Zimbabwe’s Mugabe to be honored at state funeral

first_imgThe service and viewing of the body ofMugabe, who died last week in Singapore at 95, will be at the National SportsStadium in the capital, Harare, and comes following the announcement by theMugabe family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa that his burial will bepostponed until a new resting place for his body can be constructed at thenational Heroes’ Acre monument. (AP) A man in the stands holds a banner with the face of former president Robert Mugabe, as members of the public queue up to view his body at the Rufaro stadium in the capital Harare, Zimbabwe Friday, Sept. 13, 2019. AP HARARE – African heads of state and envoys are gathering to attend a state funeral for Zimbabwe’s founding president, Robert Mugabe , whose burial has been delayed for at least a month until a special mausoleum can be built for his remains.last_img read more

Bacolod City marks 82nd Charter Day

first_imgThe guest of honor and speaker is Dr. Dolores Rommela Tiples-Ruiz, a fellow of the Philippine College of Physicians and the Philippine Society for Microbiology and Infectious Diseases./PN The committee will be chaired by Leonardi himself. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said amid the health crisis, this celebration shall still be “very special,” adding that health protocols were in place. BACOLOD City – The city government here is celebrating its 82nd Charter Day today with a simple ceremony in the light of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic. Leonardia also issued Executive Order No. 40 series of 2020 for the creation of the Support Committee for the 82nd Bacolod City Charter Day. In the past 80 years, he said, the occasion was commemorated every Oct. 19.. According to the Leonardia, this is now the second year the city celebrates the June 18 Charter Day. Meanwhile, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran will serve as senior co-chairman, councilor Archie Baribar as co-chairman, and city administrator Em Ang and secretary to the mayor Atty. Edward Joseph Cuansing as executive directors. The Charter Day celebration is one of the major activities of the “Mga Adlaw Sang Paghanduraw,” the city’s annual commemoration of history, art and culture, from June 12 to 20 as provided in City Ordinance No. 616.The celebration will start with a mass at 1:30 p.m. at the New Government Center lobby.Leonardia will honor outstanding individuals who are this year’s Mayor’s Special Citation awardees.last_img read more

PGA Drug Testing

first_imgEvidently, golfers are starting to hit the ball too far.  In a recent article I found in the Indianapolis Star, the PGA is planning to start testing golfers next year for HGH–that is Human Growth Hormone if you are not familiar.  This particular test requires a blood sample and cannot be obtained through the normal urine test.It is hard to believe when you see the size of most golfers that they might be “juiced up”.  However, when you see someone less than 6 foot tall hit a ball 350 yards, it makes you think that they might be taking something.  The articles I have read so far did not specify if this testing is mandatory before each event or if it will be random.  Most professional teams will be tested sometime during a calendar year, but they have very little knowledge of when it could be.When they start testing bowlers, it may have all gone too far.last_img read more

Rivaldo calls for Setien to rethink tactics

first_imgBarcelona great Rivaldo has said coach Quique Setien needs to rethink his tactics. Barcelona boss Setien questions La Liga use of VAR Luis Suarez’s return to action hasn’t had the impact many thought and it says a lot that Martin Braithwaite has looked more at ease in Setien’s system than Antoine Griezmann. “It’s obvious that Barcelona have to improve their football, and that’s up to the coach, Setien has to find a formula to do something new,” Rivaldo explained in an interview with Betfair at the Camp Nou.Advertisement Promoted ContentThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The WorldPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe 90s Was A Fantastic Decade For Fans Of Action Movies8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWorld-Ending Scenarios: This Is How The Apocalypse May HappenWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Theories About The Death Of Our UniverseEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top 8 Most Fun Sylvester Stallone MoviesWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World? Loading… center_img read also:Setien on LaLiga leadership: We just need to win “He needs to find a way to take advantage of the quality of the players he has at his disposal. “Of course, recent matches make everyone doubt the progress because we’re used to seeing a different kind of Barcelona.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Sancho, Haaland, Greenwood make Golden Boy 2020 shortlist

