Tokyo could lose Olympics if not held in 2020, minister says

first_img“Looking at the contract once again, it says in Article 66 that the IOC holds the right to cancel the Games by deactivating the contract if… the Games are not held in 2020,” Hashimoto said.”At this moment, the Tokyo 2020 committee, the IOC and Tokyo [city government] are doing their best to make sure the Games will be held from July 24,” she added.”The government will fully support that.”COVID-19 has been detected in 76 countries, killing 3,116 and causing chaos as governments clamp down on travel. A long list of sports events have been cancelled or postponed to avoid spreading the virus. Topics : Tokyo risks losing the Olympics if they’re postponed later than this year over the new coronavirus, a government minister said on Tuesday, adding that May looks like the deadline for the decision.The contract for the Games says the International Olympic Committee can withdraw hosting rights if they’re not held in 2020, Olympics Minister Seiko Hashimoto told parliament.Japan’s government, Tokyo organizers and the IOC have all pledged to hold the Games on schedule from July 24, but the fast-spreading virus continues to raise concerns.center_img Hashimoto added that May looked like an “important benchmark” for deciding whether the Games go ahead as scheduled.”An IOC member has said the end of May is the final deadline for making the decision,” she said, referring to remarks by senior IOC member Dick Pound.”So I think the end of May is an important benchmark,” Hashimoto said.”We’re making utmost efforts so that the IOC can be convinced that the Tokyo Games can be held safely.”Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has stepped up national measures to contain the virus, urging schools nationwide to close for several weeks and calling on organizers of large events to consider cancelling or delaying them.Everything from football matches and music concerts have been affected, while sumo’s spring tournament will be held behind closed doors.Also on Tuesday, a wheelchair rugby test event for the Paralympics, which are scheduled to start on August 25, was cancelled over the virus.”Tokyo 2020 nevertheless will carry out the wheelchair rugby test event in some form in April, after ensuring a safe and secure environment,” an organizing committee statement said.last_img read more

Shaun Wright-Phillips explains why Arsenal must sack Unai Emery

first_imgShaun Wright-Phillips has urged Arsenal to sack Unai Emery (Picture: Getty)Shaun Wright-Phillips has urged Arsenal to sack Unai Emery and says star players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang will leave if the team continues to struggle under the manager.In Emery’s first season at the Emirates, Arsenal finished fifth in the Premier League and lost the Europa League final to London rivals Chelsea.Arsenal are desperate to reclaim their place in the Champions League but already find themselves eight points adrift of the top-four having won just a third of their league games this term. Comment Advertisement Wright-Phillips says players like Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang could leave Arsenal (Picture: Getty)‘Their defensive signings haven’t addressed any of their issues but you wonder anyway if this type of defender would want to join Arsenal at the moment.‘They’re not close to winning anything and are going to struggle to keep hold of their best players, like Aubameyang who will want Champions League football, let alone sign new quality players.’Wright-Phillips also says former Arsenal captain Granit Xhaka was ‘wrong’ to clash with his own supporters during a Premier League match last month.Xhaka was stripped of the captain’s armband for clashing with Arsenal fans who greeted his substitution during the 2-2 draw with Crystal Palace with sarcastic cheers.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘Granit Xhaka was wrong to react in the way that he did, especially to his own fans,’ Wright-Phillips said.‘All players have bad games and abuse is part of the game – if you’re getting abuse from your own fans then you are clearly doing something wrong and it is down to you to correct it as a player.‘Xhaka should have ignored it but sometimes your emotions do get the better of you. One thing is for sure, it’s going to be difficult for him to come back from this.’MORE: Unai Emery reacts to Jose Mourinho replacing Mauricio Pochettino at Tottenham Advertisementcenter_img Shaun Wright-Phillips explains why Arsenal must sack Unai Emery Metro Sport ReporterThursday 21 Nov 2019 3:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.6kShares Former Chelsea and Manchester City star Wright-Phillips (Picture: Getty)The worrying run of form has sparked speculation over Emery’s future at Arsenal and former Premier League winner Wright-Phillips believes it is time for the Gunners to make a change.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘I think that it’s time for Emery to leave Arsenal, they’ve had a poor start to the season and I think something needs to change,’ the former Chelsea and Manchester City star told Sportingbet.‘My dad [Arsenal legend Ian Wright] is going to kill me for saying that, but he’s in the jungle so I should be safe!More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘Growing up, Arsenal were always such a big team, they were dominant and would always give you a tough game.‘They seem to have lost something of that steel and it makes me sad to see, if I’m being honest. As well as the manager, there are deep issues that need to be addressed.‘Arsenal have been crying out for a defender for years, someone in the Tony Adams, Rio Ferdinand, John Terry, even Ledley King mould who can shore up their defence.last_img read more

