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January 2022

Soccer-Nike suspends relationship with Greenwood amid assault allegations

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Nike has suspended its relationship with Manchester United’s Mason Greenwood, the sportswear giant said on Monday after accusations surfaced online that the 20-year-old striker assaulted a woman. United said on Sunday they were “aware of the images and allegations circulating on social media” and later confirmed Greenwood would not return arrest-man-hours-after-manchester-utd-suspend-greenwood-2022-01-30 to train or play for the club at Old Trafford until further notice.

“We have suspended our relationship with Mason Greenwood. We are deeply concerned about the disturbing allegations and will continue to monitor the situation closely,” a Nike spokesperson told Reuters. The allegations against Greenwood – including video, photographs and a voice note – were posted to Instagram on Sunday and later deleted.

Greater Manchester Police had said a man had been arrested on suspicion of rape and assault and was being held for questioning after pictures and videos were posted by a woman reporting incidents of physical abuse. On Monday, police said detectives were given “additional time to speak to a man in his 20s”.

“The suspect was arrested yesterday (Sunday January 30) afternoon and remains in custody,” police added.

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Could betting on sports games help solve California’s homelessness crisis? – Times Herald

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California voters could legalize sports betting this year while taking a big step forward in the state’s fight against homelessness.

Four sports betting measures proposed for the November ballot could bring in tens to hundreds of millions of dollars a year in taxes, licensing fees and other contributions. Three promise to dedicate at least a portion of that revenue to homelessness and mental health programs, creating California’s first ongoing revenue stream to target the crisis on our streets. Several big-city mayors — including Oakland’s Libby Schaaf — are already lining up behind the proposal that could raise the most money to help the Bay Area’s nearly 30,000 homeless residents.

All but one of the initiatives have yet to qualify for the ballot, but if they do, they will face a potentially fierce battle as deep-pocketed gambling interests battle for control of the lucrative new market. And backers will have to contend with voters who may be skeptical of the betting industry’s ability to make a meaningful dent in the deep-rooted problem of homelessness.

Supporters of the Schaaf-backed California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support Act have raised $100 million and garnered more than 25% of the roughly 1.1 million signatures they need in the spring to qualify for the ballot .

“Unfortunately, we have a huge problem with homelessness in California. And it’s become a permanent problem, and we need a permanent source of funding for this,” said Kurt Oneto, campaign counsel supporting The initiative is backed by sports betting companies including FanDuel and DraftKings, which would reap significant financial benefits if adopted.

The United States Supreme Court ended the federal ban on sports betting in 2018, opening the door for states to legalize the practice. About 30 states have taken this step so far. Although many Californians are already betting on sports in unregulated forums, lawmakers have failed to come up with a plan to legalize the practice and unite the state’s diverse gambling interests. As a result, voters may have to navigate competing and confusing measures.

Gambling operations for years garnered public support by pledging money to social causes – like the lottery, which won over Californians in the 1980s by pledging to help fund public education. But while the lottery funnels billions into schools, it has by no means been the magic bullet to fix our education system. Voters know this, and they know how difficult homelessness is to solve, said Jack Pitney, professor of politics at Claremont McKenna College. This could make it more difficult to adopt measures on sports betting.

“I wouldn’t take that as a safe bet,” Pitney said.

Even so, experts say the extra funding would help. According to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, more than half of all outdoor sleepers in the United States live in California. The state has relied on recent budget surpluses to address the massive problem of one-time grants, including $12 billion last year and another $2 billion proposed this year. But experts want continued funding that allows aid organizations to run long-term programs without worrying about whether their money will dry up.

“We cannot continue to work on the edges here and provide short-term solutions to a problem that has been brewing for decades,” said Christopher Marin, policy director at advocacy organization Housing California.

In 2020, lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to establish a long-term funding stream for homelessness. Last year they tried and failed again with a bill that proposed to raise corporate taxes.

The California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support Act would allow online sports betting facilitated by Native American tribes or betting operators who contract with them. Operators would be charged licensing fees and taxed on bets, raising sums of up to “hundreds of millions of dollars a year,” according to the Office of the Legislative Analyst. Of the money raised, 85% would go to homelessness and mental health programs, and 15% would be distributed to Native American tribes not involved in sports betting.

A competing measure that would also raise funds for homelessness and mental health paves the way for online and in-person sports betting run solely by Native American tribes. It is supported by several tribes, including the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria, which operates a casino in Rohnert Park.

“We believe this measure represents the best way forward for online sports betting for California, its tribes, people and communities,” wrote Roger Salazar, spokesperson for Californians for Tribal Sovereignty and Community Safety. games, in an emailed statement.

But how much he would raise is “highly uncertain,” according to the Office of the Legislative Analyst. Indeed, under California law, Native American tribes generally cannot be taxed or required to donate money to the state.

A third measure on the ballot would allow California cardrooms to get involved in sports betting, while also allowing online betting. Tax revenues would be split between education, homelessness, affordable housing and mental health programs.

The fourth — the only initiative already qualified for the November ballot — would allow Native American tribes and racetracks to offer in-person sports betting. Most of the funds raised by taxing operators would go to the general state fund. The measure does not concern online betting.

Tomiquia Moss, chief executive of the Bay Area-based advocacy group All Home, supports the California Solutions to Homelessness and Mental Health Support Act.

“It’s not the complete solution,” she said. “The resources that will be generated if this passes are just the beginning of what we really need to scale the solutions to address homelessness and housing insecurity across the state. But I think that puts a line in the sand.

Liverpool sign Luis Diaz, Newcastle buy Bruno Guimaraes

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Liverpool signed Luis Diaz from Porto to bolster their attacking options on the penultimate matchday of the January transfer window.

The 25-year-old Colombia international is yet to secure a British work permit to complete the transfer which will see Porto receive 45 million euros ($50 million) and potentially 15 million euros more in the coming years. come depending on Diaz’s success with Liverpool. .

Diaz is a skillful and exciting winger who has played for Porto since July 2019. He was tied with Argentina’s Lionel Messi as the Copa America’s top scorer last season. Colombia face Argentina in the World Cup qualifiers on Tuesday.

Liverpool are next in action in Sunday’s FA Cup against Cardiff. The team are second in the Premier League, nine points behind Manchester City with a game less than the champions.

NEWCASTLE SIGNS GUIMARAES New Saudi-owned Newcastle have taken a major step by signing Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimarães from French club Lyon for 50.1 million euros ($55.8 million) and 20% of any value future sale.

Lyon announced the transfer fee on their website and Newcastle tweeted that they had signed a 4½ year contract. Saudi Arabia’s sovereign wealth fund bought Newcastle in October and the Premier League club tweeted ‘Bruno is a Geordie’. The club also showed a photo of him signing his contract.

Newcastle are battling relegation to the Premier League with just two wins this season and sit in 18th place. Guimarães, 24, has three international caps for Brazil and has played well for Lyon this season. Guimarães was not the first choice last season after joining Athletico Paranaense two years ago for 20 million euros ($22.3 million).

Last year, he helped Brazil win Olympic gold at the Tokyo Games. In total, he scored three goals in 71 games for Lyon.

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LHU limits participation in sporting events | News, Sports, Jobs

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LOCK HAVEN — If you were hoping to get to a University of Lock Haven winter sports event soon, you’ll need to find something else to do.

Last week, the university announced an updated spectator policy for home sporting events, which will include men’s basketball, women’s basketball and wrestling games.

The updated policy will begin over the weekend, Saturday, January 29. This is the university’s response to growing concerns over COVID-19 and the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

Until further notice, attendance at all home sports competitions will be limited to participating student-athletes, coaches, officials, sports administration and essential personnel required to host the event. No tickets will be sold.

However, LHU will allow each competing student-athlete to have up to two guests. All spectators must be on the official LHU team roster and must remain properly masked indoors. No visiting fans will be allowed to attend.

This change in spectator policy is a direct result of the university’s continued disregard of the masking policy during recent indoor competitions. It is instituted to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and give LHU student-athletes the best chance of completing their seasons without further postponements or cancellations. This comes as more than a dozen PSAC competitions have been postponed or canceled in recent weeks due to the spread of COVID-19.

There is no announced timeline for the return of all spectators to LHU indoor sports competitions. University officials will continue to monitor the situation over the coming weeks and provide updates if and when any changes occur.

If you’re desperate for your sports fix, LHU reminds fans that all remaining basketball games and wrestling doubleheaders this season will be available to watch for free online at through the Sports Digital Network PSAC: https://psacsportsdigitalnetwork. com/golhu/.

Visit for more information on the attendance policy.

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Sports News Roundup: Tennis-Emotional Nadal Finds Fire For Biggest Comeback; China’s superfan counts down to the Winter Olympics and more

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Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Tennis-Emotional Nadal finds fire for his biggest comeback

An exhausted and emotionally drained Rafa Nadal walked gingerly to an exercise mat in the players’ gymnasium at the Australian Open and collapsed on it in a heap. Not surprising given that the 35-year-old had just spent five hours and 24 minutes on the Rod Laver Arena court, bathed in sweat, rallying after two sets to edge world number two Daniil Medvedev – a 10-year-old opponent his younger brother.

China’s superfan counts down to the Winter Olympics

Beijinger Zhang Wenquan is looking forward to this week’s Winter Olympics more than most people in the Chinese capital. Zhang, who works in logistics for a construction company, has been obsessed with the Olympics and has been collecting memorabilia from around the world for 20 years.

Tennis-Nadal returns for the ages to claim Grand Slam record

Rafa Nadal roared after two sets to edge Daniil Medvedev in a classic Australian Open final and claim a record 21st Grand Slam title just months after fearing his glorious career was over. With Novak Djokovic off with the expulsion and Roger Federer recovering from knee surgery, the Spaniard great now has a Major title lead over his ‘Big Three’ rivals after surviving a 2-6 6-7 (5) 6-4 6-4 7 -5 thriller at Rod Laver Arena.

Coach: LeBron James absent “as long as the swelling is there”

Lakers superstar LeBron James has returned to Los Angeles to begin treatment for his left knee, coach Frank Vogel said Sunday. Vogel said an MRI on James’ knee revealed “general swelling”.

Tennis-Dreams shattered, Medvedev laments the loss of the crowd

As Daniil Medvedev began to absorb the reality of the most grueling loss of his career, the Russian was disheartened by the lack of support he received in the Australian Open final. During half of the decisive match against Rafael Nadal, Medvedev appeared to have a second Grand Slam title on his racket as he beat the winners from the baseline in front of the aging champion.

Smarter Knicks focus on struggling Kings

RJ Barrett of the New York Knicks said he and his teammates can learn from their wire-to-wire loss to defending NBA champion Milwaukee Bucks in their last outing. “They just had a different intensity in the fourth that we couldn’t match,” Barrett said in Friday’s 123-108 loss at Milwaukee. “But it’s good (for) a team like us, watching the defending champions, to see how they’ve raised their level, especially in this fourth quarter. We know what we have to do to…achieve this level.”

Soccer-Manchester Utd suspends Greenwood over assault charge

Manchester United suspended footballer Mason Greenwood on Sunday, a move that followed online accusations that the 20-year-old assaulted a woman. In an initial statement on Sunday, the club said it was “aware of the images and allegations circulating on social media”, saying it would not comment further until the facts were established, and adding :

Soccer-Canada beat USA 2-0 in World Cup qualifier

Canada struck early and again late to defeat the United States Men’s National Team 2-0 on Sunday to remain undefeated and extend their lead in the final round of the CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers. Canada recovered a goal kick from United States goalkeeper Matt Turner in the seventh minute and Jonathan David set up Cyle Larin, who ran forward and fired past a diving Turner, sending Tim fans into a frenzy Hortons Field.

Olympic-Russian biathlete Vasnetsova will miss Beijing with COVID

Russian biathlete Valeria Vasnetsova will miss the Beijing Olympics which begin this week after twice testing positive for COVID-19 and is expected to be replaced by Evgenia Burtasova, the Russian Biathlon Union has announced. Vasnetsova, 24, is currently in quarantine in Beijing.

China reports 37 new COVID-19 cases among Olympic staff

China detected 37 new cases of COVID-19 among people linked to the Olympics on Sunday, up from 34 a day earlier, the organizing committee for the Beijing 2022 Winter Games said. Twenty-eight of the new cases were people who tested positive after arriving at the airport, including eight athletes or team officials who were scheduled to compete in the Games from Feb. 4-21, organizers said Monday in a notice posted on the Games website.

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CSNSW Sports Website | Maitland-Newcastle Catholic News

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The Diocese of Maitland-Newcastle now has its own information pages on the sports website. The webpages can be accessed through the Catholic Schools NSW website ( The web pages will provide parents with information about our sports information, including events.

See below for the guide on how to access the new website for primary and secondary school sports.

Step 1.

Go to

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Scroll down to the Diocesan/Associations section of the homepage and select the appropriate Maitland Newcastle thumbnail for primary and secondary school sports.

Step 3.

You are now on the MN Sport website version (Primary or Secondary).

  • The Maitland Newcastle tiles allow parents to display basic information about primary and secondary track sports, including event and result information, the current year’s Diocesan sports calendar and important notices for parents. sports, including wet weather information, will now be available here.
  • Any other questions beyond sport-specific information on this website should be directed to your school athletic coordinator.
  • Please DO NOT register for any sport without speaking to your school athletic coordinator in order to follow the correct screening and registration process. There are several steps before registering at the diocesan level.

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Major Sporting Events in Houston: January 31-February 6, 2022

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The Sabercats return to the rugby pitch this week | Courtesy of the Houston Sabercats

Take a seat for these must-see games and sporting events around Houston from Monday, January 31 through Sunday, February 6, 2022.

This week, one of basketball’s greatest players comes to town, the Sabercats kick off another season of rugby, the Coogs look to keep their winning streak alive and the monster trucks invade NRG Stadium.

Want to know more about the sports happening around H-Town? Find more games and live sports throughout the month in the 365 Houston calendar.

Top 5 Sports Games and Events in Houston This Week

  • Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center | monday 31 january –Steph Curry, who recently became the league’s all-time leading three-pointer, headlines a night when one of basketball’s best teams graces the court at Toyota Center. $50 and up, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • College Basketball: Houston Cougars vs. Tulane Green Wave at Fertitta Center | Wednesday February 2 – The Coogs sit 7th in the nation, despite the onslaught of injuries, and will defend the field against a tricky Tulane team. $30 and up. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers at Toyota Center | Wednesday February 2 – It’s a draft pick battle downtown when rookies Jalen Green (No. 2) and Evan Mobley (No. 3) square off on the field as one of the best teams in the East arrives in town. $6 and up. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Sabercats vs. Los Angeles Giltinis at Aveva Stadium | Saturday February 5 – Rugby returns with this home opener for the Sabercats, who will begin their fourth season in South Houston. $15 and up. 7 p.m.
  • Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | Saturday February 5 and Sunday February 6 – Watch 12,000 pound monster trucks soar to dizzying heights in a harrowing display of motorsport mania. $20 to over $115. Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday 3 p.m.

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Volunteers are the engine of sporting events | local sports

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The 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts is the latest example of a major sporting event landing in Thunder Bay.

Over the decades, the city has seen it all, from national Special Olympics competition to world junior baseball events, the Allan Cup Finals, the Staal Open professional golf tournament and the Hockey National Championships of Telus Cup, among others.

Such events have a number of benefits for the community. Ahead of the World Junior Baseball Tournament, Warren Philp, General Manager of the Thunder Bay International Baseball Association, said, “Our goal, I think, is to get this baseball tourist from the (Greater Toronto Area ), from elsewhere in North America, from elsewhere in the world to think of entering, watching games and seeing part of Thunder Bay and Northwestern Ontario at the same time.

Aside from the economic benefits, such events also serve to galvanize the community into action and rely on a unique collection of willing volunteers to facilitate the actual running of events. There would not have been an international baseball event without the countless hours dedicated to the cause by Philp, Reg Galbraith, Larry Hebert, Lou Pero and many other community-minded volunteers.

The Scotties, despite the hurdles and delays posed by a lingering and frustrating pandemic, have enlisted Curling Hall of Famer Rick Lang, local curling enthusiast John Cameron and the Executive Director of the Sports Hall of Fame of Northwestern Ontario, Diane Imrie, to lead the local organizing committee.

After considerable interest from volunteers to help run the big tournament, the current public health situation will unfortunately see little need for volunteers in the absence of supporters in the stands (at least not before the playoffs).

The Staal Open began in 2014, raising over $1 million for various local charities in its five-year run. It was unique in that it required a small army of volunteers for everything from shopping carts to hospitality and security. The community was also treated to the presence of famous hockey personalities like Bobby Orr, Dave Poulin, Johnny Adams, Grant Fuhr and Katie Weatherston who drew large crowds of autograph seekers as well as golf fans to the extravaganza. from mid-summer.

Volunteers tend to be special people who often do special things. Ron Howarth is an example of both. Howarth was in charge of the information booth at the Valhalla Inn on one occasion for the Staal tournament. He was informed the day before the event started that a nervous Joe Daley (former NHL and WHA goaltender) was trying to get Orr to sign several copies of a rare photo of Daley, Orr and Wayne Gretzky (all in hockey uniforms for a charity game in Winnipeg).

It was to be a special and unique gift for her children and grandchildren. Howarth took it upon himself to avoid any “unpleasant surprises” for either of them. He briefed Orr on what was going to happen in the Valhalla Inn’s living room as Orr made his way to Linda and Henry Staal for his first meeting that year with his old friends. Knowing who was about to approach him and why, Orr greeted Daley and happily signed the treasured photographs, which became special Christmas gifts for Daley’s family members a few months later. All thanks to Ron’s kindness and sensitivity.

Howarth was one of the many volunteers involved who made the Staal Open a wonderful community event. The volunteers were led by a truly unique volunteer coordinator in the person of Gloria Scherban, who held this responsibility for several years. Many volunteers returned only because of the incredible support and kindness of Scherban, who was undaunted in any crisis and handled all aspects of his position with aplomb.

Scherban was recognized regularly at the Volunteer Appreciation Reception at the end of each event with a standing ovation from her volunteers. Another Staal volunteer, Anita Pustina, remembers Scherban as “a most knowledgeable, skilled and hardworking coordinator who literally dedicated all of her hours to making the Staal Open a success”.

This does not mean that everything worked perfectly at all times. Some volunteers needed more training on occasion. Carolyn Verhoeven (full disclosure, my mother-in-law) also volunteered at the Staal Open. Unfortunately, she is not a hockey fan.

Verhoeven takes his work seriously, volunteer or not. After being assigned to duties involving the security of a VIP car park and given strict instructions on the pass needed to enter said car park, she had to firmly, but politely, inform a handsome, burly young man that he could not park in parking lot. without the appropriate credential.

“But my family sort of organizes this tournament,” said Eric (or Marc, or Jordan or Jared) Staal. A hearty laugh between the two of them led her to make a reluctant and unique exception.

Carolyn Verhoeven remains open to offers for her future volunteer services. Gloria Scherban insists she’s ready for her next mission.

Kevin Cleghorn is a Thunder Bay lawyer, sports enthusiast and was fully trained by Gloria Scherban.

Soccer-Wanderers fire Robinson after early season struggles

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Western Sydney Wanderers manager Carl Robinson was sacked less than 24 hours after his side crumbled to a demoralizing 3-0 A-League loss to Brisbane Roar on Saturday.

The loss leaves Wanderers second from bottom of the 12-team competition, seven games into a season in which they were set to challenge for the title. “Western Sydney Wanderers FC today confirmed the departure of…head coach Carl Robinson, effective immediately,” Wanderers said on their official website.

“Wanderers would like to thank Carl for his time at the club over the last 1-1/2 seasons and wish him the best in his future endeavours. The club will soon make an announcement regarding the coaching position- leader for the rest of the season.”

Robinson was appointed as head coach in October 2020 after nine months on a 3.5-year contract at Newcastle Jets, but the former Wales midfielder was unable to turn Wanderers into a contender On title. He led the club to eighth place last year and there has been no improvement despite signing Israel international Tomer Hemed and former England midfielder Jack Rodwell during the season tight.

Robinson’s sacking comes after the 45-year-old admitted he was under pressure as Wanderers have won just once this season. “There is pressure on every manager who is not in the top six in this league,” Robinson said after the Brisbane loss. “I’m no different because I’m a foreigner.

“You have to accept it, you embrace it, sometimes you have to enjoy it, no matter how hard it is.”

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National Equestrian Show Jumping Championship from Saturday in Mumbai

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The National Equestrian Show Jumping Championship will start on Saturday at the Amateur Riders Club (ARC) at Mahalakshmi Racecourse in Mumbai, the national federation announced on Friday.

Athletes aged 14 and above will be eligible to compete in the seven-day event, the Equestrian Federation of India (EFI) said in a statement.

Athletes from Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Kolkata as well as the host city of Mumbai will participate in the annual event.

The competition will be divided into five categories: Novice, Grade III, Grade II, Grade I and Grand Prix.

Shyam Mehta, Chairman of the Amateur Riders Club (ARC) Mahalaxmi Racecourse, said: “In terms of precautions, we have made sure to adhere to all the rules and guidelines set out by the authorities. The safety of players, teams and staff is the top priority for us. We wish the best to all participants.” Col Jaiveer Singh, EFI General Secretary, said: ”The course designer for this championship is an FEI CD level 3 from Austria. For the first time ever, an NEC will be streamed live to our audiences around the world via an app.”

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Aston Villa sign defender Calum Chambers from Arsenal

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Aston Villa signed defender Calum Chambers from Arsenal on Thursday, making him the club’s fifth addition of the January transfer window.

Chambers, 27, who can play in both central defense and right-back, has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract at Villa Park for an undisclosed fee.

His arrival follows those of Philippe Coutinho, Lucas Digne, Robin Olsen and Kerr Smith as Steven Gerrard reshapes his squad.

“It’s a great step to join the club. The club is gaining momentum and it’s an exciting time to be here,” Chambers told Villa’s website. “You can really feel that in and around of the building. You can feel the energy around the place.” Chambers made 122 appearances for Arsenal after joining Southampton in 2014, but has only played five games this season. DIALLO JOINS RANGERS Manchester United sent Amad Diallo on loan to Scottish champions Rangers for the rest of the season.

The 19-year-old winger joined United from Atalanta in January last year and has made nine appearances in all competitions.

Only one of them has come this season, in the Champions League against Young Boys in December when United were already guaranteed to pass the group stage.

“It’s fantastic for me at this stage of my career to have the opportunity to come to such a big club which is challenging on so many fronts,” Diallo said of his move to Rangers, “and will give me great opportunities. to test me in many environments. United also let another striker, Anthony Martial, go on loan during the January transfer window. Martial joined Sevilla.

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IPL 2022: KKR invites fans to participate in a “simulated auction”

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Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) Mega Auction next month, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) launched the “KKR Mock Auction” on Thursday, a unique activity that will allow all KKR fans to experience operation of a real event. According to KKR, fans around the world can send in their suggestions and strategies for selecting the best players in the auction simulation. Fans would be guided to participate through the team’s website.

“The auction simulation is another step towards our commitment to bringing the game closer to our fans. There is a lot of curiosity among fans about the bidding process, and it’s great that they have the opportunity to participate and engage with people who are a crucial part of the auction itself,” said Venky Mysore, CEO and Managing Director of KKR. “It would be amazing to see the suggestions shared by our fans, and I look forward to interacting with them during this process,” he added.

To prepare fans for the mock auction, KKR’s think tank will deliver two exclusive masterclass lessons (January 29 and 31) via live sessions on the franchise’s social media channels explaining the working dynamics of an IPL auction. Applications must be sent via video, from which the Top 30 will be selected. These selected fans will form ten teams of three people each and compete in rounds designed for the bidding simulation.

KKR said five lucky winners of the auction simulation will have the opportunity to interact with the franchise think tank to discuss their suggestions for KKR’s 2022 team. (ANI)

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Top games and sporting events this month: February 2022

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UFC returns to Toyota Center for world middleweight championship fight | Courtesy of UFC

Grab a ticket and some popcorn for our picks for the best games and sporting events in Houston in February 2022.

This month, the triumphant return of the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is marked by the annual pre-Rodeo 10K event. Plus, the Toyota Center hosts MMA fights, an annual race of its own, and the Rockets as monster trucks take over NRG.

Elsewhere, the Cougars basketball team will look to continue their stellar run this season and the Sabercats will return to the rugby field.

We’ve rounded up the main highlights of this month’s sports calendar, but you can read more about the 365 Houston calendar.

Top 10 sports games and events this month: February 2022

  • Houston Rockets vs. Cleveland Cavaliers at Toyota Center | Wednesday February 2 – It’s a draft pick battle downtown when rookies Jalen Green (No. 2) and Evan Mobley (No. 3) square off on the field as one of the best teams in the East arrives in town. $6 and up. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Sabercats vs. Los Angeles Giltinis at Aveva Stadium | Saturday February 5 – Rugby returns with this home opener for the Sabercats, who will begin their fourth season in South Houston. $15 and up. 7 p.m.
  • Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | Saturday February 5 and Sunday February 6 – Watch 12,000 pound monster trucks soar to dizzying heights in a harrowing display of motorsport mania. $20 to over $115. Saturday 7 p.m.; Sunday 3 p.m.
  • Houston Cougars vs. Memphis Tigers at Fertitta Center | Saturday February 12 – Ravaged by injuries, the Coogs continue to win and are ranked among the top 10 teams in the country. This game against Memphis will also be broadcast live on ABC. $45 and up, but you can find hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork marketplace. 2:30 p.m.
  • UFC 271: Israel Adesanya vs. Robert Whittaker at Toyota Center | Saturday February 12 – The world middleweight championship is on the line in this highly anticipated rematch between belt holder Israel Adesanya and former titlist Robert Whittaker. $100 to $500, but you can find better, cheaper, or hard-to-get seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 5:15 p.m.
  • 20th Anniversary Rocket Race at Toyota Center | Saturday February 19 – Benefiting Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, the laid-back, family-friendly Rockets Run is offered in 2-mile, 5K and Kids K increments, starting outside the Toyota Center and ending on a half-court. Participants will receive a ticket voucher for a Rockets game, a t-shirt and admission to a post-race party. Registration starts at $40. 7:30 a.m.
  • Rodeo Run 10K at Sam Houston Park Downtown | Saturday February 26 – Help kick off the 90th Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo with the traditional Rodeo Run and Downtown Parade. Runners will compete in the wheelchair race, 10k or 5k events and then have the option of enjoying a post-race party at Eleanor Tinsley Park. $35 and up. 9 a.m.
  • Triller Fight Club presents Triad Combat II, featuring Jason Aldean in concert at Toyota Center | Saturday February 26 – Nick Cannon hosts this team-based combat sport that sends fighters into a triangular ring for aggressive, fast-paced combat. Former UFC champions Junior Dos Santos and Vitor “The Phenom” Belfort are set to appear, and country artist Jason Aldean will perform a sold-out concert that night. $50 to $275. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Cougars vs. SMU Mustangs at Fertitta Center | Sunday February 27 – One of the Cougars’ final home games of the season will pit them against Northern rivals SMU for control of the American Athletic Conference. $30 and up. Midday.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Clippers at Toyota Center | Sunday February 27 – The Clippers come to town for a game that sees the Los Angeles team struggle to stay afloat in a crowded conference. $12 and up. 6 p.m.

