The Latest: Army football schedule includes Navy, Air Force

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Army has finalized its football schedule and the Black Knights will play 11 games, eight at home. Navy and Air Force remain on the schedule. Athletics director Kevin White says it is “imperative to be both adaptable and compliant in anticipation of hosting fans in the near future.”___The Norwegian government says it will make an exception from its travel ban to accommodate a Nations League soccer game against Austria on Sept. 4 in Oslo.Culture and sports minister Abid Q. Raja says “we make this exception to ensure that both teams can field a full crew.”Raja adds “this is not a general exception … this is an exception for this match.” ___Duke will open its season for football and other fall sports with no fans at home games because of the coronavirus pandemic.Duke says traditional parking lots used by fans on gameday will be closed. The school will contact football fans who have purchased season or single-game tickets or have seating and suite contracts in Blue Devil Tower regarding potential options.The school will allow fans to purchase a fan cutout of a person or pet to be placed in seats for football games. The school will offer varied packages and stadium locations along with weekly prize drawings and the ability to have football coach David Cutcliffe autograph the cutout.The school says sales proceeds will go to Duke Athletics for student-athlete support. Bundesliga team Schalke has reported a positive case of the coronavirus in an unidentified member of staff at its training camp in Austria.“The affected person is currently self-isolating after the test result. Contact tracing is already underway,” the club says on its website. Schalke was due to play Würzburger Kickers in a friendly game later Monday but that has been called off as the club conducts further tests. Team doctor Patrick Ingelfinger is liaising with local authorities on what the club should do next. “We will do everything we are told to do by the authorities. The health and safety of everyone involved is the most important thing,” sports director Jochen Schneider said. Attendance for the first two games in West Point, New York, is expected to be limited to the Corps of Cadets and exclude the general public.Decisions on fan attendance for the remaining home games at Michie Stadium will be decided later.The Black Knights will open the season Sept. 5 at home against Middle Tennessee State. The rest of the home slate includes Louisiana-Monroe, BYU, Abilene Christian, The Citadel, Mercer, Air Force and Georgia Southern.Road games are at UTSA, Tulane and Philadelphia for the 121st Army-Navy matchup.___ The Latest: Army football schedule includes Navy, Air Force Associated Press August 24, 2020 Norway captain Omar Elabdellaoui and striker Alexander Soerloth both play in Turkey.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more

Abuja Agog for Archery Workshop

first_imgAbuja bubbles as a total of 83 archers drawn from across the country storm the capital city for the first phase of the Nigerian Archery Federation Game Clinic, Coaching and Officiating Workshop holding from 17 to 24 March, 2019 at the Multi-purpose Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium, Abuja.President of the Nigeria Archery Federation, Mohammed Abdullah, said said yesterday that the participants are drawn from the Defence Headquarters, Abuja comprising, Army, Navy, AirForce, Road Safety and the Nigeria Immigration services. Others are from Imo, Kogi, Niger and Oyo State. Tukura Archery Academy and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) complete the list of archers for the event.Abdullahi who is excited over the encouraging number of participants registered so far for the Workshop, further hinted that the Nigerian Immigration Services has the highest number of participants which is 20 while the Defence Headquarters has 15 leaving Road Safety and the FCT with 10 participants each. Niger State has 5; Imo 4, Kogi 3 and Oyo 3. Tukura Academy has 5 participants while 8 unattached individual participants have since been registered.Meanwhile, Archery President Abdullah while lauding the project, gave the names of Mr. Olatunji O Boluji, Dr. Tukura, Mr Lucky Izukor and Mr. Kunle Akintimehin as the four resource persons for the week-long Workshop which is aimed at repositioning archery sport in Nigeria. The participants will depart on 24 March 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram National Stadium, Abujalast_img read more

