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Double win strengthens Rea’s lead

first_img It was a British one-two in both races at the 4.542 kilometres Cathedral of Speed, with Welshman Chaz Davies finishing runner-up behind Rea Rea’s Kawasaki Racing team-mate Tom Sykes had started on Superpole, but faded in each of the races to finish fifth. In Sunday’s opening race, Rea set a new lap record on the penultimate circuit to record his sixth win at Assen and the fifth of his 2015 championship campaign. Pata Honda rider Van der Mark became the first Dutch in the history of the World Superbikes Championship to make the podium when he edged out Aprilia Racing’s Leon Haslam into fourth. Rea continued his dominance in race two to stay clear of trouble, while van der Mark again got ahead of Haslam around the penultimate corner to claim another third-place finish. Spanish rider Nico Terol, of Althea Racing, crashed on lap four and was taken to hospital for checks after a wrist fracture. The double victory means Rea now leads the championship standings by 50 points on 190 from Haslam, with Davies back on 123. The World Superbikes Championships moves on to Imola next month. Jonathan Rea tightened his grip on the World Superbike Championship with a double success in Assen, where Dutch rider Michael van Der Mark delighted the home crowd with an historic two podium finishes. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

CNN’s Don Lemon Explains Why Not All “Black Lives Matter” to the BLM Movement

first_imgFinally, some clarification from the CNN oracle, Don Lemon, on why the “Black Lives Matter” movement has been mum on all the tragic deaths of young children of color over the Fourth of July weekend around the nation. Apparently, not all black lives lost are part of BLM’s mission statement, just those taken by police.Don Lemon BLMAt least six children were killed in shootings across the country over 4th of July weekend, police say.The children, ages 6 to 14, were all shot and killed while doing everyday things — riding in mom’s car, walking in a mall, and playing in a yard with their cousins.A 7-year-old girl in Chicago, an 8-year-old girl in Atlanta, and a 6-year-old boy in Philadelphia were among those killed in a spate of shootings over the holiday weekend. Dozens of people were wounded in cities around the U.S.last_img read more

One tests COVID-19 positive in latest English Premier League

first_imgLONDON: The English Premier League said on Monday that there was one more positive result from the latest round of COVID-19 tests of players and staff conducted last week, taking the total number of cases to 18 since testing began last month. The English top flight restarted its season last week after a 100-day hiatus due to the pandemic. “The Premier League can today confirm that between Wednesday 17 June and Sunday 21 June, 1,829 players and club staff were tested for COVID-19,” it said in a statement. “Of these, one person has tested positive.” The league did not reveal the club or the name of the individual who tested positive. Since players returned to contact training last month, tests have been carried out twice a week since May 17 and the league has conducted 10 rounds of testing so far. AgenciesAlso watch: Evening Bulletin | 23rd June, 2020last_img read more

