Metro Sport ReporterFriday 20 Dec 2019 2:45 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Unai Emery speaks out on Arsenal’s decision to appoint Mikel Arteta Comment Advertisement ‘He has been at Arsenal before, he’s been in the Premier League and he has been working with Pep Guardiola.‘I do believe this is a good decision and I would also like it to be a good decision.’Emery, meanwhile, was recently linked with the vacant role at Everton which appears set to be filled by Carlo Ancelotti following his departure from Napoli.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalThe 48-year-old thanked Everton for their interest but insists he requires a period of reflection before he returns to the game.He added: ‘Now is the time to go home. To be with my people, to analyse a lot. I’ll spend the next few days close to my family, with my coaches. And I’ve started doing a lot of soul searching.‘We all spoke to each other and questioned what we got wrong. There’s been interest from teams but I want to just spend some quiet time and choose the right project.‘Different teams have expressed interest. To be honest I want to thank them [Everton and others] for wanting me and I told them that I wanted to be quiet, that I need to take a little bit of air. And to choose well the next project after many years of not stopping.’MORE: Mikel Arteta outlines vision for Arsenal after being unveiled as new head coachMORE: Freddie Ljungberg in talks with Malmo ahead of Mikel Arteta’s return to Arsenal Unai Emery was sacked by Arsenal last month (Picture: Getty)Unai Emery insists Arsenal have made an excellent decision in appointing Mikel Arteta as his permanent successor.The former PSG and Sevilla manager was fired last month following a calamitous run of results which culminated in a shock home defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt in the Europa League.Arsenal confirmed on Friday that former captain Arteta would be returning to the club following a three-and-a-half year spell as Pep Guardiola’s assistant at Manchester City.Despite his status as a managerial novice, Emery believes his compatriot has all the qualities required to turn the fortunes of the north London club around.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe told the BBC: ‘He really is prepared to make that next jump.Welcome back, Mikel! 👋Head coach of The Arsenal 👔 pic.twitter.com/lhsAfQ7cfq— Arsenal (@Arsenal) December 20, 2019 Advertisement
Inside 35 Tullylease Place, Chermside West.Spanning 360 sqm, the modern home is spread over two levels and offers the potential for dual living.It is perched on an elevated block on Milne Hill overlooking Chermside Hills Reserve, with two decks for taking in the views.“The views are amazing,” Mrs Hicks said. “It’s a beautiful home.”Mrs Hicks said Chermside West was a popular market because of its accessibility to the airport and leafy neighbourhood. Chermside is 9km from Brisbane’s CBD and has a median house price of $565,000, according to property research firm CoreLogic. The home at 35 Tullylease Place, Chermside West.AN EXECUTIVE home in one of the northside’s most elite hidden pockets has sold for $1.1 million.The property at 3/35 Tullylease Place, Chermside West, was taken to market via tender and sold in under 2½ weeks.Selling agent Madeleine Hicks, of Madeleine Hicks Real Estate, said the tender process was an effective method, even though it wasn’t used as often for residential transactions.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019The four-bedroom, three-bathroom house attracted three tenders and the winning buyer was an older couple relocating to Brisbane from the Sunshine Coast to be closer to family.
