TREÑAS REPEATS CALL FOR DUQUE’S FIRING; DOH hit over ‘mass recovery’ tally for COVID-19

first_imgARNOLD ALMACEN/CMO“I think it is about time that he gives up his position,” says Mayor Jerry Treñas of Iloilo City. As of July 31, Iloilo City has 91 local cases, 47 of which are active and 40 already recovered. The city has also 64 infected locally stranded individuals and overseas Filipino workers. This tally surpassed the number of COVID-19 cases in China, the original epicenter of the pandemic. As of Thursday, China has 87,680 cases. But the new record on the number of new cases was not the only thing that worries Treñas. According to the mayor, the “miraculous” DOH’s adjustment – now identifying mild and asymptomatic cases who stayed healthy for 14 days as recovered patients – is enough for President Rodrigo Duterte to fire Duque. Duterte defended Duque numerous times amid criticisms on how his agency is handling the COVID-19 pandemic. The agency said reconciliation activity resulted in over 3,000 identified recoveries from July 12 to 14./PN The keywords “mass recovery” is now a trending topic on Twitter, with over 7,400 tweets as of posting time – with majority of the posts denouncing the government for allegedly trying to deceive the public. ILOILO City – Mayor Jerry Treñas once more urged Health secretary Franciso Duque III to step down.   Duterte said he has known Duque since the time of former President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo. “Libagon gid ang tanan nga gina-obra nila,” Treñas said.  “The massive data reconciliation efforts have resulted in faster and more accurate tagging of health statuses, particularly on death and recoveries. Data on recovery reconciliations will be reported every 15 days,” the DOH said. “Mabudlay para saton gobyerno nga maka-move forward if we have a leader like this,” Treñas pointed out. “We have already overtaken China [for COVID-19 cases] and all of sudden DOH comes up with this idea,” Treñas said. But according to Treñas, if the President finds it difficult to fire Duque, it’s about time for the latter to voluntarily resign. Back in June, the mayor questioned the department’s move to pull out rural doctors from Western Visayas to Cebu City. On Thursday, DOH also recorded the highest single increase in confirmed cases at 3,954, bringing the total number to 89,374 – of which, 1,983 patients died while 65,064 recovered. According to the DOH, the surge in the number of recoveries was attributed to enhanced data reconciliation efforts with local government units through “Oplan Recovery.” These thousands of new recoveries shocked Treñas. “Medyo nakibot ako,” he said. “If Secretary Duque cannot really perform as Health chief, I think it is about time he gives up his position,” Treñas stressed.   The President, according to Treñas, should hire more qualified and competent doctors who can “deliver the goods better” in addressing the health concerns of the country. The mayor was also anxious about the surge in new recoveries, saying DOH might also identify the city’s  COVID-19 asymptomatic cases as recoveries.     This was the second time Treñas demanded for the DOH chief’s resignation. The DOH has been the target of ridicule in social media, after netizens noted that the government supposedly changed the way it tallies recoveries just to make it appear that more people are fighting off the disease. His fresh call came after the Department of Health (DOH) tallied a “dubious” record of 38,075 coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) recoveries nationwide in a single day.last_img read more

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Nasri opens up about Mancini

