Football News Mancini determined to rekindle Italy’s love affair with football

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Milan: Roberto Mancini takes charge of his first competitive game as Italy coach in Friday’s Nations League opener against Poland in Bologna with the tough task of rekindling the nation’s love affair with their national side, decimated after the low of their World Cup fiasco.The former Inter Milan and Manchester City boss was appointed in May after the four-time winners’ shock failure to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1958.Mancini’s job will be to rebuild a new and vibrant side going into the European Championship in two years’ time and heading towards the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.Also Read | Asia Cup: 15 Interesting Stats and Facts of Asia’s biggest cricketing event The Nations League—in which Italy will also be up against European champions Portugal in Group 3 — will have an impact on seeding for Euro 2020.And the 53-year-old has insisted that a key to his strategy was to bring in new blood after the departure of several veterans, including iconic goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, in the wake of Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat to Sweden last November.Buffon’s exit has opened the way for 19-year-old AC Milan ‘keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma. “We’re a great group, very young,” said Donnarumma at the team’s Coverciano training centre near Florence.“We’re determined to bring Italian football back where it deserves to be. It’s our duty.” Italy have plummeted to an all-time low of 21st in the FIFA rankings.They were eliminated in the group stage at the 2010 and 2014 World Cups, although they fared better at the European Championship, reaching the final in 2012 and the quarter-finals in 2016.Read More | Jose Mourinho behind my England call-up, says Manchester United left-back Luke Shaw But Mancini said he wanted to “try something different” and focus on youth, with four uncapped players including Roma’s Nicolo Zaniolo, who is 19 and has yet to start in a Serie A game.‘Strong message’ -Italy’s under-21 side reached the semi-finals of the 2017 UEFA Under-21 Championship, while the under-20s finished third at the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2017.And Mancini called on the coaches of Serie A squads to give younger players more playing time to build on this potential.“There have never been fewer Italians playing the game,” said Mancini. “Our use of Italians has never been so low, so we have to try something different. That’s why I’ve called up certain players,” he said.“We’re trying to send a strong message from Coverciano. We’re convinced that those who play well at youth level can do so even at a higher level.Read More | Emirates jet lands in New York with 10 ill passengers “At this historic moment there are not many Italian players playing on a consistent basis. Because of this, we have included many young players to increase the number of players so we can get to know them better.” One of Mancini’s first decisions on being appointed last May was also to recall controversial striker Mario Balotelli, for the first time since the 2014 World Cup.The Nice striker scored in his first game—a 2-1 friendly win over Saudi Arabia—but Mancini’s next two friendlies were a 3-1 defeat to World Cup winners France and 1-1 draw with the Netherlands.As well as 28-year-old Balotelli, Italy’s strike options also include Lazio forward Ciro Immobile, 28, Fiorentina’s Federico Chiesa, 20, and Juventus’s Federico Bernardeschi, 24.Veteran Juventus defender Giorgio Chiellini, 34, returns to the squad for the first time since Italy’s World Cup play-off defeat.Poland, unlike Italy, were at the World Cup but were eliminated in the group stage, and have attacking quality in Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski and Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik.After Poland, Italy play Portugal—competing without superstar Cristiano Ronaldo—in Lisbon on September 10. last_img read more

Asia Cup Rohit Sharma becomes fastest Indian, second in the world to hit 300 sixes

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Asia Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian skipper Rohit Sharma on Sunday became the fastest Indian to hit 300 international sixes and the second fastest in the world in international cricket across all formats. Rohit Sharma played a scintillating knock of 111* against Pakistan in the second Super Four Game of the Asia Cup 2018. Rohit became the second-fastest player after Pakistan’s Shahid Afridi to achieve the feat. It took 301 innings for the ‘Hitman’ to reach 300 sixes, while Afridi achieved the milestone in just 276.In ODIs, Rohit has hit 189 sixes, 89 in T20Is and 43 in Tests, to take his tally to 301 sixes in international cricket.ALSO READ: India vs Pakistan: Player ratings as India defeat PakistanOther batsmen to achieve this feat are Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, Brendon McCullum, Sanath Jayasuriya, MS Dhoni and AB de Villiers to hit 300 maximums.Rohit Sharma also became the third fastest Indian to score 7000 ODI runs and the fifth fastest in the world to do so. The Hitman also became the second fastest player to score 5000 ODI runs as an opener and the second skipper to smash three consecutive half-centuries in Asia Cup.ALSO READ: Skilful bowling pool behind India’s success: ChahalApart from this, he also broke numerous records as he became the fifth fastest overall and the third fastest Indian to score 7000 ODI runs, second fastest overall to score 5000 ODI runs as an opener and the second captain to score three consecutive fifties in Asia Cup. last_img read more

