Paddington: Conditions right to facilitate development

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Russia trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine data, say UK, US and Canada

first_img“Selfish interests”British foreign minister Dominic Raab said it was “completely unacceptable” for Russian intelligence services to target work on the pandemic.”While others pursue their selfish interests with reckless behavior, the UK and its allies are getting on with the hard work of finding a vaccine and protecting global health,” he said in a statement. He said Britain would work with allies to hold perpetrators to account.The NCSC said the group’s attacks were continuing and used a variety of tools and techniques, including spear-phishing and custom malware.”APT29 is likely to continue to target organizations involved in COVID-19 vaccine research and development, as they seek to answer additional intelligence questions relating to the pandemic,” the NCSC statement said.The US Department of Homeland Security and US Cyber Command also released technical information on Thursday about three hacking tools being deployed by the Russian hackers, codenamed WELLMAIL, SOREFANG and WELLMESS.Private sector cybersecurity researchers who had spotted the WELLMESS malware over the last year were unaware of its Russian origins until Thursday.In several cases, WELLMESS was found within US pharmaceutical companies, said three investigators familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss confidential information. The tool allowed the hackers to stealthily gain remote access to secure computers. They declined to name the victims.Britain and the United States said in May that networks of hackers were targeting national and international organizations responding to the pandemic. But such attacks have not previously been explicitly connected to the Russian state. Topics : Cybersecurity researchers said an APT29 hacking tool was used against clients located in United States, Japan, China and Africa over the last year.Russian news agency RIA cited spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying the Kremlin rejected London’s allegations, which he said were not backed by proper evidence.In a separate announcement Britain also accused “Russian actors” of trying to interfere in its 2019 election by trying to spread leaked documents online. Russia’s foreign ministry said those accusations were “foggy and contradictory”.Britain is expected to publish a long-delayed report into Russian influence in British politics next week. Hackers backed by the Russian state are trying to steal COVID-19 vaccine and treatment research from academic and pharmaceutical institutions around the world, Britain’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) said on Thursday.A coordinated statement from Britain, the United States and Canada attributed the attacks to group APT29, also known as Cozy Bear, which they said was almost certainly operating as part of Russian intelligence services.”We condemn these despicable attacks against those doing vital work to combat the coronavirus pandemic,” said NCSC Director of Operations Paul Chichester.last_img read more

