Associated Press Four of the players have displayed symptoms of COVID-19 while one has shown no symptoms at all.The club says the five players did not attend the match against Proleter on Saturday when the Serbian league champions completed their season.About 20,000 fans attended a Serbian Cup semifinal match against Partizan Belgrade this month as the country lifted most of its COVID-19 restrictions.The match against Proleter was also attend by about 20,000 fans. Both gatherings have drawn criticism from the public as Serbia records dozens of new coronavirus cases each day.___ The Latest: Louisville football opener vs. NC State moved up June 22, 2020 Croatian tennis player Borna Coric says he has tested positive for the coronavirus after taking part in an exhibition event.The 33rd-ranked Coric posted the news on Twitter.He says “I want to inform you that I am positive for Covid-19. Please everyone who has been in contact with me for the last few days gets tested!”He says he is feeling well and has no symptoms.Coric was among about 1,000 people who were tested for the virus after Grigor Dimitrov announced that he tested positive. That led to the cancellation of an exhibition event in Croatia where top-ranked Novak Djokovic was scheduled to play in the final. The Kentucky Oaks and Derby were postponed from May 1-2 to Sept. 4-5 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The preceding and highly attended Thursday race card known as “Thurby” was set for the same day as the Cardinals’ Atlantic Coast Conference matchup against the Wolfpack, but the schools announced Monday that they had agreed to the switch to avert logistical conflicts with parking and traffic.“We appreciate the NCAA, ACC and N.C. State honoring our request for a date change for the opening game,” Louisville athletic director Vince Tyra said in a news release. “We are trying to be thoughtful about the shared city resources needed to host a football game and Thurby at the same time.”___Serbian soccer club Red Star Belgrade says five players have tested positive for the coronavirus.The club says the players are feeling fine and remain in isolation. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Louisville football’s season opener against North Carolina State has been moved up a day to Wednesday, Sept. 2 to avoid conflicting with the rescheduled Kentucky Derby weekend at neighboring Churchill Downs. Coric played a match against Dimitrov in Zadar on Saturday in the second leg of the exhibition series.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
NBA free agency news: Enes Kanter signs 2-year deal with Celtics NBA free agency 2019 rumor roundup: A complete list of reported deals from action-packed first day The Celtics appear like they aren’t finished reshaping their roster.Boston “is not done making moves” and have been “very active in trying to see what free agents may still shake loose and what kinds of sign-and-trade deals” are available, according to a report from the Boston Herald, which cites unidentified league sources. The Celtics reportedly lost Kyrie Irving (Nets) as well as Al Horford (76ers) in free agency this summer and also sent Terry Rozier to the Hornets in a sign-and-trade. But, they inked former Charlotte guard Kemba Walker, a three-time All-Star, to a four-year, $141 million max contract.”When you think of the Celtics, you think of championships,” Walker said during a “SportsCenter” appearance Sunday. “You think of winning, and that’s what I am about. I’m about competing for championships and winning. That’s something I haven’t been able to do throughout the early years of my career. I haven’t been a consistent winner in this league. I just felt like Boston was the best fit for me to try and accomplish those kinds of goals.” Related News “I gave [the Hornets] every single day I could possibly give them. Now, it’s about competing at the highest level …” @KembaWalker tells @notthefakeSVP he wanted to give himself the best chance to make a playoff run. pic.twitter.com/7f3neuZGTO— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 1, 2019Walker averaged a career-high 25.6 points, along with 5.9 assists, in 82 games for the Hornets last season. He shot 43.4% from the field and 35.6% from 3-point range.“I’m a winner. I’ve always been a winner,” Walker wrote in a piece for the Players’ Tribune on Monday. “It’s who I am — or at least who I strive to be — anytime I step foot on the court. And when I think about my future with this team, and how I’m now going to be playing for the Celtics. I mean, that’s why I feel like it’s a match made in heaven.”I want to win here, badly — and I’m excited to prove myself as that type of player in this league. I want to elevate myself into that Boston winning tradition. I want to get this team back on top.” 76ers rumors: Philadelphia sends Jimmy Butler to Heat in sign-and-trade, inks Al Horford to 4-year deal The Celtics agreed to a two-year deal with center Enes Kanter, as well.Wanna quick shout out to my manager @hadisfeticBreaking the story before everyone.Show him some love #MAESTROSports #CelticsNation ☘️ https://t.co/K6Xsp56Krb— Enes Kanter (@EnesKanter) July 1, 2019Boston reportedly “checked in” last month about potentially dealing for Rockets center Clint Capela and Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday. It also reportedly had Thunder center Steven Adams on its radar.