first_img When asked who he spoke to, Nasri, speaking at a press conference ahead of this week’s Champions League clash with Viktoria Plzen, added: “My parents, my agent – they are the people that matter. I spoke to them. “Even at the time, I had refused to speak to them. I didn’t want to talk or explain myself. “I didn’t want to talk about the situation because it was really difficult and it was inside me. “So you spend all the time thinking. Sometimes when you do mistakes, you don’t want to admit it. That was my biggest mistake. “As a player, as a person, I grew up a lot. I am not looking for another incident like this to grow up again. “But I know my mistakes now and I know what to do to make it right.” Nasri admitted it was difficult to accept some of the criticism that came his way from Mancini, whose reign ended with the sack in May. Asked specifically about the ‘punch’ comment, the former Arsenal playmaker said: “It was just a word. “Managers have different ways of working, some like to say things in the press to make players react and some like to say things face to face with the player. “Some players see things in the press, it touches their ego and they react. “Last year, I just wasn’t in a good place. Everything he was saying was difficult for me to accept. “It wasn’t his fault, it was just me because I wasn’t in a good place.” Nasri was outstanding as City thrashed Tottenham 6-0 in the Barclays Premier League on Sunday and is enjoying the free-flowing attacking play advocated by Pellegrini. Pellegrini is also renowned for his man-management ability – one of the key factors in his appointment – and Nasri certainly appears to have taken to him. He said: “I feel good. I have a good relationship with the manager, I know what he wants from me and I know when I am doing good or doing wrong. “That’s what I’m looking for with a manager.” Despite that, Pellegrini will continue to demand improvement from Nasri. When asked if he was back to his best, Nasri suggested Pellegrini – sitting next to him at the media conference at the Etihad Stadium – would be the better person to answer. And Pellegrini said: “I suppose the best Nasri will come in the future – he has a lot more where he can improve.” Press Association Nasri endured a torrid 2012-13 campaign as City surrendered the Barclays Premier League crown they won the previous term, with mistakes and poor performances regularly highlighted. The France international started to show some good form before the season ended but his inconsistency infuriated Mancini, who said he would “like to give him a punch”. Manchester City forward Samir Nasri has opened up about the struggles which led former manager Roberto Mancini to say he wanted to hit him last season. The Italian’s remark was meant jokingly but his frustration with a player who cost City £24million in 2011 was clear. All that now seems a long time ago with Nasri revelling in life under Mancini’s replacement Manuel Pellegrini and producing performances somewhere near his best this season. Nasri has spoken before about how he needed the summer to clear his head. He feels he has now addressed the causes of a loss of form he traces back to Euro 2012 and a heated row with a French journalist following his side’s exit. The 26-year-old said: “I wasn’t feeling myself, it was a tough season. “Personally after the Euro Championships and the beef with the French journalists, for months I refused to speak to anybody and had a lot of bad press in France. “I wasn’t involved in the national team, it was a little difficult. “In my head I wasn’t the same. I didn’t play well for City and lost my spot in the squad and at the end of the year, you look at your season and you realise I was not myself. “I talked to people, keeping things to yourself is never good. I talked to the people I love and I decided to smile and be happy and do what I do best – playing football, and that is it.” last_img read more

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Pelosi announces formal impeachment inquiry into President Trump

