Utah’s Gobert Named NBA All-Defensive First Team

first_imgMay 24, 2018 /Sports News – Local Utah’s Gobert Named NBA All-Defensive First Team Written by Robert Lovell FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail(Salt Lake City, UT)  —  Jazz center Rudy Gobert is one of five players on the NBA’s All-Defensive First Team.The teams were announced yesterday.  The 25-year-old averaged 2.3 blocks and 10.7 rebounds per game for Utah and served as a dominant rim protector.  This is Gobert’s second straight season earning this honor.Gobert led all players in votes, garnering 192 points with 94 first team votes out of 100 possible. Anthony Davis of the New Orleans Pelicans finished second in the voting and is on the NBA All-Defensive First Team for the first time.Joining Gobert and Davis on the first team are Victor Oladipo of the Indiana Pacers, Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, and Philadelphia 76ers forward Robert Covington.Three other Jazz players received votes for the NBA All-Defensive teams: Ricky Rubio, Derrick Favors and Donovan Mitchell. Tags: Basketball/NBA/NBA All-Defensive Team/Rudy Gobert/Utah Jazzlast_img read more

Lions trade cornerback Slay to Eagles

first_imgMarch 19, 2020 /Sports News – National Lions trade cornerback Slay to Eagles FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailJustin Edmonds/Getty Images(DETROIT) — The Lions have traded pro bowl cornerback Darius Slay to the Eagles for a third round and fifth round pick in this years draft, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. Slay’s agent Drew Rosenhaus told ESPN the two sides have agreed to a three year, 50 million dollar deal.The 29 year-old will become the highest paid cornerback in the league based on the annual average of the deal, which is 16.67 million dollars. His contract just beat out Miami’s Byron Jones, who signed a five year, 82.5 million dollar deal that averages 16.50 million dollars a year. A star cornerback was one of the biggest needs for Philadelphia this offseason.Last year, the Eagles allowed 15 pass plays of 40 yards of more, the second most in the NFL. Slay was drafted by Detroit out of Mississippi State in the second round in 2013. He recorded 19 interceptions and 103 passes defended during his seven years with the team and made the Pro Bowl each of the past three seasons. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

SIMKO, JOHN A.

first_img90, passed away May 21, 2017 at home in Bayonne. Born in Bayonne, he was a lifelong resident. John was a Supervisor at Western Electric for 32 years retiring in 1984. John served in the US Navy during WWII and Korea. He was a member of The Memorial Day Parade Committee, Catholic War Veterans #621, Disabled American Veterans #5 and American Legion Mckenzie Post #165. Husband of the late Mary (nee: Husar) Simko. Father of Suzanne Thomas, Joanne Mielczarski, John K Simko and the late Michael Simko. Grandfather of 6. Brother of the late Reverend Michael Simko, Joseph Simko, Margaret Reynolds and Anna McDonald. Funeral arrangements by SWEENEY Funeral Home, 857 Kennedy Blvd.last_img read more

Landscape Spring Cleaning

first_imgBy spending a little time in your landscape now, you can better enjoy the greatactivities spring and summer have to offer. Planting annuals or perennials in bands of solid blocks is a great way to add contrast tothe typical background of dark green shrubs. In some cases, a small amount of insect damage may not warrant a full-scale spraying.You may kill more beneficial insects than harmful ones. Spring is an excellent time, too, to use your fall compost in preparing new flower bedsor amending old ones. Completed compost can be tilled or hand-turned into native soilsto improve conditions for future flower beds. Spray registered pesticides and organic alternatives by label directions only whenyou’re sure of the precise pest (and how many) you have. If you haven’t done so already, take a soil sample from your flower bed. That will tellhow much lime or fertilizer the bed needs. In the absence of a soil test, a balancedfertilizer should do well in most cases. Now would be a great time to add some color to your landscape, too. Our soils arewarming, so many summer annuals can be planted without fear of frost. A bright bedof impatiens, geraniums, begonias or old reliable marigolds can add colorful contrast toany landscape. As a final check in your landscape, before you allow spring outdoor fever to hit, don’tforget to pest-proof your landscape investment. You can’t totally rid your landscape orgarden of all bugs and diseases, but a little prevention now can save a lot of headacheslater. Most of your major pruning chores should be completed by now. Prune early-bloomingplants such as azaleas, forsythia, hydrangea and dogwood, though, as soon as they’vefinished flowering. Pruning these plants now will ensure next year’s crop of blooms.center_img Be sure to check the undersides of leaves while looking for problem pests. Spidermites, aphids and lace bugs love to hide under the protective covering of a leaf. Youwon’t see them if you don’t check thoroughly. Scout your shrubs carefully now, looking for signs of insect activity. Learn to identifydamaging pests as well as the beneficial ones — there are far more good bugs thanharmful ones in our landscapes. Be careful not to overfertilize. You may injure sensitive plants or cause them to growtoo much. A slow-release fertilizer is a good option. It can better protect plants againstfertilizer burn and can provide nutrition to them over a longer term. As we begin to leave the cold behind, many of us focus on warm-weather hobbies suchas fishing, golf or picnics. Don’t just rush into your favorite pastime, though. A littleattention to your landscape now will make it look its best this summer. Disease problems may begin to appear as we get into warmer weather. Many of theleaf-spot diseases that appear on shrubs cause only minor cosmetic damage. More severe problems can be a sign of trouble in the root zone. Your county extensionagent can help diagnose them and suggest the right fungicide or cultural practice touse. Use partially composted material as a top mulch around shrubs to help conservemoisture in the summer heat. Don’t bother removing the old mulch unless it hasbecome badly matted and waterlogged.last_img read more

