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The Latest: Indianapolis speedway holds off on race decision

first_imgGreece currently has 331 confirmed cases and four deaths.___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 Associated Press The Greek Olympic committee says the Olympic flame handover ceremony for the Tokyo Games will take place without spectators in an effort to contain the coronavirus outbreak.The committee says the accreditation cards that had been issued for Thursday’s ceremony at the stadium in Athens where the first modern Olympics were held in 1896 would not be valid.The body’s headquarters will also remain closed from Monday until further notice.The committee canceled the remainder of the Olympic torch relay last week after crowds gathered in southern Greece to watch part of the torch relay in Sparta, where the torch was carried by actor Gerard Butler.Greek health authorities have warned people to stay home, and have shut down everything from restaurants, bars and cafes to public organized beaches, ski resorts, hair salons and movie theaters, in an effort to curb the spread of the virus. The Latest: Indianapolis speedway holds off on race decision March 16, 2020 All six of the remaining teams are based in Russia, where various cities and regions have imposed their own restrictions. Spartak Moscow and Dynamo Moscow played in an empty arena on Wednesday.The KHL said Saturday it was “in consultation with clubs and all relevant authorities to diligently manage the impact” of the virus outbreak.The KHL has not commented on the withdrawals and its website still lists those teams as competing. The next scheduled games between teams which have not withdrawn are Wednesday.___9:55 a.m. Indianapolis Motor Speedway officials say they are holding off on postponing the month of May activities that conclude with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend.The Indy 500 draws crowds in excess of 300,000.“We are aware of the CDC’s interim guidance suggesting the postponement of events involving more than 50 people over the next eight weeks,” the speedway said in a statement released before 6 a.m. local time.“Our priority is to do our part in protecting the public health while still conducting the 104th Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge as scheduled on May 24. This continues to be a dynamic situation which we are monitoring constantly in coordination with federal, state, local and public health officials.”___ 10:10 a.m.A second team has withdrawn from the Kontinental Hockey League playoffs because of the coronavirus outbreak.The KHL is widely considered to be the strongest hockey league outside the NHL and is one of the few major sports organizations still operating in Europe.There are now six teams remaining in an eight-club conference semifinal bracket.Finnish club Jokerit withdrew Saturday citing concern for the health of its players and staff. Now Barys Astana says it is withdrawing after authorities in Kazakhstan banned sports events and restricted entry to the country. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappLONDON (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s effect on sports around the world (all times local):___11 a.m.last_img read more

