F1 hopeful of Silverstone in July and August

first_img(REUTERS) – FORMULA One remains hopeful about the chances of racing at Britain’s Silverstone circuit in July and August despite quarantine measures confirmed yesterday.Interior Minister Priti Patel said a 14-day quarantine will be introduced from June 8 for travellers arriving from abroad, to guard against a resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic.No exemptions for sport were mentioned, with soccer clubs competing in Europe also potentially affected, but a Formula One spokesman and Silverstone manager Stuart Pringle said talks were continuing.“We have been working closely with government on the implications of the policy for Formula One and Silverstone,” said the spokesman.“Those discussions are ongoing at this time with the aim of finding a solution with safety as our first priority.”Pringle told Sky Sports television that he was hopeful of a solution.“I am very clear that the importance of the industry is understood by government,” he said.“So I remain optimistic that a sensible and pragmatic solution, which puts the onus on the sport quite rightly to come up with the right solution, can be found.”Formula One’s season has yet to start, with three races cancelled – including the showcase Monaco Grand Prix that would have been held this weekend – and seven others postponed.The sport hopes to get going in Austria in carefully controlled conditions, and using charter flights, with back-to-back races on July 5 and 12 before two more at Silverstone likely on July 26 and August 2.While seven of the 10 teams are based in Britain, a two-week quarantine would pose problems for Italy-based Ferrari and AlphaTauri as well as Alfa Romeo, whose team operate out of Switzerland.Quarantine would also make it hard for teams to come and go on a tight schedule.Pringle said Silverstone, a home race for Mercedes’ six-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and this year celebrating the 70th anniversary of hosting the first world championship race, had flexibility, but Formula One needed to be sure of movement.“We can accommodate later dates in August if required, possibly even into September conceptually,” he said.“But it’s not so much about what we can accommodate … it’s can the championship piece together a calendar that allows them to go from country to country?“And can they have the confidence to commit to that in a timescale that allows the freighting plan to come together because it’s the logistics that are the key to getting this championship underway.”last_img read more

Postseason surge after miserable regular-season stretch leads Syracuse to Elite Eight matchup with Marquette

first_img Related Stories Syracuse’s zone has caught opponents off guard, but Marquette will be readySyracuse prepares to limit Gardner after Marquette center scored 26 points in last meetingMarquette’s two hellish weeks of preseason carrying Golden Eagles through NCAA Tournament, into Elite Eight matchup with SyracuseLast time they played: Marquette 74, Syracuse 71How Marquette got to the Elite Eight Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on March 29, 2013 at 5:59 pm Contact Ryne: rjgery@syr.educenter_img WASHINGTON — The confidence level never wavered. But Syracuse’s season had reached its breaking point.It was March 10, the day after Georgetown’s 61-39 annihilation of the Orange, and the realization finally hit junior forward C.J. Fair and his teammates. The embarrassment from the previous afternoon’s debacle was still tangible as the players met and started practice on their own before the coaches arrived.They knew they needed to turn it around. Fast.“We knew something had to change,” Fair said. “I think we took the initiative to turn things around, knowing our season could be over very quick.”Syracuse pulled off the late-season turnaround, shedding the weight of the team’s four losses in its final five regular-season games with an inspired performance at the Big East tournament followed by the Orange’s dominant run through the East Region to the Elite Eight. After looking like a team left for dead at the Verizon Center three weeks ago, SU is one win away from cutting the nets down in the same arena to reach the Final Four.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textStanding in the way is Marquette, a Big East rival the Orange lost to during its brutal finish to the regular season.“For one of the Big East teams to make it to the Final Four is incredible,” SU guard Brandon Triche said. “Hopefully it will be us.”Triche said after Thursday night’s win that he and his teammates stayed positive by thinking back to Connecticut’s national championship run in 2011. The Huskies, led by prolific guard Kemba Walker, lost four of their final five regular season games before reeling off 11 straight wins to take the Big East and national championships.Even before the season, at media day in October, Triche said he’d be happy to have a “basic” regular season like UConn did if it ended with the same result. In the end, Triche said, the regular season is meaningless. Teams are remembered for their performances in March.At Madison Square Garden, Syracuse showed signs of its capability to match UConn’s run with three wins, including one over Georgetown, before falling to Louisville in the championship game. The Orange started to look like the talented group that spent the majority of the season in the Top 10 again.Three wins in the NCAA Tournament, including the dominant 11-point victory over top-seeded Indiana, completed the rebirth of Syracuse as a national title contender.“We’re just a whole different team and our will to win is great,” SU point guard Michael Carter-Williams said.The transformation started that Sunday after the loss to Georgetown.It struck assistant coach Gerry McNamara as he and the coaching staff made their way to the gym for practice. The players started early.At a moment of adversity, when the players could have crumbled and drifted apart, they came together. They were better than they’d been playing, but they needed to show it or their next loss would soon be their last.“I think it was just a perfect example of a team taking control of their situation and deciding we’re going to get better and we’re going to do it right now,” McNamara said.So Syracuse is at the Verizon Center, 40 minutes away from the Final Four for a second straight season.After losing four key players from last season’s 34-3 team that came up short in the Elite Eight against Ohio State, this group has battled through the ups and downs.The Orange jumped out to an 18-1 start, establishing themselves as national title contenders with a win over then-No. 1 Louisville at the KFC Yum! Center on Jan. 19. They faltered twice during a six-game stretch without sharpshooter James Southerland. And they struggled through all four losses spanning February and March.Syracuse felt the season slipping away three weeks ago with the fourth loss in five games, but it’s regrouped for the postseason, the only part of the year that really matters. With that mentality and last year’s failure still fresh, the Orange is determined to take the next step and head to Atlanta.“We know how it feels to get so close and come up short,” Fair said, “so we got another chance this year to have a different outcome.“I think we are going to do whatever we can do to get to the Final Four.” Commentslast_img read more

