Ighalo: Man United move made my mum cry amid celebrations

first_img Loading… The former Watford striker accepted a pay cut to make the temporary move to Old Trafford, explaining that he could not pass up the opportunity to join the club he supported as a boy.Ighalo will also become the first Nigerian footballer to play for Red Devils, and has spoken of the pride his move has elicited back home. Former Super Eagles forward Odion Ighalo has revealed that his dream switch to Manchester United sparked tears of joy from his mother as well as celebrations in Nigeria.Advertisement The 30-year-old Ighalo completed a surprise loan move from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua on transfer deadline day in January. Speaking about his dramatic deadline day switch, Ighalo told MUTV: “I was excited.“I called my mum and she was happy, crying and all that, this is your dream and all that and I’m happy for you.“It was dramatic, I didn’t sleep through, I was very happy that finally we got the deal done.”center_img Reacting further on being the first Nigerian to play for Man United, Ighalo said: “I’m really proud. I’m happy because people keep sending me messages, I know that this is very big, you’re going to be the first Nigerian to play for United, it’s a good record for you in your career, I know that.“I know that, after you finish football, you are going to know what we are talking about, because I’m just so emotional right now, so I don’t think about those things too much. I just want to get started and get playing and start helping the team to do well.“[The reaction] was crazy because, all over the news for the last few days, is about my deal to Man United.“Even the street I grew up on, they are doing parties, celebrating Ighalo signing for United. Read Also: Odion Ighalo unveiled finally as Manchester United player“They sent me the video, I was just laughing and happy, because many of them are supporting Man United and some of them are supporting some other teams in the Premier League.“But they said, because of me, they are moving to United, because they have a very big fan-base in Nigeria.“So I am happy about all this and they are rooting for United from now on,” Ighalo summed up.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks10 Stunning Asian Actresses No Man Can Resist10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopThailand’s 10 Most Iconic LandmarksEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The Worldlast_img read more

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State Aims To Help Students Graduate College On Time

first_imgIndiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers kicked off a statewide “15 to Finish” campaign that aimed at boosting college graduation rates. (Image: Seth Morin/ TheStatehouseFile.com)INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana Commissioner for Higher Education Teresa Lubbers kicked off a statewide “15 to Finish” campaign that aims to boost college graduation rates by encouraging Hoosier students to take at least 15 credit hours each semester.Data show that students who complete 15 or more credits per semester are more likely to graduate on time, earn better grades and save money on their degrees.“We find that most Indiana college students expect to graduate on time, but only about half are taking enough courses each semester to do so,” said Lubbers. “Hoosiers should know that if on-time graduation is their goal, they should be taking 15 to finish. Taking longer to complete not only means that students pay more for their degrees, it also dramatically decreases their chances of graduating at all.”Based on a successful initiative developed by the University of Hawaii system which saw a 15 percent increase in the number of students taking 15 credits in its first year, Indiana’s “15 to Finish” campaign aims to change the longstanding perception that taking 12 credits per semester is enough to graduate on time through a combination of direct outreach, earned/social media and related resources at15toFinishIndiana.org.In response to legislation backed by the Commission two years ago that streamlined credit requirements at the state’s public colleges, the majority of bachelor’s degree programs are 120 credits and associate degrees are 60 credits at Indiana colleges today. To graduate on time, students need to complete a minimum of 30 credits per year, or 15 per semester. An analysis of course-taking patterns at Indiana colleges indicates that there are significant numbers of full-time students at every campus who fall short of completing 30 credits each year by only a course or two.In partnership with the state’s colleges and universities, Indiana’s “15 to Finish” campaign is employing a three-tiered strategy to reach Hoosier students and families at all levels:1)      Prospective college students: The “15 to Finish” message and resources have been incorporated into the state’s outreach efforts with local high schools and counselors through Learn More Indiana (LearnMoreIndiana.org).2)      Current college students: Indiana’s public colleges—and many private colleges—have incorporated the “15 to Finish” messaging, videos and promotional materials into their student orientation and advising practices. Commission staff also have been meeting with academic and financial aid advisors at each Indiana campus to share course-taking data and engage in a dialogue about the campaign’s message.3)      General public: To better leverage the in-school and on-campus efforts described above, the campaign is supported by public service announcements and digital/social media outreach.last_img read more

