West Midlands: Talk of the towns

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The surveyor of Kabul

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Why Parental Notification Laws Protect Young People

first_imgDecreased rates of youth suicide, risky sex and sexually transmitted diseases, reduced abortion rates, protecting the adolescent from sexual abuse – why wouldn’t families want parental notification laws!Here’s the evidence that the politicians seemed to want to ignore….THE EFFECT OF PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT LAWS ON YOUTH SUICIDEA 2012 study by Joseph Sabia and Daniel Rees, researchers from San Diego State University and the University of Colorado, Denver, found that States that have parental notification laws also see a drop in the suicide rate of girls ages 15 through 17. The researchers conclude that “the adoption of a parental involvement law is associated with an 11%-21% decrease in the number of 15- through 17-year-old females who commit suicide.”http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1465-7295.2011.00440.x/abstract;jsessionid=1AE1956B085808EB5F1A8982563F8A9C.f04t02?userIsAuthenticated=false&deniedAccessCustomisedMessage=ABORTION ACCESS AND RISKY SEX AMONG TEENS: PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT LAWS AND SEXUALLY TRANSMITTED DISEASESAccording to this 2006 study, abortion notification and consent laws actually reduce risky sexual behavior among teenagers. The finding is the result of data collected from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and examined by Jonathan Klick, Florida State University College of Law professor, and Thomas Stratmann, economics professor at George Mason University. They discovered that teen gonorrhea rates decreased by an average of 20 percent among Hispanic girls and by an average of 12 percent among white girls in states where consent laws were practiced. Therefore, the laws function as an incentive for girls to engage in less risky sex activities since they do not want to face their parents with news of a pregnancy or plans for an abortion.http://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=819304PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT REDUCES ABORTION RATES FOR MINORS BY 15%A 2011 study by Michael New, Ph.D., an assistant professor of political science at the University of Alabama, entitled “Analyzing the Effect of Anti-Abortion U.S. State Legislation in the Post-Casey Era” says that parental involvement laws were found to reduce in-state abortion rates for minors by approximately 15 percent.http://spa.sagepub.com/content/11/1/28.abstract http://www.lifenews.com/2011/03/28/study-pro-life-parental-notification-laws-reduce-abortions-15/PARENTAL INVOLVEMENT AND CONSENT FOR A MINOR’S ABORTIONAmerican College of Pediatricians – May 2016The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) is a national organization of pediatricians and other healthcare professionals dedicated to the health and well-being of children. Their paper on parental notification covers some key points:Neuroscience research notes that the area of the brain involved in critical thinking and decision-making does not reach full maturity until the early to mid-twentiesAbortion should be treated as any other medical / surgical procedurePregnant adolescents benefit from parental involvementParental involvement protects an adolescent from sexual abuseParental involvement does not cause a delay in obtaining abortions for those who choose this optionParental involvement does not contribute to family violenceParental involvement encourages the correct view of familyParental involvement laws benefit the adolescent, the family, and societyAbortion has long-term consequences for the adolescentThey conclude: “Adolescents need the advice and involvement of their parents. As more is learned about the immaturity of the adolescent brain, especially in the development of the decision-making frontal lobes, it is obvious that parents should be allowed to guide their teens in all medical decisions, including decisions regarding pregnancy. Legislation mandating or encouraging parental involvement in decisions related to a minor’s pregnancy protects adolescents during a very vulnerable time in their lives. Society recognizes this need, and often requires and encourages parents to be a positive resource for their adolescents in matters of health, and other issues of consequence. Therefore, excluding them from a minor’s decision about abortion cannot be justified.”https://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/parental-involvement-and-consent-for-a-minors-abortionCHILDREN CONSENTING TO ABORTION IN NEW ZEALAND: AN ETHICAL AND LEGAL CRITIQUEThis article by Otago University masters law student Michael Morrison, and published in the April 2015 edition of the Asian Bioethics Review demonstrates that most female adolescents only start to acquire sufficient autonomous capacity from the age of 14 years and as such the legislative wording of s 38 COCA is problematic and arguably careless.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/68052527/call-to-review-teen-abortion-lawlast_img read more

