Cardiff have been forced to postpone a planned promotional trip to Malaysia due to the poor air quality in the country. Club representatives including manager Malky Mackay, his assistant David Kerslake, captain Mark Hudson and striker Craig Bellamy are due to fly out to Kuala Lumpur on Thursday. But with a state of emergency being declared in certain districts and a number of schools being closed, the trip has been put back for health and safety reasons and the club hope to find a suitable date in the future. The trip was due to include visits to 1MCC (1 Malaysia Cardiff City) grassroots coaching initiatives, schools and meeting with the Malaysian press. Cardiff’s Malaysian owner Tan Sri Vincent Tan said: “It’s with disappointment that the planned visit to Malaysia this week by Malky, David, Mark, Craig and other club delegates has been postponed. “A schedule of events had been put in place ahead of the opening Premier League fixtures, further raising awareness of Cardiff City Football Club in Malaysia. “However due to the current poor air quality in Kuala Lumpur, it has been decided for the welfare of all concerned to delay the trip, re-establishing plans in the future when the manager and players can better interact with Malaysian based supporters in a suitable environment.” Cardiff have yet to make any additions to their squad ahead of their maiden Premier League campaign but are reportedly in the race to sign Celtic midfielder Victor Wanyama. Press Association
Around sports world, Juneteenth celebrated like never beforeUNDATED (AP) — Bradley Beal grabbed a microphone and asked the crowd that joined the Washington Wizards and WNBA’s Washington Mystics on a march to collectively raise a fist into the air and join together in saying “Together we stand.” And they did.Such was the sentiment across sports on Friday, as many teams from the major U.S. pro leagues stopped to commemorate Juneteenth — the celebration of what occurred June 19, 1865, the day that all enslaved Black people in the U.S. learned they had been freed from bondage.The day carried particular importance this year, with teams recognizing the day as important enough to declare it a paid holiday for workers — acknowledging the problems the country is facing today after several weeks of protests demanding the elimination of police brutality and racial inequality.Many pro athletes, Black and white, have taken part in those protests. — Many teams from the major U.S. pro leagues stopped to commemorate Juneteenth — the celebration of what occurred June 19, 1865, the day that all enslaved Black people in the U.S. learned they had been freed from bondage. The day carried particular importance this year, with teams recognizing the day as important enough to declare it a paid holiday for workers — acknowledging the problems the country is facing today after several weeks of protests demanding the elimination of police brutality and racial inequality.— A group of Black Major League Soccer players has formed a coalition to address systematic racism in their communities and bring about change within the league. The coalition is the result of an Instagram group that began after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, which spawned a wave of nationwide protests against racism and policy brutality. Started by Toronto FC defender Justin Morrow, the group grew to some 70 MLS players, who decided to act and the Black Players Coalition of MLS was born. — The NCAA is expanding its policy banning states with prominent Confederate symbols from hosting its sponsored events. The current ban, in place since 2001, prevents states from hosting what the NCAA calls predetermined sites, such as men’s basketball tournament games. Mississippi is the only state currently affected by the policy. The expanded policy means that even when sites of games are determined by performance as they are in sports such as baseball and women’s basketball, Mississippi schools will not be permitted to host NCAA tournament games.NFL-NEWS49ers wide receiver Richie James Jr. breaks right wrist The announcement came while Major League Baseball owners and players try to negotiate a deal to begin the season amid the coronavirus pandemic, including health protocols. Some players had been recently been working out at spring training sites while practicing social distancing.The sides had hoped to have players begin testing Tuesday and then begin a second round of spring training on June 26. Most teams would likely hold those workouts at their home ballparks, rather than at their spring camps in Florida and Arizona.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— Five-time PGA Tour winner Nick Watney tested positive Friday for the coronavirus, the first player with a confirmed infection since golf resumed its schedule last week. Watney withdrew immediately withdrew from the RBC Heritage and must self-isolate for at least 10 days under the PGA Tour’s protocols. Watney played the opening round with Vaughn Taylor and Luke List. As part of the contact tracing plan, Taylor, List and their caddies were to be tested immediately.—The NASCAR Cup race at Texas will have thousands of spectators in the stands. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has approved a comprehensive action plan submitted by the track to allow fans for the July 19 race. While the state allows 50% capacity for outdoor sporting events, track president Eddie Gossage says it’s too early to know how many fans will be able to attend. With social distancing protocols in place, the speedway first has to reassign seating for people who had already purchased tickets for the race that was originally scheduled for March 29. The track capacity is about 135,000. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSPhillies close Florida camp after 5 players test positiveUNDATED (AP) — Five players for the Philadelphia Phillies have tested positive for COVID-19 at the team’s spring camp in Florida, prompting the club to indefinitely close the complex. The team also said Friday that three staff members at the camp have tested positive. The club didn’t identify any of those affected. Philadelphia has shut the camp in Clearwater, Florida, to players, coaches and staff while medical authorities assess the situation. Associated Press June 19, 2020 — An unidentified San Francisco 49ers player has reportedly tested positive for COVID-19 after an informal workout with teammates in Tennessee. The NFL Network reported that one player who took part in the workouts this week in Nashville has tested positive. All the players who were there will now get tested to see if there is any spread. The team declined to comment, citing federal and state privacy laws about the personal health of employees.— The Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facilities Thursday after five team employees tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. The person tells The Associated Press the team and the NHL haven’t announced the closure. The NHL is also no longer announcing which teams individual players tested positive. The developments come some two weeks after players were allowed to return to their respective facilities to take part in voluntary on- and off-ice workouts.— Canada has approved a National Hockey League plan to play in Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic. The plan required an exemption as the U.S.-Canada border is currently closed to all non-essential travel until at least July 21 and those who enter Canada must self-isolate for 14 days. The league plans to have training camps open in July and to play games without spectators in a couple of cities in late July or August. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada’s top public health officer as well as the top health officers of Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario and Toronto worked closely with the NHL to approve the plan.— A person with knowledge of the decision tells The Associated Press that Albert Pujols (POO’-hohlz) will pay the salaries of the Los Angeles Angels’ furloughed employees in his native Dominican Republic for five months. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because Pujols didn’t publicly announce his commitment to pay roughly $180,000 to cover the salaries. The strict budget cuts made by Angels owner Arte Moreno during the coronavirus pandemic have included extensive furloughs for scouts, player development staff and minor league employees.SPORTS-JUNETEENTH UNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers receiver Richie James Jr. has broken his right wrist during offseason workouts and won’t be ready to return to the field until after the start of training camp.The 49ers confirmed a report of the injury by NFL Network on Friday and said they will have a better idea of how long James will be sidelined after he reports to training camp next month. NFL Network said James is expected to miss at least two months.James is the second receiver lost to injury this week for the defending NFC champion 49ers. No. 1 wideout Deebo Samuel underwent surgery Thursday to repair a fracture in his left foot suffered during informal player workouts in Tennessee. Samuel said he expects to be back in 10 weeks, meaning his will miss the start of training camp but should be healthy for the season opener Sept. 13.In other NFL news:— The New York Jets have agreed to terms with Baylor wide receiver Denzel Mims, their second-round draft pick in April, according to a person with knowledge of the deal. Mims fits a major need for a Jets offense that lost its top wideout, Robby Anderson, to Carolina in free agency. Chosen 59th overall, Mims will get a four-year deal worth about $5.5 million. New York has signed only one of its 2020 draftees, fifth-round cornerback Bryce Hall of Virginia. Spokesman Dustin Morse said the removal was an internal decision, but the team had “certainly heard from outside fans and the community over the years” about Griffith’s remarks.Griffith sold the Twins to banker Carl Pohlad in 1984.In other developments related to the national protests against racial injustice:— The agency that manages RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., removed a statue of George Preston Marshall, who moved the team from Boston to Washington. Marshall resisted integrating the team with Black players until “forced to do so” in 1962, according to his biography on the Pro Football Hall of Fame website. Marshall was inducted into the Hall in 1963; he died in 1969. Events DC officials called the removal on Friday “a small and overdue step on the road to lasting equality and justice.” A Redskins spokesman did not immediately comment.