Football News Manchester City beat Manchester United in tense derby, Liverpool continue winning run in Premier League

first_imgNew Delhi: Manchester City stormed back to the top of the Premier League with a 3-1 derby win at home to Manchester United as Liverpool maintained their title challenge to the champions with a 2-0 victory over Fulham.   Chelsea, like the top two, remain unbeaten under Maurizio Sarri but lost ground in a goalless draw at home to Everton on Sunday.  Arsenal also missed the chance to leapfrog North London rivals Spurs into fourth and needed Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s late equaliser to salvage a 1-1 draw with Wolves at the Emirates.  Read More |ISL 2018: FC Goa beat Kerala Blasters 3-1 in KochiCity remain two points clear of Liverpool, but open four-point gap on Chelsea. A fourth league defeat of the season leaves United languishing in eighth, 12 points off the top.  Read More | Bulgaria boxers, Stanimira and Stoyka Petrova struggle in Delhi smogGoals early in each half from David Silva and Sergio Aguero left City in a commanding position before an Anthony Martial penalty gave United hope of a comeback.  But Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time with a third goal that crowned a sublime 44-pass move.  “I think Man City right now and Liverpool, Chelsea, and even Arsenal and Tottenham, I think they have numbers to be champion, not just City. We’re just two points in front,” said City boss Pep Guardiola.  “What is important is that we are consistent, that we play most of the time good, and always I see many things that we can improve.”   ‘Fight for top four’  United manager Jose Mourinho accepted his side are now just fighting to try and make the top four having finished second to City last season.  “Since the beginning of the season, we knew that our second position last season was a fantastic achievement for us, and this season we are going to fight for the top four,” said Mourinho.  “To speak about the title you need to be in the top positions. So let’s fight to close the gap and jump into the top four, if one day we jump into the top four, we’ll see what the difference is.”   United scored twice in the closing five minutes to secure a hard-fought 2-1 win away to Juventus in the Champions League on Wednesday, while City thrashed Shakhtar Donetsk 6-0 at the Etihad.  And Mourinho used his side’s tougher preparation to excuse the gulf in class.  “Everybody has to agree, it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes, another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed,” said Mourinho.   “We arrive in different circumstances.”Earlier, Liverpool briefly went top by inflicting Fulham’s seventh straight defeat at Anfield.  But they needed a huge slice of luck in 14 seconds that completely changed the game shortly before the break.  Aleksandar Mitrovic headed home for the visitors only to be wrongly ruled offside.The hosts quickly broke upfield as Alisson and Trent Alexander-Arnold freed Mohamed Salah to score his eighth goal of the season.  “The most important thing is reacting in a situation like that and that was brilliant. Allison, Trent, Mo and done, it was a fantastic situation,” said Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, whose side put the result beyond doubt when Xherdan Shaqiri made it 2-0 in the 53rd minute.  Chelsea dominated possession at Stamford Bridge, but could not find a way past the inspired Jordan Pickford in the Everton goal to leave Sarri frustrated.  “At the beginning we moved the ball too slowly, so it is easy for the opposition to defend and impossible for us to be dangerous,” bemoaned Sarri.  Arsenal were in danger of defeat for the first time since August after falling behind to Ivan Cavaleiro’s 13th-minute goal before Mkhitaryan came off the bench to rescue a point for the Gunners.  For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Adelaide green wicket gives Virat Kohli’s India decisive advantage

