The federation also said member organizations will not be required to pay 2020 dues. The FIG takes in about $120,000 from dues.___Miami Dolphins fans will be given a chance to view Don Shula’s statue at their stadium in the first of a series of events to celebrate the late coach.Access to the statue by vehicle will be permitted next Friday and Saturday. Fans will be required to practice social distancing and are discouraged from bringing any items with them.The Dolphins will host a public memorial for Shula at the stadium once coronavirus concerns ease. May 15, 2020 Associated Press The Latest: Bowling Green drops baseball to save $2 million The school says it’s reducing its athletic budget by $2 million.“This is a very difficult, but necessary, decision,” athletic director Bob Moosbrugger said. “As a baseball alumnus, my heart breaks for the families affected by this decision.”Moosbrugger added the school will honor scholarship agreements through graduation and will assist student-athletes who want to transfer.Bowling Green’s move came one day after Akron, another member of the Mid-American Conference, dropped three sports because of fiscal hardship caused by the virus outbreak. Earlier this week, the MAC announced it is eliminating postseason tournaments in eight sports, including baseball and softball, to save money.___ Leader MSV Duisburg has financial problems and second-place Waldhof Mannheim told local newspapers on Thursday that it stopped training because it doesn’t have coronavirus tests.Two teams are barred from playing until May 27 by the state of Saxony-Anhalt and can train only in small groups.___World Rugby has postponed July test matches involving southern and northern hemisphere nations because of ongoing restrictions on international travel during the coronavirus pandemic.The sport’s international governing body issued a statement Friday saying the mid-year test window will be rescheduled when cross-border travel and quarantine regulations are relaxed. Both tours say they will make further scheduling announcements in June.The top tours already had been on hold at least until July 13. That was announced on April 1 on the same day that the All England Club said it would be canceling Wimbedon for the first time in 75 years because of the outbreak.___Atlético Madrid defender Renan Lodi has returned to training after having reportedly been cleared following a previous positive test for the coronavirus.The Spanish soccer club says Renan trained on his own. If the season is abandoned, the final standings would be determined by a points-per-game system. The clubs want to scrap relegation this season, so two sides don’t drop into the semiprofessional fifth tier.But the top three teams would still be promoted automatically to League One. Playoffs between the next four sides would still be required to determine the final promotion spot.The EFL says its “board will now consider the implications of the division’s preferred approach at their next meeting.”In a statement, the EFL says League One clubs had not yet reached an agreement on whether to curtail or not, while the Championship teams were committed to resuming the season.___ Ivanisevic and Martinez now will be honored alongside any Class of 2021 inductees in July 2021.The Hall of Fame announced the cancellations and says ticket-holders can use their tickets in 2021, convert them into a tax-deductible donation to the Hall or get a refund.___The professional tennis tours are extending their suspensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic through at least the end of July.The total number of tournaments scrapped by the ATP and WTA since March now tops 40. ___The German soccer federation has delayed the restart of the men’s third-division because it doesn’t have political approval.The third division was scheduled to resume on May 26 amid the coronavirus pandemic but the federation says that can’t happen without the go-ahead from authorities around the country. Games in the first and second divisions will resume Saturday.The third division still has 11 rounds of games to play.The pandemic has put several third-division clubs under strain. New Zealand had been scheduled to play Wales and Scotland, Australia was set to play Ireland and Fiji and South Africa had planned to host Scotland and Georgia. World Rugby said the postponement is due “to ongoing government and health agency COVID-19 directives.”