Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: NHL PLAYOFF POSSIBILITIESNHL playoff scenarios run the gamut of where, when and howUNDATED (AP) — Neutral site NHL playoff games? Awarding the Stanley Cup in September? Nothing is off the table as the league considers options to complete the season.Play is on hold for now because of the coronavirus pandemic.Players have different opinions on what a playoff format might look like. Ideas range from completing all or part of the regular season to expanding the number of teams competing from 16. Associated Press Bourne had 30 catches for 358 yards and five TD last season for San Francisco.In other NFL moves:—The Jacksonville Jaguars have re-signed defensive tackle Carl Davis. Davis is suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. The 6-foot-5, 320-pound Davis played in three games in 2019 — two for Jacksonville and one for Indianapolis.— The Atlanta Falcons have announced their one-year agreement with running back Todd Gurley. The framework of the $6 million deal was completed on March 20, less than 24 hours after Gurley was released by the Los Angeles Rams.  MLB-AL KALINE Teams also are being prohibited “from watching, requesting, or sharing any video (live or recorded) of a draft-eligible player or prospective early entry player taking part in a workout” during the league’s shutdown.Teams will be allowed to conduct interviews by phone or video, though they will be capped at a total of four hours with any draft prospect. They can also send questionnaires to players in advance of any interviews.Meanwhile, Commissioner Adam Silver does not expect any decisions to be made until at least May about the possible resumption of the 2019-20 season, saying the coronavirus pandemic simply makes it too difficult to project what will happen next.In other sports outbreaks news:— The NFL draft will be conducted in a virtual format, with team personnel working from their homes. The draft originally was scheduled to be held in Las Vegas, but the NFL canceled all public events last month as a safeguard against the coronavirus. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell outlined procedures for the April 23-25 draft. The guidelines include no group gatherings. Beloved Detroit Tigers star Al Kaline dies at 85DETROIT (AP) — Al Kaline, who spent his entire 22-season Hall of Fame career with the Detroit Tigers and was known affectionately as “Mr. Tiger,” has died. He was 85.John Morad, a friend of Kaline’s, confirmed to The Associated Press that he died Monday at his home in Michigan. Morad, who spoke first to the Detroit Free Press, said he’d been in contact with Kaline’s son.Kaline was the youngest player to win the American League batting title in 1955 at age 20 with a .340 batting average. The right fielder was a 15-time All-Star, won 10 Gold Gloves and was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1980 in his first year of eligibility.The beloved No. 6 later sat behind a microphone as a Tigers broadcaster from 1976 to 2001 and was also a special assistant to the general manager. — Putting all 30 teams in the Phoenix area and playing in empty ballparks was among the ideas discussed Monday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association. The sides held a telephone call to talk about paths forward for a season delayed by the new coronavirus pandemic, people familiar with the discussion told The Associated Press.— Golf’s oldest championship won’t be played this year for 1st time since 1945.The R&A announced it is canceling the British Open in July because of the spread of COVID-19. It is pushing the British Open back one year and staying at Royal St. George’s. That assures the 150th Open will be at St. Andrews in 2022.— The NFL is delaying the start of its offseason workout program while formulating a plan with the NFL Players Association on how to proceed during the coronavirus pandemic. At least for the time being, NFL coaches won’t be allowed to communicate with players via videoconferencing.— IndyCar has adjusted its schedule again because of the coronavirus pandemic. The doubleheader at Detroit scheduled for the end of May has now been canceled. IndyCar will make up the two dates by hosting doubleheaders at both Iowa Speedway and Laguna Seca in California.— A doctor at French soccer club Reims (ranss) has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus. The city’s mayor tells Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. — Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved.NFL ALL-DECADE TEAM8 unanimous picks for All-Decade Team include Brady, WattUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady, J.J. Watt and Adrian Peterson are among eight unanimous selections to the 2010s NFL All-Decade Team announced by the NFL and the Pro Football Hall of Fame.Also chosen on every ballot of the 48-member Hall of Fame selection committee are Von Miller, Aaron Donald, Joe Thomas, Marshal Yanda and Justin Tucker. All but tackle Thomas and guard Yanda are active. April 7, 2020 The 55-member team is comprised only of players who made an AP All-Pro team, a Pro Bowl or a Pro Football Writers of America all-conference squad from 2010-19. Four of the unanimous players — Brady, Miller, Yanda and Tucker — won Super Bowls during the decade.NFL-49ers-BOURNEReceiver Kendrick Bourne signs tender with 49ersSANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kendrick Bourne signed his one-year restricted free agent tender Monday.The 49ers placed a second-round tender worth $3.259 million last month on Bourne. That gave the Niners the right to match any contract offer Bourne received or get a second-round pick in return. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNBA bans draft workoutsUNDATED (AP) — The NBA has told teams that they may not conduct or attend any workouts with draft-eligible players during the league’s coronavirus hiatus, a major change from typical procedures. COLLEGE BASKETBALLKentucky’s Maxey becomes second Wildcat to enter NBA draftLEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky guard Tyrese Maxey will enter the NBA draft, becoming the second Wildcats starter in as many days to turn pro and forego his remaining collegiate eligibility.Maxey scored 26 points against then-No. 1 Michigan State in his collegiate debut and finished the season tied for second in scoring on the team at 14 points per game. The 6-foot-3 freshman shot nearly 43% with 33 3-pointers and also averaged 4.3 rebounds and 3.2 assists while starting 28 of 31 games for the Southeastern Conference champions. SEC coaches voted him to the all-freshman team and all-SEC second team.In other college basketball news: —The nonprofit group that raises funds for the bulk of the world’s anti-doping research is shifting $120,000 to conduct 15,000 COVID-19 tests. The goal is to help scientists get a better sense of how many people have the new coronavirus but show no symptoms. The Partnership for Clean Competition was founded in 2008 by the NFL, Major League Baseball, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the U.S. Olympic Committee.— Two people familiar with the league’s plans say the NFL is planning a telethon during the draft to aid coronavirus relief efforts. The people tell The Associated Press that the league hopes its massive reach will raise awareness and funds in battling the pandemic. The draft is the NFL’s biggest offseason event. It’s being held from April 23-25. It had been scheduled for Las Vegas but now will be done remotely.— Boston Celtics forward Jayson Tatum and Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal are each pledging $250,000 to help provide meals for those affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Boston and St. Louis. The pledges will benefit Feeding America, the St. Louis Food Bank and Greater Boston Food Bank. Both Tatum and Beal are natives of St. Louis.— The Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers have issued a challenge to area residents to raise $200,000 for the city’s 12 community centers by noon Thursday. If that happens, the two professional teams say they will kick in an extra $420,000.— Chicago’s eight pro teams and mayor Lori Lightfoot are teaming up to encourage residents to stay home to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The Bears, Blackhawks, Bulls, Cubs and White Sox as well as the WNBA’s Sky, MLS’ Fire and National Women’s Soccer League’s Red Stars are joining with the mayor in the “We Are Not Playing” campaign. — Louisville forward Jordan Nwora has announced on social media that he will enter the NBA draft. The 6-foot-7 Nwora was selected to The Associated Press All-America third team as a junior and his decision to turn pro was expected after limited participation in last year’s NBA combine because of a knee injury.— Florida guard Scottie Lewis is returning for his sophomore season. In an announcement on social media, Lewis says “playing in the NBA is still a top priority” but his “heart is in Gainesville.”— Purdue coach Matt Painter says center Matt Haarms intends to play his final college season at another school after entering the transfer portal. The 7-foot-3 Haarms averaged 8.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2 blocks per game last season with the Boilermakers. But Haarms lost his starting job last season after suffering a hip injury in December.FIFA INVESTIGATION-FORMER FOX EXECUTIVES CHARGEDFormer Fox executives charged with bribes in World Cup bid NEW YORK (AP) — A pair of former sports marketing executives of 21st Century Fox have been indicted on charges they paid bribes to soccer officials to obtain confidential bidding information during FIFA’s sale of U.S. television rights to the 2018 and 2022 World Cups.Charges were unsealed Monday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn against former 21st Century Fox Inc. executives Hernan Lopez and Carlos Martinez. They are accused of making payments to officials of the CONMEBOL, South American soccer’s governing body.ESPN had U.S. English-language television rights to the World Cup from 1994-2014, but Fox in 2011 gained the rights for 2018 and 2022 tournaments. After the 2022 tournament in Qatar was shifted from summer to late autumn, a time when it is likely to get less attention in the U.S., FIFA awarded Fox rights for 2026 without competitive bidding.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Doris and Johnson share 2016 Sportsman of the Year Award;Thompson is Sportswoman

