The Latest: 2nd Motorsport Games event postponed until 2021 The games will be played without fans until the risk of infection from the coronavirus is gone.The league plans to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but has decided scrap its all-star game and shorten the first round of the playoffs from a best-of-five to best-of-three series.The KBO says it could shorten the regular season if infections erupt. The league will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.___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 April 21, 2020 The multi-disciple event between various nations was scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Circuit Paul Ricard near designated host city Marseille. The new dates are Oct. 22-24 next year at the same place.The next games are set to see the introduction of rally and historic motorsport events.Paul Ricard also hosts a Formula One race. It is scheduled for June 28 but widely expected to become the 10th of 22 races this season to be called off amid the virus outbreak.___South Korea’s professional baseball league has decided to begin its season on May 5. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The second edition of FIA’s Motorsport Games has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Washington Nationals and Houston Astros called off training camp practices Monday after not receiving test results from Friday. General manager Mike Rizzo of the champion Nationals said it’s not safe to continue with camp without accurate and timely testing. Rizzo called on Major League Baseball to work quickly to resolve issues with its lab to keep the season from being at risk. Astros GM James Click speculated the July 4th holiday weekend contributed to the delay. MLB said it addressed delays caused by the holiday weekend and doesn’t expect them to continue.MLB-BRAVES-MARKAKIS The 23-year-old Blagg has won medals at the Commonwealth Games and European Championships but says “injury after injury” have taken a toll. Blagg had shoulder surgery in May 2019 to repair a torn labrum. She previously had two wrist surgeries. Blagg competed at the London and Rio de Janeiro Olympics. She hoped to recover from the shoulder surgery and qualify for the Toyko Games. Update on the latest sports GOLF-MEMORIAL-SPECTATORSPlans for spectators are scrappedUNDATED (AP) — The PGA Tour and the Memorial have scrapped state-approved plans to have limited spectators next week in Ohio. The Memorial was scheduled to be the first tournament with spectators since golf return from the COVID-19 pandemic-caused shutdown. Republican Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine approved a plan for there to be 20% capacity at Muirfield Village. The tour said rapidly changing dynamics of the pandemic caused that to change. PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan says golf needs to stay focused on health and safety. Muirfield Village is hosting back-to-back events. The Workday Charity Open this week was not planning on having fans. Trump is asking whether Wallace has “apologized to all of those great NASCAR drivers & officials who came to his aid.”NFL-REDSKINS NAMENative American groups ask NFL to force Redskins name changeWASHINGTON (AP) — More than a dozen Native American leaders and organizations have sent a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell calling for the league to force Washington Redskins owner Dan Snyder to change the team name immediately.The letter was signed by 15 Native American advocates and obtained by The Associated Press. It demands the team and the NFL cease the use of Native American names, imagery and logos — with specific importance put on Washington, which last week launched what the team called a “ thorough review ” of its name. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-TESTING DELAYSNationals, Astros cancel workoutsWASHINGTON (AP) — Baseball’s two World Series finalists have each canceled workouts because of COVID-19 testing delays. MLB-RANGERS-GALLORangers’ Gallo tests positiveARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — All-Star slugger Joey Gallo has tested positive for the coronavirus and is missing the Texas Rangers’ summer camp. The outfielder has yet to show any symptoms of COVID-19. Gallo had been among Rangers players who worked out for several weeks at their new ballpark before his positive test. Rangers general manager Jon Daniels says Gallo has had multiple tests, including one that came back negative. An initial test June 27 was positive, followed by a negative test and then another positive result Sunday. Gallo is isolating at his Dallas apartment and away from teammates. Daniels says the teammates Gallo was around have tested negative. Associated Press TRUMP-BUBBA WALLACETrump lashes out at NASCAR, Bubba Wallace over flag, ropeWASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is