The Latest: San Francisco 49ers, Giants to distribute masks

first_imgThe changes were made because of the coronavirus and announced Thursday.Stadium capacity for regular-season games will be determined later. Social distancing will be required if spectators are allowed, and fans and stadium employees will be required to wear masks when not eating or drinking.“Things are changing week to week, and we are still more than two months away from our first scheduled regular-season home game,” Dolphins CEO Tom Garfinkel said in a statement. “So we’ll wait and work with local authorities, and make the determination about fans or no fans based on the data as we get closer. … We’re ready for any scenario.”___Wisconsin is delaying its renovation of the south end-zone seating area inside Camp Randall Stadium due to uncertainty caused by the pandemic. The Big East Conference has joined several other leagues in deciding to play only conference opponents during the fall sports season, if it’s able to play at all.The basketball-focused conference announced the decision Thursday. The Big East still hasn’t decided whether it will conduct a fall season and championships.The league said in the coming weeks, it will continue to monitor COVID-19 conditions across the country and in Big East communities and will provide further updates on dates and formats “as appropriate.” All decisions regarding fall conference competition will be guided by health and safety concerns and will be made in accordance with NCAA actions and policies.The sports affected are men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross-country, volleyball and field hockey. The Big East’s plans for the 2020-21 winter and spring sports seasons remain unaffected at this time.The Big East’s members, located in eight of the country’s top 36 largest media markets, are Butler, Connecticut, Creighton, DePaul, Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John’s, Seton Hall, Villanova and Xavier. The project was scheduled to begin after the 2020 football season and completed by the start of the 2021 schedule.“We are obviously operating in a time of great uncertainty,” athletic director Barry Alvarez said in a statement. “Given our construction timeline and the timing around when decisions had to be made, we felt it was best to be prudent and delay the project for a bit.’’The renovation includes enhanced seating options such as loge boxes and club seats as well as access to indoor and outdoor hospitality clubs and climate-controlled amenities and premium food offerings.Wisconsin’s renovation of the Kohl Center is on a different timeline and hasn’t been delayed at this point.___ ___The American Athletic Conference will require all its schools to test football players for COVID-19 at least 72 hours before competition.The announcement Thursday by the American comes ahead of the expected release of recommendations from the NCAA.The Power Five conferences — ACC, Big Ten, Big 12, Pac-12 and SEC — have been working toward a minimum standard for testing throughout major college football. Though the Big Ten and Pac-12 announced last week that they would play only conference games this football season to help minimize potential disruptions caused by COVID-19, other FBS conferences have not yet decided on scheduling formats for the coming season, which appears to be in peril because of the surging pandemic. AAC Commissioner Mike Aresco says the testing protocols will apply throughout the regular and bowl seasons. More operational protocols are still being finalized, as are testing protocols for other sports. ___A top-division Russian soccer game has been called off after nine people at FC Sochi tested positive for the virus.The Russian Premier League says Sochi’s game against Tambov will not take place as scheduled on Thursday. The league hasn’t said how many of the nine are players.There was no mention of whether the game could be rescheduled. The league is scheduled to finish its season next Wednesday.Sochi last month won a game 10-1 against FC Rostov after a virus outbreak forced Rostov to send a team of youth and academy players. July 16, 2020 The Mid-American Athletic Conference has suspended fall sports, becoming the third Division I league to postpone its football season.Following fellow FCS conferences the Ivy League and Patriot League, the MEAC announced it would not have competition in the fall and consider trying to make up the schedule for those sports in the 2021 spring semester.The MEAC is comprised of 11 historically black colleges, though its membership is in flux. Earlier this year, Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman announced they would be leaving the MEAC and joining the Southwestern Athletic Conference next year. MEAC-power North Carolina A&T has announced it will be moving to the Big South in 2021.___The Miami Dolphins say they’re prepared to play with or without spectators this season, but they will not allow fans to attend their home preseason game or training camp, and there will be no tailgating during the regular season. The two teams announced the plan Thursday to work with Dignity Health and their flagship radio station KNBR on the initiative to support Governor Gavin Newsom’s campaign advocating wearing masks in public.The teams will each produce masks co-branded with Dignity Health’s logo that will be distributed at no charge to fans, workers on the front lines of the pandemic and community organizations. The Giants masks are currently being distributed with the baseball season scheduled to start next week. The 49ers masks are set to be distributed starting next month.The initiative will start with 200,000 masks and could reach 500,000 if there is demand.“If we want to get back to the ballpark and get life back to life as normal this is a simple step,” 49ers CEO Jed York said about wearing masks.___ The Latest: San Francisco 49ers, Giants to distribute masks Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The San Francisco 49ers and Giants are teaming with a health care company to distribute hundreds of thousands of cloth masks throughout the Bay Area to help stop the spread of the coronavirus. Organizers of the Cancun Challenge are moving this fall’s Thanksgiving week college basketball tournament to the campus of Eastern Florida State College in Melbourne, Florida.They’re hoping the new venue will help keep athletes, coaches, staff members and fans safe as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to rage. The arena is located six miles from Kennedy Space Center and seats approximately 1,500 fans.Last fall organizers announced the field would feature men’s teams from Clemson, Illinois State, Mississippi State and Purdue on Nov. 24-25 and women’s teams from Florida State, Houston, Iowa, Northeastern, Purdue, Toledo, Southern California and VCU on Nov. 26-28. Tennessee was added to the women’s field later.Final details about hotels, travel packages, teams and schedules have not been finalized, organizers say, and fans are being asked to wait to book trips until more details are available.___ Another club, FC Orenburg, forfeited two games following an outbreak at the club and has since been relegated. Another game was postponed last month after three virus cases among Dynamo Moscow players.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Stages Football Season Kick-off Event

