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Nadal, Raonic, Dimitrov and Goffin into last eight

first_imgRAFAEL Nadal reached the Australian Open tennis quarter-finals yesterday with a hard-fought four-set victory over Gael Monfils.The 30-year-old Spaniard, who is seeded ninth and won the tournament in 2009, beat the Frenchman 6-3, 6-3, 4-6, 6-4.Nadal will face third seed Milos Raonic – who beat Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut – in the last eight on Wednesday.Canadian Raonic, the highest seed left in the men’s singles, came through 7-6(8-6), 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 against Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut.Grigor Dimitrov beat injury-hit Denis Istomin to progress, and will face David Goffin, who overcame eighth seed Dominic Thiem.Nadal, who has struggled with injuries, is seeking his first major since claiming his 14th Grand Slam at the 2014 French Open.He had difficulty converting break points – six of 17 – but clinched victory over Monfils with his second match point, on the sixth seed’s serve.The Spaniard had cruised through the first two sets, but lost the third and was a break down in the fourth before sealing victory in two hours and 56 minutes.“Now I feel a little bit tired. But probably tomorrow (Tuesday) a bit better and hopefully after tomorrow perfect,” said Nadal, who is in his 30th major quarter-final, but first since Paris in 2015.Wimbledon finalist Raonic, 26, has reached the quarter-finals in Melbourne for the third consecutive year.Playing with a high fever, he rallied from 5-1 down in the first-set tie-breaker to win the opening set, but was then broken twice in the second.The 13th seed Bautista Agut then began to falter in the third set, when the roof at Hisense Arena was closed because of rain, and he later had to call for a trainer for a leg problem.Raonic duly took the third set and needed only 26 minutes to see out the fourth to win the match.“I was very fortunate to get through,” said Raonic, who hit 75 winners but also 55 unforced errors, including nine double faults.“There were moments when it wasn’t looking so good.”Bulgarian 15th seed Dimitrov, 25, came from behind to win 2-6, 7-6(7-2), 6-2, 6-1 as Novak Djokovic’s conqueror Istomin struggled with a leg problem.Istomin, the bespectacled world number 117 from Uzbekistan, showed the effects of a demanding tournament.“Denis deserves all the credit for an unbelievable tournament. He has been on fire and he was striking the ball so well early in the match,” said Dimitrov.Goffin had earlier become the first Belgian man to reach the Melbourne last eight by beating Austrian Thiem.The 26-year-old 11th seed won 5-7, 7-6(7-4), 6-2, 6-2 in soaring temperatures. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

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The Latest: Seyboth Wild says he is recovering from virus

