first_imgROXAS CITY, Capiz – Three Capiz townswere among this year’s national awardees of the Department of the Interior andLocal Government’s (DILG) Seal of Good Local Governance (SGLG).      The towns of Dao, Dumarao and Jamindanwere recently conferred 2019 SGLG winners during the awarding ceremony in MetroManila early this month. Marecor Diaz, chief of the localgovernment monitoring and evaluation section of the DILG-Capiz, said four townshere were assessed for the national level – of which, three municipalitiespassed.  Año said the 380 LGUs “proved thatthere is good work executed at the local level for the benefit of the Filipinopeople.”      The criteria include financialadministration, disaster preparedness, social protection, peace and order,business friendliness and competitiveness, environmental protection, tourism,culture and the arts.center_img DILG secretary Eduardo Año, meanwhile,congratulated the 380 winning local government units (LGUs) – composed of 17provinces, 57 cities and 306 municipalities. She said the SGLG is a challenge forlocal governments to continue good governance practices while providing betterpublic services.  The SGLG, which originated from theSeal of Good Housekeeping, is DILG’s response to the clamor of the people forintegrity and performance in public service.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more


first_imgAbout 20 or so years ago, sportscasters started to use terms like double double, triple double, and quadruple double in basketball.  A double double refers to the situation where a player has double-figure results in scoring, rebounding and/or assists and/or blocked shots and/or steals.  The triple double moniker puts three of these possibilities together.  The quadruple double has four. As  you can guess, the frequency goes down dramatically after the double double.I can’t remember what the figure would have been had this terminology been around when Oscar Robertson played.  I think that for most of his career (if not every game) he had a triple double.  His came in scoring, rebounding, and assists.  Obviously, the possibilities go up as the length of the game increases.  The pros turn in most of these because they play 48 minutes.  In high school, the double double tops the list.  In college a few triple doubles sneak in, and players like Lance Stephenson of Indiana are making it a habit to have triple doubles.  Hope this clears up these sports terms.last_img read more


first_imgDefender Per Mertesacker feels Arsenal have answered their critics by closing in on Champions League qualification once again, but admits failings against the Barclays Premier League’s top three killed off their title dream. The Gunners will be guaranteed a place in the Champions League qualifiers for the 17th consecutive season should Everton come unstuck again when they tackle Manchester City on Saturday, or Arsenal beat West Brom 24 hours later before attentions turn to ending the club’s trophy drought in the FA Cup final against Hull at Wembley. As positive an ending as the campaign may yet bring, Mertesacker cannot help but reflect on what might have been, with Arsenal at one stage seven points clear of current leaders Liverpool at the top of the table before paying a heavy price for a series of poor results against their direct rivals. “We have struggled heavily with a couple of injuries, but we have regrouped very well and how we managed the situation was maybe more important than last year, so securing Champions League football was another test for us,” he said. “It is not done yet, Everton play Manchester City on Saturday, but we have it in our own hands. “However, everyone wanted us to get further up, especially the fans, and we were top of the table for a long time. “Everyone dreamed about the title, but it takes more than staying top until the winter period. “We could not afford those (losses) in big games against big teams, so we did not deserve to be in the first three. That is something we have to manage much better next year. “The (defeats in the) early away games (at Manchester City, Liverpool and Chelsea) killed us this year. Hopefully we can learn from that. Press Association Arsene Wenger’s side took a significant step towards securing a top-four finish with a 3-0 win over a lacklustre Newcastle side at the Emirates Stadium on Monday night, where fit-again record signing Mesut Ozil scored one and created another. Arsenal are now four points clear of Everton with just two games to go, with the Toffees having been beaten by Southampton at the weekend. “Everyone questioned our qualities, but how we came back as a team, that makes us stronger for the future.” Mertesacker added: “We are in a cup final and it is important to secure Champions League football, so these are good targets to go for. “We are happy to have a lot of players back. The squad is getting stronger and stronger.” Arsenal midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain missed the Newcastle match because of a groin complaint which although not serious will leave the England man touch-and-go for the FA Cup final. Newcastle, meanwhile, will head back to the north-east looking to regroup following what was a sixth straight defeat which has left their place in the top 10 now under serious threat. Alan Pardew, who returned to the dugout following a lengthy touchline ban, accepts the supporters have a right to voice concerns following a miserable run of just 13 points from 17 league games since the turn of the year – with many of the 2,000-strong Toon Army calling for the manager’s head during Monday’s night’s latest feeble offering. Midfielder Dan Gosling said: “Having the manager there on the touchline again was a great help, but ultimately it is the players who cross the white line who have to do the job, and again at Arsenal, we did not do that. “We have lost some games where we should not have, but we can’t just keep saying that. “We are disappointed, but we will go again now on Saturday and have a cup final against Cardiff. “The fans have always been tremendous and we get a great travelling army, and at home we will need them now more than ever to push us over the line.” last_img read more