Trojans swept by No. 22 Rice following hot start

first_imgUSC walked into its weekend series at No. 22 Rice with a 3-1 overall mark, and at times, looked capable of improving upon their strong start.In three games, the Trojans committed just two errors and yielded one unearned run.And although Rice scored 19 runs in the three games, seven of those came in one inning.Quality start · Junior starter Austin Wood finished with a no decision Saturday despite allowing just three runs in six and two-third innings. – Carlo Acenas | Daily Trojan But the Trojans leave Houston with three straight losses. The problem: timely hitting. The Trojans left 32 men on base over the span of three games, bringing their season total up to 68 for the season — nearly 10 per game.Sunday, the Trojans left eight men on, including the tying run in the ninth to take a 3-2 loss.The key moment for Rice came in the seventh inning. With the score tied at one and USC senior starting pitcher Logan Odom still going strong, Rice shortstop Derek Hamilton was hit by a pitch and then stole second. A base hit put runners at the corners, and another steal put men on second and third with two down.It was Rice’s chance to demonstrate some timely hitting, and they did. First basemen J.T. Chargois ripped a triple to right to give the Owls and 3-1 lead and chase Odom from the game.But USC would have its chances. With one out in the eighth, sophomore third basemen Adam Landecker singled and junior first basemen Ricky Oropesa reached on an error to put two on. Senior second baseman Joe De Pinto singled to left to plate Landecker and move Oropesa to second, but neither junior right fielder Alex Sherrod nor junior catcher Kevin Roundtree could get the hit that was needed.Junior designated hitter Brandon Garcia led off the ninth with a single right back up the middle. Freshman catcher Kevin Swick was brought on as a pinch-runner and advanced to second on a fielder’s choice to put the tying run in scoring position with one out, but Rice’s closer fanned a pair to end the game, completing the sweep for the Owls.Saturday ended in a similarly crushing way for the Trojans. All told, the Trojans left 13 men on base Saturday, leaving the bases juiced in the first, sixth and ninth, a standing a pair in the eighth.Junior starting pitcher Austin Wood matched Odom’s stellar Sunday performance with three runs over six and two-thirds innings Saturday, but the Trojans’ bullpen was unable to maintain the lead.Saturday and Sunday could be classified as pitchers’ duels, but Friday was a slugfest.The Trojans struck in the top of the first with a simple sacrifice fly, but then stranded runners at the corners. They put another across in the fourth, but then left the bases loaded. USC put a third run on the board in the top of the fifth, but in the bottom half of the inning it all fell apart.Rice tied the game with no outs, and scored once more with one out. With two down, the Trojans looked to get out of the inning down just one, but surrendered a two-run homer and another two-out RBI before finally getting out of the inning with a seven on the board.The Trojans chipped away with two in the sixth. Sherrod led off the seventh with USC’s first homer of the season to make it a one-run game. USC then proceeded to tie the game on a passed ball.The Trojans used four pitchers in the seventh inning in an attempt to keep the Owls off the board, but freshman Derek Hamilton ripped an RBI single through the hole to give Rice an 8-7 lead. The Trojans stranded another pair in the eighth, and Rice tacked on two more for a 10-7 lead before USC went quietly in the ninth.Up next for USC is a Tuesday game at Long Beach State at 6:30 p.m.last_img read more

