Mikel Arteta offers Arsenal lifeline to Mesut Ozil after criticism from Freddie Ljungberg

first_imgAdvertisement Mesut Ozil has been thrown a lifeline by Mikel Arteta (Picture: Getty)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta insists there will be a ‘clean slate’ for every player in his squad and that each member will have fresh chance to impress following his appointment.The Gunners appointed Arteta on a three-and-a-half-year deal last week and he watched on from the stands as Freddie Ljungberg’s side played out a 0-0 draw against Everton on Saturday.The Swede made a number of changes to the side at Goodison Park following Arsenal’s 3-0 defeat to Manchester City and Ljungberg revealed that Ozil would have been left out of the squad for his reaction to being subbed in the previous game, even if he had been fit.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Mesut was injured, but I would not have picked him for the squad because I want to make a stance that it’s not what I accept from an Arsenal football player. That’s my decision,’ said Ljungberg.ADVERTISEMENT Mikel Arteta offers Arsenal lifeline to Mesut Ozil after criticism from Freddie Ljungberg Metro Sport ReporterMonday 23 Dec 2019 3:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link863Shares Arteta played alongside Ozil for three years (Picture: Getty)Arteta will take charge for the first time when Arsenal travel to Bournemouth on Boxing Day and, speaking ahead of that trip, he insisted every played will be given an opportunity to impress him.Asked about Ozil’s omission against Everton, Arteta said: ‘It’s a question for Freddie. I just wanted him to pick the best possible lineup for the game.‘You’re not going to be judged on what you done in the past, positive or negative.‘We will try to put the most competitive team out, we are to be ready and nullify them as much as possible.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThere was good news for Arteta in today’s training session as Dani Ceballos made a return from injury after being sidelined for two months.Nevertheless, Arteta is keen on strengthening in the squad in January and he’s confirmed that he’s held discussions with the board over transfers.‘We had many other conversations,’ confirmed Arteta.‘We have a meeting soon and some ideas but we have to put them together.’MORE: Jamie Redknapp: Mikel Arteta needs to sort behaviour issues of Arsenal duo Mesut Ozil & Granit Xhaka Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

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These are the markets investors shouldn’t buy in, but where owner occupiers can grab a bargain

first_imgThe inner Brisbane unit market has been labelled a danger market for investors. Picture: AAP Image/Claudia Baxter.THESE are the dirty dozen, the markets investors have been warned to steer clear of, but where owner occupiers could potentially nab a bargain.Every state in Australia had at least one entry in the National Dirty Dozen list of danger markets with Queensland and New South Wales both accounting for three entries, according to property analyst Terry Ryder of hotspotting.Mr Ryder said the one thing all the markets had in common was that their sales activity was in sharp decline, there were high vacancy rates and in many cases falling prices.“Many of the National Dirty Dozen are markets that will recover in time,’’ he said.“But right now they are all bad places to buy real estate.’’In Queensland, Brisbane’s inner city unit market remained a prominent entrant.Mr Ryder said it was one of the weakest in the country with supply rising and sales activity falling. There are now nine suburbs classified as danger markets in the Brisbane metro area.These were the CBD, with a vacancy rate approaching 10 per cent, South Brisbane at 8 per cent, Fortitude Valley, Kangaroo Point, Kelvin Grove, Milton, Bowen Hills and Hamilton all with vacancies around 6 per cent. Mount Isa also made the list for Queensland. Mr Ryder said it was yet to enjoy the recovery some other mining towns had experienced.“Mt Isa remains in the doldrums,’’ he said.“Suburbs like Menzies, Pioneer and Mile End struggle to make a single sale per quarter.’’The third Queensland entrant was a bit broader “selected resources towns in Queensland’’.Mr Ryder didn’t just pinpoint one, he said there still remained some small town markets which were deeply in decline.“They include south western towns like Roma, Miles and Wandoan and central Queensland towns such as Clermont and Collinsville,’’ he said.In New South Wales, Parramatta was a danger market. Mr Ryder said the area had good growth drivers and infrastructure, plus jobs nodes, but was bought down by oversupply at a time of falling demand. Sydney’s inner south unit market was also on the list. It has experienced steep drops in sales numbers. This included Mascot, Wolli Creek, Waterloo and Zetland.The Sydney Olympic Park precinct made the list and was described as one of the weakest markets in Sydney.“It is marked not only by declining rates of sale but by the highest vacancy rates in the Sydney metropolitan area,’’ the report said.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoThe property market in Mt Isa had not yet made the come back that some resources town had. Picture: Lachie Millard.In Victoria, the oversupplied Melbourne inner city unit market was labelled a danger market as was other Melbourne suburban markets including Hawthorn and Hawthorn East which had experienced a major decline in sales. Darwin and Palmerston in the Northern Territory were identified as areas where sales were still languishing.“Vacancy rates are high and prices and rent are still falling, especially in the unit markets,’’ the report said. Perth’s inner city apartment made the list too. Mr Ryder said some Perth suburbs were improving.“The one major exception to the revival story is the inner city unit market,’’ he said.Median house prices in Como and South Perth were six per cent to seven per cent lower than three years ago.“The Perth CBD consistently made 160 plus sales per quarter in 2012 and 2013, but now 70 to 80 per quarter,’’ the report said.While Tasmania had been the hot property market for some time now, Mr Ryder listed it in his dirty dozen for some of its smaller western towns.“There have been times in the past when small towns in western Tasmania like Queenstown, Zeehan and Rosebery were relatively prosperous because of action in the resources sector,’’ he said.“But like so many small places pumped up by the resources sector, their markets, collapsed when the mining project went into decline.’’South Australia’s only entrant in the dirty dozen was Whyalla. “We await improvement in the Whyalla market now that a buyer for its biggest employer the struggling Arrium steel business, has emerged,’’ he said.“Whyalla is another victim of the volatility that’s normal in the resources sector.’’last_img read more

