Richard Branson is seeking a buyer for Virgin Atlantic Airways as he struggles to secure a 500 million pound ($618 million) government bailout, the Telegraph reported.Branson has set an end-of-May deadline to save the UK airline from collapse and is focused on securing new private investment from more than 100 financial institutions, the newspaper quoted people familiar as saying.“Houlihan Lokey has been appointed to assist the process, focusing on private-sector funding,” a Virgin Atlantic spokeswoman said. “Discussions with a number of stakeholders continue and are constructive, meanwhile the airline remains in a stable position.” Virgin’s application for government aid has effectively been shelved, though negotiations could be revived if investment can’t be found elsewhere, the newspaper reported.About 50 investors have asked for information and they will be narrowed down to a handful of bidders, according to the report. Centerbridge Partners, Cerberus Capital Management, Lansdowne Partners, Singapore sovereign wealth fund Temasek and Northill Capital are among those in the running.Delta Air Lines, which owns a 49 percent stake in Virgin Atlantic and is consumed with its own pandemic-related problems, has already bumped up against U.K. limits on foreign airline ownership, the US company’s chief executive officer, Ed Bastian, said Thursday.Branson, 69, has become the highest-profile victim of an airline-industry crisis that’s only just getting started. Virgin Australia, another carrier he founded, entered administration last week after failing to obtain a state bailout.Topics :
Alexandre Lacazette gave Sokratis half-time pep talk after mistake in north London derby Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Coming Next Advertisement / 1 min. story Top articles The Frenchman seemed keen for the centre-back to concentrate more (Picture: Arsenal Media)Alexandre Lacazette appeared to try and gee up Arsenal centre-back Sokratis Papastathopoulos after his first-half mistake in Sunday’s north London derby against Tottenham.The Greek defender was caught out of position when he tried to challenge Harry Kane for an aerial ball on the halfway line, leaving Spurs plenty of room to gallop into after the frontman won his flick-on.Erik Lamela was played in and when his tame shot was parried by Bernd Leno, Christian Eriksen was on hand to tap in the rebound under no pressure – with Sokratis unable to catch back up to the Dane in time. PLAY Read More SPONSORED Emery made some adjustments at the break and revealed that he spoke about ‘controlling the situation’ better with regards to Kane, and Lacazette seemed keen to press the message home to Sokratis before going back out on the pitch.Check out Lacazette and Sokratis from 10:39 below…The Frenchman chatted to the defender in the tunnel as the rest of the team made their way out for the second half, repeatedly pointing at his head and telling Sokratis to concentrate more.They spoke all the way out onto the pitch, with Sokratis putting his arm around Lacazette and appearing to reassure him that the message had been heard loud and clear. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Sep 2019 10:02 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link8.4kShares Skip Ad About Connatix V67539 Read More Read More Sokratis pushed too far up and Spurs exploited the space left in behind (Picture: Getty)Gary Neville labelled Sokratis ‘terrible’ for his role in the goal, while manager Unai Emery admitted afterwards that the team had prepped for that very scenario but some players were playing with too much ‘emotion’ and ‘heart’ in the cauldron of a north London derby.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More 1/1 Comment Full Screen Skip by Metro Video Settings Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Sokratis and Lacazette were still deep in discussion as they exited the tunnel (Picture: Arsenal Media)Arsenal took greater control of the match in the second half, with Kane getting less joy as an out-ball and Sokratis barely putting a foot wrong, and Emery was happy with how the side adapted.He said: ‘There were two mistakes in the first half and they scored two goals. We spoke about that in the dressing room and we learned for the second half and after we were continuing getting in their boxes, taking corners and shots.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Read More Advertisement
Indianapolis, In. — Attorney General Curtis Hill is warning Hoosiers to beware of scam callers trying to obtain people’s personal information by claiming to represent the Social Security Administration.In recent days, the Office of the Attorney General has received several dozen calls from Hoosiers reporting robocalls from such impostors. Upon answering their phones, these individuals heard recordings stating they were being monitored on suspicion of illegal activity. Those receiving the calls were told they must call back or else their Social Security numbers would be canceled.Anyone receiving these calls should immediately hang up and report the calls to the Office of the Attorney General or call 1-800-382-5516.“Do not give out your personal information over the phone to these kinds of callers,” Attorney General Hill said. “The perpetrators of these hoaxes are trying to steal your identity in order to make fraudulent purchases or commit other wrongdoing.”Anyone needing to contact the Social Security Administration may call the agency’s customer service line at 800-772-1213.
