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The Latest: Tennis courts, golf courses to reopen in England

first_imgBrighton chief executive Paul Barber told broadcaster Sky Sports that “despite all of the measures that we’ve been taking over the past few weeks, where the players haven’t been involved in any significant training at all, we’ve still suffered another player testing positive for the virus.”Brighton says three players have now had the coronavirus. The club announced one case in March.Premier League clubs are due to hold a conference call on Monday about “Project Restart.” Clubs are yet to resume group training as they abide by government social distancing regulations.Brighton has opposed plans to complete the season in neutral stadiums rather than being able to play its five remaining home games at its stadium. May 10, 2020 Virginia is coming off a season in which it won the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Coastal Division championship. The Cavaliers also have recently won national championships in men’s basketball, soccer, tennis and lacrosse.“Our hope, obviously, is that there’s a football season this fall,” Ryan said. “I don’t imagine it will look like normal football seasons just like I don’t imagine even if we have all students back on grounds it will look like a normal semester. It will not be a normal semester next fall.”___The Spanish league says five players from clubs in the country’s first and second divisions have tested positive for COVID-19.They are all without symptoms and will be allowed to start practicing after testing negative in further testing. They will need two negative results to be allowed to come back. The Latest: Tennis courts, golf courses to reopen in England The league has not named the players who tested positive. It also hasn’t disclosed their clubs.Spain this week started loosening some of the lockdown measures that had been in place since mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic, allowing soccer players to resume training individually.Most teams returned to action on Friday, including league leader Barcelona. Atlético Madrid resumed its activities on Saturday and Real Madrid players will be back practicing on Monday.Spanish media has reported that Atlético Madrid defender Renan Lodi was among the players who tested positive. He did not practice on Saturday.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The British government says tennis courts and golf courses in England can reopen from Wednesday, although people can only play with members of their own household. The president of the French Tennis Federation says holding the French Open without fans later this year is an option.The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7, but was postponed amid the coronavirus pandemic and rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4.Bernard Giudicelli tells French newspaper Le Journal du Dimanche that “organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning, (like) television rights and partnerships. It’s not to be overlooked.”Giudicelli adds that “the lack of visibility is genuine” when hosting a tournament without fans but “we are not ruling any option out.”That could potentially mean moving the starting date back to Sept. 27, something Giudicelli says “does not change much.”center_img Johnson gave no indication when professional sports can resume after competitions, including the Premier League, shut down in March.___The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, though he cautioned that he does not expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.”James Ryan told CBS’ “Face The Nation” on Sunday that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play, but that nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts.“We’re taking it day by day,” Ryan said. “Obviously, we need to have students back on grounds before football can begin.” Associated Press The FFT is refunding all tickets purchased for the original dates of Roland Garros by the end of May and a new ticketing procedure will be opened if the tournament goes ahead.___A Brighton player has tested positive for the coronavirus as the Premier League pushes ahead with plans to resume during the pandemic.The southern England club says there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate because players have only trained in isolation when at the training ground.The positive test came back on Saturday. The sports venues were ordered to be closed in March when Britain imposed a national lockdown due to the coronavirus outbreak.Gyms and swimming pools remain closed, although swimming in the sea or lakes will be allowed.Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can set their own stance on tennis courts and golf courses, and their administrations have already indicated a more stringent version of the lockdown will be maintained.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson used a speech on Sunday to lay out the outlines of a “road map” for easing the coronavirus pandemic restrictions while maintaining forms of social distancing.Johnson said people can “play sports but only with members of your own household.” ___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 6last_img read more

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Whicker: Mend the Clippers, don’t end them

