UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin says he is having sleepless nights due to the COVID-19 pandemic with European soccer’s governing body set to lose “millions and millions” of dollars after the season came to a halt.European leagues and UEFA competitions have either been suspended since March or had their seasons cut short due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.While the German Bundesliga resumed over the weekend, it is unclear when, or if, other major top flight leagues will restart, with the season set to spill over into August when the 2020-21 campaign is set to kick off. “There is so much information (to take in) and so many calendar issues. So many millions and millions, dozens of millions of dollars, that we will lose,” Ceferin told the Guardian.”It’s then hard to fall asleep at night. You would be quite irresponsible if you could fall asleep immediately.”The situation for UEFA is not that alarming, we’re not in a dangerous situation, but we still care about the clubs and the leagues and the stakeholders so it is a lot of work.”Ceferin said he did not expect football to change once the situation returns to normal but added that Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations could be adapted to the “new times”.”If they don’t follow the rules they will always be sanctioned, but of course we’re thinking about how we can improve our regulations,” he said.”This will not happen very soon but we’re thinking of improving (FFP), modernising it and doing something more about the competitive balance. We’re also considering some sort of ‘luxury tax’, if it’s possible.”Topics :
Governor Wolf Announces $2.5 Million Grant for Redevelopment of Airport Industrial Park September 16, 2016 Economy, Infrastructure, Press Release, Videos Reading, PA – Governor Tom Wolf today joined Senator Judy Schwank and Representative Barry Jozwiak to announce $2.5 million in funding to support the redevelopment of a 155-acre industrial park located adjacent to the Reading Airport. When complete, the project is expected to create 500 to 600 new, full-time jobs.“It is our job to set the table for businesses to be able to make the investments necessary to provide jobs to people in communities just like this one,” Governor Wolf said. “This investment will help to rebuild distressed brownfield and former military facility and turn it into a hub for jobs in a number of different industries.”The Redevelopment Capital Assistance Program (RACP) funds will help the Berks County Industrial Development Authority (BCIDA) support the $7 million cost of infrastructure improvements still awaiting completion at the site along Aviation Road, approximately one mile from the City of Reading. The total project cost is $13.3 million.“In today’s highly competitive economy, businesses are looking for shovel-ready sites when evaluating where to locate. This project provides Berks County with a much needed ready-to-go location, which will be very attractive businesses and will result in more jobs coming to our area,” Sen. Schwank said. “I commend Governor Wolf for recognizing the potential and importance of this project for our local and regional economies and investing state dollars to make it a reality. I was pleased to join with Representative Jozwiak in strongly advocating for approval of RCAP funds for this important economic development initiative.”“This project is a great example of a success story which recognized the critical and immediate need for strategic planning of a shovel ready, sustainable project,” Rep. Jozwiak said. “The RACP funding for this infrastructure improvement project at the Reading Airport will not only positively impact Bern Township, but Berks County as a whole with over 500 full time permanent jobs, real estate tax revenues and helping to boost our local economy.”Plans submitted to Bern Township show the development of 807,700 square feet at the project site, which will consist of seven buildings. BCIDA executive director Tom McKeon said the goal is to have the buildings occupied primarily by small manufacturers, but that end users engaged in assembly, warehousing, services, and research and development might also be attracted to the site. The overall economic impact from the project is estimated at over $35 million.“The governor, Senator Schwank, and Representative Jozwiak have today put this project into overdrive,” McKeon said. “They’ve given us the missing piece we’ve needed to turn an unproductive brownfield site into a place that will create significant jobs and tax base for our community and the commonwealth.”In addition to the 500 to 600 new jobs, the BCIDA estimates 220 indirect jobs will be created by support/supplier industries attracted to the project, plus 750 non-permanent direct jobs during construction.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Governor Wolf Orders the Commonwealth Flag at Half-Staff to Honor Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Highway Foreman, Robert Gensimore February 21, 2018 Flag Order, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf has ordered the Commonwealth flag to fly at half-staff at the Capitol Complex and at all Commonwealth facilities in Blair County to honor Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Highway Foreman Robert Gensimore.Robert Gensimore, 45, passed away on Saturday, February 17, 2018. He passed from injuries sustained while making Pennsylvania roadways safer.The Commonwealth flag shall be lowered immediately, Wednesday, February 21, 2018, until Robert Gensimore’s interment. All Pennsylvanians are invited to participate in this tribute.The United States flag shall remain at full staff during this tribute. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Everton boss, Carlo Ancelotti, is keen for Leighton Baines to sign a new contract. Ancelotti The 35-year-old has started each of his side’s last two matches, a loss at Arsenal and a 1-1 draw with Manchester United on Sunday, as Lucas Digne was ruled out with a calf injury. Ancelotti told evertonfc.com: “Our idea, the idea of the club, is, ‘Don’t stop playing, stay with us for the next year’.Advertisement Loading… Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWhat Is A Black Hole And Is It Dangerous For Us All?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year11 Items You’ve Been Using Wrong Your Whole LifeBut Who In The World Taught Them Those Moves? Was It Papa Bear? “We would like to keep him and are going to talk with him. “It would be good for us if he can stay. Physically, he has no problem. It [Baines remaining beyond this season] depends on what he is thinking and whether he wants to continue. Read Also:Sidibe issues firm message to Monaco board over Everton loan spell “I think he wants to continue but it is his decision.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享
The 34-year-old, who led by five overnight after a superb 65 in his third round, birdied three more holes to finish comfortably ahead on 16-under-par 272. France’s Alexandre Kaleka, winner of the tournament last year, and Englishman Matthew Nixon were the closest challengers, finishing on 12 under. Northern Ireland’s Michael Hoey shot a final-round 70 to claim a four-stroke victory at the M2M Russian Open in Moscow. Press Association Victory was Hoey’s fifth European Tour title and represented a return to form after missing seven of his previous 10 cuts. Hoey told europeantour.com: “I have absolutely loved the golf course this week. The putting was the key for me. I have been working hard on that a lot recently and the improvement is really showing because I making a lot of birdies. “That is the main difference at this level. You have to be able to make a lot of putts because the standard is so high these days that it usually comes down to who makes the most putts. “It’s pretty amazing to think that I have won five European Tour titles. It is a great feeling to win and every time you do it you just want more and more. Hopefully I can get at least another one before the end of the season. “It has given me a great boost. I am not the most consistent player in the world but when I get into these positions I usually do okay.” Hoey dropped just one shot throughout the day, at the 12th, and his lead was cut to two by Kaleka and Dane JB Hansen. But his birdie at the 17th steadied nerves and Kaleka (bogey) and Hansen (double bogey) both dropped strokes at the last to card 68s. Nixon came home in 33 and signed for a three-under-par 69, finishing tied second with Kaleka a shot ahead of Hansen. Hoey said: “I did feel the pressure a bit today because I wasn’t swinging it as freely as I had done yesterday but I got the job done in the end. “Making my first birdie of the day on the seventh was a bit of a turning point because I had burned a few edges before that and you start to wonder if it is going to be your day.” China’s Liang Wen-chong, Frenchman Gregory Havret and English pair James Morrison and Mark Foster finished in a tie for fifth on 10 under.
— The Ravens have fortified their defensive front by obtaining free agent Michael Brockers. He agreed to terms on a three-year contract after spending his first eight NFL seasons with the Rams.— Linebacker Sean Lee is returning for an 11th season with the Cowboys. The 2016 All-Pro has accepted a one-year, $4.5 million contract with $2 million guaranteed.— Free agent linebacker Joe Schobert is joining the Jaguars after four seasons with the Browns. He led Cleveland in tackles twice and made a Pro Bowl.— The Rams have declined their contract option on cornerback Nickell Robey-Coleman, who had been the team’s nickel cornerback and their top defender on slot receivers since the team signed him in 2017. The USC product had three interceptions and 122 tackles for Los Angeles.— A person familiar with the move says defensive tackle Jordan Phillips has agreed to sign with the Cardinals. Phillips just finished a breakout season for the Bills, where he started nine of his 16 games and finished with a career-high 9 1/2 sacks. The 42-year-old quarterback has posted on social media “my football journey will take place elsewhere.” The comments were the first to indicate he would leave the franchise he’s led to six Super Bowl titles, and the only professional football home he has had.Brady’s representatives are in serious contract discussions with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.Brady isn’t the only decorated quarterback to leave the only NFL team for which he’s played:— Longtime Chargers star Philip Rivers has agreed to a one-year contract with the Colts, according to a person who spoke to the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity. Rivers spent his first 16 NFL seasons with the Chargers and has set almost every major team record for quarterbacks since being taken first overall in the 2004 NFL draft. The eight-time Pro Bowl selection joins a team that went 7-9 with Jacoby Brissett under center and faded badly during the second half last season.