Clashes erupt as Spanish court jails Catalonia leaders

first_imgViolent clashes erupt outside the airport in Barcelona, Spain on Monday. AFP The separatists were convicted ofsedition over their role in an illegal independence referendum in 2017.  Another three were found guilty ofdisobedience and were fined, but not jailed. All 12 defendants denied thecharges.(BBC) Thousands of Catalan independencesupporters also marched in the city center, blocking some streets and access tometro stations.center_img Large crowds of pro-independenceprotesters clashed with police at Barcelona’s international airport, cancellinga total of 108 flights on Monday, authorities said. SPAIN – Protests erupted in Barcelonaafter the country’s Supreme Court sentenced nine Catalan separatist leadersbetween nine to 13 years in prison. last_img

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Bingawan ECQ lifted

first_img* 59-year-old female (Patient No. 491) The town’s Emergency Operations Center-Incident Management Team (EOC-IMT) headed by Provincial Board member Matt Plagata Palabrica recommended the ECQ’s lifting. The ECQ was imposed beginning July 13 after six staff of Bingawan’s Rural Health Unit (RHU) tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). They were the following: Their 14-day quarantine already ended, thus the lifting of the ECQ, said Mayor Mark Palabrica. * 34-year-old female (Patient No. 494) * 32-year-old male (Patient No. 492) ILOILO City – The enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) in Bingawan, Iloilo has been lifted yesterday. * 29-year-old female (Patient No. 495) Now businesses, work and public transport may resume.center_img * 33-year-old male (Patient No. 496) Mayor Palabrica thanked his constituents for their cooperation during the ECQ and urged them to continue being vigilant. It is now under modified general community quarantine (MGCQ) like the rest of Iloilo province. “Magpabilin anay sa sulod sang panimalay kun wala man lang kita sang importante nga kadtuan. Padayunon ang pag-obserbar sang social distancing. Maghugas pirme sang kamot. Magsuksok sang facemask,” said Palabrica. * 31-year-old female (Patient No. 493) The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough.  Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don’t feel unwell. People can catch COVID-19 from others who have the virus. The disease can spread from person to person through small droplets from the nose or mouth which are spread when a person with COVID-19 coughs or exhales./PNlast_img read more

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FIFA launches Infantino defence

first_imgRelatedPosts Super Eagles soar on FIFA ranking COVID-19: FIFA count cost to football Blatter faces probe in Switzerland FIFA’s legal team have launched a forthright defence of president Gianni Infantino after a Swiss special prosecutor opened criminal proceedings against him and former Swiss attorney general Michael Lauber.A criminal case into Infantino’s conduct was opened on Thursday over his meetings with the country’s attorney general, who had been leading a sprawling investigation into football corruption. FIFA deputy secretary general Alasdair Bell says football’s governing body and Infantino have nothing to hide, insisting there is no factual basis for the criminal investigation and that they have no idea what Infantino has allegedly done wrong.Bell has called the investigation “grotesque and unfair” and insists he is 100 per cent confident there will never be a criminal charge or conviction.However, he said FIFA will co-operate fully with the investigation, as it wants the truth and wants it quickly.Bell believes the perception of a criminal investigation against Infantino is damaging.He would not rule out that the anonymous complaint against Lauber and Infantino may have come from someone who would wish to see the FIFA president “fall”. The reason the FIFA legal team say they are speaking out is because of reputational damage towards Infantino and the organisation given its chequered past. They are insistent there is nothing to suggest any criminal wrongdoing at any time during three meetings Infantino had with Lauber.Bell also said there is nothing unusual about the fact that there were no notes or minutes taken by Infantino during meetings with Lauber.Tags: FIFAgianni infantinoMichael Lauberlast_img read more

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Richards joins Terriers

first_imgHuddersfield have signed Wales international defender Jazz Richards on loan from Swansea. “With Jack Hunt’s departure and the recent injury that Calum Woods has suffered, we were looking to increase our options in that area of the pitch and Jazz is exactly the type of player we have here at the club,” Robins told the club’s official website. “He is young, but has good experience of the Championship with Swansea and last season’s loan at Crystal Palace, and now he’s hungry for more. “Swansea play good passing football and he fits the mould when it comes to playing in our side. “He has a lot of quality both technically and physically and we’re delighted to have him at the club.” Richards is a product of the Swansea academy and made his debut for the Welsh club as an 18-year-old against Middlesbrough in 2009. He has made over 35 first-team appearances for Swansea and featured on 11 occasions for Crystal Palace while on loan there at the back end of last season. The Swansea-born defender made his senior debut for Wales in a 2-0 defeat to Mexico in New Jersey in May 2012. The versatile 22-year-old, who can play at either full-back position or in midfield, has joined Huddersfield on a 93-day emergency loan and will go straight into Mark Robins’ squad for Saturday’s home derby against Doncaster. Town boss Robins has moved quickly to draft in cover for right-back Jack Hunt, who joined Crystal Palace for a reported £2million fee on transfer deadline day. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Odion Ighalo has big future at Watford, says boss Quique Sanchez Flores

