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Oct
18

Antonio Conte slams former Arsenal and Manchester United transfer target Ivan Perisic

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Antonio Conte slams former Arsenal and Manchester United transfer target Ivan Perisic Antonio Conte was unimpressed with Ivan Perisic’s contribution against Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Antonio Conte has hinted Ivan Perisic’s days at Inter could be numbered after the Croatia international struggled to make a positive impression against Manchester United.The Premier League side continued their impressive pre-season form with a 1-0 win which came courtesy of a late goal from teenage sensation Mason Greenwood.Perisic came close to a move to Old Trafford last summer, but United were unable to agree a fee with Inter, much to the annoyance of Jose Mourinho.The 30-year-old was subsequently the subject of a failed bid from Arsenal in January but he could finally be on the move judging by Conte’s scathing assessment of his contribution as a second half substitute in Singapore.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Ivan Perisic failed to impress Antonio Conte against Manchester United (Picture: Getty)‘We are working but the answers are not positive,’ the Inter boss said of Perisic.‘I don’t think he is adapting to the role that I asked him to do.‘The only place he can play right now is as a striker. On the other hand, I saw Dalbert applying himself greatly in this match.‘We have to improve so much from all points of view. We have a lot of work to do and we will do it.’Conte reiterated his desire, meanwhile, to sign Romelu Lukaku after Inter’s latest bid of around £54million was rejected.center_img Antonio Conte wants to sign Romelu Luaku despite Inter’s latest bid having been rejected (Picture: Getty)‘He is a United player and for this reason we must show great respect for the club, for the player and also for my own players,’ he added.‘Lukaku is a player that I like because I consider him a player that could improve our team.‘On one side is my will and my hope. On the other side we will see what we find with the club.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 20 Jul 2019 6:46 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link988Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Oct
6

You get more bang for your property buck in this suburb

first_imgShaun Birley is renting at Bulimba but has bought at North Lakes. Picture: Darren England.WIGHTS Mountain, only 20km from the CBD, has been revealed as one of Brisbane’s hidden property gems.New research found the suburb was a bargain property enclave where you get more bang for your buck based on the price per square metre.The median price per square metre worked out to $40, based on a median house price of $817,000 and a median property size of 20,215sq m.Brisbane is the only eastern seaboard capital city where you can buy a property that cheaply according to analysis from realestate.com.au based on how much it costs on average per square metre to buy in Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne.There were only four properties listed for sale in the suburb on realestate.com.au at the moment, with the cheapest in the mid $800,000s and the most expensive $1.8 million.What makes the suburb so affordable per square metre is that the average property size in the suburb is more than 20,000 sq m.This home at 7 Janley Court Wights Mountain is listed for $1,800,000 plus and it comes with plenty of land – 1.52ha.Picture: realestate.com.auIn Sydney the cheapest was Old Guildford, 21km from the CBD, where the median price per square metre was $1072 and in Melbourne it was North Warrandyte, 24km from the CDB where the median price per square metre was $239.Brisbane’s most expensive suburb per square metre was Teneriffe where it was $5440 per square metre.Andrew Rechtman, realestate.com.au EGM residential, said they had analysed the difference in prices based on the median house price for every suburb and the median square metre size of property in those suburbs.In Sydney and Melbourne none of the top ten cheapest suburbs per square metre had a price that was less than triple digits, while Brisbane had five and all were within about 20km of the CBD.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home3 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor3 hours agoMr Rechtman said Teneriffe was much cheaper than its southern counterparts.“We compared Brisbane to Sydney and Melbourne and the most expensive suburb in Brisbane was Teneriffe, so about $5400sq m. That compares to East Melbourne which is very close, about two kms from the CBD, at $12,050 per square metre and in Sydney a whopping $22,050 for Millers Point,’’ he said.Mr Rechtman said the next most expensive in Brisbane was way below Teneriffe in price, it was Spring Hill at $3880 per square metre.“If you are looking for bang for your buck across the three major capital cities in Australia, Brisbane is clearly the best value based on this analysis of the price per square metre,’’ he said.“For example if you were in the most expensive suburb in Brisbane , Teneriffe, that would not even make the top ten in either Melbourne or Sydney.“That is probably a reason why a lot of investors have certainly been looking over the last couple of years to buy freestanding homes in Brisbane. The yield is pretty solid and with a view that the capital growth over the long term will improve, given that Brisbane is a growing city with improved infrastructure and more amenity, Brisbane still represents really good value for people looking to purchase a home or house.’’Shaun Birley knows how much cheaper it can be to buy, live or rent in Brisbane compared with Sydney. He moved to Brisbane two years ago from Sydney and said even his sister now was struggling to find a one-bedroom apartment in Sydney for around $850,000.Renting at Bulimba Mr Birley was keen to take advantage of the First Home Buyers grant, but with that suburb prominent in the top ten most expensive – it had a price per square metre of $2588, so he had to look further out to North Lakes to buy.It was more than half the price per square metre – $1059 – in North Lakes and he secured a three bedroom, two-storey townhouse for $499,000.To take advantage of the grant Mr Birley needed to buy a property for less than $500,000 and that was too hard to find in Bulimba.”I couldn’t really find anything, apart from an apartment and that apartment market is saturated at the moment.’’last_img read more

