Five Valencia Players, Staff Test Positive for Coronavirus

first_imgSpain is the second worst-hit country in Europe after Italy and is set to declare a national lockdown on Monday.“It is clear I have started 2020 with bad luck,” Garay, 33, wrote on Instagram.“I am very well and must obey health authorities and stay isolated.”A Valencia statement said the affected players and staff were “in their homes in good health and under isolation measures”.“We are confident that with solidarity, responsibility and good spirits we will beat this pandemic,” the club added.In the case involving Real Madrid, a member of their basketball team – who used the same training facilities as the football team – tested positive, leading to the side’s quarantine.Several players in Italy’s Serie A have tested positive for the virus, including on-loan Wolves forward Patrick Cutrone.Also yesterday,Wayne Rooney insisted that the UK government and football authorities have treated footballers as “guinea pigs” during the coronavirus outbreak.Elite football in Britain has been suspended until at least 3 April, with the Premier League saying “conditions at the time” will determine its return.“For players, staff and their families it has been a worrying week,” he said.“One in which you felt a lack of leadership from the government and from the FA and Premier League.”Writing in his column in the UK’s Sunday Times, the former England captain said: “The rest of sport – tennis, Formula 1, rugby, golf, football in other countries – was closing down and we were being told to carry on.“I think a lot of footballers were wondering, ‘Is it something to do with money being involved in this?’. Why did we wait until Friday? Why did it take Mikel Arteta (Arsenal manager) to get ill for the game in England to do the right thing,” queried the former Manchester United star.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Five Valencia players and staff are “in good health” after testing positive for coronavirus, the club announced yesterday.Valencia and Argentina defender Ezequiel Garay became the first La Liga player to announce a positive test earlier on Sunday.Spain’s La Liga was suspended on Thursday after the Real Madrid squad went into quarantine.last_img read more

SpeakSC Forum discusses annual fountain run options

first_imgUndergraduate Student Government hosted a SpeakSC Forum on Wednesday night that centered on the annual fountain run tradition that many undergraduate seniors partake in.USG President Andrew Menard, moderated the forum. Administrators in attendance included Dr. Ainsley Carry, vice provost for Student Affairs; Dr. Monique Allard, assistant provost for Student Affairs; and Lieutenant Hecklemann of the Dept. of Public Safety.For the last decade, seniors have attempted to run into all of the fountains located on the University Park campus. The annual fountain run, which occurs on the last Thursday before graduation, has sparked great concern among school officials due to the damage caused by last year’s event.Last year, three students were transported to a local hospital due to injuries or intoxication. The 2014 fountain run cost the university $34,842 in damages. Though DPS wrapped parts of the fountains in specialized fencing to prevent damage and student injury, nearly all of the fences were torn down in under eight minutes.Youth Triumphant, a fountain located at the center of Alumni Park and features a solid bronze statue atop four “modest maidens,” incurred the most financial and physical damage.Menard commented on the importance of smoothly facilitating this year’s fountain run.“Administrators reached out to USG and said, ‘Look, these are the damages we’ve incurred, this is the amount of lacerations there have been, this is the amount of students that were transported to the hospital, and we need to have a conversation about liability and safety,’” Menard said. “USG wanted students to have a place in this discussion so we decided to put together an event where we can get administrators and students in the same room talking about solutions.”Students and administrators reached a consensus agreeing that the fountain run must change in order to ensure student safety. Others also expressed their desire to effectively communicate about the event in order to preserve the fountain tradition.Carry asked students to work with administrators to help achieve a smoother, safer event.“We need your help for coming up with a smarter way to make this a safe event,” Carry said. “The fountain run was born out of the students. You have a chance to stake a claim in what is acceptable at your institution.”Students in attendance also contributed their ideas to the administration. One senior suggested selling tickets to contribute to the possible damages incurred during the event and to prevent outsiders from participating. Another student suggested checking student identification for this purpose. Many students supported the idea of an alternative event, however, such as food trucks or a concert, running concurrently with the fountain run to direct traffic away from the fountains.Lieutenant Hecklemenn asserted that the fountains be excluded from any kind of alternative event. Other administrators agreed with this sentiment.“An alternative event is an excellent idea, but it would have to exclude the fountains,” Hecklemenn said. “The fountains are simply not designed for this kind of event. That’s the challenge.”Suggestions to end the fountain run for the 2015 school year was met by hesitation from students. Many felt the cancellation of the highly anticipated event would not stop seniors from continuing to partake in the fountain run.Rini Sampath, vice president of USG, said cancelling the fountain run might not be effective.“Cancellation of the fountain run might create an issue where students are organizing it for a day where DPS isn’t aware,” Sampath said. “So if we were going to organize something else I think it would need to coexist with the fountain run.”last_img read more