first_img Associated Press February 6, 2020 Davidson, VCU meet in conference play Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditDavidson (11-10, 5-4) vs. VCU (16-6, 6-3)Stuart Siegel Center, Richmond, Virginia; Friday, 7 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: A10 foes meet as Davidson takes on VCU. Davidson easily beat UMass by 35 at home on Saturday, while VCU fell to Rhode Island on the road on Friday, 87-75.center_img STEPPING UP: Marcus Santos-Silva has put up 13 points and nine rebounds to lead the way for the Rams. De’Riante Jenkins has complemented Santos-Silva and is putting up 10.7 points, four rebounds and two steals per game. The Wildcats have been led by Jon Axel Gudmundsson, who is averaging 14.9 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.1 assists.A10 ADVANCEMENT: The Wildcats have scored 75.2 points per game to conference opponents thus far. That’s an improvement from the 70.3 per game they recorded against non-conference competition.CREATING OFFENSE: Gudmundsson has either made or assisted on 46 percent of all Davidson field goals over the last five games. Gudmundsson has 35 field goals and 29 assists in those games.ASSIST-TO-FG RATIO: The Wildcats have recently used assists to create buckets more often than the Rams. VCU has an assist on 44 of 88 field goals (50 percent) across its past three games while Davidson has assists on 50 of 93 field goals (53.8 percent) during its past three games.STIFLING DEFENSE: VCU has forced opponents into committing turnovers on 25.4 percent of all possessions this year, the eighth-highest rate among all Division I teams. ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.comlast_img read more


first_imgFIFA also plans to donate $10 million to the World Health Organization for tackling the new coronavirus.___4:35 p.m.Three major one-day classic bike races in France and Belgium have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.Race organizer Amaury Sport Organisation says Paris-Roubaix, the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege will be postponed. March 17, 2020 Associated Press The European Gymnastics Union says it tried to find ways to keep its events going despite the spread of the coronavirus but found it impossible because of government restrictions and travel bans.The events offered Olympic qualifying spots.The women’s championships were due to be held in Paris from April 30-May 3, and the men’s championships in Baku, Azerbaijan, from May 27-31.Also called off are European rhythmic gymnastics championships in Ukraine and the European trampoline championship in Sweden, both in May.The UEG says it hopes the events can be rescheduled for the second half of the year. 1:45 p.m.UK Athletics says all clubs and groups should not be training or taking part in competitive races amid the coronavirus outbreak.The guidance follows directives outlined by the British government about limiting social contact.UKA said the suspension also applies to coaching and officiating.___ The Hurricanes also say VAB Catering, PNC Arena’s food service, will donate food to the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, a Raleigh-based nonprofit.___3:35 p.m.The Southeastern Conference has canceled sporting events for the rest of the season.The events had been suspended. The league announced the decision Tuesday, becoming the last of the Power Five conferences to cancel all competition. Baylor coach Scott Drew says his focus since the NCAA Tournament was canceled has been on taking care of his players, not about what might have been for the Bears on the court.“Making sure they’re able to finish out the semester, make sure that their needs are taken care of, where they know they can go to get food for those that are still on campus,” Drew said Tuesday during a virtual news conference, with the coach on video sitting at the postgame podium in Baylor’s arena and reporters asking questions on a conference call.About half of the team is still in the Waco area, and the rest went home. The school did a “One Shining Moment” video for the Bears (26-4), who likely would have been a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. Their 23-game winning streak was a Big 12 record and they were No. 1 five consecutive weeks.“Watching it for the first time, I know my wife got emotional. I was more just feeling proud,” Drew said. “We had a great season, these guys really accomplished a lot of stuff, and it was really enjoyable.” Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan and his wife, Sarah, are donating $100,000 to help provide assistance in Atlanta during the coronavirus outbreak.The donation will be split between two charitable organizations: Atlanta Community Food Bank, which provides food to the needy, and Giving Kitchen, which offers emergency assistance to food service workers.Ryan says he and his wife have a lot of friends in the restaurant industry and want to “create awareness for one of the industries that’s going to struggle during this time.”The Falcons’ starting quarterback for the past 12 years, Ryan has been heavily involved in the community through the Boys and Girls clubs and raising money for Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.1:55 p.m. The Kentucky Derby has been postponed from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic.Churchill Downs officials said Tuesday the race will move from May 2 to Sept. 5, marking the first time in 75 years it won’t be run on the first Saturday in May.The last time the first leg of the Triple Crown wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945, when the federal government issued a ban on horse racing because of World War II. The ban was lifted on May 8, and the Derby was held on June 9. The only other year the Derby wasn’t held in May was in 1901, when it was raced on April 29.The date change still must be approved by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission at its meeting Thursday.___ 5:15 p.m.___First the Masters, now the PGA Championship.The PGA Championship is being postponed, according to a person involved in the discussions. It was scheduled for May 14-17 at Harding Park in San Francisco. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the decision has not been announced.It follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recommendation that events of 50 people or more not be held for eight weeks. That would last until the Sunday before the PGA Championship. 1:40 p.m.The Kontinental Hockey League and the VTB United League in basketball have suspended play.Both leagues say they will stop until at least April 10.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It had previously said it would pause for a week to draw up a new playoff format. It’s been left with six Russian teams in an eight-team bracket after Finnish team Jokerit and Kazakh team Barys withdrew.___ The Copa America has been postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak.South American soccer body CONMEBOL says the tournament in Colombia and Argentina will be played between June 11 and July 11.CONMEBOL President Alejandro Domínguez says “it is an extraordinary measure for an unexpected situation, and it answers the fundamental need to avoid an exponential development of the virus.”___10 a.m. In an open letter on the F1 website, Carey wrote: “We apologize to those fans affected by the cancellation in Australia, as well as the postponement of the other races to date. These decisions are being made … in rapidly changing and evolving circumstances, but we believe they are the right and necessary ones. We also want to extend our thoughts to those already affected, including those in the Formula 1 family.”On Monday, tire provider Pirelli said one of its staff tested positive for the virus and was undergoing treatment in Melbourne.___11:45 a.m.Soccer in Russia has been suspended until April 10. ___1:05 p.m.All horse racing in Britain will be suspended starting Wednesday.It was the last remaining major sport to be continuing in the country amid the coronavirus outbreak.But the British Horseracing Authority says the race meetings in Wetherby and Taunton — being staged without fans on Tuesday — will be last until the end of April. The decision includes championship, spring football games and pro day workouts for NFL teams run by SEC schools.Team and individual practices and meetings remain suspended through at least April 15.Earlier in the day, the Atlantic Coast Conference canceled all spring competition, plus all athletic-related activities, including practices.___12:30 p.m. 1:10 p.m.The Spanish soccer league has offered about 500 coronavirus tests for its clubs.The tests have been distributed prioritizing teams that traveled to risk areas or already have players infected.Valencia defender Ezequiel Garay on Sunday became the first Spanish league player infected with the virus.The distribution of tests began last Thursday as part of the league’s actions to support its clubs during the pandemic. The 16-team world championships are scheduled for Switzerland starting May 8. But Fasel says, if he had to make the decision today, “there is no chance we can skate.”Fasel says the IIHF is consulting with its host and marketing partners and insurance carrier to determine what contractual obligations must be met before deciding to cancel the tournament.The challenges to go ahead with hosting the tournament are many, Fasel said, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams.Another issue is players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons. On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potentially reopen practice.___ 4:50 p.m.FIFA president Gianni Infantino says he is ready to ask China to postpone next year’s 24-team Club World Cup to make space for the European Championship and Copa America.Infantino says he will propose talks with the Chinese government and the country’s soccer officials in a call Wednesday with a panel of FIFA vice presidents.That group will include the leaders of European and South American soccer who pushed their marquee championships back one year because of the coronavirus outbreak.The inaugural 24-team Club World Cup was set to open on June 17, 2021, in China as a signature project of Infantino. The FIFA president suggests rescheduling the club tournament to later in 2021, or in either 2022 or 2023. UEFA plans to play the tournament next year from June 11 to July 11. The 24-team competition is being hosted in 12 different countries.The postponement clears space to give national leagues and the Champions League and Europa League a chance to finish their seasons by June 30.European soccer is in a shutdown and it is unclear when games can resume.