The NCAA announced five weeks ago that it would move forward with a plan to allow athletes to earn money for endorsements, personal appearances and social media content, among other things.Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith has said there will be no caps on how much an athlete can earn. Smith led the Knight Commission that produced the recommendations approved by the Board of Governors.Still, the issue of a possible antitrust exemption for the NCAA has been raised because some states suspect the NCAA will use “guardrails” to put limits on athletes and their ability to maximize their earning potential in a free market.NABC-RACIAL RECONCILIATION COMMITTEESouth Carolina’s Martin to chair hoops committee on race An arrest affidavit filed by Houston police states Crawford went to the home of Gabriele Washington on May 8, produced a handgun from which he unloaded the ammunition in her presence, then demanded information on her latest dating relationship.Washington told investigators that he pushed her to the floor, slammed her head against a wall and choked her.Crawford is free on $50,000 bond.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 NHL OK’s opening of team facilities, finalizes playoff format as Pens player tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — The National Hockey League is allowing team facilities to reopen and players to take part in voluntary on- and off-ice workouts beginning Monday.Players can skate or work out in groups of up to six at a time. Unlike training camps scheduled to begin sometime in July, these workouts are not mandatory for players.The league also has nailed down the final details of a playoff format if the season can resume.Every playoff series will be a best of seven after the qualifying round and teams will be re-seeded along the way instead of bracketing. UNDATED (AP) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has told the 32 clubs in a memo obtained by The Associated Press that coaching staffs may work from team complexes starting Friday.Previously, only up to 75 people per day could be at the facilities, with coaches and players not seeking treatment for injuries barred. The maximum number of club employees in each facility will be increased to 100, subject to governmental regulations and implementation of health protocols developed by the NFL’s medical staff.NASCAR-SCHEDULE CHANGESNASCAR makes final alterations to scheduleCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR is set to run its All-Star race on a Wednesday night at Charlotte Motor Speedway and added one more weeknight Cup Series race as part of its latest revised schedule through July. Players have reaffirmed their stance for full prorated pay, leaving a huge gap with teams that could scuttle plans to start the coronavirus-delayed season around the Fourth of July and may leave owners focusing on a schedule as short as 50 games.More than 100 players, including the union’s executive board, held a two-hour digital meeting with officials of the Major League Baseball Players Association on Thursday, a day after the union’s offer was rejected by Major League Baseball.Management on Sunday pitched an 82-game schedule that included a sliding scale for prorated salaries, with the richer players receiving a reduced share. The union countered on Tuesday with a 114-game schedule with prorated salaries and no adjusted scale.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NBAAP source: NBA owners approve 22-team season restart plan Update on the latest in sports: BREES-SOCIAL MEDIABrees says he ‘completely missed the mark’ in flag commentsNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Drew Brees is apologizing for comments that he now says were “insensitive and completely missed the mark” when he reiterated his opposition to Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the national anthem in 2016Those remarks, in an interview with Yahoo, drew sharp criticism from fellow high-profile athletes and others in the wake of George Floyd’s death.Los Angeles Lakers great LeBron James, New Orleans Saints safety Malcolm Jenkins and former NFL player Martellus Bennett were just some of the high-profile athletes to criticize Brees on their Twitter feeds. Associated Press KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — South Carolina coach Frank Martin will chair a new committee formed by the National Association of Basketball Coaches to address issues of race and discrimination not only within intercollegiate athletics but society at large.The NABC’s board of directors announced the new committee Thursday, saying in a statement that “coaches can and should lend their voices to making a difference on the national, regional and local levels.” But the college coaching association also wants to ensure that the concerns of student-athletes also are being addressed.The board also released a set of recommendations for coaches, including holding in-person or virtual meetings to discuss current events and racial injustice; stressing a team’s commitment to diversity and inclusion; establish Election Day as an annual team day off; and encourage meetings with law enforcement leaders and others outside the department.