first_imgOLYMPIC men’s triple jump finalist, Troy Doris, and Guyana Jaguars’ skipper,Leon Johnson, were on Friday night jointly awarded the 2016 Sportsman of the Year Award at the NationalGuyana Chronicle Tamica Garnett (right) receiving her Sports Journalist of the Year (Print) award from NSC Chairman,Ivan Persaud (Adrian Narine photo)Sports Award gala in the Savannah Suite of the Pegasus Hotel.Olympian Brenessa Thompson, who last year broke both the 100m and 200m records, was named Sportswoman of the Year.Doris and Thompson, who both reside overseas, received their awards in absentia.The ceremony, organised by the National Sports Commission (NSC)which is headed by Director of Sports, Christopher Jones, was greatly commended for being a significant upgrade from past hostings.In the junior category, Linden’s Chantoba Bright, a CARIFTA Games gold medalist and South American Youth Championships bronze medalist, won the Junior Sportswoman of the Year Award.Caribbean pre-cadet table tennis gold medalist, 11-year-old Kaysan Ninvalle became the youngest Junior Sportsman of the Year.Doris came on the scene with a bang last year, when he received widespread publicity after setting the national record at 17.18m, ranking seventh in the world. He went on to represent Guyana at the Rio Olympics and finished seventh in the finals, the first Guyanese to make an Olympics finals in over a decade.Guyana Jaguars four-day cricket skipper,Leon Johnson was top scorer when Guyana won their ninth Regional First-Class title in 2016. The 29-year-old also played for the West Indies against Pakistan in the Test series in the United Arab Emirates.Following his award, Johnson said it was something he has been dreaming of achieving for some time now.“I was happy to win this award. When I won the Junior Sportsman of the Year in 2006, and I went to the awards, and I looked at the board and there was a lot of big names as you would call it, and I said to myself, one day I would like to be up there as Senior Sportsman of the Year;so I was happy that it happened to me for 2016,”A total of 21 categories were put forth for this year awards ceremony, however the Female Person with Disabilities category had no nominee, while no winner was announced for the Male Sports Official of the Year.The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) was the Sports Association of the Year, while the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association was awarded the Most Improved Sports Association of the Year.Guyana Chronicle’s Tamica Garnett won Sports Journalist of the Year (Print),while Newroom’s Treiston Joseph won Sports Journalist of the Year in the inaugural online category. NCN’s Travis Seymour won the Sports Journalist of the Year (Non-Print).Full list of awardees are as followsSenior Sportsman of the Year: (Joint) Troy Doris and Leon JohnsonSenior Sportswoman of the Year: Brenessa ThompsonJunior Sportsman of the Year: Kaysan NinvalleJunior Sportswoman of the Year: Chantoba BrightMost Improved Association: Guyana Boxing AssociationSport Association of the Year: Guyana Amateur Basketball FederationFemale Sports Personality of the Year: Lavern Fraser-ThomasMale Sports Personality of the Year: Kevon BessMale Coach of the Year: Sebert BlakeFemale Coach of the Year: Ann GordonFemale Sport Official of the Year: Leona KyteSportsman of the Year (PWD):Kevin DouglasSport Journalist of the Year (Print): Tamica GarnettSport Journalist of the Year (Non-Print): Travis SeymourSport Journalist of the Year (Online): Treiston JosephSport Photographer of the Year: Esan GriffithSport Team of the Year: Under-16 CBC Basketball BoysCorporate Sponsor of the Year (Large): DigicelCorporate Sponsor of the Year (Small): P&P Insurancelast_img read more

