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The Latest: France rugby player suspended during lockdown

By on September 18, 2020

first_imgBritish Horseracing Authority chair Annamarie Phelps tweeted Saturday about “very welcome support for the resumption of live sport incl horseracing” from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, linking to a front page report from The Sun newspaper about plans for events to be staged again.Dowden updated legislators earlier this week on his talks with sports governing bodies.___Despite high-profile reversals by Liverpool and Tottenham, Norwich has defended its decision to place some non-playing staff on furlough during the coronavirus outbreak.The Canaries are one of only two English Premier League clubs using the scheme. Employees receive 80% of wages from the British government up to 2,500 pounds ($3,000) although, in this instance, Norwich is making up the remaining 20%. April 25, 2020 The prop was suspended for hitting a Scotland player during their Six Nations encounter on March 8 at Murrayfield — the last match to be played in the competition.The French rugby federation says Haouas “can serve this punishment during confinement and can thus play again once the sporting season resumes.”France is in lockdown until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.It is uncertain if and when the Six Nations matches can be completed.___ The Latest: France rugby player suspended during lockdown English Premier League team Chelsea says it will not impose a pay cut on its first-team squad and instead will ask players to continue their support for charities during the coronavirus pandemic.Chelsea also said it will not be furloughing any full-time staff, and casual workers and match day employees are being compensated by the club through to June 30.The Blues have been in negotiations with their players about a salary reduction, reportedly around 10%, in an effort to save money during the current crisis. That is lower than the Premier League’s suggestion of 30% for all clubs but Chelsea has now decided to take a different approach.Highlighting the PlayersTogether initiative launched by Premier League players earlier this month which aims to raise and distribute funds for National Health Service charities, Chelsea told its stars to focus their efforts on other causes.“Representatives of the Chelsea board have recently held extensive talks with the men’s first team to discuss how they can contribute financially to the club during the coronavirus crisis,” a statement on the club website said. “At this time, the men’s first team will not be contributing towards the club financially and instead the board have directed the team to focus their efforts on further supporting other charitable causes.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___France rugby player Mohamed Haouas will be free to resume playing after lockdown ends by serving his three-week suspension during it. ___The British government is increasing planning with sports bodies about the resumption of events once the coronavirus national lockdown is eased.Government medical officials are involved in the talks about the logistics and health procedures required to allow sports competitions to restart.The Premier League last played a game on March 9 and has plans to try to restart from June 8 once pandemic social distancing regulations are relaxed to allow training to resume for teams and there are sufficient COVID-19 tests available.The national lockdown is currently in place until May 7. Cricket authorities have already said their sport won’t resume until July, but horse racing is currently only suspended until June. Newcastle is the other top-flight club to turn to the job retention program while Liverpool, Tottenham and Bournemouth made U-turns on their decisions to furlough staff following heavy criticism.“The decision we made was in the best interests of the club and its staff. We’ve been very transparent that we’re run in a self-financed manner,” Norwich chief operating officer Ben Kensell told BBC Radio Norfolk. “Ultimately, if we had the available cash flow to not have to take up schemes then, like other football clubs have, we would.”Last-place Norwich, which has nine games remaining, is reportedly budgeting for a loss of between 18-35 million pounds due to the coronavirus pandemic.___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 Associated Press last_img read more

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CAF CC: Pitso Mosimane confident of ending Medeama’s dream

By on August 28, 2020

first_imgSundowns coach Pitso Mosimane is confident of knocking Ghanaian side Medeama out of the CAF Confederation Cup after their 3-1 win over the Tarkwa side.Sundowns rallied from a goal down to defeat the Yellow and Mauves in the first leg of their playoff round.All three goals were scored in the last ten minutes and the former Bafana Bafana coach is confident of nicking another when they come to Ghana.”If we focus and concentrate, we should be able to come out. You know what I like, this team [Medeama] plays,” he said.”They didn’t come here to sit back. They played, they passed the ball well. In Ghana football they are not sitting back.”It will be an open game there that will be nice. I think we can get one; I think we can do that there. “But we don’t have to score as long as they don’t score.”Mosimane led to Sundowns to win their second league title in three years.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

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It’s been quite a journey so far, but South Haven high school softball is close to reality

