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CERN seeks external expert for investment committee

first_imgThe investment committee is responsible for making proposals to the pension fund’s board regarding investment principles, reviewing the fund’s investment performance, and monitoring its risk tolerance.  The committee holds “up to six” meetings per year at CERN in Geneva, according to the job description.The job description said candidates should have “board level experience and a good working knowledge of investment committees”, as well as knowledge of asset management, portfolio construction, and risk management.“Candidates are sought with experience of managing the assets of pension funds, or similar long term institutional investors, such as endowments, foundations, and sovereign wealth funds,” the advert said.The full job description is available on CERN’s website. The CHF4bn (€3.7bn) CERN Pension Fund is advertising for a new investment committee member.The defined benefit scheme’s investment process is overseen by its internal team with the assistance of the committee, which includes internal staff and external experts.It is currently chaired by Alessandro Raimondo, with the pension fund’s CEO Matthew Eyton-Jones and CERN’s director for finance and human resources Martin Steinacher as members.The external experts are Jayne Atkinson, CIO of Unilever’s UK pension fund, and Pierre Sauvagnat, senior vice president at Banque Cantonale de Genève. last_img read more

Swiss collective pensions vehicles get green light for equities boost

first_imgSwiss collective pension investment foundations (IFs) – Anlagestiftungen or fondations d’investissement – will in future be allowed to hold more than 50% of their assets in equities given the low-interest rate environment, according to a new draft law.Pension funds are also to be given more say in board decision-making at the foundations.Under current regulations, IFs offering mixed portfolios have to keep their equity allocation below 50% and are also restricted in diversifying into alternative asset classes.A new legal draft put forward by the Swiss federal government for consultation is now set to change this. The changes to the law governing the foundations – the ASV (Anlagestiftungsverordnung) – would allow them to have an equity weighting of more than 50% and also raise the cap on alternative assets to 25%.The federal government said these steps had become necessary in the current market environment.“The low interest rate environment has led to greater demand for investment vehicles with higher equity allocations, for example in the 1e plans,” Joseph Steiger, deputy divisional head for occupational pensions at the Federal Social Security Office (BSV), told IPE.“With the planned new regulation Anlagestiftungen can better serve these demands,” he added.Other proposals include allowing direct investments in alternative assets.In a statement, the BSV said that changes to the legal framework would help IFs compete with fund providers.The Anlagestiftung association KGAST welcomed the proposals, saying in a preliminary statement on the legal draft that changes had been long overdue and a problem since the law was passed back in 2012.“It has always been incomprehensible why Anlagestiftungen,which are operating for Pensionskassen, are disadvantaged in their investment options compared to their own investors – most of this will now be amended,” KGAST said.The association promised a more detailed assessment as part of the consultation phase, which ends on 14 December.Another major area of regulatory overhaul for the foundations is governance, with pension funds set to be given more say in the decision-making process.Steiger noted: “The aim is to strengthen the position of investors in general.”He said there were no particular cases which had triggered these amendments.“But the new regulation can help with clarifications in case of conflicts”, he said.Investment foundations – vehicles in which Pensionskassen pool their assets to invest in certain funds or direct investments – have exisited since the 1960s, but it was only in 2012 that a unified legal framework for these vehicles was created.Demand had increased in recent years, especially for real assets.Some focus on single asset classes such as real estate or infrastructure, while others offer mixed portfolios.last_img read more

Additional contractors engaged to complete airport road project

first_img Share LocalNews Additional contractors engaged to complete airport road project by: – June 19, 2012 Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Section of the Melville Hall Airport road. The Government of Dominica has contracted the services of two new sub contractors: Offshore civil and Marine Inc and Dipcon Engineering Ltd to assist in completion works on lot two of the Airport Road Project. These additional sub contractors will work alongside the original contractor Emile Gaddarkan and sons on the project. The completion date for the project was set at June 19, 2012 however due to several work stoppages that deadline will not be met.Public Works Minister Hon. Rayburn Blackmoore explained to the media that the additional contractors have been given specific instructions to focus on areas where the original contractor had fallen short.“The intention so far is to have the work segmented. Two additional contractors with the competence will be given two segments of that project, segments where the main contractor has not been able to demonstrate a sense of commitment to finishing the work. There has been an agreement among all parties to move the project forward”.The Minister said Government has seen it fit to bring in additional sub contractors to ensure that the project is completed within the shortest possible time.The Minister said under this new arrangement contractors were expected to commence work in earnest on Monday June 18, 2012 from the roundabout in Pond Case to Melville Hall.“From the Pond Case area going back to Debranche, nothing significant except for some culvert extension and base work has been done. This area will be given to the two sub contractors and the main contractor will remain to do base work etc etc”.The Minister says Government will monitor all contractors to ensure that the work is done in an acceptable and timely fashion with a view to bringing closure to this road project.Lot two of the airport road project runs concurrently with a number of other projects underway by the same ministry, including the sea defense wall being built in Pointe Michel.Government Information Service Share 64 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Batesville business leader dies in Florida

