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Dartford runs rings around the rest

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Shopping for answers in Newport

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Harvard, MIT sue Trump govt over order revoking visas for foreign students

first_imgHarvard and MIT asked a court Wednesday to block an order by President Donald Trump’s administration threatening the visas of foreign students whose entire courses have moved online because of the coronavirus pandemic.The universities’ lawsuit was in response to an announcement Monday by the US Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) that the affected students must leave the country or transfer to a school offering in-person tuition.”We will pursue this case vigorously so that our international students, and international students at institutions across the country, can continue their studies without the threat of deportation,” Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said in a statement. “The order came down without notice — its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness,” Bacow said.He added it was made “without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors and others.”The universities say in their lawsuit that the order would harm students “immensely,” both personally and financially.It describes the order as “arbitrary and capricious” and says it threw US higher education “into chaos.”There were more than one million international students in the US for the 2018-19 academic year, according to the Institute of International Education (IIE).The plaintiffs ask that the court issue a temporary restraining order and “permanent injunctive relief” preventing the policy being enforced.They also ask that the order be declared unlawful, that their legal costs are covered, and that they receive any other relief that the court deems appropriate.’Ridiculous’ The lawsuit, filed in Boston, lists the defendants as ICE and the United States Department of Homeland Security.The US posted a daily high of 60,209 new coronavirus infections on Tuesday, Johns Hopkins University said, and the country topped three million cases on Wednesday.The disease has claimed more than 131,000 lives across America.Most US colleges and universities have not yet announced their plans for the fall semester but Harvard has said all its classes for the 2020-21 academic year will be conducted online “with rare exceptions.”Some 40 percent of undergraduates will be allowed to return to campus, but their instruction will be conducted remotely.It says packed classrooms endanger the health of students and teachers.Trump has branded the decision “ridiculous” as he takes a bullish approach to reopening the country ahead of November’s presidential vote, when he seeks reelection.While cracking down on immigration is one of his key issues, Trump has taken a particularly hard stance on foreigners since the health crisis began.In June, he froze until 2021 the issuing of green cards — which offer permanent US resident status — and some work visas, particularly those used in the technology sector.Topics : Trump is pushing universities and schools to fully open when the new academic year starts in September despite the US registering record COVID-19 cases.ICE said in its announcement the State Department would not issue visas to students enrolled in programs that are fully online for the fall semester and such students would not be allowed to enter the country.Universities with a hybrid system of in-person and online classes will have to show that foreign students are taking as many in-person classes as possible, to maintain their status.The measure was seen as a move by the White House to put pressure on educational institutions that are adopting a cautious approach to reopening amid the global COVID-19 pandemic.last_img read more

