The IPL has become cricket’s primary annual competition in April and May but India this week extended the world’s biggest lockdown to May 3. That has dashed hopes by the Board of Control for Cricket in India of a shortened IPL in May possibly without spectators.The BCCI bowed to the inevitable to suspend the Twenty20 competition until further notice.BCCI honorary secretary Jay Shah says “the health and safety of the nation and everyone involved in our great sport remains our top priority and … the IPL 2020 season will only commence when it is safe and appropriate to do so.”The eight-week IPL was to begin on March 29 but was then pushed back to April 15.___ April 16, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Indian Premier League has been suspended indefinitely because of the coronavirus pandemic. French soccer club Paris Saint-Germain is helping to provide meals for medical staff combating the coronavirus outbreak.Up to 1,200 meals per day are being prepared in the kitchens of the Parc des Princes in western Paris. They are then delivered by volunteers from the Street Food en Mouvement (Street Food on the Move) association.Volunteers from the association have used the stadium kitchens since April 9. Four trucks have been used to take more than 5,000 meals to seven hospitals.Every day a team of 12 delivers a full meal outside hospitals from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. and 6 p.m.-10 p.m.PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi says the hospital workers are “true heroes” who should continue to be applauded. Associated Press The Latest: IPL cricket tournament suspended indefinitely Nice coach Patrick Vieira has been thanked by the city’s mayor for donating 250 iPads to elderly people in four public care homes.The 43-year-old Vieira is a former player who won the 1998 World Cup with France.Mayor Christian Estrosi says “together we’re always stronger and I thank Patrick Vieira and Nice for their generosity.”Estrosi says the tablets are essential in helping people maintain contact with their families “and limit the isolation of our elders during the confinement period.”___ ___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
Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki also pulled out in Italy.Wozniacki, 28, withdrew from her first-round match against American Danielle Collins because of a leg injury, having lost the first set 7-6 (7-5).It is the second straight tournament at which the Dane has been forced to retire early on.She trailed 3-0 against Alize Cornet in the opening round of the Madrid Open earlier this month before pulling out with a back injury.American Collins, 25, will now play two-time Grand Slam winner Garbine Muguruza of Spain in the second round of the Italian Open today following Wozniacki’s withdrawal.“Obviously, I feel for Caroline, what she’s going through with her injuries,” said Collins.“It’s never fun to go out there and play against somebody that’s hurt, and dealing with that kind of pain. I was happy with the way I played, but it’s just not a fun situation.”Williams has also struggled with injury – pulling out of the Miami Open at the third-round stage in March, after a viral illness prevented her from competing in Indian Wells.The French Open tournament kicks off on 26 May and Williams is chasing her fourth title, while Wozniacki, a former Australian Open champion, has never gone beyond the quarter-final stage.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Twenty-three time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams plans to compete at the French Open despite withdrawing from the Italian Open with a knee injury.The American, 37, was set to play sister Venus Williams in the second round but said she would be “concentrating on rehab” now.“I look forward to seeing you all at the French Open and next year in Rome,” she added. Serena roars on the way to qualifying for Friday’s semi finals on Tuesday night
