Global sport heavily disrupted by coronavirus

first_img Loading… The UAE Tour, an early season cycling warm-up that featured four-time Tour de France winner Chris Froome, was cut short last week after a coronavirus scare.Looking ahead, concerns are deepening over this year’s main sports event, the Tokyo Olympics, which is due to begin on July 24.Hundreds of thousands of spectators, athletes and officials will converge on Japan for the Games.International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach said last week his organisation was “fully committed” to holding the Games in Tokyo as planned despite the widening coronavirus outbreak.Ominously, the decision will depend on factors over which Olympic officials exert no control, and sports federations are already wringing their hands over disruption and forced cancellation of qualifying events for the global showpiece.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The Italian government has signed a decree that stops sporting activity in the northern regions that have been worst hit by the virus until March 8, unless it is held behind closed doors. That decision means another five matches next week can only go ahead if played in empty stadiums. The Italian league has called an emergency meeting for Wednesday in which discussions will be held on how to manage the fixture chaos. The International Ski Federation (FIS) has also said that it will decide on Friday whether or not the alpine skiing World Cup finals scheduled for later this month in Cortina d’Ampezzo, a host venue for the 2026 Winter Olympics, will go ahead. Football in Asia has been massively disrupted, with the start of Japan’s J-League postponed till mid-March and a hugely rearranged fixture list for the continental competitions. On Monday, the Swiss football league also announced that its top two divisions had been suspended until March 23. – Six Nations under threat – Rugby officials gathered in the French capital to consider if more alterations are needed to the calendar for the final two rounds of the Six Nations Championship. The March 7 game between Ireland and Italy in Dublin has already been postponed but officials determined that no further changes were needed – at least for now. “So far, apart from the Ireland v Italy match for our senior men’s event, all matches are OK to take place but governments might decide otherwise and we need to be prepared for any eventuality,” said a spokeswoman. The final two stages of cycling’s UAE Tour were cancelled after a coronavirus scareRead Also: Coronavirus casts potential cloud over Euro 2020 with 100 days to gocenter_img The coronavirus is disrupting sport around the world with the MotoGP races in Qatar and Thailand postponed, a host of football matches put off to a later date and increasing concerns surrounding the Tokyo Olympics later this year. Players from Bulgarian side Ludogorets wore protective face masks as they arrived for the Europa League match against Inter Milan in Italy last Thursday. The virus has already cast a long shadow over the start of the MotoGP season with this Sunday’s curtainraising Qatar Grand Prix called off, followed by the March 22 race in Thailand. “I don’t say it’s cancelled, I just say it is postponed until time allows us to do (the event),” Anutin Charnvirakul, chairman of the Thailand MotoGP organising committee, told AFP. One of the early races in the Formula One season, the Shanghai Grand Prix on April 19, has already been postponed although organisers say the season-opening race in Australia on March 15 will go ahead as planned. Olympic chiefs are meeting on Tuesday and Wednesday in Lausanne to discuss the impact of the virus on preparations for the summer Games in Tokyo, and to address the unthinkable – scrapping world sports’ global showpiece for the first time in peace time. Other events are under immediate threat. The remaining matches in the 2020 Six Nations rugby union tournament were at risk but an emergency meeting of the organisers in Paris on Monday made no immediate changes to the calendar. The virus has killed more than 3,000 people worldwide, mainly in China, and its effects are being felt across the global economy. Sport is no exception. In Italy, the European country with the highest number of deaths at 52, the outbreak wreaked havoc with Serie A football matches at the weekend. Six games were postponed, including the clash between defending champions Juventus and title rivals Inter Milan in Turin, originally scheduled to be the showpiece match on Sunday evening. Promoted Content6 TV Shows That Got Better After A Major Character Had Left8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThese Guys Are Turning 50 This Year. Feeling Old Yet?8 Shows That Overstayed Their Welcome8 Superfoods For read more