— The Panthers are parting ways with 2015 NFL MVP Cam Newton. Panthers general manager Marty Hurney said on Twitter the team is working with Newton and his agent to find a trade partner. The quarterback responded on social media by saying he never requested a trade, telling the organization to “stop the word play” because they’re trying to manipulate the narrative and act like he requested a trade. — The Lions have released linebacker Devon Kennard. He matched a career and team high with seven sacks last season and equaled a personal best with 58 tackles as a team captain.— The Giants have reached an agreement with Kyler Fackrell on a reported one-year contract. Fackrell spent the last four seasons in Green Bay, recording 17 1/2 sacks as a backup used mostly in passing situations.— The Steelers have placed the inside linebacker Ryan Shazier on the reserved/retired list. But the team says the move doesn’t rule out the possibility of Shazier playing again. Shazier spent the last two seasons on the Physically Unable to Perform list while recovering from a spinal injury suffered in December 2017. Shazier has made remarkable progress since the injury and has continued working out in hopes of one day being cleared to play again.— A person familiar with the deal says the Raiders have agreed with free agent linebacker Cory Littleton on a three-year contract. NFL Network reported the contract is worth up to $36 million. In addition, two people familiar with the deals say Las Vegas has agreed to contracts with defensive tackle Maliek Collins, safety Jeff Heath and defensive end Carl Nassib.— A person with direct knowledge of the move confirms to the Associated Press that defensive tackle Vernon Butler has agreed to a two-year contract with the Bills. Butler is coming off a breakout campaign in which he became a starter for the first time and finished with 32 tackles, six sacks and three forced fumbles. South Carolina finishes on top for first timeUNDATED (AP) — South Carolina is No. 1 in the final Associated Press women’s basketball poll of the season for the first time in school history.The Gamecocks received 26 first-place votes and No. 2 Oregon got the other four. Baylor, Maryland and UConn round out the top five. The AP has always released its final poll of the season before the start of the NCAA Tournament, which has been canceled because of the virus pandemic. Louisville, Stanford, N.C. State, Mississippi State and UCLA round out the top 10. — The Ottawa Senators say one of their players has tested positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms and is in isolation. Ottawa is notifying those who came in contact with the player and have told other members of the team to monitor their health and seek advice from the medical staff.— A person involved in the discussions tells The Associated Press the PGA Championship will not be held in San Francisco during the third weekend of May. San Francisco now is among six counties in the Bay Area where residents are ordered to venture outside only when necessary for the next three weeks. There was no indication when the PGA Championship would be played, or if it would remain in San Francisco.— The U.S. Tennis Association says it is considering “the possibility” of postponing the U.S. Open because of the coronavirus pandemic. What is usually the last Grand Slam tennis tournament each year is currently scheduled for Aug. 31 to Sept. 13 in New York.— The French Open has been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It is the first Grand Slam tennis tournament affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. The French tennis federation says the clay-court tournament will be played from Sept. 20 to Oct. 4. The main draw was originally scheduled to begin in Paris on May 24. The next major tennis championship currently on the calendar is Wimbledon, which is to start in late June in England.— NASCAR has vowed to reschedule the seven Cup Series events already postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Figuring out how to cram the events and the All-Star race into the crowded 36-race schedule is potentially difficult. NASCAR President Steve Phelps says the series has no specifics on how it is moving forward. He says he wants the postponed races rescheduled before the playoffs begin in September. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSBrady is leaving Patriots…Rivers to Colts, Bridgewater to PanthersUNDATED (AP) — Tom Brady says he’s thrown his final pass for the New England Patriots, and it appears he could be headed to Florida. VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSDurant among four Nets to test positiveUNDATED (AP) — Kevin Durant is one of four Brooklyn Nets players to have tested positive for the new coronavirus, bringing the total to seven known players in the NBA. The Nets did not name the players Tuesday, but Durant confirmed he was one of them to The Athletic, saying: “Everyone be careful, take care of yourself and quarantine. We’re going to get through this.” The Nets announced that one player is exhibiting symptoms, while the other three are asymptomatic.Utah’s Rudy Gobert (goh-BEHR’) and Donovan Mitchell and Detroit’s Christian Wood are the other players who have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.In