Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSUVA president predicts no normal football seasonUNDATED (AP) — The British government says tennis courts and golf courses in England can reopen starting Wednesday, but people can only play with members of their own household. Gyms and swimming pools remain closed, although swimming in the sea or lakes will be allowed. Associated Press Update on the latest sports May 10, 2020 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson made the announcement in a speech revealing the outlines of a “road map” for easing the coronavirus pandemic restrictions while maintaining forms of social distancing. The sports venues were ordered to be closed in March when Britain imposed a national lockdown.Johnson gave no indication when professional sports can resume competition.Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can set their own stance on tennis courts and golf courses, and they have already indicated a more stringent version of the lockdown will be maintained.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— The president of the University of Virginia says he hopes college football can be played this fall, but he doesn’t expect it to seem like “normal football seasons.” James Ryan told CBS’s “Face the Nation” on Sunday that athletic director Carla Williams and football coach Bronco Mendenhall are committed to a safe return to play. But Ryan says nothing will proceed until medical officials say it’s safe to resume workouts. Ryan says school officials are taking things day by day. He says students need to be back on campus before football can begin. — President Trump has congratulated UFC for restarting the sports world Saturday night after a nearly two-month hiatus. Trump’s taped message was played during ESPN’s broadcast of the UFC 249 undercard from a fan-free arena Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida. He congratulated UFC President Dana White, who is a Trump business associate and a major contributor to his re-election campaign. UFC 249 served as the first major sporting event to take place since the global pandemic shut down much of the country nearly eight weeks ago. One of the fighters scheduled to take part in UFC249 tested positive for the COVID-19. Jacaré Souza’s middleweight bout against Uriah Hall was called off after Souza tested positive along with his two cornermen.— The Spanish soccer league is not changing its plan to resume competing after five players from clubs in the first and second divisions tested positive for COVID-19. The league confirmed the positive tests on Sunday but said it was not going to alter the practice protocol that got underway last week. Players from most clubs began individual training sessions on Friday after nearly two months of confinement because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league said it has told everyone to keep following health safety measures suggested by authorities, so the numbers of infected players “remain very low.” The five players who tested positive will remain sidelined until they fully recover. They will be allowed to resume practicing after testing negative in two consecutive tests.— A player for English Premier League team Brighton has tested positive for the coronavirus as clubs prepare for talks on how to resume competition during the pandemic. The southern England club told The Associated Press there is no need for other members of the squad or coaches to self-isolate because so far players have only worked in isolation when at the training base. Brighton said three players have now had the coronavirus. The first diagnosis was announced in March. The Premier League has government support for “Project Restart” and it will be trying to secure agreement among the 20 clubs on the plans during a conference call with them on Monday.— America’s Cup teams are returning to the water in varying degrees nearly two months after the coronavirus pandemic forced the shutdown of what would have been an impressive global road show for sailing. Defending champion Emirates Team New Zealand has returned to training on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbor with its half-size test boat after a mandatory lockdown was lifted. The Kiwis don’t have access to their 75-foot race boat because it’s still being shipped back from Italy after a preliminary regatta scheduled for April was canceled. By Monday or Tuesday, the New York Yacht Club’s yacht Defiant will be headed from Pensacola, Florida, to Auckland on a 500-foot ship.— Former Houston Rockets star Yao Ming, who is now president of the Chinese Basketball Association, says the league has three options for resuming the season that has been on hold since Feb. 1 over the coronavirus pandemic. Yao says the league might play out the full schedule; play a shortened season with some games dropped; or end the regular season and go straight to the playoffs based on teams’ current rankings. Yao told state broadcaster CCTV that he hopes as much as the season can be played as possible, but that public health and fairness are the key considerations. — The president of the French Tennis Federation says holding the French Open without fans later this year is an option. The clay-court tournament at Roland Garros was initially slated to be held May 24-June 7, but has been rescheduled for Sept. 20-Oct. 4. Bernard Giudicelli tells a French newspaper (Le Journal du Dimanche) that organizing it without fans would allow a part of the economy to keep turning.— Denny Hamlin closed NASCAR’s iRacing Series on Saturday with a victory at a simulation of throwback North Wilkesboro Speedway. This year’s Daytona 500 champion had four fresh tires as he chased down leader Ross Chastain and nudged him out of the way. Chastain retaliated by hitting Hamlin’s car after the checkered flag. Timmy Hill finished second, followed by Tyler Reddick, Chastain and Austin Dillon. Hamlin also won the opening iRacing event on March 22.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