Frank Howard assists on 6 baskets in Syracuse’s 60-57 win against Georgia Tech

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Frank Howard was recruited to Syracuse because he is a good passer. He doesn’t turn the ball over. He’s a smart point guard who makes good offensive decisions.Within six minutes of entering the game for SU against Georgia Tech on Saturday, he had proven his reputation correct. By then, he registered four assists, and propelled the Orange to a 29-22 lead, the largest it would be all game.“Frank Howard made some of the best passes we’ve seen in years here,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said.Howard stayed in the game for 14 meaningful minutes of Syracuse’s (15-8, 5-5 Atlantic Coast) 60-57 home win over Georgia Tech on Saturday. He scored just one point, but dished out six assists, collected three rebounds and didn’t turn the ball over a single time.MORE STORIESAdvertisementThis is placeholder textMalachi Richardson closes out Syracuse’s win over Georgia TechDajuan Coleman turns in positive offensive performance despite fouling outWhat we learned from Syracuse’s 60-57 win over Georgia TechFull transcription of Jim Boeheim addressing support for Dwayne “Pearl” WashingtonHe had played just 17 minutes combined over the past three games and had six assists throughout the first nine conference games.“I’ve been trying to come here more focused, watch a lot of film to know where I can pick my spots,” Howard said. “And I think I did a good job of identifying those and making plays.”His prettiest assist came on a Syracuse fast break. Howard ran down to the right wing and took a pass from Malachi Richardson as soon as he got his feet set. Not even a tick later, the ball was in the hands of a cutting Tyler Roberson, who finished a dunk.He bookended his run by drawing in three defenders and tossing a somewhat sidearmed dish to Roberson again. The Orange was up by seven and the Yellow Jackets called timeout.“I thought he was great,” Trevor Cooney said. “From a guard perspective, I’ve been with Frank and I’ve told him to be that spark. All good Syracuse teams have had a spark come off the bench, and he can be that for us, easily. And he was today.”Boeheim joked that he would stay in the game more if he didn’t take so many bad 10-foot floaters. Howard’s 1-of-14 shooting clip in conference games is an indication of why he thinks that. But he did praise the freshman that has wrestled away the backup point guard spot from Kaleb Joseph. And Boeheim praise is tough to come by.“It’s aways good when you can get a compliment from him,” Howard said. “I’m happy I made him proud.” Comments Published on January 30, 2016 at 4:28 pm Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Cahir Park and St Michaels progress in the Munster Junior Cup

first_imgPhoto © Pixabay The Saints hammered St Saviours of Waterford 4 – 0. Cahir Park and St Michael’s have both progressed to the next round of the Munster Junior Cup.Cahir were 2 – 1 winners over Avondale of Cork in their 4th round clash – the Cahir goals coming from Shane Murphy and Benny Ryan.last_img