— Former NFL quarterback and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick is helping to fund the cost of legal representation for some protesters who were arrested during demonstrations in the days after George Floyd’s death. The Star Tribune reports that Kaepernick’s Know Your Rights Foundation has donated what’s described as a “substantial” sum to attorneys nationwide. Kaepernick is the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback who took a knee in 2016 during the national anthem to protest police brutality. The NBA gave its employees paid time off on Juneteenth for the first time and Commissioner Adam Silver urged league personnel to take the day and think about race relations.AMERICA PROTESTS-SPORTSTwins remove ex-owner Griffith statue over racist remarksUNDATED (AP) — The Minnesota Twins have removed a statue of former owner Calvin Griffith at Target Field, citing racist remarks he made in 1978.Griffith’s statue was one of several installed when the team opened its ballpark in 2010. Griffith moved the Washington Senators to Minnesota for the 1961 season, and the team was renamed the Twins. During a 1978 speech to a Waseca Lions club, Griffith said he decided to do make the move “when I found out you only had 15,000 blacks here.” The team says it “cannot remain silent and continue ignoring the racist comments he made in Waseca.” — NFL Network and NFL RedZone went dark on DISH Network and Sling TV last night as both sides try to reach a new distribution agreement. The lack of an agreement impacts 11.32 million subscribers. DISH has 9.01 million and Sling TV accounts for another 2.31 million. The NFL is still deep into the offseason with preseason games not scheduled to begin for another two months.TRANSGENDER-SPORTS BAN-IDAHO-LAWSUITTrump administration backs Idaho transgender sports banBOISE, Idaho (AP) — A recently passed Idaho law banning transgender women from competing in women’s sports — the first such law in the nation — received backing on Friday from the administration of President Donald Trump.The support came in the form of a court filing submitted by the U.S. Department of Justice, saying a federal judge considering a lawsuit challenging the ban should conclude that the law does not violate the U.S. Constitution. Update on the latest sports The ban prohibits transgender students who identify as female from playing on female teams sponsored by public schools, colleges and universities. The ban does not apply to men’s teams.The American Civil Liberties Union and Legal Voice women’s rights group that filed the lawsuit in April, contending the law violates the 14th Amendment’s Equal Protection Clause because it is discriminatory.
Odion Ighalo scored two goals in Nigeria’s 3-2 defeat of Libya in an AFCON 2019 qualifier in Sfax, Tunisia Tuesday In an interview with CAF, Renard had claimed hosts Egypt- with Africa Player of the Year Mohamed Salah and the home crowd – are leading favourite, with defending champions Cameroon, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire and Nigeria also in the running for glory at the biennial event.The Frenchman, a two-time winner with Zambia (2012) and Cote d’Ivoire (2015), currently coaches the highest ranked team on the continent, Morocco but stated that he would rather not boast of their chances.Rohr, however, labelled him a ‘diplomat’ and would rather not be drawn into analysing his ‘young’ team’s prospects.“I know my friend Herve Renard is a diplomat. His team are favorite to win the tournament because they are number one in Africa so he’s the natural favorite, but he tries to put other countries ahead. This is a tactic already so I say, Morocco is number 1 in Africa and they are favorites,” Rohr told media.“Egypt with one of the biggest players in the world are favourites as well. They are also playing at home. Senegal and Tunisia and second and third. We (Nigeria) are No.4 and we have a chance though, but please let them speak while we stay humble. “To declare that we will win the AFCON is stupid. We have to work, we have young players.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Nigeria’s Super Eagles yesterday at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba defeated Seychelles 3-1 to finish top of Group E in their final AFCON 2019 qualifiers. The Gavin Jeanne-led side proved a lot tougher nut to crack unlike in Mahè and the Super Eagles had to work their socks off particularly in the first period.Stoke City man Oghenekaro Etebo saw two brilliant shots thwarted, once curling just over the bar before seeing the opposing goalkeeper get a fingertip to another of his brilliant effort.For all their resistance, Seychelles were soon behind 34 minutes in after Karle Hall fouled Wilfred Ndidi from behind in the box, paving the way for Odion Ighalo to step up and send the goalkeeper the wrong way.But the spirited visitors rallied to pull themselves back on level terms just before the break, Rody Melanie profiting from a comical error to score after Nigeria failed to properly deal with a floated ball into the area.Nigeria retook the lead just after half time when Jamilu Collins sent in a brilliant ball for Henry Onyekuru to nip in behind the defenders and head home with the slightest of touches.And Simon Moses, making his first competitive appearance since his injury last year came off the bench to add the icing on the cake with a brilliant goal and set up the team in good mood ahead of the date with Egypt.Meanwhile, Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr has dismissed Morocco’s Coach, Herve Renard’s claim that Nigeria are one of the favourite teams to lift the 2019 AFCON title.
