Saints emails, lawsuits could be buried in church bankruptcy

first_img Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditA bankruptcy filing by New Orleans’ Roman Catholic archdiocese freezes sexual abuse lawsuits and could help bury the details of alleged coverups of predator priests and thousands of internal emails documenting a behind-the-scenes alliance with the New Orleans Saints. Attorneys for those suing the church attacked last week’s Chapter 11 filing as a veiled attempt to keep church records secret, scrap a long-awaited legal deposition by Archbishop Gregory Aymond and deny victims a public reckoning that had been years in the making.“Those victims were on the path to the truth,” attorney Soren Gisleson wrote in court papers. “The rape of children is a thief that keeps on stealing.” “They don’t want this story out,” Stocker said. “It’s so ugly that they knew what was going on. They’re trying to control their brand and image.” ____Mustian and Rezendes reported from New York.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Saints emails, lawsuits could be buried in church bankruptcy The New Orleans archdiocese is the latest of more than 20 dioceses nationwide to declare bankruptcy, an action Aymond attributed to a “resurgence of the clergy abuse crisis” and liabilities of $100 million to $500 million deepened by the coronavirus pandemic. He said the filing would allow victims to be compensated directly through a “court-supervised process.”“There is not one single event or issue that prompted this filing,” the archbishop said in a video to parishioners. Attorneys for the men suing the church have already accused the archdiocese of understating the value of its total assets at also between $100 and $500 million. They cited an insurance declaration covering $2.1 billion in damages, adding the archdiocese “makes no attempt to explain this discrepancy” in court filings. An archdiocese spokeswoman declined to comment Tuesday. Aymond had been scheduled to give a deposition later this month in the Hecker case. Lawyers for Hecker’s alleged victims say they uncovered hundreds of incriminating records in discovery and still want a judge to make them public regardless of the bankruptcy. May 5, 2020 In previous court filings, they drew a direct parallel to the successful effort by The Boston Globe nearly 20 years ago to overturn a confidentiality order protecting documents produced during lawsuits filed by victims of Geoghan.That led to the resignation of the late Cardinal Bernard F. Law, who covered up for Geoghan’s abuses with the knowledge of five auxiliary bishops, including Alfred C. Hughes, who preceded Aymond as archbishop of New Orleans.“The public, media and law enforcement have no idea of the depth of Hecker’s disgusting crimes against children or the Archdiocese’s equally disgusting suppression of those crimes,” the filing alleges.But whether any of the dozens of clergy abuse lawsuits against the archdiocese will see the light of day is an open question.John C. Manly, an attorney who has represented clergy abuse victims through more than a dozen bankruptcy filings, said “it’s highly unlikely” the men suing the archdiocese will succeed in airing internal church records. Among the most explosive legal fights now in disarray is a lawsuit alleging Aymond and his three predecessors systematically concealed the crimes of the Rev. Lawrence Hecker, an 88-year-old priest removed from active ministry in 2002 after accusations that he abused “countless children.”A recent court motion drew direct parallels between the church’s handling of Hecker and John Geoghan, a serial pedophile who molested scores of children during his 30-year career as a Massachusetts clergyman.The bankruptcy also freezes a court battle over a cache of confidential emails describing the behind-the-scenes public relations work New Orleans Saints executives did for the archdiocese in 2018 and 2019 to contain fallout from clergy abuse scandals. While the Saints say they only assisted in messaging, attorneys for the men suing the church allege Saints officials joined in the church’s “pattern and practice of concealing its crimes.” The attorneys contend that included taking an active role in helping to shape the archdiocese’s list of 57 credibly accused clergy, a roster an Associated Press analysis found was undercounted by at least 20 names.AP, which has sought the release of the emails as a matter of public interest, said in court papers last week that it remains unclear why secrecy is warranted for “two high-profile and quasi-public institutions like the Saints and the Archdiocese.” “Clearly this is a focused effort to conceal the documents,” he said.Manley said attempts to keep the lawsuits alive are longshots because bankruptcy courts generally don’t want debtors to continue with legal action that may force them to spend more money.But Mike Finnegan, an attorney with Minnesota-based Jeff Anderson & Associates, said the bankruptcy filing pushes the fight to air the church records into the bankruptcy court, where the documents could be released after a lengthy process, possibly as a condition of a bankruptcy settlement.“There are so many people involved, and this is so important for the public and survivors, that the fight will continue,” he said. “I believe those documents will see the light of day, but it will be delayed by the bankruptcy process.”New Orleans’ bankruptcy reflects a strategy the church has pursued in other jurisdictions to simply “come up with a settlement and move on,” said Kevin T. Stocker, an attorney who sued the church in Buffalo, New York, before it recently declared bankruptcy. last_img read more