UWV – Toine van der Stee is the new chairman of the board of the €7.9bn pension fund for Dutch employment and benefits agency UWV, succeeding Frank van Galen , who has retired. Van der Stee has been the chief executive of fiduciary manager Blue Sky Group since 2005. Smart Pension – Ruston Smith has been appointed chair of the board of directors of the UK defined contribution master trust provider Smart Pension, replacing former Virgin CEO Stephen Murphy , who has stepped down. Smith is also chair of the firm’s international advisory board and has been a non-executive director at the provider since September 2018. He is the former chairman of the UK’s pension fund trade body and former Tesco group pensions director. Smart Pension said Smith’s appointment came as the company “extends its reach in the UK as a broader DC pension provider and moves into new global territories with its platform technology arm”.Smith said: “This is an exciting time to be leading the Smart Board with the two strategic directions the company is moving in”. NIO Fondsmæglerselskab – Bjarne Graven Larsen , former CIO of both Canada’s Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan and Danish pension fund ATP, has taken on a new role at the alternatives-focused Danish investment fund company NIO Fondsmæglerselskab. He has become deputy chair of the firm’s board of directors and chair of its investment committee. Last year, Graven Larsen launched his new firm Qblue Capital , which is to offer a multi-strategy risk premia investment fund.Bank J. Safra Sarasin – Sasja Beslik has left Nordea Asset Management to take up the position of head of sustainable finance development at the Swiss private bank. He had been at Nordea since 2009, and had been head of group sustainable finance since 2017.Bank J. Safra Sarasin described him as an “internationally renowed ESG financial expert”, highlighting accolades such as his 2013 award from the king of Sweden for outstanding contributions to Swedish environmental and sustainability theory.B&CE – Jane Dunlop has joined the provider of multi-employer defined contribution scheme The People’s Pension as general counsel, and a member of the executive team. Previous roles include director of legal (life) for Aviva UK Insurance and head of legal for Friends Life UK.Clara Pensions – Ashley Smith has been appointed general counsel at the defined benefit pension scheme consolidator. He joins from law firm CMS , having previously worked at Addleshaw Goddard and Clifford Chance. Clara Pensions said his addition to the team “reflects a growing pipeline of potential transactions as Clara works toward approval”.Swedish ministry of health and social affairs – Annika Strandhäll , the Swedish minister for social security since October 2014, has resigned her post following a period of absence in the wake of the sudden death of her partner.In a post of Facebook, Strandhäll said: “The background is that right now I need to focus on creating peace and security in everyday life for my children and for the whole family.” However, she said she would not leave politics, which was “part of what makes me who I am”.On Tuesday Swedish prime minister Stefan Löfven announced she was being replaced by Ardalan Shekarabi , who is moving into the role from his previous job as minister for public administration. In turn, Lena Micko has been appointed as the new minister for public administration.Janus Henderson Investors – The €287bn global active aset manager has hired Norbert Fullerton from MJ Hudson Allenbridge as head of institutional client strategy for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region (EMEA). Janus Henderson said Fullerton would be fulfilling a new role, “enhancing the way we engage with our institutional clients in EMA by leading our thought leadership, investment solutions and strategic initiatives for our institutional clients”.At MJ Allenbridge Fullerton was a senior adviser. Previous roles include partner at Mercer, director of pension solutions at Russell Investments, and senior investment strategist and scheme actuary at then Towers Watson.Invesco – Stephanie Butcher , European equity fund manager, has been named as the successor to Nick Mustoe , who has decided to step down after 10 years as chief investment officer, the €777bn asset manager announced this week.Butcher is to work alongside Mustoe for a three-month transition period and assume the role of CIO from 1 January 2020.Doug Sharp, senior managing director and head of EMEA, said: “I am delighted to announce Stephanie’s appointment to CIO. She is an investor of the highest calibre, combining strong leadership and investment skills, with an exceptional understanding of our clients’ needs, built up over her 17 years with Invesco.” BNP Paribas Asset Management – David Vaillant is switching roles within the BNP Paribas group, taking on the role of global head of finance, strategy and participations at the asset manager after having been head of banking for EMEA in the investment bank’s financial institutions coverage division.At the asset manager he succeeds Pascal Biville , head of strategy and finance and head of affiliate network, who the company said had left to pursue other opportunities.UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association (UK SIF) – Michael Meehan , the former CEO of the Global Reporting Initiative , has been appointed the new chair of the sustainable finance membership organisation. He replaces Lesley Alexander , who steps down after five years as chair of UKSIF.According to UK SIF, Meehan has been a chief executive and board member in sustainability for almost 20 years and has worked with organisations and governments around the world including the World Economic Forum, California State Senate, the White House, and the United Nations. He sits on the boards of impact organisations such as London-based Natural Capital Coalition and TCR Innovations. Swedbank Robur — Catrin Jansson has been appointed as portfolio manager equity at Swedbank Robur, and began work in the new role at the Swedish bank’s mutual funds subsidiary on 1 October. Jansson previously worked at Swedish fund management firm Enter Fonder, where she was also equity portfolio manager. At Swedbank Robur, she is taking over management responsibility from Carl-Fredrik Lorenius , who remains at the firm as portfolio manager.Mediolanum International Funds – The Irish asset management division of Italian banking group Mediolanum has hired Damian Barry as head of multi-asset multi-management, a newly created role. He joins from Seven Investment Management, and has also worked at Threadneedle and Russell Investments. Smart Pension, UWV, AAE, NIO Fondsmæglerselskab, Bank J. Safra Sarasin, B&CE, Clara Pensions, Swedish social security minister, Janus Henderson Investors, Invesco, BNP Paribas Asset Management, UK SIF, Swedbank Robur, Mediolanum International Funds Actuarial Association of Europe (AAE) – Cecilia Thorn has replaced Ad Kok as chief executive of the European actuarial association. According to an announcement from the AAE, she has 16 years of experience in international and EU public affairs/policy, with her last position being head of international relations for the UK’s Financial Reporting Council .Kok was chief executive of the association for five years until his retirement at the beginning of August. The AAE said it was grateful to him “for the way he fulfilled this position and thereby contributed to the further professionalisation of the association”.Esko Kivisaari, chairperson of the AAE, said: “I am delighted that Cecilia has accepted the position of chief executive of the AAE. I look forward to continuing to build a strong and effective partnership between the executive and the AAE leadership that Cecilia draws on her experience to help deliver our strategy.”
