In addition to minimizing the impact on Rio’s traffic, convoys will provide security. “As soon as the escort arrives, the person who is being transported requires protection,” Lt. Col. Sérgio Ramos explained. “Stopping the motorcade along the route or in a dangerous neighborhood means exposing the official to an attack or an activity that could cause injury. If suddenly someone with criminal intent or someone seeking to disturb the peace […] gets out of a car and pulls out a gun and opens fire on the motorcade, the escort rider will need to intervene. So the course has a shooting techniques element in addition to motorcycle riding.” The Armed Forces are preparing the strategy in cooperation with the Ministry of Justice’s Extraordinary Department for Large Events. The plan focuses on providing comfort, flexibility, and protection for foreign delegations, especially the nearly 170 heads of state who have confirmed they will attend the world’s largest sporting event. The Armed Forces will deploy a Platoon of 160 convoy motorcyclists, whose mission is to escort the motorcades. An escort’s work requires a good deal of skill and concentration, according to Lt. Col. Sérgio Ramos. “The escort rider is three people rolled into one. He is a skilled motorcyclist, a responsible traffic officer, and a security agent on the lookout for any suspicious movement along the road from the point of origin to the motorcade’s destination.” The security and safety of international delegations traveling through the streets of Rio de Janeiro is one of the main concerns for the organizers of the 2016 Olympic Games. To ensure that traffic through the region moves safely and efficiently, the Brazilian Armed Forces will provide Military escorts to Olympics delegations and heads of state, and officials are working to minimize the disruption to the civilian population. “Olympic lanes” – traffic lanes that will be marked for the exclusive use of motorcades – are currently being created. The goal is to route the delegations through these express routes: Linha Vermelha (Red Line), Linha Amarela (Yellow Line), and Avenida Brasil. “We do not want the whole city of Rio to come to a halt,” Lt. Col. Sérgio Ramos stated. “Imagine escorting 108 motorcades in just one day. We are thinking about providing an escort to one point, where [all escorted] authorities would [then] board a bus, which will transport all of them [to the Olympic venues], to avoid disturbances in urban commutes. This is [still] under negotiation.” The 1ºBG is currently in process of forming new escort teams. Lt. Col. Sérgio Ramos has trained two classes, consisting of 30 total new escorts, already this year. “The failure rate is high, around 40 percent, because the course is very technically demanding,” he said. By Dialogo March 22, 2016 Rio, the Olympics’ main host city and Brazil’s second-largest metropolis, has 6.5 million residents and 2.9 million vehicles, and its normally frenetic rhythm will not relax during the competition. The only difference is that public schools will be closed, as the local prefecture has declared a holiday during the Games. “It is a lot to do in a short period of time but we are ready for it,” he said. The Military will deploy 70 riders as escorts from the 1º BG, 40 from the Army Police Battalion, 16 from the Presidential Guard Battalion in Brasília, and others from the Southern Military Command in Porto Alegre, the Air Force Police, and the Marine Corps’ Independent Police Company. “We are in discussions with public traffic entities to prevent disturbances as much as possible,” said Lieutenant Colonel Sérgio Moraes Ramos Carneiro, Commanding Officer of the Army 1st Guard Battalion (1ºBG), which will coordinate the escorts during the Olympics. Each escort will be carry 10 kilograms of equipment, including a fireproof leather jacket, a helmet, gloves, knee-high boots, elbow pads, and a back brace. “Safety equipment is the top priority because we can buy another motorcycle but not another motorcyclist,” Lt. Col. Sérgio Ramos said. Perfect I like it It seems Logical to me. Highly trained escorts Most of the travel that requires escorts will be conducted on August 5th, the day of the Olympics’ opening ceremony. “We have 108 heads of states, referred to as VVIP (Very Very Important Person) who arrive that day,” Lt. Col. Sérgio Ramos stated. About 70 motorcades are scheduled for August 21st, the day of the closing ceremonies. Escorts must have expert driving skills, motor coordination, physical vigor, intelligence, courage, and the ability to brake at a high speeds without fishtailing and make quick decisions, he stated. “A rider goes from zero to 100 kilometers per hour in six seconds. The motorcycles can reach 150 km/h, and the motorcyclist must determine from a distance which road he will need to block. He will stop, get off the motorcycle, and stop traffic. All of this must be done quickly, without compromising the security of the official or the motorcade, and without causing an accident. This requires extremely focused attention.” Minimizing disruption