___Aussie rules football will kick off again on June 11, with the second round of the Australian Football League to be played almost three months after the competition was suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.Australian Football League chief executive Gillon McLachlan on Friday announced the matches for the next four rounds of the condensed season would be released within 10 days. The AFL, Australia’s most-watched sports league in terms of attendance and TV audience, was suspended on March 22 after one round.Quarantine requirements and travel restrictions from some states means players and staff from the four AFL clubs from Western Australia and South Australia — the West Coast Eagles, Fremantle Dockers, Adelaide Crows and Port Adelaide — will be temporarily be relocated to hubs on the Gold Coast, an hour south of Brisbane. ___Lionel Messi says the long stoppage of play caused by the coronavirus pandemic could be a boon for Barcelona.Messi tells Sport on Friday, “maybe this stoppage will end up benefiting us.”Messi didn’t cite his reason for thinking the stoppage would be good for Barcelona, but the return of strike partner Luis Suárez from injury will surely be a lift.Barcelona and the rest of Spain’s soccer league hasn’t played since March 12, when La Liga halted action because of the COVID-19 virus outbreak. Over 27,000 Spaniards have died from the disease. An unnamed Werder Bremen player must go into quarantine for two weeks after a close family member tested positive for COVID-19.Bremen is due to host Bayer Leverkusen on Monday in its first Bundesliga game back since the league was forced to take a two-month break due to the coronavirus outbreak.The club says the affected player has consistently tested negative for COVID-19, but “the decision to place him under quarantine was made in conjunction with the Bremen health authorities.”All players and staff members of the club have undergone five rounds of testing with no positive results so far.Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann says, “As a result, our team and our staff are not under any risk. This shows that the medical protocol is working and that infected individuals can be identified early on.” The cancellation means the LPGA now hopes to return July 23-26 with the Marathon LPGA Classic in Ohio.___The International Tennis Hall of Fame’s 2020 induction ceremony for Goran Ivanisevic and Conchita Martinez has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. So has the annual men’s grass-court Hall of Fame Open tournament.The induction was scheduled at the Hall in Newport, Rhode Island, for July 18. That is the same day the tournament was supposed to finish.But the COVID-19 outbreak has resulted in the suspension of all sanctioned tennis competition since March and at least until the end of July. The Bundesliga is due to resume on Saturday with six games. All matches are to take place without spectators and with strict hygiene measures in place for the rest of the season. ___The International Gymnastics Federation is creating a fund to financially assist athletes and national federations struggling amid the pandemic.The fund will give about $400,000 to various groups in hopes of easing what FIG President Morinari Watanabe calls a “grave crisis.”This fund will be managed by the FIG’s Foundation for Solidarity. The foundation supported hundreds of athletes and federations in need through scholarships, financial aid following an accident and equipment donations since its inception in 2002. The criteria for applying for a grant will be released soon. Spanish media reported that Lodi had tested negative after spending several days confined following an initial positive result.Spanish teams have returned to training at club facilities but players must respect social distancing.___The Cypriot soccer federation has called off the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision came after a team of medical experts rejected a set of health protocols drawn up by the federation and insisted that its own guidelines are followed. The federation said it couldn’t overcome the expert group’s demand that an entire team be quarantined for two weeks if any player tests positive for the virus.Omonia Nicosia, Anorthosis Famagusta, APOEL Nicosia and Apollon Limassol were the top four teams in the standings when the league was suspended and will represent Cyprus next season in European tournaments.The federation also decided that the number of teams in the first division next season will increase by two to 14. There will be no relegation this year but two teams from the second division will move up.The first division will revert to 12 teams the following season with four teams relegated and two teams promoted.___ Teams have recently returned to practice at club facilities, but they are training individually and undergoing tests to make sure there is no spread of the virus.The Spanish league says it wants to return to playing matches on June 12, but it will depend on the public health situation.___Soccer clubs in England’s professional fourth tier league are backing the season being prematurely ended.The English Football League say that’s the “preferred direction of travel” of League One clubs but the decision requires approval from the footballing authorities. The Russian soccer league will restart on June 21 after a break of more than three months because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league intends to pack eight rounds of games into just over one month to finish on July 22. League president Sergei Pryadkin says all games will be held in empty stadiums.The Russian Cup will also continue with the final on July 25. That means some clubs face up to 11 games to finish the season.A planned promotion-relegation playoff has been dropped with only the bottom two clubs in the top division relegated automatically as usual.The league has also adopted a rule change allowing up to five substitutions per match. Shula led the 1972 and 1973 Dolphins to Super Bowl championships. He died on May 4 at the age of 90.