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Sep
23

Local Special Olympics Athlete to Compete at X Games

first_imgAurora, IND – ESPN has announced that Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio DearbornCounties’ athlete, Chris Perdue of Osgood, will be returning, for the third consecutive year, tothe X Games Aspen 2019 for the annual Special Olympics Unified Snowboarding Races. The XGames will take place from January 22-26 on Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado.Coverage of the X Games can be viewed on ESPN and ABC.Perdue is one of ten Special Olympics athletes from around the world selected by ESPN and Special Olympics to demonstrate their snowboarding skills at the Unified event during the XGames. ESPN is the global presenting sponsor and official media sponsor of Special OlympicsUnified Sports.Unified Sports is an inclusive sports program that combines an approximately equal numberof Special Olympics athletes (individuals with intellectual disabilities) and partners (individualswithout intellectual disabilities) on teams for training and competition. Three models existwithin Unified Sports: competitive Unified Sports, Unified Sports Player Development andUnified Sports Recreation. All three models provide different types of experiences in teamsports such as basketball, football, and volleyball and in other sports such as bocce, golf andtennis. Unified Sports is now offered throughout the world and has been a Special Olympicsinternationally sanctioned program since 1989.Perdue will be partnered with Mike Schultz, an American Snowmobiler. Schultz is a threesportX Games athlete with the most adaptive gold medals in X Game history — he has eightbetween SnoCross Adaptive and Moto X Racing Adaptive. He’s won SnoCross Adaptive everytime he’s competed; a 2016 win brought the total to five.Schultz is an above-the-knee amputee who created his own knee and prosthetic leg toaccommodate his activities. The self-trained engineer now has a successful business, Biodapt,serving adaptive athletes and veterans. He builds prosthetics for several of his competitors.For the fifth consecutive year, this event will provide an opportunity for X Games Aspen proathletes and fans to see the power of Special Olympics in action. The Unified SnowboardingRaces will provide professional winter sports athletes an opportunity to partner with SpecialOlympics athletes on X Games slopes. Through this event, Special Olympics will furthercultivate another annual tradition that celebrates individuals with and without intellectualdisabilities partnering in sports.While in Aspen, Perdue will also compete in the Sixth Annual Hannah Teter Special OlympicsUnified Dual Slalom Race on the Silver Dip NASTAR Course on Aspen Mountain. Twenty-fivesnowboarders including Hannah Teter, representatives of Perfect Sense, the event sponsor,and the ten Special Olympics athletes, and Olympic and action sports athletes will participate.In 2017, Perdue captured a gold medal in his division of the Advanced Giant Slalom at theSpecial Olympics World Winter Games held in Austria. Perdue competed against athletesfrom all around the world. In the Advanced Giant Slalom event he challenged a total of eightathletes from New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan, Austria, and Korea. Prior to the World Games,Perdue competed at the X Games with Unified Partner, Danny Davis taking seventh place.Last year, partnered with Schultz the team took fifth place.Perdue, 20 years old, trains at Perfect North Slopes in Lawrenceburg. He’s been involved inSpecial Olympics for the past eight years, after being introduced to the organization by hisSpecial Ed teacher from South Ripley High School. During the recent Winter Games of SpecialOlympics Indiana held at Perfects, Perfect North Slopes learned of Perdue’s return to the XGames and provided him with a new pair of snowboarding boots for his trip.ABOUT X GAMES:X Games, an annual sports event controlled and arranged by American sports broadcaster,ESPN (with coverage also shown on its sister network ABC) returns to Aspen, Colorado’sButtermilk Mountain from January 22-26. Inviting the top Ski, Snowboard, Snowmobile andSnow Bike athletes to compete in 18 different disciplines over four days of the world’spremier winter extreme action sports, music and festival.ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICSSpecial Olympics is an international organization that changes lives by promotingunderstanding, acceptance and inclusion between people with and without intellectualdisabilities. Through year-round athletic training and competition in 26 Olympic-type sportsfor more than 2.25 million children and adults with intellectual disabilities in more than 150countries, Special Olympics has created a model community that celebrates people’s diversegifts. Founded in 1968 by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, Special Olympics provides people withintellectual disabilities continuing opportunities to realize their potential, develop physicalfitness, demonstrate courage and experience joy and friendship. There is no cost toparticipate in Special Olympics. Visit Special Olympics at www.specialolympics.org.ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANASpecial Olympics Indiana provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in over21 Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, reaching over14,000 athletes across Indiana. The organization receives no federal or state appropriatedfunds, is not a United Way agency and relies entirely on corporate, civic and individualdonations. For more information about Special Olympics Indiana, call (317) 328-2000 or visitwww.soindiana.org.ABOUT SPECIAL OLYMPICS INDIANA – RIPLEY OHIO DEARBORN COUNTIESSpecial Olympics Indiana-Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties is part of the international networkof accredited Special Olympics Programs that reaches more than 4 million athletes withintellectual disabilities worldwide. The program provides year-round sports training andathletic competition in Track and Field, Aquatics, Basketball, Bowling, Bocce, Corn Toss,Powerlifting, Softball, Snowshoeing, Alpine Skiing, Snowboarding, Flag Football, Volleyball,and Equestrian. Reaching approximately 256 children and adults with intellectual disabilities,the Program is managed by a group of volunteers who give time to a program they believe in.The Program relies entirely on corporate, civic, and individual donations on the local level. Formore information about Special Olympics Indiana – Ripley Ohio Dearborn Counties, callProgram Coordinator Greg Townsend at (812) 584-6861, email info@soindiana-rod.org orvisit www.soindiana-rod.org.last_img read more

