The Latest: KHL hopes to start 2020-21 season on Sept. 2 The league says it will appeal the judge’s decision. It says it jeopardizes the soccer industry in Spain. The league was not able to schedule matches on Mondays before the competition was suspended in mid-March.___Premier League clubs have voted unanimously to resume contact training in the latest step toward restarting the soccer season amid the coronavirus pandemic.The league says players are now able to train as a group and “engage in tackling while minimizing any unnecessary close contact.”Play has been suspended in the world’s richest league since March 13. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Kontinental Hockey League says it plans to return on Sept. 2 to open the 2020-21 season. The last KHL game was played on March 12. The season was then suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL. It ended its 2019-20 season part-way through the playoffs without declaring a champion.The league says Sept. 2 is a preliminary date which could be subject to “necessary corrections” depending on how the coronavirus situation develops.International travel restrictions became a problem for KHL teams. The league has teams in six countries but most are in Russia.The projected Sept. 2 start date is broadly in line with other recent KHL seasons. The league says “discussions are ongoing as work continues toward resuming the season.”Players returned to training last week and have been practicing in small groups with social distancing maintained.___The final Asian qualifying place for the women’s soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympics is set to be decided in February.The Asian Football Confederation says the postponed two-leg series between China and South Korea will be played Feb. 19 and 24. No venues for the games were announced. The games were previously postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics have been postponed for one year.The 12-team women’s tournament is scheduled to start in Japan ahead of the Olympic opening ceremony on July 23, 2021.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 ___The French soccer federation has rejected the league’s bid for a 22-team second division next season to save clubs from being relegated.The French league voted last week to allow Le Mans and Orléans to stay in the second division while Pau and Dunkerque were promoted from the third division. But the executive committee of French soccer’s governing body has overruled that decision.The FFF says that “the two relegations for the 2019-20 season are maintained and the second division will remain at 20 clubs for the 2020-21 season.”The French government ordered soccer and rugby leagues to be canceled at the end of April because of the coronavirus pandemic. Serie A has been suspended since March 9 because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is hoping to restart on June 13.___The Spanish soccer federation says it will allow games to be played on Mondays and Fridays until the end of the season even though a judge has denied the Spanish league’s official request to play on those days.League president Javier Tebas has said he wants matches to be played every day but the federation had been against the idea.The federation says it “wants to clearly show its good will” and is also willing to extend the exception into the beginning of next season depending on how the pandemic progresses and if games will continue to be played without fans. ___Bologna says a member of its staff may have coronavirus and if it is confirmed the entire squad will go into quarantine.Bologna says the latest series of tests revealed “a suspected positive case for COVID-19.”The club says that as a precaution the team will train individually on Thursday.It would be the first positive case in Serie A since the teams started training in groups if it is confirmed. May 27, 2020
The best BiH athlete Amel Tuka did not manage to qualify for the finals of the race at 800 meters at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Although he demonstrated quality during the qualifications, he ended the semifinal race on the fourth place.Tuka started the race confidently, holding the third position in the first 400 meters. In the second lap, he intensified his tempo in the last 200 meters but that was not enough for a place that would take him to the finals of the greatest competition in the world. Tuka ended the semifinal race fourth, with the result of 1:45:24.Competitors in the race for the finale in Amel’s group were Andreas Bube (Denmark), Rynardt van Rensburg (South Africa), Alfred Kipketer (Kenya), Boris Berian (USA), Brandon McBride (Canada), Mohammed Aman (Ethiopia), and Yassine Hethat (Algeria).Final race of the best athletes at 800 meters at the Olympic Hames in Rio de Janeiro will be held on August 16.(Source: klix.ba)
The victory extends the Ladyjack’s winning streak to 27 matches, continuing the longest active streak in NCAA Division I volleyball. SFA prevailed after falling behind 4-1 in the opening three sets. Danae Daron registered a team-high 15 kills on 31 attacks for a .452 hitting percentage. NATCHITOCHES, La. – No. 1 seed Stephen F. Austin marched to a 3-1 victory over No. 8 seed Texas A&M-Corpus Christi in game one of the 2018 Southland Conference Tournament at Prather Coliseum in Natchitoches, La. Each squad boasted a player with a triple-double performance as SFA’s Ann Hollas (10 kills, 10 digs, 20 assists) and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi’s Madison Green (10 kills, 14 digs and 44 assists) accomplished the feat. Box Score | Photo Gallery | 2018 Southland Conference Volleyball Tournament Homepage The Islander’s Julia Carter tabbed a match-high 20 kills on 33 attacks for a .606 hitting percentage. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi was unable to overcome Stephen F. Austin’s presence at the net as SFA held a 10-2 block advantage over the Islanders. Set OneTexas A&M-Corpus Christi jumped to an early 5-1 lead over the Ladyjacks to open up the match. Stephen F. Austin stormed back with a 9-2 run in order to take an 11-8 advantage. SFA extended their lead to 17-14 following a kill from Hollas that forced an Islanders timeout. After returning to action, Stephen F. Austin proved to be too much and eventually closed the opening set 25-21 following an Islander ball handling error. Set TwoThe Islanders began set two with another 5-1 run that once again stunned the Ladyjack squad. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi continued their efforts and managed keep the SFA offense at bay until the middle of the set when Anyia Williams blasted a kill for Stephen F. Austin that leveled the score at 14-14. On the next possession, SFA’s Coleman set a ball for Mckenzie Brewer who placed a shot between Islander defenders that gave Stephen F. Austin their first lead of the set at 15-14. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi held strong and regained their advantage at 23-22 following a kill from Julia Carter. A timeout then led to consecutive points from the Islanders who went ahead 25-24. Texas A&M-Corpus Christi continued their success and closed the set on top with a 29-27 victory following six kills from Carter. Set FourStephen F. Austin learned from the first three sets and wasted no time racing to a 12-4 advantage at the beginning of game four. Danae Daron’s fifth block of the afternoon proved to be the exclamation mark for the Ladyjacks who cruised to a 25-14 fourth set victory. Set ThreeOnce again, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi found an early rhythm and streaked out to a 4-1 advantage. Stephen F. Austin retaliated with a 6-2 scoring run that placed the Ladyjacks ahead 7-6 early on in the set. The teams proceeded to trade leads until an Islander attack error pushed SFA ahead 15-14. SFA’s Hollas then tallied her ninth kill of the match that placed the Ladyjacks on top 18-14. Though the Islanders managed to tie the game at 23-23, Coleman dealt an ace for Stephen F. Austin that finished the set at 25-23. Stephen F. Austin awaits the winner of No. 4 Abilene Christian vs. No. 5 Houston Baptist in the first semifinal Saturday at 12 a.m. on the Southland Digital Network.