The Latest: Ohio high school sports get green light

first_imgStadium officials said in a statement on Tuesday that the state will not allow fans at any event next month. That includes the Patriots’ games on Sept. 13 against the Miami Dolphins and the one two weeks later against the Raiders.While saying that they “fully support” the state’s position, stadium officials also said they “would have welcomed the opportunity to host fans in August and September, but are hopeful to do so later in the season.”The Patriots had previously announced a plan that would have limited Gillette Stadium to about 20% of its 66,000 person capacity. Officials said they worked with experts to develop a plan to reopen at partial capacity and “are confident in our ability to provide a safe and comfortable environment for fans.”According to the Massachusetts reopening plan, sporting events with fans will not be allowed until the state reaches Phase 4, which requires a vaccine or treatment for COVID-19.___ ___More AP sports: and Orgeron says LSU administrators overseeing coronavirus protocols, led by Senior Associate Athletic Director of Health and Wellness Shelly Mullenix, have done a “tremendous job.“We’re ahead (of) most programs,” Orgeron said. “Our players feel comfortable that they’re getting proper care.”August camp formally opened on Monday and LSU has had two players opt out because of coronavirus concerns, senior cornerback Kary Vincent Jr. and senior defensive end Neil Farrell Jr.___The New England Patriots will be playing without fans in Gillette Stadium at least through September. August 18, 2020 Associated Press North Carolina coach Mack Brown said he remains “confident” that the Tar Heels will play football this season after the school shut down in-person undergraduate classes.Brown said Tuesday that the school’s move to online courses after recent coronavirus clusters in student housing and a fraternity could ultimately help “create a better seal around our program and a better bubble.”Brown said team staffers hosted a Zoom call for parents on Monday to address questions. Athletes can choose to remain in current residences, while some football players have previously chosen to opt out of the upcoming season.Brown said many players were already taking online courses and that the team will continue once-weekly testing of players for the coronavirus.He said the team is trying to “make sure our players and our staff understand that we’ve got three months here where we cannot go outside for social reasons or to eat or anything else if we want to have our football season.” Nashville’s MLS team has three games scheduled through Sept. 12 at Nissan Stadium. Nashville SC set a record for the largest soccer crowd in Tennessee with its MLS debut on Feb. 29 as fans packed Nissan Stadium.___One person who isn’t a player returned a positive result for COVID-19 out of 1,400 tests administered in the controlled environment set up for the U.S. Open and another tennis tournament preceding it at the same site in New York.The U.S. Tennis Association said Tuesday that the person is asymptomatic and must isolate for at least 10 days.Contact tracing has started to see who might have been exposed to that person and should quarantine for two weeks. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___All Ohio high school sports can go forward this fall, with an option for sports like football or soccer to be delayed until the spring if schools wish, Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday. ___German soccer club Union Berlin wants to hold a pre-season friendly match with 3,000 spectators and is hoping that “preventative” coronavirus tests for fans will allow it to happen.The Bundesliga club says it has applied to the local Treptow-Köpenick health authorities for permission to hold the game with an altered hygiene plan on Sept. 5.Union says “a preventative test for all spectators is intended to replace the currently valid social distancing rules.”German soccer clubs previously outlined plans to resume games with some socially distanced fans attending in seated areas. Union’s Stadion An der Alten Försterei has mostly standing terraces so it could have far fewer fans attending than its competitors. ___The Tennessee Titans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against Jacksonville because of the coronavirus pandemic.Nashville Mayor John Cooper and the Titans announced the decision Tuesday. Nashville’s Major League Soccer team also won’t have any fans at home games in September.Burke Nihill, the Titans’ president and CEO, says they wish they could open in front of fans as a franchise coming off its first AFC championship game in 17 years. But he says the Titans support the mayor and the local health department’s decision to keep Nissan Stadium closed to fans at least to start the season.The Titans play only one home game in September. Team officials have been working with public health experts to design a stadium plan in the hopes that fans will be able to attend some of the eight scheduled home games this season. Those precautions include mandatory masks, socially distant seating, contactless faucets and hand sanitizer stations throughout the stadium. The governor’s order takes effect Friday and prohibits spectators at events other than family members or individuals close to athletes, with final decisions on those people left up to schools. It will be up to schools to police the limits on attendance at sporting events.___LSU coach Ed Orgeron says the defending national champion Tigers have had “very few” players test positive for COVID-19.Orgeron said during a video conference Tuesday that the team had “two or three guys that are out” because of positive tests. He did not specify which players had tested positive. The Latest: Ohio high school sports get green light ___The Southeastern Conference will prohibit “suite hopping” as part of COVID-19 guidelines designed for fan safety and health in preparation for conference-only play this season.Decisions on whether fans can attend games will be made closer to Sept. 26 when the league begins play. Attendance numbers will be left to member schools but must follow state and local guidelines. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations should be followed in the absence of those measures.Furniture in premium seating and clubs shall be arranged to promote physical distancing, the guidelines add. Physical distancing and face coverings will also be stressed there as well as in public areas, including concessions, where barriers must be installed. The SEC guidelines also suggest “grab and go” food options, with drinks provided directly to spectators and single-serve condiments offered.SEC Commissioner Greg Sankey said its 14 schools adopted the fan guidelines as a baseline and added, “They provide conference-wide expectations for protection of guests who are able to attend our games.” South Africa had been scheduled to travel next month and play using the same bubble-style protocol used for men’s tours of England by West Indies, Ireland and Pakistan.The announcement leaves the England women’s team without any confirmed matches for the rest of the year after a planned tour by India was called off last month. The England women’s team has not had a game since the T20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.The ECB says it is in “multiple discussions” to host international women’s cricket tours.It’s the third women’s series to be canceled this year for South Africa following a planned series against Australia in South Africa and a tour of the West Indies.___ Two players from Roma’s youth team have tested positive for the coronavirus.The Italian soccer club has not named the players but says they are asymptomatic and have begun self-isolating.Roma says “those who have come into contact with the two individuals have been traced and notified” and adds that “a deep clean and disinfection of the club’s training facilities has also already begun.”The two players, their teammates and the youth team staff will undergo further tests.The team’s training activities have been suspended until at least Aug. 24. The Western & Southern Open, moved this year from Cincinnati to New York because of the coronavirus pandemic, begins Saturday. The U.S. Open starts Aug. 31.Testing began last Thursday.___South Africa has withdrawn from a planned women’s cricket tour of England because of coronavirus-related restrictions.The England and Wales Cricket Board and Cricket South Africa say “this decision was taken due to the current international travel regulations in place for South African national teams.” The Chiefs will allow up to 2,000 season ticket holders to attend training camp on Saturday, making them the first NFL team to allow fans since the coronavirus pandemic dramatically altered the way teams are preparing for the season.The team also said that up to 5,000 season ticket holders will be allowed at practice on Aug. 29, when the franchise plans to raise a new Super Bowl championship flag over the west end zone.The Chiefs typically draw thousands of fans daily to training camp on the campus of Missouri Western State University, about an hour’s drive north of Kansas City in St. Joseph, Missouri. But the pandemic caused the Chiefs and the few other teams that still leave home for training camp to instead hold all their workouts at team facilities.The Chiefs are fortunate in that their practice facility is just across the parking lot from Arrowhead Stadium. They have been using both locations to allow for more social distancing in walk-throughs and meetings. The practices that are open to fans will be at Arrowhead Stadium, where they will be able to social distance.___last_img read more

