…Man United record first win in five league gamesBy Ian Chadband(REUTERS)-Liverpool roared to the top of the Premier League yesterday, offering another dazzling demonstration of their attacking prowess under Juergen Klopp with a 6-1 demolition of Watford at an exultant Anfield.After Arsenal had missed the chance to jump ahead of overnight leaders Chelsea by only eking out a 1-1 draw with their north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool were in no mood to squander the chance as they overwhelmed their hapless visitors.Liverpool’s day could only have been improved if the woes of their rivals Manchester United had continued but goals from their misfiring double act of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in a 3-1 win at Swansea City ensured relief for manager Jose Mourinho after a trying week.If Chelsea’s 5-0 dismantling of Everton on Saturday had been a performance worthy of a team shooting to the top, Liverpool’s ascent had quite the same feel as they sliced through Watford with more of the delicious attacking invention that has illuminated the league this season.Their win was decorated by a double from Sadio Mane, who now leads their scoring with six this term, as well as goals from man-of-the-match Philippe Coutinho, Emre Can, Roberto Firmino and a first for the club from Georginio Wijnaldum.It took their tally of goals to 30 — four more than any other team in the league — with Daryl Janmaat’s late consolation for Watford the only downside to their afternoon, continuing their now-familiar lack of clean sheets.It shot them back to the summit of the table for the first time since May 2014. On 26 points, they are one clear of Chelsea and two ahead of Manchester City and fourth-placed Arsenal, who remain still three clear of Tottenham.The 184th north London derby had earlier proved an entertaining, close-fought tussle with Spurs ultimately happy to stop their rivals going top and to come away with the point that maintains their record as the only unbeaten side in the league.Kevin Wimmer, trying to clear Mesut Ozil’s free kick, headed into his own net, just before the break to delight the Emirates Stadium faithful.Yet soon after the interval, Harry Kane, back following seven weeks out with injury, responded with a penalty struck straight down the middle after Laurent Koscielny was adjudged to have fouled Mousa Dembele.Manchester United’s first win in five league games brought some relief to manager Jose Mourinho, who was forced to watch from the stands at the Liberty Stadium as he served a touchline ban imposed by the Football Association in midweek.Following the Europa League defeat at Fenerbahce, United need a tonic and both Pogba and Ibrahimovic, with a little help from dismal defending from a side mired in the relegation zone, provided it with three first-half goals.Pogba’s 15th minute volley was the most dramatic repayment yet on his world record transfer fee while Ibrahimovic’s double in the space of 12 minutes — his first league goals since September — confirmed Mourinho’s prediction that the Swede would soon start finding the proper rewards for his commitment.The plight of the bottom two — Swansea now lead Sunderland only on goal difference — was worsened by 18th-placed Hull City coming from behind to beat Southampton 2-1 with two goals in three minutes midway through the second half from Robert Snodgrass and Michael Dawson.
..…heads Elite points table nowby Ras WadadaFRUTA Conquerors FC have taken the leaders position of the GFF-Stag Elite League after cruising past Monedderlust FC 4-0 last Friday in the ‘nigh-cap’ played at Tucville Community ground.Leon Richardson broke the deadlock in the 10th minute, and one minute after the first-half break Eon Alleyne opened his season’s account to make it 2-0. In the 65th minute ‘Super sub’ Kwame La Fleur made his presence felt, after coming off the bench six minutes earlier, with his 2nd goal of the season to give his side a 3-0 advantage.Jermaine Junior made the final breach of the Monedderlust’s citadel seven minutes from the end with his 3rd goal of the competition and 7th for Conquerors whose goal is yet to be penetrated after three games.The three points have propelled the Tucville based team to 7 points and to the top of the 6-team points’ table while the 2nd placed Army, on six points, have a game in hand. It was the 2nd loss for the West Berbice side who remain on 3 points.
By Nick MulvenneySYDNEY,(Reuters)-Uncapped middle-order batsman Chris Lynn was rewarded for his Big Bash League (BBL) pyrotechnics with a place in the Australia squad for the five match one-day international series against Pakistan yesterday.The 26-year-old has been in impressive form in the domestic Twenty20 competition and hit a stunning 11 sixes in an unbeaten 49-ball 98 for the Brisbane Heat against the Perth Scorchers earlier this week.Pace bowler Billy Stanlake, who stands 2.04 metres tall and has been in fine form in the BBL for the Adelaide Strikers, also earned a call-up to the one-day squad for the first time.Opener Aaron Finch and former skipper George Bailey have been dropped from the squad that beat New Zealand 3-0 at the back end of last year, along with all-rounder Hilton Cartwright, who made his test debut against Pakistan this week.Test top-order batsman Usman Khawaja is the third addition to the 14-man squad and could open with David Warner when the series opens in Brisbane on Friday.“Chris Lynn is in superb form for the Brisbane Heat and although that is a different form of the game, we believe it is right that we give him the chance to show whether he can convert his wonderful ball-striking ability to ODIs,” head selector Trevor Hohns said.“Usman Khawaja has been in excellent touch throughout this Test summer, is able to bat anywhere in the top order and deserves another chance to demonstrate his ODI credentials.“Billy Stanlake is an exciting prospect who bowls with genuine pace and is a player who has made a terrific return to action for the Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League after a lengthy time out through injury.”Stanlake looks to have a good chance of winning a first cap with Josh Hazlewood and Mitchell Starc, who played all six tests in the home summer, set to be rested for some of the matches as they start preparations for four tests in India.“I guess we’ll probably pick our times to have a rest here or there, whether it’s one game or two in the series,” Hazlewood said on Friday.“Depending on how we’re feeling and how much we’ve bowled.”After Brisbane, the series continues with matches in Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Adelaide.Squad: David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith (captain), Mitch Marsh, Travis Head, Chris Lynn, James Faulkner, Glenn Maxwell, Matthew Wade, Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Billy Stanlake.
