The Latest: Louisville Slugger making masks for public

first_imgThe tournament said the 2021 event remains set for its May dates. This year’s PGA Championship in San Francisco was moved from its original dates next month to early August.___The Spanish government says professional athletes in the country can resume training individually next week.The government made the announcement while revealing a four-phase plan to get the country back to normal following the coronavirus outbreak.Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez says “basic” training for professional athletes will be permitted beginning Monday. It’s the start of the first phase of the plan aimed at easing the lockdown measures that have been in place since March 14. April 28, 2020 High-performance sports facilities will be allowed to reopen in the second phase of the plan, which will begin as early as May 11, depending on the situation in each province.Sánchez did not say when sports competitions, such as the domestic soccer league, are expected to resume. The Spanish league has said it doesn’t plan to restart before the end of May. The league has already sent clubs a detailed protocol with safety guidelines on how to return to practice.___The Sugar Bowl Committee is donating $500,000 to several organizations in an effort to help soften the financial hardship caused by the new coronavirus in the New Orleans area. The money will go to assist the Second Harvest Food Bank, the Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Service and Hospitality Family Assistance Fund and the Hospitality Cares Pandemic Response Fund, which is managed by United Way of Southeastern Louisiana. The French government says the rest of the soccer and rugby seasons won’t be completed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Prime Minister Edouard Philippe says “the 2019-20 season of professional sport … won’t be able to resume.”The top two divisions in French soccer both had 10 league games left to play. Rugby’s Top 14 league had reached the semifinal stage.France is expected to end its lockdown on May 11.___ The ACC is headquartered in Greensboro, which has hosted the tournament 27 times, the most of any location. Last month’s event was canceled after two days of play, with regular-season champion Florida State being presented the tournament championship trophy in accordance with league bylaws without even playing a game.In a statement, commissioner John Swofford said returning to Greensboro in 2023 was “the right thing to do” while calling the relationship between the ACC and the city “extremely special.”The ACC Tournament will be held in Washington next year and in Brooklyn in 2022.___Texas Tech athletic director Kirby Hocutt says the school will cut nearly $7 million from the athletic budget in the upcoming school year, including eliminating performance bonuses for himself and Red Raiders coaches. “This organization’s primary mission is to generate tourism through amateur athletics,” Sugar Bowl Committee President Ralph Capitelli said Tuesday. “With the COVID-19 outbreak, we’re temporarily on hold, but that doesn’t mean we can sit on the sidelines. With this donation, our aim is to help people in need, especially those in the hospitality industry whose livelihoods have been so negatively impacted by the coronavirus.”The Sugar Bowl was founded in 1934, partly as a response to the Great Depression, and first played on Jan. 1, 1935. It started as the marquee event in a New Orleans-area economic development initiative launching a midwinter carnival of sporting events. ___The Atlantic Coast Conference will bring its men’s basketball tournament back to Greensboro, North Carolina in 2023 after this year’s tournament there was canceled near the midway point due to the coronavirus pandemic.The league announced the move Tuesday. Louisville-based Hillerich & Bradsby Co. says in a release its Maskonic masks are reusable, water repellent and treated with a bactericide that lasts for up to 10 washes. Inspired by its Bionic gloves line, company president and CEO John Hillerich said, “this was a natural progression, particularly in a time of global crisis.” He cited the need for protective equipment in preventing the spread of COVID-19 and added that H&B has channeled its production and supply chain toward making masks for the public.Maskonic will sell the masks online at and with free shipping. Partial proceeds from sales will go to Feeding America food banks. The 164-year-old company is also shipping masks to its employees. ___Navy football coach Ken Niumatalolo is waiting out the coronavirus pandemic with his family in his native Hawaii.