The national U23 football team, headed by former senior national team captain Joe Armstrong Nagbe and assisted by Janjay Jacobs is expected to leave the country Wednesday, November 4, for Dakar, Senegal to participate in the West Africa Football Union (WAFU) tournament.The tournament begins tomorrow, will end November 8.The team trained for a short period to participate in the tournament with nine countries.WAFU was founded in 1975 with all the current members, but in 2011 the Confederation of African Football (CAF) decided to split it into two zones, citing “the organizational issues that face WAFU.”Liberia is placed in Zone A which includes nine members, while Musa Bility, Liberia Football Association (LFA) President is serving as Vice President of the Zone. Eighteen players have been selected and hoped will attempt with medals like in 2011 when the red, white and blue outfit, under the tutelage of former Lone Star versatile defender, Thomas Kojo returned home with a bronze medal.Players making the trip include Tommy Songo, Christopher Jackson and Trokon Zeon all of LISCR FC; Simpson Giddings of FC Fassell, Hilton Varney, Alpha James, Van Dave Harmon, Junior Barshell, Mark Paye, Prince Jetor and Alvin Maccornell all of Barrack Young Controller (BYC).Others include Sporo Sormah who is currently unattached after reports gathered have it that his contract with Sewe Sports of Ivory Coast was terminated, Murphy ‘Oscar’ Dolley and Raymond Fransciah of Monrovia Club Breweries, Titus Cooper and Barbu Kollie of LFA topflight champions Nimba United, Sholee ‘Deco’ Quiah of Invincible Eleven (IE) and Richard Lloyd of Watanga FC.Below is the two zones of WAFUZone ACape VerdeGambiaGuineaGuinea-BissauLiberiaMaliMauritaniaSenegalSierra LeoneZone BCountryBeninBurkina FasoGhanaIvory CoastNigerNigeriaTogoShare this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Donegal County Council has dismissed a claim that a high number of votes in the recent local elections in south Donegal were invalid.The claim was made by election candidate Diarmaid Doherty.Mr Doherty, who failed to win a seat, claimed that up to 80 papers in a bundle had been deemed invalid. He called on Donegal County Council to publicly clarify the matter.He said “I noticed that a significant number of papers set aside as inadmissible because they had not been properly stamped at the polling station. The bundle, in my estimation, may have contained 50-80 papers. These were ballots completed in good faith by voters, but because of failures by the polling centre staff, could not be counted.“Polling station staff should stamp each ballot paper before handing it to voters for completion, but in the case of these inadmissible votes, this did not happen for reasons unknown.“Was it as a result of inexperienced staff, poor training, human error or distraction, or was there a more sinister reason? “In an attempt to get answers to these concerns on behalf of the voting public who have cast their votes in good faith and not had their voices heard, I call on Donegal County Council to make clear statements to the public on the following points:1 Can you advise as to the total number of papers deemed inadmissible in the Donegal Electoral area due to being improperly stamped?2 Can you advise if these have been investigated to identify if there was a pattern – perhaps all from one voting box, perhaps from a number of boxes all manned by inexperienced officials?3 Can you advise what steps have been taken to ensure that this error will not reoccur?”He added that he has personally contacted the Returning Officer’s department on multiple occasions over the past 3 weeks, and has yet to receive any response or even acknowledgement of my communications. However, in a public response to Mr Doherty’s query, Donegal County Council outlined the situation including the number of invalid votes.A spoke,sperson explained “Donegal County Council can confirm that the total number of ballot papers recorded as placed in Polling Station Ballot Boxes in the Donegal Local Electoral Area was 14,318 and the number of papers deemed invalid for want of official mark was 18.”Council dismisses candidates’ claim over number of ‘invalid’ votes was last modified: July 30th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:councilDiarmaid Dohertydonegalinvalidvotes