L.C.’s Coming-out.

first_imgIn Athens, Ga., scientists and a crowd of reporters had a big coming-out party for L.C. the calf and her seven sisters June 26. But, why would anyone, besides maybe a cattleman, have an interest in eight cute, healthy, playful calves?You may be interested yourself when you go to your grocery meat counter in two to four years and find cheaper beef.Less Expensive Production”We believe the cloning process will make it less expensive to produce the animals, and the industry will pass it on to the consumer,” says Steve Stice of the University of Georgia’s animal and dairy science department, in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.As it is now, you might buy just the tasty beef you want, but find it’s not quite as good as the same cut was the last time you bought it. But cloned cows could help make sure you get the same quality meat purchase after purchase.Passing along good qualities from one cow to another is iffy at best. But two and a half years ago, Stice and a group of 20 scientists thought they saw a new way to clone a really good cow that produced a lot of calves but had come at the end of her reproductive life.Mama Cow’s SkinThe scientists took microscopic pieces of the old mama cow’s skin, removed its genetic code and stored it. Later, they took eggs from other cows, removed those genetic codes and replaced them with the DNA codes from the old cow.The modified eggs were placed in individual cows for nine months. There have been other cloned animals, but it’s how Stice and the scientists prepared the cells from the old cow that rate as a scientific breakthrough.Their vision of cloned cows became real when the first two healthy calves were born last February. In the next four months, another six came along.What Next?What happens to the calves?”They will be producing offspring that will go to the meat case,” Stice said.They’ll provide more than uniform quality beef, too.L.C. and her sisters, all genetically alike, will keep alive, one calf at a time, the genetic ancestry their mother would have taken to the grave. Photo: Brad Haire Along with her seven genetically identical sisters, this nosy calf had a big coming-out party in Athens, Ga., June 26. She and the other clones may pave the way to cheaper, better beef for shoppers.last_img read more