The Latest: Medvedev, Thiem meet in second US Open semifinal

first_img September 11, 2020 12:30 p.m.The men’s semifinal matches will be played after the women’s doubles championship is awarded at the U.S. Open.Play began with the third-seeded team of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar playing the unseeded duo of Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund.They were to be followed by Alexander Zverev against Pablo Carreno Busta, along with 2019 runner-up Daniil Medvedev facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem. None has won a Grand Slam title.Comfortable weather returned after the women’s singles semifinals were played with the Arthur Ashe Stadium roof closed Thursday night because of rain. The Latest: Medvedev, Thiem meet in second US Open semifinal Vera Zvonareva and Laura Siegemund won the U.S. Open women’s doubles title in their first tournament together, beating the third-seeded duo of Xu Yifan and Nicole Melichar 6-4, 6-4.Zvonareva, a Russian who turned 36 this week, added this title to the 2006 U.S. Open title she won with Nathalie Dechy. She also was the runner-up in singles at Flushing Meadows in 2010, falling to Kim Clijsters.But she began playing less after giving birth to daughter Evelina in 2016.Xu and Melichar finished second for the second straight tournament in New York. They were runners-up at the Western & Southern Open that’s usually played in Ohio.___ Daniil Medvedev is trying to take the last and what should be the toughest step toward a return to the U.S. Open final, facing No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem.Medvedev lost to Rafael Nadal in last year’s final and has been cruising in his quest to get back to it. The third-seeded Russian hasn’t dropped a set in his five matches.But Thiem is a much higher-quality opponent, a three-time Grand Slam finalist who is also seeking his first major title.The winner faces No. 5 seed Alexander Zverev in Sunday’s final.___ 7:45 p.m.Alexander Zverev rallied to reach his first Grand Slam final, beating Pablo Carreño Busta 3-6, 2-6, 6-3, 6-4, 6-3 at the U.S. Open.The No. 5 seed completed his first career comeback from two sets down and the first in the U.S. Open semifinals since Novak Djokovic outlasted Roger Federer in 2011.Zverev is trying to become Germany’s first Grand Slam champion since Boris Becker at the 1996 Australian Open. He will face either No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem or No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up.Carreño Busta, the No. 20 seed, lost in the U.S. Open semifinals for the second time in four years. ___ 7:05 p.m.Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreño Busta are going to a fifth set in the first men’s semifinal at the U.S. Open.The 20th-seeded Carreño Busta appeared on his way to winning in a rout, taking the first two sets 6-3, 6-2. But the fifth-seeded Zverev bounced back to take the next two 6-3, 6-4.Both players are trying to reach their first Grand Slam final. Carreno Busta will have to win a third five-set match in this year’s tournament to do so.center_img Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up, and No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem meet in the second semifinal on Arthur Ashe Stadium, where “9-11 We Remember” signs are on cloth covering the empty seats.None of the four has won a major championship, but this year presented a great opportunity for young players. Neither Roger Federer nor defending champion Rafael Nadal is in New York, and top-ranked Novak Djokovic was disqualified from his fourth-round match against Carreno Busta for accidentally hitting a line judge in the throat with a ball while walking to the sideline after dropping a game.Zverev, the No. 5 seed, is in his second straight major semifinal after getting there at the Australian Open. Carreno Busta lost in this round at the 2017 U.S. Open.___1:40 p.m Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. Open tennis tournament (all times EDT):___8:05 p.m. ___More AP tennis: https://apnews.com/apf-Tennis and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports He received medical treatment after the fourth set.The semifinal between No. 2 seed Dominic Thiem and No. 3 Daniil Medvedev, the 2019 runner-up, will follow.___4:20 p.m.Alexander Zverev and Pablo Carreno Busta are first up in the U.S. Open men’s semifinals, with the winner earning a spot in his first Grand Slam final.last_img read more

