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  • Parents prop up schools to tune of $250m

    first_imgSunday Star Times 26 February 2012New Zealand parents are forking out a quarter of a billion dollars a year in school “donations” to help prop up schools. With an average cost of running a large secondary school estimated by principals at $10 million, that means parents are fully funding the equivalent of 25 big high schools – buildings, equipment, maintenance and wages. Increasingly donations are being used to pay for one of the most important areas of the curriculum – new technology.The struggle to keep students up-to-date with fast moving technology, vital to the country’s future, is bringing the issue to a head, principals say. Teachers and parent groups alike say the concept of “free education” is nonsense and the education system is dependent on parents propping it up. Secondary School Principals Association president Patrick Walsh, principal of John Paul College in Rotorua, said: “I think the concept of free education at best is seen as aspirational, or is seen as disingenuous by those who propose it.” Education Minister Hekia Parata said: “Schooling has always had a cost. That cost has principally been met by the government of the day, and that continues to be the case now.” She says parents have always – and will always – need to pick up some cost.But parents are saying the donations and fees demanded by schools are getting too much. According to information gained under the Official Information Act by lobby group Family First, the amount of school voluntary donations paid by families in the past four years has totalled more than $1 billion – $234m (2007), $247m (2008), $272m (2009), and $266m in 2010.…Bob McCroskrie, national director of Family First NZ, said: “Despite the Education Act saying that state school education is free, this is completely removed from the truth. Families are forking out large amounts to help schools meet their budgets and provide core services.” Walsh said: “The reality is schools couldn’t afford to function without a contribution from parents or finding some other secondary income stream.”$266.7 million donated to school system in 2010Radio NZ News 26 Feb 2012$266-point-7-million-donated-to-school-system-in-2010Parents have paid up ‘$1bn in school fees’NZ Herald 26 Feb 2012 parents pay schools $2mWairarapa Times-Age 1 March 2012State funding for Wairarapa schools is being propped up by an extra $2.6 million a year in school fees and grants. read more

  • 8 Things Guys Notice About You Instantly

    first_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring! You know that look where his eyes slide past you…then turn back? Wouldn’t it be great to know what stopped him? You totally can. “There are a few things men instantly observe when they meet a woman,” says Jackie Black, PhD, author of Meeting Your Match. Learn what they are and you can maximize your, um, assets. Then you’ll have your pick.1. How Thick Your Hair IsThis is all about evolution. Since caveman days, dudes have been drawn to lush locks, which signal that a woman is healthy (translation: shaggable).2. If Your Smile Is Genuine Sometimes your eyes crinkle a bit when you grin. Most men are good at distinguishing the vibe of this kind of smile, which says you’re relaxed and fun.3. The Size of Your Group You don’t want a big bunch (it’ll be hard for him to approach) or just one friend (he’ll figure you wouldn’t desert her to talk to him). The perfect crew size? Three. Your two buds can keep each other company when you slip away.4. The Pitch of Your Voice Studies show that men are drawn to voices in a slightly higher register (think Kristin Bell’s), probably because — yep, evolution — they’re reliable signs of youth and reproductive health.5. Your Hip-to-Waist Ratio Yet again, blame eons of human history. Men instinctually look for baby mamas. If your waist is noticeably smaller than your hips, it signifies fertility — a huge point in your favor. A wide belt will emphasize that hourglass shape.6. Your Glowiness Guys associate a radiant complexion with good mental health. That’s because stress and anxiety usually cause breakouts and dull skin. So those lotions and bronzers you sweep over your cheeks? Totally worth it.7. What’s Fake About You Not personality-fake, but artificial-accoutrement- fake: lashes, hair extensions, etc. To guys, these things shout high-maintenance! Not good.8. Your Eyes People focus on eyes more than they do on any other body part. And dramatic eye makeup will have him zeroing in on your peepers even moreby Bethany HeitmanMSN Love 59 Views   no discussionscenter_img Share Share LifestyleRelationships 8 Things Guys Notice About You Instantly by: – February 27, 2012last_img read more