Sep
29

French civil service pension fund awards US equity mandates

first_imgThe financial management will be delegated to Loomis, Sayles & Company and Robeco Boston Partners, respectively.The standby mandate has been awarded to Morgan Stanley Investment Management.The portfolios will be invested mainly in US equities with a long-term investment horizon and the objective of outperforming the MSCI USA index.The management will also be conviction-based, with no tracking error limit.Investment will be based on an in-depth fundamental analysis of each portfolio line, involving regular dialogue with target companies.The asset managers will analyse each portfolio line in the light of the ERAFP’s SRI guidelines, either in-house or using outside providers.As an indication, the amounts to be invested over a three-year horizon could amount to around €300m, ERAFP saidThe initial term of the contracts will be five years, with the possibility for ERAFP to renew each contract for three successive one-year periods.The French pension fund currently has more than €15bn invested in accordance with a wholly SRI approach.As a signatory of the UN Principles for Responsible Investment, in 2006, it has adopted an SRI Charter based on the following five fundamental values: respect of the right of law and human rights; social progress; social democracy; the environment; and proper governance and transparency. ERAFP, the French civil service pension fund, has awarded two active mandates and one standby mandate for the management of US equities.The pension fund initially launched a restricted call for tenders in March.It said it awarded the mandates in line with it policy of broadening its investment universe and in accordance with the five values of its socially responsible investment (SRI) charter.Following a selection process, ERAFP awarded the active mandates to Natixis Asset Management and Robeco Institutional Asset Management.last_img read more

Sep
29

PFZW struggling to negotiate bonus-malus fee arrangements

first_img“In particular, with long-term private investments, the practice is still very much focused on performance-related fees,” she told FD.She also cited the challenge of co-operating with other pension funds on the issue, “as it could be considered market manipulation”.A spokesman for APG – asset manager for the €334bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP – said the scheme had not taken a bonus-malus approach in its recent negotiations with external managers.He said APG preferred that external managers also take stakes in any given investment.“That way, they will also feel the pain of a low return,” he said. “In our opinion, this is more effective than punishing them.” PFZW, the €156bn pension fund for the Dutch healthcare industry, has said it has not yet succeeded in negotiating bonus-malus fee arrangements with external asset managers.According to local news daily Het Financieele Dagblad (FD), a PFZW spokeswoman said: “The asset managers have not just agreed like that – it has turned out to be a difficult subject.”Last April, Peter Borgdorff, PFZW’s director, announced that his pension fund would seek to penalise external asset managers for poor results.Yet, according to PFZW’s spokeswoman, changing the industry’s current culture has proved “very difficult”.last_img read more

Sep
24

Tech World

first_imgNoticed in the Indy Star that the Indianapolis Motor Speedway is gearing up for the busy month of May. Verizon is installing doppler radar balls around the track to ensure that the people attending the events, such as the 500, can use their cell phones and other hand-held communication devices.  Every year the use of video content increases tremendously.  Verizon expects it to double each year for the foreseeable future.If you get to attend an event at the Indy 5oo, look for these large white balls.  They are allowing you to attend the race and not have to give up any of your viewing and communication devices.  They will work just like you are sitting in your living room.How long will it be before the cars will drive themselves?last_img read more

