Slough & Windsor offices: Starting off small

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Mikel Arteta furious after VAR denies Nicolas Pepe a penalty against Sheffield United

first_imgMikel Arteta furious after VAR denies Nicolas Pepe a penalty against Sheffield United Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jan 2020 5:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link4.1kShares Nicolas Pepe was denied a penalty during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw vs Sheffield United (Picture: Sky Sports)Mikel Arteta struggled to hide his ire after Nicolas Pepe was denied a penalty during Arsenal’s 1-1 draw against Sheffield United at the Emirates.The Gunners looked on course for what would have been only their second Premier League victory under their new manager after Gabriel Martinelli prodded the home side into the lead on the stroke of half time.Pepe looked to have won a spot kick midway through the second period when he jinked his way into the box and fell over the outstretched leg of Jack O’Connell.Referee Mike Dean, officiating his 500th top flight game, failed to spot the offence and his apparent error was compounded by VAR reluctance to overturn his decision.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT ‘I think it’s very clear,’ said Arteta when asked if he thought O’Connell’s trip on Pepe should have resulted in a spot kick.‘It was the same as with Chelsea, very clear. I don’t know how many tools do we need?‘A lot of things happen and the challenge is getting bigger and bigger because we are getting a lot of bad surprises every day with some injuries and suspensions.‘But we are up for it whatever we have we have we will try our best every time we get on that pitch and we did that today.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal conceded an equaliser to John Fleck 12 minutes after stand-in skipper Alexandre Lacazette was replaced by youngster Eddie Nketiah.The France striker has now gone seven games without a goal but Arteta was pleased by the reception the former Lyon star received from the home fans when he was taken off.He added: Absolutely, I think they (the fans) are appreciating the work we are putting in here. The players with their commitment how much they want it, their attitude.‘I am so happy with the fans because it makes a huge difference when we have that type of atmosphere at home it is very helpful.’MORE: Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang explains why Gabriel Martinelli will become an Arsenal superstarMORE: Layvin Kurzawa drops Arsenal transfer hint on social media Arteta was equally unimpressed when Jorginho escaped without a second caution for an obvious shirt pulling offence during last month’s defeat against Chelsea and the Arsenal boss clearly feels his team isn’t getting the rub of the green at present.#VAR controversy at Arsenal – Arteta’s reaction says it all!#beINPL #ARSSHU— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS_EN) January 18, 2020 Video Settings Advertisement Advertisement PLAY Full Screen About Connatix V67539 Comment 1 min. storylast_img read more

US LNG exports decline on week to 5 cargoes

first_imgCheniere’s Sabine Pass liquefaction terminal in Louisiana, currently the only such a facility to export US shale gas overseas, has sent out less cargoes in the week ending February 14 as compared to the previous week.Five LNG vessels with a combined capacity of 17.2 billion cubic feet (Bcf) have departed the plant since Wednesday last week, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its weekly natural gas report.This compares to six LNG vessels with a combined capacity of 22.6 Bcf in the week before.One tanker with a capacity of 3.8 Bcf was loading at the terminal on Wednesday.The natural gas feedstock to the Sabine Pass terminal averaged 3.2 Bcf/d during the report week as compared to 3.3 Bcf/d in the prior week.To remind, federal safety regulators have on February 8 instructed Cheniere to remove from service two of five LNG storage tanks at its Sabine Pass terminal following a gas leak last month.Cheniere’s Sabine Pass facility is the first liquefaction and export facility and currently the only such facility to ship U.S. shale gas overseas. The plant will be soon joined by Dominion’s Cove Point facility that is expected to ship its first cargo in March.There are four 0.6-Bcfd liquefaction trains operating at Sabine Pass, and a fifth is under construction and expected to enter service in mid-2019. Cheniere also plans to start its Corpus Christi plant next year. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Family First: Allowing medicinal cannabis leads to decriminalisation