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Adelaide Oval curator Damien Hough’s words that the wicket used for the first Test between Australia and India beginning on December 6 will be music to the ears of both Australia and India. Both teams have magnificent pace bowling depth and will be eager to exploit the conditions on offer. However, the promise of a green wicket gives India a decisive advantage. In the past, when presented with similar wickets, India has actually managed to turn the tables on the hosts and come out as decisive winners. Even if one ignores the recent collapses of the Indian cricket team in the series against South Africa and England, the batting resources available to Virat Kohli’s side are much more equipped to the conditions than the Australian batsmen.In the past, Indian batsmen would flounder mentally when confronted with green conditions. The technique of the players from the sub-continent, notably from India, would be exposed. The mantra for the opposition when it came to playing India in their conditions in the past would be to present them with a green wicket and run through their batting line-up with swing and seam. However, in the past couple of seasons, the ploy to employ green wickets against the current Indian batting line-up has actually backfired.Prospering in Green conditionsThe first instance of the Indian cricket team prospering in green conditions and shattering the perception that India would be undone by swing came in 2002 at Leeds. In overcast conditions and on a green wicket, Sourav Ganguly chose to bat and a brilliant effort from Sanjay Bangar (68) and Rahul Dravid (148) weathered the swing and bounce of the England bowlers. Their efforts were built on by Sachin Tendulkar (193) and Ganguly (128) as India reached 628/8 declared. India turned the tables on England to register a spectacular innings and 46-run win.Read More |Adelaide Oval could see green wicket for Australia vs India TestIndia repeated their fondness for performing well on green conditions during the Lord’s Test in 2014. On a pitch which looked greener than the outfield, India was inserted into bat but they were rescued by the class of Ajinkya Rahane who smashed 103. Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 6/82 and fifties from Murali Vijay, Ravindra Jadeja and Bhuvneshwar helped India set England a target of 319. Ishant Sharma picked up 7/74 as India won the match by 95 runs for a famous win.Read More |Virat Kohli’s India aim to avoid collapse syndrome in Australia TestsSuccess Down Under and in South AfricaIt is not just England where India has had success on green decks. During the Johannesburg Test of 2006, India made 249 with Ganguly smashing 51. Sreesanth produced a magical spell of 5/40 to bowl South Africa out for 84. Armed with a big lead, India set the Proteas a target of 402 and they were bowled out for 278, giving India not just a 123-run win but their first win on South Africa soil.Read More |India are learning quickly from mistakes in Australia tour: ManinderIn 2008, with India down 0-2, India headed to Perth and was greeted with a wicket which had plenty of swing and bounce on offer. Dravid’s 93 and Tendulkar’s 71 helped India reach 330 but RP Singh, Irfan Pathan all extracted plenty of movement to give India a 118-run lead. VVS Laxman hit 79 and India set Australia a target of 413, which the hosts fell short. This was the last win for India Down Under and they have not managed to win a game since.Hope for jinx to end?Before heading to the tour, Kohli said in the press conference, “We are all feeling good about the fact that we have a great bowling attack now. They know exactly what they want to do. After a long time we feel we can pick up 20 wickets in every Test we play, which I think is a great feeling to have.”In England and South Africa, the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar have all run through oppositions in varying conditions. With the Australian batting line-up missing Steve Smith and David Warner, they are very thin on experience. Aided by a potential green wicket and with the quartet available, Indian are all set to continue their good run on a green wicket. The onus is now on the batsmen to step up and ensure no collapses take place. last_img read more

Cricket News Happy Birthday Yuvi- Wishes pour in for India’s star match-winner

first_imgNew Delhi: Yuvraj Singh’s entry into the Indian cricket team was spectacular. In 2000, playing in the ICC Champions Trophy, the 19-year-old bulldozed the Australians into submission with a blazing 84 to knock the world champions out of the competition. Seven years later, he gave India plenty to cheer by becoming the fourth player overall to hit six sixes in an over, accomplishing this feat in the 2007 World T20 in Durban against England. Having played a major role in the 2007 World T20 title triumph, Yuvraj gave India even more glory in 2011. His splendid all-round display guided India to their first 50-over World Cup triumph in 28 years.Read More | Happy Birthday, Yuvraj Singh – India’s greatest match-winner turns 37On December 12, Yuvraj turns 37 years of age and fans and fellow cricketers took to Twitter to wish Yuvraj a happy birthday. Recently, about two weeks ago, Yuvraj and his wife Hazel Keech, who is also a Bollywood actress, celebrated their second wedding anniversary.Read More | Gautam Gambhir farewell – When tension was dispelled in style For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Adam Gilchrist predicts his favorites for World Cup 2019

