The property was listed at offers over $749,000.But he added “Kedron’s not just a fluke”. “In fact another property I have listed on Rode Road which has been on the market for two months also had 21 groups through on Saturday, which is the most interest since I first listed it when it had 30-plus through. “If it was just Kedron, you could question it. But is the market turning? Is there a lot more activity? I think (yes) that’s the case.” Among its charms the home’s kitchen was redesigned, with modern additions, multiple rangehoods, breakfast bar and butlers pantry. A study was added as well as a playroom off the kitchen with internal access to more entertainment space and a fourth bedroom downstairs.Kedron is within the coveted 10km ring around the CBD, located just 8km from the city centre. FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER A study was added to the layout.Mr Russell said there were at least 150 people on the property at any one time.“I knew we were going to have a big open home as the property has had more than 5000 views on realestate.com.au compared to the average Kedron property which gets 757 visits and I’d received more than 28 direct enquiries in five days.”The four bedroom house at 9 Jardine Street, Kedron, will have just its fourth owner in 88 years when the ink dries, according to CoreLogic records. Fashionistas’ Byron pad fetches $3.3m More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoStill loads of room to grow out back.The home was renovated, giving buyers the option of walking into a finished home.“It’s also in a great location and in the catchment zone for Mount Alvernia College, Padua College and St Anthony’s Primary School. Anything in this area that’s listed under $800,000 attracts a lot of interest but I think Saturday’s record indicates that buyers are back out in force after the holidays and demand is far outstripping supply.” 9 Jardine Street, Kedron, has gone under contract after just a week on the market.An almost 100-year-old Queenslander listed at offers over $749,000 has sold in just seven days, after seeing a massive 71 groups squeeze through in half an hour.The high activity – coupled with other homes in middle Brisbane in that price range seeing fresh interest – was being taken as a sign of buyers flooding the market in 2020. Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 MORE: The rudest place names on earth The kitchen was completely redone and modernised.Five offers were made on the 1923 house within days of listing, with the owners going under contract in a deal struck on Tuesday for 9 Jardine St, Kedron, in Brisbane’s inner north.Agent Lance Russell of Coronis – Stafford was “blown away”, saying it was the most people he had ever seen at a half-hour open home, with his previous record sitting at 46.“It’s lack of supply and a home of that calibre in Kedron is definitely attractive. The other driving factor is the school catchment here.”
The Australian 27 August 2013 Unborn babies recognise their parents’ voices from inside the womb. New research suggests they are attuned not only to voices, but also to speech patterns.In a Finnish study, women in the late stages of pregnancy listened to CDs containing hundreds of repetitions of the nonsense word tatata. The recordings were interspersed with occasional variations in which the sound of the middle syllable was changed.After birth, the researchers measured the electrical activity in the babies’ brains while CDs of the same nonsense word were played. Compared to other newborns, they reacted up to three times as strongly when the word changed.The results suggest that foetal brains have “similar learning and memory capacities” to those of infants, the researchers report today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“Our findings indicate that prenatal experiences have a remarkable influence on the brain’s auditory discrimination accuracy, which may support language acquisition during infancy.”This suggests that exposing unborn babies to language could help offset “language impairment” later in life, the paper says. “It might be possible to support early auditory development and potentially compensate for difficulties of genetic nature, such as dyslexia.”But the researchers also warn expectant mothers that noisy workplaces could disrupt their babies’ speech development.http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/babies-are-attuned-to-speech-patterns-while-still-in-the-womb-researchers-believe/story-e6frgcjx-1226704572558
I am sure you have seen long basketball games either in person or on TV this year. All of us who complained of rough play in basketball are now enduring these long games. Just like all rule changes, this one will take adjustment time for the players and officials. As I understand it, you may put your hand on a player to find out where he is, but then you must remove the hand because the second time you do it or if you continue to hold on you are “hand checking”–and that is now a foul. In the past, the referees would not call fouls in this situation unless the defensive player was totally impeding the movement of the player with the ball. To the bigger, stronger players this meant “if I don’t knock him down, I probably won’t be called for a foul.” Players, naturally, will take longer to adjust than the officials, and that is why the games now are lasting so long. Hopefully by Christmas, everyone will have adjusted and–just like all rules–the game will go on and the time taken to play will get back to normal. What this has already done is forced players to actually play defense instead of grabbing and shoving. That was the intent of the rule all along.