first_imgAs football fans warm up for the start of a new season of the 2016/17 English Premier League, MultiChoice Nigeria is ready to bring an unforgettable and unmatched football season to fans across the continent.Last season was unpredictable and exciting as Leicester City were crowned Premier League champions. Football lovers all over the world are anticipating another unpredictable season with coaches like Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho, Conte, Arsene Wenger and Jougen Klopp going against one another in the Premier League.To make this season more memorable, MultiChoice Nigeria together with SuperSport, will screen day two matches of the Premier League with a live studio broadcast on Sunday at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Surulere in Lagos. Viewers will be immersed in the action from their favorite clubs and players with former Liverpool FC legend, John Barnes alongside other SuperSport on air personalities delivering live commentary and in-depth analysis of the Bournemouth versus Manchester United and Arsenal against Liverpool matches.“This season we decided to screen day two matches at the National Stadium to give more football lovers the opportunity to witness the game in high definition amid funfair”, said Martin Mabutho, general manager marketing, MultiChoice Nigeria. He disclosed that MultiChoice continuously looks for innovative ways to make the season more exciting as it has become the most anticipated event that subscribers look forward to.”Our ongoing Live Your Dream campaign starring Watford FC striker, Odion Ighalo, already set things in motion. Our subscribers can rest assured that this football season will be packed with so much entertainment and exciting offers”, Mabutho concluded.Match day two promises to be exciting as the “big” teams come out to play. Last season 16th placed Bournemouth will play at home against Manchester United.United finished fifth last season but has since hired the ‘Special One’, Jose Mourinho to get them back to their glory days. Red Devils and a lot of Mourinho’s supporters and foes will be looking forward to this game.Players like Zlantan and Pogba will be making their debuts for United.Meanwhile, Arsenal who finished second last season and automatically qualified for this season will be up against Liverpool that finished sixth last season on the League table. The Gunners, will be looking for an excellent start but Klopp and his boys will do anything to take a point away from the Emirates stadium.The Premier League matches and other league international matches will be broadcast live and in high definition (HD) on dedicated SuperSport channels on DStv and GOtv.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

