Burrow Seven saddles up for MND awareness in support of Leeds Rhinos great Rob | Rugby League News

first_imgOn Monday, we witnessed two great sports come together to help an important cause.A year ago, Rob Burrow was diagnosed with the rare and incurable motor neurone disease. It rocked not just the rugby league community, but sport as a whole.Now, rugby league and horse racing have combined with the Burrow Seven campaign in honour of the former Leeds Rhinos, Great Britain and England star and his continuing effort to raise awareness of the disease.

1 in 3 pet owners admit to getting frisky in front of their furbabies

first_imgAnimal behaviour expert Laura Vissaritis with her pooch Chester. Picture: Josie Hayden.ONE in three pet owners admit to getting frisky in front of their furbaby, a new study shows.A survey of 1600 Aussie pet owners by realestate.com.au found 30 per cent had been frisky with their partner while their precious pooches or much-loved moggies were in the room — a figure that was even higher for cat lovers (40 per cent).The study found two in three cat owners and more than half of dog owners also allow their pet to sleep in bed with them.GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HEREThe Pet Ownership Study collected views on renting with pets, pet ownership and the role pets play in the home.It found renters are going to extreme lengths to secure a rental property, with one in four not disclosing their pets when applying for rental properties and a quarter hiding their furbabies during a property inspection.More than half (53 per cent) of Queensland tenants said they would prefer a pet room-mate over a human — more than in any other state.One in three pet owners admit to having sex with their pet in the room. Picture: Justin Lloyd.But in good news for renters in the Sunshine State, Queensland has the top two most pet-friendly spots in the country — Blackwater and Cooloola Cove.In the southeast corner, Laidley Heights (between Ipswich and Toowoomba), Tamborine in the Gold Coast hinterland and Stanmore in the Moreton Bay region have the most rental properties listed as ‘pet-friendly’ on realestate.com.au.A new survey has found around 90% of Aussies believe landlords favour people without pets. Picture: Sam Rosewarne.Around 90 per cent of Aussies believe landlords favour people without pets when selecting new tenants.But while pets may get a bad rap with landlords, renters surveyed by realestate.com.au admit most of the wear and tear in their home is caused by humans (72 per cent).Realestate.com.au executive general manager Andrew Rechtman said the rental market was already competitive, but the survey findings showed finding a home was an even greater struggle for pet lovers.HOME OF NASA INVENTOR FOR SALE“Over the past 12 months, we’ve had more than 2.3 million searches for pet-friendly rentals on realestate.com.au,” Mr Rechtman said.“To help renters present their pet in the best light, we’ve launched a new ‘pet profiles’ tool.“With this tool renters can now provide a bio and picture of their pet alongside their application.“Since launching pet profiles, we’ve already seen more than 57,500 people add their pet to anapplication and we’ve had a really positive response from property managers and landlords.”Pet lovers are resorting to lying about having a pet when applying for a rental.Pet Insurance Australian spokeswoman Nadia Crighton told The Courier-Mail many pet owners struggled with finding suitable rental accommodation for their entire family “including the furry kind”.“Finding rental accommodation that welcomes pets is no easy task,” she said, adding she also knew of some owners going as far as lying about the pet living in the home.“Sadly, many renters do hide the fact that they have a pet on the premises.“This can cause a huge amount of continual stress and fear that the landowner will discover the pet.”NAB CHANGES CASH RATE CALLA search of pet friendly rental accommodation found 457 listings for Greater Brisbane on realestate.com.au.Last year alone, the Brisbane City Council reported 45,920 inquiries for animal permits and registration.REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella.Real Estate Institute of Queensland chief executive Antonia Mercorella said she was supportive of landlords and tenants coming to a negotiated agreement that permitted pets in a rental property.Ms Mercorella said data suggested there were benefits to landlords allowing pets in their investment properties, as well as the obvious benefits to tenants.