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The Latest: CSAC cancels combat sports events through May

first_imgThe Latest: CSAC cancels combat sports events through May Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:The California State Athletic Commission has canceled all combat sports events through May due to the coronavirus pandemic.Several dozen events were scheduled for May, mostly in Southern California. ___The World Games that were more than a year away have been delayed to 2022 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Olympic-style event for sports that are not on the Summer Games program had been scheduled for July 15-25, 2021, in Birmingham, Alabama. But those dates now overlap with the Tokyo Olympics, which were delayed for a full year while the world deals with the pandemic.The International World Games Association and Birmingham Organizing Committee announced Thursday that the 11th edition of the World Games will now be held on July 7-17, 2022.The World Games began in 1981 and are held every four years to showcase disciplines that are not on the Olympic program, such as sumo, floorball, billiards, lifesaving, orienteering, dance sport and tug of war. The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games.The Olympics have been postponed to 2021.World Sailing and Japanese officials were in talks to return to Enoshima in 2021 before the rescheduled Olympics.___Brescia president Massimo Cellino says he will forfeit his team’s remaining Serie A matches if the Italian soccer league resumes. The partnership estimates more than 1,300 families will receive supplies to support their health and wellness while schools are closed until at least May 1.Landry has been active in the Cleveland community since joining the Browns in 2018 after four seasons in Miami.___The Atlanta Braves are marking what would have been opening day at Truist Park with a virtual “At Home” opener.The team will host a 90-minute, online celebration Friday that features interviews with manager Brian Snitker, general manager Alex Anthopoulos and star first baseman Freddie Freeman as well as messages from other Braves players. Operatic tenor Timothy Miller will perform the national anthem, joined by popular between-innings features such as Beat The Freeze and the Home Depot Tool Race. Associated Press The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23.The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will return to Benton Harbor the following year.___World Athletics says it won’t clear any Russian athletes to compete internationally amid the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of track requires Russians to apply for “authorized neutral athlete” status each year to compete outside their home country. Russia has been suspended from World Athletics since 2015 for widespread doping. All professional tennis events have been postponed or canceled until early July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.There will be some tennis to watch on TV this weekend, though: A WTT all-star event featuring 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys and other players will air Saturday on CBS. It was filmed March 1.Silva said WTT is still planning to launch its three-week season on July 12, but will continue to monitor the situation and offer periodic updates.Matches are slated to be held that day in Washington, Orlando, San Diego and Springfield, Missouri.That date also was supposed to be when the men’s final was played at Wimbledon. Those not laid off could be placed on furlough. Others could have their salaries reduced. Health benefits will continue uninterrupted.“We will pull through by staying committed together,” owner Eugene Melnyk said. “I look forward to the day when it is safe to reopen our doors and welcome back employees, fans and community partners.”___Former baseball All-Star Jim Edmonds says he tested positive for the new coronavirus and for pneumonia.“I am completely symptom free now and doing really well, and so I must have had it for a while,” Edmonds said in a video posted to his Instagram account. “I appreciate everyone who has said well wishes and wished me the best.” The payroll cut will save more than $3 million. There also will be a temporary suspension of bonuses for coaches totaling another $1 million.Previously announced increases in Cyclone Club annual giving levels have been delayed, prices for season and individual game ticket prices have been frozen for all sports and the deadline for booster club donations and football season ticket renewals has been extended to May 29.___The Belgian soccer league has become the first major European competition to recommend ending its season with the current standings declared final because of the coronavirus outbreak.The league says Club Brugge would be awarded the title if the advice is confirmed at a general assembly meeting on April 15. Brugge would also qualify for next season’s Champions League. Birmingham won the right to stage the 2021 competition, beating out Lima, Peru, and Ufa, Russia, to become the first U.S. host since Santa Clara, California, for the inaugural World Games.Birmingham had expected some 3,600 athletes from more than 100 nations to participate.