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Owners left with no cover against terrorist strikes

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Partnerships made in heaven?

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Mikel Arteta reacts to Gabriel’s Arsenal debut and praises unsung hero vs Fulham

first_imgMikel Arteta praises unsung Arsenal hero Mohamed Elneny against Fulham and reacts to Gabriel’s debut display Advertisement by Metro The Spaniard was very pleased with his side’s opening-day victory (Picture: BT Sport)Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was full of praise for debutant Gabriel after he made his first competitive appearance since March, while he labelled Mohamed Elneny’s performance as ‘phenomenal’.The Gunners made the ideal start to the new Premier League season, winning 3-0 against Fulham at Craven Cottage thanks to goals from Alexandre Lacazette, Gabriel and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.With David Luiz injured, Gabriel was drafted in for his first start since the French league was shut down due to the coronavirus crisis, scoring, keeping a clean sheet and playing an astonishing 113 passes. Gabriel scored Arsenal’s second goal with a towering header after the break (Picture: Getty)Fellow summer recruit Willian, meanwhile, was involved in all three goals and Arteta was delighted with the pair, while he also highlighted Elneny’s role in the victory.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Skip Ad 1 min. story Arteta has been really impressed with Elneny’s application in training (Picture: Getty)‘I know what he can give us, and I know as well what he needs to do to improve. And I think today he was phenomenal.’Elneny has been brought in from the cold under Arteta, having been frozen out by former boss Unai Emery, and the Egyptian midfielder also gave an excellent showing in the Community Shield win over Liverpool.MORE: Gabriel impresses Rio Ferdinand and Martin Keown in goalscoring Arsenal debutMORE: Emiliano Martinez demands massive Arsenal pay-off as he’s left out of squad vs FulhamFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 12 Sep 2020 3:16 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.6kShares Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Advertisement Asked about the strong performances of his debutants, Arteta told BT Sport: ‘Yeah, they’ve been training really well to be fair.‘For Gabriel it was a big challenge to come to this small ground in the Premier League, I think he didn’t play for six months with everything that happened in France.’In his post-match press conference, he added: ‘I wanted to give him some time. Credit to him, he performed really well.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalOn Elneny’s performance, Arteta said: ‘Mo Elneny I think was brilliant again today. All the boys they tried really hard. The ones that came on they have to push these guys again, and we’ll keep going.‘Mo has been excellent since day one in training. He’s a player that I know really well because we played together as well. Read More Read More Coming Next / center_img Read More Full Screen Top articles struggling Manchester United captain Harry… 1/1 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE PLAY Read More Video Settings SPONSORED Skip About Connatix V67539 Read More Commentlast_img read more

El Gobernador Wolf extiende el cierre de las escuelas por el resto del año académico

