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  • The Latest: Optimism for Red River Showdown in Dallas

    first_imgThe Latest: Optimism for Red River Showdown in Dallas Manager Terry Francona said Reyes is not in any trouble with the team. But by not practicing social distancing or wearing a mask he exposed himself — and his teammates — to infection, and the team is being overly cautious.Francona said Reyes, who was traded to Cleveland last season from San Diego, will have to be re-tested for the virus “when it’s appropriate.”“He’s not in the penalty box,” Francona said. “It’s just the way we have to operate right now. So, hopefully we’ll see him soon.”Francona said Reyes, who hit 37 homers combined for the Padres and Indians last season, apologized for not being more careful.“He didn’t so anything bad,” Francona said. “We just have to live by certain guidelines right now.” Durr detailed her struggles with COVID-19 in a post on Instagram. The former Louisville star says she hasn’t fully recovered.The second pick of the 2019 WNBA draft averaged 6.7 points in her rookie season, starting 15 of her 18 appearances before being sidelined for the season with a hip injury.“Asia worked extremely hard this offseason to put herself in position to take a major leap forward in her second WNBA season,” Liberty general manager Jonathan Kolb said. “While we are disappointed that we will need to wait a bit longer to see her emerge as one of the bright young players in the game, we fully recognize and support the difficult decision she had to make amidst unprecedented circumstances. Brooklyn will be ready for her in 2021.”___Two members of Louisville’s men’s basketball program have tested positive for COVID-19 and the team has suspended voluntary activities for two weeks. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Oklahoma and Texas officials are cautiously optimistic that their annual football showdown still will be played at the Cotton Bowl in the Fair Park in Dallas, despite the announcement Tuesday that the fair would be canceled. July 7, 2020 The R&A says it will create a bio secure zone at Royal Troon for those essential to the championship. It says it will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure a safe championship without spectators.___The International Cycling Union says this year’s BMX world championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.The event was scheduled to be held in Houston in May and was at first postponed.The UCI says no new host was found “despite its best efforts to come up with an alternative.” Associated Press Cherno More played a league game against Tsarsko Selo in Sofia on Thursday. The laboratory that conducted pre-match tests admitted the following day that it had not announced that one of the players on the team from Sofia had tested positive.Cherno More says the club is still ready to play on Tuesday against Arda Kardzhali despite the positive tests. The quarantined players would be replaced by members of the team’s junior squad.___The Austrian soccer league has started an investigation into the coronavirus testing procedures of all 16 second-division teams after three players from one club tested positive over the weekend.The league says each club must provide receipts and test results to prove that all players have been tested on a weekly basis since play resumed on June 5 after a 12-week break. The next BMX worlds are scheduled to start in Papendal, Netherlands, in August 2021. That is one week after the Tokyo Olympics. Four BMX medal events are on the Olympic program.The UCI also says the 2020 season in BMX Freestyle Park and Flatland World Cup will not happen.___Sixteen players and officials from Bulgarian soccer club Cherno More have tested positive for coronavirus.The club from the Black Sea town of Varna says 12 players are among the positive cases and adds “all players who tested positive are quarantined and we have taken the necessary precautions.” ___The reigning World Series champion Washington Nationals have resumed training camp after canceling workouts Monday because of COVID-19 testing delays.General manager Mike Rizzo said the team felt confident about getting back to Nationals Park for practices after receiving all player and staff test results from Friday. The American League champion Houston Astros also canceled workouts Monday and resumed Tuesday.A handful of players did not take part in workouts, including Starlin Castro, Juan Soto, Howie Kendrick and Victor Robles. Without naming names, Rizzo said two players tested positive for the coronavirus and that any players and staff who came into contact with them had to be re-tested___ A news release from the school did not specify whether it was players or staff members who tested positive. It added that those impacted are being quarantined and proper protocols are being followed.___The R&A is going ahead with the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon without spectators.The Women’s British Open is set for Aug. 20-23 at Royal Troon along the Ayrshire coast of Scotland. It would be the first major on the LPGA Tour schedule that is played this year and it would be the week after the Ladies Scottish Open on the other side of the country just east of Edinburgh.Qualifying for the AIG Women’s British Open has been canceled. The R&A says the field will be comprised of leading players from the women’s world ranking and recognizing top performances at recent events on the world’s leading tours. Major League Soccer has postponed Wednesday night’s match between Nashville and Chicago Fire.MLS says five Nashville players have received positive tests for COVID-19 since arriving in Orlando. Two players received positive results during the weekend, while three others got their positive results Monday night. Four other Nashville players need further testing after receiving inconclusive results.The league is continuing to evaluate Nashville’s participation in its tournament. FC Dallas withdrew Monday after 10 players tested positive for coronavirus.___New York Liberty guard Asia Durr will miss the upcoming WNBA season after testing positive for the coronavirus on June 8. Oklahoma-Texas is one of the longest-running and most intense rivalries in college football. This year’s game is scheduled for Oct. 10.“Though we certainly respect and understand the decision of the folks in Dallas on their cancellation of this year’s State Fair of Texas, we fully anticipate that our annual Red River Showdown with Oklahoma will be played in the Cotton Bowl and are continuing to prepare for that,” Texas athletic director Chris Del Conte said in a statement.Oklahoma athletic director Joe Castiglione said in a statement that “the best thing all of us can do at this time is closely follow CDC guidelines to reduce the spread of the virus.”___The Cleveland Indians are keeping outfielder Franmil Reyes away from training camp after they spotted him on social media attending a weekend holiday party without wearing a mask. The investigation comes after last-place Kapfenberger SV apparently breached the anti-coronavirus rules by failing to structurally test its players.The league opened proceedings against Kapfenberg on Monday.___Two more badminton tournaments have been canceled in the revamped calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic.The China Masters in Lingshui was canceled after already being moved from February to May and then to August. It was to be the first comeback event but that’s now expected to be the Chinese Taipei Open in Taipei from Sept. 1-6.The Dutch Open in Almere in October was also put off for this year.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

