Have a Happy and Safe Easter from everyone at 850 WFTL! The city of West Palm Beach has been known for years for putting on big Easter egg hunts at its parks.This year’s circumstances are putting a unique new twist on the holiday event.On Saturday, city workers and volunteers handed out candy-filled eggs while wearing masks and gloves, and loaded up people’s cars as they drove by and popped open their trunks in Gaines Park.Campus manager Marvelous Washington says despite the coronavirus, parents and their children are still eager to hold Easter egg hunts of their own. He says, “They are so excited especially the kids. Kids are so excited. Actually some of the kids are surprised Easter is tomorrow. But they are so excited to get the candy filled eggs and we are so excited to provide that service to them.”The city also posted a video on Twitter and YouTube on how to hold an Easter egg hunt while practicing safe social distancing.VIDEO: Join Ms. Marty online to learn how to paint eggs with creatively hip designs that are out of this world! For details on activity duration and supplies needed, visit: https://t.co/kWelerbwWp https://t.co/DWSbP5K9kH— City of West Palm Beach (@westpalmbch) April 11, 2020
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___Former U.S. Davis Cup captain Patrick McEnroe says in a video posted on social media that he tested positive for the coronavirus.McEnroe, younger brother of eight-time major champion John, said he did a drive-through test in upstate New York after developing what he called “minor symptoms” about 10 days ago.Patrick McEnroe said: “The good news is I feel fine. My symptoms have passed. I feel, really, 100 percent.”As a player, he won one tournament in singles and 16 in doubles, including the 1989 French Open. Baer-Hoffmann says “there are players who are reaching out concerned.”Fans entering the stadiums in Belarus over the weekend were given antiseptic hand gel but few wore masks for protection.Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko has been defiant about not limiting people’s movement, saying “it’s better to die standing than to live on your knees.”Baer-Hoffmann says FIFPro does not have a member union in Belarus but “we will be lobbying” to introduce precautions.___ Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The owners of the NHL’s New Jersey Devils have made a six-figure donation to the state’s largest health care system for medical equipment to ensure the safety and proper protection of all healthcare workers and first responders during the coronavirus pandemic. ___Baseball fans who want to brush up on the history of Stan Musial, Roberto Clemente and others from yesteryear now have an extra opportunity.The magazine Baseball Digest has made its entire archive file — dating to its first issue in 1942 — available for free through July 15. Publisher Norman Jacobs said he wanted to provide the service to help fill the void while the season is delayed because of the new coronavirus outbreak.Baseball Digest has produced features, crossword puzzles, cartoons, stats and schedules over the years, along with stories written by players and popular quizzes, including the well-known, So You Think You Know Baseball?Fans can access the archives by going to baseballdigestarchive.com and registering. The Bundesliga soccer season will remain suspended through April because of the coronavirus pandemic.The 36 clubs in Germany’s top two divisions have agreed to accept the recommendation of the league authority to extend the period without games to April 30 at least.The last game played was on March 11.League president Christian Seifert says “the most important thing without question is controlling the outbreak of the virus and especially protecting groups at risk.”Training for the 36 clubs is to remain stopped until April 5. Devils co-owners Josh Harris and David Blitzer and RWJBarnabas Health announced the donation Tuesday without saying the exact amount. They described it as “significant and impactful.” The money was given to RWJBarnabas Health’s Emergency Response Fund to help combat the challenges faced by the medical community and its personnel.RWJBarnabas Health has more than 35,000 system employees who treat thousands of patients daily in hospitals throughout the state.The RWJBarnabas Health Foundation plans to acquire a variety of personal protective equipment, including N95 respirators and surgical masks, gloves, gowns, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, eye protection, and other necessary medical equipment that’s critically needed.With the NHL season suspended by the virus, the Devils on Monday packed their medical equipment in the Prudential Center and sent 7,000 pairs of gloves, 10,000 hand sanitizers and all their soaps, sprays and cleaning material to the health care network, a team spokesman said.The donation came on the same day as Harris and Blitzer made a six-figure donation made to the city of Newark to support a program that provides gift cards for groceries to city families in need. The spokesman said the hospital donation also was six figures. The head of the league, Jorge Enrique Vélez, says he doesn’t want taxpayer money but policies to support the affected. ___Reigning NCAA women’s singles tennis champion Estela Perez-Somarriba has decided to delay the start of her professional career and remain at the University of Miami for another year.Perez-Somarriba, a senior, will take advantage of an NCAA decision Monday to give Division I spring-sport athletes an additional year of eligibility after the coronavirus pandemic curtailed their 2020 season.Perez-Somarriba won the singles title last May. She’s 141-23 at Miami and holds the school record for match victories. China’s government has ordered all major sports events to remain suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak, meaning the country’s basketball league will have to push back its planned restart. The Chinese Basketball Association had hoped to resume play in mid-April but was denied government approval to do so. Instead, China’s General Administration of Sport issued a statement saying any large sporting events that draw crowds “are temporarily not being resumed.” The agency did not give a timeline for when the suspensions may be lifted, but said it will “make timely adjustments according to the epidemic prevention and control situation.” The CBA has been suspended since Jan. 24 because of the spread of COVID-19. The league is reportedly considering a proposal to bring all 20 teams to one or two cities and play the remainder of the regular season in empty arenas.