World Rugby to vote on the way forward

first_img  148  26 World Rugby has announced that a final decision on the 2020 rugby calendar will be made by its council vote on 30 June.Representatives from the game’s top nations and leagues met on Monday to discuss both the short- and long-term future of the game, including the potential adjustments to the global international calendar.One of the main topics of discussion was a possible extended autumn window, during which Test matches would be played throughout October and November, to generate much-needed revenue when the game is allowed to resume after Covid-19.ALSO READ: Australia step up bid for 2027 World CupIn a statement, World Rugby said: ‘Whilst not a decision-making forum, Monday’s World Rugby Professional Game Forum provided the initial platform for national unions, international and professional club competitions and players to exchange frank views and consider immediate and long-term calendar reform in line with the guiding core principles of recognising the needs of the international and domestic game and enhancing player welfare.’‘With the global Covid-19 pandemic significantly impacting the 2020 rugby calendar and union and club finances, all parties recognise the need to agree a compromise solution that enables both disrupted professional club and international competitions to be completed this year.‘In the absence of full alignment, further information sharing and discussion will be undertaken with all parties regarding the viability of proposed adjustments to the 2020 international release weekends stipulated in Regulation 9 that will enable postponed and other international matches to be played in an adjusted window from October, while enabling the completion of existing club competitions.‘The final decision on 2020 will be confirmed by vote of the World Rugby Council on 30 June following consideration and recommendation by the World Rugby Executive Committee.’ALSO READ: Reinach reveals why he opted for Montpellier moveAccording to reports in Europe, talks will continue over moving the July window to October on a permanent basis, reducing the number of international breaks from three to two.‘There was also commitment to further detailed commercial and player welfare modelling in full collaboration with the club game to better assess the viability and attractiveness, for all parties, of a potential new ongoing global release period of October/November from 2021, replacing the July window,’ the World Rugby statement continued.‘All stakeholders believe that meaningful reform of the international calendar is necessary in a much-changed post-Covid-19 environment to revitalise the global game and deliver much-needed alignment between international and club rugby with fewer overlaps and enhanced player rest periods.’Read the full release herePhoto: Getty Images Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by SA Rugby magazine World Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVMaverick coach Eddie Jones has named his Test dream team made up of players he has worked with throughout his illustrious career.SA Rugby MagUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo贷款| 搜索广告在香港獲得貸款可能比您想的要容易贷款| 搜索广告|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo GoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on June 16, 2020 ‘ ‘ ‘ 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAaron Smith names South African as greatest World Cup scrumhalfSA Rugby MagUndoJapan-based Kiwi player: I hope to never experience this againSA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndocenter_img ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndo World Rugby to vote on the way forward ‘ ‘ World Rugby Posted in News, Test Rugby, Top headlines Tagged English Premiership, French Top 14, Pro14, Super Rugby, Test Rugby Watch: I wanted to rip Jean’s head off – Jaque FourieSA Rugby MagUndolast_img read more

Jason Derulo to Sing Out as Rum Tum Tugger in Cats Film

first_img Singer-songwriter Jason Derulo is the latest star added to the upcoming film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Derulo will take on the role of curious cat Rum Tum Tugger in the highly anticipated screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway hit, scheduled to be released on December 20, 2019.Derulo’s solo recording career kicked off in 2009. Since then he has sold more than 30 million singles, including the celebrated songs “Wiggle,” “Talk Dirty,” “Whatcha Say” and “In My Head,” for which he earned two MTV Video Music Award nominations. Derulo’s latest album, titled Everything Is 4, debuted in 2015, with the upcoming 2Sides to be released soon.Derulo joins a previously announced slate of stars that includes Jennifer Hudson, James Corden, Ian McKellen, Taylor Swift, Rebel Wilson, Steven McRae, Francesca Hayward, Judi Dench, Idris Elba and Laurie Davidson. Additional casting is forthcoming.Based on T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats, the musical tells the story of the Jellicle cats and each cat’s individual quest to be selected as the lucky one who will ascend to “the Heaviside Layer.” The Cats film will be directed by Tom Hooper and choreographed by Wayne McGregor. Jason DeRulo(Photo: Getty Images) View Commentslast_img read more