  • Trojans sit in third place at Amer Ari Invitational

    first_imgFreshman Rico Hoey and the USC men’s golf team are off to a solid start at the Amer Ari Invitational in Waikoloa, Hawaii — their second event of the spring season. At the end of yesterday’s first round, Hoey sat in second place on the individual leaderboard, while the No. 24 Trojans finished in third place as a team.Fresh face · Freshman Rico Hoey returned to form in the first round of the Amer Ari Invitational, leading USC with a score of 7-under 65. – Courtesy of USC Sports InformationNo. 4 Oklahoma State leads a deep field at the annual tournament, edging out unranked TCU by a single stroke. The Trojans are themselves just one stroke behind the Horned Frogs at 15-under. Also in contention is No. 18 Texas, which is tied with Auburn for fourth place. Three ranked Pac-12 teams, No. 9 Stanford, No. 14 Washington and No. 15 UCLA, each ended the first round well behind the leaders. USC head coach Chris Zambri was content with his team’s effort.“We are pleased with our start,” Zambri said. “This is a very strong field. If we are going to win, we’ll need help from all.”Hoey, who struggled in last week’s season-opening Arizona Intercollegiate after an excellent fall campaign, led his team with an impressive 7-under 65. The Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. native was seeded second for the Trojans, falling from the No. 1 slot after his disappointing performance in Tucson, Ariz. Senior Jeffrey Kang, who won this event in 2011, followed up Hoey with a strong 6-under 66 of his own. That score was good enough for a third-place tie, while junior Anthony Paolucci’s 4-under 68 kept him in the individual hunt as well.Oregon’s Thomas Lim has a slight lead in the individual race, just a stroke in front of Hoey. All three Trojans figure to battle Lim, TCU’s Chelso Barrett and Oklahoma State’s Ian Davis and Wyndham Clark for the top spot as the tournament continues.Though he was excited about the individual performances of Hoey, Kang and Paolucci, Zambri knows the rest of his team must improve to win the tournament.“We had three guys play very well,” he said. “We are looking for some help from the four and five guys in our lineup.”Senior Ramsey Sahyoun and freshman Danny Ochoa both turned in over-par scores.Action resumes early tomorrow morning at the Waikoloa Kings’ Course and will continue through the weekend. Results can be followed live at golfstat.com.last_img read more