At least eight people were killed in two shootings late Wednesday near the German city of Frankfurt, with an unknown number of attackers still at large, police said.The shootings targeted shisha bars in Hanau, about 20 kilometres (12 miles) from Frankfurt, according to local media, and police launched a huge manhunt in the town of around 90,000 people.The first attack occurred at a bar in the centre of the city around 10pm (2100 GMT), police and reports said. Witnesses reported hearing a dozen shots, local media said. The attacker, or attackers, then fled the scene by car, according to police. There was then a second shooting.According to local media reports, three people were killed in front of the first bar and five in front of the second.Germany has been targeted in recent years by several extremist attacks, one of which killed 12 people in the heart of Berlin in December 2016. Topics :
The Frenchman, who has been injured for much of the season and last played for United on Boxing Day, is having to build his fitness back up from the confines of his house with the government enacting a lockdown on Monday evening to try and curb the coronavirus pandemic.United shut down their Carrington facility last week before the announcement, with Pogba already sharing a clip of him training with teammate Victor Lindelof at the ‘PP Arena’, though now he has to work solo.Recording himself as part of Adidas’ #hometeam initiative, he said: ‘ This is Paul Pogba, aka “La Pioche”. I am at the PP Arena.‘This is where I spend most of my time at home in confinement.‘I’m with the little one [his son]. We’re playing football, fooling around. I dribble past him until he grows up and does the same to me! Loading… Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba has posted another update from his makeshift training gym at home – this time sporting a freshly shaved head.Advertisement Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made12 Iconic Actors Whose Careers Were Stunted By A Single MovieThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowLil Nas X Is About To Beat A World Record!Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes10 Albino Animals Who Look Like Ghosts7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Read Also: Man United ready shirt number for Sancho after £120m switch‘These are the things you can do at home if you have a garden, if you’re inside… ‘Even in a small apartment with a foam ball, like we used to do back in the day. We play, we break things, we say sorry to our parents and go on – I’m kidding!‘I’ll see you soon, on the pitch. Not this one, the big one! Stay home, OK?’Pogba is due to be out of contract at Old Trafford next year, prompting fears he could leave this summer with both Real Madrid and Juventus circling, though relations between his agent, Mino Raiola, and United’s hierarchy are reported to have improved and talks over a new deal could be back on the table.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Loading… FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Golf babe Paige Spiranac has admitted that she had sent nude photos before adding however that it was not one way traffic as she always insists on getting one in return The 27-year-old has shot to fame after accumulating over 2.7m followers on Instagram. Aside from being a professional golfer, she sets pulses racing with her steamy posts on social media. But in private, she has admitted to going one further and sending naked pictures in the past. However, she has made sure that she gets one back for ‘collateral’. Speaking on her You Got Game podcast, the American star said: “This is what p***** me off. “If a guy is asking for a picture, you also have to return the picture with another picture. “It is not that I really care to see it, it’s more just collateral. I need to have something of yours, because you have something of mine. “I learned that the hard way!”Advertisement Golf sensation Paige Spiranac Spiranac certainly did after a photo she had sent to someone she was dating was leaked onto the internet. When the relationship turned sour, her ex shared the photo with pals that quickly spread it. Addressing her attitude towards sending pictures before her nude pictures were leaked, Spiranac said: “It was fun. “I was carefree and I didn’t think twice about it! “That was just my thing, I would send pictures because I didn’t like sexting, or doing things over Facetime or talking dirty. Read AlsoPaige Spiranac Explodes: declares golf Stuffy and discriminatory “When it is over Facetime or through text, I find it is very uncomfortable because guys are awkward. They make it awkward. “They just take it to such an extreme level, or they say something uncomfortable. “They don’t know how to do it in a sexy way. It’s just like ‘you’re a dirty w****’ and it’s a little much!” Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith8 Things About Ancient Egypt That We Don’t Yet KnowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Story Of The Small Italy Windows In The Walls Is Rather Grim18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-Flow5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows Better18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets
Di Canio, who accepts he is viewed in some quarters as “the mad Italian”, said he is ready to give any lazy players a “kick up the bottom” and claimed the sceptics will soon be cheering his name to the Stadium of Light’s rafters. He also insisted he can weather the storm blown up by Labour MP David Miliband quitting as club vice-chairman over the 44-year-old’s past statements professing to be a “fascist but not a racist”. Press Association New Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has warned the players will have to fit in with his disciplined approach to training to avoid becoming “a team of anarchists”. Sunderland are a point off the relegation zone and the new manager admitted his first training session came as a shock to some players, stressing the need for discipline. Di Canio, who previously achieved success as manager of Swindon, said: “You have to know how to manage your players. “It is obvious you have different egos in the Premier League, but you have to have strict rules, discipline, and work hard on the field during the week otherwise the product you deliver on Saturday is not good. “That won’t change. It’s not just Paolo Di Canio’s opinion, all managers around the world think the same. If everybody interprets the game wrong because they do not train properly during the week or because there is no discipline you have an anarchists’ team, and if there is anarchy maybe the players try to do the right thing but doesn’t work in the way it should. “Especially the new generation, not because they are bad guys but they are young and full of technology, they go round the town and if you don’t make them concentrate during training sessions you don’t help them to be focused. “I am not saying it happened here, I have to be clear. I don’t know what happened here but with the players we have got I can’t imagine how we are one point from relegation zone. Yesterday was the first training session and it was a shock for them. “But they showed fantastic commitment and we are going to change a bit our philosophy in the way we approach our training sessions, because if you do not prepare yourself the best in your training session you can’t do a good job in a Saturday or Sunday game. “We have a very good foundation with five or six players with fantastic talent and a group of young players who are full of enthusiasm to prove their quality. We can now light the fire and let them play together with energy and quality.”
Stoke manager Tony Pulis is set to leave the club after almost seven years in charge, according to a Stoke Sentinel report. The 55-year-old’s future has been the subject of speculation for a few weeks after a disappointing end to the season. Pulis had a meeting with chairman Peter Coates on Tuesday morning at which it appears a decision was taken to make a change. Pulis, who after the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes’ promotion to the Manchester United job is the second-longest serving manager in the country, would leave Stoke in a far better position than he found them. Within two years of taking over for his second spell in charge he won promotion to the Premier League, where they have never finished below 14th. He also led them to their first FA Cup final and consequently into the Europa League. However, a poor run in the second half of this season – during which the Potters won just three of their last 19 league matches and briefly raised relegation fears – saw them finish with their lowest Premier League points tally. Also Pulis’ style of football has often criticised for being over-physical and relying too heavily on the ‘long ball’. Press Association
Runners take off at the start of Saturday’s Flattop 5K.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSLAMOINE — More than 200 runners braved Saturday morning’s chilly weather for the 11th annual Flattop 5K.The race is held in honor of the late Bill Pinkham and named after his distinct crew cut hairstyle.Pinkham, a longtime dedicated runner, was a fixture in the community before passing away in 2005 at the age of 62. He served as the former chief of the Maine Marine Patrol, as a state representative and as Lamoine’s harbormaster.Dave Kerschner, 30, of Old Town was the first male finisher at Saturday’s Flattop 5K with a time of 16:59.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSDave Kerschner, 30, of Old Town was the first male finisher in Saturday’s race with a time of 16 minutes and 59 seconds. Tracy Guerette, 35, was the first female in 19:31.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the women, Jennifer VanDongen, 38, of Bar Harbor finished in a close second in 19:38. Katherine Collins, 45, of Winterport took third in 21:39.Matt Homich, 28, of Bar Harbor was the second male finisher in 17:26, and Perry LeBreton, 41, placed third in 17:51.The boys’ and girls’ winners of the one-mile Fun Run were Charlie Collins and Alexandra Collins.The following are the top 5K finishers in each age group:Female age 1-9: Amelia VanDongen, 9, of Bar Harbor, first in 31:34; Sophia Rosales, 6, of Lamoine, second in 41:49.Male age 1-9: Jay Haney, age 9, first in 25:47; Timmy Collins, 9, of Winterport, second in 29:40.Female age 10-14: Ava Dowling, 12, of Newburgh, first in 26:54; Shayla Smith, 13, of Newburgh, second in 27:05.Male age 10-14: Matt Shea, 14, of Ellsworth, first in 19:11; Evan Merchant, 14, of Beals, second in 21:44.Female age 15-19: Ivy Wallace, 18, of Lamoine, first in 24:15; Olivia Frost, 16, of Pittsfield, second in 26:08.Tracy Guerette, 35, was the first female finisher at Saturday’s Flattop 5K with a time of 19:31.