Aouar, Dest, Telles: Names to watch in last week of transfer window

first_imgMichael Cuisance (Bayern Munich)Target for: Leeds UnitedBayern Munich’s French midfielder Michael Cuisance. (various sources/AFP/Manu Fernandez)The France Under-20 international might have been hoping to play a more regular role at Bayern Munich this season, a year after joining from Borussia Moenchengladbach for 12 million euros.But after appearing just 10 times in Bayern’s treble-winning campaign, and making one substitute appearance so far this season, Cuisance is now close to joining Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United.L’Equipe reported at the start of this week that a deal was close to being completed for a player Bayern value at 20 million euros. Memphis Depay (Lyon)Target for: BarcelonaLyon’s Dutch forward Memphis Depay (AFP/ Philippe Lopez )Depay has never hidden his desire to rejoin one of Europe’s giants after a failed spell at Manchester United earlier in his career, and the Dutchman will also be eager to play Champions League football, something which Lyon cannot offer him this season.Koeman is said to be keen to bring his compatriot to the Camp Nou to reinforce an attack which has lost Luis Suarez.Barcelona may lack the funds to spend big, but the 26-year-old Depay is in the final year of his contract and reports in France suggest Lyon may yet be persuaded to lower their initial asking price of 25 million euros. The transfer window will slam shut around Europe next Monday, Oct. 5, after clubs were given an extended period to do deals as a result of the long coronavirus shutdown.While the market has been quieter than usual due to the pandemic, AFP Sport looks at some names who could still make big moves in the coming days: Houssem Aouar (Lyon)Target for: Arsenal, JuventusThe 22-year-old midfielder had long been tipped for a big move abroad even before he stood out in Lyon’s run to the Champions League semi-finals in August, especially in their quarter-final win over Manchester City, who are one of his suitors.Now Aouar — who has not yet been capped at full international level by France — clearly feels it is time to fly the nest and leave his boyhood club, who are not involved in Europe at all this season and have had a poor start in Ligue 1.Their absence from continental competition increases Lyon’s need to sell, but the chances of them getting the 60 million euros ($70.2m) they reportedly want for the playmaker appear non-existent. Sergino Dest (Ajax)Target for: BarcelonaSergino Dest (Getty Images/AFP/Sam Greenwood)The 19-year-old could be the latest in a long line of players to come out of Ajax and join Barcelona, who are looking for a new right-back after selling Nelson Semedo to Wolverhampton Wanderers.According to widespread reports, Dest is set to move to the Camp Nou with Barcelona willing to pay an initial 20 million euros to beat Bayern Munich to his signature.Dest would become Barca’s first major signing since the arrival as coach of Ronald Koeman. He was born in the Netherlands but represents the United States, for whom he qualifies through his father. Arsenal are now seen as the leading candidates to sign Aouar, but according to French sports daily L’Equipe they have offered no more than 38 million euros and Lyon may be tempted to hold on to their man for another year instead.Last weekend Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said Arsenal were “far too far away” from meeting Aouar’s value. Aulas also said no player would leave if a deal is not done by Friday, but the impending signing of Lucas Paqueta from AC Milan could smooth the way for Aouar, who has also been closely linked to Juventus. Alex Telles (Porto)Target for: Manchester UnitedPorto’s Brazilian defender Alex Telles. (AFP/Fernando Veludo )Brazilian left-back Telles joined Porto in 2016 after previous spells at Galatasaray and Inter Milan and has long been linked with a move from Portugal to one of Europe’s biggest clubs.It looks like this could be the moment for the 27-year-old, who has become a target for Manchester United.According to A Bola in Portugal, United have offered 15 million euros so far for a player who is out of contract at the end of the season, while Porto want 20 million euros.Telles could yet move elsewhere though. The once-capped defender was linked with Paris Saint-Germain several months ago, and the French club now need strengthening at left-back after losing Juan Bernat to a serious knee injury.Topics :last_img read more

Market

first_imgAustralia: Adtranz Australia and Walkers Ltd have won a joint contract to build five two-car EMUs for Westrail; they will be similar to the existing fleet, and first delivery is due in November 1998.Queensland’s Department of Transport has called tenders for a consultancy study to improve efficiency and best practice for Brisbane’s Citytrain.Brazil: CVRD has ordered 7000 tonnes of rail from Sydney Steel of Nova Scotia, Canada.Canada: CN and GE have signed a loco maintenance agreement covering servicing of Dash 8 and Dash 9 locos at Symington depot in Winnipeg.Sasib Railway GRS has been appointed by CN to upgrade 3000route-km of CTC over the next five years, replacing relay interlockings with VIP vital processors and improving data transfer to the dispatching centre.Germany: Rheinbraun AG has ordered 10 four-axle EL2000 electric locos from Adtranz; they will be based on technology developed for DB’s Class 101 and 145 locos, with a rating of 2·8MW, Flexifloat bogies and 70 km/h top speed.Erfurter Industriebahn has ordered five Regio-Shuttle railcars from Adtranz for use between Erfurt and Leinefelde.Great Britain: Transport Consultants International (formerly BR Projects Ltd) has been awarded a contract to manage procurement of new trains and refurbishment of 150 existing vehicles for North Western Trains.Hong Kong: KCRC’s two Adtranz/SLM Lok 2000 KTT electrics arrived in the colony on May 10; the Kinki Sharyo double-deck coaches arrived in April.KCRC awarded three consultancy contracts for Phase 2 technical studies for the West Rail project, covering West Kowloon terminus (Ove Arup), traction power supplies (CITIC Guo Hua), and drawing standards (Binnie).India: Ircon is negotiating with General Electric for technical collaboration to remanufacture 175 WDM-2 diesel locos supplied to IR by Alco in the early 1960s.Nigeria: China is to supply 400 wagons and 20 passenger coaches to NRC, as well 50 locos (RG 4.97 p210).Russia: MTH of Praha has won a US$59m contract from RZD to build track machinery in conjunction with PRMZ Kaluga.Sri Lanka: Rites has won a contract to supply four diesel-electric locos to Sri Lanka Railway; SLR has also called tenders for 15 DMUs.USA: Amtrak has ordered from GE Transportation Systems 22 P42 and eight P32 Genesis diesel locomotives worth $75m, and says it also expects to buy 21 F59PHI units from General Motors EMD for $46m.Rockwell’s Railroad Electronics unit has won a $10m order for 328 integrated cab displays from GM’s Electro-Motive Division.last_img read more

