Mount Maunganui: New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was all praise for his side on Tuesday. “An outstanding performance. Very clinical – India put us under pressure, but the way the guys fought back with the ball and kept them to a par total,” said Williamson in the post-match presentation ceremony. India were seemingly racing towards a score close to 350 with Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul going big guns. But New Zealand put the breaks on the Indian innings in the last four overs. Openers Martin Guptill and Henry Nicholls’ 106-run partnership provided a foundation on which the batsmen after them built the successful run chase. “The cricket smarts in the second half was outstanding to see,” said Williamson. “We know how good they are at all formats, but for us the clarity about the roles the guys had was the most important thing. The ODI side will be taking this momentum into the Australia series. Outstanding effort against a brilliant India side.” IANSAlso Read: Kane Williamson returns to New Zealand T20I fold for India seriesAlso Watch: International Day of Women and Girls in Science observed at Assam Startup the Nest in Guwahati
___Torino has announced that a player has tested positive for COVID-19 after the first run of medical tests were carried out on the team as it begins the return to training.The club has not named the player but says he is asymptomatic and has been placed in quarantine.Most Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18.The teams have been allowed to do so under a strict set of guidelines, including testing players and staff. Speaking Wednesday on a teleconference call from his home in Peachtree City, Georgia, Smith said he doesn’t want to return until there’s no threat of contracting the new coronavirus.“There’s a definitely a concern about that,” Smith said. “We want to make sure it’s 100 percent safe. When they give us the go — if they do — to start back up again, we don’t want to contract that virus and then pass it around to others amongst ourselves and get other people sick and just continue that pandemic.“Whenever they give us the go, when it’s like a really safe time to go back, I think that would be the best opportunity.”Smith has been passing the time during the quarantine with his family, but he made time to participate in a video game challenge with other big leaguers. Playing MLB The Show 19, Smith went 19-10, finished fifth and was named Players League Best Manager.— Reporting by David Ginsburg in Baltimore Dinamo Zagreb leads the league by 18 points over Rijeka with 10 matches remaining.Four clubs are in contention for the runner-up spot and a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.___Soccer players in Spain are going back to their team’s training camps for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus outbreak.Players for Barcelona, Real Madrid and other clubs arrived for medical tests and to start preparing for the return to training this week. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Orioles outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. is eager to get back on the baseball diamond, though not until he can be sure it’s in a safe environment. May 6, 2020 CEO Yuri Ganus says testing will start again in the last 10 days of May with a “balanced, selective and focused” approach as the agency tries to make up for a lengthy stoppage.Testing was suspended at the end of March when Russian President Vladimir Putin asked people to stay home unless they were working in designated essential sectors.Ganus says that during the stoppage “we have been carrying out all the work of a national anti-doping agency except for the testing.” That covers areas such as education, investigations and planning for future tests.Anti-doping work worldwide has come to a near-standstill during the coronavirus pandemic. That has raised fears that some athletes could take advantage and cheat.The Russian agency issued staff with disinfectant wipes and face masks before the stoppage and also offered athletes masks to wear while being tested. ___The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, finish its season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.Turkey suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak on March 20.Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir says “we are aiming to end the season on July 26 by playing seven weekends and one weekday game.”Ozdemir says the games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead. ___The Green Bay Packers are teaming with American Family Insurance to provide $20,000 worth of ready-made meals to northeast Wisconsin’s front-line workers in the fight against the new coronavirus. Packers officials said the meals will be delivered to hospitals May 6-12 for Nurse Appreciation Week and will go to police and fire stations May 10-16 as part of Police Appreciation Week.The Packers also have provided $1.5 million in grants through the Packers Give Back COVID-19 Community Relief Fund.___ Associated Press ___The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday.Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion.No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted. ___Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says Premier League clubs have yet to settle on protocols to ensure a safe return to playing during the coronavirus pandemic.The league is trying to find a way to resume in June but group practice sessions have not yet started.Purslow tells talkSPORT radio that “we haven’t got to the crucial protocols that relate to actually playing football. Until we crack the code of making our great contact sports safe then the conversation we’re having is hypothetical.”Aston Villa has joined Brighton and West Ham in expressing public opposition to the current “Project Restart” plan that would see all remaining games played at neutral stadiums. The majority did not wear masks or gloves. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were among those without masks when they drove into Barcelona’s training center. Antoine Griezmann, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic had masks on.Real Madrid players Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema arrived without masks like most of their teammates.The training centers of all clubs were disinfected in the last couple of days. All players and members of the coaching staff are going to be tested for COVID-19 before training can resume.Players will initially train individually. The league wants a training period of about a month before it can restart in empty stadiums. It hopes to resume sometime in June.