Baines to be offered new deal

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img “Leighton is the most important player for us now and in the future,” said the Everton manager. “We want to do what we can to reward that and let him know he deserves our appreciation. “Contract talks will be opened but it is not just about the contract, it is about making sure he knows how much we want him and how much we appreciate him.” Despite the loss of Fellaini – and, to a lesser extent, Victor Anichebe to West Brom – Martinez believes his squad emerged from the transfer window stronger with the arrivals of midfielders James McCarthy and Gareth Barry from Wigan and Manchester City respectively, and Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku. The latter two are on loan, but Martinez thinks those last-day signings, plus the quartet of Arouna Kone, Antolin Alcaraz, Joel Robles and on-loan Barcelona youngster Gerard Deulofleu who arrived soon after he joined from Wigan earlier in the summer, have left the club in a strong position. “In football you always want to keep the best performers, but he (Fellaini) leaves with our best wishes,” said Martinez, who would not confirm whether the Belgian had handed in a last-minute transfer request prior to his £27.5million move – £4million more than his recently expired buy-out clause. “There was a lot of talk (in the summer), but there was never a case of having to make a decision on it because the contractual situation with Marouane was straightforward. “His buy-out clause expired on July 31 and his valuation completely differed. “But when you lose a player you have to end up in better shape and that is what we have achieved. “The squad ended up stronger and in a very good position.” Former Toffees boss David Moyes wanted to take the England left-back and midfielder Marouane Fellaini to Old Trafford with him, but only succeeded in buying the latter. While the Belgium international had regularly hinted at looking for a new club over the last 12 months, Baines has been a model professional and Martinez believes that deserves recognition. Everton manager Roberto Martinez wants to reward Leighton Baines’ loyalty with a new contract after the club fended off interest from Manchester United in the summer transfer window.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more


Late Crouch strike earns Stoke draw

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgStoke striker Peter Crouch came off the bench to snatch a draw at Newcastle with a dramatic late equaliser. Colback might not have been on the pitch to put the Magpies ahead had referee Kevin Friend issued a second caution for a 71st-minute foul on Victor Moses. The goal briefly raised the spirits of a crowd of just 47,763 – the lowest at St James’ Park this season – but there were boos on the final whistle with Carver’s men having passed up an opportunity to climb into the top 10. Newcastle ran out knowing a second successive victory would see them leapfrog Stoke with two points separating them in the table before kick-off, and there was little to choose between the sides during a tight opening 45 minutes. The visitors, who employed Moses and Mame Biram Diouf as wide men in support of striker Jonathan Walters, enjoyed the greater share of possession before the break without creating clear-cut chances until deep into injury-time at the end of the half. But the Magpies made more of their time on the ball as they attacked largely on the break through the pace of Ayoze Perez and the skill of Remy Cabella and Sammy Ameobi. Walters fired across the face of goal after turning Mike Williamson with eight minutes gone, but it took a fine reaction save from Asmir Begovic to deny Cabella at the other end three minutes later. Ameobi slid the ball out to Moussa Sissoko wide on the left and when he crossed to the near post, Cabella glanced a header towards goal, only to see Begovic throw out a hand to turn it past the post. The Bosnian was quick off his line to prevent Sissoko from reaching Cabella’s 27th-minute return pass, but he was more comfortable in collecting Ameobi’s well-struck shot on the turn seconds later. Press Association The Magpies looked to have won an instantly forgettable game when Jack Colback fired them into a 74th-minute lead. However, Crouch headed fellow substitute Geoff Cameron’s 90th-minute cross over keeper Tim Krul to claim a 1-1 draw on Tyneside, denying head coach John Carver back-to-back Barclays Premier League victories and leaving Newcastle still awaiting a first home win of 2015. However, he was mightily relieved to see Perez’s shot fly inches past the far post two minutes before the break after he had been played in behind defender Marc Muniesa by Cabella. For all their possession, Stoke, who had Moses, Stephen Ireland and Glenn Whelan booked before the break, did not force Krul into a save of note until the second minute of stoppage time, although it was a good one when it finally arrived as the Dutchman palmed away Diouf’s point-blank header after good play by Steven Nzonzi and Ireland. The second half started in scrappy fashion with neither side able to exercise any real control, although the Magpies almost worked their way in with 53 minutes gone when Perez and Cabella combined only for the final ball to let them down. If anything, a game of little genuine quality deteriorated further as the half wore on with neither side able to summon up the inspiration to turn it in their favour. Carver made his move with 25 minutes remaining when he replaced defensive midfielder Vurnon Anita with striker Papiss Cisse. Gabriel Obertan replaced Cabella as the game limped towards its conclusion and saw Cisse head his 73rd-minute cross well wide of the target, but redemption was close at hand. The former Manchester United winger’s cross seconds later was laid off by Sissoko to Colback, who had been booked for a foul on Muniesa before catching Moses late, and he fired home first time off the inside of the post to snatch victory. Krul made smart saves from Phil Bardsley and Walters to preserve his clean sheet, but Obertan and Perez both passed up glorious opportunities to cement the win in a frenetic conclusion, and they were made to pay when Crouch rose at the far post to loop a header home despite the best efforts of Fabricio Coloccini on the line. last_img read more