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Slick succession at Old Trafford

first_img And a day after Ferguson’s exit was confirmed, which itself came on the morning following the first rumours of an impending departure, David Moyes was installed as his fellow Scot’s successor. “To go through the succession we have been through represents a big change,” Arnold told Press Association Sport. “The way the transition was achieved characterises how well the club has been run by David and Sir Alex.” Shirt sponsors Aon, experts in risk management, were asked for their input into what, in Ferguson’s case at any rate, was one of the riskiest decisions United have had to make for a quarter of a century. In the end, it was decided to go with the Scot’s own belief Moyes was best suited to the role. “The man widely accredited as having the best judgement in football had a long period of time to think about the inheritance he was passing on,” said Arnold. “He wanted to make sure the squad was in the right shape and the timing was done from a position of strength. That is exactly where the club is. “When you look at the preparation that went into that and the position Sir Alex put himself in to make that transition, as an example of how to prepare, even down to how we managed the communication around it, it was an exemplary job.” If there is an unknown about Moyes in terms of operating at the very highest level, his credentials as a manager are solid. Less certain is how Woodward and Arnold will fare in the often bewildering, shark-infested world that is football recruitment, which seems to have different rules to any other sphere of society. Yet Arnold claims Woodward, whose job it now is to negotiate transfers and new contracts, is not quite the rookie everyone imagines him to be. “David (Gill) had been preparing both myself and Ed in quite some detail about the way it all works,” said Arnold. “Ed has been particularly well briefed about the operations of how we transact with players, both the fantastic ones we already have and if there is an opportunity to buy. As befits a man of his nature, David did a fantastic job in the nurturing he has given us, the preparation and handover. “Laying the flight path to the runway is all about preparation. Everyone is well aware of the change. But from the inside, in the context of having to make the change, it has been fantastically well done.” Not only has Sir Alex Ferguson left his position after 26 years, chief executive David Gill has stood aside as well 11 years after succeeding Peter Kenyon. Yet there was no power vacuum. For Arnold and executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward have divided up Gill’s responsibilities between them. Manchester United group managing director Richard Arnold believes the manner of this summer’s handover of power at Old Trafford underlines the Red Devils’ inherent stability. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Koeman hoping for Euro boost

first_img When asked if the lack of expectation allowed his side to play with more freedom, he replied: “You hope so, because they need European football. “We like to have European football, but the chairman doesn’t say to me ‘If we don’t reach European football, you did a bad job.’ No, and in the case of those kinds of teams that’s different. “But they (Arsenal, Liverpool and Tottenham) are used to playing for and winning titles and to play for European football with their positions in the table and we don’t have that experience. “We would like to have that. It’s a big pressure for us, but maybe in the last few weeks of the season when we are still fighting for a high position in the table then we will get that experience.” And the Dutchman believes more fixtures for the trio could give Saints the edge as they strive for a highest-ever Premier League finish and a place in Europe next year. “I think that’s an advantage for us,” he said when asked if the others would fade when European competitions return. “We don’t play in the cup, we don’t play European football and they have to. That’s difficult because then you will get more injuries, maybe some players are not feeling well, a little bit tired after playing a lot and that can be an advantage for us, to keep strong. “It not only depends on ourselves – the rest of the teams are playing well. I think if we keep spirit, if we keep the belief in how we play and what we are doing…. “In the last one-and-a-half months we didn’t train a lot, because we play a lot of games. Now we are back in normally, weekend, weekend and again we can train to develop ourselves and develop the individual player and to give the players more attention about each position. “If you play more games then sometimes you will get more injuries, and you need more players and it’s difficult. But we know that teams like Tottenham, like Liverpool, it’s normal that they will fight for the places up in the table.” After a summer which saw a lot of key players depart and then-manager Mauricio Pochettino poached by Tottenham many anticipated a difficult first season in England for Koeman. Instead, the Dutchman has delivered and fans on the south coast can start dreaming of European adventures next year – with Koeman believing the hopes of Southampton supporters puts less pressure on his players than the expectation at other, more established clubs. Press Association Ronald Koeman is hoping the rigours of European football and weight of expectation can sideline Southampton’s rivals in the race for Champions League football. Saints currently occupy fourth spot in the Premier League and are just a point behind Manchester United in third, despite slipping to a 1-0 home defeat to Swansea last weekend. Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool – the three teams directly below Southampton in the table – all re-start their respective European campaigns in the coming weeks whilst Koeman’s side are only focused on the league having been knocked out of the two domestic cup competitions. last_img read more

