The Latest: Germany plans to test soccer players for doping

first_imgMaracineanu is a former Olympic swimmer. She says “it wouldn’t be the end of the world” if the Tour de France has to be canceled.___UEFA has postponed next year’s women’s European Championship soccer tournament to July 2022.The UEFA executive committee decided the new dates for the 16-nation tournament in England will be July 6-31.The switch was made after UEFA and the IOC decided last month on one-year postponements for Euro 2020 and the Tokyo Olympics. Britain, the Netherlands and Sweden will play in the women’s soccer tournament at the Olympics. April 23, 2020 Hungarian lawmakers approved a state of emergency on March 30 without an end-date. That gave the government the right to rule by decree on issues related to the pandemic for as long as it considers it necessary.___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 6 The former Manchester United coach says he saw a sign in the window of a local shop asking for volunteers to be delivery drivers.Moyes answered the call and says “all I was doing was dropping (the packages) at the door, knocking and then going away. It was beautiful big boxes of fruit and veg.”He also had to ask some residents for payment if they hadn’t done so online.Moyes says one incident “with this particular older lady, I think it was 16.80 pounds ($20.70) for one box of fruit and veg. She gave me a 20-pound note and said, ‘Here son, just keep the change.’”The Premier League has been suspended since March 13. That was the day after Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for the virus. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The German anti-doping agency says it plans to test soccer players if the season resumes in empty stadiums. Associated Press The Latest: Germany plans to test soccer players for doping ___German soccer could resume on May 9 if regional politicians sign off on the league’s plan.The state governors of Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have said May 9 would be acceptable but other state officials have signaled they would prefer the middle or end of May.League CEO Christian Seifert says “if the state governors and the federal government decide that this day is May 9, then we would be ready on May 9.”Seifert says games could be held with a limit of 213 people in the stadium and up to 109 in the surrounding area. Baseball and soccer officials both agreed nothing could begin until a state of emergency was lifted in Japan. The earliest that can happen is May 6. They are expected to wait until that date before moving forward.The J-League’s top two soccer divisions were suspended in February. Japanese baseball played some preseason games without fans before all play was stopped.___Three more Diamond League meetings will not go ahead as scheduled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 and the meet in Paris on June 13 have both postponed with no new dates set. The Bislett Games in Oslo on June 11 will be rebranded as the Impossible Games and turned into an exhibition event. ___UEFA is sharing almost 70 million euros ($75.5 million) among 676 clubs that released players for European Championship qualifiers and Nations League games in the past two years.UEFA says it’s releasing the money early to help “in light of the current crisis and the financial difficulties many clubs are facing” during the coronavirus pandemic.A long-standing agreement between UEFA and the European Club Association guarantees clubs at least 200 million euros (216 million) from Euro 2020 revenues to compensate for releasing players to national duty in the 2018-20 cycle.Payments were due after Euro 2020 but are now sending much-needed cash to clubs after the coronavirus outbreak forced the tournament to be postponed by one year. Wembley Stadium in London will stage both the men’s and women’s European finals.UEFA says the rescheduled women’s tournament will retain the same 10 stadiums. It opens with England playing at Old Trafford in Manchester.___A decree issued by the Hungarian government allows most professional sports clubs and soccer teams to cut the salaries of players and other personnel like managers and trainers by up to 70%.The decree signed by Prime Minister Viktor Orban says the wage cuts can be implemented for as long as the state of emergency declared because of the coronavirus pandemic remains in effect. The first nine scheduled events of the 15-meet season have all now either been postponed, rescheduled or downgraded. The Anniversary Games in London on July 4 are now the earliest scheduled competition of the season.There is a larger window to reschedule meets in the second half of the year because the Tokyo Olympics have been postponed to 2021.Organizers said the meet in Oslo would still offer prize money from a $50,000 contribution by World Athletics. It will feature 400-meter hurdles world champion Karsten Warholm attempting a world record in the rarely raced 300 hurdles.___French Sports Minister Roxana Maracineanu says the resumption of sporting events in the country is not among the government’s priorities. Moyes had to self-isolate after that because he had come into close contact with Arteta days earlier.___It’s still not clear when baseball or soccer will resume in Japan but it will likely be without fans when it does.That was the decision when the heads of Japanese professional baseball and soccer met in online meetings.Japanese baseball commissioner Atsushi Saito says “my feelings that I want to start the season without spectators haven’t changed.” NADA spokeswoman Eva Bunthoff tells The Associated Press the agency has “developed concepts” for urine and blood tests at games.The German league hopes to resume next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.Bunthoff adds the agency is talking with the German soccer federation and the men’s league. She says “most important are the security measures to make sure there is a proper prevention system in place to prevent infections with the virus.“___Churchill Downs will recognize the first Saturday in May with a “Kentucky Derby at Home” online party, highlighted by a virtual Derby featuring 13 former Triple Crown winners in an effort to raise $2 million for COVID-19 relief. The highest-earning club will get 630,000 euros ($680,000) calculated pro rata per player named on a national team’s match sheet. That club was not identified.UEFA says 2.7 million euros ($2.9 million) of the money will go to clubs after the 16-nation Euro 2020 playoffs later this year.Players selected for the Euro 2020 tournament will earn at least 130 million euros ($140 million) more for their clubs from UEFA.___West Ham manager David Moyes has been delivering fruit and vegetables to elderly residents in his village during soccer’s lockdown amid the coronavirus outbreak. The 146th Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5 because of public health concerns about pandemic, the first time horse racing’s marquee event won’t run on its traditional day since 1945. The computer-generated Derby created by Inspired Entertainment will feature past Triple Crown champions using data algorithms, including historical handicapping information for each horse to determine the probability of potential finishing positions.