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Coronavirus: FA Cup set to be sacrificed for Premier League

first_imgBut there is now concern about when they can be completed and there are unlikely to be any real clues until next month at the earliest. All football has been postponed up until April 4 but it is unlikely that any games will actually be played until well later than then.Advertisement Leicester’s tie with Chelsea, Newcastle against Manchester City, Arsenal’s trip to Sheffield United and Norwich against Manchester United were all confirmed. Promoted Content7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be EnemiesFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniversePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them9 Best Movie Robots Of All Time FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The doubt now is when they will be played, if at all, and the FA Cup could well be sacrificed for other competitions. Coronavirus fears leave the FA Cup in danger of not being completed Read Also: IOC set for crisis talks as fears grow for Tokyo Olympics Pundit Jermaine Jenas thinks getting rid of cup competitions could be the best way to go about things. “We have to think smaller right now,” Jenas told the Football Daily Podcast. “Get rid of this season’s cup competitions and finish the league when we can, even if it means moving the Euros to 2021.” The FA Cup could be sacrificed for other competitions because of the coronavirus outbreak. The competition is up to the quarter-final stage at the moment with ties having been due to be played this weekend. Coronavirus fears leave the FA Cup in danger of not being completed Loading… last_img read more

Gardner enjoying tough start

first_img Press Association There is no chance of that happening this time around, with Di Canio imposing a punishing schedule on his squad, who now head for home ahead to continue preparations for the opening Premier League fixture with Fulham on August 17. But Gardner is not bothered as that is just the way he likes it. “It is tough, I admit it,” said the 26-year-old. “But it is a good tough because training is hard. “I am a firm believer that the attitude to training should be the same as it is in life generally. “If you work hard in life you get a good life. That is what we are doing as far as training is concerned, so hopefully we will have a good season.” Gardner has been linked with a move to West Brom as Di Canio’s new-look squad begins to take shape. A former Aston Villa and Birmingham player, such a move would complete a strange treble. The fiery Italian admitted after last night’s 1-0 defeat to Manchester City in the Barclays Asia Cup final he had been driving his players hard. Di Canio is of the belief the Black Cats had it too easy under Martin O’Neill, to the extent some of his squad were “under trained”. Sunderland’s Craig Gardner has no complaints about the harsh pre-season regime imposed by manager Paolo di Canio. Yet Di Canio has used Gardner extensively in Sunderland’s pre-season campaign, including last night’s match when the versatile Solihull-born player slotted in at full-back. Gardner proved his worth too, making two superb goal-line clearances, including one where he knew preventing City from scoring would result in him clattering against a post. “I’m no hero,” he said. “I am just doing my job. I will take a bruised head to stop a goal. It is what I get paid for.” Gardner is happy enough though, even if his more usual position is further up the field. “I just want to play as many games as I can this season, no matter what position it is,” he said. “I would rather play anywhere than be on the bench. I am playing in pre-season. I have played four full games and I am enjoying it.” Sunderland, meanwhile, confirmed that midfielder Alfred N’Diaye has joined Turkish side Eskisehirspor on a season-long loan. The 23-year-old France youth international has made just 16 appearances for the Black Cats since his arrival from another Turkish club, Bursaspor, in a £3.8million deal in January. N’Diaye’s move continues the changes being made by Di Canio at the Stadium of Light. The Italian has made nine new signings this summer and allowed six players to leave permanently while Danny Graham, and now N’Diaye, have moved out on loan. last_img read more