first_imgMessi’s donation will be split between Barcelona’s Hospital Clinic and efforts in his native Argentina, according to Spanish newspaper AS.The Hospital Clinic said the donation will go toward treating patients as well as research seeking a cure for COVID-19.Spain is among the countries worst hit by the pandemic, with more than 2,600 deaths attributed to the virus.___The NHL is extending its recommendation for players and staff to self-isolate and stay away from team practice facilities until at least April 6. March 24, 2020 “When you do something on a grand scale, you want to do it right,” she told The Associated Press. “Give time for the world to heal. I can’t imagine the enthusiasm that’s going to be coming next year, with the whole world coming together to watch this. I know the Japanese people are going to make the best of this.”A three-time beach volleyball gold medalist, Walsh Jennings was in position to make the 2020 Games with new partner Brooke Sweat. They’re treating the coronavirus shutdown like an offseason, staying home with their families and working out on their own.California authorities have taken down the nets all along the Los Angeles-area beaches to discourage people from gathering. Walsh Jennings and her husband, beach volleyball pro Casey Jennings, put up a mini-net in their yard.Walsh Jennings says she understands why the IOC wanted to wait to make the decision.“Can you imagine making this decision after how many years and how much blood and sweat on a global level? People are having a problem calling off weddings, and calling off little tournaments, so imagine with all the billions of dollars that’s gone into this,” she said. “They have a grieving process to go through. They have so many moving parts to think about.” ___Churchill Downs has delayed reopening stables at its track and training center until April 14 because of public health concerns related to the coronavirus. A decision on postponing the scheduled April 25 spring meet opening will be made closer to that date.The storied track last week postponed the 146th Kentucky Derby from May 2 to Sept. 5, the first time the event won’t be run on the first Saturday in May since 1945. Churchill Downs’ stables have been closed since Dec. 31 for winter renovations, and many of the horses that would be there are at tracks including Fair Grounds in New Orleans and Gulfstream Park in Florida.“We understand how trying the impact of this decision is on our horsemen,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a statement.___ Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame officials have announced their scheduled June 13 induction ceremony has been postponed to June 12, 2021, at Knoxville, Tennessee, because of the pandemic.The induction class features Debbie Brock, Carol Callan, Swin Cash, Tamika Catchings, Sue Donohoe, Lauren Jackson and Carol Stiff. The 1980 U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team is to be honored as trailblazers of the game.___The U.S. Olympic track and field trials in Eugene, Oregon, will be rescheduled in the wake of the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games because of the spread of the coronavirus.TrackTown USA, the local organizing body, announced Tuesday that is working with USA Track & Field and the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee on rescheduling the event, which was originally set to start on June 19. The Paralympics are governed by the same contract as the Tokyo Olympics.IPC president Andrew Parsons says “by taking this decision now, everyone involved in the Paralympic Movement, including all Para athletes, can fully focus on their own health and well-being and staying safe during this unprecedented and difficult time.”___USA Cycling chief executive Rob DeMartini tells The Associated Press that athletes were surveyed over the weekend by the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee and that the consensus was that postponing the Tokyo Games was the correct call.DeMartini says “training disruption and qualification challenges are too big to overcome even if the environment returns to a degree of normal by late summer.” The Latest: Seyboth Wild says he is recovering from virus Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment CEO Scott O’Neil announced the move in a letter posted on the Devils’ website.The cuts are scheduled to last for three months and will amount to roughly 6% of the employees’ yearly salary if the pandemic subsides.The Devils of the NHL and the Sixers of the NBA are owned by Josh Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of HBSE.___Modern pentathlon has canceled the remainder of its World Cup season and postponed the world championships from May to September or October. Co-owner Josh Harris says after listening to his staff and players, it’s clear that the pay cuts was the wrong decision.“This is an extraordinary time in our world — unlike any most of us have ever lived through before — and ordinary business decisions are not enough to meet the moment. To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong.”The teams did not say whether they plan to maintain a four-day work week, which was part of the cuts. Employees benefits were never changed and the teams plan on keeping their 1,500 hourly workers paid throughout the regular season. The NHL’s Devils and the NBA’s Sixers are owned by Harris and David Blitzer, who are the founders of Harris Blitzer Sports and Entertainment.___Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings says it was the “responsible choice” to postpone the Olympics. The 20-year-old Seyboth Wild, ranked No. 114, said on Twitter that he has been taking care of himself and following doctor’s instructions.Seyboth Wild recently won his first title at the Santiago Open earlier this month, defeating second-seeded Casper Ruud 7-5, 4-6, 6-3.Seyboth Wild last played in Brazil’s Davis Cup tie against Australia on March 7 in Adelaide. He lost to John Millman, 4-6, 7-6(0), 6-2.___North Carolina star freshman point guard Cole Anthony says he’s delaying any announcements about whether he’ll enter the NBA draft amid the spread of the coronavirus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Brazilian tennis player Thiago Seyboth Wild said Tuesday he has the coronavirus and is recovering. The IOC says the games will be held “not later than summer 2021” but they will still be called the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___ Bach says the exact dates is a question for the Tokyo organizing committee and an International Olympic Committee panel overseeing the preparations.Swimming and track have their biennial world championships scheduled to start in July or August 2021.___IOC president Thomas Bach says “alarming figures” in the past few days about the coronavirus were key to deciding the Tokyo Olympics must be postponed.Bach cites the World Health Organization “saying in the last couple of hours that Africa has to prepare for the worst.” In a social media post Tuesday, Anthony said his family knows people in his hometown of New York who have been hospitalized and one who has died. Anthony says he is “trying to figure out how I can help during this crisis.”Considered a likely one-and-done prospect, Anthony averaged 18.5 points for the Tar Heels, though he missed 11 games due to knee surgery and UNC went just 14-19.___Barcelona star Lionel Messi and Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola have donated 1 million euros ($1 million) each to help fight the spread of the coronavirus.Guardiola made his donation to the Barcelona Medical College, which said on Twitter the money would be used to buy medical supplies to treat coronavirus patients in the Spanish city. Guardiola is a Catalan native, and the former Barcelona coach. World Athletics says it is talking with organizers about “alternative dates, including dates in 2022.”The championships in Eugene are due to run from Aug. 6-15, 2021. That would conflict with the Olympics if the same July-August slot as originally planned for 2020 is used next year.World Athletics adds that it is looking at a new qualification system to account for the postponement and for the havoc wreaked on the 2020 schedule by the coronavirus outbreak.