Sep
18

The Latest: West Indies cricket cutting pay by 50%

first_imgMatches will have a super tiebreaker replacing the third set. There will be electronic line calls with no line judges to reduce the number of people involved on court.The event replaces a WTA tournament in Berlin which was set for June but called off.___Poland will allow soccer fans to attend games in limited numbers starting on June 19.Fans will only be allowed to make up 25% of the stadium’s capacity and no away supporters will be allowed because of the coronavirus pandemic. The team says net proceeds from the sale will go to the response fund, which supports nonprofit organizations and agencies offering help with the coronavirus crisis. The White Sox and the NBA’s Chicago Bulls also committed $200,000 to support the fund in March.___The French soccer league says teams can play friendlies in July with a view to starting the new season in August.The remaining matches in men’s and women’s soccer this season were canceled.The French league said in a statement on Friday it expects the new season “will be able to start as anticipated in August with friendly games to prepare in July.” The Latest: West Indies cricket cutting pay by 50% Associated Press The plan calls for athletes to follow measures such as self-quarantining or wearing a mask in public for at least a week before returning. It outlines testing protocols while requiring athletes and employees to wear masks inside facilities when it’s difficult to follow social-distancing practices.“We’re in lockstep with the campus plan,” athletics director Bubba Cunningham told The Associated Press. “We are hopeful that we’ll have spectators in the fall but we don’t have a home game — at least a home football game — for 3½ months. So while we’re scenario-planning for those events, we’ll have to roll that out at a later date.“This is just to give some clarity to our staff, our coaches and our students of, ‘Here’s a timetable that you can count on to come back.’”___Arizona will begin allowing student-athletes to return to campus for voluntary workouts on June 15. The New York City baseball-themed bar Foley’s has closed for good.Owner Shaun Clancy made the announcement.“With everything that’s going on, there’s just no way that I can see that we can do it,” he said in a video posted to Twitter.Foley’s, filled with baseball memorabilia, opened near Madison Square Garden in 2003 and closed in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The bar was named after former New York Daily News baseball writer Red Foley.___ The FA says the match dates are dependent on safety measures being met as lockdown measures are gradually eased during the coronavirus pandemic.___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 phased re-entry will begin with football players, followed by athletes in fall sports and select athletics staff.All student-athletes and staff members will follow elevated safety protocols for testing, tracing and treatment.The Pac-12 Conference announced earlier this week it would allow member schools to begin holding on-campus voluntary workouts on June 15.___Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers says he had the coronavirus and compared its effects to how he felt climbing Kilimanjaro. A maximum of 64 football players will be allowed to voluntarily return to campus. The workouts will be limited to groups of no more than eight players and two members of the strength and conditioning staff per group.Georgia State, a member of the Sun Belt Conference, says it will re-evaluate its policies in two weeks to possibly increase the size of workout groups and player-led drills conducted on the practice field.All players will be subject to daily screenings for the coronavirus.“We have put in place a flexible plan to safely start the return of some of our student-athletes to campus for voluntary activities,” athletic director Charlie Cobb said. “Three months ago, we could not have guessed the challenges that we have faced, but I am very proud of our coaches, staff, and student athletes. We are taking a cautious approach to hopefully build towards sports in the fall semester.”___ NBA teams have allowed players back at their training facilities for voluntary sessions since May 8, with more than half of the league’s franchises having already taken advantage of that opportunity.The NHL, which is ironing out details to resume its season by jumping straight to a 24-team playoff format, released a memo this week saying it is targeting early next month as the start date for Phase 2 of its return-to-play protocol. It includes the opening of practice rinks and allowing small, voluntary group workouts on and off the ice.