Threadneedle bails out of north London leisure scheme

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Mikel Arteta tells Arsenal board the three positions he wants strengthened in transfer market

first_imgAdvertisement Arteta is keen to strengthen his squad (Picture: Getty)Mikel Arteta is keen to strengthen his Arsenal squad this summer and is targeting players in three positions. The Arsenal board will reportedly target a centre-back, a holding midfielder and an attacker as they look to help Arteta turn the club’s fortunes around.According to The Athletic, offers will be listened to for many players in the squad this summer, as well. However, with values set to drop this summer due to the coronavirus pandemic, Arsenal may be reluctant to sell. ADVERTISEMENTRead the latest updates: Coronavirus news liveTheir own recruitment will depend on the futures of many in the current squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementPablo Mari and Cedric Soares – both of whom joined on loan in January – face uncertain futures, while Shkodran Mustafi, Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Alexandre Lacazette all could leave the club. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 16 Apr 2020 4:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.4kShares Aubameyang’s future is unclear (Picture: Getty)Prized asset Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s contract expires at the end of next season and the club could cash in on the Gabon international. Barcelona and Real Madrid are among the clubs linked with a move for the 30-year-old striker.MORE: Ronny Johnsen hails ‘very good signing’ for proving him wrong at Manchester UnitedMORE: Ian Wright reveals how ex-Manchester United captain Roy Keane made an example of him for being two minutes lateFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Mikel Arteta tells Arsenal board the three positions he wants strengthened in transfer market Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

​Possibility of Greek exit already factored into portfolio – APG

first_imgAPG, the €400bn asset manager for the Dutch civil service pension fund ABP, has said it has already adjusted its investment portfolio for the consequences of a possible exit of Greece from the euro-zone.Harmen Geers, spokesman for APG, said the asset manager had already underweighted its Italian government bond holdings relative to the benchmark, and that its sovereign debt portfolio for the country was now worth €12bn. He said APG had shifted its strategic government bond allocation in favour of UK and US government paper.But Geers also took pains to emphasise that APG was a long-term investor. “We are not going to change our investments on a daily basis following elections somewhere,” he said. He also declined to speculate on the danger of contagion spreading to Italy or Spain, underlining that the two countries’ fundamentals were “different”. “Currently, Italy is implementing reforms, while Spain has a more stable political climate,” Geers said.APG’s spokesman pointed to the uncertainty still surrounding the new Greek government’s plans, as well as the impact of the ECB’s recently announced bond purchasing programme.At the moment, APG has just €144m and €19m, respectively, in equity and bond holdings in Greece, according to Geers, who stressed that the investments would not be rendered immediately worthless in the event of a “Grexit”.“The new value of our Greek assets would largely depend on the exchange rate of a new currency,” he said.Geers said APG had a system ready to deal with any new currency, as a legacy of its preparations for a possible Greek exit from the euro in 2011.“Such a mechanism was very relevant at the time, when our holdings in Greek assets were much bigger than today,” he said.Currently, APG has €7bn and €800m worth of Spanish and Irish government bonds, respectively, in its portfolio.It has divested all its Portuguese government bonds.last_img read more

