Can safely assume Asia Cup isn’t a possibility: BCCI

first_imgNew Delhi: The coronavirus outbreak has not only brought the world to a standstill, but it has also created a scenario where the fate of sporting activities in the next six months hangs in balance. While the 2020 Olympic has already been postponed and the start of IPL-13 suspended, the 2020 Asia Cup is also likely to be given a skip this year. Speaking to IANS, a BCCI official said that gauging from how things stand at present, it is almost safe to say that this edition of the Asia Cup might not see the light of day.In fact, the tournament had greater significance this year as it would be the perfect training ground for the Asian team going into the World T20 which is still scheduled to be played as per plan at the end of the year in Australia.“Though it doesn’t seem right to be talking about cricket schedules as of now, we can safely assume that Asia Cup isn’t a possibility. The extent of the impact of the COVID-19 is unknown as of now. The job losses across sectors and the impact on the economy is also unknown. The sports organisation are also hit deeply and there will be some tough measures once some semblance of normalcy returns. There are liabilities and difficulties that the Board faces and it will be a new kind of a challenge to deal with them,” the official said.In fact, when contacted, host association Pakistan Cricket Board also confirmed that there isn’t much information to be given with regards to the status of the tournament which was to be played in September. “We cannot throw light on when the next Asian Cricket Council meeting will take place and on decisions around the Asia Cup and its fate,” the PCB official told IANS. Sporting events across the world have been postponed or called off and India Prime Minister Narendra Modi has currently called for a 21-day lockdown to fight the outbreak of the coronavirus. The outbreak also saw the cancellation of the twin T20Is that Bangladesh were to hold on March 21 and 22 between the Asia XI and World XI. A decision on the fate of the Indian Premier League is also expected around mid-April as per Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju. While he did say that the final call lies with the BCCI, he also made it clear that at present the safety of the citizens was priority and the directives of the government needed to be abided by. IANSAlso Read: Can’t wait forever, BCCI should start women’s IPL by 2021: Mithali RajAlso watch: CPRO of NFR, Suhanan Chand speaks about Corona Virus to The Sentinel, Watch the full videolast_img read more

Falcons triumph in 7s showdown

first_imgHarlequins bowed out of the Premiership 7s Series with a 17-10 defeat against Newcastle, who took the trophy after a 31-21 victory over Saracens in the final.Quins were widely expected to contest the final with Sarries and they made a great start to the evening’s rugby at The Stoop, beating Wasps 19-0.But a 17-10 victory over the hosts took Newcastle through – and they then went one better by beating the favourites and defending champions.AdChoices广告Quins had looked impressive in their opening Pool A clash with a Wasps side that were out of their depth.Luke Wallace opened the account within 50 seconds to take them into a 5-0 lead.Sam Smith got Harlequins’ final try against WaspsA short while later, some nifty handling and quality footwork opened a gap for rising star Ross Chisholm to end a 50-metre run with the second try of the night. Sam Smith got the game’s final try to wrap up a comprehensive win.Saracens destroyed Bath 38-0 in Pool B, before sealing their place in the final with a hard fought 20-15 win against Sale.Falcons then emerged as the surprise package of the night, subjecting Wasps to an even bigger hammering than Quins gave them – 38-7.Given that performance, Quins could expect a tough game – one they needed to win, whereas their opponents required only a draw in order to progress.Quins broke through with Miles Mantella charging into the right-hand corner to kick the scoreboard and the crowd into life.Smart hands from the kick-off then led to a well worked try from Ross Chisholm under the posts, and the home team looked comfortable.But a penalty gave Newcastle a sniff and Quins suddenly found themselves wanting as Alex Tait found a gap to burst through and touch down.The conversion brought the score to 12-7, setting up a tense second half.A lost scrum deep in Quins territory gave the Falcons a big advantage, yet a stout but tiring defence kept the Geordies at bay.But the visitors hit back, and after the ball bobbled out the back of a ruck to be scooped up by Will Chudley, he gratefully charged 40 metres and over the line.And just before full-time, a dropped ball led to Luke Fielden running in the winning try.“We made it very hard for ourselves,” admitted Quins skipper Chris York.“Newcastle did a very good job of keeping the ball. We’re gutted not to be in the final.”Coach Howard Graham added: “We’ve had a good pre-season, but we looked a bit tired out there and people were leaving holes that aren’t normally there. They kept the ball very well, and we didn’t.”last_img read more

