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New coronavirus case of unknown origin in California

first_imgThe United States will invoke a federal defense law to boost production of masks, gloves, gowns and other items to protect against the new coronavirus, the Trump administration said, as a new case of unknown origin was confirmed in California on Friday.The latest US case was reported in Santa Clara county in California, home to the Silicon Valley technology hub. County health officials said it was a case of unknown origin, the second in the state so far out of 10 cases there.Around the world, more countries are reporting new infections, companies have curtailed travel and global stock markets continued to tumble. Topics : The US State Department has issued travel advisories for several nations and on Friday it said Americans should reconsider travel to Italy, where nearly 900 coronavirus cases have been confirmed. A similar warning was issued earlier this week for South Korea, which has hundreds of infections.A government task force appointed by Trump to deal with the threat will meet at the White House on Saturday morning, according to an administration official.The number of confirmed US cases of the respiratory disease is still relatively small at 62, most of them repatriated American passengers from the Diamond Princess cruise ship docked in Japan, but there are growing fears that the country is on the cusp of wider outbreak.”In every case, people are being treated and by all accounts are doing well,” Vice President Mike Pence, who has been tapped to lead the government’s coronavirus response, said on Friday during a live-streamed news conference.Latest figures from China, where the outbreak started late last year, indicated that nearly 80,000 people have been infected, with more than 2,800 deaths. The World Health Organization reported 57 deaths in 46 other countries.Anthony Fauci, a doctor who heads the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a closed-door briefing in the US House of Representatives that the sustained spread of the coronavirus meant there would be many more infections in the United States, according to a source.Fauci warned lawmakers the country did not have enough testing resources, the source said on condition of anonymity. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it has revised its criteria for who should be tested and is ramping up testing capabilities.”Our goal is to have every state and local health department online and doing their own testing by the end of next week,” CDC official Nancy Messonier told reporters.A vaccine may take up to 18 months to develop, health officials have said.The United States has decided to postpone a meeting with leaders of Southeast Asian countries it had planned to host on March 14 in Las Vegas because of worries about the outbreak.Markets Plummet US and global stocks plummeted as rattled investors braced for the prospect that a pandemic could further dent an already slowing world economy.The S&P 500 fell for the seventh straight day on Friday, suffering its biggest weekly drop since the 2008 global financial crisis.Stocks cut losses right at the end of the session. The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 1.4%.Amazon.com Inc, the world’s largest online retailer, said all its employees should defer non-essential travel including within the United States.In Washington, House members were advised to establish plans for alternative work arrangements in case the coronavirus becomes widespread in the country, Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving wrote to lawmakers.The White House’s top economic adviser, Larry Kudlow, told reporters the US economy was “sound” and said the Trump administration was not planning to take any “precipitous” policy actions at this time.Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the coronavirus posed evolving risks to economic activity, adding that the US central bank was “closely monitoring” developments and would act as appropriate to support the economy.Republican Trump this week said the coronavirus risk to Americans remained “very low,” but he has been increasingly alarmed by the reaction of the US stock market, which he considers a barometer of the economy’s health.Former Vice President Joe Biden, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination to face Trump in November, said Trump and Pence had limited Americans’ access to information about the virus.”Trump and Pence decided that the public health experts cannot inform the public on their own what’s going on,” Biden said at a campaign event. “Now the president won’t let other people tell the truth.”Funding to combat the crisis has become a political issue. The White House is seeking $2.5 billion from Congress. Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer has called for $8.5 billion.The Democratic-controlled House could vote as soon as next week on emergency funding for the anticipated medical and economic costs of an outbreak, a congressional source said.center_img “We will use the Defense Production Act as necessary to enable that our contracts go to the front of the line,” US Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said in a briefing at the White House. “That is an authority that we have, and we will use it to acquire anything we need to acquire.”The United States will make a decision “very soon” about whether to bar entry to travelers from the countries with the most cases of the new coronavirus, President Donald Trump said at the White House on Friday as his administration came under fire from political opponents for its response to the outbreak.At a rally in South Carolina on Friday night, Trump defended his administration’s response to the coronavirus outbreak and accused Democrats of politicizing the disease.“This is their new hoax,” Trump said at the event, held a day before the state’s Democratic presidential primary.last_img read more