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Shell’s Dutch scheme introduces own ESG benchmark

first_imgThe Dutch pension fund for Shell (SSPF) said it introduced its own benchmark for its equity holdings.The move, which was introduced at the end of last year, was announced in the fund’s annual report for 2019, which said it is meant to improve the implementation of its environmental, social and governance (ESG) policy on its investments, while keeping its risk-return profile intact.Firstly, the €30bn scheme had moved 40% of its equity allocation – comprising 22.6% of its entire portfolio at year-end – to its “custom ESG benchmark”, which had been developed in co-operation with MSCI and SAMCo, Shell’s own asset manager.The new benchmark focuses on improving governance as well as a 10% reduction on its investments’ carbon footprint. The scheme reported an overall return on investments of 13.6%The scheme reported an overall return on investments of 13.6%, thanks to positive results on all asset classes. It said its 7.2% liabilities portfolio gained no less than 57%, but declined to provide details about its composition.SSPF’s return holdings of 53.7% generated 15%, while its third main portfolio – comprising liquidity and investment-grade assets, including credit and residential mortgages – delivered 3.5%.The pension fund said the interest hedge of its liabilities had contributed 4.6 percentage points to its overall return.It reduced its interest cover in August – when interest levels dipped to a very low level – from 25% to 10%. The hedge hasn’t changed since then.The Shell scheme spent 73 bps on asset management, more than half of which was incurred by alternative investments. Of this part, three-quarters went to private equity, it said.It paid €260 per participant for pensions provision. At the end of last March, its funding stood at 115.5%.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. A spokeswoman for the pension fund said the intention isn’t yet to make its entire equity holdings subject to the change. “But we are continuously investigating whether a similar benchmark can add value to other parts of the investment portfolio,” she added.“We expect that such a benchmark will be applied to a larger part of the portfolio in the coming years.”In the annual report, Garmt Louw, the scheme’s chair, said SSPF had extended the engagement process with companies in its investment universe to its credit holdings, which largely focused on non-listed firms.The engagement has been outsourced to Hermes Equity Ownership Services, which will assess companies’ involvement in violations of the United Nation’s Global Compact rules on a quarterly basis.Last year, SSPF included the UN’s sustainable development goals (SDGs) in its ESG policy. It said it will consult its participants about the selection of priorities this year.Last week, the €8.7bn Dutch Pensioenfonds PostNL announced it had developed its own tailor-made sustainable index for European equity in collaboration with MSCI.Louw added that a new pensions system must leave room for closed schemes, such as SSPF, to keep on implementing their existing pension plan “and honouring pension claims”.He referred to “large adjustments, such as mandatory merging existing pension rights” into a new pensions contract. He aslo said that the current flexibility in arrangements as well as the existing way of financing pensions must remain as well.The chair said SSPF would carry out a special survey aimed at the possible impact of the pensions agreement between the government and the social partners on pensions for Shell staff.last_img read more