Black Keepers Have to Work Harder, Says Onana

first_img“They’re the same – they make mistakes. I make mistakes, everyone makes mistakes. Black keepers need to prepare well because it’s not easy for us.”Onana’s Ajax can reach the Champions League final on Wednesday, as they protect a 1-0 lead at home against Tottenham Hotspur, whereupon he could become the first black goalkeeper to contest the final since Brazil’s Dida, who played for Milan in 2007.The Cameroon international has played every minute of Ajax’s Champions League campaign, which began in the second qualifying round in July 2018.“We don’t have a lot of black goalkeepers at the top and people already have in their mind that black goalkeepers are not confident or they make too many mistakes,” Onana told BBC Sport.“It’s something we have to change. It’s not easy for us to arrive at that level especially when you are black but for me it really doesn’t matter – black or white, in the end I am a goalkeeper.”Onana has been first choice at Ajax since 2016 after joining them from Barcelona a year earlier.He learnt his trade at the Spanish giants after a move from the academy in Douala founded by Cameroon legend Samuel Eto’o.He feels his growth in recent seasons is because he can accept criticism.Former Ajax, Juventus and Manchester United goalkeeper Edwin van der Sar, who is now the CEO of the Dutch club, is also helping his development.“We talk more when I make mistakes because when you win, even if you make mistakes, no one is going to talk about that mistake,” he explained.“Nobody wants to lose but sometimes you have to lose to learn. When you are playing at a high level, I think the key is to be calm.“It doesn’t matter what happens because if you are calm you are going to absorb the pressure. Don’t think too much about the game. Relax. Take your time.“When you have the ball, you are the boss. You decide what you are going to do.”Last Tuesday, Onana took another step towards winning the Champions League with Ajax as they beat Premier League side Tottenham 1-0 in the first leg of the semi-final.Now Ajax are just 90 minutes from reaching their first Champions League final since 1996.“We didn’t expect to arrive in the semi-final and now we are here, we are going to fight to go to the final and win,” he continued.“We played against great opponents. Bayern Munich was not easy, we played against Benfica, Real Madrid and Juventus.“It would be great for this young team but it’s something very, very difficult but I hope we are going to make it.”While there are not many black goalkeepers playing in top leagues in Europe, his country has a rich history of producing top goalkeeping talent.The roll call of Cameroon goalkeepers who have graced the Europe football scene is impressive.Joseph Antoine Belle played for France’s biggest clubs, including Marseilles, Bordeaux and St Etienne.Jacques Songo’o played for Deportivo La Coruna while Thomas Nkono and Idriss Carlos Kameni both starred for Spanish club Espanyol among others.The legacy is continuing not only with Onana but his cousin Fabrice Ondoa too, who plays for Belgian club KV Oostende.Onana’s performances like many of his club-mates has seen him linked with a move away from the Netherlands and he still dreams of a return to Spain and the club that gave him his first taste of European football as a 13-year-old in 2010.“Barcelona is my home. When I go there all the doors are open. It’s normal because I was there since I was young,” he said.“Everyone would love to go to Barcelona but for me it’s important to play. I am happy when I play so I will try to play somewhere.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ajax Amsterdam and Cameroon’s Andre Onana has insisted that black goalkeepers have to work harder than white stoppers to make it to the top of European football.The 23-year-old believes there is a misconception that black keepers make too many mistakes.“I don’t see the difference between white and black goalkeepers,” he said.last_img read more

