The main sticking point, though, remains the lack of tests available. Should the season be unable to resume – the Dutch championship was abandoned without promotion or relegation on Friday – it would be a financial nightmare for the clubs. Measures being taken to alleviate some of that has seen the EPL link up with DLA Piper – a law firm that has advised on TV rights deals for the league in the past – on an emergency loan fund, with a maximum of £10 million ($12.4 million) per club. Liverpool might yet get he chance to seal their first Premier League title if the British Government accepts EPL chiefs ‘Project Restart’ according to The Times Read Also: UEFA open to seasons ending early due to COVID-19 Some clubs have taken measures agreed with their players to ease the financial burden. Southampton, West Ham United, Sheffield United and Watford have agreed deferrals with their first-team squads while the majority of Arsenal’s players have agreed a 12.5 percent wage reduction. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The English Premier League are eyeing a resumption of the season on June 8, behind closed doors due to the coronavirus pandemic, and reaching a climax on July 27, according to The Times. The paper claims football chiefs, along with other sports governing bodies, have been holding talks with the British government about when they can resume and at only “approved grounds”. The Premier League has 92 games remaining since it suspended the season on March 13 with Liverpool agonisingly close to their first ever EPL title. The Times says Premier League bosses shared their idea ‘Project Restart’ with the shareholders last week. The matches would be played behind closed doors – a maximum of 400 people would be pemitted to attend including media though only if they tested negative for the virus – and at selected stadia to limit stretching the limited resources of the medical services. Extra changing facilities would be introduced to ensure social distancing measures were in place whilst players would be required to turn up for training individually and already in their kit. They have also suggested August 22 as the date for the start of the 2020⁄21 campaign.Advertisement Promoted ContentPretty Awesome Shows That Just Got CanceledA Runner Uses Strava App To Create Amazing Pieces Of Running ArtBest Car Manufacturers In The World8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Playing Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth
Joseph P. Ortman, age 81, of Brookville, Indiana died Sunday afternoon, March 1, 2020 at the Brookville Healthcare Center in Brookville.Born October 8, 1938 in Franklin County, Indiana he was one of nine children born to the late Walter J. & Cecilia F. (Niedenthal) Ortman. He was a lifelong resident of Franklin County, and a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Brookville.Survivors include four sisters, Rita M. Apsley, Mary Ann (Dale) Deffner, Eileen M. (James) Hyde, and Jennifer F. (Rene) Stivers all of Brookville, Indiana; a brother, Edward L. (Connie) Ortman of Brookville, Indiana as well as many nieces & nephews.In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by three brothers, Robert A. Ortman, Thomas H. Ortman, and James W. Ortman.Private services will be officiated by Rev. Vincent Lampert. Burial will take place in St. Michael Catholic Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to Franklin County Cancer Assistance Now or the Franklin County E.M.S.. The staff of Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home are honored to serve the Ortman family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com
Michael Joseph Louden, age 60, of Greensburg passed away on September 14, 2020 at Decatur County Hospital. Mike was born March 4, 1960 at Dearborn County Hospital in Lawrenceburg the son of the late William and Marilyn (Matthews) Louden.Mike grew up in the Aurora along with his brother and sisters. He attended school at South Dearborn, after graduation he moved with family to Oklahoma. He entered the workforce and spent 23 years in Oklahoma. Mike spent his entire work career in the construction field. In 2000 he returned to Indiana, spending the last 20 years in southern Indiana.Mike will be deeply missed by wife Sonia, daughters Kerry (Kenny) Weatherly of North Carolina and Lindsey Patterson of Oklahoma, brother Joseph (Clara) Louden of Greensburg, sisters Tina Louden of Oklahoma and Angie Henderson of Oklahoma, 4 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents, son Michael VanWoudenburd, brothers John and Norman, and sister Bonnie.A private family service will be held with burial at Osgood Perseverance Cemetery. Online condolences can be placed on Nealsfuneralhome.net
It’s easy to forget that Cori “Coco” Gauff of Delray Beach is only 15 years old. In her Grand Slam debut, Gauff beat Venus Williams, a five-time champion, in the first round at Wimbledon. Gauff is the tournament’s youngest player and has said in previous interviews that she is inspired by the Williams sisters.Friday was a rough match for Gauff who was up against Slovenia’s Polona Hercog. Gauff was down a set at and lost her mixed doubles match but then bounced back and won. In a press conference, Gauff stated that she was confident she could win even though she was behind in the second set.“I was like, ‘I can fight back—I just need to hold serve and then break,’ ” Gauff said in an interview after her big win.Gauff’s father, Cory, is the owner of Paradise Sports Lounge in Delray Beach. Many Delray Beach tennis fans would go to the lounge in support of Gauff. The lounge has hosted watch parties for each of Coco’s Wimbledon matches.
