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The Latest: UNC shutting down sports activities for a day

first_imgSurratt’s brother, Chazz, plays linebacker at North Carolina after starting his career as a quarterback and is also an NFL prospect.UNC team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe says in an email that Chazz Surratt’s status remains unchanged.___Appalachian State has paused football practices after reporting a coronavirus cluster involving the team.The school in Boone, North Carolina, says athletic director Doug Gillin has suspended practice “until further consultation warrants a change in status.” August 19, 2020 Associated Press In Wednesday’s announcement, the school said the pause would last until at least 5 p.m. Thursday. That came two days after UNC canceled in-person undergraduate classes in favor of remote instruction.The move includes the closure of campus recreation facilities, though dining halls and libraries will remain open in limited capacity.In a statement, athletics director Bubba Cunningham said school officials “want to make sure we continue to do everything we can to ensure that that our teams, campus and community remain healthy.‘’Athletes will have continued access to services such as academic support and medical care.The decision to switch to remote instruction was made after four coronavirus clusters in student housing and a fraternity surfaced in the past week. The school plans to allow athletes, international students, ROTC students and students with hardships such as the lack of online access at home to remain in campus housing if they choose. ___Wake Forest all-conference wide receiver Sage Surratt has opted out of the coming season to prepare for the NFL draft amid the coronavirus pandemic.Surratt announced his decision Wednesday on social media, citing “the many uncertainties and risks associated with COVID-19.” Surratt said he’s set to earn an economics degree in December, saying the school in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, has “forever transformed my life.”“My experience at Wake Forest has been extraordinary, and I leave with a humble and grateful heart,” Surratt said.The 6-foot-3, 215-pound redshirt junior made The Associated Press’ All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team last season after hauling in 66 catches for 1,001 yards and 11 touchdowns in nine games before going down with an injury. The 1,001 yards were the best for all power-conference receivers at the time of the injury, with four games of at least 150 yards last season. The Latest: UNC shutting down sports activities for a day The decision announced Tuesday night comes after there were active cases reported for seven students and four staffers. The school said health officials have instructed the individuals to isolate while recovering, while those in close contact with the active cases have been instructed to quarantine.___The largest 10-kilometer road race in the United States will be run virtually in 2020.The Peachtree Road Race in Atlanta, which has been held on the Fourth of July since its inaugural event in 1970, shifted to a Thanksgiving date in hopes of staging the race during the coronavirus pandemic. It normally attracts some 60,000 runners.But the Atlanta Track Club now says the race will not be run down the city’s famed Peachtree Street because of safety concerns. Georgia has been one of the nation’s hardest-hit states during the pandemic, recording nearly 250,000 confirmed cases and more than 4,700 deaths.center_img The Bulldogs are offering single-game tickets in hopes of accommodating as many season ticket holders as possible for games against Auburn, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.The school says those who choose not to attend games this fall will be eligible for a refund on all donations and season ticket purchases, while retaining their preferred status for 2021.Tickets will cost $150 per game.___Roma goalkeeper Antonio Mirante says he has the coronavirus but is currently asymptomatic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___North Carolina has immediately suspended athletics activities for all sports teams for at least 24 hours due to a “continued upward trend in positive COVID-19 tests on campus.” ___Notre Dame canceled its Wednesday football practice and might take Thursday off as well in response to the school’s decision to go to online classes because of a coronavirus outbreak on campus.The Rev. John Jenkins, the Notre Dame president, announced in-person undergraduate classes would be canceled through Sept. 2. About 150 students have tested positive.Notre Dame is imposing restrictions on student activity, including limiting access to dormitories to residents and barring students from major gathering places on campus.The Fighting Irish football program announced last week there have been four positive test results for COVID-19 out of 619 tests done since players returned to campus in June. “As coronavirus has spiked in recent weeks here in Georgia, we recognize that this decision is the best and only responsible way forward,” executive director Rich Kenah said in a statement.The track club now plans a virtual event that will allow runners to experience some of the race’s traditions and compare their times with others who take part.___The Georgia Bulldogs are planning to have some fans for their football games played between the hedges.The university announced ticket plans that call for allowing 20 to 25% capacity at 92,746-seat Sanford Stadium, where the field is surrounded by hedges. That would mean maximum crowds of between 18,500 and 23,000 for Georgia’s four home games in 2020. The 37-year-old Mirante says in a video on Instagram that he has tested positive for COVID-19 and is in isolation.He says “I feel well, I have no symptoms, neither a fever nor a cough.”The news comes a day after Roma announced that two of its youth team players had tested positive for the virus.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

