Other Sports Ryan Lochte, US Swimmer, eyes redemption in 2020 Tokyo Olympics after turbulent three years

first_img San Francisco: A rejuvenated Ryan Lochte returned to competitive swimming for the first time in more than a year on Wednesday, insisting he was a changed man as he targets a medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Lochte, who turns 35 on Saturday, booked his place at the US Olympic trials after clocking 1min 57.88sec in the 200 medley at the US National Championships in Palo Alto. Although the time was nearly four seconds slower than his world record, five-time Olympic gold medalist Lochte was happy with his performance as he sets out on the comeback trail after a turbulent three years.    Lochte was suspended from swimming for 10 months after the scandal at the 2016 Olympics when he was found to have fabricated a story about a robbery during a drunken late-night episode in Rio de Janeiro.    He was given a further 14-month ban last year by the US Anti-Doping Agency for taking a banned intravenous infusion of what he said were vitamins in May 2018.    Lochte, who underwent treatment for alcohol abuse in Florida last year, said Wednesday he could understand why fans might not have faith in him as he embarks on his comeback.    “That’s understandable, especially through the roller coaster I’ve been on,” Lochte told a press conference. “But right now I’m not trying to prove anything to anyone. I’m doing this for me and my family. I want to go to the 2020 Olympics, my fifth Olympics, and hopefully, get on the podium there. Everything I do from here in the pool and outside the pool is for my family.”     Lochte said he had sought treatment for alcohol abuse after deciding his life “needed a change”, adding that the birth of his son Caiden in 2017 and daughter Liv last month had given him a new outlook on life. “I checked myself into rehab. I did the classes, I got out, I did everything,” he said. “Since Caiden and my new daughter have been born I have a new perspective on life.    “And I’m definitely not the same person I was three years ago. I’m a different person. I’m just trying to be a different person. I’ve had a lot of ups and downs. I’m just here to race and have my goals set for 2020.” Ryan Lochte has won the gold medal five times.Lochte was suspended from swimming for 10 months after the late-night scandal at the 2016 Olympics.Lochte was given a further 14-month ban last year by the US Anti-Doping Agency for taking a banned substance. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Tennis News US Open 2019: Rafael Nadal Edges Daniil Medvedev To Win 19th Grand Slam Title

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rafael Nadal was made to stretch but prevailed in end to beat Daniil Medvedev 7-5 6-3 5-7 4-6 6-4 to win his fourth US Open title. Nadal clinched his 19th career Grand Slam singles title on Sunday to move just one shy of Roger Federer’s all-time men’s record of 20.The victory did not come easily for Nadal. It seemed like smooth sailing for the Spaniard as he grabbed the first two sets. He was one break up in the third. Nadal had dropped only one set on his way to the final and it seemed that he was not going drop any in the title clash.However, Medvedev mounted a comeback as he attempted to become the first Slam winner born in the 1990s.The Russian broke Nadal in the last game of each of the next two sets to force a decider. However, it was Nadal who came out on the top in the final set. Nadal broke to lead 3-2 in the fifth and again for 5-2. But he failed to serve out the victory there, double-faulting on break point, then couldn’t convert two match points at 5-3. At 5-4, Nadal saved a break point, and finally converted his third championship point to earn his fourth trophy at Flushing Meadows.Nadal, who made the semifinals at all four Slams for the first season since 2008, captured his 12th French Open title in June, lost the Australian Open final to Novak Djokovic and fell to Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals. highlightscenter_img This is Rafael Nadal’s fourth title win at Flushing Meadows.Nadal is now one shy of Federer’s all-time title record of 20.Rafael Nadal had captured his 12th French Open title in June.last_img read more

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Cricket News Rishabh Pant Should Drop Down From No.4: VVS Laxman’s Advice For Regaining Form

