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.
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