UEFA medical chief sees “tricky” finishing Champions League and Europa League

first_img“The situation is not the same in all countries. In Germany the situation is relatively favorable at the moment compared to England. Currently we have a decreasing number of infected people and we have an immense capacity to carry out tests in the country, very different from what happens in other countries, “said Meyer.The doctor admitted public pressure while developing the manual with his team and is convinced that “it can work” if all parties involved are extremely disciplined. In addition, he explained that one of the most difficult questions is the amount of testing required and what to do when someone involved contracts the coronavirus.Meyer urged the teams to play a test match before the season resumes to see if all hygiene and safety standards are met. The matches would be held without restrictions and options such as playing with a mask have been ruled out. “The premise is that everything remains the same on the field,” he concluded. The president of the UEFA Medical Committee Tim Meyer has acknowledged that ending the Champions League and the Europa League In the midst of the coronavirus outbreak it will be a much bigger challenge than the restart of the national leagues.“It is definitely more complicated, although only due to current travel restrictions. You may need special permissions. Different health and legal scenarios must be taken into account. Difficulty levels would be significantly higher in some places. The advantage is that the postponement of the matches allows a more calm planning. We can wait to see how things unfold, “Meyer explained in statements to dpa.UEFA plans to resume European competitions after the completion of the national leagues, possibly in late August. The Champions League and Europa League are paralyzed in the knockout stages and there are several scenarios to complete them, including fast tournaments in a single venue.Meyer is also the chief medical officer of the German Football Federation (DFB) and he heads an internal working group that has produced a detailed manual on how the Bundesliga could restart behind closed doors next month, pending permission from political and medical authorities.last_img read more

Amla leads South Africa to easy win over Sri Lanka

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP):Opener Hashim Amla struck an unbeaten 56 for South Africa in their eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the last World Twenty20 Group One game yesterday.Amla hit five fours and one six off 52 balls as South Africa scored 122-2 in 17.4 overs after winning the toss and dismissing Sri Lanka for 120 in 19.3 overs.Amla added 60 for the second wicket with captain Faf du Plessis (31) to help South Africa control the chase from early on.South Africa finished third in the group behind first-place West Indies and England, who were already through to the semi-finals. Defending champions Sri Lanka finished the tournament with a solitary win over Afghanistan.South Africa had little problem in chasing the moderate total as Amla struck a fifth half-century and called the shots in the company of his captain.Du Plessis scored three fours in his 36 balls, but was trapped leg before wicket by pace bowler Suranga Lakmal when he was batting fluently.In a game lacking lots of big shots, the crowd of more than 10,000 saw A.B. de Villiers strike two sixes, including the winning smash over midwicket off Lakmal’s full toss.’BATTING LET US DOWN'”It’s always tough when you are playing South Africa,” said Sri Lanka’s stand-in skipper Dinesh Chandimal. “Batting has let us down in this tournament.”Earlier, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien and Aaron Phangiso grabbed two wickets to restrict Sri Lanka.Left-arm spinner Phangiso produced a twin-strike in the fifth over after which Sri Lanka failed to get partnerships going.Opener Tillkaratne Dilshan, who had smashed an unbeaten 83 in Sri Lanka’s win against Afghanistan, scored 36 off 40 with four fours and one six. He added 45 runs for the first wicket with Chandimal, who led the side after Angelo Mathews pulled out due to a hamstring injury suffered during his fighting knock of 73 not out against England.Chandimal was bowled with a straighter delivery from Phangiso for 21 and left-hander Lahiru Thirimanne was bowled first ball with one that came in sharply.Behardien then dismissed Shehan Jayasuriya (1) and Dilshan, while Abbott came on to take two late wickets and ensure there was no fightback from the tail-enders.”It was a great pitch, the ball was stopping and turning,” said Man-of-the-Match Phangiso. “It’s been a bit tough. We prepared well coming from home and I think we just needed luck on our side.”- APlast_img read more

Gayle goes ballistic – Launches Instagram tirade against present, former cricketers