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Simeone tests positive for coronavirus Griezmann handed Barca’s no. 7 shirt Borussia Dortmund forwards: Jadon Sancho and Erling Haaland, are the headline names on a 100-player list for this year’s Golden Boy award published on Tuesday.The honour, presented by Italian newspaper Tuttosport, is given to the best player aged 21 and under. Both Sancho and Haaland were among last year’s final nominees, but missed out on the award to Atletico Madrid forward Joao Felix.The two forwards have been instrumental for Dortmund this season, scoring a combined total of 31 goals.Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood has also been included on the list after an impressive breakthrough season at Old Trafford with 14 goals in all competitions.Greenwood’s teammates Angel Gomes and James Garner have also been named.The Premier League has a strong presence on the list year with Manchester City’s Phil Foden and Eric Garcia included alongside Chelsea midfielders Billy Gilmour and Callum Hudson-Odoi. Arsenal youngsters, Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka are also on the list with Liverpool midfielder, Curtis Jones.United States internationals Sergio Dest and Giovanni Reyna have also been selected alongside Bayern Munich defender, Alphonso Davies.The award first started in 2003 with Rafael van der Vaart, then of Ajax, the first recipient.Wayne Rooney won it a year later, before Lionel Messi claimed the award in 2005.Sergio Aguero, Mario Balotelli, Paul Pogba, Raheem Sterling, Cesc Fabregas and Isco are the other notable past winners. The list will be narrowed down to a final 20 before the winner will be crowned later in the year.Previous award winners are not eligible to win it again.Other notable nominees are Ansi Fati (Barcelona), Rodrygo (Real Madrid), Vinicius (Real Madrid), Ryan Sessegnon (Tottenham), Oliver Skipp (Tottenham) and Sepp van den Berg (Liverpool).Tags: Atletico MadridBorussia DortmundErling HaalandGolden Boy AwardJadon Sancholast_img read more

Thornton, Van Der Walt battle on

first_imgSimon Thornton and Tjaart van der Walt continued to slug it out at the top of the leaderboard as both men aimed for a first European Tour win at the St Omer Open. Press Association The two men came into the final day in a share of the lead but it was Irishman Thornton who made the first move, picking up a single shot to move to five under, one shot clear of Van der Walt. Thornton got off to a flying start with birdies at the first and third holes but a bogey on the fourth gave him just a single shot lead after six holes of his closing round. center_img Van der Walt had a birdie and a bogey on the card this morning but with 12 holes still to play, the tournament was very much within reach for the South African. Another of the overnight leaders, Baptiste Chapellan, was a further shot back after bogeying the third while Englishmen Chris Lloyd and Seve Benson were also on three under. German Max Glauert and Dane Jeppe Huldahl, at two and one under respectively, were the only other players under par. last_img read more

