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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 – Sportico.com

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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.

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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 Twitch.tv. 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.

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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


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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.”

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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 NU.nl 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 https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/cavallo-becomes-first-active-a-league-player-come-out-gay-2021- 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 https://adelaideunited.com.au/news / 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.”

Related: Where to get COVID tests in Mid-Michigan

“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.

Following: Lansing school district doesn’t allow fans at events ‘out of an abundance of caution’

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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 About.com 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 FerrisStateBulldogs.com. 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 FerrisStateBulldogs.com/Tickets.

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.

Related: Check Football Manager board game

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

FIFA 22

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 jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter at @SNJulieManganis

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 outlet 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 was looking for buyers because it allegedly haemorrhaged money.

An official announcement is expected at the close of trading 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 exclusively digital. Nearly 5 million digital-only subscribers have been added during Donald Trump’s four years as president. But subscription growth on the newspaper’s digital sites slowed after Trump left the White House following his election loss to Joe Biden.

The first discussions between The Times and The Athletic were launched last spring after the Wall Street Journal reported on a possible merger between the sports site and Axios.

The New York Times Company will acquire The Athletic for $550 million, we learned Thursday.
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In August, the New York Times Company released a quarterly earnings report showing it had close to $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 deal with Athletic is the first major acquisition since the company spent $25 million in 2020 to acquire Serial Productions, the company behind the hit “Serial” podcast.

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 sports media outlet that employs around 600 people in North America, the UK and Australia.
The Athletic is a subscription sports media outlet that employs around 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 do not charge readers for content.

After a number of regional newspapers nationwide laid off employees, including many sports sections, The Athletic went on a hiring spree, building up its 600-person staff of writers and journalists based in North America, the UK and Australia.

But the company has been through turbulent times in recent years. Between 2019 and 2020, he lost nearly $100 million in cash. During the pandemic, he was forced to lay off staff as sporting events were cancelled.

So far, it has raised $140 million in funding. After raising $50 million in January 2020, it received a valuation of $500 million. The Athletic did not disclose financial details of its operations, although it reportedly generated $80 million in revenue in 2020.

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 https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/djokovic -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 https://www.instagram.com/p/CYW3ffmsQJZ from the airport lounge , accompanied by breathtaking emojis.

Morrison faced huge backlash https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/tennis-reaction-djokovic-medical-exemption-play-australian-open-2022-01-05 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 https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-soccer-england-che-lukaku- 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 https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2022/01/05/tuchel -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 https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/chelseas-lukaku-omitted-squad-face-liverpool-reports-2022-01-02 from the team for the 2-2 draw https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/chelsea-battle-back-draw-2-2-with-liverpool-2022-01-02 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 (www.FIFA.com) 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 (fifa.fans/3qRfWHv). 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) (bit.ly/3ETdHYU) – Arsenal FC v Tottenham Hotspur FC [Premier League] (March 14, 2021)

Patrik Schick (CZE) (bit.ly/3ERht51) – Czech Republic v. Scotland [UEFA EURO 2020] (June 14, 2021)

Mehdi Taremi (IRN) (bit.ly/3F0l3u0) – Chelsea FC v FC Porto [UEFA Champions League] (April 13, 2021)

All The Best FIFA Football Awards ™ 2021 winners, including the FIFA Fan Award (fifa.fans/3qTVplE) and FIFA Fair Play Award (fifa.fans/3eMQ9ue) 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 (fifa.fans/3FU3U6d) and FIFA’s Best Men’s Goalkeeper (fifa.fans/3qMtGTH). This will be followed on Thursday January 6 by the announcement of the three finalists for FIFA’s Best Women’s Coach (fifa.fans/3mXVV0J) and FIFA’s Best Men’s Coach (fifa.fans/3mXVV0J). Then, on Friday January 7, FIFA will unveil the three finalists for Best FIFA Women’s Player (fifa.fans/3HxQflH) and Best FIFA Men’s Player (fifa.fans/3nh4pQP) at an online event featuring featuring FIFA Legends Kristine Lilly and Sami Khedira.

For the latest news from The Best FIFA Football Awards, visit FIFA.com and check FIFA’s accounts on Facebook (bit.ly/3qLOVVM), YouTube (bit.ly/3305tky) and Twitter (bit.ly / 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 https://www.evertonfc.com/news/ 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 https://www.reuters.com/article/soccer-england-eve-idUKKBN2JB18O 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.

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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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Charlotte 49ers won’t allow fans to varsity sporting events

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Charlotte's Austin Butler (2) tries to gain possession against Davidson in a game at Halton Arena in November.  Charlotte announced on Friday that fans would not be allowed to attend 49ers home sporting events until at least January 24.

Charlotte’s Austin Butler (2) tries to gain possession against Davidson in a game at Halton Arena in November. Charlotte announced on Friday that fans would not be allowed to attend 49ers home sporting events until at least January 24.

The Charlotte 49ers have been closing the doors to fans at home sporting events for about three weeks, due to the spike in COVID-19 infection rates attributed to the rapidly spreading Omicron variant.

The 49ers are North Carolina’s premier athletic department and are said to be the first college track program in the country to announce such a move, although dozens of college and pro basketball and hockey games are postponed daily in reason for the increase.

Provincial governments in Canada also have a limited turnout, at 1,000 fans in most cases, and the NHL has responded by postponing a number of games until those restrictions can be lifted.

The 49ers said on Friday that participation will be limited to home sporting events until January 24. Only a small number of family members of participants will be allowed to attend.

The number of COVID cases has reached record highs across the United States, forcing a number of entertainment events – such as Broadway plays – to close.

Among the latest postponements announced was the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, which was due to take place in early February in New York City.

College sports teams across the country played in front of empty or nearly empty stadiums and arenas in fall 2020 and winter 2020-21. Most schools have allowed full attendance from September as many spectators have been vaccinated.

But the rapid spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant has made a difference.

Charlotte University officials say fans who purchased tickets to the games before January 24 will be offered a refund. The box office will contact ticket holders next week, they said.

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This story was originally published December 31, 2021 3:26 pm.

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Soccer-Wanderers shock with Western United’s latest A-League postponement

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The Western Sydney Wanderers’ game against Western United on Saturday is the last A-League game to be postponed due to a COVID-19 outbreak, Australian professional leagues confirmed Thursday. Five of the six games scheduled for the next few days have now been postponed and there are doubts about the remaining game between Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United after the New Zealand club said on Thursday that three members of the squad had tested positive .

A-Leagues commissioner Greg O’Rourke told the competition’s official website that reducing the number of regular season games was an option they were considering in order to complete the campaign by the end of May. . “At the moment we have the capacity to host more midweek matches, and we will work with (Football Australia) to play through the international windows of January and March if necessary,” he said.

“The other option we have is that the current 26 tag team matches could be reduced to 22 if necessary without affecting the integrity of the competition.” The 12 A-League teams face off twice before entering four more rounds where opponents are determined by toss.

“As for when we will end the men’s season, I’m pretty sure we can finish it by the end of May, using the options above, but we didn’t take the option of working with the FA around June off the table, ”he said.

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New spectator policies come into effect for Big Red sporting events

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All track and field events at Cornell University will require proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test starting Wednesday, and masking at all times, according to new policies announced this week by Cornell Athletics. Spectators should schedule extra time for the COVID checkpoint, which was already in use for hockey games this fall.

“Cornell Athletics is delighted to return to competition and welcome family, friends and fans to campus for the 2021-22 seasons,” Cornell said in a statement. “Our student-athletes, coaches and staff are thrilled to have the opportunity to play the sports they love with your support. “

Students or current Cornell employees must use the school’s Daily Check-in website prior to attending an event on campus and will be required to show their Cornell ID for admission.

Other spectators should be prepared to present photo ID along with proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19, via NYS Excelsior Pass or a photo, screenshot or copy of the card vaccination; or COVID-19 test results by PCR, rapid PCR or FDA cleared nucleic acid amplification test (NAAT) or negative DOH collected within 72 hours of the onset of the event; or an FDA-cleared antigen test performed on a sample collected within six hours of the onset of the event.

Children 12 years of age or older must also show proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test, but do not need photo ID if accompanied by a parent or guardian. Children under 12 do not need to prove vaccination or a negative COVID test, but must remain masked at all times.

All spectators will be required to wear masks at all times during indoor sporting events, regardless of their vaccination status, Cornell said. Concessions will not be available for sale at indoor events, and spectators may not bring food or drink with them. Bags are not recommended and are subject to search.

Cornell says season ticket sales are not available at this time for winter sports and event tickets will be offered for each game starting the week of the event. (Women’s basketball games, including this Wednesday’s, do not require tickets.)

Cornell Athletics emphasizes that “government, state, local and university mandates, venue protocols and event requirements are subject to change.” Watch for updates in early 2022.

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Soccer-Norwich condemns racist abuse after Palace loss

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Norwich City have condemned the racist abuse directed at players of both sides when they lost to Crystal Palace in the Premier League on Tuesday. The Norfolk club did not give the names of the players involved, but Norwich forward Adam Idah shared a series of racist messages he received on social media after the game at Selhurst Park that ended by a 3-0 loss https://www.reuters.com/ article / uk-soccer-england-cry-nor-report / soccer-edouard-inspires-palace-to-3-0-win-over-lowly- norwich-idUKKBN2J7150 for the Canaries.

“After our match at Crystal Palace, the club were disappointed to learn both of the racist comments online directed against some of our players, as well as the alleged racist comments in stadiums directed against opposing players by our supporters,” Norwich said in a statement https: //www.canaries.co.uk/content/club-statement-crystal-palace on Wednesday. “The club will continue to support affected players, while demanding action from social media companies to ensure users are held accountable … the club have also reported the incident to Norfolk Police.”

Norwich added that a person had been identified and that an investigation was underway following the comments targeting the Palace players. The loss at Palace heightened relegation concerns for Dean Smith’s side, who are bottom of the league with 10 points in 19 games – three drifting from Watford into the safe zone after playing two more games than the London team.

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Soccer-Tuchel says Chelsea still struggling with injuries, COVID

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Manager Thomas Tuchel has said Chelsea are yet to come out of the woods with a number of COVID-19 cases and team-draining injuries ahead of Wednesday’s Premier League home game against Brighton & Hove Albion. Tuchel was forced to give some players more minutes https://www.reuters.com/article/uk-soccer-england-ava-che-report-idUKKBN2J6050 than he should have against Aston Villa on Sunday, as Romelu Lukaku and Callum Hudson-Odoi returned after missing their last three games due to COVID-19.

Midfielders Jorginho and N’Golo Kante have struggled with injuries while Mateo Kovacic recently recovered from COVID-19. Kante came out in the 63rd minute of Villa clash after appearing to worsen a knee injury he sustained during their Champions League clash against Juventus in November.

The German told the club’s website https://www.chelseafc.com/en/news/2021/12/28/tuchel-on-latest-covid-impact- that he will speak to medics and physiotherapists about the club to find solutions for the Brighton Match, with injured midfielder Ruben Loftus-Cheek also suffering from COVID-19. “If you’re talking about the central midfielder, suppose N’Golo is out (against Brighton), maybe Ruben is out, so a positive test is enough for the thing to fall apart because then Kovacic will play 90 minutes again … and you risk injury, ”Tuchel said.

“That’s what we are doing right now. I don’t see how we got out of the COVID threat at the moment because it doesn’t look like it.” As many as 16 top English games have been postponed this month due to COVID-19 and injuries, with Everton’s home game against Newcastle United at the latest on Thursday.

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Esports giant Riot settles $ 100 million discrimination case

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Riot Games, publisher of esports giant League of Legends, agreed Monday night to pay $ 100 million to settle a class action lawsuit alleging pay disparity, gender discrimination and sexual harassment.

The lawsuit was filed in November 2018 after games website Kotaku published a story detailing a sexist culture at Los Angeles-based Riot Games that included women being ignored for promotions, unwanted sexual advances, and men. asking women about the legitimacy of their video game fandom. . Other former employees then made similar claims.

The California Fair Employment Department said the lawsuit would remedy violations against more than 1,000 female employees and 1,300 contract workers. Riot also agreed to improve conditions and provide a fairer workplace for employees and candidates.

“I am so happy that we have taken this first step towards justice for women at Riot Games,” former employee and plaintiff Jes Negron said in a statement.

“I hope this case serves as an example for other studios and an inspiration for women in the industry in general. Women in the game don’t have to endure iniquity and harassment in silence – change is possible. “League of Legends” is the world’s most popular esports and Riot Games operates its 12 professional international leagues. The publisher said in November that the player base for games in the “League of Legends” universe had exceeded 180 million players per month.

The complaint filed in November 2018 alleged violations of equal pay, gender discrimination, sexual harassment and retaliation against female employees. A $ 10 million settlement was reached in December 2019, but two California agencies – the Fair Employment and Housing and Labor Standards Enforcement departments – objected, saying it had been rushed.

A new lawyer was hired and just over two years later Monday’s deal was announced by Riot and the plaintiffs’ new lawyers.