  • N’Diaye heads to Spain

    first_img The 23-year-old spent the first half of the campaign at Eskisehirspor in Turkey, but is now heading for Seville. A club spokesman said: “Alfred N’Diaye has joined Real Betis on loan for the rest of the season.” Press Association N’Diaye, who joined the club from Bursaspor in January last year, has made 16 senior appearances for the Black Cats. Meanwhile, defender Modibo Diakite is close to sealing a loan move to Italian club Fiorentina. Press Association Sport understands the 26-year-old Frenchman was heading for Italy on Thursday after failing to make his mark at the Stadium of Light. Former Lazio player Diakite was one of 14 new signings to arrive on Wearside during the summer, but he has managed only eight senior appearances for the club to date. He has slipped down the pecking order this month with the arrival of Argentinian defender Santiago Vergini on loan from Atletico Fenix. center_img Sunderland midfielder Alfred N’Diaye has joined Spanish club Real Betis on loan for the rest of the season.last_img read more

  • Rangel: Penalty decision a mistake

    first_img Press Association Giving his own reflection on the incident, Rangel said: “Sometimes you say ‘I have to watch it again to see how it went’, but I knew it wasn’t a penalty. “It was clear the contact was minimal. “It was very unfair. All the boys and the manager have said they watched it again and there wasn’t really contact – they said he was diving even before I committed.” The 31-year-old Spanish full-back added: “Football is a game of mistakes from all the players and the referees, and I think he (Oliver) made a mistake.” As well as branding Oliver’s decision “disgraceful” and “disgusting”, saying “he (Moses) has cheated the ref and then the ref’s cheated us” and calling for the winger to be punished for a “blatant dive”, Monk also had strong words for referees’ chief Mike Riley. Monk said he had had no response from Riley to a letter he sent him expressing concerns about decisions made in Swansea games this season, and accused him of “poor leadership”. Swans captain Ashley Williams admits he has been “baffled” by some of those decisions, and had no doubt the Moses incident had been called wrong by Oliver – although he also stressed that the Northumberland official is one of his “favourites”. Oliver gave that penalty nine minutes after awarding one at the other end when Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross grappled in the home box at a corner with Wilfried Bony, who hit the turf and then slotted in the resulting spot-kick. Asked if he thought there had been a feeling Oliver would, having given that one, then award Stoke a penalty, Wales defender Williams said: “That is the quick thing to say – the obvious thing, you would suggest. “I don’t know if that is what he was thinking. Maybe he just thought it was a penalty. “I don’t want to criticise him too much because he is one of my favourites – I like to work with him and I think he is a good communicator. “He gets a lot of stuff bang on. But (this time) I thought he got a lot wrong.” Stoke forward Jonathan Walters, who came off the bench to head home the 76th-minute winner, felt there was something in the notion of one penalty leading to the other. The Republic of Ireland international said: “I don’t think he would have given the second one if he hadn’t given the first. It is probably a soft one, but that happens.” On the Shawcross incident, he said: “If he is going to give that first one, he has to give a penalty every game, probably four or five times, because that goes on. “It happens to (Stoke striker) Peter Crouch every single game – he gets ragged all over the place and doesn’t get anything because he is so big. “So if that is going to be given against Ryan, you should probably get three or four a game for Peter.” Walters’ goal was his first in the Premier League this season, and his game time in the competition so far this term has amounted to one start and two substitute appearances. The 31-year-old admits it has been a “frustrating” campaign and is keeping an open mind about the possibility of leaving Stoke. “I have a couple of years left on my contract, but with me not playing – I said at the end of last year it is something I’ll have to address,” Walters said. “It is no good just getting bits here and there. We’ll see. “If you’re not playing, it is a no-brainer – you are not in the manager’s plans.” Two players who have departed the club on loan are Jack Butland and Andy Wilkinson. It was announced on Monday that England Under-21 goalkeeper Butland had joined Derby on a one-month deal, and that long-serving Potters defender Wilkinson had made a temporary switch to another Sky Bet Championship side in Millwall, that move being for three months. Referee Michael Oliver controversially awarded the 43rd-minute spot-kick from which Charlie Adam drew the Barclays Premier League contest level after Moses went down in the visitors’ area as Rangel made minimal-looking contact with him. Oliver’s decision left Rangel visibly stunned at the time, and also prompted an angry post-match tirade from Swans boss Garry Monk against both the official and Moses which could land the manager in trouble with the Football Association. Swansea defender Angel Rangel needed no replay to be certain his challenge on Victor Moses in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat at Stoke did not warrant a penalty.last_img read more

