New Delhi: The fight for the top spot in the Tata Steel Chess tournament has intensified after former five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand was held to a draw in the ninth round by Richard Rapport in Wijk Aan Zee on Tuesday. Playing withoutn any risks and displaying solid positional strength, Anand agreed to a draw after 42 moves. With this result, the fight for the top spot has gained massive intensity with Magnus Carlsen and Russian Grandmaster Ian Nepomniachtchi also entering the fray. Carlsen was held to a draw by US Chess champion Samuel Shankland while Nepomniachtchi secured a crucial win over Indian Grandmaster Vidit Gujrathi as all three players ended up on six points after nine rounds. With four rounds still left to play, a slip-up from any of the three players could prove to be costly. The action now shifts to Lieden, 45 minutes away from Wijk Aan Zee and all three players have a chance to secure the title. The main clash, which could decide the title, will be between reigning champion Carlsen and Anand. The Norwegian will have an advantage playing with white but Anand has shown that he is adept at playing with both colours, having secured two out of his three wins in the tournament with black.While Anand has already played joint-leader Nepomniachtchi, his next three opponents are all tricky. After the game against Carlsen, Anand will play Polish Grandmaster Jan-Krzysztof Duda but faces a tricky opponent in Chinese Grandmaster Ding Liren in the penultimate round. The final round will be an all-Indian affair, with Anand taking on Gujrathi while Carlsen faces a tricky challenge in Netherlands Grandmaster Anish Giri. Carlsen will also face a tricky challenge against Teimour Radjabov, who is on 4.5 points. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Anand, who was the world rapid champion in 2017 failed to win the remaining games and registered draws from rounds 12 to 15 to finish joint 23rd and squander his chance of retaining the championship. However, 2018 gave the 49-yer-old Grandmaster one bright spot as he clinched the Tata Steel Chess Blitz Championship with a stunning display on the final day. After securing 7.5 out of nine points on the final day, he was tied for the lead with Hikaru Nakamura, considered to be the best blitz player in the world currently. In the ensuing two-round play-off, which was faster than blitz in a reduced time format of a three-minute game, Anand secured a win with white pieces and drew the last game to clinch the title with a score of 1.5-0.5. highlights Anand is tied for the top spot with Carlsen and Nepomniachtchi.There are four rounds still remaining in the Tata Steel Chess tournament.Anand will take on Carlsen in a potential title-deciding 10th round.
Aaron Ramsey moves to Juventus. He has played 256 games and scored 36 goals. Ramsey has won three FA Cup and two community shield. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The debate surrounding Arsenal’s midfielder Aaron Ramsey finally comes to a rest as he moves to Juventus for a four-year deal, reportedly paying him £400,000 a week. The whopping deal will make the 28-year-old highest-salaried British footballer ever. The Wales International is expected to arrive in Northen Italy on 1st July and his four-year contract will end on 30th June 2023. The official club statement says that: “Juventus will incur additional costs of € 3.7 million, to be paid within 10th July 2019.” His transfer to Juventus will bring his 11-year stint with Gunners come to a rest, having moved to Cardiff in 2008. Over the past decade, Aaron Ramsey has played 256 premier league games and has scored 36 goals. He also won three FA Cup, and two community shield. He also had two loan spells at Nottingham Forest in 2010, and back at the former club, Cardiff in 2011. highlights Ramsey also wrote on Instagram that he has been absolutely loyal and supportive to Arsenal fans in all these years.”I wanted to issue a personal statement for all the Arsenal fans that have been extremely loyal and supportive,” he said.”You welcomed me as a teenager and have been there for me through all the highs and lows I have encountered during my time at the club. It is with a heavy heart that I leave after 11 incredible years in north London. Thank you.”He further said that he will continue to give his best on the field to help his side clinch the title.”I will continue to give the team 100 percent and hope to finish the season strongly, before heading on to my next chapter in Turin.” Interestingly, he becomes the third Welshman to play for Juventus following club legend John Charles and former European Golden Boot winner Ian Rush.The London club wished Aaron Ramsey saying, “Everyone at Arsenal Football Club wishes Aaron Ramsey a happy and successful future. Aaron’s made a fantastic contribution to our club since joining from Cardiff City in 2008. He has always been a consummate professional and will always have a special place in the hearts and memories of Arsenal fans around the world.”