Governor Wolf Urges USDA to Waive Food Assistance Eligibility Requirements

first_img Press Release,  Public Health Wolf: USDA limiting interpretations, refusing to cut bureaucratic red tape during crisis ‘inhumane’Governor Tom Wolf today sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking that USDA waive eligibility requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program; reconsider Pennsylvania’s request for temporary waivers to allow more food to be distributed at school feeding sites and food banks; and to be flexible and change its interpretation of recent changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.“In addition to ensuring that our most vulnerable citizens continue to have access to affordable, life-sustaining food, we now also have hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvanians filing for unemployment compensation as a result of necessary COVID-19 mitigation efforts in the commonwealth,” Wolf said. “It is inhumane to consider that Pennsylvanians who are doing the responsible thing by staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities would go hungry because of USDA’s limiting interpretations and refusal to cut bureaucratic red tape during a national crisis.“Our food banks are working around the clock to help those in need,” Wolf said. “These waivers would remove the burden of extra time spent on paperwork and also remove the delay in access to food.”The full letter is as follows:I write to request your immediate assistance related to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s needs during the COVID-19 pandemic – specifically related to emergency food assistance. To fight the spread of COVID-19 and protect Pennsylvanians and our healthcare providers, I ordered all non-life sustaining businesses to close physical operations and am encouraging Pennsylvanians to stay at home in areas where there has been an exponential increase of new COVID-19 cases. As a result, many Pennsylvanians are temporarily unemployed and unable to afford basic necessities due to these necessary mitigation and social distancing efforts. To date, there have been an unprecedented number of initial claims for unemployment compensation, and our charitable food system is struggling to meet the increased demands of Pennsylvanians who are temporarily out of work.On Friday, March 20, 2020, Pennsylvania submitted its application for Disaster Household Distribution to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS). I am writing to urge that USDA review and approve this application as soon as possible. This immediate action is critical to ensure that Pennsylvania’s food banks and food assistance networks can swiftly distribute USDA Foods currently in their warehouses to those newly in need of food assistance without the need to verify eligibility.Further, I request your immediate consideration of the following three items of critical importance to Pennsylvanians struggling with food insecurity:Waive Eligibility Requirements for The Emergency Food Assistance ProgramWe are grateful that the Families First package was passed and signed, which increases The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) funding by $400 million. However, this critical funding will not make the needed difference if USDA does not also temporarily waive all eligibility requirements for TEFAP. I urge you to take administrative action under the President’s national disaster declaration to temporarily waive these requirements to help Pennsylvanians who need access to emergency food now. It is critical that Pennsylvanians in need have access as quickly as possible, and that the food banks working around the clock can help those in need without the additional burden and delay of completing paperwork and verifying client eligibility.Those who are seeking assistance from our food banks are the newly unemployed and those critically in need of food, and it is unconscionable to delay access to them because of the need to complete cumbersome paperwork requirements to prove that they are eligible for the food which they so desperately need.Reconsideration of Pennsylvania’s Request for Temporary WaiversI also ask you to issue temporary waivers to allow use and replacement of on-hand supplies of USDA foods at schools and in state warehouses to provide food to those in need as a result of this crisis.Normally, with a disaster declaration, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture is able to access USDA foods intended for National School Lunch to provide to the Red Cross and others for use in congregate feeding sites and is able to seek replacement of these foods after the disaster conditions are resolved. Since congregate feeding sites are not safe due to COVID-19, we must be able use these foods in creative new delivery methods and be assured of replacement. I request that schools be allowed to use these foods to prepare meals and provide them to other family members – children and adults – who might bring enrolled students to a closed Seamless Summer/Summer Feeding site. Having flexibility to use these foods and be able to seek replacement would allow the sites to serve any child 18 years of age or younger, and potentially the caregivers as well. We requested this flexibility from FNS on Tuesday, March 17, and it was denied on Friday, March 20. I strongly urge you to reconsider and direct your staff to allow this critical flexibility.Flexibility within the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance ProgramFurther, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act provides temporary new authority and broad flexibility for USDA and states to adapt the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to address many people’s food needs during the current public health emergency and economic shock from the COVID-19 pandemic. USDA and states need to act quickly and aggressively to fully utilize SNAP in order to protect public health and mitigate hardship.The Act allows states to provide emergency supplemental SNAP benefits to many participating SNAP households to address temporary food needs. The legislation authorizes USDA to provide an additional emergency allotment to all households, up to the amount of the maximum benefit for their household size. Unfortunately, USDA is interpreting section 2302 to allow states to raise SNAP benefits for each household up to the maximum benefit for the household size, without any additional allotment.If USDA maintains this interpretation, households already at the maximum benefit, which make up nearly 40 percent of SNAP households and those with the lowest incomes, will not receive any additional assistance. The reason households receive the maximum benefit is that they have no income available to purchase food. About 2.5 million of the households receiving the maximum benefit are families that include children, about 1 million households receiving the maximum benefit are households with elderly members, and 600,000 are households with people with disabilities.We are deeply concerned that the poorest households, particularly those with very young children – would not be eligible to receive anything under this reading of the law. We strongly urge USDA to reconsider its interpretation to avoid imposing a restriction on the emergency benefit that Congress did not establish at a time of such extraordinary crisis.SNAP Online Purchasing PilotUSDA’s SNAP Online Purchasing Pilot makes it possible for SNAP participants to purchase grocery deliveries, but its availability is limited to only a few states. Given the social distancing required to fight COVID-19, I urge USDA to notify retailers of the flexibilities that do currently exist to make grocery delivery possible for all SNAP recipients who need it.All retailers that are able to offer online ordering are doing so, and this option must be made available for SNAP participants as well. There are several models that the private sector can employ, such as processing the EBT card either at the time of pickup from the store, or when the groceries are delivered to the SNAP participant. For retailers who have mobile device capabilities, swiping the card at drop-off would be the simplest option. If mobile devices are not available, the card could be obtained by the retailer or other partner prior to pick up at the store and swiped upon pick-up at the store, prior to returning the card and the groceries to the card holder.USDA has a direct line to the retailers who accept SNAP benefits and must ensure that they are encouraged to offer grocery delivery for SNAP participants. Pennsylvania retailers are already interested in providing these options to customers. I also urge you to seek out public-private partnerships with these retailers, as you have recently done with companies to begin to help with rural school meal delivery.I appreciate the collaboration with USDA to date to approve several critical flexibilities related to signatures and distribution of USDA Foods through TEFAP and CSFP. However, without additional action from USDA, Pennsylvania’s food banks will not be able to keep up with the demand placed on them by the COVID-19 pandemic. It is inhumane to consider that Pennsylvanians who are doing the responsible thing by staying home to stop the spread of COVID-19 in our communities would go hungry because of USDA’s limiting interpretations and refusal to cut bureaucratic red tape during a national crisis.Visit the commonwealth’s Responding to COVID-19 guide for the latest guidance and resources for Pennsylvanians or the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s dedicated coronavirus webpage for the most up-to-date information regarding COVID-19.View the full letter online here or on Scribd. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter March 26, 2020center_img Governor Wolf Urges USDA to Waive Food Assistance Eligibility Requirementslast_img read more

