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He who has will be given more, and he shall have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away

first_img Share Photo credit: wendesdaynightservice.comIn today’s parable the seed that God sows is his Word. He sows it everywhere, with scant regard for where it falls, because it can grow anywhere. This is the point of the seed also falling on inhospitable ground. All it needs is careful nurture. Wherever it receives nurture, it grows and blossoms.  Where it does not, for whatever reason(s), it shrivels and dies.Each ground represents a particular kind of person, according to the interpretation in the text itself. Equally possible, perhaps, is the interpretation that the different grounds represent one person at different times or in different seasons. We are all sometimes lax, sometimes distracted, sometimes led astray, sometimes receptive. Becoming fruitful ground requires attentive cultivation no matter what the particular time or season of our life. When the ground is receptive, fruitfulness always follows.In another saying of Jesus what God sows is not the (seed of his) Word but (the seed of) different talents. This is the second important environment of sowing. That parable too includes the cryptic saying that he who has will be given more, and he shall have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.  Both parables deal with what one may call the dynamics of increase. In the first, the fruitfulness of the Word depends on our receptivity. The more receptive we are, the Word becomes actual and the more fruit it bears; the less receptive we are, the more de-activated the Word remains, and the more and more diminished becomes its capacity for fruit-bearing.In the second parable the servant who receives five talents from his master, trades with them, and creates five more. The servant who receives two, does the same, and creates two more. The one who receives one talent goes away and does nothing. He buries the talent in the ground, and gets a thorough dressing down for inactivity.Where did the last servant go wrong?  Why was it not prudential to play it safe? Perhaps he distrusted banks, or had no faith in the stock market.  He may have said to himself: putting the money in those places is a risk – who knows if the bank will fail or the market collapse (and of course both have done so): at least this way, I know where the money is; this route is entirely free of risk.The basic import of dynamics of increase lies just here, I think.  The parable is not talking about finances and investment, but about our human potential, the basic endowment God bestows on each of us. Different people receive different things, this here, that there. But how is any potential realized, whatever we receive? It is not by de-activation or playing it safe, but by being open and receptive to possibilities.  This is how human potential is realized.  Consider, for example, the situation of someone feeling called to do something for others, to make some commitment for justice, for example, human rights, or some cause larger than their own interests.  We have had several heroic examples in this century, and we continue to have them in a variety of ways, big and small. It’s a summons to give themselves over to something larger than themselves.  Before embarking on it, perhaps even during the process, they find themselves asking themselves: why am I doing this?  Why should I?  I have no idea what will become of it; I have no idea who will take it on; it may end up being just piece of vanity, and a waste of time.The fact is before you venture forth, you can’t see anything – or better, what you see is only in your heart. So the temptation is to settle for more safety, less risk, for something visible and tangible.  The person who feels called to something beyond self-interest, and backs off is like the servant who buries potential in the ground.  Often such a person remains forever haunted by a road not taken, a possibility unexplored, a life unfinished.  Whatever they had before, the life they had, is taken away. When the summons is obeyed, on the other hand, they find heightened life where they anticipated only frustration and trial.  He who has, in other words, will be given more and he will have an abundance; from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.By: Father Henry Charles Ph. d FaithLifestyleLocalNews He who has will be given more, and he shall have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away by: – July 9, 2011 43 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

Public servants await government decision on salary increases

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Share Dominica Public Service Union members at a general membership meeting on March 13th, 2012.Public servants in Dominica will have to wait a tad longer for government’s decision on the much anticipated and discussed salary increase. The union representing public servants has written to the government requesting its commitment for all employees to benefit from the classification exercise or the salary increase. General secretary of the Public Works Corporation Thomas Letang has indicated that if government does not respond positively within the next two weeks a “course of action” will be determined. “Copies of the resolution which were tabled at our last meeting were sent to government. We have since received a response from the chief personnel officer acknowledging receipt of our letter and indicating that discussions will be held with regards to the salaries”.According to Letang, the resolution indicated that the Union will only agree to extend the period for discussions for salary increases beyond June, providing that the commitment was granted.“We have not yet agreed. We will only agree on that condition. What it means is that if government does not agree or respond the way we want, the decision was to call back the membership and decide from there,” he said.The union has threatened to stage industrial action if it is not satisfied with government’s decision. Dominica Vibes News 10 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet LocalNews Public servants await government decision on salary increases by: – April 6, 2012 Sharelast_img read more