Beverly “Bev” A. Young, 62 of Dillsboro passed away Thursday February 15, 2018 at her home. She was born in Cincinnati, Ohio on June 1, 1955 the daughter of George and Ruth (Ross) Zieverink. She married George Young September 27, 1975 and he survives. Bev is a Navy Veteran. She was a licensed agent for Safe CO. in Ohio, and later went for her schooling at IVY Tech, and started working at the school. Bev was a member of the NMLRA.Bev is survived by her husband: George Young of Dillsboro; sons: Chris Young of Dillsboro; brother: George (Cindy) Zieverink; sister: Diane (Mike) Yost; Lorraine (Jim) Harper; Shorty (Ken) Kramer; Marleen (Dan) Cassedy. She was preceded in death by her parents and two sons: Scott Young and Nick YoungFuneral service will be at 11 a.m. Monday February 19, 2018 at Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home with Paul Knepfle officiating. Burial will follow in Oakdale Cemetery in Dillsboro. Visitation will be Monday 9-11 a.m. also at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Donor’s Choice. Filter-DeVries-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, 12887 Lenover Street, P.O. Box 146 Dillsboro, In 47018 (812)432-5480. Go to filterdevriesmoore to leave a online condolence for the family.
By Mike McGuireDAVENPORT, Iowa (June 27) – Three IMCA drivers won their first local features of the season Friday at Davenport Speedway.Rob Henry captured his first Milan Heating & Air IMCA Modified feature. The 20-lap race was a classic high side-low side battle. The first half of the race it was Henry on the bottom and Mike Fluegel on the high side. The two drivers exchanged the lead four times in the first eight laps. After a lap nine restart, Fluegel got shuffled back and Joe Beal became the high-side hustler. Beal was able to get past Henry once, but the pass was erased by a caution flag. Henry was first to the checkers, with Beal second and Kelly Meyer third. Chris Zogg finished fourth and Brandon Durbin fifth.Thirty IMCA Modifieds were on hand. Mike Murphy Jr. made his first 2014 appearance in victory lane after an exciting Petersen Plumbing & Heating IMCA Late Model feature. Gary Webb led the first 10 laps of the race before yielding to Marty Diercks. Murphy took over on lap 12 and quickly built up a straightaway lead on the rest of the field. Justin Kay started mid-pack and picked his way to the front. On the final lap, Kay was on Murphy’s rear bumper going into turn one but could get no closer. As the leaders came past the checkered flag, the red flag came out for Webb’s car which was flipped over in turn one. Webb was able to walk away from the incident. Dan Mohr made a rare visit to the Davenport Speedway pay off with a win in the Hawkeye Auto IMCA Northern SportMod main. Mohr passed Bryce Garnhart for the lead coming out of turn four on the final lap, to secure the victory. Garnhart finished a close second with early race leader Dustin Crear third. Henry Carson and Joe Grant were fourth and fifth, respectively.
