Tennis world commits over $6 million for COVID-19 player relief program

first_img(REUTERS) – TENNIS’S governing bodies and the organisers of the four Grand Slams said on Tuesday they will raise over $6 million (4.8 million pounds) to help players affected by the sport’s current shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The player relief program will target about 800 singles and doubles players collectively on the men’s and women’s tours, who are in need of financial support.“The creation of the player relief program is a positive demonstration of the sport’s ability to come together during this time of crisis,” the governing bodies of world tennis, including the ATP and WTA, along with the International Tennis Federation, said in a joint statement.“We will continue to collaborate and monitor the support required across tennis with the aim of ensuring the long-term health of the sport in the midst of this unprecedented challenge to our way of life, and our thoughts remain with all those affected at this time.”The men’s ATP Tour and the WTA, which runs the women’s circuit, will administer the financial distributions of the program and all contributions will be split equally between men and women.Eligibility for the program will take into account a player’s ranking as well as previous prize money earnings according to criteria agreed by all stakeholders.While the fund from the seven stakeholders makes up the backbone of the program, funds raised through initiatives such as auctions and player donations are welcomed.The professional tennis season was halted in early March due to the coronavirus pandemic until at least July 13, which makes it difficult for those in the lower echelons of the sport, who depend solely on tournament winnings, to earn a living.last_img read more

Why I Left Track & Field for British Royal Navy, By…

first_img“I decided to take my bow at that early age to start a life (in British Navy) for myself and my family because I was tired of always asking for money that was not coming especially when I was injured on more than one occasion for the country (Nigeria),” observed Fasuba fondly called ‘Flash’ during his track career.Apart from the African record in the 100m of 9.85 seconds, just 0.27 of a second slower than the fastest man in the world at the time, (Usain Bolt),Fasuba also has to his long list of medals a bronze in the 4x100m relay at the 2004 Athens Olympics, gold in the 100m and 4x100m relay at the 2007 All-Africa Games in Algiers and gold at the 2008 World Indoor Championships 60m in Valencia, Spain.But Fasuba stressed that after he clocked the new African sprint record at the Doha Grand Prix to erase Frankie Fredricks’ 9.86sec previous title he was injured and had to spend a lot of money to be able to run again.“When I got injured after the African record, I spent a total of $15,000USD to get my self treated in Germany by the best doctor. That was the same doctor that treats Jamaican Usain Bolt and Tyson Gay of USA. To give you a bigger picture, I was treated in the low grade room because the others paid four times more,” revealed the Sapele-born former sprinter now a logistic expert for British Navy.Despite his pleading to the Federal Ministry of Youth and Sports to assist him with the payment for his treatment in Germany, Fasuba was ignored and was expected to continue to race for Nigeria.“I was told by the ministry to send the receipts for the treatment which I did. I am still waiting for the funds. Only God knows when I am going to get the refund….Maybe I will get it when am gone?” queried Africa’s fastest man to date.He however admitted that to get to the elite class of track & field takes a lot of time and money.“Being a professional athlete is expensive. That’s just my point and when athletes get grants, I can assure you that it doesn’t solve a quarter of our problems (training costs) as it is not enough,” Fasuba further hinted.While fielding a question from a former top official of the Nigerian Olympic Committee (NOC), Fasuba admitted being honored and given financial support of $10,000 USD from his home Ekiti State government .“I got a gift of $10,000 USD and not N10million from my state government for doing the State and Nigeria proud as Africa’s fastest man. At that time, in as much as it looks like a big gift which I cherished from my state, I knew as a professional that the amount ($10,000) will not take me till my old age or last me a year as training fees for a professional athlete is very expensive.“And since I knew Nigeria had no plan for me and my Adidas sponsors (who paid me even more than that $10,000) was just till I got injured or I retired, the best option was what I did to have a secured future for me and my young family,” concludes Fasuba who remains a fanatical follower of Nigerian track & field.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Duro IkhazuagbeEight years after African record holder in the 100m, Olusoji Fasuba, 35, dumped Nigeria and track & field to seek a new career in Royal British Navy in 2012, the 60m World Indoor champion has explained why he quit the sport that brought him fame and honours.Speaking from his base in the United Kingdom yesterday on FUBS WhatsApp platform, Fasuba whose 9.85secs African 100m record has endured 14 years without any sign of been erased soon, insisted that he took that option of a new career (in British Navy) because there was no future for him in athletics in Nigeria.last_img read more