___Iowa State coaches and other athletic department staff members are getting pay cuts for one year to help offset lost revenue from the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Jaime Pollard wrote on the Cyclones’ website that his department faces a $5 million shortfall this year because of the cancellation of the NCAA and Big 12 men’s basketball tournaments. But the All England Club announced Wednesday that its Grand Slam tournament would not be played this year.___The New England Patriots’ private team plane is returning to Boston from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to health care providers fighting to control the spread of the new coronavirus.The Wall Street Journal reports that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker secured the N95 masks but had no way of getting them to the U.S.Team owner Robert Kraft stepped in and offered to help. The plane, a Boeing 767 painted in the team’s colors and logo, is usually used to carry the team to and from NFL games. It is expected back in Boston on Thursday. Brescia is the third-worst hit province in Italy with more than 8,500 coronavirus cases and more than 1,300 deaths.In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Cellino says “this season doesn’t make sense anymore.”He says “returning to activity is pure craziness. If they force us to I am ready to not put out the team and lose the matches 3-0 by default out of respect for the citizens of Brescia and their loved ones who aren’t here anymore.”Brescia is in last place in the league standings. The president of Lazio recently accused Cellino of trying to avoid relegation.Cellino says “I don’t care at all about relegation. So far we have deserved it and I have my blame in that, too.” The Samuelis own the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls. Their company even operates JT Schmid’s, a popular restaurant and bar just across Katella Avenue from Honda Center.Henry Samueli is a former UCLA professor who became a billionaire after co-founding Broadcom, a semiconductor company, with one of his students. The Samuelis purchased the Ducks from the Walt Disney Company in 2005, two years after creating Anaheim Arena Management to oversee Honda Center’s operations.___The Ottawa Senators are making temporary layoffs and salary reductions because of COVID-19.The team’s parent company says the full-time workforce will be reduced starting Sunday, when the NHL club’s season was originally scheduled to end. The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event in July. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.Slumbers says “we are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can.”The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II.___The French Grand Prix scheduled for May 17 in Le Mans has been postponed, becoming the sixth MotoGP race to be called off because of the coronavirus outbreak. Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs.The league management board has agreed it is unclear when team training could resume and says it is “very unlikely” any games with fans attending could be played before June 30.The league says even games in empty stadiums would put stress on public health and security services dealing with the pandemic. It agreed the risk of infecting players would also damage the competition’s integrity.___The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled. ___The Russian Sports Ministry says a major training base near Moscow has shut down after a coach and an athlete tested “provisionally positive” for the new coronavirus.The ministry says the athlete was hospitalized and the coach self-isolated at home. All training is shut down at the sprawling Novogorsk base, a key focus of Russian Olympic preparations across multiple sports, and it has been disinfected. Athletes have either been isolated or sent home to self-isolate.The ministry didn’t name the coach or athlete. However, the coach was identified as artistic gymnastics head coach Andrei Rodionenko in comments to state news agency Tass by Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation president Irina Viner-Usmanova.Separately, a Russian boxing coach who was at last month’s Olympic qualifying tournament in London said he tested positive. The Russian Boxing Federation said Anton Kadushin had been at home since returning from the competition. With this year’s tournament postponed because of the new coronavirus, ESPN and CBS Sports will broadcast the final rounds of some of the more significant Masters.ESPN starts it off at 3 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday with the final round from 1986. That’s arguably the most popular Masters of all, when Jack Nicklaus shot 30 on the back nine to win his sixth green jacket at age 46. ESPN will show the the 2012 Masters, when Bubba Watson won his first green jacket, at 2 p.m. Thursday. That’s followed by Tiger Woods’ record 12-shot victory in 1997 at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, ESPN features 2013, when Adam Scott won, at noon and 2005, with Woods and his memorable chip-in on the 16th, at 6 p.m.CBS takes over on the weekend, starting with a one-hour production of 1975, when Nicklaus won over Tom Weiskopf and Johnny Miller. That begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and is immediately followed by 2004, which was Phil Mickelson’s duel with Ernie Els.On Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m., CBS will show the entire round from last year, when Woods completed his comeback from back surgeries to win his fifth green and @TheMasters social media will complement the broadcasts with content never before seen from famous final rounds. The “At Home” opener will serve as a lead-in to Fox Sports South airing a replay of the Braves′ 2019 home opener against the Chicago Cubs.Like sports around the world, Major League Baseball is on hold during the coronavirus pandemic.The Braves are two-time defending National League East champions.