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Jerry West calls Clippers meeting ‘very intriguing’

first_imgThe possibility that Lakers legend Jerry West may soon be involved with the Clippers continued to gain steam Thursday when West described his recent meeting with the organization as “very intriguing” and said “Steve Ballmer is going to be a sensational owner.”However, West, who will be an octogenarian by next year’s playoffs, otherwise left his future open-ended during an appearance on The Dan Patrick Show.“I’m 79 years old,” West said. “I know how much I value the game of basketball. I know what it’s done for me. I’m still very competitive. I’m just not sure anywhere is a good fit for me.”Earlier this week, reports surfaced that the Clippers were interested in bring West on in an advisory role similar to his job as an executive board member with the Warriors, a position he has held since 2011. West continues to live in Los Angeles and commutes to the Bay Area when necessary. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersWest, who has long eschewed celebrity and lamented his inability to keep a low profile, said he was focused on finishing this season with the Warriors before turning his attention elsewhere. His contract with the Warriors is set to expire in July.“I don’t like it’s gotten in the newspaper,” West said, “and particularly I don’t like it because we’re playing in the Finals. It shouldn’t be a distraction. I don’t think it will be by the way. I’m more concerned about going up to Oakland tonight to watch the Warriors play and hopefully win this game tonight. Then all the other noise that’s out there about me possibly coming down here, I just don’t want to talk about it anymore to be honest with you.”West was interested in rejoining the Lakers before Jeanie Buss hired Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka earlier this spring, a fact he alluded to in his interview with Patrick.“Sometimes I thought in my life that might be something that I can revisit,” he said, “or they would want me to revisit. But that didn’t happen. At times — I wouldn’t say I was disappointed – but it kind of sent me a message. They wanted to go elsewhere, which is fine. To say I wouldn’t have ended my career there, that wouldn’t necessarily be true either.”Now the Clippers have emerged as the most likely landing spot for West, a man who outside the Clippers’ home arena is honored with a statue – an homage to West in a Lakers jersey.last_img read more

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Grindvold grinds out winning round at Greenwood

