The Latest: Juventus says forward Paulo Dybala healthy again

first_imgThe money provides charity workers helping those at risk with protective equipment such as surgical masks, goggles, gloves, gowns, gels and thermometers.The Parc des Princes has been operating as a support base for the charity in the Greater Paris region.PSG says club volunteers have helped charity staff “make, assemble and store hygiene kits and health equipment for those most at risk.” More than 2,000 people have benefited from hygiene and household kits.PSG president Nasser al-Khelaïfi says the charity’s “wide-ranging work in many fields is more essential than ever.”___ Real Madrid players Gareth Bale, Luka Modric and Karim Benzema arrived without masks like most of their teammates.The training centers of all clubs were disinfected in the last couple of days. All players and members of the coaching staff are going to be tested for COVID-19 before training can resume.Players will initially train individually. The league wants a training period of about a month before it can restart in empty stadiums. It hopes to resume sometime in June.___Paris Saint-Germain has donated 100,000 euros ($108,000) to the Action Against Hunger charity amid the coronavirus pandemic. May 6, 2020 Two more international golf tournaments for amateurs have been canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The International Golf Federation says the World Amateur Team Championships for men and women — scheduled over two weeks in October in Singapore — have been scratched. The tournament dates to 1958. It was moved in February from Hong Kong because of social unrest.The World Amateur Team is held every other year. The IGF decided not to postpone it until 2021 because of the effect it would create with scheduling problems. It next will be played in France in 2022.Also, the R&A says it has postponed until next year the inaugural Women’s Amateur Latin America Championship. It was scheduled for Sept. 3-6 in Buenos Aires. It now is scheduled for Sept. 2-5 in 2021.___ The Spanish soccer federation is proposing an end to this season’s women’s league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The proposal is expected to be approved by the federation’s board on Thursday.Barcelona was leading the competition at the time it was suspended in March and will be declared champion.No teams will be relegated but the top two from the second division will be promoted.There will be no relegation in the third and fourth divisions but the promoted clubs will come from the winners of playoff matches played without fans. Juventus issued a brief statement Wednesday saying that Dybala’s two latest tests came back negative for COVID-19. The club says Dybala has “therefore recovered and will no longer be subjected to the home isolation regime.”It was reported last week that Dybala was still positive for the disease after several weeks of tests.Juventus and most of the other Serie A clubs are resuming training this week on an individual basis before full team training restarts on May 18.___The New Jersey Devils are donating 10,000 tickets for next season to health care workers with RWJBarnabas. ___The Croatian soccer federation says it wants to restart the season on May 30 with the cup semifinals.The country’s 10-team league is set to resume with all games in empty stadiums on June 6 amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Croatian federation is led by former player and UEFA executive committee member Davor Suker. It says final approval must come from public authorities. Lower-level leagues will not be completed.Dinamo Zagreb leads the league by 18 points over Rijeka with 10 matches remaining. The Latest: Juventus says forward Paulo Dybala healthy again The league says “the working group’s proposals will be presented to the Pro League clubs at the general assembly on May 15.”Club Brugge stands to be awarded the title and qualify for next season’s Champions League if the advice is confirmed. Brugge is currently 15 points ahead of second-place Gent with one game to go before the season-ending playoffs.___The Russian anti-doping agency plans to resume testing this month.CEO Yuri Ganus says testing will start again in the last 10 days of May with a “balanced, selective and focused” approach as the agency tries to make up for a lengthy stoppage. The earliest the league can resume is May 16. The German soccer league is to hold a general meeting with the country’s 36 professional clubs in the top two divisions via video link on Thursday.The Bundesliga was suspended with nine rounds remaining on March 13. The clubs had committed to finishing the season by the end of June.___Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes says all sporting competitions in the country will remain suspended until July 31 because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Belgian soccer league says it will respect the national security council’s decision. The league recommended last month ending its season with the current standings declared final. The Devils also promised to donate two extra tickets for every season ticket member and plan holder who use credits they earned this year for next year.The NHL team plans to use social media to honor front-line workers fighting the COVID-19 pandemic in New Jersey and across the country. The tribute is called “Stick Taps at 7” and will be broadcast at 7 p.m. It will include videos of players, alumni, coaches, management, front office staff and others saluting doctors, nurses and health care workers.RJWBarnabas Health is a sponsor of the Devils.The owners of the team previously donated money and medical supplies to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund. Josh Harris and David Blitzer are the managing partners of the Devils.