Universal Orlando theme parks to reopen on June 5

first_imgUniversal Orlando Resort theme parks announced they will officially reopen to the public on June 5.The parks were forced to close for months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The official reopening would start June 1 with employees reporting to test the park’s new rules due to the coronavirus. Following that, select guests would be allowed in with the public opening on June 5.According to Universal’s website, all staff members and guests will be required to wear face coverings, will get their temperature checked upon arrival, and will be asked follow social distancing guidelines.We’re getting ready to re-open!Universal Studios Florida, Islands of Adventure and Volcano Bay will welcome guests beginning 6/5. Everyone must follow UOR and CDC guidelines: https://t.co/5IA1TCnsfX pic.twitter.com/2pnrg2Lxkr— Universal Orlando Resort (@UniversalORL) May 22, 2020last_img read more

The Latest: Texas has zero active coronavirus infections

first_imgThe COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.Jacksonville also removed rookie fullback Connor Slomka from the team’s active/non-football injury list after he passed his physical.___The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero. Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott spoke with county commissioners Tuesday, and said it’s hard to imagine allowing a crowd of any size watch a game.Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte wrote season ticket holders last week about plans to allow about 50,000 fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, even as the state of Texas remains a national hot spot in the coronavirus pandemic.Escott says having that many people in one place is a bit of a reach right now.School officials have noted the 50% limit is currently allowed under statewide rules.___ Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Texas has no active coronavirus infections on the football team or among the volleyball and men’s and women’s basketball team players on campus, athletic director Chris Del Conte said Tuesday. Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. ___Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022. He worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN.___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website. — John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York.___Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined.Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive. The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson.___Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt.Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12. The football team will soon increase testing from once to twice a week and women’s soccer will begin arriving on campus this week.Texas provided its first update on testing in weeks. Del Conte said the number of athletes testing positive or being identified as possible cases through contact tracing has “dropped dramatically.” The school announced June 18 that 13 players were either positive or presumed positive.___Arizona has suspended junior offensive lineman Edgar Burrola for violating school coronavirus protocols. The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.___The Summit League is pushing back the start of fall sports to Sept. 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.The conference’s president’s council agreed to delay championship seasons for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country. Non-championship segments for golf and tennis, along with non-traditional seasons for softball and baseball also were pushed back. Soccer and volleyball will have conference-only schedules.___A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar.The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March.Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year. The MIAC joined the majority of its NCAA Division III peers, postponing competition in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Tennis teams will be permitted to compete against conference opponents this fall in accordance with campus, state, NCAA and MIAC health directives. That sport is deemed low risk for coronavirus transmission.Training, practice and other team activities will be permitted in the postponed sports, in compliance with the virus-related guidelines.The biggest impact of the MIAC’s move will be on the football game between league powers St. John’s and St. Thomas, rivals who first played in 1901 and have faced off 89 times in the sport. This year’s game, which was scheduled for early November at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL home of the Vikings, could be the last ever with the impending move by St. Thomas to the FCS level after being booted from the MIAC for competitive reasons.___The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list. The announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series.Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols.The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Texas has zero active coronavirus infectionscenter_img Burrola confirmed the suspension on Twitter and said he stopped receiving his meal plan the day he was suspended. He also said his stipend has been taken away.Burrola started six games at right tackle in 2019 and had shoulder surgery in January.“If you’re not going to pay attention to the protocol, wear a mask, all that other stuff, we can’t have you around,” coach Kevin Sumlin told the Arizona Daily Star.___The Cleveland Browns are doing all they can to give their fans a look at their training camp, which is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ___A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns. The team will launch “Browns Live: Training Camp,” on Aug. 14. The online site will give fans “an up-close and personal look at camp.” The two-hour show will be broadcast on all the team’s social media platforms and show clips from practice and interviews with players, coaches and alumni. The Browns are coming off a 6-10 season that didn’t go as planned, but there is excitement around an unproven but talented team, which recently signed star defensive end Myles Garrett to a long-term extension. Cleveland began in-taking veteran players on Tuesday. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has already cleared NFL protocol on the coronavirus and was permitted in the training facility.___Austin’s public health authority said the city was “caught a little off guard” by the recent announcement by Texas that the school planned to allow 50% stadium capacity at Longhorns football games this fall. July 28, 2020 ___ Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall.Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held.Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by Cleveland.com. Canady signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys after splitting the 2019 season between the New York Jets and Baltimore. The Ravens drafted Canady in the sixth round in 2016.Guidry had 827 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in two seasons at Mississippi State after playing two years of junior college. He faced long adds to make the roster at a position that includes Amari Cooper, who signed a $100 million contract in the offseason, third-year man Michael Gallup and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb.___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor and first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.Taylor, a second-round pick from Florida last year, started all 16 games as a rookie. The guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%.-Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. Tuesday’s announcement follows news last week that 11 men’s and women’s tournaments planned for later this year in China were scrapped.That included the WTA Finals.As of now, women’s tennis is scheduled to resume next week in Palermo, Italy.___The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has moved most fall sports until the spring, including football. Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Wilson is expected to compete for the right tackle job that came open when Jack Conklin signed with Cleveland in free agency.Vrabel also said linebacker Jayon Brown will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The Titans so far have had one player opt out. Undrafted rookie free agent Anthony McKinney is an offensive lineman out of Texas Christian. Vrabel confirmed McKinney informed the coach and general manager Jon Robinson of his decision. Vrabel says he has not heard nor talked to other Titans who might choose to opt out and is waiting until players make the best decision in the interest of themselves and their families. The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule.Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money.Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Atlanta Falcons have placed rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.The announcement came after coach Dan Quinn earlier said all rookies had negative tests. Hawkins, a fourth-round pick from Cal, could have tested negative and be placed on the list after exposure to the coronavirus. Teams are not allowed to disclose if a player is in quarantine.Quinn said the coronavirus outbreak with the MLB’s Miami Marlins was a topic of discussion as veteran players arrived for training camp on Tuesday and began their testing. He said no player has discussed opting out.___Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted rookie receiver Stephen Guidry have opted out of playing for the Dallas Cowboys this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently.But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