___The president of the International Paralympic Committee says postponing the Olympics and Paralympics to 2021 was “the only logical option.” The Cardinals are working with Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey to launch an initiative that will help fund protective equipment for medical personnel, support nonprofits like food banks and homeless shelters, and provide disadvantaged students with technology to help with online learning.Cardinals President Michael Bidwell said in a statement that “this unprecedented crisis has us asking what we can do to help and what might have the greatest impact. We are grateful for the creation of this relief fund, are proud to support its critically important mission and hope that others throughout the community can join this effort in whatever way that they are able.”___Jacksonville’s Shad Khan is the latest NFL owner to donate money to help during the coronavirus pandemic.Khan committed $1 million to northeast Florida’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. Associated Press If an exact one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics is agreed upon, it would take place July 23-Aug. 8.FINA says talks with Japanese officials will “determine flexibility around the dates of the competition, if necessary and in agreement with the IOC.”The governing body cites priorities including “athlete wellbeing and maximizing opportunities for aquatics stars to compete at the highest level.”___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have cut salaries for employees making more than $100,000 and put them on a four-day work week as the franchises deal with the impact of the coronavirus.center_img In a statement, the group said that while it commended the IOC for its decision, it also pressed the committee to engage with athletes while deciding on a new date for the Olympics.The statement said, “As shown over the past several weeks, no athletes, no Games.”___World swimming body FINA says it will talk to the Japanese organizers of the 2021 world championships about a possible schedule clash with the Tokyo Olympics.The championships are planned for July 16-Aug. 1 in Fukuoka. Soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent Jorge Mendes are funding three intensive care units for coronavirus patients at hospitals in Portugal.A hospital in Porto said the contribution from the Juventus forward and his agent will pay for 15 intensive care beds fully equipped with ventilators and other necessary equipment. Another two units with 10 beds each will be set up in Lisbon.Media reports said Ronaldo and Mendes are contributing more than 1 million euros (dollars) for the three units.The Centro Hospitalar Universitario do Porto says the unit will be named after Ronaldo and Mendes and will be of “great use at a time when the country needs it the most.”___ Steffens says the program’s team-first approach made it easier for her to handle the announcement.“We are just a very, very small part of not just the water polo community, but of Team USA and then the greater team that’s being affected by all this, which is the world,” she told the AP. “So at the end of the day the health and safety of our world is the No. 1 priority and so because of that, I completely respect and understand this decision.”The U.S. women hold every major title in the sport right now. They are going for their third consecutive Olympic gold medal.But, like so many other Olympic athletes, their training had been disrupted by the new coronavirus. Gilchrist has been swimming in the bay near her house in Southern California to help keep up her fitness.“It’s been stressful, but with the postponement I hope we can all take a big sigh of relief and focus on staying healthy and then getting after it once the team gets back together,” she said in an email to the AP. He is giving Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund $400,000. He is giving $75,000 to Feeding Northeast Florida. He is giving $75,000 to The Clara White Mission to provide food and care for the city’s homeless. He is giving the Jacksonville Public Education Fund $50,000 to provide needed supplies and technology to students and teachers as they make the transition to digital home learning.He also is giving the local chapter of the American Red Cross $50,000 in support of Anheuser-Busch’s initiative to support the continuation of blood drives throughout the country.Additional allocations will be made as the pandemic evolves and its effects on Jacksonville and northeast Florida residents continue to be realized.___The New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia 76ers have done an about-face on cutting salaries for employees making more than $100,000. A day after announcing the temporary 20% pay cuts because of the economics effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the teams’ co-owners rescinded them. The four remaining World Cups — two in Sofia, Bulgaria, another in Budapest, Hungary, and the final in Seoul — had already been pushed to May and June but have now been officially canceled.The worlds, relocated from Xiamen, China, to Cancun, Mexico, and set for May 25-31, were rescheduled. The new dates were to be determined.Governing body UIPM says it welcomed the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics and will finalize plans to revise qualification.___The track world championships in Eugene, Oregon, could be moved from 2021 to 2022 after the Olympics were postponed. Two U.S. senators are pressing for transparency after the International Olympic Committee’s decision to postpone the Tokyo Games over concerns about the coronavirus.Senators Jerry Moran, a Kansas Republican, and Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, are part of a subcommittee that handles issues related to the Olympics. In a joint statement, Moran, who’s the chairman, and Blumenthal, the ranking member, pushed for more clarity as the IOC decides when the games in Tokyo will be held in 2021.“Athletes deserve clear answers to when the games will be held and how their health will remain protected — not just at the Olympics themselves, but during the trials and training beforehand,” the statement read. “Clarity and transparency are vital steps to ensure the best possible outcome for the Tokyo Olympic Games.”Moran and Blumenthal sent a letter to IOC President Thomas Bach on March 11 to ask about the committee’s plan to prevent the spread of COVID-19 during the Tokyo Games. They also talked with U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee over health and safety of the athletes.___ Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves.Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___ Road race world champion Mads Pedersen of Denmark says he is happy the International Olympic Committee made the decision to postpone the Tokyo Games on Tuesday rather than wait weeks or even two months.Pedersen would have been among the favorites to win cycling gold this summer. He says he’s sorry for the athletes who had planned their seasons around the Olympics. But he ultimately calls it the right decision, saying that “it shows that we are thinking above the sport and making everyone’s health the priority.”The world cycling calendar has been suspended since the outbreak of the new coronavirus. Officials have not decided whether the Tour de France will carry on this July, but most of the events leading up to the Grand Tour race have been canceled or postponed.