Kyrie Irving joins Celtics legends in record book, then questions team’s strategy

first_imgThe Celtics blew an 18-point lead in the final eight minutes in a loss to the Hornets on Saturday, but Kyrie Irving notched an impressive milestone.The Boston guard scored 31 points, his fifth straight game with 30 or more. Only Larry Bird, Paul Pierce and John Havlicek have turned that feat for the Celtics. Kyrie Irving gets out to 16 1st quarter PTS for the @celtics on his 27th birthday! #CUsRise pic.twitter.com/5dOk5UdNIN— NBA (@NBA) March 23, 2019It seemed the Celtics had the game well in hand and Irving would enjoy a nice 27th birthday present with the 30-point milestone. But the feel-good atmosphere took a bad turn when the Hornets went on a 30-5 run to end the game en route to a 124-117 victory. Hornets guard Kemba Walker led the way with 36 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds. Afterward, Irving, who had his hands full defensively with the Hornets’ All-Star guard, questioned the Celtics’ defensive strategy. Related News Robert Williams III leaves first Celtics start after scary fall “We should have probably trapped him a little bit more like every other team does in the league,” Irving said. “He torches us every time. It’s no surprise.”Kyrie Irving on guarding Kemba Walker: “We should have probably trapped him a little bit more like every other team does in the league, but we didn’t. He torches us every time we play him, so it’s no surprise.” pic.twitter.com/RJNG3LJNiw— Jordan Greer (@jordangreer42) March 24, 2019last_img

TV money lures Henry away from beloved Gunners

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP |France and Arsenal legend Thierry Henry ended his association with the English Premier League club on Tuesday preferring to focus on his burgeoning media career.The 38-year-old former striker — part of the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winning teams — could have coached the Gunners’ under-18 side but declined the offer when Arsene Wenger told him he would have to give up his lucrative Sky Sports TV contract for which he is reportedly paid £4 million ($5.2m, 4.7m euros) a year.Wenger, though, has several television contracts including with Qatari-owned beIN Sports.Henry, Arsenal’s all-time leading scorer with 174 goals in 254 appearances from 1999 to 2007, had been working with Arsenal youth players as part of his UEFA A Licence course.“I would like to thank Andries Jonker for offering me the chance to coach the U18’s @arsenal, which I was honoured to accept,” Henry tweeted on his Twitter account.“However I respect Arsene Wenger’s decision and I want to wish their manager Kwame Ampadu, the boys and everyone at the club all the best for the forthcoming season.” Busy day in LA yesterday #part1 great marketing meeting @beatsbydre with @OmarJohnson & @Ronny_Turiaf. #inspiring pic.twitter.com/JOxFIqPLK4— Thierry Henry (@ThierryHenry) March 30, 2016Another former Arsenal legend, Tony Adams, 49, is expected to return and take the role with the under-18s.Adams’s former central-defensive partner Steve Bould is Wenger’s assistant manager while another ex-player, Freddie Ljungberg, will work with the under-16s.Henry must now find a team to coach to complete his Pro Licence.Reviews of Henry’s performances as a pundit for Sky have been largely negative, but critics agreed that he was far better on the BBC during Euro 2016.Noted sports TV critic Giles Smith said in The Times newspaper on Tuesday: “One puzzle we’re nowhere nearer solving: how can the same Thierry Henry who is so open and engaging on the BBC be such a lump of wet wool on Sky Sports?”Share on: WhatsApplast_img

