A warning for “hazardous tsunami waves” was briefly issued for coastal regions within 300 kilometers of Wau in Papua New Guinea’s northeast, after a 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck the region, the US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.The quake struck about 12.50pm local time at a depth of 85 km according to the US Geological Survey (USGS), and struck offshore 18 kms east-southeast of Wau.The Pacific Tsunami Warning Center initially issued a tsunami warning but said about an hour later the danger had passed. Topics : There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage and the PNG National Disaster Centre declined to comment until it had received a briefing.Wau is an inland former gold mining town with a population of about 5,000, about 150 kms southwest of PNG’s second-largest city, Lae.A person who answered the phone at the Lae City Hotel said they the had felt the quake but there was no property damage.”It’s normal, the earthquake, here. The staff is okay. They just kept on going,” the person said.The hotel was fully booked but all the guests were out at the time of the quake, the person added.
Liverpool turned the Premier League title race into a procession this season, but Jurgen Klopp expects his champions to face a much tougher fight to retain the trophy next term.Klopp’s side powered to their first English title for 30 years with a dominant campaign that left their rivals trailing in their wake.Liverpool wrapped up the silverware with a record seven games remaining and finished the season 18 points ahead of second-placed Manchester City. But the German insists Liverpool will take nothing for granted when the 2020-21 campaign kicks off because he expects a renewed push from City and stronger challenges from Manchester United and Chelsea.”Whatever people say, it will not be important for next season because for sure we both have to be ready,” Klopp said.”We see United coming up. People thought they had no chance but we see with one or two players how good they are and how good they can be, and for sure they will not be worse next season, and now there is Chelsea as well.”It will not be about City and us. For the last two years pretty much the top of the table was City and us, and City for four or five years before that.”City clearly have the pedigree to take back the title.They set a 100-point Premier League record total in 2018 that Liverpool were unable to match this season and pipped Klopp’s men to the title again in 2019.Guardiola’s side could yet underline their enduring class by ending the campaign as Champions League winners.’Anyone can beat you’ City were undeniably inconsistent this season, with defensive frailties exposed after failing to replace Vincent Kompany and losing Aymeric Laporte to injury for long periods.Long-serving Spanish midfielder David Silva will leave this summer, but Phil Foden’s development gives Guardiola a potential replacement.Klopp does not expect a drop-off from City, who made a point about their ability to compete with Liverpool when they crushed them 4-0 in the Reds’ first game after clinching the title.”I am very positive about my team but I cannot deny Manchester City are really good. That was always the case, and I cannot see the end of anything for Manchester City,” he said.FA Cup finalists Chelsea, who ended fourth, must improve a creaky defence and a costly lack of killer instinct if they are to close the 33-point gap to Liverpool.Frank Lampard’s emerging young side have potential however and the additions of Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech should add potency to their attack.”Chelsea have incredible guys there in the squad and extra now with (new signings) Hakim Ziyech and (Timo) Werner,” Guardiola said.Third-placed United, who finished 15 points behind City, have improved dramatically since the January signing of Portugal playmaker Bruno Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon.Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can also deploy a lethal front three in Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood.”That is why it is the best league in the world. Anyone can beat you and every season will be stronger,” Guardiola said.”That is the reality of the Premier League. We are going to think about what we need to do to improve the team.”Topics : The Reds’ remarkable run forced City to surrender the title they had won for the last two years, with Pep Guardiola’s team unable to muster the consistency required to keep pace.With Liverpool having also won the Champions League in the 2018-19 season and the Club World Cup in December, some pundits believe the Anfield club are primed for a golden era of dominance.All the pieces are in place for Liverpool to win consecutive titles for the first time since 1984, with Klopp signed to a long-term contract and key stars Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Jordan Henderson all in their primes.Liverpool also have a cadre of emerging youngsters capable of bolstering Klopp’s squad next season.