Defendant in alleged passport scam asks magistrate to recuse herself

first_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweet LocalNews Defendant in alleged passport scam asks magistrate to recuse herself by: – May 18, 2012 Sharecenter_img 122 Views   no discussions Share Attorney at Law, Bernard WiltshireAttorney at law Bernard Wiltshire who is jointly charged with Nash Mitchel for alleged involvement in a passport scam has requested that Magistrate Candia Carette-George recuse herself from presiding over the matter.Wiltshire who is being represented by David Bruney told magistrate Carette-George on Friday; “it’s nothing personal” however because she is the daughter of the Chief of Police, Cyril Carette he does not feel comfortable having her preside over the matter, since the matter is against the state.Chief Magistrate Evelina Baptiste and Ossie Lewis have already recused themselves from presiding over the trial citing personal reasons.Meanwhile Lindon Marie, Nash Mitchell, Kimana James and Harolda Henry also appeared in court on Friday for their alleged involvement in the same passport scam.Lindon Marie (left) and Nash Mitchell (right). Photo credit: The DominicanThe defendants who face several charges including forgery, conspiracy and deception have been charged jointly and individually.In May, 2011 Mitchel of Soufriere, Marie of River Street and James of Castle Comfort were arrested and charged for forgery in their alleged involvement in the passport scam. Mitchel and Marie were granted bail several days later in the sum of $75,000.00 each with two sureties as well as strict reporting conditions by the High Court while James was granted bail in the sum of $30, 000.00 by at the magistrate’s Court.On January 30th, 2012 Wiltshire was arrested and charged for conspiracy and was granted EC$50,000.00 bail while Harolda Henry of Grand Bay was also granted $50,000.00 for her alleged involvement.Kimana James. Photo credit: thedominican.netIn January 2011 an additional charge of conspiracy was brought against James, Mitchell and Marie at the magistrate’s court.The charge states that between November 2nd, 2005 and September 2006 the defendants conspired with persons unknown to obtain 11 birth certificates belonging to the state for foreign nationals.Mitchel and Marie had to make another application for bail as their first bail application was granted at the High Court.Carette-George informed the Court that based of absence of two of the defendant’s lawyer and “the serious nature of the charges” that the matter will be adjourned to August 14th, 2012.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Cech excited by Mourinho talk

first_imgChelsea goalkeeper Petr Cech has described the prospect of Jose Mourinho returning to the club as “fantastic”. Yet despite looking forward with optimism, Cech is saddened that the reign of interim manager Rafael Benitez is coming to an end. The Spaniard takes charge of the Blues for the final time as they face Manchester City in the second of two lucrative post-season friendlies at Yankee Stadium in New York this weekend. Benitez has overcome huge fan hostility since succeeding Roberto di Matteo to leave on a high after winning the Europa League and securing third in the Barclays Premier League. Cech, 31, said: “I think he has done a very good job, obviously, having won the Europa League and qualified for the Champions League. I think this was the aim, and to try to do as best as we could. He worked hard from day one and tried to do the best for the club. In the end he is leaving with a European trophy, which is great for him.” Defender David Luiz, who has excelled at times under Benitez, also paid tribute to the Spaniard, whose past associations with Liverpool made him a reviled figure among supporters on arrival. The Brazil international said: “He has done a great job at Chelsea. He has had a lot of pressure. He has shown character and that he is a professional. I am so happy we won a title and qualified directly for the Champions League.” Luiz added that he was excited about the prospect of being managed by Mourinho, who has also won the Champions League with Porto and Inter Milan. Luiz said: “Everyone says positive things about him and everyone knows about his qualities. He has done a great job in many clubs in the world, like Chelsea. We would be excited to work with an experienced coach like that.” Press Associationcenter_img The flamboyant Portuguese boss is expected to take charge at Stamford Bridge for a second time this summer after it was confirmed he is to leave Real Madrid at the end of the Spanish season. Mourinho won two Barclays Premier League titles, an FA Cup and two League Cups during his three-year spell at the club between 2004 and 2007. Cech, who arrived in the same summer as Mourinho nine years ago, said: “He is a great manager and I think everyone remembers how successful we were with him as a manager. If he could reproduce that it would be fantastic.” last_img read more