first_img April 09, 2020 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Education,  Español,  Latest News,  Press Release,  Public Health El Secretario de Educación implementa exenciones a nivel estatal para garantizar la continuidad y la flexibilidadEl Gobernador comparte un mensaje por video a alumnos, padres y educadoresContinuando con sus esfuerzos para proteger la salud y la seguridad de los alumnos y las comunidades durante la pandemia de COVID-19, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció hoy que todas las escuelas permanecerán cerradas durante el resto del año académico 2019-20. El Gobernador tomó la decisión tras consultar a la Secretaria de Salud Dra. Rachel Levine, y al Secretario de Educación Pedro A. Rivera. Los alumnos y las familias pueden continuar recogiendo comidas en los sitios designados.Aunque las escuelas están cerradas, la enseñanza y el aprendizaje pueden continuar: se solicita encarecidamente a las escuelas que brinden la continuidad de la educación a todos los alumnos de la manera más apropiada y accesible posible. El Departamento de Educación de Pennsylvania (PDE) tiene recursos garantizados destinados a ayudar a todas las escuelas que los necesiten, incluidas aquellas que actualmente no ofrecen plataformas en línea, aquellas que requieren soporte tecnológico adicional y aquellas que pueden depender de métodos tradicionales, como lecciones en papel, para continuar educando a los alumnos. Estos recursos no tienen ningún costo para las escuelas o los alumnos.“Debemos continuar nuestros esfuerzos para mitigar la propagación del virus durante esta crisis nacional”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “No fue una decisión fácil, pero cerrar las escuelas hasta el final del año académico es lo mejor para nuestros alumnos, empleados escolares y familias”.El Secretario Rivera dijo que el objetivo principal de la administración siempre ha sido tomar la mejor decisión dentro el contexto de la salud y la seguridad de los alumnos y la comunidad.“Si bien la pandemia de COVID-19 evoluciona rápidamente y los esfuerzos para mitigarla han creado incertidumbre en nuestras escuelas y comunidades, la medida que tomamos hoy de cerrar las escuelas por el resto del año académico ofrece a las comunidades escolares la previsibilidad y la comprensión de las condiciones bajo las cuales estarán funcionando y sirviendo a los alumnos”, dijo Rivera. “A medida que las escuelas y las comunidades se adaptan al cierre escolar prolongado, el PDE continuará trabajando con nuestros socios estatales, educativos, comerciales y sin fines de lucro para satisfacer las necesidades de los alumnos”.La decisión de hoy se aplica a todas las escuelas públicas K-12, escuelas chárter virtuales y tradicionales, escuelas privadas y parroquiales, centros profesionales y técnicos y unidades intermedias. También permanecerán cerradas todas las aulas del programa de aprendizaje temprano del Departamento de Educación, incluidas las de Pre-K Counts, las del Programa de asistencia suplementaria Head Start (HSSAP) y de Intervención Preescolar Temprana.Los colegios y universidades no pueden reanudar la enseñanza en persona ni reabrir sus sedes físicas hasta que el Gobernador les permita abrir o levantar el cierre de negocios que no son de soporte vital.Las escuelas permanecerán cerradas hasta el final del año académico 2019-2020, según lo definido en el calendario escolar local.Según la directiva del estado, las escuelas podrían comenzar la programación de verano el día después de que finalice su año académico.El Secretario Rivera agregó que todas las reaperturas dependerán de las guías sobre salud pública proporcionadas por la Secretaria de Salud y de las órdenes de quedarse en casa emitidas por el Gobernador.Además del anuncio de cierre de las escuelas, a través de su orden el Secretario Rivera también tomó medidas para garantizar la estabilidad crucial de los programas educativos. Según la Ley 13 de 2020, el Secretario ha ejercido su autoridad ejecutiva para ajustar los requisitos para la evaluación de los empleados profesionales y suspender las obligaciones de los alumnos que hacen las prácticas para ser maestros ya que no se pueden llevar a cabo dentro del contexto del cierre de las escuelas.“Al tomar estas medidas, el departamento proporciona flexibilidad a corto plazo, al tiempo que señala que las funciones principales de la educación pública pueden continuar y así lo harán”, dijo él.El departamento ha estado brindando orientación continua a las comunidades escolares mediante el formato de preguntas frecuentes. La información de orientación está disponible en education.pa.gov/COVID19.Para obtener más información sobre las políticas y programas educativos de Pennsylvania, visite el sitio de Internet del Departamento de Educación o siga al Departamento de Educación de Pennsylvania (PDE) en Facebook, Twitter o Pinterest.Ver en línea en inglés aquí.center_img El Gobernador Wolf extiende el cierre de las escuelas por el resto del año académicolast_img read more

Venezuela president Maduro welcomes Maradona to Caracas ahead of forum

first_imgFormer Argentine footballer Diego Maradona met Tuesday in Caracas with Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who thanked the icon for his “unconditional support,” as the leader was set to begin three days of meetings at the leftist Sao Paulo Forum. Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro (R) has thanked Argentina’s former football player Diego Armando Maradona for his support “How lovely to see Maradona again in our beloved homeland! Venezuela is your home, friend and soul brother. Welcome!” Maduro tweeted, attaching a video of the two men hugging. “Here we are,” Maradona, now manager of Argentina club team Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata, said to the socialist leader in the video. “I see you rejuvenated … What did you do to yourself? Is it Gimnasia that has you like this?” Maduro responded, with his hand still on Maradona’s left shoulder after an embrace. In another post to Twitter, Maduro thanked the legendary player for his “unconditional support” during the “pleasant visit.” Caracas is set to host Sao Paulo Forum meetings Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. The 1986 World Cup champion will remain in the Venezuelan capital until Thursday, according to Argentinian press reports. The famous number 10’s arrival in Caracas comes as Venezuela is looking for a national football team coach after Rafael Dudamel resigned earlier this month to sign with Brazilian side Atletico Mineiro. Read Also: Ex-EPL boss hangs out with Maradona ahead of Argentina Superliga clash Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF) sources denied to AFP that Maradona’s visit was related to the efforts to find a coach for the team. FVF officials said Monday in a statement that the organization is still on the lookout for a replacement to lead the team, “preferably” a foreigner. Among the options at home are Cesar Farias, currently the coach in Bolivia. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhy Are Sharks Afraid Of Dolphins?11 Movies That Changed The Way We Think Of CGI ForeverCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Truly Mysterious Things That Have Happened On Chinese SoilBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtLil Nas X Is About To Beat A World Record!9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo8 Most Expensive Mistakes In History10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith Loading… last_img read more