Former Franklin County Deputy To Plead Guilty

first_imgWalton was arrested after authorities searched his Liberty home in August 2013.A former Franklin County deputy that is charged with child exploitation will plead guilty, according to his attorney.Derek Walton, 31, of Liberty was arrested after agents searched his home last August. Agents said they located electronic evidence including thumb drive hidden behind a mirror and a video camera during the raid along with sexually explicit photographs of a minor female.Walton was out of town and in the Chicago area when authorities searched his Liberty home, according to Franklin County Sheriff Ken Murphy. The sheriff called Walton and asked him to turn himself in at the nearest FBI Office, which Walton obliged. He was also fired from the sheriffs department at that time.He has been lodged at the Marion County Jail since his August arrest.During the investigation it was also revealed that Walton allegedly exchanged emails containing explicit photographs with another offender. One email account was even accessed from the Franklin County Security Center, according to investigators.According to multiple sources, his attorney says the former reserve deputy will plead guilty to two counts of child exploitation.If Walton is convicted, he will face a 15 to 60 years in federal prison.The former reserve deputy was with the Franklin County Sheriffs Department since 2004 and was a former employee of the Union County Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more

Barcelona won’t give up on Lautaro’s bid – Bartomeu

first_img Loading… read also:Barcelona end Lautaro’s negotiations, sure Messi will ‘keep his word’ When pressed on the current status of a move for Lautaro, Bartomeu said: “The move is completely on hold. “When the Champions League is over, we’ll speak with Inter. Right now we’re more focused on the games coming up.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Theories About The Death Of Our Universe7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phonecenter_img Barcelona president, Josep Maria Bartomeu, has not giving up in the club bid to secure Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez. Bartomeu has told BeIN Sports that the club’s move for Lautaro isn’t dead in the water. “We’ll speak with Inter after the Champions League,” he admitted.Advertisementlast_img read more

Cech: Title could be just the start

first_img Didier Drogba and John Terry scored goals, with both, like Cech, survivors from Chelsea’s first Premier League win in 2004-05. “It’s always nice to be there and make a contribution to the success,” Cech said. “We cannot deny that at certain stages of this season we all contributed with moments that help us to be in the position we are. “It’s been 10 years on and we’re still here. It is a great feeling to have another chance to win another title. “The last title we won in 2010 so it has been a long time. This one is hopefully the start of a new era, another generation of players. “There is only me, Didier and JT who have been here for the last decade. “You can say this is a new generation of Chelsea. Hopefully we will confirm the title on Sunday and this team will continue on.” Whether Cech will be part of the future remains to be seen. Petr Cech hopes a first Premier League title in five years for champions-elect Chelsea is just the start of greater things to come for the club’s younger generation of talent. The Czech Republic goalkeeper, who has a year left to run on his current contract, in March hinted he would seek a move from Stamford Bridge after being displaced as number one by Courtois. He expects the likes of Eden Hazard to take confidence from a first Premier League title, which appears imminent. “You can be a great player but this moments to play difficult games under pressure, being champion gives you another step, another dimension,” Cech added. “You can see in difficult moments this season this team has a lot of experience to overcome them, that is why we are in the position we are. “The new players came in already with experience, winning the title elsewhere, which is important and it’s why everything clicked quite quickly.” Cech hopes the title is wrapped up on Sunday. He added: “It is definitely better to win it at home, it is the icing on the cake. “If we win the title on Sunday it will be the perfect way. The best way to win a title is when you win your home game and after that you know you are done.” The 32-year-old goalkeeper made his fifth Premier League start of the season following a minor hip injury to Thibaut Courtois, who has replaced Cech as first choice this season, in Wednesday night’s 3-1 win at Leicester. Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea need three more points from their four remaining games and victory over Crystal Palace on Sunday would secure a fourth Premier League trophy in 11 seasons. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: NCAA suspends infraction hearings, arguments

