The Latest: Chinese hoop league allows some spectators

first_img___The Diamond League track meet in Gateshead, England, has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.It is the fifth of the 15 meets in the series to be canceled. The event in London was also called off.The Gateshead meet was originally scheduled for Aug. 16 and then moved to Sept. 12 before being canceled.The first full Diamond League meet is currently set to be held on Aug. 14 in Monaco. Williams, a Hall of Famer with three NCAA championships, is preparing for his 18th season at his alma mater.___The Buffalo Bills are giving season ticket holders the option to have their money refunded or defer any payments made toward the 2021 season.Those who choose to defer payments will maintain an opportunity to purchase a limited number of single-game tickets for this year, should fans be allowed to attend, the team wrote in a letter to season ticket holders on Thursday.Season ticket holders will maintain their seniority for next season no matter which option they choose. Those choosing to keep their money in the account will also get subscriptions to NFL Game Pass and the NFL Network’s RedZone channel. Alvarez added that “I believe we will reach a monumental crossroads in the coming days.”His letter follows a Wisconsin State-Journal repor t that the athletic department could lose more than $100 million if there’s no football season. According to that report, Wisconsin would lose between $60 million and $70 million if the football team played a Big Ten-only schedule while all other sports continued.___A Venezuelan scout who worked for the Arizona Diamondbacks in the Dominican Republic has died of COVID-19.The team released a statement saying Johan Maya died due to complications of the coronavirus on Thursday. He joined the Diamondbacks in 2019 after 15 years scouting for the Houston Astros. Associated Press The team’s statement said Maya “was a great person, a family guy and true baseball man who started his career as a professional player and went on to coaching before becoming a scout.”___The American Academy of Pediatrics has announced new recommendations for youth sports during the pandemic to minimize risks of COVID-19.They include masks for young athletes in non-vigorous activities when social distancing isn’t possible, practicing in small pods that don’t switch players and not sharing equipment.Because the virus spreads most easily with prolonged, close contact with an infected person, risks to young athletes will likely depend on the type of sport, number of players and indoor versus outdoor setting, the academy said, adding, “Risk can be decreased but not eliminated, by athletes, parents, coaches and officials following safety protocols.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Chinese basketball league is set to allow limited numbers of spectators into games this Sunday before being fully open to fans from July 31 for playoff games in Qingdao. South Korea says it will allow baseball fans to return to the stands beginning Sunday as health authorities outlined a phased process to bring back spectators in professional sports amid the COVID-19 epidemic.Senior Health Ministry official Yoon Tae-ho, during a virus briefing on Friday, also said fans will be allowed at professional soccer games starting on Aug. 1. However, professional golf tournaments will continue without galleries at least until late August, he said.Both baseball and soccer teams will be initially allowed to sell only 10% of the seats for each game as officials plan to control the level of attendance based on the progress of anti-virus efforts.Spectators will continue to be banned in the city of Gwangju and nearby South Jeolla Province towns, which have elevated their social distancing measures following a rise in transmissions in recent weeks.Fans will also be screened for fevers and required to sit apart in the seats. They will be required to wear masks, banned from eating food and drinking beer, and discouraged from excessive shouting, singing and cheering during the game. Stadium officials will also register fans with smartphone QR codes so that they could be easily located when needed. The academy posted the guidance online Wednesday.___The University of North Carolina says men’s basketball coach Roy Williams and his wife, Wanda, donated more than $600,000 to fund scholarships for spring-sports seniors who are returning for another year after the coronavirus pandemic cut short the 2019-20 season.The school said Thursday that the Williamses initially wanted to keep the May gift anonymous.“He didn’t want those students to miss that experience and wanted to fund those scholarships for next year,” athletic director Bubba Cunningham said in a statement. “I still get chills when I think about his phone call and the impact it would have for dozens of our students.” South Korea’s baseball and soccer leagues returned to action in May without fans in the stands. Seats have been covered with cheering banners, dolls or pictures of fans as teams tried to mimic a festive atmosphere.___Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez says the school’s athletic department faces a potential $100 million loss of revenue in its $140 million budget due to challenges brought about by the pandemic.Alvarez wrote that in an open letter to “fellow Badgers” that appeared on the Wisconsin athletic department’s website.“The reality is that this financial crisis threatens our ability to sustain the success we’ve celebrated,” Alvarez wrote. “It threatens our pride in what we’ve built. It threatens our position in college athletics.” July 24, 2020 The Chinese Basketball Association released a statement saying that medical professionals, teachers and police and public security officers will be eligible in the first intake of fans since the league resumed last month following a lockdown for the coronavirus pandemic.The league says from July 31, fans older than 12 “who have missed the stadium will have the opportunity to enter the Qingdao Guoxin Sports Center Diamond Stadium to cheer for their favorite teams and players.”Fans will have to buy tickets through an online registration system on a “one ticket, one certificate” basis within 48 hours of testing negative for COVID-19.Physical distancing measures will be in place inside the stadium, and spectators will have to show identification, wear face masks and undergo body temperature testing before entry.___ The Latest: Chinese hoop league allows some spectators Exhibition meets have been organized remotely from Oslo and Zurich with athletes worldwide competing simultaneously in a few events.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Comms pro Annika Billberg joins RakeTech corporate advisory