RAY PFEIFFER/Herald photoWisconsin (8-1, 5-1 Big Ten) received a scare of its own Halloween weekend, needing a defensive stand on Illinois’ (2-7, 1-4 Big Ten) last drive to fend off the Illini for a 30-24 victory.The No. 17 Badgers started the game out flat, trailing at halftime for the first time all season and playing catch-up for the first three quarters.”We expected to play a lot better, especially coming out of the gate,” cornerback Jack Ikegwuonu said. “We knew we were a better team but we didn’t play that way in the first half.”Illinois jumped out to the lead off a 41-yard interception return by freshman safety Travon Bellamy toward the end of the first quarter and kept pouring it on, leading by as many as 18 points in the first half.Wisconsin wasn’t able to establish a sustaining drive early on and with running back P.J Hill going down with a nerve injury in the second quarter, head coach Bret Bielema looked to senior quarterback John Stocco and the passing game to turn the game around.”It was very interesting to see the game unfold and see how [Stocco] handled it,” Bielema said. “You can’t faze him no matter what happens. It’s not only the plays that he makes, but our offense entirely. We need someone to control the game.”Stocco completed 11-of-15 passes in the second half, connecting with Luke Swan for a 17-yard touchdown pass on Wisconsin’s first offensive possession in the third quarter to pull within 7 points.But it was linebacker Mark Zalewski’s interception on the previous series that Bielema felt was the spark UW needed.”‘Zew’ doesn’t have the best hands in the world, so I was just happy to see him catch it,” Bielema said. “But that converted into our first touchdown offensively.”Hill returned in the second half, but only carried the ball three times and sat out the rest of the game following another injury with seven minutes remaining in the third quarter.Hill’s backup, true freshman Lance Smith, didn’t have the best day on the ground, rushing 21 times for 46 yards, but managed to punch in a 1-yard touchdown.Illinois’ true freshman, on the other hand, caused problems for Wisconsin’s defense all day long.The Michael Vick-esque quarterback Juice Williams threw for 171 yards and touchdown and also ran for 53 yards, juking and jiving past Badger defenders.”We knew this game was going to come down to one-on-one tackling,” Bielema said. “[Williams] was able to win some of those.””He can do some things with his feet,” Zalewski added. “He can make guys miss, and he’s got some speed. He’s pretty tough.”Wisconsin was able to contain Williams in the second half, however, holding him to only 2 rushing yards after halftime.With the Badger defense stepping up and pulling Illinois’ offense to a screeching halt in the second half, Wisconsin’s offense was able to go to work, scoring 20 unanswered points.Following Swan’s 17-yard touchdown catch, Illinois had a chance to respond and keep its momentum going.With a third-and-one on its own 42-yard line, Illinois completely fooled Wisconsin’s defense as running back E.B. Halsey streaked downfield on a route every Badger assumed was a running play, after the Illini hustled to the line of scrimmage for a quick snap after breaking the huddle expeditiously.But Williams overthrew Halsey by 5 yards, forcing Illinois to punt and putting the fight out of the Illini.Wisconsin captured its first lead in the start of the fourth quarter when Stocco hit tight end Andy Crooks on a screen pass in which Crooks stormed downfield for 21 yards, fumbled at the 1-yard line and recovered his own fumble for a touchdown.Kicker Taylor Mehlhaff later hit a 33-yard field goal — his longest of three on the day — to give Wisconsin a 30-24 lead.After Mehlhaff’s kick, Illinois failed to gain a first down and after a Wisconsin three-and out, the Illini got the ball back at their own 18-yard line and 1:28 remaining on the clock.Down by only 6 points, Illinois had the opportunity to tie or win the game, but Wisconsin’s defense simply wasn’t having it.”You got to man up that drive,” linebacker Jonathan Casillas said. “If they convert, they’re coming back and got a shot now, but if we get them off the field, the game’s over.”While the game wasn’t the most convincing victory for Wisconsin, many team members felt as though it will help them in the long run.”I’m happy it happened now than later down the road,” defensive tackle Nick Hayden said. “We just have to learn from it.”