The Latest: Hurricanes ask employees to take time off

first_imgHe says the league is thankful only two players have tested positive for COVID-19 so far and is hopeful weeks of isolation will prevent more from contracting the virus. Players and staff have been told to self-quarantine until at least April 4.There is no timeline for when players might be able to start working out in small groups or report to team training facilities. Meeuwisse says the trajectory of the coronavirus outbreak in the U.S. and Canada will determine when that might be possible.Varying recommendations and lockdown regulations across the league’s 31 markets could impact how the NHL proceeds. Meeuwisse and deputy commissioner Bill Daly are still unsure whether fans would be allowed in for potential games when they resume.___Aqueduct has extended the suspension of live horse racing through at least April 5 because of the impact of the new coronavirus in New York. The National Hockey League has postponed its scouting combine, awards ceremony and draft that were scheduled for June. It did not provide new dates for the events.With the NHL season on pause since March 12, the postponement of these events did not come as a surprise. The league is still working on scenarios of what hockey would look like if it is able to resume this season.___Organizers of the European Championships in track and field still hope to stage the event in Paris in August despite France being locked down during the coronavirus pandemic.European Athletics says it asked officials in Paris for a feasibility study for the Aug. 25-30 championships. Fox5 in Las Vegas first reported the news.Mortenson-McCarthy says the area of the stadium where the worker was assigned and the surrounding vicinity were immediately shut down and sanitized. Work in other parts of the stadium has been unaffected and the stadium is still scheduled to be completed this summer.The Raiders are set to begin play in the $1.9 billion stadium this fall.___USA Diving will keep its Olympic trials in Indianapolis when the event is rescheduled. Kim Pegula says she and her husband Terry wanted to provide immediate assistance to “those in need and fighting on the front lines.”Money from the teams’ charitable foundations will got to the newly formed Western New York COVID-19 community response fund supporting the region’s non-profit agencies.Money also is going to several local food banks and assistance for health officials in purchasing protective gear and medical equipment.___Rio de Janeiro’s soccer body has extended its prohibition on professional matches in the state to the end of April. The initial suspension is valid until the end of March. In an interview with The Associated Press, team president and general manager Don Waddell said the request was “the best avenue to take for the next 10 days.” The team had announced this week that it would temporarily close its offices as of Tuesday while employees work remotely.Waddell said the decision would be on a week-to-week basis, though it doesn’t affect employees working under contracts. It comes as Wake County commission Chairman Greg Ford said the county plans to soon issue a stay-at-home order for residents similar to other areas of the state.The News & Observer of Raleigh first reported the plan, citing an internal email that stated employees would go without pay if they had used all allotted time off. Waddell clarified that later, telling the newspaper: “Everyone will get paid and we’ll figure it out after that.”“Everybody’s got full benefits, everybody’s getting paid this week,” Waddell told the AP. “We haven’t laid one person off. We haven’t cut one person. We haven’t cut any benefits.”The Hurricanes had previously announced plans to compensate arena and team-event staff for lost wages for remaining home games on hold with the NHL regular season suspended. The family of majority owner Adrian Hanauer is making a $500,000 initial investment to the fund, which will be aimed at individuals, non-profits and small businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.The MLS team says the fund is intended to support a range of needs, from groceries to rent assistance and monetary packages. The priorities of the fund will go toward individual shift workers and service providers that work in and around the stadium when the team has home matches; small businesses in the area to help them stay open; and non-profits that support individuals and businesses in those neighborhoods.“The Sounders were born here in Seattle over 40 years ago, and we wouldn’t be the club we have become without the support we’ve always found in this amazing and vibrant community,” Hanauer said in a statement. “Now, as our world faces the new and unprecedented challenges presented by COVID-19, it’s our responsibility to step up and give back to the community in a meaningful way.”___Claressa Shields’ fight against Marie-Eve Dicaire has been postponed. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has instructed the 32 teams to close their facilities to all but a select few employees by 6 p.m. Wednesday. In a memo to teams, Goodell said restrictions meant as a safeguard against the new coronavirus will be in force until at least April 8. Then the league will re-evaluate, using advice from medical experts and health authorities. The few exceptions include trainers and doctors treating players, security and technology personnel.The NFL has gotten some pushback for not postponing the draft scheduled for April 23-25 while the rest of the sports world is largely shut down. The league is developing a new format because it has scrapped the public events set for Las Vegas. ___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 companies say they intend to restore jobs and compensation “once our business resumes to its normal state from this unprecedented stoppage.”The Bruins were the last team in the NHL to offer help to gameday employees who lost work because of the coronavirus pandemic — and then only if postponed games aren’t made up. The team is owned by Jeremy Jacobs, who is the chairman of the NHL board of governors and a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame. According to Forbes Magazine, the Jacobs family is worth $3.3 billion.___Golden State Warriors star Stephen Curry is teaming up with Dr. Anthony Fauci for a question-and-answer discussion about the coronavirus.Curry, a two-time NBA MVP, will host the chat on his Instagram account Thursday — (at)StephenCurry30. Fauci is Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. March 25, 2020 Woodward said his wife isn’t currently working in a hospital. She finished a nursing contract at the end of February in Arizona, where they live, and is going back to school for another license.The Woodwards are also joining Rangers general manager Jon Daniels and his wife, Robyn, to provide meals to health care workers at Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.