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSMale age 15-19: Oliver Johnston, 15, of Bar Harbor, first in 18:29; Colby Rand, age 18, second in 19:44.Female age 20-29: Kassie Strout, 25, of Trenton, first in 22:03. Meg Kelly, 28, of Bar Harbor, second in 22:48.Male age 20-29: Nick Brown, 28, of Ellsworth, first in 19:23; Ezra Dean, 22, of Orono, second in 19:41.Female age 30-39: Shannon Horton, 39, of Mount Desert Island, first in 21:45; Maegan Haney, age 38, second in 23:05.Male age 30-39: Andrew Kephart, age 30, first in 17:57; Seth Young, 31, of Ellsworth, second in 18:39.Female age 40-49: Johanna Sullery, 41, of Old Town, first in 23:37; Tricia Brown, 42, of Cherryfield, second in 23:42.Male age 40-49: Stephen Linscott, 40, of Seal Cove, first in 18:19; Andy Pereira, 47, of Southwest Harbor, second in 18:24.Female age 50-59: Lisa Kingsbury, 56, of Hampden, first in 22:45; Lisa Tweedie, 53, of Bar Harbor, second in 24:50.Male age 50-59: Chris Jones, 52, of Bucksport, first in 20:17; Robert Jordan, 56, of Ellsworth, second in 20:47.Female age 60-64: Christy Stout, age 60, first in 25:21; Donna Kausen, 62, of Addison, second in 26:12.Male age 60-64: Bob Ciam, age 61, first in 18:51; Austin Townsend Jr., 61, of Perry, second in 20:46.Tobin Peacock of Lamoine pushes a stroller in Saturday’s Flattop 5K.PHOTO BY TAYLOR VORTHERMSFemale age 65-69: Judith Blake, 65, of Bar Harbor, first in 27:42; Robin Emery, 69, of Lamoine, second in 32:39.Male age 65-69: Dave Samuelian, 69, of Bangor, first in 26:56; Stephen Fay, 66, of Ellsworth, second in 28:37.Female age 70-74: Jane Berry, 73, of Topsham, first in 49:25.Male age 70-74: John Tjepkema, 72, of Orono, first in 28:58; Ron Paquette, 74, of Albion, second in 37:03.Female age 75-99: Mary Alice Bruce, 77, of Corea, first in 37:23.Male age 75-99: Lloyd Harmon, 75, of Ellsworth, first in 27:57; David Jones, 75, of Castine, second in 28:58.
New Delhi: Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team have created history in the Ranchi Test by winning the final match by an innings and 202 runs to inflict a 3-0 whitewash on South Africa. This was the first time India had inflicted a 3-0 whitewash of South Africa and this was the first time since 1935 that the Proteas had suffered back-to-back innings defeats in a three-Test series. This was their joint-third heaviest defeat in Tests in terms of innings. India have inflicted a Test whitewash now for the sixth time. With this instance, here are five other instances when India have achieved a whitewash in a three-Test series or more.England ‘Brownwashed’ For First Time 1992/93This was the first time that India had ever whitewashed an opponent in Tests. India won the first Test in Eden Gardens by eight wickets thanks to Mohammad Azharuddin’s 182. In the Chennai Test, Sachin Tendulkar scored his first century in India as they secured an innings victory. The whitewash was complete when Vinod Kambli scored a double century in Mumbai and India won by an innings and 15 runs. Anil Kumble, Venkatapathy Raji and Rajesh Chauhan took 46 off the 60 wickets, with Kumble finishing with 21 wickets.Sri Lanka Hammered In 1994 TourSri Lanka had put up some solid performances against India in Tests ever since their debut in 1982. Their first Test series win came against India in 1985. However, in the 1994 tour of India, they were comprehensively outplayed. Navjot Singh Sidhu’s record eight sixes in his knock of 124 and Sachin Tendulkar’s 142 had demoralised Sri Lanka. When Kumble took 11 wickets in the match, including 7/59, Sri Lanka were routed by an innings in the Lucknow Test. Azharuddin’s century in the Bengaluru Test, combined with an efficient performance from the bowlers, gave India yet another innings win. In Ahmedabad, Kapil Dev went past Sir Richard Hadlee’s tally of most wickets and yet another century from Azhar meant India had whitewashed Sri Lanka and all Tests were victories by a margin of an innings. Australia Decimated By MS Dhoni’s India In 2013Australia had whitewashed India 4-0 in their tour Down Under in 2011 and now it was India’s turn to hit back hard. MS Dhoni’s record-breaking 224 laid the foundation for a famous win in Chennai. Cheteshwar Pujara’s 204 and Murali Vijay’s 167, backed by R Ashwin’s 5/63 gave India a big win in Vizag. In Mohali, a tour-de-force performance on debut from Shikhar Dhawan gave India a tense five-wicket win despite one whole day being abandoned due to rain. In Delhi, India inflicted a 4-0 whitewash for the first time with a big victory thanks to Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. In that series, it was the beginning of the Ashwin-Jadeja spin duo that would wreck opponents at home.New Zealand Feel The Heat In 2016New Zealand were undone by the exploits by Ashwin and Jadeja