“Those households with pets tend to move less often and, due to the fact that there are fewer properties that allow pets, be less likely to break leases to move within a town,” she said.“There is also some suggestion that people with pets would be open to paying higher rents, and perhaps some version of ‘pet insurance’ to accommodate their furry friends.”A new survey has found pet owners are struggling to find rental accommodation.Animal behaviourist Laura Vissaritis said the survey reinforced the bond many people share with their pets.“There aren’t many places we won’t take our pets these days,” she said.“They’re by our side when we’re out to breakfast, at friends’ houses, going shopping and,seemingly, when we’re in the bedroom.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market18 hours ago“While sharing a bed with a dog or cat is something that can divide households, there’s actually no harm in it as long as you’re consistent with your behaviour.”AXE MURDERER’S HOME SOLD FOR MILLIONSBrisbane pet lover Anthony Wallace, 35, spent six months looking for somewhere to live with his rottweiler Kasia, but had no luck.Mr Wallace said he did consider lying about having a dog out of desperation, but thought it would be too hard to get away with it.“It’s kind of hard to hide a rottweiler,” he said.“It’s not like I can just shove her in my handbag.”Anthony Wallace, with his dog Kasia, who he lives with. Picture: Peter Wallis.He eventually found a private rental in the outer suburb of Shailer Park, which he shares with two other housemates.“I found going through a real estate agent — even if they say pets are allowed — there’s no way anyone will let you rent a house with a rottweiler,” Mr Wallace said.“They also seem to give preference to people without dogs or at least with smaller dogs.”When it comes to applying for a rental property, Mr Rechtman suggested applicants let the landlord or property manager know their pet had regular health checks, was registered and microchipped.“You might also consider taking your pet along to an inspection,” he said.SOUTHEAST QLD’S MOST PET FRIENDLY SPOTS1. Laidley Heights2. Tamborine3. Stanmore4. Rosewood5. Walloon6. Laidley7. Woodford8. South Maclean9. Buccan10. Toogoolawah(Source: Realestate.com.au, based on the suburbs with the most rental properties listed as ‘pet-friendly’ in past 12 months)AUSTRALIA’S MOST PET FRIENDLY SPOTS1. Blackwater (QLD)2. Cooloola Cove (QLD)3. Tallangatta (VIC)4. Gledhow (WA)5. Tailem Bend (SA)6. Boddington (WA)7. Eglinton (NSW)8. Lockyer (WA)9. Orana (WA)10. Goombungee (QLD)(Source: Realestate.com.au, based on the suburbs with the most rental properties listed as ‘pet-friendly’ in past 12 months)Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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IPE 360: Pension funds and managers ‘have to know why they are winning’

first_img“This way active managers could be asked to simulate their strategy to convince the pension fund it would actually add value to the portfolio,” the researcher said.Slager pointed out trustee boards were “not ready yet” for a new form of information exchange but he is optimistic for the future: “Talking to trustees who only just started on the boards you see people much more used to new regulations and a two-way dialogue with asset managers.”The €27bn French civil service scheme ERAFP awarded a mandate last month based on data from a “virtual asset management platform” allowing managers to replicate their strategies.Rob Arnott, founder and CEO at Research Affiliates, also emphasised the importance of collecting evidence and using information sensibly, from a fund manager’s perspective.“When someone beats the market there has to be a loser on the other side of the trade,” Arnott said. “If a manager does not have a clear, succinct answer to who that is then they don’t know why they are winning. Indeed they are then the losers.”Knowing why a strategy worked was key to sustainable returns for asset managers, but also for pension funds, he added.“Almost no pension fund committee is willing to record how decisions were made and go back after a few years to see what mistakes they made,” Arnott said. “The same applies to quant managers as they seldom ask whether a strategy enhancement really enhanced the product or just added a performance chaser which weakened the product.”Factor investing ‘not a panacea’Arnott, a vocal advocate of factor-based investing, also warned that relying solely on data was not a good strategy.