20 Grays Rd, HamiltonA ROOFTOP terrace helps this Hamilton home standout above all others.The five-bedroom home at 20 Grays Rd, is a new build with outdoor entertaining areas and polished timber floor inside.A gated driveway leads to a front porch that opens to the second floor. Inside downlighting and a bright palette flow throughout open-plan living and dining rooms with large slider windows. 20 Grays RdNext to a powder room, the kitchen has timber-finished cabinetry, a breakfast bar and corner pantry. The second floor of the residence also houses a double garage with storage space and the main bedroom which has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with a double vanity and glass shower.External stairs near the living room lead up to a rooftop terrace with panoramic neighbourhood views.Back inside, floating timber stairs and an elevator connect the second floor to the rest of the residence, including the first floor, which has three carpeted bedrooms. Two bedrooms have built-in wardrobes, including one with a private balcony, and share a modern bathroom with a freestanding bath and glass shower. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day agoThe third bedroom has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite with a double vanity. A study and theatre room with plush carpet and a recessed ceiling occupy the remainder of the level.Downstairs comprises a rumpus room with a bar area and imported polished tiles. Outside, a covered patio overlooks an in-ground pool. Back inside, the downstairs bedroom has a walk-through wardrobe and stylish ensuite. Completing the floor is a bathroom and laundry with external access.Other features of the residence include ducted airconditioning, a state-of-the-art intercom system, mono circular staircases and an internal elevator.Agent Patrick McKinnon said the property offered an opportunity like no other.“Offering unmatched quality, this home is an outstanding family sanctuary of contemporary luxury, comfort, space and ease of living,” Mr McKinnon said.
The European Commission feels justified in its plan to reinforce and expand the European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), saying it is “in line” with findings from evaluations of the fund so far.The Commission wants to extend the duration of the EFSI from 2017 to 2020 and increase the total investment target from €315bn to at least €500bn.Its proposal for “EFSI 2.0” also has a greater focus on private-sector contributions, sustainability objectives and addressing the need for high-risk financing.The EFSI is at the core of the Investment Plan for Europe, a flagship policy of the Commission, which believes the plan has had a positive impact, recently stating that it “has already proven useful in encouraging a sustainable increase in investment across member states”. The Commission announced its proposal for a beefed-up EFSI in mid-September. Since then, the European Investment Bank (EIB), a partner to the Investment Plan, presented its evaluation, and accounting and consultancy firm EY published what was mandated as an external, independent evaluation.Commenting on the evaluations this week, the Commission said that they found that the EFSI “has already increased access to financing as well as mobilised private capital, and identified areas in which the Investment Plan could be enhanced”.It believes its EFSI 2.0 proposal addresses the issues raised in the evaluations.Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said: “The feedback we have received is in line with our proposal to fine-tune, expand and strengthen the [Investment] Plan.”The Commission said EY’s assessment found that the EFSI “is effective in increasing access to financing and mobilising private capital, noting an expected portfolio multiplier of 14.1 for signed operations (fully in line with the target of 15 over the whole EFSI-investment period) and 63% of private investment mobilised (no precise target was set) as of 30 June 2016”.The Commission said EFSI was “delivering well beyond expectations” with regard to financing of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) – another “window” is for infrastructure and innovation.But it noted that its EFSI 2.0 proposal “makes it even clearer that projects under the EFSI need to address sub-optimal investment situations and market gaps, as part of the eligibility criteria”.Its proposal for bolstering the EFSI places emphasis on reinforcing the “additionality” of supported projects, which is the idea that a project would not have happened at the same time, or to the same extent, without the EFSI.The idea is that the EFSI provides for financing for higher-risk activities than that for which there is appetite in the commercial market.