in the Kanpur Test while in Kolkata, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s five wicket haul and solid contributions from Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma gave India a resounding win. In Indore, a 365-run stand between Virat Kohli and Rahane deflated New Zealand. Kohli smashed 211 and Rahane 188 but it was Ashwin who ran through the New Zealand batting with 13 wickets in the match. Sri Lanka Destroyed At Home In 2017Dhawan set the ball rolling with a rollicking 190 and he was given great support by Pujara. Kohli also chipped in with a century in the second innings as India got their tour off to a great start with a 304-run win in Galle. In the second innings, Pujara and Rahane scored centuries but Sri Lanka could not cope with Ashwin and Jadeja. Although Dimuth Karunaratne and Kusal Mendis scored centuries, Sri Lanka still went down by an innings.Also Read | India Trounce South Africa To Achieve Historic 3-0 WhitewashThe whitewash was complete at Pallekele when Hardik Pandya and Dhawan slammed centuries and India won by an innings. This was the first time India had achieved a 3-0 whitewash overseas. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
The San Jose Sharks and their foundation have announced a plan to donate $300,000 to a local food bank in response to the spread of the new coronavirus.The Sharks say the donation to Second Harvest of Silicon Valley will provide enough food for more than 600,000 meals for those in need.The Sharks are also partnering with food service provider Aramark to donate more than 2,000 pounds of perishable food items from SAP Center to a local nonprofit that feeds the underserved in the community.___At least 35 NASCAR drivers will compete in the inaugural “eNASCAR iRacing Pro Invitational Series” event on Sunday. March 19, 2020 Associated Press The Swedish soccer association says the start of the top professional leagues in the country have been postponed with the aim of playing again in late May or early June.The decision comes a day after a request from clubs in Sweden’s top two men’s leagues to delay the start of the season until the beginning of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The season was due to start on the weekend of April 3-4.The federation says a detailed program of games will be presented after UEFA clarifies dates for rearranged European club tournaments.___ The move, announced Thursday, comes after discussions among C-USA athletic directors, with the approval of the Board of Directors.The conference said that all other team activities will be governed by NCAA rules within each school’s discretion.___Carolina Panthers owner David Tepper and Bank of America announced Thursday they’re each donating $1 million to the Covid-19 Response Fund, a community-wide effort in the Carolinas to assist those affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The fund has collected more than $7.8 million in donations in just four days. Foundation For The Carolinas and United Way of Central Carolinas launched the fund March 16 to support a range of nonprofit organizations assisting members of the community, particularly those most vulnerable. Donations have come from various sectors: corporations, local governments, individual philanthropists and foundations.Foundation For The Carolinas president and CEP Michael Marsicano says that Tepper “has emerged as one of our most influential leaders and a champion in the philanthropic field” and that “this generous gift is an expression of his heartfelt commitment to the well-being of our citizens. Now is the time for us all to come together to help one another.”___Celtics guard Marcus Smart says he has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Celtics said in a statement Thursday night that they received word of a positive COVID-19 test by a player who had been exposed to a known positive case. The PGA Tour Latinoamerica is one of six circuits the tour runs. It says in a statement Lange’s diagnosis will allow the tour to alert those with whom he might have come in contact.Lange has played three events this year — two in South Africa in January and February, and Mexico two weeks ago.___Turkey has suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak.Youth and Sports Minister Muharrem Kasapoglu made the announcement after meeting with the heads of the three sports federations. They didn’t identify him, but Smart confirmed it was him in a video posted on Twitter. He added that he is not exhibiting any symptoms and is feeling well thus far. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6. Since then, Jazz All-Star players Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell have both tested positive for the virus. The Celtics said Smart will continue to be in isolation for several days and will be monitored by team medical staff. The statement said the team is awaiting further testing results and says it will communicate the results. — Kyle Hightower, reporting from Boston The Mayfields announced on Instagram that they’re making their donation to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, an organization they’ve worked with in the past. Mayfield says they “wanted to give back and help out any way we can.”They asked others to donate and pledged to match those contributions. The No. 1 overall pick in 2018 has recently been working out at his high school in Lake Travis, Texas.