first_imgThe Clippers have no draft picks this June. They have not picked higher than 25th in the past five years and have gotten no help, although it’s not illegal or unprecedented to find Draymond Green, Isaiah Thomas or Malcolm Brogdon deep in the draft.They haven’t been interested in trades because they have convinced themselves that all the answers are within their room. That is clearly no longer true.The Clippers need more size in the backcourt. They need, and have needed, a useful backup center. They need, and have needed, a significant small forward or a “stretch four” shooter. And they need, and have needed, a bench that provides specific skills, not just worn-out bodies.With those deficiencies and with the usual injury siege, the Clippers still managed to get home-court advantage for a playoff series, even though they went 1-3 on it.After they began 14-2 they just went flat, as if they saw the sinkhole deepening in their floor but couldn’t bring themselves to call anyone. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The free agency class glitters this year but there isn’t much gold for the Clippers. Steph Curry and Kevin Durant aren’t going anywhere. Jrue Holiday and Kyle Lowry are dynamic, but Paul is the point guard. Otto Porter plays big minutes and has learned to shoot the 3-pointer, but he is a restricted free agent, hard to pry from Washington.Atlanta’s Paul Millsap is a fine shooter and proven rebounder. He also is 32. Denver’s Danilo Gallinari has averaged 18.2 and 19.5 points the past two seasons. He is 29 and would open the floor nicely for Paul and Griffin.Carmelo Anthony’s name will come up, and no doubt the Knicks would not ask for the world in exchange. He has averaged more than 20 points in each of his 15 NBA seasons and probably hasn’t finished doing that. He also has averaged 36 minutes in those seasons. High mileage, questionable gearbox.But whatever Rivers does, the goal should be to add, not replace.If Paul and Griffin aren’t dead set on leaving, they should be given whatever they need to come back. Starting over is an idea born of frustration, and its damage is irreversible.The problem with a Clippers teardown is that it automatically dissuades free agents from coming. These days, the best players want to win, which means playing with other good players. If you’re Paul George and you want to return to L.A the year after next, and Paul and Griffin are elsewhere, you might as well sign with the Lakers.Owner Steve Ballmer has considered a new arena, maybe near the Inglewood NFL stadium. It’s tougher to sell those suites if you’re 20-62.Because you only escape the dungeon if you’re lucky enough to win Lottery Ping-Pong on the same year a LeBron-alike comes out.Over the past four years Philadelphia is 75-283 and has already traded Merlens Noel, part of its draft “nucleus.”The Lakers are 91-237 and they aren’t sure that any of their golden children, the high draft picks who were supposed to justify all this, can play. Somehow their fan base hangs on. Branding is a powerful thing, it turns out, even if you sit near those lordly banners and loudly hope the Lakers lose.But losing seasons don’t necessarily teach anything except how to keep losing.Have we forgotten the days when Eric Piatkowski was the best Clipper? Have we forgotten Michael Olowokandi, the Sports Arena, Ken “The Animal” Bannister?Have we blocked out the day Ron Harper tore up his knee, the night Shawn Livingston lay there helpless and screaming, the day Danny Manning got traded, the drafting and trading of Rodney Rogers, the mockery of Donald T. Sterling’s lottery parties?Do we really want to revisit the draft in which the Clippers took Reggie Williams one pick before Scottie Pippen?If you’re a Clippers fan and you’re feeling the pain, remember the 26 years when you couldn’t feel anything.You also know, more than anyone, that the “same old Clippers” might be old, but they’re not the same.center_img LOS ANGELES >> The act of watching the Clippers lose playoff series is getting old. So are they.Doc Rivers, the coach, needs to demand a younger, stronger, deeper roster from his director of basketball operations. That argument would be conducted in Rivers’ mirror and therefore would be weird.When next season begins, Chris Paul will be 32, Blake Griffin a battered 28, DeAndre Jordan 29, Jamal Crawford 37, Raymond Felton 33, J.J. Reddick 33, Luc Mbah a Moute 31 and Marreese Speights 30.The only “young” player used in Sunday’s elimination loss to Utah was Austin Rivers, who will be 25.last_img read more

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Browns’ Antonio Callaway suspended 4 games for violating NFL substance abuse policy