German pension association fears EIOPA ‘back door’ IORP II move

first_imgGermany’s occupational pensions association, aba, has called on EIOPA and ”other institutions” to respect the timeline for a review of the new IORP II Directive, stating that a recent proposal from the former shows that the “Damocles sword” of solvency requirements still hangs over the industry.In an analysis of the revised EU Directive for Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision (IORPs), the final proposal for which was agreed in June, the association said the Directive will lead to higher standards in the areas of governance, risk management, and information.However, it will not trigger large growth in the number of IORPs in Germany or spur a boom in cross-border activity, according to aba.It noted that IORP II did not introduce new solvency requirements for workplace pension providers, which it said would have made occupational pension provision considerably more costly, and unnecessarily so. However, it considers that the “Damocles sword” of such requirements still hangs over the industry, citing an April 2016 recommendation from the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) for a common framework for risk assessment and transparency for IORPs.The proposal met with criticism by some in the industry when it was first released, and aba has also come out against the proposal, seeing it as equivalent to EIOPA’s Holistic Balance Sheet approach, and therefore “old wine in new bottles”.An important aspect from aba’s perspective is that under EIOPA’s proposal, national supervisory authorities should be able to take regulatory action against individual IORPs based on the results of the proposed risk assessment framework.The association fears that EIOPA would try to implement its common framework recommendation through Article 29 of the IORP II Directive, which sets out the requirement for own risk assessments by IORPs. In its analysis of the final proposal for the new IORP Directive, aba noted that it is down to Member States to require and ensure IORPs fulfil the own risk assessment requirements, and that neither the European Commission nor EIOPA are given any role to play in this regard.The final draft also stripped the Commission of the ability to pass delegated acts once the final draft had been agreed by the European Parliament, making it near impossible for EIOPA to impose new technical standards at a later date.“We hope that the implementation details will be specified by the individual Member States and that Article 29 of IORP II will not leave open the back door for EIOPA to introduce the common framework,” said the association.Aba said that such a move would be “decidedly against European lawmakers’ intention”, with use of the Holistic Balance Sheet precisely not provided for by the IORP II Directive.The preamble to the finalised IORP II Directive includes a strong statement against “further development at Union level of solvency models”, and the final proposal for the new legislation also omits quantitative requirements – seen as potentially amounting to solvency requirements – from the scope of the post-implementation review of the IORP II Directive.The proposal for the new Directive foresees the review taking place six years after its entry into force, and aba said “this provision from European lawmakers should be respected by all institutions, and accordingly therefore also by EIOPA”.last_img read more

Shock, Pain After Learning Her Father Was a Sperm Donor

first_imgLifeNews 4 August 2013The day after Stephanie Blessing learned she had been conceived with the assistance of a sperm donor and that the man she knew and loved as her father for 32 years was not her father, she went into shock. She remembers sitting in her rocking chair, staring into space. It was so bad, her husband had to remind her to do something as basic as changing their baby’s diaper.“I was just catatonic,” she said.The shock turned into depression, as she began to mourn what she had lost. “I was a daddy’s girl. I had a great childhood, and was the apple of my non-biological dad’s eye. [I] adored my dad,” said Blessing, a homeschooling mother of five, who lives in Tennessee.“It really hurt to find out [my dad] wasn’t mine in the way I thought he was,” she said.  “I grew up hearing about his dad being a cowboy. Everybody on dad’s side of the family could tool leather like nobody…my grandmother, who is about to turn 100…they aren’t mine anymore,” she said.Then, she began to mourn the loss of her biological father. “As much as my dad adored me, it hurts to know that the man who helped create me chose to have nothing to do with my life,” said Blessing. “People are deceiving themselves if they think they can love somebody enough to make up for the person who isn’t there.”http://www.lifenews.com/2013/08/04/woman-deals-with-shock-pain-after-learning-her-father-was-a-sperm-donor/last_img read more