___The Minnesota Twins are planning to continue paying all of their minor league players through Aug. 31, despite the decreasing likelihood of a minor league season due to the COVID-19 outbreak.The Twins are one of at least 11 major league franchises that have informed minor leaguers they’ll continue to provide allowances after the expiration on Sunday of Major League Baseball’s pandemic-prompted policy guaranteeing those players $400 per week. The Twins, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners have said they’re promising payments through August. Other clubs have committed through June. The Twins also said Friday they don’t plan to release any minor league players, as several major league parent clubs have reportedly done this week.— Dave Campbell reporting from Minneapolis___Pocono Raceway will hold its NASCAR weekend without fans.The Cup Series is scheduled to race June 27-28 and Truck and second-tier Xfinity races also will be held that weekend. Pocono says in a message to fans “it will certainly miss your passion, laughs, cheers, and smiles as the green flag drops in the Pocono Mountains.” CWI has kept players, staff, umpires and coaches on full pay since the outbreak began, but the lack of any international matches recently and in the near future means the governing body “is facing a significant loss of income.”The financial cuts were taken in consultation with all stakeholders, CWI said in a statement. The body adds it “hopes that these temporary measures will only be in place for not more than three to six months.” ___Georgia State will begin to reopen its athletic facilities on Monday. The league added it was working on how to allow fans back into stadiums when the season starts.___North Carolina has issued a timeline for athletes, coaches and athletics staffers to return to campus in stages through June and later into the summer.The plan announced begins with facilities staffers arriving Monday to prepare for the first athletes and coaches to arrive June 12. That group will consist of coaches and staff for football, men’s basketball and women’s basketball, along with the first group of football players.The schedule runs through early August. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Cricket West Indies has announced a temporary 50% reduction in salaries and funding across the region from July 1.center_img Rodgers says he fell ill “a week or so” after the English season was suspended on March 13 and later tested positive for the virus. He says he felt the effects of it for three weeks.Rodgers says “the strangest thing was losing your smell and the taste. You lose your strength. You could hardly walk 10 yards. I felt it was similar to the time I was climbing Kilimanjaro. When you get to a certain point at altitude, you walk and really suffer.”The former Liverpool manager is still being tested twice a week according to the Premier League’s coronavirus protocols.Rodgers says “it’s not the case that now I’ve had it, I wouldn’t test. You just never know.”___ The J-League suspended play on Feb. 26 because of the coronavirus outbreak.Both soccer and baseball were able begin play after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe lifted a state of emergency earlier in the week.The soccer league says “matches will be held without spectators but the league will continue preparations to allow spectators into the stadiums in the future.”The league says all matches will be rescheduled with a priority given to scheduling teams from the same geographic region to limit travel.A new schedule will be announced on June 15. The lower level J-2 and J-3 leagues can begin play on June 27. The Polish league will resume on Friday in empty stadiums. No games have been played since March 9.The return of fans will be governed by special sanitary regulations worked out with the health ministry and sanitary authorities.___French car manufacturer Renault says it is staying in Formula One despite planning a large number of job cuts.Renault general director Clotilde Delbos made the announcement in a telephone conference call. May 29, 2020 Pocono says it will expedite a refund or account credit.Pocono Raceway is in Monroe County, which is under a yellow designation. Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf said earlier this month that if the county moved to yellow, then NASCAR may hold the two races with no spectators present and guidelines followed to keep competitors safe.