Michael Vick net worth, earnings, Pro Bowl after dogfight controversy

first_imgAlso Read | Gerrit Cole Net Worth, Salary As New York Yankees Splurge $324 MillionMichael Vick net worthMichael Vick has a net worth that currently stands at an estimated $15 million, as reported by Celebrity Net Worth. His historic 10-year $130 million deal with the Atlanta Falcons had made him the highest-paid player in the NFL, which included a league-record $37 million in guaranteed money. In 2011, Michael Vick had signed another big deal with the Philadelphia Eagles worth $100 million which was a 6-year contract and guaranteed Vick $40 million in cash. This was after his comeback to the NFL, a little more than two years after he was released from prison on dogfighting charges. His conviction and jail time had reportedly cost him most of his previous $130 million contract money that he had signed with the Atlanta Falcons earlier in his career.Also Read | Anthony Rendon Net Worth, Salary And Contract Details With Los Angeles AngelsMichael Vick to serve as a captain despite dogfight controversyThe former NFL quarterback will still be serving as an honorary captain at the Pro Bowl this year despite of the petition that calls for his removal from Pro Bowl over his 2007 dogfighting conviction, according to the NFL Commissioner, Roger Goodell. He said that they have supported Michael in his recognition of the mistake that he made and that he has already paid a heavy price for it. Roger added that Vick was held accountable for his mistakes and has worked aggressively with the Humane Society and other institutions to deal with animal rights in order to make sure people do not make the same mistake that he made.Also Read | Scott Boras Net Worth, Earnings, Commission And More On The Celebrated MLB AgentAlso Read | Michael Vick: 220,000 Americans Urge NFL To Remove Ex-quarterback As Pro Bowl Captain Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US ◻️ Lamar grew up idolizing Vick.◼️Vick mentored Lamar.◻️ Lamar broke Vick’s record.◼️Vick celebrated it.This is what it means to inspire the next generation. pic.twitter.com/nmUDExmm2u— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) December 13, 2019 WATCH US LIVE Last Updated: 13th December, 2019 20:21 IST Michael Vick Net Worth, Earnings, Pro Bowl After Dogfight Controversy Michael Vick net worth: He is a former American football quarterback who has played 13 seasons in the NFL. Find out his worth, serving as captain for Pro Bowl. COMMENTcenter_img Michael Vick entered the NFL as the first overall pick in 2001 with the Atlanta Falcons and is also recognised for having played with the Philadelphia Eagles. The four-time NFL Pro Bowler had a huge impact on the sport and also created a path for the next generations of quarterbacks. Michael Vick has also played for the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers for one season each, primarily as a backup player before becoming a free agent in 2016. He officially retired from the game the next year and went on to become an analyst for the Fox Sports television series Fox NFL Kickoff on FS1 in 2017 and has also been a contributor to FS1’s NFL coverage across all their studio programming. LIVE TV Danish Ansari First Published: 13th December, 2019 20:21 IST FOLLOW USlast_img read more

