conditions. ___11:50 a.m.The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The French Tennis Federation announced Tuesday that the clay-court event will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Main-draw competition was supposed to start in Paris on May 24.___3:20 p.m. ___11:45 a.m.Soccer in Russia has been suspended until April 10.The Russian league was the best attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games.The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday. The guidance follows directives outlined by the British government about limiting social contact.UKA said the suspension also applies to coaching and officiating.___1:40 p.m.The Kontinental Hockey League and the VTB United League in basketball have suspended play. ___6 p.m.Argentina’s government has suspended all domestic soccer matches until the end of March because of the coronavirus pandemic.Argentina’s soccer federation and the country’s President Alberto Fernández were initially against halting games but changed their minds Tuesday after players said they were unhappy about continuing to play.“The decision was taken after we received the concerns of the footballer’s union,” along with new government measures to fight the spread of COVID-19, Argentina’s tourism and sports ministry said in a statement. Ryan says he and his wife have a lot of friends in the restaurant industry and want to “create awareness for one of the industries that’s going to struggle during this time.”The Falcons’ starting quarterback for the past 12 years, Ryan has been heavily involved in the community through the Boys and Girls clubs and raising money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.1:55 p.m.The NCAA is suspending normal building operations at its main office in Indianapolis, starting Wednesday through at least April 3. The NCAA national office staff will work remotely and continue normal operations. The NCAA says employees will continue to be accessible. The length of the suspension will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.___ Associated Press First the Masters, now the PGA Championship.The PGA Championship is being postponed, according to a person involved in the discussions. It was scheduled for May 14-17 at Harding Park in San Francisco. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the decision has not been announced.It follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that events of 50 people or more not be held for eight weeks. That would last until the Sunday before the PGA Championship.___4:45 p.m. The IndyCar industry has donated all the food on hand for last weekend’s canceled season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida, through the “Rescue Food” Ministry.The goal of the ministry is to give leftover untouched foods from at-track hospitality units to local community shelters and missions.Food was collected from the hospitality suites of Andretti Autosport, Team Penske, Arrow McLaren SP, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, Honda, INDYCAR Paddock Club, Chip Ganassi Racing and IMS Productions/NBC.The Rescue Food Ministry usually donates the food to St. Vincent de Paul in St. Pete, which is not far from the track, but there was so much food the Salvation Army was contacted to help distribute to other organizations, including RCS Pinellas shelter. ___ ___1 p.m.The men’s and women’s European gymnastics championships have been canceled.The European Gymnastics Union says it tried to find ways to keep its events going despite the spread of the coronavirus but found it impossible because of government restrictions and travel bans.The events offered Olympic qualifying spots. Earlier in the day, the Atlantic Coast Conference canceled all spring competition, plus all athletic-related activities, including practices.___12:30 p.m.Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval has invited a 39-year-old A’s fan named Justin, who posted on Twitter he is a “very healthy” Type 1 diabetic with the coronavirus, to throw out the first pitch on opening day — whenever that is.Kaval wrote on Twitter: “Get well soon! The whole (at)Athletics nation is sending you positive thoughts. How is your arm? Would be honored to have you throw out the first pitch opening day!” 4:35 p.m.Three major one-day classic bike races in France and Belgium have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.Race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation says Paris-Roubaix, the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege will be postponed.The cycling season has been turned upside down by the outbreak. Prestigious events like the Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and some early Belgian classics have been canceled or postponed. The Giro d’Italia also won’t start at its scheduled May date.ASO has yet to make a decision on the Tour de France. That race is scheduled to start in Nice on June 27. The Los Angeles Chargers have donated $250,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to make sure hunger relief services continue uninterrupted in Los Angeles County during the coronavirus pandemic. The Food Bank says the money will be able to help children and their families as children stay home from school, as well as seniors who are self-isolating and hourly workers who are experiencing interruptions to their schedules and paychecks.___4:50 p.m.FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is ready to ask China to postpone next year’s 24-team Club World Cup to make space for the European Championship and Copa America. Africa’s top tournament, the African Cup of Nations, is due to be played early next year, also in Cameroon.Cameroon was still willing to host the African Nations Championship, CAF said, but the measures taken by other African governments to restrict travel made it difficult to go ahead.Morocco and Rwanda had already withdrawn for the tournament.