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Police will release evidence in FHP trooper’s death

first_imgThe Martin County Sheriff’s Office will reveal critical evidence on Friday in the case of a Florida Highway Patrol trooper who was shot and killed on Interstate 95 in Martin County earlier this month.UPDATED: Riviera Beach Officer Fatally Shoots Suspect Who Killed FHP Trooper in Martin Co. Investigators said Trooper Joseph Bullock, 42, was shot and killed on Feb. 5 while trying to help a disabled vehicle in the northbound lanes of I-95. The shooter was identified as 28-year-old Franklin Reed III.On Friday, Martin County Sheriff William Snyder will release a timeline of the events leading up to Trooper Bullock’s tragic death, along with 911 calls and video evidence from the crime.Witness says shooter who killed FHP trooper was allegedly angry about car being towed LIVE: Funeral Procession of Fallen FHP Trooper Joe Bullocklast_img read more

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Flattop 5K scheduled for March 31

first_imgLAMOINE — This year’s edition of the Flattop 5K is scheduled to be held at 10 a.m. March 31 at the Lamoine Consolidated School.This year marks the 13th running of the race, which is held annually in honor of Bill Pinkham. The race’s “Flattop” name is an homage to the late Pinkham’s iconic choice of haircut.For more information about the event, call Robin Emery at 667-9219 or Tom Kirby at 266-2556.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img

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The Latest: FIFA calls for national teams shutdown in March

