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COVID tests completed as Tour de France holds its breath

COVID tests completed as Tour de France holds its breath

first_img‘Living with the virus’ Tour de France director Christian Prudhomme appealed to fans to mask up and play the game on the roadsides.While the vast majority of spectators along the route have played the game, AFP has witnessed a number of unmasked fans approaching riders on the hillsides and shouting encouragement from close range.”It’s nowhere near as bad as most years,” said British rider Adam Yates who wore the yellow jersey for much of the first week. “For me it was all right.”French rider Julien Alaphilippe has also been impressed that most roadside supporters are fully masked up.”I haven’t been counting but most of people I’ve seen have been wearing a mask,” he said on Monday. “It’s well managed. There are people on the climbs, it’s part of the Tour. If everyone respects the rules and wears a mask, then the Tour can continue.” French Prime Minister Jean Castex, who was present on the Tour on Saturday, insisted it was important for France to see the Tour going ahead. “Living with the virus is the doctrine of the Tour and the government, but everyone must protect themselves and obey the rules so that the Tour can take place,” said Castex said.”What I have seen today in my Pyrenees pleased me.”Roglic, who came second in Sunday’s ninth stage, leads defending champion Ineos leader Egan Bernal by 21 seconds. Egan Bernal, Primoz Roglic and the rest of the peloton has undergone a second wave of COVID-19 swab tests with the samples sent to Paris for analysis, the Tour de France testing center confirmed to AFP on Monday’s rest day.Any team returning two or more positive PCR tests, be they riders, managers, doctors, masseurs or mechanics, risks being excluded from the remainder of the race.The original idea was to ban teams where two riders tested positive but two days ahead of the Grand Depart on August 29, as much of France went on red alert with the pandemic numbers rising, the French government requested that it also include support staff. Each team on this year’s trimmed down Tour was restricted to 30 members, but some arrived with as few as 25.Four members of the Lotto-Soudal team were sent home after two mechanics returned positive tests — the other two were their room-mates.The PCR test involves a famously queasy moment with a Q-tip inserted in each nostril and then twisted.”It’s uncomfortable, but necessary,” Astana’s Colombian captain Miguel Angel Lopez, known as one of the peloton’s toughest guys, told AFP with a smile.”We couldn’t have run all these races without all the precautions that have been put in place to protect us,” said the 26-year-old who was nicknamed ‘Superman’ in his homeland after fighting off three roadside thugs who foolishly tried to steal his bike when he was a teenager. “The final team has now been tested and these tests have now been sent to a laboratory in Paris for analysis,” a member of staff at the center told AFP.”The results will first be communicated to the team doctors, who must then pass those results on to the International Cycling Union.”They in turn will inform the Tour organizers,” the official said.The results will be announced officially on Tuesday morning ahead of stage 10, although teams may leak those results ahead of time. Topics :last_img read more

Aaron Ramsey backed for Manchester United move by former Wales boss Chris Coleman

Aaron Ramsey backed for Manchester United move by former Wales boss Chris Coleman

first_imgRamsey won the FA Cup three times with Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)Coleman has sympathy with Ramsey as he tries to settle into life in a new country, having managed abroad three times, at Real Sociedad in Spain, AEL in Greece and Hebei China Fortune.He is not ruling out the midfielder turning his fortunes around, but says that if he continues to sit on the bench, he should leave.‘I understand why Aaron went to Juventus. They are a great club and they always have a great chance of winning the league,’ continued Coleman.‘He had been at Arsenal a long time, probably didn’t achieve what he wanted to achieve because Arsenal haven’t achieved what they would have liked in the last 10 years.‘He went there for good reasons but he’s too good to be sitting on the bench. If he’s got a chance at Juventus and Sarri likes him then okay.‘He might be out of form, maybe it’s taking him a little while to get used to a different culture. It’s not a walk in the park when you move from one country to the next, a different type of football, a different ask. But he wants to be in the starting eleven. In my opinion he’s good enough to be in it.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityJuventus are keen to re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester United, and Ramsey has been proposed as part of a deal to bring the Frenchman back to Turin.Club legend Alessio Tacchinardi has suggested sending Ramsey and Adrien Rabiot to Old Trafford in order to complete the deal.‘In order to get Paul Pogba back, I would let Rabiot and Ramsey go, even if the Welshman did show a few signs of life in the last few games,’ he told Tuttosport.AdvertisementAdvertisementMORE: Alessio Tacchinardi urges Juventus to sell former Arsenal star Aaron Ramsey and re-sign Paul Pogba from Manchester UnitedMORE: Unai Emery aims fresh dig at Mesut Ozil and claims Arsenal players didn’t want him as captainFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Comment Aaron Ramsey has been backed to make a move to Manchester United (Picture: Getty Images)Aaron Ramsey would fit in perfectly at Manchester United, if he wanted to leave Juventus and return to the Premier League this summer, believes his former Wales boss Chris Coleman.The 29-year-old left the Gunners for Juve last year and has not quite had the impact he was hoping for as he traded north London for Turin.Juve are top of Serie A and were on course to defend their title before the coronavirus hiatus, but Ramsey has started just nine league games this season and two in the Champions League.The Welshman has scored four goals in his debut campaign in Italy, but without a guaranteed place in the starting XI, he has been linked with a return to England and Coleman feels Manchester United makes sense as a destination.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He’s at his best when he’s under a bit of pressure, when he’s playing against the best teams and when he’s playing in the big games.’ Coleman told the Mirror.‘If it’s not going to happen for him at Juventus he’s definitely the type of player who can handle playing for Manchester United.‘When you play for a club like Manchester United the jersey is much heavier than when you are with a smaller club in the Premier League.‘If you play for a big club you’ve got to handle that extra weight. He certainly has the appetite for that.’ Advertisement Aaron Ramsey backed for Manchester United move by former Wales boss Chris Coleman Metro Sport ReporterSunday 17 May 2020 7:58 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link979Shareslast_img read more