Comeback kid Hollie wins Scottish title by three

first_img Teenage international Hollie Muse shot nine-under par to win the Scottish U16 girls’ open championship – and proved herself a real comeback kid. Last summer she appeared odds-on to win the English U15 title, only to lose after a last-hole reversal. The experience was on her mind as she approached the 36-hole Scottish stroke play at Strathmore, but this time there were no setbacks. The 15-year-old from West Lancashire announced her intentions with a course record of seven-under-par 65 in the first round and followed up with a two-under 70 today. It gave her a three-stroke win over Scotland’s Shannon McWilliam, while England’s Emily Price took third place on two-under. Her success crowned a great day for England. Muse, together with Price, the English U15 champion from Cleobury Mortimer, and Martha Lewis (St George’s Hill), won the team event, beating Scotland by a shot.   Third place went to England’s Team B of Chloe Howard (Elfordleigh), Natasha Slater (Furness) and Bel Wardle (Prestbury). What’s more, the top 15 on the leaderboard included 10 English players.  Afterwards Muse (image courtesy SLGA) commented: “I can’t believe it. I’m so happy I started crying! After the U15s and what happened there I am just so happy to win the Scottish. It ruined me at the time, but I picked myself up and came here and it’s amazing to have shot the scores I did.” She went on: “I think I have learned. I played the course, not the other players, and I told myself I was just having a knock with my friends. That really helped, it was a good way to do it.” She was strongly challenged for the title. McWilliam was three behind after the first round, but played her first nine holes today in four under and had narrowed the gap to one shot after 27 holes. However, Muse played her back nine in level par, while the Scottish player was two-over. Muse is a prodigious hitter and her length off the tee was one of her advantages. In the first round she drove the par four 16th and over the two rounds she was seven-under for the par fives. She also performed well on the greens, using a new putter which she acquired only five days ago. It let her down just once, on her second hole of today’s round, but the double bogey was sandwiched between two birdies. Altogether she had 11 birdies and an eagle over the 36 holes.  England Golf girls’ coach Scott Godfrey commented: “Hollie is a stand-out player and her first round was real class. She was a little bit nervous today but she handled it really well.” Muse is the fifth English player to win this title in six years, following Alice Hewson in 2013, Gabriella Cowley, Emily Taylor and Bronte Law.  She is also a past winner of the English U13 championship and last year helped England to win both the girls’ and ladies’ Home Internationals. Click here for full scores 10 Apr 2015 Comeback kid Hollie wins Scottish title by three last_img

New Zealand squad

first_imgNew Zealand have the most balanced team with presence of good all-rounders – Scott Styris, Jacob Oram, James Franklin and Nathan McCullum. Ross Taylor, Jesse Ryder, Martin Guptill too are the big hitters of the ball. Not to forget wicketkeeper batsman Brendon McCullum, who can destroy the best bowling sides when in form. Skipper Daniel Vettori is known to be a thinking captain and he will need to put on his thinking cap at the World Cup. A fine left-arm spinner, Vettori has even shared the burden of batting when the chips are down.Squad: Daniel Vettori (captain), Hamish Bennett, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Jamie How, Brendon McCullum, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Jacob Oram, Jesse Ryder, Tim Southee, Scott Styris, Ross Taylor, Kane Williamson, Luke Woodcock.last_img