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Stricter ‘Super’ regulations mulled

first_img“Super” as a sex den was just one ofseveral alleged irregularities in the biggest public market in Iloilo City.Just this April, then mayor Jose Espinosa III revealed that fish vendors werebeing forced to cough up P50 for using tables, P10 for the trapaland P15 for the lights. The mayor ordered the LEEO to conductan investigation. It is closed by 10 p.m. or 11 p.m. anddelivery of products is scheduled, according to Nestor Canong, chief of thecity government’s Task Force on Morals and Values and Formation(TMVF) following initial talks with Local Economic Enterprise Office(LEEO) chief Ariel Castañeda. Gates would also be built to securethe market’s eight entrances, he added. Canong said makeshift structuresinside the market being used for commercial sex have already been dismantled asordered by the mayor. Vegetable vendors lay out their fresh produce outside the Iloilo Terminal Market, also known as “Super” to locals, in Iloilo City Proper. PHOTO BY LAGAW KITA TMVF and the Iloilo City PoliceOffice’s Women and Children Protection Desk recently rescued 14 minors at theterminal market. Treñas subsequently convened their parents. Soon, security cameras would beinstalled in the market, he added. Espinosa also exposed what he calledas “flying electricity connections” at the market, particularly at the fishsection. The electric bulbs of various fish stalls were connected to a privateelectricity meter and vendors were each made to pay P15 for their use. “Ginahalungannaton ang aton mga kabataan. Kon indi kamo mag-atipan sa mga kabataan, ari kamimaga-remind nga inyo sila responsiblidad,” said Treñas. ILOILO City – The city government hasimposed tighter regulations at the Iloilo Terminal Market, popularly known as“Super”, following the discovery of it being utilized in the commercial sextrade. “Indipwede nga diri sa aton syudad ginapabay-an n’yo ang inyo kabataan. Kamo nagdalasang inyo kabataan sa kalibutan, inyo sila responsibilidad,” Treñas told the parents. The parents were also offered theopportunity to avail themselves of livelihood training by the Public EmploymentService Office of the city government and the Technical Education and SkillsDevelopment Administration.  Canong’s task force reported to MayorJerry Treñas recently that the market was being used as sex den by pimps atnight and that most of the prostituted people there were minors. The LEEO is the city government officeoverseeing the operation of public markets. He also noted the sprouting of illegalstructures outside the market. He wondered who set them up and who were makingmoney from vendors using these./PN These measures are on top of thedeployment of barangay tanods in the market to check those entering andleaving, said Canong.last_img read more

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Batesville Bats 9U Win School’s Out Showdown