PL on Citi: Jose Mourinho loses on Manchester United return, Liverpool, Chelsea record wins

first_imgChelsea boss Frank Lampard got the better of former Blues team-mate and Aston Villa assistant boss John Terry with a 2-1 triumph at Stamford Bridge.The returning Tammy Abraham opened the scoring but Villa forward Trezeguet levelled things up.Mason Mount’s fierce effort secured the victory for Chelsea though, who had lost their two previous matches. Abraham and Mount got the goals to give Chelsea the win Liverpool was far too good for Everton Liverpool piled more misery on Marco Silva as they got the better of Merseyside rivals Everton, winning 5-2 at Anfield.Goals from Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri put Jurgen Klopp’s men 2-0 up but Michael Keane’s neat finish pulled one back for Everton on 21 minutes.But an excellent touch and lob from Origi and Sadio Mane’s strike made it 4-1 to the Reds. Richarlison scored on the stroke of half time with a header.There was only one more goal in the second half and that fell to Liverpool – Georginio Wijnaldum firing the ball home following great work on the left from substitute Roberto Firmino. Mourinho even suffered a knock in the game when Dan James clattered into him after being taken out by Harry Winks But his new club were behind on six minutes when Marcus Rashford beat Paulo Gazzaniga at the near post after Jesse Lingard dispossessed Davinson Sanchez in a dangerous area.A moment of magic from Spurs’ man of the moment Dele Alli leveled the scores just before half time – Alli flicking the ball up before finding the corner of the net on the half-volley.But the home side restored their lead after the break through a penalty from Rashford after Moussa Sissoko was adjudged to have brought the England striker down, although replays suggest there was minimal contact. The decision to award this penalty was contentious Jose Mourinho’s return to Old Trafford ended in defeat as his Tottenham side were beaten 2-1 by Manchester United.The Portuguese was at Man United’s home for the first time since he was sacked as Red Devils boss in December 2018. Below you can see the results from all six Premier League matches on Wednesday night.Chelsea 2-1 Aston VillaLeicester 2-0 WatfordManchester United 2-1 TottenhamSouthampton 2-1 NorwichWolves 2-0 West HamLiverpool 5-2 Evertonlast_img read more

Thaddeus Sory stirs controversy at World Cup Commission hearing

first_imgThe much expected appearance of members of the Ghana Football Association (GFA) before the Commission of Inquiry into Ghana’s participation in Brazil, took a dramatic turn Tuesday, when counsel for the Association’s vice president, managed to force a postponement of the hearing for his client.Thaddeus Sory, argued that, the right of his client Fred Crenstil, chairman of the Black Starlets Management Committee and Vice President of the GFA was violated, because he was not given adequate notice before the hearing.Sory, said, his client only picked up his invitation Tuesday morning to appear before the commission the same day, when he should have been given a clear eight day notice.The lawyer also wanted to know, whether his client is “a target or non-target witness” before the Justice Senyo Dzamefe Commission could take his testimony.The presentation sent the sitting into a legal tussle between members of the commission and lawyer Sory, who insisted on the rights of his clients.The commission took a short break to deliberate on the matter and on resumption, granted the request of the lawyer. Justice Dzamefe admitted Sory was right adding “I enjoyed the academic exercise. It was good, lawyer Sory you are intelligent,” he stated.Justice Dzamefe however, noted that, the Commission could have also insisted to proceed based on its powers to modify the counsel’s request according to Rule 23 of CI 65 but stated that, they will agree to Sory’s request of seeking adequate notice for his client.The Commission, applied Rule 9 of CI 65 which grants the witness a grace period of eight days to reappear from the day invitation was served.last_img read more

Nigeria World Cup kit sells out in minutes, fans queue

first_imgThe new Nigeria home kit to be worn at the World Cup 2018 in Russia was sold out minutes after its release on Friday morning as hundreds of fans queued outside London’s NikeTown store in Oxford Street.The kit, modelled by Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi amongst others, has been hailed as the best kit of all of those to be seen in Russia this summer, with Nike having to push the release date back earlier this week due to such high demand.Nike had already received three million pre-order for the shirt before it officially went on sale on Friday.And the demand is so high that the kit sold out in minutes and is now unavailable to buy on the Nike website.The away kit is also now sold out, along with the training kit, which has a similar design to the home kit, two different types of training jackets and floral joggers. The shirt alone is priced by Nike at £64.95 and will likely be seen for the first time in action on Saturday evening when Nigeria face England at Wembley in the first of their World Cup qualifiers.The kit was deliberately one of the last released for the World Cup, with the Nigeria Football Federation attempting to avoid the spread of fake replicas throughout the country.last_img read more

