Keep discourse on more mature level

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Re Feb. 14 letter, “Trump, cronies show their true character”: I know Mary Kuykendall quite well, as she and I were associates at GE. She’s an articulate and knowledgeable woman. So it was a surprise to see her letter where she has joined so many others suffering from Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS). She’s now reduced to name calling of the president and the entire White House. Folks, if you have something constructive to say, let’s hear it. But if all you’re going to do is call Trump and his supporters names like 90 percent of the mainstream media, then you aren’t helping our country. I’m proud of President Trump hanging in there. A lesser man might get discouraged. So, please think before you accuse. Make it substantive before putting out junk. As more bad stuff is uncovered about the last election, the losers have some potential serious consequences ahead of them. Don’t let TDS effect your judgment.Gerard F. HavasyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGame 7: Shenendehowa grad and Braves rookie Ian Anderson gets start with World Series spot on the li…last_img read more

Badminton Asia defends Thomas and Uber Cup pull-outs

first_imgA Danish sports editorial attacked the pull-outs as selfish. But Badminton Asia chief operating officer Saw Chit Boon said the Asian teams weren’t trying to “make life difficult”, reports said.”I think it is the right and prerogative of every participating country to decide if they want to travel to play or not,” he told media at an event in Kuala Lumpur, according to The Star on Thursday.”There are lots of things to be taken into consideration because each country imposes different SOP [standard operating procedures], rules and conditions for their citizens travelling abroad.””So I do not think this is about the Asian countries pulling out just to make life difficult for everybody,” added Saw. Topics : Asia’s badminton chief has denied that teams in the region were to blame for the postponement of the Thomas and Uber Cup, which followed a series of pull-outs over coronavirus fears.Indonesia, Taiwan, Thailand, South Korea and Australia all withdrew before the men’s and women’s world team championships, which were set to kick off badminton’s restart next month, were shelved.The Badminton World Federation said it was unable to deliver a high enough level of competition following the withdrawals. Many of the world’s top players are from Asia.center_img “These claims emerged because Denmark happened to be the hosts. Will the same be said if an Asian country hosted the event?”International badminton has been on hold since March over the pandemic. Next month’s Denmark Open is the only top-level event confirmed on this year’s rejigged calendar.The Thomas and Uber Cup has now been postponed three times, and will not take place before next year.Denmark’s world number three Anders Antonsen warned that the sport will “wither away and die” if tournaments don’t return soon. “Are we sitting around waiting for a vaccine to come before badminton can start up again?” he wrote on Instagram.”Make the best and safest set-up you possibly can and run the tournaments. Whoever attends, attends. Otherwise the sport will wither away and die.” last_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette set for crunch talks over his Arsenal future after Europa League final against Chelsea

first_imgAlexandre Lacazette set for crunch talks over his Arsenal future after Europa League final against Chelsea Unai Emery press conference in Baku ahead of Europa League finalTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 18:55FullscreenUnai Emery press conference in Baku ahead of Europa League finalhttps://metro.co.uk/video/unai-emery-press-conference-baku-ahead-europa-league-final-1934134/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘I wish it is not the last [good season] at Arsenal and I hope I will be better and better in the next years.‘I am feeling good. I play more with Unai and have more confidence with him. Even if I can just say ‘thank you’ to Wenger because he brought me into this big club, but I feel better with Unai.‘I finished well and I hope the long break is not going to kill me. I work in training to be ready.’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 Arsenal Comment Alexandre Lacazette has scored 19 goals this season and was named Arsenal’s Player of the Year (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette will discuss his future with Arsenal after tonight’s Europa League final against Chelsea, amid speculation he is being lined-up as Antoine Griezmann’s replacement at Atletico Madrid.The former Lyon star endured a mixed first season in north London, hampered by injuries and forced to play second fiddle to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following his arrival from Borussia Dortmund nearly 18 months ago.Under Unai Emery, however, Lacazette has established himself as an integral part of Arsenal’s new-look attack and dovetailed superbly, both on and off the pitch, with Aubameyang.Lacazette was named Arsenal’s Player of the Season earlier this month and will be looking to add to his 19 goals for the campaign against Chelsea in Baku this evening.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe 27-year-old came close to joining Atletico in the summer of 2017 before the Spanish side’s transfer ban swayed him into signing for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger.Griezmann’s decision to end his five-year stay in the Spanish capital has forced Atletico to scour for replacement and have again been linked with Lacazette, although the Frenchman insists he remains happy at Arsenal.He told Standard Sport: ‘For me, I just think about the final, then after we will see with the club.‘If the club is really happy with me and I’m happy, I will stay. In France, they say 27, 28 is one of the best ages in your career. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 29 May 2019 3:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Alexandre Lacazette has agreement with Arsenal board over transfer exit

