Ukraine cancels match after some players, staff test positive for coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 I was in best of forms before Tokyo Paralympics was postponed — Powerlifter Ejike Ukraine’s top professional football league said on Saturday it had cancelled one of its first post-lockdown matches.This was after several players and staff at Karpaty in the western city of Lviv tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The match between Karpaty and Mariupol from the Azov Sea port of Mariupol was supposed to be played on Sunday behind closed doors.The football authorities did not specify how many players had been affected by the virus and when a rescheduled match may be played.“Those infected were immediately transferred to self-isolation. They had no symptoms,” the league said in a statement.Ukraine’s government has started easing restrictions imposed in March to prevent the spread of the virus.It allowed sports events to continue if all participants are tested and comply with other safety requirements. The football authorities decided to resume competitions in the Premier League and the Cup with no spectators.Two of Ukraine’s most famous clubs, Dynamo Kiev and Shakhtar Donetsk, are scheduled to meet on Sunday.Ukraine has reported 23,304 cases, including 696 deaths from the coronavirus as of May 30.Reuters/NAN.Tags: Azov Sea PortCoronavirusKarpatyLockdownlast_img read more

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Sturridge pens new Liverpool deal

first_img The 24-year-old England international, who has been out injured for the last month and this week found himself at the centre of a club versus country row over how his training should be managed, scored 22 league goals last season. “It feels great. It’s a big day in my life to commit to this club and to give the club my best years, which are ahead of me,” Sturridge told liverpoolfc.com Press Association Striker Daniel Sturridge has signed a new long-term contract at Liverpool. center_img “I am thankful for the opportunity and that is the reason I committed my future. “Everyone has been great with me, from the fans to the staff to the players, so it was an easy decision. I’m happy with how everything is going.” Despite an impressive return last term Sturridge firmly believes his best form is still ahead of him and Liverpool’s brilliant form in finishing second in the league has spurred him on to secure more success. “There are a lot of things I’m happy with how they’ve gone so far, but there is a lot to come,” he added. “I’ve not shown yet what I can do – what I’m doing is just the start for me. “I may have had some good games and scored some goals, but literally this is the beginning in terms of what I can show. “I don’t feel I’ve shown really what I can do as a footballer. I am looking forward to the hard work, the training, the games and everything – and looking forward to the future. “We were so close to success last season and it was a bitter pill to take not winning the league, but that’s just a taster of what the fans will get – but hopefully this time we’ll have the trophies to show for it. “Everyone is very obsessive in terms of wanting success and being winners. That’s what we are – that’s the Liverpool way.” last_img read more

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I could see Lionel Messi playing in 2025, easily: Luis Garcia

first_imgKOLKATA: Former Barcelona midfielder Luis Garcia feels the club’s superstar forward Lionel Messi can easily continue playing till 2025.The 33-year-old is currently contracted until the end of next season with Barcelona holding talks with the ace Argentina forward about an extension. There is speculation that record six-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi is unhappy with the club’s leadership. “Why not? The way he is playing, adapting his style to the game is impressive. Every year he shows us something different but keeps up the same amount of goals, of assists,” Garcia, who played for Barcelona in the 2003-2004 season, said during a video conference facilitated by LaLiga. “Even getting more every year! He’s adapting, he doesn’t spend so much time up front because he knows it’s harder, so he drops a little more. He shows why he’s so intelligent. He adapts his game to what the team needs in every game. I could see him playing in 2025, easily!” added the former Atletico Madrid and Liverpool winger. Real Madrid are closer to winning the Spanish LaLiga title after their 2-1 win against Granada on Monday night which took them four points clear of Barcelona with two games remaining in the season. “There have been a couple of games where they have struggled. But they carry the momentum when even not playing well they are getting the results. (Federico) Valverde has been one of their best players so far. Key players have been (Sergio) Ramos and (Karim) Benzema,” Garcia said on Real Madrid. IANS Also watch: Unable to Make Ends Meet, Uber Driver Turns Vegetable Vendorlast_img read more