___ There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans.___The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country.Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year.Tiley is the Australian Open’s tournament director. He says organizers have “modeled everything” and tells AAP “our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.” More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years.A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.___German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped. The Latest: Orioles’ Smith anxious but wary to return Paris Saint-Germain has donated 100,000 euros ($108,000) to the Action Against Hunger charity amid the coronavirus pandemic.The money provides charity workers helping those at risk with protective equipment such as surgical masks, goggles, gloves, gowns, gels and thermometers.The Parc des Princes has been operating as a support base for the charity in the Greater Paris region.PSG says club volunteers have helped charity staff “make, assemble and store hygiene kits and health equipment for those most at risk.” More than 2,000 people have benefited from hygiene and household kits.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi says the charity’s “wide-ranging work in many fields is more essential than ever.” ___Cleveland Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said the NBA team is going ahead with plans to open its training facility on Friday so players can individually work out.Bickerstaff said the team has been in contact with local and Ohio health officials to make sure it is following safety guidelines due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The team’s year-round facility in Independence, Ohio has been closed since mid-March.Bickerstaff, who took over the Cavs when John Beilein stepped down in February midway through his first season, said the league has advised that any player and coach remain 12 feet apart while on the floor together.He said coaches will be required to wear masks and gloves. Bickerstaff said the workouts are voluntary and “no one is being pressured to do anything.” Juventus has announced that forward Paulo Dybala has recovered from the new coronavirus.Juventus issued a brief statement Wednesday saying that Dybala’s two latest tests came back negative for COVID-19. The club says Dybala has “therefore recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”It was reported last week that Dybala was still positive for the disease after several weeks of tests.Juventus and most of the other Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18.___ Most of the other Italian league clubs are resuming training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18.___The Croatian soccer federation says it wants to restart the season on May 30 with the cup semifinals.The country’s 10-team league is set to resume with all games in empty stadiums on June 6 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Croatian federation is led by former player and UEFA executive committee member Davor Suker. It says final approval must come from public authorities. Lower-level leagues will not be completed. Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart.The earliest the league can resume is May 16. The German soccer league is to hold a general meeting with the country’s 36 professional clubs in the top two divisions via video link on Thursday.The Bundesliga was suspended with nine rounds remaining on March 13. The clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___Inter Milan has postponed the return of its players to the training field because not everyone on the team has been tested for the coronavirus.Serie A players are set to resume practice this week under a strict set of guidelines amid the pandemic and Inter was slated to restart on Wednesday.But Inter’s Suning Center remains closed and is now expected to reopen at the end of the week.Inter’s team doctor was one of three Serie A physicians who were hospitalized with the virus. The New Jersey Devils are donating 10,000 tickets for next season to health care workers with RWJBarnabas.The Devils also promised to donate two extra tickets for every season ticket member and plan holder who use credits they earned this year for next year.The NHL team plans to use social media to honor front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and across the country. The tribute is called “Stick Taps at 7” and will be broadcast at 7 p.m. It will include videos of players, alumni, coaches, management, front office staff and others saluting doctors, nurses and health care workers.RJWBarnabas Health is a sponsor of the Devils.The owners of the team previously donated money and medical supplies to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. Josh Harris and David Blitzer are the managing partners of the Devils. The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the national security council’s decision. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final.The league says “the working group’s proposals will be presented to the Pro League clubs at the general assembly on May 15.”Club Brugge stands to be awarded the title and qualify for next season’s Champions League if the advice is confirmed. Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs.___The Russian anti-doping agency plans to resume testing this month. Purslow says “we have six home games left to play so any Villa fan would agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa and I certainly wouldn’t agree to that unless the circumstances are right.”Villa is in next-from-last place in the Premier League and two points from safety with 10 games remaining.___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 ___Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women — scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore — have been scratched. The tournament dates to 1958. It was moved in February from Hong Kong because of social unrest.The World Amateur Team is held every other year. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. It next will be played in France in 2022.Also, the R&A says it has postponed until next year the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship. It was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 in Buenos Aires. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021.