The UK government should provide a clear direction for how to deliver a proposed nationwide pension dashboard, major pension providers and administrators have concluded.During a meeting organised by fintech firm Origo – which has developed a large-scale prototype of the dashboard – senior staff representing more than 20 organisations, showed a common desire for the government to provide guidance on terms of compulsion, inclusion of state pension data, governance and digital identity.In a statement detailing the meeting, Origo said attendees had examined an approach that would “protect pension savers and personal information” and “harness the best of industry innovation”, as requested by Guy Opperman, the minister for pensions and financial inclusion.Participants called for the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) to conclude and publish its feasibility study as soon as possible, to ensure that the industry had a complete understanding of how much support it would receive from government as well as the practicalities of government facilitation. They also emphasised the importance of a suitable governance structure, which should be established quickly, Origo said.Attendees also highlighted that the government had to legislate to ensure the whole industry was fully compelled to participate in providing data to the dashboard.Anthony Rafferty, managing director of Origo, said he would be updating the DWP as well as Frank Field, the chair of parliament’s work and pensions select committee, on the discussions and the perspectives on the practicalities of delivering the pensions dashboard.UK providers have expressed concern about the delivery of the dashboard since reports emerged over the summer that the DWP was considering dropping its support for the project.In July, the government made clear that it had not committed itself to a timetable for the roll-out of the pensions dashboard, despite previously expressing strong support.
Baltimore-based offshore wind developer US Wind Inc. has signed an agreement with EPIC Applied Technologies for the installation of its meteorological tower at the site of the proposed 268MW wind farm offshore Maryland.Installation of the MET Mast tower is scheduled to begin on 14 July, with installation anticipated to be completed by 8 August, US Wind said.The met tower will be used to collect raw wind data at a height comparable to the eventual turbines’ height. The collected wind data will be used primarily to validate the virtual data collected through what have primarily been mathematical models to date, and will also to monitor the performance of the installed turbines during the lifetime of the eventual wind farm.“This important milestone represents US Wind’s ongoing commitment to realizing this first-of-its-kind large-scale renewable energy project in the State of Maryland,” said Riccardo Toto, President of US Wind, Inc.“We look forward to delivering the significant economic and job-creation benefits that our project represents and to advancing our leadership position in this fast-developing new American industry.”The US Wind Maryland project, expected to be operational during 2023, will involve the installation of up to 32 wind turbines 17 miles off the coast of Ocean City.In May 2017, the project was approved to receive offshore renewable energy credits (ORECs).It is anticipated that the US Wind project will result in the creation of approximately 7,000 direct and indirect jobs and represent an in-state investment of nearly USD 1.5 billion, US Wind said.
A Vevay woman is one of just 13 women to ever graduate from the Marine Corps’ Infantry Training Program.Pvt. Kassandra Woodward graduated from the infantry training course that included a live-fire exercise, 20-kilometer hike and a 72-hour field exercise. The women had to pass by the men’s scoring standard in order to graduate, Marine officials said.Woodward was one of ten female Marines to graduate from the program on Dec. 19. The first three women to ever graduate from the intense program was in the November class.State Representative Randy Frye (R-Greensburg) will present Woodward with a certificate of recognition as well as a flag that was flown over the Indiana Statehouse in Indianapolis. The presentation will be held at the Switzerland County Courthouse on Dec. 31.Pvt. Woodward will return to military duties on Wednesday.
