The Latest: 1 player at Blackburn and 2 at Fulham positive Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Three players from English soccer clubs Blackburn and Fulham have tested positive for the coronavirus. ___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 race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed.Race director Jan Lammers says “we would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands.”The other races canceled were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.Another six remain postponed.F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15-18 races this season, starting with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP in July. Players and all staff and officials had to undergo heat checks before entering the stadium and strict health protocols were put in place on the field.___Bologna says a test carried out on a member of its staff who was suspected of having coronavirus has come back negative.The club says that a “further, definitive test” will be carried out in the next few hours.The players will nevertheless train individually as a precaution. Associated Press Tickets for next Wednesday’s Hungarian Cup final between Budapest Honved and Mezokovesd-Zsory at the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest will soon be sold online.___Elite sports made a comeback in Australia for the first time since March 22 with the Brisbane Broncos hosting Parramatta in the National Rugby League.Two rounds of matches were played in the NRL in March before Australia and New Zealand went into lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.No fans were allowed into the 52,500-seat stadium in Brisbane because of strict social distancing rules. But at a bone-jarring collision between burly rugby players was broadcast across Australia to signal the return of contact teams sports in the country. Blackburn says captain Elliott Bennett was found to be infected with COVID-19 after testing negative last Friday.Bennett says he doesn’t “feel unwell” and doesn’t have any symptoms.Fulham says two players tested positive but did not name them.The positive cases at the second-division clubs came after tests on 1,030 players and staff from Monday to Wednesday.The three players will have to self-isolate for seven days before returning to training ahead of a potential resumption of the competition. ___The postponed Belgian Cup final has been rescheduled for Aug. 1. That is one week before the start of the league’s next season.Belgian soccer authorities say the match between Club Brugge and Antwerp will take place in an empty King Baudouin Stadium.Club Brugge has the opportunity to secure a league-cup double after it was awarded its 16th Belgian title this month following a decision to end the current season prematurely because of the coronavirus pandemic.All sporting competitions in Belgium have been suspended until July 31. The new season is set to start on Aug. 7. It would be the first positive case in Serie A since the teams started training in groups if it is confirmed. The entire squad would have to go into quarantine.Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13.___The Dutch Grand Prix has become the fourth Formula One race to be canceled this season.Organizers of the first Dutch GP in 35 years preferred to wait until next year in hope fans will be able to attend, rather than hold the race without them this time. ___The Hungarian soccer federation says matches in the country can once again be held with spectators in the stadiums.The announcement comes on the back of a government decree allowing the option amid the coronavirus pandemic.Organizers are obliged to keep three seats empty between each occupied seat and no fan may sit directly behind or in front of another. Players and essential personnel on or near the field during matches must recently have tested negative for the coronavirus.The federation says clubs can decide on their own whether they want to play in front or fans again. May 28, 2020
Invitational Relay races will be the highpoint of the Excel College Annual Inter House Sports competition as teams from top schools in Lagos battle for top prizes.The Annual sports meet holds thursday, February 23, 2017 at the Nigerian Air Force Base, Sports Ground, Shasha, Lagos.Relays teams from Whitesands School, Lekki, St. Francis Catholic School, Idimu, Ronik College, Ejigbo and Queensland College, Ago, Isolo, top the list of schools that will vie hours in the 4x100m (boys and girls) and 4x400m (junior, intermediate and senior) events.Other star events to be contested by the houses are the 100m (male and female), 200m (male and female); and the 400m for the junior, intermediate and senior categories.Also to featuring are the middle distance races-800m and 1,500m (boys and girls), Basketball, Table tennis, Volleyball and Badminton; High jump (boys and girls), Shot put ( Boys and girls).Principal of the school, Lady K.O. Oke said the 2017 edition of the annual sports meet promises to be a celebration of grassroots sports talents.“We have always placed high premium on high academic standards as well as sports talents. Every past edition of had some spectacular performances by the students. We look forward to this every academic year and it has always an exciting part of our programme,” she said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – The Trinidad-based Caribbean Information and Credit Rating Services Limited (CariCRIS) has upgraded the regional scale local currency rating of the Barbados government from CariD (Default) to CariBB, with a stable outlook.“We however maintain the regional scale foreign currency rating of CariD (Default) on the country’s foreign currency denominated debt,” it said in a statement, noting that the rating indicates that the level of creditworthiness of the Barbados government, adjudged in relation to other rated obligors in the Caribbean, is below average.“Our decision to upgrade the rating on the local currency debt is driven by the closure of the exchange offer for domestic (Barbados dollar-denominated) debt. This marks the successful completion of the restructuring of BDS$11.9 billion (One Barbados dollar=US$0.50 cents0 in Barbados dollar-denominated claims on the government of Barbados and its public sector.”CariCRIS, a regional rating agency, said the restructuring is a central plank of the government’s comprehensive debt restructuring program and the Barbados Economic Reform and Transformation (BERT) Plan.“We have maintained our rating of CariD on the foreign currency debt as negotiations with foreign debt holders are not yet concluded. Upon successful completion of these negotiations, we will similarly revise up our ratings on the country’s foreign currency debt,” CariCRIS added.Last week, the Mia Mottley government announced that it had put a temporary freeze on borrowing as it reported an improvement in the island’s economic position.“Over the next four years the Barbados government will not borrow any new funds. To put the impact of that into context, over the past four years the government of Barbados has borrowed almost two billion dollars,” said Minister in the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Marsha Caddle, adding “that’s two billion dollars of new Barbadian savings that were drawn into and trapped by government debt”.Caddle, who spoke at the 2019 planning conference for the Barbados Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors, said the island’s debt had already declined from near 170 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) in May last year to 124 per cent this year.The announcement by CariCRIS comes as the Central bank of Barbados (CBB) is preparing to review the performance of the island’s economy last year and the prospects for this year. The review will take place on January 30.