Local landmark added to ‘Most Endangered’ list

first_imgPhoto: Indiana LandmarksRising Sun, In. — Indiana Landmarks today announced the 10 Most Endangered, an annual list of Hoosier landmarks in jeopardy. The list includes a college campus, an eccentric estate, an unusual barn, a basketball palace, and more.“We put places on the endangered list to raise awareness and find ways to save them,” says Marsh Davis, president of the nonprofit preservation organization. “Indiana Landmarks has been able to solve problems, forge partnerships, and create revitalization strategies that wrest these sites from the brink of extinction,” he adds.Demolition has claimed only 16 of the 131 Most Endangered sites listed since 1991, while 84 places are completely restored or no longer endangered.The 10 Most Endangered in 2018 includes one site repeating from last year’s list and nine new entries [see addendum for more information on each]:Cannelton Historic District, CanneltonCommandant’s Row at Indiana Veterans’ Home, West LafayetteThe Courtyard Inn, Rising SunThe shuttered Courtyard Inn is made up of five buildings—four connected—that represent the earliest links to the Ohio River flatboat industry that put Rising Sun on the map. Shadrach Hathaway replaced his two-story log structure in 1827 with a brick building at the corner of Front and Fourth streets that he operated as a general store. In the 1830s, Pinckney James and Able C. Pepper constructed row houses adjacent to the mercantile, fillingout the block facing the river.Cravenhurst Barn, MadisonMarion National Bank Building, Marion (repeat entry from 2017 list)Muncie Fieldhouse, MuncieNorth Christian Church, ColumbusOld Masonic Hall, KnightstownRocky Edge, Terre HauteSaint Joseph’s College campus, RensselaerPlaces that land on the 10 Most Endangered list often face a combination of problems rather than a single threat—abandonment, neglect, dilapidation, obsolete use, unreasonable above-market asking price, owners who simply lack money for repairs, remote location.“Indiana Landmarks confers 10 Most Endangered status on important historic places that have reached a dire point, like the Newkirk Mansion in Connersville on the 2017 list. The vacant hilltop mansion suffered a leaking roof, vandalism and an arson fire in the carriage house. We developed a strategy that included price negotiation, optioning the property, and a national search for a new owner willing to restore the house. We found an ideal buyer in the Sparks family who immediately began addressing the structural needs and embraced the protective covenant we attached to the deed,” says Davis.To find out more about each of the 10 Most Endangered, and check out some 10 Most success stories, click here or contact Indiana Landmarks, 317-639-4534 or 800-450-4534.last_img read more

Jagielka hails Cleverley signing

first_img Press Association The 24-year-old impressed for the midlanders as they escaped relegation and got to the FA Cup final, and having joined Everton on a free transfer this summer, Jagielka is looking forward to seeing the best of his international colleague. “He’s really excited to come here because it is a fresh start for him,” he told evertontv. “It was nice that he had the chance to go out on loan last season because things weren’t going too well for him at Manchester United. “He proved a lot of people wrong at Aston Villa – he obviously scored against us which I am sure he will take a little bit of stick for when he comes in. “He’s a really good addition. He’s a great player – nice and tidy – and will fit into the manager’s thoughts very well. He can play in a number of positions as well. “He played in the positive and negative times at Manchester United and that’s going to help him as a character and to blossom as a player. “He played in an FA Cup final not too long ago and he’s got quite a few England caps as well, so he has a lot of experience for a young man. It’s something we can use to our advantage. “He’s a good player and, just as importantly, he’s a good person.” Everton captain Phil Jagielka believes the often-maligned Tom Cleverley has proved his critics wrong. Just over a year ago almost 20,000 people signed an on-line petition – criticised at the time by both England manager Roy Hodgson and Toffees boss Roberto Martinez – demanding the then Manchester United midfielder was not selected for the World Cup. Cleverley was not picked to go to Brazil, although not as a result of the campaign, and joined Aston Villa for the start of the new season after a move to Everton collapsed at the last minute. Belgium youth international David Henen has become Everton’s third signing of the summer, following Cleverley and Gerard Deulofeu, after turning last season’s loan spell from Olympiacos into a permanent deal. The 19-year-old was a regular for the under-21s and – after signing a three-year deal – is likely to be loaned out to gain first-team experience this season. “Everton are a big club and I feel I can develop here,” he told evertonfc.com. “For a young player it is the best club because they try to develop youngsters. It is perfect for me.” last_img read more

3 Brothers FC Win The Sevens Challenge Trophy Soccer

first_imgGUWAHATI: 3 Brothers FC won the Sevens Challenge Trophy Soccer which concluded at the Nehru stadium here today. APRO FC finished runners-up. The winner received a cash award of Rs 12,000 while the runners-up team collected a purse of Rs 6000. Emzamul Hussain was adjudged as the best player of the tournament.Also Read: Local Sportlast_img

