Italy proposes African migrant centres to halt immigrant tide Related East African Countries form a Defense Pact The EU is considering whether to set up reception centers in African countries to process asylum applications to the EU. A proposal submitted by Italian officials, has some support from EU countries but has come under fire from the African Union, which has accused the EU of “shedding responsibility”. Our Europe correspondent Sandra Gathmann reports from Brussels African Development Bank working on empowering African countries’ natural resource sectors
General manager Jon Daniels said Monday that Gallo is isolated at his apartment in Dallas and not around teammates. Daniels said Gallo told him that he feels as good as he ever has.Gallo initially took a saliva test as part of the team’s intake process June 27, and got a positive result two days later. The 26-year-old Gallo took a nasal swab test on June 30 which came back negative, but then had another saliva test that came back positive Sunday. After being one of the local players that had been able to work out at the Rangers’ new ballpark the past several weeks, Gallo has missed the first four days of summer camp at Globe Life Field, including Monday. Daniels had said Sunday that Gallo was still in intake testing.Gallo has 110 career homers in his 418 big league games. After consecutive 40-homer seasons, he had 22 homers in 70 games last season and was an All-Star before right wrist surgery. He homered in the All-Star game.___ The Rams have now canceled their first three games. A school spokesman said Fordham will announce later this week whether the entire fall season will be canceled or potentially moved to the spring.Fordham is a football-only member of the Patriot League, whose Council of Presidents announced last month a guidance plan for fall competition. One of the key provisions of that plan was that “No Patriot League teams will fly to competitions and, with rare exceptions, regular season competition will exclude overnight travel.”The Rams were supposed to open the season against Stony Brook on Aug. 29 and then host Bryant on Sept. 5 before heading to Hawaii.___Texas Rangers slugger Joey Gallo has tested positive for the coronavirus, though the team said the All-Star right fielder is asymptomatic. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Fordham’s football game against Hawaii on Sept. 12 has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. Rizzo says: Major League Baseball “needs to work quickly to resolve issues with their process and their lab. Otherwise, summer camp and the 2020 season are at risk.”___Two players on the Indiana Fever were among the seven positive tests for the coronavirus across the WNBA, the team announced.The league and teams didn’t reveal who the players were. All 137 WNBA players were tested over the past week as the teams prepared to head to Florida on Monday for the upcoming season, which will be played at IMG Academy.The Fever will delay their travel by at least five days to self-quarantine in case any of them came into close contact with the infected players. “Just hearing him, the way he sounded on the phone, it was tough,” Markakis said Monday. “It was kind of eye-opening. What everything that’s going on, not just with baseball but all over the world, it makes you open your eyes.”Markakis became the second Braves player to opt out. Over the weekend, pitcher Félix Hernández said he wouldn’t play this year.Dodgers pitcher David Price, Washington infielder Ryan Zimmerman and Colorado outfielder Ian Desmond are among the other players who have opted out.Following nine seasons with Baltimore, Markakis was entering his sixth season with Atlanta. He was competing for a spot in a crowded Braves outfield following the offseason signing of Marcel Ozuna.Manager Brian Snitker plans to play Ozuna and Ronald Acuña Jr. every game, though Ozuna could be the designated hitter. Markakis, Ender Inciarte, Adam Duvall and others were competing other spots and were joined by rookies Cristian Pache and Drew Waters. Sweeney predicts it will take five years for the RFU to recover, and the union will lose 20% of its normal revenue over that period.___Frances Tiafoe will not play in the World TeamTennis season after testing positive for the coronavirus.The American was playing in a weekend tournament in Atlanta and was tested after feeling symptoms during his match on Friday. He withdrew from the event the following day and said he was following the recommended quarantine protocol.He was set to play for the Washington Kastles during the World TeamTennis season, set for July 12 to Aug. 2. It’s being played entirely at The Greenbrier in West Virginia because of the pandemic, instead of around the country as usual. England rugby will lay off 139 positions because it expects to lose 107 million pounds ($134 million) in revenue in the short term.The Rugby Football Union will begin consulting with staff before announcing the redundancies at the end of August, chief executive Bill Sweeney said on Monday.“To ensure we have a sustainable RFU we have announced to colleagues that it is proposed that the total number of roles across the organisation will reduce by 139,” he wrote on the union website.“We have already made some significant cost savings. We furloughed 60% of our organisation; implemented a three-month pay reduction which has been extended for some; introduced pension pauses; and refined business planning and introduced stadium and office running efficiencies to reduce costs.“Unfortunately, this is not enough to run a sustainable operation and safeguard our future.” Markakis hit .285 with nine homers and 62 RBIs in 2019, a year after he was an All-Star. He said he doesn’t know how opting out could affect his hopes for playing in 2021.___Count the Tennessee Titans among the NFL teams offering season-ticket holders the option of opting out of this season and putting that money toward 2021 or getting a refund.The Titans sent a letter to their season-ticket holders Monday. The team also posted a notice on its website.Tennessee told season-ticket holders the team suspended any payment plans July 1 for this season. Team officials will be working with state and local governments on how many fans will be allowed to attend games at Nissan Stadium, which seats approximately 69,143.But the Titans say the coronavirus pandemic makes it “increasingly likely” that NFL teams will be playing in front of fewer fans this season.