first_imgThe Batesville Bats 9U won the School’s Out Showdown Championship this past weekend in Edinburg defeating the Indiana Bandits out of Greenfield 11-0 on Sunday.The squad faced a difficult situation to begin the contest in the top of the first inning when the Bandits had a runner at 2nd with one out.  Brayden Maple enticed the 3 hitter from the Bandits to ground out pitcher to first.  With two outs, First Baseman, Jaiden Kuria made a fantastic snare down the right field line on the ground and stepped on the bag to send the Bats to their first at bat of the game.Evan Johnson led of the home half of the inning with a hard hit line drive base hit.  Johnson stole second base and was driven in by Caleb Mohr’s base hit up the middle. Mohr advanced to second base on a wild pitch and scored after a base hit by Dane Dudley and a throwing error by the short stop sending the Bats to the 2nd inning with a 2-0 lead they would not relinquish.The Bats did the major damage in the 2nd inning by batting around and scoring 9 runs.  9 walks by the Bandits pitcher aided in the Bats success.  Brayden Maple pitches 4 solid innings for the Bats, allowing only 1 hit, walking two and striking out 4.In the semi-final contest the Bats won a nail biter over the Frankfort Flash 4-3.  Entering the contest as the tournament’s #2 seed, the squad scored one in the bottom half of the first after Evan Johnson led off with a double and scored on Jacob Kuria’s triple to right center.The Flash evened the score in the 4th after the #1 Flash hitter hit a triple to the right center alley.  After a walk, Jaiden Kuria came on in relief to strike out the side, but only after the Flash tied the score at one when the runner scored on a wild pitch.The Bats plated two runs in the bottom of the 4th when Cayden Drake, Noah Weigel, and Preston Blessing loaded the bases by reaching on walks.  Ethan Schneider scored Drake with the go ahead run with a ground out to the Flash first baseman.  Ethan Lacey reached on the next at bat with an error on the short stop making the score 3-1 Bats heading into the 5th.The Flash scored one in the 5th to make the score 3-2.  The Bats added a key insurance run in the bottom portion of the 5ht when with one out, Mohr doubled to left field and scored later on a wild pitch setting up the dramatic 6th and final inning.The Flash led off the inning with a walk.  After a hard hit line drive to Mohr at second base for the first out of the inning, the Flash loaded the bases with two more consecutive walks.  A wild pitch scored the lead-off batter to make the score 4-3 Bats.  The next play became critical.  Maple fielded a slow grounder up the first base line and fired home to Johnson for the tag to prevent the runner from tying the score.  After another walk and a 1 ball and 0 strike count on the batter, the Manager Drake, called on Ethan Lacey for the save, and he didn’t disappoint.  He enticed the hitter to fly out to himself to send the team to the championship.The team played at 9:00 AM to begin bracket play on Sunday and defeated the Indian Fusion 8-0.  Landon Raver was solid on the mound with 4 shut-out innings, allowing only 1 hit, walking 2 and striking out 3.The previous day was pool play and the squad earned a victory to start the tournament over the Columbus Crush, 10-1 and a hard fought contest over the Edgewood Bulldogs 10-7.For the tournament, the team was led in hitting by Caleb Mohr who hit .400 with 6 runs scored and 3 RBI’s;  Ethan Schneider also hit .400 with 4 runs scored and Cayden Drake hit .375 with 6 runs scored, 2 RBI’s and 2 doubles.  The team was led in pitching with solid performances by Maple who pitched 7 innings, allowing 0 runs, 2 hits in 24 opponent at bats, walking 3 and striking out 11.  Drake pitched 5 innings allowing 3 hits in 19 at bats, allowing 2 earned runs, walking 3 and striking out 6.  Jaiden Kuria was also solid pitching 4 innings allowing 2 hits in 14 at bats, 2 earned runs, walking 3 and striking out 9.The Bats overall record on the campaign moves to (23-6) and will be in action next in Columbus  June 10th and 11th for the USSSA Summer Frenzy.Courtesy of Coach Paul Drake.last_img read more

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Video: Melania Trump’s diet includes…

first_imgInside Edition breaks down the first lady’s diet.Melania Trump, a former model, knows the importance of healthy eating, but once in a while, she likes to treat herself.When the first lady wants to indulge, one of her favorite spots to visit is the world-famous restaurant Jean-Georges at the Trump International Hotel in New York, according to Inside Edition.The first lady’s favorite meal is chicken parmesan.Frequently Mrs. Trump sticks to a simple and healthy diet.She tries to eat seven pieces of fresh fruit each day.Peaches and apples are reportedly her favorites.last_img

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Felicity Huffman Rocks Green Prison Garb

first_imgHer husband William H. Macy and daughter visited the low-security correction institution for female offenders. The actress’s family is allowed to visit her on the weekends. Huffman reported to prison last Tuesday to begin serving her 14-day sentence after she admitted to her role in the college admissions scandal.Aunt Becky is paying close attention. Felicity Huffman has been photographed for the first time in her prison uniform during a visit with her family. The actress was seen on Saturday wearing a green prison jumpsuit at the Federal Correctional Institution in Dublin, California. Felicity Huffman Shows Off New Jumpsuit in Prison During Family Visit https://t.co/APZw5K6RyJ— TMZ (@TMZ) October 19, 2019last_img