___The White Sox are using a pair of Chicago-themed T-shirts to raise money for the Chicago Community COVID-19 Response Fund.The limited-edition shirts are on sale on the team website. Renault plans to cut 15,000 jobs as part of its financial restructuring but Delbos said the company’s presence in F1 will not be affected.___The Swiss soccer league will restart on June 20 in empty stadiums.The league says the 20 clubs in the top two divisions have voted 17-2 in favor of resuming. There was one abstention.The league has been shut down since February because of the coronavirus pandemic. There are 13 rounds left in the top division and the league wants to complete the season on Aug. 2. ___Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker says the state’s five professional sports teams — the Boston Red Sox, Celtics, Bruins, New England Patriots and Revolution — can resume practicing at their respective facilities on June 6.But Baker made clear the reopening of those facilities must be done in accordance with the health and safety rules that each of the leagues are developing.The Celtics announced they will begin voluntary individual workouts at their facility on Monday. Workouts will be conducted in accordance with city, state, CDC and NBA requirements, with only four players allowed to workout at a time.NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said Thursday following an owners conference call the virtual offseason is being extended for two more weeks. In a memo sent to the 32 teams and obtained by The Associated Press, he outlined the next phase of reopening of club facilities, which can begin Monday. ___The reshaped English soccer season is set to end with the FA Cup final on Aug. 1.The Football Association has announced provisional dates for the remaining rounds of the competition a day after the Premier League said it planned to restart on June 17.The quarterfinals of the FA Cup are scheduled to take place over the weekend of June 27-28 and the semifinals on July 11-12.The semifinals and final are usually held at Wembley Stadium. The FA says further information on venues will be announced later. St. Gallen leads defending champion Young Boys on goal difference. Third-place Basel trails by five points.Basel is also still in the Europa League. UEFA hopes to complete that competition in August after domestic seasons end.The league says a separate vote to increase the top division from 10 teams to 12 failed to pass.___The dates for the FA Cup semifinals have been changed to July 18-19. The Czech Athletics Federation has responded to loosened lockdown restrictions by organizing 173 meetings across the country in a single day — Monday.All age categories will participate, and three of the meetings will include the country’s elite athletes, including two-time Olympic javelin champion Barbora Spotakova and three-time indoor world 400-meter champion Pavel Maslak.The initiative has been celebrated by World Athletics president Sebastian Coe.“It’s a really powerful template for all our other member federations,” Coe said in a conference call with Czech media on Friday. “A template how you engage the athletes, younger people, and the fans.”Gatherings of up to 300 people are allowed in the Czech Republic, which hasn’t been hit hard by the pandemic compared to some in Europe. The top two soccer divisions have already restarted, and two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova won this week in the first of a series of tennis tournaments organized by the Czech Tennis Federation for local players. The Football Association originally announced dates of July 11-12 but a short time later decided to push them back.The FA Cup final is set for Aug. 1.___The Japanese soccer league will resume on July 4 in empty stadiums.J-League chairman Mitsuru Murai made the announcement in a online news conference. Dominic Thiem, Alexander Zverev and Nick Kyrgios will play exhibition tennis matches in Berlin in July amid the coronavirus pandemic.One exhibition event will run from July 13-15 on grass and another on a hard court in a hangar in the city’s closed Tempelhof airport from July 17-19.Each tournament will feature six men and six women and there will be 200,000 euros ($222,000) in total prize money available.Thiem, Zverev and Kyrgios will be joined by Jannik Sinner for the men’s events. Two more players will be announced later.Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic will be in the women’s events. Two places are still to be confirmed.last_img read more