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgPensioenfonds IBM, Radstand Pensioenfonds, Edmond de Rothschild Group, Robeco, EDHEC-Risk Institute, PIMCO, UNEP, Credit Suisse, Jones Day, Focus Orange, Sweco Capital Consultants, Insight Investment, Global Impact Investing Network, PGGM, Association of Consulting Actuaries, LCP, Invesco Perpetual, Standard Life InvestmentsPensioenfonds IBM – Wouter van Eechoud has been appointed director and executive board member of the Dutch pension fund. He succeeds Ruud Hommes, who is to leave the pension fund after 18 years. Van Eechoud was a supervisor of pension funds at regulator De Nederlandsche Bank and has also worked in the banking sector.Randstad Pensioenfonds – Han Thoman has been named chairman of the Randstad Pensioenfonds, completing the new and independent board. Thoman is already independent chairman of the pension funds of Grolsch and SNS Reaal. He has been director at DSM Pension Fund Services and asset manager and pensions provider Blue Sky Group. Thoman has also chaired the foundation for company pension funds (OPF), which merged into the Dutch Pensions Federation.Edmond de Rothschild Group – Roderick Munsters has been named chief executive of the Swiss firm’s asset management business. Munsters, who most recently was chief executive at Robeco, replaces Laurent Tignard at the Swiss asset manager. Prior to leaving Robeco last year, where Munsters spent six years as chief executive, he was CIO at APG. EDHEC-Risk Institute – Riccardo Rebonato has joined the institute from PIMCO, where he was global head of rates and FX research. Rebonato, who will also join the EDHEC Business School’s faculty, has previously worked at Royal Bank of Scotland, where he was head of front-office risk management and head of client analytics, as well as head of derivatives research at Barclays Capital.United Nations – Erik Solheim is being lined up as the executive director of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP), having been chosen by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon as his candidate for the position. Solheim has been chair of the Development Assistance Committee of the OECD since 2013 and was Norway’s minister for the environment and for international development from 2007 to 2012. Mexican diplomat Patricia Espinosa Castellano is poised to succeed Christiana Figueres as the UN’s chief climate change official, also having been selected by Ban. Castellano is the Mexican ambassador to Germany and was Mexico’s foreign affairs minister from 2006 to 2012. Figueres will step down as executive secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change in July. Credit Suisse – Eric Varvel has been named head of asset management at the Swiss bank, filling a vacancy left by last year’s departure of Bob Jain. Varvel, a former chief executive of Credit Suisse’s investment banking division, will assume his new role at the beginning of next month. In his time at the bank, he has also served as its chair for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific regions, in addition to serving on its executive board.Jones Day – Irene Vermeeren has been named a partner at the law firm, based in Amsterdam. Vermeeren is to focus on Dutch and European pensions, benefits and compensation. She also chairs the advisory committee on pensions law at the Dutch bar association and is a board member of the knowledge network Women in Institutional Pensions. Previously, Vermeeren was head of the pension industry group at law firm Baker & McKenzie.Focus Orange – Eko Loijenga has joined consultancy Focus Orange as an associate partner. Loijenga is to focus on total rewards, executive remuneration and people analytics. He has worked at Hewitt, Aon, Deloitte, Towers Perrin and PwC.Sweco Capital Consultants – Lilian ter Doest and Philip Bischop have started as senior consultants at Sweco Capital Consultants, formerly Grontmij Capital Consultants. They are responsible for direct and indirect property investments, client relations, acquisition and development. Previously, Ter Doest worked as commercial director at fund and property manager Annexum. Bischop joined from the €113bn asset manager and pensions provider MN, where he was head of property portfolio management.Insight Investment – Tom McKeon has been named head of portfolio oversight within the manager’s farmland investment team. McKeon was most recently chief executive at Hassad Australia, the agribusiness subsidiary of the Qatar Investment Authority. Prior to joining Hassad in 2011, McKeon ran his own consultancy and worked for Great Southern as national manager for water resources.Global Impact Investing Network – Wouter Koelewijn has joined the network as global liaison for Europe. Koelewijn was most recently senior innovation manager at Dutch pension manager PGGM, but he has also worked at Deloitte.Association of Consulting Actuaries – Bob Scott has been elected chairman of the UK association, succeeding outgoing chair David Fairs, effective from June. Scott is senior partner at consultancy LCP, where he has worked in a number of roles since 1982.Invesco Perpetual – Sebastian Mackay is to join the manager’s multi-asset team from September. He joins from Standard Life Investments (SLI), where he was investment director, but also a member of the global absolute-return portfolio construction team. Mackay began his career at Scottish Widows Investment Partnership in 2000.last_img read more

Dirt Wars 2.0 is this weekend at Idaho Falls

first_imgIDAHO FALLS, Idaho – A pair of $1,000 to win features for Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modifieds are on the schedule for Idaho Falls Raceway’s Dirt Wars 2.0 special this Friday and Saturday, July 24 and 25.Both races are qualifying events for the 2016 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. IMCA SportMods race for $500 to win each night. All applicable points, including local track, will be given in both divisions.Drivers’ meetings start at 5:30 p.m., hot laps are at 6 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. Pit gates are open all day Friday and Saturday.Car and driver for the Modifieds is $50 each night. Pit passes are $25.Grandstand admission for the weekend is $15 for adults, $5 for kids ages 4-12 and free for ages three and under.Dirt drags, freestyle motocross, an arachnophobia monster truck ride and exhibition truck and tractor pulls are also on the weekend’s schedule.More information is available by calling promoter Josh Dingman at 208 390-9494 or Live A Little Productions at 1-888-490-1990, at the www.Idahofallsraceway.com and www.livealittleproductions.com websites, and on the Snake River Stock Car Association Facebook page.last_img read more