highlights Roger Federer has not won the US Open since 2008.Ashleigh Barty is the current French Open champion.Only 10 of 32 singles matches were played as rain wiped out play. New York: Top-ranked defending champion Novak Djokovic fought through shoulder pain to reach the third round of the rain-hit US Open on Wednesday while Roger Federer shook off another slow start to advance. Djokovic, winner of four of the past five Slam titles and 16 in all, was treated for a sore left shoulder throughout his 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 victory over Argentina’s 56th-ranked Juan Ignacio Londero. “It was definitely affecting my serve and backhand,” Djokovic said of his shoulder injury. “I was definitely tested.” Djokovic next faces 27th-seeded Serbian compatriot Dusan Lajovic or American Denis Kudla, but the injury casts grave doubts on his bid to be the first US Open repeat winner since Federer won from 2004-2008. “This is something I’ve been carrying for quite a while now,” Djokovic said. “It wasn’t easy to play with the pain, but you have to hope you will get some opportunities and some lucky shots. It’s not the first time I’m facing this kind of adversity or challenge. It is what it is and I’m just grateful to be on the court.” Djokovic won’t play again until Friday and until then, “I’ll probably freeze my arm for 48 hours, not do anything with it and see what happens.” Federer, a 20-time Grand Slam winner seeking his first US Open crown since 2008, rallied to beat 99th-ranked Bosnian Damir Dzumhur 3-6, 6-2, 6-3, 6-4. The 38-year-old Swiss third seed, who also dropped the first set against Indian qualifier Sumit Nagal in his opener, answered the wake-up call after conceding the first set with 17 unforced errors. “When it happens like this, back-to-back matches, it’s just a bit frustrating more than anything, especially when the level is that low and there is that many errors and the energy is not kind of there,” Federer said. “But can only do better, which is a great thing moving forward. I didn’t expect to hit 15 to 20 unforced errors, which is basically the entire set just sort of donated… I clearly have to play better from the get-go.” US eighth seed Serena Williams, seeking her 24th career Grand Slam title to match Margaret Court’s all-time record, faces 17-year-old US wildcard Caty McNally in a later match under the roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium. Only 10 of 32 singles matches were played as rain wiped out play except in enclosed stadiums, with Russian fifth seed Daniil Medvedev and three-time Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka among those postponed to Thursday. “I definitely profit from everything I did in the game and my ranking to be put on center court on a day like this,” Federer said.Serbian star Djokovic broke on an errant Londero forehand to close the first set, then was broken twice in falling behind 3-0 in the second set only to win the next five games. “Somehow I managed to find my way back,” Djokovic said. Londero broke him, held at love and forced a tie-breaker, but Djokovic won five of the last six points thanks to Londero errors and then dominated the final set. “I want to congratulate Londero for showing a fighting spirit,” Djokovic said. “It was a real fight.” Five-time US Open winner Federer, who lost to Djokovic in last month’s epic Wimbledon final, started poorly but broke early in each of the last three sets and held serve to the end. “I buckled down and told myself I was going to hang tough and not get broken and that made a big difference,” Federer said. Next in Federer’s path is either French 25th seed Lucas Pouille or Britain’s 58th-ranked Dan Evans.Nishikori, Barty win Japanese seventh seed Kei Nishikori, the 2014 US Open runner-up, beat 108th-ranked American Bradley Klahn 6-2, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Nishikori, who could face Federer in the quarter-finals, stumbled after seizing a 5-1 edge in the final set and needed five match points to win. “A little bit of lost focus after 5-1,” Nishikori said. “He started playing better too.”French Open champion Ashleigh Barty, the second seed from Australia, eliminated 73rd-ranked American Lauren Davis 6-2, 7-6 (7/2), saving a set point before dominating the tie-breaker. “I knew I was doing the right things,” Barty said. “It was just about execution. I’m glad I came through in the tie-breaker.”Czech third seed Karolina Pliskova, seeking her first Grand slam title, ousted 202nd-ranked Georgian qualifier Mariam Bolkvadze 6-1, 6-4. Ukraine fifth seed Elina Svitolina defeated seven-time Grand Slam winner Venus Williams 6-4, 6-4 and US 10th seed Madison Keys, the 2017 US Open runner-up, trounced China’s Zhu Lin 6-4, 6-1. For all the Latest Sports News News, Tennis News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
