The announcement that the season will begin July 23 or 24 comes after weeks of wrangling between owners and players over a framework for a season shortened by the coronavirus pandemic.“Major League Baseball is thrilled to announce that the 2020 season is on the horizon,” Manfred said in a statement.“We have provided the Players Association with a schedule to play 60 games and are excited to provide our great fans with baseball again soon.”Manfred’s comments came after the Major League Baseball Players Association said its members would report to training camps on July 1.“All remaining issues have been resolved and players are reporting to training camps,” the union said.MLB and the MLBPA had been at loggerheads over how to salvage a season that should have begun on March 26.The league proposed a succession of deals that would have seen the players receive only a percentage of their salaries, prorated by number of games played.Players pushed back against the league proposals, noting that they had already agreed to a pay cut in March and should not be required to accept a further reduction in salary.The MLBPA had wanted a longer regular season, but when the union rejected the most recent MLB proposal owners voted on Monday to impose a 60-game schedule — which would still be contingent on reaching agreement with players on health and safety protocols.MLB said in a statement posted on MLB.com that the players had accepted the protocols.When the season gets underway teams will play in their home ballparks without fans, baseball opting against the kind of “bubble” environment that will see the NBA return to action with all teams playing at a single location at a sports complex at Disney World in Florida.To decrease travel, each team will play the majority of its games against its four division rivals, and remaining games against the clubs in the corresponding geographical division in the other league.Under format, players will receive the full prorated share of their salaries.Multiple media outlets reported that as usual 10 teams will qualify for the playoffs. read more
AFL Outer East remains committed to a return to play in 2020.Region general manager Aaron Bailey – along with commission chair Tony Mitchell – released a detailed statement to competition stakeholders on Friday afternoon, outlining their stance and their reasoning behind it.The Covid-19 pandemic has rocked many throughout the broader community to their core when it comes to both their financial security, and physical and mental wellbeing.So, accordingly, Bailey and Mitchell have announced that any return to play in AFL Outer East football and netball will only take place if it’s feasible for the majority of clubs.“The health and wellbeing of players, coaches, umpires, volunteers, and associated stakeholders remains a priority,” the joint statement read.Their commitment to return, they say, is “a position strongly shared by our clubs”.The AFL Outer East commission will next meet on Tuesday, 28 April where a detailed plan around a return to play will be finalised, before it’s presented to clubs for feedback on 1 May.AFL Outer East expects final announcements on the 2020 season following the State Government’s current State of Emergency period, which has been extended to 11 May.“There is a strong desire from clubs and Outer East to return playing football and netball this year,” the joint Outer East statement read.“The wellbeing and social benefits to players, supporters and club members was the key reason provided by clubs in returning – a sentiment shared by the league.”But it should be noted that the commission and clubs alike share the view that a return to play will only happen if it is safe to do so, and if clubs are financially able.“75 per cent of senior clubs indicated they wish to return in 2020, with 21 per cent unsure, depending on costs,” the statement read.“96 per cent of clubs indicated they wish to return (this season) if costs are reduced.”AFL Outer East’s preference is to start its home and away season in late June or early July, should AFL Victoria restrictions be removed at the end of May.That would allow for a round robin pre-season before the home and away season begins.“Our preferred return structure will be provided May 1st for club consideration and feedback, with an announcement of competition and season structures following (the) State Government’s current Level 3 restriction date of May 11th,” Bailey and Mitchell said.“The majority of clubs indicated that reserves and underage competitions remained important and they would be entering sides in these competitions. Provisions will be put in place for clubs unable to facilitate Reserves.”Crucially though, according to Bailey and Mitchell, each and every one of the AFL Outer East clubs supported a salary cap reduction for 2020, with a whopping 88 per cent of those in favour of a further reduction from 2021 onwards.That indicates just how heavily clubland has been affected of the events of recent weeks.“The AFL has recommended that all leagues adopt a two-stage reduction to current Allowable Player Payment (APP) for 2020,” said Bailey and Mitchell.