___The Michigan tournament where the LPGA Tour hoped to resume has been canceled.The LPGA says the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational will not be played July 15-18 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tour did not offer any other specifics except for Commissioner Mike Whan emphasizing the long-term health of the tour is paramount.This is the only team event on the LPGA schedule. Whan says Dow has extended its title sponsor contract and the LPGA will return to the Great Lakes Bay region next year and beyond. The IMSA sports car series will resume racing on July 4 at Daytona International Speedway.The track and the series are both owned by NASCAR, which is resuming its season Sunday in South Carolina. The IMSA race will be without spectators and technically fills a void created when NASCAR this season ended its annual holiday race weekend in Florida for Indianapolis Motor Speedway.IMSA will then go to Sebring International Raceway July 17-18 for another race in Florida without fans.The sports car series had completed just one event, the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, before the coronavirus pandemic. IMSA now has nine upcoming events on its revised schedule that is set to conclude at Sebring in mid-November. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Bowling Green has dropped baseball as part of a move to ease financial stress due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ___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
The Latest: German soccer club Schalke apologizes to fans ___The Swiss soccer league will restart several days earlier than planned to help Europa League contender Basel cope with a backlog of matches in August.The restart amid the coronavirus pandemic was set for June 19-21 in the top two divisions.The Swiss soccer federation now says Basel’s Swiss Cup quarterfinal match against Lausanne Sport will be played without fans on June 14 instead of the Aug. 5-6 dates for the other quarterfinal matches.Basel is scheduled to resume play in the Europa League in early August. It holds a 3-0 lead over Eintracht Frankfurt from the first leg of the round of 16. Schalke had asked for evidence of financial hardship if fans wanted tickets refunded this year rather than waiting until 2022.Schalke says it used “impersonal formulations lacking empathy” and fans will no longer be asked to submit documentary evidence of their personal finances. But the club says the approach was legal under German law.The Bundesliga was suspended in March because of the coronavirus outbreak and spectators have not been allowed to attend any of the games since the league restarted on May 16.Schalke has been hit hard financially by the pandemic. Executive board member Alexander Jobst said in March the club faced an existential threat.The team has also struggled on the field and hasn’t won a league game since January. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___German soccer club Schalke has apologized to fans for asking them to justify their refunds for games played in empty stadiums because of the coronavirus pandemic. Basel also faces a potential clash with this season’s Europa League possibly overlapping with next season’s preliminary rounds.Basel is currently in third place in the Swiss league and the third-place team should enter the Europa League qualifying rounds in late July or early August.___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 June 4, 2020 Associated Press
Because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Saints’ decision not to hold a formal offseason program — virtual or otherwise — the four draft choices were not expected to sign their contracts until they reported for camp.Veteran players are expected to report for coronavirus testing on Tuesday. Players will undergo a multiple tests and several days in isolation before practices are slated to start on Aug. 3.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL July 27, 2020 Associated Press Saints sign four draft picks as rookies report for camp Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMETAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Saints signed their four 2020 draft picks to four-year contracts on Monday, the day rookie were scheduled to report for training camp, general manager Mickey Loomis said.New Orleans’ most recent draft class is headlined by first-round pick Cesar Ruiz, a center out of Michigan who was selected 24th overall and is expected to compete for a starting role this season at either center or right guard.The Saints also drafted Wisconsin linebacker Zack Baun and Dayton tight end Adam Trautman in the third round, along with Mississippi State quarterback Tommy Stevens in the seventh round.