first_imgIf there are no perfect brackets, the prize will be split among the highest scorers.BetMGM is also donating the same amount to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.___The Serie A says it will consider resuming only “when health conditions permit it.”The Italian league has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown. The nine-day Swiss race was scheduled to run from June 6-14 and is designed to give riders a chance to prepare for the three-week Tour de France. The French race is still scheduled to start on June 27.Colombian rider Egan Bernal won in Switzerland last year ahead of his first Tour de France title.Organizers in Switzerland say its “the first time since the Second World War that the traditional event will not take place.”They say “the risk of additional strain on the Swiss health system due to possible crashes during racing is high.”___ April 3, 2020 The Latest: NCAA suspends infraction hearings, arguments But there is “the possibility” that germs could be transferred among people via sharing and touching of tennis balls, net posts, court surfaces, benches or gate handles.So the USTA wants players “to be patient in our return to the courts.”In the meantime, the group encouraged people to create what it termed “tennis-at-home” variations.The U.S. Open is still scheduled to start Aug. 31 in New York.The All England Club announced this week that it had canceled this year’s edition of Wimbledon. The French Open was postponed from May to September. A new government decree issued this week prevents clubs from training — even in small groups — for at least another 10 days.Twelve rounds of Serie A remain, plus four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. Also, the Italian Cup semifinals were interrupted after the first leg.Following a video conference meeting of all 20 Serie A clubs on Friday, the league said “it will await the decrees from the government and place in primary consideration taking care of the athletes’ health and all people involved.”___Officials say they’re working to find a new date for the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown. Associated Press The Sacramento Kings’ former arena and practice facility is being converted into a surge field hospital for COVID-19 and trauma care patients.The arena, in suburban Natomas, was the Kings’ home from 1988 until 2016, when they moved into a downtown facility.The Kings and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services say the hospital will have approximately 360 beds along with additional hospital services.The Kings are also donating 100,000 medical masks and $250,000 to community service organizations.___ ___Calgary, Alberta’s ban on public events until June 30 includes National Hockey League and Canadian Football League games should those leagues resume before then.Mayor Naheed Nenshi made the announcement Friday. Leagues, games and tournaments around the world have been suspended, canceled or postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. The NHL suspended operations March 12 with 189 regular-season games remaining. The Calgary Flames were in playoff position sitting third in the Pacific Division. All CFL training camps have been postponed.___ Wyoming says football coach Craig Bohl and wife Leia have made a $100,000 gift to fund the scholarships of spring-sport senior athletes who plan to return to school next year after having their seasons canceled by the coronavirus outbreak. The school said the estimated cost of the scholarships will be $70,000. The NCAA announced earlier this week that spring-sport athletes would be granted an extra year of eligibility and seniors could return next year without being counted against scholarship limits. But those athletes would not be guaranteed scholarship funds. How much athletes received would be up to each individual school.Wyoming announced the remainder of the Bohls’ donation would go to supporting the athletic training table and nutritional needs.Earlier this week, Wyoming athletic director Tom Burman announced he was taking a 10% salary cut through Dec. 31.___ They plan to detail the charitable donations next week.The announcement by the Professional Cricketers’ Association followed talks over how England’s leading players would respond to the crisis after a request from the ECB for 20% pay cuts.