Former Syracuse forward James Southerland has been signed by the Charlotte Bobcats, the team announced Thursday. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.The 6-foot-8 forward, who went undrafted in the NBA Draft in June, posted career-highs in scoring, rebounding and 3-point shooting as a senior with the Orange in 2012-13, despite missing six games due to academic ineligibility.The sharpshooter showed off his stroke on several occasions with Syracuse. Southerland tied the Orange’s single-game program record with nine 3-pointers in a 35-point performance to lead SU to a win at Arkansas last November.In March, Southerland set the Big East tournament record with 17 3-pointers and earned all-tournament honors. He averaged 11.8 points per game and hit eight 3-pointers in the Orange’s run to the Final Four in last year’s NCAA Tournament.Throughout his four-year SU career, Southerland averaged 7.9 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOver the past few months, Southerland had played with the Philadelphia 76ers in the NBA Orlando Summer League and with the Golden State Warriors in the Las Vegas Summer League. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 5, 2013 at 8:23 pm Contact Phil: email@example.com | @PhilDAbb
In commemoration of the 99th anniversary of the Armenian genocide, USC’s Armenian Students’ Association and the Shoah Foundation hosted the Armenian Genocide Awareness Talk at Tommy Trojan on Thursday.Remembrance · Stephen Smith, the executive director of the Shoah Foundation, served as one of the guest speakers at the Armenian Genocide Awareness Talk, which was held Thursday at Tommy Trojan. – Austin Vogel | Daily TrojanAccording to the Armenian National Institute, the genocide officially began on April 24, 1915, when over 200 Armenian community leaders were apprehended and later executed in Turkey during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. Over the next eight years, approximately one and a half million Armenians were killed. The political party in power in Turkey during this time, commonly referred to as the Young Turks, carried out the killings.The event included two guest speakers — Executive Director of the Shoah Foundation Stephen Smith and criminal defense attorney RJ Manuelian — and music including the bands VIZA, Armenian Public Radio and R-Mean, as well as art installations and food displays. The gathering served as a moment to remember those who were killed in the genocide and reflect on the genocide as a whole.Smith spoke about the world’s reluctance to acknowledge the Armenian genocide.“The world has been in denial,” Smith said. “We owe those who have fallen recognition, not only by the U.S. but by the world.”He continued to speak directly to the students in the audience about how they must carry on the torch.“The obligation is now passed on to the diaspora of Armenians to remember the genocide,” he said. “The obligation is now passed on to all of you.”Haig Aintablian, president of the Armenian Students’ Association, spoke about his personal experience with the genocide, in which some of his family were victims.“My [great-grandmother] was personally in the Armenian Genocide,” Aintablian said. “I heard stories of it from my grandma, very very horrific stories. I didn’t realize it was something that would affect me until I joined the board of the USC ASA.”Aintablian continued to speak about how awareness of the genocide is highly limited.“Historically it’s so sad not to see it widespread and people don’t know about it,” Aintablian said. “The main thing is for USC students to know about what happened. We’re all going to be the next generation of politicians, the next generation to impact the United States. It’s important that we ourselves are knowledgeable on these important events, especially things like genocide.”Those in attendance found the event to be an important medium for increasing awareness.“This is the largest turnout I’ve ever seen,” said Silva Sevlian, a USC alumna and now full-time employee of the Shoah Foundation. “There is actually a substantial Armenian population here at USC. It’s really an important event for them and the community as a whole.”Mariam Mosinyan, a junior majoring in communication, stressed the need to be privy to the past and present.“It’s part of my heritage and my history — it’s important to be aware of what’s going on in the community and contribute in any way,” Mosinyan said. “If me being here and bringing a couple of my friends who aren’t Armenian to learn about the issue helps in any way, then that’s what I am going to do.”Manuelian, the final speaker, discussed USC’s involvement in the remembrance of the genocide as an important responsibility.“This is a place of learning, where denial cannot take place,” Manuelian said. “Today we are here to remember … Remembrance is the first act of knowledge and knowledge is the first act of ensuring that the denial does not continue.”
Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Abreu hit a solo shot an estimated 462 feet to put the White Sox ahead in the third. His career-high 112 RBIs lead the AL.Jaime Barria (4-8) allowed both home runs in 4 1/3 innings for the Angels, but hasn’t won since July 24.Related Articles “There really wasn’t a ton of improvement overnight,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “For some reason, sometimes he can come back the next day and it feels fine and other times it takes a little longer for the soreness to get out of there.”Mendick, who made his major league debut Tuesday, hit a solo shot in the fifth to give the White Sox a 3-1 lead. He started at shortstop in place of Tim Anderson, who began the day leading the AL in batting average but had a planned day off.Yolmer Sánchez had an RBI single in the sixth and Ryan Cordell added a sacrifice fly in the seventh to extend the White Sox lead.Josh Osich (2-0) threw 2 2/3 scoreless innings to pick up the victory. He combined with two other relievers to limit the Angels to one hit in 5 2/3 shutout innings. Right fielder Cordell fell into the net making a catch in the ninth.Los Angeles used six relievers. Shohei Ohtani singled to drive in the Angels’ run in the first. He is 12 for 28 with nine RBIs in seven games against the White Sox this season. He went 1 for 4 with three strikeouts after going 3 for 5 with a career-high five RBIs on Saturday.McCann’s RBI single tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the first. Opener Noé Ramirez recorded just two outs.The Angels left the bases loaded in the first and second innings. Kevan Smith struck out to end the first before Ohtani struck out and Albert Pujols hit a fly ball to conclude the second.Dylan Cease allowed a run and struck out four but walked five and threw 88 pitches in 3 1/3 innings for the White Sox, who had lost nine of 11.TRAINER’S ROOMAngels: OF Justin Upton (calf tightness) was held out of the lineup due to the rainy conditions. … INF Tommy La Stella (broken right tibia) has soreness in his leg, Ausmus said. La Stella has been taking live batting practice, fielding groundballs and throwing. The Angels have no timetable for his return. … C Max Stassi (side) sat out the series and will get evaluated when the Angels return home Monday. … SS Andrelton Simmons had a planned day off.White Sox: SS Anderson began Sunday with a .334 average, six points ahead of DJ LeMahieu of the New York Yankees in the AL batting race. … Manager Rick Renteria (shoulder surgery) is expected to return Tuesday. Bench coach Joe McEwing, who is leading the team, said Renteria will not throw batting practice because his arm is in a sling.UP NEXTAngels: LHP Patrick Sandoval (0-2, 4.91 ERA) is scheduled to start Monday against visiting Cleveland and RHP Shane Bieber (13-7, 3.24). Sandoval has a 2.89 ERA at home. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ relief pitcher Jaime Barria (51) reacts after Chicago White Sox’s Danny Mendick hits a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher (6) scores past Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann, left, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox starting pitcher Dylan Cease (84) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsChicago White Sox’s James McCann (33) reacts after hitting an RBI-single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Noe Ramirez (24) delivers against the Chicago White Sox during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s James McCann hits an RBI-single during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Danny Mendick celebrates in the dugout after scoring during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Jaime Barria (51) delivers during the first inning of a baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Jose Abreu (79) heads to home plate after his home run during the third inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Danny Mendick (20) hits a home run off Los Angeles Angels’ Jaime Barria (51) during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Chicago White Sox’s Danny Mendick (20) is congratulated by third base coach Nick Capra, left, after hitting a home run off Los