COVID-19: Turkish league gets resumption date, to host Champions League final

first_imgRelatedPosts UEFA changes venue of Player of the Season award ceremony, Champions League draw Neuer crowned Player of the Month for August UEFA returning N259bn to broadcasters due to COVID-19 Turkey has announced plans to host the Champions League final in August following its postponement in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and the Turkish football league is set to resume in June without spectators.Turkish Football Federation chairman Nihat Ozdemir said on Wednesday that the final would take place despite European football’s governing body UEFA indefinitely postponing the match two months ago. The final had originally been set to take place in May.Ozdemir also said Turkey’s domestic football league would be resuming from June 12 and aims to complete the season on July 26.The schedule would involve seven weekend matchdays and one midweek, and fans will not be allowed into the grounds.Teams will play their matches in their own cities and stadiums, Ozdemir said, adding that no consideration had been given to playing all games in a single city.“God willing, we will complete our own leagues at the end of July. We will hand over our cups on the pitch and then we will cap the season off by hosting the UEFA Champions League final in August,” Ozdemir told a televised news conference. Ankara has launched efforts to gradually revive the economy from late May after the spread of the virus slowed over the past two weeks.Turkey has about 130,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, the highest total outside Western Europe, the United States, and Russia.Tags: Champions LeagueNihat OzdemirUEFAlast_img read more

Bosso Seeks Win on the Road for El-kanemi Warriors

first_imgJoshua TekidekAfter a shaky start to the season during which El-Kanemi Warriors lost a home game at their adopted ground in Katsina, Coach Ladan Bosso seems to have steadied their progress following their return to familiar Maiduguri turf where they have won all 11 games played since April 10.A very confident Bosso is now training his sights on winning at least one fixture on the road after going unbeaten in the last five games. El-Kanemi Warriors drew their last two games on the road including barring draw in Ibadan against Shooting Stars and 1-1 in Abeokuta against Ikorodu United.“I know before the end of the season I will get an away win, that is the target. I don’t know where it is going to happen but I will get an away win. “The next away match is against Kano Pillars, I am an insider, so you know what it means, the pressure is on them”, Bosso boastedCoach Bosso took time to reflect on their Match day 34 against Niger Tornadoes where goals from Chinedu Ohanachom and Hussaini Mohammed gave them victory“You can see the enthusiasm in the people that came to watch but it was an open game 50-50, I appreciate the effort of my boys for being able to put up a good fight.“Before this match I said we have played four matches unbeaten, we plan to extend our unbeaten run to five and we did just that”, Bosso told npfl.ngUp next for Elkanemi is another home game against Heartland before a trip to Kano. Their other away fixture is against Rangers International of Enugu.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Panelists explore role of sexual orientation in sports