first_imgBonita Springs, Fla. — WRBI News has learned former president and CEO of Hill-Rom John Clawson has passed away in Bonita Springs, Florida.Clawson started working on his father’s farm in Utah at an early age, then began working at a Seattle shipyard while completing high school. After serving in the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947 he took a three year mission trip to Copenhagen with the Church of the Latter-Day Saints. In 1953 he graduated from Brigham Young University and received an MBA from Harvard in 4955.Mr. Clawson held leadership positions with Thonet Manufacturing and DeSoto Furniture until he came to Batesville as the COO for Hill-Rom in 1976. He quickly rose to president and served in a period that Hill-Rom became a global leader in hospital beds and a true leader in the health care industry.Services will be held Saturday, June 9 at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at 20601 Three Oaks Parkway in Estero, Florida 33928. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorials be made to Loggerhead Turtle conservation or Hope Hospice.last_img read more

Shaneshill peaking for Navan test

first_img “No More Heroes will take some beating, but we have to take our chance.” Noel Meade’s Couleur France and Pulled Mussel from Robert Tyner’s yard both arrive off the back of victories, while Colin Bowe’s four-year-old Shantou Flyer completes the field. The latter ran a fantastic race at 40-1 to fill the runner-up spot behind the Elliott-trained Free Expression over the course and distance last month. Bowe said: “He ran very well there the last day. This is probably a better race, but he’s improving with every run and the ground will be fine for him, so we’re hoping he’ll run a nice race.” Shaneshill, runner-up in last season’s Champion Bumper at the Cheltenham Festival before going one better in the equivalent event at Punchestown, made a fine start to his career over hurdles when winning readily at Fairyhouse last month. “I’m really looking forward to it, as he’s one of our better novices,” Walsh said in his column in the Irish Examiner. “He was very impressive on his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse, where he jumped well, travelled well and got the trip no problem. “He seems to be working well at home, and I think he’s a very good horse, but he’ll have to be as I have a lot of respect for No More Heroes. Gordon Elliott’s horse has a huge reputation, and looked very good winning his maiden hurdle. “But, I think Shaneshill would slightly shade it on bumper form, and hopefully he can slightly shade it on hurdle form.” No More Heroes appears the biggest threat to the Mullins runner, having won a Dromahane point-to-point and a couple of bumpers before getting off the mark at the second attempt over hurdles at Punchestown last month. Mullins admits the Gigginstown House Stud-owned five-year-old is the one to beat. Speaking on his website, the trainer said: “(Shaneshill) won over this trip on his hurdling debut at Fairyhouse last month and showed plenty of stamina when winning the Champion Bumper at Punchestown. Ruby Walsh believes Shaneshill will need to be at the top of his game as he bids to provide the leading rider and trainer Willie Mullins with a fourth successive victory in the Navan Novice Hurdle. The master of Closutton and his stable jockey have struck gold with Boston Bob, Pont Alexandre and Briar Hill in recent years, while Mikael D’Haguenet was also victorious for the champion trainer back in 2008. Briar Hill beat just one opponent in a disappointing race 12 months ago and the two-and-a-half-mile contest has this year been downgraded from Grade One to Grade Two status, but a fascinating race is still in prospect. Press Associationlast_img read more