All three EC volleyball teams swept South Dearborn in straight sets tonight.Varsity won 25-16, 25-11, and 25-13.EC vs SD Varsity VB (9-11)It was a night full of challenges that resulted in all three teams playing back-to-back-to-back. The girls adjusted well and came ready to play.We started the match with our normal lineup and for most of the seniors, game one was the only time they saw the court. All of our juniors and sophomore Sarah Hornbach finished out the rest of the match under the leadership of our senior setters.The juniors were given a chance to show the coaches what they could bring to the team. We have a lot of talent and we are at the midway point in the season so they had to prove why they should be on the court. I’m actually happier with how they played in games two and three than I am with our “normal” line-up in game one. They came to play and it showed.‘I’m proud of the girls for adjusting to three different line-ups. We tend to get comfortable playing next to certain people, so it can be a challenge to play next to someone different. They all stepped up and played hard.’ EC Coach Cassie Laker.Varsity is now 10-4 on the season and 6-0 in conference play.East Central Junior Varsity came out on top 25-9 and 25-7.Serves Becca Eckstein 7/7 1 ace, Leah Broderick 10/10 3 aces, Brianna Hart 10/11 2 aces, Therese Gregg 6/6 1 ace. Attacks Breanne Fox 6/6 kills, Kylie Gindling 8/0 3 kills. Assists Becca Eckstein 10, Leah Broderick 5.‘We dominated the games with our serves having only 2 errors. I’m proud to see the improvements the girls have made this season.’ EC Coach Bernice Rosemeyer.Next match: All three teams travel to Batesville on Monday. Start time is 5 PM.Courtesy of Trojans Coaches Cassie Laker and Bernice Rosemeyer.
Arsenal, though, have not delivered a trophy to the cabinet since moving to the Emirates Stadium, but remain on course for the FA Cup, into the semi-finals against Wigan, and could move to within a point of leaders Chelsea this weekend. Wenger believes just sustaining a side capable of securing Champions League football season after season deserves great credit despite all of the silverware which went before. “I can take a distance with that – if winning a trophy is winning the League Cup and finish 12th in the league, (because) I think the most important thing for the quality of the club, of the management of the club, is the consistency of the achievement,” said Wenger, whose achievement was marked by a presentation from Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick and League Managers’ Association chief executive Richard Bevan before Friday morning’s media conference at London Colney. “After the trophies come and go, but I believe you see the quality of the management in the consistency of their achievement. “If you finish one year first and the second year 12th, the real quality of management is linked with consistency. “Of course we want to win trophies, but I think if you look well at the consistency that we have shown in the last 15 or 17 years, and you compare with all other clubs, that is the most difficult thing to achieve. “In individual finals it is great players who win you the games, and we have great players, so I am confident we can win trophies.” Arsenal chairman Keswick hailed Wenger’s impact as the man who had “transformed the beautiful game” and added “long may you continue to lead us” as he presented the Frenchman with a commemorative cannon, based on the original design from the club’s founders at Woolwich Arsenal. Wenger – who has yet to sign a new contract extension – is in no doubt of how he has become enshrined within the psyche of the north London club. “It is a privilege of course to managed 1,000 games in the same club and between the moment I met (vice-chairman) David Dein and he introduced me to (chairman) Peter Hill-Wood of course a lot has happened at this club,” he continued. “I must say for such a long time the club has always supported me and I feel already that I am privileged in that because that’s not always usual in our game. “We have gone through difficult and fantastic periods, but always remain focused on being united at this club. “That’s why I think I acted always with three things in my mind. The first one is that every decision I make is like I own the club, that’s always in the interest in the club first. “The second is that I think I am in a job where you need to have a clear perception of your ideas and have the courage to transform it into actions. “The third that has always guided me is to make this club grow and make sure that the club is bigger when I leave than when I arrived. Time will tell if I managed to do that, but I hope so.” Wenger insists Saturday’s showdown with Chelsea will not have any added significance other than in the battle