first_imgThe Browns selected Callaway in the fourth round of the 2018 draft despite a troubled past.He was suspended during his final season at Florida for involvement in a credit card fraud case and was cited for marijuana possession while there, too. He was marked as tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine in February 2018.Callaway already was in Stage 1 of the league’s substance abuse program so also could be subject to a fine because of this infraction. Browns wide receiver Antonio Callaway has been suspended four games to start the 2019 regular season for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy, the league announced Friday.The news comes less than 24 hours after Callaway caught three passes (out of six targets) for 42 yards in Cleveland’s 30-10 win over Washington in the preseason opener Thursday. “We’re disappointed in Antonio,” general manager John Dorsey said in a statement, adding that he and coach Freddie Kitchens “have had a direct conversation with him about where we stand.”The suspension stems from an August 2018 incident in which Callaway was cited for marijuana possession and driving with a suspended license. Callaway had argued at the time that he wasn’t responsible for what police described as a “small amount” of marijuana found under a seat after he was pulled over in Strongsville, Ohio. Related News Browns’ Freddie Kitchens vows to fire staff members if info leaked to mediacenter_img Callaway — who was battling Rashard Higgins for the No. 3 receiver role — has been running with the reserves, which according to NFL.com could stem from the suspension which had been under appeal.He had 43 catches for 586 yards and five touchdowns as a rookie last season.Under terms of the suspension, Callaway is eligible to participate in all preseason practices and games. He will be eligible to return to the Browns’ active roster on Monday, Sept. 30, after the team’s Sept. 29 game at Baltimore.“I take full responsibility for my actions. I made a mistake and I own that,” Callaway said in a statement. “I have taken steps to make myself better, and I appreciate the Browns standing by me and supporting me during this time. I know there’s nothing I can say to regain trust; it will all be about my actions.” Browns trade disgruntled running back Duke Johnson to Texanslast_img read more

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‘They screwed us,’ Grassley says of EPA’s ethanol waivers

first_imgJOHNSTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is using some blunt language to describe the EPA’s decision last Friday to grant waivers to big oil companies, reducing the amount of ethanol that must be blended into gasoline.“They screwed us when they issued 31 waivers compared to less than 10 waivers during all of the Obama years,” Grassley said this morning. “And we thought that was bad.”According to Grassley, the waivers were intended for small refineries, but are now being granted to the likes of Exxon and Chevron“What’s really bad isn’t a waiver,” Grassley said, “it’s that it’s being granted to people that really aren’t hardship.”Last year the EPA granted 38 ethanol waivers to oil companies and this year has granted 31, but Grassley said there’s no victory here for farmers.“And it’s no accomplishment whatsoever, so we’ve got to go back to the president,” Grassley said, “the same way we have in the past.”Grassley indicated he’s directly lobbied President Trump and Ivanka Trump on the issue — and Trump heard from farmers when the president visited a western Iowa ethanol plant earlier this summer.“I know that he knows about the ethanol issues,” Grassley says, “and he wants to be considered very pro-ethanol and he wants to be considered very pro-farmer.” But Grassley said officials in Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency are blocking ethanol’s progress.Grassley made his comments over the weekend on the Iowa Public Television program “Iowa Press”.last_img read more

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What if they had an Olympics, but no one would host?

