first_img The Aviva Stadium in Dublin will host two of Ireland's Six Nations matches next year The Aviva Stadium in Dublin will host two of Ireland's Six Nations matches next year

first_imgChina has been cautious about resuming professional sport even as neighboring South Korea, Japan and Taiwan have restarted soccer and baseball leagues.The top-flight Chinese Basketball Association (CBA) league will resume on Saturday in two central hubs in Qingdao and Dongguan but no fans will be present.The Chinese Super League (CSL) soccer league, which was scheduled to get underway on Feb. 22, would resume in July “if everything goes well”, Xinhua quoted Xu as saying.Xu said the administration had been talking to many international sports organizations in recent months about hosting events in China’s financial capital.The season-opening Australian Grand Prix was cancelled hours before the opening practice session in March as the virus started to spread around the world.The Azerbaijan, Singapore and Japan races were cancelled last Friday, joining four races already called off. China has been invited to host two Formula One races in Shanghai this season but no decision has been reached over whether to accept the offer, the head of the Shanghai Sports Bureau has told local media.The Chinese Grand Prix was supposed to take place at the Shanghai International circuit on April 19 but was postponed until later in the year because of the coronavirus outbreak.Formula One Management (FOM) still hope to run 15-18 races this year and have announced a revised and shortened provisional European schedule set to start in Austria without spectators on July 5. Topics :center_img “FOM asked us if it is possible for Shanghai to hold two races,” Shanghai Administration of Sports director Xu Bin was quoted as saying by state news agency Xinhua.”We have not made the final decision, depending on the potential changes of the epidemic situation.”The novel coronavirus emerged in the central Chinese city of Wuhan late last year and has now infected more than eight million people worldwide.Beijing officials reported 27 new confirmed cases for June 15 on Tuesday, stoking fears of a second wave of the respiratory disease.last_img read more

first_img Read More / FA Cup quarter-final draw Sheffield United vs ArsenalNewcastle vs Manchester City Norwich vs Derby or Man UtdLeicester vs Chelsea Read More Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Holders Manchester City will take on Newcastle United at St James’ Park after Sergio Aguero scored the only goal of the game to see off Sheffield Wednesday.12-time winners Manchester United could face Norwich City if they overcome Wayne Rooney’s Derby County on Thursday after the Canaries knocked out Tottenham with a 4-2 penalty shootout win following a 1-1 draw in normal time. Despite their struggles in the league, Pep Guardiola’s men are bidding for the treble following their win in the Carabao Cup final last weekend.Newcastle are through to this stage of the competition for the first time in 12 years but former City defender Micah Richards says Guardiola will be pleased with the draw.‘We can’t be that harsh on Newcastle,’ said Richards.‘My old manager Steve Bruce, he’ll have them compact, they’ll be up for it but it’s a good draw for City’.MORE: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer urged to pick ‘unstoppable’ midfield of Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes and Scott McTominayADVERTISEMENT by Metro Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Top articles Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling SPONSORED 1 min. story Advertisement Read More Video Settings Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Mar 2020 9:59 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link6.6kShares 1/1 Manchester City are bidding to defend the FA Cup (Picture: Getty)Chelsea’s reward for beating Liverpool is a tricky clash against Leicester City in the FA Cup quarter-finals.Frank Lampard’s side put in an impressive display during a 2-0 win agianst the Reds at Stamford Bridge and will face the Foxes in the last-eight after they beat Birmingham 1-0.Arsenal sealed their path through to the last-eight with a comprehensive 2-0 victory against Portsmouth on Monday night and will take on high-flying Sheffield United in the next round. Read More About Connatix V67539 Skip Ad Full Screen FA Cup quarter-final draw: Chelsea away at Leicester, Arsenal to play Sheffield United, Manchester United could face Norwich test Comment Advertisement PLAY Skip Coming Next Read Morelast_img read more