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-FLORIDA STATE-NORVELLCoach apologizes for misstatement NCAA sets deadline for withdrawal from NBA draftUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA has set a new schedule for early entrants to the NBA draft to withdraw and return to school.Players will now have until 10 days after the NBA scouting combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes earlier.The original June 3 deadline was set to come 10 days after the completion of the combine, but the NBA postponed the combine amid the coronavirus pandemic and has yet to announce a new date.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NHL UNDATED (AP) — Florida State football coach Mike Norvell has apologized after a star player accused him of lying about personally connecting with each player to discuss the police killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests against racial injustice.Defensive tackle Marvin Wilson said last night on Twitter that he and his teammates were “outraged” by Norvell’s characterization of the contact the white, first-year coach had with the players. Wilson, who is black, went back to social media on Thursday to say the matter was settled.TRACK-BERRY’S PROTESTBerry ‘disappointed’ with USOPC in aftermath of Floyd deathUNDATED (AP) — Olympic hammer thrower Gwen Berry wants an apology from the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee for shaming her last summer. James says he couldn’t believe Brees was still confused about what Kaepernick was trying to do. The Lakers’ star says kneeling was not about showing disrespect to the flag or the military but instead about police brutality.In an Instagram post Thursday, Brees said he was apologizing to his friends, teammates, New Orleans, the black community, the NFL community and “anyone I hurt with my comments.” He says his words “lacked awareness and any type of compassion or empathy” and had become “divisive and hurtful.”NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETES-CONGRESSUNDATED (AP) — Federal legislation setting guidelines for college athletes to pursue money-making opportunities could be proposed within a month.Ohio Rep. Anthony Gonzalez plans to introduce the bill and says there will be no blanket antitrust exemption for the NCAA. The Republican congressman says it’s imperative for Congress to act in time to render moot the array of state laws that are being considered or already have passed and are slated to go into effect as soon as next year. Track officials had been optimistic it could be the first major sporting venue to have fans back in the stands this summer. Instead, the stands will be empty much like the rest of the tracks since major racing resumed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic last month.IMS officials made the decision after consulting with local and state officials.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKMLS: training can resume; 7 Arkansas St athletes positive; Tottenham borrows $220MUNDATED (AP) — A day after announcing a deal with its players’ association to resume the season with a tournament in Florida, Major League Soccer says teams may resume training. The announcement came on the heels of the Pittsburgh Penguins revealing one of their players tested positive for the coronavirus. The team said the unidentified player was not in Pittsburgh, was isolated after experiencing symptoms and has recovered.The NHL has not yet announced the start of voluntary workouts or a firm timeline for training camps and the resumption of games.Each conference will play its postseason games in a separate hub city to be announced. The top four teams in each conference will compete in a round-robin to determine seeding, while the next eight teams in each conference will battle for a spot in the opening round. The seven other teams have received spots in the draft lottery.VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLNFL coaches allowed to return to team facilities on Friday She captured headlines when she used her turn on the gold-medal podium at the Pan-Am Games to raise her fist as a show of her frustration with America’s treatment of blacks. The USOPC put Berry on a 12-month probation for her gesture.It’s a gesture that has taken on new meaning in the aftermath of George Floyd’s death and the protests that have followed. Berry found it galling the USOPC recently issued a statement saying the organization “stands with those who demand equality.”COLLEGE SPORTS-CENTRAL MICHIGAN-NCAA WAIVERCentral Michigan gets NCAA waiver to reduce men’s athletic programsUNDATED (AP) — Central Michigan says it has received a two-year waiver from the NCAA regarding the minimum Division I sports sponsorship requirements. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-SEASON NEGOTIATIONSPlayers holding firm on stance for prorated payNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball is no closer to framing an agreement for starting the season. Division I schools are not supposed to have fewer than six sports for male athletes. CMU announced last month it was dropping men’s track and field, citing university-wide budget cuts. That leaves the school with five men’s teams: baseball, basketball, cross country, football and wrestling.Central Michigan requested the waiver after losing revenue due to the coronavirus pandemic.CARL CRAWFORD ARRESTEx-Dodgers star Carl Crawford arrested on assault chargeHOUSTON (AP) — Former Los Angeles Dodgers star Carl Crawford has been arrested after his former girlfriend accused him of assaulting her during an argument over a man she had begun dating. — Premier League club Tottenham is borrowing $220 million by using the Bank of England’s emergency pandemic loan scheme to cope with the absence of spectators from its stadium and the cancellation of two NFL games it was to stage this year. The north London club revealed the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic as the Premier League advanced plans for the competition to end its 100-day shutdown in two weeks.— Premier League clubs have agreed to allow five substitutions per match but allowing for only three pauses to bring on substitutes. They will adopt the temporary change when the league resumes on June 17 amid the pandemic. Premier League clubs have also agreed to temporarily increase the number of substitute players from seven to nine.— All referees in Italy’s top soccer league have tested negative for the coronavirus. The Serie A referees and some from the second division were tested at the Italian federation’s training headquarters on the outskirts of Florence. They will remain there until June 10 to have further tests and continue training and preparing for the resumption of Serie A on June 20.— The International Olympic Committee is in talks with insurers over compensation for the postponed 2020 Tokyo Games. The IOC pays for insurance against the cancellation of an Olympics, but it is unclear if its policy covers a one-year postponement. The IOC said last month it set aside $650 million to cover potential extra costs for the postponement. Costs for organizers in Japan are expected to run to billions of dollars.— Rafael Nadal says if he had to decide right now he wouldn’t play in the U.S. Open, but he wants to wait and see what happens with the coronavirus pandemic. The 19-time Grand Slam champion thinks it’s important that there be two requirements for tennis to return: assuring everyone’s health and making sure players from all countries can travel. All sanctioned tennis has been on hold since March. UNDATED (AP) — The NBA continues to take positive steps toward resuming a season that was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league Board of Governors has approved a 22-team format for restarting the season in late July at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. The format calls for each team playing eight games to determine playoff seeding plus the possible utilization of a play-in tournament for the final spot in each conference postseason field.The 22-team plan includes all teams that were holding playoff spots when the season was stopped, plus all other clubs within six games of a postseason berth. That means 13 teams from the Western Conference and nine from the East.The players association has a call on Friday to approve the plan as well, the final step as the league attempts a reboot.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NBA DRAFT The All-Star race is now slated for July 15, two months after it was scheduled to be run before being postponed by the coronavirus pandemic.NASCAR will keep its scheduled twin-bill weekend later this month at Pocono Raceway. Kansas Speedway will host the Cup Series for a Thursday night race July 23.NASCAR-VIRUS OUTBREAK-INDIANAPOLISIndianapolis Motor Speedway slams door on fans at BrickyardINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Motor Speedway will hold the July 4 IndyCar-NASCAR doubleheader without fans. MLS says each player and staff member must complete two tests for the coronavirus 24 hours apart, 72 hours ahead of the start of training.Every player also must have a test for antibodies and a physical. Testing for antibodies will take place every three months.Testing providers must be authorized by the FDA or Health Canada.In other sports developments related to the coronavirus outbreak:— Seven Arkansas State athletes have tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating for 14 days. Chancellor Kelly Damphousse said the seven athletes are from three sports, and all were asymptomatic so far. Damphousse said contact tracing has begun, and anyone who has been exposed to any of the seven athletes will be required to quarantine for 14 days. June 4, 2020