Best Winter Base Layers for Cold Rain and Snow

first_imgMountain HardwearMountain Hardwear’s new baselayer, the Integral Pro Long Sleeve Zip T, provides wool’s warmth plus synthetic performance. The Integral takes full advantage of Mountain Hardwear’s exclusive Wick.Q Wool technology to provide unbeatable comfort and performance in an outdoor fitness top. Wick.Q Wool is a machine washable wool/polypropylene blend that dries quickly and wicks efficiently like a synthetic, while kicking in the consistent warmth of natural wool. www.mountainhardwear.comMountainHardware_IntegralProLSZipT While the snow and cold continue throughout the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic, you’re going to want to tap into the new technologies driving the performance apparel world. The latest and greatest material innovations are giving base layers specifically an increasingly important story to tell about protection and breathability. Think of the right base layer combination as an insurance policy for warmth and comfort. No matter the conditions or cold-weather activity, they’ll be working to keep you warm on cold mornings and wicking away sweat when you start to generate your own heat during exercise. Following is BRO’s look at some of this season’s best:Adidas OutdoorsAdidas Outdoors is bringing a number of options to the table for Fall 2013, and first up is their men’s Winter Midlayer. The employment of Climawarm technology provides thermal insulation in cold weather conditions and this mid-layer features a half-zip for ventilation. The Terrex Icesky Half-Zip Long Sleeve, as seen below also features Climawarm technology and its construction allows for ultimate performance while in motion. The final piece in the new collection is the Terrex Swift Long Sleeve Half-Zip Tee. The Swift’s activated carbon endows it with evaporative cooling, odor management and UV protection. The Swift features a half-zip design with higher fitted collar for extra protection. www.adidas.comAdidas Outdoors terrex Icesky half zip long sleevelsCore ConceptsFrom Core Concepts comes the Old Faithful, a perfect start to any three-season layering program. Idaho’s Core Concepts is an independent company that crafts authentic adventure apparel for real people that moves seamlessly from active to everyday life. The Polartec Power Dry bi-component fabric is comfortable against the skin, wicks moisture and dries quickly. The Old Faithful sports a custom designed, sublimation printed artwork in the underarm panel. www.corelayers.comCore Concepts Old Faithful PatagoniaFrom environmental leader Patagonia comes several new pieces that are sure to keep body parts warm during cold days just as they have for more than 30 years. The Merino 3 Midweight Hoody provides a slim cut which allows it to layer nicely beneath a winter or spring shell. Its quick-drying, moisture-wicking and odor-resistant qualities make this a great hoody for on or off the mountain. The Merino 2 Lightweight Crew is another great option. Stronger and more durable than 100 percent wool, this combination of Merino and polyester blends to keep the active adventurer dry and comfortable even when wet. This crew naturally controls odor and wicks perspiration, and the raglan sleeve seams won’t chafe beneath pack straps during long treks. One of the more innovative baselayers out this Fall is the Capilene 4 Expedition Weight One-Piece Suit, light, breathable and able to wick away moisture while keeping you sealed up inside. With a hood for men and a high collar for women, this baselayer takes everything into consideration, including a drop-seat in the back for when nature calls. www.patagonia.comLAYOUT_Patagonia W Merino 2 Long Sleeve CrewSalomon Salomon adds technological advancements for active baselayers with the EXO Jersey, made from extra-light fabric combined with EXO technology to provide postural support and muscle support in key areas to foster maximum skiing performance. The EXO Tight employs the same technology as the Jersey and features knee support to increase stability. Salomon’s new Halo Down Smartskin is a midweight layer that has stretch panels inside the arms and elbows to allow for easier movement and breathability. The Trail Runner Warm Long Sleeve Zip Tee is also a great option, comfy and warm enough to cut the early morning chill, yet breathable enough to stay cool as the day goes on. www.salomon.comLAYOUT_Salomon_Exo_Motion_Tight_M_Black_ExoSensifit_hi_68399 ColdPrufFrom ColdPruf comes the Premium Performance Layer. “As a vertical manufacturer, we have created a unique fabrication and garment fit that is ideally suited to our more active customers. Our pricing is very competitive as well. Again, it is all about the value that ColdPruf brings to the market,” said John Willingham, president of Indera Mills, the 99-year-old parent company of ColdPruf. Available for both men and women, this set of trim fitting tights and long sleeve shirts are great for fall and winter weather. This industry up-and-comer keeps the active athlete warm and comfortable while exerting high amounts of energy during colder months. The presence of spandex (85/15 blend of performance polyester and spandex) allows for optimal flexibility while the moisture-wicking Coldpruf technology keeps things dry from the inside out. www.coldpruf.comColdpruf_trim fitting tights and long sleeve shirtsSmartwoolThe men’s or women’s PhD NTS Light 195 Wind Zip T from Smartwool is a specialized top from the baselayer collection with a windproof front panel that provides warmth and protection from the elements. The top was designed for high aerobic activities in cold weather. Lightweight fabric on the back and sleeves and a venting center front zip allow for efficient cooling. Body-enhancing fit and design lines are seen in the sculpted side panels, eliminating side seams for reduced chafing, and in the contoured sleeve cuff and drop tail bottom hem for increased coverage. The Women’s NTS Mid 250 Pattern Hoody is 100 percent Merino wool and features a form fit interlock knit along with a back body seam that wraps to front for an enhanced fit. The performance fit hood with two ponytail exits can be worn underneath a helmet while flatlock seam construction is designed to eliminate chafing. Also with a form fit interlock knit, the Men’s NTS Mid 250 Pattern Crew is a 100 percent Merino wool layer complete with shoulder panels to eliminate top shoulder seams. www.smartwool.comLAYOUT_Smartwool-w_NTSMid250_pat_hoody CraftCraft provides an innovative layering system of the highest quality, ranging from the warmest and most active to windproof and warm, and are ideal for alpine and Nordic skiing, running and cycling. Craft offers three collections to choose from: Stay Cool, Be Active and Keep Warm lines. Each is