Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Real Madrid and Spanish sports authorities say the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium will be used to store donations of medical supplies to help combat the coronavirus outbreak. Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, Leipzig and Bayer Leverkusen will forgo 12.5 million euros ($13.7 million) in as-yet undistributed TV money and add another 7.5 million euros ($8.2 million) from their own funds. All four clubs played in the Champions League this season, giving them extra income.The German Football League, which oversees the top two divisions, will decide how the money is distributed. The league has previously said it fears many clubs could face financial collapse if games can’t resume.Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says “in these difficult times, it’s important that the stronger shoulders support the weaker shoulders.”___Paris Saint-Germain is selling a new jersey online with the profits going to local hospitals and nursing staff dealing with the coronavirus outbreak. March 26, 2020 The Latest: Real Madrid’s stadium to store donations It is the fifth MotoGP race to be canceled or postponed.The next race at risk is the French Grand Prix on May 17 at Le Mans.___The Turkish Boxing Federation says national team member Serhat Guler and trainer Seyfullah Dumlupinar tested positive for the coronavirus after returning from an Olympic qualifying competition in London.The federation says the boxing team went to a training camp in Sheffield on March 3 to prepare for the competition and traveled to London on March 11. All team members stayed at the same hotel and ate at the same cafeteria. The French champion’s jersey bears the emblem “Tous Unis” (All United) on the front.A total of 262,500 euros (about $288,000) will be raised if all 1,500 jerseys priced at 175 euros ($192) are sold.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi says “we can only be sensitive to and grateful for the astounding work” that medical staff on the front line have done against the virus.___The Spanish Grand Prix on the MotoGP circuit scheduled for May 3 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The IOC is running the qualifying competitions for boxing because governing body AIBA has been suspended.The Turkish team competed on March 15 and 16 and returned home on March 17 after the IOC halted the competition. All team members were quarantined on return.The federation says Guler and Dumlupinar are being treated in the hospital. Two other boxers who complained of high fever are awaiting the results of their tests.___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 soccer club says it will use the stadium to store private donations. They will then be distributed by government authorities to hospitals.Spain has 56,188 infections and more than 4,000 fatalities from the COVID-19 virus.Civic groups, businesses and individuals are donating much-needed masks and any material that can used to make protective gear for doctors and nurses.___Four German soccer clubs have pledged 20 million euros ($21.9 million) to support other teams struggling to stay afloat after games in the country were suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.
(REUTERS) – Once revered member of Liverpool’s fabled “boot room” Ronnie Moran died yesterday, aged 83, the club said.The former captain, who made 379 appearances for the club, spent five decades at Anfield and was a key cog in the coaching department during Liverpool’s most successful era.“Liverpool Football Club is deeply saddened by the passing of Ronnie Moran,” a statement said.“Ronnie is fondly remembered for his 49 years of service to Liverpool, during which time he represented the club with distinction as a player, coach, physio, reserve-team coach, assistant manager and caretaker manager.”During his service with Liverpool, the club won 13 league titles — the first in 1963-64 when Moran, approaching the end of his playing career, was a defender in Bill Shankly’s side.After ending his playing career, Moran became part of Shankly’s backroom staff and was a constant presence at the club during the reigns of Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan, Kenny Dalglish, Graeme Souness and Roy Evans.Moran also rook on the role of caretaker manager in the early 1990s and led the team out in the 1992 FA Cup final against Sunderland. He retired in 1998.Tributes flooded in to Moran yesterday with Evans describing him as “one of the greats of Liverpool”.Former midfielder Ray Houghton said: “He loved being at the training every day. The two words I remember at Liverpool were attitude and commitment. I got that from Ronnie.“I learned so much from him and he nurtured so many good players. A very humble man and a very honest one1” read more