UW AthleticsComing off of their best season to date, the Wisconsin softball team has been up to the challenge of continuing that success in the beginning of the 2013 season.The Badgers got off to a fiery start last weekend with an appearance in the First Pitch Classic in Charlotte, N.C. UW went 4-1 with its only loss coming at the hands of the Presbyterian Blue Hose. They later revenged the lost with an 8-0 thrashing of the same team. Wisconsin’s other wins came against tournament host University of North Carolina-Charlotte and two nail-biters against Notre Dame, a 40-win team last season who was just a few votes shy of breaking the top 25.The weekend started off with a game against Charlotte. The Badgers pounded away on the 49ers with 17 hits and 12 runs in just six innings, defeating their opponent 12-3. The team combined for a phenomenal batting average of just over .500 in their first game of the season.In their second game, the Badgers faced off against Presbyterian, suffering their only loss of the tournament. The Badgers’ solid offensive performance rolled over into the second game, as UW out-hit the Blue Hose 11-7. But three costly defensive errors sent the Badgers reeling and unable to recover before the last out was recorded.The tournament continued Saturday with a match-up against a formidable Notre Dame squad. A home run by Michelle Mueller in the second inning was enough scoring to hold off the Fighting Irish in a 1-0 win.“Originally I got down in the count,” junior Michelle Mueller explained. “I knew I just had to put the ball in play. Coach always preaches when you’re down in the count, you just get the ball in play. I knew I was going to swing and I got contact on the ball and, well, it kind of worked out.”The team’s performance was also aided by junior pitcher Cassandra Darrah, who received the title of Big Ten Pitcher of the Week. Darrah went seven innings giving up five hits and no earned runs. Despite three errors on the game, the Badgers were able to rally behind Darrah’s pitching and get out of a few innings with Notre Dame threatening to score. Darrah finished the weekend with three wins, no losses and a 0.61 ERA striking out 17.Next, UW looked to avenge its first loss of the season to Presbyterian. After a tight deadlock through two and a half innings the Badgers got on the board in a big way. Junior Mary Massei hit a three-run home run, propelling her team to take its first and final lead. The Badgers continued to rally, putting up eight runs in just five innings. The team also seemed to address their earlier defensive woes by only giving up three hits and no errors.The grand finale of the tournament was just that. The Badgers took on the Fighting Irish once again in an 11-inning battle. The seventh inning came and went with no scoring. But in extra innings both teams exploded offensively, each putting up two runs in the eighth and ninth frames.“I just thought it was really exciting,” Massei said. “We were head to head with Notre Dame the entire way. Every time they scored we came back and scored. We were the comeback team.”After a scoreless 10th for the Fighting Irish, the pressure mounted on the Badgers to score, as the team put a runner on second.“Usually, the first batter bunts the runner over to third,” Massei explains. “But before that at bat I told coach I don’t want to bunt. I had a feeling.”On that at bat Massei put up a two-run walk-off homer. Despite being out hit 12-4 the Badgers pulled off the 6-5 victory, ending the weekend at 4-1.After their big opening weekend, Wisconsin sets its eyes on the daunting schedule lying ahead, including games against Stanford, Michigan, California and North Carolina. Despite the best season in Badgers’ history, the team last year still fell short of making the NCAA tournament because they lacked a signature win.“We are really focusing on beating better teams,” head coach Yvette Healy said. “And on getting signature wins and having a strong showing when we face those top 25 teams.”The Badgers continue their season Feb. 22 in Orlando, Fla., at the Diamond 9 Tournament, where they will face Georgia Southern and Boston University. The tournament should be exciting, as the three teams were separated by only six places in RPI rankings at the end of last season.
