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Serie A sets June 14 deadline in Govt clash

first_imgSerie A clubs have set June 14 as the last possible date to resume games if the season is to be finished, as they battle the Government to get training started earlier than May 18. Italy Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte announced in a press conference on Sunday evening that the country would move into Phase Two of the coronavirus pandemic response from May 4. However, while individual sports like swimming and tennis will be allowed to resume training from that date, team sports have to wait until May 18. The majority of Serie A clubs – except for Brescia – are eager to get going before then and see it as nonsensical, because the rules state from May 4 that players could, for example, go running in a local park keeping a two-meter distance, but not do the exact same thing inside a training ground. To make matters even more confusing, just hours after PM Conte’s statement, Minister for Sport Vincenzo Spadafora contradicted it, insisting the May 18 date for training was not set in stone. Spadafora expanded on that yesterday by suggesting there’s no guarantee the Serie A season will resume at all. “We’ve been working to resume training from May 18, but that doesn’t mean the leagues will start up again.” Now the Lega Serie A has hit back and sources told news agency ANSA that if the games do not resume by June 14, then the season will be called off. Loading… As it takes three to four weeks of training to be ready again after such a long lay-off, May 18 is, therefore, the latest date to start training. read also:Spadafora: ‘Not certain Serie A will resume’ The Lega Serie A could even threaten to sue the Government for financial damages if the lockdown orders force their season to end early and are furious that the latest decree was not what they were expecting or lead to believe was coming. The clubs are fighting to be given the opportunity to train in sports centres while keeping social distancing measures, just as those who take part in individual sports can, from May 4. They argue that the Serie A clubs with the facilities to perform daily swab and blood tests and keep their players in a training retreat isolated from possible contamination should have a very low risk of infection from COVID-19. The Government’s scientific committee considered the medical protocol put forward by the FIGC to be “insufficient” and it will have to be modified, the details of which will be discussed over the next few days. There is another element to be considered, as once the blood tests are performed, we could see that far more have developed antibodies than previously expected and would, therefore, be immune. This is a matter of contention, as the World Health Organisation warned this week that antibodies do not necessarily mean immunity – or rather, it is far too early to know for sure how long that immunity lasts because this virus is so new. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemContemplate Life At These 10 Stargazing Locations10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do18 Cities With Neverending Tourist-FlowWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneAwesome And Unusual Staircases From All Over The WorldWhat’s Up With All The Female Remakes?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Waylast_img read more

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Lambert lauds Villa on Canaries return

first_imgManager Paul Lambert praised the character of his Aston Villa side after Gabriel Agbonlahor struck a last-minute winner to beat former club Norwich 2-1 at Carrow Road and take a huge step towards Barclays Premier League survival. Press Association Following a decent first half by the home side, Villa winger Agbonlahor drilled in a superb 25-yard effort on 55 minutes. Norwich captain Grant Holt levelled from the penalty spot, but the Canaries could not hold on for a point as Agbonlahor rolled in a late winner following a quick break. Lambert added: “Gabby has been on fire for most of the season, and we have goals in us. “I don’t know if 40 points will be enough, but from everybody saying we were dead and buried, we’re too young and we’re not going to do it….we are now playing so well. “We have a really tough game next week (against Chelsea), but we have a lot of confidence in the side, and if we can keep that and keep building the football club, then we will have a great future.” While Villa will now be hoping they have done enough to avoid a last-day scrap for survival when they travel to Wigan, Norwich must beat West Brom at home next weekend to avoid a nervous final outing at Manchester City. Chris Hughton’s men have struggled for consistency since their 10-match unbeaten run ended, winning only twice in 2013, and the Norwich boss said: “We are massively disappointed and frustrated. It was a game I don’t think we deserved to lose. “We were very good in the first half, but we knew what Villa’s strengths were, and the quality they have. We kept them quiet for most of the game, but conceded two poor goals. We were a threat in the final third, but you have got to score goals, which has been difficult for us.” center_img Villa, who had thumped Sunderland 6-1 on Monday night, moved onto the fabled 40-point mark with a battling display to sink the Canaries, who are still looking anxiously over their shoulders, now just three points clear of the drop zone heading into the final two matches. “We had to win, and it was a big effort, especially after Monday night,” said Lambert, whose side are five clear of 18th-placed Wigan, albeit having played a match more. “The character and the mental strength we showed in the second half was outstanding.” last_img read more

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LA Clippers get it together late to beat Lakers

first_imgWith four games left in the regular season, the Clippers (47-31) are addressing familiar problems.“We just haven’t put the lid on games very well,” said Blake Griffin, who led the Clippers with 36 points while making 12 of his 15 shots from the field. “That is a little concerning, but we’ve got to figure it out. We also got to get these wins. I like the way we finished the game out but we’ve got to be better.”Two days earlier they let Phoenix come back from a 12-point hole before holding on to win. A night before that, Washington stormed back from an 18-point hole to challenge the Clippers down the stretch. Most infamously was last Sunday, when they blew an 18-point lead in the final five minutes to lose to Sacramento.So when the Clippers built a 22-point lead near the end of the third quarter on Saturday, it was not hard to anticipate that the Lakers would have a chance. Led by a career-high 19 points from David Nwaba, the Lakers rallied to steal momentum and cut the deficit to eight with 2:52 remaining in the game.“To scrap and stay in the game was a lot of fun and good for our guys,” Lakers’ coach Luke Walton said. “But a 17-0 run is tough to start a game.” Doc Rivers stressed that in the playoffs the rotations will be different and he will not rely so heavily on his bench, which has struggled defensively. He went so far as to say he is content with the Clippers play.“You win the game,” Rivers said. “You look at your team and we’ve had some pretty good wins, too, and we’ve had some games where we didn’t play well.”That, Griffin said, won’t cut it.“You can’t win games in the playoffs playing inconsistently,” Griffin said. “It is concerning. How much concerning I’m not really sure. I just know we can’t do this in the playoffs because every team that makes the playoffs is a good team. … So we have to be better.”The Clippers have three days off before their next game, Wednesday against Dallas. They are on pace to finish No. 5 in the West and travel to Utah for the first round.For the third straight game, both Griffin and Chris Paul scored well over 20 points, with Paul pouring in 29. DeAndre Jordan added 11 while grabbing 12 boards and blocking a pair of shots.The Clippers bench, however, was outscored 55-13 by the youthful Lakers, who got a boost from Thomas Robinson. Robinson scored 16 points to go with 9 rebounds and his presence in the first quarter helped the Lakers climb back in the game.Brandon Ingram, in his first game back after missing three because of tendinitis in his right knee, added 18 points, while Julius Randle finished with 14.Despite those helpful efforts, it was the dreadful start that floored Walton.“It’s a good example of what’s going to happen to us if we’re not engaged in the fight to start,” he said. “These are good teams we’re playing against. We can’t afford to start a game without that edge on us.” LOS ANGELES >> Four minutes in, the Clippers had scored 17 consecutive points and L.A.’s second team appeared to be headed for another one of the blowouts that has so defined the series with the 16-time champion Lakers over the last five years.These Clippers, however, don’t slam doors. They leave them ajar.After letting the Lakers rebound from that imposing deficit and even take a brief lead, the Clippers rounded into form late to beat the Lakers 115-104.While it was the Clippers’ seventh win in their last nine games and it moved them closer to a first-round matchup with Utah, all is not right with the Clippers. It was their 18th win over the Lakers (21-55) in the last 20 games, but there was no chest-thumping.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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