“AFL Outer East supports this recommendation and will implement this in 2020.”The first stage recommends a 50 per cent reduction in APP caps for 2020. The second stage is a further, pro-rata reduction based on the number of games fixtured in a shortened season.Therefore, if a competition had a $100,000 APP cap per club, that would be reduced to $50,000 in stage one, and to $25,000 in stage two if, say, only nine rounds of an originally fixtured 18-round season could go ahead.Revised caps for AFL Outer East competitions will be advised next month, once their structures are confirmed.Looking beyond this year – given the financial hit already experienced by clubs, and the predicted fallout to come – there is also set to be further reductions in APP from 2021.“Supporting clubs through a reduction in costs remains a priority for AFL Outer East,” said Bailey and Mitchell.“Clubs will be presented with a full breakdown of pro-rate calculated fee and changes, other proposed discounts, and savings over the coming weeks.”On the junior football front, all clubs support a 2020 return, with 72 per cent of those supporting the notion of a limited or no pre-season.“Should current AFL Victoria restrictions be removed on May 31st as is currently planned, a return in mid-June is preferred,” the Outer East statement read.“AFL Outer East will look at a variety of measures to provide junior participants with the opportunity to play football this year, including midweek night games in lieu of training (77 per cent clubs supported this, with Wednesday and Friday) and lightning premierships/round robins in August and September (86 per cent of clubs) if a full season cannot be played.“79 per cent of junior clubs have indicated that they would like a move to odd age groups in 2021, allowing players in the under-16 and 18 age groups the opportunity to have a final year in a top-up age group (under-17 and under-19) in 2021. Senior clubs are being consulted on this measure, with a decision announced in due course.”AFL Outer East also announced that women’s and veterans’ footy competitions would return in line with the senior competitions.A large reason for the air of confidence stemming from AFL Outer East about season play in 2020 is that 90 per cent of all junior and senior clubs supported seasons being completed in October, if required.“That provides greater flexibility to start and complete a 10-round season as late as the first week of August,” Bailey explained.“With venues available without cricket pitches, we have the ability to facilitate this.” By sports editor Russell Bennett read more
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Audio Playerhttps://download-galwaybay.sharp-stream.com/BRIAN%20LAFFEY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Brian Laffey is the Galway League Manager, he spoke to John Mulligan this morning…. Galway’s Kennedy Cup team are in their final preparations ahead of the 2018 tournament that begins this evening in Limerick with their first game against North East Counties kicking off at 4pm. Brian Laffey’s charges will play three games in the group stages with their second tomorrow morning at 10.30 against Kilkenny followed by their final group game at 4pm against Donegal. Galway reached the Semi-Final of the competition last season when going out cruelly on penalties to Sligo and are going in search of their first ever win in the competition since it’s foundation in 1976. The Roscommon and District League side have been drawn in Group One with their opening game of the tournament against the Kerry League this evening at 4pm.print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email read more
– 3 p.m: Portmore vs Montego Bay – Spanish Town Prison Oval – 7 p.m: Harbour View vs Cavalier – Harbour View Stadium The Red Stripe Premier League was thrown into a tailspin yesterday after protesting referees did not turn up for three of four scheduled matches. General Secretary of the Jamaica Football Federation (JFF) Dalton Wint said that the root of the problem is the non-payment of some allowances to the referees, adding that the federation was working to resolve the issue ahead of today’s scheduled matches. No officials turned up for Tivoli Gardens versus Arnett Gardens at the Edward Seaga Complex, Dunbeholden versus Mount Pleasant at Royal Lakes Complex, and Humble Lion against Waterhouse at the Effortville Community Centre. Wint said that the JFF did not know that the officials were going to withdraw their services. “We had an unfortunate situation as some payments (to officials) were late. As always, discussions are important, and in this particular one, if we had any indication that this was coming … we would have started dialogue. It is unfortunate and we are hoping it will be resolved shortly. We are working on a resolution,” he told The Gleaner. Wint, who is currently off the island attending a FIFA workshop in Barbados, will return to the island tomorrow night but in the meantime the JFF is working to ensure that the two fixtures scheduled for today are played. “We are trying to sort out the games to be played tomorrow (today). By Sunday, we hope that things will be back on track, so we are expecting that (there will be games on Sunday). I am on the phone (now) to see how best we can resolve it. But we are hopeful we will have games this weekend,” Wint stated. He added that apart from the non-payment of some allowances there is a shortage of referees due to injuries. “I think we have some genuine cases of injury in the referee fraternity, so we were not able to make all the appointments. Remember, you want elite referees because this is an elite programme … so you don’t want to go too deep in the (referee) pool,” he commented. Newly appointed president of the Jamaica Football Referees Association (JFRA) Malica Reid