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first_img___Houston Astros pitcher Joe Smith and his wife, TNT sideline reporter Allie LaForce, have started a program to donate meals to medical workers in Ohio and Texas hospitals during the global COVID-19 pandemic.Through Project FRONTLINE the couple is funding the first 250 meals, which will be delivered to Mercy Hospital in Lorain, Ohio, on Wednesday. Another 300-500 meals are going to Harris Health in Houston on Tuesday.LaForce said over the phone from Florida that former Browns Pro Bowl tackle Joe Thomas has donated and the couple has been in contact with Cavaliers forwards Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. about expanding the program.Smith and LaForce are both Ohio natives. Since the NFL’s business year began on March 18, the league has conducted free agency even as team facilities have been shut down and travel has been barred. Its biggest offseason event is the draft, which was scheduled for Las Vegas but now will be done remotely, with ESPN and NFL Network televising the proceedings.— Reporting by AP Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner___The mother of Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has died after contracting the coronavirus.The Premier League club says Dolors Sala Carrió died near Barcelona in the city of Manresa. She was 82. 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.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The league says in a statement that the guideline measure was agreed on by 19 of the 20 clubs. Juventus already reached a similar deal with its players.The league says the agreement is “a common line of action to contain” salaries for “players, coaches and members of first squads.”The reduction is equal to four months of salary but would be reduced to only two months if the current season is completed.The league adds “it remains understood that the clubs will define the agreements directly with their members.”Serie A has been suspended since the government ordered a nationwide lockdown nearly a month ago. Twelve rounds remain along with four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. The Italian Cup semifinals also were interrupted after the first leg. Associated Press The clay-court tournament on Monday announced its plan to go virtual, saying it will involve “the world’s biggest tennis stars squaring off from their own homes.”There will be 150,000 euros (about $160,000) in prize money each for the men’s and women’s events, with the winners deciding how much they want to donate to tennis players who are having a hard time financially without any tournaments to enter. An additional 50,000 euros (about $55,000) will be given to reduce the social impact of the pandemic.The list of players who will “compete” will be released later.The Madrid Open was supposed to be played May 1-10, but the entire European clay circuit was abandoned by the ATP and WTA. Both tours are suspended until at least July 13.Wimbledon was canceled entirely for 2020, while the French Open has been postponed from May until September. World Cup champion France has sent support to hospital workers engaged in the fight against the coronavirus.Kylian Mbappe and Paul Pogba were among the stars in a video released by the French soccer federation expressing their gratitude to the country’s under-pressure health workers.France has been severely hit by the virus with more than 8,000 dead and about 100,000 known infections.Mbappe says “we sing and clap for you.”___ A final decision will be made by the FIFA Bureau. That body includes the presidents of the six regional confederations.UEFA has already determined that competitions in Europe can run beyond the June 30 cut-off for player contracts.Cost-cutting is underway at many clubs and federations to deal with the financial impact of games not being played.___England coach Gareth Southgate has agreed to a 30% pay cut during the coronavirus outbreak. Buffalo Bills general manager Brandon Beane has launched a fundraising campaign to support local charitable groups addressing critical needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.Beane is donating $20,000 to the community’s United Way chapter and providing incentives for Bills fans to get involved.Fans who make a donation to the Western New York COVID-19 Community Response Fund between Monday and April 17 will be eligible to win seven Bills-themed experiences or prizes.The prizes include joining Beane on the phone when the GM submits Buffalo’s first draft pick. Other prizes include a one-on-one Zoom interview with Beane, lunch with the GM, four tickets to Buffalo’s home opener, and a jersey autographed by quarterback Josh Allen.Proceeds will go to the community response fund. The fund aids area food banks and provides resources to health care providers and front-line responders. City says “everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.”Guardiola has coached City since 2016. He previously coached Barcelona and Bayern Munich.___Serie A says it has unanimously decided to reduce player salaries by a third if the season does not resume.The Italian soccer players’ association has not yet signed off on the deal. At least 15 players have tested positive for COVID-19.