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first_imgSpanish soccer club Sevilla says one of its players has tested positive for the coronavirus.The club has not disclosed the name of the player. It says he has not shown symptoms of COVID-19 and is in good health and isolated at home.Sevilla says the positive result was discovered on Monday. It immediately informed sports and health authorities and temporarily suspended the team’s training sessions. It also disinfected the club’s facilities in accordance with the strict protocols in place because of the pandemic.Sevilla is scheduled to face Roma on Aug. 6 in the Europa League.___ July 29, 2020 In a letter to fans posted Wednesday on the Crimson Tide’s website, Byrne says the athletic department placed a freeze on hiring for non-coaching jobs because of potential revenue shortfalls during the COVID-19 pandemic.He says Alabama also is finding ways to save on energy and facility operating costs and is reviewing other steps. The Southeastern Conference hasn’t announced plans for fall sports, including football, which could ultimately mean a limited number of fans at Bryant-Denny Stadium.“Under normal operations, a large percentage of our annual budget comes directly from ticket sales and TIDE PRIDE memberships,” Byrne said, referring to Alabama’s ticket priority program.“In the event we have to adopt a modified seating model at Bryant-Denny Stadium, this number will be impacted significantly. While we don’t yet know the effects on individual ticketholders, we do know that we will need your continued and generous support.”___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Big West Conference is postponing all fall sports through the end of the calendar year. FIFA expects to make the funds available by January 2021.___Three riders competing at the Vuelta a Burgos cycling race in Spain have been dropped from the event after being in contact with someone with the coronavirus.UAE Team Emirates says Colombian riders Sebastian Molano, Cristian Munoz and Camilo Ardila will not start the second stage.The team says they were in contact with a person who turned out to be positive for COVID-19 on Saturday. They have been isolated and sent home in accordance with protocols by the team and international cycling body UCI. The team says the three riders returned two negative tests three days before the race.___The first two stops on the 2021 World Sevens Series rugby circuit have been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.World Rugby says the joint events in Dubai from Nov. 26-28 and in Cape Town from Dec. 4-6 have been cut because of the “ongoing and dynamic global nature of the COVID-19 pandemic.”The 2020 series was curtailed and New Zealand declared champions of the men’s and women’s titles after sports around the world were shuttered in March. The conference’s board of directors said that men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball will be postponed as well as the fall schedules for men’s and women’s golf along with men’s and women’s tennis.The conference will determine later if conducting fall sports in the spring would be feasible. The decision does not impact basketball, which is scheduled to begin on Nov. 10. The Division I conference has 11 members, with all but one based in California.___The University of Texas is now exploring how it can host football games at 25% percent stadium capacity instead of the previously announced 50% as the return to campus and the planned start of the season rapidly approaches. Planning for the remaining qualifiers for the postponed Tokyo Olympics is ongoing. Twenty-one of the 24 places in the Olympic tournaments have been confirmed.A dozen teams are set to play in each of the men’s and women’s tournaments in the first half of next year for the remaining spots in Tokyo.The last five stops in the 2020 series were canceled in June.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportscenter_img The Big 12 will hold its football media day online Monday with only the conference’s 10 head coaches available.The coronavirus pandemic forced all major college conferences to cancel their traditional in-person football media days and switch to virtual events. The uncertainty of when and if the season will start then prompted the virtual events to be delayed.The Big 12 will be the first Football Bowl Subdivision conference to conduct a media day, with some of the teams in the conference scheduled to begin play on Aug. 29.