Ecclestone exit sets F1 on a new course

first_imgBy Alan BaldwinLONDON, England (Reuters) – Bernie Ecclestone’s ousting as Formula One supremo will take the sport in a different, digital direction under new American owners Liberty Media but there is much work to be done in the months and years ahead.“F1 has huge potential with multiple untapped opportunities,” said new chief executive Chase Carey after ending 86-year-old Ecclestone’s 40-year reign on Monday.“We will work … to enhance the racing experience and add new dimensions to the sport and we look forward to sharing these plans over time.”Carey, appointed Formula One chairman in September after serving as vice-chairman of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox, and Liberty Media’s chief executive Greg Maffei have both said there is a lot they want to do differently.Maffei has spoken of more races in Latin America, Asia and the United States while Carey has indicated that Liberty wants to safeguard the sport’s historic venues in Europe, ramp up marketing efforts and engage the fans more.There has been talk of treating every race like a Super Bowl, creating a buzz that extends far beyond the racetrack, but without ‘Americanising’ the sport’s fundamentals or alienating the purists.Liberty Media has plenty of experience and resources, with interests in the Atlanta Braves baseball team, satellite radio service Sirius XM, entertainment group Live Nation and minority interests in Time Warner and Viacom.Where Ecclestone’s business model was based on television rights and ever-increasing hosting fees that have left circuits with little chance of making a profit, Liberty has emphasised a shift towards sustainability and new revenue streams.“Less than one percent of revenues are from digital,” Maffei said in September after Liberty agreed to acquire the commercial rights from CVC Capital Parthers.“They really have no organised digital effort. I think there are a lot of things that can be done around gaming, VR (virtual reality) and AR (augmented reality).“There’s an enormous amount of video feed and data about the races that we are already capturing that we are not in any way processing incrementally for the dedicated fan,” he added.Where Ecclestone was often at odds with the teams, adopting a divide and rule approach, Carey has sounded more collegiate and inclusive with talk of cost controls and ensuring a fairer share of the spoils.That will be easier said than done, with the likes of glamour team Ferrari in particular handsomely rewarded for historic performances while smaller teams struggle to survive.The appointment of Ross Brawn in a management role overseeing motorsport activities has also raised hopes among fans and participants preparing for the first race in Australia in two months’ time.Brawn worked closely at Ferrari with Jean Todt, now the head of the governing FIA, and was also a principal at Honda before leading his own team and then Mercedes.Zak Brown, the newly-appointed American executive director of McLaren, backed Carey and his team to do what was needed.“Over the next decade I expect the way Formula One is run will become both freer and more fan-friendly,” said Brown.“Fan engagement is where it’s at these days, and it’s clear that the Liberty Media guys get that.”last_img read more