U16 Basketball Stars Visit NBA, Aspire Academy in Senegal

first_imgIt was fun and a life changing experience as Nigeria’s national U-16 boys to the recently concluded FIBA Africa Basketball Championship in Cape Verde were taken through a facility tour of the NBA and Aspire Academy in Dakar during a 14-hour stopover in the West African nation.The team and technical crew were shown the world-class facilities that has trained and nurtured stars not just in basketball but sports in general with the young lads also setting their eyes on achieving such heights.The boys also had the opportunity of meeting two Nigerian players Timothy Ighoefe and Chukwudalu Egbeogu currently horning their skills in the NBA academy with the academy also boasting of other Nigerians Joshua Ojianuwa and Oluwatobi Samuel on their roster. Timothy Ighoefe who recently committed his college loyalty to Georgetown University in the USA has told the boys to keep their heads high, work hard and be disciplined so as to be able to achieve their goals.He also encouraged them to be proud of the result they achieved at the recently concluded Africa U16 championship in Cape Verde revealing that they ended up achieving a lot despite the short time they had to prepare.Captain of the Nigerian team Bormini Dennis has appreciated the opportunity of meeting with Nigerian Basketball players who have achieved the heights they want to get to also expressing his delights at seeing such a massive facility.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

FIFA Congress in Ethiopia Delayed Due to Coronavirus

first_imgFootball’s world governing body Fifa has postponed its Congress in Ethiopia, scheduled to take place in June, by three months owing to the outbreak of the coronavirus.The Congress has been set to take place in the capital Addis Ababa with events between 3-5 June,the day on which the Congress had been set to take place.This has now been postponed until 18 September. Meanwhile the body’s council meeting will now be held in Zurich or as a video conference in June or July. Should Addis Ababa stage the event later this year, which will be at the headquarters of the African Union, it will be the fourth time Congress has been held on the African continent in 70 years.Marrakesh in Morocco was the first African city to host a Congress in 2005, followed by South Africa in 2010 and Mauritius in 2013.The first Fifa Congress was held in Paris in 1904, with just five member associations attending, and returned to the French capital this weekend with a full house of 211 members present.The Congress meets every year, where statutes can be amended; where officer bearers are elected and where members can be accepted or expelled.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Reds’ Derek Dietrich hit by record 6th pitch in series against Brewers

first_img Giancarlo Stanton finally dents RBI column in injury-plagued season “It’s funny, the guys were asking me, ‘How many of those do you think you’re getting hit by and how many did you try to get hit by?’” Dietrich said, via the Cincinnati Enquirer. “I was like, ‘Well, I don’t really try to get hit by any of them. If they come up and in, they come up and in.’ It just kind of happens.“I know the guys behind me appreciate it and I’ve always kind of embraced that. It’s a dubious honor. I guess I made history tonight, a little Crash Davis type, Bull Durham there. A little dubious history.” Man getting hit 6 times in one series. If players keep getting mad at derek dietrich it’s really going to help his OBP lol #baseball pic.twitter.com/68x0k0UiSL— Tyler De La Peña (@TyDelapena) June 23, 2019The number of fingers DD is holding up is now a new MLB record for most times being hit by a pitch in a series. pic.twitter.com/MPW2o8McWC— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 22, 2019Dietrich, who was hit by two pitches Thursday in the Reds’ 7-1 win, had tied a major league single-game record Friday after being hit three times in Cincinnati’s 11-7 victory.Derek Dietrich gets drilled for the third time tonight. Both benches have been warned.#BornToBaseball | @RedsSTREAM: https://t.co/iQEeUCjxxi pic.twitter.com/H517KhMr5L— FOX Sports Ohio (@FOXSportsOH) June 22, 2019Despite being used for target practice, Dietrich has scored seven runs in the team’s three games against the Brewers. Related News Red Sox legend David Ortiz moves out of intensive care as he recovers from shooting According to Elias Sports Bureau, Dietrich became the first Reds player since 1900 to be hit by a pitch three times in one game. Since 1908, he’s the sixth player in MLB history to be hit by multiple pitches in consecutive games.He leads MLB after being hit 15 times this season.The Reds will close out their four-game series against the Brewers at 2:10 p.m. ET Sunday. All eyes will be on Derek Dietrich each time he steps to the plate Sunday.The Reds second baseman was hit by a major league record sixth pitch in one series Saturday when he was struck by Brewers reliever Alex Claudio in the fifth inning of Cincinnati’s 6-5 loss. Blake Treinen injury update: Athletics closer going on IL with rotator cuff strainlast_img read more

ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne apologizes for suggesting race played role in Anthony Davis backlash

first_imgESPN reporter Ramona Shelburne has apologized for comments she made on a radio show Tuesday suggesting the backlash to Anthony Davis’ trade request last season could be partially blamed on racial issues.During an appearance on ESPN Los Angeles’ “Mason and Ireland” show, Shelburne said the situation with the Pelicans was “very charged” because Davis’ agent, Rich Paul, is an African American unlike most of his peers and the Pelicans are located in the south. Paul went public with Davis’ request in January ahead of the 2019 trade deadline, resulting in a $50,000 fine from the NBA. Davis remained a member of the Pelicans through the end of the 2018-19 season before being sent to the Lakers this past summer. “No,” Davis told reporters. “No, not at all.”To paint Davis and Paul as the victims here is ridiculous. Davis’ request and Paul’s bold approach completely derailed the Pelicans’ season, and Davis didn’t handle the backlash well. He sent mixed messages about where he wanted to play, flipped off a fan as he was leaving the floor following the conclusion of an April game and wore a “That’s All Folks” shirt to his Pelicans finale. Paul got his client to the Lakers at the end of the day, but this wasn’t a clean breakup.Pinning all of the anger on race and “the south” is reductive and wrong, and it too easily dismisses what Paul and Davis did to earn that reaction. If even Davis can understand that while standing in the middle of the storm, it shouldn’t be too difficult for the rest of us. MORE: Pelicans lucky to have Jrue Holiday as their backboneHere is a portion of Shelburne’s interview from the show:”I do think there is a racial component to this. If you took a poll of who the most disliked people in the state of Louisiana [are], I think Rich Paul would be at the top of that list… If you were close to that situation, I think part of the reason why New Orleans didn’t want to trade him for so long — they obviously couldn’t get fair value for him. But I think the idea that a black agent was telling, not asking, telling the team ‘you should trade him,’ and that he wasn’t gonna stay did not go over very well in New Orleans.”Especially with, I don’t want to say ‘that fan base,’ but like, you’re down in the south, man. This was very charged. And I think that when things get ugly emotionally like that, it’s not just about what’s going on, on the court. It’s not just about the moves that are being made.”Shelburne issued a statement to The Times-Picayune on Wednesday following an intense response from local reporters and Pelicans fans.”Since my appearance on LA radio Tuesday, I’ve spoken to many people and now realize that I inappropriately oversimplified a very complicated and emotional situation,” Shelburne said. “I sincerely apologize for that mistake and to the city of New Orleans.”After digesting the full context of this, it’s actually more insulting and more reductive than the initial quote revealed.This is a disgraceful comment from @ramonashelburne toward the people of New Orleans and this region. No more. No less. https://t.co/zfBXUQHXRY— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) November 27, 2019This is an elite level bad take https://t.co/md5KVku6gW— Will Guillory (@WillGuillory) November 27, 2019I keep typing and deleting responses to this statement because I’m so blown away by the implications here. Absolutely baffling, and honestly pretty damn insulting. https://t.co/3NOfBIvR0O— Mason Ginsberg (@MasonGinsberg) November 27, 2019I think Ramona Shelburne is an EXCELLENT reporter, but her comments about New Orleans yesterday are reprehensible @ramonashelburneSo incredibly frustrating for someone to throw such an ignorant take out there and then never have to address it again— T-Bob Hebert (@TBob53) November 27, 2019Davis, who is back in New Orleans to play against his former team for the first time since being traded to the Lakers, was asked ahead of Wednesday’s game if he believes a negative response from fans will be racially motivated in any way.last_img read more

Sumner Newscow weekly poll: The Tom Brady suspension question

first_imgThe NFL recently handed down a four-game suspension of New England Quarterback Tom Brady, plus the Patriots lose a first round draft pick in 2016 and a fourth round draft pick in 2017 for the particulars in “Deflategate.” What is your opinion of the punishment?  Loading …Follow us on Twitter. What do you think of Brady’s punishment. It was completely justified. It was too severe. No real proof was presented. There should not be any punishment at all. The punishment didn’t go far enough. Brady should have been kicked out of the league. View Resultslast_img read more

