Mayweather personally has been in touch with the family, according to Leonard Ellerbe, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions. He will handle costs for the funeral on June 9 in Floyd’s hometown of Houston, as well as other expenses.Floyd, a black man, died May 25 after a white Minneapolis police officer pressed his knee into Floyd’s neck while Floyd was handcuffed and saying that he couldn’t breathe. His death sparked protests in Minneapolis and around the country, some of which became violent.TMZ originally reported Mayweather’s offer. Mayweather, who lives in Las Vegas, has not met the Floyd family.FIFA-FLOYDFIFA signals support for in-game Floyd solidarity messages The team’s decision comes after Washington reliever Sean Doolittle tweeted that the team’s major league players would cover a planned cut in those payments from $400 to $300.A text message sent by the Nationals to players in the minors and forwarded to The Associated Press reads: “Upon further internal discussion, you will receive your full stipend of $400 per week through the month of June.” The text says further payments will be decided on a monthly basis.Here are other sports stories related to the coronavirus:— The Big 12 Conference says its schools can begin bringing athletes back to campus, with the resumption of voluntary activities starting June 15 for football players. The conference says each school can use its own discretion in deciding when athletes return to campus. The Big 12 had suspended all team activities, voluntary or required, because of the coronavirus pandemic through May 31. As of June 1, new rules go into effect. In-person required and voluntary team activities are still banned for all athletes from June 1-14.— Italian soccer authorities are considering the possibility of allowing fans into stadiums starting next month. The Italian league is set to resume on June 20 with no spectators allowed. There are also strict rules limiting the number of people in the stadium to 300. That includes both teams, staff and journalists. Italian media are reporting that the soccer federation could discuss the possibility of increasing that number and permitting a vastly reduced number of fans. Associated Press MLB-DYKSTRA-DARLING LAWSUITJudge dismisses Dykstra defamation suit against DarlingNEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge has dismissed Lenny Dykstra’s defamation lawsuit against former New York Mets teammate Ron Darling, the pitcher’s ghost writer and a pair of publishers.Dykstra’s suit followed the publication of Darling’s book, “108 Stitches: Loose Threads, Ripping Yarns, and the Darndest Characters from My Time in the Game.” Darling accused the outfielder of directing racist comments toward Boston starter Oil Can Boyd during the 1986 World Series.Justice Robert D. Kalish wrote Dykstra’s reputation “for unsportsmanlike conduct and bigotry is already so tarnished that it cannot be further injured by the reference.”,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Floyd’s death has sparked days of protests across the U.S. and it has resonated in the soccer world.NFL-CARDINALS-CANTRELLCardinals sign TE Cantrell, release CB SheltonTEMPE, Ariz. (AP) —The Arizona Cardinals have signed tight end Dylan Cantrell to a one-year deal.The 6-foot-3, 240-pound Cantrell is switching positions to tight end after being selected as a receiver by the Los Angeles Chargers in the sixth round of the 2018 draft. He played in college at Texas Tech under current Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury, who is now in his second season in Arizona. Liverpool stars take a knee in gesture of support for FloydLIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Liverpool players took a knee around the center circle at Anfield Stadium on Monday in a gesture of support following the death of George Floyd.Squad members posted a picture of the act on their social media accounts with the caption, “Unity is strength #BlackLivesMatter.”The picture of 29 players from the English league leaders was taken during a training session.Star players Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and captain Jordan Henderson were among those to post the picture that was retweeted by the official account of Liverpool, which is owned by Fenway Sports Group — the U.S. company which also controls the Boston Red Sox. Liverpool also tweeted out the picture. The Lee County coroner says Dye died Monday at a hospice care facility in Auburn from complications of kidney and liver failure. His son, Pat Dye Jr., had told ESPN.com recently that the former coach had been hospitalized in Atlanta for kidney-related issues. He also said his father had tested positive for the coronavirus but had been asymptomatic.In 