Update on the latest sports

first_img— The Portuguese soccer federation says six of the 15 stadiums seeking to host matches when the league resumes next month amid the coronavirus pandemic have failed health inspections. All stadiums must comply with a series health measures established by local authorities to be able to host matches. The federation says the stadiums for league leader Porto and second-place Benfica were among the nine stadiums that passed the inspections conducted by local health authorities. The stadiums that failed belong to smaller clubs. They will be allowed to make changes to their venues before another inspection is conducted.MLB-PIRATES-KRAMERPirates infielder Kramer out 4-6 months after hip surgeryPITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kevin Kramer will miss four to six months months while recovering from surgery on his right hip.The team announced Wednesday that Kramer underwent the procedure last week in Vail, Colorado. The 26-year-old Kramer had been dealing with what the club called “chronic symptoms” while attempting to stay ready for the potential start to the 2020 season. May 20, 2020 Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR set for first Wednesday start since 1984UNDATED (AP) — NASCAR’s comeback from the coronavirus continues at Darlington Raceway Wednesday night, three days after resuming its season at the South Carolina track. The Toyota 500 will be NASCAR’s first Wednesday race in 36 years. In that last race, Richard Petty won his 200th Cup Series race at Daytona on July 4, 1984.NASCAR added a couple of weeknights into its schedule as it tries to make up the eight races it missed because of the pandemic.Like Sunday’s race, won by Kevin Harvick, Wednesday’s race will be without fans and with only essential personnel inside.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— With an eye toward getting back on the field, the NFL is working on a helmet face guard that might provide the same protection as a surgical mask. Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay says the issue came up about a month ago during a conference call with the league’s competition committee. Many players already wear visors to protect their eyes. McKay says the new mask would cover even more of the face. The medical director of the NFL Players Association tells ESPN’s Adam Schefter that league engineers and sports equipment company Oakley are already testing prototypes of the modified mask. — The Kentucky-Michigan college basketball matchup scheduled for Dec. 6 in London has been postponed until 2022 because of the coronavirus pandemic. And the three-game series has been restructured. The schools were scheduled to highlight the inaugural Basketball Hall of Fame London Showcase doubleheader at the O2 Arena which also included Marist against UMBC. Michigan will now host the Wildcats on Dec. 4 in Ann Arbor before the schools meet in London one year later. Kentucky will host the Wolverines in Lexington on Dec. 2, 2023.— Japan’s beloved high school baseball tournament has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament is a huge annual event in Japan and is followed much the way Americans follow the college basketball tournament. The Japanese High School Baseball Federation says the cancellation was the first since World War II. The high school tournament has showcased some of the biggest stars in Japanese professional baseball. They include major leaguers like Ichiro Suzuki, Daisuke Matsuzaka and Hideki Matsui.— The Italian soccer federation has given the country’s top three leagues until Aug. 20 to complete their seasons. The federation has also come up with alternative plans if the leagues have to be halted again because of the coronavirus pandemic. They could resort to playoffs or decide positions by applying coeffecients. The following season is now scheduled to start on Sept. 1. Serie A has been suspended since March 9. There are 12 rounds remaining in the league and the Italian Cup is in the semifinal stage.— The head of the organizing committee for the 2022 World Cup says a global recession caused by the coronavirus pandemic could affect the ability of fans to afford to travel to Qatar (KUH’-tur). The World Bank is forecasting a deep recession caused by the shutdown of economic activity around the world. Organizing committee secretary general Hassan Al Thawadi says he is hopeful the tournament will be an opportunity for the world to come together again in November 2022. But he says there are “concerns about the global economy and the ability of fans to be able to afford traveling and afford coming and participating and celebrating the World Cup.”— Watford defender Adrian Mariappa says he is one of the six people to test positive from the first round of coronavirus checks in the Premier League and is surprised that he contracted the disease. Mariappa says he has been “scratching my head to try to work out how I might have got coronavirus” because he hasn’t “really left the house apart from some exercise and the odd walk with the kids.” The 33-year-old Mariappa says he hasn’t had any symptoms and has felt “as fit as ever.” Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan has also contracted the virus. Kramer was in the mix for a utility spot with the Pirates. He hit .149 with a home run and two RBIs in 29 appearances for the team in 2019 and batted .240 in 11 games during spring training before the Major League Baseball season went on hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.MLB is talking with players about plans to start the season, possibly in early July.NCAA-STEPHEN F. AUSTINStephen F. Austin gets postseason bans; agrees to sanctionsHOUSTON (AP) — Stephen F. Austin received postseason bans and agreed to several sanctions including probation, scholarship reductions and the forfeiture of wins on Wednesday for having low scores on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate. — Washington Redskins rookie receiver Antonio Gandy-Golden says he tested positive for the coronavirus in March and had fully recovered by early April. He says his symptoms were mild. He says he feels 100% now and is ready to get on the field. Gandy-Golden played the past two seasons at Liberty University, an evangelical college in Virginia that reopened this spring despite the COVID-19 pandemic. The Redskins selected Gandy-Golden in the fourth round.