“It can help as a tool but it tells you nothing about the future – you need to be very aware of the fact that inefficiencies change,” he said.He said he was convinced that “looking at valuations helps”, emphasising this point with the example of quant managers and factor investing: “Inviting 10,000 quants to mine data means they will all come up with the same factors. So we are dealing in a very crowded territory, and the notion that factor investment is some sort of panacea is naïve.”The factors on which most products are based were developed by academia “based on the assumption that markets are efficient” and without allowing for future changes to markets, Arnott said.“Many factors were identified because they were statistical outliers,” he said. “Quants get seduced by data and fail to ask important questions like how can I get hurt, how might inefficiencies change.”Arnott’s research has shown anti-cyclical investment works for factors such as value and momentum. “When valuation is low, value is working fine – when it is high, not so much,” he said. “You have to buy what is out of favour, unloved, and what people want to get rid of.”Arnott has warned of the dangers of overvaluation in factors for some time, through several research papers.In his presentation last week he also reiterated his argument that timing of factor investing was possible, but said it “needs a mindset that is well suited” to one factor, meaning investors should not chase performance when a factor gets cheaper.Alfred Slager also voiced concerns of a point “where the trouble starts” with factor investing. “With pension funds reviewing strategies one of the challenges is to hold a steady and consistent course in factor investing,” he said.Slager added that he had a few concerns regarding pension funds and smart beta: “There were some hasty implementations which only hinged on a few moments of a timeline which the investment committee reported about. It is important to know which part of the performance in these investments is revaluation and which is structural.” Pension funds need to better brief their active managers on which strategies fit into their portfolio, rather than just giving them restrictions, according to speakers at IPE’s 360 conference.Alfred Slager, professor of pension fund management at TIAS School for Business and Society, told delegates: “The future has to be trustees providing design principles and asset managers trying to fit in, rather than pension funds trying to accommodate certain mandates.“This makes a more honest discussion necessary which is more evidence-based.”For this, pension funds needed to “connect the relevant data”. Slager recommended setting up an “open data room” with all a pension fund’s available information available to share with asset managers at an early stage.last_img read more

​Denmark’s Norli wins contract to run NOK600m Norway fund

first_imgNorli Pension, the Danish firm specialising in traditional guaranteed pension schemes, announced it has won a contract to take over the entire portfolio of a Norwegian pension scheme, as it eyes more expansion in the neighbouring Nordic market.The Copenhagen-based pensions firm did not disclose the name of the pension scheme, but said it would take over the management of 550 of its individual policies with total pension assets of around NOK600m (€56.5m) – subject to approval from the Norwegian and Danish financial supervisory authorities.Mads Jakobsen, chair of Norli Pension’s board of directors, said: “We see this as a strategically important step in our ambitions for growth in the Norwegian market.”The firm, which is owned by Nordic Insurance Consolidation Group, specialises in the acquisition and management of traditional, guaranteed average-rate pension schemes in run-off. Its business began with the takeover of a pension portfolio from Skandia in 2015. Last year the Norli Pension’s then chief executive officer Mads Smith Hansen told IPE the case for pooling traditional pension liabilities at firms such as his own was improving, as it was now more complex for pension funds to manage average-rate pensions than the market-rate products they were increasing offering.At the time, he said he believed Norli Pension was the only operator in Denmark actively pursuing this strategy, with the entry barrier to the business being quite high.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Gabon to host 2017 Africa Cup of Nations

first_imgGabon has been awarded hosting rights for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations. The tournament was initially set to take place in Libya, but security concerns have forced CAF to award hosting rights elsewhere.Gabon, which co-hosted the Africa Cup of Nations tournament in 2012, was chosen again Wednesday in a vote by the Confederation of African Football’s (CAF) executive committee in Cairo.Gabon was selected over rival bids from Algeria and Ghana. Equatorial Guinea, which shared the African Cup with Gabon in 2012, hosted on its own this year. Neighbor Gabon will now also get the chance to do that in two years.last_img read more