___ The Latest: NJ Devils make donation for medical equipment Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame President & CEO John Doleva said the organization is moving forward with its planned London Showcase doubleheader in December that will match Kentucky against Michigan and Marist against UMBC.Doleva said in a statement that it “remains diligent in monitoring the situation and making decisions in the best interest of public health.” He added that the health and safety of players, fans and staff is of the “utmost importance” and will communicate with the four schools with updates as needed.___Global soccer union FIFPro says soccer players in Belarus are worried about the continuing despite the coronavirus pandemic.FIFPro general secretary Jonas Baer-Hoffmann says “it’s not comprehendible” that the Belarus league is still playing after kicking off this month. It’s the only top-tier European league in action. The brother of two-time Wimbledon singles champion Andy Murray was asked whether he thinks a cancellation is more likely than a postponement. He told BBC Radio 4: “I think so. I think for them it is difficult to move the tournament back for many reasons, because you are running into other tournaments.”___Organizers of the Swiss Indoors tennis tournament in Roger Federer’s hometown of Basel say ticket sales will start on schedule on Thursday.The tournament is due to run from Oct. 26 to Nov. 1. Organizers say tickets will be refunded “should the coronavirus crisis continue and the Swiss tennis highlight not take place.”The ATP Tour is currently suspended until at least June. March 31, 2020 The postponement of the Tokyo Olympics to the summer of 2021 will have an impact on numerous other events — including an Olympic-style event for sports that are not part of the Summer Games.The new dates for the Olympics — July 23-Aug. 8, 2021 — now overlaps with the 2021 World Games, which were set to be held in Birmingham, Alabama between July 15-25.The International World Games Association says it will shift the dates of its signature event to an earlier date in 2021 or to a similar time in 2022.The World Games began in 1981 and are held every four years to showcase disciplines that are not on the Olympic program, such as sumo, floorball, billiards, lifesaving, orienteering, dance sport and tug of war. Birmingham won the right to stage the 11th edition, beating out Lima, Peru and Ufa, Russia to become the first U.S. host since Santa Clara, California for the inaugural World Games. Birmingham expects some 3,600 athletes from more than 100 nations to participate.The IWGA has been especially affected by the coronavirus outbreak that has largely shut down sports around the world. The organization’s president, José Perurena, has tested positive in Spain.___A $75 million rescue package was rolled out by English cricket’s governing body on Tuesday to help teams at all levels withstand the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic. The England and Wales Cricket Board said 40 million pounds (about $50 million) was being made available at the top-tier level. More than 20 million pounds (about $25 million) will go to the local cricket clubs, via loans and grants. “It will be months before the full financial fallout is made clear,” ECB chief executive Tom Harrison said. “We will continue work with all of our partners to protect the ongoing health of the entire game in the short term and beyond.” The start of the English cricket season has been delayed until May 28 at the earliest. A range of options for cricket to begin in June, July or August are being modeled.___Colombia’s soccer league has asked the country’s government to help clubs affected by the new coronavirus outbreak. The league tournament was stopped on March 13, with initial hopes for a restart in April. The National Hockey League has extended its self-quarantine recommendation for players and staff until April 15.Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly confirmed the extension in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday. The league had previously sent out a memo recommending self-quarantining until April 4.So far, four NHL players — two each from the Ottawa Senators and Colorado Avalanche — have tested positive for COVID-19.— Reporting by Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno___ The new ownership group of the Kansas City Royals, along with players, staff and the organization’s charitable arm are donating more than 500,000 meals to Harvesters, a local food bank helping those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic.Royals chairman John Sherman, who purchased the club late last year from David Glass, said in a statement that his group of players, executives and investors “share a deep connection to the Kansas City community, which is why the entire Royals family is coming together to do our part.”The Royals would have opened their season against the White Sox last week in Chicago. Their home opener would have been Thursday against the Mariners. At this point, nobody is quite sure when the club will take the field.Longtime outfielder Alex Gordon donated to the Royals’ food drive. He says that his family is staying home during the pandemic, but “we feel very blessed, and we want to make sure our neighbors are taken care of.”___ The Devils have spoken to state authorities and offered to make the Prudential Center available should it be needed for use as a temporary hospital.___Fiesta Bowl Charities is donating $1 million to help nonprofit organizations in Arizona meet shortfalls caused by the coronavirus outbreak.Fiesta Bowl Charities is giving directly to 18 organizations that focus on providing food to those in need or programs for young people. Among the groups receiving funds will be the Children’s Cancer Network, Desert Mission Food Bank, several Boys and Girls Clubs chapters in the state, and Child Crisis Arizona. ___Two-time mixed doubles champion Jamie Murray says he believes Wimbledon will be canceled.The All England Club board will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday to discuss the fate of the 2020 tournament.The grasscourt season lasts only six weeks and Wimbledon is staged when daylight hours are the longest in Britain. The club has acknowledged the short window available to it and ruled out playing without spectators.The French Open has been postponed from May to September. ___NASCAR star Joey Logano has established a $1 Million COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.The fund is from the Joey Logano Foundation in partnership with Elevation Church. The money will be used to address a variety of needs, including educational equity and access, medical supplies, food distribution, and financial shortages throughout the greater Charlotte, North Carolina area and communities across the United States.