Europe has seen a steady rise in the number of cases for the past two months, he said.In the first week of August, 40,000 more cases were reported than in the first week of June when cases were at their lowest.”But we are not in February, we can manage the virus differently now than we did when COVID-19 first emerged,” Kluge said.In addition to calling for good hand hygiene, social distancing measures and national testing and tracing programs, the WHO recommended that additional measures be adopted locally when clusters arise. Europe can combat the new coronavirus without full lockdowns now that authorities are better prepared and have gained knowledge about how to fight it in recent months, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.”With the basic nationwide and additional targeted measures, we are in a much better position to stamp out these localized virus flare-ups,” the head of the WHO’s European branch, Hans Kluge, told reporters.”We can manage the virus and keep the economy running and an education system in operation,” he added. Topics : On average, 26,000 new cases are being reported everyday in Europe, according to the WHO. Young people, who tend to experience milder symptoms and lower mortality rates, account for a growing share of cases.However, Kluge stressed the importance of reopening schools as countries gradually return to normal, noting the negative consequences that school closures have had on children.The WHO’s European region, which covers 55 countries, has registered almost four million confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 215,000 deaths linked to the virus, according to the organization.
In a nation famed for the fervour and passion of its fans, arguably even more than for the quality of its domestic game, this past weekend was a culture shock for Argentine football. Loading… The Copa Superliga and lower league fixtures went ahead, but behind closed doors. Instead of thudding drums, ear-splitting chants and the explosive noise of firecrackers, deathly silence accompanied the weekend’s action due to precautions set in place for coronavirus. That is, of course, when the teams concerned managed to enter the stadium in the first place. On Saturday referee German Delfino and the Atletico Tucuman kitmen arrived at River Plate’s Monumental home only to find the gates securely locked, shutters down and the venue empty. The Millonarios had already warned that they would not fulfil their fixture, but Atletico nevertheless went through the motions of preparing for a game that was not going ahead, with the squad even congregating in the team hotel ready to leave until they were informed by Superliga their presence would not be needed. “The club considers that competing would imply severe risks for the health of the senior squad and everyone involved in an official match,” River wrote in a statement released the previous day to justify their no-show. “The fact that one of our players has shown symptoms compatible with Covid-19 confirms the possible risks and forces us to be aware of the consequences, even if the diagnosis is unconfirmed and [affected reserve player] Thomas Gutierrez is recovering well.” River Atletico Tucuman Copa Superliga Fecha 1 Suspenssion With professional football in Europe and the United States all but paralysed, Argentina is one of the few major footballing nations which persists in keeping the game going. Aided by its distance from China and the climate – Southern Hemisphere nations enjoying their summer months have generally suffered fewer cases as the heat at least partially slows community-acquired infections – it has to date confirmed just over 50 cases, the vast majority ‘imported’ from Europe, and two deaths. Nevertheless, with the example of Italy in particular hanging heavy over its head the government is keen to act firmly. Last week flights to and from Europe were banned and mandatory quarantine ordered for any person entering the country from an affected region, while on Sunday primary and secondary school classes were suspended for the rest of March. Measures have also been taken against hoarding and over-charging on essential products such as hand sanitiser, a sensitive issue in a country where inflation was already running at over 50 per cent annually. CONMEBOL also acted in bringing the Copa Libertadores to a halt, the competition signing off with customary flair on Thursday with a Gremio-Internacional derby that finished goalless and with eight red cards following a chaotic on-pitch brawl. In Argentina, however, the ball