The Latest: Mariners say some on staff taking 20% pay cuts

first_imgHe adds in an Instagram chat that he felt constantly weak.The 56-year-old Bergomi says he has recovered.Bergomi played for Inter Milan and is now an analyst for soccer matches on Italy’s Sky TV. He helped Italy to the 1982 World Cup title.___The qualifying tournament for the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press The league is expected to set a date for games at a meeting of clubs Wednesday.No Austrian league games have been played since early March. LASK Linz leads Salzburg by three points at the top of the standings.___The Diamond League circuit of track meets has a new, shorter schedule from mid-August through mid-October because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Athletics says the adapted program can “give athletes time to prepare mentally, stay motivated and adjust training for competition.” Premier League clubs Arsenal, Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Tottenham and West Ham all play in the capital.The mayor’s office says the league should resume only “when it is safe to do so.”British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Monday that sports events in the country could resume in June if there is not a new spike in COVID-19 infections.Liverpool led the league by 25 points with nine games remaining when the league was suspended in March.___ During his introductory news conference, Stefanski said he knew about Cleveland’s east side-west side divide and wasn’t sure where to live. He wound up settling in a western suburb.Stefanski and his staff have been holding daily Zoom calls during the team’s offseason program, which has been forced to be virtual because of the virus. On Monday, Cleveland’s rookies joined the meetings.Stefanski believes the sessions have worked well.“Players, young people, are a resilient bunch, and I think they learn under these unique circumstances,” he said.___ All England Club chairman Ian Hewitt says “Wimbledon has the responsibility and the capacity to act as a force for good.”This year’s grass-court Grand Slam event was canceled on April 1. It is the first time Wimbledon has been shelved since World War II.___The Austrian soccer league is set to resume next month in empty stadiums following clearance from the government.Soccer federation president Leo Windtner met with vice chancellor Werner Kogler and says the path is clear to restart. Training could resume this week. The meet had been scheduled for July 4-5 at the Olympic Stadium.British Athletics says “the decision has been made in light of the ongoing global pandemic.”___World Cup winner Giuseppe Bergomi says he had COVID-19.The former Italy defender says that for 20-25 days beginning in early March his back was in so much pain that he couldn’t sit down. The pay reductions of at least 20% are for staff making $60,000 or more. The UEC covers employees on the major league coaching staff, coaches and coordinators in the minor league system, scouts and performance coaches. Those with larger salaries are expected to take a cut more significant than 20%. UEC employees will receive full benefits through October.Approximately half of its employees working under a UEC will not have any reduction in pay. The team had previously told employees working under the UEC that they would receive full pay through May 31.___Cleveland Cavaliers forward Larry Nance thinks it’s important for the NBA to crown a champion in this pandemic-altered season.Speaking on a Zoom conference call, Nance said he’s cautiously optimistic about the league resuming after pausing play for two months. All games in the 26th and final round will be held on June 7. The playoffs will follow with the season scheduled to end on July 29.The league says games will take place at various times during the daytime and evening “so that as many matches as possible are made available to football fans” while stadiums are closed.FC Midtjylland leads FC Copenhagen by 12 points at the top of the standings.___The Diamond League event in London is the latest track meet to be canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. May 12, 2020 USA Gymnastics will not hold any top-tier events the rest of this year.The organization announced Tuesday it is scrapping the U.S. Classic and the national championships because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization had initially hoped to reschedule the events for later in 2020 after Tokyo Olympics were pushed back to the summer of 2021.USA Gymnastics president Li Li Leung called the decision “in the best interest” of the gymnastics community after receiving guidance from health experts and consulting with coaches and athletes. The 2021 U.S. Classic will be held in Hartford, Conn., on May 21. The 2021 national championships will be held in Fort Worth, Texas, from June 3-6. A new date for the Olympic trials, initially scheduled for June in St. Louis, has not yet been set.The organization’s national congress and trade show, which typically runs simultaneously with the national championships, will be held virtually this year. USA Gymnastics said tickets already purchased for the 2020 events will be valid for the new dates, though it will offer refunds for a limited time. On the day they were supposed to hold a parade to mark their 2019 WNBA championship, the Washington Mystics have revealed plans for what the team is billing as a “virtual celebration.”The Mystics originally planned to take to the streets of the nation’s capital on Tuesday, but that was scrapped because of the coronavirus pandemic.Also set aside was a banner-raising ceremony scheduled for the home opener against the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday.It’s not known when the season will begin.So Saturday will feature online festivities. The NCAA has canceled both sessions of the NCAA Basketball Academy in July because of the COVID-19 pandemic.The sessions were scheduled for July 20-26 at Utah, Winthrop, Wichita State and Connecticut.Up to 1,600 players from the high school graduating classes between 2021 and 2023 were to be selected to the academy, with up to 400 assigned to each region during the two sessions.The NCAA created the basketball academy in 2019 in a revamping of the recruiting process following a pay-for-play scandal uncovered by a federal investigation in 2017. The new recruiting calendar includes fewer live periods with AAU teams, evaluation periods with high school teams and the basketball academy.