___Get ready for a full week of the Masters on television. ___Potential hosts of soccer’s 2027 Asian Cup have been given more time to enter the contest by the Asian Football Confederation.The AFC says the March deadline to show interest was extended by three months to June because many of its member federations have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The Saudi Arabian soccer body said in February it wanted to host the 24-team tournament.China will host the 2023 edition. A return to western Asia is possible after the United Arab Emirates staged the 2019 tournament. World Athletics spokeswoman Nicole Jeffery says in e-mailed comments that “the ANA system only applies to international competition, so until there is competition there is no need for any athlete to apply.”She adds that “for the next two months, at least, there is no competition, so the system does not need to be active until we know when the competition schedule can resume.”World Athletics hasn’t decided how far in advance to open applications once competitions resume. High jump world champion Mariya Lasitskene and pole vault world champion Anzhelika Sidorova are among those who need their status renewed from last year.___British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s because of the coronavirus outbreak. The motorcycling series has yet to start its season.The season-opener in Qatar was canceled, the Thailand, Americas and Argentina races were postponed to October-November, and the Spanish MotoGP has yet to find new dates.The next race at risk is the Italian MotoGP on May 31.___World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak. The 49-year-old played 17 major league seasons from 1993-2010, mostly for the California and Los Angeles Angels (1993-99) and St. Louis Cardinals (2000-07). He hit 393 home runs.___Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry has donated $15,000 to provide hygiene products to students and families in the East Cleveland City School District during the coronavirus pandemic.Landry partnered with Meijer to supply families with soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and other personal care products.“Although we are facing unprecedented challenges right now, it is important to remember that we are all in this together,” Landry said. “I love the City of Cleveland, and I want to make sure our communities have the support that they need to stay safe and healthy.” April 2, 2020 The AFC is planning for a 2027 tournament but a FIFA task force drafting a future calendar of matches and tournaments will likely be asked to align continental championships. The European Championship and South America’s Copa America are on track to kick off in June 2028.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The affected events include a UFC show scheduled for May 16 in San Diego. The event was scheduled to feature lightweights Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker in the main event.The Bellator mixed martial arts promotion had already postponed its two events scheduled for California in May. Golden Boy Promotions also had already canceled a boxing show scheduled for April 25 outside Palm Springs, headlined by light heavyweights Sergey Kovalev and Sullivan Barrera.___Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli say they will pay their 2,100 part-time employees across all of their sports and event management companies through June 30 for work that was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic.The Samuelis’ Anaheim Arena Management company operates Honda Center, the Ducks’ home rink. They also own two large ice hockey complexes in Orange County — including Great Park Ice, the massive new winter sports facility that houses the Ducks’ training complex in Irvine, California. Previously the Turkish federation said one of its boxers and one of its coaches had tested positive after the tournament, which was cut short due to the virus outbreak. The International Olympic Committee said at the time it was “not possible to know the source of infection.”___The CEO of World TeamTennis says the league has sent $1,000 each to about 60 players and coaches as a “gift” to help them deal with the financial hardships presented by the coronavirus pandemic.Carlos Silva said in a telephone interview Thursday that the payments were not an advance of salary for the nine-team league, which was founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s.Explained Silva: “It wasn’t so much about the money, but a way to say, ‘Thank you,’ and just so they could use it for some rent or some groceries or anything they might need.”last_img read more