___North Carolina has issued a timeline for athletes, coaches and athletics staffers to return to campus in stages through June and later into the summer.The plan announced begins with facilities staffers arriving Monday to prepare for the first athletes and coaches to arrive June 12. That group will consist of coaches and staff for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, along with the first group of football players.The schedule runs through early August.The plan calls for athletes to follow measures such as self-quarantining or wearing a mask in public for at least a week before returning. It outlines testing protocols while requiring athletes and employees to wear masks inside facilities when it’s difficult to follow social-distancing practices. The event replaces a WTA tournament in Berlin which was set for June but called off.___Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19.Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been played since March 9. The FA Cup final is set for Aug. 1.___The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums.J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai made the announcement in a online news conference.The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Rodgers says “the strangest thing was losing your smell and the taste. You lose your strength. You could hardly walk 10 yards. I felt it was similar to the time I was climbing Kilimanjaro. When you get to a certain point at altitude, you walk and really suffer.”The former Liverpool manager is still being tested twice a week according to the Premier League’s coronavirus protocols.Rodgers says “it’s not the case that now I’ve had it, I wouldn’t test. You just never know.”___Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic. May 29, 2020 ___The Spanish soccer league could use virtual crowds when the competition resumes in empty stadiums next month.Spanish league president Javier Tebas says the league is working with the possibility of giving fans different options on how to watch the matches on television. He says they may be able to choose either the original feed with no fans or an alternative one with crowds superimposed on the stands.Tebas says fans may also have the option of hearing pre-recorded crowd noise or stick with the live sound from the empty stadiums.Tebas says the Spanish league is expected to resume on June 11 and finish on July 19. The next season would start on Sept. 12. The European competitions are set to be played after the end of the domestic leagues. The Russian league previously announced it will resume games on June 21.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says “both players and fans have missed the vivid emotions of a match and the noise from the stands. Soon all this will return.”The move could help clubs stem losses from refunding ticket holders.Only neighboring Belarus is currently holding professional soccer games with fans in the stadium.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Czech Athletics Federation has responded to loosened lockdown restrictions by organizing 173 meetings across the country in a single day — Monday. Associated Press ___The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums.The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. There was one abstention.The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to complete the season on Aug. 2.St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. Third-place Basel trails by five points. Tebas says he wants two or three league matches to be played every day until the end of the competition.___The Pan Pacific Swimming Championships won’t be held as planned in 2022 because of a crowded international sporting schedule brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.Canada was scheduled to host the quadrennial event in 2022 but instead will host in 2026.Swimming Canada says charter nations Australia, Canada, Japan and the United States “agreed to defer” the event. “We’re in lockstep with the campus plan,” athletics director Bubba Cunningham told The Associated Press. “We are hopeful that we’ll have spectators in the fall but we don’t have a home game — at least a home football game — for 3½ months. So while we’re scenario-planning for those events, we’ll have to roll that out at a later date.“This is just to give some clarity to our staff, our coaches and our students of, ‘Here’s a timetable that you can count on to come back.’”___Arizona will begin allowing student-athletes to return to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15.The phased re-entry will begin with football players, followed by athletes in fall sports and select athletics staff. The NHL, which is ironing out details to resume its season by jumping straight to a 24-team playoff format, released a memo this week saying it is targeting early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol. It includes the opening of practice rinks and allowing small, voluntary group workouts on and off the ice.