first_imgsborisov/iStock(WASHINGTON) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday announced she was moving forward with a formal impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.“The actions of the Trump presidency revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said. “Therefore, today I’m announcing the House of Representatives is moving forward with an official impeachment inquiry.”Her announcement came as questions mounted related to a formal complaint filed by a whistleblower concerning a phone call Trump had with Ukraine’s president in July and whether Trump had pressured him to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.Trump has said he asked Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky about investigating Biden and his son Hunter as part of corruption in Ukraine Trump has alleged, but he has denied he tied aid to the country to whether Ukraine’s president went ahead with the probe. The administration put a temporary hold on aid to Ukraine shortly before the call.Trump promised on Tuesday afternoon to release an redacted transcript of the call Wednesday — just hours before House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was to announce next moves by Democrats on impeachment.“When you see the call, when you see the readout of the call — which I assume you’ll see at some point — you’ll understand,” Trump told reporters Tuesday morning as he arrived at the UN General Assembly in New York, before his tweet about releasing the call transcript. “That call was perfect. It couldn’t have been nicer.”Since reports of the call surfaced, Trump has offered two different explanations for why he put a pause on aid money being sent to Ukraine. He’s stated concerns about corruption in the country, and he’s also suggested that he paused the funding because he believes other countries should be supplying more money to aid Ukraine.Congress also is seeking the complaint filed by the whistleblower. Democrats have been blocked from getting it despite a law they say requires the intelligence community inspector general to send it to Congress within seven days if he deems the complaint “credible.”Democrats also want a copy of the Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson’s report on the complaint that he sent to Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire. Maguire, who blocked Atkinson from sending the complaint to Congress, is supposed to testify in public before the House Intelligence Committee Thursday.The Democrat who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., tweeted Tuesday afternoon that the whistleblower wants to speak to his committee.Meanwhile, for the last several months, the House Judiciary Committee has continued to follow up on the former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, weighing more formal impeachment proceedings.Five other House committees are investigating various aspects of the Trump presidency, from government and military spending at his private properties, to elements of his finances and personal tax returns.While support for impeaching Trump in the wake of the Mueller investigation has steadily grown, especially among progressive Democrats, the new reports that the president repeatedly pressed the Ukrainian leader to investigate a potential 2020 Democratic opponent and his son’s business dealings – while instructing top aides to freeze aid to Ukraine approved by Congress – has forced a reckoning on Capitol Hill.A number of House Democrats, including several more moderate members, came out Tuesday in favor of impeachment for the first time, with some arguing the president betrayed the obligations of his office in his conversation with the Ukraine president.“It is clear to me that he has betrayed the public trust and abandoned his obligations to the Constitution by elevating his own interests over the national interest,” Congresswoman Elaine Luria, D-Va., wrote in a statement Tuesday. “Congress must investigate and use the full extent of its powers to check these alleged abuses of presidential power. The House must move forward with impeachment.”As of Tuesday afternoon, at least 164 Democrats had stated that they were in favor of an impeachment inquiry.Until now, Pelosi has been cautious to move forward on impeachment but was set to make an announcement after a meeting with all House Democrats Tuesday afternoon.When Pelosi got the speaker’s gavel back in January — after Democrats reclaimed the majority in the House — she urged her caucus to wait to make any decision until the full Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by the president was completed.“I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country,” Pelosi told the Washington Post in March. “And he’s just not worth it.”After the Mueller report’s release, Pelosi again expressed reluctance to pursue the measure, emphasizing the importance of fact-finding and investigating.“If the facts, the path of fact-finding takes us there, we have no choice,” Pelosi said at a summit. “But we’re not there yet.”Over the weekend, Pelosi sent a letter to all members of the House which seemed to signal a shift in her position. In the letter, she called for the administration to allow Congress view the whistleblower complaint, and accused the administration of “endangering our national security”.“If the Administration persists in blocking this whistleblower from disclosing to Congress a serious possible breach of constitutional duties by the President, they will be entering a grave new chapter of lawlessness which will take us into a whole new stage of investigation,” Pelosi wrote.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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Ellsworth boys, girls race past Orono in openers