Howard Washington to pursue medical redshirt, Jalen Carey battling ‘bruise’

first_imgThe health of Syracuse’s point guards was put into question on Saturday following the Orange’s (8-4) 82-52 win over Arkansas State (5-7).Jim Boeheim said Howard Washington would be exploring a medical redshirt, and he said Jalen Carey is dealing with a “bruise. ” Before the game,  SU announcer Matt Park reported that Carey has a hip injury. Both guards had worked back from early season injuries. The Orange are off for a week before they play again on Dec. 29 against St. Bonaventure.Washington underwent surgery on Feb. 16 to repair a torn ACL. He recovered enough to play in three of SU’s first five games: the opener against Eastern Washington, then on Nov. 16 against Oregon and Nov. 21 against Colgate. But he hasn’t played in the last month, and Boeheim acknowledged he’d pursue a medical redshirt.“He’s had some issues this fall that were just too much to overcome,” Boeheim said.Carey didn’t miss a game for Syracuse before Saturday, but he’d spent time on the shelf during the exhibition slate due to an ankle injury that slowed the freshman point guard’s development. But he worked his way into the starting lineup by SU’s two games at Madison Square Garden in mid-November, and played a key role off the bench after Howard returned from his leg injury.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSaturday, though, Carey spent the game on the sidelines. He warmed up with the Orange in his usual pregame attire of warmup shirt and sweatpants. During halftime, he laughed with his teammates as he participated in the drills he normally does. But he never made it onto the floor during the game.“I don’t know,” Boeheim said of whether Carey would be back next week. “I stopped trying to figure those things out a month and a half ago. When he’s healthy.”The absence of reserve point guards meant that Boeheim played Tyus Battle for a sizable stretch at point guard, a role he held down in the preseason exhibition games. Frank Howard played 27 minutes himself, even as he struggled to a 1 for 6 shooting line, because there wasn’t a bench option.And as Syracuse approaches its final nonconference game with four nonconference losses — a total the Orange have never made the NCAA Tournament after reaching — the early-season point guard question is back. It’ll have to be answered in the coming weeks. After Saturday’s game, though, Boeheim just wanted to focus on what he felt his senior point guard, who he said is healthy now, means to SU.“I’m not gonna make excuses,” Boeheim said. “If Frank Howard was ready from day one, we’d be a whole different team. It’s as simple as that.” Published on December 22, 2018 at 6:14 pm Contact Billy: wmheyen@syr.edu | @Wheyen3 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Collins out of Wales World Cup qualifier this weekend

first_imgWest Ham defender James Collins has withdrawn from the Wales squad for their game with Serbs on Saturday because of injury.He’s been replaced by MK Dons centre back Joe Walsh.last_img

Keta Municipal Assembly allocates land for beach soccer

first_imgTop Ghana beach soccer championship club Sunset Sports Keta have announced plans to develop a beach soccer arena in Keta.The facility, when completed, will be among the first in the country.A club statement said Sunset Sports has secured the release of a beach land measuring 100 x 60metres from the Keta Municipal Assembly which will be used to develop an international beach soccer arena to further enhance to success chalked by keta clubs in the national championship and promote the development of the sports.The land allocated for the arena is located outside the demarcated land space of Aborigines beach resorts.Sunset Sports Keta will work in partnership with Aborigines beach resorts  and the club’s London based partners Sandlanders Football to develop the facility.Sunset Sports Keta CEO and Ghana Beach Soccer League board Chairman Dzidodo Ruben Adjahoe disclosed that the project will begin as soon as formal documentation is completed under the public private partnership structure. He further indicated that the arena will have all facilities for concessions and support functions that will meet international standards. He advised all beach soccer clubs in the country to initiate programs that will interest their local communities in order to draw attention to the fast growing sport.Meanwhile, as part of the broader developmental plans of the association, a nationwide tour of selected coastal communities has been earmarked for beach soccer games.The “Coast to Coast” tour is aimed at introducing and planting the exciting sport in as many communities as possible.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