Latest Boko Haram tunnels discovered in Borno State

first_imgThe Nigerian Army has announced the destruction of all Boko Haram camps and enclaves in Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu in Borno State.Colonel Sani Kukasheka Usman, the Acting Director Army Public Relations, said this was in continuation of troops’ efforts to defeat Boko Haram terrorists in the country.He said troops of the 5 Brigade Nigerian Army had been making tremendous progress and had been able to comprehensively destroy all Boko Haram camps and enclaves at the border towns of Kerenowa and Chikun Gudu as well as their contiguous villages in Borno State.During the operation which is ongoing, troops discovered and destroyed over 20 well fortified terrorist camps in the general area of Kerenowa, Usman said.The Army spokesman disclosed that the camps were at the gateway to Kerenoa, Gumada and Dogon Gida.He said the terrorists had dug twin tunnels to conceal their facilities and routes in and out of the camp to evade aerial reconnaissance and bombardment.“Among facilities  discovered were training areas equipped with instructional and training materials that include wooden guns, amongst others,” Usman added.From Abuja, CCTV’s Kelechi Emekalam was with this update.last_img read more

Pochettino points the way

first_img Last time out Southampton embarrassed reigning champions Manchester City 3-1 and before that drew at Wigan and lost narrowly at Manchester United. Sir Alex Ferguson said Pochettino’s men were the best team to play at Old Trafford this season and the manager is hoping for a similar performance on Sunday. “I think it is very important for the players that played those two away games to know they played really well,” he said. “I am not in it for me, I am in it for the team. The fact that the team got those two good results playing well is great. The victories are always down to the team and what is clear is that we will got to Newcastle looking for the three points.” Mauricio Pochettino wants Southampton to turn impressive away performances into three points at Newcastle. Only goal difference separates Southampton and the Magpies, who suffered a 2-0 defeat at St Mary’s in the corresponding fixture. “We have the same expectations and ambitions,” Pochettino said. “For example we want to go to Newcastle and get the three points. “We know that whatever has happened in football in the past doesn’t count for anything in the future, so we will keep moving forwards. “We are going to encounter a very attack minded team who get forward quickly. “But we go with the same set up that we have been playing with and the intention of getting the three points. “They are a dynamic team who get forward quickly, especially with their latest signings, they have grown with their speed in how rapidly they can attack.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sick Wilkins rejects drink rumours

first_img The 57-year-old’s departure from Craven Cottage was made official on Tuesday night, with head coach Rene Meulensteen and technical director Alan Curbishley also making way for new manager Felix Magath and his backroom staff. Wilkins, who was last year banned from driving for three years after being convicted of drink-driving, remained in the dressing room after half-time in last week’s home defeat to Liverpool and admitted he can sometimes look “worse for wear” in the dug-out. Press Association Former Fulham coach Ray Wilkins has announced he is struggling with ulcerative colitis – the same condition afflicting Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher – in order to dispel rumours of a drinking problem.center_img The former England and Chelsea midfielder insists the chronic bowel condition is to blame. Wilkins told the Daily Mail: “I need to control the ulcerative colitis with strict medication, which I had not done before the Liverpool game. That is the reason I didn’t return to the dug-out after half-time, as I needed to be close to a toilet. “Unfortunately I can look the worse for wear but it is nothing to do with drink. I did have verbals with (Liverpool manager) Brendan Rodgers, but it was nothing. “I was face to face with (Fulham) chief executive Alistair Mackintosh and the owner Mr (Shahid) Khan straight before the game. And if I had been unable to carry out my duties, they had the right to sack me on the spot. “I most certainly had not been drinking on the train before the match.” Wilkins said he “didn’t want to make a fuss” about his condition. “But I desperately want to carry on in football and there’s no chance of that happening if everyone gets the wrong impression that I have a drink problem,” he added. “I was very stupid about the drink-driving and I have had trouble with depression on occasions – but not since I was back in football.” last_img read more

Cricket News India vs Australia, 4th Test day 1 highlights: Pujara ton boosts Kohli’s side, hosts toil