“Our fans will be captivated by the realistic view of the virtual race,” Churchill Downs president Kevin Flanery said in a release, “and we can debate, as we do each year, our favorite to win.”Fans can choose their horse on www.KentuckyDerby.com starting April 30 and donate to COVID-19 relief efforts. Churchill Downs will match donations up to $1 million for the Team Kentucky Fund and Direct Relief.Participants who choose the winner will have the chance to win a Kentucky Derby VIP Experience. The virtual Derby will be shown May 2 on NBC during a special broadcast featuring the 2015 Kentucky Derby, when American Pharoah began his Triple Crown run.___ UEFA says it will allow leagues to determine the final places for Champions League and Europa League qualification on “sporting merit” if they can’t resume during the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of European soccer says qualification from a “prematurely terminated domestic competition” can be rejected if “there is a public perception of unfairness in the qualification of the club.”UEFA says it is ideal for countries to complete seasons but acknowledges that might not be possible because of government orders banning sporting events.UEFA also accepts “insurmountable economic problems” could make finishing seasons “impossible because it would put at risk the long-term financial stability of the domestic competition and/or clubs.”UEFA’s own club competitions remain incomplete. German clubs are being urged not to bank on ticket sales for much of next season.League CEO Christian Seifert says “we don’t know if there will be games without fans in February or March still. We asked the club to plan without spectator income for the first part of next season.”German clubs are hoping to resume games next month after a two-month shutdown because of the coronavirus pandemic and to finish in time for many players’ contracts to end June 30. But a restart needs agreement from regional governments.Seifert says most of the league’s broadcast partners have agreed to pay up front to help clubs continue operating until the end of June. Some of that money may have to be paid back if the 2019-20 season can’t be finished.___ France is locked down until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic and speculation has increased recently as to whether the country’s soccer league could resume in late June.Maracineanu says “what’s certain is that sports won’t take priority in our society.”The Tour de France cycling race has been rescheduled to start Aug. 29 and end Sept. 20. The final day coincides with the same day the rescheduled French Open tennis tournament is to begin.Maracineanu was speaking in an interview with Eurosport television on Wednesday night. She says leagues could potentially start in September or have their remaining games canceled altogether. There are 10 league games left to play in France’s top two soccer leagues. Rugby’s Top 14 league has reached the semifinal stage.Public gatherings are banned in France until at least mid-July but Maracineanu says they could be extended until “at least September.”last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports Stewart and Evernham team to recreate IROC as SRX All-StarsCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Remember the old IROC Series where the best drivers from various disciplines raced each other in equally prepared cars? It ran for 30 seasons before Tony Stewart won its final championship in 2006 and the series quietly went away. Now Stewart and fellow NASCAR Hall of Famer Ray Evernaham have teamed to bring an all-star circuit back in 2021. The Superstar Racing Experience plans a six-race, short-track series to air in prime-time on CBS in a Saturday night summer spectacular. SRX envisions fields of 12 drivers competing on famed short tracks across the country in cars prepared by Evernham.SWISS CLUB ZURICH A new name for one of football’s oldest franchises must still be selected and it’s unclear how soon that will happen. Native American experts and advocates have long protested the name they call a “dictionary-defined racial slur.” The name dates to 1933 when the team was still based in Boston.REDSKINS-NICKNAME-GOODELLRedskins name change comes afterWASHINGTON (AP) —The dropping of the Washington “Redskins” name and Indian head logo comes after decades of criticism that they are offensive to Native Americans. GENEVA (AP) — Manchester City has successfully overturned its two-year ban from the Champions League.The Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld City’s appeal against the UEFA ban but imposed an $11.3 million fine for failing to cooperate with investigators. The verdict by three judges clears the team to play in the group stage of the Champions League next season. The case does not affect City’s place in this season’s competition. City’s win guarantees tens of millions of dollars in UEFA prize money next season. It also protects against players leaving to seek Champions League action with another club.NASCAR-SRX ALL-STAR SERIES July 13, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditREDSKINS-NICKNAMEWashington NFL team dropping ‘Redskins’ name after 87 yearsWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington NFL team is shedding the “Redskins” name effective immediately. The change comes less than two weeks after owner Dan Snyder launched an organizational review amid pressure from sponsors to make a change. center_img LOS ANGELES (AP) — Rajon Rondo has broken his right thumb in practice with the Los Angeles Lakers in Orlando. The veteran point guard will be out for six to eight weeks. Rondo has been a key backup during his second season with the Lakers, who signed him shortly after adding LeBron James to the roster in July 2018. Rondo is averaging 7.1 points, 5.0 assists and 3.0 rebounds in 48 appearances this season, including three starts. He has been a regular presence on the floor late in close games, with coach Frank Vogel trusting his veteran leadership and playmaking.MAN CITY BANManchester City overturns 2-year ban from Champions League The move came less than two weeks after owner Dan Snyder, a boyhood fan of the team who once declared he would never get rid of the name, launched a “thorough review” amid pressure from sponsors. FedEx, Nike, Pepsi and Bank of America all lined up against the name, which was given to the franchise in 1933 when the team was still based in Boston.More than a dozen Native leaders and organizations wrote to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell last week demanding an immediate end to Washington’s use of the name. Goodell, who has fielded questions on the topic for years, said he supported the review. LAKERS-RONDO INJUREDLakers G Rajon Rondo breaks thumb in practice, out 6-8 weeks Associated Press Swiss club Zurich to field under-21 teamUNDATED (AP) — Swiss soccer club Zurich says it will field an under-21 team to try to save the season from being canceled because the first-team is isolating at home. Zurich’s game on Saturday was postponed because multiple players and staff tested positive for the coronavirus. The club says it will play Tuesday against third-place Basel by selecting young players from its backup roster. Zurich also has to play title contender Young Boys and St. Gallen and says it wanted to avoid the league being annulled.last_img read more