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Rishabh Pant has been struggling for form in international cricket in the last couple of series. In the West Indies tour, he managed just one fifty across all formats while in the two-match Twenty20 International series against South Africa, he had scores of 4 and 19. Pant has not managed to capitalise on the opportunities that were presented to him in both ODIs and T20Is. With Pant now the first-choice keeper across formats, the pressure on him to deliver is immense. VVS Laxman, the former India batsman who currently is on commentary duties on Star Sports, has suggested one simple idea for Pant to regain his form. “Pant should bat at number 5 and 6, where you have the license to go out and express yourself and at the moment he doesn’t know the right method of scoring runs at number 4. The nature of Rishabh Pant’s batting is that he plays aggressive shots…unfortunately at the international level he is not able to succeed at the number four position. Every player goes through this phase, his natural game is free flowing but suddenly he is not gaining the same results (which he did with Delhi franchise in the IPL),” Laxman said. In the three-match T20I series against West Indies, he managed scores of 0,4 and 65* while in the ODIs, he scored just 20 and 0. Even in the Tests, his highest score was 27 but his keeping was solid. Laxman said that every player goes through a rough patch at some point in their careers.Also Read | Rishabh Pant Shatters MS Dhoni’s Record In Style In Jamaica Test Vs West Indies”He is trying to evolve and trying to add different dimensions to his game by rotating the strike that we saw in the previous match but unfortunately, his shot selection at the start of the innings has not been great. There are other people to bat at number 4 like Hardik Pandya and Shreyas Iyer who are experienced and could play at that spot. He also has a lot of pressure as he is taking the place of MS Dhoni who has done a lot for Indian cricket, to get his confidence back the team management needs to let him go bat at number 5 or 6 and express himself,” Laxman said. Also Read | MS Dhoni Left Out For South Africa T20I Series – Right Or Wrong Move?With the three-match Twenty20 series ending 1-1, the focus now shifts to the Test matches which begin on October 2 in Vizag followed by matches in Pune and Ranchi. The last time South Africa toured India for a Test series, they were hammered 3-0 in the four-Test series.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgDjokovic tops Thiem, wins 8th Australian titleMELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic (NOH’-vak JOH’-kuh-vich) has won a record-extending eighth Australian Open championship, beating Dominic Thiem (teem) 6-4, 4-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. No other man in the history of tennis has won this tournament more than six times.It’s the 17th Grand Slam title for Djokovic, who has five titles from Wimbledon, three from the U.S. Open and one from the French Open. Only Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, have won more men’s Grand Slam singles trophies.Djokovic’s victory means he will return to No. 1 in the rankings, replacing Nadal.Thiem was appearing in his third major final. He has lost them all. IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Luka Garza bounced back from a slow start to score 25 points and No. 18 Iowa clamped down in the final four minutes to beat No. 19 Illinois 72-65. Garza is the Big Ten’s top scorer, but he didn’t have a point in the first 15 minutes. He wound up making a career-high four 3-pointers and shot 9 of 16 overall. He also had 10 rebounds for his 13th double-double of the season. Andres Feliz scored 17 points for Illinois, which had won seven in a row.PGA-PHOENIX OPEN-KOBE BRYANTPGA Tour remembers Kobe Bryant with 16th-hole pin positionSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The PGA Tour joined players with a 16th-hole tribute to Kobe Bryant on Sunday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, using his two Lakers uniform numbers to cut the final-round pin position on the stadium par 3.The pin was placed 24 yards from the front edge and 8 yards from the left edge, putting it in the back left corner of the green on the rowdy hole that holds more than 20,000 fans. If the 49ers win they’ll tie the record shared by Pittsburgh and New England. The 49ers also are looking to be only the second team to go from 4-12 the previous season to the top of the heap. They haven’t won it all since the 1994 season.The Chiefs are making their third appearance in the Super Bowl, a name their founder Lamar Hunt came up with. But it’s their first time back since 1970, when they beat the Minnesota Vikings in the fourth Super Bowl, the final AFL-NFL matchup. The leagues merged the following season.Weather for the NFL’s biggest game is expected to be perfect. There is a cloudless blue sky