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Brazilian football may restart in June, CBF says

first_imgRelatedPosts Club’s server collapses over ticket demand for first Bundesliga game in 11 years Awoniyi joins Union Berlin on loan RB Leipzig get approval for some fans in stadium at season opening match Brazilian football could restart at the end of June, the secretary general of the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF), Walter Feldman, said on Tuesday.This is coming in spite of the fact that the number of coronavirus cases is still rising in South America’s hardest-hit nation. Feldman said the return to action in the German Bundesliga, where nine first division games were played last weekend after a two-month hiatus, was a positive example for world football.“It was necessary to stop and returning is possible,” Feldman said. “That is what we learnt from the return of football in Germany. Germany is a great sign.“Doors open in May, more open in June and I have no doubt that in June, with the return of training, sustained protocols and the chance of flexibility by the health authorities, football can return with restrictions,” Feldman said.Some Brazilian teams have begun training again, with current champions Flamengo recalling players on Monday.The positive note came a day after Brazil became the country with the third-highest number of confirmed infections behind the US and Russia. Brazil recorded a record high 1,179 coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, according to the Health Ministry, and announced a total of 271,628 cases.Brazil’s state championships were suspended in March and were due to finish in April.The national leagues were scheduled to kick off in early May and end in December, but Feldman acknowledged this year’s league season could run into 2021.Any restart would likely happen without fans present and with all the same social distancing restrictions that fans saw in Germany over the weekend also in place, he added.All Latin America’s professional football leagues were suspended except for Nicaragua, although Costa Rica’s league was due to restart on Tuesday. Reuters/NAN.Tags: Brazilian Football ConfederationBundesligaCBFWalter Feldmanlast_img read more

NSC, GABF imbroglio continues

first_img…Jones says no comment as GABF says $3.5M insufficientDIRECTOR of Sport Christopher Jones says he will not, at this time, be commenting on a statement made by the Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) that a $3.5M cheque issued earlier this month was not enough.GABF president Nigel Hinds says the National Sports Commission (NSC) owes a total of $7.8M, and the “NSC must understand that the debt will be fully paid, and time is of essence”. Hinds in a statement said that on February 3 last the GABF received, from the NSC, a cheque for $3.5M, and there is a “stated intent not to repay the balance due of $4.5M”.“The NSC have somehow made $3.5M equivalent $7.8M. The same logic that spurred them to pay $3.5M linked to GABF, part payment towards the new basketball goals, should apply with equal force to the capital type expenditures made by the GABF to prepare CASH for the Championships,” the statement said.Jones confirmed that the NSC issued the cheque but said he could comment no further. Jones says he will not be responding to the issue until the GABF sends an official statement to the NSC regarding their concerns.“I haven’t received any correspondence from the GABF, and as such I am not inclined to comment anything on it. If we receive a query or anything from them, then we would be able to comment. If there’s an issue they’re supposed to write us, but we haven’t seen any correspondence from them.” Jones said when contacted yesterday.Christopher JonesThis ongoing imbroglio between NSC and GABF comes over funds allegedly owed to GABF and Hinds for renovation works done on the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) to upgrade it for the hosting of the Caribbean Basketball Confederation U-16 Championships which was held last year July. CASH is a state-owned facility.The money spent was reportedly for the carpeting of VIP area and 3 rooms, wall partitions, door for VIP washroom, two urinals with fittings; construction works on first responders’ room, kitchen, walkway, and balcony rooms; and repairs to washroom as well as replacement of sinks at the National Gymnasium, among other capital expenditures.Hinds said that the NSC verbally committed to repaying the funds and the non-repayment after six months is “insensible and indefensible”.Hinds has been lobbying for the monies to be repaid since last year, and the NSC since then said that they would repay Hinds G$3,514,000 which represented money used to purchase basketball goals for the CBC event, but did not cover the other works. Hinds maintained that everything has to be paid for.The issue eventually boiled over and saw Hinds, a then commissioner at the NSC, resign with immediate effect on August 12, 2016, after less than one year on the job.Hinds made it clear that he was resigning over the issue of the unpaid funds.last_img read more