La Liga training to resume this week with season restart in June

first_imgRelatedPosts Italy introduces compulsory virus testing for travellers from France Nigeria records new COVID-19 infections, more deaths as figures rise to 57,242 Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Soccer clubs in Spain’s top two divisions will return to individual training this week for the first time since activity was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic, while organisers will aim to re-start the season in June, La Liga said on Monday.A statement from the organising body said clubs would follow the league’s protocol for returning to training, which had been agreed with Spain’s sports and health authorities and guaranteeing the safety of players and staff. The protocol obliges players to undergo testing for the novel coronavirus before they can return to training facilities.The statement said: “These measures cover a period of approximately four weeks with different phases that, in any case, will be subject to the de-escalation process established by the government.“Thus, together with the medical tests carried out by clubs, a staggered return to training has been implemented that will start with players training alone and with group activities prior to the return to competition, scheduled for June.”Reuters/NAN.Tags: CoronavirusJUNELa LigaSpainlast_img read more

Terry relishing Rodgers reunion

first_img Terry continued: “When Jose (Mourinho) was there he was always around and a couple of times I was left out the side or injured. “He (Rodgers) did a nice little video of me scoring goals, tackles and had a 15, 20-minute chat with me. “At the time it was something nobody had ever done and it just goes to show his man-management and how well he’s doing and how well he’ll do in the future. “It’s little things like that which as a player it really gives you a boost when you’re down. He was a real gentleman.” Terry expected Rodgers to be a successful manager. “He was around quite a lot and fed off Jose and obviously learnt a lot from him,” the former England captain added. “You could see he definitely had it in him to go on. He had a great rapport with players in and around the training ground on a daily basis. He speaks different languages, which is obviously an added bonus for him.” Press Association John Terry is looking forward to renewing Brendan Rodgers’ acquaintance on Sunday but hopes Chelsea can claim a crucial victory in their Champions League qualifying quest at Liverpool.center_img Much of the attention will be on Rafael Benitez’s return to Anfield but Rodgers has a Chelsea connection, having coached the youth team at Stamford Bridge before senior management roles at Watford, Reading, Swansea and now Liverpool. “I know Brendan very well,” Terry said. “He’s a great manager and was brilliant for myself and the other players. I can only speak highly of him. I’m looking forward to going back and seeing him but three points is a must for us again.” last_img read more