The Latest: First Bundesliga player tests positive for virus

first_imgThe Masters golf tournament in Augusta, Georgia, has been postponed until a later date. Augusta National did not indicate when the Masters would be played. That means there will be no golf at least for the next month. The Masters began in 1934 and only World War II has kept it from being played. This was the biggest shoe to drop for golf. The PGA Tour already canceled the next three events leading up to the Masters. Tiger Woods was to be going after his sixth green jacket.___ 10:25 a.m.Baylor University says it has told its entire baseball team and staff to self-quarantine after learning that three TSA agents in San Jose, California who tested positive for COVID-19 had “indirect contact” with the school’s travel party earlier this week. Baylor said the team will self-quarantine in Waco, Texas, or at their permanent residence. The school said no players, coaches or staff are showing any symptoms of the coronavirus. ___4:55 p.m. 2:30 p.m.The NCAA will extend the eligibility of athletes on spring sports teams one year to make up for the season lost to the new coronavirus.The decision comes after the NCAA announced Thursday that its winter and spring championships would be canceled as a precaution against the spread of the new coronavirus. Some but not all conferences have announced that their spring sports teams would not continue their regular seasons.An athletics official at an East Coast school told The Associated Press that the NCAA Division I Council Coordination Committee sent an email notifying schools of the eligibility decision. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to release the information.The official read the content of the email but declined to forward a copy because the official’s university monitors outgoing emails. “I think we’re in the ‘Let’s relax and take stock of where we are first,’” Fehr said by phone from the NHLPA offices in Toronto. “I think the initial phase is a few days, whether it turns out to be two or three or five or six, we’re not going to know yet. And we’ll be constantly in touch with the NHL and constantly re-evaluating.”— Reporting by AP Hockey Writers Stephen Whyno and John Wawrow___4:25 p.m.Brazil’s health ministry has recommended that that all sporting events be canceled or postponed due to the spread of the new coronavirus. The Welsh Rugby Union had earlier insisted its match against Scotland on Saturday in Cardiff would go ahead, but changed its mind by mid-afternoon.It’s the fourth match in the championship to be postponed and means the entire final round, scheduled for Saturday, is off.The Six Nations says “we have decided that it is in the best interests of supporters, players and staff to fall in line with recent measures taken across the U.K. and global sports industries.”It’s the first time the championship hasn’t been completed on schedule since 2001, when Ireland was hit by an outbreak of foot and mouth disease.___ The club says coach Steffen Baumgart has been cleared but Kilian, who hasn’t played for several weeks due to injury, returned a positive result on Friday. Paderborn was due to play at Fortuna Duesseldorf on Friday night but the German soccer league eventually called off the weekend’s games earlier after bowing to pressure as the number of positive cases among second division sides increased.Hannover was the first to quarantine its team after two players tested positive for the virus, with Nuremberg following suit on Friday after defender Fabian Nürnberger was also found to be infected with COVID-19. Paderborn says all of its players and coaching staff will undergo tests on Saturday. “The health of our players and staff continues to be the absolute priority,” sporting director Martin Przondziono says. “We will do everything to keep the illness in check and give our players and staff the best possible medical assistance and care.” 11:10 a.m.The Swiss hockey league will not have a champion this season.The league made the decision after canceling the season because of the coronavirus outbreak. It will be the first time since 1940 that no team will be declared champion.Games were suspended two weeks ago when the Swiss federal government prohibited large public events.___ Associated Press Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans is joining other tracks in banning fans through the remainder of its racing meet that ends March 29. Only essential staff and credentialed horsemen and media will be in attendance.The $1 million Louisiana Derby will run as scheduled on March 21. The race offers the winner 100 points toward qualifying for the Kentucky Derby on May 2.___5:15 p.m.The funeral for former Montreal Canadiens captain Henri Richard on Monday in Montreal will be closed to the public because of the COVID-19 outbreak. ___11:50 a.m.NASCAR and IndyCar have each called off their races this weekend. NASCAR was scheduled to run Sunday at Atlanta Motor Speedway without spectators but said Friday it is calling off this weekend and next week’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.IndyCar was scheduled to open its season Sunday on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, but suspended it’s season through the end of April. Four races are affected. ___ Unlike NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who said his league’s season would be suspended at least 30 days, Bettman would not put a timeframe on the NHL’s break. Bettman said several contingencies are being worked on about resuming the season and still awarding the Stanley Cup, but he would not give a definitive date on when that would have to happen or how long into the summer things could go.Bettman also said it is not the NHL’s independent call when to return to games and did not rule out the possibility of playing in empty arenas. He said games would only resume when the situation is safe.___12:30 p.m.The last remaining Six Nations rugby match was postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. Sampdoria has announced that four more of its players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club doctor.The club says after forward Manolo Gabbiadini tested positive on Thursday, it carried out tests on defender Omar Colley, midfielder Albin Ekdal, forward Antonino La Gumina, and midfielder Morten Thorsby, who all had light symptoms, and they also tested positive.Sampdoria says they are all in good condition in their own homes in Genoa. The same applies for club doctor Amedeo Baldari.The rest of the team, as well as the staff and directors, are also in self-isolation at home. The club’s offices and training facilities have been closed and all sporting activity has been suspended. ___ Officials also suggested in a statement Friday that attendance be limited when there’s not enough time to stop ticket sales.Following the recommendations of the ministry, Brazil’s soccer confederation decided that matches of regional tournament in the cities of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro would be played without fans in the stands. The two cities have detected cases of local transmission of the virus.Brazil is one of the last countries in South America to take precautionary measures regarding sporting events. As of Friday, Brazil had 98 confirmed cases of COVID-19.