Published on March 21, 2019 at 12:54 am Contact Matthew: firstname.lastname@example.org | @MatthewGut21 Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments LYONS — In the downstairs bathroom of Jim Boeheim’s childhood home, the old tub looks like a casket. Inside are cleaning supplies for the funeral home. The bathroom’s original wallpaper hasn’t changed. The marble countertops are still there, the piping still exposed, just as it was when Boeheim occupied the space.Down the hallway, the living room — a fireplace, a table and a couch — have remained. In that living room during the 1960s, Boeheim’s mother and father listened to radio play-by-play of Syracuse road games. Up the wooden steps, Boeheim’s twin bed is still there. The wooden floors creak. His room includes a fireplace, cabinet and a window overlooking the backyard, where he shot hoops for hours, well after the sun went down.Boeheim, 74, hasn’t lived there since he relocated to Syracuse in the summer of 1962 to begin college. But recently, Boeheim thought about the source of pride in his life — the thing that keeps him going as the longest active coach in Division I hoops about to make his 34th NCAA Tournament. He thought about the 1950s, when he was just a skinny kid who loved basketball. He thought about growing up in Lyons, the place that molded Boeheim before anyone outside of the town knew his name.“I’m proud to be from Lyons, New York, town of 5,000 people,” Boeheim said last month. “Small little town. And got to Syracuse when I was 17. I’m grateful for what my parents did for me there.“I started here with nothing.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatthew Gutierrez | Senior Staff WriterHis family’s long-standing business, the Boeheim Funeral Home, was started by his great-grandfather in 1854 on William Street. A portrait of Frederick W. Boeheim hangs on a wall in the house. Had Boeheim himself not rose from Syracuse walk-on to star guard to head coach, he said he probably would have spent his life in Lyons taking care of dead bodies.Aside from a white sign out front — “Boeheim-Pusateri Funeral Home” — there’s little indication that Boeheim grew up there. Fifteen years ago, Tom Pusateri knocked down the basketball hoop in the backyard, where Boeheim and his friends shot for hours after school and on Sundays. James Boeheim Sr. added lights around the hoop so his son could shoot at any time. One night, he was bouncing the basketball after the sun went down, which annoyed the neighbors. They notified a local police officer, who told them: “He’ll be a famous man one day. Let it go.”“They never complained again,” said John Lese, a former police officer in Lyons.At Lyons Elementary School, across the street from Boeheim’s home, Frank Quinn, Boeheim’s former classmate, recalled that Boeheim and a couple of friends didn’t follow the rules during nap time. Instead of resting on a rug, he led competitions of cops and robbers. Boeheim refused to lose. He hated it. Then, after school, when his team lost a basketball game, Boeheim took the ball inside.