___The SailGP global league has suspended its season through the end of June due to the coronavirus pandemic, wiping out a regatta scheduled for New York on June 12-13. Ticket purchasers will be automatically refunded by the end of June.SailGP already canceled its San Francisco regatta that had been set for May 2-3. The Russian anti-doping agency is preparing to freeze all testing until May to comply with new government measures shutting down work deemed non-essential.RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pakhnotskaya tells The Associated Press that her agency is looking for possible exemptions to instructions from President Vladimir Putin for all Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home through April 30.Pakhnotskaya says in a text message that she “will check on Monday the possibility to receive special permission” from government bodies for staff to collect samples from athletes. There will be no testing this month if that isn’t granted.Testing has been suspended since March 27 under a previous round of measures.Isolation measures around the world have led to a sharp drop in anti-doping tests. That’s led to warnings that some athletes could take advantage of the situation. The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is trying to track gaps in testing. Most of the focus of the LTA package is on protecting the grassroots, including continued funding for development centers and the two national academies, and supporting full-time coaches.Chief executive Scott Lloyd and the executive team will take temporary pay cuts of 20%, while some staff will be furloughed next week but will be paid 80% of their salary.___Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce says team employees have been tested after exhibiting symptoms for the new coronavirus. He says no players or members of the coaching staff have shown any symptoms or been tested. Embiid says “we need to do everything possible to help those heroes who are putting their lives at risk to help us.” The gifts will support new experimental serology tests that detect antibodies to determine if a person has ever been infected with the virus-identifying staff and providers that might have immunity.___One of the major summer baseball leagues for college players has canceled its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Commissioner Bruce Alger of the Valley Baseball League in Virginia said the executive committee unanimously agreed the risk to players’ health would be too great.The 11-team Valley League has been sanctioned by the NCAA since 1961 and began using wooden bats in 1993. It’s among dozens of leagues where college players spend their summers. The amended Olympic rule retains the “players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997” standard for the Tokyo Games. It means players eligible for the intended under-23 tournament in 2020 can still play in Japan at age 24 next year. Men’s soccer kicks off ahead of the July 23, 2021 opening ceremony in Tokyo. The 16 teams at the Tokyo Olympics next year can also select three over-age players in their rosters. A stellar lineup includes Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Spain.The decision was made on Friday by a FIFA panel of soccer officials worldwide created to address the soccer shutdown.Two women’s World Cup tournaments — the Under-20s hosted by Panama and Costa Rica in August and September, and the Under-17s in India in November — are postponed. The world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev on June 20 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The fight was scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and will be Joshua’s first defense of his IBF, WBA, WBO belts since he regained them from Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom Boxing, says a new date for the fight is being worked on.___More than a dozen U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes received reassurance this week when Toyota North America announced it would extend their endorsement contracts through the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021. ___The Carolina Hurricanes are putting more than half of full-time staff on furlough through June 7 while taking steps they said would ensure affected employees don’t lose income amid the coronavirus pandemic that has led to the suspension of the NHL season.The team announced the plan Friday with the team and PNC Arena having shut down operations last month to ensure social-distancing practices.The team says the furlough applies to about 55% of full-time employees, who would be directed to access unemployment benefits through the government’s $2.2 trillion economic rescue package.Furloughed employees ineligible to collect full base salaries through unemployment would receive a bonus from the organization when the furlough ends “to be made whole.” The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says the experts are leading discussions about mental health and wellness for athletes and staff in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Those same experts will also be on hand at the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed a year.The USOPC also disclosed the 13 members of a new external mental health task force created to support American athletes and coaches. It includes Olympians, doctors and the head of The Speedy Foundation, a mental-health organization named after the late Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic silver medalist in aerials. That group is working with