Asset managers and insurers have applauded a green paper by the European Commission announcing details on the Capital Markets Union (CMU), amid concerns from some MEPs.Yesterday, the Commission began its consultation on creating a single capital market within the EU to “unlock liquidity” for European businesses and infrastructure, and shift reliance from banks to institutional investors.The commissioner for financial stability, Jonathan Hill, presented the proposals, arguing it was a “classic” single market project that would meet the approval of member states, including his native UK. The German Investment Fund Association (BVI), representing €2.4trn of assets, said the Commission’s plan created opportunities for investors. Thomas Richter, the BVI’s chief executive said: “This can improve the framework conditions for the macro-economic function of fund companies as intermediaries between capital offer and demand.”This was echoed by the BVI’s UK counterpart, The Investment Association (IA), where Richard Metcalfe, director of regulatory affairs, said the Commission should “complete” the EU single market with pan-European collective investments.“That may require imagination,” he said. “It certainly needs a consistent approach to investor protection, which does not currently operate to the same high standard for all investment products.”However, German Green MEP Sven Giegold, member of the Parliament’s Economic and Monetary Affairs Committee (ECON) said Hill should use the opportunity to make financial markets compatible with EU-values.“A CMU with a one-sided and short-term focus on shareholder value is exactly what the EU doesn’t need,” he said.Giegold was reluctant to approve Hill’s position as Commissioner over his history as a banking lobbyist, describing his appointment as “provocative”.“The harmonisation of capital markets could function in Europe, if this is accompanied by the strengthening of the EU supervisory authorities. The EU capital market must not lag behind in the supervision of cross-border actors,” he added.He also said the Commission needs to move beyond a “tunnel vision” on the CMU and look at including the possibility for small and prudent banks to support SMEs.Fellow German MEPs Markus Ferber, deputy chairman of the ECON and Markus Pieper said Hill’s initiative should not simply import the “Anglo-Saxon model”.“In regions that are suffering from a dysfunctional bank lending market despite low interest rate policies, Hill’s proposals could be an addition to the existing toolkit,” they added.“In Germany, company loans, which constitutes the majority of SME financing, can and should not simply be replaced.”Hill said the occupational and personal pensions market would be key to moving towards market-based financing – but added prudential regulation within Solvency II could act as a barrier to attracting long-term financing.The UK’s insurers group, the Association of British Insurers (ABI), also welcomed the proposals.Director general Huw Evans said the organisation looked forward to engaging with the Commission given its members were well-placed to provide for long-term projects.Deputy director general of Insurance Europe, Olav Jones, added: “The consultation covers several key areas, a primary example being the prudential treatment of long-term investments.“Insurers are particularly hopeful that progress can be made to reduce barriers and disincentives to making long-term investments.”For more on the role of sustainable investment within the CMU, see IPE’s past coverage of the topic
226 Views no discussions Share Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Share HealthInternationalLifestylePrint US right-to-die advocate ends life by: – November 3, 2014 Brittany Maynard made international headlines after documenting her decision in a video on the internetBrittany Maynard, the terminally ill cancer patient whose viral YouTube video reignited the debate on assisted-suicide, ended her life on Saturday.Mrs Maynard and her husband moved from California to Oregon, where assisted-suicide has been legal since 1997.Oregon’s Death with Dignity Act allows terminally ill residents to obtain lethal prescriptions from doctors.Since 1997, 1,173 people were granted lethal prescriptions and 752 patients used it to end their own lives.Mrs Maynard, 29, who was suffering from a terminal brain cancer, died at home after administering lethal drugs on Saturday.She died “in the arms of her loved ones,” a spokesman for the campaign group Compassion & Choices said.Sean Crowley said Mrs Maynard was suffering from increasingly severe seizures and head and neck pains which had at times limited her ability to speak.Mrs Maynard’s video has attracted nearly 10 million views on YouTubeFollowing months of treatment and a worsening prognosis, Mrs Maynard made the decision to use Oregon’s laws to obtain a lethal dose of medication which she kept “until the time is right,” as she said in her video.She received the lethal medication several months ago, and last week in a video posted to her website she said that she was considering delaying her plan.“I still feel good enough and I still have enough joy and I still laugh and smile with my family and friends enough that it doesn’t seem like the right time right now,” she said. “But it will come, because I feel myself getting sicker.”Mrs Maynard’s first video went viral and has attracted more than nine million views on YouTube.In it she said that she first started experiencing the headaches shortly after getting married.Assisted suicide is controversial in the US, where it faces staunch opposition from Christian campaign groups, among others.BBC News