Red Force, Hurricanes left frustrated as final day abandoned

Red Force, Hurricanes left frustrated as final day abandoned

first_imgPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – Both Trinidad & Tobago Red Force and Leeward Islands Hurricanes were left frustrated after rain, resulting in an impaired outfield, forced the abandonment of the final day of their third round game in the Regional Four-Day Championship here yesterday.Umpires carried out a number of inspections but any hopes of action at Queen’s Park Oval were dashed as the outfield remained unfit for play, and officials eventually called time on the encounter about an hour into the final session.All told, only 92 overs were possible in the game. Friday’s opening day was completely abandoned, only 57 overs were sent down on the second day while Sunday’s penultimate day saw only 35 overs bowled.Red Force, sent in by Hurricanes, were set to resume on 287 for eight, in an innings where opener Kyle Hope stroked 86 and debutant left-hander Isaiah Rajah got 69.Captain and part-time slow bowler Kieran Powell finished with three for 29 while off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall claimed two for 73 to move to 19 wickets for the season.For their efforts, Hurricanes picked up 5.2 points while Red Force ended with five points.last_img read more

South Florida dads participate in ‘take your child to school day’

South Florida dads participate in ‘take your child to school day’

first_imgFathers across South Florida took their kids to school on Wednesday.It has become a tradition in Florida, with local law enforcement officials who are also dads joining the party!Dads, deputies, firefighters, and safety patrol guards at Pinewood Elementary School in Martin County reportedly danced to music with their kids in the school’s car line.Police officers in Riviera Beach also joined their students at school.The department shared a series of heartwarming photos to Facebook.last_img

Toys for the Littlest Sandy Victims

Toys for the Littlest Sandy Victims

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – Margaret Spicer is working to ensure a happy holiday season for children whose lives have been disrupted by Super Storm Sandy.Spicer, owner of Distinc­tive Toys, and a group of volunteers are collecting toys and donations of money and gift cards to purchase toys to stock a space where parents can come, select gifts for their children and have them wrapped, tagged and bagged in time for Hanukkah and Christmas. They are calling the project Sandy’s Toy Shoppe.The grassroots effort was begun by Spicer a few weeks ago. She has been soliciting donations from the specialty toy companies she deals with for her shop but is specifically looking for mass-market toys that many children want.“The big need that we have,” she said, is for toys like “the Barbies and the Legos and Hot Wheels and things like that. We are also looking for sponsors financially so that we can go get those toys … Those companies have such huge minimum orders that I can’t even buy them wholesale because I can’t meet the minimum.”Sandy’s Toy Shoppe is expected to be open during the weekends of Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16 but Spicer won’t say where or when the event will take place to discourage those who are not eligible. Volunteers will pick up participants who do not have transportation. “It will be set up … as much like a toy store as I can do it,” Spicer said. “The parents will go through and pick and choose things for their children.” The number of toys a family will get will depend on the donations of toys and funds to buy additional toys.Young students who volunteer will be dressed as elves during the event and high-schoolers will help wrap gifts.Those coordinating the effort will get names of participants from churches, schools, community centers, social service agencies and other relief organizations. The agencies will reach out to those they know need some assistance, tell them about Sandy’s Toy Shoppe and invite them to participate.“If they say yes, their name gets put on a list. If they are hesitant, because they are embarrassed, those families can feed information to their churches or their organization of what they would like and those things will be given to them,” Spicer said. “These are people who have never had to ask for anything before. We don’t want to embarrass them. We just want them to receive the toys so the children can have them.”Individuals and families can approach those agencies and ask to be placed on the list. They may also contact Spicer at Distinctive Toys, 595 River Road, Fair Haven, or call the store at 732-747-8080, ask for her or leave a message if she is unavailable and she will return the call in short order. The store is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and most of the day on Sunday.“If somebody knows a family and they want to get them on the list, all they have to do is call,” she said. Those whose names are not on lists provided by reputable agencies will be asked for documentation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) showing they have registered with the agency to prove they have been impacted by the storm.Spicer has teamed up with the Knights of Columbus Council No. 3187, Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation, and RecoverRebuild of Red Bank.The Junior League of Monmouth County will accept new unwrapped toys for Sandy’s Toy Shoppe during its Home for the Holidays shopping event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Rumson Country Day School, 35 Bellevue Ave., Rumson.Spicer also is getting great assistance from the American Specialty Toy Retailing Associ­ation (ASTRA), a nonprofit specialty toy trade group.Those who wish to donate may drop off toys, gift cards or checks at Spicer’s store or go online and donate via PayPal through Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation website at www.LGEF.net. Life Guard is a nonprofit, tax-deductible charity and all money donated to that foundation through Dec. 24 will go to fund Sandy’s Toy Shoppe.“I’m hoping this will be a wonderful event and people will be happy,” she said.last_img read more