Angeles Angels’ Jaime Barria during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels catcher Kevan Smith (44) catches a foul ball hit by Chicago White Sox’s James McCann (33) during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ relief pitcher Jaime Barria (51) reacts after Chicago White Sox’s Danny Mendick hits a home run during the fifth inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher (6) scores past Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann, left, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)NextShow Caption1 of 12Los Angeles Angels’ David Fletcher (6) scores past Chicago White Sox catcher James McCann, left, during the first inning of a baseball game Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)ExpandCHICAGO — Danny Mendick hit his first career home run, José Abreu got his 31st of the season, and the Chicago White Sox beat the Angels 5-1 on Sunday.Mendick, Matt Skole and James McCann had two hits apiece for the White Sox, who avoided a three-game sweep.Michael Hermosillo had two hits in the ninth spot for the Angels, who finished with five hits without the injured Mike Trout and have lost 17 of their last 22 road games.Trout (right toe soreness) was scratched from the lineup. He was available to pinch hit. Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield
UPDATE: The PGA Tour on Thursday announced the cancellation of the Players Championship and all tournaments through the Valspar Championship due to coronavirus concerns.Rory McIlroy is on top of the world as the 2020 golf season swings into high gear this weekend with the Players Championship. McIlroy, the defending 2019 champion at TPC Sawgrass, looks to become the first repeat winner in the history of the PGA Tour’s so-called “fifth major.” He’s yet to win in 2020, but the Northern Irishman is still planted firmly at No. 1 in the World Golf Ranking having finished top five in four consecutive tournaments to start the year.McIlroy is the biggest name in the Players field, which doesn’t include an injured Tiger Woods. But life at the top could become crowded quickly with 47 of the world’s top 50 golfers in competition in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. McIlroy tees off with Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka at 1:51 p.m. ET Thursday.Follow live scores from each round of the 2020 Players Championship with our leaderboard, along with updated tee times and TV information.Players Championship leaderboard 2020LeaderboardThe Players Championship11 – 12 March 2020Pos.Player NameNationalityScoreRound 1Total1Hideki MatsuyamaJapan-963632Si Woo KimSouth Korea-765652Christiaan BezuidenhoutSouth Africa-765652Harris EnglishUSA-765655Marc LeishmanAustralia-567675Patrick CantlayUSA-567677Keith MitchellUSA-468687Daniel BergerUSA-468687Graeme McDowellNorthern Ireland-468687Nate LashleyUSA-468687Jason DufnerUSA-468687Scottie SchefflerUSA-468687Collin MorikawaUSA-468687Rory SabbatiniSouth Africa-468687Viktor HovlandNorway-468687Corey ConnersCanada-468687Michael ThompsonUSA-468687Jim HermanUSA-468687Webb SimpsonUSA-468687Rafa Cabrera BelloSpain-468687Cameron ChampUSA-4686822Matthew WolffUSA-3696922Jason KokrakUSA-3696922Martin LairdScotland-3696922Pat PerezUSA-3696922Jon RahmSpain-3696922Sepp StrakaAustria-3696922Adam HadwinCanada-3696922Tyrrell HattonEngland-3696922Victor PerezFrance-3696922Brendon ToddUSA-3696922Jimmy WalkerUSA-3696922Kiradech AphibarnratThailand-3696922Danny WillettEngland-3696922Sungjae ImSouth Korea-3696922Adam LongUSA-3696937Tyler DuncanUSA-2707037Tom HogeUSA-2707037Charley HoffmanUSA-2707037J.J. 