Our Sport ReporterGUWAHATI: The preparation of state teams for forthcoming Khelo India Games are now in full swing. In a brief interaction with the Sentinel the former national player S Dhanajit Singh, who is monitoring the training of Kabaddi team, highlighted the ongoing preparation of his sides. Here is the excerptsThe Sentinel(TS): Tell us about the preparation of state team for Khelo India. Dhanajit Singh (DS): It’s going on right track. We have good team in the U-17 girl’s category and they can upset many big teams in the coming competition.(TS): There is allegation that teams are not getting proper facilities for training.It’s not fully true. Players accommodate at the hotels this time which is a very big thing for them. We don’t have too much complain on the food also. But yes we have not get the opportunity to practice in a full size court till now. The renovation work of Tarun Ram Phukan is on final stage and hope next couple of day’s we will be able to shift our practice there.(TS): What is the future of Kabaddi in Assam?(DS): Look I am associated with kabaddi in Assam for a long period. I belong to Manipur but after joining Railway I have shifted to Guwahati and also represented Assam in the National championship. Honestly speaking the standard of the game is much better than our times. Recently our U-17 girl’s team entered into the pre quarter final in national championship. We have really a few good players, particularly in the girl’s category, who are capable to represent India in the coming days.(TS): What the players of Assam now need most?(DS): I feel they need a few academies across the state. If you go Punjab and Haryana you will see academies in every parts of the state and it is the reason that they are dominating in national level. Now we have many quality players in this game and if they get proper facilities I am very optimistic the scenario will change very soon in the state.(TS): What can we expect from Assam Kabaddi team in coming Khelo India?(DS): Look we are gradually improving in the national circuit. Earlier I have told that we have good players in the junior girl’s category and definitively we will try our best to make a podium finish.Also Read: Assam suffer innings defeat against Jharkhand in Ranji Trophy Also Watch: AATASU staged protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. 2019 in Golaghat
Keeneland President and CEO Bill Thomason calls the decision to cancel “agonizing” and adds that the track had exhausted all avenues for safely conducting the meet.___1 p.m.USA Water Polo has canceled a key tournament set to begin in late April in Indianapolis because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. men and women have already qualified for the Olympics. But the the 2020 FINA Men’s and Women’s Intercontinental Tournament would have been been one of their biggest warmups for the Tokyo Games. There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country.All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday. The Latest: USA Swimming cancels meet, delays nationals The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus.Greece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___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 Former IOC vice president Dick Pound said in an interview with The Associated Press last month that the end of May loomed as a possible deadline for the IOC to make a call on the Tokyo Olympics.But Coates, an IOC vice president and head of the Australian Olympic Committee, told the Sydney paper in a telephone interview from Switzerland that the IOC didn’t recognize the deadline and he thought Pound had backed away from it, too.Coates says “it’s never been the IOC’s position. It was Dick’s idea. There is four months to go.”___11:10 a.m. ___9:55 a.m.The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice. Federation spokesman Jeno Sipos says clubs have been asked to forego training sessions and make it possible for players and staff members to stay home.Sipos says in a video posted on the federation’s Facebook page “we hope we are contributing to stopping the spread of the epidemic.”The federation’s announcement was in line with a government decision to have sports matches played in empty stadiums and only if organizers took responsibility.Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___ 2:35 p.m.The Baseball Hall of Fame has canceled Hall of Fame Classic weekend because of the spread of the new coronavirus.The Hall of Fame said advance purchases for the May 22-24 event in Cooperstown, New York, will be refunded.The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely.___ All eight matches and thus the European club season were suspended by governing body European Professional Club Rugby.The English Premiership was also suspended for five weeks, following government advice against mass gatherings.The same advice prompted the English Rugby Football Union to suspend all activities until April 14.The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said.___ The move follows last week’s decision by the 31-team AHL to suspend its season until further notice. The decision coincides with the NHL placing a roster freeze on player movement, as well as pushing back the possibility of resuming its season for several weeks, if not more than a month.Previously, players were encouraged to remain with their teams.