___ Belmont Park’s main track re-opened for training Tuesday, with preparations underway for a resumption of live racing and the start of the spring-summer meet, which has been delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.Wearing face masks and gloves, outriders and gate crew led horses to the main track for exercise. The dirt training track has remained open throughout the suspension of live racing.Assistant trainer Blair Golen says the horses are able to relax more on the main track and not be passed by anybody because of the space.Only essential personnel are allowed at the track and they undergo daily temperature checks. They also must abide by requirements for masks, gloves and social distancing.___ The Latest: Mariners say some on staff taking 20% pay cuts The return-to-play protocols have been presented to Sweden’s public health authority. A decision is expected this week on whether the Swedish league can start next month.Swedish society hasn’t completely shut down during the coronavirus outbreak because the government and medical authorities have chosen not to impose as many restrictions as other countries.___The club that hosts the Wimbledon tennis tournament says it has made donations worth about $1.5 million to emergency services and charities amid the coronavirus pandemic.The All England Club says it has also made contributions to a relief program to support players whose income is particularly affected by the virus outbreak. The series is now set to start in Monaco on Aug. 14 with two more European meets scheduled for later that month. Four more European meets in September will be followed by Shanghai on Sept. 19.The Prefontaine meet in Eugene, Oregon, is set for Oct. 4. The season-ending meet is Oct. 17 in China at a city to be decided.World Athletics says Zurich will now have the finals in 2021 and 2022 and Eugene has agreed to push back its finals back by one year to 2023.___London Mayor Sadiq Khan says he believes it is too early for the Premier League to be planning a resumption of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___Browns coach Kevin Stefanski can finally call Cleveland home.After delaying his family’s move from Minnesota because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stefanski, his wife and his young kids made the trip to Ohio over the weekend.“We did an 11-hour drive on Friday and powered through that,” he told ESPN’s Scott Van Pelt late Monday night. “I was proud of myself. It was interesting. The license plate game is hard right now because there’s not a lot of cars on the road. But the kids were pretty good. Thank God for the iPads, and now happy to be in Cleveland.”Stefanski spent 14 seasons as an assistant with the Vikings before he was hired by the Browns in January. Although the Cavs won’t be competing for a title, Nance empathizes with players who may not get to finish what they started if the league winds up scrapping the season.“We’re not in position to win a championship this year but if I was, if I was Giannis (Antetokounmpo), if I was LeBron (James), if I was Kawhi (Leonard), if I was on one of those championship caliber teams I’d be pretty upset about it, because it’s very rare in this league that a chance like this comes along and that’s taken a valuable year off someone’s career.”Nance was recently able to work out on a court for the first time since March as the Cavs reopened their training facility for players last week. Nance said he felt confident in returning to the floor because of the “well regimented” health and safety measures implemented by the team.A huge soccer fan, Nance said he has been closely monitoring the return of other leagues worldwide as potential test cases for the NBA to follow.___ ___German soccer clubs will decide whether to adopt a rule change to increase the number of substitutions when they meet by video conference on Thursday.The International Football Association Board agreed last week to let teams use two extra substitutes per match in 2020. That should help leagues clear a backlog of games created by the coronavirus pandemic.Leagues can choose whether or not to adopt the rule change.The German league is scheduled to restart on Saturday. Bangladesh, Ireland, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the United States, the West Indies and Zimbabwe were to play in the tournament in Sri Lanka from July 3-19 and three were to qualify.The International Cricket Council has not set new dates.The Women’s World Cup is in New Zealand in February and March.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,The Latest: Oosthuizen shoots 30 on front for 67 The German league also says it will stop publishing centralized statistics for its coronavirus testing program and will leave that up to the clubs.___The Danish soccer league will resume on May 28 with games in empty stadiums.The league has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus outbreak.The first game will be between AGF and Randers to complete the 24th round. The 25th round will start on May 29. FIFA has rescheduled two women’s events for next year and will hold its 2020 annual meeting online.FIFA says the Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica and Panama will start on Jan. 20 and the Under-17 Women’s World Cup will be in India from Feb. 17.Both 2020 tournaments were postponed in April because of the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA says both tournaments will retain their eligibility rules. The same players can be selected even if they have a birthday early in 2021.The FIFA Congress was due to be held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on Sept. 18 but will now be an online event. Those will include messages from Mayor Muriel Bowser, Mystics owner Ted Leonsis and coach Mike Thibault, an appearance by player Natasha Cloud, and the first episode of a documentary about the championship run.___Swedish soccer players will not be required to take a test for COVID-19 before practice sessions or matches.Players will instead have to fill in a self-assessment form each morning before arriving at training or a match. The club doctor will then assess whether the player is healthy enough to take part. Players must stay at home if they have any symptoms.The Swedish league says the principle in the country is that only people who are feeling so ill that they must visit the hospital get a ”full-scale corona test.” Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Seattle Mariners have informed its personnel working under uniform employee contracts that certain employees will have a five-month reduction in pay, but there will be no furloughs or layoffs through Oct. 31.last_img read more