Robson to join Sherwood at Villa

first_imgMark Robson is set to join Tim Sherwood’s new-look backroom team at Aston Villa after Scott Marshall left the club. Sherwood was appointed on Saturday and chairman Randy Lerner watched his first training session on Tuesday. Nothing has been confirmed with Robson yet but Sherwood is acting fast to replace Marshall, who took caretaker charge after Lambert’s dismissal last week. Robson left Norwich in November and had previously been joint head coach at Barnet with Edgar Davids. America-based Lerner is not staying for Sherwood’s first Barclays Premier League game at home to Stoke on Saturday but met the new manager at the club’s Bodymoor Heath training ground after jetting in. Lerner’s chief executive Tom Fox is in charge of the day-to-day running of Villa and the owner is in constant contact despite being away from the club. Sherwood confirmed at his unveiling on Monday he had spoken to the chairman by phone but had not met him before penning his deal until 2018. Sherwood watched Sunday’s 2-1 FA Cup win over Leicester and gave a half-time team talk when the score was 0-0. He takes charge with Villa third from bottom in the Barclays Premier League after Lambert was dismissed last Wednesday. Marshall took caretaker charge, assisted by goalkeeping coach Andy Marshall and under-21 boss Gordon Cowans, and picked the team for Sunday’s fifth-round win but has now departed. Fox told the club’s official site: “I’d like to thank Scott for his efforts during his time at the football club and especially under difficult circumstances at the weekend when he took the team for Sunday’s FA Cup victory over Leicester City. “We wish him all the best in the future.” Press Association Former Norwich coach Robson is expected to become Sherwood’s first-team coach at Villa Park, Press Association Sport understands. Marshall left on Tuesday, following Paul Lambert out of the club after the Scot’s sacking last week. last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgVerlander has surgeryHOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander is using the interruption to the Major League season to recover from surgery.The Houston Astros ace has undergone surgery on his right groin and is expected to be out about six weeks. The timing gives Verlander time to heal before opening day, which has been pushed back to mid-May at the earliest because of the new coronavirus.Verlander dealt with the problem early in spring training. His first start was delayed until March 3 because of discomfort in his right groin. He recorded a 3.86 in 4 2/3 innings over two spring starts.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FINAL POLL Durant among four Nets to test positiveUNDATED (AP) — Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets players to have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA. The Nets did not name the players Tuesday, but Durant confirmed he was one of them to The Athletic, saying: “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this.” The Nets announced that one player is exhibiting symptoms, while the other three are asymptomatic.Utah’s Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell and Detroit’s Christian Wood are the other players who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.In other sports news involving the outbreak:— A person involved in the discussions tells The Associated Press the PGA Championship will not be held in San Francisco during the third weekend of May. San Francisco now is among six counties in the Bay Area where residents are ordered to venture outside only when necessary for the next three weeks. There was no indication when the PGA Championship would be played, or if it would remain in San Francisco. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSBrady is leaving PatriotsUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady says he’s thrown his final pass for the New England Patriots. March 17, 2020 — The Lions have released linebacker Devon Kennard. He matched a career and team high with seven sacks last season and equaled a personal best with 58 tackles as a team captain.— The Giants have reached an agreement with Kyler Fackrell on a reported one-year contract. Fackrell spent the last four seasons in Green Bay, recording 17 1/2 sacks as a backup used mostly in passing situations.— The Steelers have placed the inside linebacker Ryan Shazier on the reserved/retired list. But the team says the move doesn’t rule out the possibility of Shazier playing again. Shazier spent the last two seasons on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a spinal injury suffered in December 2017. Shazier has made remarkable progress since the injury and has continued working out in hopes of one day being cleared to play again.— A person familiar with the deal says the Raiders have agreed with free agent linebacker Cory Littleton on a three-year contract. NFL Network reported the contract is worth up to $36 million.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS In other NFL news:— A person familiar with the deal says veteran tight end Jason Witten has agreed to a one-year contract with the Raiders. Witten ended a one-year retirement to return to the Dallas Cowboys past season, grabbing 63 passes for 529 yards and four TDs. Witten has 1,215 receptions for 12,977 yards and 72 TDs in 16 seasons with the Cowboys.— The Bears have agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with former All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn. Quinn recorded 11 1/2 sacks with Dallas last year despite a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. The Bears also released outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, parting with a former first-round draft pick who never boosted their pass rush the way they envisioned.— The Buccaneers are retaining a key piece of an improved defense by agreeing to re-sign linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul to a two-year, $27 million contract. Pierre-Paul has 21 sacks since being acquired in a trade from the Giants two years ago.