first_imgHe adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___2:50 p.m.The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates. In the meantime, Fehr says players have been asked to spend the weekend at home to avoid risk of being infected by the new coronavirus.The additional time off over the weekend would also provide teams to cleanse their facilities.“I think we’re in the ‘Let’s relax and take stock of where we are first,’” Fehr said by phone from the NHLPA offices in Toronto. “I think the initial phase is a few days, whether it turns out to be two or three or five or six, we’re not going to know yet. And we’ll be constantly in touch with the NHL and constantly re-evaluating.”— Reporting by AP Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow___ 12:30 p.m.The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The Welsh Rugby Union had earlier insisted its match against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff would go ahead, but changed its mind by mid-afternoon.It’s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off.The Six Nations says “we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the U.K. and global sports industries.” 3:59 p.m.Major League Baseball is encouraging players to go home a day after canceling spring training and postponing opening day by at least two weeks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.Ballparks in Florida and Arizona were locked down Friday as the sport considered how to proceed following an outbreak that has brought the U.S. sports schedule to a standstill. Teams speculated the season might not start until sometime in May, necessitating a reduced schedule.The league and players’ association were discussing options Friday. Many teams said in the morning they planned to close for the weekend and re-open camps Monday. But a decision was made to encourage players to leave camp in the afternoon.The dispersal is not mandatory. In particular, many minor league players — especially from other countries — have been hoping to remain in camps, where they have usually access to housing, food and training facilities. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):9:15 p.m.FIFA wants a total shutdown of this month’s window for national team games which is in turmoil 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 Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.___10:45 a.m.India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series.The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week. FGCU associate head coach Chelsea Lyles tweeted Friday that the team didn’t celebrate the regular-season championship when it happened “because we knew we had bigger goals we wanted to accomplish. So today we danced, cried, cut down our net and celebrated our Regular Season Championship. A celebration of a fantastic year.”___2:50 p.m.Sliding season in the U.S. is over.USA Bobsled and Skeleton said Friday that it is canceling its national championships, which were to take place later this month in Lake Placid, New York. New USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Aron McGuire says “we must exercise caution when it comes to the safety of the athletes” amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___6:20 p.m.Sampdoria has announced that four more of its players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club doctor.The club says after forward Manolo Gabbiadini tested positive on Thursday, it carried out tests on defender Omar Colley, midfielder Albin Ekdal, forward Antonino La Gumina, and midfielder Morten Thorsby, who all had light symptoms, and they also tested positive.Sampdoria says they are all in good condition in their own homes in Genoa. The same applies for club doctor Amedeo Baldari. ___4:15 p.m.The Southeastern Conference has suspended all athletic activities at least through April 15 due to continuing developments related to the coronavirus.The events called off include competitions, team and individual practices, meetings and other organized gatherings.The SEC had previously announced that all competition was suspended until March 30. That suspension of competition has been extended through April 15 and now includes all organized team activities. ___4:55 p.m.Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.” 5:30 p.m.A major prep race for the Kentucky Derby will be run as scheduled next week, without spectators.Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans is joining other tracks in banning fans through the remainder of its racing meet that ends March 29. Only essential staff and credentialed horsemen and media will be in attendance.The $1 million Louisiana Derby will run as scheduled on March 21. The race offers the winner 100 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby on May 2.___ Also Friday, USA Luge said all of its remaining on-ice programs for the season in Lake Placid — including training sessions, youth screening camps, fantasy camps and the Masters championships — are off as well. USA Luge also is delaying its open house for the team’s new indoor refrigerated training center. It was to have been unveiled April 4.USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy says “out of an abundance of caution … we felt it necessary to terminate the season at this point.”___2:45 p.m.A spokeswoman for the women’s professional tennis tour says the WTA is going to wait “a bit more time” to make decisions on whether any additional scheduling changes might be needed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Bettman said in a phone interview Friday with the Associated Press and the league’s website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But he added that he isn’t certain there isn’t someone who might not be feeling well and is awaiting test results.He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer and that the decision to pause the season came after that happened in the NBA.Unlike NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who said his league’s season would be suspended at least 30 days, Bettman would not put a timeframe on the NHL’s break. Bettman said several contingencies are being worked on about resuming the season and still awarding the Stanley Cup, but he would not give a definitive date on when that would have to happen or how long into the summer things could go.Bettman also said it is not the NHL’s independent call when to return to games and did not rule out the possibility of playing in empty arenas. He said games would only resume when the situation is safe.___ ___2:55 p.m.Florida Gulf Coast’s women’s basketball team was to play host to the ASUN Conference championship game at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Florida on Sunday, before the tournament was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Eagles got a celebration in anyway.The team gathered Friday at its home gym, with no fans present, to cut down the nets in celebration of winning the league title. FGCU was the league’s regular-season champion but did not have any elaborate on-court celebration when that title was clinched because it wanted to save the real party for an NCAA Tournament berth. Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna Düsseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players.___11:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion. Women’s events have been called off one by one through April 12.The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to begin May 24 in Paris.Also Friday, the U.S. Tennis Association said it is suspending all of its sanctioned events through April 20.That includes USTA Pro Circuit tournaments, along with adult, junior and wheelchair tournaments.The group hopes to eventually reschedule events where possible. Amy Binder writes in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that the WTA “has an obligation” to players and tournaments “to provide playing opportunities.”She adds that the WTA is communicating with upcoming European clay-court and grass-court tournaments.Binder says it is important to move quickly but also not to “simply react.”She says the WTA expects to make a decision “in the week ahead.”On Thursday, the men’s tennis tour suspended all ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour tournaments for six weeks, through April 26. The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund.Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak.The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___ Previously, coronavirus fears have forced the Barcelona Marathon originally scheduled this Sunday, to be postponed to Oct. 25, and the Paris Marathon on April 5 to be shifted to Oct. 18.The Rome Marathon set for March 29 was canceled earlier.___12:50 p.m.National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length. An announcement will be made next week regarding the Hong Kong Open and China Open, both in May, the ITTF said.