Syracuse looks to exploit youthful Cornell team, rely on own experience

first_img Published on January 29, 2015 at 12:03 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Cornell head coach Mike Stevens didn’t have a definite answer when asked which of his freshmen he would pit against Syracuse in Saturday’s match.One name that did come up, though, was first-year player Lizzie Stewart. But despite Stewart being a go-to option as a freshman for Cornell, there are five other first-year players that don’t boast nearly as much experience as the Orange does.When Cornell (0-2) visits Drumlins Tennis Center in Syracuse’s first home match of the year Saturday at noon, it will bring the largest freshman class of any team the Orange (3-1) will face this season. While Cornell faces the process of developing its young lineup, Syracuse will attempt to capitalize on its seniority to overcome the Big Red.The Orange’s lineup is comprised mostly of returning players, with the exception of freshman Nicole Mitchell. Syracuse also boasts three seniors, while Cornell has none.“We’ve had a strong start and a lot of that does go into experience because we carry over momentum from the past matches and the past seasons,” Syracuse senior Komal Safdar said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe momentum that has clicked for the Orange has been difficult for Cornell to produce, with the Big Red falling to both Mississippi State and Brown in its first two matches. Often, simply having a year’s experience of college tennis can improve one’s game tremendously, Syracuse senior Breanna Bachini said.“Throughout my time here, especially since I was a freshman, you grow, you change, you learn new things,” Bachini said. “When you’re a freshman getting here, you’re just figuring everything out.”That transition, and how Cornell’s freshmen handle it on Saturday, may be a key factor in whether Syracuse’s experience gives it an edge over the Big Red.Cornell’s youth won’t be a huge factor but that the Orange can still exploit the Big Red’s lack of experience, said SU senior Amanda Rodgers, who’s a contributing writer for The Daily Orange. While Cornell might be the younger team on the court, Stewart still poses a threat to Syracuse.She won her singles matchup 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, in the 3-2 loss to Brown and so far has compiled a 1-1 record in both singles and doubles events through the first two matches of the season.“Some (freshmen) have that talent level and will make that transition (to college) smoothly,” Stevens said. “Elizabeth is one of them. I don’t care about who she goes up against, she’ll battle and do her best to fight and get a good win for us.”And with Cornell’s lack of experience compared to SU’s, Stewart may have to do just that despite SU head coach Younes Limam not looking too much into the freshman’s prominence for CU.“It depends how you look at it,” Limam said. “Sometimes the freshmen, they come in without expectations and they just swing free, and don’t really feel the nerves or the pressure. We’ll see how Cornell is going to be on Saturday, but we just have to focus on ourselves and focus on the things we do well.” Commentslast_img read more

SIS upgrades streaming network with Phenix solutions

first_img Richard FitzGerald steps down as RMG CEO August 6, 2020 Submit SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Redeploying its broadcast services following lockdown, Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that it will optimise its streaming capacity by utilising Phenix real-time video solutions. Updating its global partners, SIS revealed that it has installed Phenix streaming provisions which will significantly reduce network latency across its 24/7 live broadcast programming.Phenix’s technology upgrades will be deployed across SIS’ 24/7 Live Betting Channels, World Greyhound Tote Pool and Competitive Gaming Channel.SIS broadcast and production teams will be supported by the Phenix WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication) platform and further patent-protected technologies, minimising delay of live streams supplied to global partners.Paul Witten, Product Director at SIS, said: “It’s crucial that we minimise the latency of live events to a bettor’s screen as much as possible, in order to optimise their betting experience. “Partnering with Phenix is key in helping us deliver real-time streaming to our operator partners, and further demonstrates our reputation for providing top quality live pictures to operators globally.”A specialist supplier of HD video solutions for live sports and entertainment firms, Phenix technologies has optimised streaming platform capabilities for Disney, Oracle and the NFL. Roy Reichbach, CEO of Phenix, added: “SIS’s vision and openness to innovation will enhance their offer to bookmakers, providing them with real-time streaming and synchronised playback. The combined solution provides punters with an improved betting experience and increased operator revenues.” Share StumbleUpon Share Related Articles SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020last_img read more

Spring Turkey Hunting Season Returns to the Mitten State

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena- With temperatures falling in Northeast Michigan, the timing is perfect for hunters to hit the woods and fields for season of turkey hunting.According to the Michigan DNR, around 93,000 turkeys roam around Michigan. Michigan is ranked 8th in the nation for the number of turkeys taken by hunters. Hunters who grabbed a licenses can hunt until May 31st.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisContinue ReadingPrevious Posen High School FIRST Robotics Team 6077 Ready to Take on the WorldNext Alpena’s Lora Greene, John Norton III Entering Michigan’s 106th District Racelast_img