___2:15 p.m. ___3:20 p.m.The IOC says there is “no need for any drastic decisions at this stage” about staging the Tokyo Olympics with more than four months until the opening ceremony.After consulting with sports bodies about the effects of the coronavirus outbreak, the IOC says “any speculation at this moment would be counter-productive.”The International Olympic Committee says financial interests will not dictate its decisions “thanks to its risk management policies and insurance.” The BHA says the decision was taken “to protect essential emergency services and the health and welfare of staff working in the racing industry.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says its “first duty is to the health of the public, our customers and to racing industry participants and staff,” while saying it will do its best to support those whose livelihoods depend on what Rust said is a “4 billion pound industry.”___1 p.m.The men’s and women’s European gymnastics championships have been canceled. The USGA says it is following CDC guidance on avoiding gatherings of 50 or more people. Both tournaments require qualifying rounds before the championships are played.The U.S. Women’s Open is June 4-7 in Houston. The U.S. Open is June 18-21 at Winged Foot in New York. Both are still on the schedule. However, the USGA says it will redesign how to qualify for those events.It has canceled the first stage of U.S. Open qualifying that was to be held at 109 sites starting April 27. And it has canceled the qualifying at 25 sites for the U.S. Women’s Open.___9:05 p.m. The Rescue Food Ministry usually donates the food to St. Vincent de Paul in St. Pete, which is not far from the track, but there was so much food the Salvation Army was contacted to help distribute to other organizations, including RCS Pinellas shelter. ___4:15 p.m.The USGA has canceled the first two amateur championships on its 2020 schedule.The U.S. Women’s Amateur Four-Ball was scheduled for April 25-29 at Quail Creek in Naples, Florida. The U.S. Amateur Four-Ball was scheduled for May 23-27 at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Neither will be played this year. 10:35 a.m.Hertha Berlin’s players and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after one of the players tested positive for the coronavirus.The Bundesliga club doesn’t say which player was affected.The team had been due to return to training on Tuesday after three days of individual exercise.Hertha doctor Uli Schleicher says “the player complained about the usual symptoms and we immediately separated him from the group. A test then produced a positive result for the virus. All players in our squad must now stay at home for the next two weeks.” ___12:40 p.m.The Los Angeles Chargers have donated $250,000 to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank to make sure hunger relief services continue uninterrupted in Los Angeles County during the coronavirus pandemic. The Food Bank says the money will be able to help children and their families as children stay home from school, as well as seniors who are self-isolating and hourly workers who are experiencing interruptions to their schedules and paychecks.___center_img Hertha general manager Michael Preetz says “it was to be expected that the virus would reach the team sooner or later. The most important thing now is that everyone sticks to the rules.”___10:10 a.m.The Kosovo judo team has been self-isolating as it prepares for the Tokyo Olympics.Olympic champion Majlinda Kelmendi, four other judokas and five staff members have closed themselves in at a training center in Peja, 85 kilometers (50 miles) west of Pristina. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus pandemic’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___7:30 p.m. ___7 p.m.The U.S. Tennis Association says it is considering “the possibility” of postponing the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic.What is usually the last Grand Slam tennis tournament each year is currently scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 in New York.Earlier Tuesday, the French tennis federation switched the dates of the French Open to Sept. 20 to Oct. 4 because of the pandemic. That’s four months later than that event was originally supposed to be played in Paris. The cycling season has been turned upside down by the outbreak. Prestigious events like the Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo and some early Belgian classics have been canceled or postponed. The Giro d’Italia also won’t start at its scheduled May date.ASO has yet to make a decision on the Tour de France. That race is scheduled to start in Nice on June 27.___noonThe Atlantic Coast Conference has canceled all athletics competition and practices through the rest of the 2019-20 academic year amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus. Oakland Athletics president Dave Kaval has invited a 39-year-old A’s fan named Justin, who posted on Twitter he is a “very healthy” Type 1 diabetic with the coronavirus, to throw out the first pitch on opening day — whenever that is.Kaval wrote on Twitter: “Get well soon! The whole (at)Athletics nation is sending you positive thoughts. How is your arm? Would be honored to have you throw out the first pitch opening day!”