keeps rolling. As of Monday River’s clash was the only top-flight game to be suspended due to the virus: rivals Boca Juniors romped to a 4-1 win over Godoy Cruz, while San Lorenzo saw Paraguay international Oscar Romero score from his own half in a 3-1 victory over relegation-threatened Patronato. Racing Club and Aldosivi played out a seven-goal thriller that ended 4-3 to the Avellaneda side. Publicly most players and officials connected with Superliga have supported River’s stance, even inveterate Millo-baiter Diego Maradona, but not one team has followed their example and refused to kick off. Former Newcastle United defender Fabricio Coloccini, now at San Lorenzo, is one such dissenter. “I don’t think we should have played, but it is just my opinion,” he told reporters after the Patronato clash. “We all thought it shouldn’t have been played but there are people above us who are in charge and we had to comply.” Such insistence on maintaining the sport in operation seems positively quixotic, especially when one considers that the Superliga season ended, with impeccable timing, the week before pandemic was announced by the WHO with Boca’s gripping victory at the expense of their arch-rivals. This Copa Superliga is merely an addendum to the season, a way for teams to fill up their calendar. But as invariably occurs in Argentina, political motivations appear to be winning over common sense. Coronavirus landed in the country just as football, once more, was tearing itself apart. Since the start of 2020 the Argentine FA and Superliga, in charge of the top division, have been at loggerheads, and given the power concentrated inside the late Julio Grondona’s old fortress on Buenos Aires’ Viamonte street there was only likely to be one winner. Superliga, which came into being just three years ago, lost its president as recently as Tuesday when Mariano Elizondo and vice Jorge Brito resigned in the midst of almost unanimous rebellion from member clubs in line with the AFA. Into the breach stepped Marcelo Tinelli, whom you may remember as one of the AFA presidential candidates during the infamous post-Grondona election of 2014, when 75 voters contrived to cast 38 ballots for each hopeful. In a surreal twist Tinelli, who was one of the men charged with creating Superliga, is now tasked with winding it down. The San Lorenzo president pushed for the league to be suspended at the start of the year due to its clash with pre-Olympic qualifying; now amid a pandemic, he launched a fierce criticism of River for failing to fulfil their fixture. “They broke away from a general context of caution and provoked huge alarm in society,” a Superliga statement bearing his signature claimed, while promising there would be “sanctions” to punish the lockout. The new Superliga chief will continue in the same role for 2020-21 when the top flight is reorganised into a Liga Profesional and is keen to see these final months proceed as scheduled. President of Argentina Alberto Fernandez, while closing down the borders and schools and announcing to the nation he would hunt down a violent quarantine violator, is also happy to see the ball rolling. “If football is played behind closed doors I’ve got no problem,” he told Sunday’s press conference. “Right now I would love for games to be screened free on television, so that Argentines who have to stay at home can enjoy themselves.” Read Also:Juve defender ‘doing well’ after coronavirus diagnosis Despite that official backing the players might yet get their way, as a series of meetings late on Monday pushed the Copa Superliga closer to suspension, although nothing was confirmed either by the clubs or Argentine Players’ Union chief Sergio Marchi. The ball was still rolling that evening with clashes in Lanus and Rosario and, if football is eventually forced to shut down, it will not have been for lack of trying from those in charge as they left no stone unturned in their bid to keep the action going. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
Indianapolis, In. — The latest report from the Indiana Department of Health says 219 Hoosiers have died from the flu this season.The report says 15 counties have reported at least five flu-related deaths. The breakdown is as follows: Adams 7; Allen 18; Boone 5; Floyd 10; Grant 7; Hamilton 11; Johnson 5; Lake 5; Madison 5; Marion 17; Morgan 8; Shelby 6; St. Joseph 6; Tippecanoe 5; and Vanderburgh 7.Officials say most of the fatalities have been reported in people 65 and older but 79 percent of the reported infections are in people 24-years-old and younger.