LA Clippers get bruised Cavs at start of tough road trip

first_imgIt’s true the L.A. Clippers recently won 10 consecutive games and nine without Blake Griffin.Yet there was nothing difficult about the list of opponents during that stretch. Only two games came against teams — Charlotte and Miami — that were over .500 at the time.Still, it was impressive because the Clippers were sans Griffin, who Monday missed his 11th game in a row with a partially torn left quad tendon.After Monday’s 140-132 overtime victory over the Houston Rockets at Staples Center, Griffin was seen walking through the hallway in quick fashion. He seemed fine, but coach Doc Rivers would not commit to playing Griffin at Cleveland on Thursday, when the Clippers (27-14) begin a difficult five-game East Coast swing. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “The teams we’re going out to play don’t lose a lot at home, so it’s going to be a hard trip for us.”The Cavaliers are 15-2 at home, the Raptors 12-6, the Hawks 15-7 and the Pacers 13-6. Even the Knicks, the only team currently under .500, is 12-8 at Madison Square Garden.Redick on fireJ.J. Redick scored a career-high 40 points Monday. He shot 11 of 19 overall. But he was marvelous from 3-point range, where he made 9 of 12.Afterward, he was asked about the zone he was in with his shot.“I do not know that it is the best I have felt shooting the ball,” he said. “I feel like I missed a couple mid-range shots I would have normally made. It was one of those games where neither team could get a stop. There were several players that were a beneficiary of that, myself included.”Although the Rockets did not shoot all that well from beyond the arc — 34.4 percent (11 of 32) — they did shoot 50 percent overall. The Clippers shot 51.6 percent overall and an almost unbelievable 59.5 percent (22 of 37) from long distance.The 22 3-pointers were a franchise high and one shy of the NBA record.DJ is backCenter DeAndre Jordan had missed the previous two games with pneumonia. He came back Monday to score 16 points, grab 15 rebounds and block two shots in 41 minutes.“I was going to try to play (the last two games), but it was tough,” said Jordan, who had his streak of 360 consecutive games snapped. “I couldn’t stand up, so I knew I wouldn’t be very effective. It was pretty bad. I just wanted to play and be there for my team.”center_img “I mean, I don’t know,” said Rivers, whose team had lost five consecutive games to Houston dating to this past season’s Western Conference semifinals. “Blake is looking a lot better. I personally doubt it, but I know he wants to; he’s going to give it a try. But I personally doubt that he makes that game. I think there is a better chance now that he’s going to play on the road trip. I just can’t tell you when.”Big testThis trip will indeed be challenging for the Clippers. After playing Eastern Conference-leading Cleveland (28-11 as of Tuesday), which was smashed by 34 points (132-98) by Golden State at home Monday, the Clippers make stops in New York (21-22), Toronto (26-15), Indiana (22-19) and Atlanta (25-17).Toronto is No. 2 in the East, Atlanta No. 4.“They all play different,” Rivers said. “I’m looking forward to the challenge. This is a good road trip, because it’s hard. There are not a lot of easy games on this trip, so you have to go out and play and you have to play well to win.last_img read more