  • NFL Trade Rumours: Cowboys to bring former Patriots kicker as possible Maher replacement?

    first_img COMMENT Written By Last Updated: 9th December, 2019 23:06 IST NFL Trade Rumours: Cowboys To Bring Former Patriots Kicker As Possible Maher Replacement? NFL Trade Rumours: Cowboys will be bringing in former Patriots kicker Kai Forbath for a tryout as a possible replacement for Brett Maher. Read on for details. LIVE TV SUBSCRIBE TO US WATCH US LIVE First Published: 9th December, 2019 23:06 IST Also Read | Dallas Cowboys Vs Chicago Bears Live Streaming Details, Schedule, Team News, Preview FOLLOW US Brett Maher missed his 10th field goal attempt of the season in their game against the Bears last Thursday. Jason Garrett, the head coach of Dallas Cowboys, has now revealed that they will continue to evaluate the situation after Maher missed a 42-yard attempt last Thursday against the Bears. Brett Maher has already missed his 10th field goal attempt of the season. According to NFL, this is more than any NFL kicker in a single season within the past four years.Also Read | Dallas Cowboys Trolled Hilariously After Mitch Trubisky Leads Chicago Bears To 31-24 WinJason Garrett opens up on Brett Maher’s recent strugglesSpeaking of the situation, Garrett stated that the team will continue to address the same and revealed that nothing has been finalized just yet. He further clarified that there is no question that they have to do a better job of making those kicks, and Brett Maher will be the first person to tell you that. Garrett had earlier worked out three free-agent kickers for his team, but decided to stick with Brett Maher for their game against the Bears. Vizcaino, Rose and Austin MacGinnis had all had workouts recently, but the Cowboys did not sign any of them. MacGinnis and Vizcaino were not even a part of a single regular-season game. Post the tryout, Jason Garrett stated that the trio did a decent job, but Brett would be their kicker going forward.Also Read | Dallas Cowboys Kicker Brett Maher Sets Unwanted NFL Record During Loss Against BearsNFL trade rumours: Dallas Cowboys to bring in former Patriots kickerThe Dallas Cowboys are now set to bring in kickers Kai Forbath, Nick Rose and Tristan Vizcaino for the workouts on Monday, as reported by multiple sources. Forbath, who was recently released by the Patriots, is a new addition to both the workout pool and the open market. Forbath had to be let go by the team as they brought back Nick Folk post his successful surgery. The Dallas Cowboys have been on the lookout for upgrades at kicker due to Brett Maher’s recent struggles.Also Read | NFL Trade Rumours: Antonio Brown To Continue Exile Despite Patriots Struggle Vs Chiefs Danish Ansari last_img read more

  • Mikel: Nigeria will Beat Zambia to Qualify for World Cup

    first_imgNigeria captain John Obi Mikel is confident that the Super Eagles will qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup finals this week when they host Zambia’s Chipolopolo in a World Cup qualification Group B match in Uyo on Saturday, October 7.A victory for current Group B leaders Nigeria will see them win the group and qualify for the finals which will be hosted by Russia next year.Mikel, who currently plies his trade in China for Tianjin TEDA, praised second-placed Chipolopolo, but he believes that the Super Eagles deserve to qualify. The former Chelsea FC central midfielder was speaking to the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) official website.“I must admit that I applaud the resurgence of the Zambians this late in the qualifiers. Beating Algeria home and away is no mean feat,” he said.“We will take them very serious because they clearly have a new spirit. It is time we wrap this up,” he continued. “We have all shown professionalism, dedication and determination to be at the pole position in a group tagged ‘Group of Death’.“Commendations must go to the entire team and the Coach, but we must finish it up in Uyo and secure our ticket right there.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

