Arsenal 3-2 Al Nasr Live: Alexandre Laczette and Mesut Ozil star in Gunners victory

first_imgتشكيلة المباراة 💫#النصر_أرسنال pic.twitter.com/7g8YZkivKL— AL NASR FC (@ALNasrSC) March 26, 2019 The lads are out2:00pm2:00pm, 26 Mar 2019’Why’s man doing this?!’ 😂Thanks for your support, Dubai Gooners ❤️#ArsenalInDubai 🇦🇪 pic.twitter.com/JjolRTMLhN— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 26, 2019 Confirmation of the goalscorer3:23pm3:23pm, 26 Mar 2019GOAL!!!42 mins: Arsenal are level and it’s through an unlikely source. Suarez plays a clever ball in behind the full-back and Carl Jenkinson buries the rebound after his initial shot came back off the woodwork. 3:21pm3:21pm, 26 Mar 201940 mins: The hosts nearly double their lead after Leno just about manages to shovel an in-swinging corner away from his near post, before Mustafi nonchalantly back-heels the ball behind for another corner. 3:18pm3:18pm, 26 Mar 201935 mins: Suarez has been Arsenal’s most impressive performer so far but there’s not much competition with both Ozil and Alexandre Lacazette struggling to assert their influence. The France striker is cutting a particularly frustrated figure. 3:05pm3:05pm, 26 Mar 201925 mins: It’s not been the most impressive of starts from Arsenal’s makeshift defence with Mustafi struggling and Konstantinos Mavropanos looking understandably rusty2:57pm2:57pm, 26 Mar 2019GOAL!!!14 mins: Al Nasr take the lead and you can’t say they don’t deserve it. Ronnie Fernandez was left all alone on the edge of the penalty, sat Shkodran Mustafi down and bent a superb shot into the top corner via the inside of the post.2:54pm2:54pm, 26 Mar 201912 mins: Another bright moment from Suarez as he cuts in from the left flank, beats another defender but his shot his deflected away for a corner.2:50pm2:50pm, 26 Mar 20199 mins: The first signs of Arsenal as an attacking force and it involves Mesut Ozil and Denis Suarez, with the Spaniard just failing to play in the Gunners’ No.10 with a slightly over-hit pass2:46pm2:46pm, 26 Mar 20194 mins: Another warning sign for Arsenal as Alvaro Negredo, the former Manchester City striker, gets in front of his defender at the near post but Leno is equal to his effort. 2:41pm2:41pm, 26 Mar 20191 min: It’s taken just 16 seconds for the hosts to fashion a chance, Bernd Leno forced into a low save after one hoof over the top beat the entire Arsenal defensive line. 2:37pm2:37pm, 26 Mar 2019And here’s the line-up for the hosts, for anyone interested! Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 Mar 2019 12:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link102Shares 2:30pm2:30pm, 26 Mar 2019He’s still some way from being in contention to make his return, but it’s great to see Rob Holding with the squad and stepping up his rehabilitation Arsenal 3-2 Al Nasr Live: Alexandre Laczette and Mesut Ozil star in Gunners victory And now we lead! 😄⚽️ @LacazetteAlex with a left-footed strike🅰️ @MesutOzil1088 with a backheel flick🔵 Al-Nasr 1-2 Arsenal 🔴#ArsenalInDubai 🇦🇪 pic.twitter.com/zWMDpkEkRS— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 26, 2019 Comment 3:56pm3:56pm, 26 Mar 2019GOAL!!!51 mins: Lacazette’s frustrating afternoon has taken a turn for the better. The French striker latched onto a beautiful Ozil flick and powered his shot into the top corner from around 16 yards. 3:48pm3:48pm, 26 Mar 201946 mins: Emery has made five changes at the break but Lacazette, Ozil and Suarez are still out there. Petr Cech has replaced Leno in goal. 3:32pm3:32pm, 26 Mar 2019HALF TIME!It’s 1-1 at the break and Arsenal can probably count themselves fortunate given their defensive failings. Will Unai Emery make a number of changes at the break? 3:25pm3:25pm, 26 Mar 2019Carl Jenkinson has levelled the scores in Dubai 🔵 Al-Nasr 1-1 Arsenal 🔴#ArsenalInDubai 🇦🇪 pic.twitter.com/UlS9YooX3t— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 26, 2019center_img 2:13pm2:13pm, 26 Mar 2019Let’s get moving! 🏃‍♂️#ArsenalInDubai 🇦🇪 pic.twitter.com/X9bHoIJPPW— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) March 26, 2019 2:25pm2:25pm, 26 Mar 2019While you’re here, reported Arsenal transfer target Thomas Partey is said to be ‘excited’ by the prospect of a move to the Premier League this summer Arsenal face Al-Nasr in a friendly in Dubai to conclude their warm weather training campArsenal conclude their warm weather training camp in Dubai with a friendly against Al Nasr on Tuesday.Unai Emery will run the rule over a crop of the club’s exciting youngsters and first team stars who have not been involved with their international teams over the course of the last week.January signing Denis Suarez will be desperate for the chance to impress having been restricted to just six substitute appearances since his arrival from Barcelona, amid reports Emery has already decided to send his compatriot back to his parent club in the summer.Follow all the action live here…AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Live Feed4:36pm4:36pm, 26 Mar 2019FULL-TIME!!!That’s it. Arsenal hang on in the end but a win’s a win and the perfect way to bring their Dubai training camp to a close. Stay with us for full post-match coverage. 4:34pm4:34pm, 26 Mar 2019GOAL!!!89 mins: Julio Pleguezuelo makes a rash tackle inside the box and conceded a needless penalty. Khaled Jalal becomes the latest in a long line of spot kick specialists to send Petr Cech the wrong way from 12 yards. 4:30pm4:30pm, 26 Mar 201985 mins: The game has slowed to a walking pace with Arsenal content with a 3-1 lead. Job done and hopefully no injuries ahead of next week’s game against Newcastle. 4:23pm4:23pm, 26 Mar 201980 mins: It’s pretty much plain sailing for Arsenal now but fans still haven’t forgotten the calamitous defending of Mustafi which handed the home team an early lead. Arsenal fans tell Unai Emery to leave Shkodran Mustafi in Dubai after his error against Al Nasr 4:17pm4:17pm, 26 Mar 2019GOAL!!!71 mins: What a moment for Tyreece John-Jules! The substitute pressures an Al Nasr defender into an error, advances into the penalty area, rounds the goalkeeper and wrong-foots the defender on the line to put the game to bed. 4:10pm4:10pm, 26 Mar 201967 mins: Unai Emery makes three more changes and that’s Lacazette and Ozil done for the day. Looks like Suarez could get the full 90 minutes. 4:00pm4:00pm, 26 Mar 2019Confirmation of the goalscorer and the assister… Arsenal fans out in force ahead of kick-off which is just 30 minutes awayFirstPrev1 of 2NextLast Rehab in Dubai ain’t too shabby 👌 pic.twitter.com/2egPUqH6dB— Rob Holding (@RobHolding95) March 26, 2019 Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

