The Latest: NASCAR cancels 3 races; aims to run Darlington

first_img___Soccer teams will be allowed to use two extra substitutes per match to protect players during a backlog of games caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The International Football Association Board says competition organizers can now approve teams making five changes with a sixth in extra time.IFAB says the temporary rule is available to “competitions which have either started or are intended to start, but are scheduled to be completed by Dec. 31.”Leagues which typically end in May face a congested program into July and August to complete their season. Manchester City defender Kyle Walker has complained about being “harassed” and says his family has been “torn apart” after admitting to breaking social-distancing rules again during the coronavirus pandemic.British newspaper The Sun reports that Walker breached regulations three times in a 24-hour period this week by visiting family members and going on a cycle ride with a friend.The England international apologized last month for hosting a party at his home during the lockdown.Walker posted a long statement on Twitter saying he feels he is being followed constantly while also raising mental health concerns.Walker writes “this is no longer solely affecting me but affecting the health of my family and my young children too.” Associated Press ___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 NASCAR plans to race at Darlington Raceway in South Carolina on May 17 and May 20. Since those races weren’t originally scheduled, NASCAR forfeited events at its Richmond and Chicago tracks. Richmond was originally scheduled for April 19 and Chicagoland was scheduled for June 21Speedway Motorsports traded its road course race in Sonoma scheduled for June 14 for a Cup race at Charlotte on May 27.NASCAR is attempting to race at tracks within driving distance of its North Carolina-based teams as it resumes competition following the sports shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. It has only announced races through May.The canceling of the Chicago race is an ominous sign for workers at the track in Joliet, Illinois. The track staff was hit this week with a second round of layoffs by NASCAR since the pandemic.___ Inter had to delay the resumption of training earlier in the week because not everyone on the team had been tested for COVID-19.The club says all tests have now come back negative and that “optional individual training sessions will begin this afternoon.”AC Milan has also reopened its training center for its players.Most of the other Italian league clubs had already resumed training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18.___ Djokovic recently said he was against taking a vaccine for the coronavirus even if it became mandatory to travel. He later said he was open to changing his mind.Nadal says “Djokovic will have to be vaccinated if he wants to keep playing tennis at the top level.”He says that “if the ATP or the International Tennis Federation obligates us to take the vaccine to play tennis then we will have to do it.”___Inter Milan players can resume training at the club’s Suning Center after everyone from the first team tested negative for the coronavirus. The Latest: NASCAR cancels 3 races; aims to run Darlington Barcelona, Sevilla, Villarreal and other clubs have returned to action after the Spanish government loosened some of the lockdown restrictions that had been in place since mid-March.Atlético Madrid is set to resume its activities on Saturday and Real Madrid’s players will be back on the field on Monday.Barcelona’s players were practicing at different parts of the team’s training camp to avoid contact with each other. Coach Quique Setién was wearing gloves and a mask as he watched from afar as players ran their drills. Players had their regular training uniforms but no masks or gloves while on the field.Lionel Messi was seen juggling the ball by himself at one point.All players, coaches and club employees were tested for COVID-19 before being allowed to practice. The league has not yet released results but some local media reports said three yet-to-be-named players tested positive. The information has not been independently confirmed. May 8, 2020 A further IFAB decision is needed to extend the rule into next season’s competitions and national team games in 2021.___Rafael Nadal says Novak Djokovic will need to be vaccinated to keep playing if tennis bodies make coronavirus shots obligatory once they become available.Nadal tells Spanish newspaper La Voz de Galicia this week that Djokovic and all players will have to follow the rules when tennis eventually returns to action.Nadal says no one can be forced to take the vaccine and everyone should be free to make their choices but all players will have to comply if tennis officials require “vaccination to travel” and to “protect” everyone on the tour. The Turkish club is based in the Black Sea coastal city of Trabzon. The team’s players had previously been training in groups of three in line with social distancing guidelines.Turkey’s health ministry has said it was not involved in the decision to restart games and added that the federation would be responsible for any consequences.Istanbul club Fenerbahce said Thursday that it “understands” the federation’s decision but raised questions about the fate of the season if a team needs to be quarantined and the legal implications if a player were to sustain lasting damage after becoming infected.___Spanish soccer teams have resumed individual training after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. The international governing body for the sport says the reductions would be in force indefinitely.“From the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games to the cancellation of domestic and international tournaments, the sports world has felt the pain of this virus/outbreak,” UWW says. “Even as we assess the rest of the 2020 calendar, there is uncertainty around the return to competition.”The UWW says its development team has launched a webinar series to address concerns of national federations, athletes and stakeholders.___Turkish soccer team Trabzonspor says its players have started to train as a team following the federation’s decision to resume league games on June 12. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association have put their plans to play outside of North America on ice for the rest of the year.The league and union announced the postponement of its 2020 international games, adding they look forward to taking teams overseas again next year. The Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers were previously scheduled to open this season in Prague as part of the NHL’s Global Series. The Buffalo Sabres and Tampa Bay Lightning had been slated to play two games in Stockholm.___The 19 Swiss-based employees of United World Wrestling have had their salaries cut 50 percent, and external staff have received a reduction in work and monthly service fees. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___NASCAR has canceled races at Richmond, Virginia, Chicagoland Speedway and Sonoma Raceway in California, as it revises its schedule to restart the season.last_img read more