McIlroy looking to finish stronger

first_imgHaving led by three shots going into the final round at the World Golf Championships event in Florida – he ended up finishing tied for third – two shots behind winner Adam Scott.McIlroy says he has two tournaments to get a victory ahead of the Masters.last_img

US House passes Caribbean American congresswoman’s legislation offering immigrants a pathway…

first_imgCaribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke WASHINGTON,  CMC – The United States House of Representatives has passed the latest version of the DREAM Act, an ambitious expansion of an almost two-decades-long legislative effort that would put millions of young undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants and immigrants with temporary status on a pathway to US citizenship.The Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6), sponsored by Caribbean American Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, the daughter of Jamaican immigrants, passed the Democratic-controlled House by a vote of 237 to 187. Bi-partisan voteSeven Republicans in the House of Representatives joined all 230 Democrats in voting for the legislation’s passage. The measure now goes to the Republican-controlled Senate.Pathway to citizenship for 2.5 million  Clarke, who represents the 9th Congressional District in Brooklyn, New York, said the Dream and Promise Act provides a pathway to citizenship for 2.5 million Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Enforcement Departure (DED) recipients, as well as DREAMers. – young undocumented Caribbean and other immigrants who came to the US as children, including those who were protected from deportation by the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.Since Trump assumed the presidency, he has terminated the DACA program, but US courts have blocked it. Clarke, who is chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Immigration Task Force, along with Representatives Roybal-Allard, of California, and Velázquez, of New York, sponsored what Clarke referred to as “this common-sense immigration bill to protect immigrant communities across America.” Clarke told the Caribbean Media Corporation on Wednesday that she ensured H.R. 6 includes rights for TPS and DED recipients, “who are often overshadowed or excluded from immigration legislation.” Standing up for immigrants“Passing the Dream and Promise Act marks a monumental day for more than 2.5 million immigrants in America,” she said. “As Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Immigration Task Force, it is my duty to stand up for immigrants. “They are our neighbors and our friends, and are engrained within the fabric of our communities. “I am proud to champion the rights for Temporary Protected Status recipients, Deferred Enforcement Departure recipients, as well as DREAMers, who call America home, so they will have a pathway to citizenship,” she added. “Each year immigrants eligible for H.R. 6 pay more than US$17.3 billion in federal and nearly US$9.7 billion in state and local taxes,” Clarke continued. “These same immigrant households amass more than US$75 billion in buying power and pay in excess of US$2.5 billion in mortgages annually.”She said more than 180,000 Caribbean and other immigrants in New York qualify under this legislation.last_img read more