— Reporting by AP Hockey Writer John Wawrow___8:50 p.m. Members of the general public with a valid driver’s license can pay a fee and drive three controlled laps around the 2.45-mile layout used by NASCAR for its August races. Proceeds benefit the facility’s Racing and Community Enrichment (R.A.C.E.). Annual turnout is between 1,000 and 2,800 vehicles, track president Michael Printup said. No decision on a new opening date has been made.The International Motor Racing Research Center in Watkins Glen also announced it would close after business hours on Tuesday. It’s tentatively scheduled to reopen in mid-April.___5:40 p.m.The Sun Belt Conference has canceled all organized athletics and related activities, including practices, through the remainder of the academic year. The American Hockey League, which has the NHL’s top minor league teams, announced that the indefinite suspension of its regular season won’t be lifted before May. The league also announced it is recommending its teams work on returning players to their primary residences, like the NHL is doing.___4:45 p.m.A person familiar with the discussions tells The Associated Press that the American Hockey League is allowing its players to return home while determining it won’t be able to resume its season until May at the earliest.The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Monday because the league has not announced the decisions reached by the AHL’s executive committee during a conference call. The Grand National Steeplechase, one of the iconic sporting events in Britain, has been canceled following the stringent measures put in place during the virus outbreak.The Jockey Club says the horse racing meeting at Aintree, Liverpool, from April 2-4 will not take place.The British government has said emergency services are being withdrawn from supporting mass gatherings in the country from Tuesday, so the Jockey Club “has decided that it is no longer appropriate to stage” the Grand National Festival.Sandy Dudgeon, senior steward of the Jockey Club, says “we were working on a plan to stage the Grand National behind closed doors given its importance to the racing industry and beyond, but … this is not a viable option.” ___ The open water nationals were to be April 24-26 in Fort Myers, Florida.The last meet of the TYR series set for May 5-9 in Indianapolis is still being evaluated. If the meet is held, it’s possible the schedule will be switched to morning finals and evening prelims.The U.S. Olympic trials are scheduled for June 21-28 in Omaha, Nebraska.USA Swimming says its previous suspension of all events, camps, conferences or any occasion that requires people to travel and gather now extends through April 30.The governing body is asking its member clubs to limit practices and training sessions as recommended by their local health officials and the Centers for Disease Control. ___1:50 p.m.The DeVos family that owns the Orlando Magic has unveiled plans for a $2 million fund to pay hourly workers who will miss time because of sports shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The $2 million will be earmarked to help about 1,800 workers who are employed at Magic games, Lakeland Magic G League games, Orlando Solar Bears minor-league hockey games and other Amway Center events.In addition, Magic players have told the organization that they want to provide even more money for those workers. ___1:20 p.m.The NHRA drag racing series has suspended its season 30 days with the intention to resume events April 17-19 in Houston.An event at Las Vegas has been postponed with no new date announced.“We made this decision with heavy hearts as we see the effects this pandemic is having on the world,” NHRA said in a statement. “We are all in this complicated uncertain and rapidly changing situation together, and we encourage everyone to look out for each other.” The organization closed its offices Monday and employees were preparing to work from home “wherever possible.”“We are receiving guidance from the health authorities on next steps,” Carroll said.Canucks Sports & Entertainment, formerly known as Orca Bay Sports & Entertainment, owns the NHL Canucks and Rogers Arena, among other properties.___12:30 p.m. ___2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees.The British Horseracing Authority says “the intention is for scheduled race meetings to take place wherever possible.” It adds that “decisions may have to be made to cancel meetings.”BHA chief executive Nick Rust says the racing industry is “following the government’s advice to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining business activity.” The cancellation also hurts USA Water Polo’s effort to growing the sport in the Midwest. The event was scheduled for April 28 to May 3.USA Water Polo also announced the cancellation of the inaugural Division III Women’s National Championship. It was scheduled for May 8-10 in Southern California.___7:10 p.m.The European Champions Cup and Challenge Cup rugby quarterfinals scheduled for April 3-5 were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Magic CEO Alex Martins says: “The DeVos Family has a history of stepping up during challenging times. Today is no different. If someone is losing a paycheck because we are not playing, they will be fairly compensated.”The Magic say the part-time employees will receive paychecks for missed games through what would have been the end of the regular season.