Babalola, Adegoke Rule at CBN Tennis

first_imgFormer champion of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Senior Tennis tournament, Abdulmumuni Babalola of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) bounced back to reckoning at the weekend when he won his sixth title by defeating Joseph Imeh 2-0 (6-4, 6-3).He emerged the men’s single champion of the 39th edition of CBN Senior tennis Tournament held at the national Stadium Surulere Lagos and smiled home with the N700,000 star prize money plus a giant trophy.Babalola also paired old war-horse, Shehu Lawal, to win the men’s double title with victory over Imeh and Mohammad Mohammad. The won 7-5, 7-5 in the final.The women’s single title went to Sarah Adegoke who outclassed Marylove Edwards in another two straight set that ended 6-0, 6-3. Tournament’s top seed, Christy Agugbom, combined effectively with No 2 seeded player, Blessing Samuel, to win the women’s double title.Encouraged by the outcome of this year’s tournament, the CBN Governor Godwin Emefiele who was represented by Deputy Governor, Financial System Stability, Dr. Okwu Joseph Nnanna, commended the players for their sportsmanship.He used the opportunity to reaffirm CBN’s commitment to the annual sponsorship of the championship just the way it has been in the junior category.He added that the CBN tennis event was not all about prize money alone but getting the youth meaningfully engaged all year round.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

