Tennessee reports multiple positives among athletesKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week.The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.”Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. A graduate assistant for the football team tested positive and was quarantined for 14 days.Tennessee is bringing athletes back to campus in phases, with football the first to return on June 8. VIRUS OUTBREAK-NFLBroncos notify fans of seating limitsDENVER (AP) — The Denver Broncos are telling season ticket holders that Empower Field at Mile High won’t be at full capacity this season because of the coronavirus outbreak and face masks will be required if local officials allow a limited number of fans to attend games to maintain social distancing.The Broncos told season ticket holders in a memo that they’ll get priority for any single-game tickets that are sold this season whether or not they opt for a full refund for 2020 or a credit for 2021.Meanwhile, the Philadelphia Eagles won’t be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the NFL plays games this season. The city has banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia. Thiem edges Berrettini to win Berlin exhibition tournamentBERLIN (AP) — Dominic Thiem has defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4) 6-4, 10-8 in the men’s final of a grass-court exhibition tournament in Berlin. The Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin’s Grunewald district was largely empty for the match with spectator numbers restricted because of the coronavirus. They had to wear face masks and have their temperatures checked. No more than 800 fans were allowed in the 5,000-capacity stadium, though there were fewer present for the final after rain delayed play for almost seven hours. The women’s final between Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova was postponed to Friday, when a second tournament on a hard court in a hangar in Berlin’s closed Tempelhof airport is due to start. Matches to determine third place were called off altogether because of the rain. WNBA-DELLA DONNE-VIRUS OUTBREAK Update on the latest sports Manager Luis Rojas says a frustrated deGrom left Tuesday night’s camp outing after one inning at Citi Field. The team was awaiting test results, and deGrom is day to day. Any significant injury to the two-time Cy Young Award winner would be an enormous blow to New York during a season shortened to 60 games by the coronavirus. The right-hander had been scheduled to start on opening day July 24 against Atlanta, but that appears in jeopardy now. The Mets already are minus No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard, who will miss the entire season following Tommy John surgery.In other MLB news:— Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo is tracking pitches and doing strength and stability exercises while he waits for his ailing back to calm down. An MRI on Tuesday showed rib-head inflammation on his left side that is causing spasms — a condition he has dealt with before in his career. Rizzo is considered day to day, and manager David Ross says it’s still early to talk about him beginning the 60-game season on the injured list. Michigan to allow fewer fans, or none at allANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year.The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies.Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. Paperless tickets will be available for individual games to only season ticket holders, not the general public, if there is a season and spectators are given access to the 107,601-seat Michigan Stadium.VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNESSEE And the Green Bay Packers say they won’t admit fans to any training camp practices or preseason home games due to the coronavirus pandemic. This also applies to the annual Packers Family Night, an annual event that features a practice and other activities.NFL-TITANS-HENRYTitans, Derrick Henry agree to contract before NFL deadlineNASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a new contract with Derrick Henry, keeping the NFL rushing leader around and not playing under the franchise tag before the NFL deadline for an extension. The team announced the deal, saying only that it was a “multi-year extension.” Henry reportedly received a four-year deal for $50 million with $25.5 million guaranteed, according to ESPN.com. His horses Charlatan and Gamine each tested positive for lidocaine in two rounds of testing after winning races at the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track on May 2. Under the rules, a trainer is held responsible for the condition of any horse that is entered regardless of the acts of any third parties. NFL-OBIT-DAVID LEWISFormer NFL and USC player David Lewis dies at 65TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 1979 team that reached the NFC title game has died at 65. The Titans had until 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday to sign Henry to an extension or pay him $10.2 