Alumnus and student launch sock line

first_imgAs the weather heats up, athletes and couch potatoes alike are facing a common fear: sweaty socks.Two members of the Trojan family are working to curb this inconvenience by creating a line of odor-repelling socks.Dubbed the SilverAir Sock, the foot accessories were developed by USC alumnus Sam Mazumdar, a 2011 Marshall graduate, and current USC undergraduate student, Waiz Rahim, a junior majoring in industrial and systems engineering.The socks are made from silver and Merino wool. Mazumdar and Rahim selected wool as the primary material because it has odor-resistant qualities and can sustain long periods of activity.“We tried and tested a ton of materials and selected the finest Merino wool for its ability to wick moisture and regulate temperature,” Mazumdar said. “It’s a custom blend that’s unique to our product and is guaranteed to keep your feet super comfortable and happy.”The company was funded through the crowdsourcing website Kickstarter. Within three hours of launching their odor-repelling socks, Mazumdar and Rahim received more than half of their target Kickstarter goal of $35,000 to launch the SilverAir Sock. They currently have raised nearly $70,000.The sock is being introduced through their company Y Athletics. the idea for the company came from an idea Mazumdar had to create an athletic apparel brand that used the best products in every category. With that concept, Rahim used his marketing knowledge to spread the word about the company.In addition to the SilverAir Sock, Y Athletics also sells its odor-repelling SilverAir shirt, which was launched in 2013. The company’s SilverAir shirts have been sold on its website and used by thousands of customers in all 50 states and more than 70 different countries. Through the popularity of their shirts, Mazumdar and Rahim were inspired to create the sock version of the product line.“We love and wear our shirts every day, and they’re so popular that we have a difficult time keeping up with their demand,” Mazumdar said. “It just made sense to be able to offer the same performance in another piece of clothing that would benefit from the convenience.”Now, they hope to let investors know that the socks are designed to be versatile and perfect for any situation, whether it be exercising or going out.In terms of development, Mazumdar and Rahim have been working with their sock manufacturer for almost a year to test dozens of prototypes and designs before they came up with their final product to demonstrate to potential backers. Different athletic backers heavily tested their socks over a series of nine months in order for Mazumdar and Rahim to engineer a better odor-eliminating product.“Our goal is to get as many people as we can get to experience this product because you don’t realize how amazing it is until you’ve used it. It makes living easier,” Mazumdar said.Despite exceeding their financial goal, Mazumdar and Rahim are still accepting backers for their SilverAir Sock campaign on Kickstarter until May 2015. The company expects to start sourcing and producing the socks in June and shipping them to potential customers by August 2015.last_img read more