___The Montreal Canadiens are temporarily laying off 60% of employees while the National Hockey League season is suspended. NASCAR has ordered staff pay cuts across its entire company until the series returns to racing.NASCAR President Steve Phelps sent a memo to employees Tuesday saying all officers will have a 25% reduction in salary, while all other employees will have their salary reduced by 20%. Budget expenses also have been frozen, and employees are being encouraged to use vacation.NASCAR currently is suspended until May 9, a span costing the series seven of its elite Cup races. Phelps has vowed all will be rescheduled. NASCAR was four races into the season — the longest in sports at almost 11 months — when the coronavirus brought the series to a halt.___The Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame’s newest class won’t get inducted until next year. Groupe CH, which owns hockey’s most storied club, says the layoffs go into effect March 30. Groupe CH also is establishing a $6 million assistance fund that will enhance employment insurance to make sure employees receive 80% of their salary for the following eight weeks and be available for loans to employees.Owner Geoff Molson says: “We are working extremely hard to limit the impact this situation will have on our employees.”___One of the key worldwide athlete groups that called for postponement of the Tokyo Games termed the IOC’s announcement a “bittersweet victory.”The group Global Athlete says it was appropriate for the International Olympic Committee to make the call Tuesday, instead of on a four-week timeline that it had suggested over the weekend. DeMartini says that he is a fan of a “soonest possible” reschedule but not until the situation is a bit more predictable. That could mean early in 2021 or an Olympics that is pushed into the fall of next year.DeMartini says “we just need to be sure everything is being done to protect their safety.”___IOC president Thomas Bach says he did not discuss new dates for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics in talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.One option would be July 23-Aug. 8. That is exactly one year from the now-postponed July 24-Aug. 9 dates. “Although it is not yet clear how long it may take to finalize a new date for the event, our Local Organizing Committee stands ready to welcome the best athletes in the country to the University of Oregon’s Hayward Field once a decision is reached,” TrackTown USA CEO Michael Reilly said in a statement.TrackTown USA is working on procedures for fans who already have purchased tickets to either retain them or apply for refunds.The Olympic trials were among the marquee events set to showcase the newly reconstructed Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus. Hayward Field has been expanded in anticipation of the 2021 world track and field championships.___The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals have made a $1 million donation to help those in the state affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The IOC has been advised by the WHO, which said Monday the pandemic is accelerating.Bach says the original health issue for hosting the Tokyo Olympics was “could Japan offer a safe welcome” and the IOC was confident it could.___The Tokyo Olympics have been officially postponed until 2021.The International Olympic Committee along with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and local organizers have decided that the Tokyo Games cannot go ahead as scheduled this year because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___Organizers of the 2024 Paris Olympics say the IOC and the Japanese government have ”chosen the best possible scenario” in postponing the Tokyo Games until next year.The Paris organizers said in a statement Tuesday that “postponing the world’s biggest sporting event is not an easy decision,” but that the IOC did the right thing in listening to “the concerns of the sports world.”The statement added that the ”postponement of the Tokyo Games will make it possible to offer the athletes optimal conditions for preparation and competition.”___ Multiple people with knowledge of the update say the NHL has recommended players and staff extend their self-quarantine 10 days beyond the original March 27 timeline, further pushing back the earliest date team facilities can reopen. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the NHL hadn’t formally announced the change in protocol.The league over the past two days has held conference calls with its Board of Governors and general managers to update them and take questions about the current situation. There is still no clarity on when the NHL might resume its season. Commissioner Gary Bettman said recently it would be a decision made in accordance with health officials and that the league is working on various scenarios about what a potential return to play could look like.— Reporting by Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow___For U.S. women’s water polo players Maggie Steffens and Kaleigh Gilchrist, the decision to postpone the Tokyo Olympics made perfect sense. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_img August 6, 2020 Update on the latest sports Associated Press UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals expect to have another workout at Busch Stadium while getting ready to resume their virus-interrupted season. They had been quarantined in Milwaukee after 13 members of their traveling party tested positive for COVID-19, including All-Stars Yadier Molina and Paul DeJong (deh-YUHNG’). The team returned to St. Louis late Wednesday after a second straight day of negative tests and held a light workout. Their next game is scheduled for Friday night at home against the Cubs.In other MLB news: WASHINGTON (AP) — The Nationals will see how Max Scherzer is feeling, a day after the three-time Cy Young Award winner exited a start after just one inning because of trouble with his right hamstring. Scherzer threw 27 pitches against the Mets and labored, with his fastball in the low 90s mph. He said his hamstring problem first showed up a week ago, went away, then showed up again Tuesday when he was sprinting. The Nationals already are missing World Series MVP Stephen Strasburg, who has a nerve issue in his pitching hand.— Kenta Maeda will try to remain unbeaten since being traded from the Dodgers to Minnesota in the offseason. The 32-year-old right-hander has helped the Twins open up quick this year. He pitches at PNC Park Thursday against Pirates rookie JT Brubaker, making his first major league start. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditPGA Championship underwaySAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The PGA Championship is underway in San Francisco, and it was never more quiet. Brian Harman hit the opening tee shot at TPC Harding Park. There was no applause when he was announced. He looked down a fairway that was lined by trees, but no people. It’s the first major without fans, typical of golf during the COVID-19 pandemic. The previous two months on the PGA Tour haven’t had fans. This is the first major of the year. The Masters was moved to November, the U.S. Open to September, and the British Open was canceled.This is the first time Harding Park has hosted a major and the second straight year the PGA Championship is held at a municipal golf course. Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) is the two-time defending champion. Tiger Woods goes for a record-tying fifth PGA Championship title. Jordan Spieth (speeth) needs this major to complete the career Grand Slam. MLB-NEWSCardinals can work out at home — Cuts are coming for players around the majors as teams trim their active rosters from 30 players to 28, under plans agreed to by Major League Baseball and the union before the start of this virus-shortened 60-game season. The sides decided Tuesday that rosters will remain at 28 through the World Series, instead of dropping to 26 on Aug. 20 as initially planned.last_img read more

