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September 26, 2020
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‘Blessing amid misfortune’: Chinese football club at coronavirus ground zero

first_img “At that time, I felt that many people in Hubei were quite afraid, so were my friends. “We were worried about the health of our families and did not know if they were going to be infected and how.” But as the coronavirus spreads in other parts of the world, notably in Europe, China is beginning to see some light at last. The country on Friday reported no new local cases for a second straight day, suggesting that the stringent containment measures are having an impact. The Chinese government, which has begun slowly easing travel curbs, is now concerned about a second wave of infections from people arriving from other countries. Mercifully, no Three Towns players or staff have contracted the coronavirus, which has killed nearly 3,300 people in China, most of them in Hubei. The team are split in half, with some players in lockdown and others training, but a modest Chinese club from the epicentre of the coronavirus pandemic is at last beginning to turn its attentions to football again. Some members of Wuhan Three Towns are training in Hainan, while the others are in virus lockdown Wuhan Three Towns FC, a team in China’s third division that draws crowds of between 2,000 and 4,000, were gearing up for a promising new season in League Two South when their world was turned upside down. “We have been isolated at home for almost two months,” Yu Chen, an assistant coach, told AFP by telephone from Wuhan – the city of 11 million people where the outbreak emerged in December. As virus deaths ticked up alarmingly, Chinese authorities placed Wuhan and the surrounding province of Hubei on a strict lockdown in January, with nobody allowed in or out of the area and an estimated 56 million people ordered to stay indoors. The start of the Chinese football season was indefinitely postponed. “Earlier, when the epidemic was serious, I was very panicky,” said the 32-year-old Yu.Advertisement Wuhan Three Towns’ world was turned upside down by the coronavirus epidemicNor have any of the players lost loved ones.“This is a blessing amid misfortune,” said Yu.But some players have suffered a psychological toll from being confined to their homes for weeks on end, he added.Ten players are languishing in Wuhan – which is still under harsh measures – and they have been attempting to keep fit by doing basic exercises at home for an hour each day, five days a week.Fourteen more players are 1,500 kilometres (900 miles) away, training on the Chinese island of Hainan.“At the moment, the whole team is separated and there is no centralised training, which is the biggest difficulty,” said Yu.– ‘Sense of honour’ –Wuhan Zall, the Chinese Super League (CSL) side from the city, have also been badly affected by the virus outbreak.Some of the players are training alone during lockdown in Wuhan Read Also: Coronavirus: Messi shows incredible skills in toilet roll challenge (Video)They returned to China this week having been stranded in Spain since the end of January. But with nobody allowed in or out of Wuhan the team are in Shenzhen, where they are in quarantine.Zall have at least been able to train together for the new season, whenever it begins.Yu said the Three Towns players are desperate to get out and meet again, and hope to eventually play a small part in getting the city back on its feet.The team’s Spanish head coach, Albert Garcia, is with the bulk of the players in Hainan – although he too is in quarantine – and Yu hopes that the rest of the squad can soon join them there.“Hubei province and Wuhan city are slowly returning to work, and the work of the club will soon get back on track,” said Yu.“Our team will represent the city of Wuhan on the pitch and the players will have a sense of responsibility and honour.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWorld’s Most Delicious Foods10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now Loading… last_img read more

September 24, 2020
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Area Girls Basketball Scores (11-18)

first_imgJac-Cen-Del  65     Oldenburg Academy  34Franklin County  53     North Decatur  48Greensburg  71     South Decatur  29Hauser  54     Waldron  41Switzerland County  52     Rising Sun  32Connersville  52     Centerville  21Rushville  58     Mt. Vernon  30Randolph Southern  54     Union County  28Southwestern Shelby  49     Shelbyville  31Beech Grove  59     Morristown  40last_img