___3:50 p.m. 4:15 p.m.The USGA has canceled the first two amateur championships on its 2020 schedule.The U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball was scheduled for April 25-29 at Quail Creek in Naples, Florida. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball was scheduled for May 23-27 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Neither will be played this year.The USGA says it is following CDC guidance on avoiding gatherings of 50 or more people. Both tournaments require qualifying rounds before the championships are played.The U.S. Women’s Open is June 4-7 in Houston. The U.S. Open is June 18-21 at Winged Foot in New York. Both are still on the schedule. However, the USGA says it will redesign how to qualify for those events. Formula One CEO Chase Carey has apologized to fans for the early part of the series being called of by the coronavirus outbreak.The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne wasn’t canceled last week until teams and drivers forced it. A McLaren team member had tested positive and some drivers had already flown home, but F1 still waited to cancel until just before practices were scheduled to start.The following three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed.In an open letter on the F1 website, Carey wrote: “We apologize to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made … in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.”On Monday, tire provider Pirelli said one of its staff tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment in Melbourne. The challenges to go ahead with hosting the tournament are many, Fasel said, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams.Another issue is players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons. On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potentially reopen practice.___1 p.m.The European Tour is postponing the Andalucia Masters that was schedule for April 30 to May 3 at Valderrama in southern Spain. The women’s championships were due to be held in Paris from April 30-May 3, and the men’s championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 27-31.Also called off are European rhythmic gymnastics championships in Ukraine and the European trampoline championship in Sweden, both in May.The UEG says it hopes the events can be rescheduled for the second half of the year.___12:10 p.m. European soccer is in a shutdown and it is unclear when games can resume.___2:15 p.m.The Copa America has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.South American soccer body CONMEBOL says the tournament in Colombia and Argentina will be played between June 11 and July 11. 10:10 a.m.The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina.Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal.Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus. The Carolina Hurricanes have announced plans to compensate arena and team event staff for lost wages with the NHL season on hold due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.The team says hourly staff will be compensated based on expected workload during the final seven regular-season home games.Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon and the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation, a charitable arm of the franchise, are funding the plans. The team says Hurricanes players have also made a “generous donation” to help event-staff employees affected.The Hurricanes also say VAB Catering, PNC Arena’s food service, will donate food to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, a Raleigh-based nonprofit.___ Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed.___9:55 a.m.The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season.The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time. The last time the first leg of the Triple Crown wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945, when the federal government issued a ban on horse racing because of World War II. The ban was lifted on May 8, and the Derby was held on June 9. The only other year the Derby wasn’t held in May was in 1901, when it was raced on April 29.The date change still must be approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its meeting Thursday.___1:45 p.m.UK Athletics says all clubs and groups should not be training or taking part in competitive races amid the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC says there is “no need for any drastic decisions at this stage” about staging the Tokyo Olympics with more than four months until the opening ceremony.After consulting with sports bodies about the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, the IOC says “any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.”The International Olympic Committee says financial interests will not dictate its decisions “thanks to its risk management policies and insurance.”The IOC says 43% of places at the games have yet to be confirmed.___ March 17, 2020 ___noonThe Atlantic Coast Conference has canceled all athletics competition and practices through the rest of the 2019-20 academic year amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.The league announced the move Tuesday. The ACC had previously suspended those activities “until further notice.”The ACC’s statement said the cancellations came after a unanimous decision among league member schools, with Commissioner John Swofford saying league officials are “particularly disappointed for our student-athletes.” CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez says “it is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation, and it answers the fundamental need to avoid an exponential development of the virus.”