Though COVID-19 is a respiratory disease and not transmitted by blood, USC Athletics and the Red Cross still had to take extra precautions to ensure that donors and health care workers alike were following public health protocol — whenever possible. Amid the pandemic, Welch said those procedures have been taken to another level. “There’s a number of new safety protocols that have been put into place for a few weeks now,” Welch said. “And that includes taking your temperature before entering the drive, screening for health symptoms — again, and that includes travel to coronavirus-risk countries … So there’s a number of safety protocols that are put into place to keep it a healthy and safe environment.” “Everyone in the building is wearing masks,” USC associate athletic director Hatcher Parnell said. “We have our six-foot social distancing at check in, everything [is] spread out pretty well. There’s still the close touch when [donors] get their screenings but other than that, everybody’s abiding by the social distancing and [wearing] masks and gloves and [doing] everything that we’re supposed to be doing.” “We heard USC had a great space to hold a blood drive that would support social distancing, allow us to put the donor beds appropriately spaced apart, waiting areas, etc.,” Welch said. “So we appreciate the support of USC in opening their doors to provide the space and support a type of a blood drive where we can still put into place those safety protocols while still collecting blood in a great environment.” Galen Center’s court was packed for the first time in nearly a month Tuesday, but not for the usual reasons. Donors showed up in droves for a blood drive that ran from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted by USC Athletics and the American Red Cross. Welch said that in a usual blood drive, the Red Cross takes several measures to ensure proper sanitation and safety such as disinfecting equipment, using facemasks, wiping down surfaces that have been touched by donors and changing out gloves frequently. Social distancing measures were implemented to keep staff and donors safe at USC Galen Center. (Photo courtesy of Christine Welch / American Red Cross) Welch said that the partnership between the Red Cross and USC Athletics had been facilitated through the Red Cross L.A. humanitarian services branch of the organization. “We had a great turnout,” Welch said. “Thank you to the Trojan community and the Southern California community for coming out and rolling up a sleeve to donate and help save lives.” “It’s something near and dear to our president [Carol Folt] and to my senior staff here in athletics,” Parnell said of assisting the surrounding community. “It’s one of those things that we’re really passionate about — helping the community — and in this time of need and the Red Cross needs blood, it’s the right thing to do and we’re here to assist whenever we can help save lives.” Hatcher said the athletic department values helping the local community and that partnering with the Red Cross for the blood drive was a great way to do so. Athletic director Mike Bohn called it “the most important game of the year” in a statement announcing the drive on April 3, and the big screen at Galen Center during the drive portrayed that message as well. Parnell said he hopes the event will spur businesses and other universities to follow USC’s footsteps amid the pandemic. American Red Cross external communications manager Christine Welch said that the blood could be donated to sickle cell patients, patients with bloodborne cancers, accident victims and patients undergoing organ transplants. The drive came less than a month after the Red Cross declared severe blood shortages in the Los Angeles area due to blood drive cancellations caused by the coronavirus pandemic. “USC likes to be a leader in the community,” Parnell said. “And this blood drive kind of helps us do that. So, hopefully, other institutions, other companies, etc. see this and if the Red Cross comes a-knocking, hopefully they can step up as well.”
MORE MNF: DraftKings Showdown | Betting previewIs Jordan Howard playing Monday night?UPDATE: Howard is officially OUT.The big issue with Howard (shoulder) has been his clearance for contact. He hasn’t played since Week 9 due to a shoulder injury, and even though Doug Pederson was suggesting weeks ago that it might happen, the clearance hadn’t happened as of this weekend. The Athletic’s Zach Berman doesn’t expect Howard to play Monday. There’s always a chance Howard receives clearance for contact in the last 48 hours leading up to kickoff, in which case he’d have the chance of being active. But if he hasn’t been cleared after more than a month, it seems unlikely it would happen in that short span. If Howard was cleared and active, it’d be tough to predict his workload split with Miles Sanders. Both would still be FLEX plays, at worst, if both are active.If you own Howard, you probably operated under the assumption that he’d be out this week. If not, you’ll probably be in a pickle if he’s out Monday. You could grab either of the two backup RBs if Howard is in a RB slot, Philadelphia’s Jay Ajayi or New York’s Wayne Gallman. Ideally Howard is at least in your FLEX spot, which gives you options — potentially Dallas Goedert, Darius Slayton, JJ Arcega-Whiteside or Kaden Smith. Jordan Howard and Nelson Agholor are both questionable heading into Monday Night Football for the Eagles against the Giants. Howard hasn’t played since Week 9 due to a shoulder injury, while Agholor’s knee injury appears to have popped up almost out of nowhere. With some fantasy playoff matchups still hanging in the balance, the official active/inactive status of Howard and Agholor could matter a ton for them and other players, such as Miles Sanders, Dallas Goedert and JJ Arcega-Whiteside.The official active/inactive report drops about 6:50 p.m. ET, and we’ll have updates through that time here and on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. Is Nelson Agholor playing Monday night?UPDATE: Agholor is officially OUT. Agholor (knee) was expected to get a limited practice in Saturday ahead of the Monday night game, but he missed the practice instead, according to The Athletic. That has him set up as a true game-time decision for Monday night as he deals with a knee injury. It didn’t keep him out in Week 13 when he only came off the field for eight plays.Agholor’s most direct WR replacement if that’s where you have him in your lineup would be rookie JJ Arcega-Whiteside, and there are also some leagues where Giants’ wideout Darius Slayton could be available as a replacement, too. If Agholor is in your FLEX spot, the best bet as a replacement may be Dallas Goedert, who should see six-plus targets again if Agholor is out.
By Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsAs if life couldn’t get any worse for the Nelson Leafs after Saturday’s 5-0 Kootenay International Junior Hockey League shellacking at the hands of Murdoch rival Castlegar Rebels.But it can.The Leafs open play Friday against another one of those Murdoch teams the Heritage City franchise has yet to defeat this season.Saturday, the road get even bumpier when Nelson travels to the South Okanagan to meet a team that has suffered only one regulation loss this season — the 24-1-1-4 Osoyoos Coyotes.“It’s real frustrating against Castlegar and Beaver Valley is another divisional team we haven’t done that well against,” Leaf coach and GM, Chris Shaw said following Saturday’s loss. “The rest of the league has felt our presence and we’ve handled them quite nicely and the rest of the teams in our division.”“But we’ve got to learn to beat the two top teams in our division, which is the most important games for us,” Shaw added.Nelson, fourth in the Murdoch with a 15-12 record, is 8-2 outside the division.Nelson attempts to snap the streak against the Hawks, a team that has jumped ahead of the Rebels in the Murdoch race.Unfortunately, for the Leafs Beaver Valley enters the contest tonight at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena as one of the hottest teams in the league. The Hawks are 9-1 in the last ten.Beaver Valley is led by Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro. The 19-year-old native of South Slocan lead Beaver Valley in scoring with 36 points, including 17 goals. Another Nelsonite with the Hawks is Justin Niminiken has 16 points for Beaver Valley. The Osoyoos game is the first of three on the road for the Leafs. Next week Nelson travels to Kimberley and plays a return engagement with the Hawks before hosting Grand Forks Sunday, December 12.The contest against the Bruins is the last game before the Christmas email@example.com
MAURICIO POCHETTINO is set for a boost with Kyle Walker-Peters returning to full training next week.Walker-Peters, 22, missed the 2-2 draw at Arsenal with a hamstring problem but the injury was deemed minor by medics.2 Kyle Walker-Peters has handed Mauricio Pochettino a fitness boostCredit: PA:Empics SportPoch played Davison Sanchez at right-back at the Emirates Stadium but should have Walker-Peters available for Crystal Palace after the international break.The youngster impressed against Manchester City after getting given his chance following Kieran Trippier’s departure.Pochettino will make a decision on when to get him back to action as Spurs also have their Champions League opener against Olympiacos four days after playing Palace.New arrival Giovani Lo Celso is also on the mend after getting hurt in Thursday’s heated clash between Argentina and Chile.The on-loan Real Betis star, 23, picked up a nasty knock to the ankle in the feisty match – where ten yellow cards were shown.2THROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itLADBROKES 1-2-FREE Simply predict England, Wales and Scotland vs Belgium scores this weekend and win £100Lo Celso was clattered into by a studs-up lunge from Charles Aranguiz after just 53 minutes of the game in Los Angeles.He was taken off the pitch in pain, but has now insisted he is fine and should be available.Poch is yet to hand a start to his compatriot after bringing him in this summer to give him an extra creative option.Michael Owen has told how he saw sad sight of Paul Gascoigne turning up at Real Madrid with his football boots
ST JOHN’S, Antigua (CMC):Antigua have already begun preparations to host a Test during the upcoming India series, in anticipation of getting official word from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB).Sports Minister EP Chet Greene said the country had received “verbal information” that the tour would go ahead, and officials at the island’s premier cricket venue, the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, had already started putting things in place.”We are waiting for the official communiquÈ, but the verbal information is yes, the Test series is happening,” Greene told the Observer newspaper