million under the franchise tag he signed April 2. The Titans signed quarterback Ryan Tannehill to a four-year deal in March. Elsewhere in the NFL:— A domestic violence complaint against former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Blair Brown has been dismissed. According to Duval County court records, a judge dismissed the case last week. Brown’s agent, Michael Boyer, released a statement saying Brown “is very pleased to put this all behind him and continue his life and football career.” According to the complaint filed in May 2019, Brown pointed a gun at his wife and threatened to kill her. He also was accused of pushing her to the ground, kicking her in the abdomen and punching her in the face after a verbal altercation in April 2019.TENNIS-BERLIN-EXHIBITION The women’s final between Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova was postponed to Friday, when a second tournament on a hard court in a hangar in Berlin’s closed Tempelhof airport is due to start. Matches to determine third place were called off altogether because of the rain. HORSE RACING-BAFFERT SUSPENDEDTriple-Crown-winning trainer gets 15-day banLOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. The commission says in a ruling that the suspension runs from Aug. 1 to Aug. 15. Delle Donne hurt that request denied by panel of doctorsNEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is hurt that her request was denied to be medically excused for the season. The panel of independent doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should be medically excused deemed her not to be “high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.” The league’s reigning MVP has battled Lyme disease since 2008 and thought she would be medically excused from playing this season by the panel. VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGAN Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-METS-DEGROMDeGrom leaves game with back tightnessNEW YORK (AP) — Jacob deGrom exited an intrasquad game because of back tightness, and the New York Mets’ ace was scheduled for an MRI. Associated Press July 15, 2020 VIRUS OUTBREAK-RED SOXRed Sox hurlers sidelinedBOSTON (AP) — The Boston Red Sox have placed left-handers Eduardo Rodríguez, Josh Taylor and Darwinzon Hernandez on the injured list while they recover from COVID-19. Rodríguez won 19 games last year and had been expected to start the opener. All three pitchers are eligible to be activated as soon as they are asymptomatic and test negative twice at least 24 hours apart. But they would need time to prepare for the season. Without Rodríguez at least for the first time through the rotation, Nathan Eovaldi is expected to start against the Baltimore Orioles in the July 24 opener. Josiah-Jordan James, a sophomore guard on the basketball team, spoke to reporters last week about how tough it was seeing two teammates test positive for COVID-19. He said that drove home the seriousness of the pandemic and the need to follow all the safety precautions even when he doesn’t feel like wearing a mask.TENNIS-BERLIN EXHIBITIONThiem wins tennis exhibition tournamentBERLIN (AP) — Dominic Thiem has defeated Matteo Berrettini 6-7 (4) 6-4, 10-8 in the men’s final of a grass-court exhibition tournament in Berlin. The Steffi Graf Stadium in Berlin’s Grunewald district was largely empty for the match with spectator numbers restricted because of the coronavirus. They had to wear face masks and have their temperatures checked. No more than 800 fans were allowed in the 5,000-capacity stadium, though there were fewer present for the final after rain delayed play for almost seven hours. David Lewis died in Tampa. The cause was not immediately known but USC said he had struggled with health issues in recent years. Lewis played college ball at USC. He was also among the defensive stars on the 1979 Buccaneers team that reached the NFC title game, capping the franchise’s “worst to first” transformation. The Bucs won 10 games that year after having won just seven in the franchise’s previous three seasons.
Genk 1 Chelsea 1Chelsea’s troubles continued with an unconvincing display in their Champions League clash.Ramires gave them the lead with a tidy close-range finish under goalkeeper Laszlo Koteles after a glorious one-two with the otherwise disappointing Fernando Torres.AdChoices广告David Luiz should have made it 2-0 from the penalty spot soon afterwards but his effort was as unconvincing as Chelsea’s performance, and was saved by keeper Laszlo Koteles.And Jelle Vossen calmly converted a Fabien Camus cross to level for Genk, who were much improved after the break.Chelsea’s place in the next stage of the competition is not yet assured. But of greater concern to the club will be the behaviour of some of their fans, who repeatedly chanted about Anton Ferdinand in response to the recent incident involving the QPR defender and Chelsea captain John Terry.Terry was left on the bench and his omission was expected and unrelated to the furore currently surrounding him.As Chelsea prepared