Chelsea youngster Rohan Ince could return to Yeovil in the next couple of days following an injection to ease a shin problem.The midfielder, who is on a six-month loan with the Glovers, recently returned to Stamford Bridge for treatment and his condition has been assessed.He picked up the injury while playing for Yeovil in a pre-season friendly against Newport and it was felt Chelsea’s superior medical facilities would help him recover quickly.Yeovil are hopeful Ince, 19, will be available for their League One opener against Coventry on Saturday.See also:Chelsea youngster picks up injuryFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Ray William Johnson, the world’s most successful YouTuber, announced he is leaving his signed network Maker Studios earlier this week via video. The news sent the YouTube-o-sphere abuzz with gossip as both Johnson and Maker Studios are citing wildly different reasons for his departure. Almost everyone believes Johnson’s side of the story, however, because most YouTube networks have earned a nasty rep for screwing their talent out of money and other unsavory business practices. YouTube and its roughly 200 or so networks may be the new “new media,” but their way of doing business is very “old Hollywood” – meaning young talent is scooped up, and more often than not, taken advantage of because they don’t know enough to read the fine print or hire a lawyer. It’s been happening for years, and it’s become one of the most common complaints coming from YouTubers. Why YouTubers Join NetworksYouTubers are eager to join networks for a variety of reasons, either because the network promises production assistance, management, agents and other resources, help contacting YouTube over site issues or securing higher advertising rates. In return, networks take anywhere from 30% to 50% of revenue generated by the video content. If that cut seems high to you, you’re not alone.The Fine Brothers, creators of the hit YouTube series “Kids/Teens/Elders React,” have a well known anti-network stance, especially when it comes to how much of a cut networks are taking. (They believe it shouldn’t be more than 10%). “We’ve seen too many people taken advantage of,” said the duo in a recent phone interview.Like the VlogBrothers, The Fine Brothers are older than the average YouTuber, and have adopted a “kind uncle” persona where younger YouTubers email them for advice, or in this case, to complain about unfair network contracts. Widespread Complaints“The worst networks are the ones that have been here the earliest,” said Benny Fine. “A lot of things happened in the early days that are very disappointing – basically, networks try their best to get the worst contracts out.” One of the best-known examples of unsavory YouTube network business practices brought to the Fine Brothers’ attention concerned the “perpetuity clauses” in contracts teen YouTubers signed without realizing that “perpetuity” means “for life.” This led to bad press earlier this year for Machinima, the first network on the YouTube scene, when partners tried to leave the network only to be told they couldn’t, because they had signed on for life. (According to a brief in-person interview with Machinima recruiter Zach Boone at this year’s VidCon, Machinima no longer offers perpetuity contracts.)“It’s not just Machinima,” charged Rafi Fine. “Every single network has multiple stories, but people are too fearful to speak out – there’s a lot of fear tactics keeping people silent, even blackmailing” added Fine.YouTuber and fellow mentor like the Fine and VlogBrothers, gamer Bachir Boumaaza aka Athene Wins on YouTube, grew so distraught with all the complaints received from “15 and 16 year old YouTubers being misled” that he created the Union for Gamers, a website, community and network known as Curse as an alternative, to Machinima, for gamer-centric YouTubers.“Contracts are getting more and more aggressive,” said Boumaaza in a Skype interview earlier this year. “It’s not very healthy for the artist – it stifles creativity, and it backfires, because the artists don’t want to make videos anymore.” Boumaaza touted Curse as offering the best rates for its partners at the time. But Curse was shut down by Google immediately after the search giant invested $35 million in Machinima earlier this year, which resulted in the fledgling network hemorrhaging thousands of dollars a day for a month. Curse was eventually saved when it was acquired by Maker Studios.Why Johnson Left Maker Studios In Johnson’s case, the issue was less of the network trying to take advantage of him (Johnson is a Columbia University graduate that was preparing to study law before his YouTube career took off) as it was Maker Studios trying to overstep its original contract agreement. In