The best is yet to come! – Lady Jags coach

first_imgDr Ivan Joseph lauds Guyana’s exceptional showing at CONCACAF U-20 Women’s ChampionshipBy Rawle ToneyGUYANA’S National U-20 Women’s team exited the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in the Dominican Republic on Wednesday, following their 3-0 defeat to Haiti, in the tournament’s quarterfinals stage. It was the first time in the country’s history that a Youth team from Guyana reached the knockout stage of any major tournament on the international scenes.However, despite their historical achievement, Dr Ivan Joseph said he was more impressed with the level of commitment, determination and discipline shown by the Guyanese women.“Going into the game (against Haiti), I would be lying to say that our team was a little nervous. This team has just been rolling through this tournament,” Joseph said in his post-match comments.“Haiti was physical, they were fast, they were technical; They were tactically sound, well organised and disciplined. We were outmatched,” Joseph related, adding that he was more impressed, however, with the level of play by the Lady Jags.“They fought with heart. They fought to the end, they were committed and they worked hard. So I’m (very) proud of the effort and how they portrayed themselves in this tournament.“If you look at Haiti, you can see what the investment of their Government and the Federation can do…they have a full time staff and for us to even be on the same field as they is a testament to how well this team (Guyana) played,” the Canada-based coach stated.The defeat to Haiti was Guyana’s second at the tournament, following their 3-0 loss to Mexico in the competition’s group stage.Haiti encountered the contest of the tournament’s most prolific goal-scoring team, finding the net 34 times in four outings. Along with the USA, they’re the only team to not concede a goal.last_img read more