specifically designed for the temperatures one can expect to be in. For winter endeavors the Keep Warm line has you covered, designed for temps ranging from 32 degrees to as low as 22 below zero. New this season is their Active Extreme Concept Piece Long Sleeve, made of a thin, lightweight and elastic fabric that is channel-stitched with two high-tech polyester fibers. A hexa-channeled fiber against the skin enhances moisture transport, which cools the body. On the outside, a hollow fiber offers insulation as well as transport of moisture to the next layer. Pieces are engineered to keep odor away. A second option is the Cool Concept Piece Short Sleeve, designed to keep you cool while exercising in warm conditions, both indoors and outdoors. The garments feature unique multi-channeled fiber constructions that effectively pull perspiration away from the body. 3D construction ensures optimal freedom of movement and a perfect fit. www.craftsports.usLAYOUT_Craft_ActiveExtreme_Concept_LongSleeve_MObermeyerNew this year, Obermeyer has engineered a smart, lightweight, 100 percent nylon-treated Dri-Core fabric used within their new baselayers for 2013. The fabric works in unison with the brand’s chosen insulation and shell goods for the ideal waterproof-breathable ski-specific combination. The first baselayer in the lineup is the Flex Dri-Core First Layer Top, a men’s full half-zip base layer body mapped to optimize moisture control performance. The Cocona, fast-drying fabric is mapped under the arms to accelerate the moisture transfer away from one’s core. The next option is the Julia Dri-Core First Layer Hooded Top, a multi-purpose technical baselayer for cold-weather activities. The Dri-Core fabric allows for superior breathability, is lightweight, and aids in insulation as the layer closest to your skin. www.obermeyer.comObermeyer_Julia Dri-Core First Layer Hooded Top_FrontColumbia SportswearFrom Columbia Sportswear comes their new Heavyweight Baselayer for both men and women. With a retro-waffle feel, this baselayer is getting back to the basics while still implementing new-age Omni-Heat Thermal Reflective technology. The durable top also features Omni-Wick technology under the arms for breathability. This lightweight baselayer with ergonomic seaming is a great option for very cold weather at a value. www.columbia.comColumbia Sportswear Heavyweight Baselayer - MensThe North FaceAs usual, and for Fall 2013, The North Face has a number of baselayer options for all activities. In performance, check out the Men’s Isotherm Half-Zip, an innovative hybrid top constructed with wind-resistant core, wool blend and FlashDry mesh ventilation panels, to keep you protected and warm on cold-weather runs. For winter action, the Women’s Expedition Tight is an expedition-weight baselayer for low- to- medium-intensity activities and features an innovative two-layer, one-way moisture-transport construction and FlashDry technology, which works with your body to improve dry time. The Men’s Alloy Merino Top is a technical wool-blend baselayer that utilizes Thermo3D design, FlashDry technology and multiple fabric weights to provide optimum warmth and temperature regulation in a 10.22-ounce package. www.thenorthface.comNorth_Face_MensAlloyMerinoTopIcebreakerIcebreaker has a host of new styles that combine the natural benefits of premium wool with high-tech weather protection. Debuting in Fall/Winter 2013 are two water-resistant technical tops for trans-season running, cycling and other outdoor sports. The Dart LS Half-Zip for women and Drive Long Sleeve Half-Zip for men are lightweight technical tops that contain tiny nano particles with a ridged surface that reduces contact area, allowing water, mud and oil to simply run off. The Dart and Drive also feature Icebreaker’s Free Seam – a seam that is smooth against the skin to prevent chafing – and breathable eyelet panels. Both can be worn solo or under another layer. Also new this season are the men’s and women’s Quantum+ Hood, an upgraded version of Icebreaker’s best-selling hoody, with nanotechnology for water resistance. Stylish and dynamic, it’s ideal for running and technical sports, and for the outdoors. us.icebreaker.comIcebreaker Quantum+ HoodPolarmaxNew for 2013 from Polarmax is the ultra-soft Micro H1 and H2 and the company’s lightest base layer to date, Travel Silk, all part of their All-Year Gear line of Casual Base Layers, developed to be layers you can wear all year long from snow to summer. Made from 100 percent Acclimate Dry Polyester, Travel Silk, MSRP $30 tops and bottoms, builds on the success of their lightest weight base layer, Tech Silk. At 2.8 oz per square yard, Travel Silk is by far their lightest layer ever. With its Acclimate Dry Moisture Wicking treatment this garment will help keep you dry no matter how strenuous your plans for the day are. Micro H1, MSRP $30 tops and bottoms, is made from 94 percent Acclimate Dry Polyester and 6 percent Lycra. With the interest in their soft heather fabric debuted at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2012, Polarmax put the fabric to work in their new Micro H1 line, feeling reminiscent of bamboo or merino. With Lycra for stretch and a relaxed fit, this base layer is certain to be a hit year round. The Micro H2 tops and bottoms, uses the same fabric as the H1 line but with a plaited construction so it is twice as thick. With an athletic fit for the bottoms to be worn under pants without extra bulk and a relaxed fit in the tops for comfort, these layers are the best of both worlds. Polarmax has been manufactured with everything sourced within a 15-mile radius of West End, NC, for more than 30 years. Everything from making the thread to weaving the fabric, to the cut and sew, to the final shipping is done within 15 miles of their headquarters, allowing them to quickly make changes to product at any step of the process. www.polarmax.comPolarmax_WomensPant_1U32V_BLK_01TascTasc debuted its new Performance Bamboo:Merino Base Layer System at Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2013, with even more exciting updates at Summer Market, including briefs and socks. They offer both men and women’s styles in two thicknesses, level A and level B. The main characteristics of these base layers are: comfort, temperature regulation, moisture wicking, UPF 50+, anti-odor and chemical free. “We created the base layer system by mixing merino wool and viscose from bamboo to complement and enhance the natural fibers’ ability to wick moisture and fight odor. The bamboo fibers also give the fabric a much softer hand and feel than pure merino wool competitors. All performance attributes are inherent to this mixture of natural fibers,” said Tasc’s Jessica Walther. www.tascperformance.comtasc men base SSlast_img read more