___The Minnesota Twins are planning to continue paying all of their minor league players through Aug. 31, despite the decreasing likelihood of a minor league season due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The Twins are one of at least 11 major league franchises that have informed minor leaguers they’ll continue to provide allowances after the expiration on Sunday of Major League Baseball’s pandemic-prompted policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. The Twins, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners have said they’re promising payments through August. Other clubs have committed through June.The Twins also said Friday they don’t plan to release any minor league players, as several major league parent clubs have reportedly done this week. Basel is also still in the Europa League. UEFA hopes to complete that competition in August after domestic seasons end.The league says a separate vote to increase the top division from 10 teams to 12 failed to pass.___The dates for the FA Cup semifinals have been changed to July 18-19.The Football Association originally announced dates of July 11-12 but a short time later decided to push them back. The Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021. That then led to the swimming world championships being pushed back to May 2022.The 2020 Junior Pan Pacific Championships were moved to August 2022 in Hawaii.___Fans will be in the stadiums when the Russian soccer league restarts next month.The Russian government’s coronavirus task force says spectators will be allowed if they don’t exceed 10% of the stadium’s capacity. All student-athletes and staff members will follow elevated safety protocols for testing, tracing and treatment.The Pac-12 Conference announced earlier this week it would allow member schools to begin holding on-campus voluntary workouts on June 15.___Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says he had the coronavirus and compared its effects to how he felt climbing Kilimanjaro.Rodgers says he fell ill “a week or so” after the English season was suspended on March 13 and later tested positive for the virus. He says he felt the effects of it for three weeks. ___The French soccer league says teams can play friendlies in July with a view to starting the new season in August.The remaining matches in men’s and women’s soccer this season were canceled.The French league said in a statement on Friday it expects the new season “will be able to start as anticipated in August with friendly games to prepare in July.”The league added it was working on how to allow fans back into stadiums when the season starts. Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which is under a yellow designation. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said earlier this month that if the county moved to yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races with no spectators present and guidelines followed to keep competitors safe.___The White Sox are using a pair of Chicago-themed T-shirts to raise money for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.The limited-edition shirts are on sale on the team website.The team says net proceeds from the sale will go to the response fund, which supports nonprofit organizations and agencies offering help with the coronavirus crisis. The White Sox and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls also committed $200,000 to support the fund in March. The reshaped English soccer season is set to end with the FA Cup final on Aug. 1.The Football Association has announced provisional dates for the remaining rounds of the competition a day after the Premier League said it planned to restart on June 17.The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 27-28 and the semifinals on July 11-12.The semifinals and final are usually held at Wembley Stadium. The FA says further information on venues will be announced later.The FA says the match dates are dependent on safety measures being met as lockdown measures are gradually eased during the coronavirus pandemic. Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the state’s five professional sports teams — the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Patriots and Revolution — can resume practicing at their respective facilities on June 6.But Baker made clear the reopening of those facilities must be done in accordance with the health and safety rules that each of the leagues are developing.The Celtics announced they will begin voluntary individual workouts at their facility on Monday. Workouts will be conducted in accordance with city, state, CDC and NBA requirements, with only four players allowed to workout at a time.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference call the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, he outlined the next phase of reopening of club facilities, which can begin Monday.NBA teams have allowed players back at their training facilities for voluntary sessions since May 8, with more than half of the league’s franchises having already taken advantage of that opportunity. All age categories will participate, and three of the meetings will include the country’s elite athletes, including two-time Olympic javelin champion Barbora Spotakova and three-time indoor world 400-meter champion Pavel Maslak.The initiative has been celebrated by World Athletics president Sebastian Coe.