Official: the coronavirus causes six Serie A matches to be played behind closed doors

first_img“We have sent an official request for the closed-door development of the Inter-Ludogorets Europa League match on Thursday, and we expect a response in a short time,” Gravina said in a press conference organized after a meeting organized at the Roman headquarters of FIGC to analyze the measures to be taken in the coming days.The coronavirus has already caused seven deaths and more than 229 infected in recent days in northern Italy, and four Italian Serie A matches were postponed this Sunday for security reasons.The leadership of the Italian sport and the Government are working to manage the emergency and, at the sports level, it is necessary to dispute the meeting between Inter and Ludogorets on Thursday, because on Friday the draw for the round of 16 of the Europa League will be held.Gravina also explained that, in the absence of definitive confirmation, it is very likely that the next day of Series A will also be held behind closed doors. “I think that Sunday will be played behind closed doors. This evening we should receive the response from the Government,” said the Italian federal president. Italian football is still in suspense for the coronavirus. The Italian Sports Minister, Vicenzo Spadafora, has confirmed that the matches played in the regions of Lombardy, Veneto, Piedmont, Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Liguria and EMilia-Romagna will be behind closed doors. In Series A they are affected six meetings of day 26: Udinese-Fiorentina, Milan-Genoa, Parma-SPAL, Sassuolo-Brescia, Juventus-Inter and Sampdoria-Verona. While Lazio-Bologna, Naples-Torino, Lecce-Atalanta and Cagliari-Roma will be allowed the presence of fans.Gabriele Gravina, president of the Italian Football Federation (FIGC), said Monday that he asked the Italian government for authorization to play this Thursday’s second leg of the round of 16 of the Europa League between Inter Milan and Ludogorets, which It must be played in Milanese terrain, behind closed doors, because of the alert for the coronavirus. Finally, UEFA announced Monday that the match will be played without a public. last_img read more

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Tony Becca: Cricket’s dwindling reputation

first_img The latest problem surrounds the colour of sightscreens used by some teams in the limited over matches and particularly the use of blue sightscreens, instead of black sightscreens, as called for by the conditions of play. Melbourne used a blue sightscreen at Melbourne Oval in the match against St Thomas some weeks ago and won the match comfortably. Then, St Thomas protested the match. They claimed they lost the match because of the colour of the sightscreen and claimed they had complained about it to the umpires. Melbourne said that the sightscreen had nothing to do with the result, that they had used it before, including last season, and no other team had complained. The disciplinary committee of the JCA threw out the protest. St Thomas, however, appealed the decision and the committee ruled that the match must be replayed. Apart from saying that it was difficult to get the black cloth to make the sightscreen, Melbourne also claimed that other clubs had used a blue sightscreen this season, had used a blue sightscreen last season and there was no complaint on any occasion that the blue sightscreen was used when it should not have been used. They also argued that St Thomas’ protest came after the match had started. According to reports, Melbourne argued also that the fact that a blue sightscreen was used by them during last season, that it was used by other clubs during last season and again this season, and that the JCA, who knew about it but did nothing about it, had by their silence agreed with its use. On top of that, Melbourne argued that in playing with the blue sightscreen during the match, they and the two umpires, like all the other umpires in all the other matches in which the blue sightscreens were used, believed that the blue sightscreen was quite in order. If the blue sightscreen, however, was not in order and if Melbourne were found guilty of using it despite the JCA’s lack of action, then St Thomas should have been awarded the match. The question, however, is this: did Melbourne deserve to be penalised for using a blue sightscreen instead of a black sightscreen? In the circumstances, the answer is ‘no’ and it is no for the following reasons: although Melbourne at the time had been working on installing a sightscreen, which can be easily switched from white to black and vice versa, and had acquired a black sightscreen after the St Thomas protest, because of its silence on the use of the blue sightscreen during last season and again this season, the JCA had set a precedence. On top of that, the umpires, in that match or in other matches, had no objection to the use of the blue sightscreen, and the blue sightscreen had no effect whatsoever on the outcome of the match. The appeals committee has said that it dealt with the Melbourne case because it was reported to them and also that they could not have dealt with others simply because no one else reported the matter to them. That, to me, should not be the case. The JCA knew about the use of blue sightscreens and as a national association, as the body running the competition, they had a right to deal with the entire issue. They had a responsibility to rule on the matter when it first surfaced and by not doing so they reneged on their responsibility. The replay of the match, however, was scheduled for last Saturday. It was changed on Thursday to the Sunday and Melbourne protested. What unfolded was bad for the game, no doubt about that. The situation at Melbourne Oval was that Melbourne prepared the ground, prepared lunch and turned up on Saturday for the match; and St Thomas and the umpires turned up on Sunday for the match. The JCA has since ruled against Melbourne for their behaviour. colour of sightscreens Once upon a time, and not too long ago, cricket was known as a gentleman’s game, so much so that whenever anyone did something wrong he was told loud and clear for all to hear “that’s not cricket”. While the game remains a good game to many, however, cricket has changed, probably for the worse, especially in Jamaica and because of a weak governing body. Cricket, national and international cricket, has rules, but in Jamaica they seldom mean anything to anyone any more. They are, most times, meaningless to administrators, players, or spectators, excepting those times whenever something is at stake. In Jamaica, anything and everything goes. Administrators, and members of the Jamaica Cricket Association (JCA) are mostly selfish people; they are concerned only about themselves and their own clubs or parishes. Everything, important or not, urgent or not, is done at their own pace and mostly at a slow pace, unless things are really urgent. The JCA does not operate with the seriousness of a national association, but rather, as Jamaicans tend to say, like a ‘fry fish shop’. The JCA usually turns a blind eye to most things until those things become a problem for everybody. Melbourne will not be in action in today’s quarter-finals and they have been summoned to a meeting by the JCA. As far as Melbourne’s part in the competition is concerned, therefore, it is over. The association, however, needs to answer some questions. What would have happened had the teams who lost matches while playing before a blue sightscreen protested and is it that Melbourne will be the only team to suffer when other teams committed the same breach in the same competition run by the same JCA? St Thomas were within their right to protest, no doubt about that. Melbourne, however, were harshly treated by the JCA in the first instance. A replay should not have been ordered. The blame rested entirely with the JCA for sitting by and twiddling their thumbs. They should have found a way to appease St Thomas. The whole affair is simply not cricket. Melbourne summonedlast_img read more