___The National Hockey League says 35 total players have tested positive for the coronavirus over roughly the past month.The league says 23 of 396 players checked for COVID-19 at team facilities have tested positive since voluntary workouts began June 8, a 5% rate. In that same period of time, it is aware of 12 additional positive test results. Associated Press This marks the second setback for Urias since the Brewers acquired him from San Diego in November. Urias, who is expected to compete with incumbent Orlando Arcia for the starting shortstop job, underwent surgery in January to repair a broken bone in his left hand.Major League Baseball and the players’ association announced Friday that 31 players and seven staff members tested positive for COVID-19 during intake for the resumption of training, a rate of 1.2%. Teams resumed workouts Friday for the first time since the coronavirus interrupted spring training on March 12, two weeks before the season was to start.___The Washington Nationals have canceled Monday morning’s team workout because of COVID-19 testing delays.Players and staff were tested Friday, and general manager Mike Rizzo says the team still hasn’t received its results. Rizzo said it’s not safe to continue holding camp without accurate and timely testing and that the workout was canceled to prevent putting players and staff at risk. Under league rules, a player had to test negative before being allowed to travel to the resort. The league announced Monday that because Tiafoe’s positive test was within the advance travel window, he was ineligible to compete this season.Tiafoe, a quarterfinalist at the 2019 Australian Open, will not be paid for this season.______Atlanta Braves outfielder Nick Markakis has opted out of the 2020 season.The 36-year-old Markakis said he was uneasy about playing the season without fans and then was swayed by his telephone conversation with teammate Freddie Freeman, who has tested positive for COVID-19 and has fever and other symptoms. The NHL and NHL Players’ Association on Sunday night agreed on protocols to start training camps and resume the season. That includes daily testing once games get under way for players, coaches and staff.Resuming is contingent on each side approving an extension of the collective bargaining agreement and the return to play agreement.___Milwaukee Brewers manager Craig Counsell says shortstop Luis Urias and pitcher Angel Perdomo tested positive for COVID-19 before the intake process.Counsell says both players are asymptomatic. The WNBA hopes to start training camp later this week, with the regular season set to begin around July 24.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports July 6, 2020 The Latest: Fordham football game against Hawaii canceled
Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 19, 2018 at 10:55 pm Contact David: [email protected] Comments Less than two minutes into Syracuse’s season-opener against La Salle, its attack was already clicking.Midfielder Meghan Root gathered the ball in the middle of the field, charged forward and looped a delicate through ball into the path of forward Kate Hostage. The sophomore had separated herself from two La Salle defenders and had only the goalkeeper to beat, but moments before preparing to unleash a strike, she was bodied off the ball from behind. Despite failing to get a shot off in a dangerous position, it was a promising start for SU’s offense.All game, the Orange used quick, precise link-up play to create six shots, but never scored in a 1-0 loss. Again and again the Orange squandered its best chances, failing to even test the goalkeeper. In eight games since La Salle, Syracuse (3-6, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) has followed a similar pattern. SU has had no trouble keeping possession, finding players in space and generating shots. But when it gets into dangerous areas, the execution is sloppy.“We’re creating opportunities. It’s just that end product that’s letting us down,” SU head coach Phil Wheddon said. “We’re getting players in good positions. We’ve just got to execute.”The Orange has scored six goals, including two penalty kicks, in nine games this season, tied for 264th out of 331 Division I teams. SU’s low goal-scoring numbers parallel its average shot total (nine) per game, which ranks 272nd in the nation. But in four games this year, when tallying 10 shots or more, Syracuse has scored a combined five goals. In its five other games, SU has scored once on 24 shots. Even when the chances are there, SU doesn’t convert.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The final ball” — a clean shot on net or a pass to set up a likely goal — has been missing from the Orange’s offense, sophomore forward Mackenzie Vlachos said. Everything before the finishing touch has been solid, Vlachos said, as the Orange has improved at moving up the field as a unit and showing urgency. It is up to individual decisions and composure to top off such attacks with a goal.“We have to take our chances,” Vlachos said. “We’re starting to pass the ball and play as a team, we’re getting it. We’re getting it up the field. It’s just either that final pass or that final shot.”In a 4-0 loss to No. 13 Duke on Sunday, when SU mustered only three shots, its passing in the middle third during build-up plays was effective at times and led to scoring chances.In the 62nd minute, Vlachos, Root, Georgia Allen and Victoria Hill put together six passes in and around the Blue Devils’ penalty area for Syracuse’s most threatening attack of the game. The Orange was one quick pass or shot away from testing Duke goalkeeper Brooke Heinsohn, but Vlachos’ final pass was too far wide for Allen, and the ball was intercepted and cleared.To try and solve Syracuse’s finishing woes, Wheddon puts players in game-like situations during practice, he said. Players are put in all kinds of scenarios: controlling and shooting a bouncing ball, separating themselves from defenders, finishing crosses, placing long-range shots.Against La Salle — 33 minutes after Hostage’s second minute chance — the Orange was down a goal but conjured up another opportunity. Hill drove the ball to Sydney Brackett, who was darting down the right wing. Brackett was one-on-one with Explorers defender Jenna Soriano, and when the SU junior scooted around her, a shot on goal was imminent. But Brackett stalled. Soriano recovered and swiped the ball before being yanked down by Brackett, who received a yellow card for the foul.“I’ve been a striker all my life,” Brackett said. “The best advice I’ve received is that strikers need to have short memories. If you’re getting into good positions and getting shots off, you’ll get your goal eventually, no matter how many times you miss.”With teams like La Salle behind them, SU’s loss against Duke marked the start of ACC play — its final nine games are all against conference foes — and showed the Orange how few chances it will get against ACC teams.“We’re going to have to make sure we put away our chances,” Wheddon said. “Against teams like Duke, UNC and NC State we might only create five or six chances, and we’ve got to make sure they go in.”If SU wants to surpass its mark of four goals in conference play last season, they must.