for the Premier League title. “It is the game of the season for us – it’s as simple as that,” said Wenger, who has a doubt over midfielder Tomas Rosicky (ankle). “We are in a period where every point is vital now, especially against your direct opponents, so it is for us the most important game of the season now.” The Gunners boss, appointed in late September 1996, is set to reach his personal landmark against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Saturday. The 64-year-old has seen and done it all over his 17 seasons at the helm, including the unbeaten ‘Invincibles’ title campaign in 2003/2004. Arsene Wenger feels delivering consistency in the Barclays Premier League over 1,000 games could well be his lasting Arsenal legacy. Press Association
Press Association Sterling’s personal form has catapulted him into the World Cup reckoning when it originally seemed he was destined to spend the second half of the season on loan at a Sky Bet Championship club. Lewington will have reported back only good things to Hodgson but the player himself is at the moment more concerned with helping Liverpool’s title bid, having gone top of the table at the weekend, rather than wondering when he can start packing his bags for Brazil. “I worked really hard for the team, not just going forward but I looked to track back,” he said. “I think my work rate and my confidence have improved. I’m working for the team, pressing and really trying to get on the front foot. “It was disappointing being on the bench for two games but I knew I had to be ready if I was called back and I am grateful to the manager for having the belief to put me in for a big game and the team got the win. “It is great to have a manager who has belief in you; as a young player that is what you cry out for. I am just grateful to have a manager like that at this club.” As well as the support from Rodgers, Sterling is fortunate to be surrounded by some star quality on the pitch in the form of captain Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, which undoubtedly makes it easier for him. “To have players like Luis and Stevie giving you encouragement is a help and credit to them,” he added. Liverpool forward Raheem Sterling has done plenty to impress Brendan Rodgers and claims the Reds manager is the sort of boss young players are “crying out for”. “I have been learning off the likes of Suarez and Sturridge and trying to bring it into match days.” Sterling has had some issues off the pitch which contributed to him losing focus and hardly featuring in the first half of the season, but that is no longer a problem. With Liverpool now topping the table with six matches to go there is a real belief the club can end a 24-year wait for the title and while fans are revelling in the situation Sterling admits the squad are working hard on concentrating on the task in hand. “I think as the season goes on we have a bit more belief but we can’t get ahead of ourselves, we have to take it game by game and coming to the last six games there is a really good atmosphere at the training ground,” he said. “With the remaining games it is going to be difficult with Manchester City and Chelsea coming here but we’ll take it as it comes as we really fancy ourselves against anyone coming here. “We will take it step by step and do the business when they come. “There is a real belief from the fans and a togetherness, not just with the fans but the players as well and a togetherness between the fans and players. “From what I’ve heard from the likes of Flanno (Jon Flanagan) and Stevie (Gerrard) the atmosphere in the Champions League is something to dream about and we are working for the dream. “We know what the dream is and hopefully that dream can become a reality.” Considering Sterling’s previous issues he insists there is no danger of him being distracted by title talk. “The high-end players like Steven Gerrard always make sure your feet stay firmly on the floor but me as a person I don’t think that will be a problem,” he said. “I am just glad to be playing and long may it continue. There will never be a time when my feet are off the floor. “I try to go home and switch off from football and think about the next game closer to it. “I try to watch my performances probably two days after, when everything has settled down, and I go over my clips when I am more calm and ready to focus.” England manager Roy Hodgson’s assistant Ray Lewington was at Anfield on Sunday to see the 19-year-old put in a man-of-the-match performance in the 4-0 win over Tottenham. It was arguably the teenager’s best display since breaking into the side in the latter stages of the 2011-12 season and, having won back his first-team place in December, came on the back of three months of progress both individually and collectively.