to kick off in Belgium it was announced that, after assessing a complaint from a member of the public, the Metropolitan Police are now formally investigating allegations that Terry racially abused Ferdinand during the recent west London derby at Loftus Road. Terry strongly denies doing so.Valencia’s 3-1 win over Bayer Leverkusen in the other game in Group E means the Blues would have had to wait to secure qualification to the knockout phase even if they had won.But manager Andre Villas-Boas would dearly have loved to get back to winning ways after two successive Premier League defeats.His team started slightly nervously against a Genk side who bore no comparison to the second-rate opposition so easily thrashed 5-0 at Stamford Bridge last month.The Belgian champions looked solid in defence and lively in attack, with reported Blues target Kevin de Bruyne and Kennedy Kwanganga particularly threatening.Torres was involved in Chelsea’s goalBut Chelsea, no doubt still slightly shell-shocked from the catastrophic second-half capitulation in the home humiliation against Arsenal on Saturday, soon settled.And an uneventful first 20 minutes, in which neither side could fashion any noteworthy chances, gave way to an impressive spell in which the visitors could, and should, have had the game wrapped up by the interval.Torres fizzed a shot wide and Florent Malouda’s run down the left flank almost forced former Portsmouth midfielder Anthony Vanden Borre to put through his own net.The pressure was rewarded when Ramires coolly fired Chelsea ahead when he exchanged passes with Torres and expertly controlled the Spaniard’s clipped pass before slotting the ball beneath Koteles.The Brazilian midfielder then had a great opportunity to make it 2-0 but headed narrowly wide from six yards and Raul Meireles went even closer with a stunning 25-yard strike that smashed off the angle of post and bar.Luiz then wasted a great chance to put Chelsea further ahead when he missed from the spot after Malouda’s cross had been handled by Thomas Buffel.Chelsea were made to pay for their sloppiness in front of goal as the hosts got on top in the second half.Keeper Petr Cech had to be at his best to rush from his goal and divert Kwanganga’s shot away for a corner after a fine run from Vanden Borre.Lampard missed a late chanceAnd Genk deservedly equalised when a fine team move freed Camus on the left and his pull-back was carefully swept home by Vossen.Chelsea regained their composure in the final 20 minutes and should have scored again, with substitutes Daniel Sturridge and Frank Lampard squandering two glorious opportunities to take all three points.Strurridge missed the first, heading Malouda’s inviting cross wastefully at the keeper from six yards.And Lampard somehow failed to properly connect from a yard out after a fabulous run from Sturridge.Malouda almost won the match in injury time but although his shot beat Koteles, the home defence just about managed to scramble the ball to safety.
TAUNTON, England (CMC) – With West Indies facing a do-or-die fixture against New Zealand on Saturday, marquee batsman Shai Hope has called on his teammates to dig deeper and find a way to win the vital contest.The Caribbean side slumped to their third defeat in five matches on Monday when they suffered a chastening seven-wicket loss to Bangladesh here, leaving them seventh on three points and running out of time to make the semi-finals.“It’s now must-win. We have to put everything into getting those runs (on the board),” Hope said following Monday’s defeat.“As a team, we have to go back to the drawing board, find solutions and go and win the game.”The right-hander top-scored with 96 as West Indies piled up 321 for eight off their 50 overs at Somerset County Ground, leaving Bangladesh facing a record run chase in order to win the contest.But veteran all-rounder Shakib-al-Hasan hammered an unbeaten 124 while Liton Das stroked an accomplished unbeaten 94, as the Tigers romped to their target in the 42nd over with 51 balls remaining.Despite his performance, Hope copped criticism for the pace of his innings. He faced 120 balls and struck just four fours and a six before falling in the 47th over with West Indies still under 300.The 25-year-old said while there was a need to increase his strike rate, he had also been mindful of the importance to hold the innings together in partnerships.“Whenever I step to the crease, it’s a case of batting as long as possible. (You) don’t leave it for anyone else in the final overs – you just have to take responsibility,” Hope said.“I can massively improve it (the strike rate). Whatever I can do to improve, I’ll do that but it was a bit of a difficult spot for me in the sense that we keep losing wickets in the middle overs and putting the lower half under a bit of pressure.“Having said that we need to keep the innings together and get as many runs as we can, especially in the back-end.”Hope has been West Indies’ most successful ODI player in recent years, averaging 50 from 59 matches with six hundreds.