The Dome Effect Isnt Real The NRG Effect Is Complicated

Teams playing late-round NCAA Tournament games in open domes score fewer points4We used end of regulation scores for overtime games. and shoot worse on 2-point field goals and free throws than do teams playing in arenas or traditional domes. But 3-pointers — often at the heart of the dome effect critique — are converted at a lower rate in traditional domes. In fact, teams shoot threes better in open domes than they do anywhere else, including standard arenas. Overall, teams playing in open domes have an effective field goal percentage of 47.4 percent, 0.5 percentage points worse than teams in standard arenas and traditional domes.These themes hold up when we compare teams’ performances to their season averages — an important consideration given that certain venue types host later rounds and better teams. Free throws aside, teams don’t shoot as well or score as much in the regionals and Final Four as they do over the course of the entire season — which makes sense, considering that they’re playing against top competition. Here, we’re interested in how much worse they shoot and how that varies by venue and shot type. OFF. PERFORMANCE (SWEET 16 AND BEYOND, 2006-15)OPPONENTS’ FULL-SEASON DEF. PERFORMANCE Sources: SPORTS Reference, Ken Pomeroy How have open-dome teams fared and what have they faced? VENUENO. OF GAMESAVG. POINTSEFF. FG%2P%3P%FT%ALLOWED FG%ADJ. EFFICIENCY Georgia Dome369.250.6%48.8%35.9%68.9%40.0%90.3 AT&T Stadium664.950.449.834.768.340.192.7 Lucas Oil Stadium965.449.646.937.073.440.891.4 Ford Field670.247.145.034.366.940.490.7 In line with our previous observations, points, 2-point field goal percentage and free throw percentage suffer most in open domes, while 3-point field goal percentage suffers most in traditional domes. Relative to their full-season performance, teams playing in open domes see their effective field goal percentage decline by an average of 4.8 percentage points, 0.5 percentage points worse than teams playing in arenas or traditional domes. For a typical late-round NCAA Tournament team, that differential equates to about two-thirds of a point per game.5Teams in open domes also attempt slightly fewer shots and free throws per game.Team offense and opponent defense matter — venue type does notSo we’ve determined that teams shoot a little worse and score a little less in open domes — but they also play against better defenses. This makes sense — open domes host later-round games.The defenses that play in these open dome games allow opponents to shoot 40.2 percent from the field during the season; they give up 62.7 points per game, and have an adjusted defensive efficiency of 91.7 — all weighted by number of appearances. This compares to season-long averages of 40.4 percent, 63.2 and 92.1 for teams that play in traditional domes and 40.7 percent, 63.5 and 92.0 for teams that play in standard arenas. So defenses do get better as venues progress from regular arenas to traditional domes to open domes.In fact, how well a team shoots in a late-round NCAA Tournament game is most related to its full-season effective field goal percentage and the other team’s full-season field goal percentage allowed.6Certain data required to calculate advanced opposition shooting metrics does not extend back to 2006, so we had to lean on the “simpler” opposition field goal percentage. Likewise, how much a team scores in a late-round NCAA Tournament game is most related to its full-season points per game average and the other team’s full-season points per game allowed.7Good old points per game allowed boasts a slightly stronger relationship than full-season defensive efficiency or pace-adjusted metrics. These relationships are noisy but meaningful. (That is, there is a statistically significant relationship between the full-season offensive and defensive stats and offense in all venue types, even though the individual data points are a little all over the place.)On the contrary, there is no statistical relationship linking open domes as a venue type to poor shooting or to decreases in shooting performance — including, importantly, when you control for the quality and efficiency of the offenses and defenses playing in each. NRG Stadium on its own is another story. NRG Stadium is unique — open domes are notIn line with its reputation, NRG Stadium has produced lower-than-average scoring and worse-than-average shooting, both overall and among open domes. Defenses there have been a mixed bag — tough against the shot, middle of the pack in points allowed, and toward the bottom in defensive efficiency.8Full-season stats; relative to other Sweet 16, Elite Eight, Final Four, and championship game defenses. (Other open domes — Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, and the Georgia Dome in Atlanta — have been the site of good or very good shooting performances, on average.) Superdome363.744.441.536.871.438.388.2 NRG Stadium1265.444.543.830.772.740.293.1 read more

Bucks land in the swamp for top10 matchup

Four years ago, in his freshman season, David Lighty and the Ohio State men’s basketball team traveled to play at the University of Florida. “I really didn’t know what to expect going down there my first time.” said Lighty, now in his senior season. “We knew they were good, but when you get down there, it’s kind of unreal, the support they have from all their fans.” Now, with a new batch of freshmen making their first road trip, No. 4 OSU returns to Gainesville to play the No. 9 Gators at 6 p.m. tonight. After an exhibition against Walsh and the season opener last Friday against North Carolina A&T, Florida will be the first ranked opponent the Buckeyes have played this year, something that excites coach Thad Matta. “This will be a great test,” Matta said. “They’re a very experienced team with everybody back. Going on the road with six new guys, you’re looking at a Big Ten type of game.” Despite returning four starters from a season ago, the talk surrounding this Buckeye team remains focused on the newcomers. Freshman Jared Sullinger started alongside Lighty, seniors Dallas Lauderdale and Jon Diebler, and junior William Buford against both Walsh and A&T last week. Though the lineup is by no means set in stone, Matta said he feels comfortable starting those five and plans to do so tonight. Though Sullinger might continue to get starts, freshmen Deshaun Thomas and Aaron Craft have been just as good so far. In the 102-56 win over North Carolina A&T, Thomas scored 24 points, and Craft handed out nine assists, both team highs, despite playing just 20 and 22 minutes, respectively. Craft, who is the only true point guard the Buckeyes have, will likely see the most playing time at that position as the season progresses. Although Buford started last week, it was Craft who seemed most comfortable. Often, both Buford and Craft were on the floor at the same time, with Buford moving off the ball as a shooting guard, his natural position. Diebler, who was coached by Craft’s father in middle school, said he doesn’t expect the freshman to be fazed tonight. “I’ve known him since he was in like third grade,” Diebler said. “Aaron’s a kid who’s so mature for his age. You see how he plays — he’s tough. He knows what we’re going up against and knows that it’s going to be a tough game for us. I know he’ll be ready.” Although Diebler was quick to praise Craft and the rest of the freshmen, he knows a road game against a top-10 team is like nothing the new class has faced before. Unfortunately, Diebler said, there isn’t much his younger teammates can do to prepare. “You can’t prepare for the crowd being loud and everyone against you,” Diebler said. “Just the mindset of going on the road has to be different. You really have to come focused.” As hard as it is, Matta was cautiously optimistic that his team will be ready. “I’ll probably know in the locker room before the game,” he said. “They’ve been pretty focused, and we’ve talked a lot about that there’s two types of teams that go on the road, one that goes to have fun and one that goes on a business trip.”