  • Altenar: Supporting expansion plans in Denmark and Portugal

    first_img StumbleUpon Share Submit Spillemyndigheden adds technical requirements on game and wagering reporting June 23, 2020 Altenar has continued to support the expansion efforts for its sports betting and gaming customers by securing certification for both Denmark and Portugal.We spoke to the company’s CEO Stanislav Silin about the “technical and procedural synergies” between the two, challenges relative to other territories, and the need for a software provider to be “the enabler, not a blocker” for its partners.SBC: Having collected UKGC and MGA licences in 2019, why were Denmark and Portugal the next target markets for Altenar?SS: Last year we successfully launched three sportsbooks in newly regulated Sweden, which is still in the process of refining and amending some of its policies. At the same time, Denmark has an established regulatory regime in Scandinavian territory. So we have seen an opportunity to extend our regulatory reach in such a significant market, whilst maximising the investment already made for compliance with Sweden. Similarly, the change management processes that the Danish regulator wants operators and suppliers to follow has similarities with those for Portugal. So yet again, we found technical and procedural synergies between the territories.However, while these are the arguments that made it appealing to work on these territories together from a compliance point of view, we had other business reasons to do so.We had existing customers wishing to launch in these territories whom we were eager to support in their expansion efforts, along with signing a new operator who plans to launch in Denmark.SBC: What can we expect to see from Altenar in these countries – do you have any immediate plans pending receipt of the licences?SS: As a B2B provider we do not need to have an operating licence in these countries, but we have to satisfy the same technical and process requirements as would be applicable to the actual licensees. The plan is to support our current customers’ expansion plans, which are already in motion for both of these jurisdictions. We also hope this will help us sign up new operators, but the original motivation is still for our existing customer base to grow.SBC: Can you just outline the process in both cases? What were the biggest challenges relative to other jurisdictions?SS: Both of these territories require us to be really good at managing how our software gets to production and how it evolves over time. There is a big focus on change management procedures for both Denmark and Portugal, and that is exactly where we have made significant improvements over the past year in order to to obtain similar certifications.SBC: When designing the sportsbook UX, do you look at what you’ve done in Sweden (for Denmark) and Spain (for Portugal), or is that an over simplistic geographical based view? Do you need ‘boots on the ground’ to get the best market view?SS: All of these countries you mention have different localisation and customisation profiles. Some regulatory concepts are similar, such as security requirements or change management processes, and there we do get some synergies. However, an operator wishing to target a specific territory usually needs content configured to be attractive and appealing to their players. We get the best feedback from the operators, and they are, indeed, the best “boots on the ground” as you put it, as they know their players best.SBC: Portugal has one of the toughest tax regimes for igaming in Europe; what is the knock on effect in terms of revenue potential for a supplier such as Altenar?SS: It remains to be seen, as we have just received the certification, and are still waiting for the customers to go live. However, we trust our partner to have a good commercial idea on the strategy in this particular market. In general, we make money if our customer makes money, so we will have to work together to achieve this.SBC: Denmark is similar in terms of finding a tax vs channelisation balance; what is the supplier’s role in suppressing the offshore market?SS: We are a software provider and a B2B supplier of services. So our role is to offer a compliant and certified software together with operational expertise to the extent that we can, so that our operators have all the tools necessary to expand into regulatory markets. We want to be the enabler, and not a blocker. Related Articles Share Global Gaming adds sportsbook extension to Ninja property August 25, 2020 EGBA responsible advertising code gains European broadcaster approval July 3, 2020last_img read more