first_img3News 10 January 2016Family First fears a push to make medical cannabis more easily obtainable will lead to decriminalising marijuana in New Zealand.Former union boss Helen Kelly has written poignantly about the battle she and others face to obtain medical cannabis and is calling for a referendum on the issue at the next election.Family First says groups who want dope legalised are promoting medicinal marijuana, which manipulates society’s compassion for people with serious pain and health concerns.“But marijuana will then be diverted from medical programs to recreational purposes,” says Bob McCoskrie, the conservative lobby group’s national director.Ms Kelly was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2015 and stood down as the boss of the Council of Trade Unions in October.She has spoken openly about her cancer journey and has said she’s been breaking the law by taking cannabis oil to manage pain. She’s seeking government permission to use medical cannabis, but says the process is difficult.“I am taking nothing really that can stop this cancer killing me, and in not too long a timeframe to be brutally honest,” she says in a post on the left-wing blog The Standard.“It is my view that a good cannabis product will help me live the rest of my life in a better situation than I will without it. The fact I can’t do that shows the absurdity of the whole regime.”Family First is calling for the expansion of research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms.It wants an emergency or research program that allows seriously ill patients to obtain non-smoked components of marijuana before final Ministry of Health approval.The government should also instruct the Ministry of Health to update the prescribing guidelines for pharmaceutically based THC derivative medicines to include Sativex.The Australian federal government is planning a licensing scheme to allow cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis. First in medical cannabis debateNZ City 10 January 2016Family First fears a push to make medical cannabis more easily obtainable will lead to decriminalising marijuana in New Zealand.Former union boss Helen Kelly has written poignantly about the battle she and others face to obtain medical cannabis and is calling for a referendum on the issue at the next election.Family First says groups who want dope legalised are promoting medicinal marijuana, which manipulates society’s compassion for people with serious pain and health concerns.“But marijuana will then be diverted from medical programs to recreational purposes,” says Bob McCoskrie, the conservative lobby group’s national director.Ms Kelly was diagnosed with lung cancer in February 2015 and stood down as the boss of the Council of Trade Unions in October.She has spoken openly about her cancer journey and has said she’s been breaking the law by taking cannabis oil to manage pain. She’s seeking government permission to use medical cannabis, but says the process is difficult.“I am taking nothing really that can stop this cancer killing me, and in not too long a timeframe to be brutally honest,” she says in a post on the left-wing blog The Standard.“It is my view that a good cannabis product will help me live the rest of my life in a better situation than I will without it. The fact I can’t do that shows the absurdity of the whole regime.”Family First is calling for the expansion of research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms.It wants an emergency or research program that allows seriously ill patients to obtain non-smoked components of marijuana before final Ministry of Health approval.The government should also instruct the Ministry of Health to update the prescribing guidelines for pharmaceutically based THC derivative medicines to include Sativex.The Australian federal government is planning a licensing scheme to allow cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis.Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has said the government will not be swayed by “emotional nonsense” colouring calls for wider access to medicinal cannabis.He has said there had only ever been one application for a dispensation to use cannabis products not registered in New Zealand – for Nelson teenager Alex Renton – which he had approved. up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

QPR to bid for Chelsea striker Ike Ugbo

first_imgChelsea striker, Ike Ugbo, is interesting Queens Park Rangers Football Club, QPR. Promoted ContentWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?20 Completely Unexpected Facts About ‘The Big Bang Theory’What Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The 10 Best Female Drivers In Racing HistoryWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Network’s Greatest Shows On HBO2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D GraffitiYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our Future7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Now QPR want him. read also:Nigeria court Ike Ugbo Ugbo has been at Chelsea since he was nine, and Coventry are also keen on striking a deal. His contract at Stamford Bridge is up next summer. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… The London Evening Standard says QPR are preparing a bid for Ugbo. Ugbo scored 13 goals on loan at Dutch side Roda JC this term, before the season was scrapped due to the coronavirus outbreak.Advertisementlast_img read more

Palm Beach County approves contract for $2.5 million homeless shelter

first_imgA $2.5 million contract with Gulfstream Goodwill Industries has been approved by Palm Beach County commissioners.The contract is set to provide an emergency shelter for homeless people at a former correctional facility located near the South Florida Fairgrounds.The area has been vacant for a while but has been maintained. Officials say the shelter will have approximately 100 to 125 beds and will serve as a resource center offering medical and behavioral health care, job assistance, along with food and laundry service.Currently there are homeless people living in tents at John Prince Park. Officials say the goal is to relocate them to the new shelter.County leaders have not announced an official opening date for the shelter.last_img