an internal group at the USOC being led by chief medical officer Jonathan Finnoff. ___ The NHL team said Friday that owner Eugene Melnyk approached the province this week and is awaiting a reply. The offer comes with the potential use of 17 unleased private suites inside Ottawa’s NHL rink — including Melnyk’s — and amounts to roughly 200,000 square feet of adaptable space.The NHL paused its season March 12. Six members of the Senators’ organization, including at least two players, tested positive for COVID-19, as did the radio color commentator.England’s contracted men’s players are donating 500,000 pounds ($610,000) to the England and Wales Cricket Board and selected good causes, and the England’s women’s squad is taking a pay cut for April, May and June because of the coronavirus pandemic.___The players are all making 20% pay cuts for the next three months to fund the voluntary gesture. The Cape Cod League, generally considered the top summer league, said it had not decided whether to cancel its season. Play is scheduled to begin June 13.___Major League Lacrosse has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus outbreak.The six-team league was scheduled to begin its 20th season on May 30.In a statement, the league says “this decision was made to safeguard the health of our players, fans and staff, as well as those within our MLL communities as a result of the global pandemic.” Additionally, furloughed employees will keep healthcare benefits, with the team covering premium payments during that time.In a statement, team president and general manager Don Waddell says the organization “remains committed to taking care of our staff as well as possible given these unprecedented circumstances.” Waddell said the plan “protects our employees from financial hardship while also mitigating the losses suffered by the company during this shutdown.”___Philadelphia 76ers owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, as well as All-Star center Joel Embiid made a combined contribution of $1.3 million to Penn Medicine.The money established a funding campaign for COVID-19 antibody testing of front line health care workers. The pledge from Embiid, Harris and Blitzer was expected to help boost efforts to quickly identify health care workers who may have immunity to the virus.center_img The CONCACAF Nations League semifinals and final in June have been called off.The U.S. had been scheduled to play Honduras on June 4 in Houston, with Mexico meeting Costa Rica in the other semifinal. The winners were to play three days later at Arlington, Texas.The Confederation of North and Central American and Caribbean Football said Friday it made the decision due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. It is not yet known when the matches will be rescheduled.___The Ottawa Senators have offered use of the Canadian Tire Centre, the building’s nine adjacent parking lots and three other community arenas affiliated with the team to the Ontario government for temporary use during the coronavirus pandemic. MLL has teams in Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, Long Island, New York, Annapolis, Maryland, and Fairfield, Connescticut.No date has been set for the season to begin. The league says it will be guided by CDC recommendations.___Company-wide layoffs by NASCAR on Friday were part of previously planned restructuring. NASCAR did not reveal the number of employees affected. NASCAR “centralized” Iowa Speedway by dismissing most of its staff to instead use the employees from Kansas Speedway. That track is roughly four hours away from Iowa Speedway. The personnel changes were planned as part of restructuring from last years’ merger of NASCAR and track operator sister company International Speedway Corp.NASCAR already has issued pay-cuts to its entire organization. It last week cut executives’ salary 25%, and 20% for other employees as stock car’s sanctioning body adapts to the new coronavirus pandemic. The 38-race NASCAR schedule is the longest in sports spanning nearly 11 months and the season was suspended four races into the year. The next publicly scheduled race is May 9 at Martinsville Speedway, but Virginia is under a state-at-home order into June. NASCAR has privately floated to teams revised 2020 schedules but not announced anything about rescheduling its races. Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees.” The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.___The Premier League has pushed back its restart date and says play will not resume at the beginning of May.The league had given a return date of April 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak but now says the season “will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.” Deadlines for schools in pending cases to file briefs and other documentation remain in effect, including the release of rulings.