C-NS indoor track teams top Liverpool at Constantino Invitational

first_imgFor the first time this winter, the Cicero-North Syracuse and Liverpool indoor track and field teams competed against each other, head-to-head, during Saturday’s afternoon session of the George Constantino Memorial Invitaional.And it was the Northstars sweeping to the team titles, piling up 202 points on the boys end as the girls, with 171.5 points, were well clear of the Warriors’ second-place total of 114 points.Sam Nessel, in 6.85 seconds, tore to victory in the 55-meter dash as Josh Adams (7.07) was fourth, this before the 300-meter dash where Nessel went 37.75 seconds to win again, with Colin Hopkins (39.70) third. Tags: C-NSindoor trackliverpool In the 3,200-meter run, R.J. Davis prevailed in 10:19.20, while Josh Koeppe (10:25.51) beat out Evan Romano (10:26.16) for third place.The Northstars went 1-2 in the shot put, Matt Wentling-Raymie winning with 42 feet and Maxwell White second with 41’4 1/2” as Liverpool’s Jamie Vong was fourth with 37’4”. Wentling-Raymie was second in the weight throw, going 42’3”.Matt LeClair got second place in the 1,600-meter run in 4:37.60, with Liverpool’s Jon Howland sixth in 4:57.16 as the Warriors’ Dominick Scro got fourth place in the 300.C-NS was second in the 4×400 relay in 3′:55.30, ahead of Liverpool (4:09.61) in fourth place, and was runner-up again in the 4×800, where Liverpool’s Carter Rodriguez, Charlie Praschunus, Jake McGowan and Ryan Cartwright pulled away to take the title in 8:54.33. Liam O’Neil finished fourth in the weight throw.To propel the C-NS girls, Brooke Blaisdell won the 55 hurdles in 9.26 seconds, while Kate Putman, in the 1,000, beat the field in 3:12.09, while Morgan Kingdeski was third and Hannah Reichard fourth.Blaisdell won again in the long jump, going 16’3 3/4”, and added a third title in the triple jump when she went 36’4”, with Lexi Gaetz in fourth place and Liverpool’s Arianna Jenkins (30’6 1/4”) between them in third place.McKenna Slate, Shannon Brown, McKenna Johnston and Hannah Boyle would claim the 4×400 in 4:20.42, with Liverpool third in 4:43.94.In the 1,500-meter run, Putman was second in 4:47.68, with Reichard again fourth. It was the same in the 600, with Kingdeski second in 1:45.45 and Brown in fourth place.Boyle got second (44.29 seconds) and Slate fourth (45.23) in the 300, with Liverpool’s Anne Gullo third in 44.39 seconds. Allison Newton was third in the 3,000-meter run, with Marissa Doty fourth and Keira Anderson sixth.Dueling in the high jump, the Northstars’ Lilly Capria and the Warriors’ Amina Sinclair both cleared 5’3”, but Capria had fewer misses, so she won with Gaetz third (4’10”)Liverpool did win in the 4×800, with Kayleigh Buck, Eva Woodworth, Jenna Schulz and Sydney Carlson going 10:22.34, leaving C-NS in fourth place.Another relay title for the Warriors came in the 4×200 as Gullo, Riley Norris, Tahje McDonald and Skye Cronin got to a time of 1:54.26 and the Northstars were right behind in 1:55.03.Imahni Sinclair beat everyone in the throwing events, going 45’2 1/2” to dominate the weight throw and 36’1 1/2” in the shot put as Stephanie Webb got C-NS third place in both of those events.Amelia Loop was second in the pole vault, clearing 7’9” as Sophia Recuparo was fourth with 7 feet. Norris gained second place in the 55 sprint in 7.79 seconds, with C-NS’s Julianna Hutt fifth. Natalie Venesky finished third in the 55 hurdles in 10.04 seconds, with Alexa Ostrander fourth in the long jump and high jump.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Claiming a third title, Nessel, pairing with Hopkins, Adams and Isaiah Wright, would tear to first place in the 4×200 relay in 1:36.40 as no one else broke the 1:41 mark.Wright would beat the field in the long jump by leaping 20 feet 6 inches, with Carlton Garnes fifth as he also was third in the triple jump with 37’6 1/2” and Jack Tschopp (37 feet) was fourth, adding a fifth in the high jump.Evan Breitbeck beat the field in the 600-meter run in 1:31.27, with Evan Nobles fifth. Later, in the 1,000-meter run, Breitbeck was second in 2:57.92, with Zach Bergman (2;59.46) third.last_img read more