New FIFA Ranking: Bosnian Dragons Went up 2 positions

first_imgThere’s been many changes in the latest ranking among successful teams, but it is worth pointing out that our national team had also climbed up on the ranking list.The Bosnia and Herzegovina team climbed up 2 positions up on the table and it is currently 19th  position, while England is currently one position behind B&H.Germany, who is up to one position, lead the table for the first time in 20 years and is now winner of the World Championship.Germany is followed by Argentina  and the Netherlands. The Oranje’s third-place finish at the World Cup has propelled them 12 positions up the table and back into the top ten.A big disappointment of the World Championship 2014 is the former champion Spain who have fallen from the top spot to the eighth place.(Source: Sportcentar)last_img read more

Amel Tuka won the sixth place in the Diamond League

first_imgBest BH athlete Amel Tuka won the sixth place in the Diamond League rally in Lausanne (Switzerland) in an 800-meter race.Tuka finished the rally in time of 1.44.87.The first three places were taken by Kenyans, and for the time being the only competitor from BiH is Amel Tuka.last_img

Shining Among Multitudes

first_imgPresident Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has lauded Montserrado County Representative Saah Joseph for his level of dedication and love exhibited for Liberia and Liberians especially during the peak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) crisis when he, though being a legislator, took upon himself to make sacrifices in an effort to save the lives of his compatriots.President Sirleaf, in a retrospective tone, reflected on the Montserrado County lawmaker as one of the first responders on the Ebola frontline. “You were one of the first on the Ebola frontline and faced the virus when a lot of people did not know the disease well and were afraid and confused.“You and your team braved the storm when doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers as well as our citizens were dying in their numbers; you are a true servant and hero of our country,” President Sirleaf informed Representative Joseph.President Sirleaf made the statement when she received a 20-member team of the First Responders Emergency Medical Services Incorporated (FREMSI) of Representative Joseph at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia.FREMSI is a medical services provider established and operated by the Montserrado District #13 Representative. It was established during the heat of the Ebola crisis in Liberia and is now being considered as one of the heroes of the fight against the scourge as a result of the cardinal role it played in the fight.Representative Joseph ran an emergency ambulance service during the Ebola crisis-being one of the first, when the international community was still asleep and not even thinking about how to intervene in the crisis to beef-up efforts to contain the virus.The FREMSI team was led to the President’s office by the Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) lawmaker himself. He had gone to inform President Sirleaf that his organization had concluded all arrangements for the deployment of a 20-member response team with three ambulances to aid the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone.His effort is in support of the Liberian Government’s pledge to assist the people of Sierra Leone in their fight against the further spread of the deadly Ebola virus disease.President Sirleaf lauded Representative Joseph for his commitment to help eradicate the deadly Ebola virus disease not just from Liberia, but the entire sub-region and expressed government’s admiration and appreciation for the work of FREMSI.With a huge success in Liberia’s battle against Ebola, President Sirleaf weeks ago announced plans to assist the Sierra Leonean Government in its effort to eradicate the Ebola virus.She described the news of Liberia’s deployment in Sierra Leone by FREMSI as wonderful news that must be celebrated. She promised government’s support to the team and indicated that Liberia has already deployed a mobile testing lab to Sierra Leone and will send additional healthcare workers from the African Union team currently in Liberia.President Sirleaf recognized Liberia’s success in the Ebola fight but warned that the country should not be complacent. “We must all continue to follow the preventative measures and other rules that have impacted our success against the deadly Ebola virus disease,” she urged.Representative Joseph informed President Sirleaf that his team will basically facilitate the timely transport of sick persons to testing and treatment facilities in Sierra Leone and will not be involved with work activities in Ebola Treatment Units.He pointed out that though his effort was a private and personal initiative, the team will be representing Liberia. “This is why we thought it very important to meet with you and seek your blessings before departure for Sierra Leone. FREMSI is very happy and proud to be able to help our brothers and sisters on the other side on behalf of our country and people,” Representative Joseph informed President Sirleaf. He used the occasion to appreciate members of his team for their sacrifice and commitment to serving humanity even with risk to their personal safety and wellbeing. “You have served Liberia well and now prepared to do the same for your brothers and sisters in Sierra Leone in a show of great solidarity and I remain very proud of you all,” he declared.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more