Press Association They all responded to the challenge superbly on Saturday as the Barclays Premier League leaders thrashed Bournemouth 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium. Sterling scored a hat-trick, Bony grabbed the other two and De Bruyne was influential throughout. De Bruyne said: “More people will look at us because we have lost two great players on the attacking front, but I think the other ones are really good players. “Maybe we don’t have the experience of the other ones but I think we are doing really well together and the more games we will get the more we will know each other and hopefully the better we will do. “It is always a blow when you miss them but we need to maintain our level and try to win without them. “It is not an excuse to say at the Etihad we may lose four games because they are not there. If you want to win titles you have to do with the players what you have. Sometimes it is maybe more difficult but you have to try to win these games.” Another player who might have been asked to step up in such circumstances is Samir Nasri but the Frenchman experienced discomfort on his return from a hamstring injury against Bournemouth. The 28-year-old replaced De Bruyne in the 62nd minute but was troubled in the latter stages and only played until the end because City had used all their substitutes. He now looks doubtful for Wednesday’s Champions League clash with Sevilla. Manager Manuel Pellegrini said: “Nasri had a problem with his hamstring. I think it will be very difficult for him (to play Wednesday). “Unfortunately we knew that he was feeling something after we made the third change, but he didn’t run too much. He stayed in the middle so we’ll see in the next day what happens with him.” City’s most established attacking duo were both injured in the recent international break with star striker Aguero set to be out for at least a month and playmaker Silva a fortnight. The pressure to deliver up front has therefore shifted to the likes of De Bruyne, Raheem Sterling and Wilfried Bony – a trio signed for close to a combined £130million over the past year. Kevin de Bruyne accepts there can be no excuses if Manchester City slip up in the absences of Sergio Aguero and David Silva.
Associated Press Bayern Munich players have returned to training in small groups despite restrictions in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.The decision by the German champions came after some rival clubs made similar moves. Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg have had players train in pairs or small groups.Bayern said Sunday that the training session would “be done in coordination with government policy and the relevant authorities.” The club added that “it goes without saying that all hygiene regulations will be strictly observed.”German league games have been suspended until at least April 30. Clubs and the league have discussed resuming the league without fans and with regular virus tests for players and staff.No German league games have been played since March 8. April 6, 2020 That ensures there will be no play until the end of June at the earliest.The Trophée Hassan II in Morocco from June 4-7 was postponed and the following week’s Scandinavian Mixed tournament in Stockholm was canceled and will now be played in 2021.Eleven tour events have been either postponed or canceled because of the virus outbreak.The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28.___ The Latest: 2 more European Tour golf events called off ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.
By Brian HomewoodPORTO (Reuters) – Former UEFA president Michel Platini always opposed the introduction of technology in football because he felt that, once it gained a foothold, it would quickly expand and change the character of the sport altogether.Football, he warned, was about to open Pandora’s Box.Several years later, the Frenchman may feel he has been proved right by the pervasive use of video assistant referees (VAR).When it initially presented VAR in 2016, soccer’s rule-making body IFAB said the purpose was to stamp out glaring refereeing mistakes such as Diego Maradona’s Hand of God goal in the 1986 World Cup. But, less than 18 months after its introduction, it has turned into what seems a search for refereeing perfection.Matches are now stopped for two to three minutes and goal celebrations put on hold while VAR officials in a room full of television monitors conduct a forensic examination for the slightest hint of contact or offside in the build up. England had two goals disallowed after VAR reviews at the Nations League in Portugal when not even their opponents complained of an infraction.Callum Wilson’s late goal against Switzerland on Sunday was chalked off after VAR spotted that he pushed Manuel Akanji in the buildup while Jesse Lingard’s effort against the Netherlands was ruled out because part of his body was a fraction offside. Similarly, in the women’s World Cup, Griedge Mbock Bathy had a wonderful strike for France disallowed against South Korea because the tip of her foot was ahead of the last defender even though the rest of her body was line.All three decisions were technically correct but was that what VAR was intended for? And were they in the spirit of the offside rule which is designed primarily to stop forwards goal-hanging?When preliminary testing began, IFAB’s technical director David Elleray said that “VAR isn’t designed to end referee mistakes but it’s to deal with those very clear match-changing ones.”As an example, he cited Thierry Henry’s goal, scored after he controlled the ball with his arm, which took France to the 2010 World Cup at Ireland’s expense — hardly the same as a player having their finger three centimetres offside.OBVIOUS ERRORSIn a briefing to reporters earlier this year, UEFA’s refereeing chief Roberto Rosetti said that the incidents were reviewed if they obvious to VAR officials — not simply players, coaches or spectators.Linesmen are now told to keep their flags down when they suspect an offside so the incident can be reviewed in the studio once the move finishes, effectively reducing their role. Sometimes, VAR can be as controversial as a decision taken with the naked eye, such as the penalty awarded to England against Scotland in Sunday’s women’s World Cup match for handball by Nicola Docherty when there seemed no way she could get her arm out of the way. Equally contentious was a penalty given to Switzerland against Portugal in the Nations League for the slightest of tugs on Steven Zuber.Former World Cup final referee Arnaldo Cesar Coelho warned last year that slow motion could make fouls and handballs appear deliberate when they really were not. “Slow motion distorts the incident because it does not always the reflect the intensity of the movement,” he said.The Zuber incident raised another awkward question — when to stop play for a review — after Portugal immediately broke down the other end and were awarded a penalty of their own. Amid huge confusion, Portugal’s penalty was revoked and a spot kick awarded to Switzerland.Portugal coach Fernando Santos suggested that VAR was a good idea — but only if properly used. “I think VAR is important, I think it can help but those who are in charge have to pay attention to this,” he said. “Otherwise we will all start saying that VAR is no good when it could be a really useful tool.”
