The German Football League says it has set up a medical task force which is working on a “procedure for the strict and independent testing of players and other staff members, including immediately prior to matchdays.”The league is also relaxing its financial fair play rules because it expects clubs will struggle to adapt to a prolonged shortfall in TV, ticket and sponsorship revenue.Clubs which start insolvency proceedings this season won’t be hit with a mandatory nine-point deduction. The teams’ “liquidity situation” also won’t be considered when issuing licenses for next season.The Bundesliga hasn’t played a game since March 11. Clubs from the top two divisions have voted to extend the suspension to at least April 30.___ March 31, 2020 The rankings have been backdated to March 17. That was the day after the last international tournament, the All England Open. They will be the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are.The world circuit is suspended to the end of April, but the BWF expects more tournaments to be put off in May and June.It says it has yet to decide how the rankings will be unfrozen.The BWF says “it is difficult to outline the exact procedure until we have an exact overview of what the international calendar will look like once play resumes and suspended tournaments have been rescheduled.”With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, the BWF says it is reviewing the Olympic qualification process. It notes the consequences of freezing the world rankings does not apply to Olympic qualifying. Last week, England coach Eddie Jones accepted a 25% pay cut.___ABC/ESPN has moved up the premier of the 10-part docuseries “The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls to April 19. The docuseries will be shown on ESPN on Sunday nights and on Netflix outside of the United States.It was originally scheduled to be released in June but sports fans have clamored on social media for the series to be moved up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and with most sporting events canceled or postponed.The news was announced on Good Morning America. Baer-Hoffmann says “there are players who are reaching out concerned.”Fans entering the stadiums in Belarus over the weekend were given antiseptic hand gel but few wore masks for protection.Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been defiant about not limiting people’s movement, saying “it’s better to die standing than to live on your knees.”Baer-Hoffmann says FIFPro does not have a member union in Belarus but “we will be lobbying” to introduce precautions.___ The new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals, along with players, staff and the organization’s charitable arm are donating more than 500,000 meals to Harvesters, a local food bank helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.Royals chairman John Sherman, who purchased the club late last year from David Glass, said in a statement that his group of players, executives and investors “share a deep connection to the Kansas City community, which is why the entire Royals family is coming together to do our part.”The Royals would have opened their season against the White Sox last week in Chicago. Their home opener would have been Thursday against the Mariners. At this point, nobody is quite sure when the club will take the field.Longtime outfielder Alex Gordon donated to the Royals’ food drive. He says that his family is staying home during the pandemic, but “we feel very blessed, and we want to make sure our neighbors are taken care of.”___ UEFA is to meet with its 55 members on Wednesday with the fate of the remaining Champions League, Europa League and international games to be discussed.___Scotland rugby coach Gregor Townsend has agreed to a 25% salary deferral from April 1 to Sept. 1.The coaches of two professional sides, Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh and Dave Rennie at Glasgow, have made the same agreement, though Rennie begins his new job as Australia coach in July.Scottish Rugby also announced CEO Mark Dodson was taking a 30% deferral, and the board 25%. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Soccer players in Germany could be tested for the coronavirus before games if the season resumes. The Bundesliga soccer season will remain suspended through April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 36 clubs in Germany’s top two divisions have agreed to accept the recommendation of the league authority to extend the period without games to April 30 at least.The last game played was on March 11.League president Christian Seifert says “the most important thing without question is controlling the outbreak of the virus and especially protecting groups at risk.”Training for the 36 clubs is to remain stopped until April 5. The union says Zilina “refused to negotiate with the (Slovak) player union.”The move follows the club selling 20-year-old forward Róbert Boženík to Feyenoord in January for a reported fee of about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million).Zilina is second in the now-suspended Slovak league. The club played in the Champions League in 2010-11 but lost all six games in a group that included Chelsea and Marseille.