Warren `40’ McKay cops Banks DIH Powerade cycling event

first_imgIN what can be described as a tactical move, Warren `40’ McKay, after trailing a trio of riders for most of 35 laps, sprang a surprise,with just about approximately 400 metres remaining in the 36-mile event,to clinch victory.The activity was the feature 35-lap race of the 11-race programme sponsored by Banks DIH, under its Powerade Brand and which was staged around the inner circuit of the National Park on Saturday and was coordinated by cycle-coach Hassan Mohamed.The feature event saw Paul DeNobrega, Christopher Griffith and Jamal John dominating the event from as early as the third lap and between them, they shared seven of the eight prime prizes that were up for grabs with John claiming five and DeNobrega two. The other prime was won by Nigel Dugid.McKay registered one hour 21 minutes 45 seconds in winning the event ahead of DeNobrega, John, Griffith, Alonzo, Ambrose and Mario King,respectively.After three laps of intense rivalry were completed, DeNobrega, John and Griffith broke from the pack and no other cyclist responded.However,after the completion of 17 laps, McKay made his move and closed in on the leaders and with approximately 400 metres remaining,the three leaders started the `Cat and Mouse’ game and McKay, like the bigger `Cat’, pounced on the trio and being the powerful sprinter he is, sailed past them (trio) and won easily.Dugid won the 10-lap event for juveniles in a time of 23 minutes 29 seconds from Briton John and Marcus Keiler, respectively.Junior Niles won the five-lap race for veterans under 50 years of age. Second was Leer Nunes and finishing third was Ian `Dumb Boy’ Jackson.Kennard Lovell was the winner of the five-lap race for veterans over 50 years of age,ahead of Linden Blackman.Sean Budhan won the five-lap race for mountain bikers. Second was Ryan Canterbury and finishing third was Wayne Nurse.David Hinds won the three-lap race for boys and girls 12-14 years of age.last_img

Keith Thurman might be best talker in boxing and he’s back with a two-year plan

first_imgJoin DAZN and watch Jaime Munguia vs. Takeshi Inoue on Jan. 26Just like he told Sporting News last month and again this week, Thurman said that he’d like to save a mega fight with Spence or Crawford for 2020, adding that such an eventual clash “isn’t worth one title, it isn’t worth two titles … it should be worth three titles, baby, so we’re going to set it up like that.”Thurman said that at Gleason’s Gym Wednesday, as he held court in the middle of a pool of reporters huddled around him before his media workout. But when the WBA titleholder stepped between the ropes to begin his workout shadowboxing, he wasn’t done talking yet. In fact, he was just getting started.About a possible matchup with Pacquiao now that the boxing legend is also with Premier Boxing Champions, Thurman said, “I know he could pray,” referring to the deeply-religious “Pac Man,” “but I’m praying too.”On Crawford signing up to defend his WBO welterweight strap against Amir Khan on April 20, Thurman said: “I made the fight. I made the statement earlier this year — ‘Terence Crawford, he ain’t even fight an Amir Khan’ — and here comes the contract. Do I get five percent? I think I deserve five percent of that.”Thurman’s thoughts on Mikey Garcia moving up two weight classes to fight Spence on March 16? “It looks like [Garcia’s] face lines up with [Spence’s] right hook,” he said, adding that Crawford would’ve been a better fight for Garcia to take.When further pressed about fighting Spence and sooner than later, Thurman retorted, “Do you pull a chicken out of the oven before it’s time to eat?”In fact, Thurman talked non-stop through his entire workout, while shadowboxing and jumping rope for an hour, without visibly breathing hard once.Perhaps, he described it best by saying, “This isn’t a media workout … this is me working out with the media.”True, indeed. And if you sifted through his laundry list of soundbites, you saw that Thurman laid out his fighting blueprint for the next two years — a plan that will go in effect Saturday night.Thurman says he wants to have two fights this year, including his bout against Lopez. A convincing win over “Riverside Rocky” and the 30-year-old Thurman wants to shift his sights to either recapturing his WBC belt or fighting Pacquiao. Each option presents its respective lure for the Clearwater, Florida native.After all, “One Time” never lost his WBC title — he vacated it last April, while continuing to recover from his 2017 elbow surgery and the hand injury he suffered in camp last March. That paved the way for Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia to fight for the title last September, with Porter winning by unanimous decision to leave Brooklyn with the strap in tow. Thurman defeated Porter and Garcia in succession, before his 22-month absence. Porter defends the WBC gold against Yordenis Ugas on March 9 and Thurman expects “Showtime” to emerge victorious.If that happens, we could see a heated rematch, but one that’s a title unification between Porter and Thurman later this year.“You taking a strap and you didn’t even take the strap. You taking a strap, but you did not take the strap,” Thurman barked ferociously about Porter claiming the title he vacated. “And don’t worry, I know you got it … and I’ll take it right back.”He added: “I rattled his cage a few times in the first fight. I don’t see why if I don’t put in the hard work and dedication, I can’t put the icing on the cake the next time.”Or if those plans don’t come to fruition — something that inflicts boxing often — the timing for a fight with Pacquiao definitely matches up, with “Pac Man” just beating Broner and Thurman fighting Saturday, a week apart.Keith Thurman was never able to get in the ring with Floyd Mayweather Jr., so a bout with a living legend like Manny Pacquiao might be too hard to pass up:— Sporting News Fights (@sn_fights) January 24, 2019“Pacquiao can be on the table … I would love to see it on the table,” Thurman said following Thursday’s press conference. “I never got Floyd Mayweather. To get Manny Pacquiao, he’s the last living legend in the sport of boxing in my opinion right now.“To be a part of his legacy, to have him a part of my legacy, it would be a dream come true.”Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year Keith Thurman is about to return from a 22-month absence from boxing, but he already has his fellow welterweight champions Errol Spence Jr., Terence Crawford, Shawn Porter and Manny Pacquiao beat in one category — talking. And by sheer volume alone, it’s not even close.Whether it was the international media conference call Tuesday, media workout Wednesday or final fight press conference Thursday, “One Time” had plenty of time this week to spill his thoughts about his own career and trendy topics throughout boxing. If successful against Lopez — as expected — and if Thurman is able to capture the WBC title or Pacquiao’s WBA “regular” strap, a 2020 showdown with either Spence or Crawford could be for three titles just as Keith says.“In the next few years, the world of boxing will witness something that it ain’t witness in a long time and that’s called the undisputed welterweight champion of the world,” Thurman said.Consider defeating Lopez on Saturday night, phase one. Or better yet, phase “One Time.” No doubt, Thurman will talk you through the rest.last_img read more