response to New Media Rockstars founder Benny Luo, Johnson tweeted he is leaving Maker Studios because the network and production company “suddenly insisted on owning part of =3 [intellectual property],” =3 being his hit show. When Johnson refused to give Maker Studios ownership, Maker Studios stopped production of Johnson’s Your Favorite Martian album, which was scheduled to come out later in 2012. The halting of his album was the last straw for Johnson, it seems. Maker Studios, however, is saying that because of a decline in viewership (which appears to be directly related to the redesigned YouTube layout that drove down viewership for everyone), “it made sense for him to go back to producing the show himself,” and stated employing “a full production staff of 12 people including a team of writers no longer was a viable option.”Johnson countered on Twitter saying his departure had “nothing to do with =3 viewership, and I’m not sure why their PR person is saying that.” Indeed, many in the YouTube community are perplexed by Maker Studios’ statement: If Johnson, the top YouTuber and first user to become a millionaire, isn’t profitable enough for Maker Studios, then who is?Others were less surprised by the news, including popular YouTuber and businessman Philip DeFranco, who wrote in a Facebook comment, “I was wondering if/when [Maker Studios] would overstep their relationship with Ray” adding, “[h]onestly I’m surprised to hear that he doesn’t own part of Maker.” DeFranco is signed with Revision3, one of the few networks without bad press or contract disputes to its name. 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Watford to bid for Nice midfielder Adrien Tamezeby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford are set to bid for Nice midfielder Adrien Tameze.The Daily Mail says Watford are preparing to offer £10m for Tameze. Atalanta have tabled a similar bid while Cardiff City and Burnley have also asked about the 24-year-old, who can also play in defence.Tameze was highly rated as a teenager and played for France Under-16s and Under-18s.Watford are preparing to assess their options if dominant central midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure moves away from Vicarage Road. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Merson tells Stones to leave Man Cityby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal hero Paul Merson believes John Stones should be looking to leave Manchester City.The defender was left out of the starting line-up against Crystal Palace on Saturday.“Rodri and Fernandinho did well at Crystal Palace but you wouldn’t want to play them together at the back for the next 28 games,” Merson said.“If you were John Stones you’d want to be leaving now, wouldn’t you? In my opinion he’s fit to play. If he’s not fit why is he on the bench? It was a strange one for me. It’s one of those Pep Guardiola decisions that was amazing, but it could have gone wrong. It was a big call to leave Stones on the bench.“From my experience, I’d be asking serious questions if I were Stones. It’s like me being a No 10 and a manager putting Tony Adams in my place. I’d be thinking what’s happening here?“A holding midfielder is not a centre-half. This lad is a £50m defender. It’s not like he was always there, and Pep just doesn’t fancy him as a player – a bit like Mesut Ozil and Unai Emery – it’s not like that at all.“I would say that decision is the final proof that Pep just doesn’t trust Stones anymore. It really doesn’t look good for Stones.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)The Harbaugh family is all over social media Saturday morning. Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh is trolling Urban Meyer regarding the Mike Weber situation. His son, Jay Harbaugh, the team’s tight ends coach, is taking a bit more of a wholesome approach. He may be a little misinformed about the topic he’s posting about, however.Harbaugh took to Instagram to post photos of the three NCAA Football covers Michigan has landed – Charles Woodson in 1999, Desmond Howard in 2006, and Denard Robinson in 2014. He wants to know which Wolverines player will be next.The obvious problem here? NCAA Football has been discontinued by EA Sports because of the lawsuits involving former players. After the Ed O’Bannon trial’s conclusion, it’s possible that the series could return, but there has been no word from the video game developer on whether it’s even being considered. Harbaugh had a good thought here, but perhaps he should have chosen a different vehicle.