— The NCAA’s Division I Council is debating whether to let a moratorium on voluntary workouts on campus expire on May 31. The move would be another sign that college sports is on the way back amid the coronavirus pandemic. A number of schools have announced plans to reopen their campuses for the fall semester. But many caution that even if games go ahead, there will be safety protocols in place and fans may not be allowed.— Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith says he thinks football games can be played in Ohio Stadium this fall with 20,000 to 30,000 fans in the stands. Smith thinks that number of fans could be kept at a safe distance from one another in the stadium, which seats about 105,000. Face masks and other precautions would be required to limit the spread of COVID-19. He says he hasn’t figured out yet how spectators would be chosen from among those wanting tickets.— The presidents of the University of Miami and Notre Dame say in separate interviews that they expect the football season to be played. Both Miami’s Dr. Julio Frenk and Notre Dame’s the Rev. John Jenkins raised the very real possibility of crowds being much smaller than usual or eliminated entirely. Jenkins says he expects to have clarity on how — or if — football season can happen in the next few weeks.— The Minnesota Timberwolves are reopening their practice facility for voluntary sessions for players starting Thursday. Only one coach and one player will be allowed on the court at Mayo Clinic Square, across the street from Target Center in downtown Minneapolis. They’ll be required to stay 12 feet apart. Workouts will be limited to 45 minutes, and areas beyond the court will remain closed. center_img OCEAN SEARCH-MISSING WRESTLERBody found on LA beach identified as WWE pro Shad GaspardLOS ANGELES (AP) — The body of former World Wrestling Entertainment pro Shad Gaspard was found early Wednesday on Los Angeles’ Venice Beach, where he was caught in a rip current last weekend.A Police Department statement says patrol officers were flagged down around by a person reporting that a body had washed ashore. The department says the body was identified and next-of-kin notified.Gaspard was last seen about 50 yards offshore after he was caught in a rip current. Gaspard’s 10-year-old son was rescued and several other swimmers made it out of the water. US Olympic bobsledder Carlo Valdes announces his returnLAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) — Carlo Valdes, a member of the 2018 U.S. Olympic team in bobsled, has announced he is returning to the sport with hopes of making the team for the 2022 Beijing Games.Valdes was a push athlete on the team that finished 20th at the Pyeongchang Olympics in a four-man sled driven by Justin Olsen. Valdes hasn’t competed at the World Cup level since, taking the last two seasons off to focus on business interests.The 30-year-old Valdes has won eight World Cup medals in his career as a push athlete, including a gold medal in two-man with the late Steven Holcomb in 2016 at the Americans’ home track in Lake Placid, New York.If this sliding season happens as planned — an uncertain proposition because of the coronavirus pandemic — USA Bobsled and Skeleton will host the 2021 world championships at Lake Placid in February. The Texas school’s football team won’t be allowed to participate in the 2020 postseason, the men’s basketball team can’t participate in the 2021-22 postseason and the baseball team will be prohibited from participating in the postseason in the spring of 2021.The three teams were on a nationwide list released Tuesday that faced bans for posting a four-year score below 930. The scores are based on academic eligibility, graduation and retention. Athletes receive one point a semester by remaining academically eligible and another if they graduate or come back to school for the next term.Stephen F. Austin’s men’s basketball team had the lowest score of any team in Division I at 810 and its football program was one of six other Division I teams nationwide that fell below 900, at 894. The school’s baseball team also fell below the 930 mark.Along with the bans, the school agreed with the NCAA to several sanctions, the most severe of which includes three years of probation, a public reprimand and censure, and a fine of $5,000 plus half of 1% of the total budget for men’s basketball and football.HOCKEY-2021 WORLDS Update on the latest sports Gaspard gained prominence in the WWE as one half of the tag-team group Cryme Time, along with his partner, JTG. After retiring from the WWE in 2010, Gaspard has had small roles on TV and in movies, including the 2015 Kevin Hart comedy “Get Hard.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 US, Canada drawn in same group at 2021 men’s hockey worldsZURICH (AP) — The United States and Canada have been drawn into same group for the 2021 men’s hockey world championships.The North American rivals are in the eight-team group to be played in Riga (REE’-guh), Latvia. Defending champion Finland and Germany are also in that group. Russia, Sweden and the Czech Republic will be in the other group alongside co-host Belarus in Minsk.The 15,000-seat Minsk Arena will host the medal games and semifinals. The International Ice Hockey Federation says the 2021 tournament schedule will be published at a later date. Finland won the 2019 title. 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FA Cup final: Fabregas a sub, Pedro starts