UWF Gets Rematch with Auburn-Montgomery

first_img Share UWF Gets Rematch with Auburn-Montgomery April 17, 2007PENSACOLA, Fla. – West Florida (32-14) hosts the fourth ranked NAIA team in the country, Auburn-Montgomery (39-9) on Wednesday at 4 p.m. The Argonauts were defeated by the Senators in Montgomery, Ala. on March 14, 18-5, in a game that was stopped after five-and-a-half innings.West Florida has lost four of their last six games, and currently stand in fourth place in the GSC East. Last weekend, UWF dropped two-of-three games at Alabama-Huntsville and dropped out of the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper Top 30 Poll. They were in a tie for 27th last week. The Argos have been ranked as high as 13th in the NCAA II this year.Auburn-Montgomery took two-of-three games from Southern Polytechnic State last Friday and Saturday in Marietta, Ga. The Senators are 2-3 against GSC teams this year. Along with their win over West Florida, they went 1-1 against Montevallo and 0-2 versus West Alabama.The Argonauts gave up 18 runs on 18 hits in the loss to AUM. The Senators scored 10 unearned runs. West Florida used five pitchers.Follow the game using “Live Stats” at goargos.comPrint Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Cork injury blow for Saints

first_imgSouthampton’s midfield options are becoming stretched at just the wrong time, with Jack Cork facing at least six weeks on the sidelines. Toby Alderweireld has helped fill the void in the past two matches but he is a doubt with a hamstring injury – hardly the ideal preparation for manager Ronald Koeman. “I went to the training centre this morning about some updates of the players,” the Dutchman said ahead of his clash with compatriot Louis van Gaal. “Jack Cork has ankle ligament (damage) and he will be out for maybe more than six weeks from what I heard from the doctor. “Morgan Schneiderlin is doing well but he’s not fit for Monday. “Toby Alderweireld is positive. It’s not really a hamstring injury, it’s more fatigue in his muscle and he’s doubtful for Monday. “Maybe yes, maybe not, we have to wait, the game is on Monday and now we have two or three days more.” Dusan Tadic has been passed fit to face United, but Koeman will not be fast-tracking Ward-Prowse back from a fractured foot. That leaves Southampton struggling for numbers in central midfield, meaning 19-year-old Harrison Reed could make his first Premier League start alongside the likes of Victor Wanyama and Steven Davis. The 25-year-old will not play again this year after sustaining ankle ligament damage in Wednesday’s late 1-0 defeat at Arsenal. Cork’s absence compounds an increasingly tough situation for Saints in central midfield, with James Ward-Prowse and Morgan Schneiderlin also out of contention for Monday’s match with Manchester United. Press Association “He is ready,” Koeman said. “He’s a young player and he has to develop himself, but always I’m a manager at a club who likes to have development of young players. That means also that you give chances to play. “I didn’t choose Harry when Schneiderlin went off in the game against City because of the level of competition, the physical strength in that game. Toby did it fantastic and the reason I did the same (against Arsenal when Cork went off). “Harry played last Monday and young players need to play every week and he’s an option for this Monday.” last_img read more

National Sports Day celebrated in Dibrugarh

first_imgStaff CorrespondentDIBRUGARH: In commemoration with the birth anniversary of Major Dhyan Chand, legendary hockey exponent of India, National Sports Day (NSD), organized by Sri Sri Aniruddhadev Sports University, was celebrated on Saturday at DRDA auditorium. The meeting held on the occasion, was graced by the vice-chancellor of Sports University, Prof. J.P. Verma, D. C, Pallav Gopal Jha, former National Football player, Tosen Borah, CEO of Sonowal Kachari Autonomous Council, Dipu Ranjan Markary , CEO, District Zila Parishad, Diganta Saikia , DSO, Dhrubajyoti Deka and Registrar of Sports University cum District Development Commissioner, Sanjay Dutta. Vice-Chancellor of Sri Sri Aniruddha Dev Sports University Prof. J.P. Verma while delivering his welcome address highlighted the ongoing construction works of the university and other development works as initiated by the authority. Addressing the meeting as chief guest, D.C Jha disclosed that the District has a golden future in sports and hence in order to explore budding sports talents of the district, the state government had initiated several projects in the district for infrastructural development of sports . The meeting also felicitated former National footballer,Tosen Bora, and four others sportsmen– Agniv Bhaskar Gohain, Isharani Baruah, Imdad Hussain and Dharitri Sonowal for their achievement in International and Khelo India competitions. Also Watch: Three Women Says Going to Doctor, Never Returnslast_img read more