  • Patrol officer arrested attempted kidnapping and urinating on a child

    first_imgAn Ohio patrol officer has been arrested after he allegedly attempted to kidnap a 12-year-old girl and urinated on her when he was unsuccessful.The incident occurred at the girl’s bus stop along Euclid Avenue in Euclid.Officials say 34-year-old Solomon Nhiwatiwa approached the girl and offered to give her a ride to school. When the girl decline Nhiwatiwa attempted to continue his conversation with the child but she continued to shut him down. The patrol officer then drove away but later returned to the bus stop, with his genitals exposed. He then approached the girl and began urinating on her while appearing to record himself in the act.Investigators zoned in on Nhiwatiwa as their suspect because an hour before the incident involving the child, a neighbor contacted police about a man in a blue SUV peering into car. The neighbor was also able to give authorities the suspect’s license plate number.He has since been indicted on eight counts, including attempted kidnapping, pandering obscenity involving a minor, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, endangering children, criminal child enticement, public indecency, assault, and attempted interference with custody.last_img read more

  • The Latest: US Tennis Association says best to not play now

    first_img___Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce says team employees have been tested after exhibiting symptoms for the new coronavirus. He says no players or members of the coaching staff have shown any symptoms or been tested. Pierce said Friday he doesn’t know the identity of those who were tested. He said at least 18 or 19 days have passed since any members of the team would have had contact with the employees.“Everyone that has been tested, the symptoms they had or reported, they do feel better,” Pierce said. He said he has “become a master of this Zoom app” while having video conferencing with players, assistants and other NBA coaches. Following a video conference meeting of all 20 Serie A clubs on Friday, the league said “it will await the decrees from the government and place in primary consideration taking care of the athletes’ health and all people involved.”___Officials say they’re working to find a new date for the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.The Maryland Jockey Club and Stronach Group announced Friday that whenever the Preakness is run in 2020, it will go on without infield activities that had been one of the race’s biggest traditions. The Preakness was scheduled for May 16 in Baltimore.The organizations say in a joint statement finding a new date for the Preakness “will take into consideration all of the recommended best practices from local and governmental health authorities to protect our community.” The Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. No decision has yet been made on the Belmont Stakes, which is scheduled for June 6 at Belmont Park in New York. ___Company-wide layoffs by NASCAR on Friday were part of previously planned restructuring. NASCAR did not reveal the number of employees affected. NASCAR “centralized” Iowa Speedway by dismissing most of its staff to instead use the employees from Kansas Speedway. That track is roughly four hours away from Iowa Speedway. The personnel changes were planned as part of restructuring from last years’ merger of NASCAR and track operator sister company International Speedway Corp.NASCAR already has issued pay-cuts to its entire organization. It last week cut executives’ salary 25%, and 20% for other employees as stock car’s sanctioning body adapts to the new coronavirus pandemic. The 38-race NASCAR schedule is the longest in sports spanning nearly 11 months and the season was suspended four races into the year. The next publicly scheduled race is May 9 at Martinsville Speedway, but Virginia is under a state-at-home order into June. NASCAR has privately floated to teams revised 2020 schedules but not announced anything about rescheduling its races.___ The Southeastern Conference is extending its ban on practices and organized gatherings through the end of May. The statement from the organization that runs the U.S. Open Grand Slam tournament said there have not been specific studies about tennis and the COVID-19 illness.But there is “the possibility” that germs could be transferred among people via sharing and touching of tennis balls, net posts, court surfaces, benches or gate handles.So the USTA wants players “to be patient in our return to the courts.”In the meantime, the group encouraged people to create what it termed “tennis-at-home” variations.The U.S. Open is still scheduled to start Aug. 31 in New York. Visa is another major sponsor and has also told its global roster of nearly 100 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls that it will extend sponsorships through 2021.___World Triathlon has extended its suspension of all events from the end of April to the end of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest events to be called off include the Yokohama leg of the world series, three African Cups, three American events, four Asian Cups, one event in Oceania and eight in Europe.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “the suspension of all activities doesn’t mean at all that we stop working” on finding alternative dates. Associated Press ___The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17.Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees.” The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league. Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. The group included a local politician.Kipsang, who is also a police officer, was provisionally suspended this year from track and field and charged with doping offenses that include tampering with doping samples. He has also won the New York, London and Berlin marathons.Twelve athletes were arrested in Iten earlier this week for breaching Kenyan government regulations on social gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The runners were arrested for training in a group, which has been banned in Kenya. Training camps have been shut down and athletes must train alone.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: US Tennis Association says best to not play now ___The Serie A says it will consider resuming only “when health conditions permit it.”The Italian league has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.A new government decree issued this week prevents clubs from training — even in small groups — for at least another 10 days.Twelve rounds of Serie A remain, plus four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. Also, the Italian Cup semifinals were interrupted after the first leg. The team announced the plan Friday with the team and PNC Arena having shut down operations last month to ensure social-distancing practices.The team says the furlough applies to about 55% of full-time employees, who would be directed to access unemployment benefits through the government’s $2.2 trillion economic rescue package.Furloughed employees ineligible to collect full base salaries through unemployment would receive a bonus from the organization when the furlough ends “to be made whole.”Additionally, furloughed employees will keep healthcare benefits, with the team covering premium payments during that time.In a statement, team president and general manager Don Waddell says the organization “remains committed to taking care of our staff as well as possible given these unprecedented circumstances.” Waddell said the plan “protects our employees from financial hardship while also mitigating the losses suffered by the company during this shutdown.” Pakhnotskaya says in a text message that she “will check on Monday the possibility to receive special permission” from government bodies for staff to collect samples from athletes. There will be no testing this month if that isn’t granted.Testing has been suspended since March 27 under a previous round of measures.Isolation measures around the world have led to a sharp drop in anti-doping tests. That’s led to warnings that some athletes could take advantage of the situation. The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is trying to track gaps in testing.___Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It also voted to advance funds of 125 million pounds ($150 million) to clubs in the English Football League and fifth-tier National League.___German soccer club Borussia Dortmund is converting part of its stadium into a treatment center amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Bundesliga club says a space inside Germany’s largest soccer stadium has been made available for medical staff to examine people with virus symptoms.The move comes after an influx of suspected coronavirus cases put existing facilities in the city of Dortmund under strain. The 16-player tournament begins Friday night and will air on ESPN. Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant is the overall No. 1 seed and opens play against No. 16 Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat in the first round.The winner of the week-long tournament will receive a $100,00 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of their choice.BetMGM has a free bracket game available on its website to all verified New Jersey players. All competitors with a perfect bracket will split $20,000 in prizes.If there are no perfect brackets, the prize will be split among the highest scorers.BetMGM is also donating the same amount to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund. ___England’s contracted men’s players are donating 500,000 pounds ($610,000) to the England and Wales Cricket Board and selected good causes, and the England’s women’s squad is taking a pay cut for April, May and June because of the coronavirus pandemic.The players are all making 20% pay cuts for the next three months to fund the voluntary gesture.They plan to detail the charitable donations next week.The announcement by the Professional Cricketers’ Association followed talks over how England’s leading players would respond to the crisis after a request from the ECB for 20% pay cuts. Harper and his wife, Kayla, are giving money to Direct Relief and Three Square in Las Vegas and Philabundance in Philadelphia.“Now is the time to come together and adhere to the guidelines of medical professionals! We are wishing the best to all with our prayers during this time,” the couple said in a statement. ___The Sacramento Kings’ former arena and practice facility is being converted into a surge field hospital for COVID-19 and trauma care patients.The arena, in suburban Natomas, was the Kings’ home from 1988 until 2016, when they moved into a downtown facility. ___FIFA has extended the age limit for the men’s soccer tournament at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA says it also postponed two women’s age-group World Cups due this year, and no international games will be played in the early June dates protected for national team call-ups.The amended Olympic rule retains the “players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997” standard for the Tokyo Games. It means players eligible for the intended under-23 tournament in 2020 can still play in Japan at age 24 next year. Men’s soccer kicks off ahead of the July 23, 2021 opening ceremony in Tokyo. ___Philadelphia 76ers owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, as well as All-Star center Joel Embiid made a combined contribution of $1.3 million to Penn Medicine.The money established a funding campaign for COVID-19 antibody testing of front line health care workers. The pledge from Embiid, Harris and Blitzer was expected to help boost efforts to quickly identify health care workers who may have immunity to the virus.Embiid says “we need to do everything possible to help those heroes who are putting their lives at risk to help us.” The gifts will support new experimental serology tests that detect antibodies to determine if a person has ever been infected with the virus-identifying staff and providers that might have immunity.___ The ban includes team and individual practices, meetings and other gatherings — whether voluntary or required — as well as camps and coaches clinics.The powerhouse league had previously announced that in-person athletics activities were suspended through April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic.Also Friday, the conference said virtual film review that does not include physical activity is permissible. Effective April 6, activity of this nature will be expanded to four hours a week consistent with an NCAA rule waiver and NCAA legislation, an increase from the previously permissible maximum of two hours a week.___A gaming site is donating $20,000 for pandemic relief in New Jersey and giving out another $20,000 to fans who can predict the results of the NBA 2K tournament among NBA players.center_img The move comes one day after the Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the entire spring sports season. State officials had previously announced all schools would remain closed for the rest of the academic year.___Mental health experts who were supposed to be available to help American athletes at the Tokyo Olympics are being asked to start working now. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says the experts are leading discussions about mental health and wellness for athletes and staff in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Those same experts will also be on hand at the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed a year. The USOPC also disclosed the 13 members of a new external mental health task force created to support American athletes and coaches. It includes Olympians, doctors and the head of The Speedy Foundation, a mental-health organization named after the late Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic silver medalist in aerials. That group is working with an internal group at the USOC being led by chief medical officer Jonathan Finnoff. ___The world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev on June 20 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The fight was scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and will be Joshua’s first defense of his IBF, WBA, WBO belts since he regained them from Andy Ruiz Jr. Major League Lacrosse has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus outbreak.The six-team league was scheduled to begin its 20th season on May 30.In a statement, the league says “this decision was made to safeguard the health of our players, fans and staff, as well as those within our MLL communities as a result of the global pandemic.”MLL has teams in Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, Long Island, New York, Annapolis, Maryland, and Fairfield, Connescticut.No date has been set for the season to begin. The league says it will be guided by CDC recommendations. ___The Lawn Tennis Association is giving up to 20 million pounds ($24 million) through grants and interest-free loans to help venues, coaches, officials, and players in Britain during the coronavirus pandemic.Singles players world ranked from 101 to 750 and doubles players ranked from 101 to 250 — who are not already receiving funding — are eligible for grants, and there will be increased prize money for British tour events if the tours resume. This week, Wimbledon was canceled and the tours suspended the British grass-court season.Most of the focus of the LTA package is on protecting the grassroots, including continued funding for development centers and the two national academies, and supporting full-time coaches.Chief executive Scott Lloyd and the executive team will take temporary pay cuts of 20%, while some staff will be furloughed next week but will be paid 80% of their salary. The All England Club announced this week that it had canceled this year’s edition of Wimbledon. The French Open was postponed from May to September.