The Dutchman has won domestic titles with Ajax, Barcelona, AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich and Giggs, who was part of the famous ‘Class of 92′ generation at Old Trafford, believes he has the right philosophy to take the club forward. “He has got a history of working with young players, bringing players through academy systems at places like Ajax,” he told Sky Sports News. “That can only be great for Manchester United.” He added: “As a Manchester United fan and for Manchester United as a club, to have someone like this with his pedigree – he has worked with some of the biggest and best players in the world.” Giggs announced his retirement as a player shortly after his appointment as Van Gaal’s number two, bringing down the curtain on a career at Old Trafford which saw him make 963 appearances and win 34 trophies. The Welshman’s last acts at Old Trafford were as interim manager following the dismissal of Moyes and Beckham, who played many games on the opposite flank to Giggs under Sir Alex Ferguson, was surprised the 40-year-old hung up his boots. “I’m surprised he’s retired because he was still playing great,” he said. “Physically he’s still in great condition, to play for so many years at the top level you have to be in great condition. “Now he has a new role at the club and it was great to see him walk out as Manchester United manager for those four games. United have just completed their worst season in recent memory after finishing seventh in the Barclays Premier League and failing to qualify for the Champions league with manager David Moyes being sacked in April. Van Gaal was announced as his replacement on Monday and will take over after he has finished his coaching duties with Holland at the World Cup with Giggs as his assistant. “He knows the club better than most people who are at Manchester United now.” He added: “When you’ve got someone like Giggsy, who all the players respect and all the fans love, it makes a huge difference. “His role now has totally changed and I’m sure he will find it an easy transition because he takes things in his stride, he’s not affected by anything. “He knows the club better than most people who are at Manchester United now.” The futures of Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes are yet to be resolved with all three of Beckham’s former team-mates part of Giggs’ interim staff. Van Gaal has already confirmed he will be bringing some of his own staff with him but Beckham hopes that some connection can be maintained with United’s golden generation. “It will be great to see if Scholesy, Butty and Phil can be involved,” he said. “When I saw them all sat on the bench it was an amazing sight and it was one that made me emotional – I’ve spent my whole career with these lads.” Asked if he wanted to be sat alongside his former team-mates, Beckham replied: “Of course I did, I was proud to see that image.” David Beckham believes Manchester United’s new management team of Louis van Gaal and Ryan Giggs are the ideal tandem to take the club back to the top. Press Association
MUMBAI: Former India batsman Sachin Tendulkar feels that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should bat at No 5 in the upcoming 2019 World Cup, which will begin on May 30 in England and Wales.“My personal opinion is Dhoni should be batting five. I still don’t know what the team combination would be, but if you are going Rohit and Shikhar as openers, to Virat (Kohli) at No 3 and whoever at No 4 then Dhoni could be No 5,” ESPNCricinfo quoted Tendulkar as saying.“Then Hardik Pandya, an explosive player, follows them. That way the experienced batsmen are well spaced out and Dhoni can stretch the game towards the end where he himself can be explosive along with Hardik,” he added.Tendulkar, who is the highest run-getter in both One-Day Internationals and Tests, also pointed out that India should use Shikhar Dhawan wisely as he is the only left-hander in the India batting line-up.When asked whether Dhawan should bat as deep as possible, the batting icon said: “Yes, of course. A left-right combination always helps because that means the bowler has to adjust his line every now and then and the (bowling) captain has also to keep thinking. And if there is a partnership the job becomes even more tougher. So, yes, it is important for a left-hander to be there to put pressure on the leg spinner or for that matter any bowler.”Tendulkar also picked the teams he believes will go into the semi-finals of the premier tournament.“India, England, Australia should be in the semis. The fourth could be one of New Zealand or Pakistan,” he said.India begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.The two-time champions will then travel to London where they will square off against defending champions Australia at The Oval on June 9, while Trent Bridge in Nottingham will be the stage of their third league match against New Zealand on June 13.In a repeat of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 final, India will take on traditional rivals Pakistan at Old Trafford in Manchester on June 16, while they will return to Southampton to play Afghanistan on June 22. India will be back at Old Trafford for their sixth league match against the Windies, which will be played on June 27.Edgbaston in Birmingham will host India’s matches against England and Bangladesh on June 30 and July 2 respectively, while their ninth and last league match will be at Headingley against Sri Lanka on July 6. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWS
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Groups that advocate for civil rights and women’s rights have joined notable athletes in asking the NCAA to move the first and second rounds of the 2021 men’s basketball tournament out of Idaho after the state passed a law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports.A letter sent and signed by a list of professional athletes including Megan Rapinoe, Billie Jean King, Jason Collins and Sue Bird calls for the NCAA to move the games set to be held next March at Boise State University.The Idaho law applies to all sports teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. A girls’ or women’s team will not be open to transgender students who identify as female.NFL-PANTHERS-RICHARDSON STATUECHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A statue of former Carolina Panthers owner Jerry Richardson has been removed from the spot where it stood outside the team’s stadium for nearly 25 years. June 10, 2020 The 38-year-old Federer had initially planned to be sidelined for at least four months but has barely missed any elite tennis since his surgery because the tour has been suspended amid the coronavirus pandemic.TENNIS-KVITOVATwo-time Wimbledon champ added to exhibition lineupUNDATED (AP) — Petra Kvitova (kuh-VIHT’-oh-vuh) will play at a tennis exhibition event next month in Berlin and Tommy Haas will come out of retirement to join in.Organizers added the two-time Wimbledon champion to play against a women’s lineup of Elina Svitolina, Kiki Bertens, Julia Goerges and Andrea Petkovic. In other MLB news:— The Chicago Cubs selected hometown shortstop Ed Howard in the first round of the Major League Baseball amateur draft. The 18-year-old Howard was a prep star at Mount Carmel High School on Chicago’s South Side. He also started for the 2014 Jackie Robinson West Little League team that advanced to the finals of the Little League World Series. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Howard went No. 16 overall, becoming the first Illinois high school position player to go in the first round since Jayson Werth in 1997.— Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says there is a “100%” chance of big league ball this year. Major League Baseball will make another proposal to start the pandemic-delayed season in empty ballparks, but Manfred vowed to unilaterally order opening day if an agreement is not reached. The players’ association made its second proposal Tuesday, asking for an 89-game regular season and 100% of prorated salaries. MLB’s plan a day earlier was for a 76-game season, would guarantee 50% of prorated salaries and hinge 25% in additional money on the postseason’s completion.— The Coca-Cola Co. has ended its sponsorship of Major League Baseball after three seasons but will continue to support 16 MLB teams at the local level. PepsiCo Inc. sponsored MLB from 1997-2016.NASCAR-CONFEDERATE FLAG BANNED A team statement said that it was concerned about possible attempts to take it down. The team didn’t say where the statue would be relocated.Richardson announced in 2017 that he was putting the team up for sale after a Sports Illustrated report, citing unidentified sources, said he made sexually suggestive comments to women and directed a racial slur at an African American team scout.Aerial video showed a huge crane lifting the statue from its pedestal to a flatbed tractor-trailer.MLS TOURNAMENTMLS to resume with tournament UNDATED (AP) — Major League Soccer is set to resume its season with a tournament starting July 8 in Florida.The league suspended play on March 12 because of the coronavirus outbreak after its teams had played just two games.The league’s 26 teams will be divided into six groups for the opening round of the tournament played without fans at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports complex at Walt Disney World. Sixteen teams will advance to the knockout round, with the winner earning a spot in the 2021 CONCACAF Champions League.Following the tournament, teams will resume the season in their home markets.GOLF-RYDER CUP NEW YORK (AP) — Stacey Allaster is taking over as the U.S. Open’s tournament director. Allaster is the first woman to hold that job at the American Grand Slam tennis tournament. She is a former CEO of the WTA women’s tour and has worked at the U.S. Tennis Association since 2016. Allaster pushed for changes at the Open such as the serve clock and warmup clock and lobbied for coaching to be allowed during matches. The USTA announced this week it had eliminated 110 positions from its national staff and is expected to decide as soon as next week whether to hold the U.S. Open.OBIT-GLICKMANPortland Trail Blazers founder Harry Glickman dead at 96PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Harry Glickman, the founder of the Portland Trail Blazers and general manager of the franchise’s only NBA title-winning team in 1977, has died. He was 96. The team announced Glickman’s death; no cause was given. Portland was granted an expansion franchise in 1970. Glickman was part of the original ownership team that paid the league’s $3.7 million expansion fee. Glickman held several positions with the franchise, including general manager, before he retired in 1994.OBIT-WASHINGTON Update on the latest in sports: Haas hasn’t played since 2017 and is tournament director of the Indian Wells event. He was added to a men’s tournament alongside Dominic 8, Alexander Zverev, Nick Kyrgios and Jannik Sinner.One more player is still to be