FB : Freshmen Broyld, Smallwood no longer part of 2011 Syracuse roster

first_img Published on July 4, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: mcooperj@syr.edu | @mark_cooperjr Facebook Twitter Google+ The Syracuse football team will enter its 2011 season with two fewer freshmen than anticipated. Quarterback Ashton Broyld and running back Tyree Smallwood will not be a part of the Orange this season, SU head coach Doug Marrone said in a statement through SU Athletic Communications Tuesday.SU Athletics would not comment on whether Broyld and Smallwood are expected to join the SU program next year, stating that they both ‘have some work to do.’Neither Broyld nor Smallwood are listed in the Syracuse University Directory System. The other 19 freshmen joining the Orange this fall are in the directory, as they began SU’s ‘Summer Start’ program on Tuesday.Broyld, a quarterback from Rush-Henrietta High School in Rochester, N.Y., has been in the news the past few months for his legal troubles. Broyld pleaded guilty to a disorderly conduct violation last Thursday that stemmed from an incident of public lewdness during a playoff basketball game in March.Broyld’s legal issues were not a part of the reason for his absence from the Orange this fall, according to SU athletics.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBroyld planned to move to SU this past weekend to start summer classes and conditioning, according to an article in The Post-Standard on Thursday. Phone calls and messages left for Broyld, Rush-Henrietta football coach Joe Montesano and Rush-Henrietta Athletic Director Tom Stewart were not returned at this time.Smallwood, a running back from Cornwall Central High School in New Windsor, N.Y., said in a phone interview Tuesday he is expecting a call from Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone this week. Smallwood said he had not heard from Marrone as of Tuesday morning, but had talked to Syracuse wide receivers coach Rob Moore last week.Smallwood said there was one class, a creative writing course, he wanted to take during the summer before coming to Syracuse in August. Instead, he may attend Milford Academy in New Berlin, N.Y., this fall before enrolling at Syracuse in the spring.Smallwood said he still plans on ending up at Syracuse.‘I want to go to summer school and just to go up in August,’ he said. ‘But if not I have to go to Milford for a couple of months and then go to Syracuse.’Milford Academy has been a stepping stone for Syracuse players in the past. Two freshmen who joined the Orange last spring, linebacker Dyshawn Davis and wide receiver Jeremiah Kobena, were originally part of SU’s recruiting class of 2010 before spending last fall at Milford. Orange defensive end Mikhail Marinovich also attended Milford before coming to SU.Smallwood said that he would take the creative writing course and play football at Milford if he isn’t a part of Syracuse in 2011. Phone calls to Milford Academy head coach Bill Chaplick were not returned.Broyld was named the New York State Class AA player of the year in 2010 after leading Rush-Henrietta to a state championship and an undefeated season. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound quarterback led the Royal Comets to the state championship victory in the Carrier Dome, rushing for two touchdowns, passing for a third, and coming up with a key sack on defense in a 40-28 win over Troy High School.Smallwood ran for 962 yards and 10 touchdowns in his senior season at Cornwall Central. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound back had a sensational junior year in which he ran for over 1,500 yards, leading to offers from BCS programs Maryland, Rutgers and Cincinnati, in addition to Syracuse.mcooperj@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Football: Brotherhood between Leo Musso, D’Cota Dixon translates to success on field