AS the final day beckons for the 2019 Noble House Goals Galore Indoor Hockey Championships, all matches remaining to be played are the semi-finals and finals of both the women’s and men’s divisions.Saturday’s matches saw the final pool round games of the lady’s division which determined the semi-finalists while the larger men’s division featured quarterfinal matches.The lady’s program on Saturday opened with a 6-6 draw between the GBTI’s GCC Spice and Saints.The highly ranked Spice began with a zero handicap to Saints five goals. It was a lone goal for Saints by young speedster, Charlia Web, that kept the scores even at full-time since Spice began to reel them in from the outset.Trisha Woordoffe scored the first of a hat-trick of goals in just the second minute while Gabriella Xavier added two and Dacia Woodroffe one more to complete the six goals for Spice.The Bingo Spartans showed that their leading position in the pool was no accident by crushing the YMCA OFHC Wolves by 9-5 after both teams started the match dead even with 5-goal handicaps.Abosaide Cadogan was on target again for the Spartans with two goals while Sarah Klautky and Alana Chung scored the other two.In the men’s semi-finals, the highly-anticipated matchup between Bounty GCC (+3) and the PEPSI Hikers (0) never amounted to much.GCC seemed out of it from the inception as their lacklustre performance saw them drowned in an onslaught of goals from the Hikers.Veteran Top Form defender, Chris Low, controls against fellow veteran Patrick Edghill of GCCLeading scorer of the tournament so far, Aroydy Branford, took his overall tally to 30 by scoring four against GCC while Jamarj Assanah added two and Randy Hope and Robert France one each.The GCC boys saw only one glimmer of hope through a 27th- minute penalty corner goal by Meshach Sargeant, leaving the final score at 8-4 for the Hikers.The Hikers Generals (+9) continued to impress as they got past the YMCA OFHC Pacesetters (+11) who gave a spirited performance as well.The Generals would take a 14 – 11 lead by half-time with five unanswered goals, but the Pacesetters seemed to have been pacing themselves and had a five-goal run in the second-half against just two more for the Generals to even the game.Devin Munroe would establish control of the midfield, however, and see the Generals to victory with two more goals before the final whistle.GCC Vintage seemed to be outpaced by a younger, more determined YMCA OFHC Top Form who put the Bourda boys on the defensive from the outset.With both teams starting on an even +5, Top Form had amassed a 9-5 lead by the half.Despite GCC’s efforts to come back through a second-half penalty corner goal from Alan Fernandes, Top Form rattled in two more to seal the 11-6 win.The final match of the night saw two youthful teams in SHC Splinters (+9) and YMCA OFHC Champs (+12) battling for the last remaining semi-final spot.With the game drawn even by half-time, it seemed to leave little doubt that the Splinters would prevail; however, the Champs relied on former national Ascofu Simon to deliver the killer blow.Simon delivered a powerful penalty corner strike in the final minute of the match to break hearts and secure a 13-12 victory. read more
Mohamed Salah’s wonder-strike yesterday helped Liverpool beat Chelsea and ensured they remain two points clear of Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.Almost five years since Liverpool’s title chances were ruined by a 2-0 defeat in the same fixture, the hosts kept themselves in the hunt for a first league title in 29 years with two goals in the space of two minutes that saw Anfield erupt.After a nervy first half in which both sides had chances, Liverpool emerged from the break with added purpose and took the lead via Sadio Mane’s header. There was a huge sense of relief inside the ground, but that became a deafening roar when Salah smashed a left-footed angled drive into the top right corner from 25 yards for his 19th Premier League goal of the season.Chelsea, who had been unbeaten at Anfield since 2012, almost hit back six minutes later when Eden Hazard shot against the post before the Belgian saw another effort saved by goalkeeper Alisson.But Liverpool could have extended their lead before an exultant Kop greeted the final whistle with roars of delight and Jurgen Klopp punched the air after his 200th game in charge.Manchester City, 3-1 winners at Crystal Palace in Sunday’s other match, still have a game in hand on the Reds, but with games at home to Tottenham and away to Manchester United among their five remaining fixtures, their task looks tougher than the one facing Liverpool, who meet Cardiff, Huddersfield, Newcastle and Wolves.Chelsea remain fourth, a point behind Tottenham, who have a game in hand on their London rivals. Maurizio Sarri’s side could also be overtaken by sixth-placed Arsenal, who are three points behind them, when they face Watford on Monday.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
Trabzonspor new signing John Obi Mikel has chosen to wear the same shirt number he used during his time at Chelsea.The former Nigeria captain will be wearing the Number 12 on the back of his jersey should he make his competitive debut against Sparta Prague in the Europa League qualifying round on Thursday. Mikel agreed a two-year deal with Trabzonspor on July 1 with option for another year but only resumed training with the club last week due to international commitments with the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.When the 32-year-old made his professional debut for Lyn Oslo, he wore the number 20 kit for the Norwegian club.Having worn the number 10 jersey for the Golden Eaglets at the 2003 FIFA U17 World Cup, he was allocated the number 9 at the 2005 FIFA U20 World Cup because his favorite shirt number was already taken by team captain Isaac Promise.Mikel played with the number 10 at Tianjin Teda while he sported the number 2 at his last English club Middlesbrough.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram read more