in Miami Gardens, Florida — where the temperature is a bit unseasonable by South Florida standards. Forecasters say it’ll be around 61 degrees at kickoff, cooling into the upper 50s as the night goes along.Kick-off is 6:30 p.m. Eastern tonight.TENNIS-AUSTRALIAN OPEN NBA-NETS-IRVING OUTKyrie Irving out at least a week with right knee sprainNEW YORK (AP) — Kyrie Irving will miss at least a week with a sprained medial ligament in his right knee.The Brooklyn Nets star had an MRI exam Sunday that confirmed the team’s diagnosis after he was injured Saturday in Washington.Irving got hurt in the fourth quarter of a 113-107 loss, when he and Wizards guard Bradley Beal got tangled battling for a loose ball and Irving’s knee twisted as he landed on the court. He stayed down for a couple minutes before remaining in the game for the jump ball — in which he didn’t jump — and then left the court and went to the locker room. Irving had his highest-scoring game of the season the previous night, scoring 54 points in a victory over Chicago.The Nets said Irving will be re-evaluated in a week. He will miss at least home games against Phoenix and Golden State — whose point guard, D’Angelo Russell, he replaced on the Nets — as well as a game at Toronto.Irving previously missed 26 games in his first season in Brooklyn with a right shoulder injury. He also sat out one after returning with hamstring tightness and didn’t play last Sunday after learning of Kobe Bryant’s death while preparing to face the New York Knicks.NHL-SCHEDULEPenguins best Caps 4-3 Associated Press NBA-SCHEDULEPistons beat Nuggets 128-123 in OTDETROIT (AP) — Andre Drummond had 21 points and 17 rebounds, and the Detroit Pistons rallied from an early 21-point deficit to beat the Denver Nuggets 128-123 in overtime, snapping their five-game losing streak. Reggie Jackson added 20 points and Bruce Brown scored 19 for Detroit. Drummond fouled out with 2:43 left in overtime.Nikola Jokic (NEE’-koh-lah YOH’-kich) had 39 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Denver. His 3-pointer with 29.4 seconds left made it 126-123, but Thon Maker answered with an alley-oop dunk at the other end to push the lead to five.Rookie forward Michael Porter Jr. joined the list of injured Denver players, missing the game because of a right ankle problem. The Nuggets are also without Paul Millsap (left knee), Jamal Murray (left ankle) and Mason Plumlee (right foot). February 2, 2020 Update on the latest sports WASHINGTON (AP) — Matt Murray made 29 saves and the Pittsburgh Penguins beat the Washington Capitals 4-3 in the 50th regular-season game between Sidney Crosby and Alex Ovechkin (oh-VECH’-kin). The Penguins crept within four points of the Metropolitan Division-leading Capitals with an extra game left to play. They’re 2-0 out of their bye week and have won five of seven since Crosby came back. They’ve won 31 of the 50 Crosby versus Ovechkin games dating to their NHL debuts during the 2005-06 season.Sam Lafferty, Patric Hornqvist, Dominik Simon and Brandon Tanev scored for Pittsburgh. Rookie goaltender Ilya Samsonov allowed four goals to lose his first career start against the Penguins.Ovechkin was held off the score sheet and remains at 695 career goals.T25-MEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALLIowa tops Illinois 72-65 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappNFL-SUPER BOWLThe big day has arrivedMIAMI (AP) — History will be made in this year’s Super Bowl at the Hard Rock Stadium. Either the San Francisco 49ers will equal the most Lombardi Trophy victories with their sixth, or the Kansas City Chiefs will take their first title in a half-century. It’s the first time the Chiefs and the 49ers face off in a Superbowl. Bryant, daughter Gianna and seven others were killed a week ago in a helicopter crash in California.Third-round leader Tony Finau (FEE’-now) and fourth-ranked Justin Thomas have donned Bryant jerseys on the hole. Finau birdied it Friday and Saturday wearing a yellow No. 8 Lakers jersey. Thomas has worn a white No. 33 Lower Merion High School jersey, selecting it over a Lakers jersey that he also brought from his collection.WORLD WCUP-WOMEN’S SUPER-GBrignone wins super-G in overall leader Shiffrin’s absenceROSA KHUTOR, Russia (AP) — Federica Brignone (feh-deh-REE’-kah breen-YOH’-nay) won a women’s World Cup super-G after overall leader Mikaela Shiffrin sat out the race on Sunday, strengthening her runner-up position in the standings. The win left the Italian 270 points short of Shiffrin’s leading tally.The American three-time overall champion decided to skip the races in the 2014 Olympic resort after winning the previous super-G and a downhill in Bulgaria a week ago.Shiffrin, who won the super-G world title and discipline standings last year, was not the only top contender to sit out this weekend’s races. Slovakia’s Petra Vlhova and Italy’s Marta Bassino also refrained from traveling to Russia.last_img read more