first_imgWilfred Bischoff, 82 years old, of St. Leon, passed away Wednesday, May 27 shortly after his wife Bettykissed him and told him that she loved him. Wilfred married his sweetheart, Betty, who coincidentallyhad the same last name as him. Married on June 17, 1961, Wilfred and Betty were married just shy of 59years. Wilfred was born and raised in St. Leon and was well liked by everyone he knew. He worked over35 years at Seagrams in production. Wilfred was fun to be around and loved spending time with family.He had a certain cackle about him that made everyone smile, his laugh was contagious. He loved to playcards including euchre, 500, and poker, often playing cards in family tournaments. Wilfred was alwayscomplimentary, making everyone feel special after a conversation with him. Many will rememberWilfred for running the ham stand for years at the St. Leon Fireman’s Festival. He was an avid sports fanand he and his brother-in-law, Bob, had season tickets to the Reds and the Bengals for many years.Growing up, Wilfred played basketball for Sunman High School and was named All County. He was ahard worker and enjoyed working on the farm. Wilfred was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Church, AllSaints Parish, the North Dearborn Conservation Club, Sons of American Legion, St. Leon Pole Raising,and the St. Leon Potato Club.Wilfred will be greatly missed by his wife, Betty, his brother-in-law Bob (Ardis) Bischoff, sisters-in-law,Doris Bischoff, Ruth Bischoff, Phyllis Bischoff, Phyllis Bischoff, Linda Dunn, and many nieces andnephews. He is preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Lena (Hoffman) Bischoff, brothersLeroy, Francis, Ernest, Alfred; sisters Angela Wilhelm and Dorothy, and brother-in-law Ronald Bischoff.Visitation for Wilfred will be on Tuesday, June 2 from 1:00 – 3:00pm at Andres-Wuestefeld FuneralHome. Mass of Christian Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Church at 3:30pm, immediately followed by burialat St. Joseph’s Cemetery. Memorials can be made to Masses or family wishes. Please to leave online condolences.To keep everyone safe and healthy, and to comply with Indiana’s COVID-19 guidelines, a maximum of100 people will be allowed in the funeral home at one time. Funeral home staff will be assisting with thisso that everyone has a chance to pay their respects in a safe and reverent manner. We would appreciateif visitors would wear masks to visitation and/or mass. In addition, only 100 people will be able to attendthe funeral mass. People wishing to only attend the graveside service can do so by practicing social distancing or by remaining in their car. Unfortunately, due to statewide guidelines the church will be unable to offer a meal after the graveside service.last_img read more

first_imgQPR saw off Leicester in an action-packed meeting at Loftus Road to start what manager Harry Redknapp described as a “very important period” for his side with a win. The clash with Leicester will have been seen as the first of four winnable home games for the R’s, with Burnley, West Brom and Crystal Palace all visiting west London before Christmas. And Redknapp’s players obliged with a hard-fought 3-2 win that lifts QPR above Leicester and up to 18th in the Barclays Premier League table – with goal difference the only factor keeping them in the relegation zone. Ex-Norwich midfielder Fer was the next to hammer wide before Steven Caulker was unlucky to see a well-struck shot blocked by Morgan as QPR failed to make their ever-increasing dominance pay. With his players proving so profligate, Redknapp saw his side draw level courtesy of an own goal as Morgan could only turn Caulker’s cross past Schmeichel, stumbling over the ball with Eduardo Vargas in close proximity. Green then stopped Leicester immediately re-establishing their lead as he stayed big and denied Vardy from close-range. And it was QPR who got themselves ahead before the interval as Austin finally tested Schmeichel with a point-blank header from Barton’s cross and, although the Dane kept it out, Fer was on hand to hammer his side ahead on the stroke of half-time. Leicester responded well after the interval as Mahrez saw a shot pushed away by Green before Vardy headed a cross from the Algerian against the crossbar. But the hosts remained a threat at the other end as Schmeichel did well to keep out Austin’s drilled effort, with the second half proving as free-flowing as the first as Vardy again wasted a decent chance after a quick Cambiasso free-kick caught the Rangers defence sleeping. The equaliser came shortly