All September matches to be broadcast live in UK, says Premier League

first_imgTopics : All 28 Premier League matches scheduled to be played in September will be broadcast live in the United Kingdom, the league announced on Tuesday after a shareholders meeting.The new season kicks off on Saturday with eight matches on the opening weekend and the clubs agreed they will be broadcast via Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon Prime Video and the BBC.All matches are being played without any spectators in attendance due to the COVID-19 pandemic. “Sky Sports and BT Sport have already selected 17 matches for live broadcast for the first three match rounds of the 2020-21 season,” the Premier League said in a statement.”Of the remaining 11 matches, Sky Sports will broadcast an additional six, BT Sport a further three and BBC and Amazon Prime Video one each.”The season kicks off with Arsenal’s visit to newly-promoted Fulham while title holders Liverpool host Leeds United who won the second-tier Championship last season.The league said they were also in discussions with BBC Radio and talkSPORT for a similar solution for radio and were talking to stakeholders about arrangements for matches from October.Manchester City and Manchester United are not involved in matches on the opening weekend due to their participation in the latter stages of last season’s Champions League and Europa League respectively, which only ended last month. last_img read more

Locals cut up dying beached whale shark for consumption in West Java

first_imgLocals and fishermen have cut up a dying whale shark stranded on Ciwidig Beach, Cianjur regency, West Java for consumption. The residents found the 7-meter-long shark swimming in shallow waters near the beach on Sept. 24 and pulled it to the beach.They then reportedly sliced up the 1 ton dying shark on the beach and took the meat home for consumption.Technical management unit (UPTD) head of the Cidaun Fishery Agency, Eli Muslihat, said fishermen living around Cidaun coastal areas had not been out to the open seas for days due to bad weather.”Seeing a huge whale shark stranded on the beach, they immediately used the opportunity to get something to eat,” Eli said as reported by Kompas.tv.Read also: Beached dwarf sperm whale cut up, extracted for oil in Bali”Their financial situation has worsened due to the pandemic and bad weather exacerbates the problem,” she added. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) has included the whale shark on its red list of threatened species, calling it “endangered”. The species’ population is believed to have decreased by more than 50 percent over the last 75 years.Indonesia, through the Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Ministry, lists the whale shark as a protected animal as its population continues to decrease due to massive hunting. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Michael Owen’s Europa League predictions for Valencia vs Arsenal and Chelsea vs Eintracht Frankfurt

first_imgAdvertisement Michael Owen’s Europa League predictions for Valencia vs Arsenal and Chelsea vs Eintracht Frankfurt Michael Owen gives his thoughts on Arsenal and Chelsea’s Europe League chances (Getty/REX)Arsenal and Chelsea both hold advantages going into the second legs of their Europa League semi final ties and the prospect of an all-English showpiece in Baku is on the cards. Brand Ambassador Michael Owen again shares his thoughts exclusively with BetVictor on the decisive matches.Chelsea v Eintracht Frankfurt Advertisement Commentcenter_img Pedro’s away goal has put Chelsea in the driving seat of their tie against Eintracht Frankfurt (Picture: Getty)Chelsea warmed up for the visit of Frankfurt with a comfortable 3-0 success over Watford on Sunday, a win that confirmed they will be playing Champions League football next term.The Blues have never lost a home game against German opposition in European competition (D2 W7) although it is significant that Frankfurt have scored in all six of their away games in the competition so far this season. They may well find the back of the net again at the Bridge, but I feel it will be Chelsea who make the Final in Azerbaijan later in the month.AdvertisementAdvertisementMichael’s prediction: 3-1ADVERTISEMENTValencia v Arsenal Alex Lacazette and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang did the damage for Arsenal in the first leg against Valencia (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have progressed from all 27 European ties in which they have held a two-goal lead from the 1st leg, but I fear for the Gunners in the Mestalla and believe that the away goal score by Valencia at the Emirates may prove crucial.The Gunners have lost their last four away games in European competition in Spain and the hosts are a formidable outfit on home soil – although they did lose their 20-game unbeaten home record to Eibar in their last home game.Gunners boss Unai Emery has a proud record in the competition winning his last 18 Europa League ties, but Arsenal remain vulnerable defensively and I think the hosts will do enough to reach Bacu in front of their fanatical home supporters.Michael’s recommendation: 2-0More: 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 Michael OwenWednesday 8 May 2019 11:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link95Shareslast_img read more