“It’s a really powerful template for all our other member federations,” Coe said in a conference call with Czech media on Friday. “A template how you engage the athletes, younger people, and the fans.”Gatherings of up to 300 people are allowed in the Czech Republic, which hasn’t been hit hard by the pandemic compared to some in Europe. The top two soccer divisions have already restarted, and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won this week in the first of a series of tennis tournaments organized by the Czech Tennis Federation for local players.___ The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.___French car manufacturer Renault says it is staying in Formula One despite planning a large number of job cuts.Renault general director Clotilde Delbos made the announcement in a telephone conference call.Renault plans to cut 15,000 jobs as part of its financial restructuring but Delbos said the company’s presence in F1 will not be affected. The Latest: Czechs set up 173 athletics meets for single day Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.The soccer league says “matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators into the stadiums in the future.”The league says all matches will be rescheduled with a priority given to scheduling teams from the same geographic region to limit travel.A new schedule will be announced on June 15. The lower level J-2 and J-3 leagues can begin play on June 27.___ One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19.Each tournament will feature six men and six women and there will be 200,000 euros ($222,000) in total prize money available.Thiem, Zverev and Kyrgios will be joined by Jannik Sinner for the men’s events. Two more players will be announced later.Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic will be in the women’s events. Two places are still to be confirmed.Matches will have a super tiebreaker replacing the third set. There will be electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people involved on court. — Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis___Pocono Raceway will hold its NASCAR weekend without fans.The Cup Series is scheduled to race June 27-28 and Truck and second-tier Xfinity races also will be held that weekend. Pocono says in a message to fans “it will certainly miss your passion, laughs, cheers, and smiles as the green flag drops in the Pocono Mountains.”Pocono says it will expedite a refund or account credit. The top two divisions of the Swedish league have been given the go-ahead to start their seasons on June 14.There will be no spectators at matches.The season was scheduled to start on April 4 but was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.___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
AFTER several keen and exciting contests during the 2019 season, Regal got the better of archrivals, Mike’s Wellman, in their Trophy Stall-sponsored Champion of Champions Over-45 clash, played at the Guyana National Industrial Corporation (GNIC) ground, Thomas Lands on Sunday.Led by a brilliant all-round performance from Uniss Yusuf, who slammed a boundary-studded 60 and claimed two wickets for 12 runs, Regal won by one wicket with three overs to spare in their 20-over affair played in a festive atmosphere.Set a challenging 152 for victory, after Mike’s Wellman had reached 151 for nine in their allotted 20 overs, Regal reached the required target in 17 overs, losing nine wickets in the process.Yusuff, who blasted two fours and eight sixes in his knock, gave the innings a rollicking start along with his partner, Mahesh Chunilall (16), the two adding 53 for the first wicket.Despite suffering a middle-order slump, Regal were always up to the required run rate and with Keith Fraser shoring up the middle and lower-order with 26, which included one four and three sixes, Regal romped home eventual winners.Man-of-the-match Uniss Yusuf receives his award from GSCL president, Ian John.Earlier, Mike’s Wellman were indebted to opener, S. Ramdeen, who stroked four fours and two sixes in a top-score of 39 with supporting knocks of 38 from Rawle Reid, whose innings contained two fours and three sixes while skipper Wayne Jones hit 20 with one four and one six.Apart from man-of-the-match Yusuf, David Harper and Eric Thomas were also among the wickets with two for 19 and 26 respectively.At the presentation ceremony which followed, Georgetown Softball Cricket League (GSCL) president, Ian John, spoke about the competitive rivalry that existed between the two top teams which saw them reaching the Prime Minister Softball Cup T20 Over-45 finals in 2018 and also this year. While the battle for supremacy last year went right down to the wire, Regal made light work of their opponents in this year’s final.John expressed sincere thanks to sponsor, Ramesh Sunich of Trophy Stall, for his kind gesture in sponsoring the Champion of Champions encounter and also for his unstinted contribution to sports in general.The GSCL president also extended heartfelt thank you to Regal and all the other sponsors who were part of the softball fraternity throughout the year and looks forward to their continued association in the new year.The annual Republic Cup tournament is slated to be the next major competition in the new year while both teams are also gearing up for participation in the Orlando tournament slated for March 29, 21 and 22, 2020 in Orlando.