Johannes Vetter throws an epic 97.76m, falls a metre short of javelin throw world record

first_img COMMENT 2017 World Champion Johannes Vetter is regarded as one of the best when it comes to javelin throws and the German athlete fell agonisingly short of the world record on Sunday. The 27-year-old was participating in the World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting in Silesia, Poland, and fell centimetres short, 72 to be precise, of breaking Jan Zelezny’s 24-year-old record. Nonetheless, the Johannes Vetter 97.76m throw takes him to second on the all-time list, while his effort is now the German record. Also Read: Anand Mahindra Inspires Followers On Friday Morning With THIS Olympics ExampleJohannes Vetter javelin record: Johannes Vetter 97.76m throw falls 1 metre short of world record Johannes Vetter produced the second-longest javelin throw in the history of the sport, throwing a remarkable 97.76m during the Tour Gold event in Chorzow, Poland on Sunday. The Johannes Vetter 97.76m throw was his best ever tally and the second-best in the history of the sport, just behind three-time Olympic champion Jan Zelezny’s 1996 world record of 98.48m. The Johannes Vetter javelin throw is the new German record, breaking his own best of 94.44m in 2017. While the 27-year-old threw 97.76m in his third attempt, he followed it up with another epic 94.84m in his very next attempt, the fifth farthest in the history of the sport. The Johannes Vetter 97.76m throw puts him almost four metres ahead of fellow German star Thomas Rohler’s effort of 93.90m in 2017.Also Read: Sonu Sood Helps Javelin Thrower Sudama Yadav, Promises Knee Surgery First Published: 7th September, 2020 18:13 IST Sreehari Menon WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US ‘It was really close to a perfect moment’: Johannes Vetter on his 97.76m throw Speaking to World Athletics after the Johann Vetter 97.76m throw, the German athlete said that he was struggling to sum up his emotions and believes that it was a near-perfect moment. The 27-year-old said an athlete can feel it in their body when they’ve launched a good throw, right from the toe to the chest to the hands. Vetter added that it was hard to explain as one can feel it for less than a second and realise that it is a massive throw. The German athlete said he’s only experienced it once before, in Lucerne in 2017, when he unleashed his previous best and German national record of 94.44m. Vetter added that while a number of people did not think that it was possible to throw a javelin more than 95 metres in a closed stadium, he believed that with minor improvements, he could make a difference of many metres. Also Read: Officials Discuss Virus Measures At Tokyo OlympicsAlso Read: Japan Remains Committed To Olympics Says Ex-PM Abe After Stepping Down(Image Courtesy: Johannes Vetter Instagram) center_img Last Updated: 7th September, 2020 18:13 IST Johannes Vetter Throws An Epic 97.76m, Falls A Metre Short Of Javelin Throw World Record German athlete Johannes Vetter fell a metre short of the javelin throw world record after recording a 97.76m throw on Sunday at Continental Tour Gold in Poland. Johannes Vetter. 97.76m 🚀That’s it. That’s the tweet.#ContinentalTourGold— Continental Tour Gold (@ContiTourGold) September 6, 2020 Written By LIVE TV FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Guyana’s Election Crisis Deepens As Allegations of Fraud Arise