  • Harrison Afful hopes to maintain blistering goal scoring form

    first_imgGhana defender Harrison Afful says he is hoping to maintain his new found scoring form ahead of the World Cup in Brazil. Afful who scored last Saturday to help his Tunisian side Esperance progress in the CAF Champions League with a 3-0 win over Real Bamako was once again on target in the Tunisian top flight clash against CS Sfaxien on Wednesday.The former Asante Kotoko defender’s goal was all Esperance needed to clinch the three points from Sfaxien.Afful’s scoring form excites him and he is hoping to keep the consistency ahead of the World Cup which kicks off in two months“I have waited for this a very long time and God been so good I’m in a good shape now and I hope I will go to the World Cup and make an impact there,” said Afful in an interview with Joy sports“I just hope and pray to God to give me strength, courage, long life and keep a good shape as I’m in now. “I hope to maintain my performance or add more because people will be expecting more from me at the World Cup.”last_img read more

  • March Madness 2019: It keeps getting sweeter for Gonzaga’s big-time program

    first_imgThe record seems safe for now — and perhaps forever — because the record is nine consecutive Sweet 16s and Gonzaga has only just passed the halfway point.But yes, that is five consecutive Sweet 16 appearances for the Zags, a streak that no one else in college basketball can match currently, that has only been matched twice in the 35 years of the expanded bracket era, by Kentucky and Kansas. It’s only been exceeded three times, with North Carolina and Duke both enjoying nine-year runs and Duke also producing one of eight seasons. Look at those names! Is everyone catching onto the fact Gonzaga is doing something extraordinary here? And not just extraordinary for Gonzaga, but something that would be amazing for every program in Division I, from the blue bloods on down.SN’s MARCH MADNESS HQLive NCAA bracket | Live scoreboard | Full TV schedule​“It’s awesome to make our fifth straight Sweet 16. We do not take that for granted at all,” coach Mark Few told reporters following the Zags’ 83-71 victory over Baylor in the West Region second round at Salt Lake City. “That is an amazing accomplishment, that the players in this program have been able to execute and come through in the most pressure moments.”It has been 20 years since Gonzaga, led by guards Matt Santangelo and Richie Frahm and forward Casey Calvary, stormed into the NCAA West Region final with victories over Minnesota, Stanford and Florida and nearly upset the eventual 1999 champions from Connecticut. Those three players made such an impression their names roll off the tip of the tongue even two decades later.Coach Dan Monson left for Minnesota after that season, and Few took over with a different idea in mind. Rather than win the West Coast Conference a few times and take a big-time job when it was offered, he decided he’d bring big-time basketball to Gonzaga. It seemed incongruous, but it has worked.Gonzaga has reached 21 consecutive tournaments, the fifth-longest streak of all time and the fourth-longest still active. Only Kansas, Duke and Michigan State have longer runs. They have taken advantage of the fact there are far fewer elite programs in the West and given that part of the country one more — one that doesn’t belong to the Pac-12.So why do they still get hate? Why do so many college basketball fans pretend this all is some gift presented to the Zags because they are members of a mid-major conference?They reached those Sweet 16s as No. 2 seed, an 11-seed, a 1-seed, a 4-seed and this time, again, as the top seed in the West.Many consider their glossy records to be merely a product of competing in the WCC, but during those five years they have compiled a 35-12 record — a .745 winning percentage — against high-major competition.MORE: Don’t equate Zags’ success with WCC company it keepsSome of those occurred in NCAA games, but a lot were during November and December, when Few had to front-load the schedule to have to earn the sort of quality wins that can result in at-large selection, if necessary, and comfortable seeds in the field.He has built a program that talented players want to join, whether it’s wing Zach Norvell of Chicago, guard Josh Perkins of Colorado and transfer Brandon Clarke from San Jose State, or one of the many international recruits, such as Killian Tillie from France and Rui Hachimura from Japan. “I am really blessed to have the chance to come here and play for the Zags,” Clarke said. “Obviously it was tough last year, not playing. But it was something that was huge for me. It is something I wouldn’t change.”Clarke scored 36 points and blocked five shots, and that also put Gonzaga into the company of genuine greatness. Only two players ever in the NCAA Tournament produced at least 35 points and five blocks in a game: Navy’s David Robinson and LSU’s Shaquille O’Neal.It is heady company, everywhere the Zags look.last_img read more