first_imgThe event’s panel of speakers included Billy Bean, former MLB center fielder; Wade Davis, former NFL player and executive director of the “You Can Play Project” focusing on the LGBT youth and sports; Lauren Lappin, 2008 Olympic softball player and Esera Tuaolo, former NFL defensive tackle. All shared stories of their experiences being gay in a professional sports environment in a discussion moderated by Kate Fagan of ESPN.“We are hosting this program to bring together scholars, athletes and media to discuss the gay sports intersection,” said Adam Rogers, the conference’s co-director and coordinator. “We hope to achieve a greater understanding of how to overcome barriers to athletes and coaches being able to live openly and honestly about their sexual orientation and gender identity.”Panelists shared personal stories of how they came out and how it affected their lives and the sports world in general. Since the panelists differed in age, their experiences varied accordingly.“My experience in the NFL back then was horrible,” Tuaolo, one of the older  athletes, said. “I would hear homophobic statements from my teammates all the time in the locker room, which just pushed me further and further into the closet. Now, though, we are making progress and there is more support now, at least more than there was back when I was an athlete.”Both Bean and Davis are involved in foundations that work to combat bullying. They said they now rely on LGBT youth to pave the way for athletes at different levels of competition.“Shifting consciousness requires us to target the youth,” Davis said.Some pointed out the role the media plays in sports and LGBT experiences.“We have a media that really doesn’t want to address these issues,” said Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of and an expert in the field of sexuality and sports. “They shove the issues under the rug to avoid conflict.”Another issue presented was stereotypes around homosexuality and particular sports.“Throughout my softball career, the protocol of appearance was hugely important. People would say, ‘Make sure you wear a ribbon in your hair so that people don’t think you’re gay,’ and that goes to show that it’s important to get rid of this stereotype,” said Lappin, the only woman on the panel.The panelists also discussed a few of the main reasons why athletes choose to stay in the closet.“Society has created these ideas of masculinity that make it impossible for gay people to play sports,” Wade said. “However, if we redefine these ideas of masculinity, it would be easier for society to accept that you can be gay and still be a man.”Bean spoke about different barriers regarding coming out, explaining that job security often is a big factor in athletes’ decisions.“Athletes have this fear that if you take on the reality of telling the truth about yourself, you will not get the same opportunities as others,” Bean said. “The sports world is so competitive that you don’t want to give anyone a reason, such as being gay or lesbian, to not pick you to be on a team.”Rogers, a project specialist at the Norman Lear Center, also spoke about the culture for gay athletes specifically at USC.“The collegiate panel showed that many strides have been made in making USC Athletics an inclusive space,” Rogers said. “The leadership of Athletic Director Pat Haden has ensured that LGBT athletes have a safe and welcome place in the USC athletic culture.”Many students found the panel members’ openness to be meaningful.“I like how they spoke about the importance of professional athletes coming out because of its inspiration and its ability to save thousands of lives, especially the LGBT youth,” said Alex Yessayan, a sophomore majoring in policy, planning and development.Others said the panel helped them better understand the plight of gay athletes.“I have lots of friends from high school who are gay athletes,” Sarah Krenik, an undecided sophomore, said. “I think this panel has opened my eyes further as to what my friends might have experienced.” The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism held an event Thursday afternoon called “Professional Sports and the LGBT Experience” as part of its weeklong awareness conference on sports and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience.Speaking out · Olympic softball player Lauren Lappin explains her experiences as a lesbian and former athlete on Thursday. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan This post has been updated from the original report to reflect the correction of the spelling of Billy Bean’s name. He is not associated with Billy Beane, the subject of Moneyball. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Men’s basketball roundtable: 3rd scoring option, the big men and a storyline to watch moving forward

