The Latest: Gymastics body to fund athletes, federations

first_imgA planned promotion-relegation playoff has been dropped with only the bottom two clubs in the top division relegated automatically as usual.The league has also adopted a rule change allowing up to five substitutions per match.___The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval.The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The International Gymnastics Federation is creating a fund to financially assist athletes and national federations struggling amid the pandemic. The Latest: Gymastics body to fund athletes, federations The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July.The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40.Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June.The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbedon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak.___ The first division will revert to 12 teams the following season with four teams relegated and two teams promoted.___The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. League president Sergei Pryadkin says all games will be held in empty stadiums.The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season. May 15, 2020 Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday announced the matches for the next four rounds of the condensed season would be released within 10 days. The AFL, Australia’s most-watched sports league in terms of attendance and TV audience, was suspended on March 22 after one round.Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions from some states means players and staff from the four AFL clubs from Western Australia and South Australia — the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide — will be temporarily be relocated to hubs on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The LPGA says the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be played July 15-18 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tour did not offer any other specifics except for Commissioner Mike Whan emphasizing the long-term health of the tour is paramount.This is the only team event on the LPGA schedule. Whan says Dow has extended its title sponsor contract and the LPGA will return to the Great Lakes Bay region next year and beyond.The cancellation means the LPGA now hopes to return July 23-26 with the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio.___The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. So has the annual men’s grass-court Hall of Fame Open tournament. The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play.The pandemic has put several third-division clubs under strain.Leader MSV Duisburg has financial problems and second-place Waldhof Mannheim told local newspapers on Thursday that it stopped training because it doesn’t have coronavirus tests.Two teams are barred from playing until May 27 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and can train only in small groups.___center_img Access to the statue by vehicle will be permitted next Friday and Saturday. Fans will be required to practice social distancing and are discouraged from bringing any items with them.The Dolphins will host a public memorial for Shula at the stadium once coronavirus concerns ease.Shula led the 1972 and 1973 Dolphins to Super Bowl championships. He died on May 4 at the age of 90.___The Michigan tournament where the LPGA Tour hoped to resume has been canceled. The Cypriot soccer federation has called off the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision came after a team of medical experts rejected a set of health protocols drawn up by the federation and insisted that its own guidelines are followed.The federation said it couldn’t overcome the expert group’s demand that an entire team be quarantined for two weeks if any player tests positive for the virus.Omonia Nicosia, Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL Nicosia and Apollon Limassol were the top four teams in the standings when the league was suspended and will represent Cyprus next season in European tournaments.The federation also decided that the number of teams in the first division next season will increase by two to 14. There will be no relegation this year but two teams from the second division will move up. Atlético Madrid defender Renan Lodi has returned to training after having reportedly been cleared following a previous positive test for the coronavirus.The Spanish soccer club says Renan trained on his own.Spanish media reported that Lodi had tested negative after spending several days confined following an initial positive result.Spanish teams have returned to training at club facilities but players must respect social distancing.___ Associated Press The induction was scheduled at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, for July 18. That is the same day the tournament was supposed to finish.But the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the suspension of all sanctioned tennis competition since March and at least until the end of July.Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored alongside any Class of 2021 inductees in July 2021.The Hall of Fame announced the cancellations and says ticket-holders can use their tickets in 2021, convert them into a tax-deductible donation to the Hall or get a refund.