announced for each of the men’s and women’s events.Organizers plan to play on grass from July 13-15 and then on hard courts from July 17-19. No fans are expected to be able to attend amid the coronavirus pandemic.TENNIS-US OPENStacey Allaster US Open’s 1st female tournament director UNDATED (AP) — Attorneys for NBA rookie Zion Williamson’s former marketing agent are continuing their legal push to examine whether the former Duke All-American accepted improper benefits before playing for the Blue Devils. In a court filing Tuesday in the North Carolina case, Prime Sports-Ford attorneys continued to argue that last summer’s No. 1 overall NBA draft pick didn’t meet the definition of a student-athlete because he was “ineligible/permanently ineligible” to play college sports.The argument about Williamson’s eligibility is center of the legal fight over Williamson’s endorsement potential.Williamson’s lawsuit stated that Prime Sports violated the state’s sports agent law, both by failing to include disclaimers about the loss of eligibility when signing a contract and the fact neither Prime Sports nor Ford were registered with the state.US SWIMMING-LAWSUITWomen sue USA Swimming over sexual abuse by coaches Qualifying extended for Ryder CupUNDATED (AP) — Brooks Koepka feels so strongly against a Ryder Cup without fans that he could see a scenario where some players protested by not playing. Would he be one of them? Koepka says that’s possible. Rory McIlroy is convinced it won’t come to that. McIlroy says he’s fairly certain the Sept. 25-27 matches at Whistling Straits in Wisconsin will have fans. The PGA of America is proceeding with an adjusted qualifying system for the U.S. team. Because golf was shut down for three months, the qualifying will be extended by one week. Steve Stricker now gets six captain’s picks for his U.S. Ryder Cup team.Those three months wiped out three majors from the qualifying period. It all depends on whether the Ryder Cup is played as scheduled. A decision is expected by the end of the month.Players lost nine events that offered qualifying points.The change also means Justin Thomas and Tiger Woods are now outside the automatic qualifiers although qualifying is just over 60% completed. GOLF-COLONIALGolf passes initial test with no positive results from virusFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Very little about the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial resembles the opening round of The Players Championship on March 12, the last professional golf played before the COVID-19 pandemic shut down golf and most everything else.Players return to a new set of rules, starting with mandatory tests for the coronavirus when they first arrive and having their temperatures taken before they can get to the parking lot.But Wednesday’s activity was not a good start. Players and caddies exchanged clubs (players are supposed to handle the clubs themselves). Caddies were not wiping down the flagsticks or bunker rakes after use. Social distancing felt more like a guideline. GENEVA (AP) — During a global wave of demonstrations against racism, the IOC says it’s opening talks that could let athletes make stronger protests at the Olympic Games.Only five months ago the Olympic body strengthened its ban on political statements by specifying that gestures such as taking a knee or raising a fist on a medal podium remain prohibited.The Olympic body’s public stance eased slightly Wednesday when its president Thomas Bach said the in-house athlete committee would “explore different ways” how opinions could be expressed. Bach says he opposes what he calls “potentially divisive demonstrations.”NCAA TOURNAMENT-IDAHORights groups, athletes ask NCAA to move tourney from Idaho UNDATED (AP) — Six women have filed civil lawsuits against USA Swimming, its local associations in California and three now-banned coaches claiming the national governing body failed to protect them from abuse by those coaches. Debra Grodensky, Suzette Moran and Tracy Palmero, along with three other women who remain anonymous, filed three lawsuits this month. Among individuals named in the suits are former U.S. Olympic and national team coach Mitch Ivey, former U.S. national team director Everett Uchiyama and former coach Andrew King.The suits allege that USA Swimming was aware of the predatory behavior but refused to address it, creating a culture of abuse that exposed dozens of underage swimmers to sexual abuse and harassment.The lawsuits are believed to be the first major filings under a new California law that allows sexual abuse victims to confront in court their abusers and the organizations that protected predators. Assembly Bill 218, which went into effect on Jan. 1, created a three-year window to file past claims that had expired under the statute of limitations.NFL-MOSLEYJets’ Mosley ‘cleared for everything’ after core injury Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMLB-AMATEUR DRAFTTigers draft Arizona State slugger Torkelson with No. 1 pickNEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball’s amateur draft began with the first of a pandemic-shortened five rounds. Arizona State slugger Spencer Torkelson was taken with the No. 1 overall pick by the Detroit Tigers. The Baltimore Orioles selected Arkansas outfielder Heston Kjerstad at No. 2. Minnesota right-hander Max Meyer was third and went to Miami. Texas A&M lefty Asa Lacy was No. 4 to Kansas City. Vanderbilt shortstop Austin Martin went to Toronto to round out the first five picks. Associated Press