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Beijing’s Olympic bubble makes for a slightly surreal experience

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For journalists covering the Beijing Winter Olympics, China’s strict pandemic control measures create a surreal and somewhat frustrating experience. China requires electronic confirmation of the health status of those attending or covering the Games and sends them into a closed-loop bubble upon arrival. It kept Associated Press photo editor Yirmiyan Arthur spellbound as she traveled from New Delhi to Beijing via Tokyo on Tuesday. A colleague helped her download the app in Beijing, but the presence of health workers in biohazard suits reminded her that the restrictions would keep her inside the bubble forcing competitors, officials, staff and journalists to remain isolated from the general public. “I know that the only experience of Beijing I’m going to have is the one I’ll see through my bus window and my hotel window,” Arthur said. “I’m not really going to experience China, I’m just going to experience the Olympics in the bubble.” AP video reporter Johnson Lai faces more stress because China has no formal relations with his self-governing homeland of Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory. The lack of login meant he was unable to complete the form in the Olympics app to get a code, which requires a test at a Chinese-approved hospital. “There are a lot of uncertain matters that we cannot control. We can only apply based on their procedures,” said Lai, who forgoes celebrating Chinese New Year with her family to cover the Games.

So far, organizers say there have been 39 positive results from more than 2,500 tests at the airport among those who have arrived for the Games since early January. In the bubble, there were 33 positives out of 336,400 tests. None of the positives involved athletes. The average time spent in solitary confinement for most was around six days.

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Must keep improving: Manuel Marquez of Hyderabad FC

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Hyderabad FC head coach Manuel Marquez said he was happy and satisfied that his team topped the Indian Super League (ISL) table but felt they should not stop improving as they looked to stay in that position at the end of the season. Regarding the win over SC East Bengal, Marquez said the team need to maintain this form in the remaining eight games.

“It’s always important when you win a game. And yes, we won the last game and at the moment we are with 20 points but we have to continue. There are eight games to play. Every game is a battle. Even the other day, in the first half when we were leading 3-0, there were times when SC East Bengal were better than us,” said Manuel Marquez in a pre-match press conference. , according to the ISL website. “But of course we have very good players and a very good team and eventually we could win the game. After a draw if you win it’s fantastic but if you lose those draws are not good. But we know how football works and now we have confidence in our team,” he added.

The head coach also praised Aniket Jadhav and said he was a player with “a lot of qualities”. “Aniket is a player with a lot of qualities. But he is young and can improve in many areas, especially in decision-making. But he is a player who, with his qualities in the future, can be a important player in Indian football because he is a player who can score goals, who can dribble, who can cross. I think he is an important player in our team at the moment,” the head coach said.

Hyderabad FC face Odisha FC in their next game on Thursday and would need a win to ensure they cement their place at the top for now. (ANI)

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Sporting events on air Thursday, January 27 | Sports

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5 p.m.: Wisconsin at Nebraska (Big Ten)

6:30 p.m.: Arkansas State at Appalachian State (ESPN+)

7 p.m.: William & Mary at Elon, Northeastern at UNC-Wilmington (

7 p.m.: Gardner-Webb at UNC Asheville (ESPNU)

7 p.m.: Ohio State at Minnesota (ESPN2)

9 p.m.: East Carolina at Memphis (ESPN2)

9 p.m.: Purdue at Iowa (FS1)

9 p.m.: Ala.-Birmingham at Western Kentucky (CBS Sports)

9 p.m.: Morehead State in Southeast Missouri (ESPNU)

11 p.m.: Stanford at Southern Cal (FS1)

11 p.m.: Loyola Marymount at Gonzaga (CBS Sports)

11 p.m.: Brigham Young at Santa Clara (ESPNU)

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5 p.m.: Fairleigh Dickinson at Mount St. Mary’s (ESPNU)

6 p.m.: Radford at NC A&T (ESPN+)

6 p.m.: Syracuse at Notre Dame (ACC)

6 p.m.: Michigan at Ohio State (Big Ten)

7 p.m.: Miami at Wake Forest (Bally Sports Southeast, ACCNX)

7 p.m.: North Carolina at Duke, Virginia Tech at Virginia (ACCNX)

7 p.m.: Missouri at Mississippi State (SEC)

7 p.m.: Mississippi in South Carolina (ESPN)

8 p.m.: Florida State at Louisville (ACC)

9 p.m.: LSU at Arkansas (SEC)

02:30: European, Dubai Desert Classic (Golf)

11:30 a.m.: LPGA, Gainbridge LPGA at Boca Rio (Golf)

Noon: PGA, Farmers Insurance Open (ESPN+)

12:15 p.m.: PGA, Farmers Insurance Open featured holes (ESPN+)

12:30 p.m.: PGA, Farmers Insurance Open, featured bands (ESPN+)

1:30 p.m.: PGA, Farmers Insurance Open, marquee group (ESPN+)

3 p.m.: PGA, Farmers Insurance Open (Golf)

3 p.m.: PGA, Farmers Insurance Open, Featured Holes and Featured Groups (ESPN+)

02:30 Friday: Dubai Desert Classic DP World (Golf)

7:30 p.m.: Los Angeles Lakers at Philadelphia (TNT)

10 p.m.: Minnesota at Golden State (TNT)

7 p.m.: Greensboro, Delaware (ESPN+)

7 p.m.: Carolina at Ottawa (Bally Sports South)

7 p.m.: New York Rangers at Columbus, Seattle at Pittsburgh, New Jersey at Tampa Bay, Vegas at Florida, Anaheim at Montreal (ESPN+)

7 p.m.: Los Angeles vs. New York Islanders (ESPN+, Hulu)

8 p.m.: Calgary at St. Louis, Vancouver at Winnipeg (ESPN+)

9 p.m.: Nashville at Edmonton (ESPN+)

7:00 p.m.: FIFA World Cup qualifiers, El Salvador at USA (ESPN2, ESPN+)

7:00 p.m.: FIFA World Cup qualifiers, Mexico at Jamaica (CBS Sports, Paramount+)

3:30 am: Australian Open, women’s semi-finals (ESPN, ESPN+)

8 p.m.: Australian Open, mixed doubles final (ESPN+)

10 p.m.: Australian Open (ESPN)

10:30 p.m.: Australian Open, men’s semi-final (ESPN, ESPN+)

3:30 a.m. Friday: Australian Open, men’s semi-final (ESPN, ESPN+)

Building community – The Royal Gazette

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Created: Jan 25, 2022 07:59

It’s easier for islanders to grasp how ‘we’re all in this together’ as we spend our lives on a finite landmass, says Robin Trimingham

As part of my ongoing video chat series with PHeaven on Earth project author Martin Rutte, this week we recorded a segment on the topic of “building community”.

Interestingly, Martin and I share a similar experience of the concept of “community” in that we both live on remote islands – Martin is a full-time resident of Prince Edward Island, located in off the east coast of Canada.

In some ways, it’s easier for islanders to grasp how “we’re all in this together” as we spend our lives on a finite landmass. When a storm is approaching, we can’t just drive inland to escape; we need to find a way to withstand whatever comes our way and then work together to clean up the mess and rebuild – Tonga may well be the most extreme case after its tsunami.

However, on a more esoteric level, the importance of building community can elude even islanders if we make the mistake as individuals of adopting the attitude that I’m fine on my own or that the only thing that matters is what I want.

The “I” in these cases, Martin explains, is the ego exercising in an unhealthy narcissistic way. You cannot build and maintain a thriving paradise community on earth populated entirely by unhealthy individuals.

The interesting thing about the pandemic is that, on the one hand, it’s really pushed people everywhere to work with each other virtually to the point that you could say that in some ways we’re more connected than ever. But it also showed us the real impact that too much confinement and isolation takes on the psyche. (For example, as a community, “we” are creating ways to support each other during this difficult time, but those who resist this new normal tend to reach a point where the “I” just can’t take it anymore) .

In fact, we’ve reached a point where the social media giants would have us believe that online life is the only kind of community that matters in the modern world and that in-person contact can be completely sublimated by virtual contact via chat rooms, forums, and virtual meetings.

But is this really the case?

In our pandemic-enforced isolation, we may also be learning how much humans need and depend on each other as we struggle to create a pathway that will allow us to move forward as a species. .

In this regard, as a business colleague recently noted, the upside of the global health crisis may well be that it is causing people from all walks of life to “assess their lives” and assess what is really important.

This realignment of life priorities has the ability to make it easier to see how many current global issues an individual cannot solve on their own. The “I” cannot solve Covid, greenhouse gas emissions, supply chain shortages, plastic pollution, etc. – we will have to work on it together.

Likewise, it also makes it easier to see how much people can accomplish in a short time when we come together as a community to deal with an urgent and life-threatening situation.

Which begs the question, if we can put aside our differences and succeed in working together to change the whole world when we see a situation as urgent, why we are not yet convinced that things like hunger, human trafficking human beings, child labor and discrimination are pressing issues in our global community?

Robin Trimingham is Managing Director of The Olderhood Group Ltd and a business consultant, journalist, podcaster and thought leader in the areas of life transition and change management. Connect with Robin at or

HSBC warns against fraudsters – The Royal Gazette

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Created: Jan 25, 2022 07:49

HSBC has issued a scam warning (file photo)

A bank has warned customers of an increase in scams designed to trick people into revealing confidential information or transferring money.

HSBC Bermuda’s warning came after police revealed last December that people had been defrauded of almost $4million by internet scammers last year.

A spokesperson for the bank said: “We would like to add our voice to recent messages provided by the Bermuda Police Department warning the public that these types of fraudsters are becoming more active and sophisticated.

“We again remind people that we will never ask you to share sensitive information via email or text message.”

He added that the bank was aware that people had received unsolicited text messages claiming to be from HSBC.

A spokesperson said: “These may contain links to websites asking the individual to provide confidential, personal or financial information.”

HSBC customers who receive a suspicious message purporting to be from the bank or who believe they have replied to a message sent by a fraudster should contact the bank’s contact center at 299-5959.

Advice and updates are posted on the HSBC Twitter account and Facebook page.

Australia set to tour Pakistan with full squad

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Australia are set to tour Pakistan with a full squad as no player has so far expressed reservations about a trip to the country which has been unable to host top international cricket. level for nearly a decade due to security concerns.

The last time Pakistan hosted an ICC event on home soil was when they co-hosted the 1996 World Cup with India and Sri Lanka. The terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in 2009 ensured that Test cricket remained banned until 2019. Last year, before the T20 World Cup, New Zealand and the England had withdrawn from the Pakistan tour for security reasons, with the Kiwis withdrawing at the eleventh hour. However, Australia appeared to be on track to embark on their first tour of Pakistan in 24 years, with national coach George Bailey calling the security plans “very, very robust and very, very thorough”.

“I think the boards are still working out some of the minor details for this tour, so once that’s been officially approved we’ll announce the team’s message, but we’re reasonably well advanced. ” Bailey told reporters on Tuesday according to the Cricket Australia website.

The last time Australia visited the Asian nation was in 1998, under Mark Taylor. All is positive regarding the Pakistan tour but there is uncertainty over Sheffield Shield’s resumption of the season, although coaches may not be required to see Shield’s performances to pick the team after. the Ashes 4-0 loss to England. “Whether we need (see any Shield cricket) or not, I’m not quite sure what opportunity we’ll get,” Bailey said.

“But the one thing I think we have to really agree with is that we have to accept what we’re getting at the moment and be flexible.

”I think one of the big things and maybe one of the reasons the players performed so well in the Ashes was that there were a number of players who had a good Shield cricket bank. before this series.

”Whether it’s for Pakistan or not, you would certainly hope that there is an opportunity for a bit of Shield cricket at some point just because of the competition and to continue to see guys improving and having the opportunity to show off their wares,” Bailey added.

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It’s lost points, says Anshul Katiyar of Odisha FC

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Odisha FC assistant coach Anshul Katiyar was left disappointed after their 0-0 draw with ATK Mohun Bagan in the Indian Super League (ISL) at PJN Stadium, Goa on Sunday. It was an end to end game where both teams did their best to score a goal. Odisha FC held off a good attack from ATK Mohun Bagan and will be eager to build on them in their upcoming games.

“Yeah, we can say it’s lost points because we had chances. I’ll come back to analyze the game, and we’ll see the xG and all those things. So I think we had chances and we did well. done in all parts whether in defense or attack. So yes, points dropped,” Anshul Katiyar said in a post-match press conference according to the ISL website. The coach also said he was impressed with Liridon Krasniqi as he just needed to work on his consistency.

“He’s always impressive. So he just needs to bring consistency, so he’s a different player. So today he showed some attitude towards the team. And like he’s a very good game, but I just want to see more consistency from him as in every game he should be at the top level,” the assistant coach said. Katiyar also believes the team needs to improve in all areas on offense and defense in transition.

“I think we need to improve in all areas in attack and defense in transition. So now I think the players are more comfortable, they have good communication, they have a game plan and now we We’re ready every day. And I think we’re going to improve in all four areas,” Katiyar said. “As you know, in set-piece defense, we’ve already improved. Thus, since the last two games, we have not conceded a goal from set pieces. So we are improving step by step, the whole staff is working towards that,” he added.

The result puts Odisha FC in sixth place, level on points with Hyderabad FC, currently in the semi-finals. (ANI)

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Data privacy week begins – The Royal Gazette

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Updated: Jan 23, 2022 9:04 PM

A week of virtual events leads to Data Privacy Day, on Friday 28 January, while Privacy Commissioner Alexander White invites community reflection on the importance of the right to privacy, Privacy Act 2016.

The Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) is not yet fully operational.

On Tuesday, the focus will be on small businesses, with an hour-long online event on Zoom from 3-4 p.m. exploring the importance of data privacy for small businesses.

On Wednesday, the Bermuda Economic Development Corporation will host a lunchtime webinar, Assessing Privacy & Security Risks For Your Business, featuring Axa XL’s Noel Pearman.

The webinar will explore the risks for entrepreneurs whose business processes a wealth of customer data, including assessing business risks with respect to the protection and security of that data. Reviewing these risks is an important first step in mitigating them.

Earlier on Wednesday, the UK chapters of the International Association of Privacy Professionals will jointly host an event for privacy officers discussing global trends for 2022.

The Commissioner highlighted information from the week online: “While our planned events and other announcements throughout the week will be held virtually, we have created an agenda that includes items for professionals and all members of the community. . We will update our website to keep people informed throughout the week.

On Thursday, a virtual event will focus on data privacy issues for children and teens, with a discussion of rules and trends on both sides of the Atlantic.

There will also be a global conversation on privacy-related topics.

On Friday, Data Privacy Day, there will be an introductory webinar on the basic ideas and principles of data privacy.

The Privacy Office also offers “Privacy and PIPA” training on the Privacy website.

Later in the day on Friday, the local chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals is hosting a virtual happy hour event from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., including a brief discussion from Commissioner White on 2022 priorities, followed by casual online networking. an event.

Alexander McD White, Privacy Commissioner (Photograph provided)

Major Sporting Events in Houston: January 24-30, 2022

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A new era of Skeeters begins this week at Constellation Field with a fan celebration | Courtesy of Sugar Land Skeeters

Take a seat for these must-see games and sporting events around Houston from Monday, January 24 through Sunday, January 30, 2022.

This week, H-Town gets in the Rodeo spirit at the Rockets game, Triple-A baseball gets a makeover in Sugar Land, sports superstars descend on Pasadena, and more.

Want to know more about the sports happening around H-Town? Find more games and live sports throughout the month in the 365 Houston calendar.

Top 5 Sports Games and Events in Houston This Week

  • Houston Rockets vs. San Antonio Spurs at Toyota Center | tuesday january 25 – It’s Rodeo Night in this I-10 showdown between two young downtown teams. Get ready for the return of Houston’s signature event in late February with special halftime entertainment and a celebration of the rodeo’s 90th anniversary. Tickets range from $15 to over $1,000, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Hot Chocolate 15K/5K at Sam Houston Park Downtown | saturday 29 january – In two lengths, hordes of chocolate lovers will head to Allen Parkway and return for a post-race celebration with finishing medals and cups filled with fondue, dips and hot chocolate. $74 for the 15K; $54 for the 5K. 7:15 a.m.
  • Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | saturday 29 january – Watch 12,000 pound monster trucks soar to dizzying heights in a harrowing display of motorsport mania. Additional shows will take place the following weekend, Saturday February 5 and Sunday February 6. $20 and up, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Sugar Land Space Cowboys Launch Party at Constellation Field | saturday 29 january – Celebrate the start of a new era for Sugar Land’s Triple-A baseball team with a brand change reveal open to fans, featuring food and drink, live music, stadium tours, fireworks, and more. $1 per person; stadium tours are $5. 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 2022 Autograph Show of Texas at the Pasadena Fairgrounds & Convention Center | Saturday January 29 and Sunday January 30 – Bring some of your favorite memorabilia for autographs and take a photo with sports superstars including Pete Rose, Allen Iverson, Emmitt Smith, Ric Flair, The Undertaker, Hakeem “The Dream” Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler and more ‘others. $10; free for children under 12. Autographs and photos are billed separately and vary in price. Saturday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Olympic-Canadian snowboarder Parrot goes for gold in Beijing after battle with cancer

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Canadian snowboarder Max Parrot said on Friday the mental toughness he gained during his battle with cancer has carried over to the slopes where the slopestyle silver medalist from Pyeongchang now hopes to do better and win the gold at the Beijing Olympics.

Parrot’s career was put on hold when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December 2018. Two months after being declared cancer-free in mid-2019, Parrot won an X Games big air gold medal at the of his return to competition. Showing no signs of rust, Parrot also won a World Cup gold medal later that year and started 2020 with another big air gold medal at the X Games in Aspen.

“Every year I get better and better physically and mentally, and especially going through a challenge as big as cancer, you really get harder mentally,” Parrot said during a virtual press conference. “If you think back to my season right after my cancer… That was pretty much my best year ever.”

Parrot finished fifth on his Olympic debut at the 2014 Sochi Games before a second-place finish in Pyeongchang. The 27-year-old Canadian, pre-qualified for the slopestyle/big air team, traveled to Beijing based on his results from the 2020-21 winter season and is not shy about sharing his intentions.

“Of course my goal is to go for gold, that’s for sure,” said Parrot, whose battle with cancer is chronicled in a documentary called “MAX – Life as a Gold Medal” which was released this week. on its website. “But I’m really happy also that if I don’t get the gold I won’t have any regrets because I did everything in my power in the last two months and that was something great. ‘important to me too, just not to have no regrets.’

Although there were a few days during Parrot’s cancer battle when he wondered if he would ever return to the sport he loves, he said he never let those thoughts take hold. the top. “When I had cancer, it was ‘OK, I’m going to do treatments, I’m going to do them as best I can’ and even though I didn’t know if the treatments would work or not, in my head, the cancer had no chance against me,” Parrot said.

“I had a lot of determination and drive and all the time I just wanted to get back to my passion as soon as possible. But never going back to it wasn’t really an option in my mind.”

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10 NEW sports games of 2022

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A few sports video games you should check out this year.


After a sports game this year? We typically see multiple franchises receiving a new installment each year. However, you can enjoy a wide range of sports titles this year. In this list, we’ll highlight a few of those slated for launch in 2022. That said, don’t consider this list ranked in any particular way. Everyone has a favorite sport, and this is just a collection of new games we think you might want to check out later this year.

#10 Monster Energy Supercross 5

  • Developer: Milestone
  • Publisher: Milestone
  • Platform: PC, PS4, PS5, XBO, X/S
  • Released: March 17, 2022

If you love the sport of supercross, you may already be well informed about the Monster Energy Supercross franchise. We have another episode coming this year with Monster Energy Supercross 5. This episode will put players into the 250SX Future Class enthusiast as you attempt to compete in massive competition. Soon you will reach the pro-level stage. The developers also make this game a bit more realistic with what they call the Shape System. This feature will keep track of your runner’s injuries and how they might affect your performance during a run. So if you’re careless and end up damaging your runner, be prepared for some training and recovery to get your character back into true running form.

#9 MX vs. MTB Legends

  • Developer: Rainbow Studios
  • Publisher: THQ Nordic
  • Platform: PC, XBO, X/S, PS4, PS5
  • Version: NA

If off-road racing and motocross are more your sport, there are plenty of games to choose from. One of the oldest franchises is MX vs ATV. This year we are getting MX vs ATV Legends. This games have different bikes, UTVs and ATVs to race. There’s also a variety of environment courses to take, but chances are you’ll jump into the career mode as well. So far, we know that the developers are making career mode offer different paths that players can take and different management options such as participating in promotional events or sponsorship deals.

#8 Blood Bowl 3

  • Developer: Cyanide
  • Publisher: Nacon, Bigben Interactive
  • Platform: PS4, X/S, XBO, PC, NS, PS5
  • Release: 2022

Blood Bowl has a long history. We first saw it in 1995 and then kind of rebooted with Blood Bowl 2 in 2015. This year we’re getting Blood Bowl 3. If you’re not familiar with this game. fantasy sport that actually plays very differently than a lot of these games here. With this game, players get a turn-based gameplay experience. Players will move through a grid-style map commanding their team of fantasy characters. Now the series is from a board game, and we know that the rules for this episode will be based on the second edition ruleset.

#7 Super Buckyball Tournament

  • Developer: Pathea
  • Publisher: Pathéa
  • Platform: PS4, XBO, PC, NS
  • Version: NA

Super Buckyball Tournament is a futuristic, over-the-top football or soccer game, depending on where you’re from. The pitch is set up the same as a normal match in this game. You have two goals to pass the ball through. However, this game is unique because each player has their own unique super ability, which makes the games quite explosive and chaotic. You’ll work with your team to pass the ball, stagger your opponents, and send the ball into the opposing team’s goal. This title does not yet have a specific release date, but it will first launch as an early access title.

#6 Grinders

  • Developer: FoamPunch
  • Publisher: FoamPunch
  • Platform: X/S
  • Release: 2022

Shredders is an upcoming snowboard game. The title seeks to deliver a smooth and thrilling experience as players race down the mountain. With different ramps and rails, players will try to impress the competition with awesome flips and tricks. We know that the campaign revolves around a resort attracting different professionals from the nearby region. Our protagonist tries to get the attention of these professionals by pulling off some of their own awesome moves. Alternatively, players can register online and freely explore the mountain. You can play this game casually and collect points or compete with friends.

#5 Windjammers 2

  • Developer: Dotemu
  • Publisher: Dotemu
  • Platform: PC, NS, PS4, XBO
  • Released: January 20, 2022

Dotemu has worked to bring several classic games back into the limelight. They managed to bring Wonder Boy: The Dragon’s Trap along with Streets of Rage 4 to market. Now the studio has a sequel to the classic Neo Geo Windjammers from 1994. The sequel acts much like the first installment. Players are up and down, where two contestants attempt to throw a disc into the opposing team’s goal. Of course, each character has their own attributes such as more power, speed, or potentially a better aim. From there it’s a fast game as players throw the disc and try to block or catch it so it doesn’t go into their goal.

#4Rugby 22

  • Developer: EKO Software
  • Publisher: Nacon, Bigben Interactive
  • Platform: PS4, X/S, XBO, PC, PS5
  • Release: 2022

Rugby might be more of a niche sport in some parts of the world. However, if you’re a fan, you released a video game called Rugby 22 this year. It’s a simulation game where you can take control of a top club as you try to compete in different competitions. We know that this episode has more than sixty teams, a career mode and a tactics system. There is also the option to compete online and compete against your friends. If you want to enjoy this challenging and challenging sport more, you can expect this game to launch in January this year.

#3 FIFA 23

Note: Fifa 22
  • Developer: EA
  • Publisher: EA
  • Platform: NA
  • Version: NA

Right now, fans are still enjoying FIFA 22, but that’s because we’re waiting for FIFA 23 to be unveiled. We know it’s coming, but not much has been officially announced yet. So now the features and game modes that might be included are a waiting game. That said, we can speculate. A few rumors and speculations have been circulating online lately, based on the rebranding and free access of this series. FIFA’s name could actually be changed, although for such an old franchise it’s unclear whether the IP will see this significant change or not. Another important aspect that fans have toyed with is that FIFA 23 could become a free-to-play game. Many fans wonder if that will end up being the case. It might even come with cross-platform support, but again, that’s a waiting game at this point.

#2NBA 2K23

Note: NBA 2K22
  • Developer: Visual Concepts
  • Publisher: 2K Sports
  • Platform: NA
  • Version: NA

NBA 2K23 is another game, at the time of writing this description, which does not yet have any details. We expect the game to be released in September. But the installments revealed in the past have usually taken place during the summer months. So we have a little time left before we get a big reveal for this next installment. However, fans can speculate on what features might be included or if we’ll see the same mechanics carry over to NBA 2K22. Likewise, there’s a lot of hype about who the cover athlete will be. The big question some fans might be asking here is what platforms the game will launch on. We may only see this installment release on last-gen platforms. However, with the difficulty of securing a PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S, there might be some hesitation in going this route.

#1 Madden NFL 23

  • Developer: EA
  • Publisher: EA
  • Platform: NA
  • Version: NA

The first Madden NFL title to be released since John Madden’s passing will be Madden NFL 23. At the time of writing this description, it’s an episode we don’t know much about. We’re still waiting for the big reveal and what the new title might bring. With last year’s version, the developers offered deeper features such as more team-oriented management and field strategies. This was mainly to help keep fans happy after a series of somewhat stagnant installments. Therefore, we expect more attention to make Madden NFL 23 a little more compelling of a release. However, since John Madden’s passing, some fans might be hoping that this release will help honor the iconic Hall of Fame individual.

Covid-19 Ireland: Sporting events return to full capacity on Saturday as restrictions ease

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Sporting events can operate at full capacity from Saturday after the government removed restrictions on attendance at outdoor and indoor events.

A Taoiseach Micheál Martin said “today is a good day” as he addressed the nation at 6 p.m. Friday night to announce that a wide range of measures would be rolled back.

The government has chosen to remove the majority of hospitality restrictions and remove all capacity restrictions at outdoor and indoor sporting events.

NPHET has made no objection to the unwinding of regulations introduced last month in response to the sharp rise in Covid-19 infections.

Attendance at outdoor sporting events has been limited to 50% capacity or a maximum of 5,000 spectators, while indoor events have been limited to 1,000 spectators.

A record 26,122 daily cases were reported on January 8 as the Omicron variant continued to spread rapidly, but the number had fallen to 5,523 on Thursday.

The cabinet met in government buildings at 3 p.m. and agreed to a general relaxation of regulations, which will allow sporting events to return to full attendance.