___2:30 p.m.The NCAA will extend the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus.The decision comes after the NCAA announced Thursday that its winter and spring championships would be canceled as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus. Some but not all conferences have announced that their spring sports teams would not continue their regular seasons. The Montreal native won a record 11 Stanley Cups as a player.___ 4:38 p.m.NHL Players’ Association chief Don Fehr tells The Associated Press that he expects teams will be cleared to open their training facilities to allow player workouts as early as next week.Though there is no definitive timeline, Fehr says the potential of teams opening their training facilities to players will be included in a joint memo the league and union plan to issue on Friday. The memo will provide players with guidelines on what to expect after the league on Thursday elected to suspend the final month of its regular season. March 13, 2020 RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___2:10 p.m.The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled. The Latest: FIFA calls for national teams shutdown in March ___6:35 p.m.The International Table Tennis Federation is suspending all activities — events, development and foundation — from Monday to the end of April.The ITTF executive committee will hold an emergency meeting on Monday.The Japan Open next month had already been postponed, but Friday’s decision also affects Olympic qualifiers for Asia, Europe and Oceania next month. It’s the first time the championship hasn’t been completed on schedule since 2001, when Ireland was hit by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.___12:25 p.m.The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins.The positive result prompted Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center. ____3:02 p.m.USA Diving is immediately suspending all of its activities for 30 days because of the coronavirus outbreak.That includes camps, conferences and any travel to gatherings.The sport’s governing body is also recommending all sanctioned activities be suspended for the same amount of time. Its board of directors will meet Sunday to discuss plans for international competitions. IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended it’s season through the end of April. Four races are affected. ___11:20 a.m.The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums.The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs. The Badminton World Federation has suspended all tournaments from Monday to April 12.The tournaments affected include the Swiss Open, India Open, Orléans Masters, Malaysia Open, and Singapore Open.The suspension of the circuit comes into effect following the completion of the All England Open on Sunday in Birmingham.The decision severely impacts Olympic qualifying, which closes on April 30. The BWF previously said it will not change the qualifying window, but said on Friday it “will make a further announcement on regulations related to Olympic qualification points” later.___ Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus.___11:50 a.m.NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday it is calling off this weekend and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway. The rest of the team, as well as the staff and directors, are also in self-isolation at home. The club’s offices and training facilities have been closed and all sporting activity has been suspended. ___5:10 p.m.The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4.“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many — the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds, and the millions who watch the race every year,” event director Hugh Brasher said. The second America’s Cup World Series regatta is set for June 4-7 in Portsmouth, England, and will be organized by the defender, Emirates Team New Zealand.Part of the INEOS Team UK crew flew back to England on Thursday night, a team spokeswoman said. Team New Zealand’s race yacht is on a freighter in the middle of the Indian Ocean and a spokesman said the team is looking at transferring it to another ship to get it to England.Skipper Terry Hutchinson of the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic, which recently finished winter training in Pensacola, Florida, thanked the Italian organizers “for making an incredibly difficult decision that prioritized the safety of teams, race officials and all organizing authorities. We know it was not easy and taking a leadership position was critical.”SailGP, co-founded by former America’s Cup champion Russell Coutts and tech tycoon Larry Ellison, canceled its regatta in San Francisco set for May 2-3.___ An athletics official at an East Coast school told The Associated Press that the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee sent an email notifying schools of the eligibility decision. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the information.The official read the content of the email but declined to forward a copy because the official’s university monitors outgoing emails.“The Council Coordination Committee agreed that it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports. The committee recognizes that several issues need to be addressed related to providing the additional season of competition, including financial aid implications. The committee will also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter student-athletes,” the email read.___5:45 p.m. ___10:30 a.m.The Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket.___ 10:25 a.m.Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. SEC athletics programs will cease practices, individual and team workouts effective the end of the day Friday. Team meetings will conclude no later than 5 p.m. local time Monday.___4:10 p.m.Two major regattas, including one on the Italian island of Sardinia that would have debuted the radical new boats that will be used in the 2021 America’s Cup, were called off Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic.With Italy at the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak, the Italian group that represents the three challenging teams postponed a warmup regatta set for April 23-26 in Cagliari. The group said it would ask the America’s Cup arbitration panel to set a new date. That would seem nearly impossible due to the logistical challenge of shipping the 75-foot foiling monohulls. 1:45 p.m.The World Synchronized Skating Championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus outreak.U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union made the announcement Friday, citing concerns over the spread of the virus and the United States’ ban on travel from Europe.The event had been scheduled for April 3-4 at Lake Placid, New York.The World Synchronized Skating Championships had been held every year since 2000, including four times previously in the United States. 5:15 p.m.The funeral for former Montreal Canadiens captain Henri Richard on Monday in Montreal will be closed to the public because of the COVID-19 outbreak.The Canadiens announced the decision was made in response to measures put in place by the Quebec government to prevent the spread of the virus.The club says it is an “exceptional situation” that left the family with no other choice but to hold a private funeral, involving only immediate family members.Richard died on March 6. He was 84. FIFA says a panel of its vice presidents agreed “rules which normally oblige clubs to release players for national team matches will not apply” for the March 23-31 window mandated in its international fixture calendar.Close to 200 national teams were due to be in action in 2022 World Cup qualifying games in Asia and South America, qualifiers for continental championships in Africa and Europe, plus friendlies.Most scheduled games were lost to a steady wave of postponements and cancellations this month as the virus outbreak spread globally.UEFA has yet to formally postpone 2020 European Championships playoffs involving 16 nations. The games scheduled on March 26 and 31 seemed sure to be postponed by Tuesday.___ 4:25 p.m.Brazil’s health ministry has recommended that that all sporting events be canceled or postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus.Officials also suggested in a statement Friday that attendance be limited when there’s not enough time to stop ticket sales.Following the recommendations of the ministry, Brazil’s soccer confederation decided that matches of regional tournament in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro would be played without fans in the stands. The two cities have detected cases of local transmission of the virus.Brazil is one of the last countries in South America to take precautionary measures regarding sporting events. As of Friday, Brazil had 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19.last_img read more