___ World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic.The sport’s international governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed.New Zealand had been scheduled to play Wales and Scotland, Australia was set to play Ireland and Fiji and South Africa had planned to host Scotland and Georgia. World Rugby said the postponement is due “to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives.”___Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic. The fund will give about $400,000 to various groups in hopes of easing what FIG President Morinari Watanabe calls a “grave crisis.”This fund will be managed by the FIG’s Foundation for Solidarity. The foundation supported hundreds of athletes and federations in need through scholarships, financial aid following an accident and equipment donations since its inception in 2002. The criteria for applying for a grant will be released soon.The federation also said member organizations will not be required to pay 2020 dues. The FIG takes in about $120,000 from dues.___Miami Dolphins fans will be given a chance to view Don Shula’s statue at their stadium in the first of a series of events to celebrate the late coach.last_img read more

Bayern to Tackle Liverpool as Man Utd Awaits PSG

first_img“That’s the team of the hour, the league leaders in England, they are playing really good football, very physical, really stepping it up. We are looking forward to it,” Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said of the tie with Liverpool.“A tough cookie, but that’s something to look forward to as a player.”Klopp said: “It will be a tough one, an interesting one, and I am looking forward to it.”Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City take on German side Schalke 04 while Atletico Madrid, runners-up in 2014 and 2016, come up against Cristiano Ronaldo and Italian heavyweights Juventus.“A very difficult match, with few goals,” Juve vice-president Pavel Nedved predicted.“No doubt Cristiano is the man of the Champions League, he has always shown that, with goals and victories. Our team is very strong and we can be calm and confident.”Bundesliga leaders Dortmund will meet Tottenham Hotspur for the second season in a row, having faced each other in last year’s group stage, while Roma meet two-time former champions Porto.“We’ve already met them (Tottenham) twice. A strong opponent, the chances are at 50-50. The team has top players. We are also strong, it will be interesting,” Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke told Sky.United, at a low ebb after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool, meet PSG for the first time and a formidable task awaits against a side featuring Neymar and Kylian Mbappe – the world’s two most expensive players.“It’s always difficult to play Manchester United,” said PSG boss Thomas Tuchel.“They have lots of experience in this competition, they’ve won it numerous times. It’s always difficult to play at Old Trafford, it’s always a big challenge.“It’s the same thing against Mourinho. He has lots of experience in this competition and you must have respect,” he added.Manchester City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain warned the English champions will not have it easy against a Schalke outfit languishing in 13th place in Germany following a nightmare start.“Teams that have been struggling in their leagues have still they’ve done very well in the Champions League,” said Begiristain.“Schalke will be difficult. After a winter break, German clubs are always very dangerous.”Lyon coach Bruno Genesio says his team can draw on their group-stage displays against City – a 2-1 away win and 2-2 home draw – ahead of their clash with five-time European champions Barca.“We’ll need to pull off two big performances, in the first leg and in the return, but we can do it. We did it against City,” said Genesio.“It’s tough. They are a team that Lyon has already played against but never beaten. Barca are more experienced and stronger but over two matches anything is possible,” Gerard Houllier, who holds an advisory role at the French club, told RMC Sport.“The first match is key and we are playing at home. Barca are potential champions. We have nothing to lose. Everything is a bonus for Lyon.”Teams that finished in second place in the group stage will host the first legs on February 12/13 and 19/20 with the return matches scheduled for March 5/6 and 12/13.THE DRAWSchalke Vs Man CityAtletico Vs v JuventusMan Utd Vs PSGTottenham Vs DortmundLyon Vs BarcelonaAS Roma v PortoAjax v Real MadridLiverpool v BayernShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool will take on fellow five-time winners Bayern Munich in the last 16 of the Champions League, while Jose Mourinho’s struggling Manchester United face French giants Paris Saint-Germain.Holders Real Madrid were paired with Ajax in Monday’s draw in Nyon as the Spaniards attempt to lift the trophy for the fifth time in six seasons, while Lionel Messi and Barcelona will play Lyon.Both Liverpool and Bayern have a rich tradition in the competition, with Jurgen Klopp returning to his homeland to face the side that beat his Borussia Dortmund team in the 2013 final.Liverpool, defeated finalists last season, are the current form side of the two and sit top of the Premier League while Bayern have been far short of their own high standards in the Bundesliga this term.last_img read more

What’s next for Manny Pacquiao, Keith Thurman and the welterweight division?