IN A case of literally moving from fixing cars to being behind the wheel of one on the circuit, Berbice mechanic Narine Dasrat has over the last few years been making a name for himself.Most recently he picked up two first place finishes and a second place finish in Round 2 of the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club National Race of Champions.Narine who hails from Edinburgh in Berbice, first got into racing in 2015 but took a couple of lengthy breaks before attending the CMRC meets consistently over the last two years.Narine always harboured dreams of being a race car driver and is relishing his experiences on the track thus far.In his Honda Civic, Narine competes in the Street Tuner, Group 1 category, however he missed round one of the National Race of Champions earlier this year due to personalreasons.He bounced back at Round 2 just a little over a week ago at the South Dakota Circuit, piloting his craft to two first place finishes and a second place in a show of improvement.Coming from a county more known for cricket than motor racing, Narine related that as he continues racing he keeps learning more, but there is still so much to be learned in terms of driving tactics and the handling of the car on the circuit.Narine’s biggest supporters over the years who he credits as the persons/entities that are making his dream a reality are Narine Auto Mechanic, Mohamed F. Ahamed Construction Works, Silver Lining Tyre Shop, Timo De Bug and Mohamed s. Roshandin Diesel Pumps & Injectors Services.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India subjected South Africa to the ignominy of a follow-on and were two wickets away from inflicting a series whitewash on the visitors after dominating day three of the third and final test in Ranchi on Monday.Replying to India’s 497-9 declared, South Africa were all out for 162, conceding a massive first-innings lead of 335 runs.Asked to follow on, they were equally poor second time round as they slumped to 132-8 at stumps having barely avoided defeat inside three days.Theunis de Bruyn was unbeaten on 30 after coming in as concussion substitute for Dean Elgar who went for tests after being hit flush on the helmet by an Umesh Yadav delivery.Anrich Nortje was on five with India closing on a victory which would consolidate their place on top of the World Test Championship table.Earlier, Zubayr Hamza (62) scored his maiden Test fifty in an otherwise insipid batting performance by South Africa who resumed day three on a precarious 9-2.It got worse for the Proteas as they lost skipper Faf du Plessis in the first over to a beautiful delivery by Yadav.Hamza added 91 runs with Temba Bavuma (32) but apart from them and George Linde (37), no other South African batsman reached double figures.In their second innings, South Africa were jolted early by Yadav who bowled Quinton de Kock for five before Mohammed Shami ran through the top order with a three-wicket burst.The right-arm quick bowler bowled Hamza for a duck, trapped Du Plessis lbw and had Bavuma caught behind to tighten the noose around the tourists.Elgar made 16 before sustaining a sickening blow to his helmet and was sent to hospital after he was diagnosed with a concussion.“The opening batsman will be closely monitored over the next 24 hours, followed by reassessment every 24 hours until signs and symptoms resolve,” the South African team said in a statement.“The soonest he can return to play is in six days’ time in keeping with the standard concussion management protocol.”For the visitors, only Linde, who made 27 before being run out, will emerge from his test debut with head held high, having resisted with the bat in both innings as well as taking four wickets.India wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha sustained a finger injury in the final session and was replaced by Rishabh Pant behind the stumps.INDIA 1st innings 497-9 dec (R. Sharma 212, A. Rahane 115; G. Linde 4-133)South Africa 1st innings (overnight 9-2, Z. Hamza 0, F. du Plessis 1)D. Elgar c Saha b Shami 0Q. de Kock c Saha b Yadav 4Z. Hamza b Jadeja 62F. du Plessis b Yadav 1T. Bavuma st Saha b Nadeem 32H. Klaasen b Jadeja 6G. Linde c Rohit