NBA free agency rumors: Derrick Rose agrees to terms with Pistons

first_imgFree agent guard Derrick Rose has agreed to a two-year, $15M deal to join the Detroit Pistons, league sources tell ESPN.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 30, 2019Detroit emerged as the favorite to land 2010-11 NBA MVP Derrick Rose, according to an early report from The Athletic.Detroit Pistons are emerging as the favorite to sign Derrick Rose, according to a league source.— Frank Isola (@TheFrankIsola) June 29, 2019Rose saw a career resurgence in 2018-19 with the Timberwolves averaging 18 points on 48.2 percent shooting from the floor. It was the highest shooting percentage he has posted since his second year in the league when he shot 48.9 percent for Chicago. Related News The Pistons landed a big-name point guard.Derrick Rose agreed to terms with Detroit and will sign a two-year, $15 million dollar deal, according to an ESPN report, which cited unidentified league sources. NBA free agency rumors: Celtics pursuing Kevon Looney, Enes Kanter NBA free agency rumors: Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard discuss playing together He did once again miss a good portion of the season with an injury, but after being out most of the previous year, the 51 games played was a great bounce back for him. NBA free agency 2019: Kevin Durant to go? Kawhi Leonard to stay? What will Lakers do? Detroit does return Reggie Jackson to the team next season and a few other guards as well, but if Rose is healthy again he can be productive.The Pistons made the playoffs last year but saw an early exit after they were swept by the Bucks in the first round.last_img read more

