Seven more Pakistan players tested positive for COVID-19

first_imgSEVEN more Pakistan players have tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total to 10.However, players who have tested negative will depart for the tour of England on June 28.Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan said: “The tour to England is very much on track and the side will depart as per schedule.”Pakistan are due to meet England in three Tests and three Twenty20s, beginning in August.Speaking when only three cases were known, England director of cricket Ashley Giles said: “We’re hopeful that Pakistan will be arriving fairly soon.“We’re far enough away from the Test series to not worry about that too much at the moment.”Haider Ail, Haris Rauf and Shadab Khan showed no symptoms before testing positive on Sunday.They have now been joined by Fakhar Zaman, Imran Khan, Kashif Bhatti, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Rizwan and Wahab Riaz, along with team masseur Malang Ali, after further tests were carried out on Monday.All 11 individuals have been told to observe “strict quarantine at their homes”.The players and management staff who have tested negative will still meet up today, undergo further testing tomorrow, and depart for the UK as planned. They will be tested again within 24 hours of their arrival.Players who have tested positive will have to return two negative tests before they are allowed to travel.Khan added: “The recent positive tests of some of the fittest athletes, who had not shown any symptoms, clearly reflect the danger this virus possesses.“As regards the players, who have tested positive, we will continue to monitor and support them, including conducting antibody tests, and as soon as they test negative they will be flown to join the squad in England.”As of yesterday morning, there had been 185 034 confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pakistan, resulting in 3 695 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.England’s matches this summer, beginning with three Tests against West Indies, are set to be played behind closed doors in bio-secure environments at Southampton and Old Trafford.England’s 30-man training group arrived in Southampton yesterday to prepare for the series with West Indies, which starts on July 8.Giles said: “The situation in Pakistan is not great at the moment and our thoughts go out to the whole country.“All of this has uncertainty. We know how fast moving this has been around the world, so we have been very careful at every step. Do we really know what is around the corner? No.“The bubble at Southampton and Old Trafford, we are trying to create environments that mitigate as much risk as we possibly can.”Pakistan named a 29-man squad for the tour, with four additional players put on standby in case of positive tests.Before the news of the seven additional positive tests, Giles said he did not think the tour would be placed in further jeopardy by more confirmed cases.“We are still far enough out even if a number of those tests are still positive,” he said.“There are a number of hurdles to cross. We’re hopeful that we can get international sport on. It will be a real fillip for people around the world.”Meanwhile, New Zealand’s two-Test tour of Bangladesh, which was scheduled for August, has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

More Leatherneck football for UW

first_imgFresh off of its convincing victory over Northwestern this past Sunday, the Wisconsin men’s soccer team (6-3-2, 2-0-1 Big Ten) faces off against a strong Western Illinois squad (7-4-0, 2-1-0 Mid-Con) today at the McClimon Soccer Complex.With Sunday’s win, the Badgers extended their Big Ten unbeaten streak and claimed their position atop the conference standings with seven points.In addition to snatching the top spot in the Big Ten, Wisconsin also climbed into the National Rankings for the first time since 2002. The Badgers are ranked 22nd in both the Soccer America Men’s Top 25 and the SoccerTimes.com Top 25 Coaches Poll. Even more remarkable, Wisconsin has not been ranked in the month of October since 1996.Just as impressive, Western Illinois has won its last four matches, shutting out each opponent and outscoring them 14-0. While Wisconsin head coach Jeff Rohrman admits the Leathernecks have an extraordinary shutout streak going, he believes the feat will spark energy in his squad.”[Western Illinois’s] defense is going to be hard to get behind and penetrate because I think they’re going to get their shape very quickly and get numbers behind the ball,” Rohrman said. “Our guys know that they’ve shut out their last four opponents, you know, they like those challenges and they’ve met and risen to those challenges all through the season and I know they’re excited to get going.”One challenge the Badgers will definitely have to contain is the scoring prowess of freshman sensation Martin Browne. In the Leatherneck’s recent four-match win streak, Browne scored seven goals — including a hat-trick and two assists against Western Michigan, bringing his team-leading point total to 18. “Browne is a very athletic, skillful and creative guy who can get behind you, but who can also beat you in front on the dribble or through combinations,” Rohrman said. “He’s a very, very good player, and we definitely have to shut things down for him and make it a long day.”Two Badgers whom Rohrman will definitely rely on to contain the Leatherneck attack are senior defender and senior goalkeeper Hamid Afsari and Jake Settle, respectively. Afsari has been named to the College Soccer News National Team of the Week for his fine play lately, while Settle has been named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for anchoring the Badgers to a pair of shutout victories this past week.”[The awards] are certainly a credit to those two,” Rohrman said. “This whole season, they’ve been a part of our back line that has really limited teams, as far as opportunities and goals, and they’ve been two of the staples of our back five. Both of them have been a big part of why we’ve been so successful and it’s nice to get some of those accolades and honors that are certainly well-deserved based on the performances they’ve been having.”Settle’s counterpart, Western Illinois goalkeeper Stephen Paterson, has also been equally impressive lately. The 6-foot, 170-pound freshman from Thunder Bay, Ontario, leads the Mid-Continental Conference in shutouts with five. In order to break Paterson’s streak, the Badgers will look to utilize open space behind the Leatherneck defense, while also employing their first-rate athleticism.”My hope is that we can exploit them in some wide spaces,” Rohrman said. “I think we’re an athletic enough team where we might be able to use our athleticism to our advantage. We have to be good in transition so that we’re not dealing with trying to go through eleven players.” Although tonight’s matchup with Western Illinois may seem unimportant compared to next weekend’s Big Ten showdown with Ohio State, Rohrman insists the non-conference games matter just as much to his squad. “It’s very important,” Rohrman said. “And in terms of non-conference games, we really have to do well there — we can do all we want in the Big Ten, but if we don’t take care of business in terms of the non-conference regional match-ups, that’s going to be a big letdown. So far, we’ve done pretty well there. I know the guys are excited to get another win, though.”last_img read more

Big payday for Spieth

first_imgHis four shot victory at the Tour Championship in Atlanta also won him the FedEx Cup – with the prize money from both combined resulting in the huge payout.Spieth’s also the new world number one.last_img

NHL NOTEBOOK Ducks bring Stanley home

first_imgFrom news services The Stanley Cup champion Ducks have brought the oldest team trophy in North American sports back home to England. The Ducks, who practiced at the O2 Arena in London for the first time Wednesday, will open the NHL season in the British capital Saturday against the Kings. Lord Frederick Stanley, a Governor General of Canada in the 19th century, bought the cup from a London silversmith and donated it to Canada’s top amateur team in 1892. In 1910, it was given to the champion of a professional competition and remained that way until it became the property of the NHL in 1917. Anze Kopitar scored with 46 seconds remaining to give the Kings a 4-3 win over Swedish champions Farjestad BK in the final game of an exhibition tournament in Salzburg, Austria. After a scoreless first period, Eero Somervuori and Emil Kaberg scored to give Farjestad BK a 2-0 lead, but Patrick O’Sullivan and Lubomir Visnovsky evened the score in the next five minutes. Mathias Johansson put the Swedish club in front again, but the Kings, who defeated Austrian champions Red Bull Salzburg, 7-6, in the opening match Tuesday, rallied again as Michael Cammalleri and Kopitar scored in the final period. Blackhawks’ owner dies William Wirtz, the longtime owner of the Chicago Blackhawks notorious for driving a hard bargain, died at age 77. The Blackhawks said Wirtz died at Evanston (Ill.) Hospital after battling cancer. Flyers injured Philadelphia Flyers forward Scottie Upshall could miss up to six weeks with a broken wrist and forward R.J. Umberger also needs surgery on his hand and could miss two weeks.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The Ducks became the first team from California to win the Stanley Cup when they defeated the Ottawa Senators in five games last June. The Stanley Cup made its first trip to London last year, when it was brought out for a ceremony to unveil a plaque on the building where it was made. On Wednesday, the Ducks took a double-decker bus tour with the trophy around the city. “People here are, hopefully, going to give it a chance,” Ducks goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere said. “There’s nothing like a live hockey game.” Kings win final exhibition last_img read more