___The CONCACAF Nations League semifinals and final in June have been called off.The U.S. had been scheduled to play Honduras on June 4 in Houston, with Mexico meeting Costa Rica in the other semifinal. The winners were to play three days later at Arlington, Texas.The Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Football said Friday it made the decision due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It is not yet known when the matches will be rescheduled. Berlin says a few days later, on March 27, he had a fever. He at first was told he had pneumonia, but a test came back positive for the virus.He says he called everyone with whom he has been in contact — including his barber — and is feeling better. He says doctors told him players he might have seen on March 13 shouldn’t be concerned because he’s beyond the 14-day incubation period.Berlin has been in various positions with the tour since 1998, with a brief spell as Michelle Wie’s first agent. He says his wife is awaiting her test results, though she has not shown any symptoms.___The Carolina Hurricanes are putting more than half of full-time staff on furlough through June 7 while taking steps they said would ensure affected employees don’t lose income amid the coronavirus pandemic that has led to the suspension of the NHL season. The 16 teams at the Tokyo Olympics next year can also select three over-age players in their rosters. A stellar lineup includes Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Spain.The decision was made on Friday by a FIFA panel of soccer officials worldwide created to address the soccer shutdown.Two women’s World Cup tournaments — the Under-20s hosted by Panama and Costa Rica in August and September, and the Under-17s in India in November — are postponed.___Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is donating $500,000 to help coronavirus relief efforts in his hometown of Las Vegas and in Philadelphia. The Kings and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services say the hospital will have approximately 360 beds along with additional hospital services.The Kings are also donating 100,000 medical masks and $250,000 to community service organizations.___The PGA Tour executive who oversees player activity is the first PGA Tour employee to have tested positive for COVID-19.Ross Berlin, the tour’s senior vice president of player affairs, says he was self-isolating after The Players Championship was canceled when he complained of losing his sense of taste and smell. His doctor put him through a coronavirus hotline interview and told him he wasn’t a high-risk candidate without a fever or breathing difficulties. One of the major summer baseball leagues for college players has canceled its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Commissioner Bruce Alger of the Valley Baseball League in Virginia said the executive committee unanimously agreed the risk to players’ health would be too great.The 11-team Valley League has been sanctioned by the NCAA since 1961 and began using wooden bats in 1993. It’s among dozens of leagues where college players spend their summers.The Cape Cod League, generally considered the top summer league, said it had not decided whether to cancel its season. Play is scheduled to begin June 13.___ Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom Boxing, says a new date for the fight is being worked on.___More than a dozen U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes received reassurance this week when Toyota North America announced it would extend their endorsement contracts through the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021.The auto company and major Olympic sponsor has 17 U.S. athletes under contract. They include swimmer David Boudia, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Paralympian Oksana Masters and sprinter Michael Norman.The status of endorsement contracts is a major concern to athletes because most signed deals that were set to expire after this year’s scheduled Olympics. They have been rescheduled for 2021 and that has forced corporations to reset and rethink the structure of their deals. ___The Premier League has pushed back its restart date and says play will not resume at the beginning of May.The league had given a return date of April 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak but now says the season “will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”It says there remained a “combined objective” for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played to maintain the integrity of each competition.The league also says it has consulted players over a pay deduction or deferral of 30%. ___The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts are giving season-ticket holders the option to defer April’s payment until June 15.On Friday, team officials emailed letters to those with payment plans, giving them a Wednesday deadline to accept the offer.The final two installments were initially due April 15 and May 15. The Colts have not announced any changes about the May payment.“In light of the unique circumstances right now, we have decided to modify the payment options for members of our season ticket family on payment plans,” the letter reads in part. Organizers in Switzerland say its “the first time since the Second World War that the traditional event will not take place.”They say “the risk of additional strain on the Swiss health system due to possible crashes during racing is high.”___The Russian anti-doping agency is preparing to freeze all testing until May to comply with new government measures shutting down work deemed non-essential.RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pakhnotskaya tells The Associated Press that her agency is looking for possible exemptions to instructions from President Vladimir Putin for all Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home through April 30. The center will open on Saturday.___The Tour de Suisse has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, removing one of the few cycling events left on the calendar before the Tour de France is due to start.The nine-day Swiss race was scheduled to run from June 6-14 and is designed to give riders a chance to prepare for the three-week Tour de France. The French race is still scheduled to start on June 27.Colombian rider Egan Bernal won in Switzerland last year ahead of his first Tour de France title. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic.In a posting on its website on Friday, the USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective pause” from tennis. April 3, 2020 ___The SailGP global league has suspended its season through the end of June due to the coronavirus pandemic, wiping out a regatta scheduled for New York on June 12-13. Ticket purchasers will be automatically refunded by the end of June.SailGP already canceled its San Francisco regatta that had been set for May 2-3.Two more regattas are on the schedule for 2020, at Cowes, England, Aug. 14-15 and at Copenhagen Sept. 11-12. The opening regatta of SailGP’s second season, held in Sydney in late February, was won by British sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie, who also is leading an America’s Cup campaign. SailGP was co-founded by former America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand and tech billionaire Larry Ellison.last_img read more