___ ___The Southeastern Conference now has canceled its spring meetings because of the coronavirus.Commissioner Greg Sankey announced the move Tuesday and said the league will figure out a different way to meet to consider SEC operations and how to recognize award winners.The SEC meetings have been held annually the last week of May in Destin, Florida, since 1985.Sankey says the spring meetings are one of the SEC’s great traditions to celebrate the past year and plan for the future. He says the SEC knows canceling is the right move during this unprecedented public health crisis. UEFA is to meet with its 55 members on Wednesday with the fate of the remaining Champions League, Europa League and international games to be discussed.___Scotland rugby coach Gregor Townsend has agreed to a 25% salary deferral from April 1 to Sept. 1.The coaches of two professional sides, Richard Cockerill at Edinburgh and Dave Rennie at Glasgow, have made the same agreement, though Rennie begins his new job as Australia coach in July.Scottish Rugby also announced CEO Mark Dodson was taking a 30% deferral, and the board 25%. He succeeded his brother as Davis Cup captain and served in that job for nearly a decade, leading the United States to the title in 2007.The younger McEnroe also served as general manager of player development for the U.S. Tennis Association.He and his brother now are both TV analysts for tennis matches, sometimes working alongside each other in the booth.___Dr. Vivek Murthy, the former surgeon general of the United States under President Barack Obama and someone who has advised the NBA throughout the global coronavirus pandemic, will take questions from NBA fans later this week. Bellator has postponed its three cards set for May in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.The MMA organization says it will try and reschedule Bellator 242 set for May 9 in San Jose, California, a May 16 card in London and Bellator 243 on May 29 in Temecula, California.Bellator says it will try to reschedule the events as soon as it can.___Soccer players in Germany could be tested for the coronavirus before games if the season resumes. The rankings have been backdated to March 17. That was the day after the last international tournament, the All England Open. They will be the basis for entry and seeding into the next international tournaments, whenever they are.The world circuit is suspended to the end of April, but the BWF expects more tournaments to be put off in May and June.It says it has yet to decide how the rankings will be unfrozen.The BWF says “it is difficult to outline the exact procedure until we have an exact overview of what the international calendar will look like once play resumes and suspended tournaments have been rescheduled.”With the Tokyo Olympics delayed until 2021, the BWF says it is reviewing the Olympic qualification process. It notes the consequences of freezing the world rankings does not apply to Olympic qualifying. The Bulls won six NBA titles during the 1990s and were led by Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Steve Kerr and Dennis Rodman.___Hungarian Olympic swimmer Boglarka Kapas says she has tested positive for COVID-19.The 26-year-old Kapas writes in an Instagram post that she had to submit to testing in order to return to training.She says her first test was negative but a second test showed she has the virus. She is staying in quarantine at home for two weeks. Kapas says “I don’t have any symptoms yet and that’s why it’s important for you to know that even if you feel healthy you can spread the virus.”Kapas won gold in the 200-meter butterfly at the 2019 world championships in China and a bronze medal in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics.___Global soccer union FIFPro says seven-time Slovakian champion Zilina is opting for bankruptcy after offering players a “take it or leave it” 80% pay cut.FIFPro says it believes Zilina is the first European club to go into liquidation since the coronavirus outbreak. The German Football League says it has set up a medical task force which is working on a “procedure for the strict and independent testing of players and other staff members, including immediately prior to matchdays.”The league is also relaxing its financial fair play rules because it expects clubs will struggle to adapt to a prolonged shortfall in TV, ticket and sponsorship revenue.Clubs which start insolvency proceedings this season won’t be hit with a mandatory nine-point deduction. The teams’ “liquidity situation” also won’t be considered when issuing licenses for next season.The Bundesliga hasn’t played a game since March 11. Clubs from the top two divisions have voted to extend the suspension to at least April 30.___ The league is setting up a live question-and-answer session on its Twitter account with Murthy, beginning Wednesday at 4 p.m. Eastern.NBA fans are being urged to send in questions ahead of time to Murthy with the hashtag of #NBATogether.The NBA Together initiative was born “to support, engage, educate and inspire youth, families and fans in response to the coronavirus pandemic” and has seen members of the NBA family engaging globally with followers.Murthy’s new book, “Together: The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World,” examines loneliness as a public health concern. It will be released April 28.___ The union says Zilina “refused to negotiate with the (Slovak) player union.”The move follows the club selling 20-year-old forward Róbert Boženík to Feyenoord in January for a reported fee of about 4.5 million euros ($4.9 million).Zilina is second in the now-suspended Slovak league. The club played in the Champions League in 2010-11 but lost all six games in a group that included Chelsea and Marseille.___The Badminton World Federation has frozen the world rankings while the circuit is suspended. Last week, England coach Eddie Jones accepted a 25% pay cut.___ABC/ESPN has moved up the premier of the 10-part docuseries “The Last Dance” featuring Michael Jordan and the 1990s Chicago Bulls to April 19. The docuseries will be shown on ESPN on Sunday nights and on Netflix outside of the United States.It was originally scheduled to be released in June but sports fans have clamored on social media for the series to be moved up in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and with most sporting events canceled or postponed.The news was announced on Good Morning America. Federer and his wife donated 1 million Swiss francs ($1.04 million) last week to help families in need in his home country during the pandemic.Federer is a 10-time champion at the Swiss Indoors and will turn 39 before this year’s tournament. He was twice a ball boy at the event and made his debut as a player in 1998 when he was 17. He lost in the first round to Andre Agassi.Federer posted footage on his social media accounts on Monday of him practising trick shots in his rehabilitation after surgery on his left knee in February.___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