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: UNDATED (AP) — The final episodes of “The Last Dance” have aired, yet ESPN has one more program to show about the Chicago Bulls’ sixth championship. ESPN will show “Game 6: The Movie” on Wednesday night at 9 p.m. EDT, following a rebroadcast of episodes nine and 10 of “The Last Dance.” The game will feature game footage captured by five NBA Entertainment cameras. It marks the first time that the game has been available to watch in high definition. The Bulls defeated the Utah Jazz 87–86 as Michael Jordan hit the game-winning basket with 5.2 seconds remaining to cap their sixth championship in eight seasons.COLLEGE BASKETBALL-INDIANA RECRUITHoosiers sign LanderBLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — The Indiana Hoosiers have signed Khristian Lander, who was expected to be one of the nation’s top-rated point guards in next season’s recruiting class. But coach Archie Miller says the 6-foot-2, point guard will reclassify so he can play basketball this fall.Lander is from Evansville and joins Anthony Leal and Trey Galloway as the third major in-state recruit in the 2020 recruiting class. Leal was named the IndyStar Mr. Basketball last month. Galloway and Lander were both second-team selections on The Associated Press all-state team. — A soccer player in Germany for third-division club Chemnitz has tested positive for the coronavirus. Chemnitz did not name the player, but the club says he is “completely symptom-free.” That player and two other players who had contact with him will spend 14 days in isolation.GOLF-US OPENNo qualifying for US OpenUNDATED (AP) — The U.S. Open won’t have qualifying for the first time since 1924. Chalk that up to the COVID-19 pandemic that already has postponed the U.S. Open from June to Sept. 17-20 at Winged Foot in New York.Qualifying is the hallmark of the U.S. Open. The USGA likes to point out that roughly half of the 156-man field has to go through some form of qualifying. But not this year. Still to be determined is how the exemptions are created for the rest of the players. Among those not already exempt is Phil Mickelson, who has said he won’t ask for an invitation.In other golfing news,—The return of live golf to television had a total audience delivery of 2.35 million viewers. Rory McIlroy and Dustin Johnson defeated Rickie Fowler and Matthew Wolff in the TaylorMade Driving Relief. The exhibition has raised at least $5.5 million for COVID-19 relief funds. NBC Sports says the total audience delivery was 16% higher than the final of the Dell Match Play last year in Texas. It used that as a comparison because only four players were on the course. It was roughly the same as network coverage of PGA Tour events from the second quarter of 2019.ESPN-LAST DANCEESPN to show film about Game 6 of 1998 NBA Finals — The odds were against NASCAR flawlessly executing its reopening. But the stock car series successfully got back on track Sunday at Darlington Raceway without a slip. Participants all passed a health screening to enter the facility, no one was scolded for not socially distancing and everyone wore a mask. It was all NASCAR could hope for as it desperately tries to recover from a 10-week shutdown during the coronavirus pandemic. — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf says NASCAR can hold its races at Pocono Raceway in late June if the coronavirus situation improves in the area, though the races might have to go off without fans. Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which currently is under Wolf’s strictest pandemic orders, or a red designation. But Wolf said Monday that if the county moves to yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races as long as there are no spectators present and guidelines are followed to keep competitors safe.— Notre Dame is planning to allow students back on campus for the fall semester beginning in early August. University President, Rev. John I. Jenkins made the announcement in letters to the campus community. There was no mention of sports. The school’s reopening plan includes comprehensive testing for COVID-19, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols, social distancing and mask requirements, and enhanced cleaning of all campus spaces. The Irish are scheduled to open the football season against Navy in Ireland on Aug. 29. Students were sent home in mid-March to complete the spring semester remotely because of the new coronavirus pandemic.—Premier League soccer teams have agreed on the measures that will allow non-contact training sessions to resume this week amid the coronavirus pandemic. The protocols for socially distanced training in small groups were signed off by the clubs during a conference call following a government decision to ease lockdown restrictions in England. The Premier League has been told by government experts that coronavirus restrictions could endure for at least a year in English soccer, with players allowed to resume only non-contact training from Tuesday.—The Spanish soccer player who threatened to quit his team rather than risk being infected by the coronavirus has returned to training. Cádiz defender Fali Giménez rejoined his teammates at the second-division club about a month after saying he wouldn’t play again unless there was a vaccine for COVID-19 or if he was assured 100% that he wouldn’t get infected after being back on the field. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-MARLINSMarlins to open training complexJUPITER, Fla. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision says the Miami Marlins will allow players on their 40-man roster access to their spring training complex to pitch off a mound or hit in batting cages beginning Tuesday. World Team Tennis plans three-week seasonUNDATED (AP) — World TeamTennis CEO Carlos Silva says the league is “still on track for July 12” to open its three-week season and is hoping to select a site this week.Silva said in a telephone interview Monday with The AP that four cities are “in the mix.” He mentioned Texas and Florida as possible host states.The International Tennis Federation and the ATP and WTA tours said Friday they were extending their suspensions of play into late July because of the coronavirus pandemic.But World TeamTennis is not sanctioned by those three groups and doesn’t need to follow their guidelines. PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Starling Marte has announced on social media that his wife Noelia has died of a heart attack.Marte wrote on Instagram Monday, “Today I go through the great pain of making public the unfortunate death of my wife Noelia, due to a heart attack.” He said, “It is a moment of indescribable pain. On behalf of my family, I am grateful for the expressions of esteem and solidarity in this difficult time.”The 31-year-old Marte has played his entire eight-year big league career with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being traded to the Diamondbacks during the offseason.The Pirates also responded on social media, saying “the entire Pirates family extend our deepest condolences to Starling Marte and family during this terrible time.”NFL-ROONEY RULE Associated Press center_img Jordan, Magic, Pippen Dream Team sneakers being auctionedNEW YORK (AP) — Sneakers worn by Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen while they played for the Dream Team are being auctioned.The sneakers, each signed by the Hall of Fame wearer, are part of the Lelands 2020 Spring Classic Auction that runs through June 19. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the sneakers will benefit COVID-19 relief efforts.Jordan, Johnson and Pippen wore the sneakers during the Tournament of Americas, which the U.S. team won to qualify for the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. The Americans won gold there in the first Olympics to feature NBA players.The sneakers were given to a team staff member in the locker room after the tournament championship game in Portland, Oregon.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other coronavirus-related sports news:— California Gov. Gavin Newsom has given the go ahead for professional sports teams in the state to play without spectators soon. The Democratic governor said Monday that sports could return in the “first week or so of June without spectators and modifications and very prescriptive conditions.” That is extremely welcome news for teams, who were wondering if they would have to make contingency plans to play elsewhere. Los Angeles County officials said last week there was the possibility that their stay-at-home order could be extended through the summer.—LeBron James reiterated Monday that he is hopeful the NBA season can resume, with the caveat that the health and well-being of players won’t be jeopardized by a return to play. The Los Angeles Lakers star said it remains his wish that the season comes back “sooner than later.” The NBA suspended the season on March 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic, and two unidentified members of the Lakers were among the league’s players who subsequently tested positive for the virus.— Texas Gov. Greg Abbott says pro sports leagues and entities in baseball, basketball, baseball, softball, golf, tennis, football, and car racing can apply to the state to hold events without spectators starting May 31. Abbott also says Little League baseball can resume play with parents watching under social distancing guidelines. Youth sports camps may also open in June.—USA Baseball has tentatively scheduled July 24 as the start date for its 2020 schedule of summer events. The nation’s sport governing body says the first event would be the 14U Cup from July 24-26 at the national training complex in Cary, North Carolina. Eight other age-group competitions will be held from late July through August. AP Sources: Rooney Rule to require for more interviewsUNDATED (AP) — The NFL is amending the Rooney Rule to require more interviews of minority candidates for head coaching and coordinator positions. That’s what two people familiar with the decision tell The Associated Press. Reacting to a lack of diversity progress in hiring for those jobs, the league will require teams to interview at least two minority candidates from outside the organization for head coach openings.The two people say that at least one minority candidate must be interviewed for a coordinator’s spot. They spoke on condition of anonymity because the NFL has not announced the additions.The rule is named after the late Dan Rooney, who owned the Pittsburgh Steelers, and was adopted in 2003. It has had some impact, but in the recent spate of coach hiring, few have gone to minority candidates.VIRUS OUTBREAK-WORLD TEAM TENNIS Indiana also has signed Jordan Geronimo of New Hampshire.Elsewhere in college hoops news:— San Diego State has signed forward Joshua Tomaić as a grad transfer from Maryland and will be eligible to play next season. Coach Brian Dutcher said 6-foot-10, 235-pound Tomaić can play multiple positions but is most comfortable at the stretch four, preferring to play facing the basket.