___USA Cycling is tweaking its selection timeline for the Tokyo Olympics after the UCI, the sport’s global governing body, instituted a freeze on points accumulation and results due to the outbreak of the coronavirus.The first deadline for the American team is May 1 for track cyclists. The BMX freestyle team will be May 15, followed by the mountain bike and road racin teams on June 1. The BMX racing team will be June 3. CBS will air classic NCAA Tournament games on Saturday and Sunday afternoon to offset last week’s cancellation of March Madness.Saturday’s schedule starts at noon Eastern with the 1982 title game between North Carolina and Georgetown followed by North Carolina State vs. Houston in the 1983 championship and the Duke vs. Kentucky 1992 East Regional final.Sunday’s games are all championship matchups. The day also starts at noon Eastern with Kansas vs. Memphis (2008) followed by last year’s game between Virginia Tech and Texas Tech and finishes with Villanova vs. North Carolina in 2016.___Santa Anita and Golden Gate Fields are tightening restrictions on jockeys, trainers and stable areas in California. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Conference USA is canceling all formal and organized practice for the spring, effective immediately. Gladbach played a game last week in an empty stadium. The club estimated it lost about 2 million euros ($2.16 million) in revenue by playing without fans.In Scotland, Hearts has asked all its players and other fulltime employees to accept a 50 percent pay cut, or contract termination.___The Olympic flame has been handed over, by proxy, to Tokyo organizers in Athens.The coronavirus outbreak forced a bare-bones version of the usual elaborate ceremony in the stadium where the first modern Olympics were staged in 1896. The event drew so many professional drivers it will now be aired on Fox Sports 1. The main booth of Mike Joy and Jeff Gordon, along with analyst Larry McReynolds, will call the event. The 90-minute, simulation-style eSports program includes a cross-section of competitors who will virtually race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The group of drivers participating is headlined by Dale Earnhardt Jr., Hall of Famer Bobby Labonte, two-time and defending Cup champion Kyle Busch and three-time Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin.___Major League Soccer’s New York City team says a member of its sporting department has tested positive for the new coronavirus. The soccer league had been continuing without spectators after most other leagues in Europe stopped. Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir had argued that the country was one of the least affected by the virus.Some players and coaches had complained about the league going ahead, expressing concerns for their health.Trabzonspor announced this week that it had “mutually agreed” to part with former Nigeria captain John Obi Mikel after the former Chelsea player said he did not feel comfortable playing amid the pandemic.___UEFA is giving European soccer clubs extra time and leeway to comply with financial monitoring rules during the coronavirus outbreak. The teams involved were Maine at Vermont (Burlington, Vermont); UIC vs. Wright State; (Indianapolis); Manhattan vs. Fairfield and Manhattan vs. Siena (Atlantic City, New Jersey).The American East Conference says it continues to adhere to the guidance issued by the CDC and federal and state governments and encourages fans to do the same.___The Monaco Grand Prix is among three Formula One races postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Dutch and Spanish GPs in May were also called off by governing body FIA. The International Weightlifting Federation says it has changed its Olympic qualifying criteria in response to the coronavirus outbreak but won’t say how the new system works.Olympic qualifying in dozens of sports has been thrown into chaos as continental championships around the world have been postponed.The IWF says it has drawn up a replacement set of qualifying rules and submitted them to the International Olympic Committee but it won’t tell athletes or national federations about the changes until the IOC signs off on the plan.The IWF says it has ruled out extending the qualifying period beyond April 30. That means any rescheduled continental championships won’t count.Weightlifting’s long-standing problems with doping caused the IWF to demand top lifters competed more regularly at international events to be eligible for the Olympics — and to be subject to more doping tests. They were required to compete at least once between November and April. It is not yet clear when the first race of the season can be held.