Watford end dismal run with victory over struggling Newcastle

first_img Heading into Saturday’s encounter, Quique Sanchez Flores claimed fatigue had contributed to his team’s poor run, but the Watford manager made only one change with Juan Carlos Paredes coming in for Allan Nyom. Nordin Amrabat, the £6million signing from Malaga, was handed a place on the bench. For the visitors, Lascelles was drafted into McLaren’s starting XI while Henri Saivet was handed his full debut, and Rolando Aarons made his first league start of the season. It was Aarons, operating as a left wing-back, who had the first opportunity of the game. The ball fell to the 20-year-old on the edge of the Watford area, but he steered his half volley just wide of Heurelho Gomes’ left post. Ahead of the game, Watford had failed to score in their last two matches while Newcastle had netted only five times on the road this season – the lowest of any team in the top seven tiers of English football. Unsurprisingly the first half saw few opportunities for either a side. After 17 minutes Etienne Capoue seemed certain to score when Troy Deeney’s effort was fumbled by Rob Elliot but the Newcastle keeper scrambled to his feet to block the Frenchman’s follow-up strike. Midway through the first half Georginio Wijnaldum teed up Aleksandar Mitrovic, but his effort was saved by the legs of Gomes and the ball drifted out for a corner. That was as good as it got with referee Andre Marriner blowing his whistle on a rather dreary first half. The second period was a different story altogether, and just 44 seconds had gone when Capoue dinked a ball over the top of Newcastle’s static defence and Ighalo had only Elliot to beat. The Nigerian made no mistake as he rounded the Magpies’ stopper and side-footed home into an empty net. Replays suggested Ighalo, now with 14 goals to his name this term, may have been offside, but neither the home fans were not complaining. Watford ended their four-game losing streak in the Barclays Premier League with a much-needed 2-1 victory over Newcastle at Vicarage Road. Odion Ighalo scored the opening goal of the game just 44 seconds into the second half before Craig Cathcart doubled the home side’s lead shortly before the hour mark. Jamaal Lascelles pulled one back for the visitors, but the defeat for Newcastle sees Steve McClaren’s side remain in the relegation places while Watford move up to 10th. Press Association Watford were in command and moments after Valon Behrami was booked for being adjudged to have dived in the penalty area, the home side doubled their advantage. Newcastle failed to deal with a corner and the ball fell to Cathcart who fired home from close range shortly before the hour mark. A double substitution ensued for the visitors with Yoan Gouffran and Ayoze Perez replacing Aarons and Saivet. Moments after coming on, the latter found himself unmarked and six yards from goal, but his header – following a pinpoint cross by Moussa Sissoko – went high and wide. It did not look as though it would be Newcastle’s afternoon, but suddenly they were handed a lifeline when Lascelles out-jumped Miguel Britos to head home Jonjo Shelvey’s corner. Substitute Perez was then played through by Wijnaldum but fired his shot over. At the other end Ighalo twisted one way and the other before his fierce shot was well saved by Elliot. Newcastle pressed for an equaliser but it never came as Watford recorded their third victory over the Magpies this season. TWEET OF THE MATCH #WFCVNUFC – “Newcastle’s away record points to relegation. WBA/Watford losses damaging. Where are the points coming from?” – The Newcastle Chronicle’s Newcastle United editor Mark Douglas (@MsiDouglas) does not seem to hold out much hope… PLAYER RATINGS WATFORD Heurelho Gomes 7 Juan Carlos Paredes 6 Miguel Britos 6 Craig Cathcart 7 Nathan Ake 7 Jose Manuel Jurado 8 Valon Behrami 7 Etienne Capoue 8 Ben Watson 7 Troy Deeney 8 Odion Ighalo 8 SUBS Almen Abdi 5 Allan Nyom 5 Nordin Amrabat 5 NEWCASTLE Rob Elliot 6 Fabricio Coloccini 5 Chancel Mbemba 5 Jamaal Lascelles 6 Rolando Aarons 6 Daryl Janmaat 5 Henri Saivet 4 Jonjo Shelvey 5 Georginio Wijnaldum 5 Moussa Sissoko 6 Aleksandar Mitrovic 4 SUBS Ayoze Perez 5 Yoan Gouffran 5 Emmanuel Riviere 5 STAR PLAYER Troy Deeney has been linked with a move to Arsenal and it is not hard to see why. The Watford skipper was influential for the home side throughout Saturday’s match and enhanced his cult status by handing over his boots to a fan at the final whistle. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Odion Ighalo has been one of the Premier League’s surprises in this most unpredictable of seasons. He ended his four-match goalless streak with a fine finish just 44 seconds into the second half. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Steve McClaren’s side have only scored six goals on the road this season and the Newcastle manager was incandescent in the first half when Aleksandar Mitrovic lost possession following a needless flick. MOAN OF THE MATCH Newcastle’s finishing was dreadful throughout Saturday’s match. Surely, McClaren will be desperate to get his hands on a new forward in the final week of the transfer window . WHO’S UP NEXT? Nottingham Forest v Watford, FA Cup fourth round, Saturday 30 January. Everton v Newcastle United, Barclays Premier League, Wednesday 3 February. last_img read more

The Latest: Baseball season to start mid-May, at earliest

first_imgThe British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.”More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___ Associated Press A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday. ___12:30 p.m.The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics. The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.12:45 p.m. ___6:40 p.m.The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April.The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings.In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.” The Latest: Baseball season to start mid-May, at earliest Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19.___2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees. The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak. Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks.___1:50 p.m. The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners.The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___12:40 p.m. March 16, 2020 The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m. The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths. ___11:10 a.m.McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.” The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___1:35 p.m.The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4.center_img McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest.___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend. The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus.___1:20 p.m. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):2:30 p.m.Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks. 1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility. The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events.In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers.Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season. ___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 The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.”Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.” A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19.Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties. The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break.League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus. As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last. Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___11:25 a.m. Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled. Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.___3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened. CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___2:10 p.m.last_img read more