VOTE: Rate Syracuse football’s positional groups midway through the season

first_img Published on October 9, 2016 at 4:58 pm How do you grade Syracuse’s coaching staff so far this season?— Daily Orange Sports (@DOsports) October 10, 2016 Comments Our Syracuse football beat writers are releasing midseason grades for different positional groups on the team, which will run in Tuesday’s paper. We want you to participate, so vote in our Twitter polls so we can compare your grades with ours. Facebook Twitter Google+last_img

Betfred underlines Spanish commitment by sponsoring RCD Mallorca

first_img Related Articles StumbleUpon Share Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Betfred counters Oppenheimer bid in race to rescue Phumelela August 26, 2020 Betfred extends World Snooker Championship deal until 2022 August 17, 2020 Submit Betfred has become the latest UK betting incumbent to expand its Spanish football profile, after striking a two-season shirt sponsorship deal with La Liga football club RCD Mallorca.The bookmaker confirmed its first-ever non-UK sponsorship by securing a partnership with the Balearian football club – facilitated by Sportradar’s marketing solution ad:s – ahead of the start of this season’s La Liga (16 August).This summer, Betfred governance announced that Spain would become the bookmaker’s first international market having solely operated in the UK for the past 50-years.Betfred founder Fred Done commented: “The agreement with RCD Mallorca is the first partnership we have made outside of the United Kingdom. The deal to be the principal partner of the Spanish Club is one we believe will assist our planned expansion both in Spain and internationally.“I’m delighted with the agreement and I feel that we are joining a club that continues to grow and look forward to being part of an exciting season ahead.”Maheta Molango, CEO of RCD Mallorca, added: “We are thrilled to have Betfred utilise RCD Mallorca as a vehicle to achieve its strategy of international expansion. In addition to this, we recognise our goals and this is also a strategic partnership for RCD Mallorca within an important context of the British, Spanish and international markets.”Hampus Lofkvist, Sportradar’s Director, Global Sponsorship, said: “We congratulate Betfred on their official partnership with RCD Mallorca, adding to their long history of sports sponsorship. It was fantastic to see the club’s return to La Liga this weekend, with three points the perfect way to mark Betfred’s launch in the Spanish market.”Moving to launch in Spain, Betfred has secured DGOJ licenses for B2C online sportsbook and casino provisions, which will be operated by the bookmaker’s new ‘operations hub’ established within the Spanish autonomous city of Ceuta.The UK bookmaker is set to launch in Spain, as industry incumbents await the publication of the government’s confirmed ‘Royal Decree’ on gambling advertising.This August, the PSOE minority government informed national stakeholders that it would accept all recommendations put forward by Spain’s Civic Ombudsman, who had urged the government to implement a ‘blanket ban’ on the advertising of gambling services.The Ombudsman’s has called for the Spanish government to enforce the strictest possible framework on betting advertising across digital and traditional formats, but as yet has made no formal distinction on governing sports sponsorships.Nevertheless, with advertising reforms at the top of PSOE’s political agenda, Spanish football governance has been criticised as a new La Liga season kicks-off with nineteen football clubs (Real Sociedad acting as the exception) maintaining some form of betting-related sponsorship/partnership.last_img read more