The Latest: Golden Gate Fields closes for live racing

first_imgWorld Sailing and Japanese officials were in talks to return to Enoshima in 2021 before the rescheduled Olympics.___Brescia president Massimo Cellino says he will forfeit his team’s remaining Serie A matches if the Italian soccer league resumes.Brescia is the third-worst hit province in Italy with more than 8,500 coronavirus cases and more than 1,300 deaths.In an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport, Cellino says “this season doesn’t make sense anymore.” ___The Ottawa Senators are making temporary layoffs and salary reductions because of COVID-19.The team’s parent company says the full-time workforce will be reduced starting Sunday, when the NHL club’s season was originally scheduled to end. Those not laid off could be placed on furlough. Others could have their salaries reduced. Health benefits will continue uninterrupted.“We will pull through by staying committed together,” owner Eugene Melnyk said. “I look forward to the day when it is safe to reopen our doors and welcome back employees, fans and community partners.” World Athletics hasn’t decided how far in advance to open applications once competitions resume. High jump world champion Mariya Lasitskene and pole vault world champion Anzhelika Sidorova are among those who need their status renewed from last year.___British Open organizers say postponement is an option for this year’s tournament at Royal St. George’s because of the coronavirus outbreak.The R&A released a short statement in response to media speculation about the staging of the event in July. Chief executive Martin Slumbers says the “process is taking some time to resolve” because of a range of external factors.Slumbers says “we are well aware of the importance of being able to give clear guidance to fans, players and everyone involved and are working to resolve this as soon as we can.” ___World Athletics says it won’t clear any Russian athletes to compete internationally amid the shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.The governing body of track requires Russians to apply for “authorized neutral athlete” status each year to compete outside their home country. Russia has been suspended from World Athletics since 2015 for widespread doping.World Athletics spokeswoman Nicole Jeffery says in e-mailed comments that “the ANA system only applies to international competition, so until there is competition there is no need for any athlete to apply.”She adds that “for the next two months, at least, there is no competition, so the system does not need to be active until we know when the competition schedule can resume.” Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the new coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:Golden Gate Fields in the San Francisco Bay area has been closed for live racing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.The Alameda County Public Health Officer ordered the track to close, which resulted in the cancellation of Thursday’s card. ___The California State Athletic Commission has canceled all combat sports events through May due to the coronavirus pandemic.Several dozen events were scheduled for May, mostly in Southern California.The affected events include a UFC show scheduled for May 16 in San Diego. The event was scheduled to feature lightweights Dustin Poirier and Dan Hooker in the main event.The Bellator mixed martial arts promotion had already postponed its two events scheduled for California in May. Golden Boy Promotions also had already canceled a boxing show scheduled for April 25 outside Palm Springs, headlined by light heavyweights Sergey Kovalev and Sullivan Barrera. The Braves are two-time defending National League East champions.___Get ready for a full week of the Masters on television.With this year’s tournament postponed because of the new coronavirus, ESPN and CBS Sports will broadcast the final rounds of some of the more significant Masters.ESPN starts it off at 3 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday with the final round from 1986. That’s arguably the most popular Masters of all, when Jack Nicklaus shot 30 on the back nine to win his sixth green jacket at age 46. ESPN will show the the 2012 Masters, when Bubba Watson won his first green jacket, at 2 p.m. Thursday. That’s followed by Tiger Woods’ record 12-shot victory in 1997 at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, ESPN features 