The Batesville Lady Bulldogs suffered a devastating home loss to conference foe South Dearborn on Tuesday night by a final score of 2-1. After a very uneventful first half, both teams went into halftime tied at 0 and both teams had only 4 shots on goal. In the second half, South Dearborn began an eventful second half by scoring in the first minute of the half. Erin Huber put the Lady Knights in front after collecting a loose ball inside the Batesville box for the score. The Lady Bulldogs began a stretch of their best soccer of the game after the South Dearborn score. Liz Heidlage would eventually net the equalizer off a corner kick from Ellie Cassidy. Cassidy drove the ball into the box and Heidlage headed the ball into the upper 90 and past the Lady Knight goalkeeper. After a brief period of the game being tied 1-1, it was Huber again who was able to put the Lady Knights back on top as she netted the game winner with 28 minutes to play. Despite having several great looks at the goal, Batesville was unable to come up with a game tying score and the game ended 2-1. Both teams finished the game with 9 shots on goal. Coach Laker commented on the game, “Tonight was a tough loss to handle. We had hoped to avenge our sectional loss to South Deaborn from last season, but instead we walked away with a tough defeat. We will go back to the drawing board tomorrow as we evaluate the film and hope to continue to get better as we look to peak at the end of the season.” JV Score. South Dearborn 3 – Batesville 2
WOMEN footballers would soon take their pent-up skills to the pitch when a Development League for Member Associations (MAs) of the Guyana Football Federation (GFF) gets underway.Each respective MA will run off its competition to determine the winner who will advance to the grand finale of the tournament, which is being partly funded by the world governing body FIFA.GFF PRO Debra Francis told Chronicle Sport yesterday that “the plan is to kick off the tournament before the end of this month”.Additional sponsorship is currently being sought by the GFF for this inaugural competition.Meanwhile president of the Women FA (WFA) Charmaine Wade, in an invited comment, said that while she has heard of the plans nothing official has been sent to the WFA. Wade added that since being voted into office, last year November, her executive tried to get an audience with the former Technical Director of the GFF on the way forward for women football but all attempts proved unsuccessful.According to Wade, a proposal plan for 2016 has been sent to the GFF and “hopefully we can sit with the GFF at some point and solidify a plan for women football”. (Ras Wadada)
The Latest: A’s working on new plans for opening series The club says Rugani and those known to have had contact with him are being isolated.Italian soccer, along with all other sports in the country, has been suspended until April 3.——6:15 p.m.The Columbus Blue Jackets are the first National Hockey League team to say they’ll hold home games without fans in the stands. Roger Penske, readying for his first Indianapolis 500 as owner of the race, told The Associated Press by text message he’s approaching the scheduled May 24 race “day by day” while noting the 500 is nearly 90 days away.– Reporting by Jenna Fryer——4:25 p.m.A global esports league with teams in North America, Europe and Asia is canceling all matches through March and April because of the coronavirus pandemic. Organizers of the College Basketball Invitational, widely known as the CBI, say they’ve decided to cancel this year’s event because of the “uncertainty about the coronavirus and the impact it is having on college campuses across the country.”The tournament is played at campus sites for teams that aren’t invited to the NCAA Tournament or the NIT.The statement issued Wednesday says officials look forward to bringing back the CBI in 2021.___1 p.m. Associated Press 8 p.m.The Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament joined the Big 12 and Big Ten in playing without fans starting with Thursday’s quarterfinal round.The league announced the decision in a statement Wednesday evening. That came late on the second day of the five-day event, after fans had attended four full games and half of the Boston College-Notre Dame game at the Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, North Carolina.The league cited the “rapidly changing landscape regarding COVID-19,” saying games would be played only with teams, player guests, limited school administrators and credentialed media present.Thursday’s games are the first to feature the top seeds in No. 4 Florida State, No. 10 Duke, No. 15 Louisville and No. 17 Virginia. ——6:40 p.m.Italian soccer club Juventus says one of its players, defender Daniele Rugani, has tested positive for COVID-19.Rugani, who also plays for the Italian national team, is the first player in the country’s top soccer division to test positive.Juventus, which has won the last eight Serie A titles, announced the result on its website and social media channels. Drew says it also will be an adjustment for coaches who now have to prepare for an environment similar to the scrimmages