Riot agreed to hire a third-party expert to conduct an equity analysis of its employment practices, granted pay transparency, and created a $ 6 million cash reserve to fund diversity, equity programs. and inclusion over the next three years, among other changes.

In a statement, Riot said the company “was at the heart of what has become an account in our industry” and that it “hasn’t always lived up to our values.” “While we are proud of how far we have come since 2018, we must also take responsibility for the past,” he said. We hope this rule properly recognizes those who have had negative experiences at Riot and demonstrates our desire to lead by example in bringing more accountability and equality to the games industry.

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Best games and sporting events this month: January 2022

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The Chevron Houston Marathon returns to the start line for 2022 | Courtesy of Chevron Houston Marathon

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

This month marks the end of the road for the Texans, but also the return of the Chevron Houston Marathon just in time for its 50th anniversary.

Elsewhere, the Rockets are home to some of basketball’s biggest stars (including a certain three-point shooting machine), and the LSU Tigers and Monster Trucks will each have a chance to race at NRG.

We’ve rounded up the main highlights from this month’s sports schedule, but you can find more on the 365 Houston calendar.

Top 10 Games and Sporting Events This Month: January 2022

  • Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center | New Year’s Day, Saturday January 1 – The Rockets face reigning MVP Nicola Jokic and his Denver team in a New Year’s Day showdown. $ 14 and up, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Philadelphia 76ers at Toyota Center | Monday January 24 – Joel Embiid and the Sixers arrive in Houston for an inter-conference matchup on the hard-court at Toyota Center. $ 15 and more, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Monster Jam at NRG Stadium | saturday 29 january – Watch 12,000 pound monster trucks reach new heights in a show of motorsport madness. Additional shows will take place the following weekend on Saturday February 5 and Sunday February 6. $ 20 and more, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Golden State Warriors at Toyota Center | Monday January 31 –Steph Curry, who recently became the league’s all-time three-point leader, is headline-grabbing a night where one of basketball’s top teams honors the Toyota Center court. $ 50 and more, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.

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Major sporting events in Houston: December 27 to January 2, 2022

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Jae’Sean Tate and Rockets face stiff competition to end year | Photo: Logan Riely; courtesy of the Houston Rockets

Take a seat for these must-see games and sporting events around Houston from Monday, December 27 through Sunday, January 2, 2022.

The New Year arrives this week as the Rockets hit the ground running against some of the NBA’s top talent, plus the Coogs clinch a spot against a conference opponent and Kingwood hosts another edition of its annual marathon tradition. on New Years day.

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

  • Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers at Toyota Center | Tuesday 28 December –A star-studded squad of LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Carmelo Anthony and others arrive in Houston for a much-anticipated late-December clash with the Rockets. $ 49 and up, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • College Basketball: Houston Cougars vs. Cincinnati Bearcats at Fertitta Center | Tuesday 28 December – Nationally ranked UH basketball team launch into a conference game against a tough Cincinnati team. $ 30 to $ 75, but you can find better, cheaper or difficult to obtain seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Miami Heat at Toyota Center | New Year’s Eve, Friday December 31 – New Years tradition returns to Toyota Center, as the Rockets look to take on Jimmy Butler, Kyle Lowry and the Miami Heat before the ball drops later that night. $ 25 and more, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 6 p.m.
  • 23rd Annual Texas Marathon at Green Tree Park in Kingwood | New Year’s Day, Saturday January 1 – The New Years tradition in Kingwood returns, sending runners from Green Tree Park to Lake Houston and back. Stay after the event for a pizza night after the race. Registration is $ 90 for all events (marathon or half-marathon). 8h.
  • Houston Rockets vs. Denver Nuggets at Toyota Center | New Year’s Day, Saturday January 1 – The Rockets face reigning MVP Nicola Jokic and his Denver team with a New Years faceoff. $ 14 and up, but you can find better or cheaper seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.

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COVID-19 Makes Biden’s First White House Christmas Less Merry

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Goodbye eggnog, shrimp cocktail and pet-shaped sugar cookies.

It has been a less cheerful holiday scene at the White House this year under the shadow of COVID-19. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have replaced the crowded parties and overflowing buffets of the past with open houses without food, face masks and testing for the unvaccinated.

Beyond the impact on Biden’s first Christmas in power, the virus and its variants have largely put kibosh on the entire White House social scene for 2021, starting with an inauguration that positioned flags instead of people on the National Mall.

“I think it was very hard for them,” said Philip Dufour, who was vice president Al Gore’s social secretary. He noted that many events did not take place as the President and the First Lady made others on Zoom.

Major social events removed from the calendar included the White House Ball for the country’s governors and the Easter Egg Roll, the second year in a row that the spring ritual has been canceled.

The Democratic president has yet to toast a foreign counterpart at a lavish state dinner at the White House because he has yet to invite a world leader for a state visit. In fact, months passed before Biden could welcome a foreign leader into the Oval Office for even more low-key discussions.

Still, the White House has been successful in hosting some events despite the pandemic, such as bill signing and Medal of Honor ceremonies. The Bidens have also hosted large receptions for Hanukkah and for artists recognized by the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

But the pandemic’s biggest blow to the calendar came over Christmas, forcing the White House to overhaul its holiday entertainment – and cut the guest list.

“Anyone who knows the Bidens knows how much they love to organize and celebrate the holidays,” said Michael LaRosa, spokesperson for the first lady, announcing a limited number of open houses for guests at ooh and aah on Christmas trees and other decorations.

It is disappointing that we cannot accommodate as many people as the Bidens would like, but as we have done since day one of the Biden administration, we will continue to implement strong COVID protocols, developed in consulting with our public health advisers, “LaRosa said. In addition to fewer people passing by for open houses, thousands more couldn’t get a close look at how Jill Biden decorated the halls of the House White and the public rooms for the holidays because the public tours of the mansion remain on hold indefinitely.

“The White House is never as beautiful as it is at Christmas. It is simply stunning,” said Jeremy Bernard, who oversaw holiday decorating and event planning as Social Secretary to President Barack Obama. “It’s a shame more people can’t get through, but it’s the reality of being in a pandemic.” Partly to make up for the lack of access, photos and an interactive tour of the decorations were uploaded to the White House website, and the first lady tweeted a video of herself describing the decor and theme in each of the rooms and public spaces.

She rekindled the long tradition – which had slipped under the previous administration – of opening the Executive Mansion for the PBS series, “In Performance at the White House”. A holiday-themed episode aired Tuesday night with Andrea Bocelli, Billy Porter, Norah Jones, the Jonas Brothers and others performing in various venues in the White House. The first lady also recorded a children’s tour of the White House with characters from PBS KIDS.

Before the pandemic, presidents and first ladies spent many December evenings as Christmas approached to host nearly two dozen parties and receptions, sometimes two a day, where they stood in line for hours posing for photos with delighted guests. Eggnog and adult drinks flowed freely, revelers stacked plates with shrimp and cocktail sauce, and dessert tables offered cookies decorated in the image of the White House dogs – including some were slipped into purses and pockets for the return trip. All of that was deleted this year.

Instead, the Bidens invited groups of up to 100 people to open houses, giving them half an hour – instead of the usual two – to tour the decorations on the ground and public floors. There was no food or drink. There was also no photo taken with the Bidens, who did not attend.

Guests were required to certify their immunization status before showing up, wear a face mask at all times on White House grounds, and practice social distancing. Anyone who was not vaccinated had to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the event. The final open house took place this week.

Senator Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., Suggested on Twitter that the White House was guilty of hypocrisy with open houses and shouldn’t have held them at all.

“Biden’s White House decision to cancel their holiday party” and instead hold a holiday open house “following Democrats’ tendency to signal virtue while simultaneously creating loopholes for themselves “Blackburn said in a written statement.

Jennifer Pickens, an event planner who wrote a book about Christmas at the White House, said holiday traditions can bring comfort and a sense of normalcy, and argued that the White House should continue to host celebrations. visitors during the pandemic.

Events “can be on a smaller scale and take place safely, but they must continue,” she said in an email. Pickens said the White House is the People’s House, “so the people should be there.” the former Baltimore health commissioner said the open houses seemed safe given the security measures required by the White House and the lack of food and drink.

“It’s exactly the right thing to do,” Wen said.

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

Biden’s first Christmas at the White House clouded by pandemic

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Goodbye eggnog, shrimp cocktail and pet-shaped sugar cookies.

The White House vacation scene has been darker this year under the shadow of COVID-19. President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden have replaced the crowded parties and overflowing buffets of the past with open houses without food, face masks and testing for the unvaccinated.

Beyond the impact on Biden’s first Christmas in power, the virus and its variants have largely put kibosh on the entire White House social scene for 2021, starting with an inauguration that positioned flags instead of people on the National Mall.

“I think it was very hard for them,” said Philip Dufour, who was vice president Al Gore’s social secretary. He noted that many events did not take place as the President and the First Lady made others on Zoom.

Major social events removed from the calendar included the White House Ball for the country’s governors and the Easter Egg Roll, the second year in a row that the spring ritual has been canceled.

The Democratic president has yet to toast a foreign counterpart at a lavish state dinner at the White House because he has yet to invite a world leader for a state visit. In fact, months passed before Biden could welcome a foreign leader into the Oval Office for even more low-key discussions.

Still, the White House has been successful in hosting some events despite the pandemic, such as bill signing and Medal of Honor ceremonies. The Bidens have also hosted large receptions for Hanukkah and for artists recognized by the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

But the pandemic’s biggest blow to the calendar came over Christmas, forcing the White House to overhaul its holiday entertainment – and cut the guest list.

“Anyone who knows the Bidens knows how much they love to organize and celebrate the holidays,” said Michael LaRosa, spokesperson for the first lady, announcing a limited number of open houses for guests at ooh and aah on the trees Christmas and other decorations.

It is disappointing that we cannot accommodate as many people as the Bidens would like, but as we have done since day one of the Biden administration, we will continue to implement strong COVID protocols, developed in consultation with our public health advisers, ” LaRosa said. In addition to fewer people passing by for open houses, thousands more couldn’t get a close look at how Jill Biden decorated the hallways and public rooms of the White House for the holidays because the public tours of the mansion remain undefined. .

The White House is never as beautiful as it is at Christmas. It’s just beautiful, ”said Jeremy Bernard, who oversaw holiday decorating and event planning as Social Secretary to President Barack Obama. “It’s a shame that more people can’t get through, but it’s the reality of being in a pandemic.” Partly to make up for the lack of access, photos and an interactive tour of the decorations were uploaded to the home’s White website, and the first lady tweeted a video of herself describing the decor and theme in each of the rooms and public spaces.

She rekindled the long tradition – which had expired under the previous administration – of opening the Executive Mansion for the PBS series, ” In Performance at the White House. A holiday-themed episode aired Tuesday night with Andrea Bocelli, Billy Porter, Norah Jones, the Jonas Brothers and others performing in various rooms of the White House. The first lady also recorded a children’s tour of the White House with characters from PBS KIDS.

Before the pandemic, presidents and first ladies spent many December evenings as Christmas approached to host nearly two dozen parties and receptions, sometimes two a day, where they stood in line for hours posing for photos with delighted guests. Eggnog and adult drinks flowed freely, revelers stacked plates with shrimp and cocktail sauce, and dessert tables offered cookies decorated in the image of the White House dogs – including some were slipped into purses and pockets for the return trip. All of that was deleted this year.

Instead, the Bidens invited groups of up to 100 people to open houses, giving them half an hour – instead of the usual two – to tour the decorations on the ground and public floors. There was no food or drink. There was also no photo taken with the Bidens, who did not attend.

Guests were required to certify their immunization status before showing up, wear a face mask at all times on White House grounds, and practice social distancing. Anyone who was not vaccinated had to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 48 hours of the event. The final open house took place this week.

Sen Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn, suggested on Twitter that the White House was guilty of hypocrisy with open houses and shouldn’t have held them at all.

“Biden’s White House decision to cancel their holiday party” and instead hold a holiday open house “following Democrats’ tendency to signal virtue while simultaneously creating loopholes for themselves “Blackburn said in a written statement.

Jennifer Pickens, an event planner who wrote a book about Christmas at the White House, said holiday traditions can bring comfort and a sense of normalcy, and argued that the White House should continue to host celebrations. visitors during the pandemic.

Events “can be on a smaller scale and take place safely, but they must continue,” she said in an email. Pickens said the White House is the People’s House, “so the people should be there.”

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

The five best sports games of 2021

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This story is part of Gamepur’s 2021 best roundup.

2020 has been a tough year when it comes to sports games, as many of them have felt stale pending the arrival of a new generation of consoles. Now that we’ve had over a year to settle in with the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5, things seem to be getting a lot better. 2021 has been much more favorable for sports players, despite the presence of COVID-19. But which sports games have been the best this year?

5. NHL 22

Screenshot by Gamepur
  • Release October 16, 2021
  • Developed and published by EA

The NHL franchise jumped into the current generation of consoles a bit later than its sports game contemporaries, but it was worth the wait. NHL 22 signified the first game to use EA’s Frostbite engine. While the engine has made Madden and FIFA funky in recent years, it has actually performed quite well for the NHL series so far. NHL 22 gameplay includes X-Factor capabilities that accentuate the talents of hockey superstars, a new physics engine that makes gameplay more challenging, and refined graphics that reveal real-time data.