Ezekiel Elliott takes home 85th AAU Sullivan Award

Junior running back Ezekiel Elliott won the 85th annual AAU Sullivan Award a day after not participating in the 2015 OSU Spring Game. Gray defeated Scarlet, 17-14. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerDespite not taking the field in more than three months, Ohio State junior running back Ezekiel Elliott is still winning awards.The offensive MVP of the 2015 national title game was awarded the 85th Amateur Athletic Union Sullivan Award on Sunday, a day after the Buckeyes’ Spring Game.The award “honors the most outstanding amateur athlete in the United States,” according to its website.Among the finalists were NCAA basketball national champion Jahlil Okafor from Duke and three Olympic gold-medalists.Elliott said in a press release that he was overwhelmed with the award.“I want to congratulate all the finalists,” Elliott said. “I feel somewhat undeserving of this award with all these great athletes up here and all their tremendous accomplishments. I can’t even imagine what it would feel like to win an Olympic gold medal, so I want to congratulate all for being here.“I’ve got to thank my parents for pushing me to being the person I am. They demand excellence out of me and that drove me to be the person I am today.”OSU coach Urban Meyer offered his congratulations to his running back in a press release after coaching the Buckeyes in the Spring Game on Saturday.“This is a tremendous honor for Ezekiel and his family, and a privilege for Ohio State to have a Sullivan Award winner,” Meyer said. “I want to congratulate Ezekiel, and his teammates, and the coaches on the Ohio State staff who all work extremely hard to get the best out of our student-athletes on and off the field.”Meyer has now coached two Sullivan Award winners. Former Florida quarterback Tim Tebow won the award in 2007 while Meyer was the Gators’ coach.Elliott finished the 2014-15 season with 1,878 rushing yards and 18 scores on the ground and has sat out most of spring practice after undergoing offseason wrist surgery.He did not participate in Saturday’s Spring Game, but is expected to return to full strength for summer workouts and fall camp.Elliott and the Buckeyes are set to open their 2015 on the road against Virginia Tech on Sept. 7 in Blacksburg, Va.

McLeish rallies home support for match with Isreal

first_imgScotland manager Alex McLeish has called on fans and supporters to fill Hampden Park for their UEFA Nations League decider against Israel on Tuesday.Despite nine players dropping out of Scotland squad, they defeated Albania 4-0 in Shkoder and now need to a win against Israel to head to the playoffs of the UEFA Nations League.Scotland prepare to host Israel on Tuesday night and a win will see them secure a playoff spot for the 2020 European Championship and McLeish wants to count on the home support at Hampden Park to help them finish top spot in Group C1.“We always try to win so we have set ourselves up as have Israel and it should be a good game,” McLeish told Sky Sports.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“We are at home so let’s hope there is a response from the Tartan Army. We’d like the supporters to come to cheer the guys to victory.“If we play to that level again then we have a good chance.”last_img

Brendan Rodgers confirms Shved move

first_imgCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed the club is closing in on the signing of Maryan Shved from Karpaty Lviv.The Scottish champions are set to sign the Ukrainian winger but Rodgers made it clear that the player wasn’t for the first team because he didn’t want another winger.“I can’t say I know a great deal about him but what I have seen he is a talent and something that will probably benefit the club in the future,” Rodgers said, according to stv.“We have got about a million wingers, we don’t need another one.”“The club have been in contact with his representatives and he is a player for the future.”Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“He is a talented young player. I haven’t seen a great deal of him to be honest, it is something that has come to the club through circumstance and he has been watched.”“I think that they will look to get the deal done on him and he will probably be out on loan.”last_img