In fulfillment of its promise to send consumers to the Etihad Stadium to watch the training and games of Manchester City football club, PZ Cussons on Friday at the Justrite Supermarket, Abule Egba, Lagos, conducted the draws in which two consumers won two tickets for an all- expense trip to the Etihad, while several others won gift items ranging from Manchester City jerseys to football, flash drives and t-shirts.The raffle draw at Abule Egba was followed by another draw on the second day at Park and Shop, Ilupeju, Lagos, in which two other winners of an all- expense trip emerged.One of the winners, Michael Aniete, said it was beyond his wildest dream that he would one day visit the Etihad Stadium, not to talk of seeing players that he normally watch on television live.“I could not believe my ears when I first received the call that I that I had won an all- expense trip to the Etihad to watch Manchester city play. Though it has always been a dream to see some of these players live but I never knew how it would come about. I am so excited,” an obviously elated Aniete said.In a chat with Brand Manager (Premier), Deedi Modey, she said PZ Cussons had a three-year partnership with Manchester City and “we therefore want to engage our customers and we felt there was no better way than to a chance to purchase the product that they love and by that win a trip to watch a match involving Manchester City.”According to Modey, aside from the consumers having an opportunity to see Manchester City players live, they would also be lounged in a three-star hotel in Manchester, with their feeding taking care of. They would also take a tour of the city and voucher would be given to each of them for their shopping.To ensure there was no discrepancy in the raffle draws, an official of the Consumer Protection Council, CPC, was on hand to witness the draws.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
Get ready … for a second year, Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) hosts its cultural event with an educational flair. The second annual Run-A-Boat will take place on Saturday, November 17, 2018, on the grounds and pavilion of Holy Sacrament Episcopal Church on University Drive just North of Sheridan. The fun begins at 1:00 p.m. through 7:00 p.m. “we nice it up like it’s a yard-style day party”, according to JWOF President, Ms. Camille Edwards.What’s a Run-A-Boat?What’s a Run-A-Boat? Ms. Edwards went on to explain in her childhood days growing up in Jamaica, after a day of ‘free labor’ to repair/rebuild the church, the men would get together and cook whatever was available ground provisions, curried goat, fried fish, etc. There was also music, laughter, dominoes and fun for the whole family. “It’s the same thing, at the JWOF Run-A-Boat,“ she added.Fun specially for the kids For the kids there will be lots to do and to learn about the Jamaican cultural heritage. “We’ll teach them how to play marbles, hop scotch, rounders, hula-hoop, with prizes and surprises. We’ll read Anansi stories to them and maybe they will read to us too”. For adults, they can come out and indulge in the nostalgia of the moment, a reminder of how it used to be. You can join the kids in their games or what about some Ludo or dominoes? Performances by Dr. Sue, Steve Higgins Helping us to set the cultural stage is South Florida’s own Lady of All Things Jamaican, performer Dr. Susan Davis (stage name Dr. Sue). She will take us down the cultural path as only she can. And, Steve Higgins “the Jamaican Tenor” will also help us to create a cultural experience with his folksongs.Fund raisingRun-A-Boat is also a fundraiser too. Your donation will support JWOF projects including the Melody House for disadvantaged young females, JWOF annual scholarships and other charitable missions across the Diaspora. Come prepared to contribute with your participation in the 50/50 raffle, a “win/win” deal. Event tickets are now on sale for $5.00 each. Children under 5 years of age will enter free. Want tickets? See a JWOF member or call us at 561 320-1391. Lots of foodJust like last year, there will be food vendors offering old Jamaican favorites like fried sprat and hard dough bread, roast yam, sugar cane, jerk chicken, jelly coconut, pudding and much more. Come for lunch and stay for dinner. Lots to snack on in between meals. The ‘bar’ offers an assortment of alcoholic and none alcoholic beverages. Don’t miss the rum punch and sorrel which was sold out early last. Plan to come early and stay long.Dancing tooPut on your dancing shoes. “We are going to make it real with mento, ska, rock steady and reggae. Enjoy music all day and into the evening coming to us from favorite Jamaican local disc jockey – DJ Mark Swaby.
Miss Softić, can you tell us something about yourself?I was born in 1987 in Kozarac and the childhood I remember started during our time as refugees, when we were persecuted from the place where I was born, and when I heard the news that my father had been killed during the past war in BiH, in 1992. Moving from one place to another, I changed five elementary schools and settled with my family in Sarajevo in 2001. Since that moment, Sarajevo has become my home and a place where I started living my life to the fullest. I always loved reading, and at the same time I was writing and winning awards in literary competitions. Somehow logically, I enrolled in language and literature studies. I graduated with a BA and MA degree with almost the highest grade and that is why I got a job as a language monitor in Al Jazeera Balkans immediately after graduation. I soon enrolled in doctoral studies, but I gave up because I did not like the curriculum. Al Jazeera opened my horizons and I wanted more than what the University of Sarajevo could offer. I am looking for adequate doctoral studies that I will enrol in with pleasure and complete when my criteria are satisfied. I will not go back to literature in scientific terms and my professional development will go in the direction of communications, PR or marketing.After only six months of running, Miss Softić competed in her first half marathon. How did you begin doing this kind of sport and when?I started running because my job requires a lot of sitting in front of a computer and stress in the personal aspect of my life, which