September 24, 2020
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China signals World Cup ambitions with new football stadiums

first_img Promoted ContentThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On EarthCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Most Asntonishing Train Stations In The World2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All Time Loading… China is in the throes of a multibillion-dollar splurge on new football stadiums, ramping up ambitions to be a superpower in the sport and host a World Cup as early as 2030. Shanghai SIPG’s new stadium is one of several under construction in China The building spree is taking place despite the coronavirus pandemic which has brought much of the world to a standstill, ravaging economies and putting live sport on hold.Advertisement China has started work on what will be the world’s biggest football stadiumThe country will have at least 12 major new football stadiums two years from now, said the state-run Southern Metropolis Daily, calling it “a new era for Chinese football”.Most will be used for the newly expanded 2021 Club World Cup and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup, but President Xi Jinping has his eyes on the biggest prize of all.“I think China’s desire to apply for the World Cup is very clear,” said Ji Yuyang, a journalist for the Oriental Sports Daily.Ji said it was a matter of when, not if, China bids.FIFA president Gianni Infantino said in June that he would welcome a Chinese bid to stage the 2030 World Cup, the next one up for grabs.– Fit for a World Cup final –Guangzhou Evergrande’s new stadium made headlines because of its vast scale and bold design.But it jarred because most sport in the world is shut down and economies, including China’s – the second largest – are reeling from coronavirus.China is widely expected to bid to host the World CupMoreover, Guangzhou is not holding Asian Cup games and the stadium will not be ready for the Club World Cup, even though the tournament is poised to be put back from the summer of 2021 because of the pandemic.Critics also queried why a club that averages about 50,000 for home matches needs such a big arena.“I think Evergrande may have two considerations. First, a 100,000-seat stadium might come in handy if China hosts a World Cup final or opening ceremony,” said Ji.“Another point is that Evergrande will be able to make a statement by saying that they have the largest professional football stadium in the world, with the largest number of spectators.”Most stadiums currently used by Chinese football teams were built for multiple sports. They are falling into disrepair and facilities for fans are poor.Replacing them with gleaming, football-specific arenas fits with Xi’s master plan to transform the sport in the country on and off the pitch.– ‘Soft power of stadiums’ –In Shanghai, which has ambitions of holding the Olympics, a 33,000-seat stadium for CSL side Shanghai SIPG is scheduled to be finished next year.Shanghai Stadium, the biggest arena in the city and SIPG’s former home, is also undergoing major renovation.Guangzhou Evergrande are two-time winners of the AFC Champions LeagueJi said that while the Evergrande Group were likely paying for Guangzhou’s new stadium, in some other instances it was a combination of the club and local government.Professor Simon Chadwick said that aside from China’s World Cup aspirations, the rush on new stadiums sends a message that “China is developing and becoming healthier and stronger.“There’s something about the iconography and symbolism of the stadiums, particularly the Guangzhou development,” said Chadwick, director of the Centre for the Eurasian Sport Industry at Emlyon Business School.Read Also: Barcelona stars linked with Newcastle amid new owners“This is a huge stadium, incredibly striking design, pictures of it have been carried across the world and people are commenting on it across the world.“It’s almost the soft power of stadiums. China is trying to use these hugely distinctive stadium designs as a way of attracting people and attention, of getting people to understand that China wants the same things that other countries want.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 But with the outbreak receding in China, where it emerged in December, Chinese Super League (CSL) champions Guangzhou Evergrande last week began construction on their 12 billion yuan ($1.7 billion) new home. With a capacity of 100,000, the lotus flower-shaped stadium will for a time trump Barcelona’s Camp Nou – which is set for expansion – as the world’s biggest football arena, once it is completed by the end of 2022. Evergrande Group, a major property developer founded by one of China’s richest men, said it also intends to build two more 80,000-seater stadiums in China.last_img read more