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Aussies name huge 26-player group with eye on UK tour

first_imgUNCAPPED trio Daniel Sams, Riley Meredith and Josh Philippe are among a preliminary list of 26 players named yesterday by national selectors as Australia’s men’s team looks towards a return to on-field action.Australia’s next assignment is yet to be confirmed, although Cricket Australia and the England & Wales Cricket Board are in discussions about a limited-overs series in the UK in September.With that in mind, selectors have identified 26 players of interest, a large group that will help cover a range of contingencies for a possible England tour, which will likely be played in a bio-secure ‘bubble’, meaning replacement players won’t be able to be drafted in.A final squad will be named if and when the tour is confirmed.Other notable names on the list of 26 are Glenn Maxwell, who hasn’t played for Australia since October, as well as batsmen Travis Head and Usman Khawaja, who have recently been out of favour in white-ball cricket.Paceman Andrew Tye has also been named despite not being offered a state contract by Western Australia for this season.Victoria’s Peter Handscomb and veterans Shaun Marsh and Nathan Coulter-Nile, who were all part of Australia’s World Cup campaign last year, were all overlooked while WA pace duo Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff were not considered due to injury.Other players of note to have not been named are Test quick James Pattinson, recent ODI and T20 squad member Ashton Turner and domestic stars like Cameron Green, Daniel Hughes, Nathan Ellis and Jono Wells.Ben Oliver, CA’s Executive General Manager of National Teams, said while officials are still working through the logistics of touring England, the announcement of a 26-man group of players gives everyone some much-needed clarity.“The ECB are a long-standing and valued international cricket partner and we are doing all we can to give the tour the best possible chance of taking place,” he said.“We continue to work with the ECB and government agencies and a decision on the tour will be made in due course.“In the meantime, the identification of a preliminary list will enable us to work with players and states more directly on the preparation for the tour in the hope it can proceed.“The health and wellbeing of players and staff, along with our commitment to public health within our communities, remain our utmost priority.”A short tour consisting of three ODIs and three T20s was originally scheduled for this month but was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.If the tour goes ahead, it would likely require players and coaches to be quarantined in hubs during the series – like the England and West Indies players are currently – while members of the touring party may also need to quarantine when they return to Australia.“This preliminary list covers the contingencies of playing One-Day Internationals and T20 Internationals in bio-secure hubs with the likely prospect of not being able to bring in replacements should the tour proceed,” selector Trevor Hohns said.“The preliminary list includes several exciting young players who have recently excelled at state level and in the BBL. These emerging players are those we would like to develop further as we believe they have a bright future in Australian cricket.“The preliminary list also has a view towards the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup and in the longer term the 2023 ICC World Cup.”Australia’s preliminary squad: Sean Abbott, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Ben McDermott, Riley Meredith, Michael Neser, Josh Philippe, Daniel Sams, D’Arcy Short, Kane Richardson, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.(Cricket.comau)last_img read more