Woods the main attraction as he rolls back the years

first_imgCARNOUSTIE, Scotland, (Reuters) – For a few hours at a sun-drenched Carnoustie on Thursday it felt like 2000 all over again, or 2005 or 2006 as Tiger Woods rolled back the years and captivated a heaving British Open gallery. The 42-year-old American, absent from the sport’s oldest major since missing the cut in 2015, carded a level-par 71 which included enough glimpses of the old magic and fighting spirit to suggest a 15th major title on Sunday is not so fanciful.It left him just five shots behind first-round leader Kevin Kisner but considering he tackled a dry-roasted Carnoustie course when it was playing as tough as it had all day it was a serious statement of intent.When Game 47 arrived on the first tee at a little after 3pm it seemed the majority of ticket-holders deserted whoever they were watching and swarmed down the fairway. Woods, wearing a smart blue sleeveless jersey that matched the colour of the summer sky, dissected the fairway with his opening tee shot, twirled his iron in his hand and strode off with a huge media posse in tow. His approach was clinical and he rolled in a six-foot birdie putt that was greeted by a cheer that rang round the parched expanses. One fan held a placard “Tiger Woods — The Legend Returns” and nobody was disagreeing. Even Scottish playing partner Russell Knox, who briefly stole the American’s thunder with a superb eagle on the 14th, later described his hero Woods as a “mythical” figure.Another birdie followed at the fourth and Woods almost conjured another at the fifth with a snaking putt after his approach had drifted into a deep green-side hollow. Age and the chronic back trouble which has required several surgeries has mellowed the swashbuckling style which fired Woods to two titles at St Andrews twice and one at Hoylake.But on Thursday, during the opening nine holes, he looked like a man totally in control of his game — taming a fiery course with a masterclass of course management. Woods, who was wearing protective black physio tape on his neck, faltered after the turn as Carnoustie’s steep-sided pot bunkers took their toll, gobbling up a few errant shots.A bogey on the 10th slowed his charge and although he responded with a long birdie on 11 he lipped-out a three-footer for par on the 13th and surrendered another shot at the 15th after another visit to a sand trap.The stark reality is that Woods is now ranked 71 in the world, won the last of his 14 majors a decade ago and has not triumphed at any tournament since 2013. Yet even when the wheels threatened to fall off his round, Woods dug deep to par three of the toughest closing holes on the Open circuit with a calm authority. Woods was happy with the start to his 20th British Open and third at Carnoustie where he was tied for seventh in 1999 and finished 12th in 2007, although he felt it could have been even better had he taken advantage of the par fives.“I played better than what the score indicates,” he told reporters because I had two eight irons into both par 5s today, and I end up with par on both,” he told a throng of reporters.“If I just clean up those two holes and play them the way I’m supposed to play them, I think I’d probably have the best round in the afternoon wave.”last_img read more

Nationals’ Zimmerman and Ross opting out of MLB season

first_img Associated Press Television News First Published: 30th June, 2020 07:06 IST COMMENT FOLLOW US SUBSCRIBE TO US The Washington Nationals will try to defend their World Series title without at least two holdovers from last year’s team, including one of the faces of the franchise.Longtime infielder Ryan Zimmerman and pitcher Joe Ross elected not to play this season, the team announced Monday. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Major League Baseball is attempting to start a 60-game season in late July.General manager Mike Rizzo said Zimmerman and Ross are opting out for the safety of themselves and their families.“We are 100 percent supportive of their decision to not play this year,” Rizzo said. “We will miss their presence in the clubhouse and their contributions on the field.”Zimmerman, who said last week he was undecided, ultimately said his family situation factored into not playing. His mother is at high risk for complications from the coronavirus. He also has three young children, including a newborn.“Everyone knows how much it means to me to be part of a team and I will miss that camaraderie dearly this year,” Zimmerman said in aZimmerman has been writing a diary for The Associated Press since the coronavirus shut down sports this spring. In the 10th installment last week,“I have a 3-week-old baby,” Zimmerman said. “My mother has multiple sclerosis and is super high-risk; if I end up playing, I can pretty much throw out the idea of seeing her until weeks after the season is over. There’s a lot of factors that I and others have to consider. I don’t think there’s a right or wrong answer; it’s everybody’s individual choice.”The 35-year-old who has been a fixture for the Nationals since 2005 said this does not mean he’s retiring. He’s still“This time has made me realize how lucky I am to play the game,” Zimmerman said in April. “It’s kind of shown me that I’ll be OK, either way: Whether I continue past 2020 or not, I’ll be great whenever I retire.”Zimmerman is a two-time All-Star infielder who has played 15 years in the majors, all with the Nationals. He holds most of the team’s career hitting records, and his two homers and seven RBIs last postseason helped Washington win its first World Series title.The 27-year-old Ross has five seasons of major league experience and underwent Tommy John surgery on his right elbow in 2017. He appeared in 27 games last season and was in line to compete to be the Nationals’ fifth starter.Image credits: AP center_img LIVE TV Last Updated: 30th June, 2020 07:06 IST Nationals’ Zimmerman And Ross Opting Out Of MLB Season The Washington Nationals will try to defend their World Series title without at least two holdovers from last year’s team, including one of the faces of the franchise Written By WATCH US LIVElast_img read more