Fort Lauderdale Challenges Broward County’s Order to Keep Gyms Closed

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgA showdown appears to be imminent between government officials in Broward County.Last week, Gov. Ron DeSantis added gyms and fitness centers to phase one of the state’s reopening plan at 50 percent capacity, which Broward joins on Monday.However, Broward has decided to keep gyms closed, while Fort Lauderdale plans to allow such businesses within their city limits to open.Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis signed an executive order Saturday that allows gyms and fitness centers to reopen. He adds that neighboring cities, including Pompano Beach, Coral Springs and Margate, plan to do the same.On Sunday, Broward Vice Mayor Steve Geller warned those moves could lead to legal action, since the county has already issued an emergency order that had excluded gyms from Monday’s reopening.“The cities simply do not have the authority to ignore a county order,” Geller says. “If cities ignore the county, we’re heading to a showdown between the cities and the county. It could end up in court.”He adds that the county could also ask Sheriff Gregory Tony to have deputies shut down any gyms that open.Phase 1 reopening of #BrowardCounty begins Monday, May 18th. Beaches will remain closed, per Emergency Order 20-10. Facial coverings and social distancing still required. https://t.co/amWUk7ovX3 pic.twitter.com/VFU2cJgGEk— Broward County Government (@BrowardCounty) May 14, 2020 On Sunday, Trantalis accused the county of coming up with “an 11th hour order” that challenges the state’s intention to reopen gyms.“We’re just following the governor’s order,” Trantalis explains.Fort Lauderdale Vice Mayor Steve Glassman favors “home rule” for reopening such venues.“It’s not like people in Tamarac are going to flood Fort Lauderdale gyms.” Glassman argues. “Fort Lauderdale is doing the right thing.”He says regarding the idea of deputies being sent to close gyms, “It would be absurd for the county to take it to that level. They want to get into a gym war. If they think it’s worth their resources to send in a deputy to close down a small dance studio, what kind of leadership is that?”Geller says that county officials need to develop a list of safety guidelines before allowing gyms to reopen.“I don’t think the county can keep the gyms closed forever,” Geller says. “But we have to have the guidelines before they open. I don’t want them opened without those guidelines. And it cannot be done on a city-by-city basis. It’s too confusing and they don’t have that authority.”This is a developing story.last_img read more