Sep
23

IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars get top billing at Crist Memorial

first_imgThe third annual special is sponsored by the Crist family. Along with a minimum of $125 to start and $162 for the longest tow, the Friday, July 26 event pays $62 to each race winner, the driver who draws the number 62 pill and to the hard luck award recipient. OSBORN, Mo. – IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars run for $1,262 to win US 36 Raceway’s Joe Crist Memorial Shootout. There is no entry fee. IMCA Modifieds and IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cards are also on the card, with IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, regional, E3 Sparks Plugs State and track points to be awarded.  Pit gates open at 4 p.m. and the grandstand opens at 6 p.m. Hot laps are at 7:30 p.m., racing at 8 p.m.center_img Pit passes are $35. Grandstand admission is $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and military, $5 for kids ages 7-12 and free for six and under. More information is available by calling 816 752-3645.last_img read more

Sep
21

Swans frustrated with Laudrup agent

first_img It is understood the relationship between Tutumlu, who has worked with 48-year-old Laudrup since his playing days at Barcelona, and Swans chairman Huw Jenkins has broken down since the end of the season with reports suggesting the agent has attempted to sell Wales defender Ashley Williams. The 28-year-old centre-back has been linked with both Arsenal and Liverpool but Jenkins and the Swansea board are understood to be opposed to any potential sale. As a result, the Barclays Premier League club are thought to have decided to have no more involvement in any transactions or dealings with Tutumlu or any players connected to him. A report published in the South Wales Evening Post suggested Tutumlu has also tried to recruit players including St Etienne striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Wigan forward Arouna Kone “behind the club’s back”. It is, however, understood that Laudrup’s close connection to Tutumlu does not mean the Dane’s position at Swansea, with whom he is under contract until 2015, is under threat. Swansea have severed ties with manager Michael Laudrup’s agent Bayram Tutumlu following a dispute over transfer policy, Press Association Sport understands.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

Sep
20

Lennon delight at Toffees switch

first_img Press Association Aaron Lennon has insisted he is “buzzing” to be at Everton despite posing for a series of glum-looking photographs for his new club. The England winger joined the Toffees from Tottenham on loan for the rest of the season on transfer deadline day. The 27-year-old is hoping to revive his career after falling out of favour at Spurs but the official pictures released by Everton after his signing were not flattering. “Everything about Everton made me excited to join. I’ve always liked the club, the way the manager (Roberto Martinez) has got the team playing and the squad that they have – it was the most attractive to me and it was an easy decision for me.” Martinez has indicated Lennon could be thrown straight into action in Saturday’s Merseyside derby against Liverpool at Goodison Park. Martinez said: “We need to see where he is physically and his match fitness but he has been involved in 17 games in half of a season which is a good return. “He is a player that will look forward to these games and, from our point of view, it’s the perfect baptism at our club – to go into a Merseyside derby is a really interesting start. It’s not going to faze him.” The club’s website posted a gallery of pictures following his arrival, including an image of him holding up a shirt and others of him at various points around the training ground, in which he did not appear very happy. Those underwhelming shots attracted much attention on social media but the player has spoken out to put the record straight. He tweeted: “Even though i may not look it in the pics ?? I’m buzzing to be here,enjoyed my 1st day at training and everyone made me feel really welcome. Can’t wait for the next few months now!!!” Lennon, who has 21 England caps, went further in an interview with the club’s website, saying Everton were his first choice once he knew of their interest. It was thought the former Leeds trainee was close to joining Hull while he was also linked to Stoke. Lennon told evertonfc.com: “I’m delighted. It’s obviously been a tough start to the year for me, but I was over the moon when I got the call. “It was a hectic day yesterday and it was a busy weekend, too. I was speaking to a lot of clubs, a lot of managers, but this was the one I wanted. “Finally, when I got the call from Everton, there wasn’t really a choice, I just couldn’t wait to get up here and I’m glad it was all sorted. last_img read more