Bombers shot down in Okanagan

Bombers shot down in Okanagan

first_imgThe L.V. Rogers Bombers felt what it was like to be kicked around as the Kootenay squad struggled mightily at the Fulton Maroons High School Boy’s Basketball Tournament this past weekend in Vernon.The shorthanded Bombers were outscored by a 2-to-1 margin in three games against Okanagan AA competition.“It definitely was a tough weekend,” said Bomber coach Jeremy Phelan.“But on the positive side, it was nice to see our senior players be vocal on the court and lead by example.”Phelan, a Bomber grad and part of the two-time provincial champion team from LVR and Trafalgar, was talking about seniors Bjorn Morris, Tobin Eberle and Ethan Perkins.All three Bombers worked from tip-off to buzzer despite being shelled by stronger Okanagan teams. Against host Fulton, LVR lost 97-66.Perkins finished with 16 points while Morris added 15.Perkins, finishing with 12 points, continued his strong play during a shellacking at the hands of Kalamalka Lakers, 88-32.In the final game, against Sahali of Kamloops, the Bombers lost 89-51.Perkins again had 16 points to lead the Bombers.LVR played the tournament without a full roster as sickness and player commitments depleted the squad heading to the Okanagan.The Bombers get right back on the horse this weekend as the club travels to Golden to compete in the Kicking Horse Classic.LVR is slotted into a pool with Cranbrook’s Mount Baker Wild and Selkirk Storm of Kimberley.The final is set for 4 p.m. Saturday.last_img read more

Bombers roll out red carpet on Junior Basketball Tourney at the Hangar

Bombers roll out red carpet on Junior Basketball Tourney at the Hangar

first_imgThe tournament is divided into two pools of three teams playing a round robin draw to determine playoff seedings. The top four teams advance into the playoff round.Games begin Friday with the final set for 5 p.m. Saturday at the LVR Hangar. The L.V. Rogers Bombers take to the floor this weekend for the annual Junior Boy’s Basketball Tournament beginning Friday at the Hangar.The Bombers welcome teams from Grand Forks, J. Lloyd Crowe in Trail, Mount Sentinel, Nakusp and Stanley Humphries Rockers of Castlegar.last_img read more

Villa star urges Austin move while Traore is linked with QPR exit

Villa star urges Austin move while Traore is linked with QPR exit

first_imgA round-up of the latest transfer speculation involving QPR and Chelsea…Aston Villa defender Micah Richards has urged his new club to make a bid for QPR striker Charlie Austin, the Birmingham Mail claims.Speculation over Austin’s future has continued since West London Sport revealed last week that Rangers had rejected an offer from Leicester.And Richards is quoted as saying Austin would make a perfect replacement for Christian Benteke if he was sold by Villa, adding: “Charlie Austin has scored a lot of goals hasn’t he?“Some of the games I watched towards the end of last season, he was winning games on his own.”Newcastle have also been linked with a move for Austin but the Daily Express now believes they will sign Anderlecht’s Aleksandar Mitrovic instead.Austin scored 18 Premier League goals for QPR last seasonTalkSport suggests Armand Traore, who hasn’t travelled with Rangers on their pre-season tour of Italy, is being monitored by French club Lille.Meanwhile, The Sun claims Chelsea will look to send Brazilian youngster Kenedy out on loan to aid his bid for a work permit, once they have completed a deal for the 19-year-old Fluminense forward.There is more speculation over apparent Chelsea interest in Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic and Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain.The Express claims Stoke will want £9m before they allow Begovic to move to Stamford Bridge, while the Daily Star reports that Napoli have reiterated they will not sell Higuain for anything less than his release clause of £67m.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Nick Martini out with knee sprain, what does this mean for A’s outfield?

