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The Latest: Tulane looking for new foe for home opener

first_imgThe region of Emilia Romagna has given the circuit permission to open to a maximum of 10,000 fans a day for the doubleheader of the San Marino and Emilia Romagna MotoGP rounds.There will be strict measures in place to protect against the coronavirus, and fans will not be allowed to roam around. The circuit has a capacity of around 110,000 including more than 40,000 in the stands and welcomed approximately 160,000 people across the three-day weekend last year.Organizers say in a statement: “It is a decision that makes us emotional because it also represents a green light for the restart of world sport finally in front of the fans.”The first three MotoGP rounds were held without fans and no spectators will be allowed into the upcoming doubleheader in Austria. Houston Baptist and Central Arkansas are still planning to play non-conference football games after the FCS-level Southland Conference decided Thursday to postpone league games this fall with the intent to explore playing those in the spring.Southland Conference presidents also authorized planning for spring semester championship events for volleyball, soccer and cross country, while allowing schools to participate in limited fall competition if they choose to do so.Houston Baptist plans to honor its existing contracts to play non-conference football games against North Texas, Texas Tech and Louisiana Tech. Central Arkansas intends to play its scheduled opener Aug. 29 against Austin Peay, and a game at Arkansas State.“While not unexpected, it is still a sad day for our fall sport student-athletes,” HBU athletic director Steve Moniaci said. “We are taking measures to ensure they can compete safely in a limited capacity this fall and be prepared should the league resume play and reschedule the championships for the spring.”UCA athletic director Brad Teague said his school was “moving forward with its fall campaign in all sports, playing a reduced schedule.” August 13, 2020 The West Coast Conference has postponed all conference fall competition because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The conference announced the decision on Thursday, saying the “welfare” of the student-athletes was the “guiding principle.”The league says it is working on plans to ensure a safe environment to conduct the 2020-21 WCC men’s and women’s basketball seasons in the winter.The postponement does not preclude schools from scheduling non-conference competitions in low-risk sports in the fall.___ The USTA says the sort of “controlled environment” that will be used for the Western & Southern Open and U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows “would logistically and financially be difficult to create” at the smaller tournaments that are being scrapped.___New Mexico State has postponed its football season because of COVID-19 concerns and state restrictions.The Aggies are the third independent FBS program to decide not to play in the fall, joining Connecticut and Massachusetts. They are the 53rd major college football program overall to opt out. New Mexico State noted it had four games left on its schedule, plus the state of New Mexico has a 14-day quarantine for those traveling into and out of the state. Tom Burnett, commissioner of the Southland Conference, said the board determined that an entire fall sports season wasn’t likely.___Five lower-level tennis tournaments in the United States in September have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.The U.S. Tennis Association — which plans to hold the U.S. Open and another tournament in New York starting Aug. 20 — announced Thursday the cancellations of all ITF World Tennis Tour and ATP Challenger events in other cities around the country next month.Those tournaments are ATP Challengers in Cary, North Carolina, and Columbus, Ohio, and ITF stops in Champaign, Illinois; Fayetteville, Arkansas; and Lubbock, Texas. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Tulane looking for new foe for home opener ___French golfer Alex Levy has been withdrawn from the Celtic Classic, which started on Thursday.Levy came into contact with a friend who has tested positive for the coronavirus, the European Tour said in a statement.The contact happened while Levy was at home in France last weekend. When he arrived at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales on Tuesday, he tested negative. He is showing no symptoms, the tour said, but he has been withdrawn from the tournament as a precaution and must self-isolate for 14 days.___ New Mexico State says it will explore playing football in the spring.“Rival New Mexico has postponed its season as part of the Mountain West’s decision to attempt to play in the spring.New Mexico State competes in the Western Athletic Conference for other sports, and that conference also announced it would not have fall sports this year.___Fans will be allowed into MotoGP races for the first time this season, at the Misano circuit in Italy next month. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Tulane University officials say it’s “actively pursuing” a new opponent for its Sept. 3 home opener after the Southland Conference announced on Thursday it was postponing football and all other fall sports. Tulane had scheduled Southland Conference member Southeastern Louisiana for its season-opener at Yulman Stadium on the Thursday night before Labor Day weekend.The Southland’s decision to postpone fall sports while investigating the possibility of playing in the spring has put the Green Wave’s first game in doubt.Tulane plays in the American Athletic Conference, which for now has maintained its fall football schedule.Tulane was scheduled to play 12 games before the Southland’s decision, which for now has at least temporarily reduced the Green Wave’s 2020 slate to 11 contests.___last_img read more


NTTF Boss Vows to Improve Coaching in Nigeria

first_imgIshaku Tikon Tikon was speaking at the one day strategic meeting he had with coaches to fashion out plans and agree on ways of moving the game forward in the country.He noted that the game of table tennis is dynamic and is advancing regularly with new technology and rules geared towards high performance.The presidemt pleaded for cordial relationship between the administrators, coaches and players alike, saying team work is a far better strength than division.“You will all agree with that table tennis is one of the games in the world that advances regularly with new technology and rules that is geared towards high performance. The coaches are the vehicle that drives the high performance engine.“Recently in collaboration with the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC), I attracted an ITTF level 2 coaching course that took place in Ibadan. I was not happy with the outcome of the course because out of the 15 participants, only three passed the course. I am working assiduously to source for materials that will help you next time. Furthermore, through NOC, I will be pushing for 70 per cent level 1 and 30 per cent level2 courses respectively from ITTF, ” Tikon said.He said the cardinal programme of his administration is to give international spread and exposure to the coaches at international events. He promised to partner with state governments to develop table tennis at the grassroots levels.“One important value of a coach is to produce quality players at all levels that will be integrated into the NTTF pool for further nurturing. The challenge most of you have is the low or zero activities at the local or zonal levels. However, we are planning on how to partner with the various state governments to really develop table tennis at the grassroots level,“ he said.National team coach, Bello Nasiru (Alakoro), commended the NTTF boss for putting together the one day, meeting, saying it will enable the coaches to voice out their minds and chart the way forward for the development of table tennis in the country.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe Nigeria Table Tennis Federation (NTTF), President, Ishaku Tikon, on Tuesday, expressd the commitment of NTTF towards building the capacity of Nigerian table tennis coaches.He said the objective of the federation remains to produce quality players at all levels.last_img read more


Philip Bowcock – William Hill sees international growth as the fix for potential UK downturns

first_img Submit Share UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Share Related Articles Flutter moves to refine merger benefits against 2020 trading realities August 27, 2020 StumbleUpon SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Updating investors on William Hill Plc Trading, Group CEO Philip Bowcock has detailed that the  FTSE bookmaker will move to prioritise expansion within overseas markets in an attempt to combat any potential growth impacts felt from forthcoming UK regulatory increases.William Hill recorded positive results for its 17-week trading period to 24 October, however, Bowcock believes further international growth will plug any gaps in UK revenue triggered by the forthcoming fixed-odds betting terminal (FOBT) restrictions.He said: “We are still predominantly UK-based with UK revenues, and if you think that regulation is only going in one direction then by default you need to start thinking about diversification outside the UK.”The statement also detailed strong US growth, driven by mobile growth, a factor that William Hill will look to build on in 2018. The company is further “looking forward to” the impending Supreme Court decision relating to the relaxing of the laws surrounding sports betting, and a positive result will inevitably further the plans for an extended international footprint.In terms of having the right personnel in place to oversee this growth and transition, as group leader Bowcock speaks with confidence with regards to William Hill’s new executive team and governance, describing leadership as “well set” to deliver on corporate goals, as “the evidence of the last twelve months has proven that”.The Australia ProblemAs detailed in the Q3 trading statement, there was a 5% drop in amounts wagered in Australia – a blight on an otherwise positive quarterly update. Bowcock highlighted the ban on bookmakers offering credit to customers, which came into place at the end of April, as the primary factor for the decline. The Point of Consumption (POC) Tax has also been in place in the state of South Australia since July, and Bowcock notes that William Hill are “working on the assumption” that this will become a nationwide tax by 2019. With that in mind, he describes how the company is “being very careful about investment at this time”, and is deploying a short-term mindset when dealing with this market. Nevertheless, Bowcock dismissed any idea of William Hill abandoning the Australian market completely, noting that “they bet more than anyone else, and that makes it a very interesting place to be”. He summarised by saying “we are comfortable with where we are and we continue to aim to grow”.last_img read more