Update on the latest sports

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgThe team, which is under pressure to change its name during the ongoing national reckoning over racism, said Saturday that Mitchell’s No. 49 will become only the second jersey in the franchise’s 88-year history to be retired. The other is the No. 33 of Hall of Famer Sammy Baugh.Mitchell, Washington’s first African American player, died in April. The Redskins were the last NFL team to integrate the roster.Significantly, dropping Marshall’s name from the lower bowl of the stadium follows by one day the removal of his statue at RFK Stadium, the team’s former home. Marshall moved the team from Boston to Washington and resisted integrating the roster with Black players until “forced to do so” in 1962.The team’s announcement of the change did not mention Marshall, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963 and died in 1969. Yankees, Mets to train in New York if MLB resumesUNDATED (AP) — The Yankees and Mets would train in New York if Major League Baseball and its players try to start the coronavirus-delayed season. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the announcement Saturday, and the teams confirmed the decisions.The Yankees originally had intended to base at their spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. The Mets had said they were undecided between Citi Field and their training camp in Port St. Lucie, Florida. But positive cases for COVID-19 in Florida have increased markedly in recent days, while the percentage of positive tests in New York City has dropped sharply.All 30 MLB teams have closed their spring camps in Florida and Arizona this weekend over virus concerns.MLB had hoped to start the season during the first week of July, but teams and the players’ association are engaged in a bitter fight over how to apportion revenue losses caused by the pandemic. Both sides agree that players need three weeks of training before the increasingly slight season could start. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditHORSE RACING-BELMONTBelmont kicking off Triple Crown series(Eds: Post time is 5:42 p.m. EDT) — The NBA has firmed up the schedule for what will be a hectic time for teams this fall. The league has set Oct. 16 as the date for this year’s draft and says clubs can begin talking to free agents two days later. The annual moratorium will begin at 12:01 a.m. Eastern time on Oct. 19 and continue through noon on Oct. 23. The league told teams of the plans Saturday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press.— Kansas State has paused all voluntary workouts for football student-athletes for two weeks following the most recent COVID-19 test results. As of Friday, 14 student-athletes had tested positive for active COVID-19 following testing of more than 130 student-athletes. The school says those who tested positive are being medically managed according to current health guidelines. That includes self-isolation for 10 days and until a patient is without fever for 72 hours without medication, whichever takes longer. Athletics director Gene Taylor says the university feels that temporarily pausing all football workouts and access to facilities is the best decision for everyone. — As universities begin the process of playing sports through a pandemic, some are requiring student athletes to sign waivers acknowledging the risks for COVID-19. Ohio State and Missouri have pledges they are requiring athletes or their parents to sign before the players can take part in voluntary workouts. How much legal protection any of these forms provide schools is up for debate, along with the ethics of requiring unpaid students to sign them. Athletes have already tested positive at more than a dozen schools from Boise State to Clemson, though some schools are not releasing details.— NASCAR heads to Talladega Superspeedway this weekend with new rules and more fans. The Alabama track will admit up to 5,000 fans on Sunday, just 48 hours after Stewart-Haas Racing confirmed two of its employees tested positive for the new coronavirus. The new rules are in response to Ryan Newman’s crash in the Daytona 500, but there is no practice or qualifying scheduled, so drivers won’t have a feel for the adjustments until the race begins. NASCAR also will be on the lookout for the newly banned Confederate flag.— The NASCAR Cup race at Texas will have thousands of spectators in the stands. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has approved a comprehensive action plan submitted by the track to allow fans for the July 19 race. While the state allows 50% capacity for outdoor sporting events, track president Eddie Gossage says it’s too early to know how many fans will be able to attend. With social distancing protocols in place, the speedway first must reassign seating for people who had already purchased tickets for the race that was originally scheduled for March 29. The track capacity is about 135,000. Associated Press Update on the latest sportscenter_img June 20, 2020 In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Three members of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers organization have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the team’s training facility, and the team has closed affected areas of the building. Management says the affected areas will remain closed until extensive sanitizing is completed. All individuals who may have been exposed have been notified and are following the established protocols, the Bucs said in a statement. That includes a 14-day quarantine period. The team did not identify the people who tested positive. The NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facility earlier this week after three players and two staff members tested positive.— The Toronto Maple Leafs aren’t commenting on reports that star player Auston Matthews has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Leafs say a player’s medical information is private. The Toronto Sun and The Toronto Star report that the center tested positive. According to the Sun, the 22-year-old Matthews has self-quarantined in his Arizona home and hopes to be ready to play if the NHL season resumes. The NHL hopes to open training camps next month, and finish off the 2019-20 season later this summer.— Canada’s approval of the NHL’s return-to-play proposal has led the league to consider designating one or more cities north of the border to serve as hubs for its 24-team playoff format. Officials say Canada’s top public health officer as well as the top health officers of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Toronto worked closely with the NHL to approve the plan. It required an exemption because the U.S.-Canada border is currently closed to all non-essential travel until at least July 21 and those who enter Canada must self-isolate for 14 days.— Five-time PGA Tour winner Nick Watney tested positive Friday for the coronavirus, the first player with a confirmed infection since golf resumed its schedule last week. Watney withdrew immediately from the RBC Heritage and must self-isolate for at least 10 days under the PGA Tour’s protocols. The tour began its phase of contact tracing and identified 11 people who were tested Friday evening. All results came back negative. Secondary tests were given, and those results were not expected before Saturday night. ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — Tiz the Law is the star of a 10-horse field for the Belmont Stakes, perhaps the biggest event in U.S. sports since the coronavirus pandemic shut down competition in mid-March. The 3-year-old colt is the early 6-5 favorite for Saturday’s race.No fans or owners will be at the New York track for the $1 million race that is being run at a shorter distance this year. This Belmont — rescheduled from June 6 — will be run at 1 1/8 miles, the first time since 1925 it won’t be its usual grueling 1 1/2 miles. The top four finishers earn Kentucky Derby qualifying points, including 150 to the winner.Tiz the Law is the only horse in the race with Grade 1 stakes victories. He’ll try to buck history as the first New York-bred in 138 years to win the $1 million race. His 82-year-old trainer, Barclay Tagg, is chasing a win that eluded him in 2003 after Funny Cide won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness only to lose his Triple Crown bid in the Belmont.The Belmont is kicking off the Triple Crown series for the first time, instead of completing the series of three races run over five weeks. The Kentucky Derby follows on Sept. 5, with the Preakness finishing up on Oct. 3.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS — The Chinese basketball league has restarted after an almost five-month shutdown for the coronavirus pandemic but is going ahead in empty stadiums and with fewer foreign players. The CBA was suspended on Jan. 24 after the virus outbreak in Wuhan. The semifinals stage has started with 20 teams divided into two divisions and limited venues to reduce travel. All stadiums are closed to fans. League chairman and former NBA star Yao Ming praised the work of the clubs and health authorities for helping get the season restarted. He says as the first national large-scale sports event to be restarted in China the CBA is of “strategic significance.”— French soccer authorities will allow fans back into stadiums starting July 10, with an initial limit of 5,000. The president of the French Football Federation says it is possible more spectators will be allowed into the French Cup final at the end of July and for the resumption of top-tier Ligue 1 play at the end of August. The French government called off the country’s 2019-20 soccer season on April 28 as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic.NFL-REDSKINS-HONORING MITCHELLRedskins retire Mitchell’s jersey, rename stadium levelUNDATED (AP) — The Washington Redskins will retire the jersey of Hall of Famer Bobby Mitchell. They will also rename the lower level of FedEx Field for him, replacing the section named for former owner George Preston Marshall.last_img read more