UW flocks to Eagles Nest for finale

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoAfter a grueling regular season of 16 series, the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team has just one more regular season series left before the postseason begins. The Bemidji State Beavers are the only team standing in the way of the No. 2 Badgers finishing the season with a 29-1-4 record.Nevertheless, the task at hand is defeating the Beavers, and the Badgers have plenty of things going for them.The Badgers haven’t lost yet in 2007, compiling 11 wins and one tie while outscoring opponents 50-8. The Badgers also have a healthy 17-game winning streak dating back to November, when they suffered their only loss of the season at the hands of the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs.The Badgers will also be looking to improve on last weekend’s series against Ohio State. While Wisconsin did manage to pick up the sweep, it wasn’t the most dominating weekend performance for Mark Johnson’s squad.”There were some distractions with this past weekend,” team captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “I think we’ve had a good week of practice so far, and I think we know that this is our last series of the WCHA regular season, and we have to end it with a boom. We just have to work on some things that we obviously didn’t do well last week.”After getting all those distractions out of the way, the Badgers have nothing to distract them this weekend. Not even having the second game played in Verona’s Eagle’s Nest instead of the Kohl Center.”I think it will (be) alright,” goaltender Jessie Vetter said of playing in the Madison suburb. “Just because the ice sheet is the same size, and it might actually be a really good atmosphere because it’s a smaller rink, and we’ll probably pack it. So it’ll actually be pretty fun to play over at the Eagle’s Nest.”Wisconsin will also play the first playoff round against North Dakota in Verona.No matter what sheet of ice they play on, however, the Badgers certainly appear to have the upper hand. The Badgers are riding a 17-game unbeaten streak, while the Beavers have just one win in the last 8 games. The one win did come against No. 8 Minnesota last weekend, though, as Bemidji State earned a split with the Gophers.History isn’t on the Beavers’ side, either.The Badgers have punished the Beavers in the past, racking up 30 wins with just one loss and one tie, including 17 straight wins. Wisconsin swept Bemidji State earlier this season with scores of 6-2 and 4-2, giving the Badgers a 26-game unbeaten streak at the time.Bemidji State, which is sixth in the WCHA, also has problems on both offense and defense. The Beavers have been out-shot by nearly 30 goals this season, and their leading scorer, senior forward Kelly Hart, is tied for 27th in the conference in points scored. Hart has a mere 21 points.The Badgers, however, have no such problems, as they own four of the top five point scorers. Leading scorer Sara Bauer has already matched her career record for points in a season (58) and just notched the 200th point in her career.The Badgers have been shutting it down all season as well. Wisconsin has allowed just 34 goals all season, which is just over a goal per game. Bemidji State, on the other hand, is allowing nearly three goals per game.Furthermore, Wisconsin has the advantage on special teams over any other team in the WCHA. The Badgers lead in both penalty kills and the power play, whereas the Beavers have a downright miserable power play, converting just 12 percent. Bemidji State’s penalty kill is respectable, however, due to the fact the team spends so much time in the penalty box. The Beavers are the second most penalized team in the WCHA.The advantage of goaltending also falls in Wisconsin’s favor, as the duo of Jessie Vetter and Christine Dufour has been stonewalling opponents for the entire season. They started off the New Year by going on a streak of eight games in which they allowed just two goals.Bemidji State’s goaltender Emily Brookshaw falls in the lower tier of goalies in the conference, posting mediocre numbers in both save percentage and goals against average. Still, though, Brookshaw is an absolute workhorse. She’s recorded more time on the ice than any other goalie and has made the second-most saves.Despite all of Wisconsin’s advantages, Bemidji State shouldn’t be taken lightly. But in the minds of the players, it doesn’t matter what Bemidji State does — the only thing that matters is what they can do.”We didn’t play like we wanted to [last weekend],” Slusar said. “And that’s what we’re going to strive for this weekend, 60 minutes. We have to play that 60 minutes.”last_img read more