By Greg AregoniFRANCIS CREEK, Wis. (July 2) – Four IMCA drivers picked up their first 141 Speedway wins of the season Saturday evening.Jeremy Jacobs has been hooked up in his Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified racer the last few weeks. Top five finishes have been easy as pie to the former champion. A win had eluded him until Saturday night.Brandon Long ran up front for the first five laps. Jacobs tried multiple lines around the speedway until he figured it out down low. Jacobs passed Long and was never to be touched again. Long prevailed in a late-race battle over Troy Jerovetz to finish second. Eric Scribner finished fourth while R.M. VanPay rounded out the top five.Aaron Stolp has won numerous grand national features in his career. In 2016, he moved up into the IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars. He can now say he is a feature winner in the top fendered class.Jerry Leary led until the first caution flew on lap eight. Stolp restarted fifth and rocketed to the runner-up position. Stolp found the right line on lap 11 and moved into the lead. Stolp got great practice as the leader on restarts as he had a handful to deal with over the second half of the race. He took care of each one like a seasoned pro on his way to his first career win in the division.Larry Karcz Jr. finished second over Leary. John Adams finished in the top four for the first time in his career and Tony Bouche was fifth.Sawyer Haese led the opening lap of the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main. Kevin Bethke made what proved to be the race-winning pass on lap two.Bethke pulled away from the field over the course of the caution-free race. The only speed bump was lapped traffic late. Bethke had to slow over the final circuits but had built up enough cushion over the field. Jacob Zellner came home with another second place finish on the weekend. J.J. Anderson rode the top of the speedway to a podium finish. Travis Arenz finished fourth with defending champion Hunter Parsons fifth.It’s not over until it’s over was the motto in the IMCA Sport Compacts. Mitch Meier dominated the whole event and was well on his way to the win when a lapped car came down him on the final lap. There was a Talladega draft between four cars on the final circuit. Evan Beattie won the race off of turn four after contact between Alvin Testroete and Brian Watzka. Beattie picked up the win over Testroete and Watzka. Brody Rivest came right after in fourth and Meier finished fifth.There is no racing at 141 Speedway next Saturday, July 9. Bash at the Creek will be taking place with six rock bands in action starting at 2 p.m.
About 30-thousand people are expected to take part in the event in shifts. White House Easter Egg Roll expected to draw thousands for its 141st year https://t.co/X8AyANHAZw pic.twitter.com/KNDMTVaOAW— dc4visitors (@dc4visitors1) April 22, 2019 On Sunday, the president attended Easter services at an Episcopal church in Palm Beach with First Lady Melania Trump and his daughter Tiffany.This morning the President and the First Lady are hosting the annual White House Easter Egg Roll.The 2019 Easter Egg Roll is almost here! President @realDonaldTrump and @FLOTUS will welcome guests to the White House for this great Presidential tradition tomorrow: https://t.co/vgJ9vgBM7m— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 21, 2019 Events will include the competitive rolling of Easter eggs on the South Lawn.There will also be stations for egg and cookie decorating.Military bands will provide entertainment and each attendee will go home with a White House commemorative Easter egg.The White House Easter Egg Roll dates back to 1878. President Trump is back at the White House after spending Easter Weekend playing golf with an LPGA star and one of the biggest players in talk radio.Trump spent the weekend at his Mar-a-Lago Resort in Florida where his golf partners included LPGA star Lexi Thompson and conservative radio icon Rush Limbaugh. White House today released these pics from Friday of @realDonaldTrump & Rush Limbaugh at Trump International Golf Club. #TrumpInPalmBeach pic.twitter.com/sZGx7QMHls— George Bennett (@gbennettpost) April 20, 2019
A Haines City man was arrested Sunday for reportedly dropping off a child on the side of the road because he thought he was gay.The Haines City Police Department arrested 30-year-old Evenaud Julmeus Sunday evening after finding the boy, under 18 years old, outside the police station crying and holding a duffel bag with several clothes inside.When the officer asked the boy what was wrong, the child told the officer Julmeus kicked him out of the house because he thinks he’s homosexual.The police report does not specify the exact relationship between Julmeus and the boy.The abandoned child told police that Julmeus ordered him to get out and told him, “Police will find you a new home.”The police department said the boy was left at the police station without food, water, money or a phone.A bystander at the police station saw the whole thing happen and reported the incident.The report states that when the boy’s mother asked Julmeus where the boy was, Julmeus told her what happened and that if she wanted to go get him, he’s at the police department.The woman then left the house to go find her son.Julmeus was arrested and charged with child neglect.