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia (CMC): Controversial opener Chris Gayle launched a scathing attack on several former and present cricketers after an explosive innings in the Australian Big Bash T20 League. Gayle, who equalled Yuvraj Singh’s record for the fastest half-century in T20 history playing for Melbourne Renegades against Adelaide Strikers on Monday, launched his blistering attack in an instagram tirade yesterday. The explosive Jamaican batsman did not hold back in his assessment of former players who shared the BBL franchise’s view of his conduct. “I think a lot of past and present cricketers who smile in front my face could’ve had their say in the public when my so call issue was going on, but y’all don’t have the balls to stand firm when it matters,” said Gayle. “But yet when u (you) see me you’re like, Chris that’s BS against you, it was blown out of proportion. Don’t tell me, tell the media and public!” The 36-year-old West Indies opener has come under fire for appearing to openly flirt with Australian reporter Mel McLaughlin, by telling her during a live TV interview: “I wanted to come and have an interview with you as well, that’s the reason why I’m here. Just to see your eyes for the first time. It’s nice.” He continued: “So hopefully we can win this game and we can have a drink after. Don’t blush, baby.” Gayle was subsequently censured by Cricket Australia and Big Bash League organisers and also fined $10,000 (US$7,000) His comments led to him being criticised by the likes of former Sydney Thunder teammate Chris Rogers, current BBL players Shane Watson and Ed Cowan, as well as former England skipper Andre Flintoff and former Australian Test captain Ian Chappell, who recommended a worldwide ban. “The real ppl (people) who stand by Gayle worldwide through the so call BS against me in the media, Thank You. To the MEDIA, Thank You all so! The Haters, I Thank you even more,” Gayle posted in social media-speak on his Instagram account. “The past cricketer who said I make myself look like a chop, the other who claim I was no good to the youngsters while playing for the t\Thunder, the next one who said he expect that sort of behaviour from Chris – Y’all can ….. I love Australia and I will be back again.”last_img read more

Joel Embiid hopes to return from knee injury next week for 76ers

first_imgWill you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? At 34, Ben Askren finally makes UFC debut under Vegas lights Sixers coach Brett Brown said Embiid was right to shut himself down for a bit if he needed rest to benefit what was best for his long-term outlook.“I know it’s on everybody’s mind to try and press him and pin him to something maybe a little bit more concrete and less mist,” he said. “It’s hard to say, ‘this is the day.’ I do feel like he and the organization are working hand-in-hand. He came to us, we listened, as we should. I think he feels like he’s getting ahead of it, on top of it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s all about long term preservation and making sure I’m ready not just for the playoffs, but also for the next 15 years,” Embiid said.Embiid said he could “for sure” play through the mild tendinitis but wanted to rest up for the stretch run and the playoffs. Embiid also dismissed any connection between his soreness and playing 23 minutes in the All-Star game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsHe did not give a specific game for his return, but the Sixers play again Tuesday against Orlando, and three more times through March 10.The Sixers played short-handed against the Warriors: big men Boban Marjanovic (right knee sprain) and Amir Johnson (upper-back tightness) also sat out with injuries. Jonah Bolden started for Embiid, and the backup was Justin Patton, who hasn’t played this season. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chiefcenter_img Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title 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 Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil View comments MOST READ Team Giannis’ Joel Embiid, of the Philadelphia 76ers, speaks with Rapper 2 Chainz ahead of the first half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)PHILADELPHIA — Philadelphia 76ers All-Star center Joel Embiid expects to return to the lineup next week from a sore left knee that has cost him the last five games.Embiid sat out again Saturday night against the Golden State Warriors and has not played since the All-Star game. The 24-year-old Embiid is averaging 27.3 points and 13.5 rebounds in 54 games for the Sixers. Embiid underwent an MRI last week, which revealed no structural damage, and he will undergo physical therapyADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Slow Pitch teams must register for post season

first_imgTeams looking to compete in the post season must send a confirmation email by the deadline of August 8.The deadline is designed to give organizers an adequate amount of time to produce a playoff tournament in time.Along with an email, teams looking for some post season action must submit all their scores from throughout the regular season to ensure the proper placement of teams.- Advertisement -Interested teams can email their confirmation to fsjslowpitch@telus.net.last_img