Associated Press SAVVY SENIORS: Arkansas’ Mason Jones, Jimmy Whitt Jr. and Adrio Bailey have collectively accounted for 56 percent of the team’s scoring this season, including 65 percent of all Razorbacks points over the last five games.OFFENSIVE THREAT: Xavier Pinson has either made or assisted on 44 percent of all Missouri field goals over the last three games. Pinson has accounted for 23 field goals and 12 assists in those games.WINLESS WHEN: Missouri is 0-9 when scoring fewer than 60 points and 13-4 when scoring at least 60.COLD SPELLS: Missouri has dropped its last seven road games, scoring 58.9 points and allowing 75.9 points during those contests. Arkansas has lost its last three home games, scoring an average of 76.7 points while giving up 78.7.DID YOU KNOW: The Arkansas defense has forced opponents into turnovers on an impressive 23.4 percent of all possessions, which is the 23rd-highest rate in the country. The Missouri offense has turned the ball over on 21.2 percent of its possessions (ranked 308th among Division I teams). February 20, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMissouri (13-13, 5-8) vs. Arkansas (16-10, 4-9)Bud Walton Arena, Fayetteville, Arkansas; Saturday, 1 p.m. ESTBOTTOM LINE: Arkansas looks for its sixth straight win over Missouri at Bud Walton Arena. The last victory for the Tigers at Arkansas was a 75-71 win on Jan. 28, 2014. Arkansas looks for home win vs Mizzou ___For more AP college basketball coverage: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and http://twitter.com/AP_Top25___This was generated by Automated Insights, http://www.automatedinsights.com/ap, using data from STATS LLC, https://www.stats.com
Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Roger Federer and his wife Mirka say they have donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.02 million) “for the most vulnerable families” in Switzerland. March 25, 2020 The Latest: Federer donates $1 million for virus relief ___The Kontinental Hockey League has given up on trying to reschedule its playoffs and canceled the remainder of the season.The Russia-based KHL is widely considered to be the strongest league outside the NHL. It was due to play its conference semifinals when play was suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Teams from Finland and Kazakhstan withdrew because of travel and safety concerns. That left the league with six teams in an eight-team bracket. The KHL tried to draw up a new playoff system and considered resuming in June and July but has now decided to focus on preparing for a 2020-21 season.League president and former Pittsburgh Penguins forward Alexei Morozov says “we consider that no one has the right to take on responsibility for people’s lives and health.” Federer writes on his social media accounts that “these are challenging times for everyone and nobody should be left behind.”The announcement was the first post on his Twitter and Instagram accounts in more than three weeks.Federer underwent surgery on his right knee five weeks ago and hoped to return for grass-court tournaments in June. The men’s tennis tour has since shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic.Federer says he and wife hope “others might join in supporting more families in need.”___ The Spanish soccer federation has announced measures to help smaller clubs financially.The measures include a loan of 4 million euros ($4.3 million) to help pay the salaries of players and coaches.The loan will be available to clubs from the third and fourth divisions, and futsal clubs. It can be paid back without interest over two seasons.The federation also says it will negotiate a credit line for teams in the first and second division.Federation president Luis Rubiales says the federation’s doctors will be made available to help fight the coronavirus pandemic, and the national team’s hotel can be used as a hospital if necessary. Associated Press ___IOC president Thomas Bach says government guidelines imposing restrictions on daily life only into next month and even President Donald Trump’s target of the “middle of April” to lift them are among the reasons why he waited so long to postpone the Tokyo Olympics.Bach says “we were in line with these developments” until World Health Organization leaders said Monday the coronavirus pandemic is accelerating.Bach and the International Olympic Committee faced mounting criticism from athletes last week for publicly supporting holding the Tokyo Games in July and August.Bach was asked on a conference call why the postponement decision came only after much of the world was in lockdown. He says “we could not see (government) measures being taken lasting until July.” ___Premier League teams Brighton and Bournemouth have become the first clubs to sign up to a campaign to make 100,000 free soccer tickets available to medical workers on the front line during the coronavirus outbreak.The initiative was conceived by executives at Brighton, which has committed to giving National Health Service workers 1,000 tickets for matches and has invited other clubs from the Premier League, English Football League, Scotland and Northern Ireland to join in.Bournemouth immediately followed suit, offering “a minimum of” 1,000 tickets.Brighton chief executive Paul Barber says “we feel this is a small way in which we can show our gratitude for those NHS staff on the front line who are fighting the battle on behalf of all of us and give them something to look forward to.” It’s unclear how or even whether a champion will be declared. The league says the board will discuss how to allocate finishing positions.