151 Schools Get Governor Wolf’s School Breakfast Initiative Grants to Improve Learning

first_img Education,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf’s School Breakfast Initiative is providing 151 schools with grants up to $5,000 to help more children start their day with a healthy meal. The $592,000 investment marks the second year of grants that make school breakfast available to all students and expand food options for children.“A healthy breakfast helps students begin the school day ready to learn and succeed,” said Governor Wolf. “By investing in school breakfasts, we are investing in the lives of children. When kids start their day with good nutrition, they’re ready to learn and grow up healthier and stronger.”“Our students are our greatest resource as Pennsylvanians,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “We must give them the tools they need to prepare them to be our future leaders – which includes a healthy breakfast every morning. Quite simply, children just cannot perform at their best in school if they are hungry. Since the school breakfast initiative began, many schools across the commonwealth have been able to expand access to breakfast to help more children have the healthy boost they need to start their day.”The list of recipients is available on the PDE website.Governor Wolf launched the School Breakfast Initiative two years ago. Schools use grants up to $5,000 to implement a breakfast program using an “alternative serving method,” like grab-and-go, or breakfast in the classroom. Schools can also expand an existing program to include an alternative serving method. Breakfast must be made available to all students in a school.“Students are more focused and in a better position to learn when they start their days with a healthy, nutritious meal,” said Secretary of Education Pedro A. Rivera. “However, we know that only 50 percent of the students who receive a free or reduced lunch also receive breakfast. The mini-grants enable schools to address food security issues and help more students by either starting a new breakfast program or by improving an existing one.”Since taking office, the Wolf Administration has been on the forefront of the issue of food security and nutrition. During his tenure, Governor Wolf has established the Food Security Partnership in 2015, comprised of the secretaries of the departments of Aging, Agriculture, Community and Economic Development, Education, Health, and Human Services; unveiled the commonwealth’s food security plan – Setting the Table: A Blueprint for a Hunger-free PA in 2016; and introduced the School Breakfast Initiative in 2017.More than 3,000 Pennsylvania schools report that they offer breakfast. However, fewer than half of those schools offer alternative serving methods. 151 Schools Get Governor Wolf’s School Breakfast Initiative Grants to Improve Learning May 15, 2019center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Italian telecoms scheme appoints Payden & Rygel to €250m mandate

