Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-BUCCANEERS-GRONKOWSKIBucs acquiring GronkTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski spent nine seasons catching passes from Tom Brady in New England. The two are about to reunite in Tampa Bay. Son Clay says on Twitter his father died of “complications from CTE,” a degenerative brain disease.Curtis helped the Colts win a Super Bowl during a 14-year career spent predominantly in Baltimore. He earned the nickname “Mad Dog” because of his fierce play in the middle of a strong Baltimore defense. His interception in the waning minutes of the 1970 Super Bowl set up the winning field goal in the Colts’ win over Dallas.Mike Curtis was 77 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Minor leagues prepared to accept contraction planNEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the minor leagues are prepared to agree to Major League Baseball’s proposal to cut guaranteed affiliations from 160 to 120 next year.The plan would impact hundreds of prospects and cut player development expenses. An electronic negotiating session is scheduled for Wednesday.MLB last year proposed cutting 42 affiliates. The minors have fought the plan, but the new coronavirus pandemic has changed the dynamic and sapped minor league teams of revenue and willingness to fight.OLYMPICS-POSTPONEMENT COSTS Conflict over who will pay for the Olympic delayTOKYO (AP) — An open conflict has broken out between Tokyo Olympic organizers and the IOC over who will be paying for the unprecedented year-long postponement.Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya says the organizing committee asked the Switzerland-based IOC to remove a comment from its website suggesting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed that Japan would pay most of the postponement costs.Media reports in Japan estimate the year-long delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cost $2 billion to $6 billion.Takaya says it was not appropriate for Abe’s name to be linked. The IOC removed the reference. A-Rod interested in buying MetsNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets were very interested in acquiring Alex Rodriguez through free agency almost 20 years ago. The situation is now reversed.A-Rod and fiancee Jennifer Lopez have retained J.P. Morgan to represent them in raising capital for a possible bid for the Mets. The move was first reported by Variety and confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the decision.The three-time AL MVP retired in August 2016 with 698 home runs, a .295 average and 2,086 RBIs in 22 years. He was suspended for the 2014 season for violations of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.BASEBALL-MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTION The league plans to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but has decided scrap its all-star game and shorten the first round of the playoffs from a best-of-five to best-of-three series.The KBO says it could shorten the regular season if infections erupt. The league will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSDjokovic says he may reconsider stance on vaccinationUNDATED (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has reiterated he is against taking an anti-coronavirus vaccination if it becomes mandatory to travel, but says he’s open to changing his mind. In other college basketball news:— Ball State guard K.J. Walton will return for his sixth college season after receiving a waiver from the NCAA and the approval of the Mid-American Conference. The former Missouri player sat out the 2017-18 because of college basketball’s transfer rule and played just 10 games last season because of an ankle injury that required surgery. He has started 35 games of the 42 he’s appeared in with the Cardinals and averages 11.7 points and 4.5 rebounds.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NCAA RULESNCAA alters video reviews, targeting rulesINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA has announced a pace-of-play guideline for instant replay officials to complete video reviews in less than two minutes of a college football game. The top-ranked Djokovic caused a stir when he suggested in a live Facebook chat over the weekend that if a vaccination becomes compulsory on the world tennis tour then he “wouldn’t want to be forced by someone” to take it.Djokovic says in a statement emailed to the AP that despite his personal objection to a vaccine, “if it becomes compulsory, I will have to make a decision whether to do it or not.”In other virus-related developments:— Barcelona’s soccer team will sell the title rights to its famed stadium for one year in an effort to raise money for the fight against the coronavirus.The Spanish club’s executive board says it will donate the entire fee raised by selling the title rights to the Camp Nou to fighting the global pandemic. The Camp Nou has never had a sponsor since it opened in 1957.center_img — The general manager of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya says Formula One organizers are open to renegotiating hosting fees for races that may take place without fans this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. Joan Fontseré tells The Associated Press that Liberty Media is “conscious” that if races need to go on without fans then the contracts with event promoters will have to be somehow renegotiated. Nine of the 22 races this season have already been postponed or canceled.