___The Badminton World Federation has frozen the world rankings while the circuit is suspended. Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO John Doleva said the organization is moving forward with its planned London Showcase doubleheader in December that will match Kentucky against Michigan and Marist against UMBC.Doleva said in a statement that it “remains diligent in monitoring the situation and making decisions in the best interest of public health.” He added that the health and safety of players, fans and staff is of the “utmost importance” and will communicate with the four schools with updates as needed.___Global soccer union FIFPro says soccer players in Belarus are worried about the continuing despite the coronavirus pandemic.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says “it’s not comprehendible” that the Belarus league is still playing after kicking off this month. It’s the only top-tier European league in action. The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s and were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman.___Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19.The 26-year-old Kapas writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training.She says her first test was negative but a second test showed she has the virus. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks. Kapas says “I don’t have any symptoms yet and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus.”Kapas won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships in China and a bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.___Global soccer union FIFPro says seven-time Slovakian champion Zilina is opting for bankruptcy after offering players a “take it or leave it” 80% pay cut.FIFPro says it believes Zilina is the first European club to go into liquidation since the coronavirus outbreak. The Latest: German soccer could be tested before matches Associated Press Federer and his wife donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.04 million) last week to help families in need in his home country during the pandemic.Federer is a 10-time champion at the Swiss Indoors and will turn 39 before this year’s tournament. He was twice a ball boy at the event and made his debut as a player in 1998 when he was 17. He lost in the first round to Andre Agassi.Federer posted footage on his social media accounts on Monday of him practising trick shots in his rehabilitation after surgery on his left knee in February.___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 brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray was asked whether he thinks a cancellation is more likely than a postponement. He told BBC Radio 4: “I think so. I think for them it is difficult to move the tournament back for many reasons, because you are running into other tournaments.”___Organizers of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Roger Federer’s hometown of Basel say ticket sales will start on schedule on Thursday.The tournament is due to run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. Organizers say tickets will be refunded “should the coronavirus crisis continue and the Swiss tennis highlight not take place.”The ATP Tour is currently suspended until at least June. ___Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled.The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament.The grasscourt season lasts only six weeks and Wimbledon is staged when daylight hours are the longest in Britain. The club has acknowledged the short window available to it and ruled out playing without spectators.The French Open has been postponed from May to September.
NATIONAL swimmer Lian Winter, earlier this week received sponsorship from Bounty Farm Ltd, towards her attendance at this year’s CARIFTA Swimming Championships, where she will be participating in six events.“Bounty Farm Ltd as part of our corporate responsibility has made a financial contribution to assist Lian Winter to be able to attend the championships,” the company said in a press release yesterday.The sponsorship was handed over to Winter’s coach Stephanie Fraser, as a smiling Winter looked on. Also present was her father Duane Winter.The Championships, which will be held in Nassau, Bahamas from April 15 to 18, will see Guyana represented by a four-person delegation – two pool swimmers and two open water swimmers. Apart from Lian, the other pool swimmer is Leon Seaton.Winter will be participating in the Girls’ 11-12 category where she will be competing in the 50m, 100m and 200m butterfly, and 50m, 100m, and 200m backstroke.This will be Winter’s first time at the Championships, and her biggest event to date.
