The 2019-20 Premier League season was halted in March because of the pandemic and resumed behind closed doors in mid-June, at which point the league was administering regular testing. However, there has been a rise in positive cases across the sport in recent weeks, with some European borders having opened again. Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain, who are due to begin their domestic campaign on Thursday, last week revealed six positive cases among their squad. The first match of the Ligue 1 season was postponed last month after Marseille confirmed they had multiple coronavirus cases in their squad. Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have both tested positive for coronavirus, Manchester City have confirmed. The Premier League side revealed the duo had contracted COVID-19, though they were displaying no symptoms, and were currently self-isolating. The 2020-21 Premier League season begins on Saturday, September 12, though City’s first fixture in the competition is against Wolves on September 21, in 14 days’ time. A club statement from City read: “Manchester City FC can confirm that Riyad Mahrez and Aymeric Laporte have tested positive for COVID-19. “Both players are currently observing a period of self-isolation in accordance with Premier League and UK Government protocol on quarantine. Neither is displaying symptoms of the virus. “Everyone at the club wishes Riyad and Aymeric a speedy recovery ahead of their return to training and the new season.” Shortly after City released their statement, winger Mahrez tweeted: “Thank you for all the nice messages, I’m good. Stay safe everyone take care.” Read Also: Anthony Joshua: I’m not afraid of Tyson Fury The current international window has also been affected, with Paul Pogba, Houssem Aouar and Steve Mandanda all unable to play in France’s Nations League matches after contracting the virus. The Czech Republic have also named an entirely new squad – which features just two players with previous caps – for Monday’s encounter with Scotland after an outbreak of the illness. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest Car Manufacturers In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Insane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street ArtPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Stunning Bridges You’ll Want To See With Your Own EyesWe’re Getting More Game Of Thrones: Enter House Of The Dragon!10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do
Craig Ervine and Sikandar Raza each notched half-centuries as Zimbabwe emerged from a tight first one-day international against Ireland in Harare with victory by two wickets with only six balls remaining. Ireland’s innings started in unconvincing fashion as they slipped to 54 for three, but a fourth-wicket partnership of 83 between Wilson and Joyce saw them gain some momentum. Things fizzled out somewhat thereafter, though, with John Nyumbu (two for 35) and Masakadza (two for 45) impressing to leave Zimbabwe with a thoroughly achievable-looking target. The hosts subsequently made tough work of getting there as George Dockrell (two for 29) and Andy McBrine (two for 53) restricted their progress. But they made it in the end, thanks chiefly to the efforts of Ervine and Raza as Ireland were left to reflect on three dropped catches. Previous meetings between the two sides have tended to be closely-fought affairs and Ireland will be hoping to draw this three-match series level when they play each other again on Sunday. After the tourists were put in to bat on Friday, debutant left-arm spinner Wellington Masakadza helped restrict them to a tally of 219 for eight – to which Gary Wilson contributed 70 not out and Ed Joyce 53 – by taking the last couple of wickets. Zimbabwe then just squeezed home, Tinashe Panyangara (eight not out) striking a four in the 49th over to take them past their victory target. Raza also ended unbeaten at the crease on 60, the score Ervine had earlier posted before being ousted. Press Association
USC was unable to maintain an early lead against Cal State Fullerton during last night’s game, falling 5-3 in the 12th inning following a disappointing showing from the Trojan bullpen.After a quick top of the first from sophomore starter Bernardo Flores, the Trojans threatened an early lead as starting Titans pitcher Miles Chambers walked the first two batters. After a sacrifice bunt from Jeremy Martinez put two men in scoring position, the Trojans were unable to bring any runners home.Chambers got back into his groove after a shaking top of the first. The Trojans struggled to string hits together, stranding runners in scoring position during the second and third innings.Things started to get interesting during the bottom of the fourth inning. After junior David Oppenheim hit a deep fly out to right followed by a soft groundout from freshman Aldaberto Carrillo, junior AJ Ramirez hit a solo homerun out to left field to put the Trojans on the board.After a 1-2-3 top of the fifth from Flores, the Trojan offense started to heat up in part thanks to a costly error from the Titans’ third basemen. With two down, Martinez hit a rocket up the middle, sliding into second on a close call for the double. Junior Timmy Robinson then hit a grounder to left for what would be a routine out at first to end the Trojan threat, but he instead made a poor throw to first. Martinez was then able to score from second, and Robinson made it to second on the error, putting the Trojans up 2-0.Senior Dante Flores came up next for the Trojans. After battling Titans’ reliever Connor Seabold to a 3-2 count, CSFU head coach Rick Vanderhook was thrown out of the game by home plate umpire Joe Malden due to his strongly worded calls from the Titans dug out. Vanderhook had previously come on to the field during the fifth inning to debate the umpire’s call when CSFU outfielder Tyler Steib struck out looking.USC continued the offensive pressure in the sixth starting with a lead-off double down the third base line by junior David Oppenheim. Facing Carrillo, Seabold committed a costly balk, advancing Oppenheim to third with no outs. After Carrillo grounded out to make the first out, Ramirez stepped up to deliver a key sacrifice bunt, bringing Oppenheim home and putting to the Trojans up 3-0.CSFU came charging back during the top of the seventh to threaten the Trojans’ lead. After allowing a single up center to put a man on with one out, Flores exited the game after delivering five and one-third innings of shut out baseball.Junior reliever Brooks Kriske entered the game to face sophomore Timmy Richards, who singled down the first base line to put runners on the corners with one out. Steib then singled to bring home a run, making the score 3-1 with runners on first in second, one out.After making another out and forcing Titans’ Taylor Bryant into a 0-2 count, Kriske allowed another single, bringing home a second run and once again putting runners at the corners, making the score 3-2 Trojans.Kriske’s night ended as junior Kyle David entered the game to make the final out and end the Titans’ threat.The Trojans answered right back in the bottom of the seventh to eventually load the bases, though they were unable to put any more runs up on the board. Seabold walked Stahel to lead off the inning before William Kuhl replaced Seabold with one out and one man on. Kuhl then walked Martinez, putting two on with one down.Robinson subsequently sliced one into left to load the bases with one out. This ended Kuhl’s night and brought in Tyler Peitzmeier. Flores then hit a grounder directly to first, making the double play at first and then at home to prevent the Trojans from managing further runs.The Titans continued their late in the game comeback during the top of the eighth. After two singles putting men on first and second with one, Bravo hit a soft grounder to third that Carrillo gloved then threw to first get Bravo out. Ramirez’ subsequent throw to home, however, arrived too late as Josh Vargas slid into home, tying the score 3-3.The top of the ninth almost proved to be fatal for the Trojans as the Titans threatened to bring the winning run home. Marc Huberman started off the inning by allowing a lead off single followed by a walk, putting two men on with one out. A sac-bunt advanced the runners still with one out.Huberman then intentionally walked Dustin Vaught to load the bases and bring up Josh Vargas. Vargas hit a soft grounder to the mound to be thrown to Trojan second baseman Dante Flores, who made the out at second.Though the first base umpire called Vargas safe at first, allowing the runner at third to get to home, the third baseman umpire called runner’s interference against Vaught, nulling the run and relieving the Trojans of the run that would’ve cost them the game.CSFU continued their momentum into the top of the ninth inning as Peitzmeier delivered a 1-2-3 inning to force the game into extra innings.Following an uneventful 10th inning, both teams threatened to bring home the winning run in the 11th but came up short. CSFU loaded to bases with two outs, but Huberman managed to cause a pop up to prevent any damage.The Trojans then made things interesting but couldn’t produce a run after Ramirez advanced to first after being hit by a pitch, subsequently stealing second, then third following a wild pitch with two outs. The Titans walked Stahel to put runners on the corner, bringing up Stubbs, who hit a grounder to end the inning.CSFU got hot in the top of the 12th to put the two key runs on the board, giving them a 5-3 advantage on the Trojans. A lead-off single followed by a stolen base put a runner at second, and then at third after a sac bunt. Shortstop Timmy Richards then singled up the middle, bringing home a run and pushing the Titans ahead 4-3.Richards subsequently stole second, followed by Huberman walking a player to put two men on with two outs. A wild pitch from Huberman allowed Richards to reach home from second, bringing home the final run of the game, 5-3 Titans.
UNDER-23 AFCONCup holders Nigeria will battle South Africa, Cote d’Ivoire and Zambia at the group stage of the 3rd Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations taking place in Egypt next month, following the draw held in Alexandria last night.All Group B matches will hold at the Al Salam Stadium in Cairo – one of the venues for last summer’s 32nd Africa Cup of Nations finals. Host nation Egypt will be up against Ghana, Cameroon and Mali in a hard-as-nails Group A with matches at the Cairo International Stadium.The Olympic Eagles will play their first game against Cote d’Ivoire, before further matches against Zambia and South Africa in the group stage. Only the top three teams at the tournament will qualify to represent Africa at the men’s football tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.Coach of South Africa, David Notone, said after the draw: “The truth is that whatever group you fall into would always be tough. We have eight very strong teams here and any team could have fallen anywhere, except Egypt and Nigeria that headed the groups.“I call Group B a pool of derbies, with two West African teams and two Southern African teams. Group A is the pool of death, no doubt about it. It is going to be fight-to-finish in both groups.Former Ghanaian international midfielder Ibrahim Tanko, who is coach of Ghana and whose team shocked bookmakers by defeating Algeria away after both teams drew 1-1 in Ghana in the final qualifying round, said: “Everyone is saying it is tough, but I think it is impressive. This simply means that you have to prepare very hard, play each match like the final and take your chances.“Any team having illusions of recovering after a false start will be sorely disappointed. I think we are going to have tough, spectacular games all the way in the tournament.”The draw was conducted by CAF’s Director of Competitions, Samson Adamu, who kept it simple yet sophisticated, and former Egyptian international Emad Meteab.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
LOS ANGELES — Early in September, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said reliever Joe Kelly was dealing with “a minor leg issue” that was making it difficult for him to repeat his delivery.At the time, Roberts said the issue was not a “red flag” that caused a great deal of concern heading down the stretch. With one week left in the regular season, though, Roberts said the issue has not gone away and he would try to “stay away” from pitching Kelly this week.“I wouldn’t say it’s gone. He still feels like he can go out there and pitch but just doesn’t feel great with his body,” Roberts said. “I think the main thing is for him to be ready for Game 1 of the postseason. Obviously with his history, his track record, I can trust that. The main thing is he’s got to feel confident and healthy and right now he’s just not there.”Pressed for specifics on Kelly’s problem, Roberts offered none, saying only that it wasn’t an injury to a specific muscle or ligament. How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “A lot of people said that,” Gray said, acknowledging that it bothered (and motivated) him. “A little bit just because people saw two big contracts being exchanged. But a lot of people didn’t realize the prospects that were coming over, me and Jeter. So in having us have the years we’ve had I think a lot of people are going back and saying, ‘Oh, that trade wasn’t only a salary dump. These kids can actually play ball and be future big-leaguers.’”In his first full season as a pro, Gray went 11-2 this year with a 2.70 ERA and 147 strikeouts in 130 combined innings while climbing from Class-A Great Lakes through Class-A Rancho Cucamonga to Double-A Tulsa.Downs spent most of his season with Rancho Cucamonga before moving to Tulsa. He hit .276 with 24 home runs and an .888 OPS combined.DRAFT CLASSThe Dodgers’ first three picks in this summer’s draft — infielders Kody Hoese and Michael Busch and right-hander Jimmy Lewis — were also at Dodger Stadium for Saturday’s game.Related Articles Hoese and Busch each began their pro careers this year, finishing the minor-league season with Class-A Great Lakes. Lewis, however, has spent his first months as a professional rehabbing a slight tear in the labrum of his pitching shoulder.Lewis said the shoulder injury caused him to miss the final playoff round of his senior season at his Austin, Texas high school. At the time, Lewis said he thought he had injured the latissimus dorsi in the back of his right shoulder on a swing. But an MRI taken after he signed with the Dodgers revealed the labrum tear.Lewis had committed to attend LSU but signed with the Dodgers just before the deadline, agreeing to a $1.1 million signing bonus (well above the slot value for the 78th overall pick). He has begun a throwing program that he hopes will get him on a mound in time for spring training next year.ALSOJustin Turner returned to the Dodgers’ lineup Saturday in limited fashion. Max Muncy was held out of the lineup after experiencing tightness in his quadriceps muscle Friday night. Roberts said he expects Muncy to be back in the lineup Sunday.UP NEXTRockies (RHP Antonio Senzatela 10-10, 6.83 ERA) at Dodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu 12-5, 2.35 ERA), 1:10 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available), AM 570 Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start “I think it’s just overall body. I really do,” Roberts said. “There is nothing really specific. The body just doesn’t feel that he can continue to repeat his delivery. … If he wanted to go out there and pitch he could pitch.”Kelly has pitched four times in the past two weeks, facing just two batters in his two most recent outings.After getting off to a terrible start and carrying an 8.35 ERA into June, Kelly has become the reliable setup man the Dodgers thought he would be when they signed him in the offseason. In 35 appearances since the start of June, Kelly has a 2.51 ERA and has held batters to a .185 average and .550 OPS.AWARD WINNERSGavin Lux and Josiah Gray received their awards as the Dodgers’ minor-league player and pitcher of the year before Saturday’s game.Gray was acquired from the Cincinnati Reds in the trade that sent Matt Kemp, Alex Wood and Yasiel Puig to the Reds and brought Homer Bailey’s contract to the Dodgers. The deal was seen by many as a salary dump by the Dodgers but both of the minor-leaguers they acquired — Gray and infielder Jeter Downs — are now considered among the better prospects in their system. Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season