___Athletics Australia has canceled its national track and field championships in a bid to help “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision comes a day after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed to 2021, and after the Australian championships had already been postponed.Athletics Australia chief executive Darren Gocher says he hopes the cancellation gives athletes some certainty and, combined with the Olympics being delayed 12 months, “means that our athletes now have a new goal to work toward.” The Australian government has imposed strict travel bans, and is urging people to stay at home. Bars, cafes, cinemas and restaurants have been closed, and social events are being curbed. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said no more than five people should attend weddings — including the marrying couple — and no more than 10 people should attend funerals.___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 6
The Latest: Peyton Manning drops in on Tennessee class Crosby was joined by Philadelphia Flyers captain Claude Giroux, Carolina Hurricanes center Jordan Staal, and New York Rangers defenseman Marc Staal. Crosby joked that everyone was looking at him for an answer about what he’d prefer about the resumption of the season after a pause for the coronavirus pandemic.Opinions vary on what’s next for the NHL, especially because there were 189 games left in the regular season and not all teams had played the same amount.“Whatever is the fairest,” Jordan Staal said. “Everybody would kind of accept that.”___Saints quarterback Drew Brees says he and his wife, Brittany, will donate $5 million to help Louisiana businesses and communities contend with challenges brought on by the rapid transmission of the coronavirus in the state. The series is still working on dates and locations for the 2020 season’s final six events.Eli Tomac of Cortez, Colorado, has a three-point lead over Germany’s Ken Roczen through the first 10 rounds.___The Colorado Avalanche say one of their players has recovered after testing positive for the COVID-19 virus. The player was at home in isolation since the symptoms first appeared.The team says anyone who had known close contact with the player has been notified. The team — which is partnering with Dignity Health and Cigna — says nearly 200 Arizona blood drives have been canceled since March 19 because of the coronavirus pandemic and that local supply has reached “critically low levels.”The team says the size of the stadium and the event’s layout will ensure that social distancing guidelines are met. Those who participate must register online in advance.___AMA Supercross has canceled five more races due to the coronavirus outbreak, but will complete its season later this year.The March 14 race in Indianapolis and last weekend’s in Detroit were previously cancelled. Five races through May 2 in Salt Lake City also have been shelved now. Brees, who posted his pledge on a social media account on Thursday, says the money will help several restaurants in which he has an ownership stake as well as a major hospital chain and charities like Second Harvest Food Bank to deliver about 10,000 meals per day to people in need.Brees says he hopes to fund the program “for as long as it takes to children on meal programs, seniors, and families in need,” adding, “Let’s all do our part, maintain hope, and get through this together.”The quarterback and his wife run the Brees Dream foundation, which has spent tens of millions helping to fund charitable endeavors in New Orleans and surrounding areas along the Gulf Coast. Most of those efforts have focused on improving learning and recreational opportunities for children as well as health and wellness for children and seniors.___The Indianapolis 500 scheduled for May 24 has been postponed until August because of the coronavirus pandemic and won’t run on Memorial Day weekend for the first time since 1946. In a statement, the organization adds it will “continue to work in conjunction with our medical staff and public health officials to do everything we can to help the Avalanche community remain safe and healthy during this time.”___Arizona Cardinals All-Pro linebacker Chandler Jones is donating 150,000 meals to food banks in Arizona and his hometown of Endicott, New York, to help families dealing with the coronavirus pandemic.Jones said in a statement that “these are really tough times and it is important for me to do my part and help out both here in Arizona and back at home in New York. There are a lot of people in need and everything we can do as a community makes a difference.”Jones set a Cardinals franchise record with 19 sacks last season. ___The NCAA will distribute $225 million to its Division I members in June’.That total is $375 million less than had been budgeted this year because the coronavirus outbreak forced the cancellation of the men’s basketball tournament. The NCAA says $50 million of the payout will come from its reserve fund. A $270 million event cancellation insurance policy will be used to pay off a line credit that will cover the remaining distribution.___ 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 6 Associated Press Tennessee communications professor John Haas was conducting an online class when Manning’s face suddenly appeared on the screen.