RelatedPosts Brazilian state records more COVID-19 deaths than China Eaglets lose to Sao Paulo in friendly Eaglets tackle Brazilian club in friendly Brazil legend Cafu’s son, Danilo Feliciano de Moraes, has died at the age of 30 from a heart attack, after playing football at his family home in Sao Paulo. The son of Brazil hero Cafu, Danilo Feliciano de Moraes, has tragically passed away at the age of 30 following a heart attack. Danilo was playing football at his family home in Sao Paulo, when he complained of feeling unwell, according to Globo Esporte. He was subsequently taken to the Albert Einstein Hospital’s Alphaville unit, where he later died. Football teams across the world have paid their respects to Cafu’s son, including Real Madrid, Inter Milan, and the Brazilian’s former team AS Roma. “The club is deeply saddened by the passing of Cafu’s son, Danilo,” tweeted Inter Milan. “All of us at the club send our heartfelt condolences to Cafu and his family at this difficult time.” AS Roma tweeted: “The club sends its deepest condolences to Marcos Cafu and his family at this sad time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them all.” Real Madrid, who Cafu never played for, said: “El Real Madrid C.F. expresses its deep regret at the passing of Danilo, the son of Brazilian football legend @officialcafu. “The club wishes to convey its condolences to Cafu and his family and shares in his grief in these difficult moments.” Meanwhile, Roma legend Francesco Totti told his friend Cafu that his thoughts are with him during this difficult time. “I’ve seen him grow … it’s not possible!!!!,” he tweeted “I am close to you my friend with all the [love] … Rest in peace Danilo.” Elsewhere, European football authority UEFA also sent its condolences to the Cafu family. “Everyone at UEFA wishes to send their sincerest condolences to Cafu following the passing of his son, Danilo.” “The thoughts of the whole football world are with you and your family at this tragic time.”Tags: CafuDanilo Feliciano de MoraesPlaying footballSao Paulo
Press Association Dimitar Berbatov’s proposed return to Tottenham has fallen through with the Fulham striker set to join Monaco. The 33-year-old Bulgarian is expected to undergo a medical with the Ligue 1 side this afternoon, with German midfielder Lewis Holtby joining Fulham on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season. Meanwhile, the long-anticipated loan deal for Manchester United winger Wilfried Zaha to Cardiff has finally gone through. The 21-year-old has joined the Bluebirds for the rest of the season and should get a chance to prove his Premier League quality after a frustrating six months at United. Cardiff boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: “He has pace, power, technical ability and goes past people. He will bring that little final bit to find pockets of space and produce a bit of magic.” Sunderland have signed Scotland midfielder Liam Bridcutt from Brighton on a three-and-a-half-year deal for an undisclosed fee, while Southampton striker Dani Osvaldo has moved closer to joining Juventus as he underwent a medical with the Italian league leaders. The 28-year-old Italy international arrived in a club-record deal from Roma last summer but has failed to live up to the billing and was recently involved in a training-ground bust-up. Lyon midfielder Clement Grenier has confirmed he intends to stay with the French club following interest from Newcastle. “I don’t intend to leave. It’s not a priority, even if the offers from big clubs make you think,” Grenier said on Lyon’s website.
Twitter With Brazil striker Neymar being struck down with mumps over the weekend, it had been thought Pedro would line up alongside Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez up front in Barca’s starting line-up on Tuesday. However, coach Luis Enrique opted to leave the 28-year-old on the bench and start with Rafinha, and it was not until extra-time that Pedro was sent on. Pedro made a match-winning impact, though, scoring the deciding goal moments from the end as Barca claimed a dramatic win. Pedro said: “The truth is I had a good chance to play, especially since of what happened to Neymar, and it wasn’t to be. The coach has decided not to count on me. I don’t know, I don’t know if I will continue here. “I’m here now and I want to enjoy this title. “Manchester? Yes, there are nice challenges on all sides. Today I’m here, and I’m happy. And if I go I will go with my head held high having always given everything. These fans and this club are incredible.” Barca star Lionel Messi admits he is in the dark about his team-mate’s future, but says he will support whatever decision the forward makes. The Argentina playmaker said on www.uefa.com: “I’m thrilled that Pedro was the one to get the winning goal. Personally I don’t know what his decision will be but we’re all with him and