they conduct during the preseason. He notes that players won’t have the excuse that they can’t hear coaches’ instructions.Drew and some players spoke after No. 5 Baylor practiced Wednesday in preparation for the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Missouri, where teams learned of NCAA President Mark Emmert’s decision to restrict attendance of the NCAA postseason events. Emmert says only essential staff and limited family members will be permitted to attend the games. The decision applies to more than just men’s and women’s basketball. All NCAA-sponsored championships including hockey’s Frozen Four will be affected.Baylor guard Devonte Bandoo says it’s “shocking” and “really unfortunate” that fans will be barred from the NCAA Tournament. He calls it a “reality check.”Drew says he suspects playing in an empty arena will adequately address public health concerns and that he’s not concerned at this point about the possibility of games being canceled.— Reporting by Dave Skretta 4 p.m.Nebraska is the latest state to limit attendance or cancel a state high school championship tournament.The Nebraska boys’ basketball tournament will be played as scheduled Thursday through Saturday, but the only fans allowed into the venues will be participants’ immediate families.The Lincoln and Lancaster County Health Department recommended limiting spectators because of concern about the spread of coronavirus. Health officials announced this week that a Crofton High School student who attended the girls’ tournament in Lincoln last week was diagnosed with COVID-19.Ohio announced that only participants’ families and media will be allowed to attend winter sports postseason tournaments. — Reporting by Tom Withers——3:20 p.m.Skiing officials have called off the last races of the women’s Alpine skiing World Cup because of public health concerns related to the spread of the coronavirus.The decision to call off the three-day event in Are, Sweden, hands Federica Brignone of Italy the overall title and denies Mikaela Shiffrin a return to racing this season. The team hasn’t said whether it was considering a different location for the games or the idea of playing in an empty ballpark the way the Golden State Warriors plan to do across the bay in San Francisco on Thursday night.Oakland is scheduled to host the Minnesota Twins for a four-game series beginning March 26, and then the Houston Astros are set to play their first road series following the club’s sign-stealing scandal on March 30-31 at the Coliseum.The Giants earlier in the day announced they wouldn’t play a scheduled exhibition game against the A’s at Oracle Park on March 24.—Reporting by Janie McCauley.___ 6:05 p.m.Two college athletic conferences in the northeastern United States have canceled the bulk of their athletic events for the remainder of the academic year.The Ivy League says all athletic practices and events have been canceled, while the Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference says it’s canceling conference play for all spring sports.The decisions come as colleges and universities place increasing restrictions on student gatherings in hopes of limiting the spread of the coronavirus.“Given this situation, it is not feasible for practice and competition to continue,” the Ivy League said in a statement. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the globe (all times EDT):8:47 p.m.The Oakland Athletics are working with Major League Baseball to figure out alternate plans for their season-opening series at the Coliseum after the City of Oakland imposed a ban on gatherings of 1,000 or more people through the end of March. An exhibition baseball game in San Francisco between the Giants and Oakland Athletics has been canceled because of the virus outbreak. The Bay Area teams were set to play at Oracle Park on March 24. That was two days before the start of the regular season in Major League Baseball. The announcement came Wednesday after the San Francisco mayor banned gatherings of 1,000 or more people.___2:30 p.m. ——-4:40 p.m.NCAA President Mark Emmert says NCAA Division I basketball tournament games will be played without fans in the arenas because of concerns about the spread of coronavirus.Emmert said in a statement Wednesday he made the decision to conduct both the men’s and women’s tournaments, which begin next week, with only essential staff and limited family in attendance.___ The NCAA announced that only family and essential personnel would attend the “March Madness” tournament games that begin next week around the country, including in Greensboro. After the NCAA’s announcement, the Big 12 and Big Ten — which were opening play in their league tournaments Wednesday — made similar calls to keep out fans with Thursday’s games.–Reporting by Aaron Beard.___7:10 p.m.The Big 12 and Big Ten basketball tournaments will proceed without fans beginning with Thursday’s games, following the lead of the NCAA Tournament in barring anybody but family and essential personnel. Each conference started Wednesday’s tournament games with fans in attendance. The Blue Jackets announced their game Thursday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins would be limited “to home and visiting club personnel, credentialed media and broadcast partners, essential club and arena staff and NHL officials. The games will be closed to the public.”The decision comes in response to Ohio Gov. DeWine’s announcement that he is issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings,” include a ban on spectators at sports events.The Blue Jackets said the new restrictions for home games will be in effect for as long as the state of Ohio’s mandate on large gatherings.