first_img Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Pujara and Agarwal are scoring at a decent rate. The pitch is still fresh and Australia would be wanting to take a few wickets quickly. Mayank Agarwal gets off the mark with a couple as he punches a full ball from Mitchell Starc to the long off region. One feels the duo of Agarwal and Cheteshwar Pujara hold the key for India in this session. 04:50 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara slammed his 18th century and his third of the series to help India reach 303/4 at stumps on day 1 of the Sydney Test. Virat Kohli won an important toss but KL Rahul’s miserable form continued as he fell cheaply for 9. Mayank Agarwal showed he was high on confidence with a brilliant 77 and his 116-run stand with Pujara steadied the ship. However, Agarwal squandered a chance to score a century as he holed out to Mitchell Starc off Nathan Lyon. Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane fell cheaply but Pujara notched up his third century of the series and his partnership with Hanuma Vihari has given India a decisive advantage as they head into day 2 of the Test. (SCORECARD) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The partnership between Pujara and Vihari has gone past fifty as India near 300.  09:44 (IST) 12:23 (IST) 08:17 (IST) Australia are bowling tight lines to Rahane and Pujara but the hosts are not able to dislodge Pujara, who has now played over 1050 deliveries on tour.  11:08 (IST) Agarwal gets another boundary as he steers Pat Cummins to the third man fence. This partnership is looking solid and both are looking to repeat their heroics of Melbourne.  08:19 (IST) So, for the first time, a Karnataka duo will open the batting for India in a Test. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul, two close friends, will take on the new ball and they hopefully will give India a good start. 09:23 (IST) 11:28 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Oh Mayank Agarwal! What have you done? A century was in the offing and he has squandered it again. He miscues the flighted ball from Lyon to hole out to Starc at long on. After all the attack, he has missed the opportunity like he did in Melbourne. However, unlike here, he was undone by a good ball from Cummins at the MCG.  05:36 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In That is stumps on day 1. Cheteshwar Pujara has been simply sublime and his efforts have put India in a great position. For Australia, it was another day of toil.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 10:41 (IST) Welcome back to the second session. Agarwal and Pujara continue to make solid progress as Australia toil away for another wicket. The Australians are trying all kinds of lengths to unsettle the batsmen. 04:24 (IST) Pujara and Rahane are maintaining their composure as India make steady progress. Rahane is tackling Lyon well while Pujara moves to his hundred. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Hello and welcome to the first day of the fourth and final Test between India and Australia in Sydney. It is the New Year Test and a chance for India to create history. Virat Kohli’s side need to avoid a loss in order to become the first Indian or first side from the sub-continent to win a series in Australia. On the other hand, Australia will be desperate to avoid a loss and start 2019 on a fresh note after a disastrous 2018. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Kohli glances Pat Cummins to the fine leg fence as India are playing sensibly for the Tea break. Australia are searching for another breakthrough.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In There is some cloud cover but the team that wins the toss will want to bat first. Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav were practising in the side nets. Does that mean no Ravindra Jadeja? Agarwal finds yet another boundary to the third man fence as he nears a well-deserved fifty. Pujara, on the other hand, has been simply sensational and solid in defence.  12:18 (IST) 09:30 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In One gets a feeling this is the last chance for Shaun Marsh. A failure in Sydney could result in his omission for the next series against Sri Lanka and possibly even the Ashes. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:42 (IST) Oh close! Kohli gets into an awkward tangle as to whether he should play or leave the ball. Cummins gets a back of a length delivery to rear up outside off and Kohli is late in withdrawing the bat, in the end, the ball hits the bottom edge and goes past the gap at slip and gully.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The partnership between Agarwal and Pujara goes past 100 and it is brought up in style with Agarwal hammering Lyon over long on for the first six of the game. Mayank Agarwal is getting some treatment on his elbow in which he was hit by a bouncer from Starc. Slight hold-up in play. Pat Cummins is into the attack, replacing Mitchell Starc and Agarwal grows in confidence by creaming a full ball to the deep extra cover fence.  Pujara moves into the 80s with some magnificent shots. He gets to the pitch of a flighted delivery from Nathan Lyon by dancing down the track and and then whipping a flighted delivery to the long on fence.  Virat Kohli gets going with a brilliant cover drive off Hazlewood to the deep extra cover fence. Australia are hunting for a couple of more wickets and if they get Kohli cheaply, it will be gold dust. 07:52 (IST) The partnership between Pujara and Agarwal has gone past fifty. Australia need to break this stand quickly otherwise, they are all set for a repeat in Melbourne. Pujara enters the 90s now with a couple of boundaries off Mitchell Starc, one a whip through deep midwicket and the other a cracking cut shot past deep backward point.  