first_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 ELLSWORTH — With the long wait for basketball season behind them, the Ellsworth boys’ and girls’ basketball teams marked their much-anticipated returns to the court in style.Ellsworth’s boys’ and girls’ basketball teams rolled to decisive road wins against Orono over the weekend to begin their respective seasons 1-0. The wins marked refreshing returns to the court for both Ellsworth teams, which ended their 2016-17 seasons on losing streaks with losses in the prelims.The Ellsworth girls’ team took to the floor Friday night and sprinted out to a 20-6 lead in the first quarter. From there, the Eagles were able to coast to a 57-35 victory.Trinity Montigny and Katelynn Bagley combined for 23 points for Ellsworth (1-0), which got contributions from nearly every player on the roster throughout the course of the game. Ten of the Eagles’ 12 players scored, and the visitors shut down Orono on defense to secure the win.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“It was a pleasant surprise because you never know how well it’s going to go for you in that first game,” Ellsworth head coach Andy Pooler said. “Any time you hit seven 3s, you’re going to be in the driver’s seat. We’re normally a team that tries to pound the ball inside a little more, but we had all those open looks and made them count.”Prior to the season, Ellsworth players pointed to Orono as a measuring stick for the team’s potential. The Eagles’ 29-21 win over the Red Riots last year was a major part of their late-season turnaround, and with four straight road games coming up later this month, Pooler saw the game as a sign of what his team can do going forward.“From our starters to our bench, everybody did their jobs,” Pooler said. “When you can get that type of effort, hustle and shot making against a solid team in your first game, that’s always a huge, huge plus.”Less than 24 hours later, Ellsworth’s boys’ team registered an equally impressive win when it defeated a defending Class B North runner-up Orono squad 64-47. The game was moved from its original 5 p.m. start time to 3 p.m. as a result of the impending snowstorm that blanketed much of the state Saturday evening.Just as the girls’ team had done the night before, the visiting Eagles took the lead early and held on the rest of the way. Zach Harris scored 35 points in the much-needed win, which snapped a losing streak of four games dating back to last season.Sophomore Jackson Curtis was Ellsworth’s second-leading scorer with 16 points. Jared Hamilton added four points, and Brad Smith, Connor Crawford and Sam Giffin had three each.The Ellsworth boys were originally scheduled to play again Tuesday night, but their home opener against Old Town was pushed back to 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Dec. 13, prior to the girls’ game at 7 p.m. Inclement weather made travel conditions Tuesday unsafe for the visiting Coyotes.After the games against Old Town, the boys’ and girls’ teams will return to action this weekend for rivalry matchups when they head on the road to face George Stevens Academy. The boys’ game begins at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, and the girls’ game tips off that time the following day.Update: The doubleheader between Ellsworth and Old Town scheduled for Wednesday was postponed following Regional School Unit 34’s decision to cancel school for weather-related reasons. The boys’ game will be made up at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18, and the girls’ game will be made up that time Dec. 21. Latest Postscenter_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020last_img read more

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Mo Farah’s Former Coach Banned for Doping Violations

first_imgHavana: Mo Farah’s former athletics coach, Alberto Salazar, was on Tuesday suspended from the sport for four years after being found guilty of doping violations. According to a BBC report, a four-year investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) and a two-year court battle behind closed doors led to the decision. “The Oregon Project has never and will never permit doping,” the 61-year-old said. “I will appeal and look forward to this unfair and protracted process reaching the conclusion I know to be true,” American Salazar was quoted as saying by BBC. Salazar runs the Nike Oregon Project which was home to British four-time Olympic champion Farah from 2011 until 2017, the BCC report further says. IANS Also Read: Olympic Champion Faith Kipyegon Eyes World Title in DohaAlso Watch:Peace Rally to prevent frequent Road Accident in Tinsukialast_img read more

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Rawlins misses out on maiden first-class century