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Cricket News Tendulkar and Middlesex Cricket join hands to launch academy

first_imgMumbai: Iconic Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar on Wednesday announced an association with Middlesex Cricket to launch Tendulkar Middlesex Global Academy (TMGA).The academy will provide young girls and boys between the age of nine and 14 an opportunity to learn from master blaster Tendulkar himself and Middlesex Cricket.TMGA, a joint venture between SRT Sports Management Ltd and Middlesex Cricket, will begin by launching its first cricket camp at Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood from August 6-9 followed by other locations in Mumbai and London.Middlesex Cricket has produced players such as Andrew Strauss, Mike Gatting, Denis Compton, John Emburey and Mike Brearley.The comprehensive training curriculum has been developed by the professional coaches at MCCC and Tendulkar himself.TMGA will also provide 100 percent scholarship to the talented underprivileged children.I am delighted to be partnering with Middlesex Cricket on this new venture. The objective is not only to produce good cricketers but also good global citizens of the future. Through this association, Middlesex and I are focused on providing the very best in cricket education, as much as possible, for our students,” said Tendulkar.Richard Goatley, CEO, Middlesex Cricket said, It has been a great privilege over the past six months to work with Sachin Tendulkar and his team in developing what we believe will be the market leading coaching programme in the world.” For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Update on the latest sports