first_img Press Association The Nigerian striker’s incredible form in the Championship last season, when he scored 20 goals in 38 appearances, prompted big-money interest from Hebei China Fortune. But Ighalo opted instead to sign a new five-year contract with the newly promoted Hornets. And the 26-year-old has transferred that form to the Barclays Premier League, with his double in the 2-0 win over West Ham on Saturday taking his tally to seven goals so far this term. Hornets boss Quique Sanchez Flores said: ” Ighalo took a very important decision to stay at Watford. It was a brilliant idea. “He is a wonderful man who stayed here because his future here at Watford is really big. He is already an important player for us.” Ighalo opened the scoring shortly before half-time when he got a toe onto Nathan Ake’s cross, although the ball was helped on its way by Hammers defender Aaron Cresswell. But if there was any doubt over that goal, there was none about the second after the break when he controlled Ikechi Anya’s ball into the area and crashed his shot high into the West Ham net. A second win on the bounce lifted Watford up to ninth in the table, and Ighalo is more than happy with their progress. “We know (West Ham) are a very good team but we stuck to our game-plan and what the gaffer told us to do, and it really worked,” he told Hornets PlayerHD. “We really pushed ourselves and we took the chances that came, so we are very happy about the game. Odion Ighalo turned down a lucrative move to China in the summer – and his decision is paying dividends for Watford. “I’m happy about my goals, but I’m most pleased about the team performance. We played very well and we deserved the win and the three points. “We’ve been performing great this season and we’ve been working hard together. “The team have been pushing. We run for each other, we fight for each other, and it’s been great.” The Hammers looked a shadow of the side who have beaten Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City and Chelsea this season, and manager Slaven Bilic is demanding an immediate response against Everton next Saturday. “That is what we have to do,” he said. “Nobody likes to be beaten, and not like this. We gave them a hand and they took the opportunity. “We paid the price, but let’s be sure we can work as hard as them to win a Premier League game.” last_img read more

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Belarus football league continues as government resists imposing lockdown

first_imgMINSK: As Belarus resists imposing a lockdown to combat the coronavirus, its football league has stumbled into the international limelight as Europe’s only remaining top-flight competition.But players are worried about the health risks and only die-hard fans are braving matches. FC Slutsk fan Yahor Khavanski, 26, is “a bit afraid” but could not imagine quitting his weekend football fix.On Sunday he intends to don a surgical mask and an FC Slutsk scarf and “try not to touch anything” at a clash against rivals Belshina Bobruisk.”The stadium holds 2,000 people, but only 300 came to the last match. You can sit anywhere you want and keep your distance,” he said over the phone.Khavanski says he will keep attending matches, regardless of the risk. In his view, he faces “the same odds of being infected on public transport or in shops”.Life has continued as normal in Belarus, whose authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko has dismissed World Health Organisation recommendations to impose a virus lockdown.With a population of nearly 10 million, Belarus has registered 9,590 coronavirus cases. Neighbouring Ukraine, with four times the population, has registered fewer cases.The Belarusian Football Federation (BFF) has followed the government’s lead, saying it will not stop matches under the current guidelines.The BFF even announced this week its women’s league will kick off on April 30 following a two-week delay over fears players had come into contact with people infected with the virus. AgenciesAlso Read: Belarus football league continues amid of coronavirus pandemicAlso Watch: Veterinary College in Guwahati creates hand sanitizers to fight the shortage of Sanitizers in Assamlast_img read more

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The Latest: Abe says IOC agrees ‘100%’ on postponment