Trojans’ woes continue as team falls twice in Hawaii

first_imgWith the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation playoff picture beginning to take shape, the USC men’s volleyball team (4-11) found themselves on the outside looking in as they headed to Honolulu for a weekend doubleheader. With the pressure on, the Trojans were unable to rise to the occasion, dropping both games in five sets.Free fall · Sophomore outside hitter Christian Rivera and the rest of the USC men’s volleyball team have yet to hit their stride so far this season. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanHawai’i (7-12) entered the weekend with a situation similar to the Trojans. The Warriors, led by freshman Sinisa Zarkovic, has enjoyed limited success this season, which has been highlighted by their four-game losing streak entering their game against the Trojans. The Trojans had a chance to make up for their own disappointing season with a pair of games against their underachieving hosts. Unfortunately, this was not the case.USC was hot at the start of Friday’s match thanks to a combined seven kills from junior opposite Tanner Jansen and sophomore middle blocker Robert Feathers. Though they found themselves trailing 18-21 near the end of the first set, the Trojans went on a tear, winning nine of the next 13 points to win the set. They carried this momentum with them into the second set, taking an early lead and holding on to go up two sets to none.But from there, it was all Warriors. Hawai’i rode a wave of aggressive serving and stellar passing to three consecutive set victories. And despite three match points in the fourth, the Trojans were unable to close out the match and were defeated 25-26, 21-25, 25-22, 26-24, 15-9.“Everything was clicking for us offensively and defensively,” USC head coach Bill Ferguson said. “We saw our game plan play out even better than it did in the Stanford match, but once we went to the fifth it was pretty hard to turn the tide back in our favor.”Though disappointing, Friday’s match featured a number of positives for the team, including a match-high 20 kills from Jansen and a season-high of nine service aces for the team. From a statistical standpoint, this was a great match for the Trojans but, unfortunately, they fell victim to an even better night from the Warriors.“Hats off to them — they played a great match,” Ferguson said. “It was one of the toughest losses since I’ve been here at USC, and I thought our guys played their tails off.”Looking to avenge Friday’s loss, Jansen once again took control of the Trojans in the first set of Sunday’s rematch. His leadership on the court allowed USC to stay ahead of a confident opposing squad. Although the Warriors were able to make it close in the end, Jansen’s seventh kill of the first set, followed by a decisive ace, gave the Trojans the first set 25-20.Unfortunately, for the second time in three days, USC’s lead was to be short-lived. The Warriors turned it on in the second set, taking advantage of USC’s attacking errors and jumping out to a comfortable lead and an easy 25-21 victory. USC’s errant hitting continued into the third set and Hawai’i was able to take the 2-1 advantage.Despite the strong play from Hawai’i, USC refused to go down in the fourth set. Much like the Warriors in their previous meeting, the Trojans needed to win to stay alive. This time, it was sophomore outside hitter Joey Booth leading the attack, with seven kills in the set and giving the Trojans a 25-23 win to force a fifth set.“The fourth set was proof to me why we recruited these kids,” Ferguson said. “After losing back-to-back five set matches, I think most people would’ve quit, but they played the best volleyball they’ve played all year.”Despite this display of resilience, USC’s struggles resurfaced in the fifth set. Although they took an early lead, the Trojans hit a dismal .056 and were unable to hold on for the win. The Warriors won 13 of the last 18 points en route to a 15-9 win in the fifth set and their second match victory of the weekend.USC’s woes were made worse with the loss of sophomore middle blocker Ben Lam, who went down on Sunday with an what Ferguson called a “serious” ankle injury. With only nine matches remaining, this will make USC’s hunt for the playoffs even more difficult.The team’s next match will be played in the Lyon Center on Friday at 7 p.m. against the No. 2 UC Irvine Anteaters.last_img read more