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PostonUSA-1717163Bronson BurgoonUSA-167-83Harold Varner IIIUSAPar727283Scott BrownUSAPar727283Brice GarnettUSAPar727283Patrick RodgersUSAPar727283Mackenzie HughesCanadaPar727283Chesson HadleyUSAPar727283Scott PiercyUSAPar727283Rory McIlroyNorthern IrelandPar727283Troy MerrittUSAPar727283Brendan SteeleUSAPar727283Danny LeeNew ZealandPar727283Erik Van RooyenSouth AfricaPar727283Aaron WiseUSAPar727283Andrew PutnamUSAPar727283Matthew FitzpatrickEnglandPar68-98Ryan PalmerUSA+1737398Patrick ReedUSA+1737398Russell KnoxScotland+1737398Sung-hoon KangSouth Korea+1737398Sam RyderUSA+1737398Ryan ArmourUSA+1737398Cameron SmithAustralia+1737398Joaquin NiemannChile+1737398Shane LowryRepublic of Ireland+1737398Sam BurnsUSA+1737398Kevin NaUSA+1737398Russell HenleyUSA+1737398Nick TaylorCanada+1737398Wyndham ClarkUSA+1737398Mark HubbardUSA+169-113Brian GayUSA+27474113Bernd WiesbergerAustria+27474113Talor GoochUSA+27474113Gary WoodlandUSA+27474113Kevin TwayUSA+27474113Abraham AncerMexico+27474113Henrik StensonSweden+27474113J.B. HolmesUSA+27474113Paul CaseyEngland+27474113Chris StroudUSA+27474113Brandt SnedekerUSA+27474113Kevin StreelmanUSA+270-125Carlos OrtizMexico+37575125Tony FinauUSA+37575125Justin RoseEngland+37575125Emiliano GrilloArgentina+37575125Matt WallaceEngland+37575125Cameron TringaleUSA+37575125Phil MickelsonUSA+37575125Jordan SpiethUSA+37575125Roger SloanCanada+37575134Scott StallingsUSA+47676134Francesco MolinariItaly+47676134Jason DayAustralia+47676134Rickie FowlerUSA+47676134Jazz JanewattananondThailand+47676139Matt EveryUSA+57777140Tommy FleetwoodEngland+67878140Keegan BradleyUSA+67878142Nick WatneyUSA+77979142Patton KizzireUSA+77979WDLouis OosthuizenSouth Africa+28100100Click here or refresh if you don’t see scores and results above. How to watch the Players ChampionshipTV channels: NBC, Golf ChannelLive stream: PGA Tour LiveNBC and the Golf Channel will broadcast live coverage of the Players Championship in 2020. The tournament airs exclusively on Golf Channel for the first two days, before shifting to NBC for the final rounds on Saturday and Sunday. You can stream the Players on PGA Tour Live, which offers early coverage starting at 7:30 a.m. ET daily.DateTimeTV channelThursday, March 121-7 p.m. ETGolf ChannelFriday, March 131-7 p.m. ETGolf ChannelSaturday, March 142-7 p.m. ETNBCSunday, March 151-6 p.m. ETNBCPlayers Championship tee timesThursday’s featured group includes the three top players in the World Golf Ranking: Rory McIlroy, Jon Rahm and Brooks Koepka. They tee off at 1:51 p.m. ET.Here is the complete list of Players Championship tee times for Round 1.Round 1: Thursday, March 12FIRST TEETee time (ET)Group7:40 a.m.Brian Harman, Rory Sabbatini, Sepp Straka7:51 a.m.Scott Brown, Lucas Glover, Cameron Tringale8:02 a.m.Aaron Baddeley, Scott Stallings, Michael Thompson8:13 a.m.J.B. Holmes, Brice Garnett, Ryan Armour8:24 a.m.Bubba Watson, Jason Dufner, Jimmy Walker8:35 a.m.Chez Reavie, Graeme McDowell, Daniel Berger8:46 a.m.Jim Herman, Sung Kang, Louis Oosthuizen8:57 a.m.Cameron Champ, Nate Lashley, Kevin Tway9:08 a.m.Dylan Frittelli, Scott Piercy, Pat Perez9:19 a.m.Corey Conners, Charles Howell III, Russell Knox9:30 a.m.Ryan Moore, Danny Lee, Abraham Ancer9:41 a.m.Adam Hadwin, Kyoung-Hoon Lee, Christiaan Bezuidenhout12:45 p.m.Luke List, Carlos Ortiz, Kiradech Aphibarnrat12:56 p.m.Patrick Rodgers, Sam Burns, Bernd Wiesberger1:07 p.m.Peter Malnati, Bud Cauley, Victor Perez1:18 p.m.Viktor Hovland, Collin Morikawa, Matthew Wolff1:29 p.m.Matt Kuchar, Henrik Stenson, Sergio Garcia1:40 p.m.Adam Scott, Justin Rose, Xander Schauffele1:51 p.m.Rory McIlroy, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm2:02 p.m.Brandt Snedeker, Jim Furyk, Tommy Fleetwood2:13 p.m.Andrew Putnam, Tony Finau, Zach Johnson2:24 p.m.Kevin Na, Jason Day, Patton Kizzire2:35 p.m.Emiliano Grillo, Matthew Fitzpatrick, Roger Sloan2:46 p.m.Kevin Streelman, Bronson Burgoon, Mark Hubbard10TH TEETee time (ET)Group7:40 a.m.Russell Henley, J.J. 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Zurich, Switzerland | AFP | FIFA president Gianni Infantino built momentum towards expanding the World Cup Friday as some powerbrokers appeared to back the move, while sceptics will have to be convinced before a final call in January.Growing the cash cow tournament from 32 to as many as 48 teams topped the agenda at this week’s FIFA Council meeting.The powerful 36-member panel weighed proposals for a 40-team competition with eight groups of five teams, or 10 groups of four.A 48-team format, favoured by Infantino, would see the 16 group winners of a qualifying round automatically book a place in the tournament, while an additional 32 teams would compete in a new pre-tournament play-off.From the play-off, 16 nations would then move on to the World Cup itself.FIFA said the council would make a final decision at a meeting on January 9 and 10 .But there were signs Infantino was winning the necessary support.