The Latest: UEFA to host calls with European soccer leaders

first_imgThe UEFA executive committee is set to join by video link on April 23. It will follow separate days of calls with UEFA’s 55 member federations and club soccer officials.UEFA is giving priority to completing national league and cup competitions. One contingency plan is for games to continue into July and August and decide entries for the Champions League and Europa League next season.This season’s Champions League and Europa League could resume once domestic titles are decided.The UEFA executive committee last month postponed the European Championship by one year to 2021. Other games affected include World Cup qualifying groups, the 2021 Nations League finals and the women’s Euro 2021 tournament in England.___ April 14, 2020 It is unclear if cycling’s biggest event will be scrapped from the race calendar. New plans are likely to be announced before the end of the month following consultations with the governing body of cycling.___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 Asian Football Confederation says it has postponed “all matches and competitions scheduled to take place in May and June until further notice.”Most of the 32 Asian Champions League teams played two group games in February before the coronavirus outbreak caused a shutdown.The AFC says it “will explore all possible options in order to complete” those groups.___The first women’s professional golf tournament in Saudi Arabia has found new dates in October. The Latest: UEFA to host calls with European soccer leaderscenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___UEFA says it will host another round of calls next week for European soccer leaders to address the shutdown amid the coronavirus pandemic. The inaugural Saudi Ladies International on the Ladies European Tour was to be played last month but was postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.The $1 million event will now be played from Oct. 8-11 at Royal Greens Golf and Country Club at King Abdullah Economic City.___The Tour de France won’t begin as originally planned because French President Emmanuel Macron has canceled all public events with large crowds through mid-July in response to the coronavirus pandemic.Tour organizers say it is now impossible for the three-week race to start on June 27 in the Riviera city of Nice as scheduled. Associated Press last_img read more

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Big disappointment among US-based Guyanese female athletes