CHAN 2016: The high profile casualties who didn’t qualify

first_imgFourteen teams have qualified for the 2016 edition of the African Nations Championship in Rwanda, with two more spots still up for grabs.The qualified teams include: Angola, Congo DR, Ethiopia, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Nigeria, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and hosts Rwanda.Among the casualties are Senegal, knocked out, but on away goal rule, following a 3-3 aggregate draw with Guinea. Togo were eliminated after losing 3-1 on aggregate to Niger Republic.Uganda did the double over Sudan and won 4-0 on aggregate, while Zambia recorded a 4-1 win over Mozambique in the two legs. Nigeria survived a second leg penalty to draw 0-0 with Burkina Faso and ensure a 2-0 aggregate win, while Mali continued their fantastic form in the continent’s football to qualify ahead of Mauritania. South Africa, who lost 2-3 to Angola on aggregate, in a tie in which both teams lost their home ties. In North Africa, Morocco and Tunisia are also through the finals.Meanwhile, Ghana and Cameroon will know their fate in the coming weekend when they face Cote d’Ivoire and Congo respectively.Ghana beat the Ivoirians 2-1 in the first leg in Kumasi, while Cameroon and visitors Congo drew 0-0. QUALIFIED TEAMS IN BOLD LETTERSAngola (beat South Africa 3-2 on agg), Zambia (beat Mozambique 4-1 on agg), Uganda (beat Sudan 4-0 on agg), Niger (beat Togo 3-1 on agg), Gabon (beat Chad 2-1 on agg), Nigeria (beat Burkina Faso 2-0 on agg), Zimbabwe (beat Lesotho 4-2 on agg), Guinea (beat Senegal on goal difference after 3-3 on agg), Ethiopia (beat Burundi 2-3 on agg), Mali (beat Mauritania 3-2 on agg), Congo DR (opponents Central African Republic withdrew), Morocco, Tunisia (qualified from North African group), Rwanda – HostsCote d’Ivoire vs Ghana TBD (Ghana won 2-1 in the first leg.)Congo vs Cameroon TBD (Both drew 0-0 in Cameroon in the first leg.)– Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Sources: USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen completes $10M transfer to Manchester City

first_imgU.S. national team and Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen has finalized his transfer to Manchester City after completing his medical and signing his new contract on Thursday, multiple sources have confirmed to Goal.The 23-year-old goalkeeper will join the Premier League champions for a transfer fee of $7.5 milion (£6m)  that could rise to $10m if Steffen reaches certain incentives.  With Steffen unlikely to succeed in his quest to secure a UK work permit, the American goalkeeper is expected to be sent out on loan, with La Liga side Girona a leading candidate to be his next destination. French club OGC Nice, which is coached by former New York City FC boss Patrick Vieira, is another potential destination.Steffen’s transfer is one of the largest ever paid for an MLS player, and has shattered the previous record for an MLS goalkeeper, which was the $3 million Manchester United paid for Tim Howard in 2003.Steffen is the latest MLS player to be acquired by Manchester City, which acquired former NYCFC winger Jack Harrison in January, as well as former Sporting Kansas City defender Erik Palmer-Brown, who signed on free transfer. Harrison is currently on loan with Leeds United, while Palmer-Brown is currently on loan with Dutch side NAC Breda.The 2018 MLS goalkeeper of the year, Steffen enjoyed a breakout year for club and country, emerging as the first-choice goalkeeper with the USMNT, and turning in several standout performances, including a strong showing in the national team’s 1-1 draw with France prior to the World Cup.Though Steffen does not currently qualify for a UK work permit, he could re-apply in the summer, and may stand a better chance to secure one if he can maintain his hold on the starting USMNT job in this summer’s Gold Cup. With his former Columbus Crew coach, Gregg Berhalter, having been hired as the new U.S. national team coach, Steffen stands a good chance of holding on to the job, though he is facing good competition from Club Brugge goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.Steffen’s transfer to Manchester City comes four years after he left the University of Maryland as a 19-year-old to join German club SC Freiburg. He endured an unhappy stint at Freiburg, leaving the German club after a year and a half to sign with the Crew.Steffen is seen as a potential long-term option for Manchester City, which currently boasts Brazilian national team goalkeeper Ederson as its starter. Steffen’s passing ability and ball-handling skills, as well as his experience playing in a possession-based system with the Crew, should help him adapt to Manchester City’s playing style and challenge for playing time once he is able to secure a work permit and join the first team.last_img read more