first_imgIt is evident the camaraderie between Dixon, a junior strong safety, and Musso, a fifth-year free safety, have carried their bond onto the gridiron. The duo have accounted for nine of the Badgers’ 21 interceptions, Musso with five and Dixon with four.Some interceptions have been more important than others. Dixon’s first one of the season, against Louisiana State University during the season opener, sealed the game. Musso’s latest, which came on Saturday against Purdue, was mostly inconsequential but his one-handed catch made highlight reels. After Musso’ second interception against Illinois, Dixon immediately found his buddy on the sidelines and excitedly proclaimed:“Who the best safeties in this country?!”Football: Breakdown of Badgers’ upset over LSUThe Wisconsin Badgers played a spoiler game against fifth ranked Louisiana State University with a 16-14 upset victory in college Read…In the team’s comeback win over the University of Minnesota, Musso’s interception in the back of end zone sparked a four interception performance in the second half and led the Badgers to their 21 unanswered points. Despite losing by double digits for the first time in 23 games at halftime, Musso grabbed Paul Bunyan’s Axe and gave an inspiring speech that woke up the team going into the second period.The safety position, thought to be the biggest question marks on the UW defense, if not the entire team, has evolved into one of its strengths, thanks to the efforts from Musso and Dixon.Dixon, when asked whether or not he and Musso are the best pair of safeties in the nation, stood firm in his belief.“I feel like we’re the best at what we do,” Dixon said. “I’m not thinking about anybody else being better than me, so of course.”When asked what exactly they are best at, the experienced veteran made it as cut and dry as it comes.“Keepin’ them out the end zone,” Dixon said. “Win games for our team. That’s what we do. Making turnovers is just part of it. It’s not about me. It’s not about Leo. It’s not about any individual on this team.”Football: Leo Musso’s halftime speech, defensive stinginess in second half keep Paul Bunyan’s Axe in Madison for 13th straight yearLeo Musso studied the faces of his teammates on the University of Wisconsin football team and saw expressions of shock. Read…Their friendship, both on and off the field, began last season when they were both backing up the departed Michael Caputo and Tanner McEvoy. The paths they took to that point were so different, yet resembled each other.Dixon, a black man, fought his way out of poverty from Florida, then battled injuries and position changes once at UW. Musso, a white, Waunakee, Wisconsin native, was one of the state’s best high school running backs statistically, but endured a shift to safety and years of waiting in the wings before he got his shot. In this time of divisiveness in the U.S., their story of friendship provides hope in what some seem as a dark time.But it was in those practices last season with the second team, though, they realized their potential to become playmakers on the field.“The kind of guys we are and the mentality that we bring to the game helped us gel well together,” Musso said. “We know what to expect out of each other. I think more than anything, we trust one another. That’s I guess what’s kinda been the key to our success.”Earlier last week, UW head coach Paul Chryst raved about Musso, not just about his play but the way he carries himself as a teammate, calling him “a tremendous leader, a guy everyone could go to.”Dixon also sees that in Musso. As to why Musso has developed into that role, he says it’s because of his roots.“I’m a Wisconsin kid,” Musso said. “I take a lot of pride in playing for this school and playing for my home state, obviously growing up 15 minutes away from here. I guess I just kind of a good feel for what Wisconsin’s all about … we’re built up of no five-star dudes, very seldom four-star dudes, just no-star, two-star group of guys. And we have to rely on being smart, tough and dependable, as cliche as it sounds, that’s really all you can rely on.”Musso’ collegiate career has a life span of just three more games at most. At the end of the season, one chapter of the Musso-Dixon will close. Dixon says he tries not to think about it. He’ll have one year left, and he’ll have to do it without his brother.If he wanted to give Musso a going away present, what would it be? A Big Ten title? A special memento?“A smile,” Dixon said.“The wins, the gifts, the presents, it will all fade away, you know what I’m saying?” he said. “As a brother, I try to give him something more than that — some genuine love that stays with you for years.”The two now put their friendship and dominance to the test as they travel to Indianapolis to take on No. 7 Penn State University in the Big Ten Championship game. As two guys who have been around for a couple of years, they will look to erase the memory of the last time the Badgers went to Indianapolis in 2013, a crushing defeat to Ohio State University. The word “brotherhood” is thrown around loosely while describing teammates on a football team. Too often, that true weight of the term pales insignificant when compared to the actual definition.But what if two teammates, who come from completely different backgrounds and walks of life, form a bond so close they become just that — brothers? Such is the case with the University of Wisconsin football team’s starting safeties Leo Musso and D’Cota Dixon.“We’re like brothers,” Dixon said. “We genuinely care about each other. I think it’s one of those relationships where you meet someone in college and you have a lifetime friendship with them.”last_img read more