___Athletic director Greg Byrne says the University of Alabama has taken cost-cutting measures for each department and sport with the coronavirus threatening fall sports. Associated Press The National Women’s Hockey League is pushing back the start of its season from mid-November to January because of the new coronavirus pandemic.The league announced Wednesday it still plans to have teams play a full 20-game season, with the playoffs to conclude by the end of March. Should time permit, the NWHL will schedule holding its traditional midseason all-star game after the playoffs.The NWHL has six teams, with the addition of a Toronto expansion franchise. The league was unable to complete last season, having to cancel the championship game between Boston and Minnesota in mid-March because of COVID-19.The NWHL plans to begin holding optional practices beginning the week of Sept. 21, followed by formal practices a month later. The schedule was determined by the league’s COVID-19 safety committee formed in April.___ Texas officials had told season ticket holders earlier this month they were planning for 50 percent capacity, which would be allowed under statewide orders from Gov. Greg Abbott. That would include nearly 50,000 fans. But Austin’s health authority said Tuesday the 50% plan caught the city off guard and he questioned whether the school should host any fans at games. Texas is scheduled to host South Florida on Sept. 5 and the Big 12 has held out hope it can play a 12-game regular season.In a campus letter Wednesday, Interim President Jay Hartzell said the chairman of the school’s Board of Regents asked the school to plan for a 25% attendance, including students.The state of Texas has seen record numbers of new coronavirus cases, hospitalizations and deaths in the month of July.___ FIFA has ratified a coronavirus relief plan that will make $1.5 billion available to soccer communities and national associations around the world.All of the 211 FIFA member associations will receive a $1 million grant “to protect and restart football” and can access interest-free loans of up to $5 million.Each member association will also receive an additional $500,000 grant for women’s soccer during the plan’s third phase.The massive spending plan aims to help men’s and women’s professional soccer as well as youth and grassroots soccer through a system of grants and loans.Each of the six soccer confederations will also receive a grant of $2 million. 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first_img Share StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Covid concerns see Clarion Gaming move ICE 2021 to April    July 15, 2020 Big Betting Balagan podcast set for live SBC Summit Barcelona – Digital show August 27, 2020 Lee RichardsonIndustry events’ organiser Clarion Gaming, has today confirmed that Lee Richardson will head up the launch and content of its ‘Sportsbook Management Academy’ for its Totally Gaming Academy program.Forming part of the Totally Gaming Academy’s twenty yearly education courses, the new Sportsbook Management Academy seeks to train and develop industry stakeholders on sports betting operations, business models and sector dynamics.Lee Richardson CEO & Founder of industry advisory Gaming Economics will deliver the new training program, with the first course taking place at the Hippodrome Casino London on 25 – 28 April 2017 (for further information please contact [email protected])A sports betting industry leadership veteran, Lee Richardson brings over 15 years’ experience as an operator for companies such as Coral-Eurobet, Tote and Boyle Sports and has managed trading rooms in the UK, Gibraltar and Ireland.Additionally, Richardson serves as a betting and sports insights contributor for SBCNews detailing new the latest insight and opinion on industry matters.Taking on ‘Sportsbook Management Academy’ content, Lee Richardson commented“The online sportsbetting industry is worth at least £5.0bn in Europe alone; it’s lucrative, highly-competitive and fast-moving, employing thousands of people. Despite that, it’s been clear that — for a broad cross-section of this industry — a need existed which examined best-practice in managing a profitable, and growing, sportsbook. That’s why we’ve created the Sportsbook Management Academy, designed to guide you through the key “do’s and don’ts” of creating a profitable sportsbook operation, from operating models and licensing options, through to customer acquisition, segmentation, trading and business intelligence.” SBC Digital Summit: Stamping out corruption as lesser leagues take centre stage April 29, 2020 Submitlast_img read more