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Hall’s career day, Alexander’s consistency sparks Orange in win over DePaul

first_imgElashier Hall was banged up and bruised.Hall could’ve chosen not to play. But that option never crossed her mind.“I always tease Lacie. I say, ‘You’re just old,’” Syracuse head coach Quentin Hillsman said with a smile. “She’s really banged up, but unless I say she can’t go, she’s going to go.”And go she did. Hall sparked Syracuse (15-1, 3-0 Big East) to an 84-80 win over DePaul (13-5, 2-2) Tuesday night at the Carrier Dome. The senior finished with 23 points, six rebounds and five steals, and complemented center Kayla Alexander to create a lethal one-two punch. Hall helped the Orange get off to hot starts in each half and came up with pivotal buckets down the stretch to ignite SU to a come-from-behind win.Hall didn’t take long to leave her imprint on a game in which every basket mattered and the lead changed 13 times. After Cornelia Fondren hit Syracuse’s first shot, Hall caught on fire. She drilled a 3-pointer off of a pass from Brianna Butler to give SU a 5-3 lead.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTwo layups by DePaul’s Jasmine Penny put the Blue Demons in front by two. Hall responded with a runner. Moments later, though, an Anna Martin 3-pointer helped DePaul reclaim the lead.But Hall wasn’t done. She knotted the score at 10 on a laser from downtown. After another layup by Penny, Hall poured in a fourth and final jumper before getting a standing ovation from her teammates as she took a seat on the bench.“They were just falling, and I was feeling it,” Hall said. “And my teammates were giving me the ball.”Hall didn’t miss in the first half, thanks in large part to her ability to exploit the matchup she was given. At 5 feet 11 inches, the long guard Hall was matched up with Martin, who stands at just 5 feet 9 inches, for a good chunk of the game.Hillsman said Hall recognized the mismatch and came out with intensity and an unremitting goal to attack the basket whenever possible.“She was aggressive,” Hillsman said. “I thought she had a matchup where she could go to the basket, and she really got to the basket a lot tonight. She was really excellent.”Watch: The Orange overcomes “bumps and bruises” to defeat the Blue Demons TuesdayIn fact, Hillsman said 16 of Hall’s 18 shots came in the paint. The other two came from her two 3-pointers early in the first half.Hall said DePaul plays with a lot of energy and likes to push the ball up and down the court with urgency. While other teams deliberately slow the game down against the athletic Orange, Hall knew this game would be different.“Our goal is to try to keep them under 80 possessions,” Hall said. “They get 80 or 90 possessions a game because they play so fast.”Led by Penny and Martin, DePaul’s run-and-gun offensive scheme worked flawlessly in the first half. The Blue Demons took a 46-40 lead into the break, using a 13-4 run to earn the edge.But Hall made sure that trend didn’t continue. She scored eight of Syracuse’s first 15 points coming out of the break, eight in a row to propel SU back into the lead.“We came in the locker room at halftime and coach talked about giving more effort and more energy, and we knew we had a run in us,” Hall said. “We were able to get out and run.”Hall also opened the floor for Alexander. Syracuse’s star center finished the night with 24 points, 17 rebounds and four blocks. Hillsman said Hall’s penetration allowed Alexander to get easy looks and convert inside.“(Hall) took her player off the bounce, and that allowed Kayla to get lots of rebounds and putbacks,” Hillsman said. “I thought she did a lot to collapse the defense and to get us second-chance opportunities.”Alexander finished with eight offensive rebounds. Even when Hall missed, she was creating opportunities for Alexander to lay the ball back up and into the basket. DePaul center Katherine Harry stayed with Alexander at first, but as the game wore on she was visibly exhausted, and Alexander took advantage.Alexander said Hall stepped up at key moments in a key game for Syracuse. The duo carried SU to yet another Big East win in a game that went down to the wire.“We have a really strong team this year, from the freshmen to the seniors,” Alexander said. “Anyone can produce on any given night. You can always rely on different teammates to step up and have a big game.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 16, 2013 at 12:59 am Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHasscenter_img Related Stories As seniors lead freshmen, underclassmen return favorSyracuse survives toughest test of season with win over DePaullast_img read more

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John Ogu; Striving for  Super Eagles Regular Shirt

first_imgI am very happy,” he said. On what it is like playing in that league, he said, “football is not so much about the league you play. It is a team sport. It is a function of the quality of the players available to any team. The difference between this and the other top five leagues I can say is about the experience of the players in those top leagues. “Another factor affecting top players coming to Israel is fear of safety. Many players are worried about the situation in the country. The league is probably on the same level financially as Turkey but a lot of players probably feel safer going to Turkey.” On how he feels that at Hapoel he is one of the first names on the team sheet but for the Super Eagles, despite his experience, he is not a guaranteed starter, he explained, “I am one of those who will always respect the decisions of the coach. It is a dream to be called up to represent Nigeria and so it is an honour to be in the squad. So when I come to the Super Eagles camp I do not feel I am coming to replace anyone. I just feel I am coming to help my country win matches and qualify for tournaments.” Ogu’s main target is to see Nigeria book a place to the 2018 World Cup in Russia. “My main target now though is that Nigeria qualifies for the World Cup. Cameroon will have received a big boost with their AFCON win but we have to be determined and keep our heads and we will make it and make Nigerians happy,” he said.Speaking with THISDAY, former Nigerian international, Tajudeen Disu, said the list was fair in every ramification and thinks the coaching crew had done a good job of it especially on the invitation of some home-based players and some upcoming players like John Ogu. “I think Rohr is starting to trust Ogu after his performance against Senegal in London. Though, it was far away from a vintage performance but the coach saw in him a bright future and a room for improvement. It is now left for the player to grab the opportunity at his disposal. “If he does well against South Africa he can eventually commandeer the Eagles midfield shirt. He has the potentials no doubt, but he needs to compose himself more and prove to the coach that he’s the best option for that position. “Without trying to undermine his Israeli club-Hapoel Be’er Sheva, a regular shirt for the national team could also earn him bigger clubs in Europe and of cause, better pay. Those are some of the advantages that come along with enjoying regular shirt for the national team,” Disu stated. It therefore remains to be seen how Ogu would grab the opportunity thrown at him now.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram John Ogu’s first stint with the Super Eagles was in a World Cup qualifier against Kenya in 2013. He was also part of Nigeria’s team to the Confederation Cup in Brazil same year, though he appeared not convincing. Another opportunity came his way in March, when he replaced injured Ogenyi Onazi in an international friendly against Senegal in London. Thereafter the German Technical Adviser, Gernot Rohr decided to give the Israeli-based player another chance, inviting him ahead of thezÌ„ AFCON qualifier match against South Africa later this year.Kunle Adewale writes on Ogu’s chances at grabbing a regular shirt in the team In John Ogu’s two notable games for the national team, he came in as substitute. In his first game against Kenya in 2013, he came in for injured Victor Moses, while in his last game – a friendly against Senegal in London – he replaced injured Ogenyi Onazi. He has however been handed another opportunity to make the Super Eagles team ahead of the African Cup of Nations qualifying match with South Africa. Ogu has been invited alongside 24 others for the training camp in Corsica and Paris under the watch of Gernot Rohr and has expressed his excitement. Recalling his last experience with the Super Eagles against Senegal in London after being ignored for long, Ogu said: “I had a great time in the Super Eagles camp in London to be honest, 10 days out with the coaching crew and staff was a great experience. I met all the players and I was super happy at the talents I was in camp with. We have the talents now; we have a president who has big plans for our football, we have the coaches who care about our local league as well.” Ogu’s first stint with the Super Eagles was in 2013 under Coach Stephen Keshi while he was still playing for Portuguese club-Academica FC. He had said then, “I feel great and I am happy for the invitation that was extended to me by Stephen Keshi, it’s a great privilege.I expect to give my best to the nation; they should believe in me since I have been invited to camp and I promise to do my best. I was called upon because of my performance and hard work and I’m excited about it.” His excitement quickly faded as his best was not good enough for the team to the Confederation Cup in Brazil, and had been ignored since then until the arrival of the new Eagles German tactician. He, however, attributed his absence from the national team to the decision he took while in Portugal. “It started with a friendly in South Africa when the coach asked me to feign injury but I refused. We were African champions and I wanted to be part of the squad, playing for my country is too important for me,” Ogu told Supersport. “When I returned to Portugal everything changed and he stopped playing me. I didn’t get much attention. I continued working on my game but he never played me. It was only after the team list came out for the World Cup that he (the coach tried to be nice to me) but it was too late. “Now, I am in Israel and playing regularly, enjoying my football, winning league titles and back in the national team.last_img read more