Guyana capture male and female Caribbean Squash Championship titles

first_imgGUYANA, for the first time since 2013, claimed both the male and female titles at the Senior Caribbean Squash Championship which wrapped up yesterday in St Vincent and the Grenadines.Sunil Seth, Richard Chin, Alex Arjoon, Nyron Joseph, Jason Ray Khalil, Jean Claude Jeffrey, Shomari Wiltshire, Ashley Khalil, Mary Fung-a-Fat, Taylor Fernandes, Larissa Wiltshire, Victoria Arjoon, Ramon Chan-A-Sue, David Fernandes, Alwyn Callender and Juanita Fernandes made up the Guyanese contingent that took part in the August 13 – 19 event in Kingstown.Guyana’s female team was dominant in its quest for the title, but were made to work hard when they faced Barbados in their final game.Larissa Wiltshire got Guyana off to a good start when she defeated Jada Smith-Padmore in straight sets (11-6, 11-4, 11-4) while Victoria Arjune followed suit, winning 11-4 11-3 11-9 over Sumaria Suleiman.However, Barbados would even the score at 2 – 2 with Ashley Khalil and Mary Fung-a-Fat both losing to Megan Best and Karen Meakins, respectively.The results of the matches meant that Guyana’s hopes of winning a female overall title for the first time in four years was on Taylor Fernandes who had to play Liianna white in the final game.Fernandes went on to defeat White 11 – 4, 11 – 1, 11 – 3 to hand Guyana the well-deserved win. Barbados finished second, the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) placed third, while defending champions Trinidad and Tobago finished at the bottom of the table.Following in the women’s footstep, Guyana’s men defeated Jamaica 3 – 2 in their final game. The team is expected to return to Guyana today.last_img read more