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Student Affairs’ alternative break program expands

first_imgFollow us on Twitter @dailytrojan The USC Alternative Break Program has added a summer trip to Uganda as one of its 16 planned destinations. The program is also planning trips to both India and Thailand for this upcoming winter break.The program, founded in 1992, allows USC students to engage in volunteer and community service work during their winter, spring or summer breaks.The trips are both international and domestic, sending students to destinations such as Guatemala, Thailand and the Navajo Nation in Utah. Students engage in a variety of volunteer work, ranging from building libraries to working with orphans.Since the program’s inception, Alternative Break has grown immensely. In the past year alone, three trips have been added, according to Program Manager Joenique Rose.“I can tell that they have grown in popularity,” said Rose, who has been with the program since 2008. “That’s why we keep adding more trips. Because, we see that students want to go. Students really want this opportunity.”Rose said that the Alternative Break Program is perfect for those students who otherwise wouldn’t have the chance to engage in a study abroad experience.“It gives students the opportunity to go abroad and do service at the same time,” Rose said.The trips are led by a series of student coordinators who organize the majority of the trips’ logistics.“It’s a very student-centered, student-run department on campus,” Rose said.One of the student coordinators for the Thailand trip, Nicole Talion, a senior majoring in international relations (global business), said the program allows students to enrich their college experience.“It’s an experience that takes you out of yourself,” Talion said. “I know in the USC bubble you can get so caught up in your own life and your own aspirations, but just taking the time out to go on this trip and really serve and see what life is like in these other countries helps you put things in perspective.”David Mandell, a junior majoring in theater and a student coordinator for the India trip, saw this program as a unique opportunity to learn both about himself and other cultures.“It’s definitely a spiritual journey,” Mandell said. “Its one of the most incredible experiences I could have asked for. Not only are you traveling and making a family with USC students, you get to appreciate more of what you already have.”Stephanie Moon, a senior majoring in English and a student coordinator, echoed these sentiments.“The alternative breaks are amazing experiences. I think the winter break program is great for students who want to see different parts of the world but don’t want to commit to a full study abroad,” Moon said.This winter break will be the second year for the India trip, and those going hope to contribute even more to the same community they visited last year. One of their main focuses this time around will be empowering the women in the local community.“We wanted to be more involved in the women’s center, teaching English and how to start sustainable businesses,” Moon said. “We hope by commercializing their efforts, they will be able to develop a limited financial economy and generate income and show their usefulness to their families.”Moon believes that all students should try to take advantage of this unique experience.“The winter trip in particular allows students to enter this space where they really are separated from being students and when they come back they can take everything they’ve learned and transform it in a way that benefits the community back here,” she said.last_img read more

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French Ligue 1 Round-Up: No Neymar Show, Mbappe Fires Blank, And Lyon Are Early…

first_imgDefending champions, Monaco enjoyed a winning start to the French Ligue 1 season defeating a resilient Toulouse side 3-2 at Stade Louis II. Goals from Jemerson, Radamel Falcao and Kamil Glik won the game for Les Rouges et Blancs, who twice had to come from behind to clinch maximum points.It was business as usual for PSG, who claimed a comfortable 2-0 home win against Amiens, thanks to goals from Edison Cavani and Javier Pastore. Expectedly, world record signing Neymar failed to make his debut, as the paper work for his transfer hadn’t been processed by the French Football Federation (FFF) by the time the game was played. The win keeps PSG in fifth-place after the first round of matches.Lyon raced to the top of the table following a comprehensive 4-0 win against Strasbourg.  It was a rude return to the top-flight for Strasbourg, as a brace each from new signing Mariano Diaz and Nabil Fekir condemned them to a defeat which leaves them at the bottom of the table.In a game of the new coaches, Lille managed by Argentine head coach Marcelo Bielsa handed a 3-0 hammering to Nantes who are coached by Claudio Ranieri at Stade Pierre Mauroy. Paraguayan international Junior Alonso, Nicolas de Preville and Anwar El-Ghazi all found the back of the net to hand Lille a spot in second-place.Finally at Stade Velodrome, Cameroon forward Clinton Njie marked his permanent switch to Marseille by netting a brace after coming on as a half-time substitute. Florent Thauvin was the other goal scorer in a 3-0 opening day win against Dijon, a result which stands them out as one of the early season pace setters, occupying second position on the log. RelatedLigue 1 Review: PSG Thrash Strasbourg To Restore 12-Point LeadFebruary 18, 2018In “Europe”Lyon Beat Strasbourg To Go Third In Ligue 1August 25, 2018In “Europe”Ligue 1 Review: PSG Extend Lead With Convincing Montpellier WinJanuary 28, 2018In “Europe”last_img read more