said they had tried to communicate the concerns to the Premier League Clubs Association (PLCA) but their voices fell on deaf ears. “We tried to communicate these issues to the PLCA as early as Monday. I guess the PLCA treated it as a normal situation and were hoping referees could cope with all the difficulties they were experiencing and still service the games, but it did not materialise,” he said. “From what I understand there are some other issues that are still there to be resolved and so JFF, the PLCA, and the Premier League referees are in discussions in relation to these issues,” he added. In the lone game at the Frome Complex yesterday, hosts Reno and UWI FC played to a 1-1 draw. Rondel Morris put Reno ahead in the 51st minute but a Dennis Taylor own goal earned a point for the visitors. The point lifted UWI FC (24 points) to sixth in the standings while Reno (16) are ninth. Today’s games read more
The alleged mastermind in the execution-style killing of a Tain, Corentyne domestic worker was on Tuesday remanded to prison after she appeared at the Whim Magistrate’s Court.Indira Outar was not required to plead to the charge which makes her the main person behind the plot to kill 45-year-old mother of four, Leilawatie Mohamed, on February 7 at her Lot 198 Sixth Street, Tain Settlement, Corentyne home.Accused mastermind: Indira OutarAccording to the charge, between February 1 and 7, Outar procured Oliver Permaul, a barber; Andre James, a tattoo artist; Rohan Johnson, a Jamaican national; Nazeema Permaul, wife of the barber and Shabiki Alert Thompson, girlfriend of the tattoo artist, to murder Mohamed.The accused was represented by Attorney-at-Law Mursaline Bacchus, who informed the court that his client has been in Police custody since February 17. He added that the Police had obtained two extensions from the court to further detain her and had even attempted to secure a third extension on Monday.The Attorney explained that the court denied the last extension request and so Police rushed to have her brought before the court on Tuesday. In this regard, Bacchus requested that the prosecution disclose all of the statements obtained during the investigation at the next court date.Outar, who operates a sawmill on the East Bank of Berbice, will have to return to court on March 14. Outar’s husband was not present in court on Tuesday when she appeared. Police in Berbice had been investigating the murder for some three weeks to bring to justice the alleged mastermind.It had been reported that Mohamed was involved in a relationship with Outar’s husband, and out of jealousy, the businesswoman plotted to have her executed and subsequently hired the hitmen. At the time when the mother of four was killed, Outar was reportedly out of the country.On the night of the shooting incident, the two men hired a Toyota 212 motor car and travelled to the woman’s house about 23:00h as her children were asleep. As they arrived at Mohamed’s house, they kicked down the main access door, went into the house and started to demand money, making it appear as if it were a robbery.The Jamaican then discharged two rounds hitting Mohamed to the head. As she fell to the ground, the men ensured that the woman was dead before escaping in the motor car.On February 16, the two Permauls, James, Johnson and Thompson were charged with the murder of Mohamed. They are to return to court in April. read more
The bans against Blatter, FIFA president for 17 years, and UEFA president Platini were reduced from eight years to six by the appeal committee.Both were found guilty of conflicts of interest when Blatter approved a $2 million payment to Platini in 2011 for consultancy work done without a contract a decade earlier.French football legend Platini had been favourite to take over from Blatter but the ban demolished his hopes.He and Blatter said they would take their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in an attempt to have their bans overturned.The FIFA appeal body said that the ethics tribunal did not take into account “some strong mitigating factors” when determining the eight-year sanction.Blatter and Platini again overshadowed FIFA’s new attempt to turn the page on its scandal-plagued recent past with Friday’s election.Police raided a FIFA congress last May just before Blatter was elected to a fifth term. He announced he would stand down four days later.Now 39 football officials and executives face charges in the United States over more than $200 million in bribes paid for soccer deals.In the absence of Platini, Infantino and Sheikh Salman, president of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), have led a five-man race to become the new president.The battle has been seen as too close to call in the final stages. But the election took a new twist when Prince Ali bin al Hussein went to the CAS on Monday seeking an order to force FIFA to use transparent voting booths.The prince’s lawyers had said they could seek a vote delay.The CAS said the demand by the Jordanian prince, a former FIFA vice-president, had been “rejected”.And Prince Ali, who had paid for transparent voting booths to be sent to Zurich, backed off from a move to delay the election.“The only positive aspect of today’s ruling is that the election will now go forward as planned, and the media will be closely watching for any evidence that anyone is photographing their ballot,” the prince said in a statement.The FIFA vote is meant to be secret but Prince Ali and another candidate, Jerome Champagne, a former FIFA executive, had raised suspicions that delegates would photograph their ballots to prove they had kept promises to back selected candidates.