___The first player under the PGA Tour umbrella has tested positive for the new coronavirus.The tour says Victor Lange of South Africa was diagnosed with COVID-19 upon returning home to Johannesburg on March 9 from playing a PGA Tour Latinoamerica event in Mazatlan, Mexico. He was tested as a precaution while going to a non-virus related doctor’s appointment with a friend. Lange received the diagnosis on Tuesday.The tour says Lange has no symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery while under quarantine at home in South Africa. ___Players from German soccer club Borussia Mönchengladbach have accepted pay cuts during the coronavirus pandemic.Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl says the players approached the club with an offer of voluntary pay cuts, and the coaching staff, directors and executives have joined in.Eberl says “I am very proud of the boys. A clear signal: we are standing together for Borussia in good and bad times.”Gladbach is fourth in the German league and was on course to qualify for a spot in next season’s Champions League. Gladbach CEO Stephan Schippers says the club and Bundesliga are in their toughest financial situation in more than 20 years because of lost revenue from tickets, TV and sponsorship. ___The Philadelphia 76ers say three members of the organization have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Sixers did not identify the members. They say players, coaches and specific basketball operations support staff were tested for COVID-19. The tests were secured and processed privately. All other tests results are currently negative.The individuals are in self-isolation and will be monitored closely by medical professionals.___ ___Seattle’s expansion NHL franchise will “look for the right time,” before revealing the team’s nickname and brand, according to CEO and team president Tod Leiweke.In a statement posted on the team’s website on Thursday, Leiweke said the “unprecedented times” with the coronavirus outbreak is changing plans for the team. They are delaying general seat selection for fans and are deferring payments due in April, May and June for those that bought and selected premium seating in Seattle’s home arena.The team nickname, logo and colors have been highly anticipated for months and were expected to be unveiled in the first quarter of this year. The unveiling continued to be delayed as the team worked with the league on the name and an announcement was expected sometime in April.The team also announced it’s continuing to work on its charitable foundation and is making a $100,000 donation to Youth Care to help address youth homelessness in the Seattle area. The Latest: Conference USA calls for end to spring practice The team says in a statement the person had mild symptoms, is feeling well and is observing appropriate isolation protocols.Players, staff and people believed to have come in close contact have been instructed to self-isolate and report any symptoms.NYC is majority-owned by City Football Group, the parent company of England’s Manchester City.___Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield and his wife, Emily, are donating $50,000 toward food during the coronavirus outbreak. Soccer in England will stay suspended until at least April 30 because of the coronavirus outbreak and the season could be finished in June.The Football Association and Premier League say they have agreed to extend the suspension from April 4 to April 30. The FA board has waived a regulation which would normally oblige leagues to finish by June 1.That means the English leagues can continue playing in space that opened up when UEFA postponed the European Championship to 2021.The FA, Premier League and English Football League say they are “united in their commitment” that the season should be resumed.___ USA Cycling has an ambitious goal of bringing home seven medals from the Summer Olympics, which at this point are still scheduled to begin in July.The organization says it will adjust its schedule if the International Olympic Committee alters the date of the Tokyo Games.___The American East Conference announced that two people on the floor during recent tournament games have tested positive for the coronavirus.The conference and the Collegiate Officiating Consortium issued a joint statement saying the games involved teams in the America East, Horizon League and Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference during play from March 7-11. UEFA says it has extended a March 31 deadline by one month for clubs to show they have no outstanding debts for taxes and transfer fees.The shutdown of European soccer has deprived clubs of match-day income and many risk getting less revenue from broadcasting contracts if games cannot be played.The “Financial Fair Play” system monitors at least three years of accounts for hundreds of clubs which qualify to play in the Champions League and Europa League. Clubs which fail to break even on commercial income and spending on transfers and wages risk sanctions which include being expelled from competitions in the most severe cases.UEFA says the established rules allow for unforeseen circumstances which “is taken into account as part of the clubs’ assessment on a case by case basis.”