first_imgEmbed from Getty ImagesCesc Fabregas is on the substitutes’ bench for the FA Cup final against his former club at Wembley, where Nemanja Matic partners N’Golo Kante in midfield for Chelsea.Pedro has been given the nod over Willian, who is also among the Blues substitutes.For Arsenal, Per Mertesacker makes his first start of the season and David Ospina starts in goal rather than former Chelsea man Petr Cech.The Gunners are without the suspended Laurent Koscielny and the injured Gabriel, Kieran Gibbs and Shkodran Mustafi.Chelsea: Courtois; Azpilicueta, David Luiz, Cahill (c); Moses, Kante, Matic, Alonso; Pedro, Costa, Hazard.Subs: Begovic, Zouma, Ake, Terry, Fabregas, Willian, Batshuayi.Arsenal: Ospina, Holding, Mertesacker (c), Monreal, Bellerin, Ramsey, Xhaka, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Ozil, Sanchez, Welbeck.Subs: Cech, Elneny, Coquelin, Iwobi, Lucas, Walcott, Giroud.   Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Nation Brand Forum speaker profile: Odette van der Haar

first_imgCatch advertising mogul, Odette van der Haar, at the 2017 Nation Brand Forum hosted by Brand South Africa. Odette van der Haar will be one of the speakers at this year’s Nation Brand Forum. A leading advertising executive, Van der Haar will be part of discussions around how nation branding can attract investment to the country. (Image: Adlip.com)Odette van der Haar is the CEO of the Association for Communication and Advertising (ACA) which is the recognised industry body of the advertising and communications profession in South Africa.She joined the ACA in October 2007 from Sentech Ltd where she headed the company’s advertising, events and sponsorships portfolio.Her experience and knowledge gained locally and abroad are as a result of having worked for leading companies such as African Technology Holdings Group of Companies, South African Post Office Limited, Siemens, BP Southern Africa, Mutual & Federal and Rentworks holding positions in marketing, business development and strategy.Odette currently serves on the boards of the ACA, AAA School of Advertising, the Media and Marketing Collection Agency (MAMCA), Centre for Communication Impact (CCI) – formerly Johns Hopkins Health and Education in South Africa and the SACAP CSR (South African Council of Architectural Professionals Communications and Stakeholder Relations) committee. She also served a full term on the Board of the Brand Council ofShe also served a full term on the board of the Brand Council of South Africa, she was a custodian of the “Take a girl child to work” initiative and served on the MAPPP SETA board of directors. Odette is involved in various community projectsOdette is involved in various community projects and charities and is a Fellow of the Aspen Institute’s Global Leadership Network African chapter – African Leadership Initiative. She holds a Higher Diploma in BusinessShe holds a higher diploma in business management and has completed various courses in marketing and insuranceOdette is highly respected in the advertising and communications sector. Her opinionon industry matters is regularly sought and she is often profiled and quoted in themedia. She has been featured in publications such as the Financial Mail’s Little BlackBook, the Mail and Guardian’s Book of South African Women and The Annual to name a few. She is often called upon to serve as a judge on numerous prestigious industry award programs including but not limited to the APEX awards, AdFocus, AdReview and PICA awards.Recently, Odette was recognised for awards such as woman of the year, the mostinfluential women in business and government, and the most powerful women in South Africa in digital marketing.last_img read more

Give Your Project a Retro-Creepy Vibe With 80s Synth Music

first_img80s synth music is back, thanks to the Netflix hit Stranger Things. If your next horror or sci-fi project is short on atmospheric chills, these royalty free throwback tracks might just do the trick.Much has been said about the wide range of pop culture influences found throughout 2016’s smash hit Stranger Things. In addition to respectful nods to the likes of Steven Spielberg and Stephen King, creators the Duffer Brothers looked to the past for musical inspiration as well.“We always wanted the music to play a major role in the show. Very early on, we decided that we needed an entirely electronic score. Electronic music is making a major comeback right now and we’re loving it. Specifically, we’re obsessed with Cliff Martinez’s work on The Knick, as well as Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ work for David Fincher. Their electronic soundtracks, while very modern and cutting-edge, also inevitably evoke the sounds of ’80s music (most notably Tangerine Dream, Vangelis, and John Carpenter). So we felt that having a synth soundtrack would do exactly what we wanted to achieve with the show: It would feel both modern and nostalgic at the same time.” — The Duffer Brothers via Entertainment WeeklyWhen it cam time to score the episodes, the Duffers turned to Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein of the Austin, Texas synth outfit, S U R V I V E.“We came upon S U R V I V E from the soundtrack to Adam Wingard’s The Guest. We used one of their songs in that little trailer we cut together. So of course when it came time to actually find a composer, they were one of the first names to pop in our heads.”  — The Duffer Brothers via ComplexIf you’re looking to apply some retro-synth vibe to your next project, you won’t have to worry about hiring an indie act to write a score from scratch. The songs below (handpicked by the PremiumBeat music team) are brimming with dark 80s atmosphere. And with a PremiumBeat standard license, you won’t need to worry about copyright issues.Cover image via Make It Strangerlast_img read more

