The top two leagues in Germany have been given the go-ahead to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.The 10 remaining league matches in France were canceled last week. Paris Saint-Germain was declared champion and Lyon finished outside the European places in seventh.Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says on sports daily L’Equipe’s website “it might not be too late to imagine … something coherent on a political level.”He adds that “by adapting our methods we could probably have finished the league.”Aulas argued for a playoff system to end the league by late August and reserved the possibility to claim damages he estimated at tens of millions of euros (dollars). Soccer clubs from Germany’s top two divisions will discuss setting a date to resume the suspended season amid the coronavirus pandemic. It could be as soon as next week.The German Football League’s board reportedly favors a start date of May 15 but some clubs want it later.Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann backs a May 23 start to “reduce the injury risk” with more training and because some clubs were cleared to return to training earlier than others. Mainz wants two weeks to prepare.The league was given the go-ahead Wednesday to play in empty stadiums following a meeting between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and state governors.More teams are returning to full-team training instead of working in small groups. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The Kontinental Hockey League says it will not name a champion after it stopped the season part-way through the playoffs because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Russia-based league shut down in March but didn’t immediately decide how the final standings would be determined. The league is widely considered to be the strongest outside the NHL.The KHL says the eight teams still in the playoffs at the time the season ended will be ruled as jointly finishing in the top eight positions.___ May 7, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The president of French soccer club Lyon says he hopes the resumption of the German league can prompt a reversal of the decision to end the season in his own country. The Latest: Lyon president hoping to reverse cancellation Most clubs in the Italian league are resuming training on an individual basis this week but last-place Brescia is one of the holdouts.Brescia is one of areas hit hardest by the virus but Gastaldello says he was never tested.He says “we’ll know if we’ve had it only once they test us before training.”Brescia president Massimo Cellino has also been a vociferous opponent to resuming the season but says it’s not because he wants his club to avoid relegation.The Italian government has not yet approved the resumption of the season. Borussia Mönchengladbach is resuming full training despite what it called “very weak positive” coronavirus tests for one player and one staff member. The club says the player has since tested negative twice and the staff member is isolating at home after one negative test.___Brescia captain Daniele Gastaldello says his entire squad opposes resuming the Serie A soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.Gastaldello tells Italian daily La Repubblica “we don’t feel safe. They’re asking us to resume training and to get back out onto the field right away … It’s putting all of the players’ safety on the line.”He says “I’m speaking for me and for my teammates” and adds it’s not worth it “if the price of resuming is us getting seriously injured.” Associated Press
… unveils plans for 80th Anniversary; 2018 audited Financial Report approvedTHE Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) last Sunday hosted a highly successful Ordinary General Meeting (OGM) 2019 at its Dr Cheddi Jagan Street, New Amsterdam head office.Ten clubs and one sub-association attended the meeting. Present were representatives of Rose Hall Canje, Albion Community Centre, Port Mourant, Chesney, Guymine, Mental Hospital, Mt Sinai, Whim, RHTY&SC, Young Warriors and Upper Corentyne Cricket Association.Members discussed a comprehensive Presidential Report for the period January to July, 2019 from president Hilbert Foster, who stated that 30 tournaments would be hosted in 2019 as the BCB was forced to cut back, due to the current lengthy rainy season.Foster also informed members that the Board was on the verge of obtaining sponsorship for a much needed Two-Day First Division Tournament. Great effort is also being made to obtain a similar tournament at the Inter-zone level for Under-19 players.Foster proudly stated that his administration has raised close to $18M in cash and kind over the last 19 months after taking over a bank account of $42 935 from the D. Somwaru-led administration. He expressed disappointment that the former treasurer of the BCB has to date failed to submit a Financial Report on how over $2M was used for the period 2017 to early 2018.The hardworking and dedicated BCB president informed representatives of the clubs that his administration was working beyond the call of duty to make a positive difference and that clubs across Berbice in 2019 will benefit from over $5M worth of cricket balls, stumps, scorebooks, cricket gear, bicycles, school bags, trophies, medals, special prizes, water pitchers, white cricket shirts and raincoats, among others.The BCB is also currently assisting several clubs to host cricket academies while a much-needed upgrading of the Board Office will also be done as part of an effort to improve service to the general public.The BCB would also be seeking to obtain all necessary items needed to fulfil its mandate and to reduce overhead operating cost.Plans for the hosting of a month-long celebration of the BCB’s 80th Anniversary was also unveiled for September, 2019. Foster pledged to spearhead the construction of an outdoor cricket practice facility and to fight for Berbice to have its own cricket hostel.Delegates at the Ordinary General Meeting passed a motion from the floor, asking Cricket West Indies (CWI) to return first-class cricket to Berbice.Members also approved the Audited Financial Report for the period February to November, 2018. The Audited Report was unanimously approved with the Upper Corentyne Cricket Association and Chesney Cricket Club representatives moving and seconding the motion respectively.The audited report for 2019 will be tabled at the BCB Annual General Meeting scheduled for December. Representatives of clubs congratulated the president and his executives on the outstanding work they are doing to develop the game in Berbice.
Published on January 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse (11-8, 3-3 Atlantic Coast) travels to South Bend, Indiana, to take on No. 15 Notre Dame (16-3, 5-1) on Saturday at noon. The Orange has yet to win a game away from the Carrier Dome and is still in search of a marquee win. A victory against the Fighting Irish would satisfy both holes in SU’s NCAA Tournament resume. Syracuse has won four straight against Notre Dame including last year’s 15-point upset at home.Here’s how our beat writers predict the game will unfold.Connor Grossman (11-8)HomesickNotre Dame 83, Syracuse 71There’s not much use in predicting a “signature” win for Syracuse’s resume until one actually comes to fruition. SU will have chances against Florida State, Duke and Louisville, just to name a few of the ACC obstacles that still lie ahead. But the Orange has looked inept on the road this season, and going up against a Notre Dame team with one loss in conference play, there’s little hope for the visitors on Saturday afternoon. Notre Dame is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the conference, and they’re just as good at defending the 3. That’s how UND tabs Syracuse with its fourth conference loss.Matt Schneidman (10-9)Luck of the OrangeSyracuse 73, Notre Dame 71AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse has won four straight against Notre Dame, including last year’s tilt in the Carrier Dome when the Orange scored 44 first-half points. Jim Boeheim is 16-5 against Mike Brey, and the Fighting Irish is coming off its first conference loss to Florida State earlier this week. You won’t find any numbers on paper that give the Orange a sliver of hope to win this one; ND is the best foul-shooting team in the country and a top-10 offensive team, among other areas of strength. Just trust me, or call me crazy. Syracuse gets its first signature win.Paul Schwedelson (12-7)Taking a south bendNotre Dame 77, Syracuse 65If you judge individual talent, Notre Dame may not stack up with some of the other top teams in the conference, but the Fighting Irish is one of the best all-around teams in the nation. UND is 8-3 in games decided by 10 points or less, a testament to its ability to win ugly. Bonzie Colson leads the ACC with 12 10-rebound games and 11 double-doubles. Syracuse can’t afford to get beat on the boards in a second straight game, but don’t expect that to happen. Comments