Last Updated: 18th August, 2020 08:23 IST Florida Opens Practice Short-handed, Mullen Expects Opt-outs Mullen declined to provide names, but the Orlando Sentinel and Sports Illustrated reported that four guys — receivers Kadarius Toney, Trevon Grimes and Jacob Copeland and defensive end Zachary Carter — skipped the session FOLLOW US First Published: 18th August, 2020 08:23 IST WATCH US LIVE Written By Associated Press Television News COMMENT SUBSCRIBE TO US Florida coach Dan Mullen had several players miss the team’s opening training camp practice Monday.Mullen declined to provide names, but the Orlando Sentinel and Sports Illustrated reported that four guys — receivers Kadarius Toney, Trevon Grimes and Jacob Copeland and defensive end Zachary Carter — skipped the session.“We had a couple guys not practice today, but we’ll see how that goes moving forward for us,” Mullen said during a Zoom call with reporters. “But, you know, I wouldn’t be surprised if you have guys opt out. I’m going to support them fully. Really wouldn’t be surprised if we had coaches opt out, to be honest with you. Coaches are at such high risk because of the age group that they’re in.“But we’ll figure it out.”It’s unclear if the players’ absences were related to the coronavirus pandemic. Toney and Copeland expressed concerns earlier this month about playing amid a global health crisis.Toney wrote on Twitter that sitting out “might be the better decision.” Copeland responded that Toney might have the right idea and tweeted, “Health over football,” followed by a thumbs-up emoji.Carter, meanwhile, has supported the #WeAreUnited campaign started by Pac-12 players earlier this month. His father, Frank Carter, told Rivals that his son has significant concerns.“First of all, he’s my son and I support him,” Frank Carter told the recruiting website. “He told me he wants to play, but he just doesn’t feel safe right now. We’ve had a couple friends of the family who’ve passed away from the effects of COVID. Now some players in other conferences are having issues with their heart.“I think all of that is kind of alarming to him. There’s really not enough research or data to give him information that can put his mind at ease, so he’s just taking the cautious route.”The elder Carter also told Rivals something he said he hasn’t shared with his son.“I went through it,” he said. “I was having those night sweats and I couldn’t consume enough liquid to keep me from being dehydrated, so I had to get rushed to the hospital because my wife said I was hallucinating. I didn’t tell Zach any of this stuff.”Two hours after Mullen’s news conference, Grimes posted on Twitter, “Don’t believe everything you read.” He did not elaborate.Florida is scheduled to open Sept. 26 at Mississippi, which is entering its first season under coach Lane Kiffin. The next five weeks will be critical in getting to the opener.Two Power Five conferences — the Big Ten and the Pac-12 — already have postponed their football seasons because of coronavirus concerns.The Gators had 21 players test positive for COVID-19 since returning to campus in late May. They’ve had no positives or anyone quarantined because of exposure over the past four weeks.“Statistically speaking off of that, we’re — off of those numbers — you would think the safe place to be is practicing football and doing organized team activities because that’s where our numbers greatly decreased,” Mullen said. “That’s the information we have now. That’s why I feel comfortable.“I can’t tell you what’s going to happen long-term, but our guys have handled everything really well. I think our medical staff, UF people that have helped our medical staff here within the athletic department, have done an amazing job creating a safe environment for our players and the coaches as well.”The Gators will get another challenge this weekend when students start returning to campus.“We’re going to adapt to whatever happens as we continue to move forward,” Mullen said. “I think it’s the team that’s able to adapt best to whatever situation — there’s a lot of moving parts — and the team that’s able to adapt will end up holding up that national championship trophy at the end of the season.”Image credits: AP LIVE TV
In a very bizarre circumstance, a faction of the Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) involved in a tussle for leadership named a dead referee, Wale Akinsanya, for a top-flight game to be held this Sunday.The dead referee was appointed for the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) game between Warri Wolves and Giwa FC billed to be held in the city of Warri by the NFF faction of Chris Giwa.supersport.com understands that the NFF faction, led by Giwa listed, late Akinsanya in its list of appointments for match officials in a letter dated April 20, 2016 to the League Management Company (LMC), which oversees the running of the top division in Nigeria.The late Akinsanya was appointed for the game alongside Tope Orowole and M Adeleke as assistant referees. Peter Efozia is listed as fourth official and Tunde Oloyede as match commissioner.Unknown to the Giwa NFF faction, the referee passed on January 22 this year during a mandatory Fifa cooper test for referees in Ibadan. – Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Jim Edmonds reported on Wednesday night on his Instagram account that he tested positive for the coronavirus, but he said that he’s now symptom-free.Edmonds, who began his major league career with the Angels, posted a video in which he explained what happened to him after he was hospitalized over the weekend.