first_imgThey both have a common opponent in Pacquiao, and Broner is already planting the seeds for a fight by ridiculing Thurman after Saturday night’s loss for “nearly quitting” and accusing him of not being focused. Considering that Broner hasn’t won a meaningful fight since John Molina Jr. in 2015 but has relied on his ability to go 12 rounds with anybody, perhaps this would be the perfect “get back” fight for Thurman.Broner’s antics outside of the ring have kept him as a top attraction, and Thurman could use an opponent who will sell the fight and isn’t quite as skilled as the others mentioned. Broner hasn’t fought since the Pacquiao fight in January and would likely stay on the sidelines should a money fight with Thurman materialize. Boxing remains a volatile sport, one in which money often supersedes making the correct matchup. But, as it stands right now, the welterweight division is as exciting as ever and has plenty of options for both Pacquiao and Thurman. What a difference two years makes. Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearAll the major players were in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night. Spence and Porter were bickering on television over their unification bout scheduled for Sept. 28 in Los Angeles while Garcia and Adrien Broner were also in attendance. Crawford is still with Top Rank and wasn’t present even though he’s become a titleholder in the division as the WBO welterweight champion. Even Mayweather made an appearance as he caught a glimpse of boxing’s past and present, seemingly content with retirement.But the fight they came to see was one that was considered unfathomable 24 months ago as a rejuvenated Pacquiao at the age of 40 was fighting Thurman, a man who had only fought once in two years and had a difficult time against journeyman Josesito Lopez.  Modifying a quote from “Game of Thrones” character Syrio in the first season of the hit HBO show, and later put into action by Arya Stark in the final season: “What do we say to Father Time?””Not today.”Pacquiao looked as explosive as he had in years when he put Thurman down in the opening round and pounded on the former unified champion to earn an entertaining and hard-fought split decision victory and claim Thurman’s WBA (Super) welterweight crown. Pacquiao’s victory was a reminder to the boxing world that the 40-year-old isn’t finished with boxing just yet and has once again found himself in the conversation as one of the sport’s elite. His victory cements his greatness and likely sent him up a G.O.A.T. list a few notches.Perhaps not since a 45-year-old George Foreman’s stunning knockout of Michael Moore to claim the WBO heavyweight title in 1994 have we seen a fighter have a career resurrection in his 40s. (For the record: Bernard Hopkins and Archie Moore’s post-40s careers don’t apply as both were still stellar entering their fourth decade of life. Pacquiao was on the verge of being sent to the glue factory.)But where do Pacquiao, Thurman and the rest of the division go from here?For Pacquiao, his journey is far from over. He has now won three consecutive fights in just over 12 months, with each victory more impressive than the last. He’s found his killer instinct that he appeared to have lost somewhere around the third fight with Juan Manuel Marquez in 2011, which was a necessary aspect of his career as he tore through eight divisions. With it, he would win rounds definitively by constantly looking for the kill. Without it, he let many opponents off the hook and was content on narrowly outpointing who he fought rather than beating them into submission. The skills were never in question, but the desire to dominate was. With that mental block lifted, Pacquiao remains a compelling opponent for anybody at 147 pounds — but the next move could be a dangerous one. The prevailing thought is that Pacquiao will face the winner of Porter vs. Spence to unify three of the four major titles. The winner of that fight will likely be a more challenging opponent for Pacquiao than Thurman was. The reality is that Pacquiao fought a version of Thurman who was befallen by a lack of activity over the past two years. Although unbeaten, he was a far cry from the man known as “One Time” who leveled opponents with his power during his rise to the top. Team Pacquiao knew what it was doing when it selected Thurman after soundly thumping Broner, who was another relatively safe option due to his name being bigger than his ability. It was evident from the first-round knockdown that Thurman wasn’t as sharp as he needed to be in order to time Pacquiao. He would make some impressive adjustments and showed great resolve, but it was too little, too late for the product from Creekwater, Fla. Pacquiao won’t have that luxury against either Spence or Porter. Most expect Spence, who is considered a top-three pound-for-pound fighter, to beat Porter and unify the titles. And while Spence has made it clear that he’s interested in a Pacquiao fight more than any other, a potential Pacquiao-Spence blockbuster would be a bad idea for the Filipino senator. At 29, Spence is 11 years Pacquiao’s junior and has both the size and technical ability to give Pacquiao hell should they meet. He’s a giant in the welterweight division who, no matter what he tells us, won’t be hanging around at 147 pounds much longer. But should the fight take place, it’ll be against an opponent who once gave Mayweather all he could handle during a grueling sparring session that left “Money” with a shiner. Spence has impeccable timing, a killer instinct and tremendous power. He shattered Brook’s other orbital bone opposite the one Gennadiy Golovkin, a middleweight, broke a fight before. His opponents have been beaten up. From September 2014 to June 2018, Spence either knocked out or forced 11 consecutive fighters to quit. His March fight against a fellow pound-for-pound fighter in Mikey Garcia turned out to be a one-sided boxing