first_imgBy Ras WadadaSEVERAL young Guyanese females who are currently on athletic scholarships across the United States of America (USA) are extremely disappointed at the cancellation of this year’s Track & Field season due to the global COV-19 pandemic, but remain optimistic for the future.The announcement by the organisers to call off the season came on the eve of the NCAA division 1 Indoor Championships which were set for New Mexico on March 13 and 14, while the Outdoor Championships were scheduled for June 10 to 13 in Austin, Texas.The two main attractions and much anticipated events, annually, have left a bitter taste in the mouths of the thousands of athletes who were expecting to use these meets as prime paths to the quadrennial global showpiece, the Olympics.Among the athletes affected are the ‘crème de la crème’ of Guyanese females who spoke to Chronicle Sport directly via telephone.  Final year Clemson University’s Health Science student, Andre Foster who was ranked number one in the world indoors 800M earlier in the year, shared her feelings of disappointment.“This year’s cancellation really hit home for me since I was well focused on qualifying for the Olympics, but I know God has other plans. The cancellation of the Indoors was a bitter pill to swallow because this was my first time making it to Nationals for Clemson University and it was also my first step towards my big goal, Tokyo 2020.Claudrice McKoyThe news came on the eve of the Championship and it happened to be my birthday so you can imagine how much discouraging a moment that was. Thanks to my coach and team mates I was able to look at the brighter picture and be reminded by the words of my coach that ‘it wasn’t by luck that you have made it and you can definitely do it again’.“I left New Mexico very disappointed, but had higher hopes for the outdoors, and then when the announcement of the cancellation of all spring meets was made, I literally broke down in tears. I, however, found hope in the belief I can still make it to the Olympics so I kept training and fixed my focus but when that was cancelled too I realised and understood that it was out of my control. COVID-19 has changed a lot of things and norms for me, but it definitely hasn’t changed my mindset. It’s hard training from home but I am making the best of it”, the 23 year-old former Bladen Hall Multilateral student related.At Texas Tech University, 20 year-old Caludrice McKoy, who is majoring in Human Sciences and was expected to get her first taste of NCAA Division One Track and Field Championships opined that while she was upset, she can relate to the circumstances and necessary actions taken.“I must admit I was very disappointed with the cancellation, but with that being said, I think it was the correct decision to cancel the championship since health and safety comes first. I think it was done in the best interest of the student-athletes and to protect all stakeholders involved”. The former Central High/Chase Academy Foundation student who won CARIFTA Gold in the 3,000M and 1,500M as well as Bronze in both events on different occasions is not too bothered about the confinement indoors due to the Coronavirus pandemic.“I am coping well, both, physically and mentally, with COVID-19. Personally, I am not the outgoing kind of person so being confined to my home, which is not too far from campus, even though we are not in mandatory lockdown, is not a problem for me. I just hope that the Coronavirus which is causing the COVID-19 gets under control sooner rather than later so that we can all return to a state of normalcy. Most mornings I get on Zoom, with a video interaction App, and linkup with my compatriots and we workout together. I also, occasionally, go for 45 minute-long runs”.The other Running Brave-raised athlete who had high expectations for her debut NCAA Division 1 Track and Field Championship is 22 year-old triple-jumper Natricia Hooper who is in her second year of a full scholarship at the renowned University of Florida, but she had to call off her start again with the Gators after injury kept her out for the first year.“My emotions were all over the place for the first two weeks, as I was planning to launch my season on March 27th. The cancellation of the track season is dispiriting and I woke up each day hoping that is was all a dream, then I came to my senses and knew nothing would change. I then started to look at the positive side-effects of this pandemic, because this too shall pass. I am staying inside and taking advantage of this free time by doing things to keep my spirit uplifted and I am still working on my goals, doing small workouts on my own like jogging, drills and plyos so as to remain in shape”, the former New Campbellville Secondary student stated to Chronicle Sport. Hooper, who is pursuing a Masters in Sports Management, indicated that next year she hopes to conduct a Jump clinic called Jumpomatic in Guyana. She concluded, ‘Currently I am focusing on finishing my University studies and then starting my professional career’.Natricia HooperFormer Christ Church Secondary student Avon Samuels who is in her first year at St. John’s University is also distraught at the current effects of the global pandemic, ”I am affected physically and mentally since a lot of hard work was put in everyday of the week; since  I understand what it demands to compete at the NCAA level of competition. I saw constant improvement and I was being motivated. I was growing in confidence then all my hopes were taken away with this COVID19. I have lost the moments I wasn’t fortunate enough to experience and it plays with me mentally. I have made lots of sacrifices to get where I am presently…no one knows what I’ve been through. It’s very hard on me, but now I understand that my health is more important. COVID19 shows me that nothing is guaranteed, so I have to live and bury this feeling forever. What’s for me will be for me”, the 20 year-old 200M and 400M specialist, who is majoring in Business Administration, disappointingly asserted.      University of Texas El Paso sophomore Long and triple jumper, Chantoba Bright who attended the Mckenzie High School while conveying her displeasure remains optimistic.“I am one who is very disappointed that the track season was called off because I really have   been training hard and had a great indoor season so I was confident of producing an awesome outdoor season. Add to that the fact that I was training with the mindset of qualifying for the Olympics, so I was ready to go out there and leave it all at the pit, but I guess God knows best and therefore I am trusting the process and using this as an opportunity for me to work harder, heal and get closer to achieving my goals on and off the track. I am remaining positive and looking at the bigger picture and the brighter side of everything that is happening.I must admit that this lockdown period is really doing me good since I have been using the time to really assess myself, reflect on my journey so far and truly work on my career and education. I am still training at home and doing classes online. It is not difficult to stay focused because I am a self-motivated and usually indoors chilling by myself, so this situation is not strange to me”, the Environmental Science major informed.One athlete who managed to return home the day before the closure of the airports, here in Guyana, is 19 year-old Joanna Archer who was able to complete her two-year studies, online, at Munroe College in NY and is now heading to Texas Tech where she will commence her scholarship, majoring in Criminology and with a minor in Communication studies in the fall of 2020.The former West Demerara Secondary student expressed her set back and her thanks due to the current pandemic,”COVID-19 has really interrupted my plans to run faster during the outdoor season as I had a fairly great indoor season running better than last season, so I know I was only going to get better outdoor. I should also say that I am thankful in a way for this current break as during the Indoor season an old knee injury acted up but my mental strength was enough to get me through the season. As a believer in “what is meant to be will be” I take comfort in knowing God has plans beyond my imagination. I trust God and to me I feel like it’s my healing season and in 2021 I’ll come back stronger and faster. At the moment because of the lockdown I am basically improvising indoors at home. It’s no secret that this virus stole a lot from me, but it wouldn’t take my faith and confidence in my talent”, the 800M Specialist declared.The chief nurturer of the aforementioned athletes, except Bright and Archer, is Coach Julian Edmond who disclosed to Chronicle Sport the reason for the success of the Guyanese athletic club established in 2006, “At Running Brave Track and Field Club, we, inclusive of president Trevor Williams and Co-coach Sham Johnny, work hard to let the athletes believe in themselves through commitment and discipline and having patience…it’s hard work.One of the primary goals of every athlete we produce is to become champion of their respective category in the country. We also have seen an increase in selections on Junior CARIFTA Games from our club and this has to do with our solid preparation/foundation work which starts in November. These athletes on scholarships in the USA all have the potential to go on to bigger things, but I think Andrea Foster and Natricia Hooper are likely to give Guyana its first athletic medal at the Olympics”, a proud Edmond predicted.last_img read more

