Prem could hold unique play-offs for UCL qualification if season abandoned

first_img3UEFA have confirmed that points-per-game or a unique play-off system must be used by domestic leagues to decide next season’s European places if the campaign cannot end.It means that Leicester will take their deserved place in next term’s Champions League if football cannot resume, with Sheffield United playing European football for the first time in their history.3 Manchester United and Chelsea may be forced into a duel for fourth-placeCredit: Getty Images – GettyBut if a partial resumption is possible and the season cannot be completed in full, Prem bosses would be urged to draft an end of term play-off system to determine European slots.SunSport reported how some national associations had urged Europe’s governing body to apply Uefa coefficient rankings, in a move which would have handed Arsenal, currently ninth in the Prem, a spot in the Champions League.But after a meeting of Uefa’s ruling executive committee today – with English football represented by FA chairman Greg Clarke and former Manchester United chief executive David Gill – that idea was dismissed.Instead, Uefa urged “national associations and Leagues to explore all possible options to play all top domestic competitions giving access to Uefa club competitions to their natural conclusion”.Give now to The Sun’s NHS appealBRITAIN’s four million NHS staff are on the frontline in the battle against coronavirus.But while they are helping save lives, who is there to help them?The Sun has launched an appeal to raise £1MILLION for NHS workers.The Who Cares Wins Appeal aims to get vital support to staff in their hour of need.We have teamed up with NHS Charities Together in their urgent Covid-19 Appeal to ensure the money gets to exactly who needs it.The Sun is donating £50,000 and we would like YOU to help us raise a million pounds, to help THEM.No matter how little you can spare, please donate today herewww.thesun.co.uk/whocareswinsappealUefa wants the Big Five of the Prem, La Liga, the Bundesliga, Serie A and Ligue 1 to be played out.However, if that is not possible, “it would be preferable that suspended domestic competitions would restart with a different format in a manner which would still facilitate clubs to qualify on sporting merit”.That suggests a play-off system of some sort, although how that would be possible and which clubs would be involved is unclear, other than effectively confirming Liverpool as champions as soon as the fixture list was compiled.But Uefa accepts there may be “legitimate reasons to prematurely terminate domestic competitions”, citing government coronavirus rulings and the economic chaos caused by Covid-19.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updateslatest football newsTHE WIN CROWDFA Cup final ‘may see 20,000 at Wembley in trial allowing some fans at games’CommentPHIL THOMASDiving and whining was never a good look and will seem worse after lockdownExclusive’I’M IN A BAD WAY’Ex-England star Kenny Sansom talks for first time since being attackedExclusiveBOURNE AGAINHowe says Cherries are stronger after lockdown with FIVE fit-again starsExclusiveSWAN THAT GOT AWAYSwansea wanted £3m Davies three years ago but couldn’t get work permitNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticBAYERN 5 DUSSELDORF 0Lewa bags two as Bayern thump rivals to close on 8th straight titleTHEIR CALLReferees in Northern Ireland will be given choice on coming back says union bossIn which case: “Uefa would require the national association concerned to select clubs for the club competitions 2020/21 based on sporting merit in the 2019/20 domestic competitions.”That means points per game, which would see the top five remain unchanged – with Manchester United taking the fourth Champions League slot if neighbours City remain banned over their alleged Financial Fair Play breaches – but alter things below.Sheffield United, who have played a game less than Wolves, would move up into sixth, with Arsenal overtaking North London neighbours Spurs on the same criteria, by a fraction of a point, and moving into eighth.That would mean the Gunners taking the last Europa League spot – and entering at the second qualifying round stage – if City’s ban remains in place and could bring a legal challenge from Tottenham.3Arsenal could clinch Champions League spot thanks to sneaky backdoor route despite being ninth in Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Kevin Durant’s 49 points carry Warriors past Magic