“I just wanted to drop in and say hello to all the fellow communications students there,” Manning said. “I realize this is a unique time and probably not the ideal way you guys expected to spend your senior year, but I just encourage you to keep a positive attitude, keep working like you’re doing and try to take advantage of a little bit of the extra time that you have to accomplish something else or help out somebody in need – a lot of people (are) hurting out there during this time – be thankful for what you have and just know the University of Tennessee is proud of you and is going to support you every way (it) can and Dr. Haas and his department is going to do the same thing.”The University of Tennessee tweeted out Manning’s video appearance. The video also showed some students saying, “Thank you, Mr. Manning,” after the retired quarterback finished speaking.___The NFL has released a public service announcement in conjunction with an announcement of a donation of more than $35 million in COVID-19 relief aid. Among the possibilities could be minicamps or maybe non-mandatory captains’ practices.“This is a new day, and I think it’s going to have to be almost entirely dictated by the circumstances, once those circumstances are known,” Bowlsby said Thursday. “We have a lot of kids that are home right now and they’re not getting regular workouts like they would get in school.”While way too early to project how things will play out into the scheduled start of football season, Bowlsby said: “It’s hard to imagine looking up into a grandstand and seeing people sitting six feet apart,” or having no fans at all there.___The NFL’s Arizona Cardinals are helping organize a blood drive on March 31 at State Farm Stadium because of a local shortage. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Five-time NFL MVP and former University of Tennessee quarterback Peyton Manning dropped in on one of his alma mater’s online classes to boost the spirits of students having to finish their coursework virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic. Denver Broncos general manager John Elway is donating $50,000 to the Colorado COVID Relief Fund.Elway’s personal donation follows a $500,000 donation by the team.Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement: “Year after year, Coloradans have supported our Denver Broncos, and today I am beyond proud to thank the Denver Broncos for their support of Coloradans in our time of need.”The Broncos also donated 100,000 meals to the Food Bank of the Rockies and jointly hosted a personal protective equipment drive at their stadium last weekend.Elway said he wanted to support hospital workers, doctors and nurses who are the front line in the coronavirus pandemic. Elway mentioned his son-in-law, who is a doctor in Sacramento, California. “They truly are the warriors,” Elway said. Arteta, who turned 38 on Thursday, told the Arsenal website that he is ”completely fine” and that he only felt ill for a few days.He said “it was a normal virus for me. I had three or four days which were a little bit difficult, with a bit of a temperature and a dry cough, and some discomfort in my chest.”Arteta became the first Premier League figure to test positive for the coronavirus on March 12. The league was then suspended the next day.The Spaniard said his wife and nanny also contracted COVID-19, but his three children did not.He said ”we are all completely fine now.” —AP Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton reporting from Aurora, Colorado.___The Green Bay Packers have extended the closure of Lambeau Field through at least April 24 to help minimize the spread of the coronavirus after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers issued a “safer at home” order through that date.Packers officials said the closure would continue until that order expires or until a superseding order is issued.This closure also applies to the Packers’ pro shop and the Packers Hall of Fame as well as any team-run public activities in Titletown, a complex of shops and restaurants near the stadium. ___The Chicago White Sox and Bulls have teamed up to commit $200,000 to support the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.The fund launched by the Chicago Community Trust along with the city and United Way supports nonprofit organizations and agencies providing services to the most vulnerable during the pandemic. That includes food and basic supplies and cash transfers as well as help with rent, mortgage and utilities.___Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta says he has fully recovered from the coronavirus, two weeks after testing positive for COVID-19. ___The San Diego Padres planned to play “God Bless America” at empty Petco Park at 1:10 p.m. PT Thursday, which would have been the scheduled time for first pitch of their opening day game against the Colorado Rockies.With the season delayed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Padres planned to play the song “as a symbol of solidarity with our resilient country and all of you during this time of crisis,” the team said in a social media posting.The Padres also said they would partner with Phil’s BBQ, a local chain with a concession stand at Petco Park, to provide lunch for UCSD Healthcare and San Diego Blood Bank employees and volunteers.Some Padres players have been using Petco Park for workouts since Monday. They are limited to small groups and must follow social distancing guidelines. The PSA is narrated by Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez. It features more than 50 current or former players and New Orleans Saints coach Sean Payton, who has tested positive for COVID-19.All 32 franchises are represented in the video. Each player used his phone to film messages, asking viewers to stay home to help limit the spread of the new coronavirus across the country. They provide examples of what they’re doing at home, from gardening to staging impromptu dance contests.___D.J. Augustin became the latest Orlando Magic player to try to help those affected by the coronavirus, donating to an effort to get food to health-care workers on the front line fighting the pandemic.Augustin donated to Krewe of Red Beans in his hometown of New Orleans. The organization brings food from restaurants in the city to those health care professionals. The race will instead be held Aug. 23. It was an inevitable decision but still had to be difficult for Roger Penske, who completed his purchase of Indianapolis Motor Speedway and IndyCar in January and has already pumped millions into capital improvements to ready the historic venue for its first 500 under new ownership. IndyCar was supposed to resume racing May 9 on the road course at Indianapolis. That race will now be run on July 4, a day before NASCAR races at The Brickyard.___ Augustin’s family was forced from their home while he was in high school due to Hurricane Katrina, which ravaged New Orleans.Also Thursday, Magic forward Aaron Gordon — who has already made a donation to help homeless children in Central Florida — announced a separate donation to help kids in his native Bay Area of California. Gordon announced he was donating to a group called My New Red Shoes, which provides well-fitted shoes and clean clothing to children in need.___Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors held a half-hour talk on Instagram to discuss all things related to the coronavirus with Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.More than 50,000 viewers were logged in for much of the talk — among them, former President Barack Obama, a very big basketball fan. Curry asked Fauci when it might be time to start thinking about sports again. Fauci told Curry “when the country as a whole has turned that corner,” and the curve that shows how the virus is still spreading nationally starts coming down.That, Fauci said, is when “we can start thinking about getting back to some degree of normality.”Obama added his thoughts by posting in the comment section during the talk, saying “Listen to the science. Do your part and take care of each other. Thank you, Steph and Dr. Fauci.”___Big 12 Commissioner Bob Bowlsby says it is unlikely that there will be any more spring football practices, and that considerations will be made for what teams will be able to do after the coronavirus pandemic, whether that comes in May, June or even later. Packers officials said Lambeau Field and Titletown will only have essential personnel in place for non-public operations of the facilities. Most of the other Packers personnel will continue to work remotely as duties permit.The Packers had announced March 13 they were closing their businesses to the public for two weeks. This move continues those closures.___Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby says he wouldn’t mind if the NHL went straight to the playoffs if the season is able to resume.“You try to get in as many games as you can … but wouldn’t mind starting right at the playoffs,” Crosby said on a video conference with media members Thursday. March 26, 2020
EMBATTLED West Indies batsman Darren Bravo has attempted to clear the air on recent comments made by WICB CEO Johnny Grave regarding a case of ‘damages’ claimed from the regional cricket custodians.In recent reports Grave had claimed that the body was been taken aback by a claim for damages that had been submitted by the player’s legal team, especially with a solution seemingly on the horizon following months of negotiations.In response through his attorney’s office, however, and a letter posted on social media website Facebook, Bravo pointed out that the issue of the claim for damages was an outstanding and not a new one. Following the player’s dismissal from the Zimbabwe tour for statements made against WICB president Dave Cameron, in November 2016, Bravo’s legal team advised the Board that its actions against the player were considered unlawful and as such compensation would be sought.Grave, who joined negotiations earlier this year, had proposed four solutions to end the impasse between the board and player. According to Bravo’s attorney Leslie Hayes consensus was reached on four of the proposals, but the issue of compensation remained outstanding. Bravo’s legal team wrote to Grave to confirm the issue as such on April 11.Hayes claims the team is yet to get a response. The letter, while confirming the player’s commitment to the regional game stated that he would continue to pursue compensation via the prescribed avenues, with considerations also given to recent statements made by the WICB CEO.“Bravo will now continue to pursue this matter as is necessary with respect for the process which mandates a possible eleven-step engagement (that includes mediation and arbitration) and which has reached stage four and after consideration of the WICB’s Chief Executive Officer’s actions and comments which may have cast this matter in a different light.” (Digicel Sportsmax)