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Juventus has announced that forward Paulo Dybala has recovered from the new coronavirus. Inter Milan has postponed the return of its players to the training field because not everyone on the team has been tested for the coronavirus.Serie A players are set to resume practice this week under a strict set of guidelines amid the pandemic and Inter was slated to restart on Wednesday.But Inter’s Suning Center remains closed and is now expected to reopen at the end of the week.Inter’s team doctor was one of three Serie A physicians who were hospitalized with the virus.Most of the other Italian league clubs are resuming training on an individual basis this week before full team training restarts on May 18. A decision on this year’s U.S. Open is expected in June.___German Chancellor Angela Merkel says the Bundesliga can resume this month amid the coronavirus pandemic.Merkel announced a loosening of a range of containment measures after meeting with the country’s 16 state governors. Pressure to relax the rules had been growing as the rate of daily infections in the country has dropped.Soccer in the country’s top two divisions will be able to resume without spectators and with a range of other conditions designed to prevent another outbreak. Players will be tested and teams will also have to spend time in quarantine before games can restart. ___The head of the Australian Open says various contingency plans are being considered for the Grand Slam tournament scheduled for January 2021. They include scrapping it altogether because of the coronavirus pandemic or allowing just spectators from the host country.Tennis Australia CEO Craig Tiley tells the Australian Associated Press that the “worst-case scenario” is no tournament at all next year.Tiley is the Australian Open’s tournament director. He says organizers have “modeled everything” and tells AAP “our best-case scenario at this point is having an AO with players that we can get in here with quarantining techniques and Australian-only fans.”More than 30 sanctioned tennis tournaments have been postponed or canceled so far because of the COVID-19 outbreak. The French Open was moved from May to September and Wimbledon was called off entirely for the first time in 75 years. Associated Press Four clubs are in contention for the runner-up spot and a place in the qualifying rounds of the Champions League.___Soccer players in Spain are going back to their team’s training camps for the first time since the country entered a lockdown nearly two months ago because of the coronavirus outbreak.Players for Barcelona, Real Madrid and other clubs arrived for medical tests and to start preparing for the return to training this week.The majority did not wear masks or gloves. Lionel Messi and Luis Suárez were among those without masks when they drove into Barcelona’s training center. Antoine Griezmann, Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic had masks on. Aston Villa chief executive Christian Purslow says Premier League clubs have yet to settle on protocols to ensure a safe return to playing during the coronavirus pandemic.The league is trying to find a way to resume in June but group practice sessions have not yet started.Purslow tells talkSPORT radio that “we haven’t got to the crucial protocols that relate to actually playing football. Until we crack the code of making our great contact sports safe then the conversation we’re having is hypothetical.”Aston Villa has joined Brighton and West Ham in expressing public opposition to the current “Project Restart” plan that would see all remaining games played at neutral stadiums.Purslow says “we have six home games left to play so any Villa fan would agree that giving up that advantage is a massive decision for somebody running Aston Villa and I certainly wouldn’t agree to that unless the circumstances are right.” The Turkish soccer league plans to resume on June 12, finish its season by the end of July and host the Champions League final in Istanbul in August.Turkey suspended its soccer, basketball and volleyball leagues because of the coronavirus outbreak on March 20.Turkish soccer federation president Nihat Ozdemir says “we are aiming to end the season on July 26 by playing seven weekends and one weekday game.”Ozdemir says the games will be played without spectators and the Turkish health ministry and its scientific advisory council will determine the conditions and guidelines under which the games will go ahead.___ Testing was suspended at the end of March when Russian President Vladimir Putin asked people to stay home unless they were working in designated essential sectors.Ganus says that during the stoppage “we have been carrying out all the work of a national anti-doping agency except for the testing.” That covers areas such as education, investigations and planning for future tests.Anti-doping work worldwide has come to a near-standstill during the coronavirus pandemic. That has raised fears that some athletes could take advantage and cheat.The Russian agency issued staff with disinfectant wipes and face masks before the stoppage and also offered athletes masks to wear while being tested.___ Villa is in next-from-last place in the Premier League and two points from safety with 10 games remaining.___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 6last_img read more