The Latest: WWE to hold WrestleMania on closed set

first_imgThe 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 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___ 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. 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.___ 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.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. 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.___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. 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. 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.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. 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.“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. 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.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 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.___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 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.”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. ___ As of Monday, four of the last nine points-rich four- and five-star events have been postponed or canceled.___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. ___11:10 a.m.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.” 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.___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. The WWE’s annual wrestling extravaganza — often called the Super Bowl of wrestling — will not be held at the home of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Raymond James Stadium. WWE, however, said it will still hold its scheduled April 5 card on the closed set at WWE’s training facility in Orlando, Florida. WWE ran an empty arena edition of “Smackdown” last Friday and was set to run Monday’s “RAW” from the performance center.Brock Lesnar is set to defend the WWE championship against Drew McIntyre at WrestleMania. WrestleMania will be broadcast live on the WWE Network. It has been held annually in football stadiums in 2007 and usually draws some of the biggest crowds of the year for any sports entertainment event.___6:45 p.m.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 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.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. The track says no horses will be allowed at Keeneland and it recommended that horsemen not at the track remain where they are.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.The Blue Grass is the second Derby prep to be canceled. The $700,000 Sunland Derby in New Mexico was canceled Sunday. It was set for March 22 and would have awarded 50 qualifying points for the Kentucky Derby.___1 p.m. 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.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. ___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 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.___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. 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.The next Grand Slam tournament is the French Open, which is scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24.___11:25 a.m. 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.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.___ 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.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. 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.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 Latest: WWE to hold WrestleMania on closed set 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.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. 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.”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.” The activities were at professional and community level, “including club training, league and cup matches plus rugby education courses,” the RFU said.___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. 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.One large banner at the match read: “We’re all infected with soccer and will die for Zenit.”___2:10 p.m. The Sun Belt Conference has canceled all organized athletics and related activities, including practices, through the remainder of the academic year.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. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):7:15 p.m.WrestleMania in Tampa, Florida is down for the count. 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.___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. 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.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. 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.___2:05 p.m.British horse racing will take place without spectators and with restrictions on the number of attendees. March 16, 2020 The Hall of Fame is closed to the public indefinitely.___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. 1:55 p.m.The Hungarian soccer federation has temporarily suspended all of its competitions.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. ___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. 8:50 p.m.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 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.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. Speaking Monday in parliament, famously soccer-mad Prime Minister Viktor Orban said it would be even better if matches were not played at all.___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. 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.”Other motorsports such as NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One already pulled the plug on racing.___12:45 p.m. 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.— Reporting by Beth Harris___6 p.m.Watkins Glen International has postponed its opening weekend because of the spread of COVID-19. Associated Press 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. ___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 6last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_imgUpdate on the latest sports NCAA-STEPHEN F. AUSTINStephen F. Austin gets postseason bans; agrees to sanctionsHOUSTON (AP) — Stephen F. Austin has received postseason bans and agreed to several sanctions including probation, scholarship reductions and the forfeiture of wins for having low scores on the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate. The sanctions will bar the football, men’s basketball and baseball teams from postseason tournaments for one year.The three teams were on a nationwide list released Tuesday that faced bans for posting a four-year score below 930. The men’s basketball team had the lowest score of any team in Division I at 810. The SFA football program was one of six other Division I teams nationwide that fell below 900, at 894.NHL-SABRES-GREEN CARD — 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.