It will be music to the ears of IRFU, who eagerly await news ahead of the opening Six Nations game with Wales at the Aviva Stadium on February 5.

The news will also be welcomed by the GAA ahead of tomorrow’s O’Byrne Cup final, which will see Dublin take on Laois at Parnell Park.

The All-Ireland club’s two hurling semi-finals are also due to take place this weekend, as Slaughtneil of Derry take on Ballygunner of Waterford at Parnell Park on Sunday.

Ballyhale Shamrocks of Kilkenny take on St Thomas’ of Galway in the other semi-final at the Semple Stadium while Munster host Wasps at Thomond Park as they seek to secure a home tie in the Rugby Champions Cup Round of 16 .

And the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght will see Garvey’s Tralee Warriors take on Cork’s C&S Neptune in the National Cup final.

Speaking earlier this week on Morning Ireland, rugby fan and Health Minister Stephen Donnelly sounded cautious while saying he would like to see the return to full capacity.

“If advance warning could be given to people to plan, I think that would be fantastic, but I just don’t want to raise hopes in an unnecessary way,” he said.

“I ran into one of my heroes, Johnny Sexton, earlier this week. He said, very naturally, ‘can we get back to a full crowd at Lansdowne Road for the game against Wales? As we’ did for the fall internationals.

“I can tell you there is nothing I would love more than to hear the roar of 50,000 people in early February.

“We have to find the right balance. We need to move on and leave Omicron behind, but don’t be stupid and don’t go too fast. This entails risks that we do not have to face.

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COVID-19: Crowds return to outdoor sporting events in Wales as restrictions ease | UK News

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Wales will continue its roadmap to return to coronavirus alert level zero later this month, the Prime Minister has confirmed.

Marc Drakeford said the country had “passed the Omicron peak” and can continue to lift restrictions as part of its “cautious and phased plan”.

The latest data shows COVID-19[female[feminine cases are falling back to levels similar to the fall and there has been a reduction in the number of patients hospitalized with the virus.

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Wales outlines plan to ease COVID rules

The Prime Minister said: “We remain cautiously confident that the public health situation is heading in the right direction and next week we will be able to complete the move to the zero alert level unless the situation improves. ‘worsen.

“We are in this position thanks to the efforts of everyone in Wales and our fantastic vaccination program.

“It’s important that everyone continues to follow the rules and advice to keep themselves and their loved ones safe, including accepting the offer of a booster shot if they haven’t already.”

What’s in store for the COVID restrictions in Wales?

From today, Wales is moving to alert level zero for all outdoor activities.

This means there will be no limit to the number of people who can take part in outdoor activities, while crowds will once again be allowed at outdoor sporting events.

Outdoor hospitality will also be able to operate without additional reasonable measures, such as the six and two meter social distancing rule.

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COVID restrictions in England will end next week

COVID passes will still be required for access to larger outdoor events of over 4,000 people if not seated and over 10,000 people if seated.

From January 28, Wales is expected to complete the move to the zero alert level.

This will mean working from home will no longer be a legal requirement, while the rule of six will be scrapped in hospitality, cinemas and theatres.

Social distancing requirements in workplaces and places open to the public will be removed.

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Sturgeon will lift Omicron restrictions next week

Licensed establishments will no longer be limited to table service only and nightclubs will be able to reopen.

However, COVID passes will be required for entry, while the measure will remain in place for large indoor events, cinemas, theaters and concert halls.

The rules around isolation and wearing face masks will remain in effect beyond January 28.

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Northern Ireland ends COVID rules

The next tri-weekly review of the COVID rules will take place by February 10, when all measures at the zero alert level will be reviewed.

What is the situation elsewhere in the UK?

Northern Ireland has announced that it relax restrictions on nightclubs and hospitality as part of measures that will take effect from today.

Plan B measurements must be scrapped in Englandwith work-from-home advice, COVID passports and the mandatory wearing of face masks to go.

In Scotland, all Omicron restrictions will be up next monday.

Mom was awesome: Azarenka in 4th round at Australian Open

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Before Victoria Azarenka had a chance to analyze the two players she could meet next, her son was asked about the third-round performance of the two-time Australian Open champion.

Five-year-old Leo, wearing his sunglasses in the press conference room and sitting on his mother’s lap, replied succinctly, “Awesome!” Thanks, kid.

Azarenka’s highlights in her 6-0, 6-2 victory over 15th seed Elina Svitolina on Friday included “the amount of aggression I could bring point after point, applying a lot of pressure, the consistency. The breakpoints I faced, I played really hard.” “Yes, take control of my side of the pitch,” she added. “I think that’s what I’m happiest about.” She will next face French Open champion Barbora Krejcikova, who rallied after a set and loss to 26th seed Jelena Ostapenko to win 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 and advance to the fourth round in singles at Melbourne Park for the first time. The 24th-seeded Azarenka, who won the title at Melbourne Park in 2012 and 2013 and was a three-time US Open runner-up, is in the fourth round here for the first time since 2016 after extending her record of 5-0 win over Svitolina. .

She racked up nearly twice as many winners, 17, as unforced errors, nine, and never faced a break point. Svitolina made mistake after mistake, 26 unforced errors in all.

Since a quarter-final in Australia in 2016, Azarenka has lost first-round matches last year and in 2019, and missed the hard-court tournament in 2017, 2018 and 2020.

The 32-year-old former world No. 1, from Belarus, is feeling comfortable at the moment, fulfilling the dual role of player and mother in Melbourne.

Azarenka was asked if it was more demanding, fun or relaxing to have her son with her on tour.

“All of the above,” she said, laughing, as Krejcikova and Ostapenko played.

“He’s definitely not a distraction, I’d never say that. Parenting isn’t easy. He’s got a lot of personality – I don’t know where he got that from!” Leo flipped his tournament ID on his lanyard as his mother fielded questions from inside the venue and online. He yawned at least once and blew air into the microphone.

“I still feel privileged to be able to have him here,” Azarenka said. “These kinds of moments are really priceless to me. To be able to share that with my son is pretty amazing.” In other results on day five, fifth-seeded Maria Sakkari beat 28th-seeded Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round against 21st-seeded Jessica Pegula of the United States, who beat Nuria Parrizas Diaz 7-6. (3), 6-2.

Eighth-seeded Paula Badosa advanced with a 6-2, 5-7, 6-4 win over Marta Kostyuk.

The night session later Friday featured two highly anticipated matchups that could lead to an even bigger one.

Defending champion Naomi Osaka was scheduled to face Amanda Anisimova at Margaret Court Arena, while No. 1 Ash Barty was scheduled to face Camila Giorgi at Rod Laver Arena. The winners of those two matches will meet in a fourth-round match that could look like a Grand Slam final a week earlier if it’s Osaka versus Barty.

Rafael Nadal was set to continue his bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title with a third-round match against No. 28 Karen Khachanov.

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United World Wrestling postpones Matteo Pellicone Ranking Series event

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United World Wrestling (UWW) has postponed Matteo Pellicone and announced that Almaty and Tunis will be the host sites for the other two events in the Ranking Series 22 on Thursday. According to an official statement, despite the efforts of the Italian Wrestling Federation to welcome Matteo Pellicone from Rome on the previously scheduled dates of February 4-7, the latest restrictions due to the Omicron variant have proven to be an obstacle to the organization of the event. ‘event.

The tournament will now take place June 22-25 in Rome, Italy, ahead of the European U20 Championships, which begin June 27 at the Pala Pellicone. United World Wrestling has selected Africa and Asia as the host continents for the remaining pair of 2022 events.

Along with the season-opening ranking event – the Yasar Dogu – in Istanbul, Turkey (February 24-27), the second event will take place in Almaty, Kazakhstan (June 2-5). The Matteo Pellicone will be the third event (June 22-25), with Tunis, Tunisia being the final Ranking Series stop of the season (July 14-17).

2022 Ranking Series Schedule: 1st Ranking Round: February 24-27, Istanbul (TUR)2nd Ranking Round: June 2-5, Almaty (KAZ)3rd Ranking Round: June 22-25, Rome (ITA)4th ranking series: July 14-17, Tunis (TUN)

“We really believe that these adjustments will be beneficial for the sport and for the competitions held each year,” UWW President Nenad LALOVIC said in a statement announcing the changes. “Points will be awarded to wrestlers, based on their ranking in these events. At the end of the year, the athletes with the highest number of points will become the best wrestlers of the year,” he said. he adds.

One of the biggest changes made by the Board was the approval of updates to the current competition ranking and ranking system. The UWW has also decided to add the XIX Mediterranean Games in Oran, Algeria (June 27-30) as a trial event to award ranking points to wrestlers participating in the Games.

However, final ranking points will only be awarded based on results in four of the five events for athletes competing at Regional Games. Points from the Olympics, Senior World and Continental Championships are not affected. The following competitions will determine a wrestler’s ranking:

Ranking Series (International Tournaments selected by UWW) Senior Continental Championships Senior World Championships or Olympics XIX Mediterranean Games (eligible wrestlers) “We encourage all of your athletes to compete at these events,” Lalovic said. “The [ranking] the points will serve them when we establish the seeds for the continental and world senior championships.”

The new rankings have been updated on, with wrestlers holding points at the Tokyo Olympics and the Oslo World Championships. Another important decision was to change the number of seeds in different competitions. As a result, the Bureau approved having eight seeds for the Senior World Championships and Olympics instead of the previous four.

Likewise, the number of seeded wrestlers at the Senior 22 Continental Championships will now be four instead of two. The seeds will be determined by the Ranking Series events organized before the aforementioned competitions but also taking into account the points earned at the 2021 Senior World Championships and the Tokyo Olympic Games. USA and Azerbaijan to host World Cup 22

In a first, the UWW will host a combined Freestyle and Women’s Wrestling World Cup in Iowa, USA. Iowa will host the Combined World Cup for two consecutive years – 2022 and 2023 – marking a fresh start in the wrestling schedule. This will also be the second time Iowa has hosted the Freestyle World Cup. The legendary Carver-Hawkeye Arena on the University of Iowa campus hosted the 2018 World Cup.

After a four-year absence, wrestling will return to Baku, with the Bureau having tentatively approved the Azerbaijani capital to host the Greco-Roman World Cup pending a site inspection visit. The tournament will take place on November 5 and 6. The schedule was completed with the selection of Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, as host city for the Senior Asian Championships (April 19-24). (ANI)

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COVID-19 suspends sports games and training at Barnstable High School

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BARNSTABLE, MA — Barnstable High School has suspended winter sports until at least Monday, Jan. 24, amid rising coronavirus cases.

the decision to quit sport was made Tuesday at the superintendent level in conjunction with the district health director, school nurses and athletic trainers, athletic director Scott Thomas told the Barnstable Patriot on Wednesday.

Principal Liz Freedman in an email to parents said the suspension will last at least 10 days to help stop the spread of COVID-19 among teams.

“We know it’s tough for a lot of our students, and hopefully we’ll be ready to play soon,” Freedman said. “The Superintendent and Chief Health Officer are monitoring the situation on a daily basis and will share any further information that arises.”

Following the decision, more than 1,000 people have signed an online petition to Governor Charlie Baker urging that athletics resume immediately at Barnstable High School.

“This season has gone well with the stay and test program as well as the athletes and coaches following the mask guidelines,” the petition reads. “The only time a school has closed an entire team is when the majority of the team has tested positive. You do NOT close entire teams and programs for one case or a handful of cases! Children deserve to play – they have to play – being with their teams is the safest place for them!

The best sporting events in 2022

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These are the events that sports and betting fans are looking forward to in 2022. Fans are eager to participate in these events and analyze the many sports they can bet on. Bookmakers support a wide range of sports teams including football, baseball and many more.

The NFL Super Bowl, tennis and the World Cup have all taken center stage on the exciting schedule, and fans are eagerly awaiting the thrills. Details of these events are listed below.

The Super Bowl, USA

Superbowl LVI kicks off at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday, February 13. At 6:30 p.m., the AFC and NFC champions will square off to see who will lift the Lombardi Trophy. Tampa Bay is the reigning NFL Champion, and the Tom Brady-led Buccaneers are repeat favorites along with the Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers and Kansas City Chiefs. The Rams have made a number of big moves this year to get them to the top. Will it be enough?

The Winter Olympics

The Winter Olympics will be held in Beijing during the Chinese New Year. Bets will therefore turn to dangerous winter sports such as skiing and sledding, as well as figure skating, speed skating, international hockey, etc. Platforms reviewed at will offer various markets that will attract the attention of punters and entice them to capitalize their interest in the game.

The Six Nations, Europe

Rugby fanatics expect to feel the buzz of 23rd annual rugby competition which includes England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales. In the final match of the 2021 tournament, Wales topped the table even after losing to France at the Stade de France. Wales are the defending champions and are expected to meet Ireland on February 5 at the Aviva Stadium. Additionally, the first round features Scotland v England, where Scotland have won four out of five matches at home. England have also won four home games. In 2020, Scotland only hosted England to meet 6-13 in the Six Nations tournament.

The Masters, USA

The Individual Golf Schedule highlights the Masters at Augusta National, which brings the best golfers from around the world to Georgia to compete on one of the sport’s most iconic courses. In 2021, Hideki Matsuyama incredibly won the green jacket. The 2022 Masters Tournament begins Thursday, April 7 and ends Sunday, April 10. Futures action on Jon Rahm, Jordan Spieth and Dustin Johnson is popular now or you can try your luck with a longshot.

The African Cup of Nations

Cameroon hosts the best teams on the African continent as they compete for the Africa Cup of Nations. The matches have already started. Cameroon has a strong chance of winning with 63.89%, see matches on

fifa world cup

Football bettors have a treat in store in 2022. This is the last World Cup for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and fanatics will be eager to see if one of the two can emerge victorious. Punters will also place bets on top scorers, individual matches and tournament winners.

2022 is an exciting year for sports bettors, and the above are the top betting events.

Beijing residents disappointed that the Olympics are closed

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With just over two weeks to go before the Beijing Winter Olympics open, residents of the Chinese capital say they are disappointed they will not be able to attend the events due to coronavirus restrictions which have seen parts of the city ​​under control. Organizers announced on Monday that no tickets will be sold to the general public and only selected spectators will be allowed. Access to the famous National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest, and indoor venues in the heart of Beijing has been cordoned off. Those interviewed on Wednesday seemed to understand the restrictions. Many of them could be seen skating on frozen lakes in Beijing as a sign of continued enthusiasm for winter sports. Since China does not allow any public demonstrations or opinion polls and strictly restricts free speech, any opposition to the Games or the restrictions would be stifled. Chen Lin had planned to buy tickets for the speed skating, but waived his personal concerns about the pandemic and after it became clear that tickets would only be offered to selected spectators. “I went to the Beijing Summer Olympics in 2008. It’s a shame that I can’t watch the Games this time during the Winter Olympics,” the 38-year-old said. “Of course, we can still watch the Games with live broadcast on TV and live online, but that doesn’t provide as much of a sense of engagement as watching the Games on location.” Beijing is the first city to be granted the right to host the Summer and Winter Games. Chen said the level of excitement this year was much lower than in 2008, when the Games sparked a wave of national pride. “For one thing, the Winter Olympics don’t get as much attention as the Summer Olympics. On the other hand, there is also the pandemic. Both are the reasons,” he said. Retired and amateur photographer Wang Syaolan, who volunteered at the 2008 Games, said she hoped to take her camera to events to ‘be a part of it’ ‘But now with management in closed loop, we won’t be able to be there ourselves. It’s a shame,’ Wang said, referring to restrictions separating participants from the general population. The recent appearance of the more contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus in Beijing has heightened concerns about outbreaks, although the capital reported just one new case on Wednesday. Elsewhere in the country, around 20 million people are in some form of lockdown and mass testing has been ordered in entire cities where cases have been found. China has largely avoided major outbreaks with lockdowns, mass testing and travel restrictions, though it continues to battle surges in several cities, including the port of Tianjin, about an hour from Beijing. Restrictions have also been tightened in the city of Anyang in Henan province, south of Beijing, where 29 additional cases of local transmission were reported on Wednesday, out of a national total of 55. Games organizers have previously announced that no fans from outside the country will be allowed. .

The Olympics begin on February 4, just days after the start of Lunar New Year celebrations. Athletes, officials, staff and journalists are required to enter a pandemic bubble without outside contact and undergo daily testing.

As an additional precaution, Beijing will require travelers to take nucleic acid tests within 72 hours of entering the city from Jan. 22. Schools in Beijing also closed early and moved classes online ahead of the winter vacation.

Along with coronavirus concerns, the Games have been plagued by political controversies, including a decision by the United States and its close allies not to send dignitaries to protest China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim minority. and other human rights violations. On Tuesday, the athletes were urged by human rights campaigners to avoid criticizing China because they could be prosecuted. The International Olympic Committee said athletes will have freedom of expression when speaking to reporters or posting on social media. However, the Olympic Charter rule that prohibits political protest at medal ceremonies also requires that “applicable public law” be observed.

The IOC has not responded to requests in recent days to clarify how Chinese law might apply to the Games.

Asked about free speech issues at the Olympics, Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Wednesday that China understands the IOC is banning athletes from political protests.

“I would like to reiterate that China invites athletes from all countries to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics and will ensure their safety and convenience,” Zhao told reporters during a daily briefing.

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Athletes upset as United cancel sporting events | Mangaluru News

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Mangaluru: In great disappointment for sports people, Mangalore University, after receiving instructions from Dakshina Kannada district administration, has temporarily canceled all sports fixtures scheduled in its jurisdiction.
The decision was taken in a meeting with heads of educational institutions on Monday, chaired by Deputy Commissioner KV Rajendra.
Mangalore University has colleges in Kodagu, Udupi and Dakshina Kannada districts. All sporting events, both inter-collegiate and inter-university competitions, will be canceled from this week. A major upcoming event was the planned varsity cross-country race at Alva’s College in Moodbidri, which is also cancelled.
Kishore Kumar CK, Registrar, University of Mangalore said the sporting events only started in December and had to be stopped a month later. “So far, we have organized major events like the 81st Indian Athletics Championship for Men-2022 which was recently held in Moodbidri and the South Zone Women’s Varsity Hockey Tournament which was held in Kodagu in December. “The district administration has informed us that the sports fixtures should be canceled as there is a possibility of crowds during the events,” Kishore said.
Although events are temporarily suspended, there are no restrictions for practice on the college grounds.
However, the decision was criticized by athletes, who were looking forward to the sports season. “There are not many events organized anywhere in the country, since the start of the pandemic. We were happy that at least this time there could be a breakthrough, since everyone was vaccinated and back in shape. The restrictions have once again ruined our preparations and our careers,” said an aspiring athlete.
Expressing his displeasure, Mr. Mohan Alva, Chairman of Alva’s Education Foundation, said the cancellation had inconvenienced student-athletes, who were eagerly preparing for the upcoming sporting fixtures to be held across the country. “We must cancel all tickets and reservations made to send our students to other universities out of state. In addition, the cancellation of sporting fixtures will also affect their careers, as without being able to participate in sporting events, they will not be able to win medals,” Alva said.

Beijing 2022 official warns of violations of ‘Olympic spirit’

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Behavior by athletes that violates the Olympic spirit or Chinese rules could be subject to sanctions, a Beijing 2022 official has said, after rights groups raised concerns about the safety of competitors if they were protesting at next month’s Games.

Rule 50 of the Olympic Charter states that “no form of political, religious or racial demonstration or propaganda is permitted at Olympic venues”, although it was relaxed last year to allow gestures on the ground if done without disturbance and with respect. for competitors. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has made it clear that athletes are free to express their opinions on any issue during press conferences and interviews in the Olympic bubble, as long as it is not during competitions or medal ceremonies.

Yang Shu, deputy director general of the Beijing 2022 international relations department, was asked during a virtual briefing on Wednesday about athletes’ concerns if they speak out on rights issues during the Winter Games, which begin February 4. in line with the Olympic spirit, I am sure, will be protected, and any behavior or speech that is contrary to the Olympic spirit, especially Chinese laws and regulations, is also subject to certain penalties,” Yang said.

Cancellation of accreditation is a potential sanction within the guidelines of the organizers’ manual, he said at the event hosted by the Chinese Embassy in Washington. However, the playbook primarily deals with COVID-19 prevention measures and does not address issues such as speaking out or protesting. In previous Olympics, any violation of the Olympic Charter by athletes was handled solely by the IOC.

Yang’s comments came after athletes heading to the Beijing Olympics were warned by speakers at a Human Rights Watch seminar on Tuesday to talk about human rights issues in China, for their own security. Rights groups have long criticized the IOC for awarding the Games to China, citing its treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups, which the United States has called genocide. China denies allegations of human rights abuses.

On Tuesday, the IOC said in an email response to a request for comment from Reuters that it “recognizes and upholds human rights as enshrined in both the fundamental principles of the Olympic Charter and in its code of ethics” at all times. Several countries, including the United States, Britain, Japan and Australia, have announced diplomatic boycotts of the Games due to human rights concerns in China.

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Cricket-Australia’s Langer not ‘pissed off’ ahead of contract talks

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Australia manager Justin Langer says he is proud of the team’s achievements over the past two months and that although his current contract is coming to an end he is not worried about his future ahead of talks with cricket board officials. The 51-year-old’s tenure appeared to be on thin ice last year amid reports that his coaching style had caused discontent in the dressing room.

But the former Test batsman has since guided Australia to their maiden Twenty20 World Cup triumph in November and oversaw their 4-0 draw against England earlier this month. “I’m never nervous (about the future),” Langer told SEN Radio.

“Whatever happens from now on, we can all be incredibly proud of this little period.” Langer said the success was due to their impeccable preparation ahead of major competitions.

“We had two missions: to win the World Cup and to win the Ashes. To do this in such a short time is a monumental effort and we’re all really happy with it, we’re all really happy about it, we’re all really, really proud of that.

“I’m sitting here right now feeling really satisfied with the last two sets.” Cricket Australia’s high performance chief Ben Oliver said the players would be consulted before making a decision on Langer’s future.

Langer’s former teammate Ricky Ponting says the board should give him a new contract. “I don’t see how he hasn’t (offered himself another contract),” Ponting told the website

“I know there’s been a bit of noise over the past two weeks and Cricket Australia hasn’t given him any assurances to continue. I don’t see how Justin can’t continue.”

Australia will tour Pakistan in March, their first to the South Asian country since 1998, to play three Tests, an equal number of one-day internationals and a Twenty20 match.

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Global Professional Loudspeakers Market Report 2022-2027

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DUBLIN, January 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The “Professional Loudspeaker Market – Global Outlook and Forecast 2022-2027” report has been added to from offer.

The demand for professional loudspeaker equipment and solutions from various end-user markets has increased in countries such as China, Germany, Japan, and India due to booming commercial real estate, hospitality, corporate and music markets, a shift in consumer behavior towards live music concerts and exhibitions in developing countries.

The global professional speaker market is growing, with vendors such as Shure, Sennheiser, Audio-Technica, Bose, Harman, Sony, and Yamaha offering products for various vertical markets.

New start-ups will come with advanced features while existing vendors are expected to continue expanding their product portfolio with upgrades. Moreover, the introduction of improved technology will fuel the growth of the market over the forecast period. Futuristic inventions in digital wireless technology and growth in complementary digital technologies are boosting investor confidence in the market.



In terms of unit shipments, the digital segment accounted for a 57% share of overall professional loudspeaker shipments and held the leading position in 2021. This segment will continue to record market share growth during of the forecast period.

The corporate segment was the largest contributor to the global professional speaker market in 2021. Key factors driving demand in this segment included new office openings and growing penetration of IoT in corporate of the whole world.


North America was the largest market for professional loudspeaker products, accounting for share in terms of revenue and unit shipments, respectively. Penetration of professional AV systems remains at an all-time high in the United States and Canada.

The demand for new professional AV systems in the European market is increasing, while upgrades and replacements are expected to drive the market growth. Also, Western European economies are maturing with saturated product markets because product differentiation is low.


The global professional loudspeaker market is highly fragmented, with numerous local and international players in the market. The competition between them is intense on a global level. Market concentration in developed countries such as the United States and other Western European countries is high.

The market is moderately fragmented, although the high-end market is concentrated by major vendors who hold over 40% market share. The main leading suppliers in the global market are Audio-Technica, Bose, Harman International (acquired by Samsung), MUSIC Group, Sennheiser, Shure, Sony and Yamaha.


  • Growing convergence of Pro AV & IoT
  • The emergence of network audio technology
  • Growing demand from educational institutions
  • More and more exhibitions, conferences and seminars
  • Growing popularity of nightclubs and bars in Asia-Pacific
  • Growing demand from businesses, governments and institutions
  • Increased number of sporting events and tournaments
  • Growth of music production and recording industry
  • Growth of the live performance and music industry

Important Suppliers

  • Bose
  • D&B Audiotechnik
  • HARMAN International
  • MUSIC Group (Music Tribe)
  • strong sound
  • L-Acoustics
  • Yamaha

Other Important Suppliers

  • Aeb Industrial (Db Technologies)
  • Alcons Audio
  • Audioprof International Group
  • Bowers & Wilkins
  • B&C speakers
  • Carlson sound systems
  • CELTO Acoustics
  • CODA-Audio
  • Dynaudio
  • Electro-Voice (EV)
  • Extron Electronics
  • HEDD – Heinz Electrodynamic Designs
  • Hz sound systems
  • inMusic Brands
  • Klipsch Audio Technologies
  • Table K
  • Meyer Sound Laboratories
  • Nady Systems
  • Pan Acoustic
  • Renkus-Heinz
  • Bosch
  • Sennheiser

Main topics covered:

1 Research methodology

2 research objectives

3 Research process

4 Scope and coverage
4.1 Market Definition
4.2 Reference year
4.3 Scope of the study

5 Report assumptions and caveats
5.1 Main caveats
5.2 Currency conversion
5.3 Market Derivation

6 The market at a glance

7 Presentation
7.1 Overview
7.1.1 Sound Reinforcement Market Overview
7.2 End User and Related Industry Information
7.3 Key facts and figures: global music market
7.4 Impact of Covid-19
7.5 mega trends 2020
7.5.1 Sporting events: recorded sound
7.5.2 Virtual concerts
7.6 Revenue Chain Analysis
7.6.1 Technology providers
7.6.2 OEM
7.6.3 AV Consultants or Integrators
7.6.4 System Dealers and Distributors
7.6.5 End users of the system

8 Market Opportunities and Trends
8.1 Growing Convergence of Pro AV & IOT
8.2 Emergence of networked audio technology
8.3 Growing demand from educational institutions
8.4 Increase in exhibitions, conferences and seminars
8.5 Growing Popularity of Nightclubs and Bars in Asia Pacific

9 Market Growth Catalysts
9.1 Growing Demand from Businesses, Governments and Institutions
9.2 Increased number of sporting events and tournaments
9.3 Growth of music production and recording industry
9.4 Growth of live performance and music industry

10 Market Growth Constraints
10.1 FCC Wireless Spectrum Auction
10.2 Acoustical Challenges of Professional Loudspeakers
10.3 Commodity Price Volatility Affecting Supplier Margins

11 Market landscape
11.1 Market Overview
11.2 Geographical Analysis
11.3 Current Market Dynamics
11.4 Application Information
11.5 Demographic analysis
11.6 Market Size and Forecast
11.7 Product
11.8 End User
11.9 Formatting
11.10 Amplification method
11.11 Five forces analysis

12 Product
12.1 Market Overview and Growth Driver (Revenue)
12.2 Market Overview and Growth Driver (Volume)
12.3 Market Overview
12.4 Point Source Loudspeaker System
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Jon Stewart says he finds playing the national anthem before sporting events ‘such a strange ritual’

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Comedian Jon Stewart recently revealed that he finds the “whole diet” of playing the US national anthem before sporting events to be “such a strange ritual”.