___4:15 p.m. The suspension of the circuit comes into effect following the completion of the All England Open on Sunday in Birmingham.The decision severely impacts Olympic qualifying, which closes on April 30. The BWF previously said it will not change the qualifying window, but said on Friday it “will make a further announcement on regulations related to Olympic qualification points” later.___1:45 p.m.The World Synchronized Skating Championships have been canceled because of the coronavirus outreak. The Southeastern Conference has suspended all athletic activities at least through April 15 due to continuing developments related to the coronavirus.The events called off include competitions, team and individual practices, meetings and other organized gatherings.The SEC had previously announced that all competition was suspended until March 30. That suspension of competition has been extended through April 15 and now includes all organized team activities.SEC athletics programs will cease practices, individual and team workouts effective the end of the day Friday. Team meetings will conclude no later than 5 p.m. local time Monday.___ The International Table Tennis Federation is suspending all activities — events, development and foundation — from Monday to the end of April.The ITTF executive committee will hold an emergency meeting on Monday.The Japan Open next month had already been postponed, but Friday’s decision also affects Olympic qualifiers for Asia, Europe and Oceania next month.An announcement will be made next week regarding the Hong Kong Open and China Open, both in May, the ITTF said.___ March 13, 2020 USA Diving is immediately suspending all of its activities for 30 days because of the coronavirus outbreak.That includes camps, conferences and any travel to gatherings.The sport’s governing body is also recommending all sanctioned activities be suspended for the same amount of time. Its board of directors will meet Sunday to discuss plans for international competitions.___2:55 p.m. Florida Gulf Coast’s women’s basketball team was to play host to the ASUN Conference championship game at Alico Arena in Fort Myers, Florida on Sunday, before the tournament was called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Eagles got a celebration in anyway.The team gathered Friday at its home gym, with no fans present, to cut down the nets in celebration of winning the league title. FGCU was the league’s regular-season champion but did not have any elaborate on-court celebration when that title was clinched because it wanted to save the real party for an NCAA Tournament berth.FGCU associate head coach Chelsea Lyles tweeted Friday that the team didn’t celebrate the regular-season championship when it happened “because we knew we had bigger goals we wanted to accomplish. So today we danced, cried, cut down our net and celebrated our Regular Season Championship. A celebration of a fantastic year.”___ Ballparks in Florida and Arizona were locked down Friday as the sport considered how to proceed following an outbreak that has brought the U.S. sports schedule to a standstill. Teams speculated the season might not start until sometime in May, necessitating a reduced schedule.The league and players’ association were discussing options Friday. Many teams said in the morning they planned to close for the weekend and re-open camps Monday. But a decision was made to encourage players to leave camp in the afternoon.The dispersal is not mandatory. In particular, many minor league players — especially from other countries — have been hoping to remain in camps, where they have usually access to housing, food and training facilities.____3:02 p.m. “The Council Coordination Committee agreed that it will be appropriate to grant relief for the use of a season of competition for student-athletes who have participated in spring sports. The committee recognizes that several issues need to be addressed related to providing the additional season of competition, including financial aid implications. The committee will also discuss issues related to seasons of competition for winter student-athletes,” the email read.___5:45 p.m.The Badminton World Federation has suspended all tournaments from Monday to April 12.The tournaments affected include the Swiss Open, India Open, Orléans Masters, Malaysia Open, and Singapore Open. Binder says it is important to move quickly but also not to “simply react.”She says the WTA expects to make a decision “in the week ahead.”On Thursday, the men’s tennis tour suspended all ATP Tour and ATP Challenger Tour tournaments for six weeks, through April 26.Women’s events have been called off one by one through April 12.The next Grand Slam tournament, the French Open, is still scheduled to begin May 24 in Paris. 4:38 p.m.NHL Players’ Association chief Don Fehr tells The Associated Press that he expects teams will be cleared to open their training facilities to allow player workouts as early as next week.Though there is no definitive timeline, Fehr says the potential of teams opening their training facilities to players will be included in a joint memo the league and union plan to issue on Friday. The memo will provide players with guidelines on what to expect after the league on Thursday elected to suspend the final month of its regular season.In the meantime, Fehr says players have been asked to spend the weekend at home to avoid risk of being infected by the new coronavirus.The additional time off over the weekend would also provide teams to cleanse their facilities.center_img ___12:50 p.m.National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman says players and staff have been told to stay away from the rink and self-isolate while the league is on a hiatus of uncertain length.Bettman said in a phone interview Friday with the Associated Press and the league’s website that, to his knowledge, no players or league employees have tested positive for the new coronavirus. But he added that he isn’t certain there isn’t someone who might not be feeling well and is awaiting test results.He told owners the first positive test result by any player would be a game-changer and that the decision to pause the season came after that happened in the NBA. The Latest: First Bundesliga player tests positive for virus 2:50 p.m.Sliding season in the U.S. is over.USA Bobsled and Skeleton said Friday that it is canceling its national championships, which were to take place later this month in Lake Placid, New York. New USA Bobsled and Skeleton CEO Aron McGuire says “we must exercise caution when it comes to the safety of the athletes” amid the coronavirus pandemic.Also Friday, USA Luge said all of its remaining on-ice programs for the season in Lake Placid — including training sessions, youth screening camps, fantasy camps and the Masters championships — are off as well. USA Luge also is delaying its open house for the team’s new indoor refrigerated training center. It was to have been unveiled April 4.USA Luge CEO Jim Leahy says “out of an abundance of caution … we felt it necessary to terminate the season at this point.” ___2:45 p.m.A spokeswoman for the women’s professional tennis tour says the WTA is going to wait “a bit more time” to make decisions on whether any additional scheduling changes might be needed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Amy Binder writes in an email to The Associated Press on Friday that the WTA “has an obligation” to players and tournaments “to provide playing opportunities.”She adds that the WTA is communicating with upcoming European clay-court and grass-court tournaments. 