“He was not one of us…”

first_imgFaithLifestyle “He was not one of us…” by: – September 29, 2012 Share 59 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Sharecenter_img Tweet Share “He was not one of us,” the disciples complained to Jesus about a rival exorcist, “and we tried to stop him.” What this brings to mind is a tendency observable in animals as well as humans. It’s what anthropologists call “the territorial imperative,” the tendency to stake out a claim to something, some form of territory, and by the fact that you stake it out, it becomes yours. Thus where lions live, jaguars fear to tread. That particular area is the lions’ turf. Jaguars trespass there at their own peril. Who laid down the rule? Why, the lions, of course.You can see the same thing with gangs and gang members. Certain areas are marked off and become this or that particular gang’s territory. Members of other gangs and non-members generally do not dare make the mistake of finding themselves there, even if by accident. They’re on the wrong turf, and they could pay for their mistake; they could get killed.Men and women also treat one another as turf. There’s an implicit warning in many a relationship: this person is my turf; no trespassing allowed. Keep off.Turf and possession become equivalent realities, and the tendency to link them starts from small. Many years ago, I was visiting some friends abroad at Christmas. They have three daughters, and the last child was a plump little thing I called “Butterball.” Well, one day I happened to come upon Butterball in her toy room — all wall to wall with toys and other stuffed things. She was in one corner of the room away from the door where I came in. I bent down to tidy up some walking space, in the process picking up a toy lying in the way. She looked up at me and stared, dropped what she was doing, waddled over, snatched the toy from my hand, and said peremptorily: “that is mine.” She was practically the length of a room away, and otherwise preoccupied, but it made no difference. Every stuffed thing in that environment was her turf!There was a time in every parish, I recall, a long time ago indeed, when pews were available for rent. In our parish there were people who came for services late on purpose, on days when the Church was packed, say on Good Friday. They would appear just before the service began, walk down the aisle in style, in a way that everyone could notice, stand next to their pew and point. Not a word was said, but the poor creature sitting there, who thought they had located a great seat for the proceedings, had to get up in shame and head for the back. Talk about territorial imperative!There’s something instinctive in all of us, it seems, a desire to have or lay claim to something of our own, something that becomes peculiarly ours, in terms of which we proceed to define ourselves. So the disciples felt that casting demons was not only their work or their vocation, it was also their possession, their turf. No one else had a right to encroach upon it.The difficulty with this – as the disciples showed – is that the tendency gravitates from territory and material things to things like truth and value, so that the latter also become turf, things we lay claim to in a way that makes them ours, to the complete exclusion of anyone else. A lot of old Catholic feeling about “the one true Church” was territoriality. The Church was ours. No one else had a remote claim to being anything like it. We defended it staunchly, the measure of our staunch defence being the measure of our faith.What that does, of course, is impose defining limits on God, who has to stay within the limits we set. That’s how his honour is served – and his identity circumscribed. There’s no room for anyone else’s claim.The opposite of such exclusionary belief is conveyed in chapter eleven of the Book of Numbers. There we are told that while 70 chosen elders had gone to the tabernacle outside the camp to receive the ability to prophesy from God, two individuals, Eldad and Medad, remained within the camp, but they too were able to prophesy among the Israelites.According to the narrative, Joshua was offended by the occurrence and asked Moses to forbid Eldad and Medad from prophecy. Moses, however, replied that the power was not bestowed restrictively. It was a good thing if all the Israelites could prophesy. “Are you jealous on my account?” Moses corrected him. “Would that all Yahweh’s people were prophets, and He would send his spirit upon them all.”The incident remains one of the finest statements of the democracy of God’s spirit in the whole of the Bible.By: Henry Charles PhDlast_img read more