The second new ball has been taken and Cheteshwar Pujara continues his great form. India are nearing 300 and Australia will be hoping to strike gold with this new nut.  05:29 (IST) 10:08 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 11:52 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:32 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Pujara and Rahane are ending the day on the ultimate high as they look to weather this period of the new ball. 07:06 (IST) 12:34 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:49 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:41 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Cheteshwar Pujara, what consistency. Reaches his 21st fifty with a pull shot of Labuschagne. It has been a splendid and career-defining tour of Pujara and his exploits might go a long way in India clinching this series.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 04:23 (IST) Australia opt for the review against a catch for Cheteshwar Pujara. The ball darted back in off the seam and Pujara played slightly outside the line of the delivery, the ball misses the inside edge and the original NOT OUT decision stays. 12:06 (IST) India have crossed 300 on the first day. With two overs to go, Pujara will be hoping to get through the day without any hassles. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:20 (IST) 10:59 (IST) Here are the playing XIs of both the sides. Australia have included Peter Handscomb and Marnus Labuschagne in the side. Playing XIsAustralia: Marcus Harris, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Travis Head, Tim Paine(w/c), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Lyon, Josh HazlewoodIndia: Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah 09:07 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 05:58 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In CENTURY! What a player. What a performer. Cheteshwar Pujara, take a bow. Slams his 18th century and his third in the series with a flick. Raises his bat and acknowledges the applause. Another match-winning ton in progress, one feels.  Pujara and Agarwal are growing in confidence, especially Agarwal. He pounces on a full ball from Mitchell Starc as he slams the cover drive to the boundary, his third so far. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 05:49 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 09:44 (IST) All the Indian players are wearing a black armband after Ramakant Achrekar, the individual who gave Indian cricket Sachin Tendulkar along with a host of other cricket stars, died at the age of 86 on January 2. Achrekar indeed was the coach who redefined the art of coaching.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 06:12 (IST) The plan for Australia is simple. They must make full use of the first hour when the grass and wicket are fresh. After that, the Sydney pitch will be an absolute belter. Maybe, it might be a good idea to open the bowling with Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood rather than Mitchell Starc, who has struggled for rhythm and consistency. 04:32 (IST) 10:46 (IST) 06:35 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 04:25 (IST) 11:19 (IST) 05:05 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Rahul gets off the mark with a streaky boundary to the third man fence. Starc angles a full ball just outside off and Rahul is tentative as he edges the ball between third slip and gully. 05:01 (IST) 04:53 (IST) WICKET! What a massive blow but a soft dismissal. Short ball down the leg side from Hazlewood, Kohli looks to glance it but the ball touches the glove and Tim Paine dives to his left to take the catch. Superb stuff from Australia and the captain goes for 23.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Brute of a delivery from Starc. A bouncer bowled from round the wicket and it climbs on Rahane, he tries to drop his wrists but the ball brushes the glove and Paine leaps to take the catch. Fantastic stuff and Australia have another opening. Hanuma Vihari gets off the mark with a boundary. Australia will be gunning for one more wicket. Kohli and Pujara are making steady progress but the scoring rate has dropped ever since the departure of Mayank Agarwal. Australia are bowling tight lines. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In That is lunch on day 1 of the Sydney Test. Both Pujara and Agarwal are batting well and both batsmen survived a short pitched barrage by the Australian bowlers. India have reached 69/1 and are in a good position to reach a solid total Agarwal is holoding on firmly against the short-pitched barrage dished out by Mitchell Starc. One hit him on the forearm while the other leapt off the pitch and hit him on the glove to go over the slips to third man. WICKET! KL Rahul falls cheaply again. Fourth time Josh Hazlewood has gotten his wicket. Full ball and a hint of shape away outside off, Rahul pokes at it and the edge is taken by Shaun Marsh at first slip. India opt to bat against Australia. Virat Kohli reckons it will become difficult as the game progresses. Rohit Sharma is back home. KL Rahul will open the batting and Hanuma Vihari will go back to No.6. Kuldeep Yadav replaces Ishant Sharma. 04:52 (IST) That is tea and India are in a strong position at 177/2. Pujara the star yet again. The national anthems are done. Mitchell Starc will open the bowling with three slips and a gully in place. All set for the first Test of 2019. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 05:14 (IST) 05:16 (IST) While this is the first Test of 2019, the first ODI of 2019 will take place between New Zealand and Sri Lanka at Mount Maunganui. Kane Williamson’s side have won the toss and elected to bat. You can follow live updates here 05:12 (IST) 04:45 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Mayank Agarwal, take a bow. Hits his second fifty as India make great progress in the second session. The pressure is on Australia at this moment. 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Associations receive trophies for GFF/NAMILCO U-17 tournament