A landscaper is accused of stealing a $31,000 ring and pawning it for just $80 in Delray Beach, police said.According to police, a man who lives along a golf course in the Delaire neighborhood came home last week to find his television and wife’s wedding ring missing as well as several other high-end watches, jewelry and a purse.Investigators searched a pawn shop database for any signs of the stolen jewelry.The search located a transaction at Value Pawn & Jewelry in Lake Worth.According to the report, the pawn shop purchased the pricey diamond ring for $80.Police also found a fingerprint on the ring which came back as a match to 29 yr old Melvin Alicea, of Greenacres.Alicea is facing charges of burglary, larceny under $100,000, fraud and dealing in stolen property.Alicea is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on a $13,000 bond
NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India is monitoring the development of the coronavirus outbreak in the country but says there is no current threat to its flagship Indian Premier League, with the franchise-based tournament scheduled to start later this month.The 13th season of the eight-team IPL, which is played in cricket’s shortest Twenty20 format, is scheduled to begin on March 29 with a match between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings. The national team, however, will take on South Africa for three One-day internationals before that, starting with the first match in the northern Indian city of Dharamsala next Thursday.”We are keeping a tab on the situation. Before the IPL we have the South Africa series. Everything is on the schedule currently,” IPL governing council chairman Brijesh Patel told Reuters on Thursday. Coronavirus has had a major impact on sports with a number of international sporting events either canceled or postponed after the outbreak. AgenciesAlso Read: FIFA, AFC to postpone football activities due to coronavirus outbreakAlso Watch: Ex-AAGSU president Prem Tamang joins BJP
World Triathlon has extended its suspension of all events from the end of April to the end of June because of the coronavirus outbreak.The latest events to be called off include the Yokohama leg of the world series, three African Cups, three American events, four Asian Cups, one event in Oceania and eight in Europe.World Triathlon president Marisol Casado says “the suspension of all activities doesn’t mean at all that we stop working” on finding alternative dates.___The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___The Sacramento Kings’ former arena and practice facility is being converted into a surge field hospital for COVID-19 and trauma care patients.The arena, in suburban Natomas, was the Kings’ home from 1988 until 2016, when they moved into a downtown facility.The Kings and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services say the hospital will have approximately 360 beds along with additional hospital services.The Kings are also donating 100,000 medical masks and $250,000 to community service organizations. Associated Press April 3, 2020 NASCAR already has issued pay-cuts to its entire organization. It last week cut executives’ salary 25%, and 20% for other employees as stock car’s sanctioning body adapts to the new coronavirus pandemic. The 38-race NASCAR schedule is the longest in sports spanning nearly 11 months and the season was suspended four races into the year. The next publicly scheduled race is May 9 at Martinsville Speedway, but Virginia is under a state-at-home order into June. NASCAR has privately floated to teams revised 2020 schedules but not announced anything about rescheduling its races.___ The Southeastern Conference is extending its ban on practices and organized gatherings through the end of May.The ban includes team and individual practices, meetings and other gatherings — whether voluntary or required — as well as camps and coaches clinics.The powerhouse league had previously announced that in-person athletics activities were suspended through April 15 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___FIFA has extended the age limit for the men’s soccer tournament at the rescheduled Tokyo Olympics due to the coronavirus pandemic. ___The Russian anti-doping agency is preparing to freeze all testing until May to comply with new government measures shutting down work deemed non-essential.RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pakhnotskaya tells The Associated Press that her agency is looking for possible exemptions to instructions from President Vladimir Putin for all Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home through April 30.Pakhnotskaya says in a text message that she “will check on Monday the possibility to receive special permission” from government bodies for staff to collect samples from athletes. There will be no testing this month if that isn’t granted.Testing has been suspended since March 27 under a previous round of measures. He says no players or members of the coaching staff have shown any symptoms or been tested. Pierce said Friday he doesn’t know the identity of those who were tested. He said at least 18 or 19 days have passed since any members of the team would have had contact with the employees.“Everyone that has been tested, the symptoms they had or reported, they do feel better,” Pierce said. He said he has “become a master of this Zoom app” while having video conferencing with players, assistants and other NBA coaches.___The NFL’s Indianapolis Colts are giving season-ticket holders the option to defer April’s payment until June 15. Berlin has been in various positions with the tour since 1998, with a brief spell as Michelle Wie’s first agent. He says his wife is awaiting her test results, though she has not shown any symptoms.