“We were planning on being here a week, and we’ve been here two months now,” he said Tuesday. The roundtable will be shown on the NBA’s Twitter page. Former NBA player Caron Butler will host.The roundtable coincides with several teams and players directing efforts to help meet the needs of those neighborhoods.Cash was a three-time WNBA champion player and now is the vice president of basketball operations for the New Orleans Pelicans.She says players “have really just tried to focus in on saying, ‘Look, we want to help the people that are losing their jobs, but we also know that there is a serious crisis dealing with the African-American and minority community.’”___ Coe says the fund was the idea of 1,500-meter world record holder Hicham El Guerrouj. The Moroccan runner will be part of the team examining applications from athletes.___The end of the Argentine league soccer season is expected to be ratified by the national association executive committee.AFA president Claudio Tapia says there will be no relegation until 2022 to ease club finances burdened by the coronavirus pandemic.The end of player contracts on June 30 will be honored. The cuts are needed because of the economic shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and deeper cuts may be needed if college football can’t play a full season, Hocutt told A-J Media in Lubbock, Texas.Hocutt did not say the school was cutting any jobs or sports. Most of the cuts will come from reducing administrative and operational expenses. Eliminating the bonuses for the coaches and himself will save nearly $2 million, he said.“The starting point here is simply we’re not spending any money right now that we don’t have to, and we’re not spending much,” Hocutt said.___Swin Cash and Kyle Korver are among the guests on the debut of a new NBA weekly roundtable series that will discuss how minority communities are being impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. ___Athletes in track and field can apply for money from a $500,000 fund to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics and the International Athletics Foundation have launched the fund to help athletes who have lost income because competitions are suspended.World Athletics president Sebastian Coe says the fund will try “to help as many athletes as possible.”It’s unclear when or if the track season can begin. Diamond League meets and the Olympics have been postponed. Boca Juniors won the title shortly before the AFA suspended all soccer on March 15.How teams qualify for the 2021 Copa Libertadores and Copa Sudamericana is also to be resolved.Tapia tells TNT Sports “everyone wants to play again when we can, and if we have to play in January because we couldn’t do it earlier in the year, we will.”___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Associated Press The French Rugby Federation has announced a support package worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help ease the financial concerns of its amateur clubs during the coronavirus pandemic.Amateur rugby competitions in France were canceled for the season on March 27 after strict social measures were put in place to deal with the outbreak.The FFR has now arranged a package that will see 14 million euros ($15 million) go to clubs to cover losses and fees for this season and a further 21 million euros ($22.5 million) for the 2020-21 season.It means they will not have to pay for such things as insurance costs and license fees.Rugby officials are waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible in the country’s top league. Niumatalolo arrived for spring break at the beginning of March, and when the pandemic shutdown began he and his family decided to stay. He has a home in Hawaii and is there with his wife, his daughter and her family, and one of his two sons.“This is a pretty bad time, but we’re OK,” he said. “It’s actually a blessing to be together.”___The 2021 PGA Championship at Kiawah Island’s Ocean Course is delaying the start of ticket sales until August. Tickets were originally set to go on sale to those who registered online in May. Instead, PGA Championship tournament director Scott Reid said that with the world grappling with the coronavirus pandemic it was not appropriate to ask potential spectators to make purchasing decisions at this time. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___ The maker of Louisville Slugger baseball bats for Wilson Sporting Goods is producing non-medical masks to help benefit food banks. The Latest: Louisville Slugger making masks for publiclast_img read more