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ 1. Is Oshae Brissett doing enough as the No. 3 scoring option?Sam Fortier: Yes. Syracuse coaches wish he were more judicious with his shot selection, but considering Brissett is a freshman, he’s doing as much as he could be expected to. Though Jim Boeheim has criticized him for struggling to play in the high post and a few other small things, even he said he’s “having a great year.”I’m not sure — and I don’t think the coaches are sure either — what really could help this offense that ranks as Boeheim’s worst in offensive efficiency, per (125th), since they started keeping track of the stat in 2002. Brissett is not the problem.Matthew Gutierrez: Plenty. You could make a case that he is the most talented player on the roster, in fact. He is averaging more points per game (14.9) than Tyus Battle, Malachi Richardson and Tyler Ennis did as freshmen, making him the highest-scoring rookie on campus since Donte Green and Jonny Flynn in 2008.That is the case for several reasons, not the least of which are that Brissett is talented. But it is also worth noting that SU does not have many other players capable of double-digit scoring — or at least not many who have shown they are yet. Matthew Moyer and Marek Dolezaj have contributed little to the offensive end, something that will need to reverse for Syracuse to win with any consistency.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTomer Langer: I vehemently disagree with Sam and Matthew here, because I don’t think he has. Which isn’t to say that I think Brissett is having a disappointing season. His overall game, especially his rebounding, has been solid, and he has done a decent job considering the role he was flung into. But quite simply, Brissett is shooting 33.5 percent from the field, the second-worst mark in the ACC. His 14.9 points per game don’t look as great when he’s shooting at such a low clip.Brissett has flashed the talent to get to the rim against smaller defenders, and his 3-point shot-selection is improving, as he’s shooting a very solid 36 percent from deep in ACC play. But in Syracuse’s arguably three closest losses — at Wake Forest, home to Notre Dame and at Florida State — Brissett combined to shoot just 25 percent from the field. A few more made shots from SU’s third option could have been the difference in those games.2. Of these three players, who is the most important going forward: Howard Washington, Matthew Moyer or Marek Dolezaj?S.F.: Washington, probably. Dolezaj and Moyer are important, but the freshman springing Battle or Howard for a minute or two, or providing a change of pace with a three-guard lineup, is crucial. Syracuse didn’t think it would need Washington this early or this often, but after Geno Thorpe peaced, here we are. Washington — after playing a career-high 24 minutes against Florida State then only six against Pittsburgh — seems to be getting more burn, but he needs to do that consistently.When Boeheim lifted Battle early against Pitt for a spell, Battle said he was surprised in a good way. Syracuse’s most important player not playing all game every game would be a good thing, and only Washington can make that happen.M.G.: Based on how the lineups have played out, it would be Moyer. But a more reasonable selection is Dolezaj, who plays 21.7 minutes per game — nearly as much as starting forward Moyer (22.2). He has not recently made the impact on games that he made earlier in the season, but he tends to take efficient shots, run the floor and offer a keen sense of court awareness. Whether he can contribute more to the SU frontcourt could forecast SU’s chances in these tough conference games ahead.T.L.: I want to say Washington, since I’m of the opinion that Syracuse should go to its three-guard lineup more, and should generally try and rest Battle and Howard every now and then. But I’ll have to go with Moyer. Dolezaj has shown flashes of playing well without putting up the big stats — knowing where to pass the ball out of the high post and having a knack for where loose balls will go. But his impact has been minimized greatly in conference play by bigger, stronger teams. Barring a drastic change, that seems like it’ll be a problem for Dolezaj going forward.Moyer has the size to compete in the conference. He needs to be more consistent at every facet of his game, but if he can achieve that, he should be the guy moving forward.Alexandra Moreo | Senior Staff Photographer3. Does SU need Bourama Sidibe playing more minutes, or is Paschal Chukwu producing enough?S.F.: Chukwu has produced as much as he can. Boeheim eviscerated the man after the Pitt game, essentially calling him out for being soft, and Chukwu does bring the ball down when he grabs boards, but he must be taxed. The redshirt junior center has played 31 or more in eight of the team’s last 11 games. Before this stretch, he had played 31 minutes in a game just once in his career. He looks visibly exhausted after games, so I think Syracuse needs Sidibe to step up, if he can. Boeheim recently said the freshman is injured, so that might not be possible, but Syracuse needs to get out Sidibe whatever it can.M.G.: Since not scoring at all against Virginia Tech, Chukwu has reached double figures twice and chipped in nine points against Virginia’s strong defense. His recent emergence of sorts is encouraging for the Orange, but it doesn’t mean SU couldn’t use some help from Bourama. The freshman forward has played sparingly of late, but even just a few buckets and blocks from him would be a boost.T.L.: Chukwu has been very productive given the circumstances, but Syracuse might need Sidibe to play more just to preserve Chukwu. The two were splitting minutes fairly evenly to start the season before Sidibe’sWhen healthy, Sidibe served as a good foil to Chukwu. While Chukwu was long and was more of an interior presence in the paint, Sidibe excelled at running out to 3-point shooters in the corner when need be. For now, though, it’s unclear if Sidibe can fully do that.4. What’s the biggest storyline you’re watching for through SU’s next five games?S.F.: Ball movement. After games when Syracuse’s offense plays well — Virginia, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest — players praise the spacing and ball movement. Each of the three Syracuse players who can score — Battle, Howard and Brissett — have each acknowledged that they can sometimes stop the ball and that needs to change. That’s one of the things that Washington brings to the lineup, improved ball movement, because he rarely holds the ball.This quote, from Washington after Syracuse scored 49 points in the Notre Dame loss, said a lot:“Once (offensive sets) fall apart, there’s probably seven, eight, nine seconds left, and you’ve got to go get a shot up. …I just feel like at some guys are too caught up in let’s run this set, run this set, run this set. And just not playing basketball. Sometimes if the screen is not there or the play is not there, just do something different. Cut to an open spot. I feel like sometimes a lot of the guys flash to where the defense is just because it’s the middle of the key, but two steps over would be wide open. I think guys get stuck up in not playing basketball and just running the sets.”This changes with increased, heads-up ball movement.M.G.: The offense. Specifically, will someone become the fourth scoring option? If so, who? Such an addition would do wonders for this team, both morally and on paper. It would take pressure off Battle, Howard and Brissett, while boosting SU’s points per game. Not to mention having a fourth option would stress opposing defenses, allowing fifth and sixth options to possibly emerge.T.L.: The road games. Syracuse was the first team to miss the NCAA Tournament last season in part because of its lackluster record away from home. Last year’s Orange won just two games not played in the Carrier Dome. In one, John Gillon had to score 43 points and in the other, Tyus Battle had to hit a corner 3-pointer at the buzzer to win the game.Syracuse should beat Pittsburgh on the road, just because of how bad the Panthers are. But after that, we have arguably the Orange’s two most important games of the season at Georgia Tech and at Louisville. Neither one will be an easy game. But the Orange’s next road games after that are at Miami and at Duke with North Carolina sandwiched in between in what’s arguably SU’s toughest stretch of the season.Syracuse has come close on the road this season both at Wake Forest and at Florida State, but it needs to start pulling out wins. Comments Published on January 23, 2018 at 9:54 pmlast_img read more