Press Association The FA announced the news of Huth’s charge on Wednesday and he has until 6pm on January 21 to respond to it. Huth apologised earlier in January for participating in a game with a Twitter account which invited users of the social media site to guess from cropped photographs of people in explicit, sexual poses whether those pictured have male or female genitalia. A series of tweets posted from Huth’s official account showed him taking part and making indecent remarks. He deleted the tweets and posted a message saying: ”Clearly no offence was meant or directed to anyone, but apologies if I’ve offended anyone.” Specifically regarding that matter, Hughes said: “There is an issue with social media and football players or any person in the public eye, and you have to be very careful. “If you say anything or get involved in things that other people have an issue with, then there is a possibility you will get pulled up on it and the FA will get involved, and that is the situation we find ourselves in. “Robert was very quickly mindful of people being upset about, so he apologised immediately, took the posts down and we hoped that would be the end of it. “But obviously the FA has looked at it and think he needs to explain his actions, so I think that process is ongoing and we will see where it leads.” Meanwhile, Hughes has indicated he is looking at bringing a new wide man in during the current transfer window after winger Oussama Assaidi, who had been on a season-long loan from Liverpool, had that deal cut short and joined Dubai side Al Ahli. Hughes has been linked with Tottenham’s Aaron Lennon, and said of the England international: “I’m not sure about his situation, and the situation of players change in this month, it seems, on a daily basis. “We’ll look at opportunities and if they make sense to us, we have areas of the team we think we can improve if we can get the right players in. “But for the time being we have to keep our cards close to our chest.” Hughes did dismiss talk of him trying to sign Manchester City striker Edin Dzeko, adding: “I can tell you straight – there would be interest if it was ever viable, but it is not one we could ever contemplate doing unfortunately.” Full-back Erik Pieters is a doubt but midfielder Steven Nzonzi looks set to be available for the Leicester contest after both came off at half time with groin complaints during the Arsenal match. Victor Moses, the winger on loan from Chelsea, was an unused substitute in that game but looks set to make his return to action this weekend for what would be his first appearance since sustaining a thigh problem in November. To add to Huth’s situation, he was this week charged by the Football Association with aggravated misconduct in relation to comments he made on social media. He very much seems headed for the Stoke exit door, although his manager has played down the suggestion there would be no way back for him at the Staffordshire outfit. Speaking on Thursday at his press conference to preview Saturday’s trip to Leicester, Hughes said: “I’ve had discussions with Robert and I think it is fair to say he needs games. “We are looking to try to get him that if we can. “It needs to be at the right club, and needs to be the right opportunity for Robert himself. “We want to get games into him so he is fit and ready for us. “Under-21 games probably are not the right environment for him as a senior player, so he needs to get out and play games of meaning. “If we can find the right team for him, hopefully he’ll get five or six games and then he can come back to us and be ready to go again.” Huth, a Potters player for more than five years, has made only one Barclays Premier League appearance since suffering a knee injury in November 2013. And the 30-year-old did not feature in the squad at all for last Sunday’s 3-0 loss at Arsenal – a game which saw his fellow German centre-back Philipp Wollscheid, newly arrived at Stoke on loan, go straight into the first XI. Stoke boss Mark Hughes wants to send Robert Huth out on loan but insists the defender can still have a future with the club.
Crystal Palace climbed to sixth place in the Premier League with a comfortable 1-0 defeat of Southampton. Despite sufficient possession in the final third, it took until the 78th minute for Palace to again look like scoring. Again it was Bolasie’s creativity which provided the goalscoring chance, and again Zaha, with both time and space – similarly to his first-half effort when he also should have hit the target – struck beyond the bar. Pardew would only have been more satisfied had Wickham’s powerful, close-range shot not been saved by Gazzaniga when just three minutes remained, though he will reflect his team also owe Hennessey for producing a crucial save from Long when the forward was through on goal deep into stoppage time. TWEET OF THE MATCH “Great 3 points on to the next #cpfc #team243 Godisgreat” – Crystal Palace winger Yannick Bolasie (@YannickBolasie) was pleased to play a part in his side’s victory at Selhurst Park PLAYER RATINGS Crystal Palace Wayne Hennessey: 8 Joel Ward: 7 Scott Dann: 7 Damien Delaney (c): 7 Pape Souare: 7 Yohan Cabaye: 8 James McArthur: 7 Wilfried Zaha: 6 Jason Puncheon: 6 Yannick Bolasie: 8 Connor Wickham: 7 Subs Jordon Mutch: 5 Marouane Chamakh: 5 Southampton: Paulo Gazzaniga: 7 Cedric Soares: 7 Jose Fonte (c): 6 Virgil van Dijk: 6 Ryan Bertrand: 6 Maya Yoshida: 5 Oriol Romeu: 5 Steven Davis: 7 Victor Wanyama: 6 Sadio Mane: 7 Shane Long: 7 Subs Dusan Tadic: 6 James Ward-Prowse: 6 Graziano Pelle: 6 STAR PLAYER Yannick Bolasie. The talented forward produced another eye-catching performance to frequently threaten and to create Yohan Cabaye’s goal. Had Wilfried Zaha been a better finisher, he would have had another assist, too. MOMENT OF THE MATCH Deep into stoppage time with the last chance of the match, Crystal