European Professional Club Rugby says it remains committed to staging the finals in Marseille, France.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Latest: Canucks say Vancouver out of NHL hub city race The school said it has tested 133 athletes and 59 staff members so far. All other tests have been negative.University guidelines require any individual who tests positive to self-isolate for up to 14 days with daily monitoring from athletics medical staff.___Soccer’s governing body, FIFA, is using almost $900 million of its cash reserves to help member federations get through the coronavirus pandemic.All of FIFA’s 211 national members will get a $1 million payment and $500,000 more to spend specifically on women’s soccer. ___Michigan State says two athletes tested positive during a second round of COVID-19 testing, and East Carolina says it had one positive test result this week.Michigan State says 114 athletes were tested Monday, and the two who tested positive will be isolated for 10-14 days. Also, one athlete will have to quarantine for 14 days after contact tracing revealed close contact with someone who tested positive. No athletic department staff members tested positive.Michigan State previously announced that one athlete tested positive in testing done June 15. Athletes who have tested negative twice are now permitted to participate in voluntary workouts.East Carolina says it tested 68 athletes, coaches and staff on Tuesday in its return-to-campus plan. The school in Greenville, North Carolina, didn’t specify who had the positive result. ___Manchester City has been given permission to host Liverpool in the Premier League on July 2 at Etihad Stadium.The Man City-Liverpool match had been one of five games the police asked to be held at a neutral venue to keep away fans because of safety concerns.But Manchester City Council’s safety advisory group says there are “no objections” to the match at City’s home stadium.The safety advisory group included representatives from the city council, Greater Manchester Police, fire and rescue services, and supporters’ groups. The Sounders will travel to Orlando, Florida on July 3 to begin preparations for the MLS Is Back tournament. Seattle’s first game in the tournament is July 10 against San Jose.___The IndyCar Series plans to welcome fans back to the track July 9-12 at Road America near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.IndyCar officials said all guests will be screened in their vehicles with contactless temperature checks before they enter the parking areas. Only people described as essential racing personnel will have access to the paddock. Face masks and hand sanitizer will be given to spectators as they arrive at the track.Fans are encouraged to practice social distancing and to wear a cloth face covering where social distancing is hard to maintain. IndyCar officials also are encouraging spectators to print their tickets at home for easier entry. Each of the six continental governing bodies gets $2 million from FIFA’s reserve fund, which held $2.7 billion after the 2018 World Cup in Russia.FIFA says a further $565 million is available for interest-free loans to federations of between $500,000 and $5 million, depending on their audited annual revenue. Continental confederations can access $4 million.Many soccer federations get much of their income from the men’s national teams, which have been unable to play since November.FIFA says the money can go to help “clubs, players, leagues, or others that have been affected” by the pandemic.Oversight of the money and repayment plans will be led by FIFA governance panel member Olli Rehn, who is governor of the Bank of Finland. ___East Carolina says it had one positive test result for COVID-19 this week.The school announced Thursday that it had performed 68 tests with athletes, coaches and staff Tuesday in its return-to-campus plan. The school didn’t specify who had the positive result from that group.So far, the school said it has tested 133 athletes and 59 staff members. All other test results have been negative.University guidelines require any individual who tests positive to self-isolate for up to 14 days with daily monitoring from athletics medical staff. Canucks Sports and Entertainment thanked British Columbia health officials for their support during the bid to host the NHL’s summer Stanley Cup tournament.The team says it will now look forward to welcoming its players back for training camp.Premier John Horgan expressed his disappointment at the decision, but said the province will not bend public health guidelines aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19.___The Minnesota Twins have had “a few” players in their organization recently test positive for COVID-19. ___The rugby final of the postponed European Champions Cup has been set for Oct. 17 and the final of the second-tier Challenge Cup will be the day before.The matches were called off in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The quarterfinals for both tournaments have been rescheduled for the weekend of Sept. 18-20. The semifinals will be Sept. 25-27.Leinster will host Saracens in the quarterfinals in a repeat of the 2019 final, Toulouse plays at home against Ulster, Clermont Auvergne faces fellow French side Racing 92, and Exeter will welcome Northampton in an all-English clash. ___The University of Memphis says three student-athletes and one staff member in the athletic department have tested positive for COVID-19. All four have been isolated, and medical staff are tracing their contacts. Memphis is neither releasing the names nor identifying the sport or sports involved, citing privacy concerns.The university shared video Wednesday on Twitter of members of the men’s basketball team returning to campus. Their first stop was the Penny Hardaway Hall of Fame for virus testing.