Sep
19

Williams, Crawford occupy podium places at Tobago Cycling Classic

first_imgGUYANA’s national road race champion Geron Williams and fellow Guyanese Romello Crawford found themselves on the podium in the 2016 edition of the Tobago Cycling Classic which concluded on Saturday in the Twin Island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.According to reports, Williams, Guyana’s only professional cyclist, competing for Team Foundation of the United States,placed second overall after placing ninth in the first leg on Tuesday last, third in the third leg on Friday and third again in the final leg on Saturday.Crawford on the other hand, representing Team PSL of Trinidad and Tobago,placed second overall in the Division Two category after placing second to Team Southclaine’s Jabari Whiteman of Trinidad in the 20-lap race on Saturday.CRL’s Arno Van Der Zwet of the Netherlands won the Overall Division One title after riding consistently throughout the four-stage event and placing fourth in the final leg (60 laps) on Saturday. The final stage was contested around Market Square-Wilson Road.Williams’ team Foundation teammate Norlandy Sanchez of the Dominican Republic edged him (Williams) to win the final leg, but Williams’ performance throughout the four-day event earned him the podium spot ahead of Sanchez in the overall standing.Jamaican Marlo Rodman,who won the overall title last year and was tipped to make a repeat this year,was nowhere among the top four overall finishers.He won the 60-lap criterium on Friday, finishing ahead of his PSL team-mate Nick Stopler of Netherlands and Williams (Guyana/Team Foundation).FINAL overall ResultsDivision One (60 laps)1—Norlandy Sanchez (Dom Rep/Team Foundation)2—Gerron Williams (GUY/Team Foundation)3—Arno Van Der Zwet (NED/PSL)4—Louis Diaz (VEN/The Braves)Overall: Arno Van Der Zwet (NED/PSL)Sprint Prime: Marlo Rodman (JAM/PSL)Division Two (20 laps)1—Jabari Whiteman (T&T/Southclaine)2—Romello Crawford (GUY/PSL)3—Tremayne Forde-Catwell (BAR/Swift)Overall: Jabari Whiteman (T&T/Southclaine)Division Three (5 laps)1—D’Angelo Harris (T&T/Unattached)2—Tariq Woods (T&T/Team Woods)3—Dexter Henry (Tobago/Unattached)(CAPTION) Guyanese Geron Williams (second left) trails his Team Foundation teammate Noriandy Sanchez of the Dominican Republic across the finish line during the fourth stage of the Tobago Cycling Classic.last_img read more