first_imgAccording to its website, Fondo Telemaco also issued tenders for an active European equity manager and a passive global equity manager in November, at the same time as it opened the search for the fixed income mandates.In February, the pension fund advertised for a manager to run its guaranteed sub-fund.Speaking to IPE last year, director Marco Melegari said the scheme was also exploring options for investment in alternatives, such as private debt or private equity. Payden & Rygel managed more than €30bn for European institutional investors, according to IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers survey, and was ranked 135th globally by assets under management.Further readingTelemaco: A colourful approach Director Marco Melegari explains the Italian pension fund’s investment approach and its plans to revise its asset allocation. An Italian industry pension fund has appointed fixed income specialist manager Payden & Rygel to run two mandates totalling €250m.The €1.8bn Fondo Telemaco pension fund has tasked Payden & Rygel Investment Management with two bond mandates “with an absolute return target”, according to a statement from the asset manager.Fondo Telemaco is the pension fund for Italy’s telecommunications industry.Nicolò Piotti, managing director of Payden & Rygel, said: “We are honoured to have been selected by Telemaco… by offering a personalised investment solution specifically aimed at achieving the investment objectives of its members, through one of our best strategies with an extensive track record and consistent returns.”last_img read more

Multi-asset funds face challenge to win back investors

first_imgThe ethos of DGFs is to offer a wide range of assets that all react differently to market movements. Some will move up while others move down, theoretically offsetting losses.However, with equity markets being artificially supported by quantitative easing and bond markets finding favour with yield-hungry investors, the fundamental DGF process has often failed in the past 10 years, as loss-offsetting has not been needed.Yet, despite poor performances, Arthur said he valued the diversification these funds brought to institutional portfolios: “In many UK pension funds, a DGF is the only bit of the investment that can be used to express asset allocation decisions in a timely fashion.”However, some managers’ reliance on diversification – and a failure to use this opportunity to make dynamic investment decisions – was cited as one of the reasons for some investors’ disenchantment with the strategy.Steven Crane, a trustee for a small, open defined benefit scheme that has switched several of its managers in the past seven years, said some of its DGFs focused too much on diversification instead of tracking the equity market when it made sense, for example.Crane’s scheme was “wary of pulling the trigger now” and moving back into DGFs, he said, with the sponsor’s priority being low-volatility, low-risk return streams.The panel agreed that DGFs could help deliver lower volatility to an investment portfolio as a whole.Overall, the participants said the current mood could take another five years to change, with the onus falling on consultants to help clients decide which type of DGF might help them in the future.However, this has become a complex task, as the universe now contains more than 100 DGFs, up from 20 a decade ago, according to Arthur.The white paper is available to download here. Multi-asset funds face years of trying to win back institutional investment clients after a decade of wrong turns, according to a panel of trustees, fund managers and consultants.In a discussion, hosted by data provider Camradata, institutional investors pointed to where the funds had failed them since the financial crisis – and what their managers would have to do to win back confidence.John Arthur, senior consultant at MJ Hudson Allenbridge, said it had been a “tough few years” for diversified growth funds (DGFs), another term for multi-asset strategies.“A long bull market in equities since the global financial crisis has made clients wonder whether to keep faith with DGFs,” said Arthur. “A basic equity/bond allocation would have done a better job than most.”last_img read more

