Premier League to resume on June 17 with Arsenal picked as first fixture

first_imgArsenal boss Mikel Arteta was the first Premier League star to contract coronavirus (Picture: Getty)But, according to The Telegraph, to wipe out those games in hand – and avoid having to resort to a points-per-game recalculation should the season again be suspended – those two matches will now be prioritised.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe much talked about bonanza of football on the weekend of June 20 will still go ahead, with every single match staggered across Saturday and Sunday and Manchester United’s trip to Tottenham being the pick of that round of action. View 3 comments Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 May 2020 3:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.9kShares Arsenal lost 3-0 at the Emirates the last time they played Man City (Picture: Getty)Premier League squads have been training in small groups so far, limited to a maximum of five players, but it was agreed on Wednesday that the next phase can now be introduced with contact once again permitted.A statement from the Premier League confirmed: ‘Premier League Shareholders today voted unanimously to resume contact training, marking another step towards restarting the Premier League season, when safe to do so. Aerial footage of Tottenham players training for Premier League returnTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:23FullscreenAerial footage of Tottenham players training for Premier League return is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.‘Squads are now able to train as a group and engage in tackling while minimising any unnecessary close contact.‘The Premier League’s priority is the health and wellbeing of all participants. Strict medical protocols are in place to ensure the training ground is the safest environment possible and players and staff will continue to be tested for COVID-19 twice a week.‘Stage Two of the Return to Training protocol has been agreed following consultation with clubs, players, managers, the PFA, LMA and the Government. Discussions are ongoing as work continues towards resuming the season, when conditions allow.’MORE: ‘The integrity is gone’ – Troy Deeney says Liverpool’s Premier League title win will be sullied by coronavirusMORE: Four more positive coronavirus tests in the Premier League across three clubsFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisementcenter_img Premier League to resume on June 17 with Arsenal vs Man City to headline season restart Arsenal’s players have been training in groups of five at their London Colney complex (Picture: Getty)But a couple of days earlier, Arsenal will travel to the Etihad and Aston Villa will host Sheffield United – with both games having huge ramifications at either end of the table.The current schedule that has been put forward to clubs will see the final round of fixtures played in the last week of July, with the FA Cup final following a week later. Premier League bosses want to quickly get rid of any games in hand (Picture: Getty)The Premier League are now targeting a midweek restart date of June 17 with Arsenal’s game in hand against Manchester City to be the headline fixture to welcome back football.Clubs had been targeting the weekend of June 20 for the season to get back underway, but league bosses have decided to bring that date forward slightly to eliminate any games in hand.As things stand, Arsenal, Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Manchester City have all played one game fewer than the rest of the teams in the division owing to the latter two clubs’ participation in the Carabao Cup final. Advertisementlast_img read more

National Youth Games: Team Lagos Ready for Zonal Elimination Contests

first_imgNo fewer than 95 athletes will represent the state in the zonal eliminations.According to the Chairman, Lagos State Sports Commission, Dr. Kweku Tandoh, Lagos State athletes are fully ready for the zonal eliminations, thanks to the support of the state governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode.“We are quite certain that our team will do us proud especially as they have competed in various developmental programmes  organised by the Lagos State Sports Commission and sponsored by the Lagos State Government as well as other national and international competitions,” Tandohstated.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Ahead of the 4th National Youth Games (AYG) which is slated for Ilorin, Kwara State in September,  Lagos State teams are battle ready for the South-west zonal eliminations that hold in Ogun State from Tuesday, August 7 to 11th.Team Lagos will compete in seven team sports: cricket (male), handball, football (male), basketball, hockey (male), volleyball (female) and beach volleyball (female).last_img read more

Former Dodger Pedro Martinez among four elected to Hall of Fame

first_imgMcGwire was listed on 10 percent of ballots. Former Dodgers Kent (14 percent), Fred McGriff (12.9), Gary Sheffield (11.7) and Nomar Garciaparra (5.5) also fell short of induction. All will remain on the ballot next year.Johnson, the 6-foot-10 left-hander who ranks second all-time in strikeouts, led all players with 534 votes (97.3 percent). Martinez was next with 500 votes (91.1). Both pitchers were on the ballot for the first time.Smoltz (455 votes, 82.9 percent) was inducted on his first ballot appearance and Biggio (454, 82.7) his third.Martinez said that he honed his famous intensity while climbing the Dodgers’ minor-league ladder.“As I was coming up in the minor leagues, I was faced with a lot of adversity,” he said. “Those adversities drove me to make sure every step I took, I was aware of. … Half an hour before the game I became a serious, focused person. The negativity out there, telling me ‘No, I can’t,’ when I knew I could transform my mindset, my body. “Everybody I saw out there, I saw as a challenge. I saw everybody as an enemy, I saw everybody like in the jungle — I kill to survive. That’s the chip on my shoulder everybody thought I had.”Dodgers management had concerns about Martinez’s slight frame when they traded him. A serviceable leadoff hitter and second baseman, DeShields’ career did not approach Hall of Fame standards. He was an outstanding base stealer who played three seasons in a Dodgers uniform then was allowed to walk as a free agent. Martinez pitched four seasons for the Expos, winning the 1997 National League ERA title at age 25. He was traded to the Boston Red Sox in 1998 and won four American League ERA titles over the next seven years. Martinez retired after the 2009 season with a 154 career ERA-plus, second all-time.Martinez credited his older brother Ramon, a Dodgers pitcher from 1988-98, for his veteran tutelage early in his life.If he had never been traded to the Expos, Martinez said, “I probably would have developed into what I wanted to be, eventually.”Martinez, Smoltz, Biggio and Johnson will be inducted July 26 as part of the Hall’s induction weekend July 24-27 in Cooperstown. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Martinez needed only three minor-league seasons to break in, reaching the majors in 1992 at age 20. He pitched parts of two seasons in Los Angeles, mostly as a reliever, then was traded to the Montreal Expos in November 1993 for Delino DeShields. History might regard this as one of the most lopsided trades of all-time. Martinez won 10 games before the trade and 209 after.“I did have faith that I could do something special for my family once I was given the opportunity,” Martinez said on a conference call with reporters Tuesday. “I took advantage of it. I appreciated it. I respected it. I did it with integrity. I did it like there was no tomorrow.”There is no tomorrow for manager Don Mattingly, whose 15th and final chance to be voted into the Hall of Fame as a player passed quietly. He was named on 50 ballots, or 9.1 percent of the 549 ballots cast. To gain induction, a player must be listed on 75 percent of ballots.Piazza was listed on 69.9 percent of all ballots. He has seen his support increase each of his three years on the ballot, up from 57.8 in 2013 and 62.2 percent in 2014.center_img Former and current Dodgers dominated the 2015 Hall of Fame ballot. Hitting coach Mark McGwire is 10th on the all-time home run list. Jeff Kent hit 351 home runs as a second baseman, more than anyone, including 73 with the Dodgers. Former 62nd-round draft pick Mike Piazza injected even more power to the catching position.None of them, however, became a Hall of Famer on Tuesday. The only inductee with Dodger ties was a 5-foot-11 pitcher from the Dominican Republic whose time in Los Angeles was brief but memorable.Pedro Martinez will be joining Craig Biggio, John Smoltz and Randy Johnson in Cooperstown, N.Y. It’s the first time three pitchers have been voted into the Hall of Fame in the same year.History — and now a bronze plaque — will credit the Dodgers for signing and developing one of the greatest pitchers of all time. last_img read more