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UMBC looks to sweep Hartford

first_imgSTINGY DEFENSE: Hartford has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 20.3 percent of all possessions, the second-highest rate among all America East teams. The Hawks have forced conference opponents into turnovers on 21.7 percent of all possessions.___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com February 4, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHartford (13-10, 6-2) vs. Maryland-Baltimore County (9-14, 2-6)UMBC Event Center, Baltimore; Wednesday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Hartford seeks revenge on Maryland-Baltimore County after dropping the first matchup in West Hartford. The teams last played each other on Jan. 22, when the Retrievers shot 43.1 percent from the field while limiting Hartford to just 36.4 percent en route to a 69-60 victory. Associated Press center_img SUPER SENIORS: Hartford’s Malik Ellison, Hunter Marks and Traci Carter have combined to account for 44 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 55 percent of all Hawks points over the last five games.CLAMPING DOWN: The Hawks have given up only 60.3 points per game across eight conference games, an improvement from the 69.8 per game they gave up in non-conference play.FACILITATING THE OFFENSE: K.J. Jackson has made or assisted on 44 percent of all Maryland-Baltimore County field goals over the last three games. The senior guard has accounted for 14 field goals and 16 assists in those games.UNBEATEN WHEN: Maryland-Baltimore County is a perfect 8-0 when it holds an opponent to 61 points or fewer. The Retrievers are 1-14 when opponents score more than 61 points.ASSIST RATIOS: The Retrievers have recently converted baskets via assists more often than the Hawks. Maryland-Baltimore County has 37 assists on 68 field goals (54.4 percent) across its previous three outings while Hartford has assists on 32 of 70 field goals (45.7 percent) during its past three games. UMBC looks to sweep Hartfordlast_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — A White House spokesman has confirmed that President Donald Trump will attend NASCAR’s season-opening Daytona 500. He is scheduled to spend part of the Presidents Day weekend at his private club in Palm Beach, Florida.The President will serve as grand marshal and give the command for drivers to start their engines. He’s the first sitting president since George W. Bush in 2004 to attend the race.The Federal Aviation Administration issued a flight restriction for Sunday. The U.S. Secret Service also tweeted to fans that drones are prohibited within 30 miles of the race in Daytona Beach, a restriction put in place for presidential visits. — Right-handed pitcher Taijuan Walker says he is fully recovered and excited to be back with his original team, the Seattle Mariners. Walker has appeared in only four games since undergoing Tommy John surgery in April 2018 and a shoulder injury last May.— Right-hander Brad Boxberger and utilityman Sean Rodriguez have agreed to terms on minor league deals with the Marlins that include invitations to spring training. Boxberger went 1-3 with a 5.40 ERA for the Royals last year. Rodriguez batted .223 in 76 games for the 2019 Phillies.— Free agent outfielder Jarrod Dyson has finalized a $2 million deal with the Pirates. Dyson hit .230 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs in 130 games with the Diamondbacks last season.NBA-NEWSClippers’ Paul George fined $35,000 for criticizing refs Associated Press Bregman said at a news conference Thursday that he is “really sorry.” Altuve said there was a full team meeting Wednesday to discuss what happened.Astros owner Jim Crane and new manager Dusty Baker — who replaced the fired AJ Hinch — also spoke at the news conference at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida.Crane raised eyebrows when he said: “Our opinion is that this didn’t impact the game. We had a good team. We won the World Series. And we’ll leave it at that.”MLB didn’t punish any players for the cheating and Crane said the team wouldn’t, either. However, former Houston outfielder Carlos Beltran was forced out of his new job as manager of the Mets following his role in the sign-stealing process.Commissioner Rob Manfred disciplined the Astros after he found the team broke rules by using electronics to steal signs during its run to the 2017 World Series championship and again in the 2018 season. Kuchar birdied his first two holes and never let up until in a 7-under 64 that gave him a three-stroke lead.Russell Henley, Wyndham Clark, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Harold Varner III and Adam Schenk are tied for second at 4 under.Rory McIlroy, Patrick Cantlay, Jason Day and Bryson DeChambeau are in the mix at 3 under.Tiger Woods eagled his first hole and added two birdies on his opening front nine, but he closed with a bogey to fall to 2 under.LPGA-WOMEN’S AUSTRALIAN OPEN Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSAstros’ Bregman, Altuve apologize for sign-stealing schemeUNDATED (AP) — Houston Astros infielders Alex Bregman and José Altuve (al-TOO’-vay) have apologized on behalf of the ballclub for its sign-stealing scheme that was investigated and punished by Major League Baseball. TOKYO (AP) — Tokyo Olympic organizers are reiterating that the 2020 Games will not be waylaid by the virus spreading from neighboring China.Organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori says he wants to make it clear again that “we are not considering a cancellation or postponement of the games.”The coronavirus has wiped out track meets, golf tournaments, soccer matches and almost all sports in China. It is also keeping Chinese athletes from traveling to qualify.TRUMP-DAYTONA 500Trump to attend Daytona 500 Update on the latest sportscenter_img — Jennifer Hudson will be at the NBA All-Star Game to honor Kobe Bryant with her voice. The two-time Grammy winner and Oscar winner will perform just before Sunday night’s player introductions. It will be a tribute to Bryant, his daughter Gianna and the seven other victims of the helicopter crash that took their lives in Southern California last month.NCAA-SOUTH CAROLINA-BASKETBALLNCAA finds serious infractions committed by GamecocksCOLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has become the latest school to receive an NCAA notice of allegations over the federal probe into college basketball.Athletic director Ray Tanner says the school received the notice about a violation alleged to have been commited by former assistant coach Lamont Evans, who worked for coach Frank Martin for four seasons from 2015-16. The NCAA has categorized the infraction as Level I, the most serious of its violations and what it calls a “severe breach of conduct.”Evans moved on to Oklahoma State and has admitted to accepting $22,000 in bribes as a college assistant to connect players with runner Christian Dawkins and others hoping to represent them after college. Evans was sentenced this past June to three months in prison.PGA-RIVIERAKuchar leads at RivieraLOS ANGELES (AP) — Matt Kuchar (KOO’-chur) is the leader late in the first round of the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles. UNDATED (AP) — The NBA has fined Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George $35,000 for critical comments toward the officiating after his team’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers on Tuesday.George pointed out the Clippers were called for eight more fouls than Philadelphia in the 76ers’ 110-103 win at home, referring to that disparity as “home-court cooking.”This is the fifth fine and stiffest financial penalty given to George for commenting on officials.In other NBA news:— Suns guard Devin Booker is headed to his first NBA All-Star Game, replacing injured Trail Blazers backcourt ace Damian Lillard. Booker was chosen by Commissioner Adam Silver after feeling snubbed by voters and coaches when he didn’t make the original list for Sunday’s game in Chicago. Lillard injured his groin on Wednesday night. In other MLB news:— Diamondbacks right-handed pitcher Mike Leake has a fracture on his non-throwing wrist but still hopes to be ready for the beginning of the regular season. The 32-year-old Leake had an MRI on Wednesday and said it revealed an old fracture that was aggravated by a fall while he was chasing his dog.— Major league teams improved to 5-1 in salary arbitration this year when the Red Sox beat pitcher Eduardo Rodríguez Thursday. He will earn $8.3 million rather than his request for $8,975,000. The right-hander was a career-best 19-6 with a 3.81 ERA in 34 starts last season, when he made $4,325,000.— Boston manager Ron Roenicke (REHN’-ih-kee) says injured second baseman Dustin Pedroia won’t report to spring training with the rest of the position players next week. Pedroia has played in just nine games the last two seasons while trying to recover from an injury he sustained in May of 2017 when Baltimore’s Manny Machado slid spikes-high into his knee.— The Dodgers have agreed to pay pitcher Kenta Maeda’s (mah-EH’-dah) a $1 million assignment bonus as part of his trade to the Twins. Los Angeles also agreed to pay the Twins $3 million to cover part of Maeda’s salary and reimburse Minnesota for up to $7 million of his earned bonuses, according to information obtained by The Associated Press. February 13, 2020 Ewart Shadoff leads Women’s Australian OpenADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Jodi Ewart Shadoff has shot a 7-under 66 to take the lead in the first round of the Women’s Australian Open.Ewart Shadoff had seven birdies in her round of 66 at Royal Adelaide, giving her a one-stroke edge over U.S. Open champion Jeongeun Lee6 and Inbee Park. Marina Alex, Amy Olson and Jillian Hollis were tied for fourth with 68s and defending champion Nelly Korda is three off the pace.TOKYO OLYMPICS-VIRUSTokyo, IOC officials reiterate that the Olympics are onlast_img read more