Palace goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey produced a crucial save to deny Southampton’s Shane Long and effectively secure victory. VIEW FROM THE BENCH Alan Pardew had made no secret of his desire to win to lift his team into sixth place, and Palace’s attacking play ultimately deserved the victory they achieved. Ronald Koeman is experiencing the worst run of his reign at Southampton, but his team were far from poor, and it is difficult to hold injuries to important players against him. MOAN OF THE MATCH Wilfried Zaha’s finishing. The forward often promises so much, and Pardew has recently spoken of his ability to again compete with a place in the England squad, but he is painfully wasteful in front of goal. He had two fine goalscoring chances and not only wasted each, but failed to even shoot on target. An international quality player would have done better. WHO’S UP NEXT? Stoke v Crystal Palace (Barclays Premier League, Saturday 19 December) Southampton v Tottenham (Barclays Premier League, Saturday 19 December) Perhaps sensing his team therefore lacked the ability to compete with Palace in the attacking way Koeman generally prefers, James Ward-Prowse was dropped for Oriol Romeu, whose appearance in the same midfield as defender Ryan Bertrand gave Southampton an unusually-defensive appearance. With Wilfried Zaha again available following suspension and Mile Jedinak, his replacement on Monday at Everton, injured, Palace manager Alan Pardew recalled the forward to his starting XI and encouraged his team to attack. It took 20 minutes before they threatened, however, but as soon as they did the pressure on Southampton was intense. Yannick Bolasie’s inswinging cross-come-shot forced a corner when Gazzaniga tipped the ball over the crossbar, and from it Cabaye tested the goalkeeper with a powerful near-post shot that earned a second corner. On this occasion the Frenchman crossed to Connor Wickham, whose header was saved by Gazzaniga before being scrambled clear, and with their next attack almost immediately after Cabaye played Zaha into space in the area, from where the forward disappointingly struck just over. Southampton’s first notable attack soon followed. On the counter, Sadio Mane’s lofted pass gave Long time and space and the Irishman, beating goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey, went even closer than Cabaye had when he cut in from the left and curled a right-footed shot just inches high and wide. Hennessey then impressed with a reaction save from Steven Davis’ close-range header after the visitors’ next attempt on goal, before Palace responded by scoring in the 38th minute. On the right wing by Southampton’s penalty area, the again-impressive Bolasie defeated Southampton’s defence and Gazzaniga with a low cut-back to Cabaye that gifted the Frenchman a close-range tap-in into a near-open goal. It was the lead the home side deserved – created by players of the quality not seen at Selhurst Park until recent seasons – and in a sign of their confidence they sought a second after half-time. In the latest demonstration that European football is not beyond them, they outplayed their similarly-ambitious rivals and secured victory with a goal from Yohan Cabaye, their £10million record signing. Injuries forced manager Ronald Koeman to make further changes to his already out-of-form Southampton side. A toe injury suffered on Thursday by goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg led to a rare start for Paulo Gazzaniga, while owing to what Koeman described as “knee problems”, Graziano Pelle was named as a substitute, with Shane Long starting in his place. Press Association
Unitedâ€™s expected wholesale changes will put severe pressure on Arsene Wenger who would probably prefer to be playing United’s first team. It’s 40 years since Arsenal and Man Utd playedArsenal’s 3-0 victory over United at the Emirates last season is their only win in 11 Premier League games against them (D4 L6). United haven’t lost consecutive away Premier League games against Arsenal since November 2001.Alexis Sanchez is two goals away from scoring his 50th Premier League goal for Arsenal, becoming the 8th player to do this for the Gunners.Sanchez needs just one goal to register his best-ever return from a single campaign in Europe’s big five leagues (currently on 19, tied with 2013/14 for Barcelona). However, just six of his league goals have come at home this season in the Premier League (32%) despite playing at the Emirates on 16 occasions in 2016-17.Wayne Rooney has scored more Premier League goals against Arsenal than any other player in Premier League history (11).This will be Arsene Wenger’s 58th match as Arsenal manager against United in all competitions. It’s the side the Frenchman has faced most often with the Gunners, but also the side he’s got the lowest win rate against (29% – minimum of 15 games).Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Manchester United will be aiming for a 26th consecutive unbeaten Premier League game when they travel to the Emirates to play Arsenal on Super Sunday. Jose Mourinho’s side have set a new club record for the highest number of games without a loss in the top flight in a single season, and another this weekend would match that of Nottingham Forest in the 1977-78 season.The signs look favourable for United as Arsene Wenger has only beaten old foe Mourinho once in his career – winning the Community Shield in 2015 – and has never done so in the Premier League (W0 D7 L5).However, United are expected to field a second string team as Mourinho prioritises the Europa League title over pushing for a top four place In the Premier League. United could win their next four Premier League games and still finish fifth in the league. On the other hand, they only have to win two Europa League games to qualify for the Champions League.
