The Berlin Marathon is one of the fastest in the world. The current men’s world record was set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018.It will be the first year with no Berlin Marathon since the race was founded in 1974.The announcement came on the same day that the New York City Marathon was canceled. That race had been scheduled for Nov. 1.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports June 24, 2020 Associated Press ___Detroit Tigers general manager Al Avila says one player and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19.Avila said on a video conference that the player was living in Florida, but was not working out at the team’s spring training facilities in Lakeland. He did not identify the two people who tested positive.“They’re going through the process, obviously, of recovering as we speak,” Avila said. “It was just recently, a few days ago, so they’re still in the recovery stages, and at some point they’ll be tested again.”With baseball returning for a shortened season, the Tigers are set to have training camp in Detroit. Nearby Laurel Park remains closed to the general public.___This year’s Berlin Marathon has been canceled following months of uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers say “after extensive examination and various discussions” they were not able to find a later date. Authorities in Germany have blocked the hosting of major events through October.The marathon was scheduled for Sept. 27. UConn President Thomas Katsouleas told the school’s Board of Trustees Wednesday that the school will reduce the number of sports it supports from 24 to 20, eliminating its men’s cross-country, men’s swimming and diving, men’s tennis and women’s rowing teams.He said eliminating those programs, along with mandating a 15% cut in the operating budget of all sports and cutting some scholarships, should result in a requested savings of $10 million annually, or 25% of the school’s subsidy to the Division of Athletics over the next three years. That subsidy was $42 million in 2019.The school will continue to support the eliminated sports through the 2020-21 academic year, allowing the 124 affected athletes time to transfer or make other decisions, officials said.“While this is a painful decision, it is in the best interests of the long-term viability of UConn and of UConn athletics,” Katsouleas said. The decision came as the Board of Trustees approved a $1.5 billion spending plan for its main campus in Storrs and regional campuses. ___Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore will open Thursday for wagering on simulcast horse races.Fans will be required to wear masks, maintain social distancing and follow safety protocols to avoid the spread of COVID-19.The race track will open the first and second floors of the clubhouse. All fans must wear masks or a face covering upon entering the facility.Pimlico is scheduled to host the Preakness on Oct. 3. The Latest: UConn eliminates 4 sports in virus- related cuts Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The University of Connecticut is eliminating four athletic teams as it deals with an expected budget deficit driven by issues related to the coronavirus pandemic.
Update on the latest sports SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton held on to win the British Grand Prix on Sunday despite a puncture on the last lap to clinch an 87th career win and move within four of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.The championship leader’s record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who unexpectedly moved up a place after Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas sustained a puncture with three laps left. With Hamilton so far ahead, Verstappen went in for a tire change in a bid to gain an extra point for the fastest lap but that pit stop ultimately cost him victory because Hamilton’s front left shredded with half a lap to go. Verstappen swallowed up most of the 25-second gap but ran out of time. Charles Leclerc finished third for Ferrari. Sebastian Vettel, a four-time F1 champion, placed 10th and has now failed to get into the top five for his worst start to a season since 2008. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-NEWSReds-Tigers debut MLB’s 7-inning doubleheadersUNDATED (AP) — Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto was placed on the injured list before the opener of Sunday’s doubleheader against the Detroit Tigers. The team gave no reason for the move but specified that Votto, a six-time All-Star, is not on the 10-day injured list. The 36-year-old Votto is batting .259 with two home runs and five RBIs in seven games this season. The move made room to activate right-handed pitcher Anthony Desclafani from the 10-day injured list. He was scheduled to start the first game of the doubleheader. It says hundreds of players throughout the Pac-12 are concerned about the risks of COVID-19 and that the conference and NCAA lack transparency, uniformity and adequate enforcement infrastructure.The Pac-12 on Friday released a revised football schedule for the upcoming season, which because of the pandemic is not guaranteed to be played. The new schedule pushes the start of the season back three weeks to Sept. 26 and includes only 10 conference games. The Pac-12 also announced that 20 hours per week of mandatory team activities for football, including weight training, meetings and unpadded walk-through practices, would be permitted to begin Monday. Preseason practice for Pac-12 schools can begin Aug. 17.Officials across college football anticipate disruptions this season related to COVID-19. The Atlantic Coast Conference and Southeastern Conference also announced plans last week to play truncated football seasons with delayed starts.F1-BRITISH GPHamilton wins British GP to close in on Schumacher’s record Also Sunday, the Jaguars activated rookie defensive tackle DaVon Hamilton, tight end Charles Jones and starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor from the COVID-19 list.