AP source: Toronto Blue Jays will play home games in Buffalo amid pandemic.

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditTORONTO (AP) — AP source: Toronto Blue Jays will play home games in Buffalo amid pandemic. July 24, 2020center_img AP source: Toronto Blue Jays will play home games in Buffalo amid pandemic.last_img

Blues assess Torres ahead of Bolton game

first_imgChelsea were this morning assessing the condition of striker Fernando Torres, who missed training yesterday because of illness.The Spaniard is expected to be passed fit to join the Blues squad for Saturday’s match against Bolton.Torres is likely to be among the substitutes at Stamford Bridge, where Chelsea will be looking for their first win in six games.AdChoices广告Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

Callum Harriott to suit-up for Guyana tonight!

first_img… Golden Jaguars to tackle Belize at Leonora in historic encounterTHE Golden Jaguars received a boost with the addition of former England U-19 and Reading FC talisman Callum Harriott, who was given all clearance by football’s world governing body FIFA, to represent the ‘Land of Many Waters’ in today’s historic clash against Belize at the National Track and Field Centre, Leonora.Today marks the final CONCACAF Nations League Qualifier game for both sides, where a win for Guyana will see them emulate the women’s national team, who qualified for the Gold Cup in 2010, while for Belize, a victory will see them return to the biennial tournament for the first time since 2013.Harriott, who plays for Reading FC in the English Football League (ELF) Championship, said he felt that this was “an opportunity that I had to grasp and I’m excited to get going. I hope to bring a lot of goals, playing good football and getting the right results.”Harriott, 25, is an exciting attacking player who recently caught the eye in Reading’s third-round F.A. Cup tie against English Premier League giants Manchester United. He is eligible to play for Guyana through his maternal grandparents.“To have somebody of Callum’s calibre involved in the international set-up is a massive boost for Guyana, the players and the staff,” said Golden Jaguars head coach Michael Johnson. “This player comes highly recommended from Reading and has the ability to go past opponents and score goals.”The charismatic winger started his career at Charlton Athletic before joining Championship side Reading in 2016.The Guyana Football Federation’s (GFF) Technical Director Ian Greenwood, related that “Callum brings a tremendous attacking threat and a new dimension in the final third, but what stands out the most are his character and desire to represent Guyana.”Faizal Khan, the GFF Head of Recruitment said, “Callum is the type of player that can take and keep the Guyana national men’s team at the very top of regional international football.Knowing Callum’s ability and personality, I foresee him becoming a fans’ favourite here in Guyana.”Kick-off time is 18:30hrs.last_img read more