afterwards as the impressive Cambiasso showed fantastic composure when collecting the ball at the back post to feed substitute Marc Albrighton. His shot was blocked but Schlupp, who was still dusting himself down having been floored in the build-up, fired in a tremendous 25-yard strike to draw Pearson’ side level. Things nearly got even better for Leicester as Green went missing and Cambiasso’s header was blocked on the line by Henry, with Morgan unable to turn home the rebound. It was QPR cursing their luck next up as the chances to continued to come, with Schmeichel denying Fer from scoring a header. The hosts were ahead from the resulting corner as Onuoha saw his goal-bound effort blocked by David Nugent before Austin was on hand to head home and continue his rich vain of form – converting QPR’s 31st effort of the game as they hung on through six minutes of stoppage time. Things started badly for the hosts as Esteban Cambiasso slotted Leicester in front early on – the first the Foxes had scored following a fallow run of 56 days, or 504 minutes of football, without a goal. QPR recovered to dominate the remainder of the first-half and led at the break through a Wes Morgan own goal and a first club goal for Leroy Fer. Nigel Pearson’s side hit back in the second half as Jeffrey Schlupp drew them level, only for Charlie Austin to hit his fifth goal in as many games with 17 minutes remaining to settle the contest. Leicester fans had been starved of goals since a 2-2 against Burnley on October 5, but they only had to wait just only four minutes for the opening goal here courtesy of a measured finish from Cambiasso. Schlupp rolled the ball into Leonardo Ulloa who was challenged by Nedum Onuoha with the ball breaking kindly to Cambiasso, and the Argentina international needed no invitation to finish accurately past Rob Green and put the visitors in front. Their lead was nearly a short-lived one as Niko Kranjcar’s free-kick was deflected behind for a corner and Fer should have done better when picked out with the resulting set-piece. Riyad Mahrez had scored the Foxes last goal before today, almost nine hours ago in that draw with Burnley, and the Algeria international spurned a great chance to double the visitors’ lead as he steered Jamie Vardy’s pass wide. QPR had yet to test Kasper Schmeichel and their best chance came as Fer cut inside and played in Austin, whose effort was blocked into the path of Karl Henry – but the former Wolves man could only bend a tame shot well wide. Press Associationlast_img read more

first_imgRousing half centuries from Chanderpaul Hemraj and opener Robin Bacchus were the highlights on the first day of the Guyana Jaguars four-day warm-up game at the Everest Cricket Ground as Christopher Barnwell’s XI ended on 273-7 after 86 overs.Batting first,the Barnwell XI batsmen were put on the back foot early by the Vishal Singh- led bowlers with the dismissal of Kandasammy Surujnarine for eight. Surujnarine’s high tempo start with two boundaries was cut short when he was caught by Rajendra Chandrika with the score at 17, giving Raymond Reifer the first of his two wickets yesterday.The trouble continued as the new-comer Kevin Boodie returned to the pavilion four balls later without scoring after notching a Raun Johnson delivery to wicketkeeper Anthony Bramble.Tevin Imlach then partnered opener Robin Bacchus with the duo carrying the score to 87 before the former fell for 25,caught behind off Anthony Adams. This brought out Hemraj who joined Bacchus in the center and together they carried the score to 94 before the opener pushed a delivery back to Adams and was caught.Bacchus’ innings of 51 spanned two hours and 13 minutes and lasted for 74 balls with 4X6. His dismissal brought together the pair of Hemraj and Bhaskar Yadram.The promising Yadram,who partnered the more senior Hemraj,stroked the ball well as the duo settled the innings, pushing well past the 150 mark before Hemraj was bowled by Pestano.Hemraj, however,had managed to get over the half century mark and looked well-set when his stumps broke at 65. His innings, laced with 5×4 and 4×6,was paced through approximately one hour and a half and left Yadram and skipper Christopher Barnwell at 181.Yadram’s innings ended on 33 when he was caught by Pestano off the bowling of Reifer.Johnathon Foo went for 15 which took an hour and 10 minutes and had one boundary and represented the last wicket to fall.At the close, Barnwell was on 40 not out while his partner, Seon Hetmyer,was on 12.The wicket-takers for Vishal Singh’s XI were Anthony Adams with 3-90 off 26 overs ,Raymond Reifer 2-15, Raun Johnson 1-39 and Pestano1- 38.Day two starts at 09:30hrs, today.last_img read more