— The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a lower-court ruling prohibiting the NCAA from limiting compensation for education-related expenses for student-athletes. The decision upholds an injunction approved by U.S. District Judge Claudia Wilken on behalf of a nationwide class of student-athletes. The appeals court ruling clears the way for Division I conferences to independently set rules for education-related compensation provided to student-athletes.OBIT-BILLS-BEN WILLIAMS May 18, 2020 Bills, Ole Miss lineman “Gentle Ben” Williams, 65, diesOXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Robert Jerry “Ben” Williams Jr., former Buffalo Bills defensive end and the first African American player to appear in a game at Mississippi, has died. He was 65. Ole Miss announced in a release that Williams died Monday from natural causes at a Jackson, Mississippi, hospital. Affectionately known as “Gentle Ben,” he was the Rebels’ first black player to earn All-America honors as a first-team selection in 1975 and was a three-time first team All-Southeastern Conference selection.Williams was drafted by Buffalo in the third round in 1976 and spent his entire 10-year career with the Bills during which he had 140 starts in 147 games.Listed at 6-foot-3 and 250 pounds, Williams earned his nickname because of his friendly off-field personality.DREAM TEAM-SNEAKER AUCTION The person confirmed the decision to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Marlins made no announcement.The person says the rest of the complex in Jupiter, Florida, will remain closed.According to the source, the optional workouts will be individual, with a staff member present, and those involved will abide by social distancing guidelines. DIAMONDBACKS-MARTED-backs OF Starling Marte says wife dies of heart attacklast_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img June 12, 2020 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A group of University of Texas football players and athletes across several sports called on the school Friday to rename several campus buildings, change the traditional school song and donate a percentage of athletic department revenue to organizations supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.The letter said it was sent on behalf of the Longhorn “student athlete body.” It said the football team will participate in all required team activities ahead of the upcoming season, but players would not aid in recruiting future players or participate in alumni events.The two-page, unsigned note posted on social media accounts of dozens of Longhorns athletes noted the school’s motto of “What starts here changes the world.” It said the group was moved to issue its call for campus changes after protests erupted nationwide following the death of George Floyd while in the custody of Minneapolis police.NCAA-COMPENSATING ATHLETESFlorida governor signs college athlete compensation bill Associated Press TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill that would allow college athletes in the state to earn money from endorsement deals.The law goes into effect in July 2021. By then, both the NCAA and Congress could have national legislation in place to lift restrictions on college athletes being paid for the use of their names, images and likenesses. Florida is the third state, joining California and Colorado, to pass a law targeting current NCAA rules that restrict college athlete compensation. Florida’s law goes into effect 18 months earlier than the other two.NCAA-ELECTION DAYNCAA encourages day off from college sports on election dayUNDATED (AP) — The NCAA is encouraging its 1,100 member colleges and universities to give athletes the day off from sports on election day. Players would get 70% of their prorated salaries during the regular season and the rest for completion of the postseason. The players’ last offer was for an 89-game regular season at full prorated pay.MLB proposed that players be guaranteed about $1.25 billion in salaries, earn an additional $200 million if the postseason is completed plus a $50 million postseason players’ pool even if no tickets are sold.The union’s proposal would guarantee players $2.2 billion. Before the new coronavirus caused opening day to be pushed back from March 26, salaries had been set to total $4 billion.Players have insisted they receive 100% of their prorated salaries, the terms the sides agreed to in March. But MLB told the union that playing in empty ballparks without gate revenue would cause a loss of $640,000 for each additional game played and that teams can’t afford 100% prorated pay. The union has said it doubts MLB’s figures but has not received sufficient financial disclosure to make a full evaluation.In other news related to the coronavirus pandemic: PGA-FBC HERITAGEHilton Head field stacked with winners, but no Tiger WoodsHILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — The field for the RBC Heritage next week includes 114 players who have won on the PGA Tour, the most of any event since the tour began keeping track in 2000.It just doesn’t have Tiger Woods.For the second straight week, the top five in the world will be competing as golf resumes its schedule from the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown that began in March. — The NBA has given teams a more definitive timetable for the restart to the season. It includes required coronavirus testing that is set to begin this month and mandatory individual workouts in early July before training camps. The league is still working on completing the health and safety protocols that will essentially become the rulebook for the restart at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida. Talks with the players’ union on those matters are continuing.