DEFY sets 16 new records at Maine Swimming Junior Olympics

first_img Latest Posts Bio Part 1: Invisible, incapacitating concussions are sidelining high school athletes – July 19, 2016 Latest posts by Taylor Vortherms (see all) Taylor VorthermsSports Editor at The Ellsworth AmericanTaylor Vortherms covers sports in Hancock County. The St. Louis, Missouri native recently graduated from the Missouri School of Journalism and joined The Ellsworth American in 2013.center_img ORONO — The Down East Family YMCA swim team set 16 new team records this weekend at the Maine Swimming Junior Olympics — the most ever set by the team in a single meet.DEFY coach Matt Montgomery said his team nearly doubled its previous high of nine new records in a single meet.“It was a really was great team effort,” Montgomery said. “Everyone really contributed.”Forty-three DEFY swimmers met qualifying times to compete in the meet that took place from March 12-15 at the University of Maine against 600 swimmers from 26 teams across Maine.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textTalor Hamilton’s 200-yard freestyle (1:44.99) and 200-yard backstroke (1:54.71) times in the senior boys division qualified for the YMCA National Championships scheduled for April in North Carolina. Hamilton also has already qualified for the 50- and 100-yard freestyle, the 100-yard backstroke and the 100-yard butterfly as well as the 200-yard medley relay with Kohl Shaw, Maks Grover and Cooper Holmes. Holmes also has qualified in the 200-yard individual medley and the 100-yard breaststroke.“What really struck me was how well they did in their relays,” Montgomery said. “Seventy percent of our relays placed among top eight.”Three DEFY swimmers — Ava Sealander, Hayden Sattler and Sam Alavardo — who placed high enough but didn’t qualify for Nationals were invited to compete against other Eastern states on the Maine Zones team in New York later this month.Three DEFY swimmers who earned high points awards were Ava Sealander (girls age 13-14), who placed third; Camden Holmes (boys age 13-14), seventh; and Talor Hamilton (senior boys), fifth.Listed below are the DEFY swimmers who set new team records:Girls age 13-14Ava Sealander: 200-yard freestyle, 2:02.02; 500-yard freestyle, 5:30.00; 100-yard butterfly, 59.60; 200-yard butterfly, 2:18.34; 400-yard individual medley, 4:57.65.Ellie Clarke, Miriam Nelson, Sidney Hamilton and Ava Sealander: 200-yard freestyle relay, 1:47.45; 400-yard freestyle relay, 4:02.60.Sidney Hamilton, Kiana Maddocks Wilbur, Ava Sealander and Ellie Clarke: 400-yard medley relay, 4:35.89.Senior boysTalor Hamilton: 200-yard freestyle, 1:44.99; 200-yard backstroke, 1:54.71.Sam Alvarado: 1650-yard freestyle, 17:25.86; 1000-yard freestyle, 10:28.16.Cooper Holmes: 200-yard breaststroke, 2:14.17.Talor Hamilton, Kohl Shaw, Maks Grover and Cooper Holmes: 400-yard freestyle relay, 3:19.48; 200-yard medley relay, 1:39.02; 400-yard medley relay, 3:43.12.For more individual results, click here. For relay results, click here. Part 2: When the injury is inside your head, some “don’t get it” – July 26, 2016 EHS names new boys’ soccer coach – July 13, 2016last_img read more

In-form India look to continue winning momentum against NZ

first_imgIntercontinental CupMumbai, June 6: On a high after sealing the final spot, buoyant India, led by their inspirational skipper Sunil Chhetri, will look to extend their winning run when they take on New Zealand in the Intercontinental Cup football meet here on Thursday.Chhetri, playing his 100th international game, lit up the Mumbai Football Arena against Kenya two days on Tuesday, scoring a brace as India won 3-0 to seal a spot in the summit clash.Days after his one-and-a-half minute video where he appealed to the fans to come and back the team at the stadium, a full house saw Jeje Lalpekhlua also score a delectable pile-driver off a rebound to cap off another perfect night for the hosts.In the tournament opener, India had mauled Chinese Taipei 5-0 riding a Chhetri hattrick.It rained profusely throughout the first half against Kenya, but the fans — heeding to his plea — braved the shower to witness a magical third goal in second-half added time by Chhetri where he chipped the keeper with aplomb from the edge of the box to find the back of the net.The organisers claim that the tickets for Thursday’s match as well as Sunday’s final have been sold out.Coach Stephen Constantine might opt to rest a few key players before the final, especially after a physically 45 minutes against Kenya where playing became almost impossible due to thick mud and puddles on the turf.Centre-back Sandesh Jhinghan — who was adjudged man of the match — had limped off after an awkward fall.India have a lot of attacking options up front with the likes of Balwant Singh likely to start on Thursday if Chhetri is rested. Coming to the Kiwis, striker Myer Bevan is one to watch out for.New Zealand coach Fritz Schmid has said that the game would be a big challenge.The game will also be special for Jeje Lalpekhlua as it will be his 50th match in national colours. (IANS)last_img read more