Rockwell man accused of holding man at gunpoint, high speed chase in Mason City

first_imgMASON CITY — A Rockwell man was arrested early Saturday morning after police responded to a man being held at gunpoint. Mason City police were called to the 700 block of South Van Buren at about 12:10 AM after a woman reported her husband was being held at gunpoint, with officers seeing a vehicle speed away on arrival. A pursuit went from 6th Southwest to South Monroe, eastbound on 15th Southwest and south on US Highway 65. The chase continued south of Mason City until the suspect vehicle had a mechanical issue near Owl Avenue. 26-year-old Tanner Breiner was arrested without incident and taken to the Cerro Gordo County Jail, where he was booked on charges of assault while displaying a weapon, eluding, three counts of failing to obey a traffic control device, open container, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The Cerro Gordo County Sheriff’s Department and Iowa State Patrol assisted Mason City police.last_img read more

Chorney Calls it Like She Sees It

first_imgBy John BurtonFor those who ever wondered Who the f&*$ is Linda Chorney? the question has been answered by Chorney herself.Chorney, a veteran of the music scene for more than three decades – and a nominee for a 2012 Grammy Award that stirred some controversy at the time – has detailed her life and music career.She’s written about knocking around small clubs around the country, staying true to her artistic vision, working on independently produced albums and offers what she said is the backstory of the fallout she experienced following her Grammy nomination last year.The now 53-year-old singer-songwriter called her book a sort of Moneyball with the current music industry filling in for baseball.“It’s an adventure where you can experience what it was like to be in my shoes as a 51-year-old woman who played in bars for 30 years, trying to make it in this business,” she said.The book concentrates on Chorney’s experiences surrounding her Grammy nomination, her unconventional campaign to garner the nomination and the alleged backlash she experienced.She said she wrote the book “because the truth needs to come out. The real story was never told.”Chorney, who lived in Sea Bright for a number of years with husband Scott Fadynich and still owns a home there, was nominated but did not win in 2012 for Best Americana Album, for her sixth and most recent album, Emotional Jukebox. She was nominated in the category with Lucinda Williams and Emmylou Harris and others. As an independent artist, Chorney took an unconventional route to win the nomination by lobbying votes from young members of the Recording Academy, which awards the Grammys, using social media, asking them to vote by way of the Grammy website.Her methods were met by a resistance, she charged, by music industry insiders who felt Chorney had “gamed the system” to push her work. The real motivation, she alleged, was that some of “the suits” in the music business felt challenged by her strategy. Her work, she insisted, speaks for itself and that’s what won her the nomination, despite all the backbiting she said she experienced.“The story should have been a feel-good Cinderella story,” she said. “Unfortun­ately, the industry did not like that they were not profiting off of my nomination.”With the help of her husband and the financial support of friend Dr. Jonathan Schneider, Chorney said she was able to put out an album she felt was truly a quality product – with the necessary production finesse for the Grammys to take seriously.Following her nomination, Chorney was contacted by an industry insider, someone she has dubbed “Mr. Grammy­gate,” who called, “telling me the secrets of the AMA (Association of Americana Album),” she said.“I kept thinking this story is crazy and I have to write about it,” she said, documenting this in Who the F&*$ is Linda Chorney? “There’s a lot of dirty stuff that goes on there.”About that title, by the way? “It could be who the fork. It could be who funk or who the fish, or whoever you want,” she said, clearly having a little fun with it. She did warn, however, anyone offended by “f-bombs” might not want to read her book.For those who are struggling to make it in a very tough business, Chorney said, her work can offer some advice to avoid some of the pitfalls she’s experienced and to understand the need to keep playing.“If you’re good, you’re good,” she said, “and believe in yourself, believe in your art.”Chorney, now lives in Tucson, Ariz., where she and her husband moved to be near Chorney’s family as her mother battled – and beat – cancer. She is currently touring New England, promoting her book and work and is working on a new album, tentatively slated for a holiday release.She also is working on another book, that will chronicle her attempts to track down filmmaker Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous, Say Anything) to convince him to adopt the book for the movies.last_img read more