12 years at Auburn, Dye posted a 99-39-4 record. He also coached at Wyoming and East Carolina.MLB-NATIONALS-MINOR LEAGUE STIPENDSNationals change course, pay minor leaguers full stipendWASHINGTON (AP) — The Washington Nationals have changed course and are telling their minor leaguers they will receive their full weekly stipends of $400 through June. Update on the latest in sports: Cantrell spent most of the 2018 season on the Chargers’ practice squad and was released prior to last season. He had 158 catches for 1,873 yards and 18 touchdowns during a four-year college career with the Red Raiders.OBIT-PAT DYEFormer Auburn coach dead at 80UNDATED (AP) — Former Auburn football coach Pat Dye has died at the age of 80.Dye took over a downtrodden program in 1981 and turned it into a Southeastern Conference power. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGEORGE FLOYD-MAYWEATHER-FUNERALBoxer Floyd Mayweather to pay for George Floyd’s funeralUNDATED (AP) — Former boxing champion Floyd Mayweather has offered to pay for George Floyd’s funeral and memorial services, and the family has accepted the offer. June 1, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — FIFA urged soccer competition organizers on Monday to apply “common sense” and consider not sanctioning players for solidarity with George Floyd during matches.The recognition of the “depth of sentiment” over Floyd’s death came in a rare statement by FIFA telling the global game to show flexibility and not enforce laws of soccer it helps to set.Players used weekend games in Germany to reveal messages demanding justice for Floyd, a handcuffed black man who died after he pleaded for air as a white police officer pressed a knee on his neck in Minneapolis.Germany’s soccer federation announced earlier Monday that it was assessing whether to sanction the players for breaking laws of the game that prohibit “any political, religious or personal slogans, statements or images” on equipment.LIVERPOOL-TAKING A KNEE
In the middle of a tight battle with Curt Phillips for the starting quarterback job, Joel Stave will enter Saturday\’s Spring Game looking to separate himself with a strong performance.[/media-credit]After six weeks of hard practice, the Wisconsin football team will be lifting the curtain Saturday when it opens up the final practice of the season for fans to come and watch an intrasquad scrimmage.Saturday marks the first Spring Game for Wisconsin since the arrival of new head coach Gary Andersen in the offseason, and things are already beginning to look different as the game approaches.Andersen announced weeks ago that the Spring Game would not take the same format that is has in years past – choosing to change the game into a scrimmage that will mirror game-like scenarios.“It’s offense versus defense,” Andersen said in his Monday press conference. “But it is a game. It will feel much like a game. It’s true scoring. If I at times need to maybe skew the score to keep it close, then I might have to do that. We’ll make it fun and entertaining for everybody that’s out there.”Unlike last year’s Spring Game, which pitted the No. 1 defense against the No. 2 offense and the No. 2 defense against the No. 1 offense, this year’s Spring Game will consist of two 15-minute periods of play between the offense, wearing white uniforms and the defense, wearing cardinal uniforms. Then, after a five-minute halftime, the team will take the field for two more ten-minute periods to end the scrimmage.While both teams can score in all of the traditional ways – scoring a touchdown or a field goal – the coaching staff also added several more interesting point-scoring methods to get both the players and fans excited about the scrimmage.The offense will be able to score by earning a 15-yard run, 20-yard pass or first down, and the defense can get on the scoreboard by earning a turnover or a three-and-out, among other nontraditional scoring options.Still, while the scoring will certainly add a new element to Wisconsin’s final practice, redshirt sophomore quarterback Joel Stave said the emphasis of the Spring Game is still on getting better above all else.“Nobody really looks at it as a real game, since you are playing your own guys,” Stave said. “So it’s just an opportunity for us to get in some good work for one more day … a chance to practice, tackle and play live.”During the last few practices, Stave and redshirt senior Curt Phillips have begun to take the majority of the reps at quarterback during practice.While a strong performance from either one could have an impact on the starting job next fall, Stave said the weight put on the quarterbacks in the Spring Game is no different than any other practice.