___8:05 p.m.The president of the Spanish soccer federation has dismissed the idea of crowning Barcelona as league champion if the competition can’t resume because of the coronavirus pandemic. The head of the French federation acknowledged that other Grand Slam tournaments and the professional tours were informed of the choice to switch dates for Roland Garros but were not consulted.In a not-so-veiled jab at the French federation, the USTA issued a statement saying that if there is a change in timing, “we recognize that such a decision should not be made unilaterally.”The USTA added that it would move its major championship “in full consultation” with the other Grand Slam organizers, the WTA and ATP tours, the International Tennis Federation and the Laver Cup exhibition.___4:30 p.m. Vail Resorts has announced it will close all of its North American resorts for the season over concerns for the coronavirus.Over the weekend, the industry giant said it would shut down the resorts for at least one week before reassessing. The company will consider reopening Breckenridge in Colorado, Heavenly in Lake Tahoe, California, and Whistler Blackcomb in British Columbia in late April or early May depending on the COVID-19 situation and weather conditions.___6 p.m.Argentina’s government has suspended all domestic soccer matches until the end of March because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Baylor coach Drew focused on players, not missed Ntourney The Collegiate Commissioner’s Association, which administers the letter of intent used by NCAA Division I and II athletes, says the suspension will be re-evaluated on or before April 15.The Division I football signing period began Feb. 5 and was scheduled to end April 1. It will be extended 30 days after it resumes. Most FBS schools have filled their 2020 classes.The Division I basketball signing period was scheduled to begin April 15 and end May 20.___2:30 p.m. Argentina’s soccer federation and the country’s President Alberto Fernández were initially against halting games but changed their minds Tuesday after players said they were unhappy about continuing to play.“The decision was taken after we received the concerns of the footballer’s union,” along with new government measures to fight the spread of COVID-19, Argentina’s tourism and sports ministry said in a statement.The decision means all South American soccer is halted, except for a few state tournaments in Brazil.Fernández had earlier told a news conference that soccer could go on behind closed doors, an opinion that was supported by the country’s federation. But local players threatened to go on strike if soccer was not suspended.River Plate skipped its match against Atlético Tucumán on Saturday in the first round of the Copa de la Superliga tournament. The Diamond League has called off its first three track meets of the season.The Diamond League was scheduled to start in Qatar next month. Two meets in China in May were to follow. The Diamond League says travel restrictions and disrupted preparations caused by the coronavirus outbreak have made it impossible to stage those competitions on time.The season is now tentatively set to begin in Stockholm on May 24.Only one of the three canceled meets has been rescheduled. The event in Shanghai is now set for Aug. 13. The meet in Qatar and the second Chinese meet have been postponed indefinitely but could be restaged after the Diamond League final in September.The 2020 season was supposed to see a shift in how the Diamond League is run with an extended 15-meet season and fewer events at each. Africa’s second biggest international soccer tournament has been postponed.Organizer the Confederation of African Football say the African Nations Championship scheduled for April 4-25 in Cameroon has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament features national teams made up of players who play in their domestic leagues.Africa’s top tournament, the African Cup of Nations, is due to be played early next year, also in Cameroon.Cameroon was still willing to host the African Nations Championship, CAF said, but the measures taken by other African governments to restrict travel made it difficult to go ahead.Morocco and Rwanda had already withdrawn for the tournament. The Russian league was the best attended sports competition still operating in Europe last weekend with more than 33,000 fans at one of its games.The Russian Football Union says its board agreed to immediately suspend all competitions at a meeting Tuesday.That follows a wave of tighter restrictions on public gatherings and events across Russia and a decision by CSKA Moscow to cancel its upcoming game against Zenit St. Petersburg.Fans made ironic references to the virus outbreak at games last week. Fans of Zenit chanted “we’re all going to die” on Saturday and CSKA supporters displayed a banner on Sunday with the club crest and the message: “This virus is inside me. I’m its carrier.”___ Luis Rubiales says the federation is not contemplating calling off the rest of the season and awarding the title to Barcelona, which was leading the league when it was suspended. Rubiales says the goal is to finish all competition by June 30, but they may be extended beyond that if necessary.He says he would prefer altering the calendar next season instead of making changes that could keep this one from finishing fairly.