“He pouted about losing,” said Jim Blandino, a high school teammate of Boeheim. “He had the only ball, so when he lost, we couldn’t play anymore.”Blandino and several other of Boeheim’s high school teammates, including Tony Patanzo, know his early years best. His teammates still live in the Lyons area, and they meet nearly every weekday for breakfast at a cafe on Canal Street, two buildings over from Boeheim’s former home. They said Boeheim’s favorite team ever, after all these years, wasn’t at Syracuse. It was his Lyons High School team.Matthew Gutierrez | Senior Staff WriterInside the home, there’s no indication of Syracuse basketball or Boeheim. His father, who died of cancer in 1986, sold the house in 1975 to Pusateri for $90,000. Pusateri, 75, kept Boeheim in the name because the business had been associated with “Boeheim” for more than a century.Lately, most of the furniture was replaced. Pusateri has made modest updates to the house, including new windows, a new paint job and some bathroom updates. In the kitchen, where Boeheim said he grew up on spaghetti and meatballs, the cabinets are still the same old wood. Pusateri doesn’t recall much from buying the home, though he did remember Boeheim’s father being somber and stern. “You can see it a little in Jim,” he said.With his father, Boeheim enjoyed bass fishing and pheasant hunting. Sometimes, he fished alone at midnight. He inherited his athletic ability from his mother, Janet. Boeheim averaged 17 points per game and scored more than 1,000 in his career. When Boeheim pictures his boyhood home in Lyons, he remembers a mom and dad who disciplined him into the man he is today.Boeheim lives in Fayetteville now, but his heart is still in Lyons.“He’s still that same kid, that product of Lyons,” Juli, his wife of 21 years, said. “He has changed probably zero percent. He doesn’t have an ego. He’s blue-collar, hard-working, roll-up-your-sleeves, simple-minded, realistic kind of guy, which comes from Lyons.“That is home, and a big part of his heart and who he is.”Matthew Gutierrez | Senior Staff WriterBoeheim visits Lyons every few years to play golf or see old friends. He goes to his high school class reunion every five years. When he mentioned Lyons during his Hall of Fame speech in 2005, he shed a tear.Approaching Lyons on Route 31, a sign marks the town as, “Hometown of Jim Boeheim.” Next to the door in Boeheim’s current Fayetteville home, a black-and-white replica of the house hangs on the wall. A piece of the basketball court from his high school sits in his office. And he still owns an old hat that reads “Lyons” in script. In times of joy and in times of sorrow, he has subtle reminders of the place that made him.A few seasons ago, after a Syracuse game at Georgia Tech, Andrew Clary, the team security guard, was standing near the team bus, waiting for SU to walk out of the locker room to the bus. An old man with a cane called over to Clary and asked him to give Boeheim a letter he’d written.“What’s your name,” Clary asked.“No, that doesn’t matter,” the man said, according to Clary. “I used to play basketball with Coach Boeheim in Lyons, New York.”“Come on,” Clary said, incredulous. He knew Boeheim graduated from Lyons High School in 1962.“I swear,” the man replied. “Just give him that letter. I have stage IV cancer and I want him to read it.”Clary ran inside the arena, interrupted SU’s coaches meeting and told Boeheim about the man outside. Boeheim looked at it and walked to meet him. The two spoke for about 15 minutes, while the rest of the program filled onto the bus and waited.