NHL 22’s EASHL and Franchise modes once again add depth to the title. And for those who want to use realistic rosters with players who aren’t in the game, NHL 22 offers roster sharing. Users can now upload and share custom lists, adding just another bright spot on what is a pretty solid offering from EA.

4.NBA 2K22

Image via Take-Two
  • Release September 9, 2021
  • Developed by Visual Concepts
  • Posted by 2K Games

NBA 2K21 on the older generation was a bit outdated, but 2K has managed to break through and lay the foundation for the future of the franchise. NBA 2K22 might not look like games from the past, and that’s a good thing. When it comes to gameplay, 2K and Visual Concepts have tweaked a number of game mechanics, ranging from overhauling the dunk system to nerfing meta-heavy dribbling animations to make the game much more competitive.

2K has also adopted the live content system for NBA 2K22, installing seasons that add new maps and themes to MyTeam and give users the opportunity to earn new rewards in The City. For those who enjoy career modes, NBA 2K22 offers yet another doozy. MyCareer players not only get the chance to experience the ebb and flow of a professional NBA player, but they can also improve their profile off the court with quests that can be completed in The City.

3.MLB the show 21

Screenshot by Gamepur
  • Release April 20, 2021
  • Developed by Sony San Diego Studios
  • Listed by Sony PlayStation

MLB The Show and San Diego Studios needed to hit a home run after a pretty bland outing on MLB The Show 20. And boy, SDS and Sony did just that with The Show 21. MLB The Show 21 was a revolutionary launch. for a number of reasons, but arguably the main reason was that it was the first title in the series to arrive in the Xbox family of consoles. It marked the end of an eight-year drought, and it came at a good time.

MLB The Show 21 featured a number of gameplay additions, highlighted by the analog stick-centric Pinpoint Pitching. This feature allowed users to command and control heights using an analog stick. While it needed some tweaking due to its initial overwhelming nature, Pinpoint Pitching placed users instead of RNGs in pitch control.

Yes, MLB The Show 21 had its server flaws, and Road to the Show missed a bit in terms of making it a bit too long to gain any benefits. Nonetheless, MLB The Show 21 has made great strides in the franchise’s gameplay, and its flagship game mode, Diamond Dynasty, is a good pallet cleaner in this gaming world filled with microtransactions.

2. F1 2021

Image via Codemasters
  • Release July 16, 2021
  • Developed by Codemasters
  • Posted by EA

The Formula 1 (F1) gaming franchise has been strong and consistent for years. F1 2021 marked a small change for the franchise from a business perspective, as F1 developer Codemasters was bought by Electronic Arts. Even with EA’s presence, Codemasters generated a masterpiece in terms of gameplay. F1 2021’s engine allows users to cut corners with precision, as well as cross straights on tracks around the world. Although it takes a bit of getting used to, getting to grips with the 2021 F1 engine is well worth it.

When it comes to game modes, F1 2021 features the usual: a Career mode that takes a player to the heart of the Formula 1 season, plus a My Team mode that allows a user to control their own team. F1 2021 also supports co-op, so multiple players can join in on the action. And F1 2021 also offers a Story mode, called Braking Point. This mode follows three fictional F1 drivers, and while it looks a bit stiff and structured, it’s not that complicated. If you are looking for a real racing simulation, it’s hard to beat F1 2021.

1. Forza Horizon 5

Screenshot by Gamepur
  • Release on November 9, 2021
  • Developed by Turn 10 Studios and Playground Games
  • Listed by Xbox Game Studios

The latest installment in the Forza Horizon franchise launched a bit later than some of the other titles on this list, but it was worth the wait, taking the Horizon Festival to Mexico.

Forza Horizon 5, when it comes to depth, takes the top spot for a number of reasons. On the one hand, the main story follows a familiar path, full of errands, new barn finds, and stories to complete. The addition of the Accolade system makes the progression system very different, but also easier to understand and understand how to advance in the campaign. The FH5 offers more than 500 cars from manufacturers around the world, ranging from the hot vehicles on the market today to those that look like relics from the past.

Forza Horizon 5 also features a variety of different story-free modes, including competitive online races, Rivals races, as well as the return of Super7 and The Eliminator. FH5 is also bringing back weekly playlists, allowing users to quickly grab newly added vehicles and content updates that refresh things every now and then.

If there are two things that some – and by some we mean a lot – of work in the future might use, it’s servers and online features. However, when it comes to the single player mode, Forza Horizon 5 is pretty hard to beat. And 2022 is set to be exciting for the Forza Horizon 5 franchise as well, thanks to two exceptional DLC packages that will launch in the near future.

The rules on exercise, sporting events, children’s matches and gymnasiums in Wales from Boxing Day

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Wales will see new Covid regulations introduced from 6 a.m. on Boxing Day, which will affect various aspects of our lives as the Welsh government tries to slow the spread of Omicron.

Professional and grassroots sports, gym enthusiasts, fitness classes and children’s sports will all be affected.

Here’s a look at the new rules in Wales from December 26:

Professional sport

Professional sport in Wales will have to be played behind closed doors without fans.

This is a big blow as it would normally be one of the busiest times of the year for fans attending festive sporting events.

Welsh Rugby Union chief executive Martyn Phillips has estimated that every Welsh Derby or European match played without fans will result in a loss of more than £ 100,000 per match.

The Welsh government has announced a £ 3million spectator sports fund to support affected venues.

Read more: Welsh rugby boss warns of ‘potentially catastrophic situation’ amid fan ban

Gyms

From Boxing Day, Alert Level Two measures will mean that there will be a general social distancing requirement of two meters in all premises open to the public, where reasonable, and that of course includes gymnasiums. .

There is no limit for members who attend a gym if they exercise separately. See what this means for fitness classes below.

Indoor events

The maximum number of people who can assemble at an indoor event will be 30.

In athletic terms, this would probably apply most often to fitness and exercise classes.

Outdoor events

The maximum number of people that can meet at an outdoor event will be 50.

This will have an impact on the organized festive swims, with Porthcawl’s Christmas Day swim already canceled.

And the spectators?

There will be an exception for team sports which allows up to 50 spectators to gather and watch, in addition to those participating.

Read more: Mark Drakeford on why you can watch sport inside the pub but not outside at a stadium

Read more: Welsh government’s 50-spectator rule forces rugby clubs to ask how they’re going to watch it

What about children’s events?

There is also an exception for events involving children.

The Welsh government has said there are no limits on activities for the well-being or development of children under the age of 18.

Parkrun

Parkrun 5k events in Wales will be suspended from January 1. The junior parkrun, however, will continue for children between the ages of four and 14 due to an exemption for children’s events.

A parkrun statement said: “We know that some Welsh parkrun events regularly host less than 50 people, but it would take a very small influx (at a generally very busy time of year) for them to exceed the limit. “

They say the events scheduled for Christmas Day may go ahead as planned, but the events for January 1 will be canceled.

18 Indian referees selected for FIFA international list for 2022

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No less than 18 Indian referees have been selected from FIFA’s international refereeing list for 2022, the Indian Football Federation announced on Thursday. The long list includes officials qualified to be referees and assistant referees, the Indian Football Association said in a statement posted on its website. List members are eligible to serve internationally and also have the right to wear a FIFA badge on their uniform for the year they are enlisted.

Selection for the annual list is made through nominations sent by FIFA member countries and officials are required to pass a fitness test.

Of the 18 Indians selected, four are women (two referees and two assistant referees) and 14 men (six referees and eight assistant referees). List of selected Indian officials: Male referees: Tejas Nagvenkar, Srikrishna Coimbatore Ramaswamy, Rowan Arumughan, Crystal John, Pranjal Banerjee, Venkatesh Ramachandran.

Assistant referees men: Sumanta Dutta, Antony Abraham, Tony Joseph Louis, Vairamuthu Parasuraman, Samar Pal, Kennedy Sapam, Arun Sasidharan Pillai, Asit Kumar Sarkar.

Female referees: Ranjita Devi Tekcham, Kanika Barman.

Women assistant referees: Uvena Fernandes, Riiohlang Dhar.

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

Another sporting events lockout looms

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Is it only a matter of time before more and more sporting events – international, national and local – are postponed, canceled or spectators banned due to positive Covid cases and/or lockdown measures? stricter containment?

he now fears that is the case.

As we write these words on Tuesday afternoon it was learned that the annual Munster v Leinster St Stephen’s Day rugby clash – in the United Rugby Championship as it is now known – has been postponed because Leinster, who have had dealing with Covid positives in their team for about three weeks, reported additional cases in their camp this week.

The Heineken Champions Cup was already postponed last week, including Leinster’s game against Montpellier last week, and the feeling now is that there will be further disruption over the coming weeks. News that the ever-anticipated old Leinster v Munster game on December 26 is now canceled would certainly suggest so.

Football too, particularly games in England, has been riddled with multiple Covid cases across several teams, leading to a series of postponements, including more than half of last weekend’s Premier League matches.

Much closer to home, Na Gaeil had to play their recent intermediate county final without Jack Barry because of Covid protocols, and with the number of cases averaging four to six thousand each day, it would be naïve to think that the sport will not continue to be negatively affected for the next few weeks, and dare we say months.

If we thought or hoped we were out of the woods a few months ago in terms of curbing the virus and returning to some sort of normalcy, sadly we seem to be back among the weeds.

Whether one agrees or not – or even appreciates why it was done – the government’s decision to shut down hospitality and impose more restrictions has not, it must be believed, was taken lightly. If health experts and the political powers that be find it necessary or desirable to increasingly keep apart, then what are the chances that crowds will be allowed to gather at sporting events that last much longer? long time ?

And that assumes teams have the numbers to play with. Last weekend the Clanmaurice camogie team were starved of players for their All-Ireland semi-final against Athleague, with Covid the reason for some of the absenteeism, and the grim reality is that situations like this are likely to be more the rule than the exception for the next few weeks. Concerns are that ‘weeks’ could become ‘months’ and we end up with, at best, games and fixtures behind closed doors, and at worst, no sport taking place at all.

Kerry’s footballers and bowlers are in action in the McGrath Cup and Munster Hurling Cup a few weeks from now, and although they don’t usually draw huge crowds, there will be keen interest to see who and what kind team player Jack O’Connor turns up for his first game as a football manager.

There is also the question of the Munster IHC final from Kilmoyley, and a week later Austin Stacks, Na Gaeil and Gneeveguilla in their respective provincial football finals.

There are just over five weeks until the start of the National Football League, and just over six before Dublin arrives in Tralee where crowds of over 12,000 are expected to gather at Austin Stack Park. The odds of that happening right now? No more than fifty-fifty in our book.

Are we pessimistic? Not really, just read the tea leaves, see the numbers and be realistic.

We’re not going to get into the nitty gritty of vaccinations here, and whether or not people should get vaccinated or have the absolute right not to if they choose. But there are consequences of not being vaccinated, and as the Premier League in particular have seen, a low vaccination rate equates to an increase in the number of positive cases.

Of course, vaccination doesn’t stop transmission of the virus, and it looks like the Omicron variant is slippery as a premium rugby half. But as long as the number of positive cases remains relatively high and the curve does not flatten, sport – even one that generates millions of euros – will be considered the non-essential luxury that it is.

That’s not to say sport doesn’t support lives and livelihoods. Of course it is. Beneath the thin layer of millionaires at the pinnacle of professional sport, there is a huge community of people earning roughly a living wage – everyone from the stadium announcer to the program salesman to the taxi driver and the freelance journalist.

Once again, a year, almost two years later, we find ourselves on the brink of a shutdown from the sports and games we love. Needless to say, we desperately hope it doesn’t come to that. We hope that our brilliant athletes, whether professional, semi-professional, amateur or simply recreational, will continue to do what they love to do and what we love to see them do.

Meanwhile, all the time, everyone can try to do the right thing. Wash the legs. Wear the mask correctly. Get away from each other. Take care of yourself and look out for others.

It’s a fucking cliche at this point, and we’re all tired of it, but until we’re all safe, none of us are safe.

Sports News Summary: Olympics-NHL advises players will not be able to participate in the Beijing Winter Games; Soccer-Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham reach League Cup semi-finals and more

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Here is a summary of current sports news.

Olympics-NHL says players will not be able to compete in Beijing Winter Games

The National Hockey League will not send its players to compete in the men’s ice hockey tournament at the Beijing Winter Olympics due to concerns about COVID-19, Commissioner Gary Bettman said on Wednesday as the league entered. in a hiatus following an outbreak of the Omicron variant.

“Unfortunately, given the profound disruption to the NHL’s regular season schedule caused by recent COVID-related events – 50 games have already been postponed until December 23 – Olympic participation is no longer possible,” said Bettman in a statement.