Klopp laments ‘unfair’ football after Newcastle draw

first_img“I thought we were the better side and created more clear chances. I think we should have won,” Klopp said after a draw that leaves Liverpool seven points adrift of front-runners Manchester City and Manchester United.A victory that would have moved Liverpool into the top four appeared likely after Coutinho put them ahead in the 29th minute, but they paid the price for failing to take other chances.Klopp remains confident, however, that Liverpool, yet to win the English title in the Premier League era, are equipped to mount a challenge at the top of the table.“I cannot talk about our football and the gap between us and other teams. We are having our hard moment and other teams will have their hard moment,” he said.– ‘Real challenge’ –“I really think it looks like we are not far away from a real challenge,” he added with Liverpool having won the last of their then-record 18 English titles in 1990.Klopp insisted: “If we do what we are good at then we can score more goals and we will win more games.“We don’t have to think about other teams and we will close the gap. It’s is all about our situation, we are not thinking about where the others are.“I’ve played a lot of times with different teams in my life to know when we have a problem — and here we were the better team again and created more chances. We were in very promising situations, but didn’t score.“I’ve been around football and I know there is going to be one day when it will click and we will score more. Yes, we have one win in seven, but in most of those games we have been the better team.”“Now the only thing to do is carry on and hope that something happens. We are still confident. It’s our duty to be confident because the players have quality.”Quality is not always enough, however. There has to be defensive organisation and it was lacking when Joselu scored Newcastle’s 36th-minute equaliser following an excellent through ball from former Liverpool midfielder Jonjo Shelvey.“It was a good pass, but if the defenders see it, they have to step forward and get him offside,” Klopp said. “We made one mistake and it’s 1-1. They (Newcastle) made a lot more mistakes.”Benitez was pleased by his team’s performance against the club he once guided to a Champions League triumph in a match where millionaire businesswoman Amanda Staveley was among the crowd amid speculation she could be linked with a takeover of the Tyneside club.“We have got a point at home, which isn’t the best, but against one of the top teams, you will take it,” said Benitez, now well on the way to becoming a fans’ favourite at northeast side Newcastle.“They have a lot of players with quality, they are dangerous from set pieces and they are dangerous in one v one situations,” the Spaniard added.“They are a very good team and that is why I’m pleased with the performance of my players. They were really working hard and, if we had shown a little more composure on the ball, maybe we would have scored a second goal.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Liverpool’s manager Jurgen Klopp on the touchline during the English Premier League football match against Newcastle United at St James’ Park in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, north east England on October 1, 2017 © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYNEWCASTLE, United Kingdom, Oct 2 – Jurgen Klopp assessed Liverpool’s latest failure to win a Premier League game after a 1-1 draw at Newcastle United by saying: “Football is not fair.”Liverpool’s German manager found it difficult to accept that the visitors emerged with only a point thanks to a spectacular long-range goal from Philippe Coutinho after enjoying twice as much possession as Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle at St James’ Park on Sunday.last_img read more