___The Carolina Hurricanes are putting more than half of full-time staff on furlough through June 7 while taking steps they said would ensure affected employees don’t lose income amid the coronavirus pandemic that has led to the suspension of the NHL season.The team announced the plan Friday with the team and PNC Arena having shut down operations last month to ensure social-distancing practices.The team says the furlough applies to about 55% of full-time employees, who would be directed to access unemployment benefits through the government’s $2.2 trillion economic rescue package. The Latest: FIFA extends age limit for Tokyo Olympics Twelve athletes were arrested in Iten earlier this week for breaching Kenyan government regulations on social gatherings during the COVID-19 crisis. The runners were arrested for training in a group, which has been banned in Kenya. Training camps have been shut down and athletes must train alone.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 BetMGM has a free bracket game available on its website to all verified New Jersey and New York players. All competitors with a perfect bracket will split $20,000 in prizes.If there are no perfect brackets, the prize will be split among the highest scorers.BetMGM is also donating the same amount to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund.___The Serie A says it will consider resuming only “when health conditions permit it.” Singles players world ranked from 101 to 750 and doubles players ranked from 101 to 250 — who are not already receiving funding — are eligible for grants, and there will be increased prize money for British tour events if the tours resume. This week, Wimbledon was canceled and the tours suspended the British grass-court season.Most of the focus of the LTA package is on protecting the grassroots, including continued funding for development centers and the two national academies, and supporting full-time coaches.Chief executive Scott Lloyd and the executive team will take temporary pay cuts of 20%, while some staff will be furloughed next week but will be paid 80% of their salary.___Atlanta Hawks coach Lloyd Pierce says team employees have been tested after exhibiting symptoms for the new coronavirus. Isolation measures around the world have led to a sharp drop in anti-doping tests. That’s led to warnings that some athletes could take advantage of the situation. The World Anti-Doping Agency says it is trying to track gaps in testing.___Former marathon world record holder Wilson Kipsang was among 20 people arrested in Kenya for locking themselves in a bar and drinking alcohol in breach of a curfew imposed because of the coronavirus pandemic.Police say the 2012 Olympic bronze medalist was among those detained at a police station in Iten, one of Kenya’s famous high-altitude towns where distance runners train. They were in breach of a 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew. The group included a local politician.Kipsang, who is also a police officer, was provisionally suspended this year from track and field and charged with doping offenses that include tampering with doping samples. He has also won the New York, London and Berlin marathons. ___The PGA Tour executive who oversees player activity is the first PGA Tour employee to have tested positive for COVID-19.Ross Berlin, the tour’s senior vice president of player affairs, says he was self-isolating after The Players Championship was canceled when he complained of losing his sense of taste and smell. His doctor put him through a coronavirus hotline interview and told him he wasn’t a high-risk candidate without a fever or breathing difficulties.Berlin says a few days later, on March 27, he had a fever. He at first was told he had pneumonia, but a test came back positive for the virus.He says he called everyone with whom he has been in contact — including his barber — and is feeling better. He says doctors told him players he might have seen on March 13 shouldn’t be concerned because he’s beyond the 14-day incubation period. More than a dozen U.S. Olympic and Paralympic athletes received reassurance this week when Toyota North America announced it would extend their endorsement contracts through the rescheduled Tokyo Games in 2021.The auto company and major Olympic sponsor has 17 U.S. athletes under contract. They include swimmer David Boudia, gymnast Laurie Hernandez, Paralympian Oksana Masters and sprinter Michael Norman.The status of endorsement contracts is a major concern to athletes because most signed deals that were set to expire after this year’s scheduled Olympics. They have been rescheduled for 2021 and that has forced corporations to reset and rethink the structure of their deals.Visa is another major sponsor and has also told its global roster of nearly 100 Olympic and Paralympic hopefuls that it will extend sponsorships through 2021.___ Two women’s World Cup tournaments — the Under-20s hosted by Panama and Costa Rica in August and September, and the Under-17s in India in November — are postponed.___Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper is donating $500,000 to help coronavirus relief efforts in his hometown of Las Vegas and in Philadelphia. Harper and his wife, Kayla, are giving money to Direct Relief and Three Square in Las Vegas and Philabundance in Philadelphia.“Now is the time to come together and adhere to the guidelines of medical professionals! We are wishing the best to all with our prayers during this time,” the couple said in a statement. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17.Commissioner Cathy Engelbert said in a statement. “While the league continues to use this time to conduct scenario-planning regarding new start dates and innovative formats, our guiding principle will continue to be the health and safety of the players, fans and employees.” The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.