—The University of Houston is suspending all voluntary workouts for its athletes after six tested positive for COVID-19 with symptoms. Houston announced it was shutting down workouts due to “an abundance of caution” and an increase of positive tests in the greater Houston area over the last week. The school said the athletes, who were not identified, have been placed in isolation and medical staff is conducting contact-tracing procedure.— An unidentified Boston Bruins player has tested positive for COVID-19. General manager Don Sweeney says the player had not been a part of informal workouts with his teammates. The Bruins say the player was tested as a requirement to enter the team’s practice facility and came up positive. The player has not shown any COVID-19 symptoms. The Bruins say the player has since tested negative twice for the disease.— The Kentucky Derby Festival won’t have any large-scale events this year, including the highly popular Thunder Over Louisville air and fireworks show that leads off the run-up to the Kentucky Derby. The Kentucky Oaks for fillies and 146th Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Thunder Over Louisville was rescheduled for August, but Festival organizers announced last night that the air show and events such as the miniMarathon and Pegasus Parade are off.— Formula One races in Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan have been canceled because of issues arising from the coronavirus pandemic. The sport’s governing body says it still hopes to deliver up to 18 races in the rearranged 2020 season. The first eight have already been confirmed and they start with a double-header in Austria in early July. The races in Azerbaijan and Singapore use street circuits and require long lead times to construct them. The Japanese Grand Prix was canceled because of ongoing travel restrictions during the pandemic. That was scheduled for Oct. 11. Varner takes early 1-shot lead over Spieth, DeChambeauFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Harold Varner III took his place in history in the PGA Tour’s technology era, all because of a triple bogey.Jordan Spieth had his lowest 36-hole score in four years. Rory McIlroy shot 63 with a bogey on his last hole. The strongest field of the year in golf’s return to competition produced an All-Star leaderboard at the Charles Schwab Challenge.Varner had plenty of juices flowing after his first tee shot on No. 10 went onto a bridge, led to a one-shot penalty, and eventually a triple bogey that quickly knocked him out of a share of the lead. No worries. He answered with eight birdies and a place in the record book with a 66. It was the lowest score on the PGA Tour by a player who began his round with a triple bogey. He was at 11-under 129, the lowest 36-hole score of his career. He heads into the third round with a one-shot lead over Spieth and Bryson DeChambeau.The PGA Tour has returned after three months because of the pandemic. And if the opening round felt like the first day of school, Friday was a small step toward normalcy, even without fans.center_img Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSMLB offers players 80% of prorated salaries, 72-game seasonUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball has offered players 80% of their prorated salaries and a 72-game schedule starting July 14 in an effort to start the pandemic-delayed season. That’s according to details of the proposal obtained Friday by The Associated Press. Rory McIlroy, the world’s No. 1 player, will be at Hilton Head for the first time since 2009. Brooks Koepka will be playing for the first time.Woods only played Hilton Head one time, in 1999. It was thought he might return at Hilton Head, especially with no likely appearances for him until the Memorial on July 16-19. Speculation increased when a marine tracking site indicated his yacht “Privacy” was just off the Georgia coast near Sea Island.But there could be family obligations as his daughter’s 13th birthday is Thursday.AMERICA PROTESTS-TEXASTexas athletes: Rename buildings, drop ‘The Eyes of Texas’ In response to nationwide protests of police brutality and racial injustice, Georgia Tech announced earlier this week it was giving nine fall sports teams a day off from athletic activities on Nov. 3 so athletes can vote in person. UCLA followed with a similar announcement.At other schools, coaches and players have organized team-wide voter registration efforts, marches and rallies.The protests were sparked by the death of George Floyd, a handcuffed black man who who died after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck for several minutes.The NCAA did not mandate a day off for athletes on election day, but instead encouraged schools to assist students in registering to vote and give them a day off from athletics.CINCINNATI-SCHOTT’S NAME — The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has dismissed appeals by two Swiss soccer clubs who wanted to complete their league season despite the coronavirus pandemic. The Swiss soccer association voided the seasons of all leagues below the second division and scrapped promotion from the third division. Third-division league leader Yverdon Sport asked CAS to approve its promotion and both Yverdon and second-place Rapperswil-Jona appealed to the court to order the season restarted. The court says the Swiss soccer body did not violate its rules and dismissed the appeals one day after a fast-track hearing was held Thursday.