– Vote promises switched –The AFC, with 47 votes, and 54-member Confederation for African Football (CAF) have both said they will back Sheikh Salman, a 50-year-old senior member of Bahrain’s royal family.But while embarking on final lobbying in Zurich, Infantino told AFP he believed he has swayed African votes in his favour. Infantino went on a whistle-stop African tour before heading to the congress.“I am confident and I have reason to be even more confident,” Infantino said. “The discussions I have had with the presidents of African federations have been very convincing.”Infantino said he had a reform programme with “very concrete proposals, notably for Africa.”Infantino hs vowed to more than double aid to FIFA’s 209 members to $5 million each over four years from about $2 million now.Rivals including Sheikh Salman have said his plan could bankrupt FIFA.Sheikh Salman strongly denied claims made in the British parliament late Tuesday by a lawmaker, Damian Collins, that he was involved in a “cash-for-votes” scandal when elected AFC chief in 2013.Collins, a member of Britain’s ruling Conservative Party and a campaigner for better governance in sport, said there were “strong grounds to suspect” the Kyrgyz Republic’s delegation to the AFC voted for Sheikh Salman in the belief they would receive “significant financial support” for football projects from the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA).The OCA is headed by an ally of the Sheikh.“Sheikh Salman has and had no knowledge whatsoever of any inducements offered, or of any payments made by the OCA to any football associations and absolutely no evidence has been forthcoming to show this to have been the case.”The Sheikh has also had to deny allegations of involvement in human rights abuses during a crackdown on pro-democracy protests in Bahrain in 2011.While the result of Friday’s election remains in doubt, the Sheikh suffered a new blow when FIFA’s executive committee recommended Wednesday that Kuwait and Indonesia be barred from voting Friday. Both are suspended from FIFA over government interference in sport.0Shares0000(Visited 2 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Evidence has emerged that FIFA President Sepp Blatter (R) made a murky $2 million payment to UEFA President Michel Platini in 2011, reportedly for work done a decade earlier . PHOTO/AFPZURICH, February 25 – A FIFA appeal committee on Wednesday reduced bans against Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini to six years but maintained they were still guilty of ethics breaches.The appeal result was announced as UEFA general secretary Gianni Infantino and Asian football leader Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al Khalifa stepped up their rivalry in the campaign to take over as head of football’s scandal-tainted world body in a vote on Friday. read more
England fans leapt to the defence of goalkeeper Joe Hart, after single-handedly earning his country a point in Slovenia.Gareth Southgate’s side drew 0-0 in Ljubljana in Group F of 2018 World Cup qualifying, with many Three Lions stars off the pace.Hart made a number of interventions to stop the hosts from scoring, including a world-class save to deny Jasmin Kurtic early in the second half.READ MORE: Player ratings: How England stars performed in draw with SloveniaTorino’s on-loan goalkeeper has had a difficult few months after finding himself surplus to requirements at Manchester City under Pep Guardiola.He moved to Serie A and has helped Sinisa Mihajlovic’s side to a strong start to the campaign – they are currently on a four-match unbeaten run.Hart, 29, bailed out England on multiple occasions and he has often been under-fire when performing for his country.But this time, he was singled out for praise by Three Lions fans – see some Twitter reaction, below… 1 Joe Hart: The England shot-stopper earned his side a point in Slovenia [View the story “Fans rally behind Joe Hart after performance v Slovenia” on Storify] read more
1 Will Luke Shaw be sold this summer? It all looked so positive for Luke Shaw at the start of the season.He was playing some fantastic football for Manchester United, under the manager who tried to sign him when in charge at Chelsea because he rated the left-back so highly.Many believed Shaw would develop into one of the best defenders in world football under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho.But then Watford happened.The Englishman put in a shocking performance during the 3-1 defeat at Vicarage Road, and was singled out for criticism by Mourinho in the immediate aftermath.And since then the Portuguese has not held Shaw in high favour.He has started just ONE Premier League game since that September defeat, and has not been named in a matchday squad since the end of October.He did look solid in rare showings in the Europa League and both domestic cups, and fans are NOT happy Mourinho continues to overlook him in the league.In fact, Shaw’s continued outcasting has many believing he will be sold in the summer! talkSPORT have collected some reactions from fans below, after he was not named in the squad for Sunday’s clash against Leicester… read more
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14 August 2020
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