Players and caddies were among the essential personnel who were tested for the virus when they arrived, and Commissioner Jay Monahan said no one has tested positive.TENNIS-FEDERERFederer won’t return this yearLONDON (AP) — Roger Federer will miss whatever remains of the coronavirus-impacted 2020 tennis season because of a setback in his recovery from surgery on his right knee.The 20-time major champion had arthroscopic surgery on his knee in February. Federer posted a statement on Twitter to say he needed an “additional quick arthroscopic procedure” and will take his time to return to 100% fitness. Tick tock. The time ran out on the losing streak.Truex won the Martinsville grandfather clock on the paperclip-shaped track at just 0.526 miles. He won for the first time with new crew chief Jason Small.Ryan Blaney, Brad Keselowski, who has two wins this season, and Joey Logano made it a 2-3-4 finish for Team Penske.US SOCCER-ANTHEMUS Soccer repeals rule that banned kneeling during anthem Former chairman Brian France tired in 2015 to ban the flying of Confederate flags at race tracks, a proposal too broad to enforce and one that angered NASCAR’s core Southern-based fan base.NASCAR-MARTINSVILLE-TRUEXTruex ends 2020 winless skid with victory at MartinsvilleMARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) — Martin Truex Jr. cruised down the stretch and won his first NASCAR Cup race of the season on Wednesday night in the first race under the lights at Martinsville Speedway.Truex, the 2017 Cup champion, has been one of NASCAR’s biggest winners over the last three years, but failed to find victory lane for Joe Gibbs Racing over the first 10 races of this season. NASCAR bans Confederate flag from its races and propertiesUNDATED (AP) — NASCAR has banned the Confederate flag from all events and properties. NASCAR says the Confederate flag runs contrary to their commitment to providing a welcoming and inclusive environment for all fans, competitors and the industry.NASCAR banned the Confederate flag from its races and properties on Wednesday, formally distancing itself from what for many is a symbol of slavery and racism that had been a familiar sight at stock car events for more than 70 years.The move comes amid social unrest around the globe following the death in police custody of George Floyd, an unarmed black man in Minneapolis. Protests have roiled the nation for days and Confederate monuments are being taken down across the South — the traditional fan base for NASCAR.Bubba Wallace, NASCAR’s lone black driver, called this week for the banishment of the Confederate flag and said there was “no place” for them in the sport. At long last, NASCAR obliged. UNDATED (AP) — U.S. Soccer’s board of directors has voted to repeal a 2017 policy that required national team players to stand during the national anthem, a rule adopted after Megan Rapinoe kneeled in support of Colin Kaepernick. The board made the decision during a conference call. Rapinoe took a knee during the anthem at a pair of national team matches in 2016. She said she wanted to express solidarity with Kaepernick, the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who silently took a knee during the national anthem before NFL games to raise awareness of police brutality and racial injustice.The U.S. Soccer Athletes’ Council, which includes current national team players Alex Morgan and Ali Krieger, as well as former players like Landon Donovan, called on U.S. Soccer to also apologize for the policy to foster a “positive relationship to exist going forward.”The U.S. Women’s National Team Players Association also called for an apology from U.S. Soccer and a plan to substantively address racial inequality.ZION WILLIAMSON-LEGAL WOES CONTINUEWilliamson attorney: allegations of ineligibility ‘baseless’ NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley says he is cleared for all physical activity after missing most of last season with a groin and core muscle injury. Mosley says during a video conference call that he is confident he will be good to go when training camp begin. Mosley was one of the Jets’ biggest offseason additions last year when he signed a five-year, $85 million deal. He had a strong debut with New York in the regular-season opener but injured his groin late in the game. Mosley ended up missing all but two games with the injury.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Green Bay’s Christian Kirksey believes his history with his new defensive coordinator will help the veteran linebacker make a smooth transition as he switches teams for the first time. Kirksey signed with the Packers in March after spending his first six NFL seasons in Cleveland. Packers defensive coordinator Mike Pettine was the Browns’ head coach in 2014-15. Kirksey is counting on his comfort level with Pettine to help as the 27-year-old enters a critical stage of his career. Injuries have caused Kirksey to play a total of nine games over the last two seasons.IOC-ATHLETE PROTESTIOC could allow stronger protests by athletes at Olympics All-Star outfielder Claudell Washington dies at age 65UNDATED (AP) — Two-time All-Star outfielder Claudell Washington has died at age 65. Washington had been battling prostate cancer. He played with seven teams in a major league career that started as a 19-year-old in Oakland with the Athletics. He finished with 1,884 hits, 164 home runs and 312 stolen bases. Washington made the All-Star Game in 1975 with the A’s and in 1984 with the Atlanta Braves during his 17-year career.