Mayweather: I’m finished with boxing

first_imgRelatedPosts Sexual assault: McGregor awaits physical test, video evidence Sexual assault charge: UFC superstar denies allegation, released without charge Mayweather’s ex-babe died of fentanyl overdose Floyd Mayweather has dismissed claims that he could come out of retirement and insisted that he is “finished with boxing”.There have been suggestions that Mayweather, who beat Conor McGregor in his last fight in 2017, could return to the ring to take on Adrien Broner. However, Mayweather played down such claims and says that he doesn’t want to face fighters who “sell out little arenas”.Mayweather told Fight Hype: “These are just rumours. I’m retired. I’m finished with boxing. I stay in shape.“I am not retired from business. Would I fight with McGregor? People make $370 million. I make that in one night. I made over $320 million twice. It only took me 36 minutes or 28 minutes, something like that.“If this guy [Broner] wants to fight Floyd I say ‘you guys sell out little arenas and do some little baby moves, not bad, but I’m older and a lot wiser, meaning I don’t want to end up like my uncle Rog. A lot of fighters don’t know when to give up.“Even the fight with McGregor it was smart on my behalf and smart on his behalf. I can make more money than any other fighter.” Mayweather revealed that he is enjoying being retired but did suggest that he could return for a fight against a fighter who sells out big arenas.He said: “Even if we did it again it’s entertainment and it’s business. I’m not boxing – no boxing at all.“I’m done, I’m retired and I love my life. I enjoy being retired.“If I see an opportunity and have a little fun and make $600 million – why not.“If I was to come back why would I fight a fighter that only sells out little cities?” Mayweather has taken part in 50 fights during his career, winning all of them.He is one of the greatest boxers ever having won 15 major world titles.Last month Mayweather revealed his desire to follow in the footsteps of his uncle Roger and become a trainer.Tags: Adrien BronerConor McGregorFloyd Mayweatherlast_img read more

Warnock: I owe Palace fans

first_imgNeil Warnock wants to steer Crystal Palace to safety this season because he feels he owes the club’s supporters. “I’m sure certain people think we might plummet now we’ve got new people on board but I don’t see that. “I look at where these players finished in the league table and I think they warranted that – if anything I think we’re even better now.” Club-record signing James McArthur could make his debut against Burnley on Saturday along with fellow new arrivals Kevin Doyle and Zeki Fryers. Palace are open to sending some of their fringe players out on loan, including Paddy McCarthy and Peter Rammage, but Warnock says he is happy with the balance of his squad. “We were looking for players that weren’t going to disrupt anything already here because the dressing room is probably the most important thing,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to the game now and seeing how we play and it’ll be nice with the crowd – Selhurst Park is a very special place. “I’m sure Burnley will be looking at this game as a winnable game and we’ll be the same.” Burnley’s Sean Dyche is grateful for the admiration Warnock has shown him during his time as a manager, but insists there will be no “love-in” when two winless sides meet. Warnock revealed last season that he voted for Dyche to be the LMA Manager of the Year – over the likes of Pulis and Brendan Rodgers – for his efforts in guiding the unfancied Clarets into the Premier League. The 65-year-old had also called to offer support to Dyche during the lowest ebb of his fledging career when he was sacked by Watford in the summer of 2012. But while there is clearly a mutual respect between the two men who will line up in opposite dugouts at Selhurst Park this weekend, the need for a first top-flight win of the season will be Dyche’s sole focus. “He’s someone who has shown me an awful lot of respect,” Dyche said of Warnock. “I know him a little bit and he’s always spoken well of myself as a young manager and I do thank him for that because his record speaks for itself at the varying clubs he’s had. “I thought he had chosen the time to say ‘no, that’s it, I’ll go and enjoy the family’ – but he’s obviously got the bug again which happens in football. It’s a great game, that’s why we all love it, and he certainly loves it. “Make no mistake, there will be no love-in when the whistle blows with Neil; he wants his team to perform and so do I.” Dyche has the chance to blood his three deadline day signings in this fixture after George Boyd, Nathaniel Chalobah and Michael Keane all arrived at Turf Moor to swell one of the thinnest squads in the entire division. Providing adequate competition for places was always going to be a challenge for the Clarets following a season in which they rarely changed their line-up from week to week, but Dyche is happy that nobody can now be assured of a starting berth. “We are happy with the business we’ve done,” added Dyche. “It rounds the group off in a nice way. We’ve got demand more or less all over the pitch, there’s no safety net for players wondering about their shirt and we wanted that. “It is hard for clubs like ourselves because we can’t carry vast squads, and we probably wouldn’t wish to, but when the window shuts, it is shut. There’s no loans or anything like that so it means you do have to have a deeper squad.” Danny Ings, who joined Chalobah and Keane in the England Under-21 squad, is considered fine following a bout of illness so fellow striker Sam Vokes (knee) is expected to be Burnley’s only absentee at Selhurst Park. “I do feel it’s the right club for me and I do feel like I owe a little bit to the fans,” Warnock said. “The fans know how it was when we were in administration – it was very difficult to keep the boat rolling.” He added: “When I came back with QPR I thought I’d get a bit of stick. “It was probably the most emotional day I’ve ever had in my life because the majority of the ground was behind me. “It was a fabulous day for me so it’s nice to get the opportunity now, when it’s a bit hectic again, to try to steady the ship.” Pulis was named the Barclays Premier League manager of the season after leading Palace to 11th place in the table and the players were disappointed with his exit 48 hours before the start of the campaign. Warnock, however, insists there has been no bitterness towards him and has backed his players to prove the doubters wrong. “I think they had a great time with Tony,” Warnock said. Warnock left Selhurst Park for QPR in March 2010 after Palace had been put into administration and the club was fraught with financial problems. He returned to the Eagles a fortnight ago after Tony Pulis’ shock departure and Warnock admits he wants to pay the fans back for the loyalty they have shown him. Press Associationlast_img read more