— The Eagles released safety standout Malcolm Jenkins, who led their secondary for the last six years and helped them win the 2017 NFL title. He will cost the team $6 million under the cap, but the Eagles also save nearly $5 million by cutting Jenkins. Update on the latest in sports: — The Panthers are parting ways with 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton and quickly working to find his replacement. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said Tuesday on Twitter the team is working with Newton and his agent to find a trade partner. The quarterback responded on social media by saying he never requested a trade, telling the organization to “stop the word play” because they’re trying to manipulate the narrative and act like he requested a trade. A person familiar with the situation says the Panthers are in negotiations with free agent quarterback Teddy Bridgewater from the Saints.Meanwhile, the Saints are keeping their record-setting quarterback, giving Drew Brees (breez) a two-year, $50 million contract.A person familiar with the situation spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity on Tuesday because the deal has not been announced.Brees has said repeatedly that he is taking career decisions one year at a time. His new contract gives the 41-year-old, 19-year veteran the leverage to decide after this season whether he wants to continue playing.Brees is the NFL’s all-time leader in completions with 6,867, yards passing with 77,416, and touchdowns with 547. South Carolina finishes on top for first timeUNDATED (AP) — South Carolina is No. 1 in the final Associated Press women’s basketball poll of the season for the first time in school history.The Gamecocks received 26 first-place votes and No. 2 Oregon got the other four. Baylor, Maryland and UConn round out the top five.  The AP has always released its final poll of the season before the start of the NCAA Tournament, which has been canceled because of the virus pandemic. Louisville, Stanford, N.C. State, Mississippi State and UCLA round out the top 10.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — The Titans have agreed to terms with defensive end Vic Beasley, who led the NFL with 15 1/2 sacks in 2016 for the Falcons. Atlanta declined to re-sign the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft after he managed only 18 sacks combined over the past three seasons.— The Ravens have fortified their defensive front by obtaining free agent Michael Brockers. He agreed to terms on a three-year contract after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Rams.— Free agent linebacker Joe Schobert is joining the Jaguars after four seasons with the Browns. He led Cleveland in tackles twice and made a Pro Bowl.— The Rams have declined their contract option on cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who had been the team’s nickel cornerback and their top defender on slot receivers since the team signed him in 2017. The USC product had three interceptions and 122 tackles for Los Angeles.— A person familiar with the move says defensive tackle Jordan Phillips has agreed to sign with the Cardinals. Phillips just finished a breakout season for the Bills, where he started nine of his 16 games and finished with a career-high 9 1/2 sacks. — The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The French tennis federation says the clay-court tournament will be played from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. The main draw was originally scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24. The next major tennis championship currently on the calendar is Wimbledon, which is to start in late June in England.— NASCAR has vowed to reschedule the seven Cup Series events already postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Figuring out how to cram the events and the All-Star race into the crowded 36-race schedule is potentially difficult. NASCAR President Steve Phelps says the series has no specifics on how it is moving forward. He says he wants the postponed races rescheduled before the playoffs begin in September.— The governing body of European soccer has postponed its marquee championship for one year. Euro 2020 became Euro 2021 in a major shift for an international soccer calendar that is on lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak and with no clear end in sight. The tournament that was due to open on June 12 in Rome is now scheduled for next year from June 11 to July 11, in the same 12 host nations.— A person familiar with the diagnosis tells The Associated Press a second New York Yankees minor leaguer has tested positive for the new coronavirus. New York had announced a first positive test on Sunday and general manager Brian Cashman said the player had been isolated and the Florida Department of Health notified. The two Yankees minor leaguers are the only baseball players known to have tested positive.MLB-ASTROS-VERLANDER The 42-year-old quarterback has posted on social media “my football journey will take place elsewhere.” The comments were the first to indicate he would leave the franchise he’s led to six Super Bowl titles, and the only professional football home he has had.Brady becomes a free agent Wednesday afternoon and could still work out a deal with the Patriots, but his Instagram post and comments from owner Robert Kraft and coach Bill Belichick suggest that won’t happen.Kraft told ESPN, “It’s not the way I want it to end, but I want him to do what is in his best personal interest.”Brady isn’t the only decorated quarterback to leave the only NFL team for which he’s played:— Longtime Chargers star Philip Rivers has agreed to terms on a one-year contract with the Colts, according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. Rivers spent his first 16 NFL seasons with the Chargers and has set almost every major team record for quarterbacks since being taken first overall in the 2004 NFL draft. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection joins a team that went 7-9 with Jacoby Brissett under center and faded badly during the second half last season.last_img read more

