Teams hold practice games as Japan baseball league nears return

first_imgKyodo News reported that the Buffaloes allowed reporters into the stadium after requiring them to wear face masks and undergo temperature checks.With the number of coronavirus infections falling across Japan, the state of emergency was lifted in Osaka, along with two other western prefectures, last Thursday. The measures had already been lifted in Fukuoka.Japan will lift a state of emergency for Tokyo and remaining areas still facing restrictions on Monday.The COVID-19 pandemic also forced Olympic organisers to postpone the 2020 Tokyo Games by a year.Topics : Two Japanese teams held intra-squad practice games in empty ballparks on Monday as the Nippon Professional Baseball league nears a return from the COVID-19 shutdown.The NPB season was supposed to start on March 20 but has been delayed due to the pandemic. Earlier this month, NPB Commissioner Atsushi Saito suggested the season could start in the second half of June.The Osaka-based Orix Buffaloes and the SoftBank Hawks, who play further south in Fukuoka, both held intra-squad scrimmages at their grounds on Monday.last_img read more

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Cheap colour test picks up HIV

first_img Share Blue for yes, red for noA cheap test which could detect even low levels of viruses and some cancers has been developed by UK researchers. The colour of a liquid changes to give either a positive or negative result.The designers from Imperial College London say the device could lead to more widespread testing for HIV and other diseases in parts of the world where other methods are unaffordable.The prototype, which needs wider testing, is described in the journal Nature Nanotechnology.The test can be configured to a unique signature of a disease or virus – such as a protein found on the surface of HIV.If that marker is present it changes the course of a chemical reaction. The final result is blue if the marker is there, red if the marker is not.The researchers say this allows the results to be detected with “the naked eye”.Prof Molly Stevens told the BBC: “This method should be used when the presence of a target molecule at ultra-low concentration could improve the diagnosis of disease. “For example, it is important to detect some molecules at ultra-low concentrations to test cancer recurrence after tumour removal. “It can also help with diagnosing HIV-infected patients whose viral load is too low to be detected with current methods.”Early testing showed the presence of markers of HIV and prostate cancer could be detected. However, trials on a much larger scale will be needed before it could be used clinically.The researchers expect their design will cost 10 times less than current tests. They say this will be important in countries where the only options are unaffordable.Fellow researcher Dr Roberto de la Rica said: “This test could be significantly cheaper to administer, which could pave the way for more widespread use of HIV testing in poorer parts of the world.”BBC News Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img Share HealthLifestyle Cheap colour test picks up HIV by: – October 30, 2012 13 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

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Man U move:  Ighalo escapes compulsory military training

first_img Loading… The results of the surprise checks will be made public and clubs will be ranked to shame underachievers into action. Ighalo received a super welcome on joining Chinese Super League side Shanghai Greenland Shenhua As if that was not enough the order went into details saying “teams must train for at least 16 hours a week and meet targets in tests that include squats, bench presses and vertical jumps. All players must have a body fat percentage of less than 11%” Read Also Neville: Ighalo will have better impact at Man Utd than Lukaku,Sanchez Ighalo who first played for Changchun Yatai on joining the Chinese Super League in 2017, scored 36 goals for the side in 55 appearances before moving over to Shanghai Greenland Shenhua. He moved on loan to Man United late January till the end of the season has since scored three goals for the club including a brace in 3-0 defeat of Derby County in the FA cup. Manchester United face Austrian side LASK  in and Europa league clash on Thursday FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Nigeria international and Manchester United loanee, Odion Ighalo ,has been spared compulsory military training following his loan move to old Trafford early this year. Chinese authorities battling to contain the ravaging coronavirus have ordered compulsory Spring Military training for all footballers in the country insisting that footballers must train at least 16 hours a week to remain trim and fight the scourge. Officials in a statement said “Chinese football clubs and national teams must undertake “spring military training” to defeat the coronavirus and help fulfill President Xi Jinping’s dream of making the country a force in the sport” Matches in China are indefinitely suspended over the outbreak but the football association has issued detailed orders, telling clubs how long players must train each week, what exercises they must do and even how slim they must be. The strict instructions, the latest in a series handed down by the Chinese Football Association (CFA) in recent years, are likely to be met with surprise by coaches such as Rafael Benitez and Fabio Cannavaro with a background in European football. Interestingly Cannavaro, at Chinese Super League (CSL) champions Guangzhou Evergrande, and Benitez at Dalian Pro are among the coaches who will be held directly responsible for incorporating the training regime into their pre-season programmes. The order was made on Friday, and clubs had until Tuesday (today) to tell the CFA how they would adhere to it. They will also face random inspections to make sure they’re following the instructions.center_img Promoted Content18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Most Beautiful Indian Top Models Ever6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldAir Pollution Is Rapidly Decreasing Thanks To COVID-19Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks7 Reasons Why You Might Want To Become A Vegetarian8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever Madelast_img read more