NRL star’s family home sparks tense bidding war

first_imgThe home at 48 Seventh Avenue, Kedron.“It was a great spot to grow up with the park at the end of the street where we could kick the footy around,” Shillington said.Ray White Wilston principal Alistair Macmillan said the highset house was in good condition and very liveable, but lent itself well to a full-scale renovation.Shillington played 215 NRL games for the Roosters, Canberra Raiders and Titans as well as 14 Tests, eight Origin games for Queensland, four matches for the Prime Minister’s XIII and two NRL All Stars appearances.Other big sales in the area recently include a five-bedroom character home at 60 Robe St, Grange, which fetched more than $1.6 million and a six-bedroom house at 56 Brook St, Windsor, which sold for $1.85 million. The home at 48 Seventh Ave, Kedron.THE original family home that retired NRL star David Shillington grew up in has sold at auction for $950,000.Eleven registered bidders competed for the 1920s Queenslander on two lots at 48 Seventh Avenue, Kedron, which eventually sold to a Brisbane local who plans to renovate and resell the property.The former Gold Coast Titans forward, who retired from rugby league earlier this year due to chronic injuries, has fond memories of his childhood home.The 33-year-old remembers having to share a bedroom with his three brothers when his parents first bought the two-bedroom property.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019When the boys grew older, his parents raised the house and built underneath.last_img read more

One person injured in Franklin County accident.

first_imgFRANKLIN COUNTY, Ind. — One person was injured after an ice cream truck was involved in a roll-over accident in Franklin County on Sunday.According to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department, Gregory A Leppert, 64, of Hamilton, Ohio was attempting to stop for a customer on US 52 near Hydes Road, when the rear brakes of the truck locked up, which caused him to drive off the right side of the roadway.Both Leppert and a passenger, Mark Isaacs, 62, of Hamilton, Ohio, were pinned in the vehicle and had to be extricated.Isaacs received injuries in the crash and was airlifted to the University of Cincinnati Hospital.last_img read more