Sep
17

UW men’s tennis looking for pair of Big Ten victories at home

first_imgHoping for a perfect weekend, the No. 30 Wisconsin men’s tennis team is looking to get back on track in conference play.Suffering a 4-3 loss on the road against Michigan last weekend, the Badgers look to continue the success they’ve enjoyed at home this season as they host No. 43 Northwestern and Purdue this weekend.After the tough loss, Wisconsin knows the importance of the matches Friday and Saturday.“The loss [against Michigan] was pretty tough,” senior Luke Rassow-Kantor said. “It went down to the end, had some bad calls against us, but right now to get a win against Northwestern will get us right back on track in the Big Ten schedule.”While the Badgers want to build some positive momentum, it will be a tough matchup against Northwestern.The last time the two teams met, NU edged out UW for the win 4-3. Now UW is back on its home court and wants revenge.“We want redemption this year. It was a tough loss last year at their place,” senior Moritz Baumann said. “We beat them two years ago at home, so we want to make sure we do that again.”Considering last year’s loss, the Badgers feel a strong amount of motivation to pull out the win over the Wildcats.With that in mind, head coach Greg Van Emburgh is expecting to see the importance of the match reflected in his team’s attitude.“I think the guys are going to come out really energetic, really fired up and ready to play their best tennis tomorrow,” he said. “It’s an important conference match for us so I would expect nothing less.”Although they are working hard to be ready for the Wildcats, assistant coach Evan Austin noted that it will still be a difficult matchup for the Badgers.“I think it’s going to be a tough match,” he said “They always play really hard and compete really hard, and we’ve had a lot of close matches over the past few years so we’re going to be expecting the same type of match.”After facing Northwestern tonight, Wisconsin will have less than 24 hours until they face Purdue. In their last seven meetings with the Boilermakers, Wisconsin has walked away with the win each time.Despite this, they are still expecting a tough match Saturday.“I think any kind of conference match you’ve got to be ready to play,” Austin said. “In the last few years since I’ve been here it’s been a close match, pretty competitive, so any conference match you’ve got to be ready to go otherwise you’re going to have your hands full.”Rassow-Kantor also mentioned the need to remain focused and play hard, realizing that if the Badgers do not, anything could happen against the Boilermakers.“We’ll be ready for them. They’re not a great team, but we’ve still got to be focused and ready to give our all against them because you never know what could happen during a match,” Rassow-Kantor said. “We’ll be ready; we’ll take it to them.”At this point in the season, the UW men’s squad finds it’s biggest challenge simply remaining focused throughout the matches, especially doubleheaders.Mentally, the Badgers need to work hard and push through each point and each match, concentrating on their task at hand.“I think keeping our focus, taking it one point at a time, one match at a time,” Austin said. “Every match is going to be competitive and be close so I think at this point in the year it’s going be down to mental more than anything.”Rather than thinking about the two matches this weekend, Wisconsin is staying focused on Friday — taking it one match at a time — hoping to get a home streak going.“We just want to take care of tomorrow’s match and look to Saturday’s match. We don’t want to get too far ahead — we want to play one match at a time, and Northwestern is a good scrappy team,” Van Emburgh said. “They beat Alabama earlier this year who’s a good solid team as well, in fact they were top 20 in the country when they beat them. So we’ll have our hands full tomorrow.”last_img read more

Sep
17

USC captures key win over Arizona State

first_imgThe USC women’s basketball team clinched the third seed in the Pac-10 tournament on Saturday with a comeback victory over Arizona State, 62-52.USC (18-11, 12-6) used a dominating second half to beat the Sun Devils (17-12, 9-9); the Women of Troy outscored Arizona State 36-19 after halftime.Tim Tran | Daily Trojan Next step · Senior forward Aarika Hughes scored nine points in her final regular season game at USC. Hughes also posted three rebounds. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan“We had the same record [as ASU] coming in, and we knew we needed this win,” senior guard Hailey Dunham said. “[It was] tough to be down seven at halftime but to come out with a 10-point win at the end was something we really needed.”Arizona State seized an early lead in the game on the strength of its inside play. The Sun Devils pounded the ball inside and scored 24 of their 33 first-half points in the paint. USC shot just 30 percent in the first half and entered the break down seven points.The second half was a different story for the Women of Troy. USC employed a small lineup for much of the second half and harassed the Sun Devils into 15 turnovers and just 19 points.“We’re not as big as a lot of teams, but Hailey [Dunham] and Christina [Marinacci] are [as] feisty as anybody that’s “6’4”, 6’5”, so I feel comfortable and confident that they can get down there and hold their own,” USC coach Michael Cooper said.The Women of Troy opened the second half on a tear and tied the score at 43 on a Dunham layup. The game was a back-and-forth affair from then on until USC pulled away late. Redshirt junior guard Jacki Gemelos delivered the knockout punch with a steal and layup that pushed the lead to 52-46 late in the game.Sophomore guard Ashley Corral said the team changed up its defensive focus after halftime and keyed in on Arizona State guard Danielle Orsillo.“Just little things like being late on screens, getting hit on screens — we focused on that and executed it,” Corral said.The Sun Devils shot 26 percent from the field in the second half.Corral led the Women of Troy with 20 points and three assists. She also added four 3-pointers to further her school record for threes made in a season. Dunham added seven points, six rebounds and some gritty defense down low.“I think I was outweighed by quite a bit, but I tried to use [my] muscle to bang around down low and try to shut them down,” she said.Freshman forward Christina Marinacci finished with nine points and seven rebounds. Senior forward Aarika Hughes chipped in nine points in her final regular season game for USC.“To be among the elites you have to beat the elites, and this was a big, big game,” Cooper said. “It’s always nice to end the season on a positive note because, if you head into a conference championship, you always want to go in on a positive note.”The Women of Troy set their best conference mark since the 2004-2005 season with the victory. Their 18 wins on the season are the most in four years.USC earned a first-round bye in the conference tournament and opens up against Oregon in the quarterfinals at 5 p.m. on Friday. The two teams split the regular-season series.last_img read more