Clippers think about ‘process’ of winning

first_imgPLAYA VISTA>> At the risk of morphing into a Southern California cliché, Doc Rivers took a break from studying film on the off-day following Tuesday’s Game 5 loss to the Utah Jazz and, with perhaps just 48 minutes remaining in his team’s season, went for a long walk on the beach.Well, maybe not long.“I can’t go for anything long,” Rivers joked, a moment of levity amid a tense first-round series, “because I’m too fat and too old and too out of shape. My walks are 10 steps, and then I turn around and then I go sit down on a deck somewhere and relax.”Rivers had much to think about on that walk. Primarily? The unwelcome truth that his team’s time as a Western Conference contender – such as it was – could be over. Trailing three games to two in the best-of-7 series, L.A. must win Friday or Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and J.J. Redick sail into free agency, sloshing through the wake of another inexplicable playoff exit. Talk about your brief strolls.However, Rivers said that’s not what weighs on his mind going into Friday’s Game 6 at Vivint Smart Home Arena, nor on those of the players who have endured one playoff disappointment after another.“We don’t think about the story,” Rivers said dismissively. “We think about the process. Our job is to go in thinking about what we have to do better.”In NBA history, the team with a 3-2 advantage wins the series 84.4 percent of the time.“What does that have to do with these guys?” Rivers said. He added that “guys don’t don’t think about that crap,” although he’s probably wrong about that.“Jamal (Crawford) and I were recounting the times in our career where we’ve been down 3-2 and won the series,” J.J. Redick said. “Not just here, but in Atlanta (for Crawford) or Orlando (for Redick). It’s happened before, so I’ve been a part of that 20 percent.”The Clippers and Jazz were deadlocked after two games and four games. Will they return home for a Game 7, knotted at 3-3?“You can’t go up to Utah to win two games,” Redick said. “You can’t win two games tomorrow. We only have to win one game tomorrow. That’s all we have to do. … The task of winning one game is a little less daunting than the task of winning two games at once.”That’s essentially the thinking man’s version of the one-game-at-a-time maxim professional athletes have exhausted.The Clippers dropped Game 5, 96-92. After Paul tied the score at 69 with a 3-pointer with 8:29 remaining in the third quarter, the Clippers wilted and gave up eight straight points to the Jazz.That wasn’t Joe Johnson or Gordon Hayward or Rudy Gobert. It was the Clippers, Rivers said. The team that entered this series as a prohibitive favorite – did anyone outside of Salt Lake City predict the Jazz would win? – has rarely been the aggressor.“In the last two games they (the Jazz) have dictated the style of play in my opinion,” Rivers said. “We’ve had a ton of mental errors, just self-inflicted wounds defensively, where we have created points for them.”When considering how even the series has been, both teams averaging 99 points per game, Rivers pointed to Gordon Hayward’s transition dunk after a blocked shot at the end of the third quarter.“If you don’t think a Hayward breakaway layup to end the third quarter was a big play,” Rivers said, “then you’re kidding yourself. That was a huge play. Those were two points that should have been avoided.”Redick said a playoff series is a game of “micro-adjustments” rather than major narrative swings.“You can’t think about any other option,” Redick said. “That’s really our only choice, I guess, is just to put everything into tomorrow and then we’ll worry about preparation on Saturday for Sunday’s game.”center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

IndyCar at St. Petersburg: Firestone Grand Prix schedule, TV channel, live stream