Source: The Trouble with Jon Stewart, YouTube

RELATED: Comedian Jon Stewart accuses JK Rowling of promoting anti-Semitism in the Harry Potter franchise

On the latest episode of his self-titled podcast, The Problem With Jon Stewart, the comedian was joined for a short time by billionaire entrepreneur and NBA Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban.

Following Cuba’s departure, Stewart’s co-host Rob Christensen said he would have liked the chance to ask the Dallas Mavericks owner for some insight into his decision since to stop playing the national anthem before the his team’s home games.

At that time, Stewart said that he not only didn’t know Cuban had made that decision, he didn’t even know when or why the practice started, stating that said practice was “such a strange ritual”.

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Continuing on the subject, Stewart said: “You know, I always thought of when [Colin] Kaepernick took the knee and it was like ‘You gotta defend the anthem’. Now, I imagine, like, in the living rooms, the guys make nachos and fucking wings, then the anthem starts and they just have to [stand up].”

“Like, why is it when the anthem is on, you just have to stand up if you’re there, but the transitive principle through the TV…if it’s through the TV, you can do whatever you want. You could take it during the national anthem as a patriot,” he concluded. “But, if you’re at the stadium, you have to… there’s like a whole diet that you have to follow .”

Source: ABC News, YouTube

The Dallas Mavericks stopped playing The Star-Spangled Banner before their home games in February 2021 at the request of Cuban himself. However, the entrepreneur reversed his decision soon after.

“We’re still talking to our community,” Cuban told former ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols of his turnaround in an interview later that same month. “I mean, it’s something [Dallas Mavericks CEO Cynthia Marshall] represents and insists a lot on, and has become a central part of who we are at the Dallas Mavericks. And listening to the community, there were quite a few people who expressed their concerns, really their fears that the national anthem doesn’t fully represent them, that their voices aren’t heard.

“So we had a lot of conversations about whether or not we should play the anthem, and in the first pre-season game we decided not to play it and see what the response was, knowing we were going to having conversations about it,” Cuban further revealed, clarifying, “We made no decision to ever play the national anthem; that was not the case at all.

Cuba’s decision to start playing The Star-Spangled Banner again came at the same time the NBA issued a official statement addressing the situation in which they said, “With NBA teams now welcoming fans into their arenas, all teams will play the national anthem in accordance with longstanding league policy.”

Source: ESPN, YouTube

RELATED: After Jon Stewart Accusations of JK Rowling, Sarah Silverman Claims Harry Potter’s Goblins Are ‘Hook-Nosed Propaganda Jews’

Former San Francisco 49ers NFL player Colin Kaepernick, who Stewart also referenced, is credited with starting the trend of kneeling before the national anthem at sporting events when, in August 2016 , he bluntly declined to portray The Star-Spangled Banner.

“I’m not going to stand up to show flag pride for a country that oppresses black people and people of color,” Kaepernick Recount NFL Media at the time. “To me, it’s bigger than football and it would be selfish of me to look the other way. There are bodies on the streets and people being given paid time off and getting away with murder.

Source: KTVU FOX 2 San Francisco, YouTube

As for Stewart’s original question, although playing The Star-Spangled Banner before sporting events dates back to the late 1800s, it was cemented as standard practice during Major League Baseball’s 1918 World Series between the Red Sox and Chicago Cubs.

Played in the game’s seventh inning as a symbol of support amid the country’s relatively recent involvement in World War I, the unbridled feelings of American patriotism inspired Francis Scott Key’s famous performance, who made his performance a national sports tradition.

Source: Uncle Alf, CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons

Stewart made headlines earlier this month after an excerpt from a December 2021 episode of his podcast, in which he accused British author JK Rowling of promoting anti-Semitism in the Harry Potter series, started making the rounds online.

In the clip, the comedian tells his co-hosts that the goblins who ran Gringotts Bank in Harry Potter were based on racist caricatures of Jews from the anti-Semitic text The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, stating, “Let me tell you show this. It’s from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. I just want to show a cartoon, and they’re like, ‘Oh, look at this. It’s from Harry Potter, and you say ‘No’. It is a caricature of a Jew taken from anti-Semitic literature.’ »

Source: The Trouble with Jon Stewart, YouTube

He continued: “JK Rowling was like, ‘Can we get these guys to run our bank?’ And you’re like, “It’s…it’s a wizarding world. It’s a world where that’s the way it is. The train station has half a thing and no one can see it. And we can ride dragons and you have a pet owl. Who should run the bank? The Jews.”

Source: The Trouble with Jon Stewart, YouTube

As soon as the comedian saw that the aforementioned clip from his self-titled podcast was trending on social media, Jon Stewart went into full damage control mode and claimed his comments about JK Rowling being anti-Semitic were nothing short of funny. other than “light talk”. between colleagues and friends.

“So let me just say this. Super clearly, as clearly as possible. Hello, my name is Jon Stewart. I don’t think JK Rowling is anti-Semitic. I did not accuse her of being anti-Semitic. I don’t think the Harry Potter movies are anti-Semitic,” Stewart explained.

He explained: “I really like the Harry Potter films. Probably too much for a gentleman of my considerable age. So, I would just like to say that none of this is true, and no reasonable person could have watched this conversation and not find it lighthearted.

Source: The Trouble with Jon Stewart, YouTube

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Lewandowski wins FIFA’s Best Player vote ahead of Messi and Salah

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Robert Lewandowski has been voted the best men’s player in the world, retaining the FIFA award he won last year despite not appearing on the ballot cast by runner-up Lionel Messi.

The Bayern Munich forward on Monday overturned last month’s Ballon d’Or result where he finished second to Messi, who eventually led Argentina to a senior title at the 2021 Copa América. Mohamed Salah of Liverpool finished third.

“I’m very honored to win this trophy,” Lewandowski said over a video link from Munich. The trophy was handed over by club officials during the online ceremony held at FIFA headquarters in Zurich on Monday.

Lewandowski was the overwhelming choice of national team captains and coaches as well as selected media in more than 200 countries, but was almost overtaken by Messi, who got more than double the number of votes from fans around the world than the Polish captain. .

All three candidates voted as captains of their national teams and Lewandowski ranked Messi second of his three choices. Salah had Lewandowski and Messi in his top three.

Messi didn’t choose any of his closest rivals in the vote. His first two choices were Neymar and Kylian Mappé, now his teammates since joining Paris Saint-Germain in August.

Lewandowski broke two Bundesliga records by scoring 41 goals for Bayern in their 2020-21 season and 43 in the 2021 calendar year. Both marks had been held since 1972 by another Bayern great, Gerd Müller. “If you asked me a few years ago if it was possible, I would have said no, it’s impossible to score so many goals in the Bundesliga,” said Lewandowski, who has scored four more in two games this year. .

On the women’s side, Alexia Putellas added the FIFA trophy to her Ballon d’Or win. Putellas captained Barcelona to their maiden Women’s Champions League title and teammate Jennifer Hermoso came third in the FIFA vote. The runner-up was Sam Kerr of runners-up beat Chelsea.

Chelsea won the coaching awards in a year when their men’s and women’s teams led by Thomas Tuchel and Emma Hayes reached their Champions League final.

Tuchel again finished ahead of Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola to repeat the result of their European title match. Guardiola finished third after leading City to the English Premier League title and a dazzling lead this season after beating Chelsea on Saturday.

Roberto Mancini finished second in the FIFA vote after leading Italy to win the European Championship.

Hayes appeared surprised to win the women’s football coaching award ahead of Lluis Cortes. His Barcelona team beat Chelsea 4-0 in the Champions League final. Sarina Wiegman, who left 2017 European champions Netherlands to take over in England, finished third.

In an evening of surprises and quirky picks, a global player vote to choose their World XI rosters was curious.

None of the three candidates for the women’s individual award were voted into the best women’s team, which also lacked Barcelona players.

Salah was also missing from the men’s squad roster which had an unusual 3-3-4 formation which allowed for a forward line of Messi, Lewandowski, Erling Haaland and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Ronaldo was also FIFA’s star guest in Zurich. The Portuguese star appeared in person to close the show and receive a special award for breaking the all-time record in the men’s national football team. A long established tradition at the FIFA awards has been extended for another year. Six-time winner Messi and five-time winner Ronaldo both ignored each other on the ballots they submitted. Ronaldo voted for Lewandowski as his number 1.

Women’s national team leading scorer Christine Sinclair of Canada’s Olympic champion also received a special FIFA award earlier on the show.

Two awards have been handed out to Denmark for the in-stadium reaction to national team star Christian Eriksen’s collapse from cardiac arrest during a European Championship match in Copenhagen.

The FIFA Fair Play Award was given to the Danish players and medical staff who protected and treated Eriksen. The top fans award was shared by Denmark and Finland, whose supporters chanted Eriksen’s name as he was treated on the pitch before it was clear he would recover.

The Puskas Award for Best Goal went to Erik Lamela for the rabona flick he scored for Tottenham against Arsenal in the Premier League in March.

The best goalkeeper awards were won by Chelsea’s Edouard Mendy and Chile’s Christiane Endler, who left PSG for Lyon during the off-season.

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Motor racing – The Prost team and Alpine F1 part ways

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Four-time Formula 1 world champion Alain Prost accused Alpine of disrespect on Monday after learning he had left the Renault-owned team of which he was a non-executive director. The 66-year-old, the only Frenchman to win the title, joined the team in 2017 as an advisor.

The media, including the official website, reported that Alpine did not renew Prost’s annual contract, although there was no official statement from the team, as part of direction changes. Prost said on his Instagram page that he was “very disappointed” with how the news came out.

“It was agreed that we would announce together with @alpinef1team! No respect sorry!” he said. “I declined the offer made to me in Abu Dhabi for the 2022 season due to a personal relationship and I was right! To the Enstone and Viry team, I will miss you. “

Alpine announced last week that executive director Marcin Budkowski, who effectively ran day-to-day operations, had left the team with general manager Laurent Rossi temporarily taking over. A restructuring a year ago saw the departure of team principal Cyril Abiteboul.

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Motor-racing-McLaren boss calls for stronger leadership in F1

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McLaren boss Zak Brown on Monday called for stronger leadership in Formula 1 to reduce the power of big teams and prevent the pinnacle of motorsport from turning into a pantomime.

In a post about the year ahead on McLaren’s website, Brown said some rivals were looking for ‘excuses to raise the cost cap and win world championships on checkbooks’ while gaining an advantage with teams B. Without naming names, the American said “at times it seemed like the sport was ruled by certain teams” and that more leadership was needed from Liberty Media-owned Formula 1 and the governing FIA .

The FIA ​​elected a new president last month, Emirati Mohammed Ben Sulayem, in place of Frenchman Jean Todt, while Italian Stefano Domenicali took over as Formula 1 boss last year. The 2021 season ended in uproar, with Mercedes accusing race director Michael Masi of robbing Lewis Hamilton of an eighth crown with a late change to safety car procedure that favored Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who won the title.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff and Red Bull’s Christian Horner spoke on the radio to Masi during the race and the Australian official’s future remains uncertain, with some saying his position has become untenable. Brown said the past had been characterized by “a mostly autocratic style of governance”, a reference to decades under former supremo Bernie Ecclestone, and a more consultative approach was needed to reset the sport.

“Moving forward, there is a need to return to stronger and more directive leadership and governance at the top of the sport,” the American said. “It is clear that certain rules and their governance are not acceptable as things stand.”

Brown said the teams contributed to inconsistencies in policing and voted for many of the rules they now complain about. He suggested that the events in Abu Dhabi, under investigation by the governing body, resulted from systemic failures with “an apparent lack of preparation for the unfolding of events and temporary inertia on solutions”.

“It was the teams who put the pressure on to avoid finishing the races under the safety car at all costs,” he observed. “It was the teams that used radio broadcasts to the race director to try to influence penalties and race results, to the point where an over-excited team manager played from the stands and pressured the race officials.

“It hasn’t been uplifting for F1. Sometimes it feels like a pantomime audition rather than the pinnacle of a world sport.”

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10 best sporting events in 2021

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Sport plays a big role in our lives. They bring us together! Here are some of the best sporting events that took place in 2021.

The world of sport often sees ups and downs, but never has our year been as exciting as the one that has just passed.

2021 has been a roller coaster, with more highlight reels than we know what to do with, and in the world of online sports betting, we could have easily made a decent share.

The Tokyo Olympics

After being postponed from 2020 to 2021, the Olympics are one of those events that seem to interrupt the world for a month every four years.

You can’t help but admire the best athletes competing for their chance at glory.

Often people train their whole lives to compete and represent their country. It was a truly magnificent event to watch!

The Ryder Cup

This classic golf tournament has also fallen victim to the year 2020, although that might actually be a blessing in disguise.

The Ryder Cup was historically known as a tournament that took place every odd year.

That is until the Twin Towers were attacked in 2001, causing it to be postponed. Since then, there has been something a little off in the tournament.

Something that thankfully has now been rectified as it starts playing again in odd years.

The Paralympic Games

These games might even be more impressive than the Olympics!

These inspiring games truly show us what humans are capable of when they cut down on their excuses and pursue their dreams.

Sometimes witnessing those amazing results is just what we need to kick into high gear and learn that new skill or actually use that gym membership we signed up for on January 1st.


These tennis games were a must for anyone familiar with the sport.

Novak Djokovic was about to defend his winning streak, which is now approaching a record 20 titles!

Anyone who enjoys a good cup of tea and a round-trip competition straight out of London was sure to tune in.

Men’s European Cup

Another event that was pushed back 365 days was the European Cup in men’s football.

Unlike most tournaments, this one was not hosted in just one country. The Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) has chosen 12 sites in 11 countries.

The cities were London, Bilbao, Glasgow, Amsterdam, Dublin, Copenhagen, Rome, Munich, Budapest, Bucharest, Saint Petersburg and Baku.

The 2021 Rugby World Cup

On August 21, 2019, World Rugby announced that gender designations would be removed from the title and would simply be “Rugby World Cup” followed by the year.

The 2021 Rugby World Cup will be the first Women’s Rugby World Cup to be held in the Southern Hemisphere and will be hosted by New Zealand.

US Open Nine-Ball Championship

What some might consider a simple game to play while drinking, Nine-ball is taken very seriously in some places.

This prestigious tournament was organized at the end of 2021.

Joshua Filler was the defending champion after winning the 2019 matches.

This tournament had a grand prize of $300,000 to motivate professional players.

With the stakes so high, one can imagine how spectacular and beloved the competition must have been.

World Chess Championships

There is often a debate about whether chess is a sport or not.

The Olympic Federation has come to see this strategic game as a sport, and wow, the world championship has a lot in store.

Magnus Carlsen, the current defending champion since 2013, may withdraw from competition due to “lack of motivation”.

If you are a fan of the sport, this year’s games should hold something very beautiful for you.

Darts World Championships

It’s another one of those games we’re all likely to experience, thanks to our youth, playing it ourselves, whether it’s in a bar, at a friend’s house, or in an online simulation.

This tournament is sure to start with a bang as former world champion Adrian Lewis and reigning world champion Gerwyn Price face off on opening night.

Formula 1 Championship 2021

2021 will be the 72nd edition of the Formula 1 championships.

There is a lot of tension before the race, as Lewis Hamilton, currently considered the most successful F1 driver of all time, takes on Max Verstappen, the newcomer with plenty of potential.

In the end, Max Verstappen took the victory and the championship.

2021 has been and will be a great year for sport at all levels. Many controversial confrontations take place.

It’s time to call your friends, fire up the BBQ, grab a cold one, and enjoy all that 2021 has to offer.

Philippines International Sporting Events in 2022

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After winning the 2019 Southeast Asian Games (SEA) overall championship, the Philippines continued to shine in their glory at the delayed Tokyo Olympics where weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz won the first gold medal country’s Olympics.

With the delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, major sporting events will be rushed into 2022, which will hopefully allow more historic finishes to unfold for the Philippines.

Beijing Winter Olympics

The Philippines will be represented by Filipino-American alpine skier Asa Miller at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics which will be held February 4-20 in China as the country’s only qualifier.

Born and raised in the United States with Filipino roots, Miller will compete in the slalom and giant slalom events in his second stint at the Winter Olympics.

In the 2018 edition, he placed 70th out of 110 in the giant slalom event. He is also expected to carry the flag for the second consecutive time during the opening ceremonies.

The Beijing Olympics have been marred by protests due to human rights concerns in China and pullouts by major organizations like the National Hockey League due to a surge in COVID-19 cases.

Vietnam Sea Games

The Philippines are set to defend their overall title at the 2019 Southeast Asian Games after winning a record 149 gold medals to bounce back from their dismal 24 gold medals at the 2017 edition.

The delayed regional biennial meet is set to take place in Hanoi from May 12-23 in a bubble configuration.

The country’s biggest names will finally see action again like weightlifting queen Diaz and world gymnastics champion Carlos Yulo, the Philippines’ most decorated athlete in the 2019 edition.

Vietnam will host 520 events across 40 sports, while the Philippines will field 626 athletes to compete in 39 sports.

The Philippine Para team aims to finally join the regional biennial meet after the country canceled the hosting of the ASEAN Para Games due to COVID-19 in 2020.

world games

The Philippines have always been successful in their previous campaigns at the World Games, with the latest conquest being snooker player Carlo Biado’s gold medal at the 2017 edition.

Biado won the country’s first World Games gold medal by beating Britain’s Jayson Shaw, 11–7, to win the men’s 9-ball event. He was also the campaign’s only medalist.

He is slated to compete again at the July 7-17 event in Birmingham, Alabama.

The country will once again pin its hopes on Biado after he becomes the first Filipino to win the US Open Pool Championships since Efren Bata Reyes. At the 2021 edition of the prestigious pool meet, Biado performed a memorable comeback over Singapore’s Aloysius Yapp, 13-8, last September.

The Philippines has only won a total of 11 medals at the World Games, an international multi-sport event held for non-Olympic sporting events, since its inception in 1981.

Hangzhou Asian Games

The Philippines are hoping to prove their worth at the Asian level and surpass their four gold medals from the 2018 edition.

Asiad 2022 will be held in Hangzhou, China from September 10-25 and will feature 37 sports including breakdancing and esports.

Filipino athletes led the 2018 edition held in Jakarta, Indonesia, as golfer Yuka Saso recorded double gold in the individual and team events, while Diaz won her first gold medal. gold at the Asian Games. Margielyn Didal won the first women’s street skating gold medal at the Asian Games.

The Hangzhou Asian Games hope to feature the biggest revenge campaigns of the 2018 edition. Olympic boxing silver medalist Nesthy Petecio, who was controversially expelled, is aiming for Asian glory, pole vaulter EJ Obiena is aiming to claim his status as the Asian record holder and world champion gymnast Yulo is aiming for top honors.

The Philippine Para team is also hoping to surpass its historic record of 10 gold medals at the 2018 Asian Para Games after entering the competition with zero gold medals.

Shantou Asian Youth Games

China will host the Asian Youth Games (AYG) for the second consecutive time in Shantou from December 20 to 28.

The 2017 edition was to be hosted in Sri Lanka but had to be stripped of its hosting rights due to political interference by its government’s Ministry of Sports with the National Olympic Committee. Hosting rights were awarded to Indonesia instead, but with the hosting of the 2018 Asian Games, the Olympic Council of Asia decided to postpone the event to 2021, before it was to again moved to 2022.

The country’s promising young athletes between the ages of 14 and 17 are looking to shine after the COVID-19 pandemic deprived them of local sporting events for the past two years.

They hope to succeed Pauline Lopez, AYG gold medalist and taekwondo star, as well as golfers Mia Legaspi and Princess Superal who won 1-2 finishes at the international meet. –

Major fire at Secunderabad Club in Hyd, no casualties

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A massive fire broke out at the Secunderabad Club heritage building here in the early hours of Sunday, damaging most parts of the structure, police said. However, there were no casualties, they said.

A police patrol team noticed the fire around 3:15 a.m. and alerted the fire department and seven fire trucks, including one from the army, were dispatched to the scene and the flames were extinguished by 6 a.m. a police official told PTI.

It was a major fire and based on a preliminary investigation, the cause of the fire is suspected to be a short circuit, the official said.

Visuals on social media showed the building completely engulfed in flames.

According to Secunderabad Club website, Secunderabad Club was established by the British in 1878 and it is one of the oldest clubs in India. Situated on a 22-acre campus, the Club’s century-old Main Club House, lovingly and aesthetically maintained, has been awarded heritage status by the Hyderabad Urban Development Authority. The club offers dining, reading, indoor and outdoor sports with its own cricket ground and extensive leisure facilities. It may be the only member club to have its own dedicated sailing annex, its website says.

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Reuters sports news summary | Sports games

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Here is a summary of current sports news briefs.

Denmark joins diplomatic boycott of Beijing Olympics for human rights

Denmark will not send an official diplomatic delegation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics due to human rights concerns in the host country, Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said on Friday. “It’s no secret that we on the Danish side are very concerned about the human rights situation in China,” Kofod said. “The government has decided that we will not attend the Winter Olympics in China.”

NFL-Rams QB Stafford accepts pressure as he shoots for first playoff win

Los Angeles quarterback Matthew Stafford said he was determined to perform at a high level every time he took the field and it would be no different when he led the Rams against the Los Angeles Cardinals. Arizona in Monday’s playoff game in Los Angeles. Expectations are high for the 33-year-old after the Rams traded quarterback and former first draft pick Jared Goff to Detroit in exchange for Stafford in the offseason.

Djokovic detained to fight Australian deportation in court

Novak Djokovic was due to surrender to immigration officials for detention on Saturday ahead of a hearing in his battle to overturn new Australian government orders aimed at deporting him from the country. The world’s top-ranked tennis player had to report to authorities in Melbourne for an interview around 8 a.m. Saturday (2100 GMT Friday), according to a court order issued on Friday evening.

Motor racing-Wickens back in the cockpit after near-fatal crash

Robert Wickens, who was left partially paralyzed after a near-fatal crash in IndyCar, will get back into a racing car for the first time since his accident while competing in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Cup championship, the Canadian announced on Friday. Wickens will team up with compatriot Mark Wilkins driving a Hyundai prepared by Bryan Herta Autosport (BHA) in the series’ season opener on January 28, a four-hour endurance race that is part of the weekend. end of the 24 Hours of Daytona race.

Australian government reaction canceling Djokovic visa again

Here are the reactions to Australia’s cancellation of tennis star Novak Djokovic’s visa for the second time on Friday. If a court rejects his appeal against the annulment, it would end the Serbian player’s bid for a record 21st Grand Slam title at the Australian Open from January 17-30. AUSTRALIAN PM SCOTT MORRISON

U.S. Supreme Court to hear dispute over football coach’s on-field prayers

The United States Supreme Court on Friday agreed to hear the appeal of a former Christian football coach who was suspended from his job at a Washington state high school for refusing to stop his practice of football. prayer in the middle of the field after games – a case that could extend the religious rights of employees of public institutions. Judges appealed Joseph Kennedy, who served as an assistant football coach in the city of Bremerton, from a lower court ruling that dismissed his claims that the school district’s actions violated his freedom of speech and his religious rights under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. .

Timbers sign MF Diego Chara to three-year extension

The Portland Timbers have signed midfielder Diego Chara to a three-year extension through the 2024 season, the team announced Friday. The 35-year-old captain is entering his 12th season with Portland. He is the team’s all-time leader with 310 games played.

Melky Cabrera announces his retirement after 15 seasons

Veteran outfielder Melky Cabrera announced Friday that he is retiring after 15 major league seasons. Cabrera, who made his statement on Instagram, played major league games from 2005-19. He signed a minor league contract with the New York Mets in 2020, but he did not play for the club. the major league.

Beijing takes steps to reduce traffic and pollution during Winter Olympics

Aiming to reduce road traffic and pollution during the Winter Olympics, host city Beijing announced a series of measures on Friday, including a ban on heavy vehicles transporting construction waste, earth, sand and gravel for nearly two months. In response to any predicted increase in air pollution levels, which often occurs during the winter months, authorities will ban all medium and heavy tankers from the road and the use of government vehicles will be reduced by 80%.

Tennis-ATP, WTA team up with Netflix for a documentary series

Netflix and the production company behind its popular Formula 1 series “Drive to Survive” will document this season’s ATP and WTA tours as well as the four Grand Slam tournaments, the online streaming platform announced on Friday in a statement. Filming is already underway at the Australian Open, the statement said, but the release date and title of the documentary are yet to be confirmed.

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Bally Sports app will cost streamers $225 a year, according to Sinclair projections – The Streamable

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Over the past month, Sinclair has assuaged many skeptics of their plans to launch a direct-to-consumer streaming service in 2022 by signing deals with the NBA and NHL. With these two agreements, they will be able to bring streaming to market to 16 NBA teams and 12 NHL teams, in addition to four MLB teams to which they already owned the rights.

Assuming they get cable and satellite approval to launch a service, Sinclair hopes to soft launch its DTC product in time for the MLB season, with a full launch for the upcoming NBA and NHL season. But if they get approval, how much will it cost?

Currently, the cheapest way to stream Bally Sports RSNs is to subscribe to DIRECTV STREAM’s Choice plan ($89.99 per month).

As part of their $600 million fundraiser for their new streaming service, Sinclair has included projections for the service that give a hint as to what they plan to charge.

In its first full year of operating the service (2023), without adding additional teams to the service, the company expects $243 million in subscription revenue from 1.08 million subscribers. On average, that would mean a subscriber would pay $225 per year to access the Bally Sports app, or $18.75 per month.

But don’t expect it to be so cheap.

Sinclair’s Bally Sports App Screenings

NBA and NHL seasons only last seven months, which would mean that at $225 per year, a subscriber would effectively pay $32/month for the service – and that’s assuming they charge a fee per RSN, instead of a fee per team.

The company had circulated a price of $23 per month for the Bally Sports DTC service as part of Sinclair’s fundraising efforts. This figure was strongly denied by Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley in an interview with the Baltimore Business Journal.

He told the Wall Street Journal that would be “consistent with some of the other high-end sports services out there,” which would be exactly $200 a year.