made me gain ten extra kilograms of weight. I was constantly tired and that was a massive wake-up call. After a friend’s recommendation, I became a member of the Klix Running School and it all took another direction in 2015. I experienced a true rebirth and started achieving one success after another in an entirely new area. I did not like running before because I was not able to run for more than three minutes. With the running school I started loving it and in six months I was ready for my first Sarajevo Half Marathon. My result was 2:17. Two weeks later, I ran the Zenica half marathon, and right after that the half marathon in Ljubljana. Those were three half marathons in a month and a sign that I should not stop.After the race in Ljubljana, Miss Softić decided to try out the full marathon, which she successfully ran in Vienna and became the first woman to do it wearing a hijab. Can you describe the race and the feeling?In October, after the Ljubljana half marathon, I decided that I wanted to run an entire marathon. We have already entered winter and tough training sessions included training in rain, snow, cold, smog, on mountains. We tested my fitness in February at the Split half marathon, where I improved my personal best time by 17 minutes. This made me very happy and the full marathon in Vienna in April this year was a real test and pure joy. I truly enjoyed each of the 42.2 kilometres. The fact that I am the first woman with hijab in Europe to run a full marathon made it extra special for me. Apart from me, two more women with hijab participated in the Vienna marathon, and after that I heard that one of them ran the marathon in Sweden. I am happy to hear that running is becoming a trend and I am especially proud of all my hijab sisters who did it and who are yet to do it. Sport is the best way to fight the prejudices about not only women with hijab, but about women in general. It is still a widespread opinion that women belong in the kitchen. It’s the 21st century and it time to move away from those ways of thinking and make positive changes in society. If we do not do that, no one else will.You are a woman who is moving the borders! You will be the first woman with a hijab to compete in the Ironman Triathlon. What message would you like to send other woman who would like to compete?My entire life I had the opportunity to break the prejudices, mine and those of others, and I like that role. I like moving borders and exploring my limits. I like the fact that there are actually no limits when we truly want something. Looking up to my coaches and friends who completed the Ironman competitions, after many half marathons and a marathon I decided to prepare first for the half Ironman in 2017, and then for the full Ironman competition in 2018. If no one else appears in the meantime, I will be the first woman with hijab in the world to complete that triathlon and I am very proud of that. I hope I will be an example to many women to be aware of their capacities and to use them, to not let themselves be limited by social norms. The feeling that you are leading the way in something is truly priceless, although it is also a heavy burden on your back. One must know how to handle it, because preparations for this competition are difficult. If you have any additional burden, it all gets more difficult, but if you turn that burden into encouragement and motivation, it all gets easier. I am one of the latter ones, I make everything as simple as possible for myself, and then I give my best to achieve it. I believe in myself and I do not question the implementation of this plan. Some time ago I could not even imagine this, and now I’m already working on it.Many people mentioned Mrs. Shirin Gerami, the first Iranian woman to complete the Ironman with hijab. Shirin is not wearing a hijab; she completed that triathlon with the hijab she is wearing out of traditional, not religious beliefs, because that was something that was requested from her by the country she represented. However, the fact that a woman from Iran came to the competition is a success itself and I am very happy for her. I wish her a lot more success.What are your plans for the next five years, another marathon maybe?Before I start preparing actively for the triathlon, I intend to run another two marathons, one in November this year in Beirut and the other one in March next year in Barcelona. Meanwhile, I will run half marathons throughout the region. I am already preparing for swimming with my coach and going to the gym. I ordered a triathlon bike and I will start those preparations in spring. The Half Ironman is in August 2017 and the full Ironman is in July 2018. After that, we’ll see, who knows? I will certainly run more marathons. Then I will be ready to do anything, so that plans for the future can be set after that. I am not thinking so far ahead, what matters to me is to achieve what I imagine.How has your life changed since you started running? What motivates you while running?As I already said, running made me experience a rebirth. A crucial role in that was played by my friends and coaches from the association NGO Marathon Sarajevo, who made me love running, who made running a part of my life and to make my happy by just being my friends. We run, we socialize, we travel, we move limits, and we organize our own, Sarajevo half marathon. We try to bring more people into this and reveal to them the magic of active participation in life. When you embrace life, life will embrace you.Interview by Zejna SY
MORE: Full conference championship scheduleCJ Verdell provided a spark for Ducks all night, rushing 18 times for 208 yards and three touchdowns against a team that had surrendered a quarter of that yardage per game during the season. Quarterback Justin Herbert wasn’t great, but he didn’t need to be, as he completed 14 of 27 passes for 193 yards and a touchdown. True freshman Kayvon Thibodeaux was that player on defense, tallying three sacks and a blocked punt.Utah tried its best to mount a comeback, rallying for 15 third-quarter points to narrow the gap to 23-15, but there was simply too much for the Utes to overcome. Quarterback Tyler Huntley completed 17 of 29 passes for 193 yards and two touchdowns, but he also threw two interceptions. Zack Moss ran 19 times for 113 yards and caught four passes for 57 yards and a touchdown.Both teams converted just 4 of 14 third-down attempts, but the difference was this: Oregon converted its lone fourth-down conversion, while Utah failed to convert on any of its four attempts.Check out Sporting News’ updates, highlights and score changes from the 2019 Pac-12 championship game:Utah vs. Oregon score