By Martyn HermanPARIS,(Reuters)-Claycourt king Rafa Nadal regained his Roland Garros throne after two years in exile with a brutal 6-2 6-3 6-1 mauling of Swiss Stan Wawrinka to complete ‘La Decima’ on Sunday.Rewinding the clock to the days when he was untouchable on the crushed brick dust, the 31-year-old turned 2015 champion Wawrinka into a human punch bag, winning in just over two hours.This title, a record 10th at a single grand slam in the professional era, was arguably the most impressive of his 15 majors, though, as it arrived three injury-plagued years after the last one when he beat Novak Djokovic here in 2014.He also did it without dropping a set and conceding only 35 games in seven matches. Only Bjorn Borg, who conceded 32 on his way to the 1978 title, has been a more ruthless champion.Third seed Wawrinka, having beaten world number one Andy Murray with a majestic display of firepower in a grueling semi-final, arrived full of hope as, at 32, he tried to become the oldest French Open winner since Andres Gimeno in 1972.But the barrel-chested ‘Stanimal’ was powerless as Nadal turned the final into an exhibition of his claycourt supremacy — taking his French Open record to an eye-watering 79-2.As a weary Wawrinka sliced a volley into the net on match point Nadal collapsed on his back on the baseline.EMOTIONAL NADAL“I’m a little emotional,” Nadal said before his tearful uncle Toni, his career-long coach who will take a back seat at the end of the year, handed him La Coupe des Mousquetaires.“The nerves and adrenaline I feel on this court is impossible to compare.”Wawrinka said he had not found his best level but paid tribute to the man he beat to win the first of his three grand slam titles in Australia in 2014.“For sure he’s playing the best he’s ever played. That’s for sure. Not only here,” Wawrinka said. “It’s a tough loss. But I played against the biggest clay-court player ever.”Straw hats and fans were de rigueur for an expectant Court Philippe Chatrier as the final began with temperatures hovering around the 30 degrees Celcius mark — optimum conditions for Nadal’s monstrous topspin game.Wawrinka, who spent nearly five hours more on court than Nadal to reach the final, looked confused and heavy-legged although he did have a glimmer in the third game when Nadal, still settling down, saved a break point.FIRST BLOODNadal failed to convert any of the four break points he had in the following game, but drew first blood the next time an opportunity arose to take a 4-2 lead.Then he switched on the afterburners, taking Wawrinka out of the equation, and minutes later the Swiss wafted a forehand long to hand Nadal a second break of serve and the opening set.Wawrinka was flat, striking not a single winner off his glorious single-handed backhand in the first set, and with less than an hour on the clock his task already looked forlorn.Nadal got a time violation at the start of the second, but Wawrinka could not slow the Spaniard’s charge as he bounded into a 3-0 lead in the second having won seven games in a row.With the crowd attempting to lift Wawrinka he stopped the rot to hold, firing himself up with a roar of “C’mon”.Nadal was relentless though, pinning Wawrinka back behind the baseline. Even when he was stretched the response was emphatic, one astonishing forehand, whipped from close to the front row of seats to land in a blur of yellow in the corner, drawing gasps from the crowd and applause from Wawrinka.Social media lit up at that point with women’s semi-finalist Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland tweeting “OMG!”Wawrinka, who had been on an 11-match winning streak on clay, was being hunted down mercilessly and his frustration boiled over as the Spaniard closed in on a two-set lead, the Swiss wrecking his racket frame after a missed forehand.A brief lull as the court staff watered down the red dust failed to extinguish Nadal’s fire and, despite Wawrinka’s best efforts to extend the contest, the final set was little more than a coronation for Paris’s favorite Spaniard.
THE Guyana Hockey Board will this weekend stage its Olympic Day 5s tournament at the Georgetown Cricket Club ground, Regent Street, Bourda, Georgetown.According to a release by the Board, the GHB is inviting other Olympic sport disciplines to participate in learning various fun field hockey skills and to play in field hockey’s newest game format, Hockey 5s.Each Olympic sport should have a minimum of five persons to participate in each of the following categories: Under-13 Mixed, Under-16 Boys and Girls, Under-19 Boys and Girls, Open Men and Women and Over-35 Mixed.In 1908, hockey joined the Olympics and in 2016 FIH recognised Olympic Day by organising various hockey programmes in 40 countries across all continents.Building on this success, this year FIH aims to go even bigger through the support of national associations (NAs). The objective is to activate as many NAs as possible to organise Hockey 5s events in their countries on or around June 23As a true “sport for all”, hockey matches perfectly with Olympic Day and the format of Hockey 5s is easy to organise in informal settings.The aim is to attract new people to share in our love of hockey. The IOC represents all sports and in the spirit of unity, GHB wishes to bring some of the Olympic sportspeople together to celebrate as well as to showcase the fun and to generate interest in our sport.