  • Warriors’ Schewe, Underwood go 1-1 in tennis state qualifier

    first_img Tags: liverpoolTennis That trio of doubles teams, along with singles players Gieselle Vlasiss, Grace DelPino (both from Christian Brothers Academy) and Ellen Lyga (Utica-Ntore Dame), will compete in the state tournament.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Now, in the quarterfinals, they faced the no. 4 seed, West Genesee’s Angelina Llanos and Katie Viau. They had met in singles play Sept. 12, with Schewe losing in straight sets to Viau and Underwood dropping a third-set tie-breaker to Llanos.The doubles match featured some fine points from Schewe and Underwood, but Llanos and Viau proved too good together, prevailing in a pair of 6-2 sets.Not stopping there, Llanos and Viau went on to win the tournament Thursday, knocking off the top-seeded Fayetteville-Manlius duo of Anna Manta and Phoebe Wang before topping Jamesville-DeWitt’s Mona Farah and Tara Pollock in the finals.center_img A fine season for Liverpool girls tennis players Julia Schewe and Angelica Underwood culminated with a solid showing at last Tuesday’s Section III state qualifying tournament at Drumlins.In all, 16 doubles teams and 16 singles players took part, with the top three finishers eventually making it to this weekend’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships in Latham.When the bracket came out, Schewe and Underwood found themselves paired up against New Hartford’s Rachel DeRocco and Tess Evans in the first round, and the Warriors’ pair dominated that match, getting a 6-0, 6-0 shutout.last_img read more