— The Berlin Marathon says the race cannot be held as planned in September because of new restrictions in the city related to the coronavirus pandemic. City authorities have extended a ban on major events with more than 5,000 people until October 24. More than 62,000 people took part in the marathon last year. Organizers say they will take time to “engage with the consequences of the authorities blocking our events, agree on further steps and then inform you.” The Berlin Marathon is typically one of the fastest in the world. The current men’s world record was set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018.NFL-OBIT-CURTISFormer Colts linebacker Mike Curtis dead at 77ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The hard-hitting, no-nonsense linebacker Mike Curtis has died. He died Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSBulls punished for recruiting issuesUNDATED (AP) — The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team has been placed on one-year probation after a former assistant coach was found to have forged recruiting documents.Buffalo also was fined $5,000, agreed to a two-week ban on communicating with potential recruits and reduced its recruiting days by five for the 2020-21 season.The decision was announced by the NCAA and the Mid-American Conference school as part of a negotiated resolution reached today. The school said it self-reported the infractions in October and cooperated with the NCAA investigation. Gronkowski’s agent says the tight end is about to come out of retirement and has accepted a trade to the Buccaneers. The Patriots also would send a seventh-round pick to the Bucs for a fourth-rounder.The deal is pending a physical and would give Brady one of his most dependable pass-catchers. Brady signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs last month.Gronkowski has caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 regular-season games. The five-time Pro Bowl selection has another 81 catches for 1,163 yards and 12 TDs in 16 playoff games.The tight end position already was considered one of Tampa Bay’s biggest strengths, with O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate teaming with Pro Bowl receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. They form the best collection of targets Brady has had to work with in more than a decade.MLB-A-ROD-METS The Playing Rules Oversight Panel also approved the rules change no longer requiring players to head to the locker room after being penalized for targeting. All other aspects of the rule discouraging above-the-shoulders contact remain the same.SOUTH KOREA-BASEBALLSouth Korean season to begin in May without fansSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s professional baseball league has decided to begin its season on May 5.The games will be played without fans until the risk of infection from the coronavirus is gone. — Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson admits it was “bad timing.” The Baltimore Ravens quarterback threw footballs to teammate Marquise Brown and former NFL star Antonio Brown during an informal workout in Florida on April 1, without regard to social distancing. Jackson told reporters today that he’s now working out alone.— The deputy head of Germany’s national disease control center has cautioned against coronavirus testing for soccer players in order to restart the league. Regular testing of players and team staff is a key element of a plan to resume German soccer in empty stadiums next month. Robert Koch Institute vice president Lars Schaade says he doesn’t “see why certain sections of the population … should be routinely screened.” Schaade says he would prefer testing to be focused on people who show symptoms or who are linked to an outbreak of the virus.— The men’s and women’s professional tennis tours plan to create a player relief fund to help those in the sport dealing with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The ATP and WTA say they are in discussions with the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slam tournaments. Neither tour provided any specifics about how much money they are pooling or how it will be distributed. No tournaments will be played before mid-July at the earliest.— The Associated Press has learned the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is bracing for cuts of 10% to 20% because of the coronavirus pandemic that has pushed the Olympics back one year and triggered losses across the nation’s sports organizations. The AP received a copy of a letter CEO Sarah Hirshland sent to leaders across the U.S. Olympic world in which she said the exact nature of the cuts would be determined by the end of May.— A staff member of the Tokyo Olympic organizing committee has tested positive for COVID-19. Tokyo organizers say it’s a male employee in his 30s who worked at the headquarters building in a part of Tokyo known as Harumi. Organizers say the man is in quarantine at home. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed last month until 2021 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press April 22, 2020last_img read more