— The Romanian soccer league’s first match following a three-month suspension has been postponed because a medical staff member at third-place club Botoşani tested positive for the coronavirus. Botoşani was to play at second-place Universitatea Craiova on Friday but the match has been called off. The league is now scheduled to resume on Saturday when Voluntari hosts Academica Clinceni. Another of the seven games scheduled for this weekend in empty stadiums was also postponed after a staff member of Dinamo Bucharest tested positive ahead of the team’s home game against Chindia Targoviste on Saturday.— English Premier League jerseys will feature “Black Lives Matter” instead of player names for the first 12 games after the competition’s shutdown ends on Wednesday. The movement’s campaign logo will then feature elsewhere on jerseys through the July 26 conclusion of the pandemic-delayed season as players decided to highlight racial injustice following the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last month. The Premier League also announced it would support players taking a knee at matches.— The head of the Tokyo Olympics says 80% of the facilities needed for next year’s games have “basic approval” to be used. But organizing committee president Yoshiro Mori says “there are also venues that already have reservations from other users for next year.” Organizers say that two of the largest venues needed for the Olympics have not yet been secured. They are the 5,000-apartment Athletes Village and the Tokyo Big Sight. That is the venue for the main press center. Organizers are also still unable to say what the delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cost and who will pay.PGA-COLONIAL What’s in a name? Cincinnati grapples with Marge SchottCINCINNATI (AP) — Marge Schott’s slurs and other offensive comments while she owned the Cincinnati Reds have organizations in her hometown reconsidering the use of her name on facilities that benefited from her donations.Schott died in 2004, but her name is still prominent in the community. Most of her estate went to a foundation that funds a wide range of philanthropic ventures. Her name is featured on many facilities, from the Cincinnati Zoo to a baseball stadium on the University of Cincinnati’s campus.Calls for racial justice following George Floyd’s death have renewed questions about how to remember Schott, who was repeatedly suspended and ultimately ousted by Major League Baseball over her slurs and praise for Adolf Hitler.A Catholic high school this week became the first to remove her name from facilities.last_img read more

Bowlers put England  on top in second Test

first_imgJAMES Anderson repaid England’s faith, doing all he could to demonstrate he was back in rhythm even if a rain-hampered opening day of the second Test against Pakistan  at the Ageas Bowl was far more erratic.Anderson’s two wickets on a day when a heatwave-breaking storm allowed only 45.4 overs helped England close in a comfortable position after a frustrating start, caused by their own poor fielding rather than the weather.Anderson played the role of starved attack dog to perfection, snaring a wicket with his eighth ball of the match to remove Shan Masood for a seventh time in five Tests. Masood top-scored in a losing cause for Pakistan at Old Trafford, while Anderson had a torrid time with match figures of 1 for 97, which he said left him hungry for wickets to put things right.England believed Anderson, their veteran seamer who is now just eight away from claiming 600 career Test wickets, deserved every opportunity to do so and he was effectively the first name on the team sheet if Joe Root’s pre-match comments were anything to go by.He responded almost immediately with a curving inswinger that left Masood with no alternative but to lay bat on ball and, when he failed, he was out plumb lbw for just 1.A tough period for England ensued as the bowlers beat the outside edge several times for no reward and, worse, watched two chances go down in the slips cordon and another couple of near misses.With Pakistan having won the toss, opener Abid Ali received two lives, first on 1 when he was dropped by Dom Sibley at third slip off the bowling of Stuart Broad, and then on 21 when Rory Burns made a meal of a juggled catch at second.Sam Curran, in the side for a resting Jofra Archer but also to bolster England’s batting in the absence of Ben Stokes, almost had Azhar Ali out for 11 but the edge failed to carry to Root at first slip.After rain brought an early lunch, Anderson then lured Azhar, unbeaten on 20, into an extravagant drive, and appeared to find an edge for caught behind but England declined to review. When replays indicated a small spike on UltraEdge, it looked like another opportunity lost.Azhar and Abid put on 72 runs together but their luck finally ran out. Anderson broke through when Burns held on to an edge and Azhar departed for 20, extending a