  • Warriors’ Schulz earns trip to Nike Cross Nationals

    first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Before she heads off to North Carolina State University, Liverpool senior Jenna Schulz still has one more high school cross country race to run – the biggest one of all.Schulz is on her way to Portland, Oregon for next weekend’s Nike Cross Nationals after a third-place individual finish at Saturday’s Nike New York-Northeast Regional championships at Bowdoin Park in Wappingers Falls.On the 3.1-mile Bowdoin Park course, Schulz tore to a time of 18 minutes, 1.7 seconds. Only North Rockland’s Katelyn Tuohy, who won in 17:07.6, and Schulz’s future N.C. State teammate, Fayetteville-Manlius’ Claire Walters (17:27.1), finished ahead of her. Also running in the girls regional race, Cicero-North Syracuse freshman Kate Putman had a strong race, making her way to 38th place in a clocking of 19:51.2.The boys edition of the New York/Northeast Regionals at Bowdoin Park had Liverpool on hand, too, making its way to sixth place with 225 points as F-M won here, too, both on the team side and with Peyton Geehrer as the individual champion in 15:47.1.Two Warriors runners found their way to the individual top 20, with Jake McGowan getting 15th place in a time of 16:37.2 and Ryan Cartwright just behind, earning 17th place in 16:37.5.Ryan Hagan finished in 17:34.8, two spots ahead of Carter Rodriguez, who posted 17:35.9. Ethan Glashauser had a time of 17:54.8, ahead of Warriors teammates Charles Praschunus (18:09.8) and Jake Sherlock (18:22.9).Schulz’s appearance in the Nike Nationals marks a return to Portland, where she took 22nd place in the 2018 edition. More impressive was the fact that Schulz beat two other local stars – F-M’s Hannah Kaercher, who got fourth place in 18:14.7, and Tully’s four-time state Class D champion, Brooke Rauber, who was fifth in 18:26.8.Not only did Schulz run well, she also helped push Liverpool (running as LPXC) to a fourth-place team finish with 164 points. F-M (47 points) edged Saratoga Springs (49 points) for the top spot as North Rockland finished third.Sydney Carlson finished 31st among team runners (50th overall) in 20:10.7, while Gabby McCarthy got 34th in the team standings in 20:16.4. Eva Woodworth, in 20:44.2, was two spots ahead of Kara Nash (20:52.1) as Charlotte Warner posted 21:08.1 and Kaleigh Buck finished in 21:42.9. Tags: cross countryliverpoollast_img read more