Rangers Get N1m Per Goal Boost as they Depart for Algeria

first_imgThe Flying Antelopes who are due to depart Lagos for Algiers this morning were promised this mouth-watering bonus by a staunch supporter of the team, Charles Ugwu, during a send-forth meeting Enugu State Governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, had with the players and officials yesterday.Ugwu stressed that he is moved to make the promise to the players to boost their chances of progressing in the competition “because Rangers is not just a team but also a movement that has united Ndigbo over the years.” He further assured the governor to mobilise supporters of the club for the task before Rangers.Earlier, Ugwuanyi charged Rangers to display their professionalism and commitment to be able to win the match.The governor also assured the club of the blessings, best wishes and prayers of the whole nation “as ambassadors and flag bearers of our great country Nigeria in this competition”.He said that the state remains grateful to God for bringing Rangers to the competition as Champions of the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL), adding that with “God on our side, we are confident that you will come back from this competition as Champions of Africa in Jesus Name.“Having lifted the NPFL trophy after 32 years in the wilderness, we have revived the famous Rangers spirit; the spirit of commitment, industry, ingenuity and brotherhood; the Never-Say-Die spirit of Rangers – the true champions.“And as you depart for Algeria today, we pray that the Almighty God will grant you divine protection, guidance and a resounding victory against your opponents”, Gov. Ugwuanyi concluded.In his remark, the captain of the team, Mathew Etim, pledged that the players were determined and going for business in Algeria to make Enugu State proud once again, calling for the support and prayers of the people of the state and fans.The club led by its General Manager, Christian Chukwu, arrived Lagos yesterday en-route Algeria for the match on Friday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram CAF CHAMPIONS LEAGUE Christopher Isiguzo in EnuguAhead of Friday’s first leg, preliminary round game of this year’s CAF Champions Leaguebetween Rangers International Football Club of Enugu and the J.S Saoura of Algeria, the Nigerian champions have been boosted with promise of N1million for every goal scored against the north African team.last_img read more

Djokovic Apologises after US Open Exit

first_imgNovak Djokovic has apologised for hitting a line judge with a ball at the US Open on Sunday, saying he is “extremely sorry for creating her such stress”.The world number one was disqualified from his fourth-round match against Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta.The Serb, 33, who had just had his serve broken, took a ball out of his pocket and hit it behind him, striking the woman in her throat. “This whole situation has left me really sad and empty,” said Djokovic.“I checked on the linesperson and the tournament told me that thank God she is feeling OK.“I’m extremely sorry to have caused her such stress. So unintended. So wrong. I’m not disclosing her name to respect her privacy.”After a lengthy discussion, Djokovic was defaulted by tournament officials at Flushing Meadows.He will lose all ranking points earned at the US Open and will forfeit the prize money he had won at the tournament. He could also be fined for the incident.“As for the disqualification, I need to go back within and work on my disappointment and turn this all into a lesson for my growth and evolution as a player and human being,” Djokovic added in a statement on Instagram.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Djokovic…knocked out of his own tournament last_img read more

Trojans defense showing growth from last season

first_img— The defense set the tone and dominated practice once again Tuesday morning.Particularly notable was the rise of senior safety and returning starter T.J. McDonald, who has provided an increased level of vocal leadership.“T.J. is taking it to the next level right now,” said USC coach Lane Kiffin.The defensive domination included interceptions by redshirt sophomore linebacker Will Andrew and redshirt freshman linebacker Hayes Pullard.“Will Andrew has had an interception every day so far,” Kiffin said. “And we have a long way to go, but eventually I would love to rotate more defensive players in throughout games.”With McDonald and sophomore cornerback Nickell Robey entrenched as returning starters, competition for the other spots has heated up.“[Junior safety] Jawanza Starling has come out with a lot of focus,” Kiffin said. “He took a demotion last year and is looking good now.”Last year, a lack of depth on both sides of the ball kept the Trojans out of tackling drills during the fall, resulting in missed tackles during games.Now, the team is learning from its mistakes.“We’re translating from the film room to the field very well,” McDonald said. “Coach is putting us in great positions and we’re executing.” The offensive line has only two returning starters, junior tackle Matt Kalil and junior guard Khaled Holmes.Guard Butch Lewis and center Kristofer O’Dowd have graduated and tackle Tyron Smith has entered the NFL draft.This season, Holmes will move to center to provide a veteran anchor for an otherwise young unit.“It’s tough replacing such an experienced group up front,” Holmes said. “But I’m working as hard as possible and I feel like I’m starting to come along.” Redshirt freshman tailback D.J. Morgan practiced Tuesday morning, returning from a tweaked knee that kept him out of last week’s practice.“I need to get my knee ready from a mental standpoint,” Morgan said. “Learning the plays will help me mentally overall. And my knee feels good; not 100 percent, but I’m hoping to really start planting on it soon.”With senior tailback Marc Tyler out of practice with a hamstring injury, Morgan, sophomore Dillon Baxter and junior Curtis McNeal received the bulk of the repetitions at tailback.“We had a good day from McNeal today, especially on special teams,” Kiffin said. “And D.J. Morgan has had good flashes.” —last_img read more

