Frequent COVID-19 testing makes MLS players comfortable with return to regular training

first_imgNew England Revolution defender Alexander Buttner explained, in his second language, a concept that some in this country seem determined not to understand.Yes, it feels safe for Major League Soccer teams, under the conditions and protocols in place, to return to playing major-league soccer. “It feels great. Finally, we can play football with each other again. It was a long time we had to train by ourselves, but finally we are back,” Jong told “We did some small games, some crosses, so for me it was a good training.”The last time the Revs were on the field together was nearly three full months ago, before MLS suspended operations March 12. Their last full game a 1-1 draw against the Chicago Fire at Gillette Stadium on March 7.“It’s safe and reassuring that everyone’s been tested and no one tested positive,” rookie defender Henry Kessler told RevolutionSoccer. “That’s really good news. There was a blood test and then the other one was a bit uncomfortable. You have to stick something pretty far up your nose. Those were the tests ,but it’s good to have those done and make sure everyone’s healthy. “Yeah, because we get tested almost three, four times a week,” he said. “And so I think it’s safe to train, because the results are good. I hope everybody stays safe and healthy.”The Revs returned to full-squad training Monday after an extended absence resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. That meant being able to use the team’s facilities as well as joining each other on the field. Atlanta United also resumed training Monday. Sporting Kansas City was on the field Sunday.They are preparing to play in a league tournament in Orlando later in the summer that would comprise a World Cup-style format, with teams divided into group play and the top 16 moving on to an elimination round. CBS Sports reported July 9 as a possible start date.Teams had been able to do some voluntary individual training starting May 6. Buttner, in his first season with the Revs after coming from three seasons with Jong Vitesse in his native country, the Netherlands, said it’s much better being able to move freely through the Revs facility.last_img read more

Latest cost of living report shows Mason City still a good value

first_imgMASON CITY — The latest Cost of Living Index Report from the Council for Community and Economic Research shows that living costs in Mason City continue to be a good value. The index is based on six components — housing, utilities, groceries, transportation, healthcare, and miscellaneous goods and services. A score of 100 represents the national average of 268 metropolitan and micropolitan areas. Mason City Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Robin Anderson says Mason City’s score of 89 indicates a lower-than-average cost.  “It just solidifies the fact that North Iowa is a very economical place to live. When you consider our quality of life, having a low cost of living really contributes to that.”Anderson says she was pleased with two components of this latest report.  “We were extremely competitive in groceries, and hopefully our citizens are noticing that when they bring their shopping carts to the checkout lane. We’re also very competitive in the healthcare sector, and when you consider the quality of healthcare that we have here with a top 100 hospital, it’s pretty remarkable that that is such a bright spot as well.”Anderson says the transportation component is something she’ll be watching in the next few reports.  “We’re a little concerned, normally we are competitive in transportation,  and it looked like that was unusually high, so we’ll be watching that to see if that is a trend or if it was just a blip.”The least expensive place to live in the most recent survey was Little Rock Arkansas with a score of 80.4, while Manhattan in New York City is the most expensive with a score of 254.7.last_img read more

Fast fact about 99th Grey Cup in Vancouver

first_imgSunday at B.C. Place Stadium in Vancouver, the B.C. Lions play host to the Winnipeg Jets in the 99th Grey Cup.More than 6 Million football fans from coast to coast are expected to tune in for the Canadian Football League Championship.Some facts about the CFL Finale include:Teams: Winnipeg Blue Bombers vs. B.C. LionsKick off: 3:30 p.m., TSN, RDS, SIRIUS Satellite radio channel 157.Who’s watching:  The Grey Cup is the most-watched annual sports event in Canada. A record 6.4 million viewers tuned in for the 2009 game. Playing surface: Turf fieldHome records: Winnipeg, 5-4; B.C., 6-3Away records: Winnipeg, 5-4; B.C., 5-4 Head-to-head in 2011: Bombers won both meetings, and have won three straight going back to 2010.Head-to-head all time: Advantage to Winnipeg, 83-71-2 (regular season since 1954).Last Grey Cup meeting: Nov. 27, 1988, in Ottawa, Winnipeg won 22-21.Lions’ backstory: B.C. has been the hottest team during the last half of the CFL season. The Lions opened at 0-5 before winning 11 of the final 13 games. B.C. is led by CFL MOP Travis Lulay and Outstanding Canadian Paul McCallum.Bombers’ backstory: The Bombers are led by quarterback Buck Pierce, who played for B.C. before leaving after too many injuries. Winnipeg also boasts its “Swaggerville” defence.Most Grey Cup wins: 15, Toronto Argonauts.Most losses: 13, Winnipeg Blue Bombers.Most appearances: 23, Winnipeg (24th will come Sunday).Fewest wins: 3, Saskatchewan. Cup wins by West: 37 (since 1940). Cup wins by East: 34: (since 1940).Most points both teams: 83 (Saskatchewan 43, Hamilton 40, 1989).Fewest points both teams: 7 (Toronto 4, Sarnia 3, 1933 and Toronto 4, Winnipeg 3, 1937).Most points winning team: 54 (Queen’s University, 1923).Fewest points winning team: 4 (Toronto, 1933 and 1937).Most points losing team: 40 (Hamilton, 1989).Fewest points losing team: 0 (six times, most recently by Winnipeg, 1950).Widest margin of victory: 54 (Queen’s University 54, Regina Rugby Club 0).last_img read more

Erickson scores pair sparking Nelson U14 Selects to bronze medal

first_imgAfter opening the tournament with a 2-1 loss to eventual gold medal winner Wesburn Galaxy, the Selects went to work.Erickson, scoring the lone goal in the loss to Wesburn, and Kieran Dehnel powered Nelson to a 2-1 victory Campbell River Strikers before the Selects clinched a berth in the bronze medal contest with a convincing 5-0 decision over host Vernon United.Edan Soliid, Dylan Gyr, Dehnel with a pair and Erickson scored for the Selects in the dominating performance.Keeper Mason Scott, who was solid between the pipes throughout the four-day tournament, registered the shutout for the Selects.The team is coached by Kurt Dehnel and Eric Soliid and managed by Trevor Rimmer.The team includes, Andreas Rentke, Dylan Gyr, Matteo Mushumanski, Saxon Bowick, Matti Erickson, Kieran Dehnal, Tiger Good, Mark Rimmer, Kyran Kennedym Edan Sollid, Seth Edney, Felix Barron, goalkeeper Mason Scott, Tom Bryson, Pikoi Krempl Tinglin, Adam Kuch and Callum Cutler. Matti Erickson netted a pair of goals to spark the Nelson Selects to a 3-1 victory over South Burnaby United in the bronze medal match at the Les Sinnott Memorial Provincial B Cup Soccer Tournament Sunday in Vernon.The medal was the third of the BC Soccer Provincial B Cup season for the Heritage City association.The Nelson Selects captured the bronze medal in the U16 Boy’s Division, also in Vernon, while the U18 Girls took home its third silver medal in three years Sunday in Surrey.last_img read more

Tkatchenko steps in with 200 000 for FORU Cup

first_imgTkatchenko intervened after desperate pleas from the PNG Rugby Football Union (PNGRFU) on the eve of the Oceania Rugby Nation’s Cup which starts tomorrow.And he expressed disappointment at the PNGRFU’s preparations towards running the event.“This tournament is about our standing on the regional and world stage in Rugby Union, and the PNGRFU cannot afford to show false cause and leisurely go about its preparations as has clearly been the case.”“As a government, we are willing to help but we cannot do that if we are not aware of plans, programmes and their goals just like this tournament.”“What has transpired is the inefficiency and incompetency of the current executive. The welfare of the players and the game are our concern and if the PNGRFU as the stakeholder cannot do the right thing by them, that is a great concern,”  said Tkatchenko.Of the funding, 150 000 will go towards Television Broadcast and live streaming on the International Rugby Board (IRB) site.50 000 kina will take care  of the accommodation for the three visiting countries- American Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tahiti.last_img read more

Mess between CD Manchego and Lorca by Pogba’s brother

first_imgThe CD Manchego Ciudad Real has issued an official statement, informing that Mathias Pogba is still a club player. An announcement that surprises, since, early in the afternoon, the brother of the United footballer and Lorca confirmed their agreement on social networks for the remainder of the season. A frustrated signing, but that could be developed in the next few days.Mathías Pogba keeps trying to relaunch his sports career in Spain. The player, therefore, wanted to break his bond with the CD Manchego Ciudad Real and become new player of Lorca FC. I would not change category: will continue playing in Third Division, but with the rise as a goal marked between eyebrow and eyebrow. However, the part of breaking his contract in the town of Castilla-La Mancha has been skipped in the process, which has caused the immediate reaction of his current club.“To this day, he still has a record in force with our club. We remain in conversations to solve the situation in the best possible way. Both the club that formalizes the announcement of the incorporation of a player with a valid card, and without a freedom card, as well as the player who extends the same announcement, are aware of that situation, ”explains the CD Manchego, perplexed at the publication of both announcing the signing.So much Mathias Pogba As the CD Manchego Ciudad Real They want to solve the situation as soon as possible and put an end to their link. However, they still do not reach an agreement and the striker, always according to the club version, has taken the second step before the first. The position of the entity, of course, is protective: “As we have been acting, We will ALWAYS defend the rights and interests of the Manchego Ciudad Real CD“. Pogba, a media signingThe forward has monopolized media outbreaks since his arrival in Spanish football last summer. AS chatted with him at the airport, where Pogba acknowledged that his trip to Spain had nothing to do with the interest of Real Madrid by his brother Paul. Subsequently, I would sign as a Tertullian of The beach bar, while still forging as a footballer in Ciudad Real. Their goals have covered covers in online media. And it is that the last name Pogba has pull. Beyond the spotlights, his head continues to think about football. Thus, He wanted to take a step forward by signing for one of the candidate teams to ascend to Second Division B. Of course, at the moment, it goes far: Lorca FC is seventh ranked with 32 points and is nine points from the fourth, Atlético Pulpileño. His alleged new club, however, has also been news in recent weeks. He dismissed his coach, Walter Pandiani, and, today, has an unprecedented management in Spanish football. Through the application Real Football Manager, the fans vote every week the initial eleven that they consider suitable and the club forms the alignment with the most voted men. The eldest of the Pogba, then, is in your hands.last_img read more

Barclays Premier League Reviews

first_imgAFC BOURNEMOUTH 1WEST BROMWICH ALBION 1GOALS:- BOURNEMOUTH: RITCHIE 82nd. WBA: RONDON 16thSubstitute Matt Ritchie struck late to earn Bournemouth a share of the points after West Bromwich Albion took an early lead at the Vitality Stadium. A mistake by Cherries goalkeeper Artur Boruc was punished when Salomon Rondon headed home. But Boruc saved Craig Gardner’s penalty before half-time and Ritchie drew the hosts level with a close-range header.ASTON VILLA 0NEWCASTLE UNITED 0Newcastle United dropped into the Barclays Premier League’s bottom three as relegated Aston Villa ended a run of 11 defeats with a goalless draw at Villa Park. Aleksandar Mitrovic headed wide two good second-half chances for Newcastle. Now their fate is out of their hands and Newcastle will be relegated if Sunderland, who beat Chelsea, beat Everton on Wednesday.CRYSTAL PALACE 2 STOKE CITY 1GOALS:-PALACE: GAYLE 47th, 68th. STOKE: ADAM 26th.Crystal Palace came from behind to secure a morale-boosting victory ahead of the FA Cup final later this month against Manchester United. Stoke took the lead through Charlie Adam. But Dwight Gayle equalised for the home side, before adding a second with a 25-yard free kick and earning the points that confirmed Palace’s status as a Barclays Premier League club for another season.LEICESTER CITY 3 EVERTON 1GOALS:- LEICESTER: VARDY 5th, 65th PEN; KING 33rd. EVERTON: MIRALLAS 88th.Champions Leicester put their celebrations on hold to comfortably beat Everton, before being presented with the Barclays Premier League trophy. Jamie Vardy scored twice, but missed out on a hat-trick by sending a second penalty over the bar. Andy King was also on the scoresheet, with Kevin Mirallas netting Everton’s consolation.NORWICH CITY 0 MANCHESTER UNITED 1GOALS:-UNITED: MATA 72nd.Norwich City’s chances of avoiding relegation seem increasingly dismal after a home defeat by Champions League-chasing Manchester United. Cameron Jerome had Norwich’s best chance, only for David de Gea to save his header. A mistake by Sebastien Bassong allowed Wayne Rooney to race clear and find the supporting Juan Mata, who slotted in. Norwich could be relegated on Wednesday if Sunderland beat Everton.SUNDERLAND 3 CHELSEA 2GOALS:- SUNDERLAND: KHAZRI 41st; BORINI 67th; DEFOE 70th. CHELSEA: COSTA 14th; MATIC 45th.Sunderland climbed out of the bottom three after two goals in three second-half minutes saw them fight back for a dramatic win over Chelsea. Diego Costa gave the Blues the lead, but Wahbi Khazri levelled. Nemanja Matic restored Chelsea’s lead. Fabio Borini replied, before Jermain Defoe scored a vital winner. Chelsea captain John Terry was sent off for a second booking before the final whistle and has probably played his last game for the club.WEST HAM UNITED 1 SWANSEA CITY 4GOALS:- WEST HAM: SAKHO 68th. SWANSEA: ROUTLEDGE 25th; AYEW 31st; KI 51st; GOMIS 90th.West Ham’s hopes of Champions League football took a severe knock as Swansea put four past them in the Boleyn Ground’s final Saturday game. Wayne Routledge poked home to give the visitors the lead. Andre Ayew doubled the lead and Ki Sung-yueng put the result beyond doubt. Diafra Sakho netted a consolation, before substitute Bafetimbi Gomis added Swansea’s fourth.last_img read more

Huskies lose 6-4 to North Peace Navigators

first_img Listen to this Highlights Package: [asset|aid=1054|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=9b1a1e5b82c575b2b00f2f0494dc54be-Huskies loose 4-6 to North Peace Navigators_1_Pub.mp3]With the best-of-seven series now tied 1-1, the series now shifts back to FSJ, with game 3 set for Saturday night at 8pm.In the other NWJHL semi-final series, Whitecourt beat Grande Prairie 12-3, to take a 3-0 lead in that series, with the chance to wrap it up in game four on Sunday.Advertisement Huskies lose 4-6 to North Peace NavigatorsAfter a 9-2 loss in game one, the North Peace Navigators headed into game two needing a win.  The first 20 minutes was fairly evenly split, with the first half of the period controlled by the Navs, and the second half dominated by the Huskies.  But, it was Fort St. John that would come out ahead, after goals from Dan Pappin and Cody Kalb. In the second, Peace River would strike back.  11 minutes in, a Lance Rapson point shot would bounce to Kyle Richardson, who finished it off to get North Peace on the board.  Less than 2 minutes later, Richardson’s second and a Chase Bagan point shot would both find thier way home 11 seconds apart, and just like that, the Navigators had the lead.  With just 53 seconds remaining in the second, Steven Fast took a feed from Kole Norris and deposited his first of the playoffs, to send the teams into the rooms tied 3-3.- Advertisement -The third period would be big, and the decisive moment came 4 minutes in.  After getting involved with goaltender Zack Blain, Gerry Young was accosted by Payden Wongtedt.  Wongstedt would drop the gloves and throw a couple of punches, earning a 5 minute major and game misconduct, compared to Young’s 2 minute minor.  Just 7 seconds into the 4-on-4, Kyle Richardson jumped on a loose puck, and raced into the Huskies zone, beating Blain, to give the Navs the lead.  Peace River would cash again on the powerplay, when Richardson kicked a loose puck to an open Gerry Young, to make it 5-3 Navs. The Huskies would fight back.  Fort St. John got back to the forecheck, and forced North Peace back on their heels.  It would result in a goal, scored by Cam MacKinnon, on a drop pass from Kole Norris.  But, while the pups would continue to press, North Peace would get the insurance they needed, when Gerry Young converted a 2-on-1 chance, set up by Selleck Bunn, with 6 minutes remaining.  Young’s second of the game would seal the deal, as North Peace held on for a 6-4 win.Kyle Richardson led the way for Peace River, with 3 goals and 2 assists, while Gerry Young contributed 2 goals. Advertisementlast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP seek assistance in locating missing youth

first_imgPolice say there is a concern for her well-being. The RCMP would like to locate and speak with her as soon as possible.  GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating 14-year-old Kayla Oakes. ·       Brown hair ·       last seen wearing a grey hoodie, blue pants, white shoes, and a multicoloured backpack According to RCMP, Oakes was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on November 19. ·       Brown eyesAdvertisement Anyone with information regarding Oakes’ whereabouts is being asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. – Advertisement -·       5’3″/130lbs Oakes is described as:last_img

WATCH! Gareth Bale left dazed in hilarious challenge

first_imgGareth Bale was left in a right spin after taking part in a charity initiative.The Real Madrid star man and his mates were helping to raise awareness for The Global Goals campaign by attempting to score a ‘dizzy goal’.See how he get on above and find out more about The Global Goals campaign here:last_img