Kindred Group seeks clarity on Svenska Spel’s future position

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Mace launches EQ Connect to solve the industry’s ‘single view’ conundrum on identifying risk  August 10, 2020 LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Stockholm-listed Kindred Group Plc has detailed its concerns related to Svenska Spel’s potential influence on the future dynamics of a newly regulated Swedish gambling market.Last week the Swedish government published the updated provisions for its long-awaited revamped national gambling framework.In its update the Swedish government will split the gambling sector into three business compartments;Open/Competitive – For new licensed online gambling/betting operators.Public interest – Charitable firms servicing lottery and bingo products.State Enterprise – Operating land-based casinos and gaming machines.Updating stakeholders, Kindred governance has asked the Swedish government to offer clarity on Svenska Spel’s future position within a newly regulated market context.Peter Alling – Kindred GroupIssuing a statement, Kindred Group Head of Public Affairs Nordics, Peter Alling commented; “The government proposition to Parliament is just one part of the reform. The reform intends to keep the market divided in one-part open to competition and one part exclusive to NGOs and governmental operator Svenska Spel.”“Since the current entity, Svenska Spel is to act on both the exclusive and the competitive market it is from a competition law pov extremely important that Svenska Spel is split into two independent entities. The Ministry of Enterprise (owner of Svenska Spel) and the Ministry of Finance (responsible for legislation on gambling) has so far acted in opposite directions. Here, the government still has a responsibility it can’t avoid. Failure to deal professionally with the split, not adhering to basic competition regulations, will seriously endanger the outcome of the reform.“The proposal to the Parliament, made public Monday 9 April, reveals though that the government has no intention to take necessary actions to ensure a fair and competitive market, but instead to protect the dominant position of the state-owned operator Svenska Spel.”Further to the update, Kindred governance has stated that it is pleased with the Swedish government’s emphasis on leading sector social responsibility and consumer protection standards. The betting group welcomes Swedish provisions for player self-exclusion programmes and full-clarity on customer marketing and promotional standards. Submit Svenska Spel becomes 2020 eHockey Championship sponsor August 18, 2020 Share Sharelast_img read more

Clippers’ Doc Rivers wants trade deadline changed

first_img“We’re sitting on the plane, players are literally looking at me on the phone, back and forth, but I wasn’t the GM then. It was awful.”The logic follows that an earlier deadline would have prevented such chaos.There was no such drama for the Clippers this time around. Rivers said things were “not crazy busy” in the Clippers front office. The franchise was linked to the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony last month, but aside from that potential blockbuster, Rivers indicated most other conversations involved minor deals.“You listen to everything because people call about everything,” Rivers said. “You’ve got to stay disciplined. You’ve got to know what you want, what you won’t do. Really there was never anything close, just wasn’t. Really was not a lot there.” Rough returnA week of leisure was followed by two days of the most difficult kind of work.A back-to-back against the two best teams in the Western Conference? Just the way Doc Rivers likes it.“I would rather get going,” he said. “Don’t want any warm-up games, it’s time to get going.”Both Rivers and his Warriors counterpart, coach Steve Kerr, pointed out that teams play more games before the All-Star break than when they played. After Thursday, the Clippers play just 25 more contests.“I like that right after the break there’s a finish line,” Rivers said, “and you can actually see it. You start running toward it. I like the change.”Brice on boardThe Clippers did, in fact, add a new player Thursday. Rookie Brice Johnson, sidelined since training camp with a herniated disc in his back, was active against the Warriors.Fifty-seven games into his rookie year, the former North Carolina player got to put on his uniform. It’s No. 10, by the way, for anyone who can’t remember October.Johnson returned to Chapel Hill, North Carolina over the All-Star break to have his jersey honored at his alma mater. His No. 11 jersey is one of 43 in UNC history to receive that distinction. Only eight have been retired. “I think it should be the day before you actually start practicing. You had all year. The Tuesday to me after All-Star break, to me, would be the best. Because now you come back and you’re practicing with your team and everybody’s comfortable. You know who’s on the team.”Besides, Rivers said, teams had more than four months to swing trades.“You’re doing it all year,” he said. “It’s not like just these 48 hours everybody’s calling each other. I think that’s what we’ve got to talk about a little bit.”Rivers said the frenzied 2014 deadline was the best case for altering NBA calendar. The Clippers sat aboard the team plane, while team executives attempted to finalize a series of deals, which ultimately had Antawn Jamison sent to Atlanta and Byron Mullens to Philadelphia. At the same time, a proposed deal with the Knicks that would have landed L.A. Iman Shumpert and Raymond Felton, who eventually made his way to the Clippers this season, was nixed by then-owner Donald Sterling.“We were like, ‘Wait a minute, you just said yes,’” Rivers recalled. “We had to scramble back, so that triggered the other deal. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img OAKLAND >> Doc Rivers talked about making changes shortly before Thursday’s trade deadline, but not to his roster.To the deadline itself.The Clippers were not expected to be very active Thursday and indeed did not make any changes to their roster. Rivers, the team’s president as well as head coach, didn’t even have a cell phone on him as he put the team through its morning walk-through in downtown San Francisco.Still, Rivers sees the deadline as an annual distraction from the final push of the regular season and said it’s something “we still as a league need to figure out a little better.last_img read more