Nominees for Marc-Vivien Foe award published

first_imgThe nominees for this year’s Marc -Vivien Foe award have been published by French media France 24 and RFI.The list that was published on Tuesday comprises of 11 candidates to succeed last year’s winner Younes Belhanda of Morocco.The award was initiated in 2009 to honour the best African player in the French Ligue 1.The award is a means to honour former Olympique Lyonnais midfielder and Cameroon international Marc Vivien Foe who collapsed and died in 2003 during the Fifa Confederations Cup semi-final between the Indomitable Lions and Colombia in Lyon, France.2013 NomineesAymen Abdennour (Tunisia, Toulouse) Kossi Agassa (Togo, Stade de Reims) Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Gabon, Saint-Etienne) Andre Ayew (Ghana, Olympique Marseille) Foued Kadir (Algeria, Olympique Marseille) Wahbi Khazri (Tunisia, Bastia) Saber Khelifa (Tunisia, Evian) Nicolas Nkoulou (Cameroon, Olympique Marseille) Jonathan Pitroipa (Burkina Faso, Stade Rennais) Alaixys Romao (Togo, Olympique Marseille) Alain Traore (Burkina Faso, FC Lorient) Past Winners2009 – Marouane Chamakh (Morocco, Bordeaux) 2010 – Gervinho (Ivory Coast, Lille) 2011 – Gervinho (Ivory Coast, Lille) 2012 – Younes Belhanda (Ivory Coast, Montpellier)last_img read more

Suarez denies claims he will stay at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool striker Luis Suarez has denied telling a Uruguayan newspaper that he will stay at Anfield.Reports emerged from El Observador on Wednesday that Suarez had said the “affection” of the club’s fans had convinced him to abandon plans to leave.It would have represented a remarkable U-turn for the striker, who repeatedly stated his intention to leave Merseyside throughout summer and publicly welcomed interest from Arsenal.But, speaking curtly to journalists following Uruguay’s 4-2 win over Japan, Suarez rubbished reports that he has had a change of heart: “I didn’t say it.”“Maybe someone else did, [but] the main thing is that I am here now with the national team,” he was also reported as saying by Kyodo News.Arsenal have had two bids rejected for Suarez, the latter of which amounted to a pound over £40 million and was thought by the player to have triggered a release clause in his contract. However, Liverpool and the PFA have confirmed that no such clause exists in the player’s deal, while reports have surfaced that Suarez is considering legal action over the club’s refusal to release him.Arsene Wenger had admitted that a transfer was on “stand-by” amid the uncertainty over the striker’s legal stance.last_img read more