___FIFA is providing global coordination with competition organizers to provide flexibility to ensure coronavirus-derailed seasons can be completed with as little financial turmoil as possible.FIFA does not set the dates of domestic or continental club competitions but does oversee the implementation of two transfer windows during the year.A FIFA task force has been exploring the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and has backed flexibility in shifting the transfer windows and extending player contracts to allow seasons to be completed. The Latest: Tennis via video game, anyone? Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The 2020 Madrid Open, one of more than 30 professional tournaments canceled or postponed because of the novel coronavirus, is going to be contested April 27-30 by tennis players holding controllers instead of rackets.center_img “We’re hoping people can kick in anything, $10 or $20, for a cause to help people who are putting their lives on the line every single day,” LaForce said.___Formula One race team ROKiT Williams Racing is putting an unspecified number of employees on furlough through the end of May.The team also announced senior management officials and the team’s two drivers, Carlos Sainz of Spain and Lando Norris of Britain, have taken a 20% pay cut that began April 1.“These decisions have not been taken lightly,” the team’s statement read. “However, our aim is to protect the jobs of our staff at Grove (the team headquarters) and ensuring they can return to full-time work when the situation allows.” Beane praised the work being done by doctors, nurses, pharmacists, grocery-store workers and others for putting their health at risk to serve the community.___Dutch national team players, the country’s national soccer association and the sport’s main sponsor will contribute to an 11 million euro ($12 million) fund to support clubs in the Netherlands during the coronavirus pandemic.The Dutch soccer association says players on the men’s and women’s national teams are contributing to the fund to help amateur clubs that have been closed across the country.The country’s 3,000 soccer clubs have 1.2 million players but have seen income such as bar proceeds dry up amid the health crisis. Smolov says he is “very grateful to Celta for its support and I want to emphasize that I informed the club about every step.”Spanish media reported that the 30-year-old Smolov flew home on a private jet for the 18th birthday of Maria Yumasheva. She is the granddaughter of former Russian President Boris Yeltsin. Smolov published photos on Instagram in January showing him and Yumasheva together on vacation.Smolov says he is abiding by an “obligatory” quarantine and remains in constant contact with Celta’s coaching staff to follow team protocol. He says he will return “as soon as the club requires.”___The Russian track federation says it will no longer give national team places to some athletes with past doping bans. April 6, 2020 ___Celta Vigo forward Fedor Smolov has left his confinement in Spain to be closer to his family back home in Russia.Smolov says he informed the Spanish club of his plan and had its support. The club could not be immediately reached to confirm whether it had authorized the player’s departure.Spain is expected to remain in a nationwide lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic until April 26. The country has more than 135,000 confirmed cases of the new virus with more than 13,000 deaths.Smolov wrote on Instagram that because of the closure of borders “I have found myself obligated to return to Russia to be closer to my family.” Southgate has a reported salary of 3 million pounds ($3.6 million) per year.English Football Association chief executive Mark Bullingham says the organization’s highest earners will take a temporary pay reduction of 30% and others in the senior management team have agreed to a 15% cut.Bullingham says the total financial impact on the FA is currently forecast to be around 100 million pounds ($120 million) because of the postponement of England internationals, FA Cup matches and other events at Wembley Stadium. He says the cost could rise to more than 150 million pounds ($180 million) depending on the length of the crisis.All FA employees earning 50,000 pounds ($60,000) or more per year will take a temporary pay reduction of 7.5% and the British government’s furlough scheme is being looked at as a contingency plan.___ The next potential tournament is the BMW International Open in Germany from June 25-28.___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.” A doctor at French soccer club Reims has killed himself after getting infected with the coronavirus.Reims Mayor Arnaud Robinet told Le Parisien newspaper Bernard Gonzalez “is a collateral victim of COVID-19 because he had tested positive and was in isolation for 14 days. I know he had left a note to explain his decision.”Officials at the club say Gonzalez died Sunday. He was 60.Gonzalez had worked at the club for 23 years.Reims remembered Gonzalez as a man with the “soul of an artist” who was in love with the six-time champions. ___Two more golf events on the European Tour have been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic.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 federation said Sunday it won’t select athletes who were given bans since November 2015 for a range of doping and doping-related offenses, or who work with a coach who was banned since that date.The move could be subject to a legal challenge. The Court of Arbitration for Sport has struck down similar national selection rules before if it deems they impose extra punishments on athletes who have served their doping bans. CAS overturned a British Olympic Association rule in 2012 that athletes previously banned for doping could not be selected for the Olympic team.The rules come as the Russian federation’s new management tries to mend its relationship with World Athletics. Russia has been suspended from international track competitions since 2015 for widespread doping.The federation last month formally admitted wrongdoing in a case where fake medical documents were used to give a Russian athlete an alibi for being unavailable for testing. It is facing a $10 million fine and a cap of 10 athletes for its track team at the next Olympics.___ The move follows a similar announcement last week by McLaren’s F1 team.___The NFL is planning a telethon to aid coronavirus relief efforts during the draft from April 23-25, according to two people familiar with the league’s plans.The people tell The Associated Press that the league hopes its massive reach will raise awareness and funds in battling the pandemic. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the telethon has not been announced publicly.Details on conducting the telethon and charities that will benefit will be released soon.last_img read more


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first_imgView Gallery (2 Photos)Looking to rebound from a disappointing loss against Penn State last week, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team (15-5, 5-4) will begin the second half of the Big Ten season on the road as they travel to Indiana to face the Hoosiers (11-9, 4-5) Thursday night at Assembly Hall in Bloomington, Ind.Like the Badgers, the Hoosiers find themselves coming off a tough conference loss, having fallen 70-56 to the Michigan Wolverines last Sunday. Wisconsin, meanwhile, enjoyed a rare off weekend, and head coach Lisa Stone’s squad looks eager to get back to work against Indiana.“Our bye weekend came at a very good time,” Stone said. “We had the weekend, this weekend off to refresh and recharge and we’re looking forward to having very purposeful practices this week in preparation for Indiana, who’s a really good team.“They had a tough loss at Michigan [Sunday], but …every team in the Big Ten is good, and this second half, we hope, is even better than the first.”While Wisconsin has been the best defensive team in the conference for the majority of the season, currently allowing only 52.3 points per game, Indiana’s offensive attack will pose a challenge.Boasting the Big Ten’s fourth-best scoring offense, the Hoosiers have often relied on their offensive output, as defense has been their crux all year. Allowing 65.8 points per game and posting only a +2 scoring margin over opponents, Indiana finds itself second-worst in both conference categories.“From what I remember, and seeing them play this year, they’re a very quick team looking to run in transition,” senior guard Teah Gant said. “Very guard-heavy, and their guards are really good. Not very tall, so I think we need to really do well in that area, in that post.“We just have to make sure we play as a team, and not one person is guarding individually for our whole team.”Employing a three-guard starting lineup similar to that of the Badgers, the Hoosiers have relied on senior Jamie Braun and juniors Whitney Lindsay and Jori Davis — the team’s leading scorer — for much of their offensive production.“Their guard corps is very good,” Stone said, echoing Gant. “They will zone us the whole game, and it’s a very aggressive, matchup zone, so that’s something that we need to make sure that we attack, find good shots.”For Wisconsin, the Penn State loss saw arguably their worst offensive game of the year.By the end of the 54-43 defeat, the Badgers had posted season lows in points and field goal percentage. In order to return to the form that has seen two four-game win streaks this season, UW will have to rediscover the balanced scoring that characterized the offense throughout the first half of the Big Ten schedule.Junior guard Alyssa Karel has been the Badgers’ leading scorer for the past two years, and has contributed just shy of 14 points per game this season.Complementing her has been junior forward Tara Steinbauer and impressive freshman Taylor Wurtz, averaging 8.3 and 8.1 points per game, respectively. In addition, two other starters average seven-plus a game, while Gant contributes 5.9.“I think we just need to come out with the mentality that we still need to fight in every game,” Gant said. “I think we were down to like three minutes left in the [Penn State] game, and we just needed to come out with even more energy than we did in the first half. So we definitely just have to stick to our principles.”As always, Wisconsin’s principles have included stout defense and limited turnovers. Stone’s squad has posted the sixth-best scoring defense in the nation, and is fifth in the Big Ten in turnover margin at + 1.0. Against the Hoosier zone, taking care of the ball will be at a premium for the Badgers, as will be the aforementioned offensive production.“I think our shot selection can improve,” Stone said. “I think that we need to score more in the post. I thought we passed up some open looks [against Penn State], and those are things we can fix.“We had a film session that we educated our players as to things that they can work on. We move forward,” she continued. “It’s less about the Penn State game and more about how we respond going into the Indiana game, and that’s the full focus.”last_img read more