Tiger Woods will find PGA Tour return ‘a little weird,’ says Rory McIlroy

first_imgTiger Woods is likely to find returning to the PGA Tour and playing behind closed doors “a little weird,” according to world No. 1 player Rory McIlroy.Woods will play at the Memorial Tournament this week, his first appearance since the Genesis Invitational in February, which was before the coronavirus pandemic took hold. “There’s a lot to be focused on this week. Memorial Tournament is one of the biggest events we play all year, and looking forward it is definitely the start of a big run [of tournaments].”I’m excited. It was nice to take a couple weeks off. I had planned to play the Workday [Open], but I just needed to do a little bit of work on my game, so I got my coach, Michael Bannon, over last week.”It was the first time I’d seen him since the start of February, so it was nice to spend some time with him, get some good work done and feel a bit better about my game and my swing looking ahead to the next couple of months.” He will start the event in a star-studded feature group alongside Brooks Koepka and McIlroy, who feels the 15-time major champion may need some time to adapt to playing without spectators present.MEMORIAL: Tee times | Leaderboard”The first three weeks that I played, Colonial, Hilton Head, Travelers, looking back on them, they were really good just to see and get a feel for what it was going to be like,” McIlroy said of no fans being in the gallery.”Now someone like Tiger has not experienced that yet, and maybe he is going to find it a little weird going out there [on Thursday] and not having anyone, especially with the amount of crowds that he has to deal with all the time when he plays. “I felt the first three weeks my mind was wandering a little bit. Sort of easy to lose focus, easy to lose concentration. I think some of the mistakes I was making were because of that.”I’ve realized personally that it’s very hard for me to keep focus out here. I feel like when there’s fans and there’s that energy and the atmosphere, it’s easy to get into that mindset that you need to get into. That [having fans] is what we’re used to, that’s what we do.”It was just a good look at what we we’re all going to expect going forward, and as I just alluded to there about losing concentration and losing focus, you just have to work really hard to keep your mind on the task at hand.”[Try] not let your mind wander because there’s so many opportunities for it to wander because we’re in big, open spaces and you’re looking around – you don’t have that sort of tunnel of people to keep your focus.”— TravelersChamp (@TravelersChamp) June 28, 2020McIlroy finished in ties for 32nd and 41st at the Charles Schwab Challenge and RBC Heritage, respectively, before improving to claim a share of 11th at the Travelers Championship.Having taken two weeks off and put in work with his coach Michael Bannon, the Northern Irishman feels more optimistic about his game coming into a tournament where he has claimed two top 10s in the last thee years.”Look, this is a huge event,” he said. “I saw a stat that this field is stronger than the last eight Masters tournaments in terms of strength of field, so there’s a lot of obviously World Ranking points.last_img read more