AS part of its ongoing initiative, the Ministry of Education and the Sports Community Grounds Enhancement project on Tuesday handed over a $1M grant to seven communities in Region Six.The presentation was made at the Region 6 – East Berbice, 2017 Mega Emancipation celebration.Minister of Education Nicolette Henry, speaking excitedly at the 179th Anniversary of Emancipation which was held at Gibraltar – Courtland Primary School Region 6 – East Berbice Corentyne, said, “We are proud to distribute grants of $1M which will go to the enhancement and development works on the seven community sport grounds.”The chairpersons/leaders of the seven communities were all present to receive their $1M grant. The presentation was done by President David Granger.Further it was noted that the Ministry is working to ensure that grounds are readily available to be used by members of communities, most importantly, youths.Additionally, Community Liaison Officer attached to the Ministry of Education Randolph Critchlow said, “The Ministry has allocated over $40M which will go to support small developmental works in communities all across the country.“Another $100M has been allocated for major development works as the ministry continues to ensure that communities are outfitted with the requisite recreational facilities.”The grounds receiving the grants are:Liverpool/Lancaster Community groundUnion Community groundGibraltar/Fyrish Community groundRose Hall Community groundNew Amsterdam Community groundScottsburg Community groundKildonan Community ground
WITH just over two weeks to go before the Caribbean Invasion Drag race meet at the South Dakota Circuit, competitors are already throwing out challenges.One such competitor is Rayon Brijpal and his Toyota Runx both of which are aiming for dominance in the 14-second class of the event.“This meet is the big one, the one we have been waiting for all year and I think we are ready for it. My car is almost always read to run,” he told Chronicle Sport.He continued, “My car is street-modified and all I do on drag racing day is change my wheels and take my seats out to go a bit lighter. I also do a full service with my mechanic Les Thomas before and after the meet to keep the car in shape.”For him, drag-racing represents something that shows not only how well prepared a person’s car is but how well he can drive it.“At the end of the day, it’s about who can bring the full potential of their car out on the drag-strip.”He threw out a strong challenge to those attempting to take the 14-second class trophy, come race day.“I am willing to race any 1500cc machine in my class whether a manual or automatic transmission because I have confidence in my car and myself.”The October first Caribbean Invasion will feature a host of local competitors according to the Guyana Motor Racing and Sports Club (GMR&SC) who will host the event.Additionally, competition from Suriname is also expected while there are plans to include other Caribbean Islands.Admission for children is $500 and for adults $1000.
COMPLETE CONTROLThough Jay Rodriguez equalised quickly, City were in complete control once Fernandinho’s deflected effort put them ahead after 15 minutes.Substitute Sterling scored his ninth of the season in all competitions four minutes after coming with City’s only late moment of concern en route to a 13th straight win coming when careless defending from Nicolas Otamendi let in Matty Phillips for a consolation.City’s 28 points equalled the tally accrued by Chelsea in 2005 and Manchester City themselves in 2011 – and both those sides went on to win the title – but neither of those teams could match the plus-29 goal difference of Guardiola’s charges.The manager reserved special praise for Sane, describing him as a “special talent” after City extended their unbeaten record in all competitions to a club record 21.Mourinho hailed United’s win in difficult windy and rainy conditions in the lunchtime fixture between the second and third-placed teams as “deserved” after they had created the lion’s share of chances.Martial struck 10 minutes after coming on, latching on to Lukaku’s flicked header from David de Gea’s goalkick.It was a scruffy left-foot finish from the Frenchman, leaving Mourinho to smile: “Martial scores with a bad shot — but the bad shots can be the most beautiful.”Wenger was in bullish mood after Arsenal’s win, saying the Gunners had proved their critics wrong by overturning a lead for a third time in a week.