Cheer up, Badger fans.I know these past few days have been a tough time for thefaithful of the Cardinal and White. The men’s basketball team bowed out in theNCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 to the hot-shooting Stephen Curry and Davidson. Andthe men’s hockey team fell at home in a tough overtime loss to North Dakota,costing them a trip to the Frozen Four in Denver.In fact, after the hockey team lost Sunday, head coach MikeEaves compared his emotions to those of his coaching counterpart, Bo Ryan.“I think as Bo Ryan talked about, when you lose and you’reso close, it stings,” Eaves said. “It stings deeply, and one of the things wetalked about after the game is that you’ve got to use that for next year.”While the losses for both Badger teams may sting for quitesome time — maybe perhaps until their new seasons begin, as Eaves mentioned — theycan both hold their heads high for the way things played out this year.Looking back to the fall, neither was predicted to make muchnoise in their respective conferences. For Bo’s bunch, they had to make up forthe loss of stars Alando Tucker and Kammron Taylor. As a team without a truego-to threat, they were projected to finish behind Michigan State and OhioState.Eaves and his crew were in the same boat. The team came inwith a lot of youth — just four seniors graced the roster, and the majority ofthe key players were either freshmen or sophomores — and weren’t seen as a clubthat could compete with some of the top teams in the WCHA, arguably thetoughest conference in college hockey.But here we are now, as both seasons have drawn to a closein the same weekend, reflecting on the year that was. And for all of you whodoubted these two Badger programs before play began, by now you are likely tohave rethought your early assumptions.Bo led his team to not only a regular season Big Ten title,but the conference tournament crown as well. With a more balanced roster thanthe one in 2006-07 — a team that could be shut down if Tucker was contained — Wisconsinmanaged to gain a No. 3 seed in the Big Dance. Once there, they topped CalState Fullerton in the opening round and dispensed of freshman phenom MichaelBeasley and Kansas State in the second.Eaves and his young team–despite finishing with aless-than-ideal regular season record — found themselves in the field of 16 forthe NCAA Tournament as well, getting to play on their home ice. And while mostin the hockey business didn’t think Wisconsin belonged in the postseason, a 6-2win in the first round against Denver made a statement that they could contend.“We came in here with something to prove,” UW goalie ShaneConnelly said in the locker room after Sunday’s loss. “We beat a very good Denverteam, and we went wire-to-wire with the No. 1 overall seed in our division.”“A lot of people picked Denver to come out of this (region),but I think by beating them pretty handily, we proved something,” assistantcaptain Ben Street said. “It’s frustrating at the same time because we felt wewere good enough to win this game.”The sense of frustration felt by Street is one that waslikely felt by everyone from Brian Butch to Kyle Turris, and by the thousandsof fans that stuck with both teams through thick and thin. Losses are tough,and they often make it hard for teams to look back and take pride in what hasbeen accomplished.But neither season could be counted as a lost year.Obviously, both fell short of the ultimate goal of a national championship. Butproving naysayers wrong and getting farther than anyone anticipated has tocount for something, right?For all of you still nursing the wounds from this weekend’splayoff losses, hopefully this helps. If you’re like me and have been receivingcalls and messages from friends who want to rub in the games, just tune themout.And if they’re Gopher fans, ask them how their football teamis doing.?Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. If you disagreewith him and think either team was a disappointment this season, let him firstname.lastname@example.org.