other sports news involving the outbreak: Verlander has surgeryHOUSTON (AP) — Justin Verlander is using the interruption to the Major League season to recover from surgery.The Houston Astros ace has undergone surgery on his right groin and is expected to be out about six weeks. The timing gives Verlander time to heal before opening day, which has been pushed back to mid-May at the earliest because of the new coronavirus.Verlander dealt with the problem early in spring training. His first start was delayed until March 3 because of discomfort in his right groin. He recorded a 3.86 in 4 2/3 innings over two spring starts.WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL-FINAL POLL The final men’s basketball poll will be released Wednesday.IDITARODNorwegian musher wins Alaska’s Iditarod sled dog raceANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Norwegian musher is once again the winner of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.Thomas Waener of Norway easily won this year’s race, running his sled dog under the famed burled arch in downtown Nome early Wednesday after driving his team off the Bering Sea ice. It took him 9 days, 10 hours, 37 minutes and 47 seconds to travel nearly 1,000 miles across Alaska. Carolina has replaced Newton with Saints backup Teddy Bridgewater, who accepted a three-year, $63 million contract. That’s according to a person familiar with the negotiations.The 27-year-old Bridgewater won each of his five starts for the Saints last season, completing 68% of his passes with nine touchdowns and two interceptions.Meanwhile, the Saints are keeping their record-setting quarterback, giving Drew Brees (breez) a two-year, $50 million contract.A person familiar with the situation spoke to The Associated Press about the contract on condition of anonymity because the deal has not been announced.The 41-year-old Brees is the NFL’s all-time leader in completions with 6,867, yards passing with 77,416, and touchdowns with 547. Associated Press However, these and other deals may not be finalized Wednesday as expected.A person familiar with the discussions on Tuesday night told The Associated Press that deals might not be confirmed by teams Wednesday when the NFL’s business season begins. This is due to free agents being unable to travel and actually sign agreements, which is a recent league policy to safeguard against the coronavirus. The NFL has banned travel for players and team personnel while also advising clubs that physical exams can only be taken locally by free agents who reach deals.In other NFL news:— A person with knowledge of the deal tells The Associated Press that the Broncos have agreed to a two-year contract with veteran free agent quarterback Jeff Driskel. Driskel is a former sixth-round draft pick out of Florida in 2016 who has appeared in a dozen NFL games with the Bengals and Lions.— A person familiar with the deal says veteran tight end Jason Witten has agreed to a one-year contract with the Raiders. Witten ended a one-year retirement to return to Dallas this past season, grabbing 63 passes for 529 yards and four TDs. Witten has 1,215 receptions for 12,977 yards and 72 TDs in 16 seasons with the Cowboys. Update on the latest in sports: — The Bears have agreed to a five-year, $70 million deal with former All-Pro defensive end Robert Quinn. Quinn recorded 11 1/2 sacks with Dallas last year despite a two-game suspension for violating the NFL’s policy against performance-enhancing drugs. The Bears also released outside linebacker Leonard Floyd, parting with a former first-round draft pick who never boosted their pass rush the way they envisioned.— The Buccaneers are retaining a key piece of an improved defense by agreeing to re-sign linebacker Jason Pierre-Paul to a two-year, $27 million contract. Pierre-Paul has 21 sacks since being acquired in a trade from the Giants two years ago.— Safety Tre Boston has accepted a three-year, $18 million contract that keeps him with the Panthers. Boston started all 16 games for Carolina last season, recording 59 tackles and three interceptions.— The Eagles have released safety standout Malcolm Jenkins, who led their secondary for the last six years and helped them win the 2017 NFL title. He will cost the team $6 million under the cap, but the Eagles also save nearly $5 million by cutting Jenkins.— The Titans have agreed to terms with defensive end Vic Beasley, who led the NFL with 15 1/2 sacks in 2016 for the Falcons. Atlanta declined to re-sign the eighth overall pick in the 2015 NFL draft after he managed only 18 sacks combined over the past three seasons. — The governing body of European soccer has postponed its marquee championship for one year. Euro 2020 became Euro 2021 in a major shift for an international soccer calendar that is on lockdown because of the coronavirus outbreak and with no clear end in sight. The tournament that was due to open on June 12 in Rome is now scheduled for next year from June 11 to July 11, in the same 12 host nations.— A person familiar with the diagnosis tells The Associated Press a second New York Yankees minor leaguer has tested positive for the new coronavirus. New York had announced a first positive test on Sunday and general manager Brian Cashman said the player had been isolated and the Florida Department of Health notified. The two Yankees minor leaguers are the only baseball players known to have tested positive.