we’ll back him. “We want the best for him given what he’s given the club – he deserves the best. I don’t know what he’ll decide but whatever he’ll have our support.” Barca boss Enrique, whose side have now won four trophies this year and remain on course to emulate the record-breaking feat of Pep Guardiola’s side in 2009 when they won all six titles available to them, was giving nothing away with regards Pedro’s future but explained his decision not to start the World Cup winner against Sevilla. He said: “A few days ago Pedro retired from training with an adductor muscle problem and you know about his current status, so I picked the man (Rafinha) I thought would be best in the circumstances and I would do the same again. “I understand why you’re interested in this matter but I’m not going to say any more about it.” Close Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez applauds the supporters after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Barcelona won 5-4 slide 1 of 1 Sevilla’s Mariano marshals Pedro of Barcelona Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez applauds the supporters after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Barcelona won 5-4 1/1 Getty Images Pedro climbed off the bench to score the match-winning goal on Tuesday night as Barcelona saw off Primera Division rivals Sevilla 5-4 after extra-time in a thrilling Super Cup clash in Tbilisi. That came after Barca technical secretary Robert Fernandez was quoted as saying before the match that Pedro had told him he wanted to move on from the Nou Camp club. Whatsapp Close Facebook Barcelona’s Pedro Rodriguez applauds the supporters after winning the UEFA Super Cup soccer match between FC Barcelona and Sevilla FC at the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena stadium, in Tbilisi, Georgia, on Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2015. Barcelona won 5-4 Sevilla’s Mariano marshals Pedro of Barcelona AP Whatsapp Twitter slide 1 of 1 Manchester United target Pedro admits he does not know if the UEFA Super Cup will end up being his last match for Barcelona – but has denied saying he wants to leave the Catalan giants. Getty Images 1/1 Facebook Email Sevilla’s Mariano marshals Pedro of Barcelona AP The Spain winger has been heavily linked with a move to United as they look to replace Angel di Maria, who joined Paris St Germain for £44.3million last week. However, speaking afterwards, Pedro denied saying he wanted out and, while insisting he is happy at Barca, admits he does not know what the future holds for him. Asked if he wanted to go or not, the long-serving forward was quoted as saying by AS: “The answer is no. But it’s complicated for many things. “It’s not for money, as has been said – which is another lack of respect. It’s a question of continuity, of minutes. I’m an ambitious player. S tay or go, I will always be of this team. “I don’t know if it will be my last game for Barcelona. I only want to enjoy this title.” Regarding Fernandez’s claims, Pedro said: “There are many pros and cons about my situation. The comments of Robert Fernandez are unfair. He’s made some very unfortunate declarations. I’ve crossed two words with him and he doesn’t know what I’ve been through at the club to talk like that of me. “I know who I am and I will always be of Barca. Such people shouldn’t speak in this way.” Pedro added on Antena 3: ” I’ve not said what Robert’s said, or at least not how I said it. I’m calm, happy and I will always continue giving everything if I continue at this club.” Email Press Association
RUSADA deputy CEO Margarita Pahnotskaya tells The Associated Press the testing suspension covers a longer period because of the risk of staff being stranded away from home. Tests stopped Friday and will resume on April 6.Pakhnotskaya says the World Anti-Doping Agency has been notified.She says “we studied all the consequences and agreed we should follow the order. And it was agreed with WADA. I wrote them a letter yesterday.”___The Diamond League has postponed three more track meets because of the coronavirus outbreak. ESPN NBA broadcaster Doris Burke, a Curt Gowdy Award recipient by the Basketball Hall of Fame for excellence in her field, has revealed that she tested positive for the coronavirus.Burke made the announcement Friday on an ESPN podcast hosted by NBA reporter Adrian Wojnarowski.Burke says she started feeling extreme fatigue on March 11, the day the NBA was shut down once it was learned that Utah center Rudy Gobert tested positive. Burke was assigned the Denver-Dallas game on that date for ESPN and fought through her symptoms to work that night.She said she had a three-day period of such deep fatigue that she couldn’t remain out of bed for more than five minutes at a time. She was eventually tested and received the results on Wednesday — eight days after being swabbed.By then, she was feeling