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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 21, 2018 at 7:04 pm Contact Adam: adhillma@syr.edu | @_adamhillman Commentscenter_img Late in Sunday’s third set, Syracuse led North Carolina State by two points. With the two teams locked at one set apiece, SU sophomore Yuliia Yastrub leaped into the air and fired a spin serve. The ball rotated through the air and curved into the body of freshman Jade Parchment. She took a few confused steps backward as the ball approached. Her dig deflected off her left shoulder and fell onto the ground of the Women’s Building. That serve sparked a 7-2 spurt that put the Orange within three points of winning the third set. “I just felt confident,” Yastrub said. “I was thinking that I needed to ace because we were going down and up and down.”Syracuse (12-6, 8-2 Atlantic Coast) used its serve to ignite runs in the first, third and fourth sets in a 3-1 win over NC State (10-10, 4-6). All three times, Syracuse leaned on it to force the Wolfpack into making errors, senior Jalissa Trotter said. NC State committed six reception errors and the Orange had six aces, but senior Santita Ebangwese believes the serves’ impact surpasses any stat sheet.“We tried to put it in play but put it aggressive enough so that we made them move and be uncomfortable,” Ebangwese said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the opening point of the match, Trotter fired a jump serve towards Parchment. An errant dig forced senior setter, Kylie Pickrell, to track back into the middle of the court, away from her usual position near the net. This meant that her set had to cover more distance and wasn’t as accurate. The off-balance hit from senior Teni Sopitan was weak and fell right to SU freshman Polina Shemanova. She tapped the ball to Trotter who fed sophomore Ella Saada for an easy kill. Syracuse assistant coach Derryk Williams stood out of his chair, walked to the sideline and shouted, “Nice, let’s keep it going.”Trotter continued serving for the next nine points as Syracuse jumped out to a 10-0 lead. The Orange eventually took the first set, 25-9. After struggling with service errors early on in the season, SU is now serving more aggressively, Trotter said.“I think that’s something that we’ve been trying to do recently, not to go too easy on the serves,” Trotter said, “and I think that gives us a real good opportunity to get a good block and set up our defense.”In three of the four sets, SU used its serve as a weapon to take the Wolfpack out of their game plan. Syracuse forced its opponents into ill-timed errors, poor sets, and whiffed kills. This provided the Orange more time to move into position on defense, Trotter said. Yet in the second set, Syracuse couldn’t find its serving rhythm. It committed six service errors and didn’t ace the Wolfpack once. Down 18-17, Trotter stepped up to the baseline with an opportunity to even up the score for the first time since 2-2. Her float serve sailed through the air but the referee raised his red flag. Trotter had fired her serve too long.SU head coach Leonid Yelin believes points like that show room for improvement. “This is a question about how to sustain this,” Yelin said. “That whole match or as much as you need. That’s the million dollar question. Everyone can play great, how long can you do this?” Sunday, the Orange served well in three of four sets. Against the Wolfpack, that was enough. last_img read more


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first_imgSuper Eagles skipper John Mikel Obi and four other top players were expected to join the country’s Olympic team at their training camp in Atlanta Georgia, United States of America,  late yesterday.The other players are William Troost-Ekong, Kingsley Madu, Oghenekaro Etebo and Daniel Akpeyi.Mikel and Akpeyi are the two over-aged players Nigeria will parade in Rio next month, while Norway-based Troost-Ekong and Madu have been capped at full international level and will now make their debut for the Olympic team..Officials informed AfricanFootball.com Mikel and the other players confirmed their arrival in Atlanta and they could even feature in the team’s final warm-up match against Rio-bound Honduras on Tuesday.“Mikel and the other players have confirmed their arrival,” an official said.“Their arrival will most certainly boost team morale.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more