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Colorado State pauses football after allegations of racism

first_imgColorado State pauses football after allegations of racism More AP college football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25 August 7, 2020 Parker’s statement did not mention any particular member of the coaching staff or athletic department. Steve Addazio is in his first season as head coach of the Rams. McConnell announced the investigation Tuesday after an article published in the Coloradoan that quoted unidentified football players and members of the athletic staff saying coaches told them not to report coronavirus symptoms and threatened players with reduced playing time should they quarantine. “Colorado State University is committed to being an anti-racist university, and we will not tolerate any behavior or climate that goes against that core value,” Parker said. “Moreover, CSU Athletics is committed to the health and well-being of student-athletes above all other priorities, and this includes their mental health. We believe it is our responsibility to make sure that all student-athletes feel welcomed and valued as members of an inclusive athletics community.”Colorado State has paused all meetings, workouts and practices.“While we have been working hard towards playing football this fall, the holistic well-being of our student-athletes is our unequivocal top priority,” Parker said. “We must and will address these allegations before we focus on playing football.” On Tuesday, Addazio said he welcomed the investigation into the football program’s alleged mishandling of coronavirus protocols.McConnell announced via an email to student-athletes and department staff Thursday that Husch Blackwell, a legal firm based in Kansas City, would lead the probe into those allegationsAddazio was hired in December, replacing Mike Bobo, after spending seven seasons with Boston College. The Rams were scheduled to open the season Sept. 19 by hosting Northern Colorado, but the Big Sky Conference voted this week to push back its football season to the spring.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditFORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado State is pausing all football activities after an investigation started by the president of the university into the program’s handling of COVID-19 cases uncovered allegations of racism and verbal abuse toward athletes. Athletic director Joe Parker said he asked President Joyce McConnell to expand the investigation she announced Tuesday to include a comprehensive review of the athletic department and football program.“Today, we learned of some extremely troubling allegations of racism and verbal abuse from CSU’s athletic administration generally and in the football program specifically,” Parke said. Associated Press last_img read more

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Riley assures new CWI president of BCA support

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados, (CMC) – Barbados Cricket Association (BCA) president, Conde Riley, says he intends to give newly-elected Cricket West Indies president, Ricky Skerritt, his full support even though the BCA openly backed losing three-time incumbent, Dave Cameron, at last Sunday’s election.Riley copped severe criticism during the campaign after the BCA snubbed a request from Skerritt and then running mate Dr Kishore Shallow, to present their manifesto to the local body.Following the election result, however, Riley said he had spoken with Skerritt to offer his future support.“I congratulated him on Sunday at breakfast, we shook hands and we spoke because I’ve served under Ken Gordon and several presidents [and] after the elections you have to move on,” Riley told a cricket radio programme here.“At breakfast at the Pegasus Hotel [president Skerritt] and I shook hands and we both agreed that this is not about Cameron, Skerritt or me, this is about cricket.”He added: “I said to president Skerritt Barbados will continue to support West Indies cricket and I will continue to support any president that is elected democratically.”Riley was seen as a staunch Cameron ally and pledged the BCA’s support during the election campaign, that saw Guyana also come out in support of the Jamaican.Windward Islands was the third territorial board to give Cameron their back before the election, guaranteeing him of at least six of the seven votes needed to retain the presidency.Skerritt and Shallow had only gained the support of Leeward Islands and Trinidad and Tobago with Jamaica undeclared but in a stunning twist on election day, the challengers managed to pick up previously unguaranteed votes to both win by 8-4 margins.However, Riley said whatever had occurred was now history and the focus was now on the future.“I understand politics. When we went in there (election) I had heard that three territories were supporting Cameron and three were supporting president Skerritt,” he explained.“As it turned out two delegates [switched] … but that’s water under the bridge now. We’re moving forward in the interest of West Indies cricket.”last_img read more