Mr Green becomes first partner of Front Runner TV

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Aspire builds Q1 momentum through regulated market focus May 5, 2020 Related Articles European igaming operator Mr Green has become the first sponsor of new UK TV channel Front Runner (frontrunner.tv), a digital broadcaster which has labelled itself as the ‘UK’s only free-to-air sports channel’. Front Runner which is currently available on Freeview channel 91 and Sky channel 468 launched last October, publishing a catalogue of sports content combined with sporting documentaries and sports-focused reality TV-shows.Exclusive Front Runner UK content includes TV shows such as ‘M80’ (motocross), ‘ThrillBillies’ (reality stunt show), ‘The Adventures of Danny & the Dingo’ (snowboarding) and ‘Built to Shred’ (skateboarding).     Last Friday, Front Runner management announced its first broadcast partnership with newly Nordic Nasdaq listed Mr Green & Co, which will see the TV Channel promote the mobile and desktop services of primary igaming brand Mr Green.Adhering to UK advertising standards and marketing practices, Front Runner will only promote Mr Green services after the UK 9 pm watershed.Updating stakeholders and the media, Ryan Scarratt MD of Front Runner TV stated that he was pleased to bring Mr Green onboard as the sports channel first partner, and welcomed further advertisers to make contact with Front Runner. David Clifton: Licensing Expert – Gambling faces a pivotal moment March 31, 2020 Maxima Compliance – ‘Mastering technical compliance to grow your global footprint’ June 9, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Essien returns for Madrid from ghost injury

first_imgThe Ghanaian is reported to have fully recovered from his illness and is all set to return to action for Los Blancos.Spanish giants Real Madrid suffered a setback back when they lost their Ghanaian midfielder, Michael Essien, to a ghost injury. Madrid had to initially wait in order to hear about the extent of the problem.Jose Mourinho brought the former Chelsea midfielder to the Bernabeu and it was seen as a perfect loan move for both the parties, Mourinho and Essien.Essien encountered a bad allergic reaction to a medicine that was proposed and authenticated by the Real doctor.The outcome was believed to be pretty horrendous and initial reports suggested that the midfielder could even miss out the entire season, as Real kept sweating.Later, proper medical analysis depicted that Essien will only miss a few weeks of action and may well return in early January. Essien however returned to Chelsea in order to get a quick and proper recovery and is now believed to be nearing full fitness.Essien has returned back to Madrid and it is indicated that he took part in Thursday’s training sessions.Essien was told to train apart in the morning session and after monitoring his progress, the physicians gave him the thumbs up for joining full training in the evening.The Ghanaian later joined all his team mates for the evening session of the training programme, as scheduled, and impressed the management.It is now anticipated that Essien will be back, sooner than expected as he has almost completed his recovery, however it is still unclear that the Ghanaian will be seen fit for selection or not. Madrid are having to face problems other than their mounting injury crisis as they trail league leaders Barcelona by a massive 11 points.The Liga standings have even seen them pitted below their local rivals, Atletico Madrid. The Rojiblancos are on current saying, 5 points ahead of their Bernabeu rivals.The return of Michael Essien will be seen as a nice injury boos for Real’s Portuguese managers as he looks on to launch a feeble title campaign.last_img read more

CAF approves facilities for 2015 AFCON

first_imgConfederation of African Football (CAF) has expressed satisfaction with the preparation of host country of the 2015 Orange Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON), Morocco ahead of the competition.The CAF Inspection team travelled to the competition host cities namely; Rabat, Marrakech, Agadir and Tangier on 14th to 21st of April, 2014.CAF second vice president Almamy Kabele Camara, who led the inspection mission, said that CAF was satisfied with the quality of the inspected facilities (stadiums, hotels, roads, and telecommunications).The Moroccan government, represented by the Secretary General of the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Karim Aqary reaffirmed the commitment of the authorities to ensure every effort is not spared to make AFCON 2015 a success.Mr Agary also revealed that it was decided to work on improving the infrastructure of the stadium in Rabat in keeping with the high standards set at other venues.At each stage of the inspection visit, the CAF delegation met the administrative and municipal authorities of each of the host cities of the competition to lay the foundations for a partnership to ensure the success of CAF’s flagship competition which will be played under the theme of the “Celebration of Africa”. To enhance cooperation and coordination of the smooth running of the tournament, Morocco has created a platform where the Ministries of Higher Education, National Education and the Youth and Sports will work together with their representatives and those from host cities and football leagues, all pooling their resources to make it a successful AFCON finalsMeanwhile, CAF on 21st April, 2014 signed the Framework Agreement on the organization of the competition with the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) in Rabat, Morocco.CAF was represented by its 2nd Vice President, Almamy Kabele Camara and FRMF by its President Fouzi Lekjaa at the signing of the 78 page document which lays out among others things, the legal framework for collaboration between the two institutions, defines the responsibilities of each stakeholder and actions to be executed in areas such as marketing, media, transportation, lodging, ticketing, accreditation, security and finances.CAF and the Moroccan AFCON 2015 LOC will meet again in Cairo Saturday, April 26, 2014, on the eve of the AFCON 2015 qualifying draw.The Organising Committee of the Africa Cup of Nations will among other things affirm official dates of the qualifying tournament schedule and the final tournament. The final draw will take place on November 26, 2014 in a city that will be named during next week’s CAF meetings in Cairo.last_img read more