By on August 14, 2020

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow – “The South Haven High School girls softball team.” Has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?A group of 11 girls with the help of Twaila Wiley, a USD 509 employee, are on a mission to form the first Lady Cardinal softball team to play this spring.While their opponents are likely to be area junior varsity squads and South-Central Border League opponents in need of a game, their biggest competition in 2014 is time, money and the legal loopholes of starting a high school softball program.But come this spring, South Haven Cardinal softball hopes to become a reality. They plan on having a schedule of eight games.“The girls really want this badly,” Wiley said. “They really love to play and want to make this a legitimate high school program.” There are a lot of things going for this group. First of all there are 11 girls who have signed up – and this isn’t a group of novice ball players either. They have been playing together mostly for the South Haven Flame Throwers during the summer months.“I truly believe the second we start playing high school ball, we will be competitive,” Wiley said. “We have three players already who could go on to play in college. Maybe not DI teams but places like Pratt or Cowley.”Wiley continued:“The thing about it is, high school softball allows them the opportunity to showcase their talents. That’s huge. Because that is what it is all about. Giving a girls the opportunity to succeed.”But starting up a high school softball team takes more than rounding up players for a make-shift game at the local ball field.First it takes a lot of convincing and compromising.The girls first approached the South Haven school board in January to plead their case. It wasn’t an easy sell.The board had several concerns. First of all, there was no money in the budget to support a new program.The girls promised to make it a pay to play program. They not only needed to raise the money to meet all expenses for the program, but they needed to do it fast.They had to raise $5,650 which included the payment of a coach, the expense of a bus driver, worker’s comp, and miscellaneous expenses in two weeks time.They did just that.Then there were the uniforms.“We had every intention of wearing old softball pants and a T-shirt,” Wiley said. “We don’t care. We just want to play ball.”If only it was that easy. The uniforms have to meet the specifications of the KSHSAA. For the uniform tops alone costs $750.“I had a donor all lined up who was going to use a supplier in Wichita, who could get them cheap,” Wiley said. “But we can’t do that because the uniforms have to come from suppliers approved by the KSHSAA and those are tremendously more expensive.”The South Haven school board members then were concerned about the high school track program. They didn’t want softball taking people away from an established sport. The girls agreed that they would only hold practice after track practice. So they won’t be going out to practice until after 5 p.m. Also, if there was a track meet on a particular day, there would be no softball contest.“This hasn’t been an issue,” Wiley said. “The track team had more people sign up than they did last year.”The next hurdle (to use a track phrase) was finding a coach. Wiley said due to conflicts she can’t coach the team something she has done with this group since the second grade. But two other people who have applied. The board is supposed to act on hiring a coach in the near future.As far as equipment goes, most of the girls have most of that except for a few miscellaneous things like a new bat and some stickers.But Wiley said once the program is established, it could be a long and fruitful journey.Currently, the team makeup is one senior, one junior, three sophomores and six freshmen. She also said there are some girls coming up in seventh and eighth grade who wants to play. So there is an established future.South Haven will also be playing in a competitive South-Central Border League if established and that has some very good teams. Udall is a traditional state power, which has won two state championships in the past 10 years. Oxford, Udall’s chief rival, is a very good program as well.The proposed Cardinals won’t be playing post season ball this year. It will be an exhibition year. That means they must find teams to play on their own. They will not be eligible for post-season tournament. Next year, they will need to get sanctioned with the KSHSAA and get on the SCBL softball scheduling rotation.So there is still a lot to be done. And there are more expenses to be met.If you wish to donate to this cause send checks payable to the following address:South Haven Schools, USD 509Attention: Twaila WileyP.O. Box 229South Haven, Kans. 67140. Close Forgot password? 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I could only imagine what would be happening or be said if this were about establishing a baseball program. There would be some irate parents wondering why there was no support for their girls. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago +8 Vote up Vote down In The Know · 338 weeks ago Boys had the same opportunity and set conditions. Couldn’t meet them. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago -2 Vote up Vote down Sports Fan · 338 weeks ago Maybe the article should have stated that. Thanks for clarifyng. Report Reply 0 replies · active 338 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down 1234 · 337 weeks ago Thought it was just a single-year decision so far? Nothing has been decided about next year. Report Reply 1 reply · active 328 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down softball mom · 328 weeks ago The Board voted to let the teams in the SCBL League for next season. Report Reply Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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