— Churchill Downs is postponing the Kentucky Derby from May to September because of the coronavirus pandemic. Track officials say the race will move from May 2 to Sept. 5. That would mark the first time in 75 years that the race won’t be run on the first Saturday in May. The last time the Derby wasn’t held on the first Saturday in May was in 1945, when the federal government banned horse racing because of World War II. The Derby is the latest major sports event to be postponed or canceled because of the— Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and pop star wife Ciara have announced they are donating 1 million meals through Seattle’s Food Lifeline to help provide meals for those in need during the coronavirus outbreak in the region.MLB-ASTROS-VERLANDER March 18, 2020 Waerner’s closest competitor was three-time champion Mitch Seavey, who was about five hours behind.This is the second time the 47-year-old Waerner has run the Iditarod. He earned Rookie of the Year honors for his 17th place finish in 2015. Two other Norwegian mushers have won the Iditarod.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6
Mental illness is an epidemic on college campuses across the nation, and USC is no exception. With an understaffed counseling center and rising need for mental health services, the University is facing a growing crisis.It’s not hard to explain the rise, either. Modern college students’ juggling of classes, jobs, internships and extracurriculars is increasingly weighing down students with additional stressors, exacerbating previous mental health problems and creating new ones. To make matters worse, these issues are still shrouded by a debilitating stigma.Mental illnesses are rarely treated with the same seriousness as physical diseases. Seldom will someone with the flu be told “it’s all in your head,” and yet, for those with depression, it’s all too common. In an environment that encourages us to “Fight On” and maintain an outward appearance of success, having a mental illness can be falsly interpreted as a sign of weakness.These misperceptions, however, allow the stigma of mental health to continue poisoning our campus.In this special issue of the Daily Trojan, we look at fellow Trojans who have struggled with mental illness, from marginalized communities to student-athletes. We examine the progress the University has made toward mental health awareness, as well as spotlight the work that still needs to be done. But most importantly, we hope we can empower the reader to help break down the stigma of mental health at USC, and make sure all of its members are equally cared for in this Trojan Family.Matt LemasFeatures EditorFall 2015
It’s being reported that the Republic of Ireland striker must undergo knee surgery and could miss the rest of the season with Stoke City.Football correspondent with the Irish Daily Mail Philip Quinn wrote the story.He says Walters fitness could be a worry for the Irish management.
Team P W D L GF GA GD PtsMan Utd 1 1 0 0 3 1 2 3Liverpool 1 1 0 0 4 3 1 3Hull City 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3Man City 1 1 0 0 2 1 1 3Swansea City 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3W B A 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 3Everton 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1Middlesbrough 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1Southampton 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1Stoke City 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1Tottenham 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1Watford 1 0 1 0 1 1 0 1Chelsea 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0West Ham 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0Arsenal 1 0 0 1 3 4 -1 0Leicester 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0Sunderland 1 0 0 1 1 2 -1 0Burnley 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0Palace 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0B’mouth 1 0 0 1 1 3 -2 0 RESULTSArsenal 3 – 4 LiverpoolBournemouth 1 – 3 Man UtdMan City 2 – 1 SunderlandEverton 1 – 1 TottenhamSouthampton 1 – 1 WatfordMiddlesbrough 1 – 1 StokePalace 0 – 1 W B ABurnley 0 – 1 SwanseaHull City 2 – 1 LeicesterShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liverpool were forced to hold off a resurgent Arsenal as Jurgen Klopp’s men clung on to begin their 2016-17 Premier League season with an enthralling 4-3 victory at Emirates Stadium on Sunday.In a remarkable encounter, Liverpool fell behind as Theo Walcott, who had missed a penalty a minute earlier, gave Arsenal a deserved lead.But Philippe Coutinho – scorer of a stunning winner at Stoke City on the opening weekend of last season – repeated the feat with an unstoppable free-kick in first-half stoppage time.Buoyed by that equaliser, Liverpool tore into their hosts after the break and scored three times in the first 18 minutes.Adam Lallana put them ahead with a fine piece of control and a finish to match, before Coutinho doubled his tally by applying the finishing touch to Nathaniel Clyne’s delivery.Along with Ragnar Klavan and Georginio Wijnaldum, Sadio Mane was making his competitive Liverpool bow and the Senegalese marked the occasion with a sensational solo goal, finished off with a rasping drive into the top corner.The home side did pull one back almost immediately through substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain – another virtuoso effort to rival that of Mane – before