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May Day! Industry braces itself for incoming FOBTs £2 cut

first_img Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Related Articles The betting industry’s regulatory agenda has reached a speculative overdrive, as concerns grow as to how and when the UK government will move to implement its anticipated £2 cut on FOBTs machine wagering levels.The polemic subject matter of FOBTs wagering has seen contrasting news stories published this weekend by multiple sources, each specifying potential different outcomes to the government’s long-awaited judgement.Bill Barber of the Racing Post details that the government may move for a further delay of its FOBTs judgement, due to tensions between ministers and the Department for Digital, Media, Culture & Sport (DCMS), the policy body overseeing UK gambling laws.UK Pensions Secretary Esther McVey has called for DCMS to pull-back its £2 judgement, citing the widespread negative impacts that the drastic cut would have on the UK betting sector, its employees and wider stakeholders.The Sunday Times, reports that UK betting leadership has urged the government to implement a ‘one-year transition period’ for retail bookmakers to adjustment to new market conditions.On Saturday the BBC published a personal comment by William Hill Chief Executive Philip Bowcock urging the government to rethink its position on FOBTs wagering to a “more proportionate response”.“Government cannot avoid the loss of High Street jobs where businesses are failing. But they can avoid a decision – not based on evidence – that will put thousands of people out of work” Bowcock  told the BBCSupporting Bowcock, William Hill’s new Group Chairman, Roger Devlin detailed to CityAm and The Daily Telegraph that the FTSE bookmaker’s governance had written a letter to PM Theresa May warning of ‘catastrophic consequences’ should the government implement its ‘unnecessary and evidence lacking’ decision.Devlin, a figurehead for UK retail and leisure sectors, detailed severe highstreet impacts which could cost the UK Treasury around £1 billion in income, placing some 20,000 industry jobs at risk.Despite, the reported splits in Parliament, the majority of news sources maintain that DCMS leader Matt Hancock will likely deliver the government’s £2 judgement this May (possibly this week).To date, betting stakeholders have waited more than a whole year for the government to deliver its pending triennial industry judgement on FOBTs and advertising standards, a matter that was originally meant to be decided last April 2017. Share Submit StumbleUpon Spotlight delivers Racing Post translated services for Pari-Engineering Russia August 26, 2020last_img read more

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We have no excuse for our CHAN failure – George Afiriyie

first_imgThe local Black Stars Management Committee Chairman, Mr. George Afriyie has expressed disappointment over the team’s abysmal performance at African Nations Championship (CHAN) and insists the technical team, playing body and the management committee has no excuse for their failure.The local Black Stars were eliminated from the on-going CHAN tournament in Sudan failing to win even a match in their three group games.Mr. Afriyie told Asempa Sports that things did not turn out as they expected and as the chairman of the contingent that went to Sudan, they take full responsibility for their failure.The team was losing finalist in the maiden edition of the tournament, and entered the Sudan competition hopeful of the ultimate.According to Afriyie, Ghana’s failure at the tournament is a wake-up call and apologized to Ghanaians for the poor display.Benedict Owusu /Asempa Sports/Ghanalast_img read more

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Roman Abramovich puts trust in visionary Rafael Benitez