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TG look to remain on top

first_img Today’s games Tivoli Gardens will look to maintain pole position when they face the University of the West Indies (UWI) FC in a top clash in the Red Stripe Premier League (RSPL) at the Edward Seaga Sports Complex today at 3 p.m. The match is crucial for both teams. Tivoli are on top on 42 points, the same as Montego Bay United. However, Tivoli enjoys a better goal difference, while UWI are in third position on 39. UWI’s coach Marcel ‘Fuzzy’ Gayle says although playing away, his team will be going to Tivoli’s home ground for a positive result. “It will be the last game in the second round of the preliminary stage, and a win could move us on the same points as Tivoli. We are going there for a positive result,” Gayle said on Friday. UWI will be missing midfielder Ramoun Reid, who is serving a one-match suspension after a red card picked up in his team’s last game against Humble Lion two weeks ago. “He will be missed, but it is also an opportunity for another player in the squad,” the coach said. UWI will welcome back striker Girvon Brown, who ended a one-year deal at CD Dragon in El Salvador. “Girvon Brown will be in the squad for tomorrow’s game. He is back and the international clearance was done, so he could be involved in the game,” Gayle informed. UWI will rely on players such as captain Rochane Smith, Keammar ‘Dada’ Daley, Kemar Flemmings, Patrick Brown and Jamie Robinson. Coach of Tivoli Omar Edwards says his team is intent on keeping UWI behind them. “We understand that UWI are improving. They beat us in the first round, so we are going out to turn that around. UWI are three points behind us, so we just have to prepare for that contest,” Edwards said. Tivoli will come for another home win courtesy of veteran Jermaine ‘Teddy’ Johnson, Elton Thompson, captain Romaine Breakenridge and Tevin Shaw. – 3 p.m: Reno vs Montego Bay United at STETHS Complex – 3 p.m: Arnett Gardens vs Jamalco at Anthony Spaulding Complex – 3 p.m: Humble Lion vs Boys’ Town at Effortville Community Centre in Clarendon – 3 p.m: Tivoli Gardens vs UWI at Edward Seaga Sports Complex – 5 p.m: Maverley-Hughenden vs Waterhouse at Drewsland Stadium – 7 p.m: Harbour View vs Portmore United at Harbour View Stadiumlast_img read more