first_imgElsewhere in the majors:— 31-year-old left-hander South Korean star Kwang Hyun Kim retired all six Miami batters he faced in his first Grapefruit League start for the St. Louis Cardinals. It came after he threw one shutout inning of relief against the New York Mets on Saturday. Kim struggled with control of his off-speed pitches in the first inning, but he found his rhythm in the second. He kept batters off balance mixing a fastball that touched 95 mph with his curve. The Marlins didn’t get a ball out of the infield against Kim.— Ubaldo Jimenez took another step in his comeback attempt with the Colorado Rockies, pitching two innings against the Texas Rangers. The 36-year-old threw 21 pitches, 14 for strikes. He gave up two hits and one run, with no walks or strikeouts. He last pitched in the majors in 2017 for Baltimore.— Miguel Sano has volunteered to move across the diamond to accommodate Twins newcomer Josh Donaldson. Sano gave up his regular spot at third base, moving to first base, and let Donaldson take his place at third. Sano bounced back from a winter injury last season and hit a career-high 34 home runs. His power helped the Twins set a major league record with 307 homers and win the AL Central.— Houston’s Alex Bregman was hit on the back by a breaking ball from St. Louis reliever Ramon Santos, the seventh Astros player plunked in five spring training games. Some opposing players have called for retaliation against the Astros following Major League Baseball’s finding that Houston broke rules against electronic sign-stealing en route to its 2017 World Series title and again in 2018. Dustin Garneau was hit Sunday against Washington, and José Altuve was grazed Monday against Detroit, when Osvaldo Duarte and Alex De Goti also were hit.  Aledmys Díaz and Jake Meyers were hit Tuesday by Miami. February 26, 2020 Associated Press NBA-NEWSMonk suspendedUNDATED (AP) — Hornets guard Malik Monk has been suspended without pay for violating the terms of the NBA/NBPA’s anti-drug program. Monk’s suspension will begin with Wednesday’s game against the New York Knicks and continue until he is determined to be in full compliance with the program.In other NBA news:— The NBA fined Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) $25,000 Wednesday, two days after he made an obscene gesture on the court and used profane language during a live television interview. The gesture occurred with 17 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter of the Sixers’ 129-112 victory over the Hawks on Monday night. With the clock winding down, Atlanta’s Kevin Huerter came from behind and swiped the ball from Embiid, who was trying to dribble it out. Embiid responded by flashing a middle finger at Huerter. He later apologized. Update on the latest sports MEN’S T25 COLLEGE BASKETBALLPenn State narrowly beat Rutgers 65-64UNDATED (AP) — Myles Dread hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to lift No. 16 Penn State over Rutgers 65-64 after the Nittany Lions blew a 21-point lead. Trailing 40-19 late in the first half, the Scarlet Knights tied the game at 62 with 1:32 left in the game on Geo Baker’s layup. His jumper gave Rutgers a two-point lead with 42 seconds remaining. Dread hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 28 seconds left to lift Penn State over Rutgers 65-64 after the Nittany Lions blew a 21-point lead. Akwasi Yeboah missed a 3-pointer the other way and Dread was swarmed by his teammates who snapped a two-game losing streak.In other T25 action:— Saddiq Bey scored 23 points and Justin Moore had 21 to lead No. 12 Villanova past St. John’s 71-60 on Wednesday night. Moore hit eight 3-pointers and Bey had seven.  The Wildcats honored former Wildcats star Kyle Lowry. Lowry played two seasons for Villanova before he became a five-time NBA All-Star with the defending champion Toronto Raptors. St. John’s were 12 1/2-point underdogs but kept it close until Moore got on a hot streak down the stretch to seal the win. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNBA-SCHEDULECavs route 76ers 108-94, Embiid left with sprained shoulderWASHINGTON (AP) — Collin Sexton scored 28 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers routed Philadelphia 108-94 on Wednesday night after 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) left in the first quarter because of a sprained left shoulder. — Former TCU and Seattle Seahawks quarterback Trevone Boykin has been sentenced to three years in prison after pleading guilty to charges from the 2018 beating of his girlfriend. Boykin and prosecutors agreed to the sentence in return for his guilty plea Wednesday to aggravated assault and witness tampering charges. Boykin’s attorney says his client will be eligible for parole in less than a year. Shabrika Bailey alleged that Boykin broke her jaw in two places in the March 2018 beating. The Seahawks cut Boykin in the wake of the allegation.— The New York Giants have released linebackers Alec Ogletree and Kareem Martin, clearing significant salary cap space with the departure of their two most expensive defensive players. The Giants, rebuilding under rookie head coach Joe Judge, gained more than $13 million in salary cap savings by jettisoning the two. Ogletree was twice elected a team captain and accumulated a team-high 173 tackles as the starter at inside linebacker over two seasons with the Giants.SPORTS-VIRUS OUTBREAKJapan baseball will play in empty stadiums, Irelands rugby match, Asian soccer postponedUNDATED(AP) — Japan’s professional baseball league says it will play its 72 remaining preseason games in empty stadiums because of the threat of the spreading coronavirus. The regular season is to open on March 20. The virus that began in China is disrupting all of the country’s sports schedules and has raised concerns about the Tokyo Olympics. They are to open on July 24. Representatives of the baseball league’s 12 teams made the move at a special meeting. NHL-SCHEDULECompher, Francouz lead Avalanche to 3-2 win over SabresDENVER (AP) — JT. Compher broke a tie on a wrist shot with 8:06 remaining, Martin Kaut scored his first NHL goal and the banged-up Colorado Avalanche won their fourth straight by beating the Buffalo Sabres 3-2. Gabriel Landeskog (LAN’-dehs-kahg) also scored to help the Avalanche vault into second place in the Central Division. Pavel Francouz was sharp in stopping 31 shots. Zemgus Girgensons (ZEHM’-guhz GEER’-gehn-suhnz) and Curtis Lazar scored for the Sabres. They’ve dropped five straight to Colorado. NHL-NEWSMuzzin out MLB-STANTON, VERLANDER TO MISS OPENING DAYStanton, Verlander will likely miss opening dayUNDATED (AP) — Oft-injured New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton will likely miss opening day because of a strained right calf. Manager Aaron Boone says Stanton was injured near the end