“There were 14 practices before this, and there was a lot of growth in there,” Stave said. “So this is just another practice to try and compete and get better.”One of the reasons given by the coaching staff for the more scrimmage-like approach to the Spring Game this year was the lack of depth on the offensive line.After injuries to a number of players, the offensive line dwindled to eight eligible linemen at its lowest point this spring. With many of the remaining players having to sit out some practices for various injuries, a full-on Spring Game might have put them at risk for further injury.In addition, a number of key players for Wisconsin on both offense and defense will sit out Saturday, including redshirt senior offensive lineman Ryan Groy, redshirt senior wide receiver Jared Abbrederis, senior running back James White and redshirt senior linebacker Chris Borland.With a number of key upperclassmen sitting out Saturday, many of the younger players will get their first experience in front of the Badger faithful in the Spring Game – an event that garnered more than 10,000 fans last year. The game will also be televised on Big Ten network.For redshirt freshman offensive lineman Dan Voltz, the opportunity to play in the Spring Game in front of so many fans is the highlight of the spring – especially having never played in a regular season game for the Badgers this past fall.“Last year, my first Spring Game, I know I was pretty excited,” Voltz said. “So for the younger guys who have never played on TV or in front of a large crowd, it will be pretty cool.”
Joe Schmidt and his players will get to meet with fans will also getting re-acquainted with the pitch at the Aviva ahead of their opening match against Wales on Sunday-week.Later tonight, Leinster are in action in the opening game of the weekend in the Guinness Pro12.Without the majority of their Irish internationals, Leo Cullen’s side will visit Rodney Parade to face the Dragons. Scrum-half Luke McGrath will captain an inexperienced side that also features the likes of Garry Ringrose, James Tracy, Peter Dooley, Cathal Marsh and Adam Byrne.Kick-off is at five-past seven.
Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error In his last three games, Griffin has scored 99 points while shooting 72 percent from the field.It was the kind of night the Clippers, who have won four straight, expect from all of their stars, not just Griffin. Chris Paul scored or assisted on six of the Clippers’ first seven baskets and finished with 22 points and 11 assists; J.J. Redick drained three first-quarter 3-pointers en route to 25 points; DeAndre Jordan grabbed 20 rebounds (to go with 11 points) for the 10th time this season.Over the course of the three days the Clippers had off between games, players from Griffin to Jamal Crawford to Redick insisted they didn’t even realize they had won seven of their last nine games – now eight of 10.There was still so much to do to get ready for the playoffs. So many things to do better. Their defense had been lackluster and they had formed a habit of giving up big leads.“I don’t think our guys really count (the standings) as much as they know where we’re at,” Doc Rivers said prior to Wednesday’s game. “I think if you asked our guys, ‘Do you like where we’re at as a team?’ I think most of them will say, ‘Yeah, I think we’re in really good shape and we’re in a good place.’ ” For at least one night, the Clippers (48-31), who moved to within half a game of Utah (48-30) for the fourth seed in the Western Conference, broke their bad habits.They never relinquished a lead that grew to as many as 20 points, and when Dallas rallied to get within 73-67 on a driving layup by Yogi Ferrell in the third period, the Clippers broke it open with a 14-4 run.Playing against a Mavericks team that had beaten them twice – including 97-95 on March 23 in Dallas – the Clippers summoned a first-quarter masterpiece.Before Mbah a Moute’s missed layup with 6:02 remaining, they made nine consecutive shots, including a pair of 3s from Redick, to build a 22-6 lead.They shot 61 percent from the field in the opening period, including 60 percent from beyond the arc.Harrison Barnes led Dallas with 15 points, while J.J. Barea and Ferrell both scored 14. Dirk Nowitzki finished with 9 points on 4-of-11 shooting. LOS ANGELES>> The easiest shot the Clippers had to start Wednesday’s game came when Luc Mbah a Moute drove baseline and left his unobstructed layup short on the front of the rim.Fortunately, it was a rare miss for the Clippers, who buried their first nine shots and raced to a double-digit lead in a wire-to-wire 112-101 victory over Dallas at Staples Center.At the center of the Clippers’ offensive onslaught was Blake Griffin, who led the Clippers with 32 points on 11-of-14 shooting.