lean run for the Pakistan captain who has managed just one score of note – a century against Sri Lanka – in 17 innings since late December 2018.The storm that was expected to end southern England’s week-long swelter duly arrived and play was held up for 80 minutes with Abid stranded on 49. He brought up his fifty shortly after the resumption with an edge off Anderson that pierced the cordon and went for two.Curran removed Abid for 60 with an excellent ball that jagged away after shaping into the batsman and found a thick edge, again snapped up by Burns.As if to prove he was well and truly back, Anderson put his 38-year-old body on the line to stop Babar Azam’s drive off good mate Broad, diving to his left at mid-on. Broad bowled very well and and claimed his reward when he had Asad Shafiq caught low by a bending, relieved Sibley at third slip.Shafiq’s departure brought Fawad Alam to the crease for the first time in a Test since 2009. But his long-awaited return was so very short-lived when he fell for a four-ball duck, lbw to Chris Woakes via the DRS after umpire Richard Kettleborough gave him not out but Hawk-Eye showed that the ball, which pitched just on leg stump, was going on to strike the top of middle.Fewer than two overs followed with Azam not out 25 and Mohammad Rizwan on 4 when the rain returned and bad light ultimately brought about stumps with half the overs for the day bowled.(ESPN Cricinfo)last_img read more

Gang violence near campus not a threat, experts say

first_imgGiven USC’s location in downtown Los Angeles, crime can seem almost inevitable, especially when there are two gangs operating within miles of campus. These groups are active and potentially dangerous, but their threat doesn’t extend to the USC campus, experts say.Reform · Jorja Leap, a UCLA professor who works at Homeboy Industries, stands with Fabian Debora, a former gang member, in front of a mural Debora painted as part of the program. – Photo courtesy of Jorja Leap Instead, Jorja Leap, a gang researcher and UCLA professor, said the campus itself motivates, inspires and shows others that a higher quality of life exists.Leap has been working on a five-year study at Homeboy Industries, following 300 gang members as they go through the Homeboy/Homegirl program, which works to counsel young people and to redirect their lives. Leap said all the gang members she has worked with perceive USC as a symbol of opportunity, and most wouldn’t dare bring violence to the campus area.“For them, USC is sacred and they don’t cross the line,” Leap said. “I’m saying this as someone whose been on the faculty at UCLA, and I’m not really interested in propaganda at USC. But this is a phenomenon I’ve seen among the gang members that I’ve worked with.”Dept. of Public Safety Assistant Chief John Thomas said the two gangs closest to campus are the Fruit Town Brims, and the Harpys. Thomas said the Fruit Town Brims are small in comparison to the Harpys, but their area is defined as south of Jefferson Boulevard and west of Vermont Avenue.Leap said these gang members recognize the benefits that USC offers to the community.“Eighty percent of these members love USC, and they want their kids to go to USC,” Leap said. “USC is almost like Switzerland, it’s like a neutral zone and they all observe this.”This rings true for Thomas, who grew up near USC, and ultimately was inspired to attend UCLA.“If it wasn’t for USC, I would never have thought that a college education was a reality. It was the USC students, the people at Doheny, the programs I would go to, being on that campus, and all those things that made UCLA a reality,” Thomas said.Thomas said that gangs don’t often bother students who live in the area, and that the main effect the gang presence has on the community is that it compromises quality of life through intimidation.DPS, LAPD and other departments have been able to identify and closely monitor the majority of the gang members, Thomas said.DPS uses a system called CompStat that compiles all of the crimes that occur every week, according to Thomas. This is part of an accountability process where every week, DPS and other departments dissect the causes of crimes to put together strategies. Thomas said this helps DPS detect patterns of crime earlier, increasing the chances of preventing similar crimes from occurring.“We get a very intimate sense of what’s occurring, where it’s occurring, but usually when we start seeing these patterns, we’re able to jump on them real early to the point where most people don’t see it coming because we’re able to use strategies,” Thomas said.When gang members from the area are released from jail, LAPD officers and other officers often meet with the members to help ease them into a life without crime.Leap and Thomas said that for USC to keep crime rates low, the university needs to maintain community outreach programs as a way to show these at-risk children that a better life exists.“[Community outreach programs are] a win-win. This benefits USC and benefits the community,” Leap said. “The university is kind of a place of enlightenment and it is important USC doesn’t become a place of suppression.”Thomas can personally attest to the value of USC’s community outreach programs.“You walked onto that campus, and you had stepped into a whole other reality, you really did,” he said. “For the folks around [the USC] neighborhood, it’s a blessing to live around USC, it always has been. You felt fortunate.”last_img read more