first_imgLights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Wizards overcome James Harden’s 54 to nip Rockets in OT Durant scored a season-high 49 points, giving Golden State the lead on a three-point play with 1:19 left before hitting a 3-pointer with 22 seconds remaining to send the Warriors past the Orlando Magic, 116-110 on Monday night.“I still missed 17 shots. I tricked off a 50-piece. I felt like I had some shots that I wish I could have made last game and this game,” Durant said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I could be in a better groove I feel like. Just playing a lot of minutes and having the ball in your hands, especially with the way the game is, the flow of the game. Obviously if you can score a little bit, you’re going to score some points in this league.”Durant topped his 44-point performance two nights earlier with another brilliant outing on both ends, even if he didn’t like shooting 16 for 33. Klay Thompson was his scoring sidekick once more as the two-time defending NBA champions played without injured All-Stars Stephen Curry and Draymond Green. 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(AP Photo/Ben Margot)OAKLAND, Calif. — Ever the perfectionist and competitor, Kevin Durant knows he should have scored well more than 50 points if a few more shots had fallen.“I’m pretty sure all my teammates felt that way,” the typically efficient Golden State star said.ADVERTISEMENT Durant also had nine assists, six rebounds, two steals and two blocks, having taken his defense to another level the past week.He and Thompson have carried the load as the Warriors won a third straight following a rare four-game losing streak.Golden State closed the third on a 12-2 run to pull within 83-79 heading into the final 12 minutes. Mo Bamba’s 3 with 10:35 to go gave the Magic an 88-79 lead before Thompson answered from deep the next two possessions.Quinn Cook, starting in place of Curry, contributed eight points, six rebounds and four assists as Golden State concluded a four-game homestand by beating the Magic for the 11th straight time — the Warriors’ second-longest active streak against an opponent after 16 wins in a row against Phoenix.The Warriors shot just 4 for 15 from 3-point range in the first half and fell behind 64-47 at the break. They hope two-time MVP Curry will return at some point during their upcoming five-game road trip. Curry missed his 11th straight game with a strained left groin, while Green sat out a sixth in a row and eighth in all with a sprained right toe.Evan Fournier made four of his first six shots then missed his final eight for Orlando.CURRY UPDATECurry scrimmaged Monday and is scheduled to go through a full practice Tuesday, making it possible he could play Thursday at Toronto.“He might,” coach Steve Kerr said.Curry was hurt Nov. 8 against the Bucks trying to contest a shot in transition by Eric Bledsoe. Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA titlecenter_img View comments Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? LATEST STORIES Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil “Steph looked good today. Totally dominated the film crew,” Kerr quipped. “They couldn’t guard him. (Assistant) Willie Green put up a pretty good fight, but he’s a couple of years past his prime.”TIP-INSMagic: Aaron Gordon began 0 for 6 then left in the third with lower back tightness and didn’t return. … The Magic are 2-2 on the road vs. the West. … Orlando hasn’t beaten the Warriors since Dec. 14, 2012, and not in Oakland since Dec. 3 that same year.Warriors: Durant is 29 of 30 from the free throw line the past two games. “I’m trying to stay over 90 this year. Hopefully my 3-point percentage comes up, too.”… Golden State is 7-1 against the Eastern Conference this season. … The Warriors won their sixth straight at home vs. Orlando. … Green was limited to conditioning work Monday and rode the bike. He needs to be on the court a couple of times before Kerr is ready to put him back in a game. … Key reserve Alfonzo McKinnie was sidelined a sixth consecutive game.UP NEXTMagic: Continue their West Coast swing at Portland on Wednesday.Warriors: At Raptors on Thursday trying for a ninth straight victory in the series and fifth in a row in Toronto.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Thompson hit his sixth 3 of the night to tie it with 1:45 left and finished with 29 points.The past three games, Durant has scored 125 points and Thompson 91.“It was hard to stop them. That’s why they’re such great players,” Orlando’s Nikola Vucevic said. “They made shot after shot at the end.”Durant became the seventh player in Warriors history to post consecutive 40-point games — along with Rick Barry, Wilt Chamberlain, Curry, Antawn Jamison, Purvis Short and Thompson, according to Elias.Vucevic had 30 points, 12 rebounds and six assists for the Magic, who were coming off a victory at the Los Angeles Lakers on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Hit-and-run driver sought in pedestrian death