first_imgAdvertisement Alexandre Lacazette could leave Arsenal this summer (Picture: Getty)Alexandre Lacazette has an ‘understanding’ with Arsenal that he will be allowed to leave this summer if the team fail to qualify for the Champions League, according to reports.French forward Lacazette has been a mainstay in Arsenal’s team since his £46.5million move from Lyon in 2017, scoring 44 goals in 112 appearances for the Gunners.The 28-year-old has endured an underwhelming season to date, however, and continues to be linked with a transfer exit ahead of the summer.Lacazette will have two years left on his Arsenal contract come the end of the season and will be allowed to leave this summer if the Gunners once again miss out on the Champions League, according to The Times.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal are currently only ninth in the Premier League – seven points adrift of fourth-placed Chelsea – but may be able to qualify for the Champions League by finishing fifth following Manchester City’s UEFA ban.Mikel Arteta’s side will also qualify for next season’s Champions League if they are able to win this year’s Europa League.Arsenal reached the final of the Europa League last season and host Olympiakos in the second leg of their last-32 tie on Thursday evening, following their 1-0 win in Greece last week.Lacazette’s strike partner, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, is also being linked with a departure from Arsenal but Arteta wants to convince the Gabon forward to stay. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 26 Feb 2020 10:38 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.1kShares Alexandre Lacazette has agreement with Arsenal board over transfer exit Arteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2To view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 6:48FullscreenArteta praises his Arsenal team after beating Everton 3-2https://metro.co.uk/video/arteta-praises-arsenal-team-beating-everton-3-2-2116792/This is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Before I took over I had my questions about him but he has shown his commitment,’ Arteta said on Sunday.‘I wanted him to show if he wanted to do it and do it physically. I’m so happy with him.‘He is scoring important goals and as a captain he is giving a great example to everyone else with the way he is working defensively.’FacebookTwitterInstagramcheck our sport page Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Sir Chips Keswick retires as chairman of Arsenal

first_img Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 May 2020 3:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link974Shares Advertisement Josh and Stan Kroenke expressed their ‘gratitude’ for the work Keswick has done (Picture: Getty)Stan Kroenke and Josh Kroenke sent their best wishes to Keswick and thanked him for his 15-year service to the club.‘We would like to express our immense gratitude for everything Sir Chips has done for Arsenal Football Club as a board member and chairman of the board over the past 15 years,’ they said.‘His extensive business knowledge and experience coupled with his deep love of Arsenal have made him the perfect chairman. ‘It has been a privilege to work with him and he will always be a very welcome visitor when we return to playing matches at Emirates Stadium.’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 ArsenalThey added: ‘Our primary concern at this difficult time is the health and well-being of our staff and players. ‘It’s also our intention to ensure Arsenal Football Club emerges from this crisis in a strong position. ‘That’s what we’re all working on every day.’ Keswick has thrown his support behind the Kroenkes (Picture: Getty)‘It has been an honour to be the chairman of this great football club,’ Keswick said in an official statement on Arsenal’s website. ADVERTISEMENT‘Arsenal has always held a special place in my life and that will remain the case in the future.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I made my plan to retire at the end of this season clear to the board, before the global health crisis we are now experiencing.’ Sir Chips Keswick retires as chairman of Arsenal Arsenal chairman Sir Chips Keswick will leave at the end of the season (Picture: Getty)Sir Chips Keswick has retired as chairman of Arsenal, the club have confirmed. The 80-year-old, who will leave at the end of the season, has been on the Gunners’ board since 2005 and was appointed chairman seven years ago when Arsene Wenger was still manager.Arsenal have decided against appointing a successor to Keswick, with the board now comprised of Stan Kroenke, Josh Kroenke, Lord Harris and Ken Friar. Arsene Wenger worked closely with Sir Chips Keswick during his reign (Picture: Getty)Keswick has backed Arsenal to ’emerge strongly’ from the coronavirus crisis under the rule of the Kroenkes.‘The club is in safe hands with Stan and Josh, the board and the executive team,’ he added. ‘I know Arsenal will emerge strongly from this situation and I look forward, like all our supporters around the world, to seeing the team in action as soon as possible.’ Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