Associated Press The Latest: Hull out of ANA Inspiration after positive test “Recent actions taken by other conferences around the country to start football and other fall sports have placed the Big Ten, its members and students at a disadvantage,” the letter said. “These athletes are losing a vital part of student life and are becoming less marketable to future employers with each passing week. Additionally, our local universities stand to lose hundreds of millions of dollars that support vital student scholarships.“This is even more frustrating when we think of how our Big Ten athletic programs are leading the way by providing outstanding health and safety protocols. All of that unprecedented planning and teamwork was an unmitigated success, and yet somehow the conference has decided to cast it aside anyway.”The Big Ten, and Warren in particular, have received strong pushback since the conference announced that university presidents voted to push back football and other fall sports until the second semester because of the coronavirus pandemic. Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields started a petition seeking a reversal, parents of players held a protest outside Big Ten headquarters and eight Nebraska players filed a lawsuit.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The National Football League and NFL Players Association say there’s been just one new confirmed positive test for COVID-19 among players and seven new confirmed positives among other personnel in the latest round of testing. The period covered Aug. 30 through Labor Day and included 44,510 tests. A total of 17,519 tests were given to 2,641 players and 26,991 to 5,708 personnel. Players and Tier 1 and 2 personnel were tested daily, while Tier 3 individuals were tested weekly. Those who test positive are immediately isolated, not permitted access to club facilities, and have no direct contact with players or personnel. Club medical staff are in regular communication with individuals who test positive to monitor symptoms.___The Denver Broncos will admit a limited number of fans on Sept. 27 when they host Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. September 8, 2020 The school announced guidelines Tuesday spelling out that the number of people allowed at Brooks Stadium includes teams, coaching staffs, game day staff, game day operations, working media, band, spirit teams and volunteers, along with spectators.The Chanticleers play in the Football Bowl Subdivision and open their home season against Campbell on Sept. 18.___Leaders of six state legislatures in the Big Ten footprint have sent a letter to Commissioner Kevin Warren asking the conference to reconsider its decision to cancel the fall football season.The letter is written on the letterhead of Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield and also signed by statehouse leaders from Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Charley Hull of England has withdrawn from the ANA Inspiration after testing positive for the coronavirus. Colorado Gov. Jared Polis made the announcement at a news conference with Brittany Bowlen, chairwoman of the team’s COVID-19 task force and vice president for strategic initiatives. Polis credited efforts by the Broncos as well as by Colorado residents and businesses to slow the state’s infection rate in allowing 5,700 fans to attend the team’s second home game. The Broncos won’t have any fans at their Monday night season opener against the Tennessee Titans.___Coastal Carolina of the Sun Belt Conference has gotten approval from the state of South Carolina to have up to 5,000 people at its home football games this fall. Hull has one LPGA Tour title among her four professional wins. She said she wasn’t feeling her best when she arrived in the California desert but chalked that up to jet lag, extreme heat and her asthma acting up.She was told of her positive test result on Tuesday morning and will self-isolate for 10 days.The LPGA Tour said everyone else has returned negative results for the coronavirus test, pending the results of one player and one caddie.The ANA Inspiration is typically played the first weekend in April. It was moved to September when the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the LPGA Tour for some five months.___