Summer League MVP Lonzo Ball prepares to return to Las Vegas

first_imgEL SEGUNDO — Lonzo Ball’s debut as a Laker was entirely forgettable. The prized rookie arrived at the Las Vegas Summer League with massive expectations and promptly clanked 13 shots, including 10 3-point attempts. Ball’s father, LaVar, called it his “worst game ever.”What came next was the most important lesson Ball learned in Las Vegas, where the Lakers will play a preseason game against Sacramento on Sunday.“Once you play a game forget about it and move on,” Ball said. “In college you get a week. You can sit up, sit back and watch film and stuff. But the NBA it’s a quick turnaround.”Ball obviously recovered just fine. He averaged 16.3 points over the six games he played, leading the field in assists (9.3 per game), and was crowned Summer League MVP en route to a Lakers tournament championship. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers“I just went out there and played the game I know how to play,” Ball said. “Started slow, finished strong. That’s all there was to it.”The No. 2 overall pick in June’s draft, Ball was a limited participant in Lakers practice on Friday. He is still recovering from the sprained left ankle he suffered in Monday’s loss to Denver. The mild injury kept him out of an exhibition game Wednesday in Ontario, and could prevent him for playing Sunday.“I’ll make the trip,” Ball said, “but whether I’ll play or not it’s too tough to tell.”On Friday, Ball “went over some plays” but was held out of the five-on-five portions of the practice.“Just being out there with my team,” Ball said. “Showing them I’m still here for them. Regardless of whether I play Sunday or not, I’m going to be here.” Coach Luke Walton said Ball would have played Wednesday had the regular season already begun, but given that it’s still the exhibition season there is no reason to rush him back.“We would love to have him out there obviously,” Walton said. “But … if he is not ready to go then he won’t play.”For Walton, watching Ball at summer league proved “he is capable of doing it at this level.”It didn’t matter that the rosters were populated mostly by rookies and a lot of players who will never make it to the NBA.“He makes the gym exciting to be in,” Walton said. “I was just observing out there and kind of evaluating. When he is playing basketball it is fun to sit there and watch. That is what he is going to bring to our team.”In two preseason games before spraining his ankle, Ball averaged 6.5 points, 6 assists and 4.5 rebounds.Forward Brandon Ingram, who missed Wednesday’s game with a bruised head, was a full participant on Friday and is listed as probable for Sunday.NUMBERS AS NEWSIt was only a few years ago that the Lakers were viewed as well behind the curve in the analytics movement. That has certainly changed, and on Friday the team announced a new director of basketball analytics.A Harvard graduate, Jason Rosenfeld previously had the same title working in the league office, where he developed new statistics – like hustle plays – to better evaluate players.In May, Rosenfeld’s predecessor, Yuju Lee, resigned from the position rather than accept a demotion, according to an ESPN report.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

‘Lukaku is a BIG signing for Mourinho’ – Ex-Man United assistant on talkSPORT

first_imgRomelu Lukaku is a signing who will improve his all-round game and suit Manchester United’s style under Jose Mourinho, according to Rene Meulensteen.The 24-year-old is close to an Old Trafford switch after the two clubs agreed a fee for his transfer.The Everton forward is expected to cost around £75million, and will be the Europa League and EFL Cup winners’ first-choice striker after the departure of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.He will get the chance to link up with close friend, and the world’s most expensive footballer, Paul Pogba, as well as creative players such as Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Juan Mata.He scored 26 goals and assisted seven more in all competitions last season, despite aspects of his game being heavily criticised, and Meulensteen thinks he can only get better.“I can see where Mourinho is coming from with this signing,” the former Man United assistant told Saturday Scoreboard on talkSPORT.“Of course [he can improve], he is going to play in a team with better players around him.“[His weaknesses are] not making that difference and a big impact in really, really big games and the second thing is certain moments where decision making is key – that is what makes the difference in very important games.“It means you need to be able to play a big part in the link-up play, getting in behind and getting past people, if he works on it every day he can improve.“The good thing is he is only 24, he already has four or five years of experience in the Premier League. These are all positive things and if you play and train every day with top players around you, it will improve you anyway.“I do think [he fits into Man United’s system of last season], it was very clear and evident for me that Mourinho likes to have a strong target man up front.“If you go back to the Manchester United era under Sir Alex Ferguson, he had different sorts of strikers leading the line, a different type of play, and Mourinho has his own style.“It is not exactly what Sir Alex was aiming for, but the main aim is to be successful and he was that last year with winning the Europa League and the League Cup and he obviously wants to improve on that.”Lukaku brings similarities to last year’s top scorer in Ibrahimovic, while offering the ability to stretch defences and run the channels in the Portuguese manager’s preferred 4-2-3-1 formation.It has been well documented his first touch is something he has to work on, but Meulensteen is in no doubt when it comes to his finishing ability in front of goal: “Absolutely.“The good thing about it is he has got a variety, he can score goals outside of the box, with his head, left foot, right foot and they are really good attributes that he’s got.“Obviously they bought [Victor] Lindelof and there were rumours of going back for Michael Keane [before he joined Everton], but Lukaku is a straight forward signing and a big signing for Mourinho.”last_img read more