2013, when Adam Scott won, at noon and 2005, with Woods and his memorable chip-in on the 16th, at 6 p.m. The New England Patriots’ private team plane is returning to Boston from China carrying more than 1 million masks critical to health care providers fighting to control the spread of the new coronavirus.The Wall Street Journal reports that Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker secured the N95 masks but had no way of getting them to the U.S.Team owner Robert Kraft stepped in and offered to help. The plane, a Boeing 767 painted in the team’s colors and logo, is usually used to carry the team to and from NFL games. It is expected back in Boston on Thursday.___The World Games that were more than a year away have been delayed to 2022 because of the coronavirus outbreak. The CEO of World TeamTennis says the league has sent $1,000 each to about 60 players and coaches as a “gift” to help them deal with the financial hardships presented by the coronavirus pandemic.Carlos Silva said in a telephone interview Thursday that the payments were not an advance of salary for the nine-team league, which was founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s.Explained Silva: “It wasn’t so much about the money, but a way to say, ‘Thank you,’ and just so they could use it for some rent or some groceries or anything they might need.”All professional tennis events have been postponed or canceled until early July because of the COVID-19 outbreak.There will be some tennis to watch on TV this weekend, though: A WTT all-star event featuring 2017 U.S. Open runner-up Madison Keys and other players will air Saturday on CBS. It was filmed March 1. The ministry says the athlete was hospitalized and the coach self-isolated at home. All training is shut down at the sprawling Novogorsk base, a key focus of Russian Olympic preparations across multiple sports, and it has been disinfected. Athletes have either been isolated or sent home to self-isolate.The ministry didn’t name the coach or athlete. However, the coach was identified as artistic gymnastics head coach Andrei Rodionenko in comments to state news agency Tass by Russian Rhythmic Gymnastics Federation president Irina Viner-Usmanova.Separately, a Russian boxing coach who was at last month’s Olympic qualifying tournament in London said he tested positive. The Russian Boxing Federation said Anton Kadushin had been at home since returning from the competition.Previously the Turkish federation said one of its boxers and one of its coaches had tested positive after the tournament, which was cut short due to the virus outbreak. The International Olympic Committee said at the time it was “not possible to know the source of infection.”___ He says “returning to activity is pure craziness. If they force us to I am ready to not put out the team and lose the matches 3-0 by default out of respect for the citizens of Brescia and their loved ones who aren’t here anymore.”Brescia is in last place in the league standings. The president of Lazio recently accused Cellino of trying to avoid relegation.Cellino says “I don’t care at all about relegation. So far we have deserved it and I have my blame in that, too.”___Potential hosts of soccer’s 2027 Asian Cup have been given more time to enter the contest by the Asian Football Confederation. Silva said WTT is still planning to launch its three-week season on July 12, but will continue to monitor the situation and offer periodic updates.Matches are slated to be held that day in Washington, Orlando, San Diego and Springfield, Missouri.That date also was supposed to be when the men’s final was played at Wimbledon.But the All England Club announced Wednesday that its Grand Slam tournament would not be played this year.___ The next race at risk is the Italian MotoGP on May 31.___World Sailing has canceled the World Cup Series Final in Enoshima, Japan, in June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The regatta was to give valuable competition for the Olympic classes just over a month before the start of the Tokyo Games.The Olympics have been postponed to 2021. ___The Belgian soccer league has become the first major European competition to recommend ending its season with the current standings declared final because of the coronavirus outbreak.The league says Club Brugge would be awarded the title if the advice is confirmed at a general assembly meeting on April 15. Brugge would also qualify for next season’s Champions League.Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs.The league management board has agreed it is unclear when team training could resume and says it is “very unlikely” any games with fans attending could be played before June 30. Golden Gate says it “is abiding by the instructions issued two weeks ago by the California Horse Racing Board to operate under the sanction of the local health authorities.”The track says there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Golden Gate.Santa Anita near Los Angeles has been without live racing since March 27 under a similar order from the Los Angeles County Health Department.Both tracks had been racing without fans and limiting attendance to horsemen and necessary racing and track employees. Both are owned by The Stronach Group.Horsemen representatives and The Stronach Group have maintained that racetracks are essential businesses in need of continued operations, providing care to animals, and that afternoon racing involves far fewer participants than morning training, which is allowed. center_img The Latest: Golden Gate Fields closes for live racing The league says even games in empty stadiums would put stress on public health and security services dealing with the pandemic. It agreed the risk of infecting players would also damage the competition’s integrity.___The Senior PGA Championship in Michigan has been canceled.The PGA of America says it based its decision on Michigan’s stay-at-home order that was enacted March 23.The Senior PGA in Benton Harbor, Michigan, was to be played May 21-24. It will be held next year at Southern Hills in Tulsa, Oklahoma. It will return to Benton Harbor the following year. The Olympic-style event for sports that are not on the Summer Games program had been scheduled for July 15-25, 2021, in Birmingham, Alabama. But those dates now overlap with the Tokyo Olympics, which were delayed for a full year while the world deals with the pandemic.The International World Games Association and Birmingham Organizing Committee announced Thursday that the 11th edition of the World Games will now be held on July 7-17, 2022.The World Games began in 1981 and are held every four years to showcase disciplines that are not on the Olympic program, such as sumo, floorball, billiards, lifesaving, orienteering, dance sport and tug of war.Birmingham won the right to stage the 2021 competition, beating out Lima, Peru, and Ufa, Russia, to become the first U.S. host since Santa Clara, California, for the inaugural World Games.Birmingham had expected some 3,600 athletes from more than 100 nations to participate. ___Iowa State coaches and other athletic department staff members are getting pay cuts for one year to help offset lost revenue from the coronavirus pandemic.Athletic director Jaime Pollard wrote on the Cyclones’ website that his department faces a $5 million shortfall this year because of the cancellation of the NCAA and Big 12 men’s basketball tournaments.The payroll cut will save more than $3 million. There also will be a temporary suspension of bonuses for coaches totaling another $1 million.Previously announced increases in Cyclone Club annual giving levels have been delayed, prices for season and individual game ticket prices have been frozen for all sports and the deadline for booster club donations and football season ticket renewals has been extended to May 29. April 2, 2020 Browns wide receiver Jarvis Landry has donated $15,000 to provide hygiene products to students and families in the East Cleveland City School District during the coronavirus pandemic.Landry partnered with Meijer to supply families with soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and other personal care products.“Although we are facing unprecedented challenges right now, it is important to remember that we are all in this together,” Landry said. “I love the City of Cleveland, and I want to make sure our communities have the support that they need to stay safe and healthy.”The partnership estimates more than 1,300 families will receive supplies to support their health and wellness while schools are closed until at least May 1.Landry has been active in the Cleveland community since joining the Browns in 2018 after four seasons in Miami. ___Former baseball All-Star Jim Edmonds says he tested positive for the new coronavirus and for pneumonia.