Scandalis receives Pac-12 Player of the Week honors

first_imgUSC junior Zoë Scandalis was named the Pac-12 Player of the Week yesterday for her impressive play between Feb. 25 and March 3. It is the second time in as many weeks that a player from USC has earned the conference award, after freshman Zoë Katz won it last week.Scandalis, who is ranked No. 30 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association, pulled off two three-set singles wins in the past week and went undefeated in doubles play with her partner, junior Giuliana Olmos.Last Saturday, Scandalis clinched a 4-3 victory for the No. 6 Women of Troy over then-No. 26 Texas.In that match, USC got off to a hot start, winning all three doubles matches to go ahead 1-0 heading into singles play. Scandalis and Olmos, the sixth-ranked doubles team in the country, defeated their opponents 8-6. But the Longhorns roared back in singles to make things interesting.Texas tied up the score when USC junior Sabrina Santamaria was forced to retire due to injury, which ended up being a season-ending ACL tear for the reigning NCAA doubles champion.The teams traded points until the score got deadlocked at 3-3, leaving the fate of the match up to Scandalis.After dropping the first set 7-6 (5) to Texas’ No. 77 Ratnika Batra, Scandalis put together a comeback victory, winning the next two sets 6-3, 6-4 to earn the Women of Troy their ninth victory of the season.Before the Women of Troy headed to Texas, they faced No. 37 Saint Mary’s at home on Feb. 27. In that match, Scandalis and Olmos led their opponents 6-2 in doubles before their teammates clinched the doubles point for USC.In singles play, Scandalis was once again the last to finish. Though USC had already clinched the victory, she was tied up with SMC’s No. 69 Jamie Pawid. Scandalis took the first set 6-3, but dropped the second set by the same school. Since the match was already decided, they opted to play a tiebreaker rather than a third set.With both teams looking on, Scandalis and Pawid battled it out in a tight tiebreak. Eventually, Scandalis came out on top, 10-8, and USC won the match 5-2.Scandalis has won a team-best five straight singles matches for the Women of Troy and holds a 7-1 record in dual matches this season. She has steadily climbed the national rankings after being left out of the ITA top 125 to open the season.Scandalis and Olmos have also continued to impress the ITA, reaching a high of No. 4 in the nation earlier this season. Despite being the highest-ranked doubles squad on the team, the duo remains stalwart on court three.Scandalis will need to keep up her impressive play this week, as USC takes on rival UCLA on Friday. Santamaria’s injury leaves a gaping hole at the top singles and doubles slot, which will cause a shift in the lineup.The whole team will need to step up in order to beat the No. 3 Bruins. The match is set to begin at 3 p.m. tomorrow.last_img read more

Liverpool’s defense holds Corcoran scoreless after opening drive in 22-8 win

first_imgLIVERPOOL — Liverpool head coach David Mancuso said earlier this week 14 points would be enough to win Friday night. When Corcoran marched 76 yards for a touchdown on its opening drive to take an 8-0 lead, Mancuso’s forecast appeared in peril. But after a Niquaz Scott touchdown run in the first quarter, the Warriors didn’t surrender another point. Liverpool (3-2) won its third consecutive game on Friday night, defeating Corcoran (1-4), 22-8. On a night when the Warriors’ two-headed running attack failed to consistently move the ball, the defense and special teams forced multiple turnovers and stifled the Cougars for their final seven possessions. Liverpool’s non-offensive units provided multiple short fields for the offense to reach the magic number its head coach had set.“If we could get 14 points, I felt pretty confident that our defense could hold them to a touchdown, just based on the way we’ve been playing lately,” Mancuso said.  “Fortunately, it came true.”Liverpool made a special teams blunder of its own on its second possession, after its punter dropped the snap and was forced to fall on the ball near midfield. Liverpool’s Taj Pringle recaptured the momentum just four plays later, though, blocking the Cougars’ ensuing punt attempt and gifting the Warriors the ball inside Corcoran territory.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We work on special teams, I bet, more than any other team in Section III,” Mancuso said. “We spend a half hour a day on it.”The Warriors pounded Jacob Vacco up the middle repeatedly on the ensuing drive, seven times for 27 yards. But for a team that has relied heavily on its two running backs this season, quarterback Alex Ruston shined as a focal point of the Warrior offense Friday. Facing a fourth-and-10, Mancuso had no choice but to call a pass. He dialed up a play action bootleg, and Ruston hit Kaleb Ohlemacher for an 18-yard gain.Later in the drive, Ruston checked a play at the line, changing a third-and-10 play call into a quick slant for Joseph Valerino, who knotted the game at eight after a two-point conversion. Corcoran reached midfield again on its next drive, but the Liverpool defense capitalized on a Cougars’ miscue. They attempted to run an end around, but JoJo Williams couldn’t corral the handoff, and he stumbled into the open field. Warriors linebacker Bryce Mills scooped it up, one of many plays he made on the defensive end. Later in the first half, Corcoran’s Dewayne Young attempted his deepest pass of the evening. Valerino stepped in front, intercepted it and returned it to the 16-yard line. He gave the Warriors the ball back with 49 seconds to play. Ohlemacher made another catch to set the Warriors up inside the five. That’s when Liverpool reached Mancuso’s 14-point mark. Ruston connected with Vacco on a bootleg roll out. Vacco tumbled into the end zone, capping off a 33 second touchdown drive to give the Warriors a 15-8 lead into the break. “I didn’t think that play was going to happen because every time I went out No. 2 (Niquaz Scott) was on me,” Vacco said. “But on that one I just outran him.”Jacob Vacco, who had a receiving touchdown Friday, was also a big part of icing the game on the ground for Liverpool. TJ Shaw | Staff PhotographerIn the second half, Corcoran had four possessions and scored zero points. Even when the Cougars picked up a few first downs, the Warriors forced enough negative or small yardage plays to get off the field.Corcoran produced 54 yards rushing in the second half on 17 carries. Only one rush, a Cincear Torrence 22 yard run on the second play of the second half, went for more than seven yards.“We needed to crack down because we weren’t focused on that first drive,” Vacco said. “After that, we got focused and we stopped them the rest of the game. Our defense was huge.”Even as a ball hit the leg of a Warriors’ blocker on a punt return to give Corcoran the ball back at midfield, Corcoran’s offense remained ineffective. Liverpool forced a punt, which Ohlemacher caught at the 15-yard line and darted through a small hole in the coverage. He raced up the middle then around the left edge for a 38-yard return. That return gave Liverpool a short field, and much like its first and second touchdowns, the Warriors turned a short field into a short scoring drive. On third-and-goal from the eight-yard line, Noah Silfer busted wide open after a blown coverage off play action, easily grabbing the touchdown pass from Ruston, his third of the night. Trailing by two scores, Corcoran never crossed midfield in the final quarter. On its final drive, Liverpool killed off more than seven minutes of game time with 10 consecutive runs. As Mills sealed the game with a 23-yard run, the student section shouted a message ahead of tomorrow’s Syracuse matchup.They shouted: “We want Clemson!” Comments Published on September 28, 2018 at 11:29 pm Contact Anthony: amdabbun@syr.edu Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