___The United Center is going to be turned into a logistics hub to help with Illinois’ response to the novel coronavirus.The United Center and the surrounding area will be used for front-line food distribution, first responder staging and collecting medical supplies. “Maybe if they said everybody could have 12 on-field sessions,” Swinney said. “So that means we would get only three just to make it equitable. But some of these schools who got none, they could get 12.”___Texas Rangers manager Chris Woodward and his wife Erin, a trauma nurse, have recorded a message thanking first responders and health care workers.The message was sent to the Texas Hospital Association and Medical City of Arlington and Dallas.“We’re just trying to say thank you to all of these people on the front lines,” Woodward said Wednesday. “The first responders are first on the scene to a lot of these things. … The doctors, nurses, everybody, they’re putting themselves at risk for all of us.” The proposed full-face visors are made of plastic and contain anti-fogging material.With non-essential businesses ordered closed in Quebec, the company is awaiting authorization from the provincial government before going into production.___A construction worker at the new Raiders stadium in Las Vegas has tested positive for the new coronavirus.Mortenson-McCarthy Builders said Wednesday the worker had not been in close contact with any other project worker and had been off site since last week. The worker is self isolating for 14 days and won’t return to work until cleared. The club’s statement Wednesday says that postponing the two-week grass-court tournament would not come “without significant risk and difficulty” because of the surface.Playing without fans has been ruled out. Wimbledon hasn’t been canceled since World War II.___NASCAR says in a memo to teams that one of its employees at Atlanta Motor Speedway two weeks ago tested positive for the coronavirus. The employee was not identified and NASCAR said the individual has been receiving medical care and all potentially exposed have been told to self-quarantine. ___Canadian hockey equipment manufacturer Bauer is offering to modify its production line to make protective visors for doctors, nurses and first responders.The protective equipment to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic would be produced at the company’s innovation center in Quebec.Bauer’s vice president of products, Dan Bourgeois, says he has already received calls from Montreal police, firefighters and hospitals interested in the products.Bourgeois says the company decided to adapt its hockey visor production after hearing Premier Francois Legault say manufacturers in Quebec could have a role to play if supplies of protective equipment run low. NASCAR was at Atlanta scheduled to race March 15 without spectators. But two days prior to the race, NASCAR postponed Atlanta and last weekend’s race at Homestead-Miami Speedway, which instead was converted into a virtual iRacing event broadcast on Fox Sports 1 with 35 drivers. NASCAR has suspended its season through May 9 and will race at least five more iRaces, televised on Fox, during the stoppage.___The NHL’s chief medical officer expects the coronavirus pandemic to get worse before it gets better.Dr. Winne Meeuwisse says the virus is “really just entering the rapid acceleration phase” in North America. That makes it unclear when hockey might resume. French officials reported their work has been “severely compromised by France’s national shutdown of non-essential activities” during the health crisis. However, European Athletics says “many athletes are keen” to see the championships go ahead as planned. It shapes up as the main medal target for European track and field athletes in 2020 after the Tokyo Olympics were postponed until next year.The European track body’s ruling council next meets May 7-8 by video conference.___The owners of the NFL’s Buffalo Bills and NHL’s Buffalo Sabres are committing $1.2 million to supporting local charities and health officials dealing with the new coronavirus pandemic.center_img The 2012 gold medalist and four-time world champion said he was disappointed when he found out the Tokyo Games would be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. He considers it a setback, not a deal-breaker.He turns 32 in July. “When I walked away from Rio medal-less in 2016, I contemplated retirement,” he tweeted. “Not because I couldn’t do it anymore, but because I knew that it would require another four years of tremendous work to get back. I was unsure if I was willing to dedicate another four years of my life to reach that stage.“Yet, here we are, and there it goes. The race that I was once afraid to embark on because of its length just moved its finish line a little further. But I’m still in the race.”Burroughs’ aggressive wrestling style and success has earned him a worldwide following. Rio is home to defending Copa Libertadores winners Flamengo.Brazil has more than 2,400 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, and 57 people have died.___The Boston Bruins say they are putting 68 full-time employees on temporary leave and cutting the pay of 82 others who work for the team or Delaware North, which owns the TD Garden.The moves — which the Bruins called “temporary business stabilization measures” — are effective April 1. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Carolina Hurricanes are asking full-time employees to take vacation or personal days off next week with limited operations due to the coronavirus. Curry posted his plans on his Twitter account with an invite to all to submit questions. ___Clemson coach Dabo Swinney is open to the NCAA allowing more football practices after spring ball was cut short because of the coronavirus pandemic.The Tigers got in nine sessions after starting practice Feb. 26 before all spring activities, including their Orange and White scrimmage, were canceled.Swinney is not in favor of extending fall camp, instead suggesting a sort of NFL-style mini-camp depending on how many spring workouts the team got before spring activities were canceled. Associated Press He won his first world title in 2011 and took gold in his Olympics debut in London the next year. He was favored to repeat as champion at 74 kilograms in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro but finished ninth. He won the world title in 2017 and was third the last two years.