___2:40 p.m.National Letter of Intent signings for college athletes have been suspended until April 15. Kelmendi is the first athlete from Kosovo to win an Olympic gold medal.Coach Driton Kuka is among the group. None of them has been infected by the virus.Kosovo has had 16 coronavirus cases. All sports and other entertainment or cultural activities have been suspended in the country and schools, cafes, restaurants, gyms and pools have been closed.___9:55 a.m. China has already resumed a partial track and field schedule after the virus outbreak subsided. It was supposed to host the world indoor championships this month in Nanjing but that event was moved to 2021.___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 1 p.m.The European Tour is postponing the Andalucia Masters that was schedule for April 30 to May 3 at Valderrama in southern Spain.That makes six regular European Tour golf tournaments have been postponed because of the new coronavirus. A total of eight events on the tour’s worldwide schedule have been postponed, including the Match Play and the Masters.The tournament is hosted by the Sergio Garcia Foundation. The tour said it would try to reschedule.Europe’s last event was on March 8 at the Qatar Masters. Next on the schedule would be the GolfSixes in Portugal on May 10-11. ___4:45 p.m.The IndyCar industry has donated all the food on hand for last weekend’s canceled season-opening race in St. Petersburg, Florida, through the “Rescue Food” Ministry.The goal of the ministry is to give leftover untouched foods from at-track hospitality units to local community shelters and missions.Food was collected from the hospitality suites of Andretti Autosport, Team Penske, Arrow McLaren SP, Rahal Letterman Lanigan, Honda, INDYCAR Paddock Club, Chip Ganassi Racing and IMS Productions/NBC. ___3:50 p.m.The Carolina Hurricanes have announced plans to compensate arena and team event staff for lost wages with the NHL season on hold due to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.The team says hourly staff will be compensated based on expected workload during the final seven regular-season home games.Hurricanes owner Tom Dundon and the Carolina Hurricanes Foundation, a charitable arm of the franchise, are funding the plans. The team says Hurricanes players have also made a “generous donation” to help event-staff employees affected. The league announced the move Tuesday. The ACC had previously suspended those activities “until further notice.”The ACC’s statement said the cancellations came after a unanimous decision among league member schools, with Commissioner John Swofford saying league officials are “particularly disappointed for our student-athletes.” ___11:50 a.m.The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The French Tennis Federation announced Tuesday that the clay-court event will run from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Main-draw competition was supposed to start in Paris on May 24. ___12:10 p.m.Formula One CEO Chase Carey has apologized to fans for the early part of the series being called of by the coronavirus outbreak.The Australian Grand Prix in Melbourne wasn’t canceled last week until teams and drivers forced it. A McLaren team member had tested positive and some drivers had already flown home, but F1 still waited to cancel until just before practices were scheduled to start.The following three races in Bahrain, Vietnam and China have all been postponed. The IOC says 43% of places at the games have yet to be confirmed.___2:25 p.m.This year’s European Championship has been postponed for one year.UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin says the spreading coronavirus “makes football and all life in Europe quite impossible.” The NCAA is suspending normal building operations at its main office in Indianapolis, starting Wednesday through at least April 3. The NCAA national office staff will work remotely and continue normal operations. The NCAA says employees will continue to be accessible. The length of the suspension will be evaluated on an ongoing basis.___1:50 p.m.International Ice Hockey Federation chief René Fasel says it’s only a matter of time before the executive council is left with no choice but to cancel the men’s world championships because of the coronavirus pandemic.Fasel spoke to The Associated Press shortly after the IIHF canceled the Division I Group A and B world championships, which were to be held in Europe in late April.last_img read more


first_imgNAGPUR, India (CMC) – Bermudan Delray Rawlins helped lead England Under-19s to safety as the second and final Youth Test against India fizzled out into a draw at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium here yesterday.Rawlins scored an attractive 49 to follow up his first-innings 140 before falling to fellow slow left-arm bowler Anukul Roy for the second time in the four-day match, as England were dismissed for 255 in their second innings before the captains accepted the draw.The left-hander faced 85 balls and struck five fours and a six, further enhancing his reputation as a reliable top order batsman.Slow left-arm bowler Harsh Tiaga took the bowling honours with four for 67 from 25 overs.Resuming on 34 for two, England suffered an immediate setback when nightwatchman Daniel Houghton was forced to retire hurt on nought with no addition to the total.But number four George Bartlett and left-hander Rawlins, in at number five, repelled the Indian attack, adding 121 for the third wicket. Bartlett’s 76 came from 135 balls and included six fours and three sixes.India had declared their first innings on Thursday at 388 for nine in response to England’s first innings of 375 all out.The series ended all square with last week’s first Test at the same venue also drawn.last_img read more