Seconds separating top 3 at Suir Valley 3-Day

first_imgDave McGowan of the British based Champion System’s squad is in the leaders Yellow Jersey.He has a slim 4 second advantage over his nearest rival Ed Laverick of JLT Rapha Condor while Ali McCauley is best of the Irish in 3rd place. The Team Asea rider is just 14 seconds off the lead.Today’s 123 kilometres stage sees the riders tackle the climbs of The Vee and Colligan with the finish on the 6 kilometres ascent of the Gravel Pit in the Nire.last_img

Arsenal record a win in Champions League

first_imgKnowing a defeat would have provided a huge blow to their hopes of reaching the next phase, Arsenal were under pressure to perform. Repeating that result in the return game in Germany in 2 weeks would boost their chances of going through to the last 16.But Manager Arsene Wenger says they have domestic matches to focus on first.  To action on the pitch tonight, Manchester United could go top of their Champions League group…they’re away to CSKA Moscow.Meanwhile, Manchester City would improve their hopes of making the last-16 by beating Sevilla. Meanwhile, Chelsea are third in their Champions League group at the halfway stage of this phase of the tournament.They’re drew 0-0 in Ukraine last night against Dynamo (pron: DIE-NA-MOE) Kiev.The Londoners have claimed 4 points from their opening 3 games.last_img read more

Clippers fold late to Jazz, series tied at 2

first_imgSALT LAKE CITY >> There are very few things about the game of basketball Chris Paul cannot explain. But the series of events that led to a dispiriting playoff loss Sunday night were beyond articulation.“I felt like it happened fast,” Paul said.That could be said of so much in this series, which is now knotted at two wins each after Utah stormed back to beat the Clippers 105-98 Sunday.Rudy Gobert going down with a knee injury 11 seconds into Game 1. Blake Griffin damaging precious cartilage in his right big toe. Gobert heroically returning to the floor after a mere eight days. Paul scored 27 points to lead L.A., while Jamal Crawford finally had the game everyone assumed he would eventually have, scoring 25 points off the bench.Gobert made a surprising return, and finished with 15 points and 13 rebounds, while Derrick Favors added 17 points off the bench. Rodney Hood scored 18.Ultimately, however, it was the timely scoring of Joe Johnson that sunk the Clippers.“It’s Sunday,” Snyder said. “They used to call him ‘Joe Jesus.’”For the second time in this series after a Jazz star left the game early, Joe Johnson dominated down the stretch.The veteran forward scored 13 of his game-high 28 points in the fourth quarter. In the final period, the Jazz shot 10-of-14 from the field, while the Clippers were just 5-of-16 from the field and were outscored 28-18.“We let that one get away,” Paul said. “We came here to get back home court, had an opportunity to get two, but it is what it is now.“We’re going to have to go back and protect home court.”Game 5 is Tuesday at Staples Center.The Clippers led 87-80 when Johnson, whose buzzer-beater in Game 1 beat the Clippers, knocked down a seemingly harmless jumper. However, Marreese Speights missed a 3 on the Clippers’ next possession, and Johnson scored again.Then again. And again, and again.Meanwhile, the Clippers kept erring. Paul traveled, Redick missed a 3.Johnson scored 11 straight points, converting on five straight possessions in the span of three minutes for Utah.On the sixth, George Hill found Johnson open in the corner, but instead of shooting the 3 he flicked the ball to Joe Ingles who knocked down a deep 3, giving Utah a 94-90 lead.Finally, with 1:20 left Paul knocked down a floater to stop the bleeding. It was the first Clippers field goal since Paul scored with 7:53 still on the clock.It had been only two nights since it was Paul who carried his team to victory, scoring nine straight points amid a 15-0 run in L.A.’s Game 3 victory.“I remember last game, CP really putting his stamp on the game towards the end,” Johnson said. “I wanted us to return the favor.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Especially and most recently, how about the Clippers blowing a seven-point lead in the fourth quarter of Game 4, when they appeared to be cruising to a 3-1 series advantage when the Jazz were without Gordon Hayward?Hayward played just nine minutes due to food poisoning, and his night ended with him on his back in a dark room. It seemed to be the crack in the door needed for the Clippers, who have little sympathy after the spate of playoff heartbreak they have endured, to seize control of the series.Instead of closing, the Clippers closed down.This first-round battle royale has been extended for at least two more games after the Clippers went more than six minutes without a field goal in the fourth quarter of a 105-98 loss in Game 4 at Vivint Smart Home Arena.“That’s on me,” Paul said. “Being the point guard, I’ve got to manage the game better, make sure we get good shots.”last_img read more