Andre Villas-Boas has dismissed suggestions his position as Chelsea manager is being undermined by members of his squad exchanging text messages with Jose Mourinho.Ex-Blues boss Mourinho, who was recently linked with a return to Stamford Bridge, keeps in touch with several of his former players.“I think it’s pretty normal for managers to have relationships with players they have managed before. I have no problem with it,” Villas-Boas insisted.AdChoices广告“I have an emotional attachment to people I managed at Academica and Porto. I text them and they text me back.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Chelsea legend Gianfranco Zola has backed Roberto Di Matteo to steady the ship at Stamford Bridge.Placed in interim charge following the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas as manager, Di Matteo made a promising start by guiding the team through a tricky FA Cup replay at Birmingham on Tuesday.And Zola, still a hero among Chelsea fans, believes his former team-mate can maintain that momentum.AdChoices广告“Roberto has got a big opportunity and I personally believe he’s got the qualities to do a good job,” Zola told the Press Association.“I really hope that he’s going to do well. He’s a Chelsea boy as well, he’s a Chelsea hero, and so he’s well represented.”Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
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MANCHESTER City’s Raheem Sterling said he hopes to set an example for younger players as he received an award for his stance against racism in football.The England forward has criticised newspapers’ portrayal of black players and wants stronger punishments for fans who racially abuse players.He was honoured at the BT Sport Industry Awards on Thursday.“When the next generation come through, you have to set the example,” the 24-year-old said.“Coming through at Liverpool I had people around me like Steven Gerrard I looked up to. Looking at him I thought what can I do within myself to be half the person and player he was.“You take little things and each year, try and develop not just on the field but off it.“I was just speaking about my personal experiences, I didn’t expect it to get so much attention.“I just wanted to bring it to the attention of my audience on Instagram. It’s been really pleasing to see people listening and trying and do better.”England manager Gareth Southgate presented the award and said Sterling’s actions had made “a massive impact on British society”.“I’ve worked with Raheem now for around five years and to have seen his maturity as a person has been lovely to watch,” said Southgate.“This is about his own personal improvement, his improvement on the field and his recognition he can make a difference off the field. That has been increasingly powerful over the last six months and had a massive impact on British society I think.”Sterling suffered allegedly racist abuse from Chelsea fans during City’s 2-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge in December, prompting an Instagram post in which he questioned newspapers’ portrayal of black players.In January, it was revealed he wrote a letter to a young City fan who was racially abused, urging the supporter “stand tall, don’t let them take away your courage”.He was also racially abused during England’s European Championship qualifier in Montenegro in March, along with international team-mates Danny Rose and Callum Hudson-Odoi.Earlier in April he was hailed as “an iconic British sports star” and “a trailblazer” after being named sportsman of the year at the 2019 British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards.(BBC Sport)
… Balram Auto Mechanic also on boardSPONSORS continue to roll in for the second drag race meet of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC).Auto Sales and Spare Parts retailer, Trans Pacific, has readily thrown its support behind the event set for June 23 at the South Dakota Circuit Drag Strip.At Trans Pacific Auto Sales, Lusignan Office, proprietor Sahadeo Ramsewack handed over his sponsorship cheque to GMRSC’s representative, Balram Ramdeo.Ramdeo, who is also Ramsewack’s mechanic, thanked his client on behalf of the GMR&SC for his generous contribution.While being a patron, Ramsewack will be looking to prove his machine’s power when he takes to the drag strip tomorrow in his Toyota Alteeza that has been upgraded.In round one of the championship, Ramsewack’s day ended prematurely after his machine encountered some technical issues.Ramdeo of Balram Auto Mechanic Shop, has also signed on as one of the sponsors of this event.Admission for the event, which is expected to see overseas competitors as well, will be $1 000 for adults and $500 for children.Some of the sponsors who have indicated support for 2019 GMR&SC Drag Championship round two include Platinum Car Show, Supreme Bets, R. Kissoon Contracting Services, Deryck Jaisingh Trucking Service and Machinery Rentals, Del Ice Co., Mohamed’s Enterprise, B.M. SOAT Auto Sales, Prem’s Electrical, E-Networks, Motor Trend, Nexus Machine Shop, Power Line, Jumbo Jet Auto Sales, Wind Jammer Hotel, Cyril’s Taxi, A&R Jiwanram Printery, Blue Spring Water, Choke Gas Station, Miracle Optical, Special Auto, First Class Auto Spares and Sales, GT Tuners, West Coast Customs Washbay and Imran Autoworks and KFC.