first_img“I always thought once they got their full squad at full strength they were always going to be as competitive as anyone. At the start of last Australia summer you would have said they were a long way off but there was always a lot to happen between then and the start of the World Cup.”The fact that we won five doesn’t guarantee these guys anything. It’s more just the recent results, the momentum that’s been built up and the names that are on the paper. It’s a very, very strong, well balanced team.”And I think a lot of shoots are forming from the seeds of leadership Justin Langer planted as well and I think they’re coming together really nicely.”Regarding England, Gilchrist said they will have to contend with huge expectations as they are a “very, very good one-day team at the moment”.”The expectation on them is going to be huge and they’re a very, very good one-day team at the moment and very composed and balanced,” Gilchrist said.”The hype is going to grow and grow and I’m expecting they’ll get through to the semis but then it’s just a knockout game and that’s the fear isn’t it?”Historically, Australia hasn’t really feared that part of it. Eventually in any tournament you get to the knockout stage and fortunately that’s boded well for us whereas for South Africa and England it hasn’t gone so well.”  Australia: Australian great Adam Gilchrist Tuesday picked his country as favourite to win the World Cup and wondered if home side England and South Africa have it in them to prevail in the knockouts. England are the World No. 1 side and will play the showpiece event on their own shores having struck phenomenal form with the bat that has carried them to 11 straight bilateral ODI series wins.But Gilchrist put his money on Australia to add to their five world titles.At Fox Cricket’s World Cup launch, when asked who will win it, the former keeper-batsman said: “Australia. Certainly on paper they’re as competitive as anyone with the names that are there now and the momentum they built up in the one-day format once they left Australian shores.”Obviously there’s confidence there. I just like what I’m seeing and five out of 12 World Cups have come this way so I can’t see any reason why we can’t win another one. “Australia enter the tournament having won consecutive ODI series away from home, against India and Pakistan, after struggling for a better part of last year in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, who was serving their one-year bans for ball tampering in the infamous Cape Town Test.With both players back, the squad has been strengthened. highlights Adam Gilchrist predicts Australia as favorites for the upcoming World Cup.Australia will play its first game against Afghanistan. Aaron Finch will lead Australia for the first time in ICC event.  For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgBlue Jackets lose their top scorerUNDATED (AP) — The Columbus Blue Jackets have lost their top goal-scorer for the rest of the season. The team says forward Oliver Bjorkstrand fractured an ankle in Thursday night’s loss to the Philadelphia Flyers.General manager Jarmo Kekalainen said Friday that Bjorkstrand will be out eight to 10 weeks and might need surgery.Bjorkstrand has 21 goals and 15 assists with 12 penalty minutes in 49 games this season. He leads the club in goals, winning goals with five and multipoint games with 11.Columbus leads the NHL in man-games lost to injury this season. Also sidelined this season: All-Star defenseman Seth Jones, forwards Cam Atkinson and Josh Anderson and goaltender Joonas Korpisalo (YOH’-nuhs kohr-pih-SAH’-loh). The Indians, who traded two-time AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber this winter, were already down one starter this spring with right-hander Mike Clevinger recovering from knee surgery and out until mid-April.LUGE-TRACK SAFETYUS, others pull out of Luge World Cup, citing safetyUNDATED (AP) — The U.S. has pulled its entire team out of this weekend’s series of World Cup luge races in Winterberg, Germany, while athletes from many nations are protesting what they are calling unsafe ice conditions.Austria has also withdrawn its entire team from the weekend events and even several sliders from Germany — on home ice, no less — have said they are not willing to race this weekend. The International Luge Federation offered a compromise of sorts Friday by saying it would shorten the race distance, but even that did not solve the intense disagreement between sliders and officials over the safety issue. About 80,000 people are needed at the Olympics to provide free work which the IOC calls “key support to ensure the success of the games.”Tokyo organizers said the postponed sessions are “part of efforts to prevent the spread of infection of the novel coronavirus.”Training will be postponed until May or later, organizers said on their website. More than 200,000 people applied to be volunteers, with about one-third from outside Japan. The Olympics are scheduled to run from July 24-Aug. 9.