10:45 a.m.India and South Africa have called off the two remaining one-day cricket internationals and decided to reschedule the series.The second ODI was scheduled to be played in Lucknow on Sunday and the third game in Kolkata on Wednesday. The first game was washed out by rain in Dharmsala earlier this week.___10:30 a.m. 4:10 p.m.Two major regattas, including one on the Italian island of Sardinia that would have debuted the radical new boats that will be used in the 2021 America’s Cup, were called off Friday due to the coronavirus pandemic.With Italy at the epicenter of Europe’s outbreak, the Italian group that represents the three challenging teams postponed a warmup regatta set for April 23-26 in Cagliari. The group said it would ask the America’s Cup arbitration panel to set a new date. That would seem nearly impossible due to the logistical challenge of shipping the 75-foot foiling monohulls.The second America’s Cup World Series regatta is set for June 4-7 in Portsmouth, England, and will be organized by the defender, Emirates Team New Zealand.Part of the INEOS Team UK crew flew back to England on Thursday night, a team spokeswoman said. Team New Zealand’s race yacht is on a freighter in the middle of the Indian Ocean and a spokesman said the team is looking at transferring it to another ship to get it to England. U.S. Figure Skating and the International Skating Union made the announcement Friday, citing concerns over the spread of the virus and the United States’ ban on travel from Europe.The event had been scheduled for April 3-4 at Lake Placid, New York.The World Synchronized Skating Championships had been held every year since 2000, including four times previously in the United States.___6:20 p.m. 5:10 p.m.The London Marathon scheduled for April 26 has been postponed to Oct. 4.“We know how disappointing this news will be for so many — the runners who have trained for many months, the thousands of charities for which they are raising funds, and the millions who watch the race every year,” event director Hugh Brasher said.Previously, coronavirus fears have forced the Barcelona Marathon originally scheduled this Sunday, to be postponed to Oct. 25, and the Paris Marathon on April 5 to be shifted to Oct. 18.The Rome Marathon set for March 29 was canceled earlier. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):10:30 p.m.Paderborn defender Luca Kilian is the first Bundesliga player to test positive for the new coronavirus. ___9:15 p.m.FIFA wants a total shutdown of this month’s window for national team games which is in turmoil due to the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA says a panel of its vice presidents agreed “rules which normally oblige clubs to release players for national team matches will not apply” for the March 23-31 window mandated in its international fixture calendar.Close to 200 national teams were due to be in action in 2022 World Cup qualifying games in Asia and South America, qualifiers for continental championships in Africa and Europe, plus friendlies. Skipper Terry Hutchinson of the New York Yacht Club’s American Magic, which recently finished winter training in Pensacola, Florida, thanked the Italian organizers “for making an incredibly difficult decision that prioritized the safety of teams, race officials and all organizing authorities. We know it was not easy and taking a leadership position was critical.”SailGP, co-founded by former America’s Cup champion Russell Coutts and tech tycoon Larry Ellison, canceled its regatta in San Francisco set for May 2-3.___3:59 p.m.Major League Baseball is encouraging players to go home a day after canceling spring training and postponing opening day by at least two weeks amid the novel coronavirus outbreak. Also Friday, the U.S. Tennis Association said it is suspending all of its sanctioned events through April 20.That includes USTA Pro Circuit tournaments, along with adult, junior and wheelchair tournaments.The group hopes to eventually reschedule events where possible.___6:35 p.m. 12:25 p.m.The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins.The positive result prompted Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center.Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus. The Canadiens announced the decision was made in response to measures put in place by the Quebec government to prevent the spread of the virus.The club says it is an “exceptional situation” that left the family with no other choice but to hold a private funeral, involving only immediate family members.Richard died on March 6. He was 84.The Montreal native won a record 11 Stanley Cups as a player.___ 11:20 a.m.The German soccer league has suspended its season, dropping a plan to play this weekend in empty stadiums.The league board says there is an increasing number of suspected coronavirus cases affecting German clubs.Three second-division players have tested positive for the virus. Bundesliga club Paderborn said its coach tested negative, hours before his team was due to play Fortuna Düsseldorf, and that it was waiting for test results from an unspecified number of players.___ 2:50 p.m.The Giro d’Italia cycling race has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first three stages of the Italian race were scheduled to take place in Hungary in May but the country has banned large outdoor sporting events. Race organizer RCS Sport says the entire race was postponed after they were informed by the organizing committee of the Hungarian stages that those three legs could not be held on the scheduled dates.RCS Sport says “all parties have agreed that they are determined to work together to enable the Giro d’Italia to depart from Hungary at a later time.”___ Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead.Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Chernyshenko says Russia, which hosted the 2018 World Cup, could hold more than its scheduled three group games and one quarterfinal match in St. Petersburg.According to state news agency Tass, Chernyshenko says “we absolutely could expand the tournament program.”He adds that “Russia is ready for however the situation develops, we have plans.”___ Events with more than 1,000 participants were already banned in a bid to contain the virus outbreak.The rest of the Bundesliga’s 26th round was due to be played without fans present.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports 2:10 p.m.The first Bundesliga game has been called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.Bremen senator for the interior Ulrich Mäurer says Werder Bremen’s home game against Bayer Leverkusen on Monday won’t be played as scheduled.The game was supposed to be played without any fans in the stadium, but Bremen mayor Andreas Bovenschulte says the decision was taken to call it off because of fears that several thousand fans would have gathered outside the stadium.Thousands of Paris Saint-Germain fans gathered outside the stadium on Wednesday during a Champions League game against Borussia Dortmund. Most scheduled games were lost to a steady wave of postponements and cancellations this month as the virus outbreak spread globally.UEFA has yet to formally postpone 2020 European Championships playoffs involving 16 nations. The games scheduled on March 26 and 31 seemed sure to be postponed by Tuesday.___5:30 p.m.A major prep race for the Kentucky Derby will be run as scheduled next week, without spectators.last_img read more