MCC chief Sangakkara wants England, Australia to tour Pakistan

first_imgLONDON (Reuters) – England and Australia must tour Pakistan to facilitate regular international cricket in the South Asian country, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) president Kumar Sangakkara has said.Top teams have shunned Pakistan since the 2009 attack on a bus carrying the Sri Lanka team in Lahore in which six players were injured and eight Pakistanis, including six policemen, were killed.Batting great Sangakkara, who was part of that team, returned to Pakistan with an MCC team in February this year but top teams have stayed away with security apprehensions.“It doesn’t matter an Asian side going there or a secondary side in terms of world prominence when it comes to having security measures in place,” Sangakkara told The Cricket Show on Sky Sports Cricket.“I think it’s important that England or Australia, even South Africa, make up their minds to actually tour when security is assured and they have those discussions; the MCC tour will be a precursor to that.”In December, Pakistan played their first test match on home soil since 2009 when they hosted Sri Lanka in Karachi while Bangladesh also played a test match in Rawalpindi in February.Bangladesh split their tour in three parts even though the final leg was called off in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic.Sangakkara, who has scored more than 28,000 international runs for Sri Lanka, agreed it was too early for any extended tour of Pakistan.“I don’t think you are ever going to see in the near future a five-test match series coupled with a one-day series played back-to-back,” said the former Sri Lanka captain.“I think it will be more a case of you play two test matches, you take a break, you go back and play three one-dayers.“It’s not exactly the right time for extended tours, but I’m sure that with the right communication and the measures in place that players can go back and play some great quality cricket, have a great time and bring cricket back to Pakistan.”Pakistan have offered to host global flagship tournaments after the governing International Cricket Council invited expression of interest for events in the 2023-31 cycle.last_img read more

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first_imgFri, 20 May, Venue: Clonoulty, Rosegreen 1-7 Sean Treacys 1-8County U/21 (B) Football ChampionshipFri, 20 May, Venue: New Inn, Cahir 2-6 Golden-Kilfeacle 1-8County Senior Hurling “Challenge Cup”Fri, 20 May, Venue: Pairc Ciocaim Dundrum, Knockavilla Donaskeigh Kickhams 1-10 Moycarkey-Borris 3-19Fri, 20 May, Venue: Borrisoleigh, Borris-Ileigh 2-6 Drom-Inch 2-19Fri, 20 May, Venue: Annacarty, Eire Óg Anacarty/Donohill 3-12 Holycross/Ballycahill 1-22Fri, 20 May, Venue: Kilcolman, Burgess 2-15 Thurles Sarsfields 0-13Fri, 20 May, Venue: Clonakenny, Clonakenny 2-18 Lorrha-Dorrha 1-13last_img

Day 11 of postponed Tokyo Games finally brings summer heat

first_img First Published: 4th August, 2020 12:40 IST Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US Associated Press Television News Tuesday would have been Day 11 of the 2020 Olympics. And it finally brought what was feared the most before the pandemic postponed the games for a year: A hot and humid Tokyo summer day.After some showers and mild temperatures for the first 10 days, Tuesday temperatures reached a muggy 32 Celsius (90 Fahrenheit). The forecast through Sunday, which would have been the final day, calls temperatures in the same range.Last summer in Tokyo was brutal with heat consistently brushing 38C (100F), leading organizers to test heat countermeasures at numerous events.It was such a worry that the International Olympic Committee pressured Tokyo organizers to move the marathons and race walks to the northern city of Sapporo, which is 800 kilometers (500 miles) north of Tokyo.Masa Takaya, spokesman for the Tokyo Olympics organizing committee, during an on-line briefing on Tuesday said there was a “small group” of officials still looking at heat countermeasures this time.“Obviously, we have no major sporting events in place,” Takaya said. “In that respect we do not have any testing programs.”He said so-called “WBGT” tests — WetBulb Globe Temperature — were being conducted to measure the conditions.“We will obviously leverage the outcome of this examination to next year in the lead up to the games,” he said.Takaya reiterated that it will be several months before Tokyo organizers begin to reveal publicly how they will be able to open the Olympics on July 23, 2021. This would include details about possible quarantines, vaccines, testing, medical treatment, and lodging.This could also include details on the costs of postponement. Officials have not given any estimate, but reports in Japan put the cost at $2 billion to $6 billion. This is on top of official expenditures of $12.6 billion. A government audit says the costs are actually twice that much.“We do not have any deadline as such to decide how the games should be organized. Concrete discussions will be rolled out this autumn,” Takaya said.IOC President Thomas Bach said the preference would be to have some fans at the events. He has not said if this means foreign fans, or Japanese fans only.“Tokyo 2020 is not willing to see the games without spectators, either,” Takaya said. “In that respect we will keep monitoring the situation carefully on COVID-19.”Japan has attributed just over 1,000 deaths to COVID-19.Tokyo has seen its daily cases climb in the last several weeks. It reported declines on Sunday and Monday, but had an increase on Tuesday to 309 new cases.Image credits: AP Last Updated: 4th August, 2020 12:40 IST Day 11 Of Postponed Tokyo Games Finally Brings Summer Heat Tuesday would have been Day 11 of the 2020 Olympics. And it finally brought what was feared the most before the pandemic postponed the games for a year: A hot and humid Tokyo summer daycenter_img LIVE TV WATCH US LIVE FOLLOW US COMMENTlast_img read more