“I am completely symptom free now and doing really well, and so I must have had it for a while,” Edmonds said in a video posted to his Instagram account. “I appreciate everyone who has said well wishes and wished me the best.”The 49-year-old played 17 major league seasons from 1993-2010, mostly for the California and Los Angeles Angels (1993-99) and St. Louis Cardinals (2000-07). He hit 393 home runs.___ ___Anaheim Ducks owners Henry and Susan Samueli say they will pay their 2,100 part-time employees across all of their sports and event management companies through June 30 for work that was wiped out by the coronavirus pandemic.The Samuelis’ Anaheim Arena Management company operates Honda Center, the Ducks’ home rink. They also own two large ice hockey complexes in Orange County — including Great Park Ice, the massive new winter sports facility that houses the Ducks’ training complex in Irvine, California.The Samuelis own the Ducks’ AHL affiliate, the San Diego Gulls. Their company even operates JT Schmid’s, a popular restaurant and bar just across Katella Avenue from Honda Center.Henry Samueli is a former UCLA professor who became a billionaire after co-founding Broadcom, a semiconductor company, with one of his students. The Samuelis purchased the Ducks from the Walt Disney Company in 2005, two years after creating Anaheim Arena Management to oversee Honda Center’s operations. Over 1,200 horses are stabled at Golden Gate, with 400 workers living on site to care for the animals.___NASCAR has delayed the debut of its next generation stock car that was scheduled to hit the track next season.The car will now be delayed until 2022 because the coronavirus pandemic has slowed development.The Next Gen project has been years in the works as an industry-wide collaboration to cut costs and improve competition. CBS takes over on the weekend, starting with a one-hour production of 1975, when Nicklaus won over Tom Weiskopf and Johnny Miller. That begins at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and is immediately followed by 2004, which was Phil Mickelson’s duel with Ernie Els.On Sunday starting at 12:30 p.m., CBS will show the entire round from last year, when Woods completed his comeback from back surgeries to win his fifth green jacket.Masters.com and @TheMasters social media will complement the broadcasts with content never before seen from famous final rounds.___The Russian Sports Ministry says a major training base near Moscow has shut down after a coach and an athlete tested “provisionally positive” for the new coronavirus. ___The Atlanta Braves are marking what would have been opening day at Truist Park with a virtual “At Home” opener.The team will host a 90-minute, online celebration Friday that features interviews with manager Brian Snitker, general manager Alex Anthopoulos and star first baseman Freddie Freeman as well as messages from other Braves players. Operatic tenor Timothy Miller will perform the national anthem, joined by popular between-innings features such as Beat The Freeze and the Home Depot Tool Race.The “At Home” opener will serve as a lead-in to Fox Sports South airing a replay of the Braves′ 2019 home opener against the Chicago Cubs.Like sports around the world, Major League Baseball is on hold during the coronavirus pandemic. The 149th edition of the Open Championship is scheduled to take place July 16-19. The last time the Open wasn’t played was in 1945 because of World War II.___The French Grand Prix scheduled for May 17 in Le Mans has been postponed, becoming the sixth MotoGP race to be called off because of the coronavirus outbreak.The motorcycling series has yet to start its season.The season-opener in Qatar was canceled, the Thailand, Americas and Argentina races were postponed to October-November, and the Spanish MotoGP has yet to find new dates. The AFC says the March deadline to show interest was extended by three months to June because many of its member federations have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.The Saudi Arabian soccer body said in February it wanted to host the 24-team tournament.China will host the 2023 edition. A return to western Asia is possible after the United Arab Emirates staged the 2019 tournament.The AFC is planning for a 2027 tournament but a FIFA task force drafting a future calendar of matches and tournaments will likely be asked to align continental championships. The European Championship and South America’s Copa America are on track to kick off in June 2028.___ 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