Bravo just wants to play – Former TKR skipper happy to be led by Pollard

first_imgTHE injury to Dwayne Bravo that kept him out of the 2019 edition of the Hero Caribbean Premier League and saw Kieron Pollard replace him as captain of the Trinbago Knight Riders may have been fortuitous.Pollard had big shoes to fill, as Bravo had led the TKR to back-to-back titles in 2017 and 2018.The big West Indies captain, the most experienced T20 player in the history of the format, lost to eventual champions Barbados Tridents in the second qualifier for the competition’s final in 2019.Still, he has retained his position as skipper in the team and has the blessing of his predecessor.CEO of the TKR, Venky Mysore, revealed recently that Bravo, though very successful as captain of the team, had, for a long time, wanted to pass the baton, but he had delayed the action.“The champion DJ Bravo has been coming to me year after year and asking me to give someone else the captaincy because he wants to just concentrate on playing and enjoying the game,” said Mysore.Bravo, who recently came out of international retirement, has also played under Pollard for the West Indies and has lauded his approach to captaincy.“I always told him not until I am ready and that time has come and he is very happy to play under Pollard,” said Mysore.The TKR will open the CPL season against last year’s beaten finalists, the Guyana Amazon Warriors on August 18.“Pollard was kind enough to accept the position to lead the team at the tournament. He said if we wanted him to do it he will and we said that we will be delighted to have him as captain again,” said Mysore.( Sportsmax)last_img read more