first_imgMayor Antonio Villaraigosa and the powerful Los Angeles Unified teachers union have spent close to $1.9 million in the past month battling for control of the district’s board, according to campaign finance reports filed Friday. In the mayor’s campaign to replace two union-backed incumbents with his allies in next month’s election, Villaraigosa’s Partnership for Better Schools contributed about $975,000 since late January, filings show. In the same period, United Teachers Los Angeles kept pace by spending $900,000 to support its two candidates, incumbents Jon Lauritzen and Marguerite LaMotte. The hefty contributions have set the stage for a crushing final days before the March 6 election. Both sides are expected to pull out all the stops and pour even more funds into the matchups as Villaraigosa seeks district influence while his legislative effort to take partial control languishes in court. And his committee still has $900,000 in cash on hand to spend on the three candidates the mayor supports – Tamar Galatzan, Yolie Flores Aguilar and Richard Vladovic – with last-minute television ads, mailers and automated phone calls. “Who’s going to have control of the school board is at stake here,” said Raphael Sonenshein, political science professor at California State University, Fullerton. If Villaraigosa wins either the San Fernando Valley seat or the South Los Angeles seat, it is widely believed he will have majority sway on the board. Still, because of his close ties to the union, the battle for board seats is likely to be restrained. “This is a three-sided battle – the union has ties to the school board and to the mayor,” Sonenshein said. “In light of that, the union doesn’t have an interest in getting mortally at war with either one.” While contributions for candidates backed by the mayor and the union generally mirrored expectations, candidate Johnathan Williams showed surprisingly deep pockets. Williams, who is not backed by either the mayor or the union, collected $590,500 from individuals and groups nationwide who support public-school reform. Contribution flow Among the contributions to him was $100,000 from Reed Hastings, chief executive of Netflix; $25,000 from William Cronk III, former president of Dreyer’s Ice Cream; $15,000 from billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad; $50,000 from Gregory B. Penner, who served as a senior vice president of Wal-Mart; and $80,000 from former L.A. Mayor Richard Riordan. Williams, a leader in the charter-school community, started the first independent charter school in Los Angeles, Accelerated Charter School. In 2001, it was named the best elementary school in the nation by Time magazine. The implications of the type of financial support Williams has garnered nationally are noteworthy, Sonenshein said. “I think the charter-school movement has always been a metaphor for the reform of the public-school system,” he said. “But that’s become a piece of the reform movement, more so than before.” Williams’ success in fundraising reflects a greater issue at stake in the race, he said. “It’s going to be a referendum on change at the school district,” Sonenshein said. “They’ll be very aggressive, but underlying it all is a legitimate political debate – it doesn’t have as much to do with personalities than the issue of governing schools.” Campaign finance disclosures also revealed in one of the most hotly contested races – Lauritzen’s Valley seat – that challenger Galatzan received about $877,500 in the Jan. 21-Feb. 23 period. Lauritzen took in $485,450. About $780,000 of Galatzan’s in-kind and cash contributions came from the mayor’s Partnership for Better Schools. Meanwhile, $450,000 of Lauritzen’s funds came from the UTLA. But while Galatzan spent about $611,000 – the bulk of it on television or cable airtime – Lauritzen spent about $195,000, mostly on campaign literature. Another candidate for board seat 3, Louis Pugliese, received $6,880. Campaign filings In the second-most-heated race, District 1 incumbent La- Motte – another union-backed candidate – received $524,100, $450,000 from the UTLA. The third candidate, Gloria Zuurveen, received $1,004. In South Gate’s District 7, Vladovic, who has been endorsed by the mayor, received about $142,250 – helped by a $10,000 contribution from Riordan and $100,000 from the mayor’s committee. Candidate Neal Kleiner received $10,475. Villaraigosa-backed Flores Aguilar, who’s running for the District 5 seat being vacated by David Tokofsky, received $185,000 in contributions in the period, $95,000 from the mayor’s committee. Challenger Bennett Kayser raised $21,453. The filings showed the mayor’s committee has spent about $1 million in cash and in-kind contributions so far on its campaigns and has about $900,000 in cash on hand to spend in the final week before the March 6 election. Campaign finance documents also showed that Villaraigosa’s committee has received about $1.6 million in contributions from entertainment executives, attorneys and developers. Filings show contributions of $500,000 from Jerry Perenchio, owner of Chartwell Partners; $100,000 from the Service Employees International Union, currently at odds with the UTLA; and $25,000 from the Anschutz Entertainment Group, which is behind Staples Center and the downtown l.a.live development. Another $25,000 was contributed by investor Gary Winnick, and Jeffrey Katzenberg, chief executive of DreamWorks SKG, also gave $25,000. naush.bog[email protected] (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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