first_imgThere will be cynicism, because there always is, for the proposal that Rafael Benitez would be a good man for Chelsea. But there is a chance that owner Roman Abramovich may have finally found his man.A book Benitez has written, Champions League Dreams, gives a sense of the man and for something which deconstructs that rather facile notion that he is a big spender and obsessive to the point of irritation about small details.Take the front fly-leaf for starters – because that reminds us that the Liverpool team which overcame AC Milan in the Istanbul Champions League final seven years ago included Djimi Traore, Milan Baros and Harry Kewell to Champions League glory. The years dim the memory of quite what an incredible accomplishment that was.And since it is Juventus who have finally done for Roberto di Matteo, consider Benitez’s account of how he took his Liverpool team – as much in transition then as Chelsea are now – to face a stronger side in the Stadio delle Alpi than the one Antonio Conte fielded on Tuesday, and saw them come through.Di Matteo’s decision to drop Fernando Torres was taken at 48 hours’ notice at best. Contrast the way that Benitez placed Xabi Alonso, who was less than fully fit but required in Steven Gerrard’s absence, on a specialist training regime for days ahead of the Turin match, preparing him for his role in 3-5-1-1 system which was built around him. And how, instead of the team lining up like that, they played the first two minutes in Turin as the 4-2-3-1 which manager Fabio Capello would have been expecting, before morphing to the three-man defence.“It is a little trick that managers sometimes use,” Benitez says in the book. Capello didn’t appear to notice. He certainly did not respond. “The management of 180 minutes, the tactical preparation needed to overcome opponents expected to beat us,” is how Benitez described his early feats in Europe – and though the words which dominate the new book are ‘narrow,’ ‘tight’ and ‘compact’, there is a vision as well as a pragmatism about his football.The Spaniard’s own great hero is Arrigo Sacchi, whose coaching style set aside the Italian defensive style, and what Benitez seeks to build out of the narrow base of his sides is a relentless, sometimes ruthless, energy. It’s not a prettified type of football – not Barcelona’s death by a thousand cuts – but certainly death by a rapier blow, at times. Witness the night Real Madrid were ripped to shreds, 4-0, at Anfield in March 2008. Istanbul aside, that was the high tide mark of his Liverpool years.What everyone wants to know is whether can he restore Fernando Torres – and it certainly says a lot that the two are in touch.Torres has his store of stories about the Benitez tactical obsessions which close off much chat about family and the weather, but this is his judgment of the man in his biography El Nino. “He is always pushing the players because it is the best way to improve, and you can say to yourself he wants to improve me or he wants to kill me, but I can tell you, he does want the best for every single player.”History seems also to have airbrushed out the fact that Benitez, just like Andre Villas-Boas, imbued a side that seemed to have no right to European silverware, Valencia, with the ability to win a Uefa Cup and a domestic title. Perhaps it is the anti-intellectual strain in British football which explains why Benitez’s forensic nature is still used to beat him with. “I would need to read more of Freud before I could understand all that went on in his head,” Sir Alex Ferguson once said of him. The next day, Benitez won 4-1 at Old Trafford, with Torres operating at heights he has arguably never scaled since. “I read about Freud when I was at school and university,” Benitez replied.last_img read more

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Kyrie Irving sympathetic to LeBron James after latest Lakers loss: I feel for him

first_img“When it comes to the playoffs, that’s when you want to be playing your best basketball. We just want to play well, everybody has to step up. “That starts with me, my energy and my spirit. When everyone is on the same page, we are a different team. We weren’t doing that consistently throughout the season but now it’s more important than ever to be together, to have connectivity. That’s where my focus is. “That helps me play at a high level when my teammates are playing at a high level.” In contrast, the Lakers look set to miss out in the Western Conference.They are seven games back of the eighth-placed Spurs, meaning James is in danger of being a spectator during the postseason for the first time since 2005.”I feel for him,” Irving, who won a title with James and the Cavaliers in 2016, told the media after the game.”Obviously [James] missing a lot of time, as well as Brandon Ingram, but ‘Bron’ is a championship contender, he always has been. He’s such a great player and such a great teammate.”When you’re not eligible to qualify for the playoffs it’s hard, so I feel for him.”#CelticsWin pic.twitter.com/0FwL3BYqv5— Boston Celtics (@celtics) March 10, 2019While the Lakers are slumping towards the end of the regular season, the Celtics appear to be finding form at just the right time.The team has struggled to live up to expectations but Irving insists their problems in previous months will not matter once the playoffs begin.”This stuff that happens in the regular season, you barely remember it,” the six-time All-Star point guard said. Kyrie Irving acknowledged it will be tough for LeBron James to miss the playoffs after the Celtics handed the Lakers their fifth straight loss on Saturday.Irving scored 30 points as the Celtics won for a third consecutive game on the road, their 120-107 triumph lifting them to a 41-26 record for the season as they sit in fifth position in the East.last_img read more

