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Coronavirus: Wimbledon 2020 cancelled for the first time since WWII

first_img Loading… For the first time since 1945 – the final year of the Second World War – there will be no Grand Slam event in SW19. The famous two-week event, which was set to take place on Monday, June 29, was cancelled following an emergency board meeting held on teleconference between Wimbledon chiefs. The decision was made by a committee involving four-time Wimbledon semi-finalist Tim Henman, former cabinet secretary Lord Gus O’Donnell, new chairman Ian Hewitt and ex-player turned sports administrator Debbie Jevans, who was involved in the running of the London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics. It is understood Wimbledon will not suffer financial disaster because they took out an extensive insurance policy that guards against global pandemics. Two-time winner Andy Murray said: “Very sad that the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s and Wimbledon have been cancelled this year. “But with all that is going on in the world right now, everyone’s health is definitely the most important thing! “Looking forward to getting back out on the grass next year already! Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.” The club will offer refunds to ticket holders who had hoped to be eating strawberries and cream in three months’ time. The 13.5-acre All England Club grounds (which swells to 42 acres when car parks are included) will now be opened up for the use of the NHS. This is the first time since 1945 that one of the four tennis majors has been axed. There was no Australian Open in 1986 but that was because it was purposefully moved from a November slot to January 1987 instead. Wimbledon were left with little choice because there is no guarantee that mass gathering rules will be lifted by the government come late June. Holding the event behind closed doors was never an option according to the AELTC. And regardless of fans, it takes more than 500 people to hold the event when you consider the number of players, officials, ballkids, locker-room attendants, caterers and security personnel involved. Also there is an element of public perception. How could Wimbledon go ahead, with punters sipping champagne and food, as there are huge numbers of people dying across the country with COVID-19? Wimbledon has been called off this summer – one of the highest-profile sporting casualties of the worldwide coronavirus crisis. Nobody knows the health of the nation next month let alone in June and July. Though the build for the Championships does not start in earnest until the end of April, Wimbledon bosses wanted to act decisively and not be accused of responding slowly like the IOC. Though the Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics were postponed by 12 months, it was extremely difficult for Wimbledon to move anywhere else in the tennis calendar. Doubles star Jamie Murray said it was difficult to postpone the event later in the summer because of the diminishing daylight across the capital. The decision also means ATP and WTA events at Queen’s, Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne have also been canned. Roger Federer, the eight-time singles winner, tweeted: “Devastated.” Two-time winner Petra Kvitova said: “Definitely a tough one to take, with the announcement of the cancellation of Wimbledon this year. “Not only is it a special tournament to me, but it’s a tournament that has been part of history for so long that it will leave a big hole in the calendar. “I will miss playing on the beautiful grass and wearing my whites. But of course we know it will be back better than ever next year. And maybe we will all appreciate it even more!” Women’s champion Simona Halep tweeted: “So sad to hear @Wimbledon won’t take place this year. Last year’s final will forever be one of the happiest days of my life! But we are going through something bigger than tennis and Wimbledon will be back! The All England Club said in a statement: “It is with great regret that the AELTC has today decided that The Championships 2020 will be cancelled due to public health concerns linked to the coronavirus epidemic. “The 134th Championships will instead be staged from 28 June to 11 July 2021.” Chairman Ian Hewitt, said: “This is a decision that we have not taken lightly, and we have done so with the highest regard for public health and the wellbeing of all those who come together to make Wimbledon happen. “We believe that it is a measure of this global crisis that it is ultimately the right decision to cancel this year’s Championships, and instead concentrate on how we can use the breadth of Wimbledon’s resources to help those in our local communities and beyond.” Chief executive Richard Lewis, added: “I would like to thank all those who love Wimbledon for their understanding of these unique and unquestionably challenging circumstances. Read Also:Key questions as Wimbledon faces postponement or cancellation “It is your passion for The Championships that has shaped our event over the years, and will continue to do so, and we look forward to preparing a fantastic Championships for 2021.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?This Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The Worldlast_img read more