___ Only jockeys scheduled to ride in races will be allowed in the jockeys’ room and they will have their temperatures tested daily. Lockers will be spaced a minimum of six feet apart and all jockeys must wear riding gloves at all times.Only licensed trainers and essential personnel who have horses running that day are allowed on the track in the afternoon. Owners, fans and media have been barred from the premises.Jockeys will mount their horses in the saddling barn, not the paddock. All starting gates will be disinfected between every race and gate crew will have to wear gloves.Horses shipping into either Santa Anita in suburban Los Angeles or Golden Gate in the San Francisco Bay area must stay with a trainer who currently has a barn at one of the tracks.___ The 80,000-seat marble stadium was empty apart from a handful of officials and participants. The Japanese delegation was absent because of travel restrictions and Tokyo organizing committee head Yoshiro Mori delivered a speech by video from Japan. But his message was upbeat.Mori says “I hereby pledge that on 24 July this flame will be lit at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.”Greek Olympic committee president Spyros Kapralos handed over the flame to a Japanese Unicef official in Athens and former Olympic swimmer Naoko Imoto. It was then headed for the airport to board the flight for Japan.___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
After a seven-run Syracuse win over Colgate in the first game of Wednesday’s doubleheader, and a two-run first inning for the Orange in the second game, Syracuse was looking great.That was until the fourth inning, when disaster struck for the Orange in its 3-2 loss to the Raiders. Syracuse (24-19, 8-9 Atlantic Coast) gave up all three runs on one hit in the fourth inning to Colgate (8-22, 3-5 Patriot). As Brigit Ieuter’s screwball toyed with the Orange, Katie Bushee’s fourth-inning, bases-loaded hit buried the Orange.“We thought we could just roll over this team,” Corinne Ozanne said, “and obviously we couldn’t.”After throwing three scoreless innings for the Orange to start the second game, starting pitcher AnnaMarie Gatti walked into the circle and eyed Colgate leadoff hitter Tara Grennan to start the fourth inning.As Grennan dug in, Gatti went into her windup. Ball one. The right-hander followed with four more pitches, three of them balls, walking Grennan on just five pitches total.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textGatti admitted after the game that in the fourth inning, she wasn’t as consistent as she usually is. At times she felt like herself, but she wasn’t 100% there.Meghan Romero followed Grennan with a single down the third base line. The single put runners on first and second. Gatti then got the next two batters out, bringing up nine-hole hitter and Colgate starting pitcher Ieuter.As Ieuter walked to plate, a wave of uneasiness came over the crowd. Gatti had already gotten the Orange out of two jams earlier in the game, stranding a runner on base in both the second and third innings, but she wasn’t looking like herself on the mound.“I tried to be tougher and carry over the innings before,” Gatti said. “… But I just didn’t feel like myself.”Ieuter steadied herself at the plate and Gatti came at her with everything she had, but nothing seemed to hit the strike zone. After a high pitch out of the zone landed in catcher Olivia Martinez’s glove, home plate umpire Danny Everson called ball four.A hush fell over the crowd as Ieuter jogged to first base, flipping her bat towards the cheering Raider dugout as she went past. A few Syracuse players shouted words of encouragement to Gatti, who was beginning to look flustered on the mound.As Colgate leadoff hitter Bushee stepped into the right handed batter’s box with the bases loaded, Gatti looked down at the rubber and took a deep breath. Bushee was already 3-of-5 on the day, with a run scored in the first game.“You walk the nine-hole hitter to get to the girl on top who had the best day (of any Colgate player),” Bosch said. “So with the bases loaded, you’re going after their best hitter.”Early in the at bat, Gatti made a mistake.She floated a changeup high in the zone and Bushee made her pay for it. The junior pounded a two-out double to deep left field that rolled under the glove of Alyssa Dewes and all the way to the fence.“(Bushee’s RBI double) was kind of a gut shot, because that inning led off with a walk,” Ozanne said. ”Things just kind of trickled into play — it’s tough to come back from that.”Grennan scored. Romero scored. Ieuter scored.Just like that, the Orange was down, 3-2, a score it wouldn’t come back from the rest of the game.As the Orange filed off the field after the game, the scoreboard in left field showed a line of zeroes in the Colgate row, flanked by one three in the fourth inning. It was the only inning the Raiders scored in all game.Gatti finished with three runs allowed on four hits, five strikeouts and one misplaced changeup, a changeup that ended up costing the Orange the game.“I hung the changeup. If I would have left it a little bit lower, (the three run double) probably wouldn’t have happened, but I hung it,” Gatti said. “Stupid me.” Comments Published on April 20, 2016 at 11:35 pm Contact Matt: email@example.com Facebook Twitter Google+