Sep
16

Dunne two off the lead in China

first_imgAlexander Levy and Sominn Lee share a one shot club house lead on 6 under.Michael Hoey ended 4 over.last_img

Aug
31

Deported Jamaican Islamic cleric charged for helping ISIS terrorist group

first_imgHas always been on the radarThe cleric has always been on the radar of US counter terrorism authorities who feared that he would emerge as a recruiter of marginalized, disaffected youth in Jamaica. Photo Courtesy of Nationwide radio Undercover NY cop testifies after yearlong probeSheikh Abdullah Faisal, also known as Trevor William Forrest, was charged in New York State Supreme Court with soliciting or providing support for an act of terrorism in the first degree as a crime of terrorism, and other charges.“Sheikh Faisal has used his influence and direction to groom and inspire terrorists who have bombed trains, attempted to blow up airliners and attack Americans here and overseas”, said NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill. Dedicated life to terror recruitmentManhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said al-Faisal “has dedicated his life to terror recruitment”. “Through his lectures, website and videos, he incites untold numbers of people around the world to take up the cause of jihad. As is alleged in this case, he provided material support to the Islamic State by facilitating the passage of a self-described ISIS sympathizer from NY to Syria”.An undercover NYPD officer’s almost yearlong investigation into a Jamaica-based terror suspect as part of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Counter Terrorism Program led to the man’s indictment in a New York State Supreme court, the DA’s office announced Friday. In 2003 he was convicted under a rarely British law for inciting murder. He was deported to Jamaica in 2007 after being released. On his return to Jamaica the Islamic Council of Jamaica, had banned el-Faisal from preaching in the country’s mosques because of his inflammatory sermons.In 2011, he was again deported to his homeland – this time from Kenya, where he was allegedly encouraging young fighters to join Islamic terrorists in Somalia. Seeking recruits for ISISThe 53-year-old Muslim cleric was charged with seeking to recruit people to join Islamic State by New York prosecutors on Friday.The US authorities have requested that Jamaica extradites al Faisal to answer to the charges.Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said Friday that al-Faisal used lectures, a website and videos to incite followers to join Islamic State, which is designated a terrorist organization by USA authorities.last_img read more

Aug
30

GVC to hold vote on governance and tax residency

first_imgShare GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 GVC absorbs retail shocks as business recalibrates for critical H2 trading August 13, 2020 Related Articles Share Luke Campbell, Champion Sports: Modular thinking most play the lead role in sportsbook migrations August 26, 2020 The governance of GVC Holdings has scheduled an ‘extraordinary general meeting’ on 6 February (9 am CET) to vote on relocating the firm’s management control and tax residence from the Isle of man to its UK headquarters.GVC Holdings was incorporated as an Isle of Man enterprise in 2010, where it maintained its management control to benefit from a more suitable tax regime for its business purposes.However, publishing its EGM document, GVC reveals that certain Isle of Mann governance conditions have become a constraint with regards to how and where the Directors are able to manage the Company.GVC details that directorial restrictions have led to ‘administrative burdens’ related to among other things requiring that Board meetings be conducted outside of the UK and limiting who the Company is able to appoint to the Board as Chairman.Should GVC transfer its management control to the UK, the FTSE firm would be able to remove existing corporate directorial restraints.Further benefits underlined by GVC governance details that the company would benefit from improved internal/external corporate communications, whilst improving its logistical capacities by managing the company from the UK, which in turn would reduce corporate costs.Closing its statement, GVC details that changes to tax regimes across its operating markets underscore that there is no longer a significant benefit in being tax resident in the Isle of Man“The Board believes that if the Company becomes UK tax resident, this should have no material adverse impact on the GVC group’s effective tax rate or tax cash outflow for the foreseeable future,” read the statement. StumbleUpon Submitlast_img read more