  • Dark clouds disperse as Trojans prepare for Aggies

    first_imgAll of last week, following their shocking loss to the Washington State Cougars, every aspect of the football program seemed to have a dark cloud hovering above it. Miscommunication on the team seemed to run rampant, and USC head coach Lane Kiffin had to coach amidst calls for his dismissal.Scoreboard · USC junior wide receiver Marqise Lee scored a touchdown against Boston College, his first since Nov. 17 in a 38-28 loss against UCLA. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanBut one week, and one lopsided win, has appeared to make a world of difference. USC came out on Saturday and trounced Boston College 35-7, and all seems well again in Troy. The team will have to hope for a similar effort against the visiting Utah State Aggies, a team many believe to be one of the most underrated in the nation.LONG OVERDUE“It was a minute,” junior receiver Marqise Lee said when asked how much time had passed since he last found the end zone.His 80-yard touchdown in the second quarter against Boston College was a symbol of good things to come for the Trojan offense, which finally seemed to find its groove following two frustrating weeks in which the unit did not seem to be able to muster any sort of consistent attack.“It felt good to score and actually get in the end zone and put some points on the board for the offense,” Lee said. “We’ve just got to stay focused on our game.”ALL SETTLEDA big part of being able to score touchdowns and put some points on the scoreboard seemed to be the newfound confidence of redshirt sophomore quarterback Cody Kessler. Following a  back-and-forth two-week battle for the starting position with redshirt sophomore Max Wittek in which the two quarterbacks split game time and practice reps with the first team unit, Kessler was given full reins and control of the offense leading into Boston College, and it seemed to pay off.“I definitely feel more comfortable and feel a lot more settled,” Kessler said. “I feel more established with the [first team] and we’re getting better and better as we go through the season.”Kessler was stellar against the Eagles but will need to play even better against an extremely confusing and versatile Aggies defense.“Utah State is one of those teams you have to watch a lot of film and know where every guy is,” Kessler added. “They just move around a lot, but I’m excited for the challenge.”The Aggies have one of the most perplexing defenses in college football, prone to overpowering offensive lines on one play and then lining up just one defensive lineman on the next. Regardless of which tactic they use more often, the success or failure of the Trojans will depend mainly on the offensive line.“I trust in my offensive line 100 percent,” Kessler said. “They’re going to handle whatever [Utah State] brings.”ONCE IS ENOUGHWhen Kiffin was asked after practice if university president C. L. Max Nikias will call the Trojans’ first offensive play for the second consecutive week, Kiffin did not hesitate in his response.“Not again,” Kiffin said. “He’s 0-for-1.”Regardless of whether or not he uses Nikias on Saturday, Kiffin had plenty of success calling plays against Boston College, as the Trojans gained more than 500 yards of offense with a near 50-50 split of rushing and passing yards.A big component of that successful offensive attack has been the potent run game, highlighted by redshirt sophomore tailback Tre Madden, who on Saturday became the first USC running back since the legendary Marcus Allen with three consecutive 100-yard rushing games to open the season.Madden’s breakout this season has taken many by surprise, but not Kiffin or the rest of the Trojan coaching staff.“When we had seen him in practice, it was clear he was an every-down back,” Kiffin said. “It’s hard to start better than he has.”Another back with great promise but who has yet to see action for the Trojans this season is senior Silas Redd. The Penn State transfer missed his third straight game last week, leading some to wonder if a redshirt might be coming his way, making him ineligible for the rest of this season.“I don’t know that [a redshirt is being considered],” Kiffin said. “We’re hopeful he plays this week.”Though Redd’s presence has been missed, the emergence of freshman tailback Justin Davis has made up for Redd’s absence. Davis is second on the team with 172 rushing yards on 26 carries, and leads the Trojans with two rushing touchdowns.Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojanlast_img read more

  • Conor McGregor says his UFC return fight set for January

    first_img Associated Press Television News COMMENT WATCH US LIVE Written By First Published: 24th October, 2019 18:59 IST FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US Last Updated: 24th October, 2019 18:59 IST Conor McGregor Says His UFC Return Fight Set For January Conor McGregor will return to mixed martial arts in January with a UFC fight in Las Vegas. The Irish fighter said Thursday he will return “fully focused” on Jan. 18 at the T-Mobile Arena Conor McGregor will return to mixed martial arts in January with a UFC fight in Las Vegas. The Irish fighter said Thursday he will return “fully focused” on Jan. 18 at the T-Mobile Arena. “That is my comeback fight. It is for 12 weeks this Saturday. I am in prime physical condition. I have agreed on the date with the company,” McGregor said, adding that he knows his opponent’s name but won’t reveal it. “If I was to give you people the name, which I would love to do, I know the UFC would flip it because they are a crafty company.”The 31-year-old McGregor hasn’t fought since losing by submission to Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018. He was banned for six months and fined $50,000 for his part in a post-fight brawl.McGregor said he is targeting two more fights, including a rematch with Nurmagomedov in Moscow. He also aimed a string of insults at the Russian fighter.After the Jan. 18 fight, McGregor said he would then like to fight the winner of the Nov. 3 bout between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal, followed by either Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson. “I’m going to go through the entire roster as a chain saw through butter,” he said.McGregor’s return comes as he faces more legal issues. He is facing an assault charge in Ireland over an incident in which he appeared to punch a man in a bar. He said he is planning to abstain from alcohol and late nights in the run-up to his next fight. “I am focused here,” McGregor said. “I am structured now.” 10 months ago WWE 2K20 Gaming: Unhappy PlayStation users granted refund 10 months ago Diwali shopping in mind? Check out the best markets in Bengaluru WE RECOMMEND LIVE TV 10 months ago UFC: Paige Vanzant ignores Maycee Barber for a fight 10 months ago Skin care tips: Follow these steps to get the pre-wedding bridal glowlast_img read more