— Reporting by Mitch Stacy—— The Mariners say they are working with the commissioner’s office on alternative plans.Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday announced a ban on all large gatherings in the three counties of the Seattle metro area through at least the end of March.That decision affects the Seattle Mariners’ first seven games of the season, when they host the Texas Rangers and Minnesota Twins. It also applies to home games for the MLS Seattle Sounders, XFL Seattle Dragons and a pair of junior hockey teams in the area.The restrictions do not include Spokane, where NCAA Tournament games are scheduled to take place next week. The men’s first and second rounds are being played at the Spokane Arena, while early rounds of the women’s tournament could end up being played on campus at Gonzaga.___ The Princeton, New Jersey-based league says the decision by member university presidents to scrap all practices and competitions was unanimous.The Ivy League says individual institutions may still decide whether winter sports teams or athletes who’ve qualified for postseason play may continue to participate.——5:25 p.m.Baylor men’s basketball coach Scott Drew says it’s “sad” that college coaches and players in the NCAA Tournament won’t get to experience the excitement that a fan presence adds to the games. The Overwatch League launched an ambitious home-and-away schedule for its 20 franchises in February but already had postponed all events in China and South Korea due to the outbreak. The league announced the latest cancellations in a statement Wednesday.The league’s players come from countries around the globe. OWL says it is “considering the various options available to esports.”Blizzard Entertainment, which operates the Overwatch and Call of Duty Leagues, said scheduling considerations also are being addressed for the latter.——4:10 p.m. 4:30 p.m.NASCAR and IndyCar plan to race as scheduled this weekend, with IndyCar continuing to move ahead with its season-opening race through the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.The three-day downtown street festival draws about 130,000 people. There will be additional hand-washing and sanitizing stations.NASCAR will race at Altanta Motor Speedway, but said officials Wednesday all driver interviews will be done with the drivers either on risers or with 6-foot buffers around them. The pre-race driver meeting will be held in open-air locations and attendance will be restricted to drivers, crew chiefs, team owners and select officials and dignitaries.The promoters of the Long Beach Grand Prix, scheduled for April outside of Los Angeles, said Wednesday the race is still planned. Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said he will be issuing an order regarding “mass gatherings” due to the coronavirus that will affect NCAA Tournament games in Cleveland and Dayton.DeWine says the order will include banning spectators from games and that he’ll be asking people to make “informed decisions.”During a news conference Wednesday, DeWine said he will issue an order in the next 24 to 36 hours. Dayton will host the NCAA’s First Four next week at Dayton Arena, and first- and second-round games will be held in Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.“The order will be that there cannot be spectators there,” DeWine said. “There certainly will be people — there will be TV people, there can be radio people there, there can be sports writers, certainly can be the media there. But we’re not going to have the large crowd.”DeWine applauded the Mid-American Conference for closing its tournament games to the general public this week. Connecticut has canceled the remainder of its winter sports seasons as well as state tournaments.Boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments in New York and Pennsylvania have been disrupted because several schools have declined to host games, forcing them to be rescheduled.– Reporting by Eric Olson——3:45 p.m. San Francisco is banning all large gatherings of more than 1,000 people for the next two weeks and the Golden State Warriors intend to play at least one home game without fans.Mayor London Breed announced the ban Wednesday. She says she understands the order “is disruptive, but it is an important step to support public health.” She says the Warriors are in support of the efforts, and the team announced it would host the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday night with no fans, making it the first NBA game set to be played in an empty arena.The Warriors’ next home game after that is March 25 against Atlanta.Golden State also said all events through March 21 would be canceled or postponed. The G League Santa Cruz Warriors were set to host the Austin Spurs on Saturday, but that will be moved to Santa Cruz.Fans will receive refunds, the team said. ——2:45 p.m.The Fed Cup finals have been postponed indefinitely in response to concerns about the spread of the new coronavirus. The 12-team women’s tennis tournament was set to be played April 14-19 in Budapest, Hungary. The International Tennis Federation said it still hopes to