USDA: Fill your picnic basket with ‘Food Safety’

first_imgBring the right amount of food that you will consume at your picnic, but if you still have some leftovers, don’t leave them outdoors for more than 2 hours.Foodborne illnesses can be prevented by properly handling food at home or outdoors. Make sure to follow our four steps – Clean, Separate, Cook and Chill – to food safety all year and during special occasions like this Memorial Day holiday.Need more food safety information? Call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at (1-888-674-6854) Monday through Friday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET, or email or chat at AskKaren.gov. Washington D.C. — Memorial Day kicks off the official start of summer. The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to remind you to prevent foodborne illness before you light up that grill and pack up the cooler. Hot and humid weather combined with outdoor activities, provide the perfect environment for harmful bacteria to multiply on food and make people sick.Fill your picnic basket with these items that will help keep your summer fun while handling food at your Memorial Day gathering:If running water is not available, bring soap, paper towels, hand sanitizer or moist towelettes. This will help keep your hands clean throughout the day especially after handling any raw meat or poultry.Avoid cross-contamination by using clean plates and utensils. Don’t place cooked food on a plate that once held raw meat or poultry.Bring a couple of portable coolers – one for perishable foods and one for beverages– filled with ice. Perishable items like raw chicken, burgers or appetizers like fresh salsa, guacamole or bean salads should be kept at 40⁰F or below.Don’t forget the food thermometer! Cook meat and poultry to the safe internal temperatures. Checking the temperature is the only way to know if your food is safe to consume. USDA recommended safe minimum internal temperatures are:Beef, pork, lamb and veal (steaks, roasts and chops): 145°F with a three-minute rest timeFish: 145°FGround meats (beef, veal, lamb, pork): 160°FWhole poultry, poultry breasts and ground poultry: 165°Flast_img read more

Pulis: I’ll talk to Sessegnon

first_imgWest Brom boss Tony Pulis will talk to Stephane Sessegnon about diving after the forward was booked for simulation against Southampton at the weekend. “I’ve looked at it but I’ll speak to Sess first, before I speak to anybody else,” he said. “It’s not a delicate one to talk about at all. My stance is that it should not be in the game.” Pulis said after the Saints win: “At the last club I was at (Crystal Palace) I made sure that didn’t happen. “I don’t expect players to dive.” Sessegnon could be the closest thing Pulis has to a striker for Tuesday’s local derby against Aston Villa, with Brown Ideye, Saido Berahino and Victor Anichebe all doubts. “We’re still not sure about Brown or Saido,” said the Welshman. “It will be a late call before the game on those two before we make a decision on either of them. “I don’t think Victor will be fit either, so we’ve got one or two issues there. Press Association “The fact is we want them fit. They’ve been very, very good for us over the past month or so and we want to keep the team that’s been successful together, and they’ve been a big part of it. “Saido’s grown into what we’re trying to do and he has a special talent. He’s one we have to nurture and make sure that everything which evolves with him now is geared towards him becoming a very, very good player. He’s got the opportunity, the chance, to do that.” While Albion have pulled themselves eight points clear of the relegation zone under Pulis, Villa’s plight goes from bad to worse. Albion’s local rivals currently sit second from bottom, with new manager Tim Sherwood having lost his first two games. “This game is as big as the game against Southampton was on Saturday,” said Pulis. “It’s about three points and it’s about local bragging rights too which makes it a bigger game locally.” He added: “I like Tim. He’s a very, very honest, straight-talking chap. “There’s no fluff surrounding him. He’s a good football man, he’s worked for some good managers and coaches and has taken lots of good things on board. He is what he is and he’ll leave all the jargon to other people.” The Benin international received a yellow card during Saturday’s 1-0 Barclays Premier League win when he took on full-back Nathaniel Clyne before going to ground inside the box. Pulis has vowed to discuss the matter with Sessegnon on Monday and insists his views on it are clear. last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img— Falcons defensive tackle Tyeler Davison has agreed to a three-year contract extension. Davison started 12 of 16 games for Atlanta last season, recording a career-high 55 tackles with one sack and one fumble recovery.