Jamaica Re-positioned in the Japanese Travel Market

first_imgJamaica’s Ambassador to Japan Ricardo Allicock, Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett,Chairman of Japan Association of Travel Agents, Hiromi Tagawa & Director of Tourism Donovan White OSAKA, Japan – Destination Jamaica received resounding support from the Japan Association of Travel agents (JATA) in the quest to increase arrivals from that country.  In a meeting with the Jamaican Delegation to the recent Tourism Expo Japan, Chairman of JATA, Hiromi Tagawa said “JATA is pleased that Jamaica is once again active in the Japanese travel market. We are committed to helping to promote the destination among our members. Arrival numbers to Jamaica will increase.”Edmund Bartlett, Minister of Tourism, who led the Jamaican delegation at the expo, spoke to the improvements in the tourism product which would appeal to the Japanese market. “The expansion in Jamaica’s tourism is very attractive to today’s Japanese traveler.  For the millennials, we offer adventure and entertainment, while for those travelers looking for an authentic cultural experience, we offer a culinary journey alongside world heritage sites.”Minister Bartlett also discussed the timeliness of Jamaica’s participation in Tourism Expo Japan, coming only three (3) months after the signing of a historic amendment to the open skies agreement between the US and Japan. The agreement allows for American, Delta, United and Hawaiian Airlines to improve and increase travel and trade between both countries thereby paving the way for enhanced connections to Caribbean destinations.Chairman of the Japan Outboud Tourism Council, Mr. Jungo Kikuma, agreed with Minister Bartlett, saying “With the anticipated increase in flights to the US, Japanese travel agents will now, more than ever, think about tourism beyond the US to destinations like Jamaica.  I am personally supportive of returning to the days when Jamaica was easily accessible to Japanese travelers and will support the efforts towards achieving this end.”The Jamaica delegation who attended Expo Japan in Osaka included Director of Tourism, Donovan White also had intense meetings with Airlines officials, Tour Operators, Media and Travel Agencies. White also used the opportunity to officially introduce Connect Worldwide CEO – Marjorie Dewey-Chibe, Jamaica’s new marketing representative in the Japanese marketplace. This announcement also received a strong vote of confidence from both Mr. Tagawa and Mr. Kikuma.last_img read more

Brazil 2014: German octopus predicts Ghana win over Germany

first_imgPaul the Octopus has a successor, and she has tipped the Black Stars to defeat the Germans today in the World Cup.Paul the octopus, the German psychic creature that rose to world wide stardom for correctly predicting matches at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, is no more. The Oberhausen-based ‘oracle’ has since died.But, it seems the world is witnessing the rise of it’s successor.Meet Regina, an Octopus in Berlin’s Sea Life aquarium who has risen to prominence after correctly predicting Germany’s Group G opening day win over Portugal in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.Given the choice of eating food from two different transparent containers containing flags of competing teams, Regina makes her oracular choice, and, she has made one ahead of Ghana’s all-important clash with Germany.Regina, despite being German, has predicted a Black Stars win against Die Mannschaft in Fortaleza. “It all started four years ago in the town of Oberhausen where Paul, possibly the most famous octopus in the world, managed to succesfully predict eight games in the World Cup in South Africa 2010,” Head Keeper of Sea Life aquarium Martin Hensil said.”So it seemed obvious to use those special octopus skills, and that’s why we built our oracle. We’re trying to o it with our own octopus.”It remains to be seen if Regina is as powerful as her celebrated predecessor. Saturday’s match at 19.00GMT in Fortaleza will prove if her oracular endowments are for real.last_img read more