European League wrap: Manchester United dominant in Premier League…

first_imgRelatedEuropean League wrap: Top guns dominate European leagues, Borussia Dortmund stumble yet againOctober 28, 2017In “England”European League wrap: Five-star Liverpool conclude perfect Premier League weekendAugust 28, 2017In “England”Premier League: Brighton Stun Favourites Manchester UnitedAugust 19, 2018In “England” LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 20: Marcos Alonso of Chelsea celebrates scoring his sides first goal with his Chelsea team mates during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Chelsea at Wembley Stadium on August 20, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)ENGLAND Manchester United recorded a comprehensive 4-0 win against Swansea City, away at the Liberty Stadium. Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku-his third of the season-, Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial with the goals for the Red Devils, who maintain their leadership on the log ahead of Huddersfield Town, thanks to a superior goal difference.Harry Kane extended his bizarre record of never scoring a league goal in August, after Chelsea defeated Tottenham Hotspur 2-1at Wembley Stadium, in the first-ever Premier League game on the ground. Marcos Alonso was the unlikely hero, netting a brace which saved the blushes of Michy Batshuayi, who scored an own goal minutes after coming on as a substitute.FRANCEChampions Monaco faced their toughest challenge yet of the new season, managing to win 1-0 away from home against Metz, thanks to Radamel Falcao’s 78th minute winner. The win lifts the champions into second-place on the table.Olympique Lyon and Bordeaux shared points in a six-goal thriller at the Stade de Gerland, in a round which saw Lyon relinquish top spot on the log. Nabir Fekir, Tete and Bertrand Traore all netted for Lyon, who threw away a two-goal lead, eventually drawing 3-3, no thanks to Lerager and Malcom’s goals in the final few minutes of the game.Neymar enjoyed a dream home debut in the colours of PSG; netting a brace, providing two assists and earning a penalty to secure a comfortable 6-2 win for 10-men PSG against Toulouse, as they lead the standing following the conclusion of matchday 3. The Brazilian superstar opened and completed scoring for PSG, added to further strikes from Adrien Rabiot, Edison Cavani, Javier Pastore and Layvin Kurzawa, thereby ensuring the numerical advantage handed the visitors following the 69th minute sending off of Marco Verratti didn’t put spanners in their works.GERMANYChampions Bayern Munich got their season off to a winning start at home to Bayer Leverkusen, earning a convincing 3-1 victory at the Allianz Arena. Goals from Suele, Tolisso and Robert Lewandowski, rendered Mehmedi’s strike for the visiting team a mere consolation.Borussia Dortmund began the new season in bullish form away from home, tearing apart Wolfsburg 3-0. Last season’s second-runner up were business-like on the day, netting goals from Christian Pulisic, Marc Bartra and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.Schalke 04 put fears of a turbulent season to rest, earning a comfortable 2-0 victory against Leipzig, on the opening round of the season. Nabil Bentaleb and Yevhen Konoplyanka were the goal scorers for the royal Blues, while defeat condemned last season’s runner-up to 16th-place.ITALYAction resumed in the Italian Serie A over the weekend, in what promises to be a highly competitive season, and a major test to Juventus six successive league titles.Juventus secured a routine home win against Cagilari to set a marker for the new season. Mario Mandzukic, Paolo Dybala and Gonzalo Higuain all netted in a comfortable home win.New boy Aleksander Kolarov secured maximum points for Roma away at Atalanta, netting a 31st minute winner for the capital club.AC Milan appears determined to shred the tag of sleeping giants this season following a summer transfer window of heavy recruitment. The Rossoneri broke no sweat in securing a comfortable 3-0 win away at Crotone. Franck Kessie, Cutrone and Suso all netted goals inside the opening 23-minutes to hand Vincenzo Montella’s men a winning start to the season, equally dominating possession by 76%, the first time they had achieved that in Serie A since 2004/05 season.Inter Milan made light work of Fiorentina at the San Siro Stadium, thanks to a brace from Mauro Icardi and Ivan Perisic, to hand Luciano Spalletti a winning start to his reign as coach.last_img read more