Get over nonsense about Rangers ‘not existing’ – Gers’ return can improve Celtic

first_img Rangers celebrate clinching promotion to the Scottish Premiership 1 talkSPORT’s Drivetime presenter Adrian Durham discusses the impact Rangers’ promotion to the Premiership will have on Scottish football…We had a fantastic debate to kick off the show on Wednesday. We asked the question: “Have Rangers saved Scottish football?” And soon we were inundated with intelligent callers: talkSPORT at its finest.However, Twitter proved to be the ignorant runt when it came to this debate I’m afraid. The genuine debate about the state of Scottish football and its future was lost in bigoted bile, swearing and pure hatred.Trying to have an intelligent football debate with people who know only insults is pointless. They think they’ve won the argument by calling you a ‘ginger prick’: in reality these people couldn’t tackle a high level debate, so they just vomited all over it instead, and claimed victory.Twitter could be brilliant, but unfortunately it’s taken dumbing down to the deepest depths.There will always be some who can’t raise their level above the meaningless nonsense about Rangers ‘no longer existing’, but there is a genuine debate to be had for people who can think bigger than those who cannot open their minds.Have Rangers saved Scottish football? My view is, in purely literal, superficial terms, no, of course not. If they hadn’t got promoted the Scottish Premiership would have carried on.But the debate is much bigger than that.Firstly, Scotland are the only home nation not to qualify for the newly expanded European Championship.Secondly, Scottish clubs have been useless in Europe. Keep those two things in mind as you read on. A couple of years ago I used to enjoy watching Dundee United, in particular Gary Mackay-Steven. He looked dynamic, he looked like he had a big future. Along with another exciting player, Stuart Armstong, Gary signed for Celtic last January and levelled out. Neither player has played for Scotland since they joined Celtic.So why have two talented footballers failed to step up since the “big move”?Players get better when they are challenged, when they have to perform with intensity, they learn from playing against tough opposition, they learn from playing in high pressure games, performing at that level regularly.So with talents like Armstrong and Mackay-Steven not being developed, the Scotland team suffers; hence the likes of Liam Bridcutt playing for Gordon Strachan’s side. And consequently Scotland stay at home this summer, while Northern Ireland and Wales join in the fun in France.Rangers coming back to the top flight won’t instantly help the national side. But the level of intensity will start to rise: suddenly there’s another massive stadium full of fans to raise the bar, there is a big club up there to be shot down. Everyone in the Scottish Premiership will want to beat Rangers, especially Celtic.Big game experience; high intensity. The more it happens, the more players learn, the better they become. The chances are a good number of Scottish players will be involved in these games. That can only benefit the Scotland team. From that point of view Rangers being back is a positive. The same applies to Scottish clubs in Europe. Long gone are the days of Celtic taking 100,000 fans to Seville and Rangers playing in the Europa League final. That night in Manchester was only eight years ago, but it seems more like 88 years ago.Celtic’s intensity has dropped without their rival on their case constantly. While Rangers have been away, Dundee United improved, then Celtic signed a couple of their best players to keep them down, and ultimately send them down.Now Aberdeen have improved, so let’s see how the season unfolds. Inverness and St Johnstone have won the Scottish Cup without Rangers around in the Premiership. Is it a sign that the rest of the top flight are better off without half the Old Firm? Possibly. But it’s definitely a sign that Celtic’s intensity is virtually non-existent.Celtic achieved the seemingly impossible by getting knocked out of two European competitions before Christmas this season. That’s an embarrassment. Why did it happen? Nobody is pushing Celtic, to the point where they seem to have no awareness of just how low they’ve sunk.Do Rangers raise that level just by their very presence back in the big time? Maybe not straight away, but be left in no doubt that one of Mark Warburton’s aims is to challenge Celtic as soon as possible.If Rangers get close, Celtic players will have to work harder, be better, or be released and replaced. Managers as well: if Ronny Deila continues to be bang average, he won’t be able to get away with it once a competitive Rangers are in the vicinity. You’ve got to be a hard-boiled irrationalist to ignore the fact that Rangers’ return changes the landscape of Scottish football dramatically. It has the potential to change things for the better for Scottish clubs in Europe, and has the potential to improve the national team. Only those who don’t care about the soul of football will try to keep hammering home the moribund talk of Rangers dying, that it’s not the same club, throwing in lame old ducks like title-stripping and taxes still being owed. Those of us who genuinely care about football got over all that some time ago.What happened wasn’t right of course. But it happened, sanctions were served, and it’s time for intelligence to take over, and for people to move on. Let’s think about football, and forget the peripheral stuff. It’s time for Scottish football to draw on the clear benefits of Rangers’ return to the top flight. Anything that might possibly bring back special nights like Celtic seeing off Messi and Barcelona to Glasgow, has to be a good thing, right?last_img read more