NBA draft set for Oct. 16, free-agent talks may begin Oct. 18

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersBy setting the draft date, the NBA also firmed up Aug. 17 as the early entry deadline and Oct. 6 as the early entry withdrawal dates. It’s unclear if that will change the schedule the NCAA laid out earlier this month, when it said college players would have “until 10 days after the NBA draft combine or Aug. 3, whichever comes first” to withdraw from the postponed draft and retain their eligibility.The league also clarified the procedure for teams should any need arise to replace a player who either was excused from participating in the restart, would be protected from playing for health reasons or chose to not play.Starting July 1 and going through the end of the seeding games, expected to be Aug. 14, substitute players can be signed to take the place of someone who falls into those categories. If a player tests positive for coronavirus after the seeding games end, teams would still be allowed to replace them – but only with someone who has three years or less of NBA service.And if a player – excluding two-way players – refuses to participate in games at Disney, he would lose about 1.1% of his salary for every game missed. That would be capped after 14 games, or roughly 15.1% of the player’s contract. Players who are excused or protected from participating would not be subject to lost salary.Teams will also be able to sign players to rest-of-season contracts, when eligible, starting Tuesday and continuing through June 30. Tuesday is also the day that the NBA enters Phase 2 of its health and safety protocols related to the resumption of the season. Among them: mandatory high-sensitivity coronavirus and antibody testing, with the virus test to be repeated every other day and the antibody test repeated only in the event of a positive virus test. The NBA has firmed up the schedule for what will be a hectic time for teams this fall, deciding on Oct. 16 as the date for this year’s draft and saying clubs can begin talking to free agents two days later.The annual moratorium will begin at 9:01 a.m. PDT on Oct. 19 and continue through 9 a.m. Oct. 23, the league told teams on Saturday in a memo obtained by The Associated Press.As was the case last season, teams and free agents can begin negotiating six hours before the moratorium – so 3 p.m. EDT on Oct. 18.It could be a wildly busy few days in October for the NBA. If the schedule for the restarted season at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex at the Disney campus near Orlando, Florida, goes as planned, Game 7 of the NBA Finals could be held Oct. 13, followed by the draft three days later and then free agency almost immediately following.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Myles Garrett claims Mason Rudolph called him ‘a stupid N-word’ before brawl

first_imgFollowing Garrett’s initial allegation, Rudolph’s attorney, Timothy M. Younger, told ESPN: “This false allegation was never asserted by Garrett in the aftermath of the game, never suggested prior to the hearing, and conspicuously absent in the apology published by the Browns and adopted by Garrett.”The malicious use of this wild and unfounded allegation is an assault on Mason’s integrity which is far worse than the physical assault. This is reckless and shameful. We will have no further comment.”Rudolph himself said Garrett’s claim was “totally untrue.” Although Garrett initially apologized for his actions, he subsequently accused Rudolph of using a racial slur, a claim that was vehemently denied by the Steelers signal-caller.Following an investigation, an NFL spokesperson said the league found “no evidence” to support Garrett’s allegation. However, after being reinstated earlier this week, Garrett has again said that Rudolph racially abused him, telling ESPN’s Outside The Lines: “He called me the N-word. He called me a ‘stupid N-word’.”MORE: All of the suspensions, fines from Browns-Steelers brawlIn his first in-depth interview since his suspension, Myles Garrett opens up on what happened during that Week 11 incident. pic.twitter.com/PfiBaINSPT— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) February 14, 2020Garrett said he did not want his initial accusation to be made public, adding: “I didn’t want to try to use it as justification for my actions because there’s nothing to justify. Like, there’s nothing I can say or do to justify what I did on that day. I’m not saying I didn’t do anything wrong.”I know what happened, I know what I heard. People say things when they’re heated, or full of emotion. I leave it on the field. He said it, but that was three months ago, four months ago now. I leave that behind.”I know something was said. I don’t want to make it a racial thing, honestly. It’s over with for me and I’m pretty sure it’s over with for Mason so we just want to move past it and keep on playing football.” Browns defensive end Myles Garrett has once again alleged he was racially abused by Mason Rudolph prior to their brawl in November.Garrett was reinstated Tuesday following a suspension by the NFL after he ripped off Rudolph’s helmet and hit the quarterback over the head with it in the closing stages of the Browns’ Week 10 victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers.last_img read more