LONDON, England (Reuters) – Defending champion Angelique Kerber was dumped out of Wimbledon yesterday as she suffered a stunning 2-6, 6-2, 6-1 second-round defeat by American world number 95 Lauren Davis.German Kerber, a three-time Grand Slam champion, raced through the first set before the match turned wildly on its head and Davis, who needed a lucky-loser spot to play in the tournament, lost only three more games.After taking the second set, the 25-year-old Davis turned the screw on Court Two and wrapped up victory in an hour and 55 minutes when fifth seed Kerber netted.The American had previously been a top-30 player but had fallen to 252 in the world by the end of 2018, before beginning a rapid rise back up the rankings.Davis was the more aggressive, outhitting Kerber with 45 winners to 13, and breaking the German’s serve eight times in the match, to set up a third-round meeting with number 30 seed, Carla Suarez Navarro.The contest had started well for Kerber as she broke for a 4-2 lead in the first set then again to love in the eighth game to clinch the opener.Yet after a visit from the trainer, Davis turned the encounter on its head.After the second set began with three breaks of serve, Davis held to get her nose ahead, 3-1, and broke again for a 4-1 lead.After failing to convert her first two match-points at 5-1, Davis made no mistake with the third when a strong return forced Kerber to net.
NORTH SOUND, Antigua (CMC) – Veteran seamer Kemar Roach inspired an incisive West Indies display to leave India rattled and searching for stability on a rain-hit opening day of the first Test here, yesterday.Opting to bowl first, West Indies grabbed early wickets through Roach, to reduce the visitors to 25 for three before Ajinkya Rahane top-scored with 81 and opener KL Rahul chipped in with 44, to help lift their side to 203 for six at the close.Hanuma Vihari scored 32 and wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was unbeaten on 20 when rain at 16:38hrs forced a premature end to play with 20 overs still remaining.The 31-year-old Roach was easily the best bowler on show, ending with three for 34 while new-ball partner Shannon Gabriel picked up two for 49.Exploiting the early movement in the surface at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground, Roach bossed the first hour as he went past the outside edge on several occasions before finally being rewarded when he removed right-handers Mayank Agarwal (5) and Cheteshwar Pujara (2) in the fifth over.Agarwal nicked the second ball of the over behind to give wicketkeeper Shai Hope the first of his four catches. The decision was only given, however, after West Indies resorted to DRS.Shimron Hetmyer (right) embraces Shamarh Brooks who took the catch to dismiss India captain Virat Kohli cheaply, on the opening day of the first Test at the Vivian Richards Cricket Ground.Four balls later, Roach also found Pujara’s outside edge for Hope to take the catch moving to his right.It was Gabriel, however, who got the prized wicket of Virat Kohli for nine, roughing up the Indian captain with a couple of short-pitched deliveries before getting him to steer a short ball to debutant Shamarh Brooks at gully, after three-quarters of an hour’s play.Rahane then came to his side’s rescue in a composed innings that lasted 163 balls, just short of four hours and which included 10 fours.More importantly, he anchored two critical half-century stands, putting on 68 for the fourth wicket with Rahul and a further 82 for the fifth with Vihari.The stand with Rahul saw India safely to lunch at 68 for three and they flourished afterwards without dominating as West Indies persisted.Unbeaten on 37 at the interval, Rahul perished nearly an hour after the resumption when he feathered a leg-side catch to Hope off part-time off-spinner Roston Chase, after facing 97 balls in a shade over 2-½ hours at the crease and striking five fours.Vihari, who faced 56 deliveries and struck five fours, then combined with Rahane to stabilise the innings and they were together when rain forced an early tea at 134 for four.The right-handed Rahane reached his 18th half-century in Tests in the third over before the break when he punched ineffective pacer Miguel Cummins to cover for a couple, and pressed on following the resumption with boundaries on either side of the wicket off Chase.Vihari, on 18 at tea, lasted half-hour after the interval before Roach returned to have him caught at the wicket, squared up trying to defend one that swung at 175 for five.And five overs later, Gabriel removed Rahane with the batsman seemingly set for three figures, bowled after chopping on an attempted cut.West Indies are without first-choice wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich who was ruled out with an ankle injury.