Serie A group training gets all clear, season decision May 28

Topics : “The important thing will be to restart with the firm intention of completing the championship, then the federations will decide the modalities and formats to be adopted.”The revised protocol will allow group training, but not oblige players to remain permanently in the team’s sports center.In the case of a positive test only the infected player will be placed in two-week’s quarantine, while the team group will be placed in isolation, and monitored, but can continue to train together.FIGC president Gravina praised the decision “as a decisive step on the path of restarting football in Italy”.The Italian season has been on hold since March 9 amid the pandemic which has killed more than 32,000 people in Italy.Serie A teams have been training individually since May 4, and had been hoping to return to competition on June 13.The FIGC pushed that date back to June 14 on Monday in line with a government decree that all sports competitions be suspended until next month. Italy’s Serie A teams have been given the green light to resume group training but will have to wait until May 28 to know whether the season can resume, Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora said on Tuesday.Spadafora told Italian television that government scientists had accepted the Italian football federation’s (FIGC) revised health protocol.”The Scientific Technical Committee have approved the FIGC protocol for the resumption of team training,” Spadafora told Rai. “It is excellent news, collective training can now resume. “The FIGC have reviewed its first proposal with clarifications on the quarantine time in case of a positive test, but above all the famous initial self-isolation is avoided.”Spadafora said he has slated a meeting on May 28 with FIGC president Gabriele Gravina and Lega Serie A chief Paolo Dal Pino to decide on the return to competition.”We will then decide if and when Serie A will restart,” he said.  read more

Fryer takes IMCA Modified win at Dubuque

first_imgThe Freeport, Ill. pilot shot from the outside front row and held off track champion Bryce Garnhart and NASCAR and dirt legend Ken Schrader to win the Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modified 20-lap feature.  “This was really special,” Fryer said in C&W Trucking/Hoker Trucking/Kam Koncepts Victory Lane. “It was fun getting the win and we worked hard.” Fryer and his team dedicated the win to a friend recently lost to cancer and had the car wrapped in her memory. Action continues on the 3/8-mile, dirt oval on Sunday, June 9 with the Smokey Rupp Memorial, featuring the Merfeld Brothers Automotive IMCA Modifieds racing for $1,000 to win and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth. DUBUQUE, Iowa (June 2) – The track came to him. That is what Jaden Fryer wanted Sunday evening at Dubuque Speedway. Garnhart shot off seventh and quickly moved to the high side, but could not run down Fryer. Chris Zogg and Matt Short rounded out the top five. center_img Kyle Merkes held off the previously unbeaten Cole Mather to take the 12-lap K Motorsports IMCA Stock Car feature. Jason Roth also paced every lap of the Peosta Warehousing Logistics IMCA Northern SportMod 15-lap finale.  By Rob Hinckley Daniel Wauters won the battle with Dakota Simonsen to top the Kinsella Concrete IMCA Hobby Stock 15-lapper. Luke Merfeld took off from the first row and paced all 25 laps to win the Eichmann’s Bar and Grill IMCA Late Model feature. last_img read more