Lucida rocks in Rockfel

first_imgJim Bolger’s raider Lucida justified even-money favouritism in the Shadwell Rockfel Stakes at Newmarket. Palmer had supplemented New Providence and he said: “She’s run a cracking race. We were a little further back than Jim (Crowley) wanted to be. “Our plan was to stalk Lucida and try and use the turn of foot she might not have, but then we had to have a rethink because we were further back than ideal. She quickened up beautifully going into the dip and stayed on well. “She just got the seven here and we’ll be hoping for a dry spring and start her off in the Fred Darling Stakes. If she won that, it would be very difficult not to come back here (for the Guineas), but my instinct is that she’s a six- or seven-furlong filly.” Second to Cursory Glance in the Moyglare Stud Stakes just 12 days ago, she appeared to be going nowhere back in fourth when the field entered the dip, and had to work harder than her odds might have suggested. For a few strides it looked as if Sheikh Hamdan was going to win the race he sponsors as Fadhayyil hit the front, despite still looking green, but on meeting the rising ground Lucida seemed much more at home and Kevin Manning always looked confident he would hit the front. Lucida pulled a length clear of Fadhayyil, with another two lengths back to New Providence in third. Paddy Power cut Lucida into 10-1 from 14s for the Qipco 1000 Guineas. Bolger said: “You’re always a bit concerned when they are coming back quickly, but I was hoping she could show the same level of form. “I was always happy enough, as I know she has a very relaxed way of racing. Kevin had to just niggle her along a little bit, but I knew she would pick up for him. I expected when she hit the rising ground that she would pick up. “I’ll have to talk to John Ferguson (Sheikh Mohammed’s bloodstock advisor), she was no more than 50-50 to run in the Fillies’ Mile. I think she will get a mile and I’d say the Guineas will be her big target.” Finsceal Beo won both the Rockfel and the Guineas for the stable and Bolger added: “I thought before today this filly had a little more toe that Finsceal Beo, but possibly not. I don’t think there is a lot between the two.” Hills said of the runner-up: “She is probably still a bit green. She quickened up well, she pricked her ears in front and got slightly unbalanced on a couple of occasions. “I think it’s unlikely she’ll run again this year but, if she does, it’ll be in the Fillies’ Mile. I would have thought she’ll go straight to the 1000 Guineas.” Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: NYRA wants live thoroughbred racing without fans