Church leaders quit over sexual misconduct scandal

first_img Sharing is caring! (BBC) The leaders at one of the biggest megachurches in the US have quit over a sexual misconduct scandal that has already claimed its founder.A statement from elders at the Willow Creek church said a “new start” was needed, and that they should have handled the allegations better.Bill Hybels stepped down earlier this year after accusations of inappropriate conduct emerged.He has denied the allegations but said he had become a distraction.With more than 25,000 members and locations in Chicago, Willow Creek is thought to be the fifth largest megachurch in the US. Megachurches are defined as congregations with regular weekly attendance of at least 2,000 persons.Several women have come forward with accusations against Mr Hybels dating back to the 1990s.Earlier this year, the Chicago Tribune and Christianity Today both detailed allegations that he had made unwanted advances and suggestive comments to church members.Church leaders were reportedly told four years ago that Mr Hybels was having an affair with one woman and was accused of harassment by others.An internal investigation cleared him of wrongdoing.What has #MeToo actually changed?But in April, after the allegations went public, Mr Hybels said he would step down, months ahead of his planned retirement date in October this year. His announcement brought gasps from his congregation.New allegations emerged over the weekend, with a former assistant alleging he groped her repeatedly.The latest claims prompted the resignation of one of Mr Hybels’ successors Steve Carter, who quit over the church’s handling of the misconduct allegations. It appears the rest of the church leaders also felt compelled to act.In their statement, church elders said investigations had been “flawed” and that their trust in Willow Creek’s founder had “clouded our judgement”.“We, as a board, know Willow needs and deserves a fresh start, and the entire board will step down to create room for a new board,” it said.The church’s lead pastor, Heather Larson. who also stepped down, said trust had been broken and there was an urgency to “move in a better direction”.The announcement comes as it is due to host a summit of hundreds of churches, but scores have dropped out.Willow Creek has appointed Steve Gillen as a new lead pastor and has promised an independent review of its governance.Leaving the church after learning the news, churchgoer Lisa Dudley told the New York Times: “I never had a personal relationship with any of those pastors, but I have a personal relationship with God.” Share 194 Views   no discussions FaithInternationalLifestylePrint Church leaders quit over sexual misconduct scandal by: – August 10, 2018center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

Fantastic Day For The Polar Plunge

first_imgThe Ripley Ohio Dearborn Special Olympics Annual Polar Plunge took place at The Versailles State Park.189 brave people took the plunge at Versailles Lake. The preliminary totals raised so far is over $42,600.The preliminary totals raised so far is over $42,600.Many awards and presentations were handed out during The After Splash Bash.The area Knights of Columbus were recognized for their statewide sponsorshipOverall Best Costume – Tyler Hinkle dressed as a sumo wrestlerLargest Group – The Weightlifting Polar Bears with 26 membersIndividual Raising the Most Money – Matthew Menchoffer with over $2,500Team Raising the Most Money – The Knights, Lions, and Bears with nearly $6,200EMS, Fire, Police Departments Raising the Most Money – The Moores Hill Fire Chicks with over $1,300Top Cool School Fundraising Team – South RipleyTop Cool School Fundraising Team Rookie Division – South DearbornTop Teacher/Coach Raising the Most Money – Noel Houze of Milan with $345The Cool School Trophy and keeping Tundra the Polar Bear – South Ripley by raising over $4,900WRBI’s Caz Burdette took the plunge and emceed the event for the 10th straight year.WRBI is proud to be a Media Sponsor for Special Olympics and The Polar Plunge.last_img read more

Herman “Bob” Vinup, age 83

first_imgHerman “Bob” Vinup, age 83 of Batesville, IN died Sunday, March 26, 2017 at his home in Batesville.Born on April 2, 1933 in Rising Sun, IN he was the son of Edward & Beulah (Spillman) Vinup.He married Katherine Brewer on Nov. 19, 1982 at the New Trenton Baptist Church where he was a member. He retired from Superior Chevrolet on Spring Grove Ave. as an Auto Body Tech. Then, after that, he worked 11 years at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, TN.He is survived by his wife Katherine, daughter Denise K., stepsons Greg (Terry), Bob & Chris (Monica) Hooten, grandson Andrew Grose, Step Grandsons Bryan, Adam, Alexander, & Fletcher Hooten, great grandchildren Lydia & Henry Grose, step great grandson Weston Hooten, and his brother Paul Vinup. He is preceded in death by his parents and sister Carolyn Euriech.Bob had a strong faith in God and read his bible daily. He was also a man whom knew how to do many things. He did all the woodwork in their home. He enjoyed being outdoors in his garden and doing yard work. He enjoyed going to the Smoky Mountains, and having coffee, and very much being with his family and will be missed very much.Visitation will be Wednesday, March 29, 2017 from 11am to 1pm followed by funeral services at 1pm at Meyers Funeral Home with Rev. David Johnston officiating. Burial will be in St. John (Huntersville) Cemetery. Memorials may be given to MMH Hospice c/o the funeral home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006. Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