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first_img EGBA – Black market looms on Spain if government proceeds with its advertising blackout July 14, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Share Share EGBA: German Policy unfit to tackle black market threats July 16, 2020 Related Articles David Clifton, Licensing Expert: Has the die already been cast? July 15, 2020 Instead of supporting gamblers during the COVID-19 lockdown, enhanced online gaming restrictions in Sweden ‘could do more harm to consumer protection’ according to the European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA).Yesterday, Sweden’s Minister for Health and Social Affairs Ardalan Shekarabi  proposed that weekly deposits were limited to SEK5,000, with a SEK100 cap on bonus offers in a bid to protect customers during the ongoing pandemic.Maarten Haijer, Secretary General, European Gaming and Betting Association (EGBA), highlighted that the lack of targeting with the new restrictions ‘could actually harm more customers than they protect’.He said: “In Sweden, gambling advertising spending is down and we haven’t seen evidence that average customer spend is up. Even so, there is no compelling evidence that arbitrary restrictions on customer spend have a positive effect on safer gambling.“The measures could actually harm more customers than they protect because customers can easily find black market websites where the restrictions, and any other social protections, do not apply.”EGBA highlighted that the tightened restrictions could encourage players to consider unregulated websites, which ‘do not apply any other of Sweden’s consumer protection measures, including the country’s Spelpaus self-exclusion scheme’.The trade body added: “Given that the measures will take effect on June 1 and expire at the end of 2020, we also question the effectiveness of the measures in protecting customers during the coronavirus.”last_img read more


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first_img Camelot aims for ‘Big September’ supporting a high street recovery August 26, 2020 UKGC launches fourth National Lottery licence competition August 28, 2020 Submit Share Camelot Group, the operating company of the National Lottery, has faced media and political backlash following reports that 16 and 17-year-olds have spent £47 million on National Lottery games. The Sunday Times accused Camelot of ‘exploiting a loophole’ in UK gambling laws, allowing children to wager on National Lottery instant-win products without any form of intervention. Quoting ‘latest figures’, the Sunday Times stated that 16-and-17 year olds had spent £47 million on National Lottery games during 2017-18, with two-thirds playing online instant-win and scratchcard games. The Times investigation accused Camelot of knowingly securing ‘exclusive access to a teenage market denied to other betting firms’, in which children could gamble up to £350 a week without providing customer care checks. Critics stated that Camelot has purposely intended its National Lottery games hub to appeal to teenage audiences, with instant-win games designed on popular video games and reality TV programmes such as Donkey Kong and Love Island.In the report, the National Lottery is identified as the first gambling experience for the majority of teenage audiences, contributing to the UKGC’s 2018 findings that  ‘55,000 children aged 11-16 were “problem gamblers” and 450,000 children gambled regularly’. Anne Longfield OBE, the Children’s Commissioner for England, expressed her disappointment at Camelot for abusing its position of privilege and disbelief that a gambling platform could engage under-18s.  The Times added that Camelot has increased its dependence on instant-win and scratchcard games which now account for 43% of all sales – as the operator records a shrinking return on its  National Lottery weekly draws.    Furthermore, the government is accused of inaction in addressing the issue of underage problem gambling, having seen no momentum on a consultation launched in July 2019 by former Sports Secretary Mims Davies, in which the raising the age-limits of the National Lottery was the key agenda. DCMS stated that it is currently considering its response to the minimum age consultation, and that protecting teenagers from gambling will play a central role in the development of a new Gambling Act.Camelot issued a response stating that it would support ‘a review of the minimum age for playing National Lottery games for the next licence period as it has been more than 25 years since these restrictions were set’.Despite securing a six-month contract extension under lockdown, Camelot competes to renew its National Lottery operating concession, which will expire in 2023, in which tender observers detail that it faces critical questions on how it will revive its lottery draws appeal to the general public.  Providing feedback to the House of Lords report on gambling harm actions, Camelot CEO Nigel Railton stated that a decision to raise age limits on National Lottery products ultimately lay with the government, and would be supported by the company.“For 25 years the age has been 16 so it is probably a good time to look at it. We do not have that many people playing at 16 or 17 online . . . Our position is that it is ultimately a matter for the government and if the government wants to raise the age to 18, we will support that,” Railton said. StumbleUpon Related Articles Share National Lottery Community Fund issues £14m in Climate Action grants August 24, 2020last_img read more