LOS ANGELES >> Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager was 15 years old when Carlos Ruiz was putting together one of the best Octobers in baseball history.Ruiz batted .385 in the 2009 National League Championship Series against the Dodgers, including a three-run home run in Game 1 against Clayton Kershaw. The Phillies eliminated the Dodgers that year, and Ruiz hit .333 in a six-game World Series against the New York Yankees.Now the Dodgers’ backup catcher, Ruiz delivered a vintage performance Monday with his pinch-hit home run against Washington Nationals pitcher Gio Gonzalez. The two-run shot pulled the Dodgers within 4-3 and knocked Gonzalez out of the game, which the Nationals eventually won 8-3.“That was a big swing for us, a big AB for us,” Seager said. “It got us back into the game, one run (behind). Unfortunately we couldn’t find the big hit again.” It was the first pinch-hit home run by a Dodger in the postseason since Orlando Hudson in the 2009 NLCS.Ruiz cemented his reputation as a postseason performer in 2009. The following year, he helped Philadelphia reach the NLCS again.But Ruiz’s home run Monday was his first postseason hit of any kind since 2011. At age 37, his October magic was fading further into the rear-view mirror. So was his power. Ruiz had collected 36 singles, seven doubles and no triples since his last home run — against Solis back on April 27.“I always say that I think my job is behind home plate, call a good game, play some good defense and also I know I was not a power hitter,” he said. “I always try to have some good at-bats. Home runs come once in a while, that’s good.”AlsoSeager has exactly one hit in six of his eight career postseason games. He’s batting .231 in the series (3 for 13) but all three hits have been run-scoring extra-base hits — two home runs and a double. … Maeda’s three-inning start is tied for the shortest postseason start ever by a Dodger pitcher not named Odalis Perez. … Perez lasted 2 2/3 innings in Game 1, and 2 1/3 innings in Game 4, of the 2004 NLDS. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Ruiz grounded out as a pinch hitter in Game 2, his only other at-bat in the series. This was the role the Dodgers envisioned for Ruiz when three catchers — he, starter Yasmani Grandal and rookie Austin Barnes — were selected to the division series roster. Barnes had already batted and been replaced by the time Dodgers manager Dave Roberts chose to use Ruiz with the pitcher’s spot due up in the fifth inning. That left Grandal as the Dodgers’ only catcher.“I didn’t think that they were going to (Ruiz) that early,” Nationals manager Dusty Baker said. “It’s a cat-and-mouse game, and you know, Chooch won that one.”Ruiz had already hit home runs this season against the two pitchers at Baker’s disposal. Nationals reliever Sammy Solis was warming up in the bullpen, and Ruiz homered off both Solis and Gonzalez when the Phillies played the Nationals in April. “Sometimes you face a pitcher like (Gonzalez), you feel good at the plate, and it was a 3-1 count,” Ruiz said. “I was ready for the fastball and I put a good swing.”