The KNVB says it also plans to cancel the rest of the men’s season but will discuss the issue with UEFA before making the final decision.___The French rugby league has canceled the semifinals of its Top 14 league because of the coronavirus pandemic.The LNR’s executive committee abandoned hosting the semifinals on June 19 and 20 and the final in mid-July in the southern city of Nice but says they could potentially be played before the end of summer if health conditions allow.The LNR says it is waiting to see what rules the government sets out following the end of lockdown before definitively deciding if a resumption is possible. Tom Moore will get the chance to ring the famous bell at Lord’s cricket ground, signalling the start of a day’s play, as a reward for his fundraising efforts that have become a national rallying point. The job is typically given to former cricketers or figures in the sport.The offer was made to Moore, a cricket fan, by England captain Joe Root – a fellow Yorkshireman.“I’d love you to give us a team talk at some point as well,” Root said in a video conversation with Moore, “and get all the lads in the right frame of mind.”The Twitter account of Lord’s posted a message to Moore, saying he is “an inspiration to us all.”With the aid of a walking frame, Moore walked 100 laps of his garden in eastern England to support workers in Britain’s National Health Service. He wanted to complete the mission before his 100th birthday on April 30, and his family initially set a target of raising 1,000 pounds. Associated Press ___The Dutch soccer association has canceled the remainder of the women’s league season and cup tournament following a discussion with the clubs.The KNVB says the consequences of the cancellation will be clarified on Friday when soccer authorities talk with the clubs.PSV Eindhoven currently leads the women’s league.The cancellation follows Tuesday’s announcement by the government that its ban on all large-scale events was being extended until Sept. 1. The Latest: 99-year-old fundraising UK veteran honored April 22, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A 99-year-old World War II veteran who has raised more than 28 million pounds ($34.5 million) for Britain’s health service during the coronavirus pandemic has been invited to perform one of British sport’s quaintest traditions once the crisis is over. France is under lockdown until May 11.___The Berlin Marathon says the race cannot be held as planned in September because of new restrictions in the city related to the coronavirus pandemic.City authorities have extended a ban on major events with more than 5,000 people until October 24. More than 62,000 people took part in the marathon last year.Organizers say they will take time to “engage with the consequences of the authorities blocking our events, agree on further steps and then inform you.” There was no mention of any plan to restrict the race to elite runners only. That was the solution used by the Tokyo Marathon on March 1.The Berlin Marathon is typically one of the fastest in the world. The current men’s world record was set in Berlin by Eliud Kipchoge in 2018.___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
____North Carolina defensive backs D.J. Ford, Javon Terry and Bryce Watts have opted out of playing this season due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.Team spokesman Jeremy Sharpe announced in a video call with reporters after Friday’s practice. Ford is a redshirt senior who started seven games last year, while Terry appeared in all 13 games as a redshirt freshman. Watts is a junior who sat out last year after transferring from Virginia Tech.The team had previously announced that offensive lineman Triston Miller would not play due to “family reasons,” though it did not elaborate further.___ The Latest: South Atlantic Conference postpones fall sports The ANA Inspiration announced that it will not have fans Sept. 10-13 at Mission Hills in Rancho Mirage, California. The major is typically the first of the year in early spring, but was postponed by the COVID-19 pandemic.The LPGA’s first major is in two weeks: The Women’s British Open at Royal Troon will not have spectators.The decision was not a surprise. In men’s golf, the PGA Championship this week in San Francisco and the U.S. Open next month in New York will be without spectator. The question now is which tournament will be the first with fans.