The Latest: 9 Oklahoma football players positive for virus

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgNASCAR driver Austin Dillon has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway’s road course. Richard Childress Racing says Dillon tested positive Saturday morning. He is now self-quarantining away from the team. His wife and son remain healthy and symptom-free, the team added. Kaz Grala will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet at Daytona. Dillon is the third Cup Series drive to test positive for the coronavirus, joining seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and part-timer Brendan Gaughan. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: 9 Oklahoma football players positive for virus Associated Press The NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas has pushed its fall sports competitions to the spring due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The league’s board of directors announced the decision Saturday. The conference is made up of 11 schools spread throughout Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The move affects men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. Schedules for those sports will be reduced so those athletes don’t lose a year of eligibility, under NCAA guidelines. The league said in July it intended to go through with fall sports. But commissioner Chris Colvin said the COVID-19 situation “evolved to the point where this decision had to be made.”— —A tennis player has tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of an ATP Challenger event in Prague.The ATP tour tweeted that “the player has entered mandatory quarantine” at his home in line with ATP and Czech health protocols.It did not identify the player but said he was locally based and “was not a direct acceptance into either the main draw or qualifying events” of the tournament, scheduled to last until Aug. 22.___center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Nine Oklahoma football players tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from a break in preseason camp. Coach Lincoln Riley made the announcement during a Zoom call Saturday.Riley announced on Aug. 8 that the Sooners were temporarily pausing preseason practices because of schedule changes. He gave players the option of returning home, though most stayed on campus.After the initial testing in preparation for the July 1 start of workouts, the program had just one positive result until this week. There were two rounds of tests last week, with one positive in 205 tests.Riley said he didn’t regret giving the players a break, but said he hopes the team learns from the situation.“I think what we’re up against is something that’s doable, but the key is going to be for our players, our staff … how well can this virus be mitigated or stopped or contained when players or staff members are not in our facilities?” he said. August 15, 2020last_img read more


FIFA ethics committee drops Infantino case

Posted On Sep 18 2020 by

first_imgLausanne , Switzerland (AFP) — FIFA’s ethics committee yesterday decided to close its case against President Gianni Infantino who is facing a criminal probe in Switzerland over suspected collusion with the country’s top prosecutor.“After examining the relevant documentation and evidence, the chairperson of the investigatory chamber has decided to file the complaint and close the case due to the evident lack of a prima facie case regarding any alleged breach of the Fifa Code of Ethics,” Fifa said in a statement.Infantino, in charge of world football’s governing body since 2016, is the subject of an investigation by the Swiss prosecutor over suspected collusion between him and Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber, who resigned last month over his handling of a corruption investigation targeting Fifa.FIFA’s investigatory chamber had opened a preliminary investigation into Infantino, following reports of alleged ethics breaches, “including the booking by Fifa of a private flight from Suriname to Geneva and meetings between the Fifa President with Michael Lauber”.But the independent judicial body determined there was insufficient evidence to warrant further pursuing the case.“Based on the information available to date, no aspect of the conduct analysed constitutes a violation of the FIFA  regulations – some aspects do not even fall within the provisions of the Fifa Code of Ethics, or justify the adoption of any kind of measure, including that of a provisional suspension,” the statement added.Infantino had already insisted he had “nothing to hide” despite Swiss prosecutors launching a criminal probe against him.In a letter sent to FIFA’s 211 members, Infantino said there were no “factual grounds for the opening of a criminal investigation”.Infantino and Lauber are said to have held a series of secret meetings in 2016 and 2017, but the Fifa head said the meetings were about restoring “public trust in our institution” after a series of scandals.Infantino claims that those meetings “were in no way secret and most certainly not illegal”.An anti-corruption lawyer representing Infantino said earlier yesterday he believed the case would be dismissed.Jean-Pierre Mean, an anti-corruption specialist hired by Fifa on behalf of Infantino in May, told AFP: “There is nothing wrong with meeting with a lawyer, even informally. It is quite usual and absolutely not criminal.”The procedure against Infantino, Mean continued, “only mentions an anonymous complaint”.“We still haven’t seen it. We will have access to the file when Mr Infantino is heard.”FIFA also revealed yesterday that the impact of the novel coronavirus pandemic on its revenue was expected to remain “comparatively low”, with much of the organisation’s commercial rights having already been sold.It predicted a positive result of US$100 million (83 million euros) in its revised 2019-22 budget, with the cancellation of next year’s Confederations Cup and postponement of the revamped Club World Cup partially offset by other revenue streams.last_img read more