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Elliot Vieira snags first CSBK Pro 600 win Regional

first_imgElliot Vieira picked up his first win on the Canadian circuit with a first place finish at the Canadian Superbike Championships (CSBK) Regional yesterday at Grand Benn.The Guyanese, who is studying in Canada, qualified third on Saturday but quickly made his way to the front of the pack by lap two, where he dominated for the remaining six laps.This represents his best performance yet in the North American circuit.Details in tomorrow’s editionlast_img

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Marcellus wrestlers maintain perfect league mark

first_imgGoing into Saturday’s Onondaga High School League Liberty/National tournament at Homer, the Marcellus wrestling team has to be considered a favorite.The Mustangs have not lost a head-to-head match against any OHSL foe, including last Wednesday night’s 77-7 romp over the combined APW/Pulaski squad.Of the first five bouts on the card, only one was contested, at 99 pounds, where Colin Scherer managed a pin over Ronnie Dupont in two minutes, nine seconds. It took just 51 seconds for Dylan Hood (195 pounds) to pin Jayden Trevett as Kyle Brown (285 pounds), Carl Santiarello (106 pounds), Gavin Ciota (113 pounds), Ethan Ciota (120 pounds), Dylan Price (138 pounds) and Wilvon McKee (220 pounds) claimed forfeits.As for Jordan-Elbridge, it struggled in last Wednesday’s bout against traditional Class AA power Baldwinsville, the Eagles taking a 62-12 loss to the Bees.Jared Lawrence won the opening bout at 220 when he pinned Jacob Mitts in 54 seconds, but B’ville claimed every other bout other than a forfeit to Raiden Yale at 170.Still, a couple of the contests were close, including 120, where Christian Mathews fell 5-2 to Mason Clark, and 126, where Nolan Jackson had a 6-4 defeat to Max Naples as Bryan Tanner (113) lost 12-6 to Aidan Cali.Facing Oneida on Friday night, J-E was able to again turn things around, defeating the Indians 54-30.Zach Hill opened at 170 with a 66-second pin over Dan Bartley as Lawrence took 61 seconds to pin Dyllan Delariva before forfeits to Tanner, Mathews and Madyn LaFleur (99 pounds).Later in the match, Nolan Jackson, at 126, pinned Brent Zeller in 43 seconds as Cameron Prior (132) got a second-period fall over Pete Kouselas. Cole Mullen, at 152 pounds, needed 2:44 to pin Damian Fratello.Both J-E and Marcellus take part in the league meet as West Genesee, after a two-week break, would host Fayetteville-Manlius on Wednesday and confront Fulton and North Rose-Wolcott a day later.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: J-EMarcellusWest Geneseewrestlingcenter_img Ryan Moses, at 132 pounds, got a 15-0 technical fall over Alex Currie, but each of the Mustangs’ other five mat victories came through pins.Tim Okhman started it at 145 pounds with a fall over Mike Janack in 2:43, followed by Quinten Weaver (152 pounds) taking 68 seconds to pin Brynn Pierce.Zach Grolling, at 170 pounds, pinned Jaiden Harrington in 70 seconds before a 182-pound bout where Paul Okham finished off Mike Kinney in35 seconds.last_img read more

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Gallery: Syracuse players test fears by rappelling down 45-foot wall

first_img Published on August 19, 2015 at 3:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ FORT DRUM, N.Y. — Syracuse players and some coaches rappelled down a 45-foot wall on Wednesday as part of the team’s training at Fort Drum this week. SU has visted Fort Drum each of the past three seasons but this was the first time players rappelled.“You’re up there and you’re like, ‘I don’t want to do this, I don’t want to do this,’” senior center Rob Trudo said, “but then you’re up next and you’re doing it.”Some members of SU backed out, including starting senior quarterback Terrel Hunt, causing sophomore linebacker Zaire Franklin to say, “Don’t be softnosed,” — a reference to head coach Scott Shafer’s mantra of wanting his team to be “hardnosed.”Redshirt freshman safety Rodney Williams shouted, “Why not us, why not you?” at the players who sat in the bleachers, mocking them by using SU’s own mantra for the season. Then Williams himself backed out as soon as he got to the top.As players rappelled, teammates cheered and heckled teammates. As sophomore safety Chauncey Scissum came down taking notably small leaps, a teammate asked, “Why the baby jumps?” But Scissum was relieved just to make it all the way to the bottom safely, where he made the sign of the cross with his hand.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Getting started was definitely the hardest part,” Trudo said. “Once you got up there it was a little bit easier. But it’s nerve-wracking.”Text by Paul Schwedelson, asst. copy editor, pmschwed@syr.edu  Commentslast_img read more

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