‘Mikel trains like a 25-year-old’

first_img Loading… Trabzonspor youngster, Behlul Aydin, has praised former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel for giving everything and being a great example during his brief stint in Turkey. “Respectful career. He was a bit cold person. Always have the distance,” Aydin told Goal. “In trainings, he was still working like a 25-year-old. Giving everything. A great example for us. “As he is an important player, he might be a loss for Trabzonspor. But I’m not sad that he left, as I’m playing for Sancaktepe FK (on a half season loan) now.” After ending his stay at Chelsea in 2017, Mikel left for China where he teamed up with Tianjin Teda for two years before returning to England to join Middlesbrough in January 2019. read also:Ndidi: I was nervous when I first met Mikel He is now a free agent following his Trabzonspor exit but the 32-year-old has attracted interest from Brazilian outfit Botafogo with the midfielder confirming talks between both parties. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 32-year-old midfielder took his wealth of experience to the Turkish Super League last summer and instantly established himself as a key player in Huseyin Cimsir’s team. Mikel played 24 games for the Black Sea Storm across all competitions this season, before terminating his two-year deal at the club in March over the coronavirus fears. The former Super Eagles captain is best known for his 11-year stint at Chelsea where he won the Champions League, Europa League, two Premier League League titles and three FA Cups. Aydin who is currently on loan with Second Division outfit Sancaktepe FK, admitted Mikel’s exit might be a loss for Trabzonspor who sit at the summit of the Turkish top-flight table.Advertisement Promoted Content10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The WorldCrazy Expensive Things That Taylor Swift Owns6 Major TV Characters We Were Relieved To See Leaving The Show6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black HolesThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist Magnets9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole Movie8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earth9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

‘Kagawad’ wounded in shooting

first_imgOfficers of the town’s police station were still searching for Rodel, who fled after the incident./PN According to police investigators, Rodel without apparent reason attacked Jessie who was outside of their house using a 12-gauge shotgun. The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Rodel Lastimoso, also resident of the village. The 38-year-old resident Jessie Lastimoso was recuperating at the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriao district. He sustained a gunshot wound on the left arm. center_img A family feud was seen as the motive in the shooting that happened around 7 p.m. on May 30, police said. ILOILO City – In a hospital was where a village councilman landed after he got shot in Barangay Atimonan, Janiuay, Iloilo.last_img

Derry: Barton’s comments ‘unwise’

first_img Club owner Tony Fernandes, who celebrated his 49th birthday with a big QPR cake, met with manager Harry Redknapp yesterday to formulate a plan to try to get Rangers back in to the Barclays Premier League at the first attempt. Fernandes was happy that Redknapp was willing to continue as manager, but he was in a far less joyous mood when asked about the performances of some of his players this season. The Malaysian businessman will likely try to clear out some of those players in the summer, including Barton, whose loan at Marseille expires in the summer. Midfielder Esteban Granero has hinted that he would be willing to remain at Loftus Road, but Loic Remy, Djibril Cisse, and Julio Cesar appear to be considering their future. Remy, who has scored five goals since joining from Marseille in January, revealed he wants to playing the top flight again next season. When asked whether Premier League football suited him, the French striker told “I feel like it is, in every way. “You get less time to read the game in this league. There’s more pressure and there’s more contact, though there is more space too. It’s great for a player like me. They play deep here and I like that. It feels like the perfect league for me.” Midfielder Shaun Derry thinks Joey Barton decision to brand QPR’s players as “maggots” was unwise. Barton wasted no time in delivering a damning verdict on QPR’s relegation on Sunday afternoon, describing some members of the squad as “maggots” shortly after the team’s 0-0 draw at Reading. “I know Joey. I know him on a different level and I know that when things go against him personally he comes out with some unbelievable comments,” Derry told talkSPORT. “Deep down he’s a fighter, but at the same time, when you’re down and you’re really at the bottom of what’s been a horrible season perhaps it wasn’t the wisest thing.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Moses becomes Reds’ third signing