first_imgTHE nine representatives of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Regional Member Associations (RMAs) received trophies for the GFF-NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power National U-17 Intra-Association Tournament even as the tournament wraps up in some associations.This was done in the boardroom of the GFF by Federation president Wayne Forde and Marketing Consultant of the National Milling Company of Guyana (NAMILCO) Hafeez Khan.In brief remarks, while Forde acknowledged some of the challenges experienced by the Member Associations during the tournament especially relative to the inclement weather, he pointed out that the construction of the GFF’s National Training Centre will help to address those concerns.Forde, however, emphasised the importance of the Associations executing the tournament in the established timeframe, adding “everything is connected to something. For example, the U-17 NAMILCO tournament connects to the CONCACAF U17 … it simply means that if you execute within the timeframe, your players will not be left out of the selection process. We want each and every one of you to not be left out.”Khan, while noting NAMILCO’s contribution, encouraged the Associations to seek regional sponsorship to offset beverage and other minor expenses related to the tournament, stating, “when a community gives you money, you have to show what you did with the money, so that they can give you more. If you account for the money received from the community, your chances of getting more will increase. We, at NAMILCO, are looking for results. It is time you look at yourselves and what you can do in your community.”During the meeting, the representatives shared their feedback, including positives, about the tournament’s execution and generally expressed that they have seen significant improvement in the quality of football over the duration of the tournament. They expressed that the Intra-Association league model is a great feeder for the national programme.The GFF-NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power National U-17 Intra-Association Tournament is an on-going tournament, which seeks to, among other things, develop youth players as part of the player development pathway to the senior national team.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgNFL-BRADY WORKOUTBrady gathers new Bucs teammates for workout on prep fieldTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic —or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities — keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team.Brady gathered some of his new Buccaneers teammates on a high school field for a throwing session early Tuesday. Brady wore a Buccaneers helmet and an orange jersey over his shoulder pads.The informal, players-only workout lasted two hours, according to The Tampa Bay Times. Because of the pandemic, any gathering of players is notable — especially one involving Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs in March.NBA-JAZZ-BOGDANOVIC SURGERYJazz forward Bojan Bogdanović undergoes right wrist surgerySALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Bojan Bogdanović underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right wrist.The procedure was performed Tuesday by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. There’s no timetable for Bogdanović’s return. The team said in a release that he will begin rehabilitation “at the appropriate time.” The NBA season remains on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. — Central Michigan is discontinuing its men’s track and field program, citing university-wide budget cuts. The decision affects both indoor and outdoor track. Athletic director Michael Alford says the school is facing “a new financial reality” because of enrollment challenges and the coronavirus crisis.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Bogdanović was averaging 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first season with the Jazz. He also was playing a career-best 33.1 minutes per game.The 31-year-old Bogdanović signed a four-year, $73 million contract with Utah last summer.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLUNDATED (AP) — The NHL is still more than a week away from determining a return-to-play format. That word comes from a person familiar with discussions.And what that plan resembles could be complicated further should the U.S. and Canada extend border restrictions to non-essential travel into July. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced border restrictions will stay in effect through June 21. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-REOPENING FACILITIESSome NFL teams reopening training facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press NFL-BRADY WORKOUTBrady gathers new Bucs teammates for workout on prep fieldTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Tom Brady isn’t letting the coronavirus pandemic —or NFL rules against players working out at team facilities — keep him from preparing for a new season with his new Tampa Bay team.Brady gathered some of his new Buccaneers teammates on a high school field for a throwing session early Tuesday. Brady wore a Buccaneers helmet and an orange jersey over his shoulder pads.The informal, players-only workout lasted two hours, according to The Tampa Bay Times. Bogdanović was averaging 20.2 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first season with the Jazz. He also was playing a career-best 33.1 minutes per game.The 31-year-old Bogdanović signed a four-year, $73 million contract with Utah last summer.