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Eaves talks disappointment, replacements, next season

first_imgWisconsin men’s hockey head coach, Mike Eaves, has a long, challenging summer ahead of him.Just weeks after a national championship run, Eaves’ programs already looks a whole lot different.His two assistant coaches? Both gone. Mark Osiecki took the head coaching position at Ohio State and Kevin Patrick is now a head coach in the USHL.His Hobey Baker award winner? Gone. Blake Geoffrion and six other senior forwards have met the end of their collegiate careers.Two of his talented junior defenseman? Gone as well. Brendan Smith and Cody Golobeuf are skipping their senior seasons to kick-start their professional careers.So much for a relaxing summer break.Starting all over againWhen Eaves first started coaching he would take single week off during the summer to unwind. But after a couple years, that just wasn’t enough.“I used to take a week off but it wasn’t enough time to recharge your batteries. So last year we took two weeks off back-to-back and it was awesome,” Eaves said. “But this summer will be different because I need two new coaches.”With Osiecki and Patrick gone, Eaves has even more on his plate. The top priority now is to resurrect his coaching staff, and after WCHA and national coaches’ meetings in Florida, Eaves is beginning to make some progress.“Did I find the answers? No, the answer is no. But it was certainly productive in terms of the process,” Eaves said. “You have you’re A-list and your B-list and I want to make sure we are very diligent.”For Eaves, the long process has brought back memories of his first days on the job as the UW head coach, when he started his vision of the program from scratch.“It’s like when I first started,” Eaves said. “When you have good people working for you let them do there thing and you step in only when needed. Now all of the sudden I’ve got to get closer to everything again. It feels like the first year here when I was trying to hire people and get used to college hockey.”Like Eaves said, his former assistants were top-notch, especially Osiecki who was responsible for the talented Badger defensemen.But while Osiecki’s defensive expertise will be missed, Eaves says it’s his ability on the recruiting front that must be immediately replaced.“I want somebody who has been on the recruiting trail. To me, that is the number one priority because at the collegiate level recruiting is your bloodline,” Eaves said. “A big priority is to hire someone who has contacts, knows the college routes so we can transition seamlessly.”Eaves got the chance to speak to a number of potential candidates during the meetings and he hopes to have the coaching decisions made by the end of May or mid-June.Getting past the disappointmentAs his players shed tears and felt the pain of a 5-0 loss in the championship game, Eaves remained collected and composed, but underneath the calm appearance, the loss took its toll on the head coach.In fact, it took Eaves a full week to regroup before he could analyze the game tape.“I wasn’t ready to watch it anytime before that because you’re so disappointed,” Eaves said.Once Eaves sat and watched the game he saw the unfortunate bounces and the missed opportunities all over again. But in this sport its often time those bounces that decide champions.“You look at the 2006 game in Milwaukee, the puck hits the post in the last second and bounces out. If that puck goes in its tied 2-2 and who knows what happens.“But you know, it was probably our turn,” Eaves said.After that 2006 national championship, Eaves said he bought breakfast for BC coach Jerry York at the coaches’ meetings in Florida.So what did Eaves tell York after their teams clashed in 2010?“You’re buying.”Two new captains?With last year behind them, the Badgers and Eaves already have their minds on next season.Team votes were tallied and Ryan McDonagh was unanimously named the lone captain. Derek Stepan was tabbed as his assistant. A second assistant captain is expected to named later on.But the question remains – will McDonagh and Stepan stick around to lead the way? Or will they accept pro contracts and join the New York Rangers?Stepan made it clear throughout the year that despite his gaudy statistical season, he needs more work at the collegiate level and that he intends to return. McDonagh on the other hand, appears ready for the pros. He’ll have to decide if he wants to end his college career prematurely.Does that decision affect Eaves’ outlook on the team?“Yeah I think it does,” he said. “A, because he’s our captain and B, he’s our best, most experienced defenseman. He could one of the top three defensemen in the nation.”UW’s top defenseman is a ways away from coming to a final decision.“There is no indication at this point. He is weighing everything, checking out his options and it is a nice problem for him to have,” Eaves said. “He knows that he could come back and be the captain. This could be his team. And you never know what can happen here with the guys we have. He’s talked about that.”Forming a new identityWith so many forwards leaving, trying to fill out a line chart for next season is no easy task.The 2010-11 Badgers are about to take on a whole new identity and according to Eaves, the high-scoring, explosive attack we saw this past year won’t likely reappear next season.“The team next year is going to have to find a different way to win,” Eaves said. “We have two senior goaltenders, depending on whether Ryan comes back – because he is a cornerstone – we could have 4 of our 6 defensemen back. But we are going to be young up front.”Eaves confirmed that Craig Smith will make the move to center and Derek Lee will get his chance to crack the lineup at the center position. Stepan and Sean Dolan are the only two centers from last year expected to return.Six freshman forwards, including BCHL top scorer Mark Zengerle, will join the program in the fall and they will be given an opportunity to compete for time on the top lines.It will be a summer loaded with change for the Badgers and at this point, Eaves is just looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.“It’s exciting, it’s the unknown,” he said. “We’ll just have to wait and see how next year’s group comes together.”last_img read more