___10 a.m.The Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.Churchill Downs officials said Tuesday the race will move from May 2 to Sept. 5, marking the first time in 75 years it won’t be run on the first Saturday in May. 2:25 p.m.This year’s European Championship has been postponed for one year.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the spreading coronavirus “makes football and all life in Europe quite impossible.”UEFA plans to play the tournament next year from June 11 to July 11. The 24-team competition is being hosted in 12 different countries.The postponement clears space to give national leagues and the Champions League and Europa League a chance to finish their seasons by June 30. That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit St. Petersburg.Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted “we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.”___10:35 a.m.Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus. The Division I basketball signing period was scheduled to begin April 15 and end May 20.___2:30 p.m.Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and his wife, Sarah, are donating $100,000 to help provide assistance in Atlanta during the coronavirus outbreak.The donation will be split between two charitable organizations: Atlanta Community Food Bank, which provides food to the needy, and Giving Kitchen, which offers emergency assistance to food service workers. 1:50 p.m.International Ice Hockey Federation chief René Fasel says it’s only a matter of time before the executive council is left with no choice but to cancel the men’s world championships because of the coronavirus pandemic.Fasel spoke to The Associated Press shortly after the IIHF canceled the Division I Group A and B world championships, which were to be held in Europe in late April.The 16-team world championships are scheduled for Switzerland starting May 8. But Fasel says, if he had to make the decision today, “there is no chance we can skate.”Fasel says the IIHF is consulting with its host and marketing partners and insurance carrier to determine what contractual obligations must be met before deciding to cancel the tournament. It has canceled the first stage of U.S. Open qualifying that was to be held at 109 sites starting April 27. And it has canceled the qualifying at 25 sites for the U.S. Women’s Open.___9:05 p.m.Africa’s second biggest international soccer tournament has been postponed.Organizer the Confederation of African Football say the African Nations Championship scheduled for April 4-25 in Cameroon has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament features national teams made up of players who play in their domestic leagues. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___7 p.m. ___2:40 p.m.National Letter of Intent signings for college athletes have been suspended until April 15.The Collegiate Commissioner’s Association, which administers the letter of intent used by NCAA Division I and II athletes, says the suspension will be re-evaluated on or before April 15.The Division I football signing period began Feb. 5 and was scheduled to end April 1. It will be extended 30 days after it resumes. Most FBS schools have filled their 2020 classes. 3:35 p.m.The Southeastern Conference has canceled sporting events for the rest of the season.The events had been suspended. The league announced the decision Tuesday, becoming the last of the Power Five conferences to cancel all competition.The decision includes championship, spring football games and pro day workouts for NFL teams run by SEC schools.Team and individual practices and meetings remain suspended through at least April 15. Infantino says he will propose talks with the Chinese government and the country’s soccer officials in a call Wednesday with a panel of FIFA vice presidents.That group will include the leaders of European and South American soccer who pushed their marquee championships back one year because of the coronavirus outbreak.The inaugural 24-team Club World Cup was set to open on June 17, 2021, in China as a signature project of Infantino. The FIFA president suggests rescheduling the club tournament to later in 2021, or in either 2022 or 2023.FIFA also plans to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization for tackling the new coronavirus.___ The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected.The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise.Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.”Hertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.”___ The Latest: US Tennis Association considers postponing Open All horse racing in Britain will be suspended starting Wednesday.It was the last remaining major sport to be continuing in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.But the British Horseracing Authority says the race meetings in Wetherby and Taunton — being staged without fans on Tuesday — will be last until the end of April.The BHA says the decision was taken “to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says its “first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff,” while saying it will do its best to support those whose livelihoods depend on what Rust said is a “4 billion pound industry.” That makes six regular European Tour golf tournaments have been postponed because of the new coronavirus. A total of eight events on the tour’s worldwide schedule have been postponed, including the Match Play and the Masters.The tournament is hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation. The tour said it would try to reschedule.Europe’s last event was on March 8 at the Qatar Masters. Next on the schedule would be the GolfSixes in Portugal on May 10-11.___12:40 p.m. The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24.Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September.The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each.China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