___Churchill Downs has suspended the final three racing dates at Turfway Park following Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear’s “Healthy at Home” executive order out of concern for the COVID-19 pandemic.The Florence, Kentucky, track’s winter meet was scheduled to end Saturday. Turfway’s backside area will remain open because it falls under the “life-sustaining business” category by providing “food, shelter and other necessities of life for animals.”___ As a result, the $750,000 Wood Memorial has been postponed. No make-up date has been determined yet for the major Kentucky Derby prep that was to be run on April 4.Last Thursday, the New York Racing Association suspended racing at Aqueduct after confirmation that a backstretch worker who lived and worked at Belmont Park tested positive for COVID-19. The Belmont backstretch is home to 585 workers who tend to the daily care of more than 1,300 horses stabled on the property.The pandemic has affected other prep races for the Kentucky Derby, which itself was postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5. The Sunland Derby in New Mexico and Blue Grass and Lexington stakes in Kentucky have been canceled, along with the UAE Derby. The Arkansas Derby was pushed back from April 11 to May 2. For now, the Florida Derby on March 28 and Santa Anita Derby on April 4 are still scheduled.___ At various times, she held the American record in the shot put in the women’s 65-69, 70-74 and 75-79 age groups. She also was once the nation’s top-ranked thrower and ranked eighth in the world in the weight throw in the 75-79 age group.___Argentine cyclist Max Richeze has been released from a hospital in the United Arab Emirates, where the UAE Team Emirates rider spent 18 days after testing positive for the coronavirus following the cancellation of the UAE Tour.Richeze wrote on Instagram that two tests for COVID-19 had come back negative and he was discharged Wednesday.That status of Richeze’s teammate, Fernando Gaviria, remains unknown after he also tested positive for the virus. Two staff members for UAE Team Emirates also tested positive, and the entire team remains in voluntary quarantine. “On behalf of the Chicago Bulls, Chicago Blackhawks, our athletes, our front offices and our dedicated United Center personnel, our thoughts and support are with the people of this great city and state,” a spokesman for the United Center said in a release. “Together, we will get through this.”___Mary Roman, a world-class senior athlete who held numerous national age records in track and field, has died of complications from COVID-19, the mayor of Norwalk said. She was 83.Roman, who also served for 20 years as Norwalk’s city clerk in Connecticut, died Monday night at Norwalk Hospital, Mayor Harry Rilling said.A childhood polio survivor, Roman began competing in senior track events in 1989 and won hundreds of medals, mostly in the throwing disciplines. The Latest: Hurricanes ask employees to take time off The second edition of the UAE Tour, a major early season stage race, was canceled with two stages left. Riders and support staff for all 22 teams were isolated, though nearly all of them now have been cleared to leave the country.___The All England Club says it is still evaluating whether to postpone or cancel Wimbledon because of the coronavirus pandemic and plans to make a decision next week.That’s when the club’s main board is scheduled to hold an emergency meeting.Main-draw play at Wimbledon is slated to start June 29 and preparations for the tournament are supposed to begin in late April. Shields and Dicaire were supposed to have a 154-pound unification bout May 9 in Flint, Michigan. Salita Promotions announced the postponement, citing the coronavirus pandemic. Salita Promotions said it would monitor the situation and work to announce a new date at some point.“Unfortunately, the real fight is outside the ring right now,” promoter Dmitriy Salita said in a statement. “Once our invisible opponent is beaten, we can get back to watching two undefeated champions and the two best super welterweights in the world vie for the undisputed world title as Claressa Shields continues to build her incredible legacy in female boxing.”___Wrestling star Jordan Burroughs has no plans to retire, announcing he is going to compete for a spot in the Olympics in 2021. With the Tokyo Olympics postponed until 2021 because of the coronavirus outbreak, USA Diving formally called off the trials scheduled for June 14-21 at the IU Natatorium on the IUPUI campus near downtown Indianapolis.The governing body said it will work with the U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Committee and the Indiana Sports Corp to reschedule the event, though that decision can’t be reached until the International Olympic Committee comes up with new dates for the Tokyo Games.All tickets that had been purchased for the U.S. diving trials will automatically be shifted to the new dates once a decision is reached. Any hotel reservations that were booked through USA Diving’s site will be canceled.___The Seattle Sounders have established a relief fund to help support individuals and businesses in the Seattle neighborhoods of Pioneer Square, SoDo and the Chinatown-International District near the team’s headquarters and home stadium of CenturyLink Field. ___Aaron Gordon of the Orlando Magic has added his name to the list of NBA players helping out during the global coronavirus pandemic, announcing he has made a donation to the Homeless Education Fund for schools in Central Florida.School closures mean many children in the Orlando area are missing out on the free or reduced breakfast and lunch meals that they usually count on daily. Gordon has helped with causes directed toward helping vulnerable kids before, and says he’s hoping his gift can help “our most precious resource.”Several Magic players, including Jonathan Isaac, Nikola Vucevic and Mo Bamba have made donations to various causes in recent days. The DeVos family, which has owned the Magic for 29 years, is also backing a $2 million fund that will pay hourly employees of the Magic, Lakeland Magic, Orlando Solar Bears and the Amway Center who would have otherwise been missing out on income during the sports and entertainment shutdown.“Potential is universal; opportunity, not so much. That’s where we come in,” Gordon said. “Now is a great time to wrap our arms around our kids’ communities.”last_img read more