21st round of BiH Premier League has finished yesterday

first_imgYesterday, eight matches of the 21st round of BiH Premier league were played.Borac hosted and defeated Čelik with 2:0, and Slavija defeated Gošk with 2:1.Zvijezda and Radnik played 1:1, while Leaotar defeated Olimpic with 1:0. Široki Brijeg defeated Gradina with 2:0, while Velež and Sarajevo played a match with no goals (0:0).In Travnik, football club Travnik lost to Rudar with 0:1, and Željezničar played a match with no goals in Sarajevo against Zrinjski (0:0).Željezničar is still the first team of BiH Premier league with 48 points, followed by Sarajevo with 44, Borac 38, Široki 34, Olimpic, 34, Slavija 33, Leotar 32, Čelik 30, Zrinjski 30, Rudar 27, Radnik 26, Velež 23, Zvijezda 23, Travnik 20, Gošk 16 and the last team of BiH Premier League is Gradina with 5 points.last_img read more

RWANDA: Kagame pledges support to sports

first_imgRwanda has talent, President saysPresident Paul Kagame has pledged the government’s support to artists, sportsmen, media practictioners and other talented Rwandan to enable them achieve their full potential.The President made the pledge on May 27 during a meeting with more than 2000 participants of Itorero for artists, sportsmen and media practitioners at Kigali Convention Center.In attendance were sportsmen and women, including past medal winners and members of different teams, and musicians, actors, and dancers.They were meeting with President Kagame to celebrate their achievements and thank him for his support.Addressing the Itorero graduates, President Kagame encouraged them to use their potential to reach excellence in their respective fields and called all responsible institutions to use resources available to ensure no talent is wasted.“I refuse to accept that we lack people of exceptional talent,” he said, and added that that his government is “ready to provide our support but you must be ready and willing to put in the work.”“Have humility but also the strength to exercise your talent and go beyond being a spectator on the sidelines,” the President said.Among those the President congratulate was Rwanda’s cycling team for its success and Salome Nyirarukundo, the winner of the recent Kigali Peace half marathon.The Rwanda cycling team has for years been organising the successful Tour du Rwanda and they have won it for the past three consecutive years.On the international race circuit, Rwandan riders have performed fairly well and some have started getting international cycling gigs. Bonaventure Uwizeyimana, one of the top cyclists on the Rwanda team recently flew to Canada to link up with Lowestrates.Ca cycling team.He recently won the ‘Race to Remember’ which is on this year’s Rwanda Cycling Cup.Reigning national champion Uwizeyimana is reported to be readying to be part of the LowestRates.ca team at the International Grand Prix de Saguenay and the Tour de Beauce in June. The two events are International Cycling Union (UCI)-sanctioned races.At the recent 14th edition of Tour of Eritrea, the country’s top sprinter Jean Claude Uwizeye finished a very close second to the winner, Solomon Zemenfes of the hosts.The President used their success to illustrate outstanding performances and also challenge institutions that fail to support talented athletes to stop the practice.  He noted that Nyirarukundo had received almost no support during preparations for the race and the concerned institutions were not promoting the cycling team.The officials who are to blame for the omission would have to answer to him, he said.The President added that there are many talented people around the world who live in the same environment we live in and go on to achieve great things.“Rwanda can achieve a lot using fewer resources. We should not allow our potential to be wasted,” he said.On the role that all artists, sportsmen and women, members of the media play in the country’s development, President Kagame assured them that they are an essential element to the country’s development and social cohesion.****Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more