Soccer-Chelsea, Liverpool and Tottenham reach League Cup semi-finals

A well-changed Chelsea side with three teenage starters beat Brentford 2-0 on Wednesday to reach the League Cup semi-finals where they face London rivals Tottenham Hotspur. An own goal 10 minutes from Pontus Jansson’s time broke the deadlock in Brentford before a penalty from Jorginho sealed victory for Thomas Tuchel’s COVID team.

NBA summary: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander triple-double lifts Thunder

Shai Gilgeous-Alexander’s second career triple-double – 27 points, 12 assists and 11 rebounds – led the Oklahoma City Thunder host to a 108-94 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday. The Thunder have won three straight games, while the Nuggets have won three of their previous four games.

Football-Barcelona agree to sign Torres from Man City: BBC

Barcelona have reached a deal to sign Spain striker Ferran Torres from Premier League champions Manchester City for around € 55m ($ 62m), several British media have reported. Sky Sports and the BBC have both announced that Barca will pay City an additional € 10million for the 21-year-old Spain international.

Beijing Olympics organizers ‘regret’ withdrawal of NHL player

Beijing Olympics organizers expressed “regret” on Thursday after the National Hockey League said it would not allow its players to compete in the Winter Games due to the disruption in the league’s schedule. by the COVID-19 pandemic. Wednesday’s decision by the North American League, which agreed four months ago to let players travel to Beijing, means the Games will not see some of the best-known athletes face off in the Chinese capital of 4 to February 20.

China Expects COVID Cases Due to Games Arrivals, Reports Omicron Risk

Organizers of the Beijing Winter Olympics said Thursday they expected a “number” of COVID-19 cases in China due to foreigners arriving for the Games, and urged participants get vaccinated due to the spread of the Omicron variant. Officials also sought to allay concerns over participants’ health care caused by COVID as well as an accident last month during a luge training session at the Beijing site in which a Polish slider took suffered a serious injury to his leg.

Forensic pathologist: Vincent Jackson died of chronic alcohol consumption

Former NFL wide receiver Vincent Jackson died in February due to chronic alcohol use, the Hillsborough County, Florida, medical examiner said on Wednesday. The medical examiner ruled the death “natural”. Jackson, who was 38, was found dead in a hotel room in Brandon, Florida.

NBA Imposes COVID Recall on Media and Staff of Closest Players

Media and other in-person league staff working near teams and players on game day are under a new mandate from the NBA to receive the COVID-19 reminder by January 5. In a note to NBA executives and the League of Governors Board of Directors, Senior Vice President for Player Matters, David Weiss outlined the updated protocol. It applies to all non-player personnel eligible to receive a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine as directed by the Centers for Disease Control.

Nets-Trail Blazers and Raptors-Bulls matches postponed due to player shortage

The Toronto Raptors game against the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday and the Brooklyn Nets game against the Portland Trail Blazers on Thursday have been postponed due to a shortage of players on visiting teams, the NBA said amid a rush. increase in COVID-19 cases. The NBA said on its website that the Nets had 10 players in health and safety protocols on Tuesday, with key players Kevin Durant, James Harden and Kyrie Irving among those on the roster.

Chinese ski simulator chain creates a buzz in winter sports

The announcement in 2015 that Beijing had won the 2022 Winter Olympics sparked an idea in the mind of Shanghai entrepreneur Ye Kai. This was achieved in 2018 when he opened a store focused on an indoor alpine simulator, essentially an oversized treadmill for training snowboarders and skiers. By teaming up with Austrian and Italian partners, he hoped to attract Chinese city dwellers looking for a taste of the slopes.

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

Dutch bowler Shane Snater extends contract with Essex until 2023

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Dutch bowler Shane Snater has signed a new two-year contract with Essex County Cricket Club (ECCC), extending his stay with the team until 2023. After his first class debut in Essex against Worcestershire in April, Snater won 31 wickets in the county championship. at an average of 16.48.

“It was a special season for me after taking my place in the first team and I feel I was able to reward the faith shown with wickets and important runs with the bat,” Snater said in a statement according to the site. Essex Cricket Web. . “I can’t wait to see what the next two years have in store for me with both Essex and the Netherlands. I hope I can continue to play my role for the team so that we can strive to reclaim the county championship title and experience more white ball success, ”he added.

Snater played two ODIs and 13 T20Is for the Netherlands. He made his debut in August 2018 against Nepal and played his first T20I game in October 2019 against Bermuda. Essex head coach Anthony McGrath said: “Shane had to be patient for his opportunity with the amount of talent we have in our squad but he should be proud of the season he has had in an Essex jersey.

“We have always known the skills he could bring to the team and, although he missed part of the Royal London Cup with an injury, he has been one of our most consistent players. throughout the season, “he added. (ANI)

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Which sports games are the best holiday gift?

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If you’re looking to catch one of the biggest sports games this holiday season, there really are three favorites in FIFA 22, NBA 2K22, and Madden 22.

Even with all of them on sale until Christmas, you might only want to bite into one of these three to fill your playtime in the New Year.

FIFA 22 vs NBA 2K22 vs Madden 22: What is the best sports game as a holiday gift?

One of the biggest factors in which of these you decide to get won’t actually be the games themselves, but rather the console gamers who will be using them.

For PS5 and Xbox Series X | S gamers, the world is your oyster and all titles will be available in their truest and fullest forms.

Sadly, the same can’t be said, as current generation gamers on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch will want to avoid NBA 2K22.

Despite being a solid installment, the title lacks huge features like The City and is severely hampered when not playing the next gen version.

THE CITY: Don’t get excited for the new mode if you’re on the current generation

If you are on Nintendo Switch, you better spend your money on one of their styled local sports titles like Mario Tennis Aces or Mario & Sonic at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.

For Nintendo Switch gamers who insist on a more traditional sports experience, you’d better get last year’s NBA 2K21 or FIFA 21 for much less, as this year’s Switch installments just aren’t worth their price. .

The real gem for PC gamers would be Football Manager 2022, but among the big three sports titles it’s FIFA 22 that takes a slight edge on PC over NBA 2K22 and Madden 22.

When it comes to players on Xbox One or PS4, you will still be missing some next-gen features, but Madden 22 and FIFA 22 are stronger on the current gen than the lower current-gen NBA 2K22 alongside the same title on PS5. and Xbox Series X | S.

If you’re still undecided after factoring in your favorite sport and your console’s influence on the game that stands out, let’s take a look at what makes each title shine this year.

FIFA 22 vs NBA 2K22 vs Madden 22: what did they do better?

While we’ve touched on its struggles on the current gen, NBA 2K22 has taken a big step forward for the series this year on the next gen.

The City, a huge online-only career mode that makes basketball appear to have been ported into a GTA-style RPG, is the star of NBA 2K22.

Madden 22 has struggled in many areas this year, but Franchise Mode at least makes the right choices since adding an improved scouting system.

THE NFL PROJECT: Franchising and Boy Scouting are Madden’s strong points this year

There are still more Franchise updates to come in the next few months, but even with some clear improvements that could be made down the line, Franchise is where Madden 22 shines the most.

Finally, FIFA 22 has made the biggest strides forward in actual base gameplay this year, with our FIFA 22 review emphasizing that this is “real football rather than another arcade-style simulation.” .

When the dust cleared, here are the ratings our reviewers gave these three sports game behemoths (for their ideal Next Gen builds):

Ten of the best sports games on Xbox

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In our very first “either” entry, we have FIFA 22 and Football Manager 22. In both cases, most know exactly what they’re getting. FIFA 22 is a football simulation that brings unrivaled realism to the pitch (sorry, not sorry, eFootball 22). This year not much has changed in career, FIFA Ultimate Team, pro clubs or player careers beyond cosmetic changes. However, a slower pace of play, the realistic look of the animations, insane value for money, and a very sticky gameplay loop really helped make this one of the best entries in years. Since launch, the microtransaction popup rate has become more noticeable in Ultimate Team, so keep an eye out for that. However, it’s perfect for a bit of on-field soccer fun that looks better than ever on Xbox Series X.

FIFA 22 Xbox Series X | S

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Meanwhile, Football Manager 2022 doesn’t care about your little graphics or what you understand. No, these are raw numbers and menus. It’s as cheesy as Red Bull Leipzig’s scouting department, as deep as the Chelsea squad and as layered as a Pep Guardiola tactical plan. You take on the role of manager in any club in the football pyramid and start shaping it in your image. Getting signatures can be a hassle, developing a plan of attack on the pitch can take all night, and reorganizing your staff and rotation of roster in the club is a really back-breaking business. But, you better believe this is the shine of football for football purists. Come in, son.

Football Manager 2022 Xbox Edition

Football Manager 2022 Xbox Edition

Football Manager 2022 Xbox Edition returns after last season’s successful campaign, letting you speed through the seasons while competing for the biggest prizes in the game while maintaining the quality and finesse of the full simulation experience.
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Xbox FM22 harnesses the power of Microsoft’s Play Anywhere technology, allowing you to seamlessly transfer your progress between your Windows 10 PC and any Xbox console using the same Xbox Live profile.
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• Manage in the biggest nations and leagues in the world, offering unforgettable moments to the fans of your club.
• Let your behind-the-scenes team fuel your recruiting by signing global superstars and identifying tomorrow’s wonders around which you can build a dynasty.
• The world’s most popular play styles and formations are just a click away, so you can get started fast and pick up speed through the seasons.
• Savor the Matchday action, time your big tactical calls to perfection while achieving crucial wins. You can also simulate your progress and speed through your devices using the “Instant Result” option.

PCB will offer a 100pc purse, a stipend for young cricketers

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced on Wednesday that it will offer a 100% scholarship and a stipend of PKR 30,000 per month to young cricketers under the age of 11, 14, 16 and 19. The 67th Pakistan Cricket Board Governing Council (BoG) meeting was held in Karachi on Tuesday.

Through strategic partnerships, the PCB will award 100 contracts to the most outstanding and brilliant cricketers under the age of 11, 14, 16 and 19. Under this program, talented young cricketers will receive a stipend of PKR 30,000 per month and also earn a 100 percent scholarship, which will give them access to free education at a leading local educational institution. which, in turn, will help them grow into healthy individuals. The PCB will appoint highly qualified resident foreign coaches to the National High Performance Center. These coaches will work closely with 100 teenage cricketers to nurture, develop and prepare them for future events, including PSL U19, which is marked for October 2022. These coaches will also be available to assist and support the players. of elite and emerging cricket.

“In order to create a long-term sustainable process, it is essential that we continue to harness, stimulate and motivate the passion and talent of young people for cricket, while focusing on a bottom-up approach to participation and trying to bridge the wide divide between the tracks and the course of cricket in Pakistan, ”PCB Chairman Ramiz Raja said, according to the official PCB statement. “We believe that our Junior Contracts and Cricket Foundation initiatives will now play a decisive role in ensuring that the raw talents of Pakistan’s most remote and less privileged regions reach their full potential,” he added.

The BoG has approved the club review process for 3,822 clubs, which participated in the first registration of cricket clubs, in 90 cricket associations in the city during the first half of 2022. The club review process will be available on the PCB company website under Documents / PCB Model Constitutions next week. In view of the fact that a long and demanding period of international cricket awaits the Pakistani men’s cricket team, an in-depth discussion on managing the player’s workload took place. The BoG asked the PCB leadership to explore options and come up with suggestions on how elite cricketers can conserve their energies for Pakistan by staying extremely fit, injury-free and cool.

The BoG appreciated the performance of the Pakistan National Men’s Cricket Team and felt they came close to meeting their fans’ expectations in the last quarter of 2021 with their courage, determination and positive attitude. . (ANI)

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UK advertising watchdog hits Arsenal football club for crypto tokens

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Britain’s publicity watchdog on Wednesday berated Arsenal football club on the website and Facebook ads of its ‘fan tokens,’ a type of cryptocurrency that has exploded in popularity this year. The Advertising Standards Agency https://www.asa.org.uk/rulings/arsenal-football-club-plc-a21-1121873-arsenal-football-club-plc.html said two announcements released by Arsenal in August were “Misleading” because they did not clearly state the risk of trading cryptocurrencies, possible tax implications, or that these tokens are not regulated in Britain.

He said the ads should not appear in the same form again. Fan Tokens allow supporters of various football and other sports clubs to vote on minor decisions such as the song played in matches after a goal has been scored or images used on social media.

Tokens, which can be traded on exchanges like other cryptocurrencies, are subject to sharp price swings and often have little to do with performance in the field. North London-based Arsenal ran promotions on their website and Facebook promoting the tokens, the ASA said, with details of how supporters could purchase the tokens through a separate cryptocurrency. The ASA said Arsenal’s ads were “irresponsible because they took advantage of the inexperience or gullibility of consumers and trivialized investment in crypto assets.”

An Arsenal spokesperson said he was seeking an independent review of the decision and would “make efforts to comply” with the watchdog’s directives. “We take our responsibilities in marketing to our fans very seriously,” said the spokesperson. “We have carefully reviewed communications to fans regarding our promotions and provided information regarding financial risks.”

Arsenal had told the ASA that fan tokens were designed to stimulate fan participation and were “materially different” from other cryptocurrencies used as a form of payment. It is one of a number of sports clubs that are using alternative sources of income to fight the pandemic, which consultancy firm Deloitte says has caused the revenues of Europe’s top 20 clubs to drop 12% over the course of of the last season.