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Ox setback for Gunners and England

first_img The midfielder said he hopes to be “back playing in three months” following his knee injury, but he is set to miss crucial games for club and country in the meantime. The 20-year-old, who has become a regular member of Roy Hodgson’s England squad, limped out of the Gunners’ 3-1 home defeat by Aston Villa on the opening day of the new Barclays Premier League season, with reports suggesting he could be set for a lengthy spell of rehabilitation. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger attempted to allay fears of a serious injury when he spoke in Istanbul ahead of the Champions League play-off first leg against Fenerbahce, suggesting a six-week lay-off. But the player, who did not travel to Turkey and was due to see a specialist this evening, later gave an update on his official Twitter feed suggesting it was likely to be longer before he would be back in contention. “Gutted I’m injured so early in the season,” Oxlade-Chamberlain wrote on Twitter, “But I’m going to be working hard to hopefully be back playing in 3 months. Thanks 4 all ur support.” Oxlade-Chamberlain, therefore, can expect to miss England’s crunch Group H World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine. The midfielder also stands to miss the October dates against Montenegro and Poland as Hodgson’s team bid to reach next summer’s finals in Brazil, and important early games in Arsenal’s campaign. Earlier, Wenger had given an update on his player’s fitness. “He will be out for at least six weeks, he has a posterior cruciate problem, a ligament which is stretched,” said the Arsenal manager. “We don’t think it will need surgery.” England and Arsenal were dealt a major blow on Tuesday night when it emerged Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain expects to be out of action until November.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Baseball takes two of three at Washington State

first_imgThe baseball team traveled to Pullman this weekend to take on Washington State, hoping to bounce back after being swept last weekend by Oregon. Riding the momentum of a midweek win over Long Beach State, the Trojans combined stifling pitching and timely hitting to take two out of three games against the Cougars.Redshirt junior Joe Navilhon drew the start for the series opener, and the right-hander turned in another solid performance since joining USC’s starting rotation. Navilhon tossed four innings of 2-run ball in a rain-shortened outing before making way for the bullpen after an hour-long delay. The Trojan bats managed to plate 2 runs before lightning stopped play, thanks to two RBI groundouts from seniors Timmy Robinson and David Oppenheim.Junior Bernardo Flores entered in place of Navilhon when the game resumed, and he kicked off a shutdown night for the USC relief corps. The lefty continued his renaissance out of the bullpen, pitching three scoreless innings. Junior Jeff Paschke came in for the eighth and ninth innings, keeping the game knotted at 2-2 with two more innings of shutout Trojan relief.USC finally broke the deadlock in the tenth, as senior AJ Ramirez lifted a sacrifice fly to score the go-ahead run. Freshman Dillon Paulson then drove in an insurance run with a RBI single to stake senior closer Brooks Kriske a 2-run lead for the bottom of the inning. Kriske breezed through a perfect tenth, clinching the series-opening win and his sixth save of the season.Senior Kyle Davis toed the rubber on Saturday, and he continued the Trojans’ excellent pitching during the series. The veteran gave the bullpen a rest with eight masterful innings, fanning nine while giving up just 1 run on three hits.USC’s offense smacked 3 home runs in support of Davis. Paulson went yard for the first time in his collegiate career to break a 1-1 deadlock in the top of the sixth, pulling a 2-run shot to right field. Ramirez and junior Jeremy Martinez also homered, and the Trojan bats opened a 5-run lead going into the bottom of the ninth. Senior Marc Huberman gave up 1 run but struck out two in the final inning to nail down the series win.The Trojans faltered on Sunday, though, falling 9-2 in a blowout. Sophomore Mitch Hart struggled in three innings of work, giving up 5 runs. Three more runs for Washington State in the seventh gave the Cougars a 9-1 advantage.The Trojans’ record sits at 18-20, with a 7-8 clip in conference play after the weekend. They are now 6-11 on the road.Next up for USC is a seven-game home stand, beginning with a midweek tilt against UC Irvine on Tuesday. The Trojans then welcome Arizona to Dedeaux Field over the weekend, as they look to continue their climb up the Pac-12 standings.last_img read more

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Mehuli shoots 10m air rifle gold in SAG as India sweeps all medals

first_img Written By Last Updated: 3rd December, 2019 17:50 IST Mehuli Shoots 10m Air Rifle Gold In SAG As India Sweeps All Medals Indian shooters swept all the medals on offer in the women’s 10m air rifle event in the 13th South Asian Games on Tuesday. FOLLOW US 9 months ago Orangutan blinded after being shot 24 times with air rifle in Indonesia 9 months ago Biggest-ever Indian squad look to end on high in World Cup Finals SUBSCRIBE TO US COMMENT Indian shooters swept all the medals on offer in the women’s 10m air rifle event in the 13th South Asian Games in Kathmandu on Tuesday, with Mehuli Ghosh winning the gold with a score better than the world record.READ: India Clinch Two Gold In Badminton At South Asian GamesEfforts in vain?Mehuli’s effort will, however, not be considered as a world record, as the South Asian Games’ results are not recognised by the international body (ISSF) for the purpose of records. India also won the team gold in the 10m air rifle event.The 19-year-old Mehuli clinched the gold with a score of 253.3 in the final, which is 0.4 more than the current world record of 252.9 which is in the name of another Indian, Apurvu Chandela. Shriyanka Sadangi took the silver with a score of 250.8, while Shreya Agrawal (227.2) clinched the bronze in a 1-2-3 podium finish by the Indians at the Satdobato Shooting Range.READ: Woods Defeats Spieth To Win Inaugural Hero Shot Event”As far as I understand, SAG results will not be recognised for record purposes. Only the results of World Cups, World Championships and quota events are considered for record purposes by the ISSF. Moreover, there will have to be an ISSF referee in an event if the results are to be considered for records,” a top NRAI official told PTI. Mehuli had won a 10m air rifle silver in the 2018 ISSF World Championships. She had also won silver medals in the 2018 Commonwealth Games and Youth Olympics.READ: Judo Association CEO: ‘More Than 650 Athletes To Participate In Championship’READ: WADA Moves Crucial ExCo Meeting To Lausanne From Paris First Published: 3rd December, 2019 17:50 ISTcenter_img WE RECOMMEND 9 months ago Elavenil Valarivan wins gold in women’s 10m air rifle at ISSF World Cup 2019 LIVE TV Press Trust Of India 9 months ago Shooting: A historic 3 gold in a day for India in World Cup final WATCH US LIVE 10 months ago Deepak Kumar earns 10th Olympic quota; India bag five medalslast_img read more

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Women’s quarter finals day at Wimbledon

first_imgThe first of them up on Centre Court is the meeting of five-time champion Venus Williams, and French Open-winner Jelena Ostapenko.That will be followed by second seed Simona Halep’s encounter with home favourite, Jo Konta.Over on Number One court, 2015 finalist Garbine Muguruza takes on Svetlana Kuznetsova.And that’s followed by Coco Vanderweghe’s encounter with world number 87, Magdalena Rybarikova. Photo: © pixabay Before all of that, comes the delayed men’s last-16 match.Because of the epic nature of Gilles Muller’s victory over Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic’s meeting with Adrian Mannarino was held over.That match will be the first on Centre today.last_img read more

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MLB announces huge changes, including $1M bonus for Home Run Derby winner

first_imgOne huge discussion that has been controversial in the league was the use of a pitching clock, but that idea has been put on the back burner for the remainder of this Collective Bargaining Agreement. The current CBA expires in 2021.The changes in 2019 are as follows: Related News MLB hot stove: Braves not ‘engaged’ on Dallas Keuchel, Craig Kimbrel, report says Some big changes are coming to MLB this season and in 2020.The league announced Thursday that several new changes have been implemented, which will start opening day this season.center_img Inning breaks will be reduced from 2:05 to 2:00 in local games and 2:25 to 2:00 in national games. The breaks could be reduced further in 2020.Mound visits will be reduced from six to five per nine innings.Trade waivers will be eliminated, but the July 31 trade deadline will remain the same. Players can be placed on waivers after that date, but can’t be outright traded.All-Star fan voting will now be conducted in two rounds, with teams nominating one player per position in the first round (three outfielders per team). The fans then can vote on position players. In June or July, an “Election Day” will be held where the top three players in each position who got the most votes will be voted on again by fans to determine the All-Star starters.The three players in each position who got the most votes will receive an All-Star bonus.Prize money for the players on the winning All-Star team will be increased.Both teams in the All-Star game will start the 10th inning with a runner on second base.The total prize money for the Home Run Derby will be increased to $2.5 million, with the winner receiving a $1 million bonus.The creation of a joint committee, which consists of MLB committee members and MLBPA committee members.In the 2020 season, the following changes will occur:The active roster limit from opening day until Aug. 31 will increase from 25 players to 26. The postseason also will see the one-player increase.For doubleheaders, the roster limit will go from 26 players to 27.From Sept. 1 until the postseason, all teams will have 28 players on the active roster.The number of pitchers on the active roster will be determined by a joint committee of MLB and the MLBPA. Each player who is not a pitcher must be designated a position before his first day on the active roster.Starting and relief pitchers must pitch a minimum of three batters or the end of a half inning, with the exception of illness or injury.The minimum period a pitcher can be placed on the injury list extends from 10 days to 15. Each case is subjected to input from the joint committee.last_img read more

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History: Željo’s Generation that won the first Championship Title

first_imgThe FC Željezničar from Sarajevo won the first championship title in the season 1971/1972. Back then, the players selected by Milan Ribar reached the top of the exceptionally strong Yugoslav league.In the end, the Blues from Grbavica had 21 victories, nine rummies and four defeats. With 51 points they ended on the leading position before Crvena zvezda that had two points less. Of course, this generation will be forever remembered as the brightest in the long history of the club. Besides that, the Blues then became the seventh club to win the title in the former state. Apart from the “great four”, others who made it were Sarajevo, Vojvodina and Željezničar. Until 1992, when this league stopped being played, that did not change.Members of the mentioned generation of the Blues were Slobodan Janjuš, Dragan Kojović, Velija Bećirspahić, Blagoje Bratić, Josip Katalinski, Enver Hadžiabdić, Branimir Jelušić, Božidar Janković, Josip Bukal, Edin Sprečo, Avdija Deraković, Slobodan Kojović, Fahrija Hrvat, Džemaludin Šerbo, Nusret Kadrić, Hajrudin Saračević, Miloš Radović and Željko Rodić.Many people considered this team the vanguards of the “total” football which appeared around that time on the world fields. A large number of national team players in all generation was a proof to quality work and the title won in 1972 was a crown to a long term hard work.The long-time footballer of Željezničar and the former coach of the B&H national team Mišo Smajlović said that this generation left a significant trace. He also highlighted that in football there comes a generation that simply has a high quality.“That generation has ‘something’. All came well together and the intended goal was achieved. I think that this success should be mentioned forever, although I wasn’t a part of this generation,” Smajlović concluded.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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