Dada’s classy gesture towards the poor as India is locked down due to Coronavirus

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/BCCIAdvertisement abxmrNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vses2Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eu( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) mcsWould you ever consider trying this?😱22qCan your students do this? 🌚60fpy84Roller skating! Powered by Firework From the city of Wuhan in China, the novel Coronavirus found its way to cause havoc in Europe, and has now spread into India. A total of 637 positive cases have been confirmed in the country, along with 13 deaths. Although the BCCI has decided to postpone all of its upcoming major cricketing events, including the 2020 IPL season, the president Sourav Ganguly has gone one step ahead to tackle the virus outbreak. The former captain of Team India has decided to aid the poor and underprivileged of the country, and has pledged to donate rice worth Rs 50 lakh.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/BCCIPrime Minister Narendra Modi has recently announced a 21-day lockdown all over the country, which will be in effect till 14th April. While citizens have a lease on stocking up on essential commodities, the underprivileged of the country, who are now kept in government schools, would have been deprived.The Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has recently confirmed in a statement that Sourav Ganguly have joined hands with Lal Baba Rice company, owned by Bhadreshwar Group, to donate rice worth Rs. 50 lakh to the poor in the time of need.Advertisement “It is heartening to note that Sourav Ganguly along with Lal Baba Rice has come forward to provide free rice worth Rs 50 lacs to the needy people who have been put in government schools for safety and security,” CAB said in a statement.“Hope this initiative of Ganguly would encourage other citizens of the state to take up similar initiatives to serve the people of our state,” the statement added.Advertisement CAB themselves have donated Rs. 25 lakh to the Emergency Relief Fund of the Government of West Bengal. Avishek Dalmiya, the president of CAB has also lend a land to support the poor in the crisis, and has personally donated Rs 5 lakh in addition.On Tuesday, following the announced of the country-wide lockdown, Dada released a video on Twitter, where he advised the citizens of India and around the world to follow the guidelines of the Government and health departments.“Isolation is very, very important. Be safe and be healthy, and most importantly, be sensible,” the 47 year old emphasised in the clip. Check it out below-In West Bengal, the total number of positive Coronavirus cases have jumped to 10, and one 57 yer old patient had passed away earlier on Monday.Also read-Huge update on Wimbledon 2020 amidst Coronavirus pandemicShikhar Dhawan shares hilarious video pleading with his wife for respite from household chores! Advertisementlast_img read more

Lewis Repeats as Men’s Basketball Player of the Week

first_imgFRISCO, Texas – Abilene Christian’s Jaren Lewis is the Southland Conference Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. Southland Players of the Week are presented by MidSouth Bank.Lewis averaged 15.3 points per game while helping the Wildcats (6-0) stay undefeated with wins over Elon, Pacific and UC-Riverside to claim the Tigers Thanksgiving Classic title, hosted by Pacific. ACU is off to its best start at the Division I level and best start overall since the 1998-99 team began the year 11-0. The Wildcats host Howard Payne at 6 p.m. Tuesday before returning to California to face Pepperdine at 7 p.m. CT Saturday.Men’s Basketball Player of the Week – Jaren Lewis – Sr. – Forward – Orlando, Fla.Senior Jaren Lewis was voted most valuable player at the Tigers Thanksgiving Classic after averaging 15.3 points and seven boards per game across three contests. The league leader in points per game (16.8), he poured in 16 points and grabbed five rebounds in a 72-56 win over Elon and followed it up with season-highs in field goals made (nine) and points (20) in a 73-71 triumph over host Pacific. This is Lewis’ second Player of the Week honor in 2018.Honorable Mention: Christian Peevy, UIW; Kevin Johnson, NICHlast_img read more