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PAC-12 OPT-OUTPac-12 football players urge opt-out amid COVID-19 concernsUNDATED (AP) — A group of Pac-12 football players say they will not practice or play until their concerns about playing during the COVID-19 pandemic and other racial and economic issues in college sports are addressed.The players posted a statement Sunday on The Players’ Tribune website and social media with the hashtag #WeAreUnited and sent out a press release. The release listed the names of 12 Pac-12 players from nine schools, including Oregon star safety Jevon Holland, and provided a statement from each one. NFL-NEWSJaguars sign Adam Gotsis after 2 linemen opt outUNDATED (AP) — The Jacksonville Jaguars have signed fifth-year defensive end Adam Gotsis days after two linemen opted out of the season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Veterans Al Woods and Lerentee McCray decided not to play in 2020, creating a need for depth along Jacksonville’s defensive front.Gotsis spent the last four years in Denver, where he notched 109 tackles, 13 passes defensed, five sacks and two forced fumbles. He was a second-round draft pick in 2016. He played in nine games in 2019, finishing with 16 tackles. He missed the final three games because of a knee injury. Associated Press August 2, 2020 SILVERSTONE, England (AP) — Lewis Hamilton held on to win the British Grand Prix on Sunday despite a puncture on the last lap to clinch an 87th career win and move within four of Michael Schumacher’s Formula One record.The championship leader’s record-extending seventh Silverstone win saw him finish six seconds ahead of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who unexpectedly moved up a place after Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas sustained a puncture with three laps left. With Hamilton so far ahead, Verstappen went in for a tire change in a bid to gain an extra point for the fastest lap but that pit stop ultimately cost him victory because Hamilton’s front left shredded with half a lap to go. Verstappen swallowed up most of the 25-second gap but ran out of time. F1-BRITISH GPHamilton wins British GP to close in on Schumacher’s record The twinbill in Detroit is the first of the shortened doubleheaders instituted by Major League Baseball in an effort to promote player health and safety. The new seven-inning doubleheader rule was announced Friday by Major League Baseball and the players’ association.Baseball could see an unusually high number of doubleheaders in this shortened season due not only to rainouts, but also to positive coronavirus tests causing postponements.In other MLB news:— Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw is set to make his season debut Sunday night when he faces the Diamondbacks at Arizona. The three-time NL Cy Young Award winner was scratched shortly before he was scheduled to start July 23 on opening day because of back issues that have slowed him in recent years. The 32-year-old Kershaw was 16-5 with a 3.03 ERA last season.— Los Angeles manager Joe Maddon says he thinks Mike Trout will return to the Angels shortly but the team won’t rush him. The three-time AL MVP Mike Trout is now a first-time dad. The Angels center fielder and his wife, Jessica, have announced the birth of their first child, a boy named Beckham Aaron Trout. Trout left the club Thursday and was put on the paternity list, which lets players to stay away from their teams for three days.
Ninvalle complains to GOA about boxer’s lackadaisical attitudeSTEVE Ninvalle, president of Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), has written to the Guyana Olympic Association (GOA), recommending that they “put on hold” the country’s leading amateur fighter Keevin Allicock’s trip to Cuba to prepare him for the Pan Am Games. “Upon careful investigation it was uncovered that Mr Allicock has been delinquent in regards to attending training sessions locally and his attitude towards the task at hand is nothing short of lackadaisical,” Ninvalle wrote in a letter penned to GOA boss Juman Yassin on May 26.According to Ninvalle, from May 1 to 23, Allicock attended just 12 of 30 training sessions held by Cuban coach Francisco Roldan, despite the pleadings from several persons.“Less than 50 percent attendance at training leading up to any competition is unacceptable – barring illness. Our conclusion is that if Mr Allicock is unconcerned about his training in Guyana and treats it as unimportant then it is only logical that the same will happen in Cuba,” Ninvalle reasoned.Ninvalle reminded Yassin of a force meeting between GBA and GOA regarding Allicock’s apathetic attitude, with even award-winning boxing coach Sebert Black making a complaint and Cuban coach Francisco Roldan supporting.“We (GBA) had then warned the Caribbean bantamweight champion that his attitude towards training needed to drastically improve. This has not happened and his attendance has gotten worse. In fact, Mr Allicock failed to even attend a medical examination provided by the GOA and offered the excuse of “not feeling well” as the reason for his absence,” Ninvalle wrote.“All of this comes against the backdrop of Mr Allicock coming in at over six pounds over the bantamweight limit for his last fight in Guyana. On Saturday, May 25, 2019 at another meeting chaired by you (Yassin), Mr Allicock could offer no reason for his absence from training.Being concerned about his approach to training and preparation for such an important international engagement, GBA recommends to you that his imminent trip to Cuba be put on hold. We also recommend that GOA immediately put on hold all stipends paid to Mr Allicock until the GBA signals that there has been an improvement in his attitude towards training.”