first_imgQPR boss Mark Hughes is confident Armand Traore will make a swift recovery from his hamstring problem.Traore was injured during last week’s victory over Liverpool and missed the 3-1 defeat at Sunderland on Saturday.This weekend’s game against Traore’s former club Arsenal may come too soon for the player, but Hughes is hopeful he will soon be available again.AdChoices广告“It’s a grade-one hamstring problem so not too serious. We’re keeping an eye on him and he should hopefully be fine soon,” said Hughes.Click here to test your knowledge with our QPR quizFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img

first_imgAs organizers begin to tabulate the results of this year’s Good Neighbors Campaign, it appears they will meet their monetary goal but will fall far short of reaching their participation goal.The Good Neighbors Campaign entered its 15th year of “helping children live their dreams” with two goals — to raise campaign contributions by $100,000 and to increase employee participation by 8 percent. The aim was to have 50 percent of USC employees contribute to raising $1.2 million.Hitting the mark · A teacher works with a student at the 24th Street Theatre, a program sponsored by the Good Neighbors Campaign, which is on track to meet its 2009 fundrasing goal. – Katelynn Whitaker | Daily TrojanThe campaign, which provides grants for community outreach programs and organizations, officially ended Oct. 31, though donations will continue to trickle in until the end of the year. The preliminary numbers, however, show that while contributions are on track to hit the campaign’s goal, participation has fallen by more than 5 percent compared to last year, according to Campaign Director Carolina Castillo.Castillo said the campaign considered the economic situation in setting its goals — and tried to keep aspirations reasonable — but ultimately organizers thought it was important to increase their efforts for the sake of the grant recipients who depend on the program for funding.“We decided we would increase our goal because we felt like the [employees] at USC would step up to the challenge given that the current economic situation is really having an adverse effect on our local communities,” Castillo said.Castillo said it was important for the campaign to meet its fundraising goal this year because the programs it funds are more in need of grants than ever, given the recent economic rut.Thomas Sayles, GNC 2009 chair and vice president of government and community relations, said the program always operates with the community programs in mind.“In tough times it is more important to give,” Sayles said.The numbers so far miss the mark, but Castillo said by the time final numbers are calculated, the campaign will likely meet its fundraising goal — as of Wednesday, the campaign had reached $1.19 million, just short of its $1.2 million goal.Participation, however, is low. Involvement had dropped 6 percent as of Wednesday, and though Castillo anticipates the campaign will come close to 40 percent participation, she admitted to being disappointed that it will miss the 50 percent benchmark.Castillo attributed the drop in part to the economy and the tendency for people to tighten their belts when the economy is in a rut.“There is a hiring freeze at the university and that wasn’t the case last year at USC,” Castillo said. “There were also no raises across the board, which was not seen last year.”Though the percentage of faculty members participating dropped, the actual number jumped.“The employee base grew, but our participation could’ve stayed the same,” Castillo said. “We have 5,100 employees giving this year and last year it was 4,900.”Another possible reason for the results, Castillo said, was the fact that the university acquired the Norris Cancer Hospital and the University Hospital earlier this year. These two hospitals account for 11 percent of all employees, and Castillo said the campaign got a late start in their fundraising at the hospitals.Additionally, Castillo said, participation rates may have been abnormally high last year.Last year, Castillo said, participation rates soared when an anonymous alumnus posed a challenge to the faculty and staff of the College of Letters, Arts & Sciences. The alumnus said if the college raised its participation rates to 50 percent, he would donate $1 million to the Joint Education Project’s endowment.With the challenge, participation jumped to 57 percent. This year, however, the College only had a 26 percent participation rate.Even with participation down, the fact that the campaign will make its monetary goal is most important as many community members depend on their grants.“We could not do it without USC,” said Jay McAdams, co-founder and executive director of the 24th Street Theatre, which receives funds from the campaign. “The campaign understands that a richer community makes it richer for the students.”last_img read more