first_imgARUNDEL, England, (CMC) – Young Bermudian all-rounder Delray Rawlins narrowly missed out on his maiden first-class century on Wednesday, when he made 96 against South Africa A on day one of a four-day tour match at Arundel Castle.Rawlins, a 19-year-old left-hander, struck 12 fours and a six from 191 balls in his 232-minute innings before he was bowled by medium pacer Junior Dala as Sussex, who won the toss, closed on 325 for seven.Rawlins looked set to reach three figures until he tried to whip a length ball from Dala through square leg and lost his off stump.Rawlins, who made history earlier this season by becoming the first Bermudian to play county cricket, was sixth out at 289 after adding 172 for the fifth wicket with a fellow 19-year-old, Guernsey-born Jonty Jenner, who made 68, following a pre-lunch collapse which saw four wickets tumble for seven runs.It was a maiden first-class half-century for both teenagers.Willem Mulder, also 19, was the pick of the South African attack with three for 46 from 13 overs.Rawlins made his first-class debut against Nottinghamshire in April, and hit a quickfire 41 in a rain-hit one-day match for Sussex against South Africa in May, but he has mostly been out of the limelight, making eight appearances for the county’s 2nd XI.An orthodox slow left-arm bowler, Rawlins will hope Monday’s knock will serve as a reminder to the selectors of the ability he showed in India earlier this year as he tries to force his way back into the first team on a regular basis.Rawlins was a star on the England Under-19 tour of India in January and February, averaging 78.42 with the bat. He struck two centuries and two half-centuries, and also claimed nine wickets.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img May 28, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNASCAR-CHARLOTTEElliott gets first Cup win of seasonCONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Chase Elliott was able to celebrate a victory that capped a very busy stretch for NASCAR. Boston marathon canceledUNDATED (AP) — Organizers have canceled the Boston Marathon for the first time in its 124-year history due to social distancing requirements of the coronavirus outbreak.The race had endured through two World Wars, a volcanic eruption and a previous pandemic. The race draws a field of 30,000 and already had been postponed from April 20 to Sept. 14. It will be replaced by a virtual event in which participants who verify that they ran 26.2 miles on their own will receive their finisher’s medal.The Boston Marathon began in 1897 and has been the longest-running annual marathon in the world.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: Update on the latest sports — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell is hopeful that coaches will be able to return to their team facilities by next week. Goodell also said during today’s owners conference call that the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. NFL executive vice president of communications, public affairs and policy Jeff Miller said the league’s first consideration is of course the health and safety of the public and the players and the employees and the people who will be participating.— Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam says racing will be allowed to resume in the state without spectators. The governor says NASCAR will race at Martinsville Speedway on June 10, and that other forms of auto racing and horse racing also are cleared to resume. NASCAR was originally scheduled to make its first of two stops at Martinsville in early May, but the event was postponed because of the outbreak.— The John Deere Classic is canceling what would have been its 50th straight anniversary as a PGA Tour event. Tournament director Clair Peterson says there were too many hurdles to overcome from the pandemic. The John Deere would have been the fifth PGA Tour event on the revised schedule. The tour had said the first month would be played without fans, leaving it possible for the Deere to have them.— Sports agent Scott Boras is recommending that his clients refuse Major League Baseball’s attempt to cut salaries during negotiations with the players’ association. He is claiming that team financial issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic have their origin in management debt financing. Boras wrote in an email obtained by The Associated Press that players should not alter terms of the March 26 agreement between MLB and the union that called for players to reduce their salaries to a prorated rate based on a shortened season. MLB on Tuesday proposed a series of tiered reductions that would cause top stars to receive the biggest cuts.— At least 10 major league franchises have informed minor leaguers they will continue to provide allowances after the May 31 expiration of Major League Baseball’s policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. The San Diego Padres, Miami Marlins and Seattle Mariners are promising payments through August. The Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Mets, Chicago White Sox, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles have pledged to do so through at least June. The White Sox are even providing those stipends to 25 minor league players recently released. The junior had put his name in the transfer portal after removing it from consideration from the NBA draft. McClung led the Hoyas with 15.7 points a game last season, while also averaging 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists.NBA-WILLIAMSON-SUITWilliamson attorneys looking to block suitMIAMI (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson are seeking to block his former marketing agent’s effort to have the ex-Duke star answer questions about whether he received improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils.In a Florida court filing last week, Williamson’s attorneys say those questions are “nothing more than a fishing expedition aimed at tarnishing Williamson’s reputation.” They added the accusations are designed to “maximize potential embarrassment and media coverage in an attempt to improperly gain settlement leverage.” Also approved was the competition committee’s recommendation to expand defenseless player protection to a kickoff or punt returner who is in possession of the ball but has not had time to avoid or ward off contact of an opponent.Another approved recommendation stops teams from manipulating the game clock by committing multiple dead-ball fouls while the clock is running. That’s an issue that came up several times in 2019, including during the postseason.Using video replay for pass interference calls was dropped after a one-year experiment that led to more uncertainty than clarity.A proposal to have a booth judge serve as an eighth official on each crew was tabled.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS TRANSGENDER ATHLETES-HIGH SCHOOLConnecticut transgender policy found to violate Title NineHARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The U.S. Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights has found a Connecticut policy that allows transgender athletes to compete in women’s sports is illegal. The office says the policy violates Title IX, the federal civil rights law guarantees equal education opportunities for women, including in athletics.The ruling comes in response to a complaint filed last year by several female track athletes, who argued that two transgender runners who were identified as male at birth had an unfair physical advantage. The dispute also is the subject of a federal lawsuit.