Guardiola to Revive Title Ambition  with Arsenal Visit

first_imgAfter back-to-back losses in his last two Premier League matches and seven points adrift of leaders-Chelsea, Pep Guardiola and his Manchester City side would want to revive his title ambition by going all out against Arsenal at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday, in what no doubt is the biggest clash of this weekend’s Premier League fixtures. To add spice to the encounter, at least to Nigerian fans, is the face-off between two Super Eagles players Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex IwobiAfter an impressive coaching career in Spain and Germany, Pep Guardiola had never been on the receiving end like he is facing right now as Manchester City boss. The Spaniard is fast losing track of the league title, having lost two matches in a row; at home to Chelsea and away to defending champion, Leicester. The Citizens recorded a home win on Wednesday against Watford but, still find themselves seven points adrift of the Blues.Therefore, against Sunday’s visit of Arsenal, Guardiola and his side are wont to win to keep their title ambition intact.However, Arsenal have been handed a huge advantage ahead of tomorrow’s game, as the duo of Manchester City’s Sergio Agüero and Fernandinho had been ruled out as both were sent off in the 3-1 defeat to Chelsea.Agüero was handed a four-match ban (taking into account his earlier ban for the incident against West Ham’s Winston Reid) whilst Fernandinho will miss the next three games, meaning both the Argentinian ace and Brazilian star will miss out, handing Arsene Wenger’s side an enormous advantage.Of interest to Nigeria in the encounter is that Super Eagles duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Alex Iwobi will go head to head at the Etihad Stadium.Both players have been having a good run this season and Arsene Wenger has given Iwobi a respectable number of starts and the Nigerian had not disappoint, while Iheanacho had scored vital goals for the Citizens, and with Aguero’s absence, another starting shirt beckons for the former U-17 star.“Arsenal are a clever, quick team and I think this will be a very tough game for us, but one we have to win. I will be up against my brother, Alex Iwobi, who I know really well from the Nigerian national team – he’s a great player and he’s looking forward to playing against us too,” Iheanacho told the City website.Meanwhile, ahead of the Merseyside derby against Liverpool, Ashley Williams is hoping Tuesday’s morale-boosting 2-1 victory over Arsenal at Goodison Park will inspire Everton on Monday.Williams’s dramatic 86th minute winner gave Everton only a second victory in 12 matches and could not have been better timed ahead of the visit of their high-flying neighbours.“There has been a bit of soul searching, we have spoken about it, we have all looked at ourselves in the mirror and asked what we could do different and better,” Williams told British media.“We’ve been really trying to get back on it, not accepting things and raising the standards of our play and stuff. Hopefully now this gives us confidence. We have just beaten Arsenal and now got one of the biggest games of the season, if not the biggest coming up, and hopefully we can build on it.”Manager Ronald Koeman said before Tuesday’s victory that his team had shown themselves to be “weak” and Williams felt the players had delivered the perfect riposte.“I like to think we answered those questions but now we have to build on it and make sure it’s not just one game,” Williams added.“The fight was there with a bit of quality too. It’s an Arsenal team which has been unbelievable this season and if we can perform like that against them, we should be able to do it every week.”Serie A leaders Juventus face a showdown with second-placed AS Roma today, the sort of situation they revel in and where they are generally at their most dangerous.Roma go into the game at the Juventus Stadium a tantalising four points behind the Turin side, knowing a win would open up the title race and give them real hope of ending the home team’s run of five successive league crowns.A Juve victory, though, would send them seven points clear and more than likely turn this year’s championship into yet another one-horse race. “We will have the chance to play for the title and we’ll do it knowing that we deserved this opportunity,” said Roma coach Luciano Spalletti.“We want to compete until the end but we face a very tough opponent. It’s a unique opportunity to close the gap.”Juve are past masters at winning such games, as Roma are only too well aware.Two seasons ago the teams met in early October after each won their first five matches.An enthralling contest saw Juve convert two controversial penalties before Leonardo Bonucci’s late volley gave them an epic 3-2 triumph. That prompted Roma captain Francesco Totti to say Juve “always win by hook or by crook”, a remark angrily rejected by his opponents.When they met again in March, Juve were nine points clear and a 1-1 draw in another bad-tempered game, that saw nine players booked and one sent off, virtually sealed the crown.The Turin club eventually finished 17 points clear of the field. The previous season saw Roma top after 12 games before Juve overtook them.By the time the sides met in early January, Juve had gone five points clear and it was last-chance saloon for Roma.Juve’s 3-0 victory effectively ended the contest and they went on to win by 17 points with Roma again in second.Last season’s title race hinged on a match between Juve and Napoli in February.Napoli, who started with a two-point lead, had the better of the encounter only to be sunk by an 86th-minute goal from substitute Simone Zaza who had barely featured all season.Juve never looked back and won 11 of their final 13 matches to finish nine points clear.Ominously, things appear to be clicking into place for the leaders with midfielder Claudio Marchisio, forward Paulo Dybala and defender Giorgio Chiellini back from injury and Roma missing forward Mohamed Salah.History Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more