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Ancajas will be at ringside for Rungvisai-Diaz ONE bout

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sor Rungvisai (46-4-1, 41 KOs) is heavily favored to successfully defend his WBC belt against Iran Diaz of Mexico.Two Filipinos are also scheduled to fight with strawweight Robin Catalan taking on Hayato Suzuki of Japan and Ramon Gonzales facing Dodi Mardan of Indonesia in the flyweight division.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown MOST READ View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? center_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Kyrie Irving on flat-Earth comments: ‘I’m sorry’ PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) PLAY LIST 03:47PH’s Charly Suarez boxing lightweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Filipino boxing star Jerwin Ancajas will be in attendance when ONE Championship holds its inaugural boxing match featuring Thai champion Srisaket Sor Rungvisai in the main event of ONE: Kingdom of Heroes on Saturday at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand.Ancajas, the reigning IBF super flyweight champion is coming off a split draw against Alejandro Santiago of Mexico at Oracle Arena in Oakland, has been vocal in his intention to arrange a showdown with Sor Rungvisai.ADVERTISEMENT Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlelast_img read more

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Ateneo steadies 2nd-set wobble to soar past Iriga

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LATEST STORIES Vannesa Gangler and the Lady Eagles spread their wings against Iriga-Navy. —AUGUST DELA CRUZAteneo-Motolite steadied itself in the second set to cruise past Iriga-Navy, 25-19, 29-27, 25-14, in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at FilOil Flying V Center.After yielding the first set to the Lady Eagles, the winless Lady Oragons made a surprise attack in the second set, leading by as many as 19-7 mainly through its underrated players like Nene Bautista, Joanne Bunag and Grazielle Bombita.ADVERTISEMENT Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “I really enjoy playing from the bench, it’s much harder than being a starter,” said Gaston, who is coming from a stint in beach volleyball in the UAAP.It was third win in four outings for Ateneo while Iriga dropped to 0-6.Later, PetroGazz drubbed Adamson-Akari, 25-17, 25-20, 25-13, for its fourth win in seven games.ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption View comments But Ateneo spread its wings and bounced back from that deficit by taking 17 of the next 18 points through the exploits of rookie Vanessa Gandler, Kat Tolentino and Bea de Leon.Iriga still found life and fought back to take set point, 25-24, but the Lady Oragons soon fell into rash of errors to eventually yield the frame and surrender the momentum to the Lady Eagles.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“To just come back from mistakes is something we need to work on,” said Tolentino, who led Ateneo with 14 points. “We shouldn’t let a little mistake bother us. In the end, it’s not about how good you are but how you recovered from mistakes.”Ateneo sure held itself well after that shaky second set as it pounded relentlessly in the third frame mainly from the efforts of Ponggay Gaston, who scored five of her eight points when the Lady Eagles detonated a 7-0 scoring binge. Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum BanKo Perlas spikers carve their own niche outside the lines Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California collegelast_img read more

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IN MY IMPERFECT WORLD

first_imgWhen it takes a twisted decade to make one worthyWhen it takes many tongues wagging all year roundWhen it takes my obstinate nature to finally accedeWhen it takes my troubled mind to finally dwindleWhen it takes my bubbling wrath to wither swiftlyWhen it takes my self-esteem to skyrocket againWhen it takes my scrawny frame to gain potencyWhen it takes my slothful eyes to finally see lightWhen all the filth in me washes away for rectitudeWhen the night comes and my demons can’t slayWhen I awaken conscious that JESUS still loves meWhen I convince myself I can overcome my hurdlesWhen the excuses aren’t stacked up like leftoversWhen I am cognizant of life’s innumerable lessonsWhen I know the dice is hurled and it is finishedWhen someone loves me for the chaos I can be at timesShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Teen’s Nikes win smelling bee