“Just wanted to drop a quick note,” Edmonds said. “I appreciate everyone who has sent well wishes and wished me the best. I did test positive for pneumonia and test positive for the virus. I am completely symptom-free now and doing really well, so I must have had it for a while before I got tested.”Edmonds, 49, posted on social media on Saturday that he’d undergone tests, but he didn’t report the results until Wednesday.Related Articles Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Edmonds urged people to see a doctor if they have shortness of breath.“Don’t take it lightly,” he said. “Take care of yourself.”A Gold Glove outfielder, Edmonds spent parts of his first seven big league seasons with the Angels. He was then traded to the St. Louis Cardinals, where he spent the next eight years.Since he stopped playing, Edmonds briefly starred with his ex-wife on the Real Housewives of Orange County. He has also worked for the Cardinals as a broadcaster. Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros
Men’s Track Athlete of the Week – Zachary Jewell, Central Arkansas – So. – Mena, Ark.Jewell won the 100m (10.64) and 200m (21.45) while also helping his team to a second-place finish in the 4x100m relay (41.8) at the UCA Spring Opener. Southland weekly award winners are nominated and voted upon by each school’s sports information director. Voting for one’s own athlete is not permitted. To earn honorable mention, a student-athlete must appear on at least 25 percent of ballots. FRISCO, Texas – Central Arkansas sophomore Zachary Jewell and McNeese senior John Lemke are the Southland Conference Men’s Outdoor Track & Field Athletes of the Week, the league announced Tuesday. Southland Athletes of the Week are presented by UniversalCoin.com. Men’s Field Athlete of the Week – John Lemke, McNeese – Sr. – Lake Charles, La.Lemke scored 20 points in Saturday’s Cowboy Relays, taking first place in the triple jump (48-05.25) and was second overall in the long jump (23-09.5) while finishing as the top collegiate competitor. The Cowboys finished first as a team out of 15. Honorable Mention: Kie’Ave Harry, Northwestern State; Cliff Resias, Southeastern Louisiana; Enrique Soto, McNeese. UCA next heads to Memphis, Tenn., this weekend for the Rhodes College Invitational while McNeese travels to UL Lafayette’s Louisiana Classics. Both competitions take place Friday and Saturday. Honorable Mention: Cedric Paul, Northwestern State; Eric Moore, Central Arkansas.
Hiroki Abe, almost certainly says goodbye to the season. The Japanese soccer player suffers a break in the tendon of the right thigh femoral biceps and will be operated next week in Finland. After the intervention, the club will issue a medical statement, but everything indicates that you will not be able to dress short anymore in the remainder of the campaign.The attacker, a fundamental piece for García Pimienta, is the author of four of the subsidiary’s goals this year. He has played 20 games, 16 of them as headline. A stick for him, who suffers the same injury as Ousmane Dembélé, and thus see its projection stopped. Last July, Barcelona made official the signing of Hiroki Abe for a figure over one million euros. At 20, however, he was not yet ready to make the jump to the first team and it was announced that he would play in the subsidiary. He signed for four years and the club showed his total confidence in him by imposing a termination clause of 100 million euros in case of promotion to the first team.
He also stressed that the return to work of soccer professionals “supposes the reactivation of a very relevant economic sector that contributes 1.37% of the GDP (Spanish) and generates 185,000 jobs (in the country) at a time when the economic situation is already the main concern, precipitated by the health crisis. “In accordance with the Return to Training Protocol that LaLiga has drawn up with medical experts, They will begin after a medical examination by the services of the clubs, with solo work for professionals.The document It has been planned from LaLiga with measures that have been agreed with the sports and health authorities with the purpose of guaranteeing the greatest safety for the health of all those involved.These measures contemplate a period of approximately one month with different phases that, in any case, will be subject to the de-escalation process established by the Government.So, together with perceptual medical controls a staggered return to training has been designed It will range from solo training to group exercise prior to the return to the competition scheduled for June. The president of LaLiga, Javier Tebas, assured that the resumption of activity in the clubs continues “a comprehensive protocol to safeguard the health of all involved“and showed his hope in “start playing again in June” and finish the 2019-20 season “this summer”.“Health is paramount, so we have a comprehensive protocol to safeguard the health of everyone involved as we work to restart LaLiga. The circumstances are unprecedented, but we hope to start playing again in June and finish our 19/20 season this summer. To return is to win! “Said Thebes.In a statement released by the League, Thebes referred to the “profound impact” of this crisis and considered that “the return of football is a sign that society is progressing to the new normal.”“It will also bring back an element of life that people in Spain and around the world know and love. “he added.LaLiga confirmed that their clubs return to training this week after the approval by the Ministry of Health of the return to sports training, with a protocol drawn up by the employers and developed by the Higher Sports Council (CSD).