The Latest: Arizona suspends player for breaking virus rules

first_imgThe announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series.Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols.The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns. Travis County Interim Health Authority Dr. Mark Escott spoke with county commissioners Tuesday, and said it’s hard to imagine allowing a crowd of any size watch a game.Texas Athletic Director Chris Del Conte wrote season ticket holders last week about plans to allow about 50,000 fans at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium, even as the state of Texas remains a national hot spot in the coronavirus pandemic.Escott says having that many people in one place is a bit of a reach right now.School officials have noted the 50% limit is currently allowed under statewide rules.___ He worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN.___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website. July 28, 2020 The COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.Jacksonville also removed rookie fullback Connor Slomka from the team’s active/non-football injury list after he passed his physical.___The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero. The MIAC joined the majority of its NCAA Division III peers, postponing competition in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Tennis teams will be permitted to compete against conference opponents this fall in accordance with campus, state, NCAA and MIAC health directives. That sport is deemed low risk for coronavirus transmission.Training, practice and other team activities will be permitted in the postponed sports, in compliance with the virus-related guidelines.The biggest impact of the MIAC’s move will be on the football game between league powers St. John’s and St. Thomas, rivals who first played in 1901 and have faced off 89 times in the sport. This year’s game, which was scheduled for early November at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL home of the Vikings, could be the last ever with the impending move by St. Thomas to the FCS level after being booted from the MIAC for competitive reasons.___The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently.But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Arizona has suspended junior offensive lineman Edgar Burrola for violating school coronavirus protocols. Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Wilson is expected to compete for the right tackle job that came open when Jack Conklin signed with Cleveland in free agency.Vrabel also said linebacker Jayon Brown will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The Titans so far have had one player opt out. Undrafted rookie free agent Anthony McKinney is an offensive lineman out of Texas Christian. Vrabel confirmed McKinney informed the coach and general manager Jon Robinson of his decision. Vrabel says he has not heard nor talked to other Titans who might choose to opt out and is waiting until players make the best decision in the interest of themselves and their families. The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.___The Summit League is pushing back the start of fall sports to Sept. 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.The conference’s president’s council agreed to delay championship seasons for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country. Non-championship segments for golf and tennis, along with non-traditional seasons for softball and baseball also were pushed back. Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. ___Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022. The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule.Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money.Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus. Canady signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys after splitting the 2019 season between the New York Jets and Baltimore. The Ravens drafted Canady in the sixth round in 2016.Guidry had 827 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in two seasons at Mississippi State after playing two years of junior college. He faced long adds to make the roster at a position that includes Amari Cooper, who signed a $100 million contract in the offseason, third-year man Michael Gallup and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb.___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor and first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.Taylor, a second-round pick from Florida last year, started all 16 games as a rookie. ___ Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall.Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held.Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by Cleveland.com. Associated Press The Latest: Arizona suspends player for breaking virus rules The guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%.-Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. The team will launch “Browns Live: Training Camp,” on Aug. 14. The online site will give fans “an up-close and personal look at camp.” The two-hour show will be broadcast on all the team’s social media platforms and show clips from practice and interviews with players, coaches and alumni. The Browns are coming off a 6-10 season that didn’t go as planned, but there is excitement around an unproven but talented team, which recently signed star defensive end Myles Garrett to a long-term extension. Cleveland began in-taking veteran players on Tuesday. Quarterback Baker Mayfield has already cleared NFL protocol on the coronavirus and was permitted in the training facility.___Austin’s public health authority said the city was “caught a little off guard” by the recent announcement by Texas that the school planned to allow 50% stadium capacity at Longhorns football games this fall. Soccer and volleyball will have conference-only schedules.___A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar.The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March.Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year. Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt.Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12. The Atlanta Falcons have placed rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.The announcement came after coach Dan Quinn earlier said all rookies had negative tests. Hawkins, a fourth-round pick from Cal, could have tested negative and be placed on the list after exposure to the coronavirus. Teams are not allowed to disclose if a player is in quarantine.Quinn said the coronavirus outbreak with the MLB’s Miami Marlins was a topic of discussion as veteran players arrived for training camp on Tuesday and began their testing. He said no player has discussed opting out.___Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted rookie receiver Stephen Guidry have opted out of playing for the Dallas Cowboys this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Burrola confirmed the suspension on Twitter and said he stopped receiving his meal plan the day he was suspended. He also said his stipend has been taken away.Burrola started six games at right tackle in 2019 and had shoulder surgery in January.“If you’re not going to pay attention to the protocol, wear a mask, all that other stuff, we can’t have you around,” coach Kevin Sumlin told the Arizona Daily Star.___The Cleveland Browns are doing all they can to give their fans a look at their training camp, which is closed to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuesday’s announcement follows news last week that 11 men’s and women’s tournaments planned for later this year in China were scrapped.That included the WTA Finals.As of now, women’s tennis is scheduled to resume next week in Palermo, Italy.___The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has moved most fall sports until the spring, including football. — John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York.___Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined.Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive. The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson.___Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. last_img read more