Dominica’s economic citizenship programme under review

first_imgDominica’s Economic Citizenship Programme, which has been used as a tool for promoting foreign investment, is under review Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has revealed.During his budget address on Tuesday, the Prime Minister explained that although it is a “well regulated, respected and transparent programme characterised by a high level of due diligence,” periodic reviews can be beneficial.He explained that this review is being undertaken in an effort to “strengthen” administrative procedures.One of the aims of the review is to “encourage participation in local investment opportunities” therefore; they are “considering the possible involvement of economic citizens in local projects”.The Prime Minister also announced an adjustment in the fees for Economic Citizenship Programme which will take effect on September 1, 2012.They are as follows;• Package A- Single Applicant- A non-refundable investment of US$100,000 rather than S$75,000 as at present,• Package B – Family Application (One Applicant plus spouse)- A non-refundable investment of US$175,000,• Package C – Family Application Two (Applicant plus one spouse and two children below the age of 18 years)- A non-refundable investment of US$200,000 rather than US$100,000 as at present, and• Package D – Family Application Three (Applicant plus one spouse and three children below the age of 18 years)- A non-refundable investment of US$350,000 and US$50,000 for every additional person 25 years and below.This new approach, the Prime Minister hopes, will assist in making the programme “more effective”.He further called on persons involved in the implementation process to “ensure that we all deliver for the benefit of the people of this country”.Some of the resources from the Economic Citizenship Programme have been used to finance a few government projects such as the local component of the geothermal project. Dominica Vibes News Tweet 21 Views   3 comments Share LocalNews Dominica’s economic citizenship programme under review by: – July 19, 2012center_img Share Sharing is caring! Sharelast_img read more

English clubs could be forced to play behind closed doors today

first_imgEnglish football clubs are set to take drastic measures to ensure the season is completed despite the coronavirus outbreak – with measures potentially being implemented today. Reports on Thursday morning revealed a set of wide-reaching plans underlined by holding matches behind closed doors. An empty Old Trafford could become a familiar sight on matchdays but lower-tier clubs are at the most risk from the loss of income Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Made7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A VegetarianWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?Fantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyHow They Made Little Simba Look So Lifelike in ‘The Lion King’7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better Loading… Both the Premier League and Football League will ban fans from entering stadiums with pubs also prevented from showing games. According to The Times, the government will hold a meeting of its Cobra committee this morning where the official response to the global pandemic is expected to move from “contain” to “delay”. That will set in motion a crisis plan only allowing supporters to watch their team via live streams from their homes. Season ticket holders and individual match ticket holders are set to be able to stream matches in the top four tiers of English football. However broadcasters will try and avoid breaking the Saturday 3pm kick-off blackout currently enshrined in UK law, instead moving matches alongside each other in other timeslots across the weekend. And fans of clubs in the Championship, League One and League Two can connect via the iFollow service already set up across the divisions. Also implemented is a ban from players holding hands with mascots as they walk out onto the pitch. Daily Mail report on the Professional Footballers’ Association issuing a range of guidelines to stars including not drinking from the same water bottle or eating food in the dressing room. PUB PREVENTIONWith the number of coronavirus cases in the UK set to tip 500, the government will reportedly threaten to take away pub’s licenses if they ignore a fresh ban on showing matches. The prospect of fans cramming into a confined space to watch a match creates a major viral infection risk and thus match viewers are set to be restricted to watching from home. While the Champions League matches held at Valencia and Paris Saint-Germain took place behind closed doors in midweek, concerns were raised when large crowds of ultras instead gathered outside the stadium to try and support their team. The Premier League would be the last major division in Europe to take this measure after LaLiga, Bundesliga and Ligue 1 while the Belgian Cup final later this month is also off. Following the coronavirus diagnosis of a player from German second-tier team Hannover 96, league authorities are meeting to discuss scrapping their matches indefinitely. And Spanish media report a reluctance from LaLiga to halt play altogether but their resistance may not last long. TICK-ET OFFAmid calls for the league to be suspended altogether, given the loss of income for smaller clubs as much as the lack of fans at matches, the focus is believed to be completing the season. Premier League broadcasters reportedly hold large penalty clauses, adding up to hundreds of millions of pounds, should the fixture list not be fulfilled. Read Also: Just In: Ronaldo quarantined after Rugani’s positive coronavirus test For Football League teams, talks with government officials have taken place to determine what compensation can be claimed if matchday income is lost. A £30billion crisis fund was revealed by chancellor Rishi Sunak in his budget on Wednesday, but football may not find itself high up the pecking order for vital cash. Also on the minds of football bosses is the summer’s Euro 2020 tournament, kicking off 26 days after the Premier League season is due to end. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Schoenfeld in 20th season as IMCA sponsor