first_imgPresident David Granger and members of the APNU+AFC Coalition (APNU+AFC photo) GEORGETOWN, Guyana – What started off as a very normal and standard electoral process in Guyana, quickly turned into one of the most astounding local elections that the country has had in recent times.On March 2, citizens of the CARICOM state went to the polls to vote for the next governing party: a choice between the ruling  Partnership for National Unity and Alliance for Change (ANPU-AFC), led by President David Granger and the main opposition, the Peoples Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) led by Irfaan Ali.As the polls closed on the night of March 2, the results from the polling regions trickled in slower than usual. Hours turned to days as the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) announced that they were having “several hiccups” which halted the counting process in a number of regions.Still, by March 4, two days after the polls had closed, the returning officers in nine of the 10 regions declared official results, with the main opposition party, holding a significant 51,439-vote lead in the elections.Then on Thursday, March 5, the electoral commission made the decision to release unverified results from Region Four, the largest voting region in the country that propelled the ruling party ahead in the vote count, and therefore, winning the elections. Not only was the commission’s move a direct violation of a court injunction, but sparked confusion and allegations of electoral fraud on the part of the ruling party.The announcement of the results was criticized by four groups of international observers and main Western embassies, who said the process did not follow the country’s laws and lacked transparency.In their joint statement on Friday, March 6, the US, British, Canadian and EU officials all said they were worried about alleged electoral fraud influencing the results of the 2 March vote.“We call on President Granger to avoid a transition of government which we believe would be unconstitutional as it would be based on a vote tabulation process that lacked credibility and transparency,” the joint statement said.Despite the commission’s announcement of unverified results, the GECOM has not yet declared a winner of the elections. That did not stop President Granger from celebrating the announcement on Thursday, with his supporters decked out in green, chanting “black power wins again.”Meanwhile, the main opposition party and Guyana’s main private-sector association, which formed part of the observer mission, accused the head of Guyana’s electoral commission of allowing “attempts to perpetuate election fraud.” Opposition leaders say the elections commission altered Region Four’s results to give Mr Granger’s coalition a victory over the opposition PPP. They have denounced the results and say the PPP won the election.US Western Hemisphere affairs official Michael Kozak said “no candidate should declare victory or be sworn in “while serious questions remain about credibility of March 2 elections.” Billions At Stake for Guyana’s Next GovernmentBillions are at stake for the next government of Guyana – the world’s newest petrol state. Production in the offshore oil fields, estimated to contain at least 8bn barrels, began in 2019. Economy experts say that the first proceeds from the oil boom is expected to generate tens of billions of dollars for Guyana this decade.Thus, a disputed election and corrupted start to a new era of economic growth in Guyana could derail the country’s plans to use its newfound oil wealth to spur economic development.Many local politicians have agreed that the confusing elections have been a terrible start to this new era. “This is an embarrassment that this emerging oil giant has to be sitting here at this table now and speaking on the brink of a dictatorship,” said Kian Jabour of a minor opposition party, A New and United Guyana.The government said it expected up to $300m in oil revenues this year alone, which if managed properly, could be largely beneficial for the country of 800,000 residents.last_img read more

William Hill – Can Blade Runner 2049 break The Oscars mould?

first_img William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Share Related Articles SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Share Publishing its early ‘Academy Awards 2017 (The Oscars)’ markets, bookmaker William Hill has placed ‘Blade Runner 2049’ as a surprise 12/1 longshot to win the ‘Best Picture’ category.Released last week, director Denis Villeneuve’s 35-year sequel of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi film-noir classic ‘Blade Runner’ has been met with glowing critical response.To date, no sci-fi film has ever won the ‘Best Picture’ Academy Award, could Denis Villeneuve’s dystopian and existential thriller break the Academy’s mould?“Blade Runner 2049 has opened to almost universal acclaim and has to be a major contender for Oscar Glory,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams.At present, all bookmakers have priced Christopher Nolan’s World War II epic ‘Dunkirk’ as early Oscars 2017 Best Picture favourite, leading the market at 4-1/3-1 odds.Still very early days for Academy 2017 contention, the majority of Hollywood studios have yet to release their awards contenders which will begin to hit theatres this autumn.In the run-up to Oscars 2017, Bookmakers and movie insiders expect a strong showing from ‘The Shape of Water’ (‎Guillermo del Toro – Fox Search Light), ‘Call Me by Your Name’ (Luca Guadagnino – Sony Classics) and ‘Downsizing’ (Alexander Payne – Paramount Pictures).Blade Runner 2049 – Trailerlast_img read more