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Local Elections 2019: John O’Donnell set to top the poll in Milford

first_imgKilmacrennan-based Councillor John O’Donnell looks set to top the poll in the Milford area.Independent Councillor O’Donnell said recently that ‘the electorate of the Milford area will be the judges of my record on May 24th – and tally figures indicate that he’s set to lead the way.O’Donnell has taken 24 per cent of the vote, with over 1,600 first preferences – with boxes in Kilmacrennan and Termon, his strongholds, still to be tallied. Fianna Fáil’s Liam Blaney is set to be comfortably returned to Lifford. Blaney has over 1,533 first preferences and there seems an intriguing battle set to develop for the last seat in the new three-seat area.Sitting Independent Councillor Ian McGarvey appears to be in a race with Fine Gael’s Eimer Friel and Sinn Féin’s Maria Doherty.Follow our LIVE Blog on the 2019 Donegal Local Elections via the link below LIVE: Donegal Daily Local Elections 2019 – follow our updatesLocal Elections 2019: John O’Donnell set to top the poll in Milford was last modified: May 26th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare 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:2019 local electionsDonegal County CouncilJohn O’Donnellkilmacrennanlast_img read more

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The Deets: The real meaning of 49ers-Ravens

first_img“There’s no best team in football right now. They decide that in February.”No question, the … Lucky us, we’re getting a highly possible Super Bowl preview on the first day of December.The Ravens and Lamar Jackson look unstoppable. The 49ers have been dominating. Sunday, they meet in Baltimore.It’s easy to go overboard with the hype for this game — unstoppable force vs. the immovable object and all that jazz.But I liked what Ravens coach John Harbaugh said about the contest Tuesday:last_img

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Brain Compensates for Eye Movements

first_imgYour eyes are continually jumping in little movements called saccades, yet your brain interprets the view as a steady image.  How can that be?  Scientists at the University of Pittsburgh are on the track of finding out “why our shifty eyes don’t drive us crazy.”  They’ve discovered that the signal that sends a command to the eye to jump also sends a compensatory signal to the receiving neurons to shift accordingly.  The circuit is thus complete, and your mind is not even aware of the jumpy eyeballs.  Saccades keep the object of attention centered for high-acuity processing (11/24/2005) and also protect individual rods and cones from saturation (03/29/2002).    That’s not all.  The scientists say the results of this study will “also provide a framework for studying corollary discharge in other sensory systems, such as hearing: Even when you move your head around, you still hear sounds around you as coming from the same place.”Though the study was conducted on primates and humans, undoubtedly this is a widespread phenomenon in the animal kingdom.  It probably works similarly, for instance, in birds that bobble their heads as they walk, enabling them to get a smooth picture that maximizes static views during forward motion (see 04/12/2004).    Studies like this remind us that the optical design of the eyeball, amazing as it is, is just part of a much vaster sensory network.  Vision would be useless without the cooperation of signals, neurons, software and muscles, blood, repair mechanisms, and linkages to all the other systems of the body.    The eyeball gave Darwin cold shudders, but that was with his coat on.  Piece by piece, with each new revelation, his theory has had to shed its cloak of explanatory power.  There’s not much left.  That’s why he is resorting to hot air to try to keep warm (10/27/2006).(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Put Foot is putting African children on the road to success with new shoes

first_imgA South African charity is taking on the challenge of making sure underprivileged children across the continent have at least one good pair of shoes.The Put Foot Foundation, founded by former Springbok rugby player Bob Skinstad, makes sure rural underprivileged children across South Africa and the rest of Africa receive a good quality pair of shoes. (Image: Put Foot Foundation)CD AndersonThe Put Foot Foundation, a proudly South African public beneficiary organisation (PBO) and non-profit charity, was founded by former Springbok rugby player Bob Skinstad. It is dedicated to giving hope, pride and dignity to underprivileged rural children through owning their own pair of new, quality school shoes.The organisation believes that shoes are symbolic of pride and give confidence to young people so that they can walk to school in comfort and confidence.Volunteers on the road during the 2017 Put Foot Rally that donates pairs of shoes to children across Southern Africa. (Image: Put Foot Foundation)In its mission statement, the organisation explains that “shoes are also a vital protection barrier between our children’s tiny soles and Africa’s rough and unforgiving terrain”.Together with his co-founders, social entrepreneur Daryn Hillhouse and digital communications expert Mike Sharman, Skinstad says the organisation is focused on addressing the needs of rural areas in South Africa and across the rest of Africa that have been overlooked by other charities and NGOs.“We believe that there is no greater experience than providing our donors with the opportunity to experience the impact that their donations have made possible. That is why we invite and strongly encourage our donors to take part in the life-changing experience of gifting a brand-new pair of school shoes to a young, underprivileged child,” Skinstad writes on the Put Foot website.During its annual Put Foot Rally across Southern Africa, volunteers deliver thousands of shoes to rural school children. In June 2017, the Rally visited communities in South Africa, Namibia and Zambia, delivering over 2,000 pairs of shoes; 500 children in Otjiwarongo, Namibia each received a pair of unique Shoes That Grow footwear.(Image: The Shoe That Grows website)Shoes That Grow, invented by American Kenton Lee, is a sandal-type shoe that can be adjusted for size and comfort, and grow with the children’s feet, lasting up to five years. Lee works with a number of international charities to distribute shoe donations to Ecuador, Haiti and countries across Africa.Meanwhile, Put Foot is also edging closer to its 2017 goal of raising R1-million, which will mean more rallies around Africa and more shoes for the continent’s children.Put Foot volunteer Brent Lindeque took part in a recent Put Foot rally in Zambia: “I met Audrey, an 8-year-old who had never owned a new pair of shoes. Every single piece of clothing she had ever worn was a hand-me-down or second-hand donation that had been given to her … [we] got to give Audrey her first pair of new shoes ever. Fighting back the tears she smiled and told me that one day she would make enough money to give underprivileged kids the things that she hasn’t been able to afford in her life.”CliffCentral radio personality Lindeque runs the feel-good news website, Good Things Guy.“Those who can afford it,” Lindque writes on his website, “take shoes for granted … but these kids don’t have that choice and to see the joy they get from a simple act of kindness is too good not to share.”In addition to their shoe donations, Put Foot is involved in wildlife conservation, particularly rhino protection. The group has donated more than R500,000 for the protection of Africa’s most endangered animals, including rhinos, the Hartmann’s mountain zebra and the African wild cat.Put Foot also helps other Section 18A organisations with similar objectives, including Habitat for Humanity and corporate fundraising.But the main focus is on getting those shoes on feet, and the organisation is continually seeking out donations and volunteers to help sustain its success. No contribution is too small, says Put Foot, which welcomes individual and organisation donations.For more information on the work of Put Foot and to find out how you can help, visit the official Put Foot website and join the conversation on its social media pages on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, where you can also watch video of the Put Foot volunteers in action. Source: Put Foot Foundation, Good Things GuyWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Not thinking about retirement yet: Ignace Tirkey