___6:40 p.m.The Super League — Europe’s top division in rugby league — has been suspended, initially until April. The league says the decision was taken following the British government’s updated advice on limiting social contact and mass gatherings.In a joint statement, Super League executive chairman Robert Elstone and Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer said the suspension presents “significant financial and commercial implications for rugby league, which will be further considered during the period of suspension.”The Super League includes teams from France and Canada. ___1:35 p.m. The Arizona Coyotes will pay all part-time arena and team employees through the end of the previously scheduled NHL season.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo and his family have partnered with Gila River Arena to pay part-time and hourly arena employees scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. All part-time and hourly team employees will be paid through April 4.The Coyotes also will pay part-time Tucson Roadrunners employees affected by the suspension of the American Hockey League.The NHL announced last week it would pause the 2019-20 season in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Coyotes defenseman Aaron Ness became the NHL’s first known player to be tested for COVID-19 after experiencing flu-like symptoms last week. His agent, Neil Sheehy, said Monday that Ness tested negative for the virus. March 16, 2020 3:30 p.m.The Russian soccer league has taken a step closer to shutting down after CSKA Moscow canceled its upcoming game with Zenit St. Petersburg.The league is to meet Tuesday to discuss its response to the coronavirus outbreak. However, CSKA said it was no longer able to host Sunday’s game against Zenit after restrictions on mass gatherings in Moscow were tightened.CSKA says it will discuss potential rescheduling and refunds for spectators later.The Russian league was the largest European soccer competition still operational over the weekend, with more than 33,000 fans attending a game between Zenit and Ural Yekaterinburg on Saturday. League CEO Christian Seifert says “it doesn’t mean that we assume we can play from April 3.”Seifert adds that some clubs could face potential financial collapse and put “tens of thousands of jobs” at risk without funding from TV broadcasts and sponsors.Paderborn player Luca Kilian has tested positive for the coronavirus. Three players in the second division also have the virus.Germany was the last of Europe’s top five leagues to suspend games.The German soccer federation says that games in the top two women’s divisions and the women’s cup will be suspended through April 19. 1:30 p.m.The women’s professional tennis tour has suspended all competition until May 2 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The WTA says it is calling off clay-court tournaments in Stuttgart, Istanbul and Prague, adding those to a list of events previously canceled.Each of those three tournaments was scheduled to begin in April.The tour says a decision will be made “in the week ahead” about the rest of the European clay-court circuit. In a written announcement the Sun Belt says the decision was made Monday in consultation with the league’s presidents, chancellors and athletic directors “to address growing concerns surrounding the spread of the coronavirus.”The Sun Belt is comprised of 12 institutions in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina and Texas.___12:10 a.m.The Kontinental Hockey League is taking a one-week pause in its playoffs to come up with a new format and schedule for the six remaining Russian teams. Finland-based Jokerit and Kazakhstan-based Barys Nur-Sultan pulled out of the playoffs amid the oronavirus pandemic. Also, The Jockey Club will close its offices in New York and Kentucky to outside visitors as of Tuesday while contiuning to provide services. All business-related travel has been suspended and some employees are working remotely. The Jockey Club is the breed registry for thoroughbred horses in North America.___4 p.m.Keeneland race track in Kentucky has canceled its spring meet because of COVID-19. The meet was scheduled for April 2-24, with the $1 million Blue Grass Stakes awarding 170 points toward the Kentucky Derby, the highlight of the opening weekend. On Sunday the historic track announced it would be closed to non-essential guests and set up screening checkpoints for those seeking access.The track says no horses will be allowed at Keeneland and it recommended that horsemen not at the track remain where they are. Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.___12:45 p.m.The Penn Relays, one of the oldest and largest track meets in the nation, has been canceled in response to the coronavirus pandemic.The Penn Relays were scheduled for April 23-25 and had been held uninterrupted since 1895. The event celebrated its 125th consecutive running last year. The Philadelphia-based University of Pennsylvania says it will attempt to host a substitute track meet at a later date in late May or early June. The new event wouldn’t meet the standard Penn Relays format. The three-day event would shorten into a one-day event for youth, high school and open runners. 2:30 p.m.Major League Baseball has pushed back opening day until mid-May at the earliest on Monday because of the new coronavirus after the federal government recommended restricting events of more than 50 people for the next eight weeks.Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement following a conference call with executives of the 30 teams.“The clubs remain committed to playing as many games as possible when the season begins,” the commissioner’s office said in a statement.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended Sunday that gatherings of 50 people or more be canceled or postponed across the country for the next eight weeks. 12:20 p.m.NHL players have been told they can return home and self-isolate there until the end of March while hockey is on hold amid the coronavirus pandemic.This signals a significant update on the league’s potential timeline to resume the season. Commissioner Gary Bettman announced last week the season was on pause and did not provide more specifics on how long that would last.Players had previously been told to remain in their team’s city and await further direction. The new directive comes in the aftermath of the CDC’s recommendation the U.S. not hold gatherings of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):USA Swimming has canceled next month’s TYR Pro Swim Series meet in Southern California and postponed the combined open water national and junior national championships in Florida.The TYR meet was to be held April 16-19 in Mission Viejo, California. It was set to replicate the Tokyo Olympics schedule, with finals in the morning and preliminaries in the evening. More than 250,000 people attended the four-day Cheltenham Festival last week.No decision has been made on whether the Grand National Steeplechase will go ahead at Aintree next month. More Britons bet on that race than any other. ___1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions. The Penn Relays has adapted to worldwide conditions in the past. The meet was altered in 1917 and 1918 when several colleges, including most Ivy League institutions, curtailed their track programs during World War I. During World War II, travel restrictions reduced participation and spectator attendance while gas rationing was in effect in 1943 and 1944.___12:40 p.m.A staff member of Canucks Sports & Entertainment has tested positive for COVID-19.Trent Carroll, chief operating officer of the Vancouver Canucks’ parent company, said the diagnosed individual was in self-quarantine and feeling better. “Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe. 4:10 p.m.Live horse racing without fans will continue at Aqueduct during New York’s ban on public gatherings of more than 50 people.Fans were banned as of last Thursday. Racing resumes Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The winter meet ends March 29.The New York Racing Association said horse owners are not allowed access to Aqueduct.Belmont Park’s backstretch and its facilities remain open to horsemen and training is allowed. Owners won’t be allowed in the stable area until further notice. The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___11:25 a.m.The leader of the IOC’s coordination commission for the Tokyo Olympics says there is no May deadline to cancel the games and he remains confident the event will go ahead despite sports coming to a virtual standstill globally amid the coronavirus outbreak.John Coates, who will have to go into government-mandated self-isolation when he returns to Australia this week from Olympic business in Europe, told the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper: “It’s all proceeding to start on the 24th of July.” McLaren says the team member who tested positive for coronavirus at the Australian Grand Prix “is recovering well” and that his “symptoms have gone.”The British team pulled out of the season-opening Formula One race on Thursday because of the positive test. The race was canceled on Friday.Fourteen members of the team were also placed in quarantine for 14 days after coming into close contact with the person who tested positive for the virus. McLaren chief executive Zak Brown says they are in “good spirits.”McLaren says the rest of the team has returned to Britain but will not go to the team’s headquarters for two weeks as a precaution.With the first four races postponed, the F1 season will not resume until May at the earliest. Associated Press The international beach volleyball tour has postponed two more events, clearing the schedule of everything until May 6.The FIVB says a three-star event that was supposed to take place this week in Gold Coast, Australia, and a four-star tournament next week in Cancun, Mexico, have been postponed because of travel restrictions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The events are crucial for athletes trying to qualify for the Summer Olympics, with more points available at the higher-rated tournaments.The FIVB says it is in contact with the IOC about “potentially revising the beach volleyball qualification system” for the Tokyo Olympics.As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___ One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___2:10 p.m.The German soccer league has extended its suspension through at least April 2.The extension covers the next round of games and the upcoming international break. — Reporting by Beth Harris___6 p.m.Watkins Glen International has postponed its opening weekend because of the spread of COVID-19.The traditional opening of the storied road course in the Finger Lakes region of upstate New York was slated for April 4-5 and is an important fundraiser for charity. ___11 a.m.Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.