Gerrard: Mario can be Anfield idol

first_img The 24-year-old was thrown straight in at the deep end by the Reds boss on Sunday, who started the striker from the outset at Tottenham six days after arriving from AC Milan. Liverpool comfortably triumphed 3-0 despite Balotelli missing a host of chances, but Gerrard saw enough to be confident he will have a big impact at Anfield. “With all due respect to Manchester City and AC Milan, Mario is going to get a different kind of support here,” the Reds captain said. “These are the best fans in the world and traditionally they always get behind our strikers. I’ve told him it’s there for him. “If he plays well and works hard for these supporters, they’ll get behind him. He won’t have experienced support like that he’s about to get. “He’s a big, strong lad. He held it up terrifically well. All eyes were on him and I thought he was a terrific team player. “He did a lot of ugly work for the team and showed some really good touches. You’ve got to remember that he’s only had three lots of 45 minutes in pre-season, so with game time and getting used to the manager and players around him, he’s going to be a terrific player for us.” Balotelli was replaced just after the hour mark at White Hart Lane, by which point the three points were secure. Raheem Sterling swept home after just eight minutes, before a Gerrard penalty and solo goal by Alberto Moreno in the second half secured another dominant win against Spurs. Steven Gerrard is confident Mario Balotelli will become a “terrific player” for Liverpool and expects the club’s fans to welcome him. Moreno’s goal was particularly impressive as he dispossessed substitute Andros Townsend and raced the length of the Spurs half to unleash a fine low drive past Hugo Lloris. “I’m just glad we got the signing over the line because I had watched him quite a bit for Sevilla,” Gerrard said of the left-back, speaking to the club’s official website, www.liverpoolfc.com. “I had watched YouTube clips of him and I knew he was a flier, quick and very aggressive with and without the ball. “He showed his aggression with the ball today with a terrific run and the finish at the end of it was just pure quality. “If a Real Madrid or Barcelona player did that, everybody would be getting carried away. Give him credit – that was a top goal.” Press Association In need of another striker following the exit of star man Luis Suarez, the Reds last week plumped for a shock move for the maverick Italian. Arriving in a cut-price £16million just 18 months after leaving the Barclays Premier League, Brendan Rodgers said Balotelli was a “risk worth taking”, but admitted the player was facing his “last chance” to thrive at the top level. last_img read more

21-year-old killed by aunts jealous husband

first_imgAuthorities in Miami are reporting that the 21-year-old Winnie Mendoza who was found dead Friday was shot to death by her aunt’s husband.Mendoza’s body was located in the driveway of her family’s home on 15000 block of Southwest 307th Street around 8:00 am Friday.According to the report, a family member who was home at the time, says they heard a knock at the door and then gun shots moments later. When they went outside, they found Mendoza’s body in the driveway.After an investigation authorities arrested Mendoza’s aunt’s husband Stephen Myers, who they said confessed to the murder.Myers who is married and has two children with Mendoza’s aunt, told investigators that he and Mendoza had been illicitly involved for the past two years and that he became angry and jealous when Mendoza decided to spend Thursday night away from home.Myers reportedly followed Mendoza to her home and then exited his truck and began arguing with her and demanding to know where she spent the night. Myers then shot Mendoza several times and fled to scene to his home where he confessed to his wife that he shot her niece. He then left that residence as well.He was located a short time later by police where he confessed to the murder.Myers has been arrested and has been taken to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center where he is expected to be charged with  second-degree murder.last_img read more

The Latest: Novak Djokovic and wife test negative for virus

first_imgSwiss soccer club St. Gallen says a player tested positive for coronavirus after visiting family in Serbia.The Swiss league leaders say they allowed Boris Babić to make the two-week trip while recovering from a serious knee injury.The 22-year-old forward tested positive upon his return. The club says he does not have symptoms and is in self-quarantine.St. Gallen says Babić has not had contact with his teammates.Attention on Serbia’s rising number of coronavirus cases followed Novak Djokovic and three other tennis players testing positive at a tournament he organized in Serbia and Croatia last month. July 2, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Novak Djokovic says he and his wife have now tested negative for the coronavirus. The top-ranked player tested positive for the virus after playing in an exhibition series he organized in Serbia and Croatia with zero social distancing amid the pandemic.His media team says “Novak Djokovic and his wife Jelena are negative for COVID-19. That was shown by the results of the PCR tests that both had in Belgrade.”The statement says both had no symptoms and that they were in self-isolation in the Serbian capital since testing positive 10 days ago.Djokovic was the fourth player to come down with the virus after participating in matches held in Belgrade and Zadar, Croatia. The others were three-time Grand Slam semifinalist Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Coric and Viktor Troicki.___ Associated Press The Latest: Novak Djokovic and wife test negative for virus ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

NCAA Tournament: Stats to know for Syracuse’s matchup with Middle Tennessee State

first_imgAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Tenth-seeded Syracuse (20-13, 9-9 Atlantic Coast) takes on 15th-seeded Middle Tennessee State (25-9, 13-5 Conference USA) in the Round of 32 at 6:10 p.m. on Sunday. The Blue Raiders became the NCAA Tournament’s darlings when they upset second-seeded Michigan State on Friday.Here’s some stats that will factor into their matchup. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on March 20, 2016 at 1:26 pm Contact Emma: escomtoi@syr.edu Related Stories Syracuse may face more defenses against Middle Tennessee State than it has in a single game this seasonMeet MTSU: How Ed Simpson became the inspiration for Blue Raiders’ postseason runNCAA Tournament: On the Beat previews Syracuse-Middle Tennessee State from the Blue Raiders locker roomMeet MTSU: The story behind each of the Blue Raiders’ 6 contributing transfersWhat Syracuse basketball players and coaches had to say about facing Middle Tennessee Statelast_img read more