of defensive drills yesterday. Yankees star pitcher Luis Severino needs Tommy John surgery and will miss the entire season. The AL East champion Yankees open on March 26 at Baltimore.The Yankees put a major league-record 30 players on the injured list last year, with Stanton missing most of the season.Meanwhile, Justin Verlander’s spring training debut will be postponed at least a few more days while the Houston Astros ace deals with tightness in his groin. Verlander had been scheduled to start Thursday against Washington. Instead, he will throw a simulated game at the Astros’ complex prior to that exhibition. Houston manager Dusty Baker said the tightness first appeared a couple of days ago. Baker says he isn’t worried about the injury lingering. Verlander won his second Cy Young Award last season by going 21-6 with a 2.52 ERA. UNDATED (AP) — The Toronto Maple Leafs have suffered another setback on defense with the loss of Jake Muzzin to a broken hand. The Leafs announced that Muzzin will be out about four weeks after suffering the injury during a win over the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday. Toronto also is missing defensemen Morgan Rielly and Cody Ceci because of injuries.In other NHL news:— St. Louis Blues defenseman Jay Bouwmeester has been ruled out from returning to play in the regular season or in the playoffs. Bouwmeester spoke to reporters for the first time since he collapsed on the bench in the first period during a game at the Anaheim Ducks on Feb. 11. The 36-year-old Edmonton native was hospitalized and spent five nights in the hospital.— Montreal Canadiens defenseman Victor Mete will miss the rest of the season with a broken foot. Mete suffered the injury during the game in Detroit on Feb. 18. The 21-year-old Mete had four goals and 11 assists in 51 games this season.— Peter Laviolette (lah-vee-uh-LET’) is returning to the bench after being selected as the coach of the United States men’s national team competing at the world hockey championships in May. The move was announced by USA Hockey on Wednesday, seven weeks after Laviolette was fired by the Nashville Predators. Laviolette ranks 16th in NHL wins with 637 covering four teams over 18 seasons, including the 2006 Stanley Cup champion Carolina Hurricanes. He also coached the New York Islanders and Philadelphia Flyers. The 76ers, already playing without All-Star guard Ben Simmons, never led against the team with the worst record in the Eastern Conference and fell to 9-21 on the road.Embiid collided with Cavaliers center Ante Zizic while being fouled late in the first quarter. The 7-footer held his shoulder in obvious pain but stayed in the game and missed both free throws.The Sixers pulled Embiid at the next time stoppage and he walked to the locker room while rubbing his shoulder. He briefly returned to the bench in the second quarter but went back for more evaluation and treatment. At halftime, Embiid rejoined his teammates on the bench with a wrap on his injured shoulder.Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 13 rebounds, and Larry Nance Jr. had 13 points for Cleveland.Shake Milton, who replaced Simmons in the starting lineup, scored 20 points. — The Houston Astros continued to get booed on the road in spring training as they visited the home of the New York Mets. Former World Series MVP George Springer was heckled as part of Houston’s split squad. Fans are calling the Astros cheaters, and doing it loudly in the wake of their sign-stealing scam. Springer had to hear it for a bit longer on Wednesday. The star leadoff man stepped into the batter’s box a minute before the game was scheduled to begin, giving the crowd extra time to boo him.NFL-NEWSPlayer reps send new CBA to union members for approvalUNDATED (AP) — The NFL and its players are closer to a new collective bargaining agreement and the next decade of labor peace that would come with it. There’s still work to be done to get the deal into the end zone, however. Following a late-night vote on the slim majority approval of the 32 team representatives, the NFL Players Association was preparing to send the current CBA proposal to the full union membership for potential ratification. Last week, owners gave their majority-vote approval. Negotiations have been gone on for the past 10 months. The 17-game regular season is the most significant change.In other NFL news: Meanwhile, Ireland’s Six Nations rugby match against Italy in Dublin has been postponed because of concerns about the spreading virus in Europe. The Italians were scheduled to play at Ireland on March 7, part of annual rugby competition that also includes England, France, Scotland and Wales. A women’s game the following day was also postponed.And Asian soccer leaders have postponed two key meetings because of the outbreak. In other NBA action:— Evan Fournier (FOHR’-nee-ay) scored 28 points, Aaron Gordon added 25 and the Orlando Magic pulled away in the fourth quarter for a 130-120 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. The Magic solidified their hold on the final playoff spot in the East, putting the Hawks away with a 14-5 spurt. Fournier scored nine points in the game-clinching run, and Gordon finished it off with a 3-pointer. The Hawks lost despite a 37-point effort from Trae Young. John Collins added 26 points but was blocked twice in the fourth quarter to stymie any hopes of an Atlanta comeback.— Jerome Robinson’s 3-pointer with 8.4 seconds left lifted the Washington Wizards to a 110-106 win over the Brooklyn Nets to snap a three-game losing streak. After Robinson gave Washington a 108-106 lead with his 3, Brooklyn’s Spencer Dinwiddie missed a 3-point attempt and Robinson added two free throws as Washington won a game in which it squandered an 18-point lead. The ninth-place Wizards trail the seventh-place Nets by five games in the Eastern Conference.— — Jordan McLaughlin’s layup with just under nine seconds left put Minnesota ahead for good, D’Angelo Russell led all scorers with 27 points and the Timberwolves added to Miami’s late-season stagger and the Timberwolves beat the Heat 129-126. Malik Beasley scored 21 points, Juancho Hernangomez tied a season-high with 17 and McLaughlin added 13 for Minnesota. The Timberwolves were down by 12 with 3:59 left, then closed on a 20-5 run to get just their second victory in 20 games. Kendrick Nunn led Miami with 24 points. Bam Adebayo had 22 points and 10 rebounds.— Terry Rozier scored 26 points, and the Charlotte Hornets handed the New York Knicks their fifth straight loss 107-101. The slumping Devonte Graham returned from a team-mandated night off and scored 21 points. P.J. Washington and Bismack Biyombo each scored 12 points for the Hornets, who snapped a two-game losing skid. Julius Randle finished with 18 points and nine rebounds for the Knicks.last_img read more