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The Latest: Cycling body struggling through pandemic

first_imgMore 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 6 Cricket Australia CEO Kevin Roberts says “the global cricket calendar is very busy but we will do everything we can to honor our commitment to Bangladesh and will continue to work with the BCB on an agreed date.”The Bangladesh-Australia series is the second in the world championship to be postponed. England returned home from Sri Lanka last month at the start of the outbreak.___Southampton has become the first Premier League club to announce its players will defer some of their salaries amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Premier League had wanted all squads to take a 30% pay cut but the move led to a standoff with the players’ union. The UCI has received more than 650 requests for postponements or cancellations from organizers because of the coronavirus pandemic. That represents 30% of its international calendar.The UCI says it is reimbursing all registration fees of canceled events to help organizers.The UCI will take a considerable financial hit from paying those fees and it also expects its Olympic revenue payment from the delayed Tokyo Games to be postponed and likely reduced.The UCI says its leadership has agreed to reduce salaries or allowances and furloughed all 130 employees of the UCI and the world cycling center.___ Associated Press Australia’s rugby league championship plans to restart on May 28.The NRL has been suspended since March 23.The governing ARL Commission also says it intends to play a full three-game State of Origin series.Commissioner Wayne Pearce says they wanted to set a date and then work on finalizing a competition. It will depend on border restrictions in New South Wales and Victoria states and New Zealand opening up.Pearce says “a date is to give certainty to players and their schedules, clubs and thousands of people who are out of work through clubs and millions of fans.” He says “the situation is changing dramatically and we need to get moving. It is in the best interests of our clubs, our players, our stakeholders and importantly our fans that the competition resumes as quickly and as safely as possible.”___Australia’s two-test cricket tour of Bangladesh in June has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The first test was to start on June 11 in Chattogram. The second from June 19 in Dhaka.Both were part of the world test championship. The final of that tournament is scheduled for next June. Trying to find a new slot for the tests will be a challenge.center_img The Latest: Cycling body struggling through pandemic Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The International Cycling Union says it can get through its greatest crisis since World War II with limited damage “as long as the situation does not last longer than current predictions.” April 9, 2020 The league has been indefinitely suspended.Southampton says players will defer part of their salaries in April, May and June “to help protect the future of the club, the staff that work within it and the community we serve.”Southampton manager Ralph Hasenhüttl, his coaching staff and directors will also defer some pay over three months.Southampton says it has “put measures in place to ensure that all staff not deferring part of their salaries will continue to receive 100% of their pay, paid in the normal way until 30th June.”___last_img read more