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Manchester City fortunes have been transformed by owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan’s takeover of the club in 2008London, United Kingdom | AFP | European football’s financial fair play rules risk being “scuppered” if Manchester City overturn their two-season ban from continental competition, according to a soccer analyst.UEFA announced the punishment on Friday and also imposed a fine of 30 million euros ($32 million, £25 million) on the English champions for what it said were City’s serious breaches of its FFP regime.City, however, wasted little time in responding by saying they would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in the hope of securing an “impartial judgment”.Since the Sheikh Mansour takeover in 2008, which put the financial might of Abu Dhabi behind them, City have won 10 major trophies — including four Premier League titles.Yet the prize that has eluded them is the one the Abu Dhabi project most desires — the UEFA Champions League.The Chinese government have provided City with additional backing, as has US private equity firm Silver Lake.They are all set to ensure City has a no expense spared legal team that will challenge the validity of UEFA’s ruling.Should City succeed, the entire FFP system could collapse, according to Professor Simon Chadwick, director at the Centre for the Eurasian Sport Industry.– ‘Transnational power’ –“In essence UEFA has to try to win this because, if it doesn’t win or is undermined in any way, then its position on Financial Fair Play begins to unravel…FFP is scuppered,” Chadwick told Britain’s Press Association news agency.“However, they are not taking on Wigan, they are taking on Asian governments, US tech investors and some of the smartest, most-talented people in football.“It is transnational power versus localised governance.”Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was just one of several leading football figures stunned by the severity of the UEFA punishment. “It was a shock,” said Klopp, whose Champions League title holders are on well on course to succeed City as champions of England.“What they have done on the football pitch is exceptional. The rest, I don’t know,” added Klopp, speaking after a 1-0 win at bottom-of-the-table Norwich on Saturdy saw leaders Liverpool extend their advantage over second-placed City at the top of the Premier League to 25 points.UEFA say City have breached FFP rules that place restrictions on how much money a club can lose.Over a three-year period, clubs are not permitted to lose more than 30 million euros with exceptions for costs such as youth development and women’s teams.UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body found City ensured they did not fall foul of those restrictions by overstating their sponsorship revenue between 2012 and 2016.If City’s appeal fails, manager Pep Guardiola and several star players could leave the club.Guardiola’s contract runs until the end of the 2020/21 season, but the only major task left for the Catalan in Manchester is to make City European champions for the first time.City play Real Madrid in the last 16 of this season’s edition and if the campaign ends with the club yet to lift the Champions League trophy, Guardiola may bow out rather than compete for domestic honours alone.Similarly, players of the calibre of Kevin De Bruyne and Raheem Sterling are unlikely to want to waste two of their peak years without the lure of Champions League football. Share on: WhatsApp
However the Legislation additionally says that this guarantee will be lifted when the board of administrators, within the course of its mandate, has collected advantages for a similar quantity. Within the case of Madrid, that endorsement of 2009 rose to the fourth time period of workplace. Since 2009, Madrid has a backpack of collected advantages of 324 million euros. However this marketing campaign will probably be diminished. And there are recurring bills corresponding to the virtually 30 million annual mortgage for the stadium and the amortization of the most recent signings: Hazard, Vinicius, Rodrigo, Reinier … The cash from the primary sponsors (Adidas, Fly Emirates …) ought to proceed to come. But when the accounts get out of hand, the likelihood of having to endorse exists. There are elections, as well as, in 2021, and Florentino prolonged the rule to the necessity to have to pre-avail simply to stand for the elections … It’s a distant chance however not unimaginable if the well being disaster persists. That Madrid’s board of administrators, now headed by Florentino Pérez, has to endorse 15% of the entity’s funds, which as we speak is 822 million euros (the guarantee, due to this fact, should be 123 million of euros).The solely 4 non-SAD golf equipment, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Athletic and Osasuna, are required by the Sports activities Legislation to maintain collectively accountable boards of administrators for attainable administration losses. At the start of every season they have to guarantee 15% of that funds to reply for these attainable losses. Within the case of Madrid, when Florentino Pérez turned president for the second time in 2009, his board of administrators had to endorse 15% of that funds. Then, the guarantee was 75 million (for a funds of 500). It’s already for 123 million guarantee …