Q1Q2Q3Q4FUtah0015015Oregon101031437Utah vs. Oregon scoring playsFIrst quarter8:00 — Oregon running back CJ Verdell 3-yard touchdown run (7-0 Oregon)4:17 — Oregon kicker Camden Lewis 23-yard field goal (10-0 Oregon)Second quarter11:02 — Oregon quarterback 45-yard touchdown pass to Johnny Johnson III4:56 — Oregon kicker Camden Lewis 23-yard field goal (20-0 Oregon)Third quarter10:52 — Utah quarterback 24-yard touchdown pass to Zack Moss (20-7 Oregon)4:56 — Oregon kicker Camden Lewis 23-yard field goal (23-7 Oregon)1:13 — Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley 25-yard touchdown pass to Samson Nacua; Nacua 2-point conversion (23-15 Oregon)Fourth quarter7:09 — Oregon running back 70-yard touchdown (30-15 Oregon)2:33 — CJ Verdell 31-yard touchdown run (37-15 Oregon)Utah vs. Oregon updates, highlightsFinal: Oregon 37, Utah 1511:47 p.m.: Final stats. Oregon cruised to its first Pac-12 championship since 2014 and kept Utah from becoming the first conference team to make the College Football Playoff since 2016.It was clear from the outset Friday that Oregon would dominate the game, scoring on a 67-yard touchdown drive against a team that had surrendered just 11.3 points per game in the regular season. The Utes would give up 30 more in a 37-15 loss. (collegepressbox.com) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d7/6e/utah-oregon-first-half-2019-stats_1ap1skoasxzwd19ktsct57zedf.png?t=-565784922&w=500&quality=80 11:43 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, UTAH. The final indignity: A sack on Huntley that gives Oregon the ball at Utah’s 7. They should just kneel it here, but who knows.11:41 p.m.: Thibodeaux with his third sack of the day. He’s an animal.11:38 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, OREGON. Verdell delivers an emphatic final score, taking it 31 yards out for what should be the last touchdown of the game. With that, it’s 37-15 Oregon.11:35 p.m.: UTAH INTERCEPTION. Huntley throws his second interception of the night, this time to Dye. With that Oregon can run the clock out and clinch its berth in the Rose Bowl.11:33 p.m.: Utah uses its final timeout with 3:42 remaining in the game. Oregon will punt from midfield on fourth-and-4. Utes need a couple quick scores.11:32 p.m.: Utah uses its second timeout with 3:46 remaining on a third-and-6 for Oregon.11:30 p.m.: Utah uses its first timeout with 3:52 remaining. Another first down or two and Oregon clinches this.11:25 p.m.: Oregon forces the three-and-out and gets the ball back near midfield.11:21 p.m.: Thibodeaux with his second sack of the game to make it second-and-18 for Utah. The true freshman might be the defensive player of the game for Oregon.11:16 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, OREGON. And that may be the dagger. Verdell converts on third-and-1 before taking it 70 yards to the house for a touchdown to make it 30-15 Oregon.Oregon continues to hit the gas 🔥 pic.twitter.com/96bp3xslck— ESPN (@espn) December 7, 201911:09 p.m.: Utah faces third-and-long after a Thibodeaux sack, but Moss gets a good portion of it back out of the backfield. Utes will not go for it on fourth-and-4 from the Oregon 41. Ducks resume control with 9:28 left to play.11:07 p.m.: Oregon’s Wright is called for pass interference to move Utah out to the Ducks’ 46.11:01 p.m.: And Oregon fails to convert. Utah gets the ball back with what should be great field position.Third quarter: Oregon 23, Utah 1510:58 p.m.: Oregon faces third-and-4 from its 30 as we head into the fourth quarter.10:53 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, UTAH. The Utes get on the board again with a beautiful over-the-shoulder catch by Nacua from 25 yards out. Huntley hits him again in the flat for the 2-point conversion to make it 23-15 Oregon.The Utes aren’t done 😤 pic.twitter.com/dPdEkbT7Gg— ESPN (@espn) December 7, 201910:51 p.m.: Moss takes it on the zone read up the left sideline for another first down to the Oregon 40. Utes get 15 more yards after an unsportsmanlike penalty on Oregon’s Graham.10:49 p.m.: Utah gets its second third-down conversion with an 11-yard connection between Huntley and Enis on third-and-9. Utes still in it but they need to start putting points up.10:45 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, OREGON. Utah defense bends, doesn’t break. Lewis’ 25-yard field goal makes it 23-7 Oregon.10:44 p.m.: Verdell gets some tough yards on third-and-9 to give Oregon the ball at the 15-yard line. Utah has no answer.10:41 p.m.: Verdell runs it 24 yards on first down out to Utah’s 26. Utes had the field position battle in hand and now will have to hold off another Ducks score.10:37 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, UTAH. Thomas Graham Jr. knocks the pass down before Simpkins can pull it in. Ducks will take over at midfield.10:36 p.m.: Utah has it fourth-and-2 at the 50. They’re going for it again.10:34 p.m.: Oregon punts, but it looks like Herbert is OK. Utah will take over near midfield with a chance to make it a one-score game.10:33 p.m.: Absolute disaster for Oregon. Miscommunication between Herbert and the center causes him to snap it without Herbert expecting it. He runs it down at the 2 and is hurt on the recovery. Punt upcoming.10:31 p.m.: Oregon on offense at its 18-yard line. Can the Utes force another punt?10:28 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, UTAH. And the Utes finally get on the board! Huntley checks down to Moss and he does the rest of the work on a 24-yard touchdown reception. It’s 20-7 Oregon.10:26 p.m.: Utah’s Enis is met by Oregon defenders about five yards short of the first down and powers his way to a first down at the 24. That is the Utes’ first third-down conversion of the night.10:20 p.m.: Huntley keeps it on the zone read and takes it to the Oregon 35.10:18 p.m.: Utah defense does its part to start the half with a three-and-out. The offense will take over at its 48-yard line.10:16 p.m.: Oregon cornerback Mykael Wright looked to have the ball out to the 50-yard line on the kickoff return, but that is negated by a holding penalty. Ducks back at it again at the 10.Halftime: Oregon 20, Utah 09:54 p.m.: Halftime stats. One noticeable stat: Oregon has 261 yards at halftime. Utah averaged 241 yards per game all year entering this game. 9:51 p.m.: Ducks don’t seem to be in a hurry at all even after a big first-down run by Verdell. They seem content to let the clock run out the half.9:48 p.m.: Huntley had receiver Solomon Enis open for a potential first down, but he missed him. That makes Utah 0 for 5on third down. The Ducks will take over near their 10-yard line with the chance to lengthen the score again before halftime (they have 2:17 f game clock).9:47 p.m.: Apparently Pac-12 officials were reviewing whether Dixon caught the ball, not whether Dye committed targeting. With that, Utah faces third-and-15 from Oregon’s 43.9:44 p.m.: Utah receiver Jaylen Dixon is down on the field after colliding with Ducks safety Jevon Holland. The ball falls incomplete, but it looks as if Oregon linebacker Troy Dye may be called for targeting.9:42 p.m.: Huntley hits Demari Simpkins for a 10-yard first down out to the Utah 48, followed by a 14-yard connection to Samson Nacua to Oregon’s 38.9:41 p.m.: Moss starts the Utes’ drive with a 9-yard run out to the 34. Utah needs a score — a touchdown, preferably — before halftime. Remember, the Ducks get the ball out of the half.9:39 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, OREGON. Lewis hits the field goal to make it 20-0 Oregon.9:38 p.m.: Herbert nearly makes a fatal mistake, throwing to Johnson in double coverage. Utah defensive back Terrell Burgess has the pass bounce off his chest in the backfield. Oregon will have to settle for the field goal attempt.9:37 p.m.: A few penalties by both teams have made it third-and-goal for Oregon at Utah’s 12-yard line.9:34 p.m.: And on the very next play Johnson adjusts to reach behind the back Utah cornerback Haki Woods Jr. and make a circus grab down to the Utah 9-yard line.This route is straight filth 🤧 pic.twitter.com/2YZNBnE3ha— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) December 7, 20199:32 p.m.: Oregon faces fourth-and-1 but gets the necessary yardage just past midfield. The Ducks get a new set of downs.9:30 p.m.: Worse news for Utah. Senior defensive back Julian Blackmon is out for the remainder of the game after suffering a non-contact injury. According to the ABC telecast, he had a pre-existing knee injury that was exacerbated.9:27 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, UTAH. For the second time tonight, Oregon gets off the field on fourth down. The Ducks tackle Huntley on a would-be scramble attempt and get the ball around their 32.9:25 p.m.: And Huntley only gets 6 yards on third-and-8. Utes face fourth down just outside Oregon’s 30 for the third time.9:23 p.m.: A nice kickoff return and 20-yard connection between Huntley and Brant Kuithe gets Utah inside Oregon’s 40. They need a score here.9:17 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN OREGON. And now the Ducks have blown this wide open. Herbert hits Johnson all alone for a 45-yard touchdown to make it 17-0 Oregon.QB1 ➡️ @johnnny_yamms. A thing of beauty. 🎯@oregonfootball | #Pac12FCGpic.twitter.com/DXWzWymTj7— Pac-12 Network (@Pac12Network) December 7, 20199:10 p.m.: Another three-and-out for Utah. If you didn’t know any better you’d think Utah’s defense was dressed in Oregon colors. Another punt gives Oregon the ball at its 30.9:08 p.m.: Verdell gets a 16-yard chunk on third down, but not enough. Oregon punts it 49 yards to the Utah 23, where the Utes will take over.First quarter: Oregon 10, Utah 09:03 p.m.: And now the Ducks face third-and-18 as the quarter closes. Utah defense is tightening up.8:59 p.m.: UTAH INTERCEPTION. ;And on the very next play Huntley tries to hit Demari Simpkins in double coverage. Breeze picks him off in the end zone to give Oregon the ball back at the 20. Some early mistakes by both teams.Oregon’s defense is showing up big early in the Pac-12 Championship 💪 pic.twitter.com/mBCVYyplXM— ESPN (@espn) December 7, 20198:58 p.m.: Finally Moss makes the big play. He runs right, sees nothing and reverses field (getting a big block from Huntley) to advance it 42 yards all the way to Oregon’s 38.8:57 p.m.: Utah defense minimizes the damage, forcing a punt on fourth-and-29 after Herbert is called for intentional grounding. Utes to take over at their 20.8:54 p.m.: UTAH BLOCKED PUNT. A Utah false start makes it fourth-and-6 from Oregon’s 44, forcing a punt. But freshman defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux blocks the punt and gives Oregon the ball at Utah’s 48.8:52 p.m.: Utah faces fourth-and-1 again from Oregon’s 38. The Ducks have not allowed a Utah third-down conversion in three tries.8:51 p.m.: Utah back at it on offense again. An 18-yard Huntley run plus defensive holding gets Utah out to Oregon’s 47-yard line after just one play.8:47 p.m.: FIELD GOAL, OREGON. The Ducks attempt some trickeration with a tackle-eligible play to Penei Sewell, but it’s sniffed out quickly by Utah. The Ducks settle for the field goal to make it 10-0 Oregon.You know you’re feeling it when you do the throw back to the left tackle on third and goal.No big man tuddy though 🙁 pic.twitter.com/QQXi3Isqcy— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) December 7, 20198:44 p.m.: Two plays later, Herbert hits receiver Juwan Johnson for 51 yards down to the Utah 1-yard line. Herbert is 5 for 6 through the air 78 yards after that connection.8:40 p.m.: Oregon takes over at its 38 after Brant Kuithe makes an acrobatic catch out of bounds for Utah. Oregon risking to blow this open early with another score.8:38 p.m.: The targeting call is overturned after review. Breeze will remain on the field. Utah has it third-and-6 from its 29.Slightly surprised this targeting call was reversed. Fit the definition of targeting even if it wasn’t egregious.Breeze gets to stay in the game as a result. pic.twitter.com/T8nmS0Q58p— Yahoo Sports College Football (@YahooSportsCFB) December 7, 2019Alternate angle pic.twitter.com/BPhSEV14GA— Kevin Boilard (@247KevinBoilard) December 7, 20198:36 p.m.: Uh-oh. Oregon safety Brady Breeze is called for targeting on Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley. Didn’t look intentional but there was certainly helmet-to-helmet contact.8:34 p.m.: Utah back at it at its 25.8:30 p.m.: TOUCHDOWN, OREGON. ;The Ducks cap a 67-yard drive with a 3-yard touchdown plunge by CJ Verdell to make it 7-0 Oregon.8:26 p.m.: Justin Herbert gets 21 yards on two carries for two first downs into Utah territory. Beating the Utes with his legs at the moment.8:24 p.m.: Oregon receiver Johnny Johnson III is down on the field briefly after getting absolutely smacked in the backfield on a quick catch. Ducks have it second-and-11 at their 32. (collegepressbox.com) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/d6/23/utah-oregon-final-stats-2019_1ntt7yjjjpzg31n1eklgxv22ov.png?t=-558966282&w=500&quality=80 8:20 p.m.: TURNOVER ON DOWNS, UTAH. Utah moves the ball out to Oregon’s 31-yard line where it faced fourth-and-1. Moss was tackled for no gain, giving the Ducks the ball at roughly their 32-yard line.8:16 p.m.: Two runs by Zack Moss net 13 yards and a first down out to the 38-yard line.8:15 p.m.: Utah will take over at its 25-yard line to start the game.