b Yadav 37D. Piedt lbw b Shami 4K. Rabada run out (Yadav) 0A. Nortje lbw b Nadeem 4L. Ngidi not out 0Extras (b8, lb3, nb1) 12Total (all out, 56.2 overs) 162Fall of wickets: 1-4 (Elgar), 2-8 (de Kock), 3-16 (du Plessis), 4-107 (Hamza), 5-107 (Bavuma), 6-119 (Klaasen), 7-129 (Piedt), 8-130 (Rabada), 9-162 (Linde)Bowling: Shami 10-4-22-2, Yadav 9-1-40-3, Nadeem 11.2-4-22-2 (nb1), Jadeja 14-3-19-2, Ashwin 12-1-48-0.SOUTH AFRICA 2nd innings (follow-on)Q. de Kock b Yadav 5D. Elgar retired hurt 16Z. Hamza b Shami 0F. du Plessis lbw b Shami 4T. Bavuma c Saha b Shami 0H. Klaasen lbw b Yadav 5G. Linde run out (Nadeem) 27D. Piedt b Jadeja 23T. de Bruyn not out 30K. Rabada c Jadeja b Ashwin 12 A. Nortje not out 5 Extras (b5) 5 Total (8 wickets, 46 overs) 132To bat: L. NgidiFall of wickets: 1-5 (de Kock), 2-10 (Hamza), 3-18 (du Plessis), 4-22 (Bavuma), 4-26 (Elgar, retired not out), 5-36 (Klaasen), 6-67 (Linde), 7-98 (Piedt), 8-121 (Rabada)Bowling: Shami 9-5-10-3, Yadav 9-1-35-2, Jadeja 13-5-36-1, Nadeem 5-0-18-0, Ashwin 10-3-28-1
EAGLES Football Club of Stewartville continued to put away their opposing counterparts as rivalry in the GFF/NAMILCO Thunderbolt Flour Power U-17 Intra Association League, West Demerara Football Association leg continued on the weekend.Led by the joint leading goal scorers in this second round of the two-round league, Eagles sailed to a comfortable 6-1 triumph over Hurry-ATE FC at the Uitvlugt Community Centre Ground, bettering their first round result which was 3-1.Telbert Baptiste, now with five goals, blasted a hat-trick in Saturday’s win; he was on target in the 25th, 36th and 55th minute. Troy Skeete, whose tally in this round is also five goals to date, scored in the 45th minute. The other goals were scored by Kareem Harris (20th) and Francis Persaud (42nd).Hurry-ATE, which had taken the lead in the 12th minute when Joshua Jack found the back of the nets, couldn’t find the target again for the remainder of the match.Uitvlugt Warriors were gifted their first win of the round, thanks to the no-show of Wales United.The lone match on Sunday at the Goed Fortuin Ground produced a stalemate between Pouderoyen and Den Amstel which battled to a 2-2 draw. The result brought Den Amstel’s first point of the round. Pouderoyen had jumped into the lead in the 7th minute when Ezekiel Guppy scored but Jamal Robinson netted the first of his double for Den Amstel in the 26th minute to level things up.Robinson found the back of the nets once again in the 52nd minute to hand Den Amstel the lead but that advantage was cancelled out in the 75th minute when Jarrel Phoenix converted for Pouderoyen to ensure an equal share of the spoils.The Uitvlugt Community Centre Ground will host a triple header on Saturday from 10:00hrs when the home team, Uitvlugt Warriors, match skills with Pouderoyen, followed two hours later by a clash between Eagles and Wales United. The final match brings together Den Amstel and Hurry-ATE from 14:00hrs.
LED by a half-century from Jason Sinclair, Rose Hall Town Namilco Thunderbolt Flour were able to best Tucber Park Cricket Club in the final of the 2019 Berbice Cricket Board/ Stag Beer 50-over first-division competition on Saturday at the Port Mourant ground in Berbice.For the win, Rose Hall Town won the championship trophy and $100,000 while Tucber Park collected $50,000.Rose Hall Town batted first in the low-scoring clash and posted 192-8 off their allotted overs.Sinclair led the attack with 67, while Khemraj Mahadeo added 27, Delbert Hicks 22 and Keith Simpson 18.Although many of the Rose Hall Town batsmen had starts, most of the middle and lower order fell victim to the spin of Devon Clements, who ended with impressive figures of 6-36.Tucber Park, in reply, were struggling at 3-3 in the second over, before it became 32-6, but Damion Vantull and Kwesi Mickle brought them back, which resulted in an exciting finish.Vantull ended with 36 (3x4s, 1×6), while Mickle batted his way to an unbeaten 50, but wickets continued to fall, which resulted in Tucber Park succumbing for 134 all out in 35 overs.Sylus Tyndall, Eon Hooper and Jonathan Rampersaud took three wickets each to lead the winners’ bowling attack.