The new Browns were going into the 2019 offseason with a ton of optimism reverberating well beyond Cleveland. Then the franchise just had to go and do something that reminds everybody of the old Browns.Had 23-year-old running back Kareem Hunt not tagged himself with a recent history of violent off-field incidents, which the Chiefs could not tolerate, he would not have been an option for the Browns. They would have been fine moving forward with rising second-year star Nick Chubb and dependable receiving back Duke Johnson Jr. But Hunt did become an option, and Cleveland took advantage.So much for those good vibes around the 2019 Browns. MORE: Browns have zero-tolorance policy with HuntHunt is a minimal risk for the Browns contractually. They are guaranteeing nothing on his one-year contract, after which he will be a restricted free agent. Their reason for signing him is a familiar refrain in the NFL: talent trumping off-field issues. Hunt is young and has a great feature back skill set. He also had someone vouch for him in Cleveland general manager John Dorsey, the man who drafted him in Kansas City.There’s even an explanation for the troubling timing, less than two and a half months after Hunt was released by the Chiefs once TMZ released a video of him striking a woman. The Browns might have been pushed by rumors that the Bears or Eagles, coached by former Chiefs offensive coordinators Matt Nagy and Doug Pederson, respectively, wanted to sign Hunt soon.Yet, that doesn’t mean the Browns needed to do it. Especially, as Dorsey admitted, without a consultation with experts on such cases of violence.The Browns also made this move without taking the temperature of their own players. There was and still is plenty of buzz around the offense for 2019 with quarterback Baker Mayfield and new head coach Freddie Kitchens. But the backfield was a big part of it, too.MORE: How the NFL failed with Kareem Hunt investigationIn order to allow Chubb to break out as a rookie, Cleveland traded 2018 free-agent addition Carlos Hyde in the middle of last season. Johnson also was extended last year through 2021 on a four-year, $16.3 million deal. Both Browns backs had to have felt good about their roles for the upcoming season.Now Chubb must feel like the Browns don’t have as much as faith in him as he once thought. And Johnson likely feels further removed from the team’s plans for the near future. This particular move is short-sighted on Dorsey’s part, as there is a long way to go before the Browns will know whether adding Hunt was worth the storm of critical reaction.Cleveland sees the chance it’s taking on Hunt as costing nothing. But that mindset ignores the fact that such a signing can rankle parts of the fan base and locker room alike. Especially for a franchise that has not been this excited about a team since it relaunched in Cleveland 20 seasons ago this year. The Browns knew Chubb and Johnson would be both healthy and available to play next season. That’s not the case for Hunt, who remains on the Commissioner Exempt List and is facing a league-imposed suspension.The Browns can sell it as Hunt, a complete, three-down back, being a potential upgrade over either incumbent. But at that position, even the neediest of teams typically do not extend themselves this way to find traditional free-agent solutions, let alone one that creates so much tension.MORE: Details of Hunt incident caught on videoDorsey is an aggressive GM whose personnel decisions led to success in Kansas City, and things appear to be headed that way in Cleveland. He also has proved he has no scruples when going after players he likes regardless of their off-field issues. This is the GM who drafted wide receiver Tyreek Hlll in 2016 and has been tied to Jeffery Simmons this year — both players come with red flags similar to those of Hunt. read more
Floyd died after being handcuffed in Minneapolis, with a widely shared video showing a police officer kneeling on his neck as he pleaded, “I can’t breathe”.It has led to civil unrest in many US cities, with Woods — who underlined his “respect for law enforcement” — urging calm. Tiger Woods has described the death of George Floyd while in police custody as “a shocking tragedy”.The 15-time major winner joined a long list of high-profile sports stars to speak out on the incident that has sparked protests across the United States and beyond. pic.twitter.com/Wn7EoTInzU— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) June 2, 2020″My heart goes out to George Floyd, his loved ones and all of us who are hurting right now,” Woods wrote in a statement posted on Twitter. “I have always had the utmost respect for our law enforcement. They train so diligently to understand how, when and where to use force. This shocking tragedy clearly crossed that line.”I remember the LA riots and learned that education is the best path forward. We can make our points without burning the very neighbourhoods that we live in.”I hope that through constructive, honest conversations we can build a safer, unified society.” read more
MASON CITY — A Mason City man has been arrested on sexual abuse charges.40-year-old Bryan Holmes was taken into custody on Friday and charged with three counts of third-degree sexual abuse. Mason City police say they had received an earlier report that Holmes was having sexual contact with an underage person over the course of several months. Police say Holmes and the victim were acquainted and that the incident occurred at a home in Mason City.Holmes is also being held on a warrant for violating parole. He’s is being held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $30,000 bond.