The Latest: England rugby laying off 139 staff

first_img July 6, 2020 The Rugby Football Union will begin consulting with staff before announcing the redundancies at the end of August, chief executive Bill Sweeey said on Monday.“To ensure we have a sustainable RFU we have announced to colleagues that it is proposed that the total number of roles across the organisation will reduce by 139,” he wrote on the union website.“We have already made some significant cost savings. We furloughed 60% of our organisation; implemented a three-month pay reduction which has been extended for some; introduced pension pauses; and refined business planning and introduced stadium and office running efficiencies to reduce costs.“Unfortunately, this is not enough to run a sustainable operation and safeguard our future.”Sweeney predicts it will take five years for the RFU to recover, and the union will lose 20% of its normal revenue over that period. ___Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced.The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy.The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players.The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24. Tiafoe, a quarterfinalist at the 2019 Australian Open, will not be paid for this season.______Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season.The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms.“Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said Monday. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.” Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start.___The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays.Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk.Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.” The Latest: England rugby laying off 139 staff But the Titans say the coronavirus pandemic makes it “increasingly likely” that NFL teams will be playing in front of fewer fans this season.___The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month.The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results.The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff. ___Count the Tennessee Titans among the NFL teams offering season-ticket holders the option of opting out of this season and putting that money toward 2021 or getting a refund.The Titans sent a letter to their season-ticket holders Monday. The team also posted a notice on its website.Tennessee told season-ticket holders the team suspended any payment plans July 1 for this season.Team officials will be working with state and local governments on how many fans will be allowed to attend games at Nissan Stadium, which seats approximately 69,143.center_img Associated Press Markakis became the second Braves player to opt out. Over the weekend, pitcher Félix Hernández said he wouldn’t play this year.Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among the other players who have opted out.Following nine seasons with Baltimore, Markakis was entering his sixth season with Atlanta. He was competing for a spot in a crowded Braves outfield following the offseason signing of Marcel Ozuna.Manager Brian Snitker plans to play Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. every game, though Ozuna could be the designated hitter. Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Adam Duvall and others were competing other spots and were joined by rookies Cristian Pache and Drew Waters.Markakis hit .285 with nine homers and 62 RBIs in 2019, a year after he was an All-Star. He said he doesn’t know how opting out could affect his hopes for playing in 2021. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___England rugby will lay off 139 positions because it expects to lose 107 million pounds ($134 million) in revenue in the short term. Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process.Counsell says both players are asymptomatic.This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand. ___Frances Tiafoe will not play in the World TeamTennis season after testing positive for the coronavirus.The American was playing in a weekend tournament in Atlanta and was tested after feeling symptoms during his match on Friday. He withdrew from the event the following day and said he was following the recommended quarantine protocol.He was set to play for the Washington Kastles during the World TeamTennis season, set for July 12 to Aug. 2. It’s being played entirely at The Greenbrier in West Virginia because of the pandemic, instead of around the country as usual.Under league rules, a player had to test negative before being allowed to travel to the resort. The league announced Monday that because Tiafoe’s positive test was within the advance travel window, he was ineligible to compete this season. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

‘Arsenal haters make me laugh’ – Adebayor shakes off Emirates boo boys

first_img Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor battles Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista Crystal Palace striker Emmanuel Adebayor accepts why Arsenal fans give him such a hostile reception, though he insists he just laughs off their jeers and boos.The Togo international returned to the Emirates Stadium with the Eagles on Sunday, and his introduction from the bench was probably the highlight of what was a largely forgettable afternoon in north London.Alexis Sanchez had opened the scoring on the stroke of half-time, but Yannick Bolasie struck a deserved equaliser late on to seal a 1-1 draw, which sees the Gunners remain in fourth place.The arrival of Adebayor on 64 minutes attracted the most noise within the stadium, however, although the 32-year-old insists he will ‘forget about all the haters’ after being roundly jeered by the Gunners faithful.“It is not my first time coming back to play against Arsenal at the Emirates,” he said.“You can see when I was on the bench and warming up and they were booing me I was just laughing. I cannot say I’m used to it because it is not good to get used to this kind of stuff.“But at the end of the day it is funny, the weather was good, we were playing in London and 20 minutes from my house, I have to be happy. If I’m not happy then something is wrong.“For me, at the end of the day I have to be happy about where I came from and what I have become today – I have to forget about all the haters.”Adebayor left Arsenal for Manchester City in 2009 and sparked outrage among Gunners fans when he celebrated scoring for City by running the length of the field to celebrate in front of his old supporters.He has since gone on to play for fierce rivals Tottenham, before joining Palace in January, and knew he was always going to get a hostile reaction on another return to his former side.“All the Arsenal fans boo me and when I look back I understand where everything went wrong but there are certain things in life you cannot come back to any more. “You just look at it and say, ‘okay, I made a mistake’.“We all do things at some stage of our lives that we are not supposed to do, but the most important thing is to keep moving.” 1last_img read more