20 already on ballot for 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational

first_imgVINTON, Iowa – While attention is currently focused on the upcoming Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational, 20 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified drivers have already raced their way onto the ballot for the 2014 event. Ricky Alvarado owns a pair of qualifying wins on the EQ Cylinder Heads Wild West Tour. Winners of the highest paying events thus far were Benji LaCrosse in the Night of 10,000 Stars and Kyle Strickler at the Night of 1,000 Stars. David Murray Jr. took the checkers on night two of the Stampede special at Dodge City Raceway Park. Mark Carrell became vote eligible by winning the Dancin’ Bare Topless 100 at Sunset Speedway. Governor’s Cup honors at Dacotah Speedway went to Robert Hellebust. Jeremy Shank topped the Northwest Modified Nationals at Grays Harbor Raceway. His Nor-Cal Series win at Petaluma Speedway made Brian Cass vote eligible. Todd Dart was the $1,000 feature winner at a Thunderhill Raceway weekly show. RPM Speedway wrote out the top check to Modified Mania winner Jared Landers. Jeremy Frenier was first across the stripe in the fair special at WaKeeney Speedway. Jesse Williamson scored big at Cottage Grove Speedway’s Modified Nationals. Eric Dailey was first at the Kossuth County Fair. Josh Meyer was the Jam The Stands Night winner at Jackson Speedway. Dustin Hansen raced his way onto the ballot with a Wild West Tour victory at Millard County Raceway. Ray Cox Jr. won the Weedon Memorial at Quad City Speedway and Zachary Thorp was first at Lovelock Speedway’s Frontier Days. Another Karl Performance Hawkeye Dirt Tour presented by XSAN victory put Darin Duffy on the 2014 ballot. Tyler Limoges was the Martin County Fair winner at Fairmont Raceway. Bobby Hogge IV won the Five Star Grafix Clash at Santa Maria Speedway.last_img read more

Guardiola’s mother dies from coronavirus

first_imgRelatedPosts Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Ings not interested in leaving Saints, Southampton manager says Pep Guardiola’s mother has passed away from coronavirus, Manchester City have confirmed. The Premier League champions confirmed the sad news on Monday that Dolors Sala Carrio had passed at the age of 82. City paid tribute to their manager on social media, saying: “Everyone associated with the club sends their most heartfelt sympathy at this most distressing time to Pep, his family and all their friends.” “Everyone at Spurs sends their deepest condolences. Our thoughts are with Pep and his family at this time,” Spurs tweeted. The tragic news comes weeks after Guardiola himself made a generous donation of £920,000 (€1 million) to help fight the coronavirus in Spain. Guardiola earmarked the money, sent to the Angel Soler Daniel Foundation, to be spent on purchasing medical equipment. The fund is named after a doctor from Santpedor – the town Guardiola hails from – who passed away in the 1970s. The Barcelona medical college said that equipment is in short supply across Catalonia and Guardiola’s generosity will go a long way to easing the strain on health centres. Catalonia is reported to have the most concentrated number of cases in Spain. Guardiola is currently back at home in Barcelona following the outbreak, where he has been urging football fans to stay at home to reduce the spread of the deadly virus. “We miss football,” he said. “We miss the life that we had a few days ago but now is the time to listen, to follow our scientists, doctors and nurses. “You are my football family and we are going to do everything possible to make you feel better. We’ll come back from this stronger, better, kinder… and a little bit fatter. Stay inside, stay safe.” The 2020 Olympic Games has been postponed until 2021 on March 24 – becoming one of the last major sporting events this summer to fall victim to the coronavirus. Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe held a crucial conference call with Olympics chief Thomas Bach on Tuesday to formally decide a plan and they have chosen to postpone for 12 months. The decision also means the Tokyo Paralympic Games will be subject to a one-year delay. Despite the delay, the name of the delayed Games will still be Tokyo 2020, the city’s governor Yuriko Koike revealed. A joint statement from the IOC and Tokyo 2020 organising committee read: “In the present circumstances and based on the information provided by the WHO today, the IOC President and the Prime Minister of Japan have concluded that the Games of the XXXII Olympiad in Tokyo must be rescheduled to a date beyond 2020 but not later than summer 2021, to safeguard the health of the athletes, everybody involved in the Olympic Games and the international community. “The leaders agreed that the Olympic Games in Tokyo could stand as a beacon of hope to the world during these troubled times and that the Olympic flame could become the light at the end of the tunnel in which the world finds itself at present. “Therefore, it was agreed that the Olympic flame will stay in Japan. It was also agreed that the Games will keep the name Olympic and Paralympic Games Tokyo 2020.” There was plenty of scepticism whether the Olympics would pull through and continue as scheduled, while events linked to the games were called off. The Olympic torch relay in Greece was cancelled on March 13 – just a day after the flame was lit in Olympia.Tags: Dolors Sala CarrioManchester CityPep GuardiolaPremier Leaguelast_img read more