The Latest: Olympic table tennis qualifiers in April off

first_img___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.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums. 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.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. 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 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.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. 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.”___2:50 p.m. 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.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. ___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.The suspension of the circuit comes into effect following the completion of the All England Open on Sunday in Birmingham. ___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.___ March 13, 2020 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.___9:55 a.m. The Latest: Olympic table tennis qualifiers in April off 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.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. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):6:35 p.m.The International Table Tennis Federation is suspending all activities — events, development and foundation — from Monday to the end of April. ___ 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.Russia is offering to host more European Championship games as UEFA considers whether the tournament can go ahead. 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.___2:30 p.m. ___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.”Six first-division games were scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, including the Old Firm game between Glasgow rivals Rangers and Celtic. 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.Sampdoria has announced that four more of its players have tested positive for COVID-19 as well as a club doctor. 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.___ 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.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. 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.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps. Associated Press 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.The England and Wales Cricket board says it made the decision for the players to return home after discussions with Sri Lanka Cricket. 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. ___11:20 a.m. 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.___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 6 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.___10:45 a.m. The Real Madrid basketball player who tested positive for the coronavirus was American forward Trey Thompkins.The positive result prompted Madrid’s basketball and soccer teams to enter quarantine because they share some facilities at the club’s training center.Thompkins wrote on Twitter he was “feeling great and just waiting for the virus to pass.”Spain has declared a state of emergency for two weeks to try to contain the virus.___ The 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.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 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 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. 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.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. 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.___12:25 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.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.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. 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.___ 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.The first three stages of this year’s Giro d’Italia cycling race in May will no longer be held in Hungary. 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.___1:55 p.m. 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. ___5:10 p.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.___11:10 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.___11 a.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.”___2:10 p.m.last_img read more

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DONEGAL STUDENT CARVES A WINNING NICHE IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgA Donegal student has come first in Joinery at the Ireland Skills competition, the annual national showcase for outstanding young craft trainees. Sheamus McLaughlin from Kerrykeel, who is doing a BSc in Advanced Wood & Sustainable Building Technology degree at IT Sligo, picked up the top Joinery prize and was also presented with the John Sisk & Sons Joinery Trophy. “It was exciting and exhausting, too, spread over two and a half days, but it was certainly worth it ,” said Sheamus (21), a third year student who plans to do further studies after graduation to become a teacher of woodwork and technical drawing.The event, which used to be known as the National Skills competition, provides a showcase for the training and development of highly skilled crafts persons within the Irish education system and is one of the most prestigious in the crafts’ calendar.The other IT Sligo finalists were, in Joinery, Donal Harte ( Ballintogher, Co Sligo) and Eddie Moore (Tipperary) and, in Carpentry, Martin Murray (Galway) and Kenny Crotty (Waterford).In the six-competitor final and using hand tools mainly, Sheamus had to produce a complex door with curved head and panels based on drawings given to him at the start of the final. He explained: “You don’t know what you’ll be asked to do until you go in. You are given it just on an A3 page and you have to draw the full-scale working sections on to plywood.“Then you get your square timber and you have to cut it and curve it, and joint it and fit it all and put on all the mouldings and rebates.“It was a very testing competition. You have to think so far ahead before doing anything. You actually have to sit down and visualise what has to go in where, and what has to fit and be jointed and cut before you even do it. There’s a lot of preparation before you start on the job itself.“It was mentally and physically draining and afterwards you could sleep for a day,” he joked.IT Sligo lecturer John Joe O’Reilly, who is the Ireland Skills Chief Joinery Expert, said: “All our students performed to a very high standard and represented the Institute with great distinction over the demanding 19 hour competition.“Sheamus prepared himself very well for the final but great credit must also go to all the staff of the Dept. of Applied Technology in IT Sligo.” After the event, an exhilarated Sheamus said he would wholeheartedly recommend the IT Sligo course to anyone who is interested not just in woodwork but project and site management.“It would be a very good course for anyone who has any interest in construction whatsoever. The staff are very helpful and understanding. I’m delighted to have done the course.”Present at the prize-giving at Cork Institute of Technology’s Booterstown campus was Kathleen Lynch TD Minister of State, Department of Health and Department of Justice and other dignitaries.Kieran Gallagher, Programme Chair of the BSc in Advanced Wood & Sustainable Building Technology at IT Sligo, said: “I am delighted with the success of the students on our new course. It reflects the high quality of teaching and learning in IT Sligo and in the Department. “We are committed to delivering a modern innovative programme which will meet the future needs of the industry. We heartily congratulate Sheamus and all our finalists and hope to see many of our graduates achieving similar success in the future”.Adding his congratulations, Trevor McSharry, Head of Department of Civil Engineering and Construction, said the Carpentry and Joinery group at IT Sligo continued to have the strongest performance at the national skills competition and it had “established itself as the leader in advanced wood and sustainable building technology nationally which is something to be very proud of.” For further information on the BSc in Advanced Wood & Sustainable Building Technology see www.itsligo.ieDONEGAL STUDENT CARVES A WINNING NICHE IN NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS was last modified: January 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Donegal studentKERRYKEELSheamus McLaughlinsligo itlast_img read more

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Danushka Gunathilaka suspended by Sri Lanka from international cricket

first_imgSri Lankan all-rounder Danushka Gunathilaka has been suspended by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) from all forms of international cricket, pending an inquiry into an alleged breach of code of conduct regulations.”Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) decided to suspend Danushka Gunathilaka from all forms of international cricket for breaching the ‘Player Code of Conduct’, pending inquiry,” the SLC said in a statement.”The decision to suspend the player was taken following an initial inquiry conducted by Sri Lanka Cricket, after the team management reported that the player have violated the ‘Code of Conduct’.”According to reports, a Norwegian woman has accused Gunathilaka’s friend of raping her in a hotel room where he was present, an official said on Monday.Gunathilaka and his friend took two Norwegian women to the hotel where the player was staying in Colombo in the early hours of Sunday.One of the women later accused the second man, a British passport-holder of Sri Lankan origin, of raping her and police arrested him.The 26-year-old “is under arrest and we are continuing our investigations,” a police official confirmed. “A Norwegian tourist made the complaint of rape.” He also said there was no allegation against Gunathilaka.Gunathilaka was allowed to take the field on day four of the second Test between Sri Lanka and South Africa.Gunathilaka’s fee for the match will also be withheld pending the outcome of the inquiry. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) rules stipulate that during matches players must be back in their hotel rooms by midnight and cannot have guests.advertisementAlso read – Colombo Test: South Africa stare at series whitewash after failing spin trailGunathilaka was also suspended for three matches by SLC last October for misconduct during the home series against India.Another member of Sri Lanka’s Test squad, leg-spinner Jeffrey Vandersay, was on Friday given a suspended one-year ban from international cricket after pleading guilty to misconduct during last month’s tour of the West Indies.Gunathilaka scored 57 and 61 runs in the second and final Test, with Sri Lanka whitewashing the series after trouncing the visitors by 199 runs in Colombo on Monday. South Africa were 5/139 chasing an impossible-looking 490 target at close of play Sunday and got bowled out for 290 on the fourth day.Rangana Herath took 6 wickets while Akila Dananjaya and Dilruwan Perera took 2 wickets each to lead the hosts to a 2-0 series whitewash.Gunathilaka ended up as the second highest run-scorer in the two-match series with 161 runs in four innings at an average of 40.25 including two half-centuries.(With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

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