Former El-Kanemi Warriors of Maiduguri Head Coach, Ladan Bosso, is set to be unveiled as new coach of Katsina United after the management of club returned with a better offer to try to persuade the former Flying Eagles gaffer to join their ranks ahead of next seasonâ€™s NPFL campaign.Bosso, who was replaced as El-Kanemi coach last month by Imama Amapakabo, was also touted for the vacant Enyimba job, but its seems Katsina United have now won the race for his signature. According to AOIFootball.com Katsina United management landed in Minna, the hometown of Bosso last weekend but could not meet the evaluation of his contract worth.The team is due in Minna with an improved deal worth N7 million.Bosso will earn N1.6 million a month and is to be assisted by Baldwin Bazuaye who was the immediate past head coach of the Katsina-based club.According to club sources, Bazuayeâ€™s monthly take-home would be upgraded to N800,000 from the previous N600,000, as part of the agreement reached by soon-to-be announced Technical Director of the club, Ladan Bosso.Hopefully, the contract would be dotted in Bossoâ€™s mini office at his resident in Minna.The official unveiling is expected to take place in Katsina next weekShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich –Outraged at the discriminatory remarks toward the LGBTQ+ community, protesters marched from Michigan Works to Biggby Coffee where signage supporting king was displayed.Their voices were filled with passion as they chanted, “T.K no way” and “Love not hate.”Protest organizer Suzy Langeveld said this was her first time organizing a march and it was fueled by the severity of kings threats.According to Langeveld, King sent derogatory text messages to his daughter after seeing two men holding hands at a wedding.One supporter spoke on the importance of values in their elected officials.Not everyone who showed up today was there with the intent to support as one person began shouting through a bullhorn at the protesters.Langeveld says she has experienced more push back for who she is here in Northeast Michigan than from her hometown of Detroit.Hoping to see change with the upcoming election in August, she is encouraging people to be informed when voting.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Besser Museum had soft opening to welcome visitorsNext Goodies Vintage Tea Shop recognizing old Alpena again
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Return closerThe Dodgers remain “reluctant to put any date” on Clayton Kershaw’s return to the rotation, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said again Sunday, preferring to give Kershaw time to recover from Saturday’s simulated-game session before specifying when he will rejoin the rotation.“With Clayton, it’s contingent upon these next couple days,” Roberts said Sunday. “He exerted a lot of effort in that 60-pitch live session. We’ll see over the next couple, two, three days how he responds, and what would be the next step.“(We’re) just making sure his body feels 100 percent because when he does come back we want him to stay healthy.”Friday’s series opener in St. Louis seems to be the most logical date for Kershaw’s return unless the Dodgers decide not to have Kershaw travel, preferring to slot him back into the rotation when they return home next week.“If he feels well and the docs support it, that return on the road or at home, that decision will be made,” Roberts said.Meanwhile, another injured left-hander, Brett Anderson is scheduled to throw to hitters in two simulated innings Monday. Anderson is returning from surgery on his back this spring and is expected to eventually go on a minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment that will likely last the full 30 days.Pederson returningJoc Pederson reached base four times Saturday (two singles, two walks) in his second game with Triple-A Oklahoma City. Pederson was scheduled to get four more plate appearances on his minor-league injury-rehabilitation assignment Sunday and then travel to Washington.The Dodgers plan to activate Pederson from the DL before Tuesday’s game against the Nationals. Pederson has been out with a bruised AC joint in his right shoulder since June 28.With Pederson and Trayce Thompson on the DL and Scott Van Slyke moved to first base to give Adrian Gonzalez a day off against a left-handed starter Sunday, Puig started in center field for the Dodgers. It was his first start in center field since the 2014 season.Trade talkAt least one Dodgers scout spent the weekend in St. Petersburg, scouting the Tampa Bay Rays series against the Baltimore Orioles.President of baseball operations Andrew Friedman’s history with the Rays has linked the Dodgers to the trio of trade candidates in the Rays’ starting rotation – Chris Archer, Matt Moore and Jake Odorizzi. All three pitched this weekend.The three are all 27 or younger. Archer is signed through 2021 and Moore is on team options through 2020 – both on contracts negotiated during the Friedman era in Tampa. Odorizzi won’t be eligible for free agency until 2020.The 27-year-old Archer is the most attractive of the three, though he is 4-13 with a 4.68 ERA for the last-place Rays this season.Another potential trade target, A’s left-hander Rich Hill, left his start Sunday after only five pitches due to a blister on his pitching hand. PHOENIX >> In his 67th and final season, Vin Scully doesn’t make road trips anymore. But he made an appearance in Arizona Sunday afternoon.Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig wore cleats with Scully’s image drawn on them along with the phrase ‘Win For Vin’ on the outside of the left foot and the hashtag ‘#ITFDB’ (Scully’s trademark phrase, “It’s time for Dodger baseball) on the right.“I’m using a different pair of shoes every day and the guy who designs them surprises me with something different every day,” Puig said through an interpreter. “Today, he surprised me with these. I think it’s good that we should try to ‘Win for Vin’ during his last year.”Puig has already worn shoes featuring Cuban and American flag themes and said he has something special planned for the Dodgers’ next homestand. He said the shoes are designed by a friend, Victor Vazquez, in Los Angeles. Scully gave Puig the nickname ‘Wild Horse’ during the Cuban outfielder’s rookie season and said Puig’s ability to thrill the crowd with highlight-reel plays gave him a reason to continue broadcasting at this point in his career.But growing up in Cuba, Puig said he didn’t know anything about Scully and his Hall of Fame career. He has learned about Scully since joining the Dodgers.“I play baseball and I like the way he narrates,” Puig said. “And 67 years of work, he deserves his respect. If it’s not ‘Win for Vin,’ it’s win for the city of Los Angeles and for ourselves.”The Scully shoes go into a closet now, Puig said.“I’ll wear the ones I got hits with again,” he said. “But since I only got one hit with these and struck out, who knows?”
The B&H team in speed skating (short track) traveled to the world championships, that is held from 7 to 9 March in Erzurm, Turkey.The colors of B&H in individual men’s competition and a relay team will be defended by Ademir Babaić, Tarik Omeragić, Asmir Selimbegović and Mak Krstić, and in the women’s competition Samra Selimbegović and Fatima Omerhodžić will compete. The trainer is Aleksandra Đanešić.After the good performance of the B&H team at the Balkan Championships last weekend in Celje, where they won six medals, the Association of Skating Sports of B&H expects a good performance in Turkey, announced the B&H Association of Speed Skaters.(Source: Fena)
The Portuguese boss, in a separate interview with Sky Sports, added: “All three goals are our mistakes. Against a team like City, if you make mistakes you will get punished.”United scored twice in the closing five minutes to win 2-1 away to Juventus in the Champions League in midweek while City continued their campaign in European club football’s elite tournament with a 6-0 thrashing of Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday.Mourinho, while not blaming United’s defeat on their exertions in Italy, said: “Everybody has to agree, it is one thing to go to Juventus and play against one of the best teams in the world for 90 minutes, another thing to beat Shakhtar Donetsk at home 6-0 and be very relaxed.“We arrive in different circumstances.”Share on: WhatsApp Manchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said his side had to overcome early “fear” before the reigning Premier League champions returned to the top of the table with a 3-1 derby win at home to Manchester United on Sunday.Goals early in each half at the Etihad from David Silva and Sergio Aguero left City in a commanding position before an Anthony Martial penalty gave visitors United hope of a comeback.But Ilkay Gundogan put the result beyond doubt four minutes from time with a third goal that crowned a sublime 44-pass move.Victory left City two points clear of Liverpool and Guardiola told the BBC: “We deserved the victory. The first half we played a little bit with fear but football is a game and we didn’t want to lose the ball.”Asked why his team had been fearful, Guardiola replied: “We wanted to play good in front of our fans and we know how important it is to play in this game. But we did well and that goal from Sergio Aguero helped us a lot after half-time.”Defeat left United 12 points behind City just 12 games into the league season, with beaten manager Jose Mourinho accepting there was now a “gap” between the Manchester clubs.He insisted his team were united in reality as well as in name, while saying all three of City’s goals were down to mistakes by his players.“For me zero words against my players, everything is positive,” Mourinho said. “I am with them and they are with me.“There is a gap, Manchester City start playing from the beginning of the season at a certain level that allows them to get a lot of points.”