Assuming all else goes well, that price could be the biggest flaw in Sinclair’s plans.

In most cases, 90% of cable subscribers who pay for a regional sports network don’t watch it. But, for those who do, cable subscribers have to pay for the channel year-round, even when there are no live sports. With a direct-to-consumer product, you have no reason to pay when there are no live games.

Sinclair is banking on the fact that a baseball fan is also a hockey/basketball fan, who will need a streaming service in the market all year round. Considering they only have in-market broadcast rights for the Tigers, Marlins, Brewers and Royals, at this time it only works in markets where they can pair them with the Pistons/Red Wings, Heat respectively /Panthers and Bucks/Wild.

If they acquire the MLB streaming rights, they would be in a much better position, but that doesn’t solve all markets. They don’t have that option for those who get Bally Sports Indiana (Indiana Pacers), Bally Sports Oklahoma (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Bally Sports New Orleans (New Orleans Pelicans) – and for many Tennessee fans who just want the Grizzlies /Predators and the Carolinas with the Hornets/Hurricanes.

One way to solve this problem is to partner with other RSN groups like NBC Sports or AT&T SportsNet, which seems to be in the long term plans.

During Sinclair’s third quarter 2021 earnings call, Sinclair CEO Chris Ripley said, “I think it makes sense to ultimately add the rights of other groups like Comcast and AT&T. Whether you do it through transactional partnership contracts, consortia… (these are) things that will be considered in a second stage.

The bet Sinclair is making is that they are acquiring subscribers who have already cut the cord, but at over $30 a month – is that really going to happen? And, if instead it just speeds up customers leaking their cable subscriptions, that’s not good for them either.

More than 1,000 Arizona high school sports games canceled this week due to COVID-19

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PHOENIX — More than 1,000 Arizona high school sports games have been canceled this week due to the omicron spread of COVID-19, the Arizona Interscholastic Association Commissioner of Officials said Friday.

Brian Gessner said KTAR News 92.3 FM cancellations are coming because players test positive for the virus, forcing schools to withdraw from competitions.

Most — about 65% — are junior or freshman college competitions, according to Gessner. He expects many games to go unplayed for at least the next two weeks as the high daily workload continues to plague the state.

“These numbers are exponentially higher than last year,” Gessner said. “We have never seen anything like it.”

The competitions have not yet been canceled due to the shortage of referees, but Gessner noted that the pandemic continues to strain the profession.

He said 27 civil servants died last year due to COVID-19. This year, there was one death due to the virus.

Gessner added that more public servants have called in sick this school year than in 2020-21.

“We stopped tracking officials’ absences because we overshot last year,” Gessner said.

Rescheduling missed matches will not be easy.

Some sports, such as football, cannot have catch-up games during the week because student-athletes need recovery time.

Other games will be difficult to catch up with due to scheduling conflicts as the seasons draw to a close.

“We’re running out of dates… it’s going to be a challenge to reschedule those games,” Gessner said.

Griselda Zetino of KTAR News 92.3 FM contributed to this report.

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The most downloaded PlayStation games of 2021 highlight that sports games are far from niche

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There are a myriad of game genres available with varying levels of popularity. Gamers looking for adrenaline can grab racing games or action games, music-loving gamers have plenty of rhythm games to choose from, and gamers with wanderlust can indulge in various adventure games. Some games appeal to introverts and are best played alone, while other games are a much more social experience that bring players together from all over the world.

Although many people find the concept of sports video games strange, they continue to dominate sales, and 2021 is no different. Last year, PlayStationThe top 20 most downloaded games chart was filled with various sports games, as it is every year. With the global pandemic forcing many people to stay indoors and disrupting many sports tournaments, some people have turned to video games to get their sports fix.


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The numbers don’t lie

On PS5, sports games dominate in the USA and Canada. NBA 2K22 takes first place, and Madden NFL 22 takes fourth place. MLB The Show 21 appears in eighth place, FIFA 22 comes in twelfth place, NBA 2k21 takes fifteenth place, and FIFA 21 slipped to seventeenth place. This means that sports games occupy 30% of the top 20. The European charts are also crowded with sports games, although instead of NBA 2K22 take first place, FIFA 22 Is. Other sports games that appear on the list include FIFA 21, F1 2021and NBA 2K22.

PS4 graphics tell a similar story. In the United States and Canada, a sports game does not take first place (that honor goes to Auto grand theft 5). However, many sports games still appear. NBA 2K22 is the fourth most downloaded PS4 game of 2021, and Madden NFL 22 is the sixth most downloaded game. NBA 2K21 is in seventh place, MLB The Show 21 takes ninth place, FIFA 22 takes thirteenth place and UFC 4 is in sixteenth place. The European ranking is also flooded with sports games, and FIFA 22 is in first place. FIFA 21, NBA 2K21and eFootball PES 2021 are also appearing.

The success of these sports games should not be scorned, as they come up against very popular games such as Minecraft, Spider-Man: Miles Morales, Call of Duty: Vanguard, Resident Evil Village, and more. This suggests gamers are buying sports games in droves, and while some may not understand the appeal of the genre, there are many more who do.

The future of sports games

Although sports games enjoy a fruitful present, not all of their futures are so bright. the Fifa series developed by EA is popular in part due to its use of the FIFA brand. However, in 2021, the football association FIFA requested $1 billion for every four years the license was used. In response, EA released a public statement highlighting that the company is “exploring the idea of ​​renaming our global soccer games EA SPORTS.” Although the license has been extended until the end of 2022, it is unclear how long the partnership will continue.

eFootball PES has been renamed eFootball and is now a free game. Unfortunately, the first game in the series, eFootball 2022, was universally panned by critics and gamers alike. Most of the criticisms were about the games’ poor graphics and numerous glitches. Only time will tell if Konami will be able to rehabilitate the reputation of the series.

An old name may soon make a comeback and share the leaderboards with the aforementioned sports games, as EA has said it plans to remake college football games. EA previously owned the NCAA Soccer series, but it was interrupted with NCAA Soccer 14 when the NCAA and EA were taken to court for the unpaid use of player likenesses. According to EA, its new college football games will feature a wealth of content, including “over 100 institutions featuring logos, stadiums, uniforms, game day lore and more.”

PlayStationThe 2021 download charts reveal that sports are just as popular in the gaming world as they are in the real world. The games allow anyone, regardless of physique, to imagine for a brief moment that they are a perfectly functioning, world-class sports star, and it can be addictive. While sports games have their fair share of issues to deal with, it looks like their appeal isn’t going to fade any time soon.

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DirecTV Partners with ChampionLA to Bring Marquee Sporting Events to SoCal –

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Super Bowl LVI kicks off at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles on Feb. 13, but the region wants more big events and DirecTV has its back. On Thursday, the El Segundo-based satellite and streaming provider made a long-term commitment to ChampionLA, an initiative created by the Los Angeles Sports & Entertainment Commission (LASEC) to bring high-profile sporting and entertainment events to the Los Angeles area.

These landmark events are expected to bring economic growth, jobs, visibility and community engagement, and part of ChampionLA’s mission is to ensure these benefits are shared equitably. As part of the partnership, DirecTV will make a charitable donation to support ChampionLA’s efforts to create community impact.

“DirecTV is working with LASEC to continue to position our hometown as a go-to destination for top sporting and entertainment events,” DirecTV CEO Bill Morrow said in a statement. “Their impact on the community aligns perfectly with our cultural values ​​of Care, Challenge and Deliver where it matters most.”

The area already has a slate of upcoming events, including this summer’s Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Dodger Stadium and the 2028 Summer Olympics. Beyond that, the National Championship of college football playoffs (SoFi) and US Open (LA Country Club) will travel to 2023; the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will hold its West Regional (Staples Center) in 2024, and the 2026 US Women’s Open (Riviera Country Club) will follow.

The city is also a candidate to host matches during the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

Olympic and Paralympic heroes highlight importance of fitness

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Indian Olympic and Paralympic heroes, including men’s hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh and para table tennis player Bhavina Patel, believe there should be increased focus on youth fitness and mental health given the lifestyle changes forced by the COVID-19 pandemic. Manpreet and Bhavina were speaking at the National Youth Festival virtual session titled “Sports – A Unifier for Ek Bharat Shrestha Bharat”.

Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist boxer Lovlina Borgohain, Indian women’s hockey team captain Rani Rampal and Paralympic Games bronze medalist high jumper Sharad Kumar were also present for the session.

Fitness isn’t just physical. There is also the mental form. Everyone should understand that life gets a lot easier when you are in good shape. Your health stays good, you stay happy and positive, said Bhavina, who became the first Indian paddler to win a medal at the Paralympic Games with her silver medal in Tokyo.

“So every person should try to get in shape. Staying in shape isn’t just for athletes, it’s good for everyone, ” she added.

Since the start of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc around the world.

Educational institutions have resorted to online classes, and under such circumstances, Rani said it became even more important to involve children in physical activities.

“Kids have a lot of online classes these days because of the pandemic, but I ask parents to send the kids outside so that they have physical and brain activity,” she said.

“This will help in their growth. I’m not saying everyone should make sports their profession, but children should be sent outside to play so that they are healthy, ” Rani added.

Manpreet, who led the men’s hockey team to an Olympic bronze medal, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for promoting youth fitness through various programs such as the Fit India Campaign and the Khelo India Games.

“If you take 30 minutes a day to exercise, your body will stay in shape and you can fight off many diseases,” he said.

” Youth is our future and to move a country forward, we must invest in young people. Our PM focuses a lot on this. He knows that youth is the future.

“He launched the Khelo India (Games) and Fit India campaign and the performance we got at the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics shows that and India’s future is very bright,” added Manpreet.

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Trackmania, iRacing, F1 2021 among top 10 Twitch sports games streaming in 2021

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According to a Streams Charts report, three racing games have joined the 2021 list of the top 10 most streamed games in the Sports category on Trackmania, iRacing and F1 2021 were all on this year’s list of sports games. Each platform has contributed tens of millions of watch hours on Twitch alone. That doesn’t even count hours watched on YouTube, Facebook, or any other streaming service.

Fairly new to the scene in terms of esports popularity, racing games in general took off in the middle of 2020 when things started to come to a halt due to the virus. According to the 2020 chart, iRacing was the only racing game included, ranking tenth. This year, while it climbed to eighth in the rankings, it was overtaken by Trackmania, which sits in seventh place.

While Trackmania and iRacing have been around for years, the 2021 Formula 1 game was released in July. In less than six months, F1 2021 has totaled 13.54 million hours watched. This is quite impressive considering that iRacing had 19.72 million hours watched and Trackmania had 25.62 million hours watched. Although these titles fall far short of the most popular titles like FIFA and NBA, racing games beat out baseball on this list. Also of note, the Madden NFL franchise completely missed the Top 10. The 2020 and 2021 Madden games were ahead of iRacing in 2020.

According to the report, FIFA 21 topped the rankings with 247.5 million hours watched by viewers. FIFA 22, released on September 27 last year, managed to climb to third place overall. FIFA 22 has compiled 154.46 million hours in the last two months of the year alone. Rocket League shared both titles with the runner-up in the category. The popular car/soccer hybrid (aka SocCar) has racked up 198.13 million hours of viewing.

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These figures are compiled by Esports Graphics, an analytics service that compiles data based on esports competitions, streams, and revenue, among other metrics. Their streaming-specific compilation site, Flow charts, brings together figures from streaming on platforms such as Twitch, Trovo and Facebook Gaming. While game categories such as Grand Theft Auto V and League of Legends have watch hours figures in 2021 in billionsit’s still unbelievable that there have been millions of hours spent watching virtual races unfold.

2022 could be the year racing games and esports take off even more. Will you be watching some of the best competitions taking place this coming calendar year? What other racing games would you like to see ranked on these audience lists? Are there any new games in 2022 that you expect to see? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

PS Store’s best-selling games of 2021 revealed, sports games leading the way

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the PlayStation Blog likes to share a monthly roundup of the best-selling titles on the PS Store, and now he’s put all that information together for an article detailing the top-selling games on the digital storefront for 2021. The lists are broken down into specific regions ( US/Canada and Europe), but no matter which one you look at in terms of PS5 titles, it’s the same result across the board: sports games reign supreme. NBA 2K22 was the top-selling PS5 game on the PS Store in the US and Canada, while FIFA 22 holds that accolade for Europe.

Both regions, however, have the same game in second place: Call of Duty: Vanguard. In third place for Europe is, oddly enough, FIFA 21, while it’s Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales for the US and Canada. A surprise inclusion is Among Us, which ranks sixth in Europe. This is a very impressive result considering that the game only launched in December.

Position USA/Canada Europe
1 NBA 2K22 FIFA 22
2 Call of Duty: Vanguard Call of Duty: Vanguard
3 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales FIFA 21
4 Madden NFL 22 Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales
5 Battlefield 2042 Battlefield 2042
6 Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart Among us
7 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Kena: Bridge of Spirits
8 MLB The Show 21 far cry 6
9 Resident Evil Village It takes two
ten far cry 6 Assassin’s Creed Valhalla

On PS4 games and we’re sure you’ll be delighted to hear that Grand Theft Auto V was the top-selling next-gen title on the PS Store for 2021 in the US and Canada. In Europe, meanwhile, it’s FIFA 22 again. In both territories, however, it’s the same usual heavy hitters: Call of Duty, sports games and Minecraft.

Position USA/Canada Europe
1 Grand Theft Auto V FIFA 22
2 Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Grand Theft Auto V
3 Minecraft Minecraft
4 NBA 2K22 FIFA 21
5 Call of Duty: Vanguard Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

The blog post also documents the best-selling PSVR games of 2021, and the top three are exactly the same in both regions. Beat Saber sold the most digital copies last year on the PS Store, with Job Simulator and Superhot VR second and third respectively. Finally, Fortnite was the most downloaded free game of 2021, with Rocket League and Call of Duty: Warzone not far behind. You can view the full list of results through the link.

Crowd restrictions at outdoor sporting events in Scotland will be lifted from Monday

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Crowd restrictions at outdoor sporting events in Scotland will be lifted on January 17, Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed.

The news means football and rugby supporters can return to the stadiums from next Monday after being effectively closed since Boxing Day, after a limit of 500 was imposed three weeks ago in the goal to deal with a wave of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus.

In a move motivated by the government’s “cautious optimism” about how things have turned out since the measures were first implemented, Sturgeon gave the green light to football clubs to open their pitches to capacity when the campaign Premiership will resume next week after a three-week winter break.

In addition, Murrayfield will be able to sell out when the Scottish rugby team welcome England and France to the Six Nations.

Speaking in his statement to the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday afternoon, Sturgeon said: “I can confirm today that the limit of 500 participants at large-scale outdoor events will be lifted from Monday 17th January.

“This means, for example, that spectators will again be allowed at major outdoor sporting events, including football matches slated for early next week and upcoming Six Nations rugby matches.”

It has also been confirmed that the Covid certification will now only be valid with a booster, and that clubs are obliged to check the status of at least 50% of participants.

Football clubs will be allowed to open their pitches to full capacity when the Premiership campaign resumes (Andrew Milligan / PA) (PA wire)

Sturgeon said: “The Covid certification system will remain in place for these (Cinch Premiership and Six Nations matches) and other events and venues previously covered, but with two important changes.

“First of all, our guidelines will now state that organizers of large events of 1,000 people or more should check the certification status of at least 50 percent of attendees, rather than the current 20 percent, or at least 1,000 people. , whatever the number above.

“And second, from Monday, the requirement to be fully vaccinated for the purposes of Covid certification will include having a booster if the second dose took place more than four months ago.

“It will still be possible to gain admission to events and sites covered by the certification system by providing proof of a recent negative lateral flow test. “

Sturgeon also revealed that she hopes to give the green light to indoor sporting events with spectators to resume from January 24.

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Best indie sports games, ranked

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Indie games, in general, do a fantastic job of bringing new ideas and gameplay mechanics to genres that can feel a little too generic or boring. This is easily the case when it comes to sports games. While AAA sports titles like Madden and Fifa are undoubtedly very popular, they typically rehash the same gameplay tropes year after year, usually only updating the rosters.

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Fortunately, indie game developers love to try new, unique and often original things in their games, especially when it comes to sports games. For the most part, indie sports games are more arcade in nature and may even have a more cartoonish experience. Here are some of the best indie sports games you can play right now.

ten Golf with your friends

Golf with your friends

Golf With Your Friends is a multiplayer mini golf game that features a ton of wacky courses and cartoons and loads of customizations for your golf ball. This easy to pick up and play mini golf game is ideal for solo players and groups of people with the game offering local play and online play.

Golf With Your Friends is based on the simple principle of getting your single ball to the hole with as few strokes as possible. However, you can also participate in a fast paced golf mode which makes things really hectic.


9 What is golf?

What The Golf - cartoonish golf course cluttered with office supplies

What is golf? is about as crazy as a game of golf can be played. This wacky golf game departs from typical golf mechanics in favor of truly original courses mixed with wacky physics. In addition, the game offers you unique challenges by hitting different objects, even the hole itself.

What is golf? is one of the phenomenal party style indie sports games that just aims to put a big smile on your face. There are even puzzle sections to break up the otherwise enjoyable golf gameplay.

8 Super Blood Hockey

hockey game on the rink in super blood hockey

Super Blood Hockey, as the name suggests, is overkill hockey action with a ton of bloodshed and violence. If you remember something like the Mutant League sports games from the 90s, you can get an idea of ​​what to expect in Super Blood Hockey.

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This game allows you to customize your own team of hardcore hockey players who must not only win but win with violence. You can freely beat other hockey players while scoring as many goals as possible. If you want a frenzied arcade sports game then maybe Super Blood Hockey is for you.

seven Windbreaker

face to face windjammers opponents

Windjammers is a super addicting and very entertaining indie sports game where you go up against another opponent to try to score as many disc goals as possible. While the original game was released decades ago, there was a newer version of the PlayStation 4 in the late 2010s.

Windjammers is fast-paced action and perfect timing to get the most points for victory. Featuring a vibrant artistic style and a polished sheen, Windjammers is simple and engaging. Additionally, Windjammers 2 will be released in 2022 so fans can look forward to that as well.

6 OlliOlli

skate ride in olliolli

OlliOlli along with its tracking games provide the constant thrill of hurtling down a street while performing extreme tricks and moves. This 2D pixel art skateboarding game is all about precision and skill, requiring you to memorize each step in order to string together the best tricks and lines together.

Part platformer and skateboarder part game, OlliOlli features nonstop action with a plethora of goals and challenges to keep you progressing at any time. Do yourself a favor and take a look at this one, especially if you are a skateboard fan.

5 Descent of lonely mountains

ride a bike through rocks in lonely downhill mountains

There is probably nothing quite like riding as fast as you can on a mountain trail with the wind blowing your hair as the trees speed past you. For those who don’t want to try this in real life, you can always go for the thrill of Lonely Mountains Downhill.

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This game offers you a cargo of mountainous routes to survive. Your goal is just to get to the bottom as quickly as possible, however, it won’t always be that easy. You will have to deal with environmental risks and difficult terrain.

4 Dodge ball academy

Dodgeball Academia mina and shoy

Dodgeball Academia is the perfect blend of dodgeball and RPG gameplay. Playing like a kind of action RPG, Dodgeball Academia takes place in a school dedicated to dodgeball. This colorful and nuanced game looks like a classic RPG where you explore, complete quests, and level up.

What makes this game really special and unique is of course the dodge ball battles. These battles take place in real time and you and your party use special moves and abilities to defeat your opponents. Plus, there are even tough tournaments to participate in.

3 Skater XL

Skater XL skater crushing red rim

Have you ever wanted to experience the thrill of skateboarding, but without the pain and injuries that come with the sport? If so, you should definitely take a look at indie sporting gem, Skater XL. For all intents and purposes, Skater XL is similar to EA’s Skate series, but with more nuanced and in-depth controls.

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Skater XL avoids any story or progression in favor of pure skateboard simulation. What sets this game apart from other skateboarding games is that your board is controlled by physics, not canned trick animations. This means that you are free to create your own tips on the fly. It’s hard to master but endlessly addicting.

2 Rocket league

Rocket League - promotional image

While Rocket League may no longer envision an independent sport given its immense popularity, this rocket-powered soccer game from Psyonix definitely started out as an independent. If for some reason you’ve been living under a rock for a few years, Rocket Leauge is a multiplayer soccer game where you score goals in crazy arenas with cars at full throttle.

This game has become a juggernaut in the online multiplayer arena, mainly due to the ease of handling and play, but also the difficulty to master. Learning to control your car takes sheer finesse and skill. That thrill of getting your first goal is absolutely one of the best feelings.

1 Golf history

Golf Story Character Playing Golf On Green

A list of indie sports games couldn’t be complete without mentioning the best in the genre, namely Golf Story. This Nintendo Switch-exclusive indie sports game is an RPG adventure and arcade golf at the same time. You play as a character who has to prove himself on the green, but it will take courage and inspiration.

Golf Story is a full RPG with quests, experience system, plethora of gear, and deep storyline. The fun arcade golf gameplay is perfectly interwoven into the narrative and it’s wonderful to see your skills sharpen as the game progresses. If you own a Switch, you should definitely have Golf Story in your indie game library.

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Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics February will see a range of exciting events taking place, from popular sports like hockey, skiing and figure skating, to more unique sports like skeleton, luge and bobsleigh. These Games will include 45 percent female athletes, the largest proportion ever to have competed in the Winter Olympics, in part due to the introduction of more mixed events such as freestyle ski jumps and snowboard cross. Notable Canadian athletes to watch include ice dance duo Piper Gilles and Paul Poirier, as well as bobsleigh Cynthia Appiah. On the Paralympic side, notable athletes include Josh Dueck, the first athlete succeed in a backflip on a sit-down ski; Brian McKeever, Canada’s most decorated Paralympian who will retire after the 2022 Games; Ina Forrest, who is aiming for her fourth medal in wheelchair curling; and Billy Bridges, one of Canada’s most accomplished para-ice hockey players, who hopes to lead his team to gold against the top-ranked US team.

The Games were surrounded by controversy due to the human rights violations, namely their detention of Uyghurs, a predominantly Muslim ethnic minority, in the Xinjiang region. Several countries have launched the idea of ​​boycotting the Games, but as it stands, none have officially canceled their participation, nor any competing athlete. Instead, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom and Australia have announced a “diplomatic boycott,” where government officials will not attend the Games. As for pandemic restrictions, Chinese authorities plan to host spectators from mainland China who meet vaccine requirements, unlike the Tokyo 2020 Games, which were held in empty stadiums.

Fallout from MLB foreclosure

The Major League Baseball (MLB) offseason is always filled with dramatic deals, exchanges and contract negotiations. But in December 2021, after the Atlanta Braves won their first World Series Title in nearly 30 years, the MLB has imposed a lockout. It comes after a labor dispute between the Players’ Association and league teams, and their disagreement over player salaries and competitive disparities between different teams. During this work stoppage, teams are prohibited from communicating with players, even about simple things like training programs, and players are excluded from training facilities. While the lockout is intended to put pressure on the union to speed up negotiations, the shutdown could extend until the start of the regular season, which is scheduled to begin March 31. Either way, these restrictions will undoubtedly reduce players’ abilities to build a squad. chemistry and properly prepare for the start of the season.

Djokovic’s luck to greatness

The Serbian tennis star walked away with the 2021 Wimbledon title, and this year has the chance to outdo Nadal and Federer for the most Grand Slam tournaments of all time. The big three are tied at 20 apiece, but Djokovic hasn’t been plagued with injuries like the other two, meaning if he can even compete in the Australian Open. Originally unable to enter the country due to his unvaccinated status, and now waiting to see if the Australian government revokes his visa, it’s unclear if he will have the chance to compete for the major title. There is currently an online campaign for #BoycottAustralianOpen in support of Djokovic’s decision not to be vaccinated; on the other hand, many Australian citizens are vs the player flouting the rules and endangering others. Despite his anti-science stance, the tennis player has donated millions of euros to COVID-19 relief funds in three different countries. Unless what happens (or doesn’t) in Melbourne, Wimbledon in July will be another chance for the trio of tennis masters to break their three-way lead in the majors, and is not to be missed.

FIFA World Cup 2022

The 2022 FIFA World Cup is the first to take place in the Middle East, in Qatar in November. While this step is welcomed by many, the host nation has come under scrutiny for allegedly corruption FIFA officials for their candidacy and using migrant labor to build the stadiums. The teams that qualify for the tournament include Canada, the United States and Mexico from the Confederation of North American, Central American and Caribbean Football (CONCACAF). Italy and Portugal have yet to play in the European playoffs, so there’s a chance Cristiano Ronaldo won’t play in Qatar. The favorites to win the cup this year are Belgium, Italy and the Netherlands; However, that could all change if Italy does not qualify. As for women’s football, the qualifying competition for both the 2023 Women’s World Cup and the 2024 Olympics will take place in July.

Will Tiger Woods return to Masters?

Casual and dedicated golf enthusiasts were rocked when Tiger Woods, arguably the best golfer to ever graced the green, was injured in a life threatening car crash in February 2021. He broke his ankle and suffered two broken legs. After the announcement of his full recovery, the world is waiting to see if, or when, he will return to professional golf. After finishing second in 2021 PNC Championships along with his son Charlie, the odds of Woods playing in the Masters have increased dramatically. He told reporters after the tournament that he won’t be returning to competing anytime soon, but many fans are still hoping he will attend, if not play, at the Masters. He is more likely to return to the British Open course, where the St. Andrews course has fewer hills to climb.

The NHL Stanley Cup playoffs and the Habs implode

The 2022 Stanley Cup has a myriad of possible contenders. The Colorado Avalanche, although it hasn’t reached the conference finals since 2002, is one of the favorites to win. Tampa Bay are another favored team to do well in the playoffs this year. The Lightning have won the Stanley Cup two years in a row, and the only treble fans are the Lightning fans. Tampa Bay rivals the Florida Panthers are also having a solid season and could potentially pose a challenge for the defending champions as they are currently tied. In the metro division, the Carolina Hurricanes dominate, a change that could see the organization win their second Stanley Cup championship. Unfortunately, the Montreal Canadiens, having won just seven of their 35 games in total, will not be in contention for the cup this year. The only Canadian team with a real chance of winning is the Toronto Maple Leafs. Just behind the Lightning in points, the Leafs have a roster filled with star players. If they can find a way through the first round of the playoffs, the Leafs could be a team to be reckoned with.

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Formula 1 season

2022 will bring a new car design and a longer season. While the season will feature a new Miami Grand Prix, favorite courses such as Montreal will be restored after the COVID-19 pandemic prevented them from hosting in previous years. There will be several exciting battles between the teams that finished neck and neck in the 2021 season. Ferrari and McLaren will battle for third place this season, with Mercedes and Redbull in the top two. Charles Leclerc and Lando Norris have brought their respective teams back to life and will be extremely exciting to watch this season. Unfortunately for Mercedes, George Russell is ranked eighth in the power standings, a gap that could allow other teams to better challenge the defending champions. In the midfield, the triple Aces – Alpine, Aston Martin and AlphaTauri – will face each other again. Pierre Gasly for AlphaTauri is a phenomenal driver and will keep his team in the race for fifth place in 2022. Aston Martin finished well behind the other two teams in 2021, and while they have potential, most of it comes from the owner. billionaire Lawrence Stroll. potential to spend money. However, he will have to deal with the new spending limit $ 140 million for 2022, which aims to give smaller-budget teams a better chance at victory.