Flames’ Milan Lucic considered retiring after November benching: ‘It just wasn’t fun for me anymore’

first_imgOver the course of 58 games, he has tallied six goals and 17 points — which, while they would be career-lows if the season ended today, is the same number of goals he posted in 79 games last year in Edmonton. But the 2011 Stanley Cup champion wasn’t necessarily brought in to bury the puck. His top attribute is the physical presence he brings as a power forward — he leads the team with 161 hits — along with creating space for the playmakers on his line.Back in November, however, Lucic was suspended two games for roughing when he punched the Blue Jackets’ Kole Sherwood. More recently, his lack of participation in the fisticuffs portion of the ‘Battle of Alberta,’ coupled in with the team’s overall struggles, put a massive bullseye on Lucic.MORE: Flames look to add scoring, defense at the NHL trade deadlineDespite all that, the fact that he disclosed he considered retiring during the season — at just 31 — on Sportsnet’s ‘After Hours’ with Scott Oake and Louie DeBrusk was shocking.”There was times where, the start for me things weren’t going so well,” he said following the Flames’ 8-4 thrashing by the visiting Chicago Blackhawks, when asked if he felt pressure to show it was a good trade for the Flames. “I think after about six, seven weeks into the season I remember playing, the first time we played St. Louis here on a ‘Hockey Night in Canada’ game, I got benched in the third period and nothing was said to me by anyone and I wasn’t really happy about it and I even started questioning whether I should hang them up because it just wasn’t fun for me anymore.”It had nothing to do with James Neal having success, I just think for myself it was just really hard and especially when you’re getting benched and no one is saying anything to you.”Milan Lucic joined @ScottOake and @LouDeBrusk to talk about being a veteran leader on a younger Flames team.— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) February 16, 2020The game Lucic is referencing was a 3-2 overtime loss to the Blues on Nov. 9 where he only skated for 9 minutes and 23 seconds and played just two shifts in the third. Entering that game, Lucic averaged more than 12 minutes a game, but had only tallied three assists; the matchup against the Blues was his second game back from the suspension. Two games prior to that St. Louis game, against Columbus, he played a season-low 8 minutes and 36 seconds, which was the third time he played fewer than 10 minutes in the first 16 games of the season. Questions have swirled around Milan Lucic for months — maybe even years — about whether he can still compete at a high level in the NHL. It certainly didn’t help that the last 10 months or so have been a rollercoaster affair for the 13-year league veteran.In July, the rugged winger was traded from the Edmonton Oilers about three hours south, to the Calgary Flames, in a 1-for-1 swap for James Neal. While Neal began the season red-hot with nine goals in his first eight games, it took Lucic a little longer to get settled in with his new surroundings. It should be noted that Bill Peters, who never seemed to find the right fit for Lucic, was the head coach at the time of the benching. In continuation of his answer on ‘After Hours,’ Lucic spoke about how interim head coach Geoff Ward and his teammates brought him back from the brink of retirement.”I have to give a lot of credit to Geoff Ward, the other three coaches and all my teammates for kinda sticking with me and keeping me motivated. Especially (Mark Giordano) and (Sean) Monahan, two guys that I’ve really been close with since I got here. They’ve kept me going and they’ve managed to pump me up and I talked about (Dillon Dube) and what it’s meant to play with him and the life he’s given me.””So, yeah I’m having fun again, especially playing for Wardo, I had so much success with him in Boston for seven years and you know what, he’s meant a lot to me this year. Same with (general manager Brad Treliving). He’s kept me going and kept me motivated and that’s why I’m doing everything to make this trade work. Not only for the team but for the city and the fans as well.”last_img read more