first_imgBach had previously said the IOC would make an announcement about postponing the 2020 Olympics in the next four weeks.___Taiwan’s professional baseball league has set April 11 as the revised date for opening day.The start of the Taiwan-based Chinese Professional Baseball League’s season has been delayed twice this month because of the coronavirus pandemic.The CPBL’s website says the opening game would go ahead in a closed stadium but there could be up to 150 season ticket holders allowed entry under strict social distancing guidelines if the government approves. Sports leagues across Asia have been postponed or suspended because of the virus outbreak. The professional baseball and soccer leagues in Japan are aiming to start or resume their seasons in late April.___Japan’s NHK public television says Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will propose a one-year postponement for the Tokyo Olympics during talks with IOC President Thomas Bach.Abe says a postponement is unavoidable if the 2020 Games cannot be held in a complete manner amid the coronavirus pandemic.Abe held telephone talks with Bach after IOC said it would make a decision on the Tokyo Games over the next four weeks. Associated Press March 24, 2020 The Latest: Abe says IOC agrees ‘100%’ on postponment ___The European club rugby finals in May have been suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.Governing body European Professional Club Rugby announced the decision a day after a conference call by the board.The Champions Cup and second-tier Challenge Cup had already suspended the quarterfinals scheduled for next month. Now the semifinals on May 1-3 and the finals in Marseille set for May 22-23 are off.EPCR says it “remains committed to completing the 2019-20 Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup season.”center_img Australian soccer’s A-League has suspended its season indefinitely because of the coronavirus outbreak.That brings an end to all professional football competitions in Australia and New Zealand.Football Federation Australia chief executive James Johnson says the latest measures imposed by the federal government made it impossible for the A-League to continue. The league had only a few regular-season games remaining before the playoffs. Johnson said the postponement will be reviewed on April 22.Johnson says “as a national competition played in all parts of Australia, as well as New Zealand, mission complicated became mission impossible.”Newcastle’s 2-1 win over Melbourne City at an empty stadium on Monday was the last game completed. Sydney FC leads the standings with 48 points after 20 games. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe says IOC President Thomas Bach has agreed “100%” to his proposal of postponing the Tokyo Olympics for about one year until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak. ___The Tokyo Olympic torch relay will start Thursday as planned in northeastern Fukushima prefecture but with no torch, no torchbearers and no public because of the coronavirus outbreak.There will be an Olympic flame carried in a lantern and transported by a vehicle along what organizers hope will be empty roadsides.The Tokyo Games and the relay have been caught in limbo since International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said four weeks were needed to decide on an inevitable postponement of the planned opening on July 24. He has ruled out a cancellation.___ ___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 6last_img read more

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India exploring ‘all possible options’ for 2020 IPL

first_imgINDIAN cricket chiefs are sticking with plans to salvage the IPL this year even if it means playing in empty stadiums, says the country’s board president, Sourav Ganguly.The world’s richest Twenty20 tournament is heading for the first wipe-out of its 12-year history after being repeatedly postponed because of the coronavirus.Despite the worsening epidemic caseload in India, Ganguly – president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) – said in an email to state associations that every effort was being made to hold the Indian Premier League in some form.“The BCCI is working on all possible options to ensure that we are able to stage the IPL this year, even if it means playing the tournament in empty stadiums,” Ganguly wrote in a letter seen by AFP.“The fans, franchisees, players, broadcasters, sponsors and all other stakeholders are keenly looking forward to the possibility of IPL being hosted this year.”Players from India and abroad “have also shown their keenness on being a part of this year’s IPL”, he added.“We are optimistic and the BCCI will shortly decide on the future course of action on this.”The BCCI’s planning has been hit by the ICC on Wednesday deferring a decision on the fate of the T20 World Cup, originally scheduled for Australia in October.If the T20 showpiece does go ahead, there would be little room in the schedule for even a shortened IPL.BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told AFP the board would suffer losses of more than half a billion dollars if the IPL season is scrapped.The league is a huge revenue-earner for BCCI and estimated to generate more than $11 billion for the Indian economy. (AFP)last_img read more

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Tennis falls in conference opener