GIG aims to expand into the German market with Nordbet acquisition

first_img GiG launches WSN Podcast hosted by Bill Krackomberger  June 18, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share GiG strengthens sportsbook profile as recovery blossoms May 5, 2020 GiG ups code security oversight with Checkmarx July 10, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Gaming Innovation Group (GIG) is looking to expand into the German market following the acquisition of sports betting company Nordbet, which holds a sports betting licence in the German state, Schleswig-Holstein.The deal is worth €500,000 ($625,000) will allow GIG’s own operators to offer sports betting in Germany. In addition, it is expected that the licence will allow GIG to integrate with the larger payment providers, making GIG’s sports and casino offering more available to German end-users. The licence will thus strengthen GIG’s overall offering in the German market.Germany is the 2nd largest iGaming market in Europe, and the country’s online sports betting market had a gross turnover of EUR 5.3 billion in 2017.CEO of GIG, Robin Reed commented: “We have high ambitions for our sports betting offering. These are being accelerated by the launch of three new B2B products for sports betting in H1 2018. Combining these sports betting services with preferred payment providers, makes GIG’s sports offering in Germany very competitive ahead of the FIFA World Cup in June 2018.”GIG will be aiming to build a strong footprint in the thriving German market, after it recently announced it had affirmed its commitment to industry diversity by joining the  All-in Diversity Project.last_img read more

Free, fun ultimate frisbee skills camp hosted at Lakeside Playing Fields

first_imgWant to play ultimate frisbee?A group of players from Nelson is hosting a free and fun skills clinic on (Wednesday) April 20th at 6 p.m. at the Lakeside playing fields for anyone interested in learning, or joining the game. Participants interested in the game are invited to learn the basics of the game, including proper throwing techniques and strategy.The skills clinic marks the beginning of the summer season, and we are hoping to recruit new players to join us for games twice a week, as well as to participate in tournaments around B.C. Nelson has an enthusiastic group of people who regularly meet to play ultimate.The group has been playing in Nelson for more than 20 years and are continually welcoming new players to play this exciting and fast-paced game.Ultimate frisbee is played throughout the summer at Lakeside Fields and throughout the winter at the indoor soccer facility.Ultimate is a co-ed sport, and we have a wide variety of players in Nelson who bring their best game to the field, regardless of age or skill. Those interested in in the clinic are asked to bring water, clothes and shoes. For more information phone or text Tobias at 250-505-6005.last_img read more

Guardiola: “The Premier is over, Liverpool deserves it”

first_imgPossibilities in the Premier ?: “The league is over and Liverpool deserves it. After so many games, if the advantage is what it is, it is because they deserve it. I would like to be closer to Liverpool in the standings, yes, but now we have to finish seconds and at the best possible pace, we still have the FA Cup and the Champions League. “More titles: “In all the big clubs I’ve been to, when you win a title, you take a shower and you’re already thinking about the next one. Winning three Carabao Cup has been very nice but tomorrow we have another game in another competition. The FA Cup is very important for the English and we have to concentrate on it. The most important title of Manchester City was the Mancini Premier because it changed the mentality of the club, it was the most difficult. Those of us who have come later have continued with that path. “ Phil Foden’s future: “I want the best for him. He will have what he deserves. I am very happy for his match at Wembley and for his behavior and his work in all training. He has improved a lot. He is still 19 years old but with this behavior he can get anywhere “.Agüero’s injury: “Okay, you can play tomorrow.”Sané injury: “He is not ready yet. After six months, this is a process. He is taking the necessary steps to return.”last_img read more