stage the event in 2020, but did not announce a date. The Fed Cup serves as a qualifying event for the Olympics and the ITF said it “is working closely with the IOC to address any impact this may have on athlete eligibility” for the Tokyo Games. The director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases told a congressional committee Wednesday that he would recommend the NBA not allow fans at games in response to the coronavirus.That answer by Dr. Anthony Fauci came hours before NBA owners are scheduled to meet to discuss the next steps in responding to the growing concern about the virus.Fauci was responding to a question from Rep. Glenn Grothman, a Wisconsin Republican, during a meeting of the House Oversight Committee. Grothman asked, “Is the NBA underreacting or is the Ivy League overreacting?” He was referencing how the Ivy League recently canceled its basketball tournaments, instead of having them played without fans in attendance or keeping the status quo.“We would recommend that there not be large crowds,” Fauci said. “If that means not having any people in the audience when the NBA plays, so be it. But as a public health official, anything that has crowds is something that would give a risk to spread.” March 11, 2020 Brignone becomes the first Italian women’s overall champion in the 53-year history of the World Cup.Shiffrin, the defending overall champion, had announced earlier Wednesday that she would compete at the event after taking a six-week break from the sport following the death of her father.During her absence, Shiffrin lost her lead in the overall standings to Brignone, who is 153 points ahead of the American. There would have been a total of 300 points up for grabs in the last three races.The International Ski Federation announced the cancellation less than 24 hours before the first race, Thursday’s parallel giant slalom.Next week’s World Cup finals for both women and men in Cortina d’Ampezzo already had been canceled because of the virus outbreak in northern Italy. — Reporting by Janie McCauley——2:05 p.m.The Mariners will move home games from Seattle through end of March following the state of Washington’s decision to ban large group events in response to the coronavirus outbreak.Seattle had been scheduled to open the season at Safeco Field with a four-game series against Texas from March 26-29, then host Minnesota in a three-game series from March 30 through April 1. Going forward, Big 12 teams will be allowed 125 tickets on a game-by-game basis beginning with Thursday’s quarterfinals at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri. The arena will be cleared after each game. The tickets will go to guests of student-athletes and staff members, but pep bands, cheerleaders and dance teams won’t be allowed.At the Big Ten tourney in Indianapolis, attendance starting Thursday will be limited to student-athletes, coaches, event staff, essential team and conference staff, TV network partners, credentialed media and immediate family members of the participating teams.The Big 12 policy also will be in place for its women’s tournament, which begins Thursday night in Kansas City.“The attempt is to absolutely minimize the number of people here but still find a way to conduct events and actually get the opportunity to play games,” Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsy said.— Reporting by Dave Skretta The World Figure Skating Championships set for next week in Montreal have been canceled due to public health concerns related to the spread of the new coronavirus.Quebec Province Health Minister Danielle McCann made the announcement Wednesday.The event was scheduled to bring nearly 200 skaters from more than 50 countries to Montreal. It is the premier competition of the skating season in non-Olympic years. It is scheduled for Stockholm next year.On Saturday, the Women’s World Hockey Championships in Nova Scotia were called off.—— The NCAA didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.— Reporting by Josh Dubow___1:20 p.m.One of college basketball’s postseason invitational tournaments has been canceled. 1:35 p.m.Stanford is still willing to host the NCAA women’s basketball tournament with a strict limit on spectators if selected to do so next week.The school in Northern California said Wednesday that all sporting events on campus will be closed to the public through May 15 or until further notice in response to the spread of the new coronavirus.Only participants, coaches, working staff, officials, credentialed media and a very limited number of family members, friends and guests of the competing teams will be allowed to attend. Santa Clara County announced a ban earlier this week of gatherings of more than 1,000 people.The seventh-ranked Cardinal were expected to be picked as a host for the tournament that starts March 20. The top 16 teams are picked as hosts of the opening two rounds. All playoff matches between lower-ranked teams, which were set to be played in eight locations around the world, were also postponed. ITF President David Haggerty said “we are extremely disappointed to have to make this decision, but we will not risk the safety and welfare of players, captains, event staff or spectators.” The Fed Cup finals features a new format this year with 12 teams competing in four groups before a knockout phase. The United States is set to play Spain and Slovakia in Group C.——2:35 p.m.