Many fans and supporters’ associations have dismissed the tokens as offering only superficial participation which adds to the already rising costs of monitoring their teams. Others, however, say they appreciate a new way to engage with their teams.

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Coronavirus crackdown hits social and sporting events – The Royal Gazette

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Updated: December 21, 2021 at 5:53 PM

Ernest Peets, Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports (file photo)

Group sizes allowed under large group exemptions have been reduced and additional restrictions have been placed on events already approved due to an increase in coronavirus infections.

At a press conference this afternoon on Covid, Ernest Peets, the Minister of Youth, Culture and Sports, said approvals for large groups would be limited to groups of 100 for events in outdoor or 50 for indoor events starting Thursday.

Events which are a mix of indoor and outdoor will be limited to 50 people.

Dr Peets said: “This will apply to all future applications for now.

“Previously approved events can continue with their approved numbers, although we recommend that event organizers keep group sizes as small as possible. “

He added that the exemptions approved earlier should follow the curfew and that events should end in time to allow people to return home before the curfew begins.

Dr Peets warned that people who attended big events – even those approved before the crackdown – should provide a clear antigen test taken that day in addition to a valid SafeKey.

“For sporting events, this means spectators have to produce both a SafeKey and an antigen test.

“For the sport group, made up of athletes and officials, the return-to-play testing framework will remain in effect as a requirement to train and compete.”

Dr Peets added, “The ministry recognizes that some large group events were approved before announcing these protocols. We are very aware of the impact they can have on the organizers.

“However, these precautions are essential to ensure the safety of all of us, and antigen testing enables hosts and participants to practice personal responsibility and social solidarity to keep events safe.”

He said the government takes action when it receives reports from the public that an event did not follow SafeKey’s guidelines.

“I can assure you that the enforcement team, when notified of any shortcomings related to the proper implementation of SafeKey, these situations are addressed immediately.

“But of course we need the public to be aware of what is required and, when there are situations where it is not implemented properly, we are properly informed so that we can take the necessary action. . “

Dr Peets said the Covid-19 pandemic had severely affected cultural and sporting events over the past two years and that it was “disheartening” to have to impose further restrictions.

“My ministry fully appreciates the health and social benefits of sport and culture and their importance.

“Nonetheless, we have to balance this with the country’s need to ensure the security of all.”

More information on guidelines and conditions for large groups, including SafeKey requirements and guidelines for number of participants, is available online at www.gov.bm.

Sports News Roundup: Chelsea disappointed with team exhaustion but ready for the challenge; South Africa focused on winning over India despite issues off the pitch and more

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Here is a summary of current sports news.

Cricket-South Africa focused on winning over India despite problems off the pitch

Test captain Dean Elgar has said he will not let allegations of racist behavior exposed at Cricket in South Africa in recent months become an excuse for failure as his team prepare to host India in a series of three matches starting on Sunday. Cricket manager Graeme Smith, who denies the allegations, and national team coach Mark Boucher were among a number of ASC employees implicated in “tentative findings” made by the mediator for the social justice and nation-building over alleged past discrimination.

Soccer-Chelsea disappointed by an exhausted team but ready to take up the challenge – Tuchel

Chelsea must “find solutions” on the pitch despite not having a full squad, manager Thomas Tuchel said on Tuesday, as the London side face the busy end-of-year game period in short multiple players due to injury or COVID-19. Chelsea had just four outfielders on the bench for the goalless draw with Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Premier League on Sunday after seven of their team tested positive for the coronavirus.

Football-AC Milan striker Ibrahimovic injured for Empoli – Pioli game

AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic is the latest club player to be sent off with injury, Stefano Pioli said on Tuesday, as the Rossoneri look to end a recent winless streak against Empoli before the winter break . The Rossoneri have lost important figures like Simon Kjaer, Ante Rebic, Olivier Giroud, Rafael Leao and Davide Calabria to injury in recent weeks, and the absences have coincided with a drop in form.

Tennis-Bencic tests positive for COVID-19 after Abu Dhabi event, shows “severe symptoms”

Olympic tennis champion Belinda Bencic tested positive for COVID-19 after her trip to Abu Dhabi and is showing “severe symptoms,” she said on Tuesday, a day after Rafa Nadal announced he also had tested positive. Both players had traveled to Abu Dhabi to participate in the Mubadala Tennis World Championship exhibition event last week. Nadal also said he was having “unpleasant times” after testing positive upon his return to Spain.

Alpine Skiing-Shiffrin wins the 72nd Courchevel Giant Slalom World Cup

American Mikaela Shiffrin crushed the opposition in Tuesday’s giant slalom in Courchevel, France to claim her 72nd Alpine Skiing World Cup victory. The 26-year-old was in a league of her own in the first round at the French resort and kept things under control in the second to secure her third World Cup victory this season and the second in a giant slalom .

Football-PSG must change tactics with Mbappe and Neymar unavailable – Pochettino

Paris St Germain will look to end the year on a high when they face Lorient in the last game of the year, but must change their tactics with Neymar still injured and Kylian Mbappe suspended, manager Mauricio Pochettino said on Tuesday. PSG lead the standings with 45 points while Lorient, threatened with relegation, is 19th before the final match before a short winter break.

Swimming Canada’s MacNeil sets world short course record in 50m backstroke

Canada’s Maggie MacNeil set a world short course record in the women’s 50-meter backstroke to win gold at the world championships in Abu Dhabi. MacNeil, who won gold in the 100m butterfly at the Tokyo Olympics, clocked 25.27 to reduce Kira Toussaint’s mark by 0.33 seconds on Monday.

Racing-Latifi speaks out after death threats following Abu Dhabi crash

Canada’s Nicholas Latifi spoke out on Tuesday after receiving death threats and online abuse following a crash at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on December 12 which led to Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to claim the title Formula 1 and Lewis Hamilton to miss. The Williams driver pulled out the safety car late in the race, with a procedural change giving Verstappen the opportunity to overtake Mercedes’ Hamilton on the final lap.

Soccer-Spurs may appeal UEFA decision after Europa Conference League exit – Conte

Tottenham Hotspur could appeal UEFA’s decision to eliminate them from the Europa Conference League and are confident they will overturn the verdict, manager Antonio Conte said on Tuesday. Spurs were eliminated from the competition on Monday after European football’s governing body decided they must forgo their last group game against Rennes, which was called off due to a COVID-19 outbreak at the club Londoner.

Football- ‘Absurd’ playing twice in four days given COVID, says Liverpool’s Lijnders

Liverpool deputy manager Pepijn Lijnders said on Tuesday it was “absurd” for Liverpool to have to play two games in four days given the number of COVID-19 cases and injuries at the club. The Anfield side drew 2-2 with Tottenham Hotspur in the league on Sunday and will face Leicester City at home on Wednesday in the League Cup quarter-final.

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Embrace that sportsmanship with Winter Sports Games – 4K Edition on Xbox

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Ahead of the Beijing Winter Olympics in February 2022 (yes, it’s sort of almost February 2022!), the Joindots team is celebrating this oft-overlooked Olympic occasion with Winter Sports Games – 4K Edition.

Now available on Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One (PlayStation players will have to wait until December 22 for this one), Winter Sports Games – 4K Edition may not let you play all of the events commonly seen at the Olympic Games. winter, but the six selected are true classics.

First up we have downhill skiing, which will see you accelerate and brake carefully to ensure a safe but fast descent down the slope, in the hopes of seeing you strike gold. Next up is the equally adrenaline-pumping luge, which involves some serious button swipes to see you hit the top speeds around the chicanes on the track. Third, and a favorite whenever the Winter Olympics are held, is ski jumping where, well, you jump really far on skis!

Complementing alpine skiing is its more refined cousin, giant slalom, as tight turns are required to clear each checkpoint on the way to the finish. Likewise, if you feel a little lonely on the Luge, the Bobsled is another event available on Winter Sports Games – 4K Edition. Finally, and of course, you can’t forget the real big sport – curling!

With five difficulty levels to work through, the object of the game here is to win gold in each sport. Or, of course, you can battle against 3 others in local multiplayer, to be the best in the house.

Winter Sports Games – 4K Edition is available now on Xbox Series X|S (fully optimized) and Xbox One for £24.99 – find it on the Xbox Store, with a release on PlayStation on December 22. And if that’s just not enough sports action for you, Joindots has also released Summer Sports Games – 4K Edition back in September.

See you soon on the slopes!

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Head to the snow! It doesn’t matter whether you prefer skiing, bobsledding or tobogganing on the ice rink, or relaxing by sliding the stones on the ice while curling – there is certainly something for everyone here. There are six exciting disciplines to win tournaments and complete challenges. You can play alone or with up to four players on the couch – and all without getting a runny nose after the competition!

Aberdeen says limiting crowds at sporting events over the festive period will cost them £500,000

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Less than one percent of scheduled sporting events in Russia canceled this year — Minister – Sport

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MOSCOW, December 21. /TASS/. Less than one percent of all scheduled sporting events in Russia have been canceled in 2021 due to the ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic, Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin said on Tuesday.

“The number of canceled tournaments in 2021 is less than one percent,” Matytsin said. “Last year, this figure was around 50%”

Many sports tournaments have been canceled in Russia in 2020 as a preventive measure against the spread of COVID-19. Russia has canceled championships in cross-country skiing, fencing, judo and many other sports.

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In late December 2019, Chinese officials notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of a previously unknown pneumonia outbreak in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Since then, cases of the new coronavirus – named COVID-19 by the WHO – have been reported in all corners of the world, including in Russia.

On March 11, 2020, the WHO declared the coronavirus outbreak a pandemic. According to the latest statistics, more than 275,882,650 people have been infected worldwide and more than 5,379,560 deaths have been reported. Moreover, so far more than 247,611,280 people have recovered from the disease across the world.

Michael Hogan to retire after Glamorgan’s Year of Testimony in 2022

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Glamorgan County Cricket Club (GCCC) cricketer Michael Hogan has announced he will retire from the game after his year of testimony in 2022. According to Glamorgan, the veteran Australian player initially got a testimony at the club in 2020, but he has been postponed twice. due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Glamorgan Cricket has said that since arriving from Australia in 2012, Hogan has been the mainstay of the club’s bowling attack. “I am extremely grateful to the club for postponing my testimonial and allowing me to hold it next year. It has been a tough few years on and off the pitch, but winning the Royal London Cup made it worth it. barely, “Hogan said in a statement. according to the Glamorgan Cricket website.

“The atmosphere at Trent Bridge was truly amazing and the support we received and the scenes at the end will always live with me. I would like to thank the club and our members for being so incredibly welcoming to me and my family during the course. the last ten years, “he added. Hogan has made 248 appearances for Welsh County in all formats, scalping 589 wickets and earlier this year he became just the 22nd Glamorgan pitcher to take over 400 first-class wickets for the club.

In 2017, he won the best career First Class game numbers of 10/87 against Kent in Canterbury. Hogan was named Glamorgan Player of the Year in 2013 and 2014 and received his Glamorgan cap in 2013. He was also named the club’s skipper in 2018 and led the County Championship that year with 45 wickets. (ANI)

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ATK Mohun Bagan appoints Juan Ferrando as head coach

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Indian Super League (ISL) club ATK Mohun Bagan confirmed Juan Ferrando’s appointment as head coach on Monday. This development comes as Antonio Habbas was sacked from ATK head coach Mohun Bagan after some disappointing results.

“THE NEW ERA BEGINS! Welcome ATK Mohun Bagan, Juan Ferrando,” tweeted ATK Mohun Bagan hilt. Earlier, Ferrando, the head coach of FC Goa, had resigned from his post, the club confirmed in a press release on Monday.

Assistant coach Clifford Miranda will take charge of the interim first team. “We are very disappointed to lose Juan. His decision to leave the club was rather unexpected and came as a surprise, especially at this point in the season, where we are in the middle of the season,” said the director of football, Ravi Puskur. said according to the ISL website.

“We are particularly disappointed that we were kept in the dark until yesterday morning, when he expressed his desire to leave the club. However, once he declared his position and the release clause was activated, we found ourselves with little alternative. I wish Juan the best for his future, “he added. ATK Mohun Bagan are currently in seventh position on the points table with eight points from six matches. (ANI)

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ISL: Juan Ferrando to step down as FC Goa head coach

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Juan Ferrando, FC Goa’s head coach, has resigned from his post, the club confirmed in a press release on Monday. Assistant coach Clifford Miranda will take charge of the interim first team.

“We are very disappointed to lose Juan. His decision to leave the club was rather unexpected and came as a surprise, especially at this point in the season, where we are in the middle of the season,” said the director of football, Ravi Puskur. said according to the ISL website. “We are particularly disappointed that we were kept in the dark until yesterday morning, when he expressed his desire to leave the club. However, once he declared his position and the release clause was activated, we found ourselves with little alternative. I wish Juan the best for his future, “he added.