first_imgGLENDALE – Glendale police today sought public help to find a hit- and-run motorist responsible for the death of a pedestrian. Wencslao Devera, 53, of Glendale, was apparently walking home from church when he was hit by a compact vehicle as he crossed Chevy Chase Boulevard about 8:15 p.m. yesterday, said Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz. Police officers performed CPR on Devera and paramedics took him to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where he died, Lorenz said. The vehicle was described as a beige, white or silver-colored car, which may have a broken headlight or windshield, said Lorenz. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “Someone had to have seen something,” Lorenz said. “It’s a very busy intersection.” Anyone with more information about the case was urged to call Glendale police at (818) 548-4840 or (818) 507-STOP. ——————————— For the latest news and observations on crime in Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, check out the Daily News’ crime blog by clicking here.last_img read more

Pep Guardiola ‘tells’ Jose Mourinho: ‘England is my country now!’*

first_imgDISCLAIMER: Like Ed Woodward’s claim in 2014 that Louis van Gaal ‘likes attacking football’, this video is simply a joke, 100%!talkSPORT’s subtitle translator is back… and their foreign language skills are still sub-Steve McClaren level.This time, the translator has been looking at footage of Pep Guardiola, Manchester City’s next manager-in-waiting, and he has a manager for prospective Man United manager Jose Mourinho.Check it out, above, and take a look at youtube.com/talksport for more entertaining videos.last_img read more

Tuskegee Airmen lauded at celebration

first_imgWar veterans have made huge sacrifices for their country and deserve the respect and aid they need for their efforts, he said. He also said it is not only the veterans who should be honored. “Don’t ever forget the families, because they are the backbone of the veterans,” he said. He continued with a message for the youth, asking them to focus on being positive and productive members of society. Schiff then gave out United States flags – which had been flown over the Capitol – to Goodall, fellow Airman Guy Holloman, and family members of airmen who could not attend. He also acknowledged the many war veterans in the crowd. “This is a testimony to honoring the Tuskegee Airmen and all the veterans, and a great way for me to give honor to my father’s memory,” said Karen Young, whose father, Louis Young, was a member of the airmen. After the ceremony, people got a look at authentic World War II memorabilia that was brought from the American Military Museum in South El Monte. Among the items were two military Jeeps that were used in the war. “There should be more of (these celebrations) because a lot of people don’t understand what veterans really go through,” said Donald Radcliff, a Vietnam and Desert Storm veteran who works with the museum. “It’s an honor to serve your country.” robert.hong@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext 4586160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Photo Gallery: Veterans Day celebration ALTADENA — Members of the legendary Tuskegee Airmen were honored Sunday as part of a Veterans Day celebration hosted at Farnsworth Park by Rep. Adam Schiff. The airmen — America’s first black combat airmen – were credited with shooting down 111 German planes during World War II. They also escorted bomber planes throughout the duration of the war and were renowned for never having lost a bomber. “These are some courageous people who fought the enemy overseas and fought discrimination here at home, and I admire what they were able to accomplish,” said Schiff, D-Pasadena. “It’s a story that really needs to be told and they’re here to tell it today.” As the ceremony started, Schiff not only acknowledged the soldiers’ combat skills but also their bravery to serve their country even with segregation and civil unrest at home. After Schiff spoke, keynote speaker Oliver Goodall, one of the airmen who lives in Altadena, took the podium. Behind him were photos of the airman and stories detailing their service. Goodall thanked everyone for their support in honoring veterans, and called for continuous support to veterans’ issues. “It’s been said that the veterans are trying to get more than they need,” he said. “That’s a falsehood.” center_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre last_img read more