The Latest: Lakers GM Pelinka draws inspiration from Bryant

first_imgThomas and Hawkins, who since retiring from the NFL have partnered on a popular weekly podcast, also plan to match every dollar in contributions up to $50,000 to the Children’s Hunger Alliance.Donations can be made at CHA serves nutritious meals to Ohio’s at-risk children, helping day care providers, day care centers, local school districts, and after-school and summer programs.A 10-time Pro Bowler, Thomas played 11 seasons in Cleveland before retiring after the 2017 season. Hawkins, who played college ball at Toledo, spent three seasons with the Browns and three with the Cincinnati Bengals.___ April 8, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Los Angeles Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka is drawing inspiration from his friendship with Kobe Bryant as he navigates the coronavirus pandemic. The players and coach on Switzerland’s national soccer team have declined to take more than 1 million Swiss francs ($1.03 million) of payments that were due from their federation in 2020.The team was scheduled to play in the now-postponed European Championship in June and had two games in Qatar canceled last month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The shutdown of games has cost the Swiss soccer body millions of dollars.Federation chairman Dominique Blanc says it’s a “magnificent gesture” from the players.Blanc tested positive for the virus three weeks ago. Team captain Stephan Lichtsteiner says “we wanted to set an example and show solidarity.”___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says the body has “cash-flow” problems because of the Olympic and Paralympic postponement until 2021.Andrew Parsons says about 5% of spending is being cut from the IPC’s budget. A 2018 financial report showed a budget of 24 million euros ($25.7 million).Parsons says the problem was due partly to broadcast rights holders who want to delay their payments until the product is delivered. “The Draft-A-Thon will deliver much-needed funding to many who are suffering as well as those on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic,” Commissioner Roger Goodell said in a statement. “Conducting this event virtually, and taking all necessary precautions while doing so, underscores the importance of staying home and staying strong during this unprecedented moment in our history.”___Basketball Hall of Famer and noted cyclist Bill Walton is teaming with community leaders to stage the Bill Walton and Friends Inter-Galactic Bike for Humanity ride from 9-11 a.m. PDT on April 25 to benefit victims of the coronavirus pandemic and health care workers.Participants are encouraged to ride their bikes for up to two hours that day, anywhere they can practice social distancing at a minimum of 6 feet, 11 inches, in honor of Walton’s height. Organizers stress it is not a group ride and riding clusters are prohibited. ___Real Madrid’s players and coaches have agreed to voluntarily reduce their salaries by at least 10% to help offset lost revenue caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The club said the decision applied to its soccer and basketball teams. Some top club executives have agreed to take pay cuts that could reach 20% “depending on the circumstances that may affect” the rest of the season.Fellow Spanish league club Sevilla also said Wednesday it would put its players and other employees on government furloughs to reduce labor costs during the pandemic. Barcelona and Atlético Madrid had already requested the government furloughs, reaching agreements with players to reduce their salaries by 70%. The Spanish league has estimated that clubs will lose a combined $1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) if the competition can’t resume because of the pandemic. Pelinka was Bryant’s longtime agent before he took over the Lakers’ front office this season. The executive has been thinking of Bryant constantly since his death along with his daughter, Gianna, who was Pelinka’s goddaughter.With an uncertain future ahead for the Lakers and the NBA, Pelinka has been imagining what Bryant would say.“If you were on a knight’s journey with him and a huge fire-breathing dragon ended up in the pathway ahead, he could say, ‘OK, you know, this is why this is good right now,’” Pelinka said in a conference call with local reporters Wednesday. “We’re going to meet this challenge. Here’s how we’re going to get around it, and here’s how we’re going to defeat it.’ That was just his nature, that obstacles or hard times would lead somehow to growth. And I think that that’s the way I’m going to look at 2020, not just in terms of the loss of Kobe but just in general.”Pelinka also spoke about the previously reported decision of several top Lakers executives to take a voluntary pay deferral during the health crisis. Bobblehead Hall of Fame CEO Phil Sklar will present a virtual $100,000 check Wednesday afternoon to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy after the Milwaukee-based museum launched a fundraising campaign with a Dr. Anthony Fauci bobblehead that became its best-seller ever. More than 20,000 orders had come in as of Wednesday from 50 states and a dozen-plus countries to support the “100 Million Mask Challenge.” The Fauci bobblehead was unveiled April 1.The creation features Fauci wearing a suit as he makes a motion showing how the nation needs to “flatten the curve” in the coronavirus pandemic.The museum picked Fauci because many people see the plain-speaking expert on the coronavirus as a hero right now, Sklar said. ___ A groom who worked at Belmont Park has died from complications of coronavirus.The New York Racing Association says Martin Zapata died Tuesday. The 63-year-old native of Panama had spent the past two years working for trainer Tom Morley in New York, which has been hard-hit by the pandemic.NYRA says Zapata tested positive for COVID-19 on March 24 and was hospitalized two days later. He lived and worked at Belmont Park.___Sevilla has become the latest Spanish soccer club to put its players on furlough to reduce labor costs during the coronavirus pandemic. All net proceeds will benefit various charities nationally and in Walton’s hometown of San Diego.It’s free to sign up on Participants who make a $25 contribution will be mailed a Bike for Humanity medal. Those who contribute $50 will receive a medal and T-shirt. Those making a $250 contribution will receive a medal, T-shirt and autographed photograph card from Walton, and be entered in a drawing for prizes, including an all-expenses-paid trip to San Diego to ride with Walton. Riders who donate $5,000 will receive a medal, T-shirt and an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego to ride with Walton.Beset by injuries during his NBA career, Walton has found an outlet by cycling. His custom bike has a Grateful Dead paint job and the former UCLA great can often be seen riding around San Diego. He has often ridden in various stages of the Tour of California.“With the global health coronavirus crisis changing everything for everybody these days, we are doing something about and for the exacerbated challenges that so many of our communities now face, not the least of which are food and medical care,” Walton said.___ The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals are teaming with State Farm to donate 1 million meals to local food banks to help families during the new coronavirus crisis.The team said on Wednesday that the number of people seeking help from local food banks has more than doubled while the number of donations has decreased dramatically.The Cardinals have already made a $1 million donation to the Arizona Coronavirus Relief Fund and organized three blood drives at State Farm Stadium to help boost the area’s shrinking blood supply. Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury was among those who donated blood.