— Veteran tackle Anthony Castonzo has agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Colts. The 31-year-old has been the anchor of the offensive line since he arrived in 2011 as a first-round pick. Castonzo has started all 132 games he has appeared in during his NFL career, plus eight postseason games.GOLF-PREMIER LEAGUE-KOEPKAKoepka passing on Premier Golf LeagueUNDATED (AP) — The proposed Premier Golf League is getting the cold shoulder from at least two of the game’s top players. Additionally, the league’s business season will start as scheduled on Wednesday. However, there was no immediate word on timing and potential format changes for the draft, scheduled for Las Vegas from April 23-25.In other NFL news:— The Titans are keeping the quarterback who led them within a victory of the Super Bowl, agreeing to a four-year, $118 million extension with Ryan Tannehill. The Titans went 7-3 over their final 10 regular-season games after Tannehill replaced Marcus Mariota (mar-ee-OH’-tah). Tannehill was 9-4 as a starter last season and led the NFL with a career-best 117.5 passer rating, the fourth-highest in NFL history and a franchise best. He threw for 2,742 yards with 22 touchdowns and six interceptions during the regular season after coming to Tennessee from the Dolphins.— The Patriots have extended the contract of safety Devin McCourty, who is eighth in team history with 26 interceptions. The 32-year-old McCourty has spent his entire 10-year NFL career with New England.— A person familiar with the trade says the Ravens have acquired five-time Pro Bowl defensive lineman Calais Campbell from the Jaguars for a fifth-round pick in next month’s draft. The 33-year-old Campbell was due to earn $15 million this season and count $17.5 million against Jacksonville’s salary cap. He’s expected to agree to a revised deal with the Ravens. Associated Press New recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday night seem to suggest that sports in this country could for all intents and purposes be gone until May, if not later.That’s twice as long as the 30-day shutdowns that the NBA, NHL and Major League Soccer decided to put into place last week. The league suspensions were in response to the global coronavirus pandemic that has already made a deep impact on the U.S. financial markets and has been blamed for at least 64 deaths in this country.Major League Baseball also was going with what essentially was a 30-day shutdown after canceling the rest of spring training and pushing back the start of regular season play for two weeks; Opening Day was to have been March 26.In other virus-related news:— A New York Yankees minor league prospect has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Yankees didn’t identify the player, who is the first known player affiliated with Major League Baseball to contract COVID-19. The team said the player had spent his entire time at the minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, and hadn’t been over at the main stadium and facilities used by the major leaguers. Update on the latest sports — NCAA vice president of men’s basketball Dan Gavitt says brackets won’t be created for the NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments that were canceled due to coronavirus concerns. The men’s NCAA Tournament field had been scheduled to be announced on Sunday. Gavitt says there’s not an authentic way to produce tournament fields and brackets at this point without speculating. College basketball’s showcase was canceled Thursday. That led to suggestions from coaches and athletic directors to release brackets for the event even though it won’t happen this year.— The Marlins became the first organization to completely close their complex, sending players home from Jupiter, Florida. The Rangers followed suit, closing down their camp in Arizona.— Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan and his players have partnered to establish a fund to provide financial assistance to the team’s part-time employees adversely affected by the loss of games and events due to the pandemic.