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 — Live horse racing is slated to resume in Maryland this weekend with a three-day session at Laurel Park, which will remain closed to the general public. The Maryland Jockey Club says it has received approval from the Maryland Racing Commission to launch its Summer 2020 meet with live racing on Saturday, but fans are forbidden from entering the track until clearance is received from the state. All races on Saturday, Sunday and Monday will be streamed live on the Laurel Park website.— Texas will soon allow outdoor pro sports events to have spectators, but their numbers will be strictly limited. Republican Gov. Greg Abbott has revised a decision to let pro sports leagues host events without fans starting in June as part of the states’ move to reopen amid the coronavirus pandemic. Abbott’s new order allows outdoor stadiums to host fans up to 25 percent of their normal capacity. Leagues will have to apply to state health officials to be allowed to have fans. Indoor events will still be without spectators.— Major League Soccer gave its teams the go-ahead to begin small voluntary group training sessions outdoors, the next step in the league’s effort to return to action. The group sessions must comply with local public health and government restrictions. Teams must submit club-specific plans to the league for the sessions. A maximum of six players may be assigned to a single group. All other health and safety measures required when MLS teams began individual training must still be maintained. A league-wide moratorium on full team training remains in effect through next Monday.— The English Premier League plans to restart on June 17 after a 100-day shutdown with new staggered kickoffs to maximize broadcast slots as fans are prevented from attending games. The clubs agreed Thursday that the competition should resume with a Wednesday night doubleheader featuring Manchester City playing Arsenal and Aston Villa hosting Sheffield United. After those makeup games are played, the 30th round will start on Friday, June 19 provided authorities approve safety plans.— Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus. Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday. Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms. Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name themcenter_img In other NFL news:— The Carolina Panthers have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Eli Apple after losing free agent James Bradberry to the Giants. Apple has started 48 games during four NFL seasons but has never lived up to the billing of being the 10th overall selection in the 2016 draft out of Ohio State. He recorded 58 tackles and one forced fumble while starting 15 games for the Saints last season.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-GEORGIA-DANIELSGeorgia gets USC transfer DanielsATLANTA (AP) — Georgia has picked up another high-profile transfer to compete for its starting quarterback job, landing former Southern California starter JT Daniels. Associated Press — Italy’s top soccer league will resume on June 20. Italy’s sports minister gave Serie A the green light to resume after a meeting with Italian soccer authorities on Thursday. A medical protocol for matches was approved by a technical scientific committee earlier.— The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums. The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option. Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another.— Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 as the Parramatta Eels beat the Brisbane Broncos 34-6 in the National Rugby League Thursday. No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules but the game was broadcast across Australia.— The European Tour is planning to resume its season close to home. The tour says it has targeted the British Masters in England on July 22 as the restart. That would be followed by five new tournaments in England and Wales that will be called the “U.K. Swing.” The new events will have a prize fund of 1 million euros. European Tour chief Keith Pelley says the plans depend on the U.K. lifting quarantine restrictions, but he’s confident that will happen.— The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the pandemic. Organizers of the first Dutch GP since 1985 chose not to host it without spectators. F1 wants to start the season in July with no spectators at races. NFL-NEWSHyde signs with Seahawks, Apple goes to PanthersUNDATED (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks have added another option at running back by signing veteran Carlos Hyde to a one-year.Hyde is coming off the best season of his career after rushing for 1,070 yards and six touchdowns with Houston. It was his first 1,000-yard NFL campaign.Hyde’s addition is a significant move after leading rusher Chris Carson suffered a significant hip injury late last season. Coach Pete Carroll has indicated Carson should be healthy for the season. NFL owners table onside kick alternative proposalUNDATED (AP) — NFL owners approved several rules on Thursday without accepting an alternative to the onside kick.Owners have tabled a proposal that would have offered a fourth-and-15 play as an alternative to the onside kick. Atlanta Falcons President Rich McKay said there were more clubs receptive to the onside kick alternative than in the past and it will be further explored and likely brought up again.Owners approved testing expanded use of video replay in the preseason to aid in officiating, and they also increased the number of players who may be designated for return from the injured list during a season from two to three.The owners voted to make permanent the expansion of automatic replay reviews to include scoring plays and turnovers negated by a foul, and any successful or unsuccessful extra points. Elliott reeled in Kevin Harvick with 27 laps remaining and closed out the win at Charlotte Motor Speedway. Elliott was charging hard on Harvick with about 35 laps remaining when he asked if he had enough fuel to make it to the finish. He stayed on the track and came away with his first Cup win of the season.Elliott shook off a pair of tough losses to finish about 2.2 seconds ahead of runner-up Denny Hamlin. Ryan Blaney was third, followed by Ricky Stenhouse and Kurt Busch.The rain-delayed event closed a frantic 12-day stretch that featured four Cup races, two each in North and South Carolina.Elliott’s victory was the first for a Chevrolet driver in NASCAR’s return to Cup racing since the coronavirus pandemic shut down the sport.NFL-RULE CHANGES Daniels started for the Trojans in 2018 but lost his job to Kedon Slovis last season after going down with a knee injury. Daniels will battle for playing time with graduate transfer Jamie Newman, who left Wake Forest to play his final college season with a program that has been a consistent national contender under coach Kirby Smart.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-TEXAS TECH-McCLUNGMcClung transferring to Texas TechLUBBOCK, Texas (AP) — Former Georgetown guard Mac McClung will play at Texas Tech after Davide Moretti’s departure from the Red Raiders to play professionally at home in Italy.Coach Chris Beard said McClung had officially signed with the Red Raiders.last_img read more