’SC’s Star Seniors: Q&A with Jackie Gilbert

Posted On Sep 16 2020 by

first_imgQ: What have you had to sacrifice in order to be a student-athlete? Q: What is your schedule like? Q: What is it like to be part of a relatively new program? It’s [fun] to be part of a program that’s still growing and new. I was blessed to be part of the freshman class that still had that first senior class to come in. I got to see the process they went through, what they had worked through, and now, you go full circle to a new and different team. But each group that I was with has brought something different. This team has grown so much, and there’s been so many great times and great years. My freshman and sophomore years, we were really top. We had a little bit of a growing year last year. Again, this year, we’ve come back strong and [have] all come together. It’s  exciting to see the up-and-downs and now to be on the road to success, [to] be in a group that’s been doing well. It’s a lot of memories all together. There’s been so many things with my team, and all these experiences we have to go through are unique. Things like travel trips are really special to being a student-athlete and things that you can’t get back. I don’t have a specific memory that stands out, but being with my team, being in the locker room, just hanging out. Being down the street from one of my friends and being able to hit them up and go get lunch — those are the things that I am going to miss most when I graduate. It’s much harder in the real world to be able to hang out with your friends. I think it’s just the college experience. I’m sure I haven’t been perfect, but anything I haven’t done right, I’ve been happy for messing up and whatnot. All those lessons that I’ve learned have somehow helped me [later on]. For the most part, I’ve tried my best to squeeze USC in school and service and lacrosse, [to] try to get the most out of it possible. I’m happy with mistakes I have made because I’ve learned a lot from [them], so no huge regrets off the top of my mind. Q: Do you have any regrets from the past four years? My strongest advice when it specifically comes to athletics is to learn to go with the punches. There’s going to be a lot of conflicts, there’s going to be a lot of things that are going to come with being a student athlete, but learning how to take it and go with it and not sit in the moment and complain about it — that’s a big learning curve. That’s going to stop you a little bit from being successful. That’s something that every freshman has to learn. There’s a lot on your plate. For many college students, four years of school can seem to fly by quickly. For student-athletes, grueling workouts, travel and the rigors of competing at the Division I level can make it go by even quicker. In this series, the Daily Trojan sits down with senior athletes playing various sports at USC to discuss their experience over the past four years, from their athletic life to their academic life. This week’s senior is women’s lacrosse defender Jackie Gilbert, a team captain who made last year’s Pac-12 All-Conference First Team. We have our practice block from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. Since I’m a senior, my classload isn’t crazy schedule-wise. In previous years, there would usually be class afterward from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and at 6 p.m., you’re usually studying and doing homework. If you’re traveling, you’re trying to fit in homework and all that, which is usually the hardest. It’s all about prioritizing and trying to get stuff done right away. It’s a lot, but it’s well worth it. Q: What is your favorite memory at USC?center_img We do have to sacrifice a lot, especially if you want to be a top student, too. That’s the hardest balance — being able to have fun and have time with your friends as well as be a top student athlete and a top student. You’re going to have to lose something between there — not be able to go out as much and stuff like that. It’s all about balance. It’s all about knowing what areas are you strong in, when can you have fun? It’s a lot of learning. For the most part, I enjoy it. I enjoy the nature of having to juggle things. If anything, I’d find it harder if I had more time. I’ve appreciated being a student-athlete because it’s made it personally easier. The more things I have, I’m probably more organized. Q: What’s one thing about lacrosse that most people don’t know? Q: What’s next for you? Q: Do you have any advice for freshman athletes? I’m a real estate major and business minor, so afterward I’m working at a company called Eastdil Secured, which does real estate investment sales and investment banking. I hope to try to continue professional lacrosse, if I can do it with my job. But the good thing about our team and culture is everyone really appreciates each other. Our defensive unit is super close. When someone does something that maybe the crowd doesn’t notice, we know and we appreciate it. The game of lacrosse – the intricate details – are something that is still expanding on the west coast. Michelle Mankoff/Daily Trojan There’s probably a lot of things people don’t know. On the west coast, you still get asked, ‘What is lacrosse?’ and whatnot. Things that people don’t know about lacrosse are things that are more intricate to the game and what it takes to be a really good player and especially a defender. It is growing a lot. I’m from the Bay Area. I’ve been here through the growing of lacrosse from when I started in middle school to where it is now. It’s gaining a lot more popularity. I see more and more people out at middle schools playing it. There’s more and more recognition on the west coast. More and more people are getting to know about it, which is really exciting.last_img read more