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHLUNDATED (AP) — The NHL is still more than a week away from determining a return-to-play format. That word comes from a person familiar with discussions.And what that plan resembles could be complicated further should the U.S. and Canada extend border restrictions to non-essential travel into July. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced border restrictions will stay in effect through June 21. Because of the pandemic, any gathering of players is notable — especially one involving Brady. The six-time Super Bowl champion with the New England Patriots signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs in March.NBA-JAZZ-BOGDANOVIC SURGERYJazz forward Bojan Bogdanović undergoes right wrist surgerySALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Jazz have announced that forward Bojan Bogdanović underwent surgery to repair a ruptured ligament in his right wrist.The procedure was performed Tuesday by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michelle Carlson at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. There’s no timetable for Bogdanović’s return. The team said in a release that he will begin rehabilitation “at the appropriate time.” The NBA season remains on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic. — Central Michigan is discontinuing its men’s track and field program, citing university-wide budget cuts. The decision affects both indoor and outdoor track. Athletic director Michael Alford says the school is facing “a new financial reality” because of enrollment challenges and the coronavirus crisis.,Update on the latest in sports: Update on the latest in sports: Socially distant training sessions can begin, without the involvement of the six people with COVID-19 who have to self-isolate for seven days.The league is not identifying whether players or coaches tested positive from the tests on 748 people on Sunday and Monday.In other sports-related coronavirus developments:— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city is talking with the organizers of the Boston Marathon about what to do if the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t let up by the race’s proposed new date of Sept. 14. The mayor said on Tuesday that the decision to reschedule the marathon from April to September was made with the hope that the disease “would no longer be a significant public health risk.” While Massachusetts is planning to lift its ban on some businesses and activities next week, large public gatherings have been banned through Labor Day — a week before the race’s new date.— South Carolina’s highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley are taking the cuts. The university also said Tuesday that school president Robert Caslen and athletic director Ray Tanner are among the top-level administrators taking the 10% cut. May 19, 2020 Socially distant training sessions can begin, without the involvement of the six people with COVID-19 who have to self-isolate for seven days.The league is not identifying whether players or coaches tested positive from the tests on 748 people on Sunday and Monday.In other sports-related coronavirus developments:— Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city is talking with the organizers of the Boston Marathon about what to do if the coronavirus pandemic hasn’t let up by the race’s proposed new date of Sept. 14. The mayor said on Tuesday that the decision to reschedule the marathon from April to September was made with the hope that the disease “would no longer be a significant public health risk.” While Massachusetts is planning to lift its ban on some businesses and activities next week, large public gatherings have been banned through Labor Day — a week before the race’s new date.— South Carolina’s highest paid head coaches are taking 10% salary cuts amid the coronavirus pandemic. Football coach Will Muschamp, men’s basketball coach Frank Martin and women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley are taking the cuts. The university also said Tuesday that school president Robert Caslen and athletic director Ray Tanner are among the top-level administrators taking the 10% cut. May 19, 2020 Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings on Tuesday as long as state and local municipalities allow them.Coaching staffs and all players except those undergoing injury rehabilitation are barred from the facilities in the first phase of the league’s plan.With such states as California, New York, New Jersey, Washington and Virginia still under heavy restrictions, that immediately leaves nine franchises unable to use their facilities. The Las Vegas Raiders still have their training complex in Alameda, California. In other NFL news:— The San Francisco 49ers are encouraged by how productive their virtual offseason has been amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are even more hopeful of getting back on the field for training camp in July after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said sports could resume under some restrictions if the state continues to make progress. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (YOOS’-chehk) says safety is the priority but he trusts the people in power to make the right decision. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-REOPENING FACILITIESSome NFL teams reopening training facilitiesUNDATED (AP) — A limited number of NFL teams are reopening their training facilities, while many are prohibited by government restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful the decision to close the border to non-essential travel for another month won’t “have a material impact” on the league’s discussions to restart its season.In a separate development, the NHL Players’ Association executive board voted to defer the final payment of players’ regular season salaries through the end of May. Players were owed their final checks on April 15.HORSE RACING-BELMONT STAKESBelmont to be run on June 20ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 on Long Island in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The New York Racing Association unveiled the new Belmont date Tuesday morning. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.The rescheduled Belmont will be contested at distance of a mile and an eighth instead of the race’s trademark mile and a half that has been in place since 1926. SOCCER-PREMIER LEAGUE RESTARTSix virus infections found in Premier LeagueMANCHESTER, England (AP) — The English Premier League’s first wave of mass coronavirus testing of players and staff found six people infected at three of the 20 soccer teams. This is the first year the Belmont will take place before the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. The New York Racing Association unveiled the new Belmont date Tuesday morning. The Derby was moved to Sept. 5 and the Preakness to Oct. 3.The rescheduled Belmont will be contested at distance of a mile and an eighth instead of the race’s trademark mile and a half that has been in place since 1926. SOCCER-PREMIER LEAGUE RESTARTSix virus infections found in Premier LeagueMANCHESTER, England (AP) — The English Premier League’s first wave of mass coronavirus testing of players and staff found six people infected at three of the 20 soccer teams. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly tells The Associated Press he’s hopeful the decision to close the border to non-essential travel for another month won’t “have a material impact” on the league’s discussions to restart its season.In a separate development, the NHL Players’ Association executive board voted to defer the final payment of players’ regular season salaries through the end of May. Players were owed their final checks on April 15.HORSE RACING-BELMONT STAKESBelmont to be run on June 20ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — The Belmont Stakes will be run June 20 on Long Island in front of no fans as the first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Commissioner Roger Goodell gave the 32 clubs the go-ahead for limited reopenings on Tuesday as long as state and local municipalities allow them.Coaching staffs and all players except those undergoing injury rehabilitation are barred from the facilities in the first phase of the league’s plan.With such states as California, New York, New Jersey, Washington and Virginia still under heavy restrictions, that immediately leaves nine franchises unable to use their facilities. The Las Vegas Raiders still have their training complex in Alameda, California. In other NFL news:— The San Francisco 49ers are encouraged by how productive their virtual offseason has been amid the COVID-19 pandemic. But they are even more hopeful of getting back on the field for training camp in July after California Gov. Gavin Newsom said sports could resume under some restrictions if the state continues to make progress. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk (YOOS’-chehk) says safety is the priority but he trusts the people in power to make the right decision.last_img read more

Rasheed spins way to 12-wicket match haul in Everest victory

first_img– UG bounce back after Vantull’s all-round exploits to beat Bel AirLEFT-ARM spinners, Javed Rasheed and Damion Vantull spun their teams, the Everest Cricket Club and the University of Guyana Trojans, to overall victories last weekend in the Noble House Seafoods second-division two-day cricket competition at the Everest and the Queen’s College grounds.Everest had taken the initiative early and with Rasheed nabbing eight first innings wickets and youngster Ushardeva Balgobin hitting a half-century, the match was clearly in their favour. Vantull’s all-round exploits were, however, on display and it lifted the university side, which had surrendered a first innings lead after day one to Bel Air Rubis.SIMPSON’S FIGHT BACKAt the Everest ground, although the home team held the upper hand throughout most of the clash, Diplomats did not go down without a fight, as Nigel Simpson led from the front with both ball and bat.  After picking up three quick wickets from 3.4 overs in the first innings, Simpson gave himself more bowling time and it bore fruit. In 22 overs, he snarled 5-50, which helped to restrict Everest to 120 all out in their second innings.   Again, Balgobin led the batting, this time with 42 runs, while David Williams chipped in with 24.In their first innings, the teenager had scored 74 and his team 159, while Rasheed’s 8-12 from 7.4 overs had helped to restrict the visitors for 78.In their second time at the crease, Diplomats needed 201 for victory and with Simpson leading the charge with 57, there was a chance, but Rasheed, who ended with match figures of 12-48 from 20.4 overs, bagged four wickets (4-36 from 13).  Support came from Richie Looknauth, who took 3-30 from 14 overs and pacer Williams, who finished with 2-36 from 12 overs, to restrict the visitors to 149.At the QC ground, Bel Air Rubis were enjoying a 70-run first innings lead after restricting UG for 139 before making 209 in their second innings, but the pendulum swung with Vantull starring with both bat and ball the second time round. The left -arm orthodox spinner, who had captured 5-40 in the first innings, then blasted his way to 62 runs, while, with a match high 87 from opener, Yogendra Singh (5x4s, 7x6s); the university team reached 263 in 44.1 overs by lunch on Day Two.Arvinda Gainda, who took 6-26 in the first innings, finished with three more wickets for a match haul of 9-79, while Floyd Jones picked up 3-28.Needing 194 for victory, Bel Air fell for 149 all out with Vantull leading the charge with 4-24. James (23) and former West Indies XI batsman, Krishna Deosaran (20) had starts, but none carried on.last_img read more