Ferrando, in his only full season with FC Goa in the 2020-21 Indian Super League (ISL) campaign has guided the Gaurs to the semi-finals. He also led the club on their first and historic continental trip to the AFC Champions League, where FC Goa finished third in group E. Ferrando led FC Goa for 28 matches in ISL where he was supervised nine wins, 16 draws and just six losses.

The Gaurs have played attractive football under the Spaniard and have been to some of the most exciting matches in ISL. FC Goa are currently in eighth place in the table with two wins, one draw and three losses.

Miranda’s first game in charge will see them face Odisha FC at Tilak Maidan Stadium on Friday. (ANI)

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Major sporting events canceled, postponed due to rising COVID-19 cases – 101 ESPN

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(NEW YORK) – With an increase in COVID-19 cases across the country alongside the spread of the new omicron variant, several major events this week have been postponed or canceled.

New York and Washington, DC on Friday and Wednesday, respectively, reported the most COVID-19 cases in a single day, breaking their pandemic records.

The NBA announced Sunday that it has postponed five upcoming games “due to players and staff entering NBA health and safety protocols.”

The postponed games include three on Sunday, the Denver Nuggets at the Brooklyn Nets, the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Atlanta Hawks and the New Orleans Pelicans at the Philadelphia 76ers. Monday’s game between the Orlando Magic and Toronto Raptors as well as Tuesday’s game between the Washington Wizards and Brooklyn Nets have also been postponed.

The NFL postponed three games Friday, including moving Saturday’s game between the Cleveland Browns and Las Vegas Raiders to Monday at 5 p.m. ET.

All members of the organization who have recently tested positive have been vaccinated, according to a statement from Cleveland Browns senior vice president of communications Peter John-Baptiste.

Sunday’s games between the Washington Football Team and the Philadelphia Eagles and between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks have been rescheduled for Tuesday.

In a statement, the NFL said it made these schedule changes “based on medical advice” after “seeing a novel, highly transmissible form of the virus.”

This trend is also seen in other sports, as the NHL announced earlier that it was rescheduling all Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers games until at least Christmas weekend in the middle of an outbreak of COVID-19.

The organization highlighted the increase in positive cases over the past two days and the continued spread of COVID-19 as a concern.

The Calgary Flames, who have already had six games postponed, will not play until Dec. 23.

On Saturday, the NHL also announced that Boston Bruins and Nashville Predators games will be postponed until at least Dec. 26 due to rising COVID-19 cases. The move impacts four Bruins games and three Predators games.

Additionally, Saturday night’s Toronto-Vancouver game and Sunday’s Arizona-Vancouver and Toronto-Seattle games were postponed after “a number” of Toronto and Vancouver players signed up for COVID-19 protocols at the past two days, the league said.

On Sunday, the NHL announced that all games between American and Canadian teams scheduled for December 20-23 will be postponed and rescheduled.

Several college basketball games this weekend have also been called off, including No. 18 Tennessee vs. Memphis, Iona vs. No. 16 Seton Hall, No. 4 UCLA vs. North Carolina, No. 23 Colorado State vs. Tulsa and No. 15 Ohio State vs. No. 21 Kentucky. No. 2 Duke actually saw two games canceled after trying to schedule matchups against Cleveland State and then Loyola (Maryland), but each fell through due to virus concerns. Seton Hall, enjoying one of its best seasons in decades, already lost its conference opener to rival St. John’s on Monday also due to a shortage of healthy players.

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BBL: Sydney Thunder rope in Pakistan, leader Muhammad Hasnain

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Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Sydney Thunder announced the signing of Pakistani point guard Muhammad Hasnain on Monday. Hasnain joins a Thunder team that already includes rhythm bowlers Daniel Sams, Ben Cutting, Saqib Mahmood, Chris Tremain, Nathan McAndrew, Gurinder Sandhu and Brendan Doggett.

According to Thunder’s Ben Cutting, who played alongside the youngster in Quetta, Hasnain is certain to “rush” a lot of BBL hitters – if the opportunity presents itself. “He plays fast; easily 150 km / h. He’s a lovely young boy, and his home team are keen on him learning the game and also come here and play fast,” Cutting said on the site. Sydney Thunder Web. .

“Muhammad is going to love bowling in Australia. We have faster pitches and bigger boundaries – conditions which are much more conducive to bowling fast than in Pakistan,” he added. In 2019, Hasnain declared his arrival as a future star in 2019 when, at just 19, he entered the sport’s record books as the youngest bowler to score a hat-trick in a T20I match.

The Sydney Thunder have won two of the four current BBL games and will then meet the Sydney Sixers on December 26. (ANI)

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Assam Cricket Association will focus on infrastructure development: Officials

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The Assam Cricket Association (ACA) is focused on developing grassroots infrastructure rather than hosting international matches as flagship events, its officials said on Sunday.

He is also ensuring transparency in all his financial transactions after charges of embezzlement against the state’s apex cricket body under his former regime, they added.

Addressing a press conference at the end of its general meeting here, ACA President Romen Dutta said: “We have taken a number of decisions to strengthen cricket’s infrastructure as well as to increase our membership count. ” The State Cricket Academy and the club to reconnect with our former players, employees and technical staff were also given during the meeting, ” he added.

Elaborating on the decisions, ACA Secretary Devajit Saikia said: “We plan to develop a cricket infrastructure at the local level and address shortages at all levels.” Matches are events, but our goal is to strengthen our own base and produce top notch players, ” he said.

Saikia added that the state would get their next big international game in October based on the BCCI’s game allocation rotation system, although it could also be as early as next March that Guwahati will get their next international game.

He further said the ACA was not too keen on hosting international matches due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, as these are often canceled at the last moment or must be played in front of empty stands.

Among the key decisions made at Sunday’s meeting was granting the affiliation to Majuli, making them the ninth team to play under the ACA, Saikia said.

The constitution of the State Cricket Academy was also passed and a committee, led by former player Rajinder Singh, was formed to move it forward, he said.

The academy will look after the professional training needs of cricketers as well as professionals associated with the sport in the state.

A residential facility accommodating 50 people as part of the academy is also being considered, the ACA secretary added.

The final form of the ’91 Yards’ club, through which the ACA will reconnect and bring together former cricketers, staff and state technical experts, was also approved at the meeting, he said. he declares.

The ACA has already started several tournaments at the club and district level. We will be hosting a college level and an office league early next year, ” he added.

When asked if any suspected financial anomalies within ACA during the tenure of the previous executive committee were in the general meeting, Saikia said: “ There was no discussion on this matter on Sunday. . We discussed it to the point in our last executive on August 28. ‘ACA handed over their report to the police and they have already started to act,’ ‘he said.

Former ACA secretary Pradip Buragohain was arrested on Wednesday on allegations of embezzlement during his term from 2016 to 2019 and is currently in police custody.

Saikia further claimed that a transparent accounting mechanism has been put in place, including requiring the ACA to upload details of any transaction over one lakh to its website.

“We make sure that the accounts are neat to the best of our ability and if anyone finds any wrongdoing, we ask them to bring it to our attention,” he added.

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Major sporting events in Houston: December 20-26, 2021

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Texans kick off Boxing Day with game against Chargers | Photo: Zach Tarrant; courtesy of the Houston Texans

Take a seat for these must-see games and sporting events around Houston from Monday, December 20 through Sunday, December 26, 2021.

This week, the sporting action in the city is rather light with the holidays hitting the weekends.

Still, if you need to scratch the itch and find a moment, there’s some exciting college basketball as well as a Texans clash against a burgeoning Chargers team.

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 3 games and sporting events in Houston this week

  • College Basketball: Houston Cougars vs. Texas A & M-Corpus Christi at Fertitta Center | Tuesday, December 21 – Heading into this game, the women’s basketball team are on a three-game winning streak and will be looking to extend it to the Corpus Christi Islanders. Tickets range from $ 10 to $ 25. 1 p.m.
  • College Basketball: Houston Cougars vs. Texas State Bobcats at Fertitta Center | Wednesday 22 December – After a largely successful November to start the year, the nationally ranked Coogs will face the Bobcats in their final game before facing off against Conference opponents for the remainder of the season. Tickets range from $ 20 to $ 50, but you can find better, cheaper or difficult to obtain seats using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. 7 p.m.
  • Houston Texans vs. Los Angeles Chargers at NRG Stadium | Sunday 26 December –2020 Rookie of the Year quarterback Justin Herbert is just one of many roster highlights for this up-and-coming Chargers team looking to end the season strong against the Texans. Tickets range from $ 34 to over $ 250, but you can find a better, cheaper or difficult to obtain seat using the TicketNetwork online marketplace. Midday.

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Football-Former Brazilian striker Ronaldo buys Cruzeiro in second division

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Retired Real Madrid and Brazil striker Ronaldo has bought a controlling stake in his former club Cruzeiro, the bank advising on the purchase said on Saturday. Ronaldo, who played for Cruzeiro as a teenager in the early 1990s before becoming one of the most successful center forward in football history, struck the deal with help from Bank of Brazilian investment XP.

The deal, which was carried out through Ronaldo’s Tara Sports company and is still subject to what the bank called “a series of conditions,” sees the 45-year-old investing 400 million reais (70 million dollars) at the Belo Horizonte club, who spent two years in the Brazilian second division. “I am so happy to have completed this transaction,” he said in a quote on the O Globo website, adding that he wanted to “give back to Cruzeiro and take them to where they deserve to be”.

This is the second foray into the direction of the former PSV Eindhoven, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Barcelona and Corinthians forward. Ronaldo bought a 51% stake in Spanish club Real Valladolid in 2018. Neither he nor Cruzeiro provided meaningful details, but XP said in a statement “that he is seeking to help the Brazilian football industry. to professionalize, to capitalize and to open up new opportunities “.

Ronaldo posted a blue heart and a fox – Cruzeiro’s mascot – on Twitter, and a club spokesperson confirmed the deal. The club have also told their fans they are “phenomenal”, in apparent reference to Ronaldo’s nickname as a player, “Ronaldo Fenomeno”.

The deal comes months after Brazil’s Congress approved a law allowing football clubs, historically owned by fans and closed to outside investors, to become businesses. “This is the first step in a relevant new front for the investment banking market in Brazil, the land of football,” said José Berenguer, CEO of Banco XP.

“I have no doubt that this is a transformation in the history of Brazilian sport. We will have stronger clubs, with a capacity for global investment. Brazilian football will never be the same again. ” ($ 1 = 5.6959 reais)

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Sber and NMG create joint venture to broadcast sporting events – Business & Economy

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MOSCOW, December 19. /TASS/. Sberentertainment Group and the National Media Group (NMG) holding company have established a joint venture named Telesport Group, which will acquire the rights to broadcast the biggest international sports events on the territory of Russia, Sberentertainment’s press service told TASS.

“Sberentertainment’s share in the registered capital of the new company amounts to 80%. NMG will hold 20%. It is planned that the company will directly acquire the rights to the largest international sporting events for broadcasting on Russian territory”, said the press. said the service.

The joint venture will be led by Telesport founder and owner Petr Makarenko and his team will join the company. “The transition from the Telesport team to the created joint venture will help maximize the effects of the opportunities and experience of all parties,” Makarenko told TASS.

Sporting events in Telesport’s portfolio are the 2022 and 2024 Olympics, the 2026 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Cups, Mixed Martial Arts tournaments and other events.

“We will be able, in partnership with NMG, to simultaneously satisfy the public’s interest in sports in the digital environment and in the traditional TV viewing format,” said Sberentertainment’s press service. The National Media Group also believes that world-class sporting events will be better presented in the Russian market in partnership with Sberentertainment.

NFL-League postpones three games due to COVID-19

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The National Football League has postponed games for the first time in any season due to COVID-19 outbreaks that have necessitated the postponement of three upcoming competitions from the weekend to early next week, announced on Friday. the league.

The Cleveland Browns, who were scheduled to face the Las Vegas Raiders in a Week 15 meeting on Saturday, will now host the game on Monday, the NFL said in a press release. The Seattle Seahawks-Los Angeles Rams and Washington Football Team-Philadelphia Eagles games that were originally scheduled for Sunday will now take place on Tuesday.

The move by the NFL, which has discussed the measures with the NFL Players Association, comes as the highly contagious Omicron variant threatens to escalate an already alarming wave of COVID-19 cases in North America. “We have made these schedule changes based on medical advice and after discussion with the NFLPA, as we are seeing a new, highly transmissible form of the virus this week, resulting in a substantial increase in cases in the league,” said the NFL in a statement. Release.

Cleveland, which is one game away from first place in the AFC North Division, placed around 20 players, including their two quarterbacks, on the reserve / COVID-19 roster this week. Former Super Bowl MVP Von Miller was one of nine Rams added to the reserve / COVID-19 roster on Thursday, according to the NFL website, with a total of 25 franchise players. on the list.

Washington quarterback Taylor Heinicke was placed on the roster on Friday amid reports the team now has more than 20 players on the roster.

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Soccer-Man City’s Guardiola tests negative for COVID-19 – reports

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Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has tested negative for COVID-19, British media reported, after an inconclusive test earlier Friday prompted the club to cancel their pre-match press conference.