Premier League Project Restart could see five-games-in-a-row weekends and Champions League-style midweeks

first_imgAdvertisement Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 26 May 2020 10:35 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.7kShares Premier League Project Restart could see five-games-in-a-row weekends and Champions League-style midweeks Advertisementcenter_img Comment The Premier League is set for a hectic schedule on its return (Picture: Liverpool FC via Getty Images)If the Premier League does return in June, as is currently planned, we could see five back-to-back games on Saturdays and Sundays, and Champions League-style midweeks.There are 92 games to be played in the Premier League and there is a push for as many as possible to be broadcast across Sky Sports, BT Sport, Amazon and possibly the BBC, with potential for all 92 to be shown somewhere.To keep overlapping games to a minimum, plans are being drawn up for games to kick-off at midday, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 8pm on Saturday and Sundays.There is also the possibility of games being held on Tuesday and Wednesdays with kick-offs at 6pm and 8pm, as has become custom in the Champions League, reports the Mirror.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTIf the season is not completed, broadcasters will be owed a staggering £762m from Premier League clubs and even if all the games are played they face a bill of £340m after the coronavirus hiatus.All possibilities are to be discussed at a Premier League meeting on Thursday as they work towards possible return dates of 12 or 19 June.More: 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 CityWhile league organisers, and many fans, are keen to get games back on as swiftly as possible, some Premier League managers would prefer pushing the return date back to 26 June as they look to get their squads back up to full fitness after the lengthy break.Contact training is yet to resume and some managers are worried that a return on 12 June would not give them enough time to get back up to speed and would risk injuries.After meetings between the Premier League hierarchy, the Professional Footballers’ Association and League Managers’ Association, a vote will be held on Wednesday as to when contact training will resume, which could be this week.MORE: Premier League plan to kick off Project Restart with Tottenham vs Manchester UnitedMORE: Two more cases of coronavirus in Premier League after second round of testingFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.last_img read more

Wenger: I’m going nowhere

first_img He added: “I want this club to do well, that is my basic feeling. We have gone through a period that was very sensitive, we are coming out of it now, in a much stronger position financially. I believe the club is in a very strong position for the future.” Wenger, who has transformed Arsenal since he arrived at Highbury in October 1996, is in no doubt when he does eventually call it a day, the club will be in good shape for the future. “I believe a big club should be run where everybody does his job and I try to do my job. The only thing I can say is that I do it with a lot of commitment and a lot of loyalty. I try to do as well as I can for this club,” he said. “I believe that this club is today in a very, very strong position and has gone through a very sensitive period in a very intelligent way. After that, everything is here to have a great future. “We have a good fanbase, we have now a strong financial situation, we have good young players and a squad with a bright future with the quality of the young players we have. It is just to manage it well now.” Arsenal head to Loftus Road on the back of a seven-match unbeaten league run which has moved them into fourth place, one point behind Chelsea and two ahead of Tottenham, albeit having played a match more. “We focus on winning our games and then look at the results of other teams,” said Wenger. “The most important in that is not to lift your head, just focus on our job and continue our strong run. We have put a strong run together and we want to use this belief in a very positive way.” Arsene Wenger has again ruled out leaving Arsenal before the end of his contract – and hinted for the first time he would like to stay on past 2014. The Gunners boss, 63, still has another season left to run on his current deal, but has been linked with a summer switch to big-spending Paris St Germain. Speaking at a media conference ahead of the trip to relegated QPR, Wenger said: “I answered that question already. I respect my contracts. I want to stay (on past 2014) if I do well and if I consider or the club considers that I do well, that is all.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