better and said on the podcast that she was appreciative of the health-care workers who saw her. “I’m so incredibly thankful to be feeling well,” Burke said. McDavid says he didn’t want to take the chance of going through crowded airports and contract the new coronavirus in fear of potentially spreading it to his parents and grandparents. He says the NHL being on hiatus also allows him to break in the new home he built, which also includes a gym.McDavid spoke on a league-hosted video conference call featuring Pacific Division players on Friday.With the season on hold, players have been told to self-isolate until at least April 4. To date, three NHL players have tested positive for the virus: two with Ottawa and the third with Colorado.___Good news for all those who have already qualified for the Tokyo Olympics: You’re in for 2021. FIFPro, which represents 65,000 men’s and women’s players, urges “clubs with short-term financial difficulties to meet with national player unions to negotiate fair and proportionate arrangements.”___The International Ski Federation (FIS) has postponed its presidential election at a biennial congress for at least three months due to the coronavirus pandemic.Hosts for some world championships, including Alpine skiing in 2025, were also due to be voted on at May 17-23 meetings in Thailand.FIS says it hopes to reschedule “in the autumn (fall) of this year,” possibly at a different location. Neither Barcelona nor Atlético are saying how much they would slash salaries. The moves will not impact their players’ contracts.___Top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic, his wife and their foundation are donating 1 million euros (about $1.1 million) to help buy ventilators and other medical equipment for hospitals in Serbia.Djokovic says his foundation’s staff “will be monitoring everything” to get the equipment in place.His wife, Jelena, is the global director of the Novak Djokovic Foundation. She says ventilators needed to help COVID-19 patients range in price from 10,000 to 50,000 euros ($11,000 to $55,000). March 27, 2020 ___Lakers superstar Anthony Davis is getting involved with a pair of community initiatives to help Los Angeles-area hospital employees and Staples Center workers.Davis says he is teaming up with Lineage Logistics to match up to $250,000 in donations to an organization providing free meals to health care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. The initiative is a partnership with the World Food Kitchen, led by famed chef José Andrés.Davis and Lineage also announced an initiative to offer jobs with Lineage to Staples Center employees in the upcoming weeks and months while no sports are being played in the Lakers’ home arena, which they share with the Los Angeles Clippers and the NHL’s Kings. Lineage operates refrigerated warehouses in the Los Angeles area and around the world.Davis is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent this summer after his first season with the Lakers, but the Anthony Davis Family Foundation is already involved in numerous charitable ventures in the Los Angeles area. The seven-time NBA All-Star is widely expected to re-sign with the Lakers. The Latest: EPL says “difficult decisions” ahead Barcelona says its executive board has decided to temporarily suspend player contracts. That produces a “proportional reduction of the remuneration provided for in the respective contracts.”The players’ contracts will remain intact during the job suspension.Employers in Spain are allowed to reduce labor costs while guaranteeing that workers will return to their jobs once conditions improve.The club says it has not decided by how much the salaries will be lowered.___ ___Global players’ union FIFPro has called on soccer clubs to stop firing players or cutting their salaries before talks.FIFPro says it’s “extremely concerned” that clubs in several countries “have begun to immediately lay off players or unilaterally reduce their salaries” because of the economic impact of the coronavirus pandemic.The Netherlands-based union says many players worldwide earn at or below average domestic income “and would be severely affected by salary decreases.”One club in Switzerland, Sion, terminated the contracts of nine players including former Arsenal pair Johan Djourou and Alexandre Song, who declined to accept reduced wages in a federal unemployment insurance program. The 32-year-old Djokovic won the Australian Open in January for his 17th Grand Slam title. Among men, only Roger Federer, with 20, and Rafael Nadal, with 19, have won more.___Jae Crowder of the Miami Heat has donated $15,000 to Boston-based custom slide sandal company ISlide. That money will go entirely to the company’s affected workers. Crowder is an ISlide investor and says he felt compelled to give because he knows workers there are in need. Crowder says “to see the potential negative business impact from this outbreak compelled me to help in any way I could.”