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR INVESTIGATIONDocuments: Michigan student says he reported doctor’s abuse Update on the latest sports In other NHL news:— The NHL-leading Boston Bruins have freed up salary cap space by trading veteran forward David Backes (BAK’-ehs) and a first-round draft pick to the Anaheim Ducks for forward Ondrej Kase (AHN’-dray KAH’-shah). Anaheim also acquired 20-year-old prospect defenseman Axel Andersson in the deal completed three days before the NHL’s trade deadline. The Bruins benefit by trading the 35-year-old Backes, who has spent the past month playing in the minors. He is in the fourth year of a five-year, $30 million contract and had just one goal and two assists in 16 games with the Bruins before being demoted to AHL Providence last month.— The Buffalo Sabres have placed suspended defenseman Zach Bogosian on unconditional waivers with the intention of terminating his contract. The move puts the Sabres in position to part ways with a disgruntled player who asked to be traded earlier this season and spent the past week refusing to report to the minors. Bogosian will have an opportunity to sign with another team to finish out the season. But the 12-year veteran will lose what’s left of the $6 million he is owed in the final year of his contract should he go unclaimed by noon Saturday. Under NHL rules, Bogosian must be signed by the NHL’s trade deadline on Monday afternoon to be eligible to compete in the playoffs.MLB-INDIANS-CARRASCO INJURYIndians RHP Carrasco day to day with mild hip flexor strain Associated Press February 21, 2020center_img GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) — Cleveland Indians right-hander Carlos Carrasco has been diagnosed with a mild strain of his right hip flexor after feeling discomfort while doing squats in the weight room during spring training.The team said Friday that Carrasco was considered day to day after an MRI revealed the strain.Manager Terry Francona said Carrasco felt something in his upper leg when squatting on Wednesday.The 32-year-old pitcher made an inspiring comeback last season after being diagnosed with leukemia. He revealed that in June, and returned as a reliever in September after treatment.Carrasco had said earlier in camp that his health was good and that he was excited about the upcoming season, when he is expected to move back into the rotation. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL LABORUnion committee rejects NFL labor deal; player reps to voteNEW YORK (AP) — The NFL players’ union executive committee voted 6-5 Friday to recommend rejecting the terms of a labor deal approved by NFL owners the previous day. UNDATED (AP) — Documents released by prosecutors show a former University of Michigan student whose 2018 complaint that a late doctor at the school had molested him in the 1970s says he complained at the time to his wrestling coach and the school’s athletic director about the sexual abuse.According to the documents released to The Associated Press on Friday, the student also recalled Dr. Robert E. Anderson being known by athletes as “Dr. Drop your drawers Anderson.”The university announced this week that it has launched an investigation into Anderson’s behavior following sexual abuse allegations made by five former patients. The owners’ proposal features a 17-game season, shorter preseason, larger rosters and limits on the number of international games. It will next be voted on by the 32 player representatives. Even if they reject it, the union is expected to bring the plan to the entire membership.If the NFLPA does not approve the terms, the current collective bargaining agreement, which expires in March 2021, would remain in effect and further talks would be required.Several people familiar with the terms say they feature increases in minimum salaries, changes in practice squad makeup and eligibility, and reduced offseason and preseason requirements as pivotal parts of the deal. Those people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because specific details of the provisions in the agreement that would run through 2030 are not being made public.Objections to an expanded regular season are considered the main stumbling block for player approval.NHL-NEWS Sliders from many nations have said there is too much ice buildup on certain curves, which significantly increases the chance of crashing.Training this weekend in Winterberg has been marred by several crashes and even some injuries to top sliders.OLYMPIC VOLUNTEERS-CHINA OUTBREAKTokyo delays Olympic volunteer training because of virusTOKYO (AP) — While again stating there are no plans to cancel or delay the Tokyo Olympics, local organizers postponed training sessions for volunteers on Friday for at least two months because of the virus outbreak spreading from China.last_img read more

WKU looks to extend streak vs N. Texas