LESS than a year after completing the ban for his role in the ball-tampering scandal, David Warner was crowned the Allan Border medalist despite his horror Ashes series while Ellyse Perry took the Belinda Clark medal at the annual Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne.Warner, who became clearly emotional during his acceptance speech, pipped Steven Smith by one vote (194 to 193) and Pat Cummins to the main men’s award following a prolific World Cup campaign and outstanding home summer which included his first Test triple century against Pakistan in Adelaide.The awards for international cricket are based on votes from players, umpires and the media on a 3-2-1 basis from each match for the period January 8, 2019 to January 9, 2020.Those performances on either side of the Ashes, which included impressive T20I returns which earned Warner that honour as well, were enough to counter an England series where he made just 95 runs in 10 innings. Over the voting period, Warner was Australia’s leading cross-format run-scorer with 1815 (881 in Tests, 647 in ODIs and 287 in T20Is). He had previously won the Allan Border Medal in 2016 and 2017.“I’m taken aback by this It’s been quite challenging,” he said as his voice cracked. “It’s hard to put a finger on where I should start. But as I said before, I want to thank Cricket Australia for that opportunity. The work that you guys did…I think was absolutely fantastic and I thank you again for that.“I want to really thank my home club team at Randwick-Petersham for giving me that opportunity to go out there and play grade cricket. I realised a lot of things during that time off that we don’t actually understand or realise when we’re in this bubble, the importance of what this game is and the smiles on the faces that we bring to a lot of people.“It’s just been remarkable to come back. With the World Cup, to not go the whole way was disappointing. The Ashes, retaining that was fantastic — I obviously didn’t turn up and I apologise for that — but I really had the hunger and determination to come back and do the best for our team. To come back and have a summer like that and just contribute, it really put a smile on my face — and I hope it did for you guys as well.”Perry, who had also previously won the Belinda Clark medal twice, took the major women’s award ahead of Alyssa Healy – who claimed the ODI and T20I titles – with her standout performance in the Ashes Test, where she scored 116 and 76 not, being a key part of her year which also saw her take 7 for 22 in the third ODI of the multi-point Ashes series which Australia won comfortably. Across all formats, Perry scored 783 runs at 97.87 and took 28 wickets at 16.50.“It’s actually a huge surprise,” Perry said, “especially considering how successful the team has been this year but also the outstanding individual performances, none more so than Midgy [Healy], but it’s been a really special 12 months, one which we’ll all savour for a long time to come. The most exciting thing is every 12 months we have seems to get bigger and better and new things come our way so a very special time to be involved.”The other main winners in the men’s awards were Marnus Labuschagne, who took the Test player title after his magnificent run since coming into the team as a concussion sub for Smith at Lord’s, and Aaron Finch who was named ODI player of the year after making 1141 runs at 51.86 with four centuries. (ESPN Cricinfo)Full list of awardsAllan Border Medal: David WarnerBelinda Clark Medal: Ellyse PerryMen’s Test player: Marnus LabuschagneMen’s ODI player: Aaron FinchMen’s T20I player: David WarnerMen’s domestic player: Shaun MarshMen’s Young player: Wes AgarWomen’s ODI player: Alyssa HealyWomen’s T20 player: Alyssa HealyWomen’s domestic player: Molly StranoWomen’s young plaer: Tayla VlaeminckCommunity champion: Corinne Hall
THE current global pandemic has forced another sporting event to be cancelled, here, in Guyana. The much anticipated trilogy of athletic events, organised and run by former Guyanese athletes and friends as part of the country’s Independence celebrations, is the latest victim of COVID-19.According to chief organiser of the Plaisance-oriented one-day event which started in 2016, “While we cannot deny our disappointment, it is something we have no control over and as such we can only look forward to its return next year.”The 1972 National Schools’ 100m and 200m sprint champion, Noel ‘Bryner’ Campbell, via ‘WhatsApp’ to Chronicle Sport from New York, explained that the emphasis of the event since the inception has been on the youths and that he and his team have been encouraged by the increasing interest and participation.“In 2016 we started out with the 5K for juniors and 10K for seniors on the road and then in 2018 we added the relays for male and female athletes. Last year we introduced the Village Mile for students living, born and/or raised in Plaisance.“On the advice of the Minister of Sport we have changed the name to the Plaisance-Sparendaam Golden Mile”, the former born-and-bred athlete from Plaisance, ‘Bryner’, stated.The event was scheduled to take place yesterday (Saturday, May 23) and now the attention is on planning for a grand occasion next year.(Ras Wadada)
THE Ballon d’Or for the world’s best players will not be awarded in 2020 because of a “lack of sufficient fair conditions” created by the coronavirus pandemic.The prize has been awarded by France Football every year since 1956.Barcelona’s Lionel Messi won the men’s prize last year, with USA forward Megan Rapinoe claiming the women’s trophy.France Football said awarding a prize in a “crippled” year would “not be worthy” of their history.“We did not want to put an indelible asterisk on the prize list like ‘trophy won in exceptional circumstances due to the Covid-19 health crisis’,” it added.“Protecting the credibility and legitimacy of such an award also means ensuring its flawlessness over time.”England’s Stanley Matthews was the first winner of the award when it was the European Footballer of the Year.It was only awarded to European players until 1995, when it expanded to become open for any player at a European club. From 2007 it opened up to the rest of the world.The 30-player list of nominees is compiled by the editorial staff of the French magazine, with the winner voted for by journalists from around the world, with one representative per nation.Argentina international Messi won the prize for a record sixth time last year.(BBC Sport)