Women’s soccer: Badgers upset Gophers in Border Battle showdown

first_imgIn another defensive effort at the McClimon Center Friday, the Wisconsin women’s soccer team (6-4-3, 3-1-1 Big Ten) notched their third straight victory, upsetting No. 11 Minnesota (9-2-2, 4-1-0 Big Ten) on a first half penalty goal from midfielder Kinley McNicoll.The beginning of the match was dominated by defense on both ends, with the first shot from either team coming off the foot of Minnesota forward April Bockin in the 14th minute, a ball that sailed over the goalpost. Minnesota controlled the majority of possession in Wisconsin’s half, but the closest they came to scoring in opening 25 minutes came on a corner kick that was handled easily by Wisconsin’s Caitlyn Clem.Wisconsin’s offensive struggles out the gate came at the hands of an alert Minnesota backline, as defenders Tori Burnett and Rashida Beal prevented attacking midfielder Rose Lavelle from getting a shot off on a series of deep passes into the box.A free kick from midfielder Kinley McNicoll in the 33rd minute marked the first significant on-goal opportunity for Wisconsin, as the ball reached the box and deflected to the feet of Lavelle. The Gopher defense was quick to respond, however, and cleared the chance away before Lavelle could load a shot up. The possession sparked an offensive rally, however that would define the next five minutes of the half in favor of Wisconsin.Soon after the missed chance, Lavelle was back on the charge, cutting through two Minnesota defenders with an unexpected flick pass on the left side of the box. Lavelle then found fellow midfielder Victoria Pickett making a run to the middle, connecting with her on a pass-and-shot that nailed the post to the dismay of the home crowd.Pickett made another impressive run and had just one defender to beat in the 35th minute, when a battle for possession ensued at the top of the goal box. In a struggle to clear the ball, the defender Burnett brought Pickett to the ground for a penalty kick foul. McNicoll took the subsequent shot from the mark, firing a rocket into the right side of the net past the diving hands of Tarah Hobbs. The goal was McNicoll’s second of the season.Pickett’s quick pace on the attack was praised by Wisconsin head coach Paula Wilkins, noting it as the key to breaking through Minnesota’s tough defense.“Minnesota puts her under so much pressure, but her ability to get behind them in the last 10 minutes of that half really caused some problems,” Wilkins said.Despite coming into the game on an offensive tear, Minnesota lacked a defining possession in the opening half and were limited to just two shots on goal. Wisconsin’s key accomplishment defensively was neutralizing Minnesota’s top scoring threat in Simone Kolander, who had come into the match on a six-game scoring streak. Kolander was pressed from the opening minute, which was a strategy going into the game according to Wilkins.“The one thing that we talked about is that we wanted to make sure we got pressure on them right away,” Wilkins said. “In other games we’ve given them some time and space and we decided that we wanted to really eliminate that.”The Badgers carried their late first half momentum into the second with a dominating stretch in the attacking third for the opening 10 minutes. Highlighting the offensive push was a shot from substitute Micaela Powers, a bending ball into the upper right corner that required a leaping save from Hobbs to keep the game at 1-0 going into the final 35 minutes of regulation.Neither team had much success generating offensive chances over the next 20 minutes as the Badgers still held a 1-0 lead going into the final five minutesA collision in the Minnesota goal box suspended play in the 78th minute when Powers appeared to sustain a head injury, requiring an on-field visit from the athletic training staff. Powers walked off the field under her own power, but the incident ended her day on the pitch.In the closing minutes, Minnesota found some offensive momentum and were able to maintain possession in the attacking third with a series of corners, but a turnover by the Gopher offense in the 88th minute kept the ball in Minnesota’s half for the rest of the match.The win marks the second consecutive 1-0 win and third straight victory overall for Wisconsin. In the process, Clem extended her shutout streak to four games.The Badgers will play their next match on the road against Iowa on Oct. 8.last_img read more