REIGNING British F4 Champion and Barbadian Zane Maloney reset the qualifying record for the Radical SR3 Caribbean Cup during the first of the two-day Clash of Champions race meet at the South Dakota Circuit..The Barbadian produced a 32.748-second time to eclipse his uncle Mark Maloney’s time set last year.He will line up alongside Trinidad’s Luke Bhola, with Guyana’s Krisitan Jeffrey third on the grid.Kristian Boodoosingh will start fourth on the grid ahead of championship leader and Jamaican William Myers.On a rainy Saturday in Guyana, the SR3 was one of the few classes to run their qualifying on a dry track.Elsewhere, Ahmed Esuf of Barbados will start group two on pole ahead of Shan Seejattan, Chet Singh and Trinidad’s Aaron Achan.A wet weather qualifying meant that drivers had to negotiate puddles of water with times truly not reflective of their pace.Steven Vieira leads the 125cc bikes.Group three will see Barbados Suleman Esuf start on pole ahead of Kevin Deodass, Keith Evelyn and Syed Hassan and Allan Da Silva.In the Group Starlet Cup, Deodass, Hassan and Da Silva will start in that order.For the group four, Barbadian Mark Maloney registered the fastest time of 36.585 seconds, ahead of Guyana’s Andrew King and Christopher Lall and while Kristian Jeffrey did participate in that session, his transponder did not record a time.His dashboard time, however, was registered at 35.15 and the clerk of the course will make a decision this morning as to whether they will accept the time or not.In the Superbike event, Team Mohamed’s Dan Lindfoot will start on pole ahead of his team mate Harry Truelove followed by Matthew Vieira and Nikhil Seereeram.Richard Cooper, the other Team Mohamed’s rider aboard the supersport bike, registered the second best time of the day, behind Lindfoot.Meanwhile in the four races held yesterday, Narine Dasrat won the first Street Tuner event, Raymond Seebarran picked up the Sport Tuner win, Steven Vieira secured the 125cc class and Dwayne Caesar topped the Street Bike class.More racing action is set to begin from 09:00hrs today with adults being charged $2 000 for entry and kids $1 000.
In his first year as head coach, Todd Yeagley has given the Badgers a chance for 1st place in the Big Ten.[/media-credit]Despite just a 6-6-2 overall record, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team sits in first place in the Big Ten. Even after starting 0-2 in the conference, the Badgers have won their last three Big Ten games and lead the league with nine points.Wisconsin got an important three points by beating No. 25 Ohio State 2-0 at home Sunday. The Buckeyes’ previous conference game was against second place Penn State, where OSU came away with a 2-1 victory.The Badgers’ early season goals of contending for a conference title and making the NCAA tournament seemed a long shot after starting 3-6-2. However, starting with a 2-1 overtime victory over Michigan State, Wisconsin is 4-1 in its last five games.“First off, just want to say that we’re very proud of the group right now and how we’ve bounced back from some adversity the early part of the season with some tough losses against some quality opposition,” Wisconsin head coach Todd Yeagley said. “But we really challenged this group these last eight games to raise every standard that we asked of them, and they have really responded, and it’s shown obviously in the results and the performance.”Wisconsin still has a likely must-win game against Penn State Saturday if it wants to win the conference. Penn State and Northwestern are tied for second place with seven points and two games to play. If either the Nittany Lions or Wildcats win their last two Big Ten Games, they would leapfrog the Badgers for the conference title.For now, Yeagley is trying to stay focused on what his own team has to do down the stretch.“That said, we have three very difficult matches left. We’re at the top of the Big Ten, which again we’re very proud of, and we need to continue to push forward,” he said. “But again, I’m just very pleased with the growth and the leadership that this group with quite a few seniors has provided our team.”Big Ten ParityWhile UW currently holds a two point lead in the Big Ten standings, five other teams are just one win away from tying the Badgers for first place.Michigan is the only team completely eliminated from winning the conference, while reigning champ Michigan State would need a lot of help from other teams. Interestingly, the Spartans and Wolverines finished first and second in the Big Ten in 2008. Indiana, Northwestern, Ohio State and Penn State still have two games to play and could all tie or take the lead from Wisconsin depending on how the season played out.Yeagley admitted a little surprise as to how even the Big Ten has been this year, but said the parity wasn’t shocking.“I think, amongst the coaching peers, I think we all felt it was going to be a tight year. Indiana, player for player, has the most talent in the league. However, they’ve stumbled as of late,” Yeagley said. “And the other results week to week, it’s really up for grabs.”Already Wisconsin has improved on its 1-4-1 conference record from 2008, when it finished last in the Big Ten. Yeagley is cautiously optimistic about UW’s chances to claim its first Big Ten regular season title in over a decade.“And you know, from the beginning, some of the folks that follow our sport well … said that the winner of the conference very well could be 4-2. And we’re sitting in a situation where we’re one result away from a 4-2 record,” Yeagley said. “And whatever that gives us in the Big Ten we’ll certainly be proud of. But with some help, we never know what, where things can end up here a week from now.”