first_imgNYRA says returning to racing would “provide a small sense of normalcy for fans across the country who can watch on television and online.”The state has been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic. There’s been no live racing in New York since March 15, although training has continued at Belmont Park. NYRA says that by racing without fans, adding more health and safety measures to what’s already in place, and reducing the number of employees on-site, the sport can be safely staged.NYRA says thoroughbred racing provides $3 billion in annual economic impact and over 19,000 jobs in the state.___ ___The Spanish Vuelta cycling race will not start in the Netherlands as originally planned.This year’s race was set to begin in the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant but the changes in the cycling calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers in the Netherlands to cancel the country’s participation.Dutch organizers say the project “had been designed as a big summer party” which would not be able to happen because of the changes in the Vuelta’s original dates. They say they “preferred to request the official departure’s cancellation.”Spanish organizers say they hope to plan a new start in the Netherlands “in the very near future.” The Italian sports minister says it is increasingly unlikely the soccer season will resume.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced Sunday that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18. That means Serie A could resume playing games in June.But Vincenzo Spadafora tells Italian television channel LA7 that “resuming training absolutely does not mean resuming the season.”He adds that he sees “the path to restarting Serie A getting ever narrower” and that if he was among the presidents of soccer teams “I would be thinking about next season.”The French government called off the season in that country on Tuesday and Spadafora says that could push Italy to do the same. April 29, 2020 The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum has voted unanimously to cancel the induction ceremony due to safety concerns associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. The Class of 2020 consisting of Derek Jeter, Marvin Miller, Ted Simmons and Larry Walker will be inducted July 25 of next year alongside any new members elected as part of the Hall of Fame Class of 2021. The awards presentation also will recognize the Hall of Fame’s 2020 and 2021 winners. This year’s honorees include J.G. Taylor Spink Award winner Nick Cafardo, Ford C. Frick Award winner Ken Harrelson, and Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner David Montgomery. Hall of Fame Chairman Jane Forbes Clark says the board took the advice of government officials as well as federal, state and local medical and scientific experts. Hall of Famer Joe Morgan called it a very difficult decision, but with so many unknowns facing the world, he says the board felt strongly it was the right decision. ___The North Carolina High School Athletic Association has declared co-state champions for boys and girls basketball after the title games were canceled amid the coronavirus pandemic. Meyer says “it is definitely possible to plan the restart of competitions suspended during the 2019-20 season” under these conditions and if local legislation is respected.Meyer also is chairing the newly established UEFA medical sub group which is examining the health issues surrounding a return to football.___The Women’s PGA Championship has been rescheduled for Oct. 6-11 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The major championship was to be played from June 23-28 at Aronimink Golf Club in Pennsylvania. Bach cited “financial pressure” on organizers and the need to address climate change and says “we may also have to look more closely into the proliferation of sports events.”The IOC president cautions in a letter to Olympic officials and athletes worldwide “the current health crisis will lead to a long and deep economic crisis” which will affect sports.Bach says “governments must include sport in their economic support programs” so it can be part of a worldwide recovery.The IOC has proposed saving money on staging the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 to help offset the Olympic body’s extra costs of hundreds of millions of dollars because of the postponement.___ It is still unclear whether the Aug. 20 Diamond League track meet in Lausanne or the European Masters golf tournament at the end of August at Crans-Montana in the heart of the Swiss Alps can be staged.___A leading medical official at UEFA says soccer competitions should be able to resume this season.Soccer has been brought to a halt due to the coronavirus pandemic, with some leagues — including France and the Netherlands — canceling their 2019-20 seasons following government orders. FIFA’s medical committee chair has also expressed doubts about completing this season.Tim Meyer, chairman of UEFA’s medical committee, says all soccer organizations planning for resumptions need to produce “comprehensive protocols dictating sanitary and operational conditions” to ensure the health of those involved in the games is protected. All professional tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled until at least mid-July.___Switzerland’s federal government says professional sports teams can resume training on May 11, with a view to playing games in empty stadiums four weeks later. The government is set to make a final decision on May 27 as to whether games can resume in June. That will depend on the coronavirus pandemic. Games will have to be played in empty stadiums because of a federal order banning gatherings of more than 1,000 people through August.The Swiss top-tier soccer league was paused in February with 13 rounds left. St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. The Latest: NYRA wants live thoroughbred racing without fans The IMG agency says Naomi Osaka and Kei Nishikori are also among the tennis players participating Sunday.Other competitors include Arizona Cardinals receiver DeAndre Hopkins, Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill, model Gigi Hadid and singer Seal.Participants will each pick a charity to receive a $25,000 donation. The winner of the tournament will choose who gets an additional $1 million donation.The event will be streamed on Facebook.The Madrid Open set up a video game tournament for this week, with Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Angelique Kerber among the entrants. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The New York Racing Association is seeking to resume live racing at Belmont Park without fans, and it wants to do the same thing this summer at Saratoga Race Course. The NCHSAA announced the decision Wednesday after a meeting by its board of directors.Last week the NCHSAA canceled remaining winter championships and spring sports for the 2019-20 season. That followed the announcement from Gov. Roy Cooper that public schools in the state would remain closed for in-person instruction for the rest of the school year.The basketball championship games were originally scheduled for March 14. ___ Serena and Venus Williams and Maria Sharapova are scheduled to compete in a video game tennis tournament for charity called the “Stay at Home Slam.” The ANA Inspiration and the U.S. Women’s Open are the other U.S.-based majors in the women’s game. They have already been rescheduled.There are five women’s majors. The Evian Championship and the Women’s British Open are both scheduled for August and have yet to be postponed.___Sebastian Coe says he is “genuinely hoping that the pandemic will have been curtailed” by next year so the Tokyo Olympics can open in July 2021.Coe is the president of World Athletics. He says “it’s pretty clear though that you couldn’t go on forever postponing an Olympic Games. There comes a point where you do have to start posing questions. I hope we’re a little way off that yet.” IOC President Thomas Bach and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said last month when the delay was announced that the Tokyo Games would not be held beyond the summer of 2021.Coe also says he doesn’t “know enough to even speculate about vaccines.”Japan Medical Association president Yoshitake Yokokura said Tuesday it would be difficult to hold the Olympics unless effective vaccines are developed.___IOC President Thomas Bach says the future of sports after the coronavirus pandemic might mean fewer international events. This year’s Vuelta was set to start on Aug. 14. New dates have not been announced.___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

“This is a basketball state”