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UCLA and USC host town hall

first_imgStudent groups from both UCLA and USC hosted a joint town hall session Wednesday evening at UCLA in an ongoing response to the racist flier targeting Asian women that was mailed to both the UCLA Asian American Studies Center and USC Asian Pacific American Students Services. This followed a panel on social justice hosted by USC’s student groups last week.Superman · Troy Lau, a Ph.D. in higher education, spoke at the USC and UCLA joint town hall addressing a racist flier sent to both schools. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanThough the event focused on the response by the UCLA student community, Gloria Kim and Alison Chang, executive and assistant director, respectively, of the USC Asian Pacific American Student Assembly, were present as part of a panel discussion and made a statement expressing solidarity with UCLA.“It’s very difficult to respond to micro-aggression as individuals, and that’s why it’s important for us to respond as a community,” Chang said. “Looking beyond our two campuses, it’s a broader issue for the APA community and for other communities of color.”Representatives from UCLA Asian Pacific Coalition said that the administration has been helpful so far in responding to the incident.“UCLA administration has been very supportive of our efforts, starting from the very first day,” said Anh Q. Nguyen, a UCLA student and president of the Vietnamese Student Union. “However, it has been a lot of student-initiated efforts, starting with the rally and now the photo campaign that’s taking place across California.”She said that though dialogue is important, this is not the first incident to occur at UCLA and is indicative of a larger problem.“Nothing has been done to give us a tangible solution,” Nguyen said. “This is a systemic problem, but it needs to start from the policymakers. We need more [Asian Pacific Islander] community members at the decision-making level so that there is someone who understands our concern.”All panelists agreed that the focus should be on adjusting the culture surrounding the issue and apprehension of the suspects is secondary. They did note, however,  that both USC and UCLA campus police have been treating the issue seriously.“Our very existence [as minority students] is a revolutionary act,” said Jazz Kiang of UCLA APC. “Even with the limited resources that we have … this attack is on a personal level, the objectification of Asian women was very apparent in the flier and that is something that people in the community suffer from.”Following the panel discussion, the floor was opened to comments from the audience. A graduate student and native Hawaiian spoke about previous incidents of racism at UCLA, including an altercation with a white professor and refusal from the administration to take action.“How many more incidents need to happen before UCLA realizes we have a lack of diversity education on this campus?” said a student who identified himself as the president of the Muslim Student Association. “People don’t know about other cultures [and] we can’t wait any longer — urge the academic senate to include a diversity requirement.”The event concluded with a reading of a joint letter from USC APASA and UCLA APC, citing incidents of racism on both campuses and requesting support from the community. The letter also included demands from the Asian Pacific Islander community to UCLA’s administration, including annual programming for cultural groups, more Asian Pacific Islander representation on the chancellor’s staff, a multicultural center and a summit paid for by the chancellor.Kim said USC APASA is focused on starting a dialogue with students and hopes to bring the conversation to the student community at large.“We’re starting conversations with students,” Kim said. “But the reaction at USC has been quieter than at UCLA, and I think people will chalk this up as an isolated incident, and say we don’t have much of a history [of racial incidents], but we want to engage them and reach out to student leaders from other organizations outside the APA community.”last_img read more