Players to watch for in 2013 season

first_imgWisconsin football enters a new era in 2013 with newly-hired Gary Andersen at the helm of a program coming off its third straight Rose Bowl appearance. In order for Andersen and the new assistant coaching staff to spend their New Year’s holiday in Pasadena, they will look for steady contributions from the established leaders along with production from some of the program’s fresh faces.There will be plenty of playmakers taking to the turf at Camp Randall to keep an eye on this fall, but a few of Wisconsin’s seniors and some intriguing new talent headline the Badgers’ watch list.Chris Borland (Linebacker)5-feet-11-inches, 248 pounds is not your typical body type for a Division I college football player, let alone the perfect fit for an inside linebacker in a conference traditionally known for a ground-and-pound, drive-it-up-the-gut style of play. Yet Wisconsin fifth-year senior Chris Borland has been at the upper-echelon of the NCAA’s class of linebackers since he took the field in Camp Randall just four years ago.The Kettering, Ohio native burst onto the scene in 2009 – his freshman year – playing in all 13 games for the Badgers and leading the defense with five forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. Borland’s knack for jarring the ball loose is a concrete example of his play-until-the-whistle mentality – a mindset that was recognized by his peers and rewarded with the Big Ten Freshman of the Year award.Now, four years later, with 34 starts, 41.5 tackles for a loss, 13 sacks, 13 forced fumbles and two First Team All-Big Ten selections, Chris Borland has established himself as a premiere linebacker in the conference and the cornerstone of Wisconsin’s defense.In his final go-around in cardinal and white, Borland joins forces with new defensive coordinator Dave Aranda, whose aggressive defensive philosophies should provide a match made in heaven with the all-conference linebacker manning the squad. The aggressive style-of-play puts Borland in perfect position to etch his name in college football’s record books as he is just one more forced fumble away from tying the FBS career record of 14.Under Aranda’s play-calling, Borland has the chance to reach national prominence as one of the best playmakers on the defensive side of the ball while continuing his pursuit of the Rose Bowl victory that has proved to be so elusive for Wisconsin the last three seasons.With another strong performance in the 2013 season, Borland could walk away from Madison as one of the greatest linebackers to ever don the cardinal “W” on his helmet.James White (Running Back)After biding his time behind John Clay and Montee Ball for the past three years, the door is finally open for senior James White to put a stranglehold on the starting job in the Wisconsin backfield. White has already shown what he is capable of when given the touches. With more than one thousand yards rushing his freshman year, he enters the 2013 season with the second-most rushing yards in the nation (2,571) among active running backs. Now he will get the chance to show what he can do as an every down runner.Ryan Groy (Offensive Lineman)With Ricky Wagner and Travis Frederick now playing on Sundays, Ryan Groy has been handed the torch and set with the task of leading Wisconsin’s most tradition-laden position group. With 20 career starts in his three years at Wisconsin – including starts in all 14 games last season – the fifth-year senior is the most experienced player on the Wisconsin offensive line. Groy brings versatility and athleticism to the trenches as he has played guard, tackle and center in a Badger uniform as well as two starts at fullback in 2010.Wisconsin’s offensive line has a lot of question marks as only two players – Groy and Rob Havenstein – are returning with more than 10 career starts. Groy will have to oversee the growth and maturation of his unit as he sets the standard at left guard – or left tackle – and looks to become Wisconsin’s first Outland Trophy winner (best interior lineman) since Gabe Carimi in 2010.Tanner McEvoy (Quarterback)It is still a mystery who will be starting as center for the Badgers come August 31. Speculators contend Joel Stave currently has the edge in the quarterback competition, but don’t sleep on junior college transfer and head coach Gary Andersen’s hand-picked man Tanner McEvoy.At 6-foot-6-inches and 215 pounds, McEvoy presents the ideal athletic mold to fit Andersen’s desire for a mobile quarterback to lead his offense. At Arizona Western College last year, McEvoy put his arm and legs on display with 1,945 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and only six interceptions while rushing for 414 yards and six scores, earning him the conference offensive player of the year award. The redshirt sophomore will have his work cut out for him to take the starting spot as he was unable to participate in Wisconsin’s spring practice. But Andersen brought McEcoy into the already-crowded quarterback mix for a reason and will be sure to give his guy a chance when the opportunity presents itself.Dave Aranda (Defensive Coordinator)While first-year defensive coordinator Dave Aranda won’t be making any plays on the field for the Badgers, it will be the plays he calls from the sideline that will give a tone-setting facelift to the Wisconsin defense. Aranda followed Andersen from Utah State where his Aggies defense surrendered just 15.4 points per game and ranked eighth in the country in scoring. Aranda’s 3-4 system and aggressive play calling will put the Wisconsin defense in a position to make more game-changing plays than ever before. The UW defense may experience some growing pains early in the season as it continues to adapt to Aranda’s system, but based on his past successes, the unit may be poised for its most productive season in a long time.last_img read more