first_imgHe may be the oldest Indian to take the hockey field at the London Olympics and considered surplus to requirements for the three upcoming tournaments, but veteran full-back Ignace Tirkey is not ready to call it a day yet and is targeting the big events coming up in 2014.Before the Olympic Qualifier in the Capital earlier this year, Ignace -who was also part of the 2004 Athens Games squad -had indicated that he would like to have another shot at the Olympics before retiring.However, the 31-year-old seems to have had a change of heart despite being told that he is not in contention for the teams to be picked for the Lanco International nine-a-side Super Series, FIH Champions Trophy and the Asian Champions Trophy.”I am not thinking about retirement yet. In fact, I am looking forward to 2014 which will have three major events -the World Cup, the Commonwealth Games and the Incheon Asiad,” Ignace told Mail Today on Tuesday.”If I am fit, I will like to play in those tournaments.It all depends on the condition in which my body will be at that time.” After India’s 12th-place finish at the London Games, veterans such as Ignace, goalkeeper Bharat Chetri and forward Tushar Khandker did not find a place when the probables list was trimmed from 48 to 33.Ignace, who has left the national camp in Patiala for his hometown Ranchi, said he will now concentrate on performing well in domestic tournaments.”In a few days’ time, I will go to Kolkata to play in the Beighton Cup. I will also play in the Nehru and Shastri hockey tournaments,” the armyman said.”There are no major international tournaments in 2013, but I am gearing up for the first edition of the Hockey India League.” Ignace has been dogged by a groin injury of late and though it is much better now, he believes it would have played a role in the selectors asking him to take a break.”I am undergoing continuous treatment on it and am 70 per cent ok. However, that may not be enough for the level of fitness required. I did not do much practice during the break after the Olympics. I will continue with my rest and recuperation in the coming weeks,” he said.Ignace believes it is the right time to test youngsters for the future.”The selectors wanted to try out the new boys so they gave rest to a few of us.” His longtime teammate Khandker also believed that the omission did not mean the end of the road for them.”It is very important to groom youngsters and find out who can be part of the team when the big events come in 2014 and 2016,” the forward told Mail Today. “As far as my future is concerned, I am confident that can make it back to the national team soon. In the meantime, I will continue playing all the domestic tournaments to prove that I have still got what it takes to succeed at the top level,” Khandker added.advertisementlast_img read more

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The SEC Made A Ridiculous Amount Of Money In 2014

first_imgSEC Logo in blue background.SEC Logo MoneyLife is good down south – down in the SEC, specifically. According to ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, the SEC made $455 million in 2014, a probable record for revenue among college football conferences. It’s a massive jump in revenue from 2013, when the league made $314.5 million, second that year to the Big Ten, which made $318 million. The conference can thank its new TV network, the SEC Network, for most of the big jump in revenue. That means each school gets a nice $31.07 million gift. SEC will distribute $31.07M per school in revenue, sources told @ESPN. League made record $455M past year— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 29, 2015The conference made nearly twice as much as the Big 12.SEC made $455M in revenue, Big 12 “little north of $250M” past year, sources told @ESPN— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) May 29, 2015College football’s strongest conference in recent seasons now has more money to play with.last_img read more

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