Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other -– during this unprecedented time.”Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.___ The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said.“All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.”Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. ___ April 10, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak. ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis.The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September. Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games. On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year.ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic.The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement. Associated Press ___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days.The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus. The Latest: Cristiano Ronaldo playing at park OK’ed
UEFA is giving priority to completing national league and cup competitions. One contingency plan is for games to continue into July and August and decide entries for the Champions League and Europa League next season.This season’s Champions League and Europa League could resume once domestic titles are decided.The UEFA executive committee last month postponed the European Championship by one year to 2021. Other games affected include World Cup qualifying groups, the 2021 Nations League finals and the women’s Euro 2021 tournament in England.___The Asian Football Confederation says it has postponed “all matches and competitions scheduled to take place in May and June until further notice.” Clubs from the top two divisions were to meet Friday but that has been delayed until April 23.The league had hoped to resume play next month but Germany’s federal political system could allow numerous state and federal officials to obstruct games if they disagree.The league says clubs need extra time to prepare and that any decisions made will be “based on the current political decision-making situation at federal and state level over the coming week.”___The Senior British Open golf tournament has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Associated Press Most of the 32 Asian Champions League teams played two group games in February before the coronavirus outbreak caused a shutdown.The AFC says it “will explore all possible options in order to complete” those groups.___The first women’s professional golf tournament in Saudi Arabia has found new dates in October.The inaugural Saudi Ladies International on the Ladies European Tour was to be played last month but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: German soccer league delays resumption meeting The event was scheduled to take place at Sunningdale from July 23-26.R&A official Johnnie Cole-Hamilton says organizers are looking at alternative options to host the tournament “later in the year if at all possible.”___UEFA says it will host another round of calls next week for European soccer leaders to address the shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic.The UEFA executive committee is set to join by video link on April 23. It will follow separate days of calls with UEFA’s 55 member federations and club soccer officials. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The German soccer league has delayed a meeting of clubs that was expected to set out a timetable for resuming games in empty stadiums. The $1 million event will now be played from Oct. 8-11 at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club at King Abdullah Economic City.___The Tour de France won’t begin as originally planned because French President Emmanuel Macron has canceled all public events with large crowds through mid-July in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Tour organizers say it is now impossible for the three-week race to start on June 27 in the Riviera city of Nice as scheduled.It is unclear if cycling’s biggest event will be scrapped from the race calendar. New plans are likely to be announced before the end of the month following consultations with the governing body of cycling. April 14, 2020 ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
(REUTERS) – Manchester United’s Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Bournemouth defender Tyrone Mings were charged with violent conduct by the Football Association yesterday.Mings landed on the United forward’s head with his studs and Ibrahimovic caught Mings in the face with his elbow soon afterwards during the teams’ 1-1 Premier League draw at Old Trafford on Saturday.“The players were involved in two separate incidents in or around the 44th minute which were not seen by the match officials at the time but caught on video,” the FA said in a statement.The players have until 1800 GMT today to reply to the charge and face minimum three-match bans if found guilty.Swede Ibrahimovic, who has scored 26 goals in all competitions for United this season, could miss the FA Cup quarter-final trip to Chelsea next Monday.Mings could face an increased ban for his offence.“The FA has submitted a claim that the standard punishment that would otherwise apply for the misconduct committed by the Bournemouth defender is ‘clearly insufficient’,” the FA said.
IN their continued aim to restructure football in Guyana, with emphasis on development at the youth level, the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) yesterday launched the Frank Watson U-15 Intra-Association Tournament at the National Gymnasium, before an audience that included visiting CONCACAF president Victor Montagliani.The tournament is being held in collaboration with the Pele FC Alumni Corporation, and backed by corporate support from the National Milling Company, and will supplement the Under-17 league which is already played. Although the dates have not yet been finalised the programme is expected to begin soon.GFF president Wayne Forde, during his address at the launch, noted that the hosting of the league is all part of the Federation’s restructuring strategy.“The Under-15 league is part of the GFF strategic plan to have consistent football played at every level. Here we are once again launching a tournament that will add to the restructuring of football in Guyana. This will ensure that structured football is played at one of the most critical levels in the development of every player,” Forde stated.Forde described the event as “historic”, emphasing that the hosting of the tournament will mark a lot of firsts for football in Guyana, particularly the fact that the GFF now has two major corporate sponsors backing the leagues.“Today is an exciting and historic day for football in Guyana. We now have two commercial partners to ensure that football is played at the U-15 and U-17 levels year round for the next five years. I think this is the first of its kind. I don’t recall a period in Guyana’s football history where we would have had two commercial relationships that ensure that structured age specific football is played year round in every association,” Forde pointed out.And the development doesn’t end here, Forde said that more grassroots leagues are expected to sprout soon, all working to support the the (GFF)/Scotiabank Academy Training Centre (ATC) which was launched last month.“In a matter of weeks, we’re going to be announcing a similar nationwide, youth Under-13 league and thereafter a youth U-20 league. These leagues will feed players into those academies – the U-15 league, the U-17 leagues the U-13 leagues, the U-20 leagues.” Forde said.When Montagliani took to the podium, he focused most of his address directly to the players present, reminding them of their pivotal importance as the whole reason for the game.“You now have a privilege to be involved in one of the greatest games in the world. And you have to seize that opportunity,” Montagliani said.Montagliani was accompanied by other Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) member federations’ presidents including president of the St Martin Football Association, Fabrice Baly, and president of the Aruba Football Federation, Richard DijKhoff.Montagliani is on a two-day visit to Guyana, where he is taking in an overview of the sport in Guyana and meeting with several other local officials, including Director of Sport Christopher Jones.Jones was also present at yesterday’s ceremony and took the opportunity to reiterate government’s stance on being supportive of any imitative working to improve sports in Guyana.Yesterday’s ceremony also saw the handing-over of several pieces of equipment to GFF member associations.