Photo name: WindiesCaption: Colin Munro flashes one through the off side ©Getty Images (CMC) – West Indies were once again well below par as they crashed to a 47-run defeat to New Zealand in the opening Twenty20 International here yesterday, to extend their wretched losing streak on the current tour.Chasing a challenging 188 at Saxton Oval, the Caribbean side’s batting crumbled yet again, and they could only muster 140 all out with six balls remaining.Andre Fletcher top-scored with 27, captain Carlos Brathwaite struck 21 and Ashley Nurse, 20 not out, but the Windies never came to terms with a demanding run chase and lost wickets regularly.They were torn apart by seamers Seth Rance (3-30) and Tim Southee (3-36) who both claimed three wickets apiece while medium pacer Doug Bracewell finished with two for 10.Glenn Phillips had earlier top-scored with 55 and Colin Munro chipped in with 53 as the Black Caps racked up 187 for seven off their 20 overs after they were sent in.Mitchell Santner supported with an unbeaten 23 at the end while seamers Brathwaite (2-38) and Jerome Taylor (2-41) were among the wicket-takets.The latest defeat was the sixth for West Indies in recent weeks following on from clean sweeps in the two-Test series and the three-match one-day rubber.Their start was a bright one when Taylor pinned Martin Guptill lbw for five with as many on the board in the second over, but Phillips and Taylor then combined in an 86-run, second-wicket stand to take control of the innings.The 21-year-old Phillips faced 40 balls and struck four fours and two sixes to mark his maiden T20I half-century while Munro blasted six fours and a pair of sixes off 37 deliveries.Nurse eventually accounted for Munro to a catch at long on by Brathwaite in the 12th over before leg-spinner Samuel Badree had Phillips bowled, missing a slog sweep in the 14th over.In all, five wickets tumbled for 40 runs in 31 balls as the Windies stalled the hosts’ momentum but seamer Kesrick Williams then conceded 25 runs in the final over, to let the Black Caps off the hook.Required to score at nearly 9-1/2 per over, West Indies wilted early. Chris Gayle departed for 12 in the third over, brilliantly caught by wicketkeeper Phillips running back and then diving to hold the left-hander’s spiralling top-edge.Off the very next delivery, Chadwick Walton (7) drove Rance to Anaru Kitchen at cover, to leave the Windies struggling at 19 for two.Fletcher and Shai Hope (15) then rebuilt the innings in a 42-run, third-wicket stand, temporarily halting the slide and offering hope of a Windies resurgence.The right-handed Fletcher looked in good touch, striking three fours and an extra cover-driven six in a 25-ball knock while Hope, on his T20I debut, consumed 17 balls and managed a single boundary.West Indies’ final decline started when Fletcher missed a charge at leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and was stumped in the 10th over and Jason Mohammed following in the next over for three, slicing Bracewell to Ross Taylor at point.When Hope pulled Bracewell to Munro at mid-wicket two balls later in the same over, West Indies had lost three wickets for six runs in the space of 10 deliveries to slip to 67 for five.Brathwaite slammed a pair of sixes in a brief 14-ball stay but once he picked out Tom Bruce at long-onn off Southee, all realistic hopes of a Windies victory also perished.SCOREBOARDNEW ZEALAND inningsM. Guptill lbw b Taylor 5C. Munro c Brathwaite b Nurse 53G. Phillips b Badree 56T. Bruce lbw b Taylor 2R. Taylor c Taylor b Brathwaite 20A. Kitchen b Williams 12M. Santner not out 23D. Bracewell c & b Brathwaite 0T. Southee not out 10Extras: (b-1, lb-1, nb-4) 6Total: (7 wkts, 20 overs) 187Fall of wickets: 1-5, 2-91, 3-118, 4-120, 5-149, 6-153, 7-158.Bowling: Badree 4-0-22-1, J. Taylor 4-0-41-2, Williams 4-0-52-1 (nb-4), Brathwaite 4-0-38-2, Nurse 4-0-32-1WEST INDIES inningsC. Walton c Kitchen b Rance 7C. Gayle c wkp. Phillips b Rance 12A. Fletcher stp. Phillips b Sodhi 27S. Hope c Munro b Bracewell 15J. Mohammed c Taylor b Bracewell 3R Powell c Phillips b Southee 6C. Brathwaite c Bruce b Southee 21A. Nurse not out 20K. Williams c Phillips b Santner 3J. Taylor c Bruce b Southee 20S Badree lbw b Rance 2Extras: (lb-3, w-1) 4Total: (all out, 19 overs) 140Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-19, 3-61, 4-66, 5-67, 6-93, 7-94, 8-103, 9-131.Bowling: Rance 4-0-30-3 (w-1), Southee 4-0-36-3, Bracewell 2-0-10-2, Kitchen 1-0-10-0, Santner 4-0-21-1, Sodhi 4-0-30-1.Result: New Zealand won by 47 runs.Series: New Zealand lead three-match series 1-0.
May 6, 2020 Associated Press German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditBERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6