The Latest: Big Ten forms mental health cabinet

first_imgThe Latest: Big Ten forms mental health cabinet Participating athletes will share a personal thank you message on social media utilizing #TheRealHeroes from Monday. Athletes will cover their name on their jerseys or uniforms and replace it with the name of the health care worker they are honoring. Public service announcements will debut on Wednesday across league and team platforms. The other leagues participating are the ATP, NASCAR, NWSL, USGA, WNBA, WTA as well as the WWE and esports Overwatch League, Call of Duty League and Electronic Arts.Among other athletes participating are New York Yankees all-star outfielder Aaron Judge and Milwaukee Brewers slugger Christian Yelich (MLB), Utah Jazz point guard Donovan Mitchell (NBA), Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins and San Francisco 49ers tight end George Kittle (NFL), Chicago Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and Hockey Hall of Famer Hayley Wickenheiser (NHL) as well as Los Angeles Galaxy forward Javier “Chicharito” Hernández, Toronto FC forward Jozy Altidore, and Orlando City SC forward Nani (MLS).Two-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch, U.S. soccer standout Alex Morgan, two-time WNBA all-star Breanna Stewart and Ashleigh Barty, the world’s top-ranked women’s tennis player, are also included. The leagues teamed up with creative agency 72andSunny and production company Hecho Studios for the campaign.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Big Ten Conference has announced the formation of its Mental Health and Wellness Cabinet and that all athletes, coaches and full-time staff members of athletic departments and the conference office will receive free access to a popular mental fitness app. Amiens is asking the French soccer league to review its decision to relegate the club from the country’s top flight following the early termination of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The team from northern France has started a petition to “demand justice for this far-reaching decision which goes against fairness in sport.”Amiens was in 19th place in the 20-team Ligue 1, above only Toulouse, when sport around the world was brought to a halt in March due to the pandemic. The French league season was canceled last week under orders from the government.Amiens had 10 games left to play and was four points behind 18th-place Nimes. The bottom two teams are automatically relegated in France.Amiens says the “fairest choice” would be to expand Ligue 1 and make it a 22-team division for the 2020-21 season. European Gymnastics says the men’s European championships will remain in host nation Azerbaijan on rescheduled dates later this year, and the rhythmic gymnastics championships will stay in Ukraine.It’s looking for a new host for the European trampoline championships to replace Sweden. That event has been moved from this month to spring 2021.___The head of English soccer says he does not expect crowds to be allowed back into matches “any time soon.”The Premier League and other soccer competitions in England have been suspended two months during the coronavirus pandemic. The matches have been suspended since mid-March following the coronavirus outbreak and the country’s total lockdown.The federation has presented a sanitary protocol drafted in consultation with UEFA and FIFA and resembling the model to be followed by Germany.The federation wants the government to first let the clubs resume training, strictly respecting the hygienic measures to contain the virus, and then hold the remaining 10 league matches starting from May 20.There has been no government response so far.___ The Big Ten says it is continuing to consult with medical experts and school leaders to determine appropriate steps for dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.University of Iowa President Bruce Harreld said during a regents meeting last week it was hoped preparations for the 2020 football season could begin June 1.___New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, Hockey Hall of Famer Wayne Gretzky and U.S. women’s soccer star Carli Lloyd are among the athletes who are participating in a project which will recognize and celebrate health care workers for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic.“The Real Heroes Project” was announced on Monday. It is a collaborative initiative among 15 leagues, including Major League Baseball, the National Football League, National Basketball Association, National Hockey League and Major League Soccer. The English Football Association, which owns Wembley Stadium and runs the national teams, is cutting its annual budget by 75 million pounds ($93 million) as it tries to offset a potential “worst-case scenario” deficit of 300 million pounds over the next four years.FA chairman Greg Clarke says “with social distancing in place for some time to come we do face substantial changes to the whole football ecosystem.”In a letter to the FA Council, Clarke says “it’s hard to foresee crowds of fans – who are the lifeblood of the game – returning to matches any time soon.”The English Football League, which operates the three professional divisions below the