Vin Scully deserves one last honor at Cooperstown

first_imgOne isn’t really “enshrined” in the Hall when they are voted for this, however. Their black-and-white photo is actually just added to a big green wall, a display about the game’s broadcast and writing history in the “Scribes and Mikemen” wing.The writers are honored annually with the J.G. Taylor Spink Award, appropriately enough named after the longtime editor of The Sporting News.Not to go fracking on Frick’s future, but his past isn’t all that broadcast worthy.He was elevated to commissioner of baseball in 1951 and stayed there until 1965. His claim to fame was ghostwriting for Babe Ruth, so no wonder the mark he left on the game has to do with an asterisk — preventing Roger Maris from having sole possession of the 162-game single-season home-run record in 1961 that belonged to Ruth in a 154-game season. Under Frick’s watch, the Dodgers and Giants moved west, and the National League expanded after threats by the Continental League to compete for talent and cities. Frick died in 1978. So the Hall thought by putting his name on this award it would do him a solid.Otherwise?“Vin means so much to baseball and the broadcasting world, but at this point we are comfortable with the name of the Ford C. Frick Award,” said Jon Shestakofsky, the vice president of communications and education with the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, when asked about a possible rebranding of the honor.John Thorn, the official Major League Baseball historian, gave us this thought: “I try not to have opinions about other people’s business, but Frick is an odd namesake for the award.”Scully would not be.The Southern California Broadcasters Association will give out its first Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement award in January — and Scully is the first recipient. Scully’s alma mater, Fordham, has one started as well.Cooperstown needs to figure out this is a win-Vin situation. Just do it before the soon-to-be 89-year-old Scully can live to see it and appreciate the gesture.“I began listening and watching to Scully when I was 8, in 1955, the annus mirabilis of the Brooklyn Dodgers,” Thorn added when asked about Scully’s influence on him. “It amazes and delights me that he is still crazy about baseball — and curious about the wider world — after all these years, even if, as a player in our national drama, he exits stage right.“I hadn’t thought that I was modeling my career after Vin’s but maybe, all along, I was.”And the rest could be history.• Oct. 2 might be logged in Dodgers history as Scully’s final game. But it was also the date, 50 years ago this Sunday, of Sandy Koufax’s last victory. His most important? Could be. In a 6-3 win at Connie Mack Stadium, Koufax gutted out eight shutout innings and a rocky ninth to register his 27th win. He started the game against future Hall of Famer Jim Bunning, who was seeking his 20th win. It was the second game of a doubleheader, and the Dodgers needed the win to clinch the National League title and a World Series trip.The one element that may tarnish Koufax’s feat in the baseball annals?He struck out Phillies catcher Bob Uecker twice in the game.• When drifting back to that “Vin Scully Appreciation” ceremony Friday, wouldn’t the perfect conclusion for Kevin Costner’s nine-minute-plus speech had been: “Vin … wanna have a catch?”VIN SCULLY ITEMS IN THE BASEBALL HALL OF FAMEAccording to Jon Shestakofsky, the vice president of communications and education for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, these are among the Vin Scully items in their collection:• A signed scorecard by Scully from the July 23, 1951, annual Hall of Fame exhibition game played between the Brooklyn Dodgers and Philadelphia A’s. He was in his second year with the franchise at the time.• Audio of his calls from Don Drysdale’s fifth straight shutout in 1968, and the 59th scoreless inning of Orel Hershiser’s streak in 1988 that broke Drysdale’s record; Hank Aaron’s 715th home run call; various locker room interviews from the World Series in 1959, ’63 and ’65; an LP recording of the Bill Singer 1970 no-hitter; a CD of a radio program titled “Vin Scully: Voice of Heaven” in 2005 made by Fordham University’s WFUV-AM (available at MLB.com)• A baseball signed by Scully as well as Walter Alston, Ron Fairly and Jim Gilliam and other Dodgers• The Curt Smith biography on Scully called “Pull Up A Chair.”• A postcard of Scully with partner Jerry Doggett.Said Shestakofsky about future contributions: “Vin has been extremely generous with us in the past. We have a number of items in our collection that are linked to his long and storied career, and have connected with him to see if something else can be added from this season.” Of all the relics that could represent Vin Scully in perpetuity at the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y., items that might convey to future generations what he did and what he meant, what would mean the most to his legacy?Audio clips of his greatest calls are already there. A few other odd pieces of memorabilia are in the vault as well.But this one is easy: Flip the name of the Ford C. Frick Award to the Vin Scully Award.In 1982, Scully was the sixth recipient of the honor given to broadcasters who make “major contributions to baseball.” Red Barber, his mentor, received the first one in 1978, along with Mel Allen. The Dodgers’ Jaime Jarrin was the first non-English award winner in 1998.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Reaction: Dodgers win NLCS Game 2 against Brewers

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error It wasn’t pretty but the Los Angeles Dodgers have split the first two games of the National League Championship Series with the Milwaukee Brewers.The Dodgers’ Game 2 win snapped the Brewers’ 12-game win streak.The Dodgers host Game 3 against the Brewers on Monday.REACTION: Series tied. Game 3 in LA Monday night. #Dodgers pic.twitter.com/beM3kaXyir— Stephen Hicks (@StephenABC30) October 13, 2018center_img #Dodgers win! Now, let’s bring the #NLCS home to Chavez Ravine.— David Veloz (@3daydog) October 13, 2018last_img

Sarajevo, Zrinjski and Široki Brijeg tonight in the Struggle for the Third Qualifying Round

first_imgBiH representatives of Sarajevo, Široki Brijeg and Zrinjski, tonight they will play returning matches of the second qualifying round of UEFA European League.Sarajevo team in Koševo will welcome Albanian Kukesi in the match in which they will try to catch up with a backlog of one goal from the first match in Tirana.The Head coaching staff of Sarajevo team,  Husref Musemić, believes that he has a better team and hopes to advance to the third qualifying round.“I think that we are a better team, but that does not mean that this is an easy task. Albanians have three – four very tricky players, and that is why we have to pay attention. Nevertheless, I believe that we will find the strength to win, and to make happy our fans“,  said Musemić at a press conference before the game.The match Sarajevo – Kukesi starts at 21 pm. A similar task as Sarajevo will have as well, Široki Brijeg, which will in Pecara also try to reach the difference of one goal against Kazakhstan Irtysh.The Coach Slaven Musa believes in his team and considers that his players will show their superiority on the field and to be able to qualify for the next round. The match starts at 20.30.Zrinjski tonight will play against the Bulgarian Botev Plovdiv, and the match will be played in Bulgaria. The first match ended with a score of 1-1, which gives priority to the Bulgarian footballers for which will be sufficient even a draw without goals for further qualification.Zrinjski believes that they can surprise favored opponents and qualify for the third qualifying round. The meeting starts at 19.30. In the case of qualifying for the third round, Zrinjski will have to play with Stuttgart; Sarajevo with Metalurh Donetsk and Široki Brijeg with Udinese.(Source: Vijesti.ba)last_img read more