first_imgWhen junior Alando Tucker took to the microphone in the media room of the Kohl Center after Wednesday night’s 72-54 victory over Indiana, he looked like a man who had just gotten off a very turbulent plane flight — relieved beyond words that the ride was over. He expressed as much, prefacing his post-game comments by taking a sigh of relief that Wisconsin’s three-game losing skid was dead.”I just need to sigh before answering any questions,” Tucker said, adding that answering questions about the team’s streak of losing five of the past six had weighed on him. “It feels good now, jeez. It’s like lifting some weights up off your back.”Tucker led the way for Wisconsin with 29 points, a season-high for him in regulation play (Tucker had 38 against Eastern Kentucky, a game that went to double overtime), and was special enough to cause Indiana coach Mike Davis to refer to him as “one of the two best players in the league, with [Illinois’] Dee Brown.” However, it was the play of several members of the UW supporting cast that truly stood out in the game as senior Ray Nixon and freshman walk-on Kevin Gullikson both made huge contributions to the Wisconsin cause. “I was seeing that they were opening lanes, by guys knocking down shots,” Tucker said, making note that the baskets by Nixon and Gullikson forced the Hoosiers to not simply crash on Tucker every time he received the ball. Nixon notched 13 points, three rebounds and three assists, making five of his eight shots. After trying to assert himself more offensively the past few games, Nixon was finally able to break through. “Yeah, he was active,” Ryan said. “I thought he did a good job of [moving the ball] besides knocking down some shots tonight — that always looks good too, especially from him, because he can shoot it.”Nixon’s increased aggression was evident several times, such as when he authoritatively rejected a shot by Robert Vaden early on. Or in the second half when Nixon bombed into the lane for a dunk and then collected an offensive rebound on a free-throw miss the subsequent possession. Gullikson corralled seven boards and collected seven points to set two new career-highs.”We got a great lift from Kevin Gullikson,” Tucker said of his fellow forward. “He’s giving us some newfound energy that we didn’t have coming into this game.””Kevin Gullkson, he just did everything,” Ryan said of the performance. “I really like the way he is developing.”Sophomore guards Tanner Bronson and Michael Flowers also both had their moments during the game. Flowers played with reckless abandon after garnering his first career start, picking up seven rebounds (tied with Gullikson for the team-high) while Bronson was able to connect on his first career 3-pointer, a shot which brought the crowd to a fever pitch. After the game, Ryan said he was debating who to give the game ball to in the locker room.”It was a toss up between [Gullikson] and [Bronson],” Ryan said of the game ball.It isn’t every day that a 29-point effort doesn’t result in the awarding of a game ball.Lineup changeFor the first time this season the Badgers altered their starting lineup, as Flowers got the nod over sophomore Brian Butch. Butch went down late in the Badgers’ loss at Purdue with a left ankle injury. “Brian wasn’t able to go in practice the whole time, so he didn’t get the reps and I went with the guys that had the most experience of doing what we wanted to do defensively,” head coach Bo Ryan said after the game. “[We knew] Brian would be on the floor, but if we could get a chance to keep him off the floor [we’d take it].”Butch made his first appearance in the game with 16:37 left to play in the first half after Jason Chappell picked up his second foul. Butch ended up playing just eight minutes against the Hoosiers, picking up four points and one board. He made his only shot from the field — a 3-pointer. He left the game for good with 15:13 left to play in the game, after picking up his third foul.”Brian came in and gave us a spark when he did play, both times. Fortunately we we’re able to keep him off [the court a lot],” Ryan said.last_img read more