International quartet seek to end barren spell in Jones Cup

first_img Four full England internationals, all of whom are at college in the United States, will represent England Golf in the annual Jones Invitational Cup at Ocean Forest Golf Club at Sea Island, Georgia, on 31st January – 2nd February. The quartet will be Seb Crookall-Nixon (Workington, Cumbria), Greg Eason (Kirby Muxloe, Leicestershire), Ben Stow (Rushmore, Wiltshire) and Ben Taylor (Walton Heath, Surrey) who will seek to secure this title that has continually eluded English players. Crookall-Nixon (image copyright Tom Ward Photography), 20, a member of the England squad for the past two years, is at the University of San Francisco. He was the English under 16 champion in 2008 and 2009, and made his full England debut in the 2012 Home Internationals. He also reached the quarter finals of the English Amateur Championship in his home county of Cumbria that year and represented England Golf in last year’s Jones Cup. Eason, 21, is a former boy cap who was named as reserve for last year’s GB&I Walker Cup team. Has been at college in the University of Central Florida since 2010 and won his second event on the college circuit, the Adams Cup, in that year. Has enjoyed further successes on the other side of the Atlantic and is a member of the England squad for 2014. Stow, 22, has been an England cap since 2011, a year in which he won the Welsh Youths Championship and the South West Championship and helped Wiltshire to the first of their back-to-back County Championships. He was the leading individual when England won the European Men’s Challenge Trophy in Iceland in 2012 and he was a member of the last two Home Internationals teams. He is currently at the University of Kentucky. Taylor, 21, is a past winner of the South East Junior Championship, the South of England Boys Championship and the Daily Telegraph Junior Championship. He made his full England debut in the 2011 Home Internationals in Ireland and in 2012 finished third in the Turkish Amateur and the Jones Cup, the best by an England player to date. In 2012, he was a quarter finalist in the English Amateur and represented GB&I in the St Andrews Trophy. Last year he finished equal third in the Brabazon Trophy. He has enjoyed considerable success first at the Nova Southeastern University in Florida and now at Louisiana State. The Jones Cup comprises a field of 84 top amateurs from the US and around the world, who will compete over 54 holes of stroke play for this prestigious title which was inaugurated in 2001 as a biennial event but which is now played annually. 17 Jan 2014 International quartet seek to end barren spell in Jones Cup last_img read more

Blueliners eager to get party started on another ice hockey season, recruiting new players

first_imgThe movers and shakers on the Blueliners want to keep the dream alive and are eagerly looking for new players to populate the roster.The Blueliners, playing in the intermediate division of women’s recreational  hockey, is coming off of a very successful 2011-12 season and is looking for an even better season this year.The squad anticipates entering the Spokane Hoctoberfest to defend is 2012 title, and take back the Nelson Icebreaker crown from the Vernon Vipers later in the season.   The Blueliners actively seek out tourneys in BC, Alberta and the States  — and have a lot of fun playing hockey. The team begins weekly practices on this October on Sundays at 6:30 – 7:45 p.m. in the NDCC Arena. Anyone Interested in playing can contact Loreli at 250-359-2996  or For 18th seasons the Nelson Blueliners have been challenging all comers.last_img read more

Live: football and cycling at Covid, up for debate

first_imgAganzo, president of AFE and José Luis De Santos, president of ACP, discuss the different formulas of the competition proposed in both sports as a result of the Coronavirus crisis. A new installment of Connected the forum of management and sponsorship debate of major sporting events in the pandemic of Covid-19. This time, football, and cycling are analyzed by the respective presidents of their professional associations.last_img