Second WI/Sri Linka Test ends in a draw

Posted On Aug 31 2020 by

first_imgShannon Gabriel’s record eight-wicket haul set the stage for a sensational West Indies run chase but sloppy batting, coupled with inclement weather, ensured an anti-climatic end as the second Test against Sri Lanka ended in a draw on Monday in St. Lucia.In the end, the final day at the Darren Sammy Cricket Ground which started with so much promise, ended with West Indies battling to save the contest and preserve their 1-0 lead in the three-Test series.Set 296 for victory with nearly three full sessions available, West Indies slumped to 8 for two wickets early on and were clinging on at 147 for five, when bad light drove players from the field at 5:05 pm, never to return.To Sri Lanka’s dismay, rain had earlier arrived half-hour after the tea break with West Indies on 137 for five, causing a delay of just over an hour.When play finally resumed, only 15 balls were possible before the quickly diminishing light ended play again.Throughout the turmoil of the day, opener Kraigg Brathwaite remained resolute with an unbeaten 59 and was accompanied by captain Jason Holder at the end on 15.Shai Hope made 39 but no other batsman passed 15 as Sri Lanka’s seam attack made repeated inroads.Speedster Gabriel had earlier produced a career-best match haul of 13 for 121 – the third best overall figures by a West Indies bowler in Tests – when he quickly wrapped up the Sri Lanka second innings inside the first 20 minutes of the day by taking the last two wickets.Resuming on 334 for eight, Sri Lanka’s innings lasted just 16 deliveries before buckling for 342 all out, with Gabriel finishing with eight for 62 – the sixth best innings figures for a West Indies bowler in Tests and the best by a fast bowler in international cricket in 17 years.last_img read more


Breaking News: City of Miramar Reverses Furlough Decision for City Employees

Posted On Aug 31 2020 by

first_imgHargray stated that he was taking this step after further discussions with staff, union representatives, members of the City Commission and the public.  BREAKING NEWS: After last week’s announcement that approximately 1,000 city employees would be furloughed 8 hours a week, the City of Miramar has decided to reverse the decision. Ahead of tomorrow’s commission vote in the City of Miramar, City Manager Vernon Hargray and members of the commission are coming up with alternatives to the proposed furloughs, which would have seen employees losing as much as 20 percent of their salaries. Below is the official statement from the City of Miramar: (More details to follow shortly). Today, Miramar City Manager Vernon E. Hargray issued a memorandum to the City’s Mayor, Vice Mayor and City Commissioners announcing that he would be exploring other alternatives instead of implementing the staff furloughs, as proposed in his memorandum dated May 13, 2020.  Miramar City Hall The City Manager will discuss the City’s financial status during the Virtual Miramar Commission Meeting to be held on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. The Commission Meeting can be streamed at MiramarFL.gov/CommissionMeeting. For questions regarding Miramar’s furlough, please visit MiramarFL.gov/Furloughs. The furloughs were billed as part of a 7-pronged approach to offset the city’s economic shortfall brought on by COVID-19. The May 13th memo detailed furloughs consisting of 8 hours per week for each full-time employee effective June 11, 2020 to December 9, 2020. Part time, as needed employees and interns would not be impacted by the proposed furlough.last_img read more


Memorial Tournament 2019: Tee times for Tiger Woods, field, Round 4 TV schedule, live stream