___The Premier League has pushed back its restart date and says play will not resume at the beginning of May. Furloughed employees ineligible to collect full base salaries through unemployment would receive a bonus from the organization when the furlough ends “to be made whole.”Additionally, furloughed employees will keep healthcare benefits, with the team covering premium payments during that time.In a statement, team president and general manager Don Waddell says the organization “remains committed to taking care of our staff as well as possible given these unprecedented circumstances.” Waddell said the plan “protects our employees from financial hardship while also mitigating the losses suffered by the company during this shutdown.”___Philadelphia 76ers owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer, as well as All-Star center Joel Embiid made a combined contribution of $1.3 million to Penn Medicine. The Tour de Suisse has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, removing one of the few cycling events left on the calendar before the Tour de France is due to start.The nine-day Swiss race was scheduled to run from June 6-14 and is designed to give riders a chance to prepare for the three-week Tour de France. The French race is still scheduled to start on June 27.Colombian rider Egan Bernal won in Switzerland last year ahead of his first Tour de France title.Organizers in Switzerland say its “the first time since the Second World War that the traditional event will not take place.”They say “the risk of additional strain on the Swiss health system due to possible crashes during racing is high.” The 11-team Valley League has been sanctioned by the NCAA since 1961 and began using wooden bats in 1993. It’s among dozens of leagues where college players spend their summers.The Cape Cod League, generally considered the top summer league, said it had not decided whether to cancel its season. Play is scheduled to begin June 13.___Major League Lacrosse has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus outbreak.The six-team league was scheduled to begin its 20th season on May 30. Officials say they’re working to find a new date for the Preakness Stakes, the second jewel of horse racing’s Triple Crown.The Maryland Jockey Club and Stronach Group announced Friday that whenever the Preakness is run in 2020, it will go on without infield activities that had been one of the race’s biggest traditions. The Preakness was scheduled for May 16 in Baltimore.The organizations say in a joint statement finding a new date for the Preakness “will take into consideration all of the recommended best practices from local and governmental health authorities to protect our community.” The Kentucky Derby was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. No decision has yet been made on the Belmont Stakes, which is scheduled for June 6 at Belmont Park in New York.___The Lawn Tennis Association is giving up to 20 million pounds ($24 million) through grants and interest-free loans to help venues, coaches, officials, and players in Britain during the coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, team officials emailed letters to those with payment plans, giving them a Wednesday deadline to accept the offer.The final two installments were initially due April 15 and May 15. The Colts have not announced any changes about the May payment.“In light of the unique circumstances right now, we have decided to modify the payment options for members of our season ticket family on payment plans,” the letter reads in part.The move comes one day after the Indiana High School Athletic Association canceled the entire spring sports season. State officials had previously announced all schools would remain closed for the rest of the academic year.___ German soccer club Borussia Dortmund is converting part of its stadium into a treatment center amid the coronavirus pandemic.The Bundesliga club says a space inside Germany’s largest soccer stadium has been made available for medical staff to examine people with virus symptoms.The move comes after an influx of suspected coronavirus cases put existing facilities in the city of Dortmund under strain.The center will open on Saturday.___ Also Friday, the conference said virtual film review that does not include physical activity is permissible. Effective April 6, activity of this nature will be expanded to four hours a week consistent with an NCAA rule waiver and NCAA legislation, an increase from the previously permissible maximum of two hours a week.___A gaming site is donating $20,000 for pandemic relief in New Jersey and giving out another $20,000 to fans who can predict the results of the NBA 2K tournament among NBA players.The 16-player tournament begins Friday night and will air on ESPN. Brooklyn’s Kevin Durant is the overall No. 1 seed and opens play against No. 16 Derrick Jones Jr. of the Miami Heat in the first round.The winner of the week-long tournament will receive a $100,00 donation to a coronavirus-related relief effort of their choice. ___The world heavyweight title fight between Anthony Joshua and Kubrat Pulev on June 20 has been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.The fight was scheduled to take place at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London and will be Joshua’s first defense of his IBF, WBA, WBO belts since he regained them from Andy Ruiz Jr.Joshua’s promoter, Matchroom Boxing, says a new date for the fight is being worked on.___ The Italian league has been suspended since March 9, when the government ordered a nationwide lockdown.A new government decree issued this week prevents clubs from training — even in small groups — for at least another 10 days.Twelve rounds of Serie A remain, plus four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. Also, the Italian Cup semifinals were interrupted after the first leg.Following a video conference meeting of all 20 Serie A clubs on Friday, the league said “it will await the decrees from the government and place in primary consideration taking care of the athletes’ health and all people involved.”