What would it mean for Granada to reach the final?It is history that we have achieved, which is to reach the semifinals. 61 years later we are in an enviable situation and that nobody could imagine. We will go slowly, we will play the semifinal and we will do everything possible to pass.The city is turning with this semifinal. Flags around the city, the institutions supporting the team … is this the most important thing they have achieved?Absolutely, the most important thing above the sporting result is the identification we are having with the city. It was one of our strategic lines. We are overcome and proud to have generated this illusion and this emotion. Grateful to everyone, public institutions, businessmen, clubs, fans … the whole city and I dare to say that the province. They are all excited and that is a responsibility for us, because all that illusion that we have generated now we have to respond. It is the germ of a seed for the future.What benefits will the Copa del Rey bring you?We prioritize the social aspect. In the Cup we are not thinking about euros, because we do not know what the economic distribution will be, we are only thinking about the social.Is it the best season in club history?I think that without a doubt, the best season and I insist, not only for the sporting result, but for the generated around the club. 37 points and semifinalists of cup with options to spend playing the last game in our house. They have not given us anything.Salvation is practically done …It will be done when it is mathematically.When it is achieved, to think about Europe?When I am a mathematician, we will continue dreaming in the next game that we have to win it and continue adding points. The club and the team have ambition, we are not going to stop it, but we are not going to set goals.Even Miguel Ríos has adapted his mythical song ‘Welcome’, how did the idea come about?At the beginning of the season with the light show we decided that the Welcome was the idea, because Miguel is from Granada and a song called welcome was easy. And in one of the visits with Juan Vida the idea came up. We met at Wanda and I told Miguel the day is day 5 and he resumed it with great enthusiasm. I know that he has been working and we have been in almost daily contact and with the help of Luis García and have created something that I think is a bombshell for us. We are deeply grateful to Miguel.A lot of work is being done on the prolegomenaWe are trying to warm the environment, not the party, that this is another matter. We want everyone to feel that warmth, from the club and from the hand of the rocks and bleachers of animation we are having different initiatives to live a great atmosphere.Athletic has more experience in this type of games and also has not lifted a title for many years, does that make it more dangerous?More makes us not win. He is a rival that I think is the second club with the most Copa del Rey titles in history. He has more experience than us, but this is a game, we started 1-0, but there is a minimum of 90 minutes ahead.Can it be traced?Without a doubt, we are going to try it, it is a difficult game against a complicated opponent that made things difficult for us there. Now it’s different. We are in Los Cármenes with more than 20,000 faithful who are going to take us on volandas. Will President Jiang Lizhang come to the semifinal today?I can’t confirm it, but it’s not easy because of the coronavirus issue. He’s trying to come, but we don’t know if he can. It is in China and we do not know if you can leave with guarantees.He will be happy with the season the team is leading.Everyone inside and outside the club is in love with the team season and you can’t ask for more. That does not mean that we are not still ambitious. We will not settle for what we have, we will not settle for semifinals or 37 points, but we will continue with the line from match to match.It is a complicated season with up to three long-term injuries.The team is competing exceptionally. We started with a short staff, mainly because of our economic capacity, we were forced and in the end we had to stretch for those long-term injuries, but the one that has come out has given a very high level. The competitive gene is in the team and everyone is giving an extraordinary level and there is one of the secrets.The signing of Antoñín is an incorporation looking more to the future.We bring you for the future. He is a very young boy who has high hopes placed in him, but you have to give him peace of mind and little by little. He has no responsibility now only to help us, to be a complement to the future. He is a boy that we had been seeing for months and we already tried in December to bring him. We have been able to bring him even out of the market due to Neyder’s injury.In addition it has also been beneficial for Malaga that needed that economic injection.We think it is good for all three parties. And I think LaLiga also sees it with good eyes because it helps the future of Malaga.Perhaps the ‘bad’ thing about the great season of Granada is that its players will have many girlfriends …It’s not bad, it’s consubstantial with football. If we had no offer and they ignored us, that would be bad. We have had offers and we have rejected them all. In principle this club refers to the clauses of its players. Nor does any player want to leave this project at this time. The club does not want any of its players to abandon this project. There are many rumors, but we are all happy and at ease, it is complicated because neither of us wants to break this relationship. In January it was non-negotiable that no one left the project because sports are the first priority, in summer we will see.The best winter signing has undoubtedly been the return of Fede Vico to the team and at a great level.It is a great addition. It has been a very hard season for him and we were all looking forward to joining the group and we are very happy to recover him.Current affairs rule, what would happen if the coronavirus arrives? Do you already have a protocol?There is a working group in LaLiga already created and we are receiving information on how everything is going daily and we will follow the advice they give us at all times. Hopefully it can be controlled and does not affect our competitionWhat result do you see in today’s game?I dare not give a result, I say that Granada passes the tie, suffering, because we are the club of eternal struggle, but I am hopeful and confident that we will overcome the tie. I know we are going to suffer.