— 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.”NFL-COWBOYS-SMITHAldon Smith reinstated by NFLFRISCO, Texas (AP) — Aldon Smith is getting another chance to resume his once-promising NFL career. 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. The Toyota 500 is NASCAR’s first Wednesday race in 36 years. However, rain held up the start of the race before it was green flagged.The health screenings were held again before the race and every driver was cleared to participate.The lineup was determined by Sunday’s race, with the top 20 finishers getting the top 10 rows in reverse order. That mean’s Ryan Preece and Ty Dillon made up the front row, while Sunday winner Kevin Harvick started 20th.The bottom 20 finishers start from their finishing positions for Sunday’s Real Heroes 400.Like Sunday’s race, tonight’s event will be without fans and with only essential personnel inside. OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Athletics say they can’t pay their landlord.The head of the agency that oversees the Oakland Coliseum says the A’s have informed him they had “no ability to pay” the annual $1.2 million rent on the facility.Henry Gardner tells the Bay Area News Group that the A’s say they’ve been unable to generate revenue because they haven’t used the Coliseum this season. MLB has been in shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gardner says the Coliseum is willing to negotiate and waive some items in the Athletics lease, but, “we can’t just say no rent.”Gardner is the interim executive director of the Coliseum authority.The A’s have made the payment annually for use of the city- and county-owned baseball stadium. The team could face penalties for failure to pay. May 20, 2020 — As the NBA continues to work through multiple return-to-play scenarios, two people with knowledge of the situation say Orlando, Las Vegas and Houston remain under consideration as cities that could host regular-season and playoff games. Wednesday marked the end of the 10th week since the NBA shut down on March 11. The pandemic halted a season that had 259 games left to play, but none of those games have been officially canceled yet.— 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. — 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.— 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 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.— 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.” Two members of Watford’s staff also tested positive for COVID-19. Burnley said assistant manager Ian Woan also has contracted the virus. Associated Press The NFL has conditionally reinstated Smith from an indefinite suspension for off-field issues, allowing the pass rusher to take part in team activities with the Dallas Cowboys. Smith will be able to participate in the Cowboys’ virtual offseason program starting next week and can meet with teammates and coaches. He hasn’t appeared in an NFL game since 2015 and was signed to a one-year contract last month despite his uncertain playing status.Smith was drafted seventh overall by San Francisco in 2011 and had 14 sacks as a rookie. He was an All-Pro in 2012 when he had 19 1/2 sacks and the 49ers reached the Super Bowl.Smith had several legal issues as a player with the Niners and Raiders.MLB-ATHLETICS-RENTA’s say they are unable to pay Coliseum rent The A’s released a statement Wednesday noting the authority hadn’t been able to make the Coliseum available to the team because of the local shelter-in-place directive as well as state and local bans on public gatherings of more than 1,000 people at city facilities.MLB-PIRATES-KRAMERPirates infielder Kramer out 4-6 months after hip surgeryPITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates infielder Kevin Kramer will miss four to six months while recovering from surgery on his right hip.The team announced Wednesday that Kramer underwent the procedure last week. 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. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSNASCAR racing on Wednesday for first time since 1984UNDATED (AP) — NASCAR’s comeback from the coronavirus continues at Darlington Raceway tonight, three days after resuming its season at the South Carolina track. In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— 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.— 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 and he feels 100% now. 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.— Two people with direct knowledge of the vote say the NCAA Division I Council voted Wednesday to lift a moratorium on voluntary workouts by football and basketball players effective June 1. The decision comes as a growing number of college leaders express confidence that fall sports will be played in some form. Notre Dame and LSU are among a number of schools that have announced plans to reopen their campuses for the fall semester. A decision on other sports was pending.— 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. Sabres fighting for strength and conditioning coachBUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres are suing to obtain a green card for their British-born strength and conditioning coach.The Sabres say federal immigration officials wrongly denied a petition by the team to secure the card for Ed Gannon. The team maintains U.S Citizenship and Immigration Services misstated facts and arbitrarily failed to follow its own rules in denying permanent residency status to Gannon.Gannon was hired by the Sabres in 2015 while the team was beefing up its player development staff.The Sabres filed the application for permanent residency on Gannon’s behalf in October. To be granted a green card, Gannon had to demonstrate that he was at the top of his field. The Sabres argued that he proved his abilities under USCIS’ criteria. 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 6last_img read more