“The trend (in the council) is towards a larger format,” Belgian council member Michel D’Hooghe said, adding that the allocation of entries among the confederations remained a source of debate.A council member, who requested anonymity, said the newly crowned head of European football, Aleksander Ceferin, was in favour of a larger tournament.Critics have voiced concern that a bigger competition would dilute the quality of World Cup play and add new fixtures to football’s already packed calendar.According to the source, some council members were uneasy about the 48-team format but said Infantino “strongly pushed” for it.Infantino was elected to succeed the disgraced Sepp Blatter as FIFA’s chief in February, with a pledge to grow football globally even as the sport’s governing body reeled from an unprecedented set of corruption scandals.On Friday the 46-year-old Swiss-Italian national insisted that any decision to expand the World Cup would be made solely with a view to grow the game.“The decision on expansion is not a financial or political decision. It has to be a sporting decision. We’ll have to decide what is best for football,” he said. Share on: WhatsApp The council on Thursday backed plans to allow countries to co-host the World Cup to ease the immense financial burden of organising the tournament.Bidding for the 2026 World Cup is due to open in the summer of 2017, but a rotational policy will preclude the previous two host confederations — Europe in 2018 and Asia in 2022 — from staging the tournament.Israel/Palestine tensions The Palestine Football Association had hoped FIFA brass would get tough on Israel this week over six clubs based in settlements in the occupied West Bank.Palestinian leaders called on FIFA to either expel the clubs in settlements, which are illegal under international law, or relocate them within Israel’s recognised borders.But the council put off making a decision on the thorny issue, as the head of FIFA’s monitoring mission for the dispute, South Africa’s Tokyo Sexwale, said he was unable to finalise his full report.Infantino told journalists he would travel to the region, “when it will be meaningful to go, when there is something that is moving in the right way.”Sexwale is due to deliver his report in November at a meeting expected to include both Israeli and Palestinian representatives.Infantino urged both sides “to come with an open mind, and a constructive attitude.”“We are not a political organisation. We are not here to find political solutions. We are hear to talk football,” he said.Israel’s ever-tense ties with the Muslim world also forced FIFA to reassign its next congress, after Kuala Lumpur withdrew as host because Malaysia’s government said it would not grant visas to Israeli officials.The council picked Bahrain’s capital Manama to host the upcoming congress, scheduled for May 11.
President Trump likens the House impeachment inquiry to a “lynching.” He tweeted the controversial reference this morning and said Democrats are denying him due process, fairness or any legal rights. Trump added — “All Republicans must remember what they are witnessing here…But we will WIN!” The African American lawmaker asked — “Do you know how many people who look like me have been lynched, since the inception of this country, by people who look like you?” Rush demanded that Trump delete his tweet. Illinois Democrat Bobby Rush fired back on Twitter, saying — “You think this impeachment is a LYNCHING? What the hell is wrong with you?”
A woman who dramatically chugged her coffee during Tuesday’s impeachment hearing is now the latest internet sensation.Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman was testifying before Congress, but all eyes were on Emma Dumain, who was sitting behind him.Dumain tilted her head back to take a big gulp of her beverage before seeming to remember she was on camera.She says she grabbed oatmeal and large coffee on her way to the hearing, where the world saw her chug every last drop.Dumain works as a congressional reporter for the news agency McClatchy.