— Major League Soccer has extended the moratorium on team training through Friday. MLS announced a 30-day suspension of match play on Thursday because of the coronavirus.— The Seattle Sounders say a member of the team’s support staff is in isolation after testing positive for COVID-19. The MLS team says the individual did not have access to the general public and “only had access to the team in controlled areas during the game.” The team said no players or coaches have reported having any symptoms related to the coronavirus. — The Texas racetrack that hosts the Formula One U.S. Grand Prix and other motor racing series announced it is closing indefinitely after a series of cancellations because of concerns about the coronavirus. The Circuit of the Americas was supposed to host the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas on April 5 and the IndyCar Challenge on April 26. Both races have been canceled.— The New York State Olympic Regional Development Authority says all of the ski areas and venues that it manages will suspend operation at the close of business today. Closures include all Nordic and Alpine ski resorts including Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, Belleayre Mountain Ski Resort in the Catskills, Gore Mountain in North Creek and Whiteface Mountain in Wilmington, near Lake Placid. All Lake Placid Olympic sites will also be closing, including the Olympic Jumping Complex, Olympic Sports Complex, The Olympic Oval and the Olympic Center including its museum and retail shops.— Professional soccer is shutting down in Mexico following Sunday’s matches, which were already being played with no fans present as a precaution due to the new coronavirus. The measure applies to the men’s top flight and second division as well as the fledgling women’s league. Soccer officials said in a statement that the suspension would remain in effect until it’s determined that it’s safe to restart play in coordination with Mexico’s Health Department.— Brazil’s soccer confederation has suspended all competitions under its control due to the coronavirus outbreak. The tournaments affected include the men’s Brazilian Cup, the top two tiers of the women’s Brazilian championship, and junior tournaments. The men’s top-tier Brazilian championship is scheduled to begin in April. The decision does not affect state championships currently being played. Some matches were held without any fans this weekend in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. São Paulo, Rio and other state soccer bodies are set to decide Monday on their course of action.NFL-NEWS March 15, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSCDC hints sports schedules could be shut down through AprilUNDATED (AP) — The already-delayed professional sports seasons in North America could be on hiatus for significantly longer than first planned. NFL players approve labor deal, including 17-game seasonUNDATED (AP) — The NFL will have labor peace through at least the 2030 season.Players have approved a new labor agreement with the league that features a 17-game regular season, higher salaries, increased roster sizes and larger pensions for current and former players. The package was accepted by the 32 team owners last month and was initially rejected by the union’s executive board by a 6-5 vote. Player representatives voted 17-14 in favor, with one abstention. Union members had the final say and approved it by a 1,109-959 margin.The 17-game schedule won’t happen before the 2021 season. The mechanics for an uneven number of games will be worked out in the interim, with the possibility of the extra game being played on neutral sites.Owners are adding two playoff teams, bringing the total to 14. That will occur this season, with only the top team in each conference getting a wild-card bye. Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) tells The Associated Press he has no interest in the league, saying he has “a hard time believing golf should be about just 48 players.” With golf shutting down over concerns about the new coronavirus, Koepka said he wanted it made clear he wasn’t going anywhere.Koepka was the top-ranked golfer until Rory McIlroy replaced him last month. McIlroy already has passed in the Premier Golf League, saying he valued his freedom to decide when and where to play instead of the proposed schedule of 18 tournaments, not including the majors.Koepka’s decision is another setback to a league promising guaranteed money and a team concept.PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan made it clear in a memo to players in late January that its tour members could not play both.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Mathews leads F-M swimmers to win over J-D