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first_imgGhana Black Maidens slaughtered Uruguay by 5-0n their second Group D match at the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup on Wednesday.An excellent brace from captain Priscilla Okyere and a goal each from Janet Ayiayem, Alberta Ahialey and Fatima Alhassan crushed their group D opponents in the ongoing World Cup in Azerbaijan.Striker Jane Ayiayem opened scoring in the 8th minute through a header from Sherifatu’s corner. Proceedings balanced till in the 24th minute when Priscilla Okyere headed home from the edge of the box for the scoreline to stay 2-0.Maidens made it three on the stroke of half-time when Regina Antwi’s ball found Alberta Ahialey on the edge of the box. Uruguay’s goalie Anabel Ubal rushed off her line to claim the ball from Ahialey’s feet, but the ball slipped from her grasp and the striker was handed a simple opportunity to score.Two goals in the last minutes completed the rout in the second half against a tiring Uruguay. Fatima Alhassan made it four in the 78th minute and 60 seconds later Okyere scored her second of the game.Ghana will now be hoping for a positive result from their final game against China in Baku on Sunday to ensure their progression to the last eight.last_img read more


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first_imgThis year’s World Cup will play out on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and messaging apps like WhatsApp just as it progresses in stadiums from Sao Paulo to Rio de Janeiro.The supersport.com website reports that nearly 40 percent of Facebook’s 1.28 billion users are football fans. On Tuesday, the world’s biggest online social network is adding new features to help fans follow the World Cup – the world’s most widely viewed sporting event – which takes place in Brazil from June 12 to July 13.Facebook users will be able to keep track of their favourite teams and players throughout the tournament in a special World Cup section, called “Trending World Cup.”Available on the Web as well as mobile devices, the hub will include the latest scores, game highlights, as well as a feed with tournament-related posts from friends, players and teams.In addition, an interactive map will show where the fans of top players are located around the world.  The company is also launching a page called FacebookRef, where fans can see commentary about the matches from “The Ref,” Facebook’s official tournament commentator.Social media activity during big sporting events such as the Olympics has soared in recent years and should continue as user numbers grow. In 2010, when the last World Cup took place in South Africa, Facebook had just 500 million users. Now there are just that many football fans (people who have “liked” a team or a player) on the site, the company says.Facebook has recently focused on making its mobile app usable on simple phones that use slower data speeds since many of its newest users are in developing countries.  As a result, Rebecca Van Dyck, head of consumer marketing at Facebook, said the World Cup hub will also be available on so-called “feature phones.” Here the section will be “little less graphical” than what’s shown on smartphones and on the Web, she said, but will include the same information.In a nod to Twitter, Facebook earlier this year began displaying trending topics to show users the most popular topics at any given moment. The feature is currently available in the US, UK., India, Canada and Australia.”This is our first foray into this, especially for a big sporting event like this,” Van Dyck said. “We’re going to see how this goes. If people enjoy the experience it’s something we’d like to push on.” Facebook, which counts 81 percent of its users outside the US and Canada, is unveiling its World Cup features at a time when the company is working to become a place for more real-time, public conversations about big events- a la Twitter. Such events attract big advertising dollars, though the company is not saying how much money it expects to make from World Cup-related ads.Not to be outdone, Twitter touted in a blog post last week that the “the only real-time #WorldCup global viewing party will be on Twitter, where you can track all 64 matches, experience every goal and love every second, both on and off the pitch.”Fans can follow individual teams or players and use the hashtag #WorldCup to tweet about the matches, and follow official accounts such as @FIFAWorldCup, @ussoccer for the United States team and @CBF-Futebol for Brazil’s soccer governing body, for example.The World Cup is the planet’s most widely viewed sporting event. According to Fifa, which organises the tournament, an estimated 909.6 million viewers watched at least one minute of the final 2010 game when Spain beat the Netherlands.  In comparison, nearly 900 million people watched at least part of the opening ceremony of the 2012 Summer Olympics. On Twitter, more than 24.9 million tweets were sent out during this year’s Super Bowl in the US, up from 13.7 million just two years earlier.Because it takes place over several weeks, marketers are gearing up for “a marathon, not a sprint,” said Debra Aho Williamson, an analyst for research firm eMarketer.”Developing countries will be a key target for global brands,” she said. “They will work hard to capture the attention of soccer fans in Latin America, Asia, Africa.  The challenges (include the fact) that all the games are taking place in one place and the customers and marketers are in multiple time zones. This will require around the clock marketing.”For fans traveling to Brazil for the game and hoping to tweet and post about it on Facebook, the country’s mobile communications services might pose their own challenge. Dropped voice calls are common even without the hundreds of thousands of soccer fans descending on the country. Accessing the Internet can be incredibly slow, and there’s even some worry about network blackouts.”World Cup visitors won’t be able to communicate the way they want to,” Christopher Gaffney, a visiting professor at Rio de Janeiro’s Federal Fluminense University whose research focuses on Brazil’s preparations for the World Cup and Olympics. “Instagram, Twitter, social media will not function at world class levels but at Brazilian levels, so people visiting Brazil will experience the frustrations we face every day.”last_img read more