Football News After Chhetri’s plea, tickets for India game sold out

first_imgMumbai: In the wake of Sunil Chhetri’s impassioned plea, fans are set to throng the Mumbai Football Arena here on Monday, as tickets for India’s Intercontinental Cup game against Kenya were sold out.On Saturday, India skipper Chhetri had posted an emotional video, urging fans to come and support the team for what will also be his 100th international match.”Yes, the tickets have been sold out for tonight’s game,” an official told PTI.Mumbai District Football Association president Aaditya Thackeray tweeted, “I’m glad that after @chetrisunil11’s heartfelt appeal, so many of us have responded and got the seats to #BacktheBlue. This is only the beginning, let’s make sure each game that @IndianFootball plays is houseful! They pour their heart out for us, least we can do is be there!!”Chhetri made the emotional appeal a day after slamming a hat-trick in India’s 5-0 demolition of Chinese Taipei in the tournament opener, and he found instant support from the country’s top cricketers, including current captain Virat Kohli and the legendary Sachin Tendulkar.Chhetri is the country’s leading scorer with 59 goals from 99 international caps, placing him third in the world’s leading scorer’s list.”All the fans, who came out in Mumbai to support us… thank you. It means the world to us,” the 33-year-old had said in a video posted on Twitter.”But, I’m making this video not for you guys, I’m going to speak, appeal and request all of you, who did not come. To everyone, who is not a football fan… please come and watch us. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgUpdate on the latest in sports: Injuries have caused Kirksey to play a total of nine games over the last two seasons.IOC-ATHLETE PROTESTIOC could allow stronger protests by athletes at OlympicsGENEVA (AP) — During a global wave of demonstrations against racism, the IOC says it’s opening talks that could let athletes make stronger protests at the Olympic Games.Only five months ago the Olympic body strengthened its ban on political statements by specifying that gestures such as taking a knee or raising a fist on a medal podium remain prohibited. Rory McIlroy said, “It’s going to be very easy to fall back into old habits” because it’s just what they’ve done. McIlroy said they’re having to figure it out as they go along.Players and caddies were among the essential personnel who were tested for the virus when they arrived, and Commissioner Jay Monahan said no one has tested positive.TENNIS-FEDERERFederer won’t return this yearLONDON (AP) — Roger Federer will miss whatever remains of the coronavirus-impacted 2020 tennis season because of a setback in his recovery from surgery on his right knee. US SOCCER-ANTHEMUS Soccer repeals rule that banned kneeling during anthemUNDATED (AP) — U.S. Soccer’s board of directors has voted to repeal a 2017 policy that required national team players to stand during the national anthem, a rule adopted after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in support of Colin Kaepernick. The board made the decision during a conference call. Rapinoe took a knee during the anthem at a pair of national team matches in 2016. She said she wanted to express solidarity with Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who silently took a knee during the national anthem before NFL games to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice.The U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, which includes current national team players Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger, as well as former players like Landon Donovan, called on U.S. Soccer to also apologize for the policy to foster a “positive relationship to exist going forward.”The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association also called for an apology from U.S. Soccer and a plan to substantively address racial inequality. Organizers added the two-time Wimbledon champion to play against a women’s lineup of Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic.Haas hasn’t played since 2017 and is tournament director of the Indian Wells event. He was added to a men’s tournament alongside Dominic 8, Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios and Jannik Sinner.One more player is still to be announced for each of the men’s and women’s events.Organizers plan to play on grass from July 13-15 and then on hard courts from July 17-19. No fans are expected to be able to attend amid the coronavirus pandemic.TENNIS-US OPEN Associated Press Brown president Christina H. Paxson wrote in a letter to the campus community she had received strong feedback against the original decision.NCAA TOURNAMENT-IDAHORights groups, athletes ask NCAA to move tourney from IdahoBOISE, Idaho (AP) — Groups that advocate for civil rights and women’s rights have joined notable athletes in asking the NCAA to move the first and second rounds of the 2021 men’s basketball tournament out of Idaho after the state passed a law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports.A letter sent and signed by a list of professional athletes including Megan Rapinoe, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins and Sue Bird calls for the NCAA to move the games set to be held next March at Boise State University. The 20-time major champion had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in February. Federer posted a statement on Twitter to say he needed an “additional quick arthroscopic procedure” and will take his time to return to 100% fitness.The 38-year-old Federer had initially planned to be sidelined