September 23, 2020
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Five dates for IMCA Modifieds in Canyon, USA Winter Challenge

first_imgPEORIA, Ariz. – Five $1,000 to win features are on the docket for the 2015 Winter Challenge at Canyon Speedway Park and USA Raceway.Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 23-25 shows are scheduled at Peoria. The Winter Challenge switches to Tucson for Friday and Saturday, Jan. 30 and 31 events.All five races are Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers and pay a minimum of $100 to start. IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region and Allstar Performance State points will be awarded.Entry fee is $50 per night.On Fridays, the pit gates open at 4 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m. and racing starts at 7 p.m. On Saturdays and Sundays, pits open at 2 p.m., the grandstand opens at 3 p.m. and racing begins at 5 p.m.A five-day pass, if purchased by Jan. 22, is $89 for adults or $30 for children ages 7-12. After Jan. 22, the five-day pass runs $99 for adults and $30 for children.Single-day tickets are $20 for adults and $6 for children.Kids six and under get in free; VIP suite admission is $30.More information is available at the www.canyonspeedwaypark.com website or by calling 602 258-7223.last_img read more

September 23, 2020
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Road Closure Monday on Pearl Street

first_imgBatesville, IN— Pearl Street between Second and Fifth streets will be closed for stormwater improvements beginning Monday, October 14. The road will be open to local traffic only. The closure is expected to be in effect for a couple of days.last_img

September 22, 2020
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Griezmann saves Barca in Copa del Rey

first_imgRelatedPosts Griezmann suffers thigh injury Griezmann decline deepens with stoppage time cameo against Atletico Madrid Barca plan Griezmann-Neymar swap deal Antoine Griezmann scored two late goals to save Barcelona from an embarrassing loss against third-division club Ibiza on Wednesday as the Spanish giant came from behind to win 2-1 in the round of 32 of the Copa del Rey. Ibiza took an early lead and held on until Griezmann came through with goals in the 72nd minute and in stoppage time. Barcelona was without many regular starters — including Lionel Messi, Gerard Piqué and Sergio Busquets — for the game played on artificial turf at the small Can Misses Stadium in the Balearic Islands. It was the second match in charge for new Barcelona coach Quique Setién, who had debuted with a 1-0 win over Granada in the Spanish league last weekend. The Copa del Rey is being played with single-elimination games this season, except in the semifinals. The hosts took a surprising early lead and came close to scoring again before the break. Barcelona’s ball possession reached 85% at one point, but it hardly threatened in attack, creating few significant chances. The team’s first shot on target was in the 68th, a low strike by Ivan Rakitic that was easily saved by the Ibiza goalkeeper. The second shot was Griezmann’s equalizer from inside the area after a nice through ball by Frenkie De Jong. Griezmann’s winner was a low show into the far corner four minutes into stoppage time. Javi Pérez had opened the scoring for the hosts after sloppy defending by youngster Riqui Puig following a breakaway in the ninth minute. Ibiza thought it had increased the lead less than 10 minutes later, but Ángel Rodado’s goal was ruled out for a foul by him on defender Clement Lenglet. The hosts threatened again a few minutes before halftime, when Raí Nascimento hit the post from inside the area and Rodado’s close-range shot from the rebound forced Barcelona goalkeeper Neto to make a difficult reflex save. The home crowd of less than 10,000 that packed the Can Misses loudly celebrated the team’s provisional lead after the halftime whistle. Some 2,000 temporary seats were added to the venue for Wednesday’s match. Barcelona won four consecutive Copa titles before losing last year’s final to Valencia. The Catalan club is the competition’s most successful team with 30 titles.Tags: Antoine GriezmannCopa del ReyIbizalast_img read more