___ Associated Press President of baseball operations Derek Falvey said Thursday that each player was “doing well” in self-isolation at home. None of the positive tests came from players currently in Minnesota or in Fort Myers, Florida, where the team’s spring training headquarters are. Falvey declined to specify the exact number or whether the players were major leaguers or minor leaguers. Prior to the recent positive tests, Falvey said, the Twins had no known cases among players or staff.Major league camps are set to reopen next week, mostly at home stadiums.___The Seattle Sounders had one player test positive for COVID-19, but the player has recovered and returned to full team training.Seattle coach Brian Schmetzer said Thursday the player tested positive in the early stages of when the team returned to individual training last month. The player was quarantined and was later cleared to rejoin team activities. Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott says he is feeling “normal” after testing positive for the coronavirus earlier this month.“I would say I maybe had one or two days where I felt symptoms, and even then it wasn’t too bad,” Elliott said during a Twitch chat with Scooter Magruder this week. “I had a cough and a little bit of shortness of breath. But now I would say I feel good, I feel normal.”Elliott said he hasn’t resumed working out yet. He said he could have been re-tested this week, but decided that it wouldn’t hurt to wait and get more rest first.It was revealed June 15 that Elliott had tested positive for the coronavirus. That was about a week after he had been tested.Elliott’s mother said last week on Twitter that the running back had been around someone who had no symptoms, but then tested positive for the coronavirus three days later. Elliott’s mother and sister were with him during that encounter. Both tested negative. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Vancouver Canucks say the city is out of the running to act as a hub for the NHL playoffs. June 25, 2020
20 Jun 2016 Successful 19 book places in Gold Medal national final A total of 19 golfers came through regional qualifying yesterday to book places in the national final of England Golf’s Gold Medal Tournament to find the male handicap golfer of the year.They qualified at regional finals held at Ingestre Park Golf Club, Staffordshire, and Burnham & Berrow Golf Club in Somerset.They will play off for the title, alongside qualifiers from two other regional finals, on Friday 12 August at Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire, during England Golf Week.The qualifiers from Ingestre Park were:Robert Dickinson of Sudbrook Moor Golf Club, Lincolnshire; Roman Toloczko of Scraptoft Golf Club, Leciestershire; Steve Collins of Bransford Golf Club, Worcestershire; Matthew King of Ely City Golf Club, Cambridgeshire; Gavin Rogers of Stock Brook Manor Golf Club, Essex; Matthew Phillips of Ingon Manor Golf Club, Warwickshire; Ron Logan of Ingestre Park Golf Club, Staffordshire; Christopher Bryan of Ingestre Park Golf Club, Staffordshire; Raph Richards of Oakmere Park Commanders Golf Club, Nottinghamshire.The qualifiers from Burnham & Berrow were:Stephen Dawes of Tewkesbury Park Hotel Golf and Country Club, Gloucestershire; Brian Winteridge of Churston Golf Club, Devon; Graham Virgin of Saunton Golf Club, Devon; Christopher Hicks of Clevedon Golf Club, Somerset; Russell Weller of Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, Dorset; James Barnes of Shirehampton Park Golf Club, Gloucestershire; Nigel Hoskins of Fingle Glen Golf Club, Devon; Graham Anstey of The Kendleshire Golf Club, Gloucestershire; Martin Lee of Frilford Heath Golf Club, Oxfordshire; Steve Crabb of Bridport & West Dorset Golf Club, Dorset.All the regional finalists had won a club medal during 2015. The national final will be played during England Golf Week which is staged by England Golf to create a national grand finale for a host of handicap and team championships.Click here for full scores from Ingestre ParkClick here for full scores from Burnham and BerrowImage © Leaderboard Photography
Facebook302Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Thurston CountyToday, the Thurston County Board of Health voted unanimously, then subsequently the Thurston County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to submit the Thurston County application for a variance to move Thurston County to Phase 3 of the ‘Safe Start’ recovery plan to the State Department of Health. If accepted, the variance will allow Thurston County to move to Phase 3 of the COVID-19 recovery.Phase 3 of the Safe Start Recovery Plan includes increased openings and/or capacity for outdoor group and recreational activities, restaurants and taverns, movie theaters, and other categories of service. It also allows for gatherings with no more than 50 people and resuming non-essential travel.Businesses must develop a written safety plan outlining how the workplace will prevent the spread of COVID-19. The plan must be kept on the premises of the business and must be made available to regulatory agencies or local health or safety authorities upon inspection. Businesses can find the template on the Governor’s website.“One of my main jobs as the health officer is to stop the spread of an infectious disease and the only thing I can do to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to ask you to follow the advice of physical distancing, washing your hands, wearing a face covering, and staying home when you are sick,” said Health Officer, Dr. Diana Yu. “Ninety-five percent of prevention is expecting the people receiving the message to follow the advice and the biggest problem I see is the community not following the advice for preventing the spread. Our numbers are going up, and they are going up because the community isn’t responding. Please follow this advice so we can slow the spread.”Yu added, “So many of us express that we are ‘so done with COVID-19!’ The only thing is, unfortunately, COVID is not done with us. We need to learn to co-exist with this disease safely and responsibly.”“I am wary yet encouraged to move into Phase 3 of Safe Start. It is vitally important for businesses to reengage, people return to work, folks get out of their houses to shop, eat and recreate,” said John Hutchings, Chair of the Board of County Commissioners. “If Thurston County is approved for Phase 3, a reversion back to Phase 2 could be devastating economically and psychologically so please follow Dr. Yu’s advice, mask up, and keep yourself and others protected!”Chair of the Board of Health, Tye Menser said, “If our application for Phase 3 is successful, local government will be able to re-open to the public and our community will resume most of its economic activities. But this will only be successful if you — and visitors to our community — remain diligent about physical distancing and using masks any time distancing cannot be maintained.”For the most up-to-date information for the Thurston County COVID-19 response and recovery, visit: https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Pages/coronavirus.aspx.
The idea that Vieiro came up with the idea for the turf field is “ludicrous.” He accused Hinds of “putting on a charade.” Pascucci said, “My working hypothesis is that T&M was ordered to do this. They didn’t do it on their own. That the administration and probably two township committee members directed, ordered, whatever you want to call it, that these things be done.” He did not name the people he referred to. By Allison Perrine The investigation will continue Sept. 23 with the testimony of former administrator Donna Vieiro, who did not attend Thursday’s meeting. She was the administrator for six years, but under scrutiny for claims of nepotism and improperly directed checks, she resigned in good standing. “Once Donna directed me to start working on the project, I had a conversation with Eric (Mayor Hinds) about turf fields…He just asked me ‘How are we doing with the turf fields?’” Stevens said. The rushed timeline prompted laughs from several attendees. The last 20 minutes of themeeting were given to publiccomment. Last year the committee approved a $2.5 million bond ordinance for a broad scope of improvements for all recreation groups in Holmdel Youth Activities Association (HYAA), said deputy mayor Mike Nikolis. But he later discovered that money was “grabbed” and “taken from them. That’s wrong,” he said. Nine residents spoke.None were happy about thecontroversy. Nearly all of the questions came from Nikolis and committeemen Rocco Pascucci and Greg Buontempo. HOLMDEL – For months, several Holmdel elected leaders have wanted to pin down exactly who authorized cost related to a $2.1 million turf field project without township committee approval. “Why don’t you admit you were behind it? You are not fit to be mayor of this town. Why don’t you step down before this gets worse.” In their responses under oath, both Mullan and Stevens said they received direction from Vieiro to prepare work for a new turf field at the swim club, located at the end of Bailey Lane. The next hearing on the issue will be held Monday, Sept. 23 at 8 p.m. While reading the consent agenda in his packet, under bills payable, he said he discovered that $2.1 million was going to be redirected for an all-purpose turf field at the Holmdel swim club. “That’s not normal, you don’t do that. I was shocked. It was hidden in there, clearly hidden,” Nikolis said. “And that’s not the proper way to do government business.” James Yannello pointed out that Hinds, while on the committee in years past, tried and failed to bring turf fields to land bordered by County Route 520 (Main Street/Newman Springs Road), Route 34 and County Road 4 (South Holmdel Road), and then later at Cross Farm Park. Direction for the work wasgiven by Vieiro mostly byphone calls, he said, but somewere in emails, meetings andwritten correspondences. In questioning the DPW’sStevens, Pascucci asked whodirected him to do the prepwork at the swim club. Nikolis said he found it “troubling that taxpayer money was spent without approval, without resolution, without discussion.” Ultimately it took three or four weeks to do, Mullan said, but he said it was not uncommon to be pressured to finish field projects quickly so that they are ready for fall sports. That controversy over the expenditure of taxpayer dollars came to a head at a rare “special investigatory hearing” at town hall Sept. 12, held before a public audience of at least 40 residents. At the two-hour-long hearing, mostly focused on the turf field near the Holmdel swim club, the five township committee members heard testimony from Francis Mullan of T&M Associates, the township’s engineering firm, and Victor Stevens Jr., director of infrastructure and operations at the township public works department. As he left the meeting, Hinds told The Two River Times, “Obviously, everybody in the town knows I’ve tried hard to try to get multipurpose turf. This was a great location; it should have been a great project. “I never heard of this,” said committeeman Rocco Pascucci. “We never discussed this in public or private session with anyone. I find that irregular, unethical and maybe illegal,” he said. An additional $58,000 was spent for preparation work before it was listed on the governing body’s agenda. “The administrator was so clear and concise and directive. It was made very clear to me that this was to be fast-tracked,” said Mullan. “This normally would take three or four months and I was told they were, she was, expecting me to get it done in three or four days,” he said. “Unfortunately, some people want to make it very political. I’m sad for Holmdel that the process wasn’t followed to the ‘T’. I’m sad that people changed their minds, but we move on.”