Island Clinic Health Workers Halt Strike

first_imgHealth workers at the Island Clinic at Bushrod Island have decided to end their strike and resume work until their needs of better working conditions, risk benefits and employment payment can be met.On Monday, many health workers, hygienic workers and security guards working at the Island Clinic Ebola treatment center were optimistic about a planned strike that could possibly help their appeals to be heard.But instead, they were met by Rep. Saah Joseph of District 8, Montserrado County, who said he was on the scene “as a follow up of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s previous visit to the hospital on Saturday October 11, 2014.”According to Mr. Joseph, there was an arrangement made over the weekend during the President’s visit to the ETU in relation to the public outcry by the workers. The workers are said to be dissatisfied with low income or no income at all, and also being shortlisted or not being on the employment list at all. “The arrangement arrived at  during that visit was that health workers would continue to work while the Ministry of Health tries to process their salaries. They also asked for a bus and I have brought one for them,” Rep. Joseph stated.According to heath workers at the ETU facility, they were told the same day that they would receive a text from various banks. The text would alert them on their pay being placed in their accounts.  But many of them say they have yet to receive any text.“Some people have received their texts, but majority of us have not received ours yet,” added a worker who has asked not to be identified.Rep. Sah Joseph, who stood witness to the meeting among  health workers and the President, says workers were given the opportunity to receive pay then and there.“The issue is not about money;  it’s about Liberia verses Ebola. The President told them, “If you know you don’t want to be on the side of Liberia, you just want your money, walk now and let me give you your money.”  But nobody came out, he said.Meanwhile, dozens of workers stood in front of the health facility with sullen looks on their faces yet again, impatiently waiting for their needs to be fulfilled. Rep. Saah Joseph counseled them in understanding the horrifying effect their strike could cause if played out.“It affects us if you don’t work. Why leave the job while we’re trying to solve this problem,  and watch some of our sisters and brothers die as a result? It’s not fair,” he told the health workers.He added: “The President says the worker’s that are working here are not even signed contract workers. Then there are the ones who have signed contracts but the length of time they have signed the contract for has expired.“We are saying that we need a management team that will concentrate on the daily management of the place [ETU] while the nurses are doing their job. We need a delegation of five to ten persons who can sit with the President and discuss what we are up against.  But leaving the job to talk about money will solve no problem. When you leave the job, people are dying: that is our point. Please continue your job, form this delegation, let us talk and solve the problem, because no matter what, we will solve the problem,” he assured the workers.Saah Joseph also mentioned  that banks that payments are being made to for the intended striking workers should also help in ironing out the situation.“The bank should be able to help us while the workers wait for a text from the banks; everyone needs to play a role. “While we are waiting for your checks, let the banks pay you and we will be committed to pay them back,” he suggested.Meanwhile, a leading prayer group of women who are normally seen praying in front of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s home were also on the scene trying to help in the effort.“We don’t want to see our children of God dying, risking their lives and not being cared about by the government. We are here to make sure their cries are heard,” one of the prayer women said.Also, several health workers brought to our attention the strenuous environment in which they find themselves, and said they are working only because they “don’t want to see people dying from Ebola”Speaking with a security guard who identified himself as the “third shift commander,” he said he had been working at the ETU for more than a month and had not been contracted or paid.A doctor on the scene said  hundreds of people are laying on bed, including one of their colleagues working at the hospital who contracted Ebola and had just passed away.The doctor said the reason why he had decided to listen and not to strike is, “I have people on bed inside of the ETU, and I can’t leave them like that. I mask my face as if   everything is okay whenever I go inside the unit, but out here, things don’t look good,”  he added.Meanwhile, it has also been said that dozens of patients have died as a result of workers leaving and abandoning their duties, an  action which they all regret.“We don’t want anyone else to die. We have the highest success story when it comes to treating Ebola.  We are the only unit that gives IV’s” stated Mr. Brown, a health worker.The spokesman for the ETU,  Alphonso Massaley, has stated that his workers will continue working until further notice, as he is optimistic that his workers’ needs will be met.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

No Winner of the 2016 Ibrahim African Leadership Prize

first_imgThe Mo Ibrahim Foundation has announced that there is no winner of the 2016 Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership.The announcement was made following a meeting of the independent Prize Committee, chaired by Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim, and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s Board meeting last weekend.Commenting on the decision of the Prize Committee, Dr. Salim said: “As I emphasize each year, a very high bar was deliberately set when the Prize was launched in 2006. We recognize and applaud the important contributions that many African leaders have made to change their countries for the better. But thePrize is intended to highlight and celebrate truly exceptional leadership, which is uncommon by its very definition. After careful consideration, the Committee has decided not to award the Prize in 2016.”The candidates for the Ibrahim Prize are all former African executive Heads of State or Government who have left their office during the last three calendar years (2014-2016), having been democratically elected and served their constitutionally mandated term.Since being launched in 2006, the Ibrahim Prize has been awarded four times. The previous Laureates are President Hifikepunye Pohamba of Namibia (2014), President Pedro Pires of Cape Verde (2011), President Festus Mogae of Botswana (2008), and President Joaquim Chissano of Mozambique (2007). NelsonMandela was the inaugural Honorary Laureate in 2007.The Foundation looks forward to hosting its flagship event, the Ibrahim Governance Weekend, in Marrakech, Morocco, from 7 to 9 April 2017. The event will open on the Friday evening with a high-profile discussion titled “A Conversation on Leadership,” looking at the challenges of global leadership in the 21st century.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more