THE Jefford’s Classic, set for August 11, has attracted the support of the Guyana Lottery Company’s betting platform– Let’s Bet Sport. The event is set for the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, Linden.At a simple, but significant ceremony on Monday morning, Brand Ambassador of Let’s Bet Sports, Rawle Toney, and coordinator of the Classic, Edison Jefford, spoke of the new partnership.Toney, addressing the media, said Let’s Bet Sports felt it “imperative to be involved in the mainstay of track and field, moreso a mainstay of track and field in Linden.”“Let’s Bet Sports is happy to be affiliated with a company and a brand that would have stuck to its word, stating that irrespective of all that’s happening in track and field in Linden and at the Mackenzie Sports Club ground, that they would not move (from that venue),” Toney asserted.He added: “By next year this time we should have the completion of a synthetic track (in Linden), so it’s good to see Edison and his team would have stuck to their plan, hoping that the track would come to fruition, and Let’s Bet Sports, as I mentioned earlier, we’re cementing our place alongside the Jefford Track and Field Classic for the very first year and it would definitely not be the last.”Jefford pointed out that the support from companies like the Guyana Lottery Company “augers well for the development of our athletes.”“This goes directly to the two million dollars in cash that we will offer our athletes on August 11. I know for sure they (the athletes) will be ready to burn the track, if you want to put it that way.”Unlike what previously obtained when clubs benefitted, the cash incentives would now go directly to the athletes.The top three finishers would receive $40,000, $25,000 and $15,000 respectively. The event will get underway at 09:00hrs and admission is $1,000 for adults and $500 for children.Let’s Bet Sports apart, the event has garnered the support of the National Sports Commission, ANSA McAL Trading, Exxon Mobil, DeSinco Limited under Swiss Brand, Antarctic Maintenance and Repairs, YK Investments Pawn Shop, Jude Bike Shop and Power Producers Distributors Inc.
BARCELONA (Reuters) – Barcelona were booed off the pitch by their supporters as their patchy form continued with a 0-0 draw at home to Slavia Prague in their Champions League Group F game on Tuesday.Ernesto Valverde’s side had fallen to a 3-1 defeat at Levante in La Liga on the weekend and could not give the rousing response they craved, failing to break down a diligent and bold Slavia side.With Luis Suarez injured, Barca lacked a cutting edge and visiting goalkeeper Ondrej Kolar produced an admirable display to shut out the Catalans, thwarting Lionel Messi and Sergi Roberto from close range in the second half.Messi also struck the top of the post in the first period following a thrilling solo charge from his own half and then teed up Arturo Vidal for a tap-in late in the game but the effort was ruled out for offside against the Argentine. “Playing like this it’s difficult to see us winning the Champions League,” said Barca defender Gerard Pique.“We had chances to score but the ball wouldn’t go in. Results aren’t going our way in these last two games, and when you go two games without winning at Barca the fans expect more because expectations are so high.”Barca lead the group on eight points after four games, while Slavia are bottom with two. The Czechs, who were unfortunate to lose 2-1 at home to Barcelona two weeks ago, made a bright start and nearly took an early lead with a heavily-deflected shot which was repelled by the Catalans’ goalkeeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.They did manage to find the net at the end of the first half but the goal was disallowed for a clear offside.The visitors had bright spells in the second half although they did not manage to test Ter Stegen further, and angry boos and whistles rang out around the Camp Nou at fulltime. “It’s a difficult moment for us but the fans have the right to express how they feel and it’s up to us to deal with it,” said Barca defender Clement Lenglet.“We knew Slavia were a dangerous opponent who had quality and we were not taken by surprise by them. We suffered at various stages of the game.“We don’t have any time to sit around and get worried, we have to keep working and play every three days. We’re going to turn this around.”