Morgan Widner is back after last season’s ACL tear

first_img Comments Morgan Widner dominated at the draw control as a freshman two seasons ago, winning more than half of her chances and ranking seventh in the nation in draw controls per game. Coming into her sophomore campaign, she was expected to do the same. But she was on the sidelines.Against Albany in SU’s third game of the season, Widner tore her ACL fighting for a draw. She sat on the ground, holding her knee in the middle of the field, and didn’t play another game for the rest of the season.After recovering from a tear in her right knee, Widner is back but taking limited draw controls, splitting time mostly with Emily Hawryschuk, Julie Cross and Braelie Kempney. She’s third on the team in draw controls, having won eight so far this season. In total, No. 4 Syracuse (4-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) is averaging 13.4 draws per game, tied for 36th in the nation. As she transitions back into her old role, SU head coach Gary Gait wants to slow her process.“It’s nice to have her back,” Gait said. “She’s taken the time and worked on her stick work and her skill level, and I think that’s improved.”Widner tore her ACL on Feb. 22, 2018, as Syracuse was up 9-2 in the first half when Widner fell and was eventually helped off the field. Once the swelling went down, Widner went into surgery and almost immediately after, started rehab for next season. She spent the summer in her home state of Texas where she re-built the strength of her knee and its range of motion.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile going through rehab, Widner looked toward John 13:7 in the Bible to help her through her rebuild. It reads: “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” Now, she writes it on her wrist every day and repeats it to herself as her mantra while she plays.The Orange went 9-10 when she didn’t play the majority of last season, their first losing season in program history. When Widner came back from winter break, before the 2019 season started, she was cleared to play.“It was honestly an experience that was awful in the moment,” Widner said, “but there were so many learning opportunities and just being able to build lacrosse IQ and playing now is so much fun.”Widner has played limited draws in Syracuse’s first five games, splitting time in a rotation of five players. Against Coastal Carolina on Feb. 18, Widner won three straight draws at one point, jumping and snatching them out of the air. A game later, against then-No. 5 Northwestern, Widner recorded zero draws. She’s been a go-to option at times. Others, she’s been forgotten.Since returning from her injury, Widner has added a knee brace during games. Its large size makes her feel “safe and secure,” especially because it’s common for draw control specialists to get hit a lot and end up on the ground. It’s about 10 pounds, Widner said, and makes her feel like a “bionic woman” when she wears it.The weight of the brace was something Widner had to get used to at first. It was more weight affecting her jumping and cutting in games. She worked with Associate Athletic Trainer Kathleen Chaney to get quicker by doing exercises like ladders. Now, the brace doesn’t feel as much of a hindrance.Widner was able to use her time away from the game to work on skills she’s been trying to improve since freshman year. Gait cited going after ground balls and balls in the air as well as limiting turnovers as things Widner improved in her almost year off the field.For Widner, the injury has helped her find enjoyment in even the roughest parts of women’s lacrosse.“Sometimes you’ve got to get broken down to find out who you are,” Widner said. Published on February 25, 2019 at 10:39 pm Contact Kaci: klwasile@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Svenska Spel delivers on social mandate despite COVID-19 impacts