State’s housing affordability at second-lowest level ever

first_img“I don’t think there were any big surprises,” said Leslie Appleton-Young, the association’s vice president and chief economist. “I think prices are going to plateau out.” That assumption means that this year’s market could look a lot like the last. The survey also found that the share of buyers who used a second mortgage climbed from 38 percent in 2005 to 43 percent in 2006, more than triple the percentage since 2001 and the highest percentage since 1982. The use of alternative loan products also registered a sharp increase. “Home buyers with zero-down payments increased significantly from 4.5 percent in 2000 to 21.1 percent in 2006,” said Appleton-Young. Home sales in California fell in 2006 after four years of expansion. Sales in the Bay Area housing market fell at a slightly lower rate than for the state as a whole. Home sales in the Southern California region followed the general direction of the state, declining 23 percent from the record level of 2005. Inventory levels in this part of the state nearly tripled from a year ago, to levels in the range of their long-run average. The Central Valley had the largest decline in sales activity among the three regions in California. The statewide median price gains narrowed throughout the year, slowing from a 14 percent year-to-year increase in January 2006 to just under 2 percent as the year drew to a close. “That’s a far cry from the string of double-digit annual percentage gains that prevailed during the first half of this decade,” said association President Colleen Badagliacco. greg.wilcox@dailynews.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Housing affordability dipped to its second-lowest level ever in California last year even though sales made a steep decline and price appreciation slowed dramatically, a trade association said Tuesday. Last year, just 27.l percent of sales were to first-time buyers, slightly better than the record low of 26 percent in 2004, said the Los Angeles-based California Association of Realtors. First-timers accounted for 30.5 percent of purchases in 2005, the group said. The association called 2006 a transition year; sales and prices both cooled from 2005, one of the best markets ever. last_img read more

Carroll wants to get home

first_imgSEATTLE – USC coach Pete Carroll said he did not want to speak to the Trojans about their brutal stretch of four road games in five weeks because you “have to play road games at some point anyway.” But after completing the roadstand Saturday, Carroll couldn’t stop talking about it. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Fair or foul? Washington protested that Reggie Bush signaled for a fair catch on his 84-yard punt return for a touchdown, a charge Bush denied. “To be honest that is exactly what our coaches were saying in the press box,” Washington coach Tyrone Willingham said. “That he did call for a fair catch. But you have to play the game. We had him wrapped up, and we have to make the tackle.” Said Bush: “We wanted to put that fear in people’s hearts to kick the ball deep.” Future shock: Quarterback John David Booty got his first extended work of the season and completed 5 of 6 passes for 71 yards. But he also threw an interception that Washington’s Dashon Goldson returned 76 yards for a touchdown. Booty rebounded with a 31-yard touchdown pass to freshman Patrick Turner, the second time this season the pair hooked up for a score. “I don’t think anyone had more challenges than that, to play three teams that were near undefeated (Oregon, Arizona State, Notre Dame),” Carroll said. “To finish it off like this is so important. We finish the season in California now. We’ve been so disconnected from being (away from) home. It’s going to be great to get home.” USC opened the season with five of its first seven games on the road. It plays just one more road game, Nov. 12 at California. center_img Freshman cornerbacks Kevin Thomas and Cary Harris each got their first extended action, with Thomas recording three tackles and Harris two. Broken record: Quarterback Matt Leinart’s four touchdown passes broke the Pacific-10 Conference record for career touchdown passes (87). The previous mark of 85 was held by Arizona State’s Andrew Walter. “It’ll probably mean something when my football career is over,” Leinart said. “There’s some great quarterbacks on that list with guys like John Elway and guys like Walter.” Long wait: Receiver Steve Smith (Taft of Woodland Hills) was getting impatient over the fact he didn’t catch a touchdown pass since the season opener in Hawaii. “That was depressing. I’ve been talking to Matt … I said, ‘Man, I got to get in there.’ It’s the longest drought of my career.” Smith ended the drought with an 8-yard touchdown catch in the first quarter. Injury report: Trojans cornerback John Walker suffered a high-ankle sprain and is out indefinitely. … Linebacker Keith Rivers injured his hamstring during Thursday’s practice and played just the first and third series. He was replaced by Collin Ashton, who had a team-high nine tackles. Rivers said he would be back this week. … Tailback LenDale White suffered a bruised thigh. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

BUNCRANA CRIME WAVE: MAN CHARGED, SECOND PERSON QUIZZED

first_imgA 23-year-old man will appear in Letterkenny District Court tomorrow charged in relation to a series of break-ins and thefts from cars in Buncrana over the weekend.It’s understood he faces one charge of handling stolen items.A second man is still being questioned by Gardai at Buncrana Garda Station.  BUNCRANA CRIME WAVE: MAN CHARGED, SECOND PERSON QUIZZED was last modified: February 16th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more