“Again we have showed the mental strength to come back and win the game,” said Wenger, now just 10 matches short of former Manchester United boss Alex Ferguson’s landmark of 810 Premier League matches as manager. LONDON (Reuters) – Manchester City maintained their charge towards the Premier League title with a 3-2 win at West Bromwich Albion as Manchester United kept within five points of their neighbours with a 1-0 win over Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.Goals from Leroy Sane, Fernandinho and Raheem Sterling moved the leaders on to 28 points – equalling the best return after 10 matches of a Premier League season – as irresistible City took their campaign’s tally of league goals to a remarkable 35.Earlier, Jose Mourinho received the response he had demanded from his United side following their humbling defeat at Huddersfield Town as an 81st-minute goal from substitute Anthony Martial preserved their perfect home record.The win, their sixth straight victory in the league at Old Trafford without conceding a goal, moved United on to 23 points, three clear of Spurs as champions Chelsea and Arsenal both marched to within a point of their London rivals.Chelsea boss Antonio Conte, who had shown unusual irritation last week when asked about stories linking compatriot Carlo Ancelotti with his job, seemed rather happier after Eden Hazard’s 51st minute goal earned his side a 1-0 win in the late game at Bournemouth to maintain their fourth spot.Arsene Wenger celebrated a successful 800th Premier League match in charge as Arsenal fought from one down to beat Swansea City 2-1 with second-half goals from Sead Kolasinac and Aaron Ramsey.Liverpool’s Juergen Klopp got the better of his best friend, Huddersfield boss David Wagner, in a 3-0 win at Anfield where second-half strikes from Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum pushed the Reds to sixth on 16 points.Watford’s giddy ascent, though, was checked with a 1-0 home defeat by struggling Stoke City – Darren Fletcher hit the target in the 16th minute – that dropped them to seventh on 15.At the other end of the table, Crystal Palace escaped with an astonishing 2-2 draw with West Ham United, coming back from two down and earning a draw in the seventh minute of stoppage time through Wilfried Zaha.Pep Guardiola’s Man City continue to look unstoppable at domestic level, having opened up in brilliant fashion with Sane scoring his sixth goal in seven league games after 10 minutes. By Ian Chadband
UNDER-15 action continued over the weekend in Berbice as the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) Inter Zone competition gained momentum at two venues across the county.At the Port Mourant Community Centre in Berbice, Upper /Central Corentyne defeated Western Berbice by 19 runs in a closely contested match. Batting first, the Upper Corentyne batsmen rattled up 243 for 9 from their 50 overs. Among the runs for Upper Corentyne was their captain, Jonathon Rampersaud who hit a magnificent 72, while Mahendra Gopilall contributed 48.Bowling for Western Berbice, B. Lakeram took 3 wickets for 66 runs, S. Roopnarine 3 for 57 while D. Joseph took 2 for 47.In their reply, Western Berbice fell short of their target by 19 runs. D. Joseph and S Shaffie scored 44 and 32 runs, respectively. Batsmen D. Miller made 21 while S. Roopnarine contributed 16 and A. Alexander 28.Bowling for the Upper Corentyne, J. Rampersaud took 4 for 57, M. Pottaya 3 for 49, and J. Sandia 2 for 31.Over at the Albion Community Centre ground, New Amsterdam/Canje defeated Lower Corentyne by a massive 225 runs in their game. Batting first, NA/Canje scored 255 with Zeynol Ramsammy scoring 89, Tomane Caesar, 77 and Avishkar Persaud, 21.Bowling for Lower Corentyne, Leon Cecil, P. Gamesh, R. Goderdhan and T. Mahnal took one wicket each.In their reply, Lower Corentyne were bowled out for 30 runs in 11 overs. J. Persaud took 6 wickets while Niquan Samuels took 2.With two wins, Upper Corentyne is leading the points table, while Western Berbice and NA/Canje are tied on one win each.Lower Corentyne have lost both of their matches and will look to defeat Upper Corentyne in their final match to save face.The competition continues on Saturday. Western Berbice will battle New Amsterdam/Canje at the Blairmont Community Centre, while Lower Corentyne will engage Upper Corentyne at the Jai Hind ground in Albion.