___Former Cleveland Browns teammates Joe Thomas and Andrew Hawkins have donated at least $50,000 to feed Ohio children affected by the coronavirus pandemic. ___Premier League players have united to raise funds for British health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic and distribute them “where they are needed most.”Dozens of players took to social media to post a statement with the hashtag #PlayersTogether saying they have created the initiative in partnership with charities for Britain’s public health service NHS.The statement said “this is a critical time for our country and for our NHS, and we are determined to help in any way that we can.”However, it did not specify how much money the players themselves would be contributing. The former under-18 France international had a short-lived professional career before going into coaching.Pras is survived by his wife and two children.___The group charged with monitoring tennis gambling and punishing corruption found a near-doubling in the number of suspect matches in the first three months of 2020. That is an increase it ties to the coronavirus pandemic.The London-based Tennis Integrity Unit’s quarterly report says it received a total of 38 alerts from the regulated betting industry about matches on lower-level tours from the start of the year through March 22. The McLaren and Williams teams had already put some staff on furlough schemes. McLaren drivers Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz have also taken pay cuts.The season is currently scheduled to begin in France on June 28. F1 management has said it still hopes to hold between 15 and 18 races this year in place of the original 22.___A two-time Olympic finalist in the 800 meters has died after getting infected with the coronavirus.The Italian Olympic Committee says Donato Sabia has died. He was 56.center_img Associated Press CONI says he is the first Italian Olympian to die with the virus.Sabia finished fifth in the 800 at the 1984 Los Angeles Games and seventh at the 1988 Seoul Games. He also won the 800 at the 1984 European Indoor Championships.Sabia died in his hometown of Potenza in southern Italy shortly after his father also died from the virus.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The club says the measure was needed because it was significantly affected financially by the stoppage of competitions in Spain and Europe.It says it reached an initial agreement with the first-team players and coaches regarding their salaries but no details were immediately released.The club says 360 employees in total will be affected. It says workers who can continue doing their jobs remotely will not go on furlough.The current contracts will remain valid after the furloughs end.Barcelona and Atlético Madrid had already requested government furloughs to reduce labor costs. They reached agreements with players to reduce their salaries by 70%. The league said Tuesday eight teams had already requested the furloughs. It expected nearly all clubs in Spain to eventually reach agreements for the reduction of salaries of their players.The Spanish league estimates $1 billion euros ($1.1 billion) in losses if the competition can’t resume.___Former French rugby player Christophe Pras has died after getting infected by the coronavirus.Several of his former clubs announced the death. He was 35. ___Formula One says it will furlough half of its staff until the end of May and senior executives will take pay cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic.F1 has postponed eight races so far this season and the Monaco Grand Prix has been canceled.F1 says senior leadership figures will take “voluntary pay cuts while still continuing to work and not in furlough.”CEO Chase Carey will take a “much deeper” pay cut. The event was pushed back a year because the Tokyo Olympics were delayed until 2021 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The track worlds were originally scheduled for Aug. 6-15, 2021.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says 2022 will be a “bonanza for athletics fans around the world” with the Commonwealth Games beginning in Birmingham, England, only three days after the track worlds.The 2022 Commonwealth Games are scheduled for July 27-Aug. 7 and the multi-sport European Championship is currently slated for Aug. 11-21 in Munich.World Athletics has also postponed the bidding processes for 2023 World Athletics Series events. They will now open in November 2020. The Oklahoma training track at Saratoga was set to open April 15. The New York Racing Association says it has yet to decide an appropriate date to safely open.The delay does not impact the start of the Saratoga racing season which is scheduled to begin on July 16 and run through Sept. 7. The meet will be highlighted by the Travers and Whitney.In New Jersey, Monmouth Park has pushed back the opening of its stable area until June 1. That’s a month later than the planned opening. Live racing is set to start the Fourth of July weekend.The centerpiece of Monmouth Park’s summer season is the $1 million Haskell Invitational on July 18. The winner of the 1 1/8 mile race earns a spot in the Breeders’ Cup Classic. It also will serve as a prep race for the Kentucky Derby, now slated for Sept. 5.___ That is up from 21 in the same period of 2019.The 38 match alerts in the year’s first quarter break down as six from the ATP Challenger Tour and 16 apiece from the men’s and women’s International Tennis Federation World Tennis Tours.The report concludes the jump indicates that entry levels of tennis “were deliberately targeted” as the sport moved toward suspension because of the outbreak of COVID-19.All pro tours are on hold until at least mid-July.___ Parsons says it’s not a question of “losing money” but rather some temporary belt tightening.He says “like all businesses we are tremendously affected by the COVID-19 crisis.”He says he is dealing with 150 contracts that are games-related but adds “we have no plans to let any staff go at the moment.”___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, have been rescheduled for July 15-24, 2022. “I would be in support of anything that allows people to keep their jobs in really hard times,” he said.___The Houston Astros Foundation partnered with Papa John’s this week to deliver pizzas to all 94 fire stations in Houston.The team said that 470 pizzas were delivered across the city to support the approximately 4,000 firefighters working in Houston during this pandemic.“Providing lunch is a small way for us to say thank you to so many of the first-responders in our city,” Astros owner Jim Crane said. “They truly are our unsung heroes. We wanted to show them how much they are appreciated.” The Latest: Lakers GM Pelinka draws inspiration from Bryant TCU football coach Gary Patterson and his wife, Kelsey, made a $50,000 donation to support the school’s Frog Family Crisis Fund.Athletic director Jeremiah Donati announced the donation in a tweet. The fund supports TCU students and their families who are in need during times such as the current pandemic.Patterson is the second-longest tenured FBS head coach, going into his 20th season next fall leading the Horned Frogs. He was their defensive coordinator three seasons before that.___The opening of the stable area and training track at Saratoga in upstate New York and barn area at Monmouth Park in New Jersey is being delayed because of the coronavirus pandemic. With the Premier League suspended indefinitely, players in England’s top flight have come under public pressure to cut their salaries to help clubs pay staff without using a government fund set up for the pandemic.___The NFL is turning the league’s 2020 draft into a three-day fundraiser to help six charities dealing with the coronavirus pandemic. The “Draft-A-Thon” announced Wednesday will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts and pay tribute to healthcare workers and first responders. The fundraiser will be featured during the draft April 23-25 to raise money for non-profits selected by the NFL Foundation: the American Red Cross, CDC Foundation’s All of Us, Feeding America’s COVID-19 Response Fund for member food banks, Meals on Wheels COVID-19 Response Fund, the Salvation Army, and United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund. last_img read more