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Wawrinka through to last four Down Under

first_imgShe defeated Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets overnight to book her place in the last four. He defeated Jo Wilfred Tsonga in straight sets and could now face Roger Federer for a place in the final.The former world number one takes on Mischa Zverev in his quarter-final later this morning.Earlier Venus Williams qualified for the women’s semi-finals for the first time in 14 years.last_img

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GAME Digital profits with Nintendo Switch ahead of esports arena rollout

first_imgGAME Digital may be slowing down the launch of its esports arenas as it looks to continue with the success of the Nintendo Switch.Martyn Gibbs, CEO, GAME Digital elaborated on the company’s recent source of income: “Strong customer demand for consoles (particularly Nintendo Switch) [and] a stronger line-up of new software releases.”For the first six months of the Switch being released, GAME’s revenue saw a significant boost. The company’s revenue grew 3.7%, reaching £517,000,000, though pre-tax profits fell by 25% to £12,300,000. Despite the latter, shares in the company drastically improved too, rising 25% to 30p – mainly due to strong growth in sales in both the United Kingdom and Spain.This growth is obviously great for the company, but subsequently it may have slowed down its focus on bringing Belong to more towns and cities. GAME wants to have 100 esports arenas rolled out in three years, allowing civilians who may not be familiar with esports to game competitively against each other. In February 2018, Sports Direct acquired 50% of the rights and profits for this venture.Nonetheless, GAME has made it known there will be a “small delay in the anticipated earnings growth” from Belong as it hunts for larger spaces to place its arenas so it can include “more gaming stations per arena.”As a result of the console market being struck by Nintendo Switch, and with new competition coming in the second half of the year, the company explained that “even greater priority has been placed on efficiency and cost saving actions that the directors believe will largely offset this impact.”Esports Insider says: There are both positives and negatives to take away from GAME’s revenue and profits, but the link up with Sports Direct for some capital to reach its 100 esports arenas goal makes sense. The plan to be patient to ensure they can occupy larger spaces for the arenas is a smart move too.last_img read more