___The U.S. Tennis Association says its best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic.In a posting on its website on Friday, the USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective pause” from tennis.The statement from the organization that runs the U.S. Open Grand Slam tournament said there have not been specific studies about tennis and the COVID-19 illness. ___ The Southeastern Conference is extending its ban on practices and organized gatherings through the end of May.The ban includes team and individual practices, meetings and other gatherings — whether voluntary or required — as well as camps and coaches clinics.The powerhouse league had previously announced that in-person athletics activities were suspended through April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic.Also Friday, the conference said virtual film review that does not include physical activity is permissible. Effective April 6, activity of this nature will be expanded to four hours a week consistent with an NCAA rule waiver and NCAA legislation, an increase from the previously permissible maximum of two hours a week. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:The NCAA says hearings and oral arguments in infractions cases have been suspended through May 31 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The NCAA announced the move in a statement on its website Friday. It applies to cases before the infractions committee, appeals and the new Independent Accountability Resolution Process created to handle complex cases in the wake of the federal corruption investigation into college basketball. It says there remained a “combined objective” for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played to maintain the integrity of each competition.The league also says it has consulted players over a pay deduction or deferral of 30%.It also voted to advance funds of 125 million pounds ($150 million) to clubs in the English Football League and fifth-tier National League.___German soccer club Borussia Dortmund is converting part of its stadium into a treatment center amid the coronavirus pandemic. The Bundesliga club says a space inside Germany’s largest soccer stadium has been made available for medical staff to examine people with virus symptoms.The move comes after an influx of suspected coronavirus cases put existing facilities in the city of Dortmund under strain.The center will open on Saturday.___The Tour de Suisse has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, removing one of the few cycling events left on the calendar before the Tour de France is due to start. ___Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is donating $500,000 to help coronavirus relief efforts in his hometown of Las Vegas and in Philadelphia. Harper and his wife, Kayla, are giving money to Direct Relief and Three Square in Las Vegas and Philabundance in Philadelphia.“Now is the time to come together and adhere to the guidelines of medical professionals! We are wishing the best to all with our prayers during this time,” the couple said in a statement. ___ The latest events to be called off include the Yokohama leg of the world series, three African Cups, three American events, four Asian Cups, one event in Oceania and eight in Europe.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “the suspension of all activities doesn’t mean at all that we stop working” on finding alternative dates.___The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17. Pierce said Friday he doesn’t know the identity of those who were tested. He said at least 18 or 19 days have passed since any members of the team would have had contact with the employees.“Everyone that has been tested, the symptoms they had or reported, they do feel better,” Pierce said. He said he has “become a master of this Zoom app” while having video conferencing with players, assistants and other NBA coaches.___The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts are giving season-ticket holders the option to defer April’s payment until June 15.On Friday, team officials emailed letters to those with payment plans, giving them a Wednesday deadline to accept the offer. The auto company and major Olympic sponsor has 17 U.S. athletes under contract. They include swimmer David Boudia, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Paralympian Oksana Masters and sprinter Michael Norman.The status of endorsement contracts is a major concern to athletes because most signed deals that were set to expire after this year’s scheduled Olympics. They have been rescheduled for 2021 and that has forced corporations to reset and rethink the structure of their deals.Visa is another major sponsor and has also told its global roster of nearly 100 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls that it will extend sponsorships through 2021.