Aug
29

See Chelsea new boy Timo Werner’s stunning goal for Leipzig against Dusseldorf [VIDEO]

first_imgTimo Werner will officially be a Chelsea player from July.Until then, he remains with German club RB Leipzig and keeps showing why the West London club are spending almost 50 million to sign him.Playing in the Bundesliga against Fortuna Dusseldorf, and with Leipzig already 1-0 up, a ball from the right was teed up for Werner in the box.He took it in his stride and fired into the top corner for his 26th league goal of the season, in just 32 games.Fortuna, however, staged a great comeback late on to steal a point.It was a goal that highlighted Werner’s versatility in goalscoring as he’s shown he can score from range, with headers, and with both feet with equal regularity.He’s also very adept from spot-kicks as well.Take a look at his great goal belowWerner misses a chance and rival fans be like “oh he’s gonna flop”.. but when Werner scores a banger Rival fans go on hush mode 😭💀 pic.twitter.com/gnqYl6ATjs— ヅ𝙅𝙞𝙢𝙢𝙮ヅ (@CFCJIMMY14) June 18, 2020You can see his other strikes this season as well belowlast_img read more

Aug
28

John Terry quits England

first_imgJohn Terry sensationally quit international football last night.He dropped his bombshell on the eve of today’s FA hearing into his alleged racial abuse of Anton Ferdinand.The furious Chelsea skipper believes the FA have a vendetta against him and feels they should have dropped their case once he was cleared of the same charge in July at Westminster Magistrates Court.He is believed to have spoken with England boss Roy Hodgson to explain his decision before then going public.Terry, 31, said in a statement: “I am today announcing my retirement from international football.“I would like to thank the England managers who have selected me for my 78 caps. “I have had great pleasure in sharing that honour with all the players I’ve played with.“I would like to thank them, the fans and my family for their support and encouragement during my international career.“Representing and captaining my country is what I dreamed of as a boy and it has been a truly great honour. I have always given my all and it breaks my heart to make this decision.“I want to wish Roy and the team every success for the future.“I am making this statement in advance of the hearing of the FA disciplinary charge because I feel the FA, in pursuing charges against me where I have already been cleared in a court of law, have made my position with the national team untenable. “I now look forward to playing for Chelsea FC and challenging for domestic and European honours. I want to thank the fans and the club for their continued support.”England boss Hodgson had supported Terry throughout the latest controversy.He claimed recently he hoped Terry would be cleared by the FA.Hodgson picked JT for Euro 2012 at the expense of Anton’s brother Rio and still saw him as the backbone for the World Cup qualifying bid.Ray Wilkins, a former England and Chelsea skipper, insists Hodgson will find it hard to replace Terry.Wilkins said: “On the pitch John does what the manager requires and that’s to lead from the front. “I feel very sad for Roy — he made it evident he wanted John to be his centre-half. It’s a massive loss.”Ex-England striker Gary Lineker said: “Whatever you think about John Terry, he always gave his absolute all for England. A strong leader and great defender.”last_img read more