Mead School District cancels sports games and practices

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Beginning Wednesday, January 12, 2022, all MSD athletic events and training will be canceled until testing supplies arrive.

MEAD, Wash. — The Mead School District (MSD) is canceling high-risk sports and practices beginning Wednesday due to a shortage of COVID-19 testing, according to a voicemail from the district.

The district currently does not have enough tests to continue its athletic testing and “Test-to-Stay” programs, a program that allows students who come into close contact with a COVID-positive person to stay in class if they are tested negative.

Beginning Wednesday, January 12, 2022, high-risk sporting events and practices across MSD will be canceled until testing supplies arrive. High risk sporting events include all contact sports such as basketball and wrestling.

The announcement comes less than 24 hours after district school board members heard community feedback on adding the COVID-19 vaccine to the list of required vaccinations. Council members eventually passed a resolution opposing the idea of ​​a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for school children.

Students who exhibit symptoms of COVID-19 should stay home unless they can provide a negative test from a health care provider. Students who have been exposed to COVID-19 are also asked to stay home.

Due to the high number of COVID-19 cases in the District and throughout Spokane County, MSD will now email parents of a positive case in their child’s classroom.

According to the voicemail message left by MSD, all schools in the district have positive cases of COVID-19.

“We will send another notification as soon as testing supplies arrive from the Department of Health,” the voicemail said. “Thank you for understanding, working with us, and helping us keep students in school.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

England spinner Matt Parkinson extends Lancashire Cricket contract

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England bowler Matt Parkinson has extended his contract with Lancashire Cricket until at least the end of the 2023 season. Parkinson has made 106 appearances for the Red Rose since his first class debut against Warwickshire in 2016 – when he achieved a rare feat in becoming only the second English leg spinner to take five wickets on his post-war debut.

“It’s a great feeling to know that I will be playing my cricket at Emirates Old Trafford for two more seasons and hopefully many more after that,” Parkinson said in a statement according to the Lancashire website. “The Club have trusted me since I started at the Academy at 13 and I hope my performances in recent years have rewarded their confidence and will continue to do so,” he added.

The nine-time England international has become a key feature in all three formats for Glen Chapple’s side and is widely regarded as one of the most feared spin throwers in T20 cricket, claiming 103 wickets in the one-man format. average of 17 and savings of just 7.5. Cricket manager Mark Chilton also commented: “Parky is considered one of the best white ball throwers in the world and we are delighted to have secured his services for at least two more seasons.

“His red ball game has improved tremendously over the past two years and, even at 25, Matt is now one of our most experienced players with over 100 appearances in all formats behind him.” In 2021, Parkinson had his most productive summer in red ball cricket taking 36 wickets at an average of just over 20, helping Lancashire to finish second in the County Championship. (ANI)

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Australian judge reinstates tennis star Djokovic’s visa

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Tennis star Novak Djokovic won a court battle on Monday to stay in Australia to play the Australian Open despite not being vaccinated against CIOVID-19, but the government threatened to cancel her visa an second time.

Federal Circuit Court Judge Anthony Kelly reinstated Djokovic’s visa, which was canceled after his arrival last week because authorities ruled he did not meet the criteria for exemption from a requirement. entry that all non-citizens should be fully immunized. The judge also ordered the government to release Djokovic within 30 minutes from a quarantine hotel in Melbourne where he has spent the last four nights.

Government attorney Christopher Tran told the judge after the ruling that Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Minister Alex Hawke “will consider whether to exercise personal power to cancelation”. That would mean Djokovic could again be sent off and miss the Australian Open, which starts on January 17.

Kelly said the threat of another visa cancellation meant “the stakes are now up rather than down.” “If this man is to be summarily deported following a personal exercise of the power of annulment, he cannot return to this country for three years, am I right about that?” Kelly asked lawyers for Home Secretary Karen Andrews, under whose authority Djokovic’s visa had previously been canceled.

Tran and his colleague Naomi Wootten have confirmed that Djokovic will be banned from Australia for three years.

The government canceled the visa of Djokovic, 34, shortly after arriving in Melbourne on Wednesday night to play at the Australian Open.

There was a public backlash to the announcement that Djokovic, who previously refused to disclose his vaccination status, would participate in Melbourne because Australians not vaccinated or inoculated with vaccines not recognized by Australian medical authorities face travel difficult. and quarantine restrictions. Court documents say he is not vaccinated.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Conservative government is seeking re-election to a fourth three-year term in elections slated for May.

While his government has been widely praised for bringing the country’s COVID-19 death toll under control at the start of the pandemic, cases of omicron have increased rapidly. He has been criticized for the shortage of rapid antigenic tests and for refusing to make the tests available to everyone for free.

He sought to blame the controversy on Tennis Australia, which hosts the Australian Open.

Djokovic has been in safe custody in quarantine at the hotel since Thursday, when his visa was canceled.

He appealed the annulment at the virtual court hearing on Monday amid growing public debate over the positive coronavirus test that his lawyers have used as grounds for seeking medical exemption from the strict vaccination rules of the ‘Australia. Djokovic argued that he did not need proof of vaccination because he had proof that he had been infected with the coronavirus last month.

Australian medical authorities have decided that a temporary exemption from the vaccination rule can be granted to people infected with COVID-19 within six months.

Judge Kelly noted that Djokovic had provided Melbourne airport officials with a medical exemption granted to him by Tennis Australia and two medical panels.

“The point I’m a little agitated about is what more could this man have done?” Kelly asked Djokovic’s attorney, Nick Wood.

Wood agreed with the judge that Djokovic couldn’t have done more.

Transcripts of Djokovic’s interview with border officials and his own affidavit revealed a “repeated appeal to the officers with whom he dealt that to his knowledge, without question, he had done absolutely everything he believed was necessary so he can enter Australia, “Wood says.

Djokovic’s lawyers presented 11 grounds for appeal against the cancellation of his visa. Lawyers called the cancellation “seriously illogical”, irrational and legally unreasonable. Lawyers for Home Secretary Andrews said in their brief that the vaccination requirement could only be deferred for arriving travelers who have had a COVID-19 infection if their illness is acute.

“There is no indication that the plaintiff (Djokovic) suffered from a serious and acute illness in December” when he tested positive, according to the written submission.

Andrews ‘lawyers ultimately admitted that the authorities’ decision to interview Djokovic in the early hours of Thursday and cancel his visa before he could contact Tennis Australia or his lawyers was unreasonable under the circumstances.

Djokovic was informed at 5:20 a.m. on Thursday that he had until 8:30 a.m. to respond to a notice of intention to cancel his visa. His comments were requested instead at 6:14 a.m.

The decision to cancel his visa was taken a little over an hour later.

Judge Kelly said if Djokovic had had until 8:30 a.m. he could have consulted others about the decision.

Neither Ministers Andrews nor Hawke immediately responded to requests for comment.

The virtual audience crashed multiple times due to an overwhelming number of people around the world trying to watch the proceedings.

At one point, an expired forensic link was apparently hacked and disseminated pornography, The New Daily News website reported.

Djokovic is a nine-time Australian Open champion. He is the defending champion and has won the last three titles at Melbourne Park.

Djokovic has 20 Grand Slam singles titles, a men’s record he shares with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal.

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Outbreak team wants mandatory medical masks on shopping streets and sporting events

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The Outbreak Management Team (OMT) wants to make medical masks mandatory on busy shopping streets and crowded outdoor markets, as well as during sporting events and demonstrations. He asked to extend the obligation of the face mask to certain outdoor spaces in his latest opinion to the warden’s office, in the report and NOS.

Until now, face masks have only been mandatory in certain indoor public spaces like supermarkets, shops and libraries.

UNWTO now wants to make it compulsory for anyone aged 13 and over to wear a face mask in all indoor spaces where different households come together, whether people can maintain a social distance or whether they are seated and not. don’t move. According to the new advice, the only time you can remove your mask is to eat or drink.

The team of experts also indicated that only medical masks of at least type 2 are used. “These masks offer slightly better protection against the emission of viral particles into the environment than non-medical masks and also offer the wearer more protection against infections,” UNWTO said in its opinion.

The UNWTO has also advised quarantine in primary schools. If at least three children in a class test positive for Covid-19, the entire class should be quarantined, UNWTO recommended.

Experts met on Friday to discuss the coronavirus situation in the Netherlands. The new Cabinet, which is sworn in today, will decide on the measures to be taken this next Friday. The bigger question is whether the current lockdown will end on January 19 as planned.

India ‘ready’ for 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup

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The 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup India Local Organizing Committee (LOC) has expressed readiness to host the renowned Asian Women’s National Team competition which begins in 10 days. Indian Football Association (AIFF) and LOC President Praful Patel shared preparations for the tournament until matchday one on January 20, 2022.

“All the facilities that will be used for the prestigious AFC India Women’s Asian Cup 2022 ™ are ready. Special care has been taken to ensure that the best female footballers in Asia have world-class infrastructure at all three venues as well as at the training venues, “Praful Patel said in a statement. all venues have been significantly upgraded to support modern football. Other facilities including changing rooms, media stands, broadcast complexes and reception areas have been renovated. In Pune, new projectors with LED panels have been installed. And now we can’t wait for the teams to come to India and play their best game, “he added.

The 2022 AFC India Women’s Asian Cup will be played in three stadiums at DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai, Mumbai Football Arena in Mumbai and Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex in Pune with the three training venues and facilities. renovated. In Pune, new training facilities were reconstructed for the 2022 AFC Women’s Asian Cup in India, while the pitch at the Shri Shiv Chhatrapati sports complex was modernized and new floodlights installed.

Two additional training grounds were also built to host the tournament. Apart from this, the team changing rooms, reception areas and the media stand have been modernized. DY Patil Stadium, venue of the final on February 6, saw its floodlights refurbished while the pitch was modernized to meet international standards.

Meanwhile, the Navi Mumbai Sports Association (NMSA) training ground and the Yashwant Rao Chavan field in Navi Mumbai have redeveloped their teams’ changing rooms and both training grounds have been upgraded with new and improved facilities. modern. In addition, two training grounds were built at the CIDCO Center of Excellence in Navi Mumbai – bringing the number of training grounds to six for the tournament teams.

The pitch at Mumbai Football Arena, home to six matches, has also been upgraded, along with the changing rooms, reception area, referee rooms and media stand, further underlining the LOC’s commitment to providing teams the best facilities. Asia’s top 12 teams will face off for top centerpiece honors, with the top five joining Australia, co-hosts of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, in the world final. (ANI)

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Major sporting events in Houston: January 10-16, 2022

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Rockets welcome 76ers to start week | Photo: David Dow; courtesy of the Houston Rockets

Take a seat for these must-see games and sporting events around Houston from Monday January 10 through Sunday January 16, 2022.

The week in Houston, the athletic action ends with a rescheduled Rockets game, moved later in January, as well as the return of the Chevron Houston Marathon on Sunday morning.

Want to learn more about the sports that take place around H-Town? Find more live games and sports throughout the month in the 365 Houston calendar.

Best games and sporting events in Houston this week

  • Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers at Toyota Center | Monday January 10 – Moved on the calendar from its original date later this month, the Rockets will see Joel Embiid and the Sixers hit the hard court downtown. $ 15 to over $ 1,000, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • We’re Houston 5K on McKinney & Crawford Streets Downtown | saturday january 15 – While the Chevron Marathon is booked for the 2022 season, a special 5k course can help runners feel that finish line in the morning before the big event. Registration is $ 45. 8h.
  • 50th Annual Chevron Downtown Houston Marathon | Sunday January 16 – While you may not be able to don for the signature Houston event, you can still celebrate the runners as they beat the downtown sidewalk through city neighborhoods like Montrose, Medical Center, the Galleria, Memorial Park, and vice versa, ending at Avenida de las Americas. Check marathon course and find your place to encourage thousands of participants. 7h.

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Soccer-Cavallo denounces homophobic abuse in A-League game

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Adelaide United’s Josh Cavallo on Sunday denounced homophobic abuse against him in a draw against Melbourne Victory in the A-League, saying he had “no words” to describe his disappointment.

Cavallo became the first active A-League player to come out 10-27 as gay in October, enjoying the support of professional colleagues around the world. “I’m not going to pretend I didn’t see or hear the homophobic abuse in last night’s game,” Cavallo said on Instagram. “There are no words to tell you how disappointed I was.

“It shouldn’t be okay and we need to do more to empower people. I will never apologize for living my truth and more recently who I am outside of football.”

Cavallo also urged Instagram, the social media platform owned by Meta Platforms Inc, to step up its efforts to tackle online abuse. “For Instagram, I don’t want a child or an adult to have to receive the hateful and hurtful messages that I have received,” Cavallo said.

“I really knew who I am that I was going to stumble upon this. It’s a sad reality that your platforms aren’t doing enough to stop these messages.” Adelaide and Victory released statements condemning the abuse suffered by Cavallo, saying they were working with Australian professional leagues to investigate the incident.

“Adelaide United are proud to be an inclusive and diverse football club, and to see one of our players experiencing homophobic abuse is disappointing and upsetting,” the club said / adelaide-united- condemns-the-homophobic-abuse-of-josh-cavallo. “We will continue to work with the Australian professional leagues and Melbourne Victory to identify perpetrators and prosecute them accordingly.”

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Esports events in Pakistan to attract more investors: Dr Alvi

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ISLAMABAD – President Dr Arif Alvi on Saturday, while welcoming the organizers of a two-day esports event in Islamabad, said the tournament will involve Pakistani youth and bring new investments to the country in the future.

In his virtual message at the opening of the esports tournament hosted by Galaxy Racer here, he said, “I am happy that the investment is taking place in the Special Tech Zone and that this investment is in the industry. fastest growing video game. . “

He congratulated Galaxy Racer boss Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum and his entire team for their launch event in Pakistan. “This investment will herald a new era of cooperation between the UAE and Pakistan.” The President thanked Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum for his special interest in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s biggest esports tournament “Gamers Galaxy” kicked off with a bang here at the Pak-China Friendship Center on Saturday, providing a perfect chance for young people to show off their skills in the budding sports discipline in Pakistan. The two-day event, which was the first of its kind, carries a purse of Rs 20 million. Gamers Galaxy is an initiative of the Galaxy Racer company of Cheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum. As a result, he was making a significant investment in the technology sector in Pakistan through the Special Technology Zone Authority (STZA). The event includes games, tournament matches and other related activities.

Speaking on the occasion, Galaxy Racer owner Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum, who declared the event open, thanked President Dr Arif Alvi and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan for making this event a reality. “This will create a new chapter in UAE-Pakistan relations. This is a first step in eSports in Pakistan and we aim to bring outstanding players from Pakistan to the world,” he said. He said. He said that young people have unlimited opportunities in eSports and the future is theirs. “The launch of the Supreme Galactic League in Pakistan was a good initiative and it is only a We are also setting up academies in Pakistan for young people for eSports, ”he said.

Alam also announced the launch of Pakistan’s largest competitive esports league titled “Supreme Galactic League”. “A total of eight teams will compete in the league, with one team each purchased by Lahore owners Qalandars and Peshawar Zalmi Javed Afridi Haier, respectively.” He said that in the near future, a large national online competition of schools and colleges named “Galaxy Scholars” will also be held.

Former Prime Minister’s Special Assistant for Overseas Pakistanis, Zulfi Bukhari has said that by 2025 the gaming industry will surpass 250 billion. “Alam organized this event in Pakistan. This investment shows that our country has the potential and that the game is a reality, ”he said. “We need to make it easier for businesses for these types of foreign investments. I thank Galaxy Racer owner Sheikh Ahmed Al Maktoum for reviewing Pakistan.

He said the game industry is growing faster than the movie industry in the United States. “At a time when the world came to a standstill during the COVID-19 pandemic, the gaming industry is the only one that has excelled. Good luck to the young people participating in the tournament, put us on the map because it is the future, ”he said.

Special Technology Zone Authority (STZA) CEO Amer Hashmi praised the Pakistani government for its full support and explained his and Alam’s struggle and hard work which has worked well in the area of ​​eSports. GroupM CEO Naveed Asghar said there are over two billion players in the world and 100 million in Pakistan. “There is a large gambling market in Pakistan. It’s good to see the female come into the game. It shows the empowerment of women and it’s a great platform for women to showcase their talent, ”he said.

Djokovic prepares Australian visa challenge as COVID vaccine fury mounts

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World tennis number one Novak Djokovic lay low on his third day in detention for Australian immigrants on Saturday, joined by Czech player Renata Voracova as a blame game between Australian authorities over the handling of exemptions from COVID-19 vaccine has gained momentum. The Serbian superstar, a virulent opponent of the vaccine warrants who came to Australia in the hope of winning his 21st Grand Slam at the Australian Open, has been locked up since Thursday in a modest hotel in Melbourne after his visa was canceled. due to medical exemption issues. .

His lawyers are preparing a legal challenge to the cancellation of his visa, which is due to go to a hearing in federal court on Monday, and have until Saturday evening local time to file a summary of their case. But other than a short Instagram post thanking fans for their support, Djokovic, one of the richest athletes in the world, has made no public appearances or comments since entering the Park Hotel, which is also home to dozens. asylum seekers trying to enter the country. .

The Australian newspaper reported that Djokovic requested access to his boss and a tennis court while in detention, but his request was denied. Groups of anti-vaccine protesters, Djokovic supporters and refugee advocates formed an unusual alliance outside the hotel, which was under police surveillance. As the Australian Border Force has said it has canceled several other visas of people involved in the tournament, including those from Voracova, the federal and Victorian state governments, and Tennis Australia has denied any responsibility in the dispute, which has been condemned by the Serbian government.

After News Corp newspapers published a document from Tennis Australia apparently advising players on how to enter the country with a medical exemption from vaccination, the organizing body said it never knowingly induced the players in error and had always urged players to get vaccinated. “We have always been consistent in our communications with players that vaccination is the best course of action – not only as the right thing to do to protect yourself and others, but also as the best course of action to protect yourself and others. make sure they could get to Australia, “Tennis Australia said in a statement quoted by local media.

“We completely reject the fact that the group of players was knowingly misled.” Tennis Australia’s advice was based on content from a federal government website to which it had been referred by the Federal Minister of Health, the statement added.

Tennis Australia did not respond to Reuters requests for comment. The group’s fact sheet, as published by News Corp, said players could enter the country with a “overseas medical exemption” that had been “reviewed by an Australian doctor” and then entered into a base. central data.

The document was distributed to players last month, News Corp. reported. But the federal government released a letter showing it wrote to Tennis Australia in November, saying a previous infection with COVID-19 was not necessarily grounds for exemption in Australia, as it has elsewhere. . Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley has defended the organization’s actions, according to a video released on Saturday.

In an address to Tennis Australia staff, uploaded to News Corp websites, Tiley said he would tell the whole story of the saga, but was forced because Djokovic was challenging his visa cancellation in front of the tribunal. “We would like to share all the information with you, and we will,” he said in the video.

“We have chosen at this point not to be very public with this and simply because there is an ongoing lawsuit related to entering Australia. Once this has run its course we can share more. “There is a lot of finger pointing and blaming but I can assure you that our team did an amazing job and did everything they could according to all the instructions given to them.”

Djokovic, 34, has not disclosed the reasons for his exemption and has consistently refused to disclose his vaccination status. Vaccines are not required in Australia but are required for certain activities.

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Football goal ‘scored’ by deceased player in coffin thrills fans

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A deceased Chilean footballer is being celebrated around the world after his former teammates arranged for him to score a goal from his coffin in tribute to his striking prowess. Jaime Escandar died in the dying days of 2021, but his friends at Chilean team Aparicion de Paine wanted to celebrate the striker’s life.

They placed his coffin in the six-yard box and a teammate sent the ball into the coffin to bounce back into the goal. Dozens of spectators cheered enthusiastically as the ball hit the net. Some fired fireworks as friends in Aparicion’s green shirts knelt and hugged the coffin draped in the team’s colors.

Although little is known about the man, the video shot on January 3 in Huelquen, a suburb of Santiago, quickly went viral with sites across Latin America highlighting the passion and dedication that proof the fans. “He brought us together,” said Felipe Orellana, who filmed the happy scene. “What he leaves us with is this unity… We didn’t think (the video) would be shared around the world because he was just a regular guy.

“A very different goal, which was celebrated with pity and tears,” Escandar’s club said in a Facebook post, adding that the center-forward “celebrated from the sky with all his soul.” “Your heritage will never be forgotten.” (Written by Andrew Downie; edited by Ken Ferris)

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FanDuel founder and Sequoia bet on Spanish-language fantasy sports app Draftea – TechCrunch

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Founder Alán Jaime Misrahi grew up dedicating himself to soccer and eventually played in the Mexican Third Division. While he hasn’t necessarily reached the “big leagues” of the sport, his new company Draftea aims to win over 350 million sports fans in Latin America, Jaime Misrahi told TechCrunch in an interview.

Draftea, which calls itself the first daily fantasy sports company in Spanish-speaking Latin America, exited stealth mode today on the heels of a $ 13.2 million fundraiser led by Kaszek with participation from Sequoia. , Bullpen and Nigel Eccles, founder and former CEO of sports betting giant FanDuel. Eccles is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Draftea.

This is Sequoia’s first investment in a Mexico-based company, six months after the venture capitalist plans announced double the opportunities in Latin America.

Draftea’s app charges sports fans a fee to recruit a team of players and compete to win daily cash prizes. The platform, currently in private beta, will launch in the first quarter of this year. It will host Mexican fantasy football matches first, although Jaime Misrahi has said the company aims to eventually add offerings until it hosts fantasy games for “every sport in the world.”

Various screens on the Draftea application. Image credits: Rough draft

“When you think of a region where football is almost a religion, where people come together for sports-related activities, where the stadiums are full, where people love [sports] like a family tradition, where people are in several WhatsApp groups talking about sports and fantasy – we want to bring it all together, ”Jaime Misrahi said of Latin America.

While sports betting platforms like Betcris from Costa Rica are already popular in the region, Jaime Misrahi said Draftea is comparatively a “much more social platform”. It also differentiates itself by offering daily games and interactions, unlike less frequent games hosted by fantastic seasonal platforms which tend to mirror real world sports programming.

Besides Jaime Misrahi, the main founding team includes Alejandra Lascurain, former product manager of Mexico’s largest neobank; Miguel Gutiérrez-Barquín, who previously led growth at Rappi; Joe Cohen, former head of engineering at Vercel; and Andreas Assad, who worked at EA Sports. Draftea now has a total of 34 employees and plans to double in size over the next few months in all key areas, said Jaime Misrahi.

Founder and CEO of Draftea, Alán Jaime Misrahi

Founder and CEO of Draftea, Alán Jaime Misrahi. Image credits: Rough draft

The team is eyeing the FIFA World Cup in Qatar in November, which is set to be the biggest live sporting event in the world this year.

“Our goal by then is to have an incredible product, launched in many Latin American countries, and to have hundreds, if not thousands or millions of users engaged with our platform,” said said Jaime Misrahi.

Sequoia’s Konstantine Buhler met Jaime Misrahi via mutual connection at Stanford, where Jaime Misrahi completed his MBA last year. Buhler led Sequoia’s investment in Draftea, in part because he felt Jaime Misrahi was an example of “founding market compliance” due to his passion for the sport and his background as a football player. professional, Buhler told TechCrunch in an email.

“It all comes down to customer love,” Buhler wrote. “Draftea is a unique community for sports fans in Latin America where they can become the protagonists of their favorite games. We believe Alán and his team will quickly win the hearts of fans in Mexico and then expand to other countries in time for the World Cup.

2,155 cadets participating in the CCN Republic day camp: DG

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A total of 2,155 cadets from across the country were attending the National Cadet Corps (NCC) Republic Day Camp, its executive director, Lt. Gen. Gurbirpal Singh said on Friday.

The camp started in Delhi on January 4 and will end on January 28.

Speaking at a press conference, Singh said the NCC was continuing training activities even during the testing period of the COVID-19 pandemic. Numerous trainings were provided online and via digital platforms. Once the restrictions were relaxed, physical camps and hands-on training activities resumed, ”he said.

The Republic Day Camp cadets were selected after several rounds of rigorous selections, he noted.

“Cadets participate in a number of activities, which will culminate with the gathering of Prime Minister Narendra Modi,” he said.

The camp saw 2,155 cadets from all states and union territories, he noted.

Singh applauded the achievements of NCC cadets in various athletic competitions.

He mentioned that the NCC cadets have won four gold, four silver and two bronze at the 2021 GV Mavlankar Shooting Championship. PTI DSP SMN SMN

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“It’s definitely very different” – Fans are limited to Michigan school sporting events

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) — High school basketball games used to be a place where students could socialize and cheer on their team, but now the only students allowed to sit in the stands are fellow athletes.

Indeed, many school districts have implemented a COVID mandate that limits crowds. Some schools only allow two family members per player.

“It’s really different,” senior Claire Groenewoud said. “We had to create a lot of the energy ourselves instead of getting it from the fans.”

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As a senior on the varsity team at Holt High School, Groenewoud helped lead the team to a 4–0 start, beating teams by an average of 30 points.

While attending her game, she knows from experience that COVID doesn’t care how important you are to the team, so following safety guidelines is key.

“I mean, I caught the virus before winter break,” Groenewoud said. “I had worn my mask and was safe about it and got vaccinated, but everyone has a chance of getting it at some point.”

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“I mean obviously some people are a little upset because we can only have so many people,” Holt’s coach Tori Brooks said. “I just said, ‘Hey, don’t let it get you down. Let’s get through it and have a good season.

To ensure his players aren’t forced to stay away – like many of their fans – Brooks encourages his players to be smart off the pitch.

“Just be smart who you date,” Brooks said. “If you have symptoms and you’re not feeling well, make sure you tell someone. That’s really all you can do.

For the seniors on this team, they’ve been playing through different protocols since their second year.

“The time I had to have my friends, it was really like my sophomore year. I wish my friends could be here to watch me play my senior year,” Groenewoud said. “My parents can be here , but obviously it would be better if we could get more fans in the stands.”

While school districts — like Holt and East Lansing — can have at least two family members per player, the Lansing School District has banned anyone from attending.

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Guardiola, Tuchel and Mancini in contention for FIFA best coach award

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Manchester City’s Pep Guardiola has been joined by the coach who beat him in the 2021 Champions League final, Chelsea’s Thomas Tuchel, on the FIFA shortlist to be named the world’s best.

Guardiola won his third Premier League title at Man City last season, although the European title slipped away from the club.