Pant, Kuldeep picked for West Indies tour

first_imgWICKETKEEPER-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav have been picked for India’s limited-overs tour of West Indies, which comprises five ODIs and a T20 international, soon after the Champions Trophy ends in England.Opener Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah are the only members from the Champions Trophy squad who won’t be making the trip to the Caribbean.It is understood that Anil Kumble will remain India’s coach for the West Indies tour. Kumble’s one-year contract ends with the Champions Trophy but he has accepted the BCCI’s offer to stay on until the board decides on the next coach.Kumble is one of the candidates in contention, after the BCCI invited applications for the job amid reports that Virat Kohli and some senior players were unhappy with Kumble’s methods.When India announced the squad for the Champions Trophy, the selectors had said they had discussed both Pant and Kuldeep, but went with experience for the big tournament. The two were part of the five players kept on standby should there be need for an injury replacement. The chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad, had called them players for the future.Pant has had the cricket community excited with his aggressive batting, which included a 326-ball 308 in the Ranji Trophy last season. Kuldeep made his Test debut in the same season and took crucial wickets on day one of the Dharamsala Test and helped India win the series against Australia.The BCCI did not state why Rohit and Bumrah had been left out of the squad. Rohit had only returned to the India squad for the Champions Trophy, after missing the majority of the 2016-17 home season because of injury.ESPNcricinfo learnt there are plans to introduce Bumrah to Test cricket on the tour of Sri Lanka in July-August and so wanted to rest him for a while.Squad Virat Kohli (capt.), Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ajinkya Rahane, MS Dhoni (wkp.), Yuvraj Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, R Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav and Dinesh Karthik.last_img read more

Christmas emerges, keys Syracuse comeback past Carleton in 76-68 exhibition win

first_img Comments Rakeem Christmas watched Syracuse’s zone get tugged side-to-side and shot over. With the increasingly anxious Carrier Dome crowd and Jim Boeheim, he watched SU’s guards fail to get around screens and watched Carleton shooters bury 3s.Christmas saw the Ravens turn the Orange’s 2-3 zone inside out with passes from the baseline to players cutting to the basket he couldn’t protect. He was on the bench and in foul trouble.But when he returned to the floor after halftime, he never left. The holes in the Syracuse defense closed up and he filled the one in the middle. Christmas pushed the team out of a half-court game it was losing and into one of runouts and dunks that it won 76-68 in front of 7,812 on Sunday afternoon.And when the game did settle he fought for, demanded and fully deserved the ball. Mixing power moves with court vision, Christmas finished with 13 points — all in the second half — 3 rebounds and two assists while fueling a run past Carleton that SU hoped, then knew was coming.“Rak in the second half was just a totally different guy,” junior guard Michael Gbinije said. “We kept giving him the ball and he showed the physical beast that he could be.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith 7:39 left in the game, Christmas lingered with two hands on the rim in front of the Syracuse bench, shouting along with the fans who cheered his two-handed dunk and the 62-58 lead it provided.Boeheim clapped too, as Christmas leapt from the hoop to get back on defense before the whistle blew for a media timeout. “So that kind of brought us down but we were still hype,” Christmas said.Carleton was done deflating the Orange. The Ravens only made one more 3 the rest of the game. Syracuse had gotten all the points it needed from its center.He’d already given SU the dominance in the paint it needed to tighten up its defense. And on offense he either heaved balls across the Carleton defense or barreled through it himself. Christmas drove from the right elbow, finished and drew a foul to close Carleton’s lead to 50-47 with 12:48 to play.“I mean when he’s going and he gets it down low, people have to respect him and cover him and it’s going to open up more for other players,” senior guard Trevor Cooney said. “In the second half he was excellent. That’s what we want out of Rak.”At halftime, Boeheim told his players to get the ball to Christmas in the post, where he was able to score and facilitate the offense.SU tied the game at 52 when Tyler Roberson buried a shot from just inside the right wing. Cooney got the assist on the play for handing the ball off to the sophomore forward, but the Ravens’ defense had been torn open by a pair of 20-foot passes between the Orange’s shooter and its big man. Christmas also found Ron Patterson for two 3s on a pair of skip passes.Cooney shot 0-for-6 in the game. Syracuse’s young guards could crash the boards and box out as best they could, but they couldn’t control the contest. Christmas took more drives to the hoop than Cooney and insisted on having the ball like no other player on the court.Without Christmas, SU was just playing out an exhibition. Christmas and the fast-break play gave the team a sense of comfort, Gbinije said. And with him, the Orange returned to running and winning.“Yeah, he was playing,” said Boeheim when asked what the biggest difference was for Christmas from the first half to the second. “He wasn’t sitting. It’s hard to score — I’ve never seen anybody score from sitting over there.” Published on November 2, 2014 at 3:18 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more