The biggest stories from the business world of esports this week come as WESA and Paladins creator Hi-Rez announce a league, as well as Gamer Sensei securing investment and BMW getting involved with the EU LCS Finals in Paris.BMW announced as official partner for the EU LCS FinalsRiot Games has announced that German car manufacturing giant BMW is the Official Partner for this year’s EULCS Summer Finals.The deal, which was announced on Twitter, sees Riot partnering with one of the best selling brands in the world for Europe’s biggest annual League of Legends event. The 2017 Finals will be held in Paris, and will see long-time European top dogs G2 face off against a Misfits lineup who have surprised many by upsetting both the Unicorns of Love and Fnatic in a series of dominating performances.The much-anticipated final will take place on Saturday the 3rd of September, and will be preceded by Fnatic’s third place match against H2K. With both finalists having already qualified for the World Championships, and with Fnatic already set to take top seeding in the upcoming gauntlet for the third spot, the matches this weekend will have a focus on local pride – and the small matter of a $200,000 (£155,000) prize pooRead the full article here.WESA and Hi-Rez announce Paladins Premier LeagueThe inaugural season will get underway in the immediate future in the autumn of 2017 and will see the participation of all the current 10 WESA Member teams. This means the likes of EnVyUS, Fnatic, G2, mouz, Na’Vi, NiP, Renegades, SK Gaming, Splyce and Virtus.Pro will each be getting a Paladins team. The PPL will become the second professional esports competition played under WESA guidance. Importantly, it has been confirmed that non-WESA teams will be able to join the league too, though they must comply with WESA’s regulations on the league and treatment of players. As part of the launch of the league, Hi-Rez Studios has partnered with WESA to split league revenues with participating teams, and to guarantee a minimum salary to players. These measures, combined with the global reach of the 10 WESA teams, give the PPL an exciting foundation from which to grow. Read the full article here.Gamer Sensei secure $4 million in venture fundingGamer Sensei, an esports coaching service working across multiple titles has secured $4 million (£3.09m) in venture funding.The latest round of funding was led by Accomplice and Avdvancit Capital, jined by Origin Ventures CRCM Ventures and Kiwi Ventures as well as attracting investment from other new and existing investors including the likes of aXiomatic, Abstract Ventures and Subversive Capital.The Gamer Sensei portfolio of coaching services is impressive, offering a multitude of popular esports titles. It offers ten titles in total for consumers. A consumer will choose their title before being matched with a coach from a collection of experts through Gamer Sensei’s system. Players will then “meet their Sensei” and be coached to improve at whichever title they’ve chosen. Support is in place for all big titles, including the likes of League of Legends, Dota 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Overwatch. It also covers the likes of Starcraft II, Hearthstone and even GWENT, CD PROJEKT RED’s upcoming card game.Read the full article here.
After losing the opening game, Sharapova, who won this grand slam in 2012 and lost to Serena Williams in the final last year, bounced back to claim the first set, but she faced a tougher challenge in the second.Sharapova lost the tie-breaker as Halep levelled matters at 1-1, but the Russian outnumbered her opponent by three breaks to two in the final set to seal her second French Open crown.The victory also sees Sharapova climb to fifth in the women’s rankings, while Halep’s involvement in the final sends her third.Sharapova had to come from a set down in each of the three rounds leading up to the final, and looked set to make another slow start when Halep won the opening game on the 27-year-old’s serve.However, the number seven seed responded superbly, reeling off five games without reply to take control of the first set.Halep – the first player in 16 years to reach her first grand slam final without dropping a set – refused to go down without a fight and broke back to send the scores to 5-4, only to drop serve in the next game. Sharapova came from a set behind to win last month’s Madrid Open final against Halep, but it was the Romanian who was left playing catch-up on Saturday.After an exchange of breaks early on in the second set, Halep looked to have made the breakthrough when she won on her opponent’s serve to move 5-4 up.She was unable to hang on to her advantage, but eventually drew level by prevailing in a tense tie-break.The opening two games of the third set went against serve and, after surviving two break points at 2-1 down, Sharapova nudged in front on Halep’s serve in the very next game.Halep managed to pull level at 4-4, but Sharapova was not to be denied and completed victory by winning two games in succession to love.
Hearts of Oak have dispelled rumours the club have sacked assistant coach Stephen Abugri.Local media reports claimed Abugri was axed for his disloyalty to head coach Herbert Addo and incited a number of players to underperform.Team Manger Sabhan Quaye openly accused Abugri of insubordination and undermining Addo.But Corporate Affairs Manager Joe Addo explained the former King Faisal coach has only been re-assigned, not sacked.”We all know the results we were getting wasn’t comforting, so we wanted to change things around to see if there will be an improvement but some people took offence to that and started reported some wrong things on the airwaves,” he said.”In the heat of the poor run, we decided our U17 coach Dauda Lutterodt swap places with assistant coach Stephen Abugri. “That’s just what we did. There were no fights or quarrels as reported. The simple fact is we moved coaches around.”Hearts of Oak are billed to play Olympique de Ngor of Senegal in the next stage of the CAF Confederation Cup.