Posted On Aug 16 2020 by

first_imgWith an increased purse comes a larger winner’s share. Bryson DeChambeau won $1,602,000 for his 2018 victory. The winnings for first place will go up to $1,638,000 this year.Odds to win the Memorial TournamentGolferOddsRory McIlroy+900Tiger Woods+1100Justin Rose+1600Patrick Cantlay+1600Jordan Spieth+1800Justin Thomas+1800Matt Kuchar+1800Rickie Fowler+2000Tony Finau+2000Hideki Matsuyama+2200Jason Day+2200(All odds via Bovada)Memorial Tournament past championsWoods’ five Memorial Tournament victories are the most of all-time, and Kenny Perry is the only other golfer to win more than twice. Jack Nicklaus, who designed Muirfield Village, is among the small group of golfers to have won twice.YearWinnerScore2019TBD…2018Bryson DeChambeau-152017Jason Dufner-132016William McGirt-152015David Lingmerth-152014Hideki Matsuyama-132013Matt Kuchar-122012Tiger Woods-92011Steve Stricker-162010Justin Rose-182009Tiger Woods-12 Since Woods is looking to rebound, the Memorial Tournament may have come at the ideal time. He has won the tournament a record five times, including three straight wins from 1999-2001. The tournament, founded by Jack Nicklaus, has been played at Muirfield Village Golf Club in the suburbs of Columbus, Ohio, every year since its inception in 1976, so it’s a course that Woods is very familiar with. MORE: Watch the Memorial Tournament live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)This will be Woods’ final tournament before the U.S. Open, the third major of the year, making it important that he captures some momentum before the gauntlet at Pebble Beach. He will be competing against a loaded field, however, which features nine of the top 13 players in the World Golf Rankings. While Woods has won five times at Muirfield Village, he hasn’t finished in the top 20 since his last victory in 2012. Here is all of the information for how to watch the 2019 Memorial Tournament, including a full TV schedule, tee times for Woods and the field, updated betting odds and more. You can also follow our “Tiger Tracker” blog and live leaderboard to keep up with the tournament.Memorial Tournament 2019 TV schedule, live streamGolf Channel will broadcast all four days of the Memorial Tournament. Coverage then shifts to CBS on Saturday and Sunday afternoons. You can watch all four rounds on fuboTV (7-day free trial).DateTimeTV ChannelThursday, May 302:30-6:30 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVFriday, May 312:30-6:30 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, June 112:30-2:45 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSaturday, June 13-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVSunday, June 212-2:15 p.m. ETGolf Channel/fuboTVSunday, June 22:30-6 p.m. ETCBS/fuboTVLIVE: Full leaderboard for the 2019 Memorial TournamentTiger Woods’ Memorial Tournament tee timesWoods will be playing with alongside Ryan Armour on Saturday. The pair is scheduled to tee off at 10:35 a.m. ET for Round 3 on Saturday. DateHoleTimePairingThursday, May 30108:26 a.m. ETJustin Rose, Bryson DeChambeauFriday, May 3111:16 p.m. ETRose, DeChambeauSaturday, June 1110:35 a.m. ETRyan ArmourSunday, June 2110:40 a.m. ETKeith MitchellTIGER TRACKER: Follow Woods’ score at The Memorial TournamentWho else is in the Memorial Tournament field?In addition to the likes of Woods, Rose and DeChambeau, Rory McIlroy, Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Rickie Fowler make up the rest of the top 10-ranked golfers competing in the tournament. Other notables include Matt Kuchar, Patrick Cantlay, Phil Mickelson and past champions Steve Stricker, Hideki Matsuyama and David Lingmerth. PGA Championship winner Brooks Koepka and runner-up Dustin Johnson, the two top-ranked golfers in the world, will not be participating in the tournament. 2019 Memorial Tournament leadersHere are the Sunday tee times for the tournament leaders. You can find the full list of Day 4 tee times here.Tee time (ET)Pairing1 p.m.Justin Rose, Kevin Streelman1:30 p.m.Jordan Spieth, Marc Leishman1:40 p.m.Hideki Matsuyama, Patrick Cantlay1:50 p.m.Martin Kaymer (leader), Adam ScottMemorial Tournament purse, winningsThe Memorial Tournament contains a larger purse than most other non-majors. Its $9.1 million purse — a $200,000 increase from last year — for 2019 is higher than any other PGA Tour tournament in May besides the PGA Championship. The purse saw a dramatic increase in 2016 from $6,200,000 to $8,500,000. With his forgettable missed cut at the PGA Championship in the rearview mirror, Tiger Woods will try to right the ship at the Memorial Tournament, the next event on his 2019 schedule.Woods shot 5-over par in the first two rounds at Bethpage Black in the second major of the year, missing the cut by a stroke. His performance was a far cry from his memorable Masters win.last_img read more