Guardiola had traveled to Barcelona earlier this week to attend Sergio Aguero’s press conference when the former City forward announced his retirement https://www.reuters.com/lifestyle/sports/barcelona-striker- aguero-announces-retirement-due-heart- condition-2021-12-15 from football due to heart disease. Saturday’s game at St James’ Park between league leaders City and 19th Newcastle United is one of five games played this weekend after several games were postponed https://www.reuters.com / lifestyle / sports / brentfords-frank- calls-premier-league-break-covid-cases-rise-2021-12-16 due to outbreaks of COVID-19 at various clubs.

“It’s not easy to go to Newcastle and get a result so we will need the whole team and I hope we are strong enough to get the points,” Guardiola said on the website of City. “Newcastle are a very tough opponent. People will talk about our place in the table or where we are in the table, but when you go to Newcastle you know what kind of game to expect.

“Now they have a new manager in Eddie (Howe) and we know how good a manager he is. They had a tough start to the season but they’re a good team with good players and a top manager.” Guardiola added that everyone was in good shape and available for the trip except for Spain striker Ferran Torres, whose foot injury is expected to keep him out until the New Year.

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Rose from Soccer-Dortmund demands instant improvement against Hertha

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Borussia Dortmund coach Marco Rose has told his players they need to improve for Saturday’s game at Hertha Berlin, their last of the year, to turn a decent first half of the season into a better one. Dortmund’s 3-0 win on Wednesday against Greuther Fuerth kept them in second place, six points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

Rose, however, criticized his team for what he said was their poor overall performance. The Bundesliga enters a three-week winter break after the weekend games and resumes on January 7.

“We have to do it differently (than against Fuerth),” Rose said at an online press conference Friday. “Otherwise it will be difficult to get anything out of this game in Berlin. We have to improve, be cleaner and not complicate our lives, especially when we have possession.”

“With the ball we made too many mistakes against Fuerth, easy mistakes and we had too little push towards goal.” Dortmund’s victory over Fuerth was their first in three league games. Hertha are in poorer form and firmly engaged in a relegation battle, in 14th place and only one point away from the relegation playoff spot.

Despite the arrival of coach Tayfun Korkut at the end of November to replace Pal Dardai, the Berliners have yet to achieve just one victory in their last seven league games. “But they can trip us up,” Rose said. “They have a lot of quality in the team, a lot of individual quality.”

“We played a decent first half and we can improve it a bit with success (Saturday) and that has to be our goal,” said Rose.

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New NPHET recommendations would have a huge impact on sporting events this Christmas

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New recommendations from the National Public Health Emergency Team would have a huge impact on sporting events over the Christmas period if implemented by the government.

NPHET recommended that from Monday, sports gatherings be among the events that should not take place after 5 p.m. and that capacity be reduced to 50%, or 5,000 people, for outdoor fixtures.

Munster and Leinster are currently set to face off on St. Stephen’s Day at 7.35pm, with Ulster facing Connacht no earlier than 5.15pm, but different public health advice applies in the North. Other inter-provincial games are expected to take place on New Year’s Day.

Meanwhile, in horse racing, the Leopardstown Christmas Festival is due to take place from December 26-29, with 6,000 tickets sold for each of the first three days of the meeting.

The Cabinet is expected to meet later on Friday to discuss the latest advice from NPHET.

Speaking on RTE Radio 1’s Morning Ireland, Minister for Transport, Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan said crowds “should be smaller” at sporting events during the winter season. holidays.

He commented: “It presents huge difficulties. If you watch the Leinster rugby team yesterday, they must be disgusted with the decision of having to forfeit their game (against Montpellier).

“It’s the same thing I know for organizers like Leopardstown and Fairyhouse. I would like the events to still happen and yes the crowds will have to be smaller based on good health advice.”

Minister Ryan added: “We can, and I think we still should, hopefully have all football games and races, but they will and should be smaller crowds. Yes, I think it will feature real difficulties for the organizers, but I think it’s something we’re going to have to ask them what they can do.

“And better to still have the events, in my mind, so I can watch them on TV as well for everyone at home rather than canceling them. I think that’s a better approach.”

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State proposals would require national anthem at professional sports games – CBS Miami

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TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) — The state Senate and House will consider a proposal that would require Florida professional sports teams receiving government assistance to play the U.S. national anthem before every home game.

Sen. Joe Gruters, R-Sarasota, filed a measure Thursday (SB 1298) that would prohibit government agencies from entering into deals with professional teams without written verification that the anthem would be played.

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The proposal, similar to a measure (HB 499) filed Nov. 4 by Rep. Tommy Gregory, R-Sarasota, seeks to ensure the anthem would be played before events such as preseason, regular-season professional baseball and post-season, basketball. , hockey, soccer and football games. In addition, the requirement would apply to NASCAR and IndyCar events held at venues with at least 75,000 permanent seats and to Professional Golfers’ Association events.

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Failure to play the anthem could result in teams or venues having to repay any government money they received.

The proposal mirrors a Texas law, dubbed the Star Spangled Banner Protection Act, that went into effect in September. The Texas law came after Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban quietly decided in November 2020 to stop playing the anthem before his team’s home games.

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New California rules for concerts, sports games and other big events

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California state officials announced new rules this week requiring those who cannot show proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination to get tested closer to the time of the event. they want to enter a concert, stadium or other large venue.

the new rules, which came into effect on Wednesday, requires unvaccinated attendees to the event to be tested within the day if they undergo an antigen test, or within two days for a PCR test, before attempting to enter a large room.

This replaces a previous requirement that unvaccinated participants had to be tested at least 72 hours before an event.

California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghaly announced the change on Monday, saying the update seemed appropriate given that tests are now more widely available, than turnaround times for results are faster than before and that there are more transmissible variants of the virus. circulated.

The rules apply to “mega events,” which the state defines as events that draw crowds of more than 1,000 attendees indoors and more than 10,000 people outdoors.

For mega indoor events like sporting events, concerts and conventions, verification of full vaccination status or a negative test result prior to entry is required of all attendees.

For outdoor mega events such as music or food festivals, marathons and parades, verification of vaccination status or negative test result prior to entry is only strongly recommended, but not required at all the state.

In Los Angeles County, verification of vaccination status or search for a negative coronavirus test is required indoors and outdoors.

The count updated their health worker prescription to mirror that of the state, announcing that starting Friday, anyone attending indoor or outdoor mega-events who cannot provide proof of a full vaccination must present proof of a negative test taken in the day prior to entry if the test was an antigen test, or within the previous two days if it was a PCR or molecular test.

Children under 2 are exempt from the testing requirement at mega indoor events in LA County and statewide.

During LA County Outdoor Mega Events, children under 5 are exempt.

California’s new testing rules for events have been announced along with other changes, including a new statewide mask mandate for all indoor settings and a new recommendation that travelers who return or visit California get tested within three to five days of arrival.

Top 25 Best Sports Games for iPhone and iPad (iOS)

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1

New football star director

Editor: New Star Games

Available on: ios + Change + Board game

Kind: Simulation, Sport, Strategy

New Star Soccer here makes a side jump into new territory. This time around you are responsible for running an entire soccer club, not just one player, resulting in an even deeper and more gripping casual simulation of the beautiful game.

2

Pocket pool

Editor: Zach Gage

Available on: ios

Kind: Sports

Pocket pool

Pocket-Run Pool is as much a brilliant puzzle as it is a brilliant sports game. This is because of the extreme freedoms he takes with the rules of billiards, including an ingenious rotary score multiplier system.

3

Football Manager 2022 Mobile

Available on: ios + Android

Kind: Sports

Football Manager 2022 Mobile

An authentic and faithful version of Football Manager right here on our iPads. Football Manager 2022 Mobile is one of the most complete handheld games of any genre.

4

New football star

Developer: New Star Games

Editor: New Star Games

Available on: ios + Android + Playstation vita

Kind: Sports

New football star

If you’ve never really gotten along with classic mobile soccer games, New Star Soccer shows there’s another way. It’s a real native mobile soccer game, and it’s awesome.

5

Touch table tennis

Developer: Yakuto

Editor: Yakuto

Available on: ios + Android

Kind: Simulation, Sport

Touch table tennis

Table Tennis Touch has it all – smooth graphics, great ball physics, and a quick control system that just might lead to blisters. It’s worth it.

6

Big mountain adventure

Editor: Toppluva

Available on: ios + Android

Kind: Sports

Big mountain adventure

An exquisite roaming ski and snowboard game that lets you slice serenely across a beautiful range of peaks and slopes.

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Golf blitz

Editor: Noodlecake Studios

Available on: ios + Android

Kind: Multiplayer, Sports

Golf blitz

The maker of Stickman Golf takes these proven arcade golf mechanics and turns them into an online multiplayer game. It is a delicacy of madness.

8

Golf impact

Available on: ios + Android

Kind: Sports

Golf impact

Balancing the attributes of arcade golf with more advanced mechanics and a nice competitive edge, Golf Impact is a well-balanced PvP package.

9

Touchgrind BMX 2

Editor: Illusion laboratories

Available on: ios

Touchgrind BMX 2

Touchgrind BMX 2 takes a decidedly mobile-centric approach to the extreme sports genre. You drag and slide your two fingers across the screen to initiate spins and flips, making it an addicting sports game.

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Super Stickman Golf 3

Editor: Noodle games

Available on: ios + Android + Apple Arcade

Super Stickman Golf 3

Okay, so Super Stickman Golf 3 is closer to crazy golf than real golf. But is there a better game than putting a bullet in a hole on the App Store? Probably not.

11

Pixel Pro Golf

Available on: ios

Kind: Sports

Pixel Pro Golf

A brilliant golf game with retro accents that eschews tedious realism without sacrificing depth.

12

Bottom of 9

Editor: Handelabra Games

Available on: ios + Android + To smoke

Kind: Card / Board Game, RPG, Sports

Bottom of 9

Playing a game of baseball with dice rolls may seem like the driest, boring game ever, but Bottom of the 9th is nothing like that thanks to a simplified set of rules and a charming presentation.

13

Skate town

Editor: Snowman

Available on: ios + Apple Arcade

Kind: Sports

Skate town

A relaxed skating simulator with a side perspective and tons of tricks and flips to perform with a simple swipe control system. This being an Apple Arcade game, it is as smooth as anything.

14

Retro bowl

Developer: New Star Games

Editor: New Star Games

Available on: ios + Android

Kind: Sports

Retro bowl

Retro Bowl is essentially New Star American Football, offering a familiar mix of light management and phase-based touch-based mini-games on match day.

15

What is golf?

Available on: ios + Apple Arcade

Kind: Sports

What is golf?

What The Golf is a game of golf in the broadest sense of the word. Or maybe it’s the ultimate golf game. This is, after all, a game where the identity of the ball, club and hole differ considerably from hole to hole.

16

Sonic at the Olympic Games – Tokyo 2020

Available on: ios + Android

Kind: Sports

Sonic at the Olympic Games - Tokyo 2020

Regardless of the fact that it was designed for an Olympics that never happened (thank you COVID) – Sonic at the Olympics is a nice collection of sports mini-games.

17

Dinkigolf

Available on: ios + Android

Kind: Sports

Dinkigolf

Can we take another wacky casual golf game on mobile? When it’s as good as Dinkigolf you better believe we can. With a pleasantly goofy edge and sprawling, twisted levels, it’s a lot of fun.

18

Motorball

Available on: ios + Android

Kind: Multiplayer, Sports

Motorball

Essentially Rocket League on your phone, Motorball shifts to a simple top-down perspective and narrows things down to condensed, more greedy 1v1 showdowns.

19

Clap Hanz Golf

Available on: ios + Apple Arcade

Kind: Sports

Clap Hanz Golf

For all intents and purposes, Clap Hanz Golf is the legendary Everybody’s Golf series coming to iOS. However, this isn’t a lazy port or half-baked mobile spin-off, but rather a full 3D golf game with a redesigned touchscreen control system.

20

Ski Mount Yeti

Editor: Featherweight games

Available on: ios + Android

Kind: Arcade games, Sports

Ski Mount Yeti

This deeply silly casual game kind of nails down the pace and momentum of downhill skiing with a simple touch and swipe control system.

21

Football Charrua

Editor: Batovi Games Studio

Available on: ios + Apple Arcade

Kind: Sports

Football Charrua

This Apple Arcade effort comes from the brands of Pixel Cup Soccer, and while it doesn’t have the same pixel art charm, it’s hard to resist its 3D arcade soccer action.

22

Forwards

Editor: Colin Lane

Available on: ios

Kind: Casual

Forwards

Another gem of Colin Lane. Like Wrassling and Dunkers, Touchdowners only superficially resemble their host sport, but trying to get the ball into the end zone is such a treat nonetheless.

23

Flick Kick Football

Developer: PikPok

Available on: ios + Android

Kind: Sports

Flick Kick Football

The original and, in our opinion, still the best bullet glitter on the App Store. PikPok’s swiping mechanics are perfect, and the base game’s growing challenge never gets old.