Mohammed backs ICC ball-tampering proposal

first_img–local umpire says players’ safety priority
By Clifton Ross LOCAL cricket umpire, Zaheer Mohammed, said he’s advocating for the new International Cricket Council’s (ICC) proposal to legalize ball-tampering in the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak.The ICC recently proposed to make ball-tampering legal by means of allowing the application of substances such as wax or shoe polish. The move, if approved, will be done under the supervision of the umpires, resulting in the once illegal process of tampering with the ball now legal.Mohammed, a veteran journalist and one of Guyana’s fully qualified cricket umpire, told Guyana Chronicle, on Saturday, that he was in support of the move by the ICC should it come into full effect.“In the wake of Covid-19, it is something worth considering, especially in Test matches. Some pitches around the world offer little help to fast-bowlers; so not being able to shine the ball as they used to will make things difficult for them”. Mohammed opined.From an impartial perspective, Mohammed said that although the rule could be beneficial given the circumstances, it is important to create an atmosphere where it’s fair for both batsmen and bowlers.“I think the idea is good but at the same time, you do not want to create an unfair advantage for the bowlers so, in the end, balance must be there”.Regarding the faster bowlers, the veteran cricket Journalist further pointed out that the pacers, in particular, will be in the limelight should this new rule come into play.“The fast-bowlers do rely on movement early on in the innings, so it is something worth looking at; but overall I think the safety of the players is the real priority”, he ended.It will be left to be seen if this new proposed rule will help or hurt the flow of the game but, with health being the primary focus in every aspect, the ICC could likey break new ground as they seek to preserve the welfare of the players and the sport.last_img read more

Neymar, 37-year-old Prass Headline Brazil’s Olympic Squad

first_imgA FIFA spokesperson confirmed earlier this month that “clubs are not under any obligation to release players for the tournament, irrespective of the player’s age as Rio 2016 is not included in the men’s international match calendar.Paris Saint-Germain defender Thiago Silva was rumoured to have made the 35-man preliminary squad, which was not made public, but has missed out along with fellow Olympic hopefuls Willian, Filipe Luis and Miranda with suggestions their respective European clubs were not willing to release them for the competition.Thiago Silva has not appeared for his country since Copa America 2015.Five-time world champions Brazil is desperate to secure the one remaining title for which it is yet to win.It will be the second time in two years the Selecao will attempt to lift a major title on home soil following World Cup 2014, when their campaign ended in the ignominy of a 7-1 semi-final defeat to Germany.Previous coach Dunga was set to lead Neymar and Brazil into the Rio games but his dismissal last month saw Under-20 coach Micale handed the reigns.Brazil kick have been drawn in Group A of the Rio Olympics men’s football tournament and kick-off their campaign against South Africa in Brasilia on August 4.THE SQUADGoalkeepers: Fernando Prass (Palmeiras), Uilson (Atletico Mineiro).Defenders: Luan (Vasco), Rodrigo Caio (Sao Paulo), Marqunhos (Paris Saint-Germain), Douglas Santos (Atletico Mineiro), Zeca (Santos), Willian (Internacional).Midfielders: Rafinha (Barcelona) Rodrigo Dourado (Internacional), Fred (Shakhtar), Thiago Maia (Santos), Felipe Anderson (Lazio).Forwards: Neymar (Barcelona), Douglas Costa (Bayern Munich), Gabriel Barbosa (Santos), Gabriel Jesus (Palmeiras), Luan (Gremio).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Bayern Munich’s Douglas Costa and 38-year-old Palmeiras goalkeeper Fernando Prass will join Neymar as Brazil’s three overage players at the Rio Olympics, Coach Rogerio Micale announced wednesday.Captain Neymar will return to the squad after sitting out of this month’s Copa America Centenario in the USA in order to lead the quest for gold.Olympic squads are made up of at least fifteen under-23 players, born on or after January 1, 1993. Each nation is permitted to name up to three overage players.last_img read more