Argyll marks new NFL season with launch

first_imgShare Share Submit Esports Entertainment appoints Jeff Cohen as IR lead  July 28, 2020 Argyll Entertainment has marked the launch of the new NFL season by relaunching its US sports themed offering,, a bespoke British bookmaker for US sports.The launch comes just a few weeks after the online sports betting group switched its brand to, to form a ‘stronger connection’ with its new media partner off the SBTech platform, will not only provide its UK customers with traditional European sports betting markets, but also the tightest margins and highest limits for major US competitions such as the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB.The company’s Director of Trading Stephen Baumohl commented: “The pricing of US sports in the UK is pretty defensive with most operators following the line from Vegas. But we believe in setting our own lines and we’re prepared to back that up by having high limits for all our customers.”“We want to offer our customers unique markets that they can take an opinion on, rather than the traditional computerized derivative, so if for example, there’s a particular team or player rivalry heading into a game, we want to create a special market for it.”Brand Director Warren Llambias added: “Whether it’s our supersized limits, the chance to hang out with our RedZone cheerleaders at the game or tickets to our Thanksgiving party in November, we want to bring some American Razzmatazz to our customer’s gaming experience both in terms of our trading philosophy and our customer engagement initiatives.”Stuart Tilly, CEO of Argyll Entertainment and a speaker on the US Sports panel at next week’s Betting on Sports conference, said: “The burgeoning popularity of US sports in the UK is unquestionable.“There are four sell-out NFL games in London this season and we expect the league to have a permanent London team within the next five years. Our aim is to capitalize on the growing fan base and become the number one entertainment destination for punters who wish to bet on the sport.”Alongside Tilly, the US Sports panel at #boscon2017 will feature Digital Sports Tech Executive Director Ari Lewski, Trading Consultant Jon Thompson and Meir Moses, VP of Business Development for Don Best Sports. Click here for the full conference agenda. StumbleUpon Related Articles Argyll orders full compliance makeover with TruNarrative  August 17, 2020 Esports Entertainment Group to finalise Argyll acquisition by 31 July July 8, 2020last_img read more

H.P.C. Credit Union Presents Check to Future Alpena Dog Park

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisThanks to kind hearts, and lots of donations the Alpena Dog Park is getting closer to being created in the city of Alpena. Last week H.P.C. Credit Union decided to do a bake sale to help raise funds for the future park.Executive Assistant, Jenny Corn said she and the H.P.C. staff were very busy creating treats. Thanks to the bake sale the ladies were able to collect over $1,000 to go towards the future dog park.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena Dog Park, H.P.C. Credit UnionContinue ReadingPrevious Residents Tell WBKB News What They’re Doing for EasterNext City of Alpena Fire Department Holds Traininglast_img read more

PHOTOS: World Cup Trophy finally arrives in Accra courtesy Coca Cola

first_imgThe highly anticipated FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour by Coca Cola made its stop at the Air Force in Accra on Monday from Morocco.The arrival in the capital is the 42nd stop out of 89 countries to receive the trophy. This tour will go down history as the largest and longest tour ever.                   Sports fans-world cup tour in ghana.The magnificent trophy was welcome by the minister of Youth and Sports Hon. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and Ghana FA president Kwesi Nyantakyi.Accompanying the trophy were representatives of FIFA Pekka Martensson and other football administrators and also on board was Multimedia Sports presenter Kofi Asare Braako who won an incentive package by the renowned beverage Coca Cola to fly him to Morocco to experience the tour.                       The Trophy also visited the Lizzy’s Sports Complex in East Legon where a group of school children were playing a gala match.The Trophy will also be received by the President of the republic of Ghana, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama at an exclusive Gala dinner on Monday evening.                      The Trophy will be exposed to the public at the Accra International Conference Center and this will give consumers a once in a life time opportunity to take pictures with the real trophy.              The event comes on the occasion of qualification of the Black Stars to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil following its win over Egypt last Saturday on a 7-3 aggregate.Ghana have qualified alongside Nigeria, Algeria, Ivory Coast, Cameroon to represent Africa as a continent.last_img read more