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Love your body

first_imgJessica Zhou | Daily TrojanSophia Li, a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism, poses with a drawing to promote a positive body image at Monday’s kickoff event for Body Love Week. The weeklong event is hosted by the Women’s Student Assembly and aims to create an inclusive space for students. Monday’s event featured a henna station as well as refreshments for students.last_img

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Two-year sentence requested for Barcelona president in Neymar affair

first_imgSpanish prosecutors are requesting a prison sentence of two years and three months for Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu and seven for his predecessor, Sandro Rosell, over the so-called Neymar affair, judicial sources said on Monday.The Madrid court is also calling for a fine of 22.2 million euros ($24.1 million) against the club over the transfer deal which has been the subject of an anti-corruption probe.The two men and the club are charged with tax fraud and Rosell is also accused of accounting irregularities over his time in charge.Following months of investigation, a Spanish judge must now consider whether the case should go to trial.The judge, Pablo Ruz, said 10 days ago after completing his investigation that the two defendants were suspected of three counts of tax fraud worth a total of 13 million euros ($13.6 million), relating to the signing of the Brazilian striker in 2013.The club has said it paid 57 million euros overall to sign Neymar from Brazilian club Santos, but the judge suspects the real amount was more than 83 million euros. The cost of the deal rose steeply when Barca decided to bring forward an initial agreement signed in 2011 for the player to move in 2014 by a year as other clubs, including rivals Real Madrid, attempted to hijack the deal.Ruz said the various contracts produced “were designed to cover or hide the fact that in reality they represented a higher cost for Barcelona” in order to “avoid or significantly reduce the money paid to the tax authorities”.Rosell resigned over the scandal in January 2014 with his then vice-president Bartomeu taking charge.Shortly afterwards the club confirmed a number of extra agreements including a 10-million euro signing bonus for the player and scouting and collaborative agreements between the two clubs had taken the cost of the total operation to 86.2 million euros.In February of last year, the club announced that they had made a voluntary payment of 13.5 million euros to the Spanish tax authorities regarding the transfer. Bartomeu denied all responsibility when he appeared before an examining magistrate investigating the matter last month.However, prosecutors believe he had full knowledge of the details involved in the transfer given his role as Rosell’s right-hand man.Bartomeu’s involvement is likely to damage his campaign to be elected as president in club elections at the end of the season.last_img read more

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Texas’ Jaxson Hayes, projected NBA lottery pick, injures knee against Kansas

first_img March Madness 2019: 3 takeaways from Duke’s win over Syracuse in Zion Williamson’s return “Jaxson hurt his left knee. Don’t know the extent of it,” coach Shaka Smart said. “We will evaluate him when we get back to Austin. Hopefully it’s not, you know, extremely serious. But he was in some pain.”He appeared to get tangled with Kansas guard Devon Dotson when Hayes went down and had to be helped from the floor as he couldn’t put weight on the leg. Related News March Madness 2019: Zion Williamson throws down multiple big dunks in return vs. Syracusecenter_img A 6-11 forward, Hayes entered Thursday’s game averaging 10.3 points and 5.1 rebounds but was largely ineffective in the loss because of foul trouble. He finished with two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes.Hayes, who doesn’t turn 19 until May, was an under-recruited high school prospect, but in his breakout freshman year at Texas he has shown outstanding mobility, good hands with ideal size-length-coordination for the modern center position (per NBA Draft Room).Multiple mock drafts have him going in the top 10 picks this year. Texas big man Jaxson Hayes, the Big 12 Freshman of the Year and a projected lottery pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, injured his left knee Thursday night in the Longhorns’ 65-57 loss to Kansas in the Big 12 Tournament in Kansas City.Hayes went down under the basket with 1:58 to play in the quarterfinal. It was unclear immediately after the game how severe the injury was.last_img read more

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