first_imgThe 2019 NTT IndyCar Series season begins Sunday, March 10 with the 15th running of the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. For the ninth consecutive year, the IndyCar schedule will begin in the streets of the city on Florida’s western coast as drivers work through the 1.8-mile, 14-turn circuit.This IndyCar season not only arrives with a new title sponsor in NTT, but it comes a fresh TV deal with NBC Sports Group. Of the 17 IndyCar races on the schedule for 2019, eight will be broadcast on NBC, and nine, including Sunday’s Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, will air on NBC Sports Network. NBC will offer additional coverage of IndyCar practices and qualifying sessions on its NBC Sports Gold app. Throughout the season, INDYCAR Pass will provide live streams of all IndyCar practice and qualifying sessions. The service also will provide same-day replays of IndyCar races, live streams of Indy Lights races and more.IndyCar at St. Petersburg: Firestone Grand Prix track schedule(All times Eastern)Friday, March 8TimeSeriesEvent8:05 a.m.Indy LightsPractice 19:05 a.m.GT4Practice 19:55 a.m.TC AmericasPractice 110:45 a.m.IndyCarPractice 111:45 a.m.USF2000Race 112:40 p.m.Indy Pro 2000Race 11:35 p.m.Indy LightsQualifying 12:20 p.m.IndyCarPractice 23:30 p.m.GT4Practice 24:10 p.m.TC AmericasPractice 2Saturday, March 9TimeSeriesEvent8:30 a.m.Indy LightsQualifying 29:15 a.m.GT4Qualifying9:50 a.m.TC AmericasQualifying10:25 a.m.IndyCarPractice 311:25 a.m.Indy Pro 2000Race 212:20 p.m.USF2000Race 21:15 p.m.Indy LightsRace 12:30 p.m.IndyCar (results)Qualifying4 p.m.GT4Race 15:15 p.m.TC AmericasRace 1Sunday, March 10TimeSeriesEvent9:20 a.m.IndyCarWarm-up10:05 a.m.Indy LightsRace 211:20 a.m.GT4Race 21:40 p.m.IndyCarRace4:35 p.m.TC AmericasRace 2 MORE: Watch the Firestone Grand Prix live with fuboTV (7-day trial)The 2019 IndyCar championship battle will feature some familiar names, like Chip Ganassi Racing’s Scott Dixon, Andretti Autosport’s Alexander Rossi and the Penske Racing trio of Will Power, Simon Pagenaud and Josef Newgarden. But expect some new names like rookies Felix Rosenqvist, Marcus Ericsson and Patricio O’Ward to compete for wins.As for the first race of the season Sunday in St. Petersburg, Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Tony Dungy, who is an analyst on NBC’s “Football Night in America,” will give the command for drivers to start their engines — a solid way for the network to kick off its coverage of the 2019 IndyCar season.IndyCar at St. Petersburg: Firestone Grand PrixDate: Sunday, March 10Time: 1:30 p.m. ETTV channel: NBCSNLive stream: fuboTV (7-day free trial) | INDYCAR PassIndyCar at St. Petersburg: Firestone Grand Prix TV scheduleThe 2019 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg will be broadcast live on NBC Sports Network as part of NBC’s TV contract, which splits the IndyCar season coverage between two networks, NBC and NBCSN.NBCSN’s coverage of the IndyCar race in St. Petersburg will begin with its pre-race show at 12:30 p.m. ET. The race is scheduled to take the green flag at 1:37 p.m. ET.Below is the full NBC broadcast schedule for all IndyCar events in St. Petersburg.MORE: Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg qualifying resultsDay, timeEventHow to watchFri., 10:45 a.m. ETPractice 1NBC Sports GoldFri., 2:15 p.m. ETPractice 2NBC Sports GoldSat., 10:15 a.m. ETPractice 3NBC Sports GoldSat., 2:30 p.m. ETQualifying (results)NBCSNSun., 9:15 a.m. ETWarm-upNBC Sports GoldSun., 12:30 p.m. ETPre-race showNBCSNSun., 1:30 p.m. ETRaceNBCSNIndyCar at St. Petersburg: Firestone Grand Prix live streamFirestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg practice sessions on Friday and Saturday, plus the IndyCar warm-up session on Sunday, can be streamed via INDYCAR Pass on NBC Sports Gold. As for qualifying and the race itself, live-stream presentations can be found on NBCSports.com and the NBC Sports app.The Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg also can be streamed live via fuboTV. New fuboTV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial.last_img read more

FINA says Rio 2016 arrangements compromise athletes’ safety

first_imgFINA has accused them of showing “disrespect” for their requirements by providing substandard facilities and failing to act on warnings about the hazardous nature of the open water swimning venue at Copacabana beach and nearby open-air venues for diving, water polo and synchronised swimming.In a letter seen by Associated Press, the FINA President, Julio Maglione, has complained to the Rio Mayor Eduardo Paes about a range of issues.“The recent decisions of Mr Eduardo Paes are seriously damaging the image and value of FINA and its disciplines,” the letter states according to the AP.“This situation is in clear disrespect for the FINA requirements concerning aquatic venues, and will negatively affect the safety conditions and the level of performances of our athletes.”The report adds that four-time Olympic swimming champion Alexander Popov is quoted in the letter as saying that swimming conditions in Rio would be “a step back in relation to previous editions” of the Olympics.FINA’s unhappiness partly relates to a cut in spectator seats in the new design of the Olympic Aquatics Stadium, which will now only seat up to 13,000 people instead of the 17,500 at the previous Olympics, which will have a substantial effect on finances through ticket sales.“Therefore, the main venue of the leading sport from the Olympic movement is diminished in terms of importance and value,” the letter states.“Providing less available space for TV, media, athletes and spectators, this will naturally have its negative impact in terms of the coverage of the Olympic competition and in terms of working conditions for all those using the venue.”The letter also demands Rio do more thorough testing of the health issues at the open water venues at Copacabana beach and is critical of a decision not to put a roof on the Maria Lenk Aquatic Park, which will hold diving, water polo and synchronized swimming in the open air.FINA’s criticisms have attracted support from Vladimir Salnikov, the influential head of Russia’s swimming federation.Russian agency R-Sport quotes him as saying: “These problems have to be solved on time” – adding that earlier recommendations from FINA “obviously haven’t been listened to.”last_img read more