___ FIFA says it also postponed two women’s age-group World Cups due this year, and no international games will be played in the early June dates protected for national team call-ups.The amended Olympic rule retains the “players born on or after Jan. 1, 1997” standard for the Tokyo Games. It means players eligible for the intended under-23 tournament in 2020 can still play in Japan at age 24 next year. Men’s soccer kicks off ahead of the July 23, 2021 opening ceremony in Tokyo. The 16 teams at the Tokyo Olympics next year can also select three over-age players in their rosters. A stellar lineup includes Argentina, Brazil, France, Germany and Spain.The decision was made on Friday by a FIFA panel of soccer officials worldwide created to address the soccer shutdown. The league had given a return date of April 30 amid the coronavirus outbreak but now says the season “will only return when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”It says there remained a “combined objective” for all remaining domestic league and cup matches to be played to maintain the integrity of each competition.The league also says it has consulted players over a pay deduction or deferral of 30%.It also voted to advance funds of 125 million pounds ($150 million) to clubs in the English Football League and fifth-tier National League.___ Mental health experts who were supposed to be available to help American athletes at the Tokyo Olympics are being asked to start working now. The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee says the experts are leading discussions about mental health and wellness for athletes and staff in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Those same experts will also be on hand at the Tokyo Games, which have been postponed a year.The USOPC also disclosed the 13 members of a new external mental health task force created to support American athletes and coaches. It includes Olympians, doctors and the head of The Speedy Foundation, a mental-health organization named after the late Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, an Olympic silver medalist in aerials. That group is working with an internal group at the USOC being led by chief medical officer Jonathan Finnoff. The money established a funding campaign for COVID-19 antibody testing of front line health care workers. The pledge from Embiid, Harris and Blitzer was expected to help boost efforts to quickly identify health care workers who may have immunity to the virus.Embiid says “we need to do everything possible to help those heroes who are putting their lives at risk to help us.” The gifts will support new experimental serology tests that detect antibodies to determine if a person has ever been infected with the virus-identifying staff and providers that might have immunity.___One of the major summer baseball leagues for college players has canceled its season because of the coronavirus pandemic.Commissioner Bruce Alger of the Valley Baseball League in Virginia said the executive committee unanimously agreed the risk to players’ health would be too great. In a statement, the league says “this decision was made to safeguard the health of our players, fans and staff, as well as those within our MLL communities as a result of the global pandemic.”MLL has teams in Boston, Denver, Philadelphia, Long Island, New York, Annapolis, Maryland, and Fairfield, Connescticut.No date has been set for the season to begin. The league says it will be guided by CDC recommendations.___Company-wide layoffs by NASCAR on Friday were part of previously planned restructuring. NASCAR did not reveal the number of employees affected. NASCAR “centralized” Iowa Speedway by dismissing most of its staff to instead use the employees from Kansas Speedway. That track is roughly four hours away from Iowa Speedway. The personnel changes were planned as part of restructuring from last years’ merger of NASCAR and track operator sister company International Speedway Corp.
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly considering a move for Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo.The 31-year-old joined Manchester United on loan from Shanghai Shenhua in January and has been in good form for the Red Devils, scoring five times in 18 appearances in all competitions.The striker is due to remain with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side until January 2021, when he is expected to return to his parent club. However, according to Fussballtransfers, PSG are lining up a move for the attacker as they look to bring in a replacement for their all-time leading goalscorer Edinson Cavani.Ighalo only has little over a year left to run on his current deal with Shanghai, although the Chinese outfit are said to be hopeful of agreeing fresh terms.The Nigerian has scored twice in four Europa League appearances this term but is still waiting for his first Premier League goal for Solskjaer’s side.Manchester United signed Ighalo on loan in January, with many criticising the Red Devils for that decision.However, the Nigeria international has done little wrong for the club since moving and has scored five goals in the time since his arrival.United extended Ighalo’s loan spell in June to run until January 2021, with the former Watford star acting as cover to Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood up.PSG have been linked, however, with Thomas Tuchel impressed by Ighalo and wanting him to deputise for the likes of Kylian Mbappe and Mauro Icardi next season.There are claims in some quarters however that PSG have yet to touch base with Ighalo’s camp about a potential move to the Parc des Princes.However, the Nigeria international is said to have no interest in swapping Old Trafford for the Parc des Princes.The striker in currently in Cologne with Manchester United squad and is preparing for their Europa League semifinal clash against Seville tomorrow.Ighalo will be hoping for a chance to make an impact in the game as United look to move a step closer to the trophy.UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUEShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram