UEFA plan to finish Champions League

first_imgRelatedPosts UEFA changes venue of Player of the Season award ceremony, Champions League draw Neuer crowned Player of the Month for August UEFA returning N259bn to broadcasters due to COVID-19 UEFA have announced plans to finish the remaining match of Champions League football.UEFA officials and club bosses met via video conference to begin working out the details of the completion of the competition. Matches were suspended on the middle of the round of 16 of course due to the coronavirus outbreak.Four second-leg ties still remain to be played: Bayern Munich-Chelsea, Manchester City-Real Madrid, Juventus-Lyon, and Barcelona-Napoli.The tentative framework of the UCL restart would have the remaining round of 16 matches completed the weekend of August 8, with the quarterfinal matches the following week.However, much of the later stage completion is still up in the air.It looks likely the remaining stages will be single tie affairs held in neutral locations to minimise crowds gathering outside the stadiums. It will certainly be an unusual finish the the UCL campaign, but it will be great to see it finish regardless the format.Hopefully Bayern can continue their stellar form.If the Champions League proceeds as planned, the Bavarians will host Chelsea coming off a commanding 3-0 win at Stamford Bridge.Tags: Champions LeagueCoronavirus DiseaseUEFAlast_img read more

Batsman Hope backs West Indies to get 500 in ODIs

first_imgLONDON, England (Reuters) – West Indies have the firepower to post the first 500 total in one-day internationals, top order batsman Shai Hope has said ahead of the Cricket World Cup. England boast the top ODI score of 481-6 that they posted against Australia last year in Nottingham, while Australia’s 417–6 against Afghanistan in 2015 is the highest total in the history of World Cup.Wicketkeeper-batsman Hope smashed 101 off 86 balls and Andre Russell lived up to his big-hitting reputation with a breezy 25-ball 54 as the Caribbean side amassed 421 in Tuesday’s warm-up match against New Zealand before being all out in the final over.“It is definitely a goal we can try to achieve at some point,” Hope said after West Indies won the match by 91 runs.“Definitely, it would be great to be the first team to cross that 500 mark, and I am sure we have the batting firepower to do it.”Besides all-rounder Russell, West Indies also have formidable power-hitters in Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer and all-rounders Jason Holder and Carlos Brathwaite.“If you are asking me if we are capable of it, definitely we are,” Brathwaite said.Russell, 31, was at his destructive best with the bat in the last edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, smashing 52 sixes and scoring at a strike rate of more than 200 for the Kolkata franchise, both best in the league.“He is just incredible – a freak of nature really,” Hope said. “I don’t really know what to say about Russ, he just hits it and once he hits it, it goes for six.“It is a pleasure to be on the same team as he, I can tell you that. If you are on the field you are not sure what you are going to bowl at him. It is just nice to enjoy from the inside.”last_img read more

Riceville man pleads not guilty to serious injury by vehicle

first_imgRICEVILLE — A Riceville man had pleaded not guilty to two counts of serious injury by vehicle after being accused of striking a horse-drawn buggy last month in Mitchell County. 66-year-old Ronald Mayer was traveling in the 4500 block of Walnut Avenue on February 7th when his vehicle collided with the back of a horse-drawn buggy driven by Christian Bontreger of Riceville. Bontreger suffered serious head and leg injuries and was transported to the Mayo Clinic hospitals in Rochester. Court documents state that Mayer’s blood alcohol level at the time of the accident was as high as .143, well above the legal limit of .08. Mayer filed a written plea of not guilty to the charges last week. His trial is scheduled to start on May 6th in Mitchell County District Court. Serious injury by vehicle is a Class D felony, punishable by up to five years in prison on each charge.last_img read more