By Mark GleesonADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (Reuters) – Winds of change gusted through African soccer yesterday as Ahmad of Madagascar was voted in as the new Confederation of African Football (CAF) president, ending the 29-year reign of Issa Hayatou in an election in the Ethiopian capital.The 34-20 vote was a decisive rejection of the 70-year-old incumbent from Cameroon, who had been seeking an eighth term to take his leadership of the African game into a fourth decade.Ahmad, 57, a former government minister who goes by just a single name, emerged as a surprise candidate late last year and was initially given little chance of unseating Hayatou, who has ruled over African soccer since 1988.“With much emotion I thank all those who have believed in the change. Thanks to you who were always behind me. We have done it. This victory is ours. This is a victory for Africa,” Ahmad posted on his Facebook page (Ahmad CAF 2017) from his seat on the podium shortly after being voted in.Ahmad, who has previously served as minister of sport and of fisheries in Madagascar, was borne on the shoulders of boisterous supporters after the result was announced, while a tired-looking Hayatou seemed stunned.However, following on radical changes in FIFA over the last year and with a growing number of younger presidents of African soccer federations, there has been an increased desire for a fresh face at the helm of the African game.Ahmad had promised an increase in financial support for African associations, business class travel to future Congresses for all delegates and to be more open to suggestions from member associations. His term is for four years.Ahmad gave a rousing speech before the lengthy voting process began, while Hayatou did not take the opportunity to address the congress.OVERLY CONFIDENTHayatou’s allies, also stunned by the result, suggested he had been blindsided by many of his former close colleagues but had also been too confident of victory.“Too many people told him he’d win easily and he believed them,” a senior CAF official told Reuters.FIFA president Gianni Infantino was also in Addis Ababa to witness Ahmad’s upset win.Infantino made no public pronouncements ahead of the contest, though he had emerged as a potential kingmaker when he attended a function in Zimbabwe last month in what was seen as a sign of support for Ahmad.Infantino has quickly won favour in Africa by increasing the size of future World Cup and financial grants to member countries.As an immediate consequence of Hayatou’s defeat, his senior vice-president Suketu Patel of the Seychelles pulled out of his bid to win re-election to the organisation’s executive committee, leaving CAF without its influential financial chief.Some other powerful committee figures were voted off the executive committee, including Mohamed Raoraoua of Algeria and Amadou Diakite of Mali. Danny Jordaan of South Africa, who ran the 2010 World Cup, was elected to the committee.
BASSETERRE, St Kitts, (CMC) — Sunil Ambris’s monumental double hundred ensured Windward Islands Volcanoes took full honours for the second straight day of their eighth round game in the Regional four-day championship at Warner Park.The 24-year-old right-hander, resuming from his overnight 155 not out, carved out a splendid career-best 231 as Volcanoes piled up a mammoth 540 in their first innings on day two here Saturday.Former West Indies off-spinner Shane Shillingford then claimed three for 42 as Hurricanes stumbled and stuttered to the close on 135 for four — still 405 runs adrift with six wickets intact.Captain and opener Kieran Powell top-scored with 49 while Keacy Carty made an attractive 35 and Jamaican Nkruman Bonner, 27 not out.However, it was the innings of Ambris which will long be remembered. All told, the Vincentian stroke-maker faced a mere 256 deliveries in 5-1/2 hours at the crease, and struck 27 fours and five sixes.He received support from Barbadian Kyle Mayers who smashed a lively 76 while Shillingford got 31, as Volcanoes converted their overnight 371 for six into a potentially match-winning total.Ambris raised his landmark in the 12th over of the morning at better than a run-a-ball when he stroked left-arm spinner Jason Campbell to deep cover and sprinted a couple.He extended his seventh wicket stand with Mayers to 173, a partnership which ensured Volcanoes dominated the first session.Mayers, starting the day on 33, struck 10 fours and two sixes off 111 deliveries in a shade over 2-1/2 hours.When he played on to Campbell, Ambris found an ally in Shillingford and together they posted a further 60 for the eighth wicket in quick time.Ambris was eventually last out, caught in the deep by Jeremiah Louis off off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall, attempting yet another six.Cornwall finished with four for 151 while Campbell picked up three for 100.In reply, Hurricanes slipped to 36 two before Powell and Carty added 55 for the third wicket to put the innings back on track.Powell faced 99 balls and hit seven fours but fell to a catch in the deep after attempting to go over the top with Shillingford.