criticizing NASCAR for banning the Confederate flag at its races and is going after its only Black driver. After a weekend spent stoking division, Trump wrongly accused Bubba Wallace of perpetrating “a hoax” after one of his crew members discovered a rope shaped like a noose in a garage stall. Federal authorities ruled last month that the rope had been hanging there since at least last October and was not a hate crime. The letter was delivered on the same day that President Donald Trump voiced his opposition to any name change by the team. Several team sponsors have come out in favor of change recently and Snyder showed his first indication of willingness to do so amid a nationwide movement to erase racially insensitive symbols.TENNIS-TIAFOETiafoe won’t play in team tennisUNDATED (AP) — Frances Tiafoe will not play in the World TeamTennis season after testing positive for the coronavirus.The American was playing in a weekend tournament in Atlanta and was tested after feeling symptoms during his match on Friday. He withdrew from the event the following day and said he was following the recommended quarantine protocol. Japan has largely held the coronavirus in check with only 1,000 deaths it a country of 126 million. The United States has reported 130,000 deaths with a population of about 330 million. However, new cases have increased recently in Tokyo. New cases on Sunday in Tokyo topped 100 for the fourth straight day.BLAGG RETIRESBritish diver Blagg retires at 23 because of shoulder injuryLONDON (AP) — British diver Alicia Blagg says she is retiring from the sport because of a shoulder injury that has ended her chances of competing in a third Olympics at next year’s Tokyo Games. Markakis won’t play this yearATLANTA (AP) — Atlanta Braves veteran outfielder Nick Markakis has become the latest player to opt out of the 2020 season due to increased concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. Markakis is the second Atlanta veteran in two days to announce plans to sit out the 60-game season, following right-hander Félix Hernández. The 36-year-old Markakis says he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms. Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among other players who have opted out. July 6, 2020 He was set to play for the Washington Kastles during the World TeamTennis season, set for July 12 to Aug. 2. It’s being played entirely at The Greenbrier in West Virginia because of the pandemic, instead of around the country as usual.JAPAN-ALLOWING FANSJapanese soccer and baseball to start allowing fans at gamesTOKYO (AP) — Japan’s professional baseball and soccer leagues will begin allowing fans this week. Soccer and baseball officials say the first day with fans will be Friday. The maximum number will be 5,000 or 50% of stadium capacity, whichever is smaller. Officials say they plan to allow stadiums to be filled to 50% capacity beginning on Aug. 1.
The countdown is on to the start of the Indy 500, which was delayed from its traditional date in May because of the coronavirus pandemic and will be run without fans for the first time in its 104 editions.New track owner Roger Penske, whose team has four cars in the field, and IndyCar executives have tried to create an entertaining prerace show for broadcaster NBC. But the build up to “The Greatest Spectacle in Racing” is still somewhat eerie without the 250,000-plus fans who typically show up inside the Brickyard.Driver introductions took place with the voice of the public address announcer echoing off the empty stands. There also will be no military parade or balloon release, two staples of race day. But there will be Jim Cornelison singing “Back Home Again in Indiana” and the Air Force’s famed Thunderbirds performing a flyover.___More AP auto racing: https://apnews.com/apf-AutoRacing and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Green flag nears at empty Indianapolis 500 Associated Press Marco Andretti has led the field to the green flag for the 104th running of the Indianapolis 500, the familiar field of 33 roaring down the canyon-like front stretch of empty seats at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.The warm-ups found Andretti following the IndyCar two-seater driven by his grandfather and 1969 winner Mario Andretti with his father and team owner Michael Andretti in the second seat. It was the first time that the three generations of the family were on the track at the Brickyard at the same time.The call to start the engines was delivered by Roger Penske, whose family purchased the speedway along with the IndyCar Series. He promised that fans would be “back home again in Indiana” in 2021.___1 p.m. August 23, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest from the Indianapolis 500, which was delayed from Memorial Day weekend because of COVID-19:___1:30 p.m.