Super Eagles static on FIFA ranking

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking FIFA ranking: Nigeria moves up by two spots, now world 29th COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Former African champions, Nigeria’s Super Eagles, retained her 31st position on the latest World football governing body FIFA monthly ranking.Despite no international matches played since last edition, the Nigerian side trails highest ranked African teams, Senegal and Tunisia, with 1493 points. The spread of COVID-19 remained an obstacle to the staging of international matches.This has again affected the latest FIFA World Ranking, which remains unchanged.Belgium remained at the summit ahead of France and Brazil, who complete the podium, while England and Uruguay continue to occupy fourth and fifth respectively.Lying in wait behind them are, in descending order, Croatia, Portugal, Spain, Argentina and Colombia.Outside of the Top 10, 200 other national teams are waiting to get back in action and shake up world football’s hierarchy. The resumption or start of qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in the respective confederations is awaited with eagerness and should see plenty of movement in the Ranking in the months ahead.The next FIFA ranking will be published on July 16, 2020.Tags: FIFAFIFA rankingSuper Eagleslast_img read more

Mourinho bemoans ball-boys

first_img “There was a bit of confusion, the ball coming on, we are kicking it away – come on, I don’t think that’s really where we are today. It was an unbelievable performance.” Cisse, who had replaced Remy Cabella four minutes earlier, fired the home side into a 57th-minute lead after defender Gary Cahill had failed to cut out Sammy Ameobi’s left-wing cross, and then doubled their advantage 12 minutes from time when he converted Moussa Sissoko’s pass after the once-again impressive midfielder had charged at the heart of the Chelsea defence. Mourinho’s men grabbed a lifeline with seven minutes remaining when, after Taylor had been sent off for a second bookable offence, substitute Drogba glanced a header past debutant keeper Jak Alnwick, who had replaced the injured Rob Elliot at the break. But despite an incessant barrage, the visitors were unable to get back on terms as the 10 men secured a third successive home league win over their illustrious opponents. Mourinho said: “The best team lost. The team which tried to win lost. We were unlucky. But that’s football.” Pardew was understandably delighted with a victory which came at some cost with Elliot, who was deputising for the injured Tim Krul, facing several weeks on the sidelines with a torn thigh muscle and skipper Fabricio Coloccini also struggling. The 53-year-old revealed after the game that 21-year-old Alnwick had headed for his office earlier in the season to discuss his lack of opportunities, and fate now appears to have intervened. Pardew said: “Jak came to see me before Tim got injured and said that he was really disappointed in my management of him, that the club had let him down because we hadn’t loaned him out – but we couldn’t because he was our third-choice, so we couldn’t put ourselves at risk. “His contract was up at the end of the year and he felt he hadn’t really been given an opportunity, and he has been proven right, so fair play to him. “I said to Andy Woodman, our goalkeeping coach, you have to admire him because he isn’t really in a position to bang the door down on me at this stage – I think we’d won four games on the trot. “But fair play to him.” Jose Mourinho was left complaining about ball-boys and spectators after seeing his Chelsea side’s unbeaten start to the season come to an end at Newcastle. He said: “You need one ball. Sometimes we had no balls and other times we had two balls. “I don’t like to lose because of bad decisions from the referee – but the referee was very good today; I don’t like to lose and blame my players. “But that wasn’t the case today. We were just unlucky. They scored only the only two times they crossed the halfway line and scored two strange goals because of rebounds. “But I am not going to criticise the way Newcastle played. We changed our strategy and played direct and we almost got the point we deserved. “We were unlucky, but one day we will be lucky.” Asked if he believed his issue with the ball-boys and the crowd was a deliberate strategy, Mourinho replied cryptically: “Do you believe in Father Christmas?” Opposite number Alan Pardew, however, laughed off the suggestion. He said: “I know Jose has had a little moan about the ball-boys and stuff like that, but I think that’s a bit harsh. But if the ball goes in the stand at Newcastle with six minutes to go, it ain’t coming back, trust me. The Portuguese could only look on in horror as substitute Papiss Cisse struck twice after the break, making Didier Drogba’s late header after defender Steven Taylor had been dismissed irrelevant with the home side holding out for a 2-1 victory. Mourinho was convinced the Blues should have emerged with at least a point from their visit to to St James’ Park, where he is yet to win a Barclays Premier League game, but his only complaint was about the length of time it took the ball to arrive back on the pitch after it had gone out of play. Press Associationlast_img read more