… crowned champions of 2019 Smalta Girls Pee Wee footballBy Stephan Sookram ON a soggy night in Georgetown, it took one ‘Chance’ for North Georgetown to be crowned champions of the 2019 Smalta Girls Pee Wee football champions.Martha Chance’s double sealed the deal for the eventual winners over defending champions West Ruimveldt in a 2-1 nail-biter of a contest last evening at the Ministry of Education ground.Martha Chance scores goal number one in North Georgetown’s 2-1 win over West Ruimvedlt in the final of the Smalta Girls Pee Wee competition. (Delano Williams photo)Chance’s opening goal in the 11th minute set her aside from the rest of the players on the field. She dribbled two defenders before putting her shot high in the right corner, far out of the reach of the goalkeeper.The North Georgetown bench roared after the goal, but their lead was short-lived.Danella Lewis’ 15th minute shot, which flew past the keeper, meant that the scores were back level, as the West supporters streamed onto the field in celebration with their players.Visibly upset at the equaliser, North Georgetown, led by Chance begun bombarding the opposition with shots from all parts of the field but to no avail.Eventually, the half ended and even before the commencement of the second half, North Georgetown side were back on the field, sitting in their playing positions. And from the whistle, they carried the fire.Chance was the point of their attack, oftentimes shooting just steps into the opposition half.On every attempt, she tested the goalkeeper’s skill, inching closer and closer to the goal that seemed inevitable.When she finally did it, she did it in style; a curling free kick just tall enough to clear the heads of the defenders but producing enough dip into the goal, which sent the crowd into frenzy.And when the final whistle went, it was a mad scramble by little schoolgirls running to their players and coaches to celebrate their win.Chance picked up the Most Valuable Player award as well as the Most Goals with 22 while North’s Ayanna Griffith won the Best Goalkeeper.In handing over the winners’ trophy, Ansa McAl, through their corporate Communications Officer Treiston Joseph, contended, “There were no losers tonight; you all are winners because you are building a tradition that cannot be erased.”In the third-place playoff, Tucville beat Redeemer 3-2 on penalties Smith Memorial finished fifth, St Stephen’s sixth, Timehri Primary seventh and South Ruimvedlt eighth.
THE newly elected executives of the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) have been appointed, with president Hilbert Foster confirming the members of the respective committees which will help in achieving the board’s goals for 2020.After meeting last Wednesday at the board’s New Amsterdam Office, all 8 elected executives were named. President Hilbert Foster, vice-presidents Albert Smith, Qualis Winter and Robby Saywack, secretary Angela Haniff, Asst secretary Ameer Rahaman, treasurer Dr. Cecil Beharry, Asst treasurer Rovin Bahadur were present for the entire two-hour meeting.The BCB president congratulated the executives on being elected and stated that as a team, they would have to make sure that they reward the confidence of the clubs and sub-associations. Foster and Smith were elected 31-0 while the others won 30-0 as clubs rewarded them for a very successful two-year term in 2018 and 2019.Foster urged his fellow executives to be very visible at cricket venues during matches, to attend meetings on a regular basis, to come up with visionary plans and to work along with every stakeholder of Berbice Cricket, as it is very important for everyone to feel involved.The BCB executives selected 19-year-old Simon Naidu as BCB Public Relations Officer (PRO) for another 2-year term while Malcolm Peters, Neil Rudder, Javed Saywack, Leslie Solomon, Lyken Edwards, Victor Takurdeen and Kellon Henry were appointed executive members. Vice-president Qualis Winter will head the three-man Disciplinary Committee. The other members are Police Officer Michael Newland and Jaipaul Heeralall of the D’Edward Club of West Berbice.Leslie Solomon of Port Mourant CC was appointed chairman of the important Competitions Committee while Neil Rudder would serve as vice-chairman and Ameer Rahaman as secretary.The other members are Karran Ramsammy (Whim), Gregory Crandon (Guymine), Narine Deonarine (Chesney), Lyken Edwards (Edinburgh), Robby Saywack (Bush Lot), Amir Khan (Blairmont) and Winston Smith (Ramnarine Memorial).Former national Youth player Balram Samaroo heads the crucial selection committee while national Youth player Kellon Henry would serve as his deputy.Leslie Solomon was named secretary and chief record-keeper. The other selectors are O. Outar, Winston Smith, Surendra Kissoonlall and Roshan Gafoor.Successful cricket coach Albert Smith heads the Cricket Development Committee, which has been mandated to come up with recommendations to lift Berbice cricket to a higher level.Other members are Winston Smith, Balram Samaroo, Tremayne Smartt, O. Outar, Floyd Benjamin, Lakeram Latham and Glenford Fordyce. Treasurer Dr Cecil Beharry and Asst treasurer Rovin Bahadur were appointed chairman and vice-chairman of the BCB Financial Committee.Secretary Angela Haniff, Amir Khan, Brian Baker and Gregory Rambarran are the other members of the Financial Committee. Attorney-at-Law Arun Goosai would continue to serve as Legal Adviser to the board.