Premier League, has told clubs games might be played without fans until 2021.The Premier League is trying to find a way of restarting next month. Liverpool is 25 points clear with nine games remaining. The German soccer league says there were 10 positive tests for the new coronavirus among 36 clubs in the Bundesliga and second division.The DFL says that 1,724 tests for COVID-19 were carried out over two rounds among players and staff.Cologne previously reported three positive cases, while second-division Stuttgart had reported one “inconclusive result” from a person.The tests were part of the DFL’s hygiene concept as it bids to restart the leagues some time in May. It says teams will also undertake a “a mandatory training camp under quarantine conditions before a possible continuation.”Testing will continue regardless of whether competitive games restart or not. The cabinet will promote optimal mental health for athletes. It is made up of 31 individuals representing the 14 conference schools and affiliate members Johns Hopkins (women’s and men’s lacrosse) and Notre Dame (men’s hockey).The Calm app provides users with ways to experience lower stress, less anxiety, improved focus and more restful sleep.“The cabinet will be instrumental for us both short and long term, as we pursue our goal of creating and maintaining the most comprehensive mental health and wellness platform in college athletics,” commissioner Kevin Warren said.___Albania’s soccer federation has asked the government to allow the resumption of league matches held without fans and following a strict medical protocol. ___French horseracing organizer France Galop says Paris police have given the green light for racing to resume next Monday, when France starts to ease its coronavirus lockdown in place since March 17.France Galop President Edouard de Rothschild announced the decision in a tweet.He says: “It’s very good news and a real victory!”The first races will be held at the ParisLongchamp race track without spectators. Associated Press The organizer has previously said that access to racecourses will be tightly controlled as racing resumes.It says horses trained abroad and foreign jockeys will not be allowed to participate in French races until the end of May at the earliest.___World TeamTennis is in discussions with several cities in an attempt to find one to host the league’s full nine-team schedule in one venue without spectators amid the coronavirus pandemic.WTT still hopes to start play on July 12, as scheduled. May 4, 2020 The club is asking “supporters from Amiens and lovers of football” to support its initiative, which “would make football and sport grow.”___The search is on for a new host for the women’s European gymnastics championships.European Gymnastics, the continental governing body, says that France isn’t able to host the championships if they’re rescheduled to the fall of 2020, so the “call for a new host is open.”The championships were meant to take place in Paris from April 29 through May 3 as a tune-up ahead of the Olympics but were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. European Gymnastics is still hoping to stage them on a new date. But that could change, as could the length of the season. It normally lasts three weeks, with play at the various teams’ home sites.The league’s teams are based in Chicago; Las Vegas; New York; Orlando; Orange County; Philadelphia; San Diego; Springfield, Missouri; Washington.All sanctioned professional tennis tours are suspended at least until mid-July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.Some exhibitions have started popping up, with no fans in attendance.___ The FA Cup quarterfinals are yet to be played.___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 Chancellor Angela Merkel and 16 state governors have postponed a decision until Wednesday on whether the Bundesliga could resume without fans present.German clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___The Big Ten Conference has announced it will extend the suspension of organized team activities through June 1 and re-evaluate then.The conference previously announced a moratorium on all on- and off-campus recruiting activities. No date for that to end has been set. The Spanish soccer federation says the Copa del Rey final will only take place when fans are allowed back into stadiums in Spain.The federation says the final between Basque Country rivals Athletic Bilbao and Real Sociedad will be delayed until fans are allowed to attend it, even if that means playing the match next year.Both clubs had petitioned to play the final only when fans were allowed back.The federation says the only condition is that it takes place before the 2020-21 final.This year’s final was originally scheduled to be played on April 18 in Seville.last_img read more

Women’s soccer season roundup: Success achieved through share of Big Ten regular season title, but early departure from conference tournament leaves sour taste