first_imgThe local soccer community in Donegal has been plunged into sadness following the sudden death of Drumkeen United official Tom Bonner.Tom was a highly respected and hugely popular figure in local soccer circles and his passing has come as a great shock to all those lucky enough to have known him.Tom was heavily involved with his own club Drumkeen United for well over thirty-five years. Tom was also well known for his roles serving on numerous other committees and organisations in local soccer in Donegal.He was affectionately known as Mr Drumkeen by players and other officials associated with the club.Tributes have poured in for Tom on the Drumkeen United Facebook page.Officials from other clubs as well as players past and present have left touching tributes that indicate how popular Tom was with everyone involved in Donegal soccer. Drumkeen United left a very poignant message on their Facebook account regarding the role and impact Tom had on the club.“This is a very sad day for our club, it is hard to know what to say at this time.When you think of Drumkeen Utd, you think of Tom and it is hard to imagine the club without him.“He was the driving force that kept us all going. it is impossible to put a value on the amount of work he did for the club.“Over the years he must have held every position in the club at one time or another. He did a lot of the day to day work behind the scenes, the little things that gets taken for granted. “We had big plans for the year ahead including the completion of the Astroturf pitch which he was overseeing.“Sadly he will not get to see his project completed. It is only a few days since we were all down in the clubhouse appointing a new team manager and planning for the future.He was of course well known all over Donegal and further afield through his work with various football organisations and committees.“I have seen people today refer to him as Mr Drumkeen and I would not argue with that. “He will be sorely missed by us all at Drumkeen United, things will never be quite the same again.“While this is a great loss for us it is an even greater loss for his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this very sad and difficult time.We send our heartfelt condolences to his wife Margaret, Son Damien, Daughter Edel and his brothers and sisters and extended family.May he Rest In Peace.SADNESS AT PASSING OF DRUMKEEN UNITED STALWART TOM BONNER was last modified: January 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:deathdrumkeen unitednewspassingSportSuddenTom Bonnertributeslast_img read more

Arsenal’s ten-game winning run dismissed by England legend

first_imgBut while it may seem an impressive feat, a quick glance at their recent opponents shines a different light on their winning run.The Gunners’ league victories have mostly all come against struggling teams, with Everton and Watford the only top-half opponents they have beaten, while it also includes a win over Championship side Brentford in the EFL Cup and two European minnows in the Europa League.Arsenal’s two league defeats this season came from their opening two games against Chelsea and Manchester City. They haven’t faced a top-six side since.And Pearce believes Unai Emery’s men will struggle when they come up against their top Premier League rivals again, with their next big meeting against Liverpool at home on November 3. Stuart Pearce has dismissed Arsenal’s impressive run of ten consecutive victories in all competitions, saying their fixtures ‘have been kind to them’.The Gunners extended their winning run with a 3-1 Premier League victory over Leicester City on Monday night.It could have been a different result had the Foxes taken advantage of their early dominance. Arsenal were under the cosh for the first 30 minutes and went 1-0 down through a Hector Bellerin own goal.Arsenal were much improved after the break, though, and sealed an impressive win at the Emirates Stadium, with Mesut Ozil shining in midfield and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scoring a brace to make it ten wins on the bounce. Arsenal produced a brilliant second-half performance to beat Leicester Listen back to Stuart Pearce on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast above Unai Emery has guided Arsenal to fourth in the Premier League table, but have they been treated to a run of easy fixtures? Arsenal’s last clash against a top-six rival ended in a 3-2 defeat to Chelsea center_img Discussing Monday’s win over Leicester, he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast: “Arsenal played some lovely football in the second half, but the game could have gone either way, really.“Leicester played extremely well in the first half and could have had a couple of goals, which would have changed the balance of the game.“I think the fixtures have been fairly kind to Arsenal so far.“Any time they have played the other top six teams they’ve been beaten this year and I think push will come to shove when they play the bigger teams again.” 3 3 3last_img read more


first_imgA cyclist has died following an accident in Inishowen.The man, named locally as Brendan Doherty, of Woodside, Carndonagh, was involved in the accident on Sunday last.It is believed Mr Doherty, who was in his 50s, struck a wall while out cycling near the Isle of Doagh.He was rushed to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where he was being treated for serious head injuries.However he has since died in hospital as a result of his injuries.Gardai are now appealing for anybody who may have witnessed or come across the incident on Sunday last to contact them.MAN DIES FOLLOWING CYCLING ACCIDENT IN CO DONEGAL was last modified: July 11th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:accidentBrendan DohertyCarndonaghCYCLINGdonegalInishowenlast_img read more