KINGSTON, Jamaica (CMC) – Caribbean cricket has not seen the last of Dave Cameron, the deposed Cricket West Indies (CWI) president has warned.The Jamaican, who celebrates his 48th birthday next month, was handed a stunning defeat in CWI elections at the annual general meeting here last Sunday, but says he remains available to serve the region.“It’s been a remarkable journey. I have made a lot of friends, not just in the region but internationally and we will be back,” the Observer newspaper quoted him as saying.“We are here to serve (so) if people at some point in time believe that we are needed, we are here to serve and we will continue.“I think we have a lot to be proud of, winning back the Wisden Trophy after 10 years, seeing us compete the way we did against England just now. I tell you I am very, very excited about West Indies cricket if we continue along the same trajectory.”Cameron was denied a fourth straight term in charge of CWI when he lost to former St Kitts and Nevis government minister, Ricky Skerritt in a shock result.Publicly endorsed by three territorial boards – each with two votes – Cameron infamously declared days ahead of the poll that he and vice-president Emmanuel could not lose. He needed seven of the 12 votes up for grabs in order to be re-elected.However, he lost two key votes in the secret ballot as Skerritt and running mate, Dr Kishore Shallow, won by 8-4 margins.Of significance was the fact that his home board, Jamaica Cricket Association, voted in favour of the Skerritt and Shallow, representing a crucial loss of support for Cameron.“It’s been a long-standing situation with Jamaica and myself and particularly with the president (Billy Heaven),” Cameron conceded.“We haven’t seen eye-to-eye from the day he asked my club – I am still the president of Kensington (Cricket Club) – to vote for him in the elections in 2013 and we didn’t support him. I don’t think we have been able to move past that.”Cameron was criticised throughout his tenure for the strong-handed way in which he led CWI. He had a strained relationship with senior players and also fuelled acrimony with CARICOM, over his refusal to entertain governance reform.As a result, he received little backing from key stakeholders throughout the election campaign, as legendary former players to regional prime ministers all threw their weighty support behind Skerritt and Shallow.Cameron said he would now focus his efforts on his company, a wealth management and investment venture.“I have my business; Infiniti Capital continues to operate, it has always been there,” he said.“This (CWI president) is not a full-time position, this is also one of the things that people believe. It is not a full-time position. I am a licensed securities dealer so I operate on that basis.”
(REUTERS) – England batsman Joe Root believes his team can draw confidence from their run to the 2016 World Twenty20 final as they attempt to win their first 50-over World Cup.England, who face Australia in the semi-finals on Thursday, were beaten by West Indies in the World T20 final three years ago and the hosts have 10 members from that squad playing in this year’s World Cup.“It’s been a long time since we’ve got to this stage,” Root told the BBC ahead of England’s first 50-over World Cup semi-final since 1992.“But there’s a big crossover of guys who were in that World T20 final and they’ll draw experience from that.”If England beat Australia, they face a final clash against India or New Zealand who meet in the first semi-final on Tuesday.Australia and India have won seven of the past nine 50-over World Cups between them, while England have not won a knockout match at the tournament since finishing runners-up to Pakistan in 1992.After consecutive group-stage defeats by Sri Lanka and Australia left England’s hopes of reaching the knockout stages hanging in the balance, the pre-tournament favourites rallied to beat India and New Zealand and make the last four.“What will hold us in good stead is that our last two group games were must-win games,” Root added. “We have been playing with that knockout intensity for a period now.“It comes down to us playing in the manner we have in those last two games and, if we do that, we’ll be a very hard side to beat.”
… England’s Michael Gough also namedDUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC) – Trinidadian official Joel Wilson has been appointed to the ICC Elite Panel of Umpires for the upcoming season.The 52-year-old was yesterday named to the panel along with England’s Michael Gough, following the ICC’s annual review and selection process.Both officials previously sat on the International Panel of Umpires but have now been elevated to replace Ian Gould, who has retired, and Ravi Sundaram who was removed.Adrian Griffith, ICC’s senior manager for umpires and referees, said both Wilson and Gough were “deserving additions” to the elite panel.“Being an elite official is an extremely challenging job. Every decision is scrutinised by millions of fans and each match official is subject to rigorous ongoing performance assessments throughout the year,” said the Barbadian, who played 14 Tests and nine ODIs for West Indies between 1996 and 2000.“We are fortunate to have some fantastic officials who are able to withstand the pressures of the job and deliver consistently on the international stage.“Michael and Joel are deserving additions to the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Umpires and I wish them all the best for the coming season and for the future.”Wilson has stood in 13 Tests, 63 ODIs and 26 T20Is while Gough has officiated in nine Tests, 59 ODIs and 14 T20Is.Wilson’s debut Test came four years ago in Chattogram when he stood in the first Test between Bangladesh and South Africa.He has gone on to stand in several high profile Tests including the fifth Ashes Test in Sydney last year.Wilson officiated in five matches at the just-concluded ICC World Cup in England which was won by the hosts.
