Even though his side could potentially reach the Champions League quarterfinals, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas wants the French league to take priority.Matches in both competitions are currently suspended because of the coronavirus outbreak.“If we want to save the (French) league we must absolutely finish before June 30,” Aulas told RTL radio. “You have to make choices, be brave. Drop the Champions League, the (domestic) cup finals and international matches. Concentrate only on the (French) league.”Aulas added: “I want the league to finish. Even in empty stadiums.”Lyon leads Italian champion Juventus 1-0 from the first leg of their last-16 match in the Champions League on Feb. 26. The return leg in Turin has not been played because of the outbreak. The Latest: Gulfstream Park drops Florida Derby day purses Therefore its impact is greater on those on the highest salaries, in terms of lost revenue. A player earning 300,000 euros net per month will only get 252,000 euros from the club plus 5,400 euros from the state for a monthly loss of around 42,600 euros per month. If the suspension lasts a year, this would add up to about half a million euros per year.___The U.S. track federation added its name to a growing chorus of calls to postpone the Tokyo Games because of the coronavirus. In a letter to the CEO of the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, USA Track and Field CEO Max Siegel urged the federation to advocate for the postponement of the Games, which are to start July 24. Hamilton said that “I did speak to my doctor and double checked if I needed to take a test but, the truth is there is a limited amount of tests available and there are people who need it more than I do.”___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 also said that it continues to “trust in the International Olympic Committee.” Brazil organized the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro, the first in South America.___Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton says he has been self-isolating for more than a week after meeting people who later tested positive for the new coronavirus.Hamilton was at a charity event in London on March 4 also attended by actor Idris Elba and Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, the wife of the Canadian prime minister. Both were later found to have the virus.In a message on social media, Hamilton says he’s shown “zero symptoms” but has been isolating himself from other people ever since March 13, when the Australian Grand Prix was called off. Associated Press The decision to cancel the tournament didn’t come as a surprise after IIHF President René Fasel acknowledged the likelihood of that happening following an IIHF executive committee conference call Tuesday.Fasel cited numerous challenges facing officials, ranging from health directives in place limiting attendance to travel bans making it difficult for nations to send their teams. Another issue was players lacking practice time, with most of world’s hockey leagues having either indefinitely suspended or canceled their seasons.On Monday, the NHL announced it will wait 45 days before it can provide guidance on when teams can potential reopen practice.“It’s really scary,” said Fasel, who lives in Switzerland. “Europe is just collapsed. It’s really a strange feeling. Our neighbors yesterday, the federal counsel decided to close all the restaurants and everything. It’s like war.”___ USATF joins USA Swimming, which sent a similar letter to the USOPC on Thursday. The USOPC leadership has been in agreement with the IOC, that it’s too soon to make any decisions regarding postponing the games.___Brazil’s Olympic Committee has called for the Tokyo Olympic Games to be postponed until 2021. The Brazilian body said in a statement published on Saturday that the decision is a necessity due to the seriousness of the pandemic and “the consequent difficulty for athletes to keep their best competitive level.” ___The president of Mexico’s Liga MX soccer league has tested positive for coronavirus. League President Enrique Bonilla said in a statement Friday that he doesn’t have serious symptoms but will remain in isolation and keep up with the situation of Mexican first-division soccer. League matches were suspended this week until further notice to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Mexico has yet to declare legal bans on public gatherings but has encouraged citizens to maintain a healthy distance in crowded places.___ The owners of the Boston Bruins say they have established a $1.5 million fund for employees of the team and TD Garden who have lost work because of the suspension of the NHL season.The Bruins were the last team in the league to commit to taking care of part-time and game-day employees.According to a statement from the team, the Jacobs family would help workers “who will be financially burdened if the six remaining regular season Bruins games are not played.”The NHL suspended its season on March 12 in response to the coronavirus pandemic.___ ___Marseille President Frank McCourt wrote to reassure the French soccer club’s employees after they were put on temporary, technical layoffs.“I am taking a few minutes to make sure you and your families are well,” McCourt said. “We are going through this difficult time together and we’re seeing governments getting better and better organized.”Marseille and other top-tier clubs have started putting players on temporary, technical layoffs, which translates to a cut in pay of 16 percent with the state picking up a portion of that to a monthly maximum of 5,400 euros ($5,810). A player earning 40,000 euros ($43,000) net per month would receive 39,000 (about $42,000). Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effect of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Gulfstream Park has dropped purses for its seven stakes races on Florida Derby day by 20.5%, saying the changes were necessitated by the loss of on-track handle and revenue from the track’s casino. A member of the Canadian Football League’s B.C. Lions operations department has tested positive for COVID-19. The Lions issued a statement Friday night announcing they were made aware of an employee who has the coronavirus. The person, who has not been named, is currently at home in isolation. The team says the employee was last at club headquarters on March 13. The team remains in constant communication with doctors to determine the best course of action for ensuring the safety of other employees who have been in contact with the infected person.___The IIHF Council has confirmed that the 2020 Ice Hockey World Championship scheduled to take place in Zurich and Lausanne has been cancelled because of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak. March 21, 2020 The biggest hit went to the Florida Derby itself, which was to have a $1 million purse and now will be run next Saturday for $750,000. Purses for the Gulfstream Park Oaks and the Kitten’s Joy were trimmed by $50,000 apiece, now set to be run for $200,000.A pair of smaller stakes — the Cutler Bay and the Sanibel Island — will be run for $100,000 each, down from the originally planned purse of $125,000. The Orchid and the Sand Springs were unchanged, both offering $100,000 purses.In all, Gulfstream’s stakes purses that day will be $1.55 million, down from $1.95 million as originally planned.Gulfstream was dark Friday while updating its safety protocols in response to the coronavirus pandemic. The track in Hallandale Beach, Florida resumed live racing on Saturday even while several top jockeys were choosing not to race because of health concerns.Gulfstream has closed live racing to all fans since March 13. It closed its casino on March 16.
Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Published on October 5, 2018 at 11:12 pm Contact Adam: firstname.lastname@example.org | @_adamhillman UPDATED: Oct. 8, 2018 at 6:47 p.m.SOLVAY — As the halftime buzzer sounded, Skaneateles trotted towards the end zone closest to the scoreboard. The Lakers stared at a margin that was unexpected. Skaneateles, the reigning Class C state champions, entered undefeated and yet, it only led Solvay, a team with a losing record, by seven points.“We just kind of looked at each other like, ‘What are we doing?” senior running back Areh Boni said.“The first half, we really beat ourselves,” added senior quarterback Pat Hackler.On its seven first half drives, the Lakers, who averaged over 46 points per game before facing Solvay, scored only two touchdowns. At halftime, Joe Sindoni, Skaneateles head coach, sat his team down and blamed himself for the offensive inefficiencies, he said.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOn the first drive of the second half, Skaneateles (6-0) altered its game plan. It turned from an offense that depended on Hackler to torch the opposing defensive backs to a more balanced attack. The Lakers ran 21 pass plays to only six rushes in the first half, tallying only seven yards on the ground. After the half, the Lakers used 115 rushing yards to notch five second-half touchdowns, cruising to a 49-14 win at Solvay (2-4).“I felt like I called a not very good first half,” Sindoni said. “I got a little pass happy and kind of needed to bring it back into balance in the second half. Once we made a couple of those adjustments, I think we were alright.”Late in the second quarter, Sindoni was visibly distraught. On a three-yard quarterback draw, Hackler’s helmet was ripped off his head and onto the Solvay turf.Sindoni stomped towards the line judge and unleashed his anger.“That’s such a bad call,” he said.On the very next play, Boni sprinted past his left tackle, breaking arm-tackles, and past the first down line for a 15 yard gain. That was the last time he would carry the ball in the first half.The frustration boiled over at half-time. Sindoni sat with his kneeling players and discussed the root of the Lakers’ inefficiencies. He criticized himself, saying that he called too many passes and didn’t provide the offense any sense of balance. Hackler agreed. This kept Skaneateles out of rhythm, as it struggled to consistently move the chains, Sindoni said.On the first play out of the break, Hackler stood in the shotgun and handed the ball to Boni. He exploded through a gaping hole and shoved away Solvay arm tackles for a 34 yard gain. Sindoni called his number again the next play. Boni once again took an inside hand-off through the middle of the offensive line. He muscled past a Bearcat linebacker’s dive and up to the 22-yard line. Two plays later, he strolled into the end-zone, his second of three scores on the day.The commitment to the run early on in the second half wore down Solvay’s defensive line. That led to a more prolific offense, Sindoni said.And with an effective run game, Skaneateles started connecting on passes that had fallen incomplete in the first half. Hackler completed two touchdowns to junior Nick Wamp, one for 35 yards down the Solvay sideline and another for 70 down the opposite end of the field.When the Lakers led by 28 points, Sindoni substituted in the reserves. Freshman James Musso entered for Hackler and senior Zack Sears replaced Wamp. Sears played soccer for Skaneateles and just switched to football for this season. According to syracuse.com, he’d yet to catch a pass this season.Late in the fourth quarter, Sears ran a fly route down the Skaneateles sideline. As he approached the end zone, he had a step on the Solvay cornerback. Musso slung the ball over the defender’s head and into his waiting arms.Once the referee signaled the touchdown, the Skaneateles sideline erupted in cheer. Teammates mobbed Sears as coaches wrapped their arms around him and screamed, “Let’s go Z!”The Lakers’ halftime stress had turned into late-game celebration.“He’s not one of the guys who starts or anything,” Boni said. “It’s just great to see the guys who don’t play get some of the glory. It’s awesome.”
MTA – Island Destinations Ultimate Achiever Award L-R Laurie Palumbo Don Beattie Sue Kang Feb 2018MTA receives double Island Destinations recognitionMobile Travel Agents has been recognised for an outstanding sales result by Island Destinations picking up both the wholesaler’s 2017 ‘Ultimate Achievement’ and ‘Ultimate Silver Star’ awards.Presented annually, the ‘Ultimate Achievement’ award’ acknowledges Island Destination’s top producing agency in 2017.The ‘Ultimate Silver Star’ award, which recognises individual achievement, was presented to MTA Member Belinda Manning for her efforts in surpassing USD100,000 in sales of the wholesaler’s product across 2017.MTA CEO, Don Beattie is pictured (centre) receiving the ‘Ultimate Achievement’ ‘award from Island Destination’s New York-based Chief Operating Officer, Laurie Palumbo (left) and Island Destinations’ Director Asia-Pacific, Sue Kang (on right).Source = Mike Parker-Brown – MTA – Mobile Travel Agents PR