___World Triathlon has extended its suspension of all events from the end of April to the end of June because of the coronavirus outbreak. Two more regattas are on the schedule for 2020, at Cowes, England, Aug. 14-15 and at Copenhagen Sept. 11-12. The opening regatta of SailGP’s second season, held in Sydney in late February, was won by British sailing star Sir Ben Ainslie, who also is leading an America’s Cup campaign. SailGP was co-founded by former America’s Cup winner Russell Coutts of New Zealand and tech billionaire Larry Ellison.___FIFA has extended the age limit for the men’s soccer tournament at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA says it also postponed two women’s age-group World Cups due this year, and no international games will be played in the early June dates protected for national team call-ups. The PGA Tour executive who oversees player activity is the first PGA Tour employee to have tested positive for COVID-19.Ross Berlin, the tour’s senior vice president of player affairs, says he was self-isolating after The Players Championship was canceled when he complained of losing his sense of taste and smell. His doctor put him through a coronavirus hotline interview and told him he wasn’t a high-risk candidate without a fever or breathing difficulties.Berlin says a few days later, on March 27, he had a fever. He at first was told he had pneumonia, but a test came back positive for the virus.He says he called everyone with whom he has been in contact — including his barber — and is feeling better. He says doctors told him players he might have seen on March 13 shouldn’t be concerned because he’s beyond the 14-day incubation period.Berlin has been in various positions with the tour since 1998, with a brief spell as Michelle Wie’s first agent. He says his wife is awaiting her test results, though she has not shown any symptoms. The final two installments were initially due April 15 and May 15. The Colts have not announced any changes about the May payment.“In light of the unique circumstances right now, we have decided to modify the payment options for members of our season ticket family on payment plans,” the letter reads in part.The move comes one day after the Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the entire spring sports season. State officials had previously announced all schools would remain closed for the rest of the academic year.___Mental health experts who were supposed to be available to help American athletes at the Tokyo Olympics are being asked to start working now. ___A gaming site is donating $20,000 for pandemic relief in New Jersey and giving out another $20,000 to fans who can predict the results of the NBA 2K tournament among NBA players.The 16-player tournament begins Friday night and will air on ESPN. Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant is the overall No. 1 seed and opens play against No. 16 Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat in the first round.The winner of the week-long tournament will receive a $100,00 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of their choice.BetMGM has a free bracket game available on its website to all verified New Jersey players. All competitors with a perfect bracket will split $20,000 in prizes. The Maryland Jockey Club and Stronach Group announced Friday that whenever the Preakness is run in 2020, it will go on without infield activities that had been one of the race’s biggest traditions. The Preakness was scheduled for May 16 in Baltimore.The organizations say in a joint statement finding a new date for the Preakness “will take into consideration all of the recommended best practices from local and governmental health authorities to protect our community.” The Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. No decision has yet been made on the Belmont Stakes, which is scheduled for June 6 at Belmont Park in New York.___The Lawn Tennis Association is giving up to 20 million pounds ($24 million) through grants and interest-free loans to help venues, coaches, officials, and players in Britain during the coronavirus pandemic.Singles players world ranked from 101 to 750 and doubles players ranked from 101 to 250 — who are not already receiving funding — are eligible for grants, and there will be increased prize money for British tour events if the tours resume. This week, Wimbledon was canceled and the tours suspended the British grass-court season. ___Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. The group included a local politician.Kipsang, who is also a police officer, was provisionally suspended this year from track and field and charged with doping offenses that include tampering with doping samples. He has also won the New York, London and Berlin marathons.Twelve athletes were arrested in Iten earlier this week for breaching Kenyan government regulations on social gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The runners were arrested for training in a group, which has been banned in Kenya. Training camps have been shut down and athletes must train alone. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