here.Preparations have already begun at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium to host a Test during the India series.”But even at the level of preparation at the stadium, we have already started the work because we don’t want to get the announcement and then we find ourselves short of time.”FOUR-TEST TOURWICB president Dave Cameron confirmed last month that the four-Test tour would go ahead in July and August, but specific dates and venues had not been announced.The tour had been in jeopardy for some while after the Board of Control for Cricket suspended bilateral relations with the WICB, following the controversial abandoned tour of India two years ago.Antigua last hosted a Test during England’s tour of the Caribbean last year, when the first Test ended in a tense draw.Greene praised the stadium team for its commitment to moving quickly to spruce up preparations.”I want to commend Anthony Merrick and his team (and) Conley Phillip, who heads the stadium staff. We have started the work, but are just waiting on the official communiquÈ from the WICB that the game is happening.”
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced FILE — The Philippines’ Rodolfo Reyes Jr. and Dustin Jacob Mella perform in the finals of men’s poomsae team event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Saturday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. The Filipinos took home the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLThe Philippines secured at least two bronze medals in the 2018 Asian Games after the country’s men’s and women’s poomsae teams seized a spot in the taekwondo team poomsae semifinals Sunday at Jakarta Convention Center in Indonesia.The men’s team, composed of Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Dustin Jacob Mella and Jeordan Dominguez, will face Yuxiang Zhu, Mingda Hu and Tingfeng Deng of China in the semis later in the day.ADVERTISEMENT Asian Games: Patrombon cruises into next round in men’s singles tennis MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal The women’s team made up of Juvenile Faye Crisostomo, Rinna Babanto and Janna Dominique Oliva, meanwhile, arranged a semifinals duel with Yeowon Gwak, Dongah Choi, and Jaeeun Park of Korea.Crisostomo and company slipped past host Indonesia in the quarterfinals while the men’s squad edged Iran to make the last four.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’ 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins View comments
Charlie Austin has revealed he turned down a move to the Premier League this summer – even though he knew it could cost him a spot at Euro 2016.The Queens Park Rangers striker attracted much interest following the Hoops’ relegation to the Championship after firing 18 goals in the top-flight last season, with Newcastle, Leicester and Tottenham among a clutch of clubs eyeing the £15m-rated hitman.It was therefore a major surprise when a move away from Loftus Road did not materialise before the transfer window closed.But Austin insists it was his decision to stay put at QPR, telling talkSPORT: “I turned down a move [to the Premier League] which wasn’t right for me and my family.“I didn’t feel it was right for me to go, so I stayed at QPR.”Austin was happy to remain with the Championship side, but he is fully aware that his decision is likely to rule him out of contention for England selection for next summer’s Euros.The 26-year-old was called up by Roy Hodgson for the friendly clash with Ireland in June but was left out of the squad for the recent qualifying double-header against San Marino and Switzerland.“I have had no contact [from Roy Hodgson] but that was not really expected,” he said.“I knew what my chances were of getting in the England squad when I stayed in the Championship. There are others players doing it week in, week out in the Premier League.“It is something I have had to take on board with my decision in the last three weeks.“For me now, I am getting my head down and that is at the back of my mind. I try to score as many goals as I can and perform to the best of my ability and help QPR achieve our goal, which is promotion come May.”