Messam spot on for St George’s

first_imgLed by a second consecutive brace from Gregory Messam Jr, reigning ISSA-FLOW Walker Cup champions, St George’s College, eased to a 3-1 win over Excelsior High in a quarter-final match at the Constant Spring playfield, yesterday. St George’s bossed midfield play and kept Excelsior deep in their own half early in the match. Messam put his school ahead from the penalty spot in the 38th minute after he was fouled while going past three Excelsior defenders. Excelsior improved after the half-time break and equalised when a defender put the ball in his own net. St George’s restored the lead from the penalty spot. This time Shevon Stewart was fouled in the 18-yard box and Messam dispatched a spot kick in the 59th minute. Alex Marshall then completed the scoring when he sent a low and firm shot which Excelsior goalkeeper Romario Palmer got a hand to but could only parry into his net. Marshall has now scored 13 goals this season while Messam has netted 10. St George’s assistant coach Marcel Gayle said: “It was unfortunate we conceded a goal, but we are happy to win and move forward. We are always looking to get better,” he said. Meanwhile, Excelsior’s assistant coach Karume Huie said his team lacked “concentration and clinical finishing”. “At this level you have to be on your best game,” he said.last_img read more

Simmons enjoying his first NBA All-Star weekend

first_imgGALLERY: Barangay Ginebra back as PBA Governors’ Cup kings The 21-year-old Australian is competing in the Rising Stars game which features 20 of the league’s top first or second year players.Simmons was selected with the top pick in the 2016 entry draft by the 76ers. He is still considered a rookie because he sat out all last season with an injury.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSimmons was the NBA rookie of the month for October, November and January and is on pace to become the first rookie to average at least 16 points, 7.0 rebounds and 7.0 assists for a season since Magic Johnson in 1979-80.He is one of the frontrunners for the Rookie of the Year Award but is getting some competition from Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell. Mitchell is averaging a team high 19.6 points per game to also lead all rookies in the league.Simmons said Friday that he is not thinking about the race.“I’m focused on my team making the playoffs,” he said. “So all the other accolades and awards will come in time if I do my job.”Asked if he watches Mitchell, Simmons said, “I’m not an individual type of guy. I watch team games.”He did say he hopes to eventually become of the top players in the league.ADVERTISEMENT Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew UK plans Brexit celebrations but warns businesses may suffer View comments LOS ANGELES, CA – Ben Simmons #25 of the World Team posts up on Kris Dunn #32 of Team USA during the 2018 Mountain Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game at Staples Center on February 16, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images/AFPNBA rookie Ben Simmons had two simple objectives coming into the 2018 NBA Rising Stars Challenge game on Friday night.“I want to win, but I want to have fun at the same time. So having fun usually comes with winning,” said the Philadelphia 76ers player.ADVERTISEMENT Olympic hockey streak over as Canada loses to Czechs in shootout It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson Phivolcs records 2 ‘discrete weak ash explosions’ at Taal Volcano Sea turtle trapped in net freed in Legazpi City Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nueva Ecija warehouse making fake cigarettes raided, 29 Chinese workers nabbed “Watching the guys at the top, LeBron (James), (Russell) Westbrook, Giannis (Antetokounmpo), K.D. (Kevin Durant), Steph (Curry), guys like that, they motivate me,” he said.Simmons was born in Melbourne but grew up in Newcastle, New South Wales where his father played and coached basketball.He has had good support from his family.“I’m grounded. I have a big family,” he said. “I’m the youngest of six, so they keep me grounded and let me know that I’m the youngest in the household.”He eventually hopes to move past the young stars game and play in the main all-star game on Sunday.“It’s really rare (for a rookie to make the All-Star Game). LeBron didn’t make it, guys like that. I think the last one was Blake (Griffin).“It’s obviously one of those things that I wanted to be in it, but it didn’t happen and we move on.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours LATEST STORIESlast_img read more