Japan becomes first team to qualify for 2014 World Cup

first_imgKeisuke Honda made sure Japan became the first team to qualify for the 2014 World Cup by calmly converting a stoppage-time penalty kick Tuesday for a 1-1 draw against Australia.Tommy Oar had given Australia a 1-0 lead in the 82nd minute with a lob over Japan goalkeeper Eiji Kawasahima. But a handball by Matthew McKay in the last minute of regulation set up the penalty for Honda, who beat Australia goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer with a left-footed shot into the top of the net.Japan needed at least a point to clinch a spot in next year’s World Cup in Brazil from Group B in Asian qualifying.“I have achieved one of the goals I was hired for,” Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni said. “But just qualifying is not enough. We have a very strong commitment to playing well so we will aim even higher in Brazil.”Honda had missed Japan’s last two matches — both defeats — but was his team’s best player on Tuesday.“Honda is a special player,” Zaccheroni said. “He has two important qualities: he’s strong physically and he’s strong mentally. That was his first full 90-minute game since November and he was spectacular.” Both teams had great scoring chances in the first half, but Schwarzer got his right hand up to block Shinji Kagawa’s shot from close range. Later, Brett Holman fed a through ball to Robbie Kruse, who fired a right-footed shot that Kawashima knocked down with an outstretched arm.Japan, eager to secure qualification at home, started the second half strong with Kagawa grazing the crossbar with an angled shot in the 59th minute.Just when the match looked set to finish in a goalless draw, Oar silenced the crowd of 62,172 when he beat a Japanese defender on the wing and sent a lob toward the net that dipped inside the bar and past the flailing arm of Kawashima.Schwarzer then stopped Yuto Nagatomo’s shot from close range in the 80th minute before Oar put the visitors ahead minutes later.Australia, bidding for a third straight World Cup appearance, is second in Group B with seven points with two matches remaining. The first two spots earn automatic berths in Brazil. “We probably just deserved to get the three points,” captain Lucas Neill said. “It’s a bitter pill to swallow to concede a penalty at the death. We knew this is a fantastic team we’re playing against, a very tough place to come and get points. We would have been delighted to get three, but it sets us up nicely now with one.”Australia’s next two matches are both at home against Jordan in Melbourne on June 11 and Iraq on June 18 in Sydney.“I think everybody is a little bit disappointed but I’m sure in the next few days, once we all calm down, we’ll see the positives from the game and take it into next week,” Oar said.last_img read more

Women’s World Cup 2019: England can remove USA’s aura of invincibility with win

first_imgFaye White admits the United States used to have an aura of invincibility, but the former England captain believes the Lionesses can remove a mental barrier by beating the defending champions in the Women’s World Cup semifinals.Jill Ellis’ side will play its eighth straight semifinal game at a World Cup on Tuesday against an England team hoping to go one step further after semifinal exits at each of the last two major tournaments. The last time the two met in a World Cup knockout clash was in 2007, when White skippered an England team that was beaten 3-0.And while the 90-cap international acknowledged the U.S. had a certain mystique back then, she insists Phil Neville’s Lionesses have nothing to fear in Lyon. Related News USA vs. England: How key players Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze match up “They did have that aura — they are the best team in the world, they proved it at World Cups, Olympics as well, they are constantly delivering on the biggest stage,” White told Omnisport. “Now we are getting closer in terms of structure and finance. This game is a massive opportunity. It is the first time that [England] don’t feel like underdogs. We feel very much on a par.”It’s that mental side; they had the edge. We just need that win. This could change the perception of the game and take it on another level back home if we can get that result.”Time to be braveFinal training ahead of our @fifawwc semi final: complete.— Lionesses (@Lionesses) July 1, 2019England reached the semifinals in 2015 too but the team four years on feels like a different proposition, with Neville’s side having scored more goals, conceded fewer and having had a much larger percentage of possession.Former Manchester United player Neville was a surprise hire in 2018 given he had never held a coaching role in the women’s game, but White can see his squad has fully bought into his methodology.”You would with a manager that’s played where he has and with the manager [Alex Ferguson] he has worked under,” White, speaking on behalf of Greene King, added. “I would have felt a huge amount of excitement that he was coming in and being able to draw off his experiences, what better way to take his knowledge?”He’s fully immersed himself in the women’s game and they play with their hearts.”Neville has also got the best out of Lucy Bronze, calling the right-back “the best player in the world” after her display against Norway in the quarterfinals. Women’s World Cup 2019: How ‘free spirit’ Megan Rapinoe started on the road to greatness Bronze said she did not consider herself worthy of such a billing, though White thinks she belongs on the shortlist for this year’s Ballon d’Or.”You always get strikers and midfielders getting the limelight but for a right-back to affect a team so much, it’s unbelievable,” White said. “She has that Roberto Carlos stature that he had within the men’s game. She’s so assured and drives a team forward in an attacking sense. Without question she should have that nomination.”Greene King is encouraging communities to come together and support the Lionesses – Women’s World Cup 2019: Lucy Bronze, England ‘more hungry’ than other semifinalistslast_img read more