GCA coaches workshop takes place today

first_imgTHE Cricket Development Committee of the Georgetown Cricket Association (GCA) has scheduled a Cricket Coaches Workshop today.The workshop takes place due to the current suspension of the cricket season and begins at 09:00hrs at the Muslim Youth Organisation (MYO), Woolford Avenue, Thomas Lands, Georgetown.The workshop will run from 09:00hrs. to 13:00hrs.All cricket coaches and captains from member clubs of the GCA are invited to attend.The objectives are to provide coaches and captains with practice and preparation structures as well as plans to improve their players.The programme will include fitness guidelines, nets options, remedial and skills development, batting, bowling, fielding, wicket-keeping, mental and tactical aspects.The instructors are Roger Harper, Mark Harper and Clyde Butts.last_img read more

Gauff sets up meeting with defending champion Osaka

first_imgAMERICAN teenager Coco Gauff recovered from a set down to set up a meeting with defending champion Naomi Osaka in the Australian Open last 32.World number one Ashleigh Barty also reached the third round yesterday.Japanese third seed Osaka put a “childish” outburst behind her to beat Saisai Zheng 6-2, 6-4 before 15-year-old Gauff saw off Romania’s Sorana Cirstea.The world number 67 was 3-0 down in the deciding set but fought back to win 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 in two hours and six minutes.“It’s amazing,” said Gauff. “Honestly, I didn’t think I would get so much support in Australia. I was down 3-0 and you really made me believe.”Osaka, 22, went through in straight sets but threw her racquet on the floor and kicked it after China’s Zheng broke her serve in the second.“My racquet just magically flew out of my hand,” joked Osaka, who won in one hour 20 minutes.“I couldn’t control it; I think that’s how I dealt with my frustration.“It was a bit childish. I just want to play one match without throwing my racquet or kicking it. That’s all I want.”GAUFF v OSAKA – PART TWOIt is the second Grand Slam in a row where Gauff will play Osaka, who was also the defending champion when the pair met in the US Open third round in September.The Japanese triumphed 6-3, 6-0 that day but it was the way she consoled the American youngster that stole the headlines.Osaka gave Gauff a big hug at the net before inviting her tearful opponent to stay on the court with her to speak to the crowd. The Japanese even apologised for playing so well against her.“She’s a great competitor so I think it’s going to be a good match,” said the American, who is playing in just her third Grand Slam and making her debut at the Australian Open.BARTY, WOZNIACKI & KVITOVA THROUGHAustralian Barty, who reached the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park last year, eased to a 6-1, 6-4 victory against Slovenia’s Polona Hercog in just over an hour.Caroline Wozniacki recovered from going 5-1 down in the opening set to win 7-5, 7-5 and put off her impending retirement for at least another match.The 2018 champion won six games in a row to clinch the opening set and also went 3-0 down in the second before mounting a comeback against Ukrainian 23rd seed Dayana Yastremska.The Dane, 29, will face Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur, who beat British number one Johanna Konta in her opening match, in the third round.Meanwhile, Czech seventh seed Petra Kvitova, who was beaten by Osaka in last year’s final, progressed with a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Spain’s Paula Badosa.American 14th seed Sofia Kenin saw off compatriot and wildcard Ann Li 6-1, 6-3 while Germany’s Julia Goerges knocked out Croatia’s 13th seed Petra Martic in a 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 victory.In her final season before retirement, Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro won her first-round match against Belarusian 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka 7-6(8-6), 7-6(8-6) to set up a meeting with Polish 18-year-old Iga Swiatek. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

Men’s water polo heads north for their own Weekender

first_imgThe No. 2 water polo team takes an undefeated record north for their own Weekender when they face No. 5 Stanford in Palo Alto on Saturday. The game marks the first MPSF match for both teams this year.Leading the Trojans (5-0, 0-0) into the fray is head coach Jovan Vavic, who coaches both the men’s and women’s team at USC. With a win on Saturday, Vavic will earn his 500th win as the men’s head coach.Last week, the Trojans earned three wins and outscored their opponents 67-7, including a 14-3 win over No. 6 UC Santa Barbara at home. The wins were highlighted by junior goalie McQuin Baron, who tallied 16 saves and a defense that shut out the Gauchos in the first and third periods.Offensively, the Trojans were led in the game by junior driver Matteo Morelli and junior two-meter Lachlan Edwards who scored three goals apiece. Morelli and Edwards are the Trojans’ leading goal-scorers with 13 and 12, respectively, five games into the season.Stanford has started its season off strong due in part to the goaltending of sophomore Oliver Lewis who is averaging 10.3 saves per game while allowing only 4.3 goals per game. USC and Stanford have a strong history of competitive matchups with the Trojans leading the all-time series 62-60. Last year, the two teams faced each other four times, with the Men of Troy winning three of those games. After losing their first game against the Cardinal, USC won the next three games against Stanford.The game begins at 1 p.m. and will be televised on Pac-12 Network Los Angeles.last_img read more

Mourihno charged by FA

first_imgHe’s been charged with misconduct after being sent to the stands during his side’s Premier League defeat at West Ham on Saturday.Mourinho is already appealing a 50-thousand-pound fine and suspended one-match stadium ban over comments he made about a referee.last_img