first_imgShare this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story But J-D earned plenty of individual titles, led by Hesler, who broke two minutes to win the 200 freestyle in 1:59.81 and then was victorious in the 100 butterfly, edging Luttrell, 1:00.90 to 1:00.97.Lister also won twice, claiming the 100 freestyle in 57.79 seconds and edging Bebla, 1:11.97 to 1:12.40, in the 100 breaststroke, while Ninestein won the 100 backstroke in 1:05.86 to teammate Claire Huyck’s 1:06.95. In diving, J-D’s Abby McGuire won with 201.15 points as F-M’s Alessandra Manicone was second with 177.30 points.Two days earlier, J-D defeated Mexico 93-74, where it showed immediate strength when Hesler, Ninestein, Lister and Bebla went 1:58.19 to win the 200 medley relay.Hesler claimed the 50 freestyle in 25.32 seconds and was second (54.69 seconds) to the Tigers’ Alexa von Holtz (54.25) in a fast 100 freestyle.Ninestein edged Mexico’s Reatha von Holtz, 1:07.44 to 1:08.27, in the 100 backstroke after finishing second in the 100 butterfly in 1:04.21. She also paired with Hesler, Lister and Kathryn Donaghue to win the 200 freestyle relay in 1:46.93.A series of second and third-place finishes helped J-D overcome Mexico’s individual strength, along with a 1-2-3 diving sweep as McGuire (200.85 points) held off Grace Evans  (192.30), with Kyra McDevitt third.Meanwhile, CBA was involved in a unique meet against the Cicero-North Syracuse side with which it shares Le Moyne College as a home pool. Their meet ended in a rare 92.5-92.5 tie.It all went back to the opening 200 medley relay, where the Brothers’ top side was disqualified, giving C-NS what turned out to be its lone race victory.Otherwise, the Northstars used a long string of second and third-place finishes to maintain its points lead. C-NS even finished second and third in the closing 400 freestyle relay to keep CBA from overtaking them.Despite this, the Brothers’ top swimmers continued to put up great times. Kayla Newman swam the 200 freestyle in 1:57.99 and the 500 freestyle in 5:18.27 as Darien Tompkins went 1:03.02 in the 100 backstroke and 2:19.45 in the 200 IM.Kaitlyn Bushnell swept the 50 freestyle (25.67 seconds) and 100 freestyle (56.96 seconds) as Lauren Kelly went 1:01.53 in the 100 butterfly and 1:07.75 to win the 100 breaststroke.Making no mistakes in the other relays, CBA had Kelly, Bushnell, Ally Howard and Kathryn Nardella go 1:45.19 in the 200 freestyle relay as Tompkins, Newman, Bushnell and Sophia Silver won the 400 freestyle relay in 3:54.87.CBA did win on Friday, though, prevailing 102-88 over Skaneateles as Newman improved to 5:10.85 in the 500 freestyle after a 200 freestyle clocking of 1:58.94.Kelly swam the 50 freestyle in 24.47 seconds and the 100 breaststroke in 1:07.83, with Tompkins going 1:03.26 to hold off the Lakers’ Lily Buchholz (1:04.32) in the 100 backstroke after a winning 1:00.82 in the 100 butterfly. Sophia Menar won in diving with 202.80 points, just ahead of Skanetaeles’ Lexis Cottrill (198.45) as Bushnell was victorious in the 100 freestyle. Then, in the 500 freestyle, Mathews pulled away for an easy victory in 5:34.94 as Meghan Seidberg finished second in 5:51.96. To close out the meet, Mathews paired with Kingsley, Emma Luttrell and Hannah Kellogg to post a top time of 3:50.53.Georgia Langan, in 26.42 seconds, beat out J-D’s Julia Antoine (26.96) in the 50 freestyle, but F-M mostly built its winning margin with second and third-place finishes in other events to go with a sweep of the relays.Luttrell and Kellogg, helped by Kingsley and Addie Anthsel, opened the meet by going 1:57.14 to beat out J-D’s quartet of Antoine, Gwen Lister, Emily Ninestein and Sofia Bebla, who finished in 1:58.89. Later, in the 200 freestyle relay, the Hornets had Kellogg, Luttrell, Kingsley and Langan work together to go 1:45.08, well clear of the Red Rams’ time of 1:50.66. Tags: CBAF-Mgirls swimmingJ-D In the course of two weeks, the Fayetteville-Manlius girls swim team has claimed victories over each of its closest neighbors.Having claimed a 94-90 classic over Christian Brothers Academy on Sept. 10 at Cazenovia College, the Hornets went to Jamesville-DeWitt Thursday night and, led by Lindsay Mathews, recorded a 95-88 victory over the Red Rams.Mathews got her first title in the 200-yard individual medley, needing two minutes, 23.64 seconds to hold off teammate Morgan Kingsley (2:25.31) for that race.last_img read more