first_imgPSC golf from The Golf Club Sports BarMonday, Sept. 19, Green Valley – Stableford1st John Emmerson (11) 37pts 2nd John Pierrel (13) 37pts3rd Joe Mooneyham (16) 36ptsFour groups headed down the 36 this morning to test the links of Green Valley. Finally, the whole game came together, the back nine was stronger, and thus our TGC partner John Emmerson snatched this week’s victory on count back.Last week I wrote that 39 would normally be enough for a win when writing of our second place finisher Mick Beresford, and that was true today.  Timing is everything, not just on your swing, but your entire game.  But today Johnny got to the top on count back over John Pierrel who has been traveling Thailand and playing golf all over the kingdom.  Emmerson’s 19 on back was 2 better than Pierrel’s 17, so ring the bell pal!  You actually had good reason to bum a cigar from Warboys this time.John Emmerson & Joe Mooneyham.It was great to see our PSC golf chief Joe Mooneyham out with us and playing great golf with his 36 points for third on the day.Our buddy from Hawaii, Kalani is back with us for a couple of weeks now, so Mahalo, man.For the record, the proper stableford count back criteria is back 9 total points, if tied then back 6 total, if still tied then back 3 total, if still tied then last hole total, if still tied then highest points on the #1 handicap hole.  There are actually 4 more stages, but they are rarely necessary.Wednesday, Sept. 21, St. Andrews – Stableford1st John Pierrel (13) 39pts2nd Henry O’Brien (18) 35pts3rd Terry Wagner (20) 31ptsNot content with his second place finish on Monday, John Pierrel set his standards high and came out the winner of today’s competition.  John played some very consistent golf with only one blob on the card.  Shooting a 39 on this course is quite difficult, so well played to John.Bob, Mark, McHugh, Roachie, Jez & pals after Friday’s trip to Greenwood.Henry O’Brien has been playing well of late and an 18 handicapper that shoots 35 here has had a very good round of golf.  Terry Wagner got away with a third with his 31 points, but some days you just get lucky sneaking that one in.St. Andrews is one of the best courses we play in Pattaya.  It never ceases to impress with its beautiful vistas of the Rayong hills.  The course was in very good nick today and the weather was overcast, making for a cool and pleasant day of golf on a great track.Friday, Sept. 23, Greenwood – Stableford1st Jack Grindvold (5) 37pts2nd Gareth Gill (7) 35pts3rd John McHugh (9) 35ptsIt was TGC partner Johnny McHugh’s birthday today, so a very special outing was on the agenda for this trip out to Greenwood.  McHugh sponsored the four long drives, something he usually excels in… but not today.  There was that silly rule about drives having to be in the fairway he forgot about.  Sorry about that birthday boy.Long time buddy Ernie MacInerney took 2 of the LD’s.  It’s a shame the Dalai Lama didn’t play today, big hitter, the Lama.  A rare appearance by Joe Sebastian on the golf course was noted, good to see the lefty back in action as he apparently had a great back nine after 6 months of cobwebs on the bag.It was one of those days when you wished you had shares in Bacardi, as the Breezers were flowing like the Pattaya floods of the past week.  But the star of the day was our own Jack Grindvold who won with a great round, a Cinderella story if you will.There was a trio of single digit handicappers on today’s podium.  These guys make few mistakes, so Jack’s victory was that much sweeter.  Well done Jack, our favorite Swede, and don’t worry, that new Ikea in Bangkok will be open next month.Greenwood was in spectacular shape and we will be returning next month, so watch for the October schedule soon.  Keep it in the fairway lads!Note:  The Golf Club is located on Soi LK Metro, off Soi Buakhao and Soi Diana junction.  We can be reached on 085 434 3377 or [email protected] and our website is www.golfclubpattaya.com.last_img read more

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McGahan magic at Green Valley

first_img3rd Mark William (9) 38ptsB Flight1st Kevin Hamilton (19) 39pts2nd Tom Breslin (26) 38pts3rd Steven Phillips (29) 37ptsTwo flights on Wednesday at the groups home course of Green Valley.  The scoring was good, especially in the A Flight were Phonsie McGahan returned a superb 43 points to take the win ahead of Brian Orr, who himself came in with a great 41 point return.  Mark William was third with a ‘meager’ 38 points. PSC golf from The Caddy ShackWednesday, Jan. 4, Green Valley – StablefordA Flight1st Phonsie McGahan (7) 43pts2nd Brian Orr (15) 41pts In the B Flight Kevin Hamilton came out on top with a 39 point haul to finish one better than Tom Breslin in second and two up on Steven Phillips in third.  Steven had the consolation of recording the only birdie ‘2’ of the day.Friday, Jan. 6,Crystal Bay –StablefordA Flight1st Ted Gardner (6) 39pts2nd Doug Crowe (8) 39pts3rd Emmet White (10) 38ptsB Flight1st Olly (22) 40pts2nd Bruce Tollitt (19) 35pts3rd Dave Bramley (18) 35ptsThe good scores continued at always tough Crystal Bay on Friday with Olly top scoring on 40 points to claim the B Flight honours ahead of Bruce Tollitt and Dave Bramley; Bruce getting the better of the count back in the battle for second place.Ted Gardner meanwhile took out the A Flight with a fine 39 points off his 6 handicap to just edge Doug Crowe on another count back, and Emmet White completed the podium a further point behind.Doug Crowe, Mark William, Jim McGovern and Brian Orr shared the ‘2’s pot between them.last_img read more

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