Guyana males finish second at Inter-Guianas U-21 Volleyball Tournament

first_imgGUYANA’S male team settled for a second-place finish at the recently concluded Inter-Guianas U-21 Male and Female Volleyball Tournament, which was played in French Guiana.Defending champions Guyana had stormed into the final of the event through victories over the home side and Suriname in the preliminaries, but according to information from the federation, the officials heavily favoured the home side in the championship clash.The Guyanese contingent were not the only ones dissatisfied with the calls, the technical official of the French Guiana Volleyball Federation also acknowledged it and promised to get overseas officials for the next event.Despite the ‘bad calls’, the visitors were able to take their opponents to five games in the best-in-three championship clash. Guyana won the opener 25-17, before French Guiana drew even at 25-18. The visitors bounced back to win game three 25-18 with French Guiana again fighting back for a 25-19 win in game four, before they sealed the win with a 15-12 victory in the final clash.In the two-best-in-three preliminary round of the May 3-4 tri-nation event, Guyana males had defeated French Guiana 25-21, 17-25 and 25-19 and Suriname 25-17, 19-25 and 25-21.Our female team did not fare well and were defeated in the preliminary round by both the home nation and Suriname, who played with more experienced players.INDIVIDUAL AWARDSAlong with the second-place trophy, Guyana took two individual awards. Captain Andy Rohoman was adjudged the best attacker, while his teammate Jaleel Roberts finished as the best blocker.President of the Guyana Volleyball Federation Levi Nedd indicated that the trip would not have been possible without the support of Director of Sport Christopher Jones.last_img read more

Serena to face Simona Halep  in Saturday’s Wimbledon final

first_imgSERENA Williams made light work of Barbora Strycova to reach the Wimbledon final and stand one win away from a record-equalling 24th Grand Slam title.The American was just too powerful for the Czech in a 6-1 6-2 win that set up a final against Romania’s Simona Halep.Williams, 37, said she tried to “tap into that younger Serena” in a dominant display that will make her the oldest Grand Slam women’s singles finalist.She took just 59 minutes to win and continue her bid for an eighth title.“It feels good to be back in the final,” said Williams, who was runner-up to Angelique Kerber last year and will be appearing in the grass-court showpiece for an 11th time on Saturday.Williams is aiming to draw level with Australian Margaret Court’s all-time record of 24 Grand Slam singles titles and also win her first major title since becoming a mum in September 2017.In 33-year-old Grand Slam semi-final debutant Strycova, she was facing a player she had met three times before without dropping a set.And she was not going to spoil that record here, establishing breaks in the fourth and sixth games before taking the set with her 44th ace of the championships.While Williams is a firm favourite on Centre Court, the crowd wanted to see more of a match and cheered every half chance, net cord or winner that went Strycova’s way.But despite the support, the world number 54 seemed lost in the occasion and unable to turn to the serve-and-volley game that had served her so well in the dismantling of British number one Johanna Konta in the quarter-finals.Meanwhile,Simona Halep says she feels “mentally stronger” for the “big challenge” of facing Serena Williams in the Wimbledon final on Saturday.Halep beat Elina Svitolina 6-1 6-3 to reach her maiden final at the All England Club, where she will meet seven-time champion Serena Williams.The Romanian has won just one of her 10 meetings with American Williams, coming at the WTA Finals in 2014.“I will believe that I have my chance to win against her,” said Halep, 27.“Of course, I respect a lot what she has done and what she’s doing.“But now I feel stronger mentally facing her. We will see what is going to happen. It’s just a big challenge for me.”Seventh seed Halep – whose previous best finish at Wimbledon was reaching the 2014 semi-finals – wrapped up victory over Ukrainian eighth seed Svitolina in one hour 13 minutes.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Ganguly wants to coach India in the future