The shortlist of three candidates for the FIFA Coaching Award in men’s football was completed by Roberto Mancini, who led Italy to the title of European champion.

European dominance has been confirmed in FIFA’s shortlist for the Women’s Football Coach Award.

Champions League winner Lluis Cortes of Barcelona was joined by defeated finalist Emma Hayes of Chelsea and Sarina Wiegman, who left Euro 2017 winners Netherlands after the Tokyo Olympics, to take over in England.

Bev Priestman, the English coach of Olympic gold medalist Canada, was not on the shortlist.

The vote went to national team coaches and captains around the world, specialist media and fans who made their choices on the FIFA website.

FIFA will announce the winners on January 17 in an online ceremony from its headquarters in Zurich.

The three-player presets for men and women will be announced on Friday.

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New York Times buys sports site The Athletic for $ 550 million

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The New York Times Co. is buying sports news site The Athletic for $ 550 million, the latest move in its strategy to expand its paying subscriber audience as the print newspaper industry fades.

The Times, unlike many local media outlets, has thrived in recent years. It has gained millions of subscribers during the Trump presidency and the pandemic, keeping it on track to its previously stated goal of 10 million by 2025.

In the last quarter, the Times counted nearly 8.4 million. He has diversified his coverage with lifestyle tips, games and recipes, helping him to counter the decline of the 2020 politics-driven news traffic boom.

“We are now pursuing a target of well over 10 million subscriptions and believe that The Athletic will allow us to expand our addressable market of potential subscribers,” Meredith Kopit Levien, CEO of The New York Times Co., said in a statement. press Thursday.

It is one of the most significant acquisitions ever made by The Times. The company spent $ 1.1 billion on the Boston Globe in 1993 and $ 410 million on in 2005, which it then sold for a lower price.

Digital media has recently consolidated to help it compete for online ad revenue with tech giants like Google and Facebook. German media conglomerate Axel Springer bought Politico; Vox Media Acquires Group Nine Media, Owner of Thrillist Site and Animals The Dodo; BuzzFeed bought the HuffPost.

The San Francisco-based Athletic covers national and local sports – more than 200 teams, according to the Times. It was founded in 2016 and has 1.2 million subscribers. Its website says it has more than 400 editorial staff, making it a major acquisition for The Times, which has more than 2,000 editorial staff.

It’s a little ironic that a fledgling sports media company is bought by one of the biggest traditional media companies in the world. Alex Mather, co-founder of The Athletic said in an interview with The Times in 2017: “We will wait all the local papers and let them bleed continuously until we are the last ones standing. We are going to empty them of their best talent at all times. We are going to make it extremely difficult for them.

The two sides had started discussing a deal last summer before the talks broke through. Athletic, had also been in talks with Axios last year.

After the sale closes, which is expected in the current quarter, The Athletic will be a subsidiary of Times Co. and will operate separately. Mather will remain as Managing Director and Co-Chairman and Co-Founder Adam Hansmann as COO and Co-Chairman.

Ferris fans must wear masks at sporting events

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BIG RAPIDS – In an effort to help slow the continued spread of COVID-19, fans and supporters of Ferris State University Athletics are reminded that masks are currently required for all home indoor sporting events.

In accordance with current campus policy, masks are still required and must be worn at all times on the FSU campus, including at all upcoming men’s and women’s home basketball competitions as well as hockey games. this winter.

As part of FSU’s ongoing fan protocols in response to the ongoing virus, fans are required to wear a mask throughout the event or risk being asked to leave or be removed from the facility.

Fans are urged to comply with the requirements with the aim of both controlling the spread and ensuring that all spectators continue to be allowed to participate in home sports competitions while ensuring a safe experience for those in attendance as well. to all participants, including students. -athletes and staff.

Additional signage will be posted and the department will distribute masks to anyone present without one at future contests, in addition to the mask policy included on all electronic ticket purchases. Fans in attendance will also be asked to sign a form at the entrance to the facility stating that they will do their part to comply with the mask requirement.

Ferris State is set to host Saginaw Valley State on Saturday (Jan. 8) afternoon in basketball action with the Bulldog Hockey team set to play their first home games of the New Year Jan. 14-15 against St. Thomas. (Minnesota).

Ticket information for all events is available online at Fans are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance for all home contests this winter, both to avoid queues and to ensure an electronic, contactless ticketing experience. Tickets can be purchased directly from

Bulldogs will continue to follow state, local and campus guidelines regarding all COVID-19 protocols.

New York Times buys sports site The Athletic for $ 550 million: report

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The New York Times Co. has agreed to buy sports media The Athletic for $ 550 million in cash, according to a report.

The deal, reported by The Information, ends a months-long process in which the subscription sports news website sought buyers because it allegedly hemorrhaged money.

An official announcement is expected when markets close on Wall Street on Thursday. Shares of the New York Times Company rose more than 2% in trading after news of the deal leaked.

The Times’ addition of The Athletic to its portfolio also gives it access to the sports site’s more than one million paid subscribers. This brings The Times closer to its stated goal of reaching 10 million subscribers by 2025.

The Gray Lady reported last September that its digital and print subscriber base totaled 8.3 million customers. Of these, 7.6 million are digital only. Almost 5 million digital-only subscribers were added in Donald Trump’s four years as president. But the growth in subscriptions on the newspaper’s digital sites slowed after Trump left the White House after his election defeat to Joe Biden.

The first talks between The Times and The Athletic were initiated last spring after the Wall Street Journal reported on a potential merger between the sports site and Axios.

The New York Times Company will acquire The Athletic for $ 550 million, it was learned Thursday.
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In August, the New York Times Company released a quarterly earnings report saying it had nearly $ 1 billion in cash. Investors view holding excess cash as an inefficient use of capital and would prefer the money to be used through investments or acquisitions.

The Times Company has not been aggressive in acquiring assets in recent years. The Athletic deal is the first major acquisition since the company spent $ 25 million in 2020 to acquire Serial Productions, the company that creates the hit podcast “Serial”.

Meanwhile, in the current deal, The Athletic co-founders Alex Mather and Adam Hansmann will remain with the company after the deal, according to Axios.

The Athletic is a subscription-based sports media that employs approximately 600 people in North America, the UK and Australia.
The Athletic is a subscription-based sports media that employs approximately 600 people in North America, the UK and Australia.

Mather and Hansmann left the Strava exercise app and founded The Athletic in 2015.

The Athletic offers customers ad-free coverage of all major professional sports teams for a subscription cost of $ 7.99 per month, competing with other major sites like ESPN, Bleacher Report, Yahoo! Sports and The Ringer, which don’t charge readers for content.

After a number of regional newspapers nationwide laid off staff, including many sports sections, The Athletic launched a hiring wave, building up its team of 600 North American-based editors and journalists, in the UK and Australia.

But the company has gone through a turbulent period in recent years. Between 2019 and 2020, he lost nearly $ 100 million in cash. During the pandemic, he was forced to lay off staff because sporting events were canceled.

So far it has raised $ 140 million in funding. After raising $ 50 million in January 2020, it was valued at $ 500 million. Athletic has not disclosed financial details of its operations, although it is believed to have generated $ 80 million in revenue in 2020.

The best sports games for PC in 2022

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Are you looking for the best sports games on PC? For a very long time, publishers were reluctant to bring their best-selling sports games to PC. Other than EA’s annual release of FIFA and Sports Interactive’s Football Manager series, the PC sports genre was pretty rare until recently. Nowadays, whatever sport you play in, you should find something to ease that itch of competition.

Compared to their console counterparts, the sports games on this list generally have smaller player bases, but that doesn’t make them inferior. The PC versions of some of these games have a lot to offer, including support for high refresh rates and a variety of high-resolution panels. Ever wanted a view of the entire pitch during a football match? It is quite possible on PC.

Nowadays, you can find most sports games on PC with almost no compromises. Sure, you can’t get some games like UFC 4 and MLB The Show 21, but who needs them when you have Street Fighter V and Super Mega Baseball 3? Here are some of our top picks for the best PC sports games.

The best sports games are:

  • Football manager 22
  • Super Mega Baseball 3
  • FIFA 22
  • eFootball PES 2021
  • Madden NFL 22
  • Golf with your friends
  • NBA 2K22
  • Republic of the Horsemen
  • Rocket league
  • THPS 1 + 2

Football manager 21

The Football Manager series is known to be one of the most in-depth and strategic sports games of all time. Football Manager 22 puts you in the shoes of the next Pep Guardiola as you manage your squad of irritable players while trying to manage a tight transfer budget.

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Football Manager contains databases filled with thousands of players, with detailed information on each individual’s playstyle and potential. Whether you decide to climb the ladder from a non-league team to glory, or prefer to dominate with a Super League squad, Football Manager 22 gives you the tools to become the greatest manager of all time.

Players moving through the bases in Super Mega Baseball 3

Super Mega Baseball 3

When it comes to PC baseball games, it’s fair to say that we don’t have a lot of options. Fortunately, Metalhead Software’s excellent baseball series offers an alternative to the licensed games available on console. The developers focused on creating an accessible experience that was easy to learn and play. Don’t be fooled by the cartoon’s aesthetic – Super Mega Baseball 3 packs a lot of depth both on and off the pitch.

You can focus entirely on the multiplayer aspect of the game, but there is a lot of single player content to explore. A new addition to the series is Franchise Mode, which spans multiple years this time around instead of focusing on a single season. Build a strong team and watch them dominate the sport as you go from humble beginnings to the heights baseball has to offer.

Atletico Madrid's Joao Felix looks into the distance


The FIFA series has always been a staple in PC gaming since the 90s. While there were a few rough years between engine upgrades, EA has always stuck with its PC audience. FIFA 21 was far from the most innovative in terms of gameplay, but you know what they say, if it’s not broken …

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FIFA has dominated the football scene ever since Ultimate Team was introduced to the masses with FIFA 11. The card game has completely changed sports games forever as players clamor for the latest additions to the game mode every week. Bringing together your favorite players from the past and present is just too tempting a prospect to ignore.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang on the ball in PES 2021

eFootball PES 2021

You can’t mention FIFA without mentioning the Pro Evo series, or eFootball PES as it’s called today. Pro Evolution Soccer has been around on PC for almost two decades now, and while it might not be as popular as the FIFA series, it certainly has its share of die-hard fans. eFootball PES 2021 is known for its realistic approach to football, giving players much more control over each player compared to FIFA.

The latest version of eFootball 2022 is a bit of a mess… it’s probably best not to talk about the new version. Remember, there is nothing wrong with PES 2021, so if you want to play a football game that’s very different from FIFA 22, this is your best bet.

Man in a purple bathing suit walks past a man on the floor in Madden 21

Madden NFL 22

The NFL series only recently returned to the PC space after a long hiatus. Madden NFL 22 is the only option when it comes to American football games – there is literally no other American football game. Thankfully, Madden 22 is the same game as its console counterparts, so PC gamers don’t have to feel bad about missing out on anything.

There have been some criticisms of the Madden series over the past few years regarding complacency due to lack of competition. Madden 22 is far from the best game in the series; as in any sports team, fans have to face the rough with the smooth.

A mini-golf course with the head of a skeletal dinosaur in Golf With Your Friends

Golf with your friends

Golf With Your Friends is exactly what it sounds like – play with up to 11 friends while riding themed mini-golf courses. Turn on power-ups to freeze your opponent’s ball, and draw honeycombs to stop players in their tracks. The game even comes with a built-in level editor for players who have a keen eye for golf courses.

Golf With Your Friends can be played simultaneously online or locally via the Hot Seat option; perfect with Steam’s remote play feature. The best part about this game is that the barrier to entry does not exist – no actual golf skills apply here; just choose a direction, decide how hard to hit the ball, and pray for the best.

NBA 2K22

If you play mostly offline, NBA 2K22 is a great game with a long MyCareer story mode that single player players can dive into. Not only do you have the entire selection of modern teams available to play, 2K22 offers players a number of classic teams across NBA history to choose from. Want to see how the 2021 Golden State Warriors stack up against the ’96 Chicago Bulls? You can play matches like this without having to spend any extra money.

NBA 2K22 is the definitive basketball game for PC, and it’s also the only basketball series available right now. Almost every version of NBA 2K is filled with cheats that the developers have a hard time crushing; Unfortunately, this makes online games more frustrating than enjoyable.

Skiing down the Grand Teton in our Riders Republic review

Republic of the Horsemen

Riders Republic is the spiritual successor to Steep, the extreme sports game released in 2016. There is so much to do in the huge open world of Rider Republic which brings together seven national parks of the United States to create one huge map. Up to 64 players can compete in wingsuit, ski, snowboard and mountain bike to prove who is the best pilot.

You don’t need to go up against other players to have a good time, but overtaking your friends as you weave your way through the pitch at extreme speeds is a deeply satisfying feeling. Check out our Riders Republic review to see our final verdict on Ubisoft’s sprawling open-world game.

A car charging towards a bullet in Rocket League

Rocket league

Rocket League is one of the best soccer games of all time. Yes, he’s replacing an 11-man squad with three rocket-powered cars, potentially adorned with a stack of pancakes or a sombrero, and it’s still a great football game. The FIFA and PES communities constantly bicker over scripted gameplay and pay to win mechanics; you won’t hear any of this about Rocket League.

Psyonix has perfected the mechanics of Rocket League, making the game accessible to most people while maintaining an absurdly high skill cap. Rocket League’s esports scene shows just how deep a game about flying cars is. Best of all, Rocket League is free and offers cross-platform play on all platforms. If you have any interest in hitting a massive ball with a flying car, try Rocket League.

Tony Hawk grinding on a rail in THPS 1 + 2

THPS 1 + 2

The remake of Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 by Vicarious Visions takes everything you remember about those classic games and makes them modern. The Tony Hawk series evolved rapidly when it first appeared in 1999, launching a sequel with higher levels and improved mechanics for eight consecutive years.

Tony Hawk’s original games still hold up today, but important mechanics introduced in later games can make their return difficult. This remake brings together the best aspects of the series and connects them to the first two games to create a masterpiece. Whether you’re looking to shred with your friends locally or want to see how you’re doing online, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 offers robust multiplayer options to suit every type of player.

Who Said There Are No PC Sports Games? Basketball, soccer, football in a rocket-propelled vehicle… all you want is on your PC. We know there are some sports that just aren’t available – apologies to all NHL fans, maybe one day we’ll have an EA ice hockey game. Want to know what’s coming out later this year? Check out our list of the best upcoming PC games to see what games are waiting for you.

Manchester City COVID outbreak; 4 Serie A matches postponed

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A coronavirus outbreak in Manchester City has put manager Pep Guardiola and seven players in isolation while four Serie A teams were quarantined and unable to play games on Thursday.

City have indicated that they still plan to play their FA Cup game on Friday against Swindon with assistant coach Rodolfo Borrell after Guardiola tested positive.

The English Premier League champions have said Guardiola was among the 14 backroom staff and the seven first-team players ‘isolating themselves for COVID-related reasons’. Unvaccinated close contact of an infected person is also expected to isolate in England, but details have not been provided.

Burnley manager Sean Dyche has tested positive and will miss the team’s FA Cup game this weekend against Huddersfield.

Burnley has played the fewest Premier League games after three of their games were canceled due to outbreaks in opposing teams and another due to snow.

ITALY At least four of the 10 Serie A matches scheduled for Thursday will not be played after local health officials ordered teams to quarantine amid rising coronavirus cases.

Inter Milan showed up at the Dall’Ara stadium in Bologna for their game despite knowing it would not be played as the host team had eight players who tested positive.

There is a lot of confusion. We are facing abnormal situations, ”said Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta. “ We have had matches postponed and positions taken by ASls (local health authorities), who decide on their own, which is why we are seeing strange things. For example, Verona will play Spezia with 11 positives, while other teams have been arrested with a lower number of positives. ” The quarantine orders came from authorities in Bologna, Turin, Udine and Salerno.

Torino has six positive players plus two staff members, preventing him from playing at Atalanta. Udinese were to play against Fiorentina but have seven positive players as well as two staff members. Salernitana, which was to host Venezia, has nine players and two positive staff members.

Napoli’s game at Juventus is still expected to go ahead despite Napoli reporting seven positive players and three staff, including manager Luciano Spalletti.

The league said if the teams have 13 players available, including at least one goalie, then they should play. In total, more than 70 players in the league are positive.

League officials met on Wednesday night and decided all games still have to be played. None of the matches were therefore officially postponed. This means that teams like Inter, Atalanta, Fiorentina and Venezia could still show up for games they know won’t be played. Then authorities will likely go through a lengthy legal process to decide on the status of the affected games and whether they should be postponed to a later date.

Thursday’s matches mark the return of Serie A after a two-week hiatus. Another full 10-game roster is slated for Sunday.

Thursday is a national holiday in Italy, Epiphany.

Stadium capacities have been reduced from 75% to 50% following a government decree aimed at tackling the latest epidemic, and spectators must now wear FFP2 masks.

FRANCE The French championship match between reigning champions Lille and Lorient scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to a high number of positive tests in the Lorient workforce.

The league did not specify how many Lorient players have COVID-19 but the website of the sports daily L’Equipe indicated that it was 12.

A new date for the game has not been set. AP KHS KHS

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New Delhi World Book Fair 2022 postponed amid Covid restrictions

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The 30th edition of the New Delhi World Book Fair (NDWBF), which was scheduled to be held in Pragati Maidan from January 8 to 16, has been postponed in view of the latest DDMA guidelines imposed following the increase in Covid cases induced by the young. -dissemination of the Omicron variant, organizers said in a statement.

New dates for NDWBF, held online last year due to the Covid pandemic, will be announced separately, he said.

First held in 1972, the NDWBF planned to celebrate its Golden Jubilee with a photo exhibition this year.

Given the latest DDMA guidelines and requests from various stakeholders, NDWBF 2022 has been postponed. The new dates will be announced separately, ” the National Book Trust (NBT), the event’s organizer, said in the statement.

To contain the spread of Covid, the Delhi Disaster Management Authority (DDMA) decided on Tuesday to impose a weekend curfew in the city. The curfew will be in effect between 10 p.m. on Friday and 5 a.m. on Monday.

Big publishing houses like Penguin Random House India (PRHI) and Bloomsbury, which were not attending the next book fair anyway, welcomed the decision of the organizers to postpone the book fair in the current scenario.

While Krishna Naroor, Vice President (Sales and Marketing), Bloomsbury India, said they can foresee the postponement decision amid the current Covid situation; Nandan Jha, Senior Vice President (Sales and Products), PRHI praised NBT’s “timely and prudent” decision to postpone the event, keeping current developments in mind.

“We had discussed in detail when the trade show participation announcement came out last year and made the conscious decision not to participate as we did not know how things were going to play out in this Covid situation,” said Naroor at PTI.

” The NDWF is a great opportunity for publishers to showcase their publications, and it’s a good time to engage with clients in general … so yes if it’s happening three or four months down the road and we see a sense of normalcy coming back, we too could participate, ” he added.

That said, the announcement of the postponement of the fair came as a “bit of a disappointment” for several small publishing houses, like Garuda Prakashan, which had a slew of book launches and more than half a dozen. author events planned for the fair.

We were a bit disappointed with the postponement of the book fair, as things were looking better after a hiatus of over a year. We are always passionate about such physical events and we had aligned several events with our authors during this show. However, we have to take it in our wake, because ultimately the health of our readers and everyone involved in the organization of the fair is more important. We hope that when things get back to normal we will come back big, ”said Ankur Pathak, Director and COO of Garuda Prakashan.

The theme of this year’s festival was “Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav”, commemorating 75 years of Indian independence. Numerous literary and cultural programs, including a special children’s corner, a yuva corner, seminars, debates, workshops, have been organized with France as the guest country.

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NIS Patiala reports 4 positive COVID cases

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The third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit the National Sports Institute (NIS), Patiala, the elite center Thursday reporting four positive cases inside its campus.

The positive cases were confirmed following 170 RT-PCR tests performed on athletes and coaches residing inside the campus.

The cases include three junior athletes and a coach.

RT-PCR tests for 170 athletes and coaches were performed at NSNIS Patiala on Tuesday as part of the SAI COVID SOP. The results revealed that three junior athletes and a coach tested positive for COVID, ” the Sports Authority of India (SAI) said in a statement.

“All four are symptomatic and have been isolated according to SOPs.” “There are no positive cases among the national campers and their training continues unimpeded inside a bio-bubble.” An SAI official also said that elite athletes are in a completely different bio-bubble and have no connection with junior athletes or the outside world.

The official revealed that in addition to athletes, NIS Patiala has also reported positive cases among a few students in its college classes, but they go off campus and have no connection to its campers.

The four, who came back positive, will be retested after 10 days according to guidelines issued by the government of Punjab.

We know there have been a few cases among those who attend our college classes, but they all stay off campus. As soon as we learned about them, we stopped physical classes three days ago and switched to online mode, ”the manager told PTI.

Athletics and boxing are the two important disciplines whose national camps are held at NIS, Patiala.

During the second wave of last March, 26 athletes and support staff from all disciplines tested positive for COVID-19 after around 380 campers were tested for the dreaded NIS Patiala infection .

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Moulton, panel discuss recent school sporting events | Local news

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SALEM – Communities need to talk about bullying and racist, anti-Semitic and homophobic incidents when not only identifying the problem, but also learning ways to solve it, a panel of experts concluded hosted by US Representative Seth Moulton, D-Salem. Wednesday evening.

“The theme here seems to be that we need to have more conversations,” Moulton said, before indirectly referring to one of the reasons for the session: the recent revelations that members of the school’s hockey team Secondary Danvers engaged in repeated hazing involving forcing other team members to use racist slurs or being beaten with a sex toy, and to remove their clothes and underwear while they were having sex. called “Gay Tuesdays”.

“What is the right balance between communicating with the community and being aware that this sometimes favors imitators or that there is a need to protect privacy? Moulton asked.

“We struggle with this all the time,” said Robert Trestan, New England regional director of the Anti-Defamation League. “Do you really want to give a public platform to someone who has committed an act of hate?” I actually think it’s much more important to be transparent. If you are a parent or have a child in your life and that child goes to school … if there is an act of hatred, an assault, anything that will have an impact on safety, physical health or mental of my child, I want to know. I think transparency trumps these other considerations.

And with kids spending a lot of their lives on social media, “a coach in 2022 doesn’t need to be just up to date with what’s going on on the ice,” he said. Coaches, teachers, administrators all also “need to know if they are communicating on an application or on social networks”.

While a full press release isn’t always the way to tackle every incident, Trestan said, given the pervasiveness of social media, “if a school isn’t communicating, you can be sure someone has. some idea of ​​what happened and they’re ‘going to put it there … someone else is checking the narrative.’

“If we’re transparent, it gives parents, guardians, mentors, coaches a chance to talk about it,” said Faustina Cuevas, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Manager for the Town of Lynn. “What are we going to do when we see him?” “

Dan Lebowitz, executive director of the Center for Sport in Society at Northeastern University, said it was essential to create what he calls “empowered spectators” who know how to react when they see such incidents.

“Usually when you’re on a sports team (involved in hazing) or in a crowd, you lose your sense of responsibility,” Lebowitz said. “You are in a circle saying ‘fight, fight, fight’ … a child, usually, at this point, is frozen.”

Lebowitz said he recommends and teaches “to give people a skill set, a toolkit, so that they have the skills to step in and deflect this situation.”

“I think it starts with practice,” said Deb Ansourlian, executive director of Girls Inc. of Lynn. “We cannot assume that they already know how to react in these situations.” Another aspect is training staff to look for signs of bullying or hazing, she said.

Cuevas said getting involved isn’t always easy for people.

“I think we need to make them more comfortable speaking out in the face of injustice,” Cuevas said. “We have this mentality of ‘I’m just going to mind my own business.’ We can no longer afford to do this.

Cuevas said adults also need to be able to encourage young people to feel comfortable coming forward. “They may not feel equipped to stop an incident or fix it on their own, but if they have a trusted adult they can come up and say, ‘Hey, I witnessed this.’ , it’s a beginning.

“Dialogue and conversation are part of prevention and the healing that follows,” Trestan said. “It’s really giving young people, in middle school, in high school, knowledge, a certain confidence, a certain strengthening of skills, so that we do not suffer, as Faustina (Cuevas) said, the repercussions of not to respond. We need to make sure that leaders, especially in schools right now, respond. “

Lebowitz said adults need to take a break and look at the world through the eyes of young people, especially those who, for example, might be the only person of color on a team. “How does the world come to them?” “

Court reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, by email at or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis

Tennis-Djokovic blocked at the airport, the Serbian president requests the entry of Australia

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Novak Djokovic was stranded at a Melbourne airport overnight, caught in an international political maelstrom over whether Australia would honor the world’s number 1 medical exemption -will-defend-australian -open-title-after-exemption-vaccination-2022-01-04 from the vaccine requirements or send him home due to a visa error.

Djokovic, who is aiming for a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam victory at the Australian Open, landed at Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport at around 11:30 p.m. local time on Wednesday after a 14-hour flight from Dubai. But he was still awaiting clearance early Thursday morning to enter the country after it emerged his team had applied for a visa that does not allow medical exemptions.

This prompted the local government in Victoria, the state where the Open is played, to say it would not support Djokovic’s candidacy, putting his fate in the hands of the federal government and Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The extraordinary decision by the Australian government to bar Djokovic from entering the country due to an error on his visa form threatened to spark a diplomatic incident between Canberra and Belgrade.

“I just finished my phone conversation with Novak Djokovic,” Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic posted on Instagram. “I told our Novak that all of Serbia is with him and that our bodies are doing everything to stop the harassment of the best tennis player in the world immediately.” According to all standards of international law, Serbia fight for Novak , truth and justice. Novak is strong, as we all know. “

Vucic had summoned the Australian ambassador to Belgrade and demanded that they immediately release Djokovic to play, Serbian media reported. Djokovic’s father, Srdjan, said his son waited alone in an airport room under armed guard for the final decision on whether he could enter the country.

“I have no idea what’s going on, they’ve kept my son captive for five hours now,” Srdjan told Serbian online version of Sputnik. “If they don’t let him go in half an hour, we’ll rally in the streets, it’s a battle for everyone.” “This isn’t the most usual Down Under trip,” coach Goran Ivanisevic commented alongside an Instagram selfie from the airport lounge , accompanied by breathtaking emojis.

Morrison faced huge backlash over his government’s decision to ‘grant Djokovic a medical exam exemption from vaccination to play at the Open, leading to a clash between the Prime Minister’s Conservative administration and the left-wing Victorian government led by Prime Minister Dan Andrews. Australia, particularly the state of Victoria, has suffered the longest cumulative lockdown in the world and an outbreak of the Omicron variant has sent the number of cases to record levels.

After the backlash, Morrison suggested that Djokovic’s involvement was not a done deal and that he should satisfy the federal government, which is responsible for international borders and visas and was not part of the exemption process. Morrison said shortly before Djokovic’s arrival that there would be “no special rules” for him regarding his exemption.