Bravo produces the goods for Renegades

first_img(CMC) – ANOTHER outstanding spell from medium pacer Dwayne Bravo helped Melbourne Renegades to their third win of the Australian Big Bash, when they comfortably brushed aside Sydney Sixers by eight wickets yesterday.Playing at the Simonds Stadium, Renegades restricted Sixers to 111 for eight off their 20 overs, with South African Johan Botha top-scoring with an unbeaten 32 off 23 deliveries.Nic Maddinson chipped in with 24 from 28 deliveries and England’s Sam Billings, 22 from 26 balls.Yet again, Bravo was at the forefront of the attack, claiming three for 29 from his four overs to cripple the Sixers innings.He accounted for opener Jason Roy for five at 11 for two in the fourth over, caught by Aaron Finch at mid-off.Bravo was also sharp in the field, running out Maddinson with a direct hit from short third man in the 13th over, before returning towards the end of the innings to collect another brace of wickets.In reply, Renegdes sped to their target in the 16th over with captain Finch striking 51 and Cameron White, an unbeaten 49.Finch faced 38 balls and counted six fours and two sixes while White struck five fours and a six in a 45-ball innings, the pair adding 91 for the second wicket.When Finch fell via run-out in the 14th over, Bravo (six not out) arrived at the crease to see Renegades home.last_img read more