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Inside Conditions…Mean-spirited

first_imgAUBREY BRUCE Former University of Pittsburgh basketball star Carl Krauser had encountered some difficulties outside of a Strip District nightclub a few years ago after a night out on the town. A disagreement ensued and Krauser was tasered by police and charged with disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and other related charges.The next season, I covered the game between Pitt and Duquesne at the A.J. Palombo Center in Pittsburgh. When Krauser was introduced the student body began to chant taser, taser, and continued to chant and direct this word and other wretched phrases (some too graphic for this old salty dog to write here) at Krauser. Their faces were red with glee. Now this was supposed to be a student body from a Catholic university that generally aspires to create and maintain a higher standard of morals and values.Krauser, who is a native New Yorker, was and is usually thick-skinned when it comes to normal criticism but I saw through his tough inner city façade on that night. I knew that he was in emotional pain. I could see it in his face.Now what makes these ill-advised displays of team loyalty ironic is that most of these students would not “bust a grape” if they were forced to compete on the field or on the court. The majority of these video game, play station playing, fantasy football “standouts” are thoroughbred knuckleheads, spineless and heartless, probably not even possessing one cell of athletic ability. Plus, Terrelle Pryor and the rest of young athletes sanctioned to compete in the NCAA are playing for free so that the profits made by the universities as a result of athletic competition may provide better research labs, computers and other amenities for the percentage of students who are non-athletes. If you think that the tuition to attend college is daunting, imagine what the price of admission would be to walk the halls of the academia at the major universities of America without the cash cow of athletics and the guidance of the “farming overseers” from the NCAA.So the next time any of you zealots want to get low down and dirty when it comes to supporting the home team, think about all of the heads that would be hung down low especially in these perilous economic times without the profits made by nonprofit institutions from the blood, sweat and tears of the young men and women good enough and brave enough to enter and participate in athletic competition.* * *On Monday night, the Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Denver Broncos 28-10 at Invesco field in Denver. Don’t be fooled by the score, this was more about Pittsburgh being able to make adjustments.In the first half the Steelers offense amassed just 54 total yards. Their first lead of the game was 7-3 because of a Tyrone Carter interception that he returned for six. But this competition was a statement about who wanted it more. Oh, we heard about how the high altitude was going to weigh heavily against any chance of the Steelers winning. How the absence of defensive backfield starter Ryan Clark was going to be blood in the water for the short passing game of the Broncos against the oxygen deprived defense of Pittsburgh, coupled with the Broncos seeking redemption for the miserable showing at Baltimore last week. When Pittsburgh deferred the opening kickoff, I scratched my head, especially after the Broncos drove down the field and kicked a field goal to begin the game but the Steelers are again appearing as if they one of the teams to beat in the AFC.Is it possible to have three teams from one division make the playoffs, one as division champion and two as wildcards? Who knows, but I am now checking for the lowest hotel rates in Miami in February. As I watched one of the many pre-game shows profiling the Penn State vs. Ohio State matchup last Saturday at Happy Valley, I was disturbed by the mean-spirited display of a few members of the Penn State student body. Some of them actually had shirts with the photo of Buckeyes quarterback Terrelle Pryor with his head hung low after Penn State defeated Ohio State at home in 2008.center_img It is okay to show your loyalty to your school. You can boo, even call a few names because that is the spirit of the 12th man but to profile and attempt to kill the spirit of any young man or woman for the sake of a game is uncalled for and unacceptable. For me, and I am only speaking for myself, I became afraid. I had flashbacks of young Black men, heads hung in shame, just prior to being brutalized in days gone by.There is no room for displays like that in college football or anywhere else. Penn State not only lost the football game a but a piece of its dignity.last_img read more

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