Falcons, Grady Jarrett reach 4-year deal before franchise tag deadline

first_imgJarrett, 26, is coming off his rookie contract, which was worth $2.527 million over four years.The Atlanta-area native had 52 tackles, six sacks, 16 quarterback hits, three forced fumbles and eight tackles for losses last season. ESPN initially reported Monday morning that the Falcons would keep the franchise tag on Jarrett, but reports soon emerged that there were hopes of striking a long-term agreement before the afternoon deadline.  Related News The Falcons and Grady Jarrett agreed to a long-term deal before Monday’s 4 p.m. ET franchise tag deadline, ensuring a key piece of Atlanta’s front four remains in place going forward.The team announced the four-year deal, with ESPN reporting it will pay Jarrett up to $68 million. The defensive tackle is guaranteed $42.5 million, according to NFL Media.  Texans, Jadeveon Clowney not expected to reach long-term deal, report says Let’s make it official!We have agreed to terms with DT @GradyJarrett on a four-year extension.📝 –— Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) July 15, 2019Atlanta placed the franchise tag worth $15.2 million on the defensive tackle on March 4 to prevent him from becoming an unrestricted free agent.last_img read more

Storms that produced Monday’s tornadoes ‘a rarity’

first_imgCHARLES CITY — At least five tornadoes touched down in Iowa yesterday.“Kind of the strange part about this type of weather was it wasn’t even really associated with true thunderstorms, so a little bit of a rarity,” said meteorologist Todd Shea.Shea works in the National Weather Service office in La Crosse, Wisconsin, which tracked some of Monday’s storms.“Most of the tornadoes that did occur from Charles City up towards Lime Springs and into southern Minnesota literally occurred with storms that weren’t even considered thunderstorms. There wasn’t even thunder or anything. It was just rain showers, but it was an environment that could support that type of tornado activity.”The National Weather Service has confirmed 52 tornadoes in eight states yesterday. Shea said two “sizable” tornado tracks have been established in northeast Iowa.“Most of the damage was to farm buildings. There were a couple of homes near Charles City that were hit pretty hard,” Shea said. “But a lot of the tornado activity also just occurred in open country which was kind of a blessing, that it didn’t hit more structures.”One tornado early Monday afternoon caused heavy damage to the Floyd County Fairgrounds in Charles City, as well as to a fertilizer plant. There was also tornado damage in or near Lime Springs, Elma, Cantril and in southeast Iowa’s Des Moines County. Howard County Emergency Management Coordinator Darrell Knecht said the roofs were damaged in several homes near Riceville and Saratoga and a hog confinement was destroyed.“One of the wind turbines had several of the blades on their propellers torn off and then the tornado continued on toward Lime Springs. went over the top of Lime Springs and just did tree and power line damage there,” he said. “And of course there was a lot of tree and power line damage out in the rural areas as well.”A sixth twister is still unconfirmed near the Quad Cities. No serious injuries are reported.last_img read more

Flight attendants arrested in money laundering scheme at MIA

first_imgFour flight attendants were arrested at Miami International Airport Monday evening  after authorities seized more than $22,000 in cash from the suspects during a routine Customs check.Miami-Dade police said the suspects did not have the proper license to transmit money.They are identified as Carlos Alberto Munoz Moyano, Maria Del Pilar Roman-Strick, Maria Wilson, and Maria Beatriz Pasten-Cuzmar.The four came to the US on a flight from Chile, and work for American Airlines.The airline is reportedly cooperating with the investigation.The suspects are being held on a $10,000 bond with an immigration hold.last_img