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HEALTH: Get fit and ready for a 5K run

first_imgWalking is great way to get the 150 minutes of moderate exercise we all need every week for good health, but if you want to raise the bar, consider jogging. Yes, you can. If you’ve never run before, here’s how to work up into 5K readiness in nine weeks, courtesy of the British National Health Service. (Consult your doctor first, of course.)You can repeat a week until you feel physically ready to move on to the next. There are many apps and websites to help with this project. You’ll do three walk/runs each week. Start each one with a brisk 5 minute walk. After your walk:Week oneDo blocks of 1 minute of running and 1.5 minutes of walking. Total: 20 minutes each time.Week twoDo blocks of 1.5 minutes of running and 2 minutes of walking. Total: 20 minutes each time.Week threeTwo repetitions of 1.5 minutes of running and 1.5 minutes of walking, then 3 minutes of running and 3 minutes of walking. Total: 23 minutes each time.Week four3 minutes of running, 1.5 minutes of walking, 5 minutes of running, 2.5 minutes of walking, 3 minutes of running, 1.5 minutes of walking and 5 minutes of running. Total: 26.5 minutes each time.Week 5Run one: Two repetitions of 5 minutes of running and 3 minutes of walking, then 5 minutes of running. Total: 26 minutes.Run two: 8 minutes of running, 5 minutes of walking and 8 minutes of running. Total: 26 minutes.Run three: 20 minutes of running. Total 25 minutes.Week sixRun one: 5 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking, 8 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking and 5 minutes of running. Total: 29 minutes.Run two: 10 minutes of running, 3 minutes of walking and 10 minutes of running. Total: 28 minutes.Run three: 25 minutes of running. Total: 30 minutes.Week seven – 25 minutes of running. Total: 30 minutes each time.Week eight – 28 minutes of running. Total: 33 minutes each time.Week nine – 30 minutes of running. Total: 35 minutes each time.You are there! The program is designed for beginners to gradually build up to run 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) without stopping.Structure greatly helps motivation, so choose certain days of the week for runs and stick to them. Be sure to have a rest day between each run to reduce your chance of injury. On the off days, you could do strength and flexibility exercises. Some new runners may experience sore calves or shins, often caused by running on hard surfaces or wearing shoes without enough support. Don’t worry if some runs don’t go well. Just move on to the next one. Even a bad run is good for you.Find a 5K: www.runsignup.com or  www.active.comAuthor: Bob LaMendolaFlorida Department of Health in Broward Countylast_img read more

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Waco Hoover – XLIVE Esports Summit – Creating event value