AUSTRALIA’s Mitchell Starc has made history by taking a second hat-trick in the same Sheffield Shield game.The paceman took the last three wickets of each innings, finishing with seven in total, as his New South Wales side beat Western Australia by 171 runs.(Scores: New South Wales 270 (Smith 76, Richardson 4-47) and 6 for 300 dec (Smith 127, Patterson 66) beat Western Australia 176 (Bancroft 76*, Starc 4-56) and 223 (S Marsh 91, Starc 3-41) by 171 runs.The 27-year-old becomes the first bowler to complete the feat in the same Shield match and is only the eighth player to do it in a first-class game.He is continuing his comeback from injury before the Ashes this winter.Starc missed Australia’s tour of Bangladesh in August with a foot problem.In his only other four-day game since returning, Starc took 10 wickets in the match, including 8-73 in the second innings, as NSW hammered South Australia.The first Ashes Test begins in Brisbane on 23 November.TWO HAT-TRICKS IN ONE FIRST-CLASS MATCHAlfred Shaw – Nottinghamshire v Gloucestershire, at Nottingham in 1884Albert Trott – Middlesex v Somerset, at Lord’s in 1907Jimmy Matthews – Australia v South Africa, at Old Trafford in 1912Charlie Parker – Gloucestershire v Middlesex, at Bristol in 1924Roland Jenkins – Worcestershire v Surrey, at Worcester in 1949Joginder Rao – Services v North Punjab, at Amritsar in 1963Amin Lakhani – Combined XI v Indians, at Multan in 1979Mitchell Starc – NSW v Western Australia, at Hurstville in 2017
THE Confederation of North, Central America and Caribbean Association Football (CONCACAF) on Friday announced that its third annual Women’s Football Day will be celebrated on Saturday, November 18, 2017.Building on the success of the second women’s day held in 2016, in which all 41 Member Associations within the Confederation united to shine a spotlight on efforts to create more opportunity for girls and women to play the game, this year’s full-day event continues CONCACAF’s on-going work to strengthen programming in order to increase women’s participation in the game.“Our aim is at consolidating a solid platform for the sustainable growth of women’s football within CONCACAF,” said CONCACAF President and FIFA Vice President, Victor Montagliani. “The third annual edition of the CONCACAF Women’s Football Day will be focused on providing further access for younger generations to play the game.”As the focus of CONCACAF Women’s Football Day 2017, on Saturday, November 18, the Confederation will officially kick off the preparations for the 2018 CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship.Each Member Association has been encouraged to host an activity aimed at training its U-15 team. The CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship, which debuted in 2014, focuses squarely on access to the game for girls, exposing them to the benefits of football on and off the field.“The women’s game is in such a climate that it is critical that the world and regional governing bodies create ready opportunities for the younger generation of females to play the game,” said CONCACAF and FIFA Council member, Sonia Bien-Aime.“Encouraging free play at the earliest opportunity with young females will cast a welcome net over these eager players who will not only learn to love the game but will be the ones to grow football from the early stages to the highest level of competition.”In addition to next year’s CONCACAF U-15 Girls’ Championship, in 2018 the Confederation prepares to host a range of important women’s events including the Women’s Under-20 and Under-17 Championships, and the CONCACAF Women’s Championship, which qualifies Confederation teams to the FIFA Women’s World Cup.In recent years, CONCACAF has demonstrated leadership in women’s football on and off the field, with Member Associations from Costa Rica and Canada hosting FIFA’s 2014 tournaments for youth players – the U-17 and U-20 Women’s World Cups, respectively.In addition, the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada 2015™ drew a total attendance of more than 1.35 million, setting a new total attendance record for a FIFA competition other than the FIFA World Cup™, a championship kept in the region with the victory of CONCACAF nation United States.