Every player on the Vancouver Whitecaps had to get their start somewhere.And during a camp or two those rising stars probably experienced the opportunity into interact with a current roster player.During this week’s Whitecaps FC Kootenay Soccer Camp, Tim Parker, a 6’2″ up-and-coming defender with the parent club treated campers with visit Thursday at the Lakeside Fields.Parker, the 13th overall pick of the Whitecaps in the 2015 Major League Soccer SuperDraft, comes to the Vancouver-based franchise after a stellar career at St. John’s University.“It was great to come here and see so many smiles on faces,” Parker said Thursday.“The enthusiasm and enjoyment these players are having is testament to what the coaches are doing here in the Kootenays.”The 22-year-old Parker, played 79 games with the Red Storm, scoring four goals while adding four assists.He played in the Premier Development League for the Long Island Rough Riders.Parker made his professional debut with the Whitecaps USL affiliate team, helping Whitecaps FC to a 4-0 win over Cascadia rivals Seattle Sounders FC.”I just want to work hard and give it my all,” Parker said when asked about his future with the franchise. “The aim is to become a regular first team starter. I couldn’t of asked for a better start. The Whitecaps are a fantastic club and i want to continue to grow with them.”Brett Adams, Kootenay Regional Head coach with the Whitecaps, was pleased with the turnout for the summer camp in Nelson.Registration for the week long camp, including players between five to 15 years, doubled.“It’s been an amazing year,” Adams explained.“The last skills camp we had we had 58 players in a year we have doubled in numbers. This area has truly embraced the Whitecaps and we are grateful for the support.”And to have representation from the parent club is a bonus for the players attending the camp.”Tim was great, fantastic head on his shoulders,” Adams said.“Our players loved having him here. It’s not often that players from this areas get a chance to meet a professional soccer player that is playing regular MLS soccer.”The Nelson camp concluded Friday.The Whitecaps move to Castlegar at Twin Rivers School beginning Monday.There is a Prospects Camp in Nelson August 17-21 and a Attacking and Keepers Camp August 25-27 back in the Heritage City.For more information contact Adams at [email protected]
PAMELA ZIEBARTH, OWNER/BREEDER AMBITIOUS BREW, WINNER: “This win really means a lot. Eddie (Delahoussaye) rode Cee’s Tizzy for my mom and she loved him. We were second in this race two years ago and I remember that I ran into Eddie at the (City of Arcadia) Walk of Fame and he told me that he wished we had won.” JOCKEY QUOTES MIKE SMITH, AMBITIOUS BREW, WINNER: “He warmed up well; was cool, calm and alert. He jumped out of the gate well, I was in a great spot from the word ‘go’ and able to get to the outside smoothly, without losing any ground. I’ve been blessed to ride him a lot and win on him a few times, but I have to say that this is his best race, by far. If I can get him to do that coming down the hill at Breeders’ Cup, that would be awesome.VICTOR ESPINOZA, RICHARD’S BOY, SECOND: “He ran great but he just got a little tired at the end. He should run better next time.” MARTY JONES, AMBITIOUS BREW, WINNER: “He loves the hill and he trains like it. We know he’s good and he’s a professional. I was a little nervous in the stretch, but Mike had him in a great spot.” TRAINER QUOTES