Women’s Tennis Travels to Wyoming and Denver

first_imgDES MOINES, Iowa – The Drake University women’s tennis team travels to Wyoming on Saturday and Denver on Sunday. The Bulldogs begin the weekend in Laramie, Wyo. against Northern Colorado at 12 p.m. and then versus Wyoming at 4:30 p.m. The team squares off against 56th-ranked Denver at 12 p.m. on Sunday. Drake has a 4-2 record and is coming off a pair of wins last weekend, beating Green Bay, 4-0, and Creighton 6-1. Senior Maddie Johnson and sophomores Tess Herder and Mela Jaglarz have led the Bulldogs. Johnson and Herder have a 3-1 singles record at No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, while Jaglarz has tallied a team-best four singles wins at the No. 6 spot. Northern Colorado enters the weekend 2-0, beating a pair of Division II programs and will host Colorado on Friday. UNC is led by Beth Coton and Remi Immler, who are ranked the 40th best doubles team in the nation. Wyoming enters the weekend with a 4-3 record overall after a split over this past weekend. Last year, the Cowgirls fell to the Bulldogs, 5-2, as Drake holds a 4-1 advantage in the all-time series. The 56th-ranked Pioneers has a 7-1 record, and prior to hosting the Bulldogs they travel to No. 71 New Mexico on Friday. Denver is coming off an excellent weekend as it upset No. 51 Utah before defeating BYU and Utah State. Drake continues its six-match road trip on Sunday, Feb. 21 at Kansas State. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Express vs Paidha: Simlala targets first league home victory when his side welcomes relegation bound Paidha

first_imgSimlala (right) is yet to win a league home game since he was appointed head coach of Express. (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier League Express FC vs Paidha Black Angels Betway Mutessa II Stadium, Wankulukuku Tuesday, 02-04-2019 @4pmWANKULUKUKU – Express somehow find themselves in the semifinals of the Uganda Cup after a string of results that include two home victories at home to Police and Bul FC.However, their League form has been deteriorating by the day and find themselves 9 points away from the relegation zone.That has been caused by their inability to win at home under now-head coach George ‘Simlala’ Ssemwogerere.Eversince the former Red Eagles captain took over from Kefa Kisala, Express is yet to register a league home victory as they have drawn both of their two games at Wankulukuku.On Tuesday afternoon, Simlala and his side have arguably the easiest fixture to negotiate, that is if you are to go by the league standings.They take on bottom placed Paidha Black Angels who have managed only a single point away from home in their first 12 games on the road.However, Simlala doesnot want to take the opposition for granted and also stresses how vital three points from the game, are for his side;“We want all three points against Paidha, said the lanky tactician.“We are Express and people expect us to be winning such games with ease and we will go all out for maximum points as we have not won at home in a while.“Paidha plays in the top flight and we will respect them and not look at their league position and take them for granted.Express are expected to still be without first choice goalkeeper Mathias Muwanga who missed the 1-0 loss to URA in the last game. Striker Eric Kambale who has struggled with injury for the better part of the season is also expected not to feature. The good news for the Red Eagles is that the Nsubuga duo of Badru and Mubaraka are all fit once again.For Paidha, they start life under newly appointed interim boss, Anthony Ssekito.Ssekito was handed the top role at Paidha last week, replacing another interim coach in Charles Ssenyange.Ssekito (right) was handed the head coach role at Paidha last week. (file photo)By the time Ssekito comes in, the club is bound for relegation and by the look of things, he has nothing to do about it but if he can pull off un-imaginable results like shocking Express, he may hand himself a permanent role once the side is relegated to the Big League.Match Facts:This will be only the second meeting between the two sides. It would have been the third (meeting) but Pidha failed to honour the round of 32 clash in the Uganda Cup leading to a BYE for Express.In their only previous meeting, Express defeated Paidha 3-1 in Arua, that coming in the two sides’ first round fixture in the League.At home to the newly promoted sides, Express has so far gathered four points, drawing against Ndejje University and beating Nyamityobora.Express head into the game on a three match winless run in the league (D1 L2). Their last victory came in a 1-0 away win over Ndejje University on the 26th on February.At home, the Red Eagles have gone four league matches minus victory (D3 L1) with their last victory coming against Nyamityobora in a 2-1 win back in December.For Paidha, They head into Tuesday’s encounter on the back of a 4 game losing streak that has seen them concede 11 goals and score only three times. The last time that they did not lose a league fixture was on 21st of February.Away from home, the Zombo based side have lost all but one of their 12 league games so far. The only time they avoided defeat was in the 0-0 draw away to Nyamityobora on 3rd January.Away to the other VEK (Villa, Express and KCCA) sides, Paidha has lost all two games, conceding five goals and scoring only one.The other game on Tuesday:-Kirinya JSS vs Bright Stars @4:30pmComments Tags: Anthony SsekitoExpress FCGeorge SsemwogererePaidha Black AngelsStarTimes Uganda Premier Leaguetoplast_img read more