Hearts of Oak full back Joseph Owusu Bempah has lauded the training techniques new coach Kenichi Yatsuhashi has brought to the club.This follows skepticism which hanged around the appointment of Kenichi after many touted him as a mere college coach. Yatsuhashi is bent on overturning Hearts of Oak’s dismal run where they have gone six years without a league trophy. According to the Black Satellites captain, he and his colleagues have enjoyed their first week of pre-season under the tutelage of the Japanese American.“To me he is good because the training routine he has been giving us is really good,” Bempah told Joy Sports.“So far we have been enjoying him. We are experiencing new training techniques. My colleagues and I are talking about the training. It is a new thing all together [and] we are enjoying it. I think he will bring good things this season.” “We are trying to make sure we pass through our fitness level and we make sure go to our ball work. We are ensuring we get to our maximum level that we can get for the next season.”Hearts are expected to intensify their pre-season preparations with the league rumored to start in December.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @Joy997FM. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Hearing before the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on the extradition of Footbal Club Dinamo former executive Zdravko Mamic to Croatia will be held tomorrow in Sarajevo.At the hearing, it will be decided whether there are any conditions for Mamic to be handed over to the Osijek County Court, according to the new USKOK indictment.The Croatian Justice Ministry sent Bosnia and Herzegovina a request for the extradition of former Dinamo football club executive Zdravko Mamic after the Osijek County Court forwards the necessary documentation to the justice ministry.The Osijek County Court on Friday upheld a new indictment which the Office for Suppression of Corruption and Organised Crime (USKOK) filed against Mamic and six more people on the suspicion that they had defrauded Dinamo of 200 million kuna from 2004 to December 2015 when Mamic held a few executive posts in that Zagreb-based football club.The day before the pronouncement of the verdict, Mamic fled to BiH. BiH State Investigation and Protection Agency (SIPA) police detained Mamic Thursday on the basis of an Interpol warrant.During the hearing here on Friday, Mamic said that he is “a proud citizen of BiH and does not want to be extradited to Croatia.”Mamic‘s lawyer Zdravko Rajic told reporters that BiH court had decided to suspend extradition proceedings because Mamic has BiH citizenship.According to law scholars, the final verdict in this case could be stretched out until the end of 2019. If he is still found guilty, Mamic could serve the jail sentence in BiH, as a result of an agreement between the two countries.
WASHINGTON — Iowa Republican Joni Ernst says Republican senators are “overwhelmingly” opposed to additional tariffs on imports from Mexico. President Trump has threatened to impose a five percent tariff on Mexican imports on Monday to pressure Mexico to stem the tide of migrants arriving at the southern border.“The administration and especially President Trump — I did speak to him personally this last Friday — knows exactly where I stand,” Ernst said Thursday. “They know where a number of other colleagues stand on this issue.”In an interview in Iowa last Friday, Ernst said “tariffs cannot be the answer to everything” and Ernst has been warning ratification of the U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement may be endangered if Trump imposes new tariffs on Mexico Monday. Ernst Thursday said she does not want to speculate about whether the Republican-led U.S. Senate may try to override the tariffs if Trump follows through.“We’re getting a lot of conflicting information from the administration right now. In moment we hear that things are going well and, ‘Perhaps we don’t need the tariffs.’ And then a moment later we’re hearing, ‘Okay, maybe we’re going to go ahead with the tariffs,’” Ernst said. “I hope we don’t get to that point, but I do think congress needs to exercise its right to put some checks and balances out there.”Any “resolution of disapproval” of the tariffs would originate in the House, according to Ernst. She suggested there are ways for the U.S. and Mexico to resolve the situation without new tariffs.“They have a border into Central America that is a choke-point. It is, I believe, only around 150 miles of border. We have 2000 miles on our southern border with Mexico,” Ernst said. “So, is there a way that we can collaborate and boost up the patrols in that area to make sure those folks from Central America aren’t crossing into Mexico?”Ernst made her comments Thursday during a conference call with reporters.