___Turkish basketball team Fenerbahce says one of its players and three members of the technical and administrative personnel have tested positive for the coronavirus.Fenerbahce says none of the four have been hospitalized. They were being isolated and monitored at home.The player and three staff members were not named. Olympic officials have confirmed that the 6,200 or so athletes who had already punched their ticket for Tokyo will keep their spots for the rescheduled games next year. It resolves one of the key questions for marathoners, open-water swimmers and hundreds of other athletes whose qualifying process came early in the 2020 sports calendar, before the coronavirus started shutting down sports across the globe. Still to be determined is how the Isports that make up the Olympics will allocate all the spots at the rescheduled games. Typically, the individual sports determine their qualifying procedures for Olympic events.World Athletics president Seb Coe confirmed that all sports have agreed to the IOC’s proposal that all athletes currently qualified for the Olympics will remain qualified for next year. In track, he said that accounts for about half the places. He said the important next step is to develop a fair process for the rest of the athletes, most of whom have seen their qualifying events postponed. Associated Press Candidates to succeed 22-year incumbent Gian Franco Kasper as president, and for seats on the FIS ruling council, must be declared 30 days before the rescheduled elections.The three candidates for Alpine worlds in 2025 are: Saalbach, Austria; Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany; Crans-Montana, Switzerland.___Atlético Madrid has followed Barcelona’s lead and announced it will reduce its players’ and coaches’ salaries during the stoppage of competition due to the coronavirus crisis. A day after Barcelona had done the same, Atlético said Friday that it will reduce its payroll temporarily “to ensure the future” of the club. ___Boston Celtics coach Brad Stevens says guard Marcus Smart is doing well and remains in good spirits following his positive test for coronavirus last week.Smart announced his diagnosis on March 19, seven days after Utah Jazz All-Stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell tested positive for COVID-19. Boston played the Utah Jazz on March 6.Celtics players and staff were also tested as a precaution and those tests have all come back negative.Stevens said he and team officials have been checking in with Smart and the rest of the team regularly via conference calls. Moving back the Evian will create a little room on the LPGA schedule when golf resumes. It also makes travel more practical for the players. The new date for the Evian Championship is one week before the Ladies Scottish Open east of Edinburgh, and two weeks before the Women’s British Open at Royal Troon.The LPGA previously rescheduled the ANA Inspiration in Rancho Mirage, California, from April 2-5 until Sept. 10-13.At Augusta National, kids who qualified for this year’s Drive, Chip and Putt will get to compete on the Sunday before next year’s Masters. They will compete in the same age division for which they qualified. That means there won’t be any qualifying for new participants until next year.___Oilers captain Connor McDavid says he elected to stay put in Edmonton rather than risk traveling home to suburban Toronto. More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 “I’m proud of how he kind of took the initiative to tell people that he had it and that he felt good and that he got online, just continued to ask people to practice social distancing and self-isolation right now,” Stevens said. “It’s just, you know, it’s a really unique, unsettling time for everyone.”— Kyle Hightower reporting from Boston___The LPGA Tour now has two majors that have been rescheduled because of the new coronavirus.With the Olympics postponed until 2021, the Evian Championship in France will be two weeks later on Aug. 6-9. That was supposed to be the week of women’s golf in the Olympics. The Premier League released a statement after talks with the English Football League and Professional Footballers’ Association, saying they also “agreed to work together to arrive at shared solutions.”Last week, restarting the season was pushed back to April 30, and will resume “only when it is safe and conditions allow.”“Further meetings will take place next week with a view to formulating a joint plan to deal with the difficult circumstances facing the leagues, their clubs, players, staff and fans.”Clubs are already feeling the pinch: Second-tier Championship club Birmingham was the first to ask some players to defer 50% of their salaries, while at Championship leader Leeds, the players, coaching staff and senior management volunteered to defer their salaries to try and put off redundancies at their club.