first_img___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com Associated Press WKU looks to extend streak vs N. Texas VETERAN PRESENCE: Both of these teams have depended heavily on their seniors this year. Javion Hamlet, Umoja Gibson, Zachary Simmons and Deng Geu have combined to account for 64 percent of all North Texas scoring this season. For Western Kentucky, Carson Williams, Jared Savage and Camron Justice have collectively scored 45 percent of the team’s points this season, including 62 percent of all Hilltoppers points over their last five.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: Hamlet has had his hand in 48 percent of all North Texas field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has 21 field goals and 15 assists in those games.UNDEFEATED WHEN: North Texas is a perfect 9-0 when the team records eight or more steals. The Mean Green are 10-10 when they steal the ball fewer than eight times.PASSING FOR POINTS: The Mean Green have recently gotten baskets via assists more often than the Hilltoppers. North Texas has an assist on 40 of 75 field goals (53.3 percent) over its past three matchups while Western Kentucky has assists on 31 of 72 field goals (43.1 percent) during its past three games.DID YOU KNOW: The steady North Texas defense has held opponents to 63.2 points per game, the 29th-lowest mark in Division I. Western Kentucky has allowed an average of 71.3 points through 28 games (ranking the Hilltoppers 206th).center_img February 28, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWestern Kentucky (19-9, 12-4) vs. North Texas (19-10, 13-3)The Super Pit, Denton, Texas; Sunday, 2 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Western Kentucky looks for its 12th straight win in the head-to-head series over North Texas. Western Kentucky has won by an average of 8 points in its last 11 wins over the Mean Green. North Texas’ last win in the series came on March 7, 2011, an 81-62 win.last_img read more

The Latest: Patrick McEnroe says he has coronavirus

first_imgHe and his brother now are both TV analysts for tennis matches, sometimes working alongside each other in the booth.___Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general of the United States under President Barack Obama and someone who has advised the NBA throughout the global coronavirus pandemic, will take questions from NBA fans later this week.The league is setting up a live question-and-answer session on its Twitter account with Murthy, beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. Eastern.NBA fans are being urged to send in questions ahead of time to Murthy with the hashtag of #NBATogether. March 31, 2020 The NBA Together initiative was born “to support, engage, educate and inspire youth, families and fans in response to the coronavirus pandemic” and has seen members of the NBA family engaging globally with followers.Murthy’s new book, “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World,” examines loneliness as a public health concern. It will be released April 28.___China’s government has ordered all major sports events to remain suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak, meaning the country’s basketball league will have to push back its planned restart. The Chinese Basketball Association had hoped to resume play in mid-April but was denied government approval to do so. Instead, China’s General Administration of Sport issued a statement saying any large sporting events that draw crowds “are temporarily not being resumed.” ___Global soccer union FIFPro says seven-time Slovakian champion Zilina is opting for bankruptcy after offering players a “take it or leave it” 80% pay cut.FIFPro says it believes Zilina is the first European club to go into liquidation since the coronavirus outbreak.The union says Zilina “refused to negotiate with the (Slovak) player union.”The move follows the club selling 20-year-old forward Róbert Boženík to Feyenoord in January for a reported fee of about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million). Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been defiant about not limiting people’s movement, saying “it’s better to die standing than to live on your knees.”Baer-Hoffmann says FIFPro does not have a member union in Belarus but “we will be lobbying” to introduce precautions.___The Bundesliga soccer season will remain suspended through April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 36 clubs in Germany’s top two divisions have agreed to accept the recommendation of the league authority to extend the period without games to April 30 at least. McEnroe, younger brother of eight-time major champion John, said he did a drive-through test in upstate New York after developing what he called “minor symptoms” about 10 days ago.Patrick McEnroe said: “The good news is I feel fine. My symptoms have passed. I feel, really, 100 percent.”As a player, he won one tournament in singles and 16 in doubles, including the 1989 French Open.He succeeded his brother as Davis Cup captain and served in that job for nearly a decade, leading the United States to the title in 2007.The younger McEnroe also served as general manager of player development for the U.S. Tennis Association. Bellator says it will try to reschedule the events as soon as it can.