first_imgHe returns to the crease during Ireland’s Intercontinental Cup match against the United Arab Emirates.Ireland finished the opening day yesterday on 420 runs for the loss of just three wickets, with Joyce unbeaten on 229 runs.The veteran batsman has already set a new record for Ireland’s highest individual first class score and will be looking to add to his tally this morning in Malahide.last_img


first_imgWillie Mullins will be looking to continue his dominance of the Grade 3 Surehaul Mercedes-Benz Novice Hurdle, when he looks to win the race for the fourth year in a row.The champion trainer saddles both “Stone Hard” and “Arkwrisht” in the feature at 2.25.The seven-race card in Clonmel’s Powerstown Park gets going at 1.25.last_img


first_img UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 2020 will see a battle of titanic egos and high stakes take place, as the UK Gambling Commission (UKGC) launches its tender to operate the fourth National Lottery contract from 2023.Monitoring early developments, UK media has branded the National Lottery tender as one of 2020’s most intriguing business narratives, as incumbent Camelot defends its position against hostile competitors seeking to end its 25-year reign.This weekend, The Daily Telegraph reported that billionaire Sir Richard Branson – founder and chairman of Virgin -would enter UKGC proceedings by launching his third attempt to secure the National Lottery.Riding champion stud Desert Orchid to Parliament in 1994, Branson launched his first ‘People’s Lottery’ campaign promising to ‘return all profits to charity’.The People’s Lottery bid would be declined by the Major Conservative government, who would back the formation of a ‘Camelot operating vehicle’ formed by ICL, Racal Electronics, Cadbury Schweppes and De La Rue in partnership with GTech as lead lottery systems supplier.Branson would contest the National Lottery’s second tender in 2000 by re-launching the ‘People’s Lottery’ bid, this time re-energised by the support of Compaq Microsoft and Kellogg’s.However, an acrimonious bid against Camelot would be rejected by the Blair Labour government, which in its review underlined that the People’s Lottery had failed to demonstrate the hardware capacity capable of running a national lottery retail network – a factor Branson deemed as foul play by Camelot backers.Having won back-to-back contracts in 1994, 2001 and 2009, securing the 2020 National Lottery tender will be Camelot’s biggest challenge to date, having faced recent political and media backlash regarding its fundraising and operations.In 2018, a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report detailed that National Lottery funding for good causes had fallen by 15%, despite Camelot increasing yearly profits by £39 million.Furthermore, Camelot has been criticised for placing too much emphasis on its scratch card inventory, whilst its attempts to revive the National Lottery main draw were criticised by players for adding a further 10 balls to the format, which in turn inflated the odds of hitting jackpots and increased the number of weekly roll-overs.Taking the fight to Camelot, newspaper tycoon Richard Desmond has instructed his Northern & Shell publishing group to launch a tech-savvy bid for the National Lottery in 2020.The outspoken billionaire criticised the government for allowing Camelot to maintain its position as lead lottery operator when the company was sold to The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Fund in 2010 for £390 million.Desmond maintains that the National Lottery should be operated by the British business stakeholders, rather than as an investment asset for a Canadian pension. Furthermore, in 2012 Camelot lost its UK High Court appeal against Northern & Shell, after challenging the UK publishers lottery format Health Lottery.Securing interest beyond British shores, further parties reported to be developing bids include Dutch lottery incumbent Novamedia BV, the operator of European Postcode Lotteries and a restructured Czech gambling conglomerate SAZKA Group, which this summer secured a majority stake in Greek operator OPAP.Entering 2020, the UK business community waits for the UKGC to publish its tender framework, in which the regulator will be supported by investment bank Rothschilds, auditor EY, management consultancy Deloitte and Law firm Hogan Lovells – four companies appointed to run the bidding process. StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Share Submit National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020last_img read more


first_imgRod Laver AreaDay session (from 01:00 Spanish time)S. Kenin (USA, 14) vs. O. Jabeur (TUN)A. Barty (AUS, 1) vs. P. Kvitova (CHE, 7): not earlier than 02:30 in SpainT. Sandgren (USA) vs. R. Federer (SUI, 3): not earlier than 04:30 in SpainNight time session (from 09:00 Spanish time)M. Raonic (CAN, 32) vs. N. Djokovic (SER, 2) The day of this Tuesday, January 28 at the Australian Open will once more characteristic the presence of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer, who will search for their ticket to the semifinals in opposition to Milos Raonic and Tennys Sandgren, respectively. In the ladies’s group there shall be a stellar duel between Ashleigh Barty, world number one, and Petra Kvitova (No. 7).last_img read more