NPFL…NPFL…NPFL… Wikki Piles Pressure on Flying Antelopes

first_imgWikki Tourists yesterday moved into second place on the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) table after a 3-0 spanking of bottom team Ikorodu United in Bauchi.Wikki now have 31 points, same as Rivers United, but enjoy a superior goals difference.The Bauchi club is just a point behind leaders Rangers, pending the final determination of the expulsion of Giwa FC from the league.The leading scorer in the league Godwin Obaje did not score for Wikki yesterday, but Saidu Abdullahi got a brace with Hamza Tiya also on target for the home team.There were also home wins for Warri Wolves and Lobi Stars.Wolves beat El Kanemi 3-1, while 10-man Lobi pipped Rivers United 1-0.Lobi defender Solomon Kwambe was sent off after his second booking and Rivers United had the chance to draw level at the stroke of full time but Chinonso Okonkwo blasted wide his penalty.Meanwhile, Rivers United coach, Stanley Eguma, has warned that it is too early in the campaign to start talking of his club winning the Nigeria league crown.Rivers United failed to go top of the table after the loss to Lobi as the league reaches the halfway mark.However, experienced coach Eguma insisted the journey to the championship is still a long way off.“Talking about us winning the title at this stage of the season is an insult to all the other teams in the league,” he maintained.“It is still too early to start talking about such things because we have not even got to the half way stage of the season.“There are still so many games to be played, but our objectives are clear to us.“We will continue working hard and taking things one game at a time.”Eguma is still without first choice defenders, Yaovi Douhadji and Chigozie Ihunda, while Ghanaian marksman Godbless Asamoah, who suffered a hamstring strain in midweek, did not travel to Makurdi.Ivorian star Guy Kuemian however made a welcome return to first-team action when he played for the first time since April 10 in Wednesday’s 1-0 win over Akwa United in Port Harcourt.Eguma also said his side was the underdogs in yesterday’s match in Makurdi.Rivers United has won four of their last six games.MATCH DAY 19Plateau Utd 0-0 PillarsLobi 1-0 Rivers UtdWikki 3-0 IkoroduAkwa Utd 2-0 3SCWolves 3-1 El KanemiAbia War’ 1-2  SunshineShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Kiffin brings in nine recruits for spring practice

first_imgAs the semester begins at USC, nine new signees have enrolled in spring semester classes and will suit up for spring practice.The Trojans are not traditionally known for signing junior college transfers, but USC coach Lane Kiffin scoured the junior college ranks looking for talented players to fill in the depth chart.“It was very apparent that we had depth issues and that we should not wait until the fall,” Kiffin told the Los Angeles Times. “We had the ability to get some guys and count them back. That’s why we did it and we think we helped ourselves.”—Defensive back Isiah Wiley, a transfer from Arizona Western Junior College, registered 44 tackles and three interceptions in ten games at Arizona Western J.C. Wiley is only 6-foot-1, but he is known for always being in position to make a play on the ball.Offensive linemen David Garness and Jeremy Galten add much needed depth to the Trojans’ offensive line. Both will compete for playing time as two starters, Tyron Smith and Kristofer O’Dowd, were lost to graduation. Garness and Galten were named All-NorCal Conference first team selections in each of their two seasons playing at the junior college level.Linebacker Dallas Kelley led Chaffey Junior College in tackling and was subsequently named to the All-Central West Conference first team. With two starting spots open, significant playing time is there for the taking if Kelley can impress coaches in spring ball.Quarterback Cody Kessler, the 2010 Gatorade California Player of the Year has been lauded for his strong arm and mobility. As a high school senior, he threw for 2,831 yards and 36 scores, while running for eight touchdowns.Quarterback Max Wittek, the Mater Dei graduate, threw for 2,252 yards and 24 touchdowns and ran for six scores during his senior year. Although Wittek is not as mobile as Kessler, his vision is better, and he is more of a gunslinger.Fullback Soma Vainuku the cousin of former USC standout and current Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Rey Maualuga, was named to the Cal-Hi All-State Medium Schools first team.Long snapper Peter McBride graduated from high school early and will be a valuable addition to John Baxter’s special teams unit. Some scouts believe McBride is ahead of the curve when it comes to long snapping technique.Placekicker Andre Heidari, the gem of the class and ranked number one at his position by several recruiting services is known for his powerful, accurate leg. Field goals have been an adventure for the Trojans the past two seasons, as they have made just 22-of-33 attempts. Lane Kiffin was hesitant to attempt any field goal over 30 yards in 2010, but Heidari’s presence should allow USC to expand its range.—All nine players will count against USC’s scholarship total for 2010, with the 2011 class being limited by NCAA sanctions. USC is only allowed to offer fifteen scholarships, per class.“Identifying, enticing and signing players capable of completing coursework so they can graduate early from high school or transfer mid-year from a junior college is more difficult than it appears,” Greg Biggins of ESPNRise.com told the Los Angeles Times.“As a high school player, you basically have to know at least a year in advance so you can start stacking your [class] schedule,” he said. “And the school has to make sure kids want to do that and that their school and district will allow them to.”last_img read more