24

tennis champions

Available on: ios

Kind: Sports

tennis champions

Returning to a time when simplistic 16-bit graphics obscured sports games of deceptively deep depth, Tennis Champs: Returns is much trickier and involves more of a tennis simulation than it initially looks.

25

NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition

Available on: ios + Apple Arcade

Kind: Sports

NBA 2K21 Arcade Edition

This Apple Arcade-exclusive version of the best-selling basketball game features top-notch visuals, the latest NBA roster of the 2020-2021 season, online multiplayer, and enhanced controller support. It is the best basketball game on mobile.

Soccer-Perth Glory matches postponed after positive COVID-19 test

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The remaining Perth Glory A-League team matches for 2021 have been postponed to early 2022 after a player tested positive for COVID-19. The whole squad returned negative tests on December 11, with the anonymous player testing positive shortly after the team arrived in Brisbane on Wednesday ahead of their league game against Brisbane Roar.

“The scheduled Round 5 game between Brisbane Roar and Perth Glory and the scheduled Round 6 game between Adelaide United and Perth Glory have been postponed until early 2022,” the club said in a statement https://perthglory.com. at / news / a-leagues-report-glory-mens-matches-for-remain-of-2021 on their website. Glory owner Tony Sage said the club are investigating how the player caught the virus.

“We were in Adelaide for a while,” Sage told Perth 6PR radio station https://www.6pr.com.au/the-players-are-really-distraught-glory-players-face- christmas-in-qld-quarantine-after-positive-case. “The players were separated in the hotel, we were able to practice. It is very difficult to find. Unless it came from one of the hotel employees or someone who ate at the hotel. hotel.”

There have been several cases of A-League players testing positive for COVID-19 in recent weeks, with Sydney FC https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-soccer-australia-idUKL4N2SS1I1, Western United and Newcastle Jets reported cases in December.

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Tim Tector to lead Ireland to U19 World Cup

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An Irish men’s team of 15 players has been nominated for the upcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup to be held in the Caribbean in January next year. Tim Tector will once again be the team’s captain – he is Tector’s third brother to captain his country in this event with Jack (Bangladesh 2016) and Harry (New Zealand 2018) leading the last two Irish teams to participate in the Under-19 Men’s World Cup. Chopped off.

According to Cricket Ireland, Ryan Eagleson, who was the head coach of the qualifying tournament, served as Ireland’s interim national men’s bowling coach. Wolves’ current performance director and head coach Peter Johnston replaces Eagleson.

“The importance of competing at the Under-19 World Cups cannot be understated for emerging cricketers. So many of today’s cricket superstars have cut their teeth at such tournaments – that’s as a dress rehearsal for the main event, and is seen as a key experience for players looking to step onto the senior international stage, ”said Johnston, Ireland Under-19 head coach, according to the website of Cricket Ireland. “In Ireland’s last appearance at the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand in 2018, we won three of our six matches, including a memorable 4-point victory over Afghanistan.

“From that team, Neil Rock, Harry Tector and Josh Little made their senior international debuts, while Graham Kennedy, JJ Garth and Aaron Cawley played for the Ireland Wolves,” he added. The West Indies will host the 14th edition of the ICC Men’s Under-19 World Cup for the first time. The tournament will see 16 teams travel to the Caribbean to play 48 matches from January 14 to February 5 in four host countries.

Ireland Men’s Under-19 Team: Tim Tector (captain) (YMCA), Diarmuid Burke (Malahide), Joshua Cox (Paul Roos Gymnasium), Jack Dickson (Instonians), Liam Doherty (St. Andrew’s School), Jamie Forbes (YMCA), Daniel Forkin (Merrion), Matthew Humphreys (Lisburn), Philippe le Roux (Railway Union), Scott Macbeth (St. Johnston), Nathan McGuire (Rush), Muzamil Sherzad (North Kildare), David Vincent (Clontarf ), Luke Whelan (North County), Reuben Wilson (YMCA). (ANI)

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Youth sports app GameChanger improves streaming quality with Mevo cameras

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Mixhalo makes noise and raises $ 24 million for its on-site application

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Audio streaming startup Mixhalo has raised a $ 24 million Series B funding round led by Fortress Investment Group. The Sacramento Kings, Buffalo Sabers and LAFC already use the Mixhalo app, which allows on-site fans to tune in to a TV show’s audio commentary through headphones while they watch games from their seats.

Mixhalo was co-founded by the husband-wife musical duo of Incubus guitarist Mike Einziger and violinist Ann Marie Simpson-Einziger. The Mixhalo app can wirelessly stream audio directly from an instrument’s soundboard so fans in any seat, including nosebleeds, can listen to audio through headphones while playing. ‘a concert or sporting event. Mixhalo believes its sound quality is better than what you would hear from your old-fashioned seat.

“Public address systems should always send audio data over the air to your ear. Once sound leaves a speaker, it immediately begins to degrade. Mixhalo ensures that you see and hear every moment, the second it happens, with perfect clarity, ”the company wrote on its website.

The technology has previously been used at Staples Center (soon to be renamed Crypto.com Arena) in Los Angeles, the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado, and the Sting concerts at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Other partner artists include Aerosmith, Metallica and Charlie Puth.

During a series of recent Sting shows at Caesars Palace, Mixhalo gifted fans with noise-isolating headphones that didn’t completely cut off the live atmosphere of the venue.

They block out external noise while simultaneously delivering studio-quality sound directly to your ears. You’ll still feel the vibe of the bass and drums, and we’re mixing just the right amount of crowd noise so that the experience of being at a live show isn’t wasted, ”Mixhalo said.

Other investors in Mixhalo’s B-Series cycle include speaker maker L-Acoustics, Sapphire Sport, Foundry Group and Defy Partners Management. Lead investor Fortress Investment Group was founded by former Spotify music director Nick Holmstén. He also owns TSX Entertainment, which will use Mixhalo in its TSX Broadway entertainment building under construction in Times Square.

Premier League confirms new COVID-19 security measures for fans

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Following the introduction of the English government’s ‘Autumn and Winter Plan B’, the Premier League on Wednesday confirmed requirements for all fans attending Premier League matches. As of Wednesday, all people aged 18 and over who attend Premier League matches must complete a COVID status self-declaration through their club’s website before match day.

This simple online process requires fans to confirm they have a valid NHS COVID pass or negative NHS COVID test within the previous 48 hours. Supporters should be prepared to show their NHS COVID pass or proof of a negative NHS COVID test upon arrival at the stadium.

Checks will take place on all Premier League grounds. Fans risk being refused entry if they are unable to show their NHS COVID Pass or proof of a negative NHS COVID test result in the previous 48 hours, ideally as close to daylight as possible Match. Fans must also wear a face cover when in indoor stadiums and when traveling to matches by public transport. Although it is not mandatory in the stadium bowl, supporters are encouraged to wear face coverings in crowded areas and in the stands to protect themselves and those around them.

Fans are also urged not to attend matches if they are exhibiting COVID-like symptoms or if there is a risk of transmitting COVID-19. Premier League chief executive Richard Masters said in a statement: “We are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of the fans and the open pitches at full capacity. The safety of everyone remains our priority and from the start of the season. season, we are working closely with our clubs, government and local public health authorities to prepare supporters and stadium operations for the introduction of COVID certification. “

“It is really important that fans take the time to understand what is expected of them when they attend Premier League stadiums, which is why we are asking fans to report their COVID status before a match day. want everyone to enjoy games in safe environments and we and our clubs will continue to urge fans to do everything possible and follow public health advice, “he added. (ANI)

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Online Sports Games Market

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NASCAR champion Larson among many in conflict with F1 arrival

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NASCAR champion Kyle Larson’s first Formula 1 race was the season finale and he’s as conflicted as anyone about the controversial Abu Dhabi Grand Prix ending.

Max Verstappen passed Lewis Hamilton in the last lap on Sunday to win the title, but the turmoil continued: a late crash wiped out an almost 12-second lead in Hamilton, Verstappen stopped under the yellow for new tires and the race resumed with one lap remaining. He passed Hamilton on the fifth corner in a NASCAR style shootout.

“The racing fan in me was like, ‘Dude, I wish there was a warning and this thing can get exciting at the end and produce some drama,’ Larson told The Associated Press. ” And then It happened. Then I was like, ‘Well, I don’t know if that was particularly fair.’ Hamilton led 51 of the 58 laps and the race had been a bit of a mess after F1’s spectacular season. The seven-time champion seemed so in control that Larson and his squad had already headed for the exits when the yellow came out. flew with five laps They watched the finish on display screens around the Yas Marina circuit and on their phones.

Mercedes filed two complaints on behalf of Hamilton after the finish, both of which were dismissed. Mercedes took the case to the International Court of Appeal.

“Looks like they bent the rules a bit to get a green finish, and it looks like that was their main focus,” Larson said. “I don’t know F1 well enough, but it doesn’t look like they did it to help Max or anything like that. But they made it exciting. Larson and Verstappen have shared similarities during their time. seasons in that both have won 10 races, a series record, both led the most laps and both won their first championships after late warnings and pit stops for tires. November, Larson needed a late warning at Phoenix Raceway to get back into the race and his team Hendrick Motorsports made his fastest pit stop of the season to get him back on track in the lead. Larson led the races. Last 28 laps for victory.

Larson has since been feted at NASCAR’s season-ending championship celebration, ran eight gravel races – he won three – then traveled to the Middle East to represent NASCAR, Hendrick Motorsports and HendrickCars.com , the online sales arm that sponsored him this year. when he returned from a suspension of almost a season for using a racial slur. HendrickCars.com has since signed a full-season sponsorship deal until 2023 for Larson, which has also been extended at Hendrick for two years.

In Abu Dhabi, Larson met Fernando Alonso even before entering the gate, then Sergio Perez as soon as he entered the paddock. Alpine reserve driver Daniil Kvyat, who attended his first NASCAR race the week before the Cup Series championship in Virginia, immediately recognized Larson.

“I want to participate in the NASCAR race! Kyvat told him.

Funny, Larson was wondering how he could get into Formula 1. And when Nikita Mazepin tested positive ahead of Sunday’s race for COVID-19 and Haas only fielded one car, Larson told the Haas boss Guenther Steiner “I should have brought my helmet”. Steiner picked up his phone: “Look how fast I can make things happen,” he joked.

Alas, Larson is like almost every other American racing driver in that he doesn’t have the super FIA license needed to compete in F1 and doesn’t know how to get one.

Larson was surprised when IndyCar driver Pato O’Ward recognized him and knew about his NASCAR season, then took the time to drive Larson around the track in a McLaren 720S. The papaya orange McLaren howled on the 3.2 mile circuit on Sunday.

“It’s a lot different from riding in a passenger seat. You just feel like you’re slung all the time, ”Larson said. “I was never able to concentrate on the track or understand what the corners were like. I wish I could have done three or five consecutive laps and I would have been more comfortable in the passenger seat. He did a great job. If I had been in the driver’s seat and it was the passenger seat, I would have tried just as hard to slide the car all over the place. He also regretted not having had more time to speak with O’Ward, who was an IndyCar Championship contender last season and completed his first test in a Formula 1 car on Tuesday.

“I wanted to spend time with him because I wanted to ask him what is his path? He’s an IndyCar driver, how will he get to Formula 1? Larson said. “He accompanies me and I am curious:” Is that part of his path? I just wanted to learn his story. Larson has said he would love to attend his next F1 race as a fan – not a NASCAR champion with a VIP pass – to enjoy the atmosphere of a grand prix weekend. During her vacation which lasts until Friday, her usual experiences with the guys have been limited to tourist-type things all over Dubai.

Larson visited the Burj Khalifa skyscraper, the Dubai Mall, was planning a trip to Expo 2020, and took a desert excursion to ride a camel, sandboard and watch a fire show. Now is the perfect time to be the NASCAR champion, even though the desert ride through the dunes didn’t go so well with the current best driver on earth.

“I definitely didn’t like the dunes,” said Larson. “I got really sick. Well, not really sick, but very nauseous sitting in the third row. More of that for me.

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Tennis-Berrettini supports mandatory COVID-19 vaccines at Australian Open

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Italy’s world number seven Matteo Berrettini has supported the decision to make COVID-19 vaccinations mandatory for players at next month’s Australian Open. In November, tournament chief Craig Tiley said all players participating in the first Grand Slam event of 2022 were to be fully vaccinated, after months of negotiations between Tennis Australia and the Victoria state government.

“I was vaccinated and from that point on things got better. I think the Australian government’s request makes sense, “Berrettini told Italy’s Sportface website on Monday. The measure cast doubt on Serbian Novak Djokovic’s participation in the tournament, as the world number one has yet to disclose his status. vaccine.

But Berrettini backed the move, having had to quarantine himself for two weeks at a hotel ahead of last year’s Australian Open. “Last year we tried something difficult. I wouldn’t wish anyone two weeks in quarantine like we did in 2021, “he said.

“For me, getting the vaccine is the right thing to do to get the world going. The 25-year-old had to withdraw from the ATP final last month due to injury, but has confirmed he will return for the season-opening ATP Cup in Sydney and the Open from Australia to Melbourne.

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