SHAUN Marsh top-scored for his new team but couldn’t prevent Melbourne Renegades suffering a narrow defeat to Sydney Thunder in the opening match of their Big Bash League (BBL) title defence.The champions’ boom recruit, who defected from his hometown Perth Scorchers this year, peeled off 42 from 33 balls to steer the Renegades through their middle overs, at Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium.Marsh and in-form opener Sam Harper (39) helped set the Thunder a target of 170.But patient half-centuries from openers Usman Khawaja (66) and Alex Hales (68) laid a solid platform for the run chase before Alex Ross got the visitors over the line with the winning boundary in a frenetic final over.The Thunder reached 171-4 to win by six wickets with just two balls to spare and maintain their unbeaten record, having downed Brisbane Heat in the season-opener 48 hours earlier.Khawaja slipped at one point while turning for a second run and looked to have hurt the same knee he’d previously had surgery on. But he batted on and allayed injury fears post-match.“It hurts a little bit now, but it’s just that first five seconds when you think everything is alright,” Khawaja said.“I knew straightaway it was alright, it was just pain. I’ve done my knee before, so I know the feeling.”The knock was a timely reminder of Khawaja’s white-ball capabilities after he was this week left out of Australia’s ODI squad for the tour of India in January.Marsh, too, was left out of the ODI squad, with Australia T20 and Renegades captain Aaron Finch later declaring the West Australian the world’s most underrated T20 batsman.Marsh began his new life in red in typically steady fashion before opening the shoulders in the second over after the Renegades called their strategy time-out.It eventually took a brilliant diving catch from Thunder all-rounder Daniel Sams on the boundary to dismiss Marsh, who batted at No.3.“It was nice to spend a bit of time out there,” Marsh said.“I thought I left a few out there at the end, but it was nice to get my first game with the Renegades.“We’re obviously disappointed with the loss, but it was good fun out there.”Diminutive wicketkeeper Harper picked up where he left off with the bat after scoring a blistering century in a warm-up match against Melbourne Stars three days earlier.He sent left-arm seamer Sams to the fine-leg boundary with a ramp shot off the second ball he faced and put the next one back over the bowler’s head.Harper (39) managed four fours and a pair of sixes in 19 balls before Sams eventually got his revenge, with a leading edge proving the batsman’s downfall.Sams had a hand in three key wickets, removing Harper and Dan Christian either side of his excellent catch in the deep to get rid of Marsh.He finished with 2-26 from three overs, with off-spinner Arjun Nair (2-32, four overs) also claiming multiple wickets by dismissing Finch and Marsh.
(Sportsmax) – The West Indies can win in England this summer, so says their Test captain, Jason Holder.The skipper believes his team, having experienced English conditions in a heavy defeat in 2017, have the experience to make restitution for that earlier performance.The West Indies are scheduled to play three Tests in England, beginning June 1, but there isn’t a lot of hope that it won’t, at the very least, be postponed because of the government’s directives to combat the spread of COVID-19 in that country.The England Cricket Board and Cricket West Indies have had preliminary discussions and should be meeting again on Sunday to decide a way forward, with the possibility of playing to empty stands, postponements or both still on the cards.Before the series, the West Indies were to have played three warm-up matches with a camp at the Rose Bowl in Hampshire, but that is also not expected to happen, at least not in the same way or maybe even at the same time.Holder though, is hopeful that the series will go on.While the series in England was destructive to the West Indian confidence, last year in the Caribbean, the West Indies had bested England 2-1 in a series that showed they could, not just compete, but hurt the generations-long rivals.“This series will be tougher than the one in the Caribbean because we are obviously going in their backyard. England are a very, very good team in their backyard. Even although we beat them in the last series I’ll still say England will start as favourites,” said Holder.According to Holder though, the West Indies aren’t the inexperienced bunch England would have played three years ago when they lost 2-1.“You’ve got guys like Kraigg Brathwaite who has played county cricket as well and international cricket there. Shai [Hope] has played enough international cricket and did really well as well. So we have some guys going back there with a vengeance.“If you speak to a lot of guys who were on that tour in 2017 everybody will say they can’t wait to go back and probably just make amends for what would’ve happened in 2017. We believed personally in our abilities, it is just a matter of understanding the conditions and now that we’ve had that experience, I should only hope that we should be able to then put into practice and make a better show than we did last time,” said Holder.