first_imgWaco Hoover is the CEO and Co-Founder of XLIVE, a company which believes in doing live events differently. Waco Hoover, XLIVEThis summer, come August (22-24), XLIVE is organising an Esports Summit in New York City. We’ve seen a number of esports business events emerge in the past year but there’ve been few in the big apple. We spoke to Waco about the summit which has ESL CEO Craig Levine, ELEAGUE’s VP and GM Christina Alejandre, Facebook Head of Esports Patrick Chapman and more confirmed to speak. Esports Insider: So we’ve seen a number of esports conferences emerge in the past year, why is the XLIVE Esports Summit any different?Waco: XLIVE is focused on creating extraordinary live event experiences and one of the key tenants of esports is the live event component. We work across not only esports but are able to draw upon knowledge and resources from traditional sports, music festivals, food, beer & wine festivals, brands that host their own events along with a huge emphasis on event tech that connects all these live event markets. Because we have deep relationships in these tangential markets we can incorporate learning and best practices that are relevant to the esports community. The ability to learn from outside your own industry, from relevant stakeholders offers more opportunity for innovation.“Attendees come to a business conference for a number of things; address pain points, learn best practices, hear something new, learn about new tools/tech available, network with their peers, understand future trends and be inspired at some level”Another key component will be the programs focus on the role and impact of sports, brands and event technology. These three areas will all play important roles for the esports community to fully monetise and grow their assets in the future. We’re excited about the dialogue that will take place in August.    ESI: You’ve a number of speakers from both inside and outside esports – is this mix important?Waco: We think the appropriate amount of perspective from outside the industry is very important.“Traditional sports and music festivals are two segments that esports can learn many valuable lessons from”While esports is growing rapidly, it also still has a lot to learn as a community which represents tremendous opportunity. A potential source of innovation is bringing in ideas from analogous events. Pooling insights from analogous areas is powerful because teams versed in analogous fields are not mentally constrained by existing, “known” solutions to the problem in the target area and can draw on different pools of knowledge. That will be a key distinction of the August program in NYC so that attendees can hear first hand from comparable markets.ESI: The XLIVE team are events people through and through. Taking into account your knowledge in the area how do you think esports tournaments and events as a whole can better monetise? Moreover, how can they appeal to a wider audience?Waco: Successfully selling sponsorships and activating them is one critical part of monetisation but measuring the return is an area all events can continue to improve upon. Demonstrating return and value with quantitative data is where we’re headed and it’s what sponsors will expect in the future. Event tech platforms that enable the organiser to do so are something all organisations should be looking at. There are also significant opportunities to generate additional revenue from enhanced onsite experiences with food, beverage, talent/athlete engagement and other immersive experiences. The streaming and broadcast mediums are another area for monetisation that represent a tremendous amount of opportunity given the millions of viewers for esports events.“When you think about player recruitment, development, culture and brand building these are all things that professional sports has been doing for decades and these are areas esports can borrow from significantly”As you broaden the appeal and value through additional experiences at the event, it stops becoming about just seeing gaming competition but also the other activities taking place so you end up moving the needle on who might want to attend your event. Social influencers will be more likely to have another friend or family member come along as a result.ESI: Which industries do you think esports stands to learn best from? And which lessons should it take on board?Waco: Traditional sports and music festivals are two segments that esports can learn many valuable lessons from. Music festivals started with the core focus on the bands in the lineup but have now evolved to include so many other experiences that both broadened the audience and increased monetisation opportunities. The more value a ticket represents means that you can charge a premium for that ticket. If you add ancillary revenue streams, the event can increase top line growth. VIP packages have become a staple representing another opportunity to transform the experience and increase revenue as well. It’s important to recognise that when borrowing ideas you have to apply them to the culture of your community to realise the desired effect.“We think the appropriate amount of perspective from outside the industry is very important”Sports has parallels to the aforementioned lessons but represents other opportunities as well. There has been a huge amount of investment and interest in esports from the professional sports community. When you think about player recruitment, development, culture and brand building these are all things that professional sports has been doing for decades and these are areas esports can borrow from significantly. We will have panelists from the NBA, European Football leagues, NFL and others addressing this topic in August.ESI: What makes for a memorable business conference?Waco: Generally speaking attendees come to a business conference for a number of things; address pain points, learn best practices, hear something new, learn about new tools/tech available, network with their peers, understand future trends and be inspired at some level. If attendees walk away having checked the box in a few of these categories there is significant value in that. In particular, when you can take that back and share it with your organisation.“We have panelists from the NBA, European Football leagues, NFL and others addressing this topic in August”Our goal for the XLIVE Esports Summit is to convene industry stakeholders to address the most pressing issues facing the industry but also enable attendees to identify new opportunities for growth and organisations that they can partner with to do so. Disclaimer: Esports Insider is an official media partner of the XLIVE Esports Summitlast_img read more

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More than 100 Participants at the Bicycle Event in Srbac

first_imgSrbac – on the 24 kilometres long relation Srbac – Gornja Lepenica, the 6th bicycle event “Srbac 2014” where more than 100 citizens age 3-60 participated was held today.This is the second bicycle event for the Bicycle club Srbac and before them this manifestation was organized four times by the Tourist organization Srbac.“This year we decided for the citizens to drive their bikes to the “Suvajac” excursion site below Motajica in Gornja Lepenica.“The relation is 24 kilometres long in one way with lots of climbs.” – said the president of the bicycle club “Srbac”, Ostoja Pejaković for SRNA agency.The youngest participant was the three years old Aco Nedić who arrived with his grandfather Branko, and Goran Milanović from Srbac brought his whole family along– two daughters and a seven year old son while his wife will go behind the colon by car if someone gets tired or some damage happens.Milanović says that this is a recreational event good for health and he recommends it to all citizens.The sponsor of this year’s bike event is the Municipality of Srbac.(Source: Nezavisne novine)last_img read more

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