for at least four months but has barely missed any elite tennis since his surgery because the tour has been suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic. TENNIS-KVITOVATwo-time Wimbledon champ added to exhibition lineupUNDATED (AP) — Petra Kvitova will play at a tennis exhibition event next month in Berlin and Tommy Haas will come out of retirement to join in. Williamson’s lawsuit stated that Prime Sports violated the state’s sports agent law, both by failing to include disclaimers about the loss of eligibility when signing a contract and the fact neither Prime Sports nor Ford were registered with the state.US SWIMMING-LAWSUITWomen sue USA Swimming over sexual abuse by coachesUNDATED (AP) — Six women have filed civil lawsuits against USA Swimming, its local associations in California and three now-banned coaches claiming the national governing body failed to protect them from abuse by those coaches. Debra Grodensky, Suzette Moran and Tracy Palmero, along with three other women who remain anonymous, filed three lawsuits this month. Among individuals named in the suits are former U.S. Olympic and national team coach Mitch Ivey, former U.S. national team director Everett Uchiyama and former coach Andrew King.The suits allege USA Swimming, including a former executive director and other top officials along with local associations and clubs were aware of their predatory behavior but refused to address it, creating a culture of abuse that exposed dozens of underage swimmers to sexual abuse and harassment. The lawsuits are believed to be the first major filings under a new California law that allows sexual abuse victims to confront in court their abusers and the organizations that protected predators. Assembly Bill 218, which went into effect on Jan. 1, created a three-year window to file past claims that had expired under the statute of limitations.NFL-PACKERS-KERKSEYPackers’ Kirksey benefits from familiar face in new locationUNDATED (AP) — Green Bay’s Christian Kirksey believes his history with his new defensive coordinator will help the veteran linebacker make a smooth transition as he switches teams for the first time. Kirksey signed with the Packers in March after spending his first six NFL seasons in Cleveland.Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was the Browns’ head coach in 2014-15. Kirksey is counting on his comfort level with Pettine to help as the 27-year-old enters a critical stage of his career. Stacey Allaster US Open’s 1st female tournament directorNEW YORK (AP) — Stacey Allaster is taking over as the U.S. Open’s tournament director. Allaster is the first woman to hold that job at the American Grand Slam tennis tournament. She is a former CEO of the WTA women’s tour and has worked at the U.S. Tennis Association since 2016. Allaster pushed for changes at the Open such as the serve clock and warmup clock and lobbied for coaching to be allowed during matches. The USTA announced this week it had eliminated 110 positions from its national staff and is expected to decide as soon as next week whether to hold the U.S. Open.,The Latest: Justin Thomas takes early lead at US Open The league’s 26 teams will be divided into six groups for the opening round of the tournament played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World. Sixteen teams will advance to the knockout round, with the winner earning a spot in the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League.Following the tournament, teams will resume the season in their home markets.GOLF-RYDER CUPQualifying extended for Ryder CupUNDATED (AP) — Brooks Koepka feels so strongly against a Ryder Cup without fans that he could see a scenario where some players protested by not playing. Would he be one of them? Koepka says that’s possible. Rory McIlroy is convinced it won’t come to that. McIlroy says he’s fairly certain the Sept. 25-27 matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin will have fans. The PGA of America is proceeding with an adjusted qualifying system for the U.S. team. Because golf was shut down for three months, the qualifying will be extended by one week. Steve Stricker now gets six captain’s picks for his U.S. Ryder Cup team.center_img UNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from all events and properties. NASCAR says the Confederate flag runs contrary to their commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, competitors and the industry.NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties on Wednesday, formally distancing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism that had been a familiar sight at stock car events for more than 70 years.The move comes amid social unrest around the globe following the death in police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis. Protests have roiled the nation for days and Confederate monuments are being taken down across the South — the traditional fan base for NASCAR.Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s lone black driver, called this week for the banishment of the Confederate flag and said there was “no place” for them in the sport. At long last, NASCAR obliged.Former chairman Brian France tired in 2015 to ban the flying of Confederate flags at race tracks, a proposal too broad to enforce and one that angered NASCAR’s core Southern-based fan base. The Idaho law applies to all sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. A girls’ or women’s team will not be open to transgender students who identify as female.NFL-PANTHERS-RICHARDSON STATUECHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been removed from the spot where it stood outside the team’s stadium for nearly 25 years.A team statement said that it was concerned about possible attempts to take it down. The team didn’t say where the statue would be relocated.Richardson announced in 2017 that he was putting the team up for sale after a Sports Illustrated report, citing unidentified sources, said he made sexually suggestive comments to women and directed a racial slur at an African American team scout. Aerial video showed a huge crane lifting the statue from its pedestal to a flatbed tractor-trailer. MLS TOURNAMENTMLS to resume with tournamentUNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer is set to resume its season with a tournament starting July 8 in Florida.The league suspended play on March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak after its teams had played just two games. In other MLB news:— Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there is a “100%” chance of big league ball this year. Major League Baseball will make another proposal to start the pandemic-delayed season in empty ballparks, but Manfred vowed to unilaterally order opening day if an agreement is not reached. The players’ association made its second proposal Tuesday, asking for an 89-game regular season and 100% of prorated salaries. MLB’s plan a day earlier was for a 76-game season, would guarantee 50% of prorated salaries and hinge 25% in additional money on the postseason’s completion.— The Coca-Cola Co. has ended its sponsorship of Major League Baseball after three seasons but will continue to support 16 MLB teams at the local level. PepsiCo Inc. sponsored MLB from 1997-2016.NASCAR-CONFEDERATE FLAG BANNEDNASCAR bans Confederate flag from its races and properties The Olympic body’s public stance eased slightly Wednesday when its president Thomas Bach said the in-house athlete committee would “explore different ways” how opinions could be expressed.  Bach says he opposes what he calls “potentially divisive demonstrations.”BROWN-DROPPING SPORTSBrown reinstates track, cross country, in diversity movePROVIDENCE. R.I. (AP) — Brown University has reinstated its men’s varsity track and cross country programs. The school president said dropping the teams to club status would have had a negative effect on efforts to build and maintain diversity on campus, particularly for African Americans.The reversal came two weeks after the school announced it would reduce its number of varsity sports from 38 to 29 in a move designed to make the Bears more competitive in the Ivy League. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-TIGERS-TORKELSONTigers draft Arizona State slugger Torkelson with No. 1 pickDETROIT (AP) — The Detroit Tigers selected Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson with the No. 1 pick Wednesday night in the Major League Baseball amateur draft. The baseball-bashing Torkelson played first base in college but was announced as a third baseman by Commissioner Rob Manfred. Detroit opened the draft for the second time in three years. Torkelson hit 54 home runs at Arizona State and finished just two shy of Bob Horner’s school record. Those three months wiped out three majors from the qualifying period. It all depends on whether the Ryder Cup is played as scheduled. A decision is expected by the end of the month.Players lost nine events that offered qualifying points.The change also means Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods are now outside the automatic qualifiers although qualifying is just over 60% completed.GOLF-COLONIALGolf passes initial test with no positive results from virus FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour is not simply picking up where it left off.Very little about the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial resembles the opening round of The Players Championship on March 12, the last professional golf played before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf and most everything else.Players return to a new set of rules, starting with mandatory tests for the coronavirus when they first arrive and having their temperatures taken before they can get to the parking lot.On the course, players are to make every effort to practice social distancing and show best practices for playing golf.But Wednesday’s activity was not a good start. Players and caddies exchanged clubs (players are supposed to handle the clubs themselves). Caddies were not wiping down the flagsticks or bunker rakes after use. Social distancing felt more like a guideline. ZION WILLIAMSON-LEGAL WOES CONTINUEWilliamson attorney: allegations of ineligibility ‘baseless’UNDATED (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s former marketing agent are continuing their legal push to examine whether the former Duke All-American accepted improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils. In a court filing Tuesday in the North Carolina case, Prime Sports-Ford attorneys continued to argue that last summer’s No. 1 overall NBA draft pick didn’t meet the definition of a student-athlete because he was “ineligible/permanently ineligible” to play college sports.The filing references housing for Williamson’s family during his time with the Blue Devils as well as three luxury SUVs registered by his mother and stepfather between December 2017 and April 2019 — the latter being the same month Williamson announced he would go pro before ultimately being picked by the New Orleans Pelicans.The argument about Williamson’s eligibility is center of the legal fight over Williamson’s endorsement potential. June 10, 2020last_img read more