___The Milwaukee Brewers have canceled their 2021 Brewers On Deck event, an annual January showcase that allows thousands of fans to meet current and former players and coaches in a convention hall. “At a time when COVID-19 has severely impacted live sports, the ICC’s channels have gone from strength to strength,” the ICC said in a statement.Cricket hit some highs in terms of viewership over the 12 months to June, including the 1.1 billion views for the Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia in February and March.Online traffic from India helped. The final between Australia and India, which attracted a crowd of more than 86,000 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, set a single-day record for women’s tournament with 64.9 million views on the ICC Facebook page.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports What did cricket fans do when there was no live games to watch during lockdown in the coronavirus pandemic?Watched replays. Lots of replays.The International Cricket Council released figures Friday showing it had 1.65 billion video views on its Facebook channel in the first half of 2020, saying it “topped the rankings in terms of video consumption among leading sports bodies” on the social media platform.Cricket was shuttered globally from late March until last month, when host England beat West Indies 2-1 in a three-test series that was played inside bio-secure venues in Southampton and Manchester.The ICC, citing statistics from the CrowdTangle analytics tool, said daily video consumption on its Facebook page increased from 3 million minutes viewed to 15 million minutes per day during the lockdown. The league said its impacted sports are men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball. The conference’s President’s Council announced the decision Friday. The group had previously chosen to delay fall competition until Sept. 26, but said that due to the continuing threat of the virus, it was imperative for the health of athletes, coaches, fans and campus communities to delay things even further. The league is made up of 13 schools in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.___Northwestern returned to the football field for the first time since a false positive for COVID-19 led to 37 players being quarantined and workouts being paused. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The NCAA Division II South Atlantic Conference is postponing its fall sports schedule until the spring of 2021 due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. Coaches, staff and other personnel will be required to wear face coverings on the sidelines at sporting events this fall.The initial guidelines include testing requirements, procedures for infections and contact tracing and protocols for quarantine and isolation. The rules, which also apply to volleyball and soccer, were recommended by the SEC’s Return to Activity and Medical Guidance Task Force.The league expects the task force to release another report by Aug. 31.___ Cutcliffe spoke after Friday’s first preseason practice, saying Wyatt and Rimmer “just weren’t comfortable with playing.” He said both would remain on scholarship as they work toward earning their degrees this spring.Wyatt is a fifth-year senior who appeared in all 38 games over the past three seasons for the Blue Devils. Rimmer is a redshirt junior who saw action in three career games. Senior John Taylor is set to replace Wyatt.Last week the school announced that 25 athletes had tested positive over the previous three weeks as they began returning to campus for voluntary workouts, with nine in mandatory isolation. The school said all cases involved no or mild symptoms. No teams had to pause workouts due to testing results.___The LPGA Tour will have another major without spectators. The Big Sky Conference postponed its football season to the spring because of the coronavirus pandemic and called for the FCS playoffs to be moved to the second semester as well.The Big Sky’s decision all but officially ends any chance of the FCS playoffs, which are an NCAA-sponsored event unlike the College Football Playoff which crowns a champion at the highest level of Division I, being held in the fall. Earlier in the week, the NCAA announced each of its three divisions would determine whether national championship events should be held in fall sports. The NCAA said if more than 50% of schools that compete in a sport did not compete in a regular season, the championship would be canceled.With the Big Sky’s postponement and the Pioneer Football League’s decision to not have a conference season earlier in the day, more than 70 of the 127 FCS schools have said they will not play in the fall.The Big Sky, traditionally one of the strongest FCS conferences with Montana, Eastern Washington and Montana State, said it will attempt to play an eight-game conference schedule in the spring.— The Brewers said that the decision was made with “the health and safety of the community in mind.”“It’s impossible to know at this time what restrictions may be in place that would require a different footprint or format for Brewers On Deck in January,” Brewers president of business operations Rick Schlesinger said in a statement. “It takes many months of lead time for our staff to plan and execute the event, and with so many uncertainties we unfortunately have to make this decision now.”___The Pioneer League will not play a fall football schedule, a decision that likely means there will be no FCS playoffs this season.The 11-team Pioneer League spans from the Midwest to the West Coast. The conference said in a statement the challenges related to team travel, meeting state, local and institutional health requirements and COVID-19 mitigation strategies led to the decision. The Pioneer League said it would consider playing a football season at another point in the school year if feasible. Associated Press Coach Pat Fitzgerald said after the start of camp the Wildcats still are “batting a thousand” after a player who tested for the virus last week did not have it after all.“I think it showed us that our plan and our execution of our plan has been flawless,” he said.Fitzgerald was at dinner July 31 when he learned about the positive result and that contact tracing protocols were being enacted. The decision to put workouts on hold was made after team physician Jeff Mjaanes consulted with Northwestern University Health Services doctors. Fitzgerald said they learned Wednesday afternoon after more tests that no one had the virus. He also said workouts this week would have been lighter anyway. They could have resumed Thursday, but Fitzgerald opted to wait until the start of camp.“Really proud of our guys with the choices they’re making,” he said. “It’s not a four-hour problem that they’re in the building; it’s the other 20 hours that I think’s a challenge for every college football player and every college student.” The NCAA this week announced it would not conduct championship events in sports where at least 50% percent of the participating schools do not play a fall regular season. Unless Pioneer League schools pursue a football season as independents, the number of FCS schools that have canceled fall football is 68 out of 127.The Big Sky was also expected to announce soon whether it will play in the fall.___The Southeastern Conference will require football players and others in direct contact with the program to be tested at least twice weekly during the season.The league on Friday released its initial COVID-19 requirements for fall sports, including football. In football, the testing will typically come six days and three days before competition. Maryland senior quarterback Josh Jackson has opted out of the upcoming football season, leaving the Terrapins with very little depth and experience at the pivotal position.Jackson is the most prominent of six Maryland players who have decided not to play in 2020 for reasons related to the COVID-19 pandemic, coach Michael Locksley said during a teleconference Friday.Jackson played in 10 games last year for Maryland after transferring from Virginia Tech. He went 98 for 207 for 1,274 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions.His backup was Tyrrell Pigrome, who transferred to Western Kentucky during the offseason.— The Detroit Lions are preparing to host fans at all eight regular-season home games, although it’s uncertain how many will be allowed to attend.The NFL club said Friday season-ticket holders can opt out of purchasing tickets for the 2020 season if they want. The team also is offering various incentives for fans who defer payments to the 2021 season instead of asking for refunds.Fans and employees at Ford Field would be required to wear face coverings. Designated gates and entry times would be assigned to fans.The team says the ability to host fans at a reduced capacity depends on local and state approval.___ August 7, 2020 Two more top-10 women — Elina Svitolina and Kiki Bertens — will miss the U.S. Open, joining No. 1 Ash Barty in skipping the Grand Slam tennis tournament during the coronavirus pandemic.The fifth-ranked Svitolina, a semifinalist at Flushing Meadows a year ago, said on social media she doesn’t feel comfortable traveling.No. 7 Bertens wrote on Instagram that one of her concerns is the need to be quarantined upon returning to Europe after the U.S. Open, which runs from Aug. 31 to Sept. 13.___Duke coach David Cutcliffe says long snapper Ben Wyatt and offensive tackle Jacob Rimmer have opted out of playing this season because of concerns about the coronavirus.
In the female category, Government Senior College, Agege defeated Sanya Senior Grammar School, Surulere, 5-3 via penalties while Isle Eko Grammar School, Lagos Island beat Ikorodu Senior High School, Ikorodu 2-1.Commenting on the competition, the Managing Director of Guaranty Trust Bank Plc, Segun Agbaje, said; â€œSport plays a major role in the development of life skills and this competition paves the way for youths to cultivate their sporting talents and aptitudes, while fostering and building a healthier lifestyle at a critical stage in their lives.â€The final slated for the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, on May 30 is expected to be part of the Lagos @ 50 celebrations.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Finalists for the Season 8 of the GTBank/Lagos State Principalâ€™s Cup Wednesday emerged at the Onikan Stadium, Lagos Island.Ijaiye Housing Estate Senior Grammar School defeated Odogunyan Senior Grammar School, Ikorodu 2-0, while Muslim Senior College, Oworonshoki and Ikotun Senior High School, Ikotun needed penalty shootouts to separate each other as both sides failed to score in regulation time.
In the midst of a five-game winless streak, the University of Wisconsin men’s soccer team will try to get back on track Saturday when it hosts Big Ten foe Michigan.A non-conference loss to No. 12-ranked Marquette on the road Wednesday was the final of three road games, and the Badgers (1-6-1 overall, 0-2-0 Big Ten) now return home for two straight games.Wisconsin will look for another fast start after coming out strong with the first four shots in Wednesday’s game at Marquette.Michigan (1-5-2; 0-1-2) is in a similar situation as the Badgers, since it has already played several ranked opponents, including No. 12 Maryland and No. 7 Penn State, giving the Wolverines some early season tests. In the game against Maryland, Michigan salvaged a draw but fell at home against Penn State.On the offensive end, Wisconsin has been held off the board in their past two road contests and have averaged just 1.25 goals per game this season.Michigan, meanwhile, has given up an average of one goal per game on the season, so the Badgers will have their work cut out for them when trying to attack the Wolverines’ defense.“As many goals as we’ve scored, we’re not as clinical around the goal as we will be in the future,” Wisconsin head coach John Trask said after their last home game.The loss of 14 players, including Tomislav Zadro who earned Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year honors last season, has been the main cause of the decreased opportunities on goal. Wisconsin averaged 13.6 shots per game a season ago, but that output has decreased by five shots through the first eight games this year.As the season wears on and the players get more comfortable in the system, Wisconsin will look to be a more complete team on both the offensive and defensive ends. There has yet to be a game where both the offense and defense have completely worked in unison, which has provided a good deal of the stress during the slow start.Michigan has eight returning starters from last season, compared to Wisconsin’s normal starting lineup that features four freshmen.The Badgers and the Wolverines seem to be on similar paths for the season, which makes their meeting Saturday all the more interesting.Wisconsin began the season with freshman Adrian Remeniuk at goalkeeper, but recently switched to redshirt sophomore Casey Beyers. Beyers has the past four starts at goalkeeper with an 0-3-1 record, but has recorded many saves to keep the Badgers in the game.Michigan rotated their goalkeepers over the course of the season as well, going between senior Adam Grinwis who has a 0.69 goals-against average and freshman Evan Louro who has shown potential.Getting opportunities will be difficult for the Badgers with Michigan’s strong defensive front, but getting it by either of Michigan’s goalkeepers will be an even larger task.This game will most likely come down to Wisconsin’s defensive play. In their last home game, a draw with St. John’s, the Badgers played their best defensive game of the season to date.UW will hope to replicate that effort in front of the home crowd and use their defense to generate more counter-attacking opportunities.It will be a tough battle for the Badgers’ offense to compete against a strong defense, and an equally challenging task for the Badgers defense to keep Michigan off the board.The game between Wisconsin and Michigan will be at the McClimon Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. Saturday.