Tom Brady thinks Florida’s climate explains the Patriots’ struggles in Miami

first_imgIt seems as though Tom Brady can’t take the heat.At least that’s what his record in Miami would suggest.  “It’s been a challenging environment,” Brady said, via WEEI.com. “I think the climate plays some role and they always seem to play well when they play us down there. We are not going to get beat by the weather, we’re going to get beat by the Dolphins. That is what we realize.””We have to get our mind right,” he added. “We have to have a great week of preparation and go down there and try and play a great game against a team that has really hung in there.”The 6-6 Dolphins enter the contest in a tight playoff race, while the 9-3 Patriots are enjoying the top spot in their division. If Brady’s slump in Miami continues, the Dolphins could position themselves for a postseason run.According to SB Nation, their playoff chances would increase to 19 percent if the Dolphins can once again top the Patriots at home, with no other results added to the equation.  Patriots WR Josh Gordon discusses playing with Tom Brady “It’s just really about playing good when it comes down to it, and there’s no magic formula for that,” Brady said Friday, via CBS Sports. “It’s just going to take us playing a great game of football. There’s a lot on the line for both teams. It’s a tough place to play obviously, but it’s a good challenge for us, too.”Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. ET. The Patriots will travel to South Beach to face the Dolphins on Sunday in a showdown of the top two teams in the AFC East. But, fortune doesn’t favor the visitors. In Brady’s time at the helm in New England, he is 7-9 in Miami with 15 interceptions. One might think this is a decent road record, but that’s not the case when you look at his 85-32 record in all other away games. It also doesn’t help that this matchup is in December. The 19-season veteran has a 26-7 career record on the road in the final month of the year with nearly every one of those losses in Miami. Brady is 1-5 against the Dolphins at Hard Rock Stadium in December, and 25-2 against all of his other opponents. Related Newslast_img read more

