The Latest: PBR returns with closed event in Oklahoma

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Professional Bull Riders returned from a 41-day break Saturday night in Guthrie, Oklahoma, for an Unleash The Beast event scheduled for Las Vegas. The Latest: PBR returns with closed event in Oklahoma ___When the NFL draft ended Saturday, Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores took a moment to remember two mentors who died from the coronavirus.Flores said he looked up to Mike Hankins and Myles Coker when he was growing up in Brooklyn, and he’s a friend of their sons.“This pandemic has hit close to home for me,” Flores said. “It was a loss for everyone. If you spent time with either guy – Mike Hankins or Myles Coker – I feel like I was better for it, certainly.”___ Associated Press The competition at Lazy E Arena was closed to fans to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.Taylor Toves of Stephenville, Texas, topped the 41 cowboys in the first round of the two-day event, scoring 89.5 points on Biker Bob. He joined Chandler Bownds as the only right-handed riders to reach the 8-second whistle atop Biker Bob in the bull’s 45 outings.Ezekiel Mitchell of Rockdale, Texas, was second with an 89 on Soup In a Group.Points leader Jose VItor Leme of Brazil, also returning from broken ribs, had an 86.5-point ride. The PBR also plans to stage two-day events at the Lazy E on May 9-10 and 16-17. April 25, 2020 ___Despite high-profile reversals by Liverpool and Tottenham, Norwich has defended its decision to place some non-playing staff on furlough during the coronavirus outbreak.The Canaries are one of only two English Premier League clubs using the scheme. Employees receive 80% of wages from the British government up to 2,500 pounds ($3,000) although, in this instance, Norwich is making up the remaining 20%.Newcastle is the other top-flight club to turn to the job retention program while Liverpool, Tottenham and Bournemouth made U-turns on their decisions to furlough staff following heavy criticism.“The decision we made was in the best interests of the club and its staff. We’ve been very transparent that we’re run in a self-financed manner,” Norwich chief operating officer Ben Kensell told BBC Radio Norfolk. “Ultimately, if we had the available cash flow to not have to take up schemes then, like other football clubs have, we would.” Tajikistan is one of the few countries which has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___Aston Villa players will take a 25% pay cut to help the English Premier League club during the coronavirus outbreak.“First-team players, first-team coaches and senior management have all agreed to defer 25% of their salaries for four months to assist the club during this period of uncertainty with a further review taking place at the end of this period,” club chief executive Christian Purslow said in a statement.It was also announced that a National Health Service trust is to offer maternity care at Villa’s home ground in Birmingham following the success of a similar tie-up with nearby West Bromwich Albion.center_img Government medical officials are involved in the talks about the logistics and health procedures required to allow sports competitions to restart.The Premier League last played a game on March 9 and has plans to try to restart from June 8 once pandemic social distancing regulations are relaxed to allow training to resume for teams and there are sufficient COVID-19 tests available.The national lockdown is currently in place until May 7. Cricket authorities have already said their sport won’t resume until July, but horse racing is currently only suspended until June.British Horseracing Authority chair Annamarie Phelps tweeted Saturday about “very welcome support for the resumption of live sport incl horseracing” from Culture Secretary Oliver Dowden, linking to a front page report from The Sun newspaper about plans for events to be staged again.Dowden updated legislators earlier this week on his talks with sports governing bodies. France is in lockdown until May 11 because of the coronavirus pandemic.It is uncertain if and when the Six Nations matches can be completed.___English Premier League team Chelsea says it will not impose a pay cut on its first-team squad and instead will ask players to continue their support for charities during the coronavirus pandemic.Chelsea also said it will not be furloughing any full-time staff, and casual workers and match day employees are being compensated by the club through to June 30. Last-place Norwich, which has nine games remaining, is reportedly budgeting for a loss of between 18-35 million pounds due to the coronavirus pandemic.___More AP sports: and,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Sandwell and West Birmingham Trust said Villa Park’s North Stand would host weekday clinics for expectant mothers and new parents from Monday.___France rugby player Mohamed Haouas will be free to resume playing after lockdown ends by serving his three-week suspension during it.The prop was suspended for hitting a Scotland player during their Six Nations encounter on March 8 at Murrayfield — the last match to be played in the competition.The French rugby federation says Haouas “can serve this punishment during confinement and can thus play again once the sporting season resumes.” Tajikistan says it’s suspending its soccer season, further reducing the handful of leagues still operating worldwide.The Central Asian nation’s soccer federation says games on Sunday will go ahead as planned before the league is suspended until May 10.The federation says its decision is in line with government measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.The domestic season began on April 4. Games were being played without spectators.Only a few other countries are still staging pro soccer, including Belarus, Nicaragua and Turkmenistan. The Blues have been in negotiations with their players about a salary reduction, reportedly around 10%, in an effort to save money during the current crisis. That is lower than the Premier League’s suggestion of 30% for all clubs but Chelsea has now decided to take a different approach.Highlighting the PlayersTogether initiative launched by Premier League players earlier this month which aims to raise and distribute funds for National Health Service charities, Chelsea told its stars to focus their efforts on other causes.“Representatives of the Chelsea board have recently held extensive talks with the men’s first team to discuss how they can contribute financially to the club during the coronavirus crisis,” a statement on the club website said. “At this time, the men’s first team will not be contributing towards the club financially and instead the board have directed the team to focus their efforts on further supporting other charitable causes.”___The British government is increasing planning with sports bodies about the resumption of events once the coronavirus national lockdown is eased.last_img read more

Experts discuss elections

first_imgPanelists at the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics discussed the predicted results of Tuesday’s midterm elections and urged both political parties to use the watershed change of power as an opportunity for compromise.   Dan Schnur, the chairman of California’s Fair Political Practices Commission and the director of the Unruh Institute, led the panel discussion with Roberto Suro, faculty fellow at the USC Center on Communication Leadership & Policy.They were joined by Hillary Levi. a senior majoring in cinema-television production, and Tessa Madden, a senior majoring in political science.Break it down · Dan Schnur, chairman of the California Fair Political Practices Commission, spoke on a panel at Annenberg on Tuesday night. – Dan Doperalski | Daily Trojan They deliberated on the anticipated Republican takeover of the House of Representatives, wins by the Democratic party in California and the nature of this year’s electoral turnout.   “It appears that Republicans have regained control of the House,” Schnur said. “For those of you on the other side of the aisle, it appears Democrats will maintain control of the Senate.” Suro speculated as to the causes of the nation’s recent electoral volatility.“It could also be a result of the way the media age is developing. It allows for very rapid mobilization around ideas like we’ve never seen before,” Suro said.Utilization of social and digital media by the Obama administration was a key factor in his win, but the panelists were unsure how it factored in this election.“Democrats spent more in this election than Republicans,” Suro said. “And if you look at the demographics of Tea Party voters, they aren’t necessarily the kind of voters you’d reach with digital media.”Levi discussed the idea of a conflict between traditional Republicans and new members.   “What we’re seeing is the changing face of Republican politics, where you have traditionalists who bring a moderate, solutions-oriented attitude to the Hill and those younger, more excited members, like those in the Tea Party, who are dead-set on seeing their message and idea of change come into play,” Levi said.Zach Lindberg, a junior majoring in business administration and political science who identified as Republican, said he was happy with the results of the elections.“I’m ecstatic,” he said. “And I think people will be surprised, because I expect the Republicans will work closely with the president on education and foreign policy issues, but I also think, in terms of the economy, they’ll hold true to their core ideals.”Jafet Santiago, a senior majoring in political science who also identified as Republican, was disappointed with the party’s results in California.“Yeah, I was disappointed,” he said. “I think if you followed the polling, it was always pretty clear that California was going to remain a Democratic stronghold.”Correction: 11/7/10: A previous version of this story identified Hillary Levi as a political science major. Levi is actually a cinema-television production major. This version of the story has been corrected to reflect the change. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.last_img read more

Syracuse looks for improved faceoff performance in 2014

first_img Published on January 7, 2014 at 7:24 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse In his entire 25-minute press conference at Syracuse lacrosse media day on Monday, John Desko threw out just one number.Forty-two.That was his team’s winning percentage on faceoffs a season ago, and he almost acted like he didn’t know it off the cuff.“Obviously the faceoffs we need to — what were we, 42 percent there last year, or whatever it was? We need to get better there,” Desko said.But in all likelihood, it’s a number that’s been running through Desko’s head since his team’s struggles at the X helped Duke peel the national championship trophy out of SU’s hands last May. Now, addressing faceoffs is at the top of Desko’s agenda heading into the season. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“We’ve worked as hard on faceoffs as we ever have,” Desko said. “We may have worked more than we have in the last three years put together as far as looking at technique, film, repetitions and working on things.”Desko said that while he wishes the position was closed, it’s not. Chris Daddio and Cal Paduda are the guys “at this point.”Daddio, a senior midfielder, appeared in 19 games last season and led Syracuse with 115 faceoff wins and 254 attempts. Paduda, a sophomore midfielder, appeared in 13 games and was second on the team with 47 wins and 111 attempts. Desko also mentioned sophomore midfielder Austin Wentworth as a player who could be in the fold. “Those guys have been working so hard on faceoffs,” senior captain Derek Maltz said. “I’m really confident with the way they are working that they can get a lot better there.”But Desko still thinks that the current rules give faceoffs too much importance. In the national championship, Duke’s faceoff specialist Brandon Fowler kept the Blue Devils offense on the field and Desko said the Orange was “handcuffed.”But then he added, through laughter, that he isn’t the one to bring that up in the coaches convention meetings.“Rarely do you see a guy out there who stays in and plays offense. Rarely do you see a guy who stays out there and plays defense,” Desko said. “But now you have a guy who doesn’t play offense or doesn’t play defense but might have the most effect on the outcome of a game.”As Syracuse moves into the Atlantic Coast Conference, problems at the X loom larger than ever. The Orange is No. 2 in Lacrosse Magazine’s Preseason Top 20. Duke is No. 1, North Carolina No. 3, Notre Dame No. 5, Maryland No. 7 and Virginia No. 9. Five ACC teams, not including SU, in the top 10. The Orange’s schedule is ranked the hardest in the country. While Desko used Monday’s press conference to highlight a lot of positives heading into the season, he continually went back to faceoffs as the team’s glaring weakness. Said Desko: “We want to figure out who our people are there as quickly as we can.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more