The Premier League in England and its clubs are “frightened to death” about publicly backing the resumption of the season, television pundit Gary Neville said on Sunday.Neville said this was because they do not want to be held liable if someone dies because of the coronavirus. Professional football has been suspended since mid-March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has infected over 182,000 people in the United Kingdom, killing more than 28,000.The 20 Premier League clubs held a conference call on Friday in which they looked at plans for a resumption of training this month.But they deferred making a decision on resuming the season until the government gave the go-ahead.The government had originally set May 7 as the day it would review lockdown restrictions.“The PL are having a CV nightmare. They keep spouting health first but then brief constantly ‘We have to re-start’,” Neville wrote on Twitter. “I’d respect them more if they said, ‘We accept the increase in health risk, but it’s one we are willing to take’. They won’t, as they are frightened to death!”When a Twitter user asked him what would happen if they restarted the season and someone died, Neville said: “That’s why we haven’t heard one single prominent CEO, Chairman, owner or executive open his mouth to back the re-start.“Scared to death of the liability and blame.”The clubs have reviewed plans for resuming training, which will initially be restricted to small groups of players with no use of indoor facilities.Some clubs started individual sessions for players at their training grounds last week. Neville said although he understands the complexities of a return to action, it was “depressing” to see the league and clubs not communicating their plans.“It would be good for them (the Premier League) to speak at least once. Any of them! Clubs included,” the former Manchester United and England defender added when it was suggested to him that the league has press briefings.“They are bottling this virus on comms (communications). Very happy to tell us when they are delivering food parcels though.”Reuters/NAN.RelatedPosts COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules Sanwo-Olu: We’re committed to fulfilling promises to Lagosians Tags: COVID-19Gary NevilleManchester UnitedPremier League
The Wisconsin volleyball team has had its share of ups and downs this season. The Badgers are 16-13 overall and sport a 4-12 record in the Big Ten.But the Badgers will look to send off its three seniors – Alexis Mitchell, Mary Ording and Bailey Reshel – with victories this weekend, when the three seniors will be honored for Senior Day at the Field House.The Badgers are looking to improve upon a string of rough matches last weekend in which they fell to Michigan and Michigan State by scores of 3-0. Those losses took UW’s skid to five straight, the longest such streak of the season. “I thought there were some times when we were doing some good things,” head coach Pete Waite said. “But the challenge is just to stay in it until the end and finish off. We got to about 20 points each time, but we need to close the door and fight even harder to finish.”The Badgers first face Iowa (10-19, 2-14 Big Ten) Friday night. The Hawkeyes have lost 10 straight matches, including eight in a row by a score of 3-0.Wisconsin has controlled the all-time series with Iowa, especially in Madison, where the Badgers are 23-9 all-time against the Hawkeyes. UW won the first meeting between the two teams earlier this season, a hard-fought 3-2 win.Iowa is led by sophomore outside hitter Alex Lovell, who leads the team with 3.17 kills per set, and junior outside hitter Rachael Bedell also adds 3.01 kills per set. Junior setter Nikki Dailey leads the team in assists (9.39 per set) and also in service aces (24).Iowa is the only unranked opponent left on the schedule for Wisconsin, making it crucial for the Badgers to earn the win Friday.“I think it’s important to beat them, not only for momentum, but for ourselves,” senior middle blocker Alexis Mitchell said. “It’s more important to beat a team we know we can beat, and beat them on our home court.”Sunday’s match will be a much tougher test for the Badgers, as ninth-ranked Nebraska comes to Madison.The Cornhuskers (20-5, 12-4) have won two consecutive matches after dropping two in a row to Michigan and Michigan State. Earlier this season, Nebraska dominated the Badgers in Lincoln by a score of 3-0.Nebraska is led by senior outside hitter Gina Mancuso, who leads the team with 3.44 kills per set and service aces with 28. Senior outside hitter Hannah Werth also adds 2.89 kills per set and is tops on the team with 3.28 digs per set.Senior setter Lauren Cook averages 10.95 assists per set while ranking second on the team with 2.89 digs per set. Waite said he is hoping for a stronger effort from his team its second time out against one of the Big Ten’s top squads.“We need to have a more balanced attack,” Waite said. “We had a couple people get good numbers, and a couple others didn’t. If we ball handle well and run the offense correctly, then we’ll balance the attack a little better and make it tougher for them.”Friday night will be Senior Night as the Badgers conclude their final home weekend series of the season (UW’s final home match comes against Minnesota Wednesday night).Many of the players’ families will be in attendance, something Mitchell said will add to the atmosphere.“It’s not our last match here so that will help [with emotions],” Mitchell said. “But with having our families here, and the fact that they’re recognizing us will make it pretty emotional.”
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Kirk Cousins has taken a new contract into an increasingly uncertain 2020 season that keeps his place as Minnesota’s quarterback for another three years. He’ll have a lot of new teammates around him, too, whenever he takes the field next for the Vikings. An expected departure of several mainstay players was accelerated by the trade that sent wide receiver Stefon Diggs to Buffalo. Cousins wished Diggs well and was one of the first players to message him once the deal became public. He called the trade a “win-win” for what the Vikings were able to recoup for a dissatisfied player. TONIGHT:AM-1300 KGLO — Minnesota Twins Classics — July 10, 2015 — Twins vs. Detroit — Twins score seven in the 9th — 7:00 AMES — Iowa State women’s basketball coach Bill Fennelly has become familiar with modern technology during the COVID-19 pandemic. Like other coaches Fennelly has been using the internet to keep in touch with his players who are taking classes online.Fennelly says he needed some help to get up to speed.Fennelly says he wants everyone to prepare for an eventual return to campus.Iowa State finished the season 18-11 with a three-game winning streak, including a stunning upset of second-ranked and defending national champion Baylor.