first_imgIn the first tennis match to ever be broadcasted on the Big Ten Network, the No. 34 Wisconsin men’s team could not secure a victory against No. 11 Illinois, losing 4-3.In its conference season opener, Wisconsin (10-5, 0-1) seemed to be on its way to an impressive win after claiming the doubles point and winning four first sets in singles.From there, however, the Badgers lost momentum and allowed the Illini to sneak right past them.Head coach Greg Van Emburgh expressed extreme displeasure with how his team finished the game after positioning themselves so favorably to win.“I’m just really disappointed,” he said. “We didn’t close out matches — just an unfortunate day. Hats off to [the Illini], they had a good match and they found ways to dig a little deeper today in the third sets and get the wins.”After again making it a point to cultivate the doubles teams in practice all week, Van Emburgh was impressed with his team’s performance in that regard.Junior Marek Michalicka and senior Moritz Baumann reunited to take on No. 68 Marek Czerwinski and Stephen Hoh in doubles. The Badger duo, ranked No. 11, marched through the game of fastballs and precise placement to win 8-4.On the neighborly court, seniors Luke Rassow-Kantor and Michael Dierberger traded blow after blow with Illinois’ Abe Souza and Connor Roth. In a game of smart, advantageous play, neither pair separated themselves by more than one point from their opponent. Down 7-6 against the Illini, Rassow-Kantor and Dierberger were able to rally by winning two consecutive sets to clinch the doubles point.“I thought they (Rassow-Kantor, Dierberger) played great in doubles,” Van Emburgh said. “Illinois is good in their doubles and they actually favor that point. We came out and played really well and we won that point today — I thought we did a great job in doubles.”Momentum didn’t fade during the short break between singles and doubles as four Badgers won their opening sets. Ranked No. 11 for a reason, however, Illinois was able to force an extra set in three of those matches. One of the quicker singles matches saw Michalicka stretch his singles winning streak to 11 consecutive.Michalicka showed tremendous hustle as he turned away Illinois’ top ranked player, No. 36 Dennis Nevolo in two sets, 6-2, 7-5.“I think that was probably the best match I have played all season,” Michalicka said. “I couldn’t even believe how I played.”Meanwhile, freshman Billy Bertha and Dierberger dropped their three-set matches while Rassow-Kantor was ousted in two.With Illinois in need of one more singles victory to secure the win, the weight of the match fell on the shoulders of Baumann and sophomore Patrick Pohlmann at the No. 2 and 3 positions.Baumann struggled to find rhythm against Illinois’ Marek Czerwinski. After Baumann prevailed in the first set, the two hardly allowed the other to score two times in a row until Czerwinski topped out and won the tiebreaker to force a third set. Baumann never recovered, losing the third 6-3.With the match already decided, Pohlmann remained intent on upsetting No. 77 Abe Souza.Driven to a third set tiebreaker, Pohlmann repeatedly made his emotions audible as spectators and teammates continued to cheer him on. Feeding off the noise, Pohlmann was able to outlast a small comeback from Souza and close up the win.“I was up two match points, I was kind of disappointed that I didn’t really close it,” he said. “But then at the end I found a way to tie six-all and then in the tiebreaker, it’s almost like a lottery, and in the end I was the more lucky guy.”Pohlmann gave credit for his win to the fact that he put his confidence on display for his opponent. Though he stated he was unable to watch the other matches, he suggested that perhaps a lack of exhibiting confidence may have been a factor in the team’s losing three out of four three-set matches.When asked if the loss would harm team confidence in later matches, Pohlmann was quick to reject the idea.“No, definitely not,” he said. “They’re a top-15 team, so we knew that it was going to be a tough match.”In the meantime, though, the team understands there still remains more to be built on in order to beat highly ranked teams like Illinois.“We need to get back to work,” Van Emburgh said. “We’ve got to, obviously, learn from this match and then put this match aside. We need to work, work it hard and keep believing in our team. We have a great team, and Illinois is a great team and they found ways to win today. That’s really the difference, so slight.”last_img read more

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Trojans bring back Pendergast, Baxter to coaching staff

first_imgIt appears Clay Helton is bringing the band back together.On Tuesday, the USC football head coach announced the return of John Baxter as special teams coordinator amidst numerous media reports that Clancy Pendergast would also return as defensive coordinator.Pendergast served as USC’s defensive coordinator in 2013, when he helped construct a defense that ranked first in the Pac-12. Not retained when Steve Sarkisian was hired, Pendergast took a year off before serving as an inside linebackers coach for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015.After reportedly meeting with Oregon earlier on Tuesday, Pendergast will accept the offer to come back to USC, taking over for a much maligned Justin Wilcox, who was fired by Helton after a poor showing in the Pac-12 championship game against Stanford.Baxter’s hiring came as a welcome surprise. The 52-year-old spent four seasons (2010-2013) as the special teams coordinator for USC and most recently served at the same position for Michigan in 2015.Highly popular among players, Baxter was named Special Teams Coordinator of the Year in 2011 by FootballScoop.com. Under Baxter, USC was ranked in the top 10 in special teams efficiency by ESPN in each season from 2010-2012. At Michigan, Baxter improved the Wolverines’ special teams unit from 96th the previous year to 12th nationally in ESPN’s special teams efficiency ranking.“We are very excited to welcome back John Baxter to our Trojan Family,” Helton said.  “He is one of the most respected coaches in our profession at any position.  His units have been near the top of the collegiate special team efficiency rankings almost every year.  Having worked alongside him in the past, I know Coach Baxter as one of the best teachers and skill developers in football today.  We look forward to our special teams rising to greater heights under him.”The hire comes three days after Helton brought in his younger brother Tyson Helton and Neil Callaway from Kentucky to serve as offensive assistants. Helton promoted wide receivers coach Tee Martin to offensive coordinator prior to the Holiday Bowl.last_img read more

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