..teams looking for semi-final spotsTHE reward of booking a place in the final four is at stake in tonight’s double- header when the quarter- finals of the STAG Nations Cup knock-out football championship commences at the Tucville ground in the City.In a Georgetown versus West Demerara faceoff, Santos FC will open against Pouderoyen at 18:00hrs,to be followed by the feature clash between Western Tigers and Uitvlugt Warriors.All four teams on show tonight will fancy their chances of advancing to the cash leg of the competition which has prizes of 2M, 1M, $500,000 and $300,000 at stake for the first to fourth placed teams.Western Tigers , who dished out a thumping 8-0 win over fellow City side Flamingo at the same venue on December 18th in their round-of-16 clash,will find Uitvlugt Warriors, the top side in the West Demerara FA,much more formidable opponents.Uitvlugt earned their date with the Tigers owing to a 3-0 win from the penalty mark over another City team, Northern Rangers; that match was played at the Leonora Track and Field Football Field on December 21st.The Warriors did not look their potent self against the Rangers and this would give the Tigers some level of confidence.However, the City side should not take that for granted as this is another day and a different scenario.The top West Demerara side will hope, under the Guidance of former national defender Orville Bobb who is Head Coach to see their players firing against the pride of West Riumveldt. To this end, the experienced Lerone Jacobs will have to turn up today if he is to make his years of experience count in securing a win for his team.Jacobs’ supporting cast will also have to bring their A game to the Tucville arena; the Duke brothers, Keyon and Kevin, Jamal Petty, Carisle Carryol, Alex Moore, Denzil Smith, Daniel Floyd, Jermaine Accra, Ryan Andrews, Kevin Fraser along with their last line of defence, goalkeepers, Travis Fraser and Shawn Browel.Western Tigers on the other hand will start with home advantage apart from playing on a turf that has brought great rewards for them over the years. Randolph Wagner, who led them with a brace in their rampant win over Flamingo will be aiming once again to lead from the front.He would fine able support in the form of Rensford Colridge, Shamar Wilson, Darren Benjamin, Anthony Sancho, Andre Webber and Dwayne Mc Lennon who were all on the score sheet in that win.While the Tigers would be tipped to win, time will tell who would book the second semi final spot as the winner of the opening salvo between Santos and Pouderoyen would have taken the first.This match too is anticipated to be a stern tester for both teams with a place in the final four being a huge motivating factor.Pouderoyen had clawed their way back from being a goal down to defeat Mahaica Determinators at Leonora and will have to replicate and even improve that performance if they are to get past Santos tonight.Pouderoyen’s Kiode King and Esan Nelson were the men who orchestrated the win over Mahaica and would be hoping for another good day at the park for their team. Backing up would be the Harding brothers, Anthony and Ashley, Dwayne St. Kitts, Morgan Denny, Kayode King, Marvin Frank, Denzil Boyce, Quessey Alleyne, Esan Nelson and custodian Sherwin Bernard.Santos too would be harbouring ambitious thoughts of a place in the final four. Like the Tigers, they would start with the advantage of playing at the Tucville ground on numerous occasions and can easily call this venue, home.Keith Cains and teammate Orin Yard had each blasted the nets twice in their 4-0 victory over Herstelling Raiders on December 18th and will more than likely be hunting another such performance.
New Delhi: Sonia Chahal came up short in the 57kg featherweight category as she lost to Germany’s Ornella Wahner 1-4 in the final of the Women’s World Boxing Championship in New Delhi on Saturday. Sonia, who was the silver medallist at the 2016 AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships and a twice silver medallist at the Asian Amateur Boxing Championships, dominated the first minute of the contest against the German but the experience of Wahner and her hard punches dominated the next two rounds as the Indian youngster struggled to get going. The Indian tried to make a comeback but the German gave her no room and the Indian could not land her punches. However, it ends a great tournament for Sonia, who had entered the final after defeating 2018 Asian Games silver-medalist Son Hwa Jo.Sonia’s silver medal summed up a solid day for India after Mary Kom won created history in the Women’s World Boxing Championship earlier to secure an unprecedented sixth gold medal, making her the most successful athlete in women’s boxing in history. Mary Kom had defeated the Ukranian in the 13th International Silesian Championship for women in Gliwice, Poland earlier in the year and she showed her prowess in the first round itself.Mary Kom was on the attack and she landed a couple of strong punches with the right as well as the left. In the second round, Mary Kom was a bit more calm and she bidded her time, dodging Okhota’s left hand. Egged on by a massive crowd cheering her name, Mary Kom landed a sharp left as she maintained the momentum. In the third round, Mary Kom continued to land the punches and after a slight confusion, she was declared the winner.Mary Kom had secured the gold medal the last time it was held in New Delhi in 2006 and she now has a chance to shatter history and become the all-time leading gold medal winner in the World Boxing Championship. With this win, Mary Kom became the only female boxer in history to win six gold medals in the World Boxing Championship. When one looks at both men and women’s boxing, Mary Kom has drawn level with Cuban boxer Felix Savon. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.
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