Intercity Transit Accepting Applications for Surplus Vanpool Vans

first_imgFacebook25Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Intercity TransitIntercity Transit’s Van Grant program is accepting applications for retired vanpool vans. Three 12-passenger vans and one seven-passenger van are available for granting to qualifying non-profit organizations and agencies. Applications are due by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017.Each non-profit is granted a van after a rigorous application process. Photo courtesy: Intercity TransitNon-profit organizations with 501(c)(3) status and agencies located within and serving residents of the Intercity Transit’s Public Transportation Benefit Area (PBTA), which includes the cities of Olympia, Lacey, Tumwater and Yelm and their urban growth areas, are eligible to apply.Informational Open HousesInterested parties are invited to attend an open house on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. or Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Intercity Transit’s business office, 526 Pattison Street SE, Olympia. Open houses will provide information about the application process, selection criteria, mileage tracking and van maintenance.Now in its 14th year, Intercity Transit’s Van Grant program awards retired vanpool vehicles to community organizations through a competitive application and review process instead of selling them at auction. Past recipients include: Catholic Community Services/Drexel House, GRuB, Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County, Community Youth Services, Interfaith Works, Senior Services of South Sound, Thurston County Food Bank, Yelm Community Center, Habitat for Humanity, Behavior Health Resources, and YWCA of Olympia, among others.Application packets will be available at the open houses, online, by calling 360-786-8585, or by emailing cnewsome@intercitytransit.com. For more information about the Van Grant program, contact Carolyn Newsome, Vanpool Manger, at 360-705-5829.last_img read more

100 voices: Cricketers and athletes speak up about Black Lives Matter!