first_imgSOURAV Ganguly is “definitely interested” in becoming India’s coach, but not right now. The former captain said that his plate was full with current commitments, but once those were done, he would certainly put forward his candidature for the post.“Definitely, I’m interested but not at this point of time. Let one more phase go then I will throw my name into the fray,” Ganguly told Press Trust of India. “Currently, I’m associated with too many things — IPL, CAB (Cricket Association of Bengal, where he’s president), TV commentary. Let me complete this. But I will definitely put my hat at some stage. Provided I get selected. But definitely I’m interested. Not now, but in the future.”The BCCI has called for applications for the team’s coaching staff, with the current incumbents’ contracts set to end after India’s tour of West Indies. All of Ravi Shastri, Sanjay Bangar, B. Arun and R. Sridhar have had their names automatically entered into the selection process, which will be conducted by the reconstituted Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of Kapil Dev, Anshuman Gaekwad and Shantha Rangaswamy.Ganguly was part of the original CAC, alongside Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman, when the current coaching staff was appointed, and he felt that among the current applicants, there wasn’t any ‘heavyweight’ name.“Going by the applicants, I don’t see any heavyweight names,” he said. “I heard Mahela (Jayawardene) would apply but ultimately he didn’t …. There are not many big names who have applied for the coach’s job. Ultimately I don’t know what the panel will decide. They have been around for a while. Whoever they feel is good they should give it.”Ganguly steered clear of evaluating Shastri’s term as the coach, saying: “I will hold my opinion on that. I don’t think it’s right for me to say about that. I’m too far from the system that decides the coach.”Virat Kohli was asked who his choice of coach would be at the Indian team’s press conference before their departure for the tour of West Indies, and he had indicated his preference for continuing with the current set-up, saying the team had prospered under Shastri and the players liked and respected him.Kohli also said that the CAC hadn’t asked for his input yet, and he would offer his opinion if asked. Subsequently, Kapil Dev said Kohli’s opinion should be given due consideration. “That’s his opinion. We have to respect everybody’s opinion,” Kapil said.The interviews for the new support staff are expected to take place on August 14 and 15. (ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Incidents of theft reported at Linden synthetic track

first_img… Lindeners asked to respect synthetic track siteAS construction works progress on the eight-lane synthetic track at Wismar, Linden, Region 10, contractors have reported multiple incidents of theft occurring at the Bayroc Community Centre ground site, according to a release from the Ministry of the Presidency.  The disappointing reports started since activation of construction in January 2019. The project, which is in the third of its four phases, has been minimally hindered by the loss of a quantity of building materials. These include drainage pipes, sand, security fencing, crusher-run, stone, steel rods, fuel, truck batteries and even security lights.The Ministry of the Presidency, Department of Social Cohesion, Culture, Youth and Sport remains disappointed by the actions of some residents, as these reflect poorly on the Bayroc community, Linden and Guyana as a whole.The Ministry wishes to remind Lindeners that the synthetic track project is a massive multi-million-dollar investment geared at enhancing the community’s athletes.Once operational, the state-of-the-art facility will undoubtedly attract multiple developments for Linden and its people. As a result, the Ministry expects residents to respect and treasure the facility.The matter has been reported to the police and security reinforcements have been installed.Regrettably, as a precautionary measure, residents of Linden are asked to desist traversing the site. This restriction is being implemented as a means of maintaining the integrity of ongoing works.last_img read more

USA Track and Field calls for Olympics delay

first_imgUSA Track and Field athletics’ U.S. governing body has called for this summer’s Olympics in Tokyo to be delayed because of the ongoing coronavirus situation.The federation has asked the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee to advocate to the International Olympic Committee for the postponement of the Games.It follows a request from USA Swimming for it to be delayed by 12 months.The Olympics is scheduled to take place from July 24 to August 9.USA Track and Field chief executive Max Siegel wrote in a letter to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee: “We certainly understand the ramifications of this request, and the realities of trying to coordinate the logistics of a postponed Olympic Games around the schedules of other athletes, sport federations, key stakeholders etc.“But the alternative of moving forward in light of the current global situation would not be in the best interest of our athletes (as difficult as that decision might be).”There are a growing number of calls for the Games not to take place this summer.UK Athletics chairman Nic Coward recently suggested that the Olympics should be postponed, while Brazil, Norway and Slovenia’s Olympic committees have also urged the IOC to take action and put it back to next year.Four-time Olympic champion and BBC Sport pundit Michael Johnson fears athletes could “risk their lives” trying to train for the Games and called for clarity on the IOC’s decision-making process.“IOC should communicate the window for deciding on the ’20 Olympics,” tweeted the former US sprinter. “Athletes must keep training but for many there’s nowhere to train.“They may risk their lives and others trying to continue training. Answer isn’t just cancel ASAP. But communicate the process to the athletes.”On Friday, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach told the New York Times “different scenarios” for Tokyo 2020 are now being considered for the first time. (BBC Sport)last_img read more