The Latest: MLB encourages players to leave spring camps

first_imgThe first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary.Writing in a Facebook post, government commissioner Mariusz Revesz says the decision came because of the coronavirus crisis in Italy and Hungary’s declaration this week to ban large outdoor sporting events.Revesz says Hungarian and Italian race organizers would seek contract modifications so the Giro can start in Hungary some other time.___1:20 p.m. March 13, 2020 The Bahrain GP was scheduled to be held next week — at an empty track — and the inaugural Vietnamese GP was set to be held in Hanoi on April 5.The first four races of the Formula One season have all been called off. The season-opening Australian GP and the China GP were previously postponed.No new dates have been set for the races but governing body FIA says it expects to begin the F1 season in May when it reaches Europe with the Dutch GP.___1:25 p.m. 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.”___ 9:55 a.m.Everton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday. 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. 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. The handover of the Olympic Flame to the Tokyo organizing committee will go ahead as scheduled on March 19 at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896.___11:50 a.m.Soccer in Scotland has been suspended following a similar move in England.The Scottish Football Association and Scottish Professional Football League say games are off until “further notice.” Associated Press 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.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):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. German club Nuremberg says its whole team and coaching staff are going into quarantine for 14 days after defender Fabian Nürnberger tested positive for the coronavirus.The second-division club decided to conduct tests after two players from previous opponent Hannover tested positive for the virus.Nuremberg was due to play St. Pauli on Sunday but the club has asked the German soccer league to postpone the game.Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday was called off after Hannover decided on Thursday to quarantine its players for 14 days.___ Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, leading to the cancellation of the match against Brighton on Saturday. Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also had a positive test on Thursday, while Everton said Friday that a player had reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus and said its squad was self-isolating.Two more clubs said some players or staff would isolate. Bournemouth said Friday that reserve goalkeeper Artur Boruc and four members of staff had symptoms consistent with the virus. Leicester said Thursday that three players had “extremely mild illness” and would self-isolate as a precaution.___10:30 a.m.The England cricket team’s test series in Sri Lanka has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. 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.___ 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. 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. 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. 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.___ ___11:10 a.m.The English Premier League has been suspended after three clubs put their entire playing squads in self-isolation because of coronavirus.The league had expected to continue with a full schedule this weekend with fans, but later decided to suspend all matches until April 3 “at the earliest.”The same suspension applies for the three lower divisions overseen by the English Football League and to England’s top two women’s divisions. ___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 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. ___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. ___ 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. 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.___ All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums.Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___ ___11:15 a.m.UEFA has postponed all Champions League and Europa League games because of the coronavirus outbreak.The quarterfinal draws in both competitions, scheduled for next Friday, have also been postponed.The decision comes four days ahead of a meeting to decide the European soccer calendar, including the possible one-year postponement of the 2020 European Championship. The 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. 2:10 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. 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. 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.”___ Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic.___12:40 p.m.The Paris-Nice cycling race won’t finish in Nice because of the coronavirus outbreak, and will instead be stopped one day early at the end of Stage 7 on Saturday.The final stage would have taken the race on a 113.5-kilometer (70.5-mile) loop north of Nice. Instead, the race will stop in Valdeblore la Colmiane. 11 a.m.The French soccer league has suspended all matches indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.Matches were scheduled to be held in empty stadiums but the French league made its decision in an emergency meeting a day after President Emmanuel Macron addressed the nation on television.No indication has yet been given as to when the league could resume. The league says it will next meet on Tuesday following a UEFA meeting.___ 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.”___ 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.___ 1:55 p.m.The Greek Olympic committee says it is suspending the rest of its torch relay because of the “unexpectedly large crowd” that gathered to watch despite repeated requests for the public to stay away to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The Hellenic Olympic Committee says a large crowd had gathered to watch the flame for the Tokyo Olympics pass through the southern Greek town of Sparta. The flame was lit Thursday at the birthplace of the games in Ancient Olympia in a pared-down ceremony.The committee says it took “the difficult but essential decision to cancel the rest of the program of the flame relay on Greek territory.”It says the decision was taken in coordination with the health ministry and the International Olympic Committee. 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.___1:45 p.m.The Bahrain and Vietnam Grand Prix races have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___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. 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. 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. However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps.___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday. 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. ___3:35 p.m.The Board of Control for Cricket in India has decided to delay the start of the Indian Premier League T20 tournament by two weeks because of the coronavirus outbreak.The tournament will now start on April 15 instead of March 29.___ 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. ___ The Latest: MLB encourages players to leave spring camps The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket.England was set to play the first test of its two-test series on Thursday, with the second test set for March 27.The ECB says “we look forward to returning to Sri Lanka in the very near future to fulfil this important Test series.”The decision was announced with England playing in a test warm-up match against the Sri Lanka Board President’s XI.England also has tests scheduled at home against West Indies in June and Pakistan in late July and August. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more