clinic. Like Pacquiao, Garcia was an undersized welterweight who simply couldn’t find a way to get inside Spence’s reach and paid for it dearly by being shut out for 12 rounds. If you are Pacquiao, you may want to pass on that fight. In the event that Porter defeats Spence, it may be a more winnable fight, but Porter’s physicality is something that could be trying for the soon-to-be 41-year-old. Maybe he should look elsewhere. There are two fights available against opponents he could match in terms of skills or size: Mayweather and Crawford.Mayweather wasn’t just in attendance because his promotional company was part of this fight. The man who enjoys his millions needed to see what Pacquiao was in the ring, and how he was received outside of it. And judging by the sellout of 14,356 fans who were seemingly all there for Pacquiao, there’s still money to be made. Although Mayweather dominated Pacquiao when the two met in 2015 for a record-shattering night, there were lingering questions about a shoulder injury that limited Pacquiao and that lack of killer instinct. Mayweather-Pacquiao 2 could answer those questions with what we expect to be a much better version of Pacquiao bringing an undefeated opponent out of retirement who hasn’t fought a competitive opponent in half a decade. The other opponent is less likely, but maybe a bit more intriguing in Crawford. This is a fight that Top Rank’s Bob Arum could have — and probably should have — made while Pacquiao was still a part of his stable. But for one reason or another, he did not and missed the opportunity to make “Bud” a superstar. Well, he has an opportunity now, but he’d have to split the pie with Al Haymon. The reality is that Crawford has absolutely nobody to fight at Top Rank, and a bout with Spence would only be made bigger if Crawford managed to beat Pacquiao. And for Pacquiao, a victory against a man who is more his size — but arguably more talented — would further add to his legacy without the danger of being muscled around by a larger, younger and incredibly skilled fighter. Highly unlikely, but it’s doable.As for Thurman, he’ll need to go back to the drawing board and work his way back into the welterweight elite. There are three options for him that are compelling for a number of reasons, but only one of those options should be immediately targeted. Thurman could face Yordenis Ugas, who defeated Omar Figueroa Jr. on the Pacquiao-Thurman undercard. Ugas also gave Porter all he could handle in a fight in which there were those who saw Ugas winning. But it wouldn’t be pretty as Ugas’ Cuban amateur style doesn’t make for entertaining fights. He’d be a tough out, but perhaps too dangerous for what the return would be. Another option is Mikey Garcia, who has been all over the place lately. He’s been tied to a fight with Danny Garcia at welterweight, where he appears to want to stay despite being small for the division. Then there have been talks of him signing with DAZN. Regardless of what he’s doing, he’s in need of a big fight, and if the Danny Garcia option falls through, a bout with Thurman is intriguing.The timelines don’t quite match up, however. Garcia needs a fight sooner rather than later, and Thurman has been clear that he won’t fight again until 2020. That leaves one fighter who isn’t quite as dangerous but carries mainstream appeal: Broner.  Just two years ago, the landscape of the welterweight division was completely different. Manny Pacquiao had just suffered a shocking — albeit controversial — loss to Jeff Horn, which signaled a changing of the guard in the division and in boxing overall. With Floyd Mayweather set to rob the bank in a cash grab against the UFC’s Conor McGregor, Pacquiao was the last remnant of boxing superstars from a previous era, and he appeared ready to ride off into the sunset as his best years were behind him. Meanwhile, Keith Thurman had recently unified the WBA (Super) and WBC welterweight titles by defeating Danny Garcia. Shawn Porter had just ransacked Andre Berto after dropping a decision to Thurman earlier in the year. Errol Spence Jr. claimed the IBF welterweight title with a one-sided battering of Kell Brook. He was still boxing’s dirty little secret as the sport’s most lethal fighter. As for Terence Crawford, he defeated Felix Diaz to retain the junior welterweight titles and had not yet ventured to the 147-pound weight class. last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, July 12, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes for Tuesday, July 12, 2016•3:35 a.m. Joshua M. Asbury, 23, Wellington was arrested and confined on two Sumner County bench warrants for probation violations.•3:35 a.m. Joshua M. Asbury, 23, Wellington was arrested and charged with interference with law enforcement officers.•9:48 a.m. Officers took a report of a public accident in the 400 block E. Harvey, Wellington.•10 a.m. Officers took a report of found credit card in the 100 block S. Washington, Wellington.•2 p.m. Letha I. Saunders, 88, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 55 mph in a 40 mph zone.•4:50 p.m. Felicia D. Tidwell, 21, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for speeding 47 mph in a 30 mph zone.•8:35 p.m. Officers investigated a burglary and violation of protection order of a known suspect in the 2000 block E. 7th Wellington.•9:24 p.m. Officers investigated a theft of services in the 1000 block S. Jefferson, Wellington by known suspect.•9:58 p.m. Christopher A. Asbury, 22, Wellington was arrested and confined on a Sedgwick County Warrant for criminal possession of a firearm.•10:07 p.m. Gavin R. Cairns, 20, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for illegal registration and defective tag light.•10:23 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to property and theft in the 200 block W. Botkin, Wellington.•11:03 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 1700 block N. A, Wellington.last_img read more