49ers’ George Kittle: ‘If we clean (mistakes) up, we’re a very dangerous team’

first_imgYOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — A 1-0 start has not inflated the 49ers’ egos. Player after player, coach after coach acknowledges they won their opener in Tampa Bay despite mistakes, such as penalties that nullified three touchdowns.And yet …“If we can just clean those up, we’re a very dangerous team,” tight end George Kittle said.A 2-0 start definitely would signal that, and it will take a second straight road win Sunday at Cincinnati if the 49ers are to truly reintroduce themselves as contenders to the …last_img read more

Sharks takeaways: Why it’s critical for Aaron Dell to keep pushing Martin Jones

first_imgSAN JOSE — According to Pete DeBoer and Logan Couture, it’s only natural that when Aaron Dell plays a good game, Martin Jones wants to follow with one of his own.The numbers over the last two-plus seasons bear that out.Saturday, two nights after Dell made 37 saves, Jones had 27 to lead the Sharks to a 2-1 overtime victory over the New York Islanders at SAP Center.Couture scored his second straight overtime goal, as he one-timed a pass from Evander Kane past Islanders goalie Semyon Varlamov …last_img read more

FBI Seizes Online Poker Sites

first_imgWhat Now for (Online) Gaming?ESPN‘s Gary Wise has a lengthy assessment on the implications for the gambling industry – online and offline. He contends that the indictments will transfer the momentum back to land-based casinos, operators that have stayed outside the U.S. market, and to gaming companies that have restricted themselves to non-money play. Wise notes that “Zynga appears to be in good shape to capitalize on Friday’s developments.”The three companies in question have announced they’re ceasing their operations in the U.S., but outside the country, in thewords of PokerStars, it’s “business as usual.” To sidestep the .com seizues, PokerStars and Full Tilt Power moved to a .eu domain.But options to continue gaming aside, it’s their money that many players are concerned about. Both of these companies have issued statements saying that players’ funds are safe, and that they’ll be able to withdraw their money. Tags:#gaming#web 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… On Friday, the FBI shut down three of the world’s most popular online gambling sites, replacing their websites with an announcement that “This domain name has been seized by the FBI pursuant to an Arrest Warrant.”Marking the largest crackdown since Congress banned online gambling in 2006, authorities unsealed indictments against executives from Full Tilt Poker, PokerStars, and Absolute Poker, accusing the companies of illegal gambling, money laundering and bank fraud. In addition to the indictments and domain seizures, Friday’s federal actions were accompanied by a civil lawsuit seeking the forfeiture of $3 billion in ill-gotten gains from the money laundering – 1.5 billion from the PokerStars; $1 billion from the Full Tilt Poker; and $500 million from the Absolute Poker.Although there have been renewed efforts recently to legalize online gaming, it remains illegal in the U.S., one of the few countries where that remains the law. Some challenge the idea that poker is really gambling, arguing it’s a game of skill not chance.Regardless of the legalities, it hasn’t stopped U.S. players from betting real money on these sites. Many have opted to process their transactions via banks outside the U.S. But according to the charges unsealed on Friday, these three online poker sites in question had also masked payments from players, misrepresenting the kinds of funds that were being processed by U.S. banks. Related Posts 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App audrey watters 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutlast_img read more