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first_imgGary Sheffield LFShawn Green RFEric Karros 1BTodd Hundley CAdrian Beltre 3BKevin Elster SSKevin Brown PManager: Davey JohnsonTop movie“Rules of Engagement” (Tommy Lee Jones, Samuel L. Jackson)Top pop song“Maria, Maria” (Santana featuring The Product G&B)Top booksNew York Times adult fiction: “The Brethren” (John Grisham)New York Times adult nonfiction: “The Rock Says …” (The Rock with Joe Layden)Top cellphoneNokia 3310Sports Illustrated cover“The Worst Franchise in Sports History” (about the Clippers)TIME magazine cover“Elian and his Dad” (about Elian & Juan Miguel Gonzalez)People magazine cover“Whitney’s Troubled Times” (about Whitney Houston) Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Dodgers are facing the possibility of getting rained out Tuesday night, but time could be on the Dodgers’ side.Light rain is expected to start falling by late afternoon with steady widespread showers into the night, according to meteorologist Scott Sukup.The downpour is supposed to subside about 8 p.m., or nearly an hour after the 7:10 p.m. start time at Dodger Stadium.That puts Tuesday night’s game against the San Diego Padres in jeopardy — as well as the Dodgers’ major-league record of 1,213 regular-season games without a rainout.center_img The last rainout at Dodger Stadium occurred Monday, April 17, 2000, when the Houston Astros were in town. That, coincidentally, put an end to the Dodgers’ record of 856 games in a row without getting rained out.Here are some fun facts from the last time the Dodgers were rained out at home:2000 opening-day lineupDevon White CFMark Grudzielanek 2Blast_img read more


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first_img“The future is a little bit unpredictable, obviously,” Peters said on the call. “It’s going to take us time to come out of us situation that we’re in as far as the global pandemic, but I’m excited about the opportunity to go to the KHL and challenge myself to be able to do a good job for a full season, two seasons, however long it might be.”Peters will be joined on the bench by former NHL assistant coach Perry Pearn, ex-NHLer German Titov, Evgeny Shaldybin and Konstantin Vlasov.Former NHLers Pavel Datsyuk, who was a part of the Red Wings when Peters was an assistant coach under Mike Babcock, and Nigel Dawes both played on Avtomobilist this season. However, both have contracts expiring at the end of the month. Former Flames head coach Bill Peters, who resigned in November after his usage of racial slurs and physical abuse surfaced, has been hired as the next coach of the KHL’s Yekaterinburg Avtomobilist.”I think as time goes on, we all grow and improve and become better versions of ourselves, and I’m no different than that,” he said during a video conference with reporters, according to The Associated Press. “You learn from all the experiences that you’re in, and you become better. “It’s no different right now, going through a very trying time right now in the world with the global pandemic, and I believe we’re going to come out of this, and when we come out of this people are going to be better people for it and more passionate and compassionate towards each other and more patient.”Peters stepped down from the Flames’ bench after former player Akim Aliu, who played for him with the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) during the 2009-10 season, stated on Twitter that he “dropped the N-bomb several times towards me in the dressing room” during his rookie year. It also surfaced that the ex-NHL coach was physically abusive; former Hurricanes defenseman Michal Jordan, who Peters coached from 2014-16 in Carolina, accused Peters of kicking him during an unspecified game. MORE: Bill Peters’ resigns as Flames head coachPeters claimed the Aliu incident was an “isolated event” in a letter he wrote, adding: “I have regretted the (Aliu) incident since it happened, and I now also apologize to anyone negatively affected by my words. I am aware that there is no excuse for language that is offensive. I meant no disrespect in what I said, and it was not directed at anyone in particular. But, that doesn’t matter; it was hurtful and demeaning. I am truly sorry.”Aliu called Peters’ apology “misleading, insincere and concerning.” Following those events, and others involving coaches, the NHL set up a hotline for players and staff to anonymously report incidents. Signed to a two-year deal, Peters will coach an Avtomobilist team that lost in the first round of the Gagarin Cup playoffs. The league suspended postseason play because of the global coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. last_img read more