Secretary General of FIBA, Patrick Baumann, on Tuesday communicated the decision of the world body to NBBF scribe, Chimezie Asiegbu.In that letter dated December 12 and addressed to the Asiegbu, secretary of the Ahmadu Musa Kida-led board, FIBA said that the new extension was agreed upon at their Central Board meeting (of the world body) held on the December 9, 2017 to allow a fact-finding delegation which has been set up to visit Nigeria before the end of the latest extension. The next FIBA Central Board meeting is scheduled for March, 2018.The latest development is the fallout of the interventionist role played by the NOC to save Nigeria the embarrassment of been slammed with a ban as the two factions led by Kida and former President Tijani Umar failed to reach a compromise before the November 30 deadline given to Nigeria to solve the leadership crisis.Following a breakdown in the attempt to get both Kida and Umar to a round table to resolve the crisis, THISDAY learnt that NOC wrote FIBA 26th, July 2017 stating the attempts to end the crisis.It was further learnt that it was this initiative that warranted the extension till February next year.FIBA is expected to contacted NBBF shortly to arrange the precise details of the visit of the FIBA delegation whose findings will be reported to the Executive Committee for the March meeting.With the extension given by FIBA, the Kida led NBBF is now expected to shift its focus to unfolding its long-term plans for the development of the game as its Technical Department has resumed scouting of players for the first phase of the Dâ€™Tigersâ€™ 2019 FIBA World Cup qualification coming up between February 23rd and 25th, 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeFollowing the representation made to basketball world ruling body, FIBA, by the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), the deadline given for the resolution of the leadership tussle at the Nigerian Basketball Federation (NBBF), has been extended by a further three months expected to lapse on February 28, 2018.
Only on Wednesday, Otokutu Grammar School won the Third-place match of the football fiesta by defeating Boys Secondary School, Obiaruku 7-6 in penalty shoot-out. Full time score stood at 2-2.Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, Commissioner for Basic Secondary School Education in the state, Chiedu Ebie, and other top dignitaries are expected to grace the final just as the Group Managing Director of Zenith Bank, Peter Amangbo, is expected to be represented at the event by a top official of the bank.Zenith Bank is expected to present gifts of various forms to the players of the top three teams especially the eventual winner.Last year, bags, tee-shirts, balls, laptops were some of the gift items given to the students after the final match at the same venue in Ozoro.It is also expected that apart from the trophy to the presented to the winning team today, individual awards will be given to the Best Goalkeeper, Highest Scorer and the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.Master Card International Secondary School defeated Iderghe Secondary School 2-1 to win the maiden edition of the youth football fiesta last year.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The final of the Zenith /Delta Principalâ€™s Cup football competition organised for all secondary schools between Marvel International School Ughelli and St Paul College, Ozoro will hold today at the Ozoro Polytechnic Stadium.The competition, sponsored by Zenith Bank Plc started on November 1 and in the past 16 weeks of intense competition in various parts of the state. The two schools will battle for honours this afternoon to determine the winner of the developmental competition which was only revived last year after 28 years in limbo.In the semifinals, Marvel International School defeated Otokutu 3-1 on penalties to book the ticket to the final while St. Paul College Ozoro defeated Boys Secondary School, Obiaruku 2-0 in a highly entertaining encounter to also berth in the final.