University Students File Lawsuits Alleging “Inferior” Online Classes

first_imgShe reportedly paid $7,880 in tuition and fees for the spring semester.Meanwhile, the lawsuit filed last week in Leon County circuit court against the Board of Governors by University of Florida graduate student Anthony Rojas seeks only to obtain a refund of fees, and not tuition.“Plaintiff’s claims relate solely to fees paid by Florida residents for on-campus services and do not concern fees or costs for tuition and/or room and board because students were able to complete their courses and obtain their credits for the spring semester and because the universities have offered appropriate refunds relating to room and board, but not as to fees,” the Rojas lawsuit said.All three of the lawsuits make allegations such as breach of contract and “unjust enrichment.”While the Fagundez and Rojas lawsuits seek are seeking class action status on behalf of students throughout the university system, the Egleston case focuses only on the University of Florida.Judges will end up deciding whether to allow any or all of them to proceed as class action claims. A Florida International University student this week filed what is at least the third potential class-action lawsuit seeking refunds for students within the state university system.The latest complaint, like the others, alleges “inferior” online classes when campuses closed this spring due to the coronavirus pandemic.Attorneys for Sarah Fagundez, an FIU graduate student from Miami, filed the suit against the university system’s Board of Governors on Tuesday in Leon County circuit court.Meanwhile, University of Florida student Dylan Egleston filed a similar lawsuit on Monday against the UF Board of Trustees. That action also followed another case that was filed against the Board of Governors in circuit court.Fagundez argues that she and other students in the university system should receive refunds for parts of tuition and fees they paid for the spring and summer semesters.“Plaintiff (Fagundez) does not impugn defendant for taking measures to protect the public health; but the defendant must acknowledge that the education and services it now provides to students throughout the university system lack the full value of those for which plaintiff and the class paid,” Tuesday’s lawsuit against the Board of Governors said.It continues, “Not only is a fully online college experience inferior, socially and academically, to the in-person experience for which plaintiff and the class paid; but the university system’s ersatz online courses now offered to students are inferior to online courses that were conceived as such in the first instance.”PRESS RELEASE: State University System Student Debt Continuing to Decline https://t.co/Jk2B61tpAr— Board of Governors (@FLBOG) May 5, 2020last_img read more

Difficult for Real Madrid to bring in Mbappe from PSG, feels Fabio Cannavaro

first_imgPARIS: Former Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro believes Spanish giants Real Madrid are always on the lookout for world superstars like Kylian Mbappe but stated it will be difficult to prize him away from a club like Paris St. Germain.Mbappe has been linked with a move away from PSG in recent times with Santiago Bernabeu being a possible destination considering his high market value. Real Madrid are known to break their bank for top players time and time again but Cannavaro believes the young Frenchman might just be out of their reach. “Madrid need players like Mbappe, a young star who could follow in the footsteps of Cristiano Ronaldo,” Cannavaro was quoted as saying by en.as.com. “It’s normal that Madrid want to sign him but it also has to be taken into account that PSG’s owners don’t need the money. They are ambitious and they want to win the Champions League. “I think it will be difficult for Madrid to get him. The president of PSG is a person who wants to win, I know them well and they will fight tooth and nail to keep Mbappe,” he added. Cannavaro, who was the last defender to win the prestigious Ballon d’Or, also lauded former Spain midfielder Andres Iniesta, who recently turned 36. Iniesta was part of the Barcelona dream team that won numerous domestic and European titles while he also helped Spain win the World Cup in 2010, sandwiched between two Euro crowns. “He played with such style, you couldn’t help but love him when you saw him play,” Cannavaro said. “He was a perfect professional, very humble…I loved him. Everybody might have been watching Messi but I was watching Iniesta.” (IANS) Also Read: Matter of time before India wins another Olympic gold: Abhinav Bindralast_img read more

No letting up, says Griffith

first_img… Jaguars unchanged for sixth round clashGUYANA Jaguars manager/assistant coach Rayon Griffith, says there is no room for complacency heading into tomorrow’s sixth round of Cricket West Indies (CWI) Professional Cricket League (PCL) Four-day game against the Windward Islands Volcanoes at the Guyana National Stadium, Providence.The Jaguars crushed Barbados Pride by eight wickets last Sunday.The result gave the Jaguars their fourth victory of the season and they have now extended their lead at the top of the table, moving to 86.4 points, having gained 21.6 from the match.Speaking with Chronicle Sport yesterday, Griffith indicated that the hosts will play tough cricket, with the aim to garner maximum points.“Definitely there is no room for complacency. We will come hard at them (Windward Islands Volcanoes); we will play tough cricket as usual, with the aim to get maximum points,” Griffith, the former national fast bowler pointed out.He added, “We will be looking again to exploit the home conditions to our advantage, something we have done really well in the past. Having said that, I want the guys to remain focused, since the inclement weather could be a major factor”.Meanwhile, the Jaguars have named an unchanged 13-man squad for the key sixth round clash.Guyana Jaguars squad reads: Leon Johnson (captain), Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Chandrapaul Hemraj, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Vishaul Singh, Anthony Bramble, Keemo Paul, Akshaya Persaud, Sherfane Rutherford, Romario Shepherd, Veerasammy Permaul, Gudakesh Motie and Keon Joseph.last_img read more