___ ___The Evian Masters women’s golf tournament has been moved to August because of the coronavirus outbreak.The event originally scheduled for July 23-26 will now be held on Aug. 6-9 at the Evian Resort Golf Club.Evian is one of the five majors on the women’s circuit.The decision was made by the LPGA Tour, the Ladies European Tour and Evian organizers. LPGA Commissioner Mike Whan says “this adjustment makes for easier travel for players and assists us as we look to reschedule previously postponed events.”The women’s British Open is scheduled to be held two weeks after Evian.___The Russian anti-doping agency is suspending all tests for 10 days in response to measures implemented by the government to fight the coronavirus.The move comes after President Vladimir Putin told Russians except those working in essential sectors to stay home next week. ___The mountain bike world championships in Albstadt, Germany, from June 25-28 have been postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak.Officials of the city, German federation and cycling governing body UCI will talk next week to try and set new dates.The UCI reiterated world championships have priority in a revised calendar.The worlds follow the postponement or cancellation of 11 World Cups in the cross-country, downhill and eliminator disciplines. The events in Stockholm on May 24, Naples and Rome on May 28, and Rabat, Morocco, on May 31 have all been postponed with no new dates set.The first six events of the year have been called off and only the Shanghai meet has been given a new date. The Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, on June 7 is now the first scheduled event on the calendar.The Diamond League says “the meeting organizers, the Wanda Diamond League and World Athletics remain committed to delivering a structured extensive season in 2020.”___Spanish soccer club Barcelona says it will reduce the salaries of its players amid the coronavirus pandemic. ___The National Professional Soccer League has canceled its 2020 summer season because of the new coronavirus outbreak.Considered a fourth-tier circuit in the U.S., the NPSL is affiliated with the United States Adult Soccer Association. The NPSL started play in 2003 and had planned to expand from 91 to 94 teams this season.The league was to have entered 14 teams in the U.S. Open Cup, which was suspended because of the pandemic.The NPSL summer season had been set to start in May and end in early August. The league said Friday that many of its venues would be unavailable after that because they are on college and school campuses. A Russia-based basketball league with teams in five countries has abandoned its season without declaring a champion because of the coronavirus outbreak.VTB United League CEO Ilona Korstin says it’s not appropriate to continue the season “in the current situation when borders are closed, teams can’t train at basketball arenas and clubs have to allow foreign players to go home.”Korstin says the league will start preparing for the 2020-21 season.Russian club BC Khimki was leading the league with an 18-1 record when it was suspended.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___English soccer should be braced for “difficult decisions” to try and ease the financial effects from the season suspended because of the coronavirus crisis.
REAL Madrid went to the top of La Liga thanks to a hard-fought victory at Real Sociedad.Zinedine Zidane’s side are level on points with Barca, who drew 0-0 with Sevilla on Friday, but go top because of their superior head-to-head record.Sergio Ramos’ penalty after the lively Vinicius Jr was fouled gave the visitors the lead.Karim Benzema doubled their advantage before Mikel Merino’s strike set up a tense finale.There was controversy when substitute Adnan Januzaj thought he had made it 1-1 with a strike from outside the area but it was ruled out for a Merino offside. Merino did not get a touch but the officials deemed he was blocking goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois’ view, so interfering with play.Their sense of grievance grew when moments later Benzema controlled a Federico Valverde cross with his shoulder before firing home. The goal stood after a video assistant referee review for handball.Madrid looked comfortable at that stage but Merino rifled a shot in via the underside of the crossbar, after a cross from substitute Roberto Lopez, to keep the closing minutes interesting.The visitors’ biggest problem from the game came when Ramos was injured soon after his goal and needed an ice pack on his leg in the stands.Madrid – who have only won one La Liga title since 2012 – are now eight victories away from winning the league.Barcelona host Athletic Bilbao on Tuesday with Real at home to Mallorca the next day (both 21:00 BST kick-offs).(BBC Sport)