first_img Eight players have now been brought in by Reds boss Brendan Rodgers this summer, with Monday’s arrivals following those of Kolo Toure, Iago Aspas, Luis Alberto, Simon Mignolet and Aly Cissokho. Moses told “First and foremost, I’m delighted to have made the loan from Chelsea to a big club like Liverpool. “The most important thing is for me to be professional about it and I’m here to do a job for the club. “The target is to get into the top four and for the club to compete in the Champions League – and I’m delighted to be here. “The manager has done very well and the formation and players here will help me and I just want to gel in, get to know the players and play with them. “There are a lot of quality players here – they’re winning games and creating chances. It’s a massive thing for me to be here.” France defender Sakho played 201 games for PSG, securing the Ligue 1 title with the capital club last season to add to winners’ medals in the 2010 Coupe de France and the 2008 Coupe de la Ligue. But now the 23-year-old, who can operate in central defence or at left-back and has won 14 caps for Les Bleus, cannot wait to get started for his new team. Liverpool have announced their third signing of the day after confirming Chelsea forward Victor Moses had joined on a season-long loan. Press Association “I’m delighted to be here,” he told ”I’d like to thank everyone for the welcome. “I came here because the project that is in place at Liverpool interests me. “I’m really looking forward to playing my first game.” He continued: ”I’m really looking forward to cracking on with work and I can’t wait to get on (the) pitch. “I know the Liverpool fans are fantastic and while I was in France, it was clear for me to see they are amongst the best in England.” Portuguese centre-back Ilori was equally thrilled to have arrived on Merseyside. “It feels great being a Liverpool player – coming to the Premier League has always been a dream for me,” the 20-year-old said. “I’m going to try to achieve everything I can. I want to play as much as possible and we’ll see what the future holds. I will give my all and try my best to help the team.” The 6ft 3in London-born centre-back has represented Portugal at Under-18, Under-19 and Under-20 level, and has played at Anfield for Sporting in the 2011-12 NextGen Series. ”I know the history of the club and the Premier League is the best league in the world, in my opinion,” he added. ”Liverpool have a great team and I think it’s the place for me to be at the moment. ”I know there have been some great teams here in the past and the club has won a lot of trophies and I want to be a part of it.” The triple swoop will no doubt add to the feeling of optimism around the club, who have started the Premier League season with three straight wins. The Reds had already brought in defenders Tiago Ilori and Mamadou Sakho from Sporting Lisbon and Paris St Germain respectively. Moses only joined Chelsea last summer, scoring 10 goals in 42 appearances, and his switch was confirmed on transfer deadline day after he passed a medical at the Anfield club. last_img read more

Event highlights Internet literacy across cultures

first_imgA research seminar conducted by the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism concerning the evolution of digital literacy worldwide was held Monday in the Geoffrey Cowan Forum.The seminar featured Cal State San Bernardino Professor Mihaela Popescu, whose research interests include Internet governance, communication history and the relationship between media policy and cultural capital.Digital literacy · Cal State San Bernardino Professor Mihaela Popescu presents research on how Internet-savvy different cultural groups are at an Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism event Monday. – Shoko Oda | Daily TrojanPopescu’s discussion pertained to the challenges society faces in the global digital age as countries begin to envision a pro-digital learning environment.“We know that new literacies are shaped by conditions associated with socioeconomic status,” Popescu said. “We have cause to believe that the lack of certain digital literacy competency may widen the knowledge gap that already exists along fault lines such as gender, race and income.”Popescu illustrated the interconnectedness between the effective use of digital technologies and social, economic and cultural capital. She presented data from research she conducted in 2005 on patterns of internet consumption in different cultures in Southeast Europe, particularly in Romania.According to her research, the level of Internet usage by particular groups of people is dependent on social class — high, upper status sections of economic and civic capital tend to be more frequent users of digital technologies in contrast to the lower status segments of populations.“Internet use is very much dependent on class,” Popescu said. “Diffusion of digital literacies in Romania is highly stratified.”Raffi Sarkissian, a Ph.D. candidate studying communication, found Popescu’s research interesting, noting the fact that more data collection on the topic of internet usage among younger demographics might provide more context in terms of analyzing how digital literacy is intertwined with cultural capital.“I’d be interested in seeing the shift in data because huge internet phenomena, such as Facebook and Youtube, came after 2005,” Sarkissian said. “I’d be curious to see how that has shifted internet usage, especially among young demographics.”Adam Kahn, a fifth year Ph.D. candidate studying communication, also said the research could provide interesting insights into other cultures for college students at a technologically advanced school like USC.“I’m working on a project about integrating digital literacy skills into large lecture courses and whether that courts over to other schools that aren’t necessarily as fortunate as USC,” Kahn said. “It’s very interesting to observe how a country with low internet penetration such as Romania compares with parts of the U.S.”last_img read more

Women of Troy dominate in victory over Fresno St.