Japan doctors warn heat could make 2020 Olympic marathon ‘deadly’

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew MOST READ LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew A group of Japanese doctors on Wednesday urged Olympic organizers to start the Tokyo 2020 marathon as early as 5:30am, saying failure to do so could “lead to deaths” from heatstroke.The warning is the latest in a chorus of concern about how extreme heat could affect several sporting events at the Olympic games, particularly after Tokyo sweltered through a record heatwave this year.ADVERTISEMENT The International Olympic Committee (IOC) and Tokyo 2020 organizers have acknowledged the concerns and already moved the marathon start time up 30 minutes to 7:00am, with competitive walking starting even earlier.But the Japan Medical Association and the Tokyo Medical Association said that was insufficient because most of the course would still be run in heat levels that were dangerous, and under which physical activity should be halted.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“We are seriously concerned about it,” Kimiyuki Nagashima, a senior official with the Japan Medical Association told reporters Wednesday.“If the risk of heatstroke is high for not only athletes but also staff members and the audience, there will be a rising demand for emergency services, which will have serious impact on medical institutions and regular patients.” #KickStalker: Jordan XXXIII hits Philippine shores The IOC has backed calls for Japan to adopt daylight savings during the Games to ease the heat situation, but there is little support among Japanese lawmakers or the public for the proposal, which is viewed as too disruptive.When Japan last hosted the Olympics, in 1964, the Games were held in October to avoid the country’s stifling summer humidity and heat.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next The associations are calling for the start time to be moved to 5:30am, and the presidents of both groups met earlier this week with the head of the Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee to press the issue.“We wouldn’t have visited the organizing committee if we’d thought it was only slightly worrying… we fear the current plan could lead to deaths,” Haruo Ozaki, president of the Tokyo Medical Association, told AFP.Heat stroke kills hundreds of people each year across Japan, and this year record temperatures caused a spike in fatalities and hospital visits.Masa Takaya, a spokesman for the 2020 organizers, said the doctors had presented “a serious opinion based on expert knowledge.”“We’ll share it with working groups of the IOC and IPC (International Paralympic Committee)” that are discussing issues of heat, he told AFP.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taallast_img read more

Guyana bids farewell to Chilean Ambassador

first_imgGuyana bid farewell to its first Chilean Ambassador, Claudio Rachel Rojas on Thursday evening. Ambassador Rojas was lauded by several Government representatives for his work in Guyana. Among the officials attending the ceremony at the Cara Lodge Hotel, were Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo and Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenridge. Delivering brief remarks, Minister Greenridge noted that the historic opening of the Chilean Embassy in Guyana and the appointment of Ambassador Rojas in 2015 has yielded discernable results.“We have been able to have meetings at the presidential levels which have been marked by significant steps, significant improvement in the level of cooperation. His Excellency, Ambassador Rojas has mentioned some of these in areas that areForeign Affairs Minister Carl Greenridge shakes hands with outgoing Chilean Ambassador Claudio Rachel Rojasvery important to us ranging from language, telecoms, mining and so forth. So, I think we are especially pleased that the efforts and the energy that he has put into his assignment here have yielded such visible fruits and we are very pleased about that,” Minister Greenridge is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.Ambassador Rojas said it has been a wonderful experience for him serving in Guyana. He noted that both countries faced similar challenges, adding that the steps taken over the past three years were aimed at building stronger ties between the two countries.“We honour our cultural differences because we believe that in diversity there is richness but also we honour the fact that whatever we do in the field of foreign affairs, we do it for the good of our fellow citizens,” the outgoing Ambassador said.The Ambassador Rojas noted that since independence, Guyana remains one of the few countries in the Western hemisphere to have maintained a democratic system unlike Chile and other states that have experienced phases of military rule.Ambassador Rojas was also presented with a token of appreciation for his service.The Ambassador was the first resident diplomat from Chile since the country established formal relations with Guyana in 1971.last_img read more