first_img Genesis to appeal UKGC’s ‘disproportionate suspension’ July 23, 2020 Share Ray Wilson, AMLGS: Industry deserves praise for its reaction to a new normal July 23, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Related Articles TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 Industry affiliate marketing network RakeTech has confirmed the appointment of Annika Billberg as a new member of its Board of Directors.Advising RakeTech’s corporate strategy, Billberg is a seasoned leadership executive in media, communications and commercial development.Billberg currently serves as Chief Brand & Communications Officer for Stockholm-listed financial services and credit management firm Intrum SA.Christian Lundberg, Raketech Chairman, commented on the appointment of Billberg as a corporate advisor: “Over the last year, Raketech has undergone a substantial transformation journey, both in terms of staff and its way of working. We have doubled the number of employees to more than 100 people, acquired several leading assets, and rolled out a new operational model based on three clear growth pillars. To have the right expertise on the board is vital for our continued development, and both the board and management team welcome Annika to the company.”RakeTech moves to strengthen its corporate advisory, has undertaken a series of acquisitions in 2017 and 2018. Furthermore, the company details that corporate guidance is further needed as the betting industry’s places a higher emphasis on responsibility for all stakeholders.Annika Billberg commented on joining RakeTech governance: “Raketech is an exciting company with lots of opportunities ahead. I look forward to supporting the management team in the continued journey, with more acquisitions as well as new products and markets on the agenda. The company has also made solid progress in looking over its activities within sustainability and responsibility, where there is good potential to take the lead and push the entire industry in the right direction.” Submitlast_img read more

UNIQUE GRAVE CEREMONY TO REMEMBER CELTIC FC GREAT

first_imgA remarkable ceremony to mark the grave of one of Celtic FC’s founding members is to be held in Co Donegal on Saturday week.In conjunction with the Celtic Graves Society there will be a family ceremony in Frosses graveyard to mark the grave of Joseph Francis McGroary who 125 years ago was part of the committee responsible for founding Glasgow Celtic.Those who will attend the ceremony will include a member of Celtic FC, members of the McGroary family and members of the Association of Donegal Celtic Supporters club. All Celtic supporters are welcome to attend the event and flowers/tributes can be laid at the graveside.Born in Glasgow in 1865 his father Bernard was from Inver, Donegal and Joseph maintained connections with Donegal throughout his life, spending his last days in the town of Mountcharles.He was married in August 1888 in Mountcharles to his sweetheart Catherine Cannon from Drumkeelan. He was one of the first post-Reformation Catholic solicitors in Glasgow and active in the city’s Irish political scene.A pupil of St. Aloysius College along with other early Celtic figures such as John H McLaughlin and Joseph Shaughnessy he later represented it in elections for the city’s Catholic Union and was a member of the Irish National League along with other key figures in the foundation of Celtic FC. After meetings were held to establish a new Irish Catholic football club in the East End of Glasgow in late 1887, Joseph McGroary was one the club members elected to be part of, in Willie Maley’s words, ‘the Committee formed to carry through the great work’.Joseph was a Celtic committee member at various times throughout the club’s tumultuous first decade and played a significant role in the stormy debate over the direction the club would take in becoming a limited liability company in 1897.A colourful character, Joseph left Glasgow for Brooklyn, USA 1898 before returning to Mountcharles some four decades later, where he passed away in 1937. He provides a direct connection between the County Donegal and Celtic FC from the club’s earliest days.This commemoration has been organised in association with the Donegal Gathering and is one of a series of events designed to invite the Donegal Diaspora home in this year-long celebration of all things Irish. UNIQUE GRAVE CEREMONY TO REMEMBER CELTIC FC GREAT was last modified: August 28th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:celtic fcFrancis McGroaryFROSSESgravelast_img read more