first_imgThe USC women’s lacrosse team, needing to win its last two games in order to ensure a spot in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament, took care of business on Saturday as it trounced Fresno State 19-1 at McAlister Field in the final home match of the season.All-purpose · USC freshman attacker/midfielder Caroline Cordrey scored two goals and notched one assist in the team’s win over Fresno St. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanSophomore attacker Olivia Gerton scored four goals and recorded an assist for the Women of Troy (7-9, 4-3 MPSF), which had seven players score two or more goals each. Freshman midfielder Caroline de Lyra led USC with six points (two goals, four assists), while freshman midfielder Amanda Johansen finished with five points (two goals, three assists) and 13 draw controls, two away from tying the NCAA record. Freshman midfielder Paige Bonomi finished with a hat trick of her own.“Offensively, we played really smart,” Gerton said. “We wanted to work hard and draw the double, then look for the open player. Personally, I just tried to keep my space, not cut to the ball and crowd it. We all worked as a unit to move the ball quickly and efficiently, and that opened up so many opportunities for everyone.”The 19 goals were the third-highest scoring total for the Women of Troy this season and the most since scoring 23 against LIU Brooklyn on March 1. USC’s defense also turned in its best performance of the year, holding Fresno St. to just a single goal, the fewest any opponent has scored all season. Further, the 18-goal win was the team’s second-largest margin of victory (the first coming in a 24-4 win against Presbyterian on Feb. 15).“We really played as a team,” Johansen said. “We all knew where the ball was, and every time we tried to get a goal, someone was there for backup.”Midfielder Kara Concheck scored the only goal for the Bulldogs (2-13, 0-8 MPSF).The Women of Troy took control of the match from the start, with USC scoring the first 11 goals of the match, including three in a 17-second span, and jumping out to a 13-1 lead at halftime. Bonomi earned her hat trick 13 minutes into the game, while Gerton, de Lyra and freshman midfielder Caroline Cordrey scored a pair of goals each in the half. Concheck’s unassisted goal with 6:18 left in the half eliminated the possibility of a shutout, but Cordrey’s two goals in the last 35 seconds of the half kept the momentum on USC’s side. The Women of Troy outshot Fresno State 18-5 in the first half, and won 12-2 on draw controls.“On any given day, it’s just which team comes out there,”  USC head coach Lindsey Munday said. “For us, starting slow has been an Achilles’ heel of ours. Our biggest goal is making sure we play a full 60 minutes. We’ve shown we can compete at the highest level, and it’s just a matter of whether we can do it consistently.”The Women of Troy carried their momentum into the second half, shutting out the Bulldogs and forcing them to make mistakes. Fresno State committed 21 fouls in the second half to give them 29 for the game and picked up four yellow cards. They were only able to convert on three of their seven clear attempts and didn’t pick up any draw controls.“It was a great win today,” Munday said. “It was a team win across the board defensively, at midfield and offensively. Everyone was working together, so we’re really proud of them, but we have a big week ahead of us in terms of preparation. San Diego State is a great team, so we have a lot of work to do.”USC outshot the Bulldogs 29-7 for the game, also winning 10-5 in ground balls and 19-2 in draw controls.USC will play its final game of the regular season on Saturday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at San Diego State.last_img read more

Hurling championship goes up a gear

first_imgTheres also a double header in Toomevara,when Kilruane McDonaghs come up against JK Brackens from Mid Tipp.Throw in is at 2pmIn the second encounter there North champions Kildangan meet Upperchurch-DrombaneThe action gets underway at 3.30 We will have live updates here on Tipp FM throughout the afternoon on all those games. At 1 O clock in Moneygall Nenagh Eire Og take on Roscrea in an all North clash, at Theres a double header in The Ragg when South meets North as South champions Killenaule take on Portroe at 2pm.center_img The action continues this evening when County champions Thurles Sarsfields meet South runners up Mullinahone.Throw in is at 6pm in Leahy Park Cashel. In the second game Eire Og Annacarthy meet Lorrha at 3.30.last_img

National Team of BiH to welcome Selection of Belgium on Grbavica Stadium

first_imgThe National football team of BiH will play a very important match of the 9th qualifying round for the World Cup 2018 against Belgium at the Grbavica Stadium in Sarajevo.“When we received a notification from FIFA that Bilino Polje stadium was suspended, we also received the information that their inspectors recommended Grbavica Stadium for the match with Belgium. We received instructions on what we need to fix in this period before the match as well, so we can confirm that this match will be played on Grbavica,” according to Elmir Pilav.To recall, the Appellate Commission of FIFA decided to reject the appeal submitted by the Football Association of BiH after the decision of the Disciplinary Commission of FIFA to suspend the stadium in Zenica after the incidents that took place in the match between BiH and Greece.Besides the suspension of Bilino Polje for one match, the Football Association of BiH was also punished with 30,000 CHF.After eight qualifying rounds, our national team is in the second place of the group H for the World Cup and they need to win against Belgium in order to keep their hope for the placement in the play offs.(Source: N. K./ read more