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GOLF NEWS – IMPRESSIVE BROWNE WINS PRESIDENT’S PRIZE AT PORTSALON

first_imgHistory was created at Portsalon golf course on Saturday last when the clubs members contested for Ms Kathleen Mc Cormick’s Presidents prize.Kathleen holds the honour of being the first lady member to hold the prestigious title of club President.The golfing fraternity of the north west were peering over the weather forecasts for the region and despite the changing weather conditions there was a large turnout which showed the esteem in which the members held for their President Kathleen Mc Cormick . The President has served her club well having been a member of Portsalon Golf Club for many years. In this Kathleen’s first year of office as President she has also held the position as club Lady Captain, held various positions on the ladies committee and represented the club on various teams throughout her golfing career.The President thanked the members of Portsalon golf club who had bestowed the title of club President to her. She said she was indeed delighted and privileged to be the first lady member to hold such a prestigious title She thanked the members and her guests who participated in this her historic first Presidents Day’s at Portsalon Golf Club.The President thanked John Shields and the greens staff for the excellent condition of greens. She thanked the office staff Karina Mc Ginley, who put in long hours and ensured all ran smoothly throughout the day. She thanked Sean Mc Gettigan and his catering staff for the magnificent food served on the night. Finally she thanked her family for all their support during this her first year as President of Portsalon Golf Club.The Captain Joe Harkin congratulated the President on this her special day at Portsalon Golf Club. He said that it was indeed his honour to be Captain and work alongside the first lady of Portsalon Golf Club.whom he has known and respected for many years. After the clear skies the previous day the golfers of Portsalon took to the course with some rain and windy conditions. The tough playing conditions was reflected in the scoring with few birdie puts being recorded. With the weather playing a pivotal roll the conditions were indeed favourable to the long and straight strikers.The winner of this years Presidents prize was five handicapper Tim Browne who started off with a bogey 5 on the first followed by a double bogey on the second must have thought his chance of victory had gone On completion of the first nine he recorded 17 points.The homeward nine was indeed more favorable as Tim started a magnificent run with a birdie on the par three 11th hole and and further birdie on the 17th , he completed the back nine two under and record with 22 points and an overall total of 39 points Runner Up: Gary Sheehan (17) 36 points B.O.T Gross: Paschal Cullen (4) 28 pointsThird: John Logue (13) 36 points Fourth: Paul Deeney (25) 35 points B.O.T. Best nines went to MichaelMcFadden and Gareth McLarnon . The Country Member prize went to Jim Toal (22) 35 pointsCountry Member 2nd: Adrian McGurnanghan (28) 30 points. The council members prize winner was Hugh McGinley (21) 35 points. The winner of the past Presidents prize went to Patrick Shields (18) 35 points.The winner of the ladies section in this year’s Presidents prize was Roseanne Logue and the visitors prize went to Karen McCormick (36) 40 points. The CSS was 35 points.Results The winner of the Wednesday open staged on 13th August was Rory McFadden (10) 41 points B.O.T (Belvoir Park) Runner Up: Eamon McConigley (12) 41 points Gross: Martin Sutherland (3) 37 points Third: David Edwards (16) 39 points B.O.T. The CSS was 37 points. On Sunday the winner of the members competition was Kevin McFadden (19) 40 points Runner Up: Diarmuid Logue (4) 38 points B.O.T Gross: Stephen Connolly (6) 32 points Third: Aidan Langan (16) 38 points. The CSS was 35 points.EventsOn Saturday 24th there is an open gents stableford competition and on Sunday 25th it’s a members competition. On Wednesday 28th an 18 hole open gents competition A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459 or go online to portsalongolfclub.com.Past Captains Calling all past captains of Portsalon golf club, the prestigious J J Wall Past Captain’s cup will be staged at Portsalon Golf Club on Saturday 31st August and the first tee is reserved for the past captains from 12.20 p.m. A time sheet is in operation for all competitions contact 0749159459.Congratulations.The Captain Joe Harkin and members of Portsalon golf club would like to congratulate our neighbours Rosapenna Golf club on their achievement of winning the Ulster Section of the Irish Senior Cup and now advance to the All Ireland Finals in Royal Tara Golf ClubA New Look for Portsalon Golf ShopMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club will see the major upgrade which has taken place to the club shop area, The new layout has a much needed shop where both members and visitors can purchase many golf requirements not forgetting the Portsalon Continuing Story. It may also be the place to purchase the next birthday present or just the perfect gift for your golfing partner.On Line BookingMembers and visitors to Portsalon Golf Club should note that on line booking is now available for all competitions at Portsalon at the flick of a button go to portsalongolfclub.comGOLF NEWS – IMPRESSIVE BROWNE WINS PRESIDENT’S PRIZE AT PORTSALON was last modified: August 22nd, 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:Portsalon Golf Club Noteslast_img read more

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