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Here are a few suggestions:ROTATING HOSTSThis idea has been thrown around for years but never taken seriously by the IOC.At the very least, the Winter Games should move toward this concept as soon as possible given its more limited appeal and having fewer cities capable of even hosting the snow and ice events (maybe even fewer in the years to come, given the potentially devastating impact of climate change).Previous hosts such as Salt Lake City, Calgary, Japan (with Sapporo and Nagano sharing the load) and Norway (a similar arrangement between Oslo and Lillehammer) would be obvious candidates to serve on a rotating basis, since they have all the necessary facilities in place. Winter sports-loving countries such as Germany, Switzerland and Austria might be willing to get on board, too, if they could be assured costs wouldn’t spiral out of control.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES MOST READ Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Luka Doncic gives Mavs hope of transition to next Euro star Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum The madness continues in Tokyo. A new aquatics center costing some $250 million is under construction, even though the city already has a modern natatorium that will be used only for water polo. While an argument can be made that the existing facility (seating around 3,600) wasn’t big enough for Olympic swimming, there’s no explanation for why the organizers didn’t just install a temporary pool in one of the numerous indoor areas around the Tokyo metropolitan area. For instance, the 17,000-seat Yokohama Arena (less than 20 miles from downtown Tokyo) was passed over as a venue.“On paper, Tokyo looked like a very solid bid,” Conrad said. “I cannot believe the costs.”The IOC needs to follow through on what it preaches, which means nixing potential white elephants and saying no to individual sports federation that insist on the most elaborate venues for their athletes.SHARING THE BURDENWhy does a single city essentially have to host an entire Olympics?The size of the games is simply too much for one locale to bear, so the IOC should consider awarding them to entire countries — maybe even several neighboring countries (much like soccer’s World Cup). That way, the plethora of sports could be divvied up to existing venues.For that matter, there’s no reason why the games couldn’t be spread around the world every four years. It happened in 1956, when strict quarantine laws prevented the equestrian competition from being held in Australia, so it was shifted to Sweden (five months before the Melbourne Games, in fact).Rio de Janeiro undoubtedly would have welcomed such an accommodation in 2016, when it was required to build a costly new golf course that would have more use these days as a cow pasture. Imagine how much more sense it would’ve made to stage golf in, say, St. Andrews rather than a country where it has little appeal.Better get to it, IOC.Otherwise, there won’t be anyone left to host your little party. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew With news Friday that Stockholm is likely to pull out of the race for the 2026 Winter Games — just days after it was approved as a candidate city by the International Olympic Committee — there is an ever-increasing chance that no one will be left to hear its name called by the time the final decision is made next year.The only other cities interested in hosting are Calgary, Canada, and the combined Italian bid of Milan and Cortina d’Ampezzo. But Calgary’s proposal faces a crucial referendum next month — and polls suggest it hardly has overwhelming support — while Italy’s plans are marred by a lack of government backing and the memory of Rome pulling out of the race for both the 2020 and 2024 Summer Games .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissAs if cities needed any further reminder of what a boondoggle the Olympics is: Pyeongchang is already pondering whether to raze some of the venues it built for this year’s Winter Games because there’s simply no use for them, while Tokyo is set to spend a staggering $25 billion on the next Summer Games — and maybe even more.“They’ve got to rethink the whole model,” said Mark Conrad, who runs the sports business program at Fordham University. Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil On the Summer Olympics side, Sydney (perhaps co-hosting with Melbourne), Seoul, Los Angeles, London and Beijing all have the potential to become permanent rotating sites. It also would be a fitting gesture to include Athens, the birthplace of the modern Olympics, but the IOC would need to cough up a few billion dollars so the Greeks could fix up all the decaying, abandoned facilities left over from the financial debacle that was the 2004 Games.“There was more resistance to this when everyone wanted to host,” said Matthew Robinson, a professor of business administration at the University of Delaware who has worked with the IOC. “Now, I think you’re going to see more of an open mind to the rotating idea.”FEWER SPORTSThis is an area where the IOC has shown a complete unwillingness to make significant reforms, despite repeated calls to limit the enormous size of the games.Instead of scaling back for the Tokyo Games, the IOC approved not one, not two, but SIX new sports : baseball, softball, sport climbing, karate, skateboarding and surfing. Not to mention, new disciplines were added for sports such as basketball (a three-on-three competition) and swimming (which will have a mixed relay for the first time). There’s even talk of video gaming being added for the 2024 Paris Games, to appeal to a more youthful audience.Stop the madness.The IOC should dump any sport that can’t guarantee the participation of its best athletes (farewell, baseball), along with all those that have limited global and spectator appeal (we’re looking at you, team handball, water polo and modern pentathlon). In addition, there needs to a serious culling in the number of events, even in more popular sports such as track and field (seriously, do we need race walking?) and swimming (a staggering 37 gold medals will be doled out in Tokyo).IF YOU BUILD IT, THEY WON’T COMEAnother area where the IOC talks a good game but rarely follows through.While insisting that cities should only build facilities they can use after the games, Pyeongchang was allowed to spend more than $100 million on a temporary 35,000-seat stadium solely for the opening and closing ceremonies. Making that decision even more ludicrous: there was an existing 22,000-seat soccer stadium in the Gangneung Olympic Park that wasn’t even used during the games! Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption FILE – This Aug. 25, 2018, file photo, shows a general aerial view of the dismantled stadium for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics with the Olympic cauldron, right, in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Pyeongchang is already considering razing some of the venues it built for this year’s Winter Games because there’s simply no use for them, while Tokyo is reportedly set to spend a staggering $25 billion on the next Summer Games. (Yang Ji-woong/Yonhap via AP, File)What if they threw an Olympic party, but no one was willing to host it?That day could be coming, and sooner than you might think.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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