CLEAR LAKE — A Clear Lake man facing the rest of his life in prison after being accused of sexual abuse has pleaded not guilty to charges. 40-year-old Edric Morris was arrested on February 14th on one count of third-degree sexual abuse and one count of lascivious acts with a child. Authorities say both charges are Class A felonies since both are second or subsequent violations. The charges stem from a complaint received in late January of this year involving a child under the age of 14. Morris filed a written plea of not guilty to the charges last week in Cerro Gordo County District Court, with his trial scheduled to start on May 5th.
CHRIS ROCK by Dr. Boyce Watkins(YourBlackWorld.com)–I’ve always loved Chris Rock. I don’t respect him because he’s funny, rich or famous, everyone notices that. I respect him because he is also intelligent, progressive and courageous. He doesn’t just give Black people something to laugh about. He also gives them something to THINK about.This week, while watching March Madness, that multi-billion dollar professional sports extravaganza that pretends to be an amateur sports league, Rock made some interesting and powerful remarks about what he was witnessing on television. Rock, a man who clearly understands the entertainment business, likely found himself confused about how a show can attract tens of millions of viewers without paying its star performers.Speaking from his Facebook page, Rock had this to say:“So I’m watching the Kansas North Carolina game on tv .And I notice there are 9 Black players and 1 White player btw the White player is amazing. Anyway I look in the stands and everybody is White. Since its known that college sports is big money, one could come to the conclusion that the nine Black and one White player are playing to put 100 thousand White kids though college. I know no one is getting whipped or beaten but economically college sports are no different than slavery. I know a lot of Black intellectuals will say we can do so much more than play ball and we can .But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t reap the benefits from sports, White kids that go to Syracuse and Georgetown do. These kids should be paid and allowed to get an education for themselves and their families for the rest of there lives. Black people not making money from college sports is like Arabs not making money from oil insane. We have our reparations lottery ticket right in our pocket and were not smart enough to cash it in.”Everything that Rock says is right on point. The truth about college sports is that the exploitation runs deep, along with serious labor rights violations, in conjunction with operating practices that would be illegal in nearly any other industry in America. Whenever this many fans watch something on television, SOMEONE is getting rich. It’s amazing that those individuals are not the ones actually doing the work.What I also love about Rock’s remark is that he wasn’t afraid to address the racial elephant in the middle of the room. Many conversations about the unethical nature of collegiate athletics are watered down, focusing solely on graduation rates in a race-neutral sort of way. But the fact is that anyone who follows college sports knows, without a doubt, that black men are typically running the show.The wealth extraction from the Black community by the NCAA easily exceeds one billion dollars per year. This money could help address failing schools, Black unemployment, urban violence and many of the other issues that plague our community as a result of unchecked poverty and very few economic/educational opportunities. At the very least, it would get a few families out of the projects.Sonny Vaccaro, the former Nike executive who conceptualized the Air Jordan sneaker, called to tell me about a multi-billion dollar class action lawsuit being filed against the NCAA. The attorneys were licking their chops over the numerous anti-trust violations being committed by the league, which has greedily taken athletes’ images and sold them to video game companies without compensating the players.The lawsuit, should Vaccaro emerge victorious, could strike a tremendous blow to the toxic cash cow known as the NCAA. But an even faster route to liberation lies right in the hands of players and their families. Should blue chip athletes simply refuse to play without being compensated, then the show (and the money) will all come to a halt. As Chris Rock said, the power is in our hands.Dr. Boyce Watkins is the founder of the Your Black World Coalition and author of the book, “Black American Money”. read more