Last year, the University of Wisconsin women’s softball team ended their season with a record of 35-17 — a winning season for the Badgers that unfortunately ended in Oregon against the Ducks during the Regional Championship. It was another year of entering the NCAA Tournament that gave Wisconsin well-deserved recognition of a strong season.The Badgers are getting ready to play their third invitational this season in Clearwater, Florida before their regular Big Ten season begins. Playing a sport in a state that is known for its cold winters only adds to the anticipation. It’s exciting because now it’s softball, softball and more softball. For these players, spring is what they look forward to all year.This is the time when players are moving around and getting in the groove of the sport they commit to and love. Head Coach Yvette Healy is going to find her players’ strengths and weaknesses that will shape them throughout the rest of the season. This is her time to understand how her new freshman work while also learning about how they will grow to compliment the veteran players on the team.Women’s Hockey: Roque, Campbell named WCHA Players of the YearThe No. 1 University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team’s (29-3-2-0, WCHA 20-2-2-0) spectacular season has yielded two end-of-season Western Conference Read…With six freshman and five seniors, there is much to be learned.Kelsey Jenkins and Brooke Wyderski, both seniors, will be the rocks of this softball team. Jenkins already has the most hits within her 14 games, holding the highest average on the team with 0.372. With a slugging percentage of 0.522, Wyderski leads the team with 24 total bases in 46 at bats.Freshman Taylor Johnson is hitting with an average of 0.184 with an on base percentage of 0.333. She has started every game so far to with a total of 38 at bats and seven runs for her seven hits.Wisconsin Softball is ranked 40th on the NCAA rankings, among 286 other D1 teams, and has defeated three teams with higher rankings than theirs including Auburn, which is ranked seventh.Winter Olympic Hockey: Team USA Women take home gold, Men fall short of podiumIn 1980, with anti-Soviet sentiment rising once again due to their recent invasion of Afghanistan, Olympic viewers across the United Read…Friday at 12:30 p.m., Wisconsin will play Central Michigan to start off the 16th annual USF Series in the Under Armour Invitational. That same day, they will play at 3 p.m. against the University of South Florida, hosts of the tournament. On Saturday they play another double header, facing The College of Charleston at 9 a.m. and Western Michigan at 11 a.m. The Badgers then play their final game of the tournament on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. against Wright States’ Rowdy Raiders.Both Central Michigan and Western Michigan have a tied records of wins and losses, while USF, Charleston and Wright State are all ranked significantly lower than Wisconsin. Hopefully the Badgers can begin to gain momentum to turn their 7-7 record to a winning one in the future weeks.No matter how many pop-flies you catch, no matter how many times you practice hitting that outside curveball or practice laying down the perfect bunt, nothing compares to the real game. It’s all preparation for the real thing. And the real thing is about to kick into high gear.