TEN persons have been appointed Referees Development Officers (RDOs) following a training session over the weekend at the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) Secretariat.The RDOs will be based in the nine Regional Member Associations (RMAs) and will be primarily responsible for recruiting, training and retaining referees across the country.Heathcliff Peters (East Berbice), Ingram Johnson (West Berbice), Abdulla Hamid (Linden), Tyrone Tyrell (Georgetown), Joel Weeks (West Demerara), Vijai Simon (Lethem), Clifton Paul (Essequibo), Leon Stewart (Bartica), Winston Manjit (East Bank) and Natasha Lewis (East Coast) are the appointed Referees Development Officers.Among the key areas covered in the session were: Report Writing, the updated FIFA Laws of the Game, the Relationship between the Role of the Technical Development Officers (TDOs) and RDOs; Respective Terms of Reference and the Importance of Fitness to the Referees.Stanley Lancaster, Head of the Refereeing Department and Chief Facilitator, underscored the importance of the programme to the increased pool of referees and continuous capacity building of same.“The appointed RDOs will play a critical role in actively identifying new referees – both male and female – in the various geographical areas; help in improving the quality of officiating and education within the fraternity; establish transparency within the fraternity and enable the promotion of talented officials,” Lancaster said.Among the other presenters at the session were president Wayne Forde, Second vice-president Rawlston Adams and executive committee member Dion Innis, who outlined the importance of the role to the achievement of the broader technical objectives of the Executive Committee and he also offered words of support to the appointed officials.This programme is in keeping with the new structure of the Technical Development programme and the RDOs will work in tandem with the Technical Development Officers (TDOs).
LONDON, England (Reuters) – Usain Bolt delivered a rebuke to those who questioned whether he really suffered an injury in his farewell race at the World Athletics Championships by revealing details of his hamstring tear yesterday.The Jamaican, stung by speculation that he had pulled up in the anchor leg of the 4 x 100 metres relay final in London on Saturday because he was too far behind to win the race, said the injury would need three months of rehabilitation.Accompanied by an X-ray of the injury to his left hamstring, the eight-time Olympics gold medallist was also adamant in social media posts that he never cheated his fans.The 30-year-old explained on Twitter: “Sadly I have a tear of the proximal myotendineous junction of biceps femoris in my left hamstring with partial retraction. 3 months rehab.“I don’t usually release my medical report to the public but sadly I have sat and listened to people questioning if I was really injured.“I have never been one to cheat my fans in any way & my entire desire at the championship was to run one last time for my fans. Thanks for the continued support my fans and I rest, heal and move onto the next chapter of my life #Love&LoveAlone.”The posts on Twitter were removed shortly after they had been posted.Bolt had been three metres down on the two leaders as he took on the last leg of the relay, which was won by Britain, only to pull up sharply and fall to the ground, coming to a halt after a forward roll on the track.He speculated on Sunday that the injury, which ended a wretched final championships for him after he only managed to win bronze in the individual 100 metres the previous weekend, might have been caused by having a long wait before the race.Bolt who won 19 global championship gold medals, is widely considered the finest sprinter in athletics annals.
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (Reuters) – Faf du Plessis was appointed South Africa’s One Day International captain yesterday in place of AB de Villiers, giving him the top job in all three formats of the game.The 33-year-old was first the captain of South Africa’s Twenty20 team and stepped up to replace de Villiers as Test skipper in December. He has played 43 Tests, 113 ODIs and 36 T20 internationals for his country.“He has established himself as one of the best leaders in world cricket and this was reflected in his appointment as the captain for the World XI currently engaged in the T20 Series against Pakistan,” said a statement from Cricket South Africa’s chief executive officer Haroon Lorgat.du Plessis’ first series in charge of the ODI squad will be at home against Bangladesh next month.de Villiers stood down as ODI captain last month after a six-year spell but remains available for selection.
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMADRID (AP) — Two members of Atlético Madrid’s group set to travel to Portugal for the Champions League quarterfinals have tested positive for the coronavirus. The Spanish club did not name those who tested positive and did not say if a player was involved. It said in a statement that the entire squad will be tested again before the team can travel. August 9, 2020 Associated Press Atlético is set to face Leipzig on Thursday in the last eight.___ More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Atlético says 2 group members test positive for coronavirus