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LABA Inter-Secondary School 5-a-side basketball postponed

first_imgPRESIDENT of the Linden Amateur Basketball Association (LABA) Lawrence Simon says that the association is unable to bring off its Inter-Secondary School 5-a-side basketball championship, which was planned for today, due to circumstances beyond the control of the organisers.Simon in a release said the event is now tentatively set for next Friday at the Mackenzie Sports Club hard court. .He said that trophies have been acquired and other prizes are being sought for the one-day event, which will begin after 12:00hrs and involves the Linden Foundation Secondary, Linden Technical Institute, New Silvercity Secondary, Harmony Secondary, Wisburg Secondary, Christianburg Wismar Secondary and Mackenzie High.Simon apologised to the Region Ten (Upper Demerara/Berbice) Department of Education and hopes that the event will still come off with much success next Friday.last_img read more

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Priority to develop female football in Essequibo

first_img… says executive memberBy Elroy StephneyESSEQUIBO is set to benefit from the resuscitation of female football in the Region. Speaking to Chronicle Sport, executive member of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Maxine Stewart, who also serves as an executive member of the Essequibo Football Association (EFA), confirmed that female football will be a priority for the local administration since it is also a mandate from the GFF to develop female football in all regions.She expressed great optimism of having a wide cross section of females being involved in the sport and according to her “the EFA will ensure that the necessary mechanisms are put in place to encourage, support and sustain the drive to have female football thrive in the region”.Ms Stewart further stated that “moves are already in place to form clubs within various districts” while acknowledging “that same was already done in Dartmouth and Henrietta”.The EFA executive disclosed that the concentration will be on training at the Under-17 level with sessions already commencing at the Anna Regina Community Centre (ARCC) ground in the afternoons.GFF and EFA executive member Maxine StewartIt was also revealed that Travis Bowen and Ranzolin Durga, technical directors assigned by GFF, are working with the female players and will generally develop football across the region, including hinterland districts.Meanwhile Stewart, who remains committed towards realising success in football in Essequibo, is appealing to all stakeholders including the Government and Private Sector to cooperate in realising that dream through continued sponsorship, mentorship, better facilities and training opportunities.The veteran administrator remains one of the highly driven individuals in Essequibo whose love and passion for football is unquestionable.In this regard, she was impressed and happy with the large attendance of approximately 65 young footballers who participated in a recently held coaching clinic in Dartmouth.“Essequibo has an abundance of raw talent, and we want to harness them into becoming the final product,” she emphasised.Further, the forthright campaigner was also pleased with the grassroots academy where the GFF and the EFA are partnering to capture talent across the Essequibo Coast and Pomeroon. The players with potentials must be given the opportunity and exposure to be involved in formal training, with prospects towards possible selection in the future.While the sport remains popular, “getting the structure right is what is required in order for our footballers to excel,” Stewart added.In this regard, the champion female football enthusiast is prepared to trot the extra mile to fulfil the dreams of countless footballers in the county, and in particular to give prominence to female football in Essequibo.last_img read more

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