Nick Martini out with knee sprain, what does this mean for A’s outfield?

first_imgMESA, Ariz. — The A’s entered spring training with a surplus of outfielders and they’re going to need it.Nick Martini, the left fielder who emerged last season an on-base machine and key leadoff man throughout the A’s playoff run, is going to be shut down from all baseball activities for the next two weeks with a right knee sprain.Martini, 28, sustained the injury in Tuesday’s game after crashing into the left-field wall at Hohokam Stadium after tripping over his cleat while attempting to …last_img read more

Jones facing discipline, questions after failed drug test

Jones facing discipline, questions after failed drug test

first_imgLIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games UFC President Dana White said Wednesday that the promotion likely won’t know for several weeks whether the test results will be confirmed after an examination of Jones’ backup sample. Any potential discipline must wait until after the adjudication process afforded to every fighter.But unless some extraordinary reason surfaces for Jones’ latest failed test, the man widely considered the world’s best pound-for-pound fighter is facing another lengthy absence during his prime.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“At this point, who (cares) what I think? He’s done enough damage to himself,” White said while promoting Conor McGregor’s boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather this weekend.“His dad said it: Jon is his own worst enemy,” White added. “Boy, is that true. But sitting here today, it’s not over yet. He’s got to go through the process. Maybe there was something crazy that happened for this stuff to get into his system, so I don’t know.” Jones has been provisionally suspended by USADA, which administers the UFC’s anti-drug policy. The California State Athletic Commission also has jurisdiction over Jones, who regained his light heavyweight title July 29 with a third-round stoppage of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in Anaheim. He failed a test conducted on a sample collected one day before the bout.“If this holds up, and he ends up getting (a suspension of) two, three (years), it’s probably the end of his career,” White said.Under its privacy rules, USADA won’t announce the substance for which Jones tested positive unless the fighter divulges it.Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, appeared on “The MMA Hour” podcast later Wednesday and said the fighter was told he had tested positive for turinabol, an anabolic steroid. Kawa said Jones passed two tests earlier in July, and the fighter is wondering whether he took a tainted nutritional supplement in the weeks before the bout.Kawa posted a strident defense of his client on Facebook on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ Jon Jones reacts after knocking out Daniel Cormier during UFC 214 in Anaheim, Calif., Saturday July, 29, 2017. (Hans Gutknecht /Los Angeles Daily News via AP)LAS VEGAS, Nevada—Jon Jones will need an awfully good explanation for the latest major setback in his checkered mixed martial arts career.Jones could be facing a multiyear suspension after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency notified the UFC light heavyweight champion of a potential violation of the promotion’s anti-doping policy.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Mayweather-McGregor winner to get gaudy Money Belt from WBC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnessescenter_img Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “We’ve got a lot of problems if this turns out to be true, but they aren’t problems compared to what Jon has,” White said. “The list goes on and on of what could have been with Jon Jones.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View comments “I know how hard he worked to get back to where he’s at,” Kawa wrote. “This is definitely heartbreaking. He (definitely) didn’t cheat or use steroids. But I’m with him more now than the night he won the belt.”Jones hasn’t publicly commented on the third failed test of his career.He tested positive for cocaine in 2015, later publicly acknowledging he had used the drug. He then received a yearlong suspension in 2016 for what he claimed was a sexual enhancement pill. His fight against Cormier was his first since that suspension ended.Penalties are compounded for multiple failed tests, and a multiyear suspension would leave the UFC without one of its rising pay-per-view draws. Jones’ bad-boy image actually appears to have made him more marketable for the UFC, which has a current dearth of pay-per-view stars.Brock Lesnar, Ronda Rousey, McGregor and Georges St. Pierre are all in various stages of retirement, comebacks or more lucrative side jobs, with only St. Pierre currently scheduled for an MMA fight.Jones’ mistake also throws two weight classes into upheaval.White said Cormier is likely to regain the UFC light heavyweight title, which he held twice after Jones was stripped of the belt for his first two failed tests. Cormier also reigned atop the division while Jones was sidelined following his arrest over a hit-and-run accident.Cormier has never lost to anyone but Jones, but the good-natured star will be in the same awkward position in which he found himself during Jones’ previous forced absence.And Jones appeared to be ready to make an impact on the UFC heavyweight division. White had been talking to Jones’ camp about matching him with heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in Detroit later this year in what would have been a blockbuster pay-per-view matchup.Instead, Miocic must find a new opponent for his belt — and any matchup that the UFC can make will be less intriguing than a showdown with Jones.last_img read more