September 16, 2020
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Women’s soccer upsets No. 8 North Carolina

first_imgThe Trojans took down No. 8 North Carolina in a dominant 3-0 victory on Sunday, setting an aggressive tone on offense from the first whistle.The team’s first shot came from redshirt junior Alex Anthony within the first minute of the game, and the pace didn’t slow from there. The team’s first goal came in the fifth minute, with senior Kayla Mills sending in a perfect arc on a corner kick for senior Morgan Andrews to bury in the back of the net.“We wanted to show them that we can fly on offense,” Anthony said. “Coming in, we wanted to prove that we can compete; we can set the pace of the game and really control it, and that’s what we did from the beginning.”That pace paid off again in the 29th minute, when junior Katie Johnson took a cross off her chest and smashed a shot into the left side of the netting. The Trojans had been controlling possession for most of the game, but the 2-0 lead made it clear that they were in control.Opportunities for the Tar Heels to counter only came in spurts in the first half, which was mostly spent in the Trojans’ attacking half of the field. The team kept North Carolina on its heels, flattening and spreading the defense to make any type of counterattack difficult to execute.“We’re an attacking team, and we wanted to come out here and prove that today,” head coach Keidane McAlpine said. “No matter what team we’re playing, this is the confidence and the energy we want to bring to the field.”But despite the success of the first half, the real challenge was maintaining that pressure for a full 90 minutes. The second half was much more balanced for both teams, with the Tar Heels spending more time in the USC goal box, and reshirt senior goalie Sammy Jo Prudhomme wrapping up a few more saves.But the Trojans didn’t back down throughout the half, continuing to pressure and force opportunities in the box. Anthony punctuated that pace by slamming home a shot from several feet outside the goal box in the 65th minute, marking the first time in five years that North Carolina allowed three goals in a game. The frontline continued to attack until the final whistle blew, giving the team one of their biggest victories of the year.There are few teams in women’s soccer with as dominant and storied of a history as North Carolina. With 22 national championships since the tournament began in 1982, the Tar Heels have produced dozens of Olympic champions over the last four decades, including Mia Hamm and Heather O’Reilly. Year in and year out, the team is expected to provide some of the heaviest competition in the NCAA.The enormity of the victory and the dominance with which the team played was not lost on Anthony or her players.“This is a high-caliber team, and anyone who plays them knows that,” Anthony said. “I think what we did today, not only with getting the win, but in how we played, how we attacked. I think that’s really going to do a lot for our confidence and the way we play together as a team moving forward.”The victory is also the fifth straight shutout for the backline. The defense only defended 10 shots and three corner kicks throughout the game, with Prudhomme only needing to wrap up four saves.Though it was a dominant win for the team, the match wasn’t without its frustrations. The Trojans missed two penalty kicks, with one blocked and the other waved off when sophomore Leah Pruitt tried to knock in her own rebounded shot. But McAlpine believed that the cohesive style of play that his team maintained for the full game was one of the best performances he has seen this season.“Today was fantastic,” McAlpine said. “I think the team decided as a whole they weren’t the biggest fans of losing those first two games. We came out here today and played our game. That’s right where we want to be, for this game and for every game this season.”last_img read more

August 31, 2020
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Caribbean Food and Drink Festival “Taste the Islands Experience” Returns to…

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. For Fort Lauderdale visitors and residents, Caribbean dreams will come to life this April in a breathtaking riverside setting, with a delicious array of food, drink, music, and culture on display. “The Taste the Islands Experience” (TTIX) will enter its third major South Florida staging, with everything guests have come to enjoy, and a whole lot more. Caribbean food, travel, and culture enthusiasts will delight in returning favorite elements including Saturday’s open bars, restaurant row, island pavilions, celebrity chef demos, cultural performances, glam studio and culinary museum.What’s new? 2018 guests had such a great time that the promoters have expanded the food and drink festival into a 3-day weekend.The new Friday night event, branded “TTIX: Under the Stars,” is a laid-back evening of live music, good vibes, and island tapas prepared by visiting chefs from the Caribbean. On Saturday’s main day of activities, new offerings include a rum sommelier, chef panel discussion, and tasting tour. At Sunday’s “TTIX: Brunch on the Sunny Side,” attendees will enjoy tropical mimosas, steel drum music, a curated menu, and fashion show. They’ll have the option to follow up with a relaxing riverboat cruise through downtown Fort Lauderdale.Culinary headliners once again include chef-hosts of the “Taste the Islands” TV show, Hugh ‘Chef Irie’ Sinclair and Cynthia ‘Chef Thia’ Verna. Musical entertainment is slated to include the stylings of pop star J Perry, Power 96’s DJ Fergie, island-soul singer Lavie, and radio personality Sir Rockwell. New talent added to the lineup will be announced in the coming weeks. Starting this year, TTIX is a Fort Lauderdale Signature Multicultural event, thanks to the support of the Greater Fort Lauderdale Visitors and Convention Bureau (Broward County’s marketing department). Other returning partners include Yellow Cab of Broward, the Jamaica Tourist Board, Yelp Fort Lauderdale, and Island Origins Magazine. Part proceeds will benefit non-profit partners Food for the Poor, and anchor location History Fort Lauderdale. “The 2019 Taste the Islands Experience” is produced by Island Syndicate, an agency that creates exceptional content and unforgettable experiences inspired by the Caribbean. For more information and to stay up to date on “Taste the Islands Experience” events, please visit www.ttiexperience.com.last_img read more