Bengal teenager hospitalised after playing Blue Whale Challenge

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Chooks tournament to boost PH Olympic hopes

first_imgIs Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting A conference will be broken down into six legs, all of which will have a champion. In the final phase, all of the teams will be ranked according to points.The champion will take home a whopping P1 million.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparc The Philippines’ bid to qualify for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics’ 3×3 event is set to get a major boost as the new year comes off wraps.Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 is set to bolster the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ campaign in generating points to qualify for the Olympiad in Tokyo, Japan, in 2020 by mounting a national tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img Read Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue MOST READ “The biggest points comes from joining the World Tour. That’s our goal. In one year, there are around 40 tours around the world,” said tournament commissioner Eric Altamirano.“Our goal is to join more of [the World Tours] because participating affords us points. But again, before joining the World Tour, you have to have your own league,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefTwelve teams are slated to bill the opening conference of the tournament. Several squads from the Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League have signified their intention to join the tournament. Also joining are Zark’s Burger Quezon City, along with clubs from Pasig, Cebu, and Davao Occidental.“Out of this 3×3 league that we are initiating is where we will pick the pro team that will represent the country in the World Tour which starts some time in April,” Altamirano stressed. Unseen best versus a full package LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

2020 Bulkers Adds Bulker Duo to Newbuilding Tally

first_imgzoom Tor Olav Troim-led 2020 Bulkers has exercised an option for two more Newcastlemaxes at China’s New Times Shipbuilding.The two bulkers are priced USD 44.7 million apiece and are scheduled for delivery in December 2019 and January 2020 respectively, according to the data from Asiasis.The order is an option available under a contract 2020 Bulkers signed in October this year, which included two firm orders for 208,000 dwt bulkers at the yard for USD 44.2 million each.Under the deal, the Norwegian shipowner 2020 Bulkers has four options at the Chinese shipyard, which are set to expire at the end of December if not taken up.Norwegian 2020 Bulkers recently raised a small amount of fresh capital from investors which are likely to be used to finance the construction of the ships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Pacers Get Bigger Maybe Better By Signing Andrew Bynum

Andrew Bynum, once considered among the top centers in the NBA, has spent the last several weeks looking for an NBA home. He finally got one over the weekend, and landing in Indianapolis could be a big deal for the Pacers, literally and figuratively.If the 7-foot-1 Bynum can regain a modicum of the form he displayed a few years ago as member of the championship Los Angeles Lakers, he would make Indiana stronger in its quest to dethrone two-time NBA champion Miami. Bynum would back up all-star center Roy Hibbard, and create more inside might against physically deficient Heat.If Bynum is more the plodding, disinterested player he showed before the Cleveland Cavaliers released him last month, then he’ll just take up a lot of space on the Pacer bench.”It really wasn’t a hard decision, I think it’s the right fit for me and, in all honesty, I think we’ve got the best chance of winning,” Bynum said in a statement. ”It will be great to back up Roy and I’ll do whatever I can to help this team.”Pacer executive Larry Bird said in a statement: ”We are obviously happy to have him join our team. He gives us added size, he is a skilled big man and he has championship experience. With the minutes he gets, he should be a valuable addition.”The concern is Bynum’s attitude. He was suspended by the Cavaliers for conduct detrimental to the team, reported as being “disrespectful’ to assistant coaches. The Pacers are said to have a locker room replete with players who get along, so Bynum’s presence and disposition will be under scrutiny.”We like to judge people for ourselves, and we know what he can be as a basketball player,” coach Frank Vogel said. ”We’re going to see if he can regain that form, and if he can, you have one of the best centers in the NBA. And now you add him to the mix we already have … The goal here is to insure ourselves against injury in terms of adding depth at the center position, which we needed to do. And there’s potential to add an All-Star caliber player.”After the Lakers traded Bynum to Philadelphia in 2012, he missed the entire season because of knee injuries. This season, after signing with Cleveland as a free agent, he played in only 24 games before the indefinite suspension. He was eventually dealt to Chicago, which quickly released him so it didn’t have to guarantee the remaining $6 million owed to him this season.Indiana (35-10) entered Saturday with a three-game lead over the Heat in the chase for home-court advantage and has made no secret of its desire to get the top seed in its quest to win the team’s first NBA crown. read more

NEMLEC Foundation Announces Annual Appreciation Dinner Comedy Night On November 30

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9 great reads from CNET this week

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