Liverpool saw Coutinho hobble from the field.With 15 minutes remaining, Calum Chambers’ header set Liverpool nerves jangling further, but Klopp’s men held on to get their campaign off to a victorious, if not altogether convincing, start.Arsenal had the better of the opening exchanges and a sharp seventh-minute combination between Alexis Sanchez and Aaron Ramsey culminated in the latter prodding straight into the arms of goalkeeper Simon Mignolet.The Gunners were ahead in the 31st minute, but only after Walcott had wasted a chance from the penalty spot.Alberto Moreno’s clumsy challenge inside the box brought down the England forward, who then saw his subsequent kick saved by Mignolet diving to his right.But the respite was brief for Liverpool as Francis Coquelin won the ball back and, with Moreno caught upfield, Alex Iwobi played Walcott into the vacated space and his low strike was unerring in creeping inside the left-hand upright.Arsenal debutant Rob Holding was adjudged to have fouled Coutinho, who sent a stunning 30-yard free-kick beyond Petr Cech into the top-left corner.Liverpool forged ahead when Coutinho fed Wijnaldum and his lofted pass across the area was chested down by Lallana, who thumped a convincing finish past Cech from a tight angle.Seven minutes later, a period of patient possession ended in Clyne sending in a low cross for Coutinho to steer expertly home with his left foot.Things got even better for Liverpool in the 63rd minute as Mane embarked on an ambitious run down the right before wriggling between Chambers and Nacho Monreal and firing high into the net with his left foot.Oxlade-Chamberlain responded in kind, bursting past Clyne and Jordan Henderson before his shot took a deflection off Dejan Lovren and deceived Mignolet, and the deficit was back to one when Chambers glanced in Santi Cazorla’s set-piece.Arsene Wenger’s introduction of new signing Granit Xhaka at 4-2 down failed to have much of an impact, and Liverpool withstood late pressure to edge an early contender for game of the season, sparking a chorus of boos around the Emirates.
The Galaxy Battles Major hosted by Fallout Gaming has had its major status and Valve involvement revoked, with the game developer citing “unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players” as the main reason for the decision.The Aegis of Champions, the ultimate aim for any Dota 2 player. Credit: ValveIt comes less than two weeks before the tournament, hosted in the Philippines was set to get underway. The blog post from Valve reads “the tournament itself may still proceed, but without any involvement of Valve or the Dota Pro Circuit”. This will mean that the prize money will effectively be halved, as Valve contributed $500,000 to majors in the Dota Pro Circuit and also the coveted Pro Circuit points that contribute towards qualification for the flagship tournament The International will not be earned.The blog post is brief, but reads:“Based on information we’ve recently confirmed regarding new government regulations for esports players entering the Philippines, we have decided to rescind the tournament’s Major designation, including the Pro Circuit qualifying points, for the Galaxy Battles 2018 tournament. This is based on what we feel are unreasonable infringements on the privacy of the players as a condition to enter the country”.It later on continues to apologise to attendees and the Philippines, stating:“This isn’t a reflection on how we feel about the fans in the Philippines, and we are sorry for those that were planning on attending the event”.In response, the Philippines Games and Amusements Board (“GAB”) issued a statement in response. The statement outlines that under new regulation, esports players are subject to similar tests to those of professional athletes and thus are required to obtain a professional license from the GAB. It cites that amongst the requirements to enter is drug testing and organisers have been informed of the requirement. The drugs tested for are marijuana and shabu (metamphetamine hydrochloride).There has been recent debate about tournament organiser Fallout Gaming and their legitimacy. The event itself has been rumoured to be held in a “shady part” of the Philippines and there’s been mumbles from the community for a while.It remains to be seen as to whether the drug regulations or tournament organiser is the true reason behind it, but regardless a cancellation of a major event just weeks before the event is most definitely detrimental for Dota 2 as a whole. Valve has insisted they will be working with organisers looking to allow the teams who qualified for the tournament to compete at another time in a different tournament but details are yet to be revealed. Players who have qualified for the tournament will likely be disgruntled as it’s a huge chance to notch further points towards the ultimate end goal. Additionally, teams gave up a large portion of their time to qualify for the event in what has been a hugely hectic season for scheduling given the vast number of tournaments in the new tournament circuit.Esports Insider says: This is bad news. There’s several takes as to what exactly has happened. Dota 2 tournament stopped because of rampant drug problem amongst players? Fallout Gaming should never have been selected for a major? Filipino government having silly regulations in place? There’ll be several hot takes, right or wrong, in the coming weeks no doubt.