first_imgGoing from concern to resilience to abrupt disappointment, much can be said about the Wisconsin women’s soccer team’s season as a whole.As the teams hangs up their cleats on the 2015 campaign, they can relish in the glory of the regular season conference title, an eight-game winning streak in a competitive Big Ten and a respectable closing record (11-6-3).At the same time, they must own a slow start to the regular season (three wins in first 10 games), back-to-back losses to end their campaign (one of them a first round conference tournament loss) and a failure to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.But the team’s resilience is this season’s key takeaway. Needing to overcome the departures of last year’s graduating seniors, the Badgers were required to get creative, adaptive and tough on both sides of the ball.From the experienced seniors to incoming freshman, everyone got on board and responded to the challenge.Starting on offense, star forwards Cara Walls and Kodee Williams’ departures, who combined to account for half of the team’s 44 goals last season (and 12 game-winners) left a significant void at the forward position with unproven depth to replace it. To help compensate, head coach Paula Wilkins implemented an unconventional offensive scheme dominated by the attacking midfielders.By allowing Rose Lavelle and McKenna Meuer the opportunity to showcase their versatility as scoring threats, the two lead a high-powered aggressive offense that averaged 16 shots per game after a sluggish start to the year. Lavelle especially proved her worth, leading the team with seven goals en route to the only unanimous All-Big Ten selection of the season for any position.It didn’t stop there. As the replacement to all-conference keeper Gen Richard, sophomore Caitlyn Clem came into the season with a lot to prove. With the help of experienced defenders in Molly Laufenberg and Brianna Stelzer, Clem responded to lofty expectations by allowing just 19 goals (0.90 average per game) against 200 shots on the season.Clem is Courtney Clem’s sister, the former starting keeper for Michigan State, and Lauren Clem’s cousin,the current starting keeper for Northwestern. Clem’s six consecutive shutouts during conference play solidified her status among the Big Ten’s best, and likely a good spot at the Thanksgiving dinner table in the process.Clem wasn’t the only player to make a statement in her first year of action on the pitch. The freshmen forwards, especially Steph Fabry and Victoria Pickett, showed a quick transition into the demands of Big Ten play. Managing to score two goals in limited time off the bench this season, Fabry established herself as opportunistic, and should be a fixture in the starting front next season.Alongside her is Pickett, who as a late addition to the team, notched her first point just 55 minutes into her first game. From that point on, Pickett never looked back, providing the offense with a much-needed midseason spark to earn Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. The team will part ways with graduating Canadian star Kinley McNicoll, but with Pickett leading the charge for the next three years, Canada will be well represented in red and white.At the team’s low point of the season, a 4-0 loss to archrival Penn State that dropped them below .500, Wilkins gathered her team around and asked two simple questions:“Who do you want to be? How do you want to go down?”When they hoisted the Big Ten trophy a month later for the first time in 21 years, the answer was clear.Looking at what they have in place for the future, the answer could very well remain the same.last_img read more

Must win game for Liverpool.

first_imgLiverpool need a win in their final Champions League group game tonight – or they’ll be out of the competition.Victory over Basel at Anfield is the only way they can reach the last-16.The Swiss side only need a draw to pip the Merseysiders. Arsenal are already through ahead of their match away to Galatasaray but they still have a slim chance of finishing top of their group.last_img

NYX accuses William Hill of “wrongful conduct” as acquisition dispute escalates

first_img StumbleUpon SG OpenMarket approval sees SportCaller expand FTP distribution capacity August 18, 2020 Submit Share Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Related Articles In response to William Hill’s threats to block the acquisition of NYX Gaming Group Limited by Scientific Games,  NYX has launched legal action against the bookmaker. Last week William Hill issued a corporate update, voicing its concerns over the deal and signalling its intention to convert its preference shares into ordinary NYX shares, in order to ensure it had had the power to put the brakes on the proposed acquisition.The NYX board of directors has stated that in spite of the requests of William Hill, due to ‘regulatory and licensing restrictions’ it can’t convert the shares of William Hill into ordinary shares, citing that the conduct of the bookmaker could impact the license of NYX and therefore, it’s currently considering its future options. Throughout its elongated negotiations with Scientific Games, William Hill has emphasised the need for favourable commercial agreements as a result of the deal, specifically with regards to a copy of the NYX source code. Furthermore, William Hill dismissed the idea that it had sought “anti competitive measures” which could halt the deal. In response to the public announcement of William Hill, NYX has updated the corporate market, with the decision to file an action lawsuit in the Superior Court of New Jersey. In doing so, NYX has accused William Hill of “wrongful conduct” in its actions, alleging that it violated the New Jersey antitrust act.NYX issued a statement which said: “The complaint seeks injunctive relief, treble damages and attorney’s fees for violations of the New Jersey Antitrust Act, and also alleges tortious interference with economic advantage, and tortious interference with contract, and seeks punitive damages.”The statement of NYX follows on from its announcement that it has come to an agreement with Scientific Games for the development of a new sports betting platform for the US market. Moving forward a shareholder meeting is scheduled to be held in Las Vegas on December 11, 2017.last_img read more

WHS Daily Bulletin: WHS Career Fair to be held April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m.