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ARCADIA, Calif. (March 27, 2020)–In accordance with instructions received from Los Angeles County Health Department, Santa Anita Park will temporarily close for live racing effective immediately in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At Santa Anita Park, there are over 1,700 horses stabled who require daily care. That care is provided by the 750 backstretch team members, most who live on-site and have been operating under stringent new measures for protection aligned with the best guidance from local and international health and government authorities on COVID-19. The track has been closed to the general public and closed to all but essential personnel since March 12, 2020. SANTA ANITA PARK WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE FOR LIVE RACING EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY IN RESPONSE TO THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC At Santa Anita Park, the health, safety and welfare of every person and every horse in our community is our top priority. At this time, there are no known cases of COVID-19 at Santa Anita Park. This measure is being taken in response to a mandate from LA County officials. We apologize for the late notice affecting today’s racing program, but Santa Anita is abiding by the instructions issued this morning by the California Horse Racing Board to operate under the sanction of the local health authorities. We look forward to the return of live racing at Santa Anita as soon as approval is received from local regulators. We will continue to work with authorities to familiarize them with the protocols which have been put in place to protect the health and safety of those who work with the horses and the horses themselves.
The Cleveland Cavaliers won the NBA Finals, defeating the Golden State Warriors 93-89 in Sunday’s deciding Game 7.This is the first major sports championship that a Cleveland team has won since 1964.In perhaps the biggest game of his career, LeBron James had the game of his life.James was named Finals MVP after scoring 27 points, 11 rebounds and dishing out 11 assists.The vote was unanimous, according to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.James scored his 16th triple double in the playoffs and seventh in an NBA Finals game — only two other players had recorded triple doubles in a Finals Game 7, according to ESPN.
Embattled INSPORTS administrative director Ian Andrews has accused the agency’s board of directors of victimising him for adhering to the organisation’s guidelines and protocols and has called on Sports Minister Olivia Grange to intervene after he was suspended on allegations of misconduct. In a memo to staff members yesterday, which was obtained by The Gleaner, Andrews defended his position and underlined several issues with the Lloyd Pommells-chaired board, ranging from accusations of governance and protocol breaches to what he described as the undermining of his role. The rehiring of retirees Ann-Marie Heron and Cloyfeld Thomas-Davis has been one of the main sources of contention for Andrews in this, his latest run-in with the INSPORTS Board. However, he added that the board not only undermined his authority, but deliberately hindered the process to access resources, which resulted in the agency not meeting its obligation to creditors. “I honestly believe I am being victimised simply because I did not follow the inappropriate instruction of the board to hire two retirees without the requisite approval from the Ministry of Finance and Public Service,” Andrews’ letter read. “The board not only put a lot of effort in undermining my authority at the agency, but also deliberately hindered the process in accessing resources payable to INSPORTS, which resulted in the agency not being able to meet its obligation to its creditors. “I will seek Minister (Olivia) Grange’s intervention in having the matter of the board’s inappropriate behaviour rectified.” Andrews, in his letter, noted that in 2007, he was instructed to hire 18 individuals off budget, and this led to a significant shortfall in salaries, which affected pension contributions and resulted in pensions not being paid. ALLEGED UNAUTHORISED PROMOTION In 2013, Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis reported that INSPORTS did not conduct annual performance staff appraisals and that Andrews took a decision to reclassify 13 of 14 appraised staff members to higher positions. This resulted in unauthorised payments of J$24.6 million for June 2007 to June 2011. In 2015, the previous Don Anderson-led board removed Andrews’ signing authority and sent him on administrative leave. But he was returned with signing privileges after a Ministry of Finance directive. Andrews wrote to the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sports on February 3, 2017, listing concerns about the governance of the INSPORTS Board of Directors. Among other things, the letter pointed to the retirees issues, accused the board of attempts to coerce Andrews to disregard the agency’s policy and governance framework, as well as its refusal to sign off on documents for the accessing of funds payable to INSPORTS.