The Latest: X Games cancels stop in Minneapolis due to virus

first_imgThe Milwaukee Bucks arena will serve as a distribution site for 2½ million non-surgical face masks. The Bucks opened Fiserv Forum to speed up the delivery of masks to the community. The distribution is part of MaskUpMKE, a local initiative.Healthy individuals are invited to sign up for a volunteer shift and pick up a box of face-covering kits at the Fiserv Forum’s loading dock, starting Saturday. Kits contain instructions and materials to quickly make 700 face masks. Volunteers then can return the boxes to Fiserv Forum.Volunteers will answer questions to ensure they’re not exhibiting coronavirus symptoms.After a 72-hour quarantine period, the face coverings will be distributed under the guidance of the Medical College of Wisconsin. Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity also will assist in the distribution of the masks to those most at risk of contacting the coronavirus. ___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo expects there to be a 2020 major league season.Baseball has been on hold since last month because of the coronavirus pandemic, right along with most sports and other aspects of everyday life.Rizzo said on a conference call Friday: “I’m optimistic, as is the commissioner, that we’ll have baseball in 2020. I’m upbeat about that. The most important thing is to do it in the right way and the safest manner we can. But I believe that we will have baseball.”The GM said the owners of the World Series champions have committed to giving Nationals employees full salary and benefits through the end of May. Associated Press Earlier, the X Games postponed a winter event stop in Chongli, China, scheduled for February and canceled an installment in Shanghai in May.The action-sports event in Minneapolis was to be the fourth and final go-around in the city. The deal was originally for 2017 and ’18, but two more years were added after a successful first year.X Games vice president Tim Reed praised Minneapolis for its hosting of the event.The X Games plans to bring regular and original programming through the World of X Games TV series and on digital and social channels. They will kick off an event called “Real Street” in May. It’s an all-video, all-street skateboarding competition shown on XGames.com.___ Rebel Converting, which manufactures hospital-grade disinfectant wipes, is making and donating the masks. ___The U.S. Junior Amateur and the U.S. Girls’ Junior have been canceled. That makes six USGA championships that have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The U.S. Junior Amateur was to be played July 20-25 at Hazeltine National outside Minneapolis. The U.S. Girls’ Junior was scheduled for July 13-18 in Colorado Springs, Colo.The USGA says it wouldn’t be able to hold qualifying for its two premier junior championships because of health guidelines. State associations were to hold 100 qualifying events in 41 states between May and July. The NCHSAA announced the move Friday. That followed the announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper that public schools in the state would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the school year.The NCHSAA had previously suspended sports through at least May 18, including the men’s and women’s basketball state championship games originally set for March 14. The organization’s board of directors will discuss finalizing the basketball playoff results, summer policies and eligibility concerns for the fall next week.Commissioner Que Tucker said it was a statement the group “had hoped we would not have to make.” But it followed guidelines from Cooper’s office, the Department of Public Instruction and State Board of Education.___Triathlon’s world series grand final in Edmonton in August has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The organization said last month it would pay part-time and hourly employees through the end of the regular season after leagues announced the suspension of their seasons.“We could not be prouder of how our company and employees have come together to provide relief and support to the many in need,” chairman Stan Kroenke and vice-chairman Josh Kroenke said in a joint statement Friday.The Kroenkes thanked their full-time staff for “continuing to adapt” through this tumultuous time. They added that “while tough decisions lie ahead for all businesses worldwide, we will continue to do everything in our power to support the well-being of our entire staff.”___The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has canceled remaining winter championships and spring sports for the 2019-20 season amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___The president of the French soccer federation wants the season to restart with the two domestic cup finals followed by remaining league games.France is on lockdown until May 11 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The league is scheduled to restart on June 17 if the government allows it.French soccer federation president Noël Le Graët says he hopes “to resume the season and try to go to the end.”His new proposal is that the French Cup final be played either on June 13 or 20 with the League Cup final three days later and then the 10 league games. Talks are ongoing in leagues around the world as to when the season can restart. South Korea’s K-League will kick off on May 8 in empty stadiums. The Bundesliga in Germany is discussing playing again on May 9.Lloris says “there’s so much at stake financially for clubs … But above all of that there is health.”Lloris plays for Tottenham in the Premier League. The team has nine matches remaining this season.Lloris says in an interview with Le Parisien newspaper that “if we have to finish the league without fans then we will.”But the World Cup champion adds that “soccer remains totally secondary given the current situation.” The Latest: X Games cancels stop in Minneapolis due to virus “Given that juniors in most parts of the country are not physically attending school at this time, we did not feel comfortable asking them to compete in qualifying events,” said John Bodenhamer, the USGA’s senior managing director of championships.Meanwhile, qualifying for six other amateur events — including the U.S. Amateur and U.S. Women’s Amateur — have been delayed until May 18.___Denver Nuggets and Colorado Avalanche ownership Kroenke Sports & Entertainment established a COVID-19 relief fund for its employees and donated $500,000. The organization hopes the fund will soon top $1 million.KSE formed a committee to review the requests to offer financial assistance.center_img The money is being awarded through the Olympic Solidarity program. The program aims to help all 206 national Olympic teams and the refugee team send athletes to the games.___FIFA says advance payments of $500,000 are being sent to member associations to cover running costs during the coronavirus pandemic.Each of the 211 member associations is entitled to $6 million from FIFA spread over the four-year World Cup cycle.FIFA says the next installment due in July will now be paid in the coming days along with other payments due from last year. April 24, 2020 Le Graët says “this proposal wasn’t challenged.”___The International Olympic Committee is allocating more than $25 million to cover extra athlete and team costs related to the one-year postponement of the Tokyo Games.The IOC says an extra $15 million will go to a program helping 1,600 athletes from 185 less well-funded countries prepare for the games in 2021.More than $10 million is available for national Olympic bodies to cover additional operational costs such as travel and accommodation for officials. The Eredivisie is the first top-tier European league to end its season prematurely because of the coronavirus crisis. Belgium could ratify an end to its season on Monday.Ajax was level on points with second-placed AZ Alkmaar but ahead on goal difference when the league was suspended last month. The Dutch soccer federation, known as the KNVB, says Ajax is considered to be on top of the final standings but won’t be awarded a 35th national title.The KNVB adds it will allocate Champions League and Europa League spots by the current standings.Among the clubs to lose out is Utrecht, which was sixth, three points behind fifth-placed Willem II, which occupies the last Europa League spot. However, Utrecht had played one game less and had superior goal difference. There will be no promotion or relegation. The German soccer federation says the final will no longer be played on May 23 in Berlin as planned but it’s still sticking to a June 30 deadline to finish the season.Federation president Fritz Keller says “it is extremely unfortunate that in all likelihood this special game will have to take place in a stadium without spectators.”There are also no dates for the postponed semifinals. They were originally scheduled to be played earlier this week with champion Bayern Munich hosting Eintracht Frankfurt and fourth-division club Saarbrücken welcoming Bayer Leverkusen.___France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris says resuming soccer leagues should not come at the expense of people’s health amid the coronavirus pandemic. FIFA is easing some criteria required before being paid but the money is still subject to audit checks.The FIFA president Gianni Infantino says the soccer body has a duty “to be there and support the ones that are facing acute needs.”FIFA previously said it will make substantial sums from its $2.7 billion reserves available in an emergency fund.___The German Cup soccer final has been postponed indefinitely and will likely take place without fans. ___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 The decision was inevitable after Alberta’s chief medical officer, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, extended the provincial ban on all gatherings of more than 15 people through summer.Edmonton’s triathlon, scheduled for Aug. 17-23, was the grand final to a seven-race world series, of which the previous six have all been postponed.World Triathlon said it was trying to organize new dates for some of those races. ___The rest of the Dutch soccer league has been canceled and leading team Ajax won’t be declared the champion. 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