“If that evidence is insufficient, then he will not be treated any differently from the others and he will be on the next plane back,” Morrison said at a press conference earlier. VISA BUNGLE

Djokovic arrived on an Emirates flight, but when border officials reached out to the Victorian government to ask if the state would officially support the world’s number one visa, he said no. “The federal government has asked if we will support Novak Djokovic’s visa application to enter Australia,” Victoria Acting Sports Minister Jaala Pulford said.

“We will not be providing Novak Djokovic with individual assistance with visa applications to participate in the 2022 Grand Slam Australian Open.” We have always been clear on two points: Visa approvals are the responsibility of the government federal, and medical exemptions are the responsibility of physicians. “

It was not clear whether the federal government would allow its entry. The Border Force did not respond to a request for comment. Tennis Australia and government officials intervened quickly to point out that Djokovic had not received any preferential treatment.

ALSO ANGRY The Serb, who previously refused to disclose his vaccination status, has won nine titles at Melbourne Park, including the last three. He confirmed on Tuesday that he had received a vaccination exemption to allow him to play at the Australian Open, which begins on January 17.

Great Australian tennis player Rod Laver, who gave his name to the main showcourt at Melbourne Park in Victoria, has warned that Djokovic could face hostility from the local crowd. “I think it could get ugly,” Laver told News Corp. “I think the Victorian people would think, ‘Yes, I would love to see him play and compete, but at the same time, there is a good and a bad way.’

“Yeah, you’re a great player and you’ve played and won so many tournaments, so it can’t be physical. So what’s the problem ? Melbourne local Christine Wharton said it was a “disgrace”.

“We all did the right thing, we all went out and had our jabs and our boosters, and we have someone coming from overseas and all of a sudden he was exempt and can play. , and I think that’s an absolute shame and I won’t look at it. “

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Soccer-Chelsea’s Lukaku returns for League Cup semi-final

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Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku returned to the starting line-up for the first leg of their League Cup semi-final at home to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, a day after apologizing for saying he would not was unhappy with his role at Stamford Bridge.

Lukaku was left out of the squad for the 2-2 Premier League draw with Liverpool at the weekend after telling idUKKBN2J91CE Sky Italy that he was unhappy with the “situation” at Chelsea and would like to return to Italy sometime in the future. In a video posted on the Chelsea website on Tuesday, Lukaku said he was sorry for the inconvenience he caused.

“I’m happy he’s on the pitch today,” coach Thomas Tuchel told the club’s website -team-news-pre-tottenham ahead of Wednesday’s Game. “We can listen to this interview 100 times and it won’t get better, but we can change direction. We accept that it happened, he accepted that it happened and we have enough reason to move on.

“Now we have to protect him and push him because he’s our player and we want him, and he wants to be, a key player.” The 28-year-old Belgium international signed for Chelsea from Inter Milan at the end of the season for a record fee of 97.5 million pounds ($132.5 million). He has scored seven times in 18 games in all competitions this season.

Tuchel also said defender Thiago Silva and midfielder N’Golo Kante were absent from Wednesday’s squad after testing positive for COVID-19. “It’s huge for us because they are two huge players. We had the latest information today in the morning, so it’s quite difficult, but we will push. The guys who are here have our confidence and belief “, added Tuchel. ($1 = 0.7357 pounds)

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Madison High School Limits Spectator Attendance at Indoor Sporting Events | Madison Eagle News

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MADISON- Madison High School will temporarily limit the number of spectators attending high school indoor sporting events amid the spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19.

Principal David Dreschel said in a Tuesday, Jan. 4, letter to high school families that the decision was made after meeting with other Northwest Jersey Athletic Conference (NJAC) schools in the area.

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 5, the high school will limit spectator numbers at basketball and home wrestling events to two family members per athlete for all levels — varsity, junior varsity, and freshman teams.

“This decision will be reviewed weekly with NJAC schools in the hope that these restrictions can be lifted before the end of the winter season,” Dreschel said. “We believe this decision will help create an environment that gives our student-athletes the best opportunity to stay healthy and complete a full season.”

He said event admission fees will be waived until the spectator limit is lifted. Spectators are asked to check in with a Madison High School representative at the entrance to the main gymnasium before entering.

Those who cannot see the contests in person can watch them online through the NFHS Network.

“Events that take place off-site are within the jurisdiction of these schools and facilities,” Dreschel concluded. “Any spectator restrictions will be communicated directly by your child’s coach for away competitions. We look forward to welcoming all of our fans soon.

Soccer-Lukaku’s critical comments “are unintentional”, says Chelsea boss Tuchel

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Comments by Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku that he was not happy with manager Thomas Tuchel’s system were “unintentional,” Tuchel said on Tuesday, adding that the player had apologized and resumed the coaching.

The Belgium international, 28, was left out from the team for the 2-2 draw against Liverpool this weekend after saying to Sky Italy that he was not happy with the “situation” at Chelsea and would like to return to Italy in the future. “We gave him time to look back calmly. He apologized and is back with the squad for today’s practice,” Tuchel told reporters ahead of the semi-final first leg of the League Cup Wednesday at home against Tottenham Hotspur.

“For me, the most important thing was to understand – and to understand clearly – that it was not intentional. He did not do this intentionally to create that kind of noise in front of a big game.” In a video posted to the club’s website, Lukaku said he was sorry for the upheaval he caused.

“You know the connection that I have had with this club, since I was a teenager, so you know, I fully understand that you are upset,” he said. “Obviously it’s up to me now to restore your confidence and I’ll do my best to show my commitment every day on the training ground to make sure we win games… and also the manager to my teammates and the board because I don’t think it was a good time either. “

Lukaku signed for Chelsea from Inter Milan in the season finale for a record £ 97.5million ($ 131.83million). “He’s an emotional guy, he’s not holding back his opinion. It created a noise that you don’t want, but there is no doubt about his commitment to the team,” Tuchel added.

Fearing a reaction from the fans following Lukaku’s remarks, Tuchel said it was the player’s responsibility to “clean up the mess” but added that the club would take care of him. “Well he’s very aware of what happened and what he’s created but he can handle it… we’re happy he’s our player and we’ll protect him. strongly disagree, this is the team with everything we do, said the German.

Center-back Trevoh Chalobah will miss the game against Spurs after suffering a hamstring injury on Sunday, while defender Andreas Christensen and forward Timo Werner are both uncertain.

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FIFA Puskás Award 2021 finalists announced

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FIFA ( announced the final nominees for the FIFA Puskás Award; the finalists of the other categories will be announced in the coming days; the virtual awards ceremony will be televised live from FIFA headquarters in Zurich on January 17.

FIFA has announced the finalists for the FIFA Puskás Prize ( This prize is awarded to the player deemed to have scored the most aesthetic goal, regardless of the competition in which it took place and the gender or nationality of the player.

Who will succeed 2020 winner Son Heung-min to win the coveted crown? The voting process for the 11 goals of the race ended on Friday, December 17, 2021 and the last three nominees for the FIFA Puskás Prize are (in alphabetical order):

Érik Lamela (ARG) ( – Arsenal FC v Tottenham Hotspur FC [Premier League] (March 14, 2021)

Patrik Schick (CZE) ( – Czech Republic v. Scotland [UEFA EURO 2020] (June 14, 2021)

Mehdi Taremi (IRN) ( – Chelsea FC v FC Porto [UEFA Champions League] (April 13, 2021)

All The Best FIFA Football Awards ™ 2021 winners, including the FIFA Fan Award ( and FIFA Fair Play Award ( winners, will be crowned on January 17 at a program broadcast live from FIFA headquarters in Zurich.

Tomorrow (Wednesday 5 January), FIFA will announce the last three nominees for FIFA’s Best Women’s Goalkeeper ( and FIFA’s Best Men’s Goalkeeper ( This will be followed on Thursday January 6 by the announcement of the three finalists for FIFA’s Best Women’s Coach ( and FIFA’s Best Men’s Coach ( Then, on Friday January 7, FIFA will unveil the three finalists for Best FIFA Women’s Player ( and Best FIFA Men’s Player ( at an online event featuring featuring FIFA Legends Kristine Lilly and Sami Khedira.

For the latest news from The Best FIFA Football Awards, visit and check FIFA’s accounts on Facebook (, YouTube ( and Twitter ( / 3HyRvFh).

You can join the discussion on who should win the prizes by using the hashtag #TheBest.

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Soccer-Everton signs Rangers right-back Patterson

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Everton have signed a contract with Rangers right-back Nathan Patterson until June 2027, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. The Merseyside club did not disclose the fees for the 20-year-old Scotland international, but UK media reported the deal was in the order of £ 16million ($ 21.64million).

“It was an easy choice to sign. It’s a huge club with a huge history and the fan base is huge,” Patterson told Everton website 2439782. “Obviously we’re not where we want to be right now, but we can certainly get there with the talent of the dressing room and the staff here, and I’m confident we can do it.”

Patterson joined the Rangers academy at the age of eight and made his senior debut in January 2020, leading them to the Scottish Premiership title last season while remaining undefeated. The youngster is Everton’s second signing from the January transfer window after the arrival of Ukrainian left-back Vitaliy Mykolenko from Dynamo Kiev last week.

Everton, 15th in the league table with 19 points from 18 games, travel to Hull City in the FA Cup third round on Saturday. ($ 1 = 0.7395 pounds)

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North Mankato adds new department to oversee sports and events

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NORTH MANKATO, Minn. (KEYC) — The City of North Mankato has added a new department to oversee sports and events.

“This reflects the work the City has done over the past decade,” said Mayor Mark Dehen.

North Mankato’s Department of Culture, Recreation and Quality of Life will manage aquatic programming, Caswell Park, and youth sports and community events.

“It’s all of these wonderful activities that we’ve been doing over the past few years under one roof,” added North Mankato Taylor Library Director Katie Heintz.

North Mankato City Council approved the new department Monday by a 4-1 vote. Councilman Billy Steiner voted against.

“I just don’t see the need for another department to handle it all,” Steiner said.

Other members said it would make event planning easier and bring more activity to the area.

“Part of the goal is to facilitate events, to plan things smoothly,” said board member Diane Norland.

“He will be able to bring everything together so that you have a one-stop-shop for any need you may have,” added Council Member Sandra Oachs.

It is led by Heintz, who will also determine its responsibilities.

“It’s so much fun to engage, to be with people, to serve people, and to give them this programming that’s been so welcomed,” Heintz said. “From youth football, to the pumpkin patch, to music in the park, it’s just fun to be a part of.”

North Mankato Youth Sports Director Neil Kaus and Caswell Sports Director Phil Tostenson will play a role.

“We’re just going to help each other. I did a lot of adult leagues [at Caswell], leisure stuff for young people. Neil was working with football, and now we can just coordinate together,” Tostenson said.

Sandy Bromley, a new aquatic director, will also be added to the team.

It is unclear who else will be involved and what their duties will be.

Heintz said the department would get to work immediately.

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Monaco recruits Club Brugge coach Clément to replace Kovac

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Monaco have appointed coach Philippe Clément for a 2.5-year contract after sacking Niko Kovac during the mid-season break.

The 2017 French champion said on his website that Clément, 47, had signed until June 2024 from Belgian club Bruges.

“His ability to get the best out of young and talented teams while achieving higher and higher goals throughout his career, makes him the ideal person (to) bring Monaco back into the elite of French football and into the world. European scene, “said Monaco Vice President Oleg Petrov said.

Clément has played 333 matches and scored 45 goals, as a defender of Club Brugge. He took the helm in June 2019 and won two Belgian league titles to make it three in a row, having won with Genk the previous season.

“Thank you coach and good luck! Bruges said on his Twitter account. Kovac was told he was substituted on Thursday as the club were sixth in the league after 19 games, after a third place last season.

The coach of the reserve team Stéphane Nado took the lead of Monaco on Sunday for a victory in the Coupe de France in Quevilly-Rouen, second division, while the vice-champion of last season reached the last 16.

Monaco started badly with a victory in six league matches, against the promoted Troyes. Monaco also failed to reach the Champions League, losing in the playoffs to Shakhtar Donetsk 3-2 on aggregate.

Monaco hired Kovac after sacking Roberto Moreno in June 2020, citing the success of the former Croatian midfielder as he coached Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt and his own national team.

Although he led Bayern to a league and cup double in 2019, he was sacked in November of the same year.

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Latest positives from Soccer-Torres and Pedri in the COVID epidemic in Barcelona

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Barcelona players Ferran Torres and Pedri tested positive for COVID-19 on Monday, the latest cases confirmed by the club after an outbreak on the La Liga side. “First team players Pedri and Ferran Torres have tested positive for COVID-19. The players are in good health and are self-isolating at home. The club have reported the cases to the appropriate authorities,” said Barcelona on its website on Monday.

The Catalans beat Mallorca 1-0 in the league on Sunday in a match where they were missing 14 players, including eight due to COVID-19: Sergino Dest, Philippe Coutinho, Ez Abde, Jordi Alba, Alex Balde, Ousmane Dembele, Gavi and Dani Alves. Samuel Umtiti and Clément Lenglet also tested positive during the week but were cleared after their last test came back negative on Sunday morning.

La Liga confirmed at least 90 cases of COVID-19 among players and coaching staff last week as Spain has registered 372,000 new cases of coronavirus since Thursday. Barcelona will play for Linares’ third division squad in the Spanish Cup round of 16 on Wednesday and return to La Liga in Granada on Saturday.

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Spain and Poland win 2nd straight ATP Cup match

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Spain and Poland remained perfect in the ATP Cup with wins 3-0 in their matches on Monday, their second consecutive wins in the team event.

Robert Bautista Agut won the match for Spain by beating Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4, 7-6 (4) after Pablo Carreno Busta defeated Viktor Durasovic 6-3, 6-3.

Bautista Agut improved to 9-2 in singles in the team event.

“Casper plays amazing tennis, (he did) an amazing performance last year, and today I played really well,” said Bautista Agut in his on-field interview. “I came back very well, I made very few unforced errors and I played aggressively.” Kamil Majchrzak gave Poland the lead over Georgia with a 6-1, 6-1 win over Aleksandre Bakshi before Hubert Hurkacz won with a 6-7 (5), 6-3 win. , 6-1 over Aleksandre Metreveli.

“He (Metreveli) played well in the first set and things were not going my way. But I got better with each set and I’m happy to have taken the win,” said Hurkacz. Spain and Poland then won their doubles matches to bring the score to 3-0.

Poland can reserve a place in the semi-finals if they beat Argentina on Wednesday in their next group game.

Majchrzak only needed 53 minutes to beat Bakshi.

“I was trying to move (Bakshi) and I think that was the key to the game,” said Majchrzak, who is coached by former world seventh Joakim Nystrom.

“It gives me a lot of confidence and a lot of calm in my tennis so that I can feel I’m improving,” Majchrzak said of Nystrom on the ATP Tour website. “We’re working on (developing a game on all terrains) but in a way that doesn’t disrupt my basic game. We’ll take it from practice to games, but it takes time.” Greece face Argentina and Serbia face Chile in night games on Monday.

The four group winners of the 16-team tournament advance to the semi-finals on Friday and Saturday, with the winners meeting in the final on Sunday.

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Spain and Poland win their 2nd consecutive match at the ATP Cup

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Spain and Poland remained perfect at the ATP Cup, securing a 2-0 lead in their matches on Monday for their second straight victories in the team event.

Robert Bautista Agut won the match for Spain beating Norway’s Casper Ruud 6-4, 7-6(4) after Pablo Carreno Busta beat Viktor Durasovic 6-3, 6-3.

Bautista Agut improved to 9-2 in singles play in the team event.

“Casper is playing amazing tennis, (he did) an amazing performance last year, and today I played really well,” Bautista Agut said in his on-court interview. “I came back very well, made very few unforced errors and played aggressively.” with a 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-1 victory over Aleksandre Metreveli.

“He (Metreveli) played well in the first set and things weren’t going my way. But I got better with every set and I’m happy to get the win,” Hurkacz said. Poland can book a place in the semi-finals if they beat Argentina on Wednesday in their next group game.

Majchrzak only needed 53 minutes to beat Bakshi.

“I was trying to move (Bakshi) and I think that was the key to the game,” said Majchrzak, who is coached by former world number seven Joakim Nystrom.

“He brings me a lot of confidence and a lot of calm in my tennis, so I can feel that I’m improving,” Majchrzak said of Nystrom on the ATP Tour website. “We are working on (developing a game on all courts) but in a way that does not interrupt my basic game. We will move from training to games, but that takes time.” Greece take on Argentina and Serbia take on Chile in night matches on Monday.

The four group winners of the 16-team tournament advance to the semi-finals on Friday and Saturday, with the winners meeting in the final on Sunday.

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Major sporting events in Houston: January 3-9, 2022

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Tyrion Davis-Price (# 3) and LSU Tigers come to NRG for showdown with Kansas State | Courtesy of LSU Football

Take a seat for these must-see games and sporting events around Houston from Monday January 3 through Sunday January 9, 2022.

This week, Houston offers plenty of opportunities to don your best makeup and play sports across the city.

The famous LSU Tigers football team stops at NRG to kick off the week, before the Texans wrap up their regular season this weekend. Elsewhere, the Rockets will honor a broadcast legend and use force against Minnesota.

Want to learn more about the sports that take place around H-Town? Find more live games and sports throughout the month in the 365 Houston calendar.

Top 5 games and sporting events in Houston this week

  • Texas Bowl 2022: Kansas State Wildcats vs. Louisiana State University Tigers at NRG Stadium | Tuesday 4 January – The annual Houston Ball Game brings some of the biggest teams from the Big 12 and SEC conferences together on the grill at NRG. This year, the LSU Tigers will face the Kansas State Wildcats. $ 29 and up, but you can find better, cheaper or difficult to obtain seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 8 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Dallas Mavericks at Toyota Center | friday january 7 – The team faces rivals from the North, led by Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis, and honors the decades-long voice of the Rockets’ shows at Bill Worrell Night at Toyota Center. $ 19 and up, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Run Houston at Sam Houston Race Park | Sunday January 9 – Strap on your running shoes and add another finishing medal to your Run Houston series of races collection, which will send runners from Race Park, to Fallbrook Drive and back. Registration is $ 60 for 5K; $ 70 for the 10K; $ 40 for children K. 8:30 am.
  • Houston Texans vs. Tennessee Titans at NRG Stadium | Sunday January 9 – The 2021 regular season is drawing to a close for the Texans, who will face top rivals in their division, the Titans. $ 36 and more, but you can find a better, cheaper or difficult to obtain seat using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. Midday.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at Toyota Center | Sunday January 9 – Feel the strength as the Rockets face off against the Timberwolves in Star Wars Night. Enjoy special themed entertainment from a galaxy far, far away and snap a photo with characters walking through the lobby. $ 10 and more, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.

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Getting better with every game: FC Goa’s Derrick Pereira

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FC Goa head coach Derrick Pereira intends to put FC Goa back among the deadly squads as his side face Kerala Blasters FC in Game 46 of the ISL 2021-22 season on Sunday at Tilak Stadium Maidan of Goa. Pereira reflected on his team’s few past performances and urged his team to improve with every passing game. The new FC Goa coach also wants them to focus on their style of play against former Kerala Blasters FC on Sunday.

“Kerala Blasters FC are in good shape at the moment. We have improved our defensive organization since the last matches. After analyzing our last game, we had a better defensive organization and we gave very few chances and created a lot more chances. So it was an improvement over our previous game. We will adopt the same attitude to manage the offensive unit of the Kerala Blasters while focusing on an overall improvement in our performance, ”said Derrick Pereira on the ISL website. “Every team in this league is competitive and every game you face is a different game. Kerala have good attackers up front and are very well organized. We have to counter their style of play by focusing more on our game and also taking care of the little details, putting in a good performance and getting those three points, “he added.

The head coach added that the team are currently trying to get every player back in shape and hope to end the season on a high note. “We want to go back to our old selves where we play our style, where we dominate games and win games. There was a setback at the start of the season, there were other reasons like players getting injured, not not having enough time to recover, ”said the head coach.

“At the moment we are trying to get everyone in shape, to see that we have enough experience on the bench as well as in the XI. It’s an ongoing process and we are improving game by game,” he added. (ANI)

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Will bounce back from recent defeats: Chennaiyin FC’s Bozidar Bandovic

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Chennaiyin FC head coach Bozidar Bandovic was defiant in his side’s defense despite losing back to back in their last two Indian Super League games ahead of their clash against Jamshedpur FC on Sunday. The duel will have added spice after Chennaiyin FC signed Nerijus Valskis from Jamshedpur FC on Saturday, although the Lithuanian will miss the game due to quarantine requirements.

Speaking about new signing Nerijus Valskis, Bandovic said he was a player with “a good character”. “I’ve known Valskis for many years and of course right now we were looking for a foreigner because in the first half of the season we played with five foreigners. So we were looking for someone to score us goals. a good player, a good character, he knows the team. He was the best option we could have gone with. He comes with a quarantine for a day so from January 8th he will be ready and he will train with us from tomorrow. He needs the help of his teammates to adapt very quickly in the team. But he knows the championship and it is a very good option for us “, said Bozidar Bandovic during a pre-match press conference according to the ISL website.

The head coach said the team had made no decision on replacing goalkeeper Vishal Kaith and would give him another chance. “I think you have to wait until Sunday. Of course he made mistakes but we’ll decide later. Like I said mistakes will happen but you have to learn from them. As you see it happens. with many teams. These things need time and it cannot be done in a few days. I am thinking about it and we will see, “said the head coach.

“As a coach I don’t change the keeper. I always support the players but I also have to think about what is best for the team. If playing Debjit Majumder is the best for the team, I will. like no one above the squad. Everyone is doing their best, including Vishal. Everyone was pointing fingers at him when we lost the game, but there were other mistakes too “, he added. Bandovic further said the team are ready for their clash against Jamshedpur FC.

“Like every team, we have done our preparation. At the moment, it is difficult to play every 3-4 days. But our team is quite capable of it. We are going to recover and it is a strong team that is playing direct football, with high pressing and using the second balls, ”Bandovic said. “They are very good on set pieces and we have to take care of some players individually. We will be ready for tomorrow even if we have some problems. We will have to play with four foreigners but we will be ready,” he said. he adds. . (ANI)

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State of Michigan announces fan vaccination policy for home sporting events

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Michigan State requires fans to be vaccinated or have proof of a negative COVID-19 test in order to attend indoor sporting events on campus, including men’s and women’s basketball games at the Breslin Center.

The school announced its new policy on Saturday, three days laterr Tom Izzo’s team played without four players who had been released with COVID-19. It is effective immediately and will be in place for the Spartans game at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Breslin against Nebraska.

MSU is not alone in making this decision. Illinois, Maryland, Rutgers and Northwestern have all announced vaccine needs for fans in recent weeks.

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Sparty wears an inside mask during Michigan State’s first half game against Ferris State on Wednesday, October 27, 2021 at the Breslin Center in East Lansing.

The new rules require spectators aged 12 and over who attend indoor events to present their vaccination card or have proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of the event. The policy also applies to hockey, wrestling and gymnastics.

MSU’s indoor mask mandate for sporting events also remains in effect.

To meet the vaccine requirement, spectators must show their COVID-19 vaccination card or a digital image along with photo ID matching the name on the card. MSU students, faculty and staff can show their university ID card as proof of compliance with the university’s vaccination mandate.

Participants who cannot provide proof of vaccination must bring photo identification and either a print or photo of their negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours before the event start time. Guests 17 and under accompanied by an adult will not be required to present photo identification.

MSU encourages fans to arrive early to allow more time for entry and verification, and no on-site testing facilities will be available for participants. Refunds will not be given, “because all guests may enter the facilities with a negative COVID-19 test even if they are not able or willing to show their vaccination status,” the school said in a statement. . MSU also said those who cannot attend are encouraged to transfer tickets to others who can attend or offer them for sale through StubHub.

Additional information will be shared as it becomes available ahead of the January 5 men’s basketball competition.

Izzo said on Friday he expects his four players who missed that game to play Sunday at Northwestern (2 p.m. / BTN).

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This article originally appeared on Detroit Free Press: Michigan State Announces Vaccination Policy for Sporting Events

Major sporting events to look forward to (hopefully) in 2022

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POLOKWANE – The sporting calendar has again been severely disrupted by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2021 and, as a result, some major tournaments have been postponed to 2022.

These tournaments, along with other tournaments and major sporting events that were already slated for 2022, mean that, if all goes well, there is plenty of sporting action to look forward to this year.

Highlights include the Winter Olympics in Beijing, the UEFA Women’s Euro 2022 in England and the FIFA World Cup in Qatar. New Zealand is also expected to host two World Cups, the Women’s Rugby World Cup and the ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup, while England will host the Rugby Union World Cup.

Review gives you an overview of what to expect in the sporting calendar in 2022:

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open from Australia

The first grand slam of the year takes place below. The opening is scheduled to begin on January 17 and end on January 30.

William Hill World Darts Championship

The championship started in December 2021 and is scheduled to end on January 3.

African Cup of Nations

To be played in Cameroon from January 9 to February 6.

Olympic Winter Games 2022

The games will take place in Beijing from February 4 to 22.

2022 Six Nations Rugby Championship

The championship kicks off on February 6 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, where Ireland and Wales meet.

Soccer player kicking white gray soccer ball on green grass field
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Caraboa Cup Final

The 62nd EFL Cup season will end on February 27, when the top two teams go head to head for silverware.

2022 Women’s Cricket World Cup

New Zealand will host all 31 World Cup games between March 4 and April 3.

Bahrain F1 Grand Prix

The Bahrain International Circuit in Sakhir will be the battleground for F1 drivers from March 18 to 20.

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2022 UEFA Europa League final

The final will be played at Ramón Sánchez-Pizjuán Stadium in Seville, Spain on May 18.

2022 Heineken Champions Cup Final

The first European rugby cup competition concludes at the Stade Vélodrome in Marseille, France on May 28.

2022 UEFA Champions League final

The Krestovsky Stadium in St. Petersburg, Russia will host one of the most watched sporting events in the world on May 28.

The Wimbledon Championships

The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club will host the associated strawberry and cream slam between June 27 and July 10.

The 150th Open Championship

From July 10-17, Old Course in St Andrews, Scotland will host the 150th Open Championship.

Rugby Sevens World Cup 2022

South Africa, if all goes well, are set to host the Seven-a-side World Cup in Cape Town from September 9-11.

Women’s Rugby World Cup

Eden Park, Auckland; Northland Events Center, Whangarei; Waitakere Stadium, Auckland will host the tournament which has been postponed to 2021. The World Cup will be decided between 8 October and 12 November.

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Rugby Union World Cup

The 61 matches in men’s, women’s and wheelchair codes will be played in various stadiums across England. The World Cups will be played between October 15 and November 19.

Qatar FIFA World Cup 2022

One of the biggest sporting dates on the sporting calendar is November 21. The date is the start of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar, with the final scheduled for December 18.

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