first_img Svenska Spel delivers major venue upgrade by going cashless with IGTPay  May 21, 2020 Svenska Spel has revealed that the remainder of 2020 ‘looks brighter going forward’, after the operator confirmed that COVID-19 had affected group revenues.Publishing its interim results for the period January – June 2020, Svenska Spel reported a 10% drop in net gaming revenues compared to 2019, having fallen by SEK 394 million to SEK 3.7 billion (€356m).Operating profit during the first half of the year amounted to SEK 1.2 billion (€121m), reflecting an increase of SEK 121 million.The increase in profits, according to Svenska Spel, ‘is primarily due to higher net gaming revenues for the Tur (interactive) business area, reduced operating costs and a positive effect on the gaming tax due to lower net gaming revenues and large profit payments’.Commenting on the results, Patrik Hofbauer, President and CEO of Svenska Spel said: “We show innovative power and perseverance during a tough time by continuing to launch new games and improve the gaming experience for our customers.“Despite the fact that COVID-19 has had significant impacts in many ways, and despite the fact that it is not over yet, it looks brighter going forward. We are on the way up again after having managed the rapid transition to the big and unexpected changes during the spring.”In a bid to offset the suspension of live sporting events, Svenska Spel grew its online casino offering, with more than 1,000 games available on its casino site by the end of June.While there was an increased number of players accessing its online casino site, the operator highlighted that there were little signs of an increase to problem gambling rates.During the six month period, Svenska Spel underscored its commitment to supporting its partners, having made an advance payment of Gräsroten (grass root programs), which meant that 3,600 associations in the country were allowed to share a combined SEK 20 million payment in May. Related Articles StumbleUpon Svenska Spel urges government to ban lottery betting June 9, 2020 Submit Share Share Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020last_img read more

Who Kwesi Appiah, Andre Ayew, Juliet Bawuah and Ibrahim Saanie voted for at CAF Awards

first_imgSenegal’s Sadio Mane and Nigeria’s Asisat Oshoala were named Men’s and Women’s Player of the Year earlier this week at CAF’s Awards.As always, there has been a clamour to find out who exactly Ghana’s representatives voted for.Here’s a breakdown of which players they backed in this year’s awards.CAF Men’s Player of the YearFor this category, voting was divided into two phases. The first phase saw members of the CAF Technical & Development Committee (16), Media Experts (25) and Legends (9) pick their top five candidates from the 30-man shortlist. The totals are calculated with the three players with the highest numbers progressing to the second phase of voting.  In the next phase, the Head Coaches or Technical Directors of CAF Member Associations, Captains of CAF Member Associations ranked the top three players – Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and Mo SalahPhase OneGhana’s media reps for Phase One were sports journalist, Juliet Bawuah and former GFA Communications, Ibrahim Saanie Daara.With the players with the higher numbers best placed to go through, Juliet Bawuah picked Sadio Mane as her first choice (5), Riyad Mahrez (4) and Mohammed Salah (3) as her second and third picks with Odion Ighalo (2) and Hakim Ziyech (1) rounding up her favourites.Ibrahim Saanie also selected Sadio Mane (5) as his top pick but went for Mohammed Salah (4) and Ghana’s Thomas Partey (3) as his second and third. Riyad Mahrez (2) and Kalidou Koulibaly (1) complete his selection.Phase TwoWith Sadio Mane, Riyad Mahrez and Mo Salah making it into the second round, it was up to then-Black Stars coach, Kwesi Appiah and captain Andre Ayew to make Ghana’s selections.Kwesi Appiah selected Sadio Mane (3) as his highest pick with Mo Salah (2) second and Riyad Mahrez (1) third. Andre Ayew also picked Mane (3) first with Mahrez (2) second and Salah (1) third.CAF Women’s Player of the YearJust like the men’s award, there were two different phases of voting with the initial 10-woman shortlist cut to just three for the second round of voting.Phase OneJuliet Bawuah picked Tabitha Chawinga, Ajara Nchout, Asisat Oshoala, Chiamaka Nnadozie and Gabrielle Ouguene as her top five picks, in that order.Ajara Nchout, Tabitha Chawinga, Asisat Oshoala, Christina Thembi and Gabrielle Ouguene were Ibrahim Saanie‘s top five picks.Phase Two Then-Black Queens Coach, Mercy Tagoe voted for Asisat Oshoala as her top pick from the three-player shortlist.Christina Thembi Kgatlana and Ajara Nchout were second and third for Mercy Tagoe.Thembi Kgatlana was named as the captain’s first choice, with Ajara Nchout and eventual winner Asisat Oshoala, second and third.last_img read more