first_imgVAN BUREN, Ark. – Schoenfeld Headers reaches another sponsorship landmark with IMCA in 2018, providing contingency awards for a 20th consecutive season.Manufacturer of IMCA’s official 609, 930 and 935 muffler, as well as headers and related exhaust components, the Van Buren, Ark., company maintains a very visible role in the national decal program for Modifieds.Drivers in that division are required to display two Schoenfeld decals on their race car to be eligible for shares of national and regional point funds.And drivers at 80 designated specials for the Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars, Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods and Smiley’s Racing Products Southern SportMod specials all chase $50 product certificates.The special events portion of the Schoenfeld program includes each date in the Deery Brothers Summer Series. All certificates will be mailed within a week after official race re­sults are received at the IMCA home office.When required to run a noise reduction system of 98 decibels or more, Modified, Late Model, Stock Car and SportMod must compete with one of the three official muf­flers.Information about the complete Schoenfeld product line is available by calling 479 474-7529, at the www.schoenfeldheaders.com website and on Facebook.“Schoenfeld Headers is one of eight organizations celebrating two decades of affiliation with IMCA in 2018 and we are very proud of this accomplishment,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder noted. “It is a testament to the quality of their products and the way they positively impact IMCA racers in a variety of divisions, making them viable in parts of the country where noise control is paramount.”last_img read more

Jason ‘The Prison Pride’ Barker – fighting for a second chance

first_imgJASON Barker is an inmate of the Camp Street Prison; incarcerated for the past nine of his 20 years sentence, but now, a nominee for National Sports Commission (NSC) Sportsman-of-the-Year award, he’s seeking a second chance to make a first impression.In 2008, Magistrate Chandra Sohan sentenced Barker and three others to a total of 30 years imprisonment for three counts of robbery under arms, three counts of attempted murder and possession of a firearm.Barker was 20-years-old at the time when he admitted to the offences and pleaded with the magistrate at the Albion Magistrates Court to be lenient. Barker, a former soldier, told the magistrate that he had been charged in the past with stealing an AK-47 from the army.It was while incarcerated Barker picked up the sport of boxing, and why not? After all the now Caribbean Heavyweight and Superheavyweight champion said that every day, behind bars, it was a fight for survival.“I came up in a single home, single parent, she alone working, then I wanted to help, went to drugs, started selling drugs, then the guns and because of the money and the situation home whereby we had nobody to give us anything and she was struggling.No work, and we still had to eat. So I turned to a life of crime; drugs, robbery and now I’m in prison” Barker said in an exclusive interview with Chronicle Sport at the penal facility.Barker claimed both the Heavyweight and Superheavyweight titles when he participated in the Caribbean Championships in Barbados last year; something he said was far from his thinking, especially since he’s an inmate.Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) president Steve Ninvalle stated that Barker was nominated without hesitation given the fact “he has done, himself, the Guyana Prison Service and Guyana very proud. I am not certain but this may be the first time that we have actually had an inmate of the prison being nominated for such a prestigious award.”“I never thought that one day I would be champion in anything, honestly, when I came here (Camp Street Prison), I thought life was over for me and I was just going to spend my time, survive however it is and just come out” a sadden Barker said.However, he added “when I came into the prison, the prison officer Mr. Graham said I have good size to box and he introduced me to the gym. Eventually I get to like the sport and I just did my thing after then. It’s about making up your mind to succeed and deal with the circumstances, be discipline towards the sport and find yourself feeling like you have nothing to lose.”Known known as the ‘The Prison Pride’, a name given to him by fellow inmates and guards, Barker, sorrowfully told Chronicle Sport, “yea, I regret what happened, every day I regret what happened but I tell myself I’m changed now so when I get back out there I wouldn’t be the same person.From the time I’m in prison, I find myself being discipline, getting to know life, getting to have faith, getting to believe in myself, because once you believe in yourself, you could make something out of life.”He added “I never thought that I would’ve been nominated for anything and the guys in here they look out for me and encourage me to focus on boxing. I want to be a world Champion, this (boxing) is my life now and I hope people can now see me as a boxer and not a criminal.”Barker believes his life is much like Bernard Hopkins, the former middleweight world Champion, who at 17-years-old, was sentenced to 18 years in Prison for nine felonies but also discovered his passion for boxing behind bars. In 1988, after serving five years of his sentence, upon release Hopkins turned pro and, the rest as they say, ‘was history’.“I’m a change man, I’m not the same person that walked into this jail. Boxing saved me and I want to repay the people who believed in me to give me this chance to show the world my talent, especially my coach and president (Steve) Ninvalle” Barker said.Barker will be up against Olympian Troy Doris, Guyana cricket captain Leon Johnson and motor racing champion Kristian Jeffrey, but the Camp Street inmate believes “even if I don’t win, to my fellow inmate, I’m already a champion; their champion. It would be great if I win yes, but if I don’t, the guys will be proud of me same way.”last_img read more