Brendon Pyle is new Golf Foundation Chief Executive

first_img24 Nov 2014 Brendon Pyle is new Golf Foundation Chief Executive The Golf Foundation has appointed Brendon Pyle as its new Chief Executive, following the departure of Mike Round to the Ladies European Tour in September. Brendon, 43, will lead a Golf Foundation team that is committed to helping young people from all backgrounds and circumstances to enjoy golf and its benefits; managing a strategy that is at the heart of golf’s drive to grow player participation, supported by some of the major organisations in the sport. Brendon Pyle’s selection is an appointment from within the charity – he has been the National Golf Development Manager of the Foundation since 2005. However, his appointment comes following a comprehensive recruitment process which started in early September, and was supported by leading specialists in the field, Sports Recruitment International. Pyle, an MSc in Exercise and Sport Psychology from Exeter University, joined the Golf Foundation back in 1999 as one of four Regional Development Officers, where he covered the South West of England before spending three years as the Foundation’s representative in Scotland. His period as National Development Manager has coincided with probably the charity’s most progressive decade. The Foundation’s ‘HSBC Golf Roots’ programme has flourished in that time, connecting with hundreds of thousands of young people each year in schools and communities, facilitating direct links with golf clubs and creating the opportunity for many youngsters to enjoy a new sport at club level for the rest of their lives. During the last decade golf has seen an unprecedented level of growth in schools to now being an established competitive sport as part of the School Games, thanks to the Golf Foundation developing easy-to-learn golf formats like Tri-Golf and Golf Xtreme and offering an extensive programme of teacher training. In this period the Foundation has also strengthened its ties with major stakeholders in the game. HSBC Golf Roots is supported by The R&A, headline sponsor HSBC,  The European Tour, the Professional Golfers’ Association, the Ryder Cup Committee and Trust, England Golf, Sport England and the British Golf Industry Association’s ‘Grow Golf’ Fund.   Charles Harrison, Chairman of the Golf Foundation, said: “The recruitment process has been extremely thorough and over 100 candidates applied for the role. The decision to appoint Brendon was based entirely on merit. The Trustees are delighted to have Brendon at the helm, and have no doubt that the Foundation will be in good hands given his knowledge of the business, and his energy and passion for working with our partners to achieve our objectives.” Brendon Pyle said: “I am delighted to have been offered this opportunity.  While I understand this charity’s strengths and have clear views on its direction, I look forward to working with our partners and supporters and all those who have a stake in golf to not only recruit more young people into the game but also to retain them in the sport. “I’m very fortunate to work with a brilliant set of people connected with the charity and now want to develop further with this team to deliver outstanding results for the Foundation going forwards.”last_img read more

NOCAL Provides Buses for Commuters

first_imgThe National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) has donated three buses to the National Transit Authority to help boost the NTA’s capacity to provide affordable commercial public transport to the public.Valued at US $204,000, the buses were part of a consignment of nine buses turned over Wednesday, May 22, to the NTA by the Government of Liberia.Presenting the keys of the buses to Vice President Joseph N. Boakai at a ceremony on Wednesday at the National Port Authority, Counselor Althea Sherman, Chief Operating Officer of NOCAL, reaffirmed the company’s commitment to improving the lives of the people of Liberia through its corporate social responsibility initiatives.She said through its Corporate Social Responsibility, NOCAL will continue to be faithful to one of its core responsibilities of“giving back to the society.”Cllr. Sherman noted that“Public transport, much like our port, is critical to the economy as well as to the social wellbeing of our people.”In addition to the donation of three buses, Cllr. Sherman disclosed that NOCAL is also providing funding for the construction of three bus terminals for passengers in Grand Cape Mount, Margibi and Bong Counties, valued at $450,000, bringing the overall total value of NOCAL’s collaboration with the NTA at US$654,000.Dedicating the buses later, Vice President Joseph Boakai thanked NOCAL for its interventions in the public transport sector, noting that mobility of people is a very important part of economic development.  For his part, Tarnue Jeke, Managing Director of the NTA, while extoling NOCAL for the immense financial contributions to the NTA, pointed out that the donation of the buses will reduce the gap between those with and those without access to transportation.Mr. Jeke reiterated the NTA’s obligation to provide the public access to affordable, reliable and convenient means of public transportation.Also making remarks at the dedication program was the Acting Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Port Authority, Minister Morris Dukuly, who thanked NOCAL for the gesture, which he described as “a true demonstration of your corporate social responsibility.”NOCAL has over the years also made significant interventions in the areas of health, education, housing and sports, among other social projects as part of its corporate social responsibility initiatives. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more