THE International Cricket Council (ICC) has offered its condolences following the death of former West Indies batsman Sir Everton Weekes at the age of 95.In a statement, ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney remembered ICC Cricket Hall of Famer Weekes as a top batsman of his era and one whose performances will be long remembered.Manu Sawhney: “Weekes is a distinguished name in cricket and he was an integral member of one of the best Test sides ever. We all know of the ‘The Three Ws’ that comprised Frank Worrell, Clyde Walcott and Weekes, and the reputation they had during the 1940s and 50s.“His attacking batting contributed in making the West Indies such an attractive side to watch. To be in that team itself was such a big honor, but there were times when Weekes really stood apart with his distinct style. On behalf of everyone at the ICC, I send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.”Weekes played 48 Test matches from 1947 to 1958, aggregating 4,455 runs at an average of 58.61. Known to show quick footwork and fluent stroke-play, Weekes slammed 15 centuries, which included a record five in consecutive innings in 1948.One of those centuries came at home against England and four on a tour of India. He almost got a sixth consecutive century but was unlucky to be run out for 90 at Chennai.Weekes’s cousin Bam Bam Weekes and son David Murray played international cricket while a few other relatives played first-class cricket.Weekes officiated as an ICC match referee in three Tests and four One Day Internationals, all in 1994.
(BBC) – England seam bowler, Stuart Broad, said he considered retirement after being dropped for last month’s opening Test of the summer against West Indies.Broad, 34, was left out at Southampton, where West Indies won by four wickets.He returned for the final two Tests, both won by England, and took 16 wickets to pass 500 for his career.“Were there thoughts of retirement going round my head? 100%. Because I was so down,” Broad told the Mail on Sunday.“I was expecting to play, which is always a bit of a dangerous thing in sport, but I felt I deserved to play.“When Stokesy [Ben Stokes] told me I wasn’t playing, I felt my body go into shakes. I could barely speak.”Only six other bowlers in history have taken more Test wickets than Broad, who has played 140 Test matches.The 16 wickets he took in the final two Tests against West Indies at Old Trafford came at an average of 10.93.He added: “I have not really told anyone this, but I was so down that week of the first Test, I was really low. I was stuck in that hotel. I couldn’t go anywhere. It wasn’t like I could go back to [girlfriend] Mollie and have a barbeque and chill out and re-assess.“I didn’t sleep for two days. I was nowhere. A different decision could definitely have been made with my emotions of how I was feeling.”Broad, who is now targeting 600 Test wickets, also revealed that Stokes, who was captaining in England in the first Test in the absence of Joe Root, then played a key role.“Stokesy knocked on my door on the Thursday night and stayed in the corridor to talk to me. He said: ‘This isn’t about cricket, but how are you, mate?’ That was very impressive for him to do.”Broad made his Test debut in 2007 and for most of his career has been bracketed with new ball partner Anderson, 38, England’s record Test wicket-taker, who has 589 wickets, having made his debut in 2003.“Do I think I’m in England’s best XI? Absolutely. Do I think Jimmy Anderson is in England’s best XI? Absolutely,” he said.“There is no doubt that Jimmy and I have got better. No doubt.“The last 18 months, I have been averaging 20.5 per wicket in Test cricket. Take age out of that. If anyone were doing that at any age, you would want to keep them around for a bit and not look past it.”
For Palace, Scott Dann has been passed fit after missing the 2-0 defeat at Manchester United on Wednesday. Connor Wickham is in contention having returned for the Eagles off the bench against Arsenal and United, while goalkeeper Julian Speroni could also start having impressed against Louis van Gaal’s side. James McArthur returned from an ankle problem at Old Trafford, but may not start at Wembley.For Watford, Flores has no injury concerns ahead of today’s game, though Nordin Amrabat will miss out through suspension having been dismissed late on in the 3-1 defeat at West Ham on Wednesday night.The Watford boss rested a number of key players at the Boleyn Ground, and is likely to restore Ighalo, Troy Deeney, Ben Watson, Etienne Capoue and Allan Nyom to his starting XI. Costel Pantilimon is set to continue as the Hornets’ cup goalkeeper despite being back-up to Heurelho Gomes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram London rivals Crystal Palace and Watford know that a win in today’s Wembley showdown will leave them just one game away from FA Cup glory. Watford would be looking up to Nigerian striker Odion Ighalo to provide the goals that will fire his side closer to a final with Manchester United who defeate Everton 2-1 in the other Wembley semi final Saturday.Neither Crystal Palace nor Watford has had a standout season in the Premier League, but both Alan Pardew and Quique Sanchez Flores will know just how important today’s match is in terms of a rare shot at silverware for their clubs.The FA Cup represents a bright end to Palace’s campaign after a disastrous slide in form has seen the Eagles slip from potential Champions League contenders into relegation battlers. Watford are all but safe from the drop despite also hitting a mid-season slump, and Flores could do with a win given the mounting speculation regarding his future at Vicarage Road.