Iwobi Picks Eagles over Arsenal

first_imgThe youngster has been in fine form for club and country over the past few weeks with his performance last weekend against Watford catching the eye. Iwobi scored a goal and made an assist as the Gunners beat Watford 4-0.Nigeria won the Olympic football gold in 1996 in Atlanta with a squad that had Iwobi’s uncle Austin ‘Jay-Jay’ Okocha, Nwankwo Kanu and Victor Ikpeba.Current Under-23 coach Samson Siasia, was in charge at Beijing 2008 as Nigeria won the silver, losing the final to a Lionel Messi inspired Argentine side.The ‘Dream Team’ won the Africa U-23 Nations Cup in Senegal to book a ticket for the Rio Olympics with Siasia in-charge.The former FC Nantes striker will look to go one further than he did eight years ago in China.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s newest kid on the block, Alex Iwobi will likely miss Arsenal’s start to the 2016/17 season after indicating interest to play for Nigeria at the 2016 Rio Olympics this August.Iwobi, who made his international debut in the 1-1 draw with Egypt in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna last month wants to line up for Nigeria’s Olympic side in the football event the commences on August 3.Arsenal begins the season ten days after the Olympic tournament starts and if Nigeria gets to the final, Iwobi will still be in Brazil by August 20, a move which might pop up a club vs country clash.last_img read more

Beat writers predict decisive result as Syracuse hosts No. 18 Louisville

first_img Comments Published on February 19, 2019 at 5:04 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (17-8, 8-4 Atlantic Coast) returns to action after six days off when No. 18 Louisville (18-8, 9-4) visits the Carrier Dome on Wednesday night. The Orange come off a 15-point road loss at North Carolina State, while UofL edged Clemson, 56-55, on Saturday.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen on Wednesday night.Billy Heyen (19-6)Who knows?Louisville 74, Syracuse 65I can’t figure this Syracuse team out. There’s a chance they come out on Wednesday night, make everything and pick up a bounceback win. SU could also get run out of its own gym. I’ll go somewhere in the middle, but this squad is making predictions a thankless endeavor. If it’s an even game, I think Louisville’s Steven Enoch makes the difference. He’s 6-foot-10, 260 pounds and can shoot 3s. Not sure how anyone on the Orange can handle that.Charlie DiSturco (18-7)Cardinal sinSyracuse 62, Louisville 75AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThis Syracuse team is an enigma and has struggled against the middle of the ACC in recent years. The Orange have struggled shooting the 3, and the zone has at times seemed shaky. Louisville shoots the ball well and ranks inside the top-80 guarding the 3 and 32nd inside the arc according to Kenpom.com. The Cardinals have a huge advantage heading into Wednesday night. SU is entering its roughest stretch of the season, with a two-game turnaround against No. 1 Duke on Saturday. Expect yet another double-digit loss for Syracuse.Matthew Gutierrez (16-9)Cardinal ruleSyracuse 62, Louisville 68As much as a voice in my head is telling me Syracuse will bounce back and get its third Top 25 win of the season, another voice carries a little more weight. It’s also rooted in trends, and while Syracuse is by no means in a bad position, Louisville is positioned better. The Cardinals are balling, once holding a 23-point lead over Duke. The Cards are an excellent 3-point shooting team, and they’re too good right now not to win.last_img read more