On Basketball: Griffin trade shows NBA’s current direction

first_imgLos Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin (32) goes to the basket over New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) The East is open for business. The West is closed until further notice.There’s the takeaway from the deal where Blake Griffin got sent from the Los Angeles Clippers to the Detroit Pistons , and it may be a theme for the next week or so until the NBA trading deadline. The Pistons see opportunity to contend in the Eastern Conference, while the Clippers know the Western Conference is out of their reach and a full reboot is needed.They’re both right.Other teams are surely thinking the same way.No rational person would look at the NBA right now and see a logical scenario where the champion this season is anyone besides Golden State or Houston. What Brad Stevens has done in Boston, especially after losing Gordon Hayward on opening night, is coach-of-the-year stuff. Toronto is better than most fans may realize. Cleveland has LeBron James, still the best player alive.Yet would anyone other than Celtics, Raptors or Cavaliers fans pick those teams to beat the Warriors or Rockets in a best-of-seven?Probably not.As such, what happened late Monday makes a great deal of sense for the Clippers and Pistons.Start with Detroit: Griffin is oft-injured, but he’s only 28 and under contract for at least the next three seasons. When he’s right, there are few frontcourt players better. He and Andre Drummond — locked in for at least two more seasons — could be a frightening duo, given that this is a league where productive bigs are an increasingly endangered species. If this works, the Pistons could make noise in the East relatively quickly.And now, the Clippers: The best-case scenario this year was a brief playoff appearance. And that was a maybe. After going all-out to woo Griffin and sign him to an enormous contract last summer, they sent him away seven months later. DeAndre Jordan is free to walk this summer, so it would be a shock if he wasn’t traded in the next few days. They could have a ton of money to spend starting July 1, maybe two first-round draft picks as well.The Pistons believe they can make noise in the East.The Clippers know they weren’t going far in the West.So they did the next best thing: They entered The LeBron Sweepstakes. There will be almost certainly be another LeBronathon this summer. James loves Los Angeles, has a home there, has off-court interests that might make spending more time in Hollywood an appealing proposition. James won’t play for any team that doesn’t have a shot at winning a title, so the Clippers will have to do some serious planning and be ready to do some serious buying if they’re going to make this happen.It’s not a guarantee that James will leave Cleveland. If he does, maybe the Lakers will appeal to him. Or Philadelphia, with a young roster and players he likes. Or San Antonio, which has Gregg Popovich — a coach James reveres. But if Griffin was still in L.A., there would have been virtually no chance that James would be a realistic target for the Clippers this summer.To catch Golden State and Houston, someone is going to have assemble a superteam — like Miami did in 2010. Going the Philly route, with that multi-year cycle of tanking and drafting, tanking and drafting, tanking and drafting, takes a lot of time and a lot of luck. It’s more likely to come together through free agency, where the Clippers now may be a major player.The Pistons won’t be. They’re all-in now, a team that will try to build around bigs in an NBA where everyone shoots the 3 like never before. It’s bold.Now the question becomes which other teams in the East will make splashes.Cleveland is trying to make moves in an effort to help James get to the NBA Finals for an eighth straight year. Up in Boston, Danny Ainge is probably looking for another piece — whether Hayward makes a dramatic late-season return or not. Miami will talk deals, maybe even including the supremely talented yet often enigmatic Hassan Whiteside. Washington is in a tough spot with John Wall out for, at least, most of the remaining regular-season schedule.East teams should think buy.West teams should think sell.The Griffin trade is the annual reminder: Things can change very quickly in the NBA, and sitting still is rarely the right option.___Tim Reynolds is a national basketball writer for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected]___More AP NBA: read more