After kicking off the year on the right foot with two road wins against UC Davis and Fresno State last week, the USC women’s basketball team takes on the San Diego State Aztecs today in its home opener at the Galen Center.USC (2-0) got its 27th season-opening victory on Friday against Utah State as the team battled back from a second-half deficit to triumph, 64-55.The Women of Troy were able to carry that momentum into Fresno, where they once again came out on top by a nine-point margin, 63-54.Neither of these wins, however, came easily for the Women of Troy, as both games were decided in the final minutes. USC performed well down the stretch to prevail.“I am very proud of our team because we fought through all the difficulties the game presented, finished the game and came away with two road victories, which is not easy to do,” USC head coach Cynthia Cooper-Dyke said.In beating Davis and Fresno State, USC was able to avenge two losses from last season.“These were two tough games, as they presented matchup problems for us, but we grinded it out,” Cooper-Dyke said.With early success on the road, the Women of Troy have started 2-0 for the first time since the 2005-2006 season, which was also the last time that the program reached the NCAA Tournament.Senior forward and team captain Cassie Harberts, who recorded her first double-double of the year against Fresno State with 13 points and 12 rebounds, mentioned that the Women of Troy’s two resilient wins came as a result of Cooper-Dyke emphasizing a new mentality for the team.“We have a much more aggressive mentality in that we never let up or backed down,” Harberts said. “Instead, we fought back and finished the game.”The team’s focus is now set on San Diego State, which narrowly dropped its season opener on the road against Sacramento State in a 93-89 loss.In last year’s matchup, the Aztecs handily defeated the Women of Troy 80-46. After avenging last season’s losses, USC will set out to do the same against San Diego State.“We are mainly just focused on playing the game we know how to play and not beating ourselves,” Harberts said.In preparation for the Aztecs, the Women of Troy practiced sets against a variety of different defensive schemes that San Diego State could play on Wednesday.“[San Diego State] plays a lot of different defenses, but we want to be prepared for their zone, man or anything that they throw at us,” Cooper-Dyke said. “We want to be able to execute offensively and defensively and be the best Women of Troy team that we can be.”Wednesday night’s matchup will also be Cooper-Dyke’s official home coaching debut at Galen Center, which she hopes will develop into a real home-court advantage for the team.“I am excited to be home and I want us to be able to protect our home court,” Cooper-Dyke said.Tipoff at the Galen Center is scheduled for 4 p.m. Follow Darian on Twitter @dariannourian24
However, there was one major disappointment for Arsenal fans after last night’s game.Wenger confirmed that Alexis Sanchez had a set-back in his return from injury during the week and the Chilean isn’t expected to return to action until January 10th. Goals from Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud helped Arsene Wenger’s side to take all three points – despite a late strike from Yaya Toure that set-up a tense finish to the game.The Gunners have now climbed back to within two points of Leicester at the top of the table, while they have also put some breathing space between themselves and City, who remain six points adrift of the leaders and four behind Arsenal.The Arsenal manager says that he won’t allow his players to get too carried away…
Associated Press Television News Last Updated: 3rd January, 2020 13:39 IST Buster, Sullivan Lead Lamar Past New Orleans, 74-67 Davion Buster tied his career high with 23 points and Avery Sullivan pitched in with a double-double as Lamar won on the road for the first time in six games, beating New Orleans 74-67 on Thursday night. COMMENT Davion Buster tied his career high with 23 points and Avery Sullivan pitched in with a double-double as Lamar won on the road for the first time in six games, beating New Orleans 74-67 on Thursday night.Sullivan hit 8 of 10 from the field to put up 22 points while pulling down 12 rebounds for Lamar.Bryson Robinson had 21 points and six rebounds for the Privateers (4-9, 0-3 Southland Conference), whose losing streak stretched to four games. Troy Green added 16 points.Lamar (8-6, 2-1) takes on Abilene Christian at home on Saturday. New Orleans faces Stephen F. Austin at home on Saturday.___For more AP college basketball coverage:___Elements of this story were generated by Automated Insights, WATCH US LIVE SUBSCRIBE TO US LIVE TV First Published: 3rd January, 2020 13:39 IST Written By FOLLOW US