National Geographic magazine has recognised Bundoran as one of the best places in the world to go surfing.The Donegal town was named in the top 20 surf hotspots on the planet. This is what the National Geographic says about Donegal’s surfing paradise.Ireland, known among surfers as “Europe’s cold-water Indonesia” should be on the bucket list of every surfer. And Bundoran should be the start of any surfing adventure on the Emerald Isle. This centuries-old fishing village catches just about any swell that steamrolls through the North Atlantic and onto a smattering of beaches and reefs that suit different levels of surfers. The water may be cold, but the pubs and locals are always warm, serving up national specialties such as Guinness and oysters to the tune of traditional Irish music. “Bundoran is a town with many sides and the real Bundoran can only be found with the help of the locals,” says Pete Craig, surfer and owner of the outfitter Bundoran Surf Co. The main surfing beach is Tullan Strand, but if you want to venture out, ask locals about the surrounding reefs and beaches, which work on a variety of swells.Best For: The salty surf traveler who doesn’t mind surfing in cold water or rainWhenGo September to November, when the water is warm(ish), the tourists have gone home, and the Atlantic is pumping.Eat/Drink“The Bridge Bar is a rite of passage for most surfers,” says Craig. Situated overlooking the Peak—Ireland’s most famous reef break—the Bridge is a unique mix of old-school Ireland and surf culture, always with a warm welcome and cold beer. “It’s a great place to meet locals, surfers, and musicians. If you feel like hearing a live band, go to the Chasing Bull.”StayA good budget option is to get a room with the Bundoran Surf Co., where you can meet other surfers and plan trips up and down the coast. For a higher-end stay, opt for an ocean-view room at Fitzgerald’s Hotel. Other AdventuresTake a day trip to Slieve League, an area of sea cliffs that are some of the most breathtaking in Ireland. Closer to Bundoran, Craig recommends the Donegal Craft Village “for arty folk” or even just rambling through Donegal County. “Just driving around Donegal, you get a feel for the old Ireland that hasn’t been packaged for tourists yet.”Local TipIf you buy a round for the locals, which you should, expect to be drinking for the rest of the night. BUNDORAN NAMED IN NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC’S TOP 20 PLACES TO SURF was last modified: July 9th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:bundoranNational Geographicsurfing
Yes Equality are hoping for a large turn-out.‘Yes Equality Donegal’ held a volunteer day yesterday (Sat) in Letterkenny’s Institute of Technology. Over 50 people from across the county were in attendance to find out ways in which they can become involved in the referendum campaign.‘Yes Equality’ is a national campaign platform which is working towards securing a Yes vote in the Marriage Equality Referendum this coming May, which will allow gay and lesbian couples equal access to civil marriage. “One of the things that we are keen to stress is that this is a campaign for civil marriage,” said Sinead Murray, one of the coordinators in Donegal, who also runs BreakOut, an LGBT youth group in Letterkenny.“We want voters to be absolutely clear that a Yes vote on May 22nd will in no way affect religious and church-based weddings. We are campaigning for equal access for all people to civil marriage – the kind that takes place in registry offices throughout the country on a daily basis.”People traveled from all over the county to attend the volunteer day on Saturday where they were given workshops on fundraising and canvassing.“Today was just the beginning of our campaign in Donegal. We will be canvassing in every corner of the county from now until the day of the referendum,” said Declan Meehan, another coordinator of the ‘Yes Equality’ campaign. “We want to get talking to everyone in Donegal, to answer their questions and address any concerns they might have. We want people to go into the polling booth on May 22nd confident that they are making the right choice when they vote Yes.”Yes Equality Donegal has the largest regional group in the country and they have big plans for the coming nine weeks, with fundraisers and public meetings planned county-wide. It was launched by Gaelic footballer Eamon McGee last month. Ireland will be the first country in history to have the chance to write marriage equality into their constitution by public referendum.“Voter turnout is crucial to this referendum passing,” said Noel Sharkey, one of the founders of the group. “Yes Equality is the family values campaign and we want people to vote yes for their lesbian and gay loved ones. A resounding ‘Aye’ from Donegal will show the country how dearly we, the people of Donegal, hold these family values.”Anyone who is interested in getting involved with the campaign can get in touch via the Yes Equality Donegal Facebook page or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.‘YES EQUALITY’ WORKING HARD FOR HUGE TURNOUT IN DONEGAL FOR REFERENDUM was last modified: March 22nd, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)