  • Cranes approach World Cup qualifiers with Nations Cup gusto

    first_imgFridayGhana vs Uganda, 6.30pm (LIVE SS4/UBC)Group  A :Libya, Guinea, DR Congo, TunisiaGroup B: Zambia, Cameroon, Nigeria, AlgeriaGroup C: Gabon, Morocco, Mali, Ivory CoastGroup D: Burkina Faso, South Africa, Cape Verde, SenegalGroup E: Uganda, Congo, Egypt, GhanaMatchdays1: Oct 3-11 20162: Nov 7-15 20163/4: Aug 28-Sept 5 20175: Oct 2-10 20176: Nov 6-14 2017Before qualification for their first African Nations Cup finals can sink in, Uganda Cranes find themselves in the dip end of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.The reward for dominating six brutal games will be a dream ticket as one of five African representatives to the World Cup. While qualification for the Nations Cup brought great scenes of joy from a glory starved nation, taking the act a step further to Russia would stun the world.Cranes coach, Serbian Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic  was unfazed when the draw saw him placed in a group that has two teams that have been to the World Cup before. He said success in the Africa Cup of Nations qualification will be the perfect launch pad for the World Cup qualifiers – uncharted territory for Uganda so far.“Once we finish that (qualification for Gabon) we shall fly on the wings of confidence go to play World Cup qualifiers where we need to meet top class teams with no pressure on us,” Micho said Uganda after the draw. “Against these giants, the mental part is most important. Technically we shall be up to standard but question is can the whole country stand behind us with just 10 percent of a budget compared to others  we are competing against?”Money issues, for team and self, have been on the coach’s mind since then, with him creating a storm about salary arrears soon after qualification for Gabon.How much of that has taken his players off the ball, will be seen Friday when they play their second game since qualification for Gabon.They lost the first game, a friendly against Togo Tuesday, and Micho was quick to state that Cranes were happy with what they achieved in the game.“We have no time to dwell on the result of the game we played against Togo because our focus has always been on the game against Ghana. The Togo game simply helped us identify areas we need to improve and polish some others to help us get a very good result in Tamale,” the coach said.Other than doubts about goalkeeper Denis Onyango, Micho has his full team ahead of the key opening game at Tamale Sports Stadium.Tweets about @officialfufa Asamoah Gyan uneasyGhana’s Black Stars, without injured midfielders Andre ‘Dede’ Ayew and Kwadwo Asamoah, will be led by veteran striker Asamoah Gyan who is wary of the Ugandan visitors.Asamoah Gyan told the press that since becoming a member of the national team in 2003, the Ugandans have been a ‘headache’, adding that, “mostly we either draw or they win but the time has come for us to stop them and do so in style on Friday.”center_img Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

  • From Bruyne, between cottons 12 days after the return to Madrid

    first_imgKevin De Bruyne is among cottons. The Belgian footballer did not play in the FA Cup against Sheffield Wednesday and is that in the final last Sunday against Aston Villa in Wembley had a bad fall and touched his back as Pep Guardiola confirmed in a press conference. “Kevin had a problem. I was not fit. The last game, had a bad fall and has discomfort in the back. I hope not very serious, “said the Catalan coach at a press conference.The Belgian, one of the best in the first leg of the Champions League in the Santiago Bernabéu (a goal and an assist), is doubtful for the derby against Manchester United this Sunday (5:30 p.m.), at twelve days of having to play around Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium. The midfielder is one of Guardiola’s key players this season. Drongen has 35 matches in which he has scored nine goals and has given twenty assists. So far this season he has lost two games due to ankle problems and has not played in just seven games by technical decision: one in the Champions League and six between FA Cup and Carabao Cup.last_img read more