Haden, Burns bringing along young Steelers defensive backs

first_imgThe two feel they share that role.Haden has been a top cornerback in the league throughout his career and Burns, a 2016 first-round pick, feels like he’s starting to come into his own as he enters his third season. The two hope a full offseason and training camp together can help a young group of Steelers defensive backs regain some swagger.“Right now, I’m just trying to show him the way I go about my business,” Haden said. “Training camp is one of the biggest spots where we can see growth and we can see what the offseason did.”Haden spent his first seven pro seasons in Cleveland. He feels an entire spring of organized team activities and minicamp with Burns and the Steelers will only prove beneficial as the team works through training camp and the preseason.“I’m trying to understand the whole defense, not just the corners and safety, but also the linebackers and defensive linemen,” Haden said. “I’m just trying to get the whole system from the ground up and get an overall grasp of the defense.”Cleveland released Haden on the eve of the 2017 regular season and the Steelers immediately acted. They quickly signed the two-time Pro Bowl cornerback with the hope he could give a young secondary an instant jolt.“Having a veteran guy in your room that got to the level everybody wants to get to,” Burns said, “you kind of sit back and think that you can learn from him to get to that point.”The Steelers did just that last season.Pittsburgh ranked 16th against the pass in 2016, but Haden provided a necessary boost as the Steelers ended fifth in passing yards allowed. A 45-point outburst by Jacksonville in the AFC divisional playoff marred an otherwise strong season.“I think the communication was the biggest thing for us, just no blown coverages,” Haden said. “In the Jacksonville game, there were a couple times where people were just running free. We have the ability, we have the players, we just have to be on the same page and make sure everybody’s covering their man.”That has been the focus for Burns. He has carried a noticeably different, more confident swagger during training camp practices. He’s still locked into regular one-on-one practice battles with four-time All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, a daily matchup Burns welcomes.“Ever since I got here it’s been a battle with (Brown),” Burns said. “It’s just something I expect from myself. I don’t even request it. I just step up, we go at it and go to work.”It has already paid off for the third-year cornerback.Burns jumped Brown’s slant route during the team’s first padded practice and picked off Landry Jones’s pass in the end zone. He also jumped a Ben Roethlisberger pass and came up with an interception that would’ve been returned for a touchdown.Burns said that sort of intuition comes with experience.“You can feel the speed of the receiver,” Burns said. “A play can only go for so long, so once you figure out the timing of it, that’s when you have a chance to make a play on the ball.”Burns seeks similar game-changing plays alongside Haden in the secondary this season.“(Haden) is helping us in certain situations that he has already been put in before,” Burns said. “That’s what Joe is doing for us.”NOTES: Coach Mike Tomlin said Brown was sent to Pittsburgh to be evaluated for a “minor, day-to-day” injury. Brown missed the previous two practices with his undisclosed injury. Tomlin wouldn’t say what sort of injury. … S Morgan Burnett (hamstring), Sean Davis (groin), T.J. Watt (hamstring), Vance McDonald (foot) and Alejandro Villanueva (undisclosed) also missed practice on Thursday.___For more NFL coverage: and LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Artie Burns and Joe Haden don’t believe the Pittsburgh Steelers have a clear-cut No. 1 cornerback. In this July 27, 2018, file photo, Pittsburgh Steelers defensive back Joe Haden warms up at practice during NFL football training camp in Latrobe, Pa. Haden and Artie Burns are hoping a full offseason and training camp together can help the Steelers defensive backs regain some of their swagger in 2018. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)last_img read more