It’s the most wonderful time of the year

first_imgWhile No. 16 seeds are 0-100 all-time against one seeds, and No. 15 seeds haven’t fared much better with only four wins. Upsets happen in the opening weekend, and they happen in abundance.The classic 12 over five upset, the very same one the Badgers capitalized on last year, beating No. 5 seed Florida State in the first round, has occurred every year but two since 1989.Five-seeds are generally underachieving teams from power conferences (Michigan State) or under-seeded teams from small conferences (Temple and Butler). No. 12 seeds are generally teams that did not win their conference tournaments and barely squeaked in as an at-large team. The 12-seeds feel they have something to prove and usually fare well. These intriguing matchups make for some of the best games in the entire tournament and usually provide us with our first couple of upsets.This year there are several interesting 5-12 matchups, including Butler versus UTEP and Temple versus Cornell.Also, look to Vegas for some advice on upsets.Last year, Arizona was actually favored by one point over five-seed Utah, and this year nearly every college basketball expert is picking 13-seed Siena over fourth-seeded Purdue (Vegas somehow has the shorthanded Boilermakers favored by four points).Sometimes, the “upsets” aren’t really upsets at all.2. Well-known teams and powerhouse programs will make the Final Four With apologies to Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, summertime, July 4th weekend, October (my actual pick for best sports month of the year), Mifflin and Arbor Day (don’t even question the awesomeness of this holiday), the first weekend of March Madness is the best weekend of the year.Four days of non-stop action, upset alerts, buzzer beaters and coaching meltdowns.For the first time all year, everyone has a team to root for in every game, making it so even soccer moms and drama fanatics can get into the action.While it is too late to help you with the agonizing pain of selecting your bracket, I can at least tell you what to expect in the upcoming weeks.1. Expect upsets this weekend We all know and admire the story of how George Mason stunned the college basketball world in 2006 making it to the Final Four, upsetting a three-seed, a six-seed, and the first-seeded Connecticut Huskies along the way before bowing out to the eventual champion Florida Gators.But these kinds of stories are few and far between.Cinderellas tend to start losing their magic on the second weekend when they face elite teams with size and defensive intensity.I am certainly not saying that the Final Four will be all one-seeds, which only happened once in 2008, but do not expect anything less than a five-seed to reach Indianapolis.But the facts don’t lie, and the facts say at least one No. 1 seed has made the Final Four every year except 1980 and 2006, and I do not expect that to change this year.Additionally, 10 of the last 15 tournament winners have won it before, and all four of this year’s top seeds have won a championship in the last decade.3. Someone will make a name for himselfcenter_img A good chunk of the public is unaware of the vast knowledge and the expanse of scouting reports NBA scouts have regarding the prospects for this June’s draft, but those very same scouts will be at home this weekend watching the games just like you and I.Carrying your team to victory is invaluable in the eyes of NBA scouts, executives and general managers. They will remember the names they learned over the course of the tournament.Two years ago, a small scrawny shooting guard from tiny Davidson College made a huge splash in the tournament and cemented his place in the NBA.Stephen Curry’s amazing run in March of 2008 catapulted him into the No. 7 overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft.The success Curry had has carried over into the NBA, where he is averaging 16.4 points, 5.5 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game in his rookie season.Carmelo Anthony provided a similar spark to the Syracuse Orangemen in 2003, leading the Orange to a championship. His one year in Syracuse is something Orange fans will never forget, and it proved to be a coming-out party for one of the best basketball players on the planet.Success in the tournament goes a long way in guaranteeing a spot in the NBA and will provide a blueprint for what kind of player a NBA team will expect when they draft a player.Candidates for this year’s coming-out player: Kentucky forward DeMarcus Cousins (Kentucky has a another phenom freshman, what?), Oklahoma State forward James Anderson, and Baylor center Ekpe Udoh (not just here because of his awesome name).The next few weeks will provide us more excitement than a 55-degree day in Madison in February.OK, now maybe I’m getting carried away.Regardless sit back and enjoy one of the few perfect systems remaining today (suck on that, BCS).last_img read more