Why Kentucky’s John Calipari is impressed with Julius Randle’s growth

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersCalipari traveled to Los Angeles this week on a recruiting visit. But he also attended the Lakers-Kings game on Friday because of the host of former Wildcat players he coached, including Randle and Sacramento’s Willie Cauley-Stein and Skal Labissiere.With Randle posting a nation-leading 24 double-doubles in the 2013-14 season with the Wildcats, Calipari said Randle “dragged us to a championship game” before an eventual loss to Connecticut. Calipari argued that happened partly because of an ankle injury Randle suffered due to Calipari running what he called a “stupid drill” days beforehand that led to Randle stepping on a manager’s foot.“I enjoyed coaching him,” Calipari said of Randle. “You always enjoy coaching guys that will fight, battle and play to win. That’s what he does.”Once the Lakers selected Randle No. 7 overall in the 2014 NBA draft, Calipari communicated with Randle by texting him both praise and observations regarding his play.“That’s my guy. He’s always giving me the utmost confidence,” Randle said of Calipari. “He’s always had my back. That’s amazing.” After the initial pleasantries and small talk regarding their respective profession, Lakers coach Luke Walton and University of Kentucky coach John Calipari addressed a subject that made both men smile.They talked about Lakers forward Julius Randle, who had just punished the Sacramento Kings on Friday night at Staples Center with a blend of power and playmaking en route to 25 points on 10-of-14 shooting and six rebounds.After Walton coached from the sidelines and Calipari watched in his courtside seat, both coaches gushed about Randle during his lone season with the Wildcats and through his first three NBA seasons with the Lakers. The Lakers (24-55) enter Sunday’s game against the Minnesota Timberwolves (31-48) at Staples Center with Randle averaging 16 points on 51.7 percent shooting and 8.8 rebounds in the past five games.“If you can just get a bunch of guys that will fight every possession, you’re winning,” Calipari recalled saying to Walton as he exited Staples Center late on Friday night. “The dude is going to fight. He’s going to fight for balls. He’s going to fight defensively. He’s going to fight for his own position.”center_img Walton has found Randle amazing for becoming more efficient by blending his power with better decision-making.“Julius plays with a lot of feel, especially on the offensive end,” Walton said. “When he’s attacking the rim and making the pass when the pass is there and when the helpside defender stays home on his shooters, that’s when I think he’s at his best.”Walton sees Randle at his worst in different instances.“He struggles when he wants to float around the perimeter and shoot jump shots,” Walton said. “We’re fine with him shooting it. His shot has gotten a lot better. But we still need him to be a big man that is a vicious roller and someone that is constantly attacking the glass and putting pressure on the defense.”As Randle tried to figure out the puzzle between knowing when to attack the rim and tap into his versatility as a playmaker and emerging shooter, he noticed the process “became easier once I just started slowing down.”By pumping the brakes, Randle saw more clearly how opponents covered him.“If you see boxes and elbows loaded or you see the tight paint, you know it’s not there,” Randle said. “You have to get off of it and go into a pick-and-roll and see some movement.”With Randle showing better awareness, Calipari argued he is ready to make the next few steps back away from the basket.“What I see is a guy who is more comfortable with what he’s able to do. He plays to his strengths,” Calipari said. “I just want him to shoot some 3s and pick-and-pops. I want to see more of that only because I know he can do it. But I’m telling you, his mentality is ‘I know what I’m going to do and I’m going to play to win.’”last_img read more

England finish Home Internationals on a high

first_img England finished on a high in the men’s Home Internationals, supported by Fairstone Financial Management, after fighting back to snatch an unlikely win against Wales. The team won 8½-6½ after a brilliant singles performance in which they won 7½ points from the 10 on offer. After the morning foursomes England trailed 4-1, with their solitary point scored by Sean Towndrow and Ashton Turner (Image © Leaderboard Photography). But in the singles they came out determined to do business. There was much red on the board and at the end of the session England had won seven matches and halved one – for a two point winning margin over Wales. The game winners were Ashley Chesters, Dan Brown, Alfie Plant, Sean Towndrow, Paul Kinnear, Jamie Bower and Ashton Turner while Jimmy Mullen halved. The Home Internationals title was retained by Ireland who beat Scotland 11-4. Final positions: 1 Ireland, 2 Scotland, 3 England, 4 Wales. England cptain Terry Casey said: “We were very poor in the morning, with all due respect to a motivated Welsh side, but in the afternoon we were excellent from the start and never looked anything but winners. All played their part and even the two losses were not given easily. “It’s a case of what might have been. We were only third but one more point against Scotland and we would have been first.” 14 Aug 2015 England finish Home Internationals on a high last_img read more