‘Call of Duty Warzone’ contraband contract: Season 4 notes show how to get blueprints

first_imgA new type of contract is included in the Season 4 updates to “Warzone” in “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare” that enables players to get blueprints on their weapons mid-game.The mission, called contraband, is different from previous types of contracts in that users must complete several steps beforehand and get gun boosts rather than just cash or revivals. Here are the most important details for the “Warzone contraband contract:MORE: How jailbreak works in “Warzone”What does the contraband contract in ‘Warzone’ do?Completing the mission nets you a unique weapon blueprint available only though the contraband contract that lasts permanently for the remainder of the game. How can you get the contraband contract?You must first complete one of the standard “Warzone” contracts — scavenger, bounty or recon — in order for a contraband contract to show up on the map to take on. Once you complete that initial contract, you’ll see an icon for the contraband contract on your mini-map.From there, you will be instructed to drop off contraband at a specified location. You can also get contraband through an important shortcut: Killing a player already carrying contraband. If you manage that, you can simply pick up the contraband and deliver it to the required location to obtain blueprint loot without needing to complete an initial contract.How do you complete the contraband contract?Simply follow contract instructions and deliver contraband to the specified location in order to collect your weapon blueprint. Actually acquiring the contraband contract is probably more complicated than completing the mission once you have it activated.What happens to the contract if you die?If you die with the contract in hand, it’ll drop on your body for pick-up like the rest of the items in your possession. It’s worth noting that opponents won’t know you’re carrying contraband until they’ve killed you.last_img read more

Hunters forward Timothy Lomai suspended

first_imgThe news was announced in a statement today by CEO of the PNG Rugby Football League (PNGRFL), Bob Cutmore.Cutmore explained that Lomai was suspended due to his failure to maintain the values expected of the SP Hunters team.He said Lomai will not train with the team during his suspension.“ The suspension may and can be lifted dependent on Timothy’s ongoing commitment and dedication to the stated values of the SP Hunters and his willingness to show his fellow players and SP Hunters staff that he is determined to do his best for the team. “No further comment will be made in respect to the suspension but it is hoped that Timothy, through the actions he now takes, will re-join the squad,” said Cutmore.last_img read more

Former champion Del Potro into US Open last 16

first_imgGretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Gov’t in no rush to rescue animals in Taal LATEST STORIES DepEd’s Taal challenge: 30K students displaced Peza offers relief to ecozone firms Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ ‘High crimes and misdemeanors’: Trump impeachment trial begins Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Mourinho references German philosopher in retort to critics Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award MOST READ Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Palace OKs total deployment ban on Kuwait OFWs Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro celebrates winning the second set against Spain’s Fernando Verdasco during their 2018 US Open men’s round 3 match August 31, 2018 in New York. / AFP PHOTO / Don EMMERTFormer champion Juan Martin del Potro reached the US Open last 16 for the sixth time on Friday with a 7-5, 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 win over Spanish left-hander Fernando Verdasco.Argentine third seed Del Potro, the 2009 US Open winner, goes on to face Borna Coric, the 20th seed from Croatia.ADVERTISEMENT Coric made the fourth round of a Slam for the first time with a 6-3, 7-5, 6-2 victory over Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSTim Cone still willing to coach Gilas but admits decision won’t be ‘simple yes or no’last_img read more