Sep
19

The Latest: Orlando Magic arena becomes distribution center

first_imgAccording to the website of the Quebec-based company, its customers include 28 NHL clubs, 16 in the NFL, and six in MLB.___West Ham has become the latest Premier League club to announce its players will defer some wages as the competition is suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.The percentage of the wages being held back was not disclosed by the London club on Friday.West Ham did say manager David Moyes, vice chair Karren Brady and finance director Andy Mollett are taking a 30% pay reduction. Associated Press The Latest: Orlando Magic arena becomes distribution center Co-owners David Sullivan, David Gold and fellow shareholders are also injecting 30 million pounds into the club.West Ham says “the savings created by the measures above will support the entire infrastructure of the club and enable us to retain jobs and continue to pay 100% of staff salaries.”Southampton said Thursday that its players would defer three months’ wages.Premier League clubs as a collective had hoped squads would all cut wages by 30% but the players’ union rejected the proposal.___ ___The Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League has loaned two sanitation machines to a local hospital to see if they could help clean personal protective equipment worn by hospital staff.The Crunch uses one of the machines in its locker room and the other to clean equipment but doesn’t need them right now with sports on hold because of the coronavirus pandemic. Turns out they’re a good fit at Upstate University Hospital.Chief executive officer Dr. Robert Corona thought of the idea. He says after careful analysis of tests performed by the hospital’s infection control team, infectious disease specialists, microbiology team and other clinical experts, the hospital has developed a process for collecting used shields, decontaminating them with the Sani Sport sanitation machines, and re-using the shields.Crunch chief operation officer Jim Sarosy says the AHL has been in touch with the other teams in the league, and he says a firehouse in Boston and the State University of New York at Cortland also have reached out to the team. The family of Kenny Dalglish says the former Liverpool player and manager has tested positive for the coronavirus but “remains asymptomatic.”The 69-year-old Dalglish was hospitalized on Wednesday as an infection required intravenous antibiotics.A COVID-19 test unexpectedly showed he had the disease despite previously displaying no symptoms.Dalglish’s family says “prior to his admission to hospital, Sir Kenny had chosen to voluntarily self isolate for longer than the advised period together with his family. He would urge everyone to follow the relevant government and expert guidance in the days and weeks ahead.”The family statement concluded by saying Dalglish “looks forward to being home soon.” __Portuguese officials have defended Cristiano Ronaldo after he left home and was seen training with other people at a soccer pitch amid a national lockdown to stem the coronavirus outbreak.The incident occurred on the island of Madeira, his birthplace. He was observed shooting a ball at a goal with someone playing goalkeeper, along with two other people. They all appeared to be several meters apart.“Cristiano did solely a few minutes of exercize and from that comes no harm to the world,” regional health authority Carlos Ramos said.“All citizens can go out and do some physical exercize as long as they do not gather in big groups and keep their distance from other people they may encounter while exercizing,” Ramos said. “So I think that Cristiano did only what we have seen.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Orlando Magic’s home arena will become a distribution center for medical equipment and supplies as part of the ongoing response to the coronavirus pandemic. The FFT says practical arrangements for the allocation still need to be discussed.The ATP and WTA announced this month that the men’s and women’s professional tours would be suspended until at least July 13. Wimbledon has been canceled because of the deadly virus while the start of the French Open has been postponed from late May to late September.___Florida State offensive lineman Andrew Boselli says he had the coronavirus and detailed some of what his famous father went through in his own fight against COVID-19.The son of former NFL lineman Tony Boselli says in a first-person account he wrote for Florida State’s athletic department website that he dealt with the worst of the virus for about three days. The Seminoles’ lineman wrote that he wants “everyone to know just how hard it was. I spent days feeling miserable” and his healthy 47-year-old father with no underlying health conditions “spent three days in the intensive care unit.”Tony Boselli is now back home and Andrew Boselli says he and his family are recovering from the massive scare. He says his brother and mother also dealt with the virus.Andrew Boselli says he’s looking forward to being around fellow students and teammates again but added a word of caution by writing “the only way for that to happen is listen to the experts and follow their guidance.”___Turkmenistan is set to restart its suspended soccer league amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___The nationwide lockdown in Italy has been extended through May 3 but Sports Minister Vincenzo Spadafora is urging the country’s sports federations to develop health protocols in order to resume activity on May 4.Spadafora urges sports authorities “not to let these weeks be lost” and to urgently make plans for when the lockdown expires.Previously, the lockdown was set to expire on Monday.The extension came as the number of people in Italian hospitals and intensive care wards eases and the growth in the number of new cases and deaths is narrowing. Experts have said it will take a decrease in the number of cases to enter a so-called Phase II, allowing more freedom of movement to individuals but with precautions to guard against any new outbreaks. Italy has suffered the most deaths of any nation, nearly 19,000, and is nearing 150,000 cases, hitting 147,577 on Friday.___The Milwaukee Bucks have established an emergency relief fund for part-time employees of FiServ Forum, the team’s home arena.The Bucks Emergency Relief Fund will provide financial relief for part-time employees of the arena’s food and beverage provider, housekeeping employer and parking partners. The Central Asian nation will become part of a small group of countries around the world where professional soccer is being played despite the virus outbreak. That includes the former Soviet nations of Belarus and Tajikistan, as well as Burundi and Nicaragua.The eight-team Turkmenistan league was suspended on March 24. The national soccer federation says it will resume on April 19. Fans will be allowed to attend games.Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the coronavirus.___The Russian sports minister says it’s time for international authorities to “turn a new page” and forget the country’s Olympic doping ban because of the coronavirus pandemic. Rizzo says no players for the reigning World Series champions have shown any symptoms of COVID-19 at any point and so no one has been tested.He said the team’s medical staff checks in each day with every player and staff member.According to Rizzo, the employee who got the illness was at the team’s spring training facility in West Palm Beach, Florida, and now is home and his quarantine has ended. Rizzo said the employee is fever-free and symptom-free.Rizzo did not identify the person who was sick other than to say it is not someone who plays for the Nationals — “and we’re going to keep it at that.” The GM said the person tested positive “well after” the Nationals already had shut down their facilities in Florida and Washington.Rizzo also said Friday on a conference call with reporters that the Nationals are partnering with chef José Andrés to distribute tens of thousands of meals per day to people in need in parts of Washington. April 10, 2020 ESPN has televised the bee since 1994. On Sunday, it will first show the 1997 bee, which was memorably won by Rebecca Sealfon of Brooklyn, New York. Sealfon’s excitement when she was given her winning word of “euonym” — a name well suited to the person, place or thing named — became a classic spelling bee moment when she yelled out each letter.ESPN will also show the 2004 bee won by David Tidmarsh of South Bend, Indiana, and the 2008 bee won by Sameer Mishra of Lafayette, Indiana. ___ The French tennis federation has set up a support plan worth 35 million euros ($38 million) to help professional players facing financial problems because of the coronavirus pandemic.The FFT says it has approved the scheme that will also benefit clubs, coaches, instructors, officials and tournament organizers affected by the health crisis. Portugal has been under a state of emergency for three weeks. People are confined to their homes, but they can leave to exercize individually. The country has more than 15,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 435 deaths. ___Basketball’s Sabrina Ionescu, soccer’s Carli Lloyd and swimming’s Katie Ledecky are among the athletes who will help young girls and women stay mentally and physically fit during the coronavirus pandemic.The Women’s Sports Foundation and Yahoo Sports are launching #WeKeepPlaying, a live-stream event on Saturday at 4 p.m. EDT. They’ll join tennis great Billie Jean King and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in taking questions from young athletes and providing tips on resilience and training.King says it’s about “bringing together our community of prominent women athletes and leaders to empower, support and inspire young girls — and each other — during this unprecedented time.” The World Anti-Doping Agency barred Russia from the Olympics for four years after ruling last year that doping data from a Moscow laboratory had been manipulated. The Court of Arbitration for Sport is to rule on whether the ban is valid but hearings have been delayed because of the health crisis.Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin says the virus outbreak means the parties in the legal proceedings should avoid a ruling against Russia because it would fracture the Olympic movement.He adds that “when you see that everyone is isolated and everyone is at home … people understand that now there are priorities and there are issues which go on the backburner. The priority is the future of the Olympic movement.”Matytsin says sanctioning Russia would damage the Olympic movement and says the country is prepared to host more international sports events once the virus outbreak recedes.___ Sports broadcaster Cari Champion will moderate the hour discussion, streamed on YahooSports.com.___On what would have been the final day of the Masters, ESPN will show some masterful spellers.The network says it will broadcast a seven-hour marathon of the Scripps National Spelling Bee on Sunday.This year’s spelling bee has been postponed indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. It had been scheduled for late May at its usual location, a convention center outside Washington. Scripps hopes to reschedule the bee at an undetermined time this year. 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 The Arizona Coyotes will furlough half of the organization’s employees with the NHL season on hold due to the coronavirus outbreak.The furloughs began Friday and will last through June 30.The Coyotes said all furloughed employees will continue to receive 100% of health benefits.Coyotes owner Alex Meruelo said the furloughs were necessary because it doesn’t appear the NHL will resume play in the immediate future.Meruelo and Gila River Arena will continue to support the team’s arena’s part-time and hourly employees who were scheduled to work the team’s final eight home games. Similar support for the Tucson Roadrunners, the Coyotes’ AHL affiliate, will also continue. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer announced the plan Friday, along with the Magic. The Amway Center, which includes the AdventHealth Practice Facility that serves as the Magic’s training home, will be used as a staging space for as long as is required. There are contingencies to continue if the need is still there when NBA play resumes.Dyer says the arena will be a hub for equipment and supplies that will go to 50 hospitals in Central Florida as well as facilities in seven other states.Magic CEO Alex Martins says conversations with AdventHealth and the city alerted the team to the need for such a space. “It is our honor to partner with the city of Orlando to provide assistance in the use of the Amway Center to meet AdventHealth’s and our community’s needs,” Martins said.The Magic have been very active in responding to the pandemic, with several players donating money to various causes and the DeVos family — which owns the team — pledging up to $2 million to assist Amway Center hourly workers for lost games.___ The relief fund also will assist part-time employees at the Menominee Nation Arena. That’s the home arena for the Wisconsin Herd, the Bucks’ NBA G League affiliate.So far, the Bucks have provided $500,000 in financial assistance to the part-time employees, and an additional $500,000 is on the way through the relief fund.NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo and All-Star forward Khris Middleton have contributed $100,000 each. All their Bucks teammates have committed to donate to the cause. Bucks ownership is matching all player donations.___Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo says one team employee — not a player — tested positive for the coronavirus and is “on the road to getting better.”last_img read more