first_imgINDIANAPOLIS — As Lindsay Rump sees it, a Butler University basketball fan’s needs this weekend are simple.First, a fan at the Final Four must eat — ideally, with other fans of one’s team.Then, there’s the matter of watching the game.Rump, the Butler student body president, said around basketball-crazy Indianapolis, finding such a place during 2010 Final Four weekend, hasn’t been a difficult task.“People are flooding any place that they can find good food, good company, and of course, a killer TV and watch the Bulldogs,” Rump, the Butler student body president said this week as the hometown Bulldogs prepared to play in the Final Four for the first time in school history.“The excitement is all over the city so even if you aren’t on campus, you can still count yourself as part of the madness and the atmosphere.”That Indianapolis is filling the needs of students and fans flooding the city to watch not only Butler, but Michigan State, Duke and West Virginia, isn’t surprising to CBS college basketball analyst Clark Kellogg.The city, hosting its sixth Final Four this weekend at Lucas Oil Stadium in downtown Indianapolis, is not only a basketball paradise, Kellogg said it has logistics, experience and basketball passion necessary to host one of the sports year’s biggest events.“It’s a terrific city,” said Kellogg, who this weekend is calling his second Final Four with Jim Nantz. “The proximity of the venue to the hotels, the restaurants and to all the activities that go on around the Final Four make it special.“It is a combination of venue, quality of people in the city, the experience this city has had hosting major events, and the way people take pride in showcasing a city at one of the great sporting events on the calendar.”Serving as a host city for the Final Four no longer means just having a place for fans to watch three basketball games over the course of three days. It is now a big-time event, which Bill Benner said means providing entertainment and ambiance beyond the match-ups.“As it has grown, I don’t think it’s many levels below the Super Bowl,” Benner, the Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association’s director of communications, said. “You are talking about an event that has not only the games, but all these ancillary events that take place.”For those on a college student budget, events included Friday’s free, open practices for all Final Four teams. More than 29,000 people watched the hometown Butler Bulldogs’ Friday session, a group that included Matt Clayton, a 21-year-old University of Indianapolis student.“It was so packed and there was nowhere for us to sit,” Clayton said. “We arrived five minutes into the practice and could not find seats anywhere.”Clayton said his group then moved onto Bracket Town, an interactive event in the Indianapolis Convention Center billed by the NCAA as “the ultimate Final Four fan fest.” It features competitions, clinics, demonstrations and autograph sessions, including the State Farm coaches All-America team. There are 12 basketball courts, a football obstacle course and opportunities to try fencing and other NCAA sports.Fans can also role-play their favorite sportscasters as they read off a teleprompter in AT&T’s At the Half Video Play-by-Play. This interactive studio features fans analyzing memorable moments in NCAA Final Four history.“Over the past years, the NCAA has really made a conscious effort to involve ticket holders and non-ticket holders alike,” Benner said. “They have really tried to reach beyond the two semifinals games and championship game to involve people.”Other events in the Convention Center this weekend include the 2,500-seat Spalding Arena, which hosts State Farm’s College Slam Dunk and 3-Point Championships and a Battle of the Bands with each Final Four team’s mascot, band and cheerleaders.For music fans, The Big Dance Concert Series at White River State Park is a three-day, free concert series that kicks off with Grammy Award-winning rock band Stone Temple Pilots. Country Music Association New Artist of the Year Darius Rucker, and former American Idol contestant Daughtry headline Saturday afternoon’s festivities with host Ryan Seacrest. Multiplatinum rock band the Goo Goo Dolls and rapper and actor LL Cool J close out the concert series on Sunday.This year’s concert series was different than the 2006 Final Four in Indianapolis, when Monument Circle was closed for a one-day concert with Chris Brown, Carrie Underwood and Hoosier John Mellencamp. An estimated 80,000 people attended that one-day concert.This year, the concerts were spread out and moved to White River State Park to help ease the pressure on downtown Indianapolis.“It is less of an impact on the city when you do not have to shut down Monument Circle and the streets around them,” Benner said.Next to White River State Park is the NCAA headquarters and museum, the NCAA Hall of Champions. It’s an interactive museum where visitors can experience NCAA sports firsthand. Memorabilia and trophies are on display in this mecca of college athletics.Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Convention Center, White River State Park and NCAA headquarters are all within 10 minutes walking distance, allowing easy access between venues and downtown.Several downtown Indianapolis restaurants also have adopted Final Four teams fans, branding themselves as headquarters for particularly teams. Fans can root for Butler at RAM Restaurant and Big Horn Brewery and Michigan State fans can go to Champps Restaurant. Duke fans will be at Buffalo Wild Wings and West Virginia fans at Scotty’s Brewhouse.“This is a basketball state,” Kellogg said. “You have not only the Butler alums, but you probably have the IU and Purdue fans that are embracing Butler because it’s Indiana. The overriding theme in an event like this is a lot of time their school loyalties take precedents to their local loyalties and you are seeing that this weekend.”A team of Indiana University journalists is reporting for the Final Four Student News Bureau, a project between IU’s National Sports Journalism Center and the NCAA at the men’s tournament in Indianapolis.last_img read more