___Soccer players in Germany could be tested for the coronavirus before games if the season resumes.The German Football League says it has set up a medical task force which is working on a “procedure for the strict and independent testing of players and other staff members, including immediately prior to matchdays.”The league is also relaxing its financial fair play rules because it expects clubs will struggle to adapt to a prolonged shortfall in TV, ticket and sponsorship revenue. The agency did not give a timeline for when the suspensions may be lifted, but said it will “make timely adjustments according to the epidemic prevention and control situation.” The CBA has been suspended since Jan. 24 because of the spread of COVID-19. The league is reportedly considering a proposal to bring all 20 teams to one or two cities and play the remainder of the regular season in empty arenas.___Bellator has postponed its three cards set for May in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.The MMA organization says it will try and reschedule Bellator 242 set for May 9 in San Jose, California, a May 16 card in London and Bellator 243 on May 29 in Temecula, California. The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament.The grasscourt season lasts only six weeks and Wimbledon is staged when daylight hours are the longest in Britain. The club has acknowledged the short window available to it and ruled out playing without spectators.The French Open has been postponed from May to September.The brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray was asked whether he thinks a cancellation is more likely than a postponement. He told BBC Radio 4: “I think so. I think for them it is difficult to move the tournament back for many reasons, because you are running into other tournaments.”___ Zilina is second in the now-suspended Slovak league. The club played in the Champions League in 2010-11 but lost all six games in a group that included Chelsea and Marseille.___The Badminton World Federation has frozen the world rankings while the circuit is suspended.The rankings have been backdated to March 17. That was the day after the last international tournament, the All England Open. They will be the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are.The world circuit is suspended to the end of April, but the BWF expects more tournaments to be put off in May and June. Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19.The 26-year-old Kapas writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training.She says her first test was negative but a second test showed she has the virus. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks.Kapas says “I don’t have any symptoms yet and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus.”Kapas won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships in China and a bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Associated Press It says it has yet to decide how the rankings will be unfrozen.The BWF says “it is difficult to outline the exact procedure until we have an exact overview of what the international calendar will look like once play resumes and suspended tournaments have been rescheduled.”With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, the BWF says it is reviewing the Olympic qualification process. It notes the consequences of freezing the world rankings does not apply to Olympic qualifying. ___Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled. The Royals would have opened their season against the White Sox last week in Chicago. Their home opener would have been Thursday against the Mariners. At this point, nobody is quite sure when the club will take the field.Longtime outfielder Alex Gordon donated to the Royals’ food drive. He says that his family is staying home during the pandemic, but “we feel very blessed, and we want to make sure our neighbors are taken care of.”___Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO John Doleva said the organization is moving forward with its planned London Showcase doubleheader in December that will match Kentucky against Michigan and Marist against UMBC.Doleva said in a statement that it “remains diligent in monitoring the situation and making decisions in the best interest of public health.” He added that the health and safety of players, fans and staff is of the “utmost importance” and will communicate with the four schools with updates as needed. Scotland rugby coach Gregor Townsend has agreed to a 25% salary deferral from April 1 to Sept. 1.The coaches of two professional sides, Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh and Dave Rennie at Glasgow, have made the same agreement, though Rennie begins his new job as Australia coach in July.Scottish Rugby also announced CEO Mark Dodson was taking a 30% deferral, and the board 25%.Last week, England coach Eddie Jones accepted a 25% pay cut.___ ABC/ESPN has moved up the premier of the 10-part docuseries “The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls to April 19. The docuseries will be shown on ESPN on Sunday nights and on Netflix outside of the United States.It was originally scheduled to be released in June but sports fans have clamored on social media for the series to be moved up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and with most sporting events canceled or postponed.The news was announced on Good Morning America.The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s and were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman.___ The last game played was on March 11.League president Christian Seifert says “the most important thing without question is controlling the outbreak of the virus and especially protecting groups at risk.”Training for the 36 clubs is to remain stopped until April 5.UEFA is to meet with its 55 members on Wednesday with the fate of the remaining Champions League, Europa League and international games to be discussed.___ ___Global soccer union FIFPro says soccer players in Belarus are worried about the continuing despite the coronavirus pandemic.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says “it’s not comprehendible” that the Belarus league is still playing after kicking off this month. It’s the only top-tier European league in action.Baer-Hoffmann says “there are players who are reaching out concerned.”Fans entering the stadiums in Belarus over the weekend were given antiseptic hand gel but few wore masks for protection. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe says in a video posted on social media that he tested positive for the coronavirus. Organizers of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Roger Federer’s hometown of Basel say ticket sales will start on schedule on Thursday.The tournament is due to run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. Organizers say tickets will be refunded “should the coronavirus crisis continue and the Swiss tennis highlight not take place.”The ATP Tour is currently suspended until at least June.Federer and his wife donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.04 million) last week to help families in need in his home country during the pandemic.Federer is a 10-time champion at the Swiss Indoors and will turn 39 before this year’s tournament. He was twice a ball boy at the event and made his debut as a player in 1998 when he was 17. He lost in the first round to Andre Agassi. The Latest: Patrick McEnroe says he has coronavirus Clubs which start insolvency proceedings this season won’t be hit with a mandatory nine-point deduction. The teams’ “liquidity situation” also won’t be considered when issuing licenses for next season.The Bundesliga hasn’t played a game since March 11. Clubs from the top two divisions have voted to extend the suspension to at least April 30.___The new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals, along with players, staff and the organization’s charitable arm are donating more than 500,000 meals to Harvesters, a local food bank helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.Royals chairman John Sherman, who purchased the club late last year from David Glass, said in a statement that his group of players, executives and investors “share a deep connection to the Kansas City community, which is why the entire Royals family is coming together to do our part.” Federer posted footage on his social media accounts on Monday of him practising trick shots in his rehabilitation after surgery on his left knee in February.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Veteran Bolt eyeing winning farewell in Monaco

first_imgMONTE-CARLO, Monaco (CMC) – Sprint superstar Usain Bolt is confident he can brush off his early-season malaise and shine at the final Diamond League meet of his career in Monaco here tomorrow.Speaking at a press briefing yesterday, the 30-year-old said he was slowly working his way into shape but would not be intimidated by his opposition as he continued his build-up to the London World Championships next month.“I’m feeling good, the season started off slow for me. I had a setback after my friend Germaine (Mason) passed away,” Bolt said in reference to the Jamaica-born British high jumper who died in a motorcycle crash in Jamaica last April.“I’ve been a little behind schedule, but I am training well. I’m feeling much better over the past couple of days because I went to see my doctor in Germany; I’ve been training good, so that’s a good sign.”Bolt will enter the World Championships with question marks over his form after battling injury and poor times that have seen him fail to break the 10-second barrier in two races this year.Tomorrow, he will run the 100m in Monaco and all eyes will be on the Jamaican to gauge his form.He will be up against South African Akani Simbine and American Chris Belcher – two of the fastest men in the world this year.Bolt also confirmed he would sign off on his glittering career at the World Championships with the 100 metres and 4x100m relay but would not compete in the half lap.He will be the main attraction at the August 4-13 showpiece at the Olympic Stadium as he bids farewell to a sport he has dominated for the last decade.“My main aim is just to win. I just want to retire on a winning note,” he stressed.Bolt has traditionally raced in all three sprints, sweeping the marquee events at the last three Olympiads and four World Championships – barring in Daegu when he was disqualified in the 100 metres for a false start.The 100m final is scheduled for the second day at the Olympic final while the sprint relay final comes off a week later on the penultimate day of the event.last_img read more