Zvjezdan Misimović to Play in the Bundesliga Again?

first_imgThe former BH national team’s footballer Zvjezdan Misimović could, after several seasons, return to the Bundesliga where he was once one of the best players.While he was in the Wolfsburg’s jersey, along with Edin Džeko, he brought to the Wolves the title of Germany’s champion. He will now maybe play for to Koln.As stated from Eurosport, Misimović, who is currently free, is on the list of their potential back-ups.While playing for the Germany’s strongest league, Misimović played 157 matches in total. He shaked the nets of the rivals 37 times and assisted to his co-players 57 times.(Source: Sport Centar)last_img read more

Kiwis beat PNG 7-1

first_imgThey scored seven goals to PNG’s 1 (7-1) and appear favourites for the second match next week.Striker Annalie Longo and mid fielder Amber Hearn collected two each in both halves.At half time, goals through Longo, Hearn and Rebekah Stott and Aimie Philips took NZ to a 4-nil lead during the break. In the second half, Longo dribbled past three PNG defenders to find the net and score her second goal for the day.Sweeper Katie Duncan stepped up after a cross over and headed in before Longo sealed her second goal to her name.However, PNG had the mentality of never say die and replacement forward Megan Gunemba stepped through to score the only goal for her side.The return match will be played in New Zealand on Tuesday.last_img read more

Students granted UG, 6th Form entry under “temporary” arrangement

first_imgAnnandale Secondary’s CSEC resultsBy Shemuel FanfairEven as the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) continues its investigation into the reported technical glitch that caused several students of the Annandale Secondary School to be issued with incorrect grades, the students are now being allowed to attend Sixth Form classes and the University of Guyana.Guyana Times was on Tuesday informed that this was a temporary arrangement, pending the release of the actual results by CXC. When this publication called CXC’s Headquarters in Barbados, the Head of Examinations was at the time unavailable and could not be reached for a comment.When contacted, Superintendent of Examinations, Sauda Kadir explained that the Education Ministry was collaborating with the Examination Council to ensure that the missing grades were sorted out. She could not, however, give a definite timeframe as to when the results would be likely released.“It is collaborative effort between us and CXC, and we are working to get it completed in the shortest possible time,” Kadir told this publication.On Sunday, acting Chief Education Officer (CEO) Marcel Hutson, pointed out that he could not definitively say when the error would be corrected. He assured that he has been employing strategies to ensure students could move forward with their studies.“I can’t say definitively [when the students would get their results], but I told those responsible that we need those results… because our children are waiting those results to know how they would have performed from a holistic perspective,” Hutson recently told this newspaper.It has been reported that a “technical glitch” was responsible for the students not seeing their correct grades. In some cases, students were seeing “ungraded” and others were not seeing results for some subject areas. It is still not yet clear just how many students have been affected.Last week, parents of the affected students had called off a planned protest after they were told by the school’s management and operatives of the Education Ministry that the matter would have been resolved.It was in August that Guyana Times first reported that many of the students were unable to obtain passes in certain subjects owing to the school’s alleged non-submission of the SBAs, but the Education Ministry later denied that this was the case.“This is not a situation that the teachers did not do what they had to do, it was a technical glitch,” Hutson had indicated.When this publication spoke to Education Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine on the sidelines of the Education Month launch on September 1, he indicated that he would personally investigate the matter since, at that time, he was “not aware of the report”.Guyana Times had further reported that the school’s teachers had received the requisite training in sending the SBA grades via the Internet to CXC, but they did not adhere to the deadline. This publication also reported that many of the secondary school students were disappointed since their grades, as published, had barred them from proceeding with their studies.last_img read more