first_imgImage Courtesy: PTI/AP/Getty/ShutterstockAdvertisement 4uls48NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs3icWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eogyc( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 7dxWould you ever consider trying this?😱ft9Can your students do this? 🌚pdlsnRoller skating! Powered by Firework Its not the novel Coronavirus pandemic. Its not the slow resumption of sporting activities. The news that has been making the headlines, and has concerned the global citizens, is the unrest across the United States of America. The murder of George Floyd last week has started protests against racism and police brutality in the country, which has now achieved a global support. Many cricketers, athletes and clubs all over the world are taking to social media to stand up in support of the Black Lives Matter protest.Advertisement Image Courtesy: PTI/AP/Getty/ShutterstockSportspersons have always spoken against racism inequality and injustice, even now, Twitter and Instagram fills with their posts promoting equality, and in solidarity for the Black Lives Matter movement that is taking place all across USA.George Floyd was murdered on 25th May in Minneapolis by Derek Chauvin, a police officer who worked for the Minneapolis Police Department. The officer, who has now been fired and charged with third degree murder and man slaughter, pressed his knee on Floyd’s neck, who was handcuffed and lying on the street. Post mortem has revealed asphyxia as the cause of death.Advertisement The video footages recorded by bystanders show Floyd’ pleading ‘I can’t breathe’ to Chauvin, the phrase which has taken the forefront on the protests against racial injustice.The Black Lives Matter movement started back in 2013 with the hashtag #BlackLivesMatter or #BLM on social media, and has been a driving force to protest against the xenophobic attacks on African-Americans, police brutality, racial profiling and inequality in the country’s justice system.Advertisement If you like reading about MMA, make sure you check out MMAIndia.com Also follow India’s biggest arm wrestling tournament at ProPanja.com View this post on Instagram #BlackoutTuesday 🤚🏻🤚🏼🤚🏽🤚🏾🤚🏿A post shared by Sami Khedira (@sami_khedira6) on Jun 2, 2020 at 8:09am PDT View this post on InstagramA post shared by Michael Phelps (@m_phelps00) on Jun 2, 2020 at 7:08am PDT View this post on Instagram I have been collecting my thoughts for the past few days in order to eloquently describe my feelings on the tragic and unnecessary death of George Floyd. It would have been far too easy to write with emotion, hatred and vitriolic sentiment in the immediate aftermath. Although those feelings are still present, I will give it a try. Why is this still happening in 2020? Why do the same racists applaud any ethnic minority who plays for the team they support but abuse the same minorities on the street? Why are all the methods we are using to eradicate this from our society not working? It’s gone on for too long and we have come too far for this to be tolerated in modern society. I do not advocate violence, looting or destruction of property, as this will not solve any problems and many racially afflicted individuals are victims themselves of this behaviour. Why should the people be punished who have the same struggles, turmoil and racial abuse? The people who have worked their entire lives to feed their families and then have the fruits of the labour destroyed in protests against the issues they are suffering themselves? This is not the answer. However, we do urgently NEED change, we DEMAND change and most importantly, we DESERVE change. Make it happen, NOW. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH.A post shared by @ thierryhenry on Jun 2, 2020 at 1:45pm PDT View this post on Instagram I understand that I will never understand. However, I stand with you ✊🏻✊🏾 ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I’ve been so ignorant and naive of my privilege and I’m so sorry. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is time to educate ourselves surrounding white privilege and systemic racism and stand up to this.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ It is uncomfortable to admit that our privilege has perpetuated racism, but it is necessary to recognise this and to educate ourselves and play our part in dismantling our systems that are built on racism.A post shared by Jodie Taylor (@jodes__14) on May 31, 2020 at 8:25pm PDT View this post on Instagram ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesdayA post shared by Alex Lacazette (@lacazettealex) on Jun 2, 2020 at 6:59am PDT View this post on Instagram Black Lives Matter. #BlackoutTuesdayA post shared by Novak Djokovic (@djokernole) on Jun 2, 2020 at 11:55am PDT View this post on Instagram Todos juntos!! ❤️#BLACKLIVESDMATTER #blackouttuesdayA post shared by David Luiz (@davidluiz_4) on Jun 2, 2020 at 1:46am PDT View this post on Instagram #vidasnegrasimportam #vidasfaveladasimportam #notoracism #blacklivesmatterA post shared by Gabriel Jesus (@dejesusoficial) on Jun 1, 2020 at 12:29pm PDT View this post on Instagram #blackouttuesday ✊🏾✊🏾✊🏾A post shared by Anthony Martial (@martial_9) on Jun 2, 2020 at 7:19am PDT View this post on Instagram Enough is enough. We are all humans. Together we are stronger ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏾✊🏿A post shared by Christian (@cmpulisic) on Jun 2, 2020 at 4:12am PDT View this post on Instagram Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatterA post shared by Sadio Mane (@sadiomaneofficiel) on Jun 1, 2020 at 6:38am PDT View this post on Instagram ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 #blackouttuesdayA post shared by Blaise Matuidi (@blaisematuidiofficiel) on Jun 2, 2020 at 2:13am PDT View this post on Instagram #blackouttuesday 🖤A post shared by Fred Rodrigues (@fred08oficial) on Jun 2, 2020 at 5:20am PDT View this post on Instagram ✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿A post shared by Raheem Sterling x 😇 (@sterling7) on Jun 2, 2020 at 6:03am PDT View this post on Instagram #BlackOutTuesday 🤎 link in bioA post shared by Simone Biles (@simonebiles) on Jun 2, 2020 at 9:30am PDT View this post on InstagramA post shared by Jozy Altidore (@jozyaltidore) on May 28, 2020 at 8:04pm PDT View this post on Instagram ✊🏿A post shared by Gyasi Zardes (@gyasinho) on Jun 1, 2020 at 10:55pm PDT View this post on Instagram There is no place for injustice, racism and intolerance in this world! We must really listen and learn from those in pain. Be the example of the change you want to see!! Praying, hoping, and believing everyday that this is all a part of the lords plan to lead us to a better and brighter future ahead. God speed everyone 💔A post shared by Conor McGregor Official (@thenotoriousmma) on May 31, 2020 at 5:19pm PDT View this post on Instagram STILL!!!! 🤬😢😤A post shared by LeBron James (@kingjames) on May 27, 2020 at 9:43am PDT View this post on Instagram #blackouttuesdayA post shared by P.K. Subban (@subbanator) on Jun 2, 2020 at 8:07am PDTAlso read-Kobe Bryant’s ‘I Can’t Breathe’ t-shirt takes on new meaning after George Floyd murderMichael Jordan shows solidarity with protests across America: ‘We need to create systemic change!’ Advertisementlast_img read more