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Nelson/Kaslo Midget Reps off to great start, winners of six of seven games

first_imgLast season it was a Nelson/Castlegar mix.This season Nelson Minor Hockey decided to affiliate with Kaslo to form its Midget Rep squad and the decision appears to be paying dividends on the ice.Nelson/Kaslo Leafs won its sixth game of the young minor hockey season Sunday in Nakusp, defeating the host club 4-1 thanks to a two-goal performance of Colton Dawson.”The boys are playing pretty well,”  said head coach Tony Maida, doing his best to keep the kids focused on hockey.For most of these players the dream of junior may be a bit of a stretch as local Kootenay International and B.C. Junior League coaches generally fill their respective rosters with Major Midget players.However, each season and each coaches’ need is different, meaning playing second fiddle to Major Midget is not necessarily the end of the line.Sunday, Dawson, who got more than just a passing look at the Nelson Leafs camp, sparked the visiting team to the rebound victory after the Nakusp posted a 3-0 win in the opening tilt.John Katountas and Ross Jacob also scored for Nelson/Kaslo.James Tucker went the distance in the nets for Nelson/Kaslo.”We were missing four kids to sickness for the two games in Nakusp,” Maida, pleased with the play of the remainder of the roster, admitted.Nelson/Kaslo opened the four-game weekend Friday at the NDCC Arena by defeating Castlegar 5-2.Dawson led the attack with three points as five different players shared in the scoring.Matt MacDonald, Sam Webber, Dylan Whiffen and Katountas scored for Nelson/Kaslo. Tyler Maida finished the game with three assists.Nelson/Kaslo continued its torrid start to the season by outlasting Grand Forks 9-5 Saturday. Webber scored twice while Peter Reimer, Zach Grimshaw, Liam Butterfield, Dawson and McLain Sandeveland added singles.For Butterfield and Sandeveland, it was their first goals in rep hockey.Tyler Maida continued his Wayne Gretzky-like play, setting up there goals for Nelson/Kaslo.Tucker played most of the weekend as teammate Brayden Pompu suffered an injury during Friday’s game against Castlegar.Nelson/Kaslo entered the weekend with three consecutive road wins over Grand Forks (4-1) and Castlegar (5-4 and 5-2).Nelson/Kaslo Midget Reps take to the road Friday for a tournament in Winfield.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

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The works at the Lusail stadium are nearing completion

first_imgThe Lusail stadium where the final and the opening match of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar will be played, is one of the stadiums that is expected to be ready by 2021.The Higher Committee on Organization and Legacy, responsible management of the organization and initiatives of the World Cup in Qatar 2022, closely follow the work at the Lusail stadium so that it ends on the expected date. The Committee published on its Twitter account, the photos just taken, showing the progress in the construction works, and the main stages of construction, which have just been completed, and that comes before starting with the next phase of construction work related to the facilities outside the stadium.Although the photos have been taken at night, but aesthetic structural achievements reflect creativity in the construction of the stadium located in Lusail the economic Qatari city characterized by its special and distinct style.The Stadium would open the door in front of investors, as a factor of attraction for all those who seek to invest in large tourism and economic projects.last_img read more

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Calabar High synthetic track opening delayed

first_imgCalabar High School’s plan to open its new synthetic track at its Founder’s Day ceremony next Wednesday has been pushed back, at least until next month end.The Red Hills Road-based institution will be the first high school in Jamaica with such a track.”The original plan was for the track to be completed in time for our Founder’s Day on September 12, but that has been put back. We are cautiously optimistic that it will be ready next month end,” Principal of Calabar High, Albert Corcho, told The Gleaner yesterday.Corcho said the football field that is already finished will not be in use until the track is completed.”The football field is basically ready, but we will wait until the track is completed before activity is on the field. It is fully grassed as we have a well that pumps water onto the field,” Corcho disclosed.”The synthetic track at Calabar will be the first for a high school in this hemisphere. The work is being done by the same contractors, VSW Regupol, who did the G.C. Foster College track,” he noted.With regards to the financing of the project, it started from a government allocation of $10 million apiece to six high schools. However, Corcho said they needed more funding to complete the project. He was unable to reveal the total cost.”The Sports Development Foundation, through the Government, granted $10 million, and our stakeholders, such as the Old Boys and others, contributed a whole lot of money for the project,” the Principal said.upgraded fieldMeanwhile, coach of Calabar’s Manning Cup football team, Bradley Stewart, says he is hoping that the team would be able to host home games in the preliminary round on the upgraded field.”We would love to play matches on that field, but it is not expected to be in use until the next seven weeks. The track has to be completed before we can use it for games,” Stewart added.”However, we will play on the field with the cricket pitch during the preliminary round of the Manning Cup,” he said.Calabar last won the Manning Cup in 2005 under the guidance of the late David ‘Wagga’ Hunt.Stewart is in the second of a three-year plan to bring back glory to the famed school.”We understand that with a good football field, that can bring glory. We have a three-year plan that started last year with coach Bradley Stewart, so with an improved field, we are expecting good things from all teams at Calabar,” Corcho pointed out.last_img read more

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