The future of Ontario’s partially privatized utility is again uncertain after political intervention prompted the resignation of the company’s board 16 years after another mass departure.Hydro One’s 14-member board resigned en masse last week after the sudden retirement of chief executive officer Mayo Schmidt, labelled “the six-million-dollar man” on the campaign trail by Premier Doug Ford for his hefty compensation.The premier made it clear that he wanted changes, including reduced electricity rates and lower compensation for the CEO — even though 92 per cent of shareholders other than the province supported Hydro One’s executive compensation approach.However, the move will come with costs of its own.Political interference and a lower pay package will make it more difficult to attract a quality chief executive and directors willing to serve, said Jeremy Rosenfield of Industrial Alliance Securities.“It’s clearly going to have to be somebody who will be able to work with the province and I believe many CEOs will not accept the level of potential political interference that would be required to take this role.”A Ford spokesman declined to confirm a published report that the government threatened to rip up the board’s executive employment contracts unless they negotiated their departures.In addition to dealing with a large activist investor, the new board faces uncertainty about what the new government actually intends to do with its investment, since no strategy was outlined in the campaign, Rosenfield added.Schmidt, who earned a $6.2-million salary last year, became a lightning rod for resentment during the election over rising electricity rates in the province. He would have been entitled to at least $10.7 million in severance if he were to be removed from his job by the board of directors, according to the company’s annual shareholders report released on March 29.According to a statement from Hydro One, Schmidt will not be entitled to severance, and will instead receive a $400,000 lump sum payment in lieu of all post-retirement benefits. But he still stands to earn millions from deferred stock options.Schmidt’s compensation was comparable to the heads of large private utilities like Fortis Inc., Atco Ltd. and Emera Inc. but more than 10 times the payout to Canadian electrical utilities in Quebec and British Columbia.The government will select four board members. A committee of the outgoing board, working with its largest shareholders, will name six others with the new CEO making up the 11th member. The transition to a new board is expected to be completed by Aug. 15.Changing Hydro One’s board alone won’t reduce electricity rates, which are set by the provincial energy regulator.To remain a viable public company, Hydro One has to charge rates to recover costs and be able to make long-term investments, said Rosenfield.“Hypothetically, the government could install a CEO of its choosing who would choose to argue in favour of much lower hydro rates, but it would have to build a business case that would support much lower hydro rates.”While questions about Hydro One’s future remain unanswered, there is a precedent at the power company itself.“We’ve seen this movie once before,” said University of Waterloo professor Jatin Nathwani.In 2002, the utility’s board quit before Ontario’s Progressive Conservative government fired CEO Eleanor Clitheroe over alleged personal spending.“To the extent that the board resigned and there was CEO compensation (issues) it’s similar,” said Radcliffe Latimer, a former board member.“But at the time our board resigned we were a Crown corporation and totally at the pleasure of the minister. Hydro One now is a public corporation so I suspect there are significant governance differences that apply in the two cases.”Hydro One was partially privatized in November 2015, and by December 2017 the province had sold off 53 per cent of its stake.The former Liberal government said privatization would raise $9 billion to fund transit and infrastructure projects. Privatization was also aimed at driving down costs by spinning it off into the hands of private investors.“The whole purpose was to say if we run this as a profit-oriented business then we could cut costs and we can save money for customers in Ontario,” said Nathwani.Investors responded to the latest resignations by sending its shares to an all-time low of $18.57 on Thursday before closing the week down 1.8 per cent to $19.17 in Friday trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange.“It will take a hit on its valuation for sure with this kind of chaos,” Nathwani said.Some of the concern is whether leadership turmoil at Hydro One could prompt U.S. regulators to hesitate about the planned $6.7-billion takeover of U.S. utility Avista Corp.A series of analysts including Rosenfield downgraded the company after the move despite its stable earnings, healthy earnings growth and attractive yield.“The heightened potential for further political interference in the province’s electricity market and regulated utility framework represent key risk factors that are likely to outweigh Hydro One’s fundamentals over the near term.”Companies in this story: (TSX:H, TSX:FTS, TSX:ACO.X, TSX:EMA)