August 29, 2020
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Sports Panorama is five years old today: Listen to the very first episode [AUDIO]

first_img5 years ago today, Sports Panorama first aired on Citi 97.3 FM, and the rest is history.The show premiered with Godfred Akoto Boafo as its host, and featured Citi Sports Editor, Nathan Quao, Benjamin Nketsia, Rahman Osman, Thierry Nyann and Joseph Langerbell as its first panellists.Over the years the show has seen some of the biggest names in Ghanaian sports journalism grace it via phone or in person, including Michael Oti Adjei, Juliet Bawuah and Saddick Adams.The current team of Benjamin, Nathan, Fentuo Tahiru, Daniel Koranteng and fan favourite, Chris Nimley have become the most sought after sports crew in the country and have kept the show’s standards sky-high.Listen to the amazing episode that started it all off:last_img

August 26, 2020
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South Hills baseball standout Jacob Amaya drafted by Dodgers

first_imgJacob Amaya got the best wake-up call a would-be pro baseball player could get. The South Hills High School standout shortstop was asleep when a friend’s call woke him with the news: The Dodgers took Amaya in the 11th round, 340th overall, in the Major League Baseball draft on Wednesday morning. “I was pretty excited,” Amaya said of the moment he was told. “I kind of woke up to a phone call from my best friend saying that I got drafted by the Dodgers. Once I heard that, I kind of went into shock.”Being taken by the Dodgers held extra special meaning to Amaya, whose grandfather, Frank, was also drafted by the Dodgers when he was an 18-year-old prospect out of Fremont High. Frank Amaya died last year, but his grandson is ready to keep playing in his honor. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He was in their minor league system for a while,” Amaya said. “Me being his grandson, it’s super emotional. I lost him last year, during my junior season. Everything just happens in mysterious ways and getting drafted by the Dodgers; it’s crazy.”Amaya is also a Cal State Fullerton commit and now has a decision about the next chapter in his baseball career. Amaya said he will use the coming days to make a decision. Amaya started his high school career at Northview before transferring to South Hills for his junior and senior seasons. He helped South Hills win a CIF Southern Section championship in 2016 and this season he hit .323 with 29 runs scored, 15 RBIs and three home runs. “It’s always been a lifelong dream of mine,” Amaya said of playing professionally. “That was my only goal when I started playing baseball. When I hit high school, I set that for myself. Achieving what I set for myself, that’s a great feeling. It’s exciting for me and my family. “Now, I’ve just got to keep grinding.”center_img The big day for South Hills didn’t stop with Amaya. Karlos Morales, a left-handed pitcher, was drafted in the 25th round, 744th overall, by the Brewers. Pitcher Cameron Saylor, a 2012 graduate of South Hills, was drafted in the 28th round with the 844th overall pick by the St. Louis Cardinals. Saylor had played the past three seasons at San Diego State. Maranatha left-handed pitcher Alex Cornwell was taken by the Chicago Cubs in the 37th round with the 1,125th pick. last_img read more