UW club tennis competing at high level

first_imgHumble beginnings can result in big things.In its sixth year of existence, the UW club tennis team has quickly emerged as the second largest club sport on campus with close to 95 members.“I think what makes us great is our depth, we have a lot of players that are really good, and then we have a couple that are excellent. But the really good part of our line up is larger than a lot of schools,” coach Kevin Johnson said.The team was formed in 2005, consisting of 10 individuals hoping to spread their passion for tennis and to create a competitive atmosphere for tennis on campus, outside of varsity tennis.“This was a great alternative for me, because I have more time to do other activities outside of school and still be able to enjoy tennis and play,” said former varsity Junior Michael Koval.Early on the team experienced great success, being ranked No. 1 in the country in 2008. In 2009 they were ranked No. 2 in the country, and fell last year to No. 9 in the rankings after a loss at Nationals to Duke. The Badgers were the Midwest Champions in 2007, 2008 and 2009. After losing their spot last year, they hope to regain their title as 2011 Midwest Champions this February. The Midwest Sectionals are held every year at the Nielson Tennis Stadium in Madison.Excellent DepthOne of the benefits the team has here at Wisconsin is the large pool of students to draw from.“We are really lucky because we are at such a big school. We get over 100 kids to try out every year,” said team president Lauren Smyczek.From the tryouts, the team is broken down into a traveling team and a recreational team. Club tennis holds practices two nights a week, and its members participate in dual matches, which can be official (report scores to the United State Tennis Association) or unofficial. The USTA is the national program that facilitates club tennis through its Tennis On Campus program.“The program is designed to provide college students with opportunities for team camaraderie, social networking, and rivaled competition through tennis without the rigors of a varsity program” states the website.Badger ClassicThis past weekend the UW Club Tennis team hosted its sixth Annual Badger Classic Tournament and it’s always an event the players are excited about.“The Badger Classic Tournament is one of the biggest [tournaments] outside of the Midwest Sectionals and Nationals; we get more legit teams every year,” senior Carolyn Sandvick said. Play is based on the World Team Tennis format, which consists of men and women’s doubles and singles matches followed by mixed doubles matches.“Mixed doubles are a lot of fun, a lot of pressure because every match comes down to the mixed doubles. But it’s also really interesting because every team has a chance, it doesn’t end. You can always come back and keep winning games to bring your team back. It’s exciting bringing the guys and the girls together to play as a team. It’s fun how in the end it all comes together,” said senior Dmitry Ragozin.On the first day of play, teams are divided into eight pools (four teams per pool) and based on those results are further placed into a Gold, Silver, Bronze or Copper Bracket for Championship play.“Last year at the Badger Classic, we lost in the finals to Duke, so we are back here for revenge, trying to gain that championship back,” Smyczek said.Although the Badgers won their pool on Friday, they feel short of their goal, losing in the first round of bracket play on Saturday.Great OpportunitiesAbove all, the club tennis team gives students at UW a chance to continue their competitive tennis careers.“The one thing to know about club tennis would be that it’s a great opportunity for college students to continue tennis at a competitive level. A lot of people don’t think it is as competitive as it is, but it’s actually a really good alternative to playing tennis in college without being fully committed to a varsity program. It’s really easy to balance school work with club tennis,” said junior Matt Ship.Even beyond the tennis aspect of it, club sports provide a great social network and endless possibilities for students.“I just heard such good things about the friendships, so it’s great just to meet new people, and share something in common,” said graduate student Molly Casperson.last_img read more