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SEC schools to honor scholarships of those opting not 2 play

first_imgSporting events in England could be opened up to spectators starting in October.No fans have been allowed at stadiums since sports resumed in the country in June after a three-month shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.British Prime Minister Boris Johnson says “from October we intend to bring back audiences in stadia … in a COVID-secure way subject to the successful outcome of pilots.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The conference announced it will try to play those sports in the spring semester, and has agreed to a “look-in” window during September to evaluate whether it is possible to conduct shortened, conference-only seasons in fall sports.___The restart of the Paraguayan soccer league has been called off after three teams came down with cases of the coronavirus.The Paraguayan soccer association says Guarani, 12 de Octubre and San Lorenzo cannot play and train until another medical examination is held.The soccer association did not say how many players or club staff members have become infected. F1 reported no positive cases from more than 8,000 tests carried out over the previous two races held in Austria at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg. Personnel attending the races are tested every five days with results made public every seven days.There are two scheduled races at the British GP on Aug. 2 and Aug. 9.___The world triathlon championships will be staged this year but it’s unclear where and when. Ball State’s road trips to Indiana and Michigan were canceled last week when the Big Ten opted to conduct a league-only schedule, a move that reportedly will cost the Mid-American Conference school almost $1.7 million in guaranteed money.If replacement teams cannot be lined up, the Cardinals would now open the season by hosting Wyoming on Sept. 26. Ball State still has eight league games on the schedule, too.___ Five more baseball players tested positive for COVID-19 in the past week, raising the total to 80 since testing started in late June.Major League Baseball and the players’ association said six of 10,548 samples were new positives in the week ending Thursday, a rate of 0.05%. In addition to players, one staff member tested positive. The worlds were originally scheduled to take place in August at the Edmonton world series grand final but they were canceled in April because of the coronavirus pandemic. The governing body of the sport now says a 2020 worlds can go ahead after recommendations from athletes and coaches and talks with national federations.World Triathlon also canceled three World Cups in Brazil and China.World Triathlon says it was forced to scrap two World Cups and three Asian Cups in China scheduled for September and October after the country’s government last week canceled all international sports for the rest of the year.___The Atlantic 10 Conference is postponing its fall sports season, which includes soccer, cross country, field hockey and women’s volleyball. SEC schools to honor scholarships of those opting not 2 play The league announced the decision Friday, saying the athletes will remain in good standing with their team. SEC’s Presidents and Chancellors voted unanimously on the issue based on a recommendation of the league’s athletic directors.The SEC hasn’t announced plans for football and other fall sports yet. The league said it will determine later if the policy should be extended at least to the spring semester___Ball State athletic department officials are looking to fill three open dates on the school’s football schedule after losing its third non-conference game.The Cardinals were scheduled to play host to Maine in the Sept. 3 season-opener — before the Black Bears and the Colonial Athletic Association announced they had suspended the fall sports season.center_img Associated Press The league had been scheduled to resume later in the day after a four-month suspension caused by the pandemic. San Lorenzo was to play General Diaz.Guarani was scheduled to play Guaireña on Saturday and 12 de Octubre was to play Sol de America.Club executives are expected to meet later in the day to discuss whether other matches will go forward.Paraguay has done comparatively well in combating the virus. Only 27 people in the country of almost 7 million residents have died with the virus of about 3,300 infected.___ July 17, 2020 The week included a five-day span with no new positive tests. Including the initial intake screening that started in late June, 93 of of 21,701 samples have resulted in new positives, a rate of 0.4%. The positives included 80 players and 13 staff members. ___Formula One says two people tested positive for the coronavirus in the latest batch of tests carried out before the Hungarian Grand Prix.F1 said 4,997 tests for COVID-19 were carried out from July 10-16 ahead of Sunday’s race outside of Budapest. No further information was given about the two people who tested positive. They have been removed from the Hungaroring vicinity and isolated. 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