first_img*Seniors: You can turn in pictures for the Graduation video until May 1st. We will not accept any pictures after May 1st unless previous arrangements are made. *Seniors: Please plan on attending the Senior meeting on Wednesday, April 29th at 10:00 a.m. in the auditorium. You will receive information regarding Baccalaureate, marching practice, graduation and your checkout forms. *Yearbook orders and money are due to Ms. Ford by the end of the day on Thursday, April 23. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments *There will be a short Work Ethic meeting right after school today in the commons. *Volleyball girls- Camp Forms, Fundraising forms and money need to be turned into the office. *Prom entertainment applications are due today to  Ms. Ford.*Juniors and Seniors: Remember you must be in attendance on Friday in order to attend prom on Saturday. *Help the Library create the ultimate young adult reading list by scanning the QR Codes on the flyers around the school. Let the Library know what books you want to read!  You can also go to: http://goo.gl/forms/yElq1CUx2b *There will be a Driver’s Education meeting on April 29th @ 3:15 p.m. at the Middle School in the Little Theatre.  Please stop by the office, or speak with Mr. Wilmoth for more information.center_img *The Jostens man will be here to deliver class rings on Thursday, April 23rd @ 11:00. If you still have a balance due on your ring, don’t forget to bring your final payment on delivery day. If you forgot to order your class ring on the original order day, you can order your class ring on delivery day. If you already have  a class ring and it needs to be resized or repaired, bring it on delivery day and the Jostens man will take care of it for you. *Attention STUCO members:  There will be a stu-co meeting tomorrow morning at 7:15 in room 107.  Please bring something to write with Today is:National Kindergarten DayNational Chocolate Covered Cashews DayFollow us on Twitter. Submitted to Sumner Newscow — Today’s Wellington High School bulletin for Tuesday, April 21, 2015:Tuesday• Tennis at Circle 1 p.m.• JV Golf at Sierra Hills 3 p.m.• Track at Caldwell 3 p.m.Wednesday• Service DayThursday• JV Golf at Hesston 1 p.m.• Baseball at WHS vs. Circle 4 p.m.• Softball at WHS vs. Circle 4:30Friday• Golf at Cherry Oaks 3 p.m.• Tennis at Winfield 3 p.m.• Track at Clearwater 3 p.m.Saturday• Prom – all day.Today’s lunch: Pepperoni Pizza, Tossed Salad with Romaine, Bread Stick, Marinara Sauce, Applesauce and milk.Tomorrow’s lunch: Taco Burger, Romaine and Tomato, Refried Beans, Mandarin Oranges, Tortilla Chips and Milk.Today’s News*The third annual WHS Career Fair (for WHS Students Only) will be held in the auxiliary gym from 1 to 3 p.m. on April 22. The event will feature approximately 30 local business professionals, post-secondary education representatives, military personnel, and adult service representatives who will set up informational booths and speak informally with students about options after high school. Students who complete evaluations forms will have their names entered to win four random prize drawings at the end of the day. For questions, please contact Samantha Brown or Lori Phelps at Wellington High School 326-4310. *Senior Parents: If you are interested in purchasing a senior ad in the yearbook, contact Ms. Ford at ktford@usd353.com. *Juniors and Seniors: A few Prom Announcements–You can sign up for the dodge ball and obstacle course for after prom in the office.-If you would be interested in performing for your classmates at prom, please pick up an entertainment application from Ms. Ford or stop by the office.              -Tickets are now on sale by the student entrance before and after school. They are $30.00.– You can sign-up out of town dates in the office.-If you are planning on attending After Prom, you must read and sign a student pledge sheet. You may pick up the forms in the office.-Please see Ms. Ford if you have any questions or concerns. *Attention all Juniors, Sophomores and Freshmen:  If you are interested in being a class officer next year, pick up an application in the office.  Remember you must be passing 5 classes to be eligible to serve as an officer.  Applications will be due Friday, April 24.  Elections will be held Tuesday, May 5 during 2nd Hour.last_img read more