A major change in the Caribbean political scene takes place this week. As of Thursday April 19, for the first time since the Cuban revolution in 1959, a Castro will not be the head of the Cuban government. That’s because on that date 57-year-old Miquel Diaz-Canal, who has been Cuba’s vice-president will succeed President Raul Castro, 86, as the nation’s president.Raul Castro has been Cuba’s president since 2008 when his famous brother Fidel, the Cuban Revolutionary leader stepped down as president as his health failed. Last year, Raul had announced he would retire at the end of 2017, but delayed this following the impact of Hurricanes Maria and Irma on the island.Still leader of Cuba’s Communist PartyAlthough Raul is retiring as president, like Fidel when he retired, he will remain as the leader of Cuba’s Communist Party. As such, he will still have broad authority over the direction of Cuba’s government and the role played by the new president.During the 10 years that Raul Castro has led the Cuban government there has been significant changes in the country.Despite the trade blockade that was enforced by the US in the early 1960s, after Fidel Castro declared a communist state, still exists creating continued economic hardships for the Cuban people, some significant strides have been made,Significant strides made in CubaOne of the more significant development was agreement made by Raul and former US President Barack Obama in 2015 to renew diplomatic relations. This agreement, which saw the US reopening its embassy in Havana, was greeted enthusiastically by Cubans as it reopened the once buoyant tourism sector. Millions of foreign visitors have headed to Cuba since. However, since the Trump administration took office in 2017, expectations for the continued growth of the tourism sector, growth in the general Cuban economy, and an ease in the devastating US trade embargo have waned.Nonetheless, there has been growth in Cuba’s private business sector and real estate market; expanse in Internet and cell phone usage; and reported reduction in foreign debt.Enhanced CARICOM-Cuba relationsUnder Raul Castro, the relations between Cuba and its Caribbean neighbors, already favorable when Fidel was president, strengthened. Although Cuba is not a member of the Caribbean regional community group. CARICOM, the organization and Cuba has entrenched relationships, especially through regular CARICOM-Cuba Summits. The sixth of such summits was held in December 2017 in Antigua co-chaired by then CARICOM chairman Dr. Keith Mitchell, Grenada’s Prime Minister and Raul Castro. That meeting marked 45 years of diplomatic relations between CARICOM and Cuba. It examined issues of regional and global importance including climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, key regional issues following the devastating impact of hurricanes in the Caribbean in 2017.Relations will be maintained South Florida’s Wesley Kirton, President of the Guyanese-American Chamber of Commerce, doesn’t expect any negative changes in CARICOM-Cuban relationship under President Diaz-Canal. “That relationship solidified increasingly over the years. Former and new members of Cuba’s government will always recall favorably that Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago were the first countries in the West to re-establish diplomatic relations with Cuba. Moreover, Cuba currently has positive trade relations with several Caribbean countries despite the US trade embargo. If anything, I expect the Cuban-CARICOM relationship to strengthen.”Cuban-Americans don’t expect much change either. Former Cuban businessman, and West Kendall resident Alex de-Santiago said, “The real significant change Cuban-American wants urgent, is full democratic rule. This isn’t going to happen even with a Castro not president. The Castro’s philosophy and influence are imbedded in the present government. Communism will still rule, and freedoms will still be compromised. Full democracy, and real positive US-Cuban relations won’t be restored for decades. Definitely not under Dias-Canal.”
Gleetz.gg, the ‘professional social network for gaming and esports’ has recently been chosen as one of the best startups to join the KickUP Sports Accelerator in cooperation with the esteemed Portugese football club S.L. Benfica. Marc Berthold, gleetz.ggGleetz becomes the only esports startup working with Benfica and thus is hoping to reap the rewards that being partnered with such a high profile football club can bring. The blog post states “whether it’s access to the stadium stands for interviews or esports strategy meetings, gleetz.gg is benefiting from the open environment – this is a real privilege”. In other Gleetz news, they have now launched their companies and team portal page which facilitates recruitment – whether it be for a team or a position elsewhere.Marc Berthold, Founder of Gleetz.gg told ESI: “The fact that an international and successful club such as S.L. Benfica decides to invest in gleetz.gg is a proof that we managed to show that our concept is meaningful. Many traditional sports club are investing in an esports team, but investing in a platform dedicated to helping the esports industry to grow as a whole is clearly a different story. And we are really happy about that. But more that the project, it also shows that they trust the team behind this project, our knowledge and expertise of the esports market which we acquired over the past 15 years.”He continued: “S.L. Benfica is a powerful and international club, and we believe that they will be able to support gleetz.gg thanks to their experience. It is the club with the most members across the globe. They are used to managing fans and being a leader in their industry. This is exactly what we are doing with gleetz.gg. We are the 1st professional network 100% Gaming & esports which connects all the actors of the industry: fans, gamers, teams, companies and sponsors. We do not let anyone behind and we work hard to provide everyone with the best tools to enjoy their passion even more.”Finally, Marc told ESI: “That is the reason why after releasing the dedicated team and company pages, which let these actors showcase their organisations and everything about them, we have launched just 2 days ago the recruitment platform thanks to which teams can now scout, receive applications and recruit talented players and coaches from all over the world. And since the user’s profile is built as an esports CV, it is much easier for recruiters and scouts to understand who the applicant really is and how valuable he can be to the team.”Esports Insider says: Great news for Gleetz.gg securing investment from a club with the pedigree of Benfica. It’ll be interesting to see just how the platform continues its development going forward.