first_imgAh, the foul smell of success. Katharine has used the sneakers to play soccer and basketball, hiked in them, even waded into the Great Salt Lake, where they became infiltrated with brine shrimp. The contest, founded in 1975 as a sporting goods store promotion and now sponsored by the manufacturer of anti-foot-odor products, pits children from around the nation who have won state-level competitions for the generally cruddy condition of their footwear. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Thirteen-year-old Katharine Tuck’s sneakers smell as bad as they look. Now, at least, the Utah seventh-grader can afford some new ones. On Tuesday, she out-ranked six other children to win $2,500 in the 32nd annual National Odor-Eaters Rotten Sneaker Contest, stinking up the joint with a pair of well-worn 1 -year-old Nikes so noxious they had the judges wincing. “I’m so proud of the little stinker,” said her mother, Paula Tuck. last_img read more

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2 Shiite leaders end bitter rivalry

first_imgRadical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr and Abdul-Aziz al-Hakim, leader of the largest Shiite political party, the Supreme Islamic Iraqi Council, promised to stop the bloodshed and enhance cooperation between their two movements. An official in al-Sadr’s office in the holy city of Najaf called the agreement a “fresh start.” Internal rivalries have been rising in recent months, particularly in the southern Shiite heartland where factions have been vying for power as the British military has pulled back to a base at the Basra airport. The three-point agreement appeared to be aimed at reining in rival militants loyal to al-Sadr and al-Hakim before the fighting erupts into a full-fledged conflict that could shatter the relative unity of the Shiite-led governing apparatus. It also comes as mainstream politicians from Iraq’s majority sect have been trying to bring al-Sadr back into the fold after his loyalists pulled out of the main Shiite bloc last month. IRAQ: They hope to end months of armed conflict before it intensifies. By Kim Gamel THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BAGHDAD – Two of Iraq’s most powerful Shiite leaders agreed on Saturday to end a bitter rivalry in a bid to end months of armed clashes and assassinations in the oil-rich south that have threatened to spread into a wider conflict. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Man United and Saints boost! Sought-after defender told he can leave PSG

first_img PSG right-back Gregory van der Wiel 1 Manchester United and Southampton have been put on red alert after Gregory van der Wiel revealed he has been told to leave by Paris Saint-Germain.The right-back has been with the French champions for three years since joining from Ajax and in that time he has made over 100 appearances.However, the Dutchman has now claimed he has been told to look for another club by PSG, who deem him surplus to requirements.Manchester United and Southampton were chasing the 27-year-old earlier on in the summer as they both look to bolster their defensive options.And while their interest may have cooled, Van der Wiel’s latest comments could spark a bidding war for his services.“I want to stay at PSG but the club wants me to go. Things are clear,” the former Ajax man told Le Parisien.last_img read more

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Crystal Palace ARE chasing former Arsenal and Spurs star, confirms Pardew

first_imgCrystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has admitted he is considering offering Emmanuel Adebayor a deal at Selhurst Park.The former Arsenal, Manchester City and Tottenham striker remains a free agent having been released by Spurs in September.Pardew denied having any interest in the 31-year-old earlier this month, but the Eagles boss has now changed his tune.Palace have failed to score in their last four Premier League games and bringing in a new striker is their priority this month.Pardew said: “Adebayor is a player that is there for somebody and it is a question of ourselves looking at that one and wondering where the right club for him is and whether he is the right player for us.“It’s something that is in our mix and we’ll have to wait and see.“We are trying to bring a striker in – whether permanently or on loan – and myself and Steve (Parish, Palace’s chairman) are making a lot of phone calls to try and resolve that.“You want to try and bring in a quality player and so therefore you can’t dismiss anyone, or not think about all the strikers that are possibly available.“Of course 90 per cent of them are not available, they’re at clubs and they’re on good contracts and the clubs want them because they are successful.“There are not many who have not been in the first team. It is a very, very small market for us and we are focusing on that. (Adebayor) is in that group. Not just for us but many teams in the Premier League to wonder whether that is something you can do a deal with.“We still think another striker in the group would pay dividends given the position we’re in as we’re four (actually five) points off the Champions League positions.“Although we are in a little negative period in terms of our (recent) results, our results overall are still strong. In four of those games, we’ve got draws even though we haven’t scored. Two or three wins, and we would be really kicking ourselves if we didn’t strengthen.” Emmanuel Adebayor 1last_img read more

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