The Latest: Senior LPGA Championship off because of virus

first_img Associated Press The league held a call with all 20 soccer clubs but provided no specifics about its plan to resume. The competition was suspended more than a month ago because of the coronavirus pandemic.The league only says it discussed “possible scheduling models” and that “it remains our objective to complete the 2019-20 season but at this stage all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.”The league says it will only restart “with the full support of the government” and when “medical guidance allows.”Liverpool holds a 25-point lead at the top of the standings with nine games remaining.___ The proceeds will go to Feeding America in the U.S. and Second Harvest in Canada. Both of those organizations work to assist the hungry.Face-covering manufacturers FOCO and Industry Rag will also be amping up charity efforts through sales. They will donate one face covering for every one purchased to the benefiting charities.NBA social responsibility and player programs president Kathy Behrens says the masks will help fans adhere to CDC safety guidelines “while joining in the league’s efforts to aid those who have been directly affected by COVID-19.”___The fourth edition of the Laver Cup exhibition event founded by Roger Federer’s management company is being postponed a year because of changes to the tennis calendar caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Latest: Senior LPGA Championship off because of virus The Senior LPGA Championship has been canceled. It was scheduled to be played July 30-Aug. 1 at French Lick Resort in Indiana.The USGA previously canceled the U.S. Senior Women’s Open.The Senior LPGA will stay at French Lick in 2021. The new dates will be determined later.___The Premier League says it still wants to complete its season. April 17, 2020 An employee of Major League Soccer’s Montreal Impact has tested positive for COVID-19.The team made the announcement Wednesday and said the employee had mild symptoms for a few days is doing well. The person has been placed in quarantine.Montreal did not specify whether the employee was a player or another member of the team’s staff. The Impact said it is the only confirmed case of the novel coronavirus within the organization so far.___The NBA and WNBA say they plan to sell cloth face coverings bearing team and league logos and that all proceeds generated by the league will go to charity. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Women’s golf has lost another senior major because of the coronavirus pandemic. ___The BMW International Open in Germany and the Open de France golf tournaments have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic and the Scottish Open has been postponed.The BMW International Open was to be played in Munich from June 25-28 and the Open de France was scheduled to take place a week later.German Chancellor Angela Merkel has banned large public gatherings in the country through August 31 and the French government has done the same until mid-July.The Scottish Open was scheduled to be played from July 9-12. Discussions on a rescheduled date are ongoing. ___The governing body of track and field is leading a panel of Olympic sports to advise on safely organizing mass gathering events amid the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics says the Outbreak Prevention Taskforce includes the International Institute for Race Medicine and officials from cycling, rowing, skiing, triathlon and the International Paralympic Committee.They will get input from a member of the World Health Organization’s coronavirus mass gatherings expert group.The panel has its first meeting next week and plans to work with advisers from industry, sponsors and the media. Aims include guidance on risk assessment and how sports can “plan a return to normal activities in the aftermath of the COVID-19 outbreak or similar future situations.” ___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 It now will be at TD Garden in Boston from Sept. 24-26, 2021.The original dates were Sept. 25-27 this year.But the French Open moved its start from May to Sept. 20 a month ago. That means the Grand Slam tournament would have overlapped with the Laver Cup. The exhibition tournament has attracted some of the top players in men’s tennis in the past.Federer called the announcement of the Laver Cup date change “unfortunate” and “disappointing” but also “the right thing to do for everyone concerned.”Tickets already purchased will be valid in 2021 or can be refunded. ___Former Leeds defender Norman Hunter has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19. He was 76.Leeds says Hunter was admitted to the hospital last week and died on Friday.Hunter made 726 appearances for Leeds and also played 28 times for England. He was part of the 1966 World Cup-winning squad and earned the nickname “Bites Yer Legs” because of his tough tackling.Hunter also won two league titles and the FA Cup with Leeds.last_img read more