Overall, Middleton was 2-0 going into Tuesday, with a 3.13 ERA in 23 innings over 26 appearances after the Angels recalled him from Triple-A Salt Lake on May 5. He had 24 strikeouts and 10 walks while pitching mostly in middle relief. He had yet to record his first major league save.Middleton displayed a remarkable arm last year, after a promotion to Salt Lake. His pitches had the kind of velocity and movement that makes knowledgeable baseball people take notice. What might have been lacking was a major league level of poise on the mound.That part remains a work in progress, according to Scioscia.“He’s developing it,” Scioscia said. “When he came to spring training, I think some of it was overwhelming. He came in with high expectations and did not throw the ball well this spring at all. He was searching for all things that he’s gotten to now. This is the way he was throwing the ball last August in Triple-A. I think he’s developed that confidence, which is helping him stay on track.“You can see his arm is legit.”His celebrations aren’t bad, either.“We love the energy and we love the emotion,” Scioscia said.Planned days offNeither first baseman Albert Pujols nor center fielder Cameron Maybin was in the Angels’ lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Dodgers. Neither was injured. Each was given a day off, scheduled well ahead of time, Scioscia said.Pujols wasn’t going to play first in consecutive games after playing the field Monday for only the fifth time this season. He’s expected to return to the lineup on Wednesday as the Angels’ designated hitter when the Freeway Series shifts to Angel Stadium.Maybin was given a day to “recharge,” Scioscia said. Maybin has assumed one of baseball’s most demanding positions in the wake of a thumb injury to superstar center fielder Mike Trout, who sat out for the 28th game Tuesday and could be several weeks away from a return to the lineup.Skaggs updateLeft-hander Tyler Skaggs is scheduled to be re-evaluated Wednesday, when the Angels return to Angel Stadium. The exam is expected to help determine whether he’ll continue his throwing program or need further time to rehab an oblique injury that sent him to the disabled list April 29.Skaggs’ rehab start Saturday in the Arizona League was scrubbed because of soreness. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error LOS ANGELES >> Keynan Middleton lost his poise in the eighth inning Monday at Dodger Stadium.This time, it was OK.In fact, it was better than OK.The Angels loved it. Middleton struck out sizzling Dodgers rookie Cody Bellinger to complete a 1-2-3 eighth inning, preserving a three-run lead in what became a 4-0 victory. Middleton let out a scream and pumped his fist in celebration as he bounded off the mound and headed for the dugout.“He was pumped,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “I love the emotion.”Middleton, 23, isn’t the first young pitcher to celebrate a big strikeout, and he won’t be the last.“Every young pitcher needs to temper it and harness it, and Keynan will,” Scioscia said. “He’s a great kid and he wants to do well. I think there’s an emotional release with every pitcher who pitches toward the back end of the game. … You see it with guys who get big outs.”Middleton has recorded some big outs of late, striking out Bellinger on Monday after fanning Aaron Judge of the Yankees twice last week in New York. Bellinger had a National League-leading 24 home runs going into Tuesday; Judge led the majors with 26.