Aug
26

Andrew Heaney takes a loss, but continues as the Angels’ most durable starter

first_imgPreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)The Angels’ David Fletcher reaches second safely on a double as Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor tries to make the tag during the first inning of Tuesday’s game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout is hit by a pitch in the first inning against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsTexas Rangers starting pitcher Mike Minor (36) works the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney throws to the plate during the second inning of Tuesday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout winces as he takes his base after being hit by a pitch in the first inning in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher (6) is greeted at the dugout by Taylor Ward after scoring on a ground out by Andrelton Simmons in the first inning of a baseball game against the Texas Rangers Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus (1) connects for a home run in the fourth inning in a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Angels right fielder Jabari Blash (54) watches the home run ball by Texas Rangers’ Elvis Andrus in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Andrew Heaney (28) beats Texas Rangers’ Nomar Mazara (30) to the bag for the out in the fourth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 04: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers hits a homerun against the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 04: Andrew Heaney #28 of the Los Angeles Angels steps off the mound after giving up a home run against Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers the in the fourth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 04: Michael Hermosillo #59 of the Los Angeles Angels makes the out against Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers in the second inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor (12) gets the throw late as Los Angeles Angels’ Andrelton Simmons (2) steals second in the sixth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)The Rangers’ Nomar Mazara hits a two-run double during the fifth inning of Tuesday’s game against the Angels in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Texas Rangers’ Adrian Beltre (29) greets Rougned Odor (12) and Elvis Andrus (1) who scored on a double by Nomar Mazara in the fifth inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) connects for a home run in the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 04: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels hits a home run against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 04: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels runs the bases after hitting a homerun against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels designated hitter Shohei Ohtani (17) runs the bases after hitting a home run in the sixth inning against the Texas Rangers in a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 04: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates with Mike Trout #27 after hitting a homerun against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 04: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates a homerun against the Texas Rangers in the sixth inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 04: Junichi Tazawa #47 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)ARLINGTON, TX – SEPTEMBER 04: Junichi Tazawa #47 of the Los Angeles Angels throws against the Texas Rangers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 4, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Andrew Heaney delivers a pitch against the Texas Rangers in the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)The Angels’ David Fletcher reaches second safely on a double as Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor tries to make the tag during the first inning of Tuesday’s game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)NextShow Caption1 of 24The Angels’ David Fletcher reaches second safely on a double as Rangers second baseman Rougned Odor tries to make the tag during the first inning of Tuesday’s game in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. 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Included in Tuesday’s game was his hardest single pitch of the year, a 95.7 mph heater he used to get Joey Gallo on a called third strike in the second inning.“I like to think I’ve put in the work to be prepared every single time and hopefully it’s paying off,” Heaney said.Scioscia commented last week that it seemed Heaney had gotten a “second wind” after hitting a rough patch in early August.On Tuesday night, he was burned by a brief rough stretch in the fourth and fifth innings. He left a fastball over the middle that Elvis Andrus hit out to lead off the fourth. Two batters later, Adrian Beltre homered on a fastball on the inside corner. Nomar Mazara drove in two when he hit a hanging curve for a double in the fifth.Related Articles That was all Heaney allowed, but the Angels offense couldn’t manage much against Texas lefty Mike Minor.They scored one in the first and one in the sixth, when Ohtani blasted a hanging slider over the right-field fence, his 16th homer of the season. Ohtani had struck out looking in his first two trips against Minor.“Minor made some tough pitches to him the first couple at-bats but he left that little slider over the plate and Shohei didn’t miss it,” Scioscia said.Ohtani, who is hitting .182 against lefties, had not played much against left-handed pitchers in the first seven weeks after coming off the disabled list. Tuesday marked his second straight start against a lefty, with three games off in between to pitch. With Albert Pujols now out for the season after having surgery, the DH spot is more flexible for Scioscia, so Ohtani has gotten more opportunities.“Just that one home run I hit, I had a couple other opportunities on base with runners on base and couldn’t come through there, so I’m not fully satisfied with today’s results,” Ohtani said through his interpreter. “But I do feel I’m getting better and better each at-bat I face a lefty.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error That would be a valuable contribution to a team that has had to scrounge for 14 starters this year.Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.None has been active every day of the season, but Heaney has come the closest. He began the season on the disabled list with elbow inflammation, but it was so minor he only took a few days off from throwing. Since then, he’s been healthy, and he’s pitched to a 4.16 ERA.“For me, there are some things I’d like to do better, but I’m proud of the season I’m having,” he said. “I just want to finish strong.”A 27-year-old who is under control to the Angels for three more seasons, Heaney has shown signs that he can be even better, most recently a victory over the Astros and Justin Verlander in Houston.“Andrew has worked extremely hard to get to this point,” Manager Mike Scioscia said before the game. “He feels really good about where his game is. Hopefully, he’ll maintain it for many years, because you’re seeing a pitcher that is very talented. When he goes out there against some really big lineups and pitches well, he’s got a chance to be a front-line starter. 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