Pope slaps woman’s hand to free himself from her grip

first_imgDuring Pope Francis’s greeting in St. Peter’s Square on Tuesday a woman grabbed his hand and tugged him toward her causing Pope Francis to slap the woman’s hand to free himself from her.The video shows the woman shouting at the Pope but it is not clear what she was telling him.The pope continued greeting people, but kept his distance as he was making his way to the Nativity scene at the center of Vatican City.last_img

Female Leaders Encourage High School Girls To Make Impact at Annual…

first_imgJoanna said she’ll be attending KentState University in the fall and is focused onfeeding all of her interests. Students who attended the workshop were broken up into small groups; they began the day interviewing such political leaders as assemblywomen Joann Downey (D-11) and Serena DiMaso (R-13), Monmouth County Freeholder Sue Kiley, Monmouth County Surrogate Rosemarie Peters and a number of municipal mayors, council and committeewomen and school board members. Neptune Township High School studentJoanna Georges said the program has playedan integral role in her college planning. “I don’t want to be defined by anyone or pigeonhole myself. I have a dream, I have my interests and I have a goal to use whatever business platform I have to make an impact. But I am interested in politics, too. Who knows? Maybe I will run for office one day. But I don’t have to know right now. I can still be a leader in my community,” Joanna added. That was the sentiment expressed by a group of leading political women from the municipal, county and state levels who gathered at Monmouth Regional High School April 4 for the 13th annual Running & Winning event, a workshop for female high school juniors from around Monmouth County led by the League of Women Voters. “I never thought I would be a mayor someday,” Le Grice added. “I changed my mind about the path I was on halfway through my life. It’s never too late to experience everything you want to pursue.” “These young women are 16 years old.No one knows what they want to be whenthey’re 16. Don’t limit yourself. It’s okay tochange your mind and pursue everythingyou want in this life,” Le Grice said. “Youdon’t know who you want to be at 16 or 18 oreven 20. Heck, I’m still waiting to grow up.” Some of the students who attend the program may be motivated to follow a political path, but the program’s co-founder Sherri Harris said the program is intended to inspire participants to be impactful in whatever they choose to do. Fair Haven councilwoman Susan Sorensen said she never intended to toss her hat into the political ring. Sixty junior girls from high schools around Monmouth County gathered at Monmouth Regional High School for the 13th annual Running & Winning event. The League of Women Voters’ initiative brought a number of elected women to speak to the students and inspire them to lead impactful lives.Courtesy Aimee Humphreys A successful businesswoman in the telecommunications industry, Sorensen moved to the Two River area in 1998 with her husband Peter Maher – former head of the borough’s zoning board – and said a greater sense of community service led her to run for the council. Atlantic Highlands Mayor Rhonda C. Le Grice said she hopes a byproduct of the day-long workshop is that the young women in attendance will be empowered to follow their dreams – all of them. TINTON FALLS – Don’t limit yourself. “One of the things we recognize is thatnot every young woman who comes to usis going to run for political office. But whatwe hope it will do is show them they have avoice. They have the ability to collaborate.And they have an opportunity to impact theworld in a meaningful way,” Harris said. “Wehope they develop an awareness that theyare part of a bigger community. And theydon’t have to sacrifice any one experience.” “After work I started going to meetings. I began volunteering on a committee here and committee there. I was always involved, but I was never a political person. Politics are not for me,” Sorensen said. “But if you’re the right person for the job, you’re the right person. And when the opportunity presented itself for me to try and make a difference, I couldn’t let it pass.” Next the groups selected an issue ranging from mental health to global warming and worked alongside their group members on a public presentation for their peers about how to facilitate positive change in a school community. “I’m a very business-oriented person and I love fashion a lot. My goal is to be a fashion entrepreneur, but I still want to positively impact the people around me,” said Joanna, a senior who went through the workshop last year and returned last week in a mentoring role. After graduating from Elmira College in New York, Le Grice became a flight attendant for American Airlines, a position she held for 32 years, and was an active member of the Association of Professional Flight Attendants. “It was an empowering feeling to be working through these issues with so many great girls and to see what we could achieve someday by speaking to these powerful women,” Communications High School junior Tess Rempel said. “It was comforting to know that politics may not have been their interest to begin with. Not all of these women thought they’d be where they are today. But somewhere along the way their paths diverged and they saw an opportunity to make a bigger difference.”last_img read more

Panga director writes heartfelt note for Jassie Gill: You are a bright hope in reel and real sense

first_imgPunjabi singer Jassie Gill, who is making his Bollywood debut with Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari’s Panga, wrapped up shooting for his part in the film yesterday. Ashwiny Iyer took to Instagram to write an emotional post for the singer-turned-actor.The director shared a picture of herself with Jassie and wrote, “Our sunshine wrapped #panga today. The rays of his beautiful energy on set and off set will continue for long. Thank you for being the Spreading Joy’ human on set. @jassie.gill you are a bright hope in reel and real sense. Thank you for being a part of Panga and owning your character straight from the heart. (sic).”Earlier, Ashwiny penned down a sweet post for Neena Gupta as well who also had the last day on Panga set yesterday. the director wrote, “Today was Neena Mam’s last day on Panga. All I can say is we go beyond the actor-director relationship.”She added, “We are friends for life who chat about everything under the sun. There were times when we had serious overwhelming talk too that went into smiles of transparent innermost thoughts. Thats how we understood each other. In silence. In the expression of oneness. Thank-you so much for your precious time and role and making Panga a part of you. I am great full for life and our story of friendship will only continue (sic).”advertisementAshwiny Iyer Tiwari in June revealed through her Instagram post that she has commenced the last schedule of the film shooting. Richa Chaddha who will also be seen in a significant role in the movie wrapped up shooting in June after which Ashwiny thanked her for ‘bringing out the best of her’.The upcoming sports-drama will feature Kangana as a Kabaddi player. Apart from her and Richa, the film will also feature Punjabi singer Jassie Gill, and Neena Gupta in pivotal roles. Panga is scheduled to release next year on January 24.ALSO READ | Panga director pens sweet note for Neena Gupta on her last day of shoot: We are friends for lifeALSO READ | Kangana Ranaut pens emotional note to Panga director Ashwiny Tiwari. See picALSO READ | Ashwiny Iyer Tiwari on directing Kangana Ranaut’s Panga: Kabaddi to leg-breaking, I am enjoying everythingALSO WATCH | Shahid as boxer, Kangana as kabbadi player: Bollywood is in love with sports dramaslast_img read more

Valverde hails Messi: ‘He’s extraordinary’

first_imgLionel Messi Valverde hails Messi: ‘He’s extraordinary’ Dejan Kalinic Last updated 2 years ago 08:33 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) MessiSuarez - Cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Eibar Barcelona v Eibar Primera División Ernesto Valverde The Argentine starred once again for Barcelona in Tuesday’s match against Eibar, and his four-goal performance nearly left the coach speechless Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde lauded the “extraordinary” Lionel Messi after the star forward struck four times in a thrashing of Eibar.Messi netted three times in the second half after opening the scoring in the first as Barca cruised to a 6-1 La Liga victory at Camp Nou on Tuesday.Barcelona 6/1 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing The Argentina international already has nine league goals this season, six more than the next best.Valverde sung Messi’s praises once more after watching Barca go five points clear at the top.”He is the most intelligent player that I have ever seen on a football pitch,” he told a news conference.”You don’t know how, but he just appears